Now the Pelishtim gathered together all their hosts to Afek: and the Yisra'elites encamped by the spring which is in Yizre`el.
The lords of the Pelishtim passed on by hundreds, and by thousands; and David and his men passed on in the rearward with Akhish.
Then said the princes of the Pelishtim, What [do] these Hebrews [here]? Akhish said to the princes of the Pelishtim, Isn't this David, the servant of Sha'ul the king of Yisra'el, who has been with me these days, or [rather] these years, and I have found no fault in him since he fell away [to me] to this day?
But he princes of the Pelishtim were angry with him; and the princes of the Pelishtim said to him, Make the man return, that he may go back to his place where you have appointed him, and let him not go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he become an adversary to us: for with what should this [fellow] reconcile himself to his lord? should it not be with the heads of these men?
Is not this David, of whom they sang one to another in dances, saying, Sha'ul has slain his thousands, David his ten thousands?
Then Akhish called David, and said to him, As the LORD lives, you have been upright, and your going out and your coming in with me in the host is good in my sight; for I have not found evil in you since the day of your coming to me to this day: nevertheless the lords don't favor you.
Therefore now return, and go in shalom, that you not displease the lords of the Pelishtim.
David said to Akhish, But what have I done? and what have you found in your servant so long as I have been before you to this day, that I may not go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?
Akhish answered David, I know that you are good in my sight, as an angel of God: notwithstanding the princes of the Pelishtim have said, He shall not go up with us to the battle.
Therefore now rise up early in the morning with the servants of your lord who have come with you; and as soon as you are up early in the morning, and have light, depart.
So David rose up early, he and his men, to depart in the morning, to return into the land of the Pelishtim. The Pelishtim went up to Yizre`el.