The priest told him, “There is no ordinary bread on hand. However, there is consecrated bread,(A) but the young men may eat it[a] only if they have kept themselves from women.”(B)

David answered him, “I swear that women are being kept from us, as always when I go out to battle.(C) The young men’s bodies[b] are consecrated(D) even on an ordinary mission, so of course their bodies are consecrated today.”

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Samuel 21:4 DSS; MT omits may eat it
  2. 1 Samuel 21:5 Lit vessels

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