1 Samuel Chapter 19

1 Samuel Chapter 19 is about the time when Saul tried to kill David. It started with Saul telling his son, Jonathan, as well as all of his attendants to kill David. However, Jonathan had grown fond of David, and instead of plotting with his father, he warned the man about the plan.

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Jonathan Changes Saul’s Mind

Jonathan told David to hide and he spoke well of him to his father in hopes to change his mind. Saul listened to his son, and David was not put to death. Jonathan told David about his conversation with Saul, and things went back to how they were.

David Escapes from Saul

However, when war broke out, David struck the Philistines with a great force that they fled from the land. While David was playing a lyre, an evil spirit of jealousy came before Saul and he tried to pin him with a spear. David eluded the attack, and that night he escaped from the camp.

Saul Stalks David

Saul sent his men to the house of David and ordered them to watch it. He ordered them men to bring David to him in his bed so that he may kill him. This is because Michal, David’s wife, told Saul that David was ill.

Michal deceived Saul and sent him somewhere else and let David escape. David fled to Samuel who was at Ramah. There, he told him everything that Saul had done to him. Soon, the word about David’s whereabouts had reached Saul and he sent men to travel there in order to capture him.

God’s Spirit Protects David

However, when Saul’s men approached Samuel, the spirit of the Lord came over them. They fled Ramah and went back to Saul. So Saul headed to Ramah himself in order to capture David and kill him. On his way there, the spirit of the Lord came over him. That night, he stripped himself of all his clothes and was said to have prophesied Samuel’s presence.

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1 Samuel 19 (King James Version)

1 And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David.

2 But Jonathan Saul’s son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself:

3 And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where thou art, and I will commune with my father of thee; and what I see, that I will tell thee.

4 And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to thee-ward very good:

5 For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the LORD wrought a great salvation for all Israel: thou sawest it, and didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?

6 And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan: and Saul sware, As the LORD liveth, he shall not be slain.

7 And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan shewed him all those things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence, as in times past.

8 And there was war again: and David went out, and fought with the Philistines, and slew them with a great slaughter; and they fled from him.

9 And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand.

10 And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away out of Saul’s presence, and he smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that night.

11 Saul also sent messengers unto David’s house, to watch him, and to slay him in the morning: and Michal David’s wife told him, saying, If thou save not thy life to night, to morrow thou shalt be slain.

12 So Michal let David down through a window: and he went, and fled, and escaped.

13 And Michal took an image, and laid it in the bed, and put a pillow of goats’ hair for his bolster, and covered it with a cloth.

14 And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, He is sick.

15 And Saul sent the messengers again to see David, saying, Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may slay him.

16 And when the messengers were come in, behold, there was an image in the bed, with a pillow of goats’ hair for his bolster.

17 And Saul said unto Michal, Why hast thou deceived me so, and sent away mine enemy, that he is escaped? And Michal answered Saul, He said unto me, Let me go; why should I kill thee?

18 So David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth.

19 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah.

20 And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.

21 And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also.

22 Then went he also to Ramah, and came to a great well that is in Sechu: and he asked and said, Where are Samuel and David? And one said, Behold, they be at Naioth in Ramah.

23 And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah.

24 And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?

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