Friendship and Loneliness
Extracts from the books of 1 & 2 Samuel describing the friendship of Jonathan and David.
(1) After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. (2) From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return to his father's house. (3) And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. (4) Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt. (1 Sa 18:1-4)
(12) Then Jonathan said to David: "By the LORD, the God of Israel, I will surely sound out my father by this time the day after tomorrow! If he is favourably disposed toward you, will I not send you word and let you know? (13) But if my father is inclined to harm you, may the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if I do not let you know and send you away safely. May the LORD be with you as he has been with my father. (14) But show me unfailing kindness like that of the LORD as long as I live, so that I may not be killed, (15) and do not ever cut off your kindness from my family—not even when the LORD has cut off every one of David's enemies from the face of the earth." (16) So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, "May the LORD call David's enemies to account." (17) And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself. (1 Sa 20:12-17)
(41) After the boy had gone, David got up from the south side of the stone and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground. Then they kissed each other and wept together—but David wept the most. (42) Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the LORD, saying, 'The LORD is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.'" Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town. (1 Sa 20:41-42)
While David was at Horesh in the Desert of Ziph, he learned that Saul had come out to take his life. (16) And Saul's son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God. (17) "Don't be afraid," he said. "My father Saul will not lay a hand on you. You will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you. Even my father Saul knows this." (18) The two of them made a covenant before the LORD. Then Jonathan went home, but David remained at Horesh. (1 Sa 23:15-18)
I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women. (2 Sa 1:26)