New American Standard Bible
Then they told David, saying, "Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are plundering the threshing floors."
King James Bible
Then they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the threshingfloors.
Darby Bible Translation
And they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the threshing-floors.
World English Bible
David was told, "Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah, and are robbing the threshing floors."
Young's Literal Translation
And they declare to David, saying, 'Lo, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah, and they are spoiling the threshing-floors.'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
David's growing importance, fugitive as he was, is marked by this appeal to him for deliverance from the Philistines. The "threshing floors" were the natural objects of plunder Judges 6:11. Keilah was in the Shephelah (marginal reference), probably close to the Philistine border, but its site is uncertain.
Alike from the literary and the historical point of view, the book of Samuel stands midway between the book of Judges and the book of Kings. As we have already seen, the Deuteronomic book of Judges in all probability ran into Samuel and ended in ch. xii.; while the story of David, begun in Samuel, embraces the first two chapters of the first book of Kings. The book of Samuel is not very happily named, as much of it is devoted to Saul and the greater part to David; yet it is not altogether inappropriate, …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
and Keilah and Achzib and Mareshah; nine cities with their villages.
After him the Levites carried out repairs under Rehum the son of Bani. Next to him Hashabiah, the official of half the district of Keilah, carried out repairs for his district.
After him their brothers carried out repairs under Bavvai the son of Henadad, official of the other half of the district of Keilah.
"Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed all at the same time and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them was found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
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