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CHAP. XVII. He accepleth Goliath's challenge. and a target of brass between his shoulders. kindled against David, and he said, Why canest 7 And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left beam ; and his spear's head weighed six hundred those few sheep in the wilderness ? I know thy shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went pride, and the naughtiness of thy heart; for thons before him.

art come down that thou miglitest see the battle, 8 And he stood and cried unto the armies of 29 And David said,

What have I slow done? Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out Is there not a cause ? to set your battle in array ? am not I a Philistine, 30 41 And he turned from him toward another, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for and spake after the same manner: and the peoyou, and let him come down to me.

ple answered him again after the former manner. 9 If he he able to fight with me, and to kill me, 31 And when the words were heard which Dathen will we be your servaits: but if I prevail vid spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our he sent for bim. servants, and serve us.

32 11 And David said to Saul, Let no man's 10 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of leart fail because of him; thy servant will go Israel this day; give me a man, that we may and fight with this Philistine. fight together.

33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able il When Saul and all Israel heard those words to go against this Philistine to fight with him: of the Philistine, they were dismuayed, and great for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war ly afraid.

fronı his youth. 12 11 Now David was the son of that Ephrathite 34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept of Beth-lehein-judah, whose name was Jesse; his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and in and he had eight sons: and the man went bear, and took a lamb out of the flock : anong men for an old man in the days of Saul. 35 And I went out after him and smote him,

13 And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he followed Saul to the lattle: and the names of arose against me, I cauglit kim by his beard, and his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab sinute him, and slew him. the first born, and nest unto him Abinadab, and 36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: the third Shammah.

and this uncircuncised Philistine shall be as ono 14 And David was the youngest : and the three of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the chlest followed Saul.

living God. 15 But David went nd returned from Saul 10 37 David said morcover, The LORD that deliverfred his father's slieep at Beth-lelem.

ed me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the 16 And the Philistine drew near morning and paw or the bear, lie will deliver me out of the evening, and presented himself forty days. hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto

17 And Jesse said unto David liis són, Take David, Gn, and the LORD be with thee. now for thy brethren an ephal of this parched 38 11 And Saul arıncd David with his armour, corn, and these ten loaves, and run to tie camp and lie put a helmet of brass upon his head ; ve thy brethren:

also he armed him with a coat of mail. 18 Ani carry these ten cheeses unto the captain 39 And David girded liis sword upon his arer their thousanıl, and look liow thy breihren mour, and he assayed to go; for he had not fare, and take their pledge.

proveil it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot 19 Now Saul, and ihey, and all the men of is go with these, for I have not proved trem. Ami rael, toera in ihe valley of Elah, figlıting with David put them of him. the l'hilistines.

40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose 2011 And David rose up early in the morning, him tive smooth stones out of the brook and puit and left the sheep with a keeper, and look, and thein in a sheplierd's bag which he had, even in went, is Jesse had commanded him; and he a scrip; and his sling was in his hand and le came to the trench, as the host was going forth drew near to the Philistine. to the fight, and shouted for the battle,

41 And the Philistine came on, and drew near 9 for Israel and the Philistines liad put the into David; and the man that bare the shield battle in array, army against ariny.

went before him. 12 And David left his carriage in the hand of 42 And when the Philistinc looked about, and die keeper of the carriage, and ran into the saw David, he disdained him: for he was but it arnıy, and came and saluted his brethren. youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.

23 And as lie talked with them, behold, there 43 And the Philistine said unto David, Anla came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, dog, that thou comest to me with staves ? and Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philis- the Philistine cursed David by his gods. tines, and spake according to the same words : 44 And the Philistine said to David, Comc to and David heard them.

me, and I will give thy Aesh unto the fowls of 24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the air, and to the beasts of the field. the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid. 45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou 25 And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, this man that is come up ? surely to defy Israel and with a shield: but I come to thee in the is he come up: and it shall be, thal the man who name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the arkilleth him, ihe king will enrich him with great mies of Israel, whoin thou hast defied. riches, and will give him his daughter, and make 46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into my his father's house free in Israel.

hand; and I will smite thee, and take thy head 26 And David spake to the men that stood by from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the him, saying, What shall be done to the man that host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the re- the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth: that all proach from Israel? for who is this uncircum- the earth may know that there is a God in Isracl. cised Philistinc, that he should defy the arınies 47 Andallthis assembly shall know that the LORD of the living God ?

saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is 27 And the people answered him after this the LORD's, and he will give you into our hands. manner, saying, Šo shall it be done to the manj 48 And it came to pass, when the Philistinc that killeth him.

arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, 8 11 And Eliab his eldest brother heard when that David hasted, and ran toward the army to he spakc unto the nen; and Eliab's anger was meet the Philistine.

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I. SAMUEL. Saul offereth David kis daughter 49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took| 12 1 And Saul was afraid of David, because the thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Phi- LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul. listine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his 13 Therefore Saul removed him from him, and forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. made him his captain over a thousand; and he

50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with went out and came in before the people. a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philis- 14 And David behaved himself wisely in all his tine and slew him; but there was no sword in ways; and the LORD was with him. the hand of David.

15 Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved 51 Therefore David ran and stood upon the Phi- himself very wisely, he was afraid of him. listine, and took his sword, and drew it out of 16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, bethe sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his cause he went out and came in before them. lead therewith. And when the Philistines saw 17 17 And Saul said to David, Behold, my elder their champion was dead, they fled.

daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife: only 52 And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, be thou valiant for me, and fight the LORD's baiand shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until tles. For Saul said, Let not my hand be upon him, thou come to the valley, and to the gates of Ek- but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him. ron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell 18 And David said unto Saul, Who am I? and down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, what is my life, or my father's family in Israel, and unto Ekron.

that I should be son-in-law to the king ? 53 And the children of Israel returned from 19 But it came to pass at the time when Merab, chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled Saul's daughter, should have been given to patheir tents.

vid, that she was given unto Adriel the Meho. 54 And David took the head of the Philistine, lachite to wise. and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his ar- 20 And Michal, Saul's daughter, loved David: niour in his tent.

and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him. 55 11 And when Saul saw David go forth against 21 And Saul said, I will give him her, that she the Philistine, he said unto Abuer the captain of may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the the host, Abner, whose son is this youth? And Ab- Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul ner said, As thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell. said to David, Thou shalt this day be my son

56 And the king said, Inquire thou whose son in-law, in the one of the twain. the stripling is.

22 11 And Saul comnianded his servants, saying, 57 And as David returned from the slaughter or Commune with David secretly, and say, Behold, the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him the king hath delight in thce, and all his servants before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his love thec: now therefore be the king's son-in-law. Jand.

23 And Saul's servants spake those words in 58 And Saul said to him, Whose son art thou, the cars of David. And David said, Seemeth it to Liou young man? And David answered, I am you a light thing to be a king's son-in-law, scethe son of thy servant Jesse the Beih-lehemile. ing that I am a poor inan, and lightly esteemed ? CIIAP. XVIII.

24 And the servants of Saul told hiin, saying, Saul's envy against David.

On this manner spake David. end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of the king desireth not any dowry, but a hundred Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

king's enemies. But Saul thought to make Da2 And Saul took him that day, and would let vid fall ly the hand of the Philistines. him go no more home to lis father's house. 26 And when his servants told David these

3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, words, it pleased David well to be the king's because he loved him as his own soul.

son-in-law: and the days were not expired. 4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe?7 Wherefore David arose and went, he and that was upon hini, and gave it to David, and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, men; and David brought their foreskins, and and to his girdle.

they gave them in full tale to the king, that he 5 11 And David went out whithersocver Saul might be the king's son-in-law. And Saul gave sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul bim Michal his daughter to wife. set hiin over the inen of war, and he was ac- 28 9 And Saul saw and knew that the Lorn cepled in the sight of all the people, and also in was with David, and that Michal, Saul's daugli. the sight of Saul's servants.

ter, loved him. 6 And it came to pass as they came, when David 29 And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, and Saul became David's enemy continually. that the women came out of all the cities of Is- 30 Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: rael, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with and it came to pass, after they went forth, that tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of music. David behaved himself more wisely than all

the 7 Aad the women answered one another as they servants of Saul: so that his name was much played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, set by. and David his ten thousands.

CHAP. XIX. 8 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying Jonathan's friendship for David. unto David ten thousands, and to me they have AD Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and so

all his servants, that they should kill David. ascribed but thousands: and what can he have 2 But Jonathan, Saul's son, deliglited much in snore but the kingdom ?

David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul 9AndSauleyed David from thatdayand forward. my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I 10 11 And it came to pass on the morrow, that pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself: prophesied in the midst of the house: and David! 3 And I will go out and stand beside my father played with his hand, as at other times: and there in the field wliere thou urt, and I will commune was a javelin in Saul's hand.

with my father of thee; and what I sce, that I !1 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will will tell thee. smite David even to the wall with it. And Da-4 11 And Jonathan spake good of David unto vid avoided out of his presence twice.

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CHAP. XX. Jonathan and David's covenant kiug sin against his servant, against David ; be- my sin before thy father, that he seeketh my life? cause he hath not sinned against thee, and be- 2 And he said unto him, God forbid; thou shalt taisc his works have been to thee-ward very good : not die: behold, my father will do nothing either

5 For he did put his life in his hand, and slew great or small, but that he will shew it nie: ami the Philistine, and the LORD wrought a great why should my father hide this thing from me ? salvation for all Israel: thou sawest it, and didst it is not so. rejoice: wherefore then will thou sin against in- 3 And David sware moreover, and said, Thy Docent blood, to slay David without a cause ? father certainly knoweth that I have found grace 6 And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jona- in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan than: and Saul sware, As the LORD liveth, he know this, lest he be grieved: But truly as the sha!l not be slain.

LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but 7 And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan a step between me and death. shewed him all those things. 'And Jonathan 4 Then said Jonathan unto David, Whatsoever brought David to Saul, and he was in his pre- thy soul desireth, I will even do it for thee. sence, as in times past.

5 And David said unto Jonathan, Behold, to 81 and there was war again: and David went morrow is the new-moon, and I should not fail to ou,and fought with the Philistines, and slew them sit with the king at meat: but let me go, that I may with a great slaughter; and they fled from him. hide myself in the field unto the third day at even. 9 And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon 6 If thy father at all miss me, then say, David Snul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in earnestly asked leade of me, that he might run his hand : and David played with his hand. to Deth-lehein his city: for there is a yearly

10 And Saul sought to smite David even to the sacritice there for all the family. wall with the javelin; but he slipped away out of 7 If he say thus, It is well; thy servant shall Saul's presence, and he smote the javelin into the have peace : but if he be very wroth, then be wall: and David Aled, and escaped that night. sure that evil is determined by him. 11 Saul also sent messengers unto David's house, 8 Therefore thou shalt deal kindly with thy serto watch him, and to slay him in the morning: vanı; for thou hast brought thy servant into a and Michal, David's wife, told him, saying, if covenant of the LORD with thee: notwithstandNhou save not thy life to-night, lo-morrow thou ing, if there be in me iniquity, slay me thyself ; shalt be slain.

for why shouldest thou bring me to thy father ? 12 11 Şo Michal let David down through a win-.9 And Jonathan said, Far be it from thee : for dow: and he went, and fled, and escaped. if I knew certainly that evil were determined by 13 And Michal took an image, and laid it in my father to come upon thee, then would not i the bed, and put a pillow of goats' hair for bis tell it thee? bolster, and covered it with a cloth.

10 Then said David to Jonathan, Who shall tell 14 And when Saul sent messengers to take Da- mc? or what if thy father answer thee roughly? vid, she said, lle is sick.

111 And Jonathan said unto David, Come, 15 And Saul sent the messengers again to see and let us go out into the field. And they went David, saying, Bring him up to me in the bed, out both of them into the field. that I may slay hini.

12 And Jonathan said unto David, O LORD God 16 And when the messengers were come in, or Israel, when I have sounded my father about behold, there was an image in the bed, with a 10-morrow any time, or the third day, and bepillow of goats' kair for his bolster.

hold, if there be good toward David, and I then 17 And Saul said unto Michal, Why hast thou send not unto thee, and shew it thee; deceived nie so, and sent away minę enemy, that 13 The LORD do so and much more to Jonahe is cscaped ? And Michal answered Saul, He than; but if it please my father to do thee evil, said unto ine, Let me go; why should I kill thee? then I will shew it thee, and send thee away, 18 11 So David fled, and escaped, and came to that thou mayest go in peace: and the LORD be Samuel to Ramal, and told him all that Saul with ihce, as he hath been with my father. had done to him.' And he and Samuel went 14 And thou shalt not only whileyet I live shew and dwelt in Naioth.

me the kindness of the LORD, that I die not: 19 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, David 15 But also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness is at Naioth in Ramah.

from my liouse for ever: no, not when the LORD 20 And Saul sent messengers to take David : hath cut off the enemies of David every one from and when they saw the company of the prophets the face of the earth. prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed 16 So Jonathan made a conenant with the house over them, the Spirit of God was upon the mes- of David, saying, Let the LORD even require il sengers of Saul, and they also prophesied. at the hand of David's enemies.

21 And when it was told Saul, he sent other 17 And Jonathan caused David to swear again. niessengers, and they prophesied likewise. And because he loved him: for he loved him as he Saul sent inessengers again the third time, and loved his own soul. they prophesied also.

18 Then Jonathan said to David, To-morrow 22 Then went he also to Ramah, and came to is thc new-moon: and thou shalt be missed, bea great well that is in Sechu: and he asked and cause thy seat will be empty. said, Where are Sanuel and David ? And one 19 And when thou hast stayed three days, then said, Behold, they be at Naioth in Ramah. thou shalt go down quickly, and come to the place

23. And he went thíther to Naioth in, Ramah : where thou didst hide thyself when the businesa and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and was in hand, and shalt remain by the stone Ezel. ne went on, and prophesied, until he canie to 20 And I will shoot three arrows on the sidu Najoth in Ramah.

thereof, as though I shot at a mark. 24 Aud he stripped off his clothes also, and pro- 21 And behold, I will send a lad, saying, Go, phesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay find out the arrows. If I expressly say unto the dowii naked all that dayand all that night. Where- lad, Behold, the arrows are on this side of thee, fore they say, 18 Saul also among the prophets ? take them; then come thou: for there is peace CHAP. XX.

to thee, and no hurt; as the LORD liveth. David consulteth with Jonathan. 29 Biit if I say thus unto the young man, Became and said before Jonathan, What have for the LORD hath sent ihce away. Iduuc ? what is mine iniqnity ? and what is 23 And as touching the matter which thou and

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I. SAMUEL

David goeth lo Galh. I have spoken of, behold, the LORD be between 2 And David said unto Alimelech the priest, thee and me for ever.

The king hath commanded me a business, and 24 11 So David hid himself in the field : and hath said unto me, Let no man know any ibing when the new-moon was come, the king sat him of the business whereabout I send thee, and down to eat meat.

what I have commanded thee: and I have ap25 And the king sat upon his seat, as at other pointed my servants to such and such a place. times, even upon a scat' by the wall: and Jona- 3 Now therefore what is under thy land ? give than arose, and Abner sat by Saul's side, and me five loaves of bread in my hand, or what David's place was empty.

there is present. 26 Nevertheless Saul spake not any thing that 4 And the priest answered David, and said, day: for he thought, Something hath befallen There is no common bread under my hand, but him, he is not clean; surely he is not clean. there is hallowed bread ; if the young men have

27 And it came to pass on the morrow, which kept themselves at least from women. was the second day of the month, that David's 5 And David answered the priest, and said unto place was empty: and Saul said unto Jonathan him, Of a truth women have been kept from us Eis son, Wherefore cometh not the son of Jesse about these three days, since I came out, and the lo meat, neither yesterday, nor to-day ? vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread

29 And Jonathan answered Saul, David earn- is in a manner common, yea, though it were estly asked leave of me to go to Beth-lehem: sanctified this day in the vessel.

29 And he said, Let me go, I pray thee; for our 6 So the priest gave him hallowed bread : for family hath a sacrifice in the city ; and my bro- there was no bread there but the show-bread ther he hath commanded me to be there : and that was taken from before the LORD, to put hox now if I have found favour in thine eyes, let me bread in the day when it was taken away. get away, I pray thee, and see my brethren. 7 Now a certain man of the servants of Saul Therefore he cometh not unto the king's table was there that day, detained before the LORD; 30 'Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jona- and his name was Doeg, an Edomile, the chief than, and he said unto him, Thou son of the est of the herdmen that belonged to Saul. perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that 8 | And David said unto Ahimelech, And is irou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own there not here under thy hand spear or sword ? confusion, and unto the confusion of thy inother's for I have neither brought my sword nor my nakedness ?

weapons with me, because the king's business 31 For as long as the son of Jesse liveth upon required haste. the ground, thou shalt not be established, nor 9 And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the thy kingdom. Wherefore now send and feich Philistine, whom thou slewest in the valley of hiin unto me, for he shall surely die.

Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth be32 And Jonathan answerd Saul his father, and hind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take il : said unto him, Wherefore shall he be slain ? for there is no other save that here. And David what hath he done ?

said, There is none like that; give it me. 33 And Saul cast a javelin at him to smite him: 10 T And David arose, and fled that day for fear whereby Jonathan knew that it was determined of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath. of his father to slay David.

11 And the servants of Achish said unto him, is 34 So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce not this David the king of the land ? did they anger, and did eat no meat the second day of the not sing one to another of him in dances, saying, anonth: for he was grieved for David, because Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten his father had done him shame.

thousands ? 35 11 And it came to pass in the morning, that 12 And David laid up these words in his heart, Jonathan went out into the field at the time ap- and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath. pointed with David, and a little lad with him. 13 And he changed his behaviour before them,

36 And he said unto his lad, Run, find out now and feigned himself mad in their hands, and the arrows which I shoot.. And as the lad ran, scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his he shot an arrow beyond him..

spittle fall down upon his beard. 37 And when the lad was come to the place of 14 Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jonatnan see the man is mad: wherefore then have ye cried after the lad, and said, Is not the arrow brought him to me? beyond thee ?

15 Have I need of mad-men, that ye have brought 38 And Jonathan cried after the lad, Make this fellow to play the mad-man in my presence ? speed, haste, stay not And Jonathau's lad shall this fellow come into my house? gathered up the arrows, and came to his master.

CHAP. XXII. 39 But the lad knew not any thing: only Jona- Doeg accuseth Alimelech to Saul. than and David knew the matter.

AVID therefore departed thence, and es40 And Jonathan gave his artillery unto his lad, and said unto him, Go, carry them to the city. brethren and all his father's house heard it, they 41 11 And as soon as the lad was gone, David went down thither to him. urose out of a place toward the south, and fell 2 And every one that was in distress, and every on his face to the ground, and bowed himself one that was in debt, and every one that was three tinies: and they kissed one another, and discontented, gathered themselves unto him; wept one with another, until David exceeded. and he became a captain over them: and there 42 And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, were with him about four hundred men. forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the 3 x And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab: name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between and he said unto the king of Moab, Let my father me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed and my mother, I pray thee, come forth, and be for ever. And he arose and departed : and Jo- with you, till I know what God will do for me. nathan went into the city.

4 And he brought them before the king of Moab: CHAP. XXI.

and they dwelt with him all the while that DaAhimelech receiveth David. vid was in the hold.

, priest: and Alinielech was afraid at the Abide not in the fold; depart, and get thee into meeting of David, and said unto him, Why are the land of Judah. Then David departed, and wou alone, and no man with thee ?

came into the forest of Hareth.

Doeg killelh the priests.

CHAP. XXIII.

Jonathan visits David 6 97 When Saul heard that David was disco-ling, Shall I go and smite these Philistines ? And vered, and the men that were with hiin, (now the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Saul abode in Gibcah under a tree in Ramah, Philistines, and save Keilah. having his spear in his hand, and all his ser- 3 And David's men said unto him, Behold, we vants were standing about him ;)

be afraid here in Judah: how much more then i Then Saul said unto his servants that stood if we come to Keilah against the armies of the about him, Hear now, ye Benjamites; will the Philistines ? son of Jesse give every one of you fields and 4 Then David inquired of the LORD yet again. vincyards, and make you all captains of thou. And the Lord answered him and said, Arise, go sands, and captains of hundreds;

down to Keilah; for I will deliver the Philistines 8 That all of you liave conspired against me, into thy hand. and there is none that sheweth me that my son 5 So David and his men went to Kcilah, and hath made a league with the son of Jesse, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away there is none of you that is sorry for me, or shew- their cattle, and smote then with a great slaughieu unto me that my son hath stirred up my ser- ter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilalı. vant against me, to lie in wait, is at this day? 6 And it came to pass, when Abiathar the son

91 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which of Alimelech fled to David to Keilah, that he was set over the servants of Saul, and said, I came down with an ephod in his liand. saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, 10 Alime-! 7 11 And it was told Šaul that David was come lech the son of Ahitub.

to Keilah. And Saul said, God hath delivered 10 And he inquired of the LORD for him, and him into my liand; for lie is shut in, by entering gave liim victuals, and gave him the sword of into a town that hath gates and bars. Goliath the Philistine.

8 And Saul called all the people together to war, lo 11 Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the go down to Keilal, to besiege David and his men. priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father's 91 And David knew that Saul secretly pracIsouse, the priests that were in Nob: and they tised mischier against him; and he said to Abiacame all of thein to the king.

thar the priest, Bring hither the ephod. 12 And Saul said, Near now, thou son of Ahi- 10 Then said David, O LORD God of Israel, thy tub. And he answered, Dere I am, my lord. servant hath certainly heard that Saul seeketh to

13 And Saul said unto him, Why have ye con- come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake. spired against me, thou and the son of Jesse, in 11 Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into that thou hast given liim bread, and a sword, his band ? will Saul come down, as thy servant and hast inquired of God for him, that he should hath leard ? O LORD God of Israel, i beseech rise against me, to lie in wait, as at this day? thee, tell ty servant. And the LORD said, lle 14 Then Ahimclech answered the king, and said, will come down. And who is su faithful among all thy servants as 12 Then said David, Will the men of Keilah deDavid, which is the king's son-in-law, and gocth liver me and my men into the hand of Saul? at thy bidding, and is honourable in thy house? And the Lord said, They will deliver thee up.

15 Did I then begin to inquire of God for him ? 1311 Then David and his inen, which were about be it far from me. Let noi the king impute any six hundred, arose and departed out of Keilah, thing unto his servant, nor to all the house of my and went wlithersoever they could go. And it father: for thy scrvant knew nothing of all this, was told Saul that David was escaped fro'n less or more.

Keilah; and he forbare to go forth. 16 And the king said, Thou shalt surely die, 14 Aná David abode in the wilderness in strong Ahimclech, thou, and all thy father's house. holds, and remained in a mountain in the wild

17 ! And the king said unto the footmen thay derness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every stood about hiin, Turn, and slay the priests of day, but God delivered him uot into his hand. the LORD; because their hand also is with Da- 15 And David saw that Saul was come out to vid, and because they knew when he fied, and scek his life: and David was in the wilderness did not shew it to But the servants of the of Ziph in a wood. king would not put forth their hand to fall upon 16 And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and went in the priests of the LORD.

David into the wood, and strengthened liis hand 18 And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and in God. Call upon the priests. And Doeg the Edomite 17 And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew on of Sanl my father shall not find thee; and thou that day fourscore and five persons that did shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto wear a linen ephod.

thee; and that also Saul my father knoweth. 19 And Nob, the city of the priests, smote he 18 And they two made a covenant before the with the edge of the sword, both men and wo- LORD: and David abode in the wood, and Jona. men, children and sucklings, and oxen, and asses, than went to his house. aid sheep, with the edge of the sword. 19.11 Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gi

20 | And one of the sons of Abimelech the son beah, saying, Poth not David hide himself with of Ahituh, named Abiathar, escaped, and fled us in strong holds in the wood, in the bill of alier David.

Hachilah, which is on the south of Jeshimon ? 21 And Abiathar shewed David that Saul had 20 Now therefore, O king, come down according slain the LORD's priests.

to all the desircof thy soul to come down; and our 22 And David said unto Abiathar, I know it part shall be to deliver him into the king's hand. that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that| 21 And Saul said, Blessed be ye of the LORD; he would surely tell Saul: I have occasioned the for ye have compassion on me. death of all the persons of thy father's house. 22 Go, I pray you, prepare yet, and know, and 23 Abide you with me, fear not: for he tha: see his place where his haunt is, and who hail serketh my life seeketh thy life: but with me seen hin there: for it is told me that he dealeth thou shalt be in safe-giard.

very subtiiely. CUAP. XXIII.

23 See therefore, and take knowledge of all the David rescueth Keilah.

lurking-places where he hideth himself, and Philistines fight against Keilah, and they will go with you: and it shall come to pass, it mob the threshing-floors.

he be in the land, that I will search him out % Therefore David inquired of the LORD, say- throughout all the thousands of Judalı.

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