1 Samuel 23

And it was told David, saying, behold, the Philistines war in Keilah, and they rob, and they trample on the threshing floors. And David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go and strike these Philistines? And the Lord said, Go, and you shall strike these Philistines, and shall save Keilah. And the men of David said to him, Behold, we are afraid here in Judea; and how shall it be if we go to Keilah? Shall we go after the spoils of the Philistines? And David inquired yet again of the Lord; and the Lord answered him, and said to him, Arise and go down to Keilah, for I will deliver the Philistines into your hands. So David and his men with him went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines; and they fled from before him, and he carried off their cattle, and struck them with a great slaughter, and David rescued the inhabitants of Keilah. And it came to pass when Abiathar the son of Abimelech fled to David, that he went down with David to Keilah, having and ephod in his hand. And it was told Saul that David had come to Keilah. And Saul said, God has sold him into my hands, for he is shut up, having entered into a city that has gates and bars. And Saul charged all the people to go down to war to Keilah, to besiege David and his men. And David knew that Saul spoke openly of mischief against him. So David said to Abiathar the priest, Bring the ephod of the Lord. 10 And David said, O Lord God of Israel, Your servant has indeed heard, that Saul seeks to come against Keilah to destroy the city on my account. 11 Will the place be shut up? And now will Saul come down, as Your servant has heard? Lord God of Israel, tell Your servant. And the Lord said, It will be shut up. 13 And David arose, and the men with him, in number about four hundred, and they went forth from Keilah, and went wherever they could go. And it was told Saul that David had escaped from Keilah, so he halted the expedition. 14 And he dwelt in Maserim in the wilderness, in the narrow passes; and dwelt in the wilderness in Mount Ziph, in the dry country. And Saul sought him continually, but the Lord delivered him not into his hands. 15 And David perceived that Saul went forth to seek him. And David was in the dry mountain in the New Ziph. 16 And Jonathan son of Saul arose, and went to David to Caene, and strengthened his hands in the Lord. 17 And he said to him, Fear not, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you; and you shall be king over Israel, and I shall be second to you; and Saul my father knows it. 18 So they both made a covenant before the Lord; and David dwelt in Caene, and Jonathan went to his home. 19 And the Ziphites came up out of the dry country to Saul to the hill, saying, Behold, is not David hidden with us in Messara, in the narrows in Caene in the hill of Echela, which is on the right of Jeshimon? 20 And now according to all the king's desire to come down, let him come down to us; they have shut him up into the hands of the king. 21 And Saul said to them, Blessed are you of the Lord, for you have been grieved on my account. 22 Go, I pray, and make preparations yet, and notice his place where his foot shall be, quickly, in that place which you spoke of, lest by any means he should deal craftily. 23 Take notice, then, and learn, and I will go with you. And it shall come to pass that if he is in the land, I will search him out among all the thousands of Judah. 24 And the Ziphites arose, and went before Saul. And David and his men were in the Wilderness of Maon, westward, to the right of Jeshimon. 25 And Saul and his men went to seek him. And they brought word to David, and he went down to the rock that was in the Wilderness of Maon. And Saul heard, and followed after David to the wilderness of Maon. 26 And Saul and his men went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain. And David was hiding himself to escape from Saul; and Saul and his men encamped against David and his men, in order to take them. 27 And a messenger came to Saul, saying, Make haste and come here, for the Philistines have invaded the land! 28 So Saul returned from following after David, and went to meet the Philistines. Therefore that place was called The Divided Rock. 29 (24:1) Then David rose up from there, and dwelt in the narrow passes of En Gedi.
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