One day news came to David that the Philistines were at Keilah stealing grain from the threshing floors.
David asked the LORD, "Should I go and attack them?" "Yes, go and save Keilah," the LORD told him.
But David's men said, "We're afraid even here in Judah. We certainly don't want to go to Keilah to fight the whole Philistine army!"
So David asked the LORD again, and again the LORD replied, "Go down to Keilah, for I will help you conquer the Philistines.
So David and his men went to Keilah. They slaughtered the Philistines and took all their livestock and rescued the people of Keilah.
Abiathar the priest went to Keilah with David, taking the ephod with him to get answers for David from the LORD.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)