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Erastian accommodation, or unperverted by modern Anamorphosis, miscalled Reform.

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AND David's SUPPOSED PARDON, are thus recorded, 2 Sam. xix. 16-23:

“16 And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was of Bahurim, hasted and came down with the men of Judah to meet king David.

17 And 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 Jordan before the king.

“ 18 And there went over a ferry-boat 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, as he was come over Jordan;

19 And said unto the king, Let not my lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do thou remember that which thy servant did perversely, the day that my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his heart.

“20 For thy servant doth know that I have sinned : therefore, behold, I am come, the first this day of all the house of Joseph, to go down to meet my lord the king.

“21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the Lord's Anointed ?

“ 22 And David said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye should this day be adversaries unto me ? Shall there any man be put to death this day in Israel ? for do not I know that I am this day king over Israel ?

“23 Therefore the king said unto Shimei, Thou shalt not die. And the king sware unto him.”

SHIMEI'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 6 And 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.

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.

“9 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.

“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 say, 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. “13 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 threw stones at him, and cast dust.”

SHIMEI'S HUMILIATION,

AND David's SUPPOSED PARDON, are thus recorded, 2 Sam. xix. 16-23 :

“16 And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was of Bahurim, hasted and came down with the men of Judah to meet king David.

17 And 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 Jordan before the king.

“ 18 And there went over a ferry-boat 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, as he was come over Jordan ;

“ 19 And said unto the king, Let not my lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do thou remember that which thy servant did perversely, the day that my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his heart.

“20 For thy servant doth know that I have sinned : therefore, behold, I am come, the first this day of all the house of Joseph, to go down to meet my lord the king.

“21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the Lord's Anointed ?

“ 22 And David said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye should this day be adversaries unto me? Shall there any man be put to death this day in Israel ? for do not I know that I am this day king over Israel ?

“ 23 Therefore the king said unto Shimei, Thou shalt not die. And the king sware unto him.”

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Solomon's CONFINEMENT OF SHIMEI TO JERUSALEM, AND THE OCCASION OF HIS DEATH, are related 1 Kings, ii. 36-46:

“36 And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Build thee a house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and go not forth thence any whither.

“37 For it shall be, that on the day thou goest out, and passest over the brook Kidron, thou shalt know for certain that thou shalt surely die: thy blood shall be

upon

thine own head. "38 And Shiinei said unto the king, The saying is good: as my lord the king hath said, so will thy servant do. And Shimei dwelt in Jerusalem many days.

“ 39 And it came to pass at the end of three years, that two of the servants of Shimei ran away unto Achish son of Maachah, king of Gath. And they told Shimei, saying, Behold, thy servants be in Gath.

“ 40 And Shimei arose, and saddled his ass, and went to Gath to Achish, to seek his servants: and Shimei went, and brought his servants from Gath.

“ 41 And it was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and was come again.

“ 42 And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Did I not make thee to swear by the Lord, and protested unto thee, saying, Know for a certain, on the day thou goest out, and walkest abroad any whither, that thou shalt surely die? and thou saidst unto me, The word that I have heard is good.

“43 Why then hast thou not kept the oath of the Lord, and the commandment that I have charged thee with?

44 The king said moreover to Shimei, Thou

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