Now 1the Philistinesgathered together all their armies to 2Aphek, while the Israelites were camping by the springwhich is in 3Jezreel.
And the lords of the Philistines were proceeding on by hundreds and by thousands, and 4David and his men were proceeding on in the rear with Achish.
Then the commanders of the Philistinessaid, "What are theseHebrews doing here?" And Achishsaid to the commanders of the Philistines, "Is this not David, the servant of Saul the king of Israel, 5who has been with me thesedays, or rather theseyears, and 6I have foundnofault in him from the day he adeserted to me to thisday ?"
But the commanders of the Philistines were angry with him, and the commanders of the Philistinessaid to him, "Make the mangoback, that he may return7to his placewhere you have assigned him, and do not let him godown to battle with us, 8or in the battle he may become an adversary to us. For with what could this man make himself acceptable to his lord ? Would it not be with the heads of bthesemen ?
"Is this not David, 9of whom they sing in the dances, saying, 'Saul has slain his thousands, And David his tenthousands '?"
Then AchishcalledDavid and said to him, "As the LORDlives, you have been upright, and 10your going out and your coming in with me in the army are pleasing in my sight ; 11for I have not foundevil in you from the day of your coming to me to thisday. Nevertheless, you are not pleasing in the sight of the lords.
7"Now therefore return and go in peace, that you may not displease the lords of the Philistines."
8Davidsaid to Achish, "12But what have I done ? And what have you found in your servant from the daywhen I camebefore you to thisday, that I may not go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king ?"
But Achishreplied to David, "I know that you are pleasing in my sight, 13like an angel of God ; nevertheless14the commanders of the Philistines have said, 'He must not go up with us to the battle.'
10"Now then ariseearly in the morning15with the servants of your lordwho have come with you, and as soon as you have arisenearly in the morning and have light, depart."
So Davidaroseearly, he and his men, to depart in the morning to return to the land of the Philistines. And the Philistineswent up to Jezreel.