On David's return from killing the Philistine, Abner took him
and brought him before Saul, with the head of the Philistine in
Saul said to him, "Whose son are you, young man?" And
David answered, "I am the son of your servant Jesse the
When David had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan
was bound to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his
Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his
Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him
as his own soul.
Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that he was wearing, and
gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow
and his belt.
David went out and was successful wherever Saul sent him; as a
result, Saul set him over the army. And all the people, even the
servants of Saul, approved.
The next day an evil spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and he
raved within his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he
did day by day. Saul had his spear in his hand;
and Saul threw the spear, for he thought, "I will pin David
to the wall." But David eluded him twice.
Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him but had
departed from Saul.
So Saul removed him from his presence, and made him a commander
of a thousand; and David marched out and came in, leading the
David had success in all his undertakings; for the LORD was with
When Saul saw that he had great success, he stood in awe of him.
But all Israel and Judah loved David; for it was he who marched
out and came in leading them.
How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in
It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the
beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of
It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of
Zion. For there the LORD ordained his blessing, life
As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the
grace of God in vain.
For he says, "At an acceptable time I have listened to you,
and on a day of salvation I have helped you." See, now is
the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!
We are putting no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may
be found with our ministry,
but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way:
through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities,
beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights,
by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit,
truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of
righteousness for the right hand and for the left;
in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are
treated as impostors, and yet are true;
as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see--we are
alive; as punished, and yet not killed;
as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many
rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide
open to you.
There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours.
In return--I speak as to children--open wide your hearts also.
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, "Let
us go across to the other side."
And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the
boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him.
A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so
that the boat was already being swamped.
But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke
him up and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we
He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea,
"Peace! Be still!" Then the wind ceased, and there was
a dead calm.
He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no
And they were filled with great awe and said to one another,
"Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey