1 Samuel

1 Samuel 22 ©

1 David's kindred and others resort unto him at Adullam. 3 At Mizpeh he commendeth his parents to the protection of the king of Moab. 5 Admonished by Gad he removeth to Harath. 6 Saul complaineth of the unfaithfulness of his servants. 9 Doeg accuseth Ahimelech. 11 Ahimelech is sent for with the priests, and answereth the charge. 17 The footmen refusing to slay the priests at the king's command, Doeg executeth it: their city Nob is destroyed. 20 Abiathar escaping bringeth David the news.


DAVID therefore adeparted thence, and escaped to the bcave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father's house heard it, they went down thither to him.

a Ps. 34, title,1,2; 56.3.

And every one that was cin distress, and every one that 1was in debt, and every one that was 2discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a dcaptain over them: and there were with him about efour hundred men.


¶And David went thence to fMizpeh of Moab: and he said unto the gking of Moab, hLet my father and my mother, I pray thee, come forth, and be with you, till I know what God will do for me.

f Not ch. 7.5. nor Ge. 31.49.

And he brought them before the king of Moab: and they dwelt with him all the while that David was in the hold.


¶And the iprophet Gad said unto David, Abide not in the hold; jdepart, and get thee into the land of Judah. Then David departed, and came into the forest of Hareth.


¶When Saul heard that David was discovered, and the men that were with him, (now Saul abode in kGibeah under a 3tree in lRamah, having his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standing about him;)


Then Saul said unto his servants that stood about him, Hear now, ye Benjamites; will mthe son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, and make you all captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds;


That all of you have conspired against me, and there is none that 4sheweth me that my son hath made a league with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you that is sorry for me, or sheweth unto me nthat my son hath stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?


¶Then oanswered Doeg the Edomite, which was set over the servants of Saul, and said, I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub.

o Ps. 52, title-4; 120.2-4; 140.3,11. Je. 9.3. Eze. 22.9. Pr. 29.12; 19.5,9. ch. 21.1-9. v.1-3.

And he penquired of the LORD for him, and qgave him *victuals, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.

q ch. 21.6,9.

Then the king rsent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father's house, the priests that were in Nob: and they came all of them to the king.


And Saul said, Hear now, thou son of Ahitub. And he answered, 5Here I am, my lord.


And Saul said unto him, sWhy have ye conspired against me, thou and the tson of Jesse, in that thou hast given him bread, and a sword, and hast enquired of God for him, that he should rise against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?


Then Ahimelech answered the king, uand said, And who is so faithful among all thy servants as David, which is the king's son in law, and vgoeth at thy bidding, and is honourable in thine house?


Did I then begin to enquire of God for him? be it far from me: let not the king impute any thing unto his servant, nor to all the house of my father: for thy servant knew nothing of all this, 6less or more.


And the king said, wThou shalt surely die, Ahimelech, thou, and xall thy father's house.


¶And the king said unto the 7footmen that stood about him, Turn, and slay the priests of the LORD; because their yhand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled, and did not shew it to me. But the servants of the king zwould not put forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the LORD.


And the king said to aDoeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did bwear a linen *ephod.


And cNob, the city of the priests, smote he with the edge of the sword, dboth men and women, children and sucklings, and oxen, and asses, and sheep, with the edge of the sword.


¶And eone of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named fAbiathar, escaped, and fled after David.


And Abiathar shewed David that Saul had slain the LORD's priests.


And David said unto Abiathar, I knew it that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul: I have occasioned gthe death of all the persons of thy father's house.


hAbide thou with me, fear not: for he that seeketh my life seeketh thy life: but with me thou shalt be in safeguard.