1 Samuel 21

1Then David went away, and Jonathan went back to the town. 2David went to the town named Nob to see Ahimelech the priest. Ahimelech went out to meet David. Ahimelech was afraid for David. Ahimelech asked David, “Why are you alone? Why isn’t anyone with you?” 3David answered Ahimelech, “The king gave me a special order. He told me, 'Don’t let anyone know about this mission. No person must know what I told you to do.’ I told my men where to meet me. 4Now, what food do you have with you? Give me five loaves of bread or whatever you have to eat.” 5The priest said to David, “I don’t have any ordinary bread here, but I do have some of the Holy Bread. Your officers can eat it if they have not had sexual relations with any women.” 6David answered the priest, “We have not been with any women. My men keep their bodies holy every time we go out to fight, even on ordinary missions. And this is especially true today, when our work is so special.” 7There was no bread except the Holy Bread. So the priest gave David that bread. This was the bread that the priests put on the holy table before the Lord. Each day they took this bread away and put fresh bread in its place. 8One of Saul’s officers was there that day. He was Doeg the Edomite. Doeg was the leader of Saul’s shepherds. Doeg had been kept there before the Lord. 9David asked Ahimelech, “Do you have a spear or sword here? The king’s business is very important. I had to leave quickly, and I didn’t bring my sword or any other weapon.” 10The priest answered, “The only sword here is the sword of Goliath the Philistine. It is the sword you took from him when you killed him in the Valley of Elah. That sword is behind the ephod, wrapped in a cloth. You may take it if you want to.” David said, “Give it to me. There is no sword like Goliath’s sword!” 11That day David ran away from Saul. David went to Achish king of Gath. 12Achish’s officers ˻did not like this. They˼ said, “This is David, the king of the land ˻of Israel˼. He is the person the Israelites sing about. They dance and sing this song about him: “Saul has killed thousands of enemies. But David has killed tens of thousands!” 13David paid close attention to what they said. David was afraid of Achish, king of Gath. 14So David pretended to be crazy in front of Achish and his officers. While David was with them he acted like a crazy man. He spat on the doors of the gate. He let spit fall down his beard. 15Achish said to his officers, “Look at the man! He is crazy! Why did you bring him to me? 16I have enough crazy men. I don’t need you to bring this man to my house to act crazy in front of me! Don’t let this man come into my house again!”

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