29:1 Now the Philistines collected all their armies to Aphek:
and the Israelites encamped by a fountain which [is] in
29:2 And the lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and
by thousands: but David and his men passed on in the rear with
29:3 Then said the princes of the Philistines, What [do] these
Hebrews [here]? And Achish said to the princes of the
Philistines, [Is] not this David, the servant of Saul the king
of Israel, who hath been with me these days, or these years,
and I have found no fault in him since he fell [to me] to this
29:4 And the princes of the Philistines were wroth with him; and
the princes of the Philistines said to him, Make this man
return, that he may go again to his place which thou hast
appointed him, and let him not go down with us to battle, lest
in the battle he should be an adversary to us: for with what
would he reconcile himself to his master? [would it] not [be]
with the heads of these men?
29:5 [Is] not this David, of whom they sung one to another in
dances, saying, Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten
29:6 Then Achish called David, and said to him, Surely, [as] the
LORD liveth, thou hast been upright, and thy going out and thy
coming in with me in the host [is] good in my sight: for I have
not found evil in thee from the day of thy coming to me to this
day: nevertheless the lords favor thee not.
29:7 Therefore now return, and go in peace, that thou displease
not the lords of the Philistines.
29:8 And David said to Achish, But what have I done? and what
hast thou found in thy servant, so long as I have been with
thee to this day, that I may not go and fight against the
enemies of my lord the king.
29:9 And Achish answered and said to David, I know that thou
[art] good in my sight, as an angel of God: notwithstanding,
the princes of the Philistines have said, He shall not go up
with us to the battle.
29:10 Wherefore now rise early in the morning with thy master's
servants that are come with thee: and as soon as ye shall have
risen early in the morning, and have light, depart.
29:11 So David and his men rose early to depart in the morning,
to return into the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines
went up to Jezreel.