David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his
brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him.
And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one
that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them:
and there were with him about four hundred men.
And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab: and he said unto the king of Moab, Let my
father and my mother, I pray thee, come forth, and be with you, till I know what God
will do for me.
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 prophet Gad said unto David, Abide not in the hold; depart, 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 Gibeah under a tree in Ramah, 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 the 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 sheweth 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 that my son hath stirred up my servant against me, to lie in
wait, as at this day?
Then answered 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.
And he enquired of the LORD for him, and gave him victuals, and gave him the sword
of Goliath the Philistine.
Then the king sent 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
And Saul said, Hear now, thou son of Ahitub. And he answered, Here I am, my
And Saul said unto him, Why have ye conspired against me, thou and the son 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, and said, And who is so faithful among all thy
servants as David, which is the king’s son in law, and goeth 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, less or more.
And the king said, Thou shalt surely die, Ahimelech, thou, and all thy
And the king said unto the footmen that stood about him, Turn, and slay the priests
of the LORD: because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled,
and did not shew it to me. But the servants of the king would not put forth their hand
to fall upon the priests of the LORD.
And the king said to Doeg, 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 wear a linen ephod.
And Nob, the city of the priests, smote he with the edge of the sword, both men and
women, children and sucklings, and oxen, and asses, and sheep, with the edge of the
And one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, 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 the death of all the persons of thy
Abide thou with me, fear not: for he that seeketh my life seeketh thy life: but
with me thou shalt be in safeguard.