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19 But when David saw that called his name Jedidiah, behis servants whispered, David cause of the Lord. perceived that the child was 26 And Joab fought against dead : therefore David said un- Rabbah of the children of Amto his servants, Is the child mon, and took the royal city. dead? And they said, He is 27 And Joab sent messengers dead.

to David, and said, I have 20 Then David arose from the fought against Rabbah, and earth, and washed, and anoint- have taken the city of waters. ed himself, and changed his ap- 28 Now therefore gather the parel, and came into the house rest of the people together, and of the LORD, and worshipped : encamp against the city, and then he came to his own house; take it : lest I take the city, and when he required, they set

and it be called after my name. bread before him, and he did 29 And David gathered all the eat.

people together, and went to 21 Then said his servants un- Rabbah, and fought against it, to him, What thing is this that and took it. thou hast done ? thou didst fast 30 And he took their king's and weep for the child, while it crown from off his head, the was alive ; but when the child weight whereof was a talent of was dead, thou didst rise and gold with the precious stones : eat bread.

and it was set on David's head. 22 And he said, While the And he brought forth the spoil child was yet alive, I fasted and of the city in

of the city in great abundance. wept : for I said, Who can 31 And he brought forth the tell whether God will be gra- people that were therein, and cious to me, that the child may put them under saws, and under live ?

harrows of iron, and under axes 23 But now he is dead, where of iron, and made them pass fore should I fast ? can I bring through the brick-kiln : and him back again? I shall go to

thus did he unto all the cities of him, but he shall not return to the children of Ammon. So me.

David and all the people return24 And

And David comforted | ed unto Jerusalem. Bath-sheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her:

CHAP. XIII. and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon : and the Lord loved him.

AND it came to pass after 25 And he sent by the hand of this, that Absalom the son of Nathan the prophet;, and he || David had a fair sister, whose


name was Tamar; and Amnon || flour, and kneaded it, and made the son of David loved her. cakes in his sight, and did bake

2 And Amnon was so vexed, the cakes. that he fell sick for his sister 9 And she took a pan, and Tamar; for she was a virgin ; || poured them out before him ; and Amnon thought it hard for

but he refused to eat. And him to do any thing to her. Amnon said, Have out all men 3 But Amnon had a friend,

from me.

And they went out whose name was Jonadab, the son

every man from him. of Shimeah David's brother : 10 And Amnon said unto Ta. and Jonadab was a very subtil

mar, Bring the meat into the man.

chamber, that I may eat of thine 4 And he said unto him, Why || hand.

hand. And Tamar took the art thou, being the king's son, cakes which she had made, and lean from day to day ? wilt thou brought them into the chamber not tell me? And Amn'on said to Amnon her brother. unto him, I love Tamar, my 11 And when she had brought brother Absalom's sister.

them unto him to eat, he took 5 And Jonadab said unto him, || hold of her, and said unto her, Lay thee down on thy bed, and Come lie with me, my sister. make thyself sick : and when 12 And she answered him, thy father cometh to see thee, Nay, my brother, do not force say unto him, I pray thee, let me; for no such thing ought to my sister Tamar come, and give | be done in Israel : do not thou me meat, and dress the meat in

this folly. my sight, that I may see it, and 13 And I, whither shall I cause eat it at her hand.

my shame to go ? and as for 6 So Amnon lay down, and thee, thou shalt be as one of the made himself sick: and when fools in Israel. Now, therefore, the king was come to see him, I pray thee, speak unto the Amnon said unto the king, I || king; for he will not withhold pray thee, let Tamar my sister me from thee. come, and make me a couple of 14 Howbeit, he would not. cakes in my sight, that I may hearken unto her voice : but, eat at her hand.

being stronger than she, forced 7 Then David sent home to her, and lay with her. Tamar, saying, Go now to thy 15 Then Amnon hated her brother Amnon's house, and exceedingly ; so that the hatred dress him meat.

wherewith he hated her was 8 So Tamar went to her bro- || greater than the love wherewith ther Amnon's house ; and he he had loved her. And Amnon was laid down. And she took said unto her, Arise, be gone.

16 And she said unto him, zor, which is beside Ephraim : There is no cause; this evil in and Absalom invited all the sending me away is greater than king's sons. the other that thou didst unto

24 And Absalom came to the But he would not heark- king, and said, Behold now, thy en unto her.

servant hath sheep-shearers ; let 17 Then he called his servant the king, I beseech thee, and his that ministered unto him, and servants, go with thy servant. said, Put now this woman out 25 And the king said to Absafrom me, and bolt the door af- lom, Nay, my son, let us not ter her.

all now go, lest we be charge18 And, she bad a garment of able unto thee. And he pressed divers colours upon her : for him: howbeit, he would not go, with such robes were the king's but blessed him. daughters that were virgins ap- 26 Then said Absalom, If not, parelled. Then his servant I pray thee, let my brother Ambrought her out, and bolted the non go with us. And the king door after her.

said unto him, Why should he 19 And Tamar put ashes on go with thee? her head, and rent her garment 27 But Absalom pressed him, of divers colours that was on that he let Amnon and all the her, and laid her hand on her king's sons go with him. head, and went on crying.

28 Now Absalom had com20 And Absalom her brother manded his servants, saying, said unto her, Hath Amnon thy Mark ye now when Amnon's brother been with thee? but heart is merry with wine, and hold now thy peace, my sister : when I say unto you, Smite he is thy brother; regard not Amnon; then kill him; fear not: this thing. So Tamar remained have not I commanded you? be desolate in her brother Absa- courageous, and be valiant. lom's house.

29 And the servants of Absa, 21 But when king Davidlom did unto Amnon as Absaheard of all these things, he was lom had commanded. Then all very wroth.

the king's sons arose, and every 22 And Absalom spake unto man gat him up upon his mule, his brother Amnon neither good and fled. nor bad: for Absalom hated 30 And it came to pass, while Amnon, because he had forced they were in the way, that tihis sister Tamar.

dings came to David, saying, 23 And it came to pass after Absalom hath slain all the king's two full years, that Absalom sons, and there is not one of had sheep-shearers in Baal-ha-them left.



31 Then the king arose, and to Geshur, and was there three tare his garments, and lay on years. the earth; and all his servants 39 And the soul of king David stood by with their clothes rent. longed to go forth unto Absa

32 And Jonadab the son of lom: for he was comforted conShimeah, David's brother, an- cerning Amnon, seeing he was swered and said, Let not my dead. lord suppose that they have slain all the young men the king's

CHAP. XIV. sons; for Amnon only is dead:

ABSALOM'S RETURN. for by the appointment of Ab. salom this hath been determined NOW Joab the son of Ze. from the day that he forced his ruiah perceived that the king's sister Tamar.

heart was toward Absalom. 33 Now therefore let not my 2 And Joab sent to Tekoah, and lord the king take the thing to fetched thence a wise woman, his heart, to think that all the and said unto her, I pray thee, king's sons are dead: for Am- feign thyself to be a mourner, non only is dead.

and put on now mourning ap34 But Absalom fled. And parel, and anoint not thyself the young man that kept the with oil, but be as a woman that watch lifted up his eyes, and had a long time mourned for looked, and, behold, there came the dead: much people by the way of the 3 And come to the king, and hill-side behind him.

speak on this manner unto him. 35 And Jonadab said unto the So Joab put the words in her king, Behold, the king's sons mouth. come: as thy servant said, so 4 And when the woman of Teit is.

koah spake to the king, she fell 36 And it came to pass, as on her face to the ground, and soon as he had made an end of did obeisance, and said, Help, speaking, that, behold, the king's O king. sons came, and lifted up their 5 And the king said unto her, voice and wept: and the king What aileth thee? And she analso and all his servants wept | swered, I am indeed a widow very sore.

woman, and mine husband is 37 But Absalom fled, and went dead. to Talmai, the son of Ammi- 6 And thy handmaid had two hud, king of Geshur. And Da-sons, and they two strove tovid mourned for his son every gether in the field, and there was day.

none to part them, but the one 38 So Absalom fled, and went smote the other, and slew him. 7 And, behold, the whole | doth speak this thing as one family is risen against thine which is faulty, in that the king handmaid; and they said, De- doth not fetch home again his liver him that smote his bro- banished. ther, that we may kill him, for 14 For we must needs die, and the life of his brother whom he are as water spilt on the ground, slew: and we will destroy the which cannot be gathered up heir also: and so they shall again; neither doth God respect quench my coal which is left, any person: yet doth he devise and shall not leave to my hus- means, that his banished be not band neither name nor remain-expelled from him. der upon the earth.

15 Now therefore that I am 8 And the king said unto the come to speak of this thing unto woman, Go to thine house, and my lord the king, it is because I will give charge concerning the people have made me afraid: thee.

and thy handmaid said, I will 9 And the woman of Tekoah now speak unto the king: it may said unto the king, My lord, o be that the king will perform king, the iniquity be on me, and the request of his handmaid. on my father's house: and the 16 For the king will hear, to king and his throne be guiltless. deliver his handmaid out of the

10 And the king said, Who- hand of the man that would desoever saith aught unto thee, stroy me and my son together bring him to me, and he shall out of the inheritance of God. not touch thee any more.

17 Then thine handmaid said, 11 Then said she, I pray thee, The word of my lord the king let the king remember the Lord shall now be comfortable: for thy God, that thou wouldest not || as an angel of God, so is my suffer the revengers of blood to lord the king to discern good destroy any more, lest they de- and bad; therefore the LORD stroy my son. And he said, As thy God will be with thee. the LORD liveth, there shall not 18 Then the king answered one hair of thy son fall to the and said unto the woman, Hide earth.

not from me, I pray thee, the 12 Then the woman said, Let thing that I shall ask thee. And thine handmaid, I pray thee, the woman said, Let my lord speak one word unto my lord the king now speak. the king. And he said, Say on. 19 And the king said Is not the

13 And the woman said, hand of Joab with thee in all Wherefore then hast thou || this? And the woman answered thought such a thing against and said, As thy soul liveth, my the people of God? for the king || lord the king, none can turn to

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