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1 Samuel 22

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 1 David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave called Adullam. When his brothers and all his father's house heard about it, they went down there to him.

 2 Everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented, gathered themselves to David; and he became a captain over them. There were about four hundred men with him.

 3 David went from there to Mizpeh of Moab, and he said to the king of Moab, "Let my father and my mother, I plead of you, to come here and be with you in refuge until I know what God will do for me."

 4 And he brought them to the king of Moab where they dwelled with him the entire time that David was in the stronghold.

 5 And the prophet Gad said to David, "Do not stay in this stronghold; leave it and go into the land of Judah." Then David left and came into the forest of Hareth.

 6 When Saul heard that David had been located, along with his men that were with him, (now Saul abode in Gibeah under a tree in Ramah, having his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standing about him;)

 7 Then Saul said to his servants who stood about him, "Hear now, you Benjamites; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, and make you all captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds;1

 8 That all of you have conspired against me, and there is none who shows me that my son has made a league with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you who is sorry for me, or shows me that my son has stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?"

 9 Then Doeg the Edomite, who was set over the servants of Saul, answered and said, "I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub.

 10 He inquired of the LORD for him, gave him food, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine."

 11 Then the king sent to summon Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father's house, who were the priests that were in Nob; and all of them came to the king.

 12 Saul said, "Hear now, you son of Ahitub." And he answered, "Here I am, my lord."

 13 Saul said to him, "Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, in that you have given him bread, a sword, and have inquired of God for him that he should rise against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?"

 14 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, "And who is so faithful among all your servants as David, who is the king's son-in-law, and goes at your bidding, and is honorable in your house?

 15 Was that the first time I inquired of God for him? For certain, not. Let not the king impute any wrong to his servant or to all the house of my father because your servant knew nothing of all this, little or much."

 16 The king said, "You shall surely die, Ahimelech, you, and all your father's house."

 17 And the king said to the guard that stood beside him, "Turn around and slay the priests of the LORD because their hand is also with David and because they knew when he fled and did not report it to me." But the servants of the king would not put forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the LORD.

 18 And the king said to Doeg, "You turn around and fall upon the priests." And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and on that day killed eighty five persons who wore a linen ephod.

 19 And in Nob, the city of the priests, Doeg killed both men and women, children, infants, oxen, asses, and sheep, with the edge of the sword.

 20 One of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped, and fled to David.

 21 Abiathar informed David that Saul had slain the LORD's priests.

 22  David said to Abiathar, "I knew that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul. I have occasioned the death of all the persons of your father's house.

 23 Stay here with me, and do not fear for he who seeks my life, seeks your life; but with me you shall be safely guarded."

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1 Will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, and make you all captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds; The classic politician, seeking support, implying they all would become rich and famous supporting him; appealing to the covetousness of his supporters, promising riches.


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