1 Samuel 22
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1 Samuel 22
David at Aduallam and Mizpah...
And Dawid went from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And his brothers and all his father`s house heard it, and went down to him there.
And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone bitter in being gathered to him. So he became head over them, and there were about four hundred men with him.
And Dawid went from there to Mitspeh of Mo'ab and said to the sovereign of Mo'ab, 'Please let my father and mother come here with you, till I know what Elohim does for me.'
And he left them with the sovereign of Mo'ab, and they dwelt with him all the time that Dawid was in the stronghold.
And the prophet Gad said to Dawid, 'Do not remain in the stronghold. Leave, and go to the land of Yehudah.' So Dawid left and went into the Hereth woods.
Saul Kills the Priests of Nob...
And Sha`ul heard that Dawid and the men who were with him had been discovered, while Sha`ul was in Gib`ah, sitting under a tamarisk tree in Ramah, with his spear in his hand, and all his servants standing about him.
And Sha'ul said to his servants who were standing around him, 'Hear now, you Binyamites! Does the son of Yishai give every one of you fields and vineyards, and make you all commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds?
'For all of you have conspired against me, and there is no one who reveals to me that my son has made a covenant with the son of Yishai. And there is not one of you who is grieved for me or reveals to me that my son has stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as it is this day.'
And Do'eg the Edomite, who was set over the servants of Sha'ul, answered and said, 'I saw the son of Yishai going to Nob, to Ahimelek son of Ahitub.
'And he inquired of YHWH for him, gave him food, and gave him the sword of Golyath the Philistine.'
And the sovereign sent someone to call Ahimelek the priest, son of Ahitub, and all his father's house, the priests who were in Nob. And they all came to the sovereign,
and Sha'ul said, 'Hear now, son of Ahitub!' And he answered, 'Here I am, my master.'
And Sha'ul said to him, 'Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Yishai, by giving him bread and a sword, and have inquired of Elohim for him, to rise against me, to lie in wait, as it is this day?'
And Ahimelek answered the sovereign and said, 'And who among all your servants is so trustworthy as Dawid, who is the sovereign's son-in-law, and has turned aside to your counsel, and is esteemed in your house?
'Have I today begun to inquire of Elohim for him? Far be it from me! Let not the sovereign lay a case against his servant, or against any in the house of my father. For your servant knew not of all this, little or much.'
And the sovereign said, 'You shall certainly die, Ahimelek, you and all your father's house!'
The sovereign then said to the guards who stood about him, 'Turn and put the priests of YHWH to death, because their hand also is with Dawid, and because they knew when he fled and did not reveal it to me.' But the servants of the sovereign would not lift their hands to come against the priests of YHWH.
And the sovereign said to Do'eg, 'You turn and come against the priests!' So Do'eg the Edomite turned and came against the priests, and put to death on that day eighty-five men who wore a linen shoulder garment.
And he smote Nob, the city of the priests, with the edge of the sword, from men even to women, from children even to nursing infants, and oxen and donkeys and sheep, with the edge of the sword.
And one of the sons of Ahimelek son of Ahitub, named Ebyathar, escaped and fled after Dawid.
And Ebyathar reported to Dawid that Sha'ul had slain the priests of YHWH.
And Dawid said to Ebyathar, 'I knew that day, when Do'eg the Edomite was there, that he would certainly inform Sha'ul. I am accountable for all the lives of your father's house.
'Remain with me, do not fear. For he who seeks my life seeks your life, but with me you are safe.'
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