David and Jonathan

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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 Samuel 20:42​​​
Story Characters

Narrator
David
Jonathan
Saul
Abner

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NARRATOR

When God grants you His blessings, it’s not just for you. He wants you to extend His blessings to others. Just like David and Jonathan....

Scene 1 EXT. JUST ABOVE THE BATTLEFIELD – AFTERNOON

Jonathan talks with Saul.

SFX Soldiers are happy about the recent victory.

JONATHAN

Father, did you see how he ran toward Goliath?!

KING SAUL

Yes, Jonathan, I saw.

JONATHAN

No armor, no sword! All he had was a sling and five stones!

KING SAUL

A remarkable young man, to be sure.

JONATHAN

Just imagine what a warrior he will become.

KING SAUL

A good soldier of your army when you sit on the throne, after my days are finished.

ABNER, 40s, is a mighty warrior.

ABNER

Your Majesty. David, the Bethlehemite.

David enters.

KING SAUL

That was quite a feat you performed out there today.

DAVID

It wasn’t me, King Saul. It was my God. It was his battle.

KING SAUL

Tell me, who is your father?

DAVID

I am the son of your servant Jesse.

KING SAUL

Well, David, son of Jesse, I will give you all I have promised.

DAVID

Thank you, Sir! I am very grateful.

Music Sting

Scene 2 EXT - CONTINUOUS

Away from his father, Jonathan catches up to David.

JONATHAN

(Approaching, calling) David! Wait a moment!

David!

DAVID

Jonathan! (Addresses him)

Yes, my prince. How can I serve you?

JONATHAN

I wanted to talk to you. You are the giant slayer! You did an amazing thing in the eyes of all Israel today, and you glorified God with your actions.

DAVID

Well, God is the one who gave me the courage and strength I needed.

JONATHAN

I remember you at the court of the king. My father has such a troubled spirit. Every day, we don’t know how he’ll be. I’ve seen that your harp playing is the only thing that can bring him peace.

DAVID

My prince, I’m just a shepherd.

JONATHAN

Shepherd, warrior.. David, from now on, you’ll stand as a soldier before kings. And King Saul himself.

DAVID

Thank you – thank you so much. I’m overwhelmed at all that’s happening.

JONATHAN

One more thing. Here – take this.

DAVID

You’re giving me your royal robe?

JONATHAN

And my armor--including my sword, my bow, my belt.

DAVID

Jonathan...?

JONATHAN

It’s a sign of a covenant. Your heart is after the Lord. I want to bless you in any way I can. I vow to be your friend. Your brother. No matter what comes.

DAVID

Then I am honored to join you in that covenant. Friends. And brothers.

NARRATOR

In the following months, whatever assignment King Saul gave David, David acted with godly wisdom. In fact, he did it so well that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. That pleased Saul’s whole army, including his officers. Crowds began singing songs of tribute to David. But soon that all changed, and David’s life was in danger.

Music sting

Scene 3 INT. KING SAUL’S PALACE - LATER

King Saul mutters to himself.

KING SAUL

(to himself)Ten thousands! Ten thousands?! (growls)

ABNER

(approaching) King Saul?

KING SAUL

What is it, Abner?

ABNER

Is something troubling you, my king?

KING SAUL

“Saul has slain his thousands...and David his ten thousands!”

ABNER

I don’t understand.

KING SAUL

That’s what the women are singing in the streets! All the cities of Israel, singing the praises of David!

(beat)

And I know full well where this is headed.

ABNER

Sir?

KING SAUL

David wants my throne! Well, he’ll never get it! Never! Do you hear me!

ABNER

Yes, your Majesty.

KING SAUL

Send him to me.

ABNER

David?

KING SAUL

Now!!

Music Sting

Scene 4 INT. KING SAUL’S PALACE - LATER

David plays the harp. King Saul mutters to himself.

KING SAUL

Ten thousands...TEN THOUSANDS!!!

David stops.

KING SAUL

KEEP PLAYING!!

DAVID

Yes, your Majesty.

David continues.

KING SAUL

You think you’re skilled in battle, young man? Well, so am I!

DAVID

Sir?

KING SAUL

You see this spear? How would you like to see me pin you to the wall?!

DAVID

King Saul!

KING SAUL

(grunts as he throws)

David ducks. The spear falls to the ground. David runs out.

KING SAUL

(calling) Come back here!

Music Sting

Scene 6 INT. KING SAUL’S PALACE

NARRATOR

David was afraid to return to the king. Jonathan went to talk to his father about his friend.

Jonathan talks to his father.

JONATHAN

Father, please do not sin against David! He has not sinned against you. He’s been very good to you. He risked his own life to slay Goliath, and he continues to help us defeat the Philistines.

KING SAUL

(sigh)All true... All true.

JONATHAN

Why would you try to kill him without cause?

KING SAUL

I don’t know what came over me.

(beat)

As the Lord lives, David will not be killed.

NARRATOR

Thanks to Jonathan, David was welcomed back to the palace to play for the King. But a distressing spirit from the Lord came upon Saul. And once again, Saul threw his spear at David, to kill him.

(beat)

That night, King Saul sent assassins to wait at David’s house to kill him by morning. But David escaped out the window, and into the night.

Music sting

Scene 7 EXT. FIELD NIGHT

Jonathan meets David.

DAVID

I continue to serve your father! He has promoted me and blessed me and my house. So why does he want to kill me?! What is my sin?! What have I done?!

JONATHAN

You’ve done nothing wrong. And yet, if you do not come back to the palace, he will consider you a traitor and send men to take your life.

(beat)

Here is what I’ll do. After the New Moon feast, you will be missed, because your seat will be empty. Hide here in this field, by this stone. I will shoot three arrows to the side, as though I’m shooting at a target. I will send out a boy and tell him to find the arrows. If I tell him the arrows are on this side, that’s my signal to you. All is safe--no harm will come to you. But if I say, “look the arrows are beyond you!” then you must flee for your life.

NARRATOR

David did as Jonathan told him and hid in the field. Jonathan came into the field with a young boy assisting him.

DAVID

(breathing as he listens)

NARRATOR

As David listened, Jonathan shot three arrows.

JONATHAN

(calling) Look beyond! Look beyond you! Make haste! Hurry! Do not delay!

DAVID

(sotto voce) Oh no!

(MUSIC: SHORT BRIDGE)

Jonathan runs to David.

JONATHAN

(approaching)(calling) David? David!

David stands up.

DAVID

Jonathan!

They hug.

JONATHAN

I sent the boy home. You heard. You must flee for your life. I’m so sorry.

DAVID

You’re not to blame. You’re a loyal son to your father, and have been a faithful friend to me.

JONATHAN

I know one day you will be king. And when you are, remember my kindness to you. Show me your kindness on that day...to me and to my descendants.

DAVID

This is my covenant to you. And...my farewell. My friend...and my brother.

NARRATOR

David remembered his covenant with Jonathan. Many years later, after David became king, he brought Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth [meh

FIB oh sheth] into his palace. David welcomed him to eat at his table, and showed kindness to him. And so, David made good on his promise to a good friend. And a good brother. If you want to read more exciting stories about David, check out the books of I and II Samuel. You’ll find these books in the Old Testament section of your Bible.

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