and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;
Psa. 31:4you take me out of the net they have hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
Psa. 31:5Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.
Psa. 31:6 ¶ I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols,
but I trust in the Lord.
Psa. 31:7I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,
because you have seen my affliction;
you have known the distress of my soul,
Psa. 31:8and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
you have set my feet in a broad place.
Psa. 31:9 ¶ Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
my eye is wasted from grief;
my soul and my body also.
Psa. 31:10For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my iniquity,
and my bones waste away.
Psa. 31:11 ¶ Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,
especially to my neighbors,
and an object of dread to my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street flee from me.
Psa. 31:12I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel.
Psa. 31:13For I hear the whispering of many—
terror on every side!—
as they scheme together against me,
as they plot to take my life.
Psa. 31:14 ¶ But I trust in you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
Psa. 31:15My times are in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
Psa. 31:16Make your face shine on your servant;
save me in your steadfast love!
Psa. 31:17O Lord, let me not be put to shame,
for I call upon you;
let the wicked be put to shame;
let them go silently to Sheol.
Psa. 31:18Let the lying lips be mute,
which speak insolently against the righteous
in pride and contempt.
Psa. 31:19 ¶ Oh, how abundant is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you
and worked for those who take refuge in you,
in the sight of the children of mankind!
Psa. 31:20In the cover of your presence you hide them
from the plots of men;
you store them in your shelter
from the strife of tongues.
Psa. 31:21 ¶ Blessed be the Lord,
for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
when I was in a besieged city.
Psa. 31:22I had said in my alarm,
“I am cut off from your sight.”
But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy
when I cried to you for help.
Psa. 31:23 ¶ Love the Lord, all you his saints!
The Lord preserves the faithful
but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
Psa. 31:24Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the Lord!
1Sam. 27:1 ¶ Then David said in his heart, “Now I shall perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will despair of seeking me any longer within the borders of Israel, and I shall escape out of his hand.”
1Sam. 27:2 So David arose and went over, he and the six hundred men who were with him, to Achish the son of Maoch, king of Gath.
1Sam. 27:3 And David lived with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with his household, and David with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel, and Abigail of Carmel, Nabal’s widow.
1Sam. 27:4 And when it was told Saul that David had fled to Gath, he no longer sought him.
1Sam. 27:5 ¶ Then David said to Achish, “If I have found favor in your eyes, let a place be given me in one of the country towns, that I may dwell there. For why should your servant dwell in the royal city with you?”
1Sam. 27:6 So that day Achish gave him Ziklag. Therefore Ziklag has belonged to the kings of Judah to this day.
1Sam. 27:7 And the number of the days that David lived in the country of the Philistines was a year and four months.
1Sam. 27:8 ¶ Now David and his men went up and made raids against the Geshurites, the Girzites, and the Amalekites, for these were the inhabitants of the land from of old, as far as Shur, to the land of Egypt.
1Sam. 27:9 And David would strike the land and would leave neither man nor woman alive, but would take away the sheep, the oxen, the donkeys, the camels, and the garments, and come back to Achish.
1Sam. 27:10 When Achish asked, “Where have you made a raid today?” David would say, “Against the Negeb of Judah,” or, “Against the Negeb of the Jerahmeelites,” or, “Against the Negeb of the Kenites.”
1Sam. 27:11 And David would leave neither man nor woman alive to bring news to Gath, thinking, “lest they should tell about us and say, ‘So David has done.’” Such was his custom all the while he lived in the country of the Philistines.
1Sam. 27:12 And Achish trusted David, thinking, “He has made himself an utter stench to his people Israel; therefore he shall always be my servant.”
1Chr. 12:1 ¶ Now these are the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he could not move about freely because of Saul the son of Kish. And they were among the mighty men who helped him in war.
1Chr. 12:2 They were bowmen and could shoot arrows and sling stones with either the right or the left hand; they were Benjaminites, Saul’s kinsmen.
1Chr. 12:3 The chief was Ahiezer, then Joash, both sons of Shemaah of Gibeah; also Jeziel and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth; Beracah, Jehu of Anathoth,
1Chr. 12:4 Ishmaiah of Gibeon, a mighty man among the thirty and a leader over the thirty; Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan, Jozabad of Gederah,
1Chr. 12:5 Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah, Shephatiah the Haruphite;
1Chr. 12:6 Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korahites;
1Chr. 12:7 And Joelah and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.
Psa. 56:1 ¶ Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me;
all day long an attacker oppresses me;
Psa. 56:2my enemies trample on me all day long,
for many attack me proudly.
Psa. 56:3When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.
Psa. 56:4In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can flesh do to me?
Psa. 56:5 ¶ All day long they injure my cause;
all their thoughts are against me for evil.
Psa. 56:6They stir up strife, they lurk;
they watch my steps,
as they have waited for my life.
Psa. 56:7For their crime will they escape?
In wrath cast down the peoples, O God!
Psa. 56:8 ¶ You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
Psa. 56:9Then my enemies will turn back
in the day when I call.
This I know, thatGod is for me.
Psa. 56:10In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise,
Psa. 56:11in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
Psa. 56:12 ¶ I must perform my vows to you, O God;
I will render thank offerings to you.
Psa. 56:13For you have delivered my soul from death,
yes, my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God
in the light of life.
1Sam. 28:1 ¶ In those days the Philistines gathered their forces for war, to fight against Israel. And Achish said to David, “Understand that you and your men are to go out with me in the army.”
1Sam. 28:2 David said to Achish, “Very well, you shall know what your servant can do.” And Achish said to David, “Very well, I will make you my bodyguard for life.”
1Sam. 29:1 ¶ Now the Philistines had gathered all their forces at Aphek. And the Israelites were encamped by the spring that is in Jezreel.
1Sam. 29:2 As the lords of the Philistines were passing on by hundreds and by thousands, and David and his men were passing on in the rear with Achish,
1Sam. 29:3 the commanders of the Philistines said, “What are these Hebrews doing here?” And Achish said to the commanders of the Philistines, “Is this not David, the servant of Saul, king of Israel, who has been with me now for days and years, and since he deserted to me I have found no fault in him to this day.”
1Sam. 29:4 But the commanders of the Philistines were angry with him. And the commanders of the Philistines said to him, “Send the man back, that he may return to the place to which you have assigned him. He shall not go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he become an adversary to us. For how could this fellow reconcile himself to his lord? Would it not be with the heads of the men here?
1Sam. 29:5 Is not this David, of whom they sing to one another in dances,
‘Saul has struck down his thousands,
and David his ten thousands’?”
1Sam. 29:6 ¶ Then Achish called David and said to him, “As the Lord lives, you have been honest, and to me it seems right that you should march out and in with me in the campaign. For I have found nothing wrong in you from the day of your coming to me to this day. Nevertheless, the lords do not approve of you.
1Sam. 29:7 So go back now; and go peaceably, that you may not displease the lords of the Philistines.”
1Sam. 29:8 And David said to Achish, “But what have I done? What have you found in your servant from the day I entered your service until now, that I may not go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?”
1Sam. 29:9 And Achish answered David and said, “I know that you are as blameless in my sight as an angel of God. Nevertheless, the commanders of the Philistines have said, ‘He shall not go up with us to the battle.’
1Sam. 29:10 Now then rise early in the morning with the servants of your lord who came with you, and start early in the morning, and depart as soon as you have light.”
1Sam. 29:11 So David set out with his men early in the morning to return to the land of the Philistines. But the Philistines went up to Jezreel.
1Chr. 12:19 ¶ Some of the men of Manasseh deserted to David when he came with the Philistines for the battle against Saul. (Yet he did not help them, for the rulers of the Philistines took counsel and sent him away, saying, “At peril to our heads he will desert to his master Saul.”)
1Chr. 12:20 As he went to Ziklag, these men of Manasseh deserted to him: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai, chiefs of thousands in Manasseh.
1Chr. 12:21 They helped David against the band of raiders, for they were all mighty men of valor and were commanders in the army.
1Chr. 12:22 For from day to day men came to David to help him, until there was a great army, like an army of God.
Psa. 40:1 ¶ I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
Psa. 40:2He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
Psa. 40:3He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.
Psa. 40:4 ¶ Blessed is the man who makes
the Lord his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
to those who go astray after a lie!
Psa. 40:5You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
yet they are more than can be told.
Psa. 40:6 ¶ In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
but you have given me an open ear.
Burnt offering and sin offering
you have not required.
Psa. 40:7Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
in the scroll of the book it is written of me:
Psa. 40:8I delight to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart.”
Psa. 40:9 ¶ I have told the glad news of deliverance
in the great congregation;
behold, I have not restrained my lips,
as you know, O Lord.
Psa. 40:10I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
from the great congregation.
Psa. 40:11 ¶ As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain
your mercy from me;
your steadfast love and your faithfulness will
ever preserve me!
Psa. 40:12For evils have encompassed me
my iniquities have overtaken me,
and I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head;
my heart fails me.
Psa. 40:13 ¶ Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me!
O Lord, make haste to help me!
Psa. 40:14Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether
who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be turned back and brought to dishonor
who delight in my hurt!
Psa. 40:15Let those be appalled because of their shame