And David answered the priest, and said unto him, Of a truth women have been kept from us for these three days, since I came out, and the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in a manner common, yea, though it were sanctified this day in the vessel.
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George Leo Haydock
Vessels, i.e., the bodies, have been holy; that is, have been kept from impurity: (Challoner) in which sense St. Paul uses the word, 1 Thessalonians iv. 4. It also includes garments, arms All was to be clean. Septuagint, "my men are all purified. "(Calmet)
Defiled. Is liable to expose us to dangers of uncleanness, (Challoner) as we shall perhaps have to fight. (Haydock)
Sanctified. That is, we shall take care, notwithstanding these dangerous circumstances, to keep our vessels holy; that is, keep our bodies from every thing that may defile us. (Challoner)
The text is very obscure. Hebrew, "the way is impure, because to-day it shall be purified in the vessel. "(Calmet)
Protestants, "and the bread is in a manner common, yea though it were sanctified this day in the vessel. "We might eat of it in a case of such necessity. (Haydock)
Though laics be commonly debarred from tasting of it, we will partake of it with all due respect. (Calmet)
Septuagint, "the journey is (of a disagreeable ...