1 Samuel 22


David Gathers a Band of Outcasts

And David went forth from there, and came through safe. And he comes to the cave of Odollam, and [2hear 1his brethren], and all the house of his father, and they went down to him there. And gathered together with him every one in necessity, and every debtor, and all in severe pain of the soul; and he was over them, taking the lead. And there were with him about four hundred men. And David went forth from there unto Mizpeh of Moab. And he said to the king of Moab, Let indeed my father and my mother be by you, until whenever I know what [2shall do 3to me 1God]. And he appealed to the person of the king of Moab. And they dwelt with him all the days of David being in the citadel. And [4said 1Gad 2the 3prophet] to David, Do not settle in the citadel. Go! and you shall come into the land of Judah. And David went, and came and settled in the city Hareth. And Saul heard that David was known, and the men with him. And Saul stayed on the hill by the plowed field, the one in Ramah, and the spear was in his hand, and all his servants stood beside him. And Saul said to his servants, of the ones standing beside him, Hear indeed, O sons of Benjamin! Shall truly [6all 5to you 4give 1the 2son 3of Jesse] fields and vineyards? And [3all 2you 1will he arrange] as commanders of hundreds, and commanders of thousands? For [2situated together 1you are all] against me, and there is not one uncovering my ear, in that [2ordains 1my son] a covenant with the son of Jesse. And there is the one toiling for me from you, and uncovering my ear. For [2raised up 1my son] my servant against me for an enemy, as it is this day? And [4answered 1Doeg 2the 3Edomite], the one placed over the mules of Saul. And he said, I saw the son of Jesse coming into Nob, to Ahimelech son of Ahitub the priest. 10 And he asked him concerning God, and [3provisions 1he gave 2to him]; and the broadsword of Goliath the Philistine he gave to him. 11 And [3sent 1the 2king] to call Ahimelech son of Ahitub the priest, and all the sons of his father of the priests, of the ones in Nob. And they all came to the king. 12 And Saul said, Hear indeed, O son of Ahitub! And he said, Behold, it is I. Speak, O master! 13 And [2said 3to him 1Saul], Why did you agree against me, you and the son of Jesse, for you to give him bread, and a broadsword, and should ask on his account of God, to put him against me for an enemy, as he is this day? 14 And Ahimelech answered to the king, and said, And who among all your servants is trustworthy as David, and son-in-law of the king, and one in charge of all your mobilization order, and honorable in your house? 15 Or today have I begun to ask for him through God? By no means. Let not [3impute 1the 2king] concerning [2of his servant 1the word], and against the entire house of my father, for [2knew not 1your servant] in any of these things, a matter small or great.

Ahimelech and the Priests Murdered by Doeg

16 And [3said 1king 2Saul], To death Ahimelech should die, you and all the house of your father. 17 And [3said 1the 2king] to the bodyguards, to the ones standing by him, Lead forward, and put to death the priests of the  lord! for their hand is with David, for they knew that he fled, and they did not uncover my ear. And [5would not 1the 2servants 3of the 4king] bear their hands to encounter against the priests of the  lord. 18 And [3said 1the 2king] to Doeg, You turn, and encounter the priests! And [4turned 1Doeg 2the 3Edomite], and put to death the priests of the  lord in that day -- eighty-five men, all bearing an ephod. 19 And Nob, the city of the priests, he struck with the mouth of the broadsword, from man unto woman, from infant and unto one nursing, and from calf and donkey and sheep, he struck by the mouth of the broadsword. 20 And [6came through safe 2son 1one 3of Ahimelech 4son 5of Ahitub], and the name to him was Abiathar, and he fled after David. 21 And Abiathar reported to David that Saul put to death all the priests of the  lord. 22 And David said to Abiathar, For I knew in that day, that Doeg the Edomite, that in reporting he would report to Saul. I am the one at fault for the lives of all the house of your father. 23 You sit down with me! Do not fear! for where ever I seek for my life, I shall seek also [2for your life 1a place]; for you are guarded by me.
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