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37 Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again, that I may die in mine own city, and be buried by the grave of my father and of my mother. But behold thy servant "Chimham; let him go over with my lord the king; and do to him what shall seem good unto thee.

38 And the king answered, Chimham shall go over with me, and I will do to him that which shall seem good unto thee: and whatsoever thou shalt 2 require of me, that will I do for thee.

a 1 Ki. 2. 7.
Jer. 41. 17.
1 Heb. deliver
from our

b ver. 23

See ch. 15.

Joab killeth Amasa.

6 And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom: take thou thy lord's servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape us.

7 And there went out after him Joab's men, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and all the mighty men: and they went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.

8 When they were at the great stone 2 Heb, choose. Which is in Gibeon, Amasa went before them. And Joab's garment that he had put on was girded unto him, and upon it a girdle with a sword fastened upon his loins in the sheath thereof; and as he went forth it fell out.

39 And all the people went over Jordan.
And when the king was come over, the
king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; e ch. 14. 33.
and he returned unto his own place.

40 Then the king went on to Gilgal, and 3 Chimham went on with him: and all the people of Judah conducted the king, and also half the people of Israel. 41 And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said unto the king, Why have our brethren the men of Judah stolen thee away, and have brought the king, and his household, and all David's men with him, over Jordan? 42 And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the king is 9 near of kin to us: wherefore then be ye angry for this matter? have we eaten at all of the king's cost or hath he given us any gift?

43 And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in David than ye: why then did ye 5 despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king? And the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.


AND there happened to be there

a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, 'We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: "every man to his tents, O Israel.

2 So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.

3 And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in 8 ward, and fed theni, but went not in unto them. So they were 9shut up unto the day of their death, 10 living in widowhood.

4 Then said the king to Amasa, 12 Assemble me the men of Judah within three days, and be thou here present.

5 So Amasa went to 12 assemble the men of Judah but he tarried longer than the set time which he had appointed him.

3 Heb.

d Mt. 26. 49.
Lk. 22. 47.
e ver. 15.
fch. 2. 23.
4 Heb.

doubled not
his stroke.
g ver. 12.
5 Heb. aet

us at light.
h Cp. Judg.
& 12. 1.
Isa. 9. 21
& 11. 13.
i Deu. 13. 13.
2 Ki. 15. 29.
2 Ch. 16. 4.

ch. 10. 6.
ch. 19. 43.

m ver. 22.

1 Ki. 12. 16.
2 Ch. 10, 16.
a 2 Ki. 19, 32.
Isa. 37. 33.
Jer. 6. 6.
Ezek. 4. 2
& 26. 8.
6 Or, against

the outmost

7 Heb.

marred to

throw down. @ ch. 15. 16

& 16. 21, 22. 8 Heb.


an house
of ward,

Heb. bound.
10 Heb. in
of life.

p ch. 19. 13.
11 Or,
spake in


Surely they
will ask of
Abel, and so

9 And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou in health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him.

10 But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joab's hand: so he smote him therewith in the fifth rib, and shed out his bowels to the ground, and 4 struck him not again; and he died. So Joab and Abishai his brother pursued after Sheba the son of Bichri.

11 And one of Joab's men stood by him, and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he that is for David, let him go after Joab.

12 And Amasa wallowed in blood in the midst of the highway. And when the man saw that all the people stood still, he removed Amasa out of the highway into the field, and cast a cloth upon him, when he saw that every one that came by him stood still.

13 When he was removed out of the highway, all the people went on after Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.

14 And he went through all the tribes of Israel unto Abel, and to Beth-k maachah, and all the Berites: and they were gathered together, and went also after him.

15 And they came and besieged him in Abel of Beth-maachah, and they "cast up a bank against the city, and it stood in the trench and all the people that were with Joab 7 battered the wall, to throw it down.

16 Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray you, unto Joab, Come near hither, that I may speak with thee.

17 And when he was come near unto her, the woman said, Art thou Joab? And he answered, I am he. Then she said unto him, Hear the words of thine make an end. handmaid. And he answered, I do hear. 18 Then she spake, saying, 11 They were wont to speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter.

Deu. 20. 10,



1 Sa. 23. 2
& 30. 8.
ch. 2. 1

& 16, 23.
12 Heb. Call.

19 I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: thou seekest to

The three years' famine

II. SAMUEL 20 on account of the Gibeonites.

ch. 17. 16.

b 1 Sa. 26. 19.

destroy a city and a mother in Israel:
why wilt thou "swallow up the inherit-1 Sa. 20. 8.
ance of the LORD?

20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should aswallow up or destroy.

21 The matter is not so: but a man of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name, hath lifted up his hand against the king, even against David: deliver him only, and I will depart from the city. And the woman said unto Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to thee over the wall.

22 Then the woman went unto all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumpet, and they retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king.

23 Now Joab was over all the host of Israel: and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites:

24 And Adoram was over the tribute: and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was 5 recorder:

25 And Sheva was scribe: and 'Zadok and Abiathar were the priests:

26 And Ira also the Jairite was 6a chief ruler about David..


THEN there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David 7inquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.

2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them and Saul sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah.)

3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless "the inheritance of the LORD?

4 And the Gibeonites said unto him, 10 We will have no silver nor gold of Saul, nor of his house; neither for us shalt thou kill any man in Israel. And he said, What ye shall say, that will I do for you.

5 And they answered the king, The man that consumed us, and that 11 devised against us that we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the coasts of Israel,

6 Let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them up unto

the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD did choose. And the king said, I will give them.

d ch. 3. 7.

1 Heb. by

his name.

2 Or, Michal's


3 Heb. bare.
to Adriel.

1 Sa. 18. 19.
e ver. 16.
Ecc. 9. 15.

Ru. 1. 22.
4 Heb. were

g To ver. 26.

ch. 8. 16-18.
Deu. 21. 23.
i ch. 23. 20-


ch. 8. 18.

jl Ki. 4. 6.

1 Ki. 4. 3.

5 Or, re


ch. 15. 21.

m ch. 23. 38.
6 Or,
a prince.
ch. 8. 18.
Jos. 24. 11.
ch. 2. 4, 5.
o Judg. 21. 8.
1 Sa, 31.
Jos. 17. 11.
sought the
face, &c.
7 Cp. 1 Sa. 22.

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18, 19.

Jos. 18. 22.
Ge. 25. 21.
ch. 24. 25.

8 Jos. 9. 3-17.

u ch. 20. 19.
See 1 Sa.
26. 19.

9 Heb. the
8 Or, Rapha.


Cp. 1 Sa
17. 7.
10 Or, It is

not silver
nor gold that
we have to
do with Saul
or his house,
it to us to
kill, de.
v1 Sa. 26. 6.

ch. 18. 3.
11 Or,

cut us off.

12 Heb.

7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the LORD'S oath that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul.

8 But the king took the two sons of d Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of 2 Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she 3 brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite:

9 And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the hill before the LORD: and they fell all seven together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, in the beginning of barley harvest.

10 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night."

11 And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done.

12 And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from "the men of Jabesh-gilead,

which had stolen them from the street of P Beth-shan, where the Philistines had hanged them, when the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa:

13 And he brought up from thence the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son; and they gathered the bones of them that were hanged.

14 And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they performed all that the king commanded. And after. that God was intreated for the land.

15 Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint.

16 And Ishbi-benob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose 9 spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David. 17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, "Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou 1 Ch. 27. 11. quench not the 12 light of Israel.

or, lamp.
r To ver. 22,
1 Ch.20.

13 Or,


z Jos. 18. 28.

14 Or,

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18 And it came to pass after this, that there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob: then "Sibbechai the Hushathite slew 13 Saph, which was of the sons of 15 the giant.

19 And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the

David's psalm


a Ps. 144. 7. b Ex. 2. 10.

son of Jaare-oregim, a Beth-lehemite, 1 Or, Jair. slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.

2 Or, great. c 1 Sa. 17. 7. ch. 23. 7.

20 And there was yet a battle in d Gath, 1 Sa. 17. 4 where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant.

21 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the brother of David slew him.

22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.


e ver. 6. Ps. 31. 8. 3 Or, Rapha. g ch. 15. 26.


Or. reproached. 1 Sa. 17. 10, 25, 26, 36. h 1 Sa. 26. 23. Ps. 7. 8.

il Sn. 16. 9, Shammah. j Ps. 24. 4. k Ps. 119. 30. / Ex. 15. 1. Judg. 5. 1. Ps. 18, title.

AND David spake unto the LORD the A words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of them hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:

2" And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my "high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me. from violence.

4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

5 When the 8 waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;

5 Heb. to. To ver. 51, P. 18 2-50 6 Heb. before his eyes.

n Deu. 32. 4.
o He. 2. 13.

p Ge. 15. 1.
Lk. 1. 69.
Mt. 5. 7.
Ps. 9.9

& 46. 7, 11.
t Ps. 48. 1.
7 Or, wrestle.

Ex. 3. 7.

8 Or, panga. 9 Heb. Belial.

10 Or, candle. 11 Or, cords. 12 Or, broken. v Ps. 18. 6. 13 Or, refined

6 The 11 sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me; 7 In my distress I called upon thew LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears. 8 Then the earth shook and trembled: the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.

Ps. 12. 6,

ver. 3. Judg. 5. 4.

Ps. 17. 7.

y Job 26. 11.
2 Deu,32.31,39.
1 Sa. 2. 2.
14 Heb. by.

15 Heb.
or, looseth.

16 Heh.

9 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth de-a Job 22. 3. voured: coals were kindled by it. 10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet.

b Hab. 3. 19. c Ps. 144. 5. Isa. 64. 1.

& 33, 29.

11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did a Deu. 32. 13 fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.

12 And he made darkness pavilions round about him, 18 dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.

13 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.

14 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice. 15 And he sent out karrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited


e Ex. 20. 21. ƒ Ps. 144. 1.

17 Heb. for

the war. g Ps. 104. 3. h Job 36. 29. 18Heb.binding of waters.

19 Heb. multiplied me. Pro. 4. 12. 20 Heb. ankles.

Ps. 29. 3. k Pa. 7. 13. Jos. 10. 10.

16 And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were dis-m Ps. 18. 32, 39. covered, at the rebuking of the LORD, 21 Heb. caused at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.

to bow. n Ge. 49. 8 Ex. 23. 27.

of thanksgiving.

17 He sent from above, he took me; 6 he drew me out of 2 many waters;

18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.

19 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay. 20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

21 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the jcleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

23 For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.

24.I was also upright 5 before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity. 25 Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness 6in his eye sight.

26 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.

27 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.

28 And the "afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.

29 For thou art my 10lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness. 30 For by thee I have 12 run through a troop by my God have I leaped over a wall.

31 48 for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is 13 tried: he is "a buckler to all them that trust in him. 32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?

33 God is my strength and power: and he 15 maketh my way "perfect.

34 He 16 maketh my feet like hinds' feet and setteth me dupon my high places.

35 He teacheth my hands 17 to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine


36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath 19 made me great.

37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my 20 feet did not slip.

38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until I had consumed them.

39 And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise: yea, they are fallen under my feet.

40 For thou hast "girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up against me hast thou 21 subdued under


41 Thou hast also given me the "necks

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of mine enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me.

42 They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.

43 Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad.

44 Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve me. 45 3Strangers shall 4 submit themselves unto me: as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me.

46 Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of their close places. 47 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the A rock of my salvation.

48 It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me, 49 And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me; thou hast delivered me from the violent man.

50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.

1 From

1 Ch. 11. 11. a Job 27. 9.

Isa. 1. 15.

2 Heb. slain.

b1 Ch. 11. 12


e Mi. 7. 10.

d ch. 19. 9, 43 & 20. 1, 2, 22. e ch. 8. 1-14. 3 Heb. Sons of the stranger.

4 Or, yield feigned obedience. Heb. lie. Deu. 33. 29. Ps. 66. 3. f1 Ch. 11. 27. 5 Or, for foraging. 9 Mi. 7. 17. P. 95. 1

& 89, 26. 6 Heb. giveth avengement for.

Ps. 141. 2.

7 Or, the three captains over the thirty. 1 Ch. 11. 15. 1 Sn. 22. L kPa. 140. 1. Ps. 18. 49.

Ro. 15. 9. m ch. 5. 18. n 1 Sa. 22. 4, 5. 51 He is the tower of salvation for ch. 5. 7, 17. his king and sheweth mercy to his o1 Sa. 13. 23. anointed, unto David, and to his seedp Ps. 144. 10. for evermore. q Ps. 89. 20.


TOW these be the last words of David.

the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,

2 The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.

ch. 7. 12, 13,

29. So
Ps. 89. 29.

Nu. 21. 3, 15.

t ch. 7. 8, 9. u 1 Sa. 16. 12, 13.

2 Pe. 1. 21.

w Deu. 32, 4.

ch. 22, 3, 32. 8 Or, Be thou ruler, fe.

r Lev. 17. 10. y Ex. 18. 21.

3 The God of Israel said, "the Rock of
Israel spake to me, 8 He that ruleth over
men must be just, ruling in the fear of Ps. 110. 3.

a ch. 7. 15, 16. Ps. 89. 29.

b ch. 8 18. & 20, 23

4 And he shall be as the light of the
morning, when the sun riseth, even a
morning without clouds; as the tender 9 Heb. great
grass springing out of the earth by clear
shining after rain.

5 Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.

6 But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:

7 But the man that shall touch them must be 11 fenced with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the same place.

8These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: 13 The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the

of acts,

His mighty men.

captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, 2 whom he slew at one time.

9 And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away:

10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.

11 And after him was fShammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together 5into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentiles: and the people fled from the Philistines.

12 But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.

13 And three of the thirty chief went down, and came to David in the harvest time unto the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines pitched in the valley of Rephaim.

14 And David was then in "an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Beth-lehem.

15 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Beth-lehem, which is by the gate!

16 And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Beth-lehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD.

17 And he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this: is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men.

18 And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief among three. And he lifted up his spear against three hundred, 2 and slew them, and had 11 Heb. filled. the name among three.

10 Heb. lion

of God.

12 Heb. a man of countenance, or,

right: called,
1 Ch. 11. 23,
a man of
great stature.
To ver. 39,

1 Ch. 11. 10

13 or, Josheb

bassebet the Tackmonite, head of the three. 1 Ch. 11. 11 & 12. 18

& 27. 2.

19 Was he not most honourable of three? therefore he was their captain: howbeit he attained not unto the first three.

20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, 9 who had done many acts, he slew two 10 lionlike men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow:

21 And he slew an Egyptian, 12a goodly man and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and slew him with his own spear.

The numbering of the people. II. SAMUEL 23 The Lordsendeth a pestilence,

22 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among three mighty men.

23 He was 2more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him over his 3guard. 24 Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Beth-lehem,

25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,

26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,

27 Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,

28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,

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29 Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai out of c ch. 12. 13. Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,

30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the 4 brooks of Gaash,

31 Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,

32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,

4 Or, valleys. d 1 Sa. 13. 13.

el Sa. 22. 5.

33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the 2 Ki. 17. 13. son of Sharar the Hararite,

34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,

35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,

36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,

37 Zelek the Ammonite, Nahari the Beerothite, armourbearer to Joab the son of Zeruiah,

38 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite,

39 Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.


AND again the anger of the LORD AND A was kindled against Israel, and 6 he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.

1 Ch. 21. 9
& 25. 5
& 29. 29.

9 ch. 15. 12.

A1 Ch. 21. 12.

5 Or, many. Ps. 119. 156,

iTo ver. 25,

1 Ch. 21.

ch. 21. 1.

6 Satan. See 1 Ch. 21. 1. 7 Or, Compass. ver. 15. See ch. 3. 10.

2 For the king said to Joab the captain of the host, which was with him, 7Go now through all the tribes of Israel, * from Dan even to Beer-sheba, and num-k ber ye the people, that I may know the number of the people.

l Ge. 6. 6. 1 Sa. 15. 11. Joel 2. 13, 14.

3 And Joab said unto the king, Now the LORD thy God add unto the people, how many soever they be, an hundredfold, and that the eyes of my lord the king may see it: but why doth my lordo the king delight in this thing?

4 Notwithstanding the king's word prevailed against Joab, and against the captains of the host. And Joab and the captains of the host went out from the presence of the king, to number the people of Israel.

2 Ki. 19. 35. Ex. 12. 13,


Deu. 1. 11. 81 Ch. 21. 15,


2 Ch. 3. 1.

5 And they passed over Jordan, and pitched in Aroer, on the right side of Deu. 2. 36. the city that lieth in the midst of the 10 river of Gad, and toward Jazer:

9 Heb. Araniah. 10 Or, valley.

6 Then they came to Gilead, and to the 1 land of Tahtim-hodshi; and they came to Dan-jaan, and about to Zidon,

7 And came to the strong hold of Tyre, and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of the Canaanites: and they went out to the south of Judah, even to Beer-sheba.

8 So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.

9 And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the people unto the king: band there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew the sword; and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.

10 And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O LORD, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have d done very foolishly.

11 For when David was up in the morning, the word of the LORD came unto the prophet Gad, David's fseer, saying,

12 Go and say unto David, Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee three things; choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.

13 So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three days' pestilence in thy land? now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me.

14 And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the LORD; for his mercies are 5 great: and let me not fall into the hand of man.

15 So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the time appointed and there died of the people from Dan even to Beer-sheba seventy thousand men,

16 And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that "destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD was by the threshingplace of 8 Araunah the Jebusite.

17 And David spake unto the LORD when he saw the angel that smote the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: but these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, be against me, and against my father's house.

18 And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of 9 Araunah the Jebusite.

19 And David, according to the saying of Gad, went up as the LORD commanded.

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