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1Samuel 23
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23Now they told David, "The Philistines are fighting against Keilah, and are robbing the threshing floors."H5046H1732H559H6430H3898H7084H8154H1637 2David inquired of the LORD, "Shall I go and attack these Philistines?" The LORD said to David, "Go and attack the Philistines and save Keilah."H1732H7592H3068H559H3212H5221H6430H3068H559H1732H3212H5221H6430H3467H7084 3But David's men said to him, "Look, we are afraid here in Judah; how much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?"H1732H582H559H3373H3063H3212H7084H4634H6430 4Then David inquired of the LORD again. The LORD answered him, "Yes, go down to Keilah; for I will give the Philistines into your hand."H1732H7592H3068H3254H3068H6030H559H6965H3381H7084H5414H6430H3027 5So David and his men went to Keilah, fought with the Philistines, brought away their livestock, and dealt them a heavy defeat. Thus David rescued the inhabitants of Keilah.H1732H582H3212H7084H3898H6430H5090H4735H5221H1419H4347H1732H3467H3427H7084 6When Abiathar son of Ahimelech fled to David at Keilah, he came down with an ephod in his hand.H54H1121H288H1272H1732H7084H3381H646H3027 7Now it was told Saul that David had come to Keilah. And Saul said, "God has given him into my hand; for he has shut himself in by entering a town that has gates and bars."H5046H7586H1732H935H7084H7586H559H430H5234H3027H5462H935H5892H1817H1280 8Saul summoned all the people to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David and his men.H7586H8085H5971H8085H4421H3381H7084H6696H1732H582 9When David learned that Saul was plotting evil against him, he said to the priest Abiathar, "Bring the ephod here."H1732H3045H7586H2790H7451H559H54H3548H5066H646 10David said, "O LORD, the God of Israel, your servant has heard that Saul seeks to come to Keilah, to destroy the city on my account.H559H1732H3068H430H3478H5650H8085H8085H7586H1245H935H7084H7843H5892 11And now, will Saul come down as your servant has heard? O LORD, the God of Israel, I beseech you, tell your servant." The LORD said, "He will come down."H1167H7084H5462H3027H7586H3381H5650H8085H3068H430H3478H5046H5650H3068H559H3381 12Then David said, "Will the men of Keilah surrender me and my men into the hand of Saul?" The LORD said, "They will surrender you."H559H1732H1167H7084H5462H582H3027H7586H3068H559H5462 13Then David and his men, who were about six hundred, set out and left Keilah; they wandered wherever they could go. When Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah, he gave up the expedition.H1732H582H8337H3967H376H6965H3318H7084H1980H834H1980H5046H7586H1732H4422H7084H2308H3318 14David remained in the strongholds in the wilderness, in the hill country of the Wilderness of Ziph. Saul sought him every day, but the LORD did not give him into his hand.H1732H3427H4057H4679H3427H2022H4057H2128H7586H1245H3117H430H5414H3027 15David was in the Wilderness of Ziph at Horesh when he learned that Saul had come out to seek his life.H1732H7200H7586H3318H1245H5315H1732H4057H2128H2793 16Saul's son Jonathan set out and came to David at Horesh; there he strengthened his hand through the LORD.H3083H7586H1121H6965H3212H1732H2793H2388H3027H430 17He said to him, "Do not be afraid; for the hand of my father Saul shall not find you; you shall be king over Israel, and I shall be second to you; my father Saul also knows that this is so."H559H3372H3027H7586H1H4672H4427H3478H4932H7586H1H3045 18Then the two of them made a covenant before the LORD; David remained at Horesh, and Jonathan went home.H8147H3772H1285H6440H3068H1732H3427H2793H3083H1980H1004 19Then some Ziphites went up to Saul at Gibeah and said, "David is hiding among us in the strongholds of Horesh, on the hill of Hachilah, which is south of Jeshimon.H5927H2130H7586H1390H559H1732H5641H4679H2793H1389H2444H3225H3452 20Now, O king, whenever you wish to come down, do so; and our part will be to surrender him into the king's hand."H4428H3381H185H5315H3381H5462H4428H3027 21Saul said, "May you be blessed by the LORD for showing me compassion!H7586H559H1288H3068H2550 22Go and make sure once more; find out exactly where he is, and who has seen him there; for I am told that he is very cunning.H3212H3559H3045H7200H4725H7272H7200H559H6191H6191 23Look around and learn all the hiding places where he lurks, and come back to me with sure information. Then I will go with you; and if he is in the land, I will search him out among all the thousands of Judah."H7200H3045H4224H2244H7725H3559H1980H3426H776H2664H505H3063 24So they set out and went to Ziph ahead of Saul. David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the Arabah to the south of Jeshimon.H6965H3212H2128H6440H7586H1732H582H4057H4584H6160H3225H3452 25Saul and his men went to search for him. When David was told, he went down to the rock and stayed in the wilderness of Maon. When Saul heard that, he pursued David into the wilderness of Maon.H7586H582H3212H1245H5046H1732H3381H5553H3427H4057H4584H7586H8085H7291H310H1732H4057H4584 26Saul went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain. David was hurrying to get away from Saul, while Saul and his men were closing in on David and his men to capture them.H7586H3212H6654H2022H1732H582H6654H2022H1732H2648H3212H6440H7586H7586H582H5849H1732H582H5849H8610 27Then a messenger came to Saul, saying, "Hurry and come; for the Philistines have made a raid on the land."H935H4397H7586H559H4116H3212H6430H6584H776 28So Saul stopped pursuing David, and went against the Philistines; therefore that place was called the Rock of Escape.H7586H7725H7291H310H1732H3212H7125H6430H7121H4725H5555 29David then went up from there, and lived in the strongholds of En-gedi.H1732H5927H3427H4679H5872


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