Then Saul sent for Ahimelech the priest, and all his family and the priests who were in Nob; and all of them came to him.
But Abiathar, one of the sons of Ahimelech, escaped and fled to David.
But when he came to Ahimelech, he gave him up, and had to be told.
David did not do this “in the days of Abiathar,” but in the days of Ahimelech.
The conduct of Ahimelech was manly and straightforward, but indiscreet.
And David said unto Ahimelech, And is there not here under thine hand spear or sword?
But Saul said, "Ahimelech, you shall surely die, you and all your family."
Ahimelech had the great misfortune to prove to him that in both cases there was no shadow of ground for his anger.
Ahimelech was a grandson of Eli, and the other massacred priests were probably of Elis blood.
David succeeded in getting from Ahimelech what he wanted, but not without difficulty.
brother of the king, the son of Ahitub and father of Abiathar (1 Sam. 22:20-23). He descended from Eli in the line of Ithamar. In 1 Chr. 18:16 he is called Abimelech, and is probably the same as Ahiah (1 Sam. 14:3, 18). He was the twelfth high priest, and officiated at Nob, where he was visited by David (to whom and his companions he gave five loaves of the showbread) when he fled from Saul (1 Sam. 21:1-9). He was summoned into Saul's presence, and accused, on the information of Doeg the Edomite, of disloyalty because of his kindness to David; whereupon the king commanded that he, with the other priests who stood beside him (86 in all), should be put to death. This sentence was carried into execution by Doeg in the most cruel manner (1 Sam. 22:9-23). Possibly Abiathar had a son also called Ahimelech, or the two names, as some think, may have been accidentally transposed in 2 Sam. 8:17; 1 Chr. 18:16, marg.; 24:3, 6, 31.