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24 And Adoram was over the | The man that consumed us, and tribute: and Jehoshaphat the that devised against us that we son of Ahilud was recorder. should be destroyed from re

25 And Sheva was scribe : maining in any of the coasts of and Zadok and Abiathar were | Israel, the priests :

6 Let seven men of his sons be 26° And Ira also the Jairite was delivered unto us, and we will a chief ruler about David. hang them up unto the Lord

in Gibeah of Saul, whom the CHAP. XXI.

LORD did choose. And the

king said, I will give them. SAUL'S SONS HANGED.

7 But the king spared MephiTHEN there was a famine in boshеth the son of Jonathan, the the days of David three years, son of Saul, because of the year after year; and David en- LORD's oath that was between quired of the LORD. And the them, between David and JonaLORD answered, It is for Saul, than the son of Saul. and for his bloody house, be- 8 But the king took the two cause he slew the Gibeonites, sons of Rizpah the daughter of

2 And the king called the Gi- Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, beonites, and said unto them; Armoni and Mephibosheth, (now the Gibeonites were not and the five sons of Michal the of the children of Israel, but of daughter of Saul, whom she the remnant of the Amorites; brought up for Adriel the son and the children of Israel had l of Barzillai the Meholathite : sworn unto them: and Saul 9 And he delivered them into sought to slay them in his zeal to the hands of the Gibeonites, and the children of Israel and Judah;) they hanged them in the hill

3 Wherefore David said unto before the LORD: and they fell the Gibeonites, What shall I all seven together, and were put do for you ? and wherewith shall to death in the days of harvest, I make the atonement, that ye in the first days, in the beginmay bless the inheritance of the ning of barley harvest. LORD?

10 And Rizpah the daughter 4 And the Gibeonites said of Aiah took sackcloth, and unto him, We will have no sil- spread it for her upon the rock, ver nor gold of Saul, nor of his from the beginning of haryest house; neither for us shalt thou until water dropped upon them kill any man in Israel. And he out of heaven, and suffered nei. said, What ye shall say, that ther the birds of the air to rest

| will I do for you.

on them by day, nor the beasts 5 And they answered the king, of the field by night.

11 And it was told David what | vid sware unto him, saying, Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the Thou shalt go no more out with concubine of Saul, had done. us to battle, that thou quench

12 And David went and took not the light of Israel. the bones of Saul and the bones 18 And it came to pass after of Jonathan his son, from the this, that there was again a batmen of Jabesh-gilead, which tle with the Philistines at Gob: had stolen them from the street then Sibbechai the Hushathite of Beth-shan, where the Philis- slew Saph, which was of the tines had hapged them, when sons of the giant. the Philistines had slain Saul 19 And there was again a batin Gilboa:

tle in Gob, with the Philistines, 13 And he brought up from where Elhanan the son of Jaarethence the bones of Saul and oregim, a Beth-lehemite, slew the bones of Jonathan his son ; the brother of Goliath the Gittite, and they gathered the bones of the staff of whose spear was like them that were hanged.

a weaver's beam. 14 And the bones of Sauland Jo- 20 And there was yet a battle nathan his son buried they in the in Gath, where was a man of country of Benjamin in Zelah, | great stature, that had on eve. in the sepulchre of Kish his fa- ry hand six fingers, and on evether : and they performed all ry foot six toes, four and twenthat the king commanded. And ty in number; and he also was after that God was entreated born to the giant. for the land.

21 And when he defied Israel, 15 Moreover the Philistines | Jonathan the son of Shimeah, the had yet war again with Israel ; | brother of David, slew him. and David went down, and his 22 These four were born to servants with him, and fought the giant in Gath, and fell by against the Philistines : and the hand of David, and by the David waxed faint.

hand of his servants. 16 And Ishbi-benob, which was of the sons of the giant, the

CHAP. XXII. weight of whose spear weighed

DAVID'S THANKSGIVING. three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with AND David spake unto the a new sword, thought to have Lord the words of this song, in slain David.

the day that the LORD had de17 But Abishai the son of livered him out of the hand of Zeruiah succoured him, and all his enemies, and out of the smote the Philistine, and kill- hand of Saul : ed him. Then the men of Da. 2 And he said, The LORD is

my rock, and my fortress, and 13 Through the brightness my deliverer ;

before him were coals of fire 3 The God of my rock; in kindled. him will I trust: be is my shield, 14 The LORD thundered from and the horn of my salvation, heaven, and the Most High utmy high tower, and my refuge, tered his voice. my saviour; thou savest me 15 And he sent out arrows, from violence,

and scattered them : lightning, 4 I will call on the LORD, who and discomfited them. is worthy to be praised : so 16 And the channels of the shall I be saved from mine ene- sea appeared, the foundations of mies.

the world were discovered, at 5 5 When the waves of death || the rebuking of the LORD, at the compassed me, the floods of un- blast of the breath of his nosgodly men made me afraid ; trils. 6 The sorrows of hell com. 17 He sent from above, he passed me about; the snares of took me; he drew me out of death prevented me;

many waters; 7 In my distress I called upon 18 He delivered me from my the LORD, and cried to my strong enemy, and from them God: and he did hear my voice that hated me : for they were out of his temple, and my cry too strong for me. did enter into his ears.

19 They prevented me in the 8 Then the earth shook and day of my calamity : but the trembled: the foundations of LORD was my stay. heaven moved and shook, be- 20 He brought me forth also cause he was wroth.

into a large place : he delivered 9 There went up a smoke out me, because he delighted in of his nostrils, and fire out of me. his mouth devoured : coals 21 The LORD rewarded me were kindled by it.

according to my righteousness: 10 He bowed the heavens al- according to the cleanness of so, and came down : and dark- my hands hath he recompenscd ness was under his feet.

me. 11 And he rode upon a che

22 For I have kept the ways rub, and did fy: and he was of the LORD, and have not wickseen upon the wings of the edly departed from my God. wind.

23 For all his judgments were 12 And he made darkness pa- before me: and as for his stavilions round about him, dark tutes, I did not depart from. . waters, and thick clouds of the them. . skies.

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him, and have kept myself from the shield of thy salvation : and mine iniquity.

thy gentleness hath made me 25 Therefore the Lord hath great. recompensed me according to 37 Thou hast enlarged my my righteousness; according steps under me; so that my to my cleanness in his eye- feet did not slip. sight.

38 I have pursued mine ene26 With the merciful thou mies, and destroyed them; and wilt shew thyself merciful, and turned not again until I had conwith the upright man thou wilt sumed them. shew thyself upright.

39 And I have consumed 27 With the pure thou wilt them, and wounded them, that shew thyself pure; and with they could not arise : yea, they the froward thou wilt shew thy- are fallen under my feet. . self unsavoury:

40 For thou hast girded me 28 And the afflicted people with strength to battle: them thou wilt save : but thine eyes that rose up against me hast are upon the haughty, that thou thou subdued under me. mayest bring them down.

41 Thou hast also given me 29 For thou art my lamp, O | the necks of mine enemies, that LORD: and the LORD will light-|I might destroy them that hate en my darkness.

30 For by thee I have run 42 They looked, but there was through a troop: by my God none to save ; even unto the have I leaped over a wall. LORD, but he answered them 31 As for God, his way is per- not.

| . fect; the word of the Lord is 43 Then did I beat them as tried: he is a buckler to all small as the dust of the earth, I them that trust in him.

did stamp them as the mire of 32 For who is God, save the the street, and did spread them LORD ? and who is a rock, save | abroad. our God?

| 44 Thou also hast delivered 33 God is my strength and me from the strivings of my power : and he maketh my way people, thou hast kept me to be perfect.

head of the heathen: a people 34 He maketh my feet like which I knew not, shall serve hinds' feet: and setteth me me. upon my high places.

45 Strangers shall submit 35 He teacheth my hands to themselves unto me: war; so that a bow of steel is as they hear, they shall be obebroken by mine arms.

dient unto me. 36 Thou hast also given me 46 Strangers shall fade away,

me.

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as soon

and they shall be afraid out of of the morning, when the sun their close places.

riseth, even a morning without 47 The LORD liveth ; and clouds; as the tender grass blessed be my rock; and ex. springing out of the earth by alted be the God of the rock of clear shining after rain. my salvation.

5 Although my house be not 48 It is God that avengeth me, so with God; yet he hath made and that bringeth down the peo- with me an everlasting covenant, ple under me,

ordered in all things, and sure: 49 And that bringeth me forth for this is all my salvation, and from mine enemies: thou also all my desire, although he make hast lifted me up on high above it not to grow. them that rose up against me: 6 But the sons of Belial shall thou hast delivered me from the be all of them as thorns thrust violent man.

away, because they cannot be 50 Therefore I will give thanks taken with hands: unto thee, O LORD, among the 7 But the man that shall touch heathen, and I will sing praises them must be fenced with iron unto thy name.

and the staff of a spear; and 51 He is the tower of salvation they shall be utterly burnt with for his king: and sheweth mer- fire in the same place. cy to his anointed, unto Da- 8 These be the names of the vid, and to his seed for ever- mighty men whom David had:

The Tachmonite that sat in the

seat, chief among the captains; CHAP. XXIII.

the same was Adino the Eznite:

be lifted up his spear against DAVID'S FAITH.

eight hundred whom he slew at NOW these be the last words one time. of David. David the son of 9 And after him was Eleazar Jesse said, and the man who was the son of Dodo the Ahohite, raised up on high, the anointed one of the three mighty men of the God of Jacob, and the with David, when they defied sweet psalmist of Israel, said, the Philistines that were there

2 The Spirit of the LORD gathered together to battle, and spake by me, and his word was the men of Israel were gone in my tongue.

away: 3 The God of Israel said, the 10 He arose, and smote the Rock of Israel spake to me, He Philistines until his hand was that ruleth over men must be weary, and his hand clave unto just, ruling in the fear of God. the sword; and the LORD

4 And he shall be as the light wrought a great victory that

more.

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