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day; and the people returned not drink it. These things did after him only to spoil.

these three mighty men. 11 And after him was Sham- 18 And Abishai the brother mah the son of Agee the Hara- of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was rite. And the Philistines were chief among three. And he liftgathered together into a troop, ed up his spear against three where was a piece of ground hundred, and slew them, and had full of lentiles: and the people the name among three. fled from the Philistines.

19 Was he not most honour12 But he stood in the midst able of three? therefore he was of the ground, and defended it, their captain : howbeit, he atand slew the Philistines: and tained not unto the first three. the LORD wrought a great vic

20 And Benaiah the son of tory.'

Jehoiada, the son of a valiant 13 And three of the thirty man of Kabzeel, who had done chief went down, and came to many acts, he slew two lion-like David in the harvest time unto men of Moab: he went down the cave of Adullam: and the also and slew a lion in the midst troop of the Philistines pitched of a pit in time of snow in the valley of Rephaim. 21 And he slew an Egyptian,

14 And David was then in an a goodly man; and the Egyphold, and the garrison of the tian had a spear in his hand; Philistines was then in Beth-le- but he went down to him with hem.

a staff, and plucked the spear out 15 And David longed, and of the Egyptian's hand, and said, 'Oh that one would give slew him with his own spear. me drink of the water of the 22 These things did Benaiah well of Beth-lehem, which is by the son of Jehoiada, and had the

name among three mighty men. 16 And the three mighty men 23 He was more honourable brake through the host of the than the thirty, but he attained Philistines, and drew water out not to the first three. And Daof the well of Beth-lehem, that vid set him over his guard. was by the gate, and took it and 24 Asahel the brother of Joab brought it to David: neverthe

was one of the thirty; Elhanan less he would not drink thereof, the son of Dodo of Beth-lehem, but poured it out unto the Lord! 25 Shammah the Harodite,

17 And he said, Be it far from Elika the Harodite, me, O Lord, that I should do 26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the this: is not this the blood of the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, men that went in jeopardy of 27 Abiezer the Anethothite, their lives? therefore he would Mebunai the Hushathite,

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28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Ma- || captain of the host, which was harai the Netophathite,

with him, Go now through all 29 Heleb the son of Baanah, a the tribes of Israel, from Dan Netophathite, Ittai the son of even to Beer-sheba, and numRibai, out of Gibeah of the chil-ber ye the people, that I may dren of Benjamin,

know the number of the people. 30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, 3 And Joab said unto the Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash, king, Now the LORD thy God

31 Abi-albon the Arbathite, add unto the people, how many Azmaveth the Barhumite, soever they be, an hundred

32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, fold, and that the eyes of my of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan, lord the king may see it: but 33 Shammah the Hararite, why doth my lord the king deAhiam the son of Sharar the light in this thing? Hararite,

4 Notwithstanding the king's 34 Eliphelet the son of Ahas word prevailed against Joab and bai, the son of the Maachathite, against the captains of the host. Eliam the son of Ahithophel the And Joab and the captains of Gilonite,

the host went out from the pre35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paa- sence of the king, to number the Arbite


5 Zobah, Bani the Gadite, dan, and pitched in Aroer, on

37 Zelek the Ammonite, Na- the right side of the city that harai the Beerothite, armour- lieth in the midst of the river of bearer to Joab the son of Ze-Gad, and toward Jazer: ruiah,

6 Then they came to Gilead, 38 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an and to the land of Tahtim-hodIthrite,

shi; and they came to Dan-jaan, 39 Uriah the Hittite : 'thirty and about to Zidon, and seven in all.

7 And came to the strong hold

of Tyre, and to all the cities of CHAP. XXIV.

the Hivites, and of the Canaan

ites: and they went out to the DAVID NUMBERETH THE

south of Judah, even to BeerPEOPLE.

sheba. AND again the anger of the 8 So when they had gone LORD was kindled against Is through all the land, they came rael, and he moved David to Jerusalem at the end of nine against them to say, Go, num- months and twenty days. ber Israel and Judah.

9 And Joab gave up the sum 2 For the king said to Joab the of the number of the people unto

36 Igal the son of Nathan of 5 And they passed over Jor

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the king: and there were in morning even to the time apIsraell eight hundred thousand pointed: and there died of the valiant men that drew the sword; people from Dan even to Beerand the men of Judah were five sheba ßeventy thousand men. hundred thousand men.

16 And when the angel stretch10 And David's heart smote ed out his hand upon Jerusahim after that he had numbered lem to destroy it, the LORD re. the people. And David said pented him of the evil, and unto the Lord, I have sinned said to the angel that destroyed greatly in that I have done: and the people, It is enough: stay now, I beseech thee, O LORD, now thine hand. And the angel take away the iniquity of thy of the Lord was by the threshservant; for I have done very ing-place of Araunah the Jefoolishly.

busite. 11 For when David was up in 17 And David spake unto the the morning, the word of the LORD, when he saw the angel LORD came unto the prophet | that smote the people, and said, Gad, David's seer, saying, Lo, I have sinned, and I have

12 Go, and say unto David, done wickedly: but these sheep, Thus saith the Lord, I offer what have they done? let thine thee three things; choose thee hand, I pray thee, be against one of them, that I may do it me, and against my father's

, unto thee.

13 So Gad came to David, 18 And Gad came that day to and told him, and said unto David, and said unto him, Go him, Shall seven years of famine up, rear an altar unto the LORD come unto thee in thy land? or in the threshing-floor of Arauwilt thou flee three months be- nah the Jebusite. fore thine enemies, while they 19 And David, according to pursue thee? or that there be he saying of Gad, went up as three days' pestilence in thy the LORD commanded. land? Now advise, and see what 20 And Araunah looked, and answer I shall return to him saw the king and his servants that sent me.

coming on toward him: and 14 And David said unto Gad, || Araunah went out, and bowed I am in a great strait: let us himself before the king on his fall now into the hand of the face upon the ground. LORD; for his mercies are great: 21 And Araunah said, Whereand let me not fall into the hand fore is my lord the king come of man.

to his servant? And David said, 15 So the LORD sent a pes- To buy the threshing-floor of tilence upon Israel from the || thee, to build an altar unto the


LORD, that the plague may be | Araunah, Nay; but I will surestayed from the people.

ly buy it of thee at a price; nei22 And Araunah said unto Da- | ther will I offer burnt-offerings vid, Let my lord the king take unto the Lord my God of that and offer up what seemeth good which doth cost me nothing. So unto him: behold, here be oxen David bought the threshingfor burnt-sacrifice, and thresh- floor and the oxen for fifty she. ing instruments and other in- | kels of silver./ struments of the oxen, for wood. 25 And David built there an

23 All these things did Arau- altar unto the LORD, and offernah, as a king, give unto the ed burnt-offerings and peaceking. And Araunah said unto offerings. So the LORD was inthe king, The LORD thy God treated for the land, and the accept thee.

plague was stayed from Israel. 24 And the king said unto






3 So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts

of Israel, and found Abishag a NOW king David was old Shunammite, and brought her and stricken in years ; and they | to the king. covered him with clothes, but

4 And the damsel was very he gat no heat.

fair, and cherished the king, and 2 Wherefore his servants said | ministered to him: but the king unto him, Let there be sought | knew her not. for my lord the king a young 5 Then Adonijah the son of virgin : and let her stand before Haggith exalted himself, saying, the king, and let her cherish || I will be king: and he prepared him, and let her lie in thy bo-him chariots and horsemen, and som, that my lord the king may lord the king may | fifty men to run before him.

6 And his father had not dis

get heat,

pleased him at any time in say. mon thy son shall reign after ing, Why hast thou done so? and me, and he shall sit upon my he also was a very goodly man; throne? why then doth Adoniand his mother bare him after | jah reign? Absalom.

14 Behold, while thou yet 7 And he conferred with Joab talkest there with the king, I the son of Zeruiah, and with also will come in after thee, and Abiathar the priest: and they confirm thy words. following Adonijah, helped him. 15 And Bath-sheba /went in 8 But Zadok the priest, and unto the king into the chamber Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the king was very old ; and and Nathan the prophet, and Abishag the Shunammite miShimei, and Rei, and the mighty nistered unto the king. men which belonged to David, 16 And Bath-sheba bowed, were not with Adonijah.

and did obeisance unto the 9 And Adonijah slew sheep, king. And the king said, What and oxen, and fat cattle, by the wouldest thou ? stone of Zoheleth which is by 17 And she said unto him, My En-rogel, and called all his bre- lord, thou swarest by the LORD thren the king's sons, and all thy God unto thine handmaid, the men of Judah the king's saying, Assuredly Solomon thy servants.

son shall reign after me, and he 10 But Nathan the prophet, and shall sit upon my

throne. Benaiah, and the mighty men, 18 And now, behold, Adoni. and Solomon his brother, he jah reigneth ; and now, my lord called not.

the king, thou knowest it not: 11 Wherefore Nathan spake 19 And he hath slain oxen, and unto Bath-sheba the mother of fat cattle, and sheep in abunSolomon, saying, Hast thou not dance, and hath called all the heard that Adonijah the son of sons of the king, and Abiathar Haggith doth reign, and David the priest, and Joab the captain our lord knoweth it not?

of the host: but Solomon thy 12 Now therefore come, let servant hath he not called. me, I pray thee, give thee coun- 20 And thou, my lord, O king, sel, that thou mayest save thine the eyes of all Israel are upon own life, and the life of thy son thee, that thou shouldest tell Solomon,

them who shall sit on the throne 13. Go and get thee in unto of my lord the king after king David, and say unto him, him. Didst not thou, my lord, O 21 Otherwise it shall come to king, swear unto thine hand-pass, when my lord the king maid, saying, Assuredly Solo shall sleep with his fathers, that

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