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Saul consuueth CHAP. XX VIII.

thou shalt go out wjlh me to battle,! iJiou and tliy men.

2 And David said to Achish, Surely! tliou slialt know what thy servants can ,lo. And Achish said to David, Therefore will I make thee keeper of my nead for ever.

3 IT Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him in Ramah, even in li is own city. And Saul had put away those that had familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land.

•1 IT And the Philistines gathered themselves together, and came and pitched in Shuuem; and Saul gathered all Israel together, and ihey pitched in Gilboa.

h And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and hie] heart greatly trembled.

(j And when Saul enquired of the Lord, the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor) by prophets.

7 IF Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that 1 may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at En-dor.

S And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men-wiih him, and them came to the woman by night: and he said, 1 pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up '.vhom I shall name unto thee.

9 And the woman said unto him, Be hold, thou knowrst what Saul hath itone, how he lialh cut oil" those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest| thou a snare for my life, to cause lo die?

10 And Saul sware to her by the| f.OTio, saying, As the Loud liveth there shall no punishment happen tol thee for this thing.

11 Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.

12 And when the woman saw Sa uel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, say Why bast thou deceived me? for thou arc Saul.

13 And thekingsoid unto her, Be not nfrnid: for what snwest ihou? And

the witch nj lindor. the woman said unto Saul,l sawgoda ascending out of the earth.

14 And he said unto her, What form ? he of? And she said, An old man

cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it rvas Samuel, and he stooped with his lace to the ground, and bowed himself.

15 IT And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Sau! answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make

ar against me, and God is departed from nie, aud answerest me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore 1 have called thee, that thou mavest make known unto me what 1 shall do.

16" Then said Samuel, Wherefore the)) dost thou ask of me, seeing the Lord is departed from thee, and is be come thine enemy?

17 And the Lord hath done to him as he spake by me: for the Loud hath rent the kingdom out ofthy hand,ana given it to thy neighbour, even to David:

18 Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the Loud, nor exeeutedsl his lierce wrath upon Anialek, therefore hath the Loud done this tiling unto ihee this d;ty.

19 Moreover, the Lord will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of. the Philistines; and to-morrow sJutlt thou and. thy sons be with me: the Lord also shall deliver the hosts of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.

20 Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and wa.s sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel: and there was no strength in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night.

21 TT And the woman came unto Saul and saw that he was sore troubled., and said unto him, Behold, thy hand maid hath obeyed thy voice, and ) have put my life in my hand, ano have hearkened unto thy words which thou spalcest unto me:

22 Now therefore, 1 pray iheelieark en thou also unto the voice of thj handmaid, and let me set a morsel ol bread before t.hee; and eat, that thou mayesl have strength when thou goest on thy way.

23 But he refused, and said, I will not eat. But his servants, together willi Achish dis:

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... > woman, compelled him; and lie|
hearkened unto their voice; so he arose
from the earth, and sat upon the bed.
24 And the woman had a fat call' in
the house; and she hasted, and killed
it, and look Hour and kneaded it, and
did bake unleavened bread thereof:
23 And she brought it before Saul,
and before his servauls; and they did
eat. Then the)' rose up, and went
away that nis,lit.

CHAP. XXTX.

NOW the Philistines gathered to-lso< gether all their armies to Aphek:1 and the Israelites pitched by a.fouutain which is iu Jezreel.

2 And the lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds and-by thousands ; but David and his men passed on in the rere-ward with Achish.

3 Then said the princes of the Philistines, What do these Hebrews here? And Achish said unto the princes of the Philistines, Is not this David, the| servant of Saul the king of Israel, which hath been with inc these days, or these years, and 1 have found no fault in him since he fell unto me unto this day?

4 Anil the princes of Ihe Philistines ".vere wroth with him; and the prin ces of the Philistines said unto him, Make this fellow return, that he may go again to his place which thou hast appointed him, and let him not go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he be an adversary to us: for wherewith should he reconcile himself unto his master? should it not be with the heads of these men?

5 Is not this David, of whom they aang oue to another in dances,saying, Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten thousands?

6 TT Then Achish called David, and said unto him, Surely,a* the Lon» liveth, thou hast been upright, and thy going out and thy coming iu with me jn the host if good in my sight; for 1 have not found evil in thee since the liny of thy coming unto me unto this day: nevertheless the lords favour thee not.

7 Wherefore now return, and go in ;i°ace, that thou displease not the lords of the Philistines.

A And David said unto Achish, But what have 1 done? and what hast thou Ibsind in thy srrv.'uU, so long a? 1 have

Ziklag spoiled. been with lliee unto this day, that I may not go fight against the enemies of my lord the king?

9 And Achish answered and said to David, I know that thou art good in my sight, as an angel of God; notwithstanding, the princes of the Pnl.' istines have said, He shall not go up with us to the battle.

10 Wherefore now rise up early \n the morning with thy master's s^r 'ants that are come with thee; ant» a .

e be up early in the mornin-, light, depart.

11 So David and his men rose up earl;' to depart in the morning, to return ic to the land of the Philistines: and tin Philistines went up to Jezreel.

CHAP. XXX.

AND it came to pass, when David and Ins men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekitcs had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burnt it with fire;

2 And had taken the women captives that were therein : they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, ami went on their way.

3 If So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burnt with lire: and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.

4 Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.

6 And David's two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam tluj Jesreelite.ss, and Abigail the wife of NabaJ the Carmelite.

G And David was greatly distressed: for the people spake of stoning him; because \ha soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged bimself"in the Lonu his God.

7 And David said to Abialhar the priest, Ahimelech's son, 1 pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abialhar brought thither the ephod la David.

8 And David inquired at the Lord, saying, Shall 1 pursue alter this troop shall L overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue; for thou sha'' surely overtake thc?n)nm\ without fad recover all.

9 II So David went, he and (lie six

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hundred men Uv&twure with him,-and came lo the. brook Bcsor, where those that were left behind stayed.

10 Hul David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor.

11 And Ihey found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him lo David, and gave him bread, and he did eat; and tiiey made him drink water •

12 And they gave him a piece of a cake of ligs,and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to hnn; for lie had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, Ihree days and three nights.

13 And David said unto him, To whom Oclongcst Ihou? and whence art thou? And lie said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days agone L fell sick.

14 We made an invasion upon the south of the Clierellutes, and upon the coast which bctongeth to Judah, and upon the south of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with lire.

lo And David said to him, Canst t hou bring me down to this company? And he said, Swear unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me nor deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee down lo this company.

16 And when he had brought lum down, behold, they wen spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, arid out of l!ie land of Judah.

17 And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of Ihe next day : and there-escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men which rode upon camels, and fled.

18 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away; and David rescued his two wives.

)'.) And there was nothing lacking to then neither small nor great, neither eons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them, David recovered all.

20 And David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drave before those other cattle, and said, This is David's spoil.

•21 H And David came to the two lnm

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dred men, which were so faint that Ihey could not Ibllow David, whom they had made also to abide at ths brook Besor; and they went forth to mept David, and to meet the people lhat roei-e with him: and when David came near to the people, he saluted them.

22 Then answered all the wicked men, and men of Belial, of those that went with David, and said, Because Ihey went not with us, we will not give them aught of the spoil lhat we have recovered, save to every man his wife anil his children, that they may lead them awav,a:id depart

23 Then said David, Ve shall not do so, my brethren, with that which the Lord hath given us, who hath preserved us, and delivered the company lhat came against us,into our hand.

21 For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part if that goeth down lo the batile, so shall his part be lhat tarrieth by the stull": they sh;.-ll part alike.

2,"> And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto 1his day. 2ij IT And when David came to Zik lag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Judah, even to his friends, saying. Behold a present for >ou of the spoil of the enemies of the Lord; 27 To f/<«« which rcere in Beth-el, and to them which were in south Ra moth, and to them which were in Jattir,

£3 And to them which were in Aroer, and to them which were in Siphmoth, and to them which were in Eshtemoa,

29 And to (hem which were in Radial, and lo them which were in the cities of the Jerahmeelites,and to them which were in the cities of the Kenites,

30 And iothem which we in Hormah, and to them which were in Cliorashan, and to them which were in Athach,

SI And to them which were in He brou, and to all the places where David himself and his men were wont lo haunt.

CHAP. XXXI.

NOW the Philist ines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel (led from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa.

Saul mid his II. SAMUEL. sons slain.

2 Ami tlie Philistines followed hardiriead, they forsook the cities, and fled*

upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinaaab, and Melchi-shua, Saul's sons.

3 And the battle went sore agahwt Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers.

4 Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and ihrusti me through therewith, lest these uncireumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armour-bearer would not; for he was sore a I raid: therefore Saul look a sword, and fell upon it.

■fi And when his armour bearer saw tJiat Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him.

oSo Saul died, and his three sons, and his armour-bearer, and all his men, that same day together.

7 1T And when the men of Israel that [ ivere on Ihe other side of the valley, and they that were on the other side Jordan, saw that the men of Israel fied, and that Saul and his sons were

and ihe Philistines came and dwell ii them.

8 And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slam, that lliey found Saul and his three sons fallen in mount Gilboa.

9 And they cut oil'his head.ar.d strip ped off his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, lo publish it in the house of their idols

nd among ilie people.

10 And they put his armour in Hit house of Ashiarolh ; and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan.

11 TT And when the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul,

12 All the valiant men arose, and vent all night, and took the body o.' Saul, and the bodies of his son:), from the wall of Beth-shan, and came to Ja besh, and burnt them there.

13 And they took their bones, and buried f/iewi under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

% The Second Book of SAMUEL, oihencise called, The Second Book of the KINGS.

CHAP. 1.

NOW it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was relumed from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in-Ziklag;

2 It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul, with his clothes rent, and earth upon his head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance.

3 And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped.

4 And David 6aid unto him, How tvent the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, That the people are fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son aredead also.

5 And David said unto ttie young inan that told him, How knowest thou that Saul &. Jonathan his son be dead?

G And the young man that told him said, As 1 happened by chance upon oiount Cilboa behold, Saul leaned up

on his spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard niter hirn.

7 And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me: and i answered, Here ami.

8 And he said unto me, "Who an thou? And I answered him, L am an Amalekite.

9 He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me; for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me.

lOSo I stood upon him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live alter that he was fallen: and t took the crown that v:as upon Ins head, and the bracelet that itsas on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord.

11 1T Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that itwc with him.

12 And they mourned, and wept, awl lasted until even,for Saul, and for Jon athan his son, and lor the people of the Loan, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword;

13 IT And David said unto the young

David Inmentcth Saul. CHA' ir:ri!i that lold liiin, Whence art thou? And lie answered, 1 am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite.

U And David said unto him, How nasi Uiou not afraid lo stretch Ibrthtliy hand to destroy the Lord's anointed?

15 Arjl David called one of the young) men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died.

iri And David said unto him, Thy blood he upon thy head ; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the Lord's anointed.

17 TT And David lamented with this lamentation ever Saul and over Jonathan his son:

IS (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the itse of ihc bow: heboid, it is written in the book of Jasher.)

19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon t'hv high places: how are the mighty I'ailenf

20 Tell it not in Gath, publish U not in 1 he streets of Askelun; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcis ed triumph."

21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely castaway, theshield ofSaul,f«f/iowjr/* he had not been anointed with oil.

22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty.

23 Saul and Jonathan were lovelyand pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.

24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, whorlothed you in scarlet,'with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.

25 How are' the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thy high places.

26 lam distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love, to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.

27 Mow are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!

CHAP. II.

AND it came to pass after this, that
David inquired of the Loiid, say-

P II. Davr.d made king.

ing, Shall I go up into any of the citiesof Judah? And the LoRosaid un'o him, Go up. And David said. Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.

2 So David went up thither, and I113 two wives also,Ahinoain, the Jezree!itess, and Abigail, Nabal's wife, the Carmelite.

3 And his men that toere with him did David bring up, every man with his household: and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.

4 And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over tln» house of Judah. And they told David, saying, That the men of Jabesh "ilead were they that buried Saul.

5 IT And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabesb-gilead, and said unto them, Blessed be ye of the Loud, that ye have showed this kindness unto your Loiti>,er«i unto Saul, and have buried him.

6 And now the Lord show kindness and truth unto you: and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done tin's thing.

7 Therefore now let your hand bo strengthened, and be ye valiant lor your master Saul is dead, and also the iiouse of Judah have anointed ;r„e king over them.

8 1T But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Isb-boshetlthe son of Saul, anu brought him over to Mahanaim;

9 Ami he made him king over Gilead. and over the Ashuriles, and over J^7. reel, and over Ephraim, and over Ben jam in, and over all Israel.

10 Ish-bosheth, Saul's son.ioas forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David.

11 And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah wa> seven years and six months.

12 1T Aud'Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gi beon.

13 And Joab the son ofZeruiaii,and the servants of David, went out, and met together by (he pool of Gibeon: and they sat down, the one on the one side ^f the pool, and the other on the other side of the pool.

14 And Abner said to Joab, Let the

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