And the Priest answered David, and said, There is no common bread under mine hand, but here is (A)hallowed bread, if the young men have kept themselves, at least from [a]women.

David then answered the Priest, and said unto him, Certainly women have been separate from us these two or three days since I came out: and the [b]vessels of the young men were holy, though the way were profane, and how much more then shall every one [c]be sanctified this day in the vessel?

So the Priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread there, save the showbread that was taken from before the Lord, to put hot bread there, the day that it was taken away.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Samuel 21:4 If they have not accompanied with their wives.
  2. 1 Samuel 21:5 That is, their bodies.
  3. 1 Samuel 21:5 Shall be more careful to keep his vessel holy, when he shall have eaten of this holy food?

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