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1 Heb. bed.

cloth, and mourn before Abner. And king David himself followed the 1 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 a 1 Sa. 19. 2, people wept.


10, 11

& 23. 15 & 25, 29. bch. 1. 17. ch. 13. 12, 13.

33 And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth? 34 Thy hands were not bound, nor thye feet put into fetters: as a man falleth before 2 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 ch. 1. 2, 4, ought else, till the sun be down

36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as whatsoever the king did 5 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 there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?

2 Heb. children of iniquity. di Ki. 1. 29. Ps. 31. 7.

e ch. 12. 17.


3 Heb.

he was in his own eyes as a bringer, &c. 4 Or, which Was the reward I gave him for his tidings. g ch. 1. 12 5 Heb. was good in their eyes. Ge. 9. 5, 6. 6 Heb. tender. il Sa, 26. 6, ch. 19, 7.

39 And I am this day 6 weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah jbe too hard for me: ktheh LORD shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.


AND when Saul's son heard that Abner

k So Pa. 28. 4

& 62. 12.

2 Tim. 4. 14

AND when son ch. 3. 32.

were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.

2 And Saul's son had two men that were captains of bands: the name of the. one was Baanah, and the name of the 7 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 sojourners there until this day.) 4 And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was 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 pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, 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 bedchamber, and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and took his head, and gat them away through the plain all night.

m To ver. 10,
1 Ch. 11.
1-9. So
1 Ch. 12.

Ezr. 4. 4.
Ge. 29. 14.

1 Sa. 18. 13.

1 Sa. 16. 1,


P. 78. 71, 72 7 Heb. second.

r Jos. 18. 25. ch. 23. 37. ch. 2. 3.

t ch. 3. 12, 13, 21.

So 1 Sa. 18. 3. u Ne. 11. 33. v1 Sa. 23. 18. w ch. 9. 3. ch. 2. 11.

1 Ki. 2. 11. 8 Or, Merib-baal,

1. Ch. 8. 34 & 9. 40.. Cp. ch. 2. 8. y Judg. 1. 21. z Jos. 15. 63.

9 Or, saying,


shall not, fe. a ch. 2. 23.

b ver. 9.
1 Ki. 2. 10
& 8. 1.

c ch. 2. 29.
d Supplied

1 Ch. 11. 6.

David anointed king.

8 And they brought the head of Ishbosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of Saul thine enemy,

which sought thy life: and the LORD hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed.

9 And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said unto them, As the LORD liveth, dwho hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity,

10 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, 3 thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings:

11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?

12 And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-bosheth, and buried it in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron.


THEN 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, P 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 LORD and they anointed David king over Israel.

4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty


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: 9thinking, David cannot come in hither.

7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.

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 hated of David's soul, dhe shall be chief and captain.

David smiteth the Philistines. II. SAMUEL 5

1 Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.

9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from "Millo and inward.

10 And David 2 went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him.

11 And dHiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters, and 5masons: and they built David an house.

12 And David perceived that the LORD 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 concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron: and there were yet sons and daughters born to David.

1 Or, Because
they had

said, even

He bringeth up the ark.


AGAIN, David gathered together all the blind and chosen men of Israel, thirty

shall not.

al Ki. 9. 15, 24

& 11. 27.
b To ver. 11,

1 Ch. 13. 6-

2 Heb. went,
going and

3 Or, Baalah,
that is.

Jos. 15. 9, 60,

4 Or, at which

14 And these be the names of thosed 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 Eliada, 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.

the name,
even the
name of the
hosts, was
called upon.
e To ver. 25,
1 Ki. 5. 1.
1 Ch.14.1-16.
Ex. 25. 22.
1 Sa. 4. 4.
5 Heb. hewers
of the stone
of the wall.
6 Heb. made
to ride.
f 1 Sa. 6. 7.
7 Or, the hill.
g1 Sa. 7. 1, 2
To ver. 16,

1 Sa. 7. 1.

1 Ch. 3.5-9. i Deu. 17. 17. 8 Heb. with.

1 Ch. 13. 9,

j Nu. 4. 15.

18 The Philistines also came and spread 9 Called, themselves in the valley of Rephaim. 19 And David "inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand.

10 Or,,
1 Sa. 6. 19.

11 Or,


20 And David came to Baal-perazim, and David smote them there, and said, The LORD hath broken forth upon minem Jos. 15. 8 enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place 14 Baal-perazim.

21 And there they left their images, and David and his men 15 burned them. 22 And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.

23 And when David inquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt 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 of the Philistines.


2 And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from 3 Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims.


3 And they 6 set the ark of God a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in 7 Gibeah: and 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, 8 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 psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.

6 And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen 10 shook it.

7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Üzzah; 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 12 made a breach upon Uzzah and he called the name of the place 13 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 David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into 1 Sa. 22. 4, 5. the house of Obed-edom P the Gittite. 12 Heb. 11 And the ark of the LORD continued broken. 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, say. ing, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obed-edom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. "So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the city of David with gladness.

& 18. 16. ch. 23. 13. 13 That is, the breach of Uzzah.

n Nu. 27. 21.

Isa. 28. 21.
p Jos.21.24,25.
91 Ch. 26. 5.
14 That is,
the plain
of breaches.
15 Or, took

them away.
Deu. 7. 5, 25.
1 Ch. 14. 12.

To ver. 16,
1 Ch. 15. 25


Ch. 15. 26.

t Ex. 15. 20.
Ps. 30. 11.

u 2 Ki. 7. 6.
v1 Sa. 2. 18.

13 And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings. 14 And David danced before the LORD 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 LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.

25 And David did so, as the LORD 16 And as the ark of the LORD came had commanded him; and smote the Judg. 4.14 into the city of David, Michal Saul's

Philistines from 16 Geba until thou come to Gazer.

16 1 Ch. 14. 16,

r Jos. 10. 33.

daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing

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1 Ch. 16. 43. Judg. 2. 14, 15, 16. k ver. 1.

m So 1 Sa. 2. 35,

20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day ver. 14, 16. in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows 4shamelessly uncovereth himself! 21 And David said unto Michal, It wasn 1 Ki 8. 20. before the LORD," which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play ver. 5. before the LORD.

22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and 5 of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.

23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.


AND it came to pass, "when the king

Asat in his house, and the LORD had

given him rest round about from all his enemies;

2 That the king said unto "Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell 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 LORD is with thee.

4 And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying,

5 Go and tell 7my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in ?

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, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.

4 Or, openly.

Ps. 132. 11.

o 1 Sa. 13. 14 & 15. 28.

p 1 Ki. 5. 5.


r So Ps. 89. 4, 29, 36, 37.

8 PB. 89. 26,
27, 30-33.
He. 1. 5.
5 Or, of the
of my

t1 Sa. 15.
23, 28.

u To ver. 29,

1 Ch. 17.

v ver. 13.

Cp. Lk. 1. 33.

w Isa. 22, 1, 5. Cp. ver. 4. r ver. 17. ch. 12. 1. y ch. 5. 11. Ge. 32. 10.

a Ex. 26. 1, &c.

So Isa. 55. 8.

6 Heb. law. 7 Heb. to my servant, to David. e Ps. 139. 1-4. d Ps. 18. 1. Ex. 40. 18,

19, 34. f Ex. 15. 11.

's any of the

1 ch. 17. 6.
Deu. 4. 7,
32, 31

7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with 8any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed A ch. 5. 2.

& 33. 29. Ps. 147. 20.

to build God a house.

my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?

8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, 2 from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:

9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies 3 out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men 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 beforetime,

11 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house.

12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, "I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

13 PHe 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 be 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.

18 Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto ?

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 6 manner of man, O Lord GOD?

20 And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord GOD, knowest thy servant.

21 For thy word's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thý servant know them.

22 Wherefore dthou 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 earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom

The nations and cities


a Deu. 10. 21. 61 Ki. 8. 65.

11 Ch. 18. 10,


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 redeemedst to thee from Egypt,2 Heb. ask 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, LORD, art become their God.

Deu. 26, 18.

him of peace. 3 Heb. was a man of wars with. Heb. in his


hand were.

di. 7. 51.

e ch. 10. 14 & 12. 30.

25 And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, estab-fch. 5. 17-25. lish it for ever, and do as thou hast said. g1 Sa, 30. 20. 5 Heb. opened 26 And let thy name be magnified for the ear ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the 1 Sa. 20. 2. God over Israel: and let the house of 6 Heb. his thy servant David be established before emiting. thee.

27 For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast 5 revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.

28 And now, O Lord GOD, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:

29 Therefore now 7let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord GOD, hast spoken it and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.


h 2 Ki. 14. 7. i Jn. 17. 17. je. 25. 23 & 27. 29, 37, 40. 7 Heb. be thou pleased and bless. k ver. 13, 16. 1 Sa. 1. 22. ch. 22. 51. To ver. 18, ch.20. 23-26. m ch. 2. 32. n 1 Ki. 4. 3.

8 Or, remembrancer, or, writer of chronicles. 2Ki. 18.18,37. 2 Ch. 34. 8. o To ver. 18, 1Ch. 18.1-17. p1 Ch. 6. 8. Or, the bridle of Ammah.

AND after this it came to pass, that David snote the Philistines, and subdued them; and David took 9 Metheg-10 ammah out of the hand of the Philistines. 2 And he smote Moab, and measured them with a line, casting them down to the ground; even with two lines measured he to put to death, and with one full line to keep alive. And so the Moabites became David's servants, and brought gifts.

Or, secretary. 91 Ki. 1.8 & 2. 25, 29;34, 35, 46 & 4. 4. 1 Ch. 11. 22,24 & 27, 5, 34. Nu. 24. 17. 2 Ki. 1. 1 & 3. 5,21-27. 81 Sa. 30. 14. ch. 15. 18 & 20. 7.

1 Ki. 1. 38.

3 David smote also 12 Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of "Zobah, as he went to recover his border at the river11 Or, princes. Euphrates.

u ver. 6, 14. 2 Ki. 17. 3.

12 Or, Hadarezer,

1 Ch. 18. 3.

4 And David took 13 from him a thousand 14 chariots, and seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: and David houghed all the chariot horses, butw1 S. 18. 3 reserved of them for an hundred chariots. & 20. 14, 17, 5 "And when the Syrians of Damascus 42. came to succour Hadadezer king of Zo-r1 Sa. 14. 47. y ch. 16. 1-4 bah, David slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men.

& 19. 17, 29. 13 Or, of his. 141 Ch. 18. 4. Jos. 11. 6. al Ki 11. 23-25.

6 Then David put garrisons in Syria of d Damascus: and the Syrians became servants to David, and brought gifts. And the LORD preserved David whither-61 Sa. 20. 14. soever he went. el Sa. 10. 5.

ch. 17. 27.

7 And David took the shields of goldd1 Ki. 11. 24. that were on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.

8 And from Betali, and from Berothai,

15 Called Merib-baal, Ch. 8. 31

subdued by David.

cities of Hadadezer, king David took exceeding much brass.

9 When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had smitten all the host of Hadadezer,

10 Then Toi sent Joram his son unto king David, to 2salute him, and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer, and smitten him: for Hadadezer had wars with Toi. And Joram 4 brought with him vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and vessels of brass:

11 Which also king David d did dedicate unto the LORD, with the silver and gold that he had dedicated of all nations which he subdued;

12 Of Syria, and of Moab, and of the children of Ammon, and fof the Philistines, and of Amalek, and of the spoil of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zohab. 13 And David gat him a name when he returned from 6smiting of the Syrians in the valley of salt, being eighteen thousand men.

14 And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom put he garrisons, and all they of Edom became David's servants. And the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went.

15 And David reigned over all Israel: and David executed judgment and justice unto all his people.

16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and "Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder;

17 And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, were the priests; and Seraiah was the 10 scribe:

18 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the 'Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were 11 chief rulers.



AND David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may "shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake?

2 And there was of the house of Sau! a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he.

3 And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet. 4 And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king. Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lo-debar.

5 Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the sou of Ammiel, from Lo-debar.

6 Now when 15 Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and dii

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reverence. And David said, Mephibo-a ch. 8. 3, 5. sheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant!

7 And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.

8 And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such da dead dog as I am }

9 Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master's son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house.

b Jos. 13. 11, 13.

1 Ch. 19. 6, 7. 1 Or, the men of Tob. c ch. 23. 8.

d 1 Sa. 24 14 ch. 16. 9.

1 Ki. 2. 7. fch. 19. 17.

10 Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy master's son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master's son shall ch. 19. 28. eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11 Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one I Sa, 3. 18. of the king's sons.

12 And Mephibosheth had a young son,

g1 Sa. 4. 9.

i whose name was Micha. And all that i1 Ch. 8. 34. dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth.

13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king's table; and was lame on both his feet.


jl Sa. 26, 6.

&Tover 19,

AND it came to pass after this, that the king of the children of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his stead. 2 Then said David, "I will shew kind-m ness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father shewed kindness unto me. And David sent to comfort him by the hand of his servants for his father. And David's servants came into the land of the children of Ammon.

3 And the princes of the children of Ammon said unto Hanun their lord, 4 Thinkest thou that David doth honour thy father, that he hath sent comforters unto thee? hath not David rather sent his servants unto thee, to search the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it?

4 Wherefore Hanun took David's servants, and shaved off the one half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away.

Ch. 19. 1-19.

Sa. 11. 1,


ch. 9. 1. n ch. 8. 3. 2 That is, Euphrates. 3 or Shophach.

4 Heb. In thine eyes doth David,

51 Ch. 19. 18, footmen.

a So chỉ 8 6

5 When they told it unto David, he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed: and the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards be 6 Heb. at grown, and then return.

6 And when the children of Ammon saw that they stank before David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the

the return

of the year. I Ki. 20.

22, 26.

2 Ch. 36. 10.

and Syrians overcome.

Syrians of Beth-rehob, and "the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, and of king Maacah a thousand men, and of 1 Ish-tob twelve thousand men.

7 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty


8 And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array at the entering in of the gate: and the Syrians of Zoba, and of Rehob, and Ish-tob, and Maacah, were by themselves in the field. 9 When Joab saw that the front of the battle was against him before and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians: 10 And the rest of the people he delivered into the hand of Abishai his brother, that he might put them in array against the children of Ammon.

11 And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, then thou shalt help me: but if the children of Ammon be too strong for thee, then I will come and help thee.

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12 Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth him good.

13 And Joab drew nigh, and the people that were with him, unto the battle against the Syrians: and they fled before him.

14 And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fled, then fled they also before Abishai, and entered into the city. So Joab returned from the children of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem.

15 And when the Syrians saw that they were smitten before Israel, they gathered themselves together.

16 And "Hadarezer sent, and brought out the Syrians that were beyond 2the river: and they came to Helam; and 3Shobach the captain of the host of Hadarezer went before them.

17 And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together, and passed over Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians set themselves in array a gainst David, and fought with him."

18 And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew the men of seven hundred chariots of the Syrians, and forty thou sand 5 horsemen, and smote Shobach the captain of their host, who died there.

19 And when all the kings that were servants to Hadarezer saw that they were smitten before Israel, they made peace with Israel, and served them. So the Syrians feared to help the children of Ammon any more.


ND it came to pass, 6 after the year A

go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel;

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