Fred Miller's Revised King James' Version


CHAPTERS:  [1]  [2]  [3]  [4]  [5]  [6]  [7]  [8]  [9]  [10]  [11]  [12]  [13]  [14]  [15]  [16]  [17]  [18]  [19]  [20]  [21]  [22]  [23]  [24]


2nd. Samuel 1

1Now it was after the death of Saul, when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites and David abode two days in Ziklag; 2It was even on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes torn and earth upon his head: and it was when he came to David, that he fell to the earth and did obeisance. 3And David said to him, Where do you come from? And he said to him, I am escaped out of the camp of Israel. 4And David said to him, I beseech you, how did the matter go?, tell me. And he answered, That the people are fled from the battle and many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are also dead. 5And David said to the young man who told him, How do you know that Saul and Jonathan his son are dead? 6And the young man who told him said, As I happened by chance on Mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned on his spear; and lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him. 7And when he looked behind him, he saw me and called to me. And I answered, Here I am. 8And he said to me, Who are you? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite. 9He said to me again, Stand, I beseech you, on me, and kill me: for anguish is come on me, because my life is yet whole in me. 10So I stood on him and killed him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that was on his head and the bracelet that was on his arm and have brought them here to my lord.

11Then David took hold on his clothes, and tore them; and likewise all the men who were with him: 12And they mourned and wept and fasted for Saul and for Jonathan his son and for the people of the LORD and for the house of Israel, until evenng, because they had fallen by the sword. 13And David said to the young man who told him, Where are you from? And he answered, I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite. 14And David said to him, How were you not afraid to stretch out your hand to destroy the LORD'S anointed? 15And David called one of the young men and said, Go near, and fall on him. And he struck him so that he died. 16And David said to him, Your blood is on your head; for your mouth has testified against you, saying, I have killed the LORD'S anointed.

17And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son: 18(Also he bade them to teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.) 19The beauty of Israel is slain on your high places: how are the mighty fallen! 20Tell it not in Gath, publish it nor in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. 21You mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, nor let there be rain on you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil. 22From the blood of the slain, the bow of Jonathan did not turn back from the fat of the mighty and the sword of Saul did not return empty. 23Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. 24You daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold on your apparel. 25How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, you were killed in your high places. 26I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan: you have been very pleasant to me: your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. 27How are the mighty fallen and the weapons of war perished!


Chapter 2

1And it was after this that David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to any of the cities of Judah? And the LORD said to him, Go up. And David said, Where shall I go up? And he said, to Hebron. 2So David went up and also his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess and Abigail Nabal's wife the Carmelite. 3And David brought up his men who were with him, every man with his household: and they dwelled in the cities of Hebron. 4And the men of Judah came and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, That the men of Jabeshgilead were those who buried Saul. 5And David sent messengers to the men of Jabeshgilead and said to them, Blessed are you of the LORD, for you have shown this kindness to your lord, even to Saul and have buried him. 6And now let the LORD show kindness and truth to you: and I also will return you this kindness, because you have done this thing. 7Therefore now let your hands be strengthened and be valiant: for your master Saul is dead and also the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.

8But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ishbosheth the son of Saul and brought him over to Mahanaim; 9And made him king over Gilead and over the Ashurites and over Jezreel and over Ephraim and over Benjamin and over all Israel. 10Ishbosheth Saul's son was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel and reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David. 11And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months. 12And Abner the son of Ner and the servants of Ishbosheth the son of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon. 13And Joab the son of Zeruiah and the servants of David, went out and met together by the pool of Gibeon: and they sat down, the one on one side of the pool and the other on the other side of the pool. 14And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now rise and play before us. And Joab said, Let them rise. 15Then there rose twelve of Benjamin and they went over by number who pertained to Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David. 16And they caught every one his fellow by the head and thrust his sword in his fellow's side; so they fell down together: therefore that place was called Helkathhazzurim, which is in Gibeon. 17And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner and the men of Israel were beaten before the servants of David.

18And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab and Abishai and Asahel: and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe. 19And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he did not turn to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner. 20Then Abner looked behind him and said, are you Asahel? And he answered, I am. 21And Abner said to him, Turn aside to your right hand or to your left and lay hold on one of the young men and take his armor. But Asahel would not turn aside from following him. 22And Abner said again to Asahel, Turn aside from following me: why should I strike you to the ground? how then should I hold up my face to Joab your brother? 23But he refused to turn aside: therefore Abner struck him with the hind end of the spear under the fifth rib, so that the spear came out behind him; and he fell down there, and died in the same place: and it was, that as many as came to the place where Asahel fell down and died stood still. 24Joab also and Abishai pursued after Abner: and the sun went down when they were come to the hill of Ammah, that lies before Giah by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon.

25And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together after Abner and became one troop and stood on the top of a hill. 26Then Abner called to Joab and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? Do you not know that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall it be then, before you bid the people to return from following their brothers? 27And Joab said, As God lives, unless you had spoken, surely then in the morning the people would have gone up every one from following his brother. 28So Joab blew a trumpet and all the people stood still and did not pursue after Israel any more, nor did they fight any more. 29And Abner and his men walked all that night through the plain and passed over the Jordan and went through all Bithron and they came to Mahanaim. 30And Joab returned from following Abner: and when he had gathered all the people together, there lacked nineteen men and Asahel of David's servants. 31But the servants of David had struck Benjamin and of Abner's men, so that three hundred sixty men died. 32And they took up Asahel and buried him in the sepulcher of his father, which was in Bethlehem. And Joab and his men went all night and they came to Hebron at the break of day.


Chapter 3

1Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David grew stronger and stronger and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker. 2And sons were born to David in Hebron: and his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; 3And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; 4And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital; 5And the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah David's wife. These were born to David in Hebron. 6And it was, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong for the house of Saul.

7And Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah: and Ishbosheth said to Abner, Why have you gone in to my father's concubine? 8Then Abner was very angry at the words of Ishbosheth and said, Am I a dog's head, that you charge me today with a fault concerning this woman? (who, against Judah, shows kindness this day to the house of Saul your father, to his brothers and to his friends and I have not delivered you into the hand of David. 9Let God do to Abner and more also, except, as the LORD has sworn to David, even so I do to him; 10To translate the kingdom from the house of Saul and to set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to Beersheba. 11And he could not answer Abner a word again, because he feared him. 12And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, Whose is the land? saying also, Make your league with me and behold, my hand shall be with you, to bring all Israel about to you. 13And he said, Good; I will make a league with you: but one thing I require of you, that is, you shall not see my face, except you first bring Michal Saul's daughter, when you come to see my face. 14And David sent messengers to Ishbosheth Saul's son, saying, Deliver me my wife Michal, whom I espoused to me for a hundred foreskins of the Philistines. 15And Ishbosheth sent and took her from her husband, even from Phaltiel the son of Laish. 16And her husband went with her along weeping behind her to Bahurim. Then Abner said to him, Go, return. And he returned. 17And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, you sought for David in times past to be king over you: 18Now then do it: for the LORD has spoken of David, saying, By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel out of the hand of the Philistines and out of the hand of all their enemies. 19And Abner also spoke in the ears of Benjamin: and Abner went also to speak in the ears of David in Hebron all that seemed good to Israel and that seemed good to the whole house of Benjamin. 20So Abner came to David to Hebron and twenty men with him. And David made Abner and the men who were with him a feast. 21And Abner said to David, I will arise and go and will gather all Israel to my lord the king, that they may make a league with you and that you may reign over all that your heart desires. And David sent Abner away; and he went in peace.

22And, behold, the servants of David and Joab came from pursuing a troop and brought in a great spoil with them: but Abner was not with David in Hebron; for he had sent him away and he was gone in peace. 23When Joab and all the host which was with him were come, they told Joab, saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king and he has sent him away and he is gone in peace. 24Then Joab came to the king and said, What have you done? behold, Abner came to you; why is it that you have sent him away and he is quite gone? 25You know Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive you and to know your going out and your coming in and to know all that you do. 26And when Joab had come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, who brought him again from the well of Sirah: but David did not know it. 27And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly and struck him there under the fifth rib, so that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother. 28And afterward when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom are guiltless before the LORD for ever from the blood of Abner the son of Ner: 29Let it rest on the head of Joab and on all his father's house; and let there not fail from the house of Joab one who has an issue, or who is a leper, or who leans on a staff, or who falls on the sword, or who lacks bread. 30So Joab and Abishai his brother killed Abner, because he had killed their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle. 31And David said to Joab and to all the people who were with him, Tear your clothes and gird yourselves with sackcloth and mourn before Abner. And king David himself followed the bier. 32And they buried Abner in Hebron: and the king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner; and all the people wept. 33And the king lamented over Abner and said, Abner died as a fool dies? 34Your hands were not bound, nor your feet put into fetters: as a man falls before wicked men, so you fell. And all the people wept again over him. 35And when all the people came to cause David to eat meat while it was yet day, David swore, saying, So do God to me and more also, if I taste bread, or ought else, till the sun is down. 36And all the people took notice of it and it pleased them: as what ever the king did pleased all the people. 37For all the people and all Israel understood that day that it was not of the king to kill Abner the son of Ner. 38And the king said to his servants, Do you not know that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel? 39And this day I am weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah are too hard for me: the LORD shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.


Chapter 4

1And when Saul's son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands were feeble and all the Israelites were troubled. 2And Saul's son had two men who were captains of bands: the name of one was Baanah and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin: (for Beeroth also was reckoned to Benjamin: 3And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim and were sojourners there until this day.) 4And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son who was lame in his feet. He was five years old when the news came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel and his nurse took him up and fled: and it was, as she hurried to flee, that he fell and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth. 5And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ishbosheth, who lay on a bed at noon. 6And they came there in the midst of the house, as though they would have brought wheat; and they struck him under the fifth rib: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped. 7For he lay on his bed in his bedchamber and they struck him, when they came in the house and killed him and beheaded him and took his head and got away through the plain all night. 8And they brought the head of Ishbosheth to Hebron to David, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of Saul your enemy, who sought your life; and the LORD has avenged my lord the king this day of Saul and of his seed.

9And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said to them, As the LORD lives, who has redeemed my soul out of all adversity, 10When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good news, I took hold of him and killed him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his news: 11How much more, when wicked men have killed a righteous person in his own house on his bed? shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand and take you away from the earth? 12And David commanded his young men and they killed them and cut off their hands and their feet and hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth and buried it in the sepulcher of Abner in Hebron.


Chapter 5

1Then all the tribes of Israel came to David to Hebron and spoke, saying, Behold, we are your bone and your flesh. 2Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, you were he who led out and brought in Israel: and the LORD said to you, You shall feed my people Israel and you shall be a captain over Israel. 3So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD: and they anointed David king over Israel. 4David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned over all Israel and Judah forty years. 5He reigned over Judah in Hebron seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty three years.

6And the king and his men went to Jerusalem to the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: who spoke to David, saying, Except you take away the blind and the lame, you shall not come in here: thinking, David cannot come in here. 7But David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David. 8And David said on that day, Whoever gets up to the gutter and strikes the Jebusites and the lame and the blind, who are hated of David's soul, he shall be chief and captain. Therefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house. 9So David dwelled in the fort and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward. 10And David went on and grew great and the LORD God of hosts was with him.

11And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees and carpenters and masons: and they built David a house. 12And David perceived that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel's sake. 13And David took more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron: and there were still sons and daughters born to David. 14And these are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem; Shammua and Shobab and Nathan and Solomon, 15Ibhar also and Elishua and Nepheg and Japhia, 16And Elishama and Eliada and Eliphalet.

17But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it and went down to the hold. 18The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. 19And David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? will you deliver them into my hand? And the LORD said to David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand. 20And David came to Baalperazim and David struck them there and said, The LORD has broken forth on my enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baalperazim. 21And they left their images there and David and his men burned them. 22And the Philistines came up yet again and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. 23And when David inquired of the LORD, he said, You shall not go up; but go around behind them and come on them opposite the mulberry trees. 24And let it be, when you hear the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then you shall stir yourself: for then the LORD shall go out before you to strike the host of the Philistines. 25And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and he struck the Philistines from Geba until you come to Gazer.


Chapter 6

1Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2And David rose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts who dwells between the cherubim. 3And they set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart. 4And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark. 5And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries and on timbrels and on cornets and on cymbals.

6And when they came to Nachon's threshing floor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. 7And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God struck him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God. 8And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach on Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day. 9And David was afraid of the LORD that day and said, How shall the ark of the LORD come to me? 10So David would not remove the ark of the LORD to him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite. 11And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom and all his household.

12And it was told king David, saying, The LORD has blessed the house of Obededom and all that pertains to him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness. 13And it was so, that when those who bore the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings. 14And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. 15So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet. 16And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart. 17And they brought in the ark of the LORD and set it in its place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD. 18And as soon as David had finished offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts. 19And he divided among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, to the women as well as men, to every one a cake of bread and a good piece of flesh and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to his house.

20Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, How glorious was the king of Israel today, who uncovered himself today in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovers himself! 21And David said to Michal, It was before the LORD, who chose me before your father and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore I will play before the LORD. 22And I will be still more vile than this and will be base in my own sight: and of the maidservants of whom you have spoken, I shall be had in honor by them. 23Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.


Chapter 7

1And it was, when the king sat in his house and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies; 2That the king said to Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within curtains. 3And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in your heart; for the LORD is with you.

4And it was that night, that the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying, 5Go and tell my servant David, Thus says the LORD, Shall you build me a house for me to dwell in? 6Whereas I have not dwelled 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. 7In all the places in which I have walked with all the children of Israel did I speak a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why do you not build a house of cedar for me? 8Now therefore so shall you say to my servant David, Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel: 9And I was with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies out of your sight and have made you a great name, like the names of the great men who are in the earth. 10Also I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and not move anymore; nor shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as previously, 11And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. Also the LORD tells you that he will make you a house. 12And when your days are fulfilled and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who shall proceed out of your bowels and I will establish his kingdom. 13He shall build a house for my name and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14I will be his father and he shall be my son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the stripes of the children of men: 15But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before you. 16And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you: your throne shall be established forever. 17According to all these words and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak to David.

18Then king David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? 19And this was yet a small thing in your sight, O Lord GOD; but you have spoken also of your servant's house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord GOD? 20And what can David say more to you? for you, Lord GOD, know your servant. 21For your word's sake and according to your own heart, you have done all these great things, to make your servant know them. 22Therefore you are great, O LORD God: for there is no one like you, nor is there any God beside you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 23And what one nation in the earth is like your 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 and terrible things for your land, before your people, who you redeemed to you from Egypt, from the nations and their gods? 24For you have confirmed to yourself your people Israel to be a people to you for ever: and you, LORD, are become their God. 25And now, O LORD God, the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, do as you have said and establish it forever. 26And let your name be magnified forever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of your servant David be established before you. 27For you, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, have revealed to your servant, saying, I will build you a house: therefore your servant has found in his heart to pray this prayer to you. 28And now, O Lord GOD, you are that God and your words are true and you have promised this goodness to your servant: 29Therefore now let it please you to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you: for you, O Lord GOD, have spoken it: and with your blessing let the house of your servant be blessed forever.


Chapter 8

1And after this it was, that David struck the Philistines and subdued them: and David took Methegammah out of the hand of the Philistines. 2And he struck Moab and measured them with a line, casting them down to the ground; even with two lines: with one line he measured to put to death and with one full line to keep alive. And so the Moabites became David's servants, and brought gifts. 3David struck also Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his border at the river Euphrates. 4And David took from him a thousand chariots and seven hundred horsemen and twenty thousand footmen: and David houghed all the chariot horses, but reserved a hundred chariots of them. 5And when the Syrians of Damascus came to succor Hadadezer king of Zobah, David killed of the Syrians twenty two thousand men. 6Then David put garrisons in Damascus of Syria: and the Syrians became servants to David, and brought gifts. And the LORD preserved David wherever he went. 7And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem. 8And from Betah and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer and king David took exceedingly much brass.

9When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had struck all the host of Hadadezer, 10Then Toi sent Joram his son to king David, to salute him and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and struck him: for Hadadezer had wars with Toi. And Joram brought vessels of silver and vessels of gold and vessels of brass with him: 11Which also king David dedicated to the LORD, with the silver and gold that he had dedicated from all nations which he subdued; 12Of Syria and of Moab and of the children of Ammon and of the Philistines and of Amalek, and of the spoil of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah. 13And David got him a name when he returned from striking the Syrians in the valley of salt, being eighteen thousand men. 14And he put garrisons in Edom; he put garrisons throughout all Edom and all those of Edom became David's servants. And the LORD preserved David wherever he went.

15And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and justice to all his people. 16And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder; 17And Zadok the son of Ahitub and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, were the priests; and Seraiah was the scribe; 18And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief rulers.


Chapter 9

1And David said, Is there anyone who is left yet of the house of Saul, that I may show kindness to him for Jonathan's sake? 2And there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him to David, the king said to him, are you Ziba? And he said, Your servant is he. 3And the king said, Is there not anyone yet of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him? And Ziba said to the king, Jonathan still has a son, who is lame in his feet. 4And the king said to him, Where is he? And Ziba said to the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar. 5Then king David sent and brought him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar. 6Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come to David, he fell on his face and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold your servant! 7And David said to him, Fear not: for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father's sake and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father; and you shall eat bread at my table continually. 8And he bowed himself and said, What is your servant, that you should look on such a dead dog as I am?

9Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant and said to him, I have given to your master's son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house. 10You therefore and your sons and your servants, shall till the land for him and you shall bring in the fruits, that your master's son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth your master's son shall always eat bread at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11Then Ziba said to the king, According to all that my lord the king has commanded his servant, so shall your servant do. As for Mephibosheth, the king said, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king's sons. 12And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha. And all who dwelled in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth. 13So Mephibosheth dwelled in Jerusalem: for he ate continually at the king's table; and was lame on both his feet.


Chapter 10

1And it was after this, that the king of the children of Ammon died and Hanun his son reigned in his place. 2Then David said, I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father showed kindness to me. And David sent to comfort him by the hand of his servants for his father. And David's servants came into the land of the children of Ammon. 3And the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun their lord, Do you think that David honors your father, because he has sent comforters to you? has not David rather sent his servants to you, to search the city and to spy it out and to overthrow it? 4Therefore Hanun took David's servants and shaved off one half of their beards and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks and sent them away. 5When they told it to David, he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed: and the king said, Wait at Jericho until your beards are grown and then return.

6And when the children of Ammon saw that they reeked before David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Bethrehob and the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand footmen and a thousand men of king Maacah and twelve thousand men of Ishtob. 7And when David heard of it, he sent Joab and all the host of the mighty men. 8And the children of Ammon came out and put the battle in array at the entering in of the gate: and the Syrians of Zoba and of Rehob and Ishtob and Maacah, were by themselves in the field. 9When Joab saw that the front of the battle was against him before and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians: 10And the rest of the people he delivered into the hand of Abishai his brother, that he might put them in array against the children of Ammon. 11And he said, If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me: but if the children of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will come and help you. 12Be of good courage and let us play the men for our people and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seems good to him. 13And Joab and the people who were with him drew near to the battle against the Syrians,, and they fled before him. 14And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians had fled, then they also fled before Abishai and entered into the city. So Joab returned from the children of Ammon and came to Jerusalem. 15And when the Syrians saw that they were struck before Israel, they gathered themselves together. 16And Hadarezer sent and brought out the Syrians who were beyond the river: and they came to Helam; and Shobach the captain of the host of Hadarezer went before them. 17And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together and passed over the Jordan and came to Helam. And the Syrians set themselves in array against David and fought with him. 18And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David killed the men of seven hundred chariots of the Syrians and forty thousand horsemen and struck Shobach the captain of their host, who died there. 19And when all the kings who were servants to Hadarezer saw that they were struck before Israel, they made peace with Israel and served them. So the Syrians were afraid to help the children of Ammon any more.


Chapter 11

1And it was, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go out 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 waited still at Jerusalem. 2And it was on an evening, that David rose from off his bed and walked on 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 on. 3And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? 4And David sent messengers and took her; and she came in to him and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned to her house. 5And the woman conceived and sent and told David and said, I am with child.

6And David sent to Joab, saying, Send Uriah the Hittite to me. And Joab sent Uriah to David. 7And when Uriah had come to him, David demanded of him how Joab did and how the people did and how the war was prospering. 8And David said to Uriah, Go down to your house and wash your feet. And Uriah departed out of the king's house and a portion of meat from the king followed him 9But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all of his lord's servants and did not go down to his house. 10And when they told David, saying, Uriah did not go down to his house, David said to Uriah, did you not come from a journey? why did you not go down to your house? 11And Uriah said to David, The ark and Israel and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord, are camped in the open fields; shall I then go into my house, to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? as you live and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing. 12And David said to Uriah, Wait here today also and tomorrow I will let you depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day and the next. 13And when David had called him, he ate and drank before him; and he made him drunk: and at evening he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but did not go down to his house.

14And it was in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire from him, that he may be struck and die. 16And it was, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah to a place where he knew that valiant men were. 17And the men of the city went out and fought with Joab: and some of the people of the servants of David fell there; and Uriah the Hittite also died. 18Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war; 19And charged the messenger, saying, When you have finished telling the matters of the war to the king, 20And if the king's anger rises and he says to you, Why did you approach so near to the city when you fought? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall? 21Who struck Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast a piece of a millstone on him from the wall, so that he died in Thebez? why did you go near the wall? then say, Your servant Uriah the Hittite is also dead. 22So the messenger went and came and showed David all that Joab had sent him for. 23And the messenger said to David, Surely the men prevailed against us, and came out to us into the field and we were on them even to the entering of the gate. 24And the shooters shot from off the wall on your servants; and some of the king's servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is also dead. 25Then David said to the messenger, Thus shall you say to Joab, Let not this thing displease you, for the sword devours one as well as another: make your battle stronger against the city and overthrow it: and you shall encourage him. 26And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. 27And when the mourning was past, David sent and brought her to his house and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.


Chapter 12

1And the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said to him, There were two men in one city; the one rich and the other poor. 2The rich man had exceedingly many flocks and herds: 3But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him and with his children; it ate of his own food and drank of his own cup and lay in his bosom and was to him as a daughter. 4And a traveler came to the rich man and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man who had come to him; but took the poor man's lamb and dressed it for the man who had come to him. 5And David's anger was kindled greatly against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD lives, the man who has done this thing shall surely die: 6And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and because he had no pity. 7And Nathan said to David, You are the man. Thus says the LORD God of Israel, I anointed you king over Israel and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul; 8And I gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your bosom and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would also have given to you such and such things. 9Wherefore have you despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? you have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the children of Ammon. 10Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house; because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife. 11Thus says the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12For you did it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. 13And David said to Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said to David, The LORD has also put away your sin; you shall not die. 14But, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die.

15And Nathan departed to his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bore to David and it was very sick. 16David therefore sought God for the child; and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the earth. 17And the elders of his house rose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, nor would he eat bread with them. 18And it was on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he would not listen to our voice: how then will he vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead? 19But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said to his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. 20Then David rose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his apparel and came into the house of the LORD and worshiped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him and he ate. 21Then said his servants to him, What thing is this that you have done? you fasted and wept for the child, while he was alive; but when the child was dead, you rose and ate bread. 22And he said, While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? 23But now that he is dead, why should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me. 24And David comforted Bathsheba his wife and went in to her and lay with her: and she bore a son and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him. 25And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD.

26And Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon and took the royal city. 27And Joab sent messengers to David and said, I have fought against Rabbah and have taken the city of waters. 28Now therefore gather the rest of the people together and encamp against the city, and take it: lest I take the city and it be called after my name. 29And David gathered all the people together and went to Rabbah and fought against it and took it. 30And he took their king's crown from off his head, the weight whereof was a talent of gold with the precious stones: and it was set on David's head. And he brought forth the spoil of the city in great abundance. 31And he brought forth the people who were in it and put them under saws, and under harrows of iron and under axes of iron and made them pass through the brickkiln: and thus he did to all the cities of the children of Ammon. So David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.


Chapter 13

1And it was after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her. 2And Amnon was vexed, so that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for him to do any thing to her. 3But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother: and Jonadab was a very subtle man. 4And he said to him, Why, as the king's son, are you lean from day to day? will you not tell me? And Amnon said to him, I love Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister. 5And Jonadab said to him, Lay down on your bed and make yourself sick: and when your father comes to see you, say to him, I beseech you, let my sister Tamar come and give me food and dress the food in my sight, that I may see it and eat it at her hand. 6So Amnon lay down and made himself sick: and when the king had come to see him, Amnon said to the king, I beseech you, let Tamar my sister come and make me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat at her hand. 7Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, Go now to your brother Amnon's house and dress him food. 8So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house; and he was lying down. And she took flour and kneaded it and made cakes in his sight and baked the cakes. 9And she took a pan and poured them out before him; but he refused to eat. And Amnon said, All men go out from me. And every man went out from him. 10And Amnon said to Tamar, Bring the food into the chamber, that I may eat of your hand. And Tamar took the cakes which she had made and brought them to Amnon her brother into the chamber. 11And when she had brought them to him to eat, he took hold of her and said to her, Come lie with me, my sister. 12And she answered him, No, my brother, do not force me; for no such thing should be done in Israel: do not do this folly. 13And I, where shall I cause my shame to go? and as for you, you shall be as one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, I beseech you, speak to the king; for he will not withhold me from you. 14But he would not listen to her voice: but, being stronger than she, forced her and lay with her. 15Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, Rise, be gone. 16And she said to him, There is no cause: this evil in sending me away is greater than the other that you did to me. But he would not listen to her. 17Then he called his servant who ministered to him and said, Put this woman out from me now and bolt the door after her. 18And she had a garment of divers colors on her: for with such robes the king's daughters who were virgins were dressed. Then his servant brought her out and bolted the door after her. 19And Tamar put ashes on her head and tore her garment of divers colors which was on her and laid her hand on her head and went on crying. 20And Absalom her brother said to her, has Amnon your brother been with you? but now hold your peace, my sister: he is your brother; do not regard this thing. So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom's house.

21But when king David heard of all these things, he was very angry. 22But Absalom did not speak to his brother Amnon good or bad: and Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar. 23And it was after two full years, that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baalhazor, which is beside Ephraim: and Absalom invited all the king's sons. 24And Absalom came to the king and said, Behold now, your servant has sheepshearers; let the king, I beseech you and his servants go with your servant. 25And the king said to Absalom, No, my son, let us not all go now, lest we are chargeable to you. And he pressed him: but he would not go, but blessed him. 26Then said Absalom, If not, I beseech you, let my brother Amnon go with us. And the king said to him, Why should he go with you? 27But Absalom pressed him, so that he let Amnon and all the king's sons go with him. 28Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Now mark when Amnon's heart is merry with wine and when I say to you, Strike Amnon; then kill him, do not fear: have not I commanded you? be courageous and be valiant. 29And the servants of Absalom did to Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons rose and every man went on his mule and fled.

30And it was, while they were in the way, that news came to David, saying, Absalom has killed all the king's sons and there is not one of them left. 31Then the king arose and tore his garments and lay on the earth; and all his servants stood by with their torn clothes. 32And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother, answered and said, Let not my lord suppose that they have killed all the young men the king's sons; for Amnon only is dead: for by the appointment of Absalom this has been determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar. 33Now therefore let not my lord the king take the thing to his heart, to think that all the king's sons are dead: for only Amnon is dead. 34But Absalom fled. And the young man who kept the watch lifted up his eyes and looked and behold, many people came by the way of the hillside behind him. 35And Jonadab said to the king, Behold, the king's sons come: as your servant said, so it is. 36And it was, as soon as he had finished speaking, that, behold, the king's sons came and lifted up their voices and wept: and the king also and all his servants wept very sore. 37But Absalom fled and went to Talmai, the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day. 38So Absalom fled and went to Geshur and was there three years. 39And the soul of king David longed to go forth to Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.


Chapter 14

1Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king's heart was toward Absalom. 2And Joab sent to Tekoah and brought a wise woman from there and said to her, I beseech you, feign yourself to be a mourner and now put on mourning apparel, but do not anoint yourself with oil, but be as a woman who had mourned a long time for the dead: 3And come to the king and speak on this manner to him. So Joab put the words in her mouth. 4And when the woman of Tekoah spoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground and did obeisance and said, Help, O king. 5And the king said to her, What troubles you? And she answered, I am indeed a widow woman, and my husband is dead. 6And your handmaid had two sons and the two struggled together in the field and there was no one to separate them and one struck the other and killed him. 7And, behold, the whole family has risen against your handmaid and they said, Deliver him who struck his brother, so that we may kill him for the life of his brother whom he killed; and we will destroy the heir also: and so they shall quench my coal which is left and shall not leave to my husband neither name nor remainder on the earth. 8And the king said to the woman, Go to your house and I will give charge concerning you. 9And the woman of Tekoah said to the king, My lord, O king, the iniquity be on me and on my father's house: and the king and his throne be guiltless. 10And the king said, Whoever says anything to you, bring him to me and he shall not touch you any more. 11Then she said, I beseech you, let the king remember the LORD your God, that you would not suffer the revengers of blood to destroy any more, lest they destroy my son. And he said, As the LORD lives, there shall not one hair of your son fall to the earth. 12Then the woman said, Let your handmaid, I beseech you, speak one word to my lord the king. And he said, Say on. 13And the woman said, Why then have you thought such a thing against the people of God? for the king speaks this thing as one who is faulty, in that the king does not bring home again his banished. 14For we must needs die and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither does God respect any person: yet he devises means, that his banished are not expelled from him. 15Now therefore that I am come to speak of this thing to my lord the king, it is because the people have made me afraid: and your handmaid said, I will now speak to the king; it may be that the king will perform the request of his handmaid. 16For the king will hear, to deliver his handmaid out of the hand of the man who would destroy me and my son together out of the inheritance of God. 17Then your handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and bad: therefore the LORD your God will be with you. 18Then the king answered and said to the woman, Do not hide it from me, I beseech you, the thing that I shall ask you. And the woman said, Let my lord the king now speak. 19And the king said, Is the hand of Joab with you in all this? And the woman answered and said, As your soul lives, my lord the king, no one can turn to the right hand or to the left from anything that my lord the king has spoken: for your servant Joab, bade me and put all these words in the mouth of your handmaid: 20To bring about this form of speech your servant Joab has done this thing: and my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth.

21And the king said to Joab, Behold now, I will do this thing: go therefore, bring the young man Absalom again. 22And Joab fell to the ground on his face and bowed himself and thanked the king: and Joab said, Today your servant knows that I have found grace in your sight, my lord, O king, in that the king has fulfilled the request of his servant. 23So Joab rose and went to Geshur and brought Absalom to Jerusalem. 24And the king said, Let him turn to his own house, and let him not see my face. So Absalom returned to his own house and did not see the king's face. 25But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: there was no blemish in him from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head. 26And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year's end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king's weight. 27And to Absalom there were born three sons and one daughter, whose name was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance.

28So Absalom dwelled two full years in Jerusalem, and did not see the king's face. 29Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king; but he would not come to him: and when he sent again the second time, he would not come. 30Therefore he said to his servants, See, Joab's field is near mine and he has barley there; go and set it on fire. And Absalom's servants set the field on fire. 31Then Joab arose and came to Absalom to his house and said to him, Why have your servants set my field on fire? 32And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent to you, saying, Come here, that I may send you to the king, to say, Why have I come from Geshur? it would have been good for me to be still there: now therefore let me see the king's face; and if there is any iniquity in me, let him kill me. 33So Joab came to the king and told him: and when he had called for Absalom, he came to the king and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king: and the king kissed Absalom.


Chapter 15

1And it was after this, that Absalom prepared chariots and horses and fifty men to run before him. 2And Absalom rose up early and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man who had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called to him and said, Of what city are you? And he said, Your servant is of one of the tribes of Israel. 3And Absalom said to him, See, your matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear you. 4Absalom also said, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man who has any suit or cause might come to me and I would do him justice! 5And it was so, that when any man came near to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand and took him and kissed him. 6And in this manner Absalom did to all Israel who came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

7And it was at the end four years, (Heb. Forty years) that Absalom said to the king, I beseech you, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed to the LORD, in Hebron. 8For your servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the LORD shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will serve the LORD. 9And the king said to him, Go in peace. So he arose and went to Hebron. 10But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then you shall say, Absalom reigns in Hebron. 11And two hundred men went with Absalom out of Jerusalem, who were called; and they went in their simplicity and they did not know any thing. 12And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counselor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom.

13And a messenger came to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom. 14And David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, Arise and let us flee; for we shall not otherwise escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly and bring evil on us and strike the city with the edge of the sword. 15And the king's servants said to the king, Behold, your servants are ready to do what ever my lord the king shall appoint. 16And the king went out and all his household after him. And the king left ten women, who were concubines, to keep the house. 17And the king went out and all the people after him, and waited in a place that was far off. 18And all his servants passed on beside him; and all the Cherethites and all the Pelethites and all the Gittites passed on before the king, six hundred men who came after him from Gath. 19Then the king said to Ittai the Gittite, Why do you also go with us? return to your place and abide with the king: for you are a foreigner and also an exile. 20Whereas you only came yesterday, should I this day make you go up and down with us? seeing I go where I may. Return and take your brothers back: let mercy and truth be with you. 21And Ittai answered the king and said, As the LORD lives and as my lord the king lives, surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there your servant will also be. 22And David said to Ittai, Go and pass over. And Ittai the Gittite passed over and all his men, and all the little ones who were with him. 23And all the country wept with a loud voice and all the people passed over: the king also himself passed over the brook Kidron and all the people passed over toward the way of the wilderness.

24And lo, Zadok also and all the Levites with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of God: and they set down the ark of God; and Abiathar went up, until all the people had finished passing out of the city. 25And the king said to Zadok, Carry the ark of God back into the city: if I shall find favor in the eyes of the LORD, he will bring me again and show me both it and his habitation: 26But if he says thus, I have no delight in you; behold, here I am, let him do to me as seems good to him. 27The king also said to Zadok the priest, are you a seer? return into the city in peace and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz your son and Jonathan the son of Abiathar. 28See, I will wait in the plain of the wilderness, until word comes from you to certify me. 29Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God back to Jerusalem: and they waited there. 30And David went up by the ascent of Olivet and wept as he went up and had his head covered and he went barefoot: and all the people who were with him, every man covered his head and they went up, weeping as they went up.

31And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I beseech you, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness. 32And it was, that when David was come to the top of the mount, where he worshiped God, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet him with his coat torn and earth on his head: 33To whom David said, If you pass on with me, then you shall be a burden to me: 34But if you return to the city and say to Absalom, I will be your servant, O king; as I have been your father's servant before, so I will now also be your servant: then you may defeat the counsel of Ahithophel for me . 35And you have Zadok and Abiathar the priests there with you? therefore it shall be, that whatever thing you shall hear out of the king's house, you shall tell it to Zadok and Abiathar the priests. 36Behold, they have there with them their two sons, Ahimaaz Zadok's son and Jonathan Abiathar's son; and by them you shall send to me every thing that you can hear. 37So David's friend Hushai came into the city and Absalom came into Jerusalem.


Chapter 16

1And when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled and on them two hundred loaves of bread and a hundred bunches of raisins and a hundred summer fruits and a bottle of wine. 2And the king said to Ziba, What do you mean by these? And Ziba said, The asses are for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as are faint in the wilderness may drink. 3And the king said and where is your master's son? And Ziba said to the king, Behold, he abides at Jerusalem: for he said, Today shall the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father. 4Then the king said to Ziba, Behold, all that pertains to Mephibosheth is yours. And Ziba said, I humbly beseech you that I may find grace in your sight, my lord, O king.

5And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, a man of the family of the house of Saul came out from there, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he came out and cursed while he came. 6And he cast stones at David and at all the servants of king David: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. 7And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, you bloody man and you man of Belial: 8The LORD has returned on you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned; and the LORD has delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom your son: and behold, you are taken in your mischief, because you are a bloody man. 9Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? I beseech you, let me go over and take off his head. 10And the king said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? so let him curse, because the LORD has said to him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Why have you done so? 11And David said to Abishai and to all his servants, Behold, my son, who came forth of my bowels, seeks my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone and let him curse; for the LORD has bidden him. 12It may be that the LORD will look on my affliction and that the LORD will return good to me for his cursing this day. 13And as David and his men went by the way, Shimei went along on the hillside opposite him and cursed as he went and threw stones at him and cast dust. 14And the king and all the people who were with him, came weary and refreshed themselves there.

15And Absalom and all the people the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem and Ahithophel with him. 16And it was, when Hushai the Archite, David's friend, had come to Absalom, that Hushai said to Absalom, God save the king, God save the king. 17And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this your kindness to your friend? why did you not go with your friend? 18And Hushai said to Absalom, No; but whom the LORD and this people and all the men of Israel, choose, I be will his and I will abide with him. 19And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in your father's presence, so will I be in your presence. 20Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do. 21And Ahithophel said to Absalom, Go in to your father's concubines, who he has left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that you are abhorred of your father: then the hands of all who are with you shall be strong. 22So they spread Absalom a tent on the top of the house; and Absalom went in to his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel. 23And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counseled in those days, was as if a man had inquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.


Chapter 17

1Also Ahithophel said to Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men and I will arise and pursue after David this night: 2And I will come on him while he is weary and weak handed and will make him afraid: and all the people who are with him shall flee; and I will strike only the king: 3And I will bring back all the people to you: the man whom you seek is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace. 4And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel. 5Then Absalom said, Now also call Hushai the Archite and let us hear likewise what he says. 6And when Hushai had come to Absalom, Absalom spoke to him, saying, Ahithophel has spoken after this manner: shall we do after his saying? if not; speak. 7And Hushai said to Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel has given is not good at this time. 8For, Hushai said, you know your father and his men, that they are mighty men and they are chafed in their minds, as a bear robbed of her whelps in the field: and your father is a man of war and will not lodge with the people. 9Behold, he is now hidden in some pit, or in some other place: and it will be, when some of them are overthrown at the first, that whoever hears it will say, There is a slaughter among the people who follow Absalom. 10And he also who is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, shall utterly melt: for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man and they who are with him are valiant men. 11Therefore I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered to you, from Dan even to Beersheba, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude; and that you go to battle in your own person. 12So shall we come on him in some place where he shall be found and we will light on him as the dew falls on the ground: and there shall not be left so much as one of him and of all the men who are with him. 13Also, if he is gone into a city, then shall all Israel bring ropes to that city and we will draw it into the river, until there is not one small stone found there. 14And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the LORD had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the LORD might bring evil on Absalom.

15Then Hushai said to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel; and thus and thus have I counseled. 16Now therefore send quickly and tell David, saying, Do not lodge this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king and all the people who are with him be swallowed up. 17Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by Enrogel; so that they might not be seen to come into the city: and a maidservant went and told them; and they went and told king David. 18But a lad saw them, and told Absalom: but both of them went away quickly and came to a man's house in Bahurim, who had a well in his court; where they went down. 19And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth and spread ground corn on it; and the thing was not known. 20And when Absalom's servants came to the woman to the house, they said, Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said to them, They are gone over the brook of water. And when they had searched and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem. 21And it was, after they were departed, that they came up out of the well and went and told king David and said to David, Arise and pass quickly over the water: for thus has Ahithophel counseled against you. 22Then David arose and all the people who were with him and they passed over the Jordan: by the morning light there did not lack one of them who had not gone over the Jordan. 23And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass and arose and went home to his house, to his city and put his household in order and hanged himself and died, and was buried in the sepulcher of his father. 24Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over the Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him. 25And Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of Joab: which Amasa was the son of a man an Israelite whose name was Ithra who had gone into Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah Joab's mother. 26So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land of Gilead. 27And it was when David had come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lodebar and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim, 28Brought beds and basons and earthen vessels and wheat and barley and flour and parched corn and beans and lentiles and parched pulse, 29And honey and butter and sheep and cow's cheese for David and for the people who were with him, to eat: for they said, The people are hungry and weary and thirsty, in the wilderness.


Chapter 18

1And David numbered the people who were with him and set captains of thousands and captains of hundreds over them. 2And David sent out a third part of the people under the hand of Joab and a third part under the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother and a third part under the hand of Ittai the Gittite. And the king said to the people, I will also surely go out with you myself. 3But the people answered, You shall not go out: for if we flee away, they will not care for us; nor if half of us die, will they care for us: but now you are worth ten thousand of us: therefore now it is better that you support us out of the city. 4And the king said to them, Whatever seems best to you I will do. And the king stood by the gate side and all the people came out by hundreds and by thousands. 5And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom. And all the people heard when the king gave all the captains charge concerning Absalom. 6So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the battle was in the woods of Ephraim; 7Where the people of Israel were killed before the servants of David and there was there a great slaughter that day of twenty thousand men. 8For the battle was scattered there over the face of all the country: and the woods devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

9And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode on a mule and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak and his head caught hold of the oak and he was taken up between heaven and earth; and the mule that was under him went away. 10And a certain man saw it and told Joab and said, Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak. 11And Joab said to the man who told him and behold, you saw him and why did you not strike him there to the ground? and I would have given you ten shekels of silver and a girdle. 12And the man said to Joab, Though I should receive a thousand shekels of silver in my hand, yet I would not put forth my hand against the king's son: for in our hearing the king charged you and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Beware that no one touch the young man Absalom. 13Otherwise I should have worked folly against my own life: for there is no matter hidden from the king and you yourself would have set yourself against me. 14Then Joab said, I can not wait with you. And he took three darts in his hand and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was still alive in the midst of the oak. 15And ten young men who bore Joab's armor surrounded and struck Absalom and killed him. 16And Joab blew the trumpet and the people returned from pursuing after Israel: for Joab held back the people. 17And they took Absalom and cast him into a great pit in the woods and laid a very great heap of stones on him: and all Israel fled every one to his tent. 18Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up a pillar for himself, which is in the king's dale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called Absalom's place to this day.

19Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, Let me now run and bear news to the king, how that the LORD has avenged him of his enemies. 20And Joab said to him, You shall not bear news this day, but you shall bear news another day: but this day you shall bear no news, because the king's son is dead. 21Then Joab said to Cushi, Go tell the king what you have seen. And Cushi bowed himself to Joab and ran. 22Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said yet again to Joab, But however, I beseech you, let me also run after Cushi. And Joab said, Why will you run, my son, seeing that you have no news ready? 23But he said, let me run. And he said to him, Run. Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain and overran Cushi. 24And David sat between the two gates: and the watchman went up to the roof over the gate to the wall and lifted up his eyes, and looked and behold a man was running alone. 25And the watchman cried and told the king. And the king said, If he is alone, there is news in his mouth. And he came quickly and drew near. 26And the watchman saw another man running: and the watchman called to the porter and said, Behold another man is running alone. And the king said, He also brings news. 27And the watchman said, I think the running of the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king said, He is a good man and comes with good news. 28And Ahimaaz called and said to the king, All is well. And he fell down to the earth on his face before the king and said, Blessed be the LORD your God, who has delivered up the men who lifted up their hand against my lord the king. 29And the king said, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Ahimaaz answered, When Joab sent the king's servant and me your servant, I saw a great tumult, but I did not know what it was. 30And the king said to him, Turn aside, and stand here. And he turned aside and stood still. 31And, behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, News, my lord the king: for the LORD has avenged you this day of all those who rose up against you. 32And the king said to Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Cushi answered, The enemies of my lord the king and all who rise against you to do you hurt, be as that young man is. 33And the king was greatly moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would to God I had died for you, O Absalom, my son, my son!


Chapter 19

1And it was told to Joab, Behold, the king weeps and mourns for Absalom. 2And the victory that day was turned into mourning to all the people: for the people heard it said that day how the king was grieved for his son. 3And the people came by stealth into the city that day, as people being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle. 4But the king covered his face and the king cried with a loud voice, O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son! 5And Joab came into the house to the king and said, You have shamed the faces of all your servants this day , who this day have saved your life and the lives of your sons and your daughters and the lives of your wives and the lives of your concubines; 6In that you love your enemies and hate your friends. For you have declared this day, that you regard neither princes nor servants: for this day I perceive, that if Absalom had lived and this day we had all died, then it would please you well. 7Now therefore rise, go out and speak comfortably to your servants: for I swear by the LORD, if you do not go out, there will not be one to wait with you this night: and that will be worse to you than all the evil that befell you from your youth until now. 8Then the king rose and sat in the gate. And they told all the people, saying, Behold, the king sits in the gate. And all the people came before the king: for Israel had fled every man to his tent.

9And all the people were at strife throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, The king saved us out of the hand of our enemies and he delivered us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now he has fled out of the land for Absalom. 10And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why do you not speak a word of bringing the king back? 11And king David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak to the elders of Judah, saying, Why are you the last to bring the king back to his house? seeing the speech of all Israel is come to the king, even to his house. 12You are my brothers, you are my bones and my flesh: why then are you the last to bring back the king? 13And say to Amasa, are you not of my bone and of my flesh? God do so to me and more also, if you will not be captain of the host before me continually in the room of Joab. 14And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as the heart of one man; so that they sent this word to the king, Return and all your servants. 15So the king returned and came to the Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over the Jordan.

16And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, who was of Bahurim, hurried and came down with the men of Judah to meet king David. 17And there were a thousand men of Benjamin with him and Ziba the servant of the house of Saul and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants with him; and they went over the Jordan before the king. 18And a ferry boat went over to carry over the king's household and to do what he thought good. And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king, when he came over the Jordan; 19And said to the king, Let not my lord impute iniquity to me, nor remember that which your servant perversely did the day that my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his heart. 20For your servant knows that I have sinned: therefore, behold, I have come the first this day of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my lord the king. 21But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the LORD'S anointed? 22And David said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah, that you should this day be adversaries to me? shall there be any man put to death this day in Israel? for do I not know that I am king over Israel this day? 23Therefore the king said to Shimei, You shall not die. And the king swore to him.

24And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came again in peace. 25And it was when he had come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said to him, Why did you not go with me, Mephibosheth? 26And he answered, My lord, O king, my servant deceived me: for your servant said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride on it and go to the king; because your servant is lame. 27And he has slandered your servant to my lord the king; but my lord the king is as an angel of God: do therefore what is good in your eyes. 28For all of my father's house were but dead men before my lord the king: yet you set your servant among them who ate at your own table. What right therefore have I yet to cry any more to the king? 29And the king said to him, Why do you speak any more of your matters? I have said, You and Ziba divide the land. 30And Mephibosheth said to the king, Yes, let him take it all, forasmuch as my lord the king is come again in peace to his own house.

31And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim and went over the Jordan with the king, to conduct him over the Jordan. 32Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even eighty years old: and he had provided the king with sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim; for he was a very great man. 33And the king said to Barzillai, Come over with me and I will feed you with me in Jerusalem. 34And Barzillai said to the king, How long have I to live, that I should go up with the king to Jerusalem? 35I am eighty years old this day: and can I discern between good and evil? can your servant taste what I eat or what I drink? can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women? why then should your servant be yet a burden to my lord the king? 36Your servant will go a little way over the Jordan with the king: and why should the king recompense me with such a reward? 37 I beseech you, let your servant turn back again, that I may die in my own city, and be buried by the grave of my father and of my mother. But behold your servant Chimham; let him go over with my lord the king; and do to him what shall seem good to you. 38And the king answered, Chimham shall go over with me and I will do to him that which shall seem good to you: and what ever you shall require of me, that I will do for you. 39And all the people went over the Jordan. And when the king had come over, the king kissed Barzillai and blessed him; and he returned to his own place.

40Then the king went on to Gilgal and Chimham went on with him: and all the people of Judah conducted the king and also half the people of Israel. 41And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king and said to the king, Why have our brothers the men of Judah stolen you away, and have brought the king and his household and all David's men with him, over the Jordan? 42And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the king is near of kin to us: why then are you angry for this matter? have we eaten at all at the king's cost? or has he given us any gift? 43And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah and said, We have ten parts in the king, and we also have more right in David than you: why then did you despise us, that our advice should not be had first in bringing back our king? And the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.


Chapter 20

1And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet and said, We have no part in David, nor have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: O Israel, every man to his tent. 2So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clung to their king, from the Jordan even to Jerusalem. 3And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house and put them in custody and fed them, but did not go into them. So they were shut up to the day of their death, living in widowhood.

4Then the king said to Amasa, Assemble the men of Judah for me within three days and you be present here. 5So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: but he waited longer than the set time which he had appointed him. 6And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than Absalom: take your lord's servants and pursue after him, lest he get fenced cities and escape from us. 7And Joab's men went out after him and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites and all the mighty men: and they went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri. 8When they were at the great stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa went before them. And Joab's garment that he had put on was girded to him and on it a girdle with a sword fastened on his loins in its sheath; and as he went out it fell out. 9And Joab said to Amasa, are you in health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him. 10But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joab's hand: so he struck him with it in the fifth rib and shed out his bowels to the ground and did not strike him again; and he died. So Joab and Abishai his brother pursued after Sheba the son of Bichri. 11And one of Joab's men stood by him and said, He who favors Joab and he who is for David, let him go after Joab. 12And Amasa wallowed in 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 on him, when he saw that every one who came by him stood still. 13When he was removed out of the highway, all the people went on after Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.

14And he went through all the tribes of Israel to Abel and to Bethmaachah and all the Berites: and they were gathered together and also went after him. 15And they came and besieged him in Abel of Bethmaachah and they cast up a bank against the city and it stood in the trench: and all the people who were with Joab battered the wall, to throw it down. 16Then a wise woman cried out of the city, Hear, hear; I beseech you, say to Joab, Come near here, so that I may speak with you. 17And when he had come near to her, the woman said, are you Joab? And he answered, I am. Then she said to him, Hear the words of your handmaid. And he answered, I hear. 18Then she spoke, saying, They used to speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter. 19I am peaceable and faithful in Israel: and you seek to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why will you swallow up the inheritance of the LORD? 20And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy. 21The matter is not so: but a man of Mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name, has lifted up his hand against the king, even against David: deliver him only and I will depart from the city. And the woman said to Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to you over the wall. 22Then the woman went to all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri and cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumpet and they retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem to the king.

23Now Joab was over all the host of Israel: and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites: 24And Adoram was over the tribute: and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder: 25And Sheva was scribe: and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests: 26And also Ira the Jairite was a chief ruler about David.


Chapter 21

1Then there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David inquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is for Saul and for his bloody house, because he killed the Gibeonites. 2And the king called the Gibeonites and spoke to 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 to protect them: and Saul sought to kill them in his zeal for the children of Israel and Judah.) 3Therefore David said to the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and with what shall I make the atonement, that you may bless the inheritance of the LORD? 4And the Gibeonites said to him, We will have no silver nor gold from Saul, nor from his house; nor shall you kill any man in Israel for us . And he said, Whatever you say, that I will do for you. 5And they answered the king, The man who consumed us and who devised against us that we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the coasts of Israel, 6Let seven men of his sons be delivered to us and we will hang them up to the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD chose. And the king said, I will give them. 7But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the LORD'S oath that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul. 8But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bore to Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite: 9And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites and they hanged them in the hill 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.

10And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for herself on the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped on them out of heaven and did not allow the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the animals of the field by night. 11And it was told to David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done. 12And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabeshgilead, who had stolen them from the street of Bethshan, where the Philistines had hanged them, when the Philistines had killed Saul in Gilboa: 13And he brought upthe bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from there ; and they gathered the bones of those who were hanged. 14And they buried the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulcher of Kish his father: and they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God was intreated for the land.

15Also the Philistines still had war again with Israel; and David went down and his servants with him and fought against the Philistines: and David grew faint. 16And Ishbibenob, who was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear was three hundred shekels of brass, and he being girded with a new sword, thought to kill David. 17But Abishai the son of Zeruiah supported him and struck the Philistine and killed him. Then the men of David swore to him, saying, You shall not go out to battle with us anymore, so that you do not quench the light of Israel. 18And it was after this that there was a battle again with the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite killed Saph, who was of the sons of the giant. 19Andthere was a battle again in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, killed the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam. 20And there was another battle in Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had on every hand six fingers and on every foot six toes, twenty four in number; and he also was born to the giant. 21And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea the brother of David killed him. 22These four were born to the giant in Gath and fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.


Chapter 22

1And David spoke to the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies and out of the hand of Saul:

2And he said, The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; 3The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my high tower and my refuge, my savior; you saved me from violence. 4I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so I shall be saved from my enemies. 5When the waves of death surrounded me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid; 6The sorrows of hades surrounded me; the snares of death went before me; 7In my distress I called on the LORD and cried to my God: and he heard my voice out of his temple and my cry entered into his ears. 8Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was angry. 9A smoke went up out of his nostrils and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it. 10He bowed the heavens also and came down; and darkness was under his feet. 11And he rode on a cherub and flew and he was seen on the wings of the wind. 12And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies. 13 Coals of fire were kindled through the brightness before him. 14The LORD thundered from heaven and the most High uttered his voice. 15And he sent out arrows and scattered them; lightning and confused them. 16And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils. 17He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters; 18He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me: for they were too strong for me. 19They went before me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay. 20He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me. 21The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands has he recompensed me. 22For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not departed wickedly from my God. 23For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them. 24I was also upright before him and have kept myself from my iniquity. 25Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight. 26With the merciful you will show yourself merciful, and with the upright man you will show yourself upright. 27With the pure you will show yourself pure; and with the perverse you will show yourself unsavory. 28And you will save the afflicted people: but your eyes are on the haughty, that you may bring them down. 29For you are my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness. 30For by you I have run through a troop: by my God I have leaped over a wall. 31As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those who trust in him. 32For who is God, except the LORD? and who is a rock, beside our God? 33God is my strength and power: and he makes my way perfect. 34He makes my feet like hinds' feet: and sets me on my high places. 35He teaches my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by my arms. 36You have also given me the shield of your salvation: and your gentleness has made me great. 37You have enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip. 38I have pursued my enemies and destroyed them; and did not turn again until I had consumed them. 39And I have consumed them and wounded them, so that they could not rise: yes, they have fallen under my feet. 40For you have girded me with strength to battle: you have subdued under me those who rose up against me. 41You have also given me the necks of my enemies, that I might destroy those who hate me. 42They looked, but there was no one to save; even to the LORD, but he did not answer them. 43Then I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I stamped them as the mire of the street, and spread them abroad. 44You also have delivered me from the strivings of my people, you have kept me to be head of the heathen: a people who I did not know shall serve me. 45Foreigners shall submit themselves to me: as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient to me. 46Foreigners shall fade away and they shall be afraid out of their close places. 47The LORD lives; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation. 48It is God who avenges me and who brings down the people under me, 49And who brings me forth from my enemies: you also have lifted me up on high above those who rose up against me: you have delivered me from the violent man. 50Therefore I will give thanks to you among the heathen, O LORD and I will sing praises to your name. 51He is the tower of salvation for his king: and shows mercy to his anointed, to David and to his seed forevermore.


Chapter 23

1Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, 2The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me and his word was in my tongue. 3The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. 4And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun rises, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain. 5Although my house is not so with God; yet he has made an everlasting covenant with me, ordered in all things and sure: for this is all my salvation and all my desire, even if he does not make it grow. 6But the sons of Belial, all of them are thrust away as thorns because they cannot be taken with hands: 7But the man who shall touch them must be fenced with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the same place.

8These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite who sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lifted up his spear against eight hundred, whom he killed at one time. 9And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there together to battle and the men of Israel were gone away: 10He arose and struck the Philistines until his hand was weary and his hand clung to the sword: and the LORD worked a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil. 11And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where a piece of ground full of lentils was: and the people fled from the Philistines. 12But he stood in the midst of the ground and defended it and killed the Philistines: and the LORD worked a great victory. 13And three of the thirty chief went down and came to David in the harvest time to the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines pitched in the valley of Rephaim. 14And David was then in a hold and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. 15And David longed and said, Oh that one would give me to drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate! 16And the three mighty men broke through the host of the Philistines and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate and took it, and brought it to David: but he would not drink it, but poured it out to the LORD. 17And he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this: this is the blood of the men who went in jeopardy of their lives. therefore he would not drink it. These things these three mighty men did. 18And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief among three. And he lifted up his spear against three hundred, and killed them and had the name among three. 19Was he not most honorable of three? therefore he was their captain: but he attained not to the first three. 20And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he killed two lion-like men of Moab: he went down also and killed a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow: 21And he killed an Egyptian, a 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 and killed him with his own spear. 22These things Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did, and had the name among three mighty men. 23He was more honorable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him over his guard. 24Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, 25Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite, 26Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, 27Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite, 28Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite, 29Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai out of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin, 30Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash, 31Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite, 32Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan, 33Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite, 34Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite, 35Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite, 36Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite, 37Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armorbearer to Joab the son of Zeruiah, 38Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite, 39Uriah the Hittite: thirty seven in all.


Chapter 24

1And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel and he moved David against them saying, Go, number Israel and Judah. 2For the king said to Joab the captain of the host, who was with him, Go now through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan even to Beersheba and number the people, that I may know the number of the people. 3And Joab said to the king, Now the LORD your God add to the people a hundredfold,, how many soever they are and that the eyes of my lord the king may see it: but why does my lord the king delight in this thing? 4But 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. 5And they passed over the Jordan and pitched in Aroer, on the right side of the city that lies in the midst of the river of Gad and toward Jazer: 6Then they came to Gilead and to the land of Tahtimhodshi; and they came to Danjaan and about to Zidon, 7And 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 Beersheba. 8So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days. 9And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the people to the king: and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men who drew the sword; and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.

10And David's heart struck him after he had numbered the people. And David said to the LORD, I have sinned greatly in what I have done: and now, I beseech you, O LORD, take away the iniquity of your servant; for I have done very foolishly. 11For when David was up in the morning, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying, 12Go and say to David, Thus says the LORD, I offer you three things; choose one of them, that I may do it to you. 13So Gad came to David and told him and said to him, Shall seven years of famine come to you in your land? or will you flee three months before your enemies, while they pursue you? or that there are three days' pestilence in your land? now advise and see what answer I shall return to him who sent me. 14And David said to Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the LORD; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man. 15So the LORD sent a pestilence on Israel from the morning even to the time appointed: and there died of the people from Dan even to Beersheba seventy thousand men. 16And when the angel stretched out his hand on Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD repented him of the evil and said to the angel who destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now your hand. And the angel of the LORD was by the threshing place of Araunah the Jebusite. 17And David spoke to the LORD when he saw the angel who struck the people and said, Lo, I have sinned and I have done wickedly: but these sheep, what have they done? let your hand, I beseech you, be against me and against my father's house.

18And Gad came that day to David and said to him, Go up, rear an altar to the LORD in the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. 19And David went up, according to the saying of Gad, as the LORD commanded. 20And Araunah looked and saw the king and his servants coming toward him: and Araunah went out and bowed himself before the king on his face on the ground. 21And Araunah said, Why has my lord the king come to his servant? And David said, To buy the threshing floor from you, to build an altar to the LORD, that the plague may be stayed from the people. 22And Araunah said to David, Let my lord the king take and offer up what seems good to him: behold, here are oxen for burnt sacrifice and threshing instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood. 23 Araunah did all these things, as a king gives to the king. And Araunah said to the king, The LORD your God accept you. 24And the king said to Araunah, No; but I will surely buy it from you at a price: nor will I offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God of that which costs me nothing. So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. 25And David built an altar there to the LORD and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was entreated for the land and the plague was stayed from Israel.