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CHA P. IX.
David fendeth for Mephibofheth, 7 and for Jonathan's fake, reftoreth him.
David's Messengers fent to comfort Hanun, are villainously intreated. 6 The Ammonites are overcome.
1 While Joab befieged Rabbah, 2 David committeth Adultery with Bath-fheba. 6 Uriah is flain. 26 David taketh Bathfbeba to Wife.
pired, at the Time when Kings go forth to Battle, that David fent Joab and his Servants with him, and all Ifrael; and they destroyed the Children of Ammon, and befieged Rabbah but David tarried ftill at Jerufalem.
2 And it came to pafs in an Eveningtide, that David arofe from off his Bed, and walked upon the Roof of the King's House and from the Roof he faw a Woman washing herfelf, and the Woman was very beautiful to look upon.
3 And David fent and enquired after the Woman: and one faid, Is not this Bath-fheba the Daughter of Eliam, the Wife of Uriah the Hittite.
4 And David fent Meffengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her (for fhe was purified from her Uncleannefs) and fhe returned unto her House.
5 And the Woman conceived, and fent and told David, and faid, I am with Child.
6 And David sent to Joab, faying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab fent Uriah to David.
7 And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the People did, and how the War profpered.
8 And David faid to Uriah, Go down to thy House, and wash thy Feet. And Uriah departed out of the King's House, and there followed him a Mefs of Meat from the
9 But Uriah flept at the Door of the King's House, with all the Servants of his LORD, and went not down to his Houfe.
10 And when they had told David, faying, Uriah went not down unto his Houfe, David faid unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy Journey? why then didft thou not go down unto thine House?
11 And Uriah faid unto David, The Ark and Ifrael, and Judah abide in Tents, and my Lord Joab, and the Servants of my Lord are encamped in the open Fields; fhall I then go into mine House, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my Wife as thou liveft, and as thy Soul liveth, I will not do this Thing.
12 And David faid to Uriah, Tarry here To-day alfo, and To-morrow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerufalem, that Day and the Morrow.
13 And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him, and he made him drunk and at Even he went out to lie on his Bed with the Servants of his Lord, but went not down to his Houfe.
14 And it came to pafs in the Morning, that David wrote a Letter to Joab, and fent it by the Hand of Uriah.
15 And he wrote in the Letter, faying, Set ye Uriah in the Forefront of the hottest Battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be fmitten and die.
16 And it came to pafs when Joab obferved the City, that he affigned Uriah unto a Place where he knew that valiant Men were.
17. And the Men of the City went out, and fought with Joab and there fell fome of the People of the Servants of David, and Uriah the Hittite died alfo.
18 Then Joab fent and told David all the Things concerning the War:
19 And charged the Meffenger, faying, When thou haft made an end of telling the Matters of the War unto the King,
20 And if fo be that the King's Wrath arife, and fay unto thee, Wherefore approached ye fo nigh unto the City when ye did fight? knew ye not that they would fhoot from the Wall?
21 Who Imote Abimelech the Son of Jerubbefheth? did not a Woman caft a piece of a Milftone upon him from the Wall, that he died in Thebez? why went ye nigh the
Wall? then fay thou, Thy Servant Uriah the Hittite is dead alfo.
zz So the Meffenger went, and came and fhewed David all that Joab had sent him for.
23 And the Meffenger faid unto David, Surely the Men prevailed against us, and came out unto us into the Field, and we were upon them even unto the entring of the Gate.
24 And the Shooters fhot from off the Wall upon thy Servants, and fome of the King's Servants be dead, and thy Servant Uriah the Hittite is dead alfo.
25 And David faid unto the Meffenger, Thus fhalt thou fay unto Joab, Let not this Thing difplease thee: for the Sword devoureth one as well as another: make thy Battle more strong against the City, and overthrow it; and encourage thou him.
26 And when the Wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her Hufband was dead, fhe mourned for her Husband.
27 And when the Mourning was paft, David fent, and fet her to his House, and fhe became his Wife, and bare him a Son but the Thing that David had done displeased the LORD.
CHA P. XII.
1 Nathan's Parable. 7 David confeffeth his Sin, and is pardoned. 24 Solomon is born. 26 Rabbah is taken.
17 The SACRIFICES of GOD are a BROKEN SPIRIT : a BROKEN and a conTRITE HEART, O GOD, thou wilt not defpife
18 Do Good in thy good Pleasure unto Zion: build thou the Walls of Jerufalem.
the Sacrifices of Righteousness, with 19 Then shalt thou be pleased with Burnt-offering, and whole Burnt-offering: : then thall they offer Bullocks upon thine Altar.
8 And I gave thee thy Mafter's House, and thy Master's Wives into thy Bofom, and gave thee the House of Ifrael and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee fuch and fuch Things.
9 Wherefore haft thou defpifed the Commandment of he LORD, to do evil in his fight? thou haft killed Uriah the. Hittite with the Sword, and haft taken his Wife to be thy Wife, and haft flain him with the Sword of the Children of Ammon.
10 Now therefore the Sword fhall never depart from thine House;
Houfe; because thou haft defpifed me, and haft taken the Wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy Wife.
II Thus faith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up Evil against thee out of thine own Houfe, and I will take thy Wives before thine Eyes, and give them unto thy Neighbour, and he fhall lie with thy Wives in the fight of this Sun.
12 For thou didst it fecretly but I will do this Thing before all Ifrael, and before the Sun.
13 And David faid unto Nathan, I have finned against the LORD. And Nathan faid unto David, The LORD alfo hath put away thy Sin; thou shalt not die.
14 Howbeit, because by this Deed thou haft given great Occafion to the Enemies of the LORD to blafpheme, the Child also that is born unto thee fhall furely die.
15 And Nathan departed unto his Houfe: and the LORD ftruck the Child that Uriah's Wife bare unto David, and it was very fick.
16 David therefore befought GOD for the Child, and David fafted, and went in,. and lay all Night upon the Earth.
17 And the Elders of his House arofe, and went to him, to raise him up from the Earth: but he would not, neither did he eat Bread with them.
18 And it came to pafs on the feventh Day, that the Child died: and the Servants of David feared to tell him that the Child was dead for they faid, Behold, while the Child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our Voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the Child is dead?
19 But when David faw that his Servants whispered, David perceived that the Child, was dead: therefore David faid unto his Servants, Is the Child dead? and they faid, He is dead.
20 Then David arofe from the Earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his Apparel, and came into the House of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own House, and when he required, they fet Bread before him, and he did eat.
21 Then faid his Servants unto him, What Thing is this that thou haft done? thou didst faft and weep for the Child while it was alive, but when the Child was dead, thou didst rife and eat Bread.