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13 And the woman said, Wherefore then hast thou thought such a thing against the people of God? for the king doth, speak this thing as one which is faulty, in that the king doth not fetch home again his banished. 14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot begathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: , yet doth he, devise means that his banished be not expelled from him. 15 Now therefore that I am come to speak of this thing unto my lord the king, it is because the people have made me afraid.; and thy handmaid said, I will now speak unto the king; it may be that the king will perform the *** of his handmaid, 6 For the king will hear, to deliver his handmaid out of the hand of the man that would destroy me and my son together out of the inheritance of God. Then thy handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and bad: therefore the LoRD thy God will be

wn nee. 18 'Then the king answered and said unto the woman, Hide, not from me, I pray thee, the thing that it hail".k i.e. And the woman said, Let my lord the king

now ** - 19, And the king said, Is not the hand of Joab with thee in all this? And the woman answered and said, As thy soul liveth, my lord the king, none can turn, to... the right hand or to the left from aught that my lord the king hath spoken: for thy servant Joab, e me, and he put all these :: in the mouth of thy handinald: 20. To fetch about this form of o thy, servant Joab done this thing: , and, my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth. . 21 s And o unto Joab, Behold now, I have done this - herefore, bring the Absalom again. 22 And Joab fell to the ground is face, and bowed himself, and thanked the king; and Joab said, To-day thy servant knoweth that I have found. grace in, thy sight, o lord, O king, in that the king'hath fulfilled the his servant.

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23 So Joab arose and went te Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.

24 And the king said, Let him turn to his own house, and let him not see my face. bsalom returned to his own house, and saw not the king's façe.

25 is But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown 9f his head there was noblemish

in him. 26 And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year's end that he polled it; because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it;) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king's weight. 27And unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter, whose name was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance. . So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and saw not the king's face. 29. Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to have sent him to the king; but he would not come, to him : and when he sent again the second time, he would not come. Therefore he said, unto his servants, See, Joab's field is near mine, and he hath barley there; go and set it on fire. And Absalom's servants set the field on fire. 31 Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house, and said unto him, Wherefore haye thyservants set *. field on fire? 32 And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent unto thee, saying, Come hither, that I may send thee to the king, to say, Wherefore am I come from Geshur? it had been

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4bsalom's rebellion.
then Absalom called unto him, and
said, Of what city art thou? And
he said, Thy servant is of one of the
tribes of Israel. - -
3 And Absalom said unto him
See, thy matters are good an
right; but there is no man deputed
#: king to hear thee.
4 Absalom said moreover, Qh
that I, were made judge in, the
land, that every man which hath
any suit or cause might come unto
me, and I would do him justice:
5 And it was so, that when any
man came nigh to him to do him
obeisance, he put forth his hand,
and took him, and kissed him.
6 And on this manner did Ab-
salom to all Israel that came to the
king for judgment; so Absalom
stole the hearts of the men of
Israel.
7 And it came to pass after sorty
ears, that Absalom said unto the
ing, I pray thee, let me go and
pay my vow, which I have vowed
unto the LoRD, in Hebron.
8. For thy servant vowed a vow
while I abode at Geshur in Syria,
saying, If the LoRD shall bring me
again indeed to Jerusalem, then I
will serve the LoRD. . -
And the king said unto him
Go in peace. So he arose, an
went to Hebron. -
0 But Absalom, sent . spies
throughout all the tribes of Israel,
saying, As soon as ye hear the
sound of the trumpet, then ye
shall say, Absalom reigneth in
Hebron. . .
11 And with Absalom went two
hundred men. out of, Jerusalem,
that were called; and they went
in their simplicity, and they knew

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12, And Absalom sent for Ahi-
thgphel the Gilonite, David's coun-
sellor, from his city, even from
Giloh, while he offered sacrifices.
And, the conspiracy was strong;
for the people, increased continu-
also with Absalom.
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Onl. 14 And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shii not is: escape from Abgalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil o us, and smite, the city with the edge of the sword. 15 And the king's servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord

II. SAMUEL,

David fleeth 16 And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And the king left ten, women, which were concubines to keep the house. 17, And the king went forth, and all the people after him, anitar ried in Fo that was far off. 18 And all his servants passed on, beside him; and all, the Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men which came after, him from G passed on, before the king. 19 || Then said the king to Ittai the Gittite, Wherefore goest thou also with us?, return to thy place, and abide with the king; for thou art a stranger, and also an exile. hereas thou camest bout yesterday, should I this day, make thee go up and down with us? seeing I go whither I may; return thou, and take back thy bre mercy, and truth be with thee... 21 And Ittai answered the king, and said, is , the Lord liveth, and as my lord the king, liveth, surely, in, what place my lord, the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will thy servant be. - - - 22 And David, said to Ittai, Go and pass over. And Ittai, the Gittite passed over, and all his men, and all the little ones that were with him. 23 And, all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the peo#. passed over: the king also imself passed over the brook Kidron, and all the people passed over, toward the way of the wilderness. 24. T And lo, Zadok also, and all the Levites were with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of God: and they set down the ark of God; and Abiathar went up, until all the people had done passing out of the

city.
§ And the king said unto Zadok,
Carry back the ark of God into
the city: if I shall find favour in
the eyes of the LoRD, he will bring
me, again, and shew me both it,
and his habitation:
5 But if he thus say, I have no
delight in thee; behold, here am I
let him do to me as seemethgood
unto him: .
27 The king said also unto Zadok
the priest, Art not thou a seer?
return into the city in peace, and
your two sons with you, Ahim
'o'; and Jonathan the o
Abiathar.
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from Jerusalem. 297adok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God again to Jerusalem; and they tarried there. 30 And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot.: nd all the people that was with him govered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up. 3!! Andone told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspira: tors with Absalom. nd David said, O Lohn, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolish

ness. 32 || And, it came to pass, that when David was come to the top the mount, where he worshipp od, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet him with his coat rent, and earth upon his head: Unto whom David, said, If thou o: on with then thou shalt be a burden unto me: . 34 But if thou return to the city, and say unto Absalom, I will be thy servant; Q king; as I have been thy father's servant itherto, so will I now also be thy servant: then mayest thou for me defeat the counsel of Ahithophel. And hast thou not there with thee, Zadok and . Abiathar the priests?, therefore it shall be, that what# soever thou shalt hear out o

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37 So Hushai, David's friend, came into the city, and Absalom came into § Ziba’s Treachery to Mephibosheth.

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ttle of wine.

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is thy master's son 3 And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he abideth at Jerusalem: for he said. To-day shall, the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father. 4. Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are all that pertained unto Mephibosheth. And Ziba i. o o # that may find grace in thy si in lord, Oking. ght, my 5. And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of "the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came. nd he cast stones at David, and . at all the servants of king David; and as the people and of the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. ... 7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial : 8 The LoRD hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose ste reigned i and the Lord hath de; ivored the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man. 9 || Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king, Why should is d og curse my lord, the king? let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head. 10 And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah 3 so let him curse, because the Lord hath, said onto him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done sp.?, , 1 And Dayid said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: , how much more now may, this Benja: mite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LoRD hath bidden him. 13 it may be that the Lorp will look on mine affliction, and that the Loop will requite me good for his cursing this day; 3 And as David and his men went e way, Shimei went along on the hill's side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him, and cast sluit. ###! the *j, o all. ople that were wi him, !. and refreshed themselves

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you. 22 Then David arose, and all the people that were with him, and they passed over Jordan; by the morning light there lacked not one of them that was not gone over Jordan. 23 T And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed he saddled his ass, and arose, and gathim home to his house, to his city, and , put his household in order, and hanged, himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father: Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him. 25 || And Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of Joab: which Amasa was a man's son, whose name was Ithra, an Israelite, that went in to Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah, Joab's mother. 26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land of Gilead. 27. And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim, that. Shobi, the son, of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and miel of Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim, rought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat and barley, and flour, and parched

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XVIII. Absalom's forces defeated

corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched f 6, 29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and gheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with ,, to eat : for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilder

Iless, CHAP. XVIII. Jobsalom defeated and slain. ND David numbered the people that opere with him, and set captains of thousands and captains of hundreds over them. 2 And David sent forth a third part of the people under the hand of Joab, and a third part under the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and a third, part under the hand of Ittai the Gittite., And the king said unto the people, Iywill surely go forth with you myself also. But the people answered, Thou shalt not go forth : for if we flee away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us dic, will they care for us: but now thou art worth ten, thousand of us: therefore now it is better that thou succour us out of the city; the king said unto them, What seemeth you best I will do. And the king stood by the gate side,

an e people came out by hundreds and by thousands. 5 A ing commanded

n Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying; Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even wi all the people heard when the king gave all, the foam, charge concerning AbsaOnn. 6 || So the people went out in: to the field against, Israel : and the battle was in the wood of Ephraim; 7 Where the people of Israel were slain before the servants of David, and there was there a great slaughter that day of twenty thousand 7ten. 8 For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country: and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword de

voured. 9 || And Absalom, met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick, boughs of a eat oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the arth; and the mule that was un"

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