Then they toldDavid, saying, "Behold, the Philistines are fighting against 1Keilah and are plundering the threshingfloors."
So David2inquired of the LORD, saying, "Shall I go and aattackthesePhilistines ?" And the LORDsaid to David, "Go and battack the Philistines and deliverKeilah."
But David'smensaid to him, "Behold, we are afraidhere in Judah. Howmuchmore then if we go to Keilahagainst the ranks of the Philistines ?"
Then Davidinquired of the LORDoncemore . And the LORDanswered him and said, "Arise, godown to Keilah, for 3I will give the Philistines into your hand.
So David and his menwent to Keilah and fought with the Philistines ; and he ledaway their livestock and struck them with a greatslaughter. Thus Daviddelivered the inhabitants of Keilah.
Now it came about, when Abiathar the son of Ahimelech4fled to David at Keilah, that he camedown with an ephod in his hand.