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1 Samuel 23:1-6 (New International Version)

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David Saves Keilah

1 When David was told, "Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah1 and are looting the threshing floors,"2 2 he inquired3 of the LORD, saying, "Shall I go and attack these Philistines?" The LORD answered him, "Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah." 3 But David's men said to him, "Here in Judah we are afraid. How much more, then, if we go to Keilah against the Philistine forces!" 4 Once again David inquired4 of the LORD, and the LORD answered him, "Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines5 into your hand.6 5 So David and his men went to Keilah, fought the Philistines and carried off their livestock. He inflicted heavy losses on the Philistines and saved the people of Keilah. 6 (Now Abiathar7 son of Ahimelech had brought the ephod8 down with him when he fled to David at Keilah.)
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