1 Samuel 18:2
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From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family.

King James Bible
And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house.

Darby Bible Translation
And Saul took him that day, and would not let him return to his father's house.

World English Bible
Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house.

Young's Literal Translation
And Saul taketh him on that day, and hath not permitted him to turn back to the house of his father.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

When he had made an end of speaking - These first five verses are omitted by the Septuagint. See the notes on the preceding chapter, 1 Samuel 17 (note).

Jonathan loved him as his own soul - The most intimate friendship subsisted between them; and they loved each other with pure hearts fervently. No love was lost between them; each was worthy of the other. They had a friendship which could not be affected with changes or chances, and which exemplified all that the ancients have said on the subject; Την φιλιαν ισοτητα ειναι, και μιαν ψυχην, τον φιλον ἑτερον αυτον; "Friendship produces an entire sameness; it is one soul in two bodies: a friend is another self."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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1 Samuel 16:21-23 And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armor bearer...

1 Samuel 17:15 But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem.

A Soul's Tragedy
'And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war; and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul's servants. 6. And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick. 7. And the women answered one another as they played,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Exile.
David's first years at the court of Saul in Gibeah do not appear to have produced any psalms which still survive. "The sweetest songs are those Which tell of saddest thought." It was natural, then, that a period full of novelty and of prosperous activity, very unlike the quiet days at Bethlehem, should rather accumulate materials for future use than be fruitful in actual production. The old life shut to behind him for ever, like some enchanted door in a hill-side, and an unexplored land lay beckoning
Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David

Cross References
1 Samuel 17:15
but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father's sheep at Bethlehem.

1 Samuel 19:7
So Jonathan called David and told him the whole conversation. He brought him to Saul, and David was with Saul as before.

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