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Saul pursuell David.

I. SAMUEL

The death of Samuel 24 And they arose, and went to Ziph before Saul:Jtween me and thee, and see, and plead ny cause, but David and his men were in the wilderness of and deliver me out of thy hand. Maon, in the plain on the south of Jeshimon. 16 And it came to pass when David had made

25 Saul also and his men went to seek him. And an end of speaking these words unto Saul, that they told David: wherercre he came down into Saul said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And a rock, and abode in the wilderness of Maon. Saul bifted up his voice, and wept. And when Saul heard that, he pursued after Da- 17 And he said to David, Thou art more rightvid in the wilderness of Maon.

eous than I : for thou hast rewarded me good, 26 And Saul went on this side of the mountain, whereas I have rewarded thee evil. and David and his men on that side of the moun-| 18 And thou hast shewed this day how that thou tain: and David made haste to get away for fear hast dealt well with me; forasmuch as when the of Saul: for Saul and his men com passed David LORD had delivered me into thy hand, thou killand his men round about to take them.

edst me not. 07 | But there came a messenger unto Saul, 19 For if a man find his enemy, will he let him saying, Haste thee, and come; for the Philistines go well away? wherefore the LORD reward thee have invaded the land.

good, for that thou hast done unto me this day. 28 Wherefore Saul returned from pursuing after 20 And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt David, and went against the Philistines: there-surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel fore they called that place Seka-hammah-lekoth. shall be established in thy hand.

29 | And David went up from thence, and dwelt 21 Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD. in strong holds at En-gedi.

that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and CHAP. XXIV.

that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my David spareth Saul's life.

father's house. AND it came to pass, when Saul was returned 22 And David sware into Sanl. And Saul went A from following the Philistines, that it was home; but David and his men gat them up unto told bin, saying, Behold, David is in the wilder-(the hold. ness of En-gedi.

CHAP. XXV. Then Saul took three thousand chosen men

Nabal's churlishness. out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his AND Samuel died: and all the Israelites were men upon the rocks of the wild goats.

gathered together, and lamented him, and 3 And he came to the sheep-cotes by the way, buried hini in his house at Ramah. And David where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover arose, and went down to the wilderness of Paran. his feet: and David and his men remained in the 2 And there was a man in Maor, whose posses. sides of the cave.

sions were in Carmel; and the man was very greaf, 4 And the men of David said un:o him, Behold and he had three thousand sheep, and a thousand the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Re-goats: and he was shearing bis sheep in Carmel. hold, I will deliver thinc eneniy into thy hand, that 3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; aud thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto the name of his wife Abigail : and she was a wothee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt man of good understanding, and of a beautiful of Saul's robe privily.

countenance : but the man was churlislı and evil 5 And it came to pass afterward; that David's in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb. heart smote liim, because he had cut off Saul's) 44 And David heard in the wilderness that skirt.

Nabal did shear his sheep. 6 And he said unto his mcn, The LORD forbid 5 And David sent out ten young men, and David that I should do this thing unto my master, the said unto the young men, Get you up to Carmel, LORD's anointed, to stretch forth my hand against and go to Nabal, and greet him in my name : him, seeing he is the anointed or ine LORD. 6 And thus shall ye say to him that liveth in

78o David stayed his servants with these words, Iprosperity, Peaco be both to thee, and peace be to and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But thy house, and peace be into all that thou last. Sanl rose up out of the cave, and went on his way. 7 And now I have heard that thou hast shear

8 David also arose afterward, and went out of the crs: now thy shepherds which were with us, we cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. hurt them not, neither was there auglit pissing And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped unto them, all the while they were in Carmel. with his face to the earth, and bowed himself. 8 Ask thy young men, and they will shew thee. 91 And David said to Saul, Wherefore learest Wherefore let the young men find favour in thine thon men's words, saying, Behold, David seek-eyes: for we come in a good day: give, I pray eth thy hurt ?

thee, whatsoever cometh to thy hand unto thy 10 Bel:old, this day thine eyes have scen how servants, and to thy son David. that the LORD hath delivered thee to-day into myl 9 And when David's young men came, they hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee; spake to Nabal accoriling to all those words in but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not the name of David, and ceased. put forth my hand against my lord; for lic is the 10 | And Nabal answered David's servants,

and said, Who is David ? and who is the son of Jl Moreover, my father, scc, yea, see the skirt Jesse ? there be many servants now-a-days that of thy robe in my hand : for in that I cut of the break away every man froin his master. skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not know thioul II Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and see that there is neither evil nor transgression and my flesh that I have killed for my sheasers, in my hand, and I have not sinned against thee: and give it unto men, whom I know not wlience yet thnu huntest my soul to take it.

they bc ? 12 The L.orn judge between me and thee, and 12 So David's young men turned their way, and the LORD avenge me or thee: but my hand shall went again, and came and told him all those not be upon thec.

sayings. 13 Assaith ihc proverb of the ancients, Wicked 13 And David said unto his men, Gird ye on ness proceedeth from the wicked: but my hand every man his sword. And they girded on every shall not be upon thec.

man his sword; and David also girded on his 14 Alter whom is the king of Isracl come out ? sword: and there went up after David anout four after whom dost thou pursue ? after a dead dog, huadred men; and two hundred abode by the stuff. after a fica ?

14 1 But one of the young inen told Abigail, 15 The LURD therefore be judge, and judge be- Nabal's wife, saying, Behold, David scut mes

Lorn's anon. my friher, scc, yen, see the faithe break away every mamu bread, and my water, der Familie pell at let this speak in ingid. his man the

Abigail pacifieth David.

CHAP. XXVI.

The death of Nabal sengers out of the wilderness to salute our mas-1 34 Før in very deed, as the LORD God of Israel ter; and he railed on them.

liveth, which hath kept me back from hurting thee, 15 But the men were very good unto us, and we except thou hadst hasted and come to meet me, were not hurt, neither missed we any thing, as surely there had not been left unto Nabal by the long as we were conversant with them, wheuniorning light any that pisscth against the wall. we were in the fields:

| 35 So David received of her hand that which 16 They were a wall unto us both hy night and she had brought him, and said unto her, Go up day, all the while we were with them keeping in peace to thy house; see, I have hearkened to the sheep.

Jihy voice, and have accepted thy person. 17 Now therefore know and consider what thou 36 | And Abigail came to Nabal; and behold, wilt do: for evil is determined against our master, she held a seast in his house, like the feast of a and against all his household: for hic is such a king; and Nabal's heart was merry within him, son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him. for he was very drunken: wherefore she told himi

Jó 1 Then Abigail made haste, and took two nothing, less or more, until the morning light. hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and fivel 37 But it came to pass in the morning, when sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife curn, and a hundred clusters of raisins, and two had told him these things, that his heart died bindred cakes of figs, and laid them on asses. within him, and he became as a stone.

19 And she said unto her servants, Goon before 38 And it came to pass about ten days after, me: belold. I come after you. But she told not that the LORD smote Nabal, that he died. her husband Nabal..

1 39 ! And when David heard that Nabal was 20 And it was so, as she rode on the ass, that dead, he said, Blessed be the LORD, that hath she came down by the covert of the hill, and be-pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand jmld, David and liis mien came down against hier; of Nabal, and hath kept his servant from evil: and she met them.

for the LORD hath returned the wickedness of 21 (Now David had said, Surely in vain have Nabal upon his own head. And David sent and I kept all that this felloro hath in the wilderness, communed with Abigail,lo take her to him to wite. 841 that nothing was missed of all that pertained 40 And when the servants of David were conie unto him: and le bath required me evil for good. 10 Abigail to Carmel, they spake unto her, saying,

2. So and more also do God unto the enemies of David sent us unto thce, to take thee to him to wite. David, if I leave of all that pertain to brim hy the 41 And she arose, and bowed herself on her morning light any that pisseth against the wall.) face to the earth, and said, Behold, let thy hand

23 And when Abigail sal David, she hasted, maid be a servant to wash the feet of the serand lighted off the ass, and fell before David on vants of my lord. fier face, and bowed herself to the ground, 49 And Abigail hasted, and arose, and rodo

Anul rell at his feet, and sail, Upon me, my ujron an iss, with tive damsels of hers that went kord, upon me let this iniquity be: and let thy aller lier; and she went after the messengers of landmaid, I pray thec, speak in thine audience, David, and became his wife. and hear the words of thy handmaid.

1 43 David also took Aninoam of Jezreel; and 25 let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man they were also both of them his wives. of Belial, even Nabal: for as his naine is, so is 44 11 But Saul had given Michal his daughter, tre; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him : David's wise, to Phalli the son of Laishi, which but I thy handmaid saw not the young men of was of' Galliu. my lord, whom thou didst send.

CHAP. XXVI. 26 Now therefore, my lord, as the Lord liveth,

Saul goeth against David. and as thy soul liveth, seeing the Lord hath AND the Ziphites came into Saul to Gibeah, withholden thee from coming to shed blood, and saying, Doth not David hide himself in the from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now hill of lachilah, which is before Jeshimon ? let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my 2 Tlien Saul arose, and went down to the wiltord, be as Nabal.

lderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen 27 And now this blessing which thy handmaid men of Israel with him, to seek David in the hath brought unto my lord, let it even be given wilderness or Zipl. unto the young men that follow my lord. | 3 And Saul pitched in the hill of Hachilali,

28 I pray thee, forgive the trespass of thy hand-which is before Jeshimon, by the way. But maid: for the LORD will certainly make my lord David abode in the wilderness, and he saw that a stire house ; 'because my lord fighteth the bat-Saul came after him into the wilderness. tles of the LORD, and evil hath not been found 4 David therefore sent out spies, and underin thee all thy days. .

stood that Saul was come in very deed. 29 Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek 5 ! And David arose and came to the place thy soul : but the soul of my lord shall be bound where Saul had pitched : and David beheld the in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God; and place where Saul lay, and Abner the son of Ner, the souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling ine captain of his host. And Saul lay in the out, as out of the middle of a sling.

trench, and the people pitched round about hint. 30 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD! 6 Then answered David and said to Ahimelech shall have done to my lord according to all the the Ulitlite, and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and brother to Joab, saying, Who will go down with shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel; me to Saul to the camp? And Abishai said, I

31 That this shall be no griet unto thee, nor of- will go down with thee. felice of heart unto my lord, either that thou hast 7 So David and Abishai came to the people by shed blood causeless, or that my lord hath avenged night: and bebold, Saul lay sleeping within the hijnself: but when the LORD shall have dealt well trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his with iny lord, then remember thy handmaid. bolster : but Abner and the people lay round

32 1 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the about him. Lord God of Israel, which sent thee this day to 8 Then said Abishai to David, God hath demeet me:

livered thine enemy into thy hand this day: now 33 And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the which hast kept me this day from coming to shed spear, even to the earth at once, and I will not blood, and frons avenging myself with mine own smite him the second time. hand.

| 9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not :

Saul acknowledgeth his fault.

1. SAMUEL

David dwells in Ziklag. for who can stretch forth his hand against thel 3 And David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he LORD's anointed, and be guiltless ?

Jand his len, every man with his household, even 10 David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, David with his two wives, Ahinoam the JezreelIlie LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come itess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal's wife. to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish. 4 And it was told Saul that David was filed to

Il The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth Gath: and he sought no niore again for hiin. my hand against the LORD's anointed: but, I 5 1 And David said unto Achish, if I have now pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his found grace in thine eyes, let them give me a bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go. place in some town in the country, that I may

12 So David took the spear and the cruse of dwell there: for why should thy servant dwel water from Saul's bolster; and they gat them in the royal city with thee? away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither 6 Then Achish gave him Ziklag that day : awaked: for they were all asleep; because a wherefore Ziklag pertaineth unto the kings of deep sleep from the LORD was fallen upon them. Judah unto this day.

13 | Then David went over to the other side 7 And the time that David dwelt in the counand stood on the top of a hill afar off; a great try of the Philistincs was a full year and four space being between them :

months. 14 And David cried to the people, and to Abner 81 And David and his men went up, and inthe son of Ner, saying, Answerest thou not, Ab- vaded the Geshurites, and the Gezrites, and the ner? Then Abner answered and said, Who art Amalekites: for those nations were of old the thou that criest to the king ?

. inhabitants of the land, as thou goest to Shur, 15 And David said to Abner, Art not thou a even unto the land of Egypt. valiant inan? and who is like to thee in Israel?! 9 And David smote the land, and left neither Wherefore then hast thou not kept thy lord the man nor woman alive, and took away the slicep, king? for there came one of the people in to and the oxen, and the asses, and the camels, and destroy the king thy lord.

the apparel, and returned, and came to Achish. 16 This thing is not good that thou hast done. 10 And Achish said, Whither have ye made a As the LORD liveth, ye are worthy to die, be-road to-day? And David said, Against the south cause yo have not kept your master the LORD's of Judah, and against the south of the Jerale anointed. And now see where the king's spear meclites, and against the south of the Kenites. is, and the cruse of water that was at his bolster. 11 And David saved neither man nor woman

17 And Saul knew David's voice, and said, Is alive, to bring tidings to Gath, saying, Lest they this thy voice, my son David ? and David said, should tell on us, saying, So did David, and so It is my voice, my lord, O king.

will be his manner all the while he dwelleth in 18 And he said, Wherefore doth my lord thus the country of the Philistines. pursue after his servant? for what have I donc ?) 12 And Achish believed David, saying, He baih or what evil is in my hand ?

made his people Israel utterly to abhior him ; 19 Now therefore, I pray thee, let my lord the therefore he shall be my servant for ever king hear the words of his servant. If the LORD

CHAP. XXVIII. have stirred thee up against me, let him accept| Saul consulteth a witch at En dor. an offering: but if they be the children of men, AND it came to pass in those days, that the cursed be they before the LORD; for they have Philistines gathered their armies together driven me out this day from abiding in the inheri- for warfare, to fight with Israel. And Achish said tance of the LORD, saying, Go, serve other gods. unto David, Know thou assuredly, that thou shalt

20 Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the go out with me to battle, thou and thy men. earth before the face of the LORD: for the king 2 And David said to Achish, Surely thou shalt of Israel is come out to seek a fea, as when one know what thy servant can do. And Achish doth hunt a partridge in the inountains. said to David, 'Therefore will I make thee keeper

21 1 Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, of my head for ever. my son David : for I will no more do thce harm] 3 Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had hecause my soul was precious in thine eyes this lamented him, and buried him in Ranah, even day: behold, I have played the fool, and have in his own city. And Saul had put away those erred exceedingly.

that had familiar spirits, and the wizards, out 29 And David answered and said, Behold the of the land. king's spear! and let one of the young men 4 And the Philistines gathered themselves tocome over and fetch it.

Igether, and came and pitched in Shunem: and 23 The LORD render to every man his righteous- Saul gathered all Israel together, and they pitchness and his faithfulness: for the LORD delivered ed in Gilboa. thee into my hand to-day, but I would not stretch 5 And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, forth my hand against the Lord's anointed. The was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled.

24 And behold, as thy life was much set by this! 6 And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the day in mine eyes, so let my life be much set by LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor in the eyes of the LORD, and let him deliver me by Uriin, nor by prophets. out of all tribulation.

7 Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me 25 Then Saul said to David, Blessed be thoui, la woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may my son David: thou shalt both do great things, go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants and also shalt still prevail. So David went on said to him, Behold, there is a woman that liath his way and Saul returned to his place. la familiar spirit at En-dor. CHAP. XXVII.

8 And Saul disguised himself, and put on other David fleeth to Gath.

raiment, and he went, and two men with bim, and ND David said in his heart, I sliall now they came to the woman by night: and he said, A perisli one day by the hand of Saul: there is I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, Jothing better for me than that I should speedilyland bringine him up whom I shall name unto thee. escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul 9 And the woman said unto him, Bebold, thou shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any knowest what Saul hath done, how he bath cut coast of Israel: su shall I escape out of his hand.Joff those that have familiar spirits, and the wi

? And David arose, and he passed over with zards, out of the land; wherefore then layest thou the six hundred men that were with him unto a snare for my life, to cause me to die? Achis!, the son of Maoch, king of Gatin | 10 And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying,

Seul heareth his doom.

CHAP. XXIX, XXX.

Achish dismisscth David As the LORD liveth, there shall no punishinent again to his place which thou hast appointed him, happen to thee for this thing.

land let him not go down with us to batile, lest in ii Then said the woinan, Whom shall I bring the battle he be an adversary to us: for whereup unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel. with should he reconcile himself unto his master ?

12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried should it not be with the heads of these men ? with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, 5 Is not this David, of whom they sang one to saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou another in dances, saying, Saul slew his thouart Saul.

sands, and David his ten thousands ? 13 And the king said unto her, Re not afraid: 6 Then Achish called David, and said unto for what sawest thou? And the woman said him, Surely, as the LORD liveth, thou hast been unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth. upright, and thy going out and thy coming in

14 And he said unto her, What form is he of? with me in the host is good in my sight: for I And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is have not found evil in thee since the day of thy covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that coming unto me unto this day: nevertheless the it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to lords favour thee not. the ground, and bowed himself.

17 Wherefore now return, and go in peace, that 15 | And 'Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou thou displease not the lords of the Philistines. disquieted me, to bring me up? and Saul answer-| 8 And David said unto Achish, But what ed, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines inake have I done ? and what hast thou found in thy war against me, and God is departed from ine, servant, so long as I have been with thee unto and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, this day, that I may not go fight against the eneRor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that mies of my lord the king ? thou mayest make known untoine what Ishall do. 9 And Achish answered and said to David, I

16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost know that thou art good in my sight, as an angel thou ask of me, sceing the LORD is departed of God: notwithstanding, the princes of the Phifrom thee, and is become thine enemy?

listines have said, He shall not go up with us to 17 And the LORD hath done to him, as he spake the battle. by me: for the Lord hath rent the kingdom outs 10 Wherefore now rise up early in the morning of thy hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even with thy master's servants that are come with to David :

thee: and as soon as ye be up early in the morn318 Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the ing, and have ligit, depart. LORD, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Aina- 11 So David and his nien rose up early to depart lek, therefore hath the LORD done this thing un-in the morning, to return into the land of the Phito thee this day.

listines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel. 19 Moreover, the LORD will also deliver Israell

CHAP. XXX. with thee into the hand of the Philistines: andi

The Amalekites spoil Ziklag. 10-morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: A ND it came to pass, when David and his men the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into A were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the hand of the Philistines.

the Ainalekites had invaded the south, and Zik20 Then Saul fell straightway all along on the lag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words 2 And had taken the women captives that were of Sainuel: and there was no strength in him; for therein; they slew not any, either great or small, he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night. but carried them away, and went on their way.

21 | And the woman came unto Saul, and saw 3 So David and his inen came to the city. that he was sore troubled, and said unto him, Be- and behold, it was burned with fire; and their hold, thy handmaid hath obeyed thy voice, and wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were I have put my life in my hand, and have hcarken- taken captives. ed unto thy words which thou spakest unto me. 4 Then David and the people that were with

22 Now therefore, I pray thee, hearken thou also bum lifted up their voice and wept, until they unto the voice of thy handmaid, and let me set a had no more power to weep. morsel of bread before thee; and eat, that thou 5 And David's two wives were taken captives, mayest have strength when thou goest on thy way. Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife

23 But he refused, and said, I will not eat. But of Nabal the Carmelite. his servants, together with the woman, compell- 6 And David was greatly distressed: for the peoed him; and he hearkened unto their voice. So ple spake ot' stoning him, because the soul of all he arose from the earth, and sat upon the bed. the people was grieved, every inan for his sons,

24And the woman had a fatcalfin the house; and and for his daughters: but David encouraged she hasted, and killed it, and took flour, and knead- hinisell in the LORD his God. ed it, and did bake unleavened bread thereof: 7 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahime.

25 And she brought it before Saul, and before lech's son, I pray thee bring me hither the ephod. his servants; and they did eat. Then they arose And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to Davidl. up, and went away that night.

8 And David inquired at the LORD, saying, Shall CHAP. XXIX.

I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them ? The Philistines suspect David.

And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt ATOW the Philistines gathered together all surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.

thcir armies to Aphek: and the Israelites 9 So David went, he and the six hundred men pitched by a fountain which is in Jezreel. that were with him, and came to the brook Be.

2 And the lords of the Philistines passed on by sor, where those that were left behind stayed. hundreds, and by thousands: but David and his 10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men: men passed on in the rere-ward with Achish. for two hundred abode behind, which were so

3 Then said the princes of the Philistines, What faint that they could not go over the brook Besor. do these Hebrews here? And Achish said unto the 11 | And they found an Egyptian in the field, princes of the Philistines, Is not this David,the ser- and brought him to Daviit, and gave him bread, vant of Saul the king of Israel, which hath been and he did eat; and they made him drink water; with me these days, or these years, and have found 12 And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and no fault in him since he fell unto me unto this day ? two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten,

4 And the princes of the Philistines were wroth his spirit came again to hini: for he had eaten with him; and the princes of the Philistines said no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and unto him, Make this fellow return, that he may go three niglits.

David destroyeth the Amalekites. II. SAMUEL.

The Philistines' triumph 13 And David said unto him, To whom belong-which were in south Ramoth, and to them which est thou ? and whence art thou ? And he said, were in Jattir, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Ama-| 28 And to them which were in Aroer, and to lekite ; and my master left me, because three them which were in Siphmoth, and to them which days agone I fell sick.

were in Eshtemoa, 14 We made an invasion upon the south of the 29 And to them which were in Rachal, and to Cherethites, and upon the coast which belongeth them which were in the cities of the JerahmeelLo Judah, and upon the south or Caleb ; and welites, and to them which were in the cities of the burned Ziklag with fire.

Renites, 15 And David said to him, Canst thon bring me 30 And to them which were in Hormal, and to down to this company? And he said, Swear unto them which were in Chor-asban, and to them me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nor which nocre in Athach, deliver inc into the hands of my master, and I 31 And to them which were in Hebron, and to will bring thee down to this company.

all the places where David himself and his mea 16 ! And when he had brought him down, be- were wont to haunt. hold, they were spread abroad upon all the eartlı,

CIIAP. XXXI eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all

Saul and his sons slain. the great spoil that they had taken out of the land N OW the Philistines fought against Israel: of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah. I and the men of Israel fled from before the

17 And David sinote them from the twilight Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa. even into the cvening of the next day: and there 2 And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul escared not a man of themi, save four hundred and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonayoung inen, which rode upon camels, and fled. than, and Abinadab and Malchi-shna, Saul's sons.

18 And David recovered all that the Amalekites 3 And the battle went sore against Saul, and had carried away: and David rescued his two the archers hit him; and he was sure wounded wives.

Jor the archers. 19 And there was nothing lacking to them, 4 Then said Saul unto his armour-bearer, Draw neither small nor great, neither sons nor daugh-thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest ters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had these uncircumcised coine and thrust me through, taken to them: David recovered all.

and abuse me. But his armour-bearer would not: 20 And David took all the flocks and the herds, for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a which they drave before those other cattle, and sword, and fell upon it. said, This is David's spoil.

5 And when his armour-bearer saw that Saul 21 | And David came to the two hundred men, was dead, lie fell likewise upon his sword, and which were so faint that they could not follow died with him. David, whom they had made also to abide at the 6$o Saul died, and his three sons, and his armour brook Besor: and they went forth to meet David, bearer, and all his men, that same day together. and to meet the people that were with him: and 7 | And when the men of Israel that were on when David came near to the people, he saluted the other side of the valley, and they that were them.

on the other side Jordan saw that the nien of 29 Then answered all the wicked men, and men Israel fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, of Belial, of those that went with David, and said, they forsook the cities, and fled; and the PhilisBecause they went not with us, we will not give tines came and dwelt in them. them anght of the spoil that we have recovered, i 8 And it came to pass on the morrow, wlicn the save to every man bis wife and his children, that Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found they may lead thein away, and depart.

Saul and his three sons fallen in mount Gilboa. 23 Then said David, Ye shall not do so, my 9 And they cut off liis head, and stripped off his brethren, with that which the LORD hath given armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines us, who hath preserved us, and delivered the round about, to publish it in the house of their coinpany that came against ils into our hand. {idols, and among the people.

24 For who will hearken unto you in this mat- 10 And they put his armour in the house of Ashter? but as his part is that goeth down to the taroth: and they fastened his body to the wall batlle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by thelor Beth-shan. stufl': they shall part alike.

Tul And when the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead 25 And it was so from that day forward, that heard of that which the Philistines had done to he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel Saul, unto this day.

12 All the valiant men arose, and went all night, 2011 And when David came to Ziklag, he sent and took the body of Saul, and the bodies of his or the spoil unto the elders of Judah, even to his sons from the wall of Beth-shan, and came to friends, saying, Behold a present for you, of the Jabeshi, and burnt them there. spoil oi' the enemies of the LORD;

13 And they look their bones, and buried them 27 To them which were in Beth-el, and to themlunder a trec at Jabesh, and fasted seven days. 1. The Sccond Book of SAMUEL, othcrucise called, The Second Book of the KINGS. CHAPI

ter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, That David lamenteth Saul, fc.

the people are fled froin the battle, and many of N OW it came to pass atter the death or Saul, the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul 1 when David was returned from the slaugh- and Jonathan his son are dead also. ter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two 5 And David said unto the young man that told days in Ziklag;

him, low kiowest thou that Saul and Jonathan , 2 It came even to pass on the third day, that his son be dead ? behold, a man came out of the cainp from Sauil 6 And the young man that told him said, As I with his clothes rent, and earth upon his head : happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, beholil, and so it was, when he came to David, that he Saul leaned upon his spear; and lo, the charious fell to the earth, and did obeisance.

Jand horsemen followed hard after him. 3 And David said unto hini, From whence comest 7 And when he looked behind him, he saw me, thou ? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of and called unto me. And I answered, Here am I. Israel am I escaped.

| 8 And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I 4 And David said unto him w went the mat-Janswered him, I am an Amalekite.

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