18 Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself.2 Saul took him that day and did not let him return to his father’s house.3 Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.4 Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, including his sword and his bow and his belt.5 So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and[a]prospered; and Saul set him over the men of war. And it was pleasing in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.
6 It happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with [b]musical instruments.7 The women sang as they [c]played, and said,
“Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands.”
8 Then Saul became very angry, for this saying [d]displeased him; and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?”9 Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on.
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