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1 Samuel 23 :: New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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David Delivers Keilah

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:1 - Then they told David, saying, “Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are plundering the threshing floors.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:2 - So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go and [fn]attack these Philistines?” And the LORD said to David, “Go and [fn]attack the Philistines and deliver 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 ranks of the Philistines?”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:4 - Then David inquired of the LORD once more. And the LORD 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 delivered the inhabitants of Keilah.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:6 - Now it came about, 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 - When it was told Saul that David had come to Keilah, 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 - So Saul summoned all the people for war, to go down to Keilah to besiege David and his men.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:9 - Now 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 LORD God of Israel, Your servant has heard for certain that Saul is seeking to come to Keilah to destroy the city 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 servant has heard? O LORD God of Israel, I pray, tell Your servant.” And the LORD 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 the LORD 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. When it was told Saul that David had escaped from Keilah, he [fn]gave up the pursuit.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:14 - 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 deliver him into his hand.

Saul Pursues David

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:15 - Now David [fn]became aware that Saul had come out to seek his life while David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:16 - And Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David at Horesh, and [fn]encouraged him in God.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:17 - Thus 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 next to you; and Saul my father knows that also.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:18 - So the two of them made a covenant before the LORD; and David stayed at Horesh while Jonathan went to his house.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:19 - 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 - “Now then, O king, come down according to all the desire of your soul to [fn]do so; and our part shall be to surrender him into the king’s hand.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:21 - Saul said, “May you be blessed of the LORD, for you have had compassion on me.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:22 - “Go now, make more sure, and investigate and see his place where his [fn]haunt is, and who has seen him there; for I am told that he is very cunning.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:23 - “So look, and learn 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.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:24 - 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 - When Saul and his men went to seek him, they told David, and he came down to the rock and stayed in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard it, he pursued David in the wilderness of Maon.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:26 - 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, for 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]David went up from there and stayed in the strongholds of Engedi.
NASB Footnotes
Literally: smite
Literally: alienated
Literally: ceased going out
Literally: saw
Literally: strengthened his hand
Literally: right side
Or, the desert
Literally: come down
Literally: foot
Literally: right side
Or, the desert
Hebrew: Sela-hammahlekoth
Ch 24:1 in Heb

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