Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek: and the Israelites
pitched by a fountain which is in Jezreel.
And the lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and by thousands: but David
and his men passed on in the rereward with Achish.
Then said the princes of the Philistines, What do these Hebrews here? And Achish
said unto the princes of the Philistines, Is not this David, the servant of Saul the
king of Israel, which hath been with me these days, or these years, and I have found no
fault in him since he fell unto me unto this day?
And the princes of the Philistines were wroth with him; and the princes of the
Philistines said unto him, Make this fellow return, that he may go again to his place
which thou hast appointed him, and let him not go down with us to battle, lest in the
battle he be an adversary to us: for wherewith should he reconcile himself unto his
master? should it not be with the heads of these men?
Is not this David, of whom they sang one to another in dances, saying, Saul slew
his thousands, and David his ten thousands?
Then Achish called David, and said unto him, Surely, as the LORD liveth, thou hast
been upright, and thy going out and thy coming in with me in the host is good in my
sight: for I have not found evil in thee since the day of thy coming unto me unto this
day: nevertheless the lords favour thee not.
Wherefore now return, and go in peace, that thou displease not the lords of the
And David said unto Achish, But what have I done? and what hast thou found in thy
servant so long as I have been with thee unto this day, that I may not go fight against
the enemies of my lord the king?
And Achish answered and said to David, I know that thou art good in my sight, as an
angel of God: notwithstanding the princes of the Philistines have said, He shall not go
up with us to the battle.
Wherefore now rise up early in the morning with thy master’s servants that
are come with thee: and as soon as ye be up early in the morning, and have light,
So David and his men rose up early to depart in the morning, to return into the
land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.