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David subdueth the Philistines. CHAP. VIII, 1%.

His officers. 273 25 And now, O LORD God, the word | king David, to salute him, and to bless that thou hast spoken concerning thy ser- him, because he had fought against Hadadvant, and concerning his house, establish ezer, and smitten him : (for Hadadezer it for ever, and do as thou hast said. had wars with Toi.) And Joram brought

26 And let thy name be magnified for with him vessels of silver, and vessels of ever, saying, The Lord of hosts is the gold, and vessels of brass : God over Israel: and let the house of thy 11 Which also king David did dedicate servant David be established before thee. unto the LORD, with the silver and gold

27 For thou, O Lord of hosts, God of that he had dedicated of all nations which Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, say- he subdued ; ing, I will build thee an house: therefore 12 Of Syria, and of Moab, and of the hath thy servant found in his heart to pray children of Ammon, and of the Philistines, this prayer unto thee.

and of Amalek, and of the spoil of Hadad28 And now, O LORD God, thou art ezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah. that God, and thy words be true, and 13 And David gat him a name when thou hast prornised this goodness unto thy he returned from smiting of the Syrians servant:

in the valley of salt, being eighteen thou29 Therefore now let it please thee to sand men. bless the house of thy servant, that it may 14 | And he put garrisons in Edom; continue for ever before thee : for thou, throughout all Edom put he garrisons, O LORD Goch, hast spoken it : and with and all they of Edom became David's thy blessing let the house of thy servant be servants. And the LORD preserved Dablessed for ever.

vid whithersoever he went. CHAP. VIII.

15 And David reigned over all Israel; 1 David subdueth the Philistines and the and David executed judgment and justice Moabites. 3 Hc smiteth Hadadezer unto all his people. and the Syrianz. 16 His officers.

16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was ND after this it came to pass, that over the host ; and Jehoshaphat the son subdued them : and David took Me- 17 And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and theg-ammah out of the hand of the Phi- | Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, were the listines.

priests : and Serajah was the scribe; 2 And he smote Moab, and measured 18 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada them with a line, casting them down to was over both the Cherethites and the the ground; even with two lines measured | Pelethites ; and David's sons were chief he to put to death, and with one full line rulers. to keep alive. And so the Moabites be

CHAP. IX. came David's servants, and brought gifts. | 1 David sendeth for Mephibosheth, 7 and

3 David smote also Hadadezer, the for Jonathan's sake restoreth him. son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went A

NI) David said, Is there yet any to recover his border at the river Eu- that is left of the house of Saul, phrates.

that I may shew him kindness for Jona4 And David took from him a thousand than's sake ? chariots, and seven hundred horsemen, 2 And there was of the house of Saul a and twent: thousand footmen: and David servant whose name was Ziba. And when houghed all the chariot-horses, but reserv- they had called him unto David, the king ed of them for an hundred chariots. said unto him, Art thou Ziba ? and he

5 And when the Syrians of Damascus | said, Thy servant is he. came to succour Hadadezer king of Zo- 3 And the king said, Is there not yet bah, David slew of the Syrians two and any of the house of Saul, that I may shew twenty thousand men.

the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba 6 Then David put garrisons in Syria said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a of Damascus : and the Syrians became son, which is lame on his feet, servants to David, and brought gifts. And 4 And the king said unto him, Where the LORD preserved David whitherso is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Beever he went.

hold, he is in the house of Machir, the. 7 And David took the shields of gold son of Ammiel, in Lo-debar. that were on the servants of Hadadezer, 5 | Then king David sent, and fetched and brought them to Jerusalem.

him out of the house of Machir, the son 8 And from Betah, and from Berothai, 1 of Ammicl, from Lo-debar. cities of Hadadezer, king David took ex- 6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of ceeding much brass.

Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto 9 7 When Toi king of Hamath heard David, he fell on his face, and did reverthat David had smitten all the host of ence. And David said, Mephibosheth. Hadadezer,

And he answered, Behold thy servant ! 10 Then Toi sent Joram his son unto 7 9 And David said unto him, Fear 274 The Anmoviles and Syrians II. SAMUEL. attacked and defiated. not: for I will surely shew thee kindness, children of Ammon sent and hired the for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will Syrians of Beth-rehob, and the Syrians of restore thee all the land of Saul thy fa- Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, and of ther; and thou shalt eat bread at my | king Maacah a thousand men, and of table continually.

Ish-tob twelve thousand men. 8 And he bowed himself, and said, 7 And when David heard of it, he What is thy servant, that thou shouldest sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty look upon such a dead dog as I am ? men.

9 q 'Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's : 8 And the children of Ammon came servant, and said unto him, I have given out, and put the battle in array at the unto thy master's son all that pertained : entering in of the gate : and the Syrito Saul, and to all his house.

ans of Zoba, and of Rehob, and Ish-tob, 10 Thou therefore, and thy sons, and and Maacah were by themselves in the thy servants, shall till the land for him, field. and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy 9 When Joab saw that the front of the master's son may have food to eat : but battle was against him before and behind, Mephibosheth thy master's son shall eat he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had put them in array against the Syrians : fifteen sons and twenty servants.

10 And the rest of the people he delive 11 Then said Ziba unto the king, Ac-ered into the hard of Abishai his brothcording to all that my lord the king hath ' er, that he might put them in array commanded his servant, so shall thy ser- against the children of Ammon. vant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the 11 And he said, If the Syrians be too king, he shall eat at my table, as one of strong for me, then thou shalt help me: the king's sons.

but if the children of Ammon be too 12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, strong for thee, then I will come and help whose name was Micah. And all that thee. dwelt in the house of Ziba zvere servants 12 Be of good courage, and let us play unto Mephibosheth.

the men for our people, and for the cities 13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: of our God; and the LORD do that which for he did eat continually at the king's seemeth him good. table ; and was lame on both his feet. 13 And Joab drew nigh, and the peoCHAP. X.

ple that were with him, unto the battle 1 David's

'8 messengers sent to comfort Ha- against the Syrians : and they fled benun, are disgracefully treated. 6, 15 fore him. The Ammonites and Syrians are over- 14 And when the children of Ammon

saw that the Syrians were fled, then ND it came to pass after this, that the 4 ted they also before Abishai, and enterand Hanun his son reigned in his stead. the children of Ammon, and came to Je.

2 Then said David, I will shew kind- rusalem. ness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as 15 s And when the Syrians saw that his father shewed kindness unto me. And they were smitten before Israel, they gathDavid sent to comfort him by the hand ered themselves together. of his servants for his father.' And Da- 16 And Hadarezer sent, and brought vid's servants came into the land of the out the Syrians that were beyond the children of Ammon.

river : and they came to Helam ; and 3 And the princes of the children of Shobach the captain of the host of Hada. Ammon said unto Hanun their lords | rezer went before them. Thinkest thou that David doth honour 17 And when it was told David, he gaththy father, that he hath sent comforters ered all Israel together, and passed over unto thee? Hath not David rather sent his Jordan, and came to Helam. And the servants unto thee, to search the city, and Syrians set themselves in array against to spy it out, and to overthrow it? David, and fought with him.

4 Wherefore Hanun took David's ser- 18 And the Syrians fled before Israel ; vants, and shaved off the one half of their and David slew the men of seven hunbeards, and cut off their garments in the dred chariots of the Syrians, and forty middle, even to their buttocks, and sent thousand horsemen, and smote Shobach them away.

the captain of their host, who died 5 When they told it unto David, he there. sent to meet them, because the men were 19 And when all the kings that were greatly ashamed. And the king said, servants to Hadarezer saw that they were *Tarry at Jericho until your beards be smitten before Israel, they made peace grown, and then return.

with Israel, and served them. So the 6. And when the children of Ammon Syrians feared to help the children of saw that they stank before David, the Il Ammon any more.


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David committeth adultery.


Uriah is slain. 275 CHAP. XI.

14 9 And it came to pass in the morn1 Joab besiegeth Rabbah. 2 David com- ing, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and mittelh adultery with Bath-sheba. 16 sent it by the hand of Uriah. Uriah is slain. 26 David taketh Bath- 15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, sheba to wife.

Set ve Uriah in the forefront of the hotANDit came to pass after the year


test battle, and retire ye from him, that expired, at the time when kings go he may be smitten, and die. forth to battle, that David sent Joah, and 16 And it came to pass, when Joab obhis servants with him, and all Israel; and served the city, that he assigned Uriah they destroyed the children of Ammon, unto a place where he knew that valiant and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.

17 And the men of the city went out, 2 And it came to pass in an evening- and fought with Joab: and there fell some tide, that David arose from off his bed, of the people of the servants of David ; and walked upon the roof of the king's || and Uriah the Hittite died also. house : and from the root he saw a woman 18 | Then Joab sent and told David all washing herself; and the woman was the things concerning the war ; very beautiful to look upon.

19 And charged the messenger, saying, 3 And David sent and inquired after When thou hast made an end of telling the woman. And one said, Is not this the matters of the war unto the king, Bath-sheba the daughter of Eliam, the 20 And if so be that the king's wrath wife of Uriah the Hittite ?

arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore 4 And David sent messengers, and approached ye so nigh unto the city when took her; and she came in unto him, and ye did fight ? knew ye not that they he lay with her; for she was purified from would shoot from the wall ? her uncleanness : and she returned unto 21 Who smote Abimelech the son of her house.

Jerubbeshetlı ? did not a woman cast a 5 And the woman conceived, and sent piece of a millstone upon him from the and told David, and said, I am with child. wall, that he died in Thebez? why went

6. And David sent to Joab, saying, ye nigh the wall? then say thou, Thy serSend me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab | vant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. sent Uriah to David.

22 || So the messenger went, and camte 7 And when Uriah was come unto him, and shewed David all that Joab had sent David demanded of him how Joab did, him for. and how the people did, and how the war 23 And the messenger said unto David, prospered.

Surely the men prevailed against us, and 8 And David said to Uriah, Go down came out unto us into the field, and we to thy house, and wash thy feet. And were upon them even unto the entering Uriah departed out of the king's house, of the gate. and there followed him a mess of meat 24 And the shooters shot from off the

wall upon thy servants : and some of the 9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king's servants be dead, and thy servant king's house with all the servants of his | Uriah the Hittite is dead also. lord, and went not down to his house. 25 Then David said unto the messenger,

10 And when they had told David, say- | Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not ing, Uriah went not down unto his house, this thing displease thee, for the sword David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not devoureth one as well as another : make from thy journey why then didst thou thy battle more strong against the city, and not go down unto thine house?

overthrow it : and encourage thou him. 11 And Uriah said unto David, The 26 And when the wife of Uriah heard ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in that Uriah her husband was dead, she tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants mourned for her husband. of my lord are encamped in the open

27 And when the mourning was past, fields ; shall I then go into mine house, David sent and fetched her to his house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my and she became his wife, and bare him a wife. As thou livest, and as thy soul liv- But the thing that Davių had done eth, I will not do this thing:

displeased the Lord. 12 And David said to Uriah, Tarry

CHAP. XII. here today also, and to-morrow I will let | 1 Nathan': parable. 7 He applieth the thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusa- parable to David, who confesseth his lem that day and the morrow.

sin, 24 Solomon is born, 26 Rabbah 13 And when David had called him, he is taken. did eat and drink before him ; and he | A David. And he came unto him,


ND the LORD sent Nathan unto made him drunk ; and at even he went ont to lie on his bed with the servants of said unto him, There were two men in one his lors, but went not down to his house. city; the one rich, and the other pool,

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276 Nathan's parable.


Solomon is born 2 The rich man had exceeding many || the child ; and David fasted, and went in, flocks and herds :

and lay all night upon the earth. 3 But the poor man had nothing, save 17 And the elders of his house arose, one little ewe-lamb, which he had bought and went to him, to raise him up from and nourished up: and it grew up togeth- the earth : but he would not, neither did er with him, and with his children ; it did he eat bread with them. eat of his own meat, and drank of his 18 And it came to pass on the seventh own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was day, that the child died. And the servants unto him as a daughter.

of David feared to tell him that the child 4 And there came a traveller unto the was dead: for they said, Behold while rich man, and he spared to take of his | the child was yet alive, we spake unto own flock and of his own herd, to dress him, and he would not hearken unto our for the way-faring man that was come voice: how will he then vex himself, if unto him ; but took the poor man's lamb, we tell him that the child is dead ? and dressed it for the man that was come 19 But when David saw that his serto him,

vants whispered, David perceived that 5 And David's anger was greatly kin- | the child was dead: therefore David said dled against the man; and he said to Na- unto his servants, Is the child dead? And than, As the LORD liveth, the man that they said, He is dead. hath done this thing shall surely die : 20 Then David arose from the earth,

6 And he shall restore the lamb four- and washed, and anointed himself, and fold, because he did this thing, and be changed his apparel, and came into the cause he had no pity.

house of the Lord, and worshipped : 7 9 And Nathan said to David, Thou || then he came to his own house ; and art the man. Thus saith the LORD God when he required, they set bread before of Israel, I anointed thee king over Isra- him, and he did eat. el, and I delivered thee out of the hand of 21 Then said his servants unto him, Saul;

What thing is this that thou hast done 8 And I gave thee thy master's house, Thou didst fast and weep for the child, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, while it was alive; but when the child and gave thee the house of Israel and of was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. Judah ; and if that had been too little, I 22 And he said, While the child was would moreover have given unto thee yet alive, I fasted, and wept: for I said, such and such things.

Who can tell whether God will be gra9 Wherefore hast thou despised the cious to me, that the child may live? commandment of the LORD, to do evil 23 But now he is dead, wherefore should in his sight ? thou hast killed Uriah the I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall Hittite with the sword, and hast taken | go to him, but he shall not return to me. his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him 24 | And David comforted Bath-sheba with the sword of the children of Ammon. his wife, and went in unto her, and lay

10 Now therefore the sword shall nev- with her: and she bare a son, and he er depart from thine house; because thou | called his name Solomon : and the Lord hast despised me, and hast taken the wife loved him. of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan 11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will the prophet ; and he called his name raise up evil against thee out of thine own Jedidiah, because of the Lord. house, and I will take thy wives before 26 | And Joab fought against Rabbah thine eyes, and give them unto thy neigh- of the children of Ammon, and took the bour, and he shall lie with thy wives in royal city. the sight of this sun.

27 And Joab sent messengers to David, 12 For thou didst it secretly: but I | and said, I have fought against Rabbah, will do this thing before all Israel, and and have taken the city of waters. before the sun.

28 Now therefore gather the rest of 13 And David said unto Nathan, I || the people together, and encamp against have sinned against the LORD. And Na- || the city, and take it : lest I take the city, than said unto David, The LORD also and it be called after my name. bith put away thy sin ; thou shalt not die. 29 And David gathered all the people

14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou together, and went to Rabbah, and fought hast given great occasion to the enemies against it, and took it. of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also 30 And he took their king's crown that is born unto thee shall surely die. from off his head, the weight whereof

15 | And Nathan departed unto his was a talent of gold with the precious house. And the LORD struck the child stones : and it was set on David's head, that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it And he brought forth the spoil of the was very sick.

city in great abundance. 16 David therefore besought God for 31 And he brought forth the people Amnon loving Tamar, CHAP. XIII.

ravisheth her. 277 that cere therein, and put them under 13 And I, whitler shall I cause my saws, and under harrows of iron, and shame to go ? and as for thee, thou shalt bé under axes of iron, and made them pass as one of the fools in Israel. Now therethrough the brick-kiln : and thus did he fore, I pray thee, speak unto the king ; unto all the cities of the children of Am- || for he will not withhold me from thee. mon. So David and all the people re- 14 Howbeit, he would not hearken turned unto Jerusalem.

unto her voice : but being stronger than CHAP. XIII.

she, forced her, and lay with her. 1 Amnon loving Tamar, ravisheth her. 15 15 | Then Amnon hated her exceed

He hateth her, and turneth her away. ingly; so that the hatred wherewith he 23.Absalom killeth Annon, 57 and fleeth. hated ner was greater than the love Asit came to pass after this

, that where with the had loved her. And Amsister, whose name was Tamar; and Am- 16 And she said unto him, There is no non the son of David loved her.

cause : this evil in sending me away is 2 And Amnon was so vexed, that he greater than the other that thou didst unto fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was me. But he would not hearken unto her. a virgin ; and Amnon thought it hard 17 Then he called his servant that minfor him to do any thing to her.

istered unto him, and said, Put now this 3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name woman out from me, and bolt the door was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah Da- after her. vid's brother: and Jonadab was a very 18 And she had a garment of divers subtil man.

colours upon her ; for with such robes 4 And he said unto him, Why art thou, were the king's daughters that were virbeing the king's son, lean from day to day? 1gins apparelled. Then his servant brought Wilt thou not tell me? And Amnon said her out, and bolted the door after her. unto him, I love Tamar, my brother Ab- 19 g And Tamar put ashes on her head, salom's sister.

and rent her garment of divers colours 5 And Jonadab said unto him, Lay thee that was on her, and laid her hand on down on thy bed, and make thyself sick : her head, and went on crying. and when thy father cometh to see thee, 20 And Absalom her brother said unto say unto him, I pray thce, let my sister her, Hath Amnon thy brother been with Tamar come, and give me meat, and thee? but hold now thy peace, my sister: dress the meat in my sight, that I may he is thy brother ; regard not this thing. see it, and eat it at her hand.

So Tamar remained desolate in her broth6So Amnon lay down, and made him- er Absalom's house. self sick; and when the king was come 21 [ But when king David heard of all to see him, Amnon said unto the king, I these things, he was very wroth. pray thee, let Tamar my sister come, and 22 And Absalom spake unto his brothmake me a couple of cakes in my sight, er Amnon neither good nor bad: for Abthat I may eat at her hand.

salom hated Amnon, because he had forc7. Then David sent home to Tamar, ed his sister Tamar. saying, Go now to thy brother Amnon's 23 | And it came to pass after two full house, and dress him meat.

years, that Absalom had sheep-shearers 8 So Tamar went to her brother Am- in Baal-hazor, which is beside Ephraim : Don's house ; and he was laid down. || and Absalom invited all the king's sons. And she took flour, and kneaded it, and 24 And Absalom came to the king, and made cakes in his sight, and did bake said, Behold now, thy servant hath sheepthe cakes.

shearers ; let the king, I beseech thee, 9 And she took a pan, and poured and his servants go with thy servant. them out before him ; but he refused to 25 And the king said to Absalom, Nay, eat. And Amnon said, Have out all men my son, let us not all now go, lest we be from me. And they went out every man chargeable unto thce. And he pressed from him.

him : howbeit he would not go, but bless10 And Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring | ed him. the meat into the chamber, that I may eat 26 Then said Absalom, If not, I pray of thine hand. And Tamar took the cakes thee, let my brother Amnon go with us. which she had made, and brought them | And the king said unto him, Why should into the chamber to Amnon her brother. he go with thee?

11 And when she had brought them unto 27 But Absalom pressed him that he let him to eat, he took hold of her, and said Amnon and all the king's sons go with him. unto her, Come lie with me, my sister. 28 Now Absalom had commanded his

12 And she answered him, Nay, my servants, saying, Mark ye now when brother, do not force me ; for no such Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and thing ought to be done in Israel : do not || when I say unto you, Smite Amnon ; then thou this folly:

kill him, fear not: have I not command

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