The Snare of Men – 1st Samuel 21

1 Samuel 21:1 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?  

1 Samuel 21:2 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. 

1 Samuel 21:3  Now therefore what is under thine hand? give me five  loaves of bread in mine hand, or what there is present.  

1 Samuel 21:4 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  women. 

1 Samuel 21:5 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. 

1 Samuel 21:6 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. 

1 Samuel 21:7 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.  

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1 Samuel 21:8 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. 

1 Samuel 21:9 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.   
1 Samuel 21:10 And David arose, and fled that day for fear of  Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath. 

1 Samuel 21:11 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? 

1 Samuel 21:12 And David laid up these words in  his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath.  

1 Samuel 21:13 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. 

1 Samuel 21:14 Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye  see the man is mad: wherefore then have ye brought him  to me? 

1 Samuel 21:15 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?  KJV

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