David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when
his brethren and all his father's house heard it, they went down thither to
And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and
every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became
a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.
And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab: and he said unto the king of
Moab, Let my father and my mother, I pray thee, come forth, and be with you,
till I know what God will do for me.
And he brought them before the king of Moab: and they dwelt with him all
the while that David was in the hold.
And the prophet Gad said unto David, Abide not in the hold; depart, and
get thee into the land of Judah. Then David departed, and came into the
forest of Hareth.
When Saul heard that David was discovered, and the men that were with him,
(now Saul abode in Gibeah under a tree in Ramah, having his spear in his
hand, and all his servants were standing about him;)
Then Saul said unto his servants that stood about him, Hear now, ye
Benjamites; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and
vineyards, and make you all captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds;
That all of you have conspired against me, and there is none that sheweth
me that my son hath made a league with the son of Jesse, and there is none
of you that is sorry for me, or sheweth unto me that my son hath stirred up
my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?
Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which was set over the servants of Saul,
and said, I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of
And he enquired of the LORD for him, and gave him victuals, and gave him
the sword of Goliath the Philistine.
Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and
all his father's house, the priests that were in Nob: and they came all of
them to the king.
And Saul said, Hear now, thou son of Ahitub. And he answered, Here I am,
And Saul said unto him, Why have ye conspired against me, thou and the son
of Jesse, in that thou hast given him bread, and a sword, and hast enquired
of God for him, that he should rise against me, to lie in wait, as at this
Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so faithful among
all thy servants as David, which is the king's son in law, and goeth at thy
bidding, and is honourable in thine house?
Did I then begin to enquire of God for him? be it far from me: let not the
king impute any thing unto his servant, nor to all the house of my father:
for thy servant knew nothing of all this, less or more.
And the king said, Thou shalt surely die, Ahimelech, thou, and all thy
And the king said unto the footmen that stood about him, Turn, and slay
the priests of the LORD: because their hand also is with David, and because
they knew when he fled, and did not shew it to me. But the servants of the
king would not put forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the LORD.
And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the priests. And Doeg
the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five
persons that did wear a linen ephod.
(22:18-19) "Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests,
and slew on that day fourscore and five persons ... And Nob, the city of
the priests, smote he with the edge of the sword, both men and women,
children and sucklings, and oxen, and asses, and sheep, with the edge of the sword."
Doeg the Edomite kills 85 priests of Nob and all men,
women, children, and animals in the city of Nob.