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Absalom slain by Joab. CHAP. XVIII. Tidings of Absalom's death. 28) Thou art worth ten thousand of us : there- a very great heap of stones upon him sore now it is better that thou succour us and all Israel fled every one to his tent. out of the city.

18 | Now Absalom in his life-time had 4 And the king said unto them, What taken and reared up for himself a pillar, seemeth you best I will do. And the which is in the king's dale : for he said, king stood by the gate side, and all the I have no son to keep my name in repeople came out by hundreds and by membrance : and he called the pillar thousands.

after his own name : and it is called 5 And the king commanded Joab and unto this day, Absalom's place. Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for 19 I Then said Ahimaaz the son of my sake with the young man, even 'with Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the Absalom. And all the people heard king tidings, how that the Lord hath when the king gave all the captains avenged him of his enemies. charge concerning Absalom.

20 And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt 6 Ý So the people went out into the not bear tidings this day, but thou shalt field against Israel: and the battle was bear tidings another day : but this day in the wood of Ephraim ;

thou shalt bear no tidings, because the 7 Where the people of Israel were king's son is dead. slain before the servants of David, and 21 Then said Joab to Cushi, Go, tell there was there a great slaughter that the king what thou hast seen. And day of twenty thousand men,

Cushi bowed himself unto Joab, and ran. & For the battle was there scattered 22 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zaover the face of all the country: and the dok yet again to Joab, but howsoever, wood devoured more people that day let me, I pray thee, also run after Cushi. than the sword devoured.

And Joab said, Wherefore wilt thou run, 99 And Absalom met the servants of my son, seeing that thou hast no tidings David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, ready? and the mule went under the thick 23 But howsoever, said he, let me run. boughs of a great oak, and his head And he said unto him, run. Then Ahicaught hold of the oak, and he was taken maaz ran by the way of the plain, and up between the heaven and the earth ; overran Cushi. and the mule that was under him went

24 And David sat between the two away.

gates : and the watchman went up to 10 And a certain man saw it, and told the roof over the gate unto the wall, and Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold hanged in an oak.

a man running alone. 11 And Joab said unto the man that 25 And the watchman cried, and told told him, And behold, thou sawest him, || the king. And the king said, If he be and why didst thou not smite him there || alone there is tidings in his mouth. to the ground ? and I would have given | And he came apace, and drew near, thee ten shekels of silver, and a girdle. 26 And the watchman saw another

12 And the man said upto Joab, Though man running : and the watchman called I should receive a thousand shekels of sil- unto the porter, and said, Behold another ver in mine hand, yet would I not put man running alone. And the king said, forth mine hand against the king's son : He also bringeth tidings. for in our hearing the king charged thee 27 And the watchman said, Methinkand Abishai and Ittai, saying, Beware | eth the running of the foremost is like the that none touch the young man Absalom. | running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok.

13 Otherwise I should have wrought and the king said, He is a good mal, falsehood against mine own life: for there and cometh with good tidings. is no matter hid from the king, and thou 28 And Ahimaaz calied, and said unto thyself wouldest have set thyself against the king, All is well. And he fell down me.

to the earth upon his face before the king, 14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry and said, Blessed be the Lord tiny Gol, thus with thce. And he took three darts which hath delivered up the men that in his hand, and thrust them through the lifted up their hand against my lord the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive king. in the midst of the oak.

29 And the king said, Is tlie young 15 And ten young men that bare Jnab's man Absalom safe? And Ahimaaz anarmour compassed about and smote Ab- swered, When Joab sent the king's sersalom, and slew him.

vant, and me diy servant, I saw a great 16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and tumult, but I knew not what it was. the people returned from pursuing after 30 And the king said unto him, Thun Israel : for Joab held back the people. aside, and stand here. And he turned

17 And they took Absalom, and cast aside, and stood still. kim into a great pit in the wood, and laid 31 Aud behoid, Cushi came; and Cush

284 David mourneth for Absalom. II. SAMUEL.

Shimei pardoned said, Tidings, my lord the king: for tho 10 And Absaloin, whom we anointed' LORD hath avenged thee this day of all over 11s, is dead in battle. Now therefore them that rose up against thee.

why scak ye not a word of bringing the 32 And the king said unto Cushi, 18 | king back ? the young man Absalom safe? And Cu- ii | And king David sent to Zadok shi answered, The enemies of my lord and to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak the king, and all that rise against thee to unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why do thee hurt, be as that young man is. are ye the last to bring the king back to

33 9 And the king was much moved, his house? seeing the speech of all Israel and went up to the chamber over the is come to the king, even to his house. gate, and went: and as he went, thus he 12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my said, () my son Absalom, my son, my son bones and my flesh : wherefore then are Absalom :' would God I had died for thee, ye the last to bring back the king? O Absalom, my son, my son !

13 And say ye to Amasa, Ari thou not CHAP. XIX.

of my bone, and of my flesh ? God do so 1 Joab causeth the king tocease hismourn to me, and more also, if thou be not caping. 9 The Israelites bring the king back. tain of the host before me continually in 11 David sendeth to the firiests to incite the room of Joab.

them of Judah. 16 Shimci is fardoned. 14 And he bowed the heart of all the Abnait was told Joab, Behold, the men of Judah, even as the heart of one

king weepcth and mourneti for man; so that they sent this word unto the Absalom.

king, Return thou, and all thy servants. 2 And the victory that day was turned 15 So the king returned, and came to into mourning unto all the people : for Jordan. And Judalı came to Gilgal, to the people heard say that day how the go to meet the king, to conduct the king king was grieved for his son.

over Jordan. 3 And the people gat them by stealth 16 f And Shimei the son of Gera, a that day into the city, as people being Benjamite, wlich was of Bahurim, hasted ashamed steal away when they flee in and came down with the men of Judah to battle.

meet king David. 4 But the king covered his face, and 17 And there were a thousand men of the king cried with a loud voice, () my Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant son Absalom, Absalom, my son, my son! of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons

5 And Joab came into the house to the and his twenty servants with him ; and king, and said, Thou hast shamed this day they went over Jordan before the king. the faces of all thy servants, which this 13 And there went over a ferry boat day have saved thy life, and the lives of to carry over the king's household, and thy sons and of thy daughters, and the to do what he thought good. And Shimlives of tły wives, and the lives of thy ei the son of Gera fell down before the concubines,

kug, as lie was come over Jordan : 6 In that thou lovest thine enemies, 19 And said unto the king, Let not my and hatest thy friends. For thou hast lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do declared this day, that thou regardest thou remember that which thy servant neither princes nor servants : for iis day || did perversely the day that my lord the I perceive, that if Absalon had lived, and king went out of Jerusalem, that the king all we had died this day, then it had pleas- should take it to his lieart. cd thee well.

20 For tliy servant doth know that I 7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and have sinned': therefore behold, I am speak comfortably unto thy servants : for come the first tliis day of all the house of I swear by the LORD, if thou go not forti, Joseph to go down to mect my lord the there will not tarry one with thee this king: night: and that will be worse unto thee 21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah anthan all the evil that befel thee from thyswered and said, Shall not Shimei be put youth until now.

to death fir this, because he cursed the 8 Then the king rose, and sat in the Lord's anointed ? mate. And they told unto all the people, 22 And David said, What have I to do saying, Behold, the king doth sit in the with you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye gate. And all the people came before should this day be adversaries unto me? the king : for Israel had fled every man shall there any man be put to death this to his tent.

day in Israel? for do not I know that I 9 And all the people were at strise an this day king over Israel? throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, 23 Therefore the king said unto ShimThe king saved us out of the hand of our ei, Thou shalt not die. And thic king encinies, and he delivered us out of the sware unto him. hand of the Philistines; and now he is 24 ff And Mephibosheth the son of Saul Red out of the land for Absalom.

came down to meet the king, and had

any gift ?

David returneth to Jerusalem. Cmap. xx.

Rebellion of Shebu. 285 neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his and whatsoever thou shalt require of me, beard, nor washed his clothes, from the that will I do for thee. day the king departed until the day he 39 And all the people went over Jorcame again in peace.

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

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

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

42 And all the men of Judah answered 28 For all of my father's house were but the men of Israel, Because the king is dead men before my lord the king : yet near of kin to us : wherefore then be ye didst thou set thy servant among them angry for this matter? have we eaten at that did eat at thine own table 'What | all of the king's cost ? or hath he given us right therefore have I yet to cry any more unto the king ?

43. And the men of Israel answered the 29 And the king said unto him, Why men of Judah, and said, We have ten speakest thou any more of thy matters? 1 | parts in the king, and we have also more have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land right in David than ye: why then did ye

30 And Mephibosheth said unto the despise us, that our advice should not be king, Yea, let him take all, forasmuch as first had in bringing back our king? And my lord the king is come again in peace the words of the men of Judah were fiercer unto his own house.

than the words of the men of Israel. 31 | And Barzillai the Gileadite came

CHAP. XX. down from Rogelim, and went over Jor- | 1 Sheba maketh a party in Israel, 4 Andan with the king, to conduct him over asa is slain. 14 Joab pursuoth Shebu Jordan.

unto Abel. 16 A wise woman saveth 32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, the city by Sheba's head. 23 Davids even fourscore years old : and he had pro officers. at Mahanaim : for he was a very great

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Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite ; 33 And the king said unto Barzillai, and he blew a trumpet, and said, We havé Come thou over with me, and I will feed no part in David, neither have we inherthee with me in Jerusalem.

itance in the son of Jesse: every man to 34 And Barzillai said unto the king, his tents, O Israel. How long have I to live, that I should go 2 So every man of Israel went up from up with the king unto Jerusalem ? after David, and followed Sheba the son

35 I am this day fourscore years old : of Bichri : but the men of Judah clave and can I discern between good and evil? unto their king, from Jordan even 10 Jecan thy servant taste what I eat or what I rusalem. drink? can I hear any more the voice of 3 s And David came to his house at Jesinging-men and singing-women? where- || rusalemn; and the king took the ten womfore then should thy servant be yet a bur- en his concubines, whom he had left to den unto my lord the king ?

keep the house, and put them in ward, 36 Thy servant will go a little way over and fed them, but went not in unto then, Jordan with the king and why should So they were shut up unto the day of the king recompense it me with such a their death, living in widowhood. reward?

4 [ Then said the king to Amasa, As37 Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn semble me the men of Judah within three back again, that I may die in mine own days, and be thou here present. city, and be buried by the grave of my fa- 5 So Amasa went to assemble the mer: ther and of my mother. But behold thy of Judah: but lie tarried longer than the servant Chimham ; let him go over with set time which lie had appointer him. my lord the king ; and do to him what 6 And David said to Abishai, Now shall shall seem good unto thee.

Sheba the son of Biciri do us inore barn, 38 And the king answered, Chimham than did Absalom : take t.101 thy lord's shall go over with me, and I will do to servants, and pursue after him, lest he kim that which shall seem good unto thee: Il get him fenced cities, and escape!

286 Anasa is slaini.

H SAMUEL.

Sauľs sons langed. 7 And there went out after him Joal's 20 And Joab answered and said, Far men, and the Cherethites, and the Pele- be it, far be it from me, that I should thites, and all the mighty men: and they swallow up or destroy. went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after 21 The matter is not so: but a man of Sheba the son of Bichri.

mount Ephraim, Slicba the son of Bichri 8 When they were at the great stone by name, hath lifted up his hand against which is in Gibeon, Amasa went before the king, even against David : deliver thein. And Joab’s garment that he had nim only, and I will depart from the city. put on was girded unto him, and upon it and the woman said unto Joab, Behold, a girdle with a sword fastened upon his his head shall be thrown to thee over the loins in the sheath thereof; and as he wall. went forth it fell out.

22 Then the woman went unto all the 9 And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou people in her wisdom. And they cut off in health, my brother? And Joab took the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and Amasa by the beard with the right hand cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumto kiss him.

pet, and they retired from the city, every 10 But Amasa took no heed to the man to his tent. And Joab returned to sword that was in Joab's hand: so he Jerusalem unto the king. smote him therewith in the fifth rib, and 23 | Now Joab was over all the host shed out his bowels to the ground, and of Israel: and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada struck him not again ; and he died. So was over the Cherethites and over the Joab and Abishai his brotlier pursued af Pelethites: ter Sheba the son of Bichri.

24 And Adoram was over the tribute : 11 And one of Joab's men stood by him, and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he recorder : that is for David, let him go after Joab. 25 And Sheva was scribe: and Zadok

12 And Amasa wallowed in blood in and Abiathar were the priests : the midst of the highway. And when me 26 And Ira also the Jairite was a chicf man saw that all the people stood still, he ruler about David. removed Amasa out of the highway into

CHAP. XXI. the field, and cast a cloth upon him, when || 1 The three years famine for the Gibehe saw that every one that came by hiin onites cease, by hanging seven of Saul's stood stiil.

sons. 10 Rizpah's kindness into the 13 When he was removed out of the dead. 12 David burieth the bones of highway, all the people went on after Saul and Jonathan. Joab, to pursus after Sheba the son of Tavid three years, year after year; Bichri.

14 1 And he went through all the | and David inquired of the LORD. And the tribes of Israel unto Abel, and to Beth- | Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his maachah, and all the Berites : and they || bloody house, because he slew the Gibeon: were gathered together, and went also at ites, ter him.

2 And the king called the Gibeonites, 15 And they came and besieged him and said unto them ; (now the Gibeonites in Abel of Beth-maachah, and they cust were not of the children of Israel, but of up a bank against the city, and it stood in the remnant of the Amorites; and the zbie trench: and all the people that were children of Israel lad sworn unto them : vi:h Joab battered the wall, to throw it | and Saul sought to slay them, in his zeal down).

to the children of Israel and Judah.) 16 1 Then cried a wise woman out of 3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibethe city, Ilear, hear ; say, I prly you, onites, Whatshall Įdo foryou? and whereunto Jóah, Come near Withcr, that I inay with shall I make the atonement, that ye Speak with thee.

may bless the inheritance of the LORD? 17 And when he was coide near unto 4 And the Gibeonites said unto him, her, the woman said, Art thou Joab? And We will have no silver nor gold of Saul, lie answered, I am he. Then slie said un- nor of his house ; neither for us shalt thou 10 bim, Hear the words of thic hand- kill any man in Israel. And he said, inaid. And he answered, I do hear. What ye shall say, that will I do for you.

13 Then she spake, saying, They were 5 And they answered theking, The man went to speak in old time, saying, They that consumed us, and that devised against shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so us that we should be destroyed from rechev ended the matter.

maining in any of the coasts of Israel, 19 I am one of them that are peaceable 6 Let seven men of his sons le deliverand faithful in Israel: thou seckest to de- || ed unto us, and we will hang them up stroy a city and a mother in Israel: why unto the Lord in Gibeah of Saul, whom wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the Lord did choose. And the king the LORD

said, I will give them.

Rizpan's kindness unto the dead. CHAP. XXII. David: thanksgiving. 287

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

the staff of whose spear was like a wea8 But the king took the two sons of ver's beam. Rizpah the daugliter of Aiah, whom she 20 And there was yet a battle in Gath, bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibo- where was a man of great stature, that sheth; and the five sons of Michal the had on every hand six fingers, and on evedaughter of Saul, whom she bronght up ry foot six toes, four and twenty in numfor Adriel the son of Barzillai the Me- ber; and he also was born to the giant. holathite :

21 And when he defied Israel, Jona9 And he delivered them into the hands than the son of Shimeah the brother of of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them David slew him. in the hill before the LORD: and they 22 These four were born to the giant fell all seven together, and were put to in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, death in the days of harvest, in the first and by the hand of his servants. days, in the beginning of barley harvest.

CHAP. XXII. 10 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah A psalm of thanksgiving for God's powtook sackcloth, and spread it for her up- erful deliverance, and manifold blessings. on the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out

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words of this song in the day that of heaven, and suffered neither the birds the Lord had delivered him out of the of the air to rest on them by day, nor the hand of all his enemies, and out of the teasts of the field by night.

hand of Saul : 11 And it was told David what Rizpah 2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, tite daughter of Aiah the concubine of and my fortress, and my deliverer; Saul had done.

3 The God of my rock ; in him will I 12 | And David went and took the trust: he is my shield, and the horn of bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan my salvation, my high tower, and my his son from the men of Jabesh-gilead, refuge, my saviour; thou savest me front which had stolen them from the street of violence. Beth-shan, where the Philistines - had 4 I will call on the Lord, who is worhanged them, when the Philistines had thy to be praised : 'so shall I be saved slain Saul in Gilboa :

from mine enemies. 13 And he brought up from thence 5 When the waves of death compassthe banes of Saul and the bones of Jogia ed me, the floods of ungodly men made than his son ; and they gathered the bones me afraid ; of them that were hanged.

6 The sorrows of hell compassed mea14 And the bones of Saul and Jona- || bout; the snarts of death prevented me ; than his son buried they in the country of 7 In my distress I called upon the Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of LORD, and cried to my God: and he dich Kish his father : and they performed all hear my voice out of his temple, and my that the king commanded. And after cry did enter into his ears. that God was entreated for the land. 8 Then the earth shook and trembled :

15 | Moreover, the Philistines had yet the foundations of heaven imoved ane? war again with Israel ; and David went shook, because he was wroth. down, and his servants with him, and 9 There went up a smoke out of his fought against the Philistines: and Da- nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devourrid waxed faint.

ed : coals were kindled by it. 16 And Ishbi-benob, which was of the 10 Hebowed the heavens also, and cams sons of the giant, the weight of whose down; and darkness was under his feet. pear weighed three hundred shekels of 11 And he role upon a cherub, and all brass in weight, he being girded with a fly: and he was seen upon the wings of new sword, thought to have slain David. the wind.

17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah suc- 12 And he made darkness pavilions roured him, and smote the Philistine, and round about him, dark waters, and thick alled him. Then the men of David clouds of the skies. sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go 13 Through the brightness before him no more cut with us to battle, that thou were coals of fire kindled. quench not the light of Israel.

14 The Lord thundered from heavc:). 18 And it came to pass after this, that and the Most High uttered his voice. siere was again a battle with the Philis- 15 And he sent out arrows, and scatterLines at Goh : then Sibbechai the Husha- ed them; lightning, and discomfited them. Shite lew Saph, which toas of time smis of

16 And the channels of the sea appear ed, the foundations of the world verndja...

he giant.

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