1 Samuel 21:10
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That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath.

King James Bible
And David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.

Darby Bible Translation
And David arose, and fled that day from before Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.

World English Bible
David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.

Young's Literal Translation
And David riseth and fleeth on that day from the face of Saul, and cometh in unto Achish king of Gath;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Went to Achish the king of Gath - This was the worst place to which he could have gone: it was the very city of Goliath, whom he had slain, and whose sword he now wore; and he soon found, from the conversation of the servants of Achish, that his life was in the most imminent danger in this place.

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1 Samuel 27:1 And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul...

1 Kings 19:3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.

Jeremiah 26:21 And when Jehoiakim the king, with all his mighty men, and all the princes, heard his words, the king sought to put him to death...

Achish. or, Abimelech.

1 Samuel 27:2 And David arose, and he passed over with the six hundred men that were with him to Achish, the son of Maoch, king of Gath.

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Gath Jerome says there was a large town called Gath, in the way from Eleutheropolis, towards Lydda (and consequently different from that mentioned by Jerome;) and also of another Gath, between Jamnia and Antipatris. It appears to have been the extreme boundary of the Philistine territory in one direction, as Ekron was on the other, (ch.

1 Samuel 7:14 And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even to Gath...

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1 Samuel 17:52 And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until you come to the valley...

,) and lay near Mareshah, (

2 Chronicles 11:8 And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,

Mic.

2 Chronicles 1:14 And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen...

,) which agrees pretty well with the position assigned it by Jerome. But Reland and Dr. Wells agree with Eusebius; and the authors of the Universal History (b. i. c.7) place it about six miles form Jamnia, fourteen south of Joppa, and thirty-two west of Jerusalem.

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Historical Criticism of Mediæval Amplifications.
But along with the genuine and trustworthy matter, the compiler has embodied much that is unattested and in many cases inherently improbable, and even some things that are demonstrably untrue. i. The Miraculous Details.--To the category of the improbable--the fiction of hagiology or the growth of myth--belong the miracles so freely ascribed to Ephraim and the miraculous events represented as attending on his career. It is noteworthy that Ephraim himself, though no doubt he believed that he was
Ephraim the Syrian—Hymns and Homilies of Ephraim the Syrian

Touching Jacob, However, that which He did at his Mother's Bidding...
24. Touching Jacob, however, that which he did at his mother's bidding, so as to seem to deceive his father, if with diligence and in faith it be attended to, is no lie, but a mystery. The which if we shall call lies, all parables also, and figures designed for the signifying of any things soever, which are not to be taken according to their proper meaning, but in them is one thing to be understood from another, shall be said to be lies: which be far from us altogether. For he who thinks this, may
St. Augustine—Against Lying

Cross References
1 Samuel 27:2
So David and the six hundred men with him left and went over to Achish son of Maok king of Gath.

Psalm 34:1
Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left. I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.

Psalm 56:1
For the director of music. To the tune of "A Dove on Distant Oaks." Of David. A miktam. When the Philistines had seized him in Gath. Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit; all day long they press their attack.

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