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The First Book of Samuel

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Chapter 21

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      Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest. And Ahimelech was astounded at his coming and said unto him: Why cometh thou thyself alone, and no man with thee? And David said to Ahimelech the priest: the king hath commanded me to do a certain thing and said unto me, let no man know whereabout I send and what I have commanded thee to do. And therefore I have appointed my servants to such and such places. And now what hast thou under thine hand? give me five leaves of bread or what cometh to hand.
      And the priest answered David and said: there is no common bread under mine hand, but there is hallowed bread, if the young men had abstained only from women. And David answered the priest and said unto him: of a truth women hath been locked up from us about a three days, when I came out: and the vessels of the young men were holy. How be it this way is unpure, but it shall be hallowed in the vessel. And so the priest gave him hallowed bread, for there was none other bread there save showbreads that were taken from before the Lord, to put fresh bread there, the day that it was taken away.
      And there was there the same day a certain man of the servants of Saul abiding before the Lord named Doeg an Edomite, the chiefest of Sauls herdsmen. And David said unto Ahimelech: is not here under thine hand other spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor mine harness with me, because the Kings business required haste. Then the priest answered: the sword of Goliath the Philistine whom thou slewest in Oakdale, that 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 to that, give it me.
      And David arose and fled the same day from the presence of Saul, and went to Achis the king of Geth. And the servants of Achis said of him: is not this David the King of the land? did they not sing unto this fellow in dances saying: Saul hath slain his thousand, and David his ten thousand? And David put those words into his heart and was sore afraid of Achis the King of Geth. And he changed his countenance before them, and raved in their hands, and *scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.
      Then said Achis unto his servant. Lo ye saw that this man was beside himself, wherefore then have ye brought him to me? lack I madmen, that ye have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? he shall not come into my house.


*scrabbled: to scrape and mark with the hands frantically.

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