And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there
is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the
Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel:
so shall I escape out of his hand.
And David arose, and he passed over with the six hundred men that were with him
unto Achish, the son of Maoch, king of Gath.
And David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with his household,
even David with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess,
And it was told Saul that David was fled to Gath: and he sought no more again for
And David said unto Achish, If I have now found grace in thine eyes, let them give
me a place in some town in the country, that I may dwell there: for why should thy
servant dwell in the royal city with thee?
Then Achish gave him Ziklag that day: wherefore Ziklag pertaineth unto the kings of
Judah unto this day.
And the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was a full year and
And David and his men went up, and invaded the Geshurites, and the Gezrites, and
the Amalekites: for those nations were of old the inhabitants of the land, as thou
goest to Shur, even unto the land of Egypt.
And David smote the land, and left neither man nor woman alive, and took away the
sheep, and the oxen, and the asses, and the camels, and the apparel, and returned, and
came to Achish.
And Achish said, Whither have ye made a road to day? And David said, Against the
south of Judah, and against the south of the Jerahmeelites, and against the south of
And David saved neither man nor woman alive, to bring tidings to Gath, saying, Lest
they should tell on us, saying, So did David, and so will be his manner all the while
he dwelleth in the country of the Philistines.
And Achish believed David, saying, He hath made his people Israel utterly to abhor
him; therefore he shall be my servant for ever.