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After David killed Goliath Saul took him on as commander of his troops where David formed a close friendship with Sauls son Jonathan However after David successfully won the battle against the Philistines Saul became extremely jealous and tried to kill David by throwing a spear at him David stayed with Saul however and Saul offered him his daughter Merav as a wife He later reneged on his promise but offered David his second daughter Michal in exchange for the foreskins of 100 Philistines a price that David paid Sauls jealousy grew and he asked his son Jonathan to kill David Jonathan was a friend of Davids however and his David instead He then went to his father and convinced Saul to promise not to kill David Saul promised and David returned to his service This promise did not last and after Saul attempted to kill David a second time Michal helped David run away to the prophet Samuel in Ramah David returned briefly to make a pact of peace with Jonathan and to verify that Saul was still planning to kill him He then continued his flight from Saul finding refuge with the king of Moab On the way the priest Ahimelech of Nob gave David a weapon When Saul heard this he sent Doeg the Edomite to kill 85 of the citys priests In the course of his flight David gained the support of 600 men and he and his band traveled from city to city At one point in Ein Gedi David crept up on Saul while he was in a cave but instead of killing him cut a piece from his cloak and confronted Saul Saul broke down and admitted that David would one day be king and asked David to swear that he would not destroy Sauls descendants or wipe out Sauls name David swore to this but it did not stop Saul from continuing to pursue him
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