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had pitched for it : and David offered Burnt-offerings, and Peace-offerings before the LORD.

18 And assoon as David had made an end of offering Offerings, he blessed the People in the Name of the LORD of Hosts.

19 And he dealt among all the People, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the Women as Men, to every one a Cake of Bread, and a good piece of Flesh, and a Flaggon of Wine: so all the People departed every one to his House.

20 Then David returned to bless his Houshold : and Michal the Daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the King of Israel To-day, who uncovered himself To-day in the Eyes of the Handmaids of his Servants, as one of the vain Fellows shamelelly uncovereth himself!

21 And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD which chose me before thy Father, and before all his House, to appoint me Ruler over the People of the LORD, over Israel : therefore will I play before the LORD.

22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be BASE in MINE own sight : and of the Maid-servants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in Honour.

23 Therefore Michal the Daughter of Saul had no Child until the Day of her Death.

CH A P. VII. i God forbiddeth David to build him an House : 18 His

Prayer and Thanksgiving. Ver. 1 AND it came to pass, when the King fat in his

1 House, and the Lord had given him Rest round about from all his Enemies ;

2 That the King said unto Nathan the Prophet, See now, I dwell in an House of Cedar ; but the Ark of God dwelleth within Curtains.

3 And Nathan said to the King, Go, do all that is in thine Heart: for the LORD is with thee.

4 And it came to pass that Night, that the Word of the Lord came unto Nathan, saying,

5 Go and tell my Servant David, Thus faith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an House for me to dwell in ?

6 Whereas 6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any House, since the Time that I brought up the Children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this Day, but have walked in a Tent and in a Tabernacle. .

7 In all the Places wherein I have walked with all the Children of Israel, spake I a Word with any of the Tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my People Israel, faying, Why build ye not me an House of Cedar?

8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my Servant David, Thus faith the LORD of Hosts, I TOOK thee from the SHEEP-COTE, from following the Sheep, to be RULER over my People over Israel.

9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine Enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a GreAT NAME, like to the Name of the great Men that are in the Earth.

10 (Moreover, I will appoint a Place for my People Ilrael, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a Place of their own, and move no more : neither shall the Children of Wickedness afflict them any more, as before time,

11 And as since the Time that I commanded Judges to be over my People Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine Enemies.) Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an House.

12 And when thy Days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy Fathers, I will set up thy Seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy Bowels, and I will ESTABLISH his KINGDOM.

13 He shall build an House for my Name, and I will stablish the Throne of his Kingdom for ever.

14 I will be his Father, and he shall be my Son : if he commit Iniquity, I will chasten him with the Rod of Men, and with the Stripes of the Children of Men.

15 But my Mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.

16 And thine House, and thy KINGDOM shall be established for Ever before thee : THY THRONE shall be established for EVER.

17 According to all these Words, and according to all this Vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.

18 Then went King David in and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O LORD God? and what is my House, that thou hast brought me hitherto ?

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19 And this was yet a small Thing in thy sight, O LORD GOD; but thou hast SPOKEN also of thy Servant's HOUSE for a great while to come ; and is this the Manner of Man, O LORD God?

20 And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, LORD God, krowest thy Servant.

21 For thy Word's sake, and according to thine own Heart hast thou done all these great Things, to make thy Servant know them.

22 Wherefore thou art great, Ó Lord God: for there is NONE LIKE thee, neither is there ANY GOD BESIDE thee, according to all that we have heard with our Ears.

23 And what one Nation in the Earth is like thy People, even like Israel, whom God went to REDEEM for a People to himself, and to make him a Name, and to do for you great Things, and terrible, for thy Land, before thy People which thou REDEEMEST to thee from Egypt, from the Nations and their Gods?

24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy People Israel to be a People unto thee for ever : and thou, LORD, art become their God.

25 And now, O Lord God, the Word that thou haft spoken concerning thy Servant, and concerning his House, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said.

26 And let thy Name be MAGNIFIED for EVER, saying, The LORD of Hosts is the God over Israel : and let the House of thy Servant David be established before thee.

27 For thou, O Lord of Hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy Servant, saying, I will build thee an House: therefore hath thy Servant found in his Heart to PRAY this Prayer unto thee.

28 And now, O LORD God, thou art that God, and thy WORDS be TRUE, and thou hast promised this Goodness unto thy Servant.

29 Therefore now let it please thee to Bless the House of thy SERVANT, that it may continue for ever before thee : for thou, O LORD God, hast spoken it, and with thy Blersing let the House of thy Servant be blessed for ever.

CH A P. VIII. 1. David subduetb the Philiffines, and the Moabites : 3 He fmiteth Hadadezer and the Syrians : 16 His Officers.

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CHA P. IX. 1 David sendeth for Mephibosheth, 7 and for Jonathan's Jake,

restoreth him.

CH A P. X. i David's Messengers sent to comfort Hanun, are villainously

intreated. 6 The Ammonites are overcome.

| C H A P. XI. i While Yoab besieged Rabbah, 2 David committeth Adultery

with Bath-sheba. 6 Uriah is pain. 26 David taketh BathJeba to Wife.

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Ver. 1 AND it came to pass, that after the Year was ex... A pired, at the Time when Kings go forth to Battle, that David sent Joab and his Servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the Children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah : but David tarried still at Jerusalem.

2 And it came to pass in an Evening-tide, that David arose from off his Bed, and walked upon the Roof of the King's House : and from the Roof he saw a Woman washing herself, and the Woman was very beautiful to look upon.

3 And David sent and enquired after the Woman : and one said, Is not this Bath-sheba the Daughter of Eliam, the Wife of Uriah the Hittite.

4 And David sent Messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her (for she was purified from her Uncleanness) and fhe returned unto her House.

5 And the Woman conceived, and sent and told David,

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6 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab fent Uriah to David.

7 And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the People did, and how the War prospered.

8 And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy House, and wash thy Feet. And Uriah departed out of the King's House, and there followed him a Mess of Meat from the

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9 But Uriah slept at the Door of the King's House, with all the Servants of his Lord, and went not down to his House.

10 And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his House, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy Journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine House?

IL And Uriah said unto David, The Ark and Israel, and Judah abide in Tents, and my Lord Joab, and the Servants of my Lord are encamped in the open Fields ; shall I then go into mine House, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my Wife? as thou livest, and as thy Soul liveth, I will not do this Thing.

12 And David said to Uriah, Tarry here To-day also, and To-morrow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem, that Day and the Morrow.

13 And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him, and he made him drunk : and at Even he went out to lie on his Bed with the Servants of his Lord, but went not down to his House.

14. And it came to pass in the Morning, that David wrote a Letter to Joab, and sent it by the Hand of Uriah.

15 And he wrote in the Letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the Forefront of the hottest Battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten and die.

16 And it came to pass when Joab observed the City, that he assigned Uriah unto a Place where he knew that valiant Men were.

17 And the Men of the City went out, and fought with Joab : and there fell fome of the People of the Servants of David, and Uriah the Hittite died also.

18 Then Joab fent and told David all the Things concerning the War:

19 And charged the Messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end of telling the Matters of the War unto the King,

20 And if so be that the King's Wrath arise, and say unto thee, Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the City when ye did fight? knew ye not that they would shoot from the Wall?

21 Who smote Abimelech the Son of Jerubbefheth ? did not a Woman cast a piece of a Milftone upon him from the Wall, that he died in Thebez? why went ye nigh the

Wall

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