1 Samuel 21
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?
2And 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 a place.
3Now therefore what is under thine hand? give
me five loaves of bread in mine hand, or what there is present.
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 women.
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 the vessel.
6So 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 taken away.
7Now 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 Saul.
8And 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.
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.
arose and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.
11And 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?
12And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the
king of Gath.
13And 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 beard.
14Then said Achish unto his
servants, Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore then have ye brought him to me?
15Have 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?