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Lord's anointed. And now see where the king's spear is, and the cruse of water 17 that was at his bolster. And Saul knew David's voice, and said, Is this thy 18 voice, my son David? And David said, It is my voice, my lord, O king. And

he said, Wherefore dotli my lord thus pursue after his servant? for what have ! 19 done? or what evil is in mine hand ? Now therefore, I pray thee, let my lord the

king hear the words of his servant. If the LORD have stirred thee up against me, let him I accept an offering: but if they be the children of men, cursed be

they before the Lord; for they have driven me out this day from ? abiding in 20 the inheritance of the LORD, saying, Go, serve other gods. Now therefore, let

not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the Lord: for the king of Israel is come out to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the moun

tains. 21 Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do

thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have 22 played the fool, and have erred exceedingly. And David answered and said, Behold the king's spear! and let one of the young men come over and fetch

it. 23 The Lord render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness: for the

Lord delivered thee into my hand to-day, but I would not stretch forth mine 24 hand against the Lord's anointed. And, behold, as thy life was much set by

this day in mine eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of the Lord, and 25 let him deliver me out of all tribulation. Then Saul said to David, Blessed

be thou, my son David: thou shalt both do great things, and also shalt still prevail.

So David went on his way, and Saul returned to his place. 27 SAND David said in his heart, I shall now , perish one day by the hand of

Saul : there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the

land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any 2 coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand. And David arose, and he

passed over with the six hundred men that were with him unto Achish, the son 3 of Maoch, king of Gath. And David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he and his

men, every man with his household, even David with his two wives, Ahinoam 4 the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal's wife. And it was told

Saul that David was fled to Gath: and he sought no more again for him. 5 And David said unto Achish, If I have now found grace in thine eyes, let

them give me a place in some town in the country, that I may dwell there: for 6 why should thy servant dwell in the royal city with thee? Then Achish gave

him Ziklag that day: wherefore Ziklag pertaineth unto the kings of Judah unto 7 this day. And 4 the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines

a full year and four months. 8 And David and his men went up, and invaded the Geshurites, and the Gezrites,

and the Amalekites : for those nations were of old the inhabitants of the land, 9 as thou goest to Shur, even unto the land of Egypt. And David smote the

land, and left neither man nor woman alive, and took away the sheep, and the

oxen, and the asses, and the camels, and the apparel, and returned, and came to 10 Achish. And Achish said, 7 Whither have ye made a road to-day? And

David said, Against the south of Judah, and against the south of the Jerahmeelites, 11 and against the south of the Kenites. And David saved neither man nor woman

alive, to bring tidings to Gath, saying, Lest they should tell on us, saying, So did

David, and so will be his manner all the while he dwelleth in the country of the 12 Philistines. And Achish belleved David, saying, He hath made his people

Israel 8 utterly to abhor him; therefore he shall be my servant for ever. 28

And it came to pass in those days, that the Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare, to fight with Israel. And Achish said unto David, Know 2 thou assuredly, that thou shalt go out with me to battle, thou and thy men. And

David said to Achish, Surely thou shalt know what thy servant can do. And

Achish said to David, Therefore will I make thee keeper of mine head for ever. 3 NOW Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him in

Ramah, even in his own city. And Saul had put away those that had familiar 4 spirits, and the wizards, out of the land. And the Philistines gathered themselves together, and came and pitched in Shunem: and Saul gathered all Israel together, 1 Heb. smell.

4 Heb. the number of days. 7 Or, Did you not make a 2 Heb. cleaving. 5 Heb. a year of days.

road, &c. á Heb. be consumed. 6 Or, Gerzites.

& Ileb. to stink.




5 and they pitched in Gilboa. And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he 6 was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled. And when Saul inquired of the

Lord, the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by 7 prophets. Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a

familiar spirit, that I 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.

And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee,

divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name 9 unto thee. And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul

hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards,

out of the land : wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to 10 die? And Saul sware to her by the Lord, saying, as the LORD liveth, there 11 shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing. Then said the woman,

Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel. 12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice : and the

woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul. 13 And the king said unto her, Be not afraid : for what sawest thou? And the 14 woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth. And he said unto

her, ? What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is

covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped 15 with his face to the ground, and bowed himself. And Samuel said to Saul, Why

hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither 2 by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore

I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do. 16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the Lord is de17 parted from thee, and is become thine enemy? And the Lord hath done 3 to him,

as he spake by 4 me: for the Lord hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and 18 given it to thy neighbour, even to David: because thou obeyedst not the voice of

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the Lord, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the Lord 19 done this thing unto thee this day. Moreover the Lord will also deliver Israel

with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to-morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me : the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of

the Philistines. 20 Then Saul 5 fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid,

because of the words of Samuel : and there was no strength in him; for he had 21 eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night. And the woman came unto Saul,

and saw that he was sore troubled, and said unto him, Behold, thine handmaid

hath obeyed thy voice, and I have put my life in my hand, and have hearkened 22 unto thy words which thou spakest unto me. Now therefore, I pray thee, hearken

thou also unto the voice of thine handmaid, and let me set a morsel of bread before thee; and eat, that thou mayest have strength, when thou goest on thy

But he refused, and said, I will not eat. But his servants, together with the woman, compelled him; and he hearkened unto their voice. So he arose 24 from the earth, and sat upon the bed. And the woman had a fat calf in the

house; and she hasted, and killed it, and took flour, and kneaded it, and did 25 bake unleavened bread thereof: and she brought it before Saul, and before

his servants; and they did eat. Then they rose up, and went away that

night. 29 , Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek: and the

Israelites pitched by a fountain which is in Jezreel. And the lords of the Philis2 tines passed on by hundreds, and by thousands : but David and his men passed 3 on in the rereward with Achish. 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 me

these days, or these years, and I have found no fault in him since he fell unto me 4 unto this day? And the princes of the Philistines were wroth with him ; and

the princes of the Philistines said unto him, Make this fellow return, that he may

23 way.

1 Heb. What is his form?
2 Heb. by the hand of prophets.
3 Or, for himself.

4 Heb. mine hand.
5 Heb. marte haste, and fell with the
fulness of his stature.


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 5 men? Is not this David, of whom they sang one to another in dances, saying,

Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten thousands? 6 Then Achish called David, and said unto him, Surely, as the Lord liveth, thou

hast been upright, and thy, going out and thy coming in with me in the host is good in my sight: for I have not found evil in thee since the day of thy

coming unto me unto this day : nevertheless the lords favour thee not. 7 Wherefore now return, and go in peace, that thou 2 displease not the lords of the 8 Philistines. And David said unto Achish, But what have I done? and what

hast thou found in thy servant so long as I have been with thee unto this day, 9 that I may not go fight against the enemies of my lord the king? 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 Philistines have said, He shall not 10 go up with us to the battle. Wherefore now rise up early in the morning with

thy master's servants that are come with thee: and as soon as ye be up early in the morning, and have light, depart.

So David and his men rose up early to depart in the morning, to return into

the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel. 30. And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the

third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten 2 Ziklag, and burned it with fire; and had taken the women captives, that were

therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and 3 went on their way. So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was

burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were 4 taken captives. Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their 5 voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David's two wives

were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal 6 the Carmelite. And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of

stoning him, because the soul of all the people was 4 grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his

God. 7 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, I pray thee, bring

me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David. 8 And David inquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall

I overtake them ? And he answered him, Pursue : for thou shalt surely overtake 9 them, and without fail recover all. So David went, he and the six hundred men

that were with him, and came to the Brook Besor, where those that were left 10 behind stayed. But 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 they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and 12 gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water; and they gave

him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins : and when he had eaten,

his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, 13 three days and three nights. And David said unto him, To whom belongest

thou ? and whence art thou? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt,

servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days agone I tell 14 sick. We made an invasion upon the south of the Cherethites, and upon

the coast which belongeth to Judah, and upon the south of Caleb ; and we burned 15 Ziklag with fire. And David said to him, Canst thou 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 to this

company. 16 And when he had brought him down, behold, they were 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, and out of the land of Judah. 17 And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of 5 the next

1 Heb. thou art not good in the eyes

of the lords.
2 Heb. do not evil in the eyes of the lords.

3 Heb. before thee.
4 Heb. bitter.
5 Heb. their morrow.

day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which 18 rode upon camels, and fled. And David recovered all that the Amalekites had 19 carried away: and David rescued his two wives. And there was nothing

lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither 20 spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all. And

David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drave before those other

cattle, and said, This is David's spoil. 21 And David came to the two hundred men, which were so faint that they could

not follow David, whom they had made also to abide at the brook Besor: and

they went forth to meet David, and to meet the people that were with him: and 22 when David came near to the people, he 'saluted them. Then answered all

the wicked men and men of Belial, of 2 those that went with David, and said, Because they went not with us, we will not give them aught of the spoil that we

have recovered, save to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead 23 them away, and depart. Then said David, Ye shall not do so, my brethren,

with that which the Lord hath given us, who hath preserved us, and de24 livered the company that came against us into our hand. For who will

hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the 25 battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike. And

it was so from that day 3 forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for

Israel unto this day. 26 And when David came to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders of

Judah, even to his friends, saying, Behold a 4 present for you of the spoil of the 27 enemies of the Lord; to them which were in Beth-el, and to them which were 28 in south Ramoth, and to them which were in Jattir, and to them which were in

Aroer, and to them which were in Siphmoth, and to them which were in Esh29 temoa, and to them which were in Rachal, and to them which were in the cities

of the Jerahmeelites, and to them which were in the cities of the Kenites, and 30 to them which were in Hormah, and to them which were in Chor-ashan, and to 31 them which were in Athach, and to them which were in Hebron, and to all the

places where David himself and his men were wont to haunt. 31 Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel Aed from

before the Philistines, and fell down 5 slain in mount Gilboa. And the Phi. 2 listines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew 3 Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Melchi-shua, Saul's sons. And the battle went

sore against Saul, and the 6 archers 7 hit him; and he was sore wounded of the 4 archers. Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust

me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through,

and 8 abuse me. But his armourbearer would not ; for he was sore afraid. 5 Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. And when his armourbearer 6 saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him. So

Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same

day together. 7 And when the men of Israel that were on the other side of the valley, and

they that were on the other side Jordan, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities, and fled; and the

Philistines came and dwelt in them. 8 And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the 9 slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen in mount Gilboa. And

they cut off his head, and stripped off his armour, and sent into the land of the

Philistines round about, to publish it in the house of their idols, and among 10 the people. And they put his armour in the house of Ashtaroth : and they

fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan. 11 And when the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead heard 9 of that which the Phi12 listines had done to Saul; all the valiant men arose, and went all night, and

took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan, 13 and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there. And they took their bones, and

buried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

1 Or, asked them how they did. Heb. Blessing.

Heb. found him. 2 Heb. the men. 5 Or, wounded.

8 Or, mock me. 3 Heb. and forward.

6 Heb. shooters, men with bows. 9 Or, concerning him.




1 NOW it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned 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, 3 when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance. And

David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him, 4 Out of the camp of Ísrael am I escaped. And David said unto him, 1 How

went 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 5 Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also. And David said unto the young inan

that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead ? 6 And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount

Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen 7 followed hard after him. And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and 8 called unto me. And I answered, o Here am I. And he said unto me, Who 9 art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite. He said unto me again,

Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me: for 3 anguish is come upon me, 10 because my life is yet whole in me. So I stood upon him, and slew him,

because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen : and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and

have brought them hither unto my lord. 11 Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men 12 that were with him: and they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for

Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the Lord, and for the

house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword. 13 And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou ? And 14 he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite. And David said unto

him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the Lord's 15 anointed? And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and 16 fall upon him. And he smote him that he died. And David said unto him,

Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying,

I have slain the LORD's anointed. 17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his 18 son : (also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book 4 of Jasher.)

The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places : How are the mighty fallen! 20 Tell it not in Gath,

Publish it not in the streets of Askelon;
Lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice,

Lest the daughters of the uncircumcised 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 cast away,

The shield of Saul, as though 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. | Heb. What was, &c. 3 Or, my coat of mail, or, my embroi. 4 Or, of the upright. 2 Heb. Behold me.

dered coat hindereth me, that my, &c.


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