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1 Samuel 21 - NIV

David at Nob

1 David went to Nob, to Ahimelek the priest. Ahimelek trembled when he met him, and asked, “Why are you alone? Why is no one with you?”

2 David answered Ahimelek the priest, “The king sent me on a mission and said to me, ‘No one is to know anything about the mission I am sending you on.’ As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place.

3 Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find.”

4 But the priest answered David, “I don’t have any ordinary bread on hand; however, there is some consecrated bread here—provided the men have kept themselves from women.”

5 David replied, “Indeed women have been kept from us, as usual whenever[a] I set out. The men’s bodies are holy even on missions that are not holy. How much more so today!”

6 So the priest gave him the consecrated bread, since there was no bread there except the bread of the Presence that had been removed from before the Lord and replaced by hot bread on the day it was taken away.

7 Now one of Saul’s servants was there that day, detained before the Lord; he was Doeg the Edomite, Saul’s chief shepherd.

8 David asked Ahimelek, “Don’t you have a spear or a sword here? I haven’t brought my sword or any other weapon, because the king’s mission was urgent.”

9 The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one.”
David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”

David at Gath

10 That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath.

11 But the servants of Achish said to him, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances:

“‘Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his tens of thousands’”

12 David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath.

13 So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.

14 Achish said to his servants, “Look at the man! He is insane! Why bring him to me?

15 Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?”


a. 1 Samuel 21:5 Or from us in the past few days since

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Philip Harrelson avatar
Dancing with the Devil
Shared by: Philip Harrelson on Jun, 2016
Summary: This is the tenth sermon in a series on the life of David. It covers the time when he fled to Gath and faked madness in front of Achish.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:10-22:1
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,778
Christian Cheong avatar
The Fugitive
Shared by: Christian Cheong on May, 2016
Summary: When we are going through hardships, remember God is in you and with you. Keep the line with God open. Keep faith with Him through submission.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:1-22:5
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 3,963
Ian Humphrey avatar
Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:1-22:4
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 444
Ian Humphrey avatar
Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: THE CAVE
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:10-22:4
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 211
Paul Clemente avatar
Running Away?
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Jun, 2015
Summary: david was a man on the run and fell into much troubles but God provided a solution
Series: 1 Samuel
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:10-22:9
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 432
Paul Clemente avatar
hunger and fears
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Jun, 2015
Summary: david was hungry and scared which caused him to lie
Series: 1 Samuel
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:1-9
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 580
David Rigg avatar
Shared by: David Rigg on Jun, 2014
Summary: How do we keep from damaging our integrity when trouble comes our way? David shows us.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:1-15
Views: 800
Philip Harrelson avatar
Bread and Swords
Shared by: Philip Harrelson on Apr, 2014
Summary: This is the ninth message in my series on David. The house of the Lord always adds much to us when we come to worship. Sometimes our motives are not the best but God still works out the rough places of our character by His grace.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:1-6
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,434
John McCormack avatar
Shared by: John McCormack on Aug, 2013
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:12
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 558
Noah Martinez avatar
Anointed, Yet Alone
Shared by: Noah Martinez on Aug, 2012
Summary: So many want the power and anointing of the Lord. It comes with a high cost that many aren't willing to pay. A huge observation this preacher has made about all the anointed men of God in the Bible: they had to have the ability to serve God with all their
based on 1 rating
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:1-13
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 1,255
Rick Boyne avatar
Integrity in Hard Times
Shared by: Rick Boyne on Aug, 2011
Summary: We must maintain holiness & righteousness even when the going gets rough.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:1-15
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,161
Quint Pitts avatar
Pressure Treated Conscience
Shared by: Quint Pitts on Oct, 2009
Summary: A series on the life of David as God makes over his heart to become king. This sermon focuses on the development of David’s conscience.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:2-26:9
Denomination: *other
Views: 773
Johnny Creasong avatar
Learning to Lean
Shared by: Johnny Creasong on Sep, 2009
Summary: Becoming a person who follows after God’s heart requires open heart surgery!
based on 4 ratings
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 1,737
David Owens avatar
Every Crutch Removed
Shared by: David Owens on Feb, 2009
Summary: We learn in this lesson that even when all our crutches are removed and all the we have is God - that God is more than enough.
based on 2 ratings
Views: 3,091
Steve Ely avatar
The Culmination of the Whisper
Shared by: Steve Ely on Oct, 2008
Summary: Parents, friends, classmates, soemone has asked you this question. It is the question that produces doubt, frustration, and sometimes even pain. “What are YOU good for?” These messages will help you discover, develop, and deploy your gift!
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:15-17
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 835
Neal Gracey avatar
David and Gath
Shared by: Neal Gracey on Sep, 2008
Summary: We need to "take back" Christmas!
based on 39 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:13-27:4
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,585
Dan Cormie avatar
Desperate Days
Shared by: Dan Cormie on Feb, 2008
Summary: Life has come to a stand still, your dreams have died, nothing has turned out as planned, and God seems a million miles away. You are stuck with no hope in sight. These are desperate days.
based on 9 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:1-9
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,802
Tony Abram avatar
Unusual Places God can take you!
Shared by: Tony Abram on Nov, 2007
Summary: THIS SERMON SUGGESTS THAT SOMETIMES GOD WILL LEAD US INTO PLACES THAT HE MAY GET THE GLORY. SOMETIMES GOD BRINGS US TO OUR PLACE OF TESTING. My wife and I have been in many unusual places ourselves as for the past 45 years we have traveled and ministered
based on 4 ratings
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 3,671
Richard White avatar
The Giant of Desparation
Shared by: Richard White on May, 2007
Summary: This could be anyone of us, what would these people think if they knew what I have done. Face this Giant and watch him fall. We must remember that the church is a hospital for sinners not a rest home for saints.
based on 12 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:1
Views: 1,086
Timothy Bledsoe avatar
Kings Business Requires Haste
Shared by: Timothy Bledsoe on Jan, 2007
Summary: Some decisions require haste
based on 10 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:8
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 4,020
T. Michael Crews avatar
Walking the Fine Line
Shared by: T. Michael Crews on Dec, 2006
Summary: An Exposition of 1 Sam. 21-22
based on 7 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:1-22:23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,961
Max Lucado avatar
Facing Your Giants: Desperate Days
Shared by: Max Lucado on Nov, 2006
Summary: These sermons served as the foundation for Max’s newest book, Facing Your Giants. God wants to give us bread for our souls and a sword for the struggle.
based on 149 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:1-9
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 19,853
Pat Damiani avatar
When Religion Gets in the Way
Shared by: Pat Damiani on May, 2006
Summary: Third in a series on the life of David. This message focuses on how religion can pervert our relationship with God.
based on 20 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:1-22:23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,778
Shawn Drake avatar
Keep It Clean
Shared by: Shawn Drake on Dec, 2005
Summary: This is the 5th sermon in the series "Closet Christianity".
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:15-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 711
Darryl Klassen avatar
Maintaining Your Integrity In The Wilderness?
Shared by: Darryl Klassen on Oct, 2005
Summary: This is a series on the life of David and what made him a man after God’s heart. Here we find David’s faults and weaknesses a puzzling companion to the great title "Man after God’s own heart"
based on 19 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:1-15
Denomination: Mennonite
Views: 4,556
Alan McCann avatar
David Flees
Shared by: Alan McCann on Jun, 2004
Summary: David fleeing for his life.
Series: David
based on 45 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:11-15
Denomination: Episcopal/Anglican
Views: 4,604
Shawn Drake avatar
Living In Unfairness
Shared by: Shawn Drake on Mar, 2003
Summary: This is the 7th study in the study "Hope In The Darkness". This study looks at remaining faithful in our service to Christ no matter what happens.
based on 51 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,244
Dennis Deese avatar
"Learning To Depend on God"
Shared by: Dennis Deese on Aug, 2002
Summary: One of the most difficult things in life is becoming and remaining a person after God’s on heart.
based on 21 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,288
Michael Cassara avatar
What To Do When Your Lose Your Security
Shared by: Michael Cassara on Sep, 2001
Summary: Learn from King David how to handle life when you start losing the things that provide you security.
based on 111 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 18:6-21:15
Views: 10,463