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44 Thou also hast delivered me from the of Agee the Hararite: and the Plilistines strivings of my people, thou hast kept me to were gathered together into a troop, where be head of the heathen: a peopie 'which I was a piece of ground fall of lentiles; aud knew not shall serve m?.

the people Red (rom the Philistines. 45 Strangers shall submit themselves unto 12 But he stood in the midst of the gronnd, me: as soon as they hear, they shall be obe- and defended it, and slew the Philistines dient unto me.

and the LORD wronglie a great victory; 46 Strangers shall fade away, and they 13 And three of the thirty chief weni down, shall be afraid out of thieir close places. and came io David in the barvest-time unt.) 47 The LOR! livetli; and blessed be my the cave of Adullam:

and the troopi rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of the Philistines pitched in the valley of fies my salvation.

phaim. 43 1: is God that avengrih me, and that 14 And David was then in an hold and bringelh down the people under me, the garrison of the Philistines was then in

40 And that brin. thi ne forth from mine Beti-lehem. enemies: thou also lastified me up on liigh 15 And David longed, and said, Oh tha: above them that rose up against me: thivu one would give me drink of the water of the hast delivered me from the violent man. well of Beth-lehem, which is by the gate !

50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, 16 And 'he three mighty men brake through O Lord, among the lieatlien, and I will singule liost of the Philistines, and drew waler praises unto thy name.

out of the well of Pesh-leliem, tiat uus by the 51 lle is the tower of salvation for his gale, and took it, and brought it io David : king; and sheweih mercy to liis anointed, nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but unto David, and to his seed for evermore. poured it out into the LOR!); CHAP. XXIII.

17 And he said, Be it far from me, () David the son of Jesse said, and the blood of the men that went in jeopardy ol man acho was raised up on ligii, the anointed their lives ? therefore he would not drink it. of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist These things did these three inighey men. of Israel, said,

18 And Äbislaithe brother of Joab, the son The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and of Zeruialı, was chief among three: and lie his word was in my tongue.

lifted up his spear against three hundred, and 3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Is-slew them, and had the nane amo!ig tiree. rael spake to me, He that ruleth over men 19 Was lie liot most lionourable of three? must be just, ruling in the fear of God. therefore he was their captain; howbeit he

4 And he shall be as the lig lit of the morning attained not unto the first three. rohen the sun riseth, even a morning without 20 And Benaiali the son of Jehoiada, the clouds; as the tender grass springing out of son of a valiant man, of kalzeel, who had the earth by clear shining alier rain. done many acts, he slew iwo lion-like men

5 Althougli iny house be not so with Gud, of Moab; he went down also and slew a lion yet lie hatli made with me an everlasting co- in the midst of a pit in time of snow. venant, ordered in all things, and sure: for 21 And he slew an Egyptian, a goodly man this is all my salvation, and all my desire, and the Egyptian had a spear in his land; although lie make it not to grow.

but lie went down to him with a staff, and 6 But the sons of Belia! shall be all of them plucked the spear out of the Egyptian's as thorns tirust away, because they cannot band, and slew him with dis own spear. be taken with hands:

22 These things did Benaian the son of 7 But the inan that shall touch them must Jehoiaca, and had the name among three be fenced with iron, and the statiof a spear; miglity men. and they shall be utterly burned with fire in 3 He was more honourable than the the same place.

thirty, but he altained not to the first three , 8 T These be the names of the men and David set liim over i'is guard. whom David had: The Taclimoniie that sat 24 Asahel, the brother of Joab, sous che in the seat, chief arnong the captains; the of the thirty'; Elhanan the son of Dado or same was Adino the Eznile: he lifted up his Bethlehem, spear against eiglit hundred, whom hie slew 25 Shammal the Harodile, Elika thic Ha. at one tinie.

rodite, 9 And after him ras Eleazar the son of I)o 26 Helez the Palile, Ira the son of Ikkesh do the Alolite', one of the three mighty men the Tekoite, with David, when they defied the Philistines 27 Abiezer the Anethothile, Mekaniai the thal were there gathered together to battle, Hushathite, and lie men of lsral were gone away; 23 Zalmon the Abohite, Moharai the Ne

10H:arose, atvismote the Philistin's until torhalluire, his land was neary, and liis hand clave un 2. lleleb the son of Baanch, a Neiopha. to che sword: and the LORD wrouglit a great thile, Itai the son of Ribai oui oi Gibeal ut victory that day; and the people returned as the children of Benjamin, ter him only to spoil.

30 Benaiah the l'irathonite, Hiddai of the

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31 Ali-albon the Arba:hi:e, Azmaveth the 12 Go and any unto David, 'Thus saith the Barhupite.

Low), I offer thee ihree things; choose thee 3? Elialba the Shaalbonile; of the sons of one of them, that I may do it unto thee. Jasien. Jonathan,

13 So God caine to David, and told him, 33 Shainmali tije Hararile, Aliam the son and said unto him, Shall seven years of faof Sharar the Hararile,

inine come unto thee in thy land ? or wilt 34 Eliphele! the son of Alaslai, the son of thou flee three months before thine enemies, the Maachachite, Eliam the son of Abition while they pursue thee? or that there he phel the Gilonite,

three days'pestilence in thy land? Now ail35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai, the Ar- vise, and see what answer I shall return 10 vite.

hiin that sent nie. 3j Igal the son of Natlar of. Zoba!), Ba 14 And David said unto Gad, I am in a ai the Gadise,

great strait; let us far! now into the band of 37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naliarai the Bee-the LORI), (for liis mercies ure great,) and rothite, arinour-bearer to Joab the son of let me not fall into the land of maan Leruiah,

15 1 So the Lord seme a pesulenre upon 38 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite, Israel, from the morning even to the time ap30 Crial the Hittite: try and seven in all. pointed : am here died of the people, from CHAP. XXIV.

Dan even to Beer-sheba, seventy thousand kindled against Israel, and be moved


16 And when llic angel stretched out bis David against them lo say, Gu, number Is-hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD racl and Judah.

repented him of the evil, and said to the an• For the king said to Joal, the captain of gel that destroyed the people, It is enough ; the host, which was with hin, Go now stay now thine hand. And the angel of the through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan LORD was by the thrashing-place of Araunah even to Beer-slieba, and number ye the peo- the Jebusite. ple, that I may know the number of the 17 And David spake unto the Lord, when people.

he saw the angel that smule the people, and 3' And Joab said unto the king, Now the said, Lo, I have sinned, and have done LORD thy God aud unto the people, bow wickedly : but these sheep, what have they many soever tley be, an bundred-fold, and done? Let thine hand, I pray thee, be atin its eyes of my lord the king may see it : gainst me, and against my father's louse, but wly doth the lord my king delight in this 18 ! And Gad came that day to David, thing?

and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar unto 4 Notwithstanding the king's word prevail the LORD in the thrashing-floor of Arauvah ed against Joab, and against the captains of the Jebusite. the host : and Joab and the captains of the 19 And David, according to the saying of host went out from the presence of the king Gad, went up, as the Lord commanded. to nu!nber the people of Israel.

20 And Araunal looked, and saw the king • 5 || And they passed over Jordan, and and his servants coming on toward him: and pitebed in Aroer, on the right side of the city. Araunah went oui, and bowed himself before that lieth in the midst of the river of Gad, the king on his face upon the ground. and to vard Jazer .

Aud Araunalı said, Wherefore is my 6 Then they came to Gilead, and to the lord the king come to his servant? and Da. land of Tahitim-bodsbi ; and they came to vid said, To buy the thrashing-floor of thee, Dan.jaau, and about to Zidon,

to build an aliar unto the LORI), that the 7 And came to the strong hold of Tyre, plague may be stayed from the people. and all the cities of the Hiviles, and of the And Araunah said unto David, Let my Canaanites : : and they went out to the south lord the king lake and otser up what seeme:h of Judah, even to Beer-sheba.

good unto him : behold, here be oxen for 8 So when they had gone through all the burnt-sacrifice, and thrashing-instruments land, they came to Jerusalem at the end on and other instruments of the oxen for nine months and twenty days.

wood. 9 And Joah gave up the sum of the num 23 Alltliese things did Araunah, as a king, ber of the people unto the king : and there give unto the king : and Araumah said unto were in Israel eiglit hundred thousand valiant the king, The LORD thy God accept thee. men that drew the sword; and the men of Ju-) 24. And the king said unto Araunalı, Nay; dab were five hundred thousand men. but I will surely buy it of thee at a price:

So David bought lie thrashing. 20 25 And David built there an aitar unto the 38

that lie had numbered the people. And Da- Loru my God of that which doth cost me
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ly in that I have done : and now, I beseec tloor and the oxen for fifiy sliekels of silver.
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Į Fór when David was up in the morn- offerings. So the LORD was entrealed for ing, the word of the Lord came undo the the land, and the plague was wayed from

1 The First Book of the KINGS, commorily called,

The Third Book of the KINGS.

| 17 And she said unto him, My lord, thou as in years; and they covered liim with handmaid, suying, Assuredly Solomon the clothes, bullie gar no heat.

son shall reiga alter me, and he shall sit up 2 Wherefore his servants said unto him, on my throne : Let there be sough for my lord the king a 18 And now, behold, Adonijab reigneth young virgin; and let her stand be ore the and now, my lord the king, thou knowest it king, and lellier cherish bim, and in her lie not. in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get 19 And lie liath slain oxen, and fat cattle. heat.

and sheep in abundance, and bath called tri 3 So they sought for a fair damsel through the sons of the king, and Abiathar the priest, out all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag and Joab the captain of the host: but Solo a Slunaimite, and brought her to the king monthly servant bath he not called.

4 And the dainsel was very fair, and clie 20 And thou, iny lord, O king, the eyes of rished the king, and ministered to liim: but all Israel are upon thee, that thou shouldest the king knew her 1101.

tell them who shall sit on the throne of iny 5 i Then Adonijah the son of Haggith lord the king after liim. exalted livin ell, saving, I will be king: and 21. Otherwise it slial! come to pass, when be prepared him chariots and horsemea, and my lord the king shali sleep with luis father's, friy mer: lo run before lun.

that I and my son Solomon shall be counted 6 And his father had not displeased him at offenders. any time in saying, Why hast thou done so? 22 1 And, lo, while she vet talked with the an:) he also was a verv goodly man ; and his king, Nathan the prophet niso came in. mother bare him after Absalom.

23 And they told the king, saying: Behold 7 And he conferred with Joab the son of Nathan the proplict. And when he was coine Zeruiah, and withi Abiathar the priest : and in before the king, lie bowed himself befon they, following Adonijalı, helped him. the king with his face to the ground.

8 But Zadok tije priest, and Benaiah the 24 And Nathan said, My lord, O king son of Jeliviada, and Nathan the prophet, hast thou said, Adonijali shall reign after me and Shimei, and Rei, and the migliay 'men and he shall sit upon my throne : which belonged to David, were not with 25 For he is gone down this day, and hall Adonijah.

siain oxen, and lat cattle, and sheep in abon 9 And Adonijah slew sheep, and oxen, and dance, and hath called all the king's sons, and fa: caille, by the stone of Zoheleth, which is the captains of the host, and Åbiatlar ih by En-rogel, and called all his brethren the priest : and, behold, they eat and drink be king's sons, and all the men of Judah the fore him, and say, God save king Adonijah king's servants.

26 Bui me, even me thy servant, and Za But Nathan the propliet, and Benaiah, dok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jelio. and the mighty men, and Solomon bis broiada, and thy servant Suloinon, hath he not ther, he called not.

called. JUS Wherefore Nathan spake unto Batlı 27 Is ebis thing done by my lord the king, shelia the mother of Solomon, saying, Hast and thou hast not shewed it unto tly servant, thou not beard that Adonijah the son of who should sit on the throne of my lord thic Haggith doth reigni, and David our lord king alier him? kuoweth it not?

20 4 Then king David answered and said, 19 Now therefore come, let me, I pray Call me Bath-sheha : and she came into ilie thee, give thee counsel, that thou mayest king's presence, and stood before the king. save thine own life, and the life of the son 29 And the king sware, and said, As ila Sormon

Lord livell, that liath redeemed iny soul out 133 tio and get thee in unto king David, of all distress, and say unto hiin, Didst not thou, my lord, 0 30 Even as I sware unto thee by the LORD hing, swear unto thine handmaid, saying God of Israel, saying, Assuredly Solomon sidssuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after thy son shall reign atier me, and he shall si me, and be shall sit upon my throne? why upon iny throne in my steau ; even so will i then doth Arlonijah reign?

certainly do this day: 14 Brookl, while thon yet talkest there 31 Then Bath-sheba bowed with her face witn live king, I also will come in after thee, to the earth, and did reverence to the king and confirm :hy words.

and said, Let my lord king David live lo 1. 1 And Bath-sheba went in into the ever. king into the chamber: and the king was 32 11 And king David said, Cail me Zadok very old; ana Abishag the Shunamınite the priest, and Nathan the propliet, and Be ministered unto the king.

naiah the son of Jehviada. And they cang 16 And Bath s'eba bowed, and did olei- before the king. mince unto the king. And the king said, 33 The king also said unto them, Tako

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Solomon iny son lo ride upon mine own mule, lomon, and arose, and went, airl caught and bring him down to Gihon:

hold on the horns of the altar. 34 And let Zadok the priest, and Nathan 51 And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold the prophet, anoint him their king over 13- Adonijalı feareth king Solomon : for, lo, he rael: and blow ye with the trumpet, and bath caught hold on the horns of the altar,saySily, God save king Solomon.

ling, Let king Solomon swear unto me to-day 35 Then ye shail coine up alter him, that that he will not slayhis servant with the sword. he may come and sit upon my throne; fori 52 And Solomon said, If he will shew he shall be king in my stead: and I have himself a worthy man, there shall vot an appointed bim to be ruler over Israel and hair ot' him fall to the earth: but if wicked over Judab.

ness shall be found in him, he shall die. 36 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada an 53 So king Solomon sent, and they brought swered the king, and said, Amen: the LORD him down from the altar. And he came and God of my lord the king say so too. bowed himself to king Solomon: and Solo

37. As the Lord bath been with my lord mou said unto him, Go to thine house. the king, even so be he withi Solomon, and

CHAP. II. lord king David.

he should die; and he charged Solomon 33 So Zadok the priest,and Nathan the



son, saying, phiel, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the way of all the earth : be thou the Cherethites, and the Pelethies, went strong iberefore, and shew thyself a man ; down, and caused Solomon to ride upon king 3 And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, David's mule, and brought in to Gihon. to walk in his ways to keep bis statutes and his

39 And Zadok the priest took an horu of commandments, and his judgments, and liis oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed Solo. testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, mon; and they blew the trumpel; and all that thou mayes: prosper in all that thou duthe people said, God save kirg Solomon est, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself'; 40 Hid all the people came up alter him; 4 That the Lord may continue his woril, and the people piped with pipes, and re- which he spake concerning ine, saying, ir joiced with great joy, so that the earth rent thy children take heed to their way, io walk with the sound of them.

before me in truth with all their lieart, and 41 | And Adonijah, and all the guests that with all their soul, there shall not fail thee were with him, heard it as they had made (said he) a man on the throne of Israel. an end of eating. And when Joab heard the 5 Moreover, thou knowest also what Joab sound of the trumpet, he said, Wherefore is the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he this noise of the city being in an uproar? did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel,

42 And while he yer spake, behold Jona- unto Abuec the son of Ner, and unto Amasa than the son of Abiathar the priest came: and 'the son of Jether, whom he slew, and shed the Adonijah, said unto hin, Come in; for thou blood of war in peace, and put the blood of arl a valiant man, and bringest good tidings. war upon his girdle that wus about his loins

43 And Jonathan answered and said to and in his shoes that were on his feet. Adonijah, Verily our lord king David hath 6 Do therefore according to thy wisdom, inade Solomon king.

and let not his hoar bicad go down to the 41 And the kirg hath sent with him Za. grave in peace. dok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and 7 But shew kindness unto the sons of BarBenaiah, the son of Jehoiada, and the Che-zillai the Gileadite, and lei then be of those rethies, and the Pelerhites, and they have that eat at thy table : for so they came to me caused him to ride upon the king's mule: when I Med because of Absalom thy brother.

45 And Zadok the priest, and Nathan the 8 And, behold, thou hust with thee Shimei prophet, have anointed bin king in Gihon; the son of Gera, a Benjamile of Bahurim, and they are come up from thence rejoicing, which carsed me with a grievous curse in the so that the city rang again. This is the day when I went to Mahanaim : but he came poise that ye have heard.

down to meet me at Jordan, and I sware to 46 And also, Solomon sitteth on the throne him by the Lord, saying, I will not put thee of the kingdom.

to death with the sword. 47 And moreover, the king's servants came 9 Now therefore hold hiin not guiltless : for to bless our lord king David,saying, God make thou art a wise man, and kr.owest what thou the name of Solomon beller ihan iby name, oughtest to do into him ; bu nis hoar head and make his inrone greater than thy throne: bring thou down to be grave with t:lood. and the king bowed himself upon the bed. 1 10 1 So David siept with his fathers, and

4? And also thus said the king, Blessed be was buried in the city of David. The Lord God ot Israel, wbich batis given 11 And the days that David reigned over one to sit on my throne this day, mive eyes Israel vere forty years: seven years reigned even seeing it.

he in Hebron, and thirty and three years 49 And all the guests that were with Ado- reigned he in Jerusalem. wijah were afraid, and rose up, oud went! 12 I Then sat Solomon upon the throne every inan his way.

of Daviil his father; and his kingdom was 50 And A Junijah feared because of So, established grcalls.

13 © And Adonijali the son of Haggith and, beboll, he is by the altar: then solo came to Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon, mon sent Benaiah the son of Jelioiada, say And she said, Comest thou peaceably? And ing: Go, fall upon him. he said, Peaceably.

30 Aud Benaialı came to the tabernacle or 14 He said moreover, I bave somewhat to the LORD; ard said unto hiin, Thus sait) say unto thee. And she said. Sav on. the king, (ome forılı. And lie said. Nay :

15 And he said, Thou knowest that the out I will die here. And Benaiah brouglat kingdom was mine, and thut all Israe. set the king word again, saying, Thus said Jotheir faces on me that I should reign; how- ab, and thus he answered me. beit the kingdom is turned about, and is be 31 And the king said unto lim, Do a he come my brother's : for it was liis from the hath said, and fall upon liiin, and bury bım ; LORD.

lihat thou mayest take away the innccent 16 And now I ask one petition of thee, de- bloud, which Soal slied, from me, and from Dy me not. And she said unto liim, Say on the lionse of my father. 17 And he said, Speak, I pray thee, unto

:32 And the LORD shall relurn his blood up. Sulomon the king, (sor he will not say thee on his own head, who fell upou two men more nay,) that lie give me Abislag the Shunam-righteous and better than le, and slew thein miie to wise.

with the sword, my father David not know18 And Bath-sheba said, Well; I will speaking thereof, to wit, Abner the son of Ner, caju for thiee unto the king.

lain of the host of Israel, and Amasa the son 131 Bath-sheba therefore went unto king of Jether, captain of the host of Judah. Solomon, to speak into him for Adonijai.

33 Their blood shall therefore return upon And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed the lead of Joals, and upon the head of' bris himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, seed for ever: but upon David, and upon liig and caused a seat to be set for the king's ino- seed, and upon his house,and upon biisebrone, ther; and she sat on his right band. skall there be peace for ever from the LORU

20 Then she said, I desire one small peti-As Benaiahthe son of Jehojadawy Lion of thee; I pray thee, say me nol nay. and pupon liim, and slew him; and Jan And the king said unto her, ask on, my mo- Bertest in his own house in the wildernes. ther; for I will not say


3:3 And the king put Benaials the son of 21 And she said, Let Abishag the Shunam- Jehoiada in his room over the host; and Zamite be given to Adonijal thy brother to wife. dok the priest did the king put in the rocia

22. And king Solomon answered and said of Abinthar. unto his mother, And why dcs: thou ask Abi 36 And the king sent and called for Slia shag the Shunammite for Adonijah? ask for mei, and said unto him, Build thee an house him the kingdom also: (for he is mine elderlin Jerusalemn, and dwell there, and go not brother ;) even for hiin, and for Abiathar forth thence any whither. the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah. 37 For it shall be, that on the day thou goest

23 Then king Solomon sware by the LORD, out, and passest over the brook Kidson, thou saying, Gol do so to me, and more also, if shalt know for certaiu that thou shalt surely Adonijah have not spoken this word against die : thy blood shall be upon thine own head. his own life,

38 And Shimei said into the king, The 24 Now therefore, as the LORD liveth, saying is good: as my lord the king bath which hath established me, and set me on said, so will uy servant do. And Shimei the throne of David my father, and who dwell in Jerusalem inany days. hath made me an house, as he promised, 39 And it came to pass, at ile end of three Adlonijah shall be put to death this day. vears,

that two of the servants of Shimeiras 25 Ånd king Solomon sent by tbe hand of away'unto Achish son of Muachia king of Benziah the son of Jelioiada ; and he fell Gath: and they told Shimei, saying, Behold upon him that he died.

thy servants be in Gath. 26 | And unto Abiathar the priest said the 10 And Shimzi arose, and sadelled his ass, king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto thine own and went to Gath to Achish to seek bis ser. fields; for thou art worthy of death: but I vants : and Shimei went, and brought his will not at this time put thee to death, because servants from Gatlı. thun barest the ark of the Lord God before 41 and it was told Solomon thal Sh nej David iny father, and because thou hast been had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, av / vu afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted. come again.

27 So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from 42 And the king sent and called or Shie heing priest unto the LORD; that he miglit mci, and said unto hiin, Did I not make thee fulfil the word of the Lord, which he spake swear by the Lorn, and prw!es!ed unto concerning the house of Eli'in Shiloli. thee, saying, Know for a certain, on the day

28 9 Then tidings came to Joal); (for Jo-thou goest out, and warnest abroad any ab had turned after Allonijal, though he wlither, thai thou shalt surely die: aud thou turned not alter Absalom :) and Joab God saidst unto me, The word init I have beard onto the tabernacle of the Lord, and caught is good. hold on the horns of the altar,

13 Why thien hast thou not kept the oath 29 And it was told king Solomon that Jo of the Lord, and the commandment that ] ab was lied uile the tabernacle of the LORD;'lave charged thee with

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