1 Samuel 20:17
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New International Version
And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.

King James Bible
And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jonathan caused David to swear again, by the love he had for him, for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

World English Bible
Jonathan caused David to swear again, for the love that he had to him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

Young's Literal Translation
and Jonathan addeth to cause David to swear, because he loveth him, for with the love of his own soul he hath loved him.

1 Samuel 20:17 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Show me the kindness of the Lord - When thou comest to the kingdom, if I am alive, thou shalt show kindness to me, and thou shalt continue that kindness to my family after me.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

because he loved him. or, by his love toward him
for he loved

1 Samuel 18:1,3 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David...

Deuteronomy 13:6 If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son, or your daughter, or the wife of your bosom, or your friend...

2 Samuel 1:26 I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant have you been to me: your love to me was wonderful...

Proverbs 18:24 A man that has friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.

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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 18:1
After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.

Jeremiah 40:9
Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, took an oath to reassure them and their men. "Do not be afraid to serve the Babylonians," he said. "Settle down in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it will go well with you.

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