24 And they arose and went to Ziph ahead of Saul.

Now David and his men were (A)in the wilderness of Maon, (B)in the Arabah to the south of (C)Jeshimon. 25 And Saul and his men went to seek him. And David was told, so he went down to the rock and lived in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard that, he pursued after David in the wilderness of Maon. 26 Saul went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain. And David was hurrying to get away from Saul. As Saul and his men were closing in on David and his men to capture them, 27 a messenger came to Saul, saying, “Hurry and come, for the Philistines have made a raid against the land.” 28 So Saul returned from pursuing after David and went against the Philistines. Therefore that place was called the Rock of Escape.[a] 29 [b] And David went up from there and lived in the strongholds of (D)Engedi.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Samuel 23:28 Or Rock of Divisions
  2. 1 Samuel 23:29 Ch 24:1 in Hebrew

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