1 And David departed thence, and escaped; and he comes to the cave of Odollam, and his brethren hear, and the house of his father, and they go down to him there. 2 And there gathered to him every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was troubled in mind; and he was a leader over them, and there were with him about four hundred men. 3 And David departed thence to Massephath of Moab, and said to the king of Moab, Let, I pray thee, my father and my mother be with thee, until I know what God will do to me. 4 And he persuaded the King of Moab, and they dwell with him continually, while David was in the hold. 5 And Gad the prophet said to David, Dwell not in the hold: go, and thou shalt enter the land of Juda. So David went, and came and dwelt in the city of Saric. 6 And Saul heard that David was discovered, and his men with him: now Saul dwelt in the hill below the field that is in Rama, and his spear [was] in his hand, and all his servants stood near him. 7 And Saul said to his servants that stood by him, Hear now, ye sons of Benjamin, will the son of Jessae indeed give all of you fields and vineyards, and will he make you all captains of hundreds and captains of thousands? 8 That ye are conspiring against me, and there is no one that informs me, whereas my son has made a covenant with the son of Jessae, and there is no one of you that is sorry for me, or informs me, that my son has stirred up my servant against me for an enemy, as [it is] this day? 9 And Doec the Syrian who was over the mules of Saul answered and said, I saw the son of Jessae as he came to Nomba to Abimelech son of Achitob the priest. 10 And [the priest] enquired of God for him, and gave him provision, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine. 11 And the king sent to call Abimelech son of Achitob and all his father's sons, the priests that were in Nomba; and they all came to the king. 12 And Saul said, Hear now, thou son of Achitob. And he said, Lo! I [am here], speak, [my] lord. 13 And Saul said to him, Why have thou and the son of Jessae conspired against me, that thou shouldest give him bread and a sword, and shouldest enquire of God for him, to raise him up against me as an enemy, as [he is] this day? 14 And he answered the king, and said, And who [is] there among all thy servants faithful as David, and [he is] a son-in-law of the king, and [he is] executor of all thy commands, and [is] honourable in thy house? 15 Have I begun to-day to enquire of God for him? By no means: let not the king bring a charge against his servant, and against thee whole of my father's house; for thy servant knew not in all these matters anything great or small. 16 And king Saul said, Thou shalt surely die, Abimelech, thou, and all thy father's house. 17 And the king said to the footmen that attended on him, Draw nigh and slay the priests of the Lord, because their hand [is] with David, and because they knew that he fled, and they did not inform me. But the servants of the king would not lift their hands to fall upon the priest of the Lord. 18 And the king said to Doec, Turn thou, and fall upon the priests: and Doec the Syrian turned, and slew the priests of the Lord in that day, three hundred and five men, all wearing an ephod. 19 And he smote Nomba the city of the priest with the edge of the sword, both man, and woman, infant and suckling, and calf, and ox, and sheep. 20 And one son of Abimelech son of Achitob escapes, and his name [was] Abiathar, and he fled after David. 21 And Abiathar told David that Saul had slain all the priests of the Lord. 22 And David said to Abiathar, I knew it in that day, that Doec the Syrian would surely tell Saul: I am guilty of the death of the house of thy father. 23 Dwell with me; fear not, for wherever I shall seek a place [of safety] for my life, I will also seek a place for thy life, for thou art safely guarded [while] with me.
ΚΑΙ ἀπῆλθεν ἐκεῖθεν Δαυὶδ καὶ διεσώθη καὶ ἔρχεται εἰς τὸ σπήλαιον τὸ ᾿Οδολλάμ. καὶ ἀκούουσιν οἱ ἀδελφοὶ αὐτοῦ καὶ ὁ οἶκος τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ καὶ καταβαίνουσι πρὸς αὐτὸν ἐκεῖ. 2 καὶ συνήγοντο πρὸς αὐτὸν πᾶς ἐν ἀνάγκῃ καὶ πᾶς ὑπόχρεως καὶ πᾶς κατώδυνος ψυχῇ, καὶ ἦν ἐπ᾿ αὐτῶν ἡγούμενος· καὶ ἦσαν μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ ὡς τετρακόσιοι ἄνδρες. 3 καὶ ἀπῆλθε Δαυὶδ ἐκεῖθεν εἰς Μασσηφὰθ τῆς Μωὰβ καὶ εἶπε πρὸς βασιλέα Μωάβ· γινέσθωσαν δὴ ὁ πατὴρ μου καὶ ἡ μήτηρ μου παρὰ σοί, ἕως ὅτου γνῶ τί ποιήσει μοι ὁ Θεός. 4 καὶ παρεκάλεσε τὸ πρόσωπον τοῦβασιλέως Μωάβ, καὶ κατῴκουν μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας ὄντος τοῦ Δαυὶδ ἐν τῇ περιοχῇ. 5 καὶ εἶπε Γὰδ ὁ προφήτης πρὸς Δαυίδ· μὴ κάθου ἐν τῇ περιοχῇ, πορεύου καὶ ἥξεις εἰς γῆν ᾿Ιούδα. καὶ ἐπορεύθη Δαυὶδ καὶ ἦλθε καὶ ἐκάθισεν ἐν πόλει Σαρίχ.
6 Καὶ ἤκουσε Σαούλ, ὅτι ἔγνωσται Δαυὶδ καὶ οἱ ἄνδρες οἱ μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ· καὶ Σαοὺλ ἐκάθητο ἐν τῷ βουνῷ ὑπὸ τὴν ἄρουραν τὴν ἐν Ραμά, καὶ τὸ δόρυ ἐν τῇ χειρὶ αὐτοῦ, καὶ πάντες οἱ παῖδες αὐτοῦ παρειστήκεισαν αὐτῷ. 7 καὶ εἶπε Σαοὺλ πρὸς τοὺς παῖδας αὐτοῦ τοὺς παρεστηκότας αὐτῷ· ἀκούσατε δὴ υἱοὶ Βενιαμίν· εἰ ἀληθῶς πᾶσιν ὑμῖν δώσει ὁ υἱὸς ᾿Ιεσσαὶ ἀγροὺς καὶ ἀμπελῶνας καὶ πάντας ὑμᾶς τάξει ἑκατοντάρχους καὶ χιλιάρχους; 8 ὅτι σύγκεισθε πάντες ὑμεῖς ἐπ᾿ ἐμέ, καὶ οὐκ ἔστιν ὁ ἀποκαλύπτων τὸ ὠτίον μου ἐν τῷ διαθέσθαι τὸν υἱόν μου διαθήκην μετὰ τοῦ υἱοῦ ᾿Ιεσσαί, καὶ οὐκ ἔστι πονῶν περὶ ἐμοῦ ἐξ ὑμῶν καὶ ἀποκαλύπτων τὸ ὠτίον μου, ὅτι ἐπήγειρεν ὁ υἱός μου τὸν δοῦλόν μου ἐπ᾿ ἐμὲ εἰς ἐχθρόν, ὡς ἡ ἡμέρα αὕτη. 9 καὶ ἀποκρίνεται Δωὴκ ὁ Σύρος ὁ καθεστηκὼς ἐπὶ τὰς ἡμιόνους Σαοὺλ καὶ εἶπεν· ἑώρακα τὸν υἱὸν ᾿Ιεσσαὶ παραγινόμενον εἰς Νομβὰ πρὸς ᾿Αβιμέλεχ υἱὸν ᾿Αχιτὼβ τὸν ἱερέα, 10 καὶ ἠρώτα αὐτῷ διά τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ ἐπισιτισμὸν ἔδωκεν αὐτῷ καὶ τὴν ρομφαίαν Γολιὰθ τοῦ ἀλλοφύλου ἔδωκεν αὐτῷ. 11 καὶ ἀπέστειλεν ὁ βασιλεὺς καλέσαι τὸν ᾿Αβιμέλεχ υἱὸν ᾿Αχιτὼβ καὶ πάντας τοὺς υἱοὺς τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ τοὺς ἱερεῖς τοὺς ἐν Νομβά, καὶ παρεγένοντο πάντες πρὸς τὸν βασιλέα. 12 καὶ εἶπε Σαούλ· ἄκουε δή, υἱὲ ᾿Αχιτώβ· καὶ εἶπεν· ἰδοὺ ἐγώ, λάλει κύριε. 13 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ Σαούλ· ἱνατί συνέθου κατ᾿ ἐμοῦ σὺ καὶ ὁ υἱὸς ᾿Ιεσσαὶ δοῦναί σε αὐτῷ ἄρτον καὶ ρομφαίαν καὶ ἐρωτᾶν αὐτῷ διὰ τοῦ Θεοῦ θέσθαι αὐτὸν ἐπ᾿ ἐμὲ εἰς ἐχθρόν, ὡς ἡ ἡμέρα αὕτη; 14 καὶ ἀπεκρίθη τῷ βασιλεῖ καὶ εἶπε· καὶ τίς ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς δούλοις σου ὡς Δαυὶδ πιστὸς καὶ γαμβρὸς τοῦ βασιλέως καὶ ἄρχων παντὸς παραγγέλματός σου καὶ ἔνδοξος ἐν τῷ οἴκῳ σου; 15 ἦ σήμερον ἦργμαι ἐρωτᾶν αὐτῷ διὰ τοῦ Θεοῦ; μηδαμῶς. μὴ δότω ὁ βασιλεὺς κατὰ τοῦ δούλου αὐτοῦ λόγον καὶ ἐφ᾿ ὅλον τὸν οἶκον τοῦ πατρός μου, ὅτι οὐκ ᾔδει ὁ δοῦλός σου ἐν πᾶσι τούτοις ρῆμα μικρὸν ἢ μέγα. 16 καὶ εἶπεν ὁ βασιλεὺς Σαούλ· θανάτῳ ἀποθανῇ, ᾿Αβιμέλεχ, σὺ καὶ πᾶς ὁ οἶκος τοῦ πατρός σου. 17 καὶ εἶπεν ὁ βασιλεὺς τοῖς παρατρέχουσι τοῖς ἐφεστηκόσι πρὸς αὐτόν· προσαγάγετε καὶ θανατοῦτε τοὺς ἱερεῖς τοῦ Κυρίου, ὅτι ἡ χεὶρ αὐτῶν μετὰ Δαυίδ, καὶ ὅτι ἔγνωσαν ὅτι φεύγει αὐτός, καὶ οὐκ ἀπεκάλυψαν τὸ ὠτίον μου. καὶ οὐκ ἐβουλήθησαν οἱ παῖδες τοῦ βασιλέως ἐπενεγκεῖν τὰς χεῖρας αὐτῶν ἀπαντῆσαι εἰς τοὺς ἱερεῖς Κυρίου. 18 καὶ εἶπεν ὁ βασιλεὺς τῷ Δωήκ· ἐπιστρέφου σὺ καὶ ἀπάντα εἰς τοὺς ἱερεῖς. καὶ ἐπεστράφη Δωὴκ ὁ Σύρος καὶ ἐθανάτωσε τοὺς ἱερεῖς τοῦ Κυρίου ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ, τριακοσίους καὶ πέντε ἄνδρας, πάντας αἴροντας ἐφούδ. 19 καὶ τὴν Νομβὰ τὴν πόλιν τῶν ἱερέων ἐπάταξεν ἐν στόματι ρομφαίας ἀπ᾿ ἀνδρὸς ἕως γυναικός, ἀπὸ νηπίου ἕως θηλάζοντος καὶ μόσχου καὶ ὄνου καὶ προβάτου. 20 καὶ διασώζεται υἱὸς εἷς τῷ ᾿Αβιμέλεχ υἱῷ ᾿Αχιτώβ, καὶ ὄνομα αὐτῷ ᾿Αβιάθαρ, καὶ ἔφυγεν ὀπίσω Δαυίδ. 21 καὶ ἀπήγγειλεν ᾿Αβιάθαρ τῷ Δαυίδ, ὅτι ἐθανάτωσε Σαοὺλ πάντας τοὺς ἱερεῖς τοῦ Κυρίου. 22 καὶ εἶπε Δαυὶδ τῷ ᾿Αβιάθαρ· ᾔδειν ὅτι ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ ὅτι Δωὴκ ὁ Σύρος ὅτι ἀπαγγέλλων ἀπαγγελεῖ τῷ Σαούλ· ἐγώ εἰμι αἴτιος τῶν ψυχῶν οἴκου τοῦ πατρός σου· 23 κάθου μετ᾿ ἐμοῦ, μὴ φοβοῦ, ὅτι οὗ ἐὰν ζητῶ τῇ ψυχῇ μου τόπον, ζητήσω καὶ τῇ ψυχῇ σου, ὅτι πεφύλαξαι σὺ παρ᾿ ἐμοί.