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Jonathan interceded for his friend David. It is a blessing when the Lord gives us friends who stand up for us.

BibleGateway: 1 Samuel 19:1-7

ESV Text: 1 Samuel 19:1-7

1 Samuel 19:1–7 (Listen)

Saul Tries to Kill David

19:1 And Saul spoke to Jonathan his son and to all his servants, that they should kill David. But Jonathan, Saul’s son, delighted much in David. And Jonathan told David, “Saul my father seeks to kill you. Therefore be on your guard in the morning. Stay in a secret place and hide yourself. And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and I will speak to my father about you. And if I learn anything I will tell you.” And Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, “Let not the king sin against his servant David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his deeds have brought good to you. For he took his life in his hand and he struck down the Philistine, and the LORD worked a great salvation for all Israel. You saw it, and rejoiced. Why then will you sin against innocent blood by killing David without cause?” And Saul listened to the voice of Jonathan. Saul swore, “As the LORD lives, he shall not be put to death.” And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan reported to him all these things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence as before.

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     1 And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David. 2 But Jonathan Saul’s son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself: 3 And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where thou art, and I will commune with my father of thee; and what I see, that I will tell thee. 4 And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to thee-ward very good: 5 For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the LORD wrought a great salvation for all Israel: thou sawest it, and didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause? 6 And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan: and Saul sware, As the LORD liveth, he shall not be slain. 7 And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan shewed him all those things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence, as in times past.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 590 :
In the Midst of Earthly Life

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1. In the midst of earthly life 
Snares of death surround us; 
Who shall help us in the strife 
Lest the Foe confound us? 
Thou only, Lord, Thou only. 
We mourn that we have greatly erred, 
That our sins Thy wrath have stirred. 
Holy and righteous God! 
Holy and mighty God! 
Holy and all-merciful Savior! 
Eternal Lord God! 
Save us lest we perish 
In the bitter pangs of death. 
Have mercy, O Lord! 

2. In the midst of death’s dark vale 
Powers of hell o’ertake us. 
Who will help when they assail, 
Who secure will make us? 
Thou only, Lord, Thou only. 
Thy heart is moved with tenderness, 
Pities us in our distress. 
Holy and righteous God! 
Holy and mighty God! 
Holy and all-merciful Savior! 
Eternal Lord God! 
Save us lest we perish 
In the bitter pangs of death. 
Have mercy, O Lord! 

3. In the midst of utter woe 
All our sins oppress us, 
Where shall we for refuge go, 
Where for grace to bless us? 
To Thee, Lord Jesus, only. 
Thy precious blood was shed to win 
Full atonement for our sin. 
Holy and righteous God! 
Holy and mighty God! 
Holy and all-merciful Savior! 
Eternal Lord God! 
Save us lest we perish 
In the bitter pangs of death. 
Have mercy, O Lord! 


Hymn: LSB 755 :
In the Very Midst of Life

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