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25 Saul also and his men went to any lord; fo: he is the LORD'S seek him. And they told David : anointed. wherefore he came down into a rock, 11 Moreover, my father, see, yea, and abode in the wilderness of Maon see the skirt of thy robe in my hand And when Saul heard that, be pur for in that I cut off the skirt of thy suced after David in the wilderness of robe, and killed thee not, know thou Maon.

and see that there is neither evil nor 26 And Saul went on this side of the transgression in mine band, and I mountain, and David and bis inen on have not sinned against thee ; yet thou that side of the monintain : and David huntest my soul to take it. inade haste to get away for fear of 12 The LORD judge between me Saul; for Saul and his inien compassed and thee, and the LORDyvenge me David and his men round about, to of thee: but mine hand shall not be take them.

27 But there came a messenger 13 As saith the prorerb of the an unito Saul, sains, Haste thee, and cients, Wickedness proceedeth from come ; for the Parlistines have inva- the wicked : but mine hand shall at dei the land.

be upon thee. 29 Wherefore Saul returned from 14 After whom is the king of Israel pursuing after David, and went against come out after whom dost thou pur. Ine Philistines; theiefore they called sue ? after a dead dog, after a flea ? that place Sela hamah-lekoth.

15 The LORD therefore be judge, 29 And David went up from thence, and judge between me and thee, and and dwelt in strong holds at En-gedi. see, and plead my cause, and deliver CHAP. XXIV.

me out of thine hand. AND ND it came to pass, when Saul 16 And it carne to pass, when Da.

was relurneu nom following the vid had made an end of speaking these Pailistines, that it was told him, say-words unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this ing, Beholil, David is in the wilderthy voice, my son David? And Saul ness of En-geut.

lifted up his voice, and wept. 9 Then Saul took three thousand 17 And he said to Davià, Thou art chosen men out of all Israel, and went more nighteous than' l; for thou hast to seek David and his men upon the rewarded ne good, whereas 'I bare rocks of the wild goats.

rewarded thee evil. 3 And he caine to the sheep-cotes 19 And thout hast shewed this day hy the way, where zas a cave : and how that thou hast dealt well with Sul went in to cover bis feet: and me: forasmuch as when the LORD David and his men renained in the bad delivered me into thine hand, sides of the cave.

thou killedst me not. * And the men of David said unto 19 For if a man find his enemy, will lim, Behold the day of which the he let him go well away? wherefore JORD said unto thee, Behold, I will the LORD reward thee good for that deliver thine enemy into thine hand, thou hast done unto me this day. that thou mayest do to him as it shali 20 And now, behold, I know well srem good unto thee. Then David that thou shalt surely be king, and arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul's that the kingdom of Israel shall be sobe privily.

established in thine hand. 5 And it came to pass afterward, 21 Sivear now therefore unto me by that David's heart smote him, because the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off he had cut off Saul's skirt.

iny seed after me, and that thou wilt 6 And he said unto his men, The not destroy my name out of my faLORD forbid that I should do this ther's house. thing unto iny master, the LORD's 22 And David sware unto Saul. And anointed, to stretch forth mine hand Saul went home : but David and his against hun, seeing he is the anointed men gat them up unto the hold. o: the LORD.

CHAP xxv. 7 Daid stayed his seriants with AND Samuel died, and all the is tiese words, and sufered them not to

, miscigail Saul. But Saui rose up out and lainented hun, and buried him in of the care, and went on his way. bis house at tanah. And David arose,

go David also rose arterward, and and went down to the wilderness of went out of the ca e, and cried after Paran. Saui, saying, My lord the king. And 2 And there was a man in Maon, when saul looked behind him, David whose possessions were in Carmel ; stooded with his face to the earth, and and the man was very great, and be rowed himself.

had three thousand sbeep, and a thou9 And David said to Saul, wherefore sand goats and he was shearing bis he rest thou men's words, saying, Be sheep in Carmel. hold, David see eth thy hurt?

3 Now the name of the man was 10 Behold, this day chine eyes bave Nabal; and the name of his wife Abuseen how that the LORD bath delivered gail : and she was a woman of good

ne to-day into mine hand in the understanding, and of a beautiful coun21dand some baite me kill thee tenance : but' che siano was cburib

David provoked to destroy Nabel. CHAP. XÁT. Abigail pacifeth Datd. and evil in bis doings: and he was 19 And she said unto her servants, of the house of Caleh.

Go on before me ; behold, I come at 4 And David beard in the wilder- ter you. But she told not ber husband ness that Nabal did shear his sheep. Nabal.

5 And David sent out ten young 20 And it was so, as she rode on the men, and David said unto the youot ass, that she came down by the covert men, Get you up to Carinel, and go to of the bill, and behold, David and his Nabal, and greet bin in my name : men came down against her; and she

6. And thus shall ye say to bin that met them. liveth in prosperity, Peace be both to 21 (Now David had said, Surely in tbee, and peace be to thine house, vain have I kept all that this fellow and peace be unto all that thou hast. hath in the wilderness, so that 10

And now i bare heard that thou thing was missed of all tbat pertained bast shearers : nor thy shepherds unto him: and be bath requited me which were with us, we hurt them evil ior good. rot, neither was there aught inissing 29 So and more also do God unto the unto them, all the while they were in eneinties of David, if I leave of all that Carmei.

pertain to him by the morning light 8 Ask thy young men, and they will any that pisseth against the wall.) shew ibee. Wherefore let the young 23 And wben Abigail saw David, she men find fasour in thine eres: for basted, and lighted off the ass, and we come in a good day : give, I pray fell before David on her face, and thee, whatsoever cometh to thine bowed herself to the ground, band unto thy servants, and to thy 24 And fell at his feet, and said, son David.

l'pon me, iny lord, upon me let thus 9 And when Darid's young men iniquity be: and let thine bandmaid, came, they spake to Nabal according I pray thee, speak in thine audience, to all those words in the name of Da- and hear the words of thine handmaid. vid, and ceased.

25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, te 10 & And Nabal answered David's gard this man of Belial, even Nabal. servants, and said, who is David or as his name is, so is he ; Nabal is and who is the son of Jesse ? there be his name, and folly is with himn . but I many servants now-a-days that break thine handmaid saw not the young men away every man from his master. of my lord whom thou didst send.

11 Shall I then take by bread, and 26 Now therefore, my lord, as the my water, and my fiesi that I have LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, Xilled for my shearers, and give it seeing the LORD hath withholden unto men, wborn 1 know not whence thee from coming to shed blood, and they be?

from avenging thyself with thine own 12 So David's young men turned hand, now let thine enemies, and ther way, and went again, and came they that seek evil to my lord, be as and told him all those sayings.

Nabat. 13 And David said unto his men, 27 And now this blessing which Gird ye on every man biz sword. And thine handinaid hath brought unto and David also girded on his sword young men that follow any lord. hey girded on every man his sword; my lord, let it even be given unto the 4d there ivent up after David about 28 I pray thee, forgite the trespass four hundred nien: and two bundred of thine bandmaid: 'for the LORD will bode !y the stutt.

certainly make iny lord a sure house ; 149 But one of the young men told because my iord tighteth the battles of Abigail, Nadal's wire, saying, Behoid, the LORD, and evil hath not been found David sent messeagers out oi the wild in thee all thy days. derness to salute onr master; and be 29 Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, tailed on them.

and to seek thy soul : but the soul of 15 But the men were very good unto my lord shall be bound in the bundle us, and we, were not hurt, neither of life with the LORD thy God; and missed we any thing, as long as we the souls of thine enemies, the n'sbail were conversant with them, when we be sling out, as out of the iniddle of a were in the fields;

sling 16 They were a wall into as both 30 And it shall come to pass, when by night and day, all the while we the LORD shall have done to my lord were with them keeping the sheep. according to all the good that he bath

17 Nov therefore know and consider spoken concerning thee, and shall what thou wilt do; for evil is deter- hale appointed thee ruler over Israel ; inined against our master, and against 31 That this shail be no grief onto all his household: for he is such a son thee, nor oifence of heart unto my of Belial that a man cannot speak to lord, either that thou bast shed blood

causeless, or that iny lord bath avenged 15 Then Abigail made haste, and himself but when the LORD shall took two hundred loaves, and two bot-have dealt well with my lord, then tles of wine, and five sheep ready remember thine hanimaid. dressed, and live ineasures of parched 321 And David said to Abigail, Blesscorn, and an hundred ciusters of rai-ed be the LORD God of Israel, which sirs, and two hundred cakes of fige, sent thee this day to meet me: und lid them on assex

33 And blessed it thy advice, and

Nahal's death.

I. SAMUEL.

Darld spareth Saul blessed be tbou, which hast kept me wilderness, and he saw that Saul caing this day from coming to shed blood, after bum into the wilderness. and from arenging myself with mine 4 David therefore sent out spies, own hand.

and understood that Saul was come in 34 For in rery deed, as the LORD very deed. God of Israel liveth, which hath kept 51 And David arose and catne to me back from hurting thee, except the place were Saul had pitched : and thou hadst hasted and come to ineet David bebeld the place where Saul me, surely there had not been left lay, and Abner the son of Ner, the unto Nabal by the morning light any captain of his bost: and Saul lay in that pissetn against the wall.

the trench, and the people pitched 35 So David received of her hand round about bin. that wbich she had brought bim, and 6 Then answered David, and said to said unto her, Go up in peace to ibine Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abisbai house ; see, i have hearkened to thy the son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab, voice, and have accepted thy person. saying, Who will go down with me to

36 And Abigail came to Nanal ; and Saul to the camp? And Abishai sald, behold, he held a feast in his house, I will go down with thee. like the feast of a king ; and Nabal's 7 So David and Abishai came to the beart was merry within bim, for he people by nigbt : and behold, Saul wus very drunken: wherefore she told lay sleeping within the trench, and bim nothing, less or more, until the bis spear stuck in the ground at his morning light.

bolster : bat Abner and be people lay 37 But it came to pass in the morn-round about him. ing, when the wine was gone out of 8 Then said Abiskai to David, God Nabal, and his wife had told him these hath delivered thine enemy into tbioe things, that his heart died within him, hand this day: now therefore let me and he became as a stone.

smite him, I pray thee, with the spear 38 And it came to pass about ten even to the earth at once, and I will days after, that the LORD smote Na- not smite him the second time. bal, that he died.

9 And David said to Abisiai, Destroy 39 | And when David beard that Na him not: for who can stretcb forth his bal was dead, he said, Blessed be the hand against the LORD's anointed, and LORD, that hath pleaded the cause of be guililess? my reproach from the hand of Nabal, 10 David said furthermore, As the and hath kept his servant from evil: LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite !or the LORD hath returned the wicked-him; or bis day shall come to die; ness of Nabal upon his own head. And or he shall descend into battle, and David sent and communed with Abi- perish. gail, to take ber to him to wife.

11 The LORD forbid that I should 40 And when the servants of David stretch forth mine band against the were come to Abigail to Carmel, they LORD's anointed: but, I pray thee, spake unto her, saying, David sent take thou now the spear that is at bis uis unto thee, to take thee to him to bolster, and the cruse of water, and wife.

41 And she arose, and bowed herself 12 So David took the spear and the on her face to the earth, and said, Be- cruse of water from Saul's bolster; and hold, let tbine bandmaid be a servant they gat them away, and no man saw to wash the feet of the servants of my lit, nor knew it, neither awaked : for lord.

they were all asleep; because a deep 42 And Abigail basted, and arose, sleep from the LORD was fallen upon and rode upon an ass, with five dam. them. sels of bers that went after her; and 13 | Then David went over to the sbe went after the messengers of Da- other side, and stood on the top of an vid, and became his wife.

hill afar off ; a great space being be43 David also took Abinoam of Jez-tween them: reel; and they were also both of them 14 And David cried to the people, his wires.

and to Abner the son of Ner, saying, 44 9 But Saul bad given Michal his answerest thou noi, Abner? Then daughter, David's wife, to Phalti the Abner answered and said, who ari son of Laisb, which was of Gallim. thou that criest to the king?

15 And David said to Abner, Art not CHAP. XXVI.

thou a valiant man? and who is like AND the Ziphites came unto Saul 10 tbce in Israel. Wherefore then bast

10 Gibeah, saying, Doth not Da- thou not kept thy lord the king for vid hide bimself in the hill of Hacbi- there cane one of the people in to de. lah, which is before Jeshimon?

stroy the king thy lord. 2 Thcn Saul arose, and went down 16 This thing is not good that thou to the wilderness of Ziph, having bast done. As the LORD liveth, ye three thousand chosen men of Israel are worthy to die, because ye bave with him, to seek David in the wild not kept your inaster, the LORD's derness of Ziph.

anointed. And now see where the 3 And Saul pitched in the hill of king's spear is, and the cruse of water Hachilab, which is before Jesbimon, that was at bis bolster.

che way. But David abode in the 17 And Saul knew David's voice, and

let us go

Anld fleeth to Gath. CHAP. XXVII, XXVIII. Samuel buried in Ramaha Raid, Is this thy voice, my son David ?, there: for why should thy servant And David said, it is my voice, my dwell in the royal city with chee lord, o king.

6 Then Achisb gave himn Ziklag that 18 And be said, Wherefore doth my day : wherefore Ziklag pertaineth unto lord thus pursue after his servant? for the kings of Judah unto this day. wbat have I done? or wbat evil is in 7 And the time that David dwelt in mine hand

the country of the Philistines was a 19 Now therefore, I pray thee, let full year and four months. my lord the king hear the words of his 8 And David and his men went servant. If the LORD have stirred ap, and invaded the Gesharites, and thee up against me, let him accept an the Gezrites, and the Amalekites: for offering: but if they be the children those nations were of old the inhabitants of men, cursed be they before the of the land, as thou goest to Shur, ever: LORD; for they have driven me out unto the land of Egypt. this day from abiding in the inberit- 9 And David smote the land, and ance of the LORD, saying, Go, serve left neither man nor woman alive, and other gods.

took away the sheep, and the oxen, 20 Now therefore, let not my blood and the asses, and the camels, and fall to the earth before the face of the the apparel, and returned, and came LORD: for the king of Israel is come to Achish, out to seek a flea, as when one doth 10 And Achish said, Whither have hunt a partridge in the mountains. ye made a road to-day? And David

21 { Then said Saul, I have sinned : said, Against the south of Judah, and retum, my son David : for I will no against the south of the Jerahmeelites, more do thee harm, because my soul and against the south of the Kenites. was precious in tbine eyes this day: 11 And David saved peither man nor bebold, I have played the fool, and woman alive, to bring tidings to Gath have erred exceedingly.

saying, Lest they should tell on us 22 And David answered and said, saying, so did David, and so will be Behold the king's spear! and let one his manner all the while he dwelleth of the young men come over and in the country of the Philistines. fetch it.

12 And Achish believed David, say23 The LORD render to every man ing, He hath made his people Israel bis righteousness and his faithfulness : utterly to abhor biin ; therefore the for the LORD delivered thee into my shall be my servant for ever. hand to-day, but I would not stretch

CHAP. XXVIII. Courthoumaine hand against the LORD'S AND it came to pass in those days;

24 And behold, as thy life was much armies together for warfare, to fight set by this day in mune eyes, so let with Israel. And Achish said unto Da. my life be much set by in the eyes of vid, Know thou assuredly, that thou the LORD, and let hina deliver me out shalt go out with me to baitle, thou and of all tribulation.

thy men. 95 Then Saul said to David, Blessed 2 And David said to Achish, Surely be thou, my son David : thou shalt thou shalt know what thy servant can both do great things, and also shalt do. And Achish said to Bayid, There. still prevail. So David went on his fore will I make thee keeper of mine way, and Saul seturned to his place. bead for ever. CHAP. XXVII.

3 | Now Samuel was dead, and all

Israel had lamented him, and buried su in now perish one day by the band of And Saul had put away those that bad Saul: there is nothing better for me familin spirits, and the wizards, out loan that I should speedily escape into of the land. ibe land of the Philistines ; and Saul 4 And the Philistipes gathered sball despair of ine, to seek me any themselves together, and came and more in any coast of Israel: so shall 1 pitched in Shunein : and Saul gathered escape out of his hand.

all Israel together, and they pitched 2 And David arose, and be passed in Gilboa. over with the six hundred men that 5 And wben Saul saw the host of the were with him unto Achish, the son Philistines, he was afraid, and bis heart of Maocb, king of Gath.

greatly trembled 3 And David dwelt with Acbish at 6 And when Saul inquired of the Gath, he and his men, every man LORD, the LORD answered him not, with his housebold, even David with neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor his two wives, Ahinoam the ezreel by prophets. itess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Na 71 then said Saul unto his servants, bal's wife,

Seek me a woman that hath a familiar 4 And it was told Saul chat David spirit, tha: I may go to her, and in was filed to Gath: and be sought no quire of ber. And his servants said to more again for him.

him, Behold, there is a woman that . | And David said unto Achish, fhatha familiar spirit at En-dor. 1 bave now found grace in thine eyes,

8 And Saul disguised himself, and Plet them give nie a place in some put on other raiment, and he went wowo in the country, that I may dwell) and two men with him, and they a

Soul consulicth with a touch. I. SAMUEL. The Philistines suspect Navid. to the woman by night ; and he said, have bearkened unto thy words whicie I pray thee, divine unto me by the fa- thou spakest unto me. milar spirit, and bring une himn up, 22 Now therefore, I pray thee, hearke. whom I shall naine unto tbee.

en thou also unto the voice of thine 2 And the woman said unto him, handmaid, and let une set a morsel of Behold, thou knowest what waat hath bread before thee; and eat, that thou done, how he batli cut off those that masest bave strength, when thou goest have familiar spirits, and the wizards, on ily way. out of the land: wherefore then lavest 93 But he refused, and said, I will thou a snare for my life, to cause me not eat. But his servants, together to die?

with the wonian, compelled him; and 10 And Saul sware to her by the le bearkened unto their voice. So he LORD, saving as the LORD liveth, arose irom ile ca:th, and sat upon the there shall no punishinent happen to bed. thee for this thing.

94 And the woman had a fat calf in 11 Then said the woman, Ivhom the trouse: anii sue insted, and killed shall I bring up unto thee? And he it, it took tour, and fuerted it, and sa:d, Bring me up Samuel.

did bake unleavened bread thereof : 12 And when the woonn saw Sa 2. Ani she brought it before Saul, muel, she cried with our voice and etore bois servants; and they did and the woma: spate to Saul, Sa, ent. Then they rose up and went away Why hast thou deceived me? for tuou that night. urt Saul.

CHAP. XXIX. De find the king said unto chet, Ba Nowe the Pobletines, eatheredbe on the womain said unto Saul, I saw gods and the Israelites pitched by a four. ascending out of the earth.

tain which is in Jezreel. 14 And he said unto her, What form 2 And the lords of the Philistinez is he of? And she said, An old man passed on by bundreds, and by thous cometh up; and he is covered with sands: but David and his men passed mantle. And Saul perceived that it on in the rearward with Achish. aras Samuel; and he stooped with his 3 Then said the princes of the Phi face to the ground, and bowed bim-listines, what do thiese Hebrews here? self.

And Achish said unto the princes of 15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why the Philistines, is not this David, the hast thou disquieted me, to bring me servant o Saul the king of Israel, up? And Saul answered, I am sore wbuch hath been with me these daye distressed: for the Philistines make or these years, and I have found no war against mo, and God is departet fauit in him since he fell unto me unto from me, and a lowereth me no more, this day! neither by prophets, nor by dreams: 4 And the princes of :he Ph siines therefore I have called thee, that thou were wroth with hxn; and the princes marest inake known unto ine what 1 of the Philistines said unto bim, Make shall do.

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this fellow return, that be may go again 16 Then said Samuel, wherefore then to his place which thou hast appointdost thou ask or me, seeing the LORD ed him, and let him not go down with is departed from thee, and is become us to battle, lest in tbe battle he be an thine enemy?

adversary to us : for wherewith sboule 17 And the LORD hath done to him, he reconcile hiinseif unto his master? rent the kingdom out of thine hand, nien? and given it to thy neighbour, even to 5 Is not this David, of wbom they David.

sang one to another in dances, saying 13 Because thou obeyedst not the Saul slew his thousands, and David his voice o the LORD, nor executedst his ten thousands? nerce wrath upon Amalek, therefore 6 Tben Achish called Darid, and hath the LORD doue this thing unto said unto him. Surely, as the LORD thee this day.

liveth, thou hast been upright, and 19 Moreover the LORD will also de- by going out and luy coining in with liver Israel with thee into the hand of me in the host is good in my sight; the Philistines: and to-morrow shalt for I have not found evil in thee since thou and thy sons be with me: the the day of thy coming unto me unto LORD also shall deliver the bost of this day: nevertheless the lords faIsrael into the hand of the Philistines. your thče not.

20 Then Saul sell straightivav all 7 Wherefore now return, and go in
along on tlic earth, and was sore afraid, peace, that thou displease not the
because of the words of Samuel: and lords of the Philistines.
there was no strength in him : for he 8 And David said unto Achish, But
had eaten no bread all the day, nor all, what bare done? and what hast thou
the night

found in thy servant, so long as I have
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Saul, and saw that he was sore trou may not go fight against the enemies
bled, and said unto him, Behold, tbine of ing lord the king?
handinaid hath obeyed thy voice, and 9 And Achish answered and said to
Share put my life in my band, and David, I know that thou are good in

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