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And David ordered Joab, the chief captain of his host, to „set Uriah in the fore-front of the battle when he went to fight with the Ammonites.

And Joab did as the king commanded, and Uriah was slain. Then David took Bath-sheba to be his wife.

And the Lord sent Nathan unto David : and he came unto him and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor,

2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds : but the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which ne had bought, and nourished up; and it grew up together with him, and with his children: it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.

4. And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock, and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring-man that was come unto him : but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. i

5 And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; Aed he said to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die : And he shall restore the lamb four-fold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.

7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul ; and gave thee the house of Israel, and of Judah ; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given thee such and such things.

9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? thou hast 'killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house ; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee in thine own house. For thou didst it secretly ; but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.

13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin ; thou shall not die. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shali surely die.,

15 And Nathan departed unto his house, and the Lord · struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was

very sick. David therefore besought God for the child ; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.

17 And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth : but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.

18. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead : for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice : how will he then vex himself if we tell him that the child is dead ?

19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead : therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. · 20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord, and worshipped: then he came to his own house ; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.

21 Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done ? thou didst fast and weep for the child whilo it was alive; but when the child was dead thou didst rise and eat bread. And he said, While the child was yet alive I fasted and wept : for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live ?

23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast ? ean I bring him back again ? I shalt go to him, but he shall not return to me. And Bath-sheba, David's wife, bare him another son, and he called his name Solomon : and the Lord loved him.

LESSON XCII. 2 Samuel, CHAP. X111.
THEN David repented of his great sin, and humbled him-

self before the Lord; nevertheless, it came to pass as the Lord bad said by Nathan the prophet, for evil came upon David from his own house. Absalom, the son of David, hated : Amnon his brother.

23 And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom had sheep-shearers in Baal-hazor, which is beside Ephraim : and Absalom invited all the king's sons. And Absalom came to the king, and said, Behold now, thy servant hath sheep

shearers ; let the king, I beseech thee, and his servants, go with thy servant.

25 And the king said to Absalom, Nay, my son, let us not all now go, lest we be chargeable unto thee. And he pressed him : howbeit he would not go, but blessed him.

26 Then said Absalom, If not, I pray thee, let my bro, ther Amnon go with us, And the king said unto him, Why should he go with thee? But Absalom pressed him, that he let Amnon and all the king's sons go with him.

28 Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark ye now when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto you, Smite Amnon ; then kill him, fear not: have not I commanded you ? be courageous, and be valiant.

29 And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded : then all the king's sons arose, and every man gat him up upon his mule and fled.

30 And it came to pass, while they were in the way, that tidings came to David, saying, Absalom hath slain all the king's sons, and there is not one of them left. Then the king arose, and tare his garments, and lay on the earth : and all his servants stood by with their clothes rent.

32 And Jonadab the son of Shimeah, David's brother, answered and said, Now therefore let not my Lord the king take the thing to his heart, to think that all the king's sons are dead: for Amnon only is dead.

34 But Absalom fled. And the young man that kept the watch lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came much people by the way of the hill-side behind him..

35 And Jonadab said unto the king, Behold, the king's sons come : as thy servant said, so it is. And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of speaking, that, behold, the king's sons came, and lifted up their voice, and wept; and the king also and all his servants wept very sore,

37 But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai, the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day. So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three years. And the soul of king David longed to go forth unto Absalom : for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.

LESSON XCIII. 2 Samuel, Chap. xv. i AND it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him 1 chariots, and horses, and fifty men to run before him. ,

2 And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate : and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what city art thou ? and he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel.

3 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is ng man deputed of the king to hear thee. Absalom said moreover, O that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice!

5 And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him. And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

7 And it came to pass after forty years, that Absalom said unto the king, I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto the Lord, in Hebron.

8 For thy servant yowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the Lord shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will serve the Lord. And the king said unto him, Go in peace. So he arose and went to Hebron.

10 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Isiael, saying, As soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall say, Absalom reigneth in Hebron. And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that were called, and they went in their simplicity, and they knew not any thing. , 12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counsellor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom.

13 And there came a messenger to David, saying, The ' hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom.“

14 And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom : inake speed to depart, lest he overtake uś suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword. .

15 And the king's servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint. And the king went forth, and all his houshold and people after him.

23 And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the

people passed over: the king also himself passed over the brook Kidron, and all the people passed over toward the way of the wilderness. I

24 And, lo, Zadok also, and all the Levites were with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of God: and they set down the ark of God; and Abiathar went up, until all the people had done passing out of the city.

25 And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city: if I shall find favour in the eyes of the Lord, he will bring me again, and shew me both it, and his habitation. But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee: behold, here am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him.

29 Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God again to Jerusalem: and they tarried there.

30 And David went up by the ascent of Mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered; and he went barefoot: and all the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up.

LESSON XCIV. 2 SAMUEL, CHAP. XVIII.

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THEN David came to Mahanaim: and Absalom passed over

Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him. And Absalom, with his men, pitched in the land of Gilead. ?

1 And David numbered the people that were with him, and set captains of thousands and captains of hundreds over them.

2 And David sent forth the third part of the people under the hand of Joab, and a third part under the hand of Abishai, the son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and a third part under the hand of Ittai the Gittite. And the king said unto the people, I will surely go forth with you myself also.

3 But the people answered, Thou shalt not go forth; for if we flee away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us die will they care for us: but now thou art worth ten thousand of us; therefore now it is better that thou succour us out of the city. . 4. And the king said unto them, What seemeth you best! will do. And the king stood by the gate side, and all the people came out by hundreds and by thousands.

5 And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittal, saying, Deal gently, for my sake, with the young man, ever

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