1 Samuel 20:23
And as touching the matter which you and I have spoken of, behold, the LORD be between you and me for ever.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)
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!The stone Ezel - It is not mentioned elsewhere, except possibly in 1 Samuel 20:41, where see the note. 23. as touching the matter which thou and I have spoken of—The plan being concerted, the friends separated for a time, and the amiable character of Jonathan again peers out in his parting allusion to their covenant of friendship. No text from Poole on this verse. And as touching the matter which thou and I have spoken of,.... The covenant they had made between them and their families:

behold, the Lord be between me and thee for ever: as a witness of the covenant, and a revenger of those that should break it; so the Targum,"behold, the Word of the Lord be between me and thee a witness for ever.''

And as touching the matter which thou and I have spoken of, behold, the LORD be between thee and me for ever.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)
23. as touching the matter, &c.] The reciprocal covenant of friendship just renewed and ratified.

the Lord, &c.] As the witness of our covenant, and the avenger of any breach of it. Cp. Genesis 31:49; Genesis 31:53."And Jonathan adjured David again by his love to him, because he loved him as his own soul" (cf. 1 Samuel 18:1, 1 Samuel 18:3); i.e., he once more implored David most earnestly with an oath to show favour to him and his house.
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