1 Samuel Chapter 18

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1 Samuel 18

1And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

2And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.

3Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

4And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.

5And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself 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.

6And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.

7And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.

8And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?

9And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.

10And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.

11And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.

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

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

14And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.

15Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him.

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

17And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife: only be thou valiant for me, and fight the LORD’s battles. For Saul said, Let not mine hand be upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him.

18And David said unto Saul, Who am I? and what is my life, or my father’s family in Israel, that I should be son in law to the king?

19But it came to pass at the time when Merab Saul’s daughter should have been given to David, that she was given unto Adriel the Meholathite to wife.

20And Michal Saul’s daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him.

21And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou shalt this day be my son in law in the one of the twain.

22And Saul commanded his servants, saying, Commune with David secretly, and say, Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee: now therefore be the king’s son in law.

23And Saul’s servants spake those words in the ears of David. And David said, Seemeth it to you a light thing to be a king’s son in law, seeing that I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed?

24And the servants of Saul told him, saying, On this manner spake David.

25And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David, The king desireth not any dowry, but an hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the king’s enemies. But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.

26And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king’s son in law: and the days were not expired.

27Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that he might be the king’s son in law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife.

28And Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal Saul’s daughter loved him.

29And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David’s enemy continually.

30Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by.

38 thoughts on “1 Samuel Chapter 18

  1. iLove to eat the word for breakfast

    U N I T Y

    And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. (1 Samuel 18:1 KJV)

    We must learn to love our brothers and sisters in Christ as we love our selves.

    And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. (Acts 2:45 KJV)

    Jonathan was not jealous of David, but realized the authority he had and submitted to it. David realized the office of authority that Jonathan had and submitted to him. This is a great example for the church.

  2. This passage tells over and over again that David behaved himself wisely and God was with David. This passage also tells that Saul was angty with David, afraid of him and finally in vs 29 his “enemy continually”. People will sometimes not like us because we do what is right, but it is better to seek God’s favor than man’s. James 4:4 “…know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

  3. 6And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.

    7And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.

    18And David said unto Saul, Who am I? and what is my life, or my father’s family in Israel, that I should be son in law to the king?

    Notice the difference of attitude between Saul and David. Saul enjoyed praise, he wanted it, hungered for it, those who danced in the street made him feel like he was the big shot.

    Saul was saying “I am who?” tell me more about me

    David realized that praise belongs to God. His attitude when presented with the honor of marrying one of the king’s daughters was of humility.

    David was saying “Who am I.” all glory belongs to God.

    Psalms 148:13-14
    Let them praise the name of the Lord:
    for his name alone is excellent;
    his glory is above the earth and heaven.
    14 He also exalteth the horn of his people,
    the praise of all his saints;
    even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him.
    Praise ye the Lord.

    God alone is worthy of all the praise!

    Look what it says in proverbs about what happens when a man hears himself be praised.

    Proverbs 27:21
    As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold;
    so is a man to his praise.

    Praise reveals the inner heart. Saul’s heart revealed pride. David’s heart revealed humility.

  4. Saul’s anger was rooted upon ENVY

    7 And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.

    8 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?

    9 And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.

    Envy = a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, success, possessions, etc.

    Saul could of had a great friend in David. David cared & loved Saul, but Saul’s envy filled him with fear, insecurities, anxiety, jealousy and hate. He sought to end David one way or another. It is sad that we can find those kind of feeling among a person we consider family or friend; but we must be careful for as long as we continue to rejoice with God and follow His commandments there will be people that will envy what we got. David had the right approach, he wanted to share that with Saul, he wanted to share the Peace of God that he had by music; but Saul wouldn’t have any of it. The enemy just kept feeding that envy and strife to put division in the house. Because as long as there is division in the house the house can not reach it’s goal. So put an end to the envy, strife, and division that we might find in our lives so we may go forward to reach the goal.

  5. V 1-5
    A deep and lasting friendship sprang up between Jonathan and David . They were kindreb soul, each possessing that rare quality of true courage. Jonathan was the legitimate successor to his father’s throne, nut in giving his robe to David he indicated that he was willing to forgo his right in order to see David crowed instead.

  6. THE FRUIT OF JEALOUSY

    9 And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.

    Saul looked at David with envy and hatred, that was eventually revealed by his actions. 11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.

    Jealousy will cause you to desire to murder someone. Song of Solomon 8:6 … for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave:… (KJV)

    Saul thought to challenge David in a way that would cause him to lose his life.

    25 And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David, The king desireth not any dowry, but an hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the king’s enemies. But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.

    However, David responded with courage:

    (MSG) 26-27 On receiving this message, David was pleased. There was something he could do for the king that would qualify him to be his son-in-law! He lost no time but went right out, he and his men, killed the hundred Philistines, brought their evidence back in a sack, and counted it out before the king—mission completed!

    David risked his safety to go above and beyond what was asked or required of him. This shows Leadership, Courage and Commitment. Look at the FRUIT of Saul’s selfish aspirations.

    THE FRUIT OF JEALOUSY

    * 12 And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.

    * 29 And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David’s enemy continually.

    FEAR is the FRUIT of JEALOUSY

    Repent today of any jealousy towards anybody.
    2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (KJV)

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  7. 2And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.

    Sometimes we feel we go from the frying pan to the fire, but God is carefully moving and positioning David for God’s purpose for him to be fulfilled. Like Joseph moving from his home to bonds, to Potipher’s house, to bonds again, and suddenly at last to Pharaoh’s court. The steps leading up to the season of fulfillment may seem strange, at times maybe frustrating and confusing, yet God knows what He’s doing each step of the way.

    David sets a good example:

    14And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.

    No matter the circumstances, instead of complaining, rebelling, and getting an attitude over it, we do well to behave ourselves wisely. You never know what God plans to bring out of a situation. Sometimes a “curse” brings a precious blessing when the “fullness of time” comes for that. We do well to have vision concerning the future and God’s ultimate sort of plans for us, but we also do well to not lose track of what He’s doing right now.

  8. Saul was a man of many issues which in return placed him in a position of becoming enemies with a man that could have taught him something.

    This chapter depicts to very different relationships. A relationship between Jonathan and David that is healthy, unified, and they loved each other. On the other hand Saul and David’s relationship was surrounded by lies, anger, and fear. Yet the greatest of the three was fear.

  9. 28And Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal Saul’s daughter loved him.

    29And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David’s enemy continually.

    When God is with you, great things can happen. Saul was afraid of David because he knew that the Lord was with David and had alread departed from him. He realized what it meant for the Lord to be with you because in the past the Lord was with Saul. When we turn our hearts to jealousy, it only brings about other spirits that are not conducive to our relationship with God.

  10. 1And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

    This verse intrigues me… where Jonathan loved him as his own soul. At first I thought that he loathed himself and than when I studied about it, it means something totally different, it means….there was affection that each one of them didn’t find in their own familes. Soul means family in this verse. Knit also means LOVE. In Genesis 44:30 to express Jacob’s love to Benjamin. Rare natures, like that of Jonathan, seldom attain to the highest place, and records of their lives are all too few. But as they pass through the world, they strengthen man’s faith in humanity. and they leave behind them a fragrance that endures.

  11. Jealousy and envy can ruin you or your relationship not only with God but with friends/family. It can fill you with anger, fill you with fear, trouble your soul to the point of murder as Pastor said. Not only physical murder; but, we can also kill someones spirit with our looks, our words and actions. God has given each and everyone of us special unique talents that we can use for him. We must not let things like jealousy/envy take us to the point that it took Saul.

  12. 30Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by.

    As we conduct our daily buisness we must think about how wisely, or how foolishly we are behaving so that we might too be able to leave behind a legacy that says that God can use us to make many necessary changes in the peoples’ lives who are all around us…

  13. 1And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. KJV

    We as brothers and sisters need to love each other. Be happy for your brother or sister that gets blessing don’t envy them, remember you have a blessing coming maybe God is seeing how you handle someone else getting a blessing to how you will get yours. Don’t be jealous of your brother/sister. Jealousy will kill you and then you will have bitterness and is it all worth your soul to have this in your heart?

    Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. KJV Proverbs 18:21
    Remember speak like you want it to happen, don’t cut down your friends/family/church/leaders/ etc……Let’s build one another up and win this city for Christ

  14. Both Saul’s son and younger daughter loved David even despite their fathers personal insecurities. Saul began to hate david but everyone else around him loved him. God will give us favor despite our enemies intentions. Saul intended for david to be killed by the philistines and even by his own hand but God! This chapter mentions that Saul feared david several times but never mentions that david feared saul even though he had tried to kill him. When are faith is placed in God we realize there is nothing to be afraid of because he controls all things.

  15. Not only the spirit of jealousy is present, but the spirit of deception is also present. Saul had other motives when he wanted David to marry his daughters. Ulterior motives fills you with anger and fear. For Saul, he was unwilling to give credit to David.

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    AVOIDED DESTRUCTION TWICE

    And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice. (1 Samuel 18:8, 11 KJV)

    It’s pretty amazing that David avoided the javelin twice… I wish I could see on YouTube this scene play out. Was David really fast… Or did an angel deflect the weapon, or did God whisper in his ear to move out of the way right on time???

    • i believe God said move and David was fast! I believe that when God speaks we need to be ready to move quickly. Just like at the altar when God says go pray for someone, or Go up front to worship. Make haste and do what God says. In our obedience God will send the angles to deflect the javelins being hurlwd at us. When we are in the will of God satin hates it and hurls all he can. But because of our obedience to the word of God the angels circle around us and deflect them.

  17. 18:5 what’s ever Saul sent him to do,David did it so successfully that Saul gave him a rank in the army.This pleased all the people,and Saul’s officers as well.
    18:14In everything he did he had great success,be ause the Lord was with him.
    18:30 The philistines commanders continued to go out to battle,and as often as they did,David met with more succes than the rest of Saul’s officers,and his name became well known.
    —-jealousy
    —- envy
    —–self Pitty and more…
    —– pride
    —- selfishness
    (what about me?what about me? What abo…..)

    Saul’s problem (deal) was that he hated the idea that GOD WAS NOT with him anymore .
    — (we) I must be free from any indweling sin that could be in me(us)in:

    LOVE JOY PEACE PATIENCE KINDNESS GOODNESS FAITHFULNESS,GENTLENESS AND SELF CONTROL…(The fruit of God’s Spirit in me)

  18. The key to David’s success was that he continued to behave wisely-no matter what the circumstances. Saul let being King stir up his pride but David knew his abilites and victories were found in God. As David continued to act wisely, Saul became more & more afraid of him till he hated him. Then he gave him his daughter to be a snare. Sometimes the greatest battles can be in the home-with an unsaved loved one! When there is no peace in your home, there can be a battle that destroys your walk with God…and Saul knew that this marraige to Michal could be what destroys David if the Phillistines couldn’t! We must be on guard-the enemy will use every tactic to destroy us-even the desires of our heart! Guard your heart-do not be unequally joined to someone who does not have the Holy Ghost! They will not serve God like we know to do! Don’t let the enemy give you a battle in your own home and heart to hinder your walk with God! Act wisely.

  19. David was humble and a man after God’s own heart and all of isreal and judah loved him. Saul david’s enemy tried to use different situations to try to get to david so he can mess up and fail God. God had david back and david suseeded.

  20. v18 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

    The friendship of David and Jonathan was a beautiful one.To bad king Saul was not more like his son Jonathan and a sad thing to see Saul’ envy turned into hatred Devouring his own family members.
    What a difference it would have made if
    Saul had knitted in love instead of being a snare.

    The church of the LORD JESUS will never grow as long as we criticality devour each other.
    We get to love each other
    We get to be tolerable with each other
    We get to overlook each others weakness
    Only a perfect person can criticize someone else.

    It’s a sad thing go see the church in it’s starving ( that’s why i must eat HIS WORD everyday and be faithful as Pastor feeds the church.)
    When we (I ) starve the body turns on it’s own parts it’s own members and begins to destroy each other. That’s what this chapter spoke to me ( as Saul begins to destroy his own members.

    If you hate your brother your still in darkness.
    1John 2:11

    GOD knows if we truly love HIM and each other.
    LORD give us more love faith, unity and more of your WORD.
    iPray
    iLove

  21. So Saul gave David the eye.Lol! I can imagine the evil looks that David was receiving. But David not once retaliated against his king. He respected his position regardless of the circumstances.When we disagree with our Pastor we too must respect his position. Talking against or behind somebodies back only creates division and confusion. If we haven’t got something good to say we should be silent!

  22. This chapter illustrates possibilities. “And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.” David was a mere boy before his anointing, which confirms the possibilities are endless through Jesus. Romans 8:31 tells us; “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” We shall be victorious, and we shall overcome through him (Jesus). May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  23. 12And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.

    You want to know why everyone is going through it right now… It’s because our enemy is Afraid of us, and he doesnt want to see us be overcomers. We are all overcomers by the renewing of our minds through Jesus Christ. Be not deceived, God is not mocked of men nor by spirits. He is always in control!

  24. 2. And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.

    7. And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.

    9. And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.

    We should be careful what we say about others- one statement could change their life!

    Proverbs 18:21
    “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…”

  25. 6And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.

    7And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.

    Competition should never be found among the people of God. We are all striving to be what God has called us to be and should not compare ourselves with one another. Leaders should always want those coming behind them to accomplish more than they have.

    Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. -Galatians 5:26

    Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; -Romans 12:10

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    PROPHESY

    10And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.

    he prophesied H5012
    נבא
    nâbâ’
    naw-baw’
    A primitive root; to prophesy, that is, speak (or sing) by inspiration (in prediction or simple discourse): – prophesy (-ing) make self a prophet.

    This scripture goes hand and glove with the following scripture…

    (Matthew 7:22 KJV) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

    (Matthew 7:23 KJV) And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

  27. 9And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.

    10And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.

    11And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.

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

    Here we see Saul’s jealousy of David and how it destroyed him. One thing to note is that Saul received his evil spirit directly from God. The Lord hardened the heart of Saul because he was raising up a man better than him to lead his people. It is important that we watch our spirits and attitudes when dealing with God’s people lest we allow a evil spirit to take over us with jealousy.

  28. in this chapter you see brotherly love between david and johnathon.
    you see david behaving wisely (wisdom)
    you see jealousy from saul toward david
    you see saul wanting to kill david because the women praised david more than he.
    saul tried to set david up to be killed by the philistines instead of him doing the dirty work because he knew that God was with david(coward)
    in this chapter we see that when God is with us, he gives us wisdom and power but when God is absent we began to show fear, jealous and hatred.
    if we stay in the will of God he will provide the stone to make our giants fall

  29. In this chapte it shows us the value in obedience. In Davids behavior he called the attention of God to him. When God is with us they will be afraid. In our obedience we we drive out all that come against us.

  30. Time after time it says in this chapter that David acted wisely. Saul became more and more angered by his wise decisions. It stands to reason that when we are facing adversity that we too should behave wisely. When more trouble comes, become wiser still in our actions. God grant us all the wisdom we need to stand firmly for you in the face of adversity.
    Nicole

  31. Change of heart was with Saul. He gloriied himself by thinking evil thoughts of the man who he knew dearly was favored by God. God knew the new King was going to be David but Saul wouldn’t accept it.

    In our lives today as Saul and David, I see how annointed men of god are chosen to lead us and teach us how to be christians and live godly lives. We get to choose who to praise and worship, god gives us that choice. It’s obvious that Saul’s power had gone to is head appears he changed. He realized that no power could save him. His evil thoughts and evil threats to kill God’s annointed wasn’t god’s will. The Lord knew Saul’s heart had changed and was up to no good. The battles Saul used to win turned to losses.

    Saul never accepted David to rule ove Israel much less over him.
    If only Saul could see what god what trying to show him. He was blinded and would stop at nothing to get his way.

    Lord help me to accept the things I can not change and wisdom to know the difference. My heart wishes nothing more than to please you.

  32. This is a perfect example of how jealousy can destroy relationships and even bring deceit into families. It started off with Saul bringing David to the palace when it pleased him to play so that the “evil” spirit would depart. But after God blessed and used David to lead the army to slay tens of thousands of men, then the evil spirit was encouraged by the spirit of jealousy, and continued to grow until death was meditated, deceit was meditated and carried out.

    When one “spirit” is entertained in our lives, the enemy is not happy until another “spirit” joins it and before you know it we are full of haterd, bitterness, envy, strife, backbiting, murmuring, complaining, all because of one thing. Everything molehill becomes a mountain when attitudes like jealousy or bitterness take root.

    Daily we must find our time/place with God so that we do wisely in His sight. This will allow us to keep our hearts pure and our attitudes in check.

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