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Hushai's counsel accepted.

CHAP. XVII, XVIII. Ahithopkel hangeth himself 19 And again, whom should I serve ? should I saying, Lodge not this night in the plains of the not serve in the presence of his son ? as I have wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king served in thy father's presence, so will I be in be swallowed up, and all the people that are with thy presence.

him. 20 | Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give 17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by En. counsel among you what we shall do.

rogel ; for they might not be seen to come into 21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in the city: and a wench went and told them; and unto thy father's concubines, which he hath left they went and told king David. to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that 18 Nevertheless, a lad saw them, and told Abthou art abhorred of thy father : then shall the salom: but they went both of them away quickly, hands of all that are with thee be strong. and came to a man's house in Bahurim, which

22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top had a well in his court; whither they went down of the house; and Absalom went in unto his fa- 19 And the woman took and spread a covering ther's concubines in the sight of all Israel. over the well's mouth, and spread ground corn

23 And the counsel of Abithophel, which he thereon: and the thing was not known. counselled in those days, was as if a man had 20 And when Absalom's servants came to the inquired at the oracle of God: so was all the woman to the house, they said, Where is Ahicounsel of Ahithophel both with David and with maaz and Jonathan ? And the woman said unto Absalom.

them, They be gone over the brook of water. CHAP. XVII.

And when they had sought and could not find Ahithophel's counsel rejected. them, they returned to Jerusalem.

a : Let menow choose out twelve thousand men, ed, that they came up out of the well, and went and I will arise and pursue after David this night: and told king David, and said unto David, Arise,

2 And I will come upon him while he is weary and pass quickly over the water : for thus hath and weak-handed, and will make him afraid : Ahithophel counselled against you. and all the people that are with him shall flee; 22 Then David arose, and all the people that and I will smite the king only:

were with him, and they passed over Jordan: by 3 And I will bring back all the people unto the morning light there lacked not one of them thee: the man whom thou seekeet is as if all that was not gone over Jordan. returned : so all the people shall be in peace. 23 11 And when Ahithophel saw that his coun:

4 And the saying pleas Absalom well, and all sel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and the elders of Israel.

arose, and gat him home to his house, to his 5 Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Ar-city, and put his household in order, and hanged chite a lso, and let us hear likewise what he saith. himself, and died, and was buried in the sepul

6 And when Hushai was come to Absalom, Ab- chre of his father. salom spake unto him, saying, Ahithophel hath 24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Ab spoken after this manner: shall we do after his salom passed over Jordan, he and all the men of saying? if not, speak thou.

Israel with him. 7 And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel 25 11 And Absalom made Amasa captain of the that Ahithophel hath given is not good at this time. host instead of Joab : which Amasa was a man's

8 For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy father son, whose name was Ithra, an Israelite, that and his men, that they be mighty men, and they went in to Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sisbe chafed in their minds, as a bear robbed of her ter to Zeruiah, Joab's mother. whelps in the field : and thy father is a man of 26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land of war, and will not lodge with the people.

Gilead. 9 Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or in some 271 And it came to pass, when David was come other place: and it will come to pass, when some to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of of them be overthrown at the first, that whoso-Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir ever heareth it will say, There is a slaughter the son of Ammiel of Lo-debar, and Barzillai among the people that follow Absalom.

the Gileadite of Rogelim, 10 And he also that is valiant, whose heart is 28 Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, as the heart of a lion, shall utterly melt: for all and wheat, and 'barley, and four, and parched Israel knoweth that thy father is a mighty man, corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse, and they which be with him are valiant men. 29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese

11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel be general- of kine, for David, and for the people that were ly gathered unto thee, from Dan even to Beer- with him, to eat: for they said, The people is sheba, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude; hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness. and that thou go to battle in thine own person.

CHAP. XVLI. 12 So shall we come upon him in some place

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: people thousands him and of all the men that are with him there and captains of hundreds over them. shall not be left so much as one.

2 And David sent forth a third part of the peu13 Moreover, if he be gotten into a city, then ple under the hand of Joab, and a third part un. shall all Israel bring ropes to that city, and we der the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab's will draw it into the river, until there be not brother, and a third part under the hand of Ittai one small stone found there.

the Gittite. And the king said unto the people, I 14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, will surely go forth with you myself also. The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than 3 But the people answered, Thou shalt not go the counsel of Ahithophel. For the LORD had forth: Tor if we flee away, they will not care for appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahitho-us; neither if half of us die, will they care for phel, to the intent that the Lord might bring us : but now thou art worth ten thousand of us: evil upon Absalom.

therefore now it is better that thou succour us 15 1! Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to Abia- out of the city. thar the priests, Thus and thus did Ahithophel 4 And the king said unto them, What seemeth counsel Absalom

and the elders of Israel ; and you best I will do. And the king stood by the thus and thus have I counselled.

gate side, and all the people came out by hun16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, dreds and by thousands.

Death of Absalom.

II. SAMUEL

David heareth the tidings. 5 And the king commanded Joab and Abishai his mouth. And he came apace, and drew near. and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with 26 And the watchman saw another man runthe young man, even with Absalom. And all ning: and the watchman called unto the porter, the people heard when the king gave all the and said, Behold, another man running alone. captains charge concerning Absalom.

And the king said, He also bringeth tidings. 6 IT So the people went out into the field against 27 And the watchman said, Methinketh the runIsrael: and the battle was in the wood of Ephraim; ning of the foremost is like the running of Ahi

7 Where the peopie of Israel were slain before maaz the son of Zadok. And the king said, He the servants of David, and there was there a is a good man, and cometh with good tidinga. kreat slaughter that day of twenty thousand men. 28 And Ahimaaz called, and said unto the king, 8 For the battle was tlrere scattered over the All is well. And he fell down to the earth upon race of all the country: and the wood devoured his face before the king, and said, Blessed be the more people that day than the sword devoured. Lord thy God, which hath delivered up the men

99 And Absalom inet the servants of David. that litted up their hand against my lord the king. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule 29 And the king said, Is the young man Absawent under the thick boughs of a great oak, and lom safe ? And Alimaaz answered, When Joab his head caught hold of the oak, and he was sent the king's servant, and me thy servant, I taken up between the heaven and the earth; and saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it was. the mule that was under him went away. 30 And the king said unto him, Turn aside and

10 And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and stand here. And he turned aside, and stond still. said, Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak. 31 And behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, 11 And Joab said unto the man that told him, Tidings, my lord the king: for the LORD hath And behold, thou sawest him, and why didst thou avenged thee this day of all them that rose up not snite him there to the ground ? and I would against thee. have given thee ten shekels of silver, and a girdle. 32 And the king said untoCushi, Is the young man

12 And the man said unto Joab, Though I should Absalom safe? And Cushi answered, The enereceive a thousand shekels of silver in my liand, mies of my lord the king, and all that rise against yet would I not put forth my hand against the thee to do thce hurt, be as that young man is. king's son: for in our hearing the king charged 33 | And the king was much moved, and went thee and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Beware that up to the cha:nber over the gate, and wept: and none touch the young man Absalom.

as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom ! 13 Oiherwise I should have wrought falsehood my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died against nine own life: for there is no matter hid for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son! from the king, and thou thyself wouldest have

CHAP. XIX. set thyself against me.

David mourneth for Absalom. 14 Then said , thices. And he took three darts in his hand, and Amething was told Joab, Behold, the king weep

eth and mourneth for Absalom. thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while 2 And the victory that day was turned into he was yet alive in the midst of the oak. mourning unto all the people: for the people

15 And ten young men that bare Joab's armour heard say that day how the king was grieved for compassed about and smote Absalom, and slew his son. bin.

3 And the people gat them by stealth that day 16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people into the city, as people being ashamed steal returned from pursuing after Israel: for Joab away when they flee in battle. held back the people.

4 But the king covered his face, and the king 17 And they look Absalom, and cast him into a cried with a loud voice, O my son Absalom! 0 great pit in the wood, and laid a very great heap Absalom, my son, my son! of stones upon him: and all Israel fled every one 5 And Joab came into the house to the king, and to his tent.

said, Thou hast shamed this day the faces of all 18 ! Now Absalom in his life-time had taken thy servants, which this day have saved thy life, and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in and the lives of thy sons and of thy daughters, the king's dale: for he said, I have no son to and the lives of thy wives, and the lives of thy keep my name in remembranee: and he called concubines; the pillar after his own name: and it is called 6 In that thou lovest thine enemies, and hatest unto this day, Absalom's Place.

thy friends: for thou hast declared this day, that 19 11 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let thou regardest neither princes nor servants : for me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that this day I perceive, that if Absalom had lived, the LORD hath avenged him of his enemies. and all we liad died this day, then it had pleased

20 And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt not bear thee well. tidings this day, but thou shalt bear tidings ano- 7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak comther day: but this day thou shalt bear no lidings, fortably unto thy servants: for' I swear by the because the kiag's son is dead.

LORD, if thou go not forth, there will not tarry 21 Then said Joab to Cushi, Go, te the king one with thee this night: and that will be worse what thou hast scen. And Cushi bowed him- unto thee than all the evil that befel thee from self unto Joab, and ran.

thy youth until now. 2. Then said Alimaaz the son of Zadok yet 8 Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. And again to Joab, But howsoever, let jne, I pray they told unto all the people, saying, Behold, the 4.1.2, also run after Cushi. And Joab said, king doth sit in the gate. And all the people Mbretore wilt thou run, my son, seeing that came before the king: for Israel had fled every thou hast no tidings ready?

man to his tent. 23 l,ut howsoever, said he, let me run. And he 911 And all the people were at strife throughout said unto him, Run. Then' Alimaaz ran by the all the tribes of Israel, saying, The king saved way of the plain, and overran Cushi.

us out of the hand of our enemies, and lie deli 24 And David sat between the two gates: and vered us out of the hand of the Philistines; and the watciiman went up to the roof over the gate now he is fled out of the land for Absalom. auto the wall, and lifted up his eyes, and looked, 10 And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, and behold a man running alone.

is dead in battle. Now therefore why speak ye 25 And the watchman cried, and told the king. not a word of bringing the king back ? And the king said, If he be alone there is tidings in 11 1 And king David sent to Zadok and 10 Abi

Slimei is pardoned.

CHAP. XX.

Of Barzillai and Chimham athar the priests, saying, Speak unto the elders 32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even of Judah, saying, Why are ye the last to bring fourscore years old : and he had provided the the king back to his house ? seeing the speech of king of sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim: all Israel is come to the king, even to his house. for he was a very great man.

12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and 33 And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thou my flesh: wherefore then are ye the last to bring over with me, and I will feed thee with me iu back the king ?

Jerusalem. 13 And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not of my 34 And Barzillai said unto the king, How long bone, and of my flesh? God do so to me, and have I to live, that I should go up with the king more also, if thou be not captain of the host be- unto Jerusalem ? fore me continually in the room of Joab. 35 I am this day fourscore years old : and can

14 And he bowed the heart of all the men of I discern between good and evil ? can thy ser Judah, even as the heart of one man; so that vant taste what I eat or what I drink? can I they sent this word unto the king, Return thou, hear any more the voice of singing-men and sing and all thy servants.

ing-women ? wherefore then should thy servant 15 So the king returned, and came to Jordan. be yet a burden unto my lord the king ? And Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet the 36 Thy servant will go a little way over Jordan king, to conduct the king over Jordan. with the king: and why should the king recom

16 11 And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, pense it me with such a reward ? which was of Bahurim, hasted and came down 37 Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again, with the men of Judah to meet king David. that I may die in mine own city, and be buried

17 And there were a thousand men of Benjamin by the grave of my father and of my mother : with him, and Ziba the servant of the house of but behold thy servant Chimham ; let him go Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants over with my lord the king; and do to him what with him; and they went over Jordan before the shall seem good unto thee. king.

38 And the king answered, Chimham shall go 18 And there went over a ferry-boat to carry over with me, and I will do to him that which over the king's household, and to do what he shall seem good unto thee: and whatsoever thou thought good. And Shimei the son of Gera fell shalt require of me, that will I do for thee. down before the king, as he was come over Jordan; 39 And all the people went over Jordan. And

19 And said unto the king, Let not my lord im- when the king was come over, the king kissed pute iniquity unto me, neither do thou remem- Barzillai, and blessed him : and he returned ber that which thy servant did perversely the unto his own place. day that my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, 40 Then the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimthat the king should take it to his heart. ham went on with him: and all the people of

20 For thy servant doth know that I have sin- Judah conducted the king, and also hall the peoned: therefore behold, I am come the first this ple of Israel. day of all the house of Joseph to go down to 41 | And behold, all the men of Israel came to meet my lord the king.

the king, and said unto the king, Why have our 21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered brethren the men of Judah stolen thee away, and said, Shall not Shimei be put to death for and have brought the king, and his household, this, because he cursed the LORD's anointed ? and all David's men with him, over Jordan ?

22 And David said, What have I to do with you, 42 And all the men of Judah answered the ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye should this day bemen of Israel, Because the king is near of kin adversaries unto me? shall there any man be to us : wherefore then be ye angry for this matput to death this day in Israel ? for do not Ister? have we eaten at all of the king's cost? or know that I am this day king over Israel ? hath he given us any gift?

23 Therefore the king said unto Shimei, Thou 43 And ihe men of Israel answered the men of shalt not die: and the king sware unto him. Judah, and said, We have ten parts in the king, 24 1 And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came and we have also inore right in David than ye: down to meet the king, and had neither dressed why then did ye despise us, that our advice his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his should not be first had in bringing back our king ? clothes, from the day the king departed until the And the words of the men of Judah were fiercer day he came again in peace.

than the words of the men of Israel. 25 And it came to pass, when he was come to

CHAP. XX.
Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said Sheba rebelleth against David.
unto him, Wherefore wentest not thou with me,
Mephibosheth ?

Belial, whose name was Sheha, the son of 26 And he answered, My lord, O king, my ser- Bichri, a Benjamite : and he blew 'a trumpet, vant deceived me; for thy servant said, I will and said, We have no part in David, neither saddle me an ass, that I may ride thereon, and have we inheritance in the son of Jesse : every go iu the king; because thy servant is lame. man to his tents, O Israel.

27 And he liath slandered thy servant unto my 2 So every man of Israel went up from after lord:he king; but my lord the king is as an angel of David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichrs: Cod: do therefore what is good in thine eyes. but the men of Judah clave unto their king, front

28 For all of my father's house were but dead Jordan even to Jerusalem. men before my lord the king: yet didst thou set 3 11 And David came to his house at Jerusalem; thy servant among them that did eat at thine and the king took the ten women his concubines, own table. What right therefore have I yet to whom he had left to keep the house, and put cry any more unto the king?

them in ward, and fed them, but went not in 29 And the king said unto him, Why speakest unto them. So they were shut up unto the day thou any more of thy matters? I have said, Thou of their death, living in widowhood. and Ziba divide the land.

4 fi Then said the king to Amasa, Assemble me 30 And Mcphibosheth said unto the king, Yea, the men of Judah within three days, and be thou let him take all, forasmuch as my lord the king here present. is come again in peace unto his own house. 5 So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: 31 And Barzillai the Gileadite came down but he larried longer than the set time which he from Rogelim, and went over Jordan with the had appointed him. king, io conduct him over Jordan.

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Amasa slain by Joab.

II. SAMUEL

Ladid buries Saul's bora the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Ab-1 26 And Ira a. so the Jairite was a chief ruler salom: take thou thy lord's servants and pursue about David. after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and

CHAP. XXI. escape us.

Seven of Saul's sons hanged, &c. 7 And there went out after him Joab's men, HEN there was a famine in the days of Da. and the Cherethites, and the Pelechices and en THIA

vid three years, year after year; and David the mighty men : and they went out of Jerusa- inquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, lem, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri. It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because

8 When they were at the great stone which is he slew the Gibeonites. in Gibeon, Amasa went before them. And Joab's 2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and said garment that he had put on was girded unto him, unto them ; (now the Gibeonites were not of the and upon it a girdle with a sword fastened upon children of Israel, but of the remnant of the AM his loins in the sheath thereof; and as he went orites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto forth it fell out.

them : and Saul sought to slay them, in his zeal 9 And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou in health, to the children of Israel and Judah.) my brother ? And Joab took Amasa by the beard 3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, with the right hand to kiss him.

What shall I do for you? and wherewith sha 1 l 10 But Amasa took no heed to the sword that make the atonement, that ye may bless the in was in Joab's hand : so he smote him therewith heritance of the LORD? in the fifth rib, and shed out his bowels to the 4 And the Gibeonites said unto him, We will ground, and struck him not again; and he died. I have no silver nor gold of Saul, nor of his house ; So Joab and Abishai his brother pursued after neither for us shalt thou kill any man in Israel. Sheba the son of Bichri.

And he said, What ye shall say, that will I do 11 And one of Joab's men stood by him, and for you. said, He that favoureth Joab, and be that is for 5 And they answered the king, The man that David, let him go after Joab.

consumed us, and that devised against us, that 12 And Amasa wallowed in blood in the midst we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the highway. And when the man saw that of the coasts of Israel, all the people stood still, he removed Amasa out 6 Let seven men of his sons be delivered unto of the highway into the field, and cast a cloth us, and we will hang them up unto the Lord in upon him, when he saw that every one that Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD did choose. And came by him stood still.

the king said, I will give them. 13 When he was removed out of the highway, .7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of all the people went on after Joab, to pursue after Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of the LORD'S Sheba the son of Bichri.

oath that was between them, between David and 14 1 And he went through all the tribes of Is- Jonathan the son of Saul. rael unto Abel, and to Beth-maachah, and alli 8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the the Berites : and they were gathered together, daughter of Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Arand went also after him.

moni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of 15 And they came and besieged him in Abel of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom shc brought Beth-maachah, and they cast up a bank against, up for Adriel, the son of Barzillai the Meholathite: the city, and it stood in the trench : and all the 9 And he delivered them into the hands of the people that were with Joab battered the wall, to Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the hill bethrow it down.

fore the LORD: and they fell all seven together, 16 11 Then cried a wise woman out of the city, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in Hear, hear; say, I pray you, unto Joab, Come the first days, in the beginning of barley-harvest. near hither, that I may speak with thee. 10 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sack

17 And when he was come near unto her, the cloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from woman said, Art thou Joab ? And he answered, the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon I am he. Then she said unto him, Hear the words them ont of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of thy handmaid. And he answered, I do hear. of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts

18 Then she spake, saying, They were wont to of the field by night. speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask 11 And it was told David what Rizpah the daughcounsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter. Iter of Aiah the concubine of Saul had done. 19 I am one of them that are peaceable and 1211 And David went and took the bones of Saul faithful in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men and a mother in Israel : why wilt thou swallow of Jabeshi-gilead, which had stolen them from the up the inheritance of the LORD?

street of Beth-shan, where the Philistines had 20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be hanged them, when the Philistines had slain Saul it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy. in Gilboa: 21 The matter is not so: but a man of mount 13 And he brought up from thence the bones of Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name, bath Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son: and they lifted up his hand against the king, even against gathered the bones of them that were hanged. David : deliver him only, and I will depart from 14 And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son the city. And the woman said unto Joab, Beh buried they in the country of enjamin in Zelah, his head shall be thrown to thee over the wall." in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they per:

Then the woman went unto all the people formed all that the king commanded. And after m her wisdom. And they cut off the head of that God was entreated for the land. Sheba the son of Bichri aud cast it out to Joab. 15 11 Moreover, the Philistines had yet war again And le blew a trumpet, and they retired from with Israel; and David went down, and his serthe city, every man to his tent. And Joab re- vanis with him, and fought against the Philisturned to Jerusalem unto the king.

tines: and David waxed faint. 23 | Now Joab was over all the host of Israel: 16 And Ishbi-benob, which was of the sons of and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the the giant, the weight of whose spear weighed three Cherethites and over the Pelethites :

hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded 24 And Adoram was over the tribute : and Je- with a new sword, thought to have slain David. hoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder: 17 Bit Abishai the son of Zeruiah suecoured 25 And Sheva was scribe : and Zadok and him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Abiathar were the priests :

Then the men of David sware unto him, saying

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Four grants slain.

CHAP. XXI, XXIII. Thanksgiving for deliverance. Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that| 24 I was also upright before him, and have kept thou quench not the light of Israel.

myself from mine iniquity. 19 And it came to pass after this, that there was 25 Therefore the Lord hath recompensed me again a battle with the Philistines at Gob: then according to my righteousness ; according to my Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Saph, which was cleanness in his eye-sight. of the sons of the giant.

26 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself 19 And there was again a battle in Gob with the merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaare-ore-shew thyself upright. gim, a Beth-lehemite, slew the brother of Goli- 27 With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; ath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself una weaver's beam.

savoury: 20 And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was 28 and the afflicted people thou wilt save but a man of great stature, that had on every hand six thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou may. Angers, and on every foot six toes, four and twen- est bring them down. ty in number; and he also was born to the giant. 29 For ihou art my lamp, OLORD: and the LORD

21 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son will lighten my darkness. of Shimeah the brother of David slew him. 30 For by thee I have run through a troop: by

22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, my God have I leaped over a wall. and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand 31 As for God, bis way is perfect; the word of of his servants.

the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all them that CHAP. XXI.

trust in him. David's psalm of thanksgiving. 32 For who is God, save the LORD ? and who ND David spake unto the LORD the words is a rock, save our God? delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, keth my way perfect. and out of the hand of Saul:

34 fle maketh my feet like hinds' fcet : and set 2 And he said, The Lord is my rock, and my teth me upon my high places. fortress, and my deliverer ;

35 He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow 3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he of steel is broken by inine arms. is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my 36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salhigh tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou vation; and thy gentleness hath made me great. savest me froia violence;

37 Thou hast enlarged iny steps under me; 80 4 I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be that my feet did not slip. praised : so shall I be saved from mine enemies. 38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed

5 When the waves of death compassed me, the them; and turned not again until I had consumfiods of ungodly men made me afraid;

ed them. 6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the 39 And I have consumed them, and wounded snares of death prevented me;

them, that they could not arise: yea, they are 7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and fallen under my feet. cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out 40 For thou hast girded me with strength to batof his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears. tle: them that rose up against me hast thou sub

8 Then the earth shook and trembled: the found-dued under me. ations of heaven moved and shook, because he 41 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine was wroth.

enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me. 9 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, 42 They looked, but there was none to save; even and fire out of his mouth devoured : coals were unto the Lord, but he answered them not. kindled by it.

43 Then did I beat them as small as the dust of 10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of the and darkness was under his feet.

street, and did spread them abroad. 11 And be rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and 44 Thou also hast delivered me from the strivhe was seen upon the wings of the wind. ings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head

12 And he made darkness pavilions round about of the heathen: a people rohich I knew not shall him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies. serve me.

13 Through the brightness before him were coals 45 Strangers shall subinit themselves unto me: as of fire kindled.

soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me. 14 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the 46 Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be Most High urtered his voice.

afraid out of their close places. 15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; 47 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and lightning, and discomfited them.

exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation. 16 And the channels of the sea appeared, the 48 It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth foundations of the world were discovered, at the down the people under me, rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath 49 And that bringeth me forth from mine eneof his nostrils.

mies: thou also hast lifted me up ou high above 17 He sent from above, be took me; he drew then that rose up against me : thou hast delivme out of many waters:

ered me from the violent man. 18 He delivered ine from my strong enemy, and 50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O from them that hated me : for they were too Lord, among the heathen, and I will sing praises strong for me.

unto thy name. 19 They prevented me in the day of my calami- 51 He is the tower of salvation for his king: and ty : but the LORD was my stay.

sheweth mercy to bis anointed, unto David, and 20 He brought me forth also into a large place: to his seed for everniore. he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

CHAP. XXIII. 21 The Lord rewarded me according to my right- David's faith in God's promises. sousness: according to the cleanness of my hands Nvid the son of

Seste said, and the man why

TOW these be the last words of David. Dabath he recompensed me. 22 For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and was raised up on high, the anointed of the God have not wickedly departed from my God. of Jacon, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, 23 For all his judgments were before me: and as 2 The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his for his statutes, I did not depart from them. word was in my tongue.

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