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258 David feigneth himselfmad. I. SAMUEL.

11 And the servants of Achish said unto him, Is not this lavid the king of the land 2 did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands 2 12 And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath. 13 And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard. 14 Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore then have ye brought him to me * 15 Have I need of mad-men, that ye have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence 2 shall this fellow come into my house 2 CHAP. XXII. 1 Men resort to David at Adullam. 9 Doeg accuseth Ahimelech. 11 Saul commandeth to kill the firiests. 20 Mbiathar escafleth to David. D AVID therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam; and when his brethren and all his father's house heard it, they went down thither to him. 2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that ovas discontented, gathered themselves unto him ; and he became a captain over them : and there were with him about four hundred men. 3 * And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab : and he said unto the king of Moab, Let my father and my mother, I pray thee, come forth, and be with you, till I know what God will do for me. 4 And he brought them before the king of Moab : and they dwelt with him all the while that David was in the hold. 5 || And the prophet Gad said unto David, Abide not in the hold ; depart, and get thce into the land of Judah. Then avid departed, and came into the forest of #. 64. When Saul heard that David was discovered, and the men that overe with him, $o Saul abode in Gibeah under a tree in amah, having his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standing about him ;) 7 Then Saul said unto his servants that stood about him, Hear now, ye Benjamites; will the son cf Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, and make you all captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds; 8. That all of you have conspired against me, and there is none that sheweth me that my son hath made a league with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you that is sorry for me, or sheweth unto me that my son hath stirred up my servantagainst mé, to lie in wait, as at this day 2

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9 * Then answered Doeg the Edomité, which was set over the servants of Saul, and said, I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub. 10 And he inquired of the Lon D for him, and gave him victuals, and gave him. the sword of Goliath the Philistine. 11 Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father's house, the priests that overe in Nob: and they came all of them to the king. 12 And Saul said, Hear now, thou son of Ahitub. And he answered, Here I am, my lord. 13 And Saul said unto him, Why have ye conspired against me, thou and the son of Jesse, in that thouhast given him bread, and a sword, and hast inquired of God for him, that he should rise against me, to lie in wait, as at this day? 14 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so faithful among all thy servants as David, which is the king’s son-in-law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is honourable in thine house 2 15 Did I then begin to inquire of God for him? be it far from me... Let not the king impute any thing unto his servant, nor to all the house of my father: for thy servant knew nothing of all this, less or more. 16 And the king said, Thou shalt surel

die, Ahimelech, thou, and all thy father’s

house. 17 's And the king said unto the footmen that stood about him, Turn, and slay the priests of the Lord ; because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled, and did not shew it to me. But the servants of the king would not put forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the Lor D. 18 And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen ephod. 19 And Nob, the city of the priests, smote he with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and sucklings, and oxen, and asses, and sheep, with the edge of the sword. 20 " And one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped, and fled after David. 21 And Abiathar shewed David that Saul had slain the Lord's priests. 22 And 1)avid said unto Abiathar, I knew it that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul: I have occasioned the death of all the persons of thy father's house. 23 Abide thou with me, fear not : for he that seeketh my life seeketh thy life: but with me thou shalt be in safeguard.

David escafleth from Keilah

CHAP. XXIII. 1 David, inquiring of the Lord, rescueth Keilah. 7 God shewing him Saul’s coming, and the treachery of the Keilites; he escafleth from Keilah, 14 to Zohh, 25 to Maon.

HENthey told David, saying, Behold,

the Philistines fight against Keilah,

and they rob the threshing-floors.

2 Therefore David inquired of the LoRD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the Lord said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.

3 And David's men said unto him, Behold, we be afraid here in Judah : how much more then if we come to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?

4 Then David inquired of the LoRD yet again. And the Lord answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah ; for I will deliver the Philistines into thine

5 So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah. 6 And it came to pass, when Abiathar the son of Ahimelech fled to David to Keilah, that he came down with an ephod in his hand. 7 of And it was told Saul that David was come to Keilah. And Saul said, God hath delivered him into mine hand; for he is shut in, by entering into a town that hath gates and bars. 8 And Saul called all the people together to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David and his men. 9 And David knew that Saul secretly practised mischief against him ; and he said to Abiathar the priest, Bring hither the ephod. 10. Then said David, O Lord God of Israel, thy servant hath certainly heard that Saul seeketh to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake. 11 Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? will Saul come down, as thy servant hath heard 2 O Lord God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy servant. And the Lord said, He will come down. 12 Then said David, Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul ? And the LöRD said, They will deliver thee up. 13 * Then David and his men which overe about six hundred, arose and departed out of Keilah, and went whithersoever they could go. And it was told Saul that David was escaped from Keilah ; and he forbare to go forth. 14 And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remainted in a

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mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his hand. 15 And David saw that Saul was come out to seek his life: and David was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood. , 16 And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God. 17 And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee; and that also Saul my father knoweth. 18 And they two made a covenant before the Lord : and David abode in the wood, and Jonathan went to his house. 19 || Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not lavid hide himself with us in strong holds in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which is on the south of Jeshimon 2 20 Now therefore, O king, come down according to all the desire of thy soul to come down ; and our part shall be to deliver him into the king's hand. 21 And Saul said, Blessed be ye of the LoRD ; for ye have compassion on me. 22 Go, I pray you, prepare yet, and know, and see his place where his haunt is, and who hath seen him there: for §§ told me that he dealeth very sub

y. 23 See therefore, and take knowledge of all the lurking-places where he hideth himself, and come ye again to me with the certainty, and I will § with you : and it shall come to pass, if he be in the land, that I will search him out throughout all the thousands of Judah. 24 And they arose, and went to Ziph before Saul: but David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the plain on the south of Jeshimon. 25 Saul also and his men went to seek him. And they told David : wherefore he camc down into a rock, and abode in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard that, he pursued after David in the wilderness of Maon. 26 And Saul went on this side of the mountain, and David and his men on that side of the mountain : and David made haste to get away for fear of Saul; for Saul and his men compassed David and his men round about to take them. 27 s But there came a messenger unto Saul, saying, Haste thee, and come ; for the Philistines have invaded the land, 28 Wherefore Saul returned from pursuing after David, and went against the Philistines : therefore they called that

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260 David cutteth Saul’s skirt.

CHAP. XXIV. 1 David in a cave at En-gedi shareth Saul’s life. 8 He fileadeth his innocency. 16 Saul acknowledgeth his fault. Ao it came to pass, when Saul was returned from following the Philistines, that it was told him, saving, Behold, David is in the wilderness of En-gedi. 2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats. 3 And he came to the sheep-cotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave. 4 And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the Lord said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul's robe privily. 5 And it came to pass afterward, that TXavid's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt. 6 And he said unto his men, The Lord forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the Lord's anointed, to stretc forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord. ' 7 So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way. 8 David also rose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, fias. st with his face to the earth, and bowed himself. 9 || And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt 2 10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the Lord hath delivered thee to-day into mine hand in the cave: and somebade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LoRD's anointed. 11 Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand : for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it. 12. The LoRD judge between me and thee, and the Lok D avenge me of thee : but mine hand shall not be upon thee. 13 As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the .* : but mine hand shall not be upon thee. 14 After whom is the king of Israel

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come out 2 after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a fleaf 15 The Lord therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand. 16 || And it came to pass when David had made an end of speaking these words. unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this thy voice, my son David P And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept. 17And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I : for thou hast rewarded i.good, whereas I have rewarded thee ev 18 And thou hast shewed this day how that thou hast dealt well with me; forasmuch as when the Lord had delivered me into thine hand, thou killedst me not. 19 For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore the LoRD reward thee good, for that thou hast done unto me this day. 20 And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine hand. 21 Swear now therefore unto me by the LoRD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father's house. 22 And David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home ; but David and his mel) gat them up unto the hold. CHAP. XXV. 1 Samuel dieth. 10 David hrovoked to destroy Mabal. 14 Abigail by her wisdom fireventeth him. 36 Wabal dieth. 39 . David taketh Abigail and Ahinoam to be his wives. ND Samuel died; and all the Israelites were gathered together, and lamented him, and buried him in his house at Ramah. And David arose, and went down to the wilderness of Paran. 2 And there was a man in Maon, whose possessions were in Carmel; and the man was very great, and he had three thousand sheep, and a thousand goats : and he was shearing his sheep in Carmel. 3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail : and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance : but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb. 4. T And IDavid heard in the wilderness that Nabal did shear his sheep. 5 And David sent out ten young men, and David said unto the young men, Get you up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and greet him in my name: 6 And thus shall ye say to him that liveth in firosfierity, Peace be both to thee, and peace be to thine house, and peace de unto all that thou hast.

ADavid firovoked to kill Mabal.

7 And now I have heard that thou hast shearers: now thy shepherds which were with us, we hurt them not, neither was there aught missing unto them, all the while they were in Carmel. 8 Ask thy young men, and they will shew thee. Wherefore let the young men find favour in thine eyes: for we come in a good day: give, I pray thee, whatsoever comethto thine hand unto thy servants, and to thy son David. 9 And when David's young men came, they spake to Nabal according to all those words in the name of David, and ceased. . 10 of And Nabal answered David'sservants, and said, Who is David 2 and who is the son of Jesse 2 there be many serwants now-a-days that break away every man from his master. 11 Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, and give it unto men, whom I w not whence they be 2 12 So David's young men turned their way, and went again, and came and told bin all those sayings. 13 And lavid said unto his men, Gird ye on every man his sword. And they - on every man his sword; and avid also girded on his sword: and there went up after David about four hundred men; and two hundred abode by the stuff. 14 But one of the young men told

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igail, Nabal's wife, saying, Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to salute our master; and he railed on them.

15 But the men were very good unto us, and we were not hurt, neither missed we anything, as long as we were conversant with them, when we were in the fields :

16 They were a wall unto us both b night and day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep. 17 Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do: for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him. 18 "Then Abigail made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched corn, and an hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on asses. 19 And she said unto her servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But she told not her husband Nabal. 20 And it was so, as she rode on the ass, that she came down by the covert of the hill, and behold, David and his m$n came down against her; and she met them.

21 § ow David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow hathin the

xxv. Abigail fireventeth his death. 261

wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that fiertained unto him : and he hath requited me evil for 22 So and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave of all that fiertain to him by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.) 23 And when Abigail saw David, she hasted, and lighted off the ass, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the und, 24 And fell at his feet, and said, Upon me, my lord, usion me let this iniquity be: and let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine audience, and hear the words of thine handmaid. 25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he ; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send. 26 Now, therefore, my lord, as the LoRD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the Lord hath withholden thee from .# to shed blood, and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal. 27 And now this blessing which thinc handmaid hath brought unto my lord, let it cven be given unto the young men that follow my ‘. 28 I pray thee, forgive the trespass of thine handmaid: for the Lord will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord § hteth the battles of the LoRD, and evil 5. not been found in thee all thy days. 29 Yet a man is risen to pursue ther, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the Lord thy God ; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling. 30 And it shall come to pass, when the LoRD shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel ; 31 That this shall be no grief unto thee, nor offence of heart unto my lord, either that thou hast shed blood causeless, or that my lord hath avenged himself: but when the Lord shall have dealt well with my lord, then remember thine handmaid. 32 || And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LoRD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me : 33 And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand. 34 For in very deed, as the Lord God of Israel liveth, which hath kept me back from hurting thee, czcept thou hadst hasted and come to meet me, surely there had not been left unto Nabal

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gainst the wall. 35 So David received of her hand that which she had brought him, and said unto her, Go up in peace to thine house; see, I have hearkened to thy voice, and have accepted thy person. 36 || And Abigail came to Nabal; and behold, he helda feast in his house, like the feast of a king ; and Nabal's heart ovas merry within him, for he was very drunken: wherefore she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning light. 37 But it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became as a stone. 38 And it came to pass about ten days after, that the Lord smote Nabal, that he died. 39 || And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be the LoRD, that hath pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and hath kept his servant from evil: for the Lord hath returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head. And David sent and communed with Abigail, to take her to him to wife. 40 And when the servants of David were come to Abigail to Carmel, they spake unto her, saying, David sent us unto thee, to take thee to him to wife. 41 And she arose, and bowed herself on her face to the carth, and said, Behold, let thine handmaid be a servant to wash the fect of the servants of my lord. 42 And Abigail hasted, and arose, and rode upon an ass, with five damsels of hers that went after her ; and she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife. 43 David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; and they were also both of them his wives. 44." But Saul had given Michal his daughter, David's wife, to Phalti the son of Laish, which was of Gallim. CHAP. XXVI. 1 Saul cometh to Hachilah against David. 5, David in the trench stayeth . Thishai from killing Saul, but taketh his shear and cruse. ND the Ziphites came unto Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon? 2 Then Saul arcse, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph. 3 And Saul pitched in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon, by the way. But David abode in the wilderness,

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and he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness. 4 David therefore sent out spies and understood that Saul was come in very deed. 5 || And David arose, and came to the | o where Saul had pitched : and David held the place where Saul lay, and Abner the son of Ner, the captain of his host. And Saul lay in the trench, and the people pitched round about him. 6. Then answered David, and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab, saying, Who will go down with me to Saul to the camp 2 And Abishai said, I will go down with thee. 7 So David and Abishai came to the people by night; and behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his ar stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner and the people lav round about him. 8 Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear, even to the earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time. 9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord's anointed, and be guiltless? 10 David said furthermore, As the LoRD liveth, the Lord shall smite him ; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish. 11 The Lon D forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LoRD's anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go. 12 So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul's bolster-; and they gat them away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked : for they were all asleep; because a deep sleep from the Lord was fallen upon them. 13 || Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of an hill afar off; a great space being between them: 14 And David cried to the people, and to Abner the son of Ner, saying, Answerest thou not, Abner * Then Abner answered and said, Who art thou that criest to the king 2 15 And i,j said to Abner, Art not thou a valiant man? and who is like to thee in Israel 2 wherefore then hast thou not kept thy lord the king 2 for there came one of the people in to destroy the king thv lord. 16 This thing is not good that thou hast d ...As the Lord liveth, ye are worthy to die, because ye have not kept your master the Lord's anointed. And now see where the king's spear is, and

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