1Samuel 21 - Prayer Tents



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1Samuel 21
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21David came to Nob to the priest Ahimelech. Ahimelech came trembling to meet David, and said to him, "Why are you alone, and no one with you?"H935H1732H5011H288H3548H288H2729H7125H1732H559H376 2David said to the priest Ahimelech, "The king has charged me with a matter, and said to me, 'No one must know anything of the matter about which I send you, and with which I have charged you.' I have made an appointment with the young men for such and such a place.H1732H559H288H3548H4428H6680H1697H559H376H3045H3972H1697H7971H6680H3045H5288H6423H492H4725 3Now then, what have you at hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever is here."H3426H3027H5414H2568H3899H3027H4672 4The priest answered David, "I have no ordinary bread at hand, only holy bread—provided that the young men have kept themselves from women."H3548H6030H1732H559H2455H3899H3027H3426H6944H3899H5288H8104H389H802 5David answered the priest, "Indeed women have been kept from us as always when I go on an expedition; the vessels of the young men are holy even when it is a common journey; how much more today will their vessels be holy?"H1732H6030H3548H559H518H802H6113H8032H8543H3318H3627H5288H6944H1870H2455H6942H3117H3627 6So the priest gave him the holy bread; for there was no bread there except the bread of the Presence, which is removed from before the LORD, to be replaced by hot bread on the day it is taken away.H3548H5414H6944H3899H3899H6440H5493H6440H3068H7760H2527H3899H3117H3947 7Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the LORD; his name was Doeg the Edomite, the chief of Saul's shepherds.H376H5650H7586H3117H6113H6440H3068H8034H1673H130H47H7462H7586 8David said to Ahimelech, "Is there no spear or sword here with you? I did not bring my sword or my weapons with me, because the king's business required haste."H1732H559H288H3426H371H3027H2595H2719H3947H2719H3627H3027H4428H1697H1961H5169 9The priest said, "The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the valley of Elah, is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod; if you will take that, take it, for there is none here except that one." David said, "There is none like it; give it to me."H3548H559H2719H1555H6430H5221H6010H425H3874H8071H310H646H3947H3947H312H2108H2088H1732H559H5414 10David rose and fled that day from Saul; he went to King Achish of Gath.H1732H6965H1272H3117H6440H7586H935H397H4428H1661 11The servants of Achish said to him, "Is this not David the king of the land? Did they not sing to one another of him in dances, 'Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands'?"H5650H397H559H1732H4428H776H6030H2088H4246H559H7586H5221H505H1732H7233 12David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of King Achish of Gath.H1732H7760H1697H3824H3966H3372H6440H397H4428H1661 13So he changed his behavior before them; he pretended to be mad when in their presence. He scratched marks on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle run down his beard.H8138H2940H5869H1984H3027H8427H1817H8179H7388H3381H2206 14Achish said to his servants, "Look, you see the man is mad; why then have you brought him to me?H559H397H5650H7200H376H7696H935 15Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?"H2638H7696H935H7696H935H1004


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