1 Samuel 23
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1 Samuel 23
David Saves Keilah...
And they informed Dawid, saying, `See, the Philistines are fighting against Qe`ilah, and they are plundering the threshing-floors.`
So Dawid inquired of YHWH, saying, 'Shall I go and smite these Philistines?' And YHWH said to Dawid, 'Go and smite the Philistines, and save Qe'ilah.'
And Dawid's men said to him, 'See, we here in Yehudah are afraid. How much more, then, if we go to Qe'ilah against the armies of the Philistines?'
And Dawid inquired of YHWH once again. And YHWH answered him and said, 'Arise, go down to Qe'ilah, for I am giving the Philistines into your hand.'
So Dawid and his men went to Qe'ilah and fought with the Philistines, and he led away their livestock and smote them, a great smiting. Thus Dawid saved the inhabitants of Qe'ilah.
And it came to be, when Ebyathar son of Ahimelek fled to Dawid at Qe'ilah, that he went down with a shoulder garment in his hand.
Saul Pursues David...
And Sha`ul was informed that Dawid had gone to Qe`ilah. Then Sha`ul said, `Elohim has estranged him into my hand, for he has shut himself in by entering a town that has gates and bars.`
And Sha'ul summoned all the people to battle, to go down to Qe'ilah to besiege Dawid and his men.
And Dawid knew that Sha'ul was plotting evil against him, and said to Ebyathar the priest, 'Bring the shoulder garment here.'
And Dawid said, 'O YHWH Elohim of Yisra'el, Your servant has heard for certain that Sha'ul seeks to come to Qe'ilah to destroy the city for my sake.
'Are the landowners of Qe'ilah going to surrender me into his hand? Is Sha'ul coming down, as Your servant has heard? O YHWH Elohim of Yisra'el, I pray, let Your servant know.' And YHWH said, 'He is coming down.'
And Dawid said, 'Are the landowners of Qe'ilah going to surrender me and my men into the hand of Sha'ul?' And YHWH said, 'They are going to surrender you.'
Then Dawid and his men, about six hundred, arose and left Qe'ilah and went wherever they could go. And Sha'ul was informed that Dawid had escaped from Qe'ilah, and he ceased to go out.
And Dawid remained in the wilderness, in strongholds, and remained in the hill country in the Wilderness of Ziph. And Sha'ul sought him every day, but Elohim did not give him into his hand.
And Dawid saw that Sha'ul had come out to seek his life while Dawid was in the Wilderness of Ziph at Horesh.
And Yehonathan, Sha'ul's son, arose and went to Dawid at Horesh and strengthened his hand in Elohim,
and said to him, 'Do not fear, for the hand of Sha'ul my father is not going to find you, and you are to reign over Yisra'el, and I am to be next to you. Even my father Sha'ul knows that.'
And they made a covenant before YHWH. And Dawid remained at Horesh while Yehonathan went to his own house.
And the Ziphites came up to Sha'ul at Gib'ah, saying, 'Is Dawid not hiding with us in strongholds Horesh, in the hill of Hakilah, which is on the south of the wasteland?
'And now, O sovereign, by all the desire of your being, come down, come down, and our part is to surrender him into the sovereign's hand.'
And Sha'ul said, 'Blessed are you of YHWH, for you have sympathy with me.
'Please go, prepare yet further and find out and see the place where his hide-out is, who has seen him there. For I am told that he is very cunning.
'So look, and learn all about the hiding places where he hides. And you shall come back to me with certainty, then I shall go with you. And it shall be, if he is in the land, that I shall search for him throughout all the clans of Yehudah.'
And they rose up and went to Ziph before Sha'ul, while Dawid and his men were in the Wilderness of Ma'on, in the desert plain on the south of the wasteland.
And Sha'ul and his men went to seek him, and they informed Dawid, so he went down to the rock, and remained in the Wilderness of Ma'on. And when Sha'ul heard this, he pursued Dawid in the Wilderness of Ma'on.
And Sha'ul went on one side of the mountain, and Dawid and his men on the other side of the mountain. And Dawid was hurrying to get away from Sha'ul, for Sha'ul and his men were surrounding Dawid and his men to take them.
Then a messenger came to Sha'ul, saying, 'Hurry and come, for the Philistines have invaded the land!'
So Sha'ul turned back from pursuing Dawid, and went against the Philistines. Therefore they called that place Sela Hammahleqoth.
And Dawid went up from there and remained in strongholds at En Gedi.
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