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away for fear of Saal: for Saul and his men klickedness proceedeth from the wicked ; compasse: David and his men round aboull but mine hand shall not be unon them. to take thein.

14 After whom is the king of Israel come -7 Bul the p came a messenger unto out? after whom dost tliou pursue i aiter a Saul, saving. Haste thee, and come'; for the dead dog, alier a flea ? Philistines lave invaded the land.

15 The Lord therefore be judge,and judge 3 Wherefore Saul returned from pursu-belween ine and thee, and see, and plead my ing after David, and went agaiust the Plii- cause, and deliver me out of thine hand. istines: therefore they called that place Se- 36C And it came to pass, when David liad a hainmal-lekoth.

made an end of speaking these words unto ! And David went up from thience, and Saul, iliai Saul said, Is this thy voice, my son dwelt in strong holds at En-gedi.

David? AndSaullifted up inis voice,and wepe CHAP. XXIV.

17 And he said to David, Thon art more

. ; me !urned from following the Philistines, food, wliereas I have rewarded ti:ee evil. wat it was told livin, saying, Behold, David 18 And thou hast showed this day low is in the wilderness of En-gedi.

that thou hast dealt well with me: joras• Thieu Saul took three thousand chosen much as, when the Lord had delivered me mea out of all Israel, and went to seek David into thine hand, thou killedst me not. and bis men upon tive rocks of the wild goats. 19 For if a man find his eneiny, will he

3 And he came to the sheep-coles by the let him go well away? Wherefore the LORD way, where was a cave ; and Saul weni in/reward iliee good for that thou hast done o cover his feet: and David and his men unto me this day. remnzined in the sides of the cave.

20 And behold, I know well that thou 4 And the men of David said unto him, ishalt surely be king, and that the kingdom Beio!l the day of which the LORD said unto of Israel slali be establi-lied in thine band. thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into 21 Swear now ther-fore unio mne by the iline hand, that thou mayest do to him as it LORD), that tirou will not cut off my seed af: shall seem good unto thee. Then David ter me, and that thou will not destroy my arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul's robe name out of my father's house. privily.

22 And David sware unto Saul. And 5 Sud it came to pass afterward, that Da.jSaul went home ; but David and his men rid's heart smore him, because lie had cut off gat thein up unto the hold. Saul's skirt.

CHAP. XXV. find oder die said watoa bisi, gen: Then como Aner Samuderie de conde de la the Israelites paster, the Lord's anointed, to stre!ch forth him, and buried him in bis house at Ramah. mine hand against bim, seeing he is the And David arose, and went down to the wil. arointed of the LORD.

Jerness of Paran. 7 So David stayed his servanıs wi!h these 2 And there was a man in Maon, whose words, and suffered them not to rise against possessions were in Carmel; anu lle man Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and was very great, and he had three thousand went on his way.

sheep, and a thousand goats: and lie was 8 ^ David also arose afterward, and went shearing liis sleep in Carmel. out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, 3 Now ibe name of the man was Naba!, My lord the king. And when Laul looked and the name of his wile Abigail; and she beliind liim, David stvored with his face to was a woman of good understanding, and of the earth, and bowed himself.

a beautiful countenance bure the man was 9 And David said 10 Saul, Wherefore churlish, and evil in lois doings; and he was bearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, of the house of Caleb. David seekerh thy hurt.

41 And David beard in the wilderness that 10 Behold, this day thine eyes liave seen Nahal did shear bis sleep. Low that the LORD hath delivered tliee to day! 5 And David sent out ten young men; and into mine hand in the cave; and some bade David said unto the young men, Get you op me kill thee ; but mine eye spared thee: and to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and greet lum I said, I wil not put forth mine hand against in my name : my lord ; for lie is the Lord's anointed. 6 And thus shall ya say to him that livethi

11 Jloreover, my fauler, see; yea, see the in prosperity, Peace be both to dee, and skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that l peace be to thine house, and peace be unto cut off the skirt of thiy robe, and killed thee all that thou hast. Ikt, know thod and see that there is neither 7 And now I have heard that thou last evil nor transgression in inine hand, and shearers: now, thy shepherds which were have not inned against thee; yel thou hunt- with us, we hurt them noi, neither was there est my soul to take it.

ouglit missing unto thein all the while they 12 The Lord julge between me and thee, were in Carmel. and the Lord avenge me of thee; but mine 8 Ask thy young men, and thev will shew band shall not be upori thee.

thee: wherefore let the young men tind fir13 As saills the proverb of die ancien!s, vour in thine eyes ; (for we come in a good

day :) give, I pray thee, wliatsoever comeili thine liandinaid, I pray tier, speak in thine to iliine land unto thy servants, and to thy audience, and hear the words of thine hand. son David.

maid. 9 And when David's young men came, 25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard they spake to Nabal according to all those this man of Belial, eren Nahal: for as bis worrls in the name of David, and ceased. name is, so is lie; Nabal is liis name, aud

139 And Nabal answered David's servants. Solly is with bim : but I, thine liandmaid, and said, Who is David ? and who is the son saw not the young men of my lord, whoun of Jesse? There he many servants now a thou didst send. days that break away every man from his 26 Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD master.

liveth, and as thy soul livetli, seeing the 11 Shall I then take my breal, and my Lord hath withholden thee: from coming to water, and my flesh that I have killed for shed blood, and from avenging lyself with my sl earers, and give it unto meu whom I thine ow'n hand, now let thine eneinies, and know not whence they be?

they that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal. 12 So David's young men turned their 27 And now this blessing, which thine way, and went again, and caine and told handmaid hath brought unto my lord, let t him all those sayings.

even be given unto the young men that rol13 And David said unto liis men, Gird yellow my lord. on every man his sword. And they ginec

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pray thee, forgive the trespass of on every man his sword; and David also thine liandinaid : for the Lord will certai:girderi on his sword: and there went up ai-lly make my lord a sure louse; because iny ier David about four hundred inen, and two ford figliteil the battles of the Lord, and huniired abode by the stuff.

evil bath not been found in the all thiv 14 ! But one of the young men told Abi-days. gail. Nahal's wife, saving, Beliold, David 29 l'el a man is risen to pursue thee, and sent messengers out of the wilderness to sa-to seek thy soul : but the soul of my lord kute our master; and he railed on them. sluail be bound in the bundle of life with the

15 But the men were very good unto us, LORD thy God; and the souls of thine ene. and we were not hurt, neither missed we any mies. tbein shall he sling out, us out of the thing, as long as we were conversant with middle of a sling. them, when we were in the fields.

30 And it shall come to pass, when the 16' They were a wall unto us, both by Lord shail have done to my lord according niglit and day, all the while we were with !o all the good that he hath spoken concern. them keeping the sheep.

ing thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler 17 Now therefore know and consider what over Israel, thou wilt do; for evil is determined against 31 That this shall be no grief unto thee, vur master, and against all his household : nor offence of heart unto my lord, either for he is such a sou of Belial, that a man can- that thou hast sled blood causeless, or that uot speak to him.

iny lord liath avenged himself: but when the 18 Then Abigail made haste, and took LORD shall have dealt well with my lord, Iwo hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, then remember thine haudmaid. and five sleep ready dressed, and five mea 32 1 And David said to Abigail, Blessed sures of parched corn, and an hundred clus- he the LORD God of Isracl, which sent tee lers of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, this day to meet me. aud laid 'hem on asses.

33 And Llessed be thy advice, and blessed 19 And slic said unto lier servants, Go on be thou, which last kept me this day from before me ; behold, I come after you. But coming to shed blood, and from avenging she told not her husband Nabal.

myself with ming own hand. 20 And it was so, as she rode on the ass, 34 For in very deed, as the Lord God or that she caine down hy the covert of the Israel liveth, which hati kept me back from hill, and, bebold, David and his men came liurting thee, except thou badst lasted and down against her; and she met them. come to meet me, surely there had not been

21 (Now David bad said, Surely in vain lett unto Nabal by the morning liglie any have I kept all that this fellow hail in the that pisseth againsi the wall. wilderness, so that nothing was missed of al: 35' So David received of her land that that periuired unto him; and he hath requi- which she had brought biin, and said unto ted me evil for good.

her, Go up in peace to thine house : see, I 2: So and more also do God unto the ene- have hearkened to thy voice, and liave acmies of David, if I leave of all that perluin cepted thy person. to liim by the mornmg liglit any that pisseth, 36 1 and Abigail came to Nabal; and, be. against the wall.?

hold, befeld a teust in his house like we feast 23 And when Abigail saw David, she of a king and Nabal's heart was merry willia hasted, and lighted off the ass, and sell be- i lin, for he was very drunken : wherefore fore David on her face, and vowed herself to she told him noihing, less or more, until the the ground,

morning light. 27 And fell at his feet, and said. Upon me, 37 Bilt it came to pass in the morning,

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33 And it came to pass, about ten days af- shall come to die ; or be shall descend into fer. thai the Lord smote Nabal, that he died. batile. and perish.

39 And wlien David neard tha: Nahal 11 The Lord forbid that I should stretch was dead, lie said, Blessed be the Lord that forth mine land against the Lord's anointliath plea:led ilie cause of my reproach from'ed: hut, I pray thee, take thou now the spear the land up Nabal, asid liaih kepe his ser- that is at his boister, and the cruse of water, Tant froin evil: for the Lorn bath returred and let us go. the wickedness of Nabalupon his own head. 12 So David took the spear and the cruse And David sent and communed with Abigail, of water from Saul's bolster; and they gat to take hier w him to wise.

them away, and no man saw it, nor k new jó Ing wnen ene servants of David were il, neither awaked: for they were all asleep, come to Abigai! 10 ('armel, tliey spake unto because a deep sleep from the LORD was fal her, saving, David sent us unto thee, to take len pon them. thee to him to wife.

13 | Then David went over to the other 4. And she ai ose, and howed herself on side, and stood on the top of an bill afar off, her face to the earth, and said, Beliold, let a great space being between them. thine bandinaid be a servant to waslı tlic seet 1 And David cried to the people, and to oftlie servants of inv lord.

Abner the son of Ner, saying, Answerest 42 and Abigail lasted, and arose. and rode thou not, Abner? Then Abner answer. anon an ass, wit! five damsels of hers thai cd and said, Who arl thou thut criest to went aller her: and site went after the ines- the king ? sengers of David, and became liis wife. 15 And David said to Abner, Art not thou

13 Davie also look Shinoam of Jezreel; a raliant man? and who is like to thee in l. and they were also both of thein liis wives. rael? wherefore then last thou nol kept thy

411 B 11 Saul has given Michal bis daug! - ford the king? for there came one of the peo ter. David's wife, to Thalli, the son of Laish,ple in to destroy the king ti.y lord. which was of Gallin.

16 This thing is not good that thou hast CHIP. XXVT.

clone. As the Lord liveth, ye are wortly to ile : heah, saying, Doth not Daviel liide the Lord's anointed. And now see wliere himseil in the hill of Bachilal, which is be the king's spear is, and the crise of water fore Jeshimon:

that wus ai liis bolster. 2 Thea Saul arose. and went down to the 17 And Saulknew David's voice and said, willlorness of Ziph, having three thousand Is this thy voice, my son David: And David cinsi inrn of Israel with liim, to seek Da said, It is my voice, my lord, O king. vid in die wilderness of Ziph.

13 And he said, Wherefore dolli my lord 3 And Saul pitcher in the bill of Hacluilah, thus pursue after his servant ? for whai lavo which is before Jeshimon, by the way: but I done? or what evil is in mine land? Davil abode in the wilderness ; and be saw 19 Now therefore, I pray thee, let my lord that Saul came after himinio the wilderness. the king near the words of his servant. If

4 David therefore sent out spies, and un- the LORD have stirred thee up against ine, derstood that Sau! was come in very deel. let liim accept an offering: but if they be the

5.1 And David arose, and came to the children of inen, cursed be they belore the place where Saui bad pitched; and Davis Lord; for they have driven me out this day beheld the place where Saul lav, and Abner from abiding in the inseritance of the Lori, Die son of Ner, the captain of his liost: and saying, Go serve other gods. saul lay in the trench, and the people pitch 20 Now therefore, let not my blood fall to ed round abou: bim.

the earth before the face of thie LORD ; for Theu answered David, and said to Alii-le king of Israel is come out to seek a Hea, ! melech the Hitite, and 10 Abishai the son ol as when one doih bunt a partridge in the Zeruiah, brother 10 Joab, saying, IVho will mountains.

down with me to Saul 10 the camp? And 21 1 Then said Saul, I have sinned. re. Abisliai said, I will go down with thee. turn, my con David ; for I will no more do

î So David and Abishai came to the peo- thee barm, because iny soul was precious in ple by night; and, behold, Saul lay sleep-line eyes this day : behold, I hove played ing within the trench, and his spear stuck in the fool, and have erred exceedingly. the ground at lois bolster: but Abner and the 22 and David answerell and said, Beholet people lay round about him.

the king's spear! and let one of the young 8' Then said Abishai to David, God hath men come over and letcliii. delivered thine enemy into thine hand this 3 The Lord render to every man liis righday: now therefore lei me smite liim, I pray teolisness and his faithfulness for the Luku thee, with the spear even to tlie earth alonce, delivered thee inw my hand to day; but I and I will not smite him the second time. would not stretch foria mine land agailice

9 And David said to thishai, Destroy hiru 'the Lord's anointed. bul: tor who can stretch fosili bis hand against 24. And, behuld, as thy life was much ses the Lurd's anvind, and be guiltles: by iliis day in nine eyes, so let my lite be

mucn set dy mine eyes of the Lord, and let), 2. And David said to Schish, Surely thom hirn deliver me out of all tribulation. shalt know what thy servant can do.. A.d

25 Then Soul said to David, Blessed be Achish said to David, Therefore will I make thou, my son David; thou shalt both do great thee keeper of mine head for ever. things, and also shak still prevail. So Da 31 Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel vid went on his way, and 'Saul Icturned to bad lamented bim, and buried liim in Raliis place.

mab, even in his own city: and Saul had put CHAP. XXVII.

away those that liad tamiliar spirits, and ille AND David said in his heart, 1 slall now: wizards,

out of the land,

4 | And the Philistines gathered them there is nothing better for me than that I selves together, and caine and pitched in should speedily escape into the land of the Shunem; and Saul gathered all Israel togePhilistines; and Saul shall despair of me, tu ther, and they pitched in Gilloa. seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so 5 And when Saul saw the host of the Phi. shall I escape out of his hand.

listines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly 2 And David arose, and be passed over with treinhled. the six hundred men that were with him unto 6 And when Saul enquired of the Lord, tha Schish, the son of Maoch, king of Gath. Lord answered him noi, neither by dreams,

3 And David dwelt with Aclush at Galli, nor by Urim, nor by propliets. he and his inen, every man with his house 71 Then said Sauiunto liis servants, Seek buld, een David with liis twn wives, Ahi-me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that nuam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Car- ! may go to her, and enquire of her. And melitesi. Nabal's wife.

bis servant said io liim, Behold, there is a of And it was told Saulthat David was fled to woman that hath a familiar spirit at En-dor Gath; and he sought no more again for liim. 8 And Saul disguised himself, and put ou

59 And David said unto Achish, If I have other raiinent, and he went, and two mes now found grace in thine eyes, let them give with him, and they came to the woman by me a place in somné town in the country, that night; and be said, I pray thee, divine unta I may dwell there : for why should by ser-me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him vani dwell in the royal city with thee up whom I shall name unto thee.

6 Then Achish gave bim Ziklag that day; 9 And thic woman said unto him, Behold wherefore Ziklag pertaineth unto the kings thou knowest what Saul hath done, low h of Judah unto this day.

hatli cut off those that have familiar spirits 7 And the time that David dwelt in the and the wizards, out of the land : wlierefor country of the Philistines was a full year and then layest thou a snare for iny life to caus four months.

me to die? 81 And Darid and bis men went up, and 10 And Saul sware to her by the Lord say invaded the Geslurites, and the Gezrites, ing, .As the Lord liveth, there shall no pun and the Amalekites : for those nations were fishment happen to thee for this thing. of oid the inhabitants of the land, as thou go 11 Then said the woman, Whom shall I est to Shur, even unto the land of Egypt. bring up unto thee? And lie said, Bring mo

9 And David smote the land, and left nei- up Samuel. ther man nor woman alive, and took away 12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she the sheep, and the oxen, and the asses, and cried with a loud voice: and the womar the camels, and the apparel, and returned, spake to Saul, saying, Wiy last thou de and caine to Achish.

ceived me ? for thou art Saul. 10 And Achish said, Whither have ye 13 And the king said unto her, Benim made a road 10-day? And David said, afraid : for wlai sawest thou? And the wo Against the south of Judah, and against the man said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending ou south of the Jeral.meelites, and against the of the earth. goutl: of the Kenites.

14 And lie said unto her, What form is lie 11 And David saved neither man nor wo- of? And she said, An old mar, cometh up man alive to bring tidings to Gallı, saying, and iie is covered with a mantle. And Sou Lesi liey should iell on us, saying, So did perceived that it wos Samnel, and he stoup David, and so will be his manner all the ed with his face to the ground, and bowes while he dwelleth in the country of the Phi-himseli. listines.

15 I And Samuel said to Saul, Wny lids! 1: And Achish pelieved David, saying, thou cisquieted me, to bring me up And He liath made his people Israel utterly io Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the alhor boim ; therefore he shall be my servant Philistines make war against me, avd Giud is for ever.

departed from me, and answereth me CHAP. XXVIII. more, neither liv prophets, nor by dreams:

ya the Philistines gailiered their armies to. est make kawn unto me what I sliall do. gether for warfare, to fight with Israel: and 16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost echish said unto David, Know thou assured-thcu ask of me, seeing the Lord is departec vlliat thou shalt go out with me to battle, fiom thee, and is becoine thine enemy?

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spake hy me. for the Lord bath rent thel 6 ? Then Acliish called David. and said uskingdom out of thine band, and given it to to bim, Surely, as the Lord livell, thou hast thy beiglihour, eren to David:

been uprighi, and thy going out and thy '18 Because thou obeyedse not the voice or coming in with me in the host is good in my the Lord. nor executedst his fierce wratlı siglie: for I have not found evil is thee since upon Amalek, therefore liath the Lord done the day of thy coming unto me unto this day: this thing unto thee this day.

nevertheless ihe lords favour thee not. 19 Moreover, the LORD will also deliver Is 7 Wherefore now return, and go in peace, rael with thee into the hand of the Philistines; that thou displease not the lords of the Philisand to-nontow shull thou and thy sons be with lines. the : the Lord also shall deliver the lost of 8 And David said unto Achish, But what Israel into the land of tlie Philistines. Have I done? and what hast thou found in ihy

20 Then Saul fell straightway all along on servant, so long as I have been with thee unto the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the this day, that I may not go figlit agains: tło words of Samuel: and there was no strength enemies of my Jord the king? in him; for le liad eaten no bread all the 9 And Aclish answered and said to Daviel, day, nor all the niglit.

I know that thou art good in my siglit, as an 21 ! And the woman caine unto Saul, add angel of God: notwithstanding, the princes saw that he was sore troubled, and said unto of the Philistines have said, He shall not go bim, Beliold, thine handmaid hath obeyed up with us to the battle. thy voice, and I have put my life in my 10. Wherefore now rise up early in the band, and have hearkened unto thy words morning with thy master's servants that are which thou spakest unto me:

come will thee; and as soon as ye be up early 22 Now therefore, I pray tice, hearken in the morning, and lave light, depari. thou also unto the voice of tbine handmaid, 11 So David and his men rose up early lo and let ne sei a morsel of bread before thee; depart in the morning, to return into the land and eat, that thou mayest have strength of the Philistines: and the Philistines went up when thou goest on thy way.

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23 But lie refused, and said, I will not eat.

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compelled him; and be hearkened into men were come to Ziklag on the third
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south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, anu 94 And the woman had a fat calf in the burnt it with fire ; bo'lse; and she basted, and killed it, and took 2 And had taken the women captives that Honr and kneaded il, and did bake unleaven- uere therein: they slow not any, either great ed bread thereof:

or small, but carried them away, and went 95 And she brought it before Saul, and be on their way. fore his servants ; and they did eat. Then 31 So David and his men came to the they rose up, and went away that nigit. city, and, behold, it was burnt with fire : CHAP. XXIX.

and their wives, and their sons, and their N TOW the Philistines gathered together al! daughters, were taken captives.

their armies to Aphek : and the Israel 4 Then David and the people that were iles pitched by a sou:tain which is in Jezreel. wi: hin lifted up their voice and wept, un.

And the forels of the Philistines passed on il they had no more power to weep: oy hundreds and by thousands ; lyut David 5 And David's two wives were taken cap and liis men passed on in the rere-ward with tives, Aninoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail Achish.

the wife of Nabal the Carmeliie. 3 Then said the princes of the Philistines, 6 And David was greatly distressed : for What do these Hebrews here! And Achish the people spake of stoning him ; because the said unto the princes of the Philistines, Is not soul of all the people was grieved, every man tiris David, the servant of Saul the king of for liis sons and for his daughters : but David Israel, which haili been with me these days, encouraged himself in the LORD his God, Or these years, and I have found no fall in 7 And David said 10 Abiad:ar the priest, lain since he fell into me unto this day? Alimelech's son, I pray thee, bring ine hi

of Ind the princes of the Philistines were ther the ephod. And Amaliar brought thi wroth Wnh liin, and the princes of the Pini-ther the ephod to David. Visunes said unto him, Make this fellow re 8 And David enquired at the LORD, say mrn, that lie may go again to his place ing, Shall I pursue afier this troop,? shall i which thou hast appointed irim, and let bom overtake mein? And lie an:wered him, Pure not go down will us lo battlé, lest in the sue; for thou shalt surely overlake them, and baitle he be ar: inverary to us: for where without fail recover ull. witn should he recond'de himsell into his 9! So David weni, le and the six liun. master? should it not be with the heads of dred men that were with hin, and caine 10 these inen!

the brook Besor, where those that were left 5 \s not this David, of whom they sang behind stayed. one to another in dances, saying, Saul slew 10 Bui David pursued, he and four bun his thousands, and David his ten thousands : dred men : (for two hundred abode beloind,

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