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mine at:liciis, and that lord will require 36 Behold, they here there with them their me gorjir his cursing this day. two sons, Ahimaaz, Zulok's son, and long 3.3.1.! :7* !vil and lii- muen went by the than, Abiathar's soi. : avil bi then he shall war, Sul!" !!!llis long on the bill's sidle send urto me every thing that seran bocor. over dir-t him....(salas lie Welt, and

37 So Ilushai, Daviil's friend, i une into the thron ulje - ist hill, indc-cus!. city, and Absalom cand into Jerusalem.! Lin hin, and is! the people that CHIP. XVI.

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thesave there. 1 Ziba by presents and it's alrerius, c' tuineth his musir'sw'," lisit Pukul

1.," swishoni, nd will people the rim Shimei curseti Duriu. Deri niill pila men of 1:1:10:came to Jerusielelli, and 14tirnce . Pripcineth other fr. ihople with boim. reringe. 15 Flushui Will himself into 16 Judit carties priss, when Blushai ilin .thsuiom's counsel. ..!haph!'counsel.

Arc!ite, David's friend, was come into 1). ND when David was a little past the top salom, that lInshai said unto Absalom, liud Mephiboshet met him, with a couple of asses 17 ind Ibsilom said av blushai, Is this thy saduled, and upon them two hundred loure's hiucaess to thy friend why wonte-e thou of bread, and a huril lunches of raisins, not with the fieni! and a hundreid of summer fruits, and a bottia 13 And Hushai said unto Ibalom, Say; of wine.

but whom the Lor!', in this people, and ? Au the king sauno Zita, What mean- all the men of Isrze chose, his will i br, Pst thon by these! Zira said, Theasses and with him will I abide. be for the king's hønschold to ride on; and 19 And again, wborn -im -i'p' shoulil, the brear and summer frait for the young I not serve in the presence of his son! asl men to eat; and the wine, that such as be have served in thy father's pre-ten", so will faint in the wilderness may drink.

Lbe in thy presence. 3 And the king sail, And where is thy inas 20 9 Then said Absalom 10 Shitophel, ter's son! AnZ;!' said unto the king, Be- Give counsel among you what we shall do. hold, he alsideth at Jerusalem: for he said, 21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, (co To-lay shall the house of Israel restore me in unto thy father's concubines, which her the kinglom of my father.

hath left to keep the house; and all Israel 4 Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy laare all that pertuined mto Mephibosheth. ther: then shall the bands of all that are with

And Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee that thee be strong.
I may find grace in thy sight, my lord, O king. 22 So they spreadl.Ibsalou: il tent upon the

5. And when king David came to Bahurim, top of the lionse; and Absalom went in unto brnold, thence came out a man of the family his father's concubines in the sightofall Israrl. of the louse of Saul, whose name was Shi 23 And the counsel of Ahihephel, which Buci, the son of Gera: he came forth, and he counselled in their days, kus as if a man cursed sujil as lie came.

had inquired at the vracle of Go:l: so uus 6 And he ca:t stones at David, and at all all the counsel of Ahitophel boui with David the servants of king David: and all the peo- and with Absalom. ple and all the mighty men were on his right

CHIP'. XVII. hand and on his left. 7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed. 1. Shithophel's counsel is orerthrown by lu

shai':', according to (tod's appointment. 155 Come oui, come out, thou bloody man, and Secret intelligence is sent unto David. 23 Ahithou man of Belial:

thuphel hangith himself. 25.1masa is made 8 The Lord hatin returned upon thee all captain. 27 David at chanaim is j'urnished the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead

with provision. thou hast reigned; and the Lord liath de ORLOVER, Anithophel said unio Alilivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: an behold, thou art taken in thousand men, and I will arise and pursue thy wi-chief, because thoi cria bloody man. after David this wight:

Then said Alishai the son of Zeruiah 2 And I will come upon hin while he is unto the king, Why shoulil this dead doc weary and weak-handed, and will make him curse my lord the Ring ? let me go over, I afrail: and all the people that are with him pray thee, and take off his head.

shall flee; and I will sinite the king only: 10 And the king -rid, What have I to do 3 And I will bring back all the people unto with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so let him thee: the man whom thou scekest is as ifall curse, because the Lord hath said unto hiin, returned: so all the people shall be in peace, Curse David. Who shall then say, Where 4 And the saying pleased Absalom well, and fore last thou done so ?

all the elders of Israel. 11 And David said to Abishai, and to all 5 Thien said Absalom, Call now Hushai the his servants, Behold, my son, which came Archite also, and let us hear likewise what forth of my howels, seeketh my life: how | he saith.




Ahithophel's counsel overthrown. II. SAMUEL.

He hangeth himself. 6 And when Hushai was come to Absalom, of water. And when they had soughtand could Absalom spake unto hiin, s.rying, Ahithophel not find them, they returned to Jerusalem. hath spoken after this manner: shall we do 21 And it came to pass, after they were deafter his saying ? if not, speak thou. parted, that they caine up out of the well, and And lIushai said unto Absalom, 'The coun- went and told king David, and said unto sel that Ahithophel hath given is not good David, Arise, and pass quickly over the waat this time.

ter: for thus hath Ahitophel counselled 3 For, said Ilusliai, thou knowest thy father against you. and his men, that they be mighty men, and 2 Then David arose, and all the people that they be chated in their minds, as a bear rob- rcere with him, and they passed over Jordan : bed of her whelps in the field: and thy father by the morning light there lacked not one of is a man of war, and will not lodge with the them that was not gone over Jordan. people.

23 9 And when Ahithophel saw that his 9 Behold, he is lid now in some pit, or in counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, ruine other place: and it will come to pilss, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to when some of them be overthrown at the his city, and put his household in order, and first, that whosoever heareth it will say, There hanged himsell, and died, and was buried in is a slaughter among the people that follow the sepulchre of his father. Absalom.

24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And 10 And he also that is valiant, wliose heart Absalom passed over Jordan, he and all the is as the heartof a lion, shall utterly melt: for men of Israel with him. all Israel kuoweth that thy father is a mighty 25 9 And Absalom made Amasa captain of inan, and they which be with him are valiant the lost instead of Joab: which Amasa was

a man's son, whose name was Ithra, an Is11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel be raelite, that went in to Abigail the daughter generally gathered wto thee, from Daneven of Nalash, sister to Zeruial, Joah's mother, to Beer-sheba, as the sand that is by the sea 26 So Israel and Absaloin pitched in the land for multitude; and that thou go to battle in of Gilead. thine own person.

27 And it came to pass, when David was 12 So shall we come upon him in some place come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of where he shall be found, and we will ligat Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ainmon, upon him as the dew falleth on the ground: and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lo-debar, and of him and of all the men that are with and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim, hin there shall not be left so inuch as one. 28 Brought beds, and basons, and earthen

13 Moreover, if he be gotten into a city, vessels, and wheat, and barley, and four, then shall all Ísrael bring ropes to that city, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and we will draw it into the river, until there and parched pulsé, be not one small stone found there.

29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and 14 And Absalom and all the inen of Israel cheese of kine, for David, and for the peosaid, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is ple that were with him, to eat: for they said, better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, the Lord had appointed to defeat the good in the wilderness. counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the

CHAP. XVIII. LORD might bring evil upon Absalom.

1 Darid ricwing the arming in their march, pin15 | Then said ŽIushai unto Zadok and to

eth them charge of .lb&alom. 6 The Israelites Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus did Ahi

are sore smitten in the wood of Ephraim. 9 thophel counsel Absalom and the elders of bsalo:n hanging in an oak, is slain by Joab, Israel; and thus and thus have I counselled. and cast into a pit. 19. Absalom's place. 19 16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell

Ahimaaz ani Civihi bring tidings to David. David, saying, Lodge not this night in the

33 David mourneth for losalom. plains of the wilderness, hut speedily pass A D Davish mumbered the people that

all the people that are with him.

sands and captains of hundreds over them. 17 Now Jonathan and Abimaaz stayed by 2 And David sent forth a third part of the En-rogel; for they might not be seen to come people wider the hand of Joab, and a thirit into the city: and a wench went and told part under the hand of Abishai the son of them; and they went and told king David. Zeruiah, Joah's brother, and a third part

18 Nevertheless, a lad saw them, and told under the hand of Ittai the Gittite. And the Absalonı: but they went both of them away king said unto the people, I will surely go quickly, and came to a man's house in Ba- forth with you myself also. burim, which had a well in his court; whi 3 But the people answered, Thou shalt not ther they went down.

go forth: for if we flee away, they will not 19 And the woman took and spread a covo care for us; neither if half of us die, will ering over the well's mouth, and spread they care for us: but now thou art worth ground corn thereon; and the thing was not ten thousand of us: therefore now it is betknown.

ter that thou succour us out of the city. 20 And when Absalom's servants came to 4 And the king said unto them, What seem. the woman to the house, they said, Where eth you best I will do. And the king stood is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman by the gate side, and all the people came out id unto them, They be gove over the brook | by hundreds and by thousands.

an oak.

Sainst 1 Absalom is slain.

CHIAP. XIX. 7'he lidings brought to Daru. 5 And the king commanded Joab and Abi-dings another day: bat this day thou slı!t shai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for ny bear no tiling, because the king's son is de ad. sake with the young man, eren wiiit Absci 2 Then sud Joal) to Cuxhi, (ro, tell the lom. And all the people heard when the king what thou hast seen. Ind Cushi bon. king gave all the capuins charge conceruing ed himselt' unto Joab, and ran. Absaloin.

? Then sain lbimaaz the son of Zaduh 6 fi So the people went out into the field yet again to Joab, But howsoever, let me, I against Israel: and the baitle was in the pray ther, al., run after Cushi. And Joai) wood of Ephraim;

Stil, Wherefore wilt thou run, n:y son, sci7 Where the people of Israel were slain being that thou hast 10 tiding ready? fore the servants of Daviil, and there was ; But hewsoever, said he let me riu. there a great slaughter that day of twenty .In he said unto him, Rom. Then Ahim:athousand men.

az ran by the way of the plain, and overran 8 For the battle was there altered over ('ushi. the face of all the country: ani the wood 21 and David sat between the two gate: : devoured more people that day than the all the watchman went up to the roof over sword deyoured.

the gate imio the wall, and lifted up his eyes, 9 | And Absalom met the servants of Da- and looked, and beholi a man running alone. vid. And Absalom me upon a mule, and 25 And the watchman cried, and told the the mule went under the thick boughs of a king. And the hing said, if he be alone great oak, and his head caught hold of the there is ridings in his mouth. And lic came oak, and he was taken up between the lica- apace, and drew near. ven and the earth; and the mule that us 26 Jul the watchman w' another man under him went away.

running: and the watchman called unto the 10 Anda certain man saw it, and told Joab, porter, and said, Behold, another man runand said, Behold, I sw Absalom lianged in ning alone. And the king sai.l, He also

bringeth ti:lings. 11 And Jual said unto the man that toid 27 And the watcliman said, Methinkoth the hiin, And behold, thou sawest him, and why running of the foremost is like the running didst thou not smite him there to the ground? of Ahinaaz the son of Zadol. And the king and I would have given thee ten shekels of said, He is a good mm, and cometh with silver, and a girdle.

good tidings. 12 And the man said to Joab, Though I 28 And Ahimaaz called, and said unto the should receive a thousand shekels of silver king, All is well. And he fell down to the in my hand, yet would I not put forth my earth upon his face before the king, and said, hand against the king's son: for in our hear- Blessed be the LORD thy God, which hath ing the king charge thee and Abishai and delivered up the men thai lifted up their hand Ittai, sayiny, Beware that none touch the any lord the king. young man Absalom.

29 And the hing said, Is the young man,1b). 13 Otherwise I should have wrought false - salom safejn Aliwaaz answered. When hood against mine own lite : for there is no Joab sent the king's servant, and me thy sermatter hid from the king, and thou thyself vant, I saw a great tumult, but I knew :200 wouldest have set thuseil agiiinst me. what it was.

14 Then said Joali, I may not tarry thus 30 And the king said unto him, Turn asicie with thee. And he tool three darts in his and stand here. And he turner asiile, anil hand, and thrust them through the heart of stood still. Absalom, while he was set alive in the midst 31 And behold, Cushi came; and Cushi of the oak.

said, Tidings, my lord the king: for the LORD 15 And ten young men that bare Joab's ar- hath avenged thee this day of all them that mour compassed about and smote Absalom, i rose up against thee. and slew him.

32 And the king said unto Cushi, Is the 16 And Joai) blew the trumpet, and the peo- young man Absalom safe? And Cushi anple returned from pursuing atter Israel: for swered, The enemies of my lord the king, Joab held back the people

and all thai rise against thee to do thce hurt, 17 And they took Absalom, and cast him be as that young man is. into a great pit in the woo:), and laid a very 33 9 And the king was much mored, and great leap of stones upon him: and all is- went up to the chamber over the gate, and rael ned every one to his fent.

Sept: und as he weat, thus he said, Oiny 30!! 18 Now Absalon in luis life-time had ta- Absalom! my $911, my son Absalom! wouli ken and reared up for himself a pillar, which God I haci dieci for thee, () Absalom, my 301, is in the king's daie: for he said, I have no i mny son! son to keep my nano in remembrance: and he called the pillar aiter liis own name: and

('ILAP. XIX. it is called wito this day, Absalom's Place. 1 Joab courth the king to cease his mourning, 19 Then said Ahiinaaz the son of Zadok,

9 The Israelites are curnest to bring the king Let me now run, and bear the king tidings,

back. 11 Davidsendeth to the priests to incite how that thic Lord hath avenged him of his

them of Judah. 18 Shimei is pardoned. 24 Heenemies.

phibosheth. crcused. 32 Barzillai dismissed,

Chimham his son is taken into the king's fra 20 And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt not mily. 41 The Israelites expostulate with Iubear tidings this day, but thou shalt hear ti dch for bringing home the king without tm.

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Bene 2 And the victory that day was turned into house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his mourning unto all the people: for the people twenty servants with him; and they went heard say that day how the king was grieved over Jordan before the king. for his son.

18 And there went over a ferry-boat to car3 And the people gat them by stealth that ry over the king's household, and to do what day into the city, as people being ashamed he thought good. And Shimei the son of steal away when they flee in battle. Gera fell down before the king, as he was

4 But the king covered his face, and the come over Jordan; king cried with a loud voice, O my son Ab 19 And said unto the king, Let not my lord salom! O Absaloin, my son, my son! impute iniquity unto me, neither do thou re

5 And Joab came into the house to the king, member that wlrich thy servant did perverse and said, Thou hast shamed this day the ly the day that my lord the king went out of faces of all thy servants, which this day have Jerusalein, that the king should take it to his saved thy life, and the lives of thy sons and heart. of thy daughters, and the lives of thy wives, 20 For thy servant doth know that I have and the lives of thy concubines;

sinned: therefore behold, I am come the 6 In that thou lovest thine enemies, and first this day of all the house of Joseph to go hatest thy friends: for thou hast declared down to meet my lord the king. this day, that thou regardest neither princes 21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answer. nor servants: for this day I perceive, that if ed and said, Shall not Shiinei be put to death Absalom had lived, and all we had died this for this, because he cursed the Lord's day, then it had pleased thee well.

anointed ? 7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak 22 And David said, What have I to do with comfortably unto thy servants : for I swear you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye should this by the Lord, if thou go not forth, there will day be adversaries unto me? shall there any not tarry one with thee this night: and that man be put to death this day in Israel ? for will be worse unto thee than all the evil that do not I know that I am this day king over befel thee from thy youth until now. Israel? 8 Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. 23 Therefore the king said unto Shimei, And they told unto all the people, saying, Thou shalt not die: and the king sware Behold, the king doth sit in the gate. And unto him. all the people came before the king : for Is- | 24 9 And Mephibosheth the son of Saul rael had fled every man to his tent.

came down to meet the king, and had neither 99 And all the people were at strite through- dressed his feet, nor trimined his beard, nor out all the tribes of Israel, saying, The king washed his clothes, from the day the king saved us out of the hand of our enemies, departed until the day he cameagainin peace. and he delivered us out of the hand of the 25 And it came to pass, when he was come Philistines; and now he is filed out of the to Jerusalem to ineet the king, that the king land for Absalom.

said unto him, Wherefore wentest not thou 10 And Absalom, whom we anointed over with me, Mephibosheth? us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why 26 And he answered, My lord, O king, my speak ye not a word of bringing the king servant deceived me: for thy servant said, I back?

will saddle me an ass, that I may ride there11 | And king David sent to Zadok and to on, and go to the king; because thy servant Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak unto the is lame. elders of Judalı, saying, Why are ye the last 27 And he hath slandered thy servant unto to bring the king back to his house ? seeing my lord the king; but my lord the king is as the speech of all Israel is come to the king, an angel of God: do therefore what is good even to his house.

in thine eyes. 12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones 28 For all of my father's house were but and my flesh: wherefore then are ye the last dead men before my lord the king: yet didst to bring back the king?

thou set thy servant among then that did eat 13 And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not of my at thine own table. What right therefore hone, and of my flesh? God do so to me, have I yet to cry any more unto the king ? and more also, if thou be not captain of the 29 And the king said unto him, Why speaknost before me continually in the rooin of est thou any more of thy matters? I have Joab.

said, 'Thou and Ziba clivide the land. 14 And he bowed the heart of all the men 30 And Mephibosheth said unto the king, of Judah, even as the heart of one man; so Yea, let him take all, forasmuch as my lord that they sent this word unto the king, Re- the king is come again in peace unto his own turn thou, and all thy servants.

house. 15 So the king returned, and came to Jor-31 And Barzillai the Gileadite came dan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet down from Rogelim, and went over Jordan the king, to conduct the king over Jordan. with the king, to conduct him over Jordan.

16 | And Shimei the son of Gera, a Ben 32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even janite, which was of Bahurim, hasted and fourscore years old : and he had provided came down with the men of Judah to meet the king of sustenance while he lay at Making Darid.

hanaim: for he was a very great man.

Of Burzillai and Chimham. CHAP. XX.

Anasu sluin by Juri) 33 And the king said unto Barzillai, Cone, but the men of Judah clave unto their kin.;. thou over with me, and I will feel thee with tror Jordan even to Jerusalem. me in Jerusalem.

39. And David me to bio biullse at Jerue 34 And Barzillai said unto the king, Llow salem; and the king took the toon women long have I to live, that I shwuli go up with his concubines, whom he hai leti iu kieej? the king unto Jerusalem ?

the house', iind put them in Manil, and foc 35 I am this day fourscore years old : and them, but went not in untu thou. So they can I disceru between good and evil ? can were shut up unt the day of their death, thy serrant taste what I eat or what I drink ? living in widow hood. can I hear any more the voice of singing Then said the king 10 .Inasa, A-fillmen am singing-women? wherefore then be me the anen ot' Judah within the days should thy servant be yet a burden unto my an I be thou here present. lord the king ? Jmasa went to assemble the inen llo 36 T'hy servant will go a little war over Judah: but he tarried longer than the sos Jordan with the king: and why should the time which he had appointed him. king recompense it me with such a reward? i And David said 10 Abislai, voir shall

37 Let thy, servant, I pray thee, turn back She ba the son of Bichri do us more burra again, that I may die in mine own city, and than diel Ibsalom: tahe thoutin dorilarsbe buried by the grave of my father and of, ants and pursue atier biu, lest besc: him my mother: but beholl thy servant (him- fenced cities, and escape 11s. ham; let hiin go over with my lord the hing; Ind there went out after him Joali's men, and do to him what shall seein good unto thee and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and

38 And the king answered, Chimham shall all the mighty men: and they went wilt of go over with me, and I will do to him that Jerusalein, to pursue atter Shela the son of which shall seem good unto thee: and what Bichiri. soever thou shalt require of nie, thut will I When they wer'at the great stone which do for thee.

is in Gibeon, Amara went before them. Ind 39 And all the people went over Jordan. Joab's garment that he had put on was girde And when the king was come over, the king ed unto him, and upon it a girdle with a kissed Barzillai, and blessed him: and he sword fastened upon his loins in the sheath returned unto his own place.

thereot'; and as he went forth it follollt. 40 Then the king went on to Gilval, and I 9 And Joal) said 10 Aması, alrt thou in Chimham went on with him: and all the healih, mny brother? Aud Joab took Imasa people of Judah conducted the king, and also by the beard with the right hand to hiss hin. half the people of Israel.

i0 But Imasa tvok no heed to the sword 41 9 And behold, all the men of Israel came that was in Joab's liand: so he smote him to the king, and said unto the king, Wly have therewith in the fifth rib, and shed out his our brethren the men of Judah stolen thee; bowels to the ground, and struck hini noi away, and have brought the king, and his again; and he died. No Joab and Abishailis household, and all David's men with him, brother pursuedafier Sheba the son of Bic!i. over Jordan?

11 And one of Joah's men stood by hiin, 42 And all the men of Judah answered the and said, He that favoureth Joals, and he men of Israel, Because the king is near of that is for David, let him go after Joab. kin to us: wherefore then be ve angry for 1? And anasa wallowed in blood in the this matter! have we eaten åt all of the mid-toi the highway. And when the mansaw king's cost? or hath he given us any gift? that all the people stool sill, he removed

43 And the men of Israel answered the men Amasa out of the highway into the field, and of Judah, and said, We hare ten parts in the cast a cloth upon him, when he saw that king, and we have also more right in David every one that came by hin stood till. than ye: why then clid ye despise us, that 13 ilhen he was removed out of the highour advice should not be first had in bringing way, all the people went on after Joal, to back our king? And the words of the men pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri. of Judah were fiercer than the words of the 11 TAnd he went through all the tribes of men of Israel.

Israel unto Abel, and to Beth-waachal, and CIIAP. XX.

all the Berites: and they were gathered to1 By occasion of the quarrrl, Szeba makoth c. 15 And they came and besieged bim in Ahe

yether, and went also after hini. party in Israel. 3 David's ten concubines arc shut up in perpetual prison. 4.9maza, made of Beth-maachah, and they cast up a bank captain over Judah, is slain by Joub. 14 Joað against the city, and it stood in the trench: pursueth Sheba unto tbil. 10.1 wise woman and all the people that were with Joal, lat. saveth the city by Sheba’s head. 23 David's tered the wall, to throw it down. officers.

16 9 Then cried a wise woman out of the ND there happened to be there a man city, Hear, hear; say, I pray you, unto Joab,

of Belial, whose name was Sheha, the Coine near hither, that I may speak with thee. son of Biciri, a Benjamite: and he blew a 17 And when he was conie near unto her, trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, the woman said, Art thou Joab? And he neither have we inheritance in the son of answered, I am he. Then she said unto Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel. him, Ilear the words of thy handinaid. And 2 So every

man of Israel went up from after he answered, I do hear. Davil, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: 18 Tben she spake, saying, They were

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