But David thought to himself, "Saul will catch me some day. The best thing I can do is to escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will give up looking for me in Israel. That way I will escape from Saul."
So David and his 600 men left Israel and went to Achish son of Maoch. Achish was king of Gath.
David, his men, and their families lived in Gath with Achish. David had his two wives with him�Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail of Carmel. Abigail was the widow of Nabal.
People told Saul that David had run away to Gath, so Saul stopped looking for him.
David said to Achish, "If you are pleased with me, give me a place in one of the country towns. I am only your servant. I should live there, not here with you in this royal city."
That day Achish gave David the town of Ziklag. And Ziklag has belonged to the kings of Judah ever since.
David lived with the Philistines one year and four months.
David and his men went to fight the Amalekites and Geshurites who lived in the area from Telem near Shur all the way to Egypt. David's men defeated them and took their wealth.
David defeated the people in that area. He took all their sheep, cattle, donkeys, camels, and clothes and brought them back to Achish. But David didn't let any of those people live.
David did this many times. Each time Achish asked David where he fought and took those things. David said, "I fought against the southern part of Judah," or "I fought against the southern part of Jerahmeel," or "I fought against the southern part of the Kenizzites."
David never brought a man or woman alive to Gath. He thought, "If we let anyone live, they might tell Achish what I really did." David did this all the time he lived in the Philistine land.
Achish began to trust David and said to himself, "Now David's own people hate him. The Israelites hate him very much. Now he will serve me forever."
The names of all the Israelites were listed in their family histories. Those family histories were put in the book, The History of the Kings of Israel. The people of Judah were made prisoners and forced to go to Babylon. They were taken there because they were not faithful to God.
The first people to come back and live in their own lands and towns were some Israelites, priests, Levites, and servants who work in the Temple.
These are the people from the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh who lived in Jerusalem:
Uthai was Ammihud's son. Ammihud was Omri's son. Omri was Imri's son. Imri was Bani's son. Bani was a descendant of Perez. Perez was Judah's son.
The Shilonites who lived in Jerusalem were Asaiah the oldest son and his sons.
The Zerahites who lived in Jerusalem were Jeuel and their relatives. There were 690 of them in all.
These are the people from the tribe of Benjamin who lived in Jerusalem: Sallu was Meshullam's son. Meshullam was Hodaviah's son. Hodaviah was Hassenuah's son.
Ibneiah was Jeroham's son. Elah was Uzzi's son. Uzzi was Micri's son. And Meshullam was Shephatiah's son. Shephatiah was Reuel's son. Reuel was Ibnijah's son.
The family history of Benjamin shows there were 956 of them living in Jerusalem. All these men were leaders in their families.
These are the priests who lived in Jerusalem: Jedaiah, Jehoiarib, Jakin, and
Azariah. Azariah was Hilkiah's son. Hilkiah was Meshullam's son. Meshullam was Zadok's son. Zadok was Meraioth's son. Meraioth was Ahitub's son. Ahitub was the important official responsible for God's Temple.
Also there was Jeroham's son, Adaiah. Jeroham was Pashhur's son. Pashhur was Malkijah's son. And there was Adiel's son, Maasai. Adiel was Jahzerah's son. Jahzerah was Meshullam's son. Meshullam was Meshillemith's son. Meshillemith was Immer's son.
There were 1760 priests. They were leaders of their families. They were responsible for the work of serving in God's Temple.
These are the people from the tribe of Levi who lived in Jerusalem: Hasshub's son, Shemaiah. Hasshub was Azrikam's son. Azrikam was Hashabiah's son. Hashabiah was a descendant of Merari.
Also living in Jerusalem were Bakbakkar, Heresh, Galal, and Mattaniah. Mattaniah was Mica's son. Mica was Zicri's son. Zicri was Asaph's son.
Obadiah was Shemaiah's son. Shemaiah was Galal's son. Galal was Jeduthun's son. Berekiah was Asa's son. Asa was Elkanah's son. Berekiah lived in the small towns near the people of Netophah.
These are the gatekeepers who lived in Jerusalem: Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, Ahiman, and their relatives. Shallum was their leader.
Now these men stand next to the King's Gate on the east side. They were the gatekeepers from the tribe of Levi.
Shallum was Kore's son. Kore was Ebiasaph's son. Ebiasaph was Korah's son. Shallum and his brothers were gatekeepers. They were from the family of Korah. They had the job of guarding the gates to the Holy Tent. They did this just as their ancestors had done before them. Their ancestors had the job of guarding the entrance to the Holy Tent.
In the past, Phinehas was in charge of the gatekeepers. Phinehas was Eleazar's son. The Lord was with Phinehas.
Zechariah was the gatekeeper at the entrance to the Holy Tent.
In all there were 212 men who were chosen to guard the gates of the Holy Tent. Their names were written in their family histories in their small towns. David and Samuel the seer chose these men because they could be trusted.
The gatekeepers and their descendants had the responsibility of guarding the gates of the Lord's house, the Holy Tent.
There were gates on the four sides: east, west, north, and south.
The gatekeepers' relatives who lived in the small towns had to come and help them at certain times. They came and helped the gatekeepers for seven days each time.
There were four gatekeepers who were the leaders of all the gatekeepers. They were Levites. They had the job of caring for the rooms and treasures in God's Temple.
They stayed up all night guarding God's Temple, and they had the job of opening God's Temple every morning.
Some of the gatekeepers had the job of caring for the dishes used in the Temple services. They counted them when they were brought in. They also counted these dishes when they were taken out.
Other gatekeepers were chosen to care for the furniture and the special dishes. They also took care of the flour, wine, oil, incense, and special oil.
But it was the priests who had the job of mixing the special oil.
There was a Levite named Mattithiah who had the job of baking the bread used for the offerings. Mattithiah was Shallum's oldest son. Shallum was from the Korah family.
Some of the gatekeepers who were in the Korah family had the job of preparing the bread put on the table every Sabbath.
The Levites who were singers and leaders of their families stayed in the rooms at the Temple. They did not have to do other work because they were responsible for the work in the Temple day and night.
All these Levites were leaders of their families. They were listed as leaders in their family histories. They lived in Jerusalem.
Jeiel was Gibeon's father. Jeiel lived in the town of Gibeon. His wife was named Maacah.
Jeiel's oldest son was Abdon. Other sons were Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab,
Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah, and Mikloth.
Mikloth was Shimeam's father. Jeiel's family lived near their relatives in Jerusalem.
Ner was Kish's father. Kish was Saul's father. And Saul was the father of Jonathan, Malki Shua, Abinadab, and Esh Baal.
Jonathan's son was Merib Baal. Merib Baal was Micah's father.
Micah's sons were Pithon, Melech, Tahrea, and Ahaz.
Ahaz was Jadah's father. Jadah was Jarah's father. Jarah was the father of Alemeth, Azmaveth, and Zimri. Zimri was Moza's father.
Moza was the father of Binea. Rephaiah was Binea's son. Eleasah was Rephaiah's son. And Azel was Eleasah's son.
Azel had six sons. Their names were Azrikam, Bokeru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, and Hanan. They were Azel's children.
A praise song of David. Lord, I call to you for help. Listen to me as I pray. Please hurry and help me!
Accept my prayer like a gift of burning incense, the words I lift up like an evening sacrifice.
Lord, help me control what I say. Don't let me say anything bad.
Take away any desire to do evil. Keep me from joining the wicked in doing wrong. Help me stay away from their feasts.
If good people correct me, I will consider it a good thing. If they criticize me, I will accept it like a warm welcome. But my prayer will always be against the wicked and the evil they do.
Let their judges be put to death. Then everyone will know that I told the truth.
Like rocks in a field that a farmer has plowed, so our bones will be scattered in the grave.
My Lord God, I look to you for help. I look to you for protection; don't let me die.
Those evil people are trying to trap me. Don't let me fall into their traps.
Let the wicked fall into their own traps, while I walk away unharmed.
Jesus called his twelve followers together. He gave them power over evil spirits and power to heal every kind of disease and sickness.
These are the names of the twelve apostles: Simon (also called Peter), Andrew, the brother of Peter, James, the son of Zebedee, John, the brother of James,
Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, the tax collector, James, the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus,
Simon, the Zealot, Judas Iscariot (the one who handed Jesus over to his enemies).
Jesus sent the twelve men out with these instructions: "Don't go to the non- Jewish people. And don't go into any town where the Samaritans live.
But go to the people of Israel. They are like sheep that are lost.
When you go, tell them this: 'God's kingdom is coming soon.'
Heal the sick. Bring the dead back to life. Heal the people who have leprosy. And force demons out of people. I give you these powers freely, so help others freely.
Don't carry any money with you�gold or silver or copper.
Don't carry a bag. Take only the clothes and sandals you are wearing. And don't take a walking stick. A worker should be given what he needs.
"When you enter a city or town, find some worthy person there and stay in his home until you leave.
When you enter that home, say, 'Peace be with you.'
If the people in that home welcome you, they are worthy of your peace. May they have the peace you wished for them. But if they don't welcome you, they are not worthy of your peace. Take back the peace you wished for them.
And if the people in a home or a town refuse to welcome you or listen to you, then leave that place and shake the dust off your feet.
I can assure you that on the judgment day it will be worse for that town than for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.
"Listen! I am sending you, and you will be like sheep among wolves. So be smart like snakes. But also be like doves and don't hurt anyone.
Be careful! There are people who will arrest you and take you to be judged. They will whip you in their synagogues.
You will be taken to stand before governors and kings. People will do this to you because you follow me. You will tell about me to those kings and governors and to the non-Jewish people.
When you are arrested, don't worry about what to say or how you should say it. At that time you will be given the words to say.
It will not really be you speaking; the Spirit of your Father will be speaking through you.
"Brothers will turn against their own brothers and hand them over to be killed. Fathers will hand over their own children to be killed. Children will fight against their own parents and will have them killed.
Everyone will hate you because you follow me. But the one who remains faithful to the end will be saved.
When you are treated badly in one city, go to another city. I promise you that you will not finish going to all the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes again.
"Students are not better than their teacher. Servants are not better than their master.
Students should be happy to be treated the same as their teacher. And servants should be happy to be treated the same as their master. If those people call me 'the ruler of demons,' and I am the head of the family, then it is even more certain that they will insult you, the members of the family!
"So don't be afraid of those people. Everything that is hidden will be shown. Everything that is secret will be made known.
I tell you all this secretly, but I want you to tell it publicly. Whatever I tell you privately, you should shout for everyone to hear.
"Don't be afraid of people. They can kill the body, but they cannot kill the soul. The only one you should fear is God, who can destroy both the body and the soul in hell.
When birds are sold, two small birds cost only a penny. But not even one of those little birds can die without your Father knowing it.
God even knows how many hairs are on your head.
So don't be afraid. You are worth more than a whole flock of birds.
"If you stand before others and are willing to say you believe in me, then I will tell my Father in heaven that you belong to me.
But if you stand before others and say you do not believe in me, then I will tell my Father in heaven that you do not belong to me.
"Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace. I came to bring trouble.
I have come to make this happen: 'A son will turn against his father. A daughter will turn against her mother. A daughter-in-law will turn against her mother-in-law.
Even members of your own family will be your enemies.'
"Those who love their father or mother more than they love me are not worthy of me. And those who love their son or daughter more than they love me are not worthy of me.
Those who will not accept the cross that is given to them when they follow me are not worthy of me.
Those who try to keep the life they have will lose it. But those who give up their life for me will find true life.
"Whoever accepts you also accepts me. And whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.
Whoever accepts a prophet because he is a prophet will get the same reward a prophet gets. And whoever accepts a godly person just because that person is godly will get the same reward a godly person gets.
Whoever helps one of these little ones because they are my followers will definitely get a reward, even if they only give them a cup of cold water."