The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Samuel 18:6–16

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And it came to pass as they came, when David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with timbrels, with joy, and with three-stringed instruments.

And there came out women in dances to meet David out of all the cities of Israel, with timbrels, and with rejoicing, and with cymbals.

Now when David returned, after he had struck down the Philistine, the women went out, from all the cities of Israel, leading the singing and dancing, rejoicing with timbrels and bells, so as to meet king Saul.

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And the women sang one to another in their play, and said: Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.

And the women sang, as they played, saying, “Saul has struck down a thousand, and David ten thousand.”

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And Saul was very wroth, and this saying displeased him; and he said: 'They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands; and all he lacketh is the kingdom!'

And it seemed evil in the eyes of Saul concerning this matter, and he said, To David they have given ten thousands, and to me they have given thousands.

Then Saul became exceedingly angry, and this word was displeasing in his eyes. And he said: “They have given David ten thousand, and to me they gave only one thousand. What is left for him, except the kingdom itself?”

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And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.

Therefore, Saul did not regard David with a good eye, from that day and thereafter.

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10  And it came to pass on the morrow, that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house; and David played with his hand, as he did day by day; and Saul had his spear in his hand.

10  Then, on the next day, the evil spirit from God assailed Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of his house. And David played with his hand, just as at every other time. And Saul held a lance in his hand.

10  And it came to pass after some days that an evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of his house, and David was playing music in his presence, as at other times; and there was a javelin in Saul's hand.

11  And Saul cast the spear; for he said: 'I will smite David even to the wall.' And David stepped aside out of his presence twice.

11  And he threw it, thinking that he would be able to fix David to the wall. And David stepped aside twice, from before his face.

11  And Saul threw the javelin; for he said, I will pin David to the wall. But David evaded it twice.

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12  And Saul was afraid of David, because YHWH was with him, and was departed from Saul.

12  And Saul was alarmed on account of David.

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13  Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.

13  Therefore, Saul sent him away from himself, and he made him tribune over one thousand men. And he entered and departed in the sight of the people.

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14  And David had great success in all his ways; and YHWH was with him.

14  Also, David acted prudently in all his ways, and the Lord was with him.

14  And David was a man of understanding in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.

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15  And when Saul saw that he had great success, he stood in awe of him.

15  And Saul saw that he was very wise, and he was afraid of him.

15  And so, Saul saw that he was exceedingly prudent, and he began to be wary of him.

16  But all Israel and Judah loved David; for he went out and came in before them.

16  And all Israel and Juda loved David, because he came in and went out before the people.

16  But all of Israel and Judah loved David. For he entered and departed before them.