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1 Samuel 22 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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David at the Cave of Adullam

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:1 - David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:2 - And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul,[fn] gathered to him. And he became commander over them. And there were with him about four hundred men.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:3 - And David went from there to Mizpeh of Moab. And he said to the king of Moab, “Please let my father and my mother stay[fn] with you, till I know what God will do for me.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:4 - And he left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed with him all the time that David was in the stronghold.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:5 - Then the prophet Gad said to David, “Do not remain in the stronghold; depart, and go into the land of Judah.” So David departed and went into the forest of Hereth.

Saul Kills the Priests at Nob

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:6 - Now Saul heard that David was discovered, and the men who were with him. Saul was sitting at Gibeah under the tamarisk tree on the height with his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standing about him.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:7 - And Saul said to his servants who stood about him, “Hear now, people of Benjamin; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, will he make you all commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds,

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:8 - that all of you have conspired against me? No one discloses to me when my son makes a covenant with the son of Jesse. None of you is sorry for me or discloses to me that my son has stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:9 - Then answered Doeg the Edomite, who stood by the servants of Saul, “I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub,

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:10 - and he inquired of the LORD for him and gave him provisions and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:11 - Then the king sent to summon Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father’s house, the priests who were at Nob, and all of them came to the king.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:12 - And Saul said, “Hear now, son of Ahitub.” And he answered, “Here I am, my lord.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:13 - And Saul said to him, “Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, in that you have given him bread and a sword and have inquired of God for him, so that he has risen against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:14 - Then Ahimelech answered the king, “And who among all your servants is so faithful as David, who is the king’s son-in-law, and captain over[fn] your bodyguard, and honored in your house?

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:15 - Is today the first time that I have inquired of God for him? No! Let not the king impute anything to his servant or to all the house of my father, for your servant has known nothing of all this, much or little.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:16 - And the king said, “You shall surely die, Ahimelech, you and all your father’s house.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:17 - And the king said to the guard who stood about him, “Turn and kill the priests of the LORD, because their hand also is with David, and they knew that he fled and did not disclose it to me.” But the servants of the king would not put out their hand to strike the priests of the LORD.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:18 - Then the king said to Doeg, “You turn and strike the priests.” And Doeg the Edomite turned and struck down the priests, and he killed on that day eighty-five persons who wore the linen ephod.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:19 - And Nob, the city of the priests, he put to the sword; both man and woman, child and infant, ox, donkey and sheep, he put to the sword.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:20 - But one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled after David.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:21 - And Abiathar told David that Saul had killed the priests of the LORD.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:22 - And David said to Abiathar, “I knew on that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul. I have occasioned the death of all the persons of your father’s house.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:23 - Stay with me; do not be afraid, for he who seeks my life seeks your life. With me you shall be in safekeeping.”
ESV Footnotes
Or discontented
Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew go out
Septuagint, Targum; Hebrew and has turned aside to
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