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1 Samuel 22:14-18

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22:14 Ahimelech replied to the king, “Who among all your servants is faithful like David? He is the king’s son-in-law, the leader of your bodyguard, and honored in your house! 22:15 Was it just today that I began to inquire of God on his behalf? Far be it from me! The king should not accuse 1  his servant or any of my father’s house. For your servant is not aware of all this – not in whole or in part!” 2 

22:16 But the king said, “You will surely die, Ahimelech, you and all your father’s house! 22:17 Then the king said to the messengers 3  who were stationed beside him, “Turn and kill the priests of the Lord, for they too have sided 4  with David! They knew he was fleeing, but they did not inform me.” But the king’s servants refused to harm 5  the priests of the Lord.

22:18 Then the king said to Doeg, “You turn and strike down the priests!” So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck down the priests. He killed on that day eighty-five 6  men who wore the linen ephod.

1 tn Heb “set a matter against.”

2 tn Heb “small or great.”

3 tn Heb “runners.”

4 tn Heb “their hand is.”

5 tn Heb “to extend their hand to harm.”

6 tc The number is confused in the Greek ms tradition. The LXX, with the exception of the Lucianic recension, has the number 305. The Lucianic recension, along with a couple of Old Latin mss, has the number 350.



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