1 SAMUEL 18:1-19
18:1 Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan became knit with the soul of David; and Jonathan loved him like his own soul.
18:2 And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house.
18:3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him like his own soul.
18:4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and he gave it to David, as well as his armor and even his sword and his bow and his belt.
18:5 And David went forth; on every mission that Saul sent him he acted prudently. Therefore Saul set him over the men of battle, and it was good in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.
18:6 But when the men came home, as David returned from striking the Philistines, the women came out of all the towns of Israel singing and dancing to meet Saul the king, with tambourines and joyful songs and stringed instruments.
18:7 And the women sang to one another as they played, and they said,
Saul has struck down his thousands; / But David, his ten thousands.
18:8 And Saul was very angry, for this saying displeased him. And he said, They ascribe ten thousands to David, but to me they ascribe only thousands. And what more can he have except the kingdom?
18:9 So Saul eyed David from that day on.
18:10 Then on the next day an evil spirit from God rushed upon Saul; and he prophesied in the midst of the house while David played the lyre by hand, as he had day by day. And the spear was in Saul’s hand.
18:11 Then Saul threw the spear; for he said, I will strike David even to the wall. But David fled from him twice.
18:12 And Saul was afraid of David, for Jehovah was with him and had departed from Saul.
18:13 So Saul removed him from being with him and made him the captain of a thousand. And he went out and came in before the people.
18:14 And David acted prudently in all his campaigns, and Jehovah was with him.
18:15 And when Saul saw that he acted very prudently, he stood in awe of him.
18:16 And all Israel and Judah loved David, for he went out and came in before them.
18:17 And Saul said to David, See, my oldest daughter Merab I will give to you as wife; only be valiant for me and fight Jehovah’s battles. For Saul said, Let not my hand be upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him.
18:18 And David said to Saul, Who am I, and what is my life or my father’s family in Israel, that I should be a son-in-law to the king?
18:19 But at the time when Merab the daughter of Saul was to be given to David, she was given to Adriel the Meholathite as wife.