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David escapeth from Keilah CuAP. XXIII. to Ziph and Maon. 259 CHAP. XXIII.

li mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And 1 David, inquiring of the Lord, rescueth Saul sought him every day, but God de

Keilah. God shewing him Saul's livered him not into his hand. coming, and the treachery of the Keil- 15 And David saw that Saul was come ites; he escapeth from Keilah, 14 to out to seek his life: and David was in Zinh, 25 to Maon."

l; the wilderness of Ziph in a wood. THEN they told David, saying, Behold, 16 And Jonathan Saul's son arose,

T the Philistines fight against Keilalı, and went to David into the wood, and and they rob the threshing-floors.

strengthened his hand in God. 2 Therefore David inquired of the 17 And he said unto him, Fear not: LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these for the hand of Saul my father shall not Philistines? And the LORD said unto Da find thee'; and thou shalt be king over vid, Go, and smite the Philistines, and Israel, and I shall be next unto thee; save Keilah.

and that also Saul my father knoweth. 3 And David's men said unto him, Be- | 18 And they two made a covenant hold, we be afraid here in Judah : how before the LORD : and David abode much more then if we come to Keilah || in the wood, and Jonathan went to his against the armies of the Philistines ? house.

4 Then David inquired of the LORD 19 9 Then came up the Ziphites to Saul ret again. And the LORD answered him to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide and said, Arise, go down to Keilah; for himself with us in strong holds in the I will deliver the Philistines into thine || wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which is hand.

on the south of Jeshimon ? 5 So David and his men went to Kei 20 Now therefore, O king, come down lah, and fought with the Philistines, and according to all the desire of thy soul to brought away their cattle, and smote come down ; and our part shall be to them with a great slaughter. So David deliver him into the king's hand. saved the inhabitants of Keilah.

21 And Saul said, Blessed be ye of the 6 And it came to pass, when Abiathar || LORD ; for ye have compassion on me. the son of Ahimelech fled to David toll 22 Go, I pray you, prepare yet, and Keilah, that he came down with an ephod know, and see his place where his haunt in his hand.

is, and who hath seen him there : for 7 And it was told Saul that David || it is told me that he dealeth very subwas come to Keilah. And Saul said, I tilly. God hath delivered him into mine hand; || 23 See therefore, and take knowledge for he is shut in, by entering into a town of all the lurking-places where he hideth that hath gates and bars.

ll himself, and come ye again to me with 8 And Saul called all the people togeth the certainty, and I will go with you ; er to war, to go down to Keilah, to be and it shall come to pass, if he be in the siege David and his men.

land, that I will search him out throughg And David knew that Saul secretly ll out all the thousands of Judah. practised mischief against him ; and he 24 And they arose, and went to Ziph said to Abiathar the priest, Bring hither ll before Saul : but David and his men were the ephod.

| in the wilderness of Maon, in the plain 10 Then said David, O Lord God of on the south of Jeshimon. Israel, thy servant hath certainly heard 25 Saul also and his men went to seek that Saul seeketh to come to Keilah, to him. And they told David : wherefore destroy the city for my sake,

he came down into a rock, and abode in 11 Will the men of Keilah deliver me the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul up into his hand? will Saul come down, heard that, he pursued after David in tho as thy servant hath heard ? () LORD wilderness of Maon. God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy ser 26 And Saul went on this side of the vant. And the LORD said, He will come mountain, and David and his men on that down.

side of the mountain : and David made 12 Then said David, Will the men of haste to get away for fear of Saul ; for Keilah deliver me and my men into the Saul and his men compassed David and hand of Saul? And the LORD said, They || his men round about to take them. will deliver thee up.

27 | But there came a messenger unto 13 ? Then David and his men which Saul, saying, Haste thee, and come ; for were about six hundred, arose and de the Philistines have invaded the land, parted out of Keilah, and went whithier 28 Wherefore Saul returned from pursoever they could go. And it was told suing after David, and went against the Saul that David was escaped from Kei- | Philistines : therefore they called that lah; and he forbare to go forth.

ll place Sela-hammahlckoth. 14 And David abode in the wilder | 29 | And David went up from thence, ness in strong holds, and remained in a hand dwelt in strong hods at En-gedi,

260 David cutteth Saul's skirt. I. SAMUEL. Saul acknowledgeti luis fault. CHAP. XXIV.

come out ? after whom dost thou pursue? 1 David in a cave at En-gedi spareth | after a dead dog, after a flea?

Saul's life. 8 He pleadeth his innocency. 15 The Lord therefore be judge, and

16 Saul acknowledgeth his fault. judge between me and thee, and see, and AND it came to pass, when Saul was plead my cause, and deliver me out of

A returned from following the Phi thine hand.
listines, that it was told him, saying, 16 | And it came to pass when David
Behold, David is in the wilderness of had made an end of speaking these words
En-gedi.

unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this thy voice, 2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen my son David? And Saul lifted up his men out of all Israel, and went to seek voice, and wept. David and his men upon the rocks of the 17 And he said to David, Thou art more wild goats.

righteous than I : for thou hast rewarded 3 And he came to the sheep-cotes by the me good, whereas I have rewarded theo way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his 18 And thou hast shewed this day how men remained in the sides of the cave. that thou hast dealt well with me; 'foras

4 And the men of David said unto him, Il much as when the LORD had delivered me Behold the day of which the LORD said | into thine hand, thou killedst me not. unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine 19 For if a man find his enemy, will enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest he let him go well away? wherefore the do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. LORD reward thee good, for that thou hast Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of | done unto me this day. Saul's robe privily.

20 And now, behold, I know well that 5 And it came to pass afterward, that thou shalt surely be king, and that the David's heart smote him, because he had kingdom of Israel shall be established in cut off Saul's skirt.

thine hand. 6 And he said unto his men, The LORD | 21 Swear now therefore unto me by forbid that I should do this thing unto my the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my master, the LORD's anointed, to stretch seed after me, and that thou wilt not de forth mine hand against him, seeing he is stroy my name out of my father's house. the anointed of the LORD.

22 And David sware unto Saul. And 7 So David stayed his servants with | Saul went home ; but David and his men these words, and suffered them not to gat them up unto the hold. rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of

CHAP. XXV. the cave, and went on his way.

1 Samuel dieth. 10 David provoked to de8 David also rose afterward, and went stroy Nabal. 14 Abigail by her wisdom out of the cave, and cried after Saul, say preventeth him. 36 Nabal dieth. 39 ing, My lord the king. And when Saul David taketh Abigail and Ahinoam to looked behind him, David stooped with

be his wives. his face to the earth, and bowed himself. IL AND Samuel died; and all the Israel

9 9 And David said to Saul, Wherefore | H ites were gathered together, and lahearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, mented him, and buried him in his house David seeketh thy hurt?

at Ramah. And David arose, and went 10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen down to the wilderness of Paran. how that the LORD' hath delivered thee | 2 And there was a man in Maon, whose to-day into mine hand in the cave: and possessions were in Carmel; and the man some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spar was very great, and he had three thouel thee; and I said, I will not put forth || sand sheep, and a thousand goats : and mine hand against my lord ; for he is the he was shearing his sheep in Carmel. LORD's anointed.

U 3 Now the name of the man was Na11 Moreover, my father, see, yea, see bal ; and the name of his wife Abigail : the skirt of thy robe in my hand : for in and she was a woman of good understandthat I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and ing, and of a beautiful countenance : but killed thee not, know thou and see that the man was churlish and evil in his do there is neither evil nor transgression in ings; and he was of the house of Caleb. mine hand, and I have not sinned against 4 | And David heard in the wilderness thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it. that Nabal did shear his sheep.

12 The Lord judge between me and I 5 And David sent out ten young men, thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee : 1 and David said unto the young men, Get but mine hand shall not be upon thee. you up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and

13 As saith the proverb of the an- | greet him in my name: cients, Wickedness proceedeth from the 1 6 And thus shall ye say to him that wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon liveth in prosperity, Peace be both to thee, thee.

and peace be to thine house, and peace be 14 After whom is the kirg of Israel Il unto all that thou hast.

David firovoked to kill Nabal. CHAP. xxv. Abigail preventeth his death. 261

7 And now I have heard that thou ,, wilderness, so that nothing was missed of hast shearers : now thy shepherds which all that pertained unto him: and he hath were with us, we hurt them not, neither | requited me evil for good. was there aught missing unto them, all 22 So and more also do Gol unto the the while they were in Carmel.

, enemies of David, if I leave of all that 8 Ask thy young men, and they will pertain to him by the morning light any shew thee. Wherefore let the young men that pisseth against the wall.) find favour in thine eyes: for we come in 23° And when Abigail saw David, she a good day: give, I pray thee, whatsoevo hasted, and lighted off the ass, and fell er cometh to thine hand unto thy servants, before David on her face, and bowed herand to thy son David.

self to the ground, 9 And when David's young men came, l 24 And fell at his feet, and said, Upon they spake to Nabal according to all those | me, my lord, upon me let this iniquitv be:

10 And Nabal answered David's ser- in thine audience, and hear the words of vants, and said, Whois David? and who thine handmaid. is the son of Jesse ? there be many ser- 25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, revants now-a-days that break away every il gard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for man from his master.

as his name is, so is he ; Nabal is his 11 Shall I then take my bread, and my name, and folly is with him : but I thine water, and my flesh that I have killed for handmaid saw not the young men of my my shearers, and give it unto men, whom | lord, whom thou didst send. I know not whence they be?

| 26 Now therefore, my lord, as the 12 So David's young men turned their Lord liveth, and as thy sul liveth, seeway, and went again, and came and told | ing the Lord hath withholden thee from him all those sayings.

coming to shed blood, and from avenging 13 And David said unto his men, Gird thyself with thine own hand, now let ye on every man his sword. And they || thine enemies, and they that seek evil to girded on every man his sword ; and my lord, be as Nabal. David also girded on his sword : and 27 And now this blessing which thinc there went up after David about four handmaid hath brought unto my lord, hundred men; and two hundred abode let it even be given unto the young men by the stuff.

that follow my lord. 14 But one of the young men told 28 I pray thee, forgive the trespass of Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, Behold, I thine handmaid : for the LORD will cerDavid sent messengers out of the wilder tainly make my lord a sure house ; beness to salute our master; and he railed cause my lord fighteth the battles of the on them.

LORD, and evil hath not been found in 15 But the men were very good unto thee all thy days. us, and we were not hurt, neither missed 29 Yet a man is risen to pursue thec, we any thing, as long as we were con- and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my versant with them, when we were in the lord shall be bound in the bundle of life fields :

with the LORD thy God; and the souls 16 They were a wall unto us both by of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, night and day, all the while we were with as out of the middle of a sling. them keeping the sheep.

30 And it shall come to pass, when the 17 Now therefore know and consider Lord shall have done to my lord accordwhat thou wilt do: for evil is determined ing to all the good that he hath spoken against our master, and against all his concerning thee, and shall have appointed household : for he is such a son of Belial, ll thee ruler over Israel; that a man cannot speak to him.

31 That this shall be no grief unto thee, 18 Then Abigail made haste, and took nor offence of heart unto my lord, either two hundred loaves, and two bottles of that thou hast sled blood causeless, or that wine, and five sheep ready dressed, and my lord hath avenged himself: but when five measures of parched corn, and an he LORD shall have dealt well with my hundred clusters of raisins, and two hun lord, then remember thine handmaid. dred cakes of figs, and laid them on asses. 32 | And David said to Abigail, Bless

19 And she said unto her servants, Goed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent on before me; behold, I come after you. thee this day to meet me: But she told not her husband Nabal. 33 And blessed be thy advice, and bless

20 And it was so, as slie rode on the ass, lled be tho:1, which hast kept me this day that she came down by the covert of the from coming to shed blood, and from hill, and behold, David and his mon came || avenging myself with mine own hand. down against her; and she met them. 34 For in very deed, as the LORD God

21 (Now David had said, Surely in vain of Israel liveth, which hath kept me, have I kept all that this fellow hath in the Il back from hurting thee, cxccpt thou

269 David taketh Abigail to cvije. I. SAMUEL.

He sareth Saul. hadst hasted and come to meet me, sure- ll and he saw that Saul came after him into ly there liad not been left unto Nabal || the wilderness. by the morning light any that pisseth a- 4 David therefore sent out spies and ungainst the wall.

derstood that Saul was come in very deed.

which she had brought liim, and said un-place where Saul had pitched : and David to her, Go up in peace to thine house ; beheld the place where Saul lay, and see, I have hearkened to thy voice, and | Abner the son of Ner, the captain of his have accepted thy person.

host. And Saul lay in the trench, and 36 | And Abigail came to Nabal; and the people pitched round about him. behold, he helda feast in his house, like the 6 Then answered David, and said to feast of a king ; and Nabal's heart was Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai the merry within him, for he was very drunk- son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab, saying, en :- wherefore she told him nothing, less Who will go down with me to Saul to the or more, until the morning light.

camp? And Abishai said, I will go down 37 But it came to pass in the morning, with thee. when the wine was gone out of Nabal, ||

17 So David and Abishai came to the and his wife had told him these things, people by night: and behold, Saul lay

became as a stone.

stuck in the ground at his bolster : but 38 And it came to pass about ten days Abner and the people lay round about him. after, that the LORD smote Nabal, that 8 Then said Abishai to David, God he died.

hath delivered thine enemy into thine 39 | And when David heard that Na hand this day : now therefore let me bal was dead, he said, Blessed be the smite him, I pray thee, with the spear, LORD, that hath pleaded the cause of | even to the earth at once, and I will not my reproach from the hand of Nabal, ll smite him the second time. and hath kept his servant from evil : for 9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy the Lord hath returned the wickedness him not: for who can stretch forth his of Nabal upon his own head. And Da- || hand against the LORD's anointed, and vid sent and communed with Abigail, to be guiltless ? take her to him to wife.

10 David said furthermore, As the 40 And when the servants of David Lord liveth, the LORD shall smite him ; were come to Abigail to Carmel, they | or his day shall come to die; or he shall spake unto her, saying, David sent us descend into battle, and perish. unto thee, to take thee to him to wife. 11 The LORD forbid that I should

41 And she arose, and bowed herself stretch forth mine hand against the on her face to the earth, and said, Behold, Lord's anointed : but, I pray thee, take let thine handmaid be a servant to wash || thou now the spear that is at his bolster, the feet of the servants of my lord.

and the cruse of water, and let us go 42 And Abigail hasted, and arose, and || 12 So David took the spear and the rode upon an ass, with five damsels of cruse of water from Saul's bolsters; and hers that went after her ; and she went they gat them away, and no man saw it, after the messengers of David, and be- || uor knew it, neither awaked : for they came his wife.

were all asleep; because a deep sleep 43 David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; from the Lord was fallen upon them. and they were also both of them his wives. 13 Then David went over to the other

44 ? But Saul had given Michal his side, and stood on the top of an hill afar daughter, David's wife, to Phalti the son off; a great space being between them: of Laish, which was of Gallim.

14 And David cried to the people, and CHAP. XXVI.

to Abner the son of Ner, saying, An1 Saul cometh to Hachilah against Da- | swerest thou not, Abner? Then Abner vid. 5 David in the trench stayeth || answered and said, Who art thou that Abishai from killing Saul, but coketh || criest to the king? his spear and cruse.

15 And David said to Abner, Art not AND the Ziphites came unto Saul to thou a valiant man? and who is like to

Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide thee in Israel? wherefore then hast thou himself in the hill of Hachilah, which is not kept thy lord the king? for there before Jeshimon?

came one of the people in to destroy the 2 Then Saul arose, and went down to king thy lord. the wilderness of Ziph, having three thou- 16 This thing is not good that thou

seek David in the wilderness of Zipn. worthy to die, because ye have not kept

3 And Saul pitched in the hill of Ha. || your master the LORD's anointed. And chilah, wļlich is before Jeshimon, by the || now see where the king's spear is, and way. But David abode in the wilderness, "the cruse of water that was at his bolster, O king.

Saui acknowledgeth his fault. CHAP. XXVIII. David dwelleth in Ziklag. 263

17 And Saul knew David's voice, and 4 And it was told Saul that David was said, Is this thy voice, my son David ? | Aed to Gath: and he sought no more again And David said, It is my voice, my lord, || for him.

5 | And David said unto Achish, if I 18 Ånd he said, Wherefore doth my have now found grace in thine eyes, let lord thus pursue after his servant for them give me a place in some town in what hare I done? or what evil is in the country, that I may dwell there : for mine hand?

ll why should thy servant dwell in the royal 19 Now therefore, I pray thee, let my city with thee? lord the king hear the words of his ser-| 6 Then Achish gave him Ziklag that vant. If the LORD have stirred thee up day : wherefore Ziklag pertaineth unto against me, let him accept an offering : | the kings of Judah unto this day. but if they be the children of men, cursed 1 7 And the time that David dwelt in be they before the LORD; for they have the country of the Philistines was a full driven me out this day from abiding in year and four months. the inheritance of the LORD, saying, Go, | 8 And David and his men went up, serve other gods.

20 Now therefore, let not my blood rites, and the Amalekites : for those nafall to the earth before the face of the tions were of old the inhabitants of the LORD: for the king of Israel is come out land, as thou goest to Shur, even unto to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a | the land of Egypt. partridge in the mountains.

9 And David smote the land, and left 21 Then said Saul, I have sinned: re- neither man nor woman alive, and took turn, my son David : for I will no more away the sheep, and the oxen, and the do thee harm, because my soul was prec- | asses, and the camels, and the apparel, ious in thine eyes this day : behold, I and returned, and came to Achish. have played the fool, and have erred ex 10 And Achish said, Whither have ye ceedingly.

made a road to-day? And David said, 22 And David answered and said, Be- || Against the south of Judah, and against hold the king's spear ! and let one of the south of the Jerahmeelites, and against the young men come over and fetch it. the south of the Kenites.

23 The LORD render to every man 11 And David saved neither man nor his righteousness and his faithfulness : for woman alive, to bring tidings to Gath, the LORD delivered thee into my hand to saying, Lest they should tell on us, sayday, but I would not stretch forth mine | ing, So did David, and so will be his manhand against the LORD's anointed. i ner all the while he dwelleth in the coun

24 And behold, as thy life was much set try of the Philistines. by this day in mine eyes, so let my life be 12 And Achish believed David, saying, much set by in the eyes of the LORD, and He hath made his people Israel utterly let him deliver me out of all tribulation. | to abhor him; therefore he shall be my

25 Then Saul said to David, Blessed be servant for ever. thou, my son David : thou shalt both do

CHAP, XXVIII. great things, and also shalt still prevail. | 3 Saul having destroyed the witches, 7 So David went on his way, and Saul re afterward seeketh tvone ; 9 who being turned to his place.

encouraged by him, raiseth uji Samuci. CHAP. XXVII. 1 Saul hearing David to be in Gath, AND it came to pass in those days, seeketh no more for him, 5 David beg A that the Philistines gathered their geth Ziklag of Achish.

armies together for warfare, to fight with Á ND David said in his heart, I shall | Israel. And Achish said unto David, A now perish one day by the hand of Know thou assuredly, that thou shalt go Saul : there is nothing better for me out with me to battle, thou and thy men. than that I should speedily escape into 2 And David said to Achish, Surely the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall || thou shalt know what thy servant can do. despair of me, to seek me any more in || And Achish said to David, Therefore any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out will I make thee keeper of mine head of his hand.

for ever. 2 And David arose, and he passed 39 Now Samuel was dead, and all Isover with the six hundred men that were rael had lamented him, and buried lrim in with him unto Achish, the son of Maoch, Ramah, even in his own city. And Saul king of Gath.

had put away those that had familiar spir3 And David dwelt with Achish at its, and the wizards, out of the land. Gath, he and his men, every man with 49 And the Philistines gathered themhis household, even David with his two selves together, and came and pitched in wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Ab Shunem ; and Saul gathered all Israel to igail the Carmelitess Nabal's wife. "gether, and they pitched in Gülboa.

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