When the soldiers returned to camp, the elders of Israel asked, “Why(A) did the Lord bring defeat on us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark(B) of the Lord’s covenant from Shiloh,(C) so that he may go with us(D) and save us from the hand of our enemies.”

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17 Then the king ordered the guards at his side: “Turn and kill the priests of the Lord, because they too have sided with David. They knew he was fleeing, yet they did not tell me.”

But the king’s officials were unwilling(A) to raise a hand to strike the priests of the Lord.

18 The king then ordered Doeg, “You turn and strike down the priests.”(B) So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck them down. That day he killed eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod.(C) 19 He also put to the sword(D) Nob,(E) the town of the priests, with its men and women, its children and infants, and its cattle, donkeys and sheep.

20 But one son of Ahimelek son of Ahitub,(F) named Abiathar,(G) escaped and fled to join David.(H)

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12 “‘Go now to the place in Shiloh(A) where I first made a dwelling(B) for my Name,(C) and see what I did(D) to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel.

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14 Therefore, what I did to Shiloh(A) I will now do to the house that bears my Name,(B) the temple(C) you trust in, the place I gave to you and your ancestors.

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