20 However, one of the sons of Ahimelech son of Ahitub escaped. His name was Abiathar,(A) and he fled to David.(B) 21 Abiathar told David that Saul had killed the priests of the Lord. 22 Then David said to Abiathar, “I knew that Doeg the Edomite(C) was there that day and that he was sure to report to Saul. I myself am responsible for[a] the lives of everyone in your father’s family. 23 Stay with me. Don’t be afraid, for the one who wants to take my life wants to take your life.(D) You will be safe with me.”

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Footnotes

  1. 22:22 LXX, Syr, Vg; MT reads I myself turn in

25 Sheva was court secretary;

Zadok and Abiathar were priests;

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