.all Israel and Judah loved David . (when King Saul offered his older daughter to him) David said, "Who am I, . that I should be son-in-law to the king?" 1 Samuel 18:16-18

He who takes his rank (or status, or ability or appearance) lightly raises his own dignity. Hebrew proverb

(after a failed attempt to get David killed by the Philistines and the marriage of his daughter to David) Saul was even more afraid of David. Thus Saul was David's enemy continually. 1 Samuel 18:29

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain. James Baldwin (1924 - 1987) US novelist, essayist

. Saul spoke to Jonathan, his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David; but Jonathan (warned David to hide and told David), . I will speak with my father about you. 1 Samuel 19:1-3

(May) God . fill my heart with courage so that I can stand my ground in matters of righteousness. The Voice of the Lord” Lewis and Harriet Lederer Foundation, Inc. Messianic Jewish Publishers

Thus Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father, and said to him, "Let not the king sin against his servant, .David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his works have been very good toward you. .Why then will you sin against innocent blood, to kill David without a cause?" 1 Samuel 19:4,5

Truth is always the strongest argument. Sophocles (c. 496–406 b.c.)

So Saul heeded the voice of Jonathan, and . swore, "As the Lord lives, he shall not be killed." .So Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence as in times past. 1 Samuel 19:6,7

Let deeds follow words. Lech Walesa (1943 -) Polish "labor activist, politician"