The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Samuel 21:11–16

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11  And the servants of Achish said unto him: 'Is not this David the king of the land? Did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying: Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands?'

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12  And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath.

12  Then David took these words to his heart, and he became exceedingly afraid before the face of Achish, the king of Gath.

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13  And he changed his demeanour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.

13  And he changed his appearance before him, and feigned himself a false character in that day; and drummed upon the doors of the city, and used extravagant gestures with his hands, and fell against the doors of the gate, and his spittle ran down upon his beard.

13  So he changed his behavior in his presence, and disguised himself in their sight, and he sat at the doorpost and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.

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14  Then said Achish unto his servants: 'Lo, when ye see a man that is mad, wherefore do ye bring him to me?

14  And Anchus said to his servants, Lo! ye see the man is mad: why have ye brought him in to me?

14  Then Achish said to his servants. Lo, you see the man is mad; why then have you brought him to me?

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15  Do I lack madmen, that ye have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house?'

15  Am I in want of madmen, that ye have brought him in to me to play the madman? He shall not come into the house.

15  Or do we have need of those who are mad, so that you would bring in this one, to behave madly in my presence? How did this man get into my house?”