1 Samuel 23
David, enquiring of the LORD by Abiathar, rescueth Keilah.
1 Samuel 23:1 Then they told Dauid saying: Behold the Philistines fight agaynst keilah, and spoyle the barnes. 1 Samuel 23:2 Therfore Dauid asked the Lords aduyse, saying: shall I goo and smyte these Philistines? And the Lorde answered vnto Dauid: go and smyte the Philistines, and saue keilah. 1 Samuel 23:3 And Dauids men þt were with him, sayd vnto him: se, we be afrayed here in Iuda: how much more then yf we come to keila agaynst the host of the Philistynes? 1 Samuel 23:4 Then Dauid asked þe Lorde agayne. And the Lord answered him and sayde: Aryse, & go downe to keila, for I will delyuer the Philistines in to thyne hande. 1 Samuel 23:5 And so Dauid and his men went to keila, and fought with the Philistynes, & droue awaye their catell, and smote them with a great slaughter. And so Dauid saued the enhabiters of keila. 1 Samuel 23:6 And it chaunced, when Abiathar the sonne of Ahimelech fled to Dauid to keila, that he brought an Ephod with him in his hande.
God shewing him the coming of Saul, and the treachery of the Keilites, he escapeth from Keilah.
1 Samuel 23:7 And it was tolde Saul, that Dauid was come to keila. And Saul sayde: God hath delyuered him into myne hand. For he is shut in now þt he is come into a towne that hath gates & barres. 1 Samuel 23:8 And Saul called all þe people together to warre, for to go downe to keila, and to besege Dauid & his men.
1 Samuel 23:9 And Dauid hauing knowlege that Saul imagened myschef against him, sayd, to Abiathar þe preast: Bryng the Ephod. 1 Samuel 23:10 Then sayde Dauid: O Lord God of Israel, thi seruaunt hath heard, þt Saul is about to come against keila to destroye þe cytie for my sake: 1 Samuel 23:11 Wyll the men of keyla delyuer me into hys hande? And will Saul come downe, as thy seruaunt hath heard saye? O Lord God of Israel, tell they seruaunt. And the Lorde sayde: he will come downe. 1 Samuel 23:12 Then sayd Dauid: will the men of keila delyuer me and þe men that are with me into the hand of Saul? & the Lord sayde: they will betraye you.
1 Samuel 23:13 Then dauid & his men which were vpon a syxe hundred, arose & departed out of keila & went whether they could. And it was told Saul, that Dauid was fled from keila, & he let the iourney a lone.
In Ziph Jonathan cometh and comforteth him.
1 Samuel 23:14 Dauid abode in the wildernesse in strong holdes, & remayned in a mountayne in the wildernesse of Ziph. And Saul sought him euery daye, but God delyuered him not into his hand. 1 Samuel 23:15 And Dauid saw þt Saul was come out, to seke his life. And Dauid was in the wyldernesse of Ziph in a thickett.
1 Samuel 23:16 And Ionathas Sauls sonne arose, & went to Dauid in to the thicket, & comforted his hand in God, 1 Samuel 23:17 & sayde vnto hym: feare not, for the hand of Saul my father shall not fynd the, & thou shalt be king ouer Israel, & I must be next vnto the. And that doth Saul my father know. 1 Samuel 23:18 And they made abonde both of them togeather before the Lorde. And Dauid taryed styll in the thickett, and Ionathas went to his house.
The Ziphites discover him to Saul.
1 Samuel 23:19 Then came þe Ziphites to Saul, to Gibea, saying: Doth not Dauid hyde him selfe fast by vs in strong holdes, in a thyckett that is by þe hyll of Hachila, on the ryght syde of þe wildernesse? 1 Samuel 23:20 Now therfore kyng, þu mayest come downe according to all the lust of thy soule: come downe, & oure parte shalbe to delyuer hym into the kynges hande. 1 Samuel 23:21 And Saul sayde: Blessed are ye in the Lord: for ye haue compassion on me. 1 Samuel 23:22 Go I praye you, & ordre the matter well, know & se his haunte, where hys fote hath bene, and who hath sene him there: for it is tolde me, that he is very sottel, & worketh craftely. 1 Samuel 23:23 Se therfore, & know all þe lourkyng places, where he hideth him self, and come ye agayne to me with the certentye, & I will go wyth you. And yf he be in the land, I will serche him out thorow out all the thousandes of Iuda. 1 Samuel 23:24 And they arose, and went to Ziph before Saul, But Dauid and his men were in the wildernesse of Maon, in the playne þt is, on the ryght hand of Iesimon.
At Maon he is rescued from Saul by the invasion of the Philistines.
1 Samuel 23:25 Saul also and his men wente to seke: and they tolde Dauid. Wherfore he went vnto a Rocke, and abode in the wildernesse of Maon. 1 Samuel 23:26 And when Saul hearde that, he folowed after Dauid in the wildernesse of Maon. And Saul & his men went on the one syde of the mountayne, & Dauid & his men on the other syde. And Dauid toke thought, how to get from Saul. For Saul & his men compased Dauid & his men, rounde about, to take them.
1 Samuel 23:27 But there cam a messenger to Saul, saying Hast the, & come, for the Philistines are come into the land. 1 Samuel 23:28 Wherfore, Saul returned from persecuting Dauid, & went agaynst the Philistines. And therfore is it, þt they called the place: The rock of separacion.
He dwelleth at En-gedi.
1 Samuel 23:29 And Dauid went thence, & dwelt in strong holdes at Engadi.