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been justly punished, both by God and man, for his sins ; i. e. for having “blasphemed God and the king, for taking God's name in vain, and for not performing to the Lord his oaths.”
The Hebrew student is referred to the original, compared with the English version, of the following texts:
*ולא ובקומה .33
and to the passage now elucidated,
אל תנקהו והורדת .9
in every one of which, the Hebrew words, translated “neither-nor;" “not-nor;” “not-or;" are the same as in 1 Kings, ii. 9, where they are misrendered * not-but." Q. E. D.
• The Hebrew words, here underlined, justify the criticism above advanced : the dash (-), ranging with the tops of the letters, denotes the ellipsis.
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1. DAVID'S DYING CHARGE TO SOLOMON
1 Kings, ch. ii. vv. 8,9. “And, behold, thou hast* with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Bahurim, which cursed me with a grievous curse, in the day when I went to Mahanaim; but he came down to meet me at Jordan, and I sware to him by the LORD, saying, I will not put thee to death with the sword.
“9 Now therefore hold him not guiltless; for thou art a wise man, and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with blood.”
The sense, in which this passage is taken, may be inferred from the marginal references. See the OxfordBible, 8vo. 1819.
Exodus, xx. 7. “The LORD will not hold him guiltless,” &c.
Job, ix. 28. “ Thou wilt not hold me innocent.”
Genesis, xlii. 38. “ Then shall ye bring down my grey hairs with sorrow to the grave.”
Genesis, xliv. 29. “Ye shall bring down my grey hairs with sorrow to the
• In all direct quotations of passages of Scripture, the words, printed in Italics, are so printed in the English Version.
Shinzi's CURSING David is related 2 Sam. xvi. 5-13:
*5 And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei the son of Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came.
* 6 And be 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.
“7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial :
“8 The Lord hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the LORD hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man.
669 Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head.
6 10 And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so let him curse, because the LORD hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall then Wherefore hast thou done so?
“11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the Lord hath bidden him.
“ 12 It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.
“]3 And as David and his men went by the way, Shimei went along on the hill's side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threwstones at him, and cast dust."