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“Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so faithful among all thy servants as David, which is the king's son in law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is honourable in thine house?” - 1 Samuel 22:14.


While Saul was lamenting over his inability to capture David and kill him, Doeg the Edomite gave a malicious and distorted report to him that Ahimelech the high priest had offered hospitality to David. On hearing this, Saul sent not just for Ahimelech but all his father's house and all the priests that were at Nob, the city of priests. Saul accused Ahimelech of having conspired against him by aligning with David. The priest told him that David was the king's in-law who had proven himself faithful. Enraged, Saul ordered him put to death. But the Israelite soldiers were afraid to kill the high priest of the Lord and refused to obey the order. It was Doeg the Edomite, who agreed to kill not only Ahimelech but 85 other priests as well as the men, women children, infants and animals in the city of Nob.

Saul later died violently by committing suicide, “for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not…” (1 Chronicles 10:13) It is noteworthy that Ahimelech, the high priest, boldly supported David in spite of the murderous plots of King Saul. He was not afraid to identify with the cause of righteousness when confronted by Saul. Our Saviour stated, “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” - Luke 17:33.

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