1 Samuel 22:1-23, NLT
1 Samuel 22
David at the Cave of Adullam
1So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and all his other relatives joined him there.
3Later David went to Mizpeh in Moab, where he asked the king, “Please allow my father and mother to live here with you until I know what God is going to do for me.”
5One day the prophet Gad told David, “Leave the stronghold and return to the land of Judah.” So David went to the forest of Hereth.
6The news of his arrival in Judah soon reached Saul. At the time, the king was sitting beneath the tamarisk tree on the hill at Gibeah, holding his spear and surrounded by his officers.
7“Listen here, you men of Benjamin!” Saul shouted to his officers when he heard the news. “Has that son of Jesse promised every one of you fields and vineyards? Has he promised to make you all generals and captains in his army?*22:7 Hebrew commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds?
9Then Doeg the Edomite, who was standing there with Saul’s men, spoke up. “When I was at Nob,” he said, “I saw the son of Jesse talking to the priest, Ahimelech son of Ahitub.
The Slaughter of the Priests
11King Saul immediately sent for Ahimelech and all his family, who served as priests at Nob.
“What is it, my king?” Ahimelech asked.
13“Why have you and the son of Jesse conspired against me?” Saul demanded. “Why did you give him food and a sword? Why have you consulted God for him? Why have you encouraged him to kill me, as he is trying to do this very day?”
14“But sir,” Ahimelech replied, “is anyone among all your servants as faithful as David, your son-in-law? Why, he is the captain of your bodyguard and a highly honored member of your household!
16“You will surely die, Ahimelech, along with your entire family!” the king shouted.
18Then the king said to Doeg, “You do it.” So Doeg the Edomite turned on them and killed them that day, eighty-five priests in all, still wearing their priestly garments.
20Only Abiathar, one of the sons of Ahimelech, escaped and fled to David.