The priest told him, “There is no ordinary bread on hand. However, there is consecrated bread,(A) but the young men may eat it[a] only if they have kept themselves from women.”(B)

David answered him, “I swear that women are being kept from us, as always when I go out to battle.(C) The young men’s bodies[b] are consecrated(D) even on an ordinary mission, so of course their bodies are consecrated today.” So the priest gave him the consecrated bread,(E) for there was no bread there except the Bread of the Presence(F) that had been removed from the presence of the Lord. When the bread was removed, it had been replaced with warm bread.

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Footnotes

  1. 21:4 DSS; MT omits may eat it
  2. 21:5 Lit vessels

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