1 Samuel 29

1 Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek; and the Yisraelites pitched by a fountain which is in Yizreel.

2 And the lords (seranim) of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and by thousands; but Dawid and his men passed on in the rereward with Achish.

3 Then said the princes of the Philistines, “What do these Hebrews (Ivrim) here? And Achish said unto the princes of the Philistines, “Is not this Dawid, the servant of Saul the king of Yisrael, who 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 you have 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 Dawid, of whom they sang one to another in dances, saying: ‘Saul slew his thousands, and Dawid his multitude’?”

6 Then Achish called Dawid, and said unto him, “Surely, as יהוה liveth, you have been upright, and your going out and your coming in with me in the army is good in my sight; for I have not found evil in you since the day of your coming unto me unto this day; nevertheless the lords favor you not.

7 Wherefore now return, and go in peace, that you displease not the lords (seranim) of the Philistines.”

8 And Dawid said unto Achish, “But what have I done? And what have you found in your servant so long as I have been with you unto this day, that I may not go fight against the enemies of my lord (adoni) the king?”

9 And Achish answered and said to Dawid, “I know that you are good in my sight, as an angel of God (Elohim); 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 your master’s servants that are come with you; and as soon as you be up early in the morning, and have light, depart.

11 So Dawid 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 Yizreel.