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CHAP. I. Saui and his sons are slain. this matter? but as his part is that goethyer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through down to the battle, so shall his part be that therewith ; lest these uncircumcised come tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike. and thrust me through, and abuse me.

25 And it was so from that day forward, But his armour-bearer would not : for he that he made it a statute and an ordinance was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a for Israel unto this day.

sword, and fell upon it. 26 | And when David came to Zik- 5 And when his armour-bearer saw that lag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Saul was dead, be fell likewise upon his Judah, even to his friends, saying, Behold sword, and died with him. a present for you, of the spoil of the ene- 6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and mies of the LORD ;

his armour-bearer, and all his men, that 27 To them which were in Beth-el, and same day together. to them which were in south Ramoth, and 7 | And when the men of Israel that to them which were in Jattir,

were on the other side of the valley, and 28 And to them which were in Aroer, they that were on the other side Jordan saw and to them which were in Siphmoth, and that the men of Israel Aed, and that Saul to them which were in Eshtemoa, and his sons were dead, they forsook the

29 And to them which were in Rachal, cities, and fed; and the Philistines came and to them which were in the cities of the and dwelt in them. Jerahmeelites, and to tlsum which were in 8 And it came to pass on the morrow, the cities of the Kenites,

when the Philistines came tostrip the slain, 30 And to them which were in Hormah, that they found Saul and his three sons and to them which were in Chor-ashan, and fallen in mount Gilboa. to them which were in Athach,

9 And they cut off bis head, and stripped 31 And to them which were in Hebron, off his armour, and sent into the land of the and to all the places where David himself Philistines round about, to publish it in the and his men were wont to haunt. house of their idols, and among the people. CHAP. XXXI.

10 And they put his armour in the house TOW the Philistines fought against 16-of Ashtaroth:

and they fastened his body before the Philistines, and fell down slain 11 | And when the inhabitants of Jain mount Gilboa.

besh-gilead heard of that which the Phi2 And the Philistines followed hard up-listines had done to Saul, on Saul and upon his sons; and the Phi- 12 All the valiant men arose, and wentall listines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab and night, and took the body of Saul, and the Malchi-shua, Saul's sons.

bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan, 3. And the battle went sore against and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there. Saul, and the archers hit bim; and he was 13 And they took their bones, and busore wounded of the archers.

ried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted 4 Then said Saul unto his armour-bear-seven days.

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1 The Second Book of SAMUEL, otherwise called,

The Second Book of the KINGS.
CHAP. I.

5 And David said unto the young man NS TOW it came to pass after the death of that told bim, How knowest thou that Saul

Saul, when David was returned from and Jonathan his son be dead? the slaughter of the Amalekites, and Da- 6 And the young man that told him said, vid had abode two days in Ziklag; As I happened by chance upon mount Gil

2 It came even to pass on the third day, boa, behold, Saul leaned upon tbat behold, a man came out of the camp and lo, the chariots and horsemen followfrom Saul with his clothes rent, and earth ed hard after him. upon his head: and so it was, when he came 7 And when he looked behind him, he to David, that he fell to the earth, and did saw me, and called unto me. And I anobeisance.

swered, Here am I. 3 And David said unto him, From 8 And he said unto me, Who art thou ? whence comest thou ? And he said unto And I answered m, I am an Amalekite. him, Outof the camp of Israel am lescaped. 9 He said unto me again, Stand, I pray

4"And David said unto him, How went thee, upon me, and slay me : for anguish the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he is come upon me, because my life is yet answered, That ihe people are fed from whole in me. the battle, and many of the people also are 10 So I stood upon him, and slew bim, fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan because I was sure that he could not live his son are dead' also.

after that he was fallen: and I took the

David laments for Saul. II. SAMUEL. He is made king of Judah. crown that was upon his head, and the

CHAP. II. bracelet that was on his warm, and have) AND vid came to pass after this, that

11 Then David took hold on his clothes, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Juand rent them; and likewise all the men dah? Add the LORD said unto him, Go up. that were with him :

And David said, Whither shall I go up? 12 And they mourned and wept, and And he said, Unto Hebron. fasted until even, for Saul and for Jona- 2 So David went up thither, and his than his son, and for the people of the two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, LORD, and for the house of Israel; because and Abigail Nabal's wife the Carmelite. they were fallen by the sword.

3 And his men that were with him did 13 And David said unto the young David bring up, every man with his house. man that told him, Whence art thou? And hold : and they dwelt in the cities of Hehe answered, I am the son of a stranger, bron. an Amalekite.

4 And the men of Judah came, and 14 And David said unto him, How wast there they anointed David king over the thou not afraid to stretch forth thy band house of Judah. And they told David, to destroy the LORD's anointed ? saying, that the men of 'Jabesh-gilead

15 And David called one of the young were they that buried Saul. men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. 5 And David sent messengers unto And he smote him that he died.

the men of Jabesh-gilead, and said unto 16 And David said unto him, Thy blood them, Blessed be ye of the LORD, that ye be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath tes- have shewed this kindness unto your lord, tified against thee, saying, I have slain the even unto Saul, and have buried him. LORD's anointed.

6 And now the LORD shew kindness and 17 And David lamented with this la- truth unto you: and I also will requite you mentation over Saul, and over Jonathan this kindness, because ye bave done this his son:

thing. 18 (Also he bade them teach the chil- 7 Therefore now let your hands be dren of Judah the use of the bow: behold, strengthened, and be ye valiant: for your it is written in the book of Jasher.) master Saul is dead, and also the bouse of

19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy Judah have anointed me king over them. high places : how are the mighty fallen! 8 | But Abner the son of Ner, captain

20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in of Saul's host, took Ish-bosheth the son of the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim; of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daugh- 9 And made him king over

Gilead, and ters of the uncircumcised triumph. over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and

21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and no dew, neither let there be rain upon you, over all Israel. nor fields of offerings : for there the sbield 10 Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, was forty of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield years old when he began to reigu over of Saul, as though he had not been anoint. Israel, and reigned two years: but the ed with oil.

house of Judah followed David. 22 From the blood of the slain, from 11 And the time that David was king the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan in Hebron, over the house of Judah, was turned not back, and the sword of Saul seven years and six months. returned not empty.

12 | And Abner the son of Ner, and 23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and the servants of Ish-hosheth the son of Saul, pleasant in their lives, and in their death went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon. they were not divided : they were swifter 13 And Joab the son of Zeruiah, and than eagles, they were stronger than the servants of David went out, and met lions.

together by the pool of Gibeon : and they 24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over sat down, the one on the one side of the Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with pool, and the other on the other side of other delights ; who put on ornaments of the pool. gold upon your apparel.

14 And Abner said to Joab, Let the 25 How are the mighty fallen in the young men now arise, and play before us. midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast And Joab said, Let them arise. slain in thy high places.

15 Then there arose, and went over by 26 I am distressed for thee, my brother number, twelve of Benjamin, which per, Jonathan : very pleasant bast thou been tained to Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, twelve of the servants of David. passing the love of women,

16 And they caught every one bis fel27 How are the mighty fallen, and the low by the head, and thrust his sword in weapons of war perisbed?

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Abner slays Asahel.

CHAP. III.

Abner revolts to David. gether: wherefore that place was called that three hundred and threescore mon Helkath-bazzurim, which is in Gibeon. died.

17 And there was a very sore battle that 32 | And they took up Asahel, and day; and Abner was beaten, and the men buried him in the sepulchre of his father, of Israel, before the servants of David. which was in Beth-lehem. And Joab and

18 | And there were three sons of Ze- bis men went all night, and they came to ruiah there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asa- Hebron at break of day. hel : and Ásahel was as light of foot as a

CHAP. III. wild roe. 19 And Asahel pursued after Abner: Now there was long war between

the and in going he turned not to the right vid: but David waxed stronger and hand nor to the left from following Abner. stronger, and the house of Saul waxed

20 Then Abner looked behind him, and weaker and weaker. said, Art thou Asahel ? And be answered, 2 | And unto David were sons born in

Hebron : and his first-born was Amnon, of 21 And Abner said to him, Turn thee Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; aside to thy right hand or to thy left, and 3 And his second, Chileab, of Abigail lay thee bold on one of the young men, the wife of Nabal the Carmelite ; and the and take thee his armour. But Asahel third, Absalom the son of Maacah, the would not turn aside from following him, daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;

22 And Abner said again to Asabel, 4 And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Turn thee aside from following me: where- Haggith ; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son fore should I smite thee to the ground ? of Abital ; how then should I hold up my face to Joab 5 And the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah, Da. thy brother?

vid's wife. These were born to David in 23 Howbeit he refused to turn aside: Hebron. wherefore Abner with the hinder end of 6 | And it came to pass, while there the spear smote him under the fifth rib, was war between the house of Saul and that the spear came out behind him; and the house of David, that Abner made be fell down there, and died in the same himself strong for the house of Saul. place : and it came to pass, that as many 7 And Saul bad a concubine, whose as came to the place where Asahel fell name was Rizpab, the daughterof Aiah:and down and died, stood still.

Ish-bosheth said to Abner, Wherefore bast 24 Joab also and Abishai pursued after thou gone in unto my father's concubine? Abner: and the sun went down when 8 Then was Abner very wroth for the they were come to the hill of Aimab, words of Ish-bosheth, and said, Am I a that lieth before Gjah, by the way of the dog's head, which against Judah do shew wilderness of Gibeon.

kindness this day unto the house of Saul 25 | And the children of Benjamin ga- thy father, to his brethren, and to his thered themselves together after Abner, triends, and have not delivered thee into and became one troop, and stood on the the hand of David, that thou chargest me top of a bill.

to-day with a fault concerning this woman? 26 Tben Ahner called to Joab, and 9 Šo do God to Abner, and more also, said, Sball the sword devour for ever? except, as the LORD hath sworn to David, knowest thou not that it will be bitterness even so I do to him; in the latter end ? how long shall it be 10 To translate the kingdom from the then ere thou bid the people return from house of Saul, and to set up the throne of following their brethren?

David over Israel and over Judah, from 27 And Joab said, As God liveth, un- Dan even to Beer-sheba. less thou hadst spoken, surely then in the 11 And he could not answer Abner a morning the people had gone up every one word again, because he feared him. from following his brother.

12 And Abner sent messengers to Da28 So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the vid on his behalf, saying, Whose is the people stood still, and pursued after Israel land ? saying also, Make thy league with no more, neither fought they any more. me, and behold, my hand shall be with

29 And Abner and his men walked all thee, to bring about all Israel unto thee. that night through the plain, and passed 13 | And he said, Well; I will make a over Jordan, and went through all Bith-ron, league with thee: but one thing I require and they came to Mahanaim.

of thee, that is, Thou shalt not see my 30 And Joab returned from following face, except thou first bring Michal, Saul's Abner: and when he had gathered all the daughter, when thou comeat to see my face. people together, there lacked of David's 14 And David sent messengers to Ishservants nineteen men, and Asahel. bosheth, Saul's son. saying, Deliver me my

31 But the servants of David had smit- wife Michal, which I espoused to me for ten of Benjamin, and of Abner's men, sola hundred foreskins of the Philistines.

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