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David's servants. And the LORD | all that pertained to Saul and to all B. C. about 1010. preserved David whithersoever he his house.

about 1040. went.

10 Thou therefore, and thy sons, 15 And David reigned over all Is- and thy servants, shall till the land rael; and David executed judgment for him, and thou shalt bring in the and justice unto all his people. fruits, that thy master's son may have

16 · And Joab the son of Zeruiah food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy 1 Kinge 4.3

was over the host; and · Jehoshaphat master's son 'shall eat bread alway at i ver. 7, 11, 13. 1 Or, rement the son of Ahilud was recorder; my table. Now Ziba had k fifteen

17 And Zadok the son of Ahitub, sons and twenty servants.
and Abimelech the son of Abiathar, 11 Then said Ziba unto the king,
were the priests; and Seraiah was the According to all that my lord the
Il scribe;

king hath commanded his servant, 18 * And Benaiah the son of Jehoi-so shall thy servant do. As for Me| 71 Sam3. 14. ada was over both the y Cherethites and phibosheth, said the king, he shall

the Pelethites; and David's sons were eat at my table, as one of the king's Or. princea, ichief rulers.

12 And Mephibosheth had a young CHAPTER IX.

son, 'whose name was Micha. And 11 Chr. 8. 34. Darid inquireth for the descendants of Saul. 6 His all that dwelt in the house of Ziba kind reception of Mephibosheth. 9 The provision were servants unto Mephibosheth. made for him by David. 13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jeru

m ver. 7, 1. that is left of the house of Saul, at the king's table; and "was lame 11 Sen. 18.3. that I may ashew him kindness for on both his feet.

Jonathan's sake?

2 And there was of the house of Saul
a servant whose name was • Ziba.

And when they had called him unto David's messengers, sent to comfort Hanun, are shame-

fully treated. 6 The Ammonites, strengthened by
David, the king said unto him, Art
thou Ziba? And he said, Thy serv-

The Syrians are again defeated.
ant is he.

, 3 And the king said, Is there not that the a king of the children 11 Chr. 19.1,

yet any of the house of Saul, that I of Ammon died, and Hanun his son € 1 Sam 2. 14. may shew the kindness of God unto reigned in his stead.

him? And Ziba said unto the king, 2 Then said David, I will shew
Jonathan hath yet a son, which is kindness unto Hanun the son of Na-
4 lame on his feet.

hash, as his father shewed kindness
4 And the king said unto him, unto me. And David sent to comfort
Where is he? And Ziba said unto him by the hand of his servants for
the king, Behold, he is in the house his father. And David's servants
of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in came into the land of the children

of Ammon.
5 1 Then king David sent, and fetch- 3 And the princes of the children
ed him out of the house of Machir, of Ammon said unto Hanun their
the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar. lord, + Thinkest thou that David doth Heb. In

6 Now when I Mephibosheth, the son honour thy father, that he hath sent
of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was comforters unto thee? hath not David
come unto David, he fell on his face, rather sent his servants unto thee, to
and did reverence.

And David said, search the city, and to spy it out, and
Mephibosheth. And he answered, to overthrow it?
Behold thy servant!

4 Wherefore Hanun took David's
7.1 And David said unto him, Fear servants, and shaved off the one half
not: 'for I will surely shew thee of their beards, and cut off their gar-
kindness for Jonathan thy father's ments in the middle, beven to their bls. 20. 4. &
sake, and will restore thee all the buttocks, and sent them away.
land of Saul thy father; and thou 5 When they told it unto David, he
shalt eat bread at my table continu- sent to meet them, because the men

were greatly ashamed : and the king 8 And he bowed himself, and said, said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards

What is thy servant, that thou should- be grown, and then return. (i fam. 21.11. est look upon such 5a dead dog as

6 | And when the children of AmI am ?

mon saw that they "stank before Da- C Gen. 34. 30. 9 Then the king called to Ziba, vid, the children of Ammon sent and Saul's

Servant, and said unto him, hired the Syrians of Beth-rehoh, and a ch. 8. 3, 5. "I have given unto thy master's son the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand

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nonites defeated.


The adultery of David.

B.C. about 1036.

footmen, and of king Maacah a thou- So the Syrians feared to help the chil-
sand men, and of Ish-tob twelve dren of Ammon any more.
thousand men.
7 And when David heard of it, he

sent Joab, and all the host of the
mighty men.

Joab besiegeth Rabbah. 2 Darid committeth adulte

ry with Bath-sheba. 6 His attempt to conceal his 8 And the children of Ammon came adultery. 14. He plotteth the deuth of Uriah. 17 out, and put the battle in array at

Uriah is slain ; and Joab sendeth word to Da

vid. 26 David taketh Bath-sheba to wife. the entering in of the gate : and 'the

about 1035.

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ahuan, 1 Chr 3.5 R Or, Amiel.

James 1.14. 1 Or, and tohen she had purited her.

returned (Lev. 15. 19, 28. & 18. 19.

Ish-toband were by them- year , at

return of the selves in the field.

when kings go forth to battle, that 9 When Joab saw that the front of a David sent Joab, and his servants the battle was against him before and with him, and all Israel ; and they a 1 Chr. 20. 1. behind, he chose of all the choice destroyed the children of Ammon, and men of Israel, and put them in array besieged Rabbah. But David tarried against the Syrians :

still at Jerusalem. 10 And the rest of the people he 2 1 And it came to pass in an evedelivered into the hand of Abishai his ningtide, that David arose from off his brother, that he might put them in bed, band walked upon the roof of + Deut. 22. . array against the children of Am- the king's house : and from the roof

he saw a woman washing herself; 11 And he said, If the Syrians be and the woman was very beautiful too strong for me, then thou shalt to look upon. help me : but if the children of Am- 3 And David sent and inquired mon be too strong for thee, then I after the woman. And one said, Is will come and help thee.

not this | Bath-sheba, the daughter 1 Or, Bath12 5 Be of good courage, and let us of 1 Eliam, the wife d of Uriah the play the men for our people, and Hittite ? for the cities of our God: and the 4 And David sent messengers, and d ch. 23. * Lord do that which seemeth him took her; and she came in unto him,

e Ps. 51, title good.

and he olay with her; \l for she was 13 And Joab drew nigh, and the 'purified from her uncleanness : and people that were with bim, unto the she returned unto her house.

self, &c., se battle against the Syrians : and they 5 And the woman conceived, and fled before him.

sent and told David, and said, I am 14 And when the children of Am- with child. mon saw that the Syrians were fled, 6 | And David sent to Joab, saying, then fled they also before Abishai, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joand entered into the city. So Joab ab sent Uriah to David. returned from the children of Am- 7 And when Uriah was come unto mon, and came to Jerusalem.

him, David demanded of him + how Heb. of the 15 | And when the Syrians saw that Joab did, and how the people did,

peace of, they were smitten before Israel, they and how the war prospered. gathered themselves together.

8 And David said to Uriah, Go down 16 And Hadarezer sent, and brought to thy house, and wash thy feet. Gen. 18.4.& out the Syrians that were beyond I the And Uriah departed out of the king's river; and they came to Helam: and house, and there + followed him a mess + Heb. ten! Shobach the captain of the host of of meat from the king.

out after his Hadarezer went before them.

9 But Uriah slept at the door of the 17 And when it was told David, he king's house with all the servants of gathered all Israel together, and pass- his lord, and went not down to his ed over Jordan, and came to Helam. house. And the Syrians set themselves in 10 And when they had told David, array against David, and fought with saying, Uriah went not down unto him.

his house, David said unto Uriah, 18 And the Syrians fled before Is- Camest thou not from thy journey? rael ; and David slew the men of seven why then didst thou not go down hundred chariots of the Syrians, and unto thine house? forty thousand k horsemen, and smote 11 And Uriah said unto David, "The bch. 7. 2, 6. Shobach the captain of their host, ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in who died there.

tents; and my lord Joab, and the ch. 20.6 19 And when all the kings that were servants of my lord, are encamped servants to Hadarezer saw that they in the open fields; shall I then go were smitten before Israel, they made into mine house, to eat and to drink, peace with Israel, and 'served them. I and to lie with my wife? as thou

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B.C. livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will Joab, Let not this thing + displease B. C. about 1035. not do this thing.

thee, for the sword devoureth tone about 1035. 12 And David said to Uriah, Tarry as well as another: make thy battle here to day also, and to.morrow 1 more strong against the city, and timelinde ceri will let the depart. So Uriah abode overthrow it: and encourage thou + Heb. so and in Jerusalem that day, and the mor- him. row.

26 [ And when the wife of Uriah 13 And when David had called him, heard that Uriah her husband was

he did eat and drink before him; and dead, she mourned for her husband.
in Greve. 19. 88, he made him k drunk: and at even 27 And when the mourning was

he went out to lie on his bed 'with past, David sent and fetched her to
the servants of his lord, but went not his house, and she a became his wife, a ch. 12. 9.
down to his house.

and bare him a son. But the thing 14 ( And it came to pass in the that David had done + displeased the + Heb. was b. 40 ] Kings morning, that David "wrote a letter LORD.

to Joab, and sent it by the hand of

15 And he wrote in the letter, say- Nathan's parable of the eroe lamb. 7 He applieth it
ing, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of to Darid, who confesseth his sin, and is pardoned.

15 David's conduct upon the sickness and death of
* Bet, strong. the hottest battle, and retire ye the child. 24 Solomon is born. 26 Rabbah is ta.
+ Feb. from t from him, that he may be smitten,
a/de hit.

and die.
16 And it came to pass, when Joab A Np the Lord, sent Nathan unto about 1034.

David. And a he came unto him, a Ps. 51, title.
observed the city, that he assigned and said unto him, There were two See ch. 14. 5,
Uriah unto a place where he knew men in one city ; the one rich, and
that valiant men were.

the other poor.
17 And the men of the city went 2 The rich man had exceeding many
out, and fought with Joab: and there flocks and herds :
fell some of the people of the servants 3 But the poor man had nothing,
of David ; and Uriah the Hittite died save one little ewe lamb, which he

had bought and nourished up: and it
18 1 Then Joab sent and told Da- grew up together with him, and with
vid all the things concerning the his children; it did eat of his own

meat, and drank of his own cup, and + Heb. morsel.
19 And charged the messenger, say- lay in his bosom, and was unto him
ing, When thou hast made an end of as a daughter.
telling the matters of the war unto 4 And there came a traveller unto
the king,

the rich man, and he spared to take
20 And if so be that the king's of his own flock and of his own herd,
wrath arise, and he say unto thee, to dress for the wayfaring man that
Wherefore approached ye so nigh un- was come unto him; but took the
to the city when ye did fight? knew poor man's lamb, and dressed it for
ye not that they would shoot from the the man that was come to him.

5 And David's anger was greatly Judg. 9.53.

21 Who smote Abimelech the son kindled against the man; and he said That is. Let' of IP Jerubbesheth? did not a woman to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the

cast a piece of a millstone upon him man that hath done this thing I shall || Or, is wor. from the wall, that he died in The- surely die :

thy to die, or,
bez ? why went ye nigh the wall ? 6 And he shall restore the lamb
then say thou, Thy servant Uriah | fourfold, because he did this thing, Ex. 22. 1.
the Hittite is dead also.

and because he had no pity.
22 [ So the messenger went, and 7 And Nathan said to David, Thou
came and shewed David all that Joab art the man. Thus saith the LORD
had sent him for.

God of Israel, I danointed thee king a 1 Sam. 16.
23 And the messenger said unto Da- over Israel, and I delivered thee out
vid, Surely the men prevailed against of the hand of Saul;
us, and came out unto us into the 8 And I gave thee thy master's
field, and we were upon them even house, and thy master's wives into
unto the entering of the gate.

thy bosom, and gave thee the house 24 And the shooters shot from off of Israel and of Judah; and if that the wall upon thy servants; and some had been too little, I would moreover of the king's servants be dead, and have given unto thee such and such thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead things.

9 Wherefore hast thou 'despised

"Num. 15. 31. 25 Then David said unto the mes- the commandment of the Lord, to do

& ch. 11. 15, 16, senger, Thus shalt thou say unto evil in his sight? 6 thou hast killed ! 17, 27.

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is a son of death, 1 Sam. 26. 16.

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e See 1 Sam. 15. 19.

David confesseth his sin.


The birth of Solomon.

h Am. 7.9.

s See Is 581 5. Jonah 9.9

ch. 16. 22.


I See 1 Sam.

15. 24. mch. 24. 10.


z Deut. II.

32. 5. & 51. 4. Prov. 28. 13. och. 24. 10. Job 7. 21. Ps. 32. 1. Mic. 7.

o Is. 52. 5.
Ez. 36. 20, 23.
Rom. 2. 24.

name be call

B. C. Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and the child, while it was alive; but when

B.C. about 1034. hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and the child was dead, thou didst rise about 1034.

hast slain him with the sword of the and eat bread.
children of Ammon.

22 And he said, While the child was
10 Now therefore h the sword shall yet alive, I fasted and wept: ‘for I
never depart from thine house ; be- said, Who can tell whether God will
cause thou hast despised me, and hast be gracious to me, that the child may
taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to live?
be thy wife.

23 But now he is dead, wherefore
11 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I should I fast ? can I bring him back

will raise up evil against thee out of again? I shall go to him, but 'he Job 7.8,9,10 | Deut. 28. 80. thine own house, and I will take shall not return to me.

thy wives before thine eyes, and give 24 T And David comforted Bath- 1033.
them unto thy neighbour, and he shall sheba his wife, and went in unto her,
lie with thy wives in the sight of this and lay with her: and she bare a u Matt. 1.6.

son, and he called his name Solo- 11 Chr. 29 k ch, 16. 22. 12 For thou didst it secretly: kbut mon: and the Lord loved him.

I will do this thing before all Israel, 25 And he sent by the hand of
and before the sun.

Nathan the prophet; and he called
13 And David said unto Nathan, his name Jedidiah, because of the That is, Re

lored of the I have sinned against the Lord. Lord.

Job 7.20. Ps. And Nathan said unto David, The 26 And Joab fought against · Rab- 91 Chr. M. 1.

LORD also hath put away thy sin; bah of the children of Ammon, and
thou shalt not die.

took the royal city.
14 How beit, because by this deed 27 And Joab sent messengers to Da-
18. Zech. 3.4. thou hast given great occasion to the vid, and said, I have fought against

enemies of the Lord o to blaspheme, Rabbah, and have taken the city of
the child also that is born unto thee waters.
shall surely die.

28 Now therefore gather the rest
15 | And Nathan departed unto his of the people together, and encamp
house. And the Lord struck the against the city, and take it : lest I
child that Uriah's wife bare unto Da- take the city, and tit be called after + Heb. my
vid, and it was very sick.
my name.

ed upon il 16 David therefore besought God 29 And David gathered all the + Heb. fasted for the child; and David + fasted, and people together, and went to Raba fast.

went in, and Play all night upon the bah, and fought against it, and took p ch. 13. 31.


17 And the elders of his house arose, 30 a And he took their king's crown a 1 Chr. 20. 2.
and went to him, to raise him up from from off his head, the weight where-
the earth : but he would not, neither of was a talent of gold with the
did he eat bread with them.

precious stones: and it was set on
18 And it came to pass on the sev- David's head. And he brought forth
enth day, that the child died. And the spoil of the city tin great abun- + Heb.tery
the servants of David feared to tell dance.

great him that the child was dead: for 31 And he brought forth the peothey said, Behold, while the child was ple that were therein, and put them yet alive, we spake unto him, and he under saws, and under harrows of

would not hearken unto our voice : iron, and under axes of iron, and + hurt. how will he then t vex himself, if we made them pass through the brick

tell him that the child is dead ? kiln: and thus did he unto all the

19 But when David saw that his cities of the children of Ammon.
servants whispered, David perceived So David and all the people returned
that the child was dead: therefore unto Jerusalem.
David said unto his servants, Is the
child dead? And they said, He is


Amnon dcfileth Tamar his sister. 15 He thereupon 20 Then David arose from the earth, hateth her, and turneth her away, 19 Abralom Te

ceircth her, 23 and purposcth the death of his brothand washed, and "anointed himself, er. 28 Amnon is slain. 30 Darid's grief at the and changed his apparel, and came

news of it. 37 Absalom flecth to Talmai at Geshur, r Job 1. 20. into the house of the Lord, and 'wor- ND it came to pass after this, about 1032.

shipped: then he came to his own
house; and when he required, they had a fair sister, whose name
set bread before him, and he did eat. Tamar; and Amnon the son of Da- oi Chr. 3. 2

21 Then said his servants unto him, vid loved her.
What thing is this that thou hast 2 And Amnon was so vexed, that
done ? thou didst fast and weep for he fell sick for his sister Tamar;


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B. C. about 1032. thought it hard for him to do any | the love wherewith he had loved her about 1032. a virgin ; and + Amnon with he hated her was greater than

And Amnon said unto her, Arise, be
3 But Amnon had a friend, whose gone.
name was Jonadab, “the son of Shim- 16 And she said unto him, There
eah David's brother: and Jonadab was is no cause : this evil in sending me
a very subtile man.

away is greater than the other that
4 And he said unto him, Why art thou didst unto me. But he would
thou, being the king's son, + lean + from not hearken unto her.
day to day ? wilt thou not tell me? 17 Then he called his servant that
And Amnon said unto him, I love ministered unto him, and said, Put
| Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister

. now this woman out from me, and
5 And Jonadab said unto him, Lay bolt the door after her.
thee down on thy bed, and make thy- 18 And she had 'a garment of divers Gen. 37. 3.
eth to see thee, say unto him, I pray were the king's daughters that were
thee, let my sister Tamar come, and virgins apparelled. Then his servant
give me meat, and dress the meat in brought her out, and bolted the door
my sight, that I may see it, and eat after her.

19 | And Tamar put mashes on her
5 So Amnon lay down, and made head, and rent her garment of divers
himself sick: and when the king was colours that was on her, and "laid her n Jer. 2. 37.

see him, Amnon said unto hand on her head, and went on cry-
the king, I pray thee, let Tamar my ing.
sister come, and d make me a couple 20 And Absalom her brother said

been with thee? but hold now thy
7 Then David sent home to Tamar, peace, my sister : he is thy brother ;
saying, Go now to thy brother Am- + regard not this thing. So Tamar re-
non's house, and dress him meat. mained + desolate in her brother Ab-
8 $0 Tamar went to her brother Am- salom's house.
non's house; and he was laid down. 21 [ But when king David heard of
and made cakes in his sight, and did 22 And Absalom spake unto his

brother Amnon oneither good nor
And she took a pan, and poured bad: for Absalom Phated Amnon, be-
them out before him ; but he refused cause he had forced his sister Tamar.
all men from me.
And Amnon said, “ Have out 23 [ And it came to pass after two 1030.

And they went full years, that Absalom "had sheep- 9 See Gen. 38. out every man from him.

shearers in Baal-hazor, which is be-
10 And Amnon said unto Tamar, side Ephraim: and Absalom invited
Bring the meat into the chamber, that all the king's sons.
Ima y eat of thine hand. And Tamar 24 And Absalom came to the king,
took the cakes which she had made, and said, Behold now, thy servant
and brought them into the chamber to hath sheepshearers ; let the king, I
her brother.

beseech thee, and his servants go with
11. And when she had brought them thy servant.
119. 9. 12 unto him to eat, he 'took hold of her, 25 And the king said to Absalom,
and said unto her, Come lie with me, Nay, my son, let us not all now go,

lest we be chargeable unto thee. And olen humble brother, do not force me; for 5t no not go, but blessed him.

12 And she answered him, Nay, my he pressed him : howbeit he would
such thing ought to be done in Is-
rael : do not thou this “folly.

26 Then said Absalom, If not, I pray
13 Andl, whither shall I cause my us.

thee, let my brother Amnon go with

And the king said unto him,
shalt be as one of the fools in Israel.
to go? and as for thee, thou Why should he go with thee?

27 But Absalom pressed him, that
unto the king ; i for he will not with- go with him.

therefore, I pray thee, speak he let Amnon and all the king's sons hold me from thee.

28 Now Absalom had commanded 14 Howbeit he would not hearken his servants, saying, Mark ye now 1.22.63. than she, forced her, and lay with wine, and when I say unto you, Smite unto her voice : but, being stronger when Amnon's "heart is merry with || Or, will you

manded you ? felt hatred 15 Then Amnon hated her tex. I have not I commanded you ? be cour

Amnon; then kill him, fear not: ; so that the hatred where- ageous, and be * valiant.

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