David

David

 
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  • So David asked the LORD again, and again the LORD replied, "Go down to Keilah, for I will help you conquer the Philistines." - 1 Samuel 23:4


  • So David and his men went to Keilah. They slaughtered the Philistines and took all their livestock and rescued the people of Keilah. - 1 Samuel 23:5


  • Abiathar the priest went to Keilah with David, taking the ephod with him to get answers for David from the LORD. - 1 Samuel 23:6


  • Saul soon learned that David was at Keilah. "Good!" he exclaimed. "We've got him now! God has handed him over to me, for he has trapped himself in a walled city!" - 1 Samuel 23:7


  • So Saul mobilized his entire army to march to Keilah and attack David and his men. - 1 Samuel 23:8


  • But David learned of Saul's plan and told Abiathar the priest to bring the ephod and ask the LORD what he should do. - 1 Samuel 23:9


  • And David prayed, "O LORD, God of Israel, I have heard that Saul is planning to come and destroy Keilah because I am here. - 1 Samuel 23:10


  • Again David asked, "Will these men of Keilah really betray me and my men to Saul?" And the LORD replied, "Yes, they will betray you." - 1 Samuel 23:12


  • So David and his men--about six hundred of them now--left Keilah and began roaming the countryside. Word soon reached Saul that David had escaped, so he didn't go to Keilah after all. - 1 Samuel 23:13


  • David now stayed in the strongholds of the wilderness and in the hill country of Ziph. Saul hunted him day after day, but God didn't let him be found. - 1 Samuel 23:14


  • One day near Horesh, David received the news that Saul was on the way to Ziph to search for him and kill him. - 1 Samuel 23:15


  • Jonathan went to find David and encouraged him to stay strong in his faith in God. - 1 Samuel 23:16


  • So the two of them renewed their covenant of friendship before the LORD. Then Jonathan returned home, while David stayed at Horesh. - 1 Samuel 23:18


  • But now the men of Ziph went to Saul in Gibeah and betrayed David to him. "We know where David is hiding," they said. "He is in the strongholds of Horesh on the hill of Hakilah, which is in the southern part of Jeshimon. - 1 Samuel 23:19


  • So the men of Ziph returned home ahead of Saul. Meanwhile, David and his men had moved into the wilderness of Maon in the Arabah Valley south of Jeshimon. - 1 Samuel 23:24


  • When David heard that Saul and his men were searching for him, he went even farther into the wilderness to the great rock, and he remained there in the wilderness of Maon. But Saul kept after him. - 1 Samuel 23:25


  • He and David were now on opposite sides of a mountain. Just as Saul and his men began to close in on David and his men, - 1 Samuel 23:26
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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