NASB — 1 Samuel 29 — KJV

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,
  ‘Saul has slain his thousands,
  And David his ten thousands’?”

[1] a1S 28:1 bJsh 12:18; 19:30; 1S 4:1; 1K 20:30 c1K 21:1; 2K 9:30
[2] a1S 28:1, 2
[3] ILit fell a1S 27:7 b1S 27:1-6; 1Ch 12:19, 20; Dn 6:5
[4] ILit those a1S 27:6 b1S 14:21
[5] 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.

[6] a2S 3:25; 2K 19:27; Is 37:28 b1S 27:8-12; 29:3
[8] a1S 27:10-12
[9] a2S 14:17, 20; 19:27 b1S 29:4
[10] a1Ch 12:19, 22


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David marching with the Philistines,

1 ¶ Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek: and the Israelites pitched by a fountain which [is] in Jezreel. 2 And the lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and by thousands: but David and his men passed on in the rereward with Achish.

[1] 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.
[2] Jsh 13:3; 1S 5:8; 6:4; 28:1; 29:6.

is disallowed by their princes.

3 Then said the princes of the Philistines, What [do] these Hebrews [here]? And Achish said unto the princes of the Philistines, [Is] not this David, the servant of Saul the king of Israel, which hath been with me these days, or these years, and I have found no fault in him since he fell [unto me] unto this day? 4 And the princes of the Philistines were wroth with him; and the princes of the Philistines said unto him, Make this fellow return, that he may go again to his place which thou hast appointed him, and let him not go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he be an adversary to us: for wherewith should he reconcile himself unto his master? [should it] not [be] with the heads of these men? 5 [Is] not this David, of whom they sang one to another in dances, saying, Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten thousands?

[3] 1S 25:28; 27:7; Dn 6:5; Jn 19:6; Ro 12:17; 1P 3:16.
[4] 1S 14:21; 1Ch 12:19; Lk 16:8.
[5] 1S 18:6; 21:11; Pv 27:14.

Achish dismisseth him, with commendations of his fidelity.

6 ¶ Then Achish called David, and said unto him, Surely, [as] the LORD liveth, thou hast been upright, and thy going out and thy coming in with me in the host [is] good in my sight: for I have not found evil in thee since the day of thy coming unto me unto this day: nevertheless the lords favour thee not. 7 Wherefore now return, and go in peace, that thou displease not the lords of the Philistines.

[6] 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.
[7] Nu 22:34.

8 ¶ And David said unto Achish, But what have I done? and what hast thou found in thy servant so long as I have been with thee unto this day, that I may not go fight against the enemies of my lord the king? 9 And Achish answered and said to David, I know that thou [art] good in my sight, as an angel of God: notwithstanding the princes of the Philistines have said, He shall not go up with us to the battle. 10 Wherefore now rise up early in the morning with thy master's servants that are come with thee: and as soon as ye be up early in the morning, and have light, depart. 11 So David and his men rose up early to depart in the morning, to return into the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.

[8] 1S 12:3; 17:29; 20:8; 26:18; 28:2; 2S 16:18; Ps 34:13; Mt 6:13.
[9] 1S 29:4; 2S 14:17, 20; 19:27; Ga 4:14.
[10] Gn 22:14; 1S 30:1; Ps 37:23; 1Co 10:13; 2P 2:9.
[11] Jsh 19:18; 1S 29:1; 2S 4:4; Ho 1:1.


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