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Mephibosheth's land. II. SAMUEL Barzillai's reward. ries unto me? shall there any man 33 And the king said unto Barzilbe put to death this day in Israel?lai, Come thou over with me, and I for do not I know that I am this will feed thee with me in Jerusalem. day king over Israel?

34 And Barzillai said unto the 23 Therefore the king said unto king, How long have I to live, that Shimei, Thou shalt not die. And I should go up with the king unto the king sware unto him.

Jerusalem ? 24 T And Mephibosheth the son 35 I am this day fourscore years of Saul came down to meet the king, old : and can I discern between good and had neither dressed his feet, nor and evil ? can thy servant taste trimmed his beard, nor washed his what I eat or what I drink? can I clothes, from the day the king de- hear any more the voice of singing parted until the day he came again men and singing women? wherein peace. the day he came a

fore then should thy servant be yet 25 And it came to pass, when he a burden unto my lord the king i was come to Jerusalem to meet the 36 Thy servant will go a little king, that the king said unto him, way over Jordan with the king: and Wherefore wentest not thou with why should the king recompense it me, Mephibosheth?

me with such a reward? 26 And he answered, My lord, O 37 Let thy servant, I pray thee, king, my servant deceived me: for turn back again, that I may die in thy servant said, I will saddle me mine own city, and be buried by the an ass, that I may ride thereon, and grave of my father and of my mothgo to the king; because thy servant er. But behold thy servant Chimis lame.

ham; let him go over with my lord 27 And he hath slandered thy serv- the king; and do to him what shall ant unto my lord the king; but my seem good unto thee. Iord the king is as an angel of God: 38 And the king answered, Chimdo therefore what is good in thine ham shall go over with me, and I eyes.

will do to him that which shall 28 For all of my father's house seem good unto thee: and whatsowere but dead men before my lord ever thou shalt require of me, that the king: yet didst thou set thy will I do for thee. servant among them that did eat at 39 And all the people went over thine own table. What right there- Jordan. And when the king was fore have I yet to cry any more un- come over, the king kissed Barzilto the king ?

lai, and blessed him; and he return 29 And the king said unto him, ed unto his own place, Why speakest thou any more of thy 40 Then the king went on to Gilmatters? I have said, Thou and Zi- gal, and Chimham went on with ba divide the land.

him: and all the people of Judah 30 And Mephibosheth said unto conducted the king, and also half the king, Yea, let him take all, the people of Israel. forasmuch as my lord the king is 41' And, behold, all the men of come again in peace unto his own Israel came to the king, and said unhouse.

to the king, Why have our brethren 31 And Barzillai the Gileadite the men of Judah stolen thee away, came down from Rogelim, and went and have brought the king, and his over Jordan with the king, to con- household, and all David's men with duct him over Jordan.

him, over Jordan? 32 Now Barzillai was a very aged 42 And all the men of Judah an man, even fourscore years old : and swered the men of Israel, Because he had provided the king of suste- the king is near of kin to us: where nance while he lay at Mahanaim; fore then be ye angry for this mat for he was a very great man. ter? have we eaten at all of th

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The revolt of Sheba. II. SAMUEL Amasa slain by Joab. king's cost? or hath be given us any men: and they went out of Jeru

salem, to pursue after Sheba the 43 And the men of Israel answered son of Bichri. the men of Judah, and said, We have 8 When they were at the great ten parts in the king, and we have stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa also more right in David than ye: went before them. And Joab's garwhy then did ye despise us, that ment that he had put on was girded our advice should not be first had unto him, and upon it a girdle with in bringing back our king? And a sword fastened upon his loins in the words of the men of Judah were the sheath thereof; and as he went fiercer than the words of the men of forth it fell out. Israel.

9 And Joab said to Amasa, Art CHAPTER XX.

thou in health, my brother? And Sheba maketh a party in Israel. 3 David's ten Joab took Amasa by the beard with their death. 4 Amasa, made captain over Iudah, the right hand to kiss him. is slain by Joab. 14 Joab pursueth Sheba unto 10 But Amasa took no heed to the Abel. 16 A wise woman saveth the city by sword that was in Joab's hand : so Sheba's head. 23 David's officers. ND there happened to be there he smote him therewith in the fifth

a man of Belial, whose name rib, and shed out his bowels to the was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Ben- ground, and struck him not again; jamite: and he blew a trumpet, and and he died. So Joab and Abishai said, We have no part in David, his brother pursued after Sheba the neither have we inheritance in the son of Bichri. son of Jesse : every man to his tents,

11 And one of Joab's men stood 0 Israel.

by him, and said, He that favoureth 2 So every man of Israel went up Joab, and he that is for David, let from after David, and followed She- him go after Joab. ba the son of Bichri: but the men 12 And Amasa wallowed in blood of Judah clave unto their king, from in the midst of the highway. And Jordan even to Jerusalem.

when the man saw that all the peo3 And David came to his house at ple stood still, he removed Amasa Jerusalem; and the king took the out of the highway into the field, ten women his concubines, whom he and cast a cloth upon him, when he had left to keep the house, and put saw that every one that came by them in ward, and fed them, but him stood still. went not in unto them. So they 13 When he was removed out of were shut up unto the day of their the highway, all the people went on death, living in widowhood. after Joab, to pursue after Sheba the 4 1 Then said the king to Amasa, son of Bichri. Assemble me the men of Judah 14 | And he went through all within three days, and be thou here the tribes of Israel unto Abel, and present.

to Beth-maachah, and all the Be5 So Amasa went to assemble the rites : and they were gathered tomen of Judah: but he tarried longer gether, and went also after him. than the set time which he had ap 15 And they came and besieged pointed him.

in Abel of Beth-maachah, and they 6 And David said to Abishai, Now cast up a bank against the city, and shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us it stood in the trench: and all the more harm than did Absalom : take people that were with Joab batterthou thy lord's servants, and pursue ed the wall, to throw it down. after him, lest he get him fenced 16 Then cried a wise woman out cities, and escape us.

of the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray 7 And there went out after him you, unto Joah, Come near hither, Joab's men, and the Cherethites, and that I may speak with thee. the Pelethites, and all the mighty 17 And when he was come near

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Saul's sons slain. unto her, the woman said, Art thou the LORD. And the LORD answered, Joab? And he answered, I am he. It is for Saul, and for his bloody Then she said unto him, Hear the house, because he slew the Gibeonwords of thine handmaid. And he ites. answered, I do hear.de 2 And the king called the Gibeon

18 Then she spake, saying, They ites, and said unto them; (now the were wont to speak in old time, Gibeonites were not of the children saying, They shall surely ask coun- of Israel, but of the remnant of the sel at Abel: and so they ended the Amorites; and the children of Israel matter.

had sworn unto them: and Saul 19 I am one of them that are peace-sought to slay them in his zeal to able and faithful in Israel: thou the children of Israel and Judah ;) seekest to destroy a city and a moth-3 Wherefore David said unto the er in Israel : why wilt thou swallow Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? up the inheritance of the LORD? and wherewith shall I make the

20 And Joab answered and said, atonement, that ye may bless the Far be it, far be it from me, that I inheritance of the LORD? should swallow up or destroy. 4 And the Gibeonites said unto

21 The matter is not so: but a man him, We will have no silver nor of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son gold of Saul, nor of his house ; neiof Bichri by name, hath lifted up ther for us shalt thou kill any man his hand against the king, even in Israel. And he said, What ye against David: deliver him only, shall say, that will I do for you. and I will depart from the city. 5 And they answered the king, And the woman said unto Joab, Be- The man that consumed us, and hold, his head shall be thrown to that devised against us that we thee over the wall.

should be destroyed from remaining 22 Then the woman went unto all in any of the coasts of Israel, the people in her wisdom: and they 6 Let seven men of his sons be decut off the head of Sheba the son of livered unto us, and we will hang Bichri, and cast it out to Joab. And them up unto the Lord in Gibeah he blew a trumpet, and they retired of Saul, whom the LORD did choose. from the city, every man to his tent. And the king said, I will give them. And Joab returned to Jerusalem un 7 But the king spared Mephiboto the king.

sheth, the son of Jonathan the son 23 ( Now Joab was over all the of Saul, because of the Lord's oath host of Israel: and Benaiah the son that was between them, between of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites David and Jonathan the son of Saul. and over the Pelethites :

8 But the king took the two sons 24 And Adoram was over the trib- of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, ute: and Jehoshaphat the son of whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni Ahilud was recorder:

and Mephibosheth; and the five 25 And Sheva was scribe: and Za- sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, dok and Abiathar were the priests: whom she brought up for Adriel the

26 And Ira also the Jairite was son of Barzillai the Meholathite: a chief ruler about David.

9 And he delivered them into the

hands of the Gibeonites, and they CHAPTER XXI.

hanged them in the hill before the The Gibeonites are avenged by famine, and by LORD : and they fell all seven tokindness into the dead. 12 David burieth the gether, and were put to death in the bones of Saul and Jonathan in the second of days of harvest, in the first days, in wherein four giants are slain.

the beginning of barley harvest. TH THEN there was a famine in the 10 And Rizpah the daughter of

days of David three years, year Aiah took sackcloth, and spread i after year; and David inquired of for her upon the rock, from the be

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Four giants slain. II. SAMUEL. David's thanksgiving.
ginning of harvest until water drop-of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of
ped upon them out of heaven, and whose spear was like a weaver's
suffered neither the birds of the air beam.
to rest on them by day, nor the beasts 20 And there was yet a battle in
of the field by night

Gath, where was a man of great 11 And it was told David what stature, that had on every hand six Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the fingers, and on every foot six toes, concubine of Saul, had done. four and twenty in number; and he

12 And David went and took the also was born to the giant.
bones of Saul and the bones of Jon- 21 And when he defied Israel, Jon-
athan his son from the men of Ja- | athan the son of Shimeah the brother
besh-gilead, which had stolen them of David slew him.
from the street of Beth-shan, where 22 These four were born to the gi-
the Philistines had hanged them, ant in Gath, and fell by the hand of
when the Philistines had slain Saul David, and by the hand of his serv-
in Gilboa:

ants.
13 And he brought up from thence

CHAPTER XXII. the bones of Saul and the bones of David's psalm of thanksgiving to God for his da Jonathan his son; and they gath liverance and manifold blessings. ered the bones of them that were

A the words of this song, in the hanged.

14 And the bones of Saul and Jon- day that the Lord had delivered
athan his son buried they in the him out of the hand of all his ene-
country of Benjamin in Zelah, in mies, and out of the hand of Saul :
the sepulchre of Kish his father: 2 And he said, The Lord is my
and they performed all that the rock, and my fortress, and my de-
king commanded. And after that liverer ;
God was entreated for the land. 3 The God of my rock; in him will

15 Moreover the Philistines had I trust : he is my shield, and the
yet war again with Israel ; and Da- horn of my salvation, my high tow-
vid went down, and his servants with er, and my refuge, my saviour; thou
him, and fought against the Philis- savest me from violence.
tines: and David waxed faint. 4 I will call on the LORD, who is
16 And Ishbi-benob, which was of worthy to be praised : so shall I be
the sons of the giant, the weight of saved from mine enemies.
whose spear weighed three hundred 5 When the waves of death com-
shekels of brass in weight, he being passed me, the floods of ungodly
girded with a new sword, thought to inen made me afraid;
have slain David.

6 The sorrows of hell compassed
17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah me about; the snares of death pre-
succoured him, and smote the Phi- vented me.
listine, and killed him. Then the 7 In my distress I called

upon men of David sware unto him, say- LORD, and cried to my God: and he ing, Thou shalt go no more out with did hear my voice out of his temple, us to battle, that thou quench not and my cry did enter into his ears. the light of Israel.

8 Then the earth shook and trem18 And it came to pass after this, bled; the foundations of heaven that there was again a battle with moved and shook, because he was the Philistines at Gob: then Sib- wroth. bechai the Hushathite slew Saph, 9 There went up a smoke out of which was of the sons of the giant. his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth

19 And there was again a battle devoured: coals were kindled by it. in Gob with the Philistines, where 10 He bowed the heavens also, and Elhanan the son of Jaarc-oregim, came down; and darkness was una Beth-lehemite, slew thc brother der his feet.

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