1 Samuel 23:1-6 (The Message)

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1 It was reported to David that the Philistines were raiding Keilah and looting the grain. 2 David went in prayer to God: "Should I go after these Philistines and teach them a lesson?" God said, "Go. Attack the Philistines and save Keilah." 3 But David's men said, "We live in fear of our lives right here in Judah. How can you think of going to Keilah in the thick of the Philistines?" 4 So David went back to God in prayer. God said, "Get going. Head for Keilah. I'm placing the Philistines in your hands. 5 David and his men went to Keilah and fought the Philistines. He scattered their cattle, beat them decisively, and saved the people of Keilah. 6 After Abiathar took refuge with David, he joined David in the raid on Keilah, bringing the Ephod with him.
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