1 Samuel 29
David marching with the Philistines,
1 Samuel 29:1 Now the Philistines gathered together all their hosts, towards Aphek,and, the Israelites, were encamping by the fountain, that is in Jezreel. 1 Samuel 29:2 And, the lords of the Philistines, were passing on by hundreds, and by thousands,but, David and his men, were passing on in the rear, with Achish.
is disallowed by their princes.
1 Samuel 29:3 Then said the princes of the Philistines, What are these Hebrews [doing]? And Achish said unto the princes of the PhilistinesIs not this David, servant of Saul king of Israel, who hath been with me this year, or two, and I have found in him nothing, from the day of his coming over unto me unto this day? 1 Samuel 29:4 But the princes of the Philistines raged against him, and the princes of the Philistines said unto himLet the man go back, that he may return unto the place which thou didst appoint him, and let him not go down with us, into battle, so shall he not become to us a traitor, in the battle,for, wherewith, should this fellow gain favour with his lord? Would it not be with the heads of those men? 1 Samuel 29:5 Is not this David, of whom they made responses in the dances, saying,Saul, hath smitten, his thousands, But, David, his, tens of thousands?
Achish dismisseth him, with commendations of his fidelity.
1 Samuel 29:6 So Achish called for David, and said unto himBy the life of Yahweh, surely, upright, thou art, and, pleasing in mine eyes, have been thy going out and thy coming in with me, in the host, for I have found in thee no wrong, from the day of thy coming in unto me, until this day,but, in the eyes of the lords, displeasing, thou art. 1 Samuel 29:7 Now, therefore, return, and go in peace,so shalt thou not do wrong in the eyes of the lords of the Philistines.
1 Samuel 29:8 Then said David unto AchishBut what have I done? and what hast thou found in thy servant, from the day that I came before thee, unto this day,that I may not go in and fight, with the enemies of my lord the king. 1 Samuel 29:9 Then answered Achish, and said unto David, I acknowledge that, pleasing, thou art in mine eyes, as a messenger of God,notwithstanding, the princes of the Philistines, have said, He shall not go up with us, into the battle. 1 Samuel 29:10 Now, therefore, rise up early in the morning, thou and the servants of thy lord who have come with thee,yea, as soon as ye have risen early in the morning, and have light, then depart. 1 Samuel 29:11 So David rose up early, he and his men, to depart in the morning, to return into the land of the Philistines,but, the Philistines, went up to Jezreel.