1 Samuel 27:1-7 NIV

David Among the Philistines

1 But David thought to himself, "One of these days I will be destroyed by the hand of Saul. The best thing I can do is to escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will give up searching for me anywhere in Israel, and I will slip out of his hand."

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      2 So David and the six hundred men1 with him left and went2 over to Achish3 son of Maoch king of Gath.

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      3 David and his men settled in Gath with Achish. Each man had his family with him, and David had his two wives:4 Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail of Carmel, the widow of Nabal.

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      4 When Saul was told that David had fled to Gath, he no longer searched for him.
      5 Then David said to Achish, "If I have found favor in your eyes, let a place be assigned to me in one of the country towns, that I may live there. Why should your servant live in the royal city with you?"
      6 So on that day Achish gave him Ziklag,5 and it has belonged to the kings of Judah ever since.

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      7 David lived6 in Philistine territory a year and four months.

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