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1 Samuel 22:20-23

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22:20 But one of the sons of Ahimelech son of Ahitub escaped and fled to David. His name was Abiathar. 22:21 Abiathar told David that Saul had killed the priests of the Lord. 22:22 Then David said to Abiathar, “I knew that day when Doeg the Edomite was there that he would certainly tell Saul! I am guilty 1  of all the deaths in your father’s house! 22:23 Stay with me. Don’t be afraid! Whoever 2  seeks my life is seeking your life as well. You are secure with me.”

1 tc The translation follows the LXX, which reads “I am guilty,” rather than the MT, which has “I have turned.”

2 tn Or “the one who.” This may refer specifically to Saul, in which case David acknowledges that Abiathar’s life is endangered because of his allegiance to David. The translation assumes that the statement is more generalized, meaning that any enemy of Abiathar is an enemy of David. In other words, David promises that he will protect Abiathar with his very own life.



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