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David's adultery with Bath-sheba. II. SAMUEI..

The parable of Nathan. 3 And David sent and inquired after the mill-stone upon him from the wall that he woman. And one said, Is not this Bath- died in Thebez? why went ye nigh the sheha the daughter of 'Eliain, the wife of wall? Then say thou, Thy servant Uriah Uriah the Hittite ?

the Ilittite is dead also. 4 And David sent messengers and took her: 22 si So the messenger went, and came and and she came in unto him, and he lay with shewed David all that Joab had sent him for. her; (for she was purified from her unclean- 23 And the messenger said unto David, ness:) and she returned unto her house. Surely the men prevailed against us, and

5 And the woman conceived, and sent and came out unto us into the field, and we were told David, and said, I am with chill. l?pon thein even unto the entering of the gate.

6 And David sent to Joab, saying, Senol 21 And the shooters shot from off the wall me Uriah the lIittite. And Joalósent Criah upon thy vervants: and some of the king's to David.

servants be dead, and thy servant Uriah the 7 And when Urial was coine unto him, Da- Hittite is dead also. vid demanded of him how Joab did, and how 25 Then David said unto the messenger, the people did, and how the war pirospered. Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this 8 And David said to Criah, Go down to thy thing (lisplease thee, for the sword devoureth house, and wash thy feet. And I'riah de- one as well as another: make thy battle parted out of the King's house, and there more strong against the city, and overthrow followed him a mers of meat from the hing. it: and encourage thou him.

9 But L'riah slept at the door of the king's 26 9 And when the wife of Uriah heard house with all the servants of his lord, and that Uriah her husband was dead, she mournwent not down to his house.

ed for her husband. 10 And when they had told Davidl, saying. 27 And when the mourning was past, DaUriah went not down into his house, David vid sent and fetched her to his house, and said unto Criah, ('amnest thou not from thy she became his wife, and bare him a son. journey? why then slidst thou not go down But the thing that David had done displeased unto thy house?

the LORD. 11 And Criah said unto David, The arn,

CHAP. XII. and Israel, and Judali, abide in tents; and iny lord Joah, and the servants of my loru 1.

Vathan's parablc of the exe-lamb causcth Da

riid to be his oicn judge. 7 David, reprored by arc encamped in the open fields; shall I then

.lathun, confesseth his sin, and is pardoned. go into my house, to eat and to drink, and to 15 David mourneth and prayeth for the child, lie with my wife ? As thou livest, and as thy while it lired. 21 Solomon is born, and named soul livein, I will not do this thing.

Jedidiah. 26 Darid taketh Rabbah, and tor12 And David said to Uriah, Tarry here

tureth the people thercof. to-day also, and to-morrow I will let thee ND the LORD sent Nathan unto David. depart. So Criah abode in Jerusalem that And he came unto him, and said unto day and the morrow.

him, There were two men in one city; the 13 And when David had called him, he did one rich, and the other poor: cat and drink before him; and he made bim 2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks drunk: and at even he went out to lie on bis and herds: bed with the servants of his lord, but went :3 But the poor man had nothing save one not down to his lionse.

little ewe-laml), which he had bought and 14 | And it came to pass in the morning, nourished up: and it grew up together with that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent him, and with his children; it did eat of his itby the hand of Criah.

own meat, and drank of his own cup, and 15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest bat- daughter. tle, and retire ye from him, that he may be

4 Ånd there came a traveller unto the rich smitten, and die.

man, and he spared to take of his own flock 16 And it came to pass, when Joab observed and of his own herd, to dress for the waythe city, that he assigned L'riah unto a place faring man that was come unto hin; but where he knew that valiant inen were. took the poor mau's launb, and dressed it for 17 And the men of the city went out, and the man that was come to him. fought with Joab: and there fell some of the 5 And David's anger was greatly kindled people of the servants of David; and Uriah against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the Hittite died also.

the Lorv liveth, the man that hath done this 18 | Then Joab sent and told David all the thing shall surely die. things concerning the war;

6 And he shall restore the lamb four-fold, 19 And charged the messenger, saying, because he did this thing, and because he When thou hast made an end of telling the had no pity: matters of the war unto the king,

79 And Nathan said to David, Thou art 20 And if so be that the king's wrath arise, the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Isand he say unto thee, Wherefore approach- rael, 1 anointed thee king over Israel, and I ed ye so nigh unto the city when ye did delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; fight? knew ye not that they would shoot 8 And I gave thee thy master's house, and from the wall?

thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave 21 Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerub- thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if besheth ? did not a woman cast a piece of a) that has been too little, I would moreover

'David confesseth his sin.


Annon lorcth Tamirr. have given unto thee such and such things. 05. And he sent by the hand of Nathan the 9 Wherefore hast thou despised the com- propriet; and he called his name Jedidialı, mandment of the LORD, to do evil in his because of the LORD). sight? thou hast killed Uriah the liui 20And Joab fought against Rabbah of the with the sword, and hast taken his wife to children of Inmon, and took the royal city. be thy wife, and last slain him with the 27 And Joah sput inessengers to David, and sword of the children of Ammon.

said, I have fought against Rabbah, and 10 Now therefore the sword shall never have taken the city of waters. depart from thy house; because thou liat 23 Jou therefore gather the rest of the perdespised me, and hart taken the wife ople sosether, and cucamp against the ciwy, Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.


and take it: lese I take the city, and ii le 11 Thus saith the Lori), Behold I will raise calien.alier my name. up evil against thee out of thine oun House, sul lavil gathered all the people coge and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, ther, and went w Rabbah, and fought against and give them into thy neighbour, and he it, and took it. shall lie with thy wives in the sig litof this sun. 30 And lie tuok their hinz's croun from off 12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do i his head, (the weight whereof acus a talent this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. of gold with the precious stones) and it was

13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sin- ! set on David's head. And he brought forth ned against the LORI. And Nathan said the spoil of the city in great abundanre. unto David, The Lord also liath put away 31 And he brought foril the people that were thy sin; thou shalt mot die.

therein, and put them under saws and under 14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast harrows of iron, and under ave's of iron, and given great occasion 10 the enemies of the made them pass through the brick-kiln : and LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is thus did he into all the cities of the children born unto thee shall surely die.

of Ammon. So David and all the people ro15 9 And Nathan departed unto his house. turned unto Jerusalem. And the Lord struck the child that Urial's

CHAP. XIII. wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. 1 Aninon loving Tamar, by Jeradab's cuinzel

16 David therefore besought God for the feigning himself sick, ririsheth her. 15 lle child; and David fasted, and went in, and

huteth her, and shamefully turneth her away.

19 Absalom antirtaincth her, and concearcik lay all night upon the earth. 17 And the elders of his house arose, and

his purpose. 23.4t a sharp sherring, among


the king's sons, he killeth minun. 30 Darid went 10 him, to raise him up from the earth: grieving at the news is comforted by Jonadab. but he would not, neither did he eat bread 37 Absalom fleeth to Talmui ut Geshur. with them.

ND it came to pass after this, that Ab18 and it came to pass on the seventh day, salom the son of David had a fair sisthat the child died. And the servants of Daster, whose nanie urus Tamar; and Amnon vid fpared to tell him that the child was dead: the son of David loved her. for they said, Behold, while the child was yet 2 And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell alive, we spake unto liim, and he would not sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a virhearken unto our voice: low will he then vex gin; and Amnon thought it hard for him to himself, if we tell frim that the child is dead ? do any thing to her.

19 But when David saw that his servants 3 But Amion had a friend, whose name whispered, David perceived that thie child was Jonadab, the son of Shineal David's was dead: therefore David said unto his ser- brother: and Jonadab was a very subtle man. rants, Is the child dead? And they said, He 4 And he said unto him, Why art thon, beis dead.

ing the king's son, lean from day to day? wilt 20 Then David arose from the earth, and thou not tell me? And Amnon said unto hini, washed, and anointed himself, and changed I love Tamar, my brother Absalon's sister. his apparel, and came into the house of the 5 And Jonatal said unto hiin, Lay theo Lori, and worshipped: then he came to his down on thy bed, and make thyself sick: and own house; and when he required, they set when thy father cometh to see thee, say unto bread before him, and he did eat.

him, I pray thee, let my sister Tamar come, 21 Then said his servants unto hin, What and give me meat, and dress the meat in my thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst sight, that I inay see it, and eat it at her hand. fast and u rep for the child, while it was alive; 69 So anmou lay down, and made himself but when the child was dead, thou didst rize sick: and when the king was come to see and eat bread.

him, Amnon said unto the king, I pray thee, 22 And he said, While the child was yet let. Tamar niy sister come, and make me a alive, I fasted, and wept: for I said, who couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat can tell whether (iod will be gracious to me, at her hand, that the child may live!

7 Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, 23 But now he is clead, wherefore should I Go now to thy brother Annon's house, and fast ? can I bring himn back again ? I shall go drees him mcat. to him, but he sliall not return to me.

8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's 241 And David comforted Bath-sheba his house; and he was lain down. And she took wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: flour, and kneaded it, and made cakes in his and she bare a son, and he called his naine sight, and did bake the cakes. Holomon: and the LORD loved him.

9 And she took a pan, and poured them out

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Amnon defileth Tamar.


Absalom killeth Amnoni. before him; but he refused to eat. And Am- 1 27 But Absaloin pressed him, that he let non said, Isave out all men from me. And Amnon and all the king's sons go with him. they went out every man from him.

28 | Now Absalom had commanded his 10 And Ainnon said unto Tarnar, Bring the servants, saying, Mark ye now when Amineat into the chamber, that I may eat of thy non's heart is merry with wine, and when I hand. And Tamar took the cakes which say unto you, Smite Amnon; then kill him, s!e had made, and brought them into the fear not: have not I commanded you ? be chamber to Amnon her brother.

courageous, and be valiant. Il And when she has brought them unto 29 And the servants of Absalom did unto kim w eat, he took hold of her, and said unto Amnon as Absaloin had commanded. Then Hier, Come lie with me, my sister.

all the king's sons arose, and every man gat 12 And she answered him, Nay, my brother, him up upon his mule, and ned. do not force me; for no such thing ought to 30 || ind it ca ne to pass, while they were be done in Israel: do not thou this collv. in the way, that tilings came to David, say

1:3 Anil I, whither shall I cause my shame ing, Absalom hath slain all the king's sons, to go? ant as for thee, thou shalt be as one anil there is not one of them left. of the fools in Israei. Vow therefore, I pray: 31 'Then the king arose, and tare his garthee, speak into the king; for he will not ments and lay on the earth; and all his ser with uld me from thee.

vants stood by with their clothes rent. 11 Mowheit, he would not hearken unto her 32 And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, Davoice: but being stronger than she, fürced vid's brother, answered and said, Let not my her, and lay with her.

lord suppose that they have slain all the 154 Then Amoon bated her exceedingly; young men the king's sons; for Amnon only so that the hatred wherewith he hated ber is dead: for by the appointment of Absalom was greater than the love r herewith he had this bath been determined from the day that loved her. And Amron said univ her, Arise, ; be forced his sister Tamar.

33 Now therefore let not my lord the king 16 And she said unto him, There is no take the thing to his heart, to think that all cause: this evil in soadin, me away is great the king's sons are dead: for Amnon only is er than the other that thou didst unto me. I dead. But he would not hearken unto her.

31 But Absalom fled. And the young inan 17 Then he called his servant that minister that kept the watch lifted up his


and ed unto hin, and said, Put now this woman I looked, and behold, there came much people out froin me, and bolt the door after her. I by the way of the hill-side behind him.

18 and she'had a garment of divers colours : 35 And Jonadab said unto the king, Behold, upon her: for with such robes were the the king's sons come: as thy servant said, king's daughters that were virgins apparel, so it is. led. Then his servant brought her out, and 36 And it came to pass, as soon as he had bolted the door afier her.

made an end of speaking, that behold, the 19 | And Tamar put ashes on her bead, king's sons came, and listed up their voice and rent her garment of divers colours that and wept: and the king also and all his serwas on her, and laid her hand on her liead, vants wept very sore. and went on crying.

37 q But Absalom fled, and went to Tal20 And Absalom her brother said unto her, mai, the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur. Tath Amnon thy brother been with thee? And David mourned for his son every day. but bold now thy peace, my sister: he is thy 38 So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, brother; regard not this thing. S. Tamar and was there three years. reinained desolate in her brother Absaloin's 39 And the soul of king Davii longed to go house.

forth into Absalom: for he was comforted 21 1 But when king David heard of all concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead. these things, he was very wroth.

CHAP. XIV. 22 And Absalom spake unto his brother 1 Joab, suborning a widow of Teko ah, by a paAmnon neither good nor bad: for Absalom

rable to incline the king's heart to fetch home hated Amnon, because he had forced his

Absalom, bringeth him to Jerusalem. 25 Absister Tamar.

salom's beauty, hair, and children. 28 After 23 | And it came to pass after two ful two years, Absalom by Joab is brought into years, that Absalom had sheep-shearers in

the king's presence. Baal-hazor, which is beside Ephraim: and TOW Joals the son of Zeruiah perceived Absalom invited all the king's sons.

that the king's heart was toward Absa24 And Absalom came to the king, and lom. said, Behold now, thy scrvant hath sheep-2 And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched shearers: let the king, I beseech thee, and thence a wise woman, and said unto her, I his servants go with thy servant.

pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, and 25 And the king said to Absalom, Nay, my put on now mourning apparel, and anoint son, let us not all now go, lest we be charge- not thyself with oil, but be as a woman that ab.e unto thee. And he pressed him: how- had a long time mourned for the dead: beit he would not go, but blessed him. 3 And come to the king, and speak on this

26 Then said Absalom, If not, I pray thee, let manner unto him. So Joab put the words my brother Amnon go with us. And the king in her mouth. muid unto him, Why should be go with thee? 41 And when the woman of Tekoah spake

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The trdort of Tekoah's parable. CIIAP. XV.

Abralom returns home'. to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, king hath spoken: for thy servant Joan, for and did obeisance, and said, Help, o king, bade me, and he put all these words in the 5 And the king said unto lier, What aileth mouth of thy handmaid: thee? And she answerell, I am indeed a wi 20 To fetch about this forin of speech hath dow woman, and my husband is dead. thy servant Joab dune this thing: and my

6 And thy handmaid had two sons, and they lořil is wise, according to the wisdon of an two strove together in the field, and there angel of Civil, to huow all things that are in was none to part them, but the one smote the the earth. other, and slew him.

21 And the hing raid unto duals, Beholet 7 And behold, the whole fainily is risen 10!, I have done ihis thing: go therefore, against thy handmaid, am they sail, Deliver bring the young man Ibralom again. him that sinote his brother, that we may kill And Juab toll to the ground on his face, him, for the life of his brother whom he stew; and bou ed him-elf, and thanked the hiny : and we will destroy the heir a!-o: and so and Joab said, To-day thy servant kuoweil they shall quench my coal which is left, and that I have found on:re in thy sight, my lordi, shall not leave to my husband neither name O king, in that the his.y harli fulfilled ther's nor remainder upon the carth.

quest of liis scrvolt. 8 And the hing said unto the wom.11, Go to 23 So Joab arose and went to Gedhur, and thy house, and I will give charge concerning brought Absalom to Jerusalem. thee.

1 Ånd the hing sail, Let hiin turn to his 9 And the woman of Tokoah said unto the own house, and let him not see my face. So king, My lord, o king, the iniquity be on me, Absalom returned to his own house, and saw and on iny father's house: and the king and not the king's face. his throne beguiltless.

25 9 But in all lael there was none to be 10 And the king sail, Whosoever saiil so much praiserl as Ibsalom for his beauty : aught unto thee, bring him to me, and he from the sole of his foot even to the crown shall not touch thee any more.

of his head there was no blemish in him. 11 Then said she, I pray thee, let the king 26 And when he pulled liis head, (for it was remember the LORD thy God, that thou at every year's end that he polled it; because wouldest not suffer the revengers of blood to the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polldestroy any more, lest they destroy my son. ed it;) he weighed the hair of his heard at And he said, As the LORD liveth, there shall two hundred shekels after the king's weight. not one hair of thy son fall to the earth. 27 And unto Absalom there were born three

12 Then the woman suid, Let thy hand- sons, and one daughter, whose name was Tamail, I pray thee, speak one word unto my mar: she was a woman ofa fair countenance. ord the king. And he said, Say on.

29 1 So Absalom du oltino full vears in Jr13 And the woman said, Wherefore then rusalem, and saw not the king's face. hast thou thought such a thing against the 29 Therefore Alzalom sent für Joab, to liaya people of God ? for the king doth speak this sent him to the king ; but he would not com thing as one which is faulty, in that the king to him: and when die sent again the second doth not fetch home again his banished. time, he would no! come. 11 For we must needs die, and are as wa

30 Therefore he said unto his servants, See, ter spilt on the ground, wirich cannot be ga- Joab’s field is near mine, and he hath barley thered up again; neither doth God respect there; go and set it on fire. And Absaloni; any person : yet dou! he devise means, that servants setzhe tiell on fire. his banished be not expelled from him. 31 Then Joab arose', and carne to Absalon

15 Now therefore that I am come to speak unto his house, and said unto him, Whereof this thing unto my lord the king, it is be- fore have thy servants set my field on fire ? cause the people have made me afraid : and 32 And Absalom answered Joab, Behoki, 1 thy handmaid said, I will now speak into the sent unto thee, saying, Come lither, that I hing; it may be that the king will perform may send thee 10 the king, 10 say, Where. the request of his landmaid.

fore am I come from (ieshur! it had been 16 For the king will hear, to deliver his good for me to have been there still : nov handmaid out of the hand of the man that therefore letne see the king's face; and it would destroy me and my son together out of there berny iniquity in me, let him kill me. the inheritance of God.

33 So Joab came to the king, and told him: 17 Then thy hanılmaid said, The word of and when he had called for Absalom, hr my lord the king shall now be comfortable : came to the king, and howed himself on his for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king face to the ground before the king: and the to discern good and had: therefore the LORD king kissed Absalon. thy God will be with thee.

CHAP. XV. 18 Then the king answerell and said unto 1 Absalom, by fair speeches and courtesies, steal the woman, Hide not from me, I pray thee, eth the hearts of Isrucl. 7 Under pretence of a the thing that I shall ask thee.' And the wo vow he obtuincih leane to go to Hebron. 10 He man said, Let my lord the king now speaki. maketh there a great conspiracy. 13 David 19 And the king said, Is not the hand of upon the news froth from Jerusalem. 19 Itiai Joab with thee in all this? And the woman

wouli not leave him. 24 Zadok ani Abiathar

are sent back with the ark. 30 David and his auswered and said, As thy soul liveth, my lord the king, none can turn to the right hand

company go up Aluunt Iliret weeping. 31 HR

curseth Anithophel's counsel. 32 Hushai is or to the left from aught that my lord the sent back with instructions.



Absalom's conspiracy.

I). SAMUEL. David flees from Jerusalem, ND it came to pass after this, that Ab- | 19 Then said the king to Ittai the Gittite, and fifty men to run before him.

to thy place, and abide with the king; for 2 And Absaloın rose up early, and stood he-thon art a stranger, and also an exile. side the way of the gate: and it was so, that 20 Whereas thou camest but yesterday when any man that had a controversy came should I this day make thee go up and down to the king for judgment, then Absalor call- with us? seeing I go whither I may; return ed unto him, and said, Ofwhat city art thou? thou, and take back thy brethren: mercy And he sail, Thy servant is of one of the and truth be with thee. tribes of Israel.

21 And Ittai answered the king, and said, 3 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy As the Lord liveth, and as my lord the king matters are good and right; but there is no liveth, surely in what place my lord the king man deputed of the king to hear thee. shall be, whether in death or lise, even there

4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were also will thy servant be. made judge in the land, that every inan which 22 And David said to Ittai, Go and pass hath any suit or cause might come unto me, over. And Ittai the Gittite passed over, and and I would do him justice!

all his men, and all the little ones that were 5 A: it was so, that when any man came with him. nigh w him to do him obeisance, he put forth 23 And all the country wept with a loud his hand, and took him, and kissed him. voice, and all the people passed over: the 6 Au on this wamer did Absalom to all king also himself passed over the brook KidIsrael that came to the king for judgment: so ron, and all the people passed over, toward Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel. the way of the wilderness. 7 And it came to pass after forty years, that 24 | And lo, Zadok also, and all the LeAbsalom said unto the king, I pray thee, let vites were with him, bearing the ark of the me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed covenant of God: and they set down the ark unto the Lord, in Hebron.

of God; and Abiathar went up, until all the 8 Forthy servant voweda vow while I abode people had done passing out of the city. at Geshur in Syria, saviny, If the Lord shall 25 And the king said unto Zadok, Carry bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I back the ark of God into the city: if I shall will serve the Lord.

find favour in the eyes of the Lord, he will 9 And the king said unto him, Go in peace. bring me again, and shew me both it, and So he arose, and went to Hebron.

his habitation : 10 But Absalom sent spies throughout all 26 But if he thus say, I have no delight in the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as ye thee; behold, here am I, let him do to me as hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall seemeth good unto him. say, Absalom reigneth in Ilebron.

27 The king said also into Zadok the li And with Absalom went two hundred priest, Art not thou a seer? return into the men out of Jerusalem, that were called; and city in peace, and your two sons with you, they went in their simplicity, and they knew Alinaaz thy son, and Jonathan the son of not any thing.

Abiathar. 12 And Absalom sent for Abithophel the 28 See, I will tarry in the plain of the wilGilonite, David's commsellor, from his city, derness, until there come word from you to even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. certify me. And the conspiracy was strong; for the peo 29 Zalok therefore and Abiathar carried ple increased continually with Absalom. the ark of God again to Jerusalem: and they 13 | And there came a messenger to Da-tarried there. vid, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel 30 9 3nd David went up by the ascent of are after Absalom.

mount. Olivet, and wept as he went up, and 14 and David said unto all his servants that had his head covered, and he went barefoot: were with him at Jerusalem, Arisc, and let and all the people that was with him coverus flee; for we shall not else escape from fed every man his head, and they went up, Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he weeping as they went up. overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon 31 | And one told David, saying, Ahithous, and smite the city with the edge of the phel is among the conspirators with Absalom. sword.

And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn 15 And the king's servants said unto the the counsel of Alithophes into foolishness. king, Behold, thy servants are ready to do 32 g And it came to pass, that when David whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint. was come to the top of the mount, where he

16 And the king went forth, and all his house- worshipped God, behold, Hushai the Archite hold after him. And the king left ten women came to meet him with his coat rent, and which were concubines to keep the house. earth upon his head: 17 And the king went forth, and all the peo

33 Unto whom David said, Ifthou passest on ple after him, and tarried in a place that was with me, then thou shalt be a burden unto me: far off.

34 But if thou return to the city, and say 18 And all his servants passed on beside unto Absalom, I will be thy servani, o king; him; and all the Cherethites, and all the Pe- as I have been thy father's servant hitherto, lethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men so will I now also be thy servant: then maywhich came after him from Gath, passed on est thou for me defeat the counsel of Ahihefore the king.


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