Bibelen på hverdagsdansk

1. Samuelsbog 29:1-11

De andre filisterkonger vil ikke have David med i krigen

1Mens israelitterne lå i lejr oppe ved Jizre’elflodens kilde, havde filistrene mønstret deres samlede hær ved byen Afek.29,1 Dette kapitel er et tilbageblik over de sidste forberedelser, før filistrene rykkede frem til Shunem som omtalt i 28,4. Formålet er at klargøre, hvorfor David ikke kom med i kampen mod Sauls hær. 2De fem filisterkonger var troppet op med hver deres hærstyrker, og David og hans mænd var fulgt med i bagtroppen af kong Akish’ hær.

3Da de fire andre filisterkonger så David og hans mænd, sagde de til Akish: „Hvad laver de hebræere her?” Han svarede: „Det er David, som i sin tid flygtede fra kong Saul i Israel. Han har været i min tjeneste i årevis, og jeg har aldrig haft noget at udsætte på ham.”

4„Send den mand hjem til den by, du har givet ham at bo i,” forlangte de øvrige konger. „Hvis han deltager i krigen, kan vi risikere, at han falder os i ryggen. Her får han jo en perfekt anledning til at genvinde Sauls tillid. 5Det er trods alt den selv samme mand, som Israels kvinder hyldede med ordene: ‚Saul har besejret sine tusinder, men David har besejret sine titusinder.’ ”

6Så kaldte Akish på David og hans mænd og sagde: „Jeg sværger ved den levende Gud, at jeg sætter pris på den loyalitet, I har udvist,” sagde han. „Hvis det stod til mig, ville I få lov til at følge med os i kamp. Men de andre konger siger nej. 7Gå nu stille og roligt tilbage til jeres by, så vi ikke rager uklar med de andre konger.”

8„Jamen, hvad har jeg gjort?” udbrød David. „Har jeg ikke altid været loyal over for dig? Hvorfor må jeg ikke få lov til at kæmpe mod min herres fjender?”

9„I mine øjne er du som sendt af Gud,” forsikrede kong Akish David, „men det ændrer ikke ved den kendsgerning, at de andre ikke vil have dig med. 10Gør nu, som jeg siger, og tag hjem i morgen ved daggry.”

11Tidligt næste morgen vendte David og hans mænd så tilbage til filistrenes land, mens hæren drog videre i retning af Jizre’eldalen.

New International Reader's Version

1 Samuel 29:1-11

Achish Sends David Back to Ziklag

1The Philistines gathered their whole army together at Aphek. Israel’s army camped by the spring of water at Jezreel. 2The Philistine rulers marched out in groups of hundreds and thousands. David and his men were marching with Achish behind the others. 3The commanders of the Philistines asked, “Why are these Hebrews here?”

Achish replied, “That’s David, isn’t it? Wasn’t he an officer of Saul, the king of Israel? He has already been with me for more than a year. I haven’t found any fault in him. That’s been true from the day he left Saul until now.”

4But the Philistine commanders were angry with Achish. They said, “Send David back. Let him return to the town you gave him. He must not go with us into battle. If he does, he’ll turn against us during the fighting. In fact, he might even cut off the heads of our own men. What better way could he choose to win back his master’s favor? 5Isn’t David the one the Israelites sang about when they danced? They sang,

“ ‘Saul has killed thousands of men.

David has killed tens of thousands.’ ”

6So Achish called David over to him. He said, “You have been faithful to me. And that’s just as sure as the Lord is alive. I would be pleased to have you serve with me in the army. I haven’t found any fault in you. That’s been true from the day you came to me until today. But the Philistine rulers aren’t pleased to have you come along. 7So now go back home in peace. Don’t do anything that wouldn’t please the Philistine rulers.”

8“But what have I done?” asked David. “What have you found against me from the day I came to you until now? Why can’t I go and fight against your enemies? After all, you are my king and master.”

9Achish answered, “You have been as pleasing to me as an angel of God. But the Philistine commanders have said, ‘We don’t want David to go up with us into battle.’ 10So get up early in the morning. Take with you the men who used to serve Saul. Leave as soon as the sun begins to come up.”

11So David and his men got up early in the morning. They went back to the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.