ד וַיִּתְפַּשֵּׁט יְהוֹנָתָן אֶת־הַמְּעִיל אֲשֶׁר עָלָיו וַיִּתְּנֵהוּ לְדָוִד וּמַדָּיו וְעַד־חַרְבּוֹ וְעַד־קַשְׁתּוֹ וְעַד־חֲגֹרוֹ׃
The Sages view the mutual affection shared by Yehonatan and David as the epitome of true love between friends, as neither has any ulterior motives (Ethics of the Fathers 5:16). Indeed, as the heir apparent, Yehonatan has every reason to be jealous of David who was destined to be the new king of Israel. But instead, Yehonatan accepts the decree. He not only protects David from his father, King Shaul, but also gives him the symbol of his position as heir to the throne. Yehonatan recognizes that David is to be the founder of the eternal dynasty of Israel.