17 And the King said unto the [a]sergeants that stood about him, Turn, and slay the Priests of the Lord, because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled, and showed it not unto me. But the servants of the King [b]would not move their hands to fall upon the Priests of the Lord.

18 Then the King said to Doeg, Turn thou and fall upon the Priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned, and ran upon the Priests, and slew that same day fourscore and five persons, that did wear a linen Ephod.

19 Also Nob the city of the Priests smote he with the edge of the sword, both man and woman, both child and suckling, both ox and ass, and sheep with the edge of the sword.

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  1. 1 Samuel 22:17 Or, footmen.
  2. 1 Samuel 22:17 For they knew that they ought not to obey the wicked commandment of the king in slaying the innocents.