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1Samuel 27
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David Among the Philistines

27But David thought to himself, "One of these days I will be destroyed by the hand of Saul. The best thing I can do is to escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will give up searching for me anywhere in Israel, and I will slip out of his hand."H1732H559H3820H5595H259H3117H3027H7586H2896H3588H4422H4422H776H6430H7586H2976H1245H1366H3478H4422H3027 2So David and the six hundred men with him left and went over to Achish son of Maoch king of Gath.H1732H6965H5674H8337H3967H376H397H1121H4582H4428H1661 3David and his men settled in Gath with Achish. Each man had his family with him, and David had his two wives: Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail of Carmel, the widow of Nabal.H1732H3427H397H1661H582H376H1004H1732H8147H802H293H3159H26H3762H5037H802 4When Saul was told that David had fled to Gath, he no longer searched for him.H5046H7586H1732H1272H1661H1245H3254H3254 5Then David said to Achish, "If I have found favor in your eyes, let a place be assigned to me in one of the country towns, that I may live there. Why should your servant live in the royal city with you?"H1732H559H397H4672H2580H5869H5414H4725H259H5892H7704H3427H5650H3427H4467H5892 6So on that day Achish gave him Ziklag, and it has belonged to the kings of Judah ever since.H397H5414H6860H3117H6860H4428H3063H3117 7David lived in Philistine territory a year and four months.H4557H3117H1732H3427H7704H6430H3117H702H2320 8Now David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites, the Girzites and the Amalekites. (From ancient times these peoples had lived in the land extending to Shur and Egypt.)H1732H582H5927H6584H1651H1511H6003H2007H5769H3427H776H935H7793H776H4714 9Whenever David attacked an area, he did not leave a man or woman alive, but took sheep and cattle, donkeys and camels, and clothes. Then he returned to Achish.H1732H5221H776H376H802H2421H3947H6629H1241H2543H1581H899H7725H935H397 10When Achish asked, "Where did you go raiding today?" David would say, "Against the Negev of Judah" or "Against the Negev of Jerahmeel" or "Against the Negev of the Kenites."H397H559H408H6584H3117H1732H559H5045H3063H5045H3397H5045H7017 11He did not leave a man or woman alive to be brought to Gath, for he thought, "They might inform on us and say, 'This is what David did.'" And such was his practice as long as he lived in Philistine territory.H1732H2421H376H802H2421H935H1661H559H5046H559H6213H1732H4941H3117H3427H7704H6430 12Achish trusted David and said to himself, "He has become so odious to his people, the Israelites, that he will be my servant forever."H397H539H1732H559H5971H3478H887H887H5650H5769


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