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1 Samuel 23:18-28 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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18 Then the two of them made a covenant before God. David stayed at Horesh and Jonathan went home. 18 The two of them made a covenant before the LORD. Then Jonathan went home, but David remained at Horesh.
19 Some Ziphites went to Saul at Gibeah and said, "Did you know that David is hiding out near us in the caves and canyons of Horesh? Right now he's at Hakilah Hill just south of Jeshimon 19 The Ziphites went up to Saul at Gibeah and said, "Is not David hiding among us in the strongholds at Horesh, on the hill of Hakilah, south of Jeshimon
20 So whenever you're ready to come down, we'd count it an honor to hand him over to the king." 20 Now, O king, come down whenever it pleases you to do so, and we will be responsible for handing him over to the king."
21 Saul said, "God bless you for thinking about me 21 Saul replied, "The LORD bless you for your concern for me
22 Now go back and check everything out. Learn his routines. Observe his movements - where he goes, who he's with. He's very shrewd, you know. 22 Go and make further preparation. Find out where David usually goes and who has seen him there. They tell me he is very crafty.
23 Scout out all his hiding places. Then meet me at Nacon and I'll go with you. If he is anywhere to be found in all the thousands of Judah, I'll track him down!" 23 Find out about all the hiding places he uses and come back to me with definite information. Then I will go with you; if he is in the area, I will track him down among all the clans of Judah."
24 So the Ziphites set out on their reconnaissance for Saul. 24 So they set out and went to Ziph ahead of Saul. Now David and his men were in the Desert of Maon, in the Arabah south of Jeshimon.
25 Saul and his men arrived and began their search. When David heard of it, he went south to Rock Mountain, camping out in the wilderness of Maon. Saul heard where he was and set off for the wilderness of Maon in pursuit. 25 Saul and his men began the search, and when David was told about it, he went down to the rock and stayed in the Desert of Maon. When Saul heard this, he went into the Desert of Maon in pursuit of David.
26 Saul was on one side of the mountain, David and his men on the other. David was in full retreat, running, with Saul and his men closing in, about to get him. 26 Saul was going along one side of the mountain, and David and his men were on the other side, hurrying to get away from Saul. As Saul and his forces were closing in on David and his men to capture them,
27 Just then a messenger came to Saul and said, "Hurry! Come back! The Philistines have just attacked the country!" 27 a messenger came to Saul, saying, "Come quickly! The Philistines are raiding the land."
28 So Saul called off his pursuit of David and went back to deal with the Philistines. That's how that place got the name Narrow Escape. 28 Then Saul broke off his pursuit of David and went to meet the Philistines. That is why they call this place Sela Hammahlekoth.