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The word means “ my brother is goodness or a good brother”. 

Ahitub was a son of Phinehas and grandson of Eli. 


Nob was a city near Jerusalem. It was a “Priest City” and David called in to Nob to get food and a weapon from the Priest, Ahimelech, while escaping from Saul. 


The word means “brother of a king”. 

Ahimelech was the son of Ahitub and the father of Abiathar. He was the head Priest at Nob, a priestly sanctuary outside Jerusalem. When David became a fugitive from King Saul, destitute and unarmed, he took refuge at the sanctuary. Pretending that he was on a secret mission for King Saul, David persuaded the head Priest to give him some of the hallowed bread as provisions together with the sword of Goliath which had been preserved at the sanctuary. 

The kingly priest was to pay a cruel price for his help to the fugitive. Beside himself with fury at David’s escape, the King had all the Priests rounded up and brought before him. Ahimelech protested that he had done nothing wrong as David was Saul’s son-in-law and captain over the King’s bodyguard. 

Saul would not hear any excuses and ordered his servants to kill Ahimelech and the other eighty-five Priests. The servants refused and the grim execution was carried out by King’s Edomite herdsman, Doeg; only Abiathar, the son of Ahimelech, escaped to join David in the mountains. 


The word means “ fearful, anxious or concerned”. 

Doeg was an Edomite and chief of Saul’s herdsmen. When David fled to Nob, Doeg was there and he reported to King Saul how Ahimelech had helped David. It was Doeg who carried out the execution of the Priests when the King’s guards refused to do so. 


The word means “ father of abundance or the great one is father”. 

biathar was the son of Ahimelech. In the days of King Saul his family were Priests of the Shrine of Nob and in charge of the Ephod and was the eleventh High Priest in succession from Aron. When the Priests were murdered at Saul’s command, Abiathar fled to David at Keilah taking the Ephod with him. 


The word means “beloved”. 

Hobab was the son of Ruel and the father-in-law of Moses. It is believed that Jethro and Hobab are the names of the same person mentioned in the Bible. 


The word means “full of caverns or wilderness”. 

Paran is a desert region traversed by the Israelites after escaping from Egypt and is the inland part of the North Sinai Desert. David fled Paran after the death of Samuel. 


Joshua was the successor of Moses as leader of the Israelites. He led them into the Promised Land and is credited with the consolidation of the occupation. The Book of Joshua recounts his exploits in detail. 


The word means “ bold or impetuous”. 

Caleb was a prince of the tribe of Judah. He was one of the twelve spies sent by Moses to spy out the land of Cannan. Only he and Joshua were in favour of proceeding. He was given Hebron as a reward for his services. 


The word means “utterance of Baal”. 

Mephibosheth was the son of Jonathan. He was five years old when his father and grandfather died on Mt. Gilboa. He suffered an accident and became permanently lame. David restored to him all his father’s estate and let him live with him. When David handed Saul’s descendants to the Gibeonites for execution, he spared Mephiboseth because of his oath to Jonathan. 

(Prepared by Most Worthy Brother John DANN PGSR from various sources.)