David kept on running from Saul that day until he came to Gath, where he met with King Achish. 11
The officers of King Achish were also there, and they asked Achish, “Isn't David a king back in his own country? Don't the Israelites dance and sing, ‘Saul has killed a thousand enemies; David has killed ten thousand’?” 12
David thought about what they were saying, and it made him afraid of Achish. 13
So right there in front of everyone, he pretended to be insane. He acted confused and started making scratches on the doors of the town gate, while drooling in his beard. 14
“Look at him!” Achish said to his officers. “You can see he's crazy. Why did you bring him to me? 15
I have enough crazy people without your bringing another one here. Keep him away from my palace!”
Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version ®. Copyright © 1995 American Bible Society. Used by permission.