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CHAP. XII

Solomon born. another: inake thy battle more strong 13 And David said unto Nattan, against the city, and overthrow it have sinned against the LORD. Ani and encourage thou him.

Nathan said unto David, The LORD 96 And when the wife of Uriah also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt heard that Uriah her husband was not die. dead, she mourned for her husband. 14 Howbeit, because by this deed

27 And when the mourning was thou hast given great occasion to the past, David sent and fetched her to enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, his house, and she became bis wise, the child also that is bora unto thee and bare him a son. But the thing shall surely die. that David had done displeased the 15 4 And Natban departed upto bis LORD.

house. And the LORD struck the chili CHAP. XII.

that Uriab's wife bare onto David, and ND the LORD sent Nathan unto it was very sick,

David. And he came unto him, 16 David therefore besought God for and said unto him, There were two the child; and David fasted, and men in one city; the one rich, and the went in, and lay all night upon the

earth. 2 The rich man had exceeding many 17 And the elders of his bouse arose, flocks and herds :

and went to him, to raise him up from 3 But the poor man had nothing, the earth; but he would not, neither save one little ewe-lamb, which he had did he eat bread with them. bought and nourisbed up: and it grew 19 And it came to pass on the se. up iogether with him, and with his venth day, that the child died. And children; it did cat of his own meat, the servants of David feared to tell and drank of his own cup, and lay in him that the child was dead: for they bis bosom, and was unió him as a said, Behold, while the child was yet daughter.

alive, we spake unto him, and 'be 4 And there came a traveller unto would not hearken unto our voice ; the rich man, and he spared to take how will be then vex binself, if we of his own flock and of his own herd, tell him that the child is dead? to dress for the way-faring man that 19 But when David saw that his serwas come unto him; but took the poor vants whispered, David perceived that man's Jamb, and dressed it for the the child was dead : therefore David wap tbat was come to bim.

said unto bis servants, Is the child 5 And David's anger was greatly dead? And they said, He is dead. kindled against the man; and he said 20 Then David arose froin the earth, to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the and washed, and anointed himself, anil man that hath done this thing shall change bis apparel, and caine into surely die:

the house of the LORD, and worslip6 And he shall restore the lamb ped: then he came to his own house: fourfold, because he did this thing, and and when he required, they set bread because he had no pity.

before him, and he did eat. 7 And Nachan said to David, Thou 21 Then said his servants unto him. art the man. Thus saith the LORD Wha: thing is this that thou hast done? God of Israel, 1 anointed thee kirg thou didst fast and weep for the child, orer Israel, and I delivered tbee out while it was alive; but when the child of the hand of Saul :

was dead, thou didst rise and eat 8 And I gave thee thy master's bread. house, and iby inaster's wives into 22 And he said, while the child was iby bosom, and gave thee the bonse yet alive, 1 fasted and wept: for l said of Israel and of Judah ; and if that had | Who can tell whether God will be grabeen too little, I would moreover have cigus tu me, that the child may live! given unto thee such and such things. 23 But now be is dead, wherefore

9 Wherefore bast thou despised the should i fast? can I bring him back coinmandment of the LORD, to do evil again! I shall go to him, but he sbait in his sight? Thou hast killed Uriah not return to me. the Hittite with the sword, and hast 24 | And David comforted Bathtaken bis wife to be thy wife, and hast i sheba bis wise, and weat in unto her, slain bin with the sword of the child and lay with her: and she bare a son, dren of Ammon.

and he called his name Solomon : and 10 Now therefore the sword shall the LORD lored him. never depart from thine house , be 25 And be sent by the band of Na, cause thou hast despised me, and hast Iban the prophet; and be called bis taken the wise of Uriah the Hittite to nane Jedidiah, because of the LORD). be thy wife.

26 And Joab fought against Rabba 11 Thus saith the LORD, Bebold, 1 of the children of Aumon, and took will raise xp esil against thee out of the royal city, bine own house, and I will take thy 97 And Joab sent messengers to wives before shine eyes, and give them David, and said, i bave fought against unto thy neighbour, and he shall !le Rabbah, and have taken the city of with thy wives in the sight of tbis sun. waters.

12 For thou didst a secretly : but ! 28. Now therefore gather the rest will do this thing before all Israel, and of the people together, and encamp béiore the sun.

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my sister. 99 Aud Darill gathered all the people 12 And she answered him, Nay, my together, and went to Rabbali, and brother, do not force me ; for no such fought against it, and took it.

thing ougot lo be done in Israel : do 30 And he took their king's crown not thou this colly. from off bis Lead, the weight whereof 13 And I, whither shall I cause my was a talent of gold with the precious slaine to go and as for thee, thou stones: and it was set on David's head. shalt be as one of the fools in Israel. And he brought forth the spoil of the Now therefore, I pray thee, speak urto city in great abundance.

the king ; for he will not withbold me 31 And he brought forth the peo- froin thee. ple that were therein, and put them 14 blowbeit, he would not hearken under saws, and under barrows of unto her voice : but, being slionger iron, and, under axes of iron, and than slic', forced her, and lay with made them pass through the brick- her. kin: and thus did he unto all the 15 Then Ainnon hated her excities of the children of Ammon. So ceedingiz; so that the hatred whereDavid and all the people returned unto with he hated her was greater than the Jerusalem.

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ND it caine to pass after this, 16 And she said unto him, There is

Chat Absalom the son of David no cause: this evil in senting me away had a fair sister, whose name was is greater than the other that thou Tamar; and Amnon the son of David didst unto me. But he would not heark.' loved her.

en unto her. 2 And Amnon was so vexed, that he 17 Then he called his servant that fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she ministered unto him, and said, Pub was a virgin; and Amnon thought it now this woman out from me, and bolt hard for bim to do any thing to her. the door after her.

3 But Amnon had a friend, whose 18 And she had a garment of divers name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeat, colours upon her: for with such robes David's brother : and Jonadab was a were the king's daughters that were very subtil inan.

virgins apparelled. Then his servant 4 And he said unto bim, Why art brought her out, and bolted the door thou, being the king's son, lean froin after her. day to day) wilt thou not tell inc? 19. And Tamar put ashes on her And Amnon said unto bim, I love Ta- head, and rent her garment of divers inar, my brother Absalom's sister. colours that was on her, and laid her

5 And Jonadab said unto him, Lay hand on her head, and went on cry thee down on thy bed, and make thy- ing. self sick: and when thy father coineth 20 And Absalom her brother said :0 see thee, say unto him, I pray thee, unto her, Hath Amnon thy brother 1et my sister Tamar come, and give been with theee but hold now thy me meat, and dress the meat in my peace, my sister : be is thy brother; sight, that I may see it, and cat it at regard nor this thing. So Tamar re. her hand.

mained desolate in her brother Absa6 So Amnon lay down, and made lom's house. himself sick: and when the king was 21 9 But when king David beard come to see hiin, Amoon said unto of all these things, he was very the king, I pray thee, let Tamar my wroth. sister coine, and inake me a couple of 22 And Absalom spake unto his bron cakes in my sigat, that I may eat at ther Amnon neither good nor bad : for her hand.

Absalom hated Amnon, because he had 7 Then David sent home to Tamar, forced his sister Tamar. saying, Go now to thy brother Am 23 9 And it came to pass after two non's house, and dress bim meat. full years, that Absaloin had sheep

8 So Tamar went to her brother shearers in Baal-hazor, which is beAmnon's house ; and he was laid down. side Ephraim : and Absaloın invited And she took flour, and kneaded it, all the king's sons. and made cakes in his sight, and did 24 And Absalom came to the king. bake the cakes.

and said, Behold now, thy servas 9 And she took a pan, and poured bath sheep-shearers ; let the king, them out before him; but he refusca beseech tbee, and his servants go with to eal. And Amnon said, Have out all thy servant. men from me. And they went out 25 And the king said to Absalon) every man from hin.

Nay, my son, let us not ali now go, lest 10 And Amnon said unto Tamar, we be chargeable unto thee. And he Bring the ineat into the chamber, that pressed him: bowbeit he would not I may eat of thine hand. And Tamar go, but blessed hin. took the cakes which she had made, 26 Then said Ahsalom, If not, I pray and brought them into the chamber to thee, let my brother Ainnon go with Ainnon her brother.

And the king said unto buin, Why 11 And when she had brought them should he go with thee?

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Absalom killeur imnon. CHAP. XIV. The sidort of Tekoah. de let Amnon, and all the king's sons, to the ground, and did obeisance, and ga with him.

said, Help, Oking. 29 IT NOW Absalom had commanded 5 And the king said unto her, What bis servants, saying, Mark ve now aileth thee? And she answered, 1 aro when Amnon's heart is merry with indeed a widow woman, and mine buswine, and when I say unto you, Smite band is dead. Amnon ; then kill bím, rear not: have 6 And thy hanamaid had two sons, not I commanded you be courageous, and they (wo stove together in the and be valiant.

field, and there was none to part them, 29) And the servants of Absalom did but the one smote the other, and siew anto Ainnon as Absalom had coin him. manded. Then all the king's sons 7 And behold, the whole family is arose, and every man gat bin up upon risen against thine handinaid, and they his mulc, and tied.

said, Deliver him tbat smote bis bro30 And it came to pass, while they ther, that we may kill birn, for the lite were in the way, that tidings came to of his brother whom be siew, and we David, saying, Absalom bath slain all will destroy the heir also: and so they the long's sons, and there is not one shall quench iny coal which is lett, of them left.

and shall not leave to iny husband 31 Then the king arose, and tare his neither name nor remainder upon the farments, and lay on the earth; and earth. ali his servants stood by with their 8 And the king said unto the woman, clothes rent.

Go to thine house, and I will give 39. And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, charge concerning ibee, David's brother, answered and said, 9 And the woinan of Tekoah said Let not my lord suppose that they unto the king, My lord, o king, the have slain all the young men the king's iniquity bc on me, and on my father's sons; for Amnon only is dead: for by bouse and the king and his throne the appointment of Absalom this hath be guiltless. been determined from the day that be 10 And the king said, Whosoever forced his sister Tamar.

saith aught unto thee, bring him to 33 Now therefore let not my lord me, and be shall not touch thee any the king take the thing to his heart, more. to think that all the king's sons are 11 Then said she, I pray thee, let dead ; for Amnon only is dead. the king remember the LORD thy God,

34 But Absalom fled. And the young that thou wouldest not suffer the reinan that kept the watch 'ited up bis vengers of blood to destroy any more, eyes, and looked, and behold, there lese they destroy my son. And he came inach people by the way of the said, as the LORD liveth, there shall hill's side behind him.

not one hair of thy son fall to the 35 And Jonadab said unto the king, earth. Bchold, the king's sons come: as thy 12 Then the woman said, Lct thine servant said, so it is.

bandmaid, I pray thee, speak one word 36 And it came to pass, as soon as unto my lord the king. 'And be said, he had made an end of speaking, that, Say on. behold, the king's sons came, and 13 And the woman said, Wherefore lifted up their voice, and wept. and then hast thou thougbt such a thing the king also and all bis servants wept against the people of God? for the very sore.

king, doth speak this thing as one 37 | But Absalom fed, and went to which is faulty, in that the king doth Talmai, the son of Ammihud, king of not fetch home again his banished. Geshur And David mourned for his 14 For we inust needs die, and are son every day. 38 So Absalom feu, and went to Ger cannot be gathered up again; neither

as water spilt on the ground, whick sbur, and was there three years. doth God respect any person : yet doth

39 And the soul of king David Jonged he devise means, that bis banished be to go forth unto Absalon : for he was not expelled from him. comforted concerning Amnon, seeing 15 Now therefore that I am come to he was dead.

speak of this thing unto my lord the CHAP. XIV.

king, it is because the people have Now Joab the son of Zeruah per- made me afraid: and illy Handmaid

ceived that the king's heart was said, I will now speak unto the king : toward Absalom.

it may be that the king will performa And Joab sent to Tekoah, and the request of his handmaid. fetched thence a wise woman, and said 16 For the king will hear, to deliver unto her, I pray thee, feign thyself to his bandmaid out of the band of the be a mourner, and put on now mourn- man that would destroy ine and my son ing apparel, and anoint not thyself with together out of the inheritance of God. oil, but be as a woman that had a long 17 Then thine handmaid said, The time mourned for the dead;

word of my lord the king shall now be 3 And come to the king, and speak comfortable for as an angel of God, on this manner unto him. So Joab so is my lord the king,

to discern good put the words in her mouth.

and bad : therefore the LORD thy God 41 And when the woman of Tekoah will be with thee. Opake to the king, she fell on her face

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IMs terasu. anto the woman, Hide not from me, I let me see the king's face: and if thera pray thee, the thing that I shall ask be any iniquity in me, let him kill me. ibee. And the woman said, Let my 33 So Joab came to the king, and told lord the king now speak.

him: and when he had called for Abe 19 And the king said, Is not the hand salom, he came to the king, and bowed of Joab with thee in all this? And the himself on his face to the ground be woman answered and said, As thy soul fore the king: and the king kissed Jiveth, my lord the king, none can turn Absalom. to the right hand or to the left froin

CHAP. XV. aught that my Lord the king bato AND it came to pass after this, me, and he put all these words in the riots and horses, and fifty men to run mouth of thine handmaid:

before him. 20 To fetch about this form of speech ? And Absalom rose up early, and bath thy servant Joab done this thing: stood beside the way of the gate and and my lord is wise according to the it was so, that when any man that had wisdom of an angel of God, to know a controversy came to the king for all things that are in the earth. judgment, then Absalomn called unto

91 | And the king said unto Joab, Be- him, and said, of what city art thou? hold now, I have done this thing: go And he said, 'Thy servant is of one of th efore, bring the young man Absa. the tribes of Israel. lom again.

3 And Absalom said unto bim, See, 92 And Joab fell to the ground on his thy matters are good and right; but face, and bowed bimself, and thanked there is no man deputed of the king to the king: and Joab said, To-day thy hear thee. servant knoweth that I'bave found 4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that grace in thy sight, my lord, o king, in 1 were made judge in the land, that that the king hath fulfilled the request every man which hath any suit or of his servant.

cause might come unto me, and I 23 So Joab arose and went to Gesbur, would do bim justice ! and brought Absalom to Jerusalem. 5 And it was so, tbat when any man

24 And the king said, Let him turn caine nigh to him to do bim obeisance, to bis own house, and let bim not see he put fortb bis band, and took him, iny face. So Absalom returned to his and kissed him. own house, and saw not the king's 6 And on this mancer did Absalom face.

to all Israel that came to the king 25 | But in all Israel there was none for judgment: so absalom stole the to be so much praised as Absalom for hearts of the men of Israel. his beauty: from the sole of his foot 7 | And it came to pass after forty even to the crown of his head there was years, that Absalom said unto the no bleinish in him.

kiog, I pray thee, let me go and pay 26 And when he polled his head, my vow, which I have vowed unto the (for it was at every year's end that he LORD, in Hebron. polled it : because the hair was heavy 8 For thy servant vowed a vow wbile on him, therefore he polled it :) he abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If weighed the hair of bis head at two the LORD shall bring me again indeed hundred shekels after the king's to Jerusalem, then I will serve the weight.

LORD. 27 And unto Absalom there were 9 And the king said unto him, Go born three sons, and one daugbter, in peace. So he arose and went to whose name was Tamar: she was a Hebron. woman of a fair countenance.

10 But Ahsalom sent spies through28 || So Absalom dwelt two full years out all the tribes of Israel, saying, As in Jerusalem, and saw not the king's soon as ye bear the sound of the face.

trumpet, then ye shall say, Absalom 29 Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, reigneth in Hehron. to bave sent him to the king: but be 11 And with Absalom went two bun. would not come to him: and wben he dred inen out of Jerusalem, that wers sent again the second time, be would called ; and they went in their simplinot come.

city, and they knew not any thing. 30 Therefore he said unto his ser 12 And Absalom sent for Ahitophet rants, See, Joab's field is near mine, the Gilonite, David's counsellor, from and be hath barley there; go and set it his city, even from Giloh, while be on fire. And Absaloin's servants set offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy the field on fire.

was strong ; for the people increased 31 Then Joab arose, and came to continually with Absalom Absalon unto his house, and said unto 13 And there came a messenger to bim, Wherefore have thy servants set David, saying, the hearts of the men any field on fire?

of Israel are after Absalom. 39 And Absalom answered Joab, Be 14 And David said unto all his serhold, I sent unto thee, saying, come vants that were with him at Jerusalem, hther, that I may send thee to the Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not king, to say, wherefore ain I coine cise escape from Absalom: make speed from Geshur it had deen good for me to depart, lest be overtake us sude to hore been there still: now therefore dealy, and bring eril upon usa 29

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Beeld neeth from Absaloma CHAP. XVI.

Ziba's falschool sinite the city with the edge of the went up, and had his head coveted, and sword.

be went bare-foot : and all the people 15 And the king's servants said unto that was with him covered esery mars the king, Behold, thy servants are his head, and they went up, weeping ready to do whatsoever my lord be as they went up. king shail appoint.

31 | And one told David, saying, Abi 10 And the king went forth, and all thophel is among the conspirators with his bousehold after him. And the king Absalom. And David said, O LORD, left ten women, which were concu- 1 play thee, turn the counsei of Abibines, to keep tbe house.

thophel into foolishness. 17 And the king went fortb, and all 39 G And it came to pass, that when the people after him, and larried in David was come to the top of the mount, a place that was far off.

where he worshipped God, bebold, 19 And all bis servants passed on Hushai the Archite came to meet him beside him ; and all the Chererbites, with his coat rent, and earth upon bis and all the Peletbites, and all the Gir-head: tites, six bundred men which came 33 Unto whom David said, I thou after bim from Gatb, passed on before passest on with me, then thou shal: the kiny.

be a burden unto me : 19. Then said the king to Ittai the 34 But if thou return to the city Gittite, Wberefore goese thou also and say unto Absalom, I will he thy with us return to thy place, and servant, o king; as I have been thy faabide with the king: for thou art a ther's servant hitherto, so will I now stranger, and also an exile.

also be thy servant: then mayest thou 20 W bereas thou camest brut yester for me defeat the counsel of Abiday, should I this day make thee go thopbel. up and down with us seeing I go

35 And hast thou not there with thee whither I may ; return thou, and take Zadok and Abiathar the priests thereback thy brétbren: mercy and truth fore it shall be, that what things soever be with thee.

thou shalt hear out of the king's bouse, 21 And Ittai answered the king, and thou shalt tell it to Zadok and Abia. said, As the LORD liveth, and as my thar the priests. lord the king liveth, surely in what 36 Behold, they have there with place my lord the king shall be, wbe. them their two sons, Ahimaaz, Zadok's iber in death or life, even there also son, and Jonathan, Abiathar's son ; and will thy servant be.

by them ye shall send unto me every 22 And David said to Ittai, Go and thing that ye can hear. pass over. And Ittai the Gittite passed 37 So Husbai, David's friend, came over, and all his men, and all the little into the city, and Absalom came into opes that were with him.

Jerusalem. 23 And all the country wept with a

CHAP. XVI. loud voice, and all the people passed A

ND when David was a little past over: the king also himself passed the top of the hill, behold, Ziba over the brook Kidron, and all the the servani of Mepbibosbetb met him, people passed over, toward the way with a couple of asses saddled, and of the wilderness.

upon them iwo hundred loaves of bread, 24 | And lo, Zadok also, and all tbe and an hundred bunches of raisins, Levites were with bim, bearing the ark and an hundred of summer-fruits, and of the covenant of God: and they set a bottle of wine. down the ark of God; and Abiathar 2 And the king said unto Ziba, What went up, until all the people had done meanest thou by these? And Ziba passing out of the city.

said, The asses be for the king's house25 And the king said unto Zadok, hold to ride on; and the bread and Carry back the ark of God into the summer-fruit for the young men to city; if I shall find favour in the eyes eat; and the wine, that such as be of the LORD. be will bring me again, faint in the wilderness may drink. and shew me both it, and his habita 3 And the king said, and where is tion:

thy master's son And Ziba said unto 26 But if he thus sny, 1 bave no de- the king, Behold, he abideth at Jerubigbt in thee; behold, here am 1, let salem for be said, To-day sban the bim do to me as seemeth good úplo house of Israel restore me the king. bim.

dom of my father. 97 The king said also unto Zadok 4 Then said the king to Ziba, Be. the priest, Ari not thou a seer return hold, tbine are all that pertained unto into the city in peace, and your two Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, i bumsons with you, Ahimaaz

thy son, and bly beseech thee that I may find grace Jonathan the son of Abiathar.

in thy sight, my lord, o king. 29 See, I will tarry in the plain of 5 And when king David came to the wilderness, until there coine word Baburim, bebold, thence came out a from you to certify me.

man of the family of the bouse of Saul, 99 Zadok therefore and Abiathar whose name was Shimei, the son of carried the ark of God again to Jeru-Gera: he came forth, and cursed still salem: and they tarried there.

as he came. 50 And David went up by the as 6 And be cast stones at David, and cent of mount Olivet, and wept as bel al all tbe servants of king David; and

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