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CHAP. XXIX.

Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek : and the Israelites pitched by a fountain which is in Jezreel.

2 And the lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and by thousands : but David and his men passed on in the rereward with Achish.

3 Then said the princes of the Philistines, What do these Hebrews here? And Achish said unto the princes of the Philistines, Is not this David, the servant of Saul the king of Israel, which hath been with me these days, or these years, and I have found no fault in him since he fell unto me unto this day?

4 And the princes of the Philistines were wroth with him; and the princes of the Philistines said unto him, Make this fellow return, that he may go again to his place which thou hast appointed him, and let him not go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he be an adversary to us : for wherewith should he reconcile himself unto his master ? should it not be with the heads of these men ?

5 Is not this David, of whom they sang one to another in dances, saying, Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten thousands?

6 Then Achish called David, and said unto him, Surely, as the LORD liveth, thou hast been upright, and thy going out and thy coming in with me in the host is good in my sight: for I have not found evil in thee since the day of thy coming unto me unto this day: nevertheless the lords favour thee not.

7 Wherefore now return, and go

in peace, that thou displease not the lords of the Philistines.

8 And David said unto Achish, But what have I done ? and what hast thou found in thy servant so long as I have been with thee unto this day, that I may not go fight against the enemies of my lord the king?

9 And Achish answered and said to David, I know that thou art good in my sight, as an angel of God: notwithstanding the princes of the Philistines have said, He shall not go up with us to the battle.

10 Wherefore now rise up early in the morning with thy master's servants that are come with thee : and as soon as ye be up early in the morning, and have light, depart.

11 So David and his men rose up early to depart in the morning, to return into the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.

CHAP. XXX. AND it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire;

2 And had taken the women captives, that were therein : they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away,

and went on their way.

3 So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.

4 Then David and the people that were with him lifted

up

their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.

5 And David's two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.

6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters : but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

7 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David.

8 And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue : for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.

9 So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those that were left behind stayed.

10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men : for two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor.

11 And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water;

12 And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins : and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights.

13 And David said unto him, To whom belongest thou ? and whence art thou? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite ; and my master left

me, because three days agone I fell sick.

14 We made an invasion upon the south of the Cherethites, and upon the coast which belongeth to Judah, and upon the south of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire.

15 And David said to him, Canst thou bring me down to this company? And he said, Swear unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of

my master, and I will bring thee down to this company.

16 And when he had brought him down, behold, they were spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah.

17 And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and fled.

18 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away : and David rescued his two wives.

19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them : David recovered all.

20 And David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drave before those other cattle, and said, This is David's spoil.

21 And David came to the two hundred men, which were so faint that they could not follow David, whom they had made also to abide at the brook Besor: and they went forth to meet David, and to meet the people that were with him : and

when David caine near to the peo- Chor-ashan, and to them which were ple, he saluted them.

in Athach, 22 Then answered all the wicked 31 And to them which were in men and men of Belial, of those Hebron, and to all the places where that went with David, and said, David himself and his men were Because they went not with us, we wont to haunt. will not give them ought of the spoil that we have recovered, save

CHAP. XXXI. to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away,

Now the Philistines fought aand depart.

gainst Israel : and the inen of Israel 23 Then said David, Ye shall not fled from before the Philistines, and do so, my brethren, with that which fell down slain in mount Gilboa. the Lord hath given us, who hath 2 And the Philistines followed preserved us, and delivered the com- hard upon Saul and upon his sons ; pany that came against us into our and the Philistines slew Jonathan, hand.

and Abinadab, and Melchi-shua, 24 For who will hearken unto you

Saul's sons. in this matter? but as his part is that 3 And the battle went sore against goeth down to the battle, so shall Saul, and the archers hit him; and his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: he was sore wounded of the archers. they shall part alike.

4 Then said Saul unto his ar25 And it was so from that day mourbearer, Draw thy sword, and forward, that he made it a statute thrust me through therewith; lest and an ordinance for Israel unto these uncircumcised come and thrust this day.

me through, and abuse me. But 26 And when David came to

his armourbearer would not; for Ziklag, he sent of the spoil unto he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul the elders of Judah, even to his

took a sword, and fell upon it. friends, saying, Behold a present

5 And when his armourbearer for you of the spoil of the enemies saw that Saul was dead, he fell likeof the LORD;

wise upon his sword, and died with 27 To them which were in Beth- him, el, and to them which were in south 6 So Saul died, and his three Ramoth, and to them which were in sons, and his armourbearer, and all Jattir,

his men, that same day together. 28 And to them which were in 7 And when the men of Israel Aroer, and to them which were in that were on the other side of the Siphmoth, and to them which were valley, and they that were on the in Eshtemoa,

other side Jordan, saw that the men 29 And to them which were in of Israel fled, and that Saul and his Rachal, and to them which were in sons were dead, they forsook the the cities of the Jerahmeelites, and cities, and fled; and the Philistines to them which were in the cities of came and dwelt in them. the Kenites,

8 And it came to pass on the 30 And to them which were in morrow, when the Philistines came Hormah, and to them which were in to strip the slain, that they found

Saul and his three sons fallen in mount Gilboa.

9 And they cut off his head, and stripped off his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to publish it in the house of their idols, and among the people.

10 And they put his armour in the house of Ashtaroth : and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan.

11 And when the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul;

12 All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there.

13 And they took their bones, and buried thein under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

THE SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL,

OTHERWISE CALLED,

THE SECOND BOOK OF THE KINGS.

leaned upon

CHAP. I. Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag ;

2 It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth upon his head : and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance.

3 And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped.

4 And David said unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, That the people are fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen

and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also. 5 And David said unto the

young man that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan bis son be dead?

6 And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul

bis

spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after bim.

7 And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto

And I answered, Here am I. 8 And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite.

9 He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon ine, and slay me: for anguish is come upon me, be

life is yet whole in me. 10 So I stood upon him, and

ine.

cause my

that was

on bis

slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen : and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet

arm,

and have brought them hither unto my lord.

11 Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him :

12 And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.

13 And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite.

14 And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORD's anointed ?

15 And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon

him. And he smote him that he died.

16 And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD's anointed.

17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan bis son :

18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow : behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)

19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places : how are the mighty fallen!

20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.

21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil.

22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty.

23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.

24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed

you

in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.

25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places.

26 I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan : very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.

27 How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished !

CHAP. II.

AND it came to pass after this, that David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the LORD said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.

2 So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoain the Jezreelitess, and Abigail Nabal's wife the Carmelite.

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