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the Lord, saying, As the LORD || from thee, and is become thine liveth, there shall no punish enemy? ment happen to thee for this 17 And the LORD hath done thing

to him, as he spake by me: for 11 Then said the woman, the LORD hath rent the kingWhom shall I bring up untó dom out of thine hand, and thee ? And he said, Bring me given it to thy neighbour, even up Samuel.

to David : 12 And when the woman saw 18 Because thou obeyedst not Samuel, Ashe cried with a loud the voice of the LORD, nor exvoice : and the woman spake ecutedst his fierce wrath upon to Saul, saying, Why hast thou Amalek, therefore hath the deceived me? for thou art Lord done this thing unto thee Saul.

this day. 13 And the king said unto her, 19 Moreover, the LORD will Be not afraid : for what sawest also deliver Israel with thee into thou? And the woman said the hand of the Philistines : and unto Saul, I saw gods ascending to-morrow shalt thou and thy out of the earth.

sons be with me : the LORD 14 And he said unto her, also shall deliver the host of IsWhat form is he of? And she rael into the hand of the Phisaid, An old man cometh up; listines. and he is covered with a mantle. 20 Then Saul fell straightway And Saul perceived that it was all along on the earth, and was Samuel, and he stooped with sore afraid, because of the words his face to the ground, and bow- of Samuel : and there was no ed himself.

strength in him ; for he had 15 And Samuel said to Saul, eaten no bread all the day, nor Why hast thou disquieted me, all the night. to bring me up? And Saul 21 And the woman came unanswered, I am sore distressed; | to Saul, and saw that he was for the Philistines make war sore troubled, and said unto against me, and God is depart. him, Behold, thine handmaid ed from me, and answereth me hath obeyed thy voice, and I no more, neither by prophets, have put my life in my hand, nor by dreams : therefore I have and have hearkened unto thy called thee, that thou mayest words which thou spakest unto make known unto me what I shall do.

22 Now therefore, I pray thee, 16 Then said Samuel, Where-hearken thou also unto the voice fore then dost thou ask of me, of thine handmaid, and let me secing the Lord is departed set a morsel of bread before

me :


thee ; and eat, that thou mayest || I have found no fault in him have strength when thou goest since he fell unto me, unto this on thy way.

23 But he refused, and said, I 4 And the princes of the Phi. will not eat. But his servants, listines were wroth with him ;

' together with the woman, com. and the princes of the Philispelled him; and he hearkened tines said unto him, Make this unto their voice. So he arose fellow return, that he may go from the earth, and sat upon the again to his place which thou bed.

hast appointed him, and let him 24 And the woman had a fat not go down with us to battle, calf in the house; and she hast- lest in the battle he be an aded, and killed it, and took flour, versary to us: for wherewith and kneaded it, and did bake should he reconcile himself ununleavened bread thereof: to his master ? should it not be

25 And she brought it before with the heads of these men ? Saul, and before his servants : 5 Is not this David, of whom and they did eat. Then they they sang one to another in rose up, and went away that dances, saying, Saul slew his night.

thousands, and David his ten

thousands? CHAP. XXIX.

6 Then Achish called David,

and said unto him, Surely, as ACHISH DISMISSETH DAVID.

the Lord liveth, thou hast been NOW the Philistines gather- upright, and thy going out and ed together all their armies to thy coming in with me in the Aphek: and the Israelites pitch- host is good in my sight: for ed by a fountain which is in I have not found evil in thee

a Jezreel.

since the day of thy coming unto 2 And the lords of the Philis- me, unto this day : nevertheless tines passed on by hundreds, the lords favour thee not. and by thousands : but David 7 Wherefore now return, and and his men passed on in the go in peace, that thou disrere-ward with Achish.

please not the lords of the Phi. 3 Then said the princes of listines. the Philistines, What do these 8 And David said unto AchHebrews bere? And Achishish, But what have I done? and said unto the princes of the what hast thou found in thy Philistine, Is not this David, servant, so long as I have been the servant of Saul the king of with thee unto this day, that I Israel, which hath been with me may not go fight against the these days, or these years, and | enemics of my lord the king?

9 And Achish answered and their voice and wept, until they said to David, I know that had no more power to weep: thou art good in my sight, as 5 And David's two wives an angel of God: notwithstand- were taken captives, Ahinoam ing the princes of the Philis- the Jezreelitess, and Abigail tines have said, He shall not go the wife of Nabal the Carme. up with us to the battle.

lite. 10 Wherefore now rise up 6 And David was greatly disearly in the morning with thy tressed : for the people spake master's servants that are come of stoning him, because the with thee : and as soon as ye be soul of all the people was grievup early in the morning, and ed, every man for his sons and have light, depart.

for his daughters : but David 11 So David and his men rose encouraged himself in the LORD up early to depart in the morn

his God. ing, to return into the land of 7 And David said to Abia. the Philistines. And the Phi- thar the priest, Ahimelech's listines went up to Jezreel. son, I pray thee, bring me hi

ther the ephod. And Abiathar CHAP. XXX.

brought thither the ephod to


8 And David enquired at the AND it came to pass, when LORD, saying, Shall I pursue David and his men were come after this troop? shall I overto Ziklag on the third day, that take them ? And he answered the Amalekites had invaded the him, Pursue : for thou shalt south, and Ziklag, and smit- surely overtake them, and withten Ziklag, and burned it without fail recover all. fire ;

9 So David went, he and the 2 And had taken the women six hundred men that were with captives that were therein : him, and came to the brook Be. they slew not any, either great sor, where those that were left or small, but carried them away, || behind, stayed. and went on their way.

10 But David pursued, he 3 So David and his men and four hundred men : for came to the city, and, behold, two hundred abode behind, it was burned with fire: and which were so faint that they their wives, and their sons, and could not go over the Brook their daughters, were taken cap- Besor. tives.

11 And they found an Egyp4 Then David and the people tian in the field, and brought that were with him lifted up || him to David, and gave him


bread, and he did eat: and they save four hundred young men, made him drink water;

which rode upon camels, and 12 And they gave him a piece fled. of a cake of figs, and two clusters 18 And David recovered all of raisins: and when he had that the Amalekites had carried eaten, his spirit came again to away: and David rescued his him: for he had eaten no bread, two wives./ nor drunk any water, three days 19 And there was nothing and three nights.

lacking to them, neither small 13 And David said unto him, nor great, neither sons To whom belongest thou? and daughters, neither spoil, nor whence art thou? And he said, any thing that they had taken I am a young man of Egypt, to them: David recovered all. servant to an Amalekite; and my 20 And David took all the master left me, because three focks and the herds which they

, days agone I fell sick. I

drave before those other cattle, 14 We made an invasion upon and said, This is David's spoil. the south of the Cherethites, and 21 And David came to the two upon the coast which belongeth hundred men, which were so to Judah, and upon the south of faint that they could not follow Caleb; and we burned Ziklag David, whom they had made with fire.

also to abide at the brook Besor: 15 And David said to him, and they went forth to meet Canst thou bring me down to David, and to meet the people this company? And he said, that were with him: and when Swear unto me by God, that David came near to the people, thou wilt neither kill me nor he saluted them. deliver me into the hands of my 22 Then answered all the master, and I will bring thee wicked men and men of Belial, down to this company.

of those that went with David, 16 And when he had brought and said, Because they went not him down, behold, they were with us, we will not give them spread abroad upon all the earth, aught of the spoil that we have eating and drinking, and dan- recovered, save to every man his cing, because of all the great wife and his children, that they

, spoil that they had taken out of may lead them away, and depart. the land of the Philistines, and 23 Then said David, Ye shall out of the land of Judah.

not do so, my brethren, with 17 And David smote them that which the Lord hath given from the twilight even unto the us, who hath preserved us, and evening of the next day: and delivered the company that there escaped not a man oi them, came against us into our hand


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24 For who will hearken unto against Israel: and the men of you in this matter?' but as his Israel fled from before the Phipart is that goeth down to the listines, and fell down slain in battle, so shall his part be that mount Gilboa. tarrieth by the stuff: they shall 2 And the Philistines followed

hard upon Saul and upon his 25 And it was so, from that sons; and the Philistines slew day forward, that he made it a Jonathan, and Abinadab, and statute and an ordinance for Is- Malchi-shua, Saul's sons. rael unto this day.

3 And the battle went sore 26 And when David came to against Saul, and the archers Ziklagt he sent of the spoil unto hit him; and he was sore woundthe elders of Judah, even to his ed of the archers. friends, saying, Behold a pre

4 Then said Saul unto his arsent for you of the spoil of the mour-bearer, Draw thy sword, enemies of the LORD:

and thrust me through there. 27 To them which were in with; lest these uncircumcised Bethel, and to them which were come and thrust me through, in south Ramoth, and to them and abuse me. But his armourwhich were in Jattir,

bearer would not; for he was 28 And to them which were in sore afraid. Therefore Saul took Aroer, and to them which were a sword, and fell


it. in Siphmoth, and to them which 5 And when his armour-bearer were in Eshtemoa,

saw that Saul was dead, he fell 29 And to them which were in likewise upon his sword, and Rachal, and to them which were died with him. in the cities of the Jerahmeel- 6 S3 Saul died, and his three ites, and to them which were in sons, and his armour-bearer, the cities of the Kenites,

and all his men, that same day 30 And to them which were in together. Hormah, and to them which 1 And when the men of Israel were in Chor-ashan, and to them that were on the other side of which were in Athach,

the valley, and they that were on 31 And to them which were in the other side Jordan, saw that Hebron, and to all the places the men of Israel fled, and that where David himself and his Saul and his sons were dead, men were wont to haunt.

they forsook the cities, and fied;

and the Philistines caine and CHAP. XXXI.

dwelt in them.

8 And it came to pass on the SAUL AND HIS SONS SLAIN.

morrow, when the Philistines NOW the Philistines fought came to strip the slain, that

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