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And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife: only be thou valiant for me, and fight the LORD'S battles. For Saul said, Let not mine hand be upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

18:17 fight the LORD’s battles. Although Saul had promised his daughter to any man who would kill Goliath (I Samuel 17:25), his resentment of David led him to try to use this promise to get David slain (I Samuel 18:25).

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