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The Amalekiles spoil Ziklar CHAP. XXX.

The spoll recidered: my sight, as an angel of God: not, of Egypt, 'servant to an Amalekre ; 11.standing the princes of the Pbi- and my master left me, because thien Sustines have said, He shall not go up days agone I fell sick. with us to the batcle.

14 We made an invasion upon the 10 Wherefore now rise up early in south of the Cherethites, and upon the morning with thy master's ser- the coast wbich belongeth to Judah, anu rants that are come with thee: and as upon the south of Caleb; and we soon as ye be up early in the morning, burned Ziklag with fire. and have light, depart.

15 And David said to him, Cansk !! So David and his men rose up thou bring me down to this company early to depart in the morning, to re- And he said, Swear unto me by God, turn into the land of the Philistines. that thou wilt neither kill nie, nor And the Philistines went up to Jezreel. deliver ine into the hands of iny masCHAP. XXX.

ter, and I will bring thee down to this AND it came to pass, when David coinpany:

and his men were come to Zik 16 And when he had brought him lag on the third day, that the Amadown, behold, they were spreaut abroad jekites had invaded the south, and upon all the earth, mating and drink Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burneding, and daring, because of all the it with fire;

great spor! that they had taken out of 2 And had taken tbe won cap- the land of the Philistines, and out of tives, tbat zere therein: they slew not the land of Judah. any, either great or small, but carried 17 And David smote them from the thom away, and went on their way. twilight even unto the evening of the

3 [ So David and his men came to next day and there escaped not a the city, and behold, it was burned man of them, sare four hundred young with tire; and their wives, and their men, which rode upon camels, and sons, and their daughters, were taken fled. captives.

19 And David recovered all that the 4 Then David and the people that Amalekitcs had carried away: and acre with tin lifted up their voice David rescued his two wives. and wept, until they had no more 19 And there was nothing lacking to power to weep.

then, neitter small nor great, neither 5 And David's two wives were taken sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nos Captives. Ahinoam tbe Jezreelitess, any ilang that they had taken to thein, and Abigail the wile of Nabal the David recovered all. Carmelite.

20 And Davidt took all the focks an? 6 And David was greatly distressed; the herds, which they drave before for the people spake of storing him, those other cattle, and said, This is because the soul of a'l the people was David's spoil. grieved, every man for bis suns, and 21 1 and David came to the two hunfor his daughiers : but David encou-dred men, which were so faint that taged himself in the LORD his God. they could not follow David, who

And David said to Abiathar be they bad made also to abide at the priest, Abimelech's son, I pray thee, brook Besor . and they went forth to bringine hither the ephod. And Abi- meet David, and to meet the people athar brought thither the ephod to that were with him : and when David David.

came near to the people, ke saluted 8 Ana David inquired at the LORD, them. saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? 22 Then answered all the wiched suull i overtake them. And be an- men, and men of Beliai, of bose that swered him, Pursue : for thou shalt went with David, and said. Because surely overtake them, and without fail they went not with us, we will not recover all.

give them ought or the spoil that we " So David went, he and the six hare recovered, save to every man his hundred men that were with him, and wife and his children, that they may (ame to the brook Besor, where those lead them away, and départ. that were left behind stayed.

23 Then said David, Ye shall not do 10 But David pursued, he and four so, my brethren, with that which the hundred men : for two bundred abode LORD hath given us, who hath predebìnd, which were so faint that they served us, and delivered the company could not go over the brook Besor. that came against us into our hand.

11 And they found an Egyptian in 24 For who will hearken unto you the field, and brought him to David, in this matter, but as his part is ibat and gave him bread, and he did eat goech down to the battle, so shall bis and they made him drink water; part be that tarrieth by the stuif: they

12 And they gave him a piece of a shall part alike. cake of figs, and two clusters of rai 25 And it was so from that day forsins : and when he bad eaten, his ward, that he made it a statute and an spi-i came again to hinn for he had ordinance for Israel unto this day. eaten ac brtad, nor drunk any water, 26 And when David caine to zit. Coree days and three nigbts.

lag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders 13 And David said unto him, roof Judah, even to his friends, saying, wliom Delongest thou ? and wher.ce art Bebold a present for you of the spoil ido' And he said, I am a young man of the enemies of the LORD ;

Sauf and his sons slain.

II. SAMUEL. The Philistines triumph. 27 To them which were in Beth-el,, sore afraid. Therefore Saut took and tu then which teere in south sword, and fell upon it. Ramoth, and to them which were in 5 And when his arinour-bearer saw Jallir,

that Saul was dead, he felt likewise 28 And to them which were in upon his sword, and died with bim. Aroer, and to them which were in 6 So Saul died, and his three sons, Siphmoth, and to them which were and his armour-bearer, and all his in Eshtemoa,

Inen, that same day together. 99 And to them which were in Ra. 7 And when the men of Israel that chal, and to them which were in the were on tbe other side of the valley, cities of the Jerahuneelites, and to and they that were on the other side them which were in the cities of the Jordan, saw that the men of Israel ded, Kenites,

and that Saul and his sons were dead, 30 And to them which were in they forsook the cities and fled ; and Hormah, and to them which were in the Philistines came and dwelt in them. Chor-asban, and to them which were 8 9 And it came to pass on the more in Athach,

row, when the Philistines came to 31 And to them which were in He-strip the slain, that they found Saal bron, and to all the places where and his three sons fallen in mount David himself and his men were wont Gilboa. to haunt.

9 And they cut off his head, and CHAP. XXXI.

stripped off his arınour, and sent into NOW the Philistines fought against the land of the Philistines round about,

Israel : and the oien of Israel ded to publish it in the house of their ido! from before the Philistines, and fell and among the people. down slain in mount Gilboa.

10 And they put his armour in the 2 And the Philistines followed hard house of Ashtaroth: and they fastened upon Saul and upon his sons; and the his body to the wall of Beth-sban. Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abina 11 T. And when the inbabitants of dab, and Malchi-shua, Saul's sons. Jabesh-gilead, heard of that which the

3 And the battle went sore against Philistines had done to Saul, Saul, and the archers bit bim ; and be 12 All the valiant men arose, and was sore wounded of the archers. went all night, and took the body o!

4 Then said Saul unto his armour-Saul and the bodies of his sons froin bearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust the wall of Beth-sban, and came to me through therewith ; lest tbese Jabesb, and burnt them there. uncircumcised come and thrust me 13 And they took their bones, and through, and abuse me. But his ar buried them under a tree at Jabesh, mour-bearer would not; for he was and fasted seven days.

THE SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL, OTHERWISE CALLED

THE SECOND BOOK OF THE KINGS.

CHAP, .

6 And the young man that told him Now I came to pass after the death said, as happened by chance upon

, turned from the slaughter of the Ama- upon his spear, and lo, the chariots lekites, and David had abode two days and horsemen followed hard after him. in Ziklag ;

7 And wben he looked bebind him, ? It came even to pass on the third he saw me, and called unto me. And day, that, behold, a man came out of 1 answered, Here am I. the camp from Saul with his clothes 8 And be said unto me, who art rent, and earth upon bis head : and so thou. And I answered him, I am an it was, when he came to David, tha: Amalekite. he fell to the earth, and did obeisance. 9 He said unto me again, Stand, I

3 And David said unto him, From pray thee, upon me, and slay me: for whence comect thou? And he said anguish is come upon me, because my unto him, nut of the camp of Israel life is yet whole in me. an I escaped

10 So I stood upon him, and slew 4 And David said unto birn, How him, because I was sure that he could wect the matter. I pray thee, te! me. not live after that he was fallen : and And he answered, That the people are I took the crowa that was upon his Hed from the battle, and many of the head, and the bracelet that was on people also are fallen and dead ; and his arm, and bave brought them hiSaul and Jonathan his son are dead ther unto my lord. also.

11 Then Darid took hold on his 5 And David said unto the young clothes, and rent them; and likewise man that told him, How knowest thou all the men that were with himn : that Saul and Jonathan his son be 19 And they mourned, and wept ,

Deri!'s lamientation for Saul. CHAP 1.

Isl-boskech made king Jonatban his son, and for the people reelisess, and Abigait, Nabal's wife, the of the LORD, and for the house of Is Carmelite. rael: because they were fallen by the 3 And his men that were with him sword.

did David bring up, every inan with 13 And David said unto the young his household : and they dwelt in the man that told him, Whence art thou cities of Hebron, And he answered, I am the son of a 4 And the men of Judah came, and stranger, an Amalekite,

there they attointed David king over 14 And David said unto him, How the house of Judah. And they told wast thou cot afraid to stretch forth David, saying, That the men of Jathine band to destroy the LORD's besb-gilead were they that buried Saul. anointed?

5 And David sent messengers unto 15 And David called one of the the men of Jabesla-gilead, and said young men, and said, Go Dear, and unto them, Blessed be ye of the LORD, tali upon him. And he sinore him that that ye have shewed this kindness be dies.

unto your lord, cuen untu Saul, and 16 And David said unto him, Thy have buried him. blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth 6 And now the LORD shew kindhath testified against thee, saying, 1 dess and truth unto you: and I also wave slain the LORD's anointed. will requite you tbis kindness, because

17 1 And David lamented with this ye have done this thing. lamentation over Saul and over Jona 7 Therefore now let your hands than his son:

be strengthened, and be ye valiant : 18. (Also he bade them teach the for your master Saul is dead, and also children of Judab the use of the bow : the house of Judah have anointed me heboid, it is written in the book of king over them. Jasher.)

89 But Abner the son of Ner, cap19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon tain of Saul's bost, took Ish-bosbeih thy high places : low are the mighty the son of Saul, and brought him over fallen

to Mahanain.; 20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it net 9 And made himn king over Gilead, in the streets of Askelon ; lest the and over the Ashurites, and over Jezdaughters of the Philistines rejoice, reel, and over Ephraim, and over lest the daugbters of the unciicum- Benjamin, and over all Israel. cised triumph.

10 Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, was forty 91 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there years old wben die began tu reign over be no dew, neither let there be rain Israel, and reigned two years. But the upon you, nor fields of offerings : for house of Judat followed David. there the shield of the mighty is vilely 11 And the time that David was cast away, the shield of Saul, as though king in Hebron, over the house of Juhe not scen anointed with oil. dah, was seven years and six months.

29 From the blood of the slain, 129 And Abner the son of Ner, and from the fat of the mighty, the bow the servants of Ish-bosheth the son of Jonathan tumed not back, and the of Saul, went out from Mahanaiin to sword of Saul returned not empty. Gibeon.

23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely 13 And Joab the son of Zeruah, and and pleasant in their lives, and in the servants of David, went out, and their death they were not divided : met together by the pool of Giteon: they were swifter than eagles, they and they sat down, the one on the one were stronger than lions.

side of the pool, and the other on the 94 Ye daughters of Israel, weep other side of the pool. over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, 14 Anu Abner said to Joan, Let the with other delights, who put on or young inen now arise, and play before baments of gold upon your apparel. And Joah said, Let tbein arise,

25 How are the mighty fallen in 15 Then there arose and went over the midst of the battle o Jonathan, by number iwelve of Benjamin, which thou wast slain in thine high places. pertained to Isb-hosbech the son of

26'1 am distressed for thee, my bro- Gaul, and twelve or the servants of ther Jonathan : very pleasant hast Davia. tonnu been unto me: thy love to me 16 And they caught every one bis was wonderful, passing the love of rellow by the head, and Thrust his women.

swird in his fellow's side : so they fell How are the mighity fallen, and down together : wwerefore that place the weapons of war perished

was called Helkath-hazzurim, wbicb CHAP. II.

is in Gibeon.

17 And tnere was a very sore battle AN ND it came to pass after this, that day, and Abuer was beaten, and

that David inquired of the LORD, the men or Israei, before the servants saying, Shall I go up into any of the of David. cities of Judah And the LORD sard

18 And there were toree sons of urto trim, Go up. And David said, Zerurah there, Joab, and Abisbai, and Whither shall I go up? Aud be said, Asabel. and Asahel was as liglt of Unto Hebron.

foot as a wild roe. ? So David went up thither, and bis

19 And Asahe! pursued after Abno: two wnes also, Abitroam the Jez-land in going he turned not lv

us.

Poal pursucth Abnor.. 11. SAMUEL. Abner rerolleth tr David right hand nor to the left from follow. in Hebron; and his tirst-born was Ain wg Alner.

non, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; 20 Then Abner looked behind him, 3 And luis second, Chileab, of Ahiand said, dit thou Asabel i And he gail the wife of Nabal the Carmelice; answered, I am.

and the third, Absaloin the son of 21 And Abner said to him, Turn Maacab, the daughter of Talmai king chee aside to thy right hand or to thy of Geshur; elt, and lay thee bold on one of the 4 And the fourth, Adonijah the son young men, and take thee his armour, of Hagsith; and the fifth, Sheplatiah But Asahel would not turn aside from the son of Abital; following of him.

5 And ihe sixth, Ithream, by Eglah, 22 And Abner said again to Asahel, David's wile. 'These were born to Turn thee aside froin following ine: David in Hebron. wherefore should I sipite thee to the 691 And it came to pass, while there ground bow then should I hold up was war between the house of Saul, and may face to Joal thy brother?

the house of David, that Abner made 93 Howheit be refuscd to turn aside: bumselt strong for the house of Saul. whereione Abner with the binder end 7 And Saul lad a concubine, whose of the spear smole biin under the fifth name was Rizpal, the danghter of rib, thai the spear caine out belind Alah : and Ish-basketh said 10 Abner, him; and he fell down there, and died Wherefore bast thou gone in unto my in the same place : and it came to father's concubine? pass, that as many as came to the 8 Then was Abner very wroth for place were Asahel ieli down and died, the words of Ish-hosheth, and sud, stood still

Ain ! a dog's head, which against Ju24 Joab also and Abisbai pursued dah do shew kindness tbis day unto afer Abner : and the sun went down the bouse of Saul thy father, to his when they were come to the bill of brethren, and to his friends, and have Ammah, that lieth hefore Giah by the not delivered thee into the hand of way of the wilderness of Gibeon. David, that thou chargest ine to-day

25 And the children of Benjamin with a fauit concerning this woman? gathered them.selves together after! 9 So do God to Abner, and more Abaer, and became one troop, and also, except as the LORD bath swoin. stood on the top of an hili.

to David, even so I do to him ; 26 Tben Abner called to Joab, and 10 To translate the kingdom froin said, Shall the sword devour for ever the house of Saul, and to set up the knowest thou not that it will be bitter- brone of David over Israel, and over ness in the latter end? how long shall Judah, from Dan even to Beer-sheba. it be then, ere tuou bid the people re il And he could not answer Abner turn f:om following their bretbren? a word again, because he reared him.

27 And Joub said, is God liveth, 12 And Abner sent messengers to unless thou hadst spokeni, surely then David on his behalf, saying, wbose in the morning lhe people had gone is the land ? saying also, Make thy up every one from following his league with me, and behold, my hand protber.

shall be with thee, to bring about all 28 Su Joab blew a trumpet, and all israel unto thee. the people stood still, and pursued al 13 And he said, Well; I will ter Israel no more,' neither fought make a league with thee : but one ibey any more.

thing I require of thee, that is, Thou 29 Aud Abner and his men walked salt not see my face, except thou all that night through the plain, and first bring Michal, Saul's daughter, passed over Jordan, and went through when thou comest io see my face. all Bithron, and they came to Maba 14 And David sent messengers to Daim

Ish-bosbeth, Saul's son, saying, Deli30 T And Joab returned froin fol- ver me my wife Michal, which I eslowing Abner : and when he had ga- poused to me for an hundred fore. thered all the people together, there skins of the Philistines. Jacked of David's servants nineteen 15 And Isb-bosheth sent, and tock men and Asahel.

her from her husband, even from Phal31 But the servants of David had tiel the son of Laish. sinitten of Benjamin, and of Atner's 16 And her husband went with her men, so that three bundred and tiree-along eeping behind her to Bahuriin score men died.

Then said Abner unto him, Go, re39. and they took up Asahel, and turn. And he returned. buried bim in the sepulchre of his fa 17 And Abner had communicather, which was in Beth-lebem. And tion wita the elders of Israel, saying, Joab and bis inea went all night, and Ye solight for David in times past they came to Hebron at break of day. to be king over you:. CHAP. ft.

18 Now then do it: for the LORD the house of Saul and the house band of my servant David, I will save of David : hut Davią waxed stronger my people Israel out of the hand of and stronger, and the house of Saul the Philistines, and out of the hand waxed weaker and weaker.

of all their enemies. 29 And unto David were sons born 19 Aud Abner also spake in the eara

Jual kelleth Abner.

CHAP IV.

Ish-bosketh murdered. of Benjamin: and Abner went also to ber, and said, Died Abner as a fool speak in the cars of David in Hebron dietta all that seemed good to Israel, aad 34 Thy hands were not bound, nos that seemed good to the whole house thy feet put into fetters: as a man of Benjamin.

talleth before wicked men, so fellest 20 So Abner came to David to He-thou. And all the people wept again bron, and twenty men with him. And over him. David made Abner and the men that 35 And when all the people came to were with him a feast.

cause David to eat meat while it was 21 And Abner said unto David, ! yet day, David sware, saying, So do will arise and go, and will gather all God to me, and more also, if I taste Israel unto my lord tbe king, that they bread, or aught else, till the sun be may make a leagu: with thee, and down, that ebou mayesi reign over all that 36 And all the people took notice chine heart desireth. And David sent of it, and it pleased them : as whatsoAbner away; and he went in peace. ever the king did pleased all the people,

22 | And behold, the servants of 57 For all the people and all israel David" and Joab came from pursuing understood that day that it was not of a troop, and brought in a great spoil the king to slay Abner the son of Ner. with them: but Abner was not with 38 And the king said unto his ser. David in Hebron; for he liad sent him vants, Know ye not that there is a away, and he was gone in peace. prince and a great man fallen this day

93 When Joab and all the host that in Israel? teas with him were come, they told 39 And I am this day weak, though Joab, saying, Abner the son of Ner anointed king; and these men the sons came to the king, and he hath seit of Zergah be too hard for me: the him away, and he is gone in peace. LORD shall reward the doer oi evol ac

24 Then Joab came to the king, and cording to his wickedness. said, what hast thou done behold,

CHAP. IV.

it thou hast sent bim away, and he is Abner was dead in Hebron, his quite gone?

hands were feeble, and all the Israe25 Thou knowest Ahner the son of ites were troubled. Ser, that he came to deceive thee, 29 And Saul's son had two men and to know thy going out and thy that were captains of bands: the name coming in, and io know all that thou of the one zas Baanah, and the name doest.

of the other Rechab, the sons of Rim20 And when Joab was come out mon a Beerothite, of the children of Prom David, he sent messengers after Benjamin : (for Beeroth also was reckAbner, which brought him again from oned to Benjamin: the well of Sirah: Lut David knew it 3 And the Beerottites fled to Gi.. not.

taim, and were sojourners there until 27 And when Abner was returned this day.) to Hebron, Joab took him aside in 4 And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a the gate to speak with him quietly, son that was lame of his feet: he was and smote bain there under the firth five years old when the tidings came gib, that he died, for the blood of of Saul and Jonathan out of Sezreel, Asabel his brother.

and his nurse took him up and fiel 29 And afterward when David and it came to pass, as she made hasie beard" it, he said, I and my kingdom to flee, that he rell, and became lame. sre guiltless before the LORD for ever And his name was Mephibosheth. fron the blood of Abner the son of 5 And the sort of Rimmon the BeeXer:

rotite, Rechab and Baanan, went, 29 Let it rest on the head of Joab, and came about the heat of the day and on all his father's house ; and let to the house of Ish-hosbeth, who tay there not fail from the house of Joab on a bed at noon. one that hath an issue, or that is a 6 And they came thitber into the Jeper, or that leaneth on a staff, or midst of the house, as though they that faileth on the sword, or that would have fetched wheat ; and they Zacketb bread.

sinore him under the fifth rib: and Re30 So Joab and Abishai his brother chab and Baanah his brother escaped. Glew Abner, because he had slain 7 For when they came into the their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the house, he lay on his bed in his bed battle.

chamber, and they smote him, and 31. 1 And David said to Joab, and to slew him, and beheaded him, and took all the people that were with bim, bis head, and gat them away through Rend your clothes, and gird you with the plain all night. sackcloth, and mourn before Abaer. 8 And they brought the head of Ish. And king David himself followed the bosheth unto David to Hebron, and! bier.

said to the king, Behold the heavi 32 And they buried Abber in He- of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul thine bron: and ibe king lifted up his voice, enemy, which sought thy life and and wept at the grave of Abner: and the LORD bath avenged iny lord the all the people wept.

king this day of Saul, and of bis secd. 33 And the king lamented over Ab

99 And David answered Recbab and

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