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David said to Ahimelech the kohen, “The king has commissioned me with a matter, and told me: ‘Let no one know anything about the mission on which I am sending you, or with what I have commissioned you.’ So, I have directed the young men to such and such a place. So now, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread or whatever can be found.”

The kohen answered David saying, “There is no common bread on hand, but there is consecrated bread[a]—so long as the young men have kept themselves from women.”

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  1. 1 Samuel 21:5 cf. Matt. 12:3-4.

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