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1 Samuel 21

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 1 Then David went to Nob to visit Ahimelech the priest; and Ahimelech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said to him, "Why are you alone, and no man with you?"

 2 And David said to Ahimelech the priest, "The king has commanded me on business, and has said to me, 'Let no man know anything of the business location I send you, and what I have commanded you;' and I have ordered my young men to a certain place.

 3 Now therefore what do you have in your possession? Give me five loaves of bread for my possession, or whatever you have."

 4 And the priest answered David, and said, "There is no common bread in my possession, but there is consecrated bread available, if the young men [with you] have at least kept themselves from women."

 5 And David answered the priest, and said to him, "Of a truth women have been kept from us for about three days since I came out, and the vessels of the young men are holy; and the bread is to be used in a manner common, yes, though it will be sanctified today in the vessel [of the bodies of the young men].

 6 So the priest gave him consecrated bread for there was no bread there but the showbread, which was taken from before the LORD, and replaced by hot bread on the day that it was taken away.

 7 Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the LORD; and his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the principal head of the herdsmen that belonged to Saul.

 8 David said to Ahimelech, "And is there not here under in your possession a spear or sword? I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king's business required haste."

 9 And the priest said, "The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you slew in the valley of Elah is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want to take that, take it for there is no other here except that one." And David said, "There is none like that; give it me."

 10 David arose and fled that day for fear of Saul, and he went to Achish, the king of Gath.

 11 The servants of Achish said to him, "Is not this David the king of the land? Did they not sing among themselves of him in dances, saying, 'Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands?'"

 12 And David took these words to heart and was very afraid of Achish, the king of Gath.

 13 So David changed his behavior before them, and pretended to be mad in their control, and scribbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spit drool down on his beard.

 14 Then Achish said to his servants, "Look, you see the man is mad; why then have you brought him to me?

 15 Do I have I need of mad men, that you have brought this fellow to play the mad man in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?"


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