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er than the other that thou didet unto mo ND it came to pass after this, that Absa. But he would not hearken unto her.


17 Then he called his servant that ministerwhose name roas Tamar; and Amnon the ed unto him, and said, Put now this woman son of David loved her.

out from me, and holt the door after her. 2 And Amnon was so vexed, that he relli 18 And she huu a garment of divers co sick for his sister Tamar; for she iras a vir- lours upon her; for with sucli rohes were the gin: and Amnon thought it hard for him to king's daughters that were virgins apparel do any thing to her.

led. 'Tben servant broughi her oul, and 3 But Ainnon had a friend, whose name bolted the door after her. tous Jonadah, the son of Shimeah, David's 19 | And Tamar pul ashes on her head, brother: and Jonadab was a very subtile and rent lier garment of divers colours thai

wus on her, and laid her band on her head, * And lie said unto him, Why art thou, and went on crying. being the king's son, lean from day to day? 20 and Absaloin ber brother said unto her, wilt thou not iell me? And Amnon said un. Hath Ainnon thy brother been with thee: bui lo him, I love Tamar, my brother Absalom's hold now thy peace, my sister:le is thy bro. sister.

llier; regard not this thing. So 'Tamar reinain, 5 And Jonadab said unto him, Lay thee ed desolate in her brother Absalom's house. down on thy bod, and make thyself sick ; 21 11 But when king David heard of all and when thy father cometh to see thee, these thinge, die was very wrotlı. say unto him. I pray thee, let my sister Ta 22 And Absalom spake unto his brother mar come and give itie ineal, and dress the Amnon neither good nor bad: for Absalon mcat in my siglie, ihai I may see it, and eat hated Aincon, because he bad forced his sis it at her land.

ter Tamar. 6 ! So Ainon lay down, and made himn. 23 1 And it came to pass after two fu) sell sick: and when the king was come to years, that Absaloin had sheep-shearers is see him, Ambon said unto the king, I pray Paal-lazor, wilich is beside Fiplıraim: ang thee, let Tamar my sister come and make me Absalom inivited all the king's sons. a couple of cakes in any sight, that I inay eat 24 And Absalom came to the king, and at lier land.

said, Behold now, thy servant bath sheep 7 Thien David sent lume to Tamar, say-sliearers; let the king, I beseech thee, ang ing: Go how to thy broller Amnoo's house, his servants, go with tlıy servant. and diess him mcat.

25 And the king said io Ahsalom, Nay, my 6 So Tamar went to her brother Amiton's son, let us not all now go, Jest we be charge house; and lie was laid down. And she took able unto thee. And lie pressed iim. Low Hour, and kneaded it, and made cakes in luis beit he would not go. hur blessed liin. siglu, and did bake the cakes.

26 Then said Absalom, If not, I pray thiee 9. And she took a pan, and poured them let my brother Amnon go with us. And this out before lim; but he refused io eat. And king said unto him, Why should lie go with Amnon said, Have out all men from me. thee? And they went out every inan from him. 27 But Absaloın pressed him that he let Am

10 And Amnou said unto Tanar, Bring non and all the king's sous go with him. the meat into the chainher, that I may eat of 23 ) Now Absalomlad coinmanded liig thine land. And Tamar took the cakes servants, saying, Mark ve now when An which she had made, and brought them into nun's hicart is nierry with wine, and when I the chamber 10 dinnon her brother. say unto you, Smite Annon; then kill liim,

Il And when she had brought them into fear not: have not I commanded you? ba him to eat, lie look hold of bier, and said un- courageous, and be valiant, to hier, Come lie with me, iny siyter.

29 And the servants of Absalom did unta 12 And she answered hiin. Nay, my brother, Amnon, as Absalom bad cominanded : ther do not force ine; for no such thing ong it to all the hing's sons arose, and every man sa be dine in Israel do not thou this fully. bim mp upon his mule, and fled.

13 And I, whither sliall I cause iny shame 30 f And it cane to pass, while they were to go and as for thee, thou shall he as one in the way, that tidingscame lo David, say of ille fools in Israel. Now therefore, I praying, Absaloin lati slain all the king's sons thee, speak unto the king; for lie will not and there is vot one cl'lein let. withiold ine from thee.

31 Then the king arose, and tare his gar 14 lowheit lie would not liearken untnments, and lay on ile earth; and all his ser lier voice; bus, being stronger than she, vants stuod bý will deir clothes rent. forced lier, and lay with lier.

39 And Jonadat the son of Sbiinealı, Da 15 Tben Amuon hated ber exceedingly ; vid's brother, answered anu said, Let not my 80 that the latred wherewith he hated her lord suppose ihat they have slain all the was greater than the love wherewith be had young men dhe king's sons; for Amnon only loved her: and Amyou said unto hier, Arise, is dead: for by the appointment of Absalov be gone.

tois lam vecn determined from the day thay 16 An sive said unto hin, There is no le forced his sister Tamar. cause : t'tis evil in vending me away is great

3 Now therefore let not my lord the king

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take the thing to his heart, to tninx chat a!l destroy any more, lest they destroy my son. the king's sons are deadl; for Amnou only is And he said, As the LORD liveth, there shal dead.

not one hair ofily son fall to the earth. 3+ But Absalom fled. And the young man 12 Then the woman said, Let thine handthat kept the watch lifted up bis eyes and mairl, I pray ther, speak one word vnto my looked, and, behold, there came much peo- lord the king. And he said, Say on. ple by the way o; the hill-side behind hiin. 13 And the woman said, Wherefore then

35 And Jonadab said unto the king, Be-lbast thou thought such a ibing against die hold, ine king's sons come: as thy servan/people of God for the king cloth speak this said, so it is.

iling as one which is faulty, in that the king 36 And it caine 10 pass, as soon as he lial dotlı not fetchi home again his banished. made an end of speaking, that, behold, the 14 For we must needs die, and are as wa. king's sons came, and lifted up their voice ter spilt on the ground, which cannot be ga and wept; and the king also and all his ser- thered up again: neither doth God respect vants wept very sore.

any person; yet doch he devise means 'ihat 37 ! But Absalom fled, and went to Tal- bis banished he not expelled from liim. mai, the son of Ammibud, king of Geslur : 15 Now therefore thai I am come to speak and Durid mourged for liis son every day. of this thing unto my lord the king, it is be

33 So Absalom Hed, and went to Geslur, cause the people liave made me afraid: and and was there three years.

ty handmaid said, I will now speak umo 39 And the soul of king David longed to the king; it may be that the king will pergo forth unto Absalom: for lie was comfort- form the request of his bandmaid." ed concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead. 16 For the king will hear, io deliver bis CHAP. XIV.

handmaid out of the band of the men that TOW Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived would destroy me and my son together out

that the king's lieart was toward Ab- of the inheritance of God. salom.

17 Then thine handmaid said, The word 2 And Joab seni to Tekoah, and felelied of my lord ile king siall now be comfortathence a wise woinan, and said unto her, ! bie: for as an angel of God, so is my lord pray thee, leign thyself to be a mourner, and the king, to discern good and had ; therefosa Dui on now mourning apparel, and anoint the LORD thy God will be with thee. not thyself with oil, but be as a woman that! 13 Tlien the king answered and said unto had a long time mourned for the lead; the woman, Hide not from me, I pray thee,

3 And come to the king, and speak on this the thing ihat I shall ask thee. Avd the womanner unto him, So Joab pul the words man said, Let my lord the king now speak. ju her mouth.

19 And the king said, Is not the land of 49 And when the woman of Tckoal Joab with thee in all this? And the woman spake to the king, she fell on her face to the answered and said, As tly soul livetli, my ground, and did obeisance, and said, Help, lord the king, none can turn to the right U king

hand or to the left froin ought that my lord 5 And the king said unto her, What aileth the king batı spoken: for thy servant Joab, thee? And she answered, I am indeed a be bade me, and he put all these words in widow woman, and inine husband is dead, the mouth of thine landmaid :

0 And thy handmaid bad iwo sons, and 20 To frech about iliis form of speech hath they two strove logether in the field, and thy servant Joab done this thing: and my lord There is none to part them, but the one is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of siunte the other, and slew him.

God, to know all things iliat are in the earth. 7 And, beiiokl, the whole family is risen 211 And the king said unto Joab, Behold against thine bandmaid, and they said, Deli- now, I love done ilis thing: go therefore, ver bim that smite his brother, that we may bring the young man Absaloin again. kill him, for the life of liis brother whom lie 22 and Joab fell to the ground on his face, slew; and we will destroy the heir also: and and bowed bimself, and ihanked the king 60 they shall quench my coal which is left, and Joal, said, To-day thy servant knoweth And shall not leave to my husband neither that I have found grace in thy siglit, iny name nor renainder upon the earth. lord, O king, in thai the king hails fulfilled

8. And the king said unto the woman, Go the request of bis servant, to thine louse, and I will give charge con 23 So Joab arose, and went to Gieslrur, cerning thee.

and brouglit Absalom to Jerusalem, 9 And the woman of Tekoah said unto the 24 And the king said, Let liin turn to his king, My lord, Oking, the iniquity be on me, own house, and let him not see my face. So and on my father's house; and the king and Absalom returned to his own house, and saw his throne be guiltless.

not the king's face. 10 And the king said, Whosoever saith 25 9 But in all Israel there was none to be ought unto thee, bring him to me, and he so much praised as Absalom for his beauty; shall not touch thee any more.

Som the cole of his foot even to the crown of Il Turn ruid siie, I pray thee, let the king his head there was no blemish in bin. rerepe. the LORD'li God, that thou 26 And when he polled his head. (for it was woaid ex poe suffer the frien crs of blood to at every year's end that he polled il; because

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the hair was leavy on him, therefore le poll-hear the sound us the trumpet. then ye sball ed it :) lie weighed the hair of his heal at say, Absaloin reigneth in llebron. (wo hundred sliekels after the king's weight. 11 And with Absaloin went two hundred

67 And unto Absalom there were born three men out of Jerusalemn, that were called; and sons, and one daughter, whose name was Tabey went in their simplicity, and they knew mar she was a woman osa fair counenance not any thing.

29 So Absalom dwell two full vears in 12 Ånd Absalom sent for Ahithophel ll.o Jerusalem, and saw not the king's iace. Grilonite, David's counsellor. from his city,

29 Therefore Absalom sent for Jeah,io lave even froin Gileli, while he offered sacrifices. sent him to the king : but lie would no! come and the conspiracy was strong; for the peoto liim: and when he sent again the second ple increased continually withi Absalom. time, he would not coine.

13 4 And there came a messenger 19 Da. 30 Therefore lie said untoliis servants, See. vid. saying, The heart, of the inen of Is.ael Joab's field is gear mine, and be liat barley are after Absaloin. there ; go and sel it on fire. And Absalom's 14 And David said unto all liis servants that servavis set the field on fire.

were with him at Jerusalem, Arise and let us 31 Then Joab arose and came to Absalom lee; for we shall not else escape fim Absa. unlo his louse, and said unto lim, Wherefore lom: make speed to depart, lese he overlake have tlıy servants set my field on fire ? us suddenly,' and bring evil upon us, and

32 And Absalom answered Joah, Beliold, smile the city with the edge of the sword. I sent unto thee, saying: ('ome hither, that I 15 And the king's servants said unto the may send thee to the king, to say, Wieresore king, Behold, thy servants are reauly lo de am I come from Geshur? il lui been goud whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint. for ine lo hare been there still: now therefore 16 And the king went forth, and all his let me see the king's face; and if there be household after hiin. And the king leti len any iniquily ir, me, let hiin kill me.

women, which were concubines, to keep the 33 So Joab came to the king, and told house. him: and when he had called for Absalom, 17 And the king went forth, and all the he came to the king, and bowed linseli on people afier bim, and carried in a place that his face to the ground before the king : and was far off. the king kissed Absalom.

18 And all his servants passed on beside CHAP. XV.

him; and all the Cherethites, and all this prepared him chariots and horses, and men which came after him from Gatli, pass. fifty men to run before him.

ed on before the king. And Absalom rose up early, and stood 19 | Then said the king to Itaille Gittite, beside the way of the gale : and it was so, Wherefore goest thou aiso will us ? relurn io that when any man that liad a controversyluy place, and abide with the king; for thou caine to the king for judgment, then Al-art a stranger, and also an exile. salom called unto him, and said, Of what 20 Whereas thou camest but yesterday, city art thou ? And he said, Thy servant is should I this day make theego up and down of one or the tribes of Israel.

with us? Seeing I go whilder I may, return 3 And Absalom said to him, See, thy thou, and take back thy breiliren: mercy and matters are good and right; but there is nojlruthile with thee. man depued of the king to hear thee.

?! And liai anewered the king, and said, 4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were.As the LORD liveth, and as my lord the king made judge in the land, that every man livelli, surely in what piace mi lord the king which hath any suit or cause mighi come shall be, whether in death or life, even there unto me, and I would do him justice ! also will this servant be. 5 And it was so, thai wlieu any man came

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And liai tie Gittite passed over, and his hand, and took bin, and kissed liim. all bis meil, and all the little ones that were

6 And on this manner did Alysalom to all with him. Israel that came to the king for ju iganent. 23 And all the country wept with a lond So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Is-voice, and all the people passed over: the raei.

king also hinsels passed over the brook Kid. 71 And it came to pass aster forty years, ron, and all the people passed over, toward that Absalom said unto the king, I pray thee, the way of the wilderness. let me go and pay my vow, which I have 211 And lo Zadok also, and all the Levites vowexi unto the Lord, in Hebron. were with him, bearing tlie ark of the cove

& For thy servant vowed a vow while I nant of God: and they set down the ark of abode at Geslurin Syria. saying, If the Lord God; and Abiailar vient up, until ali the shall bring me agai indecd iu Jerusalem, people had done passing out of the city: then I will serve the LORD.

5 And the kilig said unto 22dok, Carry 9 And the king said unto liim, Go in peace. back the ark of God into the city: if I shall So he arose, and went to Hebron. find favour in the eyes of the LORD, he will

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C But if he thus say, I have no Jelight in I may find grace in thy sight, my lord, Oking thee; beliold, here am 1, let him do to me as 5 11 And when king David came to Bahu. seemein good unto him.

rim, behoid. thence came out a man of the 27 The king said also unto Zadok the priest, family of the liouse of Saul, whose name w1s Art not thou a seer? return into the city in Suimei, the son of Gera: he came forul, and peace, and your two sons with you, Alimaaz cursed still as he came. thy son, and Jonathan die son of Abiaciar. 6 And he cast stones at David, and at all

28 See, I will tarry in the plain of the wil- the servants of king David: and all the peoderupas, imel tbere coine word from you 10 ple. and all the miglity men, were on liis right cerify me.

hand anil on his leli. 2:1 Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried 7 And thus said shimei, when lie cursed, the ark of God again to Jerusalem; and they Come on, come out, thou bloody man, and tartied there.

thou man of Belial : 34) ! And David went up by the ascent of 8 The Lord liath returned upon thee a!! mount Olivet, and wept as lie went up, and the blood of the house of Saul, in whose steart had his head covered ; and he went barefoot : thou liast reigned: and the Lord liath deli. and all the people tliat wus with him covered vered the kingrlom into the hand of Absalom every man his head, and they went up, weep-thy son: and, behold, thou art kken in thy ing as they went np.

mischief, because thou art a bloody man. 31 ! And one told David, saying, Alitho 9. Then said Abishai the son oi Zeruiah piel is among the couspirators with Absalom. unto the king. Why should this dead dog And David said, O Lord, I pray thee, turn curse my lord the king? let me go over, the counsel of Ahithophel into foolisliness. pray thee, and take off his head.

32 S And it came to pacs, that when David 10 And the king said, Wla! liave I to do vas come to the top of the mount, where he with you, ve sons of Zeruialı? so let kim worshipped (incl. behold, Husnai the Archite curse, because the Lord hath said unto him, came to meet him with his coat rent, and Curse David. Who shall then say, Wheretarih upou lis lead;

fore hast thou done so? 33 Unto whom David said, Ifthou passest on 11 And David sail!o Abislai, and to all his with me.then thou shalt be a burden uito me: servants, Behold, my son, which came forth

3. But it thou return to the city, and say of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much anto Al;salom, I will be thy servant,O king; as inore now may this Benjamite do it? Let him I have been thy father's servant bitherto, so alone, and let li curse ; for the LORD hath will I now also be thy servant: tien mayesi bidden him. thou for me defeat the counsel of Alithophel. 12 It may be that the Lord will look on

35 And bast thou not there with thee Zamine afiliciion, and that the LORD will re. dok and Abiathar the priests? therefore it quite me good for his cursing this day: shall be, that wat thing soever thou shal: 13 And as David and his men weni hy the hear yut of the king's house, thou shalt tell way, Shimei went along on the bill's-side il to Zadok and Abiathar the priests, over against him, and cursed as he went,

Sti Behold, they have there with them their and threw stones at bim. and cast dust. Go sons, Abimaaz, Zadok's son, and Jona 14 And the king, and all the people iba! dian, Aviatar's son; and by them ye shall were with bim, came weary, and reireshed kond unto me every thing that ye can hear. themselves there.

37 So Huslai, David's friend, came into 15 1 And Absalom, and all the people, the De city, and Absalom came into Jerusalem. men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahi. CHAP. XVI.

thophiel with bim. ND when David was a little past the top 16 And it came to pass, when Hushai tie Mepliboslieth met liim, with a couple of salom, that Husliai said unto Absalom, God Asses sadalled, and upon them two hundred save the king, God save the king. vores of bread, and an hundred bunches of 17 And Absalom said to Hushai, Is tliis misins, and an hundred of summer-fruits, thy kinness to thy friend? wliy weniest thou and a bottle of wine.

not with this friend? And the king said unto Ziba, Whal mean 18 and Hushai said unto Ahsalom, Nay: estilou by these! And Ziba said, T:e asses but whom the LORD, and ibis people, and all be for the king's household 10 rids on; and live men of Israel, choose, his will i be, and u e bread and summer-fruit for the young with hin will I abide. men 12 eat; and the wine, that such as be 19 And again, whom should I serve? should faint in the wilderness may drink.

I not serre in the presence of his son? As I 3 And the king said, And wlicre is thy have served in thy father's presence, so will master's son? Ad Ziba said unto the king, I be in thy presence. Brtoll, he abideth at Jerusalem: for he said, 20 / Then said Absalom 10 Alithophe!, Tlav shall the house of Israel restore me Give counsel among you what we shall do. lier kingdom of my father.

21 And Alithoplied said unto Absalom, G) + Chen said the king to Zia, Beliold, thine in unto thy father's concubines, which he 4.2. that perloined unto Mephiboslieth. hath left to keep the house ; «rd all Israel 14:2! Ziba said, i humbly beseech thee shut shall hear that ihou art ablurred of my fa



tter: then shall the hands of all that ure with said, The counsel or Hushai the Archie 3 thee be strong.

better than the counsel of Anithophel : for 22 So they spread Absalon a lent upon the Lord had appointed to defeat the good the top of the house; and Absalom went in counsel or Ahitophel, to the intent that the unto his father's concubines in the sight of LORD miglit bring evil upon Absaloin. all Israel

15 1 Then said Husbai unto Zadok and to 23 And the counsel of Aliithophel, wliich Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus die Ahi. ne counselled in those days, was as if a manthophiel counsel Absalom and the elders of had enquired at the oracle of God: so was Israel ; and thus and thus have I counselled. all the counsel of Abithiophel, both with Da 16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell vid and with Absalom.

David, saying, Lodge not ihis niglit in the CHAP. XVII.

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OREOVER, Abithophel said unto Ab- over ; lest the king be swallowed up; atid all

saloin, Let me now choose ou (welve the people that are with him. thousand men, and I will arise and pursue 17 Now Jonathan and Abimaaz stayed by after David this night.

En-rogel; (for they :niglit not be seen to come © And I will come upon him while he is into the city ;) and a wenchi went and toid weary and weak-handed, and will make him thein: and they went and told king David. afraid: and all the people that are with liiin 18 Nevertheless a lad saw them, and toid shall fee; and I will smile the king only. Absalom : but they went both of them away

3 And I will bring back all the people un- quickly, and came to a man's house in Ba. to thee ; the man whom thou seekesi is as is lurim, which liad a well in his court; whither all returned: so all the people shall be in they went down.

19 And the woman took and spread a cover 4 And the saving pleased Absalom well, ing over the well's mouth, and spread ground and all the elders of Israel.

corn thereon; and the thing was not known. 5 Then said Absalom, Call now Husha: 20 And when Absalom's servants came to the Arcliite also, and let us hear likewise the woman to the house, they said, Where is what he saith.

Ahimaaz and Jonathian. Andthewoman said 6 And when Husliai was come to Absa unto thiem, They be gone over the brook of lom, Absalom spake unto bim, saying, Ahi- water. And when they had sought and could thophel hath spoken after this manner: sliall nol find them, they returned 10 Jerusalein. we do after liis saying ? if not, speak thou. 21 And it came to pass, atter they were

7 And Hushai said unto Absalon, The departed, that they came up out of the well, counsel triat Abitboplied hath given is not and went and told king David, and said ungood at this time.

lo David, Arise, and pass quickly over the & For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy fa-water: for thus hath Alitliophiel counselled ther and his men, that they be mighty men, against you. and they be chared in their minds, as a bear 22 Thien David arose, and all the peop'e robbed of ber whelpis in the field: and thy that were with liim, and they passed over Jor father is a inan oi' war, and will not lodge dan : by the morning ligli ihere lacked not with the people.

one of them that was not gone over Jordan. 9 Behold, he is liid now in some pit, or in 23 And when Abiti.o; bel saw that his tome other place: and it wiil come to pass, counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, when some of them be overthrown ai the and arose, and gat lum bome to his house, first, that whosoever heareth it will say, to liis city, and put liis housed in order, There is a slangliter anong the people that and hanged himsell, à mi dierl, and was bufollow Absalom.

ried in the sepulchre of liis father. 10 end lie also that is valiant, whose lieart 24 Then David came io Malianaim; and is as the heart oi a livn, siall utterly melt: Absalom passed over Jordan, lie and all the for all Israe! kinowell loal thy father is a men of Israel with liim. mighty man, and they which be with limare 25 1 And Absalom made Amasa captain valiant men.

of the host instead of Joab: whiclı Amasa rois 11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel be ge- a man's son whose name uus Itlıra, an Isra. perally gathered unto thee, from Dan even elite, that went in 10 Abigail the daughter of to Beer-sheba, as the sand that is hy the sea Naliashı, sister to Zeruiah, Joab's ini ter for niultitude, and that thou go to baule in 26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in the tlmne own person).

land of Gilead. 12 Soshall we come upon liim in some place 27 1 And it came to pass, when Da'id was where he shall be found, and we will light come to Mahanair, that Shobi the son of upon him as ilie dew falleth on the ground: Nahasti of Rabbal of the childrer: of Amon and of him, and of all the men iliat are with and Maciis the son of Ammiel of Lo-debar, bim, there shall not be left so much as one, and Barzillai the Gileadile ol' Rogelim,

13 Moreover, it liebe geilen inin a city, 28 Brou; ht beds, and basons, and earthen then shall all Israel bring ropes to that city, vessels, and wheat, and bariey, and Hour, and and we will draw it into the river, wil there parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and be not one small stone found there.

parcled pruse, 11 Am Absaloin and all the men of Israel, 29 And lioney, and butter, and she

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