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CHAP. XXV.

f Samuel dieth. i o David provoked by Nabal's Churlijhness, mindeth to destroy him. 14 Abigail by her Wisdom pacififfb David. 36 Nabal hearing thereof, dieth. 39 David marrieth her.

CHAP. XXVI.

% Saul cometh to Hachilah against David. 4 David in the Trench jlayeth Abijhaifrom killing Saul, but taketh his Spear and Cruse. 13 Abner reproved.

Ver. 1 \ ND the Ziphites came unto Saul to Gibeah, sayJsV. ing, Doth not David hide himself in the Hill of Hachilah which is before Jeshimon?

2 Then Saul arofe, and went down to the Wildernefs of Ziph, having three thousand chofen Men of Israel with him, lo seek David in the Wildernefs of Ziph.

3 And Saul pitched in the Hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon by the way: but David abode in the Wildernefs, and he saw that Saul came aster him into the Wildernefs.

4 David therefore sent out Spies, and understood that Saul was come in very deed.

5 And David arofe, and came to the Place where Saul had pitched: and David beheld the Place where Saul lay, and Abner the Son of Ner, the Captain of his Host: and Saul lay in the Trench, and the People pitched round about him.

6 Then answered David and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abisshai the Son of Zeruiah Brother to Jo3b, saying, Who will go down with me to Saul to the Camp? And Abisshai said, I will go down with thee.

7 So David and Abisshai came to the People by Nighr, and behold, Saul lay sleeping within the Trench, and his Spear stuck in the Ground at his Roister: but Abner and she People lay round about him,

8 Then said Abisshai to David, God hath delivered thine Enemy into thine Hand this Day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the Spear, even to the Earth a( once, and I will not smite him the second time.

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9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his Hand against the Lord's Anointed, and be guiltlefs?

10 David said surthermore, As the Lord liveth, the Lord shall smite him, or his Day shall come to die, or he shall defcend into Battle and perish.

11 The Lord forbid that I should stretch forth mine Hand against the Lord's Anointed: but I pray thee, take thou now the Spear that is at his Bolster, and the Cruse of Water, and let us go.

12 So David took the Spear and the Cruse of Water from Saul's Bolster, and they gat them away, and no Man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked : for they were all afleep, because a deep Sleep from the Lord was sallen upon them.

13 Then David went over to the other fide, and stood on the top of an Hill assar off, (a great Space being between them.)

14 And David cried to the People, and to Abner the Son of Ner, saying, Answerest thou not, Abner? Then Abner answered and said, Who art thou that criest to the King?

15 And David said to Abner, Art not thou a valiant Man? and who is like to thee in Israel? wherefore then hast thou not kept thy Lord the King? for there came one of the People in to destroy the King thy Lord.

16 This Thing is not good that thou hast done: as the Lord liveth, ye are worthy to die, because ye have not kept your Master the Lord's Anointed: and now see where the King's Spear is, and the Cruse of Water that was at his Bolster.

17 And Saul knew David's Voice, and said, Is this thy Voice, my Son David? And David said, It is my Voice, my Lord, O King.

18 And he said, Wherefore doth my Lord thus pursue aster his Servant? for what have I done? or what Evil is in mine Hand?

19 Now therefore, I pray thee, let my Lord the King hear the Words of his Servant: If the Lord have stirred thee up against me, let him accept an Offering: but if they be the Children of Men, cursed be they before the Lord; for they have driven me out this Day from abiding in the Inheritance of the Lord, saying, Go serve other Gods.

20 Now therefore let not my Blood sall to the Earth before the Face of the Lord: for the King of Israel is come

out out to seek a Flea, as when one doth hunt a Partridge in the Mountains.

21 Then said Saul, I have finned: return, my Son David, for I will no more do thee harm, because my Soul was precious in thine Eyes this Day : behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.

22 And David answered and said, Behold, the King's Spear, and let one of the young Men come over and setch it.

23 The Lord render to every Man his Righteousnefs, and his Faithsulnefs: for the Lord delivered thee into my Hand To-day, but I would not stretch forth mine Hand against the Lord's Anointed.

24 And behold, as thy Life was much set by this Day in mine Eyes; so let my Lise be much set by in the Eyes of the Lord, and let him deliver me out of all Tribulation.

25 Then Saul said to David, Blessed be thou, my Son Pavid: thou shalt both do great Things, and also shalt still prevail. So David went on his way, and Saul returned to, his Place.

CHAP. XXVII.

1 Saul bearing David to be in Gath, feeketh no more for him. 5 David beggeth Ziklag of Achijh.

CHAP. XXVIII.

3 Saul having destroyed the Witches, 7 afterwards feeketh for one; who being encouraged by him, raiseth up Samuel. 15 Saul's Ruine forejhewn.

Ver. 1 A ND it came to pass in thofe Days, that the PhiliJLX stines gathered their Armies together for Warsare, to fight with Israel: and Achish said unto David, Know thou assuredly, that thou shalt go out with me to Battle, thou and thy Men.

2 And David said to Achish, Surely thou shalt know what thy Servant can do. And Achish said to David, Therefore will I make thee Keeper of mine Head for ever.

3 Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him in Ramah, even in his own City : and Saul had put away thofe that had familiar Spirits, and the Wizards out of the Land.

4 And the Philistines gathered themselves together, and came and pitched in Shunem: and Saul gathered all Israel together, and they pitched in Gilboa.

5 And when Saul saw the Host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his Heart greatly trembled.

6 And when Saul enquired of the Lord, the Lord answered him not, neither by Dreams, nor by Urim, nor by Prophets.

7 Then said Saul unto his Servants, Seek me a Woman that hath a familiar Spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his Servants said to him, Behold, there is a Woman that hath a familiar Spirit at En-dor.

. 8 And Saul disguised himself, and put on other Raiment, and he went, and two Men with him, and they came to the Woman by Night; and he said, I pray thee divine unto me by the familiar Spirit, and .bring me him up whom I shall name unto thee.

9 And the Woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar Spirits, and the Wizards out of the Land: wherefore then layest thou a Snare for my Life, to cause me to die?

io And Saul sware to her by the Lord, saying, As the Lord liveth, there shall no Punishment happen to thee for this Thing.

11 Then said the Woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? and he said, Bring me up Samuel.

I 2 And when the Woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud Voice: and the Woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul.

13 And the King said unto her, Be not afraid: for what fewest thou? And the Woman said unto Saul, I saw Gods ascending out of the Earth.

14 And he said unto her, What Form is he of? And (he said, An Old Man Cometh Up; and he is covered with a Mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his Face to the Ground, and bowed himself.

15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make War against me, and God is departed from me, and Answereth me No Mor:j, neither by Prophets, nor by Dreams : therefore J have called led thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.

16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the Lord is Departed from thee, and is become thine Enemy?

17 And the Lord hath done to him as he spake by me: for the Lord hath rent the Kingdom out of thine Hand, and given it to thy Neighbour, even to David:

18 Because thou Obeyedst Not the Voice of the Lord, nor executedst his fierce Wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the Lord done this Thing unto thee this Day.

19 Moreover, the Lord will also deliver Israel with thee, into the Hand of the Philistines: and To-morrow shalt thou and thy Sons be with me: the Lord also shall deliver the Host of Israel into the Hand of the Philistines.

20 Then Saul sesl straightway all along on the Earth* and was sore asraid, because of the Words of Samuel, and there was ho Strength in him: for he had eaten no Bread all the Day, nor all the Night.

21 And the Woman came unto Saul, and saw that he was sore troubled, and said unto him, Behold, thine Handmaid hath obeyed thy Voice, and I have put my Lise in my Hand, and have hearkned unto thy Words which thou spakest unto me.

22 Now therefore, I pray thee, hearken thou also unto the Voice of thine Handmaid, and let me set a Morsel of Bread before thee; and eat, that thou mayest have Strength, when thou goest on thy way.

23 But he resused, and said, I will not eat: but his Servants together with the Woman, compelled him, and he hearkned unto their Voice: so he arofe from the Earth, and sat upon the Bed.

24 And the Woman had a sat Calf in the House, and she hasted, arid killed it, and took Flour, and kneaded it, and did bake unleavened Bread thereof.

25 And she brought it before Saul, and before his Servants, and they did eat: then they rofe up, and went away that Night.

CHAP. XXIX.

1 David marching with the Phili/Iine's, $ is disallowed by their Princes: 6 Aihijh di/mifeib b:m.

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