1 Samuel 29
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The Philistine Leaders Reject David

1The Philistines gathered all their troops at Aphek, while Israel was camped at the spring in Jezreel. 2The Philistine leaders were passing in review amonga the military units,b and David and his men were amongc them in the rear with Achish.

3The Philistine leaders said, “What are these Hebrews doing here?”

Achish asked the Philistine leaders, “Isn’t this David, the servant of King Saul of Israel, who has been with me these days, or ratherd these years? I’ve found no fault in him from the day he desertede until now.”

4But the Philistine leaders were angry with him, so theyf pleaded with him, “Send the man back! Let him return to theg place you assigned him. He mustn’t go into battle with us. Otherwise, he may become our adversary in the battle! How could there be a better way forh this fellow to reconcile himself with his lord? Wouldn’t it be with the heads of these men? 5Isn’t this the samei David about whom the maidensj sang when they were dancing,

‘Saul has struck down his thousands,

but David his ten thousands’?”

Achish Sends David Home

6Then Achish summoned David and told him, “As surely as the LORD lives, you are trustworthy,k and it seems good to me for you to campaignl with me as part of the army. Indeed, I’ve not found any evil in you from the time you came to me until now.m But the leaders don’t approve of you. 7Now return and go in peace, so you do nothing to displease the Philistine leaders.”

8David told Achish, “What have I done, and what have you found in your servant from the time I came before you until this very moment,n that I shouldn’t go out and fight the enemies of your majesty?”o

9Achish answered David, “I know that I’m pleased with you. You’rep like an angel of God. But the Philistine leaders have said, ‘He mustn’t go into battle with us.’ 10Now, get up early in the morning along with your lord’s servants who came with you.q Get up early in the morning, and go as soon as you have light.” 11Sor David and his men got up early in the morning to return to Philistine territory, while the Philistines went up to Jezreel.

a 29:2 The Heb. lacks among
b 29:2 Lit. the hundreds and the thousands
c 29:2 Lit. were passing
d 29:3 The Heb. lacks rather
e 29:3 Lit. fell
f 29:4 Lit. the Philistine leaders
g 29:4 Lit. his
h 29:4 The Heb. lacks there be a better way for
i 29:5 The Heb. lacks same
j 29:5 Lit. they
k 29:6 Or upright
l 29:6 Lit. for you to go out and come in
m 29:6 Lit. until this day
n 29:8 Lit. until this day
o 29:8 Lit. my lord the king
p 29:9 The Heb. lacks You’re
q 29:10 LXX reads with you and go to the place that I’ve assigned you. Harbor no bitter thought in your heart, for you are acceptable to me.
r 29:11 The Heb. lacks So

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