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Tidings of Absalom's death. II. SAMUEL, David mourneth for him. in his hand, and thrust them through to the earth upon his face before the the heart of Abfalom, while he was yet king, and said, Blessed be the Lord thy alive in the midst of the oak.

God, which hath delivered up the men 15 And ten young men that bare Joal's that lifted up their liand against my lord armour compassed about and smote Ab- the king. filom, and flew hin.

29 And the king said, Is the young 16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and man Absalom fare? and Ahimaaz anthe people returned from pursuing after swered, When Joab sent the king's serIsrael: for Joab held back the people. vant, and me thy servant, I saw a great

17 And they took Ablalom, and cast tumult, but I knew not what it was. him into a great pit in the wood, and laid 30 And the king faid unto him, Turn a very great heap of stones upon him : afide, and ftand here. And he turned and all Ifrael ficd every one to his tent. alide, and stood fill.

18 Now Abfalom in his life time had 31 And, behold, Cushi came; and Cutaken and reared up for himself a pillar, thi faid, Tidings, my lord the king : for which is in the king's dale : for he said, the LORD hath avenged thee this day of I have no son to keep my name in re- all them that rose up against thee. membrance: and he called the pillar af 32 And the king said unto Culhi, Is ter his own name: and it is called unto the young man Absalom safe? and Cushi this day, Absalom's place.

antwered, The enemies of my lord the 19 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Za- king, and all that rise against thee to do dok, Let me now run, and bear the king thee hurt, be as that young man is. tidings, how thai the Lord hath avenged 33 9 And the king was much moved, him of his enemies.

and went up to tlie chamber over the 20 And Joab faid unto him, Thou gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he Malt not bear tidings this day, but thou laid, O my fon Abfalom, my son, my fon Mhait bear tidings another day: but this Abfalom!' would God I had died for thed, day thou shalt bear no Lidings, because O Allalom, my ton, my fon! the king's fon is dead.

CHAP. XIX. 21 Then said Joab to Culi, Gotell 1 scab caureth the king to cease his mourn. the king what thou hast seen. And Cushi ing: 9 The Israelites bring the king buck. bowed himself unto Joab, and rin. 11 David férideth to the priests to incite 22. Then said Ahimaaz the fou of Za the men of Judah. 16 Shimei is pardoned.

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pray thee, also run Cushi. king weepeth and mourneth for And Joab fáid, Wherefore wilt thou Abfalom. ru, my son, seeing that thou hast no 2 And the victory that day was turned tidings ready?

into mourning unto all the people: for 23 But howsoever, said be, let me run. the people heard say that day how the And he said unto him, Run. Then Abi- king was grieved for his fun. maaz ran by the way of the plain, and 3 And the people gat them by stealth overran Cuti.

that day into the city, as people being 24 And David fat betiveen the two ashamed leal away when they flee in gates : and the watchman went up to battle. the roof over the gate into the wall, and 4 But the king covered his face, and the lifted up his eyes, and looked, and be- king cried with a loud voice, O my fon hold a man running alone.

Ablalom, 0 Abfalom, my fon, my fon! 25 And the watchman cried, and told 5 And Joab cainc into the house to the the king. And the king said, If he be king, and fail, Thou hait famed this alone, there is tidings in his mouth. And day the faces of all thy fervants, which he came apace, and drew near.

this day have faved thy life, and the lives 26 And the watchman faw another of thy fons and of thy daughters, and man running: and the watchman called the lives of thy wives, and the lives of thy unto the porter, and said, Behold avo-concubines; ther man running alone. And the king 6 In that thou lovest thine enemies, said, He also bringeth tidings.

and hates thy friends. For thon halt 27 And the watchman said, Me think- declared this day, that thou regardest eth the running of the foremost is like the neither princes nor servants: for this running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. Way I perceive, that if Abfalom had lived, And the king said, He is a good man, and all we had died this day, then it had and cometh with good tidings.

pleased thee well. 28 And Ahimaaz called, and said unto 7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and the king, All is well. And he fell down speak comfortably unto thy servants : for

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Chap. xix.

David returneth to Jerufulem. I swear by the Lord, if thou go not forth, 20 For thy servant doth know that I there will not tarry one with thee this have finned: therefore, behold, I am night: and that will be worse unto thee come the first this day of all the house than all the evil that befel thee from thy of Joseph to go down to meet my lord youth until now.

the king. 8 Then the king arose, and fat in the 21 But Abimai the son of Zeruiah an. gate. And they told unto all the people, swered and said, Shall not Shimei he put saying, Behold, the king doth fit in the to death for this, because he cursed the gate. And all the people came before the LORD's anointed ? king: for Israel had fed every man to 22 And David said, What have I to do bisotent.

with you, ye fons of Zeruiah, that ye 99 And all the people were at frife Inould this day be adversaries unto me? throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, hall there any man be put to death this The king faved us out of the hand of our day in Israel ? for do not I know that I enemies, and he delivered us out of the ani this day king over Israel ? hand of the Philistines; and now he is 23 Therefore ihe king said unto Shimei, fled out of the land for Absalom. Thou thalt not die. And the king sware

10 And Abfalom, whom we anointed unto hiin. over is, is dead in battle. Now there 24 And Mephibosheth the son of Saul fore why speak ye not a word of bringing came down to meet the king, and had the king back?

neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his 11 And king David sent to Zadok beard, nor washed his clothes, from the and to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak day the king departed until the day he unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why came again in peace. are ye the last to bring the king back to 25 And it came to pass, when he was his house? seeing the speech of all Ifraelcome to Jerusalem to meet the king, that is come to the king, even to his house. the king said unto him, Wherefore went.

12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my eft not thou with me, Mephinoiheth? bones and my flesh: wherefore then are 26 And he answered, My lord, O king, ye the last to bring back the king? my fervant deceived me: for thy fervant

13 And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not said, I will faddle me an ass, that I may. of my bone, and of my fleih? God do to ride thereon, and go to the king; because to me, and more also, if thou be not cap- thy servant is lame. tain of the host before me continually in 27 And he hath Nandered thy servant the room of Joab.

unto my lord the king; but my lord the 14 And he bowed the heart of all the king is as an angel of God: do therefore men of judah, even as the bart of one what is good in thine eyes. man;

so that they tent this word unto the 28 For all of my father's house were king, Return thou, and all thy servants. bui dead men before my lord the king:

Is So the king returned, and came to yet didit thon fet thy servant among them Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to that did cat at thini own table. What go to meet the king, tu conduct the king right therefore have I yet to cry any more over Jordan.

unto the king? 16 | And Shiinei the son of Gera, a 29. And the king faid unto him, Why Benjamite, which was of Bahurim, hafted speakest thou any more of thy matters? 'I and came down with tne men of Judah have faid, Thou and Ziba divide the land. to meet king David.

30 And Mephibosheth said unto the 17 And there were a thousand men of king, Yea, let him take all, forasmuch as Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant my lord the king is come again in peace of the house of Saul, and his fifteen fons wito his own houte. and his twenty furvants with him; and 31 And Barzillai the Gileadite came they went over Jordan before the king. down from Rogelim, and went over

18 And there went over a ferry boat Joruan with the king, to conduct him to carry over the king's houMold, and to over Jordan. do what he thought good. And Shimei 32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, the son of Gera fell down before the king, even fourscore years old : and he had as he was come over Jordan;

provided the king of sustenance while he 19 And said unto the king, Let not my lay at Mahanaim; for he was a very lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do great man. thou remember that which thy servant 3.3 And the king said unto Barzillai, did perversely the day that my lord the Come thou over with me, and I will feed king went out of Jerusalem, that the king thee with me in Jerusalem. Mould take it to his heart.

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Of Barzillai and Chimiam. II. SAMUEL. Rebellion of Sheba. Amafa fain. How long have I to live, that I should have no part in David, neither have we go up with the king unto Jerusalem ? inheritance in the son of Jeffe : every

35 I am this day fourscore years old : man to his tents, O Israel. and can I discern between good and evil? 2 So every man of Israel went up from can thy servant taite what I eat or what after David, and followed Sheba the son I drink? can I hear any more the voice of of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave finging men and singing women ? where- unto their king, from Jordan even to fore then honld thy servant be yet a bur- Jerufalem. den unto my lord the king?

3 And David came to his house at 36 Thy fervant will go a little way over Jerusalem ; and the king took the ten Jordan with the king : and why should women his concubines, whom he had left the king recompense it me with such a to keep the house, and put them in ward, reward?

and fed them, but went not in unto them, 37 Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn So they were put up unto the day of back again, that I may die in mine own their death, living in widowliood. city, and be buried by the grave of my fa 4 9 Then said the king to Amasa, ther and of my mother. But behold thy Afiemble me the men of Judah within servant Chimham; let him go over with three days, and be thou here present. my lord the king ; and do to him what 5 So Amasa went to assemble the men shall seem good unto thee.

of Judah: but he tarried longer than the 38 And the king answered, Chimham fet time which he had appointed him. fhall go over with me, and I will do to 6 And David said to Abishai, Now thall him that which fall seem good unto Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm thee : and whatsoever thou shalt require than did Abfalom : take thou thy lord's of me, that will I do for thec.

servants, and pursue after him, left he 39 And all the people went over Jor- get him fenced cities, and escape us. dan. And when the king was come over, 7 And there went out after him Joab's the king kissed Barzillai, and bleised him; men, and the Cherethites, and the Pele. and he returned unto his own place. thites, and all the mighty men: and they

40 Then the king went on to Gilgal, went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after and Chimham went on with him: and all Sheba the son of Bichri. the people of Judah conducted the king, 8 When they were at the great stone and also half the people of Israel. which is in Gibeon, Amasa went before

41 And, behold, all the men of Israel them. And Joab’s garment that he had came to the king, and said unto the king, put on was girded unto him, and upon Why have our brethren the men of Judah it a girdle with a sword fastened upon stolen thee away, and have brought the his loins in the sheath thereof; and as he king, and his houshold, and all David's went forth it fell out. men with him, over Jordan ?

9 And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou 42 And all the men of Judah answered in health, my brother? And Joab took the men of Israel, Because the king is Amasa by the beard with the right hand near of kin to us: wherefore then be ye to kiss him. angry for this matter? have we eaten at 10 But Amala took no heed to the all of the king's cost? or hath he given sword that was in Joab's hand : so be us any gift?

smote him therewith in the fifth rib, and 43 And the men of Israel answered med out his bowels to the ground, and the men of Judah, and said, We have struck him not again ; and he died. So ten parts in the king, and we have also Joab and Abishai his brother pursued more right in David than ye: why then after Sheba the son of Bichri. did ye despise us, that our advice should 11 And one of Joab’smen stood by him, not be firft had in bringing back our and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he king? and the words of the men of Ju- that is for David, let him go after Joab. dah were fiercer than the words of the 12 And Amasa wallowed in blood in men of Israel.

the midst of the highway. And when CHAP. XX.

The man saw that all the people stood I Sheba maketh a party in Israel. 4 Amnja fill, he removed Amasa out of the high

is sain. 14 Yoab pursueth Sheba unto A- way into the field, and cast a cloth upon bel. 16 A wise winian javeth the city by him, when he saw that every one that

Sbeba's head. 23 David's officers. came by him stood still. Anthreshappened to be there a

13 When he was removed out of the man of Belial, whose name was highway, all the people went on after Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite : Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of and he blew a trumpet, un laid, We Bichri.

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Chap. xxi.

Saul's fons hanged. 14 | And he went through all the "HEN there was a famine in the tribes of Israel unto Abel, and to Beth days of David three years, year maachah, and all the Beerites: and they after year; and David enquired of the were gathered together, and went allo Lord. And the LORD answered, It is after him.

for Saul, and for his bloody house, be15 And they came and besieged him cause he New the Gibeonites. in Abel of Beth-maachah, and they cast 2 And the king called the Gibeonites, up a bank against the city, and it stood and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites in the trench: and all the people that were not of the children of Israel, but of were with Joab battered the wall, to the remnant of the Amorites; and the throw it down.

children of Israel had sworn unto them: 16 , Then cried a wise woman out of and Saul fought to flay them in his zeal the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray you, to the children of Ifrael and Judah.) unto Joab, Come near hither, that I may ĉ Wherefore David said unto the Gi. speak with thee.

beonites, What Shall I do for you ? and 17 And when he was come near unto wherewith fhall I make the atonement, her, the woman said, Art thou Joab? And that ye may bless the inheritance of the he answered, I am he. Then the said unto LORD? him, Hear the words of thine handinaid. 4 And the Gibeonites suid unto him, And he answered, I do hear.

We will have no silver nor gold of Saul, 18 Then she spake, saying, They were nor of his house ; neither for us shalt wont to speak in old time, saying, They thou kill any man in Ifraei. And he said, fall surely aik counsel at Abel : and fo What ye shall say, that will I do for you. they ended the matter.

5 And they answered the king, The man 19 I am one of them that are peaceable that consumedus, and that devised against and faithful in Israel: thou feekest to de- us that we thould be destroyed from restroy a city and a mother in Israel : why maining in any of the coasts of Israel, wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of 6 Let seven men of his fons be deliver. the LORD?

ed unto us, and we will hang them up 20 And Joab answered and said, Far unto the Lord in Gibeah of Saul, whom be it, far be it from me, that I should the Lord did choose. And the king swallow up or destroy.

faid, I will give them. 21 The matter is not so: but a man 7 But the king fpared Mephibosheth, of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, beBichri by name, hath lifted up his hand cause of the Lord's oath that was bee against the king, even against David : tween them, between David and Jonathan deliver him only, and I will depart from the son of Saul. the city. And the woman faid unto 8 But the king took the two sons of Joab, Behold, his head fhall be thrown Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom the to thee over the wall.

bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibo22 Then the woman went unto all the Thetlı; and the five sons of Michal the people in her wisdom. And they cut off daughter of Saul, whom fire brought the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trum- Meholathite : pet, and they retired from the city, every 9 And he delivered them into the man to his tent. And Joab returned to hands of the Gibeonites, and they bangJerusalem unto the king.

ed them in the hill before the LORD: 23 9 Now Joab auns over all the hoft and they fell all seven together, and were of Ifrael : and Benaiah the son of Jehoi- put to death in the days of harvest, in ada was over the Cherethites and over the first dnys, in the beginning of barley the Pelethites :

harvest. 24 And Adoram was over the tribute : Jo And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah and Jehofhaphat the son of Ahilud was took fackcloth, and spread it for her upon recorder :

the rock, from the beginning of harvest 25 And Scheva was scribe: and Zadok until water dropped upon them out of and Abiathar were the priests :

heaven, and suffered neither the birds of 26 And Ira also the Jairite was a chief the air to rest on them by day, nor the ruler about David.

bearts of the field by night. CHAP. XXI.

II And it was told David what Riz. 1 Three years' famine for the Gibeonites pah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine

ceale by the hanging leven of Saul's fons.of Saul, had done. 10 Rizpah's kindness unto the dead. 12 And David went and took the David burieth the bones of Saul and bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan Fonatban.

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II. SAMUEL, David's thanksgiving: his fon from the men of Jäbem-gilead, I trust: be is my field, and the horn of which had ftolen them from the street of my falvation, my high tower, and my Beth-fhan, where the Philistines had refuge, my faviour; thou savest me froní hanged them, when the Philistines had violence. Alain Saul in Gilboa:

4 I will call on the LORD, who is 13 And he brought up from thence worthy to be praised: fo shall I be saved the bones of Saul and the bones of Jona- from mine enemies. than his son; and they gathered the bones 5 When the waves of death compassed of them that were hanged.

me, the floods of ungodly men made 14 And the bones of Saul and Jona- me afraid ; than his fon buried they in the country 6 The sorrows of hell compassed me of Benjamin in Zelah, in the fepulchre about; the frares of death prevented me; of Kis his father: and they performed 7 In my distress I called upon the all that the king commanded. And after Lord, and cried to my God: and he that God was intreated for the land. did hear my voice out of his temple, and

15 Moreover the Philistines had yet my cry did enier into his ears. war again with Israel; and David went 8 Then the earth shook and trembled; down, and his servants with him, and the foundations of heaven moved and fought against the Philistines: and David Thook, because he was wroth. waxed faint.

9 There went up a smoke out of his 16 And Ishbi-benob, which was of the nostrils, and fire out of his mouth defons of the giant, the weight of whose voured: coals were kindled by it. fpear weighed three hundred shekels of 10 He bowed the heavens also, and came brass in weight, he being girded with a down; and darkness was under his feet. new sword, thought to have Main David. I And he rode upon a cherub, and

17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah suc- did fly: and he was seen upon the wings coured him, and smote the Philistine, of the wind. and killed him. Then the men of David 12 And he made darkness pavilions fware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no round about him, dark waters, and thick more out with us to battle, that thou clouds of the skies. quench not the light of Ifrael.

13 Through the brightness before him 18 And it came to pass after this, that were coals of fire kindled. there was again a battle with the Phi. 14 The LORD thundered from heaven, liftines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hu- and the most High uttered his voice. fhathite New Saph, which was of the 15 And he sent out arrows, and scat. fons of the giant.

tered them; lightning, and discomfited 19 And there was again a battle in Gob them. with the Philistines, where Elhanan the 16 And the channels of the sea appearson of Jaare-oregim, a Beth-lehemite, flew ed, the foundations of the world were difthe brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff covered, at the rebuking of the Lord, at of whose fpear was like a weaver's beam. the blast of the breath of his nostrils.

20 And there was yet a battle in Gath, 17 He sent from above, he took me; where was a man of great tature, that he drew me out of many waters; had on every hand fix fingers, and on every 18 He delivered me from my strong foot fix toes, four and twenty in number; enemy, and from them that hated me: and he also was born to the giant. for they were too strong for me.

21 And when he defied Israel, Jona 19 They prevented me in the day of than the son of Shimeah the brother of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay. David (iew him.

20 Hebronght me forth also into a large 22 These four were born to the giant place: he delivered me, because he de. in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, lighted in me. and by the hand of his servants.

21 The Lord rewarded me according CHAP. XXIJ.

to my righteousness: according to the A palm of thanksgiving for God's powerful cleanness of my hands hath he recoma

deliverance and manifold blessings. pensed me. A NDords vid this kienuntion the earth face

22 For I have kept the ways of the words of this fong in the day that LORD, and have not wickedly departed the LORD had delivered him out of the from my God. hand of all his enemies, and out of the 23 For all lvis judgments were before hand of Saul:

me : and as for his itatutes, I did not 2 And he said, The Lord is my rock, depart from them. and my fortress, and my deliverer:

I was also upriglit before him, and 3 The God of my rock; in him will have kept myself from mine iniquity.

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