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284 David mourneth for Absalom. 11. SAMUEL. . Shimei pardoned said, Tidings, my lord the king: for the 10 And Absaloin, whom we anointed LORD hath avenged thee this day of all over is, is dead in battle. Now therefore them that rose up against thee.

why speak ye not a word of bringing the 32 And the king said unto Cushi, Ix king back? the young man Absalom safe? And Cu l ui And king David sent to Zadok shi answered, The enemies of my lord and to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak the king, and all that rise against thee to unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why do thee lurt, be as that young man is. are ye the last to bring the king back to

33 | And the king was much moved, his house? seeing the speech of all Israel and went up to the chamber over the is come to the king, even to his house. gate, and went: and as he went, thus he 12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my said, () my son Absalom, my son, my son bones and my flesh : wherefore then are Absalom! would God I had died for thee, ve the last to bring back the king ? O Absalom, my son, my son !

13 And say ye to Amasa, Ari thou not CHAP. XIX.

of my bone, and of my flesh ? God do so 1 Joab causeth the king tocease his mourni to me, and more also, if thou be not caping. 9 The Israelites bring the king back. tain of the host before me continually in 11 David sendeth to the firiesis to incite the room of Joab. them of Judah. 16 Shimci is fardoned. 14 And he bowed the heart of all the AND it was told Joab, Behold, the || men of Judah, even as the heart of one A king weercth and mourneth for man; so that they sent this word unto the Absalom.

king, Return thou, and all thy servants. 2 And the victory that day was turned 15 So the king returned, and came to into mourning unto all the people : for: Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to the people heard say that day how the go to meet the king, to conduct the king king was grieved for his son.

over Jordan. 3 And the people gat them by stealth 16 f And Shimei the son of Gera, a that day into the city, as people being | Benjamite, which was of Bahurim, hasted ashamed steal away when they flee in ll and came down with the men of Judah to battle.

Il meet king David. 4. But the king covered his face, and Il 17 And there were a thousand men of the king cried with a loud voice, () my 1 Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons

5 And Joab came into the house to the and his twenty servants with him ; and king, and said, Thou hast shamed this day they went over Jordan before the king. the faces of all thy servants, which this 1 13 And there went over a ferry boat day have saved thy life, and the lives of to carry over the king's household, and thy sons and of thy daughters, and the il to do what he thought good. And Shimlives of thy wives, and the lives of thy ei the son of Gera fell down before the concubines.

kmg, as lie was come over Jordan : 6 In that thou lovest thine enemies, 19 And said unto the king, Let not my and hatest thy friends. For thou hast lord impuie iniquity unto me, neither do declared this day, that thou regardest thou remeinner that which tly servant neither princes nor servants : for üis day did perversely the day that iny lord the I perceive, that if Absalon, had lived, and I king went out of Jerusalem, that the king all we had died this day, then it had pleas- should take it to his lieart. cd thee well.

20 For tly servant doth know that I 7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and have sinned': therefore behold, I am speak comfortably unto thy servants : for ll come the first tliis day of all the house of I swear by the LORD, if thou go not forti, i Joseph to go down to mect my lord the there will not tarry one with thee this king. night, and that wil be worse unto thee I 21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah anthan all the evil that befel thee from thy | swered and said, Shall not Shimei be put youth until now.

i to death for this, because he cursed the 8 Then the king rose, and sat in the Lord's anointed ? mate. And they told unto all the people, 22 And David said, What have I to do saying, Behold, the king doth sic in the with you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye gate." And all the people came before should this clay be adversaries unto me? the king : for Israel had fled every man shall there any man be put to death this to his tent.

day in Israel? for do not I know that I 99 And all the people were at strise l an this day king over Israel ? throughout all tire tribes of Israel, saying, 23. Therefore the king said unto Shim. The king saved us out of the hand of our ei, Thou shalt not die. And the king encinies, and he delivered us out of the sware unto him. hand of the Philistines; and now he is 24 | And Mephibosheth the son of Saul fled out of the land for Absalom.

came down to meet the king, and had

David returneth to Jerusalem. CHAP. XX.

Rebellion of Sheba. 285 neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his l] and whatsoever thou shalt require of me, beard, nor washed his clothes, from the that will I do for thee. day the king departed until the day he 39 And all the people went over Jorcame again in peace.

dan. And when the king was come over, 25 And it came to pass, when he was the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that and he returned unto his own place. the king said unto him, Wherefore went 40 Then the king went on to Gilgal, est not thou with me, Mephibosheth? and Chimham went on with him : and ali

26 And he answered, My lord, king, the people of Judah conducted the king, my servant deceived me: for thy servant and also half the people of Israel. said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may 41 | And behold, all the men of Israel ride thereon, and go to the king; because I came to the king, and said unto the king, thy servant is lame.

Why have our brethren the men of Judah 27 And he hath slandered thy servant stolen thee away, and have brought the ninto my lord the king ; but my lord the king, and his household, and all David's king is as an angel of God: do therefore men with him, over Jordan? what is good in thine eyes.

42 And all the men of Judah answered 28 For all of my father's house were but the men of Israel, Because the king is dead men before my lord the king : yet || near of kin to us : wherefore then be ve didst thou set thy servant among them angry for this matter? have we eaten at that did eat at thine own table. What ll all of the king's cust? or hath he given us right therefore have I yet to cry any more || any gift ? unto the king?

43 And the men of Israel answered the 29 And the king said unto him, Why men of Judah, and said, We have ten speakest thou any more of thy matters? I || parts in the king, and we have also more have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land. right in David than ye: why then did ye

30 And Mephibosheth said unto the despise us, that our advice should not be king, Yea, let him take all, forasmuch as first had in bringing back our king? And my lord the king is come again in peace the words of the men of Judah were fiercer unto his own house.

than the words of the men of Israel. 31 | And Barzillai the Gileadite came

CHAP. XX. down from Rogelim, and went over Jor 1 Sheba maketh a party in Israel, 4 Am. dan with the king, to conduct him over asa is slain. 14 Joab pursueth Shebu Jordan.

unto Abel. 16 A wise woman saveth 52 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, the city by Sheba's head. 25 David's even fourscore years old : and he had pro officers. vided the king of sustenance while he lay AND there happened to be there a at Mahanaim : for he was a very great A man of Belial; whose name was man.

Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjainite ; 33 And the king said unto Barzillai, and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have Come thou over with me, and I will feed no part in David, neither have we inherthee with me in Jerusalem.

| itance in the son of Jesse: every main to 34 And Barzillai said unto the king, his tents, O Israel. How long have I to live, that I should go 2 So every man of Israel went up from up with the king unto Jerusalem ? after David, and followed Sheba the son

35 I am this day fourscore years old : of Bichri : but the men of Judah clave and can I discern between good and evil? unto their king, from Jordan even to Jecan thy servant taste what I eat or what I rusalem, drink? can I hear any more the voice of 3 F And David came to his house at Jesinging-men and singing-women? where rusalem; and the king took the ten womfore then should thy servant be yet a bur en his concubines, whom he had left to den imto my lord the king?

keep the house, and put them in ward, 36 Thy servant will go a little way over and fed thein, but went not in unto them, Jordan with the king and why should || So they were shut up unto the day of the king recompense it me with such a their deatlı, living in widowhood. reward?

4 [ Then said the king to Amasa, As37 Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn semble me tlie men of Judah within three back again, that I may die in mine own davs, and be thou here present city, and be buried by the grave of my fa 5 So Amasad went to assemble the mcr ther and of my mother. But behold thy of Judah: but he tarried longer than the servant Chimham ; let him go over with set time which he had appointed him. my lord the king; and do to him what | 6 And David said to Abishai, Now shal! shall seem good unto thee.

Sheba the son of Bicirri dio us inore harna 38 And the king answered, Chimham than did Absalom : take tilou the lords shall go over with me, and I will do to servants, and pursue after him, lest he kim that which shall secm good unto thee:ll get him fenced cities, and evne!".

286 Amasa is slaini.


Sauls sons langed. 7 And there went out after him Joal's 20 And Joab answered and said, Far men, and the Cherethites, and the Pele- be it, far be it from me, that I should thites, and all the mighty men: and they swallow up or destroy. went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after 21 The matter is not so: but a man of Sheba the son of Bichri.

mount Ephraim, Shcba the son of Bichri 8 When they were at the great stone by name, hath lifted up his hand against which is in Gibeon, Amasa went before the king, even againsi David : deliver 'thein. And Joab's garment that he had nim only, and I will depart from the city. put on was girded unto him, and upon it | And the woman said unto Joab, Behold, a girdle with a sword fastened upon his || his head shall be thrown to thee over the loins in the sheath thereof; and as he wall. went forth it fell out.

22 Then the woman went unto all the 9 And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou | people in her wisdom. And they cut off in health, my brother? And Joab took the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and Amasa by the beard with the right hand cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumto kiss him.

pet, and they retired from the city, every 10 But Amasa took no heed to the man to his tent. And Joab returned to sword that was in Joab's hand : so he || Jerusalem unto the king. smote him therewith in the fiftlı rib, and || 23 Now Joab was over all the host shed out his bowels to the ground, and of Israel: and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada struck him not again; and lie died. So was over the Cherethites and over the Joab and Abishai his brother pursued af

Pelethites: ter Sheba the son of Bichri.

24 And Adoram was over the tribute : 11 And one of Joab's men stood by him, and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud wag and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he || recorder : that is for David, let him go after Joal. 25 And Sheva was scribe: and Zadok

12 And Amasa wallowed in blood in and Abiathar were the priests : the midst of the highway. And when Me 26 And Ira also the Jairite was a chicf man saw that all the people stood still, he ruler about David. removed Amasa out of the highway into

CHAP. XXI. the field, and cast a cloth upon him, when 1 The three years famine for the Gibehe saw that every one that came by hiin onites cease, by hanging seven of Saul's stood stiil.

sons. 10 Rizpal's kindness unto the 13 When he was removed out of the dead. 12 David burieth the bones of highway, all the people went on after | Saul and Jonathan. Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of THEN there was a famine in the days Bichri.

1 of David three years, year after year; 14 1 And he went tlırough all the l and David inquired of the LORD. And the tribes of Israel unto Abel, and to Beth Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his maachah, and all the Berites : and they || bloody house, because he slew the Gibeon: were gathered together, and went also af- || ites. ter him.

2 And the king called the Gibeonites, 15 And they came and besieged him || and said unto them ; (now the Gibeonites in Abel of Beth-maachah, and they cust | were not of the children of Israel, but of up a lank against the city, and it stood in the remnant of the Amorites ; and the cije trench; and all the people that were children of Israel liad sworn unto them : vi:h Joab battered the wall, to throw it and Saul sought to slay them, in his zeal dow).

to the children of Israel and Judah.) 16 4 Then cried a wise woman out of 3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibethe city, Ilear, lear; say, I pr !y you, li onites, What shall I do for you? and whercunto Joab, Come near hither, that I inay | with shall I make the atonement, that ye speak with thee.

may bless the inheritance of the LORD? * 17 And when lie was come near unto 4 And the Gibeonites said unto him, her, the woman said, Art thou Joab? And We will have no silver nor gold of Saul, he answered, I am he. Then slie said un nor of his house ; neither for us shalt thou to him, Hear the words of thic hand kill any man in Israel. And he said, inaid. And he answered, I do hear. What ye shall say, that will I do for you.

13 Then she spake, saying, They were 5 And they answered the king, The man want to speak in old time, saying, They that consumed us, and that devised against shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so i us that we should be destroyed from retiev ended the matter.

maining in any of the coasts of Israel, 19 I am one of them that are peaceablc | 6 Let seven men of his sons Le deliverand faithful in Israel: thou seckest to de- || ed unto us, and we will hang them up stroy a city and a mother in Israel: why unto the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the Lord did choose. And the king the LORD!

Il said, I will give them.

Rizpan's kindness unto the dead. CHAP. XX11. David's thanksgiving. 287

7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, || 19 And there was again a battle i:2 the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, be- || Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan cause of the LORD's oath that was be- || the son of Jaare-oregim, a Beth-lehemite, tween them, between David and Jona- slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, than the son of Saul.

the staff of whose spear was like a wea8 But the king took the two sons of ver's beam. Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she 20 And there was yet a battle in Gatii, bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibo- || where was a man of great stature, that sheth; and the five sons of Michal the || had on every hand six fingers, and on evedaughter of Saul, whom she bronght up || ry foot six toes, four and twenty in mumfor Adriel the son of Barzillai the Me || ber; and he also was born to the giant. holathite :

21 And when he defied Israel, Jona9 And he delivered them into the hands than the son of Shimeah the brother of of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them | David slew him. in the hill before the LORD: and they | 22 These four were born to the giant fell all seven together, and were put to | in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, death in the days of harvest, in the first and by the hand of his servants. days, in the beginning of barley harvest.

CHAP. XXII. 1o And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah | A psalm of thanksgiving for God's poqutook sackcloth, and spread it for her up- || ei ful deliverance, and manifold blessings. on the rock, from the beginning of har AND David spake unto the LORD the vest until water dropped upon them out

A words of this song in the day that of heaven, and suffered neither the birds the Lord had delivered him out of the of the air to rest on them by day, nor the hand of all his enemies, and out of the teasts of the field by night.

hand of Saul : 11 And it was told David what Rizpah II 2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, the daughter of Aiah the concubine of and my fortress, and my deliverer; Saul had done.

3 The God of my rock ; in him will i 12 f And David went and took the trust: he is my shicld, and the horn of bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan my salvation, my high tower, and my his son from the men of Jabesh-gilead, | refuge, my saviour; thou savest me froni which had stolen them from the street of violence. Beth-shan, where the Philistines - had | 4 I will call on the LORD, who is worhanged them, when the Philistines had thy to be praised : So shall I be saved slain Saul in Gilboa:

|| from mine enemies. 13 And he brought up from thence 5 When the waves of death compass the bones of Saul and the bones of Jona- led me, the fioods of ungodly men made than his son ; and they gathered the bones | me afraid ; of them that were hanged.

6 The sorrows of hell compassed mea14 And the bones of Saul and Jona- | bout; the snarts of death prevented me ; than luis son buried they in the country of 1 7 In my distress I called upon the Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of LORD, and cried to my God; and he did! Kish his father: and they performed all that the king commanded. And after cry did enter into his ears. that God was entreated for the land. 1 8 Then the earth shook and trembled :

15 4 Moreover, the Philistines had yet || the foundations of heaven moved and war again with Israel ; and David went || shook, because he was wroth. down, and his servants with him, and 9 There went up a smoke out of his fought against the Philistines: and Da- nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devourid waxed faint.

Il ed : coals were kindled by it. " 16 And Ishbi-benob, which was of the 10 Hebowed the heavens also, and cams sons of the giant, the weight of whose | down; and darkness was under his reet. spear weighed three hundred shekels of 11 And he role upon a cherub, and are brass in weight, he being girled with a fy: and he was seen upon the wings of new sword, thought to have slaju David. the wind.

17 But Abishai'the son of Zeruiah suc- 12 And he made darkness pavilions roured him, and smote the Philistine, and round about him, dark waters, and thick killed him. Then the men of David clouds of the skies. sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go 13 Through the brightness before hin no more out with us to battle, that thou were coals of fire kindled. quench not the light of Israel.

14 The LORD thundered from heavcu.

There was again a battle with the Philis- 1 15 And he sent out arrows, and scatterunes at Gob: then Sibbechaj the Hushia- ed them; lightning, and discomfited them. inte slew Saplı, which coas of time soons of 16 And the channels of the sea appear

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288 David's thanksgiving, &c. II. SAMUEL.

His lust words. covered, at the rebuking of the Lord, at || against me hast thou subdued under me. the blast of the breath of his nostrils. 41 Thou hast also given me the necks

17 He sent from above, he took me; || of mine enemies, that I might destroy he drew me out of many waters;

them that hate me. 18 He delivered me from my strong 42 They looked, but there was none to enemy, and from them that hated me: || save; even unto the LORD, but he anfor they were too strong for me.

swered them not. 19 They prevented me in the day of 43 Then did I beat them as small as my calamity: but the LORD was my stay. the dust of the earth, I did stamp them

20 He brought me forth also into a as the mire of the street, and did spread large place: he delivered me, because he them abroad. delighted in me.

44 Thou also hast delivered me from 21 The LORD rewarded me according | the strivings of my people, thou hast kept to my righteousness : according to the me to be head of the heathen: a people cleanness of my hands hath he recom which I knew not shall serve me. pensed me.

45 Strangers shall submit themselves 22 For I have kept the ways of the unto me: as soon as they hear, they shall LORD, and have not wickedly departed be obedient unto me. from my God.

46 Strangers shall fade away, and they 23 For all his judgments were before shall be afraid out of their close places. me: and as for his statutes, I did not de 47 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my part from them.

rock ; and exalted be the God of the rock 24 I was also upright before him, and of my salvation. have kept myself from mine iniquity. 48 It is God that avengeth me, and that

25 Therefore the Lord hath recom- || bringeth down the people under me, pensed me according to my righteous | 49 And that bringeth me forth from ness; according to my cleanness in his | mine enemies; thou also hast lifted me eye-sight.

up on high above them that rose up against * 26 With the merciful thou wilt shew | me: thou hast delivered me from the viothyself merciful, and with the upright lent man. man thou wilt shew thyself upright. 1 50 Therefore I will give thanks unto

27 With the pure thou wilt shew thy- | thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and self pure ; and with the froward thou I will sing praises unto thy name. wilt shew thyself unsavoury.

51 He is the tower of salvation for his 28 And the aflicted people thou wilt king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, unto David, and to his seed for evermore. that thou mayest bring them down.

CHAP. XXIII. | 29 For thou art my lamp, O Lond: | 1 David's last words, selling forth the apd the Lord will lighten my darkness. happiness and confidence of the just man,

30 For by thee I have run through all and the different state of the wicked. 8 troop : by my God have I leaped over a A catalogue of David's mighty men. wall.

N OW these be the last words of David. 31 As for God, his way is perfect; the TV David the son of Jessc said, and the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buck man who was raised up on high, the 2ler to all them that trust in him.

nointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet 32 For who is God, save the LORD? psalmist of Israel, said, and who is a rock, save our God?

2 The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, 33 God is my strength and power : and his word was in my tongue. and he maketh my way perfect.

3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of 34 He maketh my feet like hinds feet: || Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over and setteth me upon my high places. men must be just, ruling in the fear of God,

35 He teacheth my hands to war; so of And he shall be as the light of the that a bow of steel is broken by inine arms. / morning, when the sun riseth, even a

56 Thou hast also given me the shield morning without clouds ; as the tender of thy salvation : and thy gentleness hath grass springing out of the earth by clear yrade me great.

shining after rain. 37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under 5 Although my house be not so with me; so that niy feet did not slip. God; yet he hath made with me an ever

38 I have pursued mine enemies, and lasting covenant, ordered in all things, and destroyed them; and turned not again | sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my until I had consumed thein.

desire, although he make it not to grow. 39 And I have consumed them, and 1 6 g But the sons of Belial shall be all of wounded tliem, that they could not arise: them as thorns thrust away, because they yea, they are fallen under my fect. I cannot be taken with hands:

40 For thou hast girded me with 7 But the man that shall touch theni Sirengti to battle : them that rog up must be fenced with iron and the staff of

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