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Joab murders Abner.

CHAP. IV, V.

Ish-boslieth is slain. unto thee; why is it that ihou hasi sent him, Baanal, and the name of the other Rechah, away, and he is quite gone?

the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the chile 25 Thou knowest Åbner the son of N-r, dren of Benjamin : (for Beeroth also was that he came to deceive thee, and to know reckoned io Benjamin: thy going out and thy coming in, and to 3 And the Beerothites iled to Gittaim, and know all that thou doest.

were sojourners there until this day.) 26 And when Joab was come out from Da- 4 And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son thal vid, he sent messengers after Abner, which ras lame ot his teet: he was five years old brought him again from the well of Sirah: when the tidings came of Sauland Jonathan but David knew it not.

out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, 27 And when Abner was returned to He- and fled: and it came to pass, as she made bron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. with him quietly, and smote hin there under And his name was Mephibosheth. the fi rib he died, for the blood of 5 And the sons of Riin on the Beerotlite, Asahel his brother.

Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about 29 | And afterward when David heard it, the heat of the day to the house of Ish-bohe said, I and my kingdom are guiltiess be- sheth, who lay on a bed at noon. fore the Lord for ever from the blood of Ab- 6 And they came thither into the midst of ner the son of Ner:

the house, as though they would have fetched 29 Let it rest on the head of Joab, and on all wheat; and they smote him under the fifth his father's house; andlet there not fail from rib: and Rechab and Baanab liis brother the house of Joab one that hath an issue, or escaped. tbat is a leper, or that leaneth on a staff, or that 7 For when they came into the house, lie falleth on the sword, or that lacketh bread. lay on his bed in liis bed-chamber, and they 30 So Joab and Abishai his brother slew smote him, and slew him, and beheaded kin, Abner, because he had slain their brother and took his head, and gat them away tlironyli Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.

the plain all night. 31 | And David said to Joab, and to all the 8 And they brought the lead of Ish-bosheth people that were with him, Rend your clothes, unto David to Hebron, and said to the king, and gird you with sackcloth, and mourn be- Behold the head of Ish-bosheth the son of fore Abner. And king David himself follow- Sanl thy enemy, which sought thy life; and ed the bier.

the Lord hath avenged my lord the king this 32 And they buried Abner in Hebron: and day of Saul and of his seed. the king lifted up his voice and wept at the 9 | And David answered Rechab and grave of Abner; and all the people wept. Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the

33 And the king laroented over Abner, and Beerothite, and said unto them, As the LORD said, Died Abner as a fool dieth?

liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all 34 Thy hands were not bound, nor thy feet adversity, put into fetters: as a man falleth before 10 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul wicked men, so fellest thou. And all the is dead, (thinking to have brought good tipeople wept again over him.

dings,) I took hold of him, and slew him in 35 And when all the people came to cause Ziklag, who thought that I would have given David to eat meat while it was yet day, Da. him a reward for his tidings: vid sware, saying, So do God to me, and 11 How much more, whien wicked men mure also, if I taste bread or aught else, till have slain a righteous person in his own the sun be down.

house upon lois bed? shall I not therefore 36 And all the people took notice of it, and now require his blood of your hand, and take it pleased then : as whatsoever the king you away from the earth? did pleased all the people.

12 And David commanded his young men, 37 For all the people and all Israel under- and they slew them, and cut off their hands stood that day that it was not of the king to and their feet, and hanged them up over the slay Abner the son of Ner.

pool in Hebron. But they took the head of 38 And the king said unto his servants, Ish-bosheth, and buried it in the sepulchre know ye not that there is a prince and a of Abner in Hebron. great man allen this day in Israel?

CHAP. V. 39 And I anı this day weak, though anointand king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah 1 The tribes come to Hebron to anoint David be too hard for me. The LORD shall reward

over Israel. 4 David's oge. 6 He taking Zion

from the Jebusites dwelleth in it. 11 Hiram the doer of evil according to his wickedness.

sendeth to David. 13 Eleven sons are born to CHAP. IV.

him in Jerusalem. 17 David directed by God

smiteth the Philistines at Baal-perazim, 22 1 The Israelites being troubled at the death of

and again at the mulberry-trees. Abner, 2 Baanah and Rechab slay Ish-bosheth, and bring his head to Hebron. 9 David causeth THEN came all the tribes of Israel to them to be slain, and Ish-bosheth's head to be David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, buried.

Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. ND when Saul's son heard that Abner 2 Also in time past, when Saul was king

was dead in Hebron, his hands were over us, thou wast he that leddest out and feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled. broughtest in Israel: and the LORD said to

2 And Saul's sou had two men that were thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and -captains of bands: the name of the one was thou shalt be a captain over Israel.

David made king over all Israel. II. SAMUEL. He bringeth ihe ark to Z2012

3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king 23 And when David inquired of the LORD, to Hebron; and king David made a league he said, Thou shalt not go up: brut fetch i with them in Hebron before the Loro: and compass behind them, and come upon them they anointed David king over Israel. over against the mulberry-trees.

4 T David was thirty years old when he 24 And let it be, when thou hearest the began to reign, and he reigned forty years. sound of a going in the tops of the mulber

5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven ry-trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: years and six months: and in Jerusalem he for then shall the Lord go out before thee, i eigned thirty and three years over all Israel to sinite the host of the Philistines. and Judah.

25 And David did so as the Lord had com6 And the king and his men went to Je- manded him; and smote the Philistines from rusalem unto the Jebusites the inhabitants of Geba until thou come to Gazer. the land: which spake unto David, saying,

CHAP. VI. Except thoi! take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: think-1 David fetcheth the ark from Kirjath-jcarim

on a new cart. 6 Uzzah is smitten at Perezing, David cannot come in hither.

uzzah. 11 God blesseth Obed-edom for the ark. 7 Nevertheless, David took the strong hold

12 David bringing the ark into Zion with saof Zion: the same is the city of David.

crifices, danceth before it, for which Michal 8 And David said on that day, Whosoever despiseth him. 17 He placeth it in a tabernacle getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebu- with great joy and feasting. 20 Michal reprosites, and the lame and the blind, that are ving David for his religious joy is childless hated of David's soul, he shall be chief and

to her death. captain. Wherefore they said, The blind GAIN, David gathered together all the and the lame shall not come into the house. chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.

9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it, 2 And David arose, and went with all the The city of David. And David built round people that were with him from Baale of about from Millo and inward.

Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of 10 And David went on, and grew great, and God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD God of hosts was with himn. The Lord of hosts that dwelleth between the

11 | And Hiram king of Tyre sent messen- cherubims. gers to David, and cedar-trees, and carpen- 3 And they set the ark of God upon a new ters, and masons : and they built David a cart, and brought it out of the house of Abina. house.

dab that was in Gibeah : and Uzzah and 12 And David perceived that the Lord had | Ahio the sons of Abinadab drave the new cart. established him king over Israel, and that he 4 And they brought it out of the house of had exalted his kingdom for his people Is- Abinadab, which was at Gibeah, accompanyrael's sake.

ing the ark of God: and Ahio went before 13 | And David took him more concubines the ark. and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was 5 And David and all the house of Israel come from Hebron: and there were yet sons played before the LORD on all manner of inand daughters born to David.

striements made of fir-wood, even on harps, 14 Andihese be the names of those that were and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on born into him in Jerusalem; Shammuah, cornets, and on cymbals. and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon, 67 And when they came to Nachon's thresii. 15 Ibhar also, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and ing-floor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the Japhia,

ark of God, and took hold of it: for the oxen 16 And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eli- shook it. phalet.

7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled 17 | But when the Philistines heard that against Uzzal, and God smote him there for they had anointed David king over Israel, his error; and there he died by the ark of all the Philistines came up to seek David; God. and David heard of it, and went down to 8 And David was displeased, because the the hold.

LORD had made a breach upon Uzzah : an: 18 The Philistines also came and spread he called the name of the place Perez-uzzah themselves in the valley of Rephaim. to this day.

19 And David inquired of the Lord, say- 9 And David was afraid of the LORD that ing, Shall I go up to the Philistines ? wilt day, and said, How shall the ark of the LORD thou deliver them into my hand? And the come to me ? LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will 10 So David would not remove the ark of doubtless deliver the Philistinesinto thy hand. the LORD unto him into tne city of David: but 20 And David came to Baal-perazim, and David carried it aside into the house of ObedDavid smote them there, and said, 'The LORD edom the Gittite. hath broken forth upon mine enemies before 11 And the ark of the LORD continued in me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he the bouse of Obed-edom the Gittite three called the name of that place Baal-perazin! months: and the LORD blessed Obed-edom 21 And there they left their images, and and all his household. David and his men burned them.

12 | And it was told king David, saying, 22 [ And the Philistines came up yet again, The Lord hath blessed the house of Obedand spread themselves in the valley of Re- edom, and all that pertaineth unto him, beplain.

cause of the ark of God. So David went

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David danceth before the ark. CHAP. VII.

God's promises to David and brought up the ark of God from the house 6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house of Obed-edom into the city of David with since the time that I brought up the children gladness.

of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but 13 And it was so, that when they that bare have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he 7 In all the places wherein I have walked sacrificed oxen and fatlings.

with all the children of Israel spake I a word 14 And David danced before the LORD with with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I com all his might; and David was girded with a manded to feed my people Ísrael, saying, linen ephod.

Why build ye not me a house of cedar? 15. So David and all the house of Israel 8 Now therefore, so shalt thou say unto my brought up the ark of the LORD with shout- servant David, Thus saith the Lord of hosta, ing, and with the sound of the trumpet. I took thee from the sheep-cote, from fol.

16 And as the ark of the Lord came into lowing the sheep, to be ruler over my people, the city of David, Michal, Saul's daughter, over Israel : looked through a window, and saw king 9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou David leaping and dancing before the LORD; wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies and she despised him in her heart.

out of thy sight, and have made thee a great 17 9 And they brought in the ark of the name, like unto the name of the great men LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of that are in the earth. the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: 10 Moreover, I will appoint a place for my and David offered burnt-offerings and peace- people Israel, and will plant them, that they offerings before the LORD.

may dwell in a place of their own, and move 18 And as soon as David had made an end no inore; neither shall the children of wickof offering burnt-offerings and peace-offer- edness aftlict them any more as beforetime. ings, he blessed the people in the name of 11 And as since the time that I commanded the LORD of hosts.

judges to be over my people Israel, and have 19 And he dealt among all the people, even caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. among the whole multitude of as well Also the Lord telleth thee that he will make to the women as men, to every one a cake of thee a house. bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon 12 | And when thy days be fulfilled, and of wine. So all the people departed every thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set one to his house.

up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed 20. Then David returned to bless his house- out of thy bowels, and I will establish his hold. And Michal the daughter of Saui came kingdom. out to meet David, and said, How glorious 13 He shall build a house for my name, and was the king of Israel to-day, wlio uncover- I will establish the throne of his kingdom ed himself to-day in the eyes of the hand- for ever. maids of his servants, as one of the vain fel- 14 I will be his father, and he shall be my lows shamelessly uncovereth himself!

If he commit iniquity, I will chasten 21 And David said unto Michal, It was be- him with the rod of men, and with the stripes fore the LORD, which chose me before thy of the children of men: father, and before all his house, to appoint 15 But my mercy shall not depart away me ruler over the people of the LORD, over from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD. put away before thee.

22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, 16 And thy house and thy kingdom shall be and will be base in mine own sight: and of established for ever before thee: thy throne the maid-servants which thou hast spoken of, shall be established for ever. of them shall I be had in honour.

17 According to all these words, and ac23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul |cording to all this vision, so did Nathan speak had no child unto the day of her death. unto David. CHAP. VII.

18 | Then went king David in, and sat be1 Nathan first approving the purpose of David fore the Lord, and he said, Who am I, O

to build God an house, 4 after by the word of Lord God? and what is my house, that thou God forbiddeth him. 12 He promiseth him bene- hast brought me hitherto? fits and blessings in his seed. 18 David's pray- 19 And this was yet a small thing in thy er and thanksgiving.

sight, O LORD God; but thou hast spoken AND it came to pass, when the king sat also of thy servantis house for a great while

is this the him rest round about from all his enemies, O LORD God?

2 That the king said unto Nathan the pro- 20 And what can David say more unto thee? phet, See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, for thou, LORD God, knowest thy servant. but the ark of God dwelleth:within curtains. 21 For thy word's sake, and according to 3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all thine owo heart, hast thou done all these that is in thy heart: for the LORD is with great things, to make thy servant know them. thee.

22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: 41 And it came to pass that night, that the for there is none like thee, neither is there word of the Lord came unto Nathan, saying, any God besides thee, according to all that 5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith we have heard with our ears. the LORD, Shalt thou build me a house for 23 And what one nation in the earth is like we to dwell in ?

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David subdues his enemies.

II. SAMUEL. His kindness to Jonathan's son to redeem for a people to himself, and to David had smitten all the host of Hadadezer, make him a name, and to do for you great 10 Then Toi sent Joram his son unto king great things and terrible, for thy land, before David, to salute hin, and to bless him, bethy people which thou redeemedst to thee cause he had fought against Hadadezer, and from Egypt, from the nations and their gods? smitten him: (for Hadadezer had wars with

24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy | Toi.) And Joram brought with him vespeople Israel to be a people unto thee for sels of silver, and vessels of gold, and ves ever: and thou, Lord, art become their God. sels of brass :

25 And now, O LORD God, the word that 11 Which also king David did dedicate unto thou hast spoken concerning thy scrvant, the LORD, with the silver and gold that he and concerning his house, establish it for had dedicated of all nations which he subever, and do as thou hast said.

dued; 26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, 12 Of Syria, and of Moab, and of the chilsaying, The LORD of hosts is the God over dren of Ammon, and of the Philistines, and Israel: and let the house of thy servant Da- of Amalek, and of the spoil of Hadadezer vid be established before thee.

son of Rehob, king of Zobah. 27 For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Is- 13 And David gat him a name when he re rael, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I turned from emiting of the Syrians in the val will build thee a house: therefore bath thy ley of Salt, being eighteen thousand men. servant found in his lieart to pray this prayer | 141 And he put garrisons in Edom; throughinto thee.

out all Edom put he garrisons, and all they of 28 And now,

O Lord God, thou art that Edom became David's servants. And the God, and thy words be true, and thou hast LORD preserved David whithersoever he promised this goodness unto thy servant: 29 Therefore now let it please thee to bless 15 And David reigned over all Israel; and the house of thy servant, that it may conti- David executed judgment and justice unto nue for ever before thee: for thou, O LORD all his people. God, last spoken it: and with thy blessing 16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over let the house of thy servant be blessed for the host; and Jehoshaphat the son of Alilud

was recorder; CHAP. VIII.

17 And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Abi1 David subdueth the Philistines and the Moab- melech the son of Abiathar, were the priests ;

ites. 3 Hesmiteth Hadadezer, and the Syrians. and Seraiah was the scribe; 9 Toi sendeth Joram with presents to bless him.

18 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was 11 The presents and the spoil David dedica- over both the Cherethites and the Pelethites; teth to Ĝod. 14 He puticth garrisons in Edom. and David's sons were chief rulers. 16 David's officers.

CHAP. IX. ND after this it came to pass, that David 1 David by Ziba sendeth for Mephibosheth. 7

smote the Philistines, and subdued For Jonathan's sake he entertaineth him at them: and David took Metheg-ammalı out his table, and restoreth him all that was Saul's. of the hand of the Philistines.

9 He maketh Ziba his farmer. 2 And he smote Moab, and measured them ND David said, Is there yet any that is with a line, casting them down to the ground; left of the house of Saul, that I may even with two lines measured he to put to shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake? death, and with one full line to keep alive. 2 And there was of the house of Saul a serAnd so the Moabites became David's ser- vant whose name was Ziba. And when they vants, and brought gifts.

had called him unto David, the king said unto 3 | David smote also Hadadezer, the son him, Art thou Ziba ? And he said, Thy ser. of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to re- vant is he. cover bis border at the river Euphrates. 3 And the king said, Is there not yet any of

4 And David took from him a thousand the liouse of Saul, that I may shew the kindchariots, and seven hundred horsemen, and mess of God unto him? And Ziba said unto twenty thousand footmen: and David hough the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is ed all the chariot-horses, but reserved of lame on his feet. them for a hundred chariots.

4 And the king said unto him, Where is 5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, 10 succour Hadadezer king of Zobah, Da- be is in the house of Machir, the son of Amvid slew of the Syrians two and twenty miel, in Lo-debar. thousand men.

5 | Then king David sent, and fetched him 6 Then David put garrisons in Syria of Da- out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammascus: and the Syrians became servants to miel, from Lo-debar. David, and brought gifts. And the LORD 6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jo preserved David whithersoever he went.

nathan, the son of Saul, was come unto Da7 And David took the shields of gold that vid, he' sell on his face, and did reverence. were on the servants of Hadadezer, and And David said, Mephibosheth. And he anbrought them to Jerusalem.

swered, Behold thy servant! 8 And from Betah, and from Berothai, cities 7 And David said unto him, Fear not: of Hadadezer, king David took exceeding for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jomuch brass.

nathan thy father's sake, and will restore 97 When Toi king of Hamath heard that thee all the land of Saul thy father; and

servants.

His messengers dishonoured. CHAP. X, XI. Ammonites and Syrians overcome. thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. I of the gate: and the Syrians of Zubali and & And he bowed himself, and said, What is of Rehob, and Ish-tob, and Maacah were by thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon themselves in the field. such a dead dog as I am ?

9 When Joab saw that the front of the bat99 Then the king called to Ziba, Saul'stle was against him before and behind, he servant, and said unto hiin, I have given chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put unto thy master's son all that pertained to them in array against the Syrians: Saul, and to all his house.

10 And the rest of the people he delivered 10 Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy into the hand of Abishai his brother, that he servants, shall till the land for him, and thou might put them in array against the children shalt bring in the fruits that ihy inaster's son of Ammon. may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy 11 And he said, If the Syrians be too strong master's son shall eat bread alway at my ta- for me, then thou shalt help me: but if the ble. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty children of Ammon be too strong for thee,

then I will come and help thee. 11 Then said Ziba unto the king, Accord- 12 Be of good courage, and let us play the ing to all that my lord the king hath com- men for our people, and for the cities of our manded his servant, so shall thy servant do. God: and the LORD do that which seemeth As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall him good. eat at my table, as one of the king's sons. 13 Ånd Joab drew nigh, and the people that

12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, were with him, unto the battle against the whose name was Micha. And all that dwelt Syrians: and they fled before him. in the house of Ziba were servants unto Me- 14 And when the children of Ammon saw phiboslieth.

that the Syrians were fled, then sed they 13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem : also before Abishai, and entered into the for he did eat continually at the king's table; city. So Joab returned from the children and was lame on both his feet.

of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem. CHAP. X.

15 | And when the Syrians saw that they I David's messengers sent to comfort Hanun

were smitten before Israel, they gathered the son of Nahash, are villainously entreated. themselves together. 6 The Ammonites, strengthened by the Syrians, 16 And Hadarezer sent, and brought out are overcome by Joab and Abiskai. 15 Shobach the Syrians that were beyond the river: and making a nero supply of the Syrians at Hclam, they came to Heiam: and Shobach the capis slain by David

tain of the host of Hadarezer went before A N D it came to pass after this, that the them.

17 And when it was told David, he gatherand Hanun his son reigned in his stead, ed all Israel together, and passed over Jor2 Then said David, I will shew kindness dan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians anto Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father set themselves in array against David, and shewed kindness unto me. And David sent fought with him. to comfort him by the hand of his servants 18 And the Syrians fled before Israel; and for his father. And David's servants came David slew the men of seven hundred chainto the land of the children of Ammon. riots of the Syrians, and forty thousand

3 And the princes of the children of Ammon horsemen, and smote Shobach the captain said unto Hanun their lord, Thinkest thou of their host, who died there. that David' doth honcur thy father, that he 19 And whien all the kings that were serhath sent comforters unto thee? hath not vants to Hadarezer saw that they were smitDavid rather sent his servants unto thee, to ten before Israel, they made peace with Issearch the city, and to spy it out, and to over- rael, and served them. So the Syrians feared throw it ?

to help the children of Ammon any more. 4 Wherefore Hanun took David's servants,

CHAP. XI. and shaved off the one half of their beards, 1 While Joab besieged Rabbah, David commitand cut off their garments in the middle, eren

teth adultery with Bath-sheba. 6 Uriah sent to their buttocks, and sent them away. for by David to cover the adultery, would not

5 When they told it unto David, he sent to go home neither sober nor drunken. 14 He carmeet them, because the men were greatly ricth to Joab the letter of his death. 18 Joub ashamed. And the king said, Tarry at Jeri- sendeth the news thereof to David. 26 David cho until your beards be grown, and then

taketh Bath-sheba to wife. return.

, 6 | And when the children of Ammon saw expired, at the time when kings go forth that they stank before David, the children of to battle, that David sent Joab, ani lis serAmmon sent and hired the Syrians of Beth- vants with him, and all Israel; and they derehob, and the Syrians of Zobalı, twenty stroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged thousand footmen, and of king Maacah a Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem. thousand men, and of Ish-tob twelve thou- 2 And it came to pass in an evening-tide, sand men.

that David arose from off his bed, and walk? And when David heard of it, he sent ed upon the roof of the king's house : and Joab, and all the host of the mighty nien. from the roof he saw a 'w man washing her

8 And the children of Ammon came out, self and the woman was rery beautiful to and put the battle in array at the entering in I look upon.

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