27:1 And David said in his heart, I shall now a perish one day
by the hand of Saul: [there is] nothing better for me than
that I should speedily escape into the land of the
Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any
more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his
(a) David distrusts God's protection and therefore flees to
the idolaters, who were enemies to God's people.
27:3 And David b dwelt with Achish at Gath, he and his men,
every man with his household, [even] David with his two
wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the
Carmelitess, Nabal's wife.
(b) Thus God by his providence changes the enemies hearts,
and makes them favour his in their need.
27:5 And David said unto Achish, If I have now found grace in
thine eyes, c let them give me a place in some town in
the country, that I may dwell there: for why should thy
servant dwell in the royal city with thee?
(c) Let your officers appoint me a place.
27:8 And David and his men went up, and invaded the d
Geshurites, and the Gezrites, and the Amalekites: for those
[nations were] of old the inhabitants of the land, as thou
goest to Shur, even unto the land of Egypt.
(d) These were the wicked Canaanites, whom God had
appointed to be destroyed.
27:10 And Achish said, Whither have ye made a road to day? And
David said, Against the south of Judah, and against the
south of the e Jerahmeelites, and against the south of