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Text: “Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions… I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women” – 1 Samuel 1:23-26.

Comment: After David had successfully defeated Goliath, the Giant of Gath, the friendship between the two grew significantly. As the Scripture puts it, “the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul”. (1 Samuel 18:1,2. See also 1 Samuel 20:4). There was a time Jonathan went to David at Horesh to strengthen him, telling him, "Fear not; for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you...." The two of them even made a covenant before the LORD. (1 Samuel 23:16- 18) The Scripture notes: “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother”. (Proverbs 18:24) Several times, Jonathan helped David escape death in the hands of Saul. It was because he fully used the opportunity he had to be with David that even after the death of Jonathan, David still showed favour on the house of Saul. Good deeds never go unrewarded. At a stage David asked, “Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake?” Consequently, he was told of Jonathan's son Mephiboshet, who was lame in his feet. David told him, “Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.” - 2 Samuel 9:1-7.

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