1 Samuel 22:18

18 The king then ordered Doeg, “You turn and strike down the priests.” So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck them down. That day he killed eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod.

Read 1 Samuel 22:18 Using Other Translations

And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen ephod.
Then the king said to Doeg, "You turn and strike the priests." And Doeg the Edomite turned and struck down the priests, and he killed on that day eighty-five persons who wore the linen ephod.
Then the king said to Doeg, “You do it.” So Doeg the Edomite turned on them and killed them that day, eighty-five priests in all, still wearing their priestly garments.

What does 1 Samuel 22:18 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Samuel 22:18

And the king said to Doeg, turn thou and fall upon the
priests
For determined he was they should die; if one would not put them to death, another should, and who so fit for this bloody work as the false accuser of them, and false witness against them? and Doeg the Edomite turned;
immediately, he at once obeyed the king's orders, as brutish as they were: and fell upon the priests;
with his sword in hand: and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen
ephod;
not the ephod of Urim and Thummim, which was only worn by the high priest, but a garment wholly linen, worn by common priests; the Targum is,

``who are fit to be clothed with a linen ephod;''
not that they were clothed with it, but were deserving of it; or it designs the great and more honourable among the servants of the Lord, as Kimchi observes, for such were clothed with this garment, as Samuel and David; and he thinks it suggests, that more were slain than these; and the Septuagint version makes them to be eight hundred five, and Josephus F8 three hundred eighty five; in the slaying of whom, as the same writer says, Doeg was assisted by some wicked men like himself; and the slaughter did not end here, as the ( 1 Samuel 22:19 ) shows.
FOOTNOTES:

F8 Antiqu. l. 6. c. 12. sect. 6.
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