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David's prayer and thanksgiving. CHAP. VIII.

He smites Hadadezer. day, but bave walked in a tent and in a God: for there is none like thee, neither is tabernacle.

there any God besides thee, according te 7 In all the places wherein I have walked all that we have heard with our ears. with all the children of Israelspakel a word 23 And what one nation in the earth is with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I com- like thy people, even like Israel, whom manded to feed my people Israel, saying, God went to redeem for a people to bimWhy build ye not me a house of cedar? self, and to make him a name, and to de

8 Now therefore, so shalt thou say unto for you great things and terrible, for thy my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of land, before thy people which thou rehosts, I took thee from the sheep-cote, from deemedst to thee from Egypt, from the following the sheep, to be ruler over my nations and their gods? people, over Israel?

24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy 9' And I was with thee whithersoever people Israel to be a people unto thee for thou wentest, and have cut off all thine ever: and thou, Lord, art become theirGod. enemies out of thy sight, and have made 25 And now, O Lord God, the word thee a great name, like unto the name of that thou hast spoken concerning thy serthe great men that are in the earth. vant, and concerning his house, establish

10 Moreover, I will appoint a place for at for ever, and do as thou hast said. my people Israel, and will plant them, that 26 And let thy name be magnified for they may dwell in a place of their own, ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God and move no more ; neither shall the chil- over Israel: and let the house of thy serdren of wickedness afflict them any more vant David be established before thee. as beforetime.

27 For thou, O Lord of hosts, God of 11 And as since the time that I com- Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, manded judges to be over my people Israel, I will build thee a house : therefore hath and have caused thee to rest from all thine thy servant found in his heart to pray this eneraies. Also the LORD telleth thee that prayer unto thee. be will make thee a house.

28 And now, O LORD God, thou art that 12. And when thy days be tulfilled, God, and thy words be true, and thou hast and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I wi'l promised this goodness unto thy servant : set up thy seed after thee, which shall pro- 29 Therefore now let it please thee to ceed out of thy bowels, and I will esta- bless the house of thy servant, that it blish bis kingdom.

continue for ever before thee: for thou, O 13 He shall build a house for my name, Lord God, hast spoken it : and with thy and I will establish the throne of his king- blessing let the house of thy servant be dom for ever.

blessed for ever. 14 I will he bis father, and he shall be

CHAP. VIII. my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with AND after this it came to pass, that Da.

vid smote the Philistines, and subdu. the stripes of the chiidren of men: ed them: and David took Metheg-ammala

15 But my mercy shall not depart away out of the hand of the Philistines. from him, as I took it from Saul, whom 1 2 And he smote Moab, and measured put away before thee.

them with a line, casting them down to the 16 And thy house and thy kingdom ground; even with two lines measured he shall be established for ever before thee: to put to death, and with one full line to thy throne shall be established for ever. keep alive. And so the Moabites became

17 According to all these words, and ac- David's servants, and brought gifts. cording to all this vision, so did Nathan 31 David smote also Hadadezer, the speak unto David.

son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to 18 [ Then went king David in, and sat recover his border at the river Euphrates. before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, 4 And David took from him a thousand O LORD God? and what is my house, that chariots, and seven hundred horsemen, and thou hast brought me hitherto;

twenty thousand footmen: and David 19 And this was yet a small thing in thy boughed all the chariot-horses, but reserve sight, O LORD God; but thou hast spoken ed of them for a hundred chariots. also of thy servant's house for a great while 5 And when the Syrians of Damascus to come, And is this the manner of man, came to succour Hadadezer king of Zobah, O LORD God?

David slew of the Syrians two and twenty 20 And what can David say more unto thousand men. thee? for thou, Lord God, knowest thy 6 Then David put garrisons in Syria of kervant.

Damascus: and the Syrians became ser21 For thy word's sake, and according vants to David, and brought gifts. And to thine own heart, hast thou done all these the Lord preserved David whithersoever great things, to make thy servant know them. he went.

22 Wirerefore thou art great, O LORD! 7 And David took the shields of gold that

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David sends for Mephiboshetk. II. SAMUEL. He sends to comfori Hanur. were on the servants of Hadadezer, and Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto brought them to Jerusalem.

David, he fell on his face, and did reve8 And from Betah, and from Berothai, rence. And David said, Mephibosheth. cities of Hadadezer, king David took ex- And he answered, Behold thy servant! ceeding much brass.

7 | And David said unto him, Fear not: 9 When Toi king of Hamath heard for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jothat David had smitten all the host of Ha- nathan thy father's sake, and will restore dadezer,

thee all the land of Saul thy father; and 10 Then Toi sent Joram bis son unto thou shalteatbread at my table continually. king David, to salute him, and to bless him, 8 And he bowed himself, and said, What because he had fought against Hadadezer, is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upand smitten him: (for Hadadezer had on such a dead dog as I am? wars with Toi.) And Joram brought with 9 Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's him vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, servant, and said unto him, I have given and vessels of brass :

unto thy master's son all that pertained to 11 Which also king David did dedicate Saul, and to all his house. unto the LORD, with the silver and gold, 10 Thou therefore, and thy sons,

and that he had dedicated of all nations which thy servants, shall till the land for bim, and he subdued ;

thou shalt bring in the fruits that thy mas12 of Syria, and of Moab, and of the ter's son may have food to eat: but Me. ehildren of Ammon, and of the Philistines, phibosheth thy master's son shall eat bread and of Amalek, and of the spoil of Hada- alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifdezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah. teen sons and twenty servants.

13 And David gat him a name when he 11 Then said Ziba unto the king, Acreturned from smiting of the Syrians in the cording to all that my lord the king hath valley of Salt, being eighteenthousand men. commanded his servant, so shall thy ser

14 T And he put garrisons in Edom;vant do. As for Mephibosbeth, said the throughout all Edom put he garrisons, and king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the all they of Edom became David's servants. king's sons. And the LORD preserved David whither- 12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, soever he went.

whose name was Micha. And all that 15 And David reigned over all Israel; dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants and David executed judgment and justice unto Mephibosheth. unto all bis people.

13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusa16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was lem: for he did eat continually at the king's over the host; and Jehoshaphat the son of table ; and was lame on both his feet.

CHAP. X. 14 And Zadok the son of Ahitubre and A king of the children of Ammon djed, Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, were the priests; and Seraiah was the scribe ; and Hanun his son reigned in his stead.

18 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was 2 Then said David, I will shew kindover both the Cherethites and the Peleth- ness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as his ites; and David's sons were chief rulers. father shewed kindness unto me. CHAP. IX.

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is left of the house of Saul, that I may servants came into the land of the children shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake ? of Ammon.

2 And there was of the house of Saul a 3 And the princes of the children of servant whose name was Ziba. And when Ammon said unto Hanun theirlord, Thinkthey had called him unto David, the king est thou that David doth honour thy father, said unto him, Art thou Ziba ? And he said, that he bath sent comforters unto thee? Thy servant is he.

hath not David rather sent his servants un3 And the king said, Is there not yet any to thee, to search the city, and to spy it of the house of Saul, that I may shew the out, and to overthrow it? kindness of God unto him ? And Ziba said 4 Wherefore Hanun took David's serunto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, vants, and shaved off the one half of their which is lame on his feet.

beards, and cut off their garments in the 4 And the king said unto him, Where is middle, even to their buttocks, and sent he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, them away. he is in the house of Machir, the son of Am- 5 When they told it unto David, he miel, in Lo-debar.

sent to meet them, because the men were 5 | Then king David sent, and fetched greatly ashamed. And the king said, him out of the house of Macbir, the son of Tarry at Jericho until your beards be Ammiel, from Lo-debar.

grown, and then return. 6 Now when Mephiboshetb, the son of) 6 T And when the children of Ammon

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&nmorites and Syrians overcome. CHAP. XI. David commits adultery. Raw that they stank before David, the his servants with him, and all Israel; and children of Ammon sent and hired the Sy- they, destroyed the children of Ammon, rians of Beth-rehob, and the Syrians of and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried Zobah, twenty thousand footmen, and of still at Jerusalem. king Maacah a thousand men, and of Ish- 2 | And it came to pass in an evening, tob twelve thousand men.

tide, that David arose from off his bed, and 7 And when David beard of it, he sent walked upon the roof of the king's house: Joab, and all the host of the mighty men. and from the roof he saw a woman wash

8 Ånd the children of Ammon came uut, ing herself; and the woman was very and put the battle in array at the enterinr' beautiful to look upon. in of the gate : and the Syrians of Zobab 3 And David sent and inquired after and of Rehob, and Ish-tob, and Maacah, the woman. And one said, Is not this were by themselves in the field.

Bath-sheba the daughter of Eliam, the 9 When Joab saw that the front of the wife of Uriah the Hittite ? battle was against him before and behind, 4 And David sent messengers and took be chose of all the choice men of Israel, and her: and she came in unto him, and he lay put them in array against the Syrians : with her ;(for she was purified from her un

10 And the rest of the people he deli- cleanness:)and she re!urneduntoherhouse. vered into the hand of Abishai his brother, 5 And the woman conceived, and sent that he might put them in array against the and told David, and said, I ain with child. children of Ammon.

6 And David sent to Joab, saying, 11 And he said, If the Syrians be too send me Uriah the Hittite. And "Joab strong for me, then thou shalt help me: but sent Uriah to David. if the children of Ammon be too strong for 7 And when Uriah was come unto him, thee, then I will come and help thee. David demanded of him bow Joab did,

12 Be of good courage, and let us play and how the people did, and how the war the men for our people, and for the cities prospered. of our God: and the Lord do that which 8 And David said to Uriah, Go down to seemeth him good.

thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah 13 And Joab drew nigh, and the people departed out of the king's house, and there that were with bim, unto the battle against followed him a mess of meat from the the Syrians : and they iled before him. king.

14 And when the children of Aminon 9 But Uriah sleptat the doorof the king's saw that the Syrians were fled, then iled house with all the servants of his lord, and they also before Abishai, and entered into went not down to his house, the city. So Joab returned from the chil- 10 And when they had told David, say. dren of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem. ing, Uriah went not down unto his house,

15 | And when the Syrians saw that David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not they were smitten before Israel, they ga- from thy journey ? why then didst thou not thered themselves together.

go down unto ihy house? 16 And Hadarezer sent, and brought out 11 And Uriah said unto David, The ark, the Syrians that were beyond the river: and Israel,

and Judah, abide in tents; and and they came to Helam and Shobach my lord Joab, and he servants of my lord the captain of the host of Hadarezer went are encamped in the open fields ; shall I before them.

then go into my house, to eat and to 17 And when it was told David, he ga- drink, and to lie with my wife ? As thou thered all Israel together, and passed over livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Sy- this thing. rians set themselves in array against Da- 12 And David said to Uriah, Tarry rid, and fought with him.

here to-day also, and to-morrow I will let 18 And the Syrians fled before Israel ; thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusaand David slew the men of seven hundred lem that day and the morrow. chariots of the Syrians, and forty thousand 13 And when David had called him, he horsemen, and smote Shobach the captain did eat and drink before him; and he made of their host, who died there.

him drunk: and at even he went out to lie 19 And when all the kings that were ser- on his bed with the servants of his lord, but vants to Hadarezer saw that they were went not down to his house. smitten before Israel, they made peace with 141 And it came to pass in the morning, Israel, and served them. So the Syrians that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent feared to help the children of Ammon any it by the hand of Uriah. more.

15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, CHAP. XI.

Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the bottest ND it came to pass, after the year was battle, and retire ye from him, that he may forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and 16 And it came to pass, when Joab obe

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II. SAMUEL. The parable of Nathan. served the city, that he assigned Uriah way-faring man that was come unto him ; unto a place where he knew that valiant but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed men were.

it for the man that was come to him. 17 And the men of the city went out, 5 And David's anger was greatly kınand fought with Joab: and there fell some dled against the man; and be said to Naof the people of the servants of David ; than, As the LORD liveth, the man that end Uriah the Hittite died also.

hath done this thing shall surely die. 18 T Then Joab sent and told David all 6 And he shall restore the lamb fourthe things concerning the war;

fold, because he did this thing, and be19 And charged the messenger, saying, cause he had no pity. When thou hast made an end of telling the 7 And Nathan said to David, Thou matters of the war unto the king,

art the man. Thus saith the LORD God 20 And if so be that the king's wrath of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore ap- and I delivered thee out of the band of proached ye so nigh unto the city when Saul; ye did fight? knew ye not that they would 8 And I gave thee thy master's house, shoot from the wall?

and thy master's wives into thy bosom, 21. Who smote. Abimelech the son of and gave thee the house of Israel and of Jerub-besheth? did not a woman cast a Judah; and if that had been too little, I piece of a mill-stone upon him from the would moreover have given unto thee such wall that he died in Thebez? why went and such things. ye nigh the wall? Then say thou, Thy 9 Wherefore hast thou despised the servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. commandment of the LORD, to do evil in

22 4 So the messenger went, and came his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hitand shewed David all that Joab had senttite with the sword, and hast taken his him for.

wife to be thy wise, and hast slain him with 23 And the messenger said unto David, the sword of the children of Ammon. Surely the men prevailed against us, and 10 Now therefore the sword shall never came out unto us into the field, and we were depart from thy house ; because thou upon themeven unto the entering of the gate. hast despised me, and hast taken the wife

24 And the shooters shot from of the of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. wall upon thy servants: and some of the 11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold I will king's servants be dead, and thy servant raise up evil against thee out of thine own Uriah the Hittite is dead also.

house, and I will take thy wives before 25 Then David said unto the messen-thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not bour, and he shall lie with thy wives in this thing displease thee, for the sword de- the sight of this sun. voureth one as well as another: make thy 12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will baitle more strong against the city, and do this thing before all Israel, and before overthrow it:and encourage thou him.

the sun. 26 | And when the wife of Uriah heard 13 And David said unto Nathan, I have that Üriah her husban was dead, she sinned against the LORD. And Nathan mourned for her husband.

said unto David, The LORD also hath put 27 And when the mourning was past, away thy sin; thou shalt not die. David sent and fetched her to his house, 14 How beit, because by this deed thou and she became his wife, and bare him a hast given great occasion to the enemies son. But the thing that David bad done of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also displeased the Lord.

that is born unto thee shall surely die. CHAP. XII.

15 And Nathan departed unto bis vid. And he came unto him, and that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it said unto him, There were two men in one was very sick. city;

the one rich, and the other poor. 16 David therefore besought God for z The rich hun had exceeding many the child; and David fasted, and went in, focks and herds:

and lay all night upon the earth. 3 But the poor man had nothing save

17 Ånd the elders of his house arose, one little ewe-lamb, which he had bought and went to him, to raise him up from the and nourished up: and it grew up together earth : but he would not, neither did he with him, and with his children; it did eat eat bread with them. of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, 18 And it came to pass on the seventh and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as day, that the child died. And the servants 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 the rich man, and he spared to take of his own child was yet alive, we spake unto him, Rock and of his own herd, to dress for the and he would not hearken upto our voice :

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CHAP. XIII.

Amnon loves Tamar. how will be then vex himself. if we tell|fell :ick for his sister Tamar; for she was him that the child is dead ?

a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for 19 But when David saw that his ser-him to do any thing to her. pants whispered, David perceived that 3 But Amnon bad a friend, whose name the child was dead: therefore David said was Jonadab, the son of Shrimeah David's unto bis servants, Is the child dead? And 'rother: andJonadab was a very subtleman. they said, He is dead.

4 And he said unto him, Why art thou, 20 Then David arose from the earth, being the king's son, lean from day to day ! and washed, and anointed himself, and wilt thou not tell me? And Amnon said changed his apparel, and came into the unto him, I love Tamar, my brother Abhouse of the LORD, and worshipped: then salom's sister. be came to his own house ; and when he 5 And Jonadab said unto him, Lay thee required, they set bread before him, and down on thy bed, and make thyselí sick : he did eat.

and when thy father cometh to see thee, 21 Then said his servants unto him, say unto him, I pray thee, let my sister What thing is this that thou hast done? Tamar come, and give me meat, and dress thou didst fast and weep for the child, the meat in my sight, that I may see it, while it was alive ; but when the child and eat it at her band. was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.

69 So Amnon lay down, and made 22 And he said, While the child was himself sick: and when the king was come get alive, 1 fasted, and wept: for I said, to see him, Amnon said unto the king, Who can tell whether God will be gracious I pray thee, let Tamar my sister come, to me, that the child may live?

and make me a couple of cakes in my 23 But now he is dead, wherefore should sight, that I may cat at her hand. I sast? can I bring him back again? I shall 7 Then David sent home to Tamar, go to him, but

he shall not return to me. saying, Go now to thy brother Amnon's 24 And David comforted Bath-sheba house, and dress him meat. bis wife, and wept in unto her, and lay 8 So Tamar went to her brother Amwith her: and she bare a son, and he called non's house; and he was lain down. And his name Solomon: and the Lord loved him. she took flour, and kneaded it, and made

25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan cakes in his sight, and did bake the cakes. the propbet; and he called his name Je- 9 And she took a pan, and poured them didiah, because of the Lord.

out before him; but he refused to eat. 26 | And Joab fought against Rabbah of And Amnon said, Have out all men from me. the children of Ammon, and took the And they went out every man from him. royal city.

10 And Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring 27 And Joab sent messengers to David, the meat into the chamber, that I and said, I have fought against Rabbah, of thy hand. And Tamar took the cakes and have taken the city of waters. which she had made, and brought thein

28 Now therefore gather the rest of the into the chamber to Amnon her brother. people together, and encamp against the 11 And when she had brought them unto city, and take it : lest I take the city, and him to eat, he took hold of her, and said it be called after my name.

unto her, Come lie with me, my sister. 29 And David gathered all the people 12 And she answered him, Nay, my together,and went to Rabbah, and fought brother, do not force me; for no such against it, and took it.

thing ought to be done in Israel : do not 30 And he took their king's crown from thou this folly. off his head, (the weight whereof was a 13 And I, whither shall I cause my talent of gold with the precious stones,) shame to go ? and as for thee, thou shalt and it was set on David's head. And he be as one of the fools in Israel. Now brought forth the spoil of the city in great therefore, I pray thee, speak unto the king; abundance.

for he will not withhold me from thee. 31 And he brought forth the people that 14 How beit, he would not hearken unto xere therein, and put them under saws and her voice : but being stronger than she, under barrows of iron, and under axes of forced her, and lay with her. iron, and made them pass through the 15 | Then Amnon hated her exceed. brick-kiln: and thus did he unto all the ingly; so that the hatred where with he cities of the children of Ammon. So David hated her was greater than the love whereand all the people retumeilunto Jerusalem. with he had loved her. And Amnon said CHAP. XIII.

unto her, Arise, be gone.

16 And she said unto him, There is no Absalom the son of David had'a fair cause: this evil in sending me away is sister, whose name was Tamar; and Am- greater than the other that thou didst unto non the son of David loved her.

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