dwellings, the name given to the prophetical college established by Samuel near Ramah. It consisted of a cluster of separate dwellings, and hence its name. David took refuge here when he fled from Saul (1 Sam. 19:18, 19, 22, 23), and here he passed a few weeks in peace (comp. Ps. 11). It was probably the common residence of the "sons of the prophets."
It is not unlikely that Sauls experience at naioth led to a temporary improvement in his relations to David.
The company of prophets at naioth presided over by Samuel formed such a School, and the oral teaching was handed down by them.
He fell for the time under the strong influence of the prophetic company; but David did not trust him, for he fled from naioth.