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1 Samuel 23

David, enquiring of the LORD by Abiathar, rescueth Keilah.

1 Samuel 23:1 Then they tolde Dauid, saying: Beholde, the Philistines fight against Keila, and spoyle the barnes. 1 Samuel 23:2 Therfore Dauid asked counsell of the lord, saying: Shal I go and smyte these Philistines? And the Lord aunswered vnto Dauid: Go, and smite the Philistines, and saue Keila. 1 Samuel 23:3 And Dauids men said vnto him, See, we be afrayde here in Iuda: howe much more then if we come to Keila against the hoast of the Philistines? 1 Samuel 23:4 Then Dauid asked counsell of the Lorde agayne. And the Lorde aunswered him, and sayd: Aryse, and go downe to Keila, for I will deliuer the Philistines into thyne hande. 1 Samuel 23:5 And so Dauid and his men went to Keila, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their cattell, & smote them with a great slaughter, and so Dauid saued ye inhabitauntes of Keila. 1 Samuel 23:6 And when Abiathar the sonne of Ahimelech fled to Dauid to Keila, he brought an Ephod with him in his hande.

God shewing him the coming of Saul, and the treachery of the Keilites, he escapeth from Keilah.

1 Samuel 23:7 And it was tolde Saul that Dauid was come to Keila: And Saul sayde, God hath deliuered him into myne hande: For he is shut in, now that he is come into a towne that hath gates and barres. 1 Samuel 23:8 And Saul called all the people together to warre, for to go downe to Keila, and to besiege Dauid and his men.

1 Samuel 23:9 And Dauid hauing knowledge that Saul imagined mischiefe agaynst him, sayde to Abiathar the priest: Bring the Ephod. 1 Samuel 23:10 Then sayde Dauid: O Lorde God of Israel, thy seruaunt hath hearde that Saul is about to come to Keila to destroye the citie for my sake: 1 Samuel 23:11 Will the lordes of Keila deliuer me into his hande? And will Saul come downe, as thy seruaunt hath hearde, O Lorde God of Israel: I besech thee tell thy seruaunt. And the Lorde sayde: He wil come downe. 1 Samuel 23:12 Then sayde Dauid: Will the lordes of Keila deliuer me and the men that are with me into the hand of Saul? And the Lorde sayde: They wil deliuer thee vp.

1 Samuel 23:13 Then Dauid, & his men, whiche were vpon a sixe hundred, arose and departed out of Keila, and went whyther they coulde: And it was tolde Saul that Dauid was fled from Keila, and he let the iourney alone.

In Ziph Jonathan cometh and comforteth him.

1 Samuel 23:14 Dauid abode in the wildernesse in strong holdes, and remained in a mountayne in the wildernesse of Ziph: And Saul sought him euery day, but God deliuered him not into his hande. 1 Samuel 23:15 And Dauid sawe that Saul was come out to seke his lyfe: And Dauid was in the wildernesse of Ziph in the wood.

1 Samuel 23:16 And Ionathan Sauls sonne arose and went to Dauid into the wood, and comforted his hande in God, 1 Samuel 23:17 And sayd vnto him: Feare not, for the hand of Saul my father shall not finde thee, & thou shalt be king ouer Israel, and I shall be next vnto thee: and that doeth Saul my father knowe. 1 Samuel 23:18 And they made a bond both of them together before the Lorde: And Dauid taried still in the wood, and Ionathan went to his house.

The Ziphites discover him to Saul.

1 Samuel 23:19 Then came the Ziphites to Saul to Gibea, saying: Doth not Dauid hyde him selfe fast by vs in strong holdes, in the wood in the hill of Hachila, on the right side of Iesimon? 1 Samuel 23:20 Nowe therfore O king, thou mayest come downe according to all the lust of thy soule, and our part shalbe to deliuer him into the kinges hande. 1 Samuel 23:21 And Saul sayde: Blessed are ye in the Lord, for ye haue compassion on me: 1 Samuel 23:22 Go I pray you and prepare yet better, knowe and see where his foote hath ben, & who hath seene him there: for it is tolde me that he is very subtyll. 1 Samuel 23:23 See therfore, and know al the lurking places where he hydeth him selfe, and come ye againe to me with ye certaintie, and I wil go with you: And yf he be in the lande, I will searche him out throughout al the thousandes of Iuda. 1 Samuel 23:24 And they arose, and went to Ziph before Saul: But Dauid & his men were in the wildernesse of Maon, in the plaine that is on the right hande of Iesimon.

At Maon he is rescued from Saul by the invasion of the Philistines.

1 Samuel 23:25 Saul also and his men went to seke him: And they told Dauid, wherfore he came downe vnto a rocke, and abode in the wildernesse of Maon: And when Saul heard that, he folowed after Dauid in the wildernesse of Maon. 1 Samuel 23:26 And Saul and his men went on the one syde of the mountayne, and Dauid & his men on the other syde of the mountaine: And Dauid made haste to get fro the presence of Saul. For Saul and his men, compassed Dauid and his men round about, to take them.

1 Samuel 23:27 But ther came a messenger to Saul, saying: Haste thee and come, for the Philistines haue inuaded the lande. 1 Samuel 23:28 Wherfore Saul returned from persecuting Dauid, and went against the Philistines: And therfore they called that place, Sela Hamnahlekoth.

He dwelleth at En-gedi.

1 Samuel 23:29 And Dauid went thence, and dwelt in strong holdes at Engadi.

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