¶ And Saul said to David: Blessed art thou my son David: for thou shalt be a doer and also able to bring to an end. And so David went his way, and Saul turned to his place again. Then thought David in his heart: I may perish one day or other by the hands of Israel. There is no better for me, than to flee into the land of the Philistines, that Saul of very despair to find me, may cease to seek me any more in all the coasts of Israel: for so I may escape his hand. And David arose and he and the six hundredth men that were with him went unto Achis, the son of Maoch, king of Geth. And David dwelt with Achis at Geth, both he and his men, every man with his household, and David with his two wives: Ahinoam the Iezrahelite and Abigail Nabal's wife of Carmel. And when it was told Saul that David was fled to Geth, he sought no more for him. And David said unto Achis: If I have found grace in thine eyes, let me have a place in some town in the fields, that I may dwell there. For what should thy servant dwell in the head city of the kingdom with thee. Then Achis gave him Zikeleg the same day for which cause Zikeleg pertaineth unto the kings of Iuda unto this day.
¶ And the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines, was a year and four months. And David and his men went and ran upon the Gesurites, the Gersites and the Amalekites: which nations were from the beginning the inhabiters of the land, as men go to Sur, and so forth to Egypt. And David smote the land and left neither man nor woman alive, and took the sheep, the oxen, the asses, camels, and clothes, and removed and came to Achis. And Achis said: have ye not been a roving this day? And David answered: yes in the south of Iuda, and in the south of the Iezrahelites, and in the south of the Kenites. And David saved neither man nor woman alive to bring to Geth, for fear lest they should tell on them saying: so did David and so is his manner all the while he dwelt in the country of the Philistines.