21:1 Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech
the priest: and Ahimelech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said
unto him, Why art thou alone, and no man with thee?
21:2 And David said unto Ahimelech the
priest, The king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me,
Let no man know any thing of the business whereabout I send thee, and
what I have commanded thee: and I have appointed my servants to such
and such a place.
21:3 Now therefore what is under thine
hand? give me five loaves of bread in mine hand, or what there is
21:4 And the priest answered David, and
said, There is no common bread under mine hand, but there is hallowed
bread; if the young men have kept themselves at least from women.
21:5 And David answered the priest, and
said unto him, Of a truth women have been kept from us about these
three days, since I came out, and the vessels of the young men are
holy, and the bread is in a manner common, yea, though it were
sanctified this day in the vessel.
21:6 So the priest gave him hallowed bread:
for there was no bread there but the shewbread, that was taken from
before the LORD, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.
21:7 Now a certain man of the servants of
Saul was there that day, detained before the LORD; and his name was
Doeg, an Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Saul.
21:8 And David said unto Ahimelech, And is
there not here under thine hand spear or sword? for I have neither
brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king's business
21:9 And the priest said, The sword of
Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the valley of Elah,
behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt
take that, take it: for there is no other save that here. And David
said, There is none like that; give it me.
21:10 And David arose and fled that day for
fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.
21:11 And the servants of Achish said unto
him, Is not this David the king of the land? did they not sing one to
another of him in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his thousands, and
David his ten thousands?
21:12 And David laid up these words in his
heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath.
21:13 And he changed his behaviour before
them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the
doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.
21:14 Then said Achish unto his servants,
Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore then have ye brought him to me?
21:15 Have I need of mad men, that ye have
brought this fellow to play the mad man in my presence? shall this
fellow come into my house?
22:1 David therefore departed thence, and
escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his
father's house heard it, they went down thither to him.
22:2 And every one that was in distress,
and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented,
gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and
there were with him about four hundred men.
22:3 And David went thence to Mizpeh of
Moab: and he said unto the king of Moab, Let my father and my mother,
I pray thee, come forth, and be with you, till I know what God will do
22:4 And he brought them before the king of
Moab: and they dwelt with him all the while that David was in the
22:5 And the prophet Gad said unto David,
Abide not in the hold; depart, and get thee into the land of Judah.
Then David departed, and came into the forest of Hareth.
22:6 When Saul heard that David was
discovered, and the men that were with him, (now Saul abode in Gibeah
under a tree in Ramah, having his spear in his hand, and all his
servants were standing about him;)
22:7 Then Saul said unto his servants that
stood about him, Hear now, ye Benjamites; will the son of Jesse give
every one of you fields and vineyards, and make you all captains of
thousands, and captains of hundreds;
22:8 That all of you have conspired against
me, and there is none that sheweth me that my son hath made a league
with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you that is sorry for me,
or sheweth unto me that my son hath stirred up my servant against me,
to lie in wait, as at this day?
22:9 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which
was set over the servants of Saul, and said, I saw the son of Jesse
coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub.
22:10 And he enquired of the LORD for him,
and gave him victuals, and gave him the sword of Goliath the
22:11 Then the king sent to call Ahimelech
the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father's house, the priests
that were in Nob: and they came all of them to the king.
22:12 And Saul said, Hear now, thou son of
Ahitub. And he answered, Here I am, my lord.
22:13 And Saul said unto him, Why have ye
conspired against me, thou and the son of Jesse, in that thou hast
given him bread, and a sword, and hast enquired of God for him, that
he should rise against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?
22:14 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and
said, And who is so faithful among all thy servants as David, which is
the king's son in law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is honourable in
22:15 Did I then begin to enquire of God
for him? be it far from me: let not the king impute any thing unto his
servant, nor to all the house of my father: for thy servant knew
nothing of all this, less or more.
22:16 And the king said, Thou shalt surely
die, Ahimelech, thou, and all thy father's house.
22:17 And the king said unto the footmen
that stood about him, Turn, and slay the priests of the LORD: because
their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled, and
did not shew it to me. But the servants of the king would not put
forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the LORD.
22:18 And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou,
and fall upon the priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell
upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that
did wear a linen ephod.
22:19 And Nob, the city of the priests,
smote he with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and
sucklings, and oxen, and asses, and sheep, with the edge of the sword.
22:20 And one of the sons of Ahimelech the
son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped, and fled after David.
22:21 And Abiathar shewed David that Saul
had slain the LORD's priests.
22:22 And David said unto Abiathar, I knew
it that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely
tell Saul: I have occasioned the death of all the persons of thy
22:23 Abide thou with me, fear not: for he
that seeketh my life seeketh thy life: but with me thou shalt be in
23:1 Then they told David, saying, Behold,
the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the
23:2 Therefore David enquired of the LORD,
saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto
David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.
23:3 And David's men said unto him, Behold,
we be afraid here in Judah: how much more then if we come to Keilah
against the armies of the Philistines?
23:4 Then David enquired of the LORD yet
again. And the LORD answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah;
for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand.
23:5 So David and his men went to Keilah,
and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and
smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of
23:6 And it came to pass, when Abiathar the
son of Ahimelech fled to David to Keilah, that he came down with an
ephod in his hand.
23:7 And it was told Saul that David was
come to Keilah. And Saul said, God hath delivered him into mine hand;
for he is shut in, by entering into a town that hath gates and bars.
23:8 And Saul called all the people
together to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David and his men.
23:9 And David knew that Saul secretly
practised mischief against him; and he said to Abiathar the priest,
Bring hither the ephod.
23:10 Then said David, O LORD God of
Israel, thy servant hath certainly heard that Saul seeketh to come to
Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake.
23:11 Will the men of Keilah deliver me up
into his hand? will Saul come down, as thy servant hath heard? O LORD God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy servant. And the
LORD said, He
will come down.
23:12 Then said David, Will the men of
Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul? And the LORD said,
They will deliver thee up.
23:13 Then David and his men, which were
about six hundred, arose and departed out of Keilah, and went
whithersoever they could go. And it was told Saul that David was
escaped from Keilah; and he forbare to go forth.
23:14 And David abode in the wilderness in
strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph.
And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his
23:15 And David saw that Saul was come out
to seek his life: and David was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood.
23:16 And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and
went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.
23:17 And he said unto him, Fear not: for
the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and thou shalt be king
over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee; and that also Saul my
23:18 And they two made a covenant before
the LORD: and David abode in the wood, and Jonathan went to his house.
23:19 Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to
Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself with us in strong holds in
the wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which is on the south of Jeshimon?
23:20 Now therefore, O king, come down
according to all the desire of thy soul to come down; and our part
shall be to deliver him into the king's hand.
23:21 And Saul said, Blessed be ye of the LORD; for ye have compassion on me.
23:22 Go, I pray you, prepare yet, and know
and see his place where his haunt is, and who hath seen him there: for
it is told me that he dealeth very subtilly.
23:23 See therefore, and take knowledge of
all the lurking places where he hideth himself, and come ye again to
me with the certainty, and I will go with you: and it shall come to
pass, if he be in the land, that I will search him out throughout all
the thousands of Judah.
23:24 And they arose, and went to Ziph
before Saul: but David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in
the plain on the south of Jeshimon.
23:25 Saul also and his men went to seek
him. And they told David; wherefore he came down into a rock, and
abode in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard that, he pursued
after David in the wilderness of Maon.
23:26 And Saul went on this side of the
mountain, and David and his men on that side of the mountain: and
David made haste to get away for fear of Saul; for Saul and his men
compassed David and his men round about to take them.
23:27 But there came a messenger unto Saul,
saying, Haste thee, and come; for the Philistines have invaded the
23:28 Wherefore Saul returned from pursuing
after David, and went against the Philistines: therefore they called
that place Selahammahlekoth.
23:29 And David went up from thence, and
dwelt in strong holds at Engedi.
24:1 And it came to pass, when Saul was
returned from following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying,
Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.
24:2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen
men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men upon the
rocks of the wild goats.
24:3 And he came to the sheepcotes by the
way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David
and his men remained in the sides of the cave.
24:4 And the men of David said unto him,
Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will
deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it
shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of
Saul's robe privily.
24:5 And it came to pass afterward, that
David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.
24:6 And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the
anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the
anointed of the LORD.
24:7 So David stayed his servants with
these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose
up out of the cave, and went on his way.
24:8 David also arose afterward, and went
out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And
when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth,
and bowed himself.
24:9 And David said to Saul, Wherefore
hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?
24:10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen
how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the
cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I
said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD's anointed.
24:11 Moreover, my father, see, yea, see
the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of
thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither
evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against
thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.
24:12 The LORD judge between me and thee,
and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
24:13 As saith the proverb of the ancients,
Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon
24:14 After whom is the king of Israel come
out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea.
24:15 The LORD therefore be judge, and
judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me
out of thine hand.
24:16 And it came to pass, when David had
made an end of speaking these words unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this
thy voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept.
24:17 And he said to David, Thou art more
righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have
rewarded thee evil.
24:18 And thou hast shewed this day how
that thou hast dealt well with me: forasmuch as when the LORD had
delivered me into thine hand, thou killedst me not.
24:19 For if a man find his enemy, will he
let him go well away? wherefore the LORD reward thee good for that
thou hast done unto me this day.
24:20 And now, behold, I know well that
thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be
established in thine hand.
24:21 Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt
not destroy my name out of my father's house.
24:22 And David sware unto Saul. And Saul
went home; but David and his men gat them up unto the hold.
25:1 And Samuel died; and all the
Israelites were gathered together, and lamented him, and buried him in
his house at Ramah. And David arose, and went down to the wilderness
25:2 And there was a man in Maon, whose
possessions were in Carmel; and the man was very great, and he had
three thousand sheep, and a thousand goats: and he was shearing his
sheep in Carmel.
25:3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; and
the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good
understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was
churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb.
25:4 And David heard in the wilderness that
Nabal did shear his sheep.
25:5 And David sent out ten young men, and
David said unto the young men, Get you up to Carmel, and go to Nabal,
and greet him in my name:
25:6 And thus shall ye say to him that
liveth in prosperity, Peace be both to thee, and peace be to thine
house, and peace be unto all that thou hast.
25:7 And now I have heard that thou hast
shearers: now thy shepherds which were with us, we hurt them not,
neither was there ought missing unto them, all the while they were in
25:8 Ask thy young men, and they will shew
thee. Wherefore let the young men find favour in thine eyes: for we
come in a good day: give, I pray thee, whatsoever cometh to thine hand
unto thy servants, and to thy son David.
25:9 And when David's young men came, they
spake to Nabal according to all those words in the name of David, and
25:10 And Nabal answered David's servants,
and said, Who is David? and who is the son of Jesse? there be many
servants now a days that break away every man from his master.
25:11 Shall I then take my bread, and my
water, and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, and give it
unto men, whom I know not whence they be?
25:12 So David's young men turned their
way, and went again, and came and told him all those sayings.
25:13 And David said unto his men, Gird ye
on every man his sword. And they girded on every man his sword; and
David also girded on his sword: and there went up after David about
four hundred men; and two hundred abode by the stuff.
25:14 But one of the young men told
Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, Behold, David sent messengers out of
the wilderness to salute our master; and he railed on them.
25:15 But the men were very good unto us,
and we were not hurt, neither missed we any thing, as long as we were
conversant with them, when we were in the fields:
25:16 They were a wall unto us both by
night and day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.
25:17 Now therefore know and consider what
thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against
all his household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot
speak to him.
25:18 Then Abigail made haste, and took two
hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five sheep ready dressed,
and five measures of parched corn, and an hundred clusters of raisins,
and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on asses.
25:19 And she said unto her servants, Go on
before me; behold, I come after you. But she told not her husband
25:20 And it was so, as she rode on the
ass, that she came down by the covert on the hill, and, behold, David
and his men came down against her; and she met them.
25:21 Now David had said, Surely in vain
have I kept all that this fellow hath in the wilderness, so that
nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him: and he hath
requited me evil for good.
25:22 So and more also do God unto the
enemies of David, if I leave of all that pertain to him by the morning
light any that pisseth against the wall.
25:23 And when Abigail saw David, she
hasted, and lighted off the ass, and fell before David on her face,
and bowed herself to the ground,
25:24 And fell at his feet, and said, Upon
me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be: and let thine handmaid, I
pray thee, speak in thine audience, and hear the words of thine
25:25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard
this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is
his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the
young men of my lord, whom thou didst send.
25:26 Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the
LORD hath withholden thee
from coming to shed blood, and from avenging thyself with thine own
hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord, be as
25:27 And now this blessing which thine
handmaid hath brought unto my lord, let it even be given unto the
young men that follow my lord.
25:28 I pray thee, forgive the trespass of
thine handmaid: for the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house;
because my lord fighteth the battles of the LORD, and evil hath not
been found in thee all thy days.
25:29 Yet a man is risen to pursue thee,
and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the
bundle of life with the LORD thy God; and the souls of thine enemies,
them shall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling.
25:30 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD
shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he hath
spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over
25:31 That this shall be no grief unto
thee, nor offence of heart unto my lord, either that thou hast shed
blood causeless, or that my lord hath avenged himself: but when the LORD
shall have dealt well with my lord, then remember thine handmaid.
25:32 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be
the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me:
25:33 And blessed be thy advice, and
blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed
blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.
25:34 For in very deed, as the LORD God of
Israel liveth, which hath kept me back from hurting thee, except thou
hadst hasted and come to meet me, surely there had not been left unto
Nabal by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.
25:35 So David received of her hand that
which she had brought him, and said unto her, Go up in peace to thine
house; see, I have hearkened to thy voice, and have accepted thy
25:36 And Abigail came to Nabal; and,
behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and
Nabal's heart was merry within him, for he was very drunken: wherefore
she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning light.
25:37 But it came to pass in the morning,
when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife had told him these
things, that his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.
25:38 And it came to pass about ten days
after, that the LORD smote Nabal, that he died.
25:39 And when David heard that Nabal was
dead, he said, Blessed be the LORD, that hath pleaded the cause of my
reproach from the hand of Nabal, and hath kept his servant from evil:
for the LORD hath returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head.
And David sent and communed with Abigail, to take her to him to wife.
25:40 And when the servants of David were
come to Abigail to Carmel, they spake unto her, saying, David sent us
unto thee, to take thee to him to wife.
25:41 And she arose, and bowed herself on
her face to the earth, and said, Behold, let thine handmaid be a
servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.
25:42 And Abigail hasted, and arose and
rode upon an ass, with five damsels of hers that went after her; and
she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife.
25:43 David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel;
and they were also both of them his wives.
25:44 But Saul had given Michal his
daughter, David's wife, to Phalti the son of Laish, which was of
26:1 And the Ziphites came unto Saul to
Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself in the hill of Hachilah,
which is before Jeshimon?
26:2 Then Saul arose, and went down to the
wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen men of Israel with
him, to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph.
26:3 And Saul pitched in the hill of
Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon, by the way. But David abode in the
wilderness, and he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness.
26:4 David therefore sent out spies, and
understood that Saul was come in very deed.
26:5 And David arose, and came to the place
where Saul had pitched: and David beheld the place where Saul lay, and
Abner the son of Ner, the captain of his host: and Saul lay in the
trench, and the people pitched round about him.
26:6 Then answered David and said to
Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, brother to
Joab, saying, Who will go down with me to Saul to the camp? And
Abishai said, I will go down with thee.
26:7 So David and Abishai came to the
people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and
his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner and the people
lay round about him.
26:8 Then said Abishai to David, God hath
delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let me
smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and
I will not smite him the second time.
26:9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him
not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD's anointed,
and be guiltless?
26:10 David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the
LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he
shall descend into battle, and perish.
26:11 The LORD forbid that I should stretch
forth mine hand against the LORD's anointed: but, I pray thee, take
thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and
let us go.
26:12 So David took the spear and the cruse
of water from Saul's bolster; and they gat them away, and no man saw
it, nor knew it, neither awaked: for they were all asleep; because a
deep sleep from the LORD was fallen upon them.
26:13 Then David went over to the other
side, and stood on the top of an hill afar off; a great space being
26:14 And David cried to the people, and to
Abner the son of Ner, saying, Answerest thou not, Abner? Then Abner
answered and said, Who art thou that criest to the king?
26:15 And David said to Abner, Art not thou
a valiant man? and who is like to thee in Israel? wherefore then hast
thou not kept thy lord the king? for there came one of the people in
to destroy the king thy lord.
26:16 This thing is not good that thou hast
done. As the LORD liveth, ye are worthy to die, because ye have not
kept your master, the LORD's anointed. And now see where the king's
spear is, and the cruse of water that was at his bolster.
26:17 And Saul knew David's voice, and
said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And David said, It is my voice,
my lord, O king.
26:18 And he said, Wherefore doth my lord
thus pursue after his servant? for what have I done? or what evil is
in mine hand?
26:19 Now therefore, I pray thee, let my
lord the king hear the words of his servant. If the LORD have stirred
thee up against me, let him accept an offering: but if they be the
children of men, cursed be they before the LORD; for they have driven
me out this day from abiding in the inheritance of the LORD, saying,
Go, serve other gods.
26:20 Now therefore, let not my blood fall
to the earth before the face of the LORD: for the king of Israel is
come out to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the
26:21 Then said Saul, I have sinned:
return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul
was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool,
and have erred exceedingly.
26:22 And David answered and said, Behold
the king's spear! and let one of the young men come over and fetch it.
26:23 The LORD render to every man his
righteousness and his faithfulness; for the LORD delivered thee into
my hand to day, but I would not stretch forth mine hand against the LORD's anointed.
26:24 And, behold, as thy life was much set
by this day in mine eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of
the LORD, and let him deliver me out of all tribulation.
26:25 Then Saul said to David, Blessed be
thou, my son David: thou shalt both do great things, and also shalt
still prevail. So David went on his way, and Saul returned to his
27:1 And David said in his heart, I shall
now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me
than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines;
and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of
Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand.
27:2 And David arose, and he passed over
with the six hundred men that were with him unto Achish, the son of
Maoch, king of Gath.
27:3 And David dwelt with Achish at Gath,
he and his men, every man with his household, even David with his two
wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal's
27:4 And it was told Saul that David was
fled to Gath: and he sought no more again for him.
27:5 And David said unto Achish, If I have
now found grace in thine eyes, let them give me a place in some town
in the country, that I may dwell there: for why should thy servant
dwell in the royal city with thee?
27:6 Then Achish gave him Ziklag that day:
wherefore Ziklag pertaineth unto the kings of Judah unto this day.
27:7 And the time that David dwelt in the
country of the Philistines was a full year and four months.
27:8 And David and his men went up, and
invaded the Geshurites, and the Gezrites, and the Amalekites: for
those nations were of old the inhabitants of the land, as thou goest
to Shur, even unto the land of Egypt.
27:9 And David smote the land, and left
neither man nor woman alive, and took away the sheep, and the oxen,
and the asses, and the camels, and the apparel, and returned, and came
27:10 And Achish said, Whither have ye made
a road to day? And David said, Against the south of Judah, and against
the south of the Jerahmeelites, and against the south of the Kenites.
27:11 And David saved neither man nor woman
alive, to bring tidings to Gath, saying, Lest they should tell on us,
saying, So did David, and so will be his manner all the while he
dwelleth in the country of the Philistines.
27:12 And Achish believed David, saying, He
hath made his people Israel utterly to abhor him; therefore he shall
be my servant for ever.
28:1 And it came to pass in those days,
that the Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare, to
fight with Israel. And Achish said unto David, Know thou assuredly,
that thou shalt go out with me to battle, thou and thy men.
28:2 And David said to Achish, Surely thou
shalt know what thy servant can do. And Achish said to David,
Therefore will I make thee keeper of mine head for ever.
28:3 Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel
had lamented him, and buried him in Ramah, even in his own city. And
Saul had put away those that had familiar spirits, and the wizards,
out of the land.
28:4 And the Philistines gathered
themselves together, and came and pitched in Shunem: and Saul gathered
all Israel together, and they pitched in Gilboa.
28:5 And when Saul saw the host of the
Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled.
28:6 And when Saul enquired of the LORD,
the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by
28:7 Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek
me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and
enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman
that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.
28:8 And Saul disguised himself, and put on
other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the
woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the
familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee.
28:9 And the woman said unto him, Behold,
thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have
familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then
layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?
28:10 And Saul sware to her by the LORD,
saying, As the LORD liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee
for this thing.
28:11 Then said the woman, Whom shall I
bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.
28:12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she
cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast
thou deceived me? for thou art Saul.
28:13 And the king said unto her, Be not
afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods
ascending out of the earth.
28:14 And he said unto her, What form is he
of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a
mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his
face to the ground, and bowed himself.
28:15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast
thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore
distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is
departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor
by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known
unto me what I shall do.
28:16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost
thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become
28:17 And the LORD hath done to him, as he
spake by me: for the LORD hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and
given it to thy neighbour, even to David:
28:18 Because thou obeyedst not the voice
of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore
hath the LORD done this thing unto thee this day.
28:19 Moreover the LORD will also deliver
Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt
thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of
Israel into the hand of the Philistines.
28:20 Then Saul fell straightway all along
on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel: and
there was no strength in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day,
nor all the night.
28:21 And the woman came unto Saul, and saw
that he was sore troubled, and said unto him, Behold, thine handmaid
hath obeyed thy voice, and I have put my life in my hand, and have
hearkened unto thy words which thou spakest unto me.
28:22 Now therefore, I pray thee, hearken
thou also unto the voice of thine handmaid, and let me set a morsel of
bread before thee; and eat, that thou mayest have strength, when thou
goest on thy way.
28:23 But he refused, and said, I will not
eat. But his servants, together with the woman, compelled him; and he
hearkened unto their voice. So he arose from the earth, and sat upon
28:24 And the woman had a fat calf in the
house; and she hasted, and killed it, and took flour, and kneaded it,
and did bake unleavened bread thereof:
28:25 And she brought it before Saul, and
before his servants; and they did eat. Then they rose up, and went
away that night.
29:1 Now the Philistines gathered together
all their armies to Aphek: and the Israelites pitched by a fountain
which is in Jezreel.
29:2 And the lords of the Philistines
passed on by hundreds, and by thousands: but David and his men passed
on in the rereward with Achish.
29:3 Then said the princes of the
Philistines, What do these Hebrews here? And Achish said unto the
princes of the Philistines, Is not this David, the servant of Saul the
king of Israel, which hath been with me these days, or these years,
and I have found no fault in him since he fell unto me unto this day?
29:4 And the princes of the Philistines
were wroth with him; and the princes of the Philistines said unto him,
Make this fellow 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 be an adversary to us: for wherewith should he reconcile
himself unto his master? should it not be with the heads of these men?
29:5 Is not this David, of whom they sang
one to another in dances, saying, Saul slew his thousands, and David
his ten thousands?
29:6 Then Achish called David, and said
unto 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 since the day of thy coming unto me
unto this day: nevertheless the lords favour thee not.
29:7 Wherefore now return, and go in peace,
that thou displease not the lords of the Philistines.
29:8 And David said unto Achish, But what
have I done? and what hast thou found in thy servant so long as I have
been with thee unto this day, that I may not go fight against the
enemies of my lord the king?
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.
29:10 Wherefore now rise up early in the
morning with thy master's servants that are come with thee: and as
soon as ye be up early in the morning, and have light, depart.
29:11 So David and his men rose up early to
depart in the morning, to return into the land of the Philistines. And
the Philistines went up to Jezreel.
30:1 And it came to pass, when David and
his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had
invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with
30:2 And had taken the women captives, that
were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried
them away, and went on their way.
30:3 So David and his men came to the city,
and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons,
and their daughters, were taken captives.
30:4 Then David and the people that were
with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power
30:5 And David's two wives were taken
captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the
30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for
the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people
was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David
encouraged himself in the LORD his God.
30:7 And David said to Abiathar the priest,
Ahimelech's son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar
brought thither the ephod to David.
30:8 And David enquired at the LORD,
saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he
answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without
fail recover all.
30:9 So David went, he and the six hundred
men that were with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those that
were left behind stayed.
30:10 But David pursued, he and four
hundred men: for two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that
they could not go over the brook Besor.
30:11 And they found an Egyptian in the
field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat;
and they made him drink water;
30:12 And they gave him a piece of a cake
of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his
spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any
water, three days and three nights.
30:13 And David said unto him, To whom
belongest thou? and whence art thou? And he said, I am a young man of
Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three
days agone I fell sick.
30:14 We made an invasion upon the south of
the Cherethites, and upon the coast which belongeth to Judah, and upon
the south of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire.
30:15 And David said to him, Canst thou
bring me down to this company? And he said, Swear unto me by God, that
thou wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my master,
and I will bring thee down to this company.
30:16 And when he had brought him down,
behold, they were spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and
drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had
taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of
30:17 And David smote them from the
twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not
a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels,
30:18 And David recovered all that the
Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives.
30:19 And there was nothing lacking to
them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither
spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.
30:20 And David took all the flocks and the
herds, which they drave before those other cattle, and said, This is
30:21 And David came to the two hundred
men, which were so faint that they could not follow David, whom they
had made also to abide at the brook Besor: and they went forth to meet
David, and to meet the people that were with him: and when David came
near to the people, he saluted them.
30:22 Then answered all the wicked men and
men of Belial, of those that went with David, and said, Because they
went not with us, we will not give them ought of the spoil that we
have recovered, save to every man his wife and his children, that they
may lead them away, and depart.
30:23 Then said David, Ye shall not do so,
my brethren, with that which the LORD hath given us, who hath
preserved us, and delivered the company that came against us into our
30:24 For who will hearken unto you in this
matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his
part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.
30:25 And it was so from that day forward,
that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day.
30:26 And when David came to Ziklag, he
sent of the spoil unto the elders of Judah, even to his friends,
saying, Behold a present for you of the spoil of the enemies of the LORD;
30:27 To them which were in Bethel, and to
them which were in south Ramoth, and to them which were in Jattir,
30:28 And to them which were in Aroer, and
to them which were in Siphmoth, and to them which were in Eshtemoa,
30:29 And to them which were in Rachal, and
to them which were in the cities of the Jerahmeelites, and to them
which were in the cities of the Kenites,
30:30 And to them which were in Hormah, and
to them which were in Chorashan, and to them which were in Athach,
30:31 And to them which were in Hebron, and
to all the places where David himself and his men were wont to haunt.
31:1 Now the Philistines fought against
Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and
fell down slain in mount Gilboa.
31:2 And the Philistines followed hard upon
Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and
Abinadab, and Melchishua, Saul's sons.
31:3 And the battle went sore against Saul,
and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers.
31:4 Then said Saul unto his armourbearer,
Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these
uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his
armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a
sword, and fell upon it.
31:5 And when his armourbearer saw that
Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him.
31:6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and
his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.
31:7 And when the men of Israel that were
on the other side of the valley, and they that were on the other side
Jordan, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that Saul and his sons
were dead, they forsook the cities, and fled; and the Philistines came
and dwelt in them.
31:8 And it came to pass on the morrow,
when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and
his three sons fallen in mount Gilboa.
31:9 And they cut off his head, and
stripped off his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines
round about, to publish it in the house of their idols, and among the
31:10 And they put his armour in the house
of Ashtaroth: and they fastened his body to the wall of Bethshan.
31:11 And when the inhabitants of
Jabeshgilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul;
31:12 All the valiant men arose, and went
all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from
the wall of Bethshan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there.
31:13 And they took their bones, and buried
them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.