Then A'chish called David and said to him, "As the LORD lives, you have been honest, and to me it seems right that you should march out and in with me in the campaign; for I have found nothing wrong in you from the day of your coming to me to this day. Nevertheless the lords do not approve of you.
So go back now; and go peaceably, that you may not displease the lords of the Philistines."
And David said to A'chish, "But what have I done? What have you found in your servant from the day I entered your service until now, that I may not go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?"
And A'chish made answer to David, "I know that you are as blameless in my sight as an angel of God; nevertheless the commanders of the Philistines have said, 'He shall not go up with us to the battle.'
Now then rise early in the morning with the servants of your lord who came with you; and start early in the morning, and depart as soon as you have light."
So David set out with his men early in the morning, to return to the land of the Philistines. But the Philistines went up to Jezreel.