…the Remaining Engagement with φιλια (cont.)

iv. A Third Interlude

But Samuel told me a story, of two brothers whose souls were knit together.* And Jonathan loved him as his own soul, he said. Dear Jonathan, the way your David tore his clothes at the news,** remembering when he last saw you, and your last words to him; before he ran for his life, remember? And wept with one another, David weeping the most. Then he said to David, “Go in peace, because we have sworn both of us in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord shall be between me and you, and between my offspring and your offspring, forever.’***  Samuel finished, sat back in his chair, a bit distant now. How extraordinary, he said, eyes misting over.


*1 Samuel 18:1
** 2 Samuel 1:26
***1 Samuel 20:41-42


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