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10 And David arose, and fed | that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.
11 And the servants of Achish said unto him, Is not this David the king of the land ? did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David bis ten thousands ?
12 And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath.
13 And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.
14 Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore then have ye brought him to me?
15 Have I need of mad men, that ye have brought this fellow to play the mad man in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house?
4 And he brought them before the king of Moab: and they dwelt with him all the while that David was in the hold.
5 And the prophet Gad said unto David, Abide not in the hold; depart, and get thee into the land of Judah. Then David departed, and came into the forest of Hareth.
6 When Saul beard that David was discovered, and the men that were with him, (now Saul abode in Gibeah under a tree in Ramah, having his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standing about him ;)
7 Then Saul said unto his servants that stood about him, Hear now, ye Benjamnites; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, and make you all captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds ;
8 That all of you have conspired against me, and there is none that sheweth me that my son hath made a league with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you that is sorry for me, or sheweth unto me that my son hath stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?
9 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which was set over the servants of Saul, and said, I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Abimelech the son of Ahitub.
10 And he enquired of the LORD for him, and gave him victuals, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.
11 Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father's house, the priests that were in Nob: and they came all of them to the
CHAP. XXII. DAVID therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam : and when his brethren and all his father's house heard it, they went down thither to him.
2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.
3 And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab: and he said unto the king of Moab, Let my father and my mother, I pray thee, come forth, and be with you, till I know what God will do for me.
Surely tas, was they, when
12 And Saul said, Hear now, thou melech the son of Abitub, named son of Abitub. And he answered, Abiathar, escaped, and fled after Here I am, my lord.
David. 13 And Saul said unto him, Why 21 And Abiathar shewed David have ye conspired against me, thou that Saul had slain the Lord's and the son of Jesse, in that thou hast given him bread, and a sword, 22 And David said unto Abiathar, and hast enquired of God for him, I knew it that day, when Doeg the that he should rise against me, to Edomite was there, that he would lie in wait, as at this day?
surely tell Saul : I have occasioned 14 Then Ahimelech answered the the death of all the persons of thy king, and said, And who is so faith father's house. ful among all thy servants as David, 23 Abide thou with me, fear not: which is the king's son in law, and for he that seeketh my life seeketh goeth at thy bidding, and is honour thy life: but with me thou shalt be able in thine house?
in safeguard. 15 Did I then begin to enquire of God for him? be it far from me:
CHAP. XXIII. let not the king impute any thing unto his servant, nor to all the house THEN they told David, saying, of my father : for thy servant knew Behold, the Philistines fight against nothing of all this, less or more. Keilah, and they rob the threshing
16 And the king said, Thou shalt Aloors. surely die, Abimelech, thou, and all 2 Therefore David enquired of thy father's house.
the LORD, saying, Shall I go and 17 And the king said unto the smite these Philistines ? And the footmen that stood about him, Turn, LORD said unto David, Go and and slay the priests of the LORD; smite the Philistines, and save Keibecause their hand also is with Da lah. vid, and because they knew when 3 And David's men said unto him, he fed, and did not shew it to me. Behold, we be afraid here in Judah : But the servants of the king would how much more then if we come to not put forth their hand to fall upon Keilah against the armies of the the priests of the LORD.
Philistines ? 18 And the king said to Doeg, 4 Then David enquired of the Turn thou, and fall upon the priests. Lord yet again. And the LORD And Doeg the Edomite turned, and answered him and said, Arise, go he fell upon the priests, and slew on down to Keilah; for I will deliver that day fourscore and five persons the Philistines into thine hand. that did wear a linen ephod.
5 So David and his men went to 19 And Nob, the city of the Keilah, and fought with the Philispriests, smote he with the edge of tines, and brought away their cattle, the sword, both men and women, and smote them with a great slaughchildren and sucklings, and oxen, ter. So David saved the inhabitants and asses, and sheep, with the edge of Keilah. of the sword.
6 And it came to pass, when Abi20 And one of the sons of Abi- | athar the son of Ahimelech fled to
David to Keilah, that he came down | vid was in the wilderness of Ziph in with an ephod in his hand.
a wood. 7 And it was told Saul that Da 16 And Jonathan Saul's son arose, vid was come to Keilah. And Saul and went to David into the wood, said, God hath delivered him into and strengthened his hand in God. mine hand; for he is shut in, by 17 And he said unto him, Fear entering into a town that hath not: for the hand of Saul my fagates and bars.
ther shall not find thee; and thou 8 And Saul called all the people shalt be king over Israel, and I shall together to war, to go down to be next unto thee; and that also Keilah, to besiege David and his Saul my father knoweth. . men.
18 And they two made a cove9 And David knew that Saul nant before the LORD: and David secretly practised mischief against abode in the wood, and Jonathan him; and he said to Abiathar the went to his house. priest, Bring hither the ephod.
19 Then came up the Ziphites to 10 Then said David, O LORD Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not God of Israel, thy servant hath David hide himself with us in strong certainly heard that Saul seeketh to holds in the wood, in the hill of come to Keilah, to destroy the city Hachilah, which is on the south of for my sake.
Jeshimon ? 11 Will the men of Keilah de 20 Now therefore, O king, come liver me up into his hand ? will Saul down according to all the desire of come down, as thy servant hath thy soul to come down; and our heard? O LORD God of Israel, I part shall be to deliver him into the beseech thee, tell thy servant. And king's hand. the LORD said, He will come down. 21 And Saul said, Blessed be ye
12 Then said David, Will the of the LORD; for ye have compasmen of Keilah deliver me and my sion on me. men into the hand of Saul? And 22 Go, I pray you, prepare yet, the LORD said, They will deliver and know and see his place where thee up.
his haunt is, and who hath seen him 13 Then David and his men, there: for it is told me that he dealwhich were about six hundred, arose eth very subtilly. and departed out of Keilah, and 23 See therefore, and take knowwent whithersoever they could go. ledge of all the lurking places where And it was told Saul that David was he hideth himself, and come ye escaped from Keilah ; and he for | again to me with the certainty, and bare to go forth.
I will go with you: and it shall 14 And David abode in the wil come to pass, if he be in the land, derness in strong bolds, and remain that I will search him out throughed in a mountain in the wilderness out all the thousands of Judah. of Ziph. And Saul sought him 24 And they arose, and went to every day, but God delivered him Ziph before Saul: but David and not into his hand.
his men were in the wilderness of 15 And David saw that Saul was Maon, in the plain on the south come out to seek his life: and Da- 1 of Jeshimon.
25 Saul also and his men went to 11 hand, that thou mayest do to him seek him. And they told David : as it shall seem good unto thee. wherefore he came down into a Then David arose, and cut off the rock, and abode in the wilderness of skirt of Saul's robe privily. ' Maon. And when Saul heard that, 5 And it came to pass afterward, he pursued after David in the wil that David's heart smote him, bederness of Maon.
cause he had cut off Saul's skirt. 26 And Saul went on this side of 6 And he said unto his men, The the mountain, and David and his Lord forbid that I should do this men on that side of the mountain : thing unto my master, the Lord's and David made haste to get away anointed, to stretch forth mine hand for fear of Saul; for Saul and his against him, seeing he is the anointmen compassed David and his men ed of the Lord. round about to take them.
7 So David stayed his servants 27 But there came a messenger with these words, and suffered them unto Saul, saying, Haste thee, and not to rise against Saul. But Saul come; for the Philistines have in rose up out of the cave, and went vaded the land.
on his way. 28 Wherefore Saul returned from 8 David also arose afterward, and pursuing after David, and went went out of the cave, and cried against the Philistines : therefore after Saul, saying, My lord the they called that place Sela-ham king. And when Saul looked bemahlekoth.
hind him, David stooped with his 29 And David went up from face to the earth, and bowed himthence, and dwelt in strong holds self. at En-gedi.
9 And David said to Saul, Where
fore hearest thou men's words, sayCHAP. XXIV.
ing, Behold, David seeketh thy
hurt? AND it came to pass, when Saul 10 Behold, this day thine eyes was returned from following the have seen how that the LORD had Philistines, that it was told him, delivered thee to day into mine saying, Behold, David is in the wil hand in the cave: and some bade derness of En-gedi.
me kill thee : but mine eye spared 2 Then Saul took three thousand thee; and I said, I will not put chosen men out of all Israel, and forth mine hand against my lord; went to seek David and his men Il for he is the Lord's anointed. upon the rocks of the wild goats. 11 Moreover, my father, see, yea,
3 And he came to the sheepcotes see the skirt of thy robe in my by the way, where was a cave; and hand : for in that I cut off the skirt Saul went in to cover his feet: and of thy robe, and killed thee not, David and his men remained in the know thou and see that there is neisides of the cave.
ther evil nor transgression in mine 4 And the men of David said hand, and I have not sinned against unto him, Behold the day of which thee; yet thou huntest my soul to the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I take it. will deliver thine enemy into thine 12 The LORD judge between me
and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but inine hand shall not be upon thee...
13 As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
14 After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea.
15 The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.
16 And it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these words unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept.
17 And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I : for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.
18 And thou hast shewed this day how that thou hast dealt well with me : forasmuch as when the LORD had delivered me into thine hand, thou killedst me not.
19 For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore the Lord reward thee good for that thou hast done unto me this day.
20 And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine hand.
21 Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father's house.
22 And David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men gat them up unto the hold.
CHAP. XXV. AND Samuel died; and all the Israelites were gathered together, and lamented him, and buried him. in his house at Ramah. And David arose, and went down to the wilderness of Paran.
2 And there was a man in Maon, whose possessions were in Carmel ; and the man was very great, and he had three thousand sheep, and a thousand goats : and he was shearing his sheep in Carmel.
3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail : and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance : but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb.
4 And David heard in the wilderness that Nabal did shear his sheep.
5 And David sent out ten young men, and David said unto the young men, Get you up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and greet him in my name: : 6 And thus shall ye say to him that liveth in prosperity, Peace be both to thee, and peace be to thine house, and peace be unto all that thou hast.
7 And now I have heard that thou hast shearers : now thy shepherds which were with us, we hurt them not, neither was there ought missing unto them, all the while they were in Carmel.
8 Ask thy young men, and they will shew thee. Wherefore let the young men find favour in thine eyes: for we come in a good day : give, I pray thee, whatsoever cometh to tbine hand unto thy servants, and to thy son David.
9 And when David's young men