The chiefs of the P’lishtim asked, “What are these Hebrews doing here?” Akhish answered the chiefs of the P’lishtim, “This is David, who was a servant of Sha’ul, king of Isra’el. He’s been with me now for well over a year, and I haven’t found anything wrong with him between the time he deserted to me and now.”
This is another chapter where I really don’t know what to say. I try to keep to the context of each chapter when focusing on one or two verses that have a succinct message I can share, but sometimes I just get nothing. The way the narrative is structured I don’t know what I am supposed to interpret from David’s words and actions. Is he working a deception on Akhish? If David was unwilling to kill Sha’ul, who has wanted to take his life, surely he wouldn’t have been willing to actually kill men of Israel on behalf of the P’lishtim. I don’t really get what is going on in the story here. I find it strange that David has taken such a passive role here. I am also confused by Akhish, he talks as if he is an Israelite, but he is marching into war against Israel. What is really going on? I don’t know. Maybe you can figure it out.