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So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread there but the showbread, that was taken from before the LORD, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

21:6 hallowed bread. The showbread was intended only for the use of Aaron and his sons as they ministered in the holy place (Leviticus 24:5-9). However, the Lord Jesus Himself apparently approved of the use of this bread by David and his men under this circumstance (Matthew 12:3,4). This does not mean, of course, that God approved of David’s lies to Ahimelech or to Achish (I Samuel 21:2,13), although God apparently allowed these actions because of the urgency of the situation and His ultimate plans for Saul and for David.

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