17 Then the king ordered the guards standing by him, “Turn and kill the priests of the Lord(A) because they sided with David. For they knew he was fleeing, but they didn’t tell me.”[a] But the king’s servants would not lift a hand to execute the priests of the Lord.

18 So the king said to Doeg, “Go and execute the priests!” So Doeg the Edomite went and executed the priests himself. On that day, he killed eighty-five men(B) who wore linen ephods.(C) 19 He also struck down Nob, the city of the priests, with the sword—both men and women, infants and nursing babies, oxen, donkeys, and sheep.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. 22:17 Lit didn’t uncover my ear

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