1 Samuel 23:
Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself with us in strong holds in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which is
on the south of Jeshimon?
1 Samuel 26:
And the Ziphites came unto Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself in the hill of Hachilah, which is
1 Samuel 26:
And Saul pitched in the hill of Hachilah, which is
before Jeshimon, by the way. But David abode in the wilderness, and he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness.
People's Dictionary of the Bible
Hachilah, Hill of (hăk'al-ah), the darksome hill. A place in Judah near Ziph, and where David with his 600 followers hid. 1 Samuel 23:19; compare 14, 15, 18; 26:3.
Easton's Bible Dictionary
The darksome hill, one of the peaks of the long ridge of el-Kolah, running out of the Ziph plateau, "on the south of Jeshimon" (i.e., of the "waste"), the district to which one looks down from the plateau of Ziph (1 Samuel 23:19 ). After his reconciliation with Saul at Engedi (24:1-8), David returned to Hachilah, where he had fixed his quarters. The Ziphites treacherously informed Saul of this, and he immediately (26:1-4) renewed his pursuit of David, and "pitched in the hill of Hachilah." David and his nephew Abishai stole at night into the midst of Saul's camp, when they were all asleep, and noiselessly removed the royal spear and the cruse from the side of the king, and then, crossing the intervening valley to the height on the other side, David cried to the people, and thus awoke the sleepers. He then addressed Saul, who recognized his voice, and expostulated with him. Saul professed to be penitent; but David could not put confidence in him, and he now sought refuge at Ziklag. David and Saul never afterwards met. (1 Samuel 26:13-25 ).
Fausset's Bible Dictionary
, the Hill
In a wood in the untilled land near Ziph, facing (1 Samuel 23:19; 1 Samuel 23:24, "south" of) the Jeshimon, i.e. the waste district. David and his 600 men lurked in the fastnesses of the hill; but as Saul approached withdrew to the wood (rather the choresh or "village" attached to Ziph below. (See ZIPH.) Saul bivouacked by the way or road which passed over or at the side of the hill. Then ensued David's taking of Saul's spear and cruse (1 Samuel 23:14; 1 Samuel 26:13). See the title of Psalm 54. There is an undesigned coincidence between David's language in Psalms 11:1, "how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain," and the independent history (1 Samuel 26:20)," the king of Israel is come out to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains," a confirmation of the genuineness of both psalm and history.
From the rock of Ziph David came down to "the wilderness of Maon." Both names are still found in southern Judah. Conder (Palestine Exploration) identifies Hachilah with a high hill bounded by deep valleys N. and S. on which stands the ruin Yekin or Harbin, facing Jeshimon on the right. The "trench" where Saul pitched tent is the flat low plot between steep cliffs, the head of a large wady with water. David crossed the valley, and from either of the hill tops called to the hosts. There is only one hill E. of Ziph overlooking the desert, the rest are rolling downs at a lower level; on this one is Yekin, which is "Hachil," the liquids 'l' and 'n' being interchanged as often.
The "trench" in which Saul lay (1 Samuel 26:5) was the hollow, with a spring and cave in it, still to be seen beneath the crest of the hill. Another knoll is beyond this hollow; just as the Bedouins take up their quarters, not on a hill where they can be seen, but in a slight hollow so as at will to emerge forth at the right moment on a foe. It is contrary to their customs of war to lie in a trench of an encampment; however the sense may probably be (see margin), he lay within the wagon rampart.
Hitchcock's Bible Names
My hope is in her
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
HACHILAH ( 1 Samuel 23:19 ; 1 Samuel 26:1 ; 1 Samuel 26:3 ). A hill in which David hid, and on which, during his pursuit, Saul pitched his camp, near the wilderness of Ziph. Ziph is mod. Tell ez-ZÃ®f , to the S. of Hebron. Conder suggests that Hachilah may be the hill Dahr el-KÃ´lÃ¢ , but this is perhaps rather far to the east.
Morrish Bible Dictionary
Hill near Ziph in Judah, described as being 'before' or 'on the south of ' Jeshimon. David resorted there when pursued by Saul, and there David spared Saul when he was in his power. 1 Samuel 23:19 ; 1 Samuel 26:1,3 . Identified by some with Dhahret el Kolah, 31 28' N, 35 13 E.
- (huh ki' luh) NIV spelling of Hachilah
. See Hachilah
( 1 Samuel 23:19 ; 1 Samuel 26:1 ; 1 Samuel 26:3 ). Conder suggests that Hachilah
may be the hill Dahr el-KÃ´lÃ¢ , but this is perhaps rather far to the east
, Hill of (hăk'al-ah), the darksome hill
- After his reconciliation with Saul at Engedi (24:1-8), David returned to Hachilah
, where he had fixed his quarters. The Ziphites treacherously informed Saul of this, and he immediately (26:1-4) renewed his pursuit of David, and "pitched in the hill of Hachilah
- ‘Gibeah of Saul,’ ‘of Phinehas,’ ‘of the foreskins,’ ‘of Moreh,’ ‘of Hachilah
,’ ‘of Ammah,’ ‘of Gareb,’ and ‘of Elohim
- We find the consistency of character maintained throughout the history; the same spirit prompting the request at Hachilah
," Let me smite Saul" (1 Samuel 26:8), as subsequently at Bahurim, when Shimei cursed David, prompted his exclamation "Why should this dead dog curse my Lord the king? let me take off his head" (2 Samuel 16:9)
Hachilah, the Hill
- Conder (Palestine Exploration) identifies Hachilah
with a high hill bounded by deep valleys N
- of Jeshimon, at the hill of Hachilah
, David narrowly escaped Saul through the Ziphites' treachery (1 Samuel 23:19; 1 Samuel 23:24-25)
Fourth, this word is used to mean “south,” since the south is on one’s “right” when he faces eastward: “Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself with us in strongholds in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah
, which is on the south of Jeshimon?” (1 Sam
- With Saul at Hachilah
(1 Samuel 26:8-14)
- For example: "Doth not David hide himself with us in strong holds, in the woods, in the hill of Hachilah
, which is on the south of Jeshimon?" in Hebrew, "on the right hand of Jeshimon
- Once again (1 Samuel 26), at Hachilah
David spared Saul, though urged by Abishai to destroy him; the Altaschith of Psalm 57; 58; 59; refers to David's words on this occasion, "destroy not
Saul again went forth (1 Samuel 26 ) in pursuit of David, who had hid himself "in the hill Hachilah
, which is before Jeshimon," in the wilderness of Ziph, and was a second time spared through his forbearance