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David's mighty men.

II. SAMUEL.

David nnmbereth the people.

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cd up his spear against three hundred, t and slew them, aud had the name among three.

19 Was he not most honourable of three? therefore he was their captain: howbeit he attained not unto tbejirst three.

20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of rKabzeel, twho had done many acts, »he slew two t lionlike men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow.

21 And he slew an Egyptian, ta goodly man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, aud slew him with his own spear.

23 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and bad the name among three mighty men.

23 He was II more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the./;»-.s( three. Aud David set him 1 over his 11 guard.

24 "Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the 6on of Dodo of Bethlehem,

25 'Shammah the Ilarodite, Elika the Harodite,

2fi Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,

27 Abiezer the Auethothite, Mebnnnai the Hushathite,

28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Nctophathite,

29 Heleb the son of Baanah, a Nctophathite, Ittai the son of

j Ribai out of Gibcah of the children of Benjamin,

30 Bonnluh the Pirathonitc, Iliddai of the II brooks of rGattSh,

31 Abi-albou the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumitc,

32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,

33 Shammah the Hararitc, Ahiam the sou of Shararthe Hararite,

34 Eliphclet the son of Ahashai, the son of the Martchathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,

35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,

36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gaditc,

37 Zelek the Ammonite, Nahari the Beerothitc, armourbearer to Joab the son of Zeruiah,

38 2 Ira an Ithritc, Gareb au Ithrite,

39 "Uriah the Ilittite: thirty and seven in all.

CHAPTER XXIV.

1 Dctritl, tempted liy Satan, forceth Joab to number the iieopte. 5 The captains, in nine months ana ticentu dims, firing the muster of thirteen hundred thousand fighting men. 10 Darid, having three plague* JtrOpmnttrctl bit trail, re/ienteth, and cliooscth the three days jKstilence. ]Ji After the death of threescore and ten thousand, fkirid by repentance pre renteth the instruction of Jerusalem. IS Darid, by (latrs direction, purchaseth Arnutiah's thrcsltinnftnor; where liaring sacrificed, the plague stayeth.

AND "again the anger of the Loud was kindled against Israel, and U he moved David against them to say, ''Go, number Israel and Judah.

2 For the king said to Joab the captain of the host, which was with him, II Go now through all the tribes of Israel, c from Dan even to Beer-shcba, and number ye the people, that d I may know the number of the people.

3 And Joab said unto the king, Now the Lord thy God add unto the people, how many 6oever they be, a hundredfold, and that the eyes of my lord the king may see It: but why doth my lord the king delight in this thing?

4 Notwithstanding the king's word prevailed against Joab, and against the captains of the host. And Joab and the captains of the host went out from the presence of the king, to number the people of Israel.

5 % And they ]>assed over Jordan, and pitched in «Aroer, on the right side of the city that lieth in the midst of the II river of Gad, and toward 'Jazer:

6 Then they came to Gilead, and to the II land of Tahtim-hodshi; and they came to sDan-jnan, and about to h Zidon,

7 And came to the strong hold of Tyre, and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of the Canaanites: and they went out to the south of Judah, even to Becrsheba.

8 So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.

9 And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the people unto the king: 1 and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew the sword;

CHRIST |

1018.

The three days' pestilence.

II. SAMUEL.

AraunaKs generous offer.

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and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.

10 T And k David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the Lord, 'I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O Lord, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have m done very foolishly.

11 For when David was up in the morning, the word of the Lord came unto the prophet "Gad, David's "seer, saying,

12 Go and say unto David, Thus saith the Lord, I offer thee three things; choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.

13 So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall Pseven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three days' pestilence in thy land? now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me.

14 And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the Loud; i for his mercies are II great: and 'let me not fall into the hand of man.

15 U So 'the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the time appointed: and there died of the people from Dan even to Beer-sheba seventy thousand men.

161 And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, "the Lord repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the Lord was by the threshingplace of 'Araunah the Jebusite.

17 And David spake unto the Loud when he saw the angel

that smote the people, and said, Lo, fl have sinned, and I have done wickedly: but these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, be against me, and against my father's house.

18 t And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, zGo up, rear an altar unto the Loud in the thrcshingfloor of tAraunah the Jebusite.

It* And David, according to the saying of Gad, went up as the Lord commanded.

20 And Araunah looked, and saw the king and his servants coming on toward him: and Araunah went out, and bowed himself before the king on his face upon the ground.

21 And Araunah said, Wherefore is my lord the king come to his servant? 'And David said, To buy the threshingtloor of thee, to build an altar unto the Lord, that bthe plague may be stayed from the people.

22 And Araunah said unto David, Let my lord the king take and offer up what seemeth good unto him: c behold, here be oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood.

23 All these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king, The Lord thy God J accept thee.

24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So e David bought the thrcshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

'25 And David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. 'So the Lord was entreated for the land, and ethe plague was stayed from Israel.

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THE FIRST BOOK OF THE KINGS,

COMMONLY CALLED,

THE THIRD BOOK OF THE KINGS.

CHAPTER I.

1 Abisltag eherisheth David in his extreme age. 5 Aitoitiiah, David's darling, nsurpeth the kingdom. 11 By the counsel of Nathan, 15 Bath-sheba moveth the king, 21 and Nathan secondeth her. 2S Dana reneweth his oath to Jiath-slieba. 32 Solomon, by David's appointment, being anointed king tig Zitdok and Nathan, the people triumph. 41 Jonathan bringing these news, Adonijah's guests Jill, 1*1 Adonijah, filling to the horns of the altar, ■IMM his good behaviour is dismissed by Solomon.

IVTOW king David was old and IN tetrieken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat.

2 Wherefore his servants said unto him, tLet there be sought for my lord the king ta young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her t cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat.

3 So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a "Shunammitc, and brought her to the king.

4 And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her not.

5 If Then b Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will the king: and che prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.

6 And his father had not displeased him t at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; dand his mother bare him after Absalom.

7 And t he conferred with Joab the eon of Zeruiah, and with eAbiathar the priest: and they t following Adonijah helped him.

8 But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and eShimei, and Rci, and 'the mighty

men which belonged to David, were not with Adonijah.

9 And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by II Enrogcl, and called all his brethren the king's sons, and all the men of Judah the king's servants:

10 But Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and Solomon his brother, he called not.

11 li Wherefore Nathan spake unto Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon, saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of 'Haggith doth reign, and David our lord kuoweth it not?

12 Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel, that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son Solomon.

13 Go and get thee in unto king David, and say unto him, Didst not thou, my lord, O king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying, "Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? why then doth Adonijah reign?

14 Behold, while thou yet talkest there with the king, I also will come in after thee, and t confirm thy words.

15 H And Bath-sheba went in unto the king into the chamber: and the king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto the king.

10 And Bath-sheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said, t What wouldest thou?

17 And she said unto him, My lord, 1 thou swarest by the Lord thy God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne.

18 And now, behold, Adonijah David's oath to Bath-sheba.

I KINGS.

Solomon anointed king.

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reigneth; and now, my lord the king, thou knowest it not:

19 m And he hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the souls of the king, and Abiathar the priest, and Joab the captain of the host: but Solomon thy servant hath he not called.

20 And thou, my lord, O king, the eyes of all Israel are upon thee, that thou shouldest tell them who srmll sit on the throne of my lord the king after him.

21 Otherwise it shall come to pass, when my lord the king shall "sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be counted offenders.

22 If And, lo, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the prophet also came in.

23 And they told the king, saying, Behold Nathan the prophet. And when he was come in before the king, he bowed himself before the king with his face to the ground.

21 And Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne?

25 "For he is gone down this day, and hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king's sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest; and, behold, they eat and drink before him, and say, ft God save king Adonijah.

20 But me, even me thy servant, and Zadok the priest, and Bcnaiah the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath he not called.

27 Is this thing done by my lord the king, anil thou hast not shewed it unto thy servant, who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him'!

28 If Then king David answered and said, Call me Bath-sheba. And she came t into the king's presence, and stood before the king.

29 And the king sware, and said, 1.1* the Lord liveth, that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress,

30 rEven as I sware unto thee by the Lord God of Israel, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall

sit upon my throne in my stead; even so will I certainly do this day.

31 Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth, and did reverence to the king, and said, 1 Let my lord king David live for

ever.

32 T And king David said, Call me Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Bcnaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came before the king.

33 The king also said unto them, 'Take with you the servants of your lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride upon mine own mule, and bring him down to u Gihon:

31 And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet * anoint him there king over Israel: and yblow ye with the trumpet, aud say, God save king Solomon.

35 Then ye shall come up after him, that he may come and sit upon my throne; for he shall be king in my stead: and I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah.

30 And Bcnaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king, and said, Amen: the Lord God of my lord the king say so too.

3*7 'As the Loud hath been with my lord the king, even so be he with Solomon, and 'make his throne greater than the throne of my lord king David.

38 So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, band Bcnaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Chercthltee, and the Pclethites, went down, and caused Solomon to ride upon king David's mule, and brought him to Gihon.

39 And Zadok the priest took ll horn of coil out of the tabernacle, and J anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; 'and all the people said, God save king Solomon.

10 And all the people came up after him, and the people piped | with II pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them.

11 If And Adonijah and all the guests that were with him heard it as they had made an end of eating. And when Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, Wherefore is fids noise of the city being in an uproar?

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Adonijah is dismissed by him.

I. KINGS.

David's last charge to Solomon.

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42 And while lie yet spake, behold, Jonathan the eon of Abiathar the priest came: and Adonijah said unto him, Conic in; for 'thou art a valiant man, and bringcst good tidings.

43 And Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, Verily our lord king David hath made Solomon king.

44 And the king hath sent with him Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and they have caused him to ride upon the king's mule:

45 And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king inGihon: and they arc come up from thence rejoicing, Bo that the city rang again. This is the noise that ye have heard.

46 And also Solomon *sittcth on the throne of the kingdom.

47 And moreover the king's servants came to bless our lord king David, saying, hGod make the name of Solomon better than thy name, and make his throne greater than thy throne. 'And the king bowed himself upon the bed.

48 And also thus said the king, Blessed be the Loud God of Israel, which hath k given one to sit on my throne this clay, mine eyes even seeing it.

49 And all the guests that teen with Adonijah were afraid, and rose up, and went every man his way.

50 1[ And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went, and 1 caught hold on the horns of the altar.

51 And it was told Solomon, saying. Behold, Adonijah fearcth king Solomon: for, lo, lie hath caught hold on the horns of the altar, saying, Let king Solomon swear unto me to day that he will not slay his servant with

himself to king Solomon: and
Solomon said unto him, Go to
thine house.

CHAPTER n.

1 David, having given a chavqe to Solomon,
3 a/n-liffHHiHKtt. !> of Joab,7 of Ilarzillai,
So/ iihimri. 10 dieth. 12 Solomon surceeil-
etfi. l.'l Adonijah, moving Jiath-sheba lo
Hue unto Solomon for Aliishag, is put to
death. 2*i Abiathar, having his life given
him, is deprived of the priesthood. 28
Joab feeing to the horns of the altar is
there slain. .15 Benaiah is put in Joalr's
voom, and Zadok in Abiathar's. 3(» Shim~
ei, eonfned to Jerusalem, by occasion of
going thence to (lath, isput to death.

70\V "the days of David drew
nigh that lie should die;
and lie charged Solomon his
son, saying,

2 b I go the way of all the earth: cbe thou strojig therefore, and shew thyself a man;

3 And keep the charge of the Lori> thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in tlie law ol Moses, that thou mayest d .1 prosper in all that thou docst, and whithersoever thou tumest thyself:

4 That the Lord may "continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, 'If thy children take heed to their way, to (walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, h there shall not tfall thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.

5 Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zcruiah I did to me, mid what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto kAbner the son of Ncr, and unto 1 Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew, and tshed the blood of war ill peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes that vere on his feet.

C Do therefore ""according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the grave the sword. I in peace.

52 And Solomon said, If he will | 7 But shew kindness unto the

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shew himself a worthy man,
"•there shall not a hair of him
fall to the earth: but if wicked-
ness shall be fouud in him, he
shall die.

53 So king Solomon sent, and

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they brought him down from the thee A Shimei the son of Gera,
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