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264 A witch raiseth Samuel. I SLMUEL. She giveth Saul victuals.

5 And when Saul saw the host of the LORD done this thing unto thee this Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart | day. greatly trembled.

19 Moreover, the LORD will also de. 6 And when Saul inquired of the LORD, liver Israel with thee into the hand of the the LORD answered him not, neither by Philistines: and to-moriow shalt thou and dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets. thy sons be with me: the LORD also shall

7 Then said Saul unto his servants, || deliver the host of Israel into the hand of Seek me a woman that hath a familiar the Philistines. spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire 20 Then Saul fell straightway all along of her. And his servants said to him, ll on the earth, and was sore afraid, because Behold, there is a woman that hath a fa- l of the words of Samuel: and there was miliar spirit at Endor.

no strength in him ; for he had eaten no 8 And Saul disguised himself, and put bread all the day, nor all the night. on other raiment, and he went, and two 1 21 & And the woman came unto Saul, men with him, and they came to the wom- and saw that he was sore troubled, and an by night: and he said, I pray thee, ll said unto him, Behold, thine handmaid divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and hath obeyed thy voice, and I have put bring me him up whom I shall name un my life in my hand, and have hearkened to thee.

unto thy words which thou spakest unto 9 | And the woman said unto him, Be- || me. hold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, 22 Now therefore, I pray thee, hearkhow he hath cut off those that have fa- ||en thou also unto the voice of thine handmiliar spirits, and the wizards, out of the maid, and let me set a morsel of bread land: wherefore then layest thou a snare before thee; and eat, that thou mayest for my life, to cause me to die?

bave strength, when thou goest on thy 10' And Saul sware to her by the || way. LORD, saying, As the LORD liveth, there 23 But he refused, and said, I will not shall no punishment happen to thee for | eat. But his servants, together with the this thing.

woman, compelled him ; and he heark11 Then said the woman, Whom shall | ened unto their voice. So he arose from I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring | the earth, and sat upon the bed. me up Samuel.

24 And the woman had a fat calf in 12 And when the woman saw Samuel, || the house ; and she hasted, and killed it, she cried with a loud voice : and the and took four, and kneaded it, and did woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast! bake unleavened bread thereof: thou deceived me ? for thou art Saul. 25 And she brought it before Saul, and

13 And the king said unto her, Be not || before his servants; and they did eat. afraid : for what sawest thou? And the Then they arose up, and went away that woman said unto Saul, I saw gods as- | night. cending out of the earth.

CHAP. XXIX. 14 And he said unto her, What form 1 David marching with the Philistines, is he of? And she said, An old man com- 3 is disallowed by their firinces. 6 A eth up; and he is covered with a mantle. Il chish dismisseth him. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, INTOW the Philistines gathered togethand he stooped with his face to the N er all their armies to Aphek ; and ground, and howed himself.

the Israelites pitched by a fountain which 15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why is in Jezreel. hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? 2 And the lords of the Philistines passAnd Saul answered, I am sore distress-led on by hundreds, and by thousands : ed; for the Philistines make war against but David and his men passed on in the me, and God is departed from me, and || rere-ward with Achish. answereth me no more, neither by pro 31 Then said the princes of the Philisphets, nor by dreams: therefore I have || tines, What do these Hebrews here? called thee, that thou mayest make And Achish said unto the princes of the known unto me what I shall do.

Philistines, Is not this David, the servant 16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then || of Saul the king of Israel, which hath dost thou ask of me, seeing the Lord is | been with me these days, or these years, departed from thee, and is become thine and I have found no fault in him since he enemy?

fell unto me unto this day? 17 And the Lord hath done to him, as I 4 And the princes of the Philistines he spake by me: for the Lord hath rent were wroth with him; and the princes of the kingdom out of thine hand, and given the Philistines said unto him, Make this it to thy neighbour, even to David : fellow return, that he may go again to his

18 Because thou obeyedst not the voice place which thou hast appointed him, of the LORD), por executedst his fierce and let him not go down with us to batwrath upon Amalck, therefore hath the Atle, lest in the battle he be an adversary The Amalekites spoil Ziklag CHAP. XXX. David pursueth them. 263 to us: for wherewith should he reconcile ! 7 And David said to Abiathar the himself unto his master ? should it not be priest, Ahimelech's son, I pray thee bring with the heads of these men ?

me hither the ephod. And Abiathar 5 Is not this David, of whom they sang brought thither the ephod to David. one to anotlter in dances, saving, Saul 8 And David inquired at the LORD, slew his thousands, and David his ten saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? thousands?

shall I overtake them? And he answered 6. Then Achish called David, and him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely oversaid unto him, Surely, as the LORD liveth, take them, and without fail recover all. ihou hast been upright, and thy going 9 So David went, he and the six hunout and thy coming in with me in the host | dred men that were with him, and came is good in my sight : for I have not found to the brock Besor, where those that were eri in thee since the day of thy coming | left behind stayed.

to me unto this day: nevertheless 10 But David pursued, he and four We lords favour thee not.

hundred men: for two hundred abode be7 Wherefore now return, and go in lind, which were so faint that they could peace, that thou displease not the lords of not go over the brook Besor. the Philistines.

11 | And they found an Egyptian in the 8 F And David said unto Achish, But field, and brought him to David, and gave what have I done ? and what hast thou him bread, and he did eat ; and they found in thy servant, so long as I have made him drink water; been with thee unto this day, that I may 12 And they gave him a piece of a cake not go fight against the enemies of my of figs, and two clusters of raisins : and lord the king?

when he had eaten, his spirit came again to 9 And Achish answered and said to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk. David, I know that thou art good in my I any water, three days and three nights. sight, as an angel of God: notwithstand 13 And David said unto him, To whom ing, the princes of the Philistines have said, I belongese thou ? and whence art thou ? He shall not go up with us to the battle. || And he said, I am a young man of Egypt,

10 Wherefore now rise up early in the servant to an Amalekite ; and my master morning with thy master's servants that left me,liccause threedaysagone i fell sick. are come with thee: and as soon as vebe 14 We made an invasion upon the south up early in the morning, and have light, ofthe Cherethiies, and upon the coast which depart.

belongeih to Judah, and upon the south nf 11 So David and his men rose up early Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire. to depart in the morning, to return into 15 And David said to him, Canst thou the land of the Philistincs. And the Flui bring me down to this company? And he lisunes went up to Jezreel.

said, Swear into me by God, that thou CHAP. XXX.

wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into 1 The Amalekites spoil Zıklag. 7 David, the hands of my master, and I will bring

encouraged by God, pursnith them. thee down to this company. AND it came to pass, when David and 16 | And when he had brought him

his men were come to Ziklag of the down, behold, they were spread abroad thinl day, that the Amalekites had in | upon all the earth, eating and drinking, vaded the south, and Z klag, and smitten and dancing, because of all the great spoil Záklag, and burned it with fire;

that they had taken out of the land of the 2 and had taken the women captives Philistines, and out of the land of Judah. that were therein ; they slew not any, i 17 And David smote them from the cither great or small, but carried them a- twilight even unto the evening of the next way, and went on their way.

day; and there escaped not a man of them, 3 [So David and his men came to the save four hundred young men, which city, and behold, it was burned with roce upon camels, and fled. fire; and their wives, and their sons, and 18 And David recovered all that the their daughters, were taken captives. | Amalekites had carried away: and David

4 Then David and the people that rescued his two wives. Toure with him lifted up their voice and 19 And there was nothing lacking to wept, until they liad nomore power to weep. || thiem, neither small nor great, neither

5 And Druid's two wives were taken sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any captit, Aunoam the Jezreelitess, and thing that they had taken to them: David bigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. recovered all.

o And David was greatly distressed: 20 And David took all the flocks and for the people spake of stoning him, be the herds, which they drave before those cuse the sunlon all the people was rricv- other cattle, and said, This is David's spoil. ei, every ma: for his sons, and for his 21 And David came to the two hundanglites : but David encouraged him- dred men, which were so faint that they sell in the LORD his God.

1 could not follow David, whom they had

266 David divideth the spoul. II. SAMUEL. Saui and his sons are slain. made also to abide at the brook Besor : { from before the Philistines, and fell down and they went forth to meet David, and slain in mount Gilboa. to meet the people that were with him : 1 2 And the Philistines followed hard upand when David came near to the people, on Saul and upon his sons; and the Phihe saluted them.

| listines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and 22 Then answered all the wicked men, Malchi-shua, Saul's sons. and men of Belial, of those that went with 3 And the battle went sore against Saul, David, and said, Because they went not | and the archers hit him; and he was sore with us, we will not give them aught of the wounded of the archers. spoil that we have recovered, save to every 4 Then said Saul unto his armour-bearman his wife and his children, that they l er, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through may lead them away, and depart,

therewith ; lest these uncircumcised come 23 Then said David, Ye shall not do l and thrust me through, and abuse me. so, my brethren, with that which the || But his armour-bearer would not ; for he Lord'hath given us, who hath preserved was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a us, and delivered the company that came | sword, and fell upon it. against us into our hand.

5 And when his armour-bearer saw 24 For who will hearken unto you in that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon this matter ? but as his part is that goeth || his sword, and died with him. down to the battle, so shall his part bel 6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part his armour-bearer, and all his men, that alike.

same day together. 25 And it was so from that day for 7 | And when the men of Israel that ward, that he made it a statute and an or- || were on the other side of the valley, and dinance for Israel unto this day.

they that were on the other side Jordan, 26 | And when David came to Ziklag, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Ju- Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook dah, even to his friends, saying, Behold a the cities, and fed ; and the Philistines present for you, of the spoil of the enemies came and dwelt in them. of the LORD;

8 And it came to pass on the mor27 To them which were in Beth-el, and row, when the Philistines came to strip to them which were in south Ramoth, and the slain, that they found Saul and his to them which were in Jattir,

three sus fallen in mount Gilboa. 28 And to them which were in Aroer, 9 And they cut off his head, and stripped and to them which were in Siphmoth, and ft his armour, and sent into the land of the to them which were in Eshtemoa,

Philistines round about, to publish it in the 29 And to them which were in Rachal, Il nouse of their idols, and among the people. and to them which were in the cities of the 10 And they put his armour in the Jeralımcelites, and to them which were il house of Ashtaroth: and they fastened his in the cities of the Kenites,

Dody to the wall of Betli-shan. 30 And to them which were in Hormah, 11 | And when the inhabitants of Jaand to them which were in Chor-ashan, || besh-gilead heard of that which the Phiand to them which were in Athach, listines had done to Saul,

31 And to them which were in Hebron, 12 All the valiant men arose, and went anrl to all the places where David himself all night, and took the body of Saul, and and his men were wont to haunt.

the bodies of his sons froin the wall of CHAP. XXXI.

Betli-shan, and came to Jabcsh, and burnt Saul, having lost his army, and liis sons, ll them there. killeth himself.

13 And they took their bones, and buN OW the Philistines fought against ried them under a tree at Jabcsh, and fast

Israel ; and the men of Israel fied II ed seven days.


11 from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth 1 An Amalckite bringeth tiilings of the lupon his head : and so it was, when he overthroty, and accusing himself of ll came to David, that he fell to the earth, Saul's death, is slain.

and did obeisance. N OW it came to pass after the death || 3 And David said unto him, From

of Saul, wlicn David was returned | whence comest thou? And he said unto from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and him, Outofthecamp of Israelam lescaped. David had abode two days in Ziklag; 4 And David said unto him, How went

2 It came even to pass on the third day. || the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he that behold, a man came out of the camp !! answered, That the people are fled from

David lamenteth for Saul. CHAP. II. He is made king of Judah. 267 the battle, and many of the people also l 22 From the blood of the slain, from are fallen, and dead; and Saul and Jona- | the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan than his son are dead also.

turned not back, and the sword of Saul 5 And David said unto the young man returned not empty. that told him, How knowest thou that 23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and Saul and Jonathan his son be dead? pleasant in their lives, and in their death

6 And the young man that told him they were not divided : they were swifter said, As I happened by chance upon than eagles, they were stronger than lions. mount Gilboa, behoid, Saul leaned upon 24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over his spear; and lo, the chariots and horse Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other men followed hard after him.

delights, who put on ornaments of gold 7 And when he looked behind him, he upon your apparel saw me, and called unto me. And I an 25 How are the mighty fallen in the swered, Here am I.

midst of the battle! 0 Jonathan, thou 8 And he said unto me, Who art thou? wast slain in thine high places. and I answered him, I am an Amalekite. 26 I am distressed for thee, my brother

9 He said unto me again, Stand, I pray Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been thee, upon me, and slay me: for anguish | unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, is come upon me, because my life is yet I passing the love of women.

27 How are the mighty fallen, and the 10 So I stood upon him, and slew him, I weapons of war perished ! because I was sure that he could not live

CHAP. II. after that he was fallen : and I took the 1 David by God's direction going up to crown that was upon his head, and the Hebron, is made king of Judah. 8 Abbracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord.

18 Asahel slain. 11 Then David took hold on his clothes, AND it came to pass after this, that and rent them; and likewise all the men A David inquired of the Lord, saying, that were with him :

Shiul I go up into any of the cities of Ju12 And they mourned and wept, and dah? And the LORD said unto him, Go fasted until even, for Saul and for Jona- | up. And David said, Whither shall I go than his son, and for the people of the | up? And he said, Unto Hebron. LORD, and for the house of Israel ; be 1 2 So David went up thither, and his cause they were fallen by the sword. two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess,

13 | And David said unto the young and Abigail Nabal's wife the Carmelite. man that told him, Whence art thou ? 3 And his men that were with him did And he answered, I am the son of a stran- | David bring up, every man with his ger, an Amalekite.

household: and they dwelt in the cities of 14 And David said unto him, How Hebron. wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine 4 And the men of Judah came, and hand to destroy the Lord's anointed ? there they anointed David king over the

15 And David called one of the young house of Judah. And they told David, men, and said, Go near, and fall upon saying, That the men of Jabesh-gilead him. And he smote him that he died. were they that buried Saul.

16 And David said unto him, Thy blood 5 f And David sent messengers unte be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath the men of Jabesh-gilead, and said unto testified against thee, saying, I have slain them, Blessed be ye of the Lord, that ye the Lord's anointed.

have shiewed this kindness unto your lord, 17 And David lamented with this even unto Saul, and have buried him. lamentation over Saul, and over Jonathan 6 And now the LORD shew kindness his son:

and truth unto you: and I also will re18 (Also he bade them teach the chil ll quite you this kindness, because ye have dren of Judah the use of the bow; behold, done this thing, it is written in the book of Jasher.)

7 Therefore now let your hands be 19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy strengthened, and be ye valiant: for your high places : how are the mighty fallen! master Saul is dead, and also the house of

20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in Judah have anointed me king over them, the streets of Askelon ; lest the daughters | 8 | But Abner the son of Ner, captain of the Philistines rejoice, lcst the daugh- of Saul's host, took Ish-bosheth the son of

Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim; 21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there 9 And made him king over Gilead, and be no dew, neither let there be rain upon over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and you, nor fields of offerings : for there the over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, over all Israel. the shield of Saul, as though he had not been 10 Ish-bosheth Saul's son, was forty anointed with oil.

"ycars old when he began to reign over 268 Abner slayeth Asahel. II. SAMUEL. David Tuixeth stronger. Israel, and reigned two rears: but the and became one troon, and stood on the house of Judah followed David.

top of an liill. 11 And the time that David was king 26 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, in Hebron, over the house of Judah, was Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest seven vears and six months.

thou not that it will be bitterness in the 12 | And Abner the son of Ner, and the latter end ? how long shall it be then, ere servants of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, thou bil the people return from followwent out from Mahanaim to Gibeon. ing their brethren?

13 And Joab the son of Zeruial, and 27 And Joab said, As God liveth, unthe servants of David went out, and met | less thou hadst spoken, surely then in the together by the pool of Gibeon: and they morning the people had gone up every sat down, the one on the one side of the one from following his brother. pool, and the other on the other side of 28 So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the the pool.

people stood still, and pursued after Israel 14 And Abner said to Joab, Let the no more, neither fought they any more. young men now arise, and play before us. 29 And Abner and his men walked all And Joab said, Let them arise.

that night through the plain, and passed 15 Then there arose, and went over by over Jordan, and went through all Bithnumber twelve of Benjamin, which per- ron, and they came to Mahanaim. tained to Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and | 30 And Joab returned from following twelve of the servants of David. | Abner : and when he had gathered ali

16 And they caught every one his fel- the people together, there lacked of Dalow by the head, and thrust his sword in vid's servants nineteen men, and Asahel. his fellow's side : so they fell down to 31 But the servants of Davidhadsmitien gether: wherefore that place was called of Benjamin, and of Abner's men, so that Helkath-hazzurim, which is in Gibeon. three hundred and threescore men died.

17 And there was a very sore battle 32 || And they took up Asahel, and buthat day ; and Abner was beaten, andried him in the sepulchre of his father, the men of Israel, before the servants of which was in Beth-lehem. And Joab David.

and his men went all night, and they 18 (And there were three sons of Ze- came to Hebron at break of day. ruiah there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asa

CHAP. III. hel: and Asahel was as light of foot as a 1 During the war David still cuareth wild roe.

stronger. 6 Abner displeased with Ish19 And Asahel pursued after Abner ; bosheth, 12 revoiteth to David. 22 Joab and in going he turned not to the right killeth Abner. 28 David curseth Joab, hand nor to the left from following Abner. sland mourneth for Abner.

20 Then Abner looked behind him, N IV there was long war between and said, Art thou Asahel? And he an- TV the house of Saul and the house ot swered, I am.

David: but David waxed stronger and 21 And Abner said to him, Turn thee stronger, and the house of Saul waxed asicle to thy right hand or to thy left, and weaker and weaker. lay thee hold on one of the young men, 2f And unto David were sons born in and take thee his armour. "But Asahel Hebron : and his first-born was Amnon, would not turn aside from following of of Abinoam the Jezreelitess;

3 And his second, Chilcab, of Abigail 22 And Abner said again to Asaliel, the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the Turn thee aside from following me : third, Absalom the son of Maxcalı, the wherefore should I smite thee to the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; ground ? how then should I hold up my 4 And the fourth, Adonijah the son of face to Joab thy brother?

Haggith ; and the fifth, Shephaliah the 23 Howbeit he refused to turn aside: || Son of Abital; wherefore Abner with the hinder end of 5 And the sixth, Ithrcam, by Eglah the spear smote him under the fifth rib, || David's wite. These were born to David that the spear came out behind him; and || in Hebron. he fell down there, and died in the same 16 TAnd it came to pass, while there place; and it came to pass, that as many was war between the house of Saul and as came to the place where Asahel fell | the house of David, thit Abner made himdown and died, stood still.

Il self strong for the house of Saul. 24 Joab also and Abishai pursued after 7 And Saul had a concubine, whose Abner : and the sun went down when name was Rizpalı, the daughter of Aiih: they were come to the hill of Ammah, and Ish-boseth said to Abner, Wherefore that lieth before Giah by the way of the | hast thou gone in unto my father's concuwilderness of Gibeon.

bine? 25 | And the children of Benjamin | 8 Then was Abner very wroth for the gathered themselves together after Abrer, 1 words of Ish-basheth, and said, Am I a

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