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Sauls fons banged. Joab, battered the wall to throw it down. And they answered the king, The man

16 Then cried a wise woman out otthe that consumed us, and that deviled against city, Hear hear; say, I pray you,unto Joab, us, tbat we should be deftroyed from rcCome near hither, I may ipeak withthee. maining in any of the coasts of Israel,

17 And when he was come near unto her, 6 Let leven men of his sons be delivered the woman said, Art thou Joab? And he unto us, and we will hang them up unto answered, I am ke, Then she said unto the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, wbom the him, Hear the words of thine handmaid. LORD did chuie. And the king said, I And be aoswered, I do hear.

will give tbem. 18 Thea Mhe spake, saying, They were 7 But the king spared Mephibosheth the wont to speak in old time, Taying. They son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because Thall surely ask counsel at Abel: and lo of the LORD's oath that was betweon they ended the matter.

them, between David aod Jonathan the 19 I am ons of tbem tbst are peaceable son of Saul. and faithful in Israel : thou seekett to de- 8 But the king took the two funs osRizItroy a city, and a mother in lfrael: Why pah the daugler Of Ajah ; whoin the hare wilt thou Twallow up the inheritance of unto Saul, Aimoni, and Mephibotheth, and the LORD?

the five fons of Michal the daughter of 20 And Joab answered and said, Far be Szol, whom the brought up for Adriel the it far be it from me, that I should swallow fon of Barzillai the Meholathite..

9 And he delivered them into the hands 21 'The maiter is not so : but a man of of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them mount Ephrain (Sheba the son of Bichrt in the hill before the LORD: and they fell by name hath lift up his hand against the all leven together, and were put to dea h king, even against David: deliver him one in the days of harvest, in the first days, ly, and I will depart from the city. And the in the beginning of barley-harveit. woman (aid unto jab, Behold, his head 10 9 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah Thall be thrown to thee over the wall. fook fackloth, and spread it for her upon

22 Then the woman went unto all the the rock, from the beginning of harvest people in her wi dom, and they cut off nntil "rater dropped upon them out of the head of Shena the lon of Bichri, and heaven, and (uffered neither the birds of cast itout to Joab: and he blew a trumpet) the air to rest on them by day, nor the and they retired from the city,every man beasis of the field by night. to his tent: and Joab returned to Jerusa- 11 And it was told David what Rizoah Jem onto the king.

the daughter of Aiah the concubine ofSaul 231 Now Joab was over all the host of had done. lliael: and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada 12||And David went and took the bores WAS over the cherithites, and over the of Saul, and the bones ot Jonathan bision, Pelethites:

fron the men of Jabesh-gilead, which bad 24 And Adoram was over the tribute : ftoien them from the treer of Beth-hari, and Jeholhaphat the son of Abilud was re- where the Philistines had banged them, corder :

when the Philiftin es had flain Saul in 25 And Sheva was scribe: and Zadok Gilboa. and Abiather were the priests :

13 Aod he brought up from thence the 26 And Ira also the Jairite was a chief bones of Saul, and the bones of Jonathan ruler about Dávid.

his lon, and tbey gathered the bones of CHA P. XXI.

them that were hanged, 1 T be faming safelb. 12 Tbe bones Saul 14. And the bones of Saul and Jonathan and tonaban buried.

his son buried they in ti ecountry of BenThen there was a famine inthe daysof jamin in Zelab, in the sepulchre of Kith

1 David, three years, year after year ; his father, and they performed all that and David enquired of the LORD. And the king commanded : and after that, the LORD answered, It is for Saul, and for God was intreated for the land.. bis bloody house, because he new the Gi- 15 | Moreover, the Philistines had yet beonites.

war again with Ifrael, and David went 2 And the king called the Gibeonitesdown, and his servants with him, and and said unto them (now the Gibconites fought against the Philistines; and David were not of the children of Israel, but of waxed taint. the reipant of the Amorites, and the 16 And Binbi-bezob, which was of the children of irrel bod swom unto them: fons of the giant ( the weight of whose and Saul fought to play the a in his Zeal spear weigbed thr’e hundred bekels of brass to the children of lirael and Judan) in weigät) he being girded with a new

3 WhereforeDavid said unto the Gibeo. sword thought to have flsin David, nites, What Thall I do for you? and where- 17 But Abishai the son of Zcruiah facwith Thall I make the atonement, that ye coured him, and (mote the Philistine, and may bless the inheritance of the LORD! killed him. Then the men of David fware

4 And the Gibeonites said unto him, We unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more will have no tuver nor gold of Saul,nor of out with us to battle, that thou qucncb not his house, neither for us thalt thou kiliany the ligbt of Israel, man in Israel. And he said, What you 18 And it came to pass after this, that thall say, that will I do for you,

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for Tbanksgiving, Aines at Gob: then Sibbechai y Hufha- ? He delivered me from my Itrong c." ehite New Sapb, which was of the Sons of nemy, and from them that hated the giant,

they were too (trong for me. 19°And there was again a battle in Gob 19 They prevented me in the day of my with the Philittines, were Elhanap the calamity : but the LORD was iny itay. son of Jaare-oregim a Beth-lehemite New 20 Hé brought me torth also into a large the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the kaff place : he delivered me, because he deof whose spear was like a weavers beam, lighted in nie.

10 And there was yet a battle in Gath, 11 The LORD rewarded me according where was a man of great ftature, that had to my righteousnels : according to the on every hand fix fingers, and on every cleanóels of my hands bath be recompenfoot Gx tocs, four and twenty in number ; fed me. and be also was born to the giant.. 22 For I have kept the ways of the

21 And when he defied Ifrael, Jonathan LORD, and have not wickedly departed the fon of Shemei the brother of David from my God. Her him.

23 For all his judgments were belore 22 There four were born to the giant in me : and as for his ttatures I did nos de: Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and part from them. by the hand of his servants.

24 I was allo upright before him, and CHA P. XXII.

have kept my self from mine iniquity. I A ibanksgiving for Gods powerful deliver. 25 Therefore the LORD hath recompenance, and manifold blefiing).

fed me according to myrighreousnels : acA Nd David ipake unto the LORD the cording to my cleaoners in his eye-fight. A words of this song, in the day tbat the 25 With the merciful thou wiit Mew LORD had delivered him out of the baod thy felt merciful, and with the upright of all his enemies, and out of the band of man thou wilt shew thy self upright. Saul.

27 With the pure thou wilt thew thy 2 And he said, The LORD is my rock self pure : and wish the froward thou wilt and my fortress, and my deliverer, Thew thy self unsavoury.

3 The God of my rock, in him will128 And the afflicted people thou wilt truit : b: is my thield, and the horn of my fave : but thine eyes are upon the haughty, Falvation, my high cower, and my refuge, but thou mayeit bring tbom down. may Saviour;íhou saveit me from violence. 29. For thou art my lamp, LORD:aod

41 will call on the LORD,wbo is worthy the LORD will lighten my darknels. to be praised : so shall I be saved from 30 For by thee I have ren through a troop: mine enemies.

by my God have I leaped over a wall. 5. When the waves of death compafled 31 As for God, his way is perfe&t; the me : the floods of ungodly mien made me word of the LORD is tried : he is a afraid.

backler to all them that trust in bim. 6 The Corrows of hell compafled me a 32 For who is God, save the LORD! and bout: the snares of death prevented me. who is a rock, save onr God?

7 In ny distress Icalled upon the LORD, 33 God is my ftrength and power : and' 800 cued to my God, and he did hear my he maketh my way perfect. voice out of his temple, and my cry did 34 He maketh my feet like hindes feet : ' eper into his ears.

and letteth me upon my high places. 8 Thea the earth fhook and trembled : 35 He teacheth my hands to war: 10 that the foundations of heaven moved and a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. ihook, because he was wroth,

30 Thou halt alio given me the field 9 Thero went up a (moak out of his no. of thy falvation : and thy gentlenes hath fizils, and fire out of his mouth devoured : made me great. coals were kindled by it.

37. Thou haft enlarged my steps under rolle bowed the heavens also and came me: so that my feet did not flip. down: and darkness was under his feet. 38 I have pursued mine enemies, and

11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did destroyed them: and turned riot again 22fie: and he was seen upon the wings of till had cousumed them. the wind.

39 And I have consumed them, and 12 And he made darkness pavilions wounded them, that they could not arise : round about him, dark waters, and thick yes, they are allen under my feet. Clouds of the skies.

40 For thou halt girded me with strength 13 Through the brightoers before him to battle : then that rose up against me, were coals of fire kindled.

bait thou subdued under me. 14 The LORD thundered from heaven, 41 Thou hast also given me the necks of and the molt high ukered his voice. mise enemies, that I might destroy them

15 And he sent out arrows, and Scattered that bate bie. Rheir ligothing, and discom Sted them. 42 They looked, but tbere DAS DORC to

16 And the channels of the lea appeared, fave: even unto the LORD, but i canswerthe foundations of the world were disco ed them not. vered at the rebuking of the LORD, at the 43 Then did I beat them 2s small as the blait of the breath of his nostrils,

duit of the earth, I did itamp them as the 1 He sent from above, he took me: he mure of the ftreetand did spread then drew me out of many waters,

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David profefotb bts faisb Chap. xxiii. in Gods promises, . 44 Thou also hast delivered me fromthe 11 And after him was Shammah the son ftrivings of my people, thou halt kept me of Agee theHararite : and the Philinin to be bead of the heathen: 2 people, wbicb were gathered together into a troop, where I knew not, thall serve me.

was a piece of ground full of lentiles: and 45 Strangers shall submit themselves the people fled from the Philistines. unto me : afsoon as they hear, they shall 12 Buthe stogd in tbemidst of the ground, be obedient onto me.

and defended it, and New the Philistines: 46 Strangers shall fade away, and they and the LORD wrought a great victory. thall be afraid out of their clore places, 3 And three of be thirty chiel went

47 The LORD liveth, and blefled be my down and came to David in the harvest roek : aad exalted be the God of the rock time, unto the cave or Adullam : and the of my salvation

troop of toe Philift in s pitcked in the val. 48 It is God that avengeth me, and tha at ley of Rephaim.. bringeth down the people under me, 14 and David was then in an hold, and

49. And that bringeth me forth from the garison of the Philistines was then in minc enemies : thou also hast listed me up Beth-leh em. on high above thein that rose up againit15 And David longed, and said, Oh the me; thou bait delivered me from the one would give me drink of the water of violent inan,

the well of Beth-chein, which is by the 50 Therefore I will give thanks unto gate! thee, O LORD, 2143ng the heathen, and I 16 And the three mighty men brake will f g praises unto thy Name,

through the host of the Philistines, and 51 He is the tower of Talvation for his drew water out of the well of Beth-lehem. king: and thesetb mercy to his annointed, that wa, by the gats, and took it, aná uuto David, and to his feed for evermore. brought it to David : revertheless he CHA P. XXIII.

would not drink thereof, but poured it i David profiletb bis faith in Gods promises out unto the LORD. beyond sense or experience..

17 And he said, Be it far from me, o TO there be the last words of David: LORD, that I should do this is not tbis the

David the son of Jelle laid, and the blood of the men that went in jeapordy of man wbo was raised up on high, the a- their lives? therefore he would not drink nointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet it. These things did these three in ighty pfalmift of Israel, said,

men. 2 The Spirit of the LORD spake by me; 18 And Abishai the brother of Joab, the and his word was in my tongue,

son of Zeruiah, was chief among three : 3 The God of Israel said, The Rock of and he lift up a spear againft three hunIsrael fpake to me, He that ruleth over dred, and new tbem, and had the name men must be jut, ruting in the fear of God; among three.

4 And be sball be 2s the light of the non- 19 Was he not molt honourable of three? ing, wbin the sun riseth, even a morning therefore he was their captain : howbeit, withcet clouds ; us the tender grass spring- hc attained not unte the first three. ing out of the earth hy clear shining atter20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the tain.

rca of a valiant man, of Kabzeel,who had 5 Although my housebe not so with God; done many a&ts, he flew two lion-like men yet he hath made with me an everlasting of Moab : he went down also and flew a covenant, ordered in all things and sure : lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow. for this is all my salvation, and all my de- 21 And he flew an Egyptian, a goodly fire, although he make it not to grow. man and the Egyptian had a spear in his

61 But ibe fons of Belial sball be all of hand , but he went down to him w a staff, them as tterns thrust away, because they and plucked the spear out of the Egyptians cannot be taken with hands.

, hand, and flew him with his own spear, 7 But the man that shall touch them, 22 These tbings did Benaiah the lon of must be fenced with ixon, and the staff ofa Jehoiada, and had the name among three spear, and they shall be utterly burnt with mighty men. fire in the same pisce.

23. He was more bonourable than the 89 These be the names of the mighty thirty, but he attained not to the first three: Inen whom David had ; The Tachmonite and David let him over his guard: that sat in the seat, chief among the cap. 14 Arahel the brother of Joab boas one tains (the same was Adino the Eznite) be of the thirty ; Elkanan the son of Dodo of lift up, bis spear against eight hundred, Beth-lehem, whom he flew at one time.

25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Aod after him was Eleazar the son of Harodite, Dódo the Ahohite,ons of the three mighty 26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikmen with David, when they defred the kesh the Tekoite, Philistines tbat were there gathered toge 27 Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebundai ther to battic, and the li of llrael were the Huthathite, gode away.

28 Zaimon the Ahohite, Maharai the to he arose, and mote the Philistines un- Nerophathite, til bis hand was weary, and his hand clave 29 Heles the fon of Barnah, a Netophaonto the sword : and the LORD wrought a thite. Itcai the son of Ribai out of Gibeah great victory that day; and the people reo of the children of Benjamia, wrned after him only to spoil,

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II Samuel.

Ijraal numbred. 20 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of 11 For when David was up in the mornthe brooks of Gaarh,

ing, the word of the LORD came unto the 31 Abialbon the Arbathitc, Azmaveth prophet Gad, Davids seer, saying, the Barbiumite,

12 Go and say unto David, Thus faiththc 22 Eliabba the Shaalbonite: of the fons LORD, I offer thee three things ; choose ot Jashan, Jonathan,

thee one of them, I may do it unto thee. 33 Shammah the Hararite, Abiam the 13 SoGad came to Dwid, and told him, Son of Sharar the Hararite,

and said unto him, Shall seven years of faEliphelet the son of Abasbai, the son mine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt of the Machathite, Eliam the son of Ahi- thou flee three months before thine enethophei the Gileonite,

mies, while they purfue thee? or that there 3 Hezari the Carmelite, Paarai the be three days peitilence in thy land ? now Arbite,

advise, and see what answer I shall return 26 igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, to him that lent me.' Bini the Gadite.

14 And David said unto Gad, I am in ? 37 Zeled the Ammonite, Nabarai the great trait : ler ne bo

nite, Nabarai the great itrait :let us fall now into the hand Rexrothite, armour-bearer to Joab the foo of the LORD i for bis Mercies are great) of Zeruiah,

and let me not fall into the hand of man. 28 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb 20 Ithrite, 15 So Lord sert a pestilence upon Ifrael,

20 Uriah the Hittite : thirty and seven fro n morning even to time appointed : in all,

and there died of the people from Dane. CH A P. XXIV.

vento Beer-sheba, seventy thon and men. Dawid numbers tbe people. 14 David of 16 And when the angel ltretched out his three plaques cboofiib ibe peftilence, 26 hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the Tbe plague Atagetb.

LORD repented him of the evil, and said in the anger of the LORD was to the angel that destroyed the people, It A ndied against Israe', and he moved is enough: stay.now thine hand. And the David agaiof them, to lay, Go number angel of the LORD was by the threshingIsrael and Judah,

pace of Arunab the Jebufite. **For the king raid to Joab the captain 17 And David spake unto the LORD, when of the host, which was with him, Go now he (w the angel that imote the people,& through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan said, LO, I have finned, and I have done evanto Beeribeba, and number ye the Wickedy: but there theep, what have they people, that I may know the number ofthe done? let thine band. Ina thean

gainit me, and against my fathers house. Joab raid onto the king, Now the 18 And Gadcame that day to David, YOOthy God add unto the people ( how and taid unto him, Gaup, rear an altar many soever they be ) 30 hundred-fold, 20to the LORD, in the threshing. Any of and that the eyes of my lord the king :1 ay Araunsh the Jebulite. Tee it : but why dath my lord the king de 19 And David, according to the saying Jight in this thing?

of Gad, went up as the LORDcommanded. " Notwithttanding the kings word pre. 20 And Arunah looked, and law king Viled against Joab, and against thc cap- and his lervants comingon toward him: &

ains of the host, and Joab and the cap. Araunah went out and towed himself be. Tains of the host went out from the pre- forethe king on his face upon the ground. fence of the king, to number the people 2! And Araunah said, Wherefore is my of Israel.

lords king come to his servant ? And Da. 5. And they passed over Jordan, and vid said, 'To buy the threshingfloor ofthee, pitched in Aroer, on the right lide of the to build an altar unto the LORD, that the city that lieto in the midst of the river of plagve may be ftayed from the people. Gád, and toward Sazer.

22 AndAraunah said unto David, Let niy 6 Then they came to Gilead, and to the lord y king take and offer up what seemets land of Tahtim-hodhi; and they came to good unto him: behold, here be oxen for Dan jaan, and about to Zidon.

borni-facrifice, and threhing-initruments, And came to the strong hold of Tyre, and otber instruments of Soxen 1or wood and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of 23 All these tbing) did Araunah, as a the Canaanites : and they went out to the king, give unto the king: and Araunah fouth of Judah, even to Beer-sheba. Taid unto the king, The LORD thy Godac

8 So when they had gone through allthe cept thee, land, they came to Jerusalem at the end 27 And the king raid unto A runah, of nine donths and twenty days.

Nay ; but I will surely buy it of thee al a AndJoab gave up şfum of the number price: Deither will I offer burnt offerings of the people untosking and there were unto the LORD my God, or that which in Ifrael eight hundred thousand valiant doth colt me nothing. So David bought men that drew the sword : and the men of the threshing-floor and the oxen for fifty Judah were five hundred thousand men. Thekels of filver.

10 11 And Davids heart fmote bim afte 35 And David built there an altar unto he had numbred the people: & Davidlaid the LORD, and offered burnt-offerings, unto the LORD: I have Goned greatly in and peace offerings : fo the LORD was inI have done: and now I befcech thee, o treated for the 12od, and the plague was LOKD, take away the iniquity of thy (er- ftayed from Ifrael, vant, for I have done very foolilby.

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The firt BOOK of the KINGS, commonly called, The

Third BOOK of the KINGS.' , c + A P. . . . . . fonce unto the king ; and the king faid, Abi bas cberisbetb Devid. 5 Adonijab u. What wouldelt thou ? Surpeto tbe kingdom 32 Solomon is 118.. 17 And the taid unto him, My lord, thon nointed, 50 Adonijab fleetb.

swarest by the LORD thy God unto thine TOW 'king David was old, and hand-maid, saying, Alluredly Solomon

ttricken in years; and they cover- thy lon in all reign after me, and he shall
ed him with clothes, but he gat fit opon my throne :
no heat,

18 And now behold, Adonijah reigneth: 2W berefore his servants said unto him, and now, my lord the king, thou knowalt Let there be sought for my lord the king it not. young virgin, and let her {tand before the 19 And be hath ain oxen,and farnar king, and let her cherish him, and let her and theep in abundance, andhath called lie in thy bolom, that my lord the king the fons of the king, and Abiathar the may get heat. .

priest, and Joabthe captain of the hott:ut 3. So they fougbt for a fair damsel Solomon thy fervant hard be nor cu throughout all the coats of Israel, and 20 And thou, my lord, o king, the even found Abifhag a Shunamite, and brought of all Ifrael are upon thee, that thou her to the king,

1houldest tell them who shall Gt on the A And the damsel was very fair, and throne of my ford the king after him cherilhed the king, and miniftred to him; 21 Otherwise it ihall come a pale. but the king knew her not.

my lord the king thall fleep with his fa. 5 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith thers, that I and my fon Solomon Thou exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and counted offenders. be prepared him chariots and horie-men, 22 1 And lo, while the yettalked with the and firy men to run before him.

king, Nathan the prophet allo came in, had not difpleased him 22 And they told the king, saying Be. at any time, in faving Why halt thou done hold, Nathan the prophet. And when fo? and he also was a very goodly man i was come in before the kiog, he bowed ind bis motbur bare him after Abfalom, himself betore the king with his face to

7 Aod be conferred with Joab the fon of the ground. Zerbiah, and with Abiathar the priest: and 24 And Nathan said My lord, O bir they following Adopijah, helped bim. halt thou laid, Adonijah Thall reign after

8 But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah me, and he thall fit upon my throne ? the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the pro- 25 For he is gone down this day, and pher and Shemei, and Rei, and the migbty hath zin oxen, and fat cattle, and Sheen men which belonged to David, were not in abundance, and hath called all the king's with Alorijab

fons, and the captains of the hoft, and And Adoniah lcw sheep and oxen, and Abiatha: the priest ; and behold, they eat fat cattle.by the tane ot Zoheleth, which and drink before him, and say, God Save is by En-regel, and called all his brethren king Adonijab. the kings fons, 20d all the men of Judah 26 But me, evin ,thy servant, andza. the kings fervants.

dok the prieit, and Bersiah the son of Je. 10 Buc Nathan the propher and Benaiah hoiada, and thy servant Solomon hath he srd the mighty men, and Solomon his not called. brother he calle not,

* 27 Is this thing done by my lord the 19 Where fore Nathan: spake unto king, and thou hatt not fhewed it unto thy Bath-Thebathe mother of Solomon,faying, feryant, who 1hould fit on the throne of Halt thou not heard that Adonijah the con my lord the king after bim? of Haggith doth reign and David our lord 28 1 TherkingDavidan'wered, and said, knoweth it not ?

Call me Bath-theba: and it came into 12 Now thereiore come, let me, I pray kings prelence, and stood before the king. thee, give thee counsel, that thou mayelt 29 And the king (ware, ard faid, as the fave thise own life, and the life of thy fon Lord liveth, that hath redeemed my soul Solomon.

out of all distress, 13 Go and get thee in unto king David, 30 Even as I sware unto thee by the and say unto him, Didot not thou, my lord, LORD God of Israel, saying Affuredly SoO king swear unto thine hand-maid, fay. lomon thy fon shall reign after me, and he ing, afluredly Solomon thy fon fhail reign shall fit upon my throne in my stead; even after me, and he shall lit upon my throne? so will I certainly do this day. why then doth Adonijah reigo?

21 The Bath-sheba howed with her face 14 Behold, while thou yet talkeft there to the earth, and did reverence to the with the king, I will ifo come in after king, and said, Let my lord king David thee, and confirm thy words..

live for ever. 15 And Bath-sheba went in unto the 32 And king David Taid, Call me 22. king, into the chamber : and the king was dok the prielt, and Nathan the prophet, very old ; and Abithag the Shunamite mi and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. 'And biftred unto the king..

they came before the king: 16 And Bath-fheba bowed, and did opei- 33 The king allo said upto them, Take

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