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Jonathan and David

18 As soon as David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan’s life[a] became bound up with David’s life, and Jonathan loved David as much as himself.[b] From that point forward, Saul kept David in his service[c] and wouldn’t allow him to return to his father’s household. And Jonathan and David made a covenant together because Jonathan loved David as much as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his armor, as well as his sword, his bow, and his belt.

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  1. 1 Samuel 18:1 Or soul; also twice more in this verse and in 18:3
  2. 1 Samuel 18:1 The following verses are absent from LXXB: 18:1-5, 10-11, 17-19, 29b-30.
  3. 1 Samuel 18:2 MT lacks in his service.

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