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Now what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you may have.

And the priest answered David, There is no common bread on hand, but there is hallowed bread—if the young men have kept themselves at least from women.

And David told the priest, Truly women have been kept from us in these three days since I came out, and the food bags and utensils of the young men are clean, and although the bread will be used in a secular way, it will be set apart in the clean bags.

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Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find.”

But the priest answered David, “I don’t have any ordinary bread(A) on hand; however, there is some consecrated(B) bread here—provided the men have kept(C) themselves from women.”

David replied, “Indeed women have been kept from us, as usual(D) whenever[a] I set out. The men’s bodies are holy(E) even on missions that are not holy. How much more so today!”

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Samuel 21:5 Or from us in the past few days since

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