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The English word "darling" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word, deorling, which meant beloved. The English word dear has the same origin i.e. dear and darling are actually the same word.
The King James Version uses "darling" only twice, to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced yaw-kheed, that itself only occurs twice in the Holy Scriptures. The Hebrew word actually has a much wider meaning than the "darling" that is used to translate it; it literally means united, but is also used to refer to someone who is beloved, but moreover, an irreplaceable life. Surprisingly, both occurrences of the word in the Scriptures were spoken by King David - about himself.
"22:20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog." (Psalm 22:20 KJV)
Consider how the RSV translates the same verses with "my life" instead of "my darling":
"22:20 Deliver my soul from the sword, my life from the power of the dog!" (Psalm 22:20 RSV)
"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
David wasn't being an "I'm all the love that I need" narcissist when he referred to himself as "my darling" - because in the original words, that isn't what he said. He was referring to a righteous person being precious in God's sight. That was the whole point of David's prayers, which in fact are what those two Psalms are - the pleas of a righteous man to be delivered from those who were attacking him because he obeyed the LORD.
"35:17 Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions. 35:18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.
David's use of the term in Psalm 22 has an even greater significance; his "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" in verse 1 were the very words that the Messiah later used when His Sacrifice was fulfilled (see the Fact Finder question below). The "they pierced my hands and my feet" in verse 16 was what happened to Christ, not to David, when David prophesied it in this Psalm.
"22:1 To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? 22:2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. 22:3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. 22:4 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. 22:5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
Fact Finder: Why did God turn away from the Messiah at the moment that all of humanity's sins were put upon Him?