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1 Samuel 21:3-5 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

Now, what food do you have with you? Give me five loaves of bread or whatever you have to eat.”

The priest said to David, “I don’t have any ordinary bread here, but I do have some of the holy bread. Your officers can eat it if they have not had sexual relations with any women.”[a]

David answered the priest, “We have not been with any women. My men keep their bodies[b] holy every time we go out to fight, even on ordinary missions.[c] And this is especially true today.”


  1. 1 Samuel 21:4 Your officers … women This would make the men unclean and not able to eat any food that had been made holy by offering it to God. See Lev. 7:21; 15:1-33.
  2. 1 Samuel 21:5 bodies Literally, “vessels” or “weapons.”
  3. 1 Samuel 21:5 My men … missions See 2 Sam. 11:11 and the rules in Deut. 23:9-14.
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1 Samuel 21:3-5 New International Version (NIV)

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 on hand; however, there is some consecrated bread here—provided the men have kept themselves from women.”

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


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