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together, and passed over Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians set

themselves in array against David, 18) and fought with him. And the Syri

ans fled before Israel ; and David slew of the Syrians the men of seven hundred chariots, and forty thousand horsemen, and smote Shobach the

captain of their host, 'that hel died 19 there. °And when all the kings that

were servants to Hadarezer saw that they were 'put to the worsel before Israel, they made peace with Israel, and served them. So the Syrians feared to help the children of Ammon any more.

And it came to pass, 'at the return of the year, at the time when kings go louti to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried at Jeru

salem. 2 And it came to pass 'at eventidel,

that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he

woman bathing!; and the

was very beautiful to look 3 upon.

"And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bath-sheba, the daughter of

Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite ? 4 °And David sent messengers, and

took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; (for she was

purified from her uncleanness ;) and 5 she returned unto her house. And

the woman conceived; and 'shel sent

and told David, and said, I am with 6 child. "And David sent to Joab,

saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. 7 And Joab sent Uriah to David. And

when Uriah was come unto him, David lasked of him how Joab did, and

how the people 'fared', and how the 8 war prospered. °And David said to

Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king's house, and there

followed him a ?mess of meat from 9 the king: "But Uriah slept at the

door of the king's house with all the

servants of his lord, and went not 10 down to his house. And when they

had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said

saw a woman

unto Uriah, "Arti thou not "comel from 'al journey ? Iwherefore! didst

thou not go down unto thine house? 11 °And Uriah said unto David, The

ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in "booths'; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open 'field"; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest,

and as thy soul liveth, I will not do 12 this thing. °And David said to Uriah,

Tarry here to-day also, and to-morrow
I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode

in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow. 13 °And when David had called him, he

did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the

servants of his lord, but went not 14 down to his house. And it came to

pass in the morning, that David wrote

a letter to Joab, and sent it by the 15 hand of Uriah. °And he wrote in

the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and

retire ye from him, that he may be 16 smitten, and die. And it came to

pass, when Joab bikept watch upon! the city, that he assigned Uriah unto

the place where he knew that valiant 17 men were. °And the men of the city

went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people, leven

of the servants of David ; and Uriah 18 the Hittite died also. "Then Joab

sent and told David all the things 19) concerning the war; "and 'hel charged

the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end of telling 'all' the

Ithings concerning the war unto the 20) king, lit shalli be that, if the king's

wrath arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore 'went' ye so nigh unto

the city 'to fight? knew ye not that 21) they would shoot from the wall ? 'who

smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth ? did not a woman cast lan upper! millstone upon him from the wall, that he died lati Thebez? why went ye 'so' nigh the wall ? then

Ishalt thou say, Thy servant Uriah 22 the Hittite is dead also. So the mes

senger went, and came and shewed

David all that Joab had sent him for. (23 °And the messenger said unto David,

The men prevailed against us, and came out unto us into the field, and we

1 See 1 Chr. xx. I. ? Or, (presentl from

3 Or, that day. And lonl the mor.

row David called him, and he

4 Heb. strong: 5 Or, observed 6 In Judg. vi. 32, Jerubbaal.

VERSION OF 1611.- 18 who; 19 smitten. XI. 1 after .. was expired . . forth.. (still); 2 in an eveningtide . . washing herself: 7 demanded . . did; 10 Camest..thy.. why then; 11 tents.fields ; 16 observed..a; 19 matters of ; 20 and.. so.. approached.. when ye did ; 21 a piece of a.. in; 23 (Surely). = [36]

were upon them even unto the enter24) ing of the gate. And the shooters

shot lati thy servants from off the wall; and some of the king's servants

be dead, and thy servant Uriah the 25 Hittite is dead also. "Then David

said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one as well as another : make thy battle more strong against the city,

and overthrow it: and encourage thou 26 him. And when the wife of Uriah

heard that Uriah her husband was

dead, she 'made lamentation for her 27 husband. And when the mourning

was past, David sent and tooki her homel to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased

the LORD. 121 And the LORD sent Nathan unto

David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men

in one city; the one rich, and the 2 other poor.

•The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds : 3 °but the poor man had nothing, save

one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own imorsell, and drank of his own cup, and

lay in his bosom, and was unto him 4 as a daughter. And there came a

traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him, but took the poor man's lamb, and

dressed it for the man that was come 5 to him. 'And David's anger was

greatly kindled against the man ; and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liv

eth, the man that hath done this flis 6 lworthy tol die : 'and he shall restore

the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.

And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD, thel God of Israel, I anointed thee

king over Israel, and I delivered thee 8 out of the hand of Saul ; °and I gave

thee thy master's house, and th
ter's wives into thy bosom, and gave
thee the house of Israel and of Judah ;
and if that had been too little, I would

have laddedi unto thee such and such 9 things. Wherefore hast thou despised

the Iwordt of the LORD, to do that

which is evil in his sight? thou hast Ismitteni Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the

sword of the children of Ammon. 10 °Now therefore, the sword shall never

depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the

wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy 11 wife. Thus saith the LORD, Behold,

I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie

with thy wives in the sight of this sun. 12 °For thou didst it secretly: but I will

do this thing before all' Israel, and 13 before the sun. And David said

unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto

David, The LORD also hath put away 14 thy sin; thou shalt not die. °How

beit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child

also that is born unto thee shall surely 15 die. 'And Nathan departed unto his house.

And the LORD Istruck! the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, 16 and it was very sick. °David there

fore besought God for the child; and

David fasted, and went in, and lay 17 all night upon the earth. And the

elders of his house arose, and I stood beside him, to raise him up from the

earth: but he would not, neither did 18 he eat bread with them. "And it

came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he 'hearkenedl not unto our voice : 2how will he then vex him

self, if we tell him that the child is 19 dead? But when David saw that

his servants whispered 'togetherl, David perceived that the child was dead: land! David said unto his servants, Is the child dead ?

And they 20 said, He is dead. "Then David arose

from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and ch

ged his apparel; and 'hel came into the house of the Lord, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when

he required they set bread before 21 him, and he did eat. "Then said his

servants unto him, What thing is this


1 Heb. a son of death.

? Or, how then Ishalll we tell him that the child is

dead, Iso that he idol himself Isome harmi?

VERSION OF 1611.- 24 upon ; 26 mourned ; 27 fet. XII. 3 meat; 5 thing shall surely ; 8 moreover . . given; 9 commandment killed; 15 strake ; 17 went to; 18 would .. hearken ; 19 therefore. = [17]

that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was

alive; but when the child was dead, 22 thou didst rise and eat bread. And

he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who Iknoweth' whether the Lord will

'not! be gracious to me, that the 23 child may live? But now he is dead,

wherefore should I fast? can I bring

him back again? I shall go to him, 24 but he shall not return to me. "And

David comforted Bath-sheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and the

called his name Solomon. And the 25 LORD loved him; "and he sent by

the hand of Nathan the prophet, and he called his name 2Jedidiah, 'for

the LORD's sakel. 26 8i Nowi Joab fought against Rabbah

of the children of Ammon, and took 27 the royal city. °And Joab sent mes

sengers to David, and said, I have

fought against Rabbah, 'yea, I have 28 taken the city of waters. Now there

fore gather the rest of the people together, and encamp against the city,

and take it : lest I take the city, and 29 4it be called after my name. And

David gathered all the people to

gether, and went to Rabbah, and 30) fought against it, and took it. And

he took ithel crown Tofi 5their 'king! from off his head; land! the weight Ithereofl was a talent of gold, land in' it werel precious stones; and it was set on David's head. And he

brought forth the spoil of the city, 31 'exceeding much'. And he brought

forth the people that were therein, and put them under saws, and funder harrows of iron, and @under axes of iron, and ?made them pass through the sbrickkiln: and thus did he unto all the cities of the children of Ammon. Andi David and all the people

returned unto Jerusalem. 131 And it came to pass after this, that

Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and

Amnon the son of David loved her. 2)°And Amnon was so vexed that he fell

sick because of his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin; and it iseemedi

hard 'toAmnon to do any thing lunto! 3 her. But Amnon had a friend, whose

name was Jonadab, the son of Shim

eah David's brother: and Jonadab 4) was a very subtil man. And he

said unto him, Why, 'O' son lof the king', art thou 'thus' lean from day to day? wilt thou not tell me? And

Amnon said unto him, I love Tamar, 5) my brother Absalom's sister. And

Jonadab said unto him, Lay thee down on thy bed, and 'feigni thyself sick: and when thy father cometh to see thee, say unto him, Let my sister Tamar come, I pray thee, and give me 'bread to eat, and dress the

ifood' in my sight, that I may see it, 6) and eat it at her hand. °So Amnon lay

down, and 'feigned' himself sick : and when the king was come to see him, Amnon said unto the king, Let my sister Tamar come, I pray thee, and make me a couple of cakes in my

sight, that I may eat at her hand. 7 °Then David sent home to Tamar,

saying, Go now to thy brother Am

non's house, and dress him 'food'. 8 °So Tamar went to her brother Am

non's house; and he was laid down. And she took 'dough', and kneaded it,

and made cakes in his sight, and did 9 bake the cakes. And she took ithel

pan, and poured them out before him; but he refused to eat. And Amnon said, Have out all men from me. And

they went out every man from him. 10 °And Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring

the food into the chamber, that I may eat of thine hand. And Tamar took the cakes which she had made, and

brought them into the chamber to 11 Amnon her brother. And when she

had brought them 'nearl unto him to eat, he took hold of her, and said unto

her, Come lie with me, my sister. 12 °And she answered him, Nay, my

brother, do not 10force me; for no such

thing ought to be done in Israel: do 13 not thou this folly. 'And I, whither

shall I carryl my shame ? and as for thee, thou shalt be as one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, I pray thee,

speak unto the king; for he will not 14 withhold me from thee. Howbeit he

would not hearken unto her voice:

but being stronger than she, the 15 forced her, and lay with her. "Then

Amnon hated her 'with exceeding great hatred; for the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her. And

1 Another reading is, she called. ? That is, Beloved of Jah. 3 See 1 Chr. XX, 1-3. * Heb. my name be called upon it.

5 Or, I Malcaml See Zeph. i. 5.
6 Or, Itol
Or, with a slight change in the He-

brew text, made them labour ati

& Or, Ibrick mould 9 Heb. morning by morning. 10 Heb. humble.

VERSION OF 1611.-22 can tell.. God; 25 because of .. Lord; 26 And: 27 and ; 30 king's.. whereof. , with the.. in great abundance ; 31 So. XIII. 2 for . . thought..for him.. to ; 4 being the king's ; 5 make.. meat. . meat; 6 made; 7 meat; 8 flour; 9 a; 10 meat; 13 cause.. to go; 15 exceedingly ; so that. = [38]

Amnon said unto her, Arise, be gone. sons arose, and every man gat him up 16 °And she said unto him, 'Not so, be- 30 upon his mule, and Aed.

And it cause this 'great wrong' in 'putting! came to pass, while they were in the me 'forthi is 'worsel than the other way, that the tidings came to David,

that thou didst unto me. But he saying, Absalom hath slain all the 17 would not hearken unto her. "Then king's sons, and there is not one of

he called his servant that ministered 31 them left. "Then the king arose, and unto him, and said, Put now this wom- rent his garments, and lay on the

an out from me, and bolt the door earth; and all his servants stood by 18 after her. And she had la garment 32 with their clothes rent. °And Jonadab,

of divers colours upon her : for with the son of Shimeah David's brother, such robes were the king's daughters answered and said, Let not my lord that were virgins apparelled. Then suppose that they have killedt all

his servant brought her out, and bolted the young men the king's sons; for 19 the door after her. And Tamar put Amnon only is dead: for by the

ashes on her head, and rent her gar- appointment of Absalom this' hath ment of divers colours that was on been determined from the day that he her; and 'shel laid her hand on her 33 forced his sister Tamar. Now there

head, and went 'her way!, crying 'aloud fore let not my lord the king take the 20) as she went'. "And Absalom her thing to his heart, to think that all the

brother said unto her, Hath 8Amnon king's sons are dead: for Amnon only thy brother been with thee? but now 34 is dead. "But Absalom fled. And hold thy peace, my sister : he is thy the young man that kept the watch brother; Itakel not this thing to heartí. "lifted' up his eyes, and looked, and,

So Tamar remained desolate in her behold, there came much people by 21 brother Absalom's house. But when the way of the hill side behind him.

king David heard of all these things, 35 °And Jonadab said unto the king, (22 he was very wroth. And Absalom Behold, the king's sons are come :

spake unto Amnon neither good nor 36 as thy servant said, so it is. °And it bad: for Absalom hated Amnon, be- came to pass, as soon as he had de

cause he had forced his sister Tamar. an end of speaking, that, behold, the 23 And it came to pass after two full king's sons came, and Gifted up their

years, that Absalom had sheep- voice, and wept: and the king also shearers in Baal-hazor, which is be- and all his servants wept “very sore.

side Ephraim: and Absalom invited 37 °But Absalom fled, and went to Tal2 all the king's sons. And Absalom mai the son of 551 Ammihurl, king of

came to the king, and said, Behold Geshur. And David mourned for his now, thy servant hath sheepshearers; son every day. let the king, I 'prayi thee, and his serv

38 So Absalom fled, and went to (25 ants go with thy servant. °And the Geshur, and was there three years.

king said to Absalom, Nay, my son, 39 °And the soul of king David longed let us not all go, lest we be 'burden- to go forth unto Absalom : for he was some unto thee. And he pressed him: comforted concerning Amnon, seeing

howbeit he would not go, but blessed he was dead. 26 him. "Then said Absalom, If not, I 141 Now Joab the son of Zeruiah per

pray thee, let my brother Amnon go ceived that the king's heart was to

with us. And the king said unto him, (2 ward Absalom. And Joab sent to 27 Why should he go with thee? But Tekoa, and fetched thence a wise Absalom pressed him, that he let Am- woman, and said unto her, I

pray non and all the king's 'sons go with thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, (28 him. "And Absalom commanded his and put on mourning apparel, 'I pray

servants, saying, Mark ye now, when thee', and anoint not thyself with oil, Amnon's heart is merry with wine; but be as a woman that had a long and when I say unto you, Smite Am- 3 time mourned for the dead : °and igo non, then kill him, fear not: have not int to the king, and speak on this

I commanded you? be courageous, manner unto him. So Joab put the 29 and be valiant. And the servants of words in her mouth. And when the

Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom woman of Tekoa spake to the king, had commanded. Then all the king's she fell on her face to the ground, and

1 Or, IThinkl not there is loccasion

forl this great wrong in putting me forth, Iwhich! is worse &c.

2 Or, a Mongi garment (with sleeves!
3 Heb. Aminon.

* Heb. with a very great weeping. 5 Another reading is, Ammihud,

VERSION OF 1611.–16 There is no cause .. evil..sending .. away.. greater ; 19 on; 20 regard ; 22 (his brother); 24 beseech ; 25 (now)..chargeable; 28 Now .. (had); 31 tare; 32 slain ; 34 lift; 36 lift; 37 Ammihud. - - XIV. 2 (now); 3 come.=

= [24]

did obeisance, and said, Help, O king. * 5 °And the king said unto her, What

aileth thee? And she answered, 'Of

a truthi I am a widow woman, and 6 mine husband is dead.

°And thy handmaid had two sons, and they two strove together in the field, and there was none to part them, but the one

smote the other, and killedi him. (7) °And, behold, the whole family is

risen against thine handmaid, and they said, Deliver him that smote his brother, that we may kill him for the life of his brother whom he slew, and isol destroy the heir also : Ithus shall they quench my coal which is left, and shall leave to my husband neither

name nor remainder upon the face 8 of the earth. °And the king said unto

the woman, Go to thine house, and

I will give charge concerning thee. 9 °And the woman of Tekoa said unto

the king, My lord, o king, the in¡quity be on me, and on my father's

house : and the king and his throne 10 be guiltless. °And the king said,

Whosoever saith aught unto thee,

bring him to me, and he shall not (11) touch thee any more. "Then said she, I pray thee, 'let the

ing remember the LORD thy God, that the lavengeri of blood destroy not any more, lest they destroy my son. And he said, As the Lord liveth, there shall not

one hair of thy son fall to the earth. 12 °Then the woman said, Let thine

handmaid, I pray thee, speak 'al word

unto my lord the king. And he 13) said, Say on. And the woman said,

Wherefore then hast thou "devisedi such a thing against the people of God? for 'in speaking this 'wordi the king lisi as one which is 'guiltyl, in

that the king doth not fetch home 14 again his banished lonel. °For we

must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God Itakel slaway lifel, 'but deviseth' means,

that he that isi banished be not lan 15 outcast from him. °Now therefore

'seeing that I am come to speak this lwordi unto my lord the king, it is because the people have made me afraid : and thy handmaid said, I will now speak unto the king; it may be

that the king will perform the request 16 of his Iservanti. For the king will

hear, to deliver his 'servanti out of

the hand of the man that would de

stroy me and my son together out of (17 the inheritance of God. "Then thine

handmaid said, 'Let, I pray theel, the word of my lord the king belcomfortable : for as lan angel of God, so is my lord the king 3to discern good

and bad : landi the LORD thy God be 18 with thee. "Then the king answered

and said unto the woman, Hide not from me, I pray thee, 'aughti that I shall ask thee. And the woman said,

Let my lord the king now speak. (19 °And the king said, Is the hand of

Joab with thee in all this? And the woman answered and said, As thy soul liveth, my lord the king, none can turn to the right hand or to the left from aught that my lord the king hath spoken : for thy servant Joab, he

bade me, and he put all these words 20 in the mouth of thine handmaid : 'to

Ichange the face of the matter! hath thy servant Joab done this thing: and my lord is wise, according to the wis

dom of an angel of God, to know all 21 things that are in the earth. 'And the

king said unto Joab, Behold now, I have done this thing : go therefore,

bring the young man Absalom again. 22 °And Joab fell to the ground on his

face, and did obeisance', and 'blessed' the king : and Joab said, To-day thy servant knoweth that I have found grace in thy sight, my lord, O king,

in that the king hath 'performed the 23 request of this servant. °So Joab

arose and went to Geshur, and brought 24 Absalom to Jerusalem.. 'And the king

said, Let him turn to his own house, Ibuti let him not see my face. So Absalom turned to his own house,

and saw not the king's face. 25 INow! in all Israel there was none

to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his

foot even to the crown of his head * 26 there was no blemish in him. And

when he polled his head, ('nowl it was at every year's end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it :) he weighed

the hair of his head at two hundred 27 shekels, after the king's weight. And

unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter, whose name was Tamar: she was a woman of a

fair countenance. 28 And! Absalom dwelt two full years

1 Heb. for rest.

? Or, Ithel

3 Heb. to hear.

* Another reading is, thou hast done.

5 Another reading is, thy.

VERSION OF 1611.– 5 indeed ; 6 slew ; 7 we will.. and so.. .(not); 11 (thou wouldest). . (suffer) ;. revengers , : (to); 12 one; 13 thought.. doth speak..thing.. faulty ; 14 respect any person : yet doth he devise . his.. expelled; 15 of..thing. . handmaid; 16 handmaid ; 17 shall now.. therefore . :(will); 18 the thing ; 19 (not); 20 fetch about this form.. speech ; 22 bowed himself.. thanked .. fulfilled; 24 and.. returned ; 25 But; 26 for; 28 So. = [52]

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