David thought about what they said 1 and was very afraid of King Achish of Gath.
So on that day David arose and fled from Saul. He went to King Achish of Gath.
So David left and crossed over to King Achish son of Maoch of Gath accompanied by his six hundred men.
When Saul learned that David had fled to Gath, he did not mount a new search for him.
Then the men of Israel and Judah charged forward, shouting a battle cry. 1 They chased the Philistines to the valley 2 and to the very gates of Ekron. The Philistine corpses lay fallen along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron.
These are the gold sores that the Philistines brought as a guilt offering to the Lord – one for each of the following cities: Ashdod, Gaza, Ashkelon, Gath, and Ekron.
The cities that the Philistines had captured from Israel were returned to Israel, from Ekron to Gath. Israel also delivered their territory from the control 1 of the Philistines. There was also peace between Israel and the Amorites.
As he was speaking with them, the champion named Goliath, the Philistine from Gath, was coming up from the battle lines of the Philistines. He spoke the way he usually did, 1 and David heard it.
David settled with Achish in Gath, along with his men and their families. 1 David had with him his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelite and Abigail the Carmelite, Nabal’s widow.
So they assembled 1 all the leaders of the Philistines and asked, “What should we do with the ark of the God of Israel?” They replied, “The ark of the God of Israel should be moved to Gath.” So they moved the ark of the God of Israel.
Neither man nor woman would David leave alive so as to bring them back to Gath. He was thinking, “This way they can’t tell on us, saying, ‘This is what David did.’” Such was his practice the entire time 1 that he lived in the country of the Philistines.