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1 Samuel 21:3-5 International Children’s Bible (ICB)

Now, what food do you have with you? Give me five loaves of bread or anything you find.”

The priest said to David, “I don’t have any plain bread here. But I do have some holy bread[a] here. You may eat it if your men have kept themselves from women.”

David answered, “Women have been kept from us. My men always keep their bodies holy, even when we do ordinary work. And this is especially true when the work is holy.”

Footnotes:

  1. 21:4 holy bread This was the bread that showed the people were in the presence of God. Normally only the priests should eat this bread.
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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!”

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Samuel 21:5 Or from us in the past few days since
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1 Samuel 21:3-5 King James Version (KJV)

Now therefore what is under thine hand? give me five loaves of bread in mine hand, or what there is present.

And the priest answered David, and said, There is no common bread under mine hand, but there is hallowed bread; if the young men have kept themselves at least from women.

And David answered the priest, and said unto him, Of a truth women have been kept from us about these three days, since I came out, and the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in a manner common, yea, though it were sanctified this day in the vessel.

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