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wept, and fasted until me king over the house of Judah haveras

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Dand laments Saul and Jonathan. CHAP. 11.

Ish-boshelh made king of Israel 9 lle said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, of Jabesh-gilead, and said unto them, Blessed be urxon me, and slay me: for anguish is coine upon ye of the LORD, that ye have shewed this kind me, because my life is yet whole in me. ness unto your lord, even unto Saul, and have

10 So I stood upon him, and slew him, because buried him. I was sure that he could not live after that he 6 And now the LORD shew kindness and truth was fallen: and I took the crown that was upon unto you: and I also will requite you this kindhis head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, ness, because ye have done this thing. and have brought them hither unto my lord. 7 Therefore now let your hands be strengthen

I Then David took hold on his clothes, and ed, and be ye valiant: for your master Saul is rent them; and likewise all the men that were dead, and also the house of Judah have anointed with him:

12 And they mourned and wept, and fasted until 8 1 But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's even, for Saul and for Jonathan his son, and for host, took Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and brought the people of the LORD, and for the house of 1s-him over to Mahanaim : rael; because they were fallen by the sword. 9 And made him king over Gilead, and over the

13 i And David said unto the young man that Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraiin. told him. Whence art thou ? And he answered, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel. I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite. 10 Ish-bosheth, Saul's son was forty years old

14 And David said unto him, How wast thou when he began to reign over Israel, and reigned not afraid to stretch forth thy hand to destroy two years: but the house of Judah followed David. the LORD's anointed ?

111 And the time that David was king in lle15 And David called one of the young men, and|bron, over the house of Judah, was seveu years said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote and six months. him that he died.

| 12 | And Abner the son of Ner, and the ser16 And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon vants of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, went out thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against from Mahanaim to Gibeon. thee, saying, I have slain the LORD's anointed. 13 And Joab the son of Zeruiah, and the ser

17 1 And David lamented with this lamentation vants of David went out, and met together by over Saul, and over Jonathan his son:

the pool of Gibeon: and they sai down, the one 18 (Also he bade them teach the children of on the one side of the pool, and the other on the Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written other side of the pool. in the book of Jasher.)

| 14 And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men 19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high now arise, and play before us. And Joab said, places : how are the mighty fallen!

20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the 15 Then there arose, and went over by numstreets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the ber, twelve of Benjamin, which pertained to IshPhilistines rejoice, Iest the daughters of the uu- boshеth the son of Saul, and twelve of the ser. circumcised triumph.

vants of David. 21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, 16 And they caught every one his fellow by the neither let there be rain upon you, nor fields of liead, and thrust his sword in his fellow's side : offerings : for there the shield of the nighty is so they fell down together: wherefore that place vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though was called Helkath-hazzurim, which is in Gibeon. he had not been anointed with oil.

17 And there was a very sore battle that day ; 22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat or and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not before the servants of David. back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty. 18. And there were three sons of Zerniah

23 Saul and Jonathan 10ere lovely and pleasant there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asahel: and Asain their lives, and in their death they were not hel was as light or foot as a wild roe divided : they were swifter than eagles, they 19 And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in were stronger than lions.

going he turned not to tlie right hand nor to the 24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who left from following Abner. Clothed you in scarlet, with other delights; who 20 Then Abner looked behind him, and said, put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel, Art thou Asahel ? And he answered, I am.

25 How are the mighty (allen in the midst on 21 And Abner said to him, Turn thee aside to the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thy thy right hand or to thy left, and lay thee hold high places.

on one of the young men, and take thee his ar261 am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: mour. But Asahel would not turn aside from very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to following him. me was wonderful, passing the love of women. 29 And Abner said again to Asahel, Turn thee

27 How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons aside from following me: wherefore should I of war perished !

Binite thee to the ground ? how then should I CHAP. II.

hold up my face to Joab thy brother? David maile king of Judah.

23 Howbeit he refused to turn aside: wherefore A ND it came to pass aller this, that David Abner with the hinder end of the spear sniote A inquired of the LORD, saying, shall go up him under the fifth rib, that the spear came out into any of the cities of Judah ? And the LORD behind hiin; and he fell down there, and died in said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whi-the same place: and it came to pass, that as ther shall I go up? And he said, Unto llebron. linany as came to the place where Asahel fell

2 So David went up thither, and his two wives down and died, stood still. also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail Na- 24 Joab also and Abishai pursued after Abner : bal's wife the Carmelite.

and the sun went down when they were come 3 And his men that were with him did David to the hill of Ammah, that lieth before Gial, by bring up, every man with his household : and the way of the wilderness of Gibeon. they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.

25 1 And the children of Benjamin gathered 4 And the men of Judah came, and there they themselves together after Abner, and became one anointed David king over the house of Judah. troop. and stood on And they told David, saying, That the men on 26 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Sha! Jabesh-gilead were they that buried Saul. the sword devour for ever I knowest thon not 31 And David sent messengers unto the mcrthat it will be bitterness in the latter end ? how

dsakel's burial.

II. SAMUEL.

Joab killeth Abner long shall it be then ere thou bid the people re-husband, even from Phaltiel the son of Laish. turn from following their brethren?

16 And her husband went with her along weep27 And Joab said, As God liveth, unless thoning behind her to Bahurim. Then said Abner hadst spoken, surely then in the morning the peo- unto him, Go, return. And he returned. ple had gone up every one from following his 17 1 And Abner had communication with the brothcr.

elders of Israel, saying, Ye sought for David in 28 So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people times past to be king over you: stocd still, and pursued after Israel no more, 18 Now then do it: for the Lord hath spoken neither fought they any more.

Tor David, saying. By the hand of my servant 29 And Abner and his inen walked all that night David I will save my people Israel out of the through the plain, and passed over Jordan, and hand of the Philistines, and out of the band of went througli all Bith-ron, and they came to Ma- all their enemies. hanaim.

| 19 And Ahner also spake in the ears of Benja30 And Joab returned from following Abner: min: and Abner went also to speak in the ears and when he had gathered all the people together, of David in Hebron all that seemed gond to Is. there lacked of David's servants nineteen men, rael, and that seemed good to the whole house of and Asahel.

Benjamin. 31 But the servants of David had smitten of 20 So Abner came to David to Hebron, and Benjamin, and of Abner's men, so that three twenty men with him and David made Abner, hundred and threescore men dicd.

and the men that were with him, a feast. 32 | And they took op Asahel, and buried him 21 And Abner said unto David, I will arise and in the sepulchre of his father, which was in Beth-go, and will gather all Israel unto my lord the lehem. And Joab and his men went all night, king, that they may make a league with thee, and they came to Hebron at break of day. and that thou mayest reign over all that thy heart CHAP. III.

desireth. And David sent Abner away; and lie Abner revolteth to David.

went in peace. N OW there was long war between the house 29 And behold, the servants of David and IY of Saul and the house of David: but David Joab came from pursuing a troop, and brought waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of in a great spoil with them : but Abner was not waxed strongerber and weaker. Saul waxed weaker and weaker.

with David in Hebron : for he had sent him 2 And uito David were sons born in Hebron: away, and he was gone in peace. and his first-born was Amnon, of Ahinoam the 23 When Joab and all the host that was with Jezreelitess;

him were come, they told Joab, saying, Abner 3 And his second, Chileab, or Abigail the wife the son of Ner came to the king, and he hath of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom sent him away, and he is gone in peace. the son of Maacah, the daughter of Talınai king 24 Then Joab came to the king, and said, What of Geshur ;

hast thou done? behold, Abner came unto thee; 4 And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; why is it that thou hast sent hiin away, and he and the fifth, Shephariah the son of Abital; is quite gone?

5 And the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah, David's 25 Thou knowest Abner the son of Ner, that he wife. These were born to David in Hebron. came to deceive thee, and to know thy going out

611 And it came to pass, while there was war and thy coming in, and to know all that thou docst. between the house of Saul and the house of Da- 26 And when Joab was come out from Davidi, vid, that Abner made himself strong for the he sent messengers after Abner, which brought house of Saul.

bim again from the well of Sirah : but David 7 And Saul had a concubine, whose name was knew it not. Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah: and Ish-bosheth 27 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, said to Abner, Wherefore hast thou gone in unto Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him my father's concubine ?

lquietly, and smote hirn there under the fifth rib 8 Then was Abner very wroth for the words that he died, for the blood of Asahel liis brother. or Ish-bosheth, and said, Am I a dog's head, 28 T And afterward when David heard it, he said. which against Judah do shew kindness this day I and my kingdom are guiltless before the LORD unto the house of Saul thy father, to his breth- for ever from the blood of Abner the son of Ner: ren, and to his friends, and have not delivered 29 Let it rest on the head of Joab, and on all thee into the hand of David, that thou chargest his father's house; and let there not fail from me to-day with a fault concerning this woman ?the house of Joab one that hath an issue, or that

9 So do God to Abner, and more also, except, is a !eper, or that leaneth on a staff, or that fall-
as the LORD hath sworn to David, even so I dolcth on the sword, or that lacketh bread.
to him;

| 30 So Joab and Abishai his brother slew Abner,
10 10 translate the kirgdom from the house of because he had slain their brother Asahel at Gi-
Saul, and to set up the throne of Davidover Israel leon in the battle.
and över Judah, from Dan even to Beer-sheba. | 31 1 And David said to Joab, and to all the peo-

U And he could not answer Abner a word ple that were with linn, Rend your clothes, and again, because he feared him.

gird you with sackcloth, and mourn before Ab12 And Abner sent messengers to David on his ner. And king David himself followed the vier. behalf, saying, Whose is the land ? saying also, 32 And they buried Abner in Hebron: and the Make thy league with me, and behold, my hand king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of shall be wit: thice, to bring about all Israel unto Abner; and all the people wept. thee.

33 And the king lamenied over Abner, and said, 13 11 And he said, Well; I will make a leaguc Died Abner as a fool dieth? with thee: but one thing I require of thee, that 34 Thy hands were not bound, nor thy feet put is, Thou shalt not see my face, except thou first into fetters: as a man falleth before wicked men, pring Michal, Saul's daughter, which thou comest so sellest thou. And all the people wept again lo see my face.

over him. 14 And David sent messengers to Ish-bosheth, l 35 And when all the people came to cause DaSaul's son, saying, Deliver me my wife Michal, vid to eat meat while it was yet day, David which I espoused to me for a hundred foreskins sware, saying, So do God to me, and more also, of the Philistines.

ir I taste bread or aught else, till the sun be down. 15 And Ish-bosheth sent, and took her from her36 And all the people took notice of it, and I

Blanak and Rechab slain

CHAP. IV, V, VI. Dadid smileth the Philistinra. pleased them: as whatsoever the king did pleased them in Hebron before the LORD: and they all the people.

anointed David king over Israel. 37 For all the people and all Israel understood| 4 | David was thirty years old when he began that day that it was not of the king to slay Ab- to reign, and he reigned forty ycars. ner the son of Ner.

I 5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years 38 And the king said unto his servants, Know and six months: and in Jerusalein he reigned ye not that there is a prince and a great man thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah. fallen this day in Israel ?

61 And the king and his men went to Jerusa39 And I am this day weak, though anointed lem unto the Jebusites the inhabitants of the king: and these nien the sons of Zeruiah be too land: which spake unto David, saying, Except hard for me. The LORD shall reward the doer thou take away the blind and the lame, thou of evil according to his wickedness.

shalt not come in hitler: thinking, David cannot CHAP. IV.

coine in hither. Ish-bosheth murdered.

7 Nevertheless, David took the strong hold of AND when Saul's son heard that Abner was Zion: the same is the city of David. A dead in Hebron, his hands were feeble, and 8 And David said on that day, Whosoever getall the Israelites were troubled.

teth up to the gutter, and sniteth the Jebusites, 2 And Saul's son had two men that were cap- and the lame and the blind, that are hated of tains of bands: the name of the one was Baanah, David's soul, he shall be chief and captain. and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Benja- shall not come into the house. min: (for Beeroth also was reckoned to Benjamin: 9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it, The

3 And the Beerothites fled to Giltaim, and were city of David. And David built round about sojourners there until this day.)

from Millo and inward. 4 And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was 10 And David went on, and grew great, and Jame of his feet: he was five years old when the LORD God of hosts was with him. the tidings camne of Saul and Jonathan out of 11 1 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers Jezreel, and his nurse took hiin up, and fled : to David, and cedar-trees, and carpenters, and and it came to pass, as she made haste to flec, masons: and they built David a house. that he fell, and became lame. And his name 12 And David perceived that the LORD had eswas Mephibosheth.

tablished him king over Israel, and that he had 5 And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Re-exalted his kingdoin for his people Israel's sake. chab and Baanal, went, and came about thel 13 i And David took him more concubines and heat of the day to the house of Ish-bosheth, who wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from iay on a bed at noon.

Hebron: and there were yet sons and daughters 6 And they came thither into the midst of the born to David. house, as though they would have fetched 14 And these be the names of those that were wheat; and they smote him under the finh rib: born unto himn in Jerusalem; Shainmual, and and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped. Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon,

7 For when they came into the house, he lay on 15 Ibhar also, and Elishua, and Nephes, and his bed iu his bed-chainber, and they sinote him, Japhia, and slew him, and beheaded him, and took his 16 And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphalet. head, and gat them away through the plain all 17 # But when the Philistines heard that they night.

had anointed David king over Israel, all the Phi8 And they brought the head of Ish-bosheth unto listines came up to scek David; and David heard David to llebron, and said to the king, Behold the of it, and went down to the hold. head of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul thy enciny, 18 The Philistines also came and spread thcmwhich sought thy life; and the LORD hath avenged selves in the valley of Rephaiin. my lord the king this day of Saul and of his seed.) 19 And David inquired of the LORD, saying.

91 And David answered Rechab and Baanah Shall I go up to the Philistines ? wilt thou delihis brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, ver them into my land? And the LORD said and said unto thein, As the LORD liveth, who unto David, Co up: for I will doubtless deliver hath redeemned my soul out of all adversity, the Philistines into thy hand.

10 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is 20 And David came to Baal-perazim, and Dadead, (thinking to have brought good tidings,) I vid smiote them there, and said, The LORD bath took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as thought that I would have given him a reward the breach of waters. Therefore he called the for his tidings:

name of that place Baal-perazim. 11 How much more, when wicked men have 21 And there they left their images, and David plain a righteous person in his own house upon his and his men burned thein. bed ? shall I not therefore now require his blood of 22 | And the Philistines came up yet again, and your hand, and take you away from the earth?spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.

12 And David commanded his young men, and 23 And when David inquired of the LORD, he they slew them, and cut off their hands and their said, Thou shalt not go up: but fetch a compass feet, and hanged them up over the pool in He- behind them, and come upon them over against bron. But they took the head of Isla-bosheth, and the mulberry-trees. buried it in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron. | 24 And let it be, when thou hearest the sound CHAP. V.

Jof a going in the tops of the mulberry-trees, that David made king over all Israel. then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the IIEN came all the tribes of Israel to David LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of 1 unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we the Philistines. are thy bone and thy flesh.

| 25 And David did so as the LORD had com2 Also in time past, when Saul was king over manded him; and smote the Philistines froin us, thou wast he that leddest out and brouglitest Geba until thou come to Gazer. in Israel: and the LORD said to thee, Thou shalt

CHAP. VI. feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a cap

The ark brought to Zion. Lain over Israel.

A GAIN, David gathered together all the cho3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to A sen nien of Israel, thirty thousand. Bebron: and king David inade a league withi 2 And David arose, and went with all the peo

David danceth before the ark.

II. SAMUEL. He is forbidden to build the temple ble that were with him from Baale of Judah, to servants which thou hast spoken of, of them bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name shall I be had in honour. is called by the name of The LORD of hosts that 23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had dwelleth betrocen the cherubimis.

Ino child unto the day of her death. 3 And they set the ark of God upon a new cart,

CHAP. VII. and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that

God's promise to David. was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio the sons A ND it came to pass, when the king sat in his of Abinadab drave the new cart.

1 house, and the LORD had given him rest 4 And they brought it out of the house of Abi- round about from all his enemies, nadab, which was at Gibeal, accompanying the 2 That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark. See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark

5 And David and all the house of Israel played be- of God dwelleth within curtains. fore the LORD on all manner of instruments made 3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that of fir-wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, is in thy heart: for the LORD is with thee. and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. 4 1 And it came to pass that night, that the

6 11 And when they came to Nachon's thresh- word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying, Ing-Noor, Uzzah pui forth his hand to the ark of 5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the God, and took höld of it: for the oxen shook it. LORD, Shalt thou build me a house for me to

7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled dwell in? against Uzzah, and God smote him there for his 6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since error: and there he died by the ark of God. the time that I brought up the children of Israel

8 And David was displeased, because the LORD out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called in a tent and in a tabernacle. the name of the place Perez-uzzah to this day. 7 In all the places wherein I have walked with

9 And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and all the children of Israel spake I a word with any said, low shall the ark of the LORD come to me? of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded in

10 Šo David would not remove the ark of the feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not LORD unto him into the city of David: but Da-me a house of cedar ? vid carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom 8 Now therefore, so shalt thou say unto my serthe Gittite.

Ivant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took ITAnd the ark ofthe LORD continued in the house thee from the sheep-cote, from following the of Obed-edom the Gittite three months: and the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel: Lord blessed Obed-edom and all his household. 9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou went. · 12 1 And it was told king David, saying, The est, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy Lord hath blessed the house of Obed-edom, and sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark the name of the great men that are in the earth. of God.' So David went and brought up the ark 10 Moreover, I will appoint a place for my peoof God from the house of Obed-edom into the ple Israel, and will plant them, that they may city of David with gladness.

Jawell in a place of their own, and move no more; 13 And it was so, that when they that bare the neither shall the children of wickedness afflict ark of the LORD had gone six paces, le sacrificed them any more as beforetime. oxen and fatlings.

11 And as since the time that I comnianded judges 14 And David danced before the LORD with all to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee his might; and David was girded with a linen to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD ephod.

Itelleth thec that he will make thee a house. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought) 12 1 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed the sound of the trumpet.

after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, 16 And as the ark of the LORD came into the and I will establish his kingdom. city of David. Michal, Saul's daughter, looked 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I through a window, and saw king David leaping will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. and dancing before the LORD ; and she despiscd 14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. him in her heart.

lif he commit iniquity, I will chasten hini with 17 1 And they brought in the ark ofthe Lord, and the rod of men, and with the stripes of the chilBet it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that dren of men : David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt- 15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, offerings and peace-offerings before the LORD. as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.

18 And as soon as David had made an end of offer- 16 And thy house and thy kingdom shall be ing burnt-offerings and peace-offerings, he bless- established for ever before thee: thy throne shall ed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts. be established for ever,

19 And he dealt among all the people, even among 17 According to all these words, and according to the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the wo- all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David. men as inen, to every one a cake of bread, and a 18 1 Then went king David in, and sat before good piece of Nesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O LORD God ? The people departed every one to his house, and what is my house, that thou hast brought

201 Then David returned to bless his house-me hitherto? hold. And Michal the daughter of Saul camel 19 And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, out to meet David, and said, How glorious was O LORD God; but thou hast spoken also of ihy the king of Israel to-day, who uncovered himself servant's house for a great while to come. And to-day in the eyes of the handmaids of his ser- is this the manner of inan, O LORD God ? vants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly 20 And what can David say more unto thee? uncovereth himself'!

for thou, LORD God, knowest thy servant. i 21 And David said unto Michal, It was before 21 For thy word's sake, and according to thine the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and own heart, hast thou done all these great things, before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the to make thy servant know them. people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will 22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for 1 play before the LORD.

Ithere is none like thee, neither is there any God 22 Ánd I will yet be more vile than thus, and besides thee, according to all that we liave hcard will be base in mine own sight: and of the maid- with our ears.

Thi's message to David.
CHAP. VIII, IX, X

David's chief officers 93 And what one nation in the earth is like thyl 14 1 And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout people, even like Israel, whom God went to re-all Edom put he garrisons, and all they of Edon deern for a people to himself, and to make him became David's servants. And the LORD prea nane, and to do for you great things and terri-served David whithersoever he went. ble, for thy land, before thy people which thou) 15 And David reigned over all Israel; and David redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations/executed judgment and justice unto all his people. and their gods?

16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host. 94 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy neo-land Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder; ple Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and 17 And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahimethou, LORD, art become their God.

llech the son of Abiathar, were the priests; and 25 And now, O LORD God, the word that thou Seraiah was the scribe; hast spoken concerning thy servant, and con- 18 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was oner cerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as both the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and Dathou hast said.

vid's sons were chief rulers. 26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, say

CHAP. IX. ing, The LORD of hosts is the God over Israel : David's kindness to Nephibosheth. and let the house of thy servant David be estab-1 AND David said, Is there yet any that is lent lished before thee.

of the house of Saul, that I may shew him 27 For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, kindness for Jonathan's sake ? hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build ? And there was of the house of Saul a servant dice a house: therefore hath thy servant found whose name was Ziba. And when they had in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee. called him unto David, the king said unto him,

28 And now, O LORD God, thou art that God, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he. and thy words be true, and thou hast promised 3 And the king said, Is there not yet any of the this goodness unto thy servant :

Thouse of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of 29 Therefore now let it please thee to bless the God unto him ? And Ziba said unto the king, house of thy servant, that it may contimie for Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet. ever before thee: for thou, O LORD God, hast 4 And the king said unto him, Where is he? spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the or thy servant be blessed for ever.

house of Machir, the son of Ainmiel, in Lo-debar. . CIAP. VIU.

511 Then king David sent, and fetched him out David subdreth the Philistines. of the house of Machir, the son of Ainmiel, from AND after this it came to pass, that David Ln-debar. A smote the Philistines, and subdued them : 6 Now when Mephibusheth, the son of Jonathan, and David took Metheg-aminah out of the land the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on of the Philistines.

his face, and did reverence. And David said, 2 And he smote Mloah, and measured them with Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy a line, casting them down tu the ground; even/servant ! with iwo lines measured her to put to death, and 7 41 And David said unto him, Fear not: for I with one full line to keep alive. And so the Moab- will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy ites became David's servants, and brought gifts. father's sake, and will restore thee all the land 31 David smote also lladadezer, the son of Re- of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at hob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his my table continually. border at the river Euphrates.

8 Aud he bowed himself, and said, What is thy 4 And David took from him a thousand chariots, servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a and seven hundred horsement, and twenty thou-dead dog as I am ? gand footmen: and David houghed all the cha-| 9 Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, riot-horses, but reserved of them for a hundred and said unto him, I have given unto thy master's chariots.

son all that pertained to Saul, and to all his house. 5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came to 10 Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy sersuccour Hadadezer king of Zobah, David slowlvants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt of the Syrians tuyo and twenty thousand men. bring in the fruits that thy master's son may have

6 Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damas-food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master's son cus: and the Syrians became servants to David, shall eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba and brouglit gifts. And the LORD preserved Da- had fifteen sons and twenty servants. vid whithersoever he went.

u Then said Ziba unto the king, According to 7 And David took the shields of gold that were all that my lord the king hath commanded his on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephito Jerusalem.

bosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, B And from Betah, and from Berothai, cities of as one of the king's sons. Hadadezer, kingDavid took exceeding muchbrass. 12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose

9 When Toi king of Hamath heard that Da- name was Micha. And all that dwelt in the house vid had smitten all the host of Hadadezer, of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth.

10 Then Toi sent Joram his son unto king David, 13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem : for he in salute him, and to bless him, because he had did eat continualiy at the king's table; and was fought against Hadadezer, and smitten him: (for lame on both his feet. lladadezer had wars with Toi.) And Joram

CHAP. X. brought with him vessels of silver, and vessels

David's messengers ill-treated. of gold, and vessels of brass :

AND it came to pass after this, that the king - 11 Which also king David did dedicate unto the A of the children of Ammon died, and Hanun LORD, with the silver and gold that he had dedi- his son reigned in his stead. cated of all nations which he subdued;

| 2 Then said David, I will shew kindness unto 12 Of Syria, and of Moab, and of the children Ilanun the son of Nahash, as his father shewed of Animon, and of the Philistines, and of Amalek, kindness unto me. And David sent to comfort and of the spoil of Hadadezer son of Rehob, king hinn by the hand of his servants for his father. of Zobah.

TAnd David's servants came into the land of the 13 And David gat him a name when he returned children of Ammon. frojn smiting of the Syrians in the valley of Salt, 3 And the princes of the children of Ammon bcing eighteen thousand mer

Isaid unto Hanun their lord, Thinkest thou that

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