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The priest answered David: “There is no ordinary bread available;[a] only consecrated bread, provided that the young men have kept themselves from women.”

David answered the priest, saying to him, “Indeed, women were kept from us as is usual[b] whenever I go out on a mission,[c] and the equipment[d] of the young men is consecrated even when it’s an ordinary journey, so how much more is their equipment[e] consecrated today?” So the priest gave him consecrated bread because no bread was there except the Bread of the Presence that had been removed from the Lord’s presence and replaced with hot bread on the day it was taken away.

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  1. 1 Samuel 21:4 Lit. under my control
  2. 1 Samuel 21:5 Lit. as previously
  3. 1 Samuel 21:5 The Heb. lacks on a mission
  4. 1 Samuel 21:5 Or vessels
  5. 1 Samuel 21:5 Or are their vessels

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