1 Samuel 29:9

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1 Samuel 29

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1 Samuel 29:9

David had become “bodyguard for life” to King Achish. He was even willing to go with him to battle against his own people, though we don’t know what he actually would have done besides protect the king. The rest of the Philistines didn’t trust him to fight the Israelites, so the king sent him back. Notice the words he uses to David. Like Joseph, David had been a light for God in the enemy territory. Achish, too, could have turned to the true God. But he didn’t, at least not that we know of. Perhaps God saved David from raising his sword against his own people. We do know he arrived home to a disaster—tune in tomorrow!

Day 279

Lord, it can be hard to know who one’s friends are. Sometimes people who make no claim to love You treat us better than those who do. Thank You for saving David from what could have been a serious detour early in his life with You.

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1 Samuel 29:9

1 Samuel 29


29 Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek: and the Israelites pitched by a fountain which is in Jezreel.

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.

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?

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?

Is not this David, of whom they sang one to another in dances, saying, Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten thousands?

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.

Wherefore now return, and go in peace, that thou displease not the lords of the Philistines.

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?

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.