1 Samuel 20:2
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English Standard Version
And he said to him, “Far from it! You shall not die. Behold, my father does nothing either great or small without disclosing it to me. And why should my father hide this from me? It is not so.”

King James Bible
And he said unto him, God forbid; thou shalt not die: behold, my father will do nothing either great or small, but that he will shew it me: and why should my father hide this thing from me? it is not so.

American Standard Version
And he said unto him, Far from it; thou shalt not die: behold, my father doeth nothing either great or small, but that he discloseth it unto me; and why should my father hide this thing from me? it is not so.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to him: God forbid, thou shalt not die: for my father will do nothing great or little, without first telling me: hath then my father hid this word only from me? no, this shall not be.

English Revised Version
And he said unto him, God forbid; thou shalt not die: behold, my father doeth nothing either great or small, but that he discloseth it unto me: and why should my father hide this thing from me? it is not so.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to him, Far be it from thee; thou shalt not die: behold, my father will do nothing, either great or small, but that he will show it to me: and why should my father hide this thing from me? it is not so.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

When Saul was told where this place was, he sent messengers to fetch David. But as soon as the messengers saw the company of prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing there as their leader, the Spirit of God came upon them, so that they also prophesied. The singular ויּרא is certainly very striking here; but it is hardly to be regarded as merely a copyist's error for the plural ויּראוּ, because it is extremely improbable that such an error as this should have found universal admission into the MSS; so that it is in all probability to be taken as the original and correct reading, and understood either as relating to the leader of the messengers, or as used because the whole company of messengers were regarded as one body. The ἁπ. λεγ. להקה signifies, according to the ancient versions, an assembly, equivalent to קהלה, from which it arose according to Kimchi and other Rabbins by simple inversion.

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God forbid

1 Samuel 14:45 And the people said to Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who has worked this great salvation in Israel? God forbid: as the LORD lives...

Genesis 44:7 And they said to him, Why said my lord these words? God forbid that your servants should do according to this thing:

Joshua 22:29 God forbid that we should rebel against the LORD, and turn this day from following the LORD, to build an altar for burnt offerings...

Joshua 24:16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;

Luke 20:16 He shall come and destroy these farmers, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.

shew it me [heb] uncover mine ear

1 Samuel 20:12 And Jonathan said to David, O LORD God of Israel, when I have sounded my father about to morrow any time, or the third day, and, behold...

1 Samuel 9:15 Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying,

Psalm 40:6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire; my ears have you opened: burnt offering and sin offering have you not required.

Isaiah 50:5 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.

John 15:15 From now on I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord does: but I have called you friends...

John 17:8 For I have given to them the words which you gave me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from you...

Cross References
1 Samuel 20:1
Then David fled from Naioth in Ramah and came and said before Jonathan, "What have I done? What is my guilt? And what is my sin before your father, that he seeks my life?"

1 Samuel 20:3
But David vowed again, saying, "Your father knows well that I have found favor in your eyes, and he thinks, 'Do not let Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved.' But truly, as the LORD lives and as your soul lives, there is but a step between me and death."

Proverbs 29:24
The partner of a thief hates his own life; he hears the curse, but discloses nothing.

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