1 Samuel 20:14
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New International Version
But show me unfailing kindness like the LORD's kindness as long as I live, so that I may not be killed,

New Living Translation
And may you treat me with the faithful love of the LORD as long as I live. But if I die,

English Standard Version
If I am still alive, show me the steadfast love of the LORD, that I may not die;

New American Standard Bible
"If I am still alive, will you not show me the lovingkindness of the LORD, that I may not die?

King James Bible
And thou shalt not only while yet I live shew me the kindness of the LORD, that I die not:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I continue to live, treat me with the LORD's faithful love, but if I die,

International Standard Version
If I remain alive, don't fail to show me the LORD's gracious love so that I don't die.

NET Bible
While I am still alive, extend to me the loyalty of the LORD, or else I will die!

New Heart English Bible
You shall not only while yet I live show me the loving kindness of the LORD, that I not die;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But as long as I live, [promise me that you will] show me kindness because of the LORD. And even when I die,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And thou shalt not only while yet I live show me the kindness of the LORD, that I die not;

New American Standard 1977
“And if I am still alive, will you not show me the lovingkindness of the LORD, that I may not die?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And if I live, thou shalt show me the mercy of the LORD, but if I am dead,

King James 2000 Bible
And you shall not only while yet I live show me the kindness of the LORD, that I die not:

American King James Version
And you shall not only while yet I live show me the kindness of the LORD, that I die not:

American Standard Version
And thou shalt not only while yet I live show me the lovingkindness of Jehovah, that I die not;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if I live, thou shalt shew me the kindness of the Lord: but if I die,

Darby Bible Translation
And thou shalt not only while yet I live shew me the kindness of Jehovah, that I die not,

English Revised Version
And thou shalt not only while yet I live shew me the kindness of the LORD, that I die not:

Webster's Bible Translation
And thou shalt, not only while yet I live, show me the kindness of the LORD, that I may not die:

World English Bible
You shall not only while yet I live show me the loving kindness of Yahweh, that I not die;

Young's Literal Translation
and not only while I am alive dost thou do with me the kindness of Jehovah, and I die not,
Study Bible
Jonathan and David Renew Covenant
13"If it please my father to do you harm, may the LORD do so to Jonathan and more also, if I do not make it known to you and send you away, that you may go in safety. And may the LORD be with you as He has been with my father. 14"If I am still alive, will you not show me the lovingkindness of the LORD, that I may not die? 15"You shall not cut off your lovingkindness from my house forever, not even when the LORD cuts off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth."…
Cross References
Genesis 40:14
"Only keep me in mind when it goes well with you, and please do me a kindness by mentioning me to Pharaoh and get me out of this house.

1 Samuel 20:13
"If it please my father to do you harm, may the LORD do so to Jonathan and more also, if I do not make it known to you and send you away, that you may go in safety. And may the LORD be with you as He has been with my father.

1 Samuel 20:15
"You shall not cut off your lovingkindness from my house forever, not even when the LORD cuts off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth."

1 Samuel 20:23
"As for the agreement of which you and I have spoken, behold, the LORD is between you and me forever."

1 Samuel 24:21
"So now swear to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants after me and that you will not destroy my name from my father's household."

2 Samuel 9:1
Then David said, "Is there yet anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?"

2 Samuel 9:3
The king said, "Is there not yet anyone of the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?" And Ziba said to the king, "There is still a son of Jonathan who is crippled in both feet."
Treasury of Scripture

And you shall not only while yet I live show me the kindness of the LORD, that I die not:

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2 Samuel 9:3 And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that …

Ephesians 5:1,2 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children…

(14) And thou shalt not only while yet I live shew me the kindness of the Lord, that I die not.--The Hebrew of this and the next verse is again very confused, abrupt, and ungrammatical, but this is evidently to be attributed to the violent emotion of the speaker. We have, doubtless (as above suggested). David's own report of what took place, and the words of his dead friend had, no doubt, impressed themselves with a sad accuracy on his heart.

The Syriac and Arabic renderings have been followed by Maurer, Ewald, Keil, Lange, and others, who change v'lo ("and not") in the first two clauses of 1Samuel 20:14, into the interjection v'lu (and "O that," or "would that"). They render them, "And mayest thou, if I still live, show to me the favour of the Lord, and if I die, not withdraw thy favour from my house for ever, not even when Jehovah shall cut off the enemies of David, every one from the face of the earth."

The last words, "when Jehovah shall cut off," tells us with striking clearness how thoroughly convinced was Jonathan that in the end David's cause, as the cause of their God, would surely triumph. Mournfully he looked on to his father's downfall and his own (Jonathan's) premature death; and in full view of this he bespoke the interest of his friend--though his friend would probably in a few hours become an exile and outlaw--on behalf of his own (Jonathan's) children, who would, he foresaw, before many years had expired, be landless, homeless orphans.

Verses 14, 15. - The construction of this passage is very difficult if we retain the three negatives of the Masoretic text; but most commentators, following the reading of the Syriac as regards at least one of them, consider that the Masorites have been mistaken in the vowels which they have attached to the consonants (see on 1 Samuel 1:7). Read with other vowels, two of these negatives become interjections of desire - O that; and the whole may be translated, "And O that, while I still live, yea, O that thou wouldst show me the kindness of Jehovah, - i.e. great unfailing kindness, such as was that of Jehovah to Israel, - that I die not, nor shalt thou cut off thy kindness from my house forever." It was the sanguinary custom in the East on a change of dynasty to put all the seed royal to death (1 Kings 15:29; 1 Kings 16:11, etc., and comp. 2 Samuel 19:28). As then Jonathan foresaw that it was Jehovah's will to transfer the kingdom to David, he binds him by the memory of his own true love to him to show mercy to his race. And thou shalt not only, while yet I live, show me the kindness of the Lord,.... Such kindness as is well pleasing in the sight of God, and imitate what he shows to men, and which was covenanted, promised, and agreed to in the presence of the Lord, when David and Jonathan entered into covenant with each other; this Jonathan did not doubt of, and therefore did not make this a request:

that I die not; he had no fear nor dread on his mind, should David come to the throne while he was alive, that he would take away his life; which was usually done by tyrants and usurpers, when there were any that had a fairer title, and better claim to the throne than they. 20:11-23 Jonathan faithfully promises that he would let David know how he found his father affected towards him. It will be kindness to ourselves and to ours, to secure an interest in those whom God favours, and to make his friends ours. True friendship rests on a firm basis, and is able to silence ambition, self-love, and undue regard for others. But who can fully understand the love of Jesus, who gave himself as a sacrifice for rebellious, polluted sinners! how great then ought to be the force and effects of our love to him, to his cause, and his people!
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