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1 Samuel 22

Companies resort unto David at Adullam.

1 Samuel 22:1 Dauid wente fro thence, & fled vnto the caue of Adullam. Whan his brethren and all his fathers house herde that, they came downe thither vnto him. 1 Samuel 22:2 And there gathered vnto him all men that were in trouble and det, and sory of hert, and he became their heade, so that there were with him vpon a foure hundreth men.

At Mizpeh he commendeth his parents unto the king of Moab.

1 Samuel 22:3 And Dauid wente from thence towarde Mispa in the londe of the Moabites, and sayde vnto the kynge of the Moabites: Let my father and my mother go out and in amonge you, tyll I se what God wil do with me. 1 Samuel 22:4 And he lefte them before the kynge of ye Moabites, so that they remayned by him, as longe as Dauid was in the castell.

Admonished by Gad, he cometh to Hareth.

1 Samuel 22:5 Neuertheles the prophet Gad sayde vnto Dauid: Abyde not in the castell, but go yi waye, and come in to the londe of Iuda. Then departed Dauid, and came into the wodd of Hareth.

Saul, going to pursue him, complaineth of his servants' unfaithfulness.

1 Samuel 22:6 And Saul herde that Dauid and the men which were with him, were come forth. Now whyle Saul dwelt at Gibea vnder a groue in Rama, he had a Iauelinge in his hande, and all his seruauntes stode by him. 1 Samuel 22:7 Then sayde Saul vnto his seruauntes that stode by him: Heare ye children of Iemini: Shal the sonne of Isai geue lodes and vynyardes vnto you all, & make you all captaynes ouer thousandes and ouer hudreds, 1 Samuel 22:8 that ye haue all conspyred agaynst me, and there is no ma that sheweth it before myne eares, for so moch as my sonne also hath made a couenaunt with the sonne of Isai? There is no man amonge you that letteth it for my sake, or yt openeth it vnto myne eares: for my sonne hath stered vp my seruauntes against me, that he maye laye wayte for me, as it is manifest.

Doeg accuseth Ahimelech.

1 Samuel 22:9 Then answered Doeg ye Edomite which stode besyde Sauls seruauntes, and sayde: I sawe the sonne of Isai, that he came vnto Nobe, to Ahimelech ye sonne of Achitob, 1 Samuel 22:10 which axed councell at the LORDE for him, and gaue him fode, & the swerde of Goliath the Philistyne.

Saul commandeth to kill the priests.

1 Samuel 22:11 Then sent the kynge, and caused to call Ahimelech the prest the sonne of Achitob, and all his fathers house, the prestes that were at Nobe, and they came all to the kynge. 1 Samuel 22:12 And Saul sayde: Heare thou sonne of Achitob. He saide: Here am I my lorde. 1 Samuel 22:13 And Saul sayde vnto him: Wherfore haue ye cospyred agaynst me, thou & the sonne of Isai, that thou hast geuen him bred and a swerde, and axed councell at God for him, to stere him vp, that he mighte laye awayte for me, as it is manifest? 1 Samuel 22:14 Ahimelech answered the kynge and saide: And who is amonge all thy seruauntes like Dauid, which is faithfull, and hath maried the kynges doughter, and goeth in thine obedience, & is honorably taken in thine house? 1 Samuel 22:15 Haue I begonne then first this daye to axe councell at God for him? That be farre frome. Let not the kinge laie soch to his seruautes charge in all my fathers house: for thy seruaunt knewe not of all these thinges nether small ner greate. 1 Samuel 22:16 Neuertheles the kynge saide: Ahimelech thou must dye ye death, thou and all thy fathers house.

The footmen refusing, Doeg executeth it.

1 Samuel 22:17 And the kynge sayde to his fote men that stode by him: Turne you, and slaye the prestes of the LORDE, for their hande is with Dauid also. Not withstondinge the kynges seruauntes wolde not not laye their handes vpon ye prestes of the LORDE, to slaye them. 1 Samuel 22:18 Then saide ye kynge vnto Doeg: Turne the, and slaye the prestes. Doeg the Edomite turned him, and slewe the prestes, so that the same daye there dyed fyue and foure score men, which wayre ouerbody cotes of lynnen. 1 Samuel 22:19 And Nob the cite of the prestes smote he with the edge of the swerde, both men and wemen, children and sucklynges, oxen and asses, and shepe.

Abiathar escaping, bringeth David the news.

1 Samuel 22:20 Neuerthelesse there escaped a sonne of Ahimelech (the sonne of Achitob) whose name was Abiathar, and fled after Dauid, 1 Samuel 22:21 and tolde him, that Saul had slayne ye prestes of the LORDE. 1 Samuel 22:22 Dauid sayde vnto Abiathar: I knewe well the same daye that Doeg the Edomite was there, that he wolde tell Saul. I am giltye of the soules of thy fathers house. 1 Samuel 22:23 Abyde thou with me, and feare not. He that layeth wayte for my lyfe, shall laye wayte for thyne also, and thou shalt be preserued with me.

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