Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub ,.... Sent messengers to him, and summoned him to appear before him:
and all his father's house ; the family of Eli, which God had threatened to destroy, and now the time was hastening on:
the priests that were in Nob ; in which dwelt none but priests, at least these were the chief of the inhabitants, and therefore called the city of the priests, 1 Samuel 22:19 ,
and they came all of them to the king ; not being conscious of any evil they had committed, or that could be charged upon them; or otherwise they would not have appeared, but would have fled to David for protection.
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