David Flees to the Philistines
And David said in his heart, "Now I shall perish someday by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape to the land of the Philistines; and Saul will despair of me, to seek me anymore in any part of Israel. So I shall escape out of his hand."
Then David arose a and went over with the six hundred men who were with him b to Achish the son of Maoch, king of Gath.
So David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he and his men, each man with his household, and David c with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal's widow.
And it was told Saul that David had fled to Gath; so he sought him no more.
Then David said to Achish, "If I have now found favor in your eyes, let them give me a place in some town in the country, that I may dwell there. For why should your servant dwell in the royal city with you?"
So Achish gave him Ziklag that day. Therefore d Ziklag has belonged to the kings of Judah to this day.
Now the time that David e dwelt in the country of the Philistines was one full year and four months.
And David and his men went up and raided f the Geshurites, g the Girzites, and the h Amalekites. For those nations were the inhabitants of the land from of old, i as you go to Shur, even as far as the land of Egypt.
Whenever David attacked the land, he left neither man nor woman alive, but took away the sheep, the oxen, the donkeys, the camels, and the apparel, and returned and came to Achish.
Then Achish would say, "Where have you made a raid today?" And David would say, "Against the southern area of Judah, or against the southern area of j the Jerahmeelites, or against the southern area of k the Kenites."
David would save neither man nor woman alive, to bring news to Gath, saying, "Lest they should inform on us, saying, 'Thus David did.' " And thus was his behavior all the time he dwelt in the country of the Philistines.
So Achish believed David, saying, "He has made his people Israel utterly abhor him; therefore he will be my servant forever."
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And He said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.
1 Samuel 24:20
And now I know indeed that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand.
1 Samuel 25:13
Then David said to his men, "Every man gird on his sword." So every man girded on his sword, and David also girded on his sword. And about four hundred men went with David, and two hundred stayed with the supplies.
1 Samuel 21:10
Then David arose and fled that day from before Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.
1 Kings 2:39
Now it happened at the end of three years, that two slaves of Shimei ran away to Achish the son of Maachah, king of Gath. And they told Shimei, saying, "Look, your slaves are in Gath!
1 Samuel 25:42
So Abigail rose in haste and rode on a donkey, attended by five of her maidens; and she followed the messengers of David, and became his wife.
1 Samuel 25:43
David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel, and so both of them were his wives.
Ziklag, Madmannah, Sansannah.
Ziklag, Beth Marcaboth, Hazar Susah.
1 Chronicles 12:1
Now these were the men who came to David at Ziklag while he was still a fugitive from Saul the son of Kish; and they were among the mighty men, helpers in the war.
In Ziklag and Meconah and its villages.
1 Samuel 29:3
Then the princes of the Philistines said, "What are these Hebrews doing here? " And Achish said to the princes of the Philistines, " Is this not David, the servant of Saul king of Israel, who has been with me these days, or these years? And to this day I have found no fault in him since he defected to me.
This is the land that yet remains: all the territory of the Philistines and all that of the Geshurites.
Nevertheless the children of Israel did not drive out the Geshurites or the Maachathites, but the Geshurites and the Maachathites dwell among the Israelites until this day.
And they did not drive out the Canaanites who dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites to this day and have become forced laborers.
Nor did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites who dwelt in Gezer; so the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among them.
Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
For he said, "Because the LORD has sworn: the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.
1 Samuel 15:7
And Saul attacked the Amalekites, from Havilah all the way to Shur, which is east of Egypt.
1 Samuel 15:8
He also took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
(They dwelt from Havilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt as you go toward Assyria.) He died in the presence of all his brethren.
So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water.
1 Chronicles 2:9
Also the sons of Hezron who were born to him were Jerahmeel, Ram, and Chelubai.
1 Chronicles 2:25
The sons of Jerahmeel, the firstborn of Hezron, were Ram, the firstborn, and Bunah, Oren, Ozem, and Ahijah.