Sh’mu’el Alef (1 Samuel) Chapter 27

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Hay- breath; Spirit of G-d.

Sh’mu’el Alef 27:1-4 Then David said to himself, "Now I will perish one day by the hand of Sha’ul. There is nothing better for me than to escape into the land of the P’lishtim. Sha’ul then will despair of searching for me anymore in all the territory of Israel, and I will escape from his hand." So David arose and crossed over, he and the six hundred men who were with him, to Akhish the son of Ma’okh, king of Gat. And David lived with Akhish at Gat, he and his men, each with his household, even David with his two wives, Achino’am the Yisre’el, and Avigayil from Karmel, Naval's widow. Now it was told Sha’ul that David had fled to Gat, so he no longer searched for him.

David begins to think that Sha’ul will eventually kill him off. G-d had told him to stay in Y’hudah but he got a bit nervous and went to the enemy of Israel for protection.

Sh’mu’el Alef 22:5 And the prophet Gad said to David, "Do not stay in the stronghold; depart, and go into the land of Y’hudah." So David departed and went into the forest of Heret.

Sh’mu’el Alef 27:5-7 Then David said to Akhish, "If now I have found favor in your sight, let them give me a place in one of the cities in the country, that I may live there; for why should your servant live in the royal city with you?" So Akhish gave him Ziklag that day; therefore Ziklag has belonged to the kings of Y’hudah to this day. And the number of days that David lived in the country of the P’lishtim was a year and four months.

David is given a kingdom to rule over until Sha’ul’s death.

He is able to keep himself and his people away from the evil influence of the pagan P’lishtim.

Sh’mu’el Alef 27:8-12 Now David and his men went up and raided the G’shuri and the Gizri and the Amaleki; for they were the inhabitants of the land from ancient times, as you come to Shur even as far as the land of Egypt. And David attacked the land and did not leave a man or a woman alive, and he took away the sheep, the cattle, the donkeys, the camels, and the clothing. Then he returned and came to Akhish. Now Akhish said, "Where have you made a raid today?" And David said, "Against the Negev of Y’hudah and against the Negev of the Yerachme’eli and against the Negev of the Keni." And David did not leave a man or a woman alive, to bring to Gat, saying, "Unless they should tell about us, saying, 'So has David done and so has been his practice all the time he has lived in the country of the P’lishtim.'" So Akhish believed David, saying, "He has surely made himself odious among his people Israel; therefore he will become my servant forever."

David was slowly eliminating the enemies of Israel. By not leaving anyone alive, the Philishtim could not learn the truth about David’s raids. They thought David was attacking the Israelites but that was not true. David was becoming more loved by the Israelites not less loved as the king of P’lishtim believed.