26[1-5] The Ziphites came to Saul to Gibeah, saying, “David is hiding in the hill of Hachilah, which is in the desert.” Then Saul got up, and went down to the countryside of Ziph, having 3,000 of the best soldiers of Israel with him, to look for David in the countryside of Ziph. Saul camped in the hill of Hachilah, which is by the desert road. But David stayed in the countryside, and he saw that Saul came after him into the countryside.SoDavid sent out spies, and knew that Saul had come for sure. David came to the place where Saul had camped; and David saw the place where Saul lay, and Abner of Ner, the captain of his troops; and Saul lay within the place of the wagons, and the people were camped around him.
[6-11] Then David said to Ahimelech, the Hittite, and to Abishai, of Zeruiah, brother to Joab, “Who will go down with me to Saul to the camp?” Abishai answered, “I’ll go down with you.” So David and Abishai came to the people by night; and Saul lay sleeping within the place of the wagons with his spear stuck in the ground at his head; and Abner and the people lay around him. Then Abishai said to David, “God has handed over your enemy to you today; so now please let me stab him with the spear to the earth in one stroke, and I won’t have to fight him again.”David said to Abishai, “Don’t kill him because who can put their hand on Yahweh’s anointed, and be guiltless?” David said, “As Yahweh lives, Yahweh will fight him; or his day will come to die; or he’ll go down into battle and die.Yahweh forbid that I should put my hand on Yahweh’s anointed; but now please take the spear that is at his head, and the jar of water, and let’s go.”
[12-16] So David took the spear and the jar of water from Saul’s head; and they went away; and no one saw it, nor knew it, neither did anyone awake because they were all asleep, because a deep sleep from Yahweh had fallen on them.Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of the mountain very far away with a great space being between them; and David cried to the people, and to Abner of Ner, saying, “Don’t you answer, Abner?” Then Abner said, “Who are you who calls to the ruler?Then David said to Abner, “Aren’t you a brave soldier? Who is like you in Israel? So why haven’t you kept watch over your leader, the ruler? One of the people came in to kill the ruler your leader. What you’ve done isn’t good. As Yahweh lives, you’re worthy to die, because you haven’t kept watch over your leader, Yahweh’s anointed. Now see where the ruler’s spear is, and the jar of water that was at his head.”
[17-20] Saul knew David’s voice, saying, “Is it you who speaks, my son David?” David said, “It’s me, Ruler.”He said, “Why do you chase after me? What have I done? Or what evil is in my hand?So now, please hear what I have to say. If it be Yahweh that has stirred you up against me, let God accept an offering; but if it’s a person, let them be punished by Yahweh because they’ve driven me out today that I can’t stay in Yahweh’s land, saying, ‘Go, serve other gods.’So now, don’t let my blood fall to the earth away from the presence of Yahweh because the ruler of Israel is come out to look for a flea, as if hunting a partridge in the mountains.”
[21-25] Then Saul said, “I’ve sinned; go back, my son David because I won’t hurt you anymore, because my life was precious in your eyes today; I’ve been the ungodly person, and have wronged you greatly.David answered, “See the spear, O ruler! So let one of the soldiers come over and get it.Yahweh is good and faithful to all of us; because Yahweh gave you to me today, and I wouldn’t turn my hand against Yahweh’s anointed.See, as your life was valued greatly today in my eyes, so let my life be valued in the eyes of Yahweh, and let God save me out of all this abuse.Then Saul said to David, “Blessed be my son David; you’ll both do greatly, and will truly triumph. So David went on and Saul went back home.
27[1-4] David said in his heart, I’ll now die one day by the hand of Saul; there isn’t anything better for me than that I should escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul will lose hope of finding me, and won’t look for me anymore in all the borders of Israel; so I’ll escape out of his hand. So David got up and crossed over with the 600 soldiers who were with him, to Achish of Maoch, ruler of Gath. David lived with Achish at Gath, he and his men, everyone in his household, David with his two wives, Ahinoam, the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal’s wife. It was told Saul that David had run to Gath; and he stopped looking for him.
[5-7] David said to Achish, “If now I’ve pleased you, give me a place in one of the cities in the nation that I may live there. Why should Your worker live in the royal city with you? Then Achish gave him Ziklag that day; Ziklag belongs to the rulers of Judah today.David lived in the country of the Philistines a year and four months.
[8-12] Then David and his men went up, and made a raid on the Geshurites, Girzites, and Amalekites. Those nations were the native people of the land, as you go to Shur, all the way to the land of Egypt.David fought them, and saved neither man nor woman alive, and took the sheep, cows, donkeys, camels, and clothing; and he went back, and came to Achish.Achish said, “Against whom have you made a raid today?” David said, “Against the South of Judah, against the South of the Jerahmeelites, and against the South of the Kenites.David saved neither man nor woman alive, to bring them to Gath, saying, “In case they should tell on us, saying, ‘So David did this, and has been doing this all the while he has lived in the country of the Philistines.’” Achish believed David, saying, “He has made his people Israel completely hate him; so he’ll be my worker forever.”
28[1-6] In those days, the Philistines gathered their troops together for war, to fight with Israel. Achish said to David, “Know assuredly, that you’ll go out with me in the troops, you and your men.” David said to Achish, “So you’ll know what your worker will do?” Achish said to David, “So I’ll make you my personal guard forever.” Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had cried for him, and buried him in Ramah, in his own city. Saul had put away all those who spoke to evil spirits, and all the those who practice witchcraft out of the land. The Philistines gathered together, and camped in Shunem; and Saul gathered all Israel together, and they camped in Gilboa. When Saul saw the troops of the Philistines, he shook in fear. When Saul prayed to Yahweh, Yahweh didn’t answer him, neither by dreams, nor by the Judgment stones, nor by preachers.
[7-14] Then Saul said to his workers, “Look for me a woman who speaks to evil spirits, that I may go to her, and ask of her. His workers said to him, “There’s a woman who speaks to an evil spirit at Endor.” Saul disguised himself, and put on other clothing, and went with two men, and they came to the woman by night; and he said, “Please foretell my future by the evil spirit, and bring up whoever I tell you. The woman said to him, “You know what Saul has done, how he has put away those who speak to evil spirits, and those who practice witchcraft, out of the land; why do you lay a trap for my life, to make me die?”But Saul promised her by Yahweh, saying, “As Yahweh lives, no punishment will happen to you for this thing.” Then the woman said, “Who do you want me to bring up for you?” He said, “Bring me up Samuel.” When the woman saw Samuel, she shouted loudly; and the woman said to Saul, “Why have you lied to me? You’re Saul.” The ruler said to her, “Don’t be scared. What do you see?” The woman said to Saul, “I see a spirit coming up out of the grave.” He asked her, “What does he look like?” She said, “An old man comes up; and he’s covered with a shawl.” Saul understood that it was Samuel, and he bowed his face to the ground, and showed respect.
[15-19] Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me, bringing me up?” Saul answered, “I’m very upset because the Philistines make war against me, and God has left me, and won’t answer me anymore, neither by preachers nor dreams; so I’ve called you, that you may make known to me what to do.” Samuel said, “So why then do you ask me, seeing Yahweh has left you, and is your enemy? Yahweh has done to you, just as God said by me; and Yahweh has torn the rule out of your hand, and given it to your neighbor, even to David. Because you didn’t obey the voice of Yahweh, and didn’t judge Amalek for God’s great anger, so Yahweh has done this thing to you today. Besides this, Yahweh will give Israel along with you into the power of the Philistines; and tomorrow, you and your sons will be with me; Yahweh will give the troops of Israel also into the power of the Philistines.”
[20-24] Then Saul immediately fell flat on the earth, and was very afraid, because of the words of Samuel; and there was no strength left in him because he had eaten nothing all that day or night. The woman came to Saul, and saw that he was very troubled, saying to him, “See, your servant has listened to you, and I’ve risked my life, and have obeyed your words which you said to me. So now, please listen also to me, and let me give you something to eat that you may have strength when you go.” But he refused, saying, “I won’t eat.” But his workers, together with the woman, pushed him; and he listened to them. So he got up from the earth, and sat on the bed. The woman had a fattened calf in the house; and she hurried, and killed it; and she took flour, and kneaded it, and baked bread made without yeast; and she brought it to Saul and his men; and they ate. Then they got up, and went away that night.
29[1-5] Now the Philistines gathered together all their troops to Aphek; and the Israelites camped by the creek which is in Jezreel. The leaders of the Philistines went on by hundreds and by thousands; and David and his men went on in the back with Achish. Then the leaders of the Philistines said, “What are these Hebrews doing here?’ Achish said to the leaders of the Philistines, “This is David, the worker of Saul, the ruler of Israel, who has been with me these days, or rather these years, and I’ve found no fault in him since he came to me to today?” But the leaders of the Philistines were angry with him; and the leaders of the Philistines said to him, “Make the man go back, that he may go back home where you’ve put him, and let him not go down with us to fight, in case in the battle he become an enemy to us. What if this fellow should go back to his leader? Wouldn’t it be with the lives of these men? Isn’t this the David, of whom they sang to each other in dances, saying, Saul has killed his thousands, David his ten thousands?”
[6-11] Then Achish called David, saying to him, “As Yahweh lives, you’ve been good, and your going out and coming in with me in the troops is good to me and I haven’t found any evil in you since the day you came to me to today; But the leaders don’t want you.So now, go back, and go in peace, that you not make the leaders of the Philistines mad. David said to Achish, “But what have I done? What wrong have you found in me as long as I’ve been with you to today, that I can’t go and fight against your enemies?” Achish answered David, I know that you’re good to me, as an angel of God; but the leaders of the Philistines have said, ‘He won’t go with us to the battle.’ So now, get up early in the morning, with the workers of your leader who have come with you; and as soon as you’re up early in the morning, and have light, leave.” So David got up early, he and his men, to leave in the morning, to go back into the land of the Philistines. Then Philistines went up to Jezreel.
30[1-4] When David and his men had come to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had made a raid on the South, and on Ziklag, and had destroyed Ziklag, and burned it with fire, and had taken prisoner the women and all who were in it, from the least to the greatest. They didn’t kill anyone, but carried them all off, and left. When David and his men came to the city, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their children were taken prisoner. Then David and the people who were with him raised their voices and cried, until they couldn’t cry anymore.
[5-8] David’s two wives were taken prisoner, Ahinoam, the Jezreelitess, and Abigail, the wife of Nabal, the Carmelite. David was greatly upset because the people talked of killing him, because everyone was upset and worried about their children; but David strengthened himself in Yahweh God.David said to Abiathar, the preacher, son of Ahimelech, “Please bring me here the golden breastplate.” So Abiathar brought the golden breastplate (containing the Judgment stones) to David.David asked of Yahweh, saying, “If I chase after this troop, will I catch them?” God answered him, “Chase them and you’ll truly overtake them, and will without fail recover all.”
[9-15] So David went with his 600 soldiers, and came to the river Besor, where those who were left behind stayed.But David chased after them with 400 soldiers and 200 stayed behind, who were so faint that they couldn’t go over the river Besor.They found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he ate; and they gave him water to drink. They gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins; and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him because he had eaten nothing, nor drunk any water, three days and nights.David said to him, “To whom do you belong? Where are you from?” He said, “I’m a young man of Egypt, worker to an Amalekite; and my boss left me, because three days ago I fell sick.We made a raid on the South of the Cherethites, and on what belongs to Judah, and on the South of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire.” David said to him, “Will you bring me down to this troop?” He said, “Promise me by God, that you’ll neither kill me, nor hand me over to my boss, and I’ll bring you down to this troop.”
[16-20] When he had brought him down, they were spread out over all the ground, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great stuff that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah.David fought them from the dusk to the evening of the next day; and not one of them escaped, except 400 soldiers, who rode on camels and ran.David took back what the Amalekites had taken and rescued his two wives. There wasn’t anything lacking to them, whether small or great, not children, nor stuff, nor anything that they had taken from them; David brought it all back.David took all the flocks and the herds which they drove before the other livestock, saying, “This is my stuff.”
[21-25] David came to the 200 soldiers, who were so faint that they couldn’t follow him, whom also they had made to stay at the river Besor; and they came to meet David, and to meet the people who were with him; and when David came near to them, he greeted them. Then all the sinners and evil ones who went with David, said, “Because they didn’t go with us, we won’t give them anything of the stuff that we got back, except to each his wife and his children, that he may take them away, and leave.”Then David said, “You won’t do that, my people, with what Yahweh has given to us who has saved us, and put the troop that came against us into our hand.Who will listen to you in this matter? The share of those who go down to the battle will be the same as the share of those who wait by the baggage; they’ll share alike.From that day forward, he made it a law and a rule for Israel to today.
[26-31] When David came to Ziklag, he sent of the stuff to the elders of Judah, even to his friends, saying, “See, I have a present for you of the stuff of the enemies of Yahweh. To those who were in Bethel, Ramoth of the South, Jattir,Aroer, Siphmoth, Eshtemoa,and Racal, and to those who were in the cities of the Jerahmeelites and Kenites,and to those who were in Hormah, Borashan, Athach,and Hebron, and to all the places where David and his men had stayed.
31[1-6] 1Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the people of Israel ran from the Philistines, and fell dead on Mount Gilboa.The Philistines chased Saul and his sons; and the Philistines killed Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua, the sons of Saul.The battle went very bad against Saul, and the archers overtook him; and he was wounded badly by the archers. Then Saul said to his armor bearer, “Draw your sword, and stab me with it, in case these unbelievers come and stab me, and abuse me.” But his armor bearer wouldn’t do it because he was very afraid. So Saul took his sword, and fell on it. When his armor bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also stabbed himself, and died with him. So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armor bearer, and all his men, that same day together.
[7-13] When the people of Israel who were on the other side of the valley, and those who were across the Jordon, saw that the people of Israel ran, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they left the cities, and ran; and the Philistines came and lived in them. On the next day, when the Philistines came to strip the dead, they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. They cut off his head, and stripped off his armor, and sent into the land of the Philistines all around, to carry the news to the place of their false gods, and to the people. They put his armor in the house of the fertility goddess Ashtaroth; and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan. When the people of Jabesh Gilead heard about what the Philistines had done to Saul, all the soldiers got up, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth Shan; and they came to Jabesh, and burnt them there. They took their bones, and buried them under the tamarisk tree in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.