1 Samuel 20:4
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Jonathan said to David, "Whatever you want me to do, I'll do for you."

King James Bible
Then said Jonathan unto David, Whatsoever thy soul desireth, I will even do it for thee.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jonathan said to David, What thy soul may say, I will even do it for thee.

World English Bible
Then Jonathan said to David, "Whatever your soul desires, I will even do it for you."

Young's Literal Translation
And Jonathan saith to David, 'What doth thy soul say? -- and I do it for thee.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

There is but a step between me and death - My life is in the most imminent danger. Your father has, most assuredly, determined to destroy me.

The same figure used here, there is but a step between me and death, may be found in Juvenal, who, satirizing those who risk their lives for the sake of gain in perilous voyages, speaks thus: -

I nune et ventis animam committe, dolato

Confisus ligno, digitis a morte remotus

Quatuor aut septem, si sit latissima teda.

Sat. xii., ver. 57.

"Go now, and commit thy life to the winds,

trusting to a hewn plank, four or seven fingers thick,

if the beam out of which it has been cut have been large enough."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Whatsoever. or, Say what is they mind, and I will do, etc.
desireth [heb] speaketh, or thinketh

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

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 20:3
But David took an oath and said, "Your father knows very well that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said to himself, 'Jonathan must not know this or he will be grieved.' Yet as surely as the LORD lives and as you live, there is only a step between me and death."

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.

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