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17 The king told the guards, who were standing beside him, “Turn and kill the priests of the Lord because they supported David,[a] and because they knew he was fleeing, but didn’t inform me.”[b] But the officials of the king did not want to lift their hands[c] to attack the priests of the Lord.

18 Then the king told Doeg, “You turn and attack the priests.” Doeg the Edomite turned and attacked the priests. That day he killed eighty-five men who carry the linen ephod.[d] 19 He attacked the priestly town of Nob with the sword. Men and women, children and infants, oxen, donkeys and sheep were put to the sword.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Samuel 22:17 Lit. their hand was with David
  2. 1 Samuel 22:17 Lit. reveal in my ear
  3. 1 Samuel 22:17 Lit. to send their hand
  4. 1 Samuel 22:18 I.e. the priests

17 Then the king ordered the guards at his side: “Turn and kill the priests of the Lord, because they too have sided with David. They knew he was fleeing, yet they did not tell me.”

But the king’s officials were unwilling(A) to raise a hand to strike the priests of the Lord.

18 The king then ordered Doeg, “You turn and strike down the priests.”(B) So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck them down. That day he killed eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod.(C) 19 He also put to the sword(D) Nob,(E) the town of the priests, with its men and women, its children and infants, and its cattle, donkeys and sheep.

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