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* I cannot tell.” 56. And the king said, || the head of the Philistine in his hand. * Enquire thou whose son this strippling || 58. And Saul said to him, “ Whose son is is.” 57. And as David returned from Il “ art thou, thou young man ?” And David he slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took answered, “ I am the son of thy servant aim and brought him before Saul, with || « Jesse the Bethlehemite."

II. SAMUEL

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CHAP. XII. AND the LORD (6) sent Nathan unto A David : and he came unto him, and said unto him, “ There were two men in

one city, the one rich, and the other poor. 2. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds : 3. But the poor man had nothing save one little ewe-lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together

with him, and with his children ; it did * eat of his own meat, and drank of his own 16 cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto

him as a daughter. 4. And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he

spared to take of his own flock, and of « his own herd, to dress for the wayfar« ing man that was come unto him, but « took the poor man's lamb, and dressed - it for the man that was come to him.” 5. And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “ As the LORD liveth, the man that hath « done this thing shall surely die. 6. And « he shall restore the lamb fourfold, be“ cause he did this thing, and because he « had no pity.” 7. And Nathan said to David, " Thou art the man.” Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, “ I anointed thee " king over Israel, and I delivered thee

out of the hand of Saul: 8. And I gave

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unto his house: and the LORD struck the l of the LORD. 26. And Joab fought against child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and and it was very sick. 16. David therefore took the (k) royal city. 27. And Joab sent besought God for the child, and David | messengers to David, and said, “ I have fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon “ fought against Rabbah, and have taken the earth. 17. And the elders of his house “ the city of waters. 28. Now therefore, arose, and went to him, to raise him up “ gather the rest of the people together, and from the earth: but he would not, neither “ encamp against the city, and take it : les did he eat bread with them. 18. And it came " I take the city, and it be called after my to pass on the seventh day, that the child " name.” 29. And David gathered al died : and the servants of David feared to the people together, and went to Rabbah tell him that the child was dead: for they and fought against it, and took it. 30. As said, “ Behold, while the child was yet he took their king's crown from off hy « alive, we spake unto him, and he would head, (the weight whereof was a talent d « not hearken unto our voice : how will gold, with the precious stones) and it wa “ he then vex himself, if we tell him set on David's head : and he brought forth « that the child is dead ?” 19. But when the spoil of the city in great abundance, David saw that his servants whispered, 31. And he brought forth the people that David perceived that the child was dead : were therein, and put them under saws therefore David said unto his servants, and under harrows of iron, and under are “ Is the child dead ?” And they said, “ He of iron, and made them pass through the " is dead.” 20. Then David arose from brick-kiln: and thus did he unto all the the earth, and washed, and anointed him cities of the children of Ammon. So David self, and changed his apparel, and came and all the people returned unto Jerusalem into the house of the LORD and worshipped: then he came to his own house, and

CHAP. XIX. when he required, they set bread before AND (1) it was told Joab, “ Beboli, him, and he did eat. 21. Then said his A “the (m) king weepeth and mourneth servants unto him, “ What thing is this 6 for Absalom.” 2. And the victory that " that thou hast done? Thou didst fast day was turned into mourning unto all the « and weep for the child while it was alive, people : for the people heard say that day, “ but when the child was dead, thou didst how the king was grieved for his son. « rise, and eat bread.” 22. And he said, 3. And the people gat them by stealth that " While the child was yet alive, I fasted day into the city, as people being ashamed « and wept : for I said, “Who can tell steal away when they fee in battle. 4. But « whether God will be gracious to me, that the king covered his face, and the king cried o the child may live. 23. But now he is with a loud voice, “ O my son Absalom, 66 dead, wherefore should I fast? can I « O Absalom, my son, my son.” 5. And • bring him back again ? I shall go to him, Joab came into the house to the king, and « but he shall not return to me.” 24. And | said, “ Thou hast shamed this day the David comforted Bath-sheba his wife, and “ faces of all thy servants, which this day went in unto her, and lay with her: and 6 have saved thy life, and the lives of the she bare a son, and he called his name So. « sons, and of thy daughters, and the lives lomon; and the Lord loved him. 25. And | « of thy wives, and the lives of thy he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet, 66 concubines : 6. In that thou lovest thine and he called his name Jedidiah (i), because 1 « enemies, and hatest thy friends ; for

) v.25. “ Jedidiah,” i. e.“ beloved of the “ Lord;" “ because of the Lord,” or “ be“ cause the Lord loved him.”

(k) v. 26. "The royal city," i.e. (probably) not the whole, but the lower part, where the royal palace might be, and which lay near the water ; that part which is called in the next

ll verse “ the city of waters." Had the abek

city been taken, how could he be sending for David, as in verse 28. to come and encam against the city and take it?

(2) v. 1. Before Christ 1023.

(m) 0.1. “ The king," i.e. « David.” H was at Mahanaim.

" thou hast declared this day, that thou ll of one man, so that they sent this word “ regardest neither princes nor servants : || unto the king, “ Return thou and all thy

for this day I perceive that if Absalom « servants.” 15. So the king returned, " had lived, and all we had died this day, and came to Jordan : and Judah came to " then it had pleased thee well. 7. Now Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to conduct " therefore arise, go forth, and speak the king over Jordan. 16. And Shimei * comfortably unto thy servants : for I the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was " swear by the LORD, if thou go not forth, of Bahurim, hasted and came down with " there will not tarry one with thee this the men of Judah, to meet king David. " night; and that will be worse unto thee 17. And there were a thousand men of * than all the evil that befell thee from thy Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant * youth until now.” 8. Then the king of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons, rose, and sat in the gate : and they told and his twenty servants with him, and they unto all the people, saying, “ Behold, the went over Jordan before the king. 18. And *king doth sit in the (n) gate :" and there went over a ferry-boat to carry over all the people came before the king : for the king's houshold, and to do what he Israel had fled every man to his tent. thought good: and Shimei the son of D. And all the people were at strife Gera fell down before the king as he was throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, come over Jordan; 19. and said unto * The king saved us out of the hand of the king, « Let not my lord impute * our enemies, and he delivered us out “ iniquity unto me, neither do thou re* of the hand of the Philistines, and now « member that which thy servant did (9) he is fled out of the land for Absalom. « perversely the day that my lord the king

10. And Absalom, whom we anointed o went out of Jerusalem, that the king " over us, is dead in battle: now there 6 should take it to his heart. 20. For « fore why speak ye not a word of bringing " thy servant doth know that I have « the king back (6).” 11. And king David “ sinned : therefore behold, I am come sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, " the first this day of all the house of saying, “ Speak unto the elders of Judah, « Joseph (r), to go down to meet my lord - saying, Why are ye the last to bring " the king." 21. But Abishai the son of «the king back to his house ? (seeing the Zeruiah answered and said, “ Shall not ľ speech of all Israel is come to the king, « Shimei be put to death for this, because ut even to his house.) 12. Ye are my 66 he cursed the LORD's anointed ?" < brethren, ye are my bones and my flesh : 22. And David said, “ What have I to " wherefore then are ye the last to bring “ do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that " back the king? 13. And say ye to " ye should this day be adversaries unto « Amasa (P), Art thou not of my bone, « me? shall there any man be put to death * and of my flesh ? God do so to me and « this day in Israel ? for do not I know

more also, if thou be not captain of the " that I am this day king over Israel? * host before me continually in the room 23. Therefore the king said unto Shimei, 15 of Joab.” 14. And he bowed the heart “ Thou shalt not die :" and the king sware of all the men of Judah, even as the heart unto him. 24. And Mephibosheth the (*)

(n) v. 8. “ The gate," i.e. “ of the city of Mahanaim."

() v. 10. “ Back," i. e. “ to Jerusalem," rom whence he had Aed.

() v. 13. “ Amasa, “who had been cap- |

tain of Absalom's host.” 2 Sam. xvii. 25. David's indignation against Joab was, because we had killed Absalom. David had given him harge before the battle, “ Deal gently for my • sake with the young man, even with Absa

lom. 2 Sam. xviii. 5.”
() v. 19.“ Did perversely." He had cursed

David, and cast stones at him and his servants. 1 Sam. xvi. 5. 6.

(r) v. 20. “ Joseph," with whom the Benjamites were associated in their encampments. Under the standard of the camp of Ephraim were the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh (Joseph's sons), and the tribe of Benjamin, Numb. ii. 18 to 24.

(s) v. 24. “The son of Saul,” rather “ his “ grandson." He was the son of Jonathan Post, 2 Sam. xxi. 7..

son of Saul came down to meet the king, 1.6 any more the voice of singing-men an and had neither dressed his feet, nor « singing women ? wherefore then shoul trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, “ thy servant be yet a burden unto m from the day the king departed, until the “ lord the king ? . 36. Thy servant wil day he came again in peace. 25. And it “ go a little way over Jordan with the came to pass when he was come to “ king: and why should the king recom Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king “ pense it me with such a reward? 37.14 said unto him, " Wherefore wentest not « thy servant, I pray thee, turn back agail « thou with me, Mephibosheth?” 26. And “ that I may die in mine own city, and he answered, “ My lord, O king, my ser buried by the grave of my father, and “ vant (t) deceived me : for thy servant • my mother : but behold thy servan " said (u), I will saddle me an ass, that I “ Chimham, let him go over with my lol « inay ride thereon, and go to the king, be “ the king, and do to him what shall seed « cause thy servant is lame. 27. And he “ good unto thee.” 38. And the kind “ hath slandered (x) thy servant unto my answered, “ Chimham shall go over wil “ lord the king ; but my lord the king is as « me, and I will do to him that whid o an angel of God: do therefore what is « shall seem good unto thee : and what “ good in thine eyes. 28. For all of my - soever thou shalt require of me, the “ father's house were but dead men before « will I do for thee.” * 39. And all til 6.my lord the king : yet didst thou set thy people went over Jordan : and when tal “ servant among them that did eat at king was come over, the king kissed Bull « thine own table : what right therefore zillai, and blessed him; and he returned “ have I yet to cry any more unto the unto his own place. 40. Then the king “ king ?29. And the king said unto went on to Gilgal, and Chimham west an him, “ Why speakest thou any more of with him: and all the people of Judai (6) " thy matters? I have said, Thou and conducted the king, and also half the people “ Ziba divide the land.” 30. And Mephi of Israel. 41. And behold, all the mu bosheth said unto the king, “ Yea, let of Israel came to the king, and said unto « him take all, forasmuch as my lord the the king, “ Why have our brethren the « king is come again in peace unto his own ~ men of Judah stolen thee away, and “ house.” 31. Ănd Barzillai the Gileadite “ have brought the king and his houshold came down from Rogelim, and went over 6 and all David's men with him over Jordan with the king, to conduct him over “ Jordan ?” 42. And all the men of Jordan. 32. Now Barzillai was a very Judah answered the men of Israel, “ Bay aged man, even fourscore years old, and « cause the king is near of kin to us he had provided the king of sustenance wherefore then be ye angry for the while he lay at Mahanaim : for he was a 66 matter? have we eaten at all of the very great man. 33. And the king said « king's cost ? or hath he given us ang unto Barzillai, « Come thou over with “ gift?” 43. And the men of Israel 6 me, and I will feed thee with me in answered the men of Judah, and said .6 Jerusalem.” 34. And Barzillai said “ We have ten parts in the king, and unto the king, “ How long have I to live, " have also more right in David than ei e that I should go up with the king unto " why then did ye despise us, that is e Jerusalem. 35. I am this day fourscore " advice should not be first had in bringing « years old : and can I discern between “ back our king?" And the words of the « good and evil ? can thy servant taste men of Judah were fiercer than the words * what I eat or what I drink ? can I hear of the men of Israel.

(t) v. 26. “ My servant,” i.e. “ Ziba." restore to him the kingdom of his father Sawi

(u) v. 26. “ Said, I will saddle, &c." or See 1 Sam. xvi. 3. " said to him, saddle me an ass, &c.” Sept. (y) 0.40. “ The people of Judah," j.e. te

(a) v. 27. « Slandered.” Ziba had told || two tribes of Judah and Benjamin. “TE David that Mephibosheth abode at Jerusalem “ people of Israel," i. e. the other to under the hope that the house of Israel would tribes.

|| " give them." 7. But the king spared CHAP. XXI.

Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan the son THEN there was a (2) famine in the of Saul, because of the LORD's oath (d) that

1 days of David three years, year after was between them, between David and year; and David inquired (a) of the LORD. Jonathan the son of Saul. 8. But the king And the LORD answered, “ It is for Saul, took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter

and for his bloody house, because he of Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Ar* slew the Gibeonites.” 2. And the king moni and Mephibosheth, and the five sons alled the Gibeonites, and said unto them, of Michal (e) the daughter of Saul, whom now the Gibeonites were not of the chil she brought (f) up for Adriel the son of ren of Israel, but of the remnant of the Barzillai the Meholathite. 9. And he de. Imorites, and the children of Israel had livered them into the hands of the Gibeo-, worn (6) unto them : and Saul sought to nites, and they hanged them in the hill ay them in his zeal to the children of before the LORD: and they fell all seven irael and Judah.) 3. Wherefore David together, and were put to death in the tid unto the Gibeonites, “ What shall I days of harvest, in the first days, in the * do for you ? and wherewith shall I make beginning of barley-harvest. 10. And

the atonement, that ye may bless the Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackFinheritance (c) of the LORD?” 4. And cloth, and spread it for her upon the ne Gibeonites said unto him, “ We will rock, from the beginning of harvest unhave no silver nor gold of Saul, nor til (8) water dropped upon them out of

of his house, neither for us shalt thou heaven, and suffered neither the birds of - kill any man in Israel.” And he said, the air to rest on them (g) by day, nor the

«What you shall say, that will I do for beasts of the field by night. II. And it you.” 5. And they answered the king, was told David what Rizpah the daughter The man that consumed us, and that of Aiah the concubine of Saul had done. devised against us, that we should be 12. And David went and took the bones destroyed from remaining in any of the of Saul, and the bones of Jonathan his coasts of Israel, 6. Let seven men of son, from the men of Jabesh-gilead, which his sons be delivered unto us, and we had stolen them from the street of Bethwill hang them up unto the LORD in shan, where the Philistines had hanged Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD did them, when the Philistines had slain Saul choose.” And the king said, " I will in Gilboa. 13. And he brought up from

have a house, in Israel that will the king at

(z) 0. 1. “A famine.” It began before 1 - all things that we(the Israelites) “ call brist 1021.

“ upon him for. Deut. iv. 7." (a) v. 1. “Inquired." These inquiries were (6) v. 2. “ Sworn.” “ Joshua made peace bt unfrequent in those times ; and God, except W" with them, and made a league with them, to special instances, vouchsafed to answer them. " let them live : and the princes of the conWhen Saul” (who had forfeited all claim “ gregation sware unto them. Josh. ix. 15." y disobedience) “ inquired of the Lord, the (c) v. 3. “ The inheritance of the Lord," Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, i. e. “ the Israelites." nor by urim, nor by prophets. 1 Sam. (d) 0.7. “ Oath." David had sworn unto xxviii. 6.” And in Ezekiel's time God Jonathan that he would not cut off his kindness mmands him to “ speak unto the house of from Jonathan's house for ever : and they both Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the sware in the name of the Lord, saying, “ The Lord, Are ye come to inquire of me? As “ Lord be between me and thee, and between I live, saith the Lord God, I will not be “ my seed and thy seed for ever. 1 Sam. XX. inquired of by you. Ezek. XX. 3." And “ 15. 42." e Ezek. xx. 31. and xiv. 3. Instances in (é) v. 8. For “ Michal " read “ Merab,:' hich God answered the inquiries occur, Michal's sister. It was Merab that was given adges xx. 26. 28.—1 Sam, x. 22.—1 Sam. in marriage to Adriel. See 1 Sam. xviii. 19. xi. 2. 4.—2 Sam. ii. 1. &c. &c. Well, there a) v. 8.“ Brought up for,” or “ bare to." yre, might Moses put the question, “ What ü) ». 10.“ Until water dropped," i.e. “ till

nation is there so great, who hath God so they had rain," which would contribute to relieve snigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in | their distress, “them," i. e. “the seven bodies."

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