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David's prayer and thanksgiving. CHAP. VIII.

He smites Hadadezer. day, but have walked in a tent and in a God: for there is none like thee, neither is tabernacle.

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God besides thee, according to 7 In all the places wherein I have walked all that we have heard with our ears. with all the children of Israelspakel a word 23 And what one nation in the earth is with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I com- like thy people, even like Israel, whom manded to feed my people Israel, saying, God went to redeem for a people to bimWhy build ye not me a house of cedar? seli, and to make him a name, and to do

8 Now therefore,so shalt thou say unto for you great things and terrible, for thy my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of land, before thy people which thou rehosts, I took thee from the sheep-cote, from deemedst to thee from Egypt, from the following the sheep, to be ruler over my nations and their gods? people, over Israel:

24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy 9° And I was with thee whithersoever people Israel to be a people unto thee for thou wentest, and have cut off all thine ever: and thou, Lord, art become their God. enemies out of thy sight, and have made 25 And now, O LORD God, the word thee a great name, like unto the name of that thou hast spoken concerning thy serthe great men that are in the earth.

vant, and concerning his house, establish 10 Moreover, I will appoint a place for it for ever, and do as thou hast said. my people Israel, and will plant them, that 26 And let thy name be magnified for they may dwell in a place of their own, ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God and move no more; neither shall the chil-over Israel: and let the house of thy serdren of wickedness affict them any more vant David be established before thee. as beforetime.

27 For thou, O Lord of hosts, God of 11 And as since the time that I com- Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, manded judges to be over my people Israel, I will build thee a house : therefore hath and have caused thee to rest from all thine thy servant found in his heart to pray this enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that prayer unto thee. he will make thee a house.

28 And now, O LORD God, thou art that 12. 9 And when thy days be tulfilled, God, and thy words be true, and thou hast and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will promised this goodness unto thy servant : set up thy seed after thee, which shall pro- 29 Therefore now let it please thee to ceed out of thy bowels, and I will esta-bless the house of thy servant, that it may blish his king toin.

continue for ever before thee: for thou, 13 He shall build a house for my name, LORD God, hast spoken it: and with thy and I will establish the throne of his king-blessing let the house of thy servant be dom for ever.

blessed for ever. 14 I will be his father, and he shall be

CHAP. VIII. my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with AND after this it came to pass, that Da

vid smote the Pbilistines, and subdu. the stripes of the children of men: ed them: and David took Metbeg-ammah

15 But my mercy shall not depart away out of the hand of the Philistines. from him, as I took it from Saul, whom | 2 And he smote Moab, and measured put away before thee.

them with a line, casting them down to the 16 And thy house and thy kingdom ground; even with two lines measured he shall be established for ever before thee: to put to death, and with one full line to thy throne shall be established for ever. keep alive. And so the Moabites became

17 According to all these words, and ac- David's servants, and brought gifts. cording to all this vision, so did Nathan 3 | David smote also Hadadezer, the speak unto David.

son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to 18 | Then went king David in, and sat recover his border at the river Euphrates. before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, 4 And David took from him a thousand O Lord God ? and what is my house, that chariots, and seven hundred horsemen, and thou hast brought me hitherto;

twenty thousand footmen: and David 19 And this was yet a small thing in thy boughed all the chariot-horses, but reserve sight, O Lord God; but thou hast spoken ed of them for a hundred chariots. also of thy servant's house for a great while 5 And when the Syrians of Damascus to come. And is this the manner of man, came to succour Hadadezer king of Zobah, O LORD God?

David slew of the Syrians two and twenty 20 And what can David say more unto thousand men. thee? for thou, LORD God, knowest thy 6 Then David put garrisons in Syria of servant.

Damascus : and the Syrians became ser. 21 For thy word's sake, and according vants to David, and brought gifts. And to thine own heart, hast thou done all these the LORD preserved David whithersoever great things, to make thy servant know thein. he went. 22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD 7 And David took the shields of gold that David sends for Mephibosheth. II. SAMUEL. He sends to comfort Hanun. were on the servants of Hadadezer, and Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto brought them to Jerusalem.

David, he fell on his face, and did reve8 And from Betah, and from Berothai, rence. And David said, Mephibosheth. cities of Hadadezer, king David took ex- And he answered, Behold thy servant! ceeding much brass.

7 T And David said unto him, Fear not: 9 1 When Toi king of Hamath heard for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jothat David had smitten all the host of Ha- nathan thy father's sake, and will restore dadezer,

thee all the land of Saul thy father; and 10 Then Toi sent Joram his son unto thou shalteatbread at my table continually. king David, to salute him, and to bless him, 8 And he bowed himself, and said, What because he had fought against Hadadezer, is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upand smitten him: (for Hadadezer had on such a dead dog as I am ? wars with Toi.) And Joram brought with 9 Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's him vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, servant, and said unto him, I have given and vessels of brass :

unto thy master's son all that pertained to 11 Which also king David did dedicate Saul, and to all his house. unto the LORD, with the silver and gold 10 Thou therefore, and thy sons, and that he had dedicated of all nations which thy servants, shall till the land for him, and he subdued ;

thou shalt bring in the fruits that thy mas12 of Syria, and of Moab, and of the ter's son may have food to eat: but Mechildren of Ammon, and of the Philistines, phibosheth thy master's son shall eat bread and of Amalek, and of the spoil of Hada- alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifdezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah. teen sons and twenty servants.

13 And David gat him a name when he 11 Then said Ziba unto the king, Acreturned from smiting of the Syrians in the cording to all that my lord the king bath valley of Salt, being eighteenthousand men. commanded his servant, so shall thy ser

14 | And be put garisons in Edom; vant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the toroughout all Edom put be garrisons, and king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the all they of Edom became David's servants. [king's sons. And the Lord preserved David whither- 12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, soever be went.

whose name was Micha. And all that 15 And David reigned over all Israel ; dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants and David executed judgment and justice unto Mephibosheth. unto all his people.

13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusa16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was lem: for he did eat continually at the king's over the host; and Jehoshaphat the son of table ; and was lame on both his feet.

CHAP. X. 111 And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and A king of the chilậren of Ammon died,

to pass Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, were the priests; and Seraiah was the scribe ; and Hanun his son reigned in his stead.

18 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was 2 Then said David, I will shew kind. over both the Cherethites and the Peleth-ness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as his ites; and David's sons were chief rulers. father sbewed kindness unto me. And CHAP. IX.

David sent to comfort him by the hand of

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is left of the house of Saul, that I may servants came into the land of the children shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake? of Ammon.

2 And there was of the house of Saul a 3 And the princes of the children of servant whose name was Ziba. And when Ammon said unto Hanun theirlord, Thinkthey had called him unto David, the king est thou that David doth honour thy father, said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, that he hath sent comforters unto thee? Thy servant is he.

hath not David rather sent his servants un3 And the king said, Is there not yet any to thee, to search the city, and to spy it of the house of Saul, that I may shew the out, and to overthrow it? kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said 4 Wherefore Hanun took David's serunto the king, Jonathan bath yet a son, vants, and shaved off the one half of their which is lame on his feet.

beards, and cut off their garments in the 4 And the king said unto him, Where is middle, even to their buttocks, and sen he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, them away. he is in the house of Machir, the son of Am- 5 When they told it unto David, he miel, in Lo-debar.

sent to meet them, because the men were 5 ' Then king David sent, and fetched greatly ashamed. And the king said, him out of the house of Machir, the son of Tarry at Jericho until your beards be Ammiel, from Lo-debar.

grown, and then return. 6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of]° 6 T 'And when the children of Ammon

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