1 Et ait David in corde suo: "Aliquando incidam in uno die in manu Saul; nonne melius est ut fugiam et salver in terra Philisthinorum, ut desperet Saul cessetque me quaerere in cunctis finibus Israel? Fugiam ergo manus eius".
2 Et surrexit David et abiit ipse et sescenti viri cum eo ad Achis filium Maoch regem Geth.
3 Et habitavit David cum Achis in Geth ipse et viri eius unusquisque cum domo sua; David et duae uxores eius, Achinoam Iezrahelites et Abigail uxor Nabal de Carmel.
4 Et nuntiatum est Saul quod fugisset David in Geth, et non addidit ultra ut quaereret eum.
5 Dixit autem David ad Achis: "Si inveni gratiam in oculis tuis, detur mihi locus in una urbium regionis huius, ut habitem ibi. Cur enim manet servus tuus in civitate regis tecum?".
6 Dedit itaque ei Achis in die illa Siceleg; propter quam causam facta est Siceleg regum Iudae usque in diem hanc.
7 Fuit autem numerus dierum, quibus habitavit David in regione Philisthinorum, annus et quattuor menses.
8 Et ascendit David et viri eius et agebant praedas de Gesuri et de Gerzi et de Amalecitis; hae enim gentes habitabant terram, quae est a Telem in via Sur et usque ad terram Aegypti.
9 Et percutiebat David omnem terram nec relinquebat viventem virum et mulierem; tollensque oves et boves et asinos et camelos et vestes revertebatur et veniebat ad Achis.
10 Dicebat autem ei Achis: "In quem irruistis hodie?". Respondebatque David: "Contra Nageb Iudae vel contra Nageb Ierameel vel contra Nageb Ceni".
11 Viro et mulieri non parcebat David nec adducebat in Geth dicens: "Ne forte loquantur adversum nos: "Haec fecit David" ". Et hoc erat decretum illi omnibus diebus, quibus habitavit in regione Philisthinorum.
12 Credidit ergo Achis David dicens: "Valde odiosum se fecit populo suo Israel; erit igitur mihi servus sempiternus".
King James Version
1 And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand.
2 And David arose, and he passed over with the six hundred men that were with him unto Achish, the son of Maoch, king of Gath.
3 And David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with his household, even David with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal's wife.
4 And it was told Saul that David was fled to Gath: and he sought no more again for him.
5 ¶ And David said unto Achish, If I have now found grace in thine eyes, let them give me a place in some town in the country, that I may dwell there: for why should thy servant dwell in the royal city with thee?
6 Then Achish gave him Ziklag that day: wherefore Ziklag pertaineth unto the kings of Judah unto this day.
7 And the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four months.
8 ¶ And David and his men went up, and invaded the Geshurites, and the Gezrites, and the Amalekites: for those nations were of old the inhabitants of the land, as thou goest to Shur, even unto the land of Egypt.
9 And David smote the land, and left neither man nor woman alive, and took away the sheep, and the oxen, and the asses, and the camels, and the apparel, and returned, and came to Achish.
10 And Achish said, Whither have ye made a road to day? And David said, Against the south of Judah, and against the south of the Jerahmeelites, and against the south of the Kenites.
11 And David saved neither man nor woman alive, to bring tidings to Gath, saying, Lest they should tell on us, saying, So did David, and so will be his manner all the while he dwelleth in the country of the Philistines.
12 And Achish believed David, saying, He hath made his people Israel utterly to abhor him; therefore he shall be my servant for ever.