1 Samuel 27
Saul, hearing David to be in Gath, seeketh no more for him.
1 Samuel 27:1 And Dauid sayd in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me, then that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shal despaire of me, to seeke me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand. 1 Samuel 27:2 And Dauid arose, and hee passed ouer with the sixe hundred men that [were] with him, vnto Achish the sonne of Maoch king of Gath. 1 Samuel 27:3 And Dauid dwelt with Achish at Gath, he, and his men, euery man with his houshold, [euen] Dauid with his two wiues, Ahinoam the Iezreelitesse, and Abigail the Carmelitesse Nabals wife. 1 Samuel 27:4 And it was told Saul, that Dauid was fled to Gath, and he sought no more againe for him.
David beggeth Ziklag of Achish.
1 Samuel 27:5 And Dauid said vnto Achish, If I haue now found grace in thine eyes, let them giue mee a place in some towne in the countrey, that I may dwel there: for why should thy seruant dwell in the royall citie with thee? 1 Samuel 27:6 Then Achish gaue him Ziklag that day: wherfore Ziklag pertaineth vnto the kings of Iudah vnto this day. 1 Samuel 27:7 And the time that Dauid dwelt in the countrey of the Philistines, was a full yeere, and foure moneths.
He, invading other countries, persuadeth Achish he fought against Judah.
1 Samuel 27:8 And Dauid and his men went vp and inuaded the Geshurites, and the Gezrites, and the Amalekites: for those [nations] were of old the inhabitants of the land, as thou goest to Shur, euen vnto the land of Egypt. 1 Samuel 27:9 And Dauid smote the land, and left neither man nor woman aliue, and tooke away the sheepe, and the oxen, and the asses, and the camels, and the apparell, and returned, and came to Achish. 1 Samuel 27:10 And Achish said, Whither haue ye made a rode to day? And Dauid said, Against the South of Iudah, and against the South of the Ierahmeelites, and against the South of the Kenites. 1 Samuel 27:11 And Dauid saued neither man nor woman aliue, to bring [tidings] to Gath, saying, Lest they should tell on vs, saying, So did Dauid, and so will be his maner, all the while he dwelleth in the countrey of the Philistines. 1 Samuel 27:12 And Achish beleeued Dauid, saying, Hee hath made his people Israel vtterly to abhorre him, therefore hee shall be my seruant for euer.