The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible1 Samuel 24:2
Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel,
&c.] Out of his army, with which he had been pursuing the Philistines:
and went to seek David, and his men, upon the rocks of the wild goats;
which were in the wilderness of Engedi; those rocks were exceeding high
and terrible to look at, full of precipices, and so prominent, that to
travellers they seemed as if they would fall into the adjacent valleys,
that it even struck terror into them to look at them F24; called the
rocks of wild goats, because these creatures, called from hence
"rupicaprae", or rock goats, see (Job 39:1) ; delighted to be there; and
are, as Pliny F25 says, of such prodigious swiftness, that they will
leap from mountain to mountain, and back again at pleasure; these
mountains David and his men chose for safety, and the height and
craggedness of them did not deter Saul and his men from seeking him
F24 Adrichom Theatrum Terrae Sanct. p. 47. & Brocard. in ib.
F25 Nat. Hist. l. 8. c. 53.