1 Samuel 21

CHAPTER 21

David Goes to Ahimelech the Priest

And David comes to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. And Ahimelech is startled in the meeting David. And he said to him, Why is it that you are alone, and no one is with you? And David said to the priest Ahimelech, The king gave charge to me a thing today, and said to me, Let no one know anything concerning the matter for which I send you, and for what I have given charge to you. And to the servants I testified in the place, in the one being called -- Phalanni Alomni. And now, if there is in your hand five bread loaves, put into my hand the thing being found. And [3responded 1the 2priest] to David, and said, There are no profane bread loaves in my hand, but [2only 4bread loaves 3holy 1there are]. If [3were having been kept 1the 2servants] from a woman, then they shall eat. And David answered to the priest, and said to him, Yes, even from a woman we have been at a distance from yesterday and the third day before. In my coming forth for the journey [4have been 1all 2the 3servants] purified; but this journey is profane, for today it shall be sanctified on account of my weapons. And [4gave 5to him 1Ahimelech 2the 3priest] bread loaves of the place setting, for there was no [2there 1bread loaf], but only bread loaves of the presence, the loaves being removed before the presence of the  lord, so as to place near [2bread loaves 1the hot] in which day he took them. And there was a certain one there of the servants of Saul in that day, being held before the  lord, and the name to him was Doeg the Edomite, feeding the mules of Saul. And David said to Ahimelech, See if there is here under your hand a spear or broadsword! for my broadsword and my weapons I have not taken in my hand, for the matter of the king was in haste. And [3said 1the 2priest], Behold, the broadsword of Goliath the Philistine whom you struck in the valley of Ela. And it is wrapped in a cloak behind the shoulder-piece. If this you take for yourself, take! for there is none other besides it here. And David said, There is none as it, give it to me!

David Goes to Achish King of Gath

10 And he gave it to him. And David rose up and fled in that day from the presence of Saul. And David came to Achish king of Gath. 11 And [4said 1the 2servants 3of Achish] to him, [3not 2this Is] David the king of the land? Did not [3to this one 4taking the lead 1the 2women joining in a dance], saying, Saul struck his thousands, and David his ten thousands? 12 And David put these words in his heart, and feared exceedingly before the face of Achish king of Gath. 13 And he changed his countenance before them. And carried about with his hands, and fell upon the doors of the gateway, and his saliva flowed down upon his beard. 14 And Achish said to his servants, Behold, you see a man overcome by convulsions! Why did you bring him to me? 15 Or do [2feel a want 3of ones overcome by convulsions 1I] that you carry him being possessed unto me? Shall this one enter into my house, no.
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