2 Samuel 23:14
Good News Translation
At that time David was on a fortified hill, and a group of Philistines had occupied Bethlehem.

New Revised Standard Version
David was then in the stronghold; and the garrison of the Philistines was then at Bethlehem.

Contemporary English Version
and had taken over Bethlehem. David was in his fortress,

New American Bible
David was then in the stronghold, and there was a garrison of Philistines in Bethlehem.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And David was then in a hold: and there was a garrison of the Philistines then in Bethlehem.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And David was then in a hold: and there was a garrison of the Philistines then in Bethlehem.

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1 Samuel 22:1,4,5 David therefore went from thence, and fled to the cave of Odollam. And when his brethren, and all his father's house, had heard of it, they went down to him thither. . . .

1 Samuel 24:22 And David swore to Saul. So Saul went home: and David and his men went up into safer places.

1 Chronicles 12:16 And there came also of the men of Benjamin, and of Juda to the hold, in which David abode.


1 Samuel 10:5 After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where the garrison of the Philistines is: and when thou shalt be come there into the city, thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place, with a psaltery, and a timbrel, and a pipe, and a harp before them, and they shall be prophesying.

1 Samuel 13:4,23 And all Israel heard this report: Saul hath smitten the garrison of the Philistines: and Israel took courage against the Philistines. And the people were called together after Saul to Galgal. . . .

1 Samuel 14:1,6 Now it came to pass one day that Jonathan, the son of Saul, said to the young man that bore his armour: Come, and let us go over to the garrison of the Philistines, which is on the other side of yonder place. But he told not this to his father. . . .

David's Mighty Men
13Moreover also before this the three who were princes among the thirty, went down and came to David in the harvest time into the cave of Odollam: and the camp of the Philistines was in the valley of the giants. 14And David was then in a hold: and there was a garrison of the Philistines then in Bethlehem.15And David longed, and said: O that some man would get me a drink of the water out of the cistern, that is in Bethlehem, by the gate.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 13:23
And the army of the Philistines went out in order to advance further in Machmas.

1 Samuel 22:4
And he left them under the eyes of the king of Moab, and they abode with him all the days that David was in the hold.

1 Samuel 22:5
And Gad the prophet said to David: Abide not in the hold, depart, and go into the land of Juda. And David departed, and came into the forest of Haret.

2 Samuel 5:17
And the Philistines heard that they had anointed David to be king over Israel: and they all came to seek David: and when David heard of it, he went down to a strong hold.

2 Samuel 23:13
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