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  • 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

  • The LORD has done just as he said he would. He has taken the kingdom from you and given it to your rival, David. - 1 Samuel 28:17

  • 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

  • Isn't this the same David about whom the women of Israel sing in their dances, `Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands'?" - 1 Samuel 29:5

  • 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

  • "What have I done to deserve this treatment?" David demanded. "Why can't I fight the enemies of my lord, the king?" - 1 Samuel 29:8

  • So David headed back into the land of the Philistines, while the Philistine army went on to Jezreel. - 1 Samuel 29:11

  • Three days later, when David and his men arrived home at their town of Ziklag, they found that the Amalekites had made a raid into the Negev and had burned Ziklag to the ground. - 1 Samuel 30:1

  • When David and his men saw the ruins and realized what had happened to their families, - 1 Samuel 30:3

  • David's two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel, were among those captured. - 1 Samuel 30:5

  • David was now in serious trouble because his men were very bitter about losing their wives and children, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the LORD his God. - 1 Samuel 30:6

  • Then David asked the LORD, "Should I chase them? Will I catch them?" And the LORD told him, "Yes, go after them. You will surely recover everything that was taken from you!" - 1 Samuel 30:8

  • So David and his six hundred men set out, and they soon came to Besor Brook. - 1 Samuel 30:9

  • But two hundred of the men were too exhausted to cross the brook, so David continued the pursuit with his four hundred remaining troops. - 1 Samuel 30:10

  • Some of David's troops found an Egyptian man in a field and brought him to David. They gave him some bread to eat and some water to drink. - 1 Samuel 30:11
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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