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9. And David was afraid of the LORD thus, and will be base in mine own sight: that day, and said, How shall the ark of the and of the maid-servants, which thou hast LORD come to me?

spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour. 10. So David would not remove the ark | | 73. Therefore Michal, the daughter of of the LORD unto him into the city of Da- Saul, had no child unto the day of her death. vid; but David carried it aside into the house

CHAP. VII. of Obed-edom the Gittite.

David's prayer and thanksgiving. 11. And the ark of the LORD continued || 1. AND it caine to pass, when the king sat in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three A in his house, and the Lord had given months : and the Lord blessed Obed-edom, him rest round about from all his enemies, and all his household.

2. That the king said unto Nathan the 12. And it was told king David, saying, prophet, See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obed- but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains. edom, and all that pertaineth unto him, be- 3. And Nathan said to the king, Go, do cause of the ark of God. So David went all that is in thine heart: for the LORD is and brought up the ark of God from the with thee house of Obed-edom into the city of David 4. And it came to pass that night, that the with gladness.

word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying, 13. And it was so, that when they that 5. Go and tell my servant David, 'Thus bare the ark of the LORD bad gone six saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me a house paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings. || for me to dwell in ?

14. And David danced before the LORD 6. Whereas I have not dwelt in any with all his might: and David was girded house since the time that I brought up the with a linen ephod.

children of Israel out of Egypt even to this 15. So David and all the house of Israel day, but have walked in a tent and in a brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, tabernacle. and with the sound of the trumpet.

7. In all the places wherein I have walked 16. And as the ark of the LORD came with all the children of Israel, spake I a into the city of David, Michal, Saul's daugh- word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom ter, looked through a window, and saw king I commanded to feed my people Israel, sayDavid leaping and dancing before the LORD;ing, Why build ye not me a house of cedar ? and she despised him in her heart.

8. Now therefore so shalt thou say unto 17. And they brought in the ark of the my servant David, Thus saith the Lord of LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst hosts, I took thee from the sheep-cote, from of the tabernacle that David had pitched for following the sheep, to be ruler over my it: and David offered burnt-offerings and people, over Israel : peace offerings before the LORD.

9. And I was with thee whithersoever 18. And as soon as David had made anthou wentest, and have cut off all thine eneend of offering burnt-offerings and peace-mies out of thy sight, and have made thee a offerings, he blessed the people in the name great name, like unto the name of the great of the LORD of hosts.

il men that are in the earth. 19. And he dealt among all the people, 10. (Moreover, I will appoint a place for even among the whole multitude of Israel, as my people Israel, and will plant them, that well to the women as men, to every one a they may dwell in a place of their own, and cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and move nd more ; neither shall the children of a flagon of wine. So all the people depart- wickedness afflict them any more, as beforeed every one to his house.

time, 20. Then David returned to bless his! 11. And as since the time that I comhousehold. And Michal, the daughter of manded judges to be over my people Israel, Saul, came out to meet David, and said, and have caused thee to rest from all thine How glorious was the king of Israel to-day, enemies.) Also the LORD telleth thee, that who uncovered himself to-day in the eyes of he will make thee a house. the handmaids of his servants, as one of the 12. And when thy days be fulfilled, and vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself! | thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set

21. And David said unto Michal, It was up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed nefore the Lord, which chose me before thy out of thy bowels, and I will establish his father, and before all his house, to appoint kingdom. me ruler over the people of the LORD, over 13. He shall build a house for my name, Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD. and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom

22. And I will yet be more vile than I for ever.

en dagoen ord and a gomen, the Israel

14. I will be his father, and he shall be continue for ever before thee: for thou, O my son. If he commit iniquity, I will Lord God, hast spoken it; and with thy chasten him with the rod of men, and with blessing let the house of thy servant be the stripes of the children of men:

blessed for ever. . 15. But my mercy shall not depart away

CHAP. VIII. from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I David subdueth the Philistines and the Moabites. put away before thee.

1. AND asier this it came to pass, that 16. And thine house and thy kingdom A David smote the Philistines, and shall be established for ever before thee: thy subdued them: and David took Methegthrone shall be established for ever.

ammah out of the hand of the Philistines. 17. According to all these words, and ac 2. And he smote Moab, and measured cording to all this vision, so did Nathan them with a line, casting them down to the speak unto David.

ground; even with two lines measured he 18. Then went king David in, and sat to put to death, and with one full line to before the Lord; and he said, Who am I, keep alive: and so the Moabites became O Lord God? and what is my house, that David's servants, and brought gifts. thou hast brought me hitherto ?

3. David smote also Hadadezer, the son 19. And this was yet a small thing in thy of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to sight, O Lord God; but thou hast spoken recover his border at the river Euphrates. also of thy servant's house for a great while 4. And David took from him a thousand to come. And is this the manner of man, chariots, and seven hundred horsemen, and O Lord God?

twenty thousand footmen: and David hough20. And what can David say more unto ed all the chariot horses, but reserved of them thee? for thou, Lord God, knowest thy for a hundred chariots. servant.

5. And when the Syrians of Damascus 21. For thy word's sake, and according came to succour Hadadezer king of Zobah, to thine own heart, hast thou done all these David slew of the Syrians two and twenty great things, to make thy servant know them. thousand men.

22. Wherefore thou art great, O Lord 6. Then David put garrisons in Syria of God: for there is none like thee, neither is Damascus: and the Syrians became serthere any God besides thee, according to allvants to David, and brought gifts. And the that we have heard with our ears.

LORD preserved David whithersoever he 23. And what one nation in the earth is went. like thy people, even like Israel, whom God 7. And David took the shields of gold that went to redeem for a people to himself, and were on the servants of Hadadezer, and to make him a name, and to do for you great brought them to Jerusalem. things and terrible, for thy land, before thy 1 8. And from Betah, and from Berothai, people, which thou redeemedst to thee from cities of Hadadezer, king David took exEgypt, from the nations and their gods ? ceeding much brass.

24. For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy 9. T When Toi king of Hamath heard people Israel, to be a people unto thee for that David had smitten all the host of ever: and thou, Lord, art become their God. Hadadezer,

25. And now, O Lord God, the word that 10. Then Toi sent Joram his son unto thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, king David, to salute him, and to bless him, and concerning his house, establish it for because he had fought against Hadadezer, ever, and do as thou hast said.

and smitten him: (for Hadadezer had wars 26. And let thy name be magnified for with Toi:) and Joram brought with him ever, saying, The Lord of hosts is the God vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and over Israel : and let the house of thy servant vessels of brass; David be established before thee.

11. Which also king David did dedicate 27. For thou, O Lord of hosts, God of unto the LORD, with the silver and gold that Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, he had dedicated of all nations which he I will build thee a house: therefore hath subdued; thy servant found in his heart to pray this 12. Of Syria, and of Moab, and of the prayer unto thee.

children of Ammon, and of the Philistines, 28. And now, O Lord God, thou art that and of Amalek, and of the spoil of Hada. God, and thy words be true, and thou hast dezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah. promised this goodness unto thy servant: 13. And David gat him a name when he

29. Therefore now let it please thee to returned from smiting of the Syrians in the bless the house of thy servant, that it may ll valley of Salt, being eighteen thousand men.

Nahash.

14. And he put garrisons in Edom; || bosheth, thy master's son, shall eat bread throughout all Edom put the garrisons: and always at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen all they of Edom became David's servants. | sons, and twenty servants. And the LORD preserved David whitherso- 11. Then said Ziba unto the king, Accordever he went.

ing to all that :iny lord the king hath com15. And David reigned overall Israel ; and manded his servant, so shall thy servant do. David executed judgment and justice unto As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall all his people.

eat at my table, as one of the king's sons. 16. And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over 12. And Mephibosheth had a young son, the host; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud whose name was Micah. And all that was recorder ;

dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants 17. And Zadok the son of Abitub, and | unto Mephibosheth. Abimelech the son of Abiathar, were the 13. So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: priests; and Serajah was the scribe; for he did eat continually at the king's table;

18. And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was and was lame on both his feet. oter both the Cherethites and the Pelethites;

CHAP. X. and David's sons were chief rulers.

David's messengers are sent to comfort Hanun the son of CHAP. IX. Darid by Ziba sendeth for Mephiboshoth. | 1. AND it came to pass after this, that the 1. AND David said, Is there yet any that A king of the children of Ammon died,

A is left of the house of Saul, that I may || and Hanun his son reigned in his stead. show him kindness for Jonathan's sake? 2. Then said David, I will show kindness

2. And there was of the house of Saul aunto Hanun the son of Nahash, as his faservant whose name was Ziba : and when ther showed kindness unto me. And David they had called him unto David, the king sent to comfort him, by the hand of his said unto him, Art thou Ziba ? And he servants, for his father. And David's sersaid, Thy servant is he.

vants came into the land of the children of 3. And the king said, Is there not yet any || Ammon. of the house of Saul, that I may show the 3. And the princes of the children of Amkindness of God unto him? And Ziba said mon said unto Hanun their lord, Thinkest unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which thou that David doth honour thy father, that is lame on his feet.

he hath sent comforters unto thee? hath not 4. And the king said unto him, Where is | David rather sent his servants unto thee to he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, search the city, and to spy it out, and to overhe is in the house of Machir the son of Am- throw it? miel, in Lo-debar.

4. Wherefore Hanun took David's ser5. Then king David sent, and fetched | vants, and shaved off the one half of their him out of the house of Machir the son of beards, and cut off their garments in the Ammiel, from Lo-debar.

middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them 6. Now when Mephibosheth, the son of away. Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto | 5. When they told it unto David, he sent David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. to meet them, because the men were greatly And David said, Mephibosheth! And he ashamed: and the king said, Tarry at Jerianswered, Behold thy servant.

cho until your beards be grown, and then 7. And David said unto him, Fear not: for return. I will surely show thee kindness for Jonathan 6. And when the children of Ammon saw thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the that they stank besore David, the children of land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Bethbread at my table continually.

rehob, and the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thou8. And he bowed himself, and said, What sand footmen,and of king Maacaba thousand is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon men, and of Ish-tob twelve thousand men. such a dead dog as I am?

7. And when David heard of it, he sent 9. Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's Joab, and all the host of the mighty men. servant, and said unto him, I have given 8. And the children of Ammon came out, unto thy master's son all that pertained to and put the battle in array at the entering in Saul, and to all his house.

of the gate: and the Syrians of Zoba, and 10. Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy of Rehob, and Ish-tob, and Maacah, were servants, shall till the land for him, and thou || by themselves in the field. shalt bring in the fruits, that thy master's 9. When Joab saw that the front of the son may have food to eat: but Mephi- ll battle was against him, before and behind,

he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and 1 3. And David sent and inquired after the put them in array against the Syrians: | woman. And one said, Is not this Bath

10. And the rest of the people he delivered sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wise of into the hand of Abishai his brother, that he | Uriah the Hittite ? might put them in array against the children 4. And David sent messengers, and took of Ammon.

| her: and she came in unto him, and he lay 11. "And he said, If the Syrians be too with her, (for she was purified from her strong for me, then thou shalt help me; but uncleanness,) and she returned unto her if the children of Ammon be too strong for house. thee, then I will come and help thee. | 5. And the woman conceived, and sent 1. 12. Be of good courage, and let us play |

|| and told David, and said, I am with child. the men for our people, and for the cities of | 6. And David sent to Joab, saying, Send our God: and the Lord do that which seem- | me Uriah the Hitute. And Joab sent eth him good.

Uriah to David. 13. And Joab drew nigh, and the people |7. And when Uriah was come unto him, that were with him, unto the battle against David demanded of him how Joab did, and the Syrians: and they fled before him. how the people did, and how the war pros

14. And when the children of Ammon | pered. saw that the Syrians were fled, then fled 8. And David said to Uriah, Go down to they also before Abishai, and entered into thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah the city. So Joab returned from the chil- departed out of the king's house, and there dren of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem. | followed him a mess of meat from the king.

15. And when the Syrians saw that they | 9. But Uriah slept at the door of the king's were smitten before Israel, they gathered house, with all the servants of his lord, and themselves together.

went not down to his house. 16. And Hadarezer sent, and brought out | 10. And when they had told David, saythe Syrians that were beyond the river: anding, Uriah went not down into his house, they came to Helam; and Shobach, the David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not captain of the host of Hadarezer, went be- || from thy journey? why then didst thou not fore them.

go down unto thine house? 17. And when it was told David, he ga- 11. And Uriah said unto David, The ark, thered all Israel together, and passed over and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my Jordan, and came to Helam. And the lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are Syrians set themselves in array against Da- encamped in the open fields : shall I then go vid, and fought with him.

into mine house, to eat, and to drink, and to 18. And the Syrians fled before Israel ; || lie with my wise? as thou livest, and as thy and David slew the men of seven hundred soul liveth, I will not do this thing. chariots of the Syrians, and forty thousand | 12. And David said to Uriah, Tarry here horsemen, and smote Shobach the captain to-day also, and to-morrow I will let thee deof their host, who died there.

part. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that 19. And when all the kings that were ser-day and the morrow. vants to Hadarezer saw that they were smit- | 13. And when David had called him, he ten before Israel, they made peace with Is- || did eat and drink before him; and he made rael, and served them. So the Syrians feared him drunk: and at even he went out to lie to help the children of Ammon any more. Non bis bed with the servants of his lord, but CHAP, XI.

went not down to his house. While Joab besiegeth Rabbah, David committeth adultery ||

14. And it came to pass in the morning, with Bath-sheba.

that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent 1. AND it came to pass, after the year it by the hand of Uriah.

A was expired, at the time when kings 15. And he wrote in the letter, saying, go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and Set ye Uriah in the fore-front of the hottest his servants with him, and all Israel; and battle, and retire ye from him, that he may they destroyed the children of Ammon, and be smitten, and die. besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still ||

|| 16. And it came to pass, when Joab obat Jerusalem.

served the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a 2. And it came to pass in an evening-tide, | place where he knew that valiant men were. that David arose fromoff his bed, and walked | 17. And the men of the city went out and upon the roof of the king's house : and from fought with Joab: and there fell some of the the roof hesaw a woman washing herself; and people of the servants of David; and Uriah the woman was very beautiful to look upon. Il the Hittite died also,

18. Then Joab sent and told David all , wayfaring man that was come unto him; the things concerning the war;

but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed 19. And charged the messenger, saying, it for the man that was come to him. When thou hast made an end of telling the 5. And David's anger was greatly matters of the war unto the king,

kindled against the man; and he said to 20. And if so be that the king's wrath Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore ap-hath done this thing shall surely die: proached ye so nigh unto the city when ye 6. And he shall restore the lamb fourdid fight? knew ye not that they would fold, because he did this thing, and because shoot from the wall ?

he had no pity. 21. Who smote Abimelech the son of 7. And Nathan said to David, Thou art Jcrubbesheth ? did not a woman cast a the man. Thus saith the LORD God of piece of a millstone upon him from the wall, Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and that he died in Thebez? why went ye nigh I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul : the wall ? then say thou, Thy servant Uriah 8. And I gave thee thy master's house, the Hittite is dead also.

and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and 22. So the messenger went, and came and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; showed David all that Joab had sent him for. and is that had been too little, I would, more

23. And the messenger said unto David, over, have given unto thee such and such Surely the men prevailed against us, and things. came out unto us into the field, and we 9. Wherefore hast thou despised the comwere upon them even unto the entering of mandment of the Lord, to do evil in his the gate.

sight? Thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite 24. And the shooters shot from off the with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be wall upon thy servants, and some of the thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword king's servants be dead, and thy servant of the children of Ammon. Uriah the Hittite is dead also.

10. Now therefore, the sword shall never 25. Then David said unto the messenger, depart from thine house; because thou hast Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this despised me, and hast taken the wife of thing displease thee; for the sword devoureth Uriah the Hittite to be thy wise. one as well as another: make thy battle 11. Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will more strong against the city, and overthrow raise up evil against thee out of thine own it; and encourage thou him.

house, and I will take thy wives before thine 26. | And when the wife of Uriah heard eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and that Uriah her husband was dead, she he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of mourned for her husband.

this sun. 27. And when the mourning was past, 12. For thou didst it secretly: but I will David sent and fetched her to his house, and do this thing before all Israel, and before the she became his wife, and bare him a son. | sun. But the thing that David had done displeas 13. And David said unto Nathan, I have ed the LORD.

sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said CHAP. XII.

unto David, The LORD also hath put away Nathan's parable of the eue lamb, causeth David to be his

thy sin ; thou shalt not die. own judge.

14. Howbeit, because by this deed thou 1. AND the Lord sent Nathan unto Da- | hast given great occasion to the enemies of

A vid. And he came unto him, and the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that said unto him, There were two men in one is born unto thee shall surely die. city; the one rich, and the other poor. 15. TAnd Nathan departed unto his house.

2. The rich man had exceeding many And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's flocks and herds:

wise bare unto David, and it was very sick. 3. But the poor man had nothing save | 16. David therefore besought God for the one little ewe lamb, which he had bought child; and David fasted, and went in and lay and nourished up; and it grew up together all night upon the earth. with him, and with his children: it did eat of 17. And the elders of his house arose, and his own meat, and drank of his own cup, went to hiin, to raise him up from the earth: and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as || but he would not, neither did he eat bread a daughter.

with them. 4. Ănd there came a traveller unto the 18. And it came to pass on the seventh rich man; and he spared to take of his own day that the child died. And the servants of flock, and of his own herd, to dress for the David feared to tell him that the child was

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