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hearing the King charged thee, and Abishai, and Ittai, laying, Beware that none touch the young Man Absalom.

13 Otherwise, I should have wrought Falfhood against mine own Life: for there is no Matter hid from the King, and thou thyself wouldst have set thyself against me.

14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three Darts in his Hand, and thrust them through the Heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the Oak.

15 And ten young Men that bare Joab's Armour, compassed about, and smote Absalom, and flew him.

16 And Joab blew the Trumpet, and the People returned from pursuing after Israel : for Joab held back the People.

17. And they took Absalom, and cast him into a great Pit in the Wood, and laid a very great heap of Stones upon him: and all Israel Aled every one to his Tent.

18 Now Abfalom in his Life-time had taken and reared up for himself a Pillar, which is in the King's Dale : for he said, I have no Son to keep my Name in Remembrance : and he called the Pillar after his own Name, and it is called unto this Day, Absalom's Place.

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Pit in the all Ifrael Aled His Life-timhe Kings Dale

CHA P. XIX. i Joab causeth the King to cease his Mourning. 9 The Ifrae

lites bring the King back. 11 David sendeth to the Priests to incite them of Judah. 18 Shimei is pardoned.

CH A P. XX. i Sheba maketh a Party in Israel. 4 Amasa is pain. 14 Joab

pursueth Sheba unto Abel. 16 A wise Woman saveth the City by Sheba's Head.

CH A P. XXI. · The three Years Famine for the Gibeonites cease, by hanging

seven of Saul's Sons. 1o Rizpah's Kindness unto the Dead. 12 David burieth the Bones of Saul and Jonathan. Four Valiants of David pay four Giants.


CHA P. XXII. A Pfalm of Thanksgiving for God's powerful Deliverance, and manifold Blessings.

Ver. I AND * David spake unto the LORD the Words of

A this Song, in the Day that the LORD had DELI: VERED him out of the Hand of all his Enemies, and out of the Hand of Saul.

2 And he said, The Lord is my Rock, and my Fortress, and my DELIVERER.

3 The God of my Rock, in him will I TRUST : he is my SHIELD, and the Horn of my Salvation, my high Tower, and my REFUGE, my SAVIOUR; thou savest me from Violence.

4 I will CALL on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised : so shall I be saved from mine Enemies.

5 When the Waves of Death compassed me : the Floods of UNGODLY Men made me afraid.

6 The SORROWS of Hell compafled me about : the SNARES of Death prevented me.

7 In my Distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God, and he did hear my Voice out of his Temple, and my Cry did enter into his Ears. .

8. Then the Earth shook and trembled: the Foundations of Heaven moved and shook because he was wroth.

9 There went up a Smoke out of his Nostrils, and Fire out of his Mouth devoured : Coals were kindled by it.

10 He bowed the Heavens also, and came down : and Darkness was under his Feet.

11 And he rode upon a Cherub, and did fy: and he was seen upon the Wings of the Wind.

12 And he made Darkness Pavilions round about him, dark Waters, and thick Clouds of the Skies.

13 Through the Brightness before him were Coals of Fire kindled.

14 The LORD thundered from Heaven, and the MOST High uttered his Voice.

15 And he sent out Arrows, and scattered them; Lightning, and discomfited them.

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* This song is, wille very little Variation, recited in the 18' Pfalm.


16 And the Channels of the Sea appeared, the Foundations of the World were discovered, at the rebuking of the Lord, at the Blast of the Breath of his Nostrils.

17 He sent from above, he took me : he drew me out of many Waters.

18 He delivered me from my strong Enemy, and from them that hated me : for they were too strong

19 They PREVENTED me in the Day of my Calamity: but the LORD was my Stay.

20 He brought me forth also into a large Place : he DELIVERED me, because he delighted in me.

21 And the LORD rewarded me according to my Righteousness : according to the Cleanness of my Hands hath he recompensed me.

22 For I have kept the Ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

23 For all his JUDGEMENTs were before me: and as for his Statutes, I did not depart from them.

24 I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from my INIQUITY.

25 Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my Righteousness : according to my Cleanness in his Eye-light. .

26 With the Merciful thou wilt Thew thyself merciful, and with the upright Man thou wilt shew thyself upright.

27 With the Pure thou wilt shew thyself pure : and with the Froward thou wilt shew thyself unfavoury. .

28 And the afflicted People thou wilt save : but thine Eyes are upon the Haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.

29 For thou art my LAMP, O LORD : and the LORD will LIGHTEN my DARKNESS.

30 For by thee I have run through a Troop : by my God have I leaped over a Wall.

31 As for God, his Way is perfect; the Word of the LORD is tried : he is a Buckler to all them that trust in him.

32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a Rock, save our God?

33 God is my STRENGTH and Power : and he maketh my Way perfect.

34 He maketh my Feet like Hinds Feet : and setteth me upon my high Places.

35 He

35 He'teacheth my Hands to war: so that a Bow of Steel is broken by mine Arms.

36 Thou hast also given me the Shield of thy SALVATION: and thy Gentleness hath made me great.

37 Thou hast enlarged my Steps under me : so that my Feet did not slip.

38 I have pursued mine Enemies, and destroyed them : and turned not again until I had consumed them.

39 And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise : yea, they are fallen under my Feet.

40 For thou hast GIRDED me with STRENGTH to Battle : them that rose up against me, hast thou subdued under me.

41 Thou hast also given me the Necks of mine Enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me.

42 They looked, but there was none to save : even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.

43 Then did I beat them as small as the Duft of the Earth, I did stamp them as the Mire of the Street, and did spread them abroad.

44 Thou also hast delivered me from the STRIVINGS of my People, thou hast kept me to be Head of the Hea

THEN: a People which I knew not, shall serve me. · 45 Strangers shall submit themselves unto me : afsoon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me.

46 Strangers (all fade away, and they shall be afraid out of their close Places.

47 The Lord liveth, and blefled be my Rock: and exalted be the God of the Rock of my SALVATION.

48. It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the People under me,

49 And that bringeth me forth from mine Enemies : thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me : thou hast delivered me from the violent Man.

50 Therefore I will give Thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the Heathen, and I will sing Praises unto thy Name.

51 He is the Tower of Salvation for his King : and Dheweth Mercy to his Anointed, unto David, and to his Seed for evermore.


CH A P. XXIII. 1 David professeth his Faith in God's Promises : 8 A Cata

logue of his mighty Men.

Per, INTOW h these be the Psal. Ixxxix. i I will fing of the IV last Words of Da- my Mouth will I make known thy

MERCIES of the Lord for EVER: with vid : David the Son of Jesse FAITHFULNESS to all Generations. faid, and the Man who was . 2 For I have said, MERCY Gall be raised up on high, the AN- shalt thou ESTABLISH in the very Hea

built up for ever : thy FAITHFULNESS OINTED of the God of Ja- VENS. cob, and the sweet Psal- 19 Then thou spakest in Vision

to thy holy ONE, and saidh, i bave Mist of Israel said,

LAID HELP upon one that is MIGHTY, 2 The SPIRIT of the I have EXALTED one CHOSEN out of LORD SPAKE by me, and his the People.

20 I have found David my SerWORD was in my Tongue. vant : with my holy Oil have I AN

3 The God of Israel said, OINTED hith. the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ŘULeth over Men must be jusT, RULING in the Fear of God.

4 And he shall be as the Light of the Morning, when the Sun riseth, even a Morning without Clouds : as the tender Grass springing out of the Earth by clear shining after Rain.

5 * Although my House be not so with God; yet he hath made with mc an everLASTING COVENANT, ORDered in all Things and sure : for this is all my SALVATion, and all my Desire, although he make it not to GROW. .6 But the Sons of Belial shall be all of them as Thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with Hands.

7 But the Man that shall touch them, muit te fenced with Iron, and the Staff of a Spear, and they shall be utterly burnt with Fire in the same Place:

CH A P. XXIV: i David numbreth the People : 10 He having iliree Plagues

propounded by God, repenteth and chuseth the three Days Destilence. 18 The Plague ftayed.

* David was in many Instances a Type of the Messiah, from whomis, according to the Flesh, he was to defcond,



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