Daily Word OT

August 9, 2019

1 SAMUEL 23:13-28

23:13 So David and his men, about six hundred men, rose up and went forth from Keilah; and they went about wherever they could. And when it was told Saul that David had slipped away from Keilah, he ceased his going forth.
23:14 And David remained in the wilderness in strongholds, and he remained in the hill country in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did not deliver him into his hand.
23:15 And David saw that Saul went forth to seek his life, and David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh.
23:16 Then Jonathan the son of Saul rose up and went to David at Horesh, and he strengthened his hand in God.
23:17 And he said to him, Do not be afraid, for the hand of Saul my father will not find you; and you will become king over Israel, and I will be second to you; and even Saul my father knows that.
23:18 And the two of them made a covenant before Jehovah. And David remained in Horesh, and Jonathan went to his house.
23:19 Then some Ziphites went up to Saul at Gibeah, saying, David is indeed hiding among us in the strongholds at Horesh, on the hill of Hachilah, which is south of the desert!
23:20 Now then, O king, come down, according to all your soul’s desire to come down; and we will deliver him into the hand of the king.
23:21 And Saul said, Blessed are you of Jehovah, for you have had compassion on me.
23:22 Go now, and make sure once more; and find out and look into his place, where he sets foot, who has seen him there; for I am told that he is very cunning.
23:23 And look about and learn of all his hiding places where he lurks, and come back to me with sure information; then I will go with you, and if he is in the land, I will search him out among all the thousands of Judah.
23:24 And they rose up and went to Ziph before Saul. And David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the Arabah to the south of the desert.
23:25 And Saul and his men went to seek him. And when some told David this, he went down to the rock and remained in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard of it, he pursued after David in the wilderness of Maon.
23:26 And Saul went on one side of the mountain, while David and his men went on the other side of the mountain. And David hurried to get away from Saul, while Saul and his men were closing in on David and his men in order to capture them.
23:27 Then a messenger came to Saul, saying, Hurry and come, for the Philistines have raided the land.
23:28 So Saul returned from pursuing after David, and he went to meet the Philistines; therefore they call that place the Rock of Escape.