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And David said unto Jonathan, Behold, to morrow is the new moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king at meat: but let me go, that I may hide myself in the field unto the third day at even.
If thy father at all miss me, then say, David earnestly asked leave of me that he might run to Bethlehem his city: for there is a yearly sacrifice there for all the family.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

20:5 the new moon. The first days of the month were apparently being observed as special feast days (e.g., Numbers 10:10), and David was expected to be present in the court on such days.

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