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Edom subdued. David's Kindness to Mephibosheth. His Message to Hanun
9 Then the king called to Ziba, to David whithersoever he went. Saul's servant, and said unto him,
15 And David reigned over all All that pertained to Saul and to Israel; and David executed justice all his house have I given unto thy and righteousness unto all his people. master's son. 10 And thou shalt 16 And Joab the son of Zeruiab was till the land for him, thou, and thy over the host; and Jehoshaphat the sons, and thy servants; and thou son of Ahilud was recorder; 17 and shalt bring in the fruits, that thy Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahim- master's son may have bread to eat: elech the son of Abiathar, were but Mephibosheth thy master's son priests; and Seraiah was 4scribe; shall eat bread alway at my table. 18 and Benaiah the son of Jehoiadá Now Ziba had fifteen sons and was over the Cherethites and the twenty servants. 11 Then said Ziba Pelethites; and David's sons were unto the king, According to all that chief ministers.
my lord the king commandeth his 9
And David said, Is there yet servant, so shall thy servant do. any that is left of the house of 8 As for Mephibosheth, said the Saul, that I may show him kindness king, he shall eat at my table, as for Jonathan's sake? 2 And there one of the king's sons. 12 And was of the house of Saul a servant Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Ziba, and they whose name was Mica. And all called him unto David; and the that dwelt in the house of Ziba king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? were servants unto Mephibosheth. And he said, Thy servant is he. 3 13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in JeruAnd the king said, Is there not yet salem; for he did eat continually at any of the house of Saul, that I may the king's table. And he was lame show the kindness of God unto him? in both his feet. than hath said unton, the is menaf 10 thin,dhat the king on the after his feet. 4 And the king said unto dren of Ammon died, and Hanun him, Where is he? And Ziba said his son reigned in his stead. 2 And unto the king, Behold, he is in the David said, I will show kindness house of Machir the son of Ammiel, unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as in Lo-debar. 5 Then king David his father showed kindness unto sent, and fetched him out of the me. So David sent by his servants house of Machir the son of Ammiel, to comfort him concerning his father. from Lo-debar. 6 And Mephibo- And David's servants came into the sheth, the son of Jonathan, the son land of the children of Ammon. 3 of Saul, came unto David, and fell But the princes of the children of on his face, and did obeisance. And | Ammon said unto Hanun their lord, David said, Mephibosheth. And he Thinkest
thou that David doth honor answered, Behold, thy servant! 7 thy father, in that he hath sent comAnd David said unto him, Fear not; forters unto thee? hath not David for I will surely show thee kindness sent his servants unto thee to search 1 Edom, in 1 Chr. 18. 11, 12 ; Ps. 60.title.
the city, and to spy it out, and to
overthrow it? 4 So Hanun took 3 Or, chronicler
David's servants, and shaved off the 6 So in ch. 20. 23, and I Chr. 18, 17. The Hebrew text has, and the Cherethites &c.
7 Heb, field.
8 Or, But Mephibosheth enteth &c.
? Or, saped David
6 Or, priests
David defeats allied Ammon and Syria. David's Sin against Uriah one half of their beards, and cut off | that they were put to the worse betheir garments in the middle, even fore Israel, they gathered themselves to their buttocks, and sent them together. 16 And 3 Hadarezer sent, away. 5 When they told it unto and brought out the Syrians that David, he sent to meet them; for were beyond the River: and they the men were greatly ashamed. And came to Helam, with Shobach the the king said, Tarry at Jericho until captain of the host of Hadarezer at your beards' be grown, and then their head. 17 And it was told return.
David ; and he gathered all Israel 6 And when the children of Am- together, and passed over the Jormon saw that they were become dan, and came to Helam. And the odious to David, the children of Am- Syrians set themselves in array mon sent and hired the Syrians of against David, and fought with Beth-rehob, and the Syrians of Zo- him. _18 And the Syrians fled bebah, twenty thousand footmen, and fore Israel ; and David slew of the the king of Maacah with a thousand Syrians the men of seven hundred men, and the men of Tob twelve chariots, and forty thousand horsethousand men. 7 And when David men, and smote Shobach the cap; heard of it, he sent Joab, and all tain of their host, so that he died the host of the mighty men. 8 And there. 19 And when all the kings the children of Ammon came out, that were servants to Hadarezer and put the battle in array at the saw that they were put to the worse entrance of the gate: and the Syri- before Israel, they made peace with ans of Zobah and of Rehob, and the Israel, and served them. So the men of Tob and Maacah, were by Syrians feared to help the children themselves in the field.
of Ammon any more. 9 Now when Joab saw that I the battle was set against him before
11 And it came to pass, at the
return of the year, at the time and behind, he chose of all the when kings _go out to battle, that choice men of Israel, and put them David sent Joab, and his servants in array against the Syrians: 10 and with him, and all Israel; and they the rest of the people he committed destroyed the children of Ammon, into the hand of 2 Abishai his brother; and besieged Rabbah. But David and he put them in array against the tarried at Jerusalem. children of Ammon. 11 And he said, 2 And it came to pass at eventide, If the Syrians be too strong for me, that David arose from off his bed, then thou shalt help me; but if the and walked upon the roof of the children of Ammon be too strong for king's house; and from the roof he thee, then I will come and help thee. saw a woman bathing; and the 12 Be of good courage, and let us woman was very beautiful to look play the man for our people, and for upon. 3 And David sent and inthe cities of our God: and Jehovah quired after the woman. And one do that which seemeth him good. said, Is not this Bath-sheba, the 13. So Joab and the people that were daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah with him drew nigh unto the battle the Hittite? 4 And David sent against the Syrians: and they fled messengers, and took her; and she before him. 14 And when the chil- came in unto him, and he lay with dren of Ammon saw that the Syri- her (for she was purified from her ans werefled, they likewise fled before uncleanness); and she returned Abishai, and entered into the city. unto her house. 5 And the woman Then Joab returned from the chil-conceived; and she sent and told dren of Ammon, and came to Jeru- David, and said, I am with child. salem.
6 And David sent to Joab, saying, 15 And when the Syrians saw Send me Uriah the Hittite. And 1 Heb. the face of the battle was against.
Joab sent Uriah ta David. 7 And
3 In ch. 8. 3, Hadadezer.
2 Heb. Ahshai.
David's Sin against Uriah. The Death of Uriah. Darid marries Bath-sheba
against the city, and overthrow it:
sent Nathan men of the city went out, and fought unto him, and said unto him, There with Joab: and there fell some of were two men in one city; the one the people, even of the servants of rich, and the other poor. 2 The David; and Uriah the Hittite died rich man had exceeding many flocks
and herds; 3 but the poor man had ; Or, that day. And on the morrow David which he had bought and nourished
nothing, save one little ewe lamb,
5 In Judg. 6. 32, Jerubbaal.
10t, present from called him, and he &c.
3 Heb. strong.
4 Or, observed
Nathan's Parable. His Reproof of David. Death of David's Child up: and it grew up together with thou shalt not die. 14 Howbeit, him, and with his children; it did because by this deed thou hast given eat of his own morsel, and drank of great occasion to the enemies of Je. his own cup, and lay in his bosom, hovah to blaspheme, the child also and was unto him as a daughter. that is born unto thee shall surely 4 And there came a traveller unto die. 15 And Nathan departed unto the rich man, and he spared to take his house. of his own flock and of his own herd, And Jehovah struck the child to dress for the wayfaring man that that Uriah's wife bare unto David, was come unto him, but took the and it was very sick. 16 David poor man's lamb, and dressed it for therefore besought God for the the man that was come to him. 5 child; and David fasted, and went And David's anger was greatly kin, in, and lay all night upon the earth. dled against the man; and he said 17 And the elders of his house arose, to Nathan, As Jehovah liveth, the and stood beside him, to raise him man that hath done this is lworthy up from the earth : but he would to die: 6 and he shall restore the not, neither did he eat bread with lamb fourfold, because he did this them. 18 And it came to pass on thing, and because he had no pity: the seventh day, that the child died.
7 And Nathan said to David, And the servants of David feared to Thou art the man. Thus saith Je- tell him that the child was dead; hovah, the God of Israel, I anointed for they said, Behold, while the thee king over Israel, and I deliv- child was yet alive, we spake unto ered thee out of the hand of Saul; him, and he hearkened not unto our 8 and I gave thee thy master's voice : ? how will he then vex himhouse, and thy master's wives into self, if we tell him that the child is thy bosom, and gave thee the house dead! 19 But when David saw of Israel and of Judah; and if that that his servants were whispering had been too little, I would have together, David perceived that the added unto thee such and such child was dead; and David said things. 9 Wherefore hast thou de- unto his servants, Is the child dead? spised the word of Jehovah, to do And they said, He is dead. 20 Then that which is evil in his sight? thou David arose from the earth, and hast smitten Uriah the Hittite with washed, and anointed himself, and the sword, and hast taken his wife changed his apparel; and he came to be thy wife, and hast slain him into the house of Jehovah, and worwith the sword of the children of shipped : then he came to his own Ammon. 10 Now therefore the house; and when he required, they sword shall never depart from thy set bread before him, and he did house, because thou hast despised eat. 21 Then said his servants unto me, and hast taken the wife of him, What thing is this that thou Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife, hast done? thou didst fast and weep 11 Thus saith Jehovah, Behold, Ifor the while it was alive; will raise up evil against thee out of but when the child was dead, thou thine own house; and I will take didst rise and eat bread. 22 And thy wives before thine, eyes, and he said, While the child was yet give them unto thy neighbor, and alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, he shall lie with thy wives in the Who knoweth whether Jehovah sight of this sun. 12 For thou didst will not be gracious to me, that the it secretly : but I will do this thing child may live? 23 But now he is before ail Israel, and before the dead, wherefore should I fast? can I
13 And David said unto Na- | bring him back again? I shall go to than, I have sinned against Jeho-him, but he will not return to me. grill And Nathan said unto David, 24 And David comforted Bathh also hath put away thy sin;
2 Or, how then shall we tell him that the child 1 Hleb, a son of death.
is dead, so that he do himself some harm?
Solomon's Birth. Darid goes to Rabbah. Amnon's Abuse of Tamar
And Amnon said unto
% Now Joab fought against Rab- say unto him, Let my sister Tamar
29 And David sight, that I may eat from her
And he brought and kneaded it, and made cakes
sight, and did bake the cakes. much. 31° And he brought forth 9 And she took the pan, and poured the people that were therein, and them out before him ; but he refused put them 5 under saws, and 5 under to eat. And Amnon said, Have out harrows of iron, and 5 under axes of all men from me. And they went from, and made them pass through out every man from him. 10 And the 7 brickkiln; and thus did he unto Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring the all the cities of the children of Am- food into the chamber, that I may mon. And David and all the people eat from thy hand. And Tamar returned unto Jerusalem.
took the cakes which she had made, And it came to pass after and brought them into the chamber
11 And David had a fair sister, whose name when she had brought them near was Tamar; and Amnon the son of unto him to eat, he took hold of her, David loved her.
2 And Amnon and said unto her, Come, lie with was so vexed that he fell sick be. me, my sister. 12 And she anCause of his sister Tamar; for she swered him, Nay, my brother, do was a virgin ; and it seemed hard to not o force me; for no such thing Amnon to do anything unto her. ought to be done in Israel : do not 3 But Amnon had a friend, whose thou this folly. 13 And I, whither name was Jonadab, the son of shall I carry my shame? and as for Shimeah, David's brother : and thee, thou wilt be as one of the fools Jonadab was a very subtle man. in Israel. Now therefore,
pray 4 And he said unto him, Why, o thee, speak unto the king ; for he son of the king, art thou thus lean will not withhold me from thee. Another reading is, she called.
14 Howbeit he would not hearken ? That is, beloved of Jehovah.
unto her voice; but being stronger
than she, he forced her, and lay
1 Or, brick-mould 8 Heb. morning by morning. 9Heb. humble.
che aid d) ell od x ne
5 Or, to