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

King James Bible
And David arose, and he passed over with the six hundred men that were with him unto Achish, the son of Maoch, king of Gath.

Darby Bible Translation
And David arose and passed over, he and the six hundred men that were with him, to Achish, the son of Maoch, king of Gath.

World English Bible
David arose, and passed over, he and the six hundred men who were with him, to Achish the son of Maoch, king of Gath.

Young's Literal Translation
And David riseth, and passeth over, he and six hundred men who are with him, unto Achish son of Maoch king of Gath;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

David arose, and he passed over - unto Achish - There is not one circumstance in this transaction that is not blameable. David joins the enemies of his God and of his country, acts a most inhuman part against the Geshurites and Amalekites, without even the pretense of a Divine authority; tells a most deliberate falsehood to Achish, his protector, relative to the people against whom he had perpetrated this cruel act; giving him to understand that he had been destroying the Israelites, his enemies. I undertake no defense of this conduct of David; it is all bad, all defenceless; God vindicates him not. The inspired penman tells what he did, but passes no eulogium upon his conduct; and it is false to say that, because these things are recorded, therefore they are approved. In all these transactions David was in no sense a man after God's own heart. Chandler attempts to vindicate all this conduct: those who can receive his saying, let them receive it.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

David This measure of David's, in uniting himself to the enemies of his God and people, was highly blameable; was calculated to alienate the affections of the israelites; and led to equivocation, if not downright falsehood.

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1 Samuel 25:13 And David said to his men, Gird you on every man his sword. And they girded on every man his sword; and David also girded on his sword...

1 Samuel 30:8 And David inquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue...


1 Samuel 21:10 And David arose and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.

1 Kings 2:40 And Shimei arose, and saddled his donkey, and went to Gath to Achish to seek his servants: and Shimei went...

Early Days
The life of David is naturally divided into epochs, of which we may avail ourselves for the more ready arrangement of our material. These are--his early years up to his escape from the court of Saul, his exile, the prosperous beginning of his reign, his sin and penitence, his flight before Absalom's rebellion, and the darkened end. We have but faint incidental traces of his life up to his anointing by Samuel, with which the narrative in the historical books opens. But perhaps the fact that the story
Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David

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

1 Samuel 25:13
David said to his men, "Each of you strap on your sword!" So they did, and David strapped his on as well. About four hundred men went up with David, while two hundred stayed with the supplies.

1 Samuel 30:9
David and the six hundred men with him came to the Besor Valley, where some stayed behind.

1 Kings 2:39
But three years later, two of Shimei's slaves ran off to Achish son of Maakah, king of Gath, and Shimei was told, "Your slaves are in Gath."

1 Chronicles 12:1
These were the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he was banished from the presence of Saul son of Kish (they were among the warriors who helped him in battle;

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