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And the liers in wait of Israel came forth out of their places, even out of the meadows of Gibeah."-Jud., 20, 33.

ITTER and bloody was the civil war against Ben

jamin. The other tribes had supposed that the

work of vengeance would be easily accomplished. In their anger they even failed to ask God for aid, consulting the priests only as to the order of march to be followed in the attack they had determined on. The Benjamites, however, were mighty men of war, skilled in hurling stones from their slings. Twice they sallied forth from Gibeah and routed all the armies of Israel, inflicting awful slaughter. Thousands upon thousands perished.

Thus Israel was brought down to humility, and wept and prayed before God. Then an ambush was made ready against the Benjamites. A third time the armies of Israel advanced to the attack, and a third time turned in flight from before Gibeah. But this time the flight was a trick. As the Benjamites rushed forth in pursuit, the men who lay in wait slipped in between them and the city, captured it and set it afire. The Benjamites found themselves trapped in the gorges of the mountains, with enemies all around and above them. Of the entire tribe of Benjamin, men, women and children, those who escaped massacre from their infuriated foes were only some six hundred fighting men, who, breaking through the ambush, established themselves as outlaws, and

"abode in the rock Rimmon."

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28 And Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal, Saul's daughter, loved him.

29 And Saul was yet the more afraid of David: and Saul became David's enemy continually.

30 Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by.

Chapter 19

1 Jonathan discloseth his father's purpose to kill David. 4 He persuadeth his father to reconciliation, 8 By reason of David's good success in a new war, Saul's malicious rage breaketh out against him. 12 Michal deceiveth her father with an image in David's bed. 18 David cometh to Samuel in Naioth. 20 Saul's messengers sent to take David, 22 and Saul himself, prophesy.

IND Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David.

2 But Jonathan, Saul's son, delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself:

3 And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where thou art, and I will commune with my father of thee; and what I see, that I will tell thee.

4 | And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to thee-ward very good:

5 For he did put his life in his hand and slew the Philistine, and the LORD wrought a great salvation for all Israel: thou sawest it, and didst rejoice; wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?

6 Ånd Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan: and Saul sware, As the LORD liveth, he shall not be slain.

7 And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan shewed him all those things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence, as in times past.

8 | And there was war again: and David went out, and fought with the Philistines, and slew them with a great slaughter: and they fled from him.

9 And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand.

10 And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away out of Saul's presence, and he smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that night.

"This is altered to "in the morning" in the Revised Version.

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