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ADavid firovoked to kill Mabal.

7 And now I have heard that thou hast shearers: now thy shepherds which were with us, we hurt them not, neither was there aught missing unto them, all the while they were in Carmel. 8 Ask thy young men, and they will shew thee. Wherefore let the young men find favour in thine eyes: for we come in a good day: give, I pray thee, whatsoever comethto thine hand unto thy servants, and to thy son David. 9 And when David's young men came, they spake to Nabal according to all those words in the name of David, and ceased. . 10 of And Nabal answered David'sservants, and said, Who is David 2 and who is the son of Jesse 2 there be many serwants now-a-days that break away every man from his master. 11 Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, and give it unto men, whom I w not whence they be 2 12 So David's young men turned their way, and went again, and came and told bin all those sayings. 13 And lavid said unto his men, Gird ye on every man his sword. And they - on every man his sword; and avid also girded on his sword: and there went up after David about four hundred men; and two hundred abode by the stuff. 14 But one of the young men told

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igail, Nabal's wife, saying, Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to salute our master; and he railed on them.

15 But the men were very good unto us, and we were not hurt, neither missed we anything, as long as we were conversant with them, when we were in the fields :

16 They were a wall unto us both b night and day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep. 17 Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do: for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him. 18 "Then Abigail made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched corn, and an hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on asses. 19 And she said unto her servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But she told not her husband Nabal. 20 And it was so, as she rode on the ass, that she came down by the covert of the hill, and behold, David and his m$n came down against her; and she met them.

21 § ow David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow hathin the

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wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that fiertained unto him : and he hath requited me evil for 22 So and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave of all that fiertain to him by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.) 23 And when Abigail saw David, she hasted, and lighted off the ass, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the und, 24 And fell at his feet, and said, Upon me, my lord, usion me let this iniquity be: and let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine audience, and hear the words of thine handmaid. 25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he ; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send. 26 Now, therefore, my lord, as the LoRD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the Lord hath withholden thee from .# to shed blood, and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal. 27 And now this blessing which thinc handmaid hath brought unto my lord, let it cven be given unto the young men that follow my ‘. 28 I pray thee, forgive the trespass of thine handmaid: for the Lord will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord § hteth the battles of the LoRD, and evil 5. not been found in thee all thy days. 29 Yet a man is risen to pursue ther, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the Lord thy God ; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling. 30 And it shall come to pass, when the LoRD shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel ; 31 That this shall be no grief unto thee, nor offence of heart unto my lord, either that thou hast shed blood causeless, or that my lord hath avenged himself: but when the Lord shall have dealt well with my lord, then remember thine handmaid. 32 || And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LoRD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me : 33 And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand. 34 For in very deed, as the Lord God of Israel liveth, which hath kept me back from hurting thee, czcept thou hadst hasted and come to meet me, surely there had not been left unto Nabal

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gainst the wall. 35 So David received of her hand that which she had brought him, and said unto her, Go up in peace to thine house; see, I have hearkened to thy voice, and have accepted thy person. 36 || And Abigail came to Nabal; and behold, he helda feast in his house, like the feast of a king ; and Nabal's heart ovas merry within him, for he was very drunken: wherefore she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning light. 37 But it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became as a stone. 38 And it came to pass about ten days after, that the Lord smote Nabal, that he died. 39 || And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be the LoRD, that hath pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and hath kept his servant from evil: for the Lord hath returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head. And David sent and communed with Abigail, to take her to him to wife. 40 And when the servants of David were come to Abigail to Carmel, they spake unto her, saying, David sent us unto thee, to take thee to him to wife. 41 And she arose, and bowed herself on her face to the carth, and said, Behold, let thine handmaid be a servant to wash the fect of the servants of my lord. 42 And Abigail hasted, and arose, and rode upon an ass, with five damsels of hers that went after her ; and she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife. 43 David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; and they were also both of them his wives. 44." But Saul had given Michal his daughter, David's wife, to Phalti the son of Laish, which was of Gallim. CHAP. XXVI. 1 Saul cometh to Hachilah against David. 5, David in the trench stayeth . Thishai from killing Saul, but taketh his shear and cruse. ND the Ziphites came unto Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon? 2 Then Saul arcse, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph. 3 And Saul pitched in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon, by the way. But David abode in the wilderness,

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and he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness. 4 David therefore sent out spies and understood that Saul was come in very deed. 5 || And David arose, and came to the | o where Saul had pitched : and David held the place where Saul lay, and Abner the son of Ner, the captain of his host. And Saul lay in the trench, and the people pitched round about him. 6. Then answered David, and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab, saying, Who will go down with me to Saul to the camp 2 And Abishai said, I will go down with thee. 7 So David and Abishai came to the people by night; and behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his ar stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner and the people lav round about him. 8 Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear, even to the earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time. 9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord's anointed, and be guiltless? 10 David said furthermore, As the LoRD liveth, the Lord shall smite him ; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish. 11 The Lon D forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LoRD's anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go. 12 So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul's bolster-; and they gat them away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked : for they were all asleep; because a deep sleep from the Lord was fallen upon them. 13 || Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of an hill afar off; a great space being between them: 14 And David cried to the people, and to Abner the son of Ner, saying, Answerest thou not, Abner * Then Abner answered and said, Who art thou that criest to the king 2 15 And i,j said to Abner, Art not thou a valiant man? and who is like to thee in Israel 2 wherefore then hast thou not kept thy lord the king 2 for there came one of the people in to destroy the king thv lord. 16 This thing is not good that thou hast d ...As the Lord liveth, ye are worthy to die, because ye have not kept your master the Lord's anointed. And now see where the king's spear is, and

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Saul acknowledgeth his fault.

17 And Saul knew David's voice, and said, Is this thy voice, my son David 2

And David said, It is my voice, my lord, O king. 18 £d he said, Wherefore doth my lord thus pursue after his servant 2 for what have I done 2 or what evil is in mine hand?

19 Now therefore, I pray thee, let my lord the king hear the words of his servant. If the Lord have stirred thee up against me, let him accept an offering : but if they be the children of men, cursed be they before the Lord ; for they have driven me out this day from i. in the inheritance of the LoRD, saying, Go, serve other gods.

20 Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the LoRD: for the king of Israel is come out *::::::::: when one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains.

21 #. said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David : for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly

W. 22 % David answered and said, Behold the king's spear ! and let one of the young men come over and fetch it. 23. The Lord render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness: for the LoRD delivered thee into my hand today, but I would not stretch forth mine against the Lord’s anointed. 24 And behold, as thy life was much set by this day in mine eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of the Lord, and let him deliver me out of all tribulation. 25 Then Saul said to David, Blessed be thou, my son David : thou shalt both do t things, and also shalt still prevail. So David went on his way, and Saul returned to his place. CHAP. XXVII. 1 Saul hearing David to be in Gath, seeketh no more for him. 5 David beggeth Ziklag of Achish. ND David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul : there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand. 2 And David arose, and he passed over with the six hundred men that overe with him unto Achish, the son of Maoch, king of Gath. 3 And David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with his household, even David with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess Nabal's wife.

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4 And it was told Saul that David was fled to Gath: and he sought no more again for him. 5 T And David said unto Achish, If I have now found grace in thine eyes, let them give me a place in some town in the country, that I may dwell there: for why should thy servant dwell in the royal city with thee 2 6 Then Achish gave him Ziklag that day; wherefore Ziklag, pertaineth unto the kings of Judah unto this day. 7 And the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four months. 8 || And David and his men went up, and invaded the Geshurites, and the Gezrites, and the Amalekites : for those nations were of old the inhabitants of the land, as thou goest to Shur, even unto the land of F. 9 And David smote the land, and left neither man nor woman alive, and took away the sheep, and the oxen, and the asses, and the camels, and the apparel, and returned, and came to Achish. 10 And Achish said, Whither have ye made a road to-day 2 And David said, Against the south of Judah, and against the south of the Jerahmeelites, and against the south of the Kenites. 11 And David saved neither man nor woman alive, to bring tidings to Gath, saying, Lest they should tell on us, saying, So did b. and so quill be his manner all the while he dwelleth in the country of the Philistines. 12 And Achish believed David, . He hath made his people Israel utterly to abhor him ; therefore he shall be my servant for ever. CHAP. XXVIII. 3 Saul having destroyed the zwitches, 7 afterward seeketh t , one ; 9 who being encouraged by him, raiseth us, Samud. 15 Saul’s ruin foreshewed. A” it came to pass in those days, that the Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare, to fight with Israel. nd Achish said unto David, Know thou assuredly, that thou shalt go out with me to battle, thou and thy men, 2 And David said to Achish, Surely thou shalt know what thy servant can do. And Achish said to David, Therefore will I make thee keeper of mine head for ever. 3 || Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him in Ramah, even in his own city. And Saul had put away those that had familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land. 4 And the Philistines gathered themselves together, and came and pitched in Shunem; and Saul gathered all Israel togother, and they pitched in Gilboa.

264 M witch raiseth Samuel.

5 And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled. 6 And when Saul inquired of the Lor D, the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets. 7 * Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor. 8 And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up whom I shall name unto thee. 9 || And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die 2 10 And Saul sware to her by the LoRD, saying, ...As the Lor D liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing. 11 Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee 2 And he said, Bring me up Samuel. 12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice : and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me 2 for thou art Saul. 13 And the king said unto her, Be not afraid : for what sawest thou ? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth. 14 And he said unto her, What form is he of 2 And she said, An old man cometh up ; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself. 15 M And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.

I. SAMUEL.

16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the Lord is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy 2

17 And the Lon D hath done to him, as he o: by me: for the Lord hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given | it to thy neighbour, even to David : l

18 Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the Lord, nor executedst his fierce Wrath upon Amalck, therefore hath the

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LoRD done this thing unto thee this day. 19 Moreover, the Lord will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to-morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the Lord also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines. 20 Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel: and there was no strength in him ; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night. 21 || And the woman came unto Saul, and saw that he was sore troubled, and said unto him, Behold, thine handmaid hath obeyed thy voice, and I have put my life in my hand, and have hearkened unto thy words which thou spakest unto line. 22 Now therefore, I pray thee, hearken thou also unto the voice of thine handmaid, and let me set a morsel of bread before thee; and eat, that thou mayest have strength, when thou goest on thy Way. 33 But he refused, and said, I will not eat. But his servants, together with the woman, compelled him ; and he hearkened unto their voice. So he arose from the earth, and sat upon the bed. 24 And the woman had a fat calf in the house ; and she hasted, and killed it, and took flour, and kneaded it, and did bake unleavened bread thereof: 25 And she brought it before Saul, and before his servants ; and they did eat. Then they arose up, and went away that

night. CHAP. XXIX. 1 David marching with the Philistines. 3 is disallowed by their firinces. 6.4chish dismisseth him. No. the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek: and the Israelites pitched by a fountain which is in Jezreel. 2 And the lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and by thousands : but David and his men passed on in the rere-ward with Achish. 3 T Then said the princes of the Philistines, What do these Hebrews here 2 And Achish said unto the princes of the Philistines, Is not this David, the servant of Saul the king of Israel, which hath been with me these days, or these years, and I have found no fault in him since he fell unto me unto this day ? 4 And the princes of the Philistines were wroth with him; and the princes of the Philistines said unto him, Make this fellow return, that he may go again to his place which thou hast appointed him, and let him not go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he be an adversary The Amalekites shoil Ziklag. to us: for wherewith should he reconcile himself unto his master 2 should it not be with the heads of these men 2 5 Is not this David, of whom they sang the to another in dances, saying, Saul slew his thousands, and David #. ten thousands 2 6 * Then Achish called David, and said unto him, Surely, as the Lord liveth, thou hast been upright, and thy going out and thy coming in with me in the host is good in my sight : for I have not found evil in thee since the day of thy coming *Into me unto this day : nevertheless the lords favour thee not. 7. Wherefore now return, and in peace, that thou displease not the lords of the Philistines. 8 * And David said unto Achish, But what have I done 2 and what hast thou found in thy servant, so long as I have been with thee unto this day, that I may not go fight against the enemies of my lord the king 2 o 9 And Achish answered and said to David, I know that thou art good in my sight, as an angel of God: notwithstandÉ the princes of the Philistines have said, He shoot go up with us to the bottle. 10 Wherefore now rise up early in the morning with thy master's servants that are come with thce: and as soon as ye be up early in the morning, and have light, depart. 11 So David and his men rose top early

to depart in the morning, to return into

the land of the Philistincs. And the Plilisines went up to Jezreel. HAP. XXX. 1 The Amalekites shoil Zikag. 7 David, encouraged by God, furou, th them. ND it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had inYoded the south, and Z.klag, and smitten Zoki.g, and burned it with fire ; 2 And had taken the women captives that were therein ; they slew not any, cither great or small, but carried them āway, and went on their way. 3 * So IDavid and his men came to the city, and behold, it was burned with oe; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. 4 Then David and the people that toere with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had nomore power to weep. 5 And David's two wives were taken rno, co, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. & And David was #. distressed: o

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7 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, I pray thee bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David. 8. And David inquired at the LoRD saying, Shall I pursue after this troops; shall I overtake them 2 And he answered laim, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all. 9 So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and came to the brock Besor, where those that were left behind stayed. 10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor. 11 || And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water; 12 And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights. 13 And David said unto him, To whom belongest thou ? and whence art thou ? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Annalekite ; and my master left me, because three days agone I fell sick. 14 We made an invasion upon the south of the Cherethites, o the coast which betangesh to Jodoh, and upon the south Caleb ; and we burned Ziklag with fire. 15 And 1).vid said to him, Canst thou bring me down to this company 2 And he said, Swcar unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee down to this company. 16 || And when he had brought him down, behold, they were spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah. 17 And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and . 18 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away : and David rescued his two wives. 19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither scns nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them : David recovered all. 20 And David took all the flocks and

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