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Jonathan's love to David. I. SAMUEL 18

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, dand 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.1 5 And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and 2behaved 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.

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6 And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the 3 Philistine, that women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with 4 instruments of musick.

a Ge. 44. 30.

b So ch. 19, 2 & 20. 17.

2 Sa. 1. 26. e So ver. 23. 2 Sa. 7. 18. d ch. 17. 15.

e 2 Sa. 21. 8.

ƒ ver. 28. Heb. was right in his eyes. 2 Or, prospered.. a ver. 17.

ch. 14. 49.

3 Or. Philistines. h Ex. 15. 20. Judg. 11. 34 & 21. 21. 4 Heb. threestringed

instruments.

7 And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul,trument hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.

ch. 21. 11.

j So Nu. 16. 9. ch. 21. 11 & 29. 5. Ecclus. 47. 6. Heb.

8 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying 6 displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thou-5 sands, 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.

According to these words. 6 Heb, was evil in his eyes. I Ge. 34. 12. m ch. 15, 28.

ver. 17. o ch. 16. 14 p Cp. ver. 21. ch. 19. 21.

1 Ki. 18. 29. Ac. 16. 16.

7 Heb.

fulfilled.

11 And Saul "cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wallch. 16. 16. 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 Saul.

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 8 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.

ch. 19. 9.

t ver. 13.

2 Sa. 3. 14. ch. 20. 33.

So ch. 19. 10. w ver. 12. ch. 16. 18. ch. 16, 14 & 28. 15.

Cp. 28. 5. 2.

8 Or,
prospered.
9'Heb

precious.
ch. 26. 21.

2 Ki. 1. 13.
Ps. 72. 14
& 116. 15.
Isa. 43. 4.
a ver. 5.

ch. 14. 49.

e ch. 17. 25.

ch. 18. 1. 10 Heb. a son of valour.

17 And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife: only be thou 10 valiant for me, and fight the LORD'S battles. For Saul said, Let not mine hand bef ver. 21, 25.

e ch. 25. 28. So ch. 17. 47.

Saul becometh his enemy,

upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him.

18 And David said unto Saul, Who ain 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 1 pleased him.

21 And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that 9 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 esteemed?

24 And the servants of Saul told him, saying, 5On 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, be 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 loved him.

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 9 set by.

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and seeketh to slay him. I. SAMUEL 19 David's appeal to Jonathan.

take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself:

6, 10.

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 a ch. 10. 5, 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 ser-6 Cp. Nu. 11. vant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to thee-ward very good:

25.

5 For he did put his life in his hand, e Judg. 12. 3. and slew the Philistine, and the LORD d ch. 17. 49, 50. wrought a great salvation for all Israele ch. 11. 13. thou sawest it, and didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?

Mt. 27. 4.

6 And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan and Saul sware, As 9 the LORD g Ru. 3 13. liveth, he shall not be slain.

7 And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan shewed 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 3him.

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 5image, 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 thee?

18 So David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah, and told

ch. 16. 21 & 18. 2, 13.

1 Heb. yesterday, third day. ch. 18. 10. 2 Heb. jell. ch. 10. 11, 12.

3 Heb. his face.

k ch. 16. 16.

4 Heb. uncover

mine ear.

Ps. 59, title.

m Ru. 2. 2, 10. n Jos. 2. 15 o ch 21 Hi See Ru, 3. 13.

p ch. 1. 28.

Heb. teraphim. ver. 16. See Ge. 31. 19.

6 Or, Say

what is thy mind, and I will do, fe. 7 Heb. speaketh, or, thinketh. 7 Nu. 28. 11. ch. 19. 2, 3. ch. 16. 4.

Cp. Judg. 11.

40.

8 Or, feast. ch. 9. 12.

u So 2 Sa. 2. 22.

v ch. 1. 19.

w ver. 16, 42. ch. 18. 3

& 23. 18.
2 Sa. 21. 7.

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 prophets? CHAPTER 20

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AND David fled from Naioth in Ramah, A and came and said before Jonathan, What have I done? what is mine ini quity? and what is my sin before thy father, that he seeketh my life?

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 shew 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, 6 Whatsoever thy soul 7desireth, 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 Beth-lehem his city: for there is a yearly 8 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

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servant into a covenant of the LORD with
thee notwithstanding, "if there be in a 2 Sa. 14. 32.
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 roughly?

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 1sounded 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 2shew it thee;

6 Lev. 7. 21
& 11. 24-28
& 15, 4, 5,
&c.

1 Heb.
searched.

ver. 6.
2 Heb.

uncover thine ear. So ver. 2.

e Jos. 1. 5, 17.
ch. 17. 37.

13d The LORD do so and much more to Jonathan: but if it please my father to d Ru. 1. 17. do thee evil, then I will 2shew 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 shew me the kindness of the LORD, that I die not:

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 4 made a covenant with the house of David, saying, 9 Let the LORD even require it at the hand of David's enemies.

17 And Jonathan caused David to swear again, 6 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 7empty.

1 Ki. 1. 37.
1 Ch. 22.
11, 16.

ƒ 2 Sa. 9. 1,
3,7
& 21. 7.
3 Or, Thou

perverse
rebel.
Heb.
Son of
perverse
rebellion.
Heb. cut.

g Jos. 22. 23.
25

Cp. ch. 25.

5 Heb.

6

is the son

of death.
Sa. 12. 5.
So ch. 26, 16.
Or, by

his love
toward him.

h ch. 18. 1.

ver, 5.

19 And when thou hast stayed three days, then thou shalt go down 8quickly,So eh. 19. 5. and come to "the place where thou didst hide thyself 9 when the business was in hand, and shalt remain by the stone 10 Ezel.

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 12 no hurt; as the LORD liveth.

Jonathan with David.

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, eren 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 Beth-lehem:

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 king's table.

30 Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him, 3Thou 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 5shall 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 kcast 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 So ch. 19. 10. grieved for David, because his father had done him shame.

k ch. 18. 11.

7 Heb.

missed.

So ver. 7.

8 Or. diligently. Heb. greatly.

1 ch. 19. 2

9 Heb. in the
day of the
business.

10 Or, that
she weth

the way.

22 But if I say thus unto the young
man, Behold, the arrows are beyond 11 Heb.
thee; go thy way for the LORD hath
sent thee away.

to pass
over him.

23 And as touching the matter which 12 Heb. not
thou and I have spoken of, behold, the
LORD be between thee and me for ever.

any thing. n ver. 22.

o ver. 14, 15.

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 11 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.

David at Nob.

I. SAMUEL 20

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40 And Jonathan gave his unto 2his lad, and said unto him, Go, carry them to the city.

instruments, 2 Heb. that was his.

a Ps. 56, title, See ch. 17. 4. ch. 18. 7. Judg. 21. 21.

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d Lk. 2. 19. e ver. 13. ch. 1. 17.

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, 3 forasmuch as we have sworn 3 or, 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 9 Jonathan went into the city.

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the LORD be witness. of that which, fe. Ps. 34, title. 4 Or, made marks.

g ch. 23. 16.

THEN came David to Nob to 6 Ahi-50

melech 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 8 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.

playeth the mad man. ch. 22. 9,

11, 19.

Isa. 10. 32. 6 ch. 14. 3, called Ahinh.

i

ch. 16. 4. Pa. 57, title, & 142, title. k 2 Sa. 23. 13. See Jos. 12. 15

& 15. 35. 7 Heb, had a creditor.

8 Heb, found. 9 Heb. bitter

of soul.

Ex. 25, 30. Lev. 24. 5. Mt. 12. 3, 4. Mk. 2. 25, 26. Lk. 6. 3, 4. ch. 23. 13 & 25. 13. n Ex. 19. 15. o Cp. Ru. 1. 4 & 4. 21, 22.

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 Pin a manner common, 10 yea, though it were p Cp. Lev. 8. sanctified this day in the vessel.

6 So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread there but the shewbread, that was taken from before the LORD, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.

26.

10 Or, especially

when this day there is other sanctified in the vessel.

He fleeth from Saul.

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 "Gath.

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 dlaid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath.

13 And he changed his behaviour be fore them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and 4scrabbled 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 5is 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?

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Descaped to the cave Adullam:

AVID therefore departed thence, and

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 9 discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about " four hundred men. 31.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

7 Now a certain man of the servants of 2 Sa. 24. 11, discovered, and the men that were with

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 required hasté. 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

18, 19.

1 Ch. 21. 9,

11, 13, 18, 19

& 29. 29.

2 Ch. 29. 25,

Jos. 18. 23. ch. 22. 9. 11 Or, grove in a high place.

t Jos. 18. 25. u ch. 17. 51. ch. 17. 2. 12 Heb.

uncovereth mine ear.

ch. 18, 3

& 20. 30.

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 12sheweth 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 12sheweth

The Lord's priests slain. I. SAMUEL 22 David escapeth from Keilah.

unto me that my son hath stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?

a ch. 21. 7.
Ps. 52, title,

but with me thou shalt be in safeguard.

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& ver. 1,2,3.HEN they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the threshingfloors.

Jos. 15. 44.

Nu. 27. 21.

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. Ne. 3, 17, 18. 10 And he dinquired of the LORD forech. 21. 1. him, and gave him victuals, and gaved 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, 1 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?

e ver. 4.
See Nu. 27.
21.

Cp. ver. 6, 9.
fch. 21. 6, 9.

1 Heb.
Behold me.

g ver. 14.
Judg. 7. 7
& 20, 28,

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 bid- ch. 22, 20. ding, 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, 2less or more.

16 And the king said, Thou shalt surely die, Ahimelech, thou, and all thy father's house.

2 Heb. little
or great.

Heb.

runners.

So 2 Ki. 10.
25

17 And the king said unto the 3 foot-3 Or, guard. men 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 shew 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 after David.

21 And Abiathar shewed David that Saul had slain the LORD'S priests.

& 11. 4, 6. ich. 30. 7

See ver. 2.

jCp. ch.22.
19.

k Jos. 24. 11.

Ich. 2. 28.

1 Heb.
shut up.

m ch. 22. 2
& 25. 13
& 27. 2.

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 9I 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 practised 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 4 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 n ch. 23. 6, 9. Saul that David was escaped from Keilah; and he forbare to go forth.

22 And David said unto Abiathar, I knew it that day, when Doeg the Edom- o Jos. 15. 24. ite was there, that he would surely tell Saul: I have occasioned the death of all

the persons of thy father's house.

23 Abide thou with me, fear not: for p1 Ki. 2. 28. be that seeketh my life seeketh thy life:

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 hand.

15 And David saw that Saul was come out to seek his life: and David was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood.

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