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ROCK OF ESCAPING: Abigail and David, Part 2

Read MARRIED TO A FOOL: Abigail and David, Part 1.

When I was studying Abigail in 1 Samuel 25, my eyes caught a glimpse of a verse in chapter 23 that had the words "Rock of Escape."  So naturally my curiosity was piqued.  I went back to that chapter and made some wonderful discoveries.  Chapter 23 details the time when David had asked the Lord if he should go down and fight the Philistines.  The Lord said yes.  During that time, Saul learned what David was doing and plotted evil against him.  What captured my attention begins with verse 25:  "When Saul and his men went to seek him, they told David.  Therefore he went down to the rock, and stayed in the Wilderness of Maon.  And when Saul heard that, he pursued David in the Wilderness of Maon." (Emphasis mine.)

The passage continues in verses 26-29: "Then Saul went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain.  So David made haste to get away from Saul, for Saul and his men were encircling David and his men to take them.  But a messenger came to Saul, saying, 'Hurry and come, for the Philistines have invaded the land!'  Therefore Saul returned from pursuing David, and went against the Philistines; so they called that place the Rock of Escape.  Then David went up from there and dwelt in strongholds at En Gedi." NKJV (Emphasis mine.)

I will be using the Blue Letter Bible Outline of Biblical Usage and Strong's for the meanings of words.

First notice the word rock in verse 25...

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