flowing. (1.) A son of Jehaleleel (1 Chr. 4:16). (2.) A city in the south of Judah (Josh. 15:24), probably at the pass of Sufah. (3.) A city in the mountains of Judah (Josh. 15:55), identified with the uninhabited ruins of Tell ez-Zif, about 5 miles south-east of Hebron. Here David hid himself during his wanderings (1 Sam. 23:19; Ps. 54, title).
The stronghold chosen by the fugitive was the hill Hachilah, in the wilderness of ziph, south of Jeshimon.
So David lived in the Wilderness of ziph and stayed in the mountain strongholds.
And after a time, Saul is recalled to ziph by a message from the ziphites.
A wood in the neighbourhood of ziph afforded the chance of both.
And David abode in the wilderness in the strongholds, and remained in the hill country in the wilderness of ziph.
The people of ziph, a small place on the edge of the southern desert, betray his haunt to Saul.
According to the older account, Saul sleeps in his encampment in the wilderness of ziph.
And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of ziph.
But David abode in the desert in strong holds, and he remained in a mountain of the desert of ziph, in a woody hill.
Flying from Keilah, he takes refuge in a part of the wilderness near ziph.