22David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father's household heard about it, they went down to him there.H1732H3212H4422H4631H5725H251H1H1004H8085H3381 2All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader. About four hundred men were with him.H376H4689H376H5378H376H4751H5315H6908H8269H702H3967H376 3From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, "Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you until I learn what God will do for me?"H1732H3212H4708H4124H559H4428H4124H1H517H3318H3045H430H6213 4So he left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed with him as long as David was in the stronghold.H5148H6440H4428H4124H3427H3117H1732H4686 5But the prophet Gad said to David, "Do not stay in the stronghold. Go into the land of Judah." So David left and went to the forest of Hereth.H5030H1410H559H1732H3427H4686H3212H935H776H3063H1732H3212H935H3293H2802 6Now Saul heard that David and his men had been discovered. And Saul, spear in hand, was seated under the tamarisk tree on the hill at Gibeah, with all his officials standing around him.H7586H8085H1732H3045H582H7586H3427H1390H815H7414H2595H3027H5650H5324 7Saul said to them, "Listen, men of Benjamin! Will the son of Jesse give all of you fields and vineyards? Will he make all of you commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds?H7586H559H5650H5324H8085H1145H1121H3448H5414H7704H3754H7760H8269H505H8269H3967 8Is that why you have all conspired against me? No one tells me when my son makes a covenant with the son of Jesse. None of you is concerned about me or tells me that my son has incited my servant to lie in wait for me, as he does today."H7194H1540H241H1121H3772H1121H3448H2470H1540H241H1121H6965H5650H693H3117 9But Doeg the Edomite, who was standing with Saul's officials, said, "I saw the son of Jesse come to Ahimelech son of Ahitub at Nob.H6030H1673H130H5324H5650H7586H559H7200H1121H3448H935H5011H288H1121H285 10Ahimelech inquired of the LORD for him; he also gave him provisions and the sword of Goliath the Philistine."H7592H3068H5414H6720H5414H2719H1555H6430 11Then the king sent for the priest Ahimelech son of Ahitub and his father's whole family, who were the priests at Nob, and they all came to the king.H4428H7971H7121H288H3548H1121H285H1H1004H3548H5011H935H4428 12Saul said, "Listen now, son of Ahitub." "Yes, my lord," he answered.H7586H559H8085H1121H285H559H113 13Saul said to him, "Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, giving him bread and a sword and inquiring of God for him, so that he has rebelled against me and lies in wait for me, as he does today?"H7586H559H7194H1121H3448H5414H3899H2719H7592H430H6965H693H3117 14Ahimelech answered the king, "Who of all your servants is as loyal as David, the king's son-in-law, captain of your bodyguard and highly respected in your household?H288H6030H4428H559H539H5650H1732H4428H2860H5493H4928H3513H1004 15Was that day the first time I inquired of God for him? Of course not! Let not the king accuse your servant or any of his father's family, for your servant knows nothing at all about this whole affair."H3117H2490H7592H430H2486H4428H7760H1697H5650H1004H1H5650H3045H1697H6996H1419 16But the king said, "You will surely die, Ahimelech, you and your father's whole family."H4428H559H4191H4191H288H1H1004 17Then the king ordered the guards at his side: "Turn and kill the priests of the LORD, because they too have sided with David. They knew he was fleeing, yet they did not tell me." But the king's officials were not willing to raise a hand to strike the priests of the LORD.H4428H559H7323H5324H5437H4191H3548H3068H3027H1732H3045H1272H1540H241H5650H4428H14H7971H3027H6293H3548H3068 18The king then ordered Doeg, "You turn and strike down the priests." So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck them down. That day he killed eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod.H4428H559H1673H5437H6293H3548H1673H130H5437H6293H3548H4191H3117H8084H2568H376H5375H906H646 19He also put to the sword Nob, the town of the priests, with its men and women, its children and infants, and its cattle, donkeys and sheep.H5011H5892H3548H5221H6310H2719H376H802H5768H3243H7794H2543H7716H6310H2719 20But Abiathar, a son of Ahimelech son of Ahitub, escaped and fled to join David.H259H1121H288H1121H285H8034H54H4422H1272H310H1732 21He told David that Saul had killed the priests of the LORD.H54H5046H1732H7586H2026H3068H3548 22Then David said to Abiathar: "That day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, I knew he would be sure to tell Saul. I am responsible for the death of your father's whole family.H1732H559H54H3045H3117H1673H130H5046H5046H7586H5437H5315H1H1004 23Stay with me; don't be afraid; the man who is seeking your life is seeking mine also. You will be safe with me."H3427H3372H1245H5315H1245H5315H4931
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