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their cattle, and smote them | which were about six hundred, with a great slaughter. So Da- arose and departed out of Keivid saved the inhabitants of Kei. lah, and went whithersoever lah.
they could go. And it was told 6 And it came to pass, when Saul that David was escaped Abiathar the son of Ahimelech from Keilah; and he forbare to fled to David to Keilah, that he go forth. came down with an ephod in his 14 And David abode in the hand.
wilderness in strong holds, and 7 And it was told Saul that remained in a mountain in the David was come to Keilah. wilderness of Ziph. And Saul And Saul said, God hath de- sought him every day, but livered him into mine hand; for God delivered him not into his he is shut in by entering into a hand. town that hath gates and bars. 15 And David saw that Saul
8 And Saul called all the peo- was come out to seek his life : ple together to war, to go down and David was in the wilderness to Keilah, to besiege David and of Ziph in a wood. his men.
16 And Jonathan Saul's son 9 And David knew that Saul se- arose, and went to David into cretly practised mischief against the wood, and strengthened his him; and he said to Abiathar hand in God. the priest, Bring hither the 17 And he said unto him, ephod.
Fear not: for the hand of Saul 10 Then said David, O LORD | my father shall not find thee; God of Israel, thy servant hath and thou shalt be king over certainly heard that Saul seek- Israel, and I shall be next unto eth to come to Keilah, to de- thee; and that also Saul my stroy the city, for my sake. father knoweth.
u Will the men of Keilah de- 18 And they two made a coveliver me up into his hand? will nantibefore the LORD; and DaSaul come down, as thy servant vid abode in the wood, and Johath heard? ( LORD God of nathan went to his house. Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy 19 Then came up the Ziphites? servant. And the LORD said, to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth He will come down.
not David hide himself with us 12 Then said David, Will the in strong holds in the wood, in men of Keilah deliver me and the hill of Hachilah, which is my inen into the hand of Saul? on the south of Jeshimon? And the Lord sail, They will 20 Now therefore, o king, ddirer thee up:
come down according to all the 15 Then David and his men, desire of thy soul to come down;
and our part shall be to deliver | ger unto Saul, saying, Hasto him into the king's hand. thee and come; for the Philis
21 And Saul said, Blessed betines have invaded the land. ye of the LORD; for ye have 28 Wherefore Saul returned compassion on me.
from pursuing after David, and 22 Go, I pray you, prepare yet, went against the Philistines: and know and see his place therefore they called that place where his haunt is, and who Sela-hammah-lekoth. hath seen him there: for it is 29 And David went up from told me that he dealeth very thence, and dwelt in strong subtilly.
holds at En-gedi. 23 See therefore, and take knowledge of all the lurking
CHAP. XXIV. places where he hideth himself,
DAVID SPARETH SAUL. and come ye again to me with the certainty, and I will go with AND it came to pass, when you: and it shall come to pass, Saul was returned from followif he be in the land, that I willing the Philistines, that it was search him out throughout all told him, saying, Behold, Dathe thousands of Judah.
vid is in the wilderness of En24 And they arose, and went gedi. to Ziph before Saul: but David 2 Then Saul took three thouand his men were in the wilder- || sand chosen men out of all Isness of Maon, in the plain on rael, and went to seek David * the south of Jeshimon.
and his men upon the rocks of also the wild goats. to seek bim. And they told Da: 3 And he came to the sheepvid: wherefore he came down cotes by the way, where was a into a rock, and abode in the cave; and Saul went in to cover wilderness of Maon. And when his feet; and David and his men Saul heard that, he pursued remained in the sides of the after David in the wilderness cave. of Maon.
4. And the men of David said 26 And Saul went on this side unto him, Behold the day of of the mountain, and David and which the LORD said unto thee, his men on that side of the Behold, I will deliver thine enemountain : and David made my into thine hand, that thou haste to get away for fear of mayest do to him as it shall Saul; for Saul and his men com- seem good unto thee. Then passed David and his men round David arose, and cut off the about to take them.
skirt of Saul's robe privilya 27. But there camera messen- 5 And it came to pass after
ward, that David's heart smote || have not sinned against thee; him, because he had cut off || yet thou huntest my soul to take Saul's skirt.
6 And he said unto his men, 12 The Lord judge between The LORD forbid that I should me and thee, and the LORD do this thing unto my master, avenge me of thee: but mine the LORD's anointed, to stretch | hand shall not be upon thee. forth mine hand against him, 13 As saith the proverb of the seeing he is the anointed of the ancients, Wickedness proceedLORD.
eth from the wicked: but mine 7 So David stayed his servants hand shall not be upon thee. with these words, and suffered 14 After whom is the king of them not to rise against Saul. Israel come out? after whom But Saul rose up out of the cave, dost thou pursue? after a dead and went on his way.
dog? after a flea? 8 David also rose afterward, 15 The LORD therefore be and went out of the cave, and I judge, and judge between me cried after Saul, saying, My and thee, and see, and plead my lord the king. And when Saul cause, and deliver me out of looked behind him, David stoop- | thine hand. ed with his face to the earth, and 16 And it came to pass, when bowed himself.
David had made an end of speak9 And David said to Saul, ing these words unto Saul, that Wherefore hearest thou men's Saul said, Is this thy voice, my words, saying, Behold, David son David? And Saul lifted up seeketh thy hurt ?
his voice, and wept. 10 Behold, this day thine eyes 171 And he said to David, Thou have seen how that the LORD art more righteous than I: for had delivered thee to-day into thou hast rewarded me good, mine hand in the cave: and whereas I have rewarded thee some bade me kill thee: but evil. minc eye spared thee; and I said, 18 And thou hast shewed this I will not put forth mine hand | day how that thou hast dealt against my lord; for he is the well with me: forasmuch as LORD's anointed.
when the LORD had delivered 11 Moreover, my father, see; || me into thine hand, thou killedst yea, see the skirt of thy robe in me not./ my hand: for in that I cut off 19 For if a man find his ene. the skirt of thy robe, and killed my, will he let him go well thee not, know thou and see that away? wherefore the Lord rethere is neither evil nor trans- ward thee good for that thou gression in-mine hand, and I || hast done unto me this day.
20 And now, behold, I know || derness that Nabal did shear his well that thou shalt surely be sheep. king, and that the kingdom of
5 And David sent out ten Israel shall be established in young men, and David said un- . thine hand :
to the young men, Get you up 21 Swear now therefore, unto to Carmel, and go to Nabal, me by the LORD, that thou wilt and greet him in my name: not cut off my seed after me, 6 And thus shall ye say to him and that thou wilt not destroy that liveth in prosperity, Peace my name out of my father's be both to thee, and peace be house.
to thine house, and peace be 22 And David sware unto
unto unto all that thou hast. Saul. And Saul went home; 7 And now I have heard that but David and his men gat them thou hast shearers : now, thy up unto the hold.
shepherds which were with us,
we hurt them not, neither was CHAP. XXV.. there aught missing unto them,
all the while they were in Carmel. THE DEATH OF SAMUEL.
8 Ask thy young men, and AND Samuel died; and all they will shew thee. Wherefore the Israelites were gathered to let the young men find favour in gether, and lamented him, and thine eyes: for we come in a
/ buried him in his house at Ra- good day: give, I pray thee, mah. And David arose, and whatsoever cometh to thine went down to the wilderness of hand unto thy servants, and to Paran.
thy son David. 2 And there was a man in Ma- 9 And when David's young on, whose possessions were in men came, they spake to Nabal Carmel; and the man was very according to all those words in great, and he had three thou- the name of David, and ceased. sand sheep, and a thousand 10 And Nabal answered Dagoats: and he was shearing his vid's servants, and said, Who is sheep in Carmel.
David ? and who is the son of 3 Now the name of the man Jesse ? there be many servants was Nabal; and the name of his now-a-days that break away wifeAbigail : and she was a every man from his master. woman of good understanding, 11 Shall I then take my bread, and of a beautiful countenance : and my water, and my flesh that but the man was churlish and I have killed for my shearers, evil in his doings and he was and give it unto men, whom I of the house of Caleb.
know not whence they be? 4 And David heard in the wil. 12 So David's young men turned their way, and went
19 And she said unto her sery. again, and came and told him all ants, Go on before me; behold, those sayings.
I come after you. But she told 13 And David said unto his | not her husband Nabal. men, Gird ye on every man his
20 And it was so, as she rode sword. And they girded on on the ass, that she came down every man his sword; and Da- by the covert of the hill, and, vid also girded on his sword behold, David and his men and there
went up after David came down against her; and she about four hundred men; and met them. two hundred abode by the stuff. 21 Now David had said, Sure.
14 But one of the young men ly in vain have I kept all that told Abigail Nabal's wife, say- this fellow hath in the wildering, Behold, David sent mes- ness, so that nothing was misssengers out of the wilderness to ed of all that pertained unto salute our master; and he railed him: and he hath requited me on them :
evil for good. 15 But the men were very
22 So and more also do God good unto us, and we were not unto the enemies of David, if I hurt, neither missed we any leave of all that pertain to him thing, as long as we were con- by the morning light any that versant with them, when we pisseth against the wall. were in the fields :
23 And when Abigail saw Da16 They were a wall unto us vid, she hasted, and lighted off both by night and day, all the the ass, and fell before David on while we were with them keep- her face, and bowed herself to ing the sheep
the ground, 17 Now therefore, know and 24 And fell at his feet, and consider what thou wilt do; for said, Upon me, my lord, upon evil is determined against our me let this iniquity be: and let master, and against all his thine handmaid, I pray thee, household: for he is such a son speak in thine audience, and hear of Belial, that a man cannot the words of thine handmaid. speak to him.
25 Let not my lord, I pray 18 Then Abigail made haste, thee, regard this man of Belial, and took two hundred loaves, leven Nabal: for as his name is, and two bottles of wine, and so is he; Nabal is his name, and five sheep ready dressed, and folly is with him: but I thine five measures of parched corn, handmaid saw not the young and an hundred clusters of rai- men of my lord, whom thou sins, and two hundred cakes of didst send. figs, and laid them on asses. 26 Now therefore, my lord, as