David and Jonathan's Friendship
Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, a the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, b and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
Saul took him that day, c and would not let him go home to his father's house anymore.
Then Jonathan and David made a d covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.
And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.
So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved wisely. And Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul's servants.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
1 Samuel 17:12
Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehem Judah, whose name was Jesse, and who had eight sons. And the man was old, advanced in years, in the days of Saul.
Now therefore, when I come to your servant my father, and the lad is not with us, since his life is bound up in the lad's life.
If your brother, the son of your mother, your son or your daughter, the wife of your bosom, or your friend who is as your own soul, secretly entices you, saying, 'Let us go and serve other gods,' which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers.
1 Samuel 20:17
Now Jonathan again caused David to vow, because he loved him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul.
2 Samuel 1:26
I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; You have been very pleasant to me; Your love to me was wonderful, Surpassing the love of women.
1 Samuel 17:15
But David occasionally went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem.