2David said to Ahimelech the priest, “The king has charged me with a matter and said to me, ‘Let no one know anything about the matter on which I am sending you and what I have charged you.’ And I have directed the young men to such and such a place.”
3So now, what is under your hand? Give me five loaves of bread in my hand or whatever is here.”
5David answered the priest and said to him, “Truly, women have been kept from us these three days. When I came out, the vessels of the young men were holy, though it was but a common journey. How much more so today will their vessels be holy?”
6So the priest gave him holy bread, for there was no bread there but the Bread of the Presence that was taken from before Yahweh in order to put hot bread in its place on the day when it was taken away.
9And the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine whom you struck down in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here, wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you will take that, take it, for there is no other except that here.”
And David said, “There is none like that. Give it to me.”
10So David arose and fled that day from Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.
11The servants of Achish said to him, “Is this not David, the king of the land? Did they not sing one to another about him in dances, saying,
‘Saul has slain his thousands
and David his 10,000’s?’”
12And David took these words to heart and was very afraid in the presence of Achish the king of Gath.
13So he changed his behavior before them and pretended to be mad in their hands, and made marks on the doors of the gate and let his saliva run down on his beard.
14Then Achish said to his servants, “Look! You see the man is mad. Why have you brought him to me?
15Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this one to act the madman around me? Should this one come into my house?”