An excerpt from Pirkei Avot, the two-thousand-year-old book of Jewish ethics:
“Any love which is contingent on a thing, when the thing is nullified the love disintegrates; but a love which is independent of anything will never disintegrate. What is the prototype of love, which is contingent on a thing? This is the love of Amnon and Tamar. And what is the prototype of a love, which is independent of anything? This is the love of David and Jonathan.” (Pirkei Avot 5:19)
David is King David, and Jonathan is the son of King Saul.
The translation is by Michael Shire from his book Mazal Tov!: The Ritual and Customs of a Jewish Wedding.
More Mazal Tov! here.
(Image: Jonathan Lovingly Taketh His Leave of David by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld via Wikimedia Commons)