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Wall? then say thou, Thy Servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also,

22 So the Messenger went, and came and shewed David all that Joab had sent him for.

23 And the Messenger said 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 shot from off the Wall upon thy Servants, and some of the King's Servants be dead, and thy Servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.

25 And David said unto the Meslenger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this Thing displease 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 Husband was dead, she mourned for her Husband.

27 And when the Mourning was past, David sent, and fet her to his House, and she became his Wife, and bare hiin a Son : but the Thing that David had done displeased the LORD,

CH A P. XII. 1 Nathan's Parable. 7 David confesseth his Sin, and is para

doned. 24 Solomon is born. 26 Rabbah is taken.

Ver. 1 AND f the LORD


To the chief Musician, a Plalm of A fent Nathan unto

David, when Nathan the Prophet David : and he came unto came unto him, after he had gone him, and said unto him, There

into Bath-sheba.

U JAV E Mercy upon me, O God, were two Men in one City;

NT according to thy LOV ING-KINDthe one rich, and the other Ness : according unto the MULTITUDE

of thy TENDER MERCIEs blot out my poor.

Transgressions. 2 The rich Man had ex

2 Wash me throughly from minc ceeding many Flocks and INIQUITY, and cleanse me from my Herds.


3 For I acknowledge my Trans3 But the poor Man naa GRESSIONS, and my Sin is EVER before nothing save one little Ew- me. lamb, which he had bought ,

had bought 4 Against THEE, THEE ONLY have

" I finned, and done this Evil in thy

A and nourished up: and it fight : that thou mightest be justified grew up together with him, when thou 1peakeft, and be clear and with his Children: it did when thou judgeft.


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eat of his own Meat, ands Behold, I was SHAPEN in IxIQUI drank of his own Cup, and

CEIVE me. lay in his Bosom, and was 6 Behold, thou desirest Truth in unto him as a Daughter. the INWARD Parts: and in the hid

DEN Part thou shalt make me to know 4 And there came a Traveller unto the rich Man, and 7 Purge me with Hyffop, and I he spared to take of his own shall be clean : wash me, and I shall

be whiter than Snow, flock, and 01 mis own itd, Flock, and of his own Herd,"

8 Make me to hear Joy and Glad. to dress for the way-faring ness: that the Bones which thou haft Man that was come unto broken may rejoyce. him, but took the poor Man's and blot out all mine Iniquities.

9 Hide thy Face from my SINS ; Lamb, and dresled it for the 10 Create in me a clean Heart, Man that was come to him. O. God; and RENEW a right SPIRIT

within me; 5 And David's Anger was 11 Cast me not away from thy greatly kindled against the PRESENCE ; and take not thy HOLI

dhe Bid in Nothon SPIRIT from me. Man, and he said to Nathan, s

!, 12 Restore unto me ihe Joy of thy As the Lord liveth, the Man SALVATION : and uphold me with thy that hath done this Thing free Spirit

13 Then will I teach Transgresors shall surely die.

thy Ways, and Sioners shall be con6 And he shall restore the verted into thee. Lamb four-fold, because he 14 DELIVER me from BLOOD GUIL

TINESS, O God, thou God of my Saldid this Thing, and because

varion : and my Tongue Mall ling he had no Pity.

aloud of thy Righteouiness. 9 And Nathan said to Da- 15 O Lord, open thou my Lips,

and my Mouth shall Mew forth thy vid, Thou art the Man. Thus i

Praile faith the Lord God of Isra- 16 For thou desirest not Sacrifice, el, I have anointed thee King else would I give it : thou delightest over Israel, and I delivered

not in Burnt offering.

17 The SACRIFICES of God are a thee out of the Hand of Saul: BROKEN SPIRIT : a Broken and a con8. And I gave thee thy Ma- TRITE HEART, O God, thou wilt not

despise. fter's House, and thy Master's is Do Good in thy good Pleasure Wives into thy Bosom, and unto Zion : build thou the Walls of gave thee the House of Israel Jerusalem.

19 Then shalt thou be pleased with and of Tudah ; and if that the Sacrifices of Righteousness, with had been too little, I would Burnt-offering, and whole Burnt of

nos fering : then shall they offer Bullocks moreover have given unto i

upon thine Altar. thee such and such Things.

9 Wherefore hast thou despised the Commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his fight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the Sword, and hast taken his Wife to be thy Wife, and hast sain him with the Sword of the Children of Ammon. 10 Now therefore the Sword Mall never depart from thire


House; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the Wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy Wife.

1 Thus faith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up Evil against thee out of thine own House, and I will take thy Wives before thine Eyes, and give them unto thy Neighbour, and he shall lie with thy Wives in the sight of this


did " And it cam the Servants they said, Band he woulelf, if

12 For thou didst it secretly : but I will do this Thing before all Israel, and before the Sun.

13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy Sin ; thou shalt not die.

14 Howbeit, because by this Deed thou hast given great Occasion to the Enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the Child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.

15 And Nathan departed unto his House : and the LORD ftruck the Child that Uriah's Wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.

16 David therefore befought God for the Child, and David fasted, and went in, and lay all Night upon the Earth.

17. And the Elders of his House arose, 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 pass 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 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 saw that his Servants whispered, David perceived that the Child was dead : therefore David said unto his Servants, Is the Child dead? and they said, He is dead.

20 Then David arose 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 said his Servants unto him, What Thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and wecp for the Child while it was alive, but when the Child was dead, thou didst rise and eat Bread,

22 And he said, While the Child was yet alive, I fasted and wept : for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the Child may live?

23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast ? can I bring him back again ? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.

24 And David comforted Bath-sheba his Wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her : and she bare a Son, and he called his Name Solomon; and the LORD loved him.

25 And he sent by the Hand of Nathan the Prophet; and he called his Name Jedidiah, because of the Lord.

26 And Joab fought against Rabbah of the Children of Ammon, and took the royal City.

27 And Joab sent Messengers to David, and said, I have fought against Rabbah, and have taken the City of Waters.

28 Now 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.

29 And David gathered all the People together, and went to Rabbah, and fought against it, and took it.


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I Ammon loving Tamar, by Jonadab's Counsel feigning himself

sick, ravisheth her : 15 He hateth her, and turneth her as way : 23 Is sain by Abfalom.

CHA P. XIV, i Joab fuborning a Widow of Tekoah to incline the King's

Heart to fetch home Absalom, 23 bringeth him to Jerusalem.

I Abfalom stealeth the Hearts of Israel: 10 He maketh a

Conspiracy. 15 David fleeth from Jerusalem.

Ver. 1 AND it came to pass after this, that Absalom pre.

A pared him Chariots, and Horses, and fifty Men to run before him.

2 And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the Way of the Gate : and it was so, that when any Man, that had a Controversy, came to the King for Judgment, then Absalom


which the King, me to pass after for

called unto him, and said, Of what City art thou? And he said, Thy Servant is of one of the Tribes of Israel.

3 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy Matters are good and right, but there is no Man deputed of the King to hear thee.

4 Absalom faid moreover, Oh that I were made Judge in the Land, that every Man which hath any Suit or Cause, might come unto me, and I would do him Justice.

5 And it was so, that when any Man came nigh to him to do him Obeisance, he put forth his Hand, and took him and killed him.

6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the King for Judgment: so Absalom stole the Hearts of the Men of Israel.

7. And it came to pass after forty Years, that Absalom faid unto the King, I pray thee, let me go and pay my Vow, which I have vowed unto the LORD in Hebron.

8 For thy 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.

9 And the King said unto him, Go in Peace. So he aa rose and went to Hebron.

10 But Abfalom sent Spies throughout all the Tribes of Ifrael, saying, Alloon as ye hear the Sound of the Trumpet, then ye shall say, Absalom reigneth in Hebron.

1 And with Absalom went two hundred Men out of Jerusalem, that were called, and they went in their SIMPLIcity, and they knew not any thing.

12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's Counseller: and the Conspiracy was strong; for the People increased continually with Absalom.

13 And there came a Messenger to David, saying, The Hearts of the Men of Israel are after Absalom. 14 & And David said unto

& PSA L. III. all his Servants that were with A Psalm of David when he Aed from him at Jerusalem, Arise, and

Abfalom his Son.

T ORD, how are they increased let us fee ; for we shall not L that trouble med many are they elle escape from Abfalom : that rise up against me.

2 Many there be which say of my make speed to depart, left he

Soul, There is no HELP for himn in overtake us suddenly, and God. bring Evil upon us, and smite 3 But thou, O LORD, art a SHIELD the City with the Edge of up of mine Head.

for me; MY GLORY, and the Lifter the Sword

4 I cried unto the Lord with my H h h

15 And

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