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CHAPTER VI. David danceth before the ark. reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and people that were with him from Banle of Judah, Judah.

to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose 6 | And the king and his men went to Jeru. name is called by the name of The LORD of salem unto the Jebusites the inhabitants of the hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims. land: which spake unto Duvid, saying, Except 3 And they set the ark of God upon a new thou take away the blind and the lame, thou cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinashalt not come in hither: thinking, David can dab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio not come in hither.

the sons of Abinadab drave the new cart. 7 Nevertheless, David took the strong hold of 4 And they brought it out of the house of Zion: the same is the city of David.

Abinadab, which was at Gibeah, accompany8 And David said on that day, Whosoever ing the ark of God; and Ahio went before the getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebu. ark. sites, and the lame and the blind, that are hated 5 And David and all the house of Israel played of David's soul, he shall be chief and captain. before the LORD on all manner of instruments Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame made of fir-wood, even on harps, and on psaltershall not come into the house.

ies, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on 9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it, The cymbals. city of David. And David built round about *6 11 And when they came to Nachon's threshfrom Millo and inward.

ing-floor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark 10 And David went on, and grew great, and of God, and took hold of it: for the oxen shook the LORD God of hosts wis with him.

it. 11 | And Hiram king of Tyre sent mes. 7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled sengers to David, and cedar-trees, and carpen against Uzzah, and God smote him there for ters, and masons: and they built David an his error; and there he died by the ark of God. house.

8 And David was displeased, because the 12 And David perceived that the Lord had LORD had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he established him king over Israel, and that he called the name of the place Perez-uzzah to this had exulted his kingdom for his people Israel's day. sake,

9 And David was afraid of the LORD that 13 | And David took him more concubines day, and said, How shall the ark of the LORD and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come come to me? from Hebron: and there were yet sons and

10 So David would not remove the ark of the

LORD unto him into the city of David: but Da14 And these be the names of those that were vid carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom born unto him in Jerusalem ; Shammuah, and the Gittite. Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon,

11 And the ark of the LORD continued in the 15 [bhar also, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months : Japhia,

and the LORD blessed Obed-edom and all his 16 And Elishama, and Eliada, and Elipha. household. let.

12 | And it was told king David, saying, 17 | But when the Philistines heard that they The Lord hath blessed the house of Obed: had anointed David king over Israel, all the edom, and all that pertaineth_unto him, be. Philistines came up to seek David ; and David cause of the ark of God. So David went and heard of it, and went down to the hold.

brought up the ark of God from the house of 18 The Philistines also came and spread them. Obed-edom into the city of David with glad. selves in the valley of Rephaim.

ness, 19 And David inquired of the LORD, saying, 13 And it was so, that when they that bare Shall I go up to the Philistines ? wilt thou the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sac. deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD rificed oxen and fatlings. said unto David, Goup: for I will doubtless 14 And David danced before the LORD with deliver the Philistines into thine hand,

all his might; and David was girded with a 20 And David came to Baal-perazim, and linen ephod. David smote them there, and said, The LORD 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the sound of the trumpet. the name of that place Baal-perazim.

16 And as the urk of the LORD came into the 21 And there they left their iniages, and David city of David, Michal, Saul's daughter, looked and his men burned them.

through a window, and saw king David leaping 22 1 And the Philistines came up yet again, and dancing before the LORD; and she despised and spread themselves in the valley of Re him in her heart. phaim,

17 | And they brought in the ark of the 23 And when David inquired of the LORD, LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the he said, Thou shalt not go up : but fetch a com tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and pass behind them, and come upon them over David offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings against the mulberry-trees.

before the LORD. 24 And let it be, when thou hearest the sound 18 And as soon as David had made an end of of a going in the tops of the mulberry-trees, offering burnt-offerings and peace-offerings, he that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall blessed the people in the name of the LORD of the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host hosts. of the Philistines,

19 And he dealt among all the people, even 25 And David did so as the LORD had com. among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to manded him; and smote the Philistines from the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, Geba until thou come to Gazer.

and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. CHAPTER VI.

So all the people departed every one to his

house. 1 David fetcheth the ark from Kirjath-jearim

20 Then David returned to bless his houseon a new cart. 6 Uzzah is smitten at Perez

hold. And Michal the daughter of Saul came uzzah. 9 God blesseth Obed-edom for the

out to meet David, and said, How glorious was ark. 12 David bringing the ark into Zion

the king of Israel to-day, who uncovered him. with sacrifices, danceth before it, for which self to-day in the eyes of the handmaids of his Michal despiseth him. 17 He placcth it in a

servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly tabernacle with great joy and feasting. 20

uncovereth himself! Michal reproving David for his religious 21 And David said unto Michal, It was before joy is childless to her death.

the LORD, which chose me before thy father, GAIN, David gathered together all the cho. and before all his house, to appoint me ruler sen men of Israel, thirty thousand.

over the people of the LORD, over Israel: there2 And David arose, and went with all the fore will I play before the LORD.

God's promises to David. II. SAMUEL, David subdueth his enemies.

22 And I will get be more vile than thus, and 1 20 And what can David say more unto thee? will be base in mine own sight: and of the maid. for thou, Lord God, knowest thy servant servants which thou hast spoken of, of them 21 For thy word's sake, and according to shall I be had in honour.

thine own heart, hast thou done all these great 23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had things, to make thy servant know them. no child unto the day of her death,

22 Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God: CHAPTER VII.

for there is none like thee, neither is there any

God beside thee, according to all that we have 1 Nathan first approving the purpose of Da

heard with our ears. vid to build God an house, 4 after by the

23 And what one nation in the earth is like word of God forbiddeth him. 12 He prom.

thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to iseth him benefits and blessings in his seed.

redeem for a people to himself, and to make 18 David's prayer and thanksgiving.

him a name, and to do for you great things and AND it came to pass, when the king sat in his terrible, for thy land, before thy people which - house, and the LORD had given him rest thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the round about from all his enemies,

nations and their gods? 2 That the king said unto Nathan the proph 24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy peo. et, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but ple Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and the ark of God dwelleth within curtains. . thou, LORD, art become their God.

3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do 25 And now, O Lord God, the word that thou that is in thine heart: for the LORD is with hast spoken concerning thy servant, and con. thee.

cerning his house, establish it for ever, and do | 4 1 And it came to pass that night, that the as thou hast said. word of the LORD came unto Nathan, say. 26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, ing.

saying, The LORD of hosts is the God over Is5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith rael: and let the house of thy servant David be the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me established before thee. to dwell in ?

27 For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, 6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house | hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build since the time that I brought up the chil. thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found dren of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee. but have walked in a tent and in a taber. 28 And now, O Lord God, thou art that God, nacle.

and thy words be true, and thou hast promised 7 In all the places wherein I have walked with this goodness unto thy servant: all the children of Israel spake I a word with any 29 Therefore now let it please thee to bless the of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to house of thy servant, that it may continue for feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not ever before thee: for thou, O Lord GOD, hast me an house of cedar ?

spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house 8 Now therefore, so shalt thou say unto my of thy servant be blessed for ever. servant David, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I

CHAPTER VIII. took thee from the sheep-cote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Is.

1 David subdueth the Philietines and the Moab. rael:

ites. 3 He smiteth Hadadezer, and the Sy. 9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou rians. 9 Toi sendeth Joram with presents to wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out bless him. 11 The presents and the sport of thy sight, and have made thee a great name,

David dedicateth to God. 14 He putteth gar. like unto the name of the great men that are in

risons in Edom. 16 David's officers. the earth.

AND after this it came to pass, that David 10 Moreover, I will appoint a place for my A smote the Philistines, and subdued them: people Israel, and will plant them, that they and David took Metheg-ammah out of the band may dwell in a place of their own, and move no of the Philistines. more; neither shall the children of wickedness 2 And he smote Moab, and measured them afflict them any more as beforetime,

with a line, casting them down to the ground; 11 And as since the time that I commanded even with two lines measured he to put to judges to be over my people Israel, and have death, and with one full line to keep alive, caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also And so the Moabites became David's servants, the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an and brought gifts. house.

3 1 David smote also Hadadezer, the son of 12 11 And when thy days be fulfilled, and Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up his border at the river Euphrates. thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out 4 And David took from him a thousand chari. of thy bowels, and I will establish his king. ots, and seven hundred horsemen, and twenty dom.

thousand footmen: and David houghed all the 13 He shall build an house for my name, and chariot-horses, but reserved of them for an hunI will stablish the throne of his kingdom for dred chariots. ever.

5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came 14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. to succour Hadadezer king of Zobah, David If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand the rod of men, and with the stripes of the chil. men. dren of men:

6 Then David put garrisons in Syria of Da. 15 But my mercy shall not depart away from mascus: and the Syrians became servants to him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away David, and brought gifts. And the LORD prebefore thee,

served David whithersoever he went. 16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be 7 And David took the shields of gold that established for ever before thee: thy throne were on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought shall be established for ever.

them to Jerusalem. 17 According to all these words, and accord 8 And from Betah, and from Berothai, cities ing to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto of Hadadezer, king David took exceeding much David.

brass. 18 11 Then went king David in, and sat before 9 When Toi king of Hamath heard that the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O Lord David had smitten all the host of Hadadezer, God? and what is my house, that thou hast 10 Then Toi sent Joram his son unto king brought me hitherto ?

David, to salute him, and to bless him, because 19 And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, | he had fought against Hadadezer, and smitten O Lord God; but thou hast spoken also of thý him: (for Hadadezer had wars with Toi.) servant's house for a great while to come. And Joram brought with him vessels of silver And is this the manner of man, O Lord God? and vessels of gold, and vessels of brass ;

vil bli hedhine house the holy kingdom, shall be werend Deved to

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in cold that

David sendeth for Mephibosheth. CHAPTER X David's ambassadors are abused.

11 Which also king David did dedicate un. , he did eat continually at the king's table; and to the LORD, with the silver and gold that was lame on both his feet. he had dedicated of all nations which he sub. dued;

CHAPTER X. 12 Of Syria, and of Moab, and of the chil. 1 1 David's messengers, sent to comfort Hanun dren of Ammon, and of the Philistines, and of

the son of Nahush, are villanously entreat. Ainaleh, and of the spoil of Hadadezer son of

ed. 6 The Ammonites, strengthened by the Rehob, king of Zobah.

Syrians, are overcome by-Joab and Abishai. 13 And David gat him a name when he re

15 Shobach, making a new supply of the Sy. turned from smiting of the Syrians in the valley rians at Helam, is slain by David. of salt, being eighteen thousand men.

ND it came to pass after this, that the king 14 1 And he put garrisons in Edom; through. n of the children of Ammon died, and Hanun out all Edom put he garrisons, and all they of his son reigned in his stead. Edom became David's servants. And the LORD 2 Then said David, I will shew kindness unto preserved David whithersoever he went.

Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father shewed 15 And David reigned over all Israel: and kindness unto me. And David sent to comfort David executed judgment and justice unto all hiin by the hand of his servants for his father. his people.

And David's servants came into the land of the 16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the children of Ammon. host; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was 3 And the princes of the children of Ammon recorder;

said unto Hanun their lord, Thinkest thou that 17 And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahim. Du vid doth honour thy father, thut he hath elech the son of Abiathar, were the priests; and sent comforters unto thee? hath not David Seraiah was the scribe;

rather sent his servants unto thee, to search 18 And Benuiah the son of Jehoiada was over the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow both the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and

it? David's sons were chief rulers.

4 Wherefore Hanun took David's servants, CHAPTER IX.

and shaved off the one half of their beards, and

cut off their garments in the middle, even to 1 David by Ziba sendeth for Mephibosheth. 7 their buttocks, and sent them away.

For Jonathan's sake he entertaineth him at 5 When they told it unto David, he sent to his table, and restoreth him all that was meet them, because the men were greatly

Saul's. 9 He maketh Ziba his farmer. ashamed. And the king said, Tarry at Jeri. AND David said, Is there yet any that is left cho until your beards be grown, and then re. n of the house of Saul, that I may shew him turn, kindness for Jonathan's sake?

61 And when the children of Ammon saw 2 And there was of the house of Saul a ser that they stank before David, the children of vant whose name was Ziba. And when they Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Bethhad called him unto David, the king said unto rehob, and the Syrians of Zobah, twenty thou. him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy ser. sand footmen, and of king Muncah a thousand vant is he.

men, and of Ish-tob twelve thousand men. 3 And the king said, Is there not yet any of 7. And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, the house of Saul, that I may shew the kind and all the host of the mighty men, ness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the 8 And the children of Ammon came out, and king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame put the battle in arrny at the entering in of the on his feet.

gate: and the Syrians of Zobah and of Rehob, 4 And the king said unto him, Where is he? and Ish-tob, and Maacah were hy themselves in And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the field. the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lo. 9 When Joab saw that the front of the battle debar.

was against him before and behind, he chose of 51 Then king David sent, and fetched him all the choice men of Israel, and put them in out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, array against the Syrians: from Lo-debar.

10 And the rest of the people he delivered into 6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jona the hand of Abishai his brother, that he might than, the son of Saul, was come unto David, put them in array against the children of Amhe fell on his face, and did reverence. And Da. mon. vid said, Mephibosheth, And he answered, 11 And he said, If the Syrians be too strong Behold thy servant !

for me, then thou shalt help me: but if the 7 And David said unto him, Fear not: for children of Ammon be too strong for thee, then I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonuthan I will come and help thee. thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the 12 Be of good courage, and let us play the land of Saul thy father, and thou shalt eat men for our people, and for the cities of our bread at my table continually.

God: and the LORD do that which seemeth 8 And he bowed himself, and said, What is him good. thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such 13 And Joab drew nigh, and the people that a dead dog as I am ?

were with him, unto the battle against the Syri9 Then the king called to Zibo, Snul's ser. ans: and they fled before him. vant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy 14 And when the children of Ammon saw master's son all that pertuined to Saul, and to that the Syrians were fled, then fled they also all his house.

betore Abishai, and entered into the city. So 10 Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy ser. Joub returned from the children of Ammon, and vants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt came to Jerusalem. bring in the fruits that thy master's son may 15 I And when the Syrians saw that they have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy mas. were smitten before Israel, they gathered them. ter's son shall eat bread alway at my table. selves together, Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty ser. 16 And Hadarezer sent, and brought out the vants,

Syrians thut were beyond the river: and they 11 Then said Ziba unto the king, According came to Helam : and Shobnch the captain of to all that my lord the king hath commanded the host of Hadarezer went before them, his servant, so shall thy servaut do. As for 17 And when it was told David, he gathered Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my all Israel together, and passed over Jordan, and table, as one of the king's sons.

came to Helam. And the Syrians set them. 12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose selves in array against David, and fought with name was Micha. And all that dwelt in the him. bouse of Ziba were servants unto Mephibo. 18 And the Syrians fled before Israel : and sheth.

David slew the men of seven hundred chariots 13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem ; for of the Syrians, aud forty thousand horsemen, David committeth adultery. II. SAMUEL. Nathan's parable of the lamb. and smote Shobach the captain of their host, 19 And charged the messenger, saying, When who died there.

thou hast made an end of telling the matters of 19 And when all the kings that were servants the war unto the king, to Hadurezer saw that they were smitten before 20 And if so be that the king's wrath arise, Israel, they made peace with Israel, and served and he say unto thee, Wherefore approached them. So the Syrians feared to help the chil. ye so nigh unto the city when ye did fight? dren of Ammon any more.

knew ye not that they would shoot from the

wall ? CHAPTER XI.

21 Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerub. 1 While Joab besieged Rabbah, David commit. besheth ? did not a woman cast a piece of a

teth adultery_with Bath-sheba. 6 Uriah, mill-stone upon him from the wall that he died sent for by David to cover the adultery, in Thebez? why went ye nigh the wal? Then would not go home neither sober nor drunk. say thou, Thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead en. 14 He carrieth to Joab the letter of his

also. death. 18 Joab sendeth the news thereof to 22 | So the messenger went, and came and

David. 26 David taketh Bath-sheba to wife. shewed David all that Joab had sentt hon AND it came to pass, after the year was ex. for. n pired, at the time when kings go forth to 23 And the messenger said unto David, Surely battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants the men prevailed against us, and came out un with him, and all Israel ; and they destroyed to us into the field, and we were upon them everla the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. unto the entering of the gate. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.

24 And the shooters shot from off the wall up.. 2 11 And it came to pass in an evening-tide, on thy servants: and some of the king's servants : that David arose from off his bed, and walked be dead, and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is upon the roof of the king's house : and from the dead also. roof he saw & woman washing herself; and the 25 Then David said unto the messenger, Thus : woman was very beautiful to look upon.

shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this thing dis.. 3 And David sent and inquired after the wo. please thee, for the sword devoureth one as well man. And one said, Is not this Bath-sheba the as another : make thy battle more strong against daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hit the city, and overthrow it: and encourage thou tite ?

him. 4 And David sent messengers and took her : 26 | And when the wife of Uriah heard that and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for (for she was purified from her uncleanness :) | her husband, and she returned unto her house.

27 And when the mourning was past, David 5 And the woman conceived, and sent and sent and fetched her to his house, and she betold David, and said, I am with child.

came his wife, and bare him a son. But the 61 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send thing that David had done displeased the LORD. me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to

CHAPTER XII. David.

7 And when Uriah was come unto him, Da. 1 Nathan's parable of the ewe-lamb causeth vid demanded of him how Joab did, and how

David to be his own judge. 7 David, re. the people did, and how the war prospered.

proved by Nathan, confesseth his sin, and is 8 And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy pardoned. 15 David mourneth and prayeth house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed for the child, while it lived. 24 Solomon is out of the king's house, and there followed him

born, and named Jedidiah. 26 David taketh a mess of meat from the king.

Rabbah, and tortureth the people thereof. 9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king's AND the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And house with all the servants of his lord, and went 1 he came unto him, and said unto him, There not down to his house.

were two men in one city ; the one rich, and 10 And when they had told David, saying, the other poor. Uriah went not down unto his house, David 2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy jour. and herds : ney ? why then didst thou not go down unto 3 But the poor man had nothing save one: thine house?

little ewe-lamb, which he had bought and nour. 11 And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and ished up : and it grew up together with him, Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord and with his children ; it did eat of his own Joab, and the servants of my lord are encamped meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his in the open fields ; shall I then go into mine bosom, and was unto him as a danghter. house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my 4 And there came a traveller unto the rich wife? As thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I man, and he spared to take of his own ffock and will not do this thing.

of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man 12 And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to. that was come unto him ; but took the poor day also, and to-morrow I will let thee depart. man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day and the come to him. morrow.

5 And David's anger was greatly kindled 13 And when David had called him, he did against the man; and he said to Nathan, As: eat and drink before him ; and he made him the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his thing shall surely die. bed with the servants of his lord, but went not 6 And he shall restore the lamb four-fold, bedown to his house.

cause he did this thing, and because he had no, 14 1 And it came to pass in the morning, that pity. David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the T1 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the hand of Uriah.

man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I 15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and thee out of the hand of Saul; retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and 8 And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy die.

master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee 16 And it came to pass, when Joab observed the house of Israel and of Judah ; and if that the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place had been too little, I would moreover have given where he knew that valiant men were.

unto thee such and such things. 17 And the men of the city went out, and 9 Wherefore hast thou despised the command. fought with Joab: and there fell some of the ment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou people of the servants of David ; and Uriah the hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and Hittite died also.

hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast 18 1 Then Joab sent and told David all the slain him with the sword of the children of Am things concerning the war;

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Solomon is born.

CHAPTER XIII. Amnon forceth Tamar. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart made them pass througn the brick-kiln: and from thine house; because thou hast despised thus did he unto all the cities of the children of me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite Ammon. So David and all the people returned to be thy wife.

unto Jerusalem. U Thus saith the LORD, Behold I will raise

CHAPTER XIII. up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and

1 Amnon loving Tamar, by Jonadab's counsel give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie

feigning himself sick, ravisheth her. 15 He with thy wives in the sight of this sun.

hateth her, and shamefully turneth her away. 12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do 19 Absalom entertaineth her, and concealeth this thing before all Israel, and before the

his purpose. 23 At a sheep-shearing, among sun.

all the king's sons, he killeth Amnon. 30 13 And Duvid said unto Nathan, I have sin David grieving at the news is comforted by ned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto Jonadab. 37 Absalom fleeth to Talmai at David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin;

Geshur. thou shalt not die.

AND it came to pass after this, that Absalom 14 How beit, because by this deed thou hast n the son of David had a fair sister, whose given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of Da. to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto vid loved her. thee shall surely die.

2 And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick 15 | And Nathan departed unto his house. for his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin ; and And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's Amnon thought it hard for him to do any thing wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. . to her.

16 David therefore besought God for the child ; 3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name was and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night Jonadab, the soa of Shimeah David's brother : upon the earth.

and Jonadab was a very subtle man. 17 And the elders of his house arose, and 4 And he said unto him, Why art thou, being went to him, to raise him up from the earth : the king's son, lean from day to day? wilt thou but he would not, neither did he eat bread with not tell me? And Amnon said unto him, I love them.

Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister. 18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, 5 And Jonadab said unto him, Lay thee down that the child died. And the servants of David on thy bed, and make thyself sick: and when feared to tell him that the child was dead: for thy father cometh to see thee, say unto him, I they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, pray thee, let my sister Tamar come, and give we spake unto him, and he would not hearken me meat, and dress the meat in my sight, that I unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, may see it, and eat it at her hand if we tell him that the child is dead ?

6 1 So Amnon lay down, and made himself 19 But when David saw that his servants sick: and when the king was come to see him, whispered, David perceived that the child was Amnon said unto the king, I pray thee, let dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is Tamar my sister come, and make me a cou. the child dead? and they said, He is dead. ple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat at her

20 Then David arose from the earth, and hand. washed, and anointed himself, and changed his 7 Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, Go now to thy brother Amnon's house, and and worshipped: then he came to his own dress him meat. house ; and when he required, they set bread 8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's before him, and he did eat.

house; and he was laid down. And she took 21 Then said his servants unto him, What flour, and kneaded it, and made cakes in his thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast sight, and did bake the cakes. and weep for the child, while it was alive; but 9 And she took a pan, and poured them out when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat | before him ; but he refused to eat. And Amnon bread.

said, Have out all men from me. And they went 2 And he said, While the child was yet alive, out every man from him, I fasted, and wept: for I said, Who can tell 10 And Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring the whether God will be gracious to me, that the meat into the chamber, that I may eat of thine child may live?

hand. And Tamar took the cakes which she 23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I had made, and brought them into the chamber fast ? can I bring him back again? I shall go to Amnon her brother. to him, but he shall not return to me,

11 And when she had brought them unto him 24 1' And David comforted Bath-sheba his to eat, he took hold of her, and said unto her, wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: Come lie with me, my sister. and she bare a son, and he called his name Solo 12 And she answered him, Nay, my brother, mon: and the LORD loved him.

do not force me; for no such thing ought to be 25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the | done in Israel: do not thou this folly. prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, be. 13 And I, whither shall I cause my shame to cause of the LORD.

go? and as for thee, thou shalt be as one of the 26 | And Joab fought against Rabbah of fools in Israel. Now therefore, I pray thee, the children of Ammon, and took the royal speak unto the king; for he will not withhold city.

me from thee. 27 And Joab sent messengers to David, and 14 How beit, he would not hearken unto her said, I have fought against Rabbah, and have | voice: but being stronger than she, forced her, taken the city of waters.

and lay with her. 28 Now therefore gather the rest of the people 15 | Then Amnon hated her exceedingly ; so together, and encamp against the city, and take that the hatred wherewith he hated her was it: lest I take the city, and it be called after my greater than the love wherewith he had loved name.

her. And Amnon said unto her, Arise, be 29 And David gathered all the people togeth. gone. er, and went to Rabbah, and fought against it, 16 And she said unto him, There is no cause: and took it.

this evil in sending me away is greater than the 30 And he took their king's crown from off other that thou didst unto me. But he would his head, (the weight whereof was a talent of not hearken unto her. gold with the precious stones,) and it was set on 17 Then he called his servant that ministered David's head. And he brought forth the spoil unto him, and said, Put now this woman out of the city in great abundance.

from me, and bolt the door after her. 31 And he brought forth the people that were 18 And she had a garment of divers colours therein, and put them under saws and under upon her: for with such robes were the king's harrows of iron, and under axes of iron, and daughters that were virgins apparelled. Then

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