Saul pursues David (1 Sam 26:1-26:5)

“Then the Ziphites came to Saul at Gibeah, saying. ‘David is in hiding himself on the hill of Hachilah, which is opposite Jeshimon.’ So Saul rose and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, with three thousand chosen men of Israel, to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph. Saul encamped on the hill of Hachilah, which is opposite Jeshimon beside the road. But David remained in the wilderness. When he learned that Saul had come after him into the wilderness, David sent out spies. He learned that Saul had indeed arrived. Then David set out and came to the place where Saul had encamped. David saw the place where Saul lay, with Abner son of Ner, the commander of his army. Saul was lying within the encampment, while the army was encamped around him.”

This seems like the same story as in chapters 23-24. This story starts out the same as the earlier one. Somebody from Ziph went to Saul at Gibeah to tell him that David was hiding out in the hills of Hachilah. Saul then took 3,000 chosen troops to pursue him. Here there is an explicit mention of Jeshimon. This time David sent out spies to find out exactly where Saul was. Saul did not wander into the cave where David is.   David went to Saul. David set out to find Saul. He found the camp with Saul and Abner sleeping.

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