New Living Translation
One day David said to Achish, "If it is all right with you, we would rather live in one of the country towns instead of here in the royal city."
King James Bible
And David said unto Achish, If I have now found grace in thine eyes, let them give me a place in some town in the country, that I may dwell there: for why should thy servant dwell in the royal city with thee?
Darby Bible Translation
And David said to Achish, If now I have found favour in thine eyes, let them give me a place in some country-town, that I may abide there; for why should thy servant abide in the royal city with thee?
World English Bible
David said to Achish, "If now I have found favor in your eyes, let them give me a place in one of the cities in the country, that I may dwell there. For why should your servant dwell in the royal city with you?"
Young's Literal Translation
And David saith unto Achish, 'If, I pray thee, I have found grace in thine eyes, they give to me a place in one of the cities of the field, and I dwell there, yea, why doth thy servant dwell in the royal city with thee?'
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
27:5 Give me a place - A prudent desire. Hereby David designed to preserve his people, both from the vices, which conversation with the Philistines would have exposed them to; and from that envy, and malice, which diversity of religion might have caused. With thee - Which is too great an honour for me, and too burdensome to thee, and may be an occasion of offence to thy people.
1 Samuel 27:4
Word soon reached Saul that David had fled to Gath, so he stopped hunting for him.
1 Samuel 27:6
So Achish gave him the town of Ziklag (which still belongs to the kings of Judah to this day),
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