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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 enquired of the LORD yet again. And the LORD answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah; for I 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 entring 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.

u 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 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 fix hun. dred, arose and departed out of Keilah, and went whithersoever they could go : and it was told Saul that David was escaped from Keilah, and he forbare to go forth.

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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16 And Jonathan Saul's Son arose, and went to David into the Wood, and strengthned his Hand in God.

17 And he said unto him, Fear not : for the Hand of Saul my Father shall not find thee, and thou shalt be King over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee ; and that also Saul my Father knoweth.

'18 And they two made a Covenant before the LORD: and David abode in the Wood, and Joriathan went to his House. 19 . Then came up the


• To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Ziphites to Saul to Gibean, Maschil, a Psalm of David, when the saying, Doth not David hide Ziphims came and said to Saul, doch himself with us in Itrong Holds not David hide himself with us

Ave me, O God, by thy Name, in the Wood, in the Hill of

J and judge me by thy STRENGTH. Hachilah, which is on the 2 Hear my Prayer, O GOD; Gize South of Jeshimon ?

Ear to the Words of my Mouth.

3 For Strangers are risen up againk 20 Now therefore, O me, and Opprefors seek after my King, come down, accor- Soul; they have not set God before ding to all the Desire of thy


4 Behold, God is mine HELPER: Soul to come down, and our the Lord is with them that uphold Part shall be to deliver him my Soul. into the King's Hand.

's He shall reward Evil unto mine i

Enemics ; cut them off in thy Truth, 21 And Saul said, Blefled 6 I will freely sacrifice unto thee; be ye of the LORD; for ye I will praise thy Name, O LORD, for have Compassion on me. it is good.

7 For he hath DELIVER'D me out 22 Go, I pray you, pre- of all TROUBLE: and mine Eye hath pare yet, and know and see seen his Delire upon mine Enemies. his place where his Haunt is, and who hath seen him there: for it is told me that he dealeth very subtilly.

23 See therefore and take Knowledge of all the lurking Places where he hideth himself, and come ye again to me with the Certainty, and I will go with you : and it shall come to pass, if he be in the Land, that I will search him out throughout all the Thousands of Judah.

24 And they arose, and went to Ziph before Saul : but David and his Men were in the Wilderness of Maon, in the Plain on the South of Jeshimon.

25 Saul also and his Men went to seek him ; and they told David : wherefore he came down into a Rock, and abode in the Wilderness of Maon: and when Saul heard that, he pursued after David in the Wilderness of Maon.

26 And Saul went on this side of the Mountain, and David and his Men on that side of the Mountain ; and Da

vid made haste to get away for fear of Saul; for Saul and his Men compassed David and his Men round about to take them.

27 But there came a Messenget unto Saul, saying, Hafte thee, and come; for the Philistines have invaded the Land.

28 Wherefore Saul returned from pursuing after David, and went against the Philistines : therefore they called that Place Selah-hammah-lekoth.

29 And David went up from thence, and dwelt in strong Holds at En-gedi.

CH A P. XXIV. i David in a Cave at En-gedi having cut off Sauľs Skirt, Spare

eth his Life : 8 He shereth thereby his Innocency:

of which the Men of bathe sides of this Feet: and where

Ver. 1 AND it came to pass when Saul was returned fros

following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying, Behold, David is in the Wilderness of Engedi.

2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen Men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his Men upon the Rocks of the Wild Goats.

3 And he came to the Sheep-Cotes, by the way, where was a Cave, and Saul went in to cover his Feet: and David and his Men remained in the Sides of the Cave:

4 And the Men of David said unto him, Behold the Day of which the Lord said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine Enemy into thine Hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose and cut off the Skirt of Saul's Robe privily.

5 And it came to pass, afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's Skirt.

6 And he said unto his Men, The LORD forbid. that I should do this Thing unto my Master the Lord's Anointed, to stretch forth mine Hand against him, seeing he is the Anointed of the LORD.

7 So David stayed his Servants with these Words, arid suffered them not to rise against Saul : but Saul rose up out of the Cave, and went on his way.

8 David also arose afterward, and went out of the Cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My Lord the King And when Saul looked behind him, Dávid stooped with his Face to the Earth, and bowed himself.


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i 9 And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou Mens Words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy Hurt? · 10 Behold, this Day thine Eyes have seen, how that the LORD had delivered thee To-day into mine Hand in the Cave : and some bade me kill thee, but mine Eye spared thee, and I said, I will not put forth mine Hand against my LORD; for he is the Lord's Anointed: · 11 Moreover, my Father, fee, yea, see the Skirt of thy Robe in my Hand: for in that I cut off the Skirt of thy Robe, and killed thee not ; know thou and see that there is neither Evil nor Transgression in mine Hand, and I have not finned against thee ; yet thou hunteft my Soul to take it. .. 12 The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee : but mine Hand shall not be upon thee.

13 As faith the Proverb of the Antients, Wickedness proceedeth from the Wicked : but mine Hand shall not be upon thee.

14 After whom is the King of Israel come out ? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead Dog, after a Flea. i 15 The LORD therefore be Judge, and judge between me and thee, and fee, and plead my Cause, and deliver me out of thine Hand.

16 And it came to pass when David had made an end of speaking these Words unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this thy Voice, my Son David? And Saul lift up his voice, and wept. · 17 And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than

I: for thou hast rewarded me Good, whereas I have rewarded thee Evil. .

18 And thou hast shewed this Day, how that thou haft dealt well with me : forasmuch as when the Lord bad delivered me into thine Hand, thou killedft me not.

19 For if a Man find his Enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore the LORD reward thee Good, for that thou hast done unto me this Day.

20 And now behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be King, and that the Kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine Hand.

21 Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my Şeed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my Name out of my Father's House. . 22 And David sware unto Saul : and Saul went home; but David and his Men gat them up unto the Hold.


CHA P. xxv. Samuel dieth. 10 David provoked by Nabal's Churlishness, mindeth to destroy him. 14 Abigail by her Wisdom pacifieth David. 36 Nabal hearing thereof, dieth. 39 David marrieth her.

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. CHA P. XXVI. Saul cometh to Hachilah against David. 4 David in the Trench stayeth Abishai from killing Saul, but taketh his Spear

and Cruse. 13 Abner reproved. Ver. 1 AND the Ziphites came unto Saul to Gibeah, fay

n ing, Doth not David hide himself in the Hill of Hachilah which is before Jeshimon?

2 Then Saul arose, and went down to the Wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen Men of Israel with him, to seek David in the Wilderness of Ziph.

3 And Saul pitched in the Hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon by the way : but David abode in the Wilderness, and he saw that Saul came after him into the Wilderness.

4 David therefore sent out Spies, and understood that Saul was come in very deed.

5 And David arose, and came to the place where Saul had pitched : and David beheld the Place where Saul lay, and Abner the Son of Ner, the Captain of his Host : and Saul lay in the Trench, and the People pitched round about him.

6 Then answered David and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai the Son of Zeruiah Brother to Joab, Laying, Who will go down with me to Saul to the Camp? And Abishai said, I will go down with thee.

7 So David and Abishai came to the People by Night, and behold, Saul lay sleeping within the Trench, and his Spear stuck in the Ground at his Bolster : but Abner and the People lay round about him.

8 Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine Enemy into thine Hand this Day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the Spear, even to the Earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time.

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