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Provision furnished. order, and hanged to himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father. 24 Then David came to Mahanaim. v . Ang Absalom passed over Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him. 25 os And Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of Joab : which Amasa was a man's son whose name was 11 Ithra, an Israelite, that went in to 12 Abigail w the daughter of 13 Nahash, sister to Zeruiah, Joab’s mother. 26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land of Gilead. 27 of And it came to pass, when I}avid was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi'a, the son of Nahash of Rabbah y of the children of Ammon, and Machirz the son of Ammiel of Lo-debar, and Barzillai a the Gileadite of Rogelim, 28 Brought beds, and 14 basins, and earthen vessels, and wheat and barley, and flour, and arched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse, 29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were With him, to eat : for they said, The b people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

CHAPTER XVIII. Absalom, hanging in an oak, is slain Joab.

A N D David numbered the peo- ple that were with him, and set captains of thousands and captains of hundreds over them. 2 And David sent forth a third part of the people under the hand of Joab, and a third part under the hand of Aishai the son of Zeruiah. Joab's brother, and a third part under the hand of Ittai a the Gittite. And the king said unto the people, I will surely go forth with you myself also. 3 But b the people answered, Thou shalt not go forth : for if we flee away, they will not I care for us; neither if half of us die, will they care for us : but now thout art 2 worth ten thousand of us: therefore now it is better that thou 8 succour us out of the city. 4 And the king said unto them, What seemeth you best l will do. And the king stood by the gate side, and the people came out by hundreds and by thousands. 5 And the Commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with the you man, even with Absalom. And c the people heard when the king


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A&salom is slain. gave all the captains charge concerning Absalom. 6's So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the battle was in the wood d of Eph.


laim ; 7 Where the people of Israel were slain before the servants of David and there was there a great slaughter that day of twenty thousand *1672. 8 For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country: and the wood 4 devoured more people that day than the sword dewoulted. 9 *[ And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and e his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth ; and the mule that was under him went away. 10 And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, f saw Absalom hanged in an oak. 11 And Joab said unto the man that told him, Arid, behold, thou sawest him, and why didst thou not smite him there to the ground ! and I would have given thee ten shekels of silver, and a girdle. 12 And the man said unto Joab, Though I should 5 receive a thousand shekels of silver in mine hand. vet would I not put forth mine hand against the king's son: for fin our hearing the king charged thee and Abishai and Ittai, saying, 6 Beware that none touch the young man Absalom. 13 Otherwise I should have wrought falsehood against mine own life : for g there is no matter hid from the king, and thou thyself wouldest have set thyself against

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rv thus 7 with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the 8 midst of the oak. 15 And ten young men that bare Joab's armour compassed about and smote Absalom, and slew hini. 16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from pursuing after Israel: for Joab held back the people. 17. And they took Absalom, and cast him into a great pit in the wood, and laid h a very great heas: of stones upon him ; and all Israel fied every one to his tent. 18 of Now Absalom in his life

time had taken and reared us for Thdings brought to David. himself a pillar, which is in the king's dale ; i for he said, I have no son k to keep my name in remembrance : and he called 1 the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom's place. iş Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that the LORD hath 9 avenged him of his enemies. And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt, not 10 bear tidings this day, but thou shalt bear tidings another day; but this day thou shalt bear ones, because the king's son }S (lead. 21. Then said Joab to Cushi, Go tell the king what thou hast seen. And Cushi bowed himself unto Joab, and ran. 32 then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet again to Joab, But 11howSoever, let me, I pray thee, also run after Cushi, And Joab said, Wherefore wilt thou run, my son, seeing that thou hast no tidings 12 ready? But howsoever, (said he,) let me run. And he said unto him, Run. Then Ahimaaz ran by the § of the plain, and overran m yūSiłł. 24 And David sat between the two gates: and the watchman m went up to the roof over the gate unto the wall, and lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold a man running alone, 25. And the watchman cried, and told the king. And the king said, If he be alone, there is tidings in his mouth. And he came apace, and drew near. 26 And the watchman saw another man running, and the watchIman called unto the porter, and said, Behold another man running alone. ... And the king said, He also bringeth tidings. 27 And the watchman said, 13 Me thinketh the running of the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king Said, He o is a good man, and cometh with good tidings. 28 And Ahimaaz called, and said unto the king, 14 All is well. And he fell down to the earth upon his face before the king, and said, Blessed p be the Lord thy God, which hath 16 delivered up the men that |op their hand against my lord lè &

29 And the king said, 16. Is the YQung man Absalom safe? And Ahimaazanswered, When Joabsent the king's servant, and methyserYant, I saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it was.

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David's lament.

Turn aside, and stand here. And he turned aside and stood still. 31 And, behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, 17 Tidings, my lord the king: g for the LORD hath avenged r thee this day of all them that rose ups against thee. 32 And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe And Cushi answered, The enemies t of my lord the king, and all that rise against thee to do thee hurt, be as that young man is. 33 *|| And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept ; and as he went, thus he said, Ou my son Absalom my son, my son Absalom would God v I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son 1 ČížAffff: Xix. . . Joab causeth the king to cease his


77/07/rtúng. ND it was told Joab, Behold. the king weepeth and mourneth a for Absalom. 2 And the 1 victory that day was turned into mourning unto all the people: for the people heard say that day how the king was grieved for his son. 3 And the people gat them by stealth that day into the city, as people being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle. 4 But the king covered b his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, c O my son Absalom I O AbSalom, my son, my son 1 5 And Joab came into the house to the king, and said, Thou hast shamed this day the faces of all thy servants, which this day have saved thy life, and the lives of thy sons, and of thy daughters, and the lives of thy wives, and the lives of thy Coneubines; 6 2. In that thou lovest thine enemies, and hatest thy friends: for thou hast declared this day, 3 that thou regardest neither princes nor servants: for this day I perceive, that if Absalom had lived,and all we had died this day, then it had pleased thee well. * 7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak 4 comfortably unto thy servants: for I swear by the LoRD, if thou go not forth, d there will not tarry one with thee this might: and that will be worse unto thee than all the evil that befell theefrom thy youth until now. 8 Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. And they told unto all the

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rael had fled •o mantohistent. Shimei comes to David.

9 *s And all the ple were at strife throughout all, the tribes of Israel, saying, The king saved us out of the hand of our enemies, and he delivered us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now he is fled f out of the land for Absalom. 10 And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now, therefore, why 5, speak ye not a word of bringing the king back? 11 *| And king David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why are ye the last to bring the king back to his house? seeing the speech of all Israel is come to the king, even to his house. 12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my g bones and my flesh : wherefore then are ye the last to bring back the

king 1 13 And say ye to Amasa, h Art thou not of my bone, and of my flesh? God do so to me, and more also, if thou be not captain of the host before me continually, in the room of Joab. 14 And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even i as the heart of one man ; so that they sent this word unto the king, Return thou, and all thy servants. i5 Šo the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal, k to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over Jordan. 16 off And Shimeil the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was of hasted and came down with the men of Judah to meet king David. 17 And there were a thousand men of Benjamin with him, and Ziba, m the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twent servants with him : and they wen over Jordan before the king. 18 And there went over a ferryboat to carry over the king's household, and to do 6 what he thought good. And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king, as he was come over Jordan; 19 And said unto the king, Let n not my lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do thou remember o that which thy servant did p perversely the day that my lord the ing went out of Jerusalem, that


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the king should takeg it to his heart digo. § Forthy servantãotionowińat . #£of I have sinned: therefore, behold, # 47.9. am come the first this of all the house of *:::: to go down to c Pe.90. 10. meet my lord the king. Pr. 16.31. 21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah d Heb.5. 14. answered and said, Shall not Shi- * * * mei be put to death for this, because e Ec. 12.8-5. he cursed r the LORD's anointed! ! —


22 And David said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye should this day be adversaries unto me? Shall s there any man be put to death this day in Israel ? for do not I know that I am this day king over Israel ? 23 Therefore the king said unto Shimei, Thou t shalt not die. And the king sware unto him. 24 *| And Mephibosheth u the son of Saul came down to meet the king, and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came agazn in peace. 25 And it canie to pass, when he was come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said unto him, Wherefore v wentest not thou with me, Mephibosheth 2 26 And he answered, My lord, O king, my servant deceived me : for thy servant said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride thereon, and go to the king; because thy servant is banne. 27 And he w hath slandered thy servant unto my lord the king; but my lord the king is as an angela of God: do therefore what is good in thine eyes. 28 For all of my father's house were but 7 dead men before my lord the king : yet didst thou set y thy servant among them that did eat at thine own table. What right therefore have I yet to cry any more unto the king? 29 And the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any more of thy matters? I have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land. 0 And Mephibosheth said unto the king, Yea, let him take all, forasmuch as my lord the king is come again in peace unto his own house. 31 of And Barzillai,z the Gileadite, came down from Rogelin, and went over Jordan with the king, to conduct him over Jordan. 32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even fourscore years old; and a he had provided the king of sustemance while he lay at Mahanaim: for b he was a very great man. 33 And the king said unto Barzil.


9|lai, Come thou over with me, and

I will feed thee with me in Jerusa

€In. 34 And Barzillai said unto the , 8 How long have I to live, that I should go up with the king unto Jerusalem? 35 I am this day fourscore c years old : and can I discern d between good and evil? can e, thy servan, faste what I eat or what I drink

Israel expostulates with Judah. 2 SAMUEL, XX.

can I hear any more the voice of singing men and .# women 7 wherefore then should thy servant be yet a burden unto my lord the king? 36 Thy servant will go a little way over Jordan with the king: and why should the king recompense it me with such a reward 7 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; g let him go over with !. 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 9 require of me, that will I do for thee. 39 And all the people went over Jordan. And when the king was come over, the king kissed h Barzillai, and blessed him ; and he returned unto his own place. 40 Then the king went on to Gilal, and 10 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 i brought the kioğ. and his household, and all David's men with him, over Jordán 3 42 And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the king is near of kink to us: wherefore then be ye angry for this matter? have we eaten at all of the o cost? or Nath he given us

o gilt 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 ll despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king 7 And the words of the men of Judah were l fiercer than the words of the men of Israel. HAPTER XX. By occasion of the quarrel, Sheba maketh a parly in Israel. N D there o: to be there †A- a man of Belial, whose name *as . Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite; and he blew a trumt, and said, We have no parta in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel. 2 Sob every man of Israel went

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Sheba's revolt. §§ from, after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah c clave unto their king,from Jordan evento.Jerusalem. 3 *s And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, d whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in 1 ward, e and fed them, but went not in unto them. So they were 2 shut up unto the day of their death, 3 living in widowhood. . 4's Then said the king to Amasa, * Assemble me the men of Judah within three days, and be thou here present. 5 So Amasa went f to assemble the men of Judah: but he tarried longer than the set time which he had appointed him. 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, g and purSue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, arid 5 escape us. 7 And there went out after him Joab's men, and the Cherethites, h and the Pelethites, and aii 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 which is in Gibeon. Amasa went before them. Ånd joan's garment that he had put on was #. unto him, and upon it a *. le with a sword fastened upon hi loins in the sheath thereof; and as he went forth it fell out. 9 And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou in health, my brother 1 And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss i him. 10 But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joab's hand: so he k smote him there with in l the fifth rib, and shed out his bowels to the ground, and 6 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, le: 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 s still. 13 When he was removed out of the #. all the people went on after Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.


Sheba as beheaded.

14 off And lie went through all the tribes of Israel unto Abel, m and to Beth-Imaachah, 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 n against the city, and it stood 7 in the trench : and all the people that were with Joab 8 battered the wall, to throw it down. 16 * Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear; say, I #. you, unto Joab, Come near lither, that I may speak with thee. 17 And when he was come near unto her, the woman said, Art thou Joab o And he answered. I am he. Then she said unto him. Hear the words of thine handmaid. And he answered, I do hear. 18 Then she spake, saying, 9 They were wont to speak in old time, saying, They shallsurely ask counsel at Abel : and so they ended the


19 I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother o in Israel; why wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the LORD !

20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or deströy. 21 The matter is not so: but a man of mount Ephraim, (Sheba the son of Bichri by 10 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.p And they cut of the head of Sheba the Son of Bichri, and cast it out to Joab....And he blew a trumpet, and they 11 retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the o; 23 *| Now Joab q was over all the host of Israel: and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites; * Adoram was over the r tribute : and Jehoshaphats the son of Ahilud was 12 recorder: 25 And Sheva was scribe : and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests: 26 And Ira also the Jairite was 18 a chief ruler about David. TER XXI. The three years' famine for the Già-à--- beonifes ceaseth. HEN there was a famine in the days of David three years,


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Three years' famine, 3c. year after year; and David l inquired of the LORD And the LORD answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he siew the Gibeonites.a 2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites were b not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites ; and the children of 1srael had sworn unto them: and Saul sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of Israel and Ju

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 c of the LORD? 4 And the Gibeonites said unto him, 2 We will have no silver d 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 3 devised against us that we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the coasts of Israel, 6 Let seven men of his sonse be delivered unto us, and we will hang them up unto the LORD in Gibeahf of Saul, 4 whom the LoRD did choose. And the king said, I will give them. 7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the LORD's oath g that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul. 8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah h the daughter of Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of 5 Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she 6 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 i 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 barleyharvest. 10 of 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.

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