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268 Abror slayeth Asahel. II. SAMUEL. David cureth stronger. Israel, and reigned two years: but the and became onc troon, and stood on the house of Judah followed David.

top of an hill. 11 And the time that David was king 26 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, in Hebron, over the house of Judah, was Shall the sword devour for ever? koowest seven vears and six months.

thou not that it will be bitterness in the 12 | And Abner the son of Ner, and the latter end ? how long shall it be then, ere servants of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, thou bil the people return from followwent out from Mahanaim to Gibeon. ing their brethren?

13 And Joah the son of Zeruiah, and 27 And Joab id, As God liveth, unthe servants of David went out, and met less thou hadst spoken, surely then in the together by the pool of Gibeon: and they morning the people had gone up every sat down, the one on the one side of the one from following his brother. pool, and the other on the other side of 28 So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the the pool.

people stood still, and pursued after Israel 14 And Abner said to Joab, Let the no more, neither fought they any more. young men now arise, and play before us. 29 And Abner and his men walked all And Joab said, Let them arise.

that night through the plain, and passed 15 Then there arose, and went over by over Jordan, and went through all Bithnumber twelve of Benjamin, which per- ron, and they came to Mahanaim. tained to Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and 30 And Joab returned from following twelve of the servants of David.

Abner : and when he had gathered all 16 And they caught every one his fel- | the people together, there lacked of Dalow by the head, and thrust his sword in vid's servants nineteen men, and Asahel. his fellow's side: so they fell down to- 31 But the servants of Davidhad smitten gether: wherefore that place was called Benjamin, and of Abner's men, so that Helkath-hazzurim, which is in Gibeon. three hundred and threescore men died.

17 And there was a very sore battle 32 And they took up Asahel, and buthat day; and Abner was beaten, and ried him in the sepulchre of his father, the men of Israel, before the servants of which was in Beth-lehem. And Joab David.

and his men went all night, and they 18 | And there were three sons of Ze- came Hebron at break of day. ruiah there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asa

CHAP. III. hel: and Asahel was as light of foot as a 1 During the svar David still svareth wild roe.

stronger. 6 Abner displeased with Ish19 And Asahel pursued after Abner; bosheth, 12 revoiteth to David. 22 Joab and in going he turned not to the right killeth Abner. 28 David curseth Joab, hand nor to the left from following Abner. sland mourneth for Abner.

20 Then Abner looked behind him, W there was long war between and said, Art thou Asahel? And he answered, I am.

David: but David waxed stronger and 21 And Abner said to him, Turn thee stronger, and the house of Saul waxed aside to thy right hand or to thy left, and weaker and weaker. lay thee hold on one of the young men,

29 And unto David were sons born in and take thee his armour. But Asahel Hebron : and his first-born was Amnon, would not turn aside from following of of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; him.

3 And his second, Chilcab, of Abigail 22 And Abner said again to Asahel, the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the Turn thee aside from following me : third, Absalom the son of Maacah, the wherefore should I smite thee to the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; ground ? how then should I hold up my 4 And the fourth, Adonijah the son of face to Joab thy brother?

Haggith; and the fifth, Sheplatiaia the 23 Howbeit he refused to turn aside : son of Abital; wherefore Abner with the hinder end of 5 And the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah the spear smote him under the fifth rib, David's wife. These were born to David that the spear came out behind him; and in Hebron. he fell down there, and died in the same 6 ! And it came to pass, while there place: and it came to pass, that as many was war between the house of Saul and as came to the place where Asahel fell the house of David, that Abner macie himdown and died, stood still.

self strong for the house of Saul. 24 Jab also and Abishai pursued after 7 And Saul had a concubine, whose Abner : and the sun went down when name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah: they were come to the hill of Ammah, and Ish-boseth said to Abner, Wherefore that lieth before Giah by the way of the hast thou gone in unto my father's concuwilderness of Gibeon.

bine ? 25 | And the children of Benjamin 8 Then was Abner very wroth for the gathered themselves together after Abner, words of Ish-basheth, and said, Am I a


my face.

Abner revolteth to David.


Joab slaycth Abner. 269 dog's head, which against Judal do she wil bron ; for he had sent him away, and he kindness this day unto the house of Sul was gone in peace. thy father, to liis brethren, and to his 23 When Joab and all the host that yvas friends, and have not delivered thee ints with him were come, they told Joal), saythe hand of David, that thou chargest meling, Abner the son of Ner came to the to-day with a fault concerning this woman? | king, and he hath sent him away, and he

9 So do God to Abner, and more also, is gone in peace. except, as the Lord hath sworn to Da. 24. Then Joab came to the king, and said, vid, even so I do to him ;

What hast thou done? behold, Abner 10 To translate the kingdom from the came into thee; why is it that thou hast house of Saul, and to set up the throne of sent hiin away, and he is quite gone? David over Israel and over Judah, from 25 Thou knowest Abner the son of Dan even to Beer-sheba.

Ner, that he came to deceive thee, and 11 And he could not answer Abner a to know thy going-out and thy coming-in; word again, because he feared him. and to know all that thou doest.

12 And Abner sent messengers to Da- 26 And when Joab was come out from vid on his behalf, saying, Whose is the David, he sent messengers after Abner, land? saying also, Make thy league with which brought him again from the well me, and behold, my hand shall be with | of Sirah : but David knew it not. thee, to bring about all Israel unto thee. 27 And when Abner was returned to

13 [ And he said, Well; I will make | Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate a league with thee : but one thing I re- to speak with him quietly, and smote quire of thee, that is, Thou shalt not see him there under the fifth rib that he died, my face, except thou first bring Michal for the blood of Asahel his brother. Saul's daughter, when thou comest to see 28 ( And afterward when David heard

it, he said, I and my kingdom are guilt14 And David sent messengers to Ish-less before the Lord for ever from the bosheth Saul's son, saying, Deliver me my blood of Abner the son of Ner: wife Michal, which I espoused to me for 29 Let it rest on the head of Joab, and an hundred foreskins of the Philistines. on all his father's house ; and let there

15 And Ish-bosheth sent, and took her vot fail from the house of Joab one that from her husband, even from Phaltiel the hath an issue, or that is a leper, or that son of Laish.

leaineth on a staff, or that falleth on the 16 And her husband went with lier a- sword, or that lacketh bread. long weeping bchind her to Bahurim. 30 So Joab and Abishai his brother slew Then said Abner unto him, Go, return. Abner, because he had slain their brother And he returned.

Asahel at Gibeon in the battle. 17 And Abner had communication 31 | And David said to Joab, and to with the elders of Israel, saying, Ye all the people that were with him, Rend sought for David in times past io be king your clothes, and gird you with sackcloth, over you:

and mourn before Abner. And king Da18 Now then do it : for the Lord hath vid himself followed the bier. spoken of David, saying, By the hand of 32 And they buried Abner in Hebron: my servant David I will save my people, and the king lifted up his voice and wept Israel out of die hand of the Philistines, at the grave of Abner; and all the people and out of the hand of all their enemies. wept.

19 And Abner also spake in the ears of 33 And the king lamented over Abner, Benjamin : and Abner went also to speak and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth in the ears of David in Hebron all that 34 Thy hands were not bound, nor thy seemed good to Israel, and that seemed feet put into fetters: as a man falleth begood to the whole house of Benjamin. fore wicked men, so fellest thou. And all

20 So Abner came to David to Hebron, the people wept again over him. ard twenty men with him : and David 33 And when all the people came to made Abner and the men that were with cause David to eat meat while it was yet him, a feast.

day, David sware, saving, So do God to 21 And Abner said unto David, I will me, and more also, if I taste bread or arise and go, and will gather all Israel un- aught else, till the sun be down. to my lord the king, that they may make 36 And all the people took notice of it, a league with thee, and that thou mayest and it pleased them : as whatsoever the reign over all that thine heart desireth. || king dici pleased all the people. And David sent Abner away ; and he 37 For all the people and all Israel unwent in peace.

derstood that day that it was not of the 22 | And behold, the servants of Da- | king to slay Abner the son of Ner: vid and Joab came from pursuing a troop, 38 And the king said unto his servants, and brought in a great spoil with them : Know ye not that there is a prince and a but Abner was not with David ir He- Il great man fallen this day in Israel?

270 18h-bosheth murdered. II. SAMUEL.

David taketh Zion.

. 39 And I am this day weak, though now require his blood of your hand, and anointed king; and these men the sons of take you away from the earth? Zeruiah be too hard for me. The LORD 12 And David commanded his young, shall reward the doer of evil according to men, and they slew them, and cut of his wickedness.

their hands and their feet, and hanged CHAP. IV.

them up over the pool in Hebron. But they 1 The Israelites being troubled at the death took the head of Ish-bosheth, and buried

of Abner, 2 Baanah and Rechab slay it in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron. Ish-bosheth. 9 David causeth them to be

CHAP. V. slain and Ish-bosheth's head to be buried. 1 The tribes come to Hebron to anoirt A

David over Israel. 6 He taketh Zion ner was dead in Hebron, his hands from the Jebusites. were feeble, and all the Israelites were


'HEN came all the tribes of Israel to troublecl.

David unto Hebron, and spake, say2 And Saul's son had two men that were ing, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. captains of bands: the name of the one 2 Also in time past, when Saul was was Baanah, and the name of the other | king over us, thou wast he that leddest Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, out and broughtest in Israel : and the of the children of Benjamin : (for Beeroth | Lord said to thee, Thou shalt feed my also was reckoned to Benjamin :

people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain 3 And the Beerothites Aed to Gittaim, over Israel. and were sojourners there until this day.) 3 So all the elders of Israel came to the

4 And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son king to Hebron ; and king David made a that cuas lame of his feet: he was five league with them in Hebron before the years old when the tidings came ot Saul LORD: and they anointed David king and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse over Israel. took hiin up, and fled: and it came to 4 s David was thirty years old when pass, as she made haste to flee, that he he began to reign, and he reignied forty fell, and became lame. And his name years. was Mephibosheth.

5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah 5 And the sons of Rimmon the Beer- seven years and six months: and in Jeruothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and salem he reigned thirty and three years came about the heat of the day to the over all Israel and Judah. house of Ish-bosheth, who lay on a bed 6 | And the king and his men went at noon.

to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites the in6 And they came thither into the midst habitants of the land : which spake unto of the house, as though they would have David, saying, Except thou take away fetched wheat; and they sinote him un- the blind and the lame, thou shalt not der the fifth rib: and Rechab and Baa- come in hitler: thinking, David cannot nah his brother escaped.

come in hither. 7 For when they came into the house, 7 Nevertheless, David took the strong he lay on his bed in his bed-chamber, and hold of Zion: the same is the city of Dathey smote him, and slew him, and be- || vid. headed him, and took his head, and gat 8 And David said on that day, Whothem away through the plain all night. soever getteth up to the gutter, and smit

8 And they brought the head of Ish- eth the Jebusites, and the lame and the bosheth unto David to Hebron, and said blind, that are hated of David's soul, he to the king, Behold the head of Ish-bo- shall be chief and captain. Wherefore sheth the son of Saul thine enemy, which they said, The blind and the lame shall sought thy life; and the Lord hath a- not come into the house. venged my lord the king this day of Saul 9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called and of his seed.

it the city of David. And David built 9 And David answered Rechab and round about from Millo and inward. Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon 10 And David went on, and grew the Beerothite, and said unto them, As great, and the LORD God of hosts k'as the LORD liveth, who hath redeemed my with him. soul out of all adversity,

11 | And Hiram king of Tyre sent 10 When one told me, saying, Behold, messengers to David, and cedar-trees, Saul is dead, (thinking to have brought and carpenters, and masons : and they good tidings,) I took hold of him, and slew built David an house. him in Ziklag, who thought that I would 12 And David perceived that the LORD have given him a reward for his tid had established him king over Israel, and ings:

that he had exalted his kingdom for his 11 How much more, when wicked men people Israel's sake. have slain a righteous person in his own 13 And David took him more concuhouse upon his bed? shall I not therefore "bines and wives out of Jerusalem, after ho David fetcheth the ark

CHAP. vi. from Kirjath-jcarim. 271 was come from Hebron : and there were Uzzah and Ahio the sons of Abinadab yet sons and daughters born to David. drave the new cart.

14 And these be the names of those 4 And they brought it out of the house that were born unto him in Jerusalem ; of Abinadab, which was at Gibeah, acShammuah, and Shobab, and Nathan, || companying the ark of God: and Ahio and Solomon,

went before the ark. 15 Ibhar also, and Elishua, and Nepheg, 5 Aud David and all the house of Israel and Japhia,

played before the LORD on all manner of 16 And Elishama, and Eliada, and E- instruments made of tir wool, even on liphalet

harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, 17 9 But when the Philistines heard and on cornets, and on cymbals. that they had anointed David king over 6 | And when they came to Nachon's Israel, all the Philistines came up to seck threshing-floor, Uzzal put forth his hand David; and David heard of il, and went to the ark of God, and took hold of it: down to the hold.

for the oxen shook it. 18 The Philistines also came and spread 7 And the anger of the LORD was themselves in the valley of Rephaim. kindled against Uzzah, and God smote

19 And David inquired of the Lord, i him there for his error; and there he saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? died by the ark of God. wilt thou deliver them into mine hand ? 8 And David was displeased, because And the LORD said unto David, Go up: the LORD had made a breach upon Uz. for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines zalı : and he called the name of the place into thine hand.

Perez-uzzah to this day. 20 And David came to Baal-peraziin, 9 And David was afraid of the LORD and David smote them there, and said, that day, and said, How shall the ark The LORD hath broken forth upon mine of the LORD come to me? enemies before me, as the breach of wa- 10 So David would not remove the ark ters. Therefore he called the name of cf the Lord wito him into the city of that place Baal-perazim.

David: but David carried it aside into 21 And there they left their images, the house Obed-edom the Gittite. and David and his men burned them. 11 And the ark of the LORD continued

22 9 And the Philistines came up yet in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite again, and spread themselves in the valley three months : and the Lord blessed of Rephaim.

Obed-edom and all his household. 23 And when David inquired of the 12 9 And it was told king David, sayLORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up: ing, The Lord hath blessed the house of but fetch a compass behind them, and Obed-edom, and all that pertaineth unto come upon them over against the mul- l him, because of the ark of God. So Daberry-trees.

vid went and brought up the ark of God 24 And let it be, when thou hearest from the house of Obed-edom into the the sound of a going in the tops of the city of David with gladness. mulberry-trees, that then thou shalt be- 13 And it was 80, that when they that stir thyself: for then shall the LORD go bare the ark of the Lord had Fone

six out before thee, to smite the host of the paccs, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings. Philistines.

14 And David danced before the Lord 25 And David did so as the LORD with all liis migiit; and David was girded had commanded him ; and smote the with a linen ephod. Philistines from Geba until thou come to 15 So David and all the house of Israel

brought up the ark of the LORD with CHAP. VI.

shouting, and with the sound of the 1 David fetcheth the ark from Kirjath- trumpet.

jearim on a new cart. 6 Uuzah is 16 And as the ark of the LORD came smitten. 12 David danceth before the into the city of David, Michal Saul's ark. 20 Michal's barrenness.

daughter looked through a window, and AGAIN, David gathered together all saw

king David leaping and dancing bethe chosen men of Israel, thirty fore the LORD; and she despised him in thousand,

her heart. 2 And David arose, and went with all 17 [ And they brought in the ark of the the people that were with him from Baale LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of the tabernacle that David had pitched of God, whose name is called by the name for it: and David offered burnt-offerings of the Lord of hosts that dwelleth be- || and peace-offerings before the LORD. tiveen the cherubims.

18 And as soon as David had made an 3 And they set the ark cf God upon a end of offering burnt-offerings and peacenew cart, and brought it out of the house offerings, he blessed the people in the of Abinadab that was in Giveah: and name of the LORD of hosts.


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872 Michal’s barrermess. II. SAMUEL. God's promise to David.

19 And he dealt among all the people, chce a great name, like unto the name of even among the winole multitude of Israel, the greit nicn that are in the earth. as well to the women as men, to every 10 Moreover, I will appoint a place for one a cake of bread, and a good piece of my people Israel, and will plant them, flesh, and a fagon of wine. So all the peo that they may dwell in a place of their ple departed every one to his house. own, and more po more: neither shall

20 Then David returned to bless his the children of wickedness afflict them household. And Michal the daughter of any more, as beforetime, Saul came out to meet David, and said, il And as since the time that I comHow glorious was the king of Israel 10 manded judices 10 be over my people Isday, who uncovered himself to-day in the || rael, and have caused thee to rest from cyes of the handmaids of his servants, as all thine encinies. Also the LORD telleth one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncov- thice that he will make thee an house. creth himself!

12 | And when thy days be fulfilled, 21 And David said unto Michal, It suas and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I before the LORD, which chose me before will set up thy sced after thee, which thy father, and before all his louse, to shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I appoint me ruler over the people of the will establishi his kingdein. LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play 13 He shall build an house for my refore the LORD.

name, and I will stablish the throne of 22 And I will yet be more vile than his kingiem for ever. thus, and will be base in inine own sight: 14 I will be his father, and he shall be and of the maid-servants which thou hast my son. If he commit iniquity, I will spoken of, of them shaiille had in honour. chasten him with the rod of men, and

23 Therefore Michal the daughter off with the suipes of the children of men: Saul had no child until the day of her 15 But my mercy shall not depart adeath.

way from him, as I took it from Saul, CHAP. VII.

whom I put away before thee. 1 God forbiddeth David to build him an 16 And thine house and thy kingdom house. 18 His prayer and thanksgiving. shall be established for ever before thee: ND it came to pass, when the king thy throne shall be established for ever.

17 According to all these words, and given him rest round about from all his according to all this vision, so did Nathan enemies ;

spcak unto David. 2 That the king said unto Nathan the 18 & Then went king David in, and sat prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of Lefore the Lord, and he said, Who am I, cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth vith- || O LORD God? and whatis my house, that in curtains.

thou hast brought me hitherto? 3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do 19 And this was yet a small thing in all that is in thine heart: for the LORD is thy sight, U LORD God; but thou hast with thee.

spoken also of thy servant's house for a 4 4 And it came to pass that mght, that great while to come. And is this the the word of the Lord came unto Nathan, manner of man, O Lord God? saying,

20 And what can David say more un5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus to thee? for thou, LORD Goci, knowest saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an thy servant. house for me to dwell in ?

21 For thy woril's sake, and according 6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any to thine own heart, hast thou done all house since the time that I brought up these great things, to make thy servant the children of Israel out of Egypt, even know them. to this day, but have walked in a tent, and 22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD in a tabernacle.

God: for there is none like thee, neither 7 In all the places wherein I have walk- is ihere any God beside thee, according ed with all the children of Israel spake I to all that we have heard with our ears. a word with any of the tribes of Israel, 23 And what one nation in the carth is whom I commanded to feed my people like thy people, even like Israel, whom Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an God went to redeem for a people to himhouse of cedar?

self, and to make him a name, and to do 8 Now thereforc so shalt thou say unto for you great things and terrible, for thy my servant David, Thus saith the LORD | land, before thy people which thou reof hosts, I took thee from the sheep-cute, deemedst to thee from Egypt, from the from following the sheep, to be ruler over nations and their gods? my people, over Israel:

24 Fer thou hast confirmed to thyself 9 And I was with thee whitherscerer thy people Israc to be a people unto thee thou wentest, and have cut off all thine for ever: and thou, LORD, art become enemies out of thy sight, and have made their Gol.

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