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Ammoniles and Syrians overcome. CHAP. XI. David commits adultery. saw that they stank before David, the his servants with him, and all Israel; and children of Ammon sent and hired the Sy- they destroyed the children of Ammon, rians of Beth-reboh, and the Syrians of and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried Zobah, twenty thousand footmen, and of still at Jerusalem. king Maacah a thousand men, and of Ish- 2 T And it came to pass in an evening; tob twelve thousand men.

tide, that David arose from off his bed, and 7 And when David heard of it, he sent walked upon the roof of the king's house : Joab, and all the host of the mighty men. and from the roof he saw a woman wash

8 Ánd the children of Ammon came out, ing herself; and the woman was very and put the battle in array at the entering beautiful to look upon. in of the gate : and the Syrians of Zobah 3 And David sent and inquired after and of Rehob, and Ish-tob, and Maacah the woman. And one said, Is not this were by themselves in the field.

Bath-sheba the daughter of Eliam, the 9 When Joab saw that ihe front of the wife of Uriah the Hittite ? battle was against him before and behind, 4 And David sent messengers and took he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and her: and she care in unto him, and he ay put them in array against the Syrians : with ber ;(for she was purified from her un

10 And the rest of the people he deli-cleanness:)and she returnedunto her house. vered into the band of Abishai his brother, 5 Ald the woman conceived, and sent that he might put them in array against the and told David, and said, I am with child. children of Ammon.

E T And David sent to Joab, saying, 11 And he said, If the Syrians be too Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab strong for me, then thou shalt help me : but sent Oriah to David. if the children of Ammon be too strong for 7 And when Urian was come unto him, thee, then I will come and help thee. David demanded of him bow Joab did,

12 Be of good courage, and let us play and how the people did, and how the war the men for cur people, and for the cities prospered. of our God: and the LORD do that which 8 And David said to Uriah, Go down to seemeth him gcod.

thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah 13 And Joab drew nigh, and the people departed out of the king's house, and there that were with him, unto the baitle against followed him a mess of meat from the the Syrians : and they aed before him. King.

14 And when the children of Ammon 9 But Uriah sleptat the doorof the king's saw that the Syrians were Aed, then fed house with all the servants of his lord, and they also before Abishai, and entered into went not down to his house. the city. So Joab returned from the chil- 10 And when they had told David, saydren of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem. ing, Uriah went not down unto his house,

15 | And when the Syrians saw that David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not they were smitten before Israel, they ga- from thy journey? why then didst thou not thered themselves together.

go down unto thy house? 16 And Hadarezer sent, and brought out 11 And Urian said unto David, The ark, the Syrians that were beyond the river: and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and and they came to Helam: and Shobach my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord the captain of the host of Hadarezer went are encamped in the open fields : sball I before them.

then go into my house, to eat and to 17 And when it was told David, he ga- drink, and to lie with my wife ? As thou thered all Israel together, and passed over livest, and is thy soul liveth, I will not do Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Sy- this thing: rians set themselves in array against Da- 12 And David said to Uriah, Tarry vid, and fought with him.

here to-day also, and to-morrow I will let 18. And the Syrians fled before Israel; thee depart. Só Uriah abode in Jerusaand David slew the men of seven hundred lem that day and the morrow. chariots of the Syrians, and forty thousand 13 And when David had called him, he horsemen, and smote Shobach the captain did eat and drink before him; and he made of their host, who died there.

him drunk: and at even he went out to lie 19 And when all the kings that were ser- on his bed with the servants of bis lord, but Tants to Hadarezer saw that they were went not down to his house. smitten before Israel, they made peace with 14 T And it came to pass in the morning, Israel, and served them. So the Syrians that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent feared to help the children of Ammon any it by the hand of Uriah. more.

15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, CHAP. XI.

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II. SAMUEL. The parable of Nathan. served the city, that he assigned Uriah way-faring man that was come unto him"; unto a place where he knew that valiant but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed

it for the man that was come to him. 17 And the men of the city went out, 5 And David's anger was greatly kinand fought with Joab: and there fell some dled against the man; and he said to Naof the people of the servants of David; than, As the LORD liveth, the man that and Uriah the Hittite died also.

hath done this thing shall surely die. 18 | Then Joab sent and told David all 6 And he shall restore the lamb fourthe things concerning the war;

fold, because he did this thing, and be19 And charged the messenger, saying, cause he had no pity. When thou hast made an end of telling the 7 | And Nathan said to David, Thou matters of the war unto the king, art the man. Thus saith the LORD God

20 And if so be that the king's wrath of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore ap- and I delivered thee out of the hand of proached ye so nigh unto the city when Saul; je did fight? knew ye not that they would 8 And I gave thee thy master's house. shoot from the wall ?

and thy master's wives into thy bosom, 21 Who smote Abimelech the son of and gave thee the house of Isıael and of Jerub-besheth? did not a woman cast a Judah ; and if that had been too little, I piece of a mill-stone upon him from the would moreover have given unto thee such wall that he died in Thebez? why went and such things. ye nigh the wall? Then say thou, Thy 9 Wherefore hast thou despised the servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. commandment of the Lord, to do evi! in

22 | So the messenger went, and came his sight? thou hast killed Uriab the Hitand shewed David all that Joab had senttite with the sword, and hast taken his him tor.

wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with 23 And the messenger said unto David, the sword of the children of Ammon. Surely the men prevailed against us, and 10 Now therefore the sword shall never came out unto us into the field, and we were depart from thy house ; because thou upon themeven unto the entering of the gate. bast despised ne, and has taken the wife

24 And the shooters shot from off the of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. wall upon thy servants: and some of the 11 Thus saith the LORD, 'Behold I will king's servants be dead, and thy servant raise up evil against thee out of thine own Uriah the Hittite is dead also.

house, and I will take thy wives before 25 Then David said unto the messen- thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not bour, and he shall lie with thy wives in this thing displease thee, for the sword de- the sight of this sun. voureth one as well as another: make thy 12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will battle more strong against the city, and do this thing before all Israel, and before overthrow it:and encourage thou him.

the sun. 26 | And when the wile of Uriah heard 13 And David said unto Nathan, I have that Uriah her husband was dead, she sinned against the Lord. And Nathan mourned for her husband.

said unto David, The LORD also hath put 27 And when the mourning was past, away thy sin; thou shalt not die. David sent and fetched her to his house, 14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou and she became his wife, and bare him a bast given great occasion to the enemies

But the thing that David had done of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also displeased the LORD.

that is born unto thee shall surely die. CHAP. XII.

15 | And Nathan departed unto his vid. And he came unto him, and that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it said unto him, There were two men in one was very sick. city;

the one rich, and the other poor. 16 David therefore besought God for Ž The rich man had exceeding many the child; and David fasted, and went in, flocks and herds :

and lay all night upon the earth. 3 But the poor man had nothing save 17 Ånd the elders of his house arose, one little ewe-lamb, which he had bought and went to him, to raise hiin up from the and nourished up: and it grew up together earth : but he would not, neither did he with him, and with his children; it did eat eat bread with them. of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, 18 And it came to pass on the seventh and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as day, that the child died. And the servants a daughter.

lof David feared to tell him that the child 4 And there came a traveller unto the was dead: for they said, Behold,while the rich man, and he spared to take of his own child was yet alive, we spake unto him, dock and of his own herd, to dress for the and he would not hearken unto our voice:

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