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David's kindness to Mephibosheth. II. SAMUEL. The Aveomoruiies and Syrians defeated.
3 And the king said, Is there not yet, vid's servants came into the land of the any of the house of Saul, that I may thew children of Ammon. the kindness of God unto him ? and Ziba 3 And the princes of the children of said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a Ammon said unto Hanun their lord; fon, which is lame on his feet.
Thinkest thou that David doth honour 4 And the king said unto him, Where thy father, that he hath sent comforters is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Be. unto thee ? hath not David rather sent hold, he is in the house of Machir, the his servants unto thee, to search the city, son of Ammiel, in Lo-debar.
and to spy it out, and to overthrow it? 5 Then king David sent, and fetched 4 Wherefore Hanun took David's serhim out of the house of Machir, the son vants, and shaved off the one half of their of Ammie!, from Lo-debar.
beards, and cut off their garments in the 6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of middle, even to their buttocks, and sent Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto them away. David, he fell on his face, and did reve 5 When they told it unto David, he rence. And David said, Mephibosheth. sent to meet them, because the men were And he answered, Behold thy servant ! greatly afhamed : and the king said,
7 And David said unto him, Fear Tarry at Jericho until your beards.be not: for I will surely shew thee kindness grown, and then return. for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will 6 1 And when the children of Ammon restore thee all the land of Saul thy fa-faw that they ftank before David, the ther; and thou shalt eat bread at my children of Ammon sent and hired the table continually.
Syrians of Beth-rehob, and the Syrians 8 And he bowed himself, and said, of Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, and What is thy fervant, that thou shouldest of king Maacah a thousand men, and of look upon such a dead dog as I am ? IM-tob twelve thousand men. 9 Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's
7 And when David heard of it, he sent fervant, and said unto him, I have given Joab, and all the host of the mighty men.. unto thy master's son all that pertained 8. And the children of Ammon came to Saul and to all his house.
lout, and put the battle in array at the 10 Thou therefore, and thy sons, and entering in of the gate: and the Syrians thy servants, shall till the land for him, of Zoba, and of Rehob, and Jfh-tob, and and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy Maricah, were by themselves in the field. master's son may have food to eat : but 9 When Joab saw that the front of the Mephibotheth thy master's son mall eat battle was against him before and behind, bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and fifteen sons and twenty servants. put them in array against the Syrians:
11 Then said Ziba unto the king, Ac 10. And the rest of the people he delicording to all that my lord the king hath vered into the hand of Abishai his brocommanded his servant, 10 ihall thy ser- ther, that he might put them in array vant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the against the children of Ammon. king, he shall eat at my table, as one of 11 And he said, If the Syrians be too the king's sons.
strong for me, then thou shalt help me: 12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, but if the children of Ammon be too whose name was Micha. And all that strong for thee, then I will come and dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants help ihce. unto Mephibosheth.
12 Be of good courage, and let us play 13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: the men for our people, and for the cities for he did eat continually at the king's of our God: and the Lord do that table ; and was lame on both his feet. which seemeth him good. C H A P. X.
13 And Joab drew nigh, and the peoI David's messengers sent to comfort Hanun, ple that avere with him, unto the baitle
are villainously treated. 6, 15 The dro- again!t the Syrians: and they fled before monites and Syrians are overcome. him.
14 And when the children of Ammon Anhelicate the paisarete rothan that
the king of the children of Ammon faw that the Syrians were fled, then died, and Hanun his son reigned in his fed they also before Abihai, and enterItead.
ed into ihe city. So Joab returned from 2 Then said David, I will shew kind the children of Ammon, and came to ness unto Hanun the son of Nahah, as Jerusalem. his father shewed kindness unto me. And 15 | And when the Syrians saw that David sent to comfort him by the hand they were smitten before Ifrael, they gaof his servants for his father. And Da- thered themselves together.
Uriah flair. 16 And Hadarezer sent, and brought 10 And when they had told David, out the Syrians that were beyond the saying, Uriah went not down unto his river: and they came to Helam; and house, David said unto Uriah, Camest Shobach the captain of the host of Ila-thou not from thy journey? why then darezer went before them.
didst thou not go down unto thine house? 17 And when it was told David, he ga 11 And Uriah said unto David, The thered all Ifrael together, and palled over ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in Jordan, and come to Helam. And the tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants Syrians set themselves in array against of my lord, are encamped in the open David, and fought with him.
fields"; fhall I then go into mine house, 18 And the Syrians fled before Israel ; to eat and to drink, and to lie with my and David New the men of feven hundred wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul chariots of the Syrians, and forty thou- liveth, I will not do this thing. sand horsemen, and fmote Shobach the 12 And David said to Uriah, Tarry captain of their host, who died there. here to day also, and to morrow I will
19 And when all the kings that were let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jeservants to Hadarezer saw that they were rusalem that day, and the morrow, smitten before Israel, they made peace 13 And when David had called him, he with Israel, and served them. So the did eat and drink before him; and he Syrians feared to help the children of made him drunk: and at even he went Ammon any more.
out to lie on his bed with the servants of C H AP. XI.
his lord, but went not down to his house, i Joab besiegeth Rabbah. 2 David commit 14 And it came to pafs in the morning, teth adultery with Bath-sheba. 16 Uriahis that David wrote a letter to Joab, and Nain. 26 David taketh Bath-sheba to wife. sent it by the hand of Uriah.
15 And he wrote in the letter, faying, was expired, at the time when kings Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, battle, and retire ye from him, that he and his servants with him, and all Ifrael; may be fmitten, and dic. and they destroyed the children of Am 16 ? And it came to pass, when Joabobmon, and besieged Rabbah. But David served the city, that he alligned Uriah tarried still at Jerusalem.
unto a place where he kr.cw that valiant 2 And it came to pass in an evening- men were. tide, that David arose from off his bed, 17 And the men of the city went out, and walked upon the roof of the king's and fought with Joab : and there fell house: and from the roof he saw a wo-Some of the people of the servants of Daman washing herself; and the woman vid ; and Uriah ihe Hitrite died also. was very beautiful to look upon.
18 Then Joab fent and told David all. 3 And David sent and enquired after the things concerning the war ; the woman. And one said, Is not this 19 And charges the messenger, saying, Beth-leba, the daughter of Eliam, the When thou lidt made an end of telling wife of Uriah the Hittite ?
the matters of the war unio the king, -4 And David sent messengers, and took 20 And if to be that the king's wrath her; and she came in unto him, and he lay arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore with her; for she was purified from herun- approached ye fó nigh unto the city when cleanness: and shereturned unto her house. ye did fight ? knew ye not that they
5 And the woman conceived, and sent would foot froin the wall? and told David, and said, I am with child. 21 Who (mote Abimelech the son of
6.1 And David sent to Joab, saying, Jerubbesheth ? did not a woman cast a Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab piece of a milftone upon him from the sent Uriah to David.
wall, that he died in Thebez? why went 7 And when Uriah was come unto him, ye pigh the wall ? then say thou, Thy ferDavid demanded of him how Joab did, vant Vriah the Hittite is dead also. and how the people did, and how the 22. So the messenger went, and came war prospered.
and shewed David all that Joab had sent 8 And David said to Uriah, Go down him for. to thy house, and wash thy feet. And 23. And the messenger said unto David, Uriah departed out of the king's houte, Surely the men prevailed against us, and and there followed him a mers of meat came out unto us into the field, and we from the king.
were upon them even unto the entering 9 But Uriah Nept at the door of the of the gate. king's house with all the servants of his 24 And the shooters shot from off the lord, and went not down to his house. wall upon thy servants; and some of the
II. SAMUEL. David confeseth his fins. king's servants be dead, and thy servant ( his wife to be thy wife, and haft sain him Uriah the Hittite is dead also.
with the sword of the children of Ammon. 25 Then David said unto the messenger, 10 Now therefore the sword shall never Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not depart from thine house; because thou this thing displease thee, for the sword halt despised me, and hast taken the wife devoureth one as well as another : make of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. thy battle more strong against the city, and II Thus faith the LORD, Behold, I will overthrow it: and encourage thou him. raise up evil against thee out of thine own
26 And when the wife of Uriah heard | house, and I will take thy wives before that Uriahı her husband was dead, the thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighmourned for her husband.
bour, and he tball lie with thy wives inz 27 And when the mourning was past, the light of this fun. David fent and fetched her to his house, 12 For thou didst it secretly : but I and Die became his wife, and bare him a will do this thing before all Israel, and fon. But the thing that David had done before the fun. displeased the Lord.
13 And David said unto Nathan, I CHAP. XII.
have finned against the LORD. And NaI Nathan's parable. 7 David confeleth than said unto David, The Lordalso hath
his fiir, and is pardoned. 24 Solonion is put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. born. 26 Rabbah is taken.
14 How beit, because by this deed thou ND the Lord sent Nathan unto hast given great occasion to the enemies
And he came unto him, of the Lord to blafpheme, the child also and said unto him, There were two men that is born unto thee fall surely die. in one city; the one rich, and the other 15 And Nathan departed unto his poor.
house. And the LORD struck the child 2 The rich man had exceeding many that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it flocks and herds :
was very fick. 3 But the poor man had nothing, save 16 David therefore befought God for one little ewe lamb, which he had bought the child; and David fasted, and went and nourished up: and it grew up toge. in, and lay all night upon the earth. ther with him, and with his children; it 17 And the elders of his house arose, did eat of his own meat, and drank of and went to him, to raise him up from the his own cup, and lay in his bofom, and earth : but he would not, neither did he was unto him as a daughter.
eat bread with them. 4. And there came a traveller unto the 18 And it came to pass on the seventh rich man, and he spared to take of his day, that the child died. And the fervants' own llock and of his own herd, to dress of David feared to tell him that the child for the wayfaring man that was come was dead: for they said, Behold, while unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, the child was yet alive, we spake unto and dressed it for the man that was come him, and he would not hearken unto our to him.
voice: how will he then vex himself, if 5 And David's anger was greatly kin- we tell him that the child is dead? dled against the man; and he said to Na 19 But when David saw that his ferthan, As the LORD liveth, the man that vants whispered, David perceived that the hath done this thing shall surely die : child was dead: therefore David said un
6 And he shall restore the lamb four to his servants, Is the child dead? And fold, because he did this thing, and be- they said, He is dead. cause he had no pity.
20 Then David arose from the earth, 7 1 And Nathan said to David, Thou and washed, and anointed himself, and ari the man. Thus faith the LORD God changed his apparel, and came into the of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, house of the Lord, and worshipped : and I delivered thee out of the land of then he came to his own house; and when
he required, they set bread before him, 8 And I gave thee thy master's house, and he did eat. and thy master's wives into thy bosom, 21 Then said his fervants unto him, and gave thee the house of Ifrael and of What thing is this that thou haft done ? Judah; and if that had been too little, I thou didst fast and weep for the child, would moreover have given unto thee while it was alive; but when the child fuch and such things.
was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. 9 Wherefore halt thou despised the 22 And he said, While the child was commandment of the Lord, to do evil yet alive, I fasted and wept : for I said, in his fight? thou hast killed Uriah the Who can tell whether God will be graHittite with the firord, and haft taken cious to me, that the child may live?
Chap. xiii. Amnon ravisheth Tamar. 23 But now he is dead, wherefore Mould | Tamar come, and give me meat, and I fast? can I bring him back again? I fhall dress the meat in my sight, that I may go to him, but he shall not return to me. see it, and eat it at her hand.
24 | And David comforted Bath-theba 6 So Amnon lay down, and made himhis wife, and went in unto her, and lay self sick: and when the king was come with her : and she bare a son, and he to see him, Amnon said unto the king, I called his name Solomon: and the LORD pray thee, let Tamar my sister come, and loved him.
make me a couple of cakes in niy light, 25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan that I may eat at her hand. the prophet; and he called his name Je. 7 Then David sent home to Tamar, didiah because of the LORD.
laying, Go now to thy brother Amnon's 26 | And Joab fought against Rabbah house, and dreso liim meat. of the children of Ammon, and took the 8 So Tamar kent to her brotlier Am. royal city.
non's house; and he was laid down. 27 1 And Joab sent messengers to David, And the took flour, and kneaded it, and and said, I have fought against Rabbah, made cakes in his fight, and did buke and have taken the city of waters.
the cakes. 28 Now therefore gather the rest of 9. And she took a pan, and poured the people together, and encamp against them out before him; but he refused to the city, and take it: left I take the city, eat. And Amnon said, Have out all men and it be called after my name.
from me. And they went out every man 29 And David gathered all the people from him. together, and went to Rabbah, and fought 10 And Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring against it, and took it.
the meat into the chamber, that I may 30 And he took their king's crown eat of thine hand. And Tamar took the from off his head, the weight whereof cakes which she had made, and brought was a talent of gold with the precious them into the chamber to Amnon her stones : and it was set on David's head. brother. And he brought forth the spoil of the II And when she had brought then unto city in great abundance.
him to eat, he took hold of her, and said 31 And he brought forth the people unto her, Come lie with me, my lifter. that were therein, and put them under 12 And she answered him, Nay, my saws, and under harrows of iron, and brother, do not force me; for no such under axes of iron, and made them pass thing ought to be done in Israel : do not through the brickkiln : and thus did he thou this folly. unto all the cities of the children of Am 13 And I, whither shall I cause my mon. So David and all the people re- Mame to go ? and as for thee, thou shalt turned unto Jerusalem.
be as one of the fools in Israel. Now there. CHAP. XIII.
fore, I pray thee, speak unto the king; for 1 Amnon, loving Tamar, ravisheth her. he will not withhold me from thee.
15 He hateth her, and turneth her away. 14 Howbeit he would not hearken 23 Absalom killeth Amnon, 37 and fleeth. unto her voice: but, being stronger than A Nabratomammeto pass a beautiaisaidia NĎ it came to pass after this, that the, forced her, and lay with her.
15 ? Then Amnon hated her exceed. fair fifter, whose name quas Tamar; and ingly; so that the hatred wherewith he Amnon the son of David loved her. hated her was grcater than the love
2 And Amnon was so vexed, that he wherewith he had loved her. And Amfell fick for his lister Tamar; for she was
non faid unto her, Arife, be gone. a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for
16 And the fairi unto him, There is no him to do any thing to her.
caute: this evil in fending me away is 3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name greater than the ciherthat thou cijft unto was Jona.lab, the son of Shimeah David's ine, Bui he would not hcarken unto her. brother; and Jonadab was a very subtil 17 Then he called his fervant that
ninistered unto him, and furid, Put now 4 And he said unto him, Why art this woran out froin me, and bolt the thou, being the king's son, lean froin day door after her. to day! wili thou not tell me? And Am 18 And she had a garment of divers conon said unto him, I love Tamar, my lours upon lier: fer with such robes were brother Abfalom's fifter.
the king's daughters that were virgins aps And Jonadab said unto him, Lay thee parelled. Then his servant brought her down on thy bed, and make thyself fick: out, and belted the door after her. and when thy father cometh to see thee, 19 And Tamar put alhes on her head, say unto him, I pray thee, let my tister and rent her garment of divers colours
Absalom k!!!eth Arnon. II. SAMUEL.
The avidow of Tekoah that was on her, and laid her hand on that all the king's sons are dead: for Amher head, and went on crying.
non only is dead. 20 And Abfalom her brother said unto 34 But Abfalom fled. And the young her, Hath Ainnon thy brother been with man that kept the watch lifted up lis thee? but hold now thy peace, my sister: eyes, and looked, and, behold, there he is thy brother; regard not this thing. came much people by the way of the hill So Tamar remained desolate in her bro. fide behind him. ther Abfalom's house.
35 And Jonadab said unto the king, 21 But when king David heard of all Behold, the king's fons come: as thy ferthese things, he was very wroth. vant faid, so it is.
22 And Absalom spake unto his bro 36 And it came to pass, as soon as he ther Amnon neither good mor bad : for had made an end of speaking, that, be. Abfalom hated Ammon, because he had hold, the king's fons came, and lifted up forced his fifter Tamar.
their voice and wept: and the king also 23? And it came to pass after two full and all his servants wept very lore. years, that Absalom had theepshearers in 37 4 But Abfalom fled, and went to Baal-hazor, which is beside Ephraim; and Talmai, the son of Ammiliud, king of Abfalom invited all the king's tons. Gelur. And David mourned for his
24 And Abfalom came to the king, and son every day. faid, Behold now, thy fervant hath Theep-, 38 So Absalom fied, and went to Geshearers; let the king, I beteech thee, thur, and was there three years. and his fervants go with thy fervant. 39 And the soul of king David longed
25 And the king faid to Abfalom, Nay, to go forth unto Abfalom : for he was my son, let us not all now go, left we be comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he chargeable unto tliet'. And he pretted was dead. him : howbeit he would not go, but
CHAP. XIV. blessed him.
1 Joab, suborning a widow of Tekoah to 26 Then taid Abfalom, If not, I pray incline the king's heart to fetch honie Abthee, let my brother Amnon go with us. Jalom, 21 bringeth bim to Yerusalem. And the king faid unto him, Why Mould OW Joab the son of Zeruiali' perhe go with thec?
ceived that the king's heart was to. 27 But Absalom prelled him, that he ward Absalom. let Amnon and all tlie king's sous go 2 And Joab fent to Tekoah, and fetch. with him.
ed thence a wise woman, and said unto 28 Now Abfalom had commanded his her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a servants, saying, Mark ye now when Am- mourner, and put on now mourning non's heart is merry with wine, and when appare!, and anoint not thyself with oil, I lay unto you, Smite Amnon; then kill but be as a woman that had a long time him, fear not: have not I commanded mourned for the dead : you? be courageous, and be valiant. 3 And come to the king, and speak
29. And the Tervants of Ablalom did on this manner unto him. So Joab put untó Amnon as Absalom had command- the words in her mouth. ed. Then all the king's sons arosc, and 4 And when the woman of Tekoah every man gat him up upon his mule, spake to the king, Ne fell on her face to and fled.
the ground, and did obeisance, and said, 30 And it came to pass, while they Help, O king. were in the way, that tidings came to 5 And the king said unto her, What David, saying, Absalom hath Nain all aileth thee ? And the answered, I am inthe king's fons, and there is not one of deed a widow woman, and mine husband them left.
is dead. 31 Then the king arose, and tare his 6 And thy handmaid had two sons, garments, and lay on the earth; and all his and they two strove together in the field, fervants stood by with their clothes rent. and there was none to part them, but
32 And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah the one smote the other, and flew him. David's brother, answered and said, Let 7 And, behold, the whole family is not my lord suppose that they have Nain risen against thine handmaid, and they said, all the young men the king's fons; for Deliver him that smote his brother, that Amnon only is dead; for by the appoint. we may kill him, for the life of his broment of Absalom this hath been deter- ther whom he flew; and ire will destroy mined from the day that he forced his the heir also: and so they shall quench Gifter Tamar.
my coal which is left, and shall not leave 33 Now therefore let not my lord the to my husband neither name nor remainking take the thing to his heart, to think der upon the earth.