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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.”

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Footnotes

  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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