1 Samuel 20:28
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New International Version
Jonathan answered, "David earnestly asked me for permission to go to Bethlehem.

King James Bible
And Jonathan answered Saul, David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem:

Darby Bible Translation
And Jonathan answered Saul, David earnestly asked leave of me [to go] to Bethlehem,

World English Bible
Jonathan answered Saul, "David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jonathan answereth Saul, 'David hath been earnestly asked of me unto Beth-Lehem,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The king sat upon his seat - It seems that there was one table for Saul, Jonathan, David, and Abner; Saul having the chief seat, that next to the wall. As only four sat at this table, the absence of any one would soon be noticed.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

1 Samuel 20:6 If your father at all miss me, then say, David earnestly asked leave of me that he might run to Bethlehem his city...

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Jonathan, the Pattern of Friendship
'And David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before Jonathan, What have I done? what is mine iniquity? and what is my sin before thy father, that he seeketh my life? 2. 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. 3. And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Samuel
Alike from the literary and the historical point of view, the book[1] of Samuel stands midway between the book of Judges and the book of Kings. As we have already seen, the Deuteronomic book of Judges in all probability ran into Samuel and ended in ch. xii.; while the story of David, begun in Samuel, embraces the first two chapters of the first book of Kings. The book of Samuel is not very happily named, as much of it is devoted to Saul and the greater part to David; yet it is not altogether inappropriate,
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
1 Samuel 20:6
If your father misses me at all, tell him, 'David earnestly asked my permission to hurry to Bethlehem, his hometown, because an annual sacrifice is being made there for his whole clan.'

1 Samuel 20:27
But the next day, the second day of the month, David's place was empty again. Then Saul said to his son Jonathan, "Why hasn't the son of Jesse come to the meal, either yesterday or today?"

1 Samuel 20:29
He said, 'Let me go, because our family is observing a sacrifice in the town and my brother has ordered me to be there. If I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away to see my brothers.' That is why he has not come to the king's table."

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