Achish (Ay´kish)

The ruler of the Philistine city of Gath from whom David sought asylum when he fled from Saul. At first David was distrustful of Achish and feigned madness to escape when he was recognized as a successful military leader (1Sam 21:10-15); but later Achish accepted David and his men as mercenaries and gave David the city of Ziklag in exchange for his raids on southern tribes hostile to the Philistines (1Sam 27:1-12). However, because of the suspicions of some of his commanders, Achish excused David from raids on Israel (1Sam 29:1-11).

1Sam 21:10-15

David Flees to Gath
10David rose and fled that day from Saul; he went to King Achish of Gath.11The servants of Achish said to him, “Is this not David the king o ... View more

1Sam 27:1-12

David Serves King Achish of Gath
1David said in his heart, “I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul; there is nothing better for me than to escape to the ... View more

1Sam 29:1-11

The Philistines Reject David
1Now the Philistines gathered all their forces at Aphek, while the Israelites were encamped by the fountain that is in Jezreel.2As ... View more

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