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The Philistines fufpe&t David. I. SAMUÉL. The Analekites spoil Ziklag, deliver the host of Israel into the hand of 5 Is not this David, of whom they sang the Philistines.

one to another in dances, saying, Saul 20 Then Sanl fell straightway all along New his thousands, and David his ten on the earth, and was fore afraid, because thousands? of the words of Samuel : and there was 6. Then Achish called David, and no strength in him ; for he had eaten no said unto him, Surely, as the Lordliveth, bread all the day, nor all the night. thou halt been upright, and thy going

21 And the woman came unto Saul, out and thy coming in with me in the and saw that he was sore troubled, and hoft is good in my light: for I have not said unto him, Behold, thine handmaid found evil in thee since the day of thy hath obeyed thy voice, and I have put coming unto me unto this day : nevermy life in my hand, and have hearkened the less the lords favour thee not. unto thy words which thou fpakest unto 7 Wherefore now return, and go in me,

peace, that thou displease not the lords 22 Now therefore, I pray thee, hearken of the Philistines. thou also unto the voice of thine hand 8 And David said unto Achish, But maid, and let me fet a morsel of bread what have I done? and what hast thou before thee; and eat, that thou mayest found in thy servant fo long as I have have strength, when thou goeft on thy been with thee unto this day, that I may way.

not go fight against the cnemies of my 23 But he refufed, and said, I will not | lord the king ? eat. But his fervants, together with the 9 And Achish answered and faid to woman, compelled him ; and he heark- David, I know that thou art good in my ened unto their voice. So he arose from light, as an angel of God: notwithstandthe earth, and fat upon the bed. ing the princes of the Philistines have

24 And the woman had a fat calf in faid, He thall not go up with us to the the house; and she hafted, and killed it, battle. and took flour, and kneaded it, and did 10 Wherefore now rise up early in the bake unleavened bread thereof:

morning with thy master's servants that 25 And she brought it before Saul, and are come with thee : and as foon as ye be before his fervants; and they did eat. up early in the morning, and have light,

Then they rose up, and went away that depart. night.

11 So David and his men rose up early CHAP. XXIK.

to depart in the morning, to return into i David, marching with the Philistines, the land of the Philistines. And the Phi

is disallowed by their princts. 6 A-listinies went up to Jezreel. chish dismisseth him.


OW the Philistines gathered toge- I Tke Amalekites spoil Ziklag. 7 David,

ther all their armies to Aphek: and encouraged by God, pursueth them, II and the Israelites pitched by a fountain which overtaking them, recovereth all the spoilo is in Jezreel. 2 And the lords of the Philistines passed

ND it came to pafs, when David and A

his men were come to Ziklag on on by hundreds, and by thousands ; but the third day, that the Amalekites had David and his men passed on in the rere-invaded the fouth, and Ziklag, and îmitward with Achith.

ten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; 3 1 Then said the princes of the Phi 2 And had taken the women captives, Histines, What do thefe Hebrews here? (that were therein : they new not any, And Achish faid unto the princes of the either great or small, but carried then Philistines, Is not this David, the fervavt|away, and went on their way. of Saul the king of Ifrael, which hath 3 So David and his men came to the becn with me these days, or thefe years, city, and, behold, it was burned with and I have found no fault iu him since fire; and their wives, and their fons, and he fell unto me unto this day?

their daughters, were taken captives. 4. And the princes of the Philistines 4. Then David and the people that were wroth with him; and the princes were with him lifted up their voice and of the Philistines said unto him," Make wept, until they had no more power to this fellow return, that he may go again weep: to his place which thou hast appointed 5 And David's two wives were taken him, and let him not go down with us to captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and battle, les in the battle he be an adver- Abigail the wife of Nabał the Carmelite. fary to us: for wherewith should he re 6 And David was greatly distressed ; concile himself unto his master ? should it for the people spake of Itoning him, be not be with the heads of thefe men ? caufe the foul of all the people was griev


David pursueth the Amalekites, Chap, xxxi,

and recovereth the spoil. ed, every man for his sons and for his them, neither small nor great, neither daughters : but David encouraged him- fons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor self in the LORD his God.

any thing that they had taken to them : 9 9 And David said to Abiathar the David recovered ali. priest, Ahimelech's son, I pray thee, bring 20 And David took all the flocks and me hither the ephod. And Abiathar the herds, which they drave before those brought thither the ephod to David. other cattle, and said, This is David's

8 Ănd David enquired at the LORD, spoil. saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? 21 And David came to the two hun. shall I overtake them ? and he answered dred men, which were fo faint that they him, Pursue : for thou shalt surely over- could not follow David, whom they had take them, and without fail recover all. made also to abide at the brook Besor :

9 So David went, he and the six hun- and they went forth to meet David, and dred men that were with him, and came to meet the people that were with him : to the brook Befor, where those that and when David came near to the people, were left behind stayed.

he saluted them. 10 But David pursued, he and four 22 Then answered all the wicked men hundred men : for two hundred abode and men of Belial, of those that went behind, which were so faint that they with David, and said, Because they went could not go over the brook Befor. not with us, we will not give them ought

11 | And they found an Egyptian in of the spoil that we have recovered, lave the field, and brought him to David, to every man his wife and his children, and gave him bread, and he did eat; that they may lead them away, and deand they made him drink water ; part.

12 And they gave him a piece of a 23 Then said David, Ye Mall not do so, cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: my brethren, with that which the LORD and when he had eaten, his spirit came hath given us, who hath preserved us, again to him : for he had eaten no bread, and delivered the company that came nor drunk any water, three days and against us into our hand. three nights.

24 For who will hearken unto you in 13 And David said unto him, To this matter? but as his part is that goeth whom helongest thou ? and whence art down to the battle, lo shall his part be thou? And he said, I am a young man that tarrjeth by the stuff: they shall part of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite ; and alike. my master left me, because three days 25 And it was so from that day foragone I fell fick.

ward, that he made it a statute and an 14 We made an invasion upon the south ordinance for Israel unto this day. of the Cherethites, and upon the coaf 26 And when David came to Ziklag, which belongeth to Judah, and upon he sent of the spoil unto the elders of the south of Caleb; and we burned Zik- Judah, even to his friends, saying, BeJag with fire.

hold a present for you of the spoil of the 15 And David said to him, Canst thou enemies of the LORD; bring me down to this company? And he 27 To then which were in Beth-el, and said, Swear unto me by God, that thou to them which were in south Ramoth, wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into and to them which wavere in Jattir, the hands of my master, and I will bring 28 And to theme which were in Aroer, thee down to this company;

and to them which were in Siphmoth, 16 And when he had brought him and to them which were in Emtemoa, down, behold, they were spread abroad 29 And to them which were in Rachal, upon all the earth, eating and drinking, and to them which were in the cities of and dancing, because of all the great the Jerahmeelites, and to them which spoil that they had taken out of the land were in the cities of the Kenites, of the Philistines, and out of the land of 30 And to them which avere in Hormah, Judah.

and to them which were in Chor-ashan, 17 And David (mote them from the and to them which were in Athach, twilight even unto the evening of the 31 And to them which were in Hebron, next day : and there escaped not a man and to all the places where David himself of them, save four hundred young men, and his men were wont to haunt. which rode upon camels, and fled.

CHAP. XXXI. 18 And David recovered all that the 1 Saul, having lost his army, and his fons, Amalekites had carried away: and David killed himself. 8 The Philistines triumph rescued his two wives.

over the dead carcases. Il They of Ja19 And there was nothing lacking to beslo-gilead recover the bodies by night.

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Saul and his fons are slain. II. SAMUEL.

The Philistines triumph. NH row the Philistines fought against that the men of Israel fed, and that Saul

Ifrael: and the men of Israel fled and his sons were dead, they forsook the from before the Philistines, and fell down cities, and fed ; and the Philistines came Main in mount Cilboa.

and dwelt in them. 2 And the Philistines followed hard 8 9 And it came to pass on the morupon Saul and upon his sons; and the row, when the Philistines came to strip Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, the Nain, that they found Saul and his and Melchi-thua, Saul's fons.

three fons fallen in mount Gilboa. 3 And the battle went sore against Saul, 9 And they cut off his head, and stripand the archers hit hiin; and he was sore ped off his armour, and sent into the land wounded of the archers.

of the Philistines round about, to publish 4 Then said Saul unto his armour-\it in the house of their idols, and among bearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me the people. through therewith; left these uncircum Io And they put his armour in the cised come and thrust me through, and house of Ashtaroth : and they fastened abuse me.

But his armourbearer would his body to the wall of Beth-Man. not; for he was fore afraid. Therefore II And when the inhabitants of JaSaul took a sword, and fell upon it. besh-gilead heard of that which the Phi

5 And when his armourbearer saw listines had done to Saul; that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon 12 All the valiant men arose, and went his sword, and died with him.

all night, and took the body of Saul and 6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and the bodies of his sons from the wall of his armourbearer, and all his men, that Beth-than, and came to Jabeth, and burnt same day together.

them there. 7 And when the men of Israel that were 13 And they took their bones, and on the other side of the valley, and they buried them under a tree at Jabeth, and that were on the other side Jordan, saw 'fasted seven days.

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| his spear; and, lo, the chariots and horse. 3 An Analekite bringing tidings of the men followed hard after him.

overthrow, and accusing himself of Saul's 7 And when he looked behind him, he death, is pain. i7 David lamenteth saw me, and called unto ine. And I Saul and Jonathan with a fong. answered, Here am I. COW it came to pass after the death 8 And he said unto me, Who art

of Saul, when David was returned thou ? and I answered him, I am an from the Naughter of the Amalekites, Amalekite. and David had abode two days in Zik 9 He said unto me again, Stand, I pray lag;

thee, upon me, and Nay me : for anguish 2 It came even to pass on the third day, is come upon me, because my life is yet that, behold, a man came out of the camp whole in me. from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth 10 So I stood upon him, and flew upon his head : and so it was, when he him, because I was sure that he could came to David, that he fell to the earth, not live after that he was fallen : and and did obeisance.

I took the crown that was upon his 3 And David said unto him, From head, and the bracelet that was on his whence comest thou? And he said unto arm, and have brought them hither unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I my lord. escaped.

II Then David took hold on his 4 And David said unto him, How went clothes, and rent them ; and likewise all the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And the men that were with him : lie answered, That the people are fled 12 And they mourned, and wept, and from the battle, and many of the people fafted until even, for Saul, and for Jonaalso are fallen and dead; and Saul and than his son, and for the people of the Jonathan his son are dead also.

Lorn, and for the house of Israel; be 5 And David laid unto the young man cause they were fallen by the sword. that told him, How knoweft thou that 13 And David said unto the young Saul and Jonathan his son be dead? man that told him, Whence art thou ?

6. And the young man that told him And he answered, I am the son of a frid, As I happened by chance upon stranger, an Amalekite. mourt Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon 14 And David said unto him, How


David's lamentation for Saul. Chap. ii.

Ish-bosheth made king. 'wast thou not afraid to stretch forth two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, thine hand to destroy the LORD's a- and Abigail Nabal’s wife the Carmelite. nointed ?

3 And his men that were with him 15 And David called one of the young did David bring up, every man with his men, and said, Go near, and fall upon houshold : and they dwelt in the citics him. And he smote him that he died. of Hebron.

16 And David said unto him, Thy 4. And the men of Judah came, and blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth (there they anointed David king over the hath testified against thee, saying, I have house of Judah. And they told David, Nain the Lord's anointed.

saying, That the men of Jabesh-gilead 17 [ And David lamented with this were they that buried Saul. lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan 5 And David fent messengers unto the his son:

men of Jabesh-gilead, and said unto them, 18 (Also he bade them teach the chil. Blessed be ye of the LORD, that ye have dren of Judah the use of the bow : be- fhewed this kindness unto your lord, hold, it is written in the book of Jafher.) even unto Saul, and have buried him.

19. The beauty of Israel is slain upon 6 And now the LORD thew kindness thy high places : how are the mighty and truth unto you: and I also will refallen!

quite you this kindness, because


have 20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not done this thing. in the streets of Alkelon ; left the daugh 7 Therefore now let your hands be ters of the Philistines rejoice, left the strengthened, and be ye valiant : for your daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. master Saul is dead, and also the house

21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there of Judah have anointed me king over be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon them. you, nor fields of offerings : for there 8 9 But Abner the son of Ner, capthe shield of the mighty is vilely cast tain of Saul's host, took Ith-bolheth the away, the field of Saul, as though he son of Saul, and brought him over to had not been anointed with oil.

Mahanaim ; 22 From the blood of the sain, from 9 And made him king over Gilead, the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jona- and over the Athurites, and over Jezreel, than turned not back, and the sword of and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, Saul returned not empty.

and over all Ifrael. 23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and 10 Ish-bosheth Saul's son was forty plealant in their lives, and in their death years old when he began to reign over they were not divided : they were swifter Israel, and reigned two years. But the than eagles, they were ftronger than house of Judah followed David. lions.

II And the time that David was king 24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over in Hebron over the house of Judah was Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with seven years and six months. other delights, who put on ornaments of 12 And Abner the son of Ner, and the gold upon your apparel.

servants of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, 25 How are the mighty fallen in the went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon. midst of the battle ! 0 Jonathan, thou 13 And Joab the son of Zeruiah, and wast Nain in thine high places.

the servants of David, went out, and 26 I am distressed for thee, my brother met together by the pool of Gibeon : and Jonathan : very pleasant hast thou been they sat down, the one on the one side unto me: thy love to me was wonder of the pool, and the other on the other ful, passing the love of women. fide of the pool.

27 How are the mighty fallen, and the 14 And Abner said to Joab, Let the weapons of war perished !

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u3. And Joab said, Let them arise. I David, by God's direction going up to He 15 Then there arose and went over by

bron, is made king of Judah. 8 Abner number twelve of Benjamin, which pera maketh Ifb-bosbeth king of Israel. 18 tained to Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and Afabel flain.

twelve of the servants of David. A Novit came ite pars after thisthat

16 And they caught every one his fel. David enquired of the Lord, fay- low by the head, and thruf his sword in ing, Shall I go up into any of the cities of his fellow's fide; so they fell down toge. Judah? and the Lord said unto him, ther: wherefore that place was called Go up. And David said, Whither shalí Helkath-hazzurim, which is in Gibeon. I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron. 17 And there was a very sore battle ? So David went tip thither, and his that day; and Abner was beaten, and





afide to thy right hand or to thy left, and Now there was long war between

Foab pursueth Abner.

II. SAMUEL, Abner revoiteit to David. the men of Israel, before the servants of of Benjamin, and of Abner's men, so that David.

three hundred and threescore men died. 18 4 And there were three sons of Ze 32 And they took up Afahel, and buruiah there, Joab, and Abimai, and Afa- ried him in the sepulchre of his father, hel: and Alahel was as light of foot as a which was in Beth-lehem. And Joab wild roe.

and his men went all night, and they 19 And Asahel pursued after Abner; came to Hebron at break of day. and in going he turned not to the right

CHAP. III. hand nor to the left from following Ab- 1 During the war David fill waxeth

stronger. 6 Abner displeased with Il20 Then Abner looked behind him, boneth, 12 revolteth to David. 22

Joab and said, Art thou Alahel? And he an killeth Abner. 28 David curseth Joabe swered, I am.

31 and mourneth for Abner. to , thee OW

the house of Saul and the house of lay thee hold on one of the young men, David : but David waxed stronger and and take thee his armour. But Asahel stronger, and the house of Saul waxed would not turn alide from following of weaker and weaker. him.

2 And unto David were fons born in 22 And Abner said again to Asahel, Hebron : and his firstborn was Amnon, Turn thee alide from following me : of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; wherefore should I smite thee to the 3 And his second, Chileab, of Abigail ground ? how then should I hold up my the wife of Nabal the Carmelite ; aną face to Joab thy brother?

the third, Absalom the son of Maachah, 23 Howbeit he refused to turn aside : the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; wherefore Abner with the hinder end of 4 And the fourth, Adonijah the son of the spear smote him under the fifth rib, Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the that the spear came out behind him ; and son of Abital; he fell down there, and died in the same 5 And the fixth, Ithream, by Eglah place: and it came to pass, that as many David's wife. These were born to Da. as came to the place where Asahel fell vid in Hebron. down and died stood ftill.

6 | And it came to pass, while there 24 Joab also and Abishai pursued after was war between the house of Saul and Abner: and the sun went down when the house of David, that Abner made they were come to the hill of Ammah, himself strong for the house of Saul. that lieth before Giah by the way of the 7 And Szul had a concubine, whose wilderness of Gibeon.

name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah: 25 And the children of Benjamin ga- and Ish-bo/beth said to Abner, Wherefore thered themselves together after Abner, hast thou gone in unto my father's conand became one troop, and stood on the cubine ? top of an hill.

8 ? Then was Abner very wroth for the 26 Then Abner called to Joab, and words of Ih-botheth, and said, Am I ą, faid, Shall the sword devour for ever? dog's head, which against Judah do lhew knowest thou not that it will be bitter-kindness this day unto the house of Saul ness in the latter end? how long Mall it thy father, to his brethreri, and to his be then, ere thou bid the people return friends, and have not delivered thee into from following their brethren? the band of David, that thou chargest

27 And Joab faid, As God liveth, un- me to day with a fault concerning this less thou hadi ipoken, surely then in the woman? morning the people had gone up every 9 So do God to Abner, and more one from following his brother.

also, except, as the Lord hath fworn 28 So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the to David, even so I do to him ; people stood still, and pursued after Israel 10 To translate the kingdom from the no more, neither fought they any more. house of Saul, and to set up the throne

29 And Abner and his men walked all of David over lfrael and over Judah, that night through the plain, and passed from Dan even to Beer-Sheba. over Jordan, and went through all Bi 11 And he could not answer Abner a thron, and they came to Mahanaim. word again, because he feared him.

30 And Joab returned from following 12 And Abner sent messengers to DaAbner: and when he had gathered all vid on his behalf, saying, Whose is the the people together, there lacked of Da- land? saying also, Make thy league with vid's servants nineteen men and Asahel. me, and, behold, my hind shall be with

31 But the servants of Dayid had (mitten 'thee, to bring about all Ifrael unto thee.

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