And Achish said unto David, Know thou assuredly, that thou shalt go out with me to battle, thou and thy men.
Then the other princes said to Achish: What need of these Hebrews?
Achish summoned all his troops, in order to inflict a decisive blow on Israel.
The servants of Achish said unto him, Is not this David, the king of the land?
He therefore begged Achish to assign to him and his followers a dwelling-place in one of his citadels.
There was much common sense in the demand, and Achish could not but feel it.
And David arose, and he passed over with the six hundred men that were with him unto Achish, king of Gath.
Achish said to David, Therefore will I make you keeper of my head for ever.
Achish said to David, "In that case I will make you the captain of my body-guard from this time on."
What a picture of a furious madman is the description of his conduct when Achish's servants came to arrest him.
angry, perhaps only a general title of royalty applicable to the Philistine kings. (1.) The king with whom David sought refuge when he fled from Saul (1 Sam. 21:10-15). He is called Abimelech in the superscription of Ps. 34. It was probably this same king to whom David a second time repaired at the head of a band of 600 warriors, and who assigned him Ziklag, whence he carried on war against the surrounding tribes (1 Sam. 27:5-12). Achish had great confidence in the valour and fidelity of David (1 Sam. 28:1,2), but at the instigation of his courtiers did not permit him to go up to battle along with the Philistine hosts (1 Sam. 29:2-11). David remained with Achish a year and four months. (2.) Another king of Gath, probably grandson of the foregoing, to whom the two servants of Shimei fled. This led Shimei to go to Gath in pursuit of them, and the consequence was that Solomon put him to death (1 Kings 2:39-46).