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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 Philistims fight against Keilah, and spoyle the barnes. 1 Samuel 23:2 Therfore Dauid asked counsel of the Lord, saying, Shal I goe and smite these Philistims? And the Lord answered Dauid, Go and smite the Philistims, and saue Keilah. 1 Samuel 23:3 And Dauids men said vnto him, See, we be afrayde here in Iudah, howe much more if we come to Keilah against the hoste of ye Philistims? 1 Samuel 23:4 Then Dauid asked counsell of the Lord againe; the Lord answered him, & sayd, Arise, go downe to Keilah: for I wil deliuer the Philistims into thine hand. 1 Samuel 23:5 So Dauid and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistims, & brought away their cattel, & smote them with a great slaughter: thus Dauid saued the inhabitants of Keilah. 1 Samuel 23:6 (And when Abiathar the sonne of Ahimelech fled to Dauid to Keilah, he brought an Ephod with him)

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 Keilah, & Saul sayd, God hath deliuered him into mine hand: for he is shut in, seeing he is come into a citie that hath gates and barres. 1 Samuel 23:8 Then Saul called all the people together to warre, for to go downe to Keilah, & to besiege Dauid and his men.

1 Samuel 23:9 And Dauid hauing knowledge that Saul imagined mischiefe against him, saide to Abiathar the Priest, Bring the Ephod. 1 Samuel 23:10 Then sayde Dauid, O Lord God of Israel, thy seruat hath heard, that Saul is about to come to Keilah to destroy the citie for my sake. 1 Samuel 23:11 Wil the lordes of Keilah deliuer me vp into his hand? and will Saul come downe, as thy seruant hath heard? O Lord God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy seruant; the Lord sayde, He will come downe. 1 Samuel 23:12 Then said Dauid, Will the lords of Keilah deliuer me vp, and the men that are with me, into the hand of Saul? And the Lord sayde, They will deliuer thee vp.

1 Samuel 23:13 Then Dauid and his men, which were about sixe hundreth, arose, & departed out of Keilah, and went whither they coulde; it was tolde Saul, that Dauid was fled from Keilah, and he left off his iourney.

In Ziph Jonathan cometh and comforteth him.

1 Samuel 23:14 And Dauid abode in the wildernesse in holdes, & remayned in a mountaine in the wildernes of Ziph; Saul sought him euery day, but God deliuered him not into his hand. 1 Samuel 23:15 And Dauid sawe that Saul was come out for to seeke his life: and Dauid was in the wildernes of Ziph in the wood.

1 Samuel 23:16 And Ionathan Sauls sonne arose and went to Dauid into the wood, and comforted him in God, 1 Samuel 23:17 And said vnto him, Feare not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not finde thee, and thou shalt be King ouer Israel, & I shalbe next vnto thee: and also Saul my father knoweth it. 1 Samuel 23:18 So they twaine made a couenant before ye Lorde: and Dauid did remaine in the wood: but Ionathan went to his house.

The Ziphites discover him to Saul.

1 Samuel 23:19 Then came vp the Ziphims to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doeth not Dauid hide himselfe by vs in holdes, in the wood in the hill of Hachilah, which is on the right side of Ieshimon? 1 Samuel 23:20 Nowe therefore, O King, come downe according to all that thine heart can desire, and our part shall be to deliuer him into the Kinges handes. 1 Samuel 23:21 Then Saul said, Be ye blessed of the Lord: for ye haue had compassion on mee. 1 Samuel 23:22 Goe, I pray you, & prepare ye yet better: know and see his place where he haunteth, and who hath seene him there: for it is sayd to me, He is subtile, and craftie. 1 Samuel 23:23 See therefore & know all the secret places where he hideth himselfe, and come ye againe to me with the certaintie, and I will goe with you: and if he be in the lande, I will searche him out throughout all the thousands of Iudah. 1 Samuel 23:24 Then they arose and went to Ziph before Saul, but Dauid and his men were in the wildernesse of Maon, in the playne on the right hande of Ieshimon.

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

1 Samuel 23:25 Saul also & his men went to seeke him, & they told Dauid: wherefore he came downe vnto a rocke, and abode in the wildernesse of Maon; when Saul heard that, he folowed after Dauid in the wildernes of Maon. 1 Samuel 23:26 And Saul and his men went on the one side of the mountaine, and Dauid and his men on the other side of the mountaine: and Dauid made haste to get from the presence of Saul: for Saul and his men compassed Dauid and his men round about, to take them.

1 Samuel 23:27 But there came a messenger to Saul, saying, Haste thee, and come: for the Philistims haue inuaded the land. 1 Samuel 23:28 Wherefore Saul returned fro pursuing Dauid, & went against the Philistims. Therefore they called that place, Sela-hammahlekoth.

He dwelleth at En-gedi.

1 Samuel 23:29 And Dauid went thence, & dwelt in holdes at En-gedi.

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