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  Second Samuel

1 And it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the A-mal-ek-ites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag; 2it came to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul, with his clothes rent, and earth upon his head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance. 3And David said unto him, From where come you? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped. 4And David said unto him, How went the matter? I pray you, tell me. And he answered, The people are fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also. 5And David said unto the young man that told him, How know you that Saul and Jonathan his son are dead? 6And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount Gil-bo-a, behold, Saul was leaning upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and the horsemen followed hard after him. 7And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered, Here am I. 8And he said unto me, Who are you? And I answered him, I am an A-mal-ek-ite. 9And he said unto me, Stand, I pray you, beside me, and slay me; for anguish has taken hold of me, because my life is yet whole in me. 10So I stood beside him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord.

11Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him: 12and they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of Jehovah, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword. 13And David said unto the young man that told him, where are you? And he answered, I am the son of a sojourner, an Amalekite. 14And David said unto him, How were you not afraid to put forth your hand to destroy Jehovahís anointed? 15And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he struck him, so that he died. 16And David said unto him, your blood be upon your head; for your mouth has testified against you, saying, I have slain Jehovahís anointed.

17And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son 18(and he said them teach the children of Judah the song of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jashar): 19Thy glory, O Israel, is slain upon your high places! How are the mighty fallen! 20Tell it not in Gath, Publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon; unless the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, unless the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. 21Ye mountains of Gilboa, Let there be no dew nor rain upon you, neither fields of offerings: For there the shield of the mighty was vilely cast away, The shield of Saul, not anointed with oil. 22From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, The bow of Jonathan turned not back, And the sword of Saul returned not empty. 23Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, And in their death they were not divided: They were swifter than eagles, They were stronger than lions. 24Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, Who clothed you in scarlet delicately, Who put ornaments of gold upon your apparel. 25How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan is slain upon your high places. 26I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan: Very pleasant has you been unto me: your love to me was wonderful, Passing the love of women. 27How are the mighty fallen, And the weapons of war perished!

 

2 And it came to pass after this, that David inquired of Jehovah, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And Jehovah said unto him, Go up. And David said, where shall I go up? And he said, Unto He-bron. 2So David went up there, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. 3And his men that were with him did David bring up, every man with his household: and they dwelt in the cities of He-bron. 4And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, The men of Ja-besh-gil-e-ad were they that buried Saul. 5And David sent messengers unto the men of Ja-besh-gil-e-ad, and said unto them, Blessed be you of Jehovah, that you have showed this kindness unto your lord, even unto Saul, and have buried him. 6And now Jehovah show lovingkindness and truth unto you: and I also will requite you this kindness, because you have done this thing. 7Now therefore let your hands be strong, and be you valiant; for Saul your lord is dead, and also the house of Judah have anointed me king over them.

8Now Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saulís host, had taken Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Ma-ha-na-im; 9and he made him king over Gil-e-ad, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over E-phra-im, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel. 10Ish-bosheth, Saulís son, was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and he reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David. 11And the time that David was king in He-bron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months. 12And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, went out from Ma-ha-na-im to Gibeon. 13And Joab the son of Zeruiah, and the servants of David, went out, and met them by the pool of Gibeon; and they sat down, the one on the one side of the pool, and the other on the other side of the pool. 14And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men, I pray you, arise and play before us. And Joab said, Let them arise. 15Then they arose and went over by number: twelve for Benjamin, and for Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David. 16And they caught every one his fellow by the head, and thrust his sword in his fellowís side; so they fell down together: why that place was called Helkath-hazzurim, which is in Gibeon. 17And the battle was very greatly that day: and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.

18And the three sons of Zeruiah were there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asahel: and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe. 19And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner. 20Then Abner looked behind him, and said, Is it you, Asahel? And he answered, It is I. 21And Abner said to him, Turn you aside to your right hand or to your left, and lay you hold on one of the young men, and take you his armor. But Asahel would not turn aside from following him. 22And Abner said again to Asahel, Turn you aside from following me: why should I strike you to the ground? how then should I hold up my face to Joab your brother? 23Howbeit he refused to turn aside: why Abner with the hinder end of the spear struck him in the body, so that the spear came out behind him; and he fell down there, and died in the same place: and it came to pass, that as many as came to the place where Asahel fell down and died stood still. 24But Joab and Abishai pursued after Abner: and the sun went down when they were come to the hill of Ammah, that lies before Giah by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon.

25And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together after Abner, and became one band, and stood on the top of a hill. 26Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? know you not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall it be then, ere you bid the people return from following their brethren? 27And Joab said, As God lives, if you had not spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone away, nor followed every one his brother. 28So Joab blew the trumpet; and all the people stood still, and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any more. 29And Abner and his men went all that night through the Arabah; and they passed over the Jordan, and went through all Bithron, and came to Ma-ha-na-im. 30And Joab returned from following Abner: and when he had gathered all the people together, there lacked of Davidís servants nineteen men and Asahel. 31But the servants of David had crushed of Benjamin, and of Abnerís men, so that three hundred and threescore men died. 32And they took up Asahel, and buried him in the sepulchre of his father, which was in Beth-lehem. And Joab and his men went all night, and the day brake upon them at He-bron.

 

3 Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: and David waxed stronger and stronger, but the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker. 2And unto David were sons born in He-bron: and his first-born was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; 3and his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Ma-a-chah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; 4and the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital; 5and the sixth, Ithream, of Eglah, Davidís wife. These were born to David in He-bron. 6And it came to pass, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong in the house of Saul.

7Now Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of A-jah: and Ish-bosheth said to Abner, why has you gone in unto my fatherís concubine? 8Then was Abner very angry for the words of Ish-bosheth, and said, Am I a dogís head that belongs to Judah? This day do I show kindness unto the house of Saul your father, to his brethren, and to his friends, and have not delivered you into the hand of David; and yet you charge me this day with a fault concerning this woman. 9God do so to Abner, and more also, if, as Jehovah has sworn to David, I do not even so to him; 10to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to Beer-She-ba. 11And he could not answer Abner another word, because he feared him. 12And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, Whose is the land? saying also, Make your league with me, and, behold, my hand shall be with you, to bring about all Israel unto you. 13And he said, Well; I will make a league with you; but one thing I require of you: that is, you shall not see my face, except you first bring Michal, Saulís daughter, when you come to see my face. 14And David sent messengers to Ish-bosheth, Saulís son, saying, Deliver me my wife Michal, whom I betrothed to me for a hundred foreskins of the Philistines. 15And Ish-bosheth sent, and took her from her husband, even from Paltiel the son of Laish. 16And her husband went with her, weeping as he went, and followed her to Bahurim. Then said Abner unto him, Go, return: and he returned. 17And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, In times past you sought for David to be king over you: 18now then do it; for Jehovah has spoken of David, saying, By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel out of the hand of the Philistines, and out of the hand of all their enemies. 19And Abner also spoke in the ears of Benjamin: and Abner went also to speak in the ears of David in He-bron all that seemed good to Israel, and to the whole house of Benjamin. 20So Abner came to David to He-bron, and twenty men with him. And David made Abner and the men that were with him a feast. 21And Abner said unto David, I will arise and go, and will gather all Israel unto my lord the king, that they may make a covenant with you, and that you may reign over all that your soul desires. And David sent Abner away; and he went in peace.

22And, behold, the servants of David and Joab came from a foray, and brought in a great spoil with them: but Abner was not with David in He-bron; for he had sent him away, and he was gone in peace. 23When Joab and all the host that was with him were come, they told Joab, saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he has sent him away, and he is gone in peace. 24Then Joab came to the king, and said, What has you done? behold, Abner came unto you; why is it that you have sent him away, and he is quite gone? 25Thou know Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive you, and to know your going out and your coming in, and to know all that you does. 26And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the well of Sirah: but David knew it not. 27And when Abner was returned to He-bron, Joab took him aside into the midst of the gate to speak with him quietly, and struck him there in the body, so that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother. 28And afterward, when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom are guiltless before Jehovah for ever of the blood of Abner the son of Ner: 29let it fall upon the head of Joab, and upon all his fatherís house; and let there not fail from the house of Joab one that has an issue, or that is a leper, or that leaneth on a staff, or that falls by the sword, or that lacks bread. 30So Joab and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he had killed their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle. 31And David said to Joab, and to all the people that were with him, Rend your clothes, and gird you with sackcloth, and mourn before Abner. And king David followed the bier. 32And they buried Abner in He-bron: and the king lifted up his voice, and wept at the grave of Abner; and all the people wept. 33And the king lamented for Abner, and said, Should Abner die as a fool dies? 34Thy hands were not bound, nor your feet put into fetters: As a man falls before the children of iniquity, so did you fall. And all the people wept again over him. 35And all the people came to cause David to eat bread while it was yet day; but David sware, saying, God do so to me, and more also, if I taste bread, or anything else, till the sun be down. 36And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them; as whatsoever the king did pleased all the people. 37So all the people and all Israel understood that day that it was not of the king to slay Abner the son of Ner. 38And the king said unto his servants, Know you not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel? 39And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah are too hard for me: Jehovah reward the evil-doer according to his wickedness.

 

4 And when Ish-bosheth, Saulís son, heard that Abner was dead in He-bron, his hands became feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled. 2And Ish-bosheth, Saulís son, had two men that were captains of bands: the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin (for Beeroth also is reckoned to Benjamin: 3and the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and have been sojourners there until this day). 4Now Jonathan, Saulís son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel; and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made hurry to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth. 5And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ish-bosheth, as he took his rest at noon. 6And they came there into the midst of the house, as though they would have brought wheat; and they struck him in the body: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped. 7Now when they came into the house, as he lay on his bed in his bedchamber, they struck him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and took his head, and went by the way of the Arabah all night. 8And they brought the head of Ish-bosheth unto David to He-bron, and said to the king, Behold, the head of Ish-bosheth, the son of Saul, your enemy, who sought your life; and Jehovah has avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed.

9And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said unto them, As Jehovah lives, who has redeemed my soul out of all adversity, 10when one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, which was the reward I gave him for his tidings. 11How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed, shall I not now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth? 12And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hung them up beside the pool in He-bron. But they took the head of Ish-bosheth, and buried it in the grave of Abner in He-bron.

 

5 Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto He-bron, and spoke, saying, Behold, we are your bone and your flesh. 2In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you that led out and brought in Israel: and Jehovah said to you, you shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel. 3So all the elders of Israel came to the king to He-bron; and king David made a covenant with them in He-bron before Jehovah: and they anointed David king over Israel. 4David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5In He-bron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months; and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.

6And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who spoke unto David, saying, Except you take away the blind and the lame, you shall not come in hither; thinking, David cannot come in hither. 7Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion; the same is the city of David. 8And David said on that day, whoever ever smite the Jebusites, let him get up to the watercourse, and strike the lame and the blind, that are hated of Davidís soul. Why they say, There are the blind and the lame; he cannot come into the house. 9And David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward. 10And David waxed greater and greater; for Jehovah, the God of hosts, was with him.

11And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar-trees, and carpenters, and masons; and they built David a house. 12And David perceived that Jehovah had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israelís sake. 13And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from He-bron; and there were yet sons and daughters born to David. 14And these are the names of those that were born unto him in Jerusalem: Shammua, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon, 15and Ibhar, and Elishua, and Neph-eg, and Japhia, 16and Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphelet.

17And when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the stronghold. 18Now the Philistines had come and spread themselves in the valley of Reph-a-im. 19And David inquired of Jehovah, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? will you deliver them into my hand? And Jehovah said unto David, Go up; for I will certainly deliver the Philistines into your hand. 20And David came to Baal-perazim, and David struck them there; and he said, Jehovah has broken my enemies before me, like the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baal-perazim. 21And they left their images there; and David and his men took them away. 22And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Reph-a-im. 23And when David inquired of Jehovah, he said, you shall not go up: make a circuit behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry-trees. 24And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry-trees, that then you shall bestir yourself; for then is Jehovah gone out before you to strike the host of the Philistines. 25And David did so, as Jehovah commanded him, and struck the Philistines from Geba until you come to Gezer.

 

6 And David again gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him, from Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name, even the name of Jehovah of hosts that sits above the cherubim. 3And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of A-bin-a-dab that was in the hill: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of A-bin-a-dab, drove the new cart. 4And they brought it out of the house of A-bin-a-dab, which was in the hill, with the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark. 5And David and all the house of Israel played before Jehovah with all manner of instruments made of fir-wood, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with castanets, and with cymbals.

6And when they came to the threshing-floor of Nacon, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen stumbled. 7And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Uzzah; and God struck him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God. 8And David was displeased, because Jehovah had broken forth upon Uzzah; and he called that place Perez-uzzah, unto this day. 9And David was afraid of Jehovah that day; and he said, How shall the ark of Jehovah come unto me? 10So David would not remove the ark of Jehovah unto him into the city of David; but David carried it aside into the house of Obed-E-dom the Gittite. 11And the ark of Jehovah remained in the house of Obed-E-dom the Gittite three months: and Jehovah blessed Obed-E-dom, and all his house.

12And it was told king David, saying, Jehovah has blessed the house of Obed-E-dom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. And David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-E-dom into the city of David with joy. 13And it was so, that, when they that bare the ark of Jehovah had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. 14And David danced before Jehovah with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. 15So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of Jehovah with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. 16And it was so, as the ark of Jehovah came into the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out at the window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before Jehovah; and she despised him in her heart. 17And they brought in the ark of Jehovah, and set it in its place, in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings before Jehovah. 18And when David had made an end of offering the burnt-offering and the peace-offerings, he blessed the people in the name of Jehovah of hosts. 19And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, both to men and women, to every one a cake of bread, and a portion of flesh, and a cake of raisins. So all the people departed every one to his house.

20Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel today, who uncovered himself today in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovers himself! 21And David said unto Michal, It was before Jehovah, who chose me above your father, and above all his house, to appoint me prince over the people of Jehovah, over Israel: therefore will I play before Jehovah. 22And I will be yet more vile than this, and will be base in my own sight: but of the handmaids of whom you have spoken, of them shall I be had in honor. 23And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.

 

7 And it came to pass, when the king dwelt in his house, and Jehovah had given him rest from all his enemies round about, 2that the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within curtains. 3And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in your heart; for Jehovah is with you.

4And it came to pass the same night, that the word of Jehovah came unto Nathan, saying, 5Go and tell my servant David, Thus says Jehovah, shall you build me a house for me to dwell in? 6for I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. 7In all places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel, spoke I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to be shepherd of my people Israel, saying, Why have you not built me a house of cedar? 8Now therefore thus shall you say unto my servant David, Thus says Jehovah of hosts, I took you from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people, over Israel; 9and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make you a great name, like unto the name of the great ones that are in the earth. 10And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place, and be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as at the first, 11and as from the day that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel; and I will cause you to rest from all your enemies. Moreover Jehovah tells you that Jehovah will make you a house. 12When your days are fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, that shall proceed out of your bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. 13He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14I will be his father, and he shall be my son: if he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men; 15but my lovingkindness shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before you. 16And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before you: your throne shall be established for ever. 17According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.

18Then David the king went in, and sat before Jehovah; and he said, Who am I, O Lord Jehovah, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? 19And this was yet a small thing in your eyes, O Lord Jehovah; but you have spoken also of your servantís house for a great while to come; and this too after the manner of men, O Lord Jehovah! 20And what can David say more unto you? for you know your servant, O Lord Jehovah. 21For your wordís sake, and according to your own heart, has you worked all this greatness, to make your servant know it. 22why you are great, O Jehovah God: for there is none like you, neither is there any God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 23And what one nation in the earth is like your people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem unto himself for a people, and to make him a name, and to do great things for you, and terrible things for your land, before your people, whom you redeeme to you out of Egypt, from the nations and their gods? 24And you did establish to yourself your people Israel to be a people unto you for ever; and you, Jehovah, became their God. 25And now, O Jehovah God, the word that you have spoken concerning your servant, and concerning his house, confirm you it for ever, and do as you have spoken. 26And let your name be magnified for ever, saying, Jehovah of hosts is God over Israel; and the house of your servant David shall be established before you. 27For you, O Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, has revealed to your servant, saying, I will build you a house: therefore has your servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto you. 28And now, O Lord Jehovah, you are God, and your words are truth, and you have promised this good thing unto your servant: 29now therefore let it please you to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue for ever before you; for you, O Lord Jehovah, has spoken it: and with your blessing let the house of your servant be blessed for ever.

 

8 And after this it came to pass, that David struck the Philistines, and subdued them: and David took the bridle of the mother city out of the hand of the Philistines. 2And he struck Moab, and measured them with the line, making them to lie down on the ground; and he measured two lines to put to death, and one full line to keep alive. And the Moabites became servants to David, and brought tribute. 3David struck also Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his dominion at the River. 4And David took from him a thousand and seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: and David hocked all the chariot horses, but reserved of them for a hundred chariots. 5And when the Syrians of Damascus came to succor Hadadezer king of Zobah, David struck of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men. 6Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became servants to David, and brought tribute. And Jehovah gave victory to David wherever he went. 7And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem. 8And from Betah and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, king David took exceeding much brass.

9And when Toi king of Hamath heard that David had crushed all the host of Hadadezer, 10then Toi sent Joram his son unto king David, to salute him, and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and crushed him: for Hadadezer had wars with Toi. And Joram brought with him vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and vessels of brass: 11These also did king David dedicate unto Jehovah, with the silver and gold that he dedicated of all the nations which he subdued; 12of Syria, and of Moab, and of the children of Ammon, and of the Philistines, and of Am-a-lek, and of the spoil of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah. 13And David got him a name when he returned from smiting the Syrians in the Valley of Salt, even eighteen thousand men. 14And he put garrisons in E-dom; throughout all E-dom put he garrisons, and all the E-dom-ites became servants to David. And Jehovah gave victory to David wherever he went.

15And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed justice and righteousness unto all his people. 16And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder; 17and Zadok the son of A-hi-tub, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, were priests; and Seraiah was scribe; 18and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and Davidís sons were chief ministers.

 

9 And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathanís sake? 2And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba, and they called him unto David; and the king said unto him, are you Ziba? And he said, your servant is he. 3And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan has yet a son, who is lame of his feet. 4And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Ma-chir the son of Ammiel, in Lo-debar. 5Then king David sent, and brought him out of the house of Ma-chir the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar. 6And Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came unto David, and fell on his face, and did obeisance. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold, your servant! 7And David said unto him, Fear not; for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your fatherís sake, and will restore you all the land of Saul your father; and you shall eat bread at my table continually. 8And he did obeisance, and said, What is your servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I am?

9Then the king called to Ziba, Saulís servant, and said unto him, All that pertained to Saul and to all his house have I given unto your masterís son. 10And you shall till the land for him, you, and your sons, and your servants; and you shall bring in the fruits, that your masterís son may have bread to eat: but Mephibosheth your masterís son shall eat bread always at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king commanded his servant, so shall your servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the kingís sons. 12And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. And all that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth. 13So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem; for he did eat continually at the kingís table. And he was lame in both his feet.

 

10 And it came to pass after this, that the king of the children of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his stead. 2And David said, I will show kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father showed kindness unto me. So David sent by his servants to comfort him concerning his father. And Davidís servants came into the land of the children of Ammon. 3But the princes of the children of Ammon said unto Hanun their lord, think you that David does honor your father, in that he has sent comforters unto you? have not David sent his servants unto you to search the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it? 4So Hanun took Davidís servants, and shaved off the one half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away. 5When they told it unto David, he sent to meet them; for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown, and then return.

6And when the children of Ammon saw that they were become odious to David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Beth-rehob, and the Syrians of Zobah, twenty thousand footmen, and the king of Ma-a-chah with a thousand men, and the men of Tob twelve thousand men. 7And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty men. 8And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array at the entrance of the gate: and the Syrians of Zobah and of Rehob, and the men of Tob and Ma-a-chah, were by themselves in the field. 9Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him before and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians: 10And the rest of the people he committed into the hand of Abishai his brother; and he put them in array against the children of Ammon. 11And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the children of Ammon be too strong for you, then I will come and help you. 12Be of good courage, and let us play the man for our people, and for the cities of our God: and Jehovah do that which seems him good. 13So Joab and the people that were with him drew near unto the battle against the Syrians: and they fled before him. 14And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fled, they likewise fled before Abishai, and entered into the city. Then Joab returned from the children of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem.

 

11 And it came to pass, at the return of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried at Jerusalem. 2And it came to pass at eventide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the kingís house: and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. 3And David send and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bath-She-ba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? 4And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her (for she was purified from her uncleanness); and she returned unto her house. 5And the woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, I am with child.

6And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. 7And when Uriah was come unto him, David asked of him how Joab did, and how the people fared, and how the war prospered. 8And David said to Uriah, Go down to your house, and wash your feet. And Uriah departed out of the kingís house, and there followed him a mess of food from the king. 9But Uriah slept at the door of the kingís house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house. 10And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, are you not come from a journey? why did you not go down unto your house? 11And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in booths; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are camped in the open field; shall I then go into my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as you livest, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing. 12And David said to Uriah, Tarry here today also, and to-morrow I will let you depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the next day. 13And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house.

14And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set you Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire you from him, that he may be crushed, and die. 16And it came to pass, when Joab kept watch upon the city, that he assigned Uriah unto the place where he knew that valiant men were. 17And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people, even of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also. 18Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war; 19and he charged the messenger, saying, When you have made an end of telling all the things concerning the war unto the king, 20it shall be that, if the kingís wrath arise, and he say unto you, why went you so near unto the city to fight? knew you not that they would shoot from the wall? 21who struck A-bim-e-lech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast an upper millstone upon him from the wall, so that he died at Thebez? why went you so near the wall? then shall you say, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. 22So the messenger went, and came and showed David all that Joab had sent him for. 23And the messenger said unto David, The men prevailed against us, and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the entrance of the gate. 24And the shooters shot at your servants from off the wall; and some of the kingís servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. 25Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shall you say unto Joab, Let not this thing displease you, for the sword devours one as well as another; make your battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it: and encourage you him. 26And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she made lamentation for her husband. 27And when the mourning was past, David sent and took her home to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased Jehovah.

 

12 And Jehovah sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. 2The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds; 3but the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own morsel, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. 4And there came a traveler unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him, but took the poor manís lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. 5And Davidís anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As Jehovah lives, the man that has done this is worthy to die: 6and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. 7And Nathan said to David, you are the man. Thus says Jehovah, the God of Israel, I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul; 8and I gave you your masterís house, and your masterís wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added unto you such and such things. 9why has you despised the word of Jehovah, to do that which is evil in his sight? you have crushed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and has taken his wife to be your wife, and has slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. 10Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me, and has taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife. 11Thus says Jehovah, Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them unto your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12For you did it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. 13And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against Jehovah. And Nathan said unto David, Jehovah also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14Howbeit, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of Jehovah to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto you shall surely die.

15And Nathan departed unto his house. And Jehovah struck the child that Uriahís wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. 16David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. 17And the elders of his house arose, and stood beside him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. 18And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead; for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spoke unto him, and he listened not unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead! 19But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David perceived that the child was dead; and David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. 20Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel; and he came into the house of Jehovah, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat. 21Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that you have done? you did fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, you did rise and eat bread. 22And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who knows whether Jehovah will not be gracious to me, that the child may live? 23But now he is dead, why should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me. 24And David comforted Bath-She-ba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon. And Jehovah loved him; 25and he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, for Jehovahís sake.

26Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and took the royal city. 27And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I have fought against Rabbah; yes, I have taken the city of waters. 28Now therefore gather the rest of the people together, and camp against the city, and take it; unless I take the city, and it be called after my name. 29And David gathered all the people together, and went to Rabbah, and fought against it, and took it. 30And he took the crown of their king from off his head; and the weight thereof was a talent of gold, and in it were precious stones; and it was set on Davidís head. And he brought forth the spoil of the city, exceeding much. 31And he brought forth the people that were therein, and put them under saws, and under harrows of iron, and under axes of iron, and made them pass through the brick kiln: and thus did he unto all the cities of the children of Ammon. And David and all the people returned unto Jerusalem.

 

13 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose name was Ta-mar; and Amnon the son of David loved her. 2And Amnon was so vexed that he fell sick because of his sister Ta-mar; for she was a virgin; and it seemed hard to Amnon to do anything unto her. 3But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, Davidís brother; and Jonadab was a very subtle man. 4And he said unto him, Why, O son of the king, are you thus lean from day to day? will you not tell me? And Amnon said unto him, I love Ta-mar, my brother Absalomís sister. 5And Jonadab said unto him, Lay you down on your bed, and feign yourself sick: and when your father comes to see you, say unto him, Let my sister Ta-mar come, I pray you, and give me bread to eat, and dress the food in my sight, that I may see it, and eat it from her hand. 6So Amnon lay down, and feigned himself sick: and when the king was come to see him, Amnon said unto the king, Let her sister Ta-mar come, I pray you, and make me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat from her hand. 7Then David sent home to Ta-mar, saying, Go now to your brother Amnonís house, and dress him food. 8So Ta-mar went to her brother Amnonís house; and he was laid down. And she took dough, and kneaded it, and made cakes in his sight, and did bake the cakes. 9And she took the pan, and poured them out before him; but he refused to eat. And Amnon said, Have out all men from me. And they went out every man from him. 10And Amnon said unto Ta-mar, Bring the food into the chamber, that I may eat from your hand. And Ta-mar took the cakes which she had made, and brought them into the chamber to Amnon her brother. 11And when she had brought them near unto him to eat, he took hold of her, and said unto her, Come, lie with me, my sister. 12And she answered him, no, my brother, do not force me; for no such thing ought to be done in Israel: do not you this folly. 13And I, where shall I carry my shame? and as for you, you will be as one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, I pray you, speak unto the king; for he will not withhold me from you. 14Howbeit he would not listen unto her voice; but being stronger than she, he forced her, and lay with her. 15Then Amnon hated her with exceeding great hatred; for the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her. And Amnon said unto her, Arise, be gone. 16And she said unto him, Not so, because this great wrong in putting me forth is worse than the other that you did unto me. But he would not listen unto her. 17Then he called his servant that ministered unto him, and said, Put now this woman out from me, and bolt the door after her. 18And she had a garment of divers colors upon her; for with such robes were the kingís daughters that were virgins appareled. Then his servant brought her out, and bolted the door after her. 19And Ta-mar put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of divers colors that was on her; and she laid her hand on her head, and went her way, crying aloud as she went. 20And Absalom her brother said unto her, has Amnon your brother been with you? but now hold your peace, my sister: he is your brother; take not this thing to heart. So Ta-mar remained desolate in her brother Absalomís house.

21But when king David heard of all these things, he was very angry. 22And Absalom spoke unto Amnon neither good nor bad; for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Ta-mar. 23And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom had sheep-shearers in Baal-Ha-zor, which is beside E-phra-im: and Absalom invited all the kingís sons. 24And Absalom came to the king, and said, Behold now, your servant has sheep-shearers; let the king, I pray you, and his servants go with your servant. 25And the king said to Absalom, no, my son, let us not all go, unless we be burdensome unto you. And he pressed him: howbeit he would not go, but blessed him. 26Then said Absalom, If not, I pray you, let my brother Amnon go with us. And the king said unto him, Why should he go with you? 27But Absalom pressed him, and he let Amnon and all the kingís sons go with him. 28And Absalom commanded his servants, saying, Mark you now, when Amnonís heart is merry with wine; and when I say unto you, strike Amnon, then kill him; fear not; have not I commanded you? be courageous, and be valiant. 29And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the kingís sons arose, and every man got him up upon his mule, and fled.

30And it came to pass, while they were in the way, that the tidings came to David, saying, Absalom has slain all the kingís sons, and there is not one of them left. 31Then the king arose, and rent his garments, and lay on the earth; and all his servants stood by with their clothes rent. 32And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, Davidís brother, answered and said, Let not my lord suppose that they have killed all the young men the kingís sons; for Amnon only is dead; for by the appointment of Absalom this has been determined from the day that he forced his sister Ta-mar. 33Now therefore let not my lord the king take the thing to his heart, to think that all the kingís sons are dead; for Amnon only is dead. 34But Absalom fled. And the young man that kept the watch lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came much people by the way of the hill-side behind him. 35And Jonadab said unto the king, Behold, the kingís sons are come: as your servant said, so it is. 36And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of speaking, that, behold, the kingís sons came, and lifted up their voice, and wept: and the king also and all his servants wept very greatly. 37But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai the son of Ammihur, king of Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day. 38So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three years. 39And the soul of king David longed to go forth unto Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.

 

14 Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the kingís heart was toward Absalom. 2And Joab sent to Tekoa, and brought there a wise woman, and said unto her, I pray you, feign yourself to be a mourner, and put on mourning apparel, I pray you, and anoint not yourself with oil, but be as a woman that has a long time mourned for the dead: 3and go in to the king, and speak on this manner unto him. So Joab put the words in her mouth. 4And when the woman of Tekoa spoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, Help, O king. 5And the king said unto her, What ails you? And she answered, Of a truth I am a widow, and my husband is dead. 6And your handmaid had two sons, and they two argued together in the field, and there was none to part them, but the one struck the other, and killed him. 7And, behold, the whole family is risen against your handmaid, and they say, Deliver him that struck his brother, that we may kill him for the life of his brother whom he slew, and so destroy the heir also. Thus will they quench my coal which is left, and will leave to my husband neither name nor remainder upon the face of the earth. 8And the king said unto the woman, Go to your house, and I will give charge concerning you. 9And the woman of Tekoa said unto the king, My lord, O king, the iniquity be on me, and on my fatherís house; and the king and his throne be guiltless. 10And the king said, whoever says anything unto you, bring him to me, and he shall not touch you any more. 11Then said she, I pray you, let the king remember Jehovah your God, that the avenger of blood destroy not any more, unless they destroy my son. And he said, As Jehovah lives, there shall not one hair of your son fall to the earth. 12Then the woman said, Let your handmaid, I pray you, speak a word unto my lord the king. And he said, Say on. 13And the woman said, why then has you devised such a thing against the people of God? for in speaking this word the king is as one that is guilty, in that the king does not bring home again his banished one. 14For we must needs die, and are as water split on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither does God take away life, but devises means, that he that is banished be not an outcast from him. 15Now therefore seeing that I am come to speak this word unto my lord the king, it is because the people have made me afraid: and your handmaid said, I will now speak unto the king; it may be that the king will perform the request of his servant. 16For the king will hear, to deliver his servant out of the hand of the man that would destroy me and my son together out of the inheritance of God. 17Then your handmaid said, Let, I pray you, the word of my lord the king be comfortable; for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and bad: and Jehovah your God be with you. 18Then the king answered and said unto the woman, Hide not from me, I pray you, anything that I shall ask you. And the woman said, Let my lord the king now speak. 19And the king said, Is the hand of Joab with you in all this? And the woman answered and said, As your soul lives, my lord the king, none can turn to the right hand or to the left from anything that my lord the king has spoken; for your servant Joab, he said me, and he put all these words in the mouth of your handmaid; 20to change the face of the matter has your servant Joab done this thing: and my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth.

21And the king said unto Joab, Behold now, I have done this thing: go therefore, bring the young man Absalom back. 22And Joab fell to the ground on his face, and did obeisance, and blessed the king: and Joab said, Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your sight, my lord, O king, in that the king has performed the request of his servant. 23So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem. 24And the king said, Let him turn to his own house, but let him not see my face. So Absalom turned to his own house, and saw not the kingís face. 25Now in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him. 26And when he cut the hair of his head (now it was at every yearís end that he cut it; because it was heavy on him, therefore he cut it); he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels, after the kingís weight. 27And unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter, whose name was Ta-mar: she was a woman of a fair countenance.

28And Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem; and he saw not the kingís face. 29Then Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king; but he would not come to him: and he sent again a second time, but he would not come. 30Therefore he said unto his servants, See, Joabís field is near my, and he has barley there; go and set it on fire. And Absalomís servants set the field on fire. 31Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house, and said unto him, why have your servants set my field on fire? 32And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent unto you, saying, Come hither, that I may send you to the king, to say, why am I come from Geshur? it were better for me to be there still. Now therefore let me see the kingís face; and if there be iniquity in me, let him kill me. 33So Joab came to the king, and told him; and when he had called for Absalom, he came to the king, and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king: and the king kissed Absalom.

 

15 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run before him. 2And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that, when any man had a suit which should come to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what city are you? And he said, your servant is of one of the tribes of Israel. 3And Absalom said unto him, See, your matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear you. 4Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man who has any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice! 5And it was so, that, when any man came near to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took hold of him, and kissed him. 6And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

7And it came to pass at the end of forty years, that Absalom said unto the king, I pray you, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto Jehovah, in He-bron. 8For your servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If Jehovah shall indeed bring me again to Jerusalem, then I will serve Jehovah. 9And the king said unto him, Go in peace. So he arose, and went to He-bron. 10But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then you shall say, Absalom is king in He-bron. 11And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that were invited, and went in their simplicity; and they knew not anything. 12And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, Davidís counselor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he was offering the sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom.

13And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom. 14And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for else none of us shall escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, unless he overtake us quickly, and bring down evil upon us, and strike the city with the edge of the sword. 15And the kingís servants said unto the king, Behold, your servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall choose. 16And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And the king left ten women, that were concubines, to keep the house. 17And the king went forth, and all the people after him; and they tarried in Beth-merhak. 18And all his servants passed on beside him; and all the Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men that came after him from Gath, passed on before the king. 19Then said the king to Ittai the Gittite, why go you also with us? return, and abide with the king: for you are a foreigner, and also an exile; return to your own place. 20Whereas you came but yesterday, should I this day make you go up and down with us, seeing I go where I may? return you, and take back your brethren; mercy and truth be with you. 21And Ittai answered the king, and said, As Jehovah lives, and as my lord the king lives, surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether for death or for life, even there also will your servant be. 22And David said to Ittai, Go and pass over. And Ittai the Gittite passed over, and all his men, and all the little ones that were with him. 23And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people passed over: the king also himself passed over the brook Kidron, and all the people passed over, toward the way of the wilderness.

24And, lo, Zadok also came, and all the Levites with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of God; and they set down the ark of God; and Abiathar went up, until all the people had done passing out of the city. 25And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city: if I shall find favor in the eyes of Jehovah, he will bring me again, and show me both it, and his habitation: 26but if he say thus, I have no delight in you; behold, here am I, let him do to me as seems good unto him. 27The king said also unto Zadok the priest, are you not a seer? return into the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz your son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar. 28See, I will tarry at the fords of the wilderness, until there come word from you to certify me. 29Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God again to Jerusalem: and they abode there. 30And David went up by the ascent of the mount of Olives, and wept as he went up; and he had his head covered, and went barefoot: and all the people that were with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up.

31And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O Jehovah, I pray you, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness. 32And it came to pass, that, when David was come to the top of the ascent, where God was worshipped, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet him with his coat rent, and earth upon his head. 33And David said unto him, If you pass on with me, then you will be a burden unto me: 34but if you return to the city, and say unto Absalom, I will be your servant, O king; as I have been your fatherís servant in time past, so will I now be your servant; then will you defeat for me the counsel of Ahithophel. 35And has you not there with you Zadok and Abiathar the priests? therefore it shall be, that what thing soever you shall hear out of the kingís house, you shall tell it to Zadok and Abiathar the priests. 36Behold, they have there with them their two sons, Ahimaaz, Zadokís son, and Jonathan, Abiatharís son; and by them you shall send unto me everything that you shall hear. 37So Hushai, Davidís friend, came into the city; and Absalom came into Jerusalem.

 

16 And when David was a little past the top of the ascent, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and a hundred clusters of raisins, and a hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine. 2And the king said unto Ziba, What mean you by these? And Ziba said, The asses are for the kingís household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as are faint in the wilderness may drink. 3And the king said, And where is your masterís son? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he abides at Jerusalem; for he said, Today will the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father. 4Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, your is all that pertain unto Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I do obeisance; let me find favor in your sight, my lord, O king.

5And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, there came out there a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shim-i, the son of Gera; he came out, and cursed still as he came. 6And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king David: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. 7And thus said Shim-i when he cursed, Begone, begone, you man of blood, and base fellow: 8Jehovah has returned upon you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead you have reigned; and Jehovah has delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom your son; and, behold, you are taken in your own mischief, because you are a man of blood. 9Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? let me go over, I pray you, and take off his head. 10And the king said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? Because he curses, and because Jehovah has said unto him, Curse David; who then shall say, why has you done so? 11And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, who came forth from my bowels, seeks my life: how much more may this Benjamite now do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for Jehovah has bidden him. 12It may be that Jehovah will look on the wrong done unto me, and that Jehovah will requite me good for his cursing of me this day. 13So David and his men went by the way; and Shim-i went along on the hill-side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him, and cast dust. 14And the king, and all the people that were with him, came weary; and he refreshed himself there.

15And Absalom, and all the people, the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him. 16And it came to pass, when Hushai the Archite, Davidís friend, was come unto Absalom, that Hushai said unto Absalom, Long live the king, Long live the king. 17And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this your kindness to your friend? why went you not with your friend? 18And Hushai said unto Absalom, no; but whom Jehovah, and this people, and all the men of Israel have chosen, his will I be, and with him will I abide. 19And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in your fatherís presence, so will I be in your presence. 20Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give your counsel what we shall do. 21And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto your fatherís concubines, that he has left to keep the house; and all Israel will hear that you are abhorred of your father: then will the hands of all that are with you be strong. 22So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his fatherís concubines in the sight of all Israel. 23And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he gave in those days, was as if a man inquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.

 

17 Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night: 2and I will come upon him while he is weary and weak-handed, and will make him afraid; and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will strike the king only; 3and I will bring back all the people unto you: the man whom you seek is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace. 4And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel. 5Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear likewise what he says. 6And when Hushai was come to Absalom, Absalom spoke unto him, saying, Ahithophel has spoken after this manner: shall we do after his saying? if not, speak you. 7And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel has given this time is not good. 8Hushai said moreover, you know your father and his men, that they are mighty men, and they are chafed in their minds, as a bear robbed of her whelps in the field; and your father is a man of war, and will not lodge with the people. 9Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or in some other place: and it will come to pass, when some of them are fallen at the first, that whoever hears it will say, There is a slaughter among the people that follow Absalom. 10And even he that is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, will utterly melt; for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man, and they that are with him are valiant men. 11But I counsel that all Israel be gathered together unto you, from Dan even to Beer-She-ba, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude; and that you go to battle in your own person. 12So shall we come upon him in some place where he shall be found, and we will light upon him as the dew falls on the ground; and of him and of all the men that are with him we will not leave so much as one. 13Moreover, if he be gotten into a city, then shall all Israel bring ropes to that city, and we will draw it into the river, until there be not one small stone found there. 14And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For Jehovah had ordained to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that Jehovah might bring evil upon Absalom.

15Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel; and thus and thus have I counselled. 16Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this night at the fords of the wilderness, but by all means pass over; unless the king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with him. 17Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz were staying by En-rogel; and a maid-servant used to go and tell them; and they went and told king David: for they might not be seen to come into the city. 18But a lad saw them, and told Absalom: and they went both of them away quickly, and came to the house of a man in Bahurim, who had a well in his court; and they went down there. 19And the woman took and spread the covering over the wellís mouth, and strewed bruised grain thereon; and nothing was known. 20And Absalomís servants came to the woman to the house; and they said, Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said unto them, They are gone over the brook of water. And when they had sought and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem. 21And it came to pass, after they were departed, that they came up out of the well, and went and told king David; and they said unto David, Arise you, and pass quickly over the water; for thus has Ahithophel counselled against you.

 

18 And David numbered the people that were with him, and set captains of thousands and captains of hundreds over them. 2And David sent forth the people, a third part under the hand of Joab, and a third part under the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joabís brother, and a third part under the hand of Ittai the Gittite. And the king said unto the people, I will surely go forth with you myself also. 3But the people said, you shall not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us die, will they care for us: but you are worth ten thousand of us; therefore now it is better that you be ready to succor us out of the city. 4And the king said unto them, What seems you best I will do. And the king stood by the gate-side, and all the people went out by hundreds and by thousands. 5And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom. And all the people heard when the king gave all the captains charge concerning Absalom. 6So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the battle was in the forest of E-phra-im. 7And the people of Israel were crushed there before the servants of David, and there was a great slaughter there that day of twenty thousand men. 8For the battle was there spread over the face of all the country; and the forest devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

9And Absalom chanced to meet the servants of David. And Absalom was riding upon his mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between heaven and earth; and the mule that was under him went on. 10And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom hanging in an oak. 11And Joab said unto the man that told him, And, behold, you saw it, and why did you not strike him there to the ground? and I would have given you ten pieces of silver, and a girdle. 12And the man said unto Joab, Though I should receive a thousand pieces of silver in my hand, yet would I not put forth my hand against the kingís son; for in our hearing the king charged you and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Beware that none touch the young man Absalom. 13Otherwise if I had dealt falsely against his life (and there is no matter hid from the king), then you yourself would have set yourself against me. 14Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with you. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak. 15And ten young men that bare Joabís armor compassed about and struck Absalom, and slew him. 16And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from pursuing after Israel; for Joab held back the people. 17And they took Absalom, and cast him into the great pit in the forest, and raised over him a very great heap of stones: and all Israel fled every one to his tent. 18Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself the pillar, which is in the kingís dale; for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name; and it is called Absalomís monument, unto this day.

19Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that Jehovah has avenged him of his enemies. 20And Joab said unto him, you shall not be the bearer of tidings this day, but you shall bear tidings another day; but this day you shall bear no tidings, because the kingís son is dead. 21Then said Joab to the Cushite, Go, tell the king what you have seen. And the Cushite bowed himself unto Joab, and ran. 22Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet again to Joab, But come what may, let me, I pray you, also run after the Cushite. And Joab said, why will you run, my son, seeing that you will have no reward for the tidings? 23But come what may, said he, I will run. And he said unto him, Run. Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the Plain, and outran the Cushite. 24Now David was sitting between the two gates: and the watchman went up to the roof of the gate unto the wall, and lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, a man running alone. 25And the watchman cried, and told the king. And the king said, If he be alone, there is tidings in his mouth. And he came apace, and drew near. 26And the watchman saw another man running; and the watchman called unto the porter, and said, Behold, another man running alone. And the king said, He also brings tidings. 27And the watchman said, I think the running of the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king said, He is a good man, and comes with good tidings. 28And Ahimaaz called, and said unto the king, All is well. And he bowed himself before the king with his face to the earth, and said, Blessed be Jehovah your God, who has delivered up the men that lifted up their hand against my lord the king. 29And the king said, Is it well with the young man Absalom? And Ahimaaz answered, When Joab sent the kingís servant, even me your servant, I saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it was. 30And the king said, Turn aside, and stand here. And he turned aside, and stood still. 31And, behold, the Cushite came; and the Cushite said, Tidings for my lord the king; for Jehovah has avenged you this day of all them that rose up against you. 32And the king said unto the Cushite, Is it well with the young man Absalom? And the Cushite answered, The enemies of my lord the king, and all that rise up against you to do you hurt, be as that young man is. 33And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would I had died for you, O Absalom, my son, my son!

 

19 And it was told Joab, Behold, the king weeps and mourn for Absalom. 2And the victory that day was turned into mourning unto all the people; for the people heard say that day, The king grieve for his son. 3And the people got them by stealth that day into the city, as people that are ashamed steal away when they flee in battle. 4And the king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son! 5And Joab came into the house to the king, and said, you have shamed this day the faces of all your servants, who this day have saved your life, and the lives of your sons and of your daughters, and the lives of your wives, and the lives of your concubines; 6in that you love them that hate you, and hate them that love you. For you have declared this day, that princes and servants are nothing unto you: for this day I perceive, that if Absalom had lived, and all we had died this day, then it had pleased you well. 7Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak comfortably unto your servants; for I swear by Jehovah, if you go not forth, there will not tarry a man with you this night: and that will be worse unto you than all the evil that has befallen you from your youth until now. 8Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. And they told unto all the people, saying, Behold, the king is sitting in the gate: and all the people came before the king. Now Israel had fled every man to his tent.

9And all the people were at strife throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, The king delivered us out of the hand of our enemies, and he saved us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now he is fled out of the land from Absalom. 10And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why speak you not a word of bringing the king back? 11And king David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why are you the last to bring the king back to his house? seeing the speech of all Israel is come to the king, to bring him to his house. 12Ye are my brethren, you are my bone and my flesh: why then are you the last to bring back the king? 13And say you to Amasa, are you not my bone and my flesh? God do so to me, and more also, if you be not captain of the host before me continually in the room of Joab. 14And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as the heart of one man; so that they sent unto the king, saying, Return you, and all your servants. 15So the king returned, and came to the Jordan. And Judah came to Gil-gal, to go to meet the king, to bring the king over the Jordan.

16And Shim-i the son of Gera, the Benjamite, who was of Bahurim, hurried and came down with the men of Judah to meet king David. 17And there were a thousand men of Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants with him; and they went through the Jordan in the presence of the king. 18And there went over a ferry-boat to bring over the kingís household, and to do what he thought good. And Shim-i the son of Gera fell down before the king, when he was come over the Jordan. 19And he said unto the king, Let not my lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do you remember that which your servant did perversely the day that my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his heart. 20For your servant does know that I have sinned: therefore, behold, I am come this day the first of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my lord the king. 21But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not Shim-i be put to death for this, because he cursed Jehovahís anointed? 22And David said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah, that you should this day be adversaries unto me? shall there any man be put to death this day in Israel? for do not I know that I am this day king over Israel? 23And the king said unto Shim-i, you shall not die. And the king sware unto him.

24And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king; and he had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came home in peace. 25And it came to pass, when he was come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said unto him, why went not you with me, Mephibosheth? 26And he answered, My lord, O king, my servant deceived me: for your servant said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride thereon, and go with the king; because your servant is lame. 27And he has slandered your servant unto my lord the king; but my lord the king is as an angel of God: do therefore what is good in your eyes. 28For all my fatherís house were but dead men before my lord the king; yet did you set your servant among them that did eat at your own table. What right therefore have I yet that I should cry any more unto the king? 29And the king said unto him, Why speak you any more of your matters? I say, you and Ziba divide the land. 30And Mephibosheth said unto the king, yes, let him take all, forasmuch as my lord the king is come in peace unto his own house.

31And Barzillai the Gil-e-adite came down from Rogelim; and he went over the Jordan with the king, to conduct him over the Jordan. 32Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even fourscore years old: and he had provided the king with sustenance while he lay at Ma-ha-na-im; for he was a very great man. 33And the king said unto Barzillai, Come you over with me, and I will sustain you with me in Jerusalem. 34And Barzillai said unto the king, How many are the days of the years of my life, that I should go up with the king unto Jerusalem? 35I am this day fourscore years old: can I discern between good and bad? can your servant taste what I eat or what I drink? can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women? why then should your servant be yet a burden unto my lord the king? 36Thy servant would but just go over the Jordan with the king: and why should the king recompense it me with such a reward? 37Let your servant, I pray you, turn back again, that I may die in my own city, by the grave of my father and my mother. But behold, your servant Chimham; let him go over with my lord the king; and do to him what shall seem good unto you. 38And the king answered, Chimham shall go over with me, and I will do to him that which shall seem good unto you: and whatsoever you shall require of me, that will I do for you. 39And all the people went over the Jordan, and the king went over: and the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and he returned unto his own place.

40So the king went over to Gil-gal, and Chimham went over with him: and all the people of Judah brought the king over, and also half the people of Israel. 41And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said unto the king, Why have our brethren the men of Judah stolen you away, and brought the king, and his household, over the Jordan, and all Davidís men with him? 42And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the king is near of kin to us: why then are you angry for this matter? have we eaten at all at the kingís cost? or has he given us any gift? 43And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in David than you: why then did you despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king? And the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.

 

20 And there happened to be there a base fellow, whose name was She-ba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew the trumpet, and said, We have no portion in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel. 2So all the men of Israel went up from following David, and followed She-ba the son of Bichri; but the men of Judah split unto their king, from the Jordan even to Jerusalem. 3And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in ward, and provided them with sustenance, but went not in unto them. So they were shut up unto the day of their death, living in widowhood.

4Then said the king to Amasa, Call me the men of Judah together within three days, and be you here present. 5So Amasa went to call the men of Judah together; but he tarried longer than the set time which he had appointed him. 6And David said to Abishai, Now will She-ba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom: take you your lordís servants, and pursue after him, unless he get him fortified cities, and escape out of our sight. 7And there went out after him Joabís men, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites, and all the mighty men; and they went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after She-ba the son of Bichri. 8When they were at the great stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa came to meet them. And Joab was girded with his apparel of war that he had put on, and thereon was a girdle with a sword fasten ed upon his loins in the sheath thereof; and as he went forth it fell out. 9And Joab said to Amasa, Is it well with you, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him. 10But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joabís hand: so he struck him therewith in the body, and shed out his bowels to the ground, and struck him not again; and he died. And Joab and Abishai his brother pursued after She-ba the son of Bichri. 11And there stood by him one of Joabís young men, and said, He that favoreth Joab, and he that is for David, let him follow Joab. 12And Amasa lay wallowing in his blood in the midst of the highway. And when the man saw that all the people stood still, he carried Amasa out of the highway into the field, and cast a garment over him, when he saw that every one that came by him stood still. 13When he was removed out of the highway, all the people went on after Joab, to pursue after She-ba the son of Bichri.

14And he went through all the tribes of Israel unto Abel, and to Beth-Ma-a-chah, and all the Berites: and they were gathered together, and went also after him. 15And they came and besieged him in Abel of Beth-Ma-a-chah, and they cast up a mound against the city, and it stood against the rampart; and all the people that were with Joab battered the wall, to throw it down. 16Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray you, unto Joab, Come near hither, that I may speak with you. 17And he came near unto her; and the woman said, are you Joab? And he answered, I am. Then she said unto him, Hear the words of your handmaid. And he answered, I do hear. 18Then she spoke, saying, They were known to speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter. 19I am of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: you seek to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why will you swallow up the inheritance of Jehovah? 20And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy. 21The matter is not so: but a man of the hill-country of E-phra-im, She-ba the son of Bichri by name, has lifted up his hand against the king, even against David; deliver him only, and I will depart from the city. And the woman said unto Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to you over the wall. 22Then the woman went unto all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of She-ba the son of Bichri, and threw it out to Joab. And he blew the trumpet, and they were dispersed from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king.

23Now Joab was over all the host of Israel; and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites; 24and Adoram was over the men subject to taskwork; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was the recorder; 25and Sheva was scribe; and Zadok and Abiathar were priests; 26and also Ira the Jairite was chief minister unto David.

 

21 And there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David sought the face of Jehovah. And Jehovah said, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he put to death the Gibeonites. 2And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Am-or-ites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them: and Saul sought to slay them in his zeal for the children of Israel and Judah); 3and David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and wherewith shall I make atonement, that you may bless the inheritance of Jehovah? 4And the Gibeonites said unto him, It is no matter of silver or gold between us and Saul, or his house; neither is it for us to put any man to death in Israel. And he said, What you shall say, that will I do for you. 5And they said unto the king, The man that consumed us, and that devised against us, that we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the borders of Israel, 6let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them up unto Jehovah in Gib-e-ah of Saul, the chosen of Jehovah. And the king said, I will give them. 7But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of Jehovahís oath that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul. 8But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of A-jah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she bare to Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite: 9And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hung them in the mountain before Jehovah, and they fell all seven together. And they were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, at the beginning of barley harvest.

10And Rizpah the daughter of A-jah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water was poured upon them from heaven; and she suffered neither the birds of the heavens to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night. 11And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of A-jah, the concubine of Saul, had done. 12And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Ja-besh-gil-e-ad, who had stolen them from the street of Beth-shan, where the Philistines had hung them, in the day that the Philistines slew Saul in Gilboa; 13and he brought up from there the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son: and they gathered the bones of them that were hung. 14And they buried the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son in the country of Benjamin in Zela, in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God was entreated for the land.

15And the Philistines had war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines. And David waxed faint; 16and Ishbibenob, who was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear was three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David. 17But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succored him, and struck the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, you shall go no more out with us to battle, that you quench not the lamp of Israel. 18And it came to pass after this, that there was again war with the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbecai the Hushathite slew Saph, who was of the sons of the giant. 19And there was again war with the Philistines at Gob; and Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim the Beth-lehemite slew Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaverís beam. 20And there was again war at Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant. 21And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shim-i, Davidís brother, slew him. 22These four were born to the giant in Gath; and they fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.

 

22 And David spoke unto Jehovah the words of this song in the day that Jehovah delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:

2and he said, Jehovah is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, even my; 3God, my rock, in him will I take refuge; My shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge; My savior, you save me from violence. 4I will call upon Jehovah, who is worthy to be praised: So shall I be saved from my enemies. 5For the waves of death compassed me; The floods of ungodliness made me afraid: 6The cords of Sheol were round about me; The snares of death came upon me. 7In my distress I called upon Jehovah; yes, I called unto my God: And he heard my voice out of his temple, And my cry came into his ears. 8Then the earth shook and trembled, The foundations of heaven quaked And were shaken, because he was angry. 9There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, And fire out of his mouth devoured: Coals were kindled by it. 10He bowed the heavens also, and came down; And thick darkness was under his feet. 11And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly; yes, he was seen upon the wings of the wind. 12And he made darkness pavilions round about him, Gathering of waters, thick clouds of the skies. 13At the brightness before him Coals of fire were kindled. 14Jehovah thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered his voice. 15And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; Lightning, and confused them. 16Then the channels of the sea appeared, The foundations of the world were laid bare, By the rebuke of Jehovah, At the blast of the breath of his nostrils. 17He sent from on high, he took me; He drew me out of many waters; 18He delivered me from my strong enemy, From them that hated me; for they were too mighty for me. 19They came upon me in the day of my calamity; But Jehovah was my stay. 20He brought me forth also into a large place; He delivered me, because he delighted in me. 21Jehovah rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands has he recompensed me. 22For I have kept the ways of Jehovah, And have not wickedly departed from my God. 23For all his ordinances were before me; And as for his statutes, I did not depart from them. 24I was also perfect toward him; And I kept myself from my iniquity. 25Therefore has Jehovah recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to my cleanness in his eyesight. 26With the merciful you will show yourself merciful; With the perfect man you will show yourself perfect; 27With the pure you will show yourself pure; And with the perverse you will show yourself defiant. 28And the afflicted people you will save; But your eyes are upon the haughty, that you may bring them down. 29For you are my lamp, O Jehovah; And Jehovah will lighten my darkness. 30For by you I run upon a troop; By my God do I leap over a wall. 31As for God, his way is perfect: The word of Jehovah is tried; He is a shield unto all them that take refuge in him. 32For who is God, save Jehovah? And who is a rock, save our God? 33God is my strong fortress; And he guides the perfect in his way. 34He makes his feet like hindsí feet, And sets me upon my high places. 35He teaches my hands to war, So that my arms do bend a bow of brass. 36Thou has also given me the shield of your salvation; And your gentleness has made me great. 37Thou has enlarged my steps under me; And my feet have not slipped. 38I have pursued my enemies, and destroyed them; Neither did I turn again till they were consumed. 39And I have consumed them, and crushed them through, so that they cannot arise: yes, they are fallen under my feet. 40For you have girded me with strength unto the battle; you have subdued under me those that rose up against me. 41Thou has also made my enemies turn their backs unto me, That I might cut off them that hate me. 42They looked, but there was none to save; Even unto Jehovah, but he answered them not. 43Then did I beat them small as the dust of the earth, I did crush them as the mire of the streets, and did spread them abroad. 44Thou also has delivered me from the strivings of my people; you have kept me to be the head of the nations: A people whom I have not known shall serve me. 45The foreigners shall submit themselves unto me: As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me. 46The foreigners shall fade away, And shall come trembling out of their close places. 47Jehovah lives; And blessed be my rock; And exalted be God, the rock of my salvation, 48Even the God that executes vengeance for me, And that brings down peoples under me, 49And that brings me forth from my enemies: yes, you lifts me up above them that rise up against me; you deliver me from the violent man. 50Therefore I will give thanks unto you, O Jehovah, among the nations, And will sing praises unto your name. 51Great deliverance gives he to his king, And shows lovingkindness to his anointed, To David and to his seed, for evermore.

 

23 Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse says, And the man who was raised on high says, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel: 2The Spirit of Jehovah spoke by me, And his word was upon my tongue. 3The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me: One that rules over men righteously, That rules in the fear of God, 4He shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun rises, A morning without clouds, When the tender grass springs out of the earth, Through clear shining after rain. 5Verily my house is not so with God; Yet he has made with me an everlasting covenant, Ordered in all things, and sure: For it is all my salvation, and all my desire, Although he makes it not to grow. 6But the ungodly shall be all of them as thorns to be thrust away, Because they cannot be taken with the hand; 7But the man that touches them Must be armed with iron and the staff of a spear: And they shall be utterly burned with fire in their place.

8These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-basshebeth a Tahchemonite, chief of the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite, against eight hundred slain at one time. 9And after him was El-e-a-zar the son of Dodai the son of an Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away. 10He arose, and struck the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand split unto the sword; and Jehovah worked a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to take spoil. 11And after him was Sham-mah the son of Agee a Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a plot of ground full of lentils; and the people fled from the Philistines. 12But he stood in the midst of the plot, and defended it, and slew the Philistines; and Jehovah worked a great victory. 13And three of the thirty chief men went down, and came to David in the harvest time unto the cave of Adullam; and the troop of the Philistines was camped in the valley of Reph-a-im. 14And David was then in the stronghold; and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Beth-lehem. 15And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Beth-lehem, which is by the gate! 16And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Beth-lehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: but he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto Jehovah. 17And he said, Be it far from me, O Jehovah, that I should do this: shall I drink the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it. These things did the three mighty men. 18And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the three. And he lifted up his spear against three hundred and slew them, and had a name among the three. 19Was he not most honorable of the three? therefore he was made their captain: howbeit he attained not unto the first three. 20And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done mighty deeds, he slew the two sons of Ariel of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow. 21And he slew an Egyptian, a goodly man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptianís hand, and slew him with his own spear. 22These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had a name among the three mighty men. 23He was more honorable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him over his guard. 24Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Beth-lehem, 25Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite, 26Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, 27Abiezer the Anathothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite, 28Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite, 29Heleb the son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai of Gib-e-ah of the children of Benjamin, 30Benaiah a Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash. 31Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite, 32Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan, 33Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Ararite, 34Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maacathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite, 35Hezro the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite, 36Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite, 37Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armorbearers to Joab the son of Zeruiah, 38Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, 39Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.

 

24 And again the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them, saying, Go, number Israel and Judah. 2And the king said to Joab the captain of the host, who was with him, Go now to and fro through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan even to Beer-She-ba, and number you the people, that I may know the sum of the people. 3And Joab said unto the king, Now Jehovah your God add unto the people, how many soever they may be, a hundredfold; and may the eyes of my lord the king see it: but why does my lord the king delight in this thing? 4Notwithstanding, the kingís word prevailed against Joab, and against the captains of the host. And Joab and the captains of the host went out from the presence of the king, to number the people of Israel. 5And they passed over the Jordan, and camped in Aroer, on the right side of the city that is in the middle of the valley of Gad, and unto Jazer: 6then they came to Gil-e-ad, and to the land of Tahtim-hodshi; and they came to Dan-jaan, and round about to Sidon, 7and came to the stronghold of Tyre, and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of the Canaanites; and they went out to the south of Judah, at Beer-She-ba. 8So when they had gone to and from through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days. 9And Joab gave up the sum of the numbering of the people unto the king: and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew the sword; and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.

10And Davidís heart struck him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto Jehovah, I have sinned greatly in that which I have done: but now, O Jehovah, put away, I beseech you, the iniquity of your servant; for I have done very foolishly. 11And when David rose up in the morning, the word of Jehovah came unto the prophet Gad, Davidís seer, saying, 12Go and speak unto David, Thus says Jehovah, I offer you three things: choose you one of them, that I may do it unto you. 13So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven years of famine come unto you in your land? or will you flee three months before your foes while they pursue you? or shall there be three daysí pestilence in your land? now advise you, and consider what answer I shall return to him that sent me. 14And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of Jehovah; for his mercies are great; and let me not fall into the hand of man. 15So Jehovah sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the time appointed; and there died of the people from Dan even to Beer-She-ba seventy thousand men. 16And when the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, Jehovah repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough; now stay your hand. And the angel of Jehovah was by the threshing-floor of Araunah the Jeb-u-site. 17And David spoke unto Jehovah when he saw the angel that struck the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done perversely; but these sheep, what have they done? let your hand, I pray you, be against me, and against my fatherís house.

18And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar unto Jehovah in the threshing-floor of Araunah the Jeb-u-site. 19And David went up according to the saying of Gad, as Jehovah commanded. 20And Araunah looked forth, and saw the king and his servants coming on toward him: and Araunah went out, and bowed himself before the king with his face to the ground. 21And Araunah said, why is my lord the king come to his servant? And David said, To buy the threshing-floor of you, to build an altar unto Jehovah, that the plague may be stayed from the people. 22And Araunah said unto David, Let my lord the king take and offer up what seems good unto him: behold, the oxen for the burnt-offering, and the threshing instruments and the yokes of the oxen for the wood: 23all this, O king, does Araunah give unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king, Jehovah your God accept you. 24And the king said unto Araunah, no; but I will verily buy it of you at a price. Neither will I offer burnt-offerings unto Jehovah my God which cost me nothing. So David bought the threshing-floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. 25And David built there an altar unto Jehovah, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings. So Jehovah was entreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.

   

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  All text copyright © 2005 Aaron Randall. All rights reserved.  Photos, unless otherwise credited, are the property of the auth, all rights reserved.  Originally posted February 24, 2004.  Revised: April 07, 2010.