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Chap. xiv.

Abfalom's return. 8 And the king said unto the woman, 20 To fetch about this form of speechi Go to thine house, and I will give charge hath thy servant Joab done this thing : concerning thee.

and iny lord is wise, according to the 9 And the woman of Tekoah said unto wisdom of an angel of God, to know the king, My lord, O king, the iniquity all things that are in the earth. be on me, and on my father's house: and 21 9 And the king faid unto Joab, the king and his throne be guiltless. Behold now, I have done this thing :

10 And the king faid, Whosoever faith fu therefore, bring the young man Abought unto thee, bring him to me, and Ialom again. he shall not touch thee any more.

22 And joab fell to the ground on his 11 Then said the, I pray thee, let the face, and bowed himself, and thanked the king remember the Lord'thy God, that king: and Joab said, To cay thy servant thou wouldest not suffer the revengers of knoiveth that I have found grace in thy blood to destroy any more, left they de- fight, my lord, O king, in that the king Itroy my son. And he said, As the LORD hath fulálled the request of his servant. live h, there shall not one hair of thy fon 23 So Joab arose and went to Geshur, fall to the earth.

and brought Abļalom to Jerusalem. 12 Then the woman said, Let thine 24 And the king said, Let him turn to handmaid, I pray thee, speak one word his own house, and let' bim not see my 'unito my lord the king. And he said, face. So Abfalom returned to his own Say on.

house, and saw not the king's face. 13 And the woman sud, Wherefore 25 But in all Ifrael there was none to then haft thou thought such a thing a- be to much praised as Absalom for his gainst the people of God? for the king beanty: from the fole of his foot even doth speak this thing as one which is to the crown of his head there was no faulty, in that the king doth not felch blemish in him. home again his banished.

26 And when he polled his head, (for 14 For we must needs die, and are as it was at every year's end that he polled water spilt on the ground, which cannot it: because the hair was heavy on him, be gathered up again ; neither doth God therefore he polled it:) he weighed the respect any person : yet doth he devise hair of liis head at two hundred shekels means, that his banished be not expelled after the king's weiglit. from him.

27 And unto Abfalom there were born 15 Now therefore that I am come to three sons, and one daughter, whose name speak of this thing unto my lord the king, was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair it is because the people have made me countenance. afraid : and thy handmaid said, I will 28 So Abfalom dwelt two full years in now speak unto the king; it may be that Jerusalem, and saw not the king's face. the king will perforin the request of his 29 Therefore Abfalom sent for Joab, to handmaid.

hare sent him to the king; but he would 18 For the king will hear, to deliver not come to him: and when he sent again his handimaid out of the hand of the man the second time, he would not come. that would destroy me and my

3. Therefore he said unto his servants, ther out of the inheritance of God. See, Joab’s field is near mine, and he hath

17. Then thine handmaid faid, The barley there; go and set it on fire. And word of my lord the king shall now be Abfalomi's servants fet the field on fire. comfortable : for as an angel of God, so 31 Then Joab arole, and came to Ab. is my lord the king to difcern good and falom unto bis hone, and said unto him, bad: therefore the LORD thy God will Wherefore have thy servants set my field be with thee.

18 Then the king answered and said 32 And Absalom answered Joab, Beunto the woman, Hide not from me, I hold, I fent unto thee, saying, Come hipray thee, the thing that I shall ask tiee. ther, that I may send thee to the king, to And the woman said, Let my lord the fay, Wherefore am I come from Gelhur? king now speak.

it had been good for me to have been there 19 And the king said, Is not the hand of ftill: now therefore let me see the king's Joab with thee in all this? And the woman face; and if there be any iniquity in me, answered and said, as thy foul liveth, my let him kill me. lord the king, none can turn to the right 33 So Joab came to the king, and told hand or to the left from ought that my him: and when he had called for Absa. lord the king hath spoken: forthy servant lom, he came to the king, and bowcu Joab, he bade me, and he put all these himself on his face to the ground before words in the mouth of thine handmaid:' the king: and the king kifled Abfalom.

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15 And the king's servants said unto ND it came to pass after this, that the king, Behold, thy servants are ready

Abfalom prepared liim chariots and to do whatsoever my lord the king Mall hories, and fifty men to run before him. appoint.

2 And Abialom rote up early, and lood Só And the king went forth, and all belide the way of the gate : and it was his houshold after him. And the king jo, that when any man that had a con-left ten women, tuhich were concubines, Troverly came to the king for judgment, to keep the house. then Abfalom called unto bim, and said, 17. And the king went forth, and all Of what city art thou? And he said, the people after him, and tarried in a Thy fervant is of one of the tribes of place that was far off. Ifrael.

18 And all his servants passed on beside 3 And Abfalom said unto him, Sec, tly him; and all the Cherethites, and all the maiters are good and right; but there is Pelethites, and all the Gittites, fix hunno man deputed of the king to hear thee. dred men which came after him from

4 Absalom said moreover, that I Gath, passed on before the king. were made judge in the land, that every 19. Then said the king to Ittai the man which hath any fuit or cause might Gittite, Wherefore goest ihou also with come into me, and I would do him justice! us? return to thy place, and abide with

5 And it was so, that when any man the king: for thou art a stranger, and came nigh to him to do him obeisance, also an exile. he put forth his hand, and took him, 20 Whereas thou camest but yesterday, and killed him.

should I this day make thee go up and 6 And on this manner did Absalom down with us? seeing ! go whither I may, to all Itrael that came to the king for return thou, and take back thy brethren: judgment: fo Absalom stole the hearts mercy and truth be with thee. of the men of Israel.

21 And Ittai answered the king, and 7 And it came to pass after forty faid, As the Lord liveth, and as my lord years, that Absalom said unto the king, the king liveth, surely in what place my I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, lord the king shall be, whether in death or which I have vowed unto the LORD, in life, even there also will thy fervant be. Hebron.

22 And David said to Ittai, Go and 8 For thy servant vowed a vow while pass over. And Ittai the Gittite passed I abode at Gelur in Syria, saying, If over, and all his men, and all the little the Lord shall bring me again indeed to ones that were with him. Jerusalem, then I will serve the Lord. 23. And all the country wept with a

2 And the king faid unto him, Go in loud voice, and all the people passed over: peace. So he arole, and went to Hebron. the king also himself passed overthe brook

10 I But Absalom sent fpies through- Kidron, and all the people paffed over, out all the tribes of Israel, laying: As toward the way of the wilderness. toon as ye hear tlie sound of the trumpet, 24. And lo Zadok also, and all the Lethen ye ihall say, Abfalom reigneth in vites were with him, bearing the ark of flebron,

the covenant of God: and they set down jr And with Absalom went two liun- the ark of God; and Abiathar went up, elred men ort of Jerusalemn, that were until all the people had done passing out called ; and they went in their fimplicity, of the city. and they knew not any thing.

25 And the king said unto Zadok, 12 And Absalom fent for Ahithophel Carry back the ark of God into the city: the Gilonite, David's counseller, from if u ihall find favour in the eyes of the his city, even from Giloh, while lie of- (LORD, he will bring me again, and thew fered facrifices. And the conspiracy was me byth it, and his habitation : ítrong; for the people increaled conti 26 But if he thus say, I have no delight mually with Absalom.

in thee; behold, here am I, let him do to 13 9 And there came a messenger to me as seemneth good unto him. David, saying, The hearts of the men of 27 The king laid also unto Zadok the Tirael are after Abfalom.

priest, Art not thou a feer? return into 14 And David said unto all his fervants the city in peace, and your two sons that were with him at Jerufalem, Arise, with you, Ahimaaz thy son, and Jona. and let us flee; for we shall not ese escape than ihe son of Abiathar. from Abtalom: make speed to depart, 28 See, I will tarry in the plain of the

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Chap. xvi.

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vess may drink. 29 Zadok therefore and Abiathar car 3. And the king said, And where is ried the ark of God again to Jerusalem : thy master's fon? and Ziba said unto and they tarried there.

the king, Behold, he abideth at Jerusa:30 And David went up by the ascent lem: for he said, To day shall the house of mount Olivet, and wept as he went of Israel restore me the kingdom of my up, and had his head covered, and he father. went barefoot : and all the people that 4. Then said the king to Ziba, Rehold, was with him covered every man liis thine are all that pertained unto Mephihead, and they went up, weeping as they boseth. And Ziba said, I humbly be

feech thee that I may find grace in thy 31 And one told David, saying, Ahi-light, my lord, O king. thophel is among the conspirators with 59 And when king David came to Biro Ablalom. And David said, () LORD), 1 Aurim, behold, thence came ont a man pray thee, turn the counsel of Anithor of the family of the house of Saul, whose phel into foolishness.

name was Shimei, the fon of Gera: he 32 And it came to pass, that when came forth, and curled Nill as he came. David was come to the top of the inorint,

6 And he cast stones at David, and it where he worshipped God, behold, Hu- all the servants of king David : and all thai the Archite came to ineet him with the people and all the irighty meni zvere his coat rent, and earth upon his head: on his right hand and on his left.

33 Unto whom David liid, if thou 7 And thus faid Shimei when he carte pallest on with me, then thou halt be a led, Come out, come out, thou bloody burden unto me :

inan, and thou man of Belial: 34 But if thou return to the city, and 8 The LORD hath returned upon thee say unto Absalom, I will be thy servant, all the blood of the house of Saul, in O king; as I have been thy father's fer- whose scad thou haft reigned ; and the vant hitherto, so svill I now also be thy Lord hath delivered the kingdom into servant: then mayest thou for me defeat the hard of Absalom thy fon : and, bcthe counsel of Ahitophel.

hold, thou art taken in thy milchicf, be35 And halt thou not there with thee cause thou art a bloody man. Zadok and Abiathar the priests? there 9 Then said Abithai the son of Zerufore it shall be, that what thing foeveriah unto the king, Why should this dead thou shalt hear out of the king's houfi, dog curse my lord the king ? let me go thou shalt tell it to Zadok and Abiathar over, I pray thee, and take off his head. the priests.

10 And the king said, What have I to 36 Behold, they have there with them do with you, ye fons of Zeruiah? so let their two sons, Ahimaaz Zadok's son, him curse, because the Lord hath said and Jonathan Abiathar's fon; and by unto him, Curfe David. Who shall then them ye shall send unto me every thing say, Wherefore hast thou done fo? that ye can bear.

11 And David said to Abilhai, and to 37 So Humai David's friend came into all his servants, Behold, my son, which the city, and Abfalom came into Jeru- came forth of my bowels, seeketh_my salem.

life : how much more now may this BenCH A P. XVI.

jamite do it? let him alone, and let him 1 Ziba, by false suggestions, obtaineth his curse; for the Lord hath bidden him.

master's inheritance. 5 Shimei curfith 1 2 It may be that the Lord will look David. 9 David abstaineth and xp- on mine afliction, and thiat the LORD will fraineth others from revenge.

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13 And as David and his men went ND when David was a little past by the way, Shimei went along on the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a as he went, and threw fones at him, couple of affes saddled, and upon them and cast duft. two hundred loaves of bread, and an hun 14 And the king, and all the people dred bunches of raisins, and an hundred that were with him, came weary, and of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine, refreshed themselves there.

2 And the king faid unto Zibil, What 15 And Abfalom, and all the people meanest thou by these ? and Ziba faid, the men of lfrael, came to Jerusalem, The alles be for the king's bowhold to and Anithophel with him. ride on; and the bread and summer 16 And it came to pass, when Ilusai fruit for the young men to eat; and the the Archite, Davil's friend, was come

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17 And Abfalom said to Huihai, Is this as a bear robbed of her whelps in the thy kindness to thy friend? why wentest field: and thy father is a man of war, and thou not withi thy friend?

will not lodge with the people, 18 And Hulai said unto Abfalom, 9 Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or Nay; but whom the LORD, and this peo- in some other place: and it will come to ple, and all the men of Israel, choose, his pass, when some of them be overthrown will I be, and with him will I abide. at the first, that whosoever heareth it will

19 And again, whom Mould I serve? say, There is a slaughter among the peoshould I not ferve in the presence of his ple that follow Ablalom. fun!' as I have served in thy father's pre 10 And he also that is valiant, whose sence, fo will I be in thy prefence. heart is as the heart of a lion, shall ut

20 9 Then said Ablalom to Ahitho-tcrly melt : for all Ifrael knoweth that phel, Give counsel among you what we thy father is a nighty man, and they thall do.

which be with him are valiant men. 21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Therefore I counsel that all Ifrael Goin unto thy father's concubines, wbich be generally gathered unto thee, from he hath left to keep the houte; and all Dan even to Beer-sheba, as the fand that Israel shall hear thai thou art abhorred of is by the sea for multitude ; and that thy father : then Mall the hands of all thou go to battle in thine own person. that are with thee be strong.

12 So thall we come upon bim in some 22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon place where he shall be found, and we the top of the houte; and Abfalom went will light upon him as the dew falleth on in unto his father's concubines in the the ground : and of him and of all the sight of all Israel.

men that are with him there shall not be 23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, left so much as one. which he counselled in those days, was 13 Moreover, if he be gotten into a as if a man had enquired at the oracle of city, then shall all Israel bring ropes to God: so was all the counsel of Ahitho- that city, and we will draw it into the phel both with David and with Absalom. river, until there be not one small stone CH A P. XVII.

found there. I Ahithophel's counsel is overthrown by Hu 14 And Abfalom and all the men of

Mai's, according to God's appointment. Ifrael faid, The counsel of Hushai the 15 Secret intelligence is sent to David. Archite is better than the counsel of Ahi

23 Ahithophel bangeth bimself. thophel. For the Lord had appointed M MOREOVER Ahithople said unto to defeat the good counsel of Abithophel,

Absalom, Let me now choose out to the intent that the Lord might bring twelve thousand men, and I will arise and evil upon Abfalom. pursue after David this night :

15 9 Then said Hushai unto Zadok 2 And I will come upon him while he and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and is weary and weak handed, and will thus did Ahithophel counsel Abfalom make him afraid: and all the people that and the elder Israel; and thus and are with him shall flee; and I will smite thus have I counselled. the king only :

16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell 3 And I will bring back all the people David, saying, Lodge not this night in unto thee: the man whom thou seekent the plains of the wilderness, but speedily is as if all returned: so all the people pass over; left the king be swallowed up, Shall be in peace.

and all the people that are with him. 4 And the saying pleased Absalom well, 17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed and all the elders of Israel.

by En-rogel; for they might not be seen 5 Then said Absalon, Call now Humai to come into the city: and a wench went the Archite also, and let us hear likewise and told them; and they went and told, what he faith.

king David. 6 And when Hushai was come to Ab. 18 Nevertheless a lad saw them, and salom, Absalom spake unto him, saying, told Absalom : but they went both of Ahithophel hath spoken after this man- them away quickly, and came to a man's ner: fhall we do after his saying? if not; house in Bahurim, which had a well in speak thou.

his court; whither they went down. 7 And Hushai said unto Absalom, The 19 And the woman took and spread counsel that Anithophel hath given is not a covering over the well's mouth, and good at this time.

spread ground corn thereon; and the & For, said Huthai, thou knowest thy thing was not known.

Abitbophel hangeth himself. Chap. xviii.

Absalom pain by 701b. 20 And when Abfalom's servants came and a third part under the hand of Ittai to the woman to the house, they said, the Gittite. And the king said unto the Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And people, I will furely go forth with you the woman said unto them, They be gone inylelf also. over the brook of water. And when they 3 But the people answered, Thou shalt had fought and could not find them, they not go forth: for if we fice away, they returned to Jerusalem.

will not care for us; neither if half of 115 21 And it came to pass, after they were die, will they care for us: but now thou departed, that they came up out of the art worth ten thousand of us: therefore well, and went and told king David, and now it is better that thou fuccour us out said unto David, Arise, and pass quickly of the city: over the water: for thus hath Ahithophel 4. And the king said unto them, What counselled against you.

seemeth you beit I will do. And the 22 Then David arose, and all the peo- king stood by the gate lide, and all the ple that were with him, and they pasied people came out by hundreds and by over Jordan: by the morning light there thousands. lacked not one of them that was not gone 5 And the king commanded Jcab and over Jordan.

Abishai and Ittai, saying, Decil gently for 23 | And when Ahithophel saw that my fake with the young man, even with his counsel was not followed, he saddled Abfalom. And all the people beard ivhen bis ass, and arose, and gat him home to the king gave all the captains charge con. his house, to his city, and put his houl- cerning Abfalom. hold in order, and hanged himself, and 6 So the people went out into the field died, and was buried in the sepulchre against Ifrael: and the battle was in the of his father.

wood of Ephraim; 24 Then David came to Mahanaim. 7 Where the people of Ifrael were Nain And Abfalom passed over Jordan, he and before the servants of David, and there all the men of Israel with him.

was there a great Daughter that day of 25 And Absalom made Amasa captain twenty thousand men. of the host instead of Joab: which Amafa 8 For the battle was there scattered was a man's son, whose name was Ithra over the face of all the country: and the an Israelite, that went in to Abigail the wood devoured more people that day caughter of Nahash, sister to Žeruiah than the sword devoured. Joab's mother.

99 And Absalom met the servants 26 So. Israel and Absalom pitched in of David. And Absalom rode upon a the land of Gilead.

mule, and the mule went under the thick 27 And it came pass, when David boughs of a great oak, and his head was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the caught hold of the oak, and he was taken son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children up between the heaven and the earth ; of Ammon, and Machir the son of Am. and the mule that was under hin went miel of Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gi-away. leadite of Rogelim,

10 And a certain man saw it, and told 28 Brought beds, and barons, and Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, hanged in an oak. and flour, and parched corn, and beans, JI And Joab faid unto the man that and lentiles, and parched pulfe, told him, And, behold, thou sawest him,

29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and why didst thou nol smite him there and cheese of kine, for David, and for the to the ground? and I would have given people that were with bim, to eat : for thee ten shekels of silver, and a girdle. they said, The people is hungry, and 12 And the man said unto Joab, Though weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness. Ihould receive a thousand /bekels of silver CHAP. XVIII.

in mine hand, yet would I not put forth I David viewing the armies, giveth them mine hand against the king's fon: for in

charge of Abjulom. 9 Absalom is sain our hearing the king charged thee and by Joab. 33 David lanienteth for him. Abishai and Ittai, saying, Beware that AND David numbered the people none touch the young man Ablalom, of thousands and captains of hundreds falsehood against mine own life: for there over them.

is no maiter hid from the king, and thou 2 And David sent forth a third part thyself wouldest have set thyself against of the people under the hand of Joab, me. and a third part under the hand of Abi 14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry fhai the son of Zeruiah, Juab's brother, thus with thee.. And he took three darts

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