1 SAMUEL 27
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David Flees to the Philistines 27:1 Then David said in his heart, “Now I shall 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.”
2 So David arose and went over, he and the six hundred men who were with him, to Achish the son of Maoch, king of Gath.
3 And David lived with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with his household, and David with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel, and Abigail of Carmel, Nabal’s widow.
4 And when it was told Saul that David had fled to Gath, he no longer sought him.
5 Then David said to Achish, “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?”
6 So that day Achish gave him Ziklag. Therefore Ziklag has belonged to the kings of Judah to this day.
7 And the number of the days that David lived in the country of the Philistines was a year and four months.
8 Now David and his men went up and made raids against the Geshurites, the Girzites, and the Amalekites, for these were the inhabitants of the land from of old, as far as Shur, to the land of Egypt.
9 And David would strike the land and would leave neither man nor woman alive, but would take away the sheep, the oxen, the donkeys, the camels, and the garments, and come back to Achish.
10 When Achish asked, “Where have you made a raid today?” David would say, “Against the Negeb of Judah,” or, “Against the Negeb of the Jerahmeelites,” or, “Against the Negeb of the Kenites.”
11 And David would leave neither man nor woman alive to bring news to Gath, thinking, “lest they should tell about us and say, ‘So David has done.’” Such was his custom all the while he lived in the country of the Philistines.
12 And Achish trusted David, thinking, “He has made himself an utter stench to his people Israel; therefore he shall always be my servant.”
1 SAMUEL 28
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Saul and the Medium of En-dor 28:1 In those days the Philistines gathered their forces for war, to fight against Israel. And Achish said to David, “Understand that you and your men are to go out with me in the army.”
2 David said to Achish, “Very well, you shall know what your servant can do.” And Achish said to David, “Very well, I will make you my bodyguard for life.”
3 Now Samuel had died, and all Israel had mourned for him and buried him in Ramah, his own city. And Saul had put the mediums and the necromancers out of the land.
4 The Philistines assembled and came and encamped at Shunem. And Saul gathered all Israel, and they encamped at Gilboa.
5 When Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart trembled greatly.
6 And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams, or by Urim, or by prophets.
7 Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “Behold, there is a medium at En-dor.”
8 So Saul disguised himself and put on other garments and went, he and two men with him. And they came to the woman by night. And he said, “Divine for me by a spirit and bring up for me whomever I shall name to you.”
9 The woman said to him, “Surely you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off the mediums and the necromancers from the land. Why then are you laying a trap for my life to bring about my death?”
10 But Saul swore to her by the Lord, “As the Lord lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing.”
11 Then the woman said, “Whom shall I bring up for you?” He said, “Bring up Samuel for me.”
12 When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice. And the woman said to Saul, “Why have you deceived me? You are Saul.”
13 The king said to her, “Do not be afraid. What do you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I see a god coming up out of the earth.”
14 He said to her, “What is his appearance?” And she said, “An old man is coming up, and he is wrapped in a robe.” And Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he bowed with his face to the ground and paid homage.
15 Then Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” Saul answered, “I am in great distress, for the Philistines are warring against me, and God has turned away from me and answers me no more, either by prophets or by dreams. Therefore I have summoned you to tell me what I shall do.”
16 And Samuel said, “Why then do you ask me, since the Lord has turned from you and become your enemy?
17 The Lord has done to you as he spoke by me, for the Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, David.
18 Because you did not obey the voice of the Lord and did not carry out his fierce wrath against Amalek, therefore the Lord has done this thing to you this day.
19 Moreover, the Lord will give Israel also with you into the hand of the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons shall be with me. The Lord will give the army of Israel also into the hand of the Philistines.”
20 Then Saul fell at once full length on the ground, filled with fear because of the words of Samuel. And there was no strength in him, for he had eaten nothing all day and all night.
21 And the woman came to Saul, and when she saw that he was terrified, she said to him, “Behold, your servant has obeyed you. I have taken my life in my hand and have listened to what you have said to me.
22 Now therefore, you also obey your servant. Let me set a morsel of bread before you; and eat, that you may have strength when you go on your way.”
23 He refused and said, “I will not eat.” But his servants, together with the woman, urged him, and he listened to their words. So he arose from the earth and sat on the bed.
24 Now the woman had a fattened calf in the house, and she quickly killed it, and she took flour and kneaded it and baked unleavened bread of it,
25 and she put it before Saul and his servants, and they ate. Then they rose and went away that night.
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12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,but he who hates reproof is stupid.
2 A good man obtains favor from the Lord,but a man of evil devices he condemns.
3 No one is established by wickedness,but the root of the righteous will never be moved.
4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.
5 The thoughts of the righteous are just;the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,but the mouth of the upright delivers them.
7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,but the house of the righteous will stand.
8 A man is commended according to his good sense,but one of twisted mind is despised.
9 Better to be lowly and have a servantthan to play the great man and lack bread.
10 Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast,but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
11 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.
12 Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers,but the root of the righteous bears fruit.
13 An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,but the righteous escapes from trouble.
14 From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good,and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,but a wise man listens to advice.
16 The vexation of a fool is known at once,but the prudent ignores an insult.
17 Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence,but a false witness utters deceit.
18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19 Truthful lips endure forever,but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,but those who plan peace have joy.
21 No ill befalls the righteous,but the wicked are filled with trouble.
22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,but those who act faithfully are his delight.
23 A prudent man conceals knowledge,but the heart of fools proclaims folly.
24 The hand of the diligent will rule,while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,but a good word makes him glad.
26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
27 Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,but the diligent man will get precious wealth.
28 In the path of righteousness is life,and in its pathway there is no death.
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In God I TrustTo the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A Miktam of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.56:1 Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me;all day long an attacker oppresses me;
2 my enemies trample on me all day long,for many attack me proudly.
3 When I am afraid,I put my trust in you.
4 In God, whose word I praise,in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.What can flesh do to me?
5 All day long they injure my cause;all their thoughts are against me for evil.
6 They stir up strife, they lurk;they watch my steps,as they have waited for my life.
7 For their crime will they escape?In wrath cast down the peoples, O God!
8 You have kept count of my tossings;put my tears in your bottle.Are they not in your book?
9 Then my enemies will turn backin the day when I call.This I know, that God is for me.
10 In God, whose word I praise,in the Lord, whose word I praise,
11 in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.What can man do to me?
12 I must perform my vows to you, O God;I will render thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered my soul from death,yes, my feet from falling,that I may walk before Godin the light of life.
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Let Your Glory Be over All the EarthTo the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam of David, when he fled from Saul, in the cave.57:1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,for in you my soul takes refuge;in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,till the storms of destruction pass by.
2 I cry out to God Most High,to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
3 He will send from heaven and save me;he will put to shame him who tramples on me. SelahGod will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!
4 My soul is in the midst of lions;I lie down amid fiery beasts—the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows,whose tongues are sharp swords.
5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!Let your glory be over all the earth!
6 They set a net for my steps;my soul was bowed down.They dug a pit in my way,but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah
7 My heart is steadfast, O God,my heart is steadfast!I will sing and make melody!
8 Awake, my glory!Awake, O harp and lyre!I will awake the dawn!
9 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;I will sing praises to you among the nations.
10 For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,your faithfulness to the clouds.
11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!Let your glory be over all the earth!
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