1 Samuel 27:7
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New International Version
David lived in Philistine territory a year and four months.

New Living Translation
and they lived there among the Philistines for a year and four months.

English Standard Version
And the number of the days that David lived in the country of the Philistines was a year and four months.

New American Standard Bible
The number of days that David lived in the country of the Philistines was a year and four months.

King James Bible
And the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four months.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The time that David stayed in the Philistine territory amounted to a year and four months.

International Standard Version
David lived in Philistine territory for a year and four months.

NET Bible
The length of time that David lived in the Philistine countryside was a year and four months.

New Heart English Bible
The number of the days that David lived in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four months.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
David stayed in Philistine territory for one year and four months.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the number of the days that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four months.

New American Standard 1977
And the number of days that David lived in the country of the Philistines was a year and four months.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the number of days that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was four months and some days.

King James 2000 Bible
And the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four months.

American King James Version
And the time that David dwelled in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four months.

American Standard Version
And the number of the days that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four months.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines, was four months.

Darby Bible Translation
And the time that David abode in the country of the Philistines was a year and four months.

English Revised Version
And the number of the days that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four months.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four months.

World English Bible
The number of the days that David lived in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four months.

Young's Literal Translation
And the number of the days which David hath dwelt in the field of the Philistines is days and four months;
Study Bible
David and the Philistines
6So Achish gave him Ziklag that day; therefore Ziklag has belonged to the kings of Judah to this day. 7The number of days that David lived in the country of the Philistines was a year and four months. 8Now David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites and the Girzites and the Amalekites; for they were the inhabitants of the land from ancient times, as you come to Shur even as far as the land of Egypt.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 29:3
Then the commanders of the Philistines said, "What are these Hebrews doing here?" And Achish said to the commanders of the Philistines, "Is this not David, the servant of Saul the king of Israel, who has been with me these days, or rather these years, and I have found no fault in him from the day he deserted to me to this day?"

1 Samuel 27:8
Now David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites and the Girzites and the Amalekites; for they were the inhabitants of the land from ancient times, as you come to Shur even as far as the land of Egypt.
Treasury of Scripture

And the time that David dwelled in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four months.

the time [heb] the number of days
a full year [heb] a year of days

1 Samuel 29:3 Then said the princes of the Philistines, What do these Hebrews here? …

(7) A full year and four months.--Keil calls attention to the exact statement of time here as a proof of the historical character of the whole narrative. The Hebrew expression, translated "a year," is a singular one: yamim--literally, days--a collective term, used in Leviticus 25:29, 1Samuel 1:3; 1Samuel 2:19, &c., to signify a term or period of days which amounted to a full year. This year and four months were among the darkest days of David's life. He was sorely tried, it is true; but he had adopted the very course his bitterest foes would have wished him to select. In open arms, apparently leagued with the deadliest foes of Israel, like an Italian condottiere or captain of free lances of the Middle Ages, he had taken service and accepted the wages of that very Philistine city whose champion he once had slain in the morning of his career. At last his enemies at the court of Saul had reason when they spoke of him as a traitor. From the curt recital in this chapter, which deals with the saddest portion of David's career, we shall see that while he apparently continued to make common cause with the enemies of his race, he still used his power to help, and not to injure, his countrymen; but the price he paid for his patriotism was a life of falsehood, stained, too, with deeds of fierce cruelty, shocking even in these rough, half-barbarous times.

Verse 7. - A full year. Hebrew, "days." Rashi argues in favour of its meaning some days, and Josephus says the time of David's stay in Philistia was "four months and twenty days;" but already in 1 Samuel 1:3; 1 Samuel 2:19, we have had the phrase "from days day-ward in the sense of yearly, and comp. Leviticus 25:29; Judges 17:10; also Judges 19:2, where the A.V. translates the Hebrew days four months as meaning "four months" only. Probably, as here, it is a year and four months, though the omission of the conjunction is a difficulty. So too for "after a time" (Judges 14:8) it should be "after a year" - Hebrew, after days. EXPEDITIONS OF DAVID FROM ZIKLAG (vers. 8-12). And the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines,.... At Gath and Ziklag:

was a full year and four months; or "days and four months"; days being sometimes put for a year, Judges 17:10; though some interpret it not of a year, but of some few days out of the fifth month, besides the four months; so Jarchi and Kimchi; and Josephus (h) makes his abode to be four months and twenty days; but, according to the Septuagint and Vulgate Latin versions, it was only four months; and so it may be rendered, "days, that is, four months"; for according to the Jewish chronology (i) Samuel died four months before Saul, and this flight of David was after the death of Samuel, and when Saul died he left the land of the Philistines, and took the throne of Judah; See Gill on 1 Samuel 25:1.

(h) Antiqu. l. 6. c. 13. sect. 10. (i) Sepher Olam Rabba c. 13. p. 37. 27:1-7 Unbelief is a sin that easily besets even good men, when without are fightings, and within are fears; and it is a hard matter to get over them. Lord, increase our faith! We may blush to think that the word of a Philistine should go further than the word of an Israelite, and that the city of Gath should be a place of refuge for a good man, when the cities of Israel refuse him a safe abode. David gained a comfortable settlement, not only at a distance from Gath, but bordering upon Israel, where he might keep up a correspondence with his own countrymen.
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