1 Samuel 18:2
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New International Version
From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family.

New Living Translation
From that day on Saul kept David with him and wouldn't let him return home.

English Standard Version
And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house.

New American Standard Bible
Saul took him that day and did not let him return to his father's house.

King James Bible
And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house.

Christian Standard Bible
Saul kept David with him from that day on and did not let him return to his father's house.

Contemporary English Version
From that time on, Saul kept David in his service and would not let David go back to his own family.

Good News Translation
Saul kept David with him from that day on and did not let him go back home.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Saul kept David with him from that day on and did not let him return to his father's house.

International Standard Version
Saul took David that day and did not let him return to his father's house.

NET Bible
Saul retained David on that day and did not allow him to return to his father's house.

New Heart English Bible
Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
(From that day on Saul kept David [as his servant] and didn't let him go back to his family.)

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house.

New American Standard 1977
And Saul took him that day and did not let him return to his father’s house.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father's house.

King James 2000 Bible
And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house.

American King James Version
And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house.

American Standard Version
And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Saul took him that day, and would not let him return to his father's house.

Darby Bible Translation
And Saul took him that day, and would not let him return to his father's house.

English Revised Version
And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house.

World English Bible
Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house.

Young's Literal Translation
And Saul taketh him on that day, and hath not permitted him to turn back to the house of his father.
Study Bible
Jonathan Befriends David
1Now 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. 2Saul took him that day and did not let him return to his father's house. 3Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 17:15
but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father's flock at Bethlehem.

1 Samuel 19:7
Then Jonathan called David, and Jonathan told him all these words. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence as formerly.
Treasury of Scripture

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

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1 Samuel 16:21-23 And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; …

1 Samuel 17:15 But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem.

Verses 2-4. - Saul took him that day. Bent solely on war, Saul gladly took so promising, a young soldier as David to be one of his bodyguard (1 Samuel 14:52), and henceforward he was constantly with him. Thus in two ways, first as a musician, and now as a soldier, David was forced into those intimate relations with Saul, which ended so tragically. For a while, however, those happier results ensued summed up in 1 Samuel 16:21. Jonathan and David made a covenant. We are not to suppose that this happened immediately. David continued on friendly terms with Saul for a considerable period, during which he went on many expeditions, and grew in military renown (see ver. 5). And thus the love which began with admiration of David's prowess grew deeper and more confirmed by constant intercourse, till this solemn bond of mutual friendship was entered into by the two youthful heroes, by which they bound themselves under all circumstances to be true and faithful to one another. How nobly Jonathan kept the bond the history proceeds immediately to tell us; nor was David subsequently unmindful of it (2 Samuel 9:l, 7). Jonathan stripped himself of the robe, etc. In confirmation of the bond Jonathan gave David first his robe, the meil, which, as we have seen on 1 Samuel 2:19, was the ordinary dress of the wealthier classes; and next his garments, his military dress (see on 1 Samuel 17:38, 39), worn over the meil, and which here seems to include his accoutrements, - the bow, sword, and girdle, - though elsewhere distinguished from them (2 Samuel 20:8). In thus clothing David in his own princely equipments Jonathan was showing his friend the greatest personal honour (Esther 6:8), and such a gift is still highly esteemed in the East. And Saul took him that day,.... Not only into his favour, and into his service, but into his court; even on that very day he slew the Philistine, or however as soon as it could be done:

and would let him go no more home to his father's house; as he used to do before; when he only served as a musician to him, then he was only at court when Saul was in a melancholy disposition, and wanted him, and so was going and returning, and in the intervals kept his father's sheep, 1 Samuel 17:15; but now he would not suffer him to attend such business any longer, since he was not only to become a courtier, and be made a prince or noble, but to marry his daughter, according to the declaration he had made, with respect to any man that should kill Goliath. 2. Saul would let him go no more home—He was established as a permanent resident at court.18:1-5 The friendship of David and Jonathan was the effect of Divine grace, which produces in true believers one heart and one soul, and causes them to love each other. This union of souls is from partaking in the Spirit of Christ. Where God unites hearts, carnal matters are too weak to separate them. Those who love Christ as their own souls, will be willing to join themselves to him in an everlasting covenant. It was certainly a great proof of the power of God's grace in David, that he was able to bear all this respect and honour, without being lifted up above measure.
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