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David's charge to the army.

CHẠP. XVIII.

Absalom is slain. Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of 12 And the man said unto Joab, Though Rogelim,

I should receive a thousand shekels of silver 28 Brought beds, and basons, and earthen in my band, yet would I not put forth vessels, and wheat, and barley, and four, my hand against the king's son: for in and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, our hearing the king charged thee and and parched pulse,

Abishai and Ittai, saying, Beware that 29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, none touch the young man Absalom. and cheese of kine, for David, and for the 13Otherwise I should have wrought falsepeople that were with him, to eat: for they bood against mine own life : for there is no said, The people is hungry, and weary, matter hid from the king, and thou thyselt and thirsty, in the wilderness.

wouldest have set thyself against me. CHAP. XVIII.

14 Then said Joah, I may not tarry thus were with him, and set captains of hand, and thrust them through the beart of thousands and captains of hundreds over Absalom, while he was yet alive in the them.

midst of the oak. 2 And David sent forth a third part of 15 And ten young men that bare Joab's the people under the hand of Joab, and a armour compassed about and smote Absathird part under the band of Abishai the lom, and slew him. son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and a third 16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and the part under the hand of Ittai the Gittite. people returned from pursuing after Israel: And the king said unto the people, I will for Joab held back the people. surely go forth with you myself

also. 17 And they took Absalom, and cast him 3 But the people answered, Thou shalt into a great pit in the wood, and laid a very not go forth: for if we flee away, they will great heap of stones upon him: and all not care for us ; neither if half of us die, Israel fled every one to his tent. will they care for us : but now thou art 18 | Now Absalom in his life-time had worth ten thousand of us: therefore now it is taken and reared up for himself a pillar, better that thou succour us out of the city, which is in the king's dale: for he said, 1

4 And the king said unto them, What have no son to keep my name in rememseemeth you best I will do. And the king brance : and he called the pillar after his stood by the gate side, and all the people own name:

and it is called unto this day, came out by hundreds and by thousands. Absalom's Place.

5 And the king commanded Joab and 19 1 Then said Abimaaz the son of Za. Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for dok, Let me now run, and bear the king my sake with the young man, even with tidings, how that the LORD hath avenged Absalom. And all the people heard when him of his enemies. the king gave all the captains charge con- 20 And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt cerning Absalom.

not bear tidings this day, but thou shalt 6 1 So the people went out into the field bear tidings another day: but this day thou against Israel : and the battle was in the shalt bear no tidings, because the king's wood of Ephraim ;

son is dead. 7 Where the people of Israel were slain 21 Then said Joab to Cushi, Go, tell the before the servants of David, and there king what thou hast seen. And Cushi was there a great slaughter that day of bowed himself unto Joab, and ran. twenty thousand men.

22 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Za8 For the battle was there scattered over fok yet again to Joab, But howsoever, let the face of all the country: and the wood me, 1 pray thee, also run after Cushi. And devoured more people that day than the Joab said, Wherefore wilt thou run, my son, eword devoured.

seeing that thou hast no tidings ready? 9 | And Absalom met the servants of 23 But howsoever, said he, let me run. David. And Assalom rode upon a mule, And he said unto him, Run.' Then Abiand the mule went under the thick boughs maaz ran by the way of the plain, and of a great oak, and his head caught hold of overran Cushi. the oak, and he was taken up between the 24 And David sat between the two gates: beaven and the earth; and the mule that and the watchman went up to the roof over was under him went away.

the gate unto the wall, and lifted up hiseyes, 10 And a certain man saw it, and told and looked,and beholda man running alone. Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom 25 And the watchman cried, and told hanged in an oak.

the king. And the king said, If he be alone 11 And Joab said unto the man that told there is tidings in bis mouth. And be came bim, And behold, thou sawest hiin, and apace, and drew near. why didst thou not smite him the e to the 26 And the watchman saw another man ground and I would have given thee ten running: and the watchman called unto thekels of silver, and a girdle.

the porter, and said, Behold, another man

David's lamentation.

II. SAMUEL.

He is brought back. running alone. And the king said, He and that will be worse unto thee than all the also bringeth tidings.

evil that befel thee from thy youth until 27 And the watchman said, Methinketh now, the running of the foremost is like the run- 8 Then the king rose, and sat in the gate. ning of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And And they told unto all the people, saying, the king said, He is a good man, and Behold, the king doth sit in the gate. And cometh with good tidings.

all the people came before the king : for 28 And Abimaaz called, and said unto Israel had fled every man to his tent. the king, All is well. And he fell down to 9 | And all the people were at strife the earth upon his face before the king, throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, and said, Blessed be the Lord thy God, The king saved us out of the hand of our which hath delivered up the men that listed enemies, and be delivered us out of the up their hand against my lord the king. hand of the Philistines; and now he is fled

29 And the king said, Is the young man out of the land for Absalom. Absalom safe? And Abimaaz answered, 10 And Absalom, whom we anointed When Joab sent the king's servant, and over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore me thy servant, I saw a great tumult, but I why speak ye not a word of bringing the knew not what it was.

king back? 30 And the king said unto him, Tm 11 s And king David sent to Zadok and aside and stand here. And he turned to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak unto aside, and stood still.

the elders of Judah, saying, why are ye 31 And behold, Cushi came; and Cushi the last to bring the king back to his house? said, Tidings, my lord the king : for the seeing the speech of all Israel is come to Lord hath avenged thee this day of all the king, even to his house. them that rose up against thee.

12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones 32 And the king said unto Cushi, Is the and my flesh: wherefore then are ye the young man Absalom sate? And Cushi an- last to bring back the king ? swered, The enemies of my lord the king, 13 And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not and all that rise against thee to do thec hurt, of my bone, and of my tiesh? God do so to be as that young man is.

me, and more also, if thou be not captain 33 | And the king was much moved, of the host before me continually in the and went up to the chamber over the gate, room of Joab. and wept: and as he went, thus he said, 14 And he bowed the heart of all the O my son Absalom! my son, my son Absa - men of Judah, even as the heart of one man; lom! would God I had died for thee, O so that they sent this word unto the king, Absalom, my son, my son !

Return thou, and all thy servants.
CHAP. XIX.

15 So the king returned, and came to weepeth and mourneth for Absalom. to meet the king, to conduct the king over 2 And the victory that day was turned Jordan. into mourning unto all the people : for the 16 9 And Shimei the son of Gera, a Ben. people heard say that day low the king jamite, which was of Bahurim, hasted and was grieved for his son.

came down with the men of Judah to meet 3 And the people gat them by stealth king David. that day into the city, as people being 17 And there were a thousand men of ashamed stealaway when they flee in battle. Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant

4 But the king covered his face, and the of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons king cried with a loud voice, () my son and his twenty servants with him; and Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son! they went over Jordan before the king.

5 And Joab came into the house to the 18 And there went over a ferry-boat to king, and said Thou hast shamed this day carry over the king's household, and to do the taces of all thy servants, which this day what he thought good. And Shimei the have saved thy life, and the lives of thy son of Gera fell down before the king, as sons and of thy daughters, and the lives of he was come over Jordan; thy wives, and the lives of thy concubines; 19. And said unto the king, Let not my

6 In that thou lovest thine enemies, and lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do hatest thy friends : for thou hast declared thou remember that which thy servant did this day, that thou regardest neither princes perversely the day that my lord the king nor servants : for this day I perceive, that went out of Jerusalem, that the king should if Absalom had lived, and all we had died take it to his heart. this day, then it had pleased thee well. 20 For thy servant doth know that I hare

7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and sinned: therefore behold, I am come the speak comfortably unto thy servants : for first this day of all the house of Joseph to I swear by the Lord, if thou go not forth, go down to meet my lord the king. there will not tarry one with thee this night:1 21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah an

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Shamei us pardoned.

CHAP. XX.

Rebellion of Sheba. swered and said, Shall not Shimei be put. 36 Thy servant will go a little way over to death for this, because he cursed the Jordan with the king : and why should the Lord's anointed ?

king recompense it me with such a reward? 22 And David said, What have I to do 37 Let thy servant, I pray thee, tum with you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye should back again, that I may die in mine own this day be adversaries unto me? shall city, and be buried by the grave of my there any man be put to death this day father and of my mother: but behold thy in Israel? for do I not know that I am servant Chimham ; let him go over with this day king over Israel ?

my lord the king; and do to him what 23 Therefore the king said unto Sbi- shall seem good unto thee. mei, Thou shalt not die : and the king 38 And the king answered, Chimham sware unto him.

shall go over with me, and I will do to him 24 And Mephibosheth the son of that which shall seem good unto thee: and Saul came down to meet the king, and had whatsoever thou shalt

require of me, that neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his will I do for thee. beard, nor washed his clothes, from the 39 And all the people went over Jorday the king departed until the day he cane dan. And when the king was come over, again in peace.

the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him: 25 And it came to pass, when he was and he returned unto his own place. come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that 40 Then the king went on to Gilgal, the king said unto him, Wherefore went- and Chimhain went on with him: and all est not thou with me, Mephibosheth? the people of Judah conducted the king,

26 And he answered, My lord, O king, and also half the people of Israel. my servant deceived me : for thy servant 41 | And behold, all the men of Israel said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may came to the king, and said unto the king, ride thereon, and go to the king ; because Why have our brethren the men of Judah thy servant is lame.

stolen thee away, and have brought the 27 And he hath slandered thy servant king, and his household, and all David's unto my lord the king; but my lord the men with him, over Jordan? king is as an angel of God: do therefore 42 And all the men of Judah answered what is good in thine eyes.

the men of Israel, Because the king is near 28 For all of my father's house were of kin to us : wherefore then be ye angry but dead men before my lord the king : for this matter? have we eaten at all of the yet didst thou set thy servant among them king's cost? or bath he given us any gift? that did eat at tbine own table. °What 43 And the men of Israel answered the nght theretore bave I yet to cry any more men of Judah, and said, We have ten parts unto the king?

in the king, and we have also more right 29 And the king said unto him, Why in David than ye: why then did ye despeakest thou any more of thy matters ? '1 spise us, that our advice should not be first baye said, Thou and Ziba divide the land. had in bringing back our king? And the

30 And Mephibosheth said unto the words of the men of Judah were tiercer king, Yea, let him take all, forasmuch as than the words of the men of Israel. my lord the king is come again in peace

CHAP. XX. unto his own house.

31 | And Barzillai the Gileadite came of Belial, whose name was Sheba, down from Rogelim, and went over Jor- the son of Bichri, a Benjamite : and he dan with the king, to conduct him over blew a trumpet, and said, We have no Jordan,

part in David, neither have we inherit32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, ance in the son of Jesse : every man to even fourscore years old: and he had pro- his tents, O Israel. vided the king of sustenance while he lay 2 So every man of Israel went up from at Mahanaim: for he was a very great man. after David, and followed Sheba the son

33 And the king said unto Barzillai, of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave Come thou over with me, and I will feed unto their king, from Jordan even to Jethee with me in Jerusalem.

rusalem. 34 And Barzillai said unto the king, 3 T And David came to bis house at How long have I to live, that I should go Jerusalem; and the king took the ten woup with the king unto Jerusalem ? men his concubines, whom he had left to

35 I am this day fourscore years old : keep the house, and put them in ward, and can I discern between good and evil? and fed them, but went not in unto them, can thy servant taste what I eat or what I So they were shut up unto the day of their drink? can I hear any more the voice of death, living in widowhood. singing-men and singing-women? where- 4 ? Then said the king to Amasa, Asfore then should thy servant be yet a bur-semble me the men of Judah within three den unto my lord the king ?

days, and be tbou here present.

Imasa is slain.

II. SAMUEL. The three years' famine. 5 So Amasa went to assemble the men 19 I am one of them that are peaceable of Judah : but he tarried longer than the and faithful in Israel : thou seekest to de. set time which he had appointed him. stroy a city and a mother in Israel: why

6 And David said to Abisbai, Now shall wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm the Lord ? than did Absalom : take thou thy lord's 20 And Joab answered and said, Far servants and pursue after him, lest he get be it, far be it from me, that I should swal. him fenced cities, and

escape us.

low up or destroy. 7 And there went out after him Joab's 21 The matter is not so : but a man of men, and the Cherethites, and the Pele- mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri thites, and all the mighty men: and they by name, hath lifted up bis hand against went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after the king, even against David: deliver him Sheba the son of Bichri.

only, and I will depart from the city. And 8 When they were at the great stone the woman said unto Joab, Bebold, bis which is in Gibeon, Amasa went before head shall be thrown to thee over the wall. them. And Joab's garment that he had 22 Then the woman went unto all the put on was girded unto him, and upon it people in her wisdom. And they cut off a girdle with a sword fastened upon his the head of Sheba the son of Bichri and loins in the sheath thereof; and as he went cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumforth it fell out.

pet, and they retired from the city, every 9 And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou in man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jehealth, my brother? Aud Joab took Amasa rusalem unto the king. by the beard with the right hand to kiss him. 23 Now Joab was over all the host

10 But Amasa took no heed to the sword of Israel : and Benaiah the son of Jehoiathat was in Joab's hand : so he smote him da wus over the Cherethites and over the therewith in the fifth rib, and shed out his Pelethites : bowels to the ground, and struck him not 24 And Adoram was over the tribute: again; and he died. So Joab and Abi- and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was shai his brother pursued after Sheba the recorder : son of Bichri.

25 And Sheva was scribe : and Zadok 11 And one of Joab's men stood by and Abiathar were the priests : him, and said, He that favoureth Joab, and 26 And Ira also the Jairite was a chief he that is for David, let him go after Joab. ruler about David. 12 And Amasa wallowed in blood in

CHAP. XXI. highway. And when

there was in the

of David three years, year after year; removed Amasa out of the highway into and David inquired of the LORD. And the field, and cast a cloth upon him, when the LORD answered, It is for Saul, and for he saw that every one that came by him his bloody house, because he slew the stood stw.

Gibeonites. 13 When he was removed out of the 2 And the king called the Gibeonites, highway, all the people went on after Joab, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri. were not of the children of Israel, but ot

14 | And he went through all the tribes the remnant of the Amorites; and the of Israel unto Abel, and to Beth-maachah, children of Israel had sworn unto them: and all the Berites: and they were ga- and Saul sought to slay them, in his zeal thered together, and went also after him. to the children of Israel and Judah.)

15 And they came and besieged him in 3 Wherefore David said unto the GiAbel of Beth-maachah, and they cast up a beonites, What shall I do for you! and bank against the city, and it stood in the wherewith shallI make the atonement, that trench: and all the people that were with ye may bless the inheritance of the LORD ? Joab battered the wall,to throw it down. 4 And the Gibeonites said unto him,

16 | Then cried a wise woman out of We will have no silver nor gold of Saul, the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray, you, nor of his house ; neither for us shalt thou unto Joah, Come near hither, that I may kill any man in Israel. And he said, speak with thee.

What ye shall say, that will I do for you. 17 And when he was come near unto 5 And they answered the king, The her, the woman said, Art thou Joab ? And man that consumed us, and that devised he answered, I am he. Then she said against us, thai we should be destroyed imto him, Hear the words of thy hand- from remaining in any of the coasts of Israel, maid. And he answered, I do hear. 6 Let seven men of his sons be deliver:

18 Then she spake, saying, They were ed unto us, and we will hang them up unwont to speak in old time, saying, They to the Lord in Gibeah of Saul, whom the shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so Lord did choose. And the king said, I they ended the muiter.

will give them.

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10 And Bizpaha the daughter of Aiab A ND David spake unto the Lord the

Rizpah's kindness to the dead. CHAP. XXII.

David's thanksgiving. 7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, 19 And there was again a battle in Gob the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, be- with the Philistines, where Elhanan the cause of the LORD's oath that was between son of Jaare-oregim, a Beth-lehemite, slew them, between David and Jonathan the the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff son of Saul.

of whose spear was like a weaver's beam. 8 But the king took the two sons of Riz- 20 And there was yet a battle in Gath, pah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bare where was a man of great stature, that had unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and on every band six fingers, and on every the five sons of Michal the daughter of foot six toes, four and twenty in number; Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel, the and he also was born to the giant. son of Barzillai the Meholathite :

21 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan 9 And he delivered them into the hands the son of Shimeah the brother of David of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them slew him. in the bill before the Lord: and they fell 22 These four were born to the giant in all seven together, and were put to death Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and in the days of harvest, in the first days, in by the hand of his servants. the beginning of barley-harvest.

CHAP. XXI. took sackcloth, and

in that the rock, from the beginning of harvest un- LORD had delivered him out of the hand of til water dropped upon them out of hea- all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:, ven, and suffered neither the birds of the 2 And he said, The Lord is my rock, air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts and my fortress, and my deliverer; of the field by night.

3 The God of my rock; in him will I 11 And it was told David what Rizpah trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my the daughter of Aiah the concubine of Saul salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, bad done.

my saviour, thou savest me from violence. 12 | And David went and took the bones 4 I will call on the LORD, who is wor. of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son thy to be praised : so shall I be saved from from the men of Jabesh-gilead, which had mine enemies. stolen them from the street of Beth-shan, 5 When the waves of death compassed where the Philistines had hanged them, me, the floods of ungodly men made me when the Philistines had slain Saul in afraid; Gilboa:

6 The sorrows of hell compassed me 13 And be brought up from thence the about; the snares of death prevented me; bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan 7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, his son: and they gathered the bones of and cried to my God: and he did hear my, them that were hanged.

voice out of his temple, and my cry did 14 And the bones of Saul and Jonathan enter into his ears. bis son buried they in the country of Ben- 8 Then the earth shook and trembled : jamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish the foundations of heaven moved and his fatber: and they performed all that the shook, because he was wroth. king commanded. And after that God 9 There went up a smoke out of his noswas entreated for the land.

trils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: 15 | Moreover, the Philistines had yet coals were kindled by it. war again with Israel; and David went 10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down, and his servants with him, and fought down; and darkness was under his feet. against the Pbilistines : and David waxed 11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did faint.

fy: and he was seen upon the wings of 16 And Ishbi-benob, which was of the the wind. sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear 12 And he made darkness pavilions weighed three hundred shekels of brass in round about him, dark waters, and thick weight, he being girded with a new sword, clouds of the skies. thought to have slain David.

13 Through the brightness before him 17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah suc- were coals of fire kindled. coured him, and smote the Philistine, and 14 The Lord thundered from heaven, killed him. Then the men of David sware and the Most High uttered his voice. unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more 15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered out with us to battle, that thou quench not them; lightning, and discomfited them. the light of Israel.

16 'And the channels of the sea appear18 And it came to pass after this, that ed, the foundations of the world were disthere was again a battle with the Philis- covered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at tines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Husha- the blast of the breath of his nostrils. thite slew Saph, which was of the sons of| 17 He sent from above, he took me; he the giant.

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