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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.”

“Of course women have been kept from us, as on previous campaigns,” David answered the kohen. “So the young men’s vessels were holy, though it was an ordinary mission—how much more so will their vessels be holy today!”

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

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