10 Then David set out 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 while in their sight and acted insanely in their b]custody, and he scribbled on the doors of the gate, and drooled on his beard. 14 Then Achish said to his servants, “Look, you see the man is behaving like an insane person. Why do you bring him to me? 15 Do I lack insane people, that you have brought this one to behave like an insane person in my presence? Shall this one come into my house?”

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Samuel 21:12 Lit in his
  2. 1 Samuel 21:13 Lit hand

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