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i psalm of thanksgiving, II. SANUEL.

David', last worris. 18 He delivered me from my strong save ; even unto the LORD, but he answerenemy, and from them that hated me: for ed them not. they were too strong for me.

43 Then did I beat them as small as the 19 They prevented me in the day of my dust of the earth, I did stamp them as the calamity : but the Lord was my stay, mire of the street, and did spread them

20 He brought me forth also into a large abroad. place: be delivered me, because he de- 44 Thou also hast delivered me from lighted in me.

the strivings of my people, thou hast kept 21 The Lord rewarded ne according me to be head of the heathen: a people to my righteousness: accorling to the which I knew not shall serve me. cleanness of my hands bath he recom- 45 Strangers shall submit themselves pensed me.

unto me : as soon as they hear, they shall 22 Forl have kept the ways of the LORD, be obedient unto me. and have not wickedly departed from my 46 Strangers shall fade away, and they God.

shall be afraid out of their close places. 23 For all hiş, judgments were before 47 The Lord liveth ; and blessed be my me: and as for his statutes, I did not de- rock; and exalted be the God of the rock part from them.

of my salvation. 24 I was also upright before him, and 48 It is God that avengeth me, and that have kept myself from mine iniquity. bringeth down the people under me,

25 Therefore the LORD hath recom- 49 And that bringeth me forth' from pensed me according to my righteousne s; mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up according to my cleanness in his eye-sight. on high above them that rose up against

26 With the merciful thou wilt shew thy-me: thou hast delivered me from the vioself merciful, and with the upright man lent man. thou wilt shew thyself upright.

50 Therefore I will give thanks unto 27 With the pure thou wilt shew thy-thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I sell pure ; and with the froward thou wilt will sing praises unto thy name. sbew thyself unsavoury:

51 He is the tower of salvation for his 28 And the afflicted people thou wilt king : and sheweth mercy to his anointed, save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, unto David, and to bis seed for evermore. that thou mayest bring them down.

CHAP. XXIII.

these the Lord will lighten my darkness.

30 For by thee I have run through a man who was raised up on high, the anointtroop: by my God have lleapedovera wall. ed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet

31 As for God, his way is perfect; the psalmist of Israel, said, word of the LORD is tried : he is a buckler 2 The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, to all them that trust in him.

and his word was in my tongue. 32 For who is God, save the LORD ? 3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of and who is a rock, save our God? Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over

33 God is my strengih and power: and men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. he maketh my way perfect.

4 And he shall be as the light of the 34 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet: morning when the sun riseth, even a mornand setteth me upon my high places. ing without clouds; as the tender, grass

35 He teacheth my bands to war; so springing out of the earth by clear shining that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. after rain.

36 Thou hast also given me the shield 5 Although my house be not so with God; of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath yet he hath made with me an everlasting made me great.

covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: 37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under for this is all my salvation, and all my deme; so that my feet did not slip. sire, although he make it not to grow.

38 I have pursued mine enemies, and 6. But the sons of Belial shall be all of destroyed them; and turned not again un- them as thorns thrust away, because they til I had consumed them.

cannot be taken with hands : 39 And I have consumed them, and 7 But the man that shall touch them vounded them, that they could not arise: must be fenced with iron and the staff of a yea, they are fallen under my feet.

spear; and they shall be utterly burned 40 For thou hast girded me with with fire in the saine place. strength to battle: them that rose up 8 These be the names of the mighty against me ha t thou subdued under me. men whom David had: The Tachmonite

41 Thou hast also given me the necks that sat in the seat, chief among the capof mine enemies, that I might destroy them tains ; the same was Adino the Eznite : he that bate me.

lifted up his spear against eigt hundied, 12 They looked, but there was none to thom he slow at one time.

I catalogue of

CHAP. XXII.

David's mighty men. 9 And after him was Eleazar the son of|Jehoiada, and had the name among three Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty mighty men. men with David, when they defied the 23 He was more honourable than the Philistines that were there gathered toge- thirty, but he attained not to the first ther to battle, and the men of Israel were three. And David set him over his guard. gone away:

24 Asahel the brother of Joab was one 10 He arose, and smote the Philistines of the thirty ; Elbanan the son of Dodo of until his hand was weary, and his hand Beth-lehem, clave unto the sword : and the LORD 25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the wrought a great victory that day; and the Harodite, people returned after him only to spoil. 26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of

11 And after him was Shammah the son Ikkesh the Tekoite, of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines 27 Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai were gathered together into a troop, where the Hushathite, was a piece of ground full of lentiles : 28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the and the people fled from the Philistines. Netophathite,

12 But he stood in the midst of the 29 Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophaground, and defended it, and slew the thite, Ittai the son of Ribai out of Gibealı Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great of the children of Benjamin, victory.

30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of 13 And three of the thirty chief went the brooks of Gaash, down, and came to David in the harvest 31 Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth time unto the cave of Adullam: and the the Barhumite, troop of the Philistines pitched in the val- 32 Eliabba the Shaalbonite; of the sons ley of Rephaim.

of Jashen, Jonathan, 14 And David was then in a hold, and 33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the the garrison of the Philistines was then in son of Sharar the Hararite, Berk-lehem.

34 Eliphelet the son of Åhasbai, the son 15 And David longed, and said, Oh that of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahione would give me drink of the water of the thophel the Gilonite, well of Beth-lehem, which is by the gate ! 35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the

16 And the three mighty men brake Arbite, through the host of the Philistines, and 36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobab, drew water out of the well of Beth-lehem, Bani the Gadite, that was by the gate, and took it, and 37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the brought it to David: nevertheless he Beerothite, armour-bearer to Joab the son would not drink thereof, but poured it out of Zeruiah, unto the LORD.

38 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite, 17 And he said, Be it far from me, O 39. Uriah the Hittite : thirty and sever LORD, that I should do this: is not this the in all. blood of the men that went in jeopardy of

CHAP. XXIV. their lives? therefore he would not drink A Vindled against Ísrael, and he moved it. These things did these three mighty mon.

David against them to say, Go, number 18 İnd Abishai, the brother of Joab, Israel and Judah. the son of Zeruiah, was chief among three. 2 For the king said to Joab, the captain And he lifted up his spear against three of the host, which was with him, Go now hundred, and slew them, and had the through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan Dame among three.

even to Beer-sheba, and number ye the 19 Was lie not most honourable of three? people, that I may know the number of therefore he was their captain : howbeit the people. he attained not unto the first three. 3 And Joab said unto the king, Now the

20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, Lord thy God add unto the people, how the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who many soever they be, a hundred-fold, had done many acts, he slew two lion-like and that the eyes of my lord the king may men of Moab: be went down also and see it: but why doth my lord the king slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of delight in this thing ? Snow :

4 Notwithstanding the king's word pre21 And he slew an Egyptian, a goodly vailed against Joab, and against the capman: and the Egyptian had a spear in his tains of the bost. And Joah and the capa hand; but he went down to bim with a tains of the host went out from the prestat, and piucked the spear out of the sence of the king, to number the people Egyptian's hand, and slow him with his of Israel. own spear.

51 And they passed over Jordan, and 22 These things did Benaiah the son of pitchied in Aroer, on the right side of the

David numbers the people. 1. KINGS.

His intercession to God. city that lieth in the midst of the river of LORD repented him of the evil, and said Gad, and toward Jazer:

to the angel that destroyed the people, It 6 Then they came to Gilead, and to the is enough: stay now thy band. And the land of Tahtim-hodshi; and they came angel of the Lord was by the threshingto Dan-jaan, and about to Zidon, place of Araunah the Jebusite.

7 And came to the strong hold of Tyre, 17 And David spake unto the LORD and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of when he saw the angel that smote the peothe Canaanites: and they went out to the ple, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I south of Judah, even to Beer-sheba. have done wickedly; but these sheep,

8 So when they had gone through all what have they done ? Let thy hand, I the land, they came to Jerusalem at the pray thee, be against me, and against my end of nine months and twenty days. father's house.

9 And Joab gave up the sum of the 18 | And Gad came that day to David, number of the people unto the king : and and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar there were in Israel eight hundred thou- unto the Lord in the threshing-floor of sand valiant men that drew the sword; Araunah the Jebusite. and the men of Judah were five hundred 19 And David, according to the saying thousand men.

of Gad, went up as the LORD commanded. 10 | And David's heart smote him after 20 And Araúnah looked, and saw the that he had numbered the people. And king and his servants coming on toward David said unto the LORD, I have sinned him: And Araunah went out, and bowed greatly in that I have done : and now, I himself before the king on his face upon beseech thee, O Lord, take away the the ground. iniquity of thy servant; for I have done 21 And Araunah said, Wherefore is my very foolishly.

lord the king come to his servant? And 11 For when David was up in the morn- David said, To buy the thresbing-floor of ing, the word of the Lord came unto the thee, to build an altar unto the Lord, that prophet Gad, David's seer, saying, the plague may be stayed from the people,

12 Go and say unto David, Thus saith 22 And Araunah said unto David, Let the Lord, I offer thee three things; choose my lord the king take and offer up what thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee. seemeth good unto him: behold, here be

13 So Gad came to David, and told oxen for burnt-sacrifice, and threshing-inhim, and said unto him, Shal! seven years struments and other instruments of the of famine come unto thee in thty land ? or oxen for wood. wilt thou flee three months before thine 23 All these things did Araunah, as a enemies, while they pursue thee? or that king, give unto the king. And Araunah there be three days' pestilence in thy land? said unto the king, The Lord thy God Now advise, and see what answer I shall accept thee. return to him that sent me.

24 And the king said unto Araunah, 14 And David said unto Gad, I am in a Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a great strait : let us fall now into the hand price: neither will l offer burnt-offerings of the LORD; for his mercies are great; unto the Lord my God of that which doth and let me not fall into the hand of man. cost me nothing. So David bought the

15 So the LORD sent a pestilence upon threshing-floor and the oxen for fifty she. Israel from the morning even to the time kels of silver. appointed: and there died of the people 25 And David built there an altar unto from Dan even to Beer-sheba seventy the LORD, and offered burnt-offerings and thousand men.

peace-offerings. So the LORD was en16 And when the angel stretched out treated for the land, and the plague was his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the stayed from Israel. I The First Book of the KINGS, commonly called,

The Third Book of the KINGS.
CHAP. I.

3 So they sought for a fair damsel row king David was old and stricken throughout all the coasts of Israel, and

, with clothes, but he gat no heat. her to the king:

2 Wherefore his servants said unto him, 4 And the damsel was very fair, and Let there be sought for my lord the king cherished the king, and ministered to a young virgin : and let her stand before him : but the king knew her not. the king, and let her cherish him, and let 57 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king exalted himself, saying, I will be king: may get heat.

and he prepared hiin chariots and borseAdonijah ustirps the kingdom. CHIAP. I. Deriu declares Solomon king. men, and fifty men to run before him./when my lord the king shall sleep with his

6 And his father had not displeased him fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall at any time in saying, Why hast thou done be counted offenders. so ? and he also was a very goodly man; 22 | And lo, while she yet talked with and his mother bare him after Absalom. the kirg, Nathan the prophet also came in.

7 And he conferred with Joab the son 23 And they told the king, saying, Beof Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest: hold Nathan the prophet. And when he and they following Adonijah, helped him. was come in before the king, he bowed

8 But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah himself before the king with his face to the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the pro- the ground. phet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the 24 And Nathan said, My lord, O king, mighty men which belonged to David, hast thou said, Adonijah shall reign after were not with Adonijah.

me, and he shall sit upon my throne ? 9 And Adonijah slew sheep, and oxen, 25 For he is gone down this day, and and fat cattle, by the stone of Zoheleth, hath slain oxen,

and fat cattle, and sheep which is by En-rogel, and called all his in abundance, and hath called all the brethren the king's sons, and all the men king's sons, and the captains of the host, of Judah the king's servants :

and Abiathar the priest; and behold, they 10 But Nathan the prophet, and Be- eat and drink before him, and say, God naiah, and the mighty men, and Solomon save king Adonijah. his brother, he called not.

26 But me, even me thy servant, and 11 | Wherefore Nathan spake unto Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon, say- Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath ing, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah he not called. the son of Haggith doth reign, and David 27 Is this thing done by my lord the our lord knoweth it not ?

king, and thou hast not shewed it unto thy 12 Now therefore come, let

me, I pray servant, who should sit on the throne of thee, give thee counsel, that thou mayest my lord the king after him? save thine own life, and the life of thy son 28 | Then king David answered and Solomon.

said, Call me Bath-sheba. And she came 13 Go, and get thee in unto king David, into the king's presence, and stood before and say unto him, Didst not thou, my lord, the king. O king, swear unto thy handmaid, say- 29 And the king sware, and said, is ing, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign the LORD liveth, that hath redeemed my after me, and he shall sit upon my throne ? soul out of all distress, why then doth Adonijah reign?

30 Even as I sware unto thee by the 14 Behold, while thou yet talkest there Lord God of Israel, saying, Assuredly, with the king, I also will come in after Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and thee, and confirm thy words.

he shall sit upon my throne in my stead; 15 | And Bath-sheba went in unto the even so will I certainly do this day. king into the chamber: and the king was 31 Then Bath-shela bowed with her very old; and Abishag the Shunammite face to the earth, and did reverence to the ministered unto the king.

king, and said, Let my lord king David 16 And Bath-sheba bowed, and did live for ever. obeisance unto the king. And the king 32 | And king David said, Call me said, What wouldest thou ?

Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, 11 And she said unto him, My lord, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And thou swarest by the LORD thy God unto they came before the king. thy handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solo- 33 The king also said unto them, Take mon thy son shall reign after me, and he with you the servants of your lord, and shall sit upon my throne.

cause Solomon my son to ride upon mine 18 And now, behold, Adonijah reign- own mule, and bring him down to Gihon: eth ; and now, my lord the king, thou 34 And let Zadok the priest and Nathan knowest it not :

the prophet anoint him there king over 19 And he hath slain oxen, and fat cat- Israel: and blow ye with the trumpet, and tle, and sheep in abundance, and hath say, God save king Solomon. called all the sons of the king, and Abia- 35 Then ye shall come up after him, thar the priest, and Joab the captain of that he may come and sit upon my throne; the host : but Solomon thy servant hath for he shall be king in my stead: and I have he not called.

appointed him to be ruler over Israel and 20 And thou, my lord, O king, the eyes over Judah. of all Israel are upon thee, that thou 36 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada an. shouldest tell them who shall sit on the swered the king, and said, Amen: the LORD throne of my lord the king after him. God of my lord the king say so too. 21 Otherwise it shall come to pass,

37 As the LORD hath been with my Adonujah's fear.

1. KINGS. David's charge lo Solonna. lord the king, even so be he with Soiomon, sunto me to-day that he will not slay his and make his throne greater than the servant with the sword. throne of my lord king David.

52 And Solomon said, If he will shew 38 So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the himself a worthy man, there shall not a prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, hair of him fall to the earth: but if wickand the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, edness shall be found in him, be shall die. went down, and caused Solomon to ride 53 So king Solomon sent, and they upon king David's mule, and brought him brought him down from the altar. And to Gihon.

he came and bowed himself to king Solo39 And Zadok the priest took a horn mon: and Solomon said unto him, Go to of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed thy house. Solomon. And they blew the trumpet;

CHAP. II. and all the people said, God save king So-Ne should Lie; and he charged SoloJomon.

40 And all the people came up after mon his son, saying, him, and the people piped with pipes, 2 I go the way of all the earth: be thou and rejoiced with great joy, so that the strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; earth rent with the sound of them.

3 Ånd keep the charge of the LORD thy 41 | And Adonijah and all the guests God, to walk in bis ways, to keep his stathat were with him heard it as they had tutes, and his commandments, and his made an end of eating. And when Joab judgments, and his testimonies, as it is heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, written in the law of Moses, that thou Wherefore is this noise of the city being mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and in an uproar?

whithersoever thou turnest thyself. 42 Ånd while he yet spake, behold, 4 That the Lord may continue his Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest word which he spake concerning me, saycame: and Adonijah said unto him, Comcing, If thy children take heed to their in; for thou art a valiant man, and bringest way, to walk before me in truth,with all good tidings.

their heart, and with all their soul, there 43 And Jonathan answered and said to shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the Adonijah, Verily our lord king David bath throne of Israel. made Solomon king.

5 Moreover, thou knowest also what 44 And the king hath sent with him Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, what he did to the two captains of the hosts and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the of Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and they unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he have caused him to ride upon the king's slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, mule:

and put the blood of war upon his girdle 45 And Zadok the priest and Nathan that was about his loins, and in his shoes the prophet have anointed him king in that were on his feet. Gihon: and they are come up from thence 6 Do therefore according to thy wisrejoicing, so that the city rang again. dom, and let not his hoar head go down to Tinis is the noise that ye have heard. the grave in peace.

46 And also Solomon sitteth on the 7 But shew kindness unto the sons of throne of the kingdom.

Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be of 47 Ind moreover the king's servants those that eat at thy table: for so they came to bless our lord king David, saying, came to me when I fled because of AbsaGod make the name of Solomon better lom thy brother. than thy name, and make his throne greater 8 And behold, thou has with thee Shithan tlıý throne. And the king bowed him- mei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Baselt upon the bed.

hurim, which cursed me with a grievous 48 And also thus said the king, Blessed curse in the day when I went to Mahabe the, LORD God of Israel, which hath naim: but he came down to meet me at given one to sit on my thronel this day, Jordan, and I sware to him by the LORD, mine eyes even seeing it.

saying, I will not put thee to death with 49 And all the guests that were with the sword. Adonijah were afraid, and rose up, and 9 Now therefore hold him not guiltless: went every man bis way.

for thou art a wise man, and knowest what 50 And Adonijah feared because of thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar Solomon, and arose, and went, and caught head bring thou down to the grave with hold on the horns of the altar.

blood. 51 And it was told Solomon, saying, 10 So David slept with his fathers, and Behold, Adonijah feareth king Solomon: was buried in the city of David. for lo, he hath caught hold on the horns of 1! And the days that David reigned the altar, saying, bet king Solomon swearlover Israel were forty years: seven years

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