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Sast secketh to Hit Dacid.. CHAP. XIX. Jonathan intercedes for Deid 7 And the women answered one ano-11 am a poor man, and lightly es. ther as they played, and said, Saal tratb teemed? slain nis thousands, and David was ten 94 And the servants of Saul told him, thousands.

saying, On this manner spase David. 8 And Saul was very wroth, and the 25 And Saul said, Thus shall ye say saying displeased bim ; and he said, to David, The king desireth not any They have ascribed unto David ten dowry, but an hundred foreskins of thousands, and to me they have as the Philistines, to be avenger of the cribed but tbousands : and what can king's enemies. But Saul thought to he bave more but the kingdom! make David fall by the hand of the

9 And Saul eyed David from that day Philistines. and forward.

26 And when his servants told Da10 And it came to pass on the inor-vid these words, it pleased David wei row, that the evil spirit from God to be the king's son-in-ay: and the came upon Saal, and he prophesied in days were not expired. the midst of tbe house and David 67 Wherefore David arose and went played with his band, as at other he and his men, and slew of the Phitimes: and there was a javelia in Saul's listines two hundred men ; and David band.

brought their foreskins, and they 11 And Saul cast the jarelin ; for be gave them in full tale to the king, tha. said, I will sinise David even to the he might be the king's son-in-law. wall with it. And David avoided out And Saul gave him Michal his daughof his presence twice.

ter to wife. 12 And Saul was afraid of David, 99 And Saul saw and knew that the berause the LORD was with bit, and LORD was with David, and that Micbas was departed froin Saul.

Saul's daughter loved him. 13 Therefore Saul removed him from 99 And Saul was yet the more afraid him, and made him his captain over of David ; and Saul became David's a thousand : and be went out and came enemy continually. an berore the people.

30 Then the princes of the Philis 14 And David behaved bimself wisely tines went forth and it came to pass, in all his ways; and the LORD was after they went forth, that David be. with him.

baved himself more wisely than all 15 Wherefore wben Saul saw that the servants of Saul; so that bis name he behared himself very wisely, he was much set by. was afraid of him. ,

CHAP. XIX. 16 But all Israel and Judah loved ANI

ND Saul spake to Jonathan bis David, because he went out and came son, and to all his servants, that in before tbem.

they should kill David. 17 And Saul said to David, Behold 2 But Jonathan Saul's son delighted my elder daughter Merab, ber will much in David : and Jonathan told give tbee to wife: only be thou valiant David, saying, Saul my father seeketh for me, and fight the LORD's battles : to kill thee: now therefore, I pray For Saul said, Let not mine hand be thee, take heed to thyself until the upon him, but let the hand of the morning, and abide in a secret place, Philistines be upon himn.

and hide thyself: 18 And David said unto Saul, who 3 And I will go out and stand beside am I? and what is my life, or my fa- my father in the field where thou art, tier's family in Israel, that I should and I will commune with my father of be son-in-law to the king?

thee ; and what I see, that I will tell 19 But it canie to pass at the time thee. when Merab Saul's daughter should 4 f And Jonathan spake good of have been given to David, that she Darid unto Saul his father, and said was given unto Adriel the Mebola-unto bim, Let not the king sin against thite to wife.

bis servant, against David; because he 20 And Michal Saul's daughter lo- hath not sinned against thee, and beved David : and they told Saul, and the cause bis works have been to theetbing pleased him.

ward very good : 21 And Saul said, I will give him 5 For he did put his life in his her, that she may be a snare to hand, and slew the Philistine, and the bim, and that the band of the Phi- LORD wrought a great salvation for all Jistines may be against him. Where- Israei : thou sawest it, and didst refole Saul said to David, Thou shalt joice: wherefore then wilt thou sin this day be my son-ia law in the one of against innocent blood, to slay David the twain.

without a cause? 29 9 And Saul commanded his ser 6 And Saul bearkened unto the voice vants, saying, Conimune with David of Jonathan : and Saul sware, As the secretly, and say, Behoid, the king LORD liveth, he shall not be slain. nath delight in thee, and all his ser 7 And Jonathan called David, and vants love thee: now therefore be the Jonathan sbewed him all those things. king's son-in-law.

And Jonathan brought Dayıd to Saul, 23 And Saul's servant spake those and he was in his presence, as in words in the ears of David.' And Da- times past. vid said, Seeineth it to you a light thing 8 And there was war again: ard to be a king's son-in law, seeing that David went out, and fouglii with the

Michal's stralagtit.

1. SAMUEL David and Jorathan consult. Plulistines, and slew them with a great

CHAP. XX. slaughter; and they fled from him.


ND David fled from Naiotta in 9 And the evil

spirit from the LORD Pamah, and came and said te was upon Saul, as he sat in his house fore Jonathan, What bare i done? with his javenn in his band: and Da- what is mine iniquity and what is my vid played with his band.

sin before thy father, that he seeketh 10 And Saul sougbt to smite David my life! eren to the wall with the javelin ; but And he said unto him, God forbid, he slipped away out of Saul's presence, thou shalt not die : bebold, my father and he smote the javelin 'nto the will do nothing either great or small, wall: and David fled, and escaped that but that be will shew it me: and why night.

should my fatber hide this tbing froin 11 1 Saul also sent messengers unto me! it is not so. David's house, to watch him, and to 3 And David sware moreover, and slay bim in the morning : and Michal said, Thy father certainly knoweth David's wife told him, saying, I thou that I have found grace in thine eyes ; save not thy life to-night, to-morrow and he saith, Let not Jonathan know thou shalt be slain.

tbis, lest he be grieved: but truly, as 12 g So Michal jet David down the LORD liveth, and as thy soul livthrough a window": and he went, and eth, there is but a step beiween ine fied, and escaped.

and death, 13 And Michal took an image, and 4 Then said Jonathan unto David, laid it in the bed, and put a pillow of whatsoever thy soul desireth, I will goats' hair, sc his bolster, and covered even do it for thee. it with a cloth.

3 And David said unto Jonathan, 14 And when Saul sent messengers Behold, to-morrow is the new inoon, to take David, she said, He is sick. and I should not fail to sit with the

15 And Saul sent the messengers | king at meat: but let me go, that I again to see David, saying, Bring himn may bide myself in the field unto the up to me in the bed, that I may third day at even. slay him.

6 If thy father at all miss me, then 10 And when the messengers were say, David earnestly asked leare of me come in, behold, there was an image that he might run to Beth-lebem bis in the bed, with a pillow of goats' hair city for there is a yearly sacrifice for his bolster.

there for all the family, 17 And Saul said unto Michal, Why 7 If he say thus, 1: is well: thy ser. hast thou deceived me so, and sent vant stall have peace. but if he be away mine enemy, that he is escaped very wroth, then be sure that evil is And Michal answered Saul, He said determined by him. umto me, Let me go ; why should I 8 Tberefore thou shalt deal kindly kill thee?

with thy servant ; for thon bast 18 So David fied, and escaped, and brought thy servant into a covenant came to Samuel :o Rainab, and told of the LORD with thee: notwithhim all that Saul had done to him. standing, if there be in me iniquity, slay And he and Samuel went and dwelt in me thyself : for why shouldest thou Naioth.

bring me to thy father? 19 And it was told Saul, saying, Be 9 And Jonathan said, Far be it from bold, David is at Naioth in Ramah. thee : for if I knew certainly that evil

20 And Saul sent messengers to take were determined by my father to Darid : and when they saw the com- come upon thee, then would not I tell pany of the prophets prophesying, it thee and Samuel standing as appointed over 10 Then said David to Jonathan, them, the Spirit of God was upon the who shall tell me or what if thy famessengers of Saul, and they also pro- ther answer thee roughly? phesied.

11 And Jonathan said unto David, 21 And when it was told Saul, he come, and let us go out into the field. sent other messengers, and they pro- And they went out both of them into phesied likewise. And Saul seni mes- the field. sengers again the third time, and they 19 And Jonathan said unto David, o prophesied also.

LORD God of Israel, when I have 22 Then went he also to Ramah, and sounded my father about to-morrow caine to a great well that is in Sechu: any time, or the third day, and beand he asked and said, Where are hold, if there be good toward David, nuel and David And one said, Be- and I then send not unto thee, and hold, they be at Naioth in Ramah.' shew it toeei

23 | And he went thither to Naiotb 13 The LORD do so and much more in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was to Jonathan: put if it please my, fa upon him also, and he went on, and ther to do tbee evil, then I will shew prophesied, until he came to Naioth it thee, and send thee away, that thou in Ramah.

mayest go in peace : and the LORD be 24 And he stripped off his clothes with thce, as he hath been with my also, and prophesied before Samuel in father. like manner, and lay down naked all 14 And ebou shalt not only while that day and all that night. Wherefore yet I live shew me the kindness of the They saí, Is Saul also among the pro- LORD, that I die not.

nathan's kindness Dald. CHAP. XXI. Saul seeketh to kill Jonathan.

15 But also thou shalt not cut off thy hast chosen the son of Jesse to thme kindness from my bouse for ever: no, own confusion, and unto the confusioni Rot when the LORD bath cut off the of thy mother's nakedness enemies of David every one from the 31 For as long as the son of Jesse face of the earth.

liveth upon the ground, tbou shalt 16 So Jonatban made a covenant with not be established, nor thy kingdoin. the house of David, saying, Let the Wherefore now send and fetch bim LORD eren require it at the hand of unto me, for he shall surely die. David's epensies.

32 Anå Jonathan answered Saul bis 17 And Jonathan caused David to father, and said unto him, Wherefore swear again, because he loved bim : sball he be slain ? wbat hath be done? for be loved him as be loved his own 33 And Saul cast a javelin at bin to soul.

smite him : whereby Jonathan knew 18 | Then Jonathan said to David, that it was determined of his father To-morrow is the new moon; and thou to slay David. shalt be missed, because tbý seat will 34 So Jonathan arose from the table be empty.

in fierce anger, and did eat no meat 19 And when thou hast stayed three the second day of the month: for be days, then thou shalt go down quickly, was gricred for David, because his faand come to the place where thou ther had done him shame. didst hide thyself when the business 35 ? And it came to pass in the was in hand, and shalt remain by the morning, that Jonathan went out into stone Ezel.

the field at the time appointed witb 20 And I will shoot three arrows on David, and a little lad with him. the side thereof, as though I shot at a 36 And he said unto his lad, Run, mark,

find out now the arrows which I sboot, 21 And behold, I will send a lad, And as the lad ran, he shot an arrow saying, Go, find out the arrows. If i beyond bim. expressly say unto tbe lad, Bebold, 37 And when the lad was come to the arrows are on this side of thee, the place of the arrow which Jonathan take them; then come thou, for there had shot, Jonathan cried after the lad is peace to thee, and no hurt; as the and said, Is not the arrow beyond LORD liveth.

thee? 22 But if I say thus unto the young 39 And Jonathan cried after the lad, man, Behold, the arrows are beyond Make speed, haste, stay not. And Jo. thee; go thy way: for the LORD bath nathan's lad gathered up the arrows, sent thee away.

and came to bis master. 23 And as touching the matter which 39 But the lad knew not any thing. thou and I have spoken of, behold, only Jonathan and David knew the the LORD be between thee and me for matter. ever.

40 And Jonatban gave bis artillery 249 So Darid hid himself in the field : unto his lad, and said unto bim, Go and when the new moon was come, carry them to tbe city. the king sat him down to eat meat. 41 And as soon as the lad was

25 And the king, sat upon bis seat, gone, David arose out of a place toward As at other times, even upon a seat by the south, and fell on his face to the the wall: and Jonathan arose, and ground, and bowed himself three Abner sat by Saul's side, and David's times : and they kissed one another, place was enipty.

and wept one with another, until Da 26 Nevertheless Saul spake not any vid exceeded. thing that day for he thought, Some 42 And Jonathan said to David, Go, thing hath befallen him, he is not in peace, forasmuch as we bave sworn clean ; surely he is not clean.

both of us in the name of the LORD, 27 And it came to pass on the mor- saying, The LORD be between me and Tow, which was the second day of the thee, and between my seed and thy month, that David's place was empty : seed' for ever. And he arose and deAnd Saul said unto Jonathan his son, parted: and Jonathan went into the Wherefore cometh not the son of city. Jesse to meat, neither yesterday, por

CHAP, XXI. to-day? 28 And Jonathan answered Saul, Da

THEN came David to Nob to ahi.

melech the priest: and Ahinselecb vid earnestly asked leave of me to go was afraid at the meeting of David, to Beth-lehem :

and said unto him, Why art thou a29 And he said, Let me go, I pray lone, and no man with thee thee; for our family hath a sacrifice 2 And David said unto Ahimelech in the city: and my brother, he bath the priest, The king hath commanded commanded me to be there : and Dow, me a business, and bath said unto me, if I have found favour in thine eyes, Let no man know any thing of the let me get away, I pray thee, and see husiness whereabout 1 send thee, and my brcubren. Therefore he cometh what I have commanded thee: and I bot unto the king's table.

kave appointed my servants to such 30 Then Saul's anger was kindled and such a place. against Jonathan, and he said unto 3 Now therefore what is under thine him, Thou son of the perverse rebel- hand give me five loaves of bread 10 lious wornan, do not I know that thou mine band, or what there is present


David feigneth madness. 1. SAMUEL Dong accuseth himelech.

4 And the priest answered David, there were with him about four hunand said, There is no common bread dred men. under mine band; but there is hal 34 And David went thence to Mizpeh lowed bread; if the young men have of Moab: and he said unto the king of kept themselves at least from women. Moab, Let iny father and my mother, I

5 And David answered the priest, pray thee, come forth, und be with you and said unto him, of a truth women till I know what God will do for me.. have bern kept froin us about these 4 And he brought them before the three days, since I came out, and the king of Moab: and they dwelt with vessels of the young men are Loly, and bim all the while that David was in the bread is in a manner common, yea, ibe hold. though it were sanctified this day in 5 And the prophet Gad sail unto the vessel.

David, Abide not in the hold; depart, o so the priest gave him hallowed and get thee into the land of Judah. arcad: for there was no bread there Then David departed, and came into put the shew-bread, that was taken the forest of Hareth. from before the LORD, to put hot 641 When Saul beard that David was bread in the day when it was taken discovered, and the men that were away.

with him, (now Saul abode in Gibeab 7 Now a certain man of the servants under a tree in Ramah, having his of Saul was there that day, detained spear in his hand, and all his servants hefore the LORD ; and bis name was were standing about him ;). Doeg, an Edomite, the chiefest of the 7 Then Saul said unto his servants herdmen that belonged to Saul. that stood about him, Hear now ye

8 | And David said unto Ahimelech, Benjamites; will the son of Jesse give And" is there not here under thiné every one of you fields and vineyards band spear or sword? for I have nei- and make you all captains of thou. ther brought iny sword, nor my wea- sands, and captains of hundreds ; pons with me, because the king's 8 That all of you have conspired business required baste.

against me, and there is none that shew9 And the priest said, The sword eth me that my son bath made a league of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou with the son of Jesse, and there is node slewese in the valley of blah, behold; of you that is sorry for me, or sbeweth it is here wrapped in a cloth behind unto me that my son bath stirred up the epbod : if thou wilt take that, my servant against me, to lie in wait, take it : for there is no other save that as at this day? here. And David said, There is none 9 Then answered Doeg the Edom like that, give it me.

ite, which was set over the servants of 10 I And David arose, and fled that Saúl, and said, I saw the son of Jesse day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish coming to Nob, to Abimelech the son the king of Gath.

of Ahitub. 11 And the servants of Achish said 10 And be inquired of the LORD unto him, is not this David the king for him, and gave him victuals, and of the lard? did they not sing one to gave him the sword of Goliath the another of him in dances, saying, Saul Pbilistine. bath slain bis thousands, and David bis Then the king sent to call Abi ten thousands?

melech the priest, the son of Abituh, 12 And David laid up these words and all his father's house, the priests in his heart, and was sore afraid of that were in Nob: and they came all Achish the king of Gath.

of them to the king: 13 And he changed his behaviour 12 And Saul said, Hear now, thou before them, and feigned himself inad son of Ahitub. And he answered, 11 their bands, and scrabbled on the Here I am, my lord. doors of the gate, and let his spittle 13 And Saul said unto bim, Why fall down upon his beard.

have ye conspired against me, thou 14 Then said Achish unto his ser- and the son of Jesse, in that thou hast vants, Lo, ye see the man is mad : given him bread, and a sword, and wherefore iken have ye brought bım hast inquired of God for him, that he to me?

should rise against me, to lie in wait, 15 Have I need of mad-inen, that ye as at this day? have brougbt this fellow to play the 14 Then 'Ahimelech answered the mad-man in iny presence shall this king, ani said, And who is so faithful fellow coine into my house?

among all thy servants as David, CHAP. XXII.

which is the king's son-in-law, and go

eth at thy bidding, and is honourable DAVID therefore departed thence, in thine house?

and escaped to the care Adullain : 15 Did I then begin to inquire of and wben bis brethren and all his fa- God for him? be it far from me: let ther's bouse heard it, they went down not the king impute any thing unto his bither to him.

servant, nor to all the house of my fa2 And every one that was in distress, ther: fc: thy servan; knew nothing of and every one that was in debt, and a!l this, less or more. every one that was discontented, ga 16 And the king said, Thou shalt thered themselves unto him; and be surely die, Abimelech thou, and all wule a captain orer them: and thy father's house,

Dauld resoucil Keilah.

CHAP. 5X111. Ne escapeth from Kellan. 17 And the king said unto the foot and he said to Abiathar tbe priest, men that stood about him, Turn, and Bring hither the ephod. siay the priests of the LORD; hecause 10 Then said David, O LORD God their hand also is with David, and be- of Israci, thy servant tatb certainly cause they knew when he fled, and heard that Saul seeketh to come to did not shew it to me. But the ser- Keilah, to destroy the c:y for my sants of the king would not put forth sake. their hand to fall upon the priests of 11 Will the men of Keilah deliver the LORD.

me up into his hand will Saul come 19 And the king said to Doeg, Turn down, as thy servant bath heard : 0 tbou, and call upon the priests. And! LORD God of Israel, 1 beseech thee, Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell tell thy servant. And the LORD said, upon the priests, and slew on that He will come down. day fourscore and five persons that 12 Then said David, Will the men of did wear a linen ephod.

Keilab deliver me and my men into) 19 And Nob, the city of the priests, the hand of Saul ? And the LORD said, smote be with the edge of the sword, They will deliver thee up. botit men and women, children and 13 Then David and his men sucklings, and oxen, and asses, and which were about six hundred, arose, sheep, with the edge of the sword. and departed out of Keilah, and went

20 And one of the sons of Anime-whithersoever they could go. And it lech the son of Ahitub, nained Abia- was told Saul that David was escaped tbar, escaped and fled after David. from Keilab ; and he forbare to go

21 And Abiathar shewed David that forth. Saul bad slain the LORD's priests. 14 And David abode in the wilder

92 And David said unto Abiathar, ness in strong holds, and remained in I knew it that day, when Doeg the a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. Edninite was there, that he would | And Saul sought him every day, but surely tell Saul: I have occasioned the God delivered bim not into his hand. death of all the persons of thy father's 15 And David saw that Saul was honse.

come out to seek his life: and David 23 Abide thou with me, fear not : was in the wilderness of Zipb in e for he that seeketh my life seeketh wood. thy life : but with me thou shalt be in 16 And Jonathan, Saul's son, arose, safeguard.

and went to David into the wood, and CHAP. XXIII.

strengthened his hand in God. THEN they told David, saying, Be.

17 And he said unto him, Fear not ; hold the Philistines fight against for the band of Saul my father shall Keilat, and they cob the threshing. not find thee; and thou shalt be king foor's.

over Israel, and I shall be next unto 2 Therefore David inquired of the thee ; and that also Saul my father LORD, Saying, Shall I go and smite knoweth. these Philistines? And the LORD said 18 And they two made a covenant unto David, Go and sinite the Pbilis-hefore the LORD: and David abode in tines, and save Keilah.

the wood, and Jonathan went to his • 3 And David's men said unto him, bouse, Behold, we be afraid here in Judab: 19 Then came up the Ziphites to how much more then, if we come to Saul to Gibeab, saying, Doth not DaKeilah against the armies of the Phi- vid hide himself with us in strong listines?

bolds in the wood, in the bill of 4 Then David inquired of the LORD Hachilah, which is on the south of yet again. And the LORD answered Jeshimon ? bom and said, Arise, go down to Kei 20 Now therefore, Oking, come lab; for I will deliver the Philistines down according to all the desire of into thine band.

thy soul to come down ; and our part 5 So David and his men went to shall be to deliver hun into the king's Keilah, and fought with the Philis- hand. tines, and brought away their cattle, 21 And Saul said, Blessed be ye of and stoote theni with a great slaugh- the LORD ; for ye have compassion on cer. So David saved the inbabitants ine. 0! Keilah.

22 Go, I pray you, prepare yet, and 6 And it caine to pass, when Ahia- know and see his place where his thar the son of Abimelech fled to Da haunt is, and who hath seen him cid to Keilah, that he came down there: for it is told me that he dealetta with an ephod in his hand.

very subtilly. 7 1 And it was told Saul that David 23 See therefore, and take knowwas come to Keilal, And Saui said, ledge of all the lurking-places where God hab delivered him into mine be bideth hinse!i, and come ye again hand; for be is shut in, by entering in to me with the certainty, and I will go to u town, that hath gates and hars. with you: and it shall come to pass,

And Saul called all the people to if he be in the land, that I will search gether to war, to go down to Keilah, bim out throughout all the thousands co besiege David and his men.

of Judah, 9.1 And David knew that Saul se 94 And they arose, and went to Zipba cretly practised mischief against him;/ before Saul but David and bis n the

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