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And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

18:4 gave it to David. The practice of bestowing one’s garments and weapons upon another is known from archaeological discoveries to have symbolized the transfer of one’s position to another. Jonathan evidently knew that God through Samuel had chosen David to be the next king over Israel instead of himself (I Samuel 16:1,13), and he gladly accepted this as God’s will.

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