David and Jonathan
Inseparable friends. Similar examples of friendship were Pylades and Orestes (q.v.); Damon and Pythias (q.v.); etc.
“I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan. Very pleasant hast thou been to me. Thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.”—2 Sam. i. 26.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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