1 Samuel 18:3
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New International Version
And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.

New Living Translation
And Jonathan made a solemn pact with David, because he loved him as he loved himself.

English Standard Version
Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul.

New American Standard Bible
Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as much as himself.

International Standard Version
Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as he loved himself.

NET Bible
Jonathan made a covenant with David, for he loved him as much as he did his own life.

New Heart English Bible
Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So Jonathan made a pledge of mutual loyalty with David because he loved him as much as [he loved] himself.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul.

New American Standard 1977
Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Jonathan and David made a covenant because he loved him as his own soul.

King James 2000 Bible
Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

American King James Version
Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
And David and Jonathan made a covenant, for be loved him as his own soul.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

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

Young's Literal Translation
And Jonathan maketh -- also David -- a covenant, because he loveth him as his own soul,
Study Bible
Jonathan Befriends David
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. 4Jonathan 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.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 20:8
"Therefore deal kindly with your servant, for you have brought your servant into a covenant of the LORD with you. But if there is iniquity in me, put me to death yourself; for why then should you bring me to your father?"

1 Samuel 20:41
When the lad was gone, David rose from the south side and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed three times. And they kissed each other and wept together, but David wept the more.

1 Samuel 22:8
"For all of you have conspired against me so that there is no one who discloses to me when my son makes a covenant with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you who is sorry for me or discloses to me that my son has stirred up my servant against me to lie in ambush, as it is this day."

1 Samuel 23:18
So the two of them made a covenant before the LORD; and David stayed at Horesh while Jonathan went to his house.

2 Samuel 21:7
But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the oath of the LORD which was between them, between David and Saul's son Jonathan.
Treasury of Scripture

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

made a covenant

1 Samuel 20:8-17,42 Therefore you shall deal kindly with your servant; for you have brought …

1 Samuel 23:18 And they two made a covenant before the LORD: and David stayed in …

2 Samuel 9:1-3 And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, …

2 Samuel 21:7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of …

(3) Made a covenant.--The son of the first Hebrew king recognised in David a kindred spirit. They were one in their God, in their faith, in their devotion to the Divine will. Jonathan recognised in the young shepherd, who unarmed went out alone to meet the mighty Philistine warrior, the same spirit of sublime faith in the Invisible King which had inspired him in days far back to go forth alone with his armour-bearer to attack and capture the Philistine stronghold, when he spoke those memorable words which enable us to understand the character of Jonathan: "It may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few" (1Samuel 14:6).

The great friendship, which has been the admiration of succeeding generations, began with the strong faith in the Eternal common to the two friends. Throughout its duration the link which united them was an intense desire to do the will of Him who, as true Hebrew patriots, they felt loved Israel; and when the friends parted for the last time in the wilderness of Ziph, we are told how the elder (Jonathan) strengthened the younger (David's) "hand in God" (1Samuel 23:16).

Then Jonathan and David made a covenant,.... A covenant of friendship; entered into a solemn agreement to keep up and maintain a cordial respect to each other, and to support each other's interest both in life and after death, whoever was the survivor; and in consequence of this David had a friend at court, when Saul fell out with him, and who pleaded his cause, and discovered his father's plots, and was the means of preserving David's life:

because he loved him as his own soul; so that this covenant was not founded in mere words, but in sincere and cordial affection, and was lasting and inviolable. 3. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant—Such covenants of brotherhood are frequent in the East. They are ratified by certain ceremonies, and in presence of witnesses, that the persons covenanting will be sworn brothers for life.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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