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17 And Jonathan caused Da- || upon a seat by the wall : and vid to swear again, because he Jonathan arose, and Abner sat loved him : for he loved him as by Saul's side, and David's he loved his own soul.

place was empty. 18 Then Jonathan said to Da- 26 Nevertheless Saul spake vid, To-morrow is the new not any thing that day for he moon : and thou shalt be mis- thought, Something hath besed, because thy seat will be fallen him, he is not clean : empty.

surely he is not clean. 19 And when thou hast stayed 27 And it came to pass on the three days, then thou shalt gomorrow, which was the second down quickly, and come to the day of the month, that David's place where thou didst hide place was empty : and Saul said thyself when the business was unto Jonathan his son, Wherein band, and shalt remain by the fore cometh not the son of Jesse stone Ezel.

to meat, neither yesterday, nor 20/And I will shoot three ar-to-day? rows on the side thereof, as 28 And Jonathan answered though I shot at a mark. Saul, David earnestly asked

21 And, behold, I will send a leave of me to go to Beth-lelad, saying, Go, find out the hem : arrows. If I expressly say unto

29 And he said, Let me go, the lad, Behold, the arrows are I pray thee; for our family hath on this side of thee, take them; a sacrifice in the city ; and my then come thou: for there is brother, he hath commanded me peace to thee, and no hurt; as to be there : and now, if I have the LORD liveth.

found favour in thine eyes, let 22 But if I say thus unto the me get away,


pray thee, and young man, Behold, the arrows see my brethren. Therefore are beyond thee; go thy way :

he cometh not unto the king's for the LORD hath sent thee table. away.

30 Then Saul's anger was 23 And as touching the mat- kindled against Jonathan, and ter which thou and I have spok- he said unto him, Thou son of en of, behold, the LORD bc be the perverse rebellious woman, tween thee and me for ever. do not I know that thou hast

24 So David hid himself in the chosen the son of Jesse to thine field; and when the new moon own confusion, and unto the was come, the king sat him confusion of thy mother's nakeddown to eat meat.

25 And the king sat upon his 31 For as long as the son of seat, as at other times, even Jesse liveth upon the ground,


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thou shalt not be established, 40 And Jonathan gave his arnor thy kingdom. Wherefore tillery unto his lad, and said now send and fetch him unto unto him, Go, carry them to me, for he shall surely die.

the city. 32 And Jonathan answered 41 And as soon as the lad was Saul his father, and said unto | gone, David arose out of a place him, Wherefore shall he be toward the south, and fell on slain? what hath he done? his face to the ground, and bow

33 And Saul cast a javelin at ed himself three times : and him to smite him : whereby

whereby they kissed one another, and Jonathan knew that it was de wept one with another, until termined of his father to slay David exceeded. David.

42 And Jonathan said to Da. 34 So Jonathan arose from the vid, Go in peace, forasmuch as table in fierce anger, and did we have sworn both of us in the eat no meat on the second day of name of the LORD, saying, The the month : for he was grieved Lord be between me and thee, for David, because his father and between my seed and thy had done him shame.

seed for ever. And he arose 35 And it came to pass in the and departed : and Jonathan morning, that Jonathan went went into the city. out into the field at the time appointed with David, and a

CHAP. XXI. little lad with him.

DAVID FEIGNETH HIMSELF 36 And he said unto his lad, Run, find out now the arrows which I shoot. And as the lad THEN came David to Nob, ran, he shot an arrow beyond to Ahimelech the priest : and him.

Ahimelech was afraid at the 37 And when the lad was meeting of David, and said un. come to the place of the arrow to him, Why art thou alone, which Jonathan had shot, Jona- and no man with thee? .. than cried after the lad, and said, 2 And David said unto Ahi. Is not the arrow beyond thee? melech the priest, The king

38 And Jonathan cried after hath commanded me a business, the lad, Make speed, haste, and hath said unto me, Let no stay not. And Jonathan's lad man know any thing of the bugathered up the arrows, and siness whereabout I send thee,

| came to his master.

and what I have commanded 39 But the lad knew not any thee : and I have appointed thing: only Jonathan and David my servants to such and such a knew the matter.




3 Now therefore what is un- whom thou slewest in the valley der thine hand ? give me five of Elah, behold, it is here wraploaves of bread in mine hand, ped in a cloth behind the ephod: or what there is present.

if thou wilt take that, take it : 4 And the priest answered for there is no other save that David, and said, There is no here. And David said, There common bread under mine is none like that; give it me. hand, but there is hallowed 10 And David arose, and fled bread; if the young men have that day for fear of Saul, and kept themselves at least from went to (Achish the king of women.

Gath. 5 And David answered the 11 And the servants of Achish priest, and said unto him, Of a said unto him, Is not this truth women have been kept David the king of the land ? from us about these three days, did they not sing one to anosince I came out, and the vessels ther of him in dances, saying, of the young men are holy, and Saul hath slain his thousands, the bread is in a manner com

and David his ten thousands? mon, yea, though it were sanc- 12 And David laid up these tified this day in the vessel. words in his heart, and was sore

6 So the priest gave him hal- afraid of Achish the king of lowed bread: for there was no | Gath. bread there but the shew-bread, 13 And he changed his bethat was taken from before the haviour before them, and feignLORD, to put hot bread in the ed himself mad in their hands, day when it was taken away.

and scrabbled on the doors of the 7 Now a certain man of the gate, and let his spittle fall down

, servants of Saul was there that upon his beard. day, detained before the LORD; 14 Then said Achish unto his and his name was Doeg, an servants, Lo, ye see the man is Edomite, the chiefest of the mad: wherefore then have ye herdmen that belonged to Saul.

brought him to me? 8 And

And David said unto 15 Have I need of madnien, Ahimelech, And is there not that ye have brought this felhere under thine hand spear low to play the madman, in my or sword ? for I have neither presence ? shall this fellow come brought my sword

nor my

into my house? weapons with me, because the king's business required

CHAP. XXII. haste.

NOB DESTROYED, 9 And the pricst said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, DAVID therefore departed

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thence, and escaped to the cave || make you all captains of thou. Adullam: and when his breth- sands, and captains of hunren and all his father's house dreds ; heard it, they went down thither 8 That all of you have con. to him.

spired against me, and there is 2 And every one that was in none that sheweth me that my distress, and every one that was son hath made a league with the in debt, and every one that was son of Jesse, and there is none discontented, gathered them- of you that is sorry for me, or

I | selves unto him; and he became sheweth unto me that my son a captain over them : and there hath stirred up my servant were with him about four hun- against me, to lie in wait, as at dred men.

this day? 3 And David went thence to 9 Then answered Doeg the Mizpeh of Moab: and he said Edomite, which was set over unto the king of Moab, Let my the servants of Saul, and said, father and my mother, I pray || I saw the son of Jesse coming thee, come forth, and be with to Nob, to Ahimelech the son you, till I know what God will of Ahitub. do for me.

10 And he enquired of the 4 And he brought them be. Lord for him, and gave him fore the king of Moab : and victuals,and gave him the sword they dwelt with him all the while of Goliath the Philistine. that David was in the hold. 11 Then the king sent to call

5 And the prophet Gad said | Ahimelech the priest, the son unto David, Abide not in the of Ahitub, and all his father's hold; depart and get thee into house, the priests that were in the land of Judah. Then David Nob; and they came all of them departed, and came into the to the king. forest of Hareth.

12 And Saul said, Hear now, 6 When Saul heard that Da thou son of Ahitub. And he vid was discovered, and the men answered, Here I am, my lord. that were with him, (now Saul 13 And Saul said unto him, abode in Gibeah under a tree Why have ye conspired against in Ramah, having his spear in me, thou and the son of Jesse, his hand, and all his servants in that thou hast given him were standing about him,) bread, and a sword, and hast

7 Then Saul said unto his ser- enquired of God for him, that vants that stood about him, he should rise against me, to lie Hear now, ye Benjamites; will in wait, as at this day? the son of Jesse give every one 14 Then Ahimelech answered of you fields and vineyards, and the king, and said, And who is

so faithful among all thy ser- 21 And Abiathar shewed Da. vants as David, which is the vid that Saul had slain the king's son-in-law, and goeth at LORD's priests. thy bidding, and is honourable 22 And David said unto Abiain thine house?

thar, I knew it that day, when 15 Did I then begin to enquire Doeg the Edomite was there, of God for him? be it far from that he would surely tell Saul: me : let not the king impute I have occasioned the death of any thing unto his servant, nor all the persons of thy father's to all the house of my father: house. for thy servant knew nothing of 23 Abide thou with me, fear all this, less or more.

not: for he that seeketh my life 16 And the king said, Thou seeketh thy life: but with me shalt surely die, Ahimelech, thou shalt be in safeguard. thou, and all thy father's house. 17 And the king said unto the

CHAP. XXIII. footmen that stood about him,

DAVID RESCUETH KEILAH. Turn, and slay the priests of the LORD; because their hand also THEN they told David, sayis with David, and because they ing, Behold, the Philistines fight knew when he fled, and did not against Keilah, and they rob the shew it to me. But the servants threshing-floors. of the king would not put forth 2 Therefore David enquired of their hand to fall upon the priests the Lord, saying, Shall I go of the LORD.

and smite these Philistines? 18 And the king said to Doeg, And the Lord said unto David, Turn thou, and fall upon the Go and smite the Philistines, priests. And Doeg the Edomite and save Keilah. turned, and he fell upon the 3 And David's men said unto priests, and slew on that day him, Behold, we be afraid here fourscore and five persons that in Judah: how much more then did wear a linen ephod.

if we come to Keilah against 19 And Nob the city of the the armies of the Philistines? priests, smote he with the edge 4 Then David enquired of the of the sword, both men and LORD yet again. And the LORD women, children and sucklings, answered him, and said, Arise, and oxen, and asses, and sheep, go down to Keilah; for I will with the edge of the sword. deliver the Philistines into thine

20 And one of the sons of hand. Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, 5 So David and his men went named / Abiathar, escaped, and to Keilah, and fought with the fied after David.

Philistines, and brought away

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