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poene of kine, for it, and for the people, 14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry mus that were with him, lo eat: for they said, with thee. And he took tree darts in his The people is hungry, and weary, and thirs-band, and thrust then through the heart of ly, in the wilderness.

Absalom, while he wus yet alive in the midst CHIAP. XVIII.

of the cak. ND David numbered the people that 15 And teu young men that bare Joali's sanıls and captains of hundreds over thein. lom, and slew lin.

2 Aud David sent forth a third part of the 16 Anri Joab blew the trumpet, and the people under ile hand of Joab, and a third people returned from pursuing alier Israel part under the band of Abishaithe son of Ze- for Jea! held back the people. ruiah, Joab's brother, and a third part un 17 And they took Alisaloin and eası hima der the hand of loai the Gittite. And the into a great pit in the wood, and laid a stry king said unto the people, I will surely go great leap of stones upon hin: and ail isfunit with you myself also.

racl tied every one w bois tent. 3 Buithe people answered, Thou shalt not 18 ! Now Absaloin in his life time badla. go forth: for il' we flee away, they will not ken and reared up for binnseil a piilar, which care fur 11s; neither is hall of us die, will is in the king's dale: for he said, I have up they care for us : but now thou art worth 'en son 10 ke piny name in remembrance: un thousand of us; therefore now it is better he called the pillar alier his own name: and that thou succour us out of the city. ir is called unto this day Absalom's Place.

4 And the king said unto them, What 19 | Tien said Abimaaz the son of Za slemetl you best I will do. And the kingdom, Let me vow ruu and bear the king ii siood by the gate-side, and all the people dings, how that the LORD hath avenged hiin come out by hundreds, and by thousands. let' bis enemies.

5 And the king commanded Joul, and 20 And Joal, said unto bim, Thou shalt 154
Abishai, and litai, saying, Deal gentiy for bear liding's chis day, but thou sualı bear to
Dy sake with the young man, eren with Ab. dings another day; but this day thou shall
balom. And all the people heard when the bear no ticings, because the king's son is
tiug gave all thic captains charge concern- dead,
ng Absaloin.

21 Then said loeb to Cushi, Go tell the
65 So the people went out into the field king what thou hast seen. And Cushi bow-
igainst Israel: and the battle was in the ed himself unto Joab, and ran.
xood of Ephraim;

22 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zacok 7 Where the people of Israel were slain yet again to Joab, But bow'svever, let me, ! before the servants of David: and there was pray thee, also run alier Cushi. And Juab There a great slaughter that day of twenty said, Wherefore will theu run, my son, seethousand men.

ing iliat thou hasi no ridings ready? 8 For the haulle was there scattered over 23 But howsoever, suid he, iti me run the face of all the country: and the wood And he said unto him. Run. Then Almaaz devoured more people that day than the ran by the way of the plain, and over-ran sword devoured.

Cushi. 9 And Absalom met the servants of Da 24 And David sat between the two gates, vid. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and and the watchman went up to the root over the mule went under the thick boughs of a the gate unto the wall, ond lilled up his eyes, great oak, and his lead caught hold of the and looked, aw behold a man running alone. oak, and he was taken up beiween the hea. 25 And the watchinan cried, and cold the ven and the earth; and the mule that was king. And the king said, If bebe alone, under bun went away.

there is tidings in his mouth. And he came 10 Sud a certain man saw it, and told Jo- apace, and drew near. al., and said, Behold, I saw Absalom hang. 26 And the watchman saw another man ed in an oak.

running: and the watchman cailed unto the ! And Joab said to the man that told porter, and said, Behold another man rnahim, And, behold, thou sawest him; and sing alone. And the king said, he also why lidst thou not smite him there to the bringeti eilings. ground? and I would have given thce len 27 And the watchman seid, Methinketh olehels of silver, and a girdle.

the running of the firemost is like the ruu12 And the inan said unto Joah, Though ning of Alimaaz the son of Zadok. And the I should receive a thousand she is of silver king said, He is a good man, and cnineth in mine hand, rl wouki l not put forili mine with good tidings. hand agains the king's son: loc in our hear 28 And Ahimaaz called, and said unto the ing the king charges ther, and Abishai, and king, All is we!l. And he fell down to he litai, saving, Beware that none louch the earth upon bis face before the king, and said, yonn* inan Absalom.

Blessed be the Lord thy God, which hath 13 Otherwise I should have wrought false- delivered up the men that lived up their limon against minder own he: for there is no hand against my lord the king. master baie troon the hing; am thou wyself. 29. And the hing said, Is The young man #usilnihysicainst ille Alvakuni saf: ? And Abimaaz answered

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When Joab sent the king's servant, and me Abiathar tie priest, saying, Speak unto the thy servant, I saw a greai tumul:, but I knew elders of Judah, saying Why are ye the last not what it mus.

to bring the king back to his louse? seeing 30 And the king said unto him, Turn aside, the speech of all Israel is come to the king: and stand here. And he turned aside, and eren to liis house. stood still.

12 Ye are my bretliren, ye are my bones 31 And, behold, Cushi came; and Cushi and my fesli: wherefore then are ye the last said, Tidings, my lord the king : for tlieto bring back the king? Lord hath avenged thee this day of all them 13 And say ye to Amasa, Art:hou not of iny thal rose up against thee.

bone, and of my fesh? God do so to me, and 32 And ille king said unto Cushi, Is the more also, if thou be not captain of the lost young man Absalom safe : Ard Cuslii an- before me continually in the room of Joab. swered, The enemies of iny lord the king; 14 Aud lie bowed the heart of all the nien and all that rise against thee to do thee hurt, of Judah, even as the nearl of one pian; so be as that young man is.

that they seni this verd unto the king, Re33 1 And the king was much mored, and turn thou, and all thy servants. went up to the clamber over the gate, and 15 So the king returned. and came to Jor. wept ; and as he went, thus he said, O my dan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet son Absalom! my son, my son absalom the king, to conduct the king over Jordan. wouiu God l ball died for ihee, 0 Absalom, 16 And Shimei the son of Gera, a Ben. my son, my son!

jamite, which was of Balurim, lasted, and CHAP. XIX.

came down with the incu of Judal to meet AN. bing Daniel

weepeth and mourneth for Absalom. 17 And there were a thousand men of Ben. 2 And the victory that day was turned in- jamin with him, and Zila the servant of the to mourning unto all the people : for the peo-house of Saul, and liis fifteen sons and his ple heard say that day, how tlie king was twenty servants with lim; and they went grieved for l.is son.

over Jordan before tlie king. 3 And the people gat them by stealth that 18 And there went over a ferry-boat to car. day into the city, as people being ashamed ry over the king's liousehold, and to do what steal away when they fee in battle. he thonglit good. And Shimei the son of

4 But ihe king covered his face, and the Gera fell down before the king, as he was king cried with a loud voice, O my son Ab- come over Jordan; salom! 0 Absaloin, my son, my son! 19 And said unto thie king, Let not my

5 And Joab came into the house to the lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do king, and said, Thou hast shamed this day thou remember that which thy servant did the faces of all thy servants, which this day perversely the day that my lord die king went have saved thy life, and the lives of thy sons out of Jerusalemn, that the king should take and of thiy daughters, and the lives of thy to his heart. wives, and the lives of thy concubines; 20 For ny servant doil know that I have

6 In that thou lovest ihine enemies, and sinned; therefore, berold, i am come the first hatest thy friends : for thou hast declared this this day of all the house of Jusepla to go duiva day, that thou regardest neither princes nor to meet my lord the king. servants: for this day ! perceive ibat if Ab 21 But Åbishai the son of Zeruiahanswered salom had lived, and all we had died diis and said, Shall not Shiniei be put to death for day, then it had pleased thee well. this, because he cursed the Loui's anointed?

i Now therefore arise, go forti. and speak 22 And David said, What have I to do comfortably unto thy servants : for I sirear with you, ye sons of Zeruialı, that ye should by the Lord, it thou go not forth, there will this day be ariversaries unto me? Shallibere

10 this in Israel? will be worse unto tiee than all the evil that for do not i befell thee from thy youth until now.

over Israel? 8 Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. 23 Therefore the king said unto Shimei, And they tolu unto all the people, saying, Be- Thou shall not die: and the king sware unhold, tlie king doth sit in the gate. And all to him. the people came before the king ; for Israel 24 ! And Mephibosheth tlie sou of Saul nad Aed every man to his tent.

came down to meet the king, and had nej. 9 And all the people were at strife through-ther dressed his feet, nor trimmed luis beard out all the iribes of Israel, saying, The king wor washed his clothes, from the day the saved us out of the land of our enemics, and king departed until the day he came again he delivered uls out of the hand of the Philis-in peace. tines, and now he is fled out of the land for 25 And it came to pass, when he was come Absalom.

to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king 10 And Absalom, whom we anointed over said unto hin, Wherefore wentes: not thou us, is dead in battle : now therefore why with me, Mephibosheth? speak ye not a word of bringing the king 6 And he answered, My lord. O king, back?

msservan: deceived me : for thy se vant said, And king David sent to Zadok and to I will saddle me an ass, tirat I may ride luere.

on, and go to the king; because thy servaullo 11s: wherefore theu be ye angry for this i lame.

inatter? have we eaten at all of the king's 27 And he liath slandered thy servant in- cost? or liath be given us any gist? to my lord the king; but my lord the king 43 And the men of Israel answered the men is as an angel of Cod: do dierefore wlwt is of Judah, and said, We have ten parts in the good in tuine eyes.

king, and we liave also more right in David 29 For all of my father's !ouse were brouhan ve: why then aid ve despise us, that dead men liefore my lord the king; yet dids: our advice should not be first had in bringing thou set this carrant ainong them ihai did eat back our king? And the words of the men o? al thine ownlıhle: whairigh therefore have Judalı were fiercer than the words of the men I yet to cry any more unto the king? of Israel. 29 and the hing said unto him, I liy speak

CHAP. XX. este elementum non fine case. I have Aplichere happened to be there a man of

30 An Velolvasheth said unto the king, or Bichri, a Benjamite: and be blew a trumYea, le: hiin take all, forasinuch as my lordpet, and said, We liave no part in David, nei. the king is come again in peace unto hisliher have we inlieritance in the son of Jesse; own house

every man to his tents, O Israel. 311 And Barzillai the Gileadite came down . So every man of Israel went up from aster from logelim, and went over Jordan with the David, arc followed Sheba, the son of Bichri: king, to conduct him ovei Jordan. but the men of Judah clave unto their king,

32 Vow Darzillai was a very aged man, from Jordan even in Jerusalem. mon lourscore years old : and he had provid. 31 Aud Davidcame to liis house at Jerusa el the king of sustenance while le lay at lem; and the king took the ten women hiscou. Malianaim; for he 918 a very great man. cubinez, whom he had left to keep the house,

33 And the king said unto Barzillai. Come and put them in ward, and sed them, but went llion over with me, and I will feed thee with noc in: unto them: so they were shut up unto me in Jerusalem.

the day of their death, living in widow lood. 3t And Barzilla: said unto the king, How 41 Then said the king 1o Amasa, Assemble long have! 10 live; that I should go up with me the men of Judah within iliree days, and the king unto Jerusalem?

be thou bere present. 35 l um this day fourscore years old; and 5 So Ania

a went to assemble the men of can I discern bespeu gnod avlevil? can thy :ulah: but he tarrjed longer than the ser servant laste what I cal or what dink: can une which he liad appointed iii. I hear any inore the voice of singing men 6 Ad David said to Abishai, Now shall and singing women: wherefore then should Sheba the son of Biclıri do us more liarm than why servant be yet a burden unto my lord dit Absalom : take thou thy lord's servants, die king?

and pursue after him, lest lié get hiun fenced 36 Thy servant will go a little way over cities, and escape us. Jordan with the king: and wly should the 7 And there went out after bim Joab's men, king recomperse il me wish such a rewaru: and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and all

37 Lettliy servant,i pray t.ee, turn back the inighty men; and they went out of Jerusa. again, that I may die in mine own city, anul belem, to pursue aster Sheha the son of Bichri buried by the grave of my father and of my 8 When they were at the great stone which mosher : but bel.old thy servant Chimham : is in Gibeon, Amasa went before them: and let him go over with my lord the king; and Joab's garment that he had put on was girddo to bin what shall seemn good unto thee. ed unto him, and upon it agirdle with a sword

33 And the king answered, Chinnham shall fastened upon his loins in the sheath thereof: go over with me, and I will do to liim that and as he went forth it fell out, which shall seem good unto thee : and whal 9 And Joab said lo Amasa, Art thou in enever thou shalt require of ine, chat will I do health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa for thee.

by the beard with the right tand to kiss him. 39 And all the people went over Jordan. 10 But Amasa took no lieed to the sword And when the king was come over, the king that was in joab's land: so he smole him kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and lie re- therewith in the firth rib, and shed out bris turned unto his own place.

bowels 10 the ground, and struck him not 40 Then the king went on 10 Gilgal, and a; ain, and he died. So Joab and Abishai bis Chimbam went on with him: and all the brother pursued aster Sheba the son of Bichri. people of Judalcor:ducted the king, and also 11 And one of Joab's men stood by nim, ha! the people of Israel.

and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he thai 41 ! And, benolch, all the men of Israel is for David, let him go after Joab. came to the king, and said unto the king, 12 And Amasa wallowed in blood in th Why bave our brethren the men of Judah midst of the highway: and when the mar stolen thee away, and have brought the king saw that all the people stood still, he removed and his household, and all David's men with Amasa out of the highway inio the field, and him over Jordan?

cast a cloth upon bim, when lie saw that every 12 And all the men of Judah answered the one that came by hin stood still. men of Israel, B:cause the king is near of kin! 13 W ben lie was removed out of the higlie

way, an the pecple went on after Joab, to pure 4 And the Gibeoniles said unto him, We sue alter Sheba the son of Bichri.

will have no silver nor gold of Saul, nor y 141 And he went tlırough all the tribes of his house; neither for its shalt thou kill any Israel ur to Abel, and to Beth-maachali, and inau in Israel. And he said, What

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shall all the Berites; and they were gathered 10- say, that will I do for you. gether, and went also aier lim.

5 And they answered the king, The man 15 And they came and besieged liim in Abelsthat consumed us, and tha: devised against of Beth-waachalı, and they cast ip a bank us, :hul we should be destroyed froin remain against the city, and it stood in the trenchling in any of the coasts of Israel, and all the people that were with Joab bal 6 Let seren men of his sons lie delivered tered the wall, to throw it down.

uulo us, and we will bang thein up unto the 16 1 Then cried a wise woman out of the Lord in Gideal of Saul, chom the LORD city, Hear, bear: say, I pray you, melo Jual, dil choose. And the king said, I will give Come near hither, that I'may speak with ibee. them.

17 And when he was come near unto ber, 7 But the king spared Mephiboslieth, the the woman sail, Art thou Joab? And lie an- son of Jonathall, the son of Saul, because of swered, I um he. Then she said unto him, he Lord's watin thu was between them, be. llear the words of thine bandmaid. And hetween David and Jonathan the son of Saul. answered, I do licar.

8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah 18 Then slie spake, saying, They were the daugliter of Aialı, whom she hare unto went to speak in old time, saying, They shall Saul, armoni and Mepliboslieth, and the five surely ask. counsel at Abel: and so they end- sons of Michal the daugliter of Saul, whom ed the matter.

she bronglie up for Adriel the son of Bazil. 19 1 om one of them that are peaceable anullai the Melolathie : faithful in Israel: thou seekesi to destroy a 9 And he delivered them into the hands of city and a inother in Israel; why wilt thou the Gibeonites, and they larged them in the swallow up the inheritance of the LORD? bill before the LORD; and they sell all seven

20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, together, and were put to death in the days far be it from me, that I should swallow up on harvest, in the first days, in the beginning or destroy.

of barley-liarvest. 21 The matter is not so: bul a man of 10 1 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah mount Ephraim, (Sheba the son of Bichri boy look sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the paine,) hath lified ap his land against the rock, from the beginning of harvest until wa king, even against David: deliver him only, ter dropped upon thein out of heaven, and sufand I will depart from the city. And the fered neither the birds of the air to rest on woman said unto Joah, Behold, liis head t!em by day, for the beasts of the field by shall be thrown to thee over the wall.

22 Then the woman went unto all the peo ul And it was told David what Rizpalithe ple in her wisdom: and they cut off the head daughter of Aialı, llie concubine of Saul, lad of Sheba the son of Bichiri, and cast it out to done. Joab: and be blew a trumpel, and they reti

12 1 And David went and took the bones of red from the city, every man to his tent. And Saul, and the bones of Jouallian bis son, from Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king. the men of Jabesla-gilead, which bad stolen

231 Now Joab was over all the host of ls-them from the super of Beth-shan, where the rael: and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada vas Philistines liad banged thein, wlien tie Pliover the Cherethites and over the Pelethites : listines liad slain Saul in Gilboa :

24 And Adoram was over the tribute ; and 13 And he brought up from thence the Jeloshiaphat the son of Abilud wus recorder; honcs of Saul, and the bones of Jonaihan

25 And Sheva was scribe; and Zadok and his son ; and they gathered the bones of Abiathar were the priests ;

them that were lianged. 26 And Ira also the Jairite was a chief ruler 11 And the bones of Sauland Jonathan his about David,

son buried they in the country of Benjamin in CIJAP. XXI.

Zelali, in the sepulchre of his his father: and David three years, year after year; and and after that God was entreated for the land, David enquired of the LORD), And the LORD 151 Moreover, che Piulitines had yet war answered, it is for Saul, and for his bloody again with Israel; and David went down, house, because he slew the Gibeonites. and his servants with liim, and fought a

2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and gainst the Philistines: and David waxed saint, said unto them: (now the Gibeonites were not 16 And Ishbi-benot, which wus of the sons of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of of the giant, (the weight of whose speai the Aunorites, and the children of Israel bad weighed three hundred shekels of brass in sworn unto them; and Saul sough to slay them weight,) be, being girded with a new sword, in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judalı:) thoughi to have slain David.

3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibeon- 17 But Abishaithe son of Zeruiah succoured ites, What sha'l I do for you? and where- him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. with shall I make the aionement, that yel Then the men of David sware unto him, say may bless the inheritance

battle, that thou quench not the liglit of Israel. 13 L'e ddirered me from my strong ene

18 Áud it caine to pass after this, that there my, and from them that hated me: for they was again a battle with the Philistines at were too strong for me. Sob: thien Sibbechai the Hushatlite slew 19 They preventeu me in the day of my Sapb, wlich ras of the sons of the giant. calainity; but the Lurd was my stay.

19 And there was again a battle in Goh 20 He brought me forth also into a large with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son place ; hie delivered me, because he delighiof Jaare-oregim, a Beth-lel:emite, slew the ed in me. brother of Goliath the Giulite, the staff of 21 The Lord rewarded me according to whose spear wus like a weaver's beam. my righteousness; according to the clean

20 And there was yet a battle in Gath, ness of my hands haih he recompensed me. wbere was a man of greut stature, that liad 22 For I have kept the ways of the LORI), on every liaud six fingers, and on every fool and have not wickedly deparieu from my Goal. six toes, four and twenty in number; and be 23 For all his judgments were before me ; also was born to the grani.

and as for his statutes, I did not depart from And when he defied Israel, Jonathan them. the son or Shimealı, the brother of David, 241 was also upright before liim, and have slew him.

kept myself from mine iniquity. *2 These four were born to the giant in 25 Therefore the Lord hath recompensed Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by me according to my righteousness ; accorddie hand of liis servants.

ing 10 my cleanness in his eye-sight. CHAP. XXII.

20 líh the merciful thou will shew thy. A

ND David spake urrote LORD the words soll merciful, and with the upright man thou

of this song, in the day chut the LORD wilt shew thyself upriglie. had delivered himn out of the hand of all his 27 With the pure thou wilt slew thysel. enemies, and out of the land of Saul: pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew

2 And lie said, The LORD is my rock, and ilyself unsavoury. ny fortress, and my deliverer;

28 And the aftlicted people thou wilt save : 3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust : but thine eyes are upon the baughty, that kis my shield, and the lorn of my salva- thou mayest bring them down. ion, my high tower, and my refuge, my sa 29 For thou art my lamp, O LORD; and jour; thou savest me from violence. the LORD will ligliten my darkness.

4 I will call on the Lorn), who is worthy 30 For by thee I have run through a troop: o be praised : so shall I be saved from mine by my God have I leaped over a wall. mnemies.

31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word 5 When the waves of death compassed me, of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all Nie floods of ungolly men made me afraid ; them that trust in him. 6 The sorrows of hell compassed me

32 For who is God, save the Lord? and ahoil; the snares of death prevented me. who is a rock, save our God?

7. In my distress I called upon the Lord, 33 God is my strength and power; and he and cried to my God; and lie did hear my maketh my way perfect. voice on of his temple, and my cry did enter 34 He maketh my feet like lunds' feet ; and mto his ears.

setieth me upon my liigh places. 8 Then the earth shock and trembled ; 35 He leacheth my liands to war; so that ile foundations of heaven moved and shook, a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. Lecause he was wrot).

36 Thou hast also given me the shield of 9 There went up a smoke out of his nos- thy salvation; and thy gentleness hath made Tils, and fire out of his mouth devoured : me great. fvals were hindled by it.

37 Thou last enlarged my steps under me; 10 He howed the heavens also, and came so that my feet did not slip. Jown; and darkness was under his feet. 38 i lave pursued mine enemies, and de

J! And he røde upon a cherub, and did Ay; stroyed them; and turned not again until and he was geen upon the wings of the wind. I had consumed them.

12 And he inade darkness pavilions round 39 And I have consumed them, and woundAwat hin, dark waters, and thick clouds of ed them, that they could not arise ; yea, die skies,

they are fallen under my feet. 13 Througlı the brightness before biin were 40 For thou hast girded me with strength coals of fire kindled.

to lattle ; them that rose up against me bast 14 Tie LORD thundered from heaven, and thou subdued under me. the most High uttered his voice.

41 Thou hast also given ma the necks of 15 And lie sent out arrows, and scattered mine enemies, that I might destroy them that them; lightning, and discourtiled them.

bate ine, 16 And the cliannels of the sea appeared, 42. They looked, but there was none to save; the foundations of the world were discovered, eren unb ile LORD, but lie answered them at ile rebuking of the Lori, at the blast of not. the breath of his nostrils.

13 Then did I beal them as small as the dust 17 He sent from above, he took me; he of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of I drew me out of many walers ;

the street, and did spread them abroad

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