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David fergns himself mad. CHAŁ. XXII.

Doeg accuses Ahimelech. bread, that was taken from before the departed, and came into the forest of HaLORD, to put hot bread in the day when it reth. was taken away.

6 7 When Saul heard that David was 7 Now a certain man of the servants of discovered, and the men that were with Saul was there that day, detained before him, (now Saul abode in Gibeah under a the LORD; and his name was Doeg, an tree in Ramah, having his spear in his Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that hand, and all his servants were standing belonged to Saul.

about him) 8 Ï And David said unto Abimelech, 7 Then Saul said unto his servants that And is there not here under thine handsfood about him, Hear now,ye Benjamites; spear or sword? for I have neither brought will the son of Jesse give every one of you my sword nor my weapons with me, be- fields and vineyards, and make you all cause the king's business required haste. captains of thousands, and captains of

9 And the priest said, The sword of hundreds; Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest 8 That all of you bave conspired against in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here me, and there is none that sheweth me that wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if my son hath made a league with the son thou wilt take that, take it: for there is no of Jesse, and there is none of you that is other save that here. And David said, sorry for me, or sheweth unto me that

my There is none like that; give it me. son hath stirred up my servant against me,

10 | And David arose, and fled that day to lie in wait, as at this day? for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the 97 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, king of Gath.

which was set over the servants of Saul, 11 And the servants of Achish said unto and said, I saw the son of Jesse coming to him, Is not this David the king of the land ? Nob, to Abimelech the son of Ahitub. did they not sing one to another of him in 10 And he inquired of the LORD for him, dances, saying, Saul hath slain his thou- and gave him victuals, and gave him the sands, and David his ten thousands? sword of Goliath the Philistine.

12 And David laid up these words in 11 Then the king sent to call Ahimelech his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish thetpriest, the son of Ahitub, and all his the king of Gath.

father's house, the priests that were in Nob: 13 And he changed his behaviour be- and they came all of them to the king. fore them, and feigned himself mad in their 12 And Saul said, Hear now, thou son hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the of Ahitub. And he answered, Here I am, gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his

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13 And Saul said unto him, Why have 14 Then said Achish unto his servants, ye conspired against me, thou and the son Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore then of Jesse, in that thou hast given him bread, have ye brought him to me?

and a sword, and hast inquired of God for 15 Have I need of mad-men, that ye him, that he should rise against me, to lie have brought this fellow to play the mad- in wait, as at this day? man in my presence?. shall this fellow 14 Then Abimelech answered the king, come into my house?

and said, And who is so faithful among ali CHAP. XXII.

thy servants as David, which is the king's AVID

therefore departed thence, and son-in-law, and goeth at thy bidding, and when bis brethren and all his father's house 15 Did I then begin to inquire of God heard it, they went down thither to him. for him? be it far from me. "Let not the

2 And every one that was in distress, king impute any thing unto his servant, and every one that was in debt, and every nor to all the house of my father: for thy one that was discontented, gathered them- servant knew nothing of all this, less or selves unto him; and he became a captain more. over them: and there were with him 16 And the king said, Thou shalt surely about four hundred men.

die, Abimelech, thou, and all thy father's 3 | And David went thence to Mizpeh house. of Moab: and he said unto the king of 17 | And the king said unto the footMoab, Let my father and my mother, I pray men that stood about him, Turn, and slay thee, come forth, and be with you, till 1 the priests of the LORD; because their know what God will do for me.

hand also is with David, and because they 4 And be brought them before the king knew when he fled, and did not shew it to of Moab, and they dwelt with him all me. But the servants of the king would the while that David was, in the hold. not put forth their hand to fall upon the

5 And the prophet Gad said unto Da- priests of the LORD. vid, Abide not in the bold; depart, and get 18 And the king said to Doeg, Turn thee into the land of Judah. Then Davidlthou, and fall upon the priests. And Doeg

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Davrd escapes from Keilah, 1. SAMUEL.

to Ziph and Maon. the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy servant. priests, and slew on that day fourscore and And the LORD said, He will come down. five persons that did wear a linen ephod. 12 Then said David, Will the men of

19" And Nob, the city of the priests, Keilah deliver me and my men into the smote be with the edge of the sword, both band of Saul ? And the LORD said, they men and women, children and sucklings, will deliver thee up: and oxen, and asses, and sheep, with the 13 | Then David and his men, which edge of the sword.

were about six hundred, arose and depart20 | And one of the sons of Abimelech ed out of Keilah, and went whithersoever the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, es- they could go. And it was told Saul that caped, and fled after David.

David was escaped from Keilah; and he 21 And Abiathar shewed David that forbare to go forth. Saul had slain the LORD's priests.

14 And David abode in the wilderness 22 And David said unto Abiathar, I in strong holds, and remained in a mounknew it that day, when Doeg the Edomitetain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul was there, that he would surely tell Saul : sought him every day, but God delivered I have occasioned the death of all the per- him not into his hand. sons of thy father's house.

15 And David saw that Saul was come 23 Abide thou with me, fear not: for he out to seek bis life: and David was in the that seeketh my life seeketh thy life: but wilderness of Ziph in a wood. with me thou shalt be in safe-guard. 16 And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and CHAP. XXIII.

went to David into the wood, and strengthTHEN, they told David, saying, Be.ened his hand in God.

17 And he said unto him, Fear not: for Keilah, and they rob the threshing-floors. the hand of Saul my father shall not find

2 Therefore David inquired of the Lord, thee ; and thou shalt be king over Israel, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philis- and I shall be next unto thee; and that tines ? And the LORD said unto David, Go, also Saul my father knoweth. and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah. 18 And they two made a covenant be

3 And David's men said unto him, Be-fore the LORD: and David abode in the hold, we be afraid here in Judah : 'how wood, and Jonathan went to his house. much more then if we come to Keilah 19 | Then came up the Ziphites to Saul against the armies of the Philistines? to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide

4. Then David inquired of the LORD yet himself with us in strong holds in the again. And the Lord answered him and wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which is on said, Arise, go down to Keilah ; for I will the south of Jeshimon ? deliver the Philistines into thine hand. 20 Now therefore, O king, come down

5 So David and his men went to Keilah, according to all the desire of thy soul to and fought with the Philistines, and come down ; and our part shall be to debrought away their cattle, and smote liver him into the king's hand. them with a great slaughter. So David 21 And Saul said, Blessed be ye of the saved the inhabitants of Keilah. Lord; for ye have compassion on me.

6 And it came to pass, when Abiathar 22 Go, I pray, you, prepare yet, and the son of Abimelech Bed to David to know, and see his place where his haunt Keilah, that he came down with an ephod is, and who hath seen him there : for it is in his hand.

told me that he dealeth very subtilely. 7 1 And it was told Saul that David was 23 See therefore, and take knowledge come to Keilah. And Saul said, God hath of all the lurking-places where he hideth delivered him into mine band; for he is himself, and come ye again to me with the shut in, by entering into a town that bath certainty, and I will go with you: and it gates and bars.

shall come to pass, if he be in the land, 8 And Saul called all the people toge- that I will search him out throughout all ther to war, to go down to Keilah, to be the thousands of Judah. siege David and his men.

24 And they arose, and went to Ziph 9 7 And David knew that Saul secretly before Saul : but David and his men were practised mischief against him; and he in the wilderness of Maon, in the plain on said to Abiathar the priest, Bring hither the south of Jeshimon. the ephod.

25 Saul also and bis men went to seek 10 Then said David, O LORD God of him. And they told David: wherefore he Israel, thy servant bath certainly heard came down into a rock, and abode in the that Saul seeketh to come to Keilab, to wilderness of Maon. And when Saul destroy the city for my sake.

heard that, he pursued after David in the 11 Will the men of Keilah deliver me wilderness of Maon. up into bis band? will Saul come down, as 26 And Saul went on this side of the thy servant hath heard ? O LORD God of mountain, and David and his men on that

David cuts Saul's skirt. CHAP. XXIV, XXV. Saul acknowledges hus fault. side of the mountain: and David made hand, and I have not sinned against thee; haste to get away for fear of Saul; for Saul yet thou huntest my soul to take it. and his men compassed David and his 12 The LORD judge between me and men round about to take them.

thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: 27 | But there came a messenger unto but mine hand shall not be upon

thee. Saul, saying, Haste thee, and come; for 13 As saith the proverb of the ancients, the Philistines have invaded the land. Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked:

28 Wherefore Saul returned from pur- but mine hand shall not be upon thee. suing after David, and went against the 14 After whom is the king of Israel Philistines: therefore they called that come out? after whom dost thou pursue ? place Sela-hammah-lekoth.

after a dead dog, after a fea? 29 9 And David went up from thence, 15 The LORD therefore be judge, and and dwelt in strong holds at En-gedi. judge between me and thee, and see, and CHAP. XXIV.

plead my cause, and deliver me out of A Duit came to pass, when Saul was thine hand.

16 9 And it came to pass when David tines, that it was told him, saying, Be- had made an end of speaking these words hold, Davidis in the wilderness of En-gedi. unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this thy voice,

2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen my son David? And Saul lifted up his men out of all Israel, and went to seek voice, and wept. David and his men upon the rocks of the 17 And he said to David, thou art more wild goats.

righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me 3 Ånd he came to the sheep-cotes by good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil. the way, where was a cave;

and Saul went 18 And thou hast shewed this day how in to cover his feet: and David and his that thou hast dealt well with me; forasmen remained in the sides of the cave. much as when the Lord had delivered me

4 And the men of David said unto him, into thine hand, thou killedst'me not. Behold the day of which the LORD said 19 For if a man find his enemy, will he unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine let him go well away? wherefore the enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest Lord reward thee good, for that thou hast do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. done unto me this day, Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of 20 And now, behold, I know well that Saul's robe privily.

thou shalt surely be king, and that the 5 And it came to pass afterward, that kingdom of Israel shall be established in David's heart smote him, because he had thine hand. cut off Saul's skirt.

21 Swear now therefore unto me by the 6 And he said unto his men, The LORD LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed forbid that I should do this thing unto my after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my master, the Lord's anointed, to stretch name out of my father's house. forth mine hand against him, seeing he is 22 And David sware unto Saul. And the anointed of the LORD.

Saul went home; but David and his men 7 So David stayed his servants with gat them up unto the hold. these words, and suffered them not to rise

CHAP. XXV. against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the A Miles were gathered together, and la

ND Samuel died: and all the Israelcave, and went on his

way. 8 David also rose afterward, and went mented him, and buried him in his house out of the cave, and cried after Saul, say- at Ramah. “And David arose, and went ing, My lord the king. And when Saul down to the wilderness of Paran. looked behind him, David stooped with 2 And there was a man in Maon, whose his face to the earth, and bowed himself. possessions were in Carmel; and the man

9 | And David said to Saul, Wherefore was very great, and he had three thousand hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, sheep, and a thousand goats: and he was David seeketh thy hurt?

shearing his sheep in Carmel. 10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen 3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; how that the LORD hath delivered thee to- and the name of his wife Abigail: and she day into mine hand in the cave: and some was a woman of good understanding, and bade me kill thee; but mine eye spared of a beautiful countenance: but the man thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine was churlish and evil in his doings; and hand against my lord; for he is the Lord's he was of the house of Caleb. anointed.

4 | And David heard in the wilderness 11. Moreover, my father, see, yea, see that Nabal did shear his sheep. the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in 5 And David sent out ten young men, that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed and David said unto the young men, Get thee not, know thou and see that there is you up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and neither evil nor transgression in mine greet him in my name:

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David provoked to kill Nabal. I. SAMUEL.

Abigail prevents ut. 6 And thus shall ye say to him that came down against her; and she met them. liveth in prosperity, Peace be both to thee, 21 (Now David had said, Surely in and peace be to thine house, and peace be vain have I kept all that this fellow hath in unto all that thou hast.

the wilderness, so that nothing was missed 7 And now I have heard that thou hast of all that pertained unto him: and he bath shearers: now thy shepherds which were requited me evil for good. with us, we hurt them not, neither was 22 So and more also do God unto the there aught' missing unto them, all the enemies of David, if I leave of all that while they were in Carmel.

pertain to him by the morning light any 8 Ask thy young men, and they will that pisseth against the wall.) shew thee. Wherefore let the young men 23 And when Abigail saw David, she find favour in thine eyes: for we come in hasted, and lighted off the ass, and fell bea good day: give, I pray thee, whatsoever fore David on her face, and bowed herself cometh to thine hand unto thy servants, to the ground, and to thy son David.

24 Ånd fell at his feet, and said, Upon 9 And when David's young men came, me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be: they spake to Nabal according to all those and let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak words in the name of David, and ceased. in thine audience, and hear the words of

10 | And Nabal answered David's ser- thine handmaid. vants, and said, Who is David ? and who 25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard is the son of Jesse? there be many servants this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his now-a-days that break away every man name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and from his master.

folly is with him: but I thine handmaid 11 Shall I then take my bread, and my saw not the young men of my lord, whom water, and my flesh that I have killed for thou didst send. my shearers, and give it unto men, whom 26 Now therefore, my lord, as the I know not whence they be?

Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing 12 So David's young men turned their the Lord hath withholden thee from comway, and went again, and came and told ing to shed blood, and from avenging thyhim all those sayings,

self with thine own hand, now let thine 13 And David said unto his men, Gird enemies, and they that seek evil to my ye on every man his sword. And they lord, be as Nabal. girded on every man his sword; and Da 27 And now this blessing which thine vid also girded on his sword: and there handmaid hath brought unto my lord, went up after David about four hundred let it even be given unto the young men men; and two hundred abode by the stuff. that follow my lord.

14 | But one of the young men told 28 I pray thee, forgive the trespass of Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, Behold, thine bandmaid: for ihe LORD will cerDavid sent messengers out of the wilder- tainly make my lord a sure house; because ness to salute our master; and he railed my lord fighteth the battles of the LORD, on them.

and evil hath not been found in thee all 15 But the men were very good unto thy days. us, and we were not hurt, neither missed 29 Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, we any thing, as long as we were conver- and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my sant with them, when we were in the fields: lord shall be bound in the bundle of life

16 They were a wall unto us both by with the Lord thy God; and the souls of night and day, all the while we were thine enemies, them shall he sling out, as with them keeping the sheep.

out of the middle of a sling. 17 Now therefore know and consider 30 And it shall come to pass, when the what thou wilt do: for evil is determined LORD shall have done to my lord accordagainst our master, and against all his ing to all the good that he hath spoken con; household: for he is such a son of Belial, cerning thee, and shall have appointed that a man cannot speak to him. thee ruler over Israel;

18 | Then Abigail made haste, and 31 Tbat this shall be no grief unto thee, took two hundred loaves, and two bottles nor offence of heart unto my lord, either of wine, and five sheep ready dressed, and that thou hast shed blood causeless, or that five measures of parched corn, and a hun- my lord hath avenged himself: but when dred clusters of raisins, and two hundred the Lord shall have dealt well with my cakes of figs, and laid them on asses. lord, then remember thine handmaid. 19 And she said unto her servants,

Go 32 T And David said to Abigail, Blessed on before me; behold, I come after you. be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee But she told not her husband Nabal. this day to meet me:

20 And it was so, as she rode on the 33 And blessed be thy advice, and blessass, that she came down by the covert of ed be thou, which hast kept me this day the hill, and behold, David and his men from coming to shed blood, and from

Saul comes to Hachilah. CHAP. XXVI.

David saves his life. avenging myself with mine own hand. 4 David therefore sent out spies, and

34 For in very deed, as the LORD God understood that Saul was come in very deed. of Israel liveth, which hath kept me back 5 | And David arose,and came to the from hurting thce, except thou hadsthasted place where Saul had pitched : and Daand come to meet me, surely there had vid beheld the place where Saul lay, and not been left unto Nabal by the morning Abner the son of Ner,the captain of his light any that pisseth against the wall. host. And Saul lay in the trench, and the

35 So David received of her hand that people pitched round about him. which she had brought him, and said unto 6 Then answered David and said to her, Go up in peace to thine puse; see, Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai the I bave hearkened to thy voice, and have son of Zerujah, brotherto Joab, saying, Who accepted thy person.

will go down with me to Saul to the camp? 36 T And Abigail came to Nabal; and And Abishai said, I will go down with behold, he held a feast in his house, like thee. the feast of a king; and Nabal's heart was 7 So Davidand Abishai came to the peomerry within him, for he was very drunk- ple by night: and behold, Saul lay sleepen: wherefore she told him nothing, lessing within the trench, and his spear stuck or more, until the morning light.

in the ground at his bolster: hut Abner 37 Bút it came to pass in the morning, and the people lay round about him. when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and 8 Then said Ahishai to David, God hath his wife had told him these things, that delivered thine enemy into thine hand this his heart died within him, and he became day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray as a stone.

thee, with the spear, even to the earth at 38 And it came to pass about ten days once, and I will not smite him the second after, that the LORD smote Nabal, that he time. died.

9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy 39 | And when David heard that Nabal him not: for who can stretch forth his hand was dead, he said, Blessed be the LORD, against the LORD's anointed, and be guiltthat hath pleaded the cause of my reproach less ? from the hand of Nabal, and hath kept 10 David said furthermore, As the LORD his servant from evil: for the Lord hath liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his day shall come to die; or he shall deown head. And David sent and communed scend into battle, and perish. with Abigail, to take her to him to wife. 11 The Lord forbid that I should stretch

40 And when the servants of David forth mine hand against the Lord's anointwere come to Abigail to Carmel, they ed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spake unto her,saying, David sent us unto spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse thee, to take thee to him to wife. of water, and let us go.

41 And she arose, and bowed herself 12 So David took the spear and the on her face to the earth, and said, Behold, cruse of water from Saul's bolster; and let thine handmaid be a servant to wash they gat them away, and no man saw it, the feet of the servants of my lord. nor knew it, neither awaked: for they were

42 And Abigail hasted, and arose, and all asleep; because a deep sleep from the rode upon an ass, with five damsels of hers LORD was fallen upon them. that went after her; and she went after the 13 | Then David went over to the messengers of David, and became his wife. other side, and stood on the top of a hill

43 David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; afar off; agreatspace being between them; and they were also both of them his wives. 14 And David cried to the people, and

44 " But Saul had given Michal bis to Abner the son of Ner, saying, Answerdaughter, David's wife, to Phalti the son est thou not, Abner? Then Abner anof Laish, which was of Gallim.

swered and said, Who art thou that CHAP. XXVI.

criest to the king ? ND the Ziphites came unto Saul to 15 And David said to Abner, Art not himself in the hill of Hachilah, which is in Israel ? Wherefore then hast thou not before Jeshimon?

kept thy lord the king ? for there came one 2 Then Saul arose, and went down to of the people in to destroy the king thy lord. the wilderness of Zipb, having three thou 16 This thing is not good that thou hast sand chosen men of Israel with him, to done. As the Lord liveth, ye are worthy seek David in the wilderness of Ziph. to die, because ye have not kept your

3 And Saul pitched in the hill of Hachi- master the Lord's anointed. And now lah, which is before Jeshimon, by the way. see where the king's spear is, and the But David abode in the wilderness, and cruise of water that was at his bolster. he saw that Saul came after him into the 17 And Saul knew David's voice, and wilderness.

said, Is this thy voice, my son David?

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