Try out the new BibleStudyTools.com. Click here!

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

 
  Search
Revised Standard Version (RSV) New International Version (NIV)
18 And the two of them made a covenant before the LORD; David remained 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 Then the Ziphites went up to Saul at Gib'e-ah, saying, "Does not David hide among us in the strongholds at Horesh, on the hill of Hachi'lah, which is south of Jeshi'mon 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 Now come down, O king, according to all your heart's desire to come down; and our part shall be to surrender him into the king's hand." 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 And Saul said, "May you be blessed by the LORD; for you have had compassion on me 21 Saul replied, "The LORD bless you for your concern for me
22 Go, make yet more sure; know and see the place where his haunt is, and who has seen him there; for it is told me that he is very cunning. 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 See therefore, and take note of all the lurking places where he hides, and come back to me with sure information. Then I will go with you; and if he is in the land, I will search him out among all the thousands of Judah." 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 And they arose, and went to Ziph ahead of Saul. Now David and his men were in the wilderness of Ma'on, in the Arabah to the south of Jeshi'mon. 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 And Saul and his men went to seek him. And David was told; therefore he went down to the rock which is in the wilderness of Ma'on. And when Saul heard that, he pursued after David in the wilderness of Ma'on. 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 went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain; and David was making haste to get away from Saul, as Saul and his men were closing in upon David and his men to capture them, 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 when a messenger came to Saul, saying, "Make haste and come; for the Philistines have made a raid upon the land." 27 a messenger came to Saul, saying, "Come quickly! The Philistines are raiding the land."
28 So Saul returned from pursuing after David, and went against the Philistines; therefore that place was called the Rock of 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.