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​David's hideout from Saul and the Song of Solomon are some of the biblical stories that come alive in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve​

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Waterfall in Ein Gedi

The living landscape of David’s hideout from Saul and the Song of Solomon are some of the biblical stories connected to the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve on the shore of the Dead Sea, an oasis made all the more entrancing by its contrast with the surrounding desert. 

As visitors climb the path toward the sparking waterfall, the picture of David hiding from King Saul (1 Sam. 24:1-22) comes alive with a view of cliff-side caves. The sprightly animals that gave the site its biblical name, the “crags of the wild goats” (1 Sam. 24:2), rest at the cave entrances and walk the reserve. The water gurgling through the tangled reeds and under shady acacias once nourished the beds of spices that enrich the poetry of the Song of Solomon (Song 1:14). The remains of a town and a synagogue with a mosaic floor tell the dramatic story of Ein Gedi’s people at the time of Jesus and in the following centuries.

 

From the Scriptures

Ein Gedi Botanical Garden 1 Samuel Chapter 24:
1 When Saul returned from following the Philistines, he was told, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of En-gedi.” 2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men in front of the Wildgoats’ Rocks. 3 And he came to the sheepfolds by the way, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave. 4 And the men of David said to him, “Here is the day of which the Lord said to you, ‘Behold, I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it shall seem good to you.’” Then David arose and stealthily cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe. 5 And afterward David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt. 6 He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord’s anointed, to put forth my hand against him, seeing he is the Lord‘s anointed.“ 7 So David persuaded his men with these words, and did not permit them to attack Saul. And Saul rose up and left the cave, and went upon his way.

The Revised Standard Version, (New York: Oxford University Press, Inc.) 1973, 1977.

 

 

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