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5 And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with A And all the people heard when the king gave all the captains charge concerning Absalom. 6 * So the le went out into the field against Israel: and the battle was in the wood of Ephraim; 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. 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 do 9 of 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 awaw. 10 And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak. 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 2 and I would have given thee ten shekels of silver, and a girdle. 12 And the man saiduuto Joab, Though I should receive a thousand shekels of silyer in mine hand, yet would I not put forth mine hand against the king's son : for in our hearing the king charged thee and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Beware that none touch the young man Absalom. 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. 14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thce. 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. 15 And ten young men that bare Joab's armour compassed about and smote Absalom, and slew him. 16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from pursuing after Israel: for Joab held back the people. 17 And they took Absalom, and cast

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a very great heap of stones upon him ; and all Israel fled every one to his tent. 18 s Now Absalom in his life-time had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king's 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, Absalom's place. 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. 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 king's son is dead. 21. Then said Joab to Cushi, Go, tell the king what thou hast seen. And Cushi bowed himself unto Joab, and ran. 22 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet again to Joab, but howscever, 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 ? 23 But howsoever, said he, let me run. And he said unto him, run. Then Ahimaaz ran ole way of the plain, and overran Cushi 24 And David sat between the two ates: 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. 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. 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. 27 And the watchman said, Methinketh 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 conneth with good tidings. 28 And Ahimaaz calcd, 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 thc Lord thy {. which hath delivered up the men that lifted up their hand against my lord the


j And the king said, Is the young man Absalom safe 2 And Ahimaaz answered, When Joab scnt the king's servant, and me thy servant, I saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it was.

30 And the king said him, Turn aside, and stand here. And he turned aside, and stood still.

31 Aud behold, Cushi came; and Cush

284 David mourneth jor Absalom. TI. SAMUEL.

said, Tidings, my lord the king : for th: LoRD hath avenged thee this day of all them that rose up against thee. 32 And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe 2 And Cushi answered, The enemies of my lord the * and all that rise against thee to do thee hurt, be as that young man is. 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 HAP. XIX. 1 Joab causeth the king to cease his mourning. 9 The Israelitesöring the kingback. 11 Davidsendeth to the firiests to incite them of Judah. 16 Shimei is fiardoned. ND it was told Joab, Behold, the king weepctu and mourneth for Absalom. 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. 3 And the people gat them by stealth that day into the city, as people being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle. 4 But the king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my som, my son! 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 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, 6 In that thou lovest thine cnemies, and hatest thy friends. For thou hast declared this day, that thou regardest neither princes nor servants: for this day I perceive, that is Absalon had Îived, and all we had died this day, then it had pleascd thee well. 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 thce this night: and that will be worse unto thee than all the evil that befel thee from thy youth until now. 8 Then the king rose, 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 fied every man to his tent, 9 || And all the neople were at strife throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, The king saved us out of the hand of our encimies, and he delivered us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now he is fled out of the land for Absalom.

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over us, is dead in battle. Now thcrefore why speak ye not a word of bringing the king back * 11 T And king David scnt 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. 12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and my flesh : wherefore then are ye the last to bring back the o 13 And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not of my bone, and of my flesh P God do so to me, and more also, if thou be not captain of the host before me continually in the room of Joab. 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. 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. 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. 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. 18 And there went over a ferry boat to carry over the king's household, and to do what he !o. And Shimeithe son of Gera fell down before the king, as he was come over Jordan: 19 And said unto the king, Let not my

lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do

thou remeinder 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. 20 For thy servant doth know that I have sinued : therefore behold, I am come the first this day of all the house of o to go down to mect my lord the King. - 21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed tis LoRD’s an inted 2 22 And David said, WV hat have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye should this lay be adversaries unto mé P shall there any man be put to death this day in Israel 2 for do not I know that I

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24 || And Mephibosheth the son of Saul . David returneth to Jerusalem. CHAP.

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. 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? 26 And he answered, My lord, Oking, 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. 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. 28 For all of my father's 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 Iyet to cry any more unto the king 2 29 And the king said unto him, Wh speakest thou any more of thy matters? have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land. 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. 31 s And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Regelim, and went over Jordan with the king, to conduct him over Jordan. 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 IIMan. 33 And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thou over with me, and I will feed ther with me in Jerusalem. 34 And Barzillai said unto the king, How long have I to live, that I should go up with the king unto Jerusalem 2 35 I am this day fourscore years old : and can I discern between good and evil? can thy servant taste what f eat or what I drink? can I hear any more the voice of singing-men and singing-women 2 wherefore then should thy servant be yet a burden unto my lord §: king 2 35 Thy servant will go a little way over Jordan with the king: and why should the king recompense it me with such a reward P 37 Let thy servant, I ray thee, turn back again, that I may die in mine own city, and be buried by i. rrave of my father and of my mother. §. behold thy servant Chimham; let him go over with my, lord the king ; and do to him what shall seem unto thee. 38 And the king answered, Chimham

shall go over with me, and I will do to him that which shall seem good unto thee:

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and whatsoever thou shalt require of me, that will I do for thee. 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. 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. 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 David's men with him, over Jordan 2 42 And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the king is near of kin to us: wherefore then be ve an for this matter 2 have we eaten at all of the king's cost 2 or hath he given us any gift 2 A3 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 |. despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king 2 And the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel. CHAP. XX. 1 Sheba maketh a fiarty in Israel, 4.4m. asa is slain. 14 Joab fursueth Sheba wnto Abel. 16 A wise woman save?/. the city by Sheba's head. 23 David's officers. ND there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name stas Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite ; and he blew a trumpet, and said, We havé no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel. 2 So every man of Israel went up from after l)avid, and followed Sheba to: SO!? of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem. 3 T And David came to his house at Jerusalein; 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 then. So they were shut up unto the day of their death, living in widowhood. 4 of Then said the king to Amasa, Assemble me the men of Judah within three days, and be thou here present. 5 So Amasa went to assemble the mez. of Judah: but he tarried longer than the set time which he had appointed him. 6 And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Biciiri do us inore imarn, than did Absalom : take t-lou tiny lord’s servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escope to .

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7 And there went out after him Joab's men, and the Cherethites, and the Peiethites, and all the mighty men ; and they went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri. 8 VVhen 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 à girdle with a sword fastened upon his joins in the sheath thereof; and as he went forth it fell out. 9 And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou in health, my brother 2, And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him. 10 But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joab's hand: so he smote him there with in the fifth rió, and shed out his bowels to the ground, and struck him not again; and he died. So Joab and Abishai his brother pursued af. ter. Sheba the son of Bichii. 11 And onc of Joab's men stood by him, and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he that is for David, let him go after Joab. 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. 13 When he was removed out of the highway, all the people went on after Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri. 14 T 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 af. ter him. 15 And they came and besieged him in Abel of Beth-moachall, and they cast up a bank against the city, and it stood in ti.e. trench: and all the people that were with Joab battered the wall, to throw it gown. 16 ‘s Then cried a wise woman out of the city, I lear, hear ; say, 1 prov you, unto Joab, Come near hither, that I inay speak with thec. 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, Hear the words of thine handIn aid. And he answered, I do hear. 23 Then sile spake, saying, They were went to speak in old time, saying, They : hall surely ask counsel at Abel : and so ti.ey ended the matter. 19. I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: thou seckest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the Lord *

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20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy. 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. 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. 23 T Now Joab was over all the host of Israel: and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites: 24 And Adoram was over the tribute : and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud ova's recorder : 25 And Sheva ova's scribe : and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests: 26 And Ira also the Jairite was a chics ruler about David. CHAP. XXI. 1 The three years famine for the Giòeonites cease, by hanging seven of Saul's sons. 10 Rizshah's kindness unto the dead. 12 David burieth the bones of Saul and Jonathan. To there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David inquired of the Lok D. And the LoRD answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites. 2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them ; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Isracl, but of the remnant of the Amerites ; 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.) 3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibconites, Whatshall I do foryou? and wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless the inheritance of the Lord 2 4 And the Gibeonites said unto him, We will have no silver not gold of Saul, nor of his house; neither forus shalt thou kill any man in Israel. And he said, What ye shall say, that will I do for you. 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, 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.

Rizpah's kindness unto the dead. CHAP. xx11.

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. 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 : 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. 10 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harwest 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. 11 And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah the concubine of Saul had done. 12 of And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabesh-gilead, which had stolen them from the strect of Beth-shan, where the Philistines - had hanged them, when the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa: 13 And he brought up from thence the bones of Saul and the bones of Jongthan his son; and they gathered the bones of them that were hanged. 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 entreated for the land. 15 T Moreover, the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and Daoid waxed faint. 16 And Ishbi-benob, which was cf the sons of the giant, the weight of whose Spear weighed three hundred shekels of

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David's thanksgiving. 28? 19 And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim, a Beth-lehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite. the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam. 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 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the brother of David slew him. 22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants. CHAP. XXII. .4/salm of thanksgiving for God’s horterful deliverance, and manifold blessings. A” 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 : 2 And he said, The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; 3 The God of my rock ; in him will I trust: he is my shiclq, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. 4 I will call on the LoRD, otho is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. 5 When the waves of death compass ed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid ; 6 The sorrows of hell compassed meabout; the snares of death prevented me: 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. 8 Then the earth shook and trembled : the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth. 9 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it. 10 Hebowed the heavens also, and camor down; and darkness ovas under his feet. 11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind. 12 And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies. 13 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled. 14 The Lord thundered from heavcn. and the Most High uttered his voice. 15 And he sent out arrows, and scatter ed them; lightning, and discomfited them. 16 And the channels of the sea appear ed, the foundations of the world were dis

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