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5 And David answered the Priest, and said unto bim, Ofi a truth, Women have been kept from us about these three Days, fince I came out, and the Vessels of the young Men are holy, and the Bread is in a manner common, yea, though it were sanctified this Day in the Veslel.

6 So the Priest gave him hallowed Bread ; for there was no Bread there, but the Shew-bread that was taken from before the LORD, to put hot Bread in the Day when'it was taken away.

7 Now a certain Man of the Servants of Saul was there that Day, detained before the LORD; and his Name was Doeg an Edomite, the chiefest of the Herdmen that belonged to Saul.

8 And David said unto Ahimelech, And is there not here under thine Hand Spear or Sword? for I have neither brought my Sword nor my Weapons with me, because the King's Business required Haste.

And the Priest said, The Sword of Goliah the Philistine, whom thou flewest in the Valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapt in a Cloth behind the Ephod : if thou wilt take that, take it : for there is no other fave that here. And David said, There is none like that, give it me.

10 And David arose, and fled that Day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the King of Gath.

11 And the Servants of Achish said unto him, Is not this David the King of the Land ? did they not sing one to another of him in Dances, saying, Saul hath Nain his Thousands, and David his Ten thousands.

12 And David laid up these Words in his Heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the King of Gath. 13 6 And he CHANGED his

PSA L. XXXIV. Behaviour before them, and A Psalm of David, when he changed fejoned himself mad in their his Behaviour before Abimelech :

who drove him away, and he de Hands, and scrabbled on the parted. Doors of the Gate, and let T will bless the Lord at all Times: his Spittle fall down upon his

bis 1 his Praise shall continually be in

my Mouth. Beard.

2 My Soul shall make her Boaft in 14 Then said Achish unto the LORD : the Humble shall bear

thereof, and be glad. his Servants, Lo, you see the

30 magnify the LORD with me, Man is mad : wherefore then and let us exali his Name together. have ye brought him to me? 4 I sought the LORD, and he heard 15 Have I need of Mad- Fears. **

me, and delivered me from all my men, that ye have brought S They looked unto him, and

ther of him in of the Land ? dia faid unto him,

this Fellow to play the Mad- were lightned : and their faces were man in my Presence ? Ihall not alhamed.

6 This poor Man cried, and the this Fellow come into my LORD heard him; and saved him out House?

of all his Troubles.

7 The Angel of the LORD encampech rouod about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

s O taste and see that the LORD is good : blessed is the Man that trufteth in him.

90 fear the LORD, ye his Saints : for there is no want to them that fear him.

1o The young Lions do lack, and suffer Hunger : but they that seek the LORD fhall not want any good Thing.

11 Come ye Children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the Fear of the LORD.

12 What Man is he that desireth Life, and loveth many Days, that he may fee Good ?

iz Keep thy Tongue from Evil, and thy Lips from speaking Guile.
14 Depart from Evil, and do Good : fcek Peace and pursue it.

Is The Eyes of the LORD are upon the Righteous, and his Ears are open onto their Cry.

16 The Face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the Remembrance of them from the Earth.

17 The Righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their Troubles..

18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken Heart : and saveth such as be of a contrite Spirit.

19 Many are the Affli&ions of the Righteous : but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

20 He kecpeth all his Bones : not one of them is broken.
21 Evil Thall Nay the Wicked : and they that hate the Righteous shall be


22 The LORD redeemeth the Soul of his Servants : and none of them that truft in him shall be desolate.

PSA L. LVI. To the chief Musician upon Jonath-elem-rechokim, Michram of David,

when the Philiftines took him in Gath *. DE merciful unto me, O GOD, for Man would swallow me up : he fight. D ing daily opprefferh me.

z Mine Enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fighe against me, O thon most High.

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 4 In God I will praise his Word, in God I have put my Truft, I will not fear what Flesh can do unto me.

s Every Day they wrest my Words: all their Thoughts are against me for Evil.

6 They gather themselves together, they hide themseves, they mark my Steps, when they wait for my Soul.

Shall they escape by Iniquity? in thinc Anger cast down the People, o GOD.

• Thou celleft my Wandrings, put thou my Tears into thy Bottle : are they not in thy Book ?

o when I cry unto thee, then thall mine Enemies turn back : this I know, for God is for me.

so la God will I praise his Word, in the LORD will I praise his Word.

* Gath was the city of Goliah, to wbich David now fled from the Perfecution of Saul.


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11 In God have I put my Trust: I will not be afraid what Man can do unto me,

12 Thy Vows are upon me, O God: I will render Praises unto thee.

13 For thou hast delivered my Soul from Death : wilt not thou deliver my Feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the Light of the Liying,


1 Companies resort to David at Adullam. 9 Doeg accufeth

Abimelech. il Saul commandeth to kill the Priests.

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gath he became here

Vor, IN AVID c therefore CPSA L. CXLII.
U departed thence, M

Maschil of David ; a Prayer when he

was in the Cave. and escaped to the Cave A- I Cried unto the LORD with my dullam : and when his Bre- 1 Voice : with my Voice unto the • thren, and all his Father's

LORD did I make my Supplication.

2 I poured out my Complaint beHouse heard it, they went fore him ; I shewed' before him my down thither to him.

Trouble. 2 And every One that was ed within me, then thou kneweft my

3 When my Spirit was overwhelmin Distress, and every One Path : in the Way wherein I walked, that was in Debt, and every have they privily laid a Snare for

me. One that was discontented,

4 I looked on my Right Hand, gathered themselves unto him, and beheld, but there was no Man and he became a Captain over that would know me; Refuge failed

me; no Man cared for my soul. them : and there were with

s I cried unto thee, O LORD, I him about four hundred Men. faid, Thou art my Refuge, and my And David went thence Portion in the Land of the Living.

6 Attend unto my Cry, for I am to Mizpeh of Moab : and he brought very low : deliver me from said unto the King of Moab, my Persecutors, for they are stronger Let my Father and my Mo- tha

7 Bring my soul out of Frison, ther, I pray thee, come forth, that I may Praise thy Name : the and be with you till I know Righteous Thall compass me about ; what God will do for me. for thou shalt dcal bountifully with

me. 4. And he brought them before the King of Moab: and they dwelt with him all the while that David was in the Hold.

5 And the Prophet Gad said unto David, Abide not in the Hold, depart, and get thee into the Land of Judah. Then David departed, and came into the Forest of Hareth.

6 When Saul heard that David was discovered, and the Men that were with him (now Saul abode in Gibeah under 2 Tree in Ramah, having his Spear in his Hand, and all his Servants were standing about him.)


7 Then Saul said unto his Servants that stood about him, Hear now, ye Benjamites, Will the Son of Jesle give every one of you Fields, and Vineyards, and make you all Captains of Thousands, and Captains of Hundreds.

8 That all of you have conspired against me, and there is none that sheweth me that my Son hath made a League with the Son of Jeffe, and there is none of you that is sorry for me, or sheweth unto me that my Son hath stirred up my Servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this Day?. . 98 Then answered Doeg

d PSA L. LII. the EDOMITE (which was to the chief Musician, Maschil, a set over the Servants of Saul) Psalm of David, when Doeg the

Edomite told Saul, and said unto
and laid, Ilaw the Don O him, David is come to the House
Jeffe coming to Nob, to A- of Ahimelech.
himelech the Son of Ahitub. W HY, boasteft thou thyself in

W Mischief, O mighty Man? the
10 And he enquired of the GOODNESS of God cadureth CONTI-
LORD for him: and gave him NUALLY. I
Viftuals. and gave him the ... 2 Thy Tongue deviseth Mischiefs:

like a sharp Razor, working deceit-
Sword of Goliah the Phili- fully.

3. Thou loveft Evil more than u Then the King sent to King font to Good : and Lying rather than to

speak Righteousnels. call Ahimelech the Priest the . 4 Thou loveft all devouring Words Son of Ahitub, and all his O thou deceitful Tongue.

Ş God shall likewise destroy thee Fathers houre, the rhets for ever, he shall take thee away, and that were in Nob : and they pluck thee out of thy Dwelling place, came all of them to the King. and root chec out of the Land of the

Living. 12 And Saul said, Hear

6 The Righteous also shall see, now, thou Son of Ahitub : and fear, and shall laugh at him. And he answered, Here I am. 7 Lo, this is the Man that made

not God his Strength : but trusted in my LORD.

the abundance of his Riches, and 13 And Saul said unto him, strengthned himself in his WickedWhy have ye conspired a- nels...

8 But I am like a green Olive-tree gainst me, thou and the Son in the House of God: I trust in the of Jesse, in that thou hast gi- Mercy of God for ever and ever. ; ven him Bread, and a Sword. 9 I will praise thee for ever, be

cause thou hast done it : and I will and haft enquired of God for wait on thy Name, for it is good behim, that he should rise against fore thy Saints. me, to lie in wait as at this Day ? '

14 Then Ahimelech answered the King, and said, And ., who is so faithful among all thy Servants, as David, which is the King's Son-in-law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is honourable in thine House? 15. Did I then begin to enquire of God for him? be it


far from me : let not the King impute any thing unto his Servant, nor to all the House of my Father : for thy Servant knew nothing of all this, less or more.

16 And the King said, Thou shalt surely die, Ahimelech, thou and all thy Father's House.

17 And the King' faid unto the Foot-men that stood 2bout him, Turn and slay the Priests of the LORD; because their Hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fied, and did not shew it to me. But the Servants of the King would not put forth their Hand to fall upon the Priests of the LORD.

18 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 flew on that Day fourscore and five Persons that did wear a linen Ephod.

19 And Nob the City of the Priests, smote he with the Edge of the Sword, both Men and Women, Children and Sucklings, and Oxen, and Afles, and Sheep, with the Edge

of the Sword Oxen, and Men and W. fmote he

20 And one of the Sons of Ahimelech the Son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled after David.

21 And Abiathar Thewed David, that Saul had sain the Lord's Priests.

22 And David said unto Abiathar, I knew it that Day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul : I have occasioned the Death of all the Persons of thy Father's House.

23 Abide thou with me, fear not: for he that seeketh my Life, seeketh thy Life : but with me thou shalt be in Safeguard.

CH A P. XXIII. i David enquiring of the LORD, rescueth Keilah : 7 God Mewing bim Saul's coming, and the Treachery of the Keilites, be escapeth from Keilah.

Ver, I THEN they told David, saying, Behold, the

1 Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the Threshing-floors.

2 Therefore David enqaired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.

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