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Saul and his Sons are buried at Jabesh-gilead it. 5 And when his armorbearer stripped off his armor, and sent into saw that Saul was dead, he likewise the land of the Philistines round fell upon his sword, and died with about, to carry the tidings unto the him." 6 So Saul died, and his three house of their idols, and to the peosons, and his armor bearer, and all ple. 10 And they put his armor in his men, that same day together. the house of the Ashtaroth; and

7 And when the men of Israel they fastened his body to the wall that were on the other side of the of Beth-shan. 11 And when the Falley, and they that were beyond inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead heard the Jordan, saw that the men of concerning him that which the Israel fled, and that Saul and his Philistines had done to Saul, 12 all sons were dead, they forsook the the valiant men arose, and went all cities

, and fled; and the Philistines night, and took the body of Saul came and dwelt in them. 8 And it and the bodies of his sons from the came to pass on the morrow, when wall of Beth-shan; and they came the Philistines came to strip the to Jabesh, and burnt them there. slain

, that they found Saul and his 13 And they took their bones, and three sons fallen in mount Gilboa. buried them under the tamarisk-tree 9 And they cut off his head, and in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

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David learns of the Battle of Gilboa. His Dirge over Saul and Jonathan 1

And it came to pass after the him, because I was sure that he

death of Saul, when David was could not live after that he was returned from the slaughter of the fallen: and I took the crown that Amalekites, and David had abode was upon his head, and the bracetwo days in Ziklag ; 2 it came to let that was on his arm, and pass on the third day, that, behold, have brought them hither unto my a man came out of the camp from | lord. Saul, with his clothes rent, and 11 Then David took hold on his earth upon his head: and so it was, clothes, and rent them; and likewhen he came to David, that he fell wise all the men that were with to the earth, and did obeisance. him: 12 and they mourned, and 3 And David said unto him, From wept, and fasted until even, for whence comest thou? And he said Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and unto him, Out of the camp of Israel for the people of Jehovah, and for am I escaped. 4 And David said the house of Israel ; because they unto him, How went the matter? I were fallen by the sword. 13 And pray thee, tell me. And he an- David said unto the young man that swered, The people are fled from the told him, Whence art thou? And battle, and many of the people also he answered, I am the son of a soare fallen and dead ; and Saul and journer, an Amalekite. 14 And Jonathan his son are dead also. David said unto him, How wast 5 And David said unto the young thou not afraid to put forth thy man that told him, How knowest hand to destroy Jehovah's anointed? thou that Saul and Jonathan his 15 And David called one of the son are dead? 6 And the young young men, and said, Go near, and man that told him said, As I hap- fall upon him. And he smote him, pened by chance upon mount Gil- so that he died. 16 And David boa, behold, Saul was leaning upon said unto him, Thy blood be upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and thy head; for thy mouth hath testithe horsemen followed hard after fied against thee, saying, I have him. 7 And when he looked be- slain Jehovah's anointed. hind him, he saw me, and called 17 And David lamented with this unto me. And I answered, Here lamentation over Saul and over

8 And he said unto me, Jonathan his son 18 (and he bade Who art thou ? And I answered them teach the children of Judah him, I am an Amalekite. 9 And he the song of the bow: behold, it is said unto me, Stand, I pray thee, written in the book of 3 Jashar): i beside me, and slay me ; for 2 an- 19 4 Thy glory, O Israel, is slain guish hath taken hold of me, be upon thy high places!

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Publish it not in the streets of | also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and
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Abigail the wife of Nabal the Car-
Lest the daughters of the Philis- melite. 3 And his men that were

with him did David bring up, every Lest the daughters of the uncir- man with his household : and they cumcised triumph.

dwelt in the cities of Hebron. 4 21 Ye mountains of Gilboa,

And the men of Judah came, and Let there be no dew nor rain there they anointed David king upon you, neither fields of over the house of Judah. offerings :

And they told David, saying, The For there the shield of the men of Jabesh-gilead were they mighty was 1 vilely cast away, that buried Saul. 5 And David The shield of Saul, ? not anointed sent messengers unto the men of with oil.

Jabesh-gilead, and said unto them, 22 From the blood of the slain, from Blessed be ye of Jehovah, that ye the fat of the mighty,

have showed this kindness unto The bow of Jonathan turned not your lord, even unto Saul, and have back,

buried him. 6 And now Jehovah And the sword of Saul returned show lovingkindness and truth unto not empty.

you: and I also will requite you this 2 Saul and Jonathan were lovely kindness, because ye have done this

and pleasant in their lives, thing. 7 Now therefore let your And in their death they were not hands be strong, and be ye valiant; divided :

for Saul your lord is dead, and also They were swifter than eagles, the house of Judah have anointed They were stronger than lions. me king over them. 4 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,

sesh tain of Saul's host, had taken 5 Who clothed you in scarlet boshеth the son of Saul, and brought 3 delicately,

him over to Mahanaim ; 9 and he Who put ornaments of gold upon made him king over Gilead, and your apparel.

over the 6 Ashurites, and over Jez25 How are the mighty fallen in the reel, and over Ephraim, and over midst of the battle !

Benjamin, and over all Israel. 10 Jonathan is slain upon thy high Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, was forty places.

years old when he began to reigni 26 I am distressed for thee, my lover Israel, and he reigned two brother Jonathan:

But the house of Judah folVery pleasant hast thou been lowed David. 11 And the time that unto me:

David was king in Hebron over the Thy love to me was wonderful, house of Judah was seven years and Passing the love of women.

six months. 27 How are the mighty fallen,

12 And Abner the son of Ner, And the weapons of war per- and the servants of Ish-bosheth the ished !

son of Saul, wentout from Mahanaim 2 And it came to pass after this, to Gibeon. 13. And Joab the son of

that David inquired of Jehovah, Zeruiah, and the servants of David, saying, Shall I go up into any of the went out, and met 7 them by the cities of Judah? And Jehovah said pool of Gibeon; and they sat down, unto him, Go up:

And David said, the one on the one side of the pool, Whither shall I go up? And he and the other on the other side of said, Unto Hebron. 2 So David the pool. 14 And Abner said to went up thither, and his two wives Joab, Let the young men, I pray

2 Or, as of one not anointed 5 In 1 Chr, 8. 33: 9. 39, Eshbaal. 3 Heb. with delights

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Abner defeated by Joab; pursued by Asahel. David's Family thee, arise and play before us. And | stood on the top

of a hill. 26 Then Joab said, Let them arise. 15 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall they arose and went over by number: the sword devour for ever? knowest twelve for Benjamin, and for Ish- thou not that it will be bitterness in bosheth the son of Saul, and twelve the latter end ? how long shall it be of the servants of David. 16 And then, ere thou bid the people return they caught every one his fellow by from following their brethren? 27 the head, and thrust his sword in And Joab said, As God liveth, if his fellow's side; so they fell down thou hadst not spoken, şurely then together: wherefore that place was 4 in the morning the people had gone called i Helkath-hazzurim, which is away, nor followed every one his in Gibeon. 17 And the battle was brother. 28 So Joab blew the trumvery sore that day; and Abner was pet; and all the people stood still, beaten, and the men of Israel, before and pursued after Israel no more, the servants of David.

neither fought they, any more.

29 18 And the three sons of Zeruiah And Abner and his men went all were there, Joab, and Abishai, and that night through the Arabah; and Asahel : and Asahel was as light of they passed over the Jordan, and foot ? as a wild roe. 19 And Asahel went through all Bithron, and came pursued after Abner ; and in going to Mahanaim. he turned not to the right hand nor 30 And Joab returned from followto the left from following. Abner. ing Abner: and when he had gathered 20 Then Abner looked behind him, all the people together, there lacked and said, Is it thou, Asahel? And of David's servants nineteen men and he answered, It is I. 21 And Abner Asahel. 31 But the servants of Dasaid to him, Turn thee aside to thy vid had smitten of Benjamin, and of right hand or to thy left, and lay Abner's men, so that three hundred thee hold on one of the young men, and threescore men died. 32 And and take thee his 3

But they took up Asahel, and buried Asahel would not turn aside from him in the sepulchre of his father, following him. 22 And Abner said which was in Beth-lehem.

And again to Asahel, Turn thee aside Joab and his men went all night, from following me: wherefore should and the day brake upon them at I smite thee to the ground ? how Hebron. then should I hold up my face to 3 Now there was long war be refused to turn aside: wherefore house of David : and David waxed Abner with the hinder end of the stronger and stronger, but the house spear smote him in the body, so that of Saul waxed weaker and weaker. the spear came out behind him; and 2 And unto David were sons born he fell down there, and died in the in Hebron: and his first-born was same place: and it came to pass, | Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelthat as many as came to the place itess; 3 and his second, Chileab, of where Asahel fell down and died Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carstood still.

melite ; and the third, Absalom the 24 But Joab and Abishai pursued son of Maacah the daughter of Talafter Abner: and the sun went down mai king of Geshur; 4 and the when they were come to the hill of fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; Ammah, that lieth before Giah by and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of the way of the wilderness of Gibeon. Abital ; 5 and the sixth, Ithream, 25 And the children of Benjamin of Eglah, David's wife. These were gathered themselves together after born to David in Hebron. Abner, and became one band, and 6 And it came to pass, while there

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Abner revolts to David. Joab suspects Abner, and murders him *made himself strong in the house then do it; for Jehovah hath spoken of Saul, 7 Now Saul had a concu- of David, saying, By the hand of bine, whose name was Rizpah, the my servant David I will save my daughter of Aiah: and Ish-bosheth people Israel out of the hand of the said to Abner, Wherefore hast thou Philistines, and out of the hand of gone in unto my father's concubine? all their enemies. 19 And Abner 8 Then was Abner very wroth for also spake in the ears of Benjamin: the words of Ish-bosheth, and said, and Abner went also to speak in Am I a dog's head that belongeth the ears of David in Hebron all to Judah? This day do I show that seemed good to Israel, and kindness unto the house of Saul thy to the whole house of Benjamin. father

, to his brethren, and to his 20 So Abner came to David to friends, and have not delivered thee Hebron, and twenty men with him. into the hand of David ; and yet And David made Abner and the thou chargest me this day with a men that were with him a feast. fault concerning this woman. 9 21 And Abner said unto David, I God do so to Abner, and more also, will arise and go, and will gather if, as Jehovah hath sworn to David, all Israel unto my lord the king, I do not even so to him ; 10 to trans- that they may make a covenant fer the kingdom from the house of with thee, and that thou mayest Saul

, and to set up the throne of Da- reign over all that thy soul desireth. vid over Israel and over Judah, from And David sent Abner away; and Dan even to Beer-sheba. 11 And he went in peace. he could not answer Abner another 22 And, behold, the servants of word, because he feared him. David and Joab came from 5 a foray,

12 And Abner sent messengers to and brought in a great spoil with David on his behalf, saying, Whose them: but Abner was not with is the land ? saying also, Make thy David in Hebron; for he had sent league with me, and, behold, my him away, and he was gone in hand shall be with thee, to bring peace. 23 When Joab and all the about all Israel unto thee. 13 And host that was with him were come,

said, Well; I will make a league they told Joab, saying, Abner the with thee; but one thing I require son of Ner came to the king, and of thee: that is, thou shalt not see he hath sent him away, and he is my face, except thou first bring gone in peace. 24 Then Joab came Michal

, Saul's daughter, when thou to the king, and said, What hast comest to see my face. 14 And thou done? behold, Abner came David sent messengers

to Ish- unto thee; why is it that thou hast bosheth

, Saul's søn, saying, Deliver sent him away, and he is quite gone? me my wife Michal, whom I be- 25 Thou knowest Abner the son of trothed to me for a hundred fore- Ner, that he came to deceive thee, skins of the Philistines. 15 And and to kuow thy going out and thy Ish-bosheth sent, and took her from coming in, and to know all that her husband, even from Paltiel the thou doest. 26 And when Joab son of Laish. 16 And her husband was come out from David, he sent went with her, weeping as he went, messengers after Abner, and they and followed her to Bahurim. Then brought him back from the 6 well of said Abner unto him, Go, return: Sirah: but David knew it not. and he returned.

27 And when Abner was returned 17 And Abner had communica- to Hebron, Joab took him aside into tion with the elders of Israel, say- the midst of the gate to speak with ing, In times past ye sought for him quietly, and smote him there in David to be king over you : 18 now the body, so that he died, for the

blood of Asahel his brother. 28 And 10r, showed himself strong for ? Or, the fault of this woman

afterward, when David heard it, he 3 Or, where he was 4 In 1 S. 25. 44, Palti.

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