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FIRST SAMUEL XX-JONATHAN WARNS DAVID

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34 So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and did eat no meat the second day of the month: for he was grieved for David, because his father had done him shame.

35 | And it came to pass in the morning, that Jonathan went out into the field at the time appointed with David, and a little lad with him.

36 And he said unto his lad, Run, find out now the arrows which I shoot. And as the lad ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.

37 And when the lad was come to the place of the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jonathan cried after the lad, and said, Is not the arrow beyond thee?

38 And Jonathan cried after the lad, Make speed, haste, stay not. And Jonathan's lad gathered up the arrows, and came to his master.

39 But the lad knew not any thing: only Jonathan and David knew the matter.

40 And Jonathan gave his artilleryunto his lad, and said unto him, Go, carry them to the city.

41 | And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded.

42 And Jonathan said to David, Go, in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever. And he arose and departed: and Jonathan went into the city.

Chapter 21

1 David at Nob obtaineth of Ahimelech hallowed bread. 10 David at Gath feigneth himself mad.

7 Doeg was present. 8 David taketh Goliath's sword.

HEN came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahi

melech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said unto

him, Why art thou alone, and no man with thee? 2 And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man know any thing of the business whereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded thee: and I have appointed my servants to such and such a place.

3 Now therefore what is under thine hand ? give me five loaves of bread in mine hand, or what there is present.

4 And the priest answered David, and said, There is no common bread under mine hand, but there is hallowed bread; if the

young men have kept themselves at least from women.

5 And David answered the priest, and said unto him, Of a truth women have been kept from us about these three days, since I came

The Revised Version changes "artillery" to "weapons.”

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FIRST SAMUEL XXI-DAVID LEAVES ISRAEL

out, and the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in a manner common, yea, though it were sanctified this day in the vessel.

6 So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread there but the shew bread, that was taken from before the LORD, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.

7 Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day detained before the LORD; and his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Saul.

8 | And David said unto Ahimelech, And is there not here under thine hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king's business required haste.

9 And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take it: for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is none like that; give it me.

10 s And David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.

11 And the servants of Achish said unto him, Is not this David the king of the land ? did they not sing one to another of him in dances

, saying, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands?

12 And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath.

13 And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.

14' Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore then have ye brought him to me?

15 Have I need of mad men, that ye have brought this fellow to play the mad man in my presence ? shall this fellow come into my house?

Chapter 22
3 At Mizpeh he commendeth his parents unto the king of Moth.
6 Saul going tu pursue him, complaineth of his servants' unjaith

1 Companies resort unto David at Adullam.
5 Admonished by Gad, he cometh lo Hareth.
fulness. 9 Dnej accurscth Alimelech. 11 Saul commandeth to kill the priests.
executeth it.

20 Abiathar escuping, bringeh David the news.

17 The footmen refusing, DKT

NAVID therefore departed thence, and escaped to the care

Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father's house

heard it, they went down thither to him. 2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him aboui four hundred men.

3 | And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab: and he said unto the king of Moab, Let my father and my mother, I pray thee, come forth, and be with you, till I know what God will do for me.

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Naomi Dismisses Her Daughters
BY THE CHEVALIER ADRIAEN VAN DER WERFF OF THE

HOLLAND SCHOOL, DIED 1722.

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And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me?-Ruth, 1, 11. N THE land of Moab the family of Elimelech stayed

for years. He himself died, and his sons grew up

and died, so that only Naomi, a lonesome widow, was left of the little band of exiles. Yet she was not without companions in her misery, for her two sons had wedded in the land, and now their two Moabite wives, having become widows, continued to dwell with Naomi.

The lot of the three women was hard and poor; and when word came to Naomi that prosperity had at length returned to the land of Judah, she resolved to go back to the home of her youth and early happiness. Her two daughters-in-law started out on the journey with her; but she bade them rather seek their father's houses, since she was both old and impoverished and could promise them no comfort in Judah, neither could she find them husbands there. She blessed them both for their kindness and their service to her. “And they lifted up their voice, and wept again.” Then one of the younger women, Orphah, obeyed Naomi, and bade her farewell.

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