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CHAP. VII. from Kirjath-jearim LORD that day, and said, How It was before the LORD, which shall the ark of the LORD come to chose me before thy father, and

before all his house,

to appoint me 10 So David would not remove ruler over the people of the LORD, the ark of the LORD unto him into over Israel: therefore will I play the city of David: but David car- before the LORD. ried it aside into the house of 22 And I will yet be more vile Obed-edom the Gittite.

than thus, and will be base in 11 And the ark of the LORD con- mine own sight: and of the maid tinued in the house of Obed-edom servants which thou hast spoken the Gittite three months: and the of, of them shall I be had in LORD blessed Obed-edom and all honour. his household.

2 Therefore Michal the daughter 12 1 And it was told king David, of Saul had no child unto the day saying, The LORD hath blessed the of her death. house of Obed-edom, and all that

CHAP. VII. pertaineth unto him, because of God's Promise to David. brought up the ark or AND it came to pass, when the

king sat in his house, and the the house of Obed-edom into the LORD had given him rest round city of David with gladness. about from all his enemies, 13 And it was so,

that when they 2 That the king said unto Nathan that bare the ark of the LORD had the prophet, See now, I dwell in a gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen house of cedar, but the ark of God and fatlings.

dwelleth within curtains. 14 And David danced before 3 And Nathan said to the king, the LORD with all his might; and Go, do all that is in thy heart: for David was girded with a linen the LORD is with thee. ephod.

4 1 And it came to pass that night, 15 So David and all the house that the word of the LORD came of Israel brought up the ark of the unto Nathan, saying, LORD with shouting, and with the 5 Go and tell my servant David, sound of the trumpet.

Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou 16 And as the ark of the LORD build me a house for me to dwell came into the city of David, in ? Michal, Saul's daughter, looked 6 Whereas I have not dwelt in through a window, and saw king any house since the time that I David leaping and dancing before brought up the children of Israel the LORD, and she despised him in out of Egypt, even to this day, but her heart.

have walked in a tent and in a 17 | And they brought in the ark tabernacle. of the LORD, and set it in his place, 7 In all the places wherein I in the midst of the tabernacle that have walked with all the children David had pitched for it: and of Israel spake I a word with any David offered burnt-offerings and of the tribes of Israel, whom I peace-offerings before the LORD. commanded to feed my people Is

18 And as soon as David had rael, saying, Why build ye not me made an end of offering burnt-J a house of cedar ? offerings and peace-offerings, he 8 Now therefore, so shalt thou blessed the people in the name of say unto my servant David, Thus the LORD of hosts.

saith the LORD of hosts, I took 19 And he dealt among all the thee from the sheep-cote, from folpeople, even among the whole lowing the sheep, to be ruler over multitude of Israel, as well to the my pande was with thee whitherwomen as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece soever thou wentest, and have cut of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So off all thine enemies out of thy all the people departed every one sight, and have made thee a great to his house.

name, like unto the name of the 20 T Then David returned to bless great men that are in the earth. his household. And Michal the 10 Moreover, I will appoint a daughter of Saul came out to meet place for my people Israel, and David, and said, How glorious will plant them, that they may was the king of Israel to-day, who dwell in a place of their own, and uncovered himself to-day in the move no more; neither shall the eyes of the handmaids of his ser-children of wickedness afflict them vants, as one of the vain fellows any more as beforetime. shamelessly uncovereth himself !

Il And as since the time that I 21 And David said unto Michal, commanded judges to be over my

God's promises to David. II. SAMUEL, David's victories people Israel, and have caused thee cerning thy servant, and concere. to rest from all thine enemies. ing his house, establish it for ever, Also the LORD telleth thee that he and do as thou hast said. will make thee a house.

26 And let thy name be magni12 11 And when thy days be ful-fied for ever, saying, The LORD filled, and thou shalt sleep with thy of hosts is the God over Israel: and fathers, I will set up thy seed after let the house of thy servant David thee, which shall proceed out of be established before thee. thy bowels, and I will establish his 27 For thou, O LORD of hosts, kingdom.

God of Israel, hast revealed to thy 13 He shall build a house for my servant, saying, I will build thee a name, and I will establish the house: therefore hath thy servant throne of his kingdom for ever. found in his heart to pray this

14 I will be his father, and he prayer unto thee. shall be my son. If he commit ini 28 And now, O LORD God, thou quity, I will chasten him with the art that God, and thy words be rod of men, and with the stripes of true, and thou hast promised this tbe cbildren of men :

goodness unto thy servant: 15 But my mercy shall not de 29 Therefore now let it please part away from him, as I took it thee to bless the house of thy serfrom Saul, whom I put away be- vant, that it may continue for ever fore thee.

before thee: for thou, O LORD God, 16 And thy house and thy king-hast spoken it: and with thy bless. dom shall be established for ever ing let the house of thy servant be before thee: thy throne shall be es- blessed for ever. tablished for ever.

CHAP. VIIT. 17 According to all these words, David subdueth the Philistines, and according to all this vision, so A did Nathan speak unto David.

that David sinote the Philis18 11 Then went king David in, tines, and subdued them: and Daand sat before the LORD, and he vid took Metheg-ammah out of the said, Who am I, O LORD God? hand of the Philistines. and what

is my house, that thou 2 And he smote Moab, and meahast brought me hitherto ?

sured them with a line, casting them 19 And this was yet a small thing down to the ground'; even with in thy sight, O LORD God; but thou two lines measured he to put to hast spoken also of thy servant's death, and with one full line to house for a great while to come. keep alive. And so the Moabites And is this the manner of man, Obecame David's servants, and LORD God?

brought gifts. 20 And what can David say 31 David smote also Hadademore unto thee? for thou, LORD zer, the son of Rehob, king of 20God, knowest thy servant.

bah, as he went to recover his bor21 For thy word's sake, and ac-der at the river Euphrates. cording to thine own heart, hast 4 And David took from him a thou done all these great things, to thousand chariots, and seven hunmake thy servant know them. dred horsemen, and twenty thou

2 Wherefore thou art great, sand footmen: and David houghed LORD God: for there is none like all the chariot-horses, but reserved thee, neither is there any God be- of them for a hundred chariots. sides thee, according to all that we 5 And when the Syrians of Dahave heard with our ears.

mascus came to succour Hadade23. And what one gation in the zer king of Zobah, David slew of earth is like thy peopit, even like the Syrians two and twenty thouIsrael, whom God went to redeem sand men. for a people to himself, and to 6 Then

David put garrisons in make him a name, and to do for Syria of Damascus: and the Syriyou great things and terrible, for ans became servants to David, and chy land, before thy people which brought gifts. And the LORD thou redeemedst to thee from preserved David whithersoever be Egypt, from the nations and their went.

7 And David took the shields of 24 For thou hast confirmed to gold that were on the servants of thyself thy people Israel to be a Hadadezer, and brought them to people unto thee for ever: and Jerusalem. thou, LORD, art become their 8 And from Betah, and from God.'

Berothai, cities of 'Hadadezer, 25 And now, O LORD God, the king David took exceeding much word that thou hast spoken con- braga,


His principal officers. CHAP. X. David sends for Mephiboshetk.

9 When Toi king of Hamath 1.5 Then king David sent, and heard that David had smitten all fetched him out of the house

of the host of Hadadezer,

Machir, the son of Ammiel, from 10 Then Toi sent Joram his son (Lo-debar. unto king David, to salute him, 6 Now when Mephibosheth, the and to bless him, because he had son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, fought against Hadadezer, and was come unto David, he fell on emitten him: (for Hadadezer had his face, and did reverence. And wars with Toi.) And Joram David said, Mephibosheth. And brought with him vessels of silver, he answered, Behold thy servant! and vessels of gold, and vessels of 7 | And David said unto him, brass:

Fear not: for I will surely shew 11 Which also king David did thee kindness for Jonathan thy fadedicate unto the LORD, with the ther's sake, and will restore thee silver and gold that he had dedi- all the land of Saul thy

father; and cated of all nations which he sub- thou shalt eat bread at my table dued;

continually. 12 Of Syria, and of Moab, and 8 And he bowed himself, and of the children of Ammon, and of said, What is thy servant, that the Philistines, and of Amalek, thou shouldest look upon such a and of the spoil of Hadadezer son dead dog as I am? of Rehob, king of Zobah.

9 | Then the king called to Ziba, 13 And David gat him a name Saul's servant, and said unto him, when he returned from smiting of I have given unto thy master's son the Syrians in the valley of Salt, all that pertained to Saul, and to being eighteen thousand men.

all his house. 14 1 And he put garrisons in 10 Thou therefore, and thy sons, Edom; throughout all Edom put and thy servants, shall till the land he garrisons, and all they of Edom for him, and thou shalt bring in became David's servants. And the fruits that thy master's son the LORD preserved David whi- may have food to eat: but Mephithersoever he went.

bosheth thy master's son shall eat 15 And David reigned over all bread alway at my table, Now Israel; and David executed judg- Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty ment and justice unto all his people. servants.

16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah 11 Then said Ziba unto the king, was over the host; and Jehoshaphat According to all that my lord the the son of Alihud was recorder ; king hath commanded his servant,

17 And Zadok the son of Ahi- so shall thy servant do. As for tub, and Abimelech the son of Abi- Mephibosheth, said the king, he athar, were the priests; and Sera- shall eat at my table, as one of the iah was the scribe;.

king's sons. 18 And Benaiah the son of Jehoi 12 And Mephibosheth had a ada was over both the Cherethites young son, whose name was and the Pelethites; and David's Micha. And all that dwelt in the sons were chief rulers.

house of Ziba were servants unto CHAP. IX.

Mephibosheth. David's kindness to Mephibosheth. 13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in

any that is left of the house of ally at the king's table; and was Saul, that I may shew him kind-lame on both his feet. ness for Jonathan's sake?

CHAP. X. 2 And there was of the house of David's Messengers ill-treated.

a Ziba. And when they had called AND it came to pass after this,

that the king of the children him unto David, the king said unto of Ammon died, and Hanun his him, Art thou Ziba ? And he said, son reigned in his stead. Thy servant is he.

2 Then said David, I will shew 3 And the king said, Is there not kindness unto Hanun the son of yet any of the house of Saul, that I Nahash, as his father shewed kindmay shew the kindness of God ness unto me. And David sent to unto him? And Ziba said unto the comfort him by the hand of his serking, Jonathan hath yet a son, vants for his father., And David's which is lame on his feet.

servants came into the land of the 4 And the king said unto him, children of Ammon. Where is he? And Ziba said unto 3 And the princes of the children the king, Behold, he is in the house of Ammon said unto Hanun their of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in lord, Thinkest thou that David Lo-debar.

doth honour thy father, that he


David's messengers ill-treated. II. SAMUEL, Ammonites defeated. hath sent comforters unto thee?, rael, they gathered themselves tohath not David rather sent his ser-gether. vants unto thee, to search the city, 16 And Hadarezer sent, and and to spy it out, and to overthrow brought out the Syrians that were it ?

beyond the river and they came 4 Wherefore Hanun took Da- to Helam: and Shobach the cap vid's servants, and shaved off the tain of the host of Hadarezer went one half of their beards, and cut off before them. their garments in the middle, even 17 And when it was told David, to their buttocks, and sent them he gathered all Israel together, and away.

passed over Jordan, and came to 5 When they told it unto David, Helam. And the Syrians set themhe sent to meet them, because the selves in array against David, and men were greatly ashamed. And fought with him. the king said, Tarry at Jericho 18 And the Syrians fled before until your beards be grown, and Israel, and David slew the men of then return.

seven hundred chariots of the Sy6 1 And when the children of rians, and forty thousand horseAmmon saw that they stank be- men, and smote Shobach the capfore David, the children of Am- tain of their host, who died there. mon sent and hired the Syrians of 19 And when all the kings that Beth-rehob, and the Syrians of were servants to Hadarezer saw Zobah, twenty thousand footmen, that they were smitten before Isand of king Maacah a thousand rael, they made peace with Israel, men, and of Ish-tob twelve thou- and served them. So the Syrians band men.

feared to help the children of Am 7 And when David heard of it, mon any more. he sent Joab, and all the host of

CHAP. XI. the mighty men.

David's Sin concerning Uriah. amanduithe a children

the Ammein Anbait came direness after the array at the entering in of the when kings go forth to battle, that gate and the Syrians of Zobah David

sent Joab, and his servants and of Rehob, and Ish-tob, and with him, and all Israel; and they Maachah, were by themselves in destroyed the children of Ammon, the field.

and besieged Rabbah. But David 9 When Joab saw that the front tarried still at Jerusalem. of the battle was against him be 2 1 And it came to pass in any fore and behind, he chose of all evening-tide, that David arose the choice men of Israel, and put from off his bed, and walked upon them in array against the Syrians: the roof of the king's house : and 10 And the rest of the people

he from the roof he saw a woman delivered into the hand of Abishai washing herself; and the woman his brother, that he might put them was very beautiful to look upon. in array against the children of 3 And David sent and inquired Ammon.

after the woman. And one said, 11 And he said, If the Syrians be Is not this Bath-sheba the daughtoo strong for me, then thou shalt ter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the help me: but if the children of Am- Hittite ? mon be too strong for thee, then I 4 And David sent messengers will come and help thee.

and took her: and she came in unto 12 Be of good courage, and let him, and he lay with her ; , (for us play the men for our people, she was purified from her uncleanand for the cities of our God: and ness:) and she returned unto her the LORD do that which seemeth house. him good.

5 And the woman conceived, 13 And Joab drew nigh, and the and sent and told David, and said, people that were with him, unto I am with child. the battle against the Syrians: and 6 1 And David sent to Joab, saythey fled before him.

ing, Send me Uriah the Hittite. 14 And when the children of And Joab sent Uriah to David. Ammon saw that the Syrians were 7 And when Uriah was como fled, then fled they also before unto him, David demanded of him Abishai, and entered into the city. how Joab did, and how the people So Joab returned from the chil- did, and how the war prospered. dren of Ammon, and came to Je 8 And David said to Uriah, Go rusalem.

down to thy house, and wash thy 15 | And when the Syrians saw feet. And Uriah departed out of that they were smitten before Is- the king's house, and there fol

Uriah is slain.

CHAP. XII. David marrieth Buth-shebd lowed him a mess of meat from the died in Thebez? why went ye king:

nigh the wall? Then say thou, Thy 9 But Uriah slept at the door of servant Uriah the Hittite is dead the king's house with all the ser- also. vants of his lord, and went not 22 IT So the messenger went, and down to his house.

came and shewed David all that 10 And when they had told Da- Joab had sent him for. vid, saying, Uriah went not down 23 And the messenger said unto unto his house, David said unto David, Surely the men prevailed Uriah, Camest thou not from thy against us, and came out unto us journey ? why then didst thou not into the field, and we were upon go down unto thy house?

them even unto the entering of 11 And Uriah said unto David, the gate. The ark, and Israel, and Judah, 24 And the shooters shot from abide in tents; and my lord Joab, off the wall upon thy servants: and and the servants of my lord are en- some of the king's servants be dead, camped in the open fields; shall and thy servant Uriah the Hittite I then go into my house, to eat is dead also. and to drink, and to lie with my 25 Then David said unto the wife? As thou livest, and as thy messenger, Thus shalt thou say soul Liveth, I will not do this unto Joab, Let not this thing disthing.

please thee, for the sword devour12 And David said to Uriah, eth one as well as another: make Tarry here to-day, also, and to thy battle more strong against the morrow I will let thee depart. So city, and overthrow it: and encouUriah abode in Jerusalem that day rage thou him. and the morrow.

26 And when the wife of Uriah 13 And when David had called heard that Uriah her husband was him, he did eat and drink before dead, she mourned for her hushim; and he made him drunk: band. and at even he went out to lie on 27 And when the mourning was his bed with the servants of his past, David sent and fetched her to lord, but went not down to his his house, and she became his wife, house.

and bare him a son. But the thing 14 11 And it came to pass in the that David had done displeased morning, that David wrote a letter the LORD. to Joab, and sent it by the hand of

CHAP. XII. Uriah. saying, Set ye Uriah" in the store AND the LORD sent Nathan

unto David. And he came front of the hottest battle, and re- unto him, and said unto him, tire ye from him, that he may be There were two men in one city emitten, and die.

the one rich, and the other poor. 16 And it came to pass, when 2 The rich man had exceeding Joab observed the city, that he as- many flocks and herds: signed Uriah unto a place where 3 But the poor man had nothing he knew that valiant men were. save one little ewe-lamb, which

he 17 And the men of the city went had bought and nourished up: out, and fought with Joab: and and it grew up together with him, there fell some of the people of the and with his children; it did eat of servants of David; and Uriah the his own meat, and drank of his Hittite died also.

own cup, and lay in his bosom, and 18 ? Then Joab sent and told was unto him as a daughter. David all the things concerning 4 And there came a traveller the war ;

unto the rich man, and he spared 19 And charged the messenger, to take of his own 'flock and of his saying, When thou hast made an own herd, to dress for the way. end of telling the matters of the faring man that was come unto war unto the king,

him; but took the poor man's lamb, 20 And if so be that the king's and dressed it for the man that was wrath arise, and he say unto thee, come to him. Wherefore approached ye so nigh 5 And David's anger was greatly unto the city when ye did fight? kindled against the man; and he knew ye not that they would shoot said to Nathan, As the LORD livfrom the wall ?

eth, the man that hath done this 21 Who smote Abimelech the thing shall surely die. son of Jerub-besheth ? did not a 6 And he shall restore the lamb woman cast a piece of a mill-stone four-fold, because he did this thing, upon him from the wall that he and because he had no pity,

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