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4 Go and tell David my ser- I will subdue all thiné enemies. vant, Thus saith the LORD, Furthermore, I tell thee that Thou shalt not build me an the LORD will build thee an house to dwell in :

house. 5 For I have not dwelt in an 11 And it shall come to pass, house since the day that I when thy days be expired, that brought up Israel, unto this thou must go to be with thy day ; but have gone from tent fathers, that I will raise up thy to tent, and from one tabernacle seed after thee, which shall be to another.

of thy sons; and I will estab6 Wheresoever I have walked lish his kingdom. with all Israel, spake I a word

12 He shall build me an house, to any of the judges of Israel, and I will establish his throne whom I commanded to feed my for ever. people, saying, Why have ye 13 I will be his father, and he not built me an house of ce- shall be my son; and I will dars?

not take my mercy away from 7 Now therefore, thus shalt him, as I took it from him that thou say unto my servant Da- was before thee : yid, Thus saith the LORD of 14 But I will settle him in hosts, I took thee from the mine house and in my kingdom sheep-cote, even from following for ever: and his throne shall the sheep, that thou shouldest be established for evermore. be ruler over my people Israel ; 15 According to all these

8 And I have been with thee words, and according to all whithersoever thou hast walked, this vision, so did Nathan speak and have cut off all thine ene. unto David. mies from before thee, and have 16 And David the king came, made thee a name like the name and sat before the LORD, and of the great men that are in the said, Who am I, O LORD earth.

God, and what is mine house, 9 Also I will ordain a place that thou hast brought me hifor my people Israel, and will therto? plant them, and they shall dwell 17 And yet this was a small in their place, and shall be thing in thine eyes, O God; moved no more ; neither shall for thou hast also spoken of the children of wickedness thy servant's house for a great waste them any more, as at the while to come, and hast regardbeginning,

ed me according to the estate 10 And since the time that I of a man of high degree, O commanded judges to be over LORD God. my people Israel. Moreover, 18 What can David speak




more to thee for the honour of thy servant hath found in his thy servant ? for thou knowest heart to pray before thee. thy servant.

26 And now, LORD, thou art 19 O Lord, for thy servant's God, and hast promised this sake, and according to thine goodness unto thy servant : own heart, hast thou done all 27 Now therefore let it please this greatness, in making known thee to bless the house of thy all these great things.

servant, that it may be before 20 O LORD, there is none like || thee for ever: for thou blessthee, neither is there any God est, O LORD, and it shall be besides thee, according to all blessed for ever. that we have heard with our

CHAP. XVIII. 21 And what one nation in the earth is like thy people Is. DAVID'S VICTORIES. rael, whom God went to redeem to be his own people, to

NOW after this it came to make thee a name of greatness pass, that David smote the Phiand terribleness, by driving out listines, and subdued them, and nations from before thy people, took Gath and her towns out of whom thou hast redeemed out the hands of the Philistines. of Egypt?

2 And he smote Moab; and 22 For thy people Israel didst | the Moabites became David's thou make thine own people for servants, and brought gifts. ever; and thou, LORD, be. 3 And David smote Hadarezer camest their God :

king of Zobah unto Hamath, as 23 Therefore now, Lord, let he went to stablish his domi. the thing that thou hast spoken nion by the river Euphrates. concerning thy servant and con- 4 And David took from him cerning his house, be establish- a thousand chariots, and seven ed for ever, and do as thou hast thousand horsemen, and twenty said.

thousand footmen : David also 24 Let it even be established, houghed all the chariot horses, that thy name may be magnifi- but reserved of them an huned for ever, saying, The LORD dred chariots. of hosts is the God of Israel, 5 And when the Syrians of even a God to Israel : and let Damascus came to help Hada. the house of David thy servant rezer king of Zobah, David be established before thee. slew of the Syrians two and

25 For thou, O my God, hast twenty thousand men. told thy servant that thou wilt

ilt 6 Then David put garrisons build him an house : therefore in Syria-damascus; and the Sy

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rians became David's servants, | the LORD preserved David and brought gifts. Thus the whithersoever he went. LORD preserved David whither- 14 So David reigned over all soever he went.

Israel, and executed judgment 7 And David took the shields and justice among all his peoof gold that were on the ser-ple. vants of Hadarezer, and brought 15 And Joab the son of Zeruthem to Jerusalem.

iah was over the host; and Je. 8 Likewise from Tibhath, and hoshaphat the son of Ahilud, from Chun, cities of Hadarezer, recorder. brought David very much brass, 16 And Zadok the son of Ahi. wherewith Solomon made the tub, and Abimelech the son of brazen sea, and the pillars, and Abiathar, were the priests; and the vessels of brass.

Shavsha was scribe : 9 Now, when Tou, king of

17 And Benaiah the son of Hamath heard how David had Jehoiada was over the Cherethsmitten all the host of Hadare-ites and the Pelethites; and the zer king of Zobah;

sons of David were chief about 10 He sent Hadoram his son the king, to king David, to enquire of his welfare, and to congratulate

CHAP. XIX. him, because he had fought

DAVID'S MESSENGERS against Hadarezer, and smit

ILL-TREATED, ten him ; (for Hadarezer had war with Tou) and with him NOW it came to pass after all manner of vessels of gold, this, that Nahash the king of and silver, and brass,

the children of Ammon died; 11 Them also king David and his son reigned in his dedicated unto the LORD, with stead. the silver and the gold that he 2 And David said, I will shew brought from all these nations; kindness unto Hanun the son from Edom, and from Moab, of Nahash, because his father and from the children of Am- shewed kindness to me. And mon, and from the Philistines, David sent messengers to comand from Amalek.

fort him concerning his father, 12 Moreover Abishai the son So the servants of David came of Zeruiah slew of the Edom. into the land of the children of ites in the valley of Salt eighteen Ammon to Hanun, to comfort thousand.

him. 13 And he put garrisons in 3 But the princes of the chilEdom; and all the Edomites dren of Ammon said to Hanun, became David's servants. Thus Thinkest thou that David dotla,

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honour thy father, that he hath were come were by themselves sent comforters unto thee? are in the field. not his servants come unto thee 10 Now when Joab saw that for to search, and to overthrow, the battle was set against him and to spy out the land ?

before and behind, he chose 4 Wherefore Hanun took Da- out of all the choice of Israel, vid's servants, and shaved them, and put them in array against and cut off their garments in the Syrians. the midst, hard by their but- 11 And the rest of the people tocks, and sent them away.

he delivered unto the hand of 5 Then there went certain, Abishai his brother, and they and told David how the men set themselves in array against were served. And he sent to the children of Ammon. meet them : for the men were 12 And he said, If the Syrians greatly ashamed. And the king be too strong for me, then thou said, Tarry at Jericho until shalt help me: but if the chilyour beards be grown, and then dren of Ammon be too strong return.

for thee, then I will help thee. 6 And when the children of 13 Be of good courage, and Ammon saw that they had made let us behave ourselves valiantthemselves odious to David, ly for our people, and for the Hanun and the children of cities of our God: and let the Ammon sent a thousand talents Lord do that which is good in of silver to hire them chariots his sight. and horsemen out of Mesopota- 14 So Joab and the people mia, and out of Syria-maachah, that were with him, drew nigh and out of Zobah.

before the Syrians unto the 7 So they hired thirty and two battle; and they fed before him. thousand chariots, and the king 15 And when the children of of Maachah and his people ; | Ammon saw that the Syrians who came and pitched before were fled, they likewise fled beMedeba. And the children of fore Abishai his brother, and Ammon gathered themselves entered into the city. Then Joab together from their cities, and came to Jerusalem. came to battle.

16 And when the Syrians saw 8 And when David heard of that they were put to the worse it, he sent Joab, and all the before Israel, they sent messenhost of the mighty men.

gers, and drew forth the Syrians 9 And the children of Am- that were beyond the river: and mon came out, and put the Shophach the captain of the battle in array before the gate host of Hadarezer went before of the city: and the kings that them.

17 And it was told David; and also exceeding much spoil out he gathered all Israel, and pass of the city. ed over Jordan, and came upon 3 And he brought out the them, and set the battle in array people that were in it, and cut against them. So when David had them with saws, and with harput the battle in array against the rows of iron, and with axes. Syrians, they fought with him. Even so dealt David with all

18 But the Syrians fed before the cities of the children of AmIsrael; and David slew of the mon. And David and all the Syrians seven thousand men people returned to Jerusalem. which fought in chariots, and 4 And it came to pass after forty thousand footmen, and this, that there arose war at killed Shophach the captain of Gezer with the Philistines ; at the host.

which time Sibbechai the Hu19 And when the servants of shathite slew Sippai, that was Hadarezer saw that they were of the children of the giant: and put to the worse before Israel, they were subdued. they made peace with David, 5. And there was war again and became his servants; nei- | with the Philistines; and Elther would the Syrians help the hanan the son of Jair slew Lahchildren of Ammon any more.

mi the brother of Goliath the

Gittite, whose spear's staff was CHAP. XX.

like a weaver's beam.

6 And yet again there was war at Gath, where was a man of

great stature, whose fingers and AND it came to pass, that toes were four and twenty, six after the year was expired, at on each hand, and six on each the time that kings go out to foot: and he also was the son of battle, Joab led forth the power the giant. of the army, and wasted the 7 But when he dcfied Israel, country of the children of Am- Jonathan the son of Shimea, mon, and came and besieged David's brother, slew him. Rabbah. But David tarried at 8 These were born unto the Jerusalem. And Joab smote giant in Gath : and they fell by Rabbah, and destroyed it. the hand of David, and by the

2 And David took the crown hand of his servants. of their king from off his head, and found it to weigh a talent

CHAP. XXI. of gold, and there were precious stones in it; and it was set upon David's head: and he brought AND Satan stood up against




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