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Absalom, hanging in an oak, CHAP. XVIII.

is slain by Joub shalt not go forth: for if we flee away, | falsehood against mine own life: for they will not care for us; neither if there is no matter hid from the king, half of us die, will they care for us : and thou thyself wouldest have set but now thou art worth ten thousand thyself against me. of us : therefore now it is better that 14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry thou succour us out of the city. thus with thee. And he took three

4 And the king said unto them, darts in his hand, and thrust them What seemeth you best I will do through the heart of Absalom, while And the king stood by the gate side, he was yet alive in the midst of the oak. and all the people came out by hun 15 And ten young men that bare dreds and by thousands.

Joab's armour compassed about and 5 And the king commanded Joab smote Absalom, and slew him. and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal 16 And Joab blew the trumpet, gently for my sake with the young and the people returned from pursuman, even with Absalom. And all the ing after Israel: for Joab held back people heard when the king gave all the the people. captains charge concerning Absalom. 17 And they took Absalom, and cast

6 7 So the people went out into him into a great pit in the wood, and the field against Israel: and the battle laid a very great heap of stones upon was in the wood of Ephraim; him: and all Israel fled every one to

7 Where the people of Israel were his tent. slain before the servants of David, and 18 Now Absalom in his lifetime there was there a great slaughter that had taken and reared up for himself a day of twenty thousand men. pillar, which is in the king's dale: for

For the battle was there scatter- he said, I have no son to keep my ed over the face of all the country: name in remembrance: and he calland the wood devoured more people ed the pillar after his own name: that day than the sword devoured. and it is called unto this day, Absa

99 And Absalom met the servants loin's place. of David. And Absalom rode upon 19 | Then said Ahimaaz the son a mule, and the mule went under the of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear thick boughs of a great oak, and his the king tidings, how that the LORD head caught hold of the oak, and he hath avenged him of his enemies. was taken

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between the beaven and 20 And Joab said unto him, Thou the earth; and the mule that was un shalt not bear tidings this day, but

thou shalt bear tidings another day: 10 And a certain man saw it, and but this day thou shalt bear no tidings, told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw because the king's son is dead. Absalom hanged in an oak.

21 Then said Joab to Cushi, Go 11 And Joab said unto the man that tell the king what thou hast seen. told him, And, behold, thou sawest And Cushi bowed himself unto Joab, him, and why didst thou not smite and ran. him there to the ground? and I would 22 Then said Ahimaaz the son of have given thee ten shekels of silver, Zadok yet again to Joab, But howand a girdle.

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I pray thee, also run 12 And the man said unto Joab, after Cushi. And Joab said, WhereThough I should receive a thousand fore wilt thou run, my son, seeing that shekels of silver in mine hand, yet thou hast no tidings ready? would I not put forth mine hand against 23 But howsoever, said he, let me the king's son: for in our hearing the And he said unto him, Run. king charged thee and Abishai. and Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the Ittai, saying, Beware that none touch plain, and overran Cushi. the young man Absalom.

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He ceaseth mourning. the roof over the gate unto the wall, 24 Mephibosheth excused. 32 Barzillai dis

missed, Chimhan his son is taken into the and lifted up his eyes, and looked, and

king's family. 41 The Israelites expostulate behold a man running alone.

with Judah for bringing home the king with 25 And the watchman cried, and out them. told the king. And the king said, If And it was told Joab, Behold, the he be alone, there istidings in his mouth.king weepeth and mourneth for AbAnd he came apace, and drew near. salom.

26 And the watchman saw another 2 And the victory that day was turnman running: and the watchman called into mourning unto all the people; ed unto the porter, and said, Behold for the people heard say that day how another man running alone. And the the king was grieved for his son. king said, He also bringeth tidings. 3 And the people gat them by stealth

27 And the watchman said, Me that day into the city, as people being thinketh the running of the foremost ashamed steal away when they flee in is like the running of Ahimaaz the son battle. of Zadok. And the king said, He is 4 But the king covered his face, a good man, and cometh with good and the king cried with a loud voice, tidings.

O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my 28 And Ahimaaz called, and said son, my son! unto the king, All is well. And he 5 And Joah came into the house to fell down to the earth upon his face the king, and said, Thou hast shamed before the king, and said, Blessed be this day the faces of all thy servants, the LORD thy God, which hath deli- which this day have saved thy life, vered up the men that lifted up

their and the lives of thy sons and of thy hand against my lord the king. daughters, and the lives of thy wives,

29 And the king said, Is the young and the lives of thy concubines; inan Absalom safe? And Ahimaaz an 6 In that thou lovest thine enemies swered, When Joab sent the king's ser and hatest thy friends. For thou hast vant, and me thy servant, I saw a great declared this day, that thou regardest tumult, but I knew not what it was. neither princes nor servants : for this

30 And the king said unto him, Turn day I perceive, that if Absalom had aside, and stand here. And he turned lived, and all we had died this day, aside, and stood still.

then it had pleased thee well. si And, behold, Cushi came; and 7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and Cushi said, Tidings, my lord the king: speak comfortably unto thy servants : for the Lord hath avenged thee this for I swear by the LORD, if thou day of all them that rose up against thee. not forth, there will not tarry one with

32 And the king said unto Cushi, Is thee this night: and that will be worse the young man Absalom safe? And unto thee than all the evil that befell Cushi answered, The enemies of my thee from thy youth until now. lord the king, and all that rise against 8 Then the king arose, and sat in thee to do thee hurt, be as that young the gate. And they told unto all the

people, saying, Behold, the king doth 33 And the king was much moved, sit in the gate. And all the people and went up to the chamber over the came before the king : for Israel had gate, and wept: and as he went, thus fed every man to his tent. he said, O my son Absalom, my son, 99 And all the people were at strife my son Absalom! would God I had throughout all the tribes of Israel, died for thee, O Absalom, my son, saying, The king saved us out of the

hand of our enemies, and he delivered CHAP. XIX.

us out of the hand of the Philistines; 1 Joab causeth the king to cease his mourning, and now he is filed out of the land for 9 The Israelites are earncst to bring the king 11 David sendeth to the priests to in

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CHAP. XIX.

Shimei is pardoned. ed over us, is dead in battle. Now 21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah therefore why speak ye not a word of answered and said, Shall pot Shimei bringing the king back!

be put to death for this, because he 11 And king David sent to Za-cursed the Lord's anointed? dok and to Abiathar the priests, say 22 And David said, What have I to ing, Speak unto the elders of Judah, do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that saying, Why are ye the last to bring ye should this day be adversaries unto the king back to his house? seeing me? shall there any man be put to the speech of all Israel is come to the death this day in Israel? for do not I king, even to his house.

know that I am this day king over Israel? 12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my 23 Therefore the king said unto bones and my flesh: wherefore then Shimei, Thou shalt not die. And are ye the last to bring back the king? the king sware unto him.

13 And say ye to Amasa, Art thou 24 And Mephibosheth the son of not of my bone, and of my flesh? Saul came down to meet the king, and God do so to me, and more also, if had neither dressed his feet, nor trimthou be not captain of the host before med his beard, nor washed his clothes, me continually in the room of Joab. from the day the king departed until

14 And he bowed the heart of all the day he came again in peace. the men of Judah, even as the heart 25 And it came to pass, when he of one man; so that they sent this was come to Jerusalem to meet the word unto the king, Return thou, and king, that the king said unto him, all thy servants.

Wherefore wentest thou not with me, 15 So the king returned, and came Mephibosheth? to Jordan. And Judah came to Gil 26 And he answered, My lord, O gal, to go to meet the king, to conduct king, my servant deceived me: for thy the king over Jordan.

servant said, I will saddle me an ass, 16 | And Shimei the son of Gera, that I may ride thereon, and go to the a Benjamite, which was of Bahurim, king; because thy servant is lame. hasted and came down with the men 27 And he hath slandered thy servant of Judah to meet king David.

lord the king ; but my

lord 17 And there were a thousand men the king is as an angel of God: do of Benjamin with him, and Ziba the therefore what is good in thine eyes. servant of the house of Saul, and his 28 For all of my father's house were fifteen sons and his twenty servants but dead men before my

lord the king : with him; and they went over Jordan yet didst thou set thy servant among before the king.

them that did eat at thine own table. 18 And there went over a ferry boat | What right therefore have I yet to cry to carry over the king's houshold, and any more unto the king? to do what he thought good. And 29 And the king said unto him, Why Shimei the son of Gera fell down be- speakest thou any more of thy matfore the king, as he was come over ters? I have said, Thou and Ziba diJordan;

vide the land. 19 And said unto the king, Let not 30 And Mephibosheth said unto my lord impute iniquity unto me, nei- the king, Yea, let him take all, forther do thou remember that which thy asmuch as my lord the king is come servant did perversely the day that my again in peace unto his own house. lord the king went out of Jerusalem, 31 | And Barzillai the Gileadite that the king should take it to his heart. came down from Rogelim, and went

20 For thy servant doth know that over Jordan with the king, to conduct I have sinned: therefore, behold, I him over Jordan. am come the first chis day of all the 32 Now Barzillai was a very aged house of Joseph to go down to meet man, even fourscore years old : and my lord the king

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Of Barzillai and Chimham. 2 SAMUEL, Sheba revolteth from David. nance while he lay at Mahanaim ; for bave we eaten at all of the king's cost ? he was a very great man.

or hath he given us any gift? 33 And the king said unto Barzillai, 43 And the men of Israel answered Come thou over with me, and I will the men of Judah, and said, We have feed thee with me in Jerusalem. ten parts in the king, and we have al

34 And Barzillai said unto the king, so more right in David than ye: why How long have I to live, that I should then did ye despise us, that our advice go up with the king unto Jerusalem? should not be first had in bringing

35 I am this day fourscore years back our king? And the words of the old: and can I discern between good men of Judah were fiercer than the and evil? can thy servant taste what words of the men of Israel. I eat or what I drink! can I hear any

CHAP. XX. more the voice of singing men and

1 By occasion of the quarrel, Sheba maketh a singing women? wherefore then should party in Israel. 3 David's ten concubines are thy servant be yet a burden unto my

shut up in perpetual prison. 4 Amasa, made lord the king?

captuin over Judah, is slain by Joab. 14 Jo

ab pursueth Sheba unto Abel. 36 Thy servant will go a little way

man saveth the city by Sheba's head. 23 Duover Jordan with the king: and why

rid's officers. should the king recompense it me with And there happened to be there a such a reward?

man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, 37 Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn the son of Bichri, a Benjamite : and back again, that I may die in mine own he blew a trumpet, and said, We have city, and be buried by the grave of my no part in David, neither have we infather and of my mother. But behold heritance in the son of Jesse : every thy servant Chimham; let him go over man to his teuts, O Israel. with my lord the king; and do to him 2 So every man of Israel went up what shall seem good unto thee. from after David, and followed Sheba

38 And the king answered, Chim- the son of Bichri: but the men of han shall go over with me, and I Judah clave unto their king, from Jorwill do to him that which shall seem dan even to Jerusalem. good unto thee: and whatsoever thou 3 | And David came to his house shalt require of me, that will I do for at Jerusalem; and the king took the thee.

ten women his concubines, whom he 39. And all the people went over had left to keep the house, and put Jordan. And when the king was them in ward, and fed them, but went come over, the king kissed Barzillai

, not in unto then. So they were shut and blessed him; and he returned un up unto the day of their death, living to his own place.

in widowhood. 40 Then the king went on to Gil 4 | Then said the king to Anasa, gal, and Chimham went on with him: Assemble me the men of Judah within and all the people of Judah conduct-three days, and be thou here present. ed the king, and also half the people 5 So Amasa went to assemble the of Israel.

men of Judah : but he tarried longer 41 | And, behold, all the men of than the set time which he had apIsrael came to the king, and said un- pointed him. to the king, Why have our brethren 6 And David said to Abishai, Now the men of Judah stolen thee away, shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us and have brought the king, and his more harm than did Absalom: lake houshold, and all David's men with thou thy lord's servants, and pursue him, over Jordan?

after him, lest he get him fenced 42 And all the men of Judah an- cities, and escape us. swered the men of Israel, Because 7 And there went out after him Jo. the king is near of kin to us: where- ab's men, and the Cherethites, and the fore then be ye angry for this matter? | Pelethites, and all the mighty men :

Amasa slain by Joab.
CHAP. XXI.

Sheba beheaded and they went out of Jerusalem, to thine handınaid. And he answered, pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri. I do hear.

8 When they were at the great stone 18 Then she spake, saying, They which is in Gibeon, Amasa went be were wont to speak in old time, sayfore them. And Joab's garment that ing, They shall surely ask counsel at he had put on was girded unto him, Abel: and so they ended the matter. and upon it a girdle with a sword fas 19 I am one of them that are peacetened upon his loins in the sheath there able and faithful in Israel: thou seekof; and as he went forth it fell out. est to destroy a city and a mother in

9 And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou Israel: why wilt thou swallow up the in health, my brother? And Joab inheritance of the LORD? took Amasa by the beard with the 20 And Joab answered and said, Far right hand to kiss him.

be it, far be it from me, that I should 10 But Amasa took no heed to the swallow up or destroy. sword that was in Joab's hand : so he 21 The matter is not so: but a man smote him therewith in the fifth rib, of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of and shed out his bowels to the ground, Bichri by name, hath lifted up his and struck him not again; and he died. hand against the king, even against So Joab and Abishai his brother pur-David: deliver him only, and I will desued after Sheba the son of Bichri. part from the city. And the woman

11 And one of Joab's men stood by said unto Joab, Behold, his head shall him, and said, He that favoureth Jo- be thrown to thee over the wall. ab, and he that is for David, let him 22 Then the woman went unto all go after Joab.

the people in her wisdom. And they 12 And Amasa wallowed in blood cut off the head of Sheba the son of in the midst of the highway. And Bichri, and cast it out to Joab. And when the man saw that all the people he blew a trumpet, and they restood still, he removed Amasa out of tired from the city, every man to his the highway into the field, and cast a tent. And Joab returned to Jerusacloth upon him, when he saw that eve lem unto the king. ry one that came by him stood still. 23 | Now Joab was over all the

13 When he was removed out of the host of Israel: and Benaiah the son highway, all the people went on after of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son and over the Pelethites : of Bichri.

24 And Adoram was over the tri14 | And he went through all the bute: and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahitribes of Israel unto Abel, and to lud was recorder: Beth-maachah, and all the Berites: 25 And Sheva was scribe: and Zaand they were gathered together, and dok and Abiathar were the priests : went also after him.

26 And Ira also the Jairite was a 15 And they came and besieged hini chief ruler about David. in Abel of Beth-maachạh, and they

CHAP. XXI. cast up a bank against the city, and

1 The three years' famine for the Gibeonitos it stood in the trench: and all the ceaseth, by hanging seven of Saul's sons. people that were with Joab battered Rizpah's kindness unto the dead. 12 David

burieth the bones of Saul and Jonathan in his the wall, to throw it down.

father's sepulchre. 15 Four battles against 16 Then cried a wise woman out

the Philistines, wherein four mighty men of of the city, Hear, hear; say,

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pray you, unto Joab, Come near hither, Then there was a famine in the days that I may speak with thee. of David three years, year after

17 And when he was come near un- year; and David enquired of the to her, the woman said, Art thou Jo LORD. And the Lord answered, It ab? And he answered, I am he. Then is for Saul, and for his bloody house, she said unto him, Hear the words of because he slew the Gibeonites.

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