Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech was afraid at the
meeting of David, and said unto him, Why art thou alone, and no man with thee?
And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a business,
and hath said unto me, Let no man know any thing of the business whereabout I send
thee, and what I have commanded thee: and I have appointed my servants to such and such
Now therefore what is under thine hand? give me five loaves of bread in mine hand,
or what there is present.
And the priest answered David, and said, There is no common bread under mine hand,
but there is hallowed bread; if the young men have kept themselves at least from
And David answered the priest, and said unto him, Of a truth women have been kept
from us about these three days, since I came out, and the vessels of the young men are
holy, and the bread is in a manner common, yea, though it were sanctified this day in
So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread there but the
shewbread, that was taken from before the LORD, to put hot bread in the day when it was
Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the
LORD; and his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to
And David said unto Ahimelech, And is there not here under thine hand spear or
sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the
king’s business required haste.
And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the
valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt
take that, take it: for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is none
like that; give it me.
And David arose and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of
And the servants of Achish said unto him, Is not this David the king of the land?
did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his
thousands, and David his ten thousands?
And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king
And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands,
and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his
Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore then have
ye brought him to me?
Have I need of mad men, that ye have brought this fellow to play the mad man in my
presence? shall this fellow come into my house?