1 Samuel 23:24

Overview - 1 Samuel 23
David, enquiring of the Lord by Abiathar, rescues Keilah.
God shewing him the coming of Saul, and the treachery of the Keilites, he escapes from Keilah.
14 In Ziph Jonathan comes and comforts him.
19 The Ziphites discover him to Saul.
25 At Maon he is rescued from Saul by the invasion of the Philistines.
29 He dwells at En-gedi.
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1 Samuel 23:24  (King James Version)
And they arose, and went to Ziph before Saul: but David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the plain on the south of Jeshimon.

the wilderness
Maon, from which the adjoining mountainous district derived its name, was city in the most southern parts of the tribe of Judah, and a neighbouring town to Carmel
Hence Nabal (ch. 25:2 ) is described as a man of Maon, whose possessions were in
Carmel; and though he might dwell generally in Maon, yet he is styled Nabal the Carmelite, from the place where his estate lay. Calmet supposes it to be the city Minos, which Eusebius places in the vicinity of Gaza; and the Moenoemi Castrum, which the Theodosian code places near Beersheba.* Maon.
25:2 Jos 15:55

the south