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swered him, I am an Ama- died. lekite.

16 And David said unto 9 He said unto me again, him, Thy blood be upon thy Stand, I pray thee, upon head: for thy mouth hath me, and slay me: for anguish testified against thee, saying, is come upon me, because my I have slain the Lord's alife is yet whole in me. nointed.

:10 So I stood upon him, 17 And David lamented and flew him, because I was with this lamentation over sure that he could not live, Saul, and over Jonathan his after that he was fallen : and fon, I took the crown that was 18 (Alfo he bade them upon his head, and the brace- teach the children of Judah let that was on his arm, and the use of the bow: behold, it have brought them hither is written in the book of unto my lord.

Jasher.) 11 Then David took hold

19 The beauty of Ifrael is on his clothes, and rent them, Ilain upon 'thy high places: and likewise all the men that how are the mighty fallen! were with him.

20 Tell it not in Gath, 12 And they mourned and publish it not in the streets of wept, and fasted until even, Askelon : left the daughters for Saul, and for Jonathan of the Philistines rejoice, left his fon, and for the people of the daughters of the uncirthe Lord, and for the house cumcised triumph. of Israel; because they were 21 Ye mountains' of Gil. fallen by the sword.

boa, let there be no dew, nei13 9 And David said un-ther let there be sain upon to the young man that told you, nor fields of offerings : him, Whence art thou? and for there the shield of the he answered, I am the son of nighty is vilely cast away, the a stranger, an Amalekite. shield of Saul, as though he

14 And David said unto had not been anointed with him, How waft thou not oil. afraid to stretch forth thine 22 From the blood of the hand to destroy the Lord's nain, from the fat of the anointed ?

mighty, the bow of Jonathan 15 And David called one turned not back, and the of the young men, and said, sword of Saul returned not Go near, and fall upon him. empty. And he fmote him, that he 23 Saul and Jonathan were

lovely and pleasant in their seat of his own meat, and lives, and in their death they drank of his own cup, and were not divided : they were lay in his bofom, and was swifter than eagles, they unto him as a daughter. were stronger than lions.

4 And there came a tra24. Ye daughters of Israel, veller unto the rich man, weep over Saul, who clothed and he spared to take of his you in scarlet with other de- own flock, and of his own lights, who puton ornaments herd to dress for the wayof gold upon your apparel. faring man that was come

25 How are the mighty unto him, but took the poor fallen in the midst of the bat- man's lamb, and dressed it tle ! O Jonathan, thou waft for the man that was come flain in thine high places.

to him. 26 I am distressed for thee,

5 And David's anger was my brother Jonathan: very greatly kindled against the pleasant hast thou been unto man, and he said to Nathan, me: thy love to me was As the Lord liveth, the man wonderful, passing the love that hath done this thing shall of women.

surely die. 27 How are the mighty

6 And he shall refore the fallen, and the weapons of lamb four-fold, because he war perished !

did this thing, and because

he had no pity. CHAP. XII.

7 And Nathan said to

David, Thou art the man. ND the Lord sent Na-Thus faith the Lord God of

A hantunto David: and Iraei

, 1 anointed thee king

he came unto him, and said over Israel, and I delivered unto him, There were two thee out of the hand of men in one city; the one Saul: rich, and the other poor, 8 And I' gave thee thy

2 The rich man had ex- master's house, and thy malceeding many flocks and ter's wives into thy bosom, herds:

and gave thee the house of 3. But the poor man had Israel, and of Judah"; and if nothing save one little ewe- that had been tob little, "I lamb, which he had bought would moreover have given and nourished up: and it unto thee fuch and such grew up together with him, things. and with his children; it did 9 Wherefore haft thou



despised the commandment parted unto his house : and of the Lord, to do evil in the Lord struck the child his fight thou hast killed that Uriah’s wife bare unto Uriah the Hittite with the David, and it was very fick. sword, and hast taken his 16 David therefore bewife to be thy wife, and hast fought God for the child; flain him with the sword of and David faited, and went the children of Ammon. in, and lay all night upon

10 Now therefore the the earth. fword shall never depart from 17 And the elders of his thine house; because thou house arose, and went to him, halt despised me, and haft to raise him up from the taken the wife of Uriah the earth : but he would not, Hittite to be thy wife. neither did he eat bread with

11 Thus' faith the Lord, them. Behold, I will raise up evil 18 And it came to pass against thee out of thine own on the seventh day, that the house, and I will take thy child died : and the fervants wives before thine eyes, and of David feared to tell him give them unto thy neigh- that the child was dead : bour, and he shall lie with for they said, Behold, while thy wives in the fight of this the child was yet alive, we fun,

spake unto him, and he would 12 For thou didit it fe- not hearken unto our voice: cretly: but I will do this how will he then vex himfelf, thing before all Ifrael, and if we tell him that the child before the fun.

is dead? 13 And David said unto 19 But when David saw Nathan, I have finned against that his servants whispered, the Lord. And Nathan said David perceived that the child unto David, The Lord also was dead : therefore David hath put away thy fin; thou said unto his servants, Is the Ihalt not die.

child dead? And they faid, 14 Hawbeit, because by He is dead. this deed thou haft given, 20 Then David arose from great occasion to the enemies, the earth, and washed, and of the Lord to blafpheme, the anointed himself, and changed child also that is born unto his apparel, and came into thee shall surely die.

the house of the Lord, and 15 4 And Nathan de worshipped: then he came

to his own house, and when waters. he required, they set bread 28 Now therefore gather before him, and he did eat. the rest of the people toge

21 Then said his servants ther, and encamp against the unto him, What thing is city, and take it : left I take this that thou hast done ? the city, and it be called after thou didst fast and


my name. the child while it was alive, 29 And David gathered but when the child was dead, all the people together, and thou didst rise and eat bread. went to Rabbah, and fought

22 And he said, While against it, and took it. the child was yet alive, I 30 And he took their fafted and wept: for I said, king's crown from off his Who can tell whether God head (the weight whereof will be gracious to me, that was a talent of gold, with the child may live?

the precious stones) and it 23 But now he is dead, was set on David's head : wherefore should I fafti can and he brought forth the I bring him back again ? I spoil of the city in great * shall go to him, but he shall abundance. not return to me.

31 And he brought forth 24. q And David com- the people that were therein, forted Bath Sheba his wife, and put them under faws, and went in unto her, and and under harrows of iron, lay with her : and she bare and under axes of iron, and a fon, and he called his name made them pass through the Solomon ; and the Lord brick-kiln: and thus did he loved him.

unto all the cities of the 25 And he sent by the children of Ammon. hand of Nathan the prophet; David and all the people reand he called his name Je-turned unto Jerusalem. didiah, because of the Lord. 26 And Joab fought

CHAP. XVIII, against Rabbah of the chil ND David numbered dren of Ammon, and took the people that were the royal city.

with him, and set captains 27 And Joab sent messen- of thousands, and captains of gers to David, and said, I hundreds over them. have fought against Rabbah, 2 And David sent forth

a and have taken the city of third part of the people under



the hand of Joab, and a third servants of David, and there part under the hand of Abi- was there a great slaughter Thai the son of Zeruiah, that day of twenty thousand Joab's brother, and a third men. part under the hand of It 8 For the battle was there tai the Gittite : and the king scattered over the face of all said unto the people, I will the country: and the wood surely go forth with you my- devoured more people that self also.

day, than the sword de3 But the people answer-voured. ed, Thou fait not go forth: 9 4 And Absalom met for if we Aee away, they the servants of David; and will not care for us ; neither Absalom rode upon a mule, if half of us die, will they and the mule went under the care for us: but now thou thick boughs of a great oak, art worth ten thousand of and his head caught hold of us : therefore now it is bet- the sak, and he was taken ter that thou succour us out up between the heaven and of the city.

the earth, and the mule that 4 And the king said unto was under him went away. them, What seemeth you 1o And a certain man belt, I will do. And the saw it, and told Joab, and king stood by the gate-fide, said, Behold, I saw Absalom and all the people came out hanged in an oak. by hundreds, and by thou II And Joab faid unto fands.

the man that told him, And 5 And the king command-behold, thou sawelt him, and ed Joab, and Abithai, and It- why didst thou not smite him tai, saying, Deal gently for there to the ground, and I my fake with the young man, would have given thee ten even with Abfalom.

And bekels of silver, and a girall the people heard when dle ? the king gave all the captains 12 And the man said unto charge concerning Abfalom. Joab, Though I should re

6 So the people went ceive a thousand mekels of out into the field again't if- filver in mine hand, yet. rael: and the battle was in would I not put forth mine the wood of Ephraim; hand against the king's son: 7

Where the people of for in our hearing the king Irael were slain before the charged thee, and Abishai,


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