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Lesson 43: David Finds Saul in a Cave

Updated: Jul 26, 2020

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INTRODUCTION. After David and Jonathan made their second covenant, David

became a fugitive and outlaw, running from Saul for most of the remainder of Saul's

life. David first fled to Nob, a town in the territory of Benjamin called, "the city of the

priests" (I Sam. 22:19). There the priest Ahimelech gave him some provisions and

Goliath's sword, for David was unarmed and without any weapons (I Sam. 21:1-9).


David next went to Achish, the king of the Philistine city of Gath, but he was not welcome

there among the Philistines (I Sam. 21:10-15). He escaped then to the cave

of Adullam, a large cave in the lowlands of Judah. His father's family joined him

there as well as a fighting force of 400 men who were discontented, distressed, and

in debt. David removed his family to Moab for safety, then returned to Judah at the

advice of the prophet Gad (I Sam. 22:1-5).


Meanwhile an Edomite named Doeg informed Saul that the priest Ahimelech had