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“I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.”
King James Version (KJV)
I am distressed for thee, my brother Ionathan, very pleasant hast thou beene vnto mee: thy loue to mee was wonderfull, passing the loue of women.
- King James Version (1611) - Compare to scan of original 2 Samuel chapter 1
"I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; You have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was more wonderful Than the love of women.
- New American Standard Version (1995)
I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: Very pleasant hast thou been unto me: Thy love to me was wonderful, Passing the love of women.
- American Standard Version (1901)
I am full of grief for you, my brother Jonathan: very dear have you been to me: your love for me was a wonder, greater than the love of women.
- Basic English Bible
I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant wast thou unto me; Thy love to me was wonderful, passing women's love.
- Darby Bible
I grieve for thee, my brother Jonathan: exceeding beautiful, and amiable to me above the love of women. As the mother loveth her only son, so did I love thee.
- Douay Rheims Bible
I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been to me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.
- Webster's Bible
I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan. You have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.
- World English Bible
I am in distress for thee, my brother Jonathan, Very pleasant wast thou to me; Wonderful was thy love to me, Above the love of women!
- Youngs Literal Bible
I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant hast thou been unto me; wonderful was thy love to me, passing the love of women.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible
Josephine's comment on 2015-06-30 10:30:30:
This love is clearly a godly love. Considering what Jonathan did to him, how he helped him escape from his father Saul 's arrow. The goodness of Jonathan remained in David 's heart. Who amongst us today would not love such a person as Jonathan with love more than of a woman or of a man.
Blessed's comment on 2014-10-01 07:17:44:
No where in the book of Samuel is there any mention of a sexual relationship between David and Jonathan. Jesus tells us to love our enemies and forgive those who spitefully use us. David loved Jonathan with same love Jesus has for us pure and undefiled as brother and sister. This love breaks the worldly sensual and earthly love or lust and ushers into a pure and undefiled love one another
Hugh's comment on 2014-09-26 07:03:11:
This message is for Gene and whoever is trying to compare this as Homosexual activity you are wrong. Stop trying to Justify Homosexual activity this a demon sprit and whoever is practicing this is a child of the Devil...
The Hound Upon The Wall's comment on 2014-07-02 15:00:33:
The actual order to cease homosexual activity was only passed on to one of the tribes of Israel the smallest, which was why this edict was passed. Sodom and Gomorrah were burned because Sodomy is rape not because they were homosexual. If anyone wants to know I took this from the footnotes of my family 's 1867 calvinist bible. It is not for us to judge, only to accept. It is not for us to turn our brothers and sisters away only to treat them as we would be treated ourselves.
Liz's comment on 2014-04-26 09:14:34:
This love is a pure love like Gods love towards mankind Gods love is like no other they loves each other like brothers like family
Derrick's comment on 2014-01-09 22:13:39:
I share this love or bond with my identical twin brother that no one but Jesus Christ can circumvent. We bond on that level I truly believe this is the love that David refers to with Jonathan
Comfort's comment on 2013-08-03 17:15:02:
God's Love is Brotherly Love
Martha's comment on 2013-05-16 04:39:01:
I do not believe that David and Jonathan was gay because the bible says that this kind of relationship is a sin. I know that David had a great love for Jonathan a pure love of the heart like the love God has for us.
Gene GreccoStoliesSimile's comment on 2010-12-02 00:08:44:
I wrote the following comment, online, that posted the King James Version of the Bible.
The love of a brother in friend, where two hearts, so identify with each other, they, upon meeting entangle almost immediately and deeply. With time, and the proofing of respect and trust by words and deeds only solidifies and reinforces this form of love. I have truly love only two persons in this world, so far in my life time, liked a lifetimes worth of people, but Michelle Renee Tharp of Melbourne Fla, 1976-80 and Ron Clark of Tukwila, WA, are those two individuals who shaped or are shaping core character; refining it and enlarging my sense of global goodwill.
There have been suggestions by the global thought that maybe Jonathan and David had homosexual attitudes towards each other; that did not make them Homos. I am gay and to me, there is nothing, in the scriptural record that spells out that this Greater Love, one holier than love for a Woman, in my opinion is Homosexual.
I will share with the reader, that I have sought all, 52 years of my life, 30 of those as an adult, to have such a transcendent love. That I could be so loved by another male. My friend Ron, is his own person and do not have desire to adapt him to fit my needs for love. We might separate in time as friends, but I do not believe I will ever be as close to what David and Jonathan's love has been described by in the Bible, than the Love I have for Ron; I have been changed and my appreciation to the Universe, not God, for my opportunity to know such feeling of love seems to have an endless depth.
Thank you for the opportunity to share these thoughts.
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