1 Samuel 21:3
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New International Version
Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find."

New Living Translation
Now, what is there to eat? Give me five loaves of bread or anything else you have."

English Standard Version
Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever is here.”

New American Standard Bible
"Now therefore, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever can be found."

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread or whatever can be found."

International Standard Version
Now, what do you have available? Give me five loaves of bread or whatever you have."

NET Bible
Now what do you have at your disposal? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever can be found."

New Heart English Bible
Now, if there are five loaves of bread under your control, give them into my hand, or whatever there is."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[David added,] "Now, what do you have [to eat]? Give me five loaves of bread or whatever you can find."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now therefore what is under thy hand? five loaves of bread? give them in my hand, or whatsoever there is present.'

New American Standard 1977
“Now therefore, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever can be found.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now, therefore, what is under thy hand? Give me five loaves of bread in my hand or what there is present.

King James 2000 Bible
Now therefore what is there on hand? give me five loaves of bread in my hand, or what there is present.

American King James Version
Now therefore what is under your hand? give me five loaves of bread in my hand, or what there is present.

American Standard Version
Now therefore what is under thy hand? give me five loaves of bread in my hand, or whatsoever there is present.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now therefore if thou have any thing at hand, though it were but five loaves, give me, or whatsoever thou canst find.

Darby Bible Translation
And now what is under thy hand? give me five loaves in my hand, or what may be found.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
Now therefore what is under thy hand? give me five loaves of bread in my hand, or what there is present.

World English Bible
Now therefore what is under your hand? Give me five loaves of bread in my hand, or whatever there is present."

Young's Literal Translation
and now, what is there under thy hand? five loaves give into my hand, or that which is found.'
Study Bible
David Takes the Consecrated Bread
2David said to Ahimelech the priest, "The king has commissioned me with a matter and has said to me, 'Let no one know anything about the matter on which I am sending you and with which I have commissioned you; and I have directed the young men to a certain place.' 3"Now therefore, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever can be found." 4The priest answered David and said, "There is no ordinary bread on hand, but there is consecrated bread; if only the young men have kept themselves from women."…
Cross References
1 Samuel 21:2
David said to Ahimelech the priest, "The king has commissioned me with a matter and has said to me, 'Let no one know anything about the matter on which I am sending you and with which I have commissioned you; and I have directed the young men to a certain place.'

1 Samuel 21:4
The priest answered David and said, "There is no ordinary bread on hand, but there is consecrated bread; if only the young men have kept themselves from women."
Treasury of Scripture

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

under thine

1 Samuel 21:4 And the priest answered David, and said, There is no common bread …

Judges 9:29 And would to God this people were under my hand! then would I remove …

Isaiah 3:6 When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, …

present [heb] found

Verses 3, 4. - What is under thine hand? This does not mean that Ahimelech was himself carrying the shewbread out of the tabernacle, but simply, "What hast thou? The sense of the whole verse is, "Now, therefore, what hast thou at hand? Give me five loaves, or whatever there may be." Ahimelech answers, "There is no common bread at hand." I have no ordinary food; there is only hallowed bread, that is, the shewbread, which, after remaining in Jehovah's presence from sabbath to sabbath, was then to be eaten by the priests in the holy place (Leviticus 24:8, 9). As Ahimelech could not venture to refuse David's request, he asks if his attendants are at least ceremonially clean, as in that case the urgency of the king's business might excuse the breach of the letter of the commandment. Our Lord in Matthew 12:3 cites this as a case in which the inward spirit of the law was kept, and the violation of its literal precept thereby justified. Now therefore what is under thine hand?.... Meaning, what food had he in his house?

give me five loaves of bread in mine hand; to take with him, for him and his servants in such a place:

or what there is present; or to be found (g) in the tabernacle; if not five loaves, two, or three, or four, or what food soever he had by him.

(g) "quicquid inveneris", V. L, "inventum", Montanus; "quicquid inventum fuerit", Tigurine version. 21:1-9 David, in distress, fled to the tabernacle of God. It is great comfort in a day of trouble, that we have a God to go to, to whom we may open our cases, and from whom we may ask and expect direction. David told Ahimelech a gross untruth. What shall we say to this? The Scripture does not conceal it, and we dare not justify it; it was ill done, and proved of bad consequence; for it occasioned the death of the priests of the Lord. David thought upon it afterward with regret. David had great faith and courage, yet both failed him; he fell thus foully through fear and cowardice, and owing to the weakness of his faith. Had he trusted God aright, he would not have used such a sorry, sinful shift for his own preservation. It is written, not for us to do the like, no, not in the greatest straits, but for our warning. David asked of Ahimelech bread and a sword. Ahimelech supposed they might eat the shew-bread. The Son of David taught from it, that mercy is to be preferred to sacrifice; that ritual observances must give way to moral duties. Doeg set his foot as far within the tabernacle as David did. We little know with what hearts people come to the house of God, nor what use they will make of pretended devotion. If many come in simplicity of heart to serve their God, others come to observe their teachers and to prove accusers. Only God and the event can distinguish between a David and a Doeg, when both are in the tabernacle.
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