Divine Instruction - 1 Samuel 23

1 Samuel 23:1 Then they told David, saying, Behold, the  Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the  threshing floors. 

1 Samuel 23:2 Therefore David enquired of the  LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And  the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines,  and save Keilah. 

1 Samuel 23:3 And David’s men said unto him,  Behold, we be afraid here in Judah: how much more then if  we come to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?  

1 Samuel 23:4 Then David enquired of the LORD yet again. And  the LORD answered him and said, Arise, go down to  Keilah; for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand.  

1 Samuel 23:5 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. 

1 Samuel 23:6 And it came to pass, when  Abiathar the son of Ahimelech fled to David to Keilah,  that he came down with an ephod in his hand.  

1 Samuel 23:7 And it was told Saul that David was come to  Keilah. And Saul said, God hath delivered him into mine  hand; for he is shut in, by entering into a town that hath  gates and bars. 

1 Samuel 23:8 And Saul called all the people  together to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David and  his men.  

1 Samuel 23:9 And David knew that Saul secretly practised  mischief against him; and he said to Abiathar the priest,  Bring hither the ephod. 

1 Samuel 23:10 Then said David, O LORD  God of Israel, thy servant hath certainly heard that Saul  seeketh to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake.  

1 Samuel 23:11 Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his  hand? will Saul come down, as thy servant hath heard? O  LORD God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy servant. And  the LORD said, He will come down. 

1 Samuel 23:12 Then said  David, Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into  the hand of Saul? And the LORD said, They will deliver  thee up.    

1 Samuel 23:13 Then David and his men, which were about six  hundred, arose and departed out of Keilah, and went  whithersoever they could go. And it was told Saul that  David was escaped from Keilah; and he forbare to go forth.  

1 Samuel 23:14 And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds,  and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And  Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into  his hand. 

1 Samuel 23:15 And David saw that Saul was come out to  seek his life: and David was in the wilderness of Ziph in a  wood.  

1 Samuel 23:16 And Jonathan Saul’s son arose, and went to  David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.  

1 Samuel 23:17 And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand of  Saul my father shall not find thee; and thou shalt be king  over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee; and that also Saul  my father knoweth. 

1 Samuel 23:18 And they two made a covenant  before the LORD: and David abode in the wood, and  Jonathan went to his house.  

1 Samuel 23:19 Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah,  saying, Doth not David hide himself with us in strong holds  in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which is on the south  of Jeshimon? 

1 Samuel 23:20 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.  

1 Samuel 23:21 And Saul said, Blessed be ye of the LORD; for ye  have compassion on me. 

1 Samuel 23:22 Go, I pray you, prepare  yet, and know and see his place where his haunt is, and  who hath seen him there: for it is told me that he dealeth  very subtilly. 

1 Samuel 23:23 See therefore, and take knowledge of  all the lurking places where he hideth himself, and come ye  again to me with the certainty, and I will go with you: and it  shall come to pass, if he be in the land, that I will search  him out throughout all the thousands of Judah. 

1 Samuel 23:24 And  they arose, and went to Ziph before Saul: but David and his  men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the plain on the  south of Jeshimon. 

1 Samuel 23:25 Saul also and his men went to  seek him. And they told David: wherefore he came down  into a rock, and abode in the wilderness of Maon. And when  Saul heard that, he pursued after David in the wilderness  of Maon. 

1 Samuel 23:26 And Saul went on this side of the  mountain, and David and his men on that side of the  mountain: and David made haste to get away for fear of  Saul; for Saul and his men compassed David and his men  round about to take them.  

1 Samuel 23:27 But there came a messenger unto Saul, saying,  Haste thee, and come; for the Philistines have invaded the  land. 

1 Samuel 23:28 Wherefore Saul returned from pursuing after  David, and went against the Philistines: therefore they  called that place Sela- hammahlekoth.  

1 Samuel 23:29 And David went up from thence, and dwelt in  strong holds at En-gedi.  KJV