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CHAP. XXX.

i The Amalekites spoil Ziklag. 7 David encouraged by Gon pursueth them, 11 and overlaketh them, and recovereth the Spoil: 26 Sendeth Presents.

CHAP. XXXI.

1 Saul having lost his Army, and his Sons being slain, he and his Armour-bearer kill themselves. 8 The Philistines triumph over the dead Carcases.

r<r.i\TOW the Philistines sought against Israel : and JLN the Men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and sell down slain in Mount Gilboa.

2 And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul, and upon his Sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchisshua, Saul's Sons.

3 And the Battle went sore against Saul, and the Archers hit him, and he was sore wounded of the Archers.

4 Then said Saul unto his Armour-bearer, Draw thy Sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest thefe Uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his Armour-bearer would not; for he was fore afraid: therefore Saul took a Sword and sell upon it.

5 And when his Armour-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he sell likewise upon his Sword, and died with him.

6 So Saul died, and his three Sons, and his Armour-bearer, and all his Men that same Day together.

7 And when the Men of Israel that were on the other fide of the Valley, and they that were on the other fide of 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.

8N And it came to pass on the Morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the Slain, that they found Saul and his three Sons sallen in Mount Gilboa.

9 And they cut oft" 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.

> o And they put his Armour in the House of Ashtaroth: and they sastned 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:

i z All the valiant Men arofe, 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 Jabessh, and burnt them there.

13 And they took their Bones and buried them under a Tree at Jabesh, and sasted seven Days,

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CHAP. I.

I The Amalelite bringing Tidings of the Overthrow, and accusing himself 'of'Saul's Death, is slain. 17 David lamenttth Saul and Jonathan with a Song.

Vtr. 1 si $i O W 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: 2 It came even to pass on the third Day, that behold, a Man came out of the Camp from Saul, with his Cloaths rent, and Earth upon his Head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the Earth, and did Obeisance.

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3 And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? and he said unto him, Out of the Camp of Israel am I efcaped.

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 sallen 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?

6 And the young Man that told him, said, As I hapned 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 is come upon me, because my Lise is yet whole in me.

io So I stood upon him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live aster that he was sallen: 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 Cloaths, and rent them, and likewise all the Men that were with him,

12 And they mourned and wept, and sasted 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 sallen by the Sword.

13 And David said unto the young Man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the Son of a Stranger, an Amalekite.

14 And David said unto-him, How wast thou not asraid 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 sall 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.

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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 in the Book of Jafher)

19 The Beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high Places: how are the Mighty fallen!

10 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the Streets of Askelon: lest the Daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the Daughters of the Uncircumciscd 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.

22 From the Blood of the Slain, from the Fat of the Mighty, the Bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the Sword of Saul returned not empty,

23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their Lives, and in their Death they were not divided: they were swifter than Eagles, they were stronger than Lions.

24 Ye Daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in Scarlet, with other Delights, who put on Ornaments of Gold upon your Apparel.

25 How are the Mighty Fallen in the midst of the Battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high Places.

26 I am Distressed for thee, my Brother Jonathan: very Pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy Love to Me was Wonderful, passing the Love of Women.

27 How are the Mighty Fallen, and the Weapons of War perished!

CHAP. II.

I David by God'j Direction going up to Hebron, is made King ef Judah. 8 Abner maketh JJh-boJheth King of Israel.

CHAP. III.

I During the War David still waxeth stronger. 6 Abner displeased with J/b-boJheth, 12 revolteth to David. 2 7 Jo'ab killeth Abner. 2 8 David (urseth Joab, 31 and mournetb for Abner.

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