So Daviddeparted from there and 1escaped to 2the cave of Adullam; and when his brothers and all his father'shouseholdheard of it, they wentdownthere to him.
2Everyone who was in distress, and everyonewhoawas in debt, and everyone who was bdiscontentedgathered to him; and he becamecaptainover them. Now there were 3about fourhundredmen with him.
And Davidwent from there to Mizpah of Moab; and he said to the king of Moab, "Please let my father and my mothercome and stay with you until I knowwhatGod will do for me."
Then he left them with the king of Moab; and they stayed with him all the time that David was in the stronghold.
54The prophetGadsaid to David, "Do not stay in the stronghold; depart, and go into the land of Judah." So Daviddeparted and went into the forest of Hereth.
Then Saulheard that David and the menwho were with him had been discovered. Now 5Saul was sitting in Gibeah, under the tamarisktree on the height with his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standingaround him.
7Saulsaid to his servants who stoodaround him, "Hearnow, O Benjamites! Will the son of Jessealsogive to all of you fields and vineyards? 6Will he make you allcommanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds?
"For all of you have conspiredagainst me so that there is noone who cdiscloses to me 7when my sonmakes a covenant with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you 8who is sorry for me or ddiscloses to me that my son has stirred up my servantagainst me to lie in ambush, as it is thisday."
Then 9Doeg the Edomite, who was estanding by the servants of Saul, said, "10I saw the son of Jessecoming to Nob, to 11Ahimelech the son of Ahitub.
"12He inquired of the LORD for him, 13gave him provisions, and 14gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine."
Then the kingsent someone to summonAhimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father'shousehold, the priestswho were in Nob; and all of them came to the king.
12Saulsaid, "Listennow, son of Ahitub." And he fanswered, "Here I am, my lord."
13Saul then said to him, "Why have you and the son of Jesseconspiredagainst me, in that you have given him bread and a sword and have inquired of God for him, so that he would rise up against me 15by lying in ambush as it is thisday?"
1416Then Ahimelechanswered the king and said, "And who among all your servants is as faithful as David, even the king'sson-in-law, who gis captain over your guard, and is honored in your house?
"Did I just begin17to inquire of God for him today? Far be it from me! 18Do not let the kingimputeanything to his servant or to any of the household of my father, for your servantknowsnothinghat all of thiswholeaffair."
But the kingsaid, "You shall surelydie, Ahimelech, you and all your father'shousehold!"
And 19the kingsaid to the iguards who were attending him, "Turnaround and put the priests of the LORD to death, because their handalso is with David and because they knew that he was fleeing and did not jreveal it to me." But the 20servants of the king were not willing to putforth their hands to kattack the priests of the LORD.
Then the kingsaid to Doeg, "You turnaround and lattack the priests." And Doeg the Edomiteturnedaround and mattacked the priests, and 21he killed that dayeighty-fivemen22who wore the linenephod.
And 23he struckNob the city of the priests with the edge of the sword, bothmen and women, children and infants; also oxen, donkeys, and sheep he struck with the edge of the sword.
But 24oneson of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, namedAbiathar, 25escaped and fledafterDavid.
21AbiathartoldDavid that Saul had killed the priests of the LORD.
Then Davidsaid to Abiathar, "I knew on that day, when26Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surelytellSaul. I have broughtabout the death of everyperson in your father'shousehold.
23"Stay with me; do not be afraid, for 27he whoseeks my lifeseeks your life, for you are nsafe with me."