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274 The Anmoules and Syrians II. SAMUEL. attacked and defiated. not: for I will surely shew thee kindness children of Ammon sent and hired the for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will Syrians of Beth-rehob, and the Syrians of restore thee all the land of Saul thy fa- | Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, and of ther; and thou shalt eat bread at my | king Maacah a thousand men, and of table continually.

Ish-tob twelve thousand men. 8 And he bowed himself, and said, 7 And when David heard of it, he What is thy servant, that thou shouldest sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty look upon such a dead dog as I am ?

men. 9 ? Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's 8 And the children of Ammon came servant, and said unto him, I liave given out, and put the battle in array at the unto thy master's son all that pertained entering in of the gate : and the Syrito Saul, and to all his house.

ans of Zoba, and of Rehob, and Ish-tob, 10 Thou therefore, and thy sons, and and Maacah were by themselves in the thy servants, shall till the land for him, | field. and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy 9 When Joab saw that the front of the master's son may have food to eat : but battle was against him before and behind, Mephibosheth thy master's son shall eat he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had put them in array against the Syrians : fifteen sons and twenty servants.

10 And the rest of the people he delire 11 Then said Ziba unto the king, Ac-ered into the hard of Abishai his brothcording to all that my lord the king hather, that he might put them in array

vant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the 11 And he said, If the Syrians be too king, he shall eat at my table, as one of strong for me, then thou shalt help me : the king's sons.

but if the children of Ammon be tog 12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, strong for thee, then I will come and help

dwelt in the house of Ziba avere servants 12 Be of good courage, and let us play unto Mephibosheth.

the men for our people, and for the cities 13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: of our God: and the Lord do that which for he did eat continually at the king's seemeth him good. table ; and was lame on both his feet. 1 13 And Joab drew nigh, and the peoCHAP. X.

ple that were with him, unto the battle 1 David's messengers sent to comfort Ha- against the Syrians : and they fled benun, are disgracefully treated. 6, 15 | fore him. The Ammonites and Syrians are over- 14 And when the children of Ammon соте.

saw that the Syrians were fled, then A ND it came to pass after this, that the fled they also before Abishai, and enterA king of the children of Ammon died, ed into the city. So Joab returned from and Hanun his son reigned in his stead. the children of Ammon, and came to Je.

2 Then said David, I will shew kind- rusalem. ness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as 15 | And when the Syrians saw that his father shewed kindness unto me. And they were smitten before Israel, they gathDavid sent to comfort him by the hand ered themselves together. of his servants for his father.' And Da- 16 And Hadarezer sent, and brought vid's servants came into the land of the out the Syrians that were beyond the children of Ammon.

river: and they came to Helam ; and 3 And the princes of the children of i Shobach the captain of the host of HadaAmmon said unto Hanun their lords ! rezer went before them. Thinkest thou that David doth honour 17 And when it was told David, he gaththy father, that he hath sent comforters ered all Israel together, and passed over unto thee? Hath not David rather sent his Jordan, and came to Helam. And the servants unto thee, to search the city, and Syrians set themselves in array against to spy it out, and to overthrow it? David, and fought with him.

4 Wherefore Hanun took David's ser- 18 And the Syrians fled before Israel ; vants, and shaved off the one half of their and David slew the men of seven hunbeards, and cut off their garments in the dred chariots of the Syrians, and forty middle, even to their buttocks, and sent thousand horsemen, and smote Shobach them away.

the captain of their host, who died 5 When they told it unto David, he there. sent to meet them, because the men were 19 And when all the kings that were greatly ashamed. And the king said, servants to Hadarezer saw that they were Tarry at Jericho until your beards be smitten before Israel, they made peace grown, and then return.

with Israel, and served them. So the 6. And when the children of Ammon Syrians feared to help the children of saw that they stank before David, the ll Ammon any more.

David committeth adultery. CHAP. XI.

Uriah is slain. 275 CHAP, XI.

14 And it came to pass in the morn1 Joab besiegeth Rabbah. 2 David com- || ing, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and mitteth adultery with Bath-sheba. 16 sent it by the hand of Uriah. Uriah is slain. 26 David taketh Bath- 15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, sheba to wife.

Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hotAND it came to pass, after the year was test battle, and retire ye from him, that A expired, at the time when kings go he may be smitten, and die. forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and 16 And it came to pass, when Joab obhis servants with him, and all Israel; and served the city, that he assigned Uriah they destroyed the children of Ammon, unto a place where he knew that valiant and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried men were. still at Jerusalem.

17 And the men of the city went out, 21 And it came to pass in an evening- || and fought with Joab: and there fell some tide, that David arose from off his bed, of the people of the servants of David ; and walked upon the roof of the king's and Uriah the Hittite died also. house : and from the root he saw a woman 18 1 Then Joab sent and told David all washing herself; and the woman was the things concerning the war ; very beautiful to look upon.

19 And charged the messenger, saying, 3 And David sent and inquired after When thou hast made an end of telling the woman. And one said, Is not this the matters of the war unto tlie king, Bath-sheba the daughter of Eliam, the 20 And if so be that the king's wrath wife of Uriah the Hittite ?

arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore 4 And David sent messengers, and approached ye so nigh unto the city when took her; and she came in unto him, and ye did fight ? knew ye not that they he lay with her; for she was purified from would shoot from the wall ? her uncleanness : and she returned unto 21 Who smote Abimelech the son of her house.

Jerubbeshetli ? did not a woman cast a 5 And the woman conceived, and sent piece of a millstone upon him from the and told David, and said, I am with child. wall, that he died in Thebez? why went

6 And David sent to Joab, saying, || ye nigh the wall? then say thou, Thy serSend me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab vant Uriah the Hittite is dead also." sent Uriah to David.

22 f So the messenger went, and camte 7 And when Criah was come unto him, and shewed David all that Joab had sent David demanded of him how Joab did, | him for. and how the people did, and how the war 23 And the messenger said unto David, prospered.

Surely the men prevailed against us, and 8 And David said to Uriah, Go down came out unto us into the field, and we to thy house, and wash thy feet. And were upon them even unto the entering Uriah departed out of the king's house, of the gate. and there followed him a mess of meat 24 And the shooters shot from off the from the king.

wall upon thy servants : and some of the 9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king's servants be dead, and thy servant king's house with all the servants of his | Uriah the Hittite is dead also. lord, and went not down to his house. 25 Then David said unto the messenger,

10 And when they had told David, say | Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not ing, Uriah went not down unto his house, this thing displease thee, for the sword David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not devoureth one as well as another: make from thy journey? why then didst thou thy battle more strong against the city, and not go down unto thine house?

overthrow it ; and encourage thou him. 11 And Uriah said unto David, The 26 And when the wife of Uriah heard ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in that Uriah her husband was dead, she tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants mourned for her husband. of my lord are encamped in the open 27 And when the mourning was past, fields'; shall I then go into mine house, David sent and fetched her to his house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my and she became his wife, and bare him a wife. As thou livest, and as thy soul liv son. But the thing that David had done eth, I will not do this thing.

displeased the Lord. 12 And David said to Uriah, Tarry

CHAP. XII. here to-day also, and to-morrow I will let 1 Nathan's parable. 7 He applieth the thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusa parable to David, who confesseth his lem that day and the morrow.

sin, 24 Solomon is born, 26 Rabbah 13 And when David had called him, he is taken. did eat and drink before him ; and he || AND the LORD sent Nathan unto made him drunk : and at even he went | David. And he came unto him, ancı out to lie on his bed with the servants of said unto him, There were two men in one his lors, but went not down to his house. city ; the one rich, and the other poor,

276 Nathan's parable.


Solomon is born 2 The rich man had exceeding many 11 the child ; and David fasted, and went in, flocks and herds :

ll and lay all night upon the earth. 3 But the poor man had nothing, save 17 And the elders of his house arose, one little ewe-lamb, which he had bought and went to him, to raise him up from and nourished up: and it grew up togeth-|| the earth : but he would not, neither did er with him, and with his children ; it did he eat bread with them. eat of his own meat, and drank of his 18 And it came to pass on the seventh own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was day, that the child died. And the servants unto him as a daughter.

of David feared to tell him that the child 4 And there came a traveller unto the | was dead: for they said, Behold while rich man, and he spared to take of his l the child was yet alive, we spake unto own flock and of his own herd, to dress || him, and he would not hearken unto our for the way-faring man that was come voice: how will he then vex himself, if unto him ; but took the poor man's lamb, | we tell him that the child is dead? and dressed it for the man that was come | 19 But when David saw that his serto him.

vants whispered, David perceived that 5 And David's anger was greatly kin- || the child was dead: therefore David said dled against the man; and he said to Na unto his servants, Is the child dead? And

hath done this thing shall surely die: 20 Then David arose from the earth,

6 And he shall restore the lamb four- and washed, and anointed himself, and fold, because he did this thing, and be- | changed his apparel, and came into the cause he had no pity.

house of the LORD, and worshipped : 79 And Nathan said to David, Thou | then he came to his own house ; and art the man. Thus saith the LORD God when he required, they set bread before of Israel, I anointed thee king over Isra him, and he did eat.. el, and I delivered thee out of the hand of 21 Then said his servants unto him, Saul;

| What thing is this that thou hast done 8 And I gave thee thy master's house, Thou didst fast and weep for the child, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, while it was alive, but when the child and gave thee the house of Israel and of was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. Judah ; and if that had been too little, Il 22 And he said, While the child was would moreover have given unto thee yet alive, I fasted, and wept; for I said, such and such things.

| Who can tell whether God will be gra9 Wherefore hast thou despised the cious to me, that the child may live? commandment of the Lord, to do evil | 23 But now he is dead, wherefore should in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall Hittite with the sword, and hast taken go to him, but he shall not return to me. his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him | 24 | And David comforted Bath-sheba with the sword of the children of Ammon. his wife, and went in unto her, and lay

10 Now therefore the sword shall nev with her: and she bare a son, and he er depart from thine house; because thou called his name Solomon : and the Lord hast despised me, and hast taken the wife loved him. of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan 11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will the prophet ; and he called his name raise up evil against thee out of thine own | Jedidiah, because of the LORD. house, and I will take thy wives before 26 9 And Joab fought against Rabbah 'thine eyes, and give them unto thy neigh- of the children of Ammon, and took the bour, and he shall lie with thy wives in royal city. the sight of this sun.

27 And Joab sent messengers to David, 12 For thou didst it secretly: but I and said, I have fought against Rabbah, will do this thing before all Israel, and and have taken the city of waters. before the sun.

28 Now therefore gather the rest of 13 And David said unto Nathan, I | the people together, and encamp against have sinned against the LORD. And Na- | the city, and take it : lest I take the city, than said unto David, The LORD also | and it be called after my name. binth put away thy sin ; thou shalt not die. 29 And David gathered all the people

14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou together, and went to Rabbah, and fought hast given great occasion to the enemies i against it, and took it. of the LORö to blaspheme, the child also 30 And he took their king's crown that is born unto thee shall surely die. from off his head, the weight whereof

15 | And Nathan departed unto his was a talent of gold with the precious house. And the LORD struck the child stones : and it was set on David's head. that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it And he brought forth the spoil of the was very sick.

city in great abundance. 16 David therefore besought God for 31 And he brought forth the people

Amnon loving Tamar,


ravisheth her. 277 that were therein, and put them under 13 And I, whither shall I cause my saws, and under harrows of iron, and shame to go! and as for thee, thou shalt be under axes of iron, and made them pass | as one of the fools in Israel. Now therethrough the brick-kiln; and thus did he fore, I pray thee, speak unto the king ; unto all the cities of the children of Am- for he will not withhold me from thee. mon. So David and all the people re 14 Howbeit, he would not hearken turned unto Jerusalem.

unto her voice : but being stronger than CHAP. XIII.

she, forced her, and lay with her. 1 Amnon loving Tamar, ravisheth her. 15 | 15 | Then Amnon hated her exceed

He hateth her, and turneth her away. ingly ; so that the hatred wherewith he

23 Absalom killeth Amnon, 37 and feeth. hated her was greater than the love AND it came to pass after this, that wherewith he had loved her. And AmA Absalom the son of David had a fair non said unto her, Arise, be gone. sister, whose name as Tamar; and Am 16 And she said unto him, There is no non the son of David loved her.

cause : this evil in sending me away is 2 And Amnon was so vexed, that he greater than the other that thou didst unto fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was me. But he would not hearken unto her. a virgin ; and Amnon thought it hard 17 Then he called his servant that minfor him to do any thing to her.

istered unto him, and said, Put now this 3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name woman out from me, and bolt the door was Jonaclab, the son of Shimeah Da after her. vid's brother; and Jonadab was a very 18 And she had a garment of divers subtil man.

colours upon her ; for with such robes 4 And he said unto him, Why art thou, were the king's daughters that were virbeing the king's son, lean from day to day? gins apparelled. Then his servant brought Wilt thou not tell me? And Amnon said her out, and bolted the door after her. unto him, I love Tamar, my brother Ab 19 And Tamar put ashes on her head, salom's sister.

and rent her garment of divers colours 5 And Jonadab said unto him, Lay thee || that was on her, and laid her hand on down on thy bed, and make thyself sick : || her head, and went on crying. and when thy father cometh to see thee, ll 20 And Absalom her brother said unto say unto him, I pray thee, let my sister her, Hath Amnon thy brother been with Tamar come, and give me meat, and 1 thee? but hold now thy peace, my sister: dress the meat in my sight, that I may he is thy brother ; regard not this thing. see it, and eat it at her hand.

6 So Amnon lay down, and made him-1 er Absalom's house. self sick: and when the king was come l 21 But when king David heard of all to see him, Amnon said unto the king, I these things, he was very wroth. pray thee, let Tamar my sister come, and 22 And Absalom spake unto his brothmake me a couple of cakes in my sight, l er Ampon neither good nor bad: for Abthat I may eat at her hand.

salom hated Amnon, because he had forc7 Then David sent home to Tamar, ed his sister Tamar. saying, Go now to thy brother Amnon's | 23 | And it came to pass after two full house, and dress him meat.

years, that Absalom had sheep-shearers 8 So Tamar went to her brother Am- || in Baal-hazor, which is beside Ephraim : non's house ; and he was laid down). and Absalom invited all the king's sons. And she took flour, and kneaded it, and 24 And Absalom came to the king, and made cakes in his sight, and did bake said, Behold now, thy servant hath sheepthe cakes.

shearers ; let the king, I beseech thee, 9 And she took a pan, and poured and his servants go with thy servant. them out before him ; but he refused to || 25 And the king said to Absalom, Nay, eat. And Amnon said, Have out all men my son, let us not all now go, lest we be from me. And they went out every man chargeable unto thee. And he pressed from hiin.

him : howbeit he would not go, but bless10 And Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring | ed him. the meat into the chamber, that I may eat | 26 Then said Absalom, If not, I pray ot thine hand. And Tamar took the cakes | thee, let my brother Amnon go with us. which she had made, and brought them || And the king said unto him, Why should into the chamber to Amnon her brother. || he go with thee?

11 And when she had brought them unto 27 But Absalom pressed him that he let him to eat, he took holl of her, and said | Amnon and all the king's sons go with him. unto her, Come lie with me, my sister. 28 Now Absalom had commanded his

12 And she answered him, Nay, my servants, saying, Mark ye now when brother, do not force me ; for no such Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and thing ought to be done in Israel : do not when I say unto you, Smite Amnon ; then thou this folly:

kill him, fcar not: have I not command

973 Caruon slain.

II. SAMUEL. Joab suborneth the evidov. ed you? Be courageous, and be valiant. || 4And when the woman of Tekoah

29 And the servants of Absalom did | spake to the king, she fell on her face to unto Amnon as Absalom had command- | the ground, and did obeisance, and said, ed. Then all the king's sons arose, and | Help, ( king. every man gat him up upon his mule, 5° And the king said unto her, What and fied.

aileth thee? And she answered, I am in30 | And it came to pass, while they deed a widow woman, and mine husband were in the way, that tidings came to | is dead. David, saying, Absalom haih slain all 6 And thy handmaid had two sons, the king's sons, and there is not one of and they two strove together in the field, them leit.

and there was none to part them, but the 31 Then the king arose, and tare his one smote the other, and slew him. garments, and lay on the earth; and all his 17 And behold, the whole family is risen servants stood by with their clothes rent. against thine handinaid, and they said,

32 And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah | Deliver him that smote his brother, that David's brother, answered and said, Let | we may kill him, for the life of his brother Dot my lord suppose that they have slain whom he slew; and we will destroy the all the young men the king's sons ; for heir also : and so they shall quench my Amnon only is dead: for by the appoint- || coal which is left, and shall not leave to ment of Absalom this bath been deter- my husband neither name nor remainder mined from the day that he forced his upon the earth. sister Tamar.

8 And the king said unto the woman, 33 Now therefore let not my lord the Go to thine house, and I will give charge king take the thing to his heart, to think concerning thee. that all the king's sons are dead : for Am- 9 And the woman of Tekoah said unto non only is dead.

the king, My lord, o king, the iniquity 34 But Absalom fled. And the young Il be on me, and on my father's house : and man that kept the watch lifted up his eyes, || the king and his throne be guiltless. and looked, and behold, there came 10 And the king said, whosoever saith much people by the way of the hill side | aught unto thee, bring him to me, and he behind him.

shall not touch thee any more. 35 And Jonadab said unto the king, | 11 Then said she, I pray thee, let the Behold, the king's sons come : as thy king remember the LORD thy God, that servant said, so it is.

thou wouldest not suffer the revengers of 36 And it came to pass, as soon as he blood to destroy any more, lest they dehad made an end of speaking, that be-stroy my son. 'And he said, As the LORD hold, the king's sons came, and lifted up liveth, there shall not one hair of thy son their voice and wept : and the king also fall to the earth. and all his servants wept very sore.

12 Then the woman said, Let thine 37 & But Absalom Aed, and went to || handmaid, I pray thee, speak one word Talmai, the son of Ammihud, king of unto my lord the king. And he said, Say on, Geshur. And David mourned for his 13 And the woman said, Wherefore son every day.

then hast thou thought such a thing a38 So Absalom Aed, and went to Ge-gainst the people of God? for the king sbur, and was there three years.

doth speak this thing as one which is 39 And the soul of king David longed | faulty, in that the king doth not fetch to go forth unto Absalom : for he was || home again his banished. comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he 14 For we must needs die, and are as was dead.

water spilt on the ground, which cannot CHAP. XIV.

ll be gathered up again ; neither doth God 1 Joab,suborning a widow of Tekoah to in- || respect any person : yet doth he devise

cline the king's heart to fetchhome Absa- || means, that his banished be not expelled

lom, 21 bringeth him to Jerusalem. from him. N OW Joab the son of Zeruiah per 15 Now therefore that I am come to N ceived that the king's heart was speak of this thing unto my lord the king, toward Absalom.

it is because the people have made me 2 And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetch afraid : and thy handmaid said, I will ed thence a wise woman, and said unto | now speak unto the king; it may be that her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a the king will perform the request of his mourner, and put on now mourning ap- | handmaid. parel, and anoint not thyself with oil, 16 For the king will hear, to deliver but be as a woman that had a long time his handmaid out of the hand of the man mourned for the dead:

that would destroy me and my son togeth3 And come to the king, and speak || er out of the inheritance of God. on this manner unto him.So Joab put! 17 Then thine handmaid said, The the words in her mouth.

word of my lord the king shall now be

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