1 Samuel 23
David, enquiring of the LORD by Abiathar, rescueth Keilah.
1 Samuel 23:1 Then they told Dauid, saying, Beholde, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the threshing floores. 1 Samuel 23:2 Therefore Dauid enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said vnto Dauid, Goe, and smite the Philistines, and saue Keilah. 1 Samuel 23:3 And Dauids men said vnto him, Behold, we be afraid here in Iudah: how much more then if wee come to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines? 1 Samuel 23:4 Then Dauid enquired of the LORD yet againe: And the LORD answered him, and said, Arise, go down to Keilah: for I will deliuer the Philistines into thine hand. 1 Samuel 23:5 So Dauid and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistins, and brought away their cattell, and smote them with a great slaughter: so Dauid saued the inhabitants of Keilah. 1 Samuel 23:6 And it came to passe when Abiathar the sonne of Ahimelech fled to Dauid to Keilah, [that] hee came downe [with] an Ephod in his hand.
God shewing him the coming of Saul, and the treachery of the Keilites, he escapeth from Keilah.
1 Samuel 23:7 And it was told Saul that Dauid was come to Keilah: and Saul said, God hath deliuered him into mine hand: for he is shut in, by entring into a towne that hath gates and barres. 1 Samuel 23:8 And Saul called all the people together to warre, to goe downe to Keilah, to besiege Dauid, and his men.
1 Samuel 23:9 And Dauid knewe that Saul secretly practised mischiefe against him, and hee said to Abiathar the Priest, Bring hither the Ephod. 1 Samuel 23:10 Then saide Dauid, O LORD God of Israel, thy seruant hath certainly heard that Saul seeketh to come to Keilah, to destroy the citie for my sake. 1 Samuel 23:11 Will the men of Keilah deliuer me vp into his hande? will Saul come downe, as thy seruant hath heard, O LORD God of Israel? I beseech thee tell thy seruant. And the LORD said, He will come downe. 1 Samuel 23:12 Then said Dauid, Will the men of Keilah deliuer me, and my men, into the hand of Saul? And the LORD said, They will deliuer thee vp.
1 Samuel 23:13 Then Dauid and his men, [which were] about sixe hundred, arose, and departed out of Keilah, and went whithersoeuer they could goe: and it was told Saul that Dauid was escaped from Keilah, and hee forbare to goe foorth.
In Ziph Jonathan cometh and comforteth him.
1 Samuel 23:14 And Dauid abode in the wildernesse in strong holds, and remained in a mountaine in the wildernes of Ziph: and Saul sought him euery day, but God deliuered him not into his hand. 1 Samuel 23:15 And Dauid saw that Saul was come out to seeke his life: and Dauid [was] in the wildernes of Ziph in a wood.
1 Samuel 23:16 And Ionathan Sauls sonne arose, & went to Dauid into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God. 1 Samuel 23:17 And he said vnto him, Feare not; for the hand of Saul my father shall not finde thee, and thou shalt be king ouer Israel, and I shall be next vnto thee: and that also Saul my father knoweth. 1 Samuel 23:18 And they two made a couenant before the LORD: and Dauid abode in the wood, and Ionathan went to his house.
The Ziphites discover him to Saul.
1 Samuel 23:19 Then came vp the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not Dauid hide himselfe with vs in strong holds in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which [is] on the South of Ieshimon? 1 Samuel 23:20 Now therefore, O king, come downe according to all the desire of thy soule to come downe, and our part shall be to deliuer him into the kings hand. 1 Samuel 23:21 And Saul said, Blessed [be] yee of the LORD, for yee haue compassion on me. 1 Samuel 23:22 Goe, I pray you, prepare yet, and know, and see his place where his haunt is, [and] who hath seene him there: for it is told mee that he dealeth very subtilly. 1 Samuel 23:23 See therefore, and take knowledge of all the lurking places where he hideth himselfe, and come ye againe to me with the certainty, and I will goe with you: and it shall come to passe, if he be in the land, that I will search him out throughout all the thousands of Iudah. 1 Samuel 23:24 And they arose, & went to Ziph before Saul: but Dauid and his men [were] in the wildernesse of Maon, in the plaine on the South of Ieshimon.
At Maon he is rescued from Saul by the invasion of the Philistines.
1 Samuel 23:25 Saul also and his men went to seeke [him], and they told Dauid: wherefore he came downe into a rocke, and abode in the wildernesse of Maon: and when Saul heard that, he pursued after Dauid in the wildernes of Maon. 1 Samuel 23:26 And Saul went on this side of the mountaine, and Dauid and his men on that side of the mountaine: and Dauid made haste to get away for feare of Saul: for Saul and his men compassed Dauid and his men round about to take them.
1 Samuel 23:27 But there came a messenger vnto Saul, saying, Haste thee, and come: for the Philistines haue inuaded the land. 1 Samuel 23:28 Wherefore Saul returned from pursuing after Dauid, & went against the Philistines; therefore they called that place Sela-Hammahlekoth.
He dwelleth at En-gedi.
1 Samuel 23:29 And Dauid went vp from thence, and dwelt in strong holds at En-gedi.