1And the Philistines gather all their armies to Aphek, and Israel encamped in En-dor, which is in Jezreel.
2And the lords of the Philistines went on by hundreds and thousands, and David and his men went on in the rear with Achish.
3And the lords of the Philistines said, Who are these that pass by? And Achish said to the captains of the Philistines, Is not this David the servant of Saul king of Israel? he has been with us some time, even this second year, and I have not found any fault in him from the day that he attached himself to me even until this day.
4And the captains of the Philistines were displeased at him, and they say to him, Send the man away, and let him return to his place, where thou didst set him; and let him not come with us to the war, and let him not be a traitor in the camp: and wherewith will he be reconciled to his master? will it not be with the heads of those men?
5Is not this David whom they celebrated in dances, saying, Saul has smitten his thousands, And David his ten thousands?
6And Achish called David, and said to him, As the Lord lives, thou art right and approved in my eyes, and so is thy going out and thy coming in with me in the army, and I have not found any evil to charge against thee from the day that thou camest to me until this day: but thou art not approved in the eyes of the lords.
7Now then return and go in peace, thus thou shalt not do evil in the sight of the lords of the Philistines.
8And David said to Achish, What have I done to thee? and what hast thou found in thy servant from the first day that I was before thee even until this day, that I should not come and war against the enemies of the lord my king?
9And Achish answered David, I know that thou art good in my eyes, but the lords of the Philistines say, He shall not come with us to the war.
10Now then rise up early in the morning, thou and the servants of thy lord that are come with thee, and go to the place where I appointed you, and entertain no evil thought in thy heart, for thou art good in my sight: and rise early for your journey when it is light, and depart.
11So David arose early, he and his men, to depart and guard the land of the Philistines: and the Philistines went up to Jezreel to battle.