The man who owned the house went outside and said to them, “No, my brothers! Don’t do this wicked thing! After all, this man is a guest in my house. Don’t do such a disgraceful thing!
Everyone who remains in your house will come to bow before him for a little money 1 and for a scrap of bread. Each will say, ‘Assign me to a priestly task so I can eat a scrap of bread.’”
But the servant said to him, “Look, there is a man of God in this town. He is highly respected. Everything that he says really happens. 1 Now let’s go there. Perhaps he will tell us where we should go from here.” 2
Let our lord instruct his servants who are here before you to look for a man who knows how to play the lyre. Then whenever the evil spirit from God comes upon you, he can play the lyre 1 and you will feel better.” 2
Then David went from there to Mizpah in Moab, where he said to the king of Moab, “Please let my father and mother stay 1 with you until I know what God is going to do for me.”
Saul said to his servants who were stationed around him, “Listen up, you Benjaminites! Is Jesse’s son giving fields and vineyards to all of you? Or is he making all of you 1 commanders and officers? 2
Ask your own servants; they can tell you! May my servants find favor in your sight, for we have come 1 at the time of a holiday. Please provide us – your servants 2 and your son David – with whatever you can spare.” 3
My lord should not pay attention to this wicked man Nabal. He simply lives up to his name! His name means ‘fool,’ and he is indeed foolish! 1 But I, your servant, did not see the servants my lord sent. 2
Please forgive the sin of your servant, for the Lord will certainly establish the house of my lord, because my lord fights the battles of the Lord. May no evil be found in you all your days!
But may the Lord prevent me from extending my hand against the Lord’s chosen one! Now take the spear by Saul’s head and the jug of water, and let’s get out of here!”
David said to Achish, “If I have found favor with you, let me be given a place in one of the country towns so that I can live there. Why should your servant settle in the royal city with you?”
So Saul disguised himself and put on other clothing and left, accompanied by two of his men. They came to the woman at night and said, “Use your ritual pit to conjure up for me the one I tell you.” 1