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 1 Samuel 27
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   Book of 1 SamuelClick Verse Reference for Study Notes
    27:1-12 - Study Chapter  - Click for Chapter Audio

David Flees to the Philistines

1 Then David said to F307 himself, "Now I will perish one day by the hand of Saul. There R891 is nothing better for me than to F308 escape into the land of the Philistines. Saul then will despair of searching for me anymore in all the territory of Israel, and I will escape from his hand." 2 So David arose and crossed over, he and the R892 six hundred men who were with him, to Achish R893 the son of Maoch, king of Gath. 3 And David lived with Achish at Gath, he and his men, each R894 with his household, even David with his R895 two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal's widow. F309 4 Now it was told Saul that David had fled to Gath, so he no longer searched for him.

5 Then David said to Achish, "If now I have found favor in your sight, let them give me a place in one of the cities in the country, that I may live there; for why should your servant live in the royal city with you?" 6 So Achish gave him Ziklag that day; therefore Ziklag R896 has belonged to the kings of Judah to this day. 7 The number of days that David lived in the country of the Philistines was a R897 year and four months.

8 Now David and his men went up and raided the R898 Geshurites and the Girzites and the R899 Amalekites; for they were the inhabitants of the land from ancient times, as you come to Shur R900 even as far as the land of Egypt. 9 David attacked F310 the land and did not leave a man or a woman alive, and he took R901 away the sheep, the cattle, the donkeys, the camels, and the clothing. Then he returned and came to Achish. 10 Now Achish said, "Where have you made R902 a raid today?" And David said, "Against the Negev F311 of Judah and against the Negev F311 of the R903 Jerahmeelites and against the Negev F311 of the R904 Kenites." 11 David did not leave a man or a woman alive to bring to Gath, saying, "Otherwise they will tell about us, saying, `So has David done and so has been his practice all the time he has lived in the country of the Philistines.' " 12 So Achish believed David, saying, "He has surely made himself odious among his people Israel; therefore he will become my servant forever."

F307: Lit in his heart
F308: Lit that I should surely escape
F309: Lit wife
F310: Lit smote
F311: I.e. South country
F311: I.e. South country
F311: I.e. South country

R891: 1 Samuel 26:19
R892: 1 Samuel 25:13
R893: 1 Samuel 21:10; 1 Kings 2:39
R894: 1 Samuel 30:3; 2 Samuel 2:3
R895: 1 Samuel 25:42,43
R896: Joshua 15:31; 19:5; Nehemiah 11:28
R897: 1 Samuel 29:3
R898: Joshua 13:2,13
R899: Exodus 17:8; 1 Samuel 15:7,8
R900: Exodus 15:22
R901: 1 Samuel 15:3; Job 1:1:3
R902: 1 Samuel 23:27
R903: 1 Samuel 30:29; 1 Chronicles 2:9,25
R904: Judges 1:16; 4:11


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