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1 Samuel 23:7-29 (New American Standard)

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7 When it was told Saul that David had come to Keilah, Saul said, "God has adelivered him into my hand, for he shut himself in by entering a city with double gates and bars." 8 So Saul summoned all the people for war, to go down to Keilah to besiege David and his men. 9 Now David knew that Saul was plotting evil against him; so he said to 1Abiathar the priest, "2Bring the ephod here." 10 Then David said, "O LORD God of Israel, Your servant has heard for certain that Saul is seeking to come to Keilah to destroy the city on my account. 11 "Will the men of Keilah surrender me into his hand? Will Saul come down just as Your servant has heard? O LORD God of Israel, I pray, tell Your servant." And the LORD said, "He will come down." 12 Then David said, "Will the men of Keilah surrender me and my men into the hand of Saul?" And the LORD said, "3They will surrender you." 13 Then David and his men, 4about six hundred, arose and departed from Keilah, and they went 5wherever they could go. When it was told Saul that David had escaped from Keilah, he bgave up the pursuit. 14 David stayed in the wilderness in the strongholds, and remained in the hill country in the wilderness of 6Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but 7God did not deliver him into his hand

Saul Pursues David

15 Now David cbecame aware that Saul had come out to seek his life while David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh. 16 And Jonathan, Saul's son, arose and went to David at Horesh, and d8encouraged him in God. 17 Thus he said to him, "9Do not be afraid, because the hand of Saul my father will not find you, and you will be king over Israel and I will be next to you; and 10Saul my father knows that also." 18 So 11the two of them made a covenant before the LORD; and David stayed at Horesh while Jonathan went to his house. 19 Then 12Ziphites came up to Saul at Gibeah, saying, "Is David not hiding with us in the strongholds at Horesh, on 13the hill of Hachilah, which is on the esouth of fJeshimon 20 "Now then, O king, come down according to all the desire of your soul to gdo so; and 14our part shall be to surrender him into the king's hand." 21 Saul said, "May you be blessed of the LORD, 15for you have had compassion on me 22 "Go now, make more sure, and investigate and see his place where his hhaunt is, and who has seen him there; for I am told that he is very cunning. 23 "So look, and learn about all the hiding places where he hides himself and return to me with certainty, and I will go with you; and if he is in the land, I will search him out among all the thousands of Judah." 24 Then they arose and went to Ziph before Saul. Now David and his men were in the wilderness of 16Maon, in the Arabah to the isouth of jJeshimon. 25 When Saul and his men went to seek him, they told David, and he came down to the rock and stayed in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard it, he pursued David in the wilderness of Maon. 26 Saul went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain; and David was hurrying to get away from Saul, for Saul and his men 17were surrounding David and his men to seize them. 27 But a messenger came to Saul, saying, "Hurry and come, for the Philistines have made a raid on the land." 28 So Saul returned from pursuing David and went to meet the Philistines; therefore they called that place kthe Rock of Escape. 29 lDavid went up from there and stayed in the strongholds of 18Engedi.
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