Daily Bible Reading “David Escapes the Wrath of Saul” (1 Samuel 23:14-29)

Samuel 23 hachilah David Escapes the Wrath of Saul

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 1 Samuel 23:14-29. David remained in the wilderness of Ziph hiding out in the mountains. Saul searched for David ever day. But God didn’t deliver David into the hands of Saul.

David knew that Saul was looking for him. David was held up in the wilderness. Jonathan, Saul’s son, went to be with David and strengthened him in LORD.

Jonathan comforted David reassuring him that Saul wasn’t going to kill him. Jonathan assured David that he would be king over Israel and Jonathan would be by his side to support him.

Jonathan and David made a covenant declaring these things before the LORD. Jonathan returned to his house and David remained in hiding in the wilderness.

The Ziphites came to Saul in Gibeah and inquired of Saul saying, “Doth not David hide himself with us in strong holds in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which is on the south of Jeshimon?”

The Ziphites beckoned Saul to come and they would deliver David into his hands. Saul blessed the LORD saying the LORD had compassion on him.

Saul told them to go seek David and inquire who had seen him and where they saw him. Saul sent them to find all of David’s hiding places so he could go to Judah and conquer him.

When David heard that Saul was on his trail he went down from the mountain to hide in the wilderness of Maon, a plain south of Jeshimon.

Saul and his men were on one side of the mountain and David on the other side. Saul’s men surrounded David and were ready to take him, when Saul got word that the Philistines were attacking.

Saul and his men had to leave their quest of hunting David and went to fight the Philistines. Once again David escaped the wrath of Saul. Because of this they called that place Selahammahlekoth, the cliff of escapes.

Isn’t it amazing how quickly circumstances can change. The enemy was closing in on David and then their attention was diverted to the attacks of the Philistines. How many times in life have you narrowly escaped the attacks of the enemy? David took this opportunity to leave and go to dwell in strongholds in Engedi.

Daily Bible Reading:

1 Samuel 23:14-29

14 And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his hand.
15 And David saw that Saul was come out to seek his life: and David was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood.
16 And Jonathan Saul’s son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.
17 And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee; and that also Saul my father knoweth.
18 And they two made a covenant before the LORD: and David abode in the wood, and Jonathan went to his house.
19 Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself with us in strong holds in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which is on the south of Jeshimon?
20 Now therefore, O king, come down according to all the desire of thy soul to come down; and our part shall be to deliver him into the king’s hand.
21 And Saul said, Blessed be ye of the LORD; for ye have compassion on me.
22 Go, I pray you, prepare yet, and know and see his place where his haunt is, and who hath seen him there: for it is told me that he dealeth very subtilly.
23 See therefore, and take knowledge of all the lurking places where he hideth himself, and come ye again to me with the certainty, and I will go with you: and it shall come to pass, if he be in the land, that I will search him out throughout all the thousands of Judah.
24 And they arose, and went to Ziph before Saul: but David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the plain on the south of Jeshimon.
25 Saul also and his men went to seek him. And they told David: wherefore he came down into a rock, and abode in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard that, he pursued after David in the wilderness of Maon.
26 And Saul went on this side of the mountain, and David and his men on that side of the mountain: and David made haste to get away for fear of Saul; for Saul and his men compassed David and his men round about to take them.
27 But there came a messenger unto Saul, saying, Haste thee, and come; for the Philistines have invaded the land.
28 Wherefore Saul returned from pursuing after David, and went against the Philistines: therefore they called that place Selahammahlekoth.
29 And David went up from thence, and dwelt in strong holds at Engedi.


Things to think about:

  • Where was David held up at the beginning of this Scripture?
  • Who came to visit David and what pact did they make?
  • What happened when Saul found out where David was?
  • Who joined Saul in his endeavor to find David?
  • What happened to save David from the wrath of Saul?


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture we see that Saul was hot on David’s trail again. David was able to escape the wrath of Saul because the Philistines invaded the land. Help us to escape the wrath of the enemy as You did David in this Scripture. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.


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