David comes at night to the camp of the Israelites in Gilboa. He is forced to hide from King Saul, to which the filial feelings feed. Earlier, Saul loved him, he himself chose David as his wife for his beloved daughter, Malkola. “But the ransom of the Sinister – a hundred enemy heads – You demanded, and I took a double harvest for you…” Today Saul is not himself: he is following David. David wants to take part in the battle with the Philistines and to prove his devotion to Saul. Saul’s son Jonathan, hearing David speak to himself, approaches him. Jonathan rejoices at the meeting: he loves David as a brother. He fears for David’s life, knowing how much he hates Saul. David is not afraid of anything: “I am here to die: but only in battle, As strong – for the fatherland and for that ungrateful Saul, that he prays for my death.” Jonathan tells us, that the wicked and envious Abner, a relative of Saul and the chief of his army, is always setting Saul against David. Michal, David’s wife, is faithful to her husband and every day with tears she begs Saul to return David to her. Jonathan says that without David, the Israelis lost their former courage: “With you, the world, glory and confidence in the battle”. Jonathan remembers how the prophet Samuel before he died received David and anointed him with oil. He advises David to wait in the mountains for a signal to the battle and only then get out of hiding. David lamented: “Oh, do courageous acts Hide as intrigues?” He wants to go to Saul and, despite the fact that he does not know any guilt, ask him for forgiveness. Samuel once loved Saul as a son, but Saul with his ingratitude incurred the wrath of the Lord. The prophet Samuel bequeathed David love and loyalty to the king, and David never disobeys him. Jonathan swears, while alive, to protect David from the wrath of Saul. David wants to see Michal. Usually, before the dawn, Michal comes to cry about David and, together with Jonathan, he prays for his father. David hides, and Jonathan carefully prepares his sister for a meeting with her husband. Michal sees David without the purple ebanchi she wove to him, in a coarse cloak, he does not look like a royal son-in-law, but a simple infantryman. Jonathan and Michal decide to find out in what mood the Saul is, and if it seems favorable to them, then gradually prepare the father for a meeting with David. So that no one identifies David and Abner does not send the killer, Jonathan asks him to lower the visor and mix with the crowd of soldiers. But Melchola believes that the look and ability to wear the sword of David is easy to learn. She shows him a cave in the forest more often, where he can take refuge. David leaves.
Saul remembers how undaunted the warrior he was. Now he is old and his strength is not the same as before. But he lost not only his youth: “Was with me Another invincible hand of the Most High! .. And was, at least, With me, David, my knight.” Abner tells Saul that David is the main cause of all his troubles. But Saul understands that the thing in him is: “Impatient, gloomy, Cruel, spiteful – so I became like, Always myself, not sweet, not nice to others, With peace thirsty for wars, in wars – peace.” Abner assures Saul that the prophet Samuel, who was the first to say that Saul is rejected by God, is a defiant, deceitful and cunning old man, he himself wanted to become king, but the people elected Saul, and Samuel out of envy declared that God had rejected Saul. Abner says that David was always closer to Samuel than to Saul, and is more located to the altar than to the battlefield. Abner of one blood with Saul: “I am of your kind, and the glitter of the king There is the glory of Abner, and David will not be exalted, not upset by Saul.” Saul often sees in a dream how Samuel tears off the king’s crown from his head and wants to lay it on David’s head, but David falls down and tears to the prophet to return the crown to Saul. Abner exclaims: “Let David perish: all fears and misfortunes and visions will disappear with him.”
Saul no longer wants to delay the battle with the Philistines. Jonathan does not doubt the victory. Melchola hopes that after the battle, Saul will find rest and peace and return her beloved husband. Saul believes that the Israelis are doomed to failure. Michal recalls how David, with his singing, appeased Saul and distracted him from gloomy thoughts. Jonathan reminds Saul of David’s military valor. David appears: “My King, for a long time I longed for my head.” So, take it, Seki her. ” Saul greets him kindly: “In you God speaks, the Lord has brought you to me…” David asks Saul to allow him to fight in the ranks of the Israelis or to lead the army as he pleases, and then he is ready to accept the execution. Saul accuses David of pride, in a desire to eclipse the king. David knows that he is not guilty of anything, it’s all – Abner’s slander, which envies him. Abner asserts that David was hiding in Philistia, among the enemies, sowing turmoil among the people of Israel and more than once attempted the...
David calls Abner to himself for an important conversation. He says that Abner should not serve him, David, and they both must serve the sovereign, the people and God. Abner offers a battle plan, which David fully approves. He appoints Abner the chief of the main forces. David wants to begin the offensive at four o’clock in the afternoon: the sun, wind and thick dust will help them in battle. Michal tells David that Abner had already whispered something to Saul, and the mood of the king changed. Saul again accuses David of pride. David replies: “On the battlefield – a warrior, at the court – Your son-in-law, and before God I am nothing.” Saul notices David’s sword. This sacred sword was given to David by the priest Ahimelech. Hearing that Ahimelech gave the sacred sword hanging in the Nomva above the altar, David, Saul is enraged. He accuses the children of the fact that they are just waiting for him to die, to take possession of the royal crown. Jonathan asks David to sing, hoping to dispel the wrath of his father. David sings about the military exploits of Saul, about the rest after the battle, but hearing the word “sword”, Saul again goes into a rage. Jonathan and Michal hold Saul ready to slay David so that he can leave. Saul sends Michal to David. Jonathan, meanwhile, tries to pacify his father’s wrath, begs him not to be bitter against the truth and God, whose elect is David. Abner also looks for David: less than an hour left before the battle. In the camp of the Israelis appears Ahimelech. He rebukes Saul that he descended from the path of the Lord, Saul also calls Ahimelech a traitor, who gave the exile David not only shelter and write, but also a sacred weapon. Saul does not doubt that Ahimelech came to betray him, but the priest came to pray for the bestowal of Saul’s victory. Saul scolds all the priests, he remembers how Samuel himself killed the Amalekite king, who was captured by Saul and spared for military prowess. Ahimelech urges Saul to return to God: “King of the earth, but before God Who is the king?” Saul, come to your senses, you are no more than a crown of dust. ” Ahimelech threatens Saul with the wrath of the Lord and denounces the malicious and insidious Abner. Saul orders Abner to kill Ahimelech, cancel David’s order and postpone the attack for tomorrow, seeing in David’s desire to start the battle before sunset a hint of his fading old hand. Saul tells Abner to lead David, so that he himself cuts his veins. Ahimelech before death predicts that Saul and Abner will die a miserable death from the sword, but not from the enemy and not in battle. Jonathan tries to appeal to the mind of his father, but without success. Saul drives the children away: He sends Jonathan to the army, and sends him to seek David. “I alone stay with myself, And only I am afraid of myself.”
Michal persuades David to flee under the cover of night, but David does not want to leave the Israelis on the eve of the battle. Michal tells of the execution of Ahimelech and the fact that Saul gave Avenir an order to kill David if he met him during the battle. David hears a prophetic voice, he predicts that the coming day will be terrible for the king and for the whole people. But here the pure blood of the servant of the Lord was spilled, and David can not fight on the land that is defiled. Reluctantly he agrees to flee, but, worried about Michal, does not want to take it with him: “Stay with Father until God brings you back to your husband.” David is hiding. Michal hears from his father’s tent cries and sees Saul running from the shadow that pursues him. Melkola tries in vain to convince his father that nobody is after him. Saul sees a fiery punishing sword above him and asks the Lord to turn his sword away from his children, he himself is to blame, but the children are not guilty of anything. He hears the voice of the prophet Samuel, standing up for David. He wants to send for David…