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He cuiteth of Saul's skirt. Chap. xxiv. Saul acknowledgeth his fault: the certainty, and I will go with you: rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out and it shall come to pass, if he be in the of the cave, and went on his way. land, that I will search him out through 8 David also arose afterward, and out all the thousands of Judah.

went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, 24 And they rose, and went to Ziph saying, My lord the king. And when Saul before Sanl : but David and his men looked behind him, David stooped with were in the wilderness of Maon, in the his face to the earth, and bowed himplain on the south of Jeshimon.

self. 25 1 Saul also and his men went to seek 9 And David said to Saul, Wherefore him. And they told David: wherefore hearest thou men's words, saying, Bebe came down into a rock, and abode in hold, David seeketh thy hurt? the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul 10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen heard that, he pursued after David in the how that the Lord had delivered thee to wilderness of Maon.

day into mine hand in the cave : and some 26 And Saul went on this side of the bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared mountain, and David and his men on that thee; and I said, I will not put forth fide of the mountain : and David made mine hand against my lord; for he is the hafte to get away for fear of Saul; for LORD's anointed. Saul and his men compafled David and II Moreover, my father, see, yea, see his men round about to take them. the skirt of thy robe in my hand : for in

27 But there came a messenger unto that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and Saul, saying, Haste thee, and come; for killed thee not, know thou and see that the Philistines have invaded the land. there is neither evil nor transgression in

28 Wherefore Saul returned from pur. mine hand, and I have not linned against suing after David, and went against the thee ;-yet thou huntest my soul to take it. Philistines : therefore they called that 12 The Lord judge between me and place Sela-hammahlekoth.

thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee : 29 And David went up from thence, but mine hand shall not be upon thee. and dwelt in strong holds at En-gedi. 13 As saith the proverb of the anCHAP. XXIV.

cients, Wickednefs proceedeth from the I David in a cave at En-gedi spareth wicked: but mine hand shall not be up

Saul's life. 8 He pleadeth his innocency. on thee. 16 Saul acknowledgeth his fault.

14 After whom is the king of Israel A pursue ?

returned from following the Phi- after a dead dog, after a sea ? listines, that it was told him, saying, 15 The Lord therefore be judge, and Behold, David is in the wilderness of judge between me and thee, and fee, and En-gedi.

plead my cause, and deliver me out of 2. Then Saul took three thousand cho-thine hand. sen men out of all Israel, and went to 16 [ And it came to pass, when David seek David and his men upon the rocks had made an end of speaking these words of the wild goats.

unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this thy 3 And he came to the sheepcotes by the voice, my fon David? And Saul lifted way, where was a cave; and Saul went up his voice, and wept. in to cover his feet: and David and his 17 And he said to David, Thou art men remained in the sides of the cave. more righteous than 1: for thou hast

4 And the men of David said unto him, rewarded me good, whereas I have reBehold the day of which the Lord said warded thee evil. unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine 18 And thou hart shewed this day how enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest that thou haft dcalt well with me: forasdo to him as it shall seem good unto thee. much as when the Lord had delivered me Then David arose, and cut off the skirt into thine hand, thou killedft me not. of Saul's robe privily.

19 For if a man find his enemy, will 5 And it came to pass afterward, that he let him go well away? wherefore the David's heart smote him, because he had LORD reward thee good for that thou cut off Saul's skirt.

haft done unto me this day. 6 And he said unto his men, The LORD 20 And now, behold, I know well forbid that I should do this thing unto my that thou shalt surely be king, and that mafter, the LORD's anointed, to stretch the kingdom of Israel shall be established forth mine hand against him, seeing he is in thine hand. the anointed of the Lord.

21 Swear now therefore unto me by 2 So David stayed his fervants with the Lord, that thou wilt not cut off my these words, and suffered them not to leed after me, and that thou wilt not de

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22 And David sware unto Saul. And girded on every man his sword ; and Saul went home; but David and his men David also girded on his sword : and gat them up unto the hold.

there went up after David about four CHA P. XXV.

hundred men, and two hundred abode I Samuel dieth. 10 David provoked to de- by the stuff. stroy Nabal. 14 Abigail by her wisdom 14 | But one of the young men told preventeth him. 36 Nabal dieth. 39 Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, Behold, David taketh Abigail and Abinoam to David sent messengers out of the wilderbe his wives.

ness to falute our master; and he railed ites were gathered together, and la 15 But the men were very good unto mented him, and buried him in his house us, and we were not hurt, neither missed at Ramah. And David arose, and went we any thing, as long as we were condown to the wilderness of Paran. versant with them, when we were in the

2 And there was a man in Maon, whose fields : pofseflions were in Carmel; and the man 16 They were a wall unto us both by auris very great, and he had three thou- night and day, all the while we were with fand sheep, and a thousand goats: and them keeping the sheep. he was fhearing his sheep in Carmel. 17 Now therefore know and consider

3 Now the name of the man was Na- what thou wilt do; for evil is determined bal; and the name of his wife Abigail : against our master, and against all his and she was a woman of good understand-houshold: for he is such a ton of Belial, ing, and of a beautiful countenance : but that a man cannot speak to him. the man was churlish and evil in his do

18 Then Abigail made hafte, and took ings; and he was of the house of Caleb. two hundred loaves, and two bottles of

4 And David heard in the wilderness wine, and five Theep ready drefled, and that Nabal did shear his Theep.

five measures of parched corn, and an s And David sent out ten young men, hundred clusters of raisins, and two hunand David said unto the young men, Get dred cakes of figs, and laid them on asses. you up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and 19 And she said unto her fervants, Go greet him in my name :

on before me; behold, I come after you. 6 And thus shall ye say to him that But he told not her husband Nabal." liveth in prosperity, Peace be both to thee, 20 And it was so, as Me rode on the ass, and peace be to thine house, and peace be that she came down by the covert of the unto all that thou hast.

hill, and, behold, David and his men came 7 And now I liave heard that thou down against her; and flie met them. hast Mearers : now thy Mepherds which 21 Now David had faid, Surely in vain were with us, we hurt them not, neither have I kept all that this fellow hath in the was there ought missing unto them, all wilderness, so that nothing was missed of the while they were in Carmel.

all that pertained unto him: and he hath 8 Ask thy young men, and they will requited me evil for good. Thew thee. Wherefore let the young men 22 So and more also do God unto the find favour in thine eyes : for we come enemies of David, if I leave of all that in a good day: give, I pray thee, what- pertain to him by the morning light any soever cometh to thine hand unto try that pifleth against the wall. fervants, and to thy fon David.

23 And when Abigail law David, she 9 And when David's young men came, hafted, and lighted off the ass, and fell they spake to Nabal according to all those before David on her face, and bowed herwords in the name of David, and ceafcu. self to the ground,

10 I And Nabal answered David's fer 24 And fell at his feet, and said, Upon vants, and said, Who is David ? and who me, my lord, upor me let this iniquity be: is the son of Jetle? there be many fer- and let'thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak vants now a days that break away every in thine audience, and hear the words of man from his master.

hine handmaid. u Shall I then take my bread, and my 25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, re. water, and my flesh that I have killed for gard this man of Belial, even Nabal : for iny fhearers, and give it unto men, whom as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his I know not whence they be?

name, and folly is with him: but I thine 12 So David's young men turned their handmaid saw not the young men of my way, and went again, and came and told lord, whom thou didst send. him all those fayings.

26 Now therefore, my lord, as the 13 And David said unto his men, Gird (LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, fee

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Chap. xxvi. Saul cometh to Hachilah. ing the Lord hath withholden thee from 38 And it came to pass about ten days coming to shed blood, and from avenging after, that the Lord Imote Nabal, that thyself with thine own hand, now let he died. thine enemies, and they that seek evil 39 ? And when David heard that Na. to my lord, be as Nabal.

bal was dead, he said, Blessed be the 27. And now this blessing which thine Lord, that hath pleaded the cause of handmaid hath brought unto my lord, my reproach from the hand of Nabal, let it even be given unto the young men and hath kept his servant from evil : for that follow my lord.

the Lord hath returned the wickedness 28 I pray thee, forgive the trespass of of Nabal upon his own head. And Da thine handmaid. for the LORD will cer- vid fent and communed with Abigail, to tainly make my lord a sure house; be- take her to him to wife. cause my lord fighteth the battles of the 40 And when the servants of David LORD, and evil hath not been found in were come to Abigail to Carmel, they thee all thy days.

spake unto her, saying, David sent us 29 Yet á mán is risen to pursue thee, unto thee, to take thee to him to wife. and to seek thy foul: but the foul of my 41 And she arose, and bowed herself lord shall be bound in the bundle of life on her face to the earth, and said, Bewith the Lord thy God; and the souls hold, let thine handmaid be a servant to of thine enemies; them thall he lling out, wash the feet of the servants of my lord. as out of the middle of a sing.

42 And Abigail halted, and arose, and 30 And it shall come to pass, when the rode upon an ass, with five damsels of Lord shall have done to my lord accord- her's that went after her; and Me went ing to all the good that he hath fpoken after the messengers of David, and beconcerning thee, and shall have appointed came his wife. thee ruler over Israel ;

43 David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; 31 That this thall be no grief into and they were also both of them his wives. thee, nor offence of heart unto my lord, 44 But Saul had given Michal his either that thou haft shed blood causeless, daughter, David's wife, to Phalti the son or that my lord hath avenged himself: of Lailh, which was of Gallim. but when the LORD shall have dealt well

CHAP. XXVI. with my lord, then remember thine 1 Saul cometh to Hachilah against David. bandmaid.

s David in thetrench sayeth ibishai from 32 And David said to Abigail, Blessed killing Saul, but taketh his spearund cruse. thee day to meet me

Gibeah, saying, not David 33 And blessed be thy advice, and bleft- bide himself in the hill of Hachilah, ed be thou, which haft kept me this day which is before Jeshimon? from coming to shed blood, and from 2 Then Saul arose, and went down to avenging myself with mine own hand. the wilderness of Ziph, having threethou.

34 For in very deed, as the LORD God sand chofen men of Israel with him, to of Israel liveth, which hath kept me seek David in the wilderness of Ziph. back from hurting thee, except thou 3 And Saul pitched in the hill of Ha. hadst haled and come to meet me, fure- chilah, which is before Jeshimon, by the ly there had not been left unto Nabal way. But David abode in the wilderby the morning light any that pifseth ness, and he saw that Saul came after him against the wall.

into the wilderness. 35 So David received of her'hand that 4 David therefore sent out spies, and unwhich she had brought him, and said understood that Saul was come in very deed. to ber, Go up in peace to thine house; 5 ? And David arose, and came to the see, I have hearkened to thy voice, and place where Saul had pitched : and David have accepted thy person.

beheld the place where Saul lay, and * 36 F And Abigail came to Nabal ; and, Abner the son of Ner, the captain of his behold, he held a feast in his house, like host: and Saul lay in the trench, and the feast of a king; and Nabal's heart the people pitched round about him. was merry within him, for he was very 6 Then answered David and said to drunken: wherefore she told him nothing, Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai lefs or more, until the morning light. the son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab,

137 But it came to pass in the morning, saying, Who will go down with me to when the wine was gone out of Nabal, Saul to the camp? And Abishai said, I and his wife had told him these things, will go down with thee. that his heart died within him, and he 7 So David and Abishai came to the became as a stone.

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David fleeth to Gath.. Neeping within the trench, and his spear the inheritance of the LORD, saying, Go, Ituck in the ground at his bolster : but serve other gods. Abnerand the people lay roundabout him. 20 Now therefore, let not my blood

8 Then said Abiihai to David, God fall to the earth before the face of the hath delivered thine enemy into thine LORD: for the king of Israel is come hand this day: now therefore let me out to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt smite him, I pray thee, with the spear a partridge in the mountains. even to the earth at once, and I will not 21 Then said Saul, I have finned : resmite him the second time.

turn, my son David : for I will no more 9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy do thee harm, because my soul was prehim not : for who can stretch forth his cious in thine eyes this day : behold, I hand against the Lord's anointed, and have played the fool, and have erred be guiltless ?

exceedingly. 10 David said furthermore, As the 22 And David answered and said, Lord liveth, the Lord shall smite him ; Behold the king's spear! and let one of or his day shall come to die; or he shall the young men come over and fetch it. descend into battle, and perish.

23 The Lord render to every man his 11 The LORD forbid that I mould righteousness and his faithfulness: for the stretch forth mine land against the LORD delivered thee into my hand to day, Lord's anointed : but, I pray thee, take but I would not stretch forth mine hand thou now the spcar that is at his bolster, against the Lord's anointed. and the cruse of water, and let us go. 24 And, behold, as thy life was much set

12 So David took the spear and the by this day in mine eyes, so let my life be cruse of water from Saul's bolster; and much set by in the eyes of the LORD, and they gat them away, and no man saw it, I let him deliver me out of all tribulation. nor knew it, neither awaked : for they 25 Then Saul said to David, Blessed be quere all asleep ; because a deep sleep thou, my son David: thou shalt both do from the LORD was fallen upon them. great things, and also Malt still preyail.

13 Then David went over to the other So David went on his way, and Saul re. side, and stood on the top of an hill afar turned to his place. off; a great space being between them :

CHAP. XXVII. 14 And David cried to the people, and 11 Saul bearing David to be in Gath, seeks to Abner the son of Ner, saying, An eth no m :re for him. s David beggethe swerest thou not, Abner? Then Abner Ziklag of schish. answered and laid, who art thou that A now perith one day by the hand of

ND David said in his heart, I shall criest to the king ?

15 And David said to Abrier, Art not Saul: there is nothing better for me than thou a valiant man? and who is like to that I thould speedily escape into the land thee in Israel? wherefore then hait thou of the Philifines ; and Saul shall despair not kept thy lord the king? for there of me, to seek me any more in any coast came one of the people in to dettroy the of Ifracl : to fall i escape out of his king thy lord,

hand. 16 This thing noi good that thou 2 And Dav arose, and he passed over hast done. As the LORD liveth, ye are with the lix hundred men that were with worthy to die, because ye have not kopt him unto Achill, the son of Maoch, king your maller, the Lord's anointed. And of Gath. now see where the king's 1pear is, and 3 And David dwelt with Achish at the crule of water that was at his bolster. Gath, he and his men, every man with

17 And Saul knew David's voice, and his houshold, even David with his two said, Is this thy voice, niy fon David : wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and A. And David said, It is my voice, my lord, bigail the Carmelitefs, Nabal’s wife. O king.

4 And it was told Saul that David was 18 And he said, Wherefore doth my Ned to Gath : and he fought no more lord thus purlue after his fervant? for again for him. what have I done? or what evil is in 5 ? And David said unto Achilh, IF I mine hand?

have now found grace in thine eyes, let 19 Now therefore, I pray thee, let my them give me a place in some town in lord the king hear the words of his fer- the country, that I may dwell there : for vant. If the LORD have stirred thee up why thould thy servant dwell in the royal againit me, let him accept an offering: city with thee? bu: if they be the children of men, curled 6 Then Achith gave him Ziklag that be tliey before the LORD ; for they have day: wherefore Ziklag pertaineth unto Hilven me out this day from abicines in the kings of Judah unto this day.

Saul confulteth with a witch : Chap. xxviii.

His ruin foreshewed, 2 And the time that David dwelt in spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire the country of the Philistines was a full of her. And his servants said to him, Beyear and four months.

hold, there is a woman that hath a fami8 And David and his nien went up, liar spirit at En-dor. and invaded the Geshurites, and the Gez 8 And Saul disguised himself, and put rites, and the Amalekites : for those ra- on other raiment, and he went, and two tions were of old the inhabitants of the men with him, and they came to the woland, as thou goeft to Shur, even unto man by night: and he said, I pray thee, the land of Egypt.

divite unto me by the familiar ipirit, and 2 And David (mote the land, and left bririg me isim up, whoin I Mall name neither man nor woman alive, and took unto thee. away the sheep, and the oxen, and the 9 of And the woman said unto him, asses, and the camels, and the apparel, Behold, thou knoweft what Saul hath and returned, and came to Achilli. done, how he hath cut off those that have

10 And Achim said, Whither have ye familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of made a road to day? And David taid, A- the land : wherefore then layest thou a gainst the south of Judah, and against the Inare for my life, to cause me to die? south of the Jerahmeelites, and against Jo And Säul sware to her by the LORD, the south of the Kenites.

saying, As the Lord liveth, there shall 11 And David saved neither man nor no punishment happen to thee for this woman alive, to bring tidings to Gath, thing. saying, Lest they mould tell on us, lay il Then said the woman, Whom Mall ing, So did David, and so will be his I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring manner all the while he dwelleth in the me up Samuel. country of the Philistines.

12 And when the woman saw Samuel, 12 And Achish believed David, saying, she cried with a loud voice : and the woHe hath made his people Ifracl utterly man spake to Saul, saying, Why haft to abhor him; therefore he fhall be my thou deceived me? for thou art Saul. fervant for ever.

13 And the king laid unto her, Be not CHAP. XXVIII.

afraid : for what Tawest thou? And the 3 Saul having destroyed the witches, 7 af. woman said unto Saul, I saw gods af

terward seeketh to one ; 9 who being en-cending out of the earth. couraged by him, raiseth up Samuel. 15 14 And he said unto her, What form Saul's ruin foreferved.

is he of? And she said, An old man comND it came to pass in those days, eth up; and he is covered with a mantle. armies together for warfare, to fight with and he stooped with his face totheground, Jfiael.

And Achish said unto David, and bowed himself. Know thou assuredly, that thou thalt go 15 [ And Samuel said to Saul, Why out with me to battle, thou and thy men. haft thou disquieted ine, to bring me up?

2 And David said to Achish, Surely And Saul answered, I am fore distresled; thou shalt know what thy servant can for the Philistines make war against me, do. And Achish said to David, There- and God is departed from me, and anfore will I make thee keeper of mine swereth me no more, neither by pro

phets, nor by dreams: therefore I have 3 Now Samuel was dead, and all IT- called thee, that thou mayest makeknown rael häd lamented him, and buried him unto me what I Mall do. in Ramah, even in his own city. And 16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then Saul had put away those that had fami- dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is liar spirits, and the wizards, out of the departed from thee, and is become thine land.

enemy? 4 And the Philistines gathered them 17 And the Lord bath done to him, as felves together, and came and pitched in he fpake by me: for the Lord hath rent Shunem : and Saul gathered all lsrael to-Ithe kingdom out of thine hand, and given gether, and they pitched Gilboa. it to thy neiglıbour, even to David :

5. And when Saul saw the host of the; 18 Because thou obesedst not the voice Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart of the Lori), nor executeuft his fierce greatly trembled.

wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the 6 And when Saul enquired of the Lord, LORD done this thing unto thee this day. the LORD answered him not, neither by

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