1 Samuel 29
David marching with the Philistines,
1 Samuel 29:1 Now the Philistines collected all their armies to Aphek: and the Israelites encamped by a fountain which [is] in Jezreel. 1 Samuel 29:2 And the lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and by thousands: but David and his men passed on in the rear with Achish.
is disallowed by their princes.
1 Samuel 29:3 Then said the princes of the Philistines, What [do] these Hebrews [here]? And Achish said to the princes of the Philistines, [Is] not this David, the servant of Saul the king of Israel, who hath been with me these days, or these years, and I have found no fault in him since he fell [to me] to this day? 1 Samuel 29:4 And the princes of the Philistines were wroth with him; and the princes of the Philistines said to him, Make this man return, that he may go again to his place which thou hast appointed him, and let him not go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he should be an adversary to us: for with what would he reconcile himself to his master? [would it] not [be] with the heads of these men? 1 Samuel 29:5 [Is] not this David, of whom they sung one to another in dances, saying, Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten thousands?
Achish dismisseth him, with commendations of his fidelity.
1 Samuel 29:6 Then Achish called David, and said to him, Surely, [as] the LORD liveth, thou hast been upright, and thy going out and thy coming in with me in the host [is] good in my sight: for I have not found evil in thee from the day of thy coming to me to this day: nevertheless the lords favor thee not. 1 Samuel 29:7 Therefore now return, and go in peace, that thou displease not the lords of the Philistines.
1 Samuel 29:8 And David said to Achish, But what have I done? and what hast thou found in thy servant, so long as I have been with thee to this day, that I may not go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king. 1 Samuel 29:9 And Achish answered and said to David, I know that thou [art] good in my sight, as an angel of God: notwithstanding, the princes of the Philistines have said, He shall not go up with us to the battle. 1 Samuel 29:10 Wherefore now rise early in the morning with thy master's servants that are come with thee: and as soon as ye shall have risen early in the morning, and have light, depart. 1 Samuel 29:11 So David and his men rose early to depart in the morning, to return into the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.