1 Samuel 27

David Flees to the Philistines

Then David said
Lit in his heart
to himself, “Now I will perish one day by the hand of Saul. b There is nothing better for me than
Lit that I should surely escape
to escape into the land of the Philistines. Saul then will despair of searching for me anymore in all the territory of Israel, and I will escape from his hand.”
So David arose and crossed over, he and d the six hundred men who were with him, to e Achish the son of Maoch, king of Gath. And David lived with Achish at Gath, he and his men f each with his household, even David with g his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal’s
Lit wife
widow.
Now it was told Saul that David had fled to Gath, so he no longer searched for him.

Then David said to Achish, “If now I have found favor in your sight, let them give me a place in one of the cities in the country, that I may live there; for why should your servant live in the royal city with you?” So Achish gave him Ziklag that day; therefore i Ziklag has belonged to the kings of Judah to this day. The number of days that David lived in the country of the Philistines was j a year and four months.

Now David and his men went up and raided k the Geshurites and the Girzites and l the Amalekites; for they were the inhabitants of the land from ancient times, as you come to m Shur even as far as the land of Egypt. David
Lit smote
attacked the land and did not leave a man or a woman alive, and he o took away the sheep, the cattle, the donkeys, the camels, and the clothing. Then he returned and came to Achish.
10 Now Achish said, “Where have you p made a raid today?” And David said, “Against the
I.e. South country
Negev of Judah and against the
I.e. South country
Negev of s the Jerahmeelites and against the
I.e. South country
Negev of u the Kenites.”
11 David did not leave a man or a woman alive to bring to Gath, saying, “Otherwise they will tell about us, saying, ‘So has David done and so has been his practice all the time he has lived in the country of the Philistines.’” 12 So Achish believed David, saying, “He has surely made himself odious among his people Israel; therefore he will become my servant forever.”
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