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Priests of Nob slain. I. SAMUEL, David smites the Philistines unto me that my son hath stirred | Abiathar, escaped, and fled after up my servant against me, to lie in David. wait, as at this day ?

21 And Abiathar shewed David 9 T Then

answered Doeg the that Saul had slain the LORD's Edomite, which was set over the priests. servants of Saul, and said, I saw 22 And David said unto Abiathe son of Jesse coming to Nob, to thar, I knew it that day, when Ahimelech the son of Xhitub. Doeg the Edomite was there, that

10 And he inquired of the LORD he would surely tell Saul: I have for him, and gave him victuals, occasioned the death of all the perand gave him the sword of Goliath sons of thy father's house. the Philistine.

23 Abide thou with me, fear not: 11 Then the king sent to call for he that seeketh my life seeketh Ahimelech the priest, the son of thy life: but with me thou shalt be Ahitub, and all his father's house, in safe-guard. the priests that were in Nob: and

CHAP. XXIII. they came all of them to the David rescueth Keilah. king.

NHEN they told

David, saying, 12 And Saul said, Hear now, Behold, the Philistines fight thou son of Ahitub.' And he an- against Keilah, and they rob the swered, Here I am, my lord. threshing-floors.

13 And Saul said unto him, Why 2 Therefore David inquired of have ye conspired against me, the LORD, saying, Shall I go and thou and the son of Jesse, in that smite these Philistines? And the thou hast given him bread, and a LORD said unto David, Go, and sword, and hast inquired of God smite the Philistines, and save for him, that he should rise against Keilah. me, to lie in wait, as at this day? 3 And David's men said unto

14 Then Ahimelech answered the him, Behold, we be afraid here in king, and said, And who is so faith- Judah : how much more then if ful among all thy servants as Da- we come to Keilah against the vid, which is the king's son-in-law, armies of the Philistines? and goeth at thy bidding, and is 4 Then David inquired of the honourable in thy house?

LORD yet again. And the LORD 15 Did I then begin to inquire answered him and said, Arise, go of God for him? be it far from down to Keilah; for I will deliver me. Let not the king impute any the Philistines into thy hand. thing unto his servant, nor to all

5 So David and his men went to the house of my father for thy ser- Keilah, and fought with the Philisvant knew nothing of all this, less tines, and brought away their cator more.

tle, and smote_them with a great 16 And the king said, Thou slaughter. So David saved the inshalt surely die, Ahimelech, thou, habitants of Keilah. and all thy father's house.

6 And it came to pass, when 17 11 And the king said unto the Abiathar the son of Ahimelech footmen that stood about him, fled to David to Keilah, that he Turn, and slay the priests of the came down with an epnod in his LORD; because their hand also is hand. with David,, and because they 7 1 And it was told Saul that knew when he fled, and did not David was come to Keilah. And shew it to me. But the servants Saul said, God hath delivered him of the king would not put forth into my hand; for he is shut in, by their hand to fall upon the priests entering into a town that hath of the LORD.

gates and bars. 18 And the king said to Doeg, 8 And Saul called all the peoTurn thou, and fall upon the ple together to war, to go down priests. And Doeg the Edomite to Keilah, to besiege David and turned, and he fell upon the his men. priests, and slew on that day four 91 And David knew that Saul score and five persons that did secretly practised mischief against wear a linen ephod. 19 And Nob, the city of the priest, Bring hither the ephod.

him; and he said to Abiathar the priests, smote he with the edge of 10 Then said David, O LORD the sword, both men and woinen, God of Israel, thy servant hath children and sucklings, and oxen, certainly heard that Saul seeketh and asses, and sheep, with the to come to Keilah, to destroy the edge of the sword.

city for my sake. 2011 And one of the sons of Ahi 11 Will the men of Keilah demelech the son of Ahitub, named | liver me up into his brand ? will

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Treachery of the Keilites. CHAP. XXIV. Saul pursueth David Saul come down, as thy servant 24 And they arose, and went to hath heard ? O LORD God of Is- Ziph before Saul: but David and rael, I beseech_thee, tell thy ser-his men were in the wilderness of vant. And the LORD said, He will Maon, in the plain on the south of come down.

Jeshimon. 12 Then said David, Will the 25 Saul also and his men went men of Keilah deliver me and my to seek him. And they told David : men into the hand of Saul? And wherefore he came down into a the LORD said, They will deliver rock, and abode in the wilderness thee up.

of Maon. And when Saul heard 13 1 Then David and his men, that, he pursued after David in the which were about six hundred, wilderness of Maon. arose and departed out of Keilah, 26 And Saul went on this side and went whithersoever they could of the mountain, and David and go. And it was told Saul that Da- his men on that side of the mounvid was escaped from Keilah; and tain: and David made haste to get he forbare to go forth.

away for fear of Saul; for Saul 14 And David abode in the wil- and his men compassed David derness in strong holds, and re- and his men round about to take mained in a mountain in the wil-them. derness of Ziph. And Saul sought 27 11 But there came a messenger him every day, but God delivered unto Saul, saying,, Haste thee, and him not into his hand.

come; for the Philistines have in15 And David saw that Saul was vaded the land. come out to seck his life : and 28 Wherefore Saul returned from David was in the wilderness of pursuing after David, and went Ziph in a wood.

against the Philistines: therefore 16 And Jonathan Saul's son they called that place Sela-hamarose, and went to David into the mah-lekoth. wood, and strengthened his hand 29 | And David went up froni in God.

thence, and dwelt in strong holds 17 And he said unto him, Fear at En-gedi. not: for the hand of Saul my father

CHAP. XXIV. shall not find thee, and thou shalt David spareth Saul's Life. be king over Israel, and I shal A spuit

came to meet their when Saul my father knoweth.

lowing the Philistines, that it was 18 And they two made a cove- told him, saying, Behold, David is nant before

tno LORD: and David in the wilderness of En-gedi. abode in the wood, and Jonathan 2 Then Saul took three thousand went to his house.

chosen men out of all Israel, and 19 Then came up the Ziphites went to seek David and his men to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth upon the rocks of the wild not David hide himself with us in goats. strong holds in the wood, in the 3 And he came to the sheephill of Hachilah, which is on the cotes by the way, where was a south of Jeshimon?

cave; and Saul went in to cover 20 Now therefore, O king, come his feet: and David and his mea down according to all the desire remained in the sides of the cave of thy soul to come down; and our 4 And the men of David said part shall be to deliver him into the unto him, Behold the day of which king's hand.

the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I 21 And Saul said, Blessed be ye will deliver thine enemy into thy of the LORD; for ye have compas-hand, that thou mayest do to him sion on me.

as it shall seem good unto thee. 22 Go, I pray you, prepare yet, Then David aroso, and cut off the and know, and see his place

where skirt of Saul's robe privily. his haunt is, and who hath seen 5 And it came to pass afterward, him there: for it is told me that he that David's heart smote him, bedealeth very subtilely.

cause he had cut off Saul's skirt. 3 See therefore, and take know 6 And he said unto his men, ledge of all the lurking-places The LORD forbid that I should do where he hideth himself, and this thing unto my master, the come ye again to me with the LORD's anointed, to stretch forth certainty, and I will go with you: my hand against him, seeing he is and it shall come to pass, if he be the anointed of the LORD. in the land, that I will search him ? So David stayed his servants out throughout all the thousands with these words, and suffered of Judah.

them not to rise against Saul. But

David spareth Saul. I. SAMUEL,

Death of Samuel Saul rose up out of the cave, and and that the kingdom of Israel went on his way.

shall be established in thy hand. 8 David also arose afterward, 21 Swear now therefore unto and went out of the cave, and me by the LORD, that thou wilt cried after Saul, saying, My lord not cut off my seed after me, and the king. And when Saul looked that thou wilt not destroy my behind him, David stooped with name out of my father's house. his face to the earth, and bowed 22 And David sware unto Saul himself.

And Saul went home; but David 9 | And David said to Saul, and his men gat them up unto the Wherefore hearest thou men's hold. words, saying, Behold, David

CHAP. XXV. seeketh thy hurt?

Nabal's Churlishness. have seen how that the Lord hier AND Samuel died: and all the

Israelites were gathered toge delivered thee to-day into my hand ther, and lamented him, and buried in the cave: and some bade me kill him in his house at Ramah. And thee; but mine eye spared thee; David arose, and went down to the and I said, I will not' put forth my wilderness of Paran. hand against my lord; for he is the 2 And there was a man in Maon, LORD's anointed.

whose possessions were in Carmel; 11 Moreover, my father, see, and the man was very great, and yea, see the skirt of thy robe in he had three thousand sheep, and my hand : for in that I cut off the a thousand goats: and he was skirt of thy robe, and killed thee shearing his sheep in Carmel. not, know thou and see that there 3 Now the name of the man was is neither evil nor transgression in Nabal; and the name of his wife my hand, and I have not sinned Abigail: and she was a woman of against thee; yet thou huntest my good understanding, and of a beausoul to take it.

tiful countenance : but the man 12 The LORD judge between me was churlish and evil in his doings; and thee, and the LORD avenge me and he was of the house of Caleb. of thee: but my hand shall not be 4 i And David heard in the wilupon thee.

derness that Nabal did shear his 13 As saith the proverb of the sheep. ancients, Wickedness proceedeth

5 And David sent out ten young from the wicked: but my hand men, and David said unto the shall not be upon thee.

young men, Get you up to Carmel, 14 After whom is the king of and go to Nabal, and greet him in Israel come out? after whom dost my name: thou pursue? after a dead dog, 6 And thus shall ye say to him after a flea ?

that liveth in prosperity, Peace be 15 The LORD therefore be judge, both to thee, and peace be to thy and judge between me and the house, and peace be unto all that and see, and plead my cause, and thou hast. deliver me out of thy hand.

7 And now I have heard that 16 | And it came to pass when thou hast shearers: now thy shepDavid had made an end of speak- herds which were with us, we hurt ing these words unto Saul, that them not, neither was there aught Saul said, Is this thy voice, my missing unto them, all the while son David ? And Saul lifted up his they were in Carmel. voice, and wept:

8 Ask thy young men, and they 17 And he said to David, Thou will shew thee. Wherefore let the art more righteous than I : for young men find favour in thine thou hast rewarded me good, eyes : for we come in a good day: whereas I have rewarded thee give, I pray thee, whatsoever cvil.

cometh to thy hand unto thy ser18. And thou hast shewed this vants, and to thy son David. day how that thou hast dealt well 9 And when David's young men with me; forasmuch as when the came, they spake to Nabal accordLORD had delivered me into thy ing to all those words in the name hand, thou killedst me not.

of David, and ceased. 19 For if a man find his enemy, 10 | And Nabal answered Dawill he let him go well away? vid's servants, and said, Who is wherefore the LORD reward thee David ? and who is the son of good, for that thou hast done unto Jesse ? there be many servants me this day.

now-a-days that break away every 20 And now, behold, I know man from his master. well that thou shalt surely be king, 11 Shall I then take my bread,

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Nabal's churlishness. CHAP. XXV. Abigail : discreet conduct. and my water, and my flesh that! 24 And fell at his feet, and said, have killed for

my shearers, and Upon me, my lord, upon me let give it unto men, whom I know not this iniquity be: and let thy hand whence they be?

maid, I pray thee, speak in thine 12 So David's young men turned audience, and hear the words of their way, and went again, and thy handmaid. came and told him all those say 25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, ings.

regard this man of Belial, even 13 And David said unto his men, Nabal: for as his name is, so is Gird ye on every man his sword he; Nabal is his name, and folly And they girded on every man his is with him: but I thy handmaid sword; and David also girded on saw not the young men of my his sword: and there went up after lord, whom thou didst send. David about four hundred men; 26 Now therefore, my lord, as and two hundred abode by the the LORD liveth, and as thy soul stuff.

liveth, seeing the LORD hath with14 T But one of the young men holden thee from coming to shed told Abigail,

Nabal's wife, saying, blood, and from ayenging thyself Behold, David sent messengers out with thine own hand, now let thine of the wilderness to salute our enemies, and they that seek evil to master; and he railed on them. my lord, be as Nabal.

15 But the men were very good 27 And now this blessing which unto us, and we were not hurt, thy handmaid hath brought unto neither missed we any thing, as my lord, let it even be given unto long as we were conversant with the young men that follow my them, when we were in the fields: lord.

16 They were a wall unto us 28 I pray thee, forgive the tresboth by night and day, all the pass of thy handmaid: for the LORD while we were with them keeping will certainly make my lord a sure the sheep.

house; because my lord fighteth 17 Now therefore know and the battles of the LORD, and evil consider what thou wilt do: for hath not been found in thee all thy evil is determined against our days. master, and against all his house 29 Yet a man is risen to pursue hold: for he is such a son of thee, and to seek thy soul : but Belial, that a man cannot

speak to the soul of my lord shall be bound him.

in the bundle of life with the LORD 18. T Then Abigail made haste, thy God; and the souls of thine and took two hundred loaves, and enemies, them shall he sling out, two bottles of wine, and five sheep as out of the middle of a sling. ready dressed, and five measures 30 And it shall come to pass, of parched corn, and a hundred when the LORD shall have done to clusters of raisins, and two hun-my lord according to all the good dred cakes of figs, and laid them on that he hath spoken concerning asses.

thee, and shall have appointed 19 And she said unto her ser- thee ruler over Israel; vants, Go on before me; behold, I 31 That this

shall be no grief come after you. But she told not unto thee, nor offence of heart her husband Nabal.

unto my lord, either that thou hast 20 And it was so, as she rode on shed blood causeless, or that my the ass, that she came down by the lord hath avenged himself: but covert of the bill, and behold, Da- when the LORD shall have dealt vid and his men came down against well with my lord, then rememher; and she met them.

ber thy handmaid. 21 (Now David had said, Surely 32 it And David said to Abigail, in vain have I kept all that this Blessed be the LORD God of Isfellow hath in the wilderness, so rael, which sent thee this day to that nothing was missed of all that meet me: pertained unto him: and he hath 33 And blessed be thy advice, requited me evil for good.

and blessed be thou, which hast 22 So and more also do God kept me this day from coming to unto the enemies of David, if i shed blood, and from avenging leave of all that pertain to him by myself with mine own hand. the morning light any that pisseth 34 For in very deed, as the against the wall.)

LORD God of Israel liveth, which 23 And when Abigail saw David, hath kept me back from hurting she hasted, and lighted off the ass, thee, except thou hadst hasted and and fell before David on her face, come to meet me, surely shere and bowed herself to the ground, had not been left unto Nabal by

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Death of Nabal.

1. SAMUEL, Saul pursues David, the morning light any that pisseth of Israel with him, to seek David against the wall.

in the wilderness of Ziph. 35 So David received of her 3 And Saul pitched in the hill of hand that which she had brought Hachilah, which is before Jeshihim, and said unto her, Go up in mon, by the way. But David peace to thy house; see, I have abode in the wilderness, and he hearkened to thy voice, and have saw that Saul came after him into accepted thy person.

the wilderness. 36 T And Abigail came to Nabal; 4 David therefore sent out spies, and behold, he held a feast in his and understood that Saul was house, like the feast of a king; and come in very deed. Nabal's heart was merry within 5 1 And David arose and came him, for he was very drunken: to the place where , Saul had wherefore she told him nothing, pitched and David beheld the less or more, until the morning place where Saul lay, and Abner light.

the son of Ner, the captain of his 37 But it came to pass in the host. And Saul lay in the trench, morning, when the wine was gone and the people pitched round about out of Nabal, and his wife had told him. him these things, that his heart 6 Then answered David and died within him, and he became as said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and a stone.

to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, 38 And it came to pass about brother to Joab, saying, Who will ten days after, that the LORD go down with me to Saul to the smote Nabal, that he died. camp? And Abishai said, I will

39 | And when David heard that go down with thee. Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed 7 So David and Abishai came to be the LORD, that hath pleaded the people by night: and behold, the cause of my reproach from the Saul lạy sleeping within the trench, hand of Nabal, and hath kept his and his spear stuck in the ground servant from evil : for the LORD at his bolster: but Abner and the hath returned the wickedness of people lay round about him. Nabal upon his own head. And 8 Then said Abishai to David, David sent and communed with God hath delivered thine enemy Abigail, to take her to him to into thy hand this day: now there wife.

fore let me smite him, I pray thee, 40 And when the servants of Da- with the spear, even to the earth at vid were come to Abigail to Çar- once, and I will not smite him the mel, they spake unto her, saying, second time. David sent us unto thee, to take 9 And David said to Abishai, thce to him to wife.

Destroy him not: for who can 41 And she arose, and bowed stretch forth his hand against the herself on her face to the earth, Lord's anointed, and be guiltless ? and said, Behold, let thy handmaid 10 David said furthermore, A8 be a servant to wash the feet of the the LORD liveth, the LORD shall servants of my lord,

smite him; or his day shall come to 42 And Abigail basted, and die; or he shall descend into battle, arose, and rode upon an ass, with and perish. five damsels of hers that went 11 The LORD forbid that I after her; and she went after the should stretch forth my hand messengers of David, and became against the LORD's anointed: but, I his wife.

pray thee, take thou now the spear 43 David also took Ahinoam of that is at his bolster, and the cruse Jezreel;, and they were also both of water, and let us go. of them his wives.

12 So David took the spear and 44 But Saul had given Michal the cruse of water from Saul's bolhis daughter, David's wife, to ster; and they gat them away, and Phalti the son of Laish, which was no man saw it, nor knew it, neither of Gallim.

awaked: for they were all asleep; CHAP. XXVI.

because a deep sleep from the Saul gocth against David. LORD was fallen upon them

13 1 Then David went over to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth the other side and stood on the top not David hide himself in the hill of a hill afar off'; a great space be of Hachilah, which is before Je-ing between them: shimon?

14 And David cried to the peo2 Then Saul arose, and went (ple, and to Abner the son of Ner, down to the wilderness of Ziph, saying, Answerest thou not, Abhaving three thousand chosen men ner? Thea Abner answered and

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