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David's prayer and thanksgiving. CHAP. XVIII,

The victories of David, 10 And since the time that I commanded

CHAP. XVIII. judges to be over my people Israel. Moreo-| 1 David subdueth the Philistines and the Moabver, I will subdue all thine enemies. Fur

ites. 3 Hesmiteth Hadarezer and the Syriaus. thermore, I tell thee that the LORD will build 9 Tou sendeth Hadoram with presents to bless thee a house.

David. 11 The presents and the spoil Darid 11 | And it shall come to pass, when thy

dedicateth to God. 13 He putteth garrisons in days be expired that thou must go to be with

Edom. 14 David's officers. thy fathers, that I will raise up thy reed after OW after this it came to pass that David establish his kingdom.

and took Gath and her towns out of the 12 He shall build me a house, and I will hand of the Philistines. establish his throne for ever.

2 And he smote Moab; and the Moabites 13 I will be his father, and he shall be my became David's servants, and brought gifts. son : and I will not take my mercy away 3 | And David smote lladarezer king of from him, as I took it from him that was be. Zobah unto Hamath, as he went to estab. fore thee :

lish his dominion by the river Euphrates. 14 But I will settle him in my house and in 4 And David took from hiin a thousand cha. my kingdom for ever: and his throne shall riots, and seven thousand horsemen, and be established for evermore.

twenty thousand footmen : David also 15 According to all these words, and ac-houghied all the chariot-horses, but reservcording to all this vision, so did Nathan speak ed of them a hundred chariots. unto David.

5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came 16 | And David the king came and sat be- to help Hadarezer king of Zobalı, David slew fore the LORD, and said, Who am I, O Lord of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men. God, and what is my house, that thou hast 6 Then David put garrisons in Syria-dabrought me hitherto?

mascus; and the Syrians becaine David's 17 And yet this was a small thing in thine servants, and brought gifts. Thus the Lord eyes, O God; for thou hast also spoken of preserved David whithersoever he went. thy servant's house for a great while to come, 7 And David took the shields of gold that and hast regarded me according to the estate were on the servants of Hadarezer, and of a man of high degree, O Lord God. brought them to Jerusalem. 18 What can David speak more to thee for 8 Likewise from Tibhath, and from Chun, the honour of thy servant ? for thou know- cities of Hadarezer, brought David very est thy servant.

much brass, wherewith Solomon made the 19 O LORD, for thy servant's sake, and ac- brazen sea, and the pillars, and the vessels cording to thine own heart, hast thou done of brass. all this greatness, in making known all these 9 Now when Tou king of Hamath heard great things.

how David had sinitten all the host of Hada20 O LORD, there is none like thee, neither rezer king of Zobah; is there any God besides thee, according to 10 He sent Hadoram his son to king David, all that we have heard with our ears. to inquire of his welfare, and to congratulate 21 And what one nation in the earth is him, because he had fought against Hadalike thy people Israel, whom God went rezer, and smitten him; (for Hadarezer had to redeem to be his own people, to make war with Tou;) and with him all manner of thee a name of greatness and terribleness, vessels of gold, and silver, and brass. by driving out nations from before thy 11g Them also king David dedicated unto people, whom thou hast redeemed out of the Lord, with the silver and the gold that Egypt?

he brought from all these nations; from 22 For thy people Israel didst thou make Edom, and from Moab, and from the children thine own people for ever; and thou, Lord, of Anmon, and from the Philistines, and becamest their God.

from Amalek. 23 Therefore now, LORD, let the thing that 12 Moreover, Abishai the son of Zeruiah thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, slew of the Edomites in the valley of Salt and concerning his house, be established for eighteen thousand. ever, and do as thou hast said.

13 And he put garrisons in Edom; and 24 Let it even be established, that thy name all the Edomites became David's servants. may be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD Thus the LORD preserved David whithersoof hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to ever he went. Israel: and let the house of David thy ser- 14 I So David reigned over all Israel, and vant be established before thee.

executed judgment and justice among all his 25 For thou, O my God, hast told thy ser- people. vaut that thou wilt build him a house: there- 15 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over fore thy servant hath found in his heart to the host; and Jehoshaphat the son of Abipray before thee.

lud, recorder; 26 And now, LORD, thou art God, and hast 16 And Zadok the son of Abitub, aud Abipromised this goodness unto thy servant: melech the son of Abiathar, were the priests ; 27 Now therefore let it please thee to bless and Shavsha was scribe ; the house of thy servant, that it may be be- 17 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was fore thee for ever: for thou blessest, O LORD, over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and and it shall be blessed for ever.

the sons of David were chief about the king.

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Hanun's ungratefulness. I. CHRONICLES. Rabbah besieged and taken. CHAP. XIX.

15 And when the children of Ammon saw 1 David's messengers sent to comfort Hanun the that the Syrians were filed, they likewise filed

son of Nahash, arevillainously entreated. 6 before Abishai his brother, and entered into The Ammonites strengthened by the Syrians, the city. Then Joab came to Jerusalem. are overcome by Joab and Abishai. 16 Sho- 16 | And when the Syrians saw that they plach making a new supply of the Syrians, is were put to the worse before Israel, they slain by David.

sent messengers, and drew forth the Syrians hash the king of the children of Ammon the captain of the host of Hadarezer went died, and his son reigned in his stead. before them. 2 And David said, I will shew kindness unto 17 And it was told David; and he gathered Ilanun the son of Nahash, because his father all Israel, and passed over Jordan, and came shewed kindness to me. And David sent upon them, and set the battle in array against messengers to comfort him concerning his them. So when David had put the battle in father. So the servants of David came into array against the Syrians, they fought with the land of the children of Ammon to Ha-him. mun, to comfort hiin.

18 But the Syrians fled before Israel; and 3 But the princes of the children of Ammon David slew of the Syrians seven

thousand said to Hanun, Thinkest thou that David men which fought in chariots, and forty thoudoth honour thy father, that he hath sent sand footmen, and killed Shophach the cap. comforters unto thee? are not his servants tain of the host. come unto thee for to search, and to over- 19 And when the servants of Hadarezer throw, and to spy out the land ?

saw that they were put to the worse before 4 Wherefore Hanun took David's servants, Israel, they inade peace with David, and beand shaved them, and cut off their garments came his servants: neither would the Syrians in the midst hard by their buttocks, and sent help the children of Ammon any more. them away.

CHAP. XX. 5 Then there went certain, and told David 1 Rabbah is besieged by Joab, spoiled by David, how the men were served. And he sent to

and the people thereof tortured. 4 Three giants meet them : for the men were greatly are slain in three several overthrows of the ashamed And the king said, Tarry at Je- Philistincs. richo until your beards be grown, and then A Nagit came do pass that after the 69 And when the children of Ammen saw go out to battle, Joab led forth the power of that they had made themselves odious to Da- the army, and wasted the country of the chilvid, Hanun and the children of Ammon sent dren of Ammon, and came and besieged a thousand talents of silver to hire them cha- Rabbah. But David tarried at Jerusalem. riots and horsemen out of Mesopotamia, and And Joab smote Rabbah, and destroyed it. out of Syria-maachah, and out of Zobah. 2 And David took the crown of their king

7 So they hired thirty and two thousand from off his head, and found it to weigh a tachariots, and the king of Maachah and his lent of gold, and there were precious stones people, who came and pitched before Me in it; and it was set upon David's head : and deba. And the children of Ammon gathered he brought also exceeding much spoil out of themselves together from their cities, and the city. came to battle.

3 And he brought out the people that were 3 And when David heard of it, he sent Jo- in it, and cut them with saws, and with harab, and all the host of the mighty men. rows of iron, and with axes. Even so dealt 9 And the children of Ammon came out, David with all the cities of the children of and put the battle in array before the gate of Ammon. And David and all the people rethe city: and the kings that were come were turned to Jerusalem. by themselves in the field.

4 And it came to pass after this, that there 10 Now when Joab saw that the battle was arose war at Gezer with the Philistines: at set against him before and behind, he chose which time Sibbechai the Hushathite slew out of all the choice of Israel, and put them Sippai, that was of the children of the giant: in array against the Syrians.

and they were subdued. 11 And the rest of the people he delivered 5 And there was war again with the Philisunto the hand of Abishai his brother, and tines; and Elhanan the son of Jair slew they set themselves in array against the chil. Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, dren of Ammon.

whose spear's staff was like a weaver's 12 And he said, If the Syrians be too strong beam. for me, then thou shalt help me: but if the 6 And yet again there was war at Gath, children of Ammon be too strong for thee, where was a man of great stature, whose then I will help thee.

fingers and toes yere four and twenty, six 13 Be of good courage, and let us behave on each hand, and six on each foot: and he ourselves valiantly for our people, and for also was the son of the giant. the cities of our God: and let the LORD do 7 But when he defied Israel, Jonathan the that which is good in his sight.

son of Shimea, David's brother, slew him. 14 So Joab and the people that were with 8 These were born unto the giant in Gath; him drew nigh before the Syrians unto the and they fell by the hand of David, and by battle; and they fled before him.

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Daoid numbers the people. CHAP. XXI.

He builds an altar. CHAP. XXI.

LORD beheld, and he repented him of the 1 David tempted by Satan, forceth Joal to num- evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It

der the people. 5° The number of the people be is enough, stay now thy hand. And the aning brought, David repenteth of it. 9 David gel of the Lord stood by the threshing-floor having three plagues propounded by Gad, of Ornan the Jebusite. choyseth the pestilence. 14 After the death of 16 And David lifted up his eyes, and saw seventy thousand, David by repentance pre- the angel of the Lord 'stand between the vid by Gad's direction, purchaseth Ornan's earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword threshing-floor, where having built an altar, in his hand, stretched out over Jerusalem. God giveth a sign of his favour by fire, and Then David and the elders of Israel, who stayeth the plague. 28 David sacrificeth ihere, were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their being restrained from Gibeon by fear of the faces. angel.

17 And David said unto God, Is it not I ANDYSaten stapildub ngaber Israel

, and that commanded the people to be numbered 2 And David said to Joab and to the rulers indeed; but as for these sheep, what have of the people, Go, number Israel from Beer- they done? let thy hand, I pray thee, O sheba even to Dan; and bring the number of Lord my God, be on me, and on my father's them to me, that I may know

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house; but not on thy people, that they 3 And Joab answered, The LORD make his should be plagued. people a hundred times so many more as 18 | Then the angel of the LORD com they be : but, my lord the king, are they not manded Gad to say to David, that David all my lord's servants? why then doth my should go up, and set up an altar unto the Jord require this thing ? why will he be a Lord in the threshing-floor of Ornan the cause of trespass to Israel ?

Jebusite. 4 Nevertheless the king's word prevailed 19 And David went up at the saying of Gad, against Joab. Wherefore Joab departed, which he spake in the name of the LORD. and went throughout all Israel, and came to 20 And Ornan turned back, and Jerusalem.

angel; and his four sons with him hid them. 59 And Joab gave the sum of the number selves. Now Ornan was thresling wheat. of the people unto David. And all they of 21 And as David came to Ornan, Ornan Israel were a thousand thousand and a hun- looked, and saw David, and went out of the dred thousand men that drew sword: and threshing-floor, and bowed himself to David Judah was four hundred threescore and ten with his face to the ground. thousand men that drew sword.

22 Then David said to Ornan, Grant me the 6 But Levi and Benjamin counted he not place of this threshing-floor, that I may build among them: for the king's word was abo- an altar therein unto the Lord: thou shalt minable to Joab.

grant it me for the full price: that the plague 7 And God was displeased with this thing, may be stayed from the people. therefore he smote Israel.

23 And Ornan said unto David, Take it to 8 And David said unto God, I have sinned thee, and let my lord the king do that which greatly, because I have done this thing: but is good in his eyes : lo, I give thee the oxen now, I beseech thee, do away the iniqui- also for burnt-offerings, and the threshing inty of thy servant; for I have done very fool- struments for wood, and the wheat for the

meat-offering; I give it all. 99 And the LORD spake unto Gad, David's 24 And king David said to Ornan, Nay; but seer, saying,

I will verily buy it for the full price: for I will 10 Go and tell David, saying, Thus saith not take that which is thine for the LORD, the LORD, I offer thee three things; choose nor offer burnt-offerings without cost. thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee. 25 So David gave to Ornan for the place six 11 So Gad came to David, and said unto hundred shekels of gold by weight. him, Thus saith the LORD, Choose thee 26 And David built there an altar unto the

12 Either three years' famine ; or three LORD, and offered burnt-offerings and peacemonths to be destroyed before thy foes, offerings, and called upon the LORD; and he while that the sword of thine enemies over- answered bim from heaven by fire upon the taketh thee; or else three days the sword of altar of burnt-offering. the LORD, even the pestilence, in the land, 27 And the LORD commanded the angel; and the angelosthe LORD destroying through- and he put up his sword again into the sheathi out all the coasts of Israel. Now therefore thereof. advise thyself what word I shall bring again 28 At that time when David saw that the to him that sent me.

Lord had answered him in the threshing. 13 And David said unto Gad, I am in a great floor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he sacristrait : let me fall now into the hand of the ficed there. LORD;

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very great are his mercies: but 29 For the tabernacle of the LORD, which let me not fall into the hand of man.

Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar 141 So the LORD sent pestilence upon Is- of the burnt-offering, were at that season in rael: and there fell of Israel seventy thou- the high place at Gibeon. sand men.

30 But David could not go before it to in15 And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem quire of God: for be was afraid because of to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the the sword of the angel of the LORD.

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Preparations for the temple. 1. CHRONICLES.

Solomon made king CHAP. XXII.

16 of the gold, the silver, and the brass, 1 David, foreknowing the place of the temple, and the iron, there is no number. Arise, prepareth abundance for the building of it. 6 therefore, and be doing, and the Lord be He instructeth Solomon in God's promises, with thee. and his duty in building the temple. 17 He 17 | David also commanded all the princes chargeth the princes to assist his son.

of Israel to help Solomon bis son, saying, PITHEN David said, This is the house of 13 Is not the Lord your God with you? and

the LORD God, and this is the altar of bath he not given you rest on every side? the burnt-offering for Israel.

for he hath given the inhabitants of the land 2 And David commanded to gather toge- into my hand; and the land is subdued bether the strangers that were in the land of Is- fore the LORD, and before his people. rael; and he set masons to hew wrought 19 Now set your heart and your soul to seek stches to build the house of God.

the LORD your God; arise therefore, and 3 And David prepared iron in abundance build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to for the nails for the doors of the gates, and bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, for the joinings; and brass in abundance and the holy vessels of God, into the house without weight;

that is to be built to the name of the LORD. 4 Also cedar-trees in abundance: for the

CHAP. XXIII. Zidonians and they of Tyre brought much cedar-wood to David.

1 David in his old age maketh Solomon king. 2

The number and distribution of the Levites. 5 And David said, Solomon my son is young

7 The families of the Gershonites. 12 The sons and tender, and the house that is to be build.

of Kohath. 21 The sons of Merari. 24 The ofed for the Lord must be exceeding magni- fice of the Levites. fical, of fame and of glory throughout all Smade Solomon his son king over Israel.

O when David was old and full of days, he countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it. So David prepared abun- 29 And he gathered together all the princes dantly before his death.

of Israel, with the priests and the Levites. 6 | Then he called for Solomon his son, 3 Now the Levites were numbered from the and charged him to build a house for the age of thirty years and upward: and their LORD God of Israel.

number by their polls, man by man, was 7 And David said to Solomon, My son, as thirty and eight thousand. for me, it was in my mind to build a house 4 Of which,

twenty and four thousand were into the name of the Lord my God. to set forward the work of the house of the

8 But the word of the LORD came to me, say- Lord; and six thousand were officers and ing, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and judges: hast made great wars: thou shalt not build a 5 Moreover, four thousand were porters; house unto my name, because thou hast shed and four thousand praised the LORD with the much blood upon the earth in my sight. instruments which I made, said David, to

9 Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who praise therewith. shall be a man of rest; and I will give him

6 And David divided them into courses rest from all his enemies round about: for among the sons of Levi, namely, Gershon, his name shall be Solomon, and I will give Kohath, and Merari. peace and quietness unto Israel in his days. 7 [ Of the Gershonites were Laadan and

10 He shall build a house for my name; Shirnei. and he shall be my son, and I will be his fa- 8 The sons of Laadan; the chief was Jehiel, ther; and I will establish the throne of his and Zetham, and Joel, three. kingdom over Israel for ever.

9 The sons of Shimei; Shelomith, and Ha11 Now, my son, the LORD be with thee; ziel, and Haran, three. These were the chief aud prosper thou, and build the house of the of the fathers of Laadan. LORD thy God, as he hath said of thee. 10 And the sons of Shimei were, Jahath,

12 Only the Lord give thee wisdom and Zina, and Jeush, and Berial. These four understanding, and give thee charge con- were the sons of Shimei. cerning Israel, that thou mayes' keep the 11 And Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the law of the LORD thy God.

second: but Jeush and Beriah had not many 13 Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest sons; therefore they were in one reckoning, heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments according to their father's house. which the LORD charged Moses with con- 12 | The sons of Kohath; Amram, Izhar, cerning Israel: be strong, and of good cou- Hebron, and Uzziel, four. rage; dread not, nor be dismayed.

13 The sons of Amram; Aaron and Moses: 14 Now behold, in my trouble I have pre- and Aaron was separated, that he should pared for the house of the LORD a hundred sanctify the most holy things, he and his thousand talents of gold, and a thousand sons for ever, to burn incense before the thousand talents of silver; and of brass and LORD, to minister unto him, and to bless in iron without weight; for it is in abundance: his name for ever. timber also and stone have I prepared; and 14 Now concerning Moses the man of God, thou mayest add thereto.

his sons were named of the tribe of Levi. 15 Moreover, there are workmen with thee 15 The sons of Moses were, Gershom, and in abundance, hewers and workers of stone Eliezer. and timber, and all manner of cunning men 16 Of the sons of Gershom, Shebuel was for every manner of work,

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The office of the Levites.

CHAP. XXIV. The orders of the priests. 17 And the sons of Eliezer were, Rehabiah the sons of Eleazar there were sixteen chiet the chief. And Eliezer had none other sons; men of the house of their fathers, and eight but the sons of Rehabiah were very many. among the sons of Ithamar according to the

18 Of the sons of Izhar; Shelomith the chief. house of their fathers. 19 Of the sons of Hebron; Jeriah the first, 5 Thus were they divided by lot, one sort Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and with another; for the governors of the sancJekameam the fourth.

tuary, and governors of the house of God, 20 Of the sons of Uzziel; Micah the first, were of the sons of Eleazar, and of the sons and Jesiah the second.

of Ithamar. 21 | The sons of Merari; Mahli, and Mushi. 6 And Shemaiah the son of Nethaneel the The sons of Mahli; Eleazar, and Kish. scribe, one of the Levites, wrote them before 22 And Eleazar died, and had no sons, but the king, and the princes, and Zadok the daughters: and their brethren the solis of priest, and Abimelech the son of Abiathar, Kish took them.

and before the chief of the fathers of the 23 The sons of Mushi; Mahli, and Eder, and priests and Levites: one principal household Jeremoth, three.

being taken for Eleazar, and one taken for 24 | These were the sons of Levi after the Ithainar. house of their fathers; even the chief of the 7 Now the first lot came forth to Jehoiarib, fathers, as they were 'counted by number of the second to Jedaiah, names by their polls, that did the work for 8 The third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim, the service of the house of the Lord, from 9 The fifth to Malchijah, the sixth to Mijathe age of twenty years and upward. min,

25 For David said, The Lord God of Israel 10 The seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to hath given 'rest unto his people, that they Abijalı, may dwell in Jerusalem for ever;

11 The ninth to Jeshuah, the tenth to She26 And also unto the Levites: they shall no caniah, more carry the tabernacle, nor any vessels of 12 The eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to it for the service thereof.

Jakim, 27 For by the last words of David the Le- 13 The thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth vites were numbered from twenty years old to Jeshebeab, and above :

14 The fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to 28 Because their office was to wait on the Immer, sons of Aaron for the service of the house of 15 The seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth the LORD, in the courts, and in the chambers, i to Aphses, and in the purifying of all holy things, and 16 The nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twen. the work of the service of the house of God; tieth to Jehezekel, 29 Both for the shew-bread, and for the fine 17 The one and twentieth to Jachin, the flour for meat-offering, and for the unleaven- two and twentieth to Gamul, ed cakes, and for that which is baked in the 18 The three and twentieth to Delaiah, the pan, and for that which is fried, and for all four and twentieth to Maazialı. manner of measure and size;

19 These were the orderings of them in 30 And to stand every morning to thank and their service to come into the house of the praise the Lord, and likewise at even; LORD, according to their manner, under

31 And to offer all burnt-sacrifices unto the Aaron their father, as the LORD God of Is LORD in the sablaths, in the new-inoons, rael had commanded him. and on the set feasts, by number, according 20 9 And the rest of the sops of Levi were to the order commanded unto them, conti- these: Of the sons of Amram; Shubael: of nually before the LORD:

the sons of Shubael; Jehdeiah. 32 And that they should keep the charge of 21 Concerning Rehabiah: of the sons of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the Rehabiah, the first was Isshiah. charge of the holy place, and the charge of 22 Of the Izharites; Shelomoth: of the sons the sons of Aaron their brethren, in the ser- of Shelomoth; Jahath. vice of the house of the LORD.

23 And the sons of Hebron; Jeriah the CHAP. XXIV.

first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, i l'he divisions of the sons of Aaron by lot into Jekameam the fourth. four and twenty orders. 20 The Köhathites, 24 Of the sons of Uzziel; Michah: of the 27 and the Merarites divided by lot.

sons of Michah; Shamir. OW these are the divisions of the sons 25 The brother of Michah was Isshiah: of

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and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

26 The sons of Merari were Mahli, and 2 But Nadab and Abihu died before their Mushi: the sons of Jaaziah; Beno. father, and had no children: therefore Elea- | 27 | The sons of Merari by Jaaziah; Beno, zar and Ithamar executed the priest's office. and Shoham, and Zaccur, and Ibri.

3 And David distributed them, both Zadok | 28 Of Mahli came Eleazar, who had no sons. of the sons of Eleazar, and Abimelech of the 29 Concerning Kish: the son of Kishi was sons of Ithamar, according to their offices in Jerahmeel. their service.

30 The sons also of Mushi; Mahli, and Eder, 4 And there were more chief men found of and Jerimoth. These were the sons of the the sons of Eleazar than of the sons of Itha- Levites after the house of their fathers. mar; and thus were they divided. Among ! 31 These likewise cast lots over against

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