1 Samuel 21:2

Overview - 1 Samuel 21
David at Nob obtains of Ahimelech hallowed bread.
Doeg is present.
David takes Goliath's sword.
10 David at Gath feigns himself mad.
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1 Samuel 21:2  (King James Version)
And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man know any thing of the business whereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded thee: and I have appointed my servants to such and such a place.

The king
The whole of this is a gross falsehood; and which was attended with the most fatal consequences. It is well known that from all antiquity it was held no crime to tell a lie in order to save life. Thus Diphilon [Hypo lambano to pseudas epi sotevea legomenon, ouden peripoieisthai duscheres.] "I hold it right to tell a lie for safety: nothing should be avoided to save life." A heathen may say or sing thus: but no Christian can act thus and save his soul, though he may save his life.
19:17 22:22 Genesis 27:20 Genesis 27:24 ; 1 Kings 13:18 ; Psalms 119:29 ; Galatians 2:12 ; Colossians 3:9