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April 25   - Day 115
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Saul's enemy, the Philistines, befriends Saul's enemy, David
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Commentary:
The Philistines - Success or Failure?
(1Sam27-31)

Scriptures: (90vs)
Psalm 43 (5vs)
"Vindicate me, God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation. Oh, deliver me from deceitful and wicked men..."
1 Samuel 27:1-7 (7vs), 1 Chronicles 12:1-7 (7vs)
Fearing Saul, David took his 2 wives and gradually amassed 600 mighty men from various tribes of Israel to live with the Philistines, Saul's enemies. Achish, son of the Philistine king of Gath, let them live at Ziglag.
1 Samuel 27:8-12 (5vs)
In Achish's service, David and his men made vicious raids on inhabitants of the land - the Geshurites, Girzites, and Amalekites - taking no one alive.
1 Samuel 28:1-2 (2vs)
Achish required David and his men to join the Philistine armies for war against Israel as his bodyguard.
1 Samuel 29 (11vs), 1 Chronicles 12:19-22 (4vs)
Achish vouched for David and his men as the Philistines prepared to go to war against Saul, but once there the Philistine lords were suspicious of David fighting with them against Israel. They were sent back to Ziklag.
1 Samuel 30 (31vs)
It took 3 days to return. David and his men found Ziklag had been burned down and its residents, their wives and children, taken prisoners by the Amalekites. His men were furious at him. He inquired of the Lord what to do.
1 Samuel 28:3-25 (23vs)
Meanwhile, in preparation for the battle with the Philistines, Saul had his future told at Endor
NOTE: One difference between King Saul and David is that when Saul inquired of God and heard nothing, he gave up and sought out the medium at Endor. 1Samuel 28:3 ff

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