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the land for him, and thou shalt nun their lord, Thinkest thou bring in the fruits, that thy that David doth honour thy master's son may have food to father, that he hath sent comforeat: but Mephibosheth thy mas ters unto thee? hath not David ter's son shall eat bread alway || rather sent his servants unto at my table. Now Ziba had fif- thee, to search the city, and to teen sons and twenty servants. spy it out, and to overthrow it?

11 Then said Ziba unto the 4 Wherefore Hanun took Daking, According to all that my vid's servants, \and shaved off lord the king hath commanded the one half of their beards, and his servant, so shall thy servant cut off their garments in the do. As for Mephibosheth, said middle, even to their buttocks, the king, he shall eat at my table, and sent them away. as one of the king's sons. 5 When they told it unto Da

12 And Mephibosheth had a vid, he sent to meet them, beyoung son, whose name was cause the men were greatly Micha. And all that dwelt in | ashamed : and the king said, the house of Ziba were servants Tarry at Jericho until your unto Mephibosheth.

beards be grown, and then re13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in turn. Jerusalem : for he did eat con 6 And when the children of tinually at the king's table; and Ammon saw that they stank bewas lame on both his feet. fore David, the children of Am

mon sent and hired the Syrians CHAP. X.

of Beth-rehob, and the Syrians HANUN'S VILLANY.

of Zoba, twenty thousand foot

men, and of king Maacah a AND it came to pass after thousand men, and of Ish-tob this, that the king of the chil- | twelve thousand men. dren of Ammon died, and Ha 7 And when David heard of it, nun his son reigned in his stead. he sent Joab, and all the host of

2 Then said David, I will the mighty men. shew kindness unto Hanun the 8 And the children of Ammon son of Nahash, as his father came out, and put the battle in shewed kindness unto me. And array at the entering in of the David sent to comfort him by gate : and the Syrians of Zoba, the hand of his servants for his and of Rehob, and Ish-tob, and father. And David's servants Maacah, were by themselves in came into the land of the chil- the field. dren of Ammon.

9 When Joab saw that the 3 And the princes of the chil- front of the battle was against dren of Ammon said unto Ha-him before and behind, he chose

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of all the choice men of Israel, | gether, and passed over Jordan, and put them in array against and came to Helam. And the the Syrians :

Syrians set themselves in array 10 And the rest of the people against David, and fought with he delivered into the hand of him. Abishai his brother, that he 18 And the Syrians fled before might put them in array against Israel; and David slew the men the children of Ammon.

of seven hundred chariots of 11 And he said, If the Syrians the Syrians, and forty thousand be too strong for me, then thou horsemen, and smote Shobach shalt help me: but if the child the captain of their host, who dren of Ammon be too strong died there. for thee, then I will come and 19 And when all the kings help thee.

that were servants to Hadarezer 12 Be of good courage, and saw that they were smitten belet us play the men for our peo fore Israel, they made peace ple, and for the cities of our with Israel, and served them. God: and the LORD do that So the Syrians feared to help which seemeth him good.

the children of Ammon any 13 And Joab drew nigh, and more. the people that were with him, unto the battle against the Sy

CHAP. XI. rians : and they fled before him. 14 And when the children of

DAVID'S ADULTERY. Ammon saw that the Syrians AND it came to pass, after were fled, then fled they also the year was expired, at the before Abishai, and entered into time when kings go forth to the city. So Joab returned from battle, that David sent Joab, and the children of Ammon, and his servants with him, and all came to Jerusalem.

Israel; and they destroyed the 15 And when the Syrians saw children of Ammon, and bethat they were smitten before sieged Rabbah! But David tarIsrael, they gathered themselves ried still at Jerusalem. together.

2 And it came to pass in an 16 And Hadarezer sent and evening tide, that David arose brought out the Syrians that from off his bed, and walked were beyond the river: and they upon the roof of the king's came to Helam; and Shobach house : and from the roof he the captain of the host of Hada saw a woman washing herself; rezer went before them.

and the woman was very beau17 And when it was told Da- tiful to look upon. vid, he gathered all Israel to 3 And David sent and enquir

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ed after the woman. 'And one | lord Joab, and the servants of said, Is not this Bath-sheba the my lord, are encamped in the daughter of Eliam, the wife of open fields; shall I then go into Uriah the Hittite?

mine house, to eat and to drink, 4 And David sent messengers, and to lie with my wife ? as and took her: and she came in thou livest, and as thy soul unto him, and he lay with her; liveth, I will not do this thing. for she was purified from her 12 And David said to Uriah, uncleanness: and she returned | Tarry here to-day also, and tounto her house.

morrow I will let thee depart. 5 And the woman conceived, So Uriah abode in Jerusalem and sent and told David, and that day, and the morrow. said, I am with child.

13 And when David had call6 And David sent to Joab, ed him, he did eat and drink saying, Send me Uriah the Hit- before him; and he made him tite. And Joab sent Uriah to drunk, and at even he went out David.

to lie on his bed with the ser7 And when Uriah was come vants of his lord, but went not unto him, David demanded of down to his house. him how Joab did, and how the 14 And it came to pass in the people did, and how the war morning, that David wrote a prospered.

letter to Joab, and sent it by the 8 And David said to Uriah, hand of Uriah. Godown to thy house, and wash 15 And he wrote in the letter, thy feet. And Uriah departed saying, Set ye Uriah in the foreout of the king's house, and front of the hottest battle, and there followed him a mess of retire ye from him, that he may meat from the king.

be smitten, and die. 9 But Uriah slepi at the door 16 And it came to pass, when of the king's house with all the Joab observed the city, that he servants of his lord, and went assigned Uriah unto a place not down to his house.

where he knew that valiant men 10 And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not 17 And the men of the city down unto his house, David went out, and fought with Joab: said unto Uriah, Camest thou and there fell some of the people not from thy journey? why then of the servants of David; and didst thou not go down unto Uriah the Hittite died also. thine house?

18 Then Joab sent and told 11 And Uriah said unto Da David all the things concerning vid, The ark, and Israel, and the war; Judah, abide in tents; and my 19 And charged the messen

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ger, saying, When thou hast | ah heard that Uriah her husband made an end of telling the mat was dead, she mourned for her ters of the war unto the king, husband.

27 wrath arise, and he say unto past, David sent, and fetched thee, Wherefore approached ye her to his house, and she beso nigh unto the city when ye came his wife, and bare him a did fight? knew ye not that son. But the thing that Dathey would shoot from the vid had done displeased the wall?

LORD. 21 Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a

CHAP. XII. woman cast a piece of a mill

NATHAN'S PARABLE. stone upon him from the wall, that he died in Thebez? why AND the LORD sent Nathan went ye nigh the wall? then say unto David. And he came unto thou, Thy servant Uriah the him, and said unto him, There Hittite is dead also.

were two men in one city ; the 22 So the messenger went, and one rich, and the other poor. came and shewed David all that 2 The rich man had exceedJoab had sent him for.

ing many flocks and herds : 23 And the messenger said 3 But the poor man had nothunto David, Surely the men ing, save one little ewe-lamb, prevailed against us, and came which he had bought and nouout unto us into the field, and rished up: and it grew up towe were upon them even untogether with him, and with his the entering of the gate. children ; it did eat of his own

24 And the shooters shot from meat, and drank of his own cup, off the wall upon thy servants ; and lay in his bosom, and was and some of the king's servants unto him as a daughter. be dead, and thy servant Uriah 4 And there came a traveller the Hittite is dead also.

unto the rich man, and he spar25 Then David said unto the led to take of his own flock and messenger, Thus shalt thou say of his own herd, to dress for unto Joab, Let not this thing the way-faring man that was displease thee, for the sword come unto him; but took the devoureth one as well as ano. poor man's lamb, and dressed ther : make thy battle more it for the man that was come to strong against the city, and over- him. . throw it : and encourage thou 5 And David's anger was him.

greatly kindled against the man; 26 And when the wife of Uri- and he said to Nathan, As the

Lord liveth, the man that hath | with thy wives in the sight of done this thing shall surely this sun. die:

12 For thou didst it secretly: 6 And he shall restore the but I will do this thing before lamb fourfold, because he did all Israel, and before the sun. this thing, and because he had 13 And David said unto Na. no pity.

than, I have sinned against the 7 And Nathan said to David, LORD. And Nathan said unto Thou art the man. Thus saith David, The LORD also hath put the LORD God of Israel, I anoint- away thy sin; thou shalt not ed thee king over Israel, and I die. delivered thee out of the hand of 14 Howbeit, because by this Saul;

deed thou hast given great oc8 And I gave thee thy mas-casion to the enemies of the ter's house, and thy master's LORD to blaspheme, the child wives into thy bosom, and gave also that is born unto thee shall thee the house of Israel and of surely die. Judah; and if that bad been too 15 And Nathan departed unto little, I would moreover have his house. And the LORD given unto thee such and such struck the child that Uriah's things.

wife bare unto David, and it 9 Wherefore hast thou despis was very sick. ed the commandment of the 16 David therefore besought LORD, to do evil in his sight ? God for the child ; and David thou hast killed Uriah the Hit- fasted, and went in, and lay all tite with the sword, and hast night upon the earth. taken his wife to be thy wife, 17 And the elders of his house and hast slain him with the arose, and went to him, to raise sword of the children of Am-him up from the earth : but he

would not, neither did he eat 10 Now therefore the sword bread with them. shall never depart from thine 18 And it came to pass on the house; because thou hast des- seventh day, that the child died. pised me, and hast taken the | And the servants of David fearwife of Uriah the Hittite to be led to tell him that the child was thy wife.

dead: for they said, Behold, 11 Thus saith the LORD, Be- while the child was yet alive, hold, I will raise up evil against we spake unto him, and he thee out of thine own house, I would not hearken unto our and I will take thy wives before voice : how will he then vex thine eyes, and give them unto himself, if we tell him that the thy neighbour, and he shall lie child is dead ?

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