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Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said unto him, Why art thou alone, and no man with thee?

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

21:1 to Nob to Ahimelech. Nob was a town near Jerusalem. Apparently, when Shiloh was destroyed, the tabernacle was moved to Nob, and Ahimelech, a descendant of Eli, was officiating there as high priest. The ark was not there at this time, but the ephod (I Samuel 21:9) and the shewbread (I Samuel 21:6) indicate that at least some of the regular activities at the tabernacle were continuing.

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