Bible Names A-G
Doeg in Wikipedia
was an Edomite, chief herdsman to Saul, King of Israel. (1
Samuel 21:7 ) He is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible book of
First Samuel, in chapters 21 and 22.
David had fled from Saul's jealous anger to the High Priest
Ahimelech, where David and his men were fed with the
showbread, and David was given the sword of Goliath. Doeg
was at Nob and witnessed Ahimelech's service to David.
Later, Saul asked about the whereabouts of David, and his
herdsman spoke up:
1Sa 22:9 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which was set over
the servants of Saul, and said, I saw the son of Jesse
coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub.
However, Doeg omitted to inform King Saul that David had
pretended to be on a secret mission on behalf of the king.
He did not inform the king that Ahimelech was deceived by
David, and that Ahimelech provided support because he
thought he was serving the king.
Therefore Saul, with only part of the story, summoned the
High Priest and his entire company and, in a rage, ordered
them all killed. His officials refused to raise their hands
against the priests and Saul turned to Doeg, who carried out
the executions. Saul followed that up with an attack on the
city of Nob, the city of the priests, and the families of
the priests – men, women, and children – were put to the
David later showed remorse for his part in the incident:
1Sa 22:22 And David said unto Abiathar, I knew it that day,
when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell
Saul: I have occasioned the death of all the persons of thy
Also, see Psalm 52, which David wrote at the time Doeg the
Edomite betrayed David's location to Saul...