1 Samuel 21:1–15
2 David answered the priest Ahimelech, “The king gave me a mission, but he told me, ‘Don’t let anyone know anything about the mission I’m sending you on or what I have ordered you to do.’ I have stationed my young men at a certain place. 3 Now what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread or whatever can be found.”
5 David answered him, “I swear that women are being kept from us, as always when I go out to battle.e The young men’s bodiesB are consecratedf even on an ordinary mission, so of course their bodies are consecrated today.” 6 So the priest gave him the consecrated bread,g for there was no bread there except the Bread of the Presenceh that had been removed from the presence of the Lord. When the bread was removed, it had been replaced with warm bread.
7 One of Saul’s servants, detained before the Lord, was there that day. His name was Doeg the Edomite,i chief of Saul’s shepherds.
9 The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine,j whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here, wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want to take it for yourself, then take it, for there isn’t another one here.”
“There’s none like it!” David said. “Give it to me.”
10 David fled that day from Saul’s presence and went to King Achish of Gath.k 11 But Achish’s servants said to him, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Don’t they sing about him during their dances:
Saul has killed his thousands,
but David his tens of thousands?”l
12 David took this to heart and became very afraid of King Achish of Gath, 13 so he pretended to be insane in their presence.m He acted like a madman around them,D scribblingE on the doors of the city gate and letting saliva run down his beard.
14 “Look! You can see the man is crazy,” Achish said to his servants. “Why did you bring him to me? 15 Do I have such a shortage of crazy people that you brought this one to act crazy around me? Is this one going to come into my house?”n
Lit madman in their hand
LXX reads drumming