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The Amalekitc slain. II. SAMUEL,

David made king art thou? And he answered, I am, any of the cities of Judah? And the son of a stranger, an Amale- the LORD said unto him, Go up. kite.

And David said, Whither shall i 14 And David said unto him, go up ? And he said, Unto HeHow wast thou not afraid to bron. stretch forth thy hand to destroy 2 So David went up thither, and the LORD's anointed ?

his two wives also, Ahinoam the 15 And David called one of the Jezrcelitess, and Abigail Nabal's young men, and said, Go near, and wife the Carmelite. fall upon him. And he smote him 3 And his men that were with that he died.

him did David bring up, every man 16 And David said unto him, Thy with his household: and they dwelt blood be upon thy head; for thy in the cities of Hebron. mouth hath testified against thee, 4 And the men of Judah came, saying, I have slain the LORD's and there they anointed David king anointed.

over the house of Judah. And 17 1 And David lamented with they told David, saying, That the this lamentation over Saul, and men of Jabesh-gilead were they over Jonathan his son:

that buried Saul. 18 (Also hg bade them teach the 51 And David sent messengers children of Judah the use of the unto the men of Jabesh-gilead, and bow: behold, it is written in the said unto them, Blessed

be ye of the book of Jasher.)

LORD, that ye have shewed this 19 The beauty of Israel is slain kindness unto your lord, even unto upon thy high places: how are the Saul, and have buried him. mighty fallen!

6 And now the LORD shew kind20 'fell it not in Gath, publish it ness and truth unto you: and I also not in the streets of Askelon ; lest will requite you this kindness, bethe daughters of the Philistines re-cause ye have done this thing. joice, lest the daughters of the un 7 Therefore now let your hands circumcised triumph.

be strengthened, and be ye valiant: 21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let for your master Saul is dead, and there be no dew, neither let there be also the house of Judah have rain upon you, nor fields of offer- anointed me king over them. ings for there the shield of the 81 But Abner the son of Ner, mighty is vjlely cast away, the captain of Saul's host, took Ish-boshield of Saul,

as though he had not sheth the son of Saul, and brought been anointed with oil.

him over to Mahanaim; 22 From the blood of the slain, 9 And made him king over Gifrom the fat of the mighty, the lead, and over the Ashurites, and bow of Jonathan turned not back, over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and the sword of Saul returned not and over Benjamin, and over all empty,

Israel. 23 Saul and Jonathan were love 10 Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, was ly and pleasant in their lives, and forty years old when he began to in their death they were not divi- reign over lsrael, and reigned two ded: thcy were swifter than eagles, years: but the house of Judah folthey were stronger than lions. lowed David.

24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep 11 And the time that David was over Saul, who clothed you in scar- king in Hebron, over the house of let, with other delights; who put Judah, was seven years and six on ornaments of gold upon your months. apparel.

12 1 And Abner the son of Ner, 35 How are the mighty fallen in and the servants of Ish-bosheth the the midst of the battle ! O Jona- son of Saul, went out from Mahathan, thou wast slain in thy high naim to Gibeon. places.

13 And Joab the son of Zeruiah, 26 I am distressed for thee, my and the servants of David went brother Jonathan: very pleasant out, and met together by the pool hast thou been unto me: thy love of Gibeon : and they sat down, to me was wonderful, passing the the one on the one side of the pool, love of women.

and the other on the other side of 27 How are the mighty fallen, and the pool. the weapons of war perished ! 14 And Abner said to Joab, Let CHAP. II.

the young men now arise, and play David made King over Judah. before us. And Joab said, Let ND it came to pass after this, them arise.

15 Then there arose, and went LORD, saying, Shall I go up into lover by number, twelve of Ben


Asahel slain by Abner. CHAP. III. David's power increaseth. jamin,, which pertained to Ish- gone up cvery one from following bosheth the son of Saul, and twelve his brother. of the servants of David.

28 So Joab blew a trumpet, and 16 And they caught every one all the people stood still, and purhis fellow by the head, and thrust sued after Israel no more, neither his sword in his fellow's side: so fought they any more. they fell down together: where 29 And Abner and his men walkfore that place was called Hel- ed all that night through the plain, kath-hazzurim, which is in Gi- and passed over Jordan, and went beon.

through all Bith-ron, and they came 17 And there was a very sore to Mahanaim. battle that day; and Abner was 30 And Joab returned from folbeaten, and the men of Israel, be- lowing Abner: and when he had fore the servants of David.

gathered all the poople together, 18 1 And there were three sons there lacked of David's servants of Zeruiah there, Joab, and Abi- nineteen men, and Asahel. shai, and Asahel: and Asahel was 31 But the servants of David had as light of foot as a wild roe. smitten of Benjamin, and of Ab

19 And Asahel pursued after Ab- ner's men, so that three hundred ner; and in going he turned not to and threescore men died. the right hand nor to the left from 32 ! And they took up Asahel, following Abner.

and buried him in the sepulchre of 20 Then Abner looked behind his father, which was in Beth-lehim, and said, Art thou Asahel ? hem. And Joab and his men went And he answered, I am.

all night, and they came to Hebron 21 And Abner said to him, Turn at break of day. thee aside to thy right hand or to

CHAP. III. thy left, and lay thee hold on one Abner revolteth to David. of the young men and take thea Noween here was one swar bered pot turn aside from following the house of David: but David him.

waxed stronger and stronger, and 22 And Abner said again to Asa- the house of Saul waxed weaker hel, Turn thee aside from following and weaker. me: wherefore should I smite thee 21 And unto David were sons to the ground ? how then should I born in Hebron: and his first-born hold up my face to Joab thy bro- was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezther?

reelitess; 23 Howbeit he refused to turn 3. And his second, Chileab, of aside: wherefore Abner with the Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carhinder end of the spear smote him melite; and the third, Absalom the under the fifth rib, that the spear son of Maacah, the daughter of came out behind him; and he fell Talmai king of Geshur; down there, and died in the same 4 And the fourth, Adonijah the place : and it came to pass, that as son of Haggith ; and the fifth, many as came to the place where Shephatiah the son of Abital; Asahel fell down and died, stood 5 And the sixth,

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Jah, David's wife. These were 24 Joab also and Abishai pur- born to David in Hebron. sued after Abner: and the sun 6 1 And it came to pass, while went down when they were come there was war between the house to the hill of Ammah, that lieth of Saul and the house of David, before Giah, by the way of the that Abner made himself strong wilderness of Gibeon.

for the house of Saul. 25 1 And the children of Benja 7 And Saul had a concubine, min gathered themselves together whose name was Rizpah, the after Abner, and became one daughter of Aiah: and Ish-bosheth troop, and stood on the top of the said to Abner, Wherefore hast hill.

thou gone in unto my father's con26 Then Abner called to Joab, cubine? and said, Shall the sword devour 8 Then was Abner very wroth for ever knowest thou not that it for the words of Ish-bosheth, and will be bitterness in the latter end? said, Am I a dog's head, which how long shall it be then ere thou against Judah do shew kindness bid the people return from follow this day unto the house of Saul ing their brethren?

thy father, to his brethren, and to 27 And Joab said, As God liveth, his friends, and have not delivered unless thou hadst spoken, surely thee into the hand of David, then in the morning the people had that thou chargest

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Abner revolteth to David. II. SAMUEL, Heis murdered by Joas. with a fault concerning this wo-thee, and that thou mayest reign man?

over all that thy heart desireth. 9 So do God to Abnor, and more And David sent Abner away; and also, except, as the LORD hath he went in peace. sworn to David, even so I do to 22 And behold, the servants him ;

of David and Joab came from pur. 10 To translate the kingdom from suing a troop, and brought in a the house of Saul, and to set up the great spoil with them: but Abner throne of David over Israel and was not with David in Hebron; over Judah, from Dan Aven to for he had sent him away, and he Beer-sheba.

was gone in peace. 11 And he could not an wer Ab 23 When Joab and all the host ner a word again, because he fear- that was with him were come, they ed him.

told Joab, saying, Abner the son of 12 And Abner sent inessengers Ner came to the king, and he hath to David on his behalt, saying, sent him away, and he is gone in Whose is the land ? saying also, peace. Make thy league with me, and be 24 Then Joab came to the king, hold, my hand shall be with thee, and said, What hast thou done? to bring about all Israel behold, Abn came unto

thee; thee.

why is it that thou hast sent him 13 | And he said, Well; I will away, and he is quite gone? make a league with thee: but one 25 Thou knowest Abner the son thing I require of thee, that is, of Ner, that he came to deceive Thou shalt not see my face, except thee, and to know

thy going out thou first bring. Michal, Saul's and thy coming in, and to know all daughter, when thou comest to see thai thou doest. my face.'

26 And when Joab was come 14 And David sent messengers to out from David, he sent messen Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, saying, gers after Abner, which brought Deliver_me

my wife Michal, him again from the well of Sirah: which I espoused to me for a but David knew it not. hundred foreskins of the Philis 27 And when Abner was returntines.

ed to Hebron, Joab took him aside 15 And Ish-bosheth sent, and in the gate to speak with him took her from her husband, even quietly, and smote him there from Phaltiel the son of Luish. under the fifth rib that he died,

16 And her husband went with for the blood of Asahel his broher along weeping behind her to ther. Bahurim. Then said Abner unto 28 1 And afterward when David him, Go, return. And he return-heard it, he said, I and my king ed.

dom are guiltless before the LORD 17 TAnd Abner had communi- for ever from the blood of Abner cation with the elders of Israel, the son of Ner: saying, Ye sought for David in 29 Let it rest on the head of times past to be king over you: Joab, and on all his father's house ;

18 Now then do it: ' for the and let there not fail from the LORD hath spoken of David, say- house of Joab one that hạth an ising, By the hand of my servant sue, or that is a leper, or that leanDavid I will save my people Israel eth on a staff, or that falleth out of the hand of the Philistines, on the sword, or that lacketh and out of the hand of all their bread. enemies.

30 So Joab and Abishai his bro19 And Abner also spake in the ther slew Abner, because he had ears of Benjamin: and Abner went slain their brother Asahel at Gibeon also to speak in the ears of David in the battle. in Hebron all that seemed good to 31 1 And David said to Joab, Israel, and that seemed good and to all the people that were to the whole house of Ben- with him, Rend your clothes, and jamin,

gird you with sackcloth, and 20 So Abner came to David to mourn before Abner. And king Hebron, and twenty men with him: David himself followed tho and David made Abner, and bier. the men that were with him, a 32 And they buried Abner in feast.

Hebron: and the king lifted up 21 And Abner said unto David, his voice and wept at the grave I will arise and go, and will gather of Abner; and all the people all Israel unto my lord the king, wept. that they may make a league with 33 And the king lamented over


David slayeth

CHAP. V. Ish-bosheth's murdereri. Abner, and said, Died Abner as a house, he lay on his bed in his bedfool dieth ?

chamber, and they smote him, and 34 Thy hands were not bound, slew him, and beheaded him, and nor thy feet put into fetters: as a took his head, and gat them away man falleth before wicked men, $0 through the plain all night. fellest thou. And all the people 8 And they brought the head of wept again over him.

Ish-bosheth unto David

to Hebron, 35 And when all the people came and said to the king, Behold the to cause David to eat meat while head of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul it was yet day, David sware, say-thy enemy, which sought thy life; ing, So do God to me, and more and the LORD hath avenged my also, if I taste bread or aught else, lord the king this day of Saul and till the sun be down.

of his seed. 36 And all the people took notice 91 And David answered Rechab of it, and it pleased them: as what- and Baanah his brother, the sons soever the king did pleased all the of. Rimmon the Beerothite, and people.

said unto them, As the LORD liveth, 31 For all the people and al? Is- who bath redeemed my soul out rael understood that day that it was of all adversity, not of the king to slay Abner the 10 When one told me, saying, son of Ner.

Behold, Saul is dead, (thinking to 38 And the king said unto his have brought good tidings, I took servants, Knew ye not that there is hold of him, and slew him in Zika prince and a great man fallen this Jag, who thought that I would day in Israel ?

have given him a reward for his 39 And I am this day weak, tidings : though anointed king; and these 11 How much more, when wickmen the sons of Zeruiah be too ed men have slain a righteous perhard for me. The LORD shall re- son in his own house upon his ward the doer of evil according to bed ? shall I not therefore now rehis wickedness.

quire his blood of your hand, CHAP. IV.

and take you away from the Ish-bosheth murdered. earth? AND whene Saul's son heard

12 And David commanded his that Abner was dead in He- young men, and they slew them, bron, his hands

were feeble, and all and cut off their hands and their the Israelites were troubled. feet, and hanged them up over the

2 And Saul's son had two men pool in Hebron. But they took that were captains of bands: the the head of Ish-bosheth, and bụname of the one was Baanah, and ried it in the sepulchre of Abner in the name of the other Rechab, the Hebron. song of Rimmon a Beerothite, of

CHAP. V. the children of Benjamin: (for David made king over all Israel. Beeroth also was reckoned to Ben- THEN came avi dhe tribes of da

3 And the Beerothites fled to ard spake, saying, Behold, we are Gittaim, and were sojourners there thy bone and thy flesh. until this day.)

2 Also in time past, when Saul 4 And Jonathan, Saul's son, had was king over us, thou wast he a son that was lame of his feet: he that leddest out and broughtest in was five years old when the tidings Israel and the LORD said to thee, came of Saul and Jonathan out of Thou shalt feed my people Israel, Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and thou shalt be a captain over and fled: and it came to pass, as Israel. she made haste to flee, that he fell, 3 So all the elders of Israel came and became lame. And his name to the king to Hebron; and king was Mephibosheth.

David made a league with them in 5 And the sons of Rimmon the Hebron before the LORD: and Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, they anointed David king over went, and came about the heat of Israel. the day to the house of Ish-bosheth, 4 1 David was thirty years old who lay on a bed at noon.

when he began to reign, and he 6 And they came thither into the reigned forty years. midst of the house, as though they 5 In Hebron he reigned over would have fetched wheat; and Judah seven years and six months: they smote him under the fifth rib: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and Rechab

and Baanah his bro- and three years over all Israel and ther escaped.

Judah. 7 For when they came into the 6 And the king and his men went

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David reigns at Jerusalem. II. SAMUEL, He smites the Philistines to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites Therefore he called the name of the inhabitants of the land : which that place Baal-perazim. spake unto David, saying, Except 21 And there they left their thou take away the blind and the images, and David and his men lame, thou shalt not come in hither: burned them. thinking, David cannot come in 22 1 And the Philistines came up hither.

yet again, and spread themselves 7 Nevertheless, David took the in the valley

of Rephaim. strong

hold of Zion: the same is 23 And when David inquired of the city of David.

the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not 8 And David said on that day, go up: but fetch a compass behind Whosoever getteth up to the gut- them, and come upon them over ter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and against the mulberry-trees. the lame and the blind, that are 24 And let it be, when thou hated of David's soul, he shall be hearest the sound of a going in the chief and captain. Wherefore tops of the mulberry trees, that they said, The blind and the lame then thou shalt bestir thyself: for shall not come into the house. then shall the LORD go out before

9 So David dwelt in the fort, thee, to smite the host of the Phiand called it, The city of David. listines. And David built round about from 25 And David did so as the Millo and inward.

LORD had commanded him; and 10 And David went on, and smote the Philistines from Geba grew great, and the LORD God of until thou come to Gazer. hosts was with him.

CHAP. VI. 11 11 And Hiram king of Tyre The Ark brought to Zion. cedar-trees, and carpenters,

ther all the of Ismasons: and they built David a rael, thirty thousand. house.

2 And David arose, and went 12 And David perceived that with all the people that were with the LORD had established him him from Baale of Judah, to bring king over Israel, and that he had up from thence the ark of God, exalted his kingdom for his peo- whose name is called by the name ple Israel's sake.

of The LORD of hosts that dwelleth 13 11 And David took him more between the cherubims. concubines and wives out of Je 3 And they set the ark of God rusalem, after he was come from upon a new cart, and brought it Hebron: and there were yet sons out of the house of Abinadab that and daughters born to David. was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and

14 And these be the names of Ahio the sons of Abinadab drave those that were born unto him in the new cart. Jerusalem; Shammuah, and Sho 4 And they brought it out of the bab, and Nathan, and Solomon, house of Abinadab, which was at

15 Ibhar also, and Elishua, and Gibeah, accompanying the ark of Nephes, and Japhia,

God: and Ahio went before the 16 And Elishama, and Eliada, ark. and Eliphalet.

5 And David and all the house 17 | But when the Philistines of Israel played before the LORD heard that they had anointed Da- on all manner of instruments made vid king over Israel, all the Philis- of fir-wood, even on harps, and on tines came up to seek David; and psalteries, and on timbrels, and on David heard of it, and went down cornets, and on cymbals. to the hold.

6 T And when they came to Na18 The Philistines also came and chon's

threshing-floor, Uzzah put spread themselves in the valley of forth his hand to the ark of God, Rephaim.

and took hold of it: for the oxen 19 And David inquired of the shook it. LORD, saying, Shali go up to the 7 And the anger of the LORD Philistines ? wilt thou deliver them was kindled against Uzzah, and into my hand? And the LORD said God smote him

there for his error ụnto David, Go up:, for I will and there he died by the ark of doubtless deliver the Philistines in-God. to thy hand.

8° And David was displeased, 20 And David came to Baal- because the LORD had made a perazim, and David smote them breach upon Uzzah: and he called there, and said, The LORD hath the name of the place Perez-uzzah broken forth upon mine enemies to this day. before me, as the breach of waters. 9 And David was afraid of the


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