1 Samuel 21
1 And David came to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. And Ahimelech trembled when he
met David, and said to him, Why are you alone, and no one is with you?
2 And David said to Ahimelech the priest, The king has charged me with some business,
and said to me, Let no one know anything of the matter about which I am sending you, or
what I have commanded you. And I have directed my young men to such and such a place.
3 Now therefore, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread in my hand, or
whatever can be found.
4 And the priest answered David and said, There is no common bread on hand; but there
is holy bread, if the young men have at least kept themselves from women.
5 And David answered the priest, and said to him, Truly, women have been kept from us
about three days since I came out. And the vessels of the young men are holy, and in a way
the bread is common, even though it was consecrated in the vessel today.
6 So the priest gave him holy bread; for there was no bread there but the Bread of the
Presence which had been taken from before Jehovah, in order to put hot bread in its place
on the day when it was taken away.
7 Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before Jehovah.
And his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the chief of Saul's shepherds.
8 And David said to Ahimelech, Is there not here on hand a spear or a sword? For I have
brought neither my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king's business came
9 And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley
of Elah, behold, it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you will take that, take it. For
there is no other except that one here. And David said, There is none like it; give it to me.
10 And David rose up and fled that day from the face of Saul, and went to Achish the
king of Gath.
11 And the servants of Achish said to him, Is this not David the king of the land? Did they
not sing of him in dances, saying: Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten
12 And David took these words to heart, and was very much afraid before Achish the king
13 And he changed his behavior in their eyes, acted like a mad man in their hands,
scratched marks on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall into his beard.
14 Then Achish said to his servants, Behold, see how the man is mad. Why did you bring
him to me?
15 Have I need of madmen, that you have brought this fellow to show madness in my
presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?