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David and Jonathan part. CHAPTER XXII. David feigneth himself mad.

30 Then Saul's anger was kindled against was there that day, detained before the LORD; Jonathan, and he said unto him, Thou son of and his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the chief the perverse rebellious woman, do not I know est of the herdmen that belonged to Saul. that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine 8.1 And David said unto Ahimelech, And is own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy there not here under thine hand spear or sword ? mother's nakedness?

for I have neither brought my sword nor my 31 For as long as the son of Jesse liveth upon weapons with me, because the king's business the ground, thou shalt not be established, nor required haste. thy kingdom. Wherefore now send and fetch g And the priest said, The sword of Goliath him unto me, for he shall surely die.

the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the valley 32 And Jonathan answered Saul his father, of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth and said unto him, Wherefore shall he be slain? behind the ephód: if thou wilt take that, take what hath he done?

it : for there is no other save that here. And 33 And Saul cast a javelin at him to smite David said, There is none like that; give it him: whereby Jonathan knew that it was de. me. termined of his father to slay David.

10 TT And David arose, and fled that day for 34 So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of anger, and did eat no meat the second day of Gath. the month: for he was grieved for David, be 11 And the servants of Achish said unto him, cause his father had done him shame.

Is not this David the king of the land ? did they 35 1 And it came to pass in the morning, not sing one to another of him in dances, saying, that Jonathan went out into the field at the Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten time appointed with David, and a little lad thousands ? with him.

12 And David laid up these words in his heart, 36 And he said unto his lad, Run, find out and was sore afraid of Achish the king of now the arrows which I shoot. And as the lad Gath. ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.

13 And he changed his behaviour before them, 37 And when the lad was come to the place and feigned himself mad in their hands, and of the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jona. scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his than cried after the lad, and said, Is not the ar. spittle fall down upon his beard. row beyond thee?

*14 Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye 38 And Jonathan cried after the lad, Make see the man is mad: wherefore then have ye speed, haste, stay not. And Jonathan's lad brought him to me? gathered up the arrows, and came to his 15 Have I need of mad-men, that ye have master.

brought this fellow to play the mad-man in my 39 But the lad knew not any thing : only Jon. presence ? shall this fellow come into my house? athan and David knew the matter.

CHAPTER XXII. 40 And Jonathan gave his artillery unto his lad, and said unto him, Go, carry them to the

1 Companies resort unto David at Adullam. city.

3 At Mizpeh he commendeth his parents-unto 411 And as soon as the lad was gone, David

the king of Moab. 5 Admonished by Gad, arose out of a place toward the south, and fell

he cometh to Hareth. 6_Saul going to pur. on his face to the ground, and bowed himself

sue him, complaineth of his servants' un. three times : and they kissed one another,

faithfulness. 9 Doeg accuseth Abimelech. and wept one with another, until David ex

11 Saul commandeth to kill the priests. 17 ceeded.

The footmen refusing, Doeg executeth it. 42 And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, 20 Abiathar escaping, bringeth David the forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the

news. name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be be. AVID therefore departed thence, and escaped tween me and thee, and between my seed and to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren thy seed for ever. And he arose and departed: and all his father's house heard it, they went and Jonathan went into the city.

down thither to him. CHAPTER XXI.

2 And every one that was in distress, and

every one that was in debt, and every one that 1 David at Nob obtaineth of Ahimelech hal.

was discontented, gathered themselves unto lowed bread. 7 Doeg was present. 8 David him; and he became a captain over them: taketh Goliath's sword. 10 David at Gath and there were with him about four hundred feigneth himself mad.

men. THEN came David to Nob to Ahimelech the 3 i And David went thence to Mizpeh of

I priest : and Ahimelech was afraid at the Moab: and he said unto the king of Moab, Let meeting of David, and said unto him, Why art my father and my mother, I pray thee, come thou alone, and no man with thee?

forth, and be with you, till I know what God ? And David said unto Abimelech the priest, will do for me. The king hath commanded me a business, and 4 And he brought them before the king of hath said unto me, Let no man know any thing Moab: and they dwelt with him all the while of the business whereabout I send thee, and that David was in the hold. what I have commanded thee: and I have ap 5 And the prophet Gad said unto David, pointed my servants to such and such a place. Abide not in the hold ; depart, and get thee into

3 Now therefore what is under thine hand? the land of Judah. Then David departed, and give me five loaves of bread in mine hand, or came into the forest of Hareth. what there is present.

61 When Saul heard that David was dis. 4 And the priest answered David, and said, covered, and the men that were with him, (now There is no common bread under mine hand, Saul abode in Gibeah under a tree in Ramah, but there is hallowed bread; if the young men having his spear in his hand, and all his servants have kept themselves at least from women. were standing about him ;)

5 And David answered the priest, and said 7 Then Saul said unto his servants that stood unto him, Of a truth women have been kept about him, Hear now, ye Benjamites; will the from us about these three days, since I came son of Jesse give every one of you fields and out, and the vessels of the young men are holy, vineyards, and make you all captains of thouand the bread is in a manner common, yea, sands, and captains of hundreds ; though it were sanctified this day in a ves 8 That all of you have conspired against me,

and there is none that sheweth me that my son 6 So the priest gave him hallowed bread : for hath made a league with the son of Jesse, and there was no bread there but the shew-bread, there is none of you that is sorry for me, or that was taken from before the LORD, to put sheweth unto me that my son hath stirred up my hot bread in the day when it was taken away.. servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this 7 Now a certain man of the servants of Saul | day?

14 Anilah: and out that ever they edu out of

The priests of Nob slain. Í. SAMUEL. The treachery of the Keilites

9 1 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which fought with the Philistines, and brought away was set over the servants of Saul, and said, their cattle, and smote them with a great I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahime. slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of lech the son of Ahitub.

Keilah. 10 And he inquired of the LORD for him, and 6 And it came to pass, when Abiathar the gave him victuals, and gave him the sword of son of Ahimelech fled to David to Keilah, that Goliath the Philistine.

he came down with an ephod in his hand. 11 Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the 71 And it was told Saul that David was priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father's come to Keilah. And Saul said, God hath de. house, the priests that were in Nob: and they Jivered him into mine hand; for he is shut in, came all of them to the king.

by entering into a town that hath gates and 12 And Saul said, Hear now, thou son of bars. Ahitub. And he answered, Here I am, my 8 And Saul called all the people together to lord.

war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David 13 And Saul said unto him, Why have ye and his men. conspired against me, thou and the son of Jesse, 91 And David knew that Saul secretly prac. in that thou hast given him bread, and a sword, tised mischief against him; and he said to and hast inquired of God for him, that he should Abiathar the priest, Bring hither the ephod. rise against me, to lie in wait, as at this day? 10 Then said David, O LORD God of Israel,

14 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and thy servant hath certainly heard that Saul seek. said, And who is so faithful among all thy eth to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for servants as David, which is the king's son-in my sake. law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is honour.

11 Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into able in thine house?

his hand? will Saul come down, as thy servant 15 Did I then begin to inquire of God for him? hath heard ? O LORD God of Israel, I beseech be it far from me. Let not the king impute any thee, tell thy servant. And the LORD said, He thing unto his servant, nor to all the house of my will come down. father : for thy servant knew nothing of all this, 12 Then said David, Will the men of Keilah less or more.

deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul? 16 And the king said, Thou shalt surely die, And the LORD said, They will deliver thee Ahimelech, thou, and all thy father's house

up. 17 1 And the king said unto the footmen that 13 | Then David and his men, which were stood about him, Turn, and slay the priests about six hundred, arose and departed out of of the LORD; because their hand also is with Keilah, and went whithersoever they could go. David, and because they knew when he fled, And it was told Saul that David was escaped and did not shew it to me. But the servants of from Keilah ; and he forbare to go forth. the king would not put forth their hand to fall 14 And David abode in the wilderness in upon the priests of the LORD.

strong holds, and remained in a mountain in 18 And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him fall upon the priests. And Doeg the Edomite every day, but God delivered him not into his turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew on hand. that day fourscore and five persons that did wear 15 And David saw that Saul was come out to a linen ephod.

seek his life: and David was in the wilderness 19 And Nob, the city of the priests, smote he of Ziph in a wood. with the edge of the sword, both men and wo. 16 And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and men, children and sucklings, and oxen, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened asses, and sheep, with the edge of the sword. his hand in God.

20 T And one of the sons of Ahimelech the 17 And he said unto him, Fear not: for the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped, and hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and fled after David.

thou shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be 21 And Abiathar shewed David that Saul had next unto thee; and that also Saul my father slain the Lord's priests.

knoweth.. 22 And David said unto Abiathar, I knew it 18 And they two made a covenang before the that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, LORD: and David abode in the wood, and Jon. that he would surely tell Saul: I have occa. athan went to his house. sioned the death of all the persons of thy father's 19 Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to house.

Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself 23 Abide thou with me, fear not: for he that with us in strong holds in the wood, in the hill seeketh my life seeketh thy life: but with me of Hachilah, which is on the south of Jeshi. thou shalt be in safe-guard.


20 Now therefore, o king, come down ac

cording to all the desire of thy soul to come 1 David, inquiring of the Lord by Abiathar,

down; and our part shall be to deliver him into rescueth Keiluh. 7 God shewing him the

the king's hand. coming of Saul, and the treachery of the 21 And Saul said, Blessed be ye of the LORD; Keilites, he escapeth from Keilah. 14 In

for ye have compassion on me. Ziph Jonathan cometh and comforteth him.

22 Go, I pray you, prepare yet, and know, 19 The Ziphites discover him to Saul. 25 At

and see his place where his haunt is, and who Maon he is rescued from Saul by the inva.

bath seen him there : for it is told me that he sion of the Philistines. 29 He dwelleth at

dealeth very subtilly. En-gedi.

23 See therefore, and take knowledge of all THEN they told David, saying, Behold, the the lurking places where he hideth himself, and

1 Philistines fight against Keilah, and they come ye again to me with the certainty, and I rob the threshing-floors.

will go with you and it shall come to pass, if 2 Therefore David inquired of the LORD, say. he be in the land, that I will search him out ing, Shall I go and smite these Philistines ? And throughout all the thousands of Judah. the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the 24 And they arose, and went to Ziph before Philistines, and save Keilah.

Saul: but David and his men were in the wil. 3 And David's men said unto him, Behold, derness of Maon, in the plain on the south of we be afraid here in Judah : how much more

Jeshimon. then if we come to Keilah against the armies of 25 Saul also and his men went to seek him. the Philistines?

| And they told David : wherefore he came down 4 Then David inquired of the LORD yet again. into a rock, and abode in the wilderness of And the LORD answered him and said, Arise, Maon. And when Saul heard that, he pursued go down to Keilah ; for I will deliver the Philis. after David in the wilderness of Maon. tines into thine hand.

26 And Saul went on this side of the monn. 5 So David and his men went to Keilah, and tain, and David and his men on that side of the David cutteth of Sauľs skirt. CHAPTER XXV. The death of Samuel. mountain: and David made haste to get away | 17 And he said to David, Thou art more for fear of Saul; for Saul and his men com- | righteous than I : for thou hast rewarded me passed David and his men round about to take good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil. them.

18 And thou hast shewed this day how that 27 | But there came a messenger unto Saul, thou hast dealt well with me; forasmuch as saying, Haste thee, and come ; for the Philis. when the LORD had delivered me into thine tines have invaded the land.

hand, thou killedst me not, 28 Wherefore Saul returned from pursuing 19 For if a man find his enemy, will he let after David, and went against the Philistines: him go well away? wherefore the LORD retherefore they called that place Sela-hammah. ward thee good, for that thou hast done unto lekoth.

me this day. 29 | And David went up from thence, and 20 And now, behold, I know well that thou dwelt in strong holds at En-gedi.

shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of CHAPTER XXIV.

Israel shall be established in thine hand.

21 Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, 1 David in a cave at En-gedi, having cut off

that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and Saul's skirt, spareth his life. 8 He sheweth

that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my thereby his innocency. 16 Saul, acknowledg.

father's house. ing his fault, taketh an oath of David, and 22 And David sware unto Saul. And Saul departeth.

went home; but David and his men gat them AND it came to pass, when Saul was returned up unto the hold. A from following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying, Behold, David is in the wil.

CHAPTER XXV. derness of En-gedi.

1 Samuel dieth. 2 David in Paran sendeth to 2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men Nabal. 10 Provoked by Nabal's churlish, out of all Israel, and went to seek David and ness, he mindeth to destroy him. 14 Abigail his men upon the rocks of the wild goats.

understanding thereof, 18 taketh a present, 3 And he came to the sheep-cotes by the way,

23 and by her wisdom 32 pacifieth David. 36 where was a cave ; and Saul went in to cover Nabal hearing thereof dieth. 39 David tak. his feet: and David and his men remained in

eth Abigail and Ahinoam to be his wives. 44 the sides of the cave.

Michal is given to Phalti. 4 And the men of David said unto him, Be. AND Samuel died: and all the Israelites were hold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, A gathered together, and lamented him, and Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine buried him in his house at Ramah.And David hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall arose, and went down to the wilderness of Paseem good unto thee. Then David arose, and

ran. cut off the skirt of Saul's robe privily.

2 And there was a man in Maon, whose pos. 5 And it came to pass afterward, that David's

sessions were in Carmel; and the man was very heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's great, and he had three thousand sheep, and a skirt,

thousand goats: and he was shearing his sheep 6 And he said unto his men, The Lord for. in Carmel. bid that I should do this thing unto my master, 3 Now the name of the man was Nabal ; and the LORD's anointed, to stretch forth mine hand | the name of his wife Abigail : and she was a against him, seeing he is the anointed of the woman of good understanding, and of a beau. LORD.

tiful countenance : but the man was churlish 7 So David stayed his servants with these and evil in his doings; and he was of the house words, and suffered them not to rise against of Caleb. Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and 4 1 And David heard in the wilderness that went on his way.

Nabal did shear his sneep. 8 David also arose afterward, and went out 5 And David sent out ten young men, and of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My David said unto the young men, Get you up to lord the king. And when Saul looked behind Carmel, and go to Nabal, and greet him in my him, David stooped with his face to the earth, name: and bowed himself.

6 And thus shall ye say to him that liveth in 91 And David said to Saul, Wherefore bear. prosperity, Peace be both to thee, and peace be est thou men's words, saying, Behold, David to thine house, and peace be unto all that thou seeketh thy hurt?

hast. 10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how 7 And now I have heard that thou hast shear. that the LORD had delivered thee to-day into ers: now thy shepherds which were with us, we mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill hurt them not, neither was there aught missing thee; but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I unto them, all the while they were in Carmel. will not put forth mine hand against my lord; 8 Ask thy young men, and they will shew for he is the LORD's anointed.

thee. Wherefore let the young men find favour 11 Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt in thine eyes : for we come in a good day: give, of thy robe in my hand : for in that I cut off I pray thee, whatsoever cometh to thine hand the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know unto thy servants, and to thy son David. thou and see that there is neither evil nor trans. 9 And when David's young men came, they gression in mine hand, and I have not sinned spake to Nabal according to all those words in against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to the name of David, and ceased. take it.

10 TT And Nabal answered David's servants, 12 The LORD judge between me and thee, and said, Who is David? and who is the son of and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine Jesse ? there be many servants now-a-days that hand shall not be upon thee.

break away every man from his master. 13 As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wick 11 Shall I then take my bread, and my water, edness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, hand shall not be upon thee.

and give it unto men, whom I know not whence 14 After whom is the king of Israel come out? they be? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, 12 So David's young men turned their way, after a flea,

and went again, and came and told him all 15 The LORD therefore be judge, and judge those sayings. between me and thee, and see, and plead my 13 And David said unto his men, Gird ye on cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.

every man his sword. And they girded on eve16 1 And it came to pass when David had ry man his sword; and David also girded on his made an end of speaking these words unto sword: and there went up after David about Saul, that Saul said, Is this thy voice, my son | four hundred men; and two hundred abode by David ? And Saul lifted up his voice, and the stuff. wept..

14 T But one of the young men told Abigail,

David taketh her to wife.

Abigail's discreet conduct. I. SAMUEL. Nabal's wife, saying, Behold, David sent mes. | rael liveth, which hath kept me back from burt. sengers out of the wilderness to salute our mas ing thee, except thou hadst hasted and come to ter; and he railed on them.

meet me, surely there had not been left unto. 15 But the men were very good unto us, and Nabal by the morning light any that pisseth we were not hurt, neither missed we any thing, against the wall. as long as we were conversant with them, when 35 So David received of her hand that which we were in the fields :

she had brought him, and said unto her, Go up 16 They were a wall unto us both by night in peace to thine house; see, I have heark. and day, all the while we were with them keep ened to thy voice, and have accepted thy per. ing the sheep.

son... 17 Now therefore know and consider what 36 | And Abigail came to Nabal; and be. thou wilt do: for evil is determined against our hold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast master, and against all his household: for he is of a king; and Nabal's heart was merry within such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak him, for he was very drunken: wherefore she to him.

told him nothing, less or more, until the morning 18 11 Then Abigail mąde haste, and took two light. hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and 37 But it came to pass in the morning, when five sheep ready dressed, and five measures of the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife parched corn, and an hundred clusters of raisins, | had told him these things, that his heart died and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid thern within him, and he became as a stone. on asses.

38 And it came to pass about ten days after, 19 And she said unto her servants, Go on be. that the LORD smote Nabal, that he died. fore me; behold, I come after you. But she 39 | And when David heard that Nabal was told not her husband Nabal.

dead, he said, Blessed be the LORD, that hath 20 And it was 30, as she rode on the ass, that pleaded the cause of my reproach from the she came down by the covert of the hill, and hand of Nabal, and hath kept bis servant from behold, David and his men came down against evil: for the LORD hath returned the wickedness her; and she met them.

of Nabal upon his own head. And David sent 21 (Now David had said, Surely in vain have and communed with Abigail, to take her to I kept all that this fellow hath in the wilderness, him to wife. so that nothing was missed of all that pertained 40 And when the servants of David were come unto him: and he hath requited me evil for to Abigail to Carmel, they spake unto her, say. good.

ing, David sent us unto thee, to take thee to 22 So and more also do God unto the enemies him to wite. of David, if I leave of all that pertain to him 41 And she arose, and bowed herself on her by the morning light any that pisseth against face to the earth, and said, Behold, let thine the wall.)

handmaid be a servant to wash the feet of the 23 And when Abigail saw David, she hasted, servants of my lord. and lighted off the ass, and fell before David on 42 And Abigail hasted, and arose, and rode her face, and bowed herself to the ground, upon an ass, with five damsels of hers that went

24 And fell at his feet, and said, Upon me, my after her; and she went after the messengers of lord, upon me let this iniquity be: and let thine David, and became his wife. handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine audience, 43 David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel ; and and hear the words of thine handmaid.

they were also both of them his wives. 25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this 44 1 But Saul had given Michal his daughso is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with which was of Gallim. him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young

CHAPTER XXVI. men of my lord, whom thou didst send. 26 Now therefore, my lord, as the Lord liv.

| 1 Saul, by the discovery of the Ziphites, com, eth, and as thy soul Jiveth, seeing the LORD

eth to Hachilah against David. 4 David bath withholden thee from coming to shed

coming into the trench stayeth Abishai from blood, and from avenging thyself with thine

killing Saul, but taketh his spear and cruse, own hand, now let thine enemies, and they that

13 David reproveth Abner, 18 and exhorteth seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal."

Saul. 21 Saul acknowledgeth his sin, 27 And now this blessing which thine hand AND the Ziphites came unto Saul to Gibeah, maid hath brought unto my lord, let it even be 11 saying, Doth not David hide himself in given unto the young men that follow my the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshi. lord.

mon? 28 I pray thee, forgive the trespass of thine 2 Then Saul arose, and went down to the wil. handmaid for the LORD will certainly make derness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen my lord a sure house ; because my lord fighteth men of Israel with him, to seek David in the the battles of the LORD, and evil hath not been wilderness of Ziph. found in thee all thy days.

3 And Saul pitched in the hill of Hachilah, 29 Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to which is before Jeshimon, by the way. But seek thy soul : but the soul of my lord shall be David abode in the wilderness, and he saw bound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy that Saul came after him into the wilderGod; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall

ness. be sling out, as out of the middle of a sling.

4 David therefore sent out spies, and under30 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD stood that Saul was come in very deed. shall have done to my lord according to all the 5 T And David arose and came to the place good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and where Saul had pitched : and David beheld the shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel ; place where Saul lay, and Abner the son of Ner,

31 That this shall be no grief unto thee, nor the captain of his host. And Saul lay in the offence of heart unto my lord, either that thou trench, and the people pitched round about hast shed blood causeless, or that my lord hath avenged himself: but when the LORD shall 6 Then answered David and said to Ahime. have dealt well with my lord, then remember lech the Hittite, and to Abishai the son of Ze. thine handmaid.

ruiah, brother to Joab, saying, Who will go 32 1 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be down with me to Saul to the camp ? And Abi. the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this shai said, I will go down with thee.. day to meet me:

7 So David and Abishai came to the people by 33 And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be night: and behold, Saul lay sleeping within the thou, wbich hast kept me this day from coming trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his to shed blood, and from avenging myself with bolster: but Abner and the people lay round mine own hand.

about him. 34 For in very deed, as the LORD God of Is. I 8 Then said Abishai to David, God hath de.


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Saut acknowledgeth his sin. CHAPTER XXVIII. David fleeth from Saut. livered thine enemy into thine hand this day: 1 ing better for me than that I should speedily esa now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, cape into the land of the Philistines ; and Saul with the spear, even to the earth at once, and I shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any will not smite him the second time.

coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his 9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him hand. not: for who can stretch forth his hand against 2 And David arose, and he passed over with the Lord's anointed, and be guiltless ?

the six hundred men that were with him unto 10 David said furthermore, As the LORD liv. Achish, the son of Maoch, king of Gath. eth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall 3 And David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and and his men, every man with his household, perish.

even David with his two wives, Ahinoam the 11 The LORD forbid that I should stretch Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Na. forth mine hand against the Lord's anointed : bal's wife. but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that 4 And it was told Saul that David was fled is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let to Gath: and he sought no more again for

him. 12 So David took the spear and the cruse of 5 1 And David said unto Achish, If I have water from Saul's bolster; and they gat them now found grace in thine eyes, let them give me away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither a place in some town in the country, that I may awa ked: for they were all asleep ; because a dwell there: for why should thy servant dwell deep sleep from the LORD was fallen upon them. in the royal city with thee?

13 1 Then David went over to the other side 6 Then Achish gave him Ziklag that day : and stood on the top of an hill afar off; a great wherefore Ziklag pertaineth unto the kings of space being between them:

Judah unto this day. 14 And David cried to the people, and to Ab. 7 And the time that David dwelt in the coun. ner the son of Ner, saying, Answerest thou not, try of the Philistines was a full year and four Abner? Then Abner answered and said, Who months. art thou that criest to the king ?

8 TT And David and his men went up, and in. 15 And David said to Abner, Art not thou a vaded the Geshurites, and the Gezrites, and the valiant man? and who is like to thee in Israel? Amalekites: for those nations were of old the Wherefore then hast thou not kept thy lord the inhabitants of the land, as thou goest to Shur, king? for there came one of the people in to de even unto the land of Egypt. stroy the king thy lord.

9 And David smote the land, and left neither 16 This thing is not good that thou nast done. man nor woman alive, and took away the As the Lord liveth, ye are worthy to die, be. sheep, and the oxen, and the asses, and the cause ye have not kept your master the LORD's camels, and the apparel, and returned, and anointed. And now see where the king's spear came to Achish. is, and the cruse of water that was at his bol 10 And Achish said, Whither have ye made ster.

a road to-day? And David said, Against the 17 And Saul knew David's voice, and said, south of Judah, and against the south of the Is this thy voice, my son David? and David Jerahmeelites, and against the south of the Kesaid, It is my voice, my lord, O king.

nites. 18 And he said, Wherefore doth my lord thus 11 And David saved neither man nor woman pursue after his servant ? for what have I done? alive, to bring tidings to Gath, saying, Lest or what evil is in mine hand ?

they should tell on us, saying, So did David, 19 Now therefore, I pray thee, let my lord the and so will be his manner all the while he dwellking hear the words of his servant. If the LORD eth in the country of the Philistines, have stirred thee up against me, let him accept 12 And Achish believed David, saying, He an offering: but if they be the children of men, hath made his people Israel utterly to abhor cursed be they before the LORD; for they have him; therefore he shall be my servant for driven me out this day from abíding in the in ever. heritance of the LORD, saying, Go, serve other

CHAPTER XXVIII. gods. 20 Now therefore, let not my b.ood fan to the

1 Achish putteth confidence in David. 3 Saul, earth before the face of the LORD: for the king

having destroyed the witches, 4 and now in of Israel is come out to seek a flea, as when one

his fear forsaken of God, 7 seeketh to a witch. doth hunt a partridge in the mountains.

9 The witch, encouraged by Saul, raiseth up 21 Then said Saul, I have sinned : return,

Samuel. 15 Saul, hearing his ruin, faintiny son David : for I will no more do thee harm,

eth. 21 The woman with his servants rebecause my soul was precious in thine eyes this

fresh him with meat. day: behold, I have played the fool, and have AND it came to pass in those days, that the erred exceedingly.

Philistines gathered their armies together 22 And David answered and said, Behold the for warfare, to fight with Israel. And Achish king's spear! and let one of the young men said unto David, Know thou assuredly, that come over and fetch it.

thou shalt go out with me to battle, thou and 23 The LORD render to every man his right. thy men. eousness and his faithfulness : for the LORD de. 2 And David said to Achish, Surely thou livered thee into my hand to-day, but I would shalt know what thy servant can do. And not stretch forth mine hand against the LORD's Achish said to David, Therefore will I make anointed.

thee keeper of mine head for ever. 24 And behold, as thy life was much set by 31 Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had this day in mine eyes, so let my life be much set lamented him, and buried him in Ramah, even by in the eyes of the LORD, and let him deliver in his own city. And Saul had put away those me out of all tribulation.

that had familiar spirits, and the wizards, out 25 Then Saul said to David, Blessed be thou, of the land. my son David : thou shalt both do great things, 4 And the Philistines gathered themselves to. and also shalt still prevail. So David went on gether, and came and pitched in Shunem : and his way, and Saul returned to his place.

Saul gathered all Israel together, and they CHAPTER XXVII.

pitched in Gilboa..

5 And when Saul saw the host of the Philis. 1 Saul hearing David to be in Gath seeketh

tines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly tremno more for him. 5 David beggeth Ziklag bled. of Achish. 8 He, invading other countries, 6 And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the persuadeth Achish he fought against Ju LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor dah.

by Urim, nor by prophets. ND David said in his heart, I shall now perish 7 | Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek one day by the hand of Saul: there is noth me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I

The womente, in bir am Anelis,

AND it came gathered thisrael. Andly, t

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