Thematic Bible: 1 Samuel 27

1 Samuel 27:1 (show verse)

Then David said to himself, "Now I will perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than to escape into the land of the Philistines. Saul then will despair of searching for me anymore in all the territory of Israel, and I will escape from his hand."

1 Samuel 27:2 (show verse)

So David arose and crossed over, he and the six hundred men who were with him, to Achish the son of Maoch, king of Gath.

1 Samuel 27:3 (show verse)

And David lived with Achish at Gath, he and his men, each with his household, even David with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal's widow.

1 Samuel 27:4 (show verse)

Now it was told Saul that David had fled to Gath, so he no longer searched for him.

1 Samuel 27:5 (show verse)

Then David said to Achish, "If now I have found favor in your sight, let them give me a place in one of the cities in the country, that I may live there; for why should your servant live in the royal city with you?"

1 Samuel 27:6 (show verse)

So Achish gave him Ziklag that day; therefore Ziklag has belonged to the kings of Judah to this day.

1 Samuel 27:7 (show verse)

The number of days that David lived in the country of the Philistines was a year and four months.

1 Samuel 27:8 (show verse)

Now David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites and the Girzites and the Amalekites; for they were the inhabitants of the land from ancient times, as you come to Shur even as far as the land of Egypt.

1 Samuel 27:9 (show verse)

David attacked the land and did not leave a man or a woman alive, and he took away the sheep, the cattle, the donkeys, the camels, and the clothing. Then he returned and came to Achish.

1 Samuel 27:10 (show verse)

Now Achish said, "Where have you made a raid today?" And David said, "Against the Negev of Judah and against the Negev of the Jerahmeelites and against the Negev of the Kenites."

1 Samuel 27:11 (show verse)

David did not leave a man or a woman alive to bring to Gath, saying, "Otherwise they will tell about us, saying, 'So has David done and so has been his practice all the time he has lived in the country of the Philistines.'"

1 Samuel 27:12 (show verse)

So Achish believed David, saying, "He has surely made himself odious among his people Israel; therefore he will become my servant forever."