21:1 Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and
Ahimelech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said to him,
Why [art] thou alone, and no man with thee?
21:2 And David said to Ahimelech the priest, The king hath
commanded me a business, and hath said to me, Let no man know
any thing of the business about which I send thee, and what I
have commanded thee: and I have appointed [my] servants to such
and such a place.
21:3 Now therefore what is under thy hand? give [me] five
[loaves of] bread in my hand, or what there is present.
21:4 And the priest answered David, and said, [There is] no
common bread under my hand, but there is hallowed bread; if the
young men have kept themselves at least from women.
21:5 And David answered the priest, and said to 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, yes, though it were sanctified
this day in the vessel.
21:6 So the priest gave him hallowed [bread]: for there was no
bread there but the show-bread, that was taken from before the
LORD, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.
21:7 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 chief of the herdmen that [belonged] to Saul.
21:8 And David said to Ahimelech, And is there not here under
thy hand a spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword
nor my weapons with me, because the king's business required
21:9 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 to me.
21:10 And David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and
went to Achish the king of Gath.
21:11 And the servants of Achish said to 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?
21:12 And David laid up these words in his heart, and was
greatly afraid of Achish the king of Gath.
21:13 And he changed his behavior 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.
21:14 Then said Achish to his servants, Lo, ye see the man is
mad: why [then] have ye brought him to me?
21:15 Have I need of mad-men, that ye have brought this [man] to
play the mad-man in my presence? shall this [man] come into my