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  • So David escaped from Saul and went to King Achish of Gath. - 1 Samuel 21:10

  • But Achish's officers weren't happy about his being there. "Isn't this David, the king of the land?" they asked. "Isn't he the one the people honor with dances, singing, `Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands'?" - 1 Samuel 21:11

  • David heard these comments and was afraid of what King Achish might do to him. - 1 Samuel 21:12

  • Finally, King Achish said to his men, "Must you bring me a madman? - 1 Samuel 21:14

  • So David took his six hundred men and their families and went to live at Gath under the protection of King Achish. - 1 Samuel 27:2

  • One day David said to Achish, "If it is all right with you, we would rather live in one of the country towns instead of here in the royal city." - 1 Samuel 27:5

  • So Achish gave him the town of Ziklag (which still belongs to the kings of Judah to this day), - 1 Samuel 27:6

  • David didn't leave one person alive in the villages he attacked. He took the sheep, cattle, donkeys, camels, and clothing before returning home to see King Achish. - 1 Samuel 27:9

  • "Where did you make your raid today?" Achish would ask. And David would reply, "Against the south of Judah, the Jerahmeelites, and the Kenites." - 1 Samuel 27:10

  • Achish believed David and thought to himself, "By now the people of Israel must hate him bitterly. Now he will have to stay here and serve me forever!" - 1 Samuel 27:12

  • About that time the Philistines mustered their armies for another war with Israel. King Achish told David, "You and your men will be expected to join me in battle." - 1 Samuel 28:1

  • "Very well!" David agreed. "Now you will see for yourself what we can do." Then Achish told David, "I will make you my personal bodyguard for life." - 1 Samuel 28:2

  • As the Philistine rulers were leading out their troops in groups of one hundred and one thousand, David and his men marched at the rear with King Achish. - 1 Samuel 29:2

  • But the Philistine commanders demanded, "What are these Hebrews doing here?" And Achish told them, "This is David, the man who ran away from King Saul of Israel. He's been with me for years, and I've never found a single fault in him since he defected to me." - 1 Samuel 29:3

  • So Achish finally summoned David and his men. "I swear by the LORD," he told them, "you are some of the finest men I've ever met. I think you should go with us, but the other Philistine rulers won't hear of it. - 1 Samuel 29:6
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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