First Samuel 22


22:1 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave
 Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father's house heard
 [it], they went down thither to him.
22:2 And every one [that was] in distress, and every one that
 [was] in debt, and every one [that was] discontented, resorted
 to him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with
 him about four hundred men.
22:3 And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab: and he said to the
 king of Moab, Let my father and my mother, I pray thee, come
 forth, [and be] with you, till I know what God will do for me.
22:4 And he brought them before the king of Moab: and they dwelt
 with him all the while that David was in the hold.
22:5 And the prophet Gad said to David, Abide not in the hold;
 depart, and come into the land of Judah. Then David departed,
 and came into the forest of Hareth.
22:6 When Saul heard that David was discovered, and the men that
 [were] with him, (now Saul abode in Gibeah under a tree in
 Ramah, having his spear in his hand, and all his servants
 [were] standing about him;)
22:7 Then Saul said to his servants that stood about him, Hear
 now, ye Benjaminites; will the son of Jesse give every one of
 you fields and vineyards, [and] make you all captains of
 thousands, and captains of hundreds;
22:8 That all of you have conspired against me, and [there is]
 none that showeth me that my son hath made a league with the
 son of Jesse, and [there is] none of you that is sorry for me,
 or showeth to me that my son hath stirred up my servant against
 me, to lie in wait, as at this day?
22:9 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, who was set over the
 servants of Saul, and said, I saw the son of Jesse coming to
 Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub.
22:10 And he inquired of the LORD for him, and gave him
 victuals, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.
22:11 Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son
 of Ahitub, and all his father's house, the priests that [were]
 in Nob: and they came all of them to the king.
22:12 And Saul said, Hear now, thou son of Ahitub. And he
 answered, Here I [am], my lord.
22:13 And Saul said to him, Why have ye conspired against me,
 thou and the son of Jesse, in that thou hast given him bread,
 and a sword, and hast inquired of God for him, that he should
 rise against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?
22:14 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who [is
 so] faithful among all thy servants as David, who is the king's
 son-in-law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is honorable in thy
 house?
22:15 Did I then begin to inquire of God for him? be it far from
 me. Let not the king impute [any] thing to his servant, [nor]
 to all the house of my father: for thy servant knew nothing of
 all this, less or more.
22:16 And the king said, Thou shalt surely die, Ahimelech, thou,
 and all thy father's house.
22:17 And the king said to the footmen that stood about him,
 Turn, and slay the priests of the LORD: because their hand also
 [is] with David, and because they knew when he fled, and did
 not show it to me. But the servants of the king would not put
 forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the LORD.
22:18 And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the
 priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the
 priests, and slew on that day eighty and five persons that wore
 a linen ephod.
22:19 And Nob, the city of the priests, he smote with the edge
 of the sword, both men and women, children and sucklings, and
 oxen, and asses, and sheep, with the edge of the sword.
22:20 And one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named
 Abiathar, escaped, and fled after David.
22:21 And Abiathar showed David that Saul had slain the LORD'S
 priests.
22:22 And David said to Abiathar, I knew that day, when Doeg the
 Edomite [was] there, that he would surely tell Saul: I have
 occasioned [the death] of all the persons of thy father's
 house.
22:23 Abide thou with me, fear not: for he that seeketh my life
 seeketh thy life: but with me thou [shalt be] in safeguard.
 
 

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