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Hushai's counsel accepted.

CHAP. XVII, XVIII. Ahithophel hangeth kimself 19 And again, whom should I serve ? should I saying, Lodge not this night in the plains of the not serve in the presence of his son ? as I have wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king served in thy father's presence, so will I be in be swallowed up, and all the people that are with thy presence.

him. 20 i Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, el 17 Now Jorathan and Ahimaaz stayed by Encounsel among you what we shall do.

rogel; for Wiey might not be seen to come into 21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in the city : and a wench went and told them; and unto thy father's concubines, which he hath left they went and told king David. to keep the house; and all Israel shal! hear that 18 Nevertheless, a laul saw them, and told Ab. thou art abhorred of thy father : then shall the salom: but they went both of them away quickly, hands of all that are with thee be strong. and came to a man's house in Bahurim, which

22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top had a well in his court; whither they went down of the house; and Absaloin went in unto his fa- 19 And the woman took and spread a covering ther's concubines in the sighs of all Israel. over the well's mouth, and spread ground corn

23 And the counsel of Anithophel, which he thereon; and the thing was not known. counselled in those days, was as if a man had 20 Apd when Absalom's servants came to the inquired at the oracle of God: so was all the woman to the house, they said, Where is Ahicounsel of Ahithophel both with David and with maaz and Jonathan ? And the woinan said unto Absalom.

them, They be gone over the brook of water. CHAP. XVII.

And when they trad songht and could not find Alithophel's counsel rejected.

them, they returned to Jerusalem. M OREOVER, Ahithophiel said unto Absalom, 21 And it came to pass, after they were departW Let menow choose out twelve thousandinen, ed, that they came up out of the well, and went and I will arise and pursue after David this night and told king David, and said unto David, Arise,

9 And I will come upon him while he is weary and pass quickly over the water: for thus hath and weak-handed, and will make him afraid : Ahithophet counselled against you. and all the people that are with him shall flee; 22 Then David arose, and all the people that and I will smite the king only:

were with him, and they passed over Jordan: by 3 And I will bring back all the people unto the morning light there lacked not one of them thee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all that was not gone over Jordan. returned : so all the people shall be in peace. 23 1 And when Ahithopliel saw that his coun

4 And the saying pleased Absalon well, and all sel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and the elders of Israel.

larose, and gat him liome to his house, to his 5 Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Ar-city, and put his household in order, and hanged chite also, and let us hear likewise what he saith. himself, and died, and was buried in the sepul6 And when Hushai was come to Absalom, Ab-chre of his father. salom spake unto him, saying, Ahithophel liath 24 Then David caine to Mahanaim. And Al gpoken after this nianner: sliall wo do after his saloin passed over Jordan, he and all the men of saying ? if not, speak thou.

Israel with him. 7 And Husbai said unto Absalom, The counsel) 25 11 And Absalom made Amasa captain of the that Abithophel bath given is not good at this time. host instead of Joab: which Amasa was a man'r

8 For, said Hushai, thou knoweat thy father son, whose name was Ithra, an Israelite, that and his men, that they be mighty men, and they went in to Abigail the daughter of Nahasti, sis. be chafed in their minds, as a bear robbed of her ter to Zeruiah, Joab's mother. whelps in the field : and thy father is a man of 26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land of war, and will not lodge with the people. Gilead.

9 Behold, he is hid now in somne pit, or in some 27 1 And it came to pass, when David was conie Other place: and it will come to pass, when soine to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of of them be overthrown at the first, that whoso- Rabbah of the children of Aminon, and Machir ever heareth it will say, There is a slaughter the son of Ammiel of Lo-debar, and Barzillai among the people that follow Absalom.

Ithe Gileadite of Rogelin), 10 And he also that is valiant, whose heart is 28 Brought beds, and basons, anıl earthen vessels, as the heart of a lion, shall utterly melt: for all and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched Israel kuoweth that thy father is a mighty inan, corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse, and they which be with him are valiant ien. 29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese

Ji Therefore I counsel that all Israel be general- of kine, for David, and for the people that were ly gathered unto thee, fron Dan even to Beer with him, to cat: for they said, T'he people is slieba, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude; hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness and that thou go to battle in thine own person.

CHAP. Xviii. 12 So shall we contie upon him in some place

Absalom defeated and slain. where he shall be found, and we will light upon A ND David numbered the people that wero him as the dew falleth on the ground: and of with him, and set captains of thousands tim and of all the men that are with him there and captains of hundreds over then. shall not be left so much as one. .

| 2 And David sent forth a third part of the peo13 Moreover, if he be gotten into a city, then ple under the hand of Joab, and a third part unr shall all Israel bring ropes to that city, and we der the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Juab's will draw it into the river, until there be not brother, and a third part muder the hand or Iital one small stone found there.

the Gittite. And the king said unto the people, 14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, will surely go forth with you myself also. Three counsel of Hushai the Architr, is better than 3 But the people answered, Thoil shalt not go the counsel of Ahithophel. For the LORD had! forth: for it' we flee away, they will not care for appointed to defeat the good counsel of Abitho- us; neither is half of us die, will they care for phel, to the intent that the Lord might bring us : but now thou art worth ten tlrousand of us: evil upon Absaloin.

therefore now it is better that thou succour in 15 4 'Then sain Ilushai unto Zadok and to Abia- out of the city. thar the priests, Thus and thus did Ahithophell 4 And the king said unto them, What seemed counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel; andl you best I will do. And the king stood by the thus and thus have I counselled.

Igate side, and all the people came out by hun 16 Now therefore spnd quickly, and tell David, drcds and by thousands.

Neath of Absalom.

II. SAMUEL.

David heareth the tidings 5 And the king commanded Joab and Abishai, his mouth. And he came apace, and drew near. and luai saving Deal pently for my sake with 26 And the watchman saw another man runthe young man, even with Absalom. And all ning: and the watchman called unto the portes,

le heard when the king gave all the and said, Behold, another man running alone. captains charge concerning Absalom.

And the king said, He also bringeth tidings. 6So the people went out into the field against

ou into the field against 27 And the watchinan said, Metbinketh the runIsrael: and the battle was in the wood of Ephraim; ning of the foremost is like the running of Ahi

7 Where the people of Israel were slain before maaz the son of Zadok. And the kime said. He the servants of David and there was there a is a good man, and cometh with good tidingg. great slaughter that day of twenty thousat

wenty thousand men. 28 And Ahimaaz called, and said unto the king, For the battle was here scattered over the All is well. And he fell down to the earth upon Ince of all the country and the

and the wood devoured his face before the king, and said, Blessed be the more people that day than the sword devoured. LORD IDY

on the sword devoured. LORD thy God, which hath delivered up the mieu 91 And Absalom met the servants

of the servants of David. that litted up their hand against diy lord the king. And A

upon amule, and the mule 29 And the king said, Is the young man Absawent under the thick boughs of a great oak, and loin safe ? And Ahiinaaz answered. When Joab his head caught hold of the

we hold of the oak, and he was sent the king's servant, and me thy servant, I waken on between the heaven and the earth; and saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it 10 (LS. he m e iba as under him Went away.

30 And the king said unto him. Turn aside and Lacertain inan saw it, and told Joab, and stand here. And he turned aside, and stood still.

I saw Absalom hanged in an oak. 31 And behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, u nd Joab said unto the man that told him, Tidings, my lord the king: for the LORD hath A heliold, tholl sa west him, and why didst thou avenged thee this day of all them that rose up not smite himn there to the ground ? and I would against thee. have viven thee ten shekels of silver, and a girdle. 32 And the king said untoCushi, Ts the young man

19 And the man said unto Joab, Though I should Absaloin sale? And Cushi answered, The enereceive a thousand shekels of silver in my hand, mies of my lord the king, and all that rise against

wowd not put forth my hand against the thee to do thee liurt, be as that young man is. king's son: for in our hearing the king charged 33 1 And the king was much moved, and went thee and Abishai and litai, saying, Beware that up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and nonte torch the young man Absalom.

as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom! 13 Otherwise I should have wrought falsehood my son, my son Absalom ! would God I had died against inine own life: for there is no matter hid for thee, O Absaloni, my son, my son! from the king, and thou thyself wouldest havel

CHAP. XIX. set thyself against me.

David mourneth for Absalom. 14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with AND it was told Joab, Behold, the king weepthee. And he took three darts in his liand, anul 1 eth and mourneth for Absalom. thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while ? And the victory that day was turned into he was yet alive in the midst of the oak. mourning unto all the people: for the people

15 And ten young men that bare Joab's armour heard say that day how the king was grieved for compassed about and shiote Absalom, and slew his son. hiin.

| 3 And the people gat them by stealth that day 16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people into the city, as people being ashamed steal returned from pursuing after Israel: for Joab away when they flee in battle. held back the people.

| 4 Bit the king covered his face, and the king 17 And they iook Absalom, and cast him into a cried with a loud voice, O my son Absalom ! O great pit in die wood, and laid a very great heap Absalon, my son, my son! of stones upon him: and all Israel fled every one 5 And Joab came into the house to the king, and to his tent.

said, Thou hast shared this day the faces of all 18 Now Absalom in his life-time had taken thy servants, which this day have saved thy life, and runred up for hinsell a pillar, which is in and the lives of thy sons and of thy daitgliters, the king's dale: for he said, I have no son to and the lives of thy wives, and the lives of thy keep my maine in remembrance: and lie called concubines : the pillar aner his own name: and it is called 6 In that thou lovest thine enemies, and hatest to this day, Absalom's Place.

July friends: for thou hast declared this day, that 191 Then said Aliinaaz the son or Zadok, Let thou regardest neither princes nor servants: for nie now run, and bear the king tidings, how that this day I perceive, that if Absalom had lived, the LORD hath avenged him or his enemies and all we liad died this day, then it'had pleased

20 And Joab said unto him, Thou shall not bear thee well. tidings this day, but thou shalt bear tidings ano- 7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak comther day: but this day thou shalt bear 110 tidings, fortably unto thy servants: for I swear by the because the king's son is dead.

Lord, is thou yo not forth, there will not tarry 21 Then said Joab to Cushi, Go, tell the king one with thee this night: and that will be worse what thou hast seen. And Cushi bowed him- unto thee than all the evil that befel thee from self unto Joab, and ran.

22 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet 8 Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. And again to Joab, But howsoever, let me, I pray they told unto all the people, saying, Behold, the thee, also run after Cushi. And Joab said, 'king doll sit in the gate. And all the people Wherefore wilt thou run, my son, seeing that came before the king: for Israel had fled every thou hast no lidings ready ?

man to his tcnt. 23 But howsoever, said he, let me run. And he 911 And all the people were at strife throughout said unto him, Run. Then Ahiinaaz ran by thelall the tribes of Israel, saying, The king saved way of the plain, and overran Cushi.

Jus out of the hand of our enemies, and he deli24 And David sal between the two gates: and vered us out of the hand of the Philistincs; and the watchman went up to the roof over the gale now he is fled out of the land for Absalom. unto the wall, and litted up his eyes, and looked,! 10 And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, and beliold a man running alone.

Jis dead in battle. Now therefore why speak ye - 25 And the watchiman cried, and told the king. not a word of bringing the king back ? And he king said, If he bealone there is tidings in! U And king David sent to Zadok an'l to Abi

Cushi bowed min

hy vouth until now.

wood in the gate.

a burden unto me

which And Shimelinking over Jordan. meet tie 30

day that mihich thy servanter do thou rerd im- when the

Shimei is pardoned.

CHAP. XX. . of Barzillai and Chimham

12. Sneak unto the elders 32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, coen of Judah, saying, Why are ye the last to bring fourscore years old : and he had provided the the king back to his house ? seeing the speech of king of sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim: all Israel is come to the king, even to his house. for he was a very great man.

12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and 33 And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thon my flesh: wherefore then are ye the last to bring over with me, and I will feed thee with one in back the king?

Jerusalem. 13 And say ve to Amasa, Art thou not of my 34 And Barzillai said unto the king, How long bone, and of my flesh ? God do so to me, and have I to live, that I should go up with the king Riore also, ir thou be not captain of the host be-unto Jerusalem ? fore ine continually in the room of Joab. | 35 I am this day fourscore years old : and can

14 And he bowed the heart of all the men ofl discern between good and evil ? can thy serJudah, even as the heart of one man; so that vant taste what I eat or what I drink ? can I they sent this word unto the king, Return thou, hear any more the voice of singing-men and singand all thy servants.

Ting-women ? wherefore then should thy servant 15 So the king returned, and came to Jordan. be yet a burden unto my lord the king ? And Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet the 30 Thy servant will go a little way over Jordao king, to conduct the king over Jordan.

with the king: and why should the king reconi16 ! And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, pense it me with such a reward ? which was of Bahurim, hasted and came down 37 Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again, with the men of Judah to meet king David. that I may die in mine own city, and be buried

17 And there were a thousand men of Benjamin by the grave of my father and of my mother : with him, and Ziba the servant of the house of but betold thy servait Chimham ; let him go Saul, and his feen sons and his twenty servants over with my lord the king; and do to him what with him; and they went over Jordan before the shall seem good unto thee. king.

| 38 And the king answeredt, Chimham shall go 18 And there went over a ferry-boat to carry over with me, and I will do to him that which over the king's household, and to do what he shall seem good unto thee: and whatsoever thou thought good. And Shimci the son of Gera rell shalt require of me, that will I do for thee. down before the king, as he was come over Jordan;! 39 And all the people went over Jordan. And

19 And said unto the king, Let not my lord im- when the king was come over, the king kissed pute.iniquity unto me, neither do thou reiner-Barzillai, and blessed him: and he returned ber that which thy servant did perversely the unto his own place. day that my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, 40 Then the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimthat the king should take it to his heart. Tham went on with him: and all the people of

20 For thy servant doth know that I have sin- Judah conducted the king, and also half the peo ned: therefore behold, I am come the first this ple of Israel. day of all the house of Joseph to go down to 41 And behold, all the men of Israel came to meet my lord the king.

the king, and said unto the king, Why have our 21 But Abishai the son of Zcruiah answered bretliren the men of Judah stolen thee away, and said, Shall not Sbimei be put to death for and have brought the king, and his household, this, because he cursed the LORD's anointed ? and all David's men with him, over Jordan ?

And David said, What have I to do with you, 42 And all the men of Judah answered the ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye should this day be men of Israel, Because the king is near of kin adversaries unto me? shall there any man be 10 lis : wherefore then be ye angry for this matput to death this day in Israel ? for do not ter ? have we eaten at all of the king's cost? or know that I am this day king over Israel? hath he given us any gin?

23 Therefore the king said unto Shimei, Thou 43 And the men of Israel answered the men of shalt not die: and the king sware unto him. Judah, and said, We i:ave ten parts in the king,

041 Aud Merchibosheth the son of Saul came and we have also more right in David than ye: down to meet the king, and had neither dressed why then did ye despise us, that our advice his feet, níor trinmed his beard, nor washed his should not be first had in bringing back our king ? clothes, from the day the king departed until the And the words of the men of Judall were ficrcer day he came again in peace.

than the words of the nien of Israel. 25 And it came to pass, when he was conie to

CHAP. XX. Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said

Sheba rebelleth against David. unto him, Wherefore wentest not thou with me, AND there happened to be there a man of Heplibosheth ?

161 Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of 21 And he answered, My lord, o king, my ser-Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, vant deceived me: for thy servant said, I will and said, We have no part in David, ncither saddle me an ass, that I may ride thereon, and have we inheritance in the son of Jesse : every go to the king; because thy servant is lane. man to his lents, O Israel.

27 And he hath slandered thy servant unto my 2 So every man of Israel went up from after lord the king; but my lord the king is as an angelor David, and followed Sueba the son of Bichri: God: do therefore what is good in thine eyes. but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from

28 For all of my father's house were but dead Jordan even to Jerusalem. men before iny Jord the king: yet didst thou set 34 And David came to his house at Jerusalem; thy servant among them that did eat at thine and the king took the ten women his concubines. own table. What right therefore have I yet to whom he had left to keep the house, and put cry any more unto the king ?

them in ward, and fed them, but went not in ag And the king said unto him, Why speakest unto them. So they were shut up unto the day thou any more of thy matters? I have said, Thou of their death, living in widowhoud. and Ziba divide the land.

| 41 Then said the king to Amasa, Assemble me 30 And Mephibosneth said unto the king, Yea, the men of Judala within three days, and be thony let biin take all, forasmuch as my lord the king here present. is conie again in peace unto his own house. 1 5 So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah:

31 11 And Barzillai the Gileadite came down but he larried longer than the set time which he from Rogelim, and went over Jordan with the had appointed himn. king, to conduct him over Jordan.

1 6 And David said to Abishal. Now shall Shewa

Amase slain by Joab.

II. SAMUEL.

David buries Saul's bones the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Ab- 26 And Tra also the Jairite was a chict ruler salom: take thou thy lord's servants and pursue about David. after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and!

CHAP. XXI. escape us.

Seven of Saul's sons hanged, &e. :7 And there went out after him Joab's men,THEN there was a famine in the days of Daand the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and all 1 vid tbree years, year after year; and David the mighty men: and they went out of Jerusa- inquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, lem, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri. It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because · 8 When they were at the great stone which is he slew the Gibeoniles.

in Gibeon, Amasa went beiore them. And Joab's 2 And the king called the Gibconites, and said garment that he had put on was girded unto him, unto them : (now the Gibeonites were not of the aud upon it a girdle with a sword fastened upon children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amhis loins in the sheath thereof; and as he went orites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto forth it fell out.

them: and Saul sought to slay them, in his zeal 9 And Joah said to Amasa, Art thou in health, to the children of Israel and Judah.) my brother ? And Joab took Amasa by the beard 3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, with the right hand to kiss him.

What shall I do for you? and wherewith shall 10 But Ainasa took no heed to the sword that make the atonement, that ye may bless the in20 as in Joab's hand : so he smote him therewith heritance of the LORD? in the fifth rib, and shed out his bowels to the 4 And the Gibeouites said unto him. We will ground, and struck him not again ; and he died. have no silver or gold of Saul, nor of his house ; So Joab and Abishai his brother pursued after neither for us shalt thou kill any wian in Israel. Sheba the son of Bichri.

And he said, What ye shall say, that will I do 11 And one of Joab's men stood by him, and for you. said, He that favogreth Joah, and he that is for 5 And they answered the king, The man that David, let him go after Joab.

consumed us, and that devised against is, that 12 And Amasd wallowed in blood in the midst we should be destroyed from renaining in any of the highway. And when the man saw that of the coasts of Israel, all the people stood still, he removed Amasa out 6 Let seven men of his sons be delivered unto of the highway into the field, and cast a cloth us, and we will hang them up unto the LORD iu upon him, when he saw that every one that Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD did choose. And came by him stood still.

the king said, I will give them. 13 Whien he was removed out of the highway, 7 But the king spared Mephibosleth, the son of all the people went on arter Joab, to pursue after Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of the LORD's Sheba the son of Bichri.

Joath that was between then, between David and 14 1 And he went through all the trihes of Is Jonathan the son of Saul. rael unto Abel, and to Beth-maachal, and all 8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the the Berites: and they were gathered together, daughter of Aiah, whom she bare uinto Saul, Arand went also after him.

imoni and Mephibosheth ; and the five sons of 15 And they caine and besieged him in Abel of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought Beth-maachah, and they cast up a bank against up for Adriel, the son of Barzillaithe Meholatlite: the city, and it stood in the trench: and all thel 9 And he delivered them into the hands of the people that were with Joab battered the wall, to Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the hill bethrow it down.

fore the Lord, and they fell all seven together, 16 I Then cried a wise woman out of the city, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in Ilear, hear; say, I pray you, unto Joab, Come, the first days, in the beginning of barley-harvest. near hither, that I may speak with thee.

10 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sack17 And when he was come near into her, the cloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from woman said, Art thou Joab ? And he answered, the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon I am he. Then she said unto him, Hear the words them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of thy handmaid. And he answered, I do hear. of the air to rest on then by day, nor the beasts

18 'Then she spake, saying, They were wont 10 of the field by night. speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask 11 And it was told David what Rizpah the daughcounsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter. ter of Aiah the concubine of Saul liad done.

19 I am one of them that are peaceable and 12: And David went and took the bones of Saul faithful in Israel: tliou seekest to destroy a city and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou swallow of Jabesh-gilead, which had stolen them from the up the inheritance of the LORD ?

street of Beth-shan, where the Philistines had 20 And Joab answered and said, Far be is, far be hauged them, when ihe Philistines had slain Saw it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy. in Gilboa:

21 The matter is not so: but a man of mount 13 And he brought up from thence the bones of Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name, hath Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son: and they lifted up his hand against the king, even against gathered the bones of them that were hauged. David : deliver hini only, and I will depart from 14 And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son the city. And the woman said unto Joal, Behold, buried they in the country of Benjamin in Zelah. his head shall be thrown to thee over the wall. in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they per

22 Then the woman went unto all the people formed all that the king commanded. And aller in her wisdoin. And they cut off the head of that God was entreated for the land. Sheba the son of Bichri and cast it out to Joab.l 15 1 Moreover, the Philistines had yet war again And he blew a trumpet, and they retired from with Israel; and David went dowli, and his storthe city, every man to his tent. And Joab re- vants with him, and fought against the Philisturned to Jerusalem unto the king.

lines: and David waxed (aint. 23 ! Now Joab was over all the host or Israel: 16 And Ishbi-beuob, which was of the sons of and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the thegianit, the weight of whose spear weighed three Cherethites and over the Peletlites :

hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being giriled 24. And Adoram was over the tribute : and Je- with a new sword, thought to have slain David. hoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recoriter: 17 But Abishal the son of Zeruiah sucroured

25 And Sheva was scribe: and Zadok and him, and snote the Philistine, and killed him. Abiatlar were the priests:

Thco the men or David sware unto him, silying,

of The inatter is not so: Bichri by name, hath Sathered the bones of them that Ephraim, Sheand stainst the king, cyen a rom - 14 And the bones of San Benjamin in Zelali, cold out of the hanne Lord is my room

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Four giants slain.

CHAP. XXU, XXIII. Thanksgiving for deliverance Thou shalt go no niore out with us to battle, that| 24 I was also upright before him, and have kept thou quench not the light of Israel.

myself from mine iniquity. 18 And it came to pass after this, that there was 25 Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me again a battle with the Philistines at Gob: then according to my righteousness; according to my sibbechai thellushathite slow Saph, which was cleanness in his eye-sight. of the sons of the giant.

26 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself 19 And there was again a battle in Gob with the merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaare-ore-shew thyself upriglit. gim, a Beth-lehemite, slew the brother of Goli-1 27 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure: ath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself una weaver's beam.

savoury. 20 And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was 28 And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but a mail of great stature, that had on every hand six thine eyes are upon the laughity, that thou may. fingers, and on every foxot six tocs, four and twen-lest bring them down. ly in number; and lie also was born to the giant. 29 Forihou art my lamp, O LORD, and the LORD

MI And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son will lighten my darkness. of Shimeah the brother of David slew brim. 30 For by thee I have run through a troop: by

22 These fo!ir were born to the giant in Gath, my God liave I leaped over a wall. and sell hy the hand of David, and by the hand 31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of of his servants.

the Lord is tried : he is a buckler to all then that CHAP. XXI.

trust in hini. David's psalm of thanksgiving.

32 For who is God, save the LORD ? and who AND David spake mito the LORD the words is a rock, save our God ?

1 of this song in the day that the LORD had 33 God is my strength and power: and he madelivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, keth my way perfeci.

34 He maketh my fret like hinds' feet : and set2 And he said, The Lord is my rock, and my teth me upon my high places. fortress, and my deliverer ;

| 35 le teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow 3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he or steel is broken by mine arms. is my shicld, and the horn of my salvation, my 36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy sallighi tower, and my refuge, my savivur; thou vation : and thy gentleness hath made me great. savest me from violence.

37 Thon hast enlarged iny steps under me; so 41 will call on the LORD, roho is worthy to be that my feet did not slip. praiseit: so shall I be saved from mine enemies 38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed

5 When the waves of death compassed me, the them; and turned not again until I had consunQovods or ungodly men made me atraid;

ed them. 6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the 39 And I have consumed them, and wounded snares nr llcath prevented me;

thein, that they could not arise: yea, they are 7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and Calien tinder my feet. cricd to my God: and he did hear my voicc out! 40 For thout hast girded me with strength to batof his temple, and nry cry dill enter into his ears. tle: them that rose up against nie hast thou sub

8 Then the earth shook and trembled: the found-dued under me. ations of heaven moved and shook, because he 41 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine, was wroth.

enemies, that I might destroy then that hate me. 9 Thiere went up a smoke out of his nostrils, i 42 l'icy looked, but there was none to save; even and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were unto the LORD, but he answered them not. kindled loy it.

43 Then did I beat them as small as the dust of 10 lle bowed the leavens also, and came downı; the cart, I did stamp them as the mire of the and darkness was under his feet.

street, and itid spread them abroad. 11 And he rode upon a cherul, and did ay r: and! 44 Thou also hast delivered me from the strivhe was seen upon the wings of the wind. ings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head

12 And he niade darkness pavilionsrowd about of the heathen: a people rohich I knew not shall lim, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies. serve me.

13 Through the brightness before hiin were coals 45 Strangers shall submit themselves into mc: as of fire kiudled.

soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me. 14 The LORD thundereil from hcaven, and the 46 Strangers shall fade away, and they shall 50 Slost lligii uttered his voice.

Jafraid out of their close places. 15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them: 47 The L.ORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and lightning, and discomfited themi.

exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation. 16 And the channels of the sea appearcil, the 48 It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth foundations of the world were discovered, at the down the peopie under me, rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breathi 49 And that bringeth me forth from niine ene. of his nostrils.

mies: thou also hast listed me up on high above 17 tle sent from above, he took me ; he drew them that rose up against me: thou hast deliv. me cil of many waters:

ered me from the violent man. -10 ne endenummy 18 He delivered me froin my strong enemy, and 50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O

meny: from them that hated me : for they were too LORD), ainong the heather, and I will sing praises strong for me.

unto thy nalle. 39 They prevented me in the day of niy calami. 51 He is the tower of salvation for his king: and ty : but the Lord was my stay.

st:eweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and 20 lle brought me forth also into a large place: to his seed for evermore. he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

CHAP. XXIII. 21 The Lord rewarded me according to my right David's faith in God's promises. eousness: according to the cleanness of my hands N OW these be the last words of David. Da. hath he reconinensed nie.

IV vill the son of Jesse said, and the man when 42 For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and was raised up on high, the anointed of the God have not wickedly departed from my Goul. lof Jacob, auú the sweet psalmist of Israel, sail,

23 For all his judgments were before me: and as 2 The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his for his suututes I did not depart from them. word was in my tongue.

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