1 Samuel 21
International Standard Version Par ▾ 

David Flees to Nob

1a David came to Nob to Ahimelech the priest, and Ahimelech was trembling as he cameb to meet David. Ahimelechc told him, “Why are you alone, and no one with you?”

2David told Ahimelech the priest, “The king commanded me about a matter, saying to me, ‘Don’t let anyone know anything about the matter I’m sending you to dod and about which I’ve commanded you. I’ve directed the young men to a certain place.’ 3Now, what do you have available?e Give me five loaves of bread or whatever you have.”f

4The priest answered David: “There is no ordinary bread available;g only consecrated bread, provided that the young men have kept themselves from women.”

5David answered the priest, saying to him, “Indeed, women were kept from us as is usualh whenever I go out on a mission,i and the equipmentj of the young men is consecrated even when it’s an ordinary journey, so how much more is their equipmentk consecrated today?” 6So the priest gave him consecrated bread because no bread was there except the Bread of the Presence that had been removed from the LORD’s presence and replaced with hot bread on the day it was taken away.

7Now, Doeg the Edomite, one of Saul’s officials,l was there that day, detained in the LORD’s presence. He was the chief of Saul’s shepherds.

David Takes Goliath’s Sword

8David told Ahimelech, “Is there no spear or sword availablem here? I took neither my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king’s mission is urgent.”

9The priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you struck down in the Valley of Elah is wrapped up in a cloth behind the ephod.n If you want it, take it because there is no other except it here.”

So David said, “There is none like it. Give it to me.”

David Flees to Gath

10David got up that day and fled from Saul, and he went to King Achish of Gath. 11The officialso of Achish told him, “Isn’t this David, king of the land? Isn’t this the one about whom they sang as they danced,

‘Saul has struck down his thousands,

but David his ten thousands’?”

12David took these words seriously,p and he was very frightened of King Achish of Gath. 13So David changed his behavior before them and acted like he was crazy in their presence. He scribbled on the doors of the gate, and let his saliva run down his beard. 14Achish told his officials,q “Look, you see a person acting like a madman. Why’d you bring him to me? 15Am I lacking madmen that you bring me this one to act like a madman around me? Shall this one come into my house?”

a 21:1 This verse is 21:2 in MT
b 21:1 The Heb. lacks as he came
c 21:1 Lit. He
d 21:2 The Heb. lacks to do
e 21:3 Lit. under your control
f 21:3 Lit. what is found
g 21:4 Lit. under my control
h 21:5 Lit. as previously
i 21:5 The Heb. lacks on a mission
j 21:5 Or vessels
k 21:5 Or are their vessels
l 21:7 Or servants
m 21:8 Lit. under your control
n 21:9 The ephod was a type of vest normally worn by the priests
o 21:11 Or servants
p 21:12 Lit. paid attention to these words
q 21:14 Or servants

The Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.1
Copyright © 1996-2012 The ISV Foundation

Bible Hub
1 Samuel 20
Top of Page
Top of Page