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Sheba's revolt.

II. SAMUEL.

Amata slain by Joab.

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said unto the king, Why have our brethren the men of Judah stolen thee away, and f have brought the king, and his household, and all David's men with him, over Jordan?

43 And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the king u "near of kin to us: wherefore then be ye angry for this matter? have we eaten at all of the king's cost? or hath he given us any gift?

43 And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in David than ye: why tlicn did ye t despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king? And 'the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.

CHAPTER XX. 1 Tt>t occasion of the quarrel, s/tcba mateth a party in Israel. 3 Vavitts ten concubines are shut up in perpetual prison. 4 Ainasa.matle captain WW Jutlah, is slain bit Joab. 14 Joab purstwth Sheba unto Abel. 10 A wise uomon mrvtn the city by Sheba's head. 23 OavUTt officers.

AND there happened to be there a man ot Belial, whose name mix Shcba, the son of Bichri, a Bcnjamitc: and he blew a trumpet, and said, »We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: b every man to his tents, O Israel.

2 So every man of Israel went up from after David, ami followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their kiug, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.

3 If And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his c concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in tward, and fed them, but went not in unto them. So they were tshut up unto the day of their death, t living in widowhood.

4 If Then said the king to Amusa, dt Assemble me the men of Judah within three days, and be thou here present.

5 So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: but he tarried longer than the set time which he had appointed him.

6 And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom: take thou e thy lord's servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and t escape us.

7 And there went out after him Joab's men, and the fCherethites, aud the Pelethitcs, and all the mighty men: aud they went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.

8 When they were at the great stone which it in Gibeon, Amasa went before them. And Joab's garment that he had put on was girded unto him, and upon it a girdle with a sword fastened upon his loins in the sheath thereof; aud as he went forth it fell out.

9 And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou in health, my brother? sAnd Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him.

10 But Amasa took no heed to the sword that wax in Joab's hand: so hhe smote him therewith 'in the fifth rib, aud shed out his bowels to the grouud, and tstruck him not again; and lie died. So Joab and Abishai his brother pursued after Sheba the son of Bichri.

11 And one of Joab's men stood by him, and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he that is for David, let him yo after Joab.

13 And Amasa wallowed iu blood in the midst of the highway. And when the man saw that all the people stood still, he removed Amasa out of the highway into the field, and cast a cloth upon him, when he saw that every one that came by him stood still.

13 When he was removed out of the highway, all the people went ou after Joab, to pursue after Shcba the son of Bichri.

14 If Aud he went through all the tribes of Israel unto k Abel, and to Beth-maachah, and all the Berites: and they were gathered together, and went also after him.

15 And they came and besieged him in Abel of Beth-maachah, and they 1 east up a bank against!

Sheba fa beheaded.

II. SAMUEL.

Seven of SauVs ma hanged.

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the city, and II it stood In the trench: and all the people that were with Joab t battered the wall, to throw it down.

16 I Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray you, unto Joab, Come near hither, that I may speak with thee.

17 And when he was come near unto her, the woman said, Art thou Joab? And he answered, I am he. Then she said unto him, Hear the words of thine handmaid. And he answered, I do hear.

18 Then she spake, saying, II They were wont to speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter.

19 I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou swallow up "the inheritance of the Lord?

20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

21 The matter is not so: but a man of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bieliri thy name, hath lifted up his hand against the king, even against David: deliver Trim only, and I will depart from the city. And the woman said unto Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to thee over the wall.

22 Then the woman went unto all the people nin her wisdom: and they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Blehri, and cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumpet, and they t retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king.

23 It Now 0 Joab ma over all the host of Israel: and Benaiah the son of Jeholada ma over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites:

24 And Adornm wan rover the tribute: and iJehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder:

25 And Sheva was scribe: and r Zadok and Abiathar were the priests:

20 'And Ira also the Jairite was II a chief ruler about David.

CHAPTER XXI.

1 The three years' famine for the Othttmltn ceaselh, bit hanging seven of SauTs stms. 10 Rizjiah's kindness unto the dead. li Davitl Ultrieth the IsnteS of Send and Jonathan in hit father's seindehre. 15 i'Vrtir battle* against the Vhilistmes. wherein four variants of David stay four giants.

THEN there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David t inquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.

2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but »of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them: and Saul sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah:)

3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless The inheritance of the Lord?

4 And the Gibeonites said unto him, II We will have no silver nor gold of Saul, nor of his house; neither for us shalt thou kill any man in Israel. And he said, What ye shall say, that will I do for you.

5 And they answered the king, The man that consumed us, and that i' devised against us that we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the coasts of Israel,

6 Let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them up unto the Lord cin Glbeah of Saul,' whom the Lord did choose. And the king said, I will give them.

7 But the king spared Sfcphibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of cthc Lord's oath that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul.

8 But the king took the two sons of 'Rizpah the daughter of Alah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armonl and Mephibosbetb; and the five sons of II Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she t brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathitc:

9 And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites. and

Before CHRIST 1021.

Rizpah's care for the dead.

II. SAMUEL.

A psalm of thanksgiving

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they hanged them in the hill s before the Lord: and they fell all seven together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, in the beginning of barley harvest.

10 U And hRizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, 'from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night.

11 And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done.

12 And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of k Jabcsh-gilead, which

then rSibbeehai the Hushathitc slew USaph, which was of the sons of II the giant.

19 And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of II Jaare-orcgim, aBeth-leheniite, slew 'the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.

20 And 1 there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to II the giant.

21 And when he II defied Israel, Jonathan the son of "Shimeah the brother of David slew him.

22 * These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the

I Sam. 17.10, 25. 26.

had stolen them from the street | hand of David, and by the hand
of Beth-shan, where the 1 Philis-
tines had hanged them, when
the Philistines had slain Saul in

Gilboa:

13 And he brought up from thence the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son; and they gathered the bones of them that were hanged.

14 And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the country of Benjamin in "»Zclah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they performed all that the king commanded. And after that "God was entreated for the land.

15 1 Moreover the Philistines had vet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint.

10 And Ishbi-benob, which urn of the sons of lithe giant, the weight of whose t spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David.

17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, "Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the p+light of Israel.

18 iAnd it came to pass after this, that there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob:

of his servants.

CHAPTER XXII.

A jwitm of thanksgiving for God's wonder ful deliverance, and manifold blessings.

AND David 'spake unto the Loud the words of this song, in the day that the Lord had b delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:

2 And he said, cThe Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

3 The God of my rock; 6 in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the 'horn of my salvation, my high e tower, and my h refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

4 I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

5 When the .waves of death compassed me, the floods of t ungodly men made me afraid;

0 The II 'sorrows of hell com passed me about; the snares of death prevented me.

7 In my distress k I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God: and he did 'hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.

8 Then "the earth shook and trembled; "the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.

9 There went up a smoke tout of his nostrils, and "fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

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10 He P bowed the heavens also, and came down; and qdarkness wan under his feet.

11 And he rode upon a cherub, aud did fly: and he was seen r upon the wings of the wind.

la And he made ■ darkness pavilions round about him, tdark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.

13 Through the brightness before him were 1 coals of Are kindled.

14 The Lord "thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered his voice.

15 And he sent out 'arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them.

16 And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the y rebuking of the Loud, at the blast of the breath of his II nostrils.

17 zIIe sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of I! many waters:

18 aile delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.

19 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay.

20 bHe brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he c delighted in me.

21 d The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the 'cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

22 For 1 have f kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

23 For all his sjudgments were before me: and an for his statutes, I did not depart from them.

24 I was also h upright t before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity.

25 Therefore 'the Lord hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness t in his eyesight.

26 With *thc merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.

27 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and 1 with the froward thou wilt li shew thyself unsavoury.

28 And the "afllicted people

thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon "the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down. 20 For thou art my II lamp, O Lord: and the Lord will lighten mv darkness.

30 For by thee I have II run through a troop: by my God have f leaped over a wall.

31 As for God, °his way is perfect; Pthe word of the Lord is B tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.

32 For iwlio is God, save the Lord? and who is a rock, save our God?

33 God is my 'strength and power; and he t,maketh my way •perfect.

34 He tmiiketh my feet "like hinds' feet; and **setteth me upon my high places.

35 ylle teacheth my hands tto war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.

36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath tmade me great.

37 Thou hast 1 enlarged my steps under me; so that my t feet did not slip.

38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until I had consumed them.

3!) And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise: yea, they are fallen • under my feet.

40 For thou hast b girded me with strength to battle: cthem that rose up against me hast thou t subdued under me.

41 Thou hast also given me the "■necks of mine enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me.

42 They looked, but there was none to save; even "unto the Lord, but he answered them not.

43 Then did I beat them as small fas the dust of the earth: I did stamp them eas the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad.

44 hThou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou hast kept me to be 'head of the heathen: ka people which I knew not shall serve me.

45 tStrangers shall lltsubmit themselves unto me: as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me.

46 Strangers shall fade away,

Before CHRIST 1018.

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la. 2. 11. 12, 17. ftEft.14.

Dan. 4.37. j Or.cmiaVe.

Job 29.3.

Pa. 27.1.
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a troop.
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Dan. 4. 37.

Rev. 15. 3.
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119. 140.

Prov. 30.5.

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31. 4.

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Job 22. 3.

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and they shall be afraid lout of their close places.

47 The Loud llveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the mrock of^my salvation.

48 It in God that tavengcth me, and that nbringeth down the people under me,

41) And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the "violent mau.

50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among Pthe heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.

51 i He is the tower of salvation for his king: and shewcth mercy to his panointed, unto David, and ■to his seed for evermore.

CHAPTER XXIII.

1 J3nrirlt in his last worils, professeth his faith tn (Jixrspromise* to lie beyond sense or experience. <i The different state of the Kicked. 8 A catalogue of VaviuTs mighty men.

NOW these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, aand the man who was raised up on high, b the anointed of the God of Jaeob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, 2c The Spirit of the Loud spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.

3 The God of Israel said, <Hhe Rock of Israel spake to me, II He that ruleth over men mast be just, ruling «in the fear of God.

4 And 'he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass wringing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.

5 Although my house be not so with God; syet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.

6 1 But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:

7 But the man that shall touch them must be t fenced with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the same place.

8 T These be the names of the

mighty men whom David had: I,The Taehinouite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: II Ac lifted up his spear against eight hundred, twhom he slew at one time.

9 And after him was hEleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away:

10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the Lord wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.

11 And after him was 'Shammah the son of Agee the Hararitc. k And the Philistiucs were gathered together II into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentiles: and the people fled from the Philistines.

12 But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the Lord wrought a great victory.

13 And 'N three of the thirty chief went down, and came to David in the harvest time unto m the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines pitched in "the valley of Rephaim.

14 And David was then in °a hold, aud the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.

15 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!

16 And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Beth-lehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the Lord.

17 And he said, Be it far from me, O Lord, that I should do this: is not this Pthe blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men.

18 And i Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief among three. And he lift

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