Then Saul arose
Immediately, glad of an opportunity to seize on David, having the same disposition towards him as ever; and perhaps had repented he had not laid hold on him when he followed him out of the cave:
and went down to the wilderness of Ziph:
or towards it:
having three thousand chosen men of Israel;
young men, so called, because usually chosen for business, and for war particularly, rather than old men; the same number he took with him when he sought him at Engedi, ( 1 Samuel 24:2 ) ;
to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph;
where or whereabouts he was informed by the Ziphites he was.