And the two of them made a covenant before the LORD; David remained at Horesh, and Jonathan went home.
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?
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."
And Saul said, "May you be blessed by the LORD; for you have had compassion on me.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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,
when a messenger came to Saul, saying, "Make haste and come; for the Philistines have made a raid upon the land."
So Saul returned from pursuing after David, and went against the Philistines; therefore that place was called the Rock of Escape.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)