1 Samuel 22
Companies resort unto David at Adullam.
1 Samuel 22:1 And Dauid departed thence and escaped, and came vnto the caue Odollam. When hys bretheren and all his fathers house hearde it, they went thyther to hym. 1 Samuel 22:2 And there gathered vnto hym all men that were in combraunce and in det and troubled in their hertes, and he became a captayne ouer them. And there where wyth hym vpon a four hundred men.
At Mizpeh he commendeth his parents unto the king of Moab.
1 Samuel 22:3 And Dauid went thence to Mazphah in the lande of Moab, and sayde vnto the kynge of Moab: Let my father and mother I praye the, haue their abidinge with you, tyl I knowe what God wil do with me. 1 Samuel 22:4 And he lefte them with the kyng of Moab, and they dwelt wyth hym all the whyle that Dauid kepte him selfe in holdes.
Admonished by Gad, he cometh to Hareth.
1 Samuel 22:5 And the prophet Gad sayde vnto Dauid: Abyde not in castelles, but departe and go to the land of Iuda. Then Dauid departed and came into the forest Hareth.
Saul, going to pursue him, complaineth of his servants' unfaithfulness.
1 Samuel 22:6 And Saul hearde of it: for Dauid was knowen and also the men that were wyth him. And as Saul sat in Gabaah vnder a groue vpon a hye bancke with hys speare in his hande, and al hys men about him, 1 Samuel 22:7 he sayde vnto hys seruauntes that stode aboute him. Heare I pray you, you sonnes of Iemini wyl the sonne of Isai also geue euery one of you feldes and vineyardes, and make you all captaynes ouer thousandes and ouer hundredes? 1 Samuel 22:8 that ye haue all conspyred agaynst me? so that there is none of you that openeth mine eare, in so muche that my sonne hath made a bounde with the sonne of Isai, nether is there any of you, that mourneth for me or sheweth it in myne eare: because my sonne hath set vp my seruaunt to lye awayte agaynst me, as it appeareth thys daye.
Doeg accuseth Ahimelech.
1 Samuel 22:9 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which had the ouer sight of the seruauntes of Saul and sayde: I sawe the sonne of Isai, when he came to Nob, to Ahimelech the sonne of Ahitob, 1 Samuel 22:10 whyche asked councel of the lorde for him and gaue him vitayles, and the swerde of Goliath the Philistine also.
Saul commandeth to kill the priests.
1 Samuel 22:11 Then the king sent to calle Ahimelech the pryest the sonne of Ahitob, and all hys fathers house, that is to saye, the pryestes that were in Nob. And they came all to the kinge. 1 Samuel 22:12 And Saul sayde: heare thou sonne of Ahitob. And he sayde: here I am my Lorde. 1 Samuel 22:13 Then sayde Saul to hym: why haue ye conspyred against me, thou and the sonne of Isai, in so muche that thou hast geuen hym vitayle and a swerde, and hast asked councell of God for him, that he shoulde aryse against me, and lye awayte as it is come to passe thys daye. 1 Samuel 22:14 And Ahymelech answered the kynge & sayde: who is so faythfull amonge all thy seruauntes as Dauid & therto the kinges sonne in lawe, and goeth at thy bidding, and is had in honoure in thyne house? 1 Samuel 22:15 haue I thys daye begonne fyrst to aske councel of God for him? God forbyd that from me: let not the kynge put suche a thinge vnto hys seruaunt and on all the house of my father. For thy seruaunt knoweth nothinge of all thys, ether lesse or more. 1 Samuel 22:16 But for all that the kynge sayd: thou shalt surely dye Ahimelech, bothe thou and all thy fathers house.
The footmen refusing, Doeg executeth it.
1 Samuel 22:17 Then sayde the kynge vnto his fote men that stode about hym: turne and sley the priestes of the Lorde, bothe because their hand is with Dauid, and because they knewe when Dauid fled & shewed it not to me. But the seruauntes of the kynge woulde not moue their handes, to runne vpon the priestes of the Lorde. 1 Samuel 22:18 Then saide the kinge to Doeg: turne thou and smyte the pryestes. And Doeg the Edomite turned and ranne vpon the priestes and slue that same daye foure skore and fyue persones that dyd weare eche man a lynnen Ephod. 1 Samuel 22:19 And Nob the citie of the pryestes he smote with the edge of the swerde, bothe man and woman, chylde and suckelynge, with oxe asse and shepe.
Abiathar escaping, bringeth David the news.
1 Samuel 22:20 But yet one of the sonnes of Ahimelech the sonne of Ahitob, named Abiathar, escaped & fled to Dauid, 1 Samuel 22:21 and he shewed Dauid, how þt Saul had slaine the Lordes priestes. 1 Samuel 22:22 And Dauid sayde vnto Abiathar: I wist it the same daye, that Doeg the Edomite whyche was there would tell it Saul. And I am cause of þe death of all the soules of thy fathers house. 1 Samuel 22:23 Abyde with me and feare not: he that seketh thy soule, shall seke myne, and with me thou shalt be in sauegarde.