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1 Samuel 23 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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David Saves Keilah

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:1 -

Then they told David, saying, “Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are pillaging the threshing floors.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:2 - So David asked of Yahweh, saying, “Shall I go and strike these Philistines?” And Yahweh said to David, “Go and strike the Philistines and save Keilah.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:3 - But David’s men said to him, “Behold, we are afraid here in Judah. How much more then if we go to Keilah against the battle lines of the Philistines?”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:4 - Then David asked of Yahweh once more. And Yahweh answered him and said, “Arise, go down to Keilah, for I will give the Philistines into your hand.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:5 - So David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines; and he led away their livestock and struck them with a great slaughter. Thus David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.
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Now it happened when Abiathar the son of Ahimelech fled to David at Keilah, that he came down with an ephod in his hand.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:7 - Then it was told to Saul that David had come to Keilah, so Saul said, “God has [fn]delivered him into my hand, for he shut himself in by entering a city with double gates and bars.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:8 - Then Saul summoned all the people for battle, to go down to Keilah to besiege David and his men.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:9 - But David knew that Saul was plotting evil against him; so he said to Abiathar the priest, “Bring the ephod here.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:10 - Then David said, “O Yahweh, the God of Israel, Your slave has heard for certain that Saul is seeking to come to Keilah to make the city a ruin on my account.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:11 - “Will the men of Keilah surrender me into his hand? Will Saul come down just as Your slave has heard? O Yahweh, the God of Israel, I pray, tell Your slave.” And Yahweh said, “He will come down.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:12 - Then David said, “Will the men of Keilah surrender me and my men into the hand of Saul?” And Yahweh said, “They will surrender you.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:13 - Then David and his men, about six hundred, arose and departed from Keilah, and they went wherever they could go. Now it was told to Saul that David had escaped from Keilah, so he ceased going out in pursuit.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:14 - And David stayed in the wilderness in the strongholds and remained in the hill country in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did not give him into his hand.

Saul Pursues David

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Then David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life. Now David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:16 - So Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David at Horesh and strengthened his hand in God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:17 - And he said to him, “Do not be afraid, because the hand of Saul my father will not find you, and you will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you; and Saul my father knows that also.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:18 - So the two of them cut a covenant before Yahweh; and David stayed at Horesh while Jonathan went to his house.
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Then Ziphites came up to Saul at Gibeah, saying, “Is David not hiding with us in the strongholds at Horesh, on the hill of Hachilah, which is on the [fn]south of [fn]Jeshimon?

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:20 - “So now, O king, according to all the desire of your soul to come down, come down here; and our part shall be to surrender him into the king’s hand.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:21 - And Saul said, “May you be blessed of Yahweh, for you have had compassion on me.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:22 - “Go now, make more sure, and know and see his place—where his very foot is—and who has seen him there; for I am told that he is very crafty.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:23 - “So see and know about all the hiding places where he hides himself and return to me with certainty, and I will go with you; and if he is in the land, I will search him out among all the thousands of Judah.”
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Then they arose and went to Ziph before Saul. Now David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the Arabah to the [fn]south of [fn]Jeshimon.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:25 - So Saul and his men went to seek him, and they told David, and he came down to the rock and stayed in the wilderness of Maon. And Saul heard it and pursued David in the wilderness of Maon.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:26 - And Saul went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain; and David was hurrying to get away from Saul, but Saul and his men were surrounding David and his men to seize them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:27 - But a messenger came to Saul, saying, “Hurry and come, for the Philistines have made a raid on the land.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:28 - So Saul returned from pursuing David and went to meet the Philistines; therefore they called that place [fn]the Rock of Escape.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:29 - [fn]Then David went up from there and stayed in the strongholds of Engedi.
LSB Footnotes
Lit alienated
Lit right side
Or the desert
Lit right side
Or the desert
Heb Sela-hammahlekoth
Ch 24:1 in Heb

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