1 Et nuntiaverunt David di centes: "Ecce Philisthim op pugnant Ceila et diripiunt areas".
2 Consuluit igitur David Dominum dicens: "Num vadam et percutiam Philisthaeos istos?". Et ait Dominus ad David: "Vade et percuties Philisthaeos et salvabis Ceila".
3 Et dixerunt viri, qui erant cum David, ad eum: "Ecce nos hic in Iuda consistentes timemus; quanto magis si ierimus in Ceila adversum agmina Philisthinorum?".
4 Rursum ergo David consuluit Dominum, qui respondens ei ait: "Surge et vade in Ceila; ego enim tradam Philisthaeos in manu tua".
5 Abiit ergo David et viri eius in Ceila et pugnavit adversum Philisthaeos et abegit iumenta eorum et percussit eos plaga magna: et salvavit David habitatores Ceilae.
6 Porro cum fugisset Abiathar filius Achimelcch ad David, et ipse cum David in Ceila ephod secum habens descenderat.
7 Nuntiatum est autem Saul quod venisset David in Ceila, et ait Saul: "Tradidit eum Deus in manus meas; conclususque est introgressus urbem, in qua portae et serae sunt".
8 Et convocavit Saul omnem populum, ut ad pugnam descenderet in Ceila et obsideret David et viros eius.
9 Quod cum rescisset David quia praepararet ei Saul clam malum, dixit ad Abiathar sacerdotem: "Applica ephod".
10 Et ait David: "Domine, Deus Israel, audivit famam servus tuus quod disponat Saul venire ad Ceila, ut evertat urbem propter me.
11 Si tradent me viri Ceilae in manus eius? Et si descendet Saul, sicut audivit servus tuus? Domine, Deus Israel, indica servo tuo". Et ait Dominus: "Descendet".
12 Dixitque David: "Si tradent viri Ceilae me et viros, qui sunt mecum, in manu Saul?". Et dixit Dominus: "Tradent".
13 Surrexit ergo David et viri eius quasi sescenti et egressi de Ceila huc atque illuc vagabantur incerti. Nuntiatumque est Saul quod fugisset David de Ceila, quam ob rem destitit exire.
14 Morabatur autem David in deserto in locis firmissimis mansitque in monte, in deserto Ziph; et quaerebat eum Saul cunctis diebus, sed non tradidit eum Deus in manus eius.
15 Et cognovit David quod egressus esset Saul, ut quaereret animam eius; porro David erat in deserto Ziph in Horesa.
16 Et surrexit Ionathan filius Saul et abiit ad David in Horesa; et confortavit manus eius in Deo dixitque ei:
23:17" Ne timeas, neque enim inveniet te manus Saul patris mei; et tu regnabis super Israel, et ego ero tibi secundus; sed et Saul pater meus scit hoc".
18 Percussit igitur uterque foedus coram Domino; mansitque David in Horesa, Ionathan autem reversus est in domum suam.
19 Ascenderunt autem Ziphaei ad Saul in Gabaa dicentes: "Nonne David latitat apud nos in locis tutissimis in Horesa, in colle Hachila, quae est ad meridiem deserti?
20 Nunc ergo, si desideravit anima tua, rex, ut descenderes, descende; nostrum autem erit ut tradamus eum in manus regis".
21 Dixitque Saul: "Benedicti vos a Domino, quia doluistis vicem meam.
22 Abite, oro, et diligentius praeparate et curiosius agite; et considerate locum, ubi sit pes eius, vel quis viderit eum ibi; dictum est enim ad me quod callidus sit valde.
23 Considerate et videte omnia latibula eius, in quibus absconditur, et revertimini ad me ad certum locum, ut vadam vobiscum; quodsi fuerit in regione, perscrutabor eum in cunctis regionibus Iudae".
24 At illi surgentes abierunt in Ziph ante Saul. David autem et viri eius erant in deserto Maon, in Araba ad meridiem deserti.
25 Ivit ergo Saul et socii eius ad quaerendum eum, et nuntiatum est David; descenditque ad petram et versabatur in deserto Maon. Quod cum audisset Saul, persecutus est David in deserto Maon.
26 Et ibat Saul ad latus montis ex parte una, David autem et viri eius erant in latere montis ex parte altera; porro David praeceps fugiebat a facie Saul. Itaque Saul et viri eius in modum coronae cingebant David et viros eius, ut caperent eos.
27 Et nuntius venit ad Saul dicens: "Festina et veni, quoniam infuderunt se Philisthim super terram".
28 Reversus est ergo Saul desistens persequi David; et perrexit in occursum Philisthinorum. Propter hoc vocaverunt locum illum: "Petram dividentem".
King James Version
1 Then they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the threshingfloors.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
8 And Saul called all the people together to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David and his men.
9 ¶ And David knew that Saul secretly practised mischief against him; and he said to Abiathar the priest, Bring hither the ephod.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
15 And David saw that Saul was come out to seek his life: and David was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood.
16 ¶ And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.
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.
18 And they two made a covenant before the LORD: and David abode in the wood, and Jonathan went to his house.
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?
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.
21 And Saul said, Blessed be ye of the LORD; for ye have compassion on me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
27 ¶ But there came a messenger unto Saul, saying, Haste thee, and come; for the Philistines have invaded the land.
28 Wherefore Saul returned from pursuing after David, and went against the Philistines: therefore they called that place Selahammahlekoth.
29 And David went up from thence, and dwelt in strong holds at En-gedi.