1 Samuel 27
Saul, hearing David to be in Gath, seeketh no more for him.
1 Samuel 27:1 And Dauid sayde in his hert: I shall perishe one daye or other by the hand of Saul. Therfore is there nothing better for me, then to flee and saue my selfe in the land of the Philistines, and Saul shall cease & seke me nomore in all the coastes of Israel, & so shall I escape out of his hand. 1 Samuel 27:2 And Dauid arose, & he & þe syxe hundred men þt were wt him went vnto Achis, þe sonne of Maoch, king of Geth. 1 Samuel 27:3 And Dauid dwelt wt Achis at Geth, both he & his men, euery man wt his housholde, & Dauid wt hys two wiues: Ahinoam þe Iezrahelite, & Abigail Nabals wife of Carmell. 1 Samuel 27:4 And it was tolde Saul, þt Dauid was fleed to Geth, and he sought no moare for him.
David beggeth Ziklag of Achish.
1 Samuel 27:5 And Dauid sayd vnto Achis: If I haue now found grace in thine eyes, lett them geue me a place in some towne in þe feldes, þt I maye dwell there. For why shulde thy seruaunt dwell in þe heed cytie of þe kingdome wt þe? 1 Samuel 27:6 Then Achis gaue hym Zikleg þe same daye, for which cause Zikleg pertaineth vnto the kynges of Iuda vnto thys daye. 1 Samuel 27:7 And þe tyme that Dauid dwelt in þe contreye of the Philistines, was foure monethes, and certayne dayes.
He, invading other countries, persuadeth Achish he fought against Judah.
1 Samuel 27:8 And Dauid & his men went vp, and ranne vpon the Gesurites, the Gerzites & þe Amalekites: For those nacions were from the begynnyng the enhabiters of the lande, as men go to Sur, vnto the lande of Egypte. 1 Samuel 27:9 And Dauid smote the land, and left nether man ner woman alyue, and droue awaye the shepe, the oxen, the asses, camelles, and clothes, and retourned, and came to Achis. 1 Samuel 27:10 And Achis sayde: where haue ye bene a rouing this daye? And Dauid answered: Toward þe south of Iuda, & towarde þe south of the Iezrahelites, & towarde the south of the kenites. 1 Samuel 27:11 And Dauid saued nether man nor woman alyue ner suffred them to come to Geth, for feare (sayeth he) leste they shuld telle on vs saing so dyd Dauid & so wylbe his maner all the while he dwelleth in the contreye of the Philistines. 1 Samuel 27:12 And Achis beleued Dauid saying He abhorreth his people of Israel, & therfore he shalbe my seruaunt for euer.