| 1 And they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines are fighting
against Keilah, and are robbing the threshing-floors. 2 Therefore David
inquired of Jehovah, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And
Jehovah said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.
3 And David's men said unto him, Behold, we are afraid here in Judah: how
much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?
4 Then David inquired of Jehovah yet again. And Jehovah answered him, and
said, Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will deliver the Philistines into thy
hand. 5 And David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the
Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and slew them with a great
slaughter. So David save the inhabitants of Keilah. 6 And it came to pass,
when Abiathar the son of Ahimelech fled to David to Keilah, that he came down
with an ephod in his hand.|
7 And it was told Saul that David was come to Keilah. And Saul said, God
hath delivered him into my hand; for he is shut in, by entering into a town
that hath gates and bars. 8 And Saul summoned all the people to war, to go
down to Keilah, to besiege David and his men. 9 And David knew that Saul
was devising mischief against him; and he said to Abiathar the priest, Bring
hither the ephod. 10 Then said David, O Jehovah, the God of Israel, thy
servant hath surely heard that Saul seeketh to come to Keilah, to destroy the
city for my sake. 11 Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand?
will Saul come down, as thy servant hath heard? O Jehovah, the God of Israel,
I beseech thee, tell thy servant. And Jehovah said, He will come down.
12 Then said David, Will the men of Keilah deliver up to me and my men
into the hand of Saul? And Jehovah said, They will deliver thee up.
13 Then David and his men, who were about six hundred, arose and departed
out of Keilah, and went whithersoever they could go. And it was told Saul
that David was escaped from Keilah; and he forbare to go forth. 14 And
David abode in the wilderness in the strongholds, and remained in the
hill-country in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but
God delivered him not into his hand.
15 And David saw that Saul was come out to seek his life: and David was in
the wilderness of Ziph in the wood. 16 And Jonathan, Saul's son, arose,
and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God. 17 And
he said unto him, Fear not; for the hand of Saul my father shall not find
thee; and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee; and
that also Saul my father knoweth. 18 And they two made a covenant before
Jehovah: and David abode in the wood, and Jonathan went to his house.
19 Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David
hide himself with us in the strongholds in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah,
which is on the south of the desert? 20 Now therefore, O king, come down,
according to all the desire of thy soul to come down; and our part shall be
to deliver him up into the king's hand. 21 And Saul said, Blessed be ye of
Jehovah; for ye have had compassion on me. 22 Go, I pray you, make yet
more sure, and know and see his place where his haunt is, and who
hath seen him there; for it is told me that he dealeth very subtly. 23 See
therefore, and take knowledge of all the lurking-places where he hideth
himself, and come ye again to me of a certainty, and I will go with you: and
it shall come to pass, if he be in the land, that I will search him out among
all the thousands of Judah.
24 And they arose, and went to Ziph before Saul: but David and his men
were in the wilderness of Maon, in the Arabah on the south of the desert.
25 And Saul and his men went to seek him. And they told David: wherefore
he came down to the rock, and abode in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul
heard that, he pursued after David in the wilderness of Maon.
26 And Saul went on this side of the mountain, and David and his men on
that side of the mountain: and David made haste to get away for fear of Saul;
for Saul and his men compassed David and his men round about to take them.
27 But there came a messenger unto Saul, saying, Haste thee, and come; for
the Philistines have made a raid upon the land. 28 So Saul returned from
pursuing after David, and went against the Philistines: therefore they called
that place Sela-hammahlekoth. 29 And David went up from thence, and dwelt
in the strongholds of En-gedi.
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