Therefore deal kindly with your servant, for you have brought your servant into a covenant of the LORD with you. But if there is guilt in me, kill me yourself, for why should you bring me to your father?” And Jonathan said, “Far be it from you! If I knew that it was determined by my father that harm should come to you, would I not tell you?” Then David said to Jonathan, “Who will tell me if your father answers you roughly?” And Jonathan said to David, “Come, let us go out into the field.” So they both went out into the field.
And Jonathan said to David, “The LORD, the God of Israel, be witness! When I have sounded out my father, about this time tomorrow, or the third day, behold, if he is well disposed toward David, shall I not then send and disclose it to you? But should it please my father to do you harm, the LORD do so to Jonathan and more also if I do not disclose it to you and send you away, that you may go in safety. May the LORD be with you, as he has been with my father. If I am still alive, show me the steadfast love of the LORD, that I may not die; and do not cut off your steadfast love from my house forever, when the LORD cuts off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth.” And Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, “May the LORD take vengeance on David’s enemies.” And Jonathan made David swear again by his love for him, for he loved him as he loved his own soul.
Comment: David – ‘Before God we’ve got a good relationship. If I am a state enemy, you kill me now!’ Jonathan – ‘You are not a bad man. If I knew what my father was thinking I would certainly tell you.’ David – ‘How am I going to get your father’s answer?’ Jonathan – ‘If it’s ok then it will be easy. If you’re correct, I’ll surely get the message to you. Flee but remember me. May God deal with all your enemies – but remember I’m your true friend. Don’t forget me.’
In a manly, soldierly, brotherly way, they really loved each other!
Prayer: Please give me friends like this!
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Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. The trust in each other, and the love for each other is very evident in this friendship between David and King Saul’s son, Jonathan. Jonathan can see ahead to when David is a great military man conquering his many enemies, and asks for David to always remember the friendship between them, and the Covenant they have made before God. What a special bond they have. God bless you.