Insomuch as Saul hated David, his son Jonathan deeply loved him. David and Jonathan were true friends and soul mates. The word says, “… the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 2Saul took him that day, and would not let him go home to his father’s house anymore. 3Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. 4And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.”
Best friends share stuff! What’s odd about this relationship is that as long as David was around, Jonathan would never inherit the throne of his father. It appears that in Jonathan’s mind “friendship” was more important than “rulership”. He continually put David’s life ahead of his father’s ill wishes and his own personal aspirations.
Jonathan was anointed and was mighty in battle and the enemy fell before him as he advanced against them. He was spiritually sensitive and not prone to his father’s depraved disposition. He warned David of his father’s intention to kill him on more than one occasion, and once allowed David to freely escape impending capture. Jonathan was a true friend and in this life they are rare and hard to find. There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother!