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Jonathan Warns by eikonik Jonathan Warns by eikonik
1 Samuel 20
1 Then David fled from Naioth at Ramah and went to Jonathan and asked, "What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father, that he is trying to take my life?" 2 "Never!" Jonathan replied. "You are not going to die! Look, my father doesn't do anything, great or small, without confiding in me. Why would he hide this from me? It's not so!" 3 But David took an oath and said, "Your father knows very well that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said to himself, 'Jonathan must not know this or he will be grieved.' Yet as surely as the Lord lives and as you live, there is only a step between me and death." 4 Jonathan said to David, "Whatever you want me to do, I'll do for you." 5 So David said, "Look, tomorrow is the New Moon festival, and I am supposed to dine with the king; but let me go and hide in the field until the evening of the day after tomorrow. 6 If your father misses me at all, tell him, 'David earnestly asked my permission to hurry to Bethlehem, his hometown, because an annual sacrifice is being made there for his whole clan.' 7 If he says, 'Very well,' then your servant is safe. But if he loses his temper, you can be sure that he is determined to harm me. 8 As for you, show kindness to your servant, for you have brought him into a covenant with you before the Lord. If I am guilty, then kill me yourself! Why hand me over to your father?"

9 "Never!" Jonathan said. "If I had the least inkling that my father was determined to harm you, wouldn't I tell you?" 10 David asked, "Who will tell me if your father answers you harshly?" 11 "Come," Jonathan said, "let's go out into the field." So they went there together. 12 Then Jonathan said to David: "By the Lord, the God of Israel, I will surely sound out my father by this time the day after tomorrow! If he is favorably disposed toward you, will I not send you word and let you know? 13 But if my father is inclined to harm you, may the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if I do not let you know and send you away safely. May the Lord be with you as he has been with my father. 14 But show me unfailing kindness like that of the Lord as long as I live, so that I may not be killed, 15 and do not ever cut off your kindness from my family--not even when the Lord has cut off every one of David's enemies from the face of the earth." 16 So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, "May the Lord call David's enemies to account." 17 And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself. 18 Then Jonathan said to David: "Tomorrow is the New Moon festival. You will be missed, because your seat will be empty. 19 The day after tomorrow, toward evening, go to the place where you hid when this trouble began, and wait by the stone Ezel. 20 I will shoot three arrows to the side of it, as though I were shooting at a target. 21 Then I will send a boy and say, 'Go, find the arrows.' If I say to him, 'Look, the arrows are on this side of you; bring them here,' then come, because, as surely as the Lord lives, you are safe; there is no danger. 22 But if I say to the boy, 'Look, the arrows are beyond you,' then you must go, because the Lord has sent you away. 23 And about the matter you and I discussed--remember, the Lord is witness between you and me forever."

24 So David hid in the field, and when the New Moon festival came, the king sat down to eat. 25 He sat in his customary place by the wall, opposite Jonathan, and Abner sat next to Saul, but David's place was empty. 26 Saul said nothing that day, for he thought, "Something must have happened to David to make him ceremonially unclean--surely he is unclean." 27 But the next day, the second day of the month, David's place was empty again. Then Saul said to his son Jonathan, "Why hasn't the son of Jesse come to the meal, either yesterday or today?" 28 Jonathan answered, "David earnestly asked me for permission to go to Bethlehem. 29 He said, 'Let me go, because our family is observing a sacrifice in the town and my brother has ordered me to be there. If I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away to see my brothers.' That is why he has not come to the king's table." 30 Saul's anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, "You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don't I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you? 31 As long as the son of Jesse lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Now send and bring him to me, for he must die!" 32 "Why should he be put to death? What has he done?" Jonathan asked his father. 33 But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David. 34 Jonathan got up from the table in fierce anger; on that second day of the month he did not eat, because he was grieved at his father's shameful treatment of David.

35 In the morning Jonathan went out to the field for his meeting with David. He had a small boy with him, 36 and he said to the boy, "Run and find the arrows I shoot." As the boy ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. 37 When the boy came to the place where Jonathan's arrow had fallen, Jonathan called out after him, "Isn't the arrow beyond you?" 38 Then he shouted, "Hurry! Go quickly! Don't stop!" The boy picked up the arrow and returned to his master. 39 (The boy knew nothing of all this; only Jonathan and David knew.) 40 Then Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and said, "Go, carry them back to town." 41 After the boy had gone, David got up from the south side of the stone and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground. Then they kissed each other and wept together--but David wept the most. 42 Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord, saying, 'The Lord is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.'" Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.
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Bladeninja76 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice pose and leather/wood equipment.
frankgdunn Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wrote a message yesterday but don't see it, so I apologize if this is repeating.  I came here to this site again looking to see if I could find permissions/restrictions on the use of this art.  I see that I left a message when I was here two years ago, but unfortunately didn't see the message and thus never replied.

I am the founder and Executive Director of Jonathan's Circle, a non-profit (501.c.3) organization whose mission is to enable men to realize wholeness through connecting sex and spirit.  This piece, "Jonathan Warns," is perfect for some of the promotional materials we use.  I was and am writing to find out if it is all right to develop a poster from it, provided, of course, that we give you credit.  I'd like to use it, but certainly don't want to do anything that doesn't respect copyright restrictions.  

We have not used this widely although it does appear on our Facebook page.  It draws dozens of compliments.  If you'd like to know more, please visit  You won't see it on our website, but you will see a link to our online store.  We'd very much like to make it available as a poster there, and would be happy to give all the royalties and proceeds from the sale of it to you, in exchange for the use of it.  In fact, I'd be quite happy to give you all the publicity we can!


Frank Dunn
DMcKinney79 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Been reading 1 & 2 Samuel in the King James Bible on Sundays and Wednesdays at a Pentecostal Church where I go ?
vliao12 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Can I buy this print for a better resolution?  I like to frame it for at least 11*14 inches.  The current resolution is not enough for the size.  great thanks
eikonik Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I sent you a note with more details.
frankgdunn Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want to use this on a website.  How can I get a digital file and use it with proper permission?
eikonik Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, Can you send me a private note with more specifics? Thanks!!
Writer4Him Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great! Thanks for this depiction of Jonathon warning David.
eikonik Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you and you are welcome!
Writer4Him Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TitaniumFerrous Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I wish I had a friendship like David and Johnathan had.... :(
Denarniac Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
i love seeing bible art :D
cristianosequeira Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing art. I didn't think i'd find exactly what i wanted but i was looking for some kind of picture or digital art to use for my sermon about Jonathan. I hope you don't me using it on my keynote presentation (i'll leave a link to your deviantart account as credit). If you do mind though, i won't use it. May GOD bless you and keep up the good work =).
eikonik Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, Can you email me so we can discuss the nature of your presentation? Just want to make sure..... :)


cristianosequeira Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer

Thanks for answering me so fast =). I thank you anyway but i won't do it anymore. I would just do a regular keynote (iWork 09 for Mac OS X, similar to Microsoft Office's PowerPoint in case you don't know) and then i would record it and do a voice over so i could upload it to youtube. It would be just a simple sermon about Jonathan and David in the Bible.

But those are the weekly lessons from the Sabbath School, so i have a "deadline" of one week. Considering that i am too busy with School myself (Computer Engineering at University), i can't afford deadlines. So i thought maybe to start a different kind of project. I'm thinking about doing sermons on the 27 fundamental beliefs of my church, that way i could preach about something and take my time to polish the presentation before i upload it, with no deadlines.

Thank you anyway for your kindness in answering me so promptly =).

Best regards,

Cristiano Sequeira.

P.S.: I would like to ask you for forgiveness in case you didn't understand anything i said. I'm Portuguese and my english isn't all that good yet. =$
eikonik Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for your consideration and your interest in my work. If you would like to use my illustrations for a presentation in the future, please feel free to email me. I would love to see how I could help.

Your english is very good!

Thanks again...
HPNotHarryPotter Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Brilliant portrayal.
MasterSword123 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
mind if I use this pic for a pic of mine Please!! Its going to be drawn and I need the pose he is making
MasterSword123 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
thx for the :+fav:
SuperSpieth Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
Jonathan is my third favorite character of the story of how David become king.
Because David and Jonathan were very loyal friends even until death.
If that's not friendship I don't know what is.
abrighterdawn Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
very lovely. Great poses and angles. : )
caseva Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
If you ever decide to do Jonathan and his armor bearer attacking the Phillistine Garrison, it would be awesome.
sharhem Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Professional Photographer
This is AWESOME!!
MissSunflower Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
wow, I really love the way you've depicted joshua, his pose and facial expression are great! I also really love the composition, it adds a bit of drama and emotion to the piece. :thumbsup:
AtarahDerek Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
This is so detailed. I definitely don't have this kind of patience.
Jonathan is one of my absolute favorite biblical people. I love the fact that you've captured the friendship between these two men without turning it into slash, as so many other people love to do (which drives me nuts!). Great job! :w00t:
LOTRFN Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
fazzygrl Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
David and Jonathan's friendship is so heartwarming and Jonathan's one of my favorite Biblical characters. They show that two guys can have a deep relationship that isn't sinful.
Stoneflower-Waya Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love this story, and how you portrayed it. the story of david and johnathan caused me some confusion a while back, and I prayed to the lord a lot about what it means, what he was trying to say to me through it. I couldn't figure it out, until during a sermon I learned something. In the new testament, when it says that jesus "had compassion" on someone (also used when the father saw his son in the parable of the prodigal son) the original hebrew for that word litterally means "to have a longing in the bowels for another person." To have a love so great for someone, loving them as yourself, that you have a longing the bowels for them...that blows my mind, because its so foreign to american culture. And he was teaching me about this love through David and Johnathan's friendship.

So, thank you for making this! I would buy a print of it in a heartbeat, honestly, because it reminds me of that lesson, and how pure and profound and deep our love for others should be.
NuttyIsa Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing! :D I love it! *favs*
Kidlet34 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007  Hobbyist
the transparency is amazing. i love your work. how long does it take you to draw them?
eikonik Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Typically an image from sketch/concept to colored completion is 4 days.

Zurite Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007
I like this style. :)
ishoku Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
hehe If I hadn't read your comments on the picture I would've mistaken the Hunter dude for Esau except.. a less hairier version ;]
Touch-Not-This-Cat Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
I was looking for one that most closly maches the following:

The Ballad Of The Battle Of Gibeon
G. K. Chesterton
Five kings rule o’er the Amorite,
Mighty as fear and old as night;
Swathed with unguent and gold and jewel,
Waxed they merry and fat and cruel.
Zedek of Salem, a terror and glory,
Whose face was hid while his robes were gory;
And Hoham of Hebron, whose loathly face is
Heavy and dark o’er the ruin of races;
And Piram of Jarmuth, drunk with strange wine,
Who dreamed he had fashioned all stars that shine;
And Debir of Eglon wild, without pity,
Who raged like a plague in the midst of his city;
And Japhia of Lachish, a fire that flameth,
Who did in the daylight what no man nameth.

These five kings said one to another,
‘King unto king o’er the world is brother,
Seeing that now, for a sign and a wonder,
A red eclipse and a tongue of thunder,
A shape and a finger of desolation,
Is come against us a kingless nation.
Gibeon hath failed us: it were not good
That a man remember where Gibeon stood.’
Then Gibeon sent to our captain, crying,
‘Son of Nun, let a shaft be flying,
For unclean birds are gathering greedily;
Slack not thy hand, but come thou speedily.
Yea, we are lost save thou maintain’st us,
For the kings of the mountains are gathered against us.’

Then to our people spake the Deliverer,
‘Gibeon is high, yet a host may shiver her;
Gibeon hath sent to me crying for pity,
For the lords of the cities encompass the city
With chariot and banner and bowman and lancer,
And I swear by the living God I will answer.
Gird you, O Israel, quiver and javelin,
Shield and sword for the road we travel in;
Verily, as I have promised, pay I
Life unto Gibeon, death unto Ai.’

Sudden and still as a bolt shot right
Up on the city we went by night.
Never a bird of the air could say,
‘This was the children of Israel’s way.’

Only the hosts sprang up from sleeping,
Saw from the heights a dark stream sweeping;
Sprang up straight as a great shout stung them,
And heard the Deliverer’s war-cry among them,
Heard under cupola, turret, and steeple
The awful cry of the kingless people.

Started the weak of them, shouted the strong of them,
Crashed we a thunderbolt into the throng of them,
Blindly with heads bent, and shields forced before us,
We heard the dense roar of the strife closing o’er us.
And drunk with the crash of the song that it sung them,
We drove the great spear-blade in God’s name among them.

Redder and redder the sword-flash fell.
Our eyes and our nostrils were hotter than hell;
Till full all the crest of the spear-surge shocking us,
Hoham of Hebron cried out mocking us,
‘Nay, what need of the war-sword’s plying,
Out of the desert the dust comes flying.
A little red dust, if the wind be blowing—
Who shall reck of its coming or going?’
Back the Deliverer spake as a clarion,
‘Mock at thy slaves, thou eater of carrion!
Laughest thou at us, in thy kingly clowning,
We, that laughed upon Ramases frowning.
We that stood up proud, unpardoned,
When his face was dark and his heart was hardened?
Pharaoh we knew and his steeds, not faster
Than the word of the Lord in thine ear, O master.

Sheer through the turban his wantons wove him,
Clean to the skull the Deliverer clove him;
And the two hosts reeled at the sign appalling,
As the great king fell like a great house falling.

Loudly we shouted, and living and dying.
Bore them all backward with strength and strong crying;
And Caleb struck Zedek hard at the throat,
And Japhia of Lachish Zebulon smote.
The war-swords and axes were clashing and groaning,
The fallen were fighting and foaming and moaning;
The war-spears were breaking, the war-horns were braying,
Ere the hands of the slayers were sated with slaying.
And deep in the grasses grown gory and sodden,
The treaders of all men were trampled and trodden;
And over them, routed and reeled like cattle,
High over the turn of the tide of the battle,
High over noises that deafen and cover us,
Rang the Deliverer’s voice out over us.

‘Stand thou still, thou sun upon Gibeon,
Stand thou, moon, in the valley of Ajalon!
Shout thou, people, a cry like thunder,
For the kings of the earth are broken asunder.
Now we have said as the thunder says it,
Something is stronger than strength and slays it.
Now we have written for all time later,
Five kings are great, yet a law is greater.
Stare, O sun! in thine own great glory,
This is the turn of the whole world’s story.
Stand thou still, thou sun upon Gibeon,
Stand thou, moon, in the valley of Ajalon!

‘Smite! amid spear-blades blazing and breaking.
More than we know of is rising and making.
Stab with the javelin, crash with the car!
Cry! for we know not the thing that we are.
Stand, O sun! that in horrible patience
Smiled on the smoke and the slaughter of nations.
Thou shalt grow sad for a little crying,
Thou shalt be darkened for one man’s dying—
Stand thou still, thou sun upon Gibeon,
Stand thou, moon, in the valley of Ajalon!’

After the battle was broken and spent
Up to the hill the Deliverer went,
Flung up his arms to the storm-clouds flying,
And cried unto Israel, mightily crying,
‘Come up, O warriors! come up, O brothers!
Tribesmen and herdsmen, maidens and mothers;
The bondman’s son and the bondman’s daughter,
The hewer of wood and the drawer of water,
He that carries and he that brings,
And set your foot on the neck of kings.’

This is the story of Gibeon fight—
Where we smote the lords of the Amorite;
Where the banners of princes with slaughter were sodden.
And the beards of seers in the rank grass trodden;
Where the trees were wrecked by the wreck of cars,
And the reek of the red field blotted the stars;
Where the dead heads dropped from the swords that sever,
Because His mercy endureth for ever.
richard-chin Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007
Your stuff is amazing and its even more amazing to see God use your work to reach out to people. Keep up the good job. cheers
rouge-red Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007
Bula Eikonik, i am from Fiji. Bro i really like your artwork. God has richly blessed you. You are a blessed man. God has given you a talent to reach out for the lost and the broken hearted. Your art has a special way of reaching out to the lost souls. All i want to say is... may God give you the strength of David, the wisdom of King Solomon,the humbleness of Joseph and the patience of the prophet Elijah. May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you and lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. So keep smiling and keep shining. Godbless

Your dear friend from the Fiji Islands
Firestar7218 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
whooaaa, I totally love this story in the Bible, and the illustration is great ^-^
PsycopathicHellsing Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
This is SO amazing `<3
I absolutely adore their poses and the feel to this pic.Love their long hair too,and the background is simply gorgeous,love how you added their face there too.
Bunnyhop Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
WOW! This is AMAZING work! It took my breath away! I love the shading and proportions. You are an a-m-a-z-i-n-g artist! God bless!~.^
kitau Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007
A song I like speaks of the oath they swore. [link] It's symbolic of Jesus' blood covenant.

Awesome pic! Very dramatic! :D
282LostMemories Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2007
Thses pictures have so much emotion I love them!
eikonik Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I appreciate your input. Thank you :thanks:
RandomK Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
Truly, this is a favorite, a favorite story and now a favorite picture. Thank you for using the talent God has given you to add so much to the story.
eikonik Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you...
RandomK Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007
No, Thank you! awaits the, "no, THANK YOU" endless banter
Kidding. You're welcome! :clap:
artistic18b Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
good bible art.
Abrahamlove Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
Totally rad. Great job. 8D I wish I could go more indepth, sorry!
CrashLandingArt Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007   Interface Designer
Nikolaj Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Amaizing. I got touched while reading the part again. It had been a while.

As for the rest, I love the way you dressed them up and your use of earthen tones in this one.

The arrows in the quiver seem bigger then the one he's holding though. Not that it matters :) Good work!
eikonik Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks again...

Comments are most welcome. I was hoping noone would notice (the arrows). But it's good to store up and put into the creation of the next.
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