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Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

18:3 because he loved him. There is no hint here of a homosexual relationship between Jonathan and David, as some have contended. The love was one of friendship and deep admiration. David later had a number of wives and concubines, with many children. Jonathan also was head of his own “house” and had at least one son (I Samuel 20:15; II Samuel 9:3).

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