1 Samuel 21:10-22:2New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 Then David arose and fled that day from Saul, and went to Achish king of Gath.11 But the servants of Achish said to him, “Is this not David the king of the land? Did they not sing of this one as they danced, saying,
‘Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands’?”
12 David took these words [a]to heart and greatly feared Achish king of Gath.13 So he disguised his sanity before them, and acted insanely in their hands, and scribbled on the doors of the gate, and let his saliva run down into his beard.14 Then Achish said to his servants, “Behold, you see the man behaving as a madman. Why do you bring him to me?15 Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this one to act the madman in my presence? Shall this one come into my house?”
The Priests Slain at Nob
22 So David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam; and when his brothers and all his father’s household heard of it, they went down there to him.2 Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who [b]was in debt, and everyone who was [c]discontented gathered to him; and he became captain over them. Now there were about four hundred men with him.
[a]Maskil of David, when he was [b]in the cave. A Prayer.
142 I cry aloud with my voice to the Lord; I make supplication with my voice to the Lord. 2 I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare my trouble before Him. 3 When my spirit [c]was overwhelmed within me, You knew my path. In the way where I walk They have hidden a trap for me. 4 Look to the right and see; For there is no one who regards me; [d]There is no escape for me; No one cares for my soul.
5 I cried out to You, O Lord; I said, “You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living. 6 “Give heed to my cry, For I am brought very low; Deliver me from my persecutors, For they are too strong for me. 7 “Bring my soul out of prison, So that I may give thanks to Your name; The righteous will surround me, For You will deal bountifully with me.”
Psalm 142:1Possibly Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful Psalm
For the choir director; set to[a]Al-tashheth. A [b]Mikhtam of David, [c]when he fled from Saul in the cave.
57 Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For my soul takes refuge in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge Until destruction passes by. 2 I will cry to God Most High, To God who accomplishes all things for me. 3 He will send from heaven and save me; He reproaches him who [d]tramples upon me. [e]Selah. God will send forth His lovingkindness and His [f]truth.
4 My soul is among lions; I must lie among those who breathe forth fire, Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows And their tongue a sharp sword. 5 Be exalted above the heavens, O God; Let Your glory be above all the earth. 6 They have [g]prepared a net for my steps; My soul is bowed down; They dug a pit before me; They themselves have fallen into the midst of it. Selah.
7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! 8 Awake, my glory! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. 9 I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the [h]nations. 10 For Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens And Your [i]truth to the clouds. 11 Be exalted above the heavens, O God; Let Your glory be above all the earth.
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