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Truth but Not the Whole Truth-Doeg
Clarence E. Macartney
1 Samuel 22:22
When we come to this man Doeg, we feel like leaving
out the "e" and letting it stand as just plain "dog."
Among the faces that look down upon us from the Old
Testament gallery, there is none more sinister than
this face of Doeg. He is a sort of Old Testament Iago.
David had fled from the court of Saul to Nob, where
were the tabernacle and the priests. The priest
Ahimelech came to meet David trembling, plainly
disturbed at David's sudden appearance and at his
coming alone. He asked, "Why art thou alone, and no
man with thee?"
David then told him a plausible lie, that he was on
the king's business, a business so secret that none
but himself and Saul might know it. Hence his solitary
appearance at the tabernacle.
Satisfied with this explanation, the priest let David
eat of the shewbread which had been displayed before
the Lord, for it was one of those emergencies when the
first duty of religion was humanity. Here, too, David
got a weapon, the mighty sword of Goliath with which
he had cut off that monster's head in the vale of
Elah, and which had been carefully preserved in the
tabernacle. As David looked upon the shining blade,
revived by the memories of his great feat, he
exclaimed, "Give it me; there is none like that!" and
he grasped the hilt with his two hands. Thus armed and
refreshed, David hastened to leave the place. But as
he went out, he saw Doeg, the chief herdsman of Saul,
leaning against a pillar; and the moment he saw him,
he knew that Doeg purposed evil in his heart. From
Nob, David fled to the court of Achish, the king of
Gath. Here he escaped detection and arrest by feigning
madness and scrabbling on the doors of the gate.
Saul pursued him as far as Gibeah and then, angered at
his escape and troubled by an evil spirit, he summoned
his advisers and courtiers, and said to the ...
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