1 Samuel 23
David, enquiring of the LORD by Abiathar, rescueth Keilah.
1 Samuel 23:1 Then men tolde Dauid seyinge: Beholde the Philistines fyghte against Keilah, and spoyle the barnes. 1 Samuel 23:2 Then Dauid asked the Lordes aduyse sayinge: shall I go and smyte the Philistines? And the Lorde sayde vnto Dauid: go and smite the Philistines and saue Keilah. 1 Samuel 23:3 Then sayde Dauids men vnto hym: se we be afrayed here in Iuda. What shal we then be, when we come to Keilah, to the host of the Philistines. 1 Samuel 23:4 Then Dauid asked the Lorde agayne. And the Lorde answered hym and sayde: vp and go to Keilah, for I will delyuer the Philistines into thyne handes. 1 Samuel 23:5 And so Dauid and hys men went to Keilah and fought wyth the Philistines, and draue awaye their cattel and slue a great slaughter of them. And so Dauid saued the enhabyters of Keilah. 1 Samuel 23:6 And it chaunced when Abiathar the sonne of Ahimelech fled to Dauid to Keilah, that he brought an Ephod in hys 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 Keilah. Then sayde Saul: God hath delyuered hym into my hand. For he is shut in, that he is come into a towne wyth gates & barres. 1 Samuel 23:8 And Saul called al the people to warre, for to go to Keilah, to besege Dauid and his men.
1 Samuel 23:9 But Dauid had knoweledge that Saul ymagened myschefe agaynst hym, and sayd therefore to Abiathar the pryest: Bring the Ephod. 1 Samuel 23:10 Then sayde Dauid, O lord God of Israel, thy seruaunt heareth that Saul is about to come to Keilah to destroye the cytye for my sake: 1 Samuel 23:11 wyll the men of Keilah delyuer me into hys hand? or wyll Saul come as thy seruaunt heareth saye? Lorde God of Israell tel thy seruaunt. And the Lorde sayde: he wyll come. 1 Samuel 23:12 Then sayd Dauid: wyl the men of Keilah delyuer me and my men into the hande of Saul? and the Lorde sayde: they wyll deliuer you.
1 Samuel 23:13 Then Dauid and hys men whyche were vpon a .vi. hundred, arose and departed out of Keilah, and went whether chaunce draue them. And when it was tolde Saul, that Dauid was flyd from Keilah, he let the iourney alone.
In Ziph Jonathan cometh and comforteth him.
1 Samuel 23:14 And Dauid abode in the wyldernesse in stronge holdes, and in mountayne in the wyldernesse of Ziph. And Saul sought hym all hys lyfe, but God delyuered hym not into hys hande. 1 Samuel 23:15 And Dauid sawe that Saul was come out, to seke hys lyfe, while Dauid was in the wildernesse of Ziph in a thycket.
1 Samuel 23:16 And Ionathas Sauls sonne arose and went to Dauid to the thycket, and strengthed him in God, 1 Samuel 23:17 and said vnto hym: feare not, for the hand of Saul my father shall not fynde the, and thou shalt be kynge ouer Israell, and I must be next vnto the. And Saul my father therto knoweth that it shalbe so. 1 Samuel 23:18 And they made a bonde bothe of them together before the Lorde. And Dauid taryed styll in the thycket, and Ionathas went to hys house.
The Ziphites discover him to Saul.
1 Samuel 23:19 Then came the Ziphites to Saul, to Gabaah sayinge: Dauid hydeth hym selfe fast by vs in stronge holdes that are in a thycket in the hyl of Hachilah on the ryght syde of the wyldernesse. 1 Samuel 23:20 Now therfore syr kynge, come downe wyth all the lust that thy soule hath to come. And oure parte shalbe to delyuer hym into the handes of the kynge. 1 Samuel 23:21 Then sayd Saul: Blessed are ye in the Lorde: for ye haue compassion on me. 1 Samuel 23:22 Go, I praye you and marke more dylygently, and knowe and se hys haunt where hys fote hath bene, and who hath sene hym there: for it is told me that he is very sotel. 1 Samuel 23:23 Se therfore and knowe al the lourkynge places where he lourketh, and come againe to me wyth the certenty, and I wil go with you. And then yf he be in the lande, I wyl hunt him out with all the thousandes of Iuda. 1 Samuel 23:24 And they arose and went to Ziph before Saul. But Dauid and hys men were in the wyldernesse of Maon, in the wylde felde, on the ryght hand of the wildernesse.
At Maon he is rescued from Saul by the invasion of the Philistines.
1 Samuel 23:25 For when Saul was gone with his men to seke, it was tolde Dauid. And therfore he went vnto a Rock and dwelt in the wildernesse of Maon. 1 Samuel 23:26 And when Saul hearde that, he folowed after Dauid into the wyldernesse of Maon. And Saul and his men went on the one syde of the mountayne, and Dauid and his men on the other. And Dauid as a man amased, made hast to get from Saul, for Saul and his men had compased Dauid and hys men rounde about take them.
1 Samuel 23:27 But there came a messenger to Saul saying: Hast the & come, for the Philistines are come in, & roue the land. 1 Samuel 23:28 Wherfore Saul returned from persecutyng Dauid, & went agaynst the Philistines. And therfore the place is called, Sela Mahelecoth.
He dwelleth at En-gedi.
1 Samuel 23:29 And then Dauid went thence and dwelt in strong holdes at Engadi.