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Israel is come to the king, even to his house.

12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and my flesh: wherefore then are ye the last to bring back the king?

13 And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not of my bone, and of my flesh? God do so to me, and more also, if thou be not captain of the host before me continually in the room of Joab.

14 And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as the heart of one man; so that they sent this word unto the king, Return thou, and all thy servants. 15 So the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over Jordan.

16 And Shimei, the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was of Bahurim, hasted, and came down with the men of Judah to meet king David.

17 And there were a thousand men of Benjamin with him, and Ziba, the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants with him; and they went over Jordan before the king.

18 And there went over a ferryboat to carry over the king's household, and to do what he thought good. And Shimel, the son of Gera, fell down before the king, as he was come over Jordan;

19 And said unto the king, Let not my lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do thou remember that which thy servant did per versely the day that my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his heart.

20. For thy servant doth know that I have sinned; therefore, behold, I am come the first this day of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my lord the king.

21 But Abishai, the son of Zeruiah, answered and said, Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the LORD's anointed?

22 And David said, What have I to do you, ye sons of Zerulab,

that ye should this day be adver
saries unto me? Shall there any
man be put to death this day in
Israel? for do not I know that I
am this day king over Israel ?
23 Therefore the king said unto
Shimei, Thou shalt not die: and
the king sware unto him.

24 And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king, and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came again in peace.

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25 And it came to pass, when he I was come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said unto him, Wherefore wentest not thou with me, Mephibosheth?

26 And he answered, My lord, O king, my servant deceived me: for thy servant said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride there. on, and go to the king; because thy servant is lame.

27 And he hath slandered thy servant unto my lord the king; but my lord the king is as an an gel of God : do therefore what is good in thine eyes.

28 For all of my father's house were but dead men before my lord the king; yet didst thou set thy servant among them that did eat at thine own table: what right therefore have I yet to ery any more unto the king?

29 And the king said unto him,. Why speakest thou any more of thy matters? I have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land.

30 And Mephibosheth said unto the king, Yea, let him take all, forasmuch as my lord the king is come again in peace unto his own house.

31 And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim, and went over Jordan with the king, to conduct him over Jordan.

32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even fourscore years old: and he had provided the king of sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim; for he was a very great man.

33 And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thou over with me, Jerusalem. and I will feed thee with me in

34 And Barzillai said unto the

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king, How long have I to live, that I should go up with the king unto Jerusalem?

35 I am this day fourscore years old; and can I discern between good and evil? can thy servant taste what I eat or what I drink? can I hear any more the voice of singing-men and singing-women? wherefore then should thy servant be yet a burden unto my lord the king?

men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel. CHAP. XX.

AND there happened to be there

man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite; and he blew a trum pet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.

2 So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave un to their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.

36 Thy servant will go a little way over Jordan with the king: and why should the king recompense it me with such a reward? 37 Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again, that I may die in mine own city, and be buried by the grave of my father and of my mother: but behold thy servant Chimham; let him go over with my lord the king; and do to him what shall seem good unto thee. 58 And the king answered, Chimham shall go over with me, and I will do to him that which shall 4 Then said the king to Amaseem good unto thee: and what-sa, Assemble me the men of Jusoever thou shalt require of me, dah within three days, and be that will I do for thee. thou here present..

39 And all the people went over Jordan. And when the king was come over, the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and he returned unto his own place.

40 Then the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimham went on with him and all the people of Judah conducted the king, and also half the people of Israel.

41 And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said unto the king, Why have our brethren, the men of Judah, stolen thee away, and have brought the king and his household, and all David's men with him, over Jordan? 42 And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the king is near of kin to us: wherefore then be ye angry for this matter? have we eaten at all of the king's cost or hath he given us any gift?

43 And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in Da. vid than ye: why then did ye despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king? And the words of the

3¶ And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in ward, and fed them, but went not in unto them: so they were shut up unto the day of their death, living in widowhood.

5 So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: but he tar ried longer than the set time which he had appointed him.

6 And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bi chri do us more harm than did Absalom: take thou thy lord's servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape us.

7 And there went out after him Joab's men, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and all the mighty men: and they went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.

8 When they were at the great stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa went before them; and Joab's garment that he had put on was girded unto him, and upon it a girdle with a sword fastened up on his loins in the sheath thereof; and as he went forth it fell out.

9 And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou in health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him.

10 But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joab's hand; so he smote him, therewith in the

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6 Let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them up unto the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD did choose. And the king said, I will give them, a bad and 7 But the king spared Mephibo

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18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me addA 19 They prevented me in the day of my calamity; but the LORD was my stay. 2 20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me. b Adam How 21 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me." 22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

23 For all his judgments were before me; and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.

24 I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity,

25 Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness according to my cleanness in his eye-sight.

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