I Samuel – Chapter 29

David, Go Home!

By Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

The Philistine army advanced, David and his men among them. The Philistine generals objected to Achish about the Jews in their ranks; they didn’t trust them. (Rightfully so!) Achish stuck up for David, but the officers wouldn’t hear of it. They remembered the songs praising David for all the Philistines he killed! Achish called David and reluctantly told him that while he trusted David, his commanders insisted that the Israelite forces be dismissed. David pretended to be offended, though this was secretly what he wanted. So, the next morning, David and his men headed back to their city in the Philistine territory.

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