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268 Abner slayeth Asahel.

Israel, and reigned two wears: but the house of Judah followed David.

* 11 And the time that David was king ||

in Hebron, over the house of Judah, was seven vears and six months. 12 || And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon. 13 And Joab the son of Zeruiah, and the servants of David went out, and met together by the pool of Gibeon: and they sat down, the one on the one side of the pool, and the other on the other side of the pool. 14 And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play before us. And Joab said, Let them arise. 15 Then there arose, and went over by number twelve of Benjamin, which fier

tained to Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and ||

twelve of the servants of David. 16 And they caught every one his fellow by the head, and thrust his sword in his fellow's side: so they fell down tother: wherefore that place was called elkath-hazzurim, which is in Gibeon. 17 And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David. 18 of And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asahel: and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe. 19 And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left from following Alyner. 20 Then Abner looked behind him, and said, Art thou Asahel 2 And he answered, I am. 21 And Abner said to him, Turn thee aside to thy right hand or to thy left, and lay thee hold on one of the young men, and take thee his armour. But Asahel would not turn aside from following of

him. 22 And Abner said again to Asahel, Turn thee aside from following me: wherefore should I smite thee to the nd 2 how then should I hold up my face to Joab thy brother? 23 Howbeit he refused to turn aside: wherefore Abner with the hinder end of the spear smote him under the fifth rib, that the spear came out behind him ; and he fell down there, and died in the same place: and it came to pass, that as many as came to the place where Asahel fell down and died, stood still. 24 Joab also and Abishai pursued after Abner: and the sun went down when they were come to the hill of Ammah, that lieth before Giah by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon. 25 T And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together after Abner,


/ David ovareth stronger. and became one troop, and stood on the top of an hill. w 26 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end ? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren 2 | 27 And Joab said, Ms God liveth, unless thou hadst spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up every one from following his brother. | 28 So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still, and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any more. 29 And Abner and his men walked all that night through the plain, and passed over Jordan, and went through all Bithron, and they came to Mahanaim. 30 And Joab returned from followin Abner: and when he had gathered s the people together, there lacked of David's servants nineteen men, and Asahel. 31 But the servants of David had smitten of Benjamin, and of Abner's men, so that three hundred and threescore men died. 32 's And they took up Asahel, and buried him in the sepulchre of his father, which was in Beth-lehem. And Joab and his men went all night, and they came to Hebron at break of day. CHAP. III. . | 1 During the star David still ovareth stronger, 6.4bner dissileased with Ishbosheth, 12 revolteth to David. 22 Joa5 Aisleth Möner. 28 David curseth Joab, 31 and mourneth for Abner. N )W there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David : but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker. 2 of And unto David were sons born in Hebron : and his first-born was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess ; 3 And his second, Chilcab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; 4 And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith ; and the fifth, Shephaliah the son of Abital ; 5 And the sixth, Ithream, by Falah David's wife. These were born to David in Hebron. 6 And it came to pass, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong for the house of Saul. 7 And Saul had a concu')ine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah: and Ish-boseth said to Abner, Wherefore hast thou gone in unto my father's concubine * 8 Then was Abner ve

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dog's head, which against Judah do shew kindness this day unto the house of Su thy father, to his brethren, and to his friends, and have not delivered thcc into the hand of David, that thou chargest me today with a fault concerning this woman? 9 So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the Lor D hath sworn to David, even so I do to him ; 10 To translate the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to Beer-sheba. 11 And he could not answer Abner a word again, because he feared him. 12 And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, Whose is the land? saying also, Make thy league with me, and behold, my hand shall be with thee, to bring about all Israel unto thee. 13." And he said, Well; I will make a league with thee: but one thing I require of thee, that is, Thou shalt not see my face, except thou first bring Michal Saul's daughter, when thou comest to see my face. 14 And David sent messengers to Ishbosheth Saul's son, saying, Deliver me my wife Michal, which I espoused to me for an hundred foreskins of the Philistines. 15 And Ish-bosheth sent, and took her from her husband, even from Phaltiel the son of Laish. 16 And her husband went with her a

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long weeping behind her to Bahurim. Then said Abner unto him, Go, return. And he returned.

17 And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, Ye sought for David in times past to be king over you : 18 Now then do it : for the Lor D hath spoken of David, saying, By the hand of iny servant David I will save my people Israel out of the hand of the Philistines, and out of the hand of all their enemies. 19 And Abner also spake in the ears of Benjamin : and Abner went also to speak in ears of David in Hebron all that seemed to Israel, and that seemed good to the whole house of Benjamin. 20 So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him : and David made Abner and the men that overe with him, a feast. 21 And Abner said unto David, I will arise and go, and will gather all Israel unto my lord the king, that they may make a league with thee, and that thou mayest reign over all that thine heart desireth. And David sent Abner away; and he went in Deace. 22 of And behold, the servants of David and Joab came from fursuing a troop, and brought in a great spoil with them : but Abner was not with David in He

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bron ; for he had sent him away, and he was gone in 17Cace. 23 When Joab and all the host that ovas with him were come, they told Joab, saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he hath sent him away, and he is gone in peace. . 24. Then Joab came to the king, and said, What hast thou done 2 behold, Abner came unto thee; why is it that thou hast sent him away, and he is quite gone 2 25 Thou knowest Abner the son of Ner, th it he came to deceive thee, and to know thy going-out and thy coming-in, and to know all that thou doest. 26 And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, which brought him again from the well of Sirah : but David knew it not. 27 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly, and smote him there under the fifth rib that he died, for the blood of Aohei his brother. 28 || And afterward when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom are guiltless before the Lon D for ever from the blood of Abner the son of Ner: 29 Let it rest on the head of Joab, and on all his father's house ; and let there not fail from the house of Joab one that hath an issue, or that is a leper, or that leaneth on a staff, or that falleth on the sword, or that lacketh bread. | 30 So Joab and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he had slain their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle. 31 || And David said to Joab, and to all the people that were with him, Rend your clothes, and gird you with sackcloth, and mourn before Abner. And king Da| vid himself followed the bier. 32 And they buried Abner in Hebron: and the king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner; and all the peop wept. 33 And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth 2 34 Thy hands were not bound, northy feet put into fetters: as a man falleth before wicked men, so fellest thou. And all the people wept again over him. 35 And when all the people came to cause David to eat meat while it was yet day, David sware, saying, So do God to me, and more also, if I taste bread or aught else, till the sun be down. 36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them : as whatsoever the king did pleased all the people. 37 For all the people and all Israel understood that day that it was not of the king to slay Abner the son of Ner. 38 And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that the e is a prince and 8. great man fallen this day in Israel?

270 Ish-bosheth murdered.

39 And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me. The LoRD shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness. CHAP. IV. 1 The Israelites being troubled at the death of JAbner, 2 Baanah and Rechab slay Ish-bosheth. 9 David causeth them to be slain and Ish-bosheth's head to be buried. ND when Saul's son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled. 2 And Saul’s son had two men that overe captains of bands: the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin : (for Beeroth also was reckoned to Benjamin : 3 And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and were sojourncrs there until this day.) 4 And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that rvas lame of his feet: he was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to ass, as she made haste to flee, that he ell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth. 5 And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ish-bosheth, who lay on a bed at noon. 6 And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth rib : and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped. 7 For when they came into the house, he lay on his bed in his bed-chamber, and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and took his head, and gat them away through the plain all night. 8 And they brought the head of Ishbosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul thine enemy, which sought thy life; and the Lon D hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul and of his seed. 9 of And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said unto them. ...As the Lord liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity, 10 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, (thinking to have brought tidings,) I took j of him, and slew im in %. , who thought that I would a reward for his tid

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now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth 2 12 And David commanded his youn men, and they slew them, and cut o their hands and their feet, and hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But o: took the head of Ish-bosheth, and buried it in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron. CHAP. V.

1 The tribes come to Hebron to anoinz David over Israel. 6 He taketh Zion from the Jebusites. HEN came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. 2 Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LoRD said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel. 3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the Lon D : and they anointed David king over Israel. 4 T David rvas thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty 'cat's. y 5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in JeruSalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah. 6 || And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither. 7. Nevertheless, David took the strong lo of Zion: the same is the city of DaVicl. 8 And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, that are hatcd of David's soul, he shall be chief and casutain. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house. 9 Sol)avid dwcle in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward. 10 And David went on, and grew great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him. 11 || And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar-trees, and carpenters, and masons: and they built 1)avid an house. 12 And David perceived that the Lorn had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel's sake. 13 *, And David took him more concu

bines and wives out of Jerusalem, after ho David fetcheth the ark

was come from Hebron: and there were yet sons and daughters born to David. 14 And these be the names of those that were born unto him in Jerusalem ; Shammuah, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon, 15 Ibhar also, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia, 16 And Elishama, and Fliada, and Eliphalet. 17 | But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold. 18 The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. 19 And David inquired of the Lon D, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines 2 wilt thou deliver them into mine hand 2 And the Lon D said unto David, Go up : for i will doubtless deliver the Philistics into thine hand. 20. And David came to Baal-perazim, and David smote them there, and said, The LoRD hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baal-perazim. 21 And there they left their images, and David and his men burned them. 22 s; And the Philistines came up yet #. and spread themselves in the valley Rephaim. 23 And when David inquired of the LoRD, he said, Thou shast not go up: but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry-trees. 24 And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry-trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LoRD go out before thee, to smite the host cf the Philistines. 25 And David did so as the Lord commanded him ; and smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to

Gazer. CHAP. VI. 1 David fetcheth the ark from Kirjathjearim on a new cart. 6 Uzzah is smitten. 12 David danceth before the ark. 20 Michal’s barrenness. A®. , David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand, 2 And David arose, and went with all | the people that overe with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LoR D of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims. 3 And they set the ark cf God upon a

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from Kirjath-jearim. 271 Uzzah and Ahio the sons of Abinadab drave the new cart. 4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark. 5 And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalterics, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. 6 || And when they came to Nachon's threshing-floor, {}. put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it: for the oxen shook it. 7 And the anger of the Lord was zzah, and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God. 8 And David was displeased, because the Lord had made a breach upon Uzzah : and he called the name of the place Perez-uzzah to this day. 9 And David was afraid of the Lord that day, and said, How shall the ark of the Lord come to me * 10 So ID, avid would not remove the ark of the Lon D unto him into the city of David : but David carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 11 And the ark of the Lord continued in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months : and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and all his household. 12 And it was told king David, saying, The Lord hath blessed the house of Ojed-edom, and all that fiertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the city of David with gladness. 13 And it was so, that when they that

bare the ark of the Lord had six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings. 14 And David danced before the Lorb

with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lond with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. 16 And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before i. ; and she despised him in her heart. 17 's And they brought in the ark of the LoRD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings before the Lord. 18 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt-offerings and peaceofferings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts. -

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19 And he dealt among all the people, even among the winole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to his house. 20 * Then David returned to bless his lıousehold. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet I)avid, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel coday, who uncovered himself to-day in the cyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovcretin himself 21 And David said unto Michal, It 7tras before the Lorb, which chose me before thy father, and before all his louse, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Low D, over Israel: therefore will I play before the Lon p. 22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maid-servants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour. 23 Therefore Michel the daughter of Saul had no child until the day of her

death. CHAP. VII. 1 God forbiddeth David to build him an house. 18 His frater and thanksgiving. ND it came to pass, when the kin sat in his house, and the LoRD ha given him rest round about from all his enemies ; 2 That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dyell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains. 3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart: for the Loit D is with thee. 4 || And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LoRD came unto Nathan,

*o 5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LoRD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in 2 6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, bitt have walked in a tent, and in a tabernacle. 7 In all the silaces wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israei, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an luouse of cedar * 8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I took thee from the sheep-cote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel: 9 And I was with thee whitherscever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made

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dice a great name, like unto the name of the gle it micn that are in the earth. 10 Moreover, I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more : neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as ineforetime, 11 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Isracl, and have caused thee to rest from all t!hine encimies. Also the Lord telleth thce that he will make thce an house. 12 || And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy sced after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14 I will be his father, and he shall bo my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men : 15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. 16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. 17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David. 13 * Then went king Davidin, and sat before the Lon D, and he said, Who am I, () Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto 2 19 And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord God; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lor D God? 20 And what can David say more unto thee 2 for thou, Lord God, knowest thy ervant. 21 For thy word's sake, and accordin to thine own heart, hast thou done ail these great things, to make thy servant know them. 22 Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 23 And what one nation in the carth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people which thou redeemcdst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods 24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LoftD, art become

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