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the LORD liveth, and as thy soul 32 And David said to Abigail, liveth, seeing the Lord hath Blessed be the Lord God of Iswithholden thee from coming to rael, which sent thee this day to shed blood, and from avenging meet me: thyself with thine own hand, 33 And blessed be thy advice, now let thine enemies, and they and blessed be thou, which hast

, that seek evil to my lord, be as kept me this day from coming Nabal.

to shed blood, and from aveng27 And now this blessing which ing myself with mine own hand. thine handmaid hath brought 34 For in very deed, as the unto my lord, let it even be LORD God of Israel liveth, which given unto the young men that hath kept me back from hurting follow my lord.

thee, except thou hadst hasted 28 I pray thee, forgive the and come to meet me, surely trespass of thine handmaid: for there had not been left unto Na- . the LORD will certainly make bal by the morning light any my lord a sure house; because that pisseth against the wall. my lord fighteth the battles of 35 So David received of her the LORD, and evil hath not been hand that which she had brought found in thee all thy days. him, and said unto her, Go up

29 Yet a man is risen to pur- in peace to thine house ; see, I sue thee, and to seek thy soul : have hearkened to thy voice, but the soul of my lord shall be and have accepted thy person. bound in the bundle of life with 36 And Abigail came to Nathe LORD thy God; and the bal ; and, behold, he held a feast souls of thine enemies, them in his house, like the feast of a shall he sling out, as out of the king; and Nabal's heart was middle of a sling.

merry within him, for he was 30 And it shall come to pass, very drunken: wherefore she when the LORD shall have done told him nothing, less or more, to my lord according to all the until the morning light. good that he hath spoken con- 37 But it came to pass in the cerning thee, and shall have ap- morning, when the wine was

, pointed thee ruler over Israel ; gone out of Nabal, and his wife

31 That this shall be no grief had told him these things, that unto thee, nor offence of heart his heart died within him, and unto my lord, either that thou he became as a stone. hast shed blood causeless, or 38 And it came to pass about that my lord hath avenged him- ten days after, that the LORD self: but when the Lord shall smote Nabal, that he died. have dealt well with my lord, 39 And when David heard that then remember thine handmaid. Nabal was dead, he said, Bless

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ed be the LORD, that hath plead- 2 Then Saul arose, and went ed the cause of my reproach down to the wilderness of Ziph, from the hand of Nabal, and having three thousand chosen hath kept his servant from evil: men of Israel with him, to seck for the Lord hath returned the David in the wilderness of Ziph. wickedness of Nabal upon his 3 And Saul pitched in the hill own head. And David sent and of Hachilah, which is before communed with Abigail, to Jeshimon, by the way. But Datake her to him to wife.

vid abode in the wilderness, 40 And when the servants of land he saw that Saul came after David were come to Abigail to him into the wilderness. Carmel, they spake unto her, 4 David therefore sent out saying, David sent us unto thee, spies, and understood that Saul to take thee to him to wife. was come in

very

deed. 41 And she arose, and bowed 5 And David arose, and came herself on her face to the earth, to the place where Saul had and said, Behold, let thine hand-pitched: and David beheld the maid be a servant to wash the place where Saul lay, and Ab. feet of the servants of my lord. ner the son of Ner, the captain

42 And Abigail hasted, and of his host : and Saul lay in the arose, and rode upon an ass, trench, and the people pitched with five damsels of her's that round about him. went after her; and she went 6 Then answered David, and after the messengers of David, said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and became his wife.

and to Abishai the son of Ze43 David also took Ahinoam of ruiah, brother to Joab, saying, Jezreel; and they were also both Who will go down with me to of them his wives.

Saul to the camp? And Abishai 44. But Saul had given Michal said, I will go down with thee. his daughter, David's wife, to 7 So David and Abishai came to Phalti the son of Laish, which the people by night: and, bewas of Gallim.

hold, Saul lay sleeping within

the trench, and his spear stuck CHAP. XXVI.

in the ground at his bolster :

but Abner and the people lay DAVID FINDETH SAUL

round about him. ASLEEP.

8 Then said Abishai to David, AND the Ziphites came un

God hath delivered thine enemy to Saul to Gibeah, saying, into thine hand this day: now Doth not David hide himself therefore let me smite him, I in the hill of Hachilah, which pray thee, with the spear, even is before Jeshimon?

to the earth at once, and I will is \ thou hast done. As the LORD

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O king.

not smite him the second time. in to destroy the king thy lord.

9 And David said to Abishai, 16 This thing is not good that Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against liveth, ye are worthy to die, bethe Lord's anointed, and be cause ye have not kept your guiltless?

master, the LORD's anointed. 10 David said furthermore, As And now see where the king's the LORD liveth, the LORD shall spear is, and the cruse of water smite him ; or his day shall come that was at his bolster. to die; or he shall descend into 17 And Saul knew David's battle, and perish.

voice, and said, Is this thy 11 The LORD forbid that I voice, my son David? And Dashould stretch forth mine hand vid said, It is my voice, my lord, against the LORD's anointed : but, I pray thee, take thou now 18 And he said, Wherefore the spear that is at his bolster, doth my lord thus pursue after and the cruse of water, and let his servant ? for, what have I us go.

done? or, what evil is in mine 12 So David took /the spear hand ? and the cruse of water from 19 Now therefore, I pray thee, Saul's bolster: and they gat let my lord the king hear the them away, and no man saw it, words of his servant. If the nor knew it, neither awaked : LORD have stirred thee up for they were all asleep ;/ be- | against me, let him accept an cause a deep sleep from the offering : but if they be the chilLORD was fallen upon them. dren of men, cursed be they be

13 Then David went over to fore the LORD; for they have the other side, and stood on the driven me out this day from top of an hill afar off ; a great abiding in the inheritance of the space being between them : LORD, saying, Go, serve other

14 And David cried to the gods.
people, and to Abner the son of 20 Now therefore, let not my
Ner, saying, Answerest thou blood fall to the earth before the
not, Abner? Then Abner an- face of the LORD : for the king
swered and said, Who art thou of Israel is come out to seek a
that criest to the king ?

flea, as when one doth hunt a
15 And David said to Abner, partridge in the mountains.
Art not thou a valiant man ? 21 Then said Saul, I have
and who is like to thee in Isra- sinned : return, my son David:
el? wherefore then hast thou for I will no more do thee harm,
not kept thy lord the king ? for because my soul was precious
there came one of the people in thine eyes this day : behold,

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I have played the fool, and have | unto Achish, the son of Ma

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och king of Gath. 22 And David answered and 3 And David dwelt with said, Behold the king's spear! | Achish at Gath, he and his and let one of the young men

men, every man with his housecome over and fetch it.

hold, even David with his two 23 The LORD render to eve-wives, Ahinoam the Jezreel. ry man his righteousness and itess, and Abigail the Carmelhis faithfulness : for the LORD itess, Nabal's wife. delivered thee into my hand to- 4 And it was told Saul that day, but I would not stretch David was fled to Gath : and he forth mine hand against the sought no more again for him. LORD's anointed.

5 And David said unto Achish, 24 And, behold, as thy life If I have now found grace in thine was much set by this day in eyes, let them give me a place mine eyes, so let my life be in some town in the country, much set by in the eyes of the that I may dwell there : for why LORD, and let him deliver me should thy servant dwell in the out of all tribulation.

royal city with thee? 25 Then Saul said to David, 6 Then Achish gave him Zik. Blessed be thou, my son Davidl; lag that day : wherefore Ziklag thou shalt both do great things, pertaineth unto the kings of and also shalt still prevail. So Judah unto this day. David went on his way, and 7 And the time that David Saul returned to his place. dwelt in the country of the

Philistines was a full year and CHAP. XXVII.

four months.

8 And David and his men

went up, and invaded the GesAND David said in his heart, hurites and the Gezrites, and I shall now perish one day by the Amalekites : for those nathe hand of Saul : there is no- tions were of old the inhabitants thing better for me than that I of the land, as thou goest to should speedily escape into the Shur, even unto the land of land of the Philistines ; and Egypt. Saul shall despair of me, to seek 9 And David smote the land, me any more in any coast of and left neither man nor wo.. Israel : so shall I escape out of man alive, and took away the his hand.

sheep, and the oxen, and the 2 And David arose, and he asses, and the camels, and the passed over with the sis hun apparel, and returned, and came dred men that were with him to Achish.

DAVID FLEETH TO GATH.

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10 And Achish said, Whither put away those that had familiar have ye made a road to-day? spirits, and the wizards, out of And David said, Against the the land. south of Judah, and against the 4 And the Philistines gathersouth of the Jerahmeelites, and ed themselves together, and against the south of the Ke- came and pitched in Shunem : nites.

and Saul gathered all Israel to11 And David saved neither gether, and they pitched in man nor woman alive, to bring Gilboa. tidings to Gath, saying, Lest 5 And when Saul saw the they should tell on us, saying, host of the Philistines, he was So did David, and so will be his afraid, and his heart greatly manner all the while he dwell-trembled. eth in the country of the Philis- 6 And when Saul enquired of tines.

the LORD, the LORD answered 12 And Achish believed Da- him not, neither by dreams, nor vid, saying, He hath made his by Urim, nor by prophets. people Israel utterly to abhor 7 Then said Saul unto his serhim; therefore he shall be my vants, Seek me a woman that servant for ever.

hath a familiar spirit, that I may

go to her, and enquire of her. CHAP. XXVIII.

And his servants said to him,
Behold, there is a woman that

hath a familiat spirit at En-dor. AND it came to pass in those 8 And Saul disguised himself

, days, that the Philistines gather- and put on other raiment, and ed their armies together for he went, and two men with him, warfare, to fight with Israel. and they came to the woman

' And Achish said unto David, by night : and he said, I pray Know thou assuredly, that thou thee, divine unto me by the shalt go out with me to battle, familiar spirit, and bring me thou and thy men.

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whom I shall name un2 And David said to Achish, to thee. Surely thou shalt know what 9 And the woman said unto thy servant can do. And Achish him, Behold, thou knowest said to David, Therefore will I what Saul hath done, how he make thee keeper of mine head hath cut off those that have for ever.

familiar spirits, and the wiz3 Now Samuel was dead, and | ards, out of the land : wherefore all Israel had lamented him, then layest thou a snare for my and buried him in Ramah, even life, to cause me to die? in his own city. And Saul had 10 And Saul sware to her by

SAUL CONSULTS A WITCH.

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