6It happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with musical instruments.7The women sang as they played, and said,
“Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his ten thousands.”
8Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased him; and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?”9Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on.
10Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house, while David was playing the harp with his hand, as usual; and a spear was in Saul’s hand.11Saul hurled the spear for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.” But David escaped from his presence twice.
12Now Saul was afraid of David, for the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul.13Therefore Saul removed him from his presence and appointed him as his commander of a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.14David was prospering in all his ways for the LORDwas with him.15When Saul saw that he was prospering greatly, he dreaded him.16But all Israel and Judah loved David, and he went out and came in before them.