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Hushai's counsel accepted.

CIJAP. XVII, XVIII. Ahitophel hangeth kimself 19 And again, whom should I serve ? should I saying, Lodge not wis night in the plains of the not serve in the presence of his son ? as I have wilderness, but specdily pass over ; lest the king served in thy father's presence, so will I be in be swallowed up, and all the people that are with thy presence.

him. 20 i Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give 17 Now Jorathan and Ahimaaz stayed by En counsel among you what we shall do.

rogel ; for wey might not be seen to come into 21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in the city: and a wench went and told them; and unto thy father's concubines, which he hath lett they went and told king David. to keep the house; and all Israel shal! hear tha: 18 Nevertheless, a lail saw them, and told Ab thou art abhorred of thy father : then shall the salom : but they went both of them away quickly, hands of all that are with thee be strong. and came to a man's house in Bahurim, which 22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top had a well in his court; whither they went down of the house; and Absaloin went in unto his fa- 19 And the woman took and spread a covering ther's concubines in the sign of all Israel. over the well's mouth, and spread ground corn

23 And the counsel of Åhithophel, which he thereon; and the thing was not known. counselled in those days, was as if a man had 20 Apd when Absalom's servants came to the inquired at the oracle of God: so was all the woman to the house, they said, Where is Ahi- : counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with maaz and Jonathan? And the wornan said unto Absalom.

them, They be gone over the brook of water. CHAP. XVII.

And when they Irad sought and could not find Ahithuphel's counsel rejected. them, they returned to Jerusalem. Let menow choose out twelve thousand inen, ed, that they came up out of the well, and went

: and I will arise and pursue after David this night: and told king David, and said unto David, Arise,

? And I will come upon him while he is weary and pass quickly over the water : for thus hath and weak-handed, and will make him afraid : Ahithophet counselled against you. and all the people that are with him shall flee; 22. Then David arose, and all the people that and I will smite the king only:

were with him, and they passed over Jordan: by 3 And I will bring back all the people unto the morning light there lacked not one of thein thee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all that was not gone over Jordan. returned : so all the people shall be in peace. 23 11 And when Ahithophel saw that his coun4 And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all sel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and the elders of Israel.

arose, and gat him liome to his house, to his 5. Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Ar- city, and put his houscheld in order, and hanged chite also, and let us hear likewise what he saith. himself, and died, and was buried in the sepul6 And when Hushai was come to Absalom, Ab- chre of his father. salom spake unto hiin, saying, Ahitophel hath 24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Ab spoken after this manner : shall we do after his saloin passed over Jordan, he and all the men of saying ? if not, speak thou.

Israel with him. 7 And Ilushai said unto Absalom, The counsell 25 15 And Absalom made Amasa captain of the that Abithophel hath given is not good at this time. host instead of Joab : wbich Amasa was a man's 8 For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy father son, whose name was Ithra, an Israelite, that and his men, that they be mighty men, and they went in to Abigail the daughier of Nahasti, sisbe chased in their minds, as a bear robbed of her ter to Zeruiah, Joab's mother. whelps in the field : and Ahy father is a man of 26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land of war, and will not lodge with the people. Gilead.

9 Behold, he is hid now in soune pit, or in some 27 1 And it came to pass, wiien David was conie other place: and it will come to pass, when some Lo Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of or thein be overthrown at the first, that whoso- Rabbah of the children of Aminon, and Machir ever heareth it will say, There is a slaughter the son of Ammiel of Lo-debar, and Barzillai among the people that follow Absalom. the Gileadite of Rogelin, 10 And he also that is valiant, whose heart is 28 Brought beds, and basons, anıl carthen vessels, as the heart of a lion, shall utterly melt: for all and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched Israel knoweth that thy father is a miglity inan, corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse, and they which be with him are valiant inen. 29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and checse

Ji Therefore I counsel that all Israel be general- of kine, for David, and for the people that were ly gathered unto thee, from Dan even to Beer- with him, to cat: for they said, 1'he people is slieba, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude; hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness and that thou go to battle in thine own person.

CHAP. xviii. 12 So shall we come upon him in some place Absalom defeated and slain. him as the dew falleth on the ground anpon AND David numbered the people that wero

with him, and set captains of thousands tim and of all the men that are with him there and captains of hundreds over then. shall not be left so much as one.

2 And David sent forth a third part of the peo13 Moreover, if he be gotten into a city, then ple under the hand of Joab, and a third part un shall all Israel bring ropes to that city, and we der the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Juab's will draw it into the river, until there be not brother, and a third part under the hand of Iital one small stone found there.

the Gittite. And the king said unto the people, ! 14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, will surely go forth with you myself also. The counsel of Hushai the Architr, is better than 3 Blit the people answered, Thion shall not go the counsel of Ahithophel. For the Lord had forth: for if we flee away, they will not care for appointed to defeat the good counsel of Abitho-us; neither if half of us die, will they care for phel, to the intent that the LORD might bring us : but now thou art worth ten thousand of us: evil upon Absalom.

therefore now it is better that thou succour u 15 1! Then said Ilushai unto Zadok and to Abia- out of the city. thar the priests, 'Thus and thus did a hithophel 4 And the king said unto them, What seenich counsel Ahsalom and the elders of Israel; and you best I will do. And the king stood by tlm this and thus have I counselled.

gate side, and all the people came out by fun 16 Now therefore spnd quickly, and tell David, drcds and by thousands.

Death of Absalom.

II. SAMUEL.

David heareth the tidings 5 And the king commanded Joab and Abishai his mouth. And he came apace, and drew near. and Ittai, saying, Dea! gently for my sake with 26 And the watchman saw another man runthe young man, even with Absalom. And all ning: and the watchman called unto the porter, the people heard when the king gave all the and said, Behold, another man running alone. captains charge concerning Absalom.

And the king said, He also bringeth tidings. 6'11 So the people went out into the field against 27 And the watchinan said, Methinketh the runIsracl: and the battle was in the wood of Ephraim; ning of the foremost is like the running of Ahi

7 Where the people of Israel were slain before maaz the son of Zadok. And the king said, He lhe servants of David, and there was there a is a good man, and cometh with good tidings. great slaughter that day of twenty thousand men. 28 And Ahimaaz called, and said unto the king, 8 For the battle was there scattered over the All is well. And he fell down to the earth upon fnce of all the country: and the wood devoured his face before the king, and said, Blessed be the more people that day than the sword devoured. LORD thy God, which hath delivered up the mien 9 1 And Absalom met the servants of David. that litted up their hand against my lord the king. And Absalom rude upon a mule, and the mule, 29 And the king said, Is the young man Absawent under the thick boughs of a great oak, and lom safe ?. And Åhiinaaz answered, When Joab his head caught hold of the oak, and he was sent the king's servant, and me thy servant, I taken up between the heaven and the earth; and saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it was. the muie that was under him went away. 30 And the king said unto him, Turn aside and

10 And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and stand here. And he turned aside, and stood still. said, Rehold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak. 31 And behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, 11 And Joab said unto the man that told him, Tidings, my lord the king: for the LORD hath And belold, thou sawest him, and why didst thou avenged thee this day of all them that rose up not smite him there to the ground? and I would against thee. bave given thee ten shekels of silver, and a girdle. 32 And the king said untoCushi, Is the young man

12 And the man said unto Joab, Though I should Absaloin safe? And Cushi answered, The ene receive a thousand shekels of silver in my hand, mies of my lord the king, and all that rise against yet would I not put forth my hand against the thee to do thee lurt, be as that young man is. king's son: for in our hearing the king charged 33 17 And the king was much moved, and went thee and Abishai and liai, saying, Beware that up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and none touch the young inan Absalon.

as he went, thus he said, O my son Absaloni! 13 Otherwise I should have wrought falsehood my son, my son Absalom ! would God I had died ayaiust inine own life: for there is no matter hid for thee, O Absaloni, my son, my son ! from the king, and thou thyself wouidesi have

CHAP. XIX. set thyself against me.

David mourneth for Absalom. thee. And lie took three Jaros ita ring hand, anh A was told Jonb, Behold, the king weepthrust them through the heart of Absalom, while ? And the victory that day was turned into he was yet alive in the midst of the oak. mourning unto all the people: for the people 15 And ten young men that bare Joab's armour heard say that day how the king was grieved for compassed about and shiote Absalom, and slew bis son. liiin.

3 And the people gat them by stealth that day 16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people into the ciiy, as people being ashamed steal returned from pursuing atter Israel: for Joab away when they Alce in battle. held back the people.

4 Bull the king covered his face, and the king 17 And they cook Absalom, and cast him into a cried with a loud voice, O my son Absalon : 0 great pit in the wood, and laid a very great heap Absalom, iny son, my son! of stones upon him: and all Israel fled every one 5 And Joab came into the house to the king, and to his tent.

said, Thou hast shamed this day the faces of all 18 1 Now Absalom in his life-time had taken thy servants, which this day liave saved thy life, and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in and the lives of thy sons and of thy dangliters, the king's dale: for lie said, I have no son to and the lives of thy wives, and the lives of thy keep my name in remembrance: and lie called concubines; the pillar atter iiis own name: and it is called 6 In that thou lovest thine enemies, and hatest unto this day, Absalom's Place.

thy friends: for thou hast declared this day, that 199 Then said Aliinaaz the son of Zadok, Ict thou regardest neither princes nor servants : for nie now run, and bear the king tidings, how that this day 1 perceive, that it Absalon had lived, the Lord hath avenged him or his enemies. and all we had died this day, then it'had pleased

20 And Joab said unto him, Thou shall not bear thee well. sidings this day, but thou shalt bear tidings ano-.7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak comther day: but this day thou shalt bear no tidings, fortably unto thy servants: for I swear by the because the king's son is dead.

LORD, ir thou yo not forth, there will not tarry 21 Then said Joab to Cushi, Go, tell the king one with thee this night: and that will be worse what thou hast seen. And Cushi bowed hini- unto thee than all the evil that befel thee from kell unto Joab, and ran.

thy youth until now. 22 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet 8 Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. And again to Joab, But howsoever, let me, I pray they told unto all the people, saying, Behold, the thee, also run after Cushi. And Joab said, king doth sit in the gate. And all the people Wherefore wilt thou run, my son, seeing that came before the king: for Israel had fled every thou hast no lidings ready?

man to his tent. 23 But howsoever, said he, let me run. And he !!! And all the people were at strise throughout said unto him, Rum. Then Ahiinaaz ran by the all the tribes of Israel, saying, The king saved way of the plain, and overran Cushi.

us ollt of the hand of our enemies, and he deli24 And David sat between the two gates: and vered us out of the hand of the Philistines; and the watchman went up to the roof over the gate now he is fled out of the land for Absalom. unto the wall, and litted up his eyes, and looked,. 10 And Absalom, whom we anomtod over us, and behold a man ruming alone.

is dead in battle. Now therefore why speak ye 25 And the watchman cried, and told the king. not a word of bringing the king back? And the king saiil, If he be aloire there is tidings in! 11 1 And king David sent to Zadok an:1 10 AblSkimei is pardoned.

CHAP. XX.

of Bartillai and Chimham athar the priests, saying, Speak unto the elders 32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even of Judah, saying, Why are ye the last to bring fourscore years old : and he had provided the the king back to his house ? seeing the speech 01 king of sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim: all Israel is come to the king, even to his house. for he was a very great man. 12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and 33 And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thon niy flesh: wherefore then are ye the last to bring over with me, and I will feed thee with ine in back the king ?

Jerusalem. 13 And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not of my 34 And Barzillai said unto the king, How long bune, and of my flesh? God do so to me, and have I to live, that I should go up with the king more also, if thou be not captain of the host be- unto Jerusalem ? fore ine continually in the room of Joab. 35 I am this day fourscore years old : and can

14 And he bowed the heart of all the men of I discern between good and evil ? can thy serJudah, even as the heart of one man; so that vant taste what l'eat or what I drink ? can I they sent this word unto the king, Return thou, hear any more the voice of singing-men and singand all thy servants.

ing-women? wherefore then should thy servant 15 So the king returned, and came to Jordan. be yet a burden unto my lord the king ? And Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet the 30 Thy servant will go a little way over Jordan king, to conduct the king over Jordan. with the king: and why should the king recom

16 1! And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, pense it me with such a reward ? which was of Bahurim, hasted and came down 37 Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again, with the men of Judah to meet king David. that I may die in mine own city, and be buried

17 And there were a thousand men of Benjamin by the grave of my father and of my mother : with him, and Ziba the servant of the house of bul betold thy servant Chimham; let him yo Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants over with my lord the king; and do to him what with him; and they went over Jordan before the shall scem good unto thee. king.

38 And the king answereil, Chimham shall go 18 And there went over a ferry-boat to carry over with me, and I will do to him that which over the king's household, and to do what he shall seem good unto thee: and whatsoever thou thought good. And Shimci the son of Gera fell shalt require of me, that will I do for thee. down before the king, as he was come over Jordan; 39 And all the people went over Jordan. And

19 and said unto the king, Let not my lord im- when the king was come over, the king kissed pute, iniquity unto me, neither do thou reinem- Barzillai, and blessed him: and he returned her that which thy servant did perversely the unto his own place. day that my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, 40 Then the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimthat the king should take it to his heart. dam went on with him: and all the people of 20 For thy servant doth know that I have sin- Judah conducted the king, and also half the poo ned: therefore behold, I am come the first this ple of Israel. day of all the house of Josephi to go down to 41 !!. And behold, all the men of Israel came 10 meet my lord the king.

the king, and said unto the king, Why have our 21 But Abishai the son of Zcruiah answered brethren the men of Judah stolen thee away, and said, Shall not Shimei be put to death for and have brought the king, and his household, this, because he cursed the LORD's anointed ? and all David's men with liim, over Jordan ?

2 And David said, What have I to do with you, 12 And all the men of Judah answered the ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye should this day be men of Israel, Because the king is near of kin adversaries unto me? shall there any man be 10 lis : wherefore then be ye angry for this matput to death this day in Israel ? for do not ler? have we eaten at all of the king's cost? ur know that I am this day king over Israel? hath he given us any gin?

23 Therefore the king said unto Shimei, Thou 43 And the men of Israel answered the men of shalt not die: and the king sware into him.

Judah, and said, We have ten parts in the king, 94 1 Aud Mephibosheth the son of Saul came and we have also more right in David than ye: down to meet the king, and had neither dressed why then did ye despise us, that our advice his feet, nor uriinmed his beard, nor washed his should not be first had in bringing back our king ? clothes, from the day the king departed until the And the words of the men of Judah were ficrcer day he came again in peace.

than the words of the mien of Israel. 21 And it came to pass, when he was come to

CHAP. XX. Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said Sheba rebelleth against David. unto him, Wherefore wenlebt not thou with me,

A Sephiboshieth ?

Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of 21 And he answered, My lord, O king, my ser- Bichri, a Benjamite : and he blew 'a trumpet, vant deceived me: for thy servant said, I will and said, We have no part in David, ncither saddle me an ass, that I may ride thereon, and have we inheritance in the son of Jesse : cvery go to the king; because thy servant is lame. man to his lents, O Israel.

27 And he häih slandered thy servant unto my 2 So every man of Israel went up from after lord the king; but my lord the king is as an angelor David, and followed Sueba the son of Bichri : God: do therefore what is good in thine eyes. but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from

28 For all of my father's house were but dead Jordan even to Jerusalem. men before iny Jord the king: yet didst thou set 3! And David came to his house at Jerusalem; tly servant among them that did eat at thine and the king took the ien women his concubines, own table. What right therefore have 1 yet to whom he had left to keep the house, and put cry any more unto the king ?

hem in ward, and fed them, but went not in 29 And the king said unto him, Why speakest unto them. So they were shut up unto the day thou any more of thy matters? I have said, 'Thou for their death, living in widowhood. and Ziba divide the land.

41 Then said the king to Amasa, Assemble me 30 And Mephibosieth said unto the king, Yea, the mien of Judalı within three days, and be thon let bisn take all, forasmuch as my lord the king here present. is conie again in peace unto his own house. 5 So Amasa went to assemble le men of Judah: 31 11 And Barzillai the Gileadite came down but he larried longer than the set time which he from Rogelim, and went over Jordan with the had appointed hiin. Winy, to conduct him over Jordan.

6 And David said to Abishad, Now shall Shewa

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Amasa slain by Joab.

II. SAMUEL.

David buries Saul's bones the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Ab- 26 And Tra also the Jairite was a chiet ruler salom: take thou thy lord's servants and pursue about David. after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and

CHAP. XXI. escape us.

Seven of Saul's sons kanged, &e. And there went out after him.Ioab's men: TWEN there

was a famine iw che days of a the mighty men: and they went out of Jerusa- inquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, leu, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri. It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because

8 When they were at the great stone which is he slew the Gibeonites. in Gibeon, Amasa went before them. And Joab's 2 And the king called the Gilconites, and said garment that hc had pnt on was girded unto him, unto them : (now the Gibeonites roere not of the and upon it a girdle with a sword fastened upon children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amhis loins in the sheath thereof; and as he went orites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto forth it fell out.

them : and Saul sought to slay them, in luis zeal 9 And Joah said to Amasa, Art thou in health, to the children of Isracl and Judah.) my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the beard 3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonitrs, with the right hand to kiss him.

What shall I do for you ? and wherewith shall 10 But Ainasa look no liced 10 the sword that make the atonement, that ye may bless the inwas in Joab's hand: so he smote him therewith heritance of the Lord ? in the fifth rib, and shed out his bowels 10 the 4 And the Gibcovires said unto hin, We will ground, and struck him not again ; and he died. have no silver nor gold of Saul, nor of his house ; šo Joab and Abishai his brother pursued after neither for us shalt thou kill any mau in Israel. Sheba the son of Bichri.

And he said, What ye shall say, that will I do Il And one of Joab's men stood by him, and for you. said, He that favoarelli Joah, and he that is for 5 And they answered the king, The man that David, let him go after Joab.

consumed us, and that devised against is, that 12 And Amas& wallowed in blood in the midst we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the highway. And when the man saw that of the coasts of Israel, all the people stood still, he removed Amasa oul 6 Let seven men of his sons be delivered unto of the highway into the field, and cast a cloth us, and we will hang them up unto the Lord iu upon him, when he saw that every one that Gibeah of Saul, whom the Lord did choose. And came by him stood still.

the king said, I will give them. 13 Wlien he was removed out of the highway, 7 But the king spared Mephiboslieth, the son of all the people went on arter Joab, to pursue after Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of the LORD's Sheba the son of Bichri.

oath that was between thenı, between David and 14 1 And he went through all the trihes of Is- Jonathan the son of Saul. rael unto Abel, and to Beth-waachal, and all 8. But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the the Berites: and they were gathered together, dangliter of Aiah, whom she bare untu Saul, Arand went also after him.

moni and Mephibosheth ; and the five sors of 15 And they came and besieged him in Abel of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought Rech-maachan, and they cast up a bank against up for Adriel, the son of Barzillai the Meholathite: the city, and it stood in the trench : and all thel 9 And he delivered them into the hands of the people that were with Joab battered the wall, lo Gibeonites, and they hanged thein in the hill be throw it down.

fore the LORD: and they fell all seven together, 16 :I 'Then cried a wise woman out of the city, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in llear, hear; say, I pray you, unto Joab, Come the first days, in the beginning of barley-harvest. near hither, that I may speak with thee. 10 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sack

17 And when he was come near into her, the cloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from woman said, Art thou Joab? And he answered, the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon I am he. Then she said unto him, Hear the words them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of thy handmaid. And he answered, I do hear. of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts

18 'Then she spake, saying, They were wont 10 of the field by night. speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask 11 And it was told David what Rizpah the daughcounsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter. ter of Aiah the concubine of Saulliad done. 19 I am one of them that are peaceable and 124 And David wentand took the bones of Saul faithful in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and the bonce of Jonathan his sou from the men and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou swallow of Jabesh-gilead, which had stolen them from the up the inheritance of the LORD?

street of Beth-shan, where the Philistines had 20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be hauged them, when the Philistines had slain Saw it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy. in Gilboa: 21 The matter is not so: but a man of mou 13 And he brought up from thence the bones of Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name, hath Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son: and thiey lifted up is hand against the king, even against gathered the bones of them that were lauged. David : deliver hini only, and I will depart from 14 And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son the city. And the woman said unto Joali

, Behold, buried they in the country of Benjamin in Zelali, his head shall be thrown to thee over the wall." in the sepulchre of Kislı his father: and they per22. Then the woman went unto all the people forned all that the king commanded. And after in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of that God was entreated for the land. Sheba the son of Bichri and cast it out to Joab. 15 11 Moreover, the Philistines had yet war again And he blew a trumpet, and they retired from with Israel; and David went dowų, and his serthe city, every man to his tent. And Joab re- vants with him, and fought against the Philis. turned to Jerusalem unto the king.

tines: and David waxed (aint. 23 !! Now Joab was over all the host of Israel: 16 And Ishbi-beuob, which was of the sons of and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the the giant, the weight or whose spear weighed three Cherethites and over the Peletlites :

hundred shekels of brass in weight, le being giriled 24 And Adoram was over the tribute : and Je- with a new sword, thought to have slain David. hoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder:

17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah sucroured 25 And Sheva was scribe: and Zadok and him, and snote the Philistine, and killed him. Abiathar were the priests :

Then the men of David sware unto him, saying,

Four giants slain.

CHAP. XXI, XXIII. Thanksgiving for deliverance Thou shalt go no niore out with us to battle, that| 24 I was also upright before him, and have kepe thou quench not the light of Israel.

myself from mine iniquity. 18 And it came to pass after this, that there was 25 Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me again a battle with the Philistines at Gob: then according to my righteousness; according to my Sikbechai the flushathite slow Saph, which was cleanness in his eye-sight. of the sons of the giant.

26 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself 19 And there was again a battle in Gob with the merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt Philistines, where Eihanan the son of Jaare-ore- shew thyself upriglit. gim, a Beth-lehemite, slew the brother of Goli- 27 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure: ath ile Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself una weaver's beam.

savoury. 20 And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was 28 And the afflicted people thou wilt save: buit a man of great stature, that had on every hand six thine eyes are upon the laughty, that thou mayfingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twen- est bring them down. ly in number; and lie also was born to the giant. 29 For ihou art my lamp, O Lord: and the LORD

? And when he lefied Israel, Jonathan the son will lighten my darkness. of Shimeah the brother of David slew bini. 30 For by thee I have run through a troop: by

2? These four were born to the giant in Gath, my God lave I leaped over a wall. and sell hy the hand of David, and by the hand 31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of of his servants.

the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all then that CHAP. XXII.

trust in hini. David's psalm of thanksgiving. 32 For who is God, save the LORD ? and who A Pulis sin smakening day act loe world is cock save sure could a

of this song in the day that the LORD had 33 God is my strength and power: and he madelivered him out of' the land of all his enemies, keth my way perfect. and out of the hand of San :

34 He maketh my fret like hinds' feet : and set2 And he said, The Lord is my rock, and my teth me upon my high places. fortress, and my deliverer ;

35 le teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow 3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: hc of steel is broken hy inine arms. is my shield, and t?ic horn of my salvation, my 36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salligli tower, and my refuge, my savivur; thou vation : and thy gentleness hath male me great. savest me from violence.

37 Thou hast enlarged iny steps under me; su 4 1 will call on the loro, ioho is worthy to be that my feet did not slip. praiset : so shall I be saved from mine enemies 38 I liave pursued mine enemies, and destroyed 5 When the waves of death compassed me, the them; and turned not again until I had consuinBoods or ungodly men made me afraid; ed them. 6 The sorrows of tell compassed ine about; the 39 And I have consumed them, and wounded sares of leath prevented me;

thein, that they could not arise : yea, they are 7 In my distress I called upon the Lord, and falien under my feet. cricit to my God: and he did hear my voicc out 40 For thout hast girited me with strength to batof his temple, and ny cry dill enter into his ears. tle: them that rost up against me hast thou sub

8 Then the earth shook and trembled: the found- dued under me. ations of heaven moved and shook, because he 41 Thou hast also given me the necks of minn was wroth.

enemies, that I might destroy then that hate me. 9 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, l 42 l'licy looked, but there was none to save; eoen and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were unto the Lorn, but lie answered them not. kindled by it.

43 Then did I beat them as small as the dust of 10 lle bowed the leavens also, and came down; the carui, I did stamp them as the mire of the and darkness was under his feet.

street, and lid spread them abroad. 11 And he rode upon a cherubs, and did fly: anc:. 44 Thou also hast delivered me from the striv. he was seen upon the wings of the wind. ings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head

12 And he made darkness pavilionsround about of ihe heathen: a people which I knew not shall hin, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies. serve me.

13 Through the brightness before hiin were coals 45Strangers shall submit themselves into me: as of fire kiudled.

soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me. 14 The Lord thundereal from hcaven, and the 46 Strangers shall fade away, and they shall : Slost lligli uttered his voice.

afraill out of their close places. 15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; 47 The Lordliveth; and blessed be my rock; aud lightning, and discomfited ihemi.

exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation. 16 And the channels of the sea appeared, the 48 ft is God that avengeth me, and that bringeih foundations of the world were discovered, at the down the peopie under me, rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath 49 And that bringeth me forth from niine eneof his nostrils.

mies: thou also hast listed me up on high above 17 tle sent from above, he took me; he drew them that rose up against me: thou hast deliv. ne (il of many waters:

ered me from the violent man. 18 He delivered me froin my strong enemy, and 50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O froin them that liated me :' for thiey were too LORD, among the hcachen, and I will sing praises strong for me.

unto thy name. 19 They prevented me in the day of niy calami- 51 He is the tower of salvation for his king: and ty : bul the LORD was my stay.

sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and 190 lle brought ne forth also into a large place: to his secil for evermore. he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

CUAP. XXIII. 21 The Lord rewarded me according to my right- David's faith in God's promises. Sounces according to be cleanness of my liands Now these hot sebager worden of the wind. Die

2 For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and was raised up on high, the anointed of the God have not wickedly departed from my God. of Jacob, aud the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,

23 For all his judgments were before me: and as ? The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his fur liis suututes I did not depart from them. word was in my tongue.

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