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1Samuel 22
Good News Translation

The Slaughter of the Priests

22David fled from the city of Gath and went to a cave near the town of Adullam. When his brothers and the rest of the family heard that he was there, they joined him.H1732H3212H4422H4631H5725H251H1H1004H8085H3381 2People who were oppressed or in debt or dissatisfied went to him, about four hundred men in all, and he became their leader.H376H4689H376H5378H376H4751H5315H6908H8269H702H3967H376 3David went on from there to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, "Please let my father and mother come and stay with you until I find out what God is going to do for me."H1732H3212H4708H4124H559H4428H4124H1H517H3318H3045H430H6213 4So David left his parents with the king of Moab, and they stayed there as long as David was hiding out in the cave.H5148H6440H4428H4124H3427H3117H1732H4686 5Then the prophet Gad came to David and said, "Don't stay here; go at once to the land of Judah." So David left and went to the forest of Hereth.H5030H1410H559H1732H3427H4686H3212H935H776H3063H1732H3212H935H3293H2802 6One day Saul was in Gibeah, sitting under a tamarisk tree on a hill, with his spear in his hand, and all his officers were standing around him. He was told that David and his men had been located,H7586H8085H1732H3045H582H7586H3427H1390H815H7414H2595H3027H5650H5324 7and he said to his officers, "Listen, men of Benjamin! Do you think that David will give fields and vineyards to all of you, and make you officers in his army?H7586H559H5650H5324H8085H1145H1121H3448H5414H7704H3754H7760H8269H505H8269H3967 8Is that why you are plotting against me? Not one of you told me that my own son had made an alliance with David. No one is concerned about me or tells me that David, one of my own men, is right now looking for a chance to kill me, and that my son has encouraged him!"H7194H1540H241H1121H3772H1121H3448H2470H1540H241H1121H6965H5650H693H3117 9Doeg was standing there with Saul's officers, and he said, "I saw David when he went to Ahimelech son of Ahitub in Nob.H6030H1673H130H5324H5650H7586H559H7200H1121H3448H935H5011H288H1121H285 10Ahimelech asked the LORD what David should do, and then he gave David some food and the sword of Goliath the Philistine."H7592H3068H5414H6720H5414H2719H1555H6430 11So King Saul sent for the priest Ahimelech and all his relatives, who were also priests in Nob, and they came to him.H4428H7971H7121H288H3548H1121H285H1H1004H3548H5011H935H4428 12Saul said to Ahimelech, "Listen, Ahimelech!" "At your service, sir," he answered.H7586H559H8085H1121H285H559H113 13Saul asked him, "Why are you and David plotting against me? Why did you give him some food and a sword, and consult God for him? Now he has turned against me and is waiting for a chance to kill me!"H7586H559H7194H1121H3448H5414H3899H2719H7592H430H6965H693H3117 14Ahimelech answered, "David is the most faithful officer you have! He is your own son-in-law, captain of your bodyguard, and highly respected by everyone in the royal court.H288H6030H4428H559H539H5650H1732H4428H2860H5493H4928H3513H1004 15Yes, I consulted God for him, and it wasn't the first time. As for plotting against you, Your Majesty must not accuse me or anyone else in my family. I don't know anything about this matter!"H3117H2490H7592H430H2486H4428H7760H1697H5650H1004H1H5650H3045H1697H6996H1419 16The king said, "Ahimelech, you and all your relatives must die."H4428H559H4191H4191H288H1H1004 17Then he said to the guards standing near him, "Kill the LORD's priests! They conspired with David and did not tell me that he had run away, even though they knew it all along." But the guards refused to lift a hand to kill the LORD's priests.H4428H559H7323H5324H5437H4191H3548H3068H3027H1732H3045H1272H1540H241H5650H4428H14H7971H3027H6293H3548H3068 18So Saul said to Doeg, "You kill them!" - and Doeg killed them all. On that day he killed eighty-five priests who were qualified to carry the ephod.H4428H559H1673H5437H6293H3548H1673H130H5437H6293H3548H4191H3117H8084H2568H376H5375H906H646 19Saul also had all the other inhabitants of Nob, the city of priests, put to death: men and women, children and babies, cattle, donkeys, and sheep - they were all killed.H5011H5892H3548H5221H6310H2719H376H802H5768H3243H7794H2543H7716H6310H2719 20But Abiathar, one of Ahimelech's sons, escaped, and went and joined David.H259H1121H288H1121H285H8034H54H4422H1272H310H1732 21He told him how Saul had slaughtered the priests of the LORD.H54H5046H1732H7586H2026H3068H3548 22David said to him, "When I saw Doeg there that day, I knew that he would be sure to tell Saul. So I am responsible for the death of all your relatives.H1732H559H54H3045H3117H1673H130H5046H5046H7586H5437H5315H1H1004 23Stay with me and don't be afraid. Saul wants to kill both you and me, but you will be safe with me."H3427H3372H1245H5315H1245H5315H4931


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