1 Samuel 27
David Flees to the Philistines1Then David said in his heart, “Now I shall perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will despair of seeking me any longer within the borders of Israel, and I shall escape out of his hand.” 2So David arose and went over, he and athe six hundred men who were with him, bto Achish the son of Maoch, king of Gath. 3And David lived with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with his household, and David with chis two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel, and Abigail of Carmel, Nabal’s widow. 4And when it was told Saul that David had fled to Gath, he no longer sought him.
5Then David said to Achish, “If dI have found favor in your eyes, let a place be given me in one of the country towns, that I may dwell there. For why should your servant dwell in the royal city with you?” 6So that day Achish gave him eZiklag. Therefore Ziklag has belonged to the kings of Judah to this day. 7 fAnd the number of the days that David lived in the country of the Philistines was a year and four months.
8Now David gand his men went up and made raids against hthe Geshurites, ithe Girzites, and jthe Amalekites, for these were the inhabitants of the land from of old, kas far as Shur, to the land of Egypt. 9And David would strike the land and would leave neither man nor woman alive, but would take away the sheep, the oxen, the donkeys, the camels, and the garments, and come back to Achish. 10When Achish asked, “Where have you lmade a raid today?” David would say, “Against the Negeb of Judah,” or, “Against the Negeb of mthe Jerahmeelites,” or, “Against the Negeb of nthe Kenites.” 11And David would leave neither man nor woman alive to bring news to Gath, thinking, “lest they should tell about us and say, ‘So David has done.’” Such was his custom all the while he lived in the country of the Philistines. 12And Achish trusted David, thinking, “He has made himself an utter stench to his people Israel; therefore he shall always be my servant.”
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