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The Philistines are jealous of David. 1. SAMUEL.


The Amalekites spoil Zıklag

with me these days, or these years, and land of the Philistines.
I have found no fault in him since he fell tines went up to Jezreel.
unto me unto this day?

4 And the princes of the Philistines were wroth with him; and the princes of he Philistines said unto him, 'Make this fellow return, that he may go again to his place which thou hast appointed him, and let him not go down with us to battle, lest

in the battle he be an adversary to us: for wherewith should he reconcile himself unto his master? should it not be with the heads of these men?

5 Is not this David, of whom they sang one to another in dances, saying, Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten thousands?

6 Then Achish called David, and said unto him, Surely, as the LORD liveth, thou hast been upright, and thy going out and i thy coming in with me in the host is good in my sight: for I have not found evil in thee since the day of thy coming unto me unto this day nevertheless "the lords favour thee not.

7 Wherefore now return, and go in peace, that thou 'displease not the lords of the Philistines.

8 And David said unto Achish, But what have I done? and what hast thou found in thy servant so long as I have been with thee unto this day, that I may not go fight against the enemies of my lord the king?


9 And Achish answered and said to David, I know that thou art good in my sight, an angel of God: notwithstanding the princes of the Philistines have said, He shall not go up with us to the battle.



10 Wherefore now rise up early in the morning, with thy master's servants that are come with thee and as soon as ye be up early in the morning, and have light, depart.

11 So David and his men rose up early to depart in the morning, to return into the

d See ch. 27.7. e Dan. 6. 5. f1 Chron. 12. 19. g As ch. 14. 21. h ch. 18. 7. & 21. 11. 12 Sam. 3. 25. 2 Kings 19. 27. k ver. 3. a Heb. thou art not good in the eyes of the lordz. b Heb, do not evil in the eyes of the lords. c Heb. before thee. 12 Sam. 14. 17, 20 & 19 27. m ver. 4. n 2 Sam. 4 4.

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1 The Amalekites spoil Ziklag. 4 David asking counse is encouraged by God to pursue them. 11 By the means of a revived Egyptian he is brought to the enemies, and recovereth all the spoil. 22 David's law to divide the spoi equally between them that fight and them that keep the stuff. 26 He sendeth presents to his friends. [BEFORE CHRIST 1056.]

AND it came to pass, when David and


his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire;

2 And had taken the women captives, that were therein they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way.

3 So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.

4 Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.


5 And David's two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.

6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.


7 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David.

8 And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.

9 So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those that were left behind stayed.

CHAP. XXX. a Sec ch. 15. 7. & 27. 8. b ch. 25. 42, 43. 2 Sam. 2. 2. Ex. 17 a Heb. bitter. Judg. 18. 25. ch. 1. 10. 2 Sam. 17. 8. 2 Kings 4, 27. d Ps 425 & 56.34 11. Hab. 3. 17, 18. e ch. 23. 6, 9. fch. 23. 2, 4


David recovereth all the spoil.

CHAP. XXX. David sendeth presents to his friends.

10 But David pursued, he as d four hundred men: for two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor.

11 ¶ And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water;

12 And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights.

13 And David said unto him, To whom belongest thou? and whence art thou? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days agone I fell


14 We made an invasion upon the south of the Cherethites, and upon the coast which belongeth to Judah, and upon the south of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire.

15 And David said to him, Canst thou bring me down to this company? And he said, Swear unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee down to this company.

16 And when he had brought him down, behold, they were spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah.


17 And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and fled.

19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: m David re covered all.

20 And David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drave before those other cattle, and said, This is David's spoil. 21 And David came to the " two hun¶ dred men, which were so faint that they could not follow David, whom they had made also to abide at the brook Besor: and they went forth to meet David, and to meet the people that were with him and when David came near to the people, he saluted them.


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22 Then answered all the wicked me and men of Belial, of those that went with David, and said, Because they went not with us, we will not give them ought of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away, and depart.

23 Then said David, Ye shall not do so, my brethren, with that which the LORD hath given us, who hath preserved us, and delivered the company that came against us into our hand.

24 For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but Pas his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.


25 And it was so, from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day.

26 ¶ And when David came to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Judah, even to his friends, saying, Behold a present for you of the spoil of the enemies of the LORD;


27 To them which were in Beth-el, and 18 And David recovered all that the to them which were in south Ramoth, Amalekites had carried away: and Da-and to them which were in 28 And to them which were in

vid rescued his two wives.

er. 21. h So Judg. 15. 19. ch. 14. 27. i ver. 16. 2 Sam. 8. 18. 1 Kings 1. 38, 44. Ezek. 25. 16. Zeph. 25. k Josh. 14. 13. & 15, 13. 11 Thess. 5. 3. b Heb. their morom ver. 8. n ver. 10. e Or asked them how they did Judg. 18, 15. o Deut. 13


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The battle of Gilboa.

I. SAMUEL. and to them which were in Siphmoth, and to them which were in Eshtemoa,

Saul and his sons slain.

5 And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him.

29 And to them which were in Rachal, and to them which were in the cities of 6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and "the Jerahmeelites, and to them which his armourbearer, and all his men, that were in the cities of the Kenites, same day together.


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7 And when the men of Israel that were on the other side of the valley, and they that were on the other side Jordan, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities, and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.

8 And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen in mount Gilboa.

9 And they cut off his head, and stripped off his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to publish it in the house of their idols, and among the people.


10 And they put his armour in the house of Ashtaroth: and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan.

11 And when the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul;

12 P All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan, and came to Jabesh, and a burnt them there


But his armourbearer would 13 And they took their bones, and 'bu8 for he was sore afraid. Therefore ried them under a tree at Jabesh, and not; Saul took a sword, and

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y Judg. 1. 17. z Josh. 14. 13. 2 Sam. unded. bch. 28. 4. cch. 14. 49. 1 Chron. men with bows. c Ileb. found him. e So

fasted seven days.

Judg. 9. 54. f ch. 14. 6. & 17. 26. d Or, mock me. g 2 Sam. 1. 14. h 2 Sam. 1. 10. i
Sam. 1. 20. k ch. 21. 9. 1 Juig. 2. 13. m 2 Sam. 21. 12. n Josh. 17. 11. Judg. 1.27, och
11. 3, 9, 11. e Or, concerning him. p See ch. 11. 1–11. 2 Sam. 2. 4–7.
q 2 Chron.
16. 14. Jer. 34. 5. Amos € 0.2 Sam. 2. 4, 5. & 21. 12, 13, 14. Gen. 50. 10.


The Second Book of SAMUEL,

Otherwise called, The Second Book of the KINGS.


The Amalekite, who brought tidings of the overthrow, and accused himself of Saul's death, is slain. 17 David lamenteth Saul and Jonathan with a song. [BEFORE CHRIST 1056.]

NOW it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag;

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2 It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth upon his head and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance.

3 And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped. 4 And David said unto him, "How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, That the people are fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.

5 And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead?

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6 And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him.

7 And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered, Here am I.


8 And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite.

9 He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me for anguish

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CHAP L1 Sam. 30. 17,26. b ch. 4. 10. c1 Sam. 4. 12. 1 Sam. 4. 6. d1 Sam. 31. 1. e See 1 Sam. 31. 2, 3, 4. 6 Heb. Behold me. a Heb. What was, &c. of mail, or, my embroidered coat hindereth me, that my, &c. f Judg. 9. 54. g ch. 3. 31. c Or, my coat 13. 31. h Num. 12. 8. il Sam. 31. 4. k 1 Sam. 24. 6. & 26. 9. Ps. 105. 15. 1 ch. 4.

is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me.

10 So I stood upon him, and 'slew him, because I was sure that he could not live

after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord.

11 Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him :

12 And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.

13 ¶ And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? Ana he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite.

14 And David said unto him, 1 How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORD's anointed?

15 And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died.



16 And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD's anointed.

17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son :

18 ( Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow behold, it is written P in the book of Jasher.)

19 The beauty of Israel is slain upor thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!

10, 12.


20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not

m 1 Sam. 26. 9. 1 Kings 2. 32, 33, 37. n ver. 10. Luke 19. 22. o 1 Sam. 11 3. p Josh. 10. 53. Or, of the upright. q ver. 27. 1 Mac. 9. 21. r1 Sam. 31 9. Mir 1. 10. See Judg. 16. 23


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king of Judah. in the streets of Askelon; lest the daugh- wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and ters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the Abigail Nabal's wife the Carmelite. daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. 21 Ye "mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil.

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David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the LORD said unto him, Go пр. And David said, Whither shall I up? And he said, Unto Hebron.



3 And his men that were with him did David bring up, every man with his houshold: and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.

4 And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, That the men of Jabesh-gilead were they that buried Saul.

5¶ And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabesh-gilead, and said unto them, Blessed be ye of the LORD, that ye have shewed this kindness unto your lord, even unto Saul, and have buried him.

6 And now h the LORD shew kindness and truth unto you and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.

7 Therefore now let your hands be strengthened, and " be ye valiant: for your master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah have anointed me king over them.

8¶ But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim ;

9 And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.

10 Ish-bosheth Saul's son was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David.

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2 So David went up thither, and his two gether by " the pool of Gibeon: and they

See Ex. 15. 20. Judg. 11. 34. 1 Sam. 18. 6. t1 Sam. 31. 4. u 1 Sam. 31. 1 x So
Judg. 5. 23. Job 3, 3, 4. Jer. 20. 14. y 1 Sam. 10. 1. z 1 Sam. 18. 4. e Or, sweet.
Judg. 14. 18. bI Sam. 18. 1, 3. & 19. 2 & 20. 17, 41. & 23. 16. c ver. 19.

a Judg. 1. 1. 1 Sam. 23. 2, 4, 9. & 30. 7, 8. b 1 Sam. 30. 31. ver. 11. ch. 5. 1 Kings 2 11. c1 Sam. 30.5. dl Sam 27.2,3. & 30. 1. 1 Chron. 12. 1, e ver. 11.

ch. 5. 5. 1 Mac. 2 57. f1 Sam. 31 11, 13. Ruth 2. & 3. 10. Pa. 115. 15. h 2 Tim 1. 16, 18. a Heb. be ye the sons of valour. i I Sam. 14. 50. Heb. the host which was Saul's. cOr, Esh-baal, 1 Chron, 8. 33, & 9. 39. k ch. 5. 5. 1 Kings 2. 11. d Hob. number of days. 1 Josh. 18. 25. e Heb. them together. m Jer 41 12.

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