Bibelen på hverdagsdansk

1. Samuelsbog 21:1-16

1Så skiltes de. David forsvandt over markerne, og Jonatan gik hjem.

David på flugt fra Saul

2David kom til byen Nob, hvor han opsøgte præsten Ahimelek. Ahimelek blev fyldt med bange anelser, da han så David komme alene.

„Hvorfor kommer du uden dine mænd?” spurgte han.

3„Kongen har sendt mig ud i et hemmeligt ærinde,” løj David, „og han gav mig klare instrukser om ikke at røbe mit ærinde for nogen. Jeg har sat mine mænd stævne på et aftalt sted. 4Men sig mig, har du noget jeg kan spise? Giv mig fem brød, eller hvad du nu har.”

5„Almindeligt brød har jeg ikke noget af,” svarede præsten. „Men der er de hellige brød fra Herrens telt. Dem kan du og dine mænd vel godt få, hvis I ikke er urene efter seksuel kontakt med kvinder.”21,5 Jf. 3.Mos. 15,16-18.

6„Du kan være ganske rolig,” svarede David. „Vi har ikke været i nærheden af kvinder siden i forgårs, da vi startede turen. Når mine mænd holder sig rene under de almindelige krigstogter, hvor meget mere da ikke under en vigtig mission, som den vi er på i dag.”

7Da der ikke var anden mad til rådighed, gav præsten ham de gamle, hellige brød, som var fjernet fra bordet i Herrens bolig. De bliver jo udskiftet med friske brød hver uge.21,7 Jf. 3.Mos. 24,5-9.

8Tilfældigvis opholdt Sauls overhyrde, edomitten Doeg, sig netop på det tidspunkt ved Herrens bolig, så han hørte samtalen.

9David spurgte Ahimelek: „Har du ikke et spyd eller et sværd, jeg kan låne? Jeg nåede ikke at få mine våben med, fordi kongens ærinde havde sådan en hast.”

10„Jeg har filisteren Goliats sværd, ham du slog ihjel i Elahdalen,” svarede Ahimelek. „Det må du få, hvis du vil have det. Det ligger omme bag den hellige efod rullet ind i en kappe. Der er ikke andre våben her.”

„Der findes ikke et bedre sværd,” udbrød David. „Giv mig det!”

11Samme dag fortsatte David flugten fra Saul og kom til filisterkongen Akish i Gat. 12„Jamen, er det ikke Israels kommende konge, vi giver husly?” spurgte Akish’ mænd hinanden. „Var det ikke til hans ære, at kvinderne dansede og sang: ‚Saul har besejret sine tusinder, men David har besejret sine titusinder!’?”

13Da David hørte, hvordan man snakkede om ham, blev han bange for, hvad kong Akish ville gøre ved ham. 14Derfor begyndte han at spille sindssyg. Han kradsede på byporten og lod sit spyt flyde ned i skægget. 15Da han blev fanget og ført til kong Akish, sagde Akish til sine mænd: „Hvorfor kommer I herhen med ham? I kan da se, at manden er gal. 16Synes I ikke, vi har gale folk nok her? Jeg vil ikke have sådan en i mit hus!”

New International Reader's Version

1 Samuel 21:1-15

David at Nob

1David went to Ahimelek the priest at Nob. Ahimelek trembled with fear when he met him. He asked David, “Why are you alone? Why isn’t anyone with you?”

2David answered Ahimelek the priest, “The king gave me a special job to do. He said to me, ‘I don’t want anyone to know what I’m sending you to do. So don’t say anything about it.’ I’ve told my men to meet me at a certain place. 3Do you have anything for us to eat? Give me five loaves of bread, or anything else you can find.”

4But the priest answered David, “I don’t have any bread that isn’t holy. I only have some holy bread here. But it’s for men who haven’t slept with women recently.”

5David replied, “Well, we haven’t slept with women recently. That’s the way it is every time I lead my men out to battle. We keep ourselves holy even when we do jobs that aren’t holy. And that’s even more true today.” 6So the priest gave him the holy bread. It was the only bread he had. It had been removed from the table that was in front of the Lord. On the same day, hot bread had been put in its place.

7One of Saul’s servants was there that day. He had been made to stay at the holy tent for a while. He was Doeg from Edom. Doeg was Saul’s chief shepherd.

8David asked Ahimelek, “Don’t you have a spear or sword here? I haven’t brought my sword or any other weapon. That’s because the job the king gave me to do had to be done right away.”

9The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath, the Philistine, is here. You killed him in the Valley of Elah. His sword is wrapped in a cloth. It’s behind the sacred linen apron. If you want it, take it. It’s the only sword here.”

David said, “There isn’t any sword like it. Give it to me.”

David at Gath

10That day David ran away from Saul. He went to Achish, the king of Gath. 11But the servants of Achish spoke to him. They said, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Isn’t he the one the Israelites sing about when they dance? They sing,

“ ‘Saul has killed thousands of men.

David has killed tens of thousands.’ ”

12David paid close attention to what the servants were saying. He became very much afraid of what Achish, the king of Gath, might do. 13So he pretended to be out of his mind when he was with them. As long as he was in Gath, he acted like a crazy person. He made marks on the doors of the city gate. He let spit run down his beard.

14Achish said to his servants, “Just look at the man! He’s out of his mind! Why are you bringing him to me? 15Don’t I have enough crazy people around me already? So why do you have to bring this fellow here? Just look at how he’s carrying on in front of me! Why do you have to bring this man into my house?”