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1 Samuel 20:3

    1 Samuel 20:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me and death.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And David swore moreover, and said, Your father certainly knows that I have found grace in your eyes; and he said, Let not 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.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father knoweth well that I have found favor in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as Jehovah liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me and death.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But David took his oath again and said, Your father sees that I am dear to you; so he says to himself, Let Jonathan have no idea of this, for it will be a grief to him; but as the Lord is living, and as your soul is living, there is only a step between me and death.

    Webster's Revision

    And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father knoweth well that I have found favor in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as Jehovah liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me and death.

    World English Bible

    David swore moreover, and said, "Your father knows well that I have found favor in your eyes; and he says, 'Don't let Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved:' but truly as Yahweh lives, and as your soul lives, there is but a step between me and death."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father knoweth well that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me and death.

    Definitions for 1 Samuel 20:3

    Grace - Kindness; favor.
    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Samuel 20:3

    There is but a step between me and death - My life is in the most imminent danger. Your father has, most assuredly, determined to destroy me.

    The same figure used here, there is but a step between me and death, may be found in Juvenal, who, satirizing those who risk their lives for the sake of gain in perilous voyages, speaks thus: -

    I nune et ventis animam committe, dolato

    Confisus ligno, digitis a morte remotus

    Quatuor aut septem, si sit latissima teda.

    Sat. xii., ver. 57.

    "Go now, and commit thy life to the winds,

    trusting to a hewn plank, four or seven fingers thick,

    if the beam out of which it has been cut have been large enough."

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Samuel 20:3

    And David sware moreover - Rather, "yet again." He met Jonathan's denial by repeating his statement and confirming it with an oath.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Samuel 20:3

    20:3 David sware - The matter being of great moment, and Jonathan doubting the truth of it, he confirms his word with an oath, which follows in the end of the verse . Only he interposeth a reason why Saul concealed it from Jonathan.