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1 Samuel 23

MSG 1 It was reported to David that the Philistines were raiding Keilah and looting the grain. NIV 1 When David was told, “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are looting the threshing floors,” MSG 2 David went in prayer to God: "Should I go after these Philistines and teach them a lesson?" God said, "Go. Attack the Philistines and save Keilah." NIV 2 he inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” The LORD answered him, “Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.” MSG 3 But David's men said, "We live in fear of our lives right here in Judah. How can you think of going to Keilah in the thick of the Philistines?" NIV 3 But David’s men said to him, “Here in Judah we are afraid. How much more, then, if we go to Keilah against the Philistine forces!” MSG 4 So David went back to God in prayer. God said, "Get going. Head for Keilah. I'm placing the Philistines in your hands. NIV 4 Once again David inquired of the LORD, and the LORD answered him, “Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand.” MSG 5 David and his men went to Keilah and fought the Philistines. He scattered their cattle, beat them decisively, and saved the people of Keilah. NIV 5 So David and his men went to Keilah, fought the Philistines and carried off their livestock. He inflicted heavy losses on the Philistines and saved the people of Keilah. MSG 6 After Abiathar took refuge with David, he joined David in the raid on Keilah, bringing the Ephod with him. NIV 6 (Now Abiathar son of Ahimelek had brought the ephod down with him when he fled to David at Keilah.) MSG 7 Saul learned that David had gone to Keilah and thought immediately, "Good! God has handed him to me on a platter! He's in a walled city with locked gates, trapped!" NIV 7 Saul was told that David had gone to Keilah, and he said, “God has delivered him into my hands, for David has imprisoned himself by entering a town with gates and bars.” MSG 8 Saul mustered his troops for battle and set out for Keilah to lay siege to David and his men. NIV 8 And Saul called up all his forces for battle, to go down to Keilah to besiege David and his men. MSG 9 But David got wind of Saul's strategy to destroy him and said to Abiathar the priest, "Get the Ephod." NIV 9 When David learned that Saul was plotting against him, he said to Abiathar the priest, “Bring the ephod.” MSG 10 Then David prayed to God: "God of Israel, I've just heard that Saul plans to come to Keilah and destroy the city because of me. NIV 10 David said, “LORD, God of Israel, your servant has heard definitely that Saul plans to come to Keilah and destroy the town on account of me. MSG 11 Will the city fathers of Keilah turn me over to him? Will Saul come down and do what I've heard? O God, God of Israel, tell me!" God replied, "He's coming down." NIV 11 Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me to him? Will Saul come down, as your servant has heard? LORD, God of Israel, tell your servant.” And the LORD said, “He will.” MSG 12 "And will the head men of Keilah turn me and my men over to Saul?" And God said, "They'll turn you over." NIV 12 Again David asked, “Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me and my men to Saul?” And the LORD said, “They will.” MSG 13 So David and his men got out of there. There were about six hundred of them. They left Keilah and kept moving, going here, there, wherever - always on the move. When Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah, he called off the raid. NIV 13 So David and his men, about six hundred in number, left Keilah and kept moving from place to place. When Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah, he did not go there. MSG 14 David continued to live in desert hideouts and the backcountry wilderness hills of Ziph. Saul was out looking for him day after day, but God never turned David over to him NIV 14 David stayed in the wilderness strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands. MSG 15 David kept out of the way in the wilderness of Ziph, secluded at Horesh, since it was plain that Saul was determined to hunt him down. NIV 15 While David was at Horesh in the Desert of Ziph, he learned that Saul had come out to take his life. MSG 16 Jonathan, Saul's son, visited David at Horesh and encouraged him in God. NIV 16 And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God. MSG 17 He said, "Don't despair. My father, Saul, can't lay a hand on you. You will be Israel's king and I'll be right at your side to help. And my father knows it." NIV 17 “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “My father Saul will not lay a hand on you. You will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you. Even my father Saul knows this.” MSG 18 Then the two of them made a covenant before God. David stayed at Horesh and Jonathan went home. NIV 18 The two of them made a covenant before the LORD. Then Jonathan went home, but David remained at Horesh. MSG 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 NIV 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? MSG 20 So whenever you're ready to come down, we'd count it an honor to hand him over to the king." NIV 20 Now, Your Majesty, come down whenever it pleases you to do so, and we will be responsible for giving him into your hands.” MSG 21 Saul said, "God bless you for thinking about me NIV 21 Saul replied, “The LORD bless you for your concern for me. MSG 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. NIV 22 Go and get more information. Find out where David usually goes and who has seen him there. They tell me he is very crafty. MSG 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!" NIV 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.” MSG 24 So the Ziphites set out on their reconnaissance for Saul. NIV 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. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 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. NIV 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, MSG 27 Just then a messenger came to Saul and said, "Hurry! Come back! The Philistines have just attacked the country!" NIV 27 a messenger came to Saul, saying, “Come quickly! The Philistines are raiding the land.” MSG 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. NIV 28 Then Saul broke off his pursuit of David and went to meet the Philistines. That is why they call this place Sela Hammahlekoth. MSG 29 David left there and camped out in the caves and canyons of En Gedi. "I'm No Rebel" NIV 29 And David went up from there and lived in the strongholds of En Gedi.