David said to him, “Can you take us down to this raiding party?” He said, “Swear to me by God that you will not kill me or hand me over to my master, and I will take you down to this raiding party.”
They helped David fight against raiding bands, for all of them were warriors and leaders in the army.
The Lord sent against him Babylonian, Syrian, Moabite, and Ammonite raiding bands; he sent them to destroy Judah, as he had warned he would do through his servants the prophets. 1
his son Zabad, his son Shuthelah (Ezer and Elead were killed by the men of Gath, who were natives of the land, when they went down to steal their cattle.
Here is a message about Moab: Indeed, in a night it is devastated, Ar of Moab is destroyed! Indeed, in a night it is devastated, Kir of Moab is destroyed!
They told David, “The Philistines are fighting in Keilah and are looting the threshing floors.”
David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Should I pursue this raiding band? Will I overtake them?” He said to him, “Pursue, for you will certainly overtake them and carry out a rescue!”
But David said, “No! You shouldn’t do this, my brothers. Look at what the Lord has given us! 1 He has protected us and has delivered into our hands the raiding party that came against us.
Now when Abiathar son of Ahimelech had fled to David at Keilah, he had brought with him an ephod. 1
When David would attack a district, 1 he would leave neither man nor woman alive. He would take sheep, cattle, donkeys, camels, and clothing and would then go back to Achish.
When Joab and all the army that was with him arrived, Joab was told: “Abner the son of Ner came to the king; he sent him away, and he left in peace!”
But a spirit 1 empowered 2 Amasai, the leader of the thirty warriors, and he said: 3 “We are yours, O David! We support 4 you, O son of Jesse! May you greatly prosper! 5 May those who help you prosper! 6 Indeed 7 your God helps you!” So David accepted them and made them leaders of raiding bands.
So David and his men, who numbered about six hundred, set out and left Keilah; they moved around from one place to another. 1 When told that David had escaped from Keilah, Saul called a halt to his expedition.
One day some men 1 were burying a man when they spotted 2 a raiding party. So they threw the dead man 3 into Elisha’s tomb. When the body 4 touched Elisha’s bones, the dead man 5 came to life and stood on his feet.
The residents of Jerusalem 1 made his youngest son Ahaziah king in his place, for the raiding party that invaded the city with the Arabs had killed all the older sons. 2 So Ahaziah son of Jehoram became king of Judah.