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David marrieth Michal :

1. SAMUEL. Her firatagem to save him. 23 And Saul's servants spake those wrought a great salvation for all Israel: words in the ears of David. And David thou saweft it, and didst rejoice : where said, Seemeth it to you a light thing to fore then wilt thou fin against innocent be a king's son in law, seeing that I am a blood, to flay David without a cause? poor man, and lightly esteemed ?

And Saul hearkened unto the voice of 24 And the servants of Saul told him, Jonathan: and Saul sware, As the LORD saying, On this manner spake David. liveth, he hall not be slain.

25 And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to 7 And Jonathan called David, and Jo. David, The king desireth not any dowry, nathan Mewed him all those things. And but an hundred foreskins of the Philis- Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he tines, to be avenged of the king's ene- was in his presence, as in times past. mies. But Saul thought to make David 8 | And there was war again : and fall by the hand of the Philistines. David went out, and fought with the

26 And when his servants told David Philistines, and flew them with a great these words, it pleased David well to be Naughter; and they fled from him. the king's son in law: and the days were 9 And the evil spirit from the LORD not expired.

was upon Saul, as he fat in his house 27 Wherefore David arose and went, with his javelin in his hand : and David he and his men, and New of the Philistines played with his hand. two hundred men; and David brought 10 And Saul fought to smite David even their foreskins, and they gave them in to the wall with the javelin ; but he hipfull tale to the king, that he might be ped away out of Saul's presence, and he the king's Ton in law. And Saul gave smote the javelin into the wall: and Da. him Michal his daughter to wife. vid fled, and escaped that night.

28 And Saul saw and knew that the 11 Saul also fent messengers unto Da. LORD was with David, and that Michal vid's house, to watch him, and to say Saul's daughter loved him.

him in the morning: and Michal David's 29 And Saul was yet the more afraid wife told him, saying, If thou fave not of David ; and Saul became David's ene- thy life to night, to morrow thou shalt my continually.

be flain. 30 Then the princes of the Philistines 12 So Michal let David down through went forth : and it came to pass, after a window: and he went, and fled, and they went forth, that David behaved escaped. himself more wisely than all the servants 13 And Michal took an image, and of Saul; so that his name was much set laid it in the bed, and put a pillow of by.

goats' hair for his bolster, and covered it CHAP. XIX.

with a cloth. 1 Yonatban discloseth his father's purpose 14 And when Saul sent messengers to

to kill David. 4 He persuadeth bis fa- take David, he said, He is fick. ther to reconciliation. 8 Saul's malicious 15 And Saul sent the messengers again rage breaketh out again. 12 Michal's to fee David, saying, Bring him up to me fratagem to save David.

in the bed, that I may slay him. Am Saulipahie toe, Jamathan his form,

16 And when the messengers were and to all his servants, that they come in, behold, there was an image in mould kill David.

the bed, with a pillow of goats' hair for 2 But Jonathan Saul's son delighted his bolster. much in David : and Jonathan told Da 17 And Saul said unto Michal, Why vid, saying, Saul my father seeketh to halt thou deceived me so, and sent away kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take mine enemy, that he is escaped ? And heed to thyfelf until the morning, and Michal answered Saul, He said unto me, abide in a fecret place, and hide thytelf: Let me go; why should I kill thee?

3 And I will go out and stand belide my 18 So David Aed, and escaped, and father in the field where thou art, and I came to Samuel to Ramah, and told him will commune with my father of thee; all that Saul had done to him. And he and what I fee, that I will tell thee. and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth.

49 And Jonathan spake good of David 19. And it was told Saul, saying, Beunto Saul his father, and said unto him, hold, David is at Naioth in Ramah. Let not the king fin against his fervant, 20 And Saul sent melengers to take against David; because he hath not finned David : and when they saw the company against thee, and because his works have of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel been to thee-ward very good :

fianding as appointed over them, the § For he did put his life in his hand, Spirit of God was upon the messengers and flew the Philistine, and the Lord of Saul, and they also prophesied.

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David and Jonathan confult. Chap. XX. Yonathan's kindness to David.

21 And when it was told Saul, he sent iniquity, Nay me thyself; for why shouldother messengers, and they prophesied eft thou bring me to thy father likewise. And Saul sent messengers again 9 And Jonathan said, Far be it from the third time, and they prophesied also. thée : for if I knew certainly that evi!

22. Then went he also to 'Ramah, and were determined by my father to come came to a great well that is in Sechu : and upon thee, then would not I tell it thee? he asked and said, Where are Samuel and 10 Then said David to Jonathan, Who David? And one said, Behold, they be at shall tell me? or what if thy father anNaioth in Ramah.

swer thee roughly? 23 And he went thither to Naioth in 1 | And Jonathan said unto David, Ramah; and the Spirit of God was upon Come, and let us go out into the field. him also, and he went on, and prophelied, and they went out both of them into until he came to Naioth in Ramah. the field.

24 And he stripped off his clothes also, 12 And Jonathan said unto David, o and prophesied before Samuel in like Lord God of Israel, when I have foundmanner, and lay down naked all that day ed my father about to morrow any time, and all that night. Wherefore they say, or the third day, and, behold, if there be Is Saul also among the prophets ? good toward David, and I then send not CHA P. XX.

unto thee, and shew it thee; 1 David consulteth, with Jonathan for his 13 The Lord do so and much more to safety. II Their covenant renewed by Jonathan : but if it please my father to Quika 24 Saul mising David, seeketh to do thee evil, then I will sew it thec, and kill Jonathan.

fend thee away, that thou mayest go in ND David fled from Naioth in Ra- peace: and the Lord be with thee, as he nathan, What have I done? what is mine 14 And thou shalt not only while yet I iniquity ? and what is my sin before thy live Mew me the kindness of the Lord, father, that he seeketh my life?

that I die not: 2 And he said unto him, God forbid; 15 But also thou shalt not cut off thy thou shalt not die : behold, my father kindness from my house for ever: no, will do nothing either great or Imall, not when the Lord hath cut off the but that he will new it me: and why enemies of David every one from thie thould my father hide this thing from face of the earth. me? it is not so.

16 So Jonathan made a covenant with 3 And David (ware moreover, and said, the house of David, saying, Let the LORD Thy, father certainly knoweth that I have even require it at the hand of David's found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, enemies. Let not Jonathan know this, left he be 17 And Jonathan caused David to swear grieved: but truly as the LORD liveth, again, because he loved him: for he loved and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step him as he loved his own soul. between me and death.

18 Then Jonathan said to David, To 4 Then said Jonathan unto David, morrow is the new moon: and thou Nalt Whatsoever thy soul desireth, I will even be miffed, because thy feat will be empty. do i: for thee.

19. And when thou haft stayed three s And David said unto Jonathan, Be days, then thou shalt go down quickly, and hold, to morrow is the new moon, and come to the place where thou didit hide I Mould not fail to lit with the king at thyself when the business was in hand, meat : but let me go, that I may hide and salt remain by the stone Ezel. myself in the field unto the third day 20 And I will shoot three arrows on the at even.

side thereof, as though I shot at a mark. 6 If thy father at all miss me, then 21 And, behold, I will send a lad, Jaye say, David earnestly asked leave of me ing, Go, find out the arrows.

If I exthat he might run to Beth-lehem liis city: presly say unto the lad, Beliold, the arfor there is a yearly sacrifice there for all rows are on this side of thee, take them; the family.

then come thou: for there is peace to 7 If he say thus, It is well ; thy fer- thee, and no hurt; as the Lord livetli. vant shall have peace: but if he be very 22 But if I say thus unto the young wroth, then be sure that evil is determan, Behold, the arrows are beyond inined by him.

thee; go thy way: for the LORD hath 8 Therefore thou shalt deal kindly with lent thee away. thy servant; for thou hast brought thy 23 And as touching the matter which fervant into a covenant of the LORD with thon and I have spoken of, behold, the thee; potwithstanding, if there be in me LORD be between thee and me for ever.

1.s tahes Saul's anger was kindled The chamhe pricies and Animelech

Saul seeketh to kill Yonathan. I. SAMUEL. David at Nob with Abin:elech.

24 1 So David hid himself in the field; thot, Jonathan cried after the lad, and and when the new moon was come, the faid, is not the arrow beyond thec? king fat him down to cat meat.

38 And Jonathan crid after the lad, 25 And the king fat upon his seat, as Make speed, hafte, stay not. And Joat other times, even upon a seat by the nailian's lad gathered up the arrows, and wall; and Jonathan arose, and Abner came to his master. fat by Saul's side, and David's place was 39 But the lad knew not any thing: only empty:

Jonathan and David knew the matter. 26 Nevertheless Saul spake not any 40 And Jonathan gave his artillery unthing that day: for he thought, Some to his lad, and said unto him, Go, carry thing had beiallen him, he is not clean; them to the city. surely he is not clean.

41 Ard as soon as the lad was gone, 27 And it came to pass on the morrow, David arose out of a place toward the qulich avas the fecond day of the month, fouth, and fell on his face to the ground, that David's place tvas empty: and Saul and bowed himself three times, and they faid unto Jonathan his son, Wherefore kissed one another, and wept one with cometh not the son of Jesse to meat, another, until David exceeded. neither yesterday, nor to day?

42 And Jonathan said to David, Go in 28 And Jonathan answered Saul, Da- peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both vid earnestly asked leave of me to go to of us in the name of the LORD, saying, Retli-lehem :

The Lord be between me and thee, and 29 And he said, Let me go, I pray thee; between my feed and thy feed for ever. for our family liath a sacrifice in the city; And he arofe and departed : and 'Jonaand my brother, he hath commanded me than went into the city. to be there : and now, if I have found

CHAP. XXI. favour in thine eyes, let me get away, 1 David at Nob obtaineth of Abimelech balI pray thee, and 'fee


brethren. lowed bread. 8 He taketbGoliath's sword; Therefore he cometh riot unto the

10 and at Gath feigneth bimself mad. king's table.

came David to Ahiagainst Jonathan, and he said unto him, was afraid at the meeting of David, and Thou son of the perverse rebellious wo- said unto him, Why art thou alone, and man, do not I know that thou hast chofen no man with thee? the fon of Jesse to thine own confusion, 2 And David said unto Ahimelech the and unto the confusion of thy mother's priest, The king hath commanded me a nakedness?

business, and hath said unto me, Let no 31 For as long as the son of Jesse liveth man know any thing of the business upon the ground, thou shalt not be esta- whereabout I send thee, and what I have blithed, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore commanded thee : and I have appointed now fend and fetch him unto me, for he my fervants to fuch and such a place. shall surely die.

3. Now therefore what is under thine 32 And Jonathan answered Saul his hand? give nie five loaves of bread in mine father, and said unto him, Wherefore hand, or what there is present. thall he be lain? what hath he done? 4 And the priest answered David, and

33 And Sanl cast a javelin at him to faid, There is no common bread under smite him: whereby Jonathan knew that mine hand, but there is hallowed bread; it was determined of his father to say if the young men have kept themselves David.

at least from women. 34 So Jonathan arose from the table 5 And David answered the priest, and in fierce anger, and did eat no meat the said unto him, Of a truth women have fecond day of the month : for he was been kept from us about these three days, grieved for David, because his father had since I came out, and the vessels of the done him shame.

young men are holy, and the bread is in 35 And it came to pass in the morning, a manner common, yea, though it were that Jonathan went out into the field at fanctified this day in the vessel. the time appointed with David, and a 6 So the priest gave him hallowed little lad with him.

bread; for there was no bread there but 36 And he said unto his lad, Run, the Mhewbread, that was taken from befind out now the arrows which I foot. fore the Lord, to put hot bread in the And as the lad ran, he shot an arrow day when it was taken away. beyond him.

Ź Now a certain man of the servants of 37 And when the lad was come to the Saul was there that day, detained before place of the arrow which Jonathan had the LORD; and his name was Doég, an


David taketh Goliath's sword.

Chap. xxii.

Doeg accuseth Abimelech. Edomite, the ciielest of the herdmen get thee into the land of Judah. Then that belonged to Saul.

David departed, and came into the forest 8 [ And David said unto Alimelech, of Hareth. And is there pot bere under thine hand 6 When Saul heard that David was (pear or sword? for I have neither brought discovered, and the men that were with my sword nor my weapons with ine, be him, (now Saul abode in Gibeah under a cause the king's business required halte. tree in Ramah, having his spear in his

9. And the priest faid, The sword of hand, and ail his fervants were standing Goliath the Philistine, whom thou New-about him ;) est in the valley of Elalı, behold, it is here 7 Then Saul said unto his servants that wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod : 1tood about him, Hear now, ye Benjaif thou wilt take that, take it : for there is mites; will the fon of Jeffe give every one no other save that here. Anů David said, of you fields and vineyards, and make There is none like that; give it me. you all captains of thousands, and capa

Io | And David arose, and sled that tains of hundreds; day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish 8 That all of you have conspired against the king of Gath.

me, and there is none that theweth me 11 And the servants of Achish said unto that my fon hath made a league with the him, Is not this David the king of the son of Jeffe, and there is none of you that land ? did they not sing one to another of is sorry for me, or Meweth unto me that him in dances, saying, Savl hath Nain his my son hath stirred up my fervant against thousands, and David his ten thousands ? | me, to lie in wait, as at this day?

12 And David laid up these words in 9 T Then answered Doeg the Edomite, his heart, and was sore afraid of Achith which was set over the servants of Saul, the king of Gath.

and said, I saw the son of Jese coming to 13 And he changed his behaviour be- Nob, to Ahimelech the fon of Ahitub. fore them, and feigned himself mad in 10 And he enquired of the Lord for their hands, and scrabbled on the doors him, and gave him victuals, and gave him of the gate, and let his spittle fall down the sword of Goliath the Philistine. upon his beard.

11 I Then the king sent to call Ahi14 Then said Achish unto his servants, melech the priest, the fon of Ahitub, and Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore all his father's house, the priests that were then have ye brought him to me? in Nob; and they came all of them to the

15 Have I need of mad men, that ye king. have brought this

fellow to play the mad 12 And Sanl said?, Hcar now, thou son man in my presence ? thall this fellow of Ahitub. And he answered, Here I am, come into my house? CHAP. XXII.

13 And Saul said unto him, Why have 1 Men resort to David at Adullam. 9 Doeg ye confpired against me, thou and the lon

acculeth Abimelech. ir Saul commandeth of Jese, in that thou hast given him bread, to kill the priests. 20 Abiathar escapeth and a fiord, and haft enquired of God to David.

for him, that he should rise against me, to DAVID

AVID therefore departed thence, lie in wait, as at this day?

and cscaped to the cave Adullam: 14 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and when his brethren and all his father's and said, And who is so faitliful amung 3ll house heard it, they went down thither thy servants as David, which is the king's to him.

fon in law, and goeth at thy bidding, and 2 And every one that was in distress, is honourable in thine house? and every one that was in debt, and every 15 Did I then begin to enquire of God one that was discontented, gathered them- for him ? be it far from me: let not the felves unto him; and he became a captain king impute any thing unto his servant, over them : and there were with him nor to all the house of my father: for thy about four hundred men.

fervant knew nothing of all this, less or 3 And David went thence to Mizpeh more. of Moab: and he said unto the king of 16 And the king said, Thou shalt surely Moab, Let my father and my mother, I die, Alimelech, thou, and all thy father's pray thee, come forth, and be with you, house. till I know what God will do for me. 17 And the king said unto the footmen

4 And he brought them before the king that stood about him, Turn, and nay the of Moab: and they dwelt with him all priests of the Loru; because their hand the, wbile that David was in the hold. also is with David, and because they knew

$ And the prophet Gad said unto Da- when he Hed, and did not Mew it to me. vid, Abide not in the hold; depart, and But the servants of the king would not

my lord.


Suul defiroget's the priests. 1. SAMUEL. David efcapetfrom Keilah. put forth their hand to fall upon the 8 And Saul called all the people toges priests of the LORD.

ther to war, to go down to Keilah, to be18 And the king said to Doeg, Turn liege David and his men. thou, and fall upon the priests. And 9 And David knew that Saul fecretly Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell practised mischief against him; and he upon the priests, and New on that day said to Abiathar the priest, Bring hither fourscore and five persons that did wear the ephod. a linen ephod.

10 Then said David, O LORD God of 19 And Nob, the city of the priests, Israel, thy servant hath certainly heard fmote he with the edge of the sword, that Saul seeketh to come to Keilah, to both men and women, children and

fuck- destroy the city for my fake. lings, and oxen, and asses, and Meep, 11 Will the men of Keilah deliver me up with the edge of the sword.

into his hand ? will Saul come down, as 20 I And one of the sons of Ahime- thy fervant hath heard? O LORD God of lech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy servant. escaped, and fled after David.

And the LORD said, He will come down. 21 And Abiathar Mewed David that 12 Then said David, Will the men of Saul had sain the Lord's priests. Keilah deliver me and my men into the

22 And David said unto Abiathar, I hand of Saul? And the Lord said, They knew it that day, when Doeg the Edom. will deliver thee up. ite was there, that he would surely tell 13 Then David and his men, which Saul: I have occasioned the death of all were about fix hundred, arose and des the persons of thy father's house. parted out of Keilah, and went whither

23 Abide thou' with me, fear not: for Toever they could go. And it was told he that seeketh my life seeketh thy life : Saul that David was escaped from Keibut with me thou shalt be in safeguard. lah; and he forbare to go forth. CHAP. XXIII.

14 [ And David abode in the wilder. , David, enquiring of the Lord, rescueth ness in strong holds, and remained in a Keilah.

7 God sheweth him. Saul's com- mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And ing, and the treachery of the Keilites; he Saul fought him every day, but God deescapeth from Keilah, 14 to Ziph, 25 livered him not into his hand, to Maon.

15 And David saw that Saul was come 'HEN they told David, saying, Be- out to seek his life: and David was in

hold, the Philistines fight against Kei. the wilderness of Ziph in a wood, Jah, and they rob the threihing floors. 16 And Jonathan Saul's fon arose,

2 Therefore David enquired of the and went to David into the wood, and LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these strengthened his hand in God. Philistines ? And the LORD said unto 17 And he said unto him, Fear not s David, Go and smite the Philistines, and for the hand of Saul my father shall not fave Keilah.

find thee; and thou shalt be king over And David's men said unto him, Itrael, and I shall be next'unto thee; Behold, we be afraid here in Judah : and that also Saul my father knoweth. how much more then if we come to Kei

18 And they two made a covenant be. lah against the armies of the Philistines ? \fore the LORD: and David abode in the

4 Then David enquired of the LORD wood, and Jonathan went to his house. yet again. And the LORD answered him

19 Then came up the Ziphites to Saul and said, Arise, go down to Keilah ; for to Gibeah, saying, Duth not David hide I will deliver the Philistines into thine himself with us in strong holds in the hand.

wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which is 5 So David and his men went to Kei. on the fouth of Jeshimon ? lah, and fought with the Philistincs, and 20 Now therefore, O king, come down brought away their cattle, and smote according to all the defire of thy foul to them with a great laughter. So David come down; and our part shall be to dedived the inbabitants of Keilah.

liver him into the king's hand. 6 And it came to pass, when Abiathar 21 And Saul faid, Blefled be ye of the the son of Abimelech fled to David to Lord; for ye have compassion on me. Keilah, that he came down with an ephod 22 Go, I pray you, prepare yet, and in his hand.

know and fee his place where his haunt 7 And it was told Saul that David is, and who hath feen him there : for it was come to Keilah. And Saul faid, is told me that he dealeth very subtilly. God hath delivered him into mine hand; 23 See therefore, and take knowledge for he is shut in, by entering into a town of all the lurking places where lre hideth that hath gates and bars.

himself, and come ye again to me with


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