- 1 Samuel 17-31
- Chapter 17
- 1 Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered
together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in
2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of
Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines.
3 And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain
on the other side: and there was a valley between them.
4 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of
Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
5 And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and
the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.
6 And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.
7 And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six
hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.
8 And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come
out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose
you a man for you, and let him come down to me.
9 If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I
prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.
10 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we
may fight together.
11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and
12 Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose name was Jesse; and
he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul.
13 And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle: and the names
of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next unto him
Abinadab, and the third Shammah.
14 And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul.
15 But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem.
16 And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.
17 And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched
corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren;
18 And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy
brethren fare, and take their pledge.
19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting
with the Philistines.
20 And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and
went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth
to the fight, and shouted for the battle.
21 For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army.
22 And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the
army, and came and saluted his brethren.
23 And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath,
Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same
words: and David heard them.
24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.
25 And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy
Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich
him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father's house free in
26 And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man
that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this
uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
27 And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man
that killeth him.
28 And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was
kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou
left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride,
- and the naughtiness of thine
heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.
29 And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?
30 And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people
answered him again after the former manner.
31 And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and
he sent for him.
32 And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and
fight with this Philistine.
33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with
him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.
34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion,
and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he
arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be
as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of
the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said
unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.
38 And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also
he armed him with a coat of mail.
39 And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved
it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And
David put them off him.
40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook,
and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his
hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.
41 And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield
went before him.
42 And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a
youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.
43 And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And
the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
44 And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls
of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear,
and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the
armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take
thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day
unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth;
- that all the earth may
know that there is a God in Israel.
47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the
battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands.
48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David,
that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the
Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his
face to the earth.
50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the
Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out
of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the
Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.
52 And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines,
until thou come to the valley, and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the
Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto Ekron.
53 And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines, and they
spoiled their tents.
54 And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his
armour in his tent.
55 And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said unto Abner, the
captain of the host, Abner, whose son is this youth? And Abner said, As thy soul liveth, O
king, I cannot tell.
56 And the king said, Inquire thou whose son the stripling is.
57 And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought
him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand.
58 And Saul said to him, Whose son art thou, thou young man? And David answered, I am the
son of thy servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.
- Chapter 18
- 1 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of
Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
2 And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house.
3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.
4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and
his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.
5 And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set
him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in
the sight of Saul's servants.
6 And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the
Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet
king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of music.
7 And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his
thousands, and David his ten thousands.
8 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed
unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have
more but the kingdom?
9 And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.
10 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he
prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times:
and there was a javelin in Saul's hand.
11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it.
And David avoided out of his presence twice.
12 And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from
13 Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he
went out and came in before the people.
14 And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.
15 Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him.
16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.
17 And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife:
only be thou valiant for me, and fight the LORD'S battles. For Saul said, Let not mine
hand be upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him.
18 And David said unto Saul, Who am I? and what is my life, or my father's family in
Israel, that I should be son in law to the king?
19 But it came to pass at the time when Merab Saul's daughter should have been given to
David, that she was given unto Adriel the Meholathite to wife.
20 And Michal Saul's daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him.
21 And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand
of the Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou shalt this day
be my son in law in the one of the twain.
22 And Saul commanded his servants, saying, Commune with David secretly, and say, Behold,
the king hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee: now therefore be the king's
son in law.
23 And Saul's servants spake those words in the ears of David. And David said, Seemeth it
to you a light thing to be a king's son in law, seeing that I am a poor man, and lightly
24 And the servants of Saul told him, saying, On this manner spake David.
25 And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David, The king desireth not any dowry, but an
hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the king's enemies. But Saul
thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.
26 And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king's
son in law: and the days were not expired.
27 Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred
men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that
he might be the king's son in law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife.
28 And Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal Saul's daughter
29 And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David's enemy continually.
30 Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after they went
forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his
name was much set by.
- Chapter 19
- 1 And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill
2 But Jonathan Saul's son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul
my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the
morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself:
3 And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where thou art, and I will
commune with my father of thee; and what I see, that I will tell thee.
4 And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the
king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and
because his works have been to thee-ward very good:
5 For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the LORD wrought a
great salvation for all Israel: thou sawest it, and didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt
thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?
6 And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan: and Saul sware, As the LORD liveth, he
shall not be slain.
7 And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan showed him all those things. And Jonathan
brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence, as in times past.
8 And there was war again: and David went out, and fought with the Philistines, and slew
them with a great slaughter; and they fled from him.
9 And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin
in his hand: and David played with his hand.
10 And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away
out of Saul's presence, and he smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and
escaped that night.
11 Saul also sent messengers unto David's house, to watch him, and to slay him in the
morning: and Michal David's wife told him, saying, If thou save not thy life to night, to
morrow thou shalt be slain.
12 So Michal let David down through a window: and he went, and fled, and escaped.
13 And Michal took an image, and laid it in the bed, and put a pillow of goats' hair for
his bolster, and covered it with a cloth.
14 And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, He is sick.
15 And Saul sent the messengers again to see David, saying, Bring him up to me in the bed,
that I may slay him.
16 And when the messengers were come in, behold, there was an image in the bed, with a
pillow of goats' hair for his bolster.
17 And Saul said unto Michal, Why hast thou deceived me so, and sent away mine enemy, that
he is escaped? And Michal answered Saul, He said unto me, Let me go; why should I kill
18 So David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah, and told him all that Saul had
done to him. And he and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth.
19 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah.
20 And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets
prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the spirit of God was upon the
messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.
21 And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. And
Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also.
22 Then went he also to Ramah, and came to a great well that is in Sechu: and he asked and
said, Where are Samuel and David? And one said, Behold, they be at Naioth in Ramah.
23 And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the spirit of God was upon him also, and he
went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah.
24 And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and
lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the
- Chapter 20
- 1 And David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before Jonathan, What have I
done? what is mine iniquity? and what is my sin before thy father, that he seeketh my
2 And he said unto him, God forbid; thou shalt not die: behold, my father will do nothing
either great or small, but that he will show it me: and why should my father hide this
thing from me? it is not so.
3 And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that I have found grace
in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as
the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but
- a step between me and death.
4 Then said Jonathan unto David, Whatsoever thy soul desireth, I will even do it for thee.
5 And David said unto Jonathan, Behold, to morrow is the new moon, and I should not fail
to sit with the king at meat: but let me go, that I may hide myself in the field unto the
third day at even.
6 If thy father at all miss me, then say, David earnestly asked leave of me that he might
run to Bethlehem his city: for there is a yearly sacrifice there for all the family.
7 If he say thus, It is well; thy servant shall have peace: but if he be very wroth, then
be sure that evil is determined by him.
8 Therefore thou shalt deal kindly with thy servant; for thou hast brought thy servant
into a covenant of the LORD with thee: notwithstanding, if there be in me iniquity, slay
me thyself; for why shouldest thou bring me to thy father?
9 And Jonathan said, Far be it from thee: for if I knew certainly that evil were
determined by my father to come upon thee, then would not I tell it thee?
10 Then said David to Jonathan, Who shall tell me? or what if thy father answer thee
11 And Jonathan said unto David, Come, and let us go out into the field. And they went out
both of them into the field.
12 And Jonathan said unto David, O LORD God of Israel, when I have sounded my father about
to morrow any time, or the third day, and, behold, if there be good toward David, and I
then send not unto thee, and show it thee;
13 The LORD do so and much more to Jonathan: but if it please my father to do thee evil,
then I will show it thee, and send thee away, that thou mayest go in peace: and the LORD
be with thee, as he hath been with my father.
14 And thou shalt not only while yet I live show me the kindness of the LORD, that I die
15 But also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness from my house for ever: no, not when the
LORD hath cut off the enemies of David every one from the face of the earth.
16 So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, Let the LORD even require
it at the hand of David's enemies.
17 And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he
loved his own soul.
18 Then Jonathan said to David, To morrow is the new moon: and thou shalt be missed,
because thy seat will be empty.
19 And when thou hast stayed three days, then thou shalt go down quickly, and come to the
place where thou didst hide thyself when the business was in hand, and shalt remain by the
20 And I will shoot three arrows on the side thereof, as though I shot at a mark.
21 And, behold, I will send a lad, saying, Go, find out the arrows. If I expressly say
unto the lad, Behold, the arrows are on this side of thee, take them; then come thou: for
there is peace to thee, and no hurt; as the LORD liveth.
22 But if I say thus unto the young man, Behold, the arrows are beyond thee; go thy way:
for the LORD hath sent thee away.
23 And as touching the matter which thou and I have spoken of, behold, the LORD be between
thee and me for ever.
24 So David hid himself in the field: and when the new moon was come, the king sat him
down to eat meat.
25 And the king sat upon his seat, as at other times, even upon a seat by the wall: and
Jonathan arose, and Abner sat by Saul's side, and David's place was empty.
26 Nevertheless Saul spake not any thing that day: for he thought, Something hath befallen
him, he is not clean; surely he is not clean.
27 And it came to pass on the morrow, which was the second day of the month, that David's
place was empty: and Saul said unto Jonathan his son, Wherefore cometh not the son of
Jesse to meat, neither yesterday, nor to day?
28 And Jonathan answered Saul, David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem:
29 And he said, Let me go, I pray thee; for our family hath a sacrifice in the city; and
my brother, he hath commanded me to be there: and now, if I have found favour in thine
eyes, let me get away, I pray thee, and see my brethren.
- Therefore he cometh not unto the
30 Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him, Thou son of the
perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine
own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother's nakedness?
31 For as long as the son of Jesse liveth upon the ground, thou shalt not be established,
nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now send and fetch him unto me, for he shall surely die.
32 And Jonathan answered Saul his father, and said unto him, Wherefore shall he be slain?
what hath he done?
33 And Saul cast a javelin at him to smite him: whereby Jonathan knew that it was
determined of his father to slay David.
34 So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and did eat no meat the second day of
the month: for he was grieved for David, because his father had done him shame.
35 And it came to pass in the morning, that Jonathan went out into the field at the time
appointed with David, and a little lad with him.
36 And he said unto his lad, Run, find out now the arrows which I shoot. And as the lad
ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.
37 And when the lad was come to the place of the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jonathan
cried after the lad, and said, Is not the arrow beyond thee?
38 And Jonathan cried after the lad, Make speed, haste, stay not. And Jonathan's lad
gathered up the arrows, and came to his master.
39 But the lad knew not any thing: only Jonathan and David knew the matter.
40 And Jonathan gave his artillery unto his lad, and said unto him, Go, carry them to the
41 And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell
on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and
wept one with another, until David exceeded.
42 And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the
name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy
seed for ever. And he arose and departed:
- and Jonathan went into the city.
- Chapter 21
- 1 Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech was afraid at the
meeting of David, and said unto him, Why art thou alone, and no man with thee?
2 And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a business, and
hath said unto me, Let no man know any thing of the business whereabout I send thee, and
what I have commanded thee:
- and I have appointed my servants to such and such a place.
3 Now therefore what is under thine hand? give me five loaves of bread in mine hand, or
what there is present.
4 And the priest answered David, and said, There is no common bread under mine hand, but
there is hallowed bread; if the young men have kept themselves at least from women.
5 And David answered the priest, and said unto him, Of a truth women have been kept from
us about these three days, since I came out, and the vessels of the young men are holy,
and the bread is in a manner common, yea,
- though it were sanctified this day in the
6 So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread there but the showbread,
that was taken from before the LORD, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.
- 7 Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the LORD;
and his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Saul.
8 And David said unto Ahimelech, And is there not here under thine hand spear or sword?
for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king's business
9 And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the
valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take
that, take it: for there is no other save that here. And David said,
- There is none like
that; give it me.
10 And David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of
11 And the servants of Achish said unto him, Is not this David the king of the land? did
they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his thousands, and
David his ten thousands?
12 And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of
13 And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and
scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.
14 Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore then have ye
brought him to me?
15 Have I need of mad men, that ye have brought this fellow to play the mad man in my
presence? shall this fellow come into my house?
- Chapter 22
- 1 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his
brethren and all his father's house heard it, they went down thither to him.
2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that
was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and
there were with him about four hundred men.
3 And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab: and he said unto the king of Moab, Let my
father and my mother, I pray thee, come forth, and be with you, till I know what God will
do for me.
4 And he brought them before the king of Moab: and they dwelt with him all the while that
David was in the hold.
5 And the prophet Gad said unto David, Abide not in the hold; depart, and get thee into
the land of Judah. Then David departed, and came into the forest of Hareth.
6 When Saul heard that David was discovered, and the men that were with him, (now Saul
abode in Gibeah under a tree in Ramah, having his spear in his hand, and all his servants
were standing about him;)
7 Then Saul said unto his servants that stood about him, Hear now, ye Benjamites; will the
son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, and make you all captains of
thousands, and captains of hundreds;
8 That all of you have conspired against me, and there is none that showeth me that my son
hath made a league with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you that is sorry for me,
or showeth unto me that my son hath stirred up my servant against me,
- to lie in wait, as
at this day?
9 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which was set over the servants of Saul, and said, I saw
the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub.
10 And he inquired of the LORD for him, and gave him victuals, and gave him the sword of
Goliath the Philistine.
11 Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his
father's house, the priests that were in Nob: and they came all of them to the king.
12 And Saul said, Hear now, thou son of Ahitub. And he answered, Here I am, my lord.
13 And Saul said unto him, Why have ye conspired against me, thou and the son of Jesse, in
that thou hast given him bread, and a sword, and hast inquired of God for him, that he
should rise against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?
14 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so faithful among all thy
servants as David, which is the king's son in law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is
honourable in thine house?
15 Did I then begin to inquire of God for him? be it far from me: let not the king impute
any thing unto his servant, nor to all the house of my father: for thy servant knew
nothing of all this, less or more.
16 And the king said, Thou shalt surely die, Ahimelech, thou, and all thy father's house.
17 And the king said unto the footmen that stood about him, Turn, and slay the priests of
the LORD; because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled, and
did not show it to me. But the servants of the king would
- not put forth their hand to fall
upon the priests of the LORD.
18 And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the priests. And Doeg the Edomite
turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that
did wear a linen ephod.
19 And Nob, the city of the priests, smote he with the edge of the sword, both men and
women, children and sucklings, and oxen, and asses, and sheep, with the edge of the sword.
20 And one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped, and fled
21 And Abiathar showed David that Saul had slain the LORD'S priests.
22 And David said unto Abiathar, I knew it that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that
he would surely tell Saul: I have occasioned the death of all the persons of thy father's
23 Abide thou with me, fear not: for he that seeketh my life seeketh thy life: but with me
thou shalt be in safeguard.
- Chapter 23
- 1 Then they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they
rob the threshingfloors.
2 Therefore David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines?
And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.
3 And David's men said unto him, Behold, we be afraid here in Judah: how much more then if
we come to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?
4 Then David inquired of the LORD yet again. And the LORD answered him and said, Arise, go
down to Keilah: for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand.
5 So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away
their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.
6 And it came to pass, when Abiathar the son of Ahimelech fled to David to Keilah, that he
came down with an ephod in his hand.
7 And it was told Saul that David was come to Keilah. And Saul said, God hath delivered
him into mine hand; for he is shut in, by entering into a town that hath gates and bars.
8 And Saul called all the people together to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David
and his men.
9 And David knew that Saul secretly practiced mischief against him; and he said to
Abiathar the priest, Bring hither the ephod.
10 Then said David, O LORD God of Israel, thy servant hath certainly heard that Saul
seeketh to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake.
11 Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? will Saul come down, as thy servant
hath heard? O LORD God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy servant. And the LORD said, He
will come down.
12 Then said David, Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul?
And the LORD said, They will deliver thee up.
13 Then David and his men, which were about six hundred, arose and departed out of Keilah,
and went whithersoever they could go. And it was told Saul that David was escaped from Keilah; and he forbare to go forth.
14 And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the
wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his
15 And David saw that Saul was come out to seek his life: and David was in the wilderness
of Ziph in a wood.
16 And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his
hand in God.
17 And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and
thou shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee; and that also Saul my
18 And they two made a covenant before the LORD: and David abode in the wood, and Jonathan
went to his house.
19 Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself with
us in strong holds in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which is on the south of
20 Now therefore, O king, come down according to all the desire of thy soul to come down;
and our part shall be to deliver him into the king's hand.
21 And Saul said, Blessed be ye of the LORD; for ye have compassion on me.
22 Go, I pray you, prepare yet, and know and see his place where his haunt is, and who
hath seen him there: for it is told me that he dealeth very subtly.
23 See therefore, and take knowledge of all the lurking places where he hideth himself,
and come ye again to me with the certainty, and I will go with you: and it shall come to
pass, if he be in the land, that I will search him out throughout
- all the thousands of
24 And they arose, and went to Ziph before Saul: but David and his men were in the
wilderness of Maon, in the plain on the south of Jeshimon.
25 Saul also and his men went to seek him. And they told David: wherefore he came down
into a rock, and abode in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard that, he pursued
after David in the wilderness of Maon.
26 And Saul went on this side of the mountain, and David and his men on that side of the
mountain: and David made haste to get away for fear of Saul; for Saul and his men
compassed David and his men round about to take them.
27 But there came a messenger unto Saul, saying, Haste thee, and come; for the Philistines
have invaded the land.
28 Wherefore Saul returned from pursuing after David, and went against the Philistines:
therefore they called that place Selahammahlekoth.
29 And David went up from thence, and dwelt in strong holds at Engedi.
- Chapter 24
- 1 And it came to pass, when Saul was returned from following the Philistines, that it
was told him, saying, Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.
2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and
his men upon the rocks of the wild goats.
3 And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover
his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.
4 And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee,
Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall
seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul's robe privily.
5 And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off
6 And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master,
the LORD'S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of
7 So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against
Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.
8 David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My
lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth,
and bowed himself.
9 And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David
seeketh thy hurt?
10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into
mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I
will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD'S anointed.
11 Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut
off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither
evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee;
- yet thou huntest
my soul to take it.
12 The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall
not be upon thee.
13 As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine
hand shall not be upon thee.
14 After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead
dog, after a flea.
15 The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my
cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.
16 And it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these words unto Saul, that
Saul said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept.
17 And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good,
whereas I have rewarded thee evil.
18 And thou hast showed this day how that thou hast dealt well with me: forasmuch as when
the LORD had delivered me into thine hand, thou killedst me not.
19 For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore the LORD reward
thee good for that thou hast done unto me this day.
20 And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of
Israel shall be established in thine hand.
21 Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me,
and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father's house.
22 And David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men gat them up unto
- Chapter 25
- 1 And Samuel died; and all the Israelites were gathered together, and lamented him, and
buried him in his house at Ramah. And David arose, and went down to the wilderness of Paran.
2 And there was a man in Maon, whose possessions were in Carmel; and the man was very
great, and he had three thousand sheep, and a thousand goats: and he was shearing his
sheep in Carmel.
3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman
of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil
in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb.
4 And David heard in the wilderness that Nabal did shear his sheep.
5 And David sent out ten young men, and David said unto the young men, Get you up to
Carmel, and go to Nabal, and greet him in my name:
6 And thus shall ye say to him that liveth in prosperity, Peace be both to thee, and peace
be to thine house, and peace be unto all that thou hast.
7 And now I have heard that thou hast shearers: now thy shepherds which were with us, we
hurt them not, neither was there ought missing unto them, all the while they were in
8 Ask thy young men, and they will show thee. Wherefore let the young men find favour in
thine eyes: for we come in a good day: give, I pray thee, whatsoever cometh to thine hand
unto thy servants, and to thy son David.
9 And when David's young men came, they spake to Nabal according to all those words in the
name of David, and ceased.
10 And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, Who is David? and who is the son of
Jesse? there be many servants now a days that break away every man from his master.
11 Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh that I have killed for my
shearers, and give it unto men, whom I know not whence they be?
12 So David's young men turned their way, and went again, and came and told him all those
13 And David said unto his men, Gird ye on every man his sword. And they girded on every
man his sword; and David also girded on his sword: and there went up after David about
four hundred men; and two hundred abode by the stuff.
14 But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, Behold, David sent
messengers out of the wilderness to salute our master; and he railed on them.
15 But the men were very good unto us, and we were not hurt, neither missed we any thing,
as long as we were conversant with them, when we were in the fields:
16 They were a wall unto us both by night and day, all the while we were with them keeping
17 Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our
master, and against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot
speak to him.
18 Then Abigail made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five
sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched corn, and an hundred clusters of
raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on asses.
19 And she said unto her servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But she told
not her husband Nabal.
20 And it was so, as she rode on the ass, that she came down by the covert on the hill,
and, behold, David and his men came down against her; and she met them.
21 Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow hath in the
wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him: and he hath
requited me evil for good.
22 So and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave of all that pertain to
him by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.
23 And when Abigail saw David, she hasted, and lighted off the ass, and fell before David
on her face, and bowed herself to the ground,
- 24 And fell at his feet, and said, Upon me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be: and let
thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine audience, and hear the words of thine
25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name
is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the
young men of my lord, whom thou didst send.
26 Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the LORD
hath withholden thee from coming to shed blood, and from avenging thyself with thine own
hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal.
27 And now this blessing which thine handmaid hath brought unto my lord, let it even be
given unto the young men that follow my lord.
28 I pray thee, forgive the trespass of thine handmaid: for the LORD will certainly make
my lord a sure house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the LORD, and evil hath not
been found in thee all thy days.
29 Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall
be bound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God; and the souls of thine enemies, them
shall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling.
30 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD shall have done to my lord according to all
the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over
31 That this shall be no grief unto thee, nor offence of heart unto my lord, either that
thou hast shed blood causeless, or that my lord hath avenged himself: but when the LORD
shall have dealt well with my lord, then remember thine handmaid.
32 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day
to meet me:
33 And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming
to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.
34 For in very deed, as the LORD God of Israel liveth, which hath kept me back from
hurting thee, except thou hadst hasted and come to meet me, surely there had not been left
unto Nabal by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.
35 So David received of her hand that which she had brought him, and said unto her, Go up
in peace to thine house; see, I have hearkened to thy voice, and have accepted thy person.
36 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of
a king; and Nabal's heart was merry within him, for he was very drunken: wherefore she
told him nothing, less or more, until the morning light.
37 But it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife
had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.
38 And it came to pass about ten days after, that the LORD smote Nabal, that he died.
39 And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be the LORD, that hath
pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and hath kept his servant from
evil: for the LORD hath returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head.
- And David sent
and communed with Abigail, to take her to him to wife.
40 And when the servants of David were come to Abigail to Carmel, they spake unto her,
saying, David sent us unto thee, to take thee to him to wife.
41 And she arose, and bowed herself on her face to the earth, and said, Behold, let thine
handmaid be a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.
42 And Abigail hasted, and arose, and rode upon an ass, with five damsels of hers that
went after her; and she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife.
43 David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; and they were also both of them his wives.
44 But Saul had given Michal his daughter, David's wife, to Phalti the son of Laish, which
was of Gallim.
- Chapter 26
- 1 And the Ziphites came unto Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself in the
hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon?
2 Then Saul arose, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen
men of Israel with him, to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph.
3 And Saul pitched in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon, by the way. But
David abode in the wilderness, and he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness.
4 David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul was come in very deed.
5 And David arose, and came to the place where Saul had pitched: and David beheld the
place where Saul lay, and Abner the son of Ner, the captain of his host: and Saul lay in
the trench, and the people pitched round about him.
6 Then answered David and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai the son of
Zeruiah, brother to Joab, saying, Who will go down with me to Saul to the camp? And Abishai said, I will go down with thee.
7 So David and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within
the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner and the people lay
round about him.
8 Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now
therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I
will not smite him the second time.
9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against
the LORD'S anointed, and be guiltless?
10 David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall
come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.
11 The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LORD'S anointed: but,
I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and
let us go.
12 So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul's bolster; and they gat them
away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked: for they were all asleep; because a
deep sleep from the LORD was fallen upon them.
13 Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of an hill afar off; a
great space being between them:
14 And David cried to the people, and to Abner the son of Ner, saying, Answerest thou not,
Abner? Then Abner answered and said, Who art thou that criest to the king?
15 And David said to Abner, Art not thou a valiant man? and who is like to thee in Israel?
wherefore then hast thou not kept thy lord the king? for there came one of the people in
to destroy the king thy lord.
16 This thing is not good that thou hast done. As the LORD liveth, ye are worthy to die,
because ye have not kept your master, the LORD'S anointed. And now see where the king's
spear is, and the cruse of water that was at his bolster.
17 And Saul knew David's voice, and said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And David said,
It is my voice, my lord, O king.
18 And he said, Wherefore doth my lord thus pursue after his servant? for what have I
done? or what evil is in mine hand?
19 Now therefore, I pray thee, let my lord the king hear the words of his servant. If the
LORD have stirred thee up against me, let him accept an offering: but if they be the
children of men, cursed be they before the LORD; for they have driven me out this day from
abiding in the inheritance of the LORD, saying, Go, serve other gods.
20 Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the LORD: for the
king of Israel is come out to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the
21 Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm,
because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and
have erred exceedingly.
22 And David answered and said, Behold the king's spear! and let one of the young men come
over and fetch it.
23 The LORD render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness: for the LORD
delivered thee into my hand to day, but I would not stretch forth mine hand against the
24 And, behold, as thy life was much set by this day in mine eyes, so let my life be much
set by in the eyes of the LORD, and let him deliver me out of all tribulation.
25 Then Saul said to David, Blessed be thou, my son David: thou shalt both do great
things, and also shalt still prevail. So David went on his way, and Saul returned to his
- Chapter 27
- 1 And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is
nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines;
and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel:
- so shall I
escape out of his hand.
2 And David arose, and he passed over with the six hundred men that were with him unto
Achish, the son of Maoch, king of Gath.
3 And David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with his household, even
David with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal's
4 And it was told Saul that David was fled to Gath: and he sought no more again for him.
5 And David said unto Achish, If I have now found grace in thine eyes, let them give me a
place in some town in the country, that I may dwell there: for why should thy servant
dwell in the royal city with thee?
6 Then Achish gave him Ziklag that day: wherefore Ziklag pertaineth unto the kings of
Judah unto this day.
7 And the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four
8 And David and his men went up, and invaded the Geshurites, and the Gezrites, and the
Amalekites: for those nations were of old the inhabitants of the land, as thou goest to Shur, even unto the land of Egypt.
9 And David smote the land, and left neither man nor woman alive, and took away the sheep,
and the oxen, and the asses, and the camels, and the apparel, and returned, and came to Achish.
10 And Achish said, Whither have ye made a road to day? And David said, Against the south
of Judah, and against the south of the Jerahmeelites, and against the south of the
11 And David saved neither man nor woman alive, to bring tidings to Gath, saying, Lest
they should tell on us, saying, So did David, and so will be his manner all the while he
dwelleth in the country of the Philistines.
12 And Achish believed David, saying, He hath made his people Israel utterly to abhor him;
therefore he shall be my servant for ever.
- Chapter 28
- 1 And it came to pass in those days, that the Philistines gathered their armies
together for warfare, to fight with Israel. And Achish said unto David, Know thou
assuredly, that thou shalt go out with me to battle, thou and thy men.
2 And David said to Achish, Surely thou shalt know what thy servant can do. And Achish
said to David, Therefore will I make thee keeper of mine head for ever.
3 Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him in Ramah, even in
his own city. And Saul had put away those that had familiar spirits, and the wizards, out
of the land.
4 And the Philistines gathered themselves together, and came and pitched in Shunem: and
Saul gathered all Israel together, and they pitched in Gilboa.
5 And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly
6 And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by
Urim, nor by prophets.
7 Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I
may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman
that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.
8 And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him,
and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the
familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee.
9 And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut
off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?
10 And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, As the LORD liveth, there shall no
punishment happen to thee for this thing.
11 Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.
12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to
Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul.
13 And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said
unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth.
14 And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is
covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face
to the ground, and bowed himself.
15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul
answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is
departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets,
- nor by dreams: therefore
I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.
16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from
thee, and is become thine enemy?
17 And the LORD hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the LORD hath rent the kingdom
out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even to David:
18 Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon
Amalek, therefore hath the LORD done this thing unto thee this day.
19 Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines:
and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of
Israel into the hand of the Philistines.
20 Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the
words of Samuel: and there was no strength in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day,
nor all the night.
21 And the woman came unto Saul, and saw that he was sore troubled, and said unto him,
Behold, thine handmaid hath obeyed thy voice, and I have put my life in my hand, and have
hearkened unto thy words which thou spakest unto me.
22 Now therefore, I pray thee, hearken thou also unto the voice of thine handmaid, and let
me set a morsel of bread before thee; and eat, that thou mayest have strength, when thou
goest on thy way.
23 But he refused, and said, I will not eat. But his servants, together with the woman,
compelled him; and he hearkened unto their voice. So he arose from the earth, and sat upon
24 And the woman had a fat calf in the house; and she hasted, and killed it, and took
flour, and kneaded it, and did bake unleavened bread thereof:
25 And she brought it before Saul, and before his servants; and they did eat. Then they
rose up, and went away that night.
- Chapter 29
- 1 Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek: and the Israelites
pitched by a fountain which is in Jezreel.
2 And the lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and by thousands: but David and
his men passed on in the rereward with Achish.
3 Then said the princes of the Philistines, What do these Hebrews here? And Achish said
unto the princes of the Philistines, Is not this David, the servant of Saul the king of
Israel, which hath been with me these days, or these years,
- and I have found no fault in
him since he fell unto me unto this day?
4 And the princes of the Philistines were wroth with him; and the princes of the
Philistines said unto him, Make this fellow return, that he may go again to his place
which thou hast appointed him, and let him not go down with us to battle, lest in the
battle he be an
- adversary to us: for wherewith should he reconcile himself unto his
master? should it not be with the heads of these men?
5 Is not this David, of whom they sang one to another in dances, saying, Saul slew his
thousands, and David his ten thousands?
6 Then Achish called David, and said unto him, Surely, as the LORD liveth, thou hast been
upright, and thy going out and thy coming in with me in the host is good in my sight: for
I have not found evil in thee since the day of thy coming unto me unto this day:
- nevertheless the lords favour thee not.
7 Wherefore now return, and go in peace, that thou displease not the lords of the
8 And David said unto Achish, But what have I done? and what hast thou found in thy
servant so long as I have been with thee unto this day, that I may not go fight against
the enemies of my lord the king?
9 And Achish answered and said to David, I know that thou art good in my sight, as an
angel of God: notwithstanding the princes of the Philistines have said, He shall not go up
with us to the battle.
10 Wherefore now rise up early in the morning with thy master's servants that are come
with thee: and as soon as ye be up early in the morning, and have light, depart.
11 So David and his men rose up early to depart in the morning, to return into the land of
the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.
- Chapter 30
- 1 And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day,
that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it
2 And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or
small, but carried them away, and went on their way.
3 So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their
wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.
4 Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they
had no more power to weep.
5 And David's two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the
wife of Nabal the Carmelite.
6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul
of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David
encouraged himself in the LORD his God.
7 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, I pray thee, bring me hither the
ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David.
8 And David inquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I
overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and
without fail recover all.
9 So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and came to the brook
Besor, where those that were left behind stayed.
10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred abode behind, which were so
faint that they could not go over the brook Besor.
11 And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread,
and he did eat; and they made him drink water;
12 And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he
had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water,
three days and three nights.
13 And David said unto him, To whom belongest thou? and whence art thou? And he said, I am
a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days
ago I fell sick.
14 We made an invasion upon the south of the Cherethites, and upon the coast which
belongeth to Judah, and upon the south of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire.
15 And David said to him, Canst thou bring me down to this company? And he said, Swear
unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my
master, and I will bring thee down to this company.
16 And when he had brought him down, behold, they were spread abroad upon all the earth,
eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out
of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah.
17 And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there
escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and fled.
18 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two
19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor
daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.
20 And David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drave before those other
cattle, and said, This is David's spoil.
21 And David came to the two hundred men, which were so faint that they could not follow
David, whom they had made also to abide at the brook Besor: and they went forth to meet
David, and to meet the people that were with him:
- and when David came near to the people,
he saluted them.
22 Then answered all the wicked men and men of Belial, of those that went with David, and
said, Because they went not with us, we will not give them ought of the spoil that we have
recovered, save to every man his wife and his children,
- that they may lead them away, and
23 Then said David, Ye shall not do so, my brethren, with that which the LORD hath given
us, who hath preserved us, and delivered the company that came against us into our hand.
24 For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the
battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.
25 And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for
Israel unto this day.
26 And when David came to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Judah, even to
his friends, saying, Behold a present for you of the spoil of the enemies of the LORD;
27 To them which were in Bethel, and to them which were in south Ramoth, and to them which
were in Jattir,
28 And to them which were in Aroer, and to them which were in Siphmoth, and to them which
were in Eshtemoa,
29 And to them which were in Rachal, and to them which were in the cities of the
Jerahmeelites, and to them which were in the cities of the Kenites,
30 And to them which were in Hormah, and to them which were in Chorashan, and to them
which were in Athach,
31 And to them which were in Hebron, and to all the places where David himself and his men
were wont to haunt.
- Chapter 31
- 1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the
Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa.
2 And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew
Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Melchishua, Saul's sons.
3 And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded
of the archers.
4 Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith;
lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer
would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword,
- and fell upon it.
5 And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and
died with him.
6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day
7 And when the men of Israel that were on the other side of the valley, and they that were
on the other side Jordan, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that Saul and his sons were
dead, they forsook the cities, and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.
8 And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that
they found Saul and his three sons fallen in mount Gilboa.
9 And they cut off his head, and stripped off his armour, and sent into the land of the
Philistines round about, to publish it in the house of their idols, and among the people.
10 And they put his armour in the house of Ashtaroth: and they fastened his body to the
wall of Bethshan.
11 And when the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead heard of that which the Philistines had done
12 All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies
of his sons from the wall of Bethshan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there.
13 And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven