Lesson 42: David and Jonathan

Updated: Jul 20, 2020

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INTRODUCTION. When David appeared before Saul after he had killed the giant,

Saul's son Jonathan was present. This meeting between David and Jonathan was

the beginning of a friendship that lasted as long as they both lived. The two young

men made their first covenant, and Jonathan gave David his robe, sword, bow, and

belt to seal the agreement (I Sam. 18:1-4).

David behaved himself wisely, and Saul set him over the men of war. Saul's servants

and the people accepted David and were pleased. When Saul and David returned

from the battle with the Philistines, the women came out of the cities singing

and dancing to meet the king. They sang to one another, "Saul hath slain his thousands,

and David his ten thousands." The saying displeased Saul for the women

credited David with ten thousands and himself with only thousands. He feared