(21:1) "Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest:
... said unto him, Why art thou alone, and no man with thee?"
What was the priest's name?
Was David alone when he came to Nob?
(21:2-8) "David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a
David lies to the priest, saying he was on the king's business (which, of course, he wasn't), so that he could get food and weapons.
His lie got him some holy bread and Goliath's sword.
Is it OK to lie?
David Lies to a Priest
Then 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?
And 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.
Now therefore what is under thine hand? give me five loaves of bread in
mine hand, or what there is present.
And 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
And 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.||
(21:4-5) "The vessels of the young men are holy."|
The priest tells David that he and his men
can eat the "hallowed" bread if "they have kept themselves at
least from women." David assures the priest that they have and that
"the vessels of the young men are holy." So it'd be OK for them to eat
the holy bread.
So 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.
Now 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.||
And 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.||
(21:8-9) "Goliath the Philistine, whom thou [David] slewest"|
Who killed Goliath?
And 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.||
And David arose and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the
king of Gath.
And 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?||
"Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands."
David and Saul have a contest to see who can
kill the most people for God, and the women act as cheerleaders saying,
"Saul has killed his thousands, and David his tens of thousands."
And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish
the king of Gath.
And 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.
"David ... feigned himself mad ... and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard."
David acts like a crazy man, scribbles on the
gates of Gath, and lets spit run down his beard. All this he did in front of
Israel's enemies in the hopes that they would take him in and protect him from
Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore
then have ye brought him to me?
Have 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?