1 Samuel 20:17
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New International Version
And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.

New Living Translation
And Jonathan made David reaffirm his vow of friendship again, for Jonathan loved David as he loved himself.

English Standard Version
And Jonathan made David swear again by his love for him, for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

New American Standard Bible
Jonathan made David vow again because of his love for him, because he loved him as he loved his own life.

King James Bible
And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jonathan once again swore to David in his love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.

International Standard Version
Jonathan made David vow again out of his love for him, because he loved him as himself.

NET Bible
Jonathan once again took an oath with David, because he loved him. In fact Jonathan loved him as much as he did his own life.

New Heart English Bible
Jonathan caused David to swear again, for the love that he had to him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Once again Jonathan swore an oath to David because of his love for David. He loved David as much as [he loved] himself.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Jonathan caused David to swear again, for the love that he had to him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

New American Standard 1977
And Jonathan made David vow again because of his love for him, because he loved him as he loved his own life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jonathan swore unto David again because he loved him, for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

King James 2000 Bible
And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

American King James Version
And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

American Standard Version
And Jonathan caused David to swear again, for the love that he had to him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Jonathan swore again to David, because he loved him: for he loved him as his own soul.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jonathan caused David to swear again, by the love he had for him, for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

English Revised Version
And Jonathan caused David to swear again, for the love that he had to him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

World English Bible
Jonathan caused David to swear again, for the love that he had to him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

Young's Literal Translation
and Jonathan addeth to cause David to swear, because he loveth him, for with the love of his own soul he hath loved him.
Study Bible
Jonathan and David Renew Covenant
16So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, "May the LORD require it at the hands of David's enemies." 17Jonathan made David vow again because of his love for him, because he loved him as he loved his own life. 18Then Jonathan said to him, "Tomorrow is the new moon, and you will be missed because your seat will be empty.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 18:1
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.

Jeremiah 40:9
Then Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, swore to them and to their men, saying, "Do not be afraid of serving the Chaldeans; stay in the land and serve the king of Babylon, that it may go well with you.
Treasury of Scripture

And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

because he loved him. or, by his love toward him
for he loved

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(17) And Jonathan caused David to swear again.--Throughout this touching interview it is the prince who appears as the suppliant for the outlaw's ruture kind offices. Jonathan--looking forward with absolute certainty to the day when his persecuted friend would be on the throne, and he in his grave--dreaded for his own fatherless children the fate which too probably awaited them, it having been in all ages a common custom in the East, when the dynasty was violently changed, to put to death the children and near relations of the former king.

Verse 17. - Jonathan caused David to swear again. So strong was his conviction in David's future kingdom, and his wish that there should be an unbroken bond of love between the two families, that he makes David solemnly repeat his promise. The Septuagint and Vulgate, by altering the vowels, read, "And Jonathan sware again to David." At first sight this interpretation seems most in accordance with the reason given for the renewal of the oath, namely, Jonathan's own love; but the Masoretic text agrees better with what has gone before, and with his wish that their covenant under no change of circumstances should be broken. And Jonathan caused David to swear again,.... Or Jonathan added to make David swears (u); having sworn himself to make a covenant of friendship with David and his family, he moved and insisted on it, that David should swear to keep covenant with him, and his family:

because he loved him; it was not so much for the good and safety of his offspring that he made this motion, and was so desirous of renewing and enlarging his covenant with David, as it was his strong love and affection for him; being on that account desirous that there might be the strictest friendship imaginable retained between the two families; or he made him swear by his love to him, as some understand it, which is not so likely; the former sense is better, for he himself sware by the Lord, 1 Samuel 20:12,

for he loved him as his own soul; or "with the love of his soul" (w); with the most cordial affection, with a truly hearty and sincere love, see 1 Samuel 18:1.

(u) "et addidit", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus; so the Tigurine version. (w) "secundum dilectionem animae suae", Pagninus; "amore sui ipsius", Junius & Tremellius. 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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