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1 Samuel 21:3-5 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

Now therefore if thou hast ought under thine hand, give me five cakes of bread, or what cometh to hand.

And the Priest answered David, and said, There is no common bread under mine hand, but here is hallowed bread, if the young men have kept themselves, at least from [a]women.

David then answered the Priest, and said unto him, Certainly women have been separate from us these two or three days since I came out: and the [b]vessels of the young men were holy, though the way were profane, and how much more then shall every one [c]be sanctified this day in the vessel?


  1. 1 Samuel 21:4 If they have not accompanied with their wives.
  2. 1 Samuel 21:5 That is, their bodies.
  3. 1 Samuel 21:5 Shall be more careful to keep his vessel holy, when he shall have eaten of this holy food?
1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

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1 Samuel 21:3-5 New International Version (NIV)

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

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.”

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!”


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