1 Samuel 21:5
NKJV - 5 Then David answered the priest, and said to him, "Truly, women have been kept from us about three days since I came out. And the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in effect common, even though it was consecrated in the vessel this day.
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Leviticus 15:18 had specified that consummated sexual relations (even within marriage) caused ceremonial uncleanness for both the man and the woman until the evening of that day. Ahimelech imposed the restriction in 1 Samuel 21:4 because the only bread that he had available to provide to David and his men for food had been previously consecrated to God's service and use (although it was given to the priests for their food once fresh bread had been prepared for an offering to replace it). David's men would therefore have had to have been ceremonially clean to eat it. ("Holy" as used in the verse does not imply sinlessness, but ceremonial cleanness.)
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