Ahimelech was a high priest at Nob, just east of Jerusalem. David fleeing from King Saul, who was trying to kill him, requested bread and a weapon from Ahimelech. Ahimelech gave David the holy bread from the sanctuary along with the sword of Goliath that was hidden there. Doeg, who was a henchman of Saul, was in the area that day and saw this event. He reported it to Saul. Saul became enraged that Ahimelech conspired against him in helping David. Saul had Doeg execute all 85 priests at Nob, including Ahimelech. Abiathar, Ahimelech's son, was the only one to escaped. (1 Sam. 21:2-18).

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