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29 The Philistines gatheredg all their forces at Aphek,h and Israel camped by the spring in Jezreel.i 2 As the Philistine rulers marched with their units of hundreds and thousands, David and his men were marching at the rearj with Achish. 3 The commanders of the Philistines asked, “What about these Hebrews?”
4 But the Philistine commanders were angry with Achish and said, “Sendm the man back, that he may return to the place you assigned him. He must not go with us into battle, or he will turnn against us during the fighting. How better could he regain his master’s favor than by taking the heads of our own men? 5 Isn’t this the David they sang about in their dances:
“ ‘Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his tens of thousands’?”o
6 So Achish called David and said to him, “As surely as the Lord lives, you have been reliable, and I would be pleased to have you serve with me in the army. From the dayp you came to me until today, I have found no fault in you, but the rulersq don’t approve of you. 7 Now turn back and go in peace; do nothing to displease the Philistine rulers.”
9 Achish answered, “I know that you have been as pleasing in my eyes as an angelr of God; nevertheless, the Philistine commanderss have said, ‘He must not go up with us into battle.’ 10 Now get up early, along with your master’s servants who have come with you, and leavet in the morning as soon as it is light.”
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