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David Returns to Achish

1 Then David {thought to himself}, "Now I will perish one day by the hand of Saul! There is nothing better for me but [that] I must certainly escape to the land of [the] Philistines. Then Saul will desist from searching for me further in all of the territories of Israel, and so I will escape from his hand."

References for 1 Samuel 27:1

    • a 27:1 - Literally "said to his heart"
      2 So David got up and crossed over, he and the six hundred men who [were] with him, to Achish the son of Maoch, the king of Gath.
      3 David settled with Achish in Gath, he and his men, each with his household. David [took along] his two wives Ahinoam {from Jezreel} and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.

      References for 1 Samuel 27:3

        • b 27:3 - Or "family"
        • c 27:3 - Literally "the Jezreelitess"
          4 And it was reported to Saul that David had fled [to] Gath, so {he no longer searched for him}.

          References for 1 Samuel 27:4

            • d 27:4 - Literally "he does [Qere did] not again to seek him longer"
              5 Then David said to Achish, "Please, if I have found favor in your eyes, then let them give me a place in one of the {country towns} that I can live there. Why should your servant live in {the royal city} with you?"

              References for 1 Samuel 27:5

                • e 27:5 - Literally "towns of the open field"
                • f 27:5 - Literally "the city of the king"
                  6 So Achish gave him Ziklag on that day. (Therefore, Ziklag has belonged to the kings of Judah until this day.)
                  7 The number of days that David lived in the countryside of the Philistines [was] one year and four months.
                  8 Now David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites and the Girzites and the Amalekites, for they had been living [in] the land for a long time {in the direction of} Shur and {as far as} the land of Egypt.

                  References for 1 Samuel 27:8

                    • g 27:8 - Literally "[as] you come"
                    • h 27:8 - Literally "up to"
                      9 So David struck the land and did not leave a man or a woman alive; he took the sheep, the cattle, the donkeys, the camels, and the clothing. Then he returned and came to Achish.

                      References for 1 Samuel 27:9

                        • i 27:9 - Hebrew "flock," referring to either sheep or goats or both
                          10 And Achish said, "Against whom have you raided today?" David said, "Against the Negev of Judah and against the Negev of the Jerahmeelites and against the Negev of the Kenites."
                          11 And David did not leave alive a man or a woman to bring [them back] to Gath, thinking, "So that they will not report about us, saying, 'David did thus and so.'" Thus was his practice all the days that he lived in the countryside of [the] Philistines.

                          References for 1 Samuel 27:11

                            • j 27:11 - Hebrew "saying"
                              12 And Achish trusted David, saying, "{He has made himself utterly hated} among his people in Israel, and he will be my servant forever."

                              References for 1 Samuel 27:12

                                • k 27:12 - Literally "Stinking he stink" = "he really stinks"