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Joab killeth Abner.

Chap. iv. David mourneth for Abner. 13 And he said, Well ; I will make a 26 And when Joab was come out from league with thee : but one thing I re- David, he sent messengers after Abner, quire of thee, that is, Thou shalt not fee which brought him again from the well my face, except thou first bring Michal of Sirah : but David knew it not. Saul's daughter, when thou comeft to 27 And when Abner was returned to see my face.

Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate 14 And David sent messengers to Ish- to speak with him quietly, and smote him bosheth Saul's son, saying, Deliver me my there under the fifth rib, that he died, for wife Michal, which I espoused to me for the blood of Afahel his brother. an hundred foreskins of the Philistines. 28 | And afterward when David heard

15 And Ish-bofheth sent, and took her it, he said, I and my kingdom are guiltless from her husband, even from Phaltiel the before the Lord for ever from the blood son of Lailh.

of Abner the son of Ner: 16 And her husband went with her 29 Let it rest on the head of Joab, and along weeping behind her to Bahurim. on all his father's house; and let there Then said Abner unto him, Go, return. not fail from the house of Joab one that And he returned.

hath an issue, or that is a leper, or that 17 And Abner had communication leaneth on a staff, or that falleth on the with the elders of Israel, saying, Ye sword, or that lacketh bread. fought for David in times past to be king 30 So Joab and Abishai his brother llew over you:

Abner, because he had sain their brother 18 Now then do it: for the LORD Afahel at Gibeon in the battle. hath spoken of David, saying, By the 31 g And David said to Joab, and to hand of my servant David I will save my all the people that were with him, Rend people Israel out of the hand of the your clothes, and gird you with fackcloth, Philistines, and out of the hand of all and mourn before Abner. And king David their enemies,

himself followed the bier. 19 And Abner also spake in the ears of 32 And they buried Abner in Hebron : Benjamin : and Abner went also to speak and the king lifted up his voice, and in the ears of David in Hebron all that wept at the grave of Abner; and all the seemed good to Israel, and that seemed people wept. good to the whole house of Benjamin, 33 And the king lamented over Abner,

20 So Abner came to Dayid to Hebron, and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth? and twenty men with him. And David 34 Thy hands were not bound, nor thy made Abner and the men that were with feet put into fetters : as a man falleth him a feast.

before wicked men, so fellest thou. And 21 And Abner said unto David, I will all the people wept again over him. arite and go, and will gather all Israel 35 And when all the people came to unto my lord the king, that they may cause David to eat mcat while it was yet make a league with thee, and that thou day, David sware, saying, So do God to mayest reign over all that thine heart de- me, and more also, if I taste bread, or fireth. And David sent Abner away; ought else, till the sun be down. and he went in peace.

36 And all the people took notice of it, 22 | And, behold, the servants of David and it pleased them: as whatsoever the and Joab came from pursuing a troop, and king did pleased all the people. brought in a great spoil with them: but 37 For all the people and all Ifrael unAbner was not with David in Hebron ; derstood that day that it was not of the for he had sent him away, and he was king to slay Abner the fon of Ner. gone in peace.

38 And the king said unto his servants, 23 When Joab and all the host that was Know ye not that there is a prince and a with him were come, they told Joab, great man fallen this day in Ifrael? saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the 39 And I am this day weak, though king, and he hath sent him away, and anointed king ; and these men the sons of he is gone in peace.

Zeruiah. be too hard for me: the LORD 24 Then Joab' came to the king, and thall reward the doer of evil according said, What hast thou done ? behold, to his wickedness. Abner came unto thee; why is it that

CHAP. IV. thou hast sent him away, and he is quite 1 The Ifraelites being troubled at the death gone?

of Abner, 2 Baanah and Rechabsay Ish25 Thou knowest Abner the son of Ner, bosheth. 9 David causeth them to be pain, that he came to deceive thee, and to know and [/-bobeth's heud to be buried. thy going out and thy coming in, and to that


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David taketh Zion, were feeble, and all the Israelites were

CHAP. V. troubled.

i The tribes come to Hebron to anoint Da. 2 | And Saul's son had two men that vid king over Israel. 6 He taketh Zion avere captains of bands : the name of from the Jebustes. the one was Baanah, and the name of


THEN came all the tribes of Israel the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon to David unto Hebron, and spake, a Beerothite, of the children of Benja- saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy min : (for Beeroth also was reckoned to fesh. Benjamin :

2. Also in time past, when Saul was 3 And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, king over us, thou wast he that leddeft and were sojourners there until this day.) out and broughtest in Israel : and the

4 And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a fon Lord said to thee, Thou shalt feed my that was lame of his feet. He was five people Ifrael, and thou shalt be a captain years old when the tidings came of Saul over Ifrael. and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse 3. So all the elders of Israel came to took him up, and Aed : and it came to the king to Hebron ; and king David pass, as me made haste to flee, that he made a league with them in Hebron befell, and became lame. And his name fore the LORD: and they anointed Dawas Mephibosheth.

vid king over Israel. 5 And the sons of Rimmon the Beer 4 David was thirty years old when he othite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and began to reign, and he reigned forty came about the heat of the day to the years. house of lih-bosheth, who lay on a bed 5 In Hebron he reigned over sudah

seven years and fix months : and in Jeru6 And they came thither into the midst salem he reigned thirty and three years of the house, as though they would have over all Israel and Judah. fetched wheat; and they smote him un 6 | And the king and his men went der the fifth rib: and Rechab and Baanah to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhis brother escaped.

habitants of the land : which spake unto 7 For when they came into the house, David, saying, Except thou take away he lay on his bed in his bedchamber, and the blind and the lame, thou shalt not they smote him, and flew him, and be- come in hither : thinking, David cannot headed him, and took his head, and gat come in hither. them away through the plain all night. 7 Nevertheless David took the strong

8 And they brought the head of Ish- hold of Zion : the same is the city of bosheth unto David to Hebron, and said David. to the king, Behold the head of Ilh-bo 8 And David said on that day, Who. Sheth the son of Saul thine enemy, which foever getteth up to the gutter, and fought thy life ; and the LORD hath a- smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and venged my lord the king this day of Saul, the blind, that are hated of David's foul, and of his feed.

be shall be chief and captain. Wherefore 9 | And David answered Rechab and they said, The blind and the lame shall Banaah his brother, the sons of Rimmon not come into the house. the Beerothite, and said unto them, As 9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called the Lord liveth, who hath redeemed my it the city of David. And David built foul out of all adverlity,

round about from Millo and inward. 10 When one told me, saying, Behold, 10 And David went on, and grew Saul is dead, thinking to have brought great, and the LORD God of hosts was good tidings, I took hold of him, and with him. New him in Ziklag, who thought that I 11 And Hiram king of Tyre fent mefwould have given him a reward for his sengers to David, and cedar trees, and tidings :

carpenters, and masons: and they built II How much more, when wicked David an house, men have Nain a righteous person in his 12 And David perceived that the LORD own house upon his bed ? shall I not had established him king over Israel, and therefore now require his blood of your that he had exalted his kingdom for his hand, and take you away from the earth? people Ifrael's sake.

12 And David commanded his young 13 And David took him more concumen, and they sew them, and cut off bines and wives out of Jerusalem, after their hands and their feet, and hanged he was come from Hebron : and there them up over the poolin Hebron. But they were yet fons and daughters born to took the head of Ish-bosheth, and buried David. i: in the fepulchre of Abner in Hebron. 14 And these be the names of thofe

David fetcheth the ark

Chap. vị.

from Kirjath-jearim. that were born unto him in Jerusalem ;| Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, Shammuah, and Shobab, and 'Nathan, drave the new cart. and Solomon,

4 And they brought it out of the house 15 Ibhar also, and Elishua, and Nepheg, of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, acand Japhia,

companying the ark of God; and Ahio 16 And Elisama, and Eliada, and E-went before the ark. liphalet.


And David and all the house of Israel 17 But when the Philistines heard that played before the LORD on all manner of they had anointed David king over Israel, instruments made of fir wood, even on all the Philistines came up to seek David; harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and David heard of it, and went down to and on cornets, and on cymbals. the hold.

69 And when they came to Nachon's 18 The Philistines also came and spread threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his band themselves in the valley of Rephaim. to the ark of God, and took hold of it;

19 And David enquired of the LORD, for the oxen shook it. saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines ? 7 And the anger of the Lord was wilt thou deliver them into mine hand ? kindled against Uzzah ; and God smote And the LORD said unto David, Go up: him there for his error; and there he died for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines by the ark of God. into thine hand.

8 And David was displeased, because 20_And David came to Baal-perazim, the LORD had made a breach upon Uzand David smote them there, and said, zah: and he called the name of the place The LORD hath broken forth upon mine Perez-uzzah to this day. enemies before me, as the breach of wa 9 And David was afraid of the LORD ters. Therefore he called the name of that day, and said, How shall the ark that place Baal-perazim.

of the LORD come to me? 21 And there they left their images, 10 So David would not remove the ark and David and his men burned them. of the LORD unto him into the city of

22 And the Philistines came up yet a- David : but David carried it aside into gain, and spread themselves in the valley the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. of Rephaim.

11 And the ark of the LORD continued 23 And when David enquired of the in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up; three months : and the Lord blessed Obut fetch a compass behind them, and bed-edom, and all his houshold. come upon them over against the mul 12 | And it was told king David, sayberry trees.

ing, The Lord hath blessed the house of 24 And let it be, when thou hearest Obed-edom, and all that pertaineth unto the sound of a going in the tops of the him, because of the ark of God. So Damulberry trees, that then thou Malt be- vid went and brought up the ark of God ftir thyself : for then shall the Lord go from the house of Obed-edom into the out before thee, to smite the host of the city of David with gladness. Philistines.

13 And it was so, that when they that 25 And David did so, as the Lord bare the ark of the Lord had gone fix had commanded him ; and fmote the paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings. Philistines from Geba until thou come 14 And David danced before the Lord to Gazer.

with all his might ; and David was gird. C H A P. VI.

ed with a linen ephod. , David fetcheth the ark from Kirjath 15 So David and all the house of Israel jearim on a new cart. 6 Uzzah is smit- brought up the ark of the LORD with

12 David danceth before the ark. shouting, and with the sound of the 20 Michal's barrenness.

trumpet. GAIN, David gathered together 16 And as the ark of the LORD came thousand,

daughter looked through a window, and 2 And David arose, and went with all saw king David leaping and dancing bethe people that were with him from Baale fore the LORD; and nie despised him in of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark her heart. of God, whose name is called by the 17. And they brought in the ark of name of the Lord of hosts that dwelleth the LORD, and set it in his place, in the between the cherubims.

midst of the tabernacle that David had 3 And they set the ark of God upon a pitched for it: and David offered burnt new cart, and brought it out of the house offerings and peace offerings before the of Abinadab that was in Gibeah ; and LORD.


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Michal's barrenness.

II. SAMUEL. God's promise to David. 18 And as soon as David had made an 8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto end of offering burnt offerings and peace my servant David, Thus faith the LORD offerings, he blessed the people in the of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, pame of the Lord of hosts.

from following the sheep, to be ruler over 19 And he dealt among all the people, my people, over Israel : even among the whole multitude of Israel, 9 And I was with thee whithersoever as well to the women as men, to every thou wentest, and have cut off all thine one a cake of bread, and a good piece of enemies out of thy fight, and have made flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the peo- thee a great name, like unto the name of ple departed every one to his house. the great mien that are in the earth.

20 9 Then David returned to bless his 10 Moreover I will appoint a place for houshold. And Michal the daughter of my people Israel, and will plant them, Saul cạme out to meet David, and said, that they may dwell in a place of their How glorious was the king of Israel to own, and move no more; neither shall day, who uncovered himself to day in the the children of wickedness afflict them eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as any more, as beforetime, one of the vain fellows fuamelesly unco. 11 And as since the time that I com, vereth himself!

manded judges to be over my people Ifa 21 And David said unto Michal, It was rael, and have caused thee to rest from before the LORD, which chose me before all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth thy father, and before all his house, to thee that he will make thee an house. appoint me ruler over the people of the !? And when thy days be fulfilled, and: LORD, over Israel : therefore will I play thou shalt seep with thy fathers, I will before the LORD,

set up thy feed after thee, which shall 22 And I will yet be more vile than proceed out of thy bowels, and I will thus, and will be base in mine own fight : establih his kingdom. and of the maidservants which thou hast 13 He shall build an house for my spoken of, of them shall I be had in ho- name, and I will establish the throne of

his kingdom for ever. 23 Therefore Michal the daughter of 14 I will be his father, and he shall be Saul had no child unto the day of her my son. If he commit iniquity, I will death.

chalten him with the rod of men, and CHAP. VII.

with the stripes of the children of men; I God forbiddeth David to build him an 15 But my mercy shall not depart away boufe. 18 His prayer and thanksgiving, from him, as I took it from Saul, whom Ń D it came to pass, when the king I put away before thee.

16 And thine house and thy kingdom given him rest round about from all his hall be established for ever before thee; enemies;

thy throne shall be established for ever. 2 That the king said unto Nathan the 17. According to all these words, and prophet, See now, I dwell in an houfe according to all this vision, so did Nathan of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth speak unto David. within curtains.

18 Then went king David in, and fat 3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do before the Lord, and he said, Who am all that is in thine heart ; for the LORD is I, O LORD God ? and what is my house, with thee.

that thou hast brought me hitherto ? 4 And it came to pass that night, that 19 And this was yet a small thing in the word of the LORD came unto Na-thy sight, O LORD God; but thou hart than, saying,

spoken also of thy fervant's house for a 5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus great while to come. And is this the faith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an manner of man, O Lord God? house for me to dwell in ?

20 And what can David say more unto 6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any thee? for thou, LORD God, knowest thy houfe fince the time that I brought up servant. the children of Israel out of Egypt, even 21 For thy word's sake, and according to this day, but have walked in a tent to thine own heart, haft thou done all and in a tabernacle.

these great things, to make thy servant 7 In all the places wherein I have walk- know them. ed with all the children of Israel spake I 22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD a word with any of the tribes of Israel, God : for there is none like thee, neither whom I commanded to feed my people is there any God beside thee, according to Ifrael, saying, Why build ye not me an all that we have heard with our ears. house of cedar:

23 And what one națion in the earth is

ANat in his house, and the Lord had

David subdueth the Philistines : Chap. viii, ix.

His officer's like thy people, even like Israel, whom 6 Then David put garrisons in Syria God went to redeem for a people to him- of Damascus : and the Syrians became self, and to make him a name, and to do servants to David, and brought gifts. And for you great things and terrible, for thy the Lord preserved David whitherfoever land, before thy people, which thou re- he went. deemedit to thee from Egypt, from the 7 And David took the fields of gold nations and their gods?

that were on the servants of Hadadezer, 24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself and brought them to Jerusalem. thy people Israel to be a people unto thee! 8 And from Betah, and from Berothai, for ever: and thou, LORD, art become cities of Hadadezer, king David took extheir God.

ceeding much brass. 25 And now, O Lord God, the word 9 When Toi king of Hamath heard that thou haft spoken concerning thy that David had smitten all the host of servant, and concerning his house, esta- Hadadezer, blish it for ever, and do as thou hast said, 10 Then Toi sent Joram his son unto

26 And let thy name be magnified for king David, to salute him, and to bless ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the him, because he had fought against HaGod over Israel : and let the house of thy dadezer, and smitten him: for Hadadezer servant David be established before thee. had wars with Toi. And Joram brought

27 For thou, O Lord of hosts, God of with him vessels of silver, and vessels of Israel, haft revealed to thy fervant, say- gold, and vessels of brass : ing, I will build thee an house: therefore II Which also king David did dedicate hath thy servant found in his heart to unto the Lord, with the silver and gold pray this prayer unto thee.

that he had dedicated of all nations which 28 And now, O LORD God, thou art he subdued ; that God, and thy words be true, and 12 Of Syria, and of Moab, and of the thou hast promised this goodness unto children of Ammon, and of the Philistines, thy servant :

and of Amalek, and of the spoil of Ha29 Therefore now let it please thee to dadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah. bless the house of thy servant, that it may 53 And David gat him a name when continue for ever before thee : for thou, he returned from îmiting of the Syrians O LORD God, bast spoken it: and with in the valley of salt, being eighteen thouthy blessing let the house of thy servantsand men. be blessed for ever.

14. And he put garrisons in Edom; CHAP. VIII.

throughout all Edom put he garrisons, i David subdueth the Philistines, and the and all they of Edom became David's

Moabites. 3 He fmiteth Hadadezer and servants. And the LORD preserved Dae the Syrians. 16 His officers.

vid whithersoever he went. this it came to passthat

reigned over subdued them : and David took Me-Junto all his people. theg-ammah out of the hand of the 16 T And Joab the son of Zeruiah was Philistines.

over the host; and Jehoshaphat the son 2 And he fmote Moab, and measured of Ahilud was recorder ; them with a line, casting them down to 17 And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and the ground; even with two lines mea- Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, were the Tured he to put to death, and with one priests; and Seraiah was the scribe ; full line to keep alive. And so the Mo 18 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada abites became David's servants, and was over both the Cherethites and the brought gifts.

Pelethites; and David's fons were chief 3 s David smote also Hadadezer, the rulers. son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he

CHAP. IX. went to recover his border at the river 1 David sendeth for Mephibosheth, 9 Euphrates.

for Jonathan's fake refioreth him. 4 And David took from him a thousand A that is left of the house of Saul,

NĎ David said, Is there yet any chariots, and seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: and David that I may shew him kindness for Jonahoughed all the chariot horses, but reserv.than's fake? ed of them for an hundred chariots. 2 And there was of the house of Saula

5 And when the Syrians of Damascus servant whose name was Ziba. And when came to succour Hadadezer king of Z0- they had called him unto David, the king bah,. David few of the Syrians two and said unto him, Art thou Ziba ? and he twenty thousand men.

faid, Thy servant is be.

A Davifte moties the philimas, tand and David executea judgment and justice


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