But David thought to himself, "One of these days I will be destroyed by the hand of Saul. The best thing I can do is to escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will give up searching for me anywhere in Israel, and I will slip out of his hand."
So David and the six hundred men1 with him left and went2 over to Achish3 son of Maoch king of Gath.
David and his men settled in Gath with Achish. Each man had his family with him, and David had his two wives:4 Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail of Carmel, the widow of Nabal.
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,5 and it has belonged to the kings of Judah ever since.
David lived6 in Philistine territory a year and four months.