1 Samuel 23:17
And he said to him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you; and you shall be king over Israel…
This conduct of the king's son teaches some important lessons.
1. Stand by the weak and defenceless. There is no nobler feature in any boy's character than a determination to do this.
2. We also learn to be content with a lower place when God has clearly marked out another for a higher. Jonathan saw that God was with David, and he made his own conduct to serve God's purpose. Be always on the look out to render others service. Fear not the taunts of men or the frowns of the world. Take Christ as your pattern. For yourselves do not forget that unselfishness is the ornament of every true man, the mark of every true gentleman, the essence of pure religion, and the germ of an undying character.
Parallel VersesKJV: And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee; and that also Saul my father knoweth.