1 Samuel 20:18
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New International Version
Then Jonathan said to David, "Tomorrow is the New Moon feast. You will be missed, because your seat will be empty.

King James Bible
Then Jonathan said to David, To morrow is the new moon: and thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jonathan said to him, To-morrow is the new moon; and thou wilt be missed, for thy seat will be empty;

World English Bible
Then Jonathan said to him, "Tomorrow is the new moon: and you will be missed, because your seat will be empty.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jonathan saith to him, 'To-morrow is new moon, and thou hast been looked after, for thy seat is looked after;

1 Samuel 20:18 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

new moon (See on verse

1 Samuel 20:5 And David said to Jonathan, Behold, to morrow is the new moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king at meat: but let me go...

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and thou shalt Among the terms of salutation and compliment used in Persia, one was, `according to my mode of notation in italics, (), signifying, Thy place or seat was empty among thy friends. This phrase, or the greater part of it, was frequently addressed to myself when coming into a circle of Persian acquaintances, after an absence of several days or weeks. It reminded me of a passage in the First book of Samuel, (ch

1 Samuel 20:18 Then Jonathan said to David, To morrow is the new moon: and you shall be missed, because your seat will be empty.

) And thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty. And again, David's place was empty.' Sir W. Ouseley's Travels, vol i. preface, p.16

empty [heb] missed

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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 20:5
So David said, "Look, tomorrow is the New Moon feast, and I am supposed to dine with the king; but let me go and hide in the field until the evening of the day after tomorrow.

1 Samuel 20:19
The day after tomorrow, toward evening, go to the place where you hid when this trouble began, and wait by the stone Ezel.

1 Samuel 20:25
He sat in his customary place by the wall, opposite Jonathan, and Abner sat next to Saul, but David's place was empty.

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