When Saul was told that David had fled to Gath, he no longer searched for him.
Then David said to Achish, "If I have found favor in your eyes, let a place be assigned to me in one of the country towns, that I may live there. Why should your servant live in the royal city with you?"
So on that day Achish gave him Ziklag,1 and it has belonged to the kings of Judah ever since.
David lived2 in Philistine territory a year and four months.
Now David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites,3 the Girzites and the Amalekites.4 (From ancient times these peoples had lived in the land extending to Shur5 and Egypt.)
Whenever David attacked an area, he did not leave a man or woman alive,6 but took sheep and cattle, donkeys and camels, and clothes. Then he returned to Achish.
When Achish asked, "Where did you go raiding today?" David would say, "Against the Negev of Judah" or "Against the Negev of Jerahmeel7" or "Against the Negev of the Kenites.8"
He did not leave a man or woman alive to be brought to Gath, for he thought, "They might inform on us and say, 'This is what David did.' " And such was his practice as long as he lived in Philistine territory.
Achish trusted David and said to himself, "He has become so odious9 to his people, the Israelites, that he will be my servant forever.10"