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1 Samuel 22 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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David’s Four Hundred Men
Saul Kills the Priests of Nob

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:1 - David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So 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, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:3 - Then David went from there to Mizpah of Moab; and he said to the king of Moab, “Please let my father and mother come here with you, till I know what God will do for me.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:4 - So he brought them before the king of Moab, and they dwelt with him all the time that David was in the stronghold.

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

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:6 - When Saul heard that David and the men who were with him had been discovered—now Saul was staying in Gibeah under a tamarisk tree in Ramah, with his spear in his hand, and all his servants standing about him—

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:7 - then Saul said to his servants who stood about him, “Hear now, you Benjamites! Will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, and make you all captains of thousands and captains of hundreds?

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:8 - “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 Jesse; and there is not one of you who is sorry 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.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:9 - Then answered Doeg the Edomite, who was set over the servants of Saul, and said, “I saw the son of Jesse going to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub.

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

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:11 - So the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father’s house, the priests who were in Nob. And they all came to the king.

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

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:13 - Then 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, that he should rise against me, to lie in wait, as it is this day?”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:14 - So Ahimelech answered the king and said, “And who among all your servants is as faithful as David, who is the king’s son-in-law, who goes at your bidding, and is honorable in your house?

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:15 - “Did I then begin to inquire of God for him? Far be it from me! Let not the king impute anything to his servant, or to any in the house of my father. For your servant knew nothing of all this, little or much.”

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 - Then the king said to the guards who stood about him, “Turn and kill the priests of the LORD, because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled and did not tell it to me.” But the servants of the king would not lift their hands to strike the priests of the LORD.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:18 - And the king said to Doeg, “You turn and kill the priests!” So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck the priests, and killed on that day eighty-five men who wore a linen ephod.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:19 - Also Nob, the city of the priests, he struck with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and nursing infants, oxen and donkeys and sheep—with the edge of the sword.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:20 - Now 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 LORD’s priests.

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

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:23 - “Stay with me; do not fear. For he who seeks my life seeks your life, but with me you shall be safe.”
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