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1And 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 escape to the land of the Philistines; then Saul will despair of seeking me any longer within the borders of Israel, and I shall escape out of his hand.” 2So David arose and went over, he and the six hundred men who were with him, to Aʹchish the son of Maʹoch, king of Gath. 3And David dwelt with Aʹchish at Gath, he and his men, every man with his household, and David with his two wives, Ahinʹo-am of Jezreel, and Abʹigail of Carmel, Nabal’s widow. 4And when it was told Saul that David had fled to Gath, he sought for him no more.

5Then David said to Aʹchish, “If I have found favor in your eyes, let a place be given me in one of the country towns, that I may dwell there; for why should your servant dwell in the royal city with you?” 6So that day Aʹchish gave him Ziklag; therefore Ziklag has belonged to the kings of Judah to this day. 7And the number of the days that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was a year and four months.

8Now David and his men went up, and made raids upon the Geshʹurites, the Girʹzites, and the Amalʹekites; for these were the inhabitants of the land from of old, as far as Shur, to the land of Egypt. 9And David smote the land, and left neither man nor woman alive, but took away the sheep, the oxen, the asses, the camels, and the garments, and came back to Aʹchish. 10When Aʹchish asked, “Against whom have you made a raid today?” David would say, “Against the Negeb of Judah,” or, “Against the Negeb of the Jerahʹmeelites,” or, “Against the Negeb of the Kenʹites.” 11And David saved neither man nor woman alive, to bring tidings to Gath, thinking, “Lest they should tell about us, and say, ‘So David has done.’ ” Such was his custom all the while he dwelt in the country of the Philistines. 12And Aʹchish trusted David, thinking, “He has made himself utterly abhorred by his people Israel; therefore he shall be my servant always.”

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