Daily Word OT

August 5, 2019

1 SAMUEL 20:22-40

20:22 But if I speak in this way to the young man, The arrows are there beyond you; then go, for Jehovah has sent you away.
20:23 And concerning this matter that I and you have spoken of, it is Jehovah who is between me and you forever.
20:24 So David hid himself in the field. And when the new moon came, the king sat at the meal to eat.
20:25 And the king sat on his seat as at other times, on his seat near the wall; and Jonathan rose up, and Abner sat down beside Saul, but David’s place was empty.
20:26 But Saul said nothing that day about it, for he thought, Something has happened to him; he is not clean; surely he is not clean.
20:27 And on the day after the new moon, the second day, David’s place was empty. And Saul said to Jonathan his son, Why has the son of Jesse come neither yesterday nor today to the meal?
20:28 And Jonathan answered Saul, David asked leave of me earnestly to go to Bethlehem.
20:29 And he said, Let me go, I beg you; for our family has a sacrifice in that city, and my brother commanded me to be there. So now if I have found favor in your sight, let me slip away to see my brothers. Therefore he has not come to the king’s table.
20:30 And Saul’s anger burned against Jonathan, and he said to him, You son of a perverse, rebellious woman! Do I not know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of your mother’s nakedness?
20:31 For as long as the son of Jesse is alive on the earth, you and your kingdom will not be established. Now therefore send someone and bring him to me, for he is as good as dead.
20:32 And Jonathan answered Saul his father and said to him, Why must he be put to death? What has he done?
20:33 But Saul threw his spear at him in order to strike him down. So Jonathan knew that it was determined by his father to put David to death.
20:34 And Jonathan rose up from the table in burning anger and did not eat any food on the second day of the new moon, for he was grieved about David because his father had shamed him.
20:35 Then in the morning Jonathan went forth to the field for the appointment with David, and a small boy was with him.
20:36 And he said to his boy, Run and find the arrows that I am shooting. While the boy was running, he shot the arrow beyond him.
20:37 And when the boy came to the place of the arrow that Jonathan had shot, Jonathan called out after the boy and said, The arrow is there beyond you.
20:38 And Jonathan called out to the boy, Hurry up quickly; do not stay there. And Jonathan’s boy gathered the arrows and came to his master.
20:39 And the boy knew nothing; only Jonathan and David knew the matter.
20:40 Then Jonathan gave his equipment to his boy and said to him, Go; bring them to the city.