1 Congregata sunt ergo Philisthim universa agmina in Aphec; sed et Israel castrametatus est super fontem, qui erat in Iezrahel.
2 Et principes quidem Philisthim incedebant in centuriis et milibus; David autem et viri eius incedebant in novissimo agmine cum Achis.
3 Dixeruntque principes Philisthim: "Quid sibi volunt Hebraei isti?". Et ait Achis ad principes Philisthim: "Nonne iste est David, qui fuit servus Saul regis Israel et est apud me multis diebus vel annis, et non inveni in eo quidquam ex die, qua transfugit ad me, usque ad diem hanc?".
4 Irati sunt autem adversus eum principes Philisthim et dixerunt ei: "Revertatur vir iste et sedeat in loco suo, in quo constituisti eum, et non descendat nobiscum in proelium, ne fiat nobis adversarius, cum proeliari coeperimus. Quomodo enim aliter placare poterit dominum suum nisi in capitibus horum virorum?
5 Nonne iste est David, cui cantabant in choris dicentes: "Percussit Saul milia sua, et David decem milia sua"?".
6 Vocavit ergo Achis David et ait ei: "Vivit Dominus quia rectus es tu, et bonus est in conspectu meo exitus tuus et introitus tuus mecum in castris, et non inveni in te quidquam mali ex die, qua venisti ad me, usque ad diem hanc. Sed principibus non places.
7 Revertere ergo et vade in pace et non offendes oculos principum Philisthim".
8 Dixitque David ad Achis: "Quid enim feci, et quid invenisti in me servo tuo a die, qua fui in conspectu tuo, usque in diem hanc, ut non veniam et pugnem contra inimicos domini mei regis?".
9 Respondens autem Achis locutus est ad David: "Scio quia bonus es tu in oculis meis sicut angelus Dei; sed principes Philisthim dixerunt: "Non ascendet nobiscum in proelium".
10 Igitur consurge mane, tu et servi domini tui, qui venerunt tecum, et, cum de nocte surrexeritis et coeperit dilucescere, pergite".
11 Surrexit itaque de nocte David ipse et viri eius, ut proficiscerentur mane et reverterentur ad terram Philisthim. Philisthim autem ascenderunt in Iezrahel.
King James Version
1 Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek: and the Israelites pitched by a fountain which is in Jezreel.
2 And the lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and by thousands: but David and his men passed on in the rereward with Achish.
3 Then said the princes of the Philistines, What do these Hebrews here? And Achish said unto the princes of the Philistines, Is not this David, the servant of Saul the king of Israel, which hath been with me these days, or these years, and I have found no fault in him since he fell unto me unto this day?
4 And the princes of the Philistines were wroth with him; and the princes of the Philistines said unto him, Make this fellow return, that he may go again to his place which thou hast appointed him, and let him not go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he be an adversary to us: for wherewith should he reconcile himself unto his master? should it not be with the heads of these men?
5 Is not this David, of whom they sang one to another in dances, saying, Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten thousands?
6 ¶ Then Achish called David, and said unto him, Surely, as the LORD liveth, thou hast been upright, and thy going out and thy coming in with me in the host is good in my sight: for I have not found evil in thee since the day of thy coming unto me unto this day: nevertheless the lords favour thee not.
7 Wherefore now return, and go in peace, that thou displease not the lords of the Philistines.
8 ¶ And David said unto Achish, But what have I done? and what hast thou found in thy servant so long as I have been with thee unto this day, that I may not go fight against the enemies of my lord the king?
9 And Achish answered and said to David, I know that thou art good in my sight, as an angel of God: notwithstanding the princes of the Philistines have said, He shall not go up with us to the battle.
10 Wherefore now rise up early in the morning with thy master's servants that are come with thee: and as soon as ye be up early in the morning, and have light, depart.
11 So David and his men rose up early to depart in the morning, to return into the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.