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1 Samuel 19

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 1 Saul told his son Jonathan and all his servants that they should kill David.

 2 But Jonathan, Saul's son, had a great brotherly love for David. So Jonathan warned David, saying, "My father Saul seeks to kill you; now therefore I beg of you to be on your guard until the morning, and stay in a concealed place, hiding yourself;

 3 And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and I will speak with my father about you; and what I hear, that I will tell you."

 4 And Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father, and said to him, "Do not let the king sin against his servant, David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his works for you have been outstanding.

 5 For he risked his life to slay the Philistine, and the LORD brought about a great salvation for all Israel. You saw it and rejoiced. Why then would you sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?"

 6 Saul listened to the voice of Jonathan; and Saul swore, "As the LORD lives, he shall not be slain."

 7 And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan told him all those things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and David remained at service in his presence as in times past.

 8 War started again, and David went out to war; he fought with the Philistines, and slew them with a great slaughter; and they fled from him.

 9 The evil spirit from the LORD was again upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand; and David played with his harp.

 10 And Saul sought to impale David and fasten him to the wall with the javelin, but he slipped away out of Saul's presence; Saul had thrown the javelin into the wall, but David escaped and fled that night.

 11 Saul also sent messengers to David's house, to watch for him, and to slay him in the morning; and Michal, David's wife, told him, "If you do not flee to save your life tonight, tomorrow you shall be slain."

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

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

 14 When Saul sent messengers to kill David, Michal told them, "He is sick."

 15 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 had come in, behold, there was an idol in the bed, with a pillow of goats' hair for his head.

 17 Saul said to Michal, "Why have you deceived me so, and sent my enemy away so that he has escaped?" And Michal answered Saul, "He said to me, Let me go; why should I kill you?"

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

 19 It was told to Saul by one saying, "Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah."

 20 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.1

 22 Then he also went 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 are at Naioth in Ramah."

 23 And he went there 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 He also stripped off his clothes, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner; and he lay down naked all that day and all that night. Therefore they say, "Is Saul also among the prophets?"


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1 Notice how God can take men bent on an evil course, pour his Spirit on them, and transform them into prophets. But notice, these men are not permanently changed. They are only influenced by the power of the Spirit for a short time, and then they are back to business as usual. It is only by suffering, by the inward cross of self-denial, by repentance, that we arrive at a state where we hate evil — the necessary prerequisite to true, permanent, salvation.

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