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288 David's thanksgiving, &c. II. SAMUEL.

His last words. covered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at || against me hast thou subdued under me. the blast of the breath of his nostrils. 41 Thou hast also given me the necks

17 He sent from above, he took me; || of mine enemies, that I might destroy he drew me out of many waters;

them that hate me. 18 He delivered me from my strong 42 They looked, but there was none to enemy, and from them that hated me: save; even unto the LORD, but he anfor they were too strong for me.

swered them not. 19 They prevented me in the day of 43 Then did I beat them as small as my calamity: but the LORD was my stay. the dust of the earth, I did stamp them

20 He brought me forth also into a as the mire of the street, and did spread large place: he delivered me, because he them abroad. delighted in me.

44 Thou also hast delivered me from 21 The LORD rewarded me according the strivings of my people, thou hast kept to my righteousness : according to the me to be head of the heathen: a people cleanness

of my hands hath he recom- which I knew not shall serve me. pensed me.

45 Strangers shall submit themselves 22 For I have kept the ways of the unto me: as soon as they hear, they shall I.ORD, and have not wickedly departed be obedient unto me. from my God.

46 Strangers shall fade away, and they 23 For all his judgments were before shall be afraid out of their close places. me: and as for his statutes, I did not de- 47 The Lord liveth; and blessed be my part from them.

rock; and exalted be the God of the rock 24 I was also upright before him, and of my salvation. have kept myself from mine iniquity. 48 It is God that avengeth me, and that

25 Therefore the Lord hath recom- bringeth down the people under me, pensed me according to my righteous- 49 And that bringeth me forth from ness; according to my cleanness in his mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me eye-sight.

up on high above them that rose up against 26 With the merciful thou wilt shew me: thou hast delivered me from the viothyself merciful, and with the upright lent man. man thou wilt shew thyself upright. 50 Therefore I will give thanks unto

27 With the pure thou wilt shew thy- thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and self pure ; and with the froward thou I will sing praises unto thy name. wilt shew thyself unsavoury.

51 He is the tower of salvation for his 28 And the afilicted people thou wilt king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, | unto David, and to his seed for evermore. that thou mayest bring them down.

CHAP. XXIII. 29 For thou art my lamp, O Lord: | 1 David's last words, selling forth the apd the LORD will lighten my darkness happiness and confidence of the just man,

30 For by thee I have run through a and the different state of the wicked. 8 troop : by my God have I leaped over a A catalogue of David's mighty men. wall. 32 As for God, his way is perfect ; the NW ihese be the last words of Davica.

David the son of Jessc said, and the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buck- man who was raised up on high, the aler to all them that trust in him.

nointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet 32 For who is God, save the LORD ? psalmist of Israel, said, and who is a rock, save our God?

The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, 33 God is my strength and power : | and his word was in my tongue. and he maketh my way perfect.

3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of 34 He maketh my feet like linds feet : | Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over and setteth me upon my high places. men must be just, ruling in the fear of God,

35 He teacheth my hands to war; so 4 And he shall be as the light of the that a bow of steel is broken by inine arms. morning, when the sun riseth, even a

56 Thou hast also given me the shield morning without clouds; as the tender of thy salvation : and thy gentleness hath grass springing out of the earth by clear rade me great.

shining after rain. 37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under 5 Although my house be not so with me; so that niy feet did not slip.

God; yet he hath made with me an ever38 I have pursued mine enemies, and lasting covenant, ordered in all things, and destroyed them; and turned not again sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my until I had consumed thein.

desire, although he make it not to grow. 39 And I have consumed them, and 6 g But the sons of Belial shall be all of wounded them, that they could not arise: them as thorns thrust away, because they yea, they are fallen under my feet. cannot be taken with hands:

40 For tiiou hast girded me with 7 But the man that shall touch theni strength to battle : them that rog up must be fenced with iron and the staff of

A catalogue of

CHAP. xxiv. David's mighty men. 289 a spear; and they shall be utterly burned, and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in with fire in the same place.

time of snow : 87 These be the names of the mighty 21 And he slew an Egyptian, a goodly men whom David had: The Tachmonite man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his that sat in the seat, chief among the cap- hand ; but he went down to him with a tains; the same was Adino the Eznite : staff, and plucked the spear out of the he lified up his spcar against eight hun- Egyptian's land, and slew him with his dred, whom he slew at one time.

own spear. 9 And after him was Eleazar the son 22 These things did Benaiah the son of of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three Jehoiada, and had the name among three mighty men with David, when they de mighty men. fied the Philistines that were there gather- 23 He was more honourable than the ed together to battle, and the men of Is- thirty, but he attained not to the first rael were gone away:

three. And David set him over his guard. 10 He arose, and smote the Philistines 24 Asahel the brother of Joab was one until his hand was weary, and his hand of the thirty ; Elhanan the son of Dodo clave unto the sword : and the Lord of Beth-lehem, wrought a great victory that day ; and 25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika tlie the people returned after him only to spoil. Harodite,

11 And after him was Shammah the 26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikson of Agee the Hararite. And the Phi- | kesh the Tekoite, listines were gathered together into a 27 Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai troop, where was a piece of ground full the Hushathite, of lentiles: and the people fled from the 28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Philistines.

Netophathite, 12 But he stood in the midst of the 29 Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophaground, and defended it, and slew the thite, Ittai the son of Rivai out of Gibeah Philistines : and the LORD wrought a of the children of Benjamin, great victory.

30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of 13 And three of the thirty chief went the brooks of Gaash, down, and came to David in the harvest 31 Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth time unto the cave of Adullam: and the the Barlıumite, troop of the Philistines pitched in the 32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons valley of Rephaim.

of Jashen, Jonathan, 14' And David was then in an hold, 33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the and the garrison of the Philistines was son of Sharar the Hararite, then in Beth-lehem.

34 Elipheiet the son of Ahasbai, the 15 And David longed, and said, Oh son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son that one would give me drink of the of Ahithophel the Gilonite, water of the well of Beth-lehem, which is 35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the by the gate!

Arbite, 16 And the three mighty men brake 36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, through the host of the Philistines, and Bani, the Gadite, drew water out of the well of Beth-le- 37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the hem, that was by the gate, and took it, Beerothite, armour-bearer to Joab the son and brought it to David: nevertheless hé of Zeruiah, would not drink thereof, but poured it 38 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite, out unto the LORD.

39 Uriah the Ilittite : thirty and seven 17 And he said, Be it far from me, o in all. LORD, that I should do this: is not this

CHAP. XXIV. the blood of the men that went in jeop- || 1 David forceth Joab to number the peoardy of their lives? therefore he would not ple. 5 The captains after nine months drink it. These things did these three and twenty days deliver in the number mighty men.

to the king. 10 David repenteth, and, 18 And Abishai, the brother of Joab, being obliged to choose one plague out the son of Zeruiah, was chief among of three named to him, fixeth on three three. And he lifted up his spear against days pestilence. 15 Afier the death of three hundred, and slew them, and had seventy thousand in Israel, at David's the name among three.

humble suit, the angel is stayed from 19 Was he not most honourable of three? destroying Jerusalem. 18 By Gad's therefore he was their captain : howbeit direction David purchaseth Araunah's he attained not unto the first three. threshing-floor, and sacrificeth.

20 A ND again the anger of the LORD the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who was kindled against Israel, and he had done inany acts, he slew two lion- moved David against them to say, Go like men of Moab : he went down also l' number Israel and Judah.

f man.

290 David numbereth the people. II. SAMUEL. His intercession to God.

2 For the king said to Joab the captain || hand of the Lord; for his mercies are of the host, which was with him, Go great : and let me not fall into the hand now through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, and number ye

15 So the Lord sent a pestilence upon the people, that I may know the number Israel from the morning even to the time of the people.

ppointed : and there died of the people 3 And Joab said unto the king, Now Tom Dan even to Beer-sheba seventy the Lord thy God add unto the people,

housand men. how many soever they be, an hundred- 16 And when the angel stretched out fold, and that the eyes of my lord the king his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, may see it : but why doth my lord the he LORD repented him of the evil, and king delight in this thing?

said to the angel that destroyed the peo4 Notwithstanding the king's word ple, It is enough : stay, now thine hand. prevailed against Joab, and against the And the angel of the LORD was by the captains of the host. And Joab and the threshing-place of Araunah the Jebusite. captains of the host went out from the 17 And David spake unto the LORD presence of the king, to number the people when he saw the angel that smote the of Israel.

people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and 5. And they passed over Jordan, and I have done wickedly : but these sheep, pitched in Aroer, on the right side of the what have they done? let thine hand, I city that lieth in the midst of the river of pray thee, be against me, and against my Gad, and toward Jazer:

father's house. 6 Then they came to Gilead, and to the 18 | And Gad came that day to David, land of Tahtim-hodshi; and they came and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar to Dan-jaan, and about to Zidon, unto the Lord in the threshing-floor of

7 And came to the strong hold of Tyre, Araunah the Jebusite. and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of 19 And David, according to the saying the Canaanites: and they went out to the f Gad, went up as the LORD comsouth of Judah, even to Beer-sheba. manded.

8 So when they had gone through all 20 And Araunah looked, and saw the the land, they came to Jerusalem at the king and his servants coming on toward end of nine months and twenty days.

him: And Araunah went out, and bow9 And Joab gave up the sum of the ed himself before the king on his face upnumber of the people unto the king: and on the ground. there were in Israel eight hundred thou- 21 And Araunah said, Wherefore is sand valiant men that drew the sword ; | my lord the king come to his servant ? and the men of Judah were five hundred And David said, To buy the threshingthousand men.

floor of thee, to build an altar unto the 10 T And David's heart smote him after Lord, that the plague may be stayed that he had numbered the people. And from the people. David said unto the Lord, I have sinner. 22 And Araunah said unto David, Let greatly in that I have done : and now, my lord the king take and offer up what beseech thee, O LORD, take away the seemeth good unto him : behold, here be iniquity of thy servant; for I have done oxen for burnt-sacrifice, and threshingvery foolishly

instruments and other instruments of the 11 For when David was up in the morn

uxen for wood. ing, the word of the LORD came unto the 23 All these things did Araunah, as a prophet Gad, David's seer, saying, king, give unto the king. And Araunah

12 Go and say unto David, Thus saith said unto the king, The Lord thy God the LORD, I offer thee three things ; accept thee. choose thee one of them, that I may do it 24° And the king said unto Araunah, unto thee.

Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a 13 So Gad came to David, and told price: neither will I offer burnt-offerings him, and said unto him, Shall seven years unto the LORD my God of that which of famine come unto thee in thy land? or doth cost me nothing. So David bought wilt thou flee three months before thine the threshing-floor and the oxen for fifty enemies, while they pursue thee? or that | shekels of silver. there be three days pestilence in thy land? 25 And David built there an altar unto Now advise, and see what answer I shall the Lord, and offered burnt-offerings return to him that sent me.

and peace-offerings. So the LORD was 14 And David said unto Gad, I am in entreated for the land, and the plague was a great strait ; let us fall now into the stayed from Israel.

my lord,

THE FIRST BOOK OF THE KINGS,
COMMONLY CALLED THE THIRD BOOK OF THE KINGS.
CHAP. I.

king, swear unto thine harid1 Abishag cherishcth David in his ex- maid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son

treme old age. 5 Adonijah, Davids shall reign after me, and he shall sit updarling, usurpeth the kingdom. 32 Sol- on my throne ? why then doth Adonijah omon by David'sappointment, isanoint- reign? ed king by Zadok and Nathan. 50 Adon- 14 Behold, while thou yet talkest there ijan, fleeing to the horns of the altar, is with the king, I will also come in after dismissed by Solomon.

thee, and confirm thy words. N Weking David was old and stricken 15 | And Bath-sheba went in unto the

in years; and they covered him with | king into the chamber: and the king was clothes, but he gat no heat.

very old ; and Abishag the Shunamite 2 Wherefore his servants said unto him, || ministered unto the king. Let there be sought for my lord the king 16 And Bath-sheba bowed, and did a young virgin: and let her stand before obeisance unto the king. And the king the king, and let her cherish him, and said, What wouldest thou ? let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the 17 And she said unto him, My lord, king may get heat.

thou swarest by the Lord thy God unto 3 So they sought for a fair damsel thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solothroughout all the coasts of Israel, and mon thy son shall reign after me, and he found Abishag a Shunamite, and brought shall sit upon my throne. her to the king

18 And now, behold, Adonijah reign4 And the damsel was very fair, and eth ; and now, my lord the king, thou cherished the king, and ministered to knowest it not : him : but the king knew her not.

19 And he hath slain oxen, and fat cat59 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith tle, and sheep in abundance, and hath exalted himself, saying, I will be king: called all the sons of the king, and Abiaand he prepared him chariots and horse thar the priest, and Joab the captain of men, and fifty men to run before him. the host : but Solomon thy servant hath

6 And his father had not displeased he not called. him at any time in saying, Why hast 20 And thou, my lord, O king, the thou done so ? And he also was a very eyes of all Israel are upon thee, that goodly man ; and his mother bare him thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on after Absalom.

the throne of my lord the king after him. 7 And he conferred with Joab the son 21 Otherwise it shall come to pass, of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the when my lord the king shall sleep with priest : and they, following Adonijah, his fathers, that I and my son Solomon helped him.

shall be counted offenders. 8 But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah 22 And lo, while she yet talked with the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the pro- the king, Nathan the prophet also came phe', and Shimei, and Rei, and the migh- | in. ty men which belonged to David, were 23 And they told the king, saying, Benot with Adonijah.

hold, Nathan the prophet. And when 9 And Adonijah slew sheep, and oxen, he was come in before the king, he bowand fat cattle, by the stone of Zoheleth, ed himself before the king with his face which is by En-rogel, and called all his to the ground. brethren the king's sons, and all the men 24 And Nathan said, My lord, O king, of Judah the king's servants :

hast thou said, Adonijah shall reign after 10 But Nathan the prophet, and Be. me, and he shall sit upon my throne? naiah, and the mighty men, and Solomon 25 For he is gone down this day, and his brother, he called not.

hath slain oxen, and fat cattle, and sheep 11.1 Wherefore Nathan spake unto in abundance, and hath called all the Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon, say- | king's sons, and the captains of the host, ing, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah andi Abiathar the priest ;, and behold, the son of Haggith doth reign, and David they eat and drink before him, and say, our lord knoweth it not.

God save king Adonijah. 12 Now therefore come, let me, I pray 26 But me, even me thy servant, and thee, give thee counsel, that thou mayest | Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of save tiine own life, and the life of thy son Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath Solomon,

he not called. 13 Go, and get thee in unto king Da- 27 Is this thing done by my lord the vid, and say unto him, Didst not thou, king, and thou hast not shewed it unto

292 Solomon anointed king. I. KINGS.

Adonijah feareth him. thy servant, who should sit on the throne came : And Adonijah said unto bim, of my lord the king after him?

Come in ; for thou art a valiant man, 28 1 Then king David answered and and bringest good tidings. said, Call me Bath-sheba. And she came 43 And Jonathan answered and said to into the king's presence, and stood before Adonijah, Verily our lord king David hath the king

made Solomon king: 29 And the king sware, and said, As 44 And the king hath sent with him the LORD liveth, thiat hath redeemed my Zadok the pricst, and Nathan the prophsoul out of all distress,

et, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and 30 Even as I sware unto thee by the the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and LORD God of Israel, saying, Assuredly they have caused him to ride upon the Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and king's mule : he shall sit upon my throne in my stead ; 45 And Zadok the priest and Nathan even so will I certainly do this day. the prophet have anointed him king in Gi

31 Then Bath-sheba bowed with her hon: and they are come up from thence face to the earth, and did reverence to rejoicing, so that the city rang again. the king, and said, Let my lord king Da- This is the noise that ye have heard. vid live for ever.

46 And also Solomon sitteth on the 32 1 And king David said, Call me Za- throne of the kingdom. dok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, 47 And moreover the king's servants and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And came to bless our lord king David, saythey came before the king.

ing, God make the name of Solomon bet33 The king also said unto them, Take ter than thy name, and make his throne with you the servants of your lord, and greater than thy throne. And the king cause Solomon my son to ride upon bowed himself upon the bed. mine own mule, and bring him down to 48 And also thus said the king, Blessed Gihon:

be the LORD God of Israel, which hath 34 And let Zadok the priest and Na- given one to sit on my throne this day, than the prophet anoint him there king mine eyes even seeing it. over Israel : and blow ye with the trum- 49 And all the guests that were with pet,,and say, God save king Solomon. Adonijah were afraid, and rose up, and

35 Then ye shall come up after him, went every man his way. that he may come and sit upon my 50 9 And Adonijah feared because of throne; for he shall be king in my stead: Solomon, and arose, and went, and caught and I have appointed him to be ruler hold on the horns of the altar. over Israel and over Judah.

51 And it was told Solomon, saying, 36 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada | Behold, Adonijah feareth king Solomon : answered the king, and said, Amen : the for lo, he hath caught hold on the horns LORD God of my lord the king say so 100. of the altar, saying, Let king Solomon

37 As the Lord hath been with my swear unto me to-day that he will not lord the king, even so be he with Solomon, slay his servant with the sword. and make his throne greater than the 52 And Solomon said, If he will shew throne of my lord king David.

himself a worthy man, there shall not an 38 So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the hair of him fall to the earth : but if wickprophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, edness shall be found in him, he shall die. and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, 53 So king Solomon sent, and they went down, and caused Solomon to ride brought him down from the altar. And upon king David's mule, and brought he came and bowed himself to king Solo him to Gihon.

mon : and Solomon said unto him, Go 39 And Zadok the priest took an horn to thine house. of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed

CHAP. II. Solomon. And they blew the trumpet ; 1 David, having given a charge to Soloand all the people said, God save king mon, 10 dieth. 12 Solomon succeedeth. Solomon.

13 Adonijah is frut to death. 28 Joab 40 And all the people came up after is slain, 36 Shinei's death.

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OW the days of David drew nigh rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth that he should die; and he charged rent with the sound of them.

Solomon his son, saying, 41 ls And Adonijah and all the guests 2 I go the way of all the earth : be that were with him heard it as they had thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a made an end of eating. And when Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, 3 And keep the charge of the Lord Wherefore is this noise of the city being thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his in an uproar?

statutes, and his commandments, and his 42 And while he yet spake, heliold, || judgments, and his testimonies, as it is Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest " written in the law of Moses, that thou

man;

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