1 Samuel 23

Matthew(i) 1 Then men tolde Dauid seyinge: Beholde the Philistines fyghte against Keilah, and spoyle the barnes. 2 Then Dauid asked the Lordes aduyse sayinge: shall I go and smyte the Philistines? And the Lorde sayde vnto Dauid: go and smite the Philistines and saue Keilah. 3 Then sayde Dauids men vnto hym: se we be afrayed here in Iuda. What shal we then be, when we come to Keilah, to the host of the Philistines. 4 Then Dauid asked the Lorde agayne. And the Lorde answered hym and sayde: vp and go to Keilah, for I will delyuer the Philistines into thyne handes. 5 And so Dauid and hys men went to Keilah and fought wyth the Philistines, and draue awaye their cattel and slue a great slaughter of them. And so Dauid saued the enhabyters of Keilah. 6 And it chaunced when Abiathar the sonne of Ahimelech fled to Dauid to Keilah, that he brought an Ephod in hys hande. 7 And it was tolde Saul, that Dauid was come to Keilah. Then sayde Saul: God hath delyuered hym into my hand. For he is shut in, that he is come into a towne wyth gates & barres. 8 And Saul called al the people to warre, for to go to Keilah, to besege Dauid and his men. 9 But Dauid had knoweledge that Saul ymagened myschefe agaynst hym, and sayd therefore to Abiathar the pryest: Bring the Ephod. 10 Then sayde Dauid, O lord God of Israel, thy seruaunt heareth that Saul is about to come to Keilah to destroye the cytye for my sake: 11 wyll the men of Keilah delyuer me into hys hand? or wyll Saul come as thy seruaunt heareth saye? Lorde God of Israell tel thy seruaunt. And the Lorde sayde: he wyll come. 12 Then sayd Dauid: wyl the men of Keilah delyuer me and my men into the hande of Saul? and the Lorde sayde: they wyll deliuer you. 13 Then Dauid and hys men whyche were vpon a .vi. hundred, arose and departed out of Keilah, and went whether chaunce draue them. And when it was tolde Saul, that Dauid was flyd from Keilah, he let the iourney alone. 14 And Dauid abode in the wyldernesse in stronge holdes, and in mountayne in the wyldernesse of Ziph. And Saul sought hym all hys lyfe, but God delyuered hym not into hys hande. 15 And Dauid sawe that Saul was come out, to seke hys lyfe, while Dauid was in the wildernesse of Ziph in a thycket. 16 And Ionathas Sauls sonne arose and went to Dauid to the thycket, and strengthed him in God, 17 and said vnto hym: feare not, for the hand of Saul my father shall not fynde the, and thou shalt be kynge ouer Israell, and I must be next vnto the. And Saul my father therto knoweth that it shalbe so. 18 And they made a bonde bothe of them together before the Lorde. And Dauid taryed styll in the thycket, and Ionathas went to hys house. 19 Then came the Ziphites to Saul, to Gabaah sayinge: Dauid hydeth hym selfe fast by vs in stronge holdes that are in a thycket in the hyl of Hachilah on the ryght syde of the wyldernesse. 20 Now therfore syr kynge, come downe wyth all the lust that thy soule hath to come. And oure parte shalbe to delyuer hym into the handes of the kynge. 21 Then sayd Saul: Blessed are ye in the Lorde: for ye haue compassion on me. 22 Go, I praye you and marke more dylygently, and knowe and se hys haunt where hys fote hath bene, and who hath sene hym there: for it is told me that he is very sotel. 23 Se therfore and knowe al the lourkynge places where he lourketh, and come againe to me wyth the certenty, and I wil go with you. And then yf he be in the lande, I wyl hunt him out with all the thousandes of Iuda. 24 And they arose and went to Ziph before Saul. But Dauid and hys men were in the wyldernesse of Maon, in the wylde felde, on the ryght hand of the wildernesse. 25 For when Saul was gone with his men to seke, it was tolde Dauid. And therfore he went vnto a Rock and dwelt in the wildernesse of Maon. 26 And when Saul hearde that, he folowed after Dauid into the wyldernesse of Maon. And Saul and his men went on the one syde of the mountayne, and Dauid and his men on the other. And Dauid as a man amased, made hast to get from Saul, for Saul and his men had compased Dauid and hys men rounde about take them. 27 But there came a messenger to Saul saying: Hast the & come, for the Philistines are come in, & roue the land. 28 Wherfore Saul returned from persecutyng Dauid, & went agaynst the Philistines. And therfore the place is called, Sela Mahelecoth. 29 And then Dauid went thence and dwelt in strong holdes at Engadi.