1 Samuel 23 ©
The Philistines fight against Keilah; David, enquiring of the Lord by Abiathar, smiteth them, and saveth Keilah. Saul purposeth to besiege him at Keilah. God sheweth him of Saul's coming, and the treachery of the Keilites. He escapeth to Ziph, whither Jonathan cometh and comforteth him. The Ziphites discover him to Saul, who pursueth him closely in Maon, but is called off by an invasion of the Philistines. David dwelleth at En-gedi.
And David's men said unto him, Behold, cwe be afraid here in Judah: how much more then if we come to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?
So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.
And Saul called all the people together to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David and his men.
¶And David knew that Saul secretly practised mischief against him; and he said to Abiathar the priest, hBring hither the *ephod.
Then said David, Will the men of Keilah 1deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul? And the LORD said, They will deliver thee up.
And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained min a mountain in the wilderness of nZiph. And oSaul sought him every day, pbut God delivered him not into his hand.
And David saw that Saul was come out to seek his life: and David was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood.
Now therefore, O king, come down according to all the desire of thy soul to come down; and our part shall be to deliver him into the king's hand.
Go, I pray you, prepare yet, and know and see his place where his 4haunt is, and who hath seen him there: for it is told me that he dealeth very *subtilly.
And they arose, and went to Ziph before Saul: but David and his men were in the bwilderness of Maon, in the plain on cthe south of Jeshimon.
Saul also and his men went to seek him. And they told David: wherefore he came down 5into a rock, and abode in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard that, he pursued after David in the wilderness of Maon.
Wherefore Saul returned from pursuing after David, and went against the Philistines: therefore they called that place 7Sela-hammahlekoth.