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when David came near to the peo- || Chor-ashan, and to them which were ple, he saluted them.
in Athach, 22 Then answered all the wicked 31 And to them which were in men and men of Belial, of those Hebron, and to all the places where that went with David, and said, David himself and his men were Because they went not with us, we wont to haunt. will not give them ought of the spoil that we have recovered, save
CHAP. XXXI. to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away,
NOW the Philistines fought aand depart.
gainst Israel : and the inen of Israel 23 Then said David, Ye shall not fed from before the Philistines, and do so, my brethren, with that which fell down slain in mount Gilboa. the Lord hath given us, who hath 2 And the Philistines followed preserved us, and delivered the com hard upon Saul and upon his sons ; pany that came against us into our and the Philistines slew Jonathan, hand.
and Abinadab, and Melchi-shua, 24 For who will hearken unto you Saul's sons. in this matter? but as his part is that 3 And the battle went sore against goeth down to the battle, so shall Saul, and the archers hit him; and his part be that tarrieth by the stuff : he was sore wounded of the archers. they shall part alike.
4 Then said Saul unto his ar25 And it was so from that day mourbearer, Draw thy sword, and forward, that he made it a statute thrust me through therewith; lest and an ordinance for Israel unto these uncircumcised come and thrust this day.
me through, and abuse me. But 26 And when David came to his armourbearer would not; for Ziklag, he sent of the spoil unto he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul the elders of Judah, even to his took a sword, and fell upon it. friends, saying, Behold a present 5 And when his armourbearer for you of the spoil of the enemies saw that Saul was dead, he fell likeof the LORD;
wise upon his sword, and died with 27 To them which were in Beth him. el, and to them which were in south 6 So Saul died, and his three Ramoth, and to them which were in sons, and his armourbearer, and all Jattir,
his men, that same day together. 28 And to them which were in 7 And when the men of Israel Aroer, and to them which were in that were on the other side of the Siphmoth, and to them which were valley, and they that were on the in Eshtemoa,
other side Jordan, saw that the men 29 And to them which were in of Israel Aed, and that Saul and his Rachal, and to them which were in sons were dead, they forsook the the cities of the Jerahmeelites, and cities, and fed ; and the Philistines to them which were in the cities of came and dwelt in them. the Kenites,
8 And it came to pass on the 30 And to them which were in morrow, when the Philistines came Hormah, and to them which were in to strip the slain, that they found
Saul and his three sons fallen in mount Gilboa.
9 And they cut off his head, and stripped off his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to publish it in the house of their idols, and among the people.
10 And they put his armour in the house of Ashtaroth : and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan.
11 And when the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul;
12 All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there.
13 And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.
THE SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL,
THE SECOND BOOK OF THE KINGS.
CHAP. I. Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag ;
2 It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth
upon head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance.
3 And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped.
4 And David said unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee, 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 dead also.
5 And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan bis son be dead?
6 And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him.
7 And when he looked bebind him, he saw me, and called unto
And I answered, Here am I. 8 And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite.
9 He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon ine, and slay me: for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me.
10 So I stood upon him, and
slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen : and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet
and have brought them hither unto my lord.
11 Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him :
12 And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.
13 And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite.
14 And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORD's anointed ?
15 And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon
him. And he smote him that he died.
16 And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD's anointed.
17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan bis son :
18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow : behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)
19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places : how are the mighty fallen!
20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.
21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon 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.
22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty.
23 Saul 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.
24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed
in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.
25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places.
26 I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan : very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.
27 How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished !
AND it came to pass after this, that David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the LORD said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.
2 So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoain the Jezreelitess, and Abigail Nabal's wife the Carmelite.
3 And his men that were with him did David bring up, every man with his houshold: and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.
4 And 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 Jabesh-gilead were they that buried Saul.
5 And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabesh-gilead, and said unto them, Blessed be ye of the LORD, that ye have shewed this kindness unto your lord, even unto Saul, and have buried him.
6 And now the LORD shew kindness and truth unto you : and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.
7 Therefore now let your hands be strengthened, and be ye valiant: for your master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah have anointed me king over them.
8 But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim;
9 And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.
10 Ish-bosheth 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.
11 And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.
12 And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.
13 And 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 the one side of the pool, and the other on the other side of the pool.
14 And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.
15 Then there arose and went over by number twelve of Benjamin, which pertained to Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David.
16 And they caught every one bis fellow by the head, and thrust his sword in his fellow's side ; so they fell down together : wherefore that place was called Helkath-hazzurim, which is in Gibeon.
17 And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.
18 And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asahel : and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe.
19 And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.
20 Then Abner looked behind him, and said, Art thou Asahel? And he answered, I am.
21 And Abner said to him, Turn thee aside to thy right hand or to thy left, and lay thee hold on one of the young men, and take thee his armour. But Asahel would not turn aside from following of him.
22 And Abner said again to Asahel, Turn thee aside from following me: wherefore should I smite thee to the ground ? how then should I
31 But the servants of David had smitten of Benjamin, and of Abner's men, so that three hundred and threescore men died.
32 And they took up Asahel, and buried him in the sepulchre of his father, which was in Beth-lehem. And Joab and his men went all night, and they came to Hebron at break of day.
hold up my face to Joab thy brother?
23 How beit he refused to turn aside: wherefore Abner with the hinder end of the spear smote him under the fifth rib, that the spear came out behind him ; and he fell down there, and died in the same place: and it came to pass, that as many as came to the place where Asahel fell down and died stood still.
24 Joab also and Abishai pursued after Abner : and the sun went down when they were come to the hill of Ammah, that lieth before Giah by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon.
25 And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together after Abner, and became one troop, and stood on the top
of an hill. 26 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever ? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end ? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren?
27 And Joab said, As God liveth, unless thou hadst spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up every one from following his brother.
28 So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still, and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any more.
29 And Abner and his men walked all that night through the plain, and passed over Jordan, and went through all Bithron, and they came to Mahanaim.
30 And Joab returned from following Abner: and when he bad gathered all the people together, there lacked of David's servants nineteen men and Asahel.
CHAP. III. Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.
2 And unto David were sons born in Hebron : and his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess;
3 And 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;
4 And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiab the son of Abital ;
5 And the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah David's wife. These were born to David in Hebron.
6 And it came to pass, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong for the house of Saul.
7 And Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah : and Ish-bosheth said to Abner, Wherefore hast thou gone in unto my father's concubine!
8 Then was Abner very wroth for the words of Ish-bosheth, and said, Am I a dog's head, which against Judah do shew kindness this