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Saul acknowledgeth his fault. CHAP. XXVIII. David dwelleth in Ziklag. 263

17 And Saul knew David's voice, and 4 And it was told Saul that David was said, Is this thy voice, my son David ? Aed to Gath: and he sought no more again And David said, It is my voice, my lord, for him. O king.

5 | And David said unto Achish, if I 18 And he said, Wherefore doth my have now found grace in thine eyes, let lord thus pursue after his servant ? for them give me a place in some town in what hare I done? or what evil is in the country, that I may dwell there : for mine hand?

why should thy servant dwell in the royal 19 Now therefore, I pray thee, let my city with thee? lord the king hear the words of his ser- 6 Then Achish gave him Ziklag that vant. If the LORD have stirred thee up day : wherefore Ziklag, pertaineth unto against me, let him accept an offering : the kings of Judah unto this day. but if they be the children of men, cursed 7 And the time that David dwelt in be they before the LORD; for they have the country of the Philistines was a full driven me out this day from abiding in year

and four months. the inheritance of the LORD, saying, Go, 8 | And David and his men went up, serve other gods.

and invaded the Geshurites, and the Gez20 Now therefore, let not my blood rites, and the Amalekites : for those nafall to the earth before the face of the tions were of old the inhabitants of the LORD: for the king of Israel is come out land, as thou goest to Shur, even unto to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a the land of Egypt. partridge in the mountains.

9 And David smote the land, and left 21 q 'Then said Saul, I have sinned: re- neither man nor woman alive, and took turn, my son David : for I will no more away the sheep, and the oxen, and the do thee harm, because my soul was prec-asses, and the camels, and the apparel, ious in thine eyes this day : behold, I and returned, and came to Achish. have played the fool, and have erred ex- 10 And Achish said, Whither have ye ceedingly:

made a road to-day? And David said, 22 And David answered and said, Be- || Against the south of Judah, and against hold the king's spear ! and let one of the south of the Jerahmeelites, and against the young men come over and fetch it. the south of the Kenites.

23 The LORD render to every man 11 And David saved neither man nor his righteousness and his faithfulness : for woman alive, to bring tidings to Gath, the LORD delivered thee into my hand to saying, Lest they should tell on us, sayday, but I would not stretch forth mine ing, So did David, and so will be his manhand against the LORD's anointed. ner all the while he dwelleth in the coun

24 And behold, as thy life was much set try of the Philistines. by this day in mine eyes, so let my life be 12 And Achish believed David, saying, much set by in the eyes of the LORD, and He hath made his people Israel utterly let him deliver me out of all tribulation. to abhor him ; therefore he shall be my

25 Then Saul said to David, Blessed be servant for ever. thou, my son David: thou shalt both do

CHAP, XXVIII. great things, and also shalt still prevail. 3 Saul having destroyed the witches, 7 So David went on his way, and Saul le- afterward seeketh isone ; 9 who being turned to his place.

encouraged by him, raiseth uj Samuel CHAP. XXVII.

15 Saul's ruin foreshewed. 1 Saul hearing David to be in Gath,


ND it came to pass in those days, seeketh no more for him, 5 David beggeth Ziklag of Achish.

armies together for warfare, to fight with A

ND David said in his heart, I shall || Israel. And Achish said unto David,

now perish one day by the hand of Know thou assuredly, that thou shalt go Saul : there is nothing better for me out with me to battle, thou and thy men, than that I should speedily escape into 2 And David said to Achish, Surely the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall thou shalt know what thy servant can do. despair of me, to seek me any more in And Achish said to David, Therefore any coast of Israel : so shall I escape out will I make thee keeper of mine head of his hand.

for ever. 2 And David arose, and he passed 39 Now Samuel was dead, and all Isover with the six hundred men that were rael had lamented him, and buried him in with him unto Achish, the son of Maoch, Ramah, even in his own city. And Saul king of Gath.

had put away those that had familiar spir3 And David dwelt with Achish at its, and the wizards, out of the land. Gath, he and his men, every man with 4. And the Philistines gathered themhis household, even David with his two selves together, and came and pitched in wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Ab-Shunem: and Saul gathered all Israel to igail the Carmelitess Nabal's wife. gother, and they pitched in Gilboa.

264 1 witch raiseth Samuel. I SAMUEL. She giveth Saul victuals.

5 And when Saul saw the host of the LORD done this thing unto thee this Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart day. greatly trembled.

19 Moreover, the LORD will also de6 And when Saul inquired of the LORD, liver Israel with thee into the hand of the the LORD answered him not, neither by Philistines: and to-morrow shalt thou and dreams, nor by Crim, nor by prophets. thy sons be with me: the LORD also shall

7 Then said Saul unto his servants, deliver the host of Israel into the hand of Seek me a woman that hath a familiar the Philistines. spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire 20 Then Saul fell straightway all along of her. And his servants said to him, on the earth, and was sore afraid, because Behold, there is a woman that hath a fa- of the words of Samuel : and there was miliar spirit at Endor.

no strength in him ; for he had eaten no 8 And Saul disguised himself, and put bread all the day, nor all the night. on other raiment, and he went, and two 21 & And the woman came unto Saul, men with him, and they came to the wom- and saw that he was sore troubled, and an by night: and he said, I pray thee, said unto him, Behold, thine handmaid divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and hath obeyed thy voice, and I have put bring me him up whom I shall name un- my life in my hand, and have hearkened to thee.

unto thy words which thou spakest unto 91 And the woman said unto him, Be- me. hold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, 22 Now therefore, I pray thee, hearkhow he hath cut off those that have fa- en thou also unto the voice of thine handmiliar spirits, and the wizards, out of the maid, and let me set a morsel of bread land: wherefore then layest thou a snare before thee; and eat, that thou mayest for my life, to cause me to die?

bave strength, when thou goest on thy 10 And Saul sware to her by the way. LORD, saying, As the Lord liveth, there 23 But he refused, and said, I will not shall no punishment happen to thee for eat. But his servants, together with the this thing.

woman, compelled him ; and he heark11 Then said the woman, Whom shall | ened unto their voice. So he arose from I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring the earth, and sat upon the bed. me up Samuel.

24 And the woman had a fat calf in 12 And when the woman saw Samuel, the house ; and she hasted, and killed it, she cried with a loud voice : and the and took four, and kneaded it, and did woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast | bake unleavened bread thereof: thou deceived me ? for thou art Saul. 25 And she brought it before Saul, and

13 And the king said unto her, Be not before his servants ; and they did eat. afraid : for what sawest thou? And the Then they arose up, and went away that woman said unto Saul, I saw gods as- night. cending out of the earth.

CHAP. XXIX. 14 And he said unto her, What form | 1 David marching with the Philistines, is he of? And she said, An old man com- 3 is disallowed by their princes. 6 A eth up; and he is covered with a mantle. chish dismisseth him. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, OW the Philistines gathered togethground, and bowed himself.

the Israelites pitched by a fountain which 15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why is in Jezreel. hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? 2 And the lords of the Philistines passAnd Saul answered, I am sore distressed on by hundreds, and by thousands : ed; for the Philistines make war against but David and his men passed on in the me, and God is departed from me, and rere-ward with Achish. answereth me no more, neither by pro 39 Then said the princes of the Philisphets, nor by dreams: therefore I have tines, What do these Hebrews here ? called thee, that thou mayest make And Achish said unto ihe princes of the known unto me what I shall do.

Philistines, Is not this David, the servant 16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then of Saul the king of Israel, which hath dost thou ask of me, seeing the Lord is been with me these days, or these years, departed from thee, and is become thine and I have found no fault in him since he enemy?

fell unto me unto this day? 17 And the Lord hath done to him, as 4 And the princes of the Philistines he spake by me: for the LORD hath rent were wroth with him ; and the princes of the kingdom out of thine hand, and given the Philistines said unto him, Make this it to thy neighbour, even to David : fellow return, that he may go again to his

18 Because thou obeyedst not the voice place which thou hast appointed him, of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce and let him not go down with us to batwrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the Atle, lest in the battle he be an adversary

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The Amalekites spoil Ziklag.

CHAP. xxx.

. David pursueth them. 263 to us: for wherewith should he reconcile 7 And David said to Abiathar the himself unto his master? should it not be | priest, Ahimelech's son, I pray thee bring with the heads of these men ?

me hither the ephod. And Abiathar 5 Is not this David, of whom they sang | brought thither the ephod to David. one to anotlier in dances, saying, Saul 8 And David inquired at the LORD, slew his thousands, and David his ten saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? thousands?

shall I overtake them? And he answered 6. Then Achish called Davidl, and him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely oversaid unto him, Surely, as the LORD liveth, take them, and without fail recover all. ihou hast been upright, and thy going 9 So David went, he and the six hunout and thy coming in with me in the host dred men that were with him, and came is goud in my sight : for I have not found to the brock Besor, where those that were evil in thee since the day of thy coming | left behind stayed. into me unto this day : nevertheless 10 But David pursued, he and four te lords favour thee not.

hundred men: for two hundred abode be7 Wherefore now return, and go in lind, which were so faint that they could peace, that thou displease not the lords of not go over the brook Besor. the Plulistines.

11 s And they found an Egyptian in the 8 $ And David said unto Achish, But field, and brought him to David, and gave what have I done ? and what hast thou him bread, and he did eat ; and they found in thy servant, so long as I have made him drink water; been with thee unto this day, that I may 12 And they gave him a piece of a cake not go fight against the chemies of my of figs, and two clusters of raisins : and lord ihe king?

when he had eaten, his spirit came again to 9 And Achish answered and said to him: for he had eaten no brend, nor drunk David, I know that thou art good in my any water, three days and three nights. sight, as an angel of God: notwithstand- 13 And Duvid said unto him, To whom ing, the princes of the Philistines have said, belongesi thou ? and whence art thou ? He shall not go up with us to the brittle. And he said, I am a young man of Egypt,

10 Wherefore now rise up early in the servant to an Amalekite ; and my master morning with thy master's servants that left me, because threedaysagone i fell sick. are come with thee: and as soon as yebe 14 We made an invasion up on the south up early in the morning, and have light, oftheCherethites, and upon the coast which depart.

belongeih to Judah, and upon the south of 11 So David and his men rose up early Caleb; anxl we burned Ziklag with fire. to depart in the morning, to return into 15 And David said to him, Canst thou the land of the Philistincs. And the Fli- bring me down to this company? And he listines went up to Jezreel.

said, Swear unto me by God, that thou CHAP. XXX.

wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into 1 The Amalekites spoil Zıklag. 7 David, the hands of my master, and I will bring

encouragrd by God, pursuith them. thee down to this company: A D it came to pass, when David and 16 | And when he had brought him

his men were come to Ziklag on the down, behold, they were spread abroad thul day, that the Amalekites had in upon all the eartii, eating and drinking, vaded the south, and Z klag, and smitten and dancing, because of all the great spoil Zaklay, and burned it with fre;

that they had taken out of the land of the 2 And had taken the women captives Philistines, and out of the land of Judah. that were therein ; they slew not any, 17 And David smote them from the cither great or small, but carried them a- twilight even unto the evening of the next way, and went on their way.

day: and there escaped not a man of them, 3 [So David and his men came to the save four hundred young men, which city, anci behold, it was burned with roce upon camels, and fed. fire; and their wives, and their sons, and 18 And David recovered all that the their daughters, were taken captives. Amalekites had carried away: and David

4 Then David and the people that rescued his two wives. more with him lifted up their voice and 19 And there was nothing lacking to wept, until they had nomore power to weep. them, neither small nor great, neither

5 And Did's two wives were taken sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any capire, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and thing that they had taken to them: David bigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. | recovered all. o And David was greatly distressed:

20 And David took all the flocks and for the people spake of stoning him, be the herds, which they drave before those Cucu the sun of all the people was cricv- other cattle, and said, This is David's spoil. exi, every mari for his sous, and for his 21 And David came to the two hundangliters : but David encouraged him- dred men, which were so faint that they self in the LORD his God.

could not follow David, whom they had

266 David divideth the spoul. II. SAMUEL. Saul and his sons are slain. made also to abile at the brook Besor : || from before the Philistines, and fell down and they went forth to meet David, and slain in mount Gilboa. to meet the people that were with him : 2 And the Philistines followed hard upand when David came near to the people, on Saul and upon his sons; and the Phihe saluted them.

listines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and 22 Then answered all the wicked men, Malchi-shua, Saul's sons. and men of Belial, of those that went with 3 And the battle went sore against Saul, David, and said, Because they went not and the archers hit him; and he was sore with us, we will not give them aught of the wounded of the archers. spoil that we have recovered, save to every 4 Then said Saul unto his armour-bearman his wife and his children, that they er, Draw thy sword, and thrust methrough may lead them away, and depart. therewith ; lest these uncircumcised come

23 Then said David, Ye shall not do and thrust me through, and abuse me. so, my brethren, with that which the || But his armour-bearer would not; for he Lord' hath given us, who hath preserved was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a lis, and delivered the company that came sword, and fell upon it. against us into our hand.

5 And when his armour-bearer saw 24 For who will hearken unto you in that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon this matter? but as his part is that goeth || his sword, and died with him. down to the battle, so shall his part be 6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part | his armour-bearer, and all his men, that alike.

same day together. 25 And it was so from that day for- 7 | And when the men of Israel that ward, that he made it a statute and an or- were on the other side of the valley, and dinance for Israel unto this day.

they that were on the other side Jordan, 26 9 And when David came to Ziklag, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Ju- Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook dah, even to his friends, saying, Behold a the cities, and fled; and the Philistines present for you, of the spoil of the enemies came and dwelt in them. of the LORD;

8 And it came to pass on the mor27 To them which were in Beth-el, and row, when the Philistines came to strip to them which were in south Ramoth, and the slain, that they found Saul and his to them which were in Jattir,

three crus fallen in mount Gilboa. 28 And to them which were in Aroer, 9 And they cut offhis head, and stripped and to them which were in Siphmoth, and ff his armour, and sent into the land of the to them which were in Eshtemoa,

Philistines round about, to publish it in the and to them which were in the cities of the 1990 And they put his armour In the Jeralımcelites, and to them which were house of Ashtaroth:

and they fastened his in the cities of the Kenites,

Dody to the wall of Betlı-shan. 30 And to them which were in Hormah, 11 q And when the inhabitants of Jaand to them which were in Chor-ashan, || besh-gilead heard of that which the Phiand to them which were in Athach, listines had done to Saul,

31 And to them which were in Hebron, 12 All the valiant men arose, and went and to all the places where David himself all night, and took the body of Saul, and and his men were wont to haunt.

The bodies of his sons from the wall of CHAP. XXXI.

Beti-shan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt Saul, having lost his army, and liis sons, them there. killeth himself:

13 And they took their bones, and buTOW the Philistines fought against ried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fastIsrael ; and the men of Israel fied Il ed seven days.



from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth 1 An Amalekite bringeth tidings of the upon his head : and so it was, when he

overthrow, and accusing himself of ll came to David, that he fell to the earth, Saul's death, is slain.

and did obeisance. OW it came to pass after the death 3 And David said unto him, From

whence comest thou? And he said unto from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and aim, Outof the camp of Israelam Iescaped. David had abode two days in Ziklag; 4 And David said unto him, How went

2 It came even to pass on the third day. the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he that behold, a man came out of the camp ! answered, That the people are fled from

David lamenteth for Saul. CHAP. 11. He is made king of Judah. 267 the battle, and many of the people also | 22 From the blood of the slain, from are fallen, and dead; and Saul and Jona- || the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan than his son are dead also.

turned not back, and the sword of Saul 5 And David said unto the young man returned not empty. that told him, How knowest thou that 23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and Saul and Jonathan his son be dead? pleasant in their lives, and in their death

6 And the young man that told him they were not divided : they were swifter said, As I happened by chance upon than eagles, they were stronger than lions. mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon 24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over his spear; and lo, the chariots and horse Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other men followed hard after him.

delights, who put on ornaments of gold 7 And when he looked behind him, he upon your apparel. saw me, and called unto me. And I an 25 How are the mighty fallen in the swered, Here am I.

midst of the battle ! 0 Jonathan, thou 8 And he said unto me, Who art thou? wast slain in thine high places. and I answered him, I am an Amalekite. 26 I am distressed for thee, my brother

9 He said unto me again, Stand, I pray Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been thee, upon me, and slay me: for anguish unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, is come upon me, because my life is yet passing the love of women. whole in me.

27 How are the mighty fallen, and the 10 So I stood upon him, and slew him, weapons of war perished! because I was sure that he could not live

CHAP. II. after that he was fallen ; and I took the i David by God's direction going up to crown that was upon his head, and the Hebron, is made king of Judah. 8 Abbracelet that was on his arm, and have ner maketh Ish-bosheth king of Israel. brought them hither unto my lord.

18 Asahel slain. 11 Then David took hold on his clothes, AND it came to pass after this, that and rent them; and likewise all the men 6 David inquired of the LORD, saying, that were with him :

Shall I go up into any of the cities of Ju12 And they mourned and wept, and dah! And the LORD said unto him, Go fasted until even, for Saul and for Jona- | up. And David said, Whither shall I go than his son, and for the people of the up? And he said, Unto Hebron. LORD, and for the house of Israel ; be * 2 So David went up thither, and his cause they were fallen by the sword. two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess,

13 | And David said unto the young and Abigail Nabal's wife the Carmelite. man that told him, Whence art thou ? 3 And his men that were with him did And he answered, I am the son of a stran- || David bring up, every man with his ger, an Amalekite.

household: and they dwelt in the cities of 14 And David said unto him, How Hebron. wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine 4 And the men of Judah came, and hand to destroy the Lord's anointed there they anointed David king over the

15 And David called one of the young house of Judah. And they told David, men, and said, Go near, and fall upon saying, That the men of Jabesh-gilead him. 'And he smote him that he died. were they that buried Saul.

16 And David said unto him, Thy blood 5 s And David sent messengers unte be upon thy head ; for thy mouth hath || the men of Jabesh-gilead, and said unto testified against thee, saying, I have slain them, Blessed be ye of the LORD, that ye the Lord's anointed.

I have sliewed this kindness unto your lord, 17 And David lamented with this even unto Saul, and have buried him. lamentation over Saul, and over Jonathan 6 And now the Lord shew kindness his son:

Hand truth unto you: and I also will re18 (Also he bade them teach the chil- | quite you this kindness, because ye have dren of Judah the use of the bow; behoid, done this thing. it is written in the book of Jasher.)

7 Therefore now let your hands be 19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy strengthened, and be ye valiant : for your high places : how are the mighty fallen! | master Saul is dead, and also the house of

20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in Judah have anointed me king over them. the streets of Askelon ; lest the daughters | 8 9 But Abner the son of Ner, captain of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daugh- of Saul's host, took Ish-bosheth the son of ters of the uncircumcised triumph. Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim;

21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there 9 And made him king over Gilead, and be no dew, neither let there be rain upon over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and you, nor fields of ofte rings : for there the over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, over all Israel. the shield of Saul, as though he had not been 10 Ish-bosheth Saul's son, quas forty apointed with oil,

years old when he began to reign over

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