1 Samuel 21
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1 Samuel 21
David at Nob...
And Dawid came to Nob, to Ahimelek the priest. And Ahimelek trembled when he met Dawid, and asked him, `Why are you alone, and no one is with you?`
And Dawid said to Ahimelek the priest, 'The sovereign has commanded me a word, and said to me, 'Let no one know whatever of the word about which I send you, and which I have commanded you.' And I have directed my young men to such and such a place.
'And now, what do you have on hand? Give five loaves into my hand, or whatever is found.'
And the priest answered Dawid and said, 'There is no ordinary bread on hand, but there is set-apart bread - provided the young men have kept themselves from women.'
And Dawid answered the priest, and said to him, 'Truly, women have been kept from us about three days since I came out. And the vessels of the young men are set-apart, and it is an ordinary mission, and also, it was set-apart in the vessel today.'
Then the priest gave him set-apart bread, for there was no bread there except the showbread which had been taken from before YHWH, in order to put hot bread in on the day it is taken away.
Now one of the servants of Sha'ul was there that day, detained before YHWH. And his name was Do'eg, an Edomite, the chief of the herdsmen who belonged to Sha'ul.
And Dawid said to Ahimelek, 'Is there not here on hand a spear or a sword? For I have brought neither my sword nor my weapons with me, because the matter of the sovereign was urgent.'
And the priest said, 'The sword of Golyath the Philistine, whom you smote in the Valley of Elah. See, it is wrapped in a garment behind the shoulder garment. If you would take it, take it. For there is none other except this one here.' And Dawid said, 'There is none like it, give it to me.'
David at Gath...
And Dawid rose and fled that day from before Sha`ul, and went to Akish the sovereign of Gath.
But the servants of Akish said to him, 'Is this not Dawid the sovereign of the land? Did they not sing of him to each other in dances, saying, 'Sha'ul smote his thousands, and Dawid his ten thousands'?'
And Dawid took these words to heart, and was very much afraid of Akish the sovereign of Gath,
and changed his behaviour before them, and feigned madness in their hands, and scratched on the doors of the gate, and let his saliva run down on his beard.
Then Akish said to his servants, 'Look, you see the man is acting like a madman. Why do you bring him to me?
'Am I short of madmen, that you have brought this one to act as a madman near me? Should this one come into my house?'
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