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1 Then they told David, saying, “Behold, the Philistines are fighting against aKeilah and are plundering the threshing floors.”
4 Then David inquired of the Lord once more. And the Lord answered him and said, “Arise, go down to Keilah, for aI will give the Philistines into your hand.”
6 Now it came about, when Abiathar the son of Ahimelech afled to David at Keilah, that he came down with an ephod in his hand.
7 When it was told Saul that David had come to Keilah, Saul said, “God has 1delivered him into my hand, for he shut himself in by entering a city with double gates and bars.”
12 Then David said, “Will the men of Keilah surrender me and my men into the hand of Saul?” And the Lord said, “aThey will surrender you.”
13 Then David and his men, aabout six hundred, arose and departed from Keilah, and they went bwherever they could go. When it was told Saul that David had escaped from Keilah, he 1gave up the pursuit.
15 Now David 1became aware that Saul had come out to seek his life while David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh.
18 So athe two of them made a covenant before the Lord; and David stayed at Horesh while Jonathan went to his house.
21 Saul said, “May you be blessed of the Lord, afor you have had compassion on me.
22 “Go now, make more sure, and investigate and see his place where his 1haunt is, and who has seen him there; for I am told that he is very cunning.
23 “So look, and learn about all the hiding places where he hides himself and return to me with certainty, and I will go with you; and if he is in the land, I will search him out among all the thousands of Judah.”
26 Saul went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain; and David was hurrying to get away from Saul, for Saul and his men awere surrounding David and his men to seize them.
28 So Saul returned from pursuing David and went to meet the Philistines; therefore they called that place 1the Rock of Escape.
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