Then they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and
they rob the threshingfloors.
Therefore David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these
Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save
And David’s men said unto him, Behold, we be afraid here in Judah: how much
more then if we come to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?
Then David enquired of the LORD yet again. And the LORD answered him and said,
Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand.
So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought
away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the
inhabitants of Keilah.
And it came to pass, when Abiathar the son of Ahimelech fled to David to Keilah,
that he came down with an ephod in his hand.
And it was told Saul that David was come to Keilah. And Saul said, God hath
delivered him into mine hand; for he is shut in, by entering into a town that hath
gates and bars.
And Saul called all the people together to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege
David and his men.
And David knew that Saul secretly practised mischief against him; and he said to
Abiathar the priest, Bring hither the ephod.
Then said David, O LORD God of Israel, thy servant hath certainly heard that Saul
seeketh to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake.
Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? will Saul come down, as thy
servant hath heard? O LORD God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy servant. And the
LORD said, He will come down.
Then said David, Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of
Saul? And the LORD said, They will deliver thee up.
Then David and his men, which were about six hundred, arose and departed out of
Keilah, and went whithersoever they could go. And it was told Saul that David was
escaped from Keilah; and he forbare to go forth.
And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in
the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into
And David saw that Saul was come out to seek his life: and David was in the
wilderness of Ziph in a wood.
And Jonathan Saul’s son arose, and went to David into the wood, and
strengthened his hand in God.
And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee;
and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee; and that also Saul
my father knoweth.
And they two made a covenant before the LORD: and David abode in the wood, and
Jonathan went to his house.
Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself
with us in strong holds in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which is on the south of
Now therefore, O king, come down according to all the desire of thy soul to come
down; and our part shall be to deliver him into the king’s hand.
And Saul said, Blessed be ye of the LORD; for ye have compassion on me.
Go, I pray you, prepare yet, and know and see his place where his haunt is, and who
hath seen him there: for it is told me that he dealeth very subtilly.
See therefore, and take knowledge of all the lurking places where he hideth
himself, and come ye again to me with the certainty, and I will go with you: and it
shall come to pass, if he be in the land, that I will search him out throughout all the
thousands of Judah.
And they arose, and went to Ziph before Saul: but David and his men were in the
wilderness of Maon, in the plain on the south of Jeshimon.
Saul also and his men went to seek him. And they told David; wherefore he came down
into a rock, and abode in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard that, he pursued
after David in the wilderness of Maon.
And Saul went on this side of the mountain, and David and his men on that side of
the mountain: and David made haste to get away for fear of Saul; for Saul and his men
compassed David and his men round about to take them.
But there came a messenger unto Saul, saying, Haste thee, and come; for the
Philistines have invaded the land.
Wherefore Saul returned from pursuing after David, and went against the
Philistines: therefore they called that place Selahammahlekoth.
And David went up from thence, and dwelt in strong holds at Engedi.