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            The Second Book of SAMUEL


CHAPTER 1

1:1 Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was

returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had

abode two days in Ziklag;

1:2 It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out

of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth upon his

head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the

earth, and did obeisance.

1:3 And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said

unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped.

1:4 And David said unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee, tell

me. And he answered, That the people are fled from the battle, and

many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan

his son are dead also.

1:5 And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest

thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead?

1:6 And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance

upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo,

the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him.

1:7 And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me.

And I answered, Here am I.

1:8 And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an

Amalekite.

1:9 He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me:

for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me.

1:10 So I stood upon him, and slew him, because I was sure that he

could not live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that

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was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have

brought them hither unto my Lord.

1:11 Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise

all the men that were with him:

1:12 And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and

for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the

house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.

1:13 And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art

thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite.

1:14 And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch

forth thine hand to destroy the LORD’s anointed?

1:15 And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall

upon him. And he smote him that he died.

1:16 And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy

mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD’s

anointed.

1:17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over

Jonathan his son:

1:18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow:

behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)

1:19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the

mighty fallen!

1:20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the

daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the

uncircumcised triumph.

1:21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be

rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the

mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not

been anointed with oil.

1:22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of

Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not

empty.

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1:23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in

their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles,

they were stronger than lions.

1:24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet,

with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your

apparel.

1:25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan,

thou wast slain in thine high places.

1:26 I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast

thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love

of women.

1:27 How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!

CHAPTER 2

2:1 And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of the LORD,

saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the

LORD said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go

up? And he said, Unto Hebron.

2:2 So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the

Jezreelitess, and Abigail Nabals wife the Carmelite.

2:3 And his men that were with him did David bring up, every man

with his household: and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.

2:4 And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king

over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, That the

men of Jabeshgilead were they that buried Saul.

2:5 And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabeshgilead, and said

unto them, Blessed be ye of the LORD, that ye have shewed this

kindness unto your Lord, even unto Saul, and have buried him.

2:6 And now the LORD shew kindness and truth unto you: and I also

will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.

2:7 Therefore now let your hands be strengthened, and be ye valiant:

for your master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah have

anointed me king over them.

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2:8 But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Sauls host, took Ishbosheth

the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim;

2:9 And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over

Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.

2:10 Ishbosheth Sauls son was forty years old when he began to reign

over Israel, and reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed

David.

2:11 And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of

Judah was seven years and six months.

2:12 And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ishbosheth the son

of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.

2:13 And Joab the son of Zeruiah, and the servants of David, went out,

and met together by the pool of Gibeon: and they sat down, the

one on the one side of the pool, and the other on the other side of

the pool.

2:14 And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play

before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.

2:15 Then there arose and went over by number twelve of Benjamin,

which pertained to Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the

servants of David.

2:16 And they caught every one his fellow by the head, and thrust his

sword in his fellow’s side; so they fell down together: wherefore

that place was called Helkathhazzurim, which is in Gibeon.

2:17 And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten,

and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.

2:18 And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab, and Abishai, and

Asahel: and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe.

2:19 And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the

right hand nor to the left from following Abner.

2:20 Then Abner looked behind him, and said, Art thou Asahel? And he

answered, I am.

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2:21 And Abner said to him, Turn thee aside to thy right hand or to thy

left, and lay thee hold on one of the young men, and take thee his

armor. But Asahel would not turn aside from following of him.

2:22 And Abner said again to Asahel, Turn thee aside from following

me: wherefore should I smite thee to the ground? how then should

I hold up my face to Joab thy brother?

2:23 Howbeit he refused to turn aside: wherefore Abner with the hinder

end of the spear smote him under the fifth rib, that the spear came

out behind him; and he fell down there, and died in the same place:

and it came to pass, that as many as came to the place where

Asahel fell down and died stood still.

2:24 Joab also and Abishai pursued after Abner: and the sun went down

when they were come to the hill of Ammah, that lieth before Giah

by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon.

2:25 And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together after

Abner, and became one troop, and stood on the top of an hill.

2:26 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for

ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end?

how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people return from

following their brethren?

2:27 And Joab said, As God liveth, unless thou hadst spoken, surely

then in the morning the people had gone up every one from

following his brother.

2:28 So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still, and pursued

after Israel no more, neither fought they any more.

2:29 And Abner and his men walked all that night through the plain, and

passed over Jordan, and went through all Bithron, and they came

to Mahanaim.

2:30 And Joab returned from following Abner: and when he had

gathered all the people together, there lacked of Davids servants

nineteen men and Asahel.

2:31 But the servants of David had smitten of Benjamin, and of Abners

men, so that three hundred and threescore men died.

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2:32 And they took up Asahel, and buried him in the sepulchre of his

father, which was in Bethlehem. And Joab and his men went all

night, and they came to Hebron at break of day.

CHAPTER 3

3:1 Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house

of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of

Saul waxed weaker and weaker.

3:2 And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn was

Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess;

3:3 And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the

Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter

of Talmai king of Geshur;

3:4 And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth,

Shephatiah the son of Abital;

3:5 And the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah Davids wife. These were born to

David in Hebron.

3:6 And it came to pass, while there was war between the house of

Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong for

the house of Saul.

3:7 And Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter

of Aiah: and Ishbosheth said to Abner, Wherefore hast thou gone

in unto my fathers concubine?

3:8 Then was Abner very wroth for the words of Ishbosheth, and said,

Am I a dogs head, which against Judah do shew kindness this day

unto the house of Saul thy father, to his brethren, and to his

friends, and have not delivered thee into the hand of David, that

thou chargest me to day with a fault concerning this woman?

3:9 So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the LORD hath

sworn to David, even so I do to him;

3:10 To translate the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the

throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to

Beersheba.

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3:11 And he could not answer Abner a word again, because he feared

him.

3:12 And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, Whose

is the land? saying also, Make thy league with me, and, behold, my

hand shall be with thee, to bring about all Israel unto thee.

3:13 And he said, Well; I will make a league with thee: but one thing I

require of thee, that is, Thou shalt not see my face, except thou

first bring Michal Sauls daughter, when thou comest to see my

face.

3:14 And David sent messengers to Ishbosheth Sauls son, saying,

Deliver me my wife Michal, which I espoused to me for an

hundred foreskins of the Philistines.

3:15 And Ishbosheth sent, and took her from her husband, even from

Phaltiel the son of Laish.

3:16 And her husband went with her along weeping behind her to

Bahurim. Then said Abner unto him, Go, return. And he returned.

3:17 And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, Ye

sought for David in times past to be king over you:

3:18 Now then do it: for the LORD hath spoken of David, saying, By

the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel out of

the hand of the Philistines, and out of the hand of all their enemies.

3:19 And Abner also spake in the ears of Benjamin: and Abner went

also to speak in the ears of David in Hebron all that seemed good

to Israel, and that seemed good to the whole house of Benjamin.

3:20 So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him.

And David made Abner and the men that were with him a feast.

3:21 And Abner said unto David, I will arise and go, and will gather all

Israel unto my Lord the king, that they may make a league with

thee, and that thou mayest reign over all that thine heart desireth.

And David sent Abner away; and he went in peace.

3:22 And, behold, the servants of David and Joab came from pursuing a

troop, and brought in a great spoil with them: but Abner was not

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with David in Hebron; for he had sent him away, and he was gone

in peace.

3:23 When Joab and all the host that was with him were come, they told

Joab, saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he hath

sent him away, and he is gone in peace.

3:24 Then Joab came to the king, and said, What hast thou done?

behold, Abner came unto thee; why is it that thou hast sent him

away, and he is quite gone?

3:25 Thou knowest Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive thee,

and to know thy going out and thy coming in, and to know all that

thou doest.

3:26 And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers

after Abner, which brought him again from the well of Sirah: but

David knew it not.

3:27 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in

the gate to speak with him quietly, and smote him there under the

fifth rib, that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother.

3:28 And afterward when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom are

guiltless before the LORD for ever from the blood of Abner the

son of Ner:

3:29 Let it rest on the head of Joab, and on all his fathers house; and let

there not fail from the house of Joab one that hath an issue, or that

is a leper, or that leaneth on a staff, or that falleth on the sword, or

that lacketh bread.

3:30 So Joab, and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he had slain

their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.

3:31 And David said to Joab, and to all the people that were with him,

Rend your clothes, and gird you with sackcloth, and mourn before

Abner. And king David himself followed the bier.

3:32 And they buried Abner in Hebron: and the king lifted up his voice,

and wept at the grave of Abner; and all the people wept.

3:33 And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool

dieth?

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3:34 Thy hands were not bound, nor thy feet put into fetters: as a man

falleth before wicked men, so fellest thou. And all the people wept

again over him.

3:35 And when all the people came to cause David to eat meat while it

was yet day, David swear, saying, So do God to me, and more

also, if I taste bread, or ought else, till the sun be down.

3:36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as

whatsoever the king did pleased all the people.

3:37 For all the people and all Israel understood that day that it was not

of the king to slay Abner the son of Ner.

3:38 And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a

prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?

3:39 And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the

sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me: the LORD shall reward the

doer of evil according to his wickedness.

CHAPTER 4

4:1 And when Saul’s son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his

hands were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.

4:2 And Sauls son had two men that were captains of bands: the name

of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons

of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin: (for Beeroth

also was reckoned to Benjamin.

4:3 And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and were sojourners there

until this day.)

4:4 And Jonathan, Sauls son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He

was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out

of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass,

as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his

name was Mephibosheth.

4:5 And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah,

went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of

Ishbosheth, who lay on a bed at noon.

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4:6 And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they

would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth rib:

and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.

4:7 For when they came into the house, he lay on his bed in his

bedchamber, and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him,

and took his head, and gat them away through the plain all night.

4:8 And they brought the head of Ishbosheth unto David to Hebron,

and said to the king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of Saul

thine enemy, which sought thy life; and the LORD hath avenged

my Lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed.

4:9 And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of

Rimmon the Beerothite, and said unto them, As the LORD liveth,

who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity,

4:10 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have

brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag,

who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings:

4:11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person

in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now require

his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?

4:12 And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and

cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up over the pool

in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried it in

the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron.

CHAPTER 5

5:1 Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake,

saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.

5:2 Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that

leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD said to thee,

Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over

Israel.

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5:3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king

David made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD: and

they anointed David king over Israel.

5:4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned

forty years.

5:5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and

in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and

Judah.

5:6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the

inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except

thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in

hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither.

5:7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the

city of David.

5:8 And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter,

and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind that are hated

of Davids soul, he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore they said,

The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.

5:9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And

David built round about from Millo and inward.

5:10 And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts

was with him.

5:11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees,

and carpenters, and masons: and they built David an house.

5:12 And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over

Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israels

sake.

5:13 And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem,

after he was come from Hebron: and there were yet sons and

daughters born to David.

5:14 And these be the names of those that were born unto him in

Jerusalem; Shammuah, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon,

5:15 Ibhar also, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia,

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5:16 And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphalet.

5:17 But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king

over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David

heard of it, and went down to the hold.

5:18 The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of

Rephaim.

5:19 And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the

Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD

said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines

into thine hand.

5:20 And David came to Baalperazim, and David smote them there, and

said, The LORD hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me,

as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place

Baalperazim.

5:21 And there they left their images, and David and his men burned

them.

5:22 And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in

the valley of Rephaim.

5:23 And when David enquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go

up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over

against the mulberry trees.

5:24 And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of

the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then

shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the

Philistines.

5:25 And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and smote

the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer.

CHAPTER 6

6:1 Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty

thousand.

6:2 And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him

from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God,

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whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that

dwelleth between the cherubims.

6:3 And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of

the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio,

the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.

6:4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at

Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the

ark.

6:5 And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on

all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on

psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.

6:6 And when they came to Nachons threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth

his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook

it.

6:7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God

smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.

6:8 And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach

upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to

this day.

6:9 And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall

the ark of the LORD come to me?

6:10 So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the

city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of

Obededom the Gittite.

6:11 And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the

Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his

household.

6:12 And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the

house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of

the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from

the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.

6:13 And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had

gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.

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6:14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David

was girded with a linen ephod.

6:15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the

LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.

6:16 And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal

Sauls daughter looked through a window, and saw king David

leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her

heart.

6:17 And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in

the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David

offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.

6:18 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings

and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the

LORD of hosts.

6:19 And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole

multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a

cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all

the people departed every one to his house.

6:20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the

daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious

was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the

eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows

shamelessly uncovereth himself!

6:21 And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which

chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me

ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I

play before the LORD.

6:22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own

sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them

shall I be had in honor.

6:23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of

her death.

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CHAPTER 7

7:1 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD

had given him rest round about from all his enemies;

7:2 That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an

house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.

7:3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for

the LORD is with thee.

7:4 And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came

unto Nathan, saying,

7:5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou

build me an house for me to dwell in?

7:6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I

brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day,

but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.

7:7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of

Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I

commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me

an house of cedar?

7:8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus

saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from

following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:

7:9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off

all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name,

like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth.

7:10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will

plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move

no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any

more, as beforetime,

7:11 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my

people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies.

Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house.

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7:12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy

fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of

thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

7:13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne

of his kingdom for ever.

7:14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I

will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the

children of men:

7:15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from

Saul, whom I put away before thee.

7:16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever

before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

7:17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did

Nathan speak unto David.

7:18 Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said,

Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou hast

brought me hitherto?

7:19 And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord GOD; but thou

hast spoken also of thy servants house for a great while to come.

And is this the manner of man, O Lord GOD?

7:20 And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord GOD,

knowest thy servant.

7:21 For thy words sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou

done all these great things, to make thy servant know them.

7:22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee,

neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have

heard with our ears.

7:23 And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like

Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to

make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for

thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from

Egypt, from the nations and their gods?

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7:24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people

unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God.

7:25 And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken

concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for

ever, and do as thou hast said.

7:26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of

hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David

be established before thee.

7:27 For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy

servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy

servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.

7:28 And now, O Lord GOD, thou art that God, and thy words be true,

and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:

7:29 Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant,

that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord GOD,

hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant

be blessed for ever.

CHAPTER 8

8:1 And after this it came to pass that David smote the Philistines, and

subdued them: and David took Methegammah out of the hand of

the Philistines.

8:2 And he smote Moab, and measured them with a line, casting them

down to the ground; even with two lines measured he to put to

death, and with one full line to keep alive. And so the Moabites

became David’s servants, and brought gifts.

8:3 David smote also Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as

he went to recover his border at the river Euphrates.

8:4 And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven hundred

horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: and David houghed all

the chariot horses, but reserved of them for an hundred chariots.

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8:5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came to succor Hadadezer king

of Zobah, David slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand

men.

8:6 Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus: and the Syrians

became servants to David, and brought gifts. And the LORD

preserved David whithersoever he went.

8:7 And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of

Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.

8:8 And from Betah, and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, king

David took exceeding much brass.

8:9 When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had smitten all the host

of Hadadezer,

8:10 Then Toi sent Joram his son unto king David, to salute him, and to

bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer, and smitten

him: for Hadadezer had wars with Toi. And Joram brought with

him vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and vessels of brass:

8:11 Which also king David did dedicate unto the LORD, with the silver

and gold that he had dedicated of all nations which he subdued;

8:12 Of Syria, and of Moab, and of the children of Ammon, and of the

Philistines, and of Amalek, and of the spoil of Hadadezer, son of

Rehob, king of Zobah.

8:13 And David gat him a name when he returned from smiting of the

Syrians in the valley of salt, being eighteen thousand men.

8:14 And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom put he

garrisons, and all they of Edom became David’s servants. And the

LORD preserved David whithersoever he went.

8:15 And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and

justice unto all his people.

8:16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat

the son of Ahilud was recorder;

8:17 And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar,

were the priests; and Seraiah was the scribe;

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8:18 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites

and the Pelethites; and Davids sons were chief rulers.

CHAPTER 9

9:1 And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul,

that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?

9:2 And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was

Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto

him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he.

9:3 And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I

may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the

king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.

9:4 And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the

king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in

Lodebar.

9:5 Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir,

the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar.

9:6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul,

was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And

David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant!

9:7 And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee

kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all

the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table

continually.

9:8 And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou

shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?

9:9 Then the king called to Ziba, Sauls servant, and said unto him, I

have given unto thy masters son all that pertained to Saul and to

all his house.

9:10 Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land

for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy masters son

may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy masters son shall eat

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bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty

servants.

9:11 Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my Lord the

king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for

Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the

kings sons.

9:12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha.

And all that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto

Mephibosheth.

9:13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at

the king’s table; and was lame on both his feet.

CHAPTER 10

10:1 And it came to pass after this, that the king of the children of

Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his stead.

10:2 Then said David, I will shew kindness unto Hanun the son of

Nahash, as his father shewed kindness unto me. And David sent to

comfort him by the hand of his servants for his father. And

Davids servants came into the land of the children of Ammon.

10:3 And the princes of the children of Ammon said unto Hanun their

Lord, Thinkest thou that David doth honor thy father, that he hath

sent comforters unto thee? hath not David rather sent his servants

unto thee, to search the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow

it?

10:4 Wherefore Hanun took Davids servants, and shaved off the one

half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, even

to their buttocks, and sent them away.

10:5 When they told it unto David, he sent to meet them, because the

men were greatly ashamed: and the king said, Tarry at Jericho until

your beards be grown, and then return.

10:6 And when the children of Ammon saw that they stank before

David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of

Bethrehob and the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, and

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of king Maacah a thousand men, and of Ishtob twelve thousand

men.

10:7 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the

mighty men.

10:8 And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array

at the entering in of the gate: and the Syrians of Zoba, and of

Rehob, and Ishtob, and Maacah, were by themselves in the field.

10:9 When Joab saw that the front of the battle was against him before

and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them

in array against the Syrians:

10:10 And the rest of the people he delivered into the hand of Abishai his

brother, that he might put them in array against the children of

Ammon.

10:11 And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, then thou shalt

help me: but if the children of Ammon be too strong for thee, then

I will come and help thee.

10:12 Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for

the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth him

good.

10:13 And Joab drew nigh, and the people that were with him, unto the

battle against the Syrians: and they fled before him.

10:14 And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fled,

then fled they also before Abishai, and entered into the city. So

Joab returned from the children of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem.

10:15 And when the Syrians saw that they were smitten before Israel,

they gathered themselves together.

10:16 And Hadarezer sent, and brought out the Syrians that were beyond

the river: and they came to Helam; and Shobach the captain of the

host of Hadarezer went before them.

10:17 And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together, and

passed over Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians set

themselves in array against David, and fought with him.

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10:18 And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew the men of

seven hundred chariots of the Syrians, and forty thousand

horsemen, and smote Shobach the captain of their host, who died

there.

10:19 And when all the kings that were servants to Hadarezer saw that

they were smitten before Israel, they made peace with Israel, and

served them. So the Syrians feared to help the children of Ammon

any more.

CHAPTER 11

11:1 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when

kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with

him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and

besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.

11:2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off

his bed, and walked upon the roof of the kings house: and from

the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very

beautiful to look upon.

11:3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is

not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the

Hittite?

11:4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto

him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her

uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.

11:5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am

with child.

11:6 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And

Joab sent Uriah to David.

11:7 And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how

Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered.

11:8 And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy

feet. And Uriah departed out of the kings house, and there

followed him a mess of meat from the king.

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11:9 But Uriah slept at the door of the kings house with all the

servants of his Lord, and went not down to his house.

11:10 And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto

his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy

journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house?

11:11 And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in

tents; and my Lord Joab, and the servants of my Lord, are

encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat

and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy

soul liveth, I will not do this thing.

11:12 And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to day also, and to morrow I

will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the

morrow.

11:13 And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him;

and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed

with the servants of his Lord, but went not down to his house.

11:14 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to

Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.

11:15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of

the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten,

and die.

11:16 And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned

Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.

11:17 And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there

fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the

Hittite died also.

11:18 Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war;

11:19 And charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end

of telling the matters of the war unto the king,

11:20 And if so be that the king’s wrath arise, and he say unto thee,

Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city when ye did fight?

knew ye not that they would shoot from the wall?

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11:21 Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman

cast a piece of a millstone upon him from the wall, that he died in

Thebez? why went ye nigh the wall? then say thou, Thy servant

Uriah the Hittite is dead also.

11:22 So the messenger went, and came and shewed David all that Joab

had sent him for.

11:23 And the messenger said unto David, Surely the men prevailed

against us, and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon

them even unto the entering of the gate.

11:24 And the shooters shot from off the wall upon thy servants; and

some of the king’s servants be dead, and thy servant Uriah the

Hittite is dead also.

11:25 Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say unto

Joab, Let not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one

as well as another: make thy battle more strong against the city,

and overthrow it: and encourage thou him.

11:26 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was

dead, she mourned for her husband.

11:27 And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to

his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the

thing that David had done displeased the LORD.

CHAPTER 12

12:1 And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him,

and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich,

and the other poor.

12:2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:

12:3 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 cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.

12:4 And there came a traveler unto the rich man, and he spared to take

of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring

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man that was come unto him; but took the poor mans lamb, and

dressed it for the man that was come to him.

12:5 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:

12:6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing,

and because he had no pity.

12:7 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;

12:8 And I gave thee thy masters house, and thy masters wives into

thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if

that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee

such and such things.

12:9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to

do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the

sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him

with the sword of the children of Ammon.

12:10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house;

because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah

the Hittite to be thy wife.

12:11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out

of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes,

and give them unto thy neighbor, and he shall lie with thy wives in

the sight of this sun.

12:12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel,

and before the sun.

12:13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD.

And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy

sin; thou shalt not die.

12:14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to

the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born

unto thee shall surely die.

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12:15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the

child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.

12:16 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and

went in, and lay all night upon the earth.

12:17 And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up

from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with

them.

12:18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And

the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for

they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto

him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then

vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?

12:19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived

that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is

the child dead? And they said, He is dead.

12:20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed

himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the

LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when

he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.

12:21 Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast

done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but

when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.

12:22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I

said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the

child may live?

12:23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back

again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.

12:24 And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her,

and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name

Solomon: and the LORD loved him.

12:25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his

name Jedidiah, because of the LORD.

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12:26 And Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and

took the royal city.

12:27 And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I have fought against

Rabbah, and have taken the city of waters.

12:28 Now therefore gather the rest of the people together, and encamp

against the city, and take it: lest I take the city, and it be called

after my name.

12:29 And David gathered all the people together, and went to Rabbah,

and fought against it, and took it.

12:30 And he took their kings crown from off his head, the weight

whereof was a talent of gold with the precious stones: and it was

set on David’s head. And he brought forth the spoil of the city in

great abundance.

12:31 And he brought forth the people that were therein, and put them

under saws, and under harrows of iron, and under axes of iron, and

made them pass through the brick-kiln: and thus did he unto all the

cities of the children of Ammon. So David and all the people

returned unto Jerusalem.

CHAPTER 13

13:1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had

a fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David

loved her.

13:2 And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for

she was a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for him to do anything

to her.

13:3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of

Shimeah David’s brother: and Jonadab was a very subtil man.

13:4 And he said unto him, Why art thou, being the king’s son, lean

from day to day? wilt thou not tell me? And Amnon said unto him,

I love Tamar, my brother Absaloms sister.

13:5 And Jonadab said unto him, Lay thee down on thy bed, and make

thyself sick: and when thy father cometh to see thee, say unto him,

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I pray thee, let my sister Tamar come, and give me meat, and dress

the meat in my sight, that I may see it, and eat it at her hand.

13:6 So Amnon lay down, and made himself sick: and when the king

was come to see him, Amnon said unto the king, I pray thee, let

Tamar my sister come, and make me a couple of cakes in my sight,

that I may eat at her hand.

13:7 Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, Go now to thy brother

Amnons house, and dress him meat.

13:8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnons house; and he was laid

down. And she took flour, and kneaded it, and made cakes in his

sight, and did bake the cakes.

13:9 And she took a pan, and poured them out before him; but he

refused to eat. And Amnon said, Have out all men from me. And

they went out every man from him.

13:10 And Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring the meat into the chamber,

that I may eat of thine hand. And Tamar took the cakes which she

had made, and brought them into the chamber to Amnon her

brother.

13:11 And when she had brought them unto him to eat, he took hold of

her, and said unto her, Come lie with me, my sister.

13:12 And she answered him, Nay, my brother, do not force me; for no

such thing ought to be done in Israel: do not thou this folly.

13:13 And I, whither shall I cause my shame to go? and as for thee, thou

shalt be as one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, I pray thee,

speak unto the king; for he will not withhold me from thee.

13:14 Howbeit he would not hearken unto her voice: but, being stronger

than she, forced her, and lay with her.

13:15 Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred wherewith

he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her.

And Amnon said unto her, Arise, be gone.

13:16 And she said unto him, There is no cause: this evil in sending me

away is greater than the other that thou didst unto me. But he

would not hearken unto her.

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13:17 Then he called his servant that ministered unto him, and said, Put

now this woman out from me, and bolt the door after her.

13:18 And she had a garment of divers colors upon her: for with such

robes were the kings daughters that were virgins apparelled. Then

his servant brought her out, and bolted the door after her.

13:19 And Tamar put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of divers

colors that was on her, and laid her hand on her head, and went on

crying.

13:20 And Absalom her brother said unto her, Hath Amnon thy brother

been with thee? but hold now thy peace, my sister: he is thy

brother; regard not this thing. So Tamar remained desolate in her

brother Absaloms house.

13:21 But when king David heard of all these things, he was very wroth.

13:22 And Absalom spake unto his brother Amnon neither good nor bad:

for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar.

13:23 And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom had

sheepshearers in Baalhazor, which is beside Ephraim: and Absalom

invited all the king’s sons.

13:24 And Absalom came to the king, and said, Behold now, thy servant

hath sheepshearers; let the king, I beseech thee, and his servants go

with thy servant.

13:25 And the king said to Absalom, Nay, my son, let us not all now go,

lest we be chargeable unto thee. And he pressed him: howbeit he

would not go, but blessed him.

13:26 Then said Absalom, If not, I pray thee, let my brother Amnon go

with us. And the king said unto him, Why should he go with thee?

13:27 But Absalom pressed him, that he let Amnon and all the king’s

sons go with him.

13:28 Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark ye now

when Amnon’s heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto

you, Smite Amnon; then kill him, fear not: have not I commanded

you? be courageous, and be valiant.

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13:29 And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had

commanded. Then all the king’s sons arose, and every man gat him

up upon his mule, and fled.

13:30 And it came to pass, while they were in the way, that tidings came

to David, saying, Absalom hath slain all the kings sons, and there

is not one of them left.

13:31 Then the king arose, and tare his garments, and lay on the earth;

and all his servants stood by with their clothes rent.

13:32 And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah Davids brother, answered and

said, Let not my Lord suppose that they have slain all the young

men the kings sons; for Amnon only is dead: for by the

appointment of Absalom this hath been determined from the day

that he forced his sister Tamar.

13:33 Now therefore let not my Lord the king take the thing to his heart,

to think that all the kings sons are dead: for Amnon only is dead.

13:34 But Absalom fled. And the young man that kept the watch lifted

up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came much people by

the way of the hill side behind him.

13:35 And Jonadab said unto the king, Behold, the king’s sons come: as

thy servant said, so it is.

13:36 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of speaking,

that, behold, the kings sons came, and lifted up their voice and

wept: and the king also and all his servants wept very sore.

13:37 But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai, the son of Ammihud, king

of Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day.

13:38 So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three years.

13:39 And the soul of king David longed to go forth unto Absalom: for he

was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.

CHAPTER 14

14:1 Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the kings heart was

toward Absalom.

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14:2 And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched thence a wise woman, and

said unto her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, and put on

now mourning apparel, and anoint not thyself with oil, but be as a

woman that had a long time mourned for the dead:

14:3 And come to the king, and speak on this manner unto him. So Joab

put the words in her mouth.

14:4 And when the woman of Tekoah spake to the king, she fell on her

face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, Help, O king.

14:5 And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, I

am indeed a widow woman, and mine husband is dead.

14:6 And thy handmaid had two sons, and they two strove together in

the field, and there was none to part them, but the one smote the

other, and slew him.

14:7 And, behold, the whole family is risen against thine handmaid, and

they said, Deliver him that smote his brother, that we may kill him,

for the life of his brother whom he slew; and we will destroy the

heir also: and so they shall quench my coal which is left, and shall

not leave to my husband neither name nor remainder upon the

earth.

14:8 And the king said unto the woman, Go to thine house, and I will

give charge concerning thee.

14:9 And the woman of Tekoah said unto the king, My Lord, O king,

the iniquity be on me, and on my fathers house: and the king and

his throne be guiltless.

14:10 And the king said, Whoever saith ought unto thee, bring him to me,

and he shall not touch thee any more.

14:11 Then said she, I pray thee, let the king remember the LORD thy

God, that thou wouldest not suffer the revengers of blood to

destroy any more, lest they destroy my son. And he said, As the

LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of thy son fall to the earth.

14:12 Then the woman said, Let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak one

word unto my Lord the king. And he said, Say on.

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14:13 And the woman said, Wherefore then hast thou thought such a

thing against the people of God? for the king doth speak this thing

as one which is faulty, in that the king doth not fetch home again

his banished.

14:14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which

cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person:

yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from

him.

14:15 Now therefore that I am come to speak of this thing unto my Lord

the king, it is because the people have made me afraid: and thy

handmaid said, I will now speak unto the king; it may be that the

king will perform the request of his handmaid.

14:16 For the king will hear, to deliver his handmaid out of the hand of

the man that would destroy me and my son together out of the

inheritance of God.

14:17 Then thine handmaid said, The word of my Lord the king shall

now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, so is my Lord the king

to discern good and bad: therefore the LORD thy God will be with

thee.

14:18 Then the king answered and said unto the woman, Hide not from

me, I pray thee, the thing that I shall ask thee. And the woman

said, Let my Lord the king now speak.

14:19 And the king said, Is not the hand of Joab with thee in all this?

And the woman answered and said, As thy soul liveth, my Lord

the king, none can turn to the right hand or to the left from ought

that my Lord the king hath spoken: for thy servant Joab, he bade

me, and he put all these words in the mouth of thine handmaid:

14:20 To fetch about this form of speech hath thy servant Joab done this

thing: and my Lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of

God, to know all things that are in the earth.

14:21 And the king said unto Joab, Behold now, I have done this thing:

go therefore, bring the young man Absalom again.

14:22 And Joab fell to the ground on his face, and bowed himself, and

thanked the king: and Joab said, To day thy servant knoweth that I

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have found grace in thy sight, my Lord, O king, in that the king

hath fulfilled the request of his servant.

14:23 So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to

Jerusalem.

14:24 And the king said, Let him turn to his own house, and let him not

see my face. So Absalom returned to his own house, and saw not

the kings face.

14:25 But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom

for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his

head there was no blemish in him.

14:26 And when he polled his head, (for it was at every years end that

he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled

it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the

king’s weight.

14:27 And unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter,

whose name was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance.

14:28 So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and saw not the

kings face.

14:29 Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to have sent him to the king; but

he would not come to him: and when he sent again the second time,

he would not come.

14:30 Therefore he said unto his servants, See, Joab’s field is near mine,

and he hath barley there; go and set it on fire. And Absaloms

servants set the field on fire.

14:31 Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house, and said

unto him, Wherefore have thy servants set my field on fire?

14:32 And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent unto thee, saying,

Come hither, that I may send thee to the king, to say, Wherefore

am I come from Geshur? it had been good for me to have been there

still: now therefore let me see the kings face; and if there be any

iniquity in me, let him kill me.

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14:33 So Joab came to the king, and told him: and when he had called for

Absalom, he came to the king, and bowed himself on his face to the

ground before the king: and the king kissed Absalom.

CHAPTER 15

15:1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots

and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

15:2 And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate:

and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to

the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of

what city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes

of Israel.

15:3 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right;

but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.

15:4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that

every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I

would do him justice!

15:5 And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do him

obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him.

15:6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king

for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

15:7 And it came to pass after forty years, that Absalom said unto the

king, I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed

unto the LORD, in Hebron.

15:8 For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria,

saying, If the LORD shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then

I will serve the LORD.

15:9 And the king said unto him, Go in peace. So he arose, and went to

Hebron.

15:10 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying,

As soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall say,

Absalom reigneth in Hebron.

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15:11 And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that

were called; and they went in their simplicity, and they knew not

any thing.

15:12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, Davids

counsellor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered

sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased

continually with Absalom.

15:13 And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the

men of Israel are after Absalom.

15:14 And David said unto all his servants that were with him at

Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from

Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and

bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.

15:15 And the kings servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants

are ready to do whatsoever my Lord the king shall appoint.

15:16 And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And the

king left ten women, which were concubines, to keep the house.

15:17 And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and tarried in

a place that was far off.

15:18 And all his servants passed on beside him; and all the Cherethites,

and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men which

came after him from Gath, passed on before the king.

15:19 Then said the king to Ittai the Gittite, Wherefore goest thou also

with us? return to thy place, and abide with the king: for thou art a

stranger, and also an exile.

15:20 Whereas thou camest but yesterday, should I this day make thee

go up and down with us? seeing I go whither I may, return thou,

and take back thy brethren: mercy and truth be with thee.

15:21 And Ittai answered the king, and said, As the LORD liveth, and as

my Lord the king liveth, surely in what place my Lord the king

shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will thy servant

be.

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15:22 And David said to Ittai, Go and pass over. And Ittai the Gittite

passed over, and all his men, and all the little ones that were with

him.

15:23 And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people

passed over: the king also himself passed over the brook Kidron,

and all the people passed over, toward the way of the wilderness.

15:24 And lo Zadok also, and all the Levites were with him, bearing the

ark of the covenant of God: and they set down the ark of God; and

Abiathar went up, until all the people had done passing out of the

city.

15:25 And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the

city: if I shall find favor in the eyes of the LORD, he will bring me

again, and shew me both it, and his habitation:

15:26 But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee; behold, here am I, let

him do to me as seemeth good unto him.

15:27 The king said also unto Zadok the priest, Art not thou a seer?

return into the city in peace, and your two sons with you,

Ahimaaz thy son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar.

15:28 See, I will tarry in the plain of the wilderness, until there come

word from you to certify me.

15:29 Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God again to

Jerusalem: and they tarried there.

15:30 And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he

went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and all

the people that was with him covered every man his head, and

they went up, weeping as they went up.

15:31 And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators

with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn the

counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.

15:32 And it came to pass, that when David was come to the top of the

mount, where he worshipped God, behold, Hushai the Archite

came to meet him with his coat rent, and earth upon his head:

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15:33 Unto whom David said, If thou passest on with me, then thou

shalt be a burden unto me:

15:34 But if thou return to the city, and say unto Absalom, I will be thy

servant, O king; as I have been thy fathers servant hitherto, so will

I now also be thy servant: then mayest thou for me defeat the

counsel of Ahithophel.

15:35 And hast thou not there with thee Zadok and Abiathar the priests?

therefore it shall be, that what thing soever thou shalt hear out of

the kings house, thou shalt tell it to Zadok and Abiathar the

priests.

15:36 Behold, they have there with them their two sons, Ahimaaz

Zadok’s son, and Jonathan Abiathars son; and by them ye shall

send unto me every thing that ye can hear.

15:37 So Hushai Davids friend came into the city, and Absalom came

into Jerusalem.

CHAPTER 16

16:1 And when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba

the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses

saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and an

hundred bunches of raisins, and an hundred of summer fruits, and a

bottle of wine.

16:2 And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And

Ziba said, The asses be for the kings household to ride on; and the

bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine,

that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink.

16:3 And the king said, And where is thy masters son? And Ziba said

unto the king, Behold, he abideth at Jerusalem: for he said, To day

shall the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father.

16:4 Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are all that pertained unto

Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee that I may

find grace in thy sight, my Lord, O king.

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16:5 And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a

man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei,

the son of Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came.

16:6 And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king David:

and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand

and on his left.

16:7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou

bloody man, and thou man of Belial:

16:8 The LORD hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of

Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the LORD hath

delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and,

behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody

man.

16:9 Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king, Why should

this dead dog curse my Lord the king? let me go over, I pray thee,

and take off his head.

16:10 And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of

Zeruiah? so let him curse, because the LORD hath said unto him,

Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so?

16:11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son,

which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more

now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for

the LORD hath bidden him.

16:12 It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that the

LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.

16:13 And as David and his men went by the way, Shimei went along on

the hills side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw

stones at him, and cast dust.

16:14 And the king, and all the people that were with him, came weary,

and refreshed themselves there.

16:15 And Absalom, and all the people the men of Israel, came to

Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him.

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16:16 And it came to pass, when Hushai the Archite, David’s friend, was

come unto Absalom, that Hushai said unto Absalom, God save the

king, God save the king.

16:17 And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this thy kindness to thy friend?

why wentest thou not with thy friend?

16:18 And Hushai said unto Absalom, Nay; but whom the LORD, and

this people, and all the men of Israel, choose, his will I be, and with

him will I abide.

16:19 And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence

of his son? as I have served in thy father’s presence, so will I be in

thy presence.

16:20 Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what

we shall do.

16:21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy fathers

concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel

shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands

of all that are with thee be strong.

16:22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and

Absalom went in unto his fathers concubines in the sight of all

Israel.

16:23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days,

was as if a man had enquired at the oracle of God: so was all the

counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.

CHAPTER 17

17:1 Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out

twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this

night:

17:2 And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and

will make him afraid: and all the people that are with him shall flee;

and I will smite the king only:

17:3 And I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou

seekest is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace.

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17:4 And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.

17:5 Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Archite also, and let us

hear likewise what he saith.

17:6 And when Hushai was come to Absalom, Absalom spake unto

him, saying, Ahithophel hath spoken after this manner: shall we do

after his saying? if not; speak thou.

17:7 And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel hath

given is not good at this time.

17:8 For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy father and his men, that they

be mighty men, and they be chafed in their minds, as a bear robbed

of her whelps in the field: and thy father is a man of war, and will

not lodge with the people.

17:9 Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or in some other place: and it

will come to pass, when some of them be overthrown at the first,

that whosoever heareth it will say, There is a slaughter among the

people that follow Absalom.

17:10 And he also that is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion,

shall utterly melt: for all Israel knoweth that thy father is a mighty

man, and they which be with him are valiant men.

17:11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered unto thee,

from Dan even to Beersheba, as the sand that is by the sea for

multitude; and that thou go to battle in thine own person.

17:12 So shall we come upon him in some place where he shall be found,

and we will light upon him as the dew falleth on the ground: and of

him and of all the men that are with him there shall not be left so

much as one.

17:13 Moreover, if he be gotten into a city, then shall all Israel bring

ropes to that city, and we will draw it into the river, until there be

not one small stone found there.

17:14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai

the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the

LORD had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to

the intent that the LORD might bring evil upon Absalom.

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17:15 Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, Thus

and thus did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel;

and thus and thus have I counselled.

17:16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this

night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest

the king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with him.

17:17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by Enrogel; for they might not

be seen to come into the city: and a wench went and told them; and

they went and told king David.

17:18 Nevertheless a lad saw them, and told Absalom: but they went

both of them away quickly, and came to a mans house in Bahurim,

which had a well in his court; whither they went down.

17:19 And the woman took and spread a covering over the well’s mouth,

and spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not known.

17:20 And when Absaloms servants came to the woman to the house,

they said, Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said

unto them, They be gone over the brook of water. And when they

had sought and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.

17:21 And it came to pass, after they were departed, that they came up

out of the well, and went and told king David, and said unto David,

Arise, and pass quickly over the water: for thus hath Ahithophel

counselled against you.

17:22 Then David arose, and all the people that were with him, and they

passed over Jordan: by the morning light there lacked not one of

them that was not gone over Jordan.

17:23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he

saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his

city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died,

and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.

17:24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over Jordan,

he and all the men of Israel with him.

17:25 And Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of Joab:

which Amasa was a mans son, whose name was Ithra an Israelite,

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that went in to Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah

Joabs mother.

17:26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land of Gilead.

17:27 And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim, that

Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and

Machir the son of Ammiel of Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gileadite

of Rogelim,

17:28 Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and

barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and

parched pulse,

17:29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David,

and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The

people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

CHAPTER 18

18:1 And David numbered the people that were with him, and set

captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds over them.

18:2 And David sent forth a third part of the people under the hand of

Joab, and a third part under the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah,

Joab’s brother, and a third part under the hand of Ittai the Gittite.

And the king said unto the people, I will surely go forth with you

myself also.

18:3 But the people answered, Thou shalt not go forth: for if we flee

away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us die, will they

care for us: but now thou art worth ten thousand of us: therefore

now it is better that thou succor us out of the city.

18:4 And the king said unto them, What seemeth you best I will do.

And the king stood by the gate side, and all the people came out by

hundreds and by thousands.

18:5 And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal

gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom. And

all the people heard when the king gave all the captains charge

concerning Absalom.

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18:6 So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the battle

was in the wood of Ephraim;

18:7 Where the people of Israel were slain before the servants of David,

and there was there a great slaughter that day of twenty thousand

men.

18:8 For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country:

and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword

devoured.

18:9 And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon

a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak,

and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between

the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went

away.

18:10 And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw

Absalom hanged in an oak.

18:11 And Joab said unto the man that told him, And, behold, thou

sawest him, and why didst thou not smite him there to the ground?

and I would have given thee ten shekels of silver, and a girdle.

18:12 And the man said unto Joab, Though I should receive a thousand

shekels of silver in mine hand, yet would I not put forth mine hand

against the kings son: for in our hearing the king charged thee and

Abishai and Ittai, saying, Beware that none touch the young man

Absalom.

18:13 Otherwise I should have wrought falsehood against mine own life:

for there is no matter hid from the king, and thou thyself wouldest

have set thyself against me.

18:14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three

darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom,

while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.

18:15 And ten young men that bare Joabs armor compassed about and

smote Absalom, and slew him.

18:16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from pursuing

after Israel: for Joab held back the people.

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18:17 And they took Absalom, and cast him into a great pit in the wood,

and laid a very great heap of stones upon him: and all Israel fled

every one to his tent.

18:18 Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a

pillar, which is in the kings dale: for he said, I have no son to keep

my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own

name: and it is called unto this day, Absaloms place.

18:19 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear

the king tidings, how that the LORD hath avenged him of his

enemies.

18:20 And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt not bear tidings this day, but

thou shalt bear tidings another day: but this day thou shalt bear no

tidings, because the kings son is dead.

18:21 Then said Joab to Cushi, Go tell the king what thou hast seen. And

Cushi bowed himself unto Joab, and ran.

18:22 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet again to Joab, But

howsoever, let me, I pray thee, also run after Cushi. And Joab said,

Wherefore wilt thou run, my son, seeing that thou hast no tidings

ready?

18:23 But howsoever, said he, let me run. And he said unto him, Run.

Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and overran Cushi.

18:24 And David sat between the two gates: and the watchman went up

to the roof over the gate unto the wall, and lifted up his eyes, and

looked, and behold a man running alone.

18:25 And the watchman cried, and told the king. And the king said, If he

be alone, there is tidings in his mouth. And he came apace, and

drew near.

18:26 And the watchman saw another man running: and the watchman

called unto the porter, and said, Behold another man running alone.

And the king said, He also bringeth tidings.

18:27 And the watchman said, Me thinketh the running of the foremost

is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king said,

He is a good man, and cometh with good tidings.

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18:28 And Ahimaaz called, and said unto the king, All is well. And he fell

down to the earth upon his face before the king, and said, Blessed

be the LORD thy God, which hath delivered up the men that lifted

up their hand against my Lord the king.

18:29 And the king said, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Ahimaaz

answered, When Joab sent the king’s servant, and me thy servant, I

saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it was.

18:30 And the king said unto him, Turn aside, and stand here. And he

turned aside, and stood still.

18:31 And, behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, Tidings, my Lord the

king: for the LORD hath avenged thee this day of all them that rose

up against thee.

18:32 And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe?

And Cushi answered, The enemies of my Lord the king, and all

that rise against thee to do thee hurt, be as that young man is.

18:33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over

the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son

Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for

thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!

CHAPTER 19

19:1 And it was told Joab, Behold, the king weepeth and mourneth for

Absalom.

19:2 And the victory that day was turned into mourning unto all the

people: for the people heard say that day how the king was grieved

for his son.

19:3 And the people gat them by stealth that day into the city, as

people being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.

19:4 But the king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice,

O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!

19:5 And Joab came into the house to the king, and said, Thou hast

shamed this day the faces of all thy servants, which this day have

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saved thy life, and the lives of thy sons and of thy daughters, and

the lives of thy wives, and the lives of thy concubines;

19:6 In that thou lovest thine enemies, and hatest thy friends. For thou

hast declared this day, that thou regardest neither princes nor

servants: for this day I perceive, that if Absalom had lived, and all

we had died this day, then it had pleased thee well.

19:7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak comfortably unto thy

servants: for I swear by the LORD, if thou go not forth, there will

not tarry one with thee this night: and that will be worse unto thee

than all the evil that befell thee from thy youth until now.

19:8 Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. And they told unto all the

people, saying, Behold, the king doth sit in the gate. And all the

people came before the king: for Israel had fled every man to his

tent.

19:9 And all the people were at strife throughout all the tribes of Israel,

saying, The king saved us out of the hand of our enemies, and he

delivered us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now he is fled

out of the land for Absalom.

19:10 And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now

therefore why speak ye not a word of bringing the king back?

19:11 And king David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying,

Speak unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why are ye the last to

bring the king back to his house? seeing the speech of all Israel is

come to the king, even to his house.

19:12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and my flesh: wherefore then

are ye the last to bring back the king?

19:13 And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not of my bone, and of my flesh?

God do so to me, and more also, if thou be not captain of the host

before me continually in the room of Joab.

19:14 And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as the heart

of one man; so that they sent this word unto the king, Return thou,

and all thy servants.

19:15 So the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah came to

Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over Jordan.

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19:16 And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was of Bahurim,

hasted and came down with the men of Judah to meet king David.

19:17 And there were a thousand men of Benjamin with him, and Ziba

the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his

twenty servants with him; and they went over Jordan before the

king.

19:18 And there went over a ferry boat to carry over the kings

household, and to do what he thought good. And Shimei the son of

Gera fell down before the king, as he was come over Jordan;

19:19 And said unto the king, Let not my Lord impute iniquity unto me,

neither do thou remember that which thy servant did perversely

the day that my Lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king

should take it to his heart.

19:20 For thy servant doth know that I have sinned: therefore, behold, I

am come the first this day of all the house of Joseph to go down to

meet my Lord the king.

19:21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not Shimei

be put to death for this, because he cursed the LORD’s anointed?

19:22 And David said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah,

that ye should this day be adversaries unto me? shall there any

man be put to death this day in Israel? for do not I know that I am

this day king over Israel?

19:23 Therefore the king said unto Shimei, Thou shalt not die. And the

king swear unto him.

19:24 And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king,

and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed

his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came

again in peace.

19:25 And it came to pass, when he was come to Jerusalem to meet the

king, that the king said unto him, Wherefore wentest not thou with

me, Mephibosheth?

19:26 And he answered, My Lord, O king, my servant deceived me: for

thy servant said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride thereon,

and go to the king; because thy servant is lame.

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19:27 And he hath slandered thy servant unto my Lord the king; but my

Lord the king is as an angel of God: do therefore what is good in

thine eyes.

19:28 For all of my fathers house were but dead men before my Lord the

king: yet didst thou set thy servant among them that did eat at

thine own table. What right therefore have I yet to cry any more

unto the king?

19:29 And the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any more of thy

matters? I have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land.

19:30 And Mephibosheth said unto the king, Yea, let him take all,

forasmuch as my Lord the king is come again in peace unto his own

house.

19:31 And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim, and went

over Jordan with the king, to conduct him over Jordan.

19:32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even fourscore years old: and

he had provided the king of sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim;

for he was a very great man.

19:33 And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thou over with me, and I

will feed thee with me in Jerusalem.

19:34 And Barzillai said unto the king, How long have I to live, that I

should go up with the king unto Jerusalem?

19:35 I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern between good

and evil? can thy servant taste what I eat or what I drink? can I

hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women?

wherefore then should thy servant be yet a burden unto my Lord

the king?

19:36 Thy servant will go a little way over Jordan with the king: and

why should the king recompense it me with such a reward?

19:37 Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again, that I may die in mine

own city, and be buried by the grave of my father and of my

mother. But behold thy servant Chimham; let him go over with my

Lord the king; and do to him what shall seem good unto thee.

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19:38 And the king answered, Chimham shall go over with me, and I will

do to him that which shall seem good unto thee: and whatsoever

thou shalt require of me, that will I do for thee.

19:39 And all the people went over Jordan. And when the king was come

over, the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and he returned

unto his own place.

19:40 Then the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimham went on with him:

and all the people of Judah conducted the king, and also half the

people of Israel.

19:41 And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said unto

the king, Why have our brethren the men of Judah stolen thee

away, and have brought the king, and his household, and all

Davids men with him, over Jordan?

19:42 And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the

king is near of kin to us: wherefore then be ye angry for this

matter? have we eaten at all of the king’s cost? or hath he given us

any gift?

19:43 And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We

have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in David

than ye: why then did ye despise us, that our advice should not be

first had in bringing back our king? And the words of the men of

Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.

CHAPTER 20

20:1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was

Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and

said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the

son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.

20:2 So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed

Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king,

from Jordan even to Jerusalem.

20:3 And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the

ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house,

and put them in ward, and fed them, but went not in unto them. So

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they were shut up unto the day of their death, living in

widowhood.

20:4 Then said the king to Amasa, Assemble me the men of Judah

within three days, and be thou here present.

20:5 So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: but he tarried longer

than the set time which he had appointed him.

20:6 And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do

us more harm than did Absalom: take thou thy lord’s servants, and

pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape us.

20:7 And there went out after him Joabs men, and the Cherethites, and

the Pelethites, and all the mighty men: and they went out of

Jerusalem, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.

20:8 When they were at the great stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa went

before them. And Joab’s garment that he had put on was girded

unto him, and upon it a girdle with a sword fastened upon his loins

in the sheath thereof; and as he went forth it fell out.

20:9 And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou in health, my brother? And Joab

took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him.

20:10 But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joabs hand: so

he smote him therewith in the fifth rib, and shed out his bowels to

the ground, and struck him not again; and he died. So Joab and

Abishai his brother pursued after Sheba the son of Bichri.

20:11 And one of Joabs men stood by him, and said, He that favoreth

Joab, and he that is for David, let him go after Joab.

20:12 And Amasa wallowed in blood in the midst of the highway. And

when the man saw that all the people stood still, he removed

Amasa out of the highway into the field, and cast a cloth upon him,

when he saw that every one that came by him stood still.

20:13 When he was removed out of the highway, all the people went on

after Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.

20:14 And he went through all the tribes of Israel unto Abel, and to

Bethmaachah, and all the Berites: and they were gathered together,

and went also after him.

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20:15 And they came and besieged him in Abel of Bethmaachah, and they

cast up a bank against the city, and it stood in the trench: and all

the people that were with Joab battered the wall, to throw it down.

20:16 Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray

you, unto Joab, Come near hither, that I may speak with thee.

20:17 And when he was come near unto her, the woman said, Art thou

Joab? And he answered, I am he. Then she said unto him, Hear the

words of thine handmaid. And he answered, I do hear.

20:18 Then she spake, saying, They were wont to speak in old time,

saying, They shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended

the matter.

20:19 I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: thou

seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou

swallow up the inheritance of the LORD?

20:20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I

should swallow up or destroy.

20:21 The matter is not so: but a man of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son

of Bichri by name, hath lifted up his hand against the king, even

against David: deliver him only, and I will depart from the city.

And the woman said unto Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown

to thee over the wall.

20:22 Then the woman went unto all the people in her wisdom. And

they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast it out to

Joab. And he blew a trumpet, and they retired from the city, every

man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king.

20:23 Now Joab was over all the host of Israel: and Benaiah the son of

Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites:

20:24 And Adoram was over the tribute: and Jehoshaphat the son of

Ahilud was recorder:

20:25 And Sheva was scribe: and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests:

20:26 And Ira also the Jairite was a chief ruler about David.

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CHAPTER 21

21:1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year

after year; and David enquired of the LORD. And the LORD

answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew

the Gibeonites.

21:2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the

Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of

the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them: and

Saul sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of Israel and

Judah.)

21:3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for

you? and wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless

the inheritance of the LORD?

21:4 And the Gibeonites said unto him, We will have no silver nor gold

of Saul, nor of his house; neither for us shalt thou kill any man in

Israel. And he said, What ye shall say, that will I do for you.

21:5 And they answered the king, The man that consumed us, and that

devised against us that we should be destroyed from remaining in

any of the coasts of Israel,

21:6 Let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang

them up unto the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD did

choose. And the king said, I will give them.

21:7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of

Saul, because of the LORD’s oath that was between them, between

David and Jonathan the son of Saul.

21:8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah,

whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five

sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for

Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite:

21:9 And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they

hanged them in the hill before the LORD: and they fell all seven

together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first

days, in the beginning of barley harvest.

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21:10 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for

her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water

dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of

the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night.

21:11 And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the

concubine of Saul, had done.

21:12 And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of

Jonathan his son from the men of Jabeshgilead, which had stolen

them from the street of Bethshan, where the Philistines had hanged

them, when the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa:

21:13 And he brought up from thence the bones of Saul and the bones of

Jonathan his son; and they gathered the bones of them that were

hanged.

21:14 And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the

country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father:

and they performed all that the king commanded. And after that

God was intreated for the land.

21:15 Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David

went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the

Philistines: and David waxed faint.

21:16 And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of

whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he

being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David.

21:17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succored him, and smote the

Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David swear unto him,

saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou

quench not the light of Israel.

21:18 And it came to pass after this, that there was again a battle with

the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Saph,

which was of the sons of the giant.

21:19 And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where

Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of

Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver’s

beam.

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21:20 And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great

stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six

toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant.

21:21 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the

brother of David slew him.

21:22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of

David, and by the hand of his servants.

CHAPTER 22

22:1 And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the

day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his

enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:

22:2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my

deliverer;

22:3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the

horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my savior;

thou savest me from violence.

22:4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be

saved from mine enemies.

22:5 When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly

men made me afraid;

22:6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death

prevented me;

22:7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and

he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into

his ears.

22:8 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven

moved and shook, because he was wroth.

22:9 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his

mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

22:10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was

under his feet.

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22:11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the

wings of the wind.

22:12 And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and

thick clouds of the skies.

22:13 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.

22:14 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his

voice.

22:15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and

discomfited them.

22:16 And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world

were discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the

breath of his nostrils.

22:17 He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;

22:18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated

me: for they were too strong for me.

22:19 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was

my stay.

22:20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me,

because he delighted in me.

22:21 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according

to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

22:22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly

departed from my God.

22:23 For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did

not depart from them.

22:24 I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine

iniquity.

22:25 Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my

righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight.

22:26 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the

upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.

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22:27 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward

thou wilt shew thyself unsavory.

22:28 And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon

the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.

22:29 For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my

darkness.

22:30 For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped

over a wall.

22:31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he

is a buckler to all them that trust in him.

22:32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our

God?

22:33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.

22:34 He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet: and setteth me upon my high

places.

22:35 He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by

mine arms.

22:36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy

gentleness hath made me great.

22:37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not

slip.

22:38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not

again until I had consumed them.

22:39 And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could

not arise: yea, they are fallen under my feet.

22:40 For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up

against me hast thou subdued under me.

22:41 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies, that I might

destroy them that hate me.

22:42 They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the LORD,

but he answered them not.

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22:43 Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp

them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad.

22:44 Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou

hast kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not

shall serve me.

22:45 Strangers shall submit themselves unto me: as soon as they hear,

they shall be obedient unto me.

22:46 Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of their close

places.

22:47 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God

of the rock of my salvation.

22:48 It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people

under me.

22:49 And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted

me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast

delivered me from the violent man.

22:50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the

heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.

22:51 He is the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his

anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.

CHAPTER 23

23:1 Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said,

and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of

Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,

23:2 The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my

tongue.

23:3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that

ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

23:4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth,

even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of

the earth by clear shining after rain.

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23:5 Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me

an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all

my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.

23:6 But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away,

because they cannot be taken with hands:

23:7 But the man that shall touch them must be fenced with iron and the

staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the

same place.

23:8 These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The

Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same

was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred,

whom he slew at one time.

23:9 And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the

three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that

were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were

gone away:

23:10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and

his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great

victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.

23:11 And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the

Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece

of ground full of lentiles: and the people fled from the Philistines.

23:12 But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew

the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.

23:13 And three of the thirty chief went down, and came to David in the

harvest time unto the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the

Philistines pitched in the valley of Rephaim.

23:14 And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines

was then in Bethlehem.

23:15 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of

the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!

23:16 And the three mighty men brake through the host of the

Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was

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by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he

would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD.

23:17 And he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this: is

not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives?

therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three

mighty men.

23:18 And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief

among three. And he lifted up his spear against three hundred, and

slew them, and had the name among three.

23:19 Was he not most honorable of three? therefore he was their

captain: howbeit he attained not unto the first three.

23:20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of

Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of

Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in

time of snow:

23:21 And he slew an Egyptian, a goodly man: and the Egyptian had a

spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and

plucked the spear out of the Egyptians hand, and slew him with

his own spear.

23:22 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name

among three mighty men.

23:23 He was more honorable than the thirty, but he attained not to the

first three. And David set him over his guard.

23:24 Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son

of Dodo of Bethlehem,

23:25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,

23:26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,

23:27 Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,

23:28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,

23:29 Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai out

of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,

23:30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,

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23:31 Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,

23:32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,

23:33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite,

23:34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the

son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,

23:35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,

23:36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,

23:37 Zelek the Ammonite, Nahari the Beerothite, armorbearer to Joab

the son of Zeruiah,

23:38 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite,

23:39 Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.

CHAPTER 24

24:1 And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he

moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.

24:2 For the king said to Joab the captain of the host, which was with

him, Go now through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan even to

Beersheba, and number ye the people, that I may know the number

of the people.

24:3 And Joab said unto the king, Now the LORD thy God add unto

the people, how many soever they be, an hundredfold, and that the

eyes of my Lord the king may see it: but why doth my Lord the

king delight in this thing?

24:4 Notwithstanding the kings word prevailed against Joab, and

against the captains of the host. And Joab and the captains of the

host went out from the presence of the king, to number the people

of Israel.

24:5 And they passed over Jordan, and pitched in Aroer, on the right

side of the city that lieth in the midst of the river of Gad, and

toward Jazer:

24:6 Then they came to Gilead, and to the land of Tahtimhodshi; and

they came to Danjaan, and about to Zidon,

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24:7 And came to the strong hold of Tyre, and to all the cities of the

Hivites, and of the Canaanites: and they went out to the south of

Judah, even to Beersheba.

24:8 So when they had gone through all the land, they came to

Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.

24:9 And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the people unto the

king: and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men

that drew the sword; and the men of Judah were five hundred

thousand men.

24:10 And Davids heart smote him after that he had numbered the

people. And David said unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in

that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O LORD, take away the

iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.

24:11 For when David was up in the morning, the word of the LORD

came unto the prophet Gad, Davids seer, saying,

24:12 Go and say unto David, Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee three

things; choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.

24:13 So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven

years of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three

months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there

be three days pestilence in thy land? now advise, and see what

answer I shall return to him that sent me.

24:14 And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into

the hand of the LORD; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall

into the hand of man.

24:15 So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even

to the time appointed: and there died of the people from Dan even

to Beersheba seventy thousand men.

24:16 And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to

destroy it, the LORD repented him of the evil, and said to the

angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand.

And the angel of the LORD was by the threshingplace of Araunah

the Jebusite.

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24:17 And David spake unto the LORD when he saw the angel that

smote the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done

wickedly: but these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I

pray thee, be against me, and against my father’s house.

24:18 And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go up, rear

an altar unto the LORD in the threshing floor of Araunah the

Jebusite.

24:19 And David, according to the saying of Gad, went up as the LORD

commanded.

24:20 And Araunah looked, and saw the king and his servants coming on

toward him: and Araunah went out, and bowed himself before the

king on his face upon the ground.

24:21 And Araunah said, Wherefore is my Lord the king come to his

servant? And David said, To buy the threshingfloor of thee, to

build an altar unto the LORD, that the plague may be stayed from

the people.

24:22 And Araunah said unto David, Let my Lord the king take and offer

up what seemeth good unto him: behold, here be oxen for burnt

sacrifice, and threshing instruments and other instruments of the

oxen for wood.

24:23 All these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king. And

Araunah said unto the king, The LORD thy God accept thee.

24:24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of

thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD

my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the

threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

24:25 And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt

offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the

land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.