Tales From the Bible by Mike Southern

The Warriors Left Behind

Mike Southern
September 2018


While King Saul was trying to kill him, David went and hid among Israel’s worst enemies, the Philistines. That may sound crazy, but David convinced the Philistine king that he hated Saul and was making his own attacks against Israel, and from those raids he brought back plunder and gave it to the king. But he wasn’t attacking Israel at all. Since David’s men stayed in the Philistine city of Ziklag rather than the capital city of Gath, they could attack Israel’s enemies but lie to the king about it!

David may have fooled the king, but the Philistine soldiers didn’t trust David’s men one little bit, fearing they might try to help the Israelites when a battle started. So, when the king sent him away before a battle, David pretended to be upset and headed back to Ziklag. But when he and his men got home, they found they had a new problem.

This story comes from 1 Samuel 30:1-31.

The Warriors Left Behind

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