1 Samuel 27
Saul, hearing David to be in Gath, seeketh no more for him.
1 Samuel 27:1 Then thought Dauid in his hert: I maye peryshe one daye or other by the handes of Israell. There is no better for me, then to flee into the lande of the Philistines, that Saul of very dispaire to finde me, may cease to seke me any more in all þe coastes of Israhel: for so I maye escape his hande. 1 Samuel 27:2 And Dauid arose, & he and the syxe hundred men that were with him went vnto Achis, þe sonne of Maoch, kynge of Geth. 1 Samuel 27:3 And Dauid dwelt wyth Achis at Geth, both he & hys men, euery man with his housholde, and Dauid wt hys two wyues: Ahinoam the Iesrahelite and Abigail Nabals wyfe of Carmel. 1 Samuel 27:4 And when it was tolde Saul that Dauid was fleed to Geth, he sought no more for him.
David beggeth Ziklag of Achish.
1 Samuel 27:5 And Dauid sayde vnto Achis: Yf I haue founde grace in thyne eyes, let me haue a place in some towne in the feldes, þt I may dwel there. For what shoulde thy seruaunt dwell in the head citie of the kyngdome with the. 1 Samuel 27:6 Then Achis gaue him Zikeleg þe same day, for which cause Zikeleg pertayneth vnto the kinges of Iuda vnto this daye. 1 Samuel 27:7 And the tyme that Dauid dwelt in the contreye of the Philistines, was a yeare, and foure monethes.
He, invading other countries, persuadeth Achish he fought against Judah.
1 Samuel 27:8 And Dauid & hys men went & ranne vpon the Gesurites, the Gerzites and Amalekites: whyche nacions were from the begynnyng the enhabyters of the land, as men go to Sur, and so forthe to Egypte. 1 Samuel 27:9 And Dauid smote þe land & left nether man nor woman a lyue, & toke the shepe, the oxen, the asses, camelles, and clothes, and remoued and came to Achis. 1 Samuel 27:10 And Achis said: haue ye not bene a rouyng thys day? And Dauid answered: yes in the south of Iuda, and in the south of the Iesrahelites, and in the south of the Kenites. 1 Samuel 27:11 And Dauid saued nether man nor woman alyue to brynge to Geth, for feare leste they shoulde tell on them sayinge: so dyd Dauid & so is his maner all the whyle he dwelt in the contreye of the Philistines. 1 Samuel 27:12 And Achis beleueth Dauid sayinge: He hath made hym selfe to stynke vnto hys people Israel, and therfore he shalbe my seruaunt for euer.