David Takes Consecrated Bread
1 Then David░ came░ to aNob░ to Ahimelech░ the priest░; and Ahimelech░ bcame░ trembling░ to meet░ David░ and said░ to him, “Why░ are you alone░ and no░ one░ with you?” 2 David░ said░ to Ahimelech░ the priest░, “The king░ has commissioned░ me with a matter░ and has said░ to me, ‘aLet no░ one░ know░ anything░ about the matter░ on which░ I am sending░ you and with which░ I have commissioned░ you; and I have directed░ the young░ men░ to a certain░░ place░.’ 3 Now░ therefore, what░ Ido you have░ on hand░? Give░ IIme five░ loaves of bread░, or░ whatever can be found░.” 4 The priest░ answered░ David░ and said░, “There░ is no░ ordinary░ bread░ Ion hand░, but there░ is aconsecrated░ bread░; if░ only░ the young░ men░ have bkept░ themselves from women░.” 5 David░ answered░ the priest░ and said░ to him, “aSurely░░ women░ have been kept░ from us as previously░░ when I set░ out and the bvessels░ of the young░ men░ were holy░, though it was an ordinary░ journey░; how░ much░░ more░░ then today░ will Itheir vessels░ [be holy]?” 6 So athe priest░ gave░ him consecrated░ [bread]; for there was no░ bread░ there░ but the bbread░ of the Presence░ which was removed░ from before░ the LORD░, in order to put░ hot░ bread░ [in its place] when░ it was taken░ away.
 a1S 22:19; Ne 11:32; Is 10:32 b1S 16:4
 aPs 141:3
 ILit is under your hand? IILit in my hand
 ILit under my hand aEx 25:30; Lv 24:5-9; Mt 12:4 bEx 19:15
 ILit it be holy in the vessel aEx 19:14, 15 b1Th 4:4
 aMt 12:3, 4; Lk 6:3, 4 bLv 24:5-9
8 ¶ David░ said░ to Ahimelech░, “Now is there░ not a spear░ or░ a sword░ Ion hand░? For I brought░ neither░░ my sword░ nor░ my weapons░ IIwith me, because░ the king’s░ matter░ was urgent░.” 9 Then the priest░ said░, “aThe sword░ of Goliath░ the Philistine░, whom░ you Ikilled░ bin the valley░ of Elah░, behold░, it is wrapped░ in a cloth░ behind░ the ephod░; if░ you would take░ it for yourself, take░ [it]. For there░ is no░ other░ except░ it here░.” And David░ said░, “There░ is none░ like░ it; give░ it to me.”
10 ¶ Then David░ arose░ and fled░ that day░ from Saul░, and went░ to aAchish░ king░ of Gath░.
11 But the aservants░ of Achish░ said░ to him, “Is this░ not David░ the king░ of the land░? bDid they not sing░ of this░ one░ as they danced░, saying░,
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David at Nob obtaineth of Ahimelech hallowed bread.
1 ¶ Then came║¬ David║ to Nob║ to▓ Ahimelech║ the priest:║ and Ahimelech║ was afraid║¬ at the meeting║¬ of David,║ and said║¬ unto him, Why▓ [art] thou▓ alone,▓ and no▓ man║ with▓ thee? 2 And David║ said║¬ unto Ahimelech║ the priest,║ The king║ hath commanded║¬ me a business,║ and hath said║¬ unto▓ me, Let no▓ man║ know║¬ any thing║ of▓ the business║ whereabout▓ I▓ send║¬ thee, and what▓ I have commanded║¬ thee: and I have appointed║¬ [my] servants║ to▓ such║ and such║ a place.║ 3 Now▓ therefore what▓ is║ under▓ thine hand?║ give║¬ [me] five║ [loaves of] bread║ in mine hand,║ or▓ what there is present.║¬ 4 And the priest║ answered║¬▓ David,║ and said,║¬ [There is] no▓ common║ bread║ under▓▓ mine hand,║ but▓▓ there is║ hallowed║ bread;║ if▓ the young men║ have kept╣¬ themselves▓ at least║ from women.║▓ 5 And David║ answered║¬▓ the priest,║ and said║¬ unto him, Of▓▓ a truth╣ women║ [have been] kept║¬ from us about these three║ days,║ since I came out,║¬ and the vessels║ of the young men║ are holy,║ and [the bread is] in a manner║ common,║ yea,▓ though▓ it were sanctified║¬ this day║ in the vessel.║ 6 So the priest║ gave║¬ him hallowed║ [bread]: for▓ there was▓ no▓ bread║ there▓ but▓▓ the shewbread,║║ that was taken║¬ from before║▓ the LORD,║ to put║¬ hot║ bread║ in the day║ when it was taken away.║¬
 1S 14:3; 16:4; 22:9, 19; Ne 11:32; Is 10:32; Mk 2:26.
 Gn 27:20, 24; 1S 19:17; 22:22; 1K 13:18; Ps 119:29; Ga 2:12; Col 3:9.
 Jg 9:29; 1S 21:4; Is 3:6.
 Ex 19:15; 25:30; Lv 24:5; 1S 21:6; Zc 7:3; Mt 12:3; 1Co 7:5.
 Lv 8:26; 24:9; Ac 9:15; 1Th 4:3; 2Ti 2:20; 1P 3:17.
 Lv 24:5; Mt 12:3; Mk 2:25; Lk 6:3.
Doeg was present.
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 chiefest║ of the herdmen║¬ that▓ [belonged] to Saul.║
 Gn 13:7; 26:20; 1S 11:5; 22:9; 1Ch 27:29; 2Ch 26:10; Ps 52:1; Jr 7:9; Ezk 33:31; Am 8:5; Mt 15:8; Ac 21:26.
David taketh Goliath's sword.
8 ¶ And David║ said║¬ unto Ahimelech,║ And is there║ not║ here▓ under▓ thine hand║ spear║ or▓ sword?║ for▓ 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▓ thou slewest║¬ in the valley║ of Elah,║ behold,▓ it▓ [is here] wrapped║¬ in a cloth║ behind║ the ephod:║ if▓ thou wilt take║¬ that, take║¬ [it]: for▓ [there is] no▓ other║ save║ that here.║ And David║ said,║¬ [There is] none▓ like that; give║¬ it me.
David at Gath feigneth himself mad.
10 ¶ And David║ arose,║¬ and fled║¬ that▓ day║ for fear╣ of▓▓ Saul,║ and went║¬ to▓ Achish║ the king║ of Gath.║ 11 And the servants║ of Achish║ said║¬ unto▓ him, [Is] not▓ this▓ David║ the king║ of the land?║ did they not▓ sing╣¬ one to another▓ of him║ in dances,║ saying,║¬ Saul║ hath slain║¬ his thousands,║ and David║ his ten thousands?║ 12 And David║ laid up║¬▓ these▓ words║ in his heart,║ and was sore║ afraid║¬ of║▓ Achish║ the king║ of Gath.║ 13 And he changed║¬▓ his behaviour║ before║ them, and feigned himself mad║¬ in their hands,║ and scrabbled║¬ on▓ the doors║ of the gate,║ and let his spittle║ fall down║¬ upon▓ his beard.║ 14 Then said║¬ Achish║ unto▓ his servants,║ Lo,▓ ye see║¬ the man║ is mad:║¬ wherefore▓ [then] have ye brought║¬ him to▓ me? 15 Have I▓ need║ of mad men,║¬ that▓ ye have brought║¬▓ this▓ [fellow] to play the mad man║¬ in my presence?▓ shall this▓ [fellow] come║¬ into▓ my house?║
 1S 7:14; 17:52; 27:1, 2; 1K 19:3; 2Ch 11:8; Ps 34:1; Jr 26:21; Mi 1:14.
 1S 16:1; 18:7; 29:5; Ps 56:1.
 Gn 12:11; 26:7; 1S 21:10; Ps 34:4; 56:3; 119:11; Lk 2:19, 51.
 Ps 34:1; Pv 29:25; Ec 7:7.
 Ec 7:7.
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