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CHAP. XIII. was yet alive we spake unto him, and he Amnon feigning himself sick, ravisheth Tamar. would not hearken unto our voice; how will 41. AND it came to pass after this, that he then vex hiinself if we tell hiin that the A Absalom, the son of David, had a child is dead?

fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and 19. But when David saw that his servants | Amnon the son of David loved her. whispered, David perceived that the child | 2. And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell was dead: therefore David said unto his sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a servants, Is the child dead? And they said, virgin: and Amnon thought it hard for him He is dead.

to do any thing to her. 20. Then David arose from the earth, and| || 3. But Amnon had a friend, whose name washed, and anointed himself, and changed was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David's his apparel, and came into the house of the brother:and Jonadab was a very subtile man. LORD, and worshipped: then he came to 4. And he said unto him, Why art thou, his own house; and when he required, they | being the king's son, lean from day to day? set bread before him, and he did eat. | wilt thou not tell me? And Amnon said unto · 21. Then said his servants unto him, him, I love Tamar, my brother Absalom's What thing is this that thou hast done? thou | sister. didst fast and weep for the child while it was 5. And Jonadab said unto him, Lay thee alive; but when the child was dead, thou down on thy bed, and make thyself sick : didst rise and eat bread.

and when thy father cometh to see thee, say 22. And he said, While the child was yet unto him, I pray thee, let my sister Tamar alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can come and give me meat, and dress the meat tell whether God will be gracious to me, that in my sight, that I may see it, and eat it at the child may live ?

her hand. 23. But now he is dead, wherefore should 6. So Amnon lay down, and made himI fast? can I bring him back again? I shall self sick: and when the king was come to (go to him, but he shall not return to me. see him, Amnon said unto the king, I pray

24. And David comforted Bath-sheba his thee, let Tamar my sister come, and make wise, and went in unto her, and lay with her: me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may and she bare a son, and he called his name eat at her hand. Solomon; and the Lord loved him.

7. Then David sent home to Tamar, say. 25. And he sent by the hand of Nathan || ing, Go now to thy brother Amnon's house, the prophet; and he called his name Jedi- and dress him meat. diah, because of the LORD.

| 8. So Tamar went to her brother Am26. TAnd Joab fought against Rabbah of non's house; and he was laid down. And the children of Ammon, and took the royal she took flour, and kneaded it, and made city.

cakes in his sight, and did bake the cakes. 27. And Joab sent messengers to David, 9. And she took a pan, and poured them and said, I have fought against Rabbah, | out before him; but he refused to eat. And and have taken the city of waters.

Amnon said, Have out all men from me: 28. Now therefore gather the rest of the land they went out every man from him. people together, and encamp against the city, 10. And Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring and take it: lest I take the city, and it be the meat into the chamber, that I may eat called after my name.

of thine hand. And Tamar took the cakes 29. And David gathered all the people which she had made, and brought them into together, and went to Rabbah, and fought the chamber to Ampon her brother. against it, and took it.

11. And when she had brought them unto 30. And he took their king's crown from him to eat, he took hold of her, and said off his head, (the weight whereof was a talent unto her, Come, lie with me, my sister. of gold with the precious stones,) and it was 12. And she answered him, Nay, my broset on David's head : and he brought forth ther, do not force me; for no such thing the spoil of the city in great abundance. ought to be done in Israel : do not thou this

31. And he brought forth the people that folly. were therein, and put them under saws, and 13. And I, whither shall I cause my under harrows of iron, and under axes of shame to go ? and as for thee, thou shalt be iron, and made them pass through the brick- | as one of the fools in Israel. Now therekiln: and thus did he unto all the cities of fore, I pray thee, speak unto the king; for the children of Ammon. So David and all he will not withhold me from thee. the people returned unto Jerusalem.

14. Howbeit, he would not hearken unto

her voice; but, being stronger than she,| unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded. forced her, and lay with her.

Then all the king's sons arose, and every 15. Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; man gat him up upon his mule and fled. so that the hatred wherewith he hated her | 30. And it came to pass, while they were was greater than the love wherewith he had in the way, that tidings came to David, sayloved her: and Amnon said unto her, Arise, ing, Absalom hath slain all the king's sons, be gone.

and there is not one of them left. . 16. And she said unto him, there is no 31. Then the king arose, and tare his garcause: this evil in sending me away is great- | ments, and lay on the earth; and all his er than the other that thou didst unto me. || servants stood by with their clothes rent. But he would not hearken unto her.

32. .And Jonadab the son of Shimeah, 17. Then he called his servant that minis- David's brother, answered and said, Let not tered unto him, and said, Put now this wo- | my lord suppose that they have slain all the man out from me, and bolt the door after her. young men the king's sons ; for Amnon only

18. And she had a garment of divers co- is dead: for by the appointment of Absalours upon her: for with such robes were the | lom this hath been determined from the day king's daughters that were virgins apparelled. || that he forced his sister Tamar. Then his servant brought her out, and bolt- 33. Now therefore let not my lord the ed the door after her.

king take the thing to his heart, to think 19. And Tamar put ashes on her head, that all the king's sons are dead; for Amnon and rent her garment of divers colours that only is dead. was on her, and laid her hand on her head, 34. But Absalom fled. And the young and went on crying.

| man that kept the watch lifted up his eyes 20. And Absalom her brother said unto and looked, and, behold, there came much her, Hath Amnon thy brother been with || people by the way of the hill side behind him. thee? but hold now thy peace, my sister: 35. And Jonadab said unto the king, Behe is thy brother ; regard not this thing. So hold, the king's sons come: as thy servant Tamar remained desolate in her brother said, so it is. Absalom's house.

36. And it came to pass, as soon as he 21. But when king David heard of all these had made an end of speaking, that, behold, things, he was very wroth.

the king's sons came, and lifted up their 22. And Absalom spake unto his brother voice, and wept: and the king also and Amnon neither good nor bad : for Absalom all his servants wept very sore. hated Amnon, because he had forced his 37. But Absalom fled, and went to Tal. sister Tamar.

mai, the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur. 23. And it came to pass, after two full || And David mourned for his son every day. years, that Absalom had sheep-shearers in 38. So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, Baal-hazor, which is beside Ephraim: and and was there three years.

39. And the soul of king David longed 24. And Absalom came to the king, and to go forth unto Absalom: for he was comsaid, Behold now, thy servant hath sheep- forted concerning Amnon, seeing he was shearers; let the king, I beseech thee, and dead. his servants, go with thy servant.

CHAP. XIV. 25. And the king said to Absalom, Nay, Absaloon by Joab is brought into the king's presence. my son, let us not all now go, lest we be | 1. N OW Joab the son of Zerujah perchargeable unto thee. And he pressed bim: I ceived that the king's heart was tohow beit he would not go, but blessed him. ward Absalom.

26. Then said Absalom, If not, I pray 2. And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched thee, let my brother Amnon go with us. thence a wise woman, and said unto her, 1 And the king said unto him, Why should he pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, and go with thee?

put on now mourning apparel, and anoint 27. But Absalom pressed him, that he let not thyself with oil, but be as a woman that Amnon and all the king's sons go with him. had a long time mourned for the dead;

28. Now Absalom had commanded his || 3. And come to the king, and speak on servants, saying, Mark ye now when Am- this manner unto him. So Joab put the non's heart is merry with wine; and when words in her mouth. I say unto you, Smite Amnon ; then kill him, 4. And when the woman of Tekoah spake fear not: have not I commanded you ? be to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, courageous, and be valiant.

and did obeisance, and said, Help, O king. 29. And the servants of Absalom did 5. And the king said unto her, What aileth

24. Andnited all the kine Ephraim : ana ange. So Absalomned for his son

Cherson, let us hore said to Absalom, Nav

thee? And she answered, I am indeed a | the thing that I shall ask thee. And the wowidow woman, and my husband is dead. man said, Let my lord the king now speak.

6. And thy handmaid had two sons, and 19. And the king said, Is not the hand of they two strove together in the field, and | Joab with thee in all this? And the woman there was none to part them, but the one answered and said, As thy soul liveth, my smote the other, and slew him.

lord the king, none can turn to the right hand 7. And, behold, the whole family is risen or to the left from aught that my lord the against thine handmaid, and they said, De- king hath spoken: for thy servant Joab, he liver him that smote his brother, that we may bade me, and he put all these words in the kill him, for the life of his brother whom he mouth of thine handmaid: . slew; and we will destroy the heir also: and 20. To fetch about this form of speech so they shall quench my coal which is left, hath thy servant Joab done this thing: and and shall not leave to my husband neither my lord is wise, according to the wisdom name nor remainder upon the earth. of an angel of God, to know all things that

8. And the king said unto the woman, Go | are in the earth. to thine house, and I will give charge con- 21. And the king said unto Joab, Behold cerning thee.

now, I have done this thing: go therefore, 9. And the woman of Tekoah said unto bring the young man Absalom again. the king, My lord, O king, the iniquity be on 22. And Joab fell to the ground on his face, me, and on my father's house; and the king and bowed himself, and thanked the king : and his throne be guiltless.

and Joab said, To-day thy servant knoweth 10. And the king said, Whosoever saith that I have found grace in thy sight, my aught unto thee, bring him to me, and he lord, O king, in that the king hath fulfilled shall not touch thee any more.

the request of his servant. 11. Then said she, I pray thee, let the 23. So Joab arose, and went to Geshur, king remember the LORD thy God, that thou and brought Absalom to Jerusalem. wouldest not suffer the revengers of blood to ||

1 24. And the king said, Let him turn to his destroy any more, lest they destroy my son. own house, and let him not see my face. So And he said, As the LORD liveth, there shall - Absalom returned to his own house, and not one hair of thy son fall to the earth. saw not the king's face.

12. Then the woman said, Let thine hand | 25. But in all Israel there was none to be maid, I pray thee, speak one word unto my so much praised as Absalom for his beauty : lord the king. And he said, Say on. - from the sole of his foot even to the crown

13. And the woman said, Wherefore then of his head there was no blemish in hin. hast thou thought such a thing against the 26. And when he polled his head, (for it people of God ? for the king doth speak this was at every year's end that he polled it; thing as one which is faulty, in that the king because the hair was heavy on him, theredoth not fetch home again bis banished. fore he polled it,) he weighed the hair of his

14. For we must needs die, and are as | head at two hundred shekels, after the king's water spilt on the ground, which cannot be weight. gathered up again: neither doth God re- 27. And unto Absalom there were born spect any person; yet doth he devise means three sons, and one daughter, whose name that his banished be not expelled from him. was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair

15. Now therefore that I am come to countenance. speak of this thing unto my lord the king, it 28. So Absalom dwelt two full years in is because the people have made me afraid : Jerusalem, and saw not the king's face. and thy handmaid said, I will now speak 29. Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to unto the king; it may be that the king will have sent him to the king; but he would perform the request of his handmaid. not come to him: and when he sent again

16. For the king will hear, to deliver his the second time, he would not come. handmaid out of the hand of the man that l 30. Therefore he said unto his servants, would destroy me and my son together out See, Joab's field is near mine, and he hath of the inheritance of God..

barley there; go and set it on fire. And 17. Then thine handmaid said, The word Absalom's servants set the field on fire. of my lord the king shall now be comfort- 31. Then Joab arose, and came to Absaable: for as an angel of God, so is my lord | lom unto his house, and said unto him, the king, to discern good and bad; therefore Wherefore have thy servants set my field the LORD thy God will be with thee. on fire?

18. Then the king answered and said unto 32. And Absalom answered Joab, Bethe woman, Hide not from me, I pray thee, l hold, I sent unto thee, saying, Come hither, that I may send thee to the king, to say, I 13. And there came a messenger to DaWherefore am I come from Geshur ? it had vid, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel been good for me to have been there still: now are after Absalom. therefore let me see the king's face; and if 14. And David said unto all his servants there be any iniquity in me, let him kill me. that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and

33. So Joab came to the king, and told let us flee; for we shall not else escape from him: and when he had called for Absalom, Absalom; make speed to depart, lest he he came to the king, and bowed himself on overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, his face to the ground before the king: and and smite the city with the edge of the sword. the king kissed Absalom.

15. And the king's servants said unto the CHAP. XV.

king, Behold, thy servants are ready to do Absalom, by fair speeches and courtesies, stealeth the hearts

whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint. of Israel.

16. And the king went forth, and all his 1. AND it came to pass after this, that household after him: and the king Jest ten

A Absalom prepared him chariots and women, which were concubines, to keep the horses, and fifty men to run before him. house.

2. And Absalom rose up early, and stood 17. And the king went forth, and all the beside the way of the gate: and it was so, people after him, and tarried in a place that that when any man that had a controversy was far off. came to the king for judgment, then Absa 18. And all his servants passed on beside lom called unto him, and said, Of what city him; and all the Cherethites, and all the art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred one of the tribes of Israel.

men which came after him from Gath, pass3. And Absalom said unto him, See, thyed on before the king. matters are good and right; but there is no 19. Then said the king to Ittai the Gittite, man deputed of the king to hear thee. Wherefore goest thou also with us? return

4. Absalom said moreover, Oh that I to thy place, and abide with the king; for were made judge in the land, that every thou art a stranger, and also an exile. man which hath any suit or cause might 20. Whereas thou camest but yesterday, come unto me, and I would do him justice! should I this day make thee go up and

5. And it was so, that when any man came down with us? Seeing I go whither I may, nigh to him to do him obeisance, he put forth return thou, and take back thy brethren: his hand, and took him, and kissed him. | mercy and truth be with thee.

6. And on this manner did Absalom to all 21. And Ittai answered the king, and Israel that came to the king for judgment. said, As the LORD liveth, and as my lord So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of the king liveth, surely in what place my lord Israel.

the king shall be, whether in death or life, 7. And it came to pass after forty years, even there also will thy servant be. that Absalom said unto the king, I pray 22, And David said to Ittai, Go, and pass thee, let me go and pay my vow which I over. And Ittai the Gittite passed over, have vowed unto the Lord in Hebron. and all his men, and all the little ones that

8. For thy servant vowed a vow while I were with him. abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the 23. And all the country wept with a loud LORD shall bring me again indeed to Je- voice, and all the people passed over: the rusalem, then I will serve the LORD. king also himself passed over the brook

9. And the king said unto him, Go in Kidron, and all the people passed over topeace. So he arose, and went to Hebron. ward the way of the wilderness.

10. But Absalom sent spies throughout 24. And, lo, Zadok also, and all the Leall the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as vites were with him, bearing the ark of the ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye covenant of God: and they set down the shall say, Absalom reigneth in Hebron. ark of God; and Abiathar went up, until all

11. And with Absalom went two hun- the people had done passing out of the city. dred men out of Jerusalem, that were called ; l 25. And the king said unto Zadok, Carry and they went in their simplicity, and they back the ark of God into the city: if I shall knew not any thing.

find favour in the eyes of the Lord, he will 12. And Absalom sent for Ahithophel bring me again, and show me both it and his the Gilonite, David's counsellor, from his habitation. city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacri- 26. But if he thus say, I have no delight fices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the in thee; behold, here am I, let him do to me people increased continually with Absalom. I as seemeth good unto him.

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27. The king said also unto Zadok the || The asses be for the king's household to ride priest, Art not thou a seer? return into the on; and the bread and summer fruit for the city in peace, and your two sons with you, young men to eat; and the wine, that such Ahimaaz thy son, and Jonathan the son of as be faint in the wilderness may drink. Abiathar.

3. And the king said, And where is thy 28. See, I will tarry in the plain of the master's son ? And Ziba said unto the king, wilderness, until there come word from you Behold, he abideth at Jerusalem: for he to certify me.

said, To-day shall the house of Israel restore 29. Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried me the kingdom of my father. the ark of God again to Jerusalem; and 4. Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, they tarried there.

thine are all that pertained unto Mephibo30. And David went up by the ascent of sheth. And Ziba said, 1 humbly beseech mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and thee that I may find grace in thy sight, my had his head covered; and he went bare lord, O king. foot: and all the people that was with him | 5. 1 And when king David came to Ba. covered every man his head, and they went | hurim, behold, thence came out a man of up, weeping as they went up.

the family of the house of Saul, whose 31. And one told David, saying, Ahitho- | name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he phel is among the conspirators with Absa- came forth, and cursed still as he came. lom. And David said, O LORD, I pray 16. And he cast stones at David, and at thee, to turn the counsel of Ahithophel into all the servants of king David : and all the foolishness.

people and all the mighty men were on his 32. And it came to pass, that when Da- right hand and on his left. vid was come to the top of the mount, where 7. And thus said Shinei when he cursed, he worshipped God, behold, Hushai the Ar-Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and chite came to meet him, with his coat rent, I thou man of Belial: and earth upon his head:

8. The Lord hath returned upon thee all 33. Unto whom David said, If thou pass the blood of the house of Saul, in whose est on with me, then thou shalt be a burden stead thou hast reigned ; and the LORD hath unto me:

delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absa34. But if thou return to the city, and say | lom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in unto Absalom, I will be thy servant, О king; || thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man. as I have been thy father's servant hitherto, 9. Then said Abishai the son of Zerujah so will I now also be thy servant: then may unto the king, Why should this dead dog est thou for me defeat the counsel of Ahitho curse my lord the king ? let me go over, I

pray thee, and take off his head. 35. And hast thou not there with thee Za- 10. And the king said, What have I to dok and Abiathar the priests? therefore it do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah ? So let him shall be, that what thing soever thou shalt curse, because the Lord liath said unto him, hear out of the king's house, thou shalt tell Curse David. Who shall then say, Whereit to Zadok and Abiathar the priests. || fore hast thou done so ?

36. Behold, they have there with them 11. And David said to Abishai, and to their two sons, Ahimaaz, Zadok's son, and || all his servants, Behold, my son, which came Jonathan, Abiathar's son ; and by them ye forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how shall send unto me every thing that ye can much more now may this Benjamite do it? hear.

Let him alone, and let him curse: for the 37. So Hushai, David's friend, came into LORD hath bidden him. the city, and Absalom came into Jerusalem. 12. It may be that the LORD will look on CHAP. XVI.

mine affliction, and that the LORD will re5 Shimei curseth David. 9 David with patience abstaineth | quite me good for his cursing this day. from revenge.

13. And as David and his men went by 1. AND when David was a little past the the way, Shimei went along on the hill's

A top of the hill, behold, Ziba the ser side over against him, and cursed as he vant of Mephibosheth met him, with a cou- went, and threw stones at him, and cast dust. ple of asses saddled, and upon them two 14. And the king, and all the people that hundred loaves of bread, and a hundred | were with him, came weary, and refreshed bunches of raisins, and a hundred of sum-themselves there, mer fruits, and a bottle of wine.

15. 1 And Absalom, and all the people, 2. And the king said unto Ziba, What the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, || Ahithophel with him.

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