Samuel 17:57-18:16 (NRSV)
57 On David’s return from killing the Philistine,
Abner took him and brought him before Saul, with the head of the
Philistine in his hand.
58 Saul said to
him, ‘Whose son are you, young man?’ And David answered,
‘I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.’
1 When David had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan
was bound to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own
2 Saul took him
that day and would not let him return to his father’s house.
3 Then Jonathan
made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul.
4 Jonathan stripped
himself of the robe that he was wearing, and gave it to David, and
his armour, and even his sword and his bow and his belt.
5 David went out
and was successful wherever Saul sent him; as a result, Saul set
him over the army. And all the people, even the servants of Saul,
6 As they were
coming home, when David returned from killing the Philistine, the
women came out of all the towns of Israel, singing and dancing,
to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with songs of joy, and with
7 And the women
sang to one another as they made merry, ‘Saul has killed his
thousands, and David his tens of thousands.’
8 Saul was very
angry, for this saying displeased him. He said, ‘They have
ascribed to David tens of thousands, and to me they have ascribed
thousands; what more can he have but the kingdom?’
9 So Saul eyed
David from that day on.
10 The next day
an evil spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and he raved within his
house, while David was playing the lyre, as he did day by day. Saul
had his spear in his hand;
11 and Saul threw
the spear, for he thought, ‘I will pin David to the wall.’
But David eluded him twice.
12 Saul was afraid
of David, because the Lord was with him but had departed from Saul.
13 So Saul removed
him from his presence, and made him a commander of a thousand; and
David marched out and came in, leading the army.
14 David had success
in all his undertakings; for the Lord was with him.
15 When Saul saw
that he had great success, he stood in awe of him.
16 But all Israel
and Judah loved David; for it was he who marched out and came in