The Philistines Mistrust David
1 Now athe Philistines° gathered° together all° their armies° to bAphek°, while the Israelites° were camping° by the spring° which° is in cJezreel°.
2 And the lords° of the Philistines° were proceeding° on by hundreds° and by thousands°, and aDavid° and his men° were proceeding° on in the rear° with Achish°.
3 Then the commanders° of the Philistines° said°, “What° [are] these° Hebrews° [doing here]?” And Achish° said° to the commanders° of the Philistines°, “Is this° not David°, the servant° of Saul° the king° of Israel°, awho° has been° with me these° days°, or° [rather] these° years°, and bI have found° no° fault° in him from the day° he Ideserted° [to me] to this° day°?”
4 But the commanders° of the Philistines° were angry° with him, and the commanders° of the Philistines° said° to him, “Make the man° go° back°, that he may return° ato his place° where°° you have assigned° him, and do not let him go° down° to battle° with us, bor° in the battle° he may become° an adversary° to us. For with what° could this° [man] make° himself acceptable° to his lord°? [Would it] not [be] with the heads° of Ithese° men°?
5 Is this° not David°, aof whom° they sing° in the dances°, saying°,
 a1S 28:1 bJsh 12:18; 19:30; 1S 4:1; 1K 20:30 c1K 21:1; 2K 9:30
 a1S 28:1, 2
 ILit fell a1S 27:7 b1S 27:1-6; 1Ch 12:19, 20; Dn 6:5
 ILit those a1S 27:6 b1S 14:21
 a1S 18:7; 21:11
6 ¶ Then Achish° called° David° and said° to him, “[As] the LORD° lives°, you [have been] upright°, and ayour going° out and your coming° in with me in the army° are pleasing° in my sight°; bfor I have not found° evil° in you from the day° of your coming° to me to this° day°. Nevertheless, you are not pleasing° in the sight° of the lords°. 7 Now° therefore return° and go° in peace°, that you may not displease°°° the lords° of the Philistines°.” 8 David° said° to Achish°, “aBut what° have I done°? And what° have you found° in your servant° from the day° when° I came° before° you to this° day°, that I may not go° and fight° against the enemies° of my lord° the king°?” 9 But Achish° replied° to David°, “I know° that you are pleasing° in my sight°, alike an angel° of God°; nevertheless° bthe commanders° of the Philistines° have said°, ‘He must not go° up with us to the battle°.’ 10 Now° then arise° early° in the morning° awith the servants° of your lord° who° have come° with you, and as soon as you have arisen° early° in the morning° and have light°, depart°.” 11 So David° arose° early°, he and his men°, to depart° in the morning° to return° to the land° of the Philistines°. And the Philistines° went° up to Jezreel°.
 a2S 3:25; 2K 19:27; Is 37:28 b1S 27:8-12; 29:3
 a1S 27:10-12
 a2S 14:17, 20; 19:27 b1S 29:4
 a1Ch 12:19, 22
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David marching with the Philistines,
1 ¶ Now the Philistinesº gathered togetherºª² all² their armiesº to Aphek:º and the Israelitesº pitchedºª by a fountainº which² [is] in Jezreel.º 2 And the lordsº of the Philistinesº passed onºª by hundreds,º and by thousands:º but Davidº and his men¹² passed onºª in the rerewardº with² Achish.º
 Jsh 19:18, 30; Jg 6:33; 1S 4:1; 28:1, 4; 1K 18:45; 20:30; 21:1, 23; 2K 9:36; Ho 1:4.
 Jsh 13:3; 1S 5:8; 6:4; 28:1; 29:6.
is disallowed by their princes.
3 Then saidºª the princesº of the Philistines,º What² [do] these² Hebrewsº [here]? And Achishº saidºª unto² the princesº of the Philistines,º [Is] not² this² David,º the servantº of Saulº the kingº of Israel,º which² hath been² with² me these² days,º or² these² years,º and I have foundºª no² faultº in him sinceº² he fellºª [unto me] unto² this² day?º 4 And the princesº of the Philistinesº were wrothºª with² him; and the princesº of the Philistinesº saidºª unto him, Make¹ª this fellow¹ return,ºª²² that he may go againºª to² his placeº which²² thou hast appointedºª him, and let him not² go downºª with² us to battle,º lest² in the battleº he be² an adversaryº to us: for wherewith² should he reconcileºª himself² unto² his master?º [should it] not² [be] with the headsº of these² men?¹² 5 [Is] not² this² David,º of whom² they sangºª one to another in dances,º saying,ºª Saulº slewºª his thousands,º and Davidº his ten thousands?º
 1S 25:28; 27:7; Dn 6:5; Jn 19:6; Ro 12:17; 1P 3:16.
 1S 14:21; 1Ch 12:19; Lk 16:8.
 1S 18:6; 21:11; Pv 27:14.
Achish dismisseth him, with commendations of his fidelity.
6 ¶ Then Achishº calledºª² David,º and saidºª unto² him, Surely, [as] the LORDº liveth,º thou² hast been upright,º and thy going outºª and thy coming inºª with² me in the hostº [is] goodº in my sight:º for² I have not² foundºª evilº in thee since the dayº² of thy comingºª unto² me unto² this² day:º nevertheless the lordsº² favourº thee² not.¹² 7 Wherefore now² return,ºª and go¹ª² in peace,º that thou displeaseºººª not² the lordsº of the Philistines.º
 Gn 16:6; Nu 27:17; Dt 10:20; Jsh 22:30; 1S 20:3; 28:10; 29:3; 2S 3:25; 2K 19:27; Ps 121:8; Is 65:16; Jr 12:16; Mt 5:16; 1P 2:12; 3:16.
 Nu 22:34.
8 ¶ And Davidº saidºª unto² Achish,º But² what² have I done?ºª and what² hast thou foundºª in thy servantº so long²² as¹² I have been² with² thee¹ unto² this² day,º that² I may not² go¹ª² fightºª against the enemiesºª of my lordº the king?º 9 And Achishº answeredºª and saidºª to² David,º I knowºª that² thou² [art] goodº in my sight,º as an angelº of God:º notwithstanding² the princesº of the Philistinesº have said,ºª He shall not² go upºª with² us to the battle.º 10 Wherefore now² rise up earlyºª in the morningº with thy master'sº servantsº that² are comeºª with² thee: and as soon as ye be up earlyºª in the morning,º and have light,¹ª² depart.¹ª² 11 So Davidº and his men¹² rose up earlyºª to depart¹ª² in the morning,º to returnºª into² the landº of the Philistines.º And the Philistinesº went upºª to Jezreel.º
 1S 12:3; 17:29; 20:8; 26:18; 28:2; 2S 16:18; Ps 34:13; Mt 6:13.
 1S 29:4; 2S 14:17, 20; 19:27; Ga 4:14.
 Gn 22:14; 1S 30:1; Ps 37:23; 1Co 10:13; 2P 2:9.
 Jsh 19:18; 1S 29:1; 2S 4:4; Ho 1:1.
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