1 News was then brought to David, 'The Philistines are besieging Keilah and plundering the threshing-floors'.
Josh 15:44 Neh 3:17-18 Deut 28:33 Deut 28:51 Judg 6:4 Judg 6:11 Lev 26:16
2 David consulted Yahweh, 'Shall I go and fight these Philistines?' Yahweh replied to David, 'Go and fight the Philistines and save Keilah.'
1Sam 23:4 2Sam 5:19 2Sam 5:23 1Sam 23:6 1Sam 23:9-12 1Sam 30:8 1Chr 14:10
3 But David's men said to him, 'We are already afraid here in Judah; how much more, then, if we go to Keilah to fight the Philistine troops!'
1Sam 23:15 1Sam 23:23 1Sam 23:26 Jer 12:5 Ps 11:1
4 So David consulted Yahweh again and Yahweh replied, 'Be on your way; go down to Keilah, since I shall give the Philistines into your power.'
Judg 7:7 Josh 8:7 1Sam 28:6 2Kgs 3:18 2Sam 5:19 Judg 6:39
5 So David and his men went to Keilah and fought the Philistines and carried off their cattle and inflicted a great defeat on them. Thus David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.
6 When Abiathar son of Ahimelech took refuge with David, he went down to Keilah with the ephod in his hand.
1Sam 22:20 1Sam 14:3 1Sam 14:18 1Sam 14:36-37 Exod 28:30-31
7 When word was brought to Saul that David had gone to Keilah he said, 'God has delivered him into my power: he has trapped himself by going into a town with gates and bars.'
1Sam 24:4-6 1Sam 23:14 1Sam 26:8-9 Job 20:5 Ps 71:10-11 Exod 14:3 Exod 15:9
8 Saul called all the people to arms, to go down to Keilah and besiege David and his men.
9 David, however, was aware that Saul was plotting evil against him, and said to Abiathar the priest, 'Bring the ephod.'
1Sam 30:7 1Sam 23:6 Num 27:21 1Sam 14:18 1Sam 22:20 Acts 9:24 Acts 14:6
10 David said, 'Yahweh, God of Israel, your servant has heard that Saul is preparing to come to Keilah and destroy the town because of me.
1Sam 22:19 1Sam 23:8 Esth 3:6 Gen 18:24 Rom 3:15-16 Prov 28:15
11 Will Saul come down as your servant has heard? Yahweh, God of Israel, I beg you, let your servant know.' Yahweh replied, 'He will come down.'
Jer 33:3 Matt 7:7-8 Ps 50:15
12 David then went on to ask, 'Will the notables of Keilah hand me and my men over to Saul?' Yahweh replied, 'They will hand you over.'
1Sam 23:20 Ps 31:8 Ps 62:1 1Sam 23:7 Eccl 9:14-15 Heb 4:13 Isa 29:15
13 At this, David made off with his men, about six hundred in number; they left Keilah and went where they could. When Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah, he abandoned the expedition.
1Sam 22:2 1Sam 25:13 1Sam 30:9-10 2Sam 15:20
14 David stayed in the desert, in the strongholds; he stayed in the mountains, in the desert of Ziph; Saul kept looking for him day after day, but God did not deliver him into his power.
Ps 54:3-4 Josh 15:24 Josh 15:55 Ps 32:7 1Sam 23:7 1Sam 27:1 2Tim 3:11
15 David was aware that Saul had mounted an expedition to take his life. David was then at Horesh in the desert of Ziph.
16 Jonathan son of Saul set off and went to David at Horesh and encouraged him in the name of God.
Isa 35:3-4 Heb 12:12-13 Job 4:3-4 2Tim 2:1 1Sam 30:6 Eph 6:10 Luke 22:32
17 'Do not be afraid,' he said, 'for my father Saul's hand will not reach you. You are to reign over Israel, and I shall be second to you. Saul my father is himself aware of this.'
1Sam 20:31 1Sam 24:20 Heb 13:6 Isa 54:17 Acts 5:39 Acts 28:16 Isa 41:10
18 And the two made a pact before Yahweh. David stayed at Horesh and Jonathan went home.
1Sam 18:3 1Sam 20:42 2Sam 21:7 2Sam 9:1 1Sam 20:12-17
19 Some men from Ziph then went up to Saul at Gibeah and said, 'Look, David is hiding among us in the strongholds at Horesh, on the Hill of Hachilah to the south of the wastelands.
1Sam 26:1 1Sam 26:3 Ps 54:1-7 1Sam 22:7-8 Prov 29:12
20 Now whenever you wish to go down, my lord king, do so; we shall make it our task to hand him over to the king.'
1Sam 23:12 1Kgs 21:11-14 2Kgs 10:5-7 2Sam 3:21 Deut 18:6 Ps 54:3 Ps 112:10
21 Saul replied, 'May you be blessed by Yahweh for sympathising with me.
1Sam 22:8 Isa 66:5 Judg 17:2 Mic 3:11 Ps 10:3
22 Go and make doubly sure, find out exactly what place he frequents, for I have been told that he is very cunning.
23 Take careful note of all the hiding places where he lurks, and come back to me when you are certain. I shall then come with you and, if he is in the country, I shall track him down through every clan in Judah!'
1Kgs 18:10 2Sam 17:11-13 John 18:2-3 Mark 14:1 Mark 14:10-11 Mic 5:2 Num 10:36
24 Setting off they went to Ziph ahead of Saul. Meanwhile, David and his men were in the desert of Maon, in the plain to the south of the wastelands.
1Sam 25:2 Josh 15:55
25 When Saul and his men set out in search, David was told and went down to the gorge running through the desert of Maon.
1Sam 23:28 Judg 15:8
26 Saul and his men proceeded along one side of the mountain, David and his men along the other. David was hurrying to escape from Saul, while Saul and his men were trying to cross over to David and his men's side, to capture them,
Ps 17:9 1Sam 19:12 1Sam 20:38 2Chr 20:12 2Cor 1:8 2Sam 15:14 2Sam 17:21-22
27 when a messenger came to Saul and said, 'Come at once, the Philistines have invaded the country.'
2Kgs 19:9 1Chr 14:13 Deut 32:36 Gen 22:14 Ps 116:3 Rev 12:16
28 So Saul broke off his pursuit of David and went to oppose the Philistines. That is why the place is called the Gorge of Separations.