1 Samuel 20:10
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New International Version
David asked, "Who will tell me if your father answers you harshly?"

King James Bible
Then said David to Jonathan, Who shall tell me? or what if thy father answer thee roughly?

Darby Bible Translation
Then said David to Jonathan, Who shall tell me? or what if thy father answer thee roughly?

World English Bible
Then David said to Jonathan, "Who shall tell me if perchance your father answers you roughly?"

Young's Literal Translation
And David saith unto Jonathan, 'Who doth declare to me? or what if thy father doth answer thee sharply?'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Who shall tell me? - Who shall give me the necessary information? What means wilt thou use to convey this intelligence to me?

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

answer thee

1 Samuel 20:30-34 Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said to him, You son of the perverse rebellious woman...

1 Samuel 25:10,14,17 And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, Who is David? and who is the son of Jesse...

Genesis 42:7,30 And Joseph saw his brothers, and he knew them, but made himself strange to them, and spoke roughly to them; and he said to them...

1 Kings 12:13 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him;

Proverbs 18:23 The poor uses entreaties; but the rich answers roughly.

Library
Jonathan, the Pattern of Friendship
'And David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before Jonathan, What have I done? what is mine iniquity? and what is my sin before thy father, that he seeketh my life? 2. And he said unto him, God forbid; thou shalt not die: behold, my father will do nothing either great or small, but that he will shew it me: and why should my father hide this thing from me? it is not so. 3. And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Samuel
Alike from the literary and the historical point of view, the book[1] of Samuel stands midway between the book of Judges and the book of Kings. As we have already seen, the Deuteronomic book of Judges in all probability ran into Samuel and ended in ch. xii.; while the story of David, begun in Samuel, embraces the first two chapters of the first book of Kings. The book of Samuel is not very happily named, as much of it is devoted to Saul and the greater part to David; yet it is not altogether inappropriate,
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
1 Samuel 20:9
"Never!" Jonathan said. "If I had the least inkling that my father was determined to harm you, wouldn't I tell you?"

1 Samuel 20:11
"Come," Jonathan said, "let's go out into the field." So they went there together.

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