1 Samuel 30:7
NKJV - 7 Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, "Please bring the ephod here to me." And Abiathar brought the ephod to David.
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As I understand it, the ephod was a vestment worn by the high priest (starting with Aaron, as mentioned in Exodus 28:4). The breastplate (or hoshen) of the ephod contained or held the Urim (meaning "lights") and Thummim (meaning "perfection"), which were gemstones that were used to inquire of God to determine His will in any given situation. In the verse cited in the question, Thus, by asking for the ephod, David was, in fact, using the means that God had authorized for inquiring of Him, or for determining His will in the situation in question.
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