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1 Samuel 27 :: New International Version (NIV)

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David Among the Philistines

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 27:1 - But 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.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 27:2 - So David and the six hundred men with him left and went over to Achish son of Maok king of Gath.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 27:3 - David 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.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 27:4 - When Saul was told that David had fled to Gath, he no longer searched for him.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 27:5 - Then 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?”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 27:6 - So on that day Achish gave him Ziklag, and it has belonged to the kings of Judah ever since.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 27:7 - David lived in Philistine territory a year and four months.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 27:8 - Now 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.)

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 27:9 - Whenever 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.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 27:10 - When 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.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 27:11 - He 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.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 27:12 - Achish trusted David and said to himself, “He has become so obnoxious to his people, the Israelites, that he will be my servant for life.”
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