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Ammonites and Syrians overcome. . II. SAMUEL.

Oriah slain in battle David doth honour thy father, that he hath sent he saw a woman washing herself; and the wocomforters unto thee? hath not David rather sman was very beautiful to look upon. sent his servants unto thee, in search the city, 3 And David sent and inquired after the woman. and to spy it out, and to overthrow it ?

And one said, Is not this Bath-sheba the daugh4 Wherefore Hanun took David's servants, and ter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Ilittite ? shaved off the one half of their beards, and cut 4 And David sent messengers and took her: off their garments in the middle, even to their and she came in unto him, and he lay with lier: buttocks, and sent them away.

(for she was purified from her uncleauness:) and 5 When they told it unto David, he sent to meet she returned unto her house. Iliein, because the men were greatly ashamed. 5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told And the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your David, and said, I am with child. beards be grown, and then return

16 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me 6 And when the children of Ammon saw that Uriah thellittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. they stank before David, the children of Amnion 7 And when Uriah was come unto him, David seni and hired the Syrians of Beth-rekoh, and the demanded of him how Joab did, and how the Syrians of Zobah, twenty thousand footmen, people did, and how the war prospered. and of king Maacah a thousand men, and of Ish-| 8 And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy tob twelve thousand inen.

Thouse, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed 17 And when David heard of it, lie sent Joab, out of the king's house, and there followed hiin and all the host of the migluty men.

la mess of meat from the king. 8 And the children of Ammon came out, and 9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king's put the battle in array at the entering in of the house with all the servants of his lord, and went

ate: and the Syrians of Zobal and of Rehob, nol down to his house. and Ish-tob, and Maacalt, were by themselves in 10 And when they had told David, saying, Urithe field.

ah went not down unto his house, David said 9 When Joab saw that the front of the battle unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? was against him before and behind, he chose of why then didst thou not go down unto thy house? all the choice men of Israel, and put them in ar- 11 And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and ray against the Syrians:

Israel, and Judah, alide in tents; and my lord 10 And the rest of the people lic delivered into Joab, and the servants of my lord are encamped the hand of Abishai bis brother, that he might in the open fields; shall I then go into my house, put them in array against the children of Ammon. to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As

11 And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do me, then thou shalt help me: but if the children this thing. of Ammon be too strong for thee, then I will 12 And David said to Urialı, Tarry here to-day come and help thee.

Jalso, and to-inorrow I will let thee depart. So Uri12 Be of good courage, and let us play the men ah abode in Jerusalem that day and the morrow. for our people, and for the cities of our God: and 13 And when David had called him, he did eat the LORD do that which seemeth him good. and drink before him; and he made him drunk :

13 And Joab drew nigh, and the people that and at even he went out to lie on his bed with Here with him, unto the battle against the Syri- the servants of his lord, but went not down to ans: and they fled before him.

his house. 14 And when the children of Ammon saw that 14 | And it came to pass in the morning, that the Syrians were fied, then fled they also before David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the Abishai, and entered into the city. So Joab re- hand or Uriah. turned from the children of Animion, and camel 15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ve to Jerusalem.

Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and re15 1 And when the Syrians saw that they were lire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. smitten before Israel, they gathered themselves 16 And it came to pass, when Joab observed togethicr.

the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place 16 And Hadarezer sent, and brought out the where he knew that valiant men were. Syrians that wcre beyond the river: and they 17 And the men of the city went out, and fought canie to Helam : and Shobach the captain of the with Joabe and there fell some of the people of host of Hadarezer went before them.

the servants of David; and Uriah the litrite 17 And when it was told David, he gathered died also. all Israel together, and passed over Jordan, and 18 1 Then Joab sent and told David all the caine to Helain. And the Syrians set themselves things concerning the war; in array against David, and fought with him. | 19 And charged the messenger, saying, When

18 And the Syrians fied before Israel; and Da-thou hast inade an end of telling the matters of vid slew the men of seven hundred chariots of|the war unto the king, the Syrians, and forty thousand horsemen, and 20 And if so be that the king's wrath arise, and emote Shobach the captain of their host, who he say unto thee, Wherefore approached ye so died there.

nigh into the city when ye did fight? knew ye 19 And when all the kings that were servarits not that they would shoot from the wall? to Hadarezer saw that they were smitten beforel 21 Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerub-be Israel, they made peace with Israel, and served sheth ? did not a woman cast a piece of a millthem. So the Syrians feared to help the chil- stone upon him from the wall that he died in dren of Ammon any more.

Thebez? why went ye nigh the wall? Then say CHIAP. XI.

thou, Thy servant Uriah the Mittite is dead also. David's sin concerning Uriah.

| 22 i So the messenger went, and cane and AND it came to pass, after the year was ex-shewed David all that Joab had sent him for. A pired, at the time when kings go forth lo 23 And the messenger said unto David, Surely battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants the men prevailed against us, and came out unto with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed us into the field, and we were upon them even the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. unto the entering of the gate. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.

24 And the shooters shot from off the wall upon 21 And it came to pass in an evening tide, that thy servants: and some of the king's servants be David arose from off his bed, and walked upon dead, and thy servantUriah the Hittite is dead also. the roof of the king's house : and from the roof 25 Then David said unto the messenger, Thus

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Nathan's parable.
CHAP. XII, XIII.

Solomon is born shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this thing dis-1 18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that please thee, for the sword devoureth one as well(the child died. And the servants of David fearas another: make thy battle more strong against ed to tell him that the child was dead: for they the city, and overthrow it: and encourage thou said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we him.

Ispake unto him, and he would not hearken unto 201 And when the wife or Uriah heard that our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for tell him that the child is dead? her hushand.

| 19 But when David saw that his servants whis 27 And when the mourning was past, David pered, David perccived that the child was dead: sent and fetched her to his house, and she be-therefore David said unto his servants, Is the came his wife, and bare him a son. But the child dead? And they said, He is dead. thing that David had done displeased the LORD. 20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, CHAP. XII.

and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, Nathan reproveth David.

and came into the house of the LORD, and worAND the LORD seni Nathan unto David. And shipped: then he came to his own house; and

1 he came unto him, and said unto him, when he required, they set bread before hiin, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and he did eat. and the other poor.

21 Then said his servants unto him, What thing 2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and is this that thou hast done ? thou didst fast and herds:

weep for the child, while it was alive; but when 3 But the poor man had nothing save one little the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. ewe-lamb, which he had bought and nourished 22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, up: and it grew up together with him, and with I fasted, and wept: for I said, Who can tell whehis children; it did eat of his own meat, and ther God will be gracious to ine, that the child drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, may live? and was unto him as a daughter.

| 23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? 4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, can I bring him back again ? I shall go to him, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his but he shall not return to me. own herd, to dress for the way-faring manthat was 241 And David comforted Bath-sheba his wife, come unto lim; but took the poor man's lamb, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she and dressed it for the man that was come to him. bare a son, and he called his name Soloinon:

5 And David's anger was greatly kindled against and the LORD loved him.. the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD 25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the pro liveth, the man that liath done this thing shall phet; and he called his name Jedidiah, because surely die.

of the LORD. 6 And heshall restore the lamb fourfold, because 26 | And Joab fought against Rabbah of the he did this thing, and because he had no pity, children of Animon, and took the royal city.

7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the 27 And Joab sent messengers to David, and man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I said, I have fought against Rabbah, and have anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered taken the city of waters. thee out of the hand of Saul;

28 Now therefore gather the rest of the people to8 And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy gether, and encamp against the city, and take it: inaster's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee lest I take the city, and it be called after my name. the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that 29 AndDavid gathered all the people together and had been too little, I would moreover have given went to Rabbah, and fought against it, and took it. unto thee sich and such things.

| 30 And he took their king's crown from off his 9 Wherefore hast thou despised the command-head, (the weight whereof was a talent of gold ment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight ? thou with the precious stones,) and it was set on Dahast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and vid's head. And he brought forth the spoil of bast taken luis wife to be thy wife, and last slain the city in great abundance. him with the sworil of the children of Ammon. 31 And he brought torth the people that were

10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart therein, and put them under saws and under from thy house: because thou hast despised harrows of iron, and under axes of iron, and me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite made them pass through the brick-kiln: and thus to be thy wite.

did he unto all the cities of the children of Anr11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold I will raise up nion. So David and all the people returned unto evil against thee out of thine own house, and I Jerusalem. will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give

CHAP. XIII. them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with

Amnon defileth Tamar. thy wives in the siglit of his sun.

LAND it came to pass after this, that Absalom 12 For thout didst it secretly: but I will do this the son of David had a fair sister, whose thing before all Israel, and before the sun. name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of Da

13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned! vid loved her. against the LORD. And Nathan said unto Da- ! And Annon was so vexed, that he fell sick for vid, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin; and Amshalt not die.

non thought it hard for him to do anything to her. 14 Howbeit, because by this decd thou hast 3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name was giver great occasion to the enemies of the LORD Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother: to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto and Jonadab 10 as a very subtle man. thee shall surely die.

4 And he said unto him, Why art thon, being 151 Aud Narilian departed into his house. the king's son, lean from day to day? wilt thou And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife not tell me? And Amnon said unto him, I love

Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister. 16 David therefore besought God for the child ;/ 5 and Jonadab said unto hini, Lay thee down and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night on thy bed, and make thyself sick: and when upon the earth.

thy father cometh to see thee, say unto hini, 17 And the elders of his house arose, and went pray thee, let my sister Tamár coine, and give to him, to raise him up from the earth : but he me incat, and dress the meat in my sight, that Woull 101, neither did he eat bread with them. (may scei, and eat it at her hand.

And the LORD id, and it was very, stickie child; 5 And;

Amnon hateth Tamar.

II. SAMUEL.

Absalom killeth Amnm BS Ampon lay down, and made himself sick:1 28 I Now Absalom had commanded his ser and when the king was come to see him, Amnon vants, saying, Mark ye now when Amnon's said unto the king, I pray thee, let Tamar my heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto sister come, and make me a couple of cakes in you, Smite Amnon; then kill him, fear not: niy sight, that I may eat at her hand.

have not I coinmanded you ? be courageous, and 7 Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, Go be valiant. now to thy brother Amnon's house, and dress 29 And the servants of Absalom did unto Amhim meat.

non as Absalom had cominanded. Then all the 8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house: king's sons arose, and every man gat him up and he was lain down. And she took flour, and upon his mule, and fied. kreaded it, and made cakes in his sight, and did 30 1 And it came to pass, while they were in bake the cakes.

the way, that tidings came to David, saying, 9 And she took a pan, and poured them out be-Absaloin hath slain all the king's sons, and there fore him ; but he refused to eat. And Amnon is not one of them lent. said, Ilave out all men from me. And they went| 31 Then the king arose, and tare his garments out every man from him.

and lay on the earth; and all his servants stood 10 And Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring the by with their clothes rent. meat into the chamber, that I may eat of thy 32 And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David's hand. And Tamar took the cakes which she brother, answered and said, Let not my lord suphad made, and brought them into the chamber pose that they have slain all the young men the to Amnon her brother.

king's sons: for Amnon only is dead: for by the 11 And when she had brought them unto him appointment of Absalom this hath been determinto eat, he took hold of her, and said unto her, ed from the day that he forced his sister Tamar. Come lie with me, my sister.

| 33 Now therefore let not my lord the king take 12 And she answered him, Nay, my brother, do the thing to his heart, to think that all the king's not force me, for no such thing ought to be done sons are dead: for Amnon only is dead. in Israel: do not thou this folly.

| 34 But Absalom fled. And the young man that 13 And I, whither shall I cause my shame to go ? kept the watch lifted up his eyes, and looked, and as for thee, thou shalt be as one of the fools and behold, there came much people by the way in Israel. Now therefore, I pray thee, speak unto of the hill-side behind him. the king : for he will not withhold me from thee. 35 And Jonadab said unto the king, Behold, the

14 Howbeit, he would not hearken unto her king's sons come: as thy servant said, su it is. voice: but being stronger than she, forced her, 36 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made and lay with her.

an end of speaking, that behold, the king's song 15 | Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so came, and lined up their voice and wept: and the that the hatred wherewith he hated her was king also and all his servants wept very sore. greater than the love wherewith he had loved 37 !! But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai. her. And Amnon said unto her, Arise, be gone. the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur. And Da

16 And she said unto him, There is no cause: oid mourned for his son every day. this evil in sending me away is greater than the 38 So Absalom fied, and went to Geshur, and other that thou didst unto me. But he would was tliere three years. not hearken unto her.

39 And the soul of king David longed to go forth 17 Then he called his servant that ministered unto Absalom: for he was comforted concerning unto him, and said, Put now this woman out|Aninon, seeing he was dead. from me, and bolt the door after her.

CHAP. XIV. 18 And she had a garınent of divers colours upon

Joab procureth Absalom's return. her: for with such robes were the king's daugh-N OW Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that ters that were virgins apparelled. Then his ser-n the king's heart was toward Absalom. vant brought her out, and bolted the door after her. 2 And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched thence

1911 And Tamar put ashes on her head, and rent a wise woman, and said unto her, I pray thee, her garment of divers colours that was on her, and feign thyself to be a mourner, and put on now laid her hand on her head, and went on crying. mourning apparel, and anoint not thyself with

20 And Absalom her brother said unto her, Hath oil, but be as a woman that had a long time Amnon thy brother been with thee? but hold now mourned for the dead: thy peace, my sister: he is thy brother; regard 3 And come to the king, and speak on this manner not this thing. So Tamar reniained desolate in unto him. So Joab put the words in her mouth. her brother Absalom's house.

| 4 1 And when the wonian of Tekoah spake to 21 41 But when king David heard of all these the king, she fell on her face to the ground, und things, he was very wroth.

did obeisance, and said, Help, o king. And Absalom spake unto his brother Amnon 5 And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? neither good nor bad: for Absalom hated Am- And she answered, I am indeed a widow wonon, because he had forced his sister Tamarnian, and niy husband is dead.

23 | And it came to pass after two full years, | 6 And thy handmaid had two sons, and they that Absalom had sheep-shearers in Baal-hazor, two strove together in the field, and there was which is beside Ephraim : and Absalom invited none to part them, but the one sinote the other, all the king's sons.

and slew him. 24 And Absalom came to the king, and said, 7 And behold, the whole family is risen against Behold now, thy servant hath sheep-shearers: thy handinaid, and they said, Deliver him that let the king, I beseech thee, and his servants go smote his brother, that we may kill him, for the with thy servant.

life of his brother whom he slew ; and we will 25 And the king said to Absalom, Nay, my son, destroy the heir also: and so they shall quench my let us not all now go, lest we be chargeable unto coal which is left, and shall noi leave io my husthee. And he pressed him: howbeit he would band neither lanie nor reinainder upon the earth. not go, but blessed him.

1 8 And the king said unto the woman, Go to thy 26 Then said Absalom, If not, I pray thee, let house, and I will give charge concerning thee. my brother Amnon go with us. And the king/ 9 And the woman of Tekoah said unto the king. said unto him, Why should he go with thee? My lord, o king, the iniquity be on me, and on

27 But Absalom pressed him, that he let Am-my father's house: and the king, and his throne tion and all the king's sons go with him. lbe guiltless.

Absalom's return.

CHAP. XV.

He stealeth the hearts of Israel 10 And the king said, Whosoever saith aught sent him to the king; but he would not come to unto thee, bring him to me, and he shall not hiin: and when he sent again the second time, touch thee any more.

he would not come. u Then said she, I pray thee, let the king re- 30 Therefore he said unto his servants, See, member the LORD thy God, that thou wouldest Joab's fickel is near mine, and he hath barley not siffer the revengers of blood to destroy any there; go and set it on fire. And Absalom's scrmore, lest they destroy my son. And he said, vants set the field on tire. As the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of 31 Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unthy son fall to the earth.

to his house, and said unto him, Wherefore have 12 Then the woman said, Let thy handmaid, thy servants set iny field on fire ? I pray thee, speak one word unto my lord the 32 And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent king. And he said, Say on.

unto thee, saying, Come hither, that I may send 13 And the woman said, Wherefore then hast thee to the king, to say, Wherefore am l come thou thought such a thing against the people of from Geshur? it had been good for me to hane God ? for the king doth speak this thing as one been there still: now therefore let me see the which is faulty, in that the king doth not letch king's face; and if there be any iniquity in ine, home again his banished.

let him kill me. 14 For we must needs die, and are as water 33 So Joab came to the king, and told him: and spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered when he had called for Absaloin, he came to the up again; neither doth God respect any person: king, and bowed himself on his face to the ground vet doth be devise means, that his banished be before the king: and the king kissed Absalom. not expelled from himn.

CHAP. XV. 15 Now therefore that I am corne to speak of this

Absalom's treason and rebellion. thing unto my lord the king, it is because the peo- AND it came to pass after this, that Absalom ple have inadenie atraid: and thy handmaid said, prepared hiin chariots and horses, and fifty I will now speak unto the king; it may be that men to run berore him. the king will perforin the request of his handmaid. 2 And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside

16 For the king will hear, to deliver his hand- the way of the gate: and it was so, that when maid out of the hand of the man that would de- any man that had a controversy came to the king stroy me and my son together out of the inheri- for judgment, then Absaloin called unto hiin, and Lance of God.

said, of what city art thou? And he said, Thy 17 Then thy handmaid said, The word of my lord servant is of one of the tribes of Israel. the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel 3 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and are good and right; but there is no man deputed bad: therefore the LORD thy God will be with thee. of the king to hear thee.

18 Then the king answered and said unto the 4 Absaloin said moreover, Oh that I were made woman, Hide not troin mne, I pray thee, the thing judge in the land, that every man which hath that I shall ask thee. And the wonian said, Let any suit or cause might come unto me, and I my lord the king now speak.

would do him justice! 19 And the king said, 18 not the hand of Joab 5 And it was so, that when any inan came nigh with thee in all this? 'And the woman answer to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, ed and said, As thy soul liveth, my lord the king, and took him, and kissed him. none can turn to the right hand or to the lent from 6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel aught that my lord the king hath spoken: for thy that canie to the king for judgment: so Absalom servant Joab, he bade me, and he put all these stole the hearts of the men of Israel. words in the niouth of thy handmaid:

17 And it came to pass after forty years, that 20 To fetch about this form of speech hath thy Absaloin said unto the king, I pray thee, let me servant Joab done this thing: and my lord is go and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of ihe LORD, in Hebron. God, to know all things that are in the earth. 8 For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode

21 11 And the king said unto Joab, Behold now, at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the LORD shall I have done this thing: go therefore, bring the bring nie again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will young man Absalom again.

serve the LORD. 22 And Joab fell to the yround on his face, and 9 And the king said unto him, Go in peace. So buwed himself, and thanked the king: and Joab he arose, and went to Hebron. said, To-day thy servant knoweth that I have! 10 But Absaloin sent spies throughout all tlie found grace in thy sight, my lord, o king, in that tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as ye hear the the king hath fultilled the request of his servant. sound of the trumpet, then ye shall say, Absa

23 So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and lom rcigneth in Hebron. brought Absalom to Jerusalem.

| 11 And with Absaloni went two hundred men 24 And the king said, Let him turn to his own out of Jerusalem, that 10ere called; and they went house, and let him not see my face. So Absa- in their simplicity, and they knew not any thing. lom returned to his own house, and saw not the 12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonking's face.

ite, David's counsellor, from his city, cven from 25 1 But in all Israel there was none to be so Gilol, while he offered sacrifices. And the conmuch praised as Absalom for his beauty: fron: spiracy was strong; for the people iucreased the sole of his foot even to the crowli or Eis head continually with Absalom. there was no blemish in him.

13 1 And there caine a messenger to David, Mi du when he polled his head, (for it was at saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after every year's end that he polled it; because the Absalom. hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it :) 14 And David said unto all his servants that he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred were with him at Jerusalemn, Arise, and let t19 shekels after the king's weiglit.

fee ; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: 27 And unto Absalom there were born three make speed to depart, lest he overtake us sildoons, and one daughter, whose name wus Ta-Idenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city Inar: she was a woman of a fair countenance. with the edge of the sword.

28 I So Absalom dwelt two till vears in Jeru- 15 And the king's servants said unto the king, salem, and saw noi the king's face.

Behold, thy servants are ready to do whatsoever 29 Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to have my lord the king shall appoint.

David fleeth from went forth, and all his wornen city, and Absal CHAP. XVI. hesheth.

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11. SAMUEL

Shimci curseth David 16 And the king went forth, and all his house-1 37 So Ilushal, David's friend, canie into the hold after him. And the king left ten woinen/city, and Absalom came into Jerusalem. which were concubines to keep the house.

17 And the king went forth, and all the people! Ziba's treachery to Mephibosheth. alter him, and tarried in a place that was far otr. A ND when David was a little past the top of

18 And all his servants passed on beside him;n the hill, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephiand all the Cherethites, and all the relethites, bosheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and all the Gittites, six hundred men which came and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, after him from Cath, passed on before the king and a hundred bunches of raisins, and a hun

19 Then said the king to Ittai the Gittile, drei of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine. Wherefore goest thou also with us 1 return to ! And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thy place, and abide with the king; for thou art thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses be for a stranger, and also an exile.

lhe king's household to ride on ; and the bread 20 Whereas thou camest but yesterday, should I and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and this day make thee go up and down with its? seeing the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness I go whither I may; return thout, and take back inay drink. thy brethren: mercy and truth be with thee. 3 And the king said, And where is thy master's

21 And Juai answered the king, and said, As son ? And Ziba said unto the king. Behold, lie the LORD liveth, and as my lord the king liveth, abideth at Jerusalem : for he said, To-day shall surely in what place my lord the king shall be, the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of whether in death or life, even there also will thy my father. servant be.

T4 Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are 22 And David said to Ittai, Go and pass over. all that pertained unto Mephibosheth. And Ziba And Ittai the Giuite passed over, and all his said, I humbly beseech ihee that I may find men, and all the little ones that were with him. grace in thy sight, my lord, O king.

23 And all the country wept with a lond voice, 5 Anil when king David came to Bahurim, beand all the people passed over: the king also hold, thencc came out a man of the family of the himself passed over the brook Kidron, and all house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of the people passed over, toward the way of the Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came. wilderness.

| 6 And he cast stoncs at David, and at all the 24 11 Aud lo, Zadok also, and all the Levites servants of king David : and all the people and were with hins, bearing the ark of the covenant all the mighty men were on his right hand and of God: and they set down the ark of God; and on his left. Abiathar went up, until all the people had done 7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Como passing out of the city.

Jout, come out, thou bloody inan, and thou nian 25 And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back of Belial: the ark of God into the city: if I shall find fa- s The Lord hath returned upon thee all the vour in the eyes of the LORD, he will bring me blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou again, and shew me both it, and his habitation: hast reigned ; and the LORD hath delivered the

26 But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee: kingdom into the hand of Absaloin thy son: and behold, here am I, let him do to me as seemeth behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because good unto hini.

thou art a bloody man. 27 The king said also into Zadok the priest, 9 Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto Art not thou a seer? return into the city in the king, Why should this dead'dog curse my peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz lord the king ? let me go over, I pray thee, and thy son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar. take off his hend.

28 See, I will carry in the plain of the wilderness, 10 And the king said, What have I to do with until there come word from you to certify me. Tyou, ye sons of Zeruiah ? so let him curse, be

29 Zadok therefore and Abiathar carricd the ark|cause the Lord hath said unto him, Curse Daof God again to Jerusalem: and they tarried there. vid. Who shall then say, Wherefure hast thon

30 1 And David went up by the ascent of mount done so ? Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head 11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his covered, and he went barefoot: and all the peo- servants, Behold, iny soul, which came forth of ple that was with him covered every man his my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more head, and they went tip, weeping as they went up. now may this Benjamite do it ? let him alone.

31 1 And one told David, saying, Alithophel is and let him curse; for the Lord hath bidden him. among the conspirators with Absalom. And 12 It may be that the LORD will look on mine David said, O Lord, I pray thee, turn the coun-jaffliction, and that the LORD will requite me sel of Ahithophel into foolishness.

good for his cursing this day. 32 1 And it came to pass, that when David was 13 And as David and his men went by the come to the top of the mount, where he worshipped way, Shimei went along on the hill's side over God, behold, Hushai the Archite came to nieet against him, and cursed as he went, and threw bin with his coat rent, and earth upon his head: stones at him, and cast dust.

33 Unto whom David said, If thou passest on 14 And the king, and all the people that roere with with ine, then thou shalt be a burden unto me: him, came weary, and refreshed themselves thcrc.

34 But if thou return to the city, and say untoi 15 | And Absalom, and all the people the men Absalom, I will be thy servant, О king; as I have of Israel, canie to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel been thy father's servant hitherto, so will I now with himi. also be thy servant: then mayest thou for me 16 And it came to pass, when Ilushai the Ar. defeat the counsel of Anithophel.

Tchite, David's friend, was coine unto Absalom, 35 And hast thou not there with thee Zadok that Hushini said to Absaloni, God save the and Abiathar the priests ? therefore it shall be, king, God save the king. that what thing soever thou shalt hear out of the 17 And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this thy king's house, thou shalt tell it to Zadok and kindness to thy friend ? why wentest thou not Abiathar the priests.

with thy friend? 36 Bchold, they have there with them their two 18 And Ilushai said unto Absalom, Nay; but song, Ahimaay, Zadok's son, and Jonathan, Abi- whom the LORD, and this people, and all the athar's son; and by thein ve shall send unto me men of Israel choose, his will I be, and with him every thing that ye can hear.

will I abide

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