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David's thanksgiving, 6c. Chap. xxiii.

His last words. 25 Therefore the LORD liath recom-1 47 The LORD liveth; and blessed te pensed me according to my righteoul-; my rock; and exalted be the God of the ness; according to my cleannels in his rock of my salvation. eye sight.

48 It is God that avengeth me, and that 26 With the merciful thou wilt new bringeth down the people under me, thyself merciful, and with the upright 49 And that bringeth me forth from man thou wilt thew thyself upright. mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me

27 With the pure thou wilt fhew up on high above them that rose up athyself pure; and with the froward thou gainst me : thou hast delivered me from wilt thew thyseif unfavoury.

the violent man. 28 And the afflicted people thou wilt 50 Therefore I will give thanks unto fave: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and that thou mayest bring them down. I will ling praises unto thy name.

29 For thou art my lamp, O LORD: 51 He is the tower of salvation for his and the LORD will lighten my darkness. king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed,

30 For by thee I have run through a unto David, and to his feed forevermore, troop : by my God have I leaped over

CHAP. XXII. a wall.

i David professeth his faith in God's proword of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler N David the Son of Jeffe frid, and the 31 As for God, his way is perfect; the mises. 8 A catalogue of his mighty men.

OW there be the last words of David. to all them that trust in him.

32 For who is God, save the LORD? man who was raised up on high, the and who is a rock, save our God? anointed of the God of Jacob, and the

33 God is my strength and power: and sweet psalmist of Israel, faid, he maketh my way perfect.

2 The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, 34 He maketh my feet like hind's feet: and his word was in my tongue. and fetteth me upon my high places. 3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of If.

35 He teacheth my hands to war; so rael spake to me, He that ruleth over men that a bow of steel is broken by mine must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

4. And he jhall be as the light of the 36 Thou hast also given me the shield morning, when the sun riseth, even a of thy salvation : and ihy gentleness hath morning without clouds; as the tender made me great.

grass springing out of the earth by clear 37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under thining after rain. me; fo that my feet did not lip.

5 Although my house be not so with 38 I have pursued mine enemies, and God; yet he hath made with me an everdestroyed them; and turned not again lasting covenant, ordered in all things, and until I had consumed them.

sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my 39 And I have consumed them, and desire, although he make it not to grow. wounded them, that they could not arise: 6 But the sons of Belial Mall be all of yea, they are fallen under my feet. them as thorns thrust away, because they

40 For thou hast girded me with cannot be taken with hands : strength to battle: them that rose np a 7 But the man that Thall touch them gainst me halt thou subdued under me. must be fenced with iron and the staff of

41 Thou hast also given me the necks/ a spear; and they shall be utterly burned of mine enemies, that I might destroy with fire in the jame place. them that bate me.

89 These be the names of the mighty 42 They looked, but there was none men whom David had: The Tachmonite to save; even unto the LORD, but he that fat in the leat, chief among the capanswered them not.

tains; the same was Adino tle Eznite: 43. Then did I beat them as small as he lift up his spear against eight hundred, the dust of the earth, I did stamp them whom he New at one time. as the mire of the street, and did spread 9 And after him was Eleazar the son them abroad.

of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three 44 Thou also hast delivered me from mighty men rith David, when they de. the strivings of my people, thou hast kept fied the Philistines that were there game to be head of the heathen: a people thered together to battle, and the men awhich I knew not shall serve me. of Israel were gone away:

45 Strangers shall submit themselves 10 fe arofc, and smote the Philistines unto me: as soon as they hear, they shall until his band was weary, and his band he obedient unto me.

clave unto the sword : and the LORD 46 Strangers shall fade away, and they wrought a great victory that day; and the hall be afraid out of their close places.

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A catalogue of David's woribies. 11. SAMUEL. He numbereth the people.

11 And after him was Shamiah they of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo son of Agee ihe Hararite. And the Phi- of Beth-lehem, listines were gathered together into a 25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the troop, where was a piece of ground full Harodite, of lentiles: and the people ned from the 26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the fon of Philistines.

Ikkeih tle Tekoite, 12 But he stood in the midst of the 27 Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunground, and defended it, and new the nai the Husbathite, Philistines: and the LORD wrought a 28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharaj the great victory.

Netophathite, 13 And three of the thirty chief went 29 Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netodown, and came to David in the harvest phathite, Ittai the fon of Ribai out of time unto the cave of Adullam : and the Gibeal of the children of Benjamin, troop of the Philistines pitched in the 30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of valley of Rephaim.

the brooks of Gaash, 14 And David was then in an hold, 31 Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaand the garrison of the Phililines quas veth the Barhumite, then in Beth-lehem.

32 Elialıba the Shaalbonite, of the sons 15 And David longed, and said, Oh of Jafhen, Jonathan, that one would give me drink of the 33 Shammah ihe Hararite, Ahiam the water of the well of Beth-lehem which son of Sharar the Hararite, is by the gate!

34 Eliphelet the son of Ahalbai, the 16 And the three mighty men brake son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of through the host of the Philistines, and Ahithophel the Gilonite, drew water out of the well of Beth 35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the lehem, that was by the gate, and took it, Arbite, and brought it to David : nevertheless 36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobali, he would not drink thereof, but poured Bani the Gadite, it out unto the LORD.

37 Zelek the Ammonite, Nahari the 17 And he said, Be it far from me, o Becrothite, armourbearer to Joab the son LORD, that I Mould do this: is not this the of Zeruiah, blood of the men that went in jeopardy 38 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite,' of their lives? therefore he would not 39 Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven drink it. These things did these three in all. mighty men.

CH A P. XXIV. 18 And Abilhai, the brother of Joab, i David numbereth the people. 10 He, haya the son of Zeruiah, was chief among ing three plagues propounded by Gad, three. And he lifted up his spear against repenteth, and chooseth the three days' three hundred, and new them, and had pestilence. 17 His intercession to God. the name among three

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therefore he was their captain: howbcit moved David againīt them to say, Go, he attained not unto the first three. number Israel and Judah.

20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, 2 For the king said to Joab the captain the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, of the host, which was with him, Go who had done many acts, he slew two now through all the tribes of Israel, froni lion-like men of Moab : he went down Dan even to Beer-leba, and number ye allo and New a lion in the midst of a pit the people, that I may know the number in time of snow:

of the people. 21 And he slew an Egyptian, a goodly 3 And Joab faid unto the king, Now man : and the Egyptian had a spear in the LORD thy God add unto the people, his hand; but he went down to him with how many soever they be, an hundreda staff, and plucked the fpear out of the fold, and that the eyes of my lord the Egyptian's hand, and now him with his king may see it: but why doth my lord own spear.

the king delight in this thing? 22 These things did Renaiah the son of 4 Notwithstanding the king's word Jehoiada, and had the name among three prevailed against Joab, and against the mighty men.

captains of the hoft. And Joab and the 23 He was more honourable than the captains of the host went out from the thirty, but he attained not to the first presence of the king, to number the peothree. And David fet him over his ple of Israel. guard.

s And they passed over Jordan, and 24 Alabel the brother of Joab iwas one pitched in Aroer, on the right fide of the

The three days' pestilence. Chap. xxiv.

Araunal's generosity. city that lieth in the midst of the river of Lord repented him of the evil, and said Gad, and toward Jazer :

to the angel that destroyed the people, 6 Then they came to Gilead, and to It is enough: ftay now thine hand. And the land of Tahtim-hodihi; ard they the angel of the Lord was by the threshcame to Dan-jaan, and about to Zilon, ingplace of Araunah the Jebusite.

7 And came to the strong hold of Tyre, 17 [ And David spake unto the LORD and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of when he saw the angel that smote the the Canaanites: and they went out to the people, and said, LO, I have sintied, and fouth of Judah, even to Beer-seba. I have done wickedly: but these theep,

8 So when they had gone through all what have they done? let thine hand, I the land, they came to Jerusalem at the pray thee, be against me, and against my end of nine months and twenty days. father's house.

9 And Joab gave up the sum of the 18 And Gad came that day to David, number of the people unto the king: and and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar there were in Israel eight hundred thou- unto the Lord in the threshingfloor of fand valiant men that drew the sword; Araunah the Jebusite. and the men of Judah were five hundred ! 19 And David, according to the say: thousand men.

ing of Gad, went up as the Lord com10 I And David's heart smote him manded. after that he had numbered the people. 20 And Araunah looked, and saw the And David said unto the Lord, I have king and his servants coming on toward finned greatly in that I have done : and hin: and Araunah went out, and bowed now, I beseech thee, O Lord, take away himself before the king on his face upon the iniquity of thy fervant; for I have the ground. done very foolishly.

21 And Araunah said, Wherefore is Is For when David was up in the my LORD the king come to his fervant ? morning, the word of the LORD came un- And David said, To buy the threshingto the prophet Gad, David's feer, saying, floor of thee, to build an altar unto the

12 Go and say unto David, Thus faith LORD, that the plague may be stayed the Lord, I offer thee three things; from the people. choose thee one of them, that I may do it 22 And Araunah said unto David, Let unto thee.

my lors the king take and offer up what 13 So Gad came to David, and told Secmeth good unto him : behold, bere be hini, and said unto him, Shall seven years oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing of famine come unto thee in thy land ? or instruments and other instruments of the wilt thou flee three months before thine oxen for wood. enemies, while they pursue thee? or that 23 All these things did Araunah, as a there be three days' peftilence in thy land? king, give unto the king. And Araunah now advise, and see what answer I fall said unto the king, The LORD thy God return to him that sent me.

accept thee. 14 And David said unto Gad, I am in 24 And the king said unto Araunah, a great strait : let us fall now into the Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a hand of the LORD; for his mercies are price: neither will I offer burnt offerings great: and let me not fall into the hand unto the LORD my God of that which of man.

doth cost me nothing. So David bought Is So the Lord sent a pestilence upon the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty Ifrael from the morning even to the time shekels of silver. appointed : and there died of the people 25 And David built there an altar unto from Dan even to Beer-Meba seventy the LORD, and offered burnt offerings thousand men.

and peace offerings. So the LORD was 16 And when the angel stretched out intreated for the land, and the plague was his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the stayed from Israel.

THE FIRST BOOK OF TIJE KINGS, COMMONLY CALLED,

THE THIRD BOOK OF THE KINGS.

CHAP. I.

and Nathan. 50 Adonijah, fleeing to the $ Abifhag cherifleth David in his extreme borns of the altar, is dismised by Solomon.

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Adawijab ufurpeth the kingdom. 1. KINGS.

His treason discovered. 2 Wherefore his servants said unto obeisance unto the king. And the king him, Let there be fought for my lord the faid, What wouldest thou ? king a young virgin : and let her stand 17 And the said unto him, My lord, before the king, and let her cherish him, thou (warest by the LORD thy God unto and let her lie in thy bosom, that iny lord thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solothe king may get hcat.

mon thy fon thall reign after me, and he 3 So they fought fo

dainsel tall fit upon my throne. throughout all the coasts of Israel, and 18 And now, behold, Adonijah reignfound Abilhag a Shunammite, and brought eth ; and now, my lord the king, thou her to the king.

knowest it not: 4 And the damsel vas very fair, and 19 And he hath Nain oxen and fat cate cherished the king, and ministered to tle and sheep in abundance, and hath him : but the king knew her not. called all the sons of the king, and Abia

59 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith thar the priest, and Joab the captain of exalted himself, saying, I will be king : the host : but Solomon thy servant hath and he prepared him chariots and horte. he not callcd. men, and fifty men to run before him. 20 And thou, my lord, O king, the

6 And his father had not displeased eyes of all Israel are upon thee, that thou him at any time in faying, Why haft Mouldest tell them who fall fit on the thou done so? and he also was a very throne of my lord the king after him. goodly man; and his mother bare him 21 Otherwise it shall come to pals, after Ablalom.

when my lord the king shall seep with 7 And he conferred with Joab the son his fathers, that I and my fon Solomon of Zeruial, and with Abiathar the priest: Ihall be counted offenders. and they following Adonijah helped 22 And, lo, while she yet talked with bini.

the king, Nathan the prophet also came 8 But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah in. the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the 23 And they told the king, saying, prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the Behold Nathan the prophet. And when mighty men which belonged to David, he was come in before the king, he bowwere not with Adonijah.

ed himself before the king with his face 9 And Adonijah New Meep and oven to the ground. and fat cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, 24 And Nathan said, My lord, O king, which is by En-rogel, and called all his hast thou said, Adonijah thall reign after brethren the king's sons, and all the men me, and he shall sit upon my throne ? of Judah the king's lervants:

25 For he is gone down this day, and 10 But Nathan the prophet, and Be- hath Nain oxen and fat cattle and sheep naiah, and the mighty men, and Solomon in abundance, and hath called all the his brother, he called not.

king's fons, and the captains of the host, 1 Wherefore Nathan spake unto bath. and Abiathar the priest; and, behold, fheba the mother of Solomon, laying, they eat and drink before him, and say, Hatt thou not heard that Adonijah the God save king Adonijah. fon of Haggith doth reign, and David our 26 But me, even me thy servant, and lord knoweth it not?

Zidok the priest, and Benaiah the son of 12 Now therefore come, let me, I pray Jchciada, and thy fervant Solomon, hath thet, give thee countel, that thou mayet he not called. five thine own life, and the line of thy 27 Is this thing done by my lord the {on Solomon.

king, and thou has not thewed it unto 13 Go and get thee in unto king Da-thy fervant, who should sit on the throne vid, and say unto him, Didit not thou, of my lord the king after him? ny loru, o king, swear unto thine hand 28 Then king David answered and maid, saying, Afsuredly Solomon thy laid, Call me Bath-sheba. And the came fon Mali reign after ine, and he Mall fit into the king's presence, and stood before upon my throne? why then doth Adoni- the king. jan reign?

29. And the king sware, and said, As 14 Behold, while thou yet talkes there the Lord liveth, that hath redeemed my with the king, I also will come in after foul out of all distress, thee, and confirm thy words.

30 Even as I sware unto thee by the 15 And Bath-neba went in unto the LORD God of Israel, faying, Assuredly king into the chamber; and the king Solomon thy fon Mall reign after me, and was very old; and Abilhag the Shunan- he shall lit upon my throne in my stead ; mite ministered unto the king,

even so will I certainly do this day. 16 sind Bath-fhieba bosed, and did 31 Then Bath-leba bowed with her

Solomon anointed king.

Chap. ii.

David's charge to him. face to the earth, and did reverence to 45 And Zadok the priest and Nathan the king, and said, Let my lord king the prophet have anointed him king in David live for ever.

Gihon: and they are come upfrom thence 32 | And king David said, Call me rejoicing, so that the city rang again. Zadok the priest, and Nathan the pro- This is the noise that ye have heard. phet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. 45. And also Solomon Gtteth on the And they came before the king. throne of the kingdom.

33 The king also said unto them, Take 47 And moreover the king's servants with you the servants of your lord, and came to bless our lord king David, laycause® Solomon my son to ride upon ing, God make the name of Solomon mine own mule, and bring him down to better than thy name, and make his Gihon :

throne greater ihan thy throne. And 34 And let Zadok the priest and Na- the king bowed himself upon the bed. than the prophet anoint him there king 48 And also thus said the king, Blessed over Ifrael: and blow ye with the trum- be the Lord God of Israel, which hath pet, and say, God save king Solomon. given one to sit on my throne this day,

35 Then ye shall come up after him, mine eyes even seeing it. that he may come and fit upon my 49 And all the guests that were with throne ; for he shall be king in my stead: Adonijah were afraid, and rose up, and and I have appointed him to be ruler went every man his way. over Israel and over Judah.

50 I And Adonijah feared because of 35 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada Solomon, and arose, and went, and caught answered the king, and said, Amen : the hold on the horns of the altar. LORD God of my lord the king say fo too. 51 And it was told Solomon, saying,

37 As the LORD hath been with my Behold, Adonijah feareth king Solomon: lord the king, even so be he with Solo- for, lo, he hath caught hold on the horns mon, and make his throne greater than of the altar, saying, Let king Solomon the throne of my lord king David. swear unto me to day that he will not

38 So Zadok the priest, and Nathan Nay his servant with the sword. the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Je 52 And Solomon said, If he will Mew hoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pe-himself a worthy man, there Mall not an lethites, went down, and caused Solo- hair of him fall to the earth : but if wickmon to ride upon king David's mule, edness shall be found in him, he Maldie and brought him to Gihon.

53 So king Solomon fent, and they 39 And Zadok the priest took an horn brought him down from the altar. And of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed he came and bowed himself to king SoSolomon. And they blew the trumpet ; lomon : and Solomon said unto him, Go and all the people said, God save king to thine house. Solomon.

CH A P. II. 40 And all the people came up after 1 David, having giving a charge to Solohim, and the people piped with pipes, mon, 10 dieth. 12 Solomon succeedeth. and rejoiced with great joy, so that the 13 Adonijah is put to death. 28 Yoab earth rent with the sound of them.

is Nain. 36 Shimei's death. 41 And Adonijah and all the guests OW the days of David drew nigh made an end of eating. And when Joab Solomon his son, saying, heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, 2 I go the way of all the earth: be Wherefore is this noise of the city being thou strong therefore, and thew thyself in an uproar?

a man ; 42 And while he yet spake, behold, 3. And keep the charge of the LORD Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep came: and Adonijah said unto him, his statutes, and his commandments, and Come in ; for thou art a valiant man, his judgments, and his testimonies, as it and bringest good tidings.

is written in the law of Moses, that thou 43 And Jonathan answered and said mayest prosper in all that thou doeft, and to Adonijah, Verily our lord king David / whithersoever thou turneft thyself: hath made Solomon king.

4 That the LORD may continue his 44 And the king hath sent with him word which he spake concerning me, Zadok the priest, and Nathan the pro- saying, If thy children take heed to their phet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, wav, to walk before me in truth with all and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites,heir heart and with all their soul, there and they have caused him to ride upon Niall not fail thee (said he) a man on the the king's mule :

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