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faid unto him, Go, carry place. them to the city.

3 Now therefore what is 41 q And as soon as the under thine hand? give me lad was gone, David arose five leaves of bread in mine out of a place toward the hand, or what there is presouth, and fell on his face to fent. the ground, and bowed him 4 And the priest answered self three times : and they David, and said, There is no kissed one another, and wept common bread under mine one with another, until Da-hand, but there is hallowed vid exceeded.

bread; if the young men 42 And Jonathan said to have kept themselves at least David, Go in peace, foraf- from women. much as

we have sworn 5 And David answered the both of us in the name of priest, and said unto him, Of the Lord, saying, The Lord a truth, women have been be between me and thee, kept from us about these and between my seed and three days, since I came out, thy feed for ever. And he and the vessels of the

young arose and departed : and Jo- men are holy, and the bread nathan went into the city. is in a manner common, yea,

though it were fanctified this CHAP. XXI.

day in the vessel. HEN came David to 6 So the priest gave him

Nob to Ahimelech the hallowed bread; for there prieít: and Ahimnelech was was no bread there, but the afraid at the meeting of Da- shew-bread that was taken vid, and said unto him, Why froin before the Lord, to art thou alone, and no man put hot-bread in the day with thee?

when it was taken

away. 2 And David said unto 7 Now a certain man of Ahimelech the priest, The the servants of Saul, was king hath commanded me a there that day, detained bebusiness, and hath faid unto fore the Lord; and his name me, Let no man know any was Doeg an Edomite, the thing of the bufiness where- chiefest of the herd-men that about I send thee, and what belonged to Saul. I have commanded thee: 89 And David said unto and I have appointed my fer- Ahinielech, And is there not yants to such and such a here under thine hand spear


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or sword? for I have neither | man is mad: wherefore then brought my sword nor my have ye brought him to me? weapons with me, because 15 Have I need of madthe king's business required men, that ye have brought haste.

this fellow to play the mad9 And the priest said, The man in my presence ? shall fword of Goliath the Phi- this fellow come into my listine, whom thou sewest in house? the valley of Elah, behold,

CHAP. XXII. it is here wrapt in a cloth behind the ephod : if thou AVID therefore dewilt take that, take it : for there is no other save that, caped to the cave Adullam : here. And David faid, There and when his brethren, and is none like that, give it me. all his father's house heard

10 g And David arose and it, they went down thither fled that day for fear of Saul, to him. and went to Achish the king 2 And every one that was of Gath.

in distress, and every one 11 And the servants of that was in debt, and every Achish said unto him, is one that was discontented, not this David the king of the gathered themselves unto land? did they not sing one to him, and he became a capanother of him in dances, say- tain over them: and there ing, Saul hath llain his thou-were with him about four sands, and David his ten hundred men. thousands ?

3 And David went 12 And David laid up thence to Mizpeh of Moab : these words in his heart, and and he said unto the king was fore afraid of Achish the of Moab, Let my father and king of Gath.

my mother, I pray thee, 13 And he changed his come forth, and be with you, behaviour before them, and till I know what God will feigned himself mad in their do for me. hands, and scrabbled on the 4 And he brought them doors of the gate, and let his before the king of Moab : spittle fall down upon his and they dwelt with him beard.

all the while that David was 14 Then said Achish unto in the hold. his fervants, Lo, you sec the 5 And the prophet Gad

said unto David, Abide not 10 And he enquired of in the hold, depart, and get the Lord for him : and gave thee into the land of Judah. I him victuals, and gave him Then David departed, and the sword of Goliath the came into the forest of Ha- Philistine. reth.

11 Then the king sent 69 When Saul heard to call Ahimelech the priest, that David was discovered, the son of Ahitub, and all and the men that were with his father's house, the priests him, (now Saul abode in that were in Nob: and they Gibeah under a tree in Ra- came all of them to the king. mah, having his spear in 12 And Saul said, Hear his hand, and all his servants now, thou son of Ahitub: were standing about him). and he answered, Here I am,

7 Then Saul said unto his my lord. fervants that ftood about 13 And Saul said unto him, Hear now, ye Benja- him, Why have ye conspired mites, Will the fon of Jelle, against me, thou and the son give every one of you fields of Jeffe, in that thou haft and vineyards, and make you given him bread, and a all captains of thousands, sword, and haft enquired of and captains of hundreds : God for him, that he should

8 That all of you have rise against me, to lie in wait, conspired against me: and as at this day? there is none that sheweth 14 Then Ahimelech anme that my son hath made a swered the king, and said, league with the son of Jesse, And who is so faithful aand there is none of you that mong all thy servants, as is sorry for me, or sheweth David, which is the king's unto me that my son hath son-in-law, and goeth at stirred up my servant against thy bidding, and is honourame, to lie in wait, as at this ble in thine house?

15 Did I then begin to 99 Then answered Doeg enquire of God for him? the Edomite (which was be it far from me: let not fet over the servants of Saul) the king impute any thing and faid, I saw the son of unto his servant, nor to all Jesse coming to Nob, to the house of my father : for Ahimelech the son of Ahi- thy fervant knew nothing bub.

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16 And the king said, there, that he would surely 'Thou shalt surely die, Ahi- tell Saul: I have occafioned melech, thou, and all thy fa- the death of all the persons of ther's house.

thy father's house. 17 9 And the king faid 23 Abide thou with me, unto the footmen that stood fear not: for he that leeketh about him, Turn and say the my life, feeketh thy life: but priests of the Lord; becaufe with me thou shalt be in fafetheir hand also is with Da- guard. vid, and because they knew

CHAP. XXIV. when he fled, and did not shew it to me. But the fer ND it came to pass vants of the king would not when Saul was returnput forth their hand to fall ed from following the Phiupon the priests of the Lord. listines, that it was told him,

18 And the king said to saying, Behold, David is in Doeg, Turn thou and fall the wilderness of En-gedi. upon the priests. And Doeg 2 Then Saul took three the Edomite turned, and he thousand chosen men out of fell upon the priests, and all Ifrael, and went to seek flew on that day fourscore David and his men upon the and five persons that did wear rocks of the wild goats. z linen ephod.

3 And he came to the 19 And Nob, the city of sheep-cotes by the way, where the priests, smote he with was a cave, and Saul went in the edge of the sword, both to cover his feet: and Damen and women, children vid and his men remained in and fucklings, and oxen, and the sides of the cave. afles, and Theep, with the 4 And the men of David. edge of the sword.

said unto him, Behold the 20 g And one of the sons day of which the Lord said of Ahimelech the son of unto thee, Behold, I will deAhitub, named Abiathar, ef- liver thine enemy into thine caped and fled after David. hand, that thou mayest do to

21 And Abiathar fhewed him as it shall seem good unDavid, that Saul had flain to thee. Then David arose, the Lord's priests.

and cut off the Ikirt of Saul's 22 And David said unto robe privily. Abiathar, I knew it that day, 5 And it came to pass ef-when Doeg the Edomite was terward, that David's heart 5


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{mote him, because he hadcut|I cut off the skirt of thy robe' off Saul's Ikirt.

and killed thee not; know 6 And he faid unto his thou and see that there is neimen, The Lord forbid that I ther evil nor transgression in should do this thing unto my mine hand, and I have not master the Lord's anointed, finned against thee; yet thou to stretch forth mine hand hunteft my soul, to take it. against him, seeing he is 12 The Lord judge be. the anointed of the Lord.

tween me and thee, and the 7 So David ftayed his ser- Lord avenge me of thee: vants with these words, and but mine hand shall not be suffered them not to rise a- upon thee. gainst Saul: but Saul rose up 13 As faith the proverb of out of the cave, and went on the ancients, Wickedness

proceedech from the wicked: 8 David also arose after. but mine hand shall not be ward, and went out of the upon thee. cave, and cried after Saul,

14 After whom is the saying, My lord the king king of Israel come out ? after And when Saul looked be- whom dost thou pursue ? hind him, David stooped after a dead dog, after a flea. with his face to the earth, 15 The Lord therefore be and bowed himself.

judge, and judge between me 94 And David said to and thee, and fee, and plead Saul, Wherefore hearest thou my cause, and deliver me out men's words, saying, Behold, of thine hand. David seeketh thy hurt? 16 4 And it came to pass

10 Bt hold this day thine when David had made an end eyes have seen how that the of speaking these words unto Lord had delivered thee to Saul, that Saul said, Is this day into mine hand in the thy voice, my son David ? cave : and some bade me kill And Saul lifted up his voice, thee, but mine eye spared and wept. thee, and I said, I will not 17 And he said to David, put forth mine hand against Thou art. more righteous my lord; for he is the Lord's than I : for thou haft reanointed.

warded me good, whereas I 1 Moreover, my father, have rewarded thee evil. fee, yea, see the skirt of thy 18 And thou haft shewed robe in my hand; for in that this day how that thou hast


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