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.
Saul took him that day and did not let him return to his father's house.
Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.
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.
So David went out wherever Saul sent him, [and] 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.
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 musical instruments.
The women sang as they played, and said, "Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands."
Then Saul became very angry, for this saying 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?"
Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on.
Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house, while David was playing [the harp] with his hand, as usual; and a spear [was] in Saul's hand.
Saul hurled the spear for he thought, "I will pin David to the wall." But David escaped from his presence twice.
Now Saul was afraid of David, for the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul.
Therefore Saul removed him from his presence and appointed him as his commander of a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.
David was prospering in all his ways for the LORD [was] with him.
When Saul saw that he was prospering greatly, he dreaded him.
But all Israel and Judah loved David, and he went out and came in before them.
Then Saul said to David, "Here is my older daughter Merab; I will give her to you as a wife, only be a valiant man for me and fight the LORD'S battles." For Saul thought, "My hand shall not be against him, but let the hand of the Philistines be against him."
But David said to Saul, "Who am I, and what is my life [or] my father's family in Israel, that I should be the king's son-in-law?"
So it came about at the time when Merab, Saul's daughter, should have been given to David, that she was given to Adriel the Meholathite for a wife.
Now Michal, Saul's daughter, loved David. When they told Saul, the thing was agreeable to him.
Saul thought, "I will give her to him that she may become a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him." Therefore Saul said to David, "For a second time you may be my son-in-law today."
Then Saul commanded his servants, "Speak to David secretly, saying, 'Behold, the king delights in you, and all his servants love you; now therefore, become the king's son-in-law.'"
So Saul's servants spoke these words to David. But David said, "Is it trivial in your sight to become the king's son-in-law, since I am a poor man and lightly esteemed?"
The servants of Saul reported to him according to these words [which] David spoke.
Saul then said, "Thus you shall say to David, 'The king does not desire any dowry except a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to take vengeance on the king's enemies.'" Now Saul planned to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.
When his servants told David these words, it pleased David to become the king's son-in-law. Before the days had expired
David rose up and went, he and his men, and struck down two hundred men among the Philistines. Then David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full number to the king, that he might become the king's son-in-law. So Saul gave him Michal his daughter for a wife.
When Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and [that] Michal, Saul's daughter, loved him,
then Saul was even more afraid of David. Thus Saul was David's enemy continually.
Then the commanders of the Philistines went out [to battle], and it happened as often as they went out, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul. So his name was highly esteemed.
The sons of Levi [were] Gershon, Kohath and Merari.
The sons of Kohath [were] Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel.
The children of Amram [were] Aaron, Moses and Miriam. And the sons of Aaron [were] Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
Eleazar became the father of Phinehas, [and] Phinehas became the father of Abishua,
and Abishua became the father of Bukki, and Bukki became the father of Uzzi,
and Uzzi became the father of Zerahiah, and Zerahiah became the father of Meraioth,
Meraioth became the father of Amariah, and Amariah became the father of Ahitub,
and Ahitub became the father of Zadok, and Zadok became the father of Ahimaaz,
and Ahimaaz became the father of Azariah, and Azariah became the father of Johanan,
and Johanan became the father of Azariah (it was he who served as the priest in the house which Solomon built in Jerusalem),
and Azariah became the father of Amariah, and Amariah became the father of Ahitub,
and Ahitub became the father of Zadok, and Zadok became the father of Shallum,
and Shallum became the father of Hilkiah, and Hilkiah became the father of Azariah,
and Azariah became the father of Seraiah, and Seraiah became the father of Jehozadak;
and Jehozadak went [along] when the LORD carried Judah and Jerusalem away into exile by Nebuchadnezzar.
The sons of Levi [were] Gershom, Kohath and Merari.
These are the names of the sons of Gershom: Libni and Shimei.
The sons of Kohath [were] Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel.
The sons of Merari [were] Mahli and Mushi. And these are the families of the Levites according to their fathers' [households].
Of Gershom: Libni his son, Jahath his son, Zimmah his son,
Joah his son, Iddo his son, Zerah his son, Jeatherai his son.
The sons of Kohath [were] Amminadab his son, Korah his son, Assir his son,
Elkanah his son, Ebiasaph his son and Assir his son,
Tahath his son, Uriel his son, Uzziah his son and Shaul his son.
The sons of Elkanah [were] Amasai and Ahimoth.
[As for] Elkanah, the sons of Elkanah [were] Zophai his son and Nahath his son,
Eliab his son, Jeroham his son, Elkanah his son.
The sons of Samuel [were] Joel the firstborn, and Abijah the second.
The sons of Merari [were] Mahli, Libni his son, Shimei his son, Uzzah his son,
Shimea his son, Haggiah his son, Asaiah his son.
Now these are those whom David appointed over the service of song in the house of the LORD, after the ark rested [there].
They ministered with song before the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, until Solomon had built the house of the LORD in Jerusalem; and they served in their office according to their order.
These are those who served with their sons: From the sons of the Kohathites [were] Heman the singer, the son of Joel, the son of Samuel,
the son of Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Eliel, the son of Toah,
the son of Zuph, the son of Elkanah, the son of Mahath, the son of Amasai,
the son of Elkanah, the son of Joel, the son of Azariah, the son of Zephaniah,
the son of Tahath, the son of Assir, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah,
the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, the son of Israel.
[Heman's] brother Asaph stood at his right hand, even Asaph the son of Berechiah, the son of Shimea,
the son of Michael, the son of Baaseiah, the son of Malchijah,
the son of Ethni, the son of Zerah, the son of Adaiah,
the son of Ethan, the son of Zimmah, the son of Shimei,
the son of Jahath, the son of Gershom, the son of Levi.
On the left hand [were] their kinsmen the sons of Merari: Ethan the son of Kishi, the son of Abdi, the son of Malluch,
the son of Hashabiah, the son of Amaziah, the son of Hilkiah,
the son of Amzi, the son of Bani, the son of Shemer,
the son of Mahli, the son of Mushi, the son of Merari, the son of Levi.
Their kinsmen the Levites were appointed for all the service of the tabernacle of the house of God.
But Aaron and his sons offered on the altar of burnt offering and on the altar of incense, for all the work of the most holy place, and to make atonement for Israel, according to all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.
These are the sons of Aaron: Eleazar his son, Phinehas his son, Abishua his son,
Bukki his son, Uzzi his son, Zerahiah his son,
Meraioth his son, Amariah his son, Ahitub his son,
Zadok his son, Ahimaaz his son.
Now these are their settlements according to their camps within their borders. To the sons of Aaron of the families of the Kohathites (for theirs was the [first] lot),
to them they gave Hebron in the land of Judah and its pasture lands around it;
but the fields of the city and its villages, they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh.
To the sons of Aaron they gave the [following] cities of refuge: Hebron, Libnah also with its pasture lands, Jattir, Eshtemoa with its pasture lands,
Hilen with its pasture lands, Debir with its pasture lands,
Ashan with its pasture lands and Beth-shemesh with its pasture lands;
and from the tribe of Benjamin: Geba with its pasture lands, Allemeth with its pasture lands, and Anathoth with its pasture lands. All their cities throughout their families were thirteen cities.
Then to the rest of the sons of Kohath [were given] by lot, from the family of the tribe, from the half-tribe, the half of Manasseh, ten cities.
To the sons of Gershom, according to their families, [were given] from the tribe of Issachar and from the tribe of Asher, the tribe of Naphtali, and the tribe of Manasseh, thirteen cities in Bashan.
To the sons of Merari [were given] by lot, according to their families, from the tribe of Reuben, the tribe of Gad and the tribe of Zebulun, twelve cities.
So the sons of Israel gave to the Levites the cities with their pasture lands.
They gave by lot from the tribe of the sons of Judah, the tribe of the sons of Simeon and the tribe of the sons of Benjamin, these cities which are mentioned by name.
Now some of the families of the sons of Kohath had cities of their territory from the tribe of Ephraim.
They gave to them the [following] cities of refuge: Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim with its pasture lands, Gezer also with its pasture lands,
Jokmeam with its pasture lands, Beth-horon with its pasture lands,
Aijalon with its pasture lands and Gath-rimmon with its pasture lands;
and from the half-tribe of Manasseh: Aner with its pasture lands and Bileam with its pasture lands, for the rest of the family of the sons of Kohath.
To the sons of Gershom [were given], from the family of the half-tribe of Manasseh: Golan in Bashan with its pasture lands and Ashtaroth with its pasture lands;
and from the tribe of Issachar: Kedesh with its pasture lands, Daberath with its pasture lands
and Ramoth with its pasture lands, Anem with its pasture lands;
and from the tribe of Asher: Mashal with its pasture lands, Abdon with its pasture lands,
Hukok with its pasture lands and Rehob with its pasture lands;
and from the tribe of Naphtali: Kedesh in Galilee with its pasture lands, Hammon with its pasture lands and Kiriathaim with its pasture lands.
To the rest of [the Levites], the sons of Merari, [were given], from the tribe of Zebulun: Rimmono with its pasture lands, Tabor with its pasture lands;
and beyond the Jordan at Jericho, on the east side of the Jordan, [were given them], from the tribe of Reuben: Bezer in the wilderness with its pasture lands, Jahzah with its pasture lands,
Kedemoth with its pasture lands and Mephaath with its pasture lands;
and from the tribe of Gad: Ramoth in Gilead with its pasture lands, Mahanaim with its pasture lands,
Heshbon with its pasture lands and Jazer with its pasture lands.
Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,
"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said, "THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT!'"
Now John himself had a garment of camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.
Then Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the district around the Jordan;
and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
"Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance;
and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father'; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.
"The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
"As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
"His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan [coming] to John, to be baptized by him.
But John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?"
But Jesus answering said to him, "Permit [it] at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he permitted Him.
After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove [and] lighting on Him,
and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased."