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they found Saul and his three of Jabesh-gilead heard of that sons fallen in mount Gilboa. which the Philistines had done A9 And they cut off his head, to Saul, and stripped off his armour, and

121All the valiant men arose, sent into the land of the Philis- and went all night, and took the tines round about to publish it body of Saul and the bodies of in the house of their idols, and his sons from the wall of Bethamong the people,

shan, and came to Jabesh, and 10 And they put his armour in burnt them there. the house of Ashtaroth; and 13 And they took their bones, they fastened his body to the and buried them under a tree wall of Beth-shan.

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he said unto him, Out of the

camp of Israel am I escaped. DAVID LAMENTS SAUL.

4 And David said unto him, NOW it came to pass after How went the matter? I pray the death of Saul, when David thee, tell me. And he answered, was returned from the slaughter | That the people are fed from of the Amalekites,' and David the battle, and many of the

/ had abode two days in Ziklag. ple also are fallen, and dead;

2 It came even to pass on the and Saul and Jonathan his son third day, that, behold, a man are dead also. came out of the camp from 5 And David said unto the Saul, with his clothes rent, and young man that told him, How earth upon his head: and so it knowest thou that Saul and Jonawas, when he came to David, than his son be dead? that he fell to the earth, and did 6 And the young man that obeisance.

told him, said, As I happened 3 And David said unto him, by chance upon mount Gilboa, From whence comest thou? And behold, Saul leaned upon his

spear; and, lo, the chariots and 15 And David called one of horsemen followed hard after the young men, and said, Go him.

near, and fall upon him. And he

. 7 And when he looked behind | smote him that he died.. him, he saw me, and called unto 16 And David said unto him, me. And I answered, Here aml. Thy blood be upon thy head;

8 And he said unto me, Who for thy mouth hath testified art thou? And I answered him, against thee, saying, I have slain I am an Amalekite.

the LORD's anointed. 9 He said unto me again, 17 And David lamented with Stand, I pray thee, upon me, this lamentation over Saul and and slay me: for anguish is come over Jonathan his son: upon me, because my life is yet 18 (Also he bade them teach whole in me:

the children of Judah the use of 10 So I stood upon him, and the bow: behold, it is written slew him, because I was sure in the book of Jasher :) that he could not live after that 19 The beauty of Israel is slain he was fallen: and I took the upon thy high places: how are crown that was upon his head, the mighty fallen! and the bracelet that was on his 20 Tell it not in Gath, publish arm, and have brought them hi-it not in the streets of Askelon; ther unto my lord.

lest the daughters of the Philis11 Then David took hold on tines rejoice, lest the daughhis clothes, and rent them; and ters of the uncircumcised trilikewise all the men that were umph. with him :

21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, 12 And they mourned, and let there be no dew, neither let wept, and fasted until even, for there be rain upon you, nor Saul, and for Jonathan his son, fields of offerings : for there the and for the people of the Lord, shield of the mighty is vilely and for the house of Israel; be- cast away, the shield of Saul, as cause they were fallen by the though he had not been anointed sword.

with oil. 13 And David said unto the 22 From the blood of the slain, young man that told him, from the fat of the mighty, the Whence art thou? And he an- bow of Jonathan turned not swered, I am the son of a stran- back, and the sword of Saul reger, an Amalekite.

turned not empty. 14 And David said unto him, 23. Saul and Jonathan were How wast thou not afraid to lovely and pleasant in their lives, stretch forth thine hand to de- and in their death they were not stroy the Lord's anointed? divided : they were swifter than

this thing,

eagles, they were stronger than king over the house of Judah. lions.

And they told David, saying, 24 Ye daughters of Israel, That the men of Jabesh-gilead weep over Saul, who clothed were they that buried Saul. you in scarlet, with other de

5 And David sent messengers lights, who put on ornaments of unto the men of Jabesh-gilead, gold upon your apparel. and said unto them, Blessed be 25 How are the mighty fallen ye of the LORD, that ye have in the midst of the battle! O shewed this kindness unto your Jonathan, thou wast slain in lord, even unto Saul, and have thine high places.

buried him. 26 I am distressed for thee, my 6 And now the LORD shew brother Jonathan: very pleasant kindness and truth unto you: hast thou been unto me: thy and I also will requite you this love to me was wonderful, pass- kindness, because ye have done ing the love of women,

27 How are the mighty fallen, 7 Therefore now let your hands and the weapons of war pe- be strengthened, and be ye varished!

liant : for your master Saul is

dead, and also the house of JuCHAP. II.

dah have anointed me king over


8 But Abner the son of Ner, AND it came to pass after captain of Saul's host, took Ishthis, that David enquired of the bosheth the son of Saul, and LORD, saying, Shall I go up in- brought him over to Mahanaim; to any of the cities of Judah ? 9 And made him king over And the LORD said unto him, Gilead, and over the Ashurites, Go up. And David said, Whi- and over Jezreel, and over ther shall I go up? And he said, Ephraim, and over Benjamin, \Unto Hebron,

and over all Israel. 2 So David went up thither, 10 Ish-bosheth Saul's son, was and his two wives also, Ahino- forty years old when he began am the Jezreelitess, and Abigail to reign over Israel, and reignNabal's wife, the Carmelite. ed/two years but the house of

3 And his men that were with Judah followed David. him, did David bring up, every

11 And the time that David man with his household : and was king in Hebron, over the they dwelt in the cities of Heb- house of Judah, was seven years ron.

and six months. 4 And the men of Judah came, 12 And Abner the son of Ner, and there they anointed David and the servants of Ish-bosheth

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the son of Saul, went out from || Turn thee aside to thy right Mahanaim to Gibeon.

hand or to thy left, and lay thee 13 And Joab the son of Zerui- || hold on one of the young men, ah, and the servants 'of David and take thee his armour. But went out, and met together by | Asahel would not turn aside the pool of Gibeon: and they from following of him. sat down, the one on the one 22 And Abner said again to side of the pool, and the other Asahel, Turn thee aside from on the other side of the pool. following me: wherefore should 14 And Abner said to Joab, I smite thee to the ground? how Let the young men now arise, then should I hold up my face and play before us. And Joab to Joab thy brother? said, Let them arise.

23 Howbeit he refused to turn 15 Then there arose and went aside: wherefore Abner with the over by number, twelve of Ben- hinder end of the spear smote jamin, which pertained to Ish- him under the fifth rib, that the bosheth the son of Saul, and spear came out behind him; and twelve of the servants of David. he fell down there, and died in

16 And they caught every one the same place: and it came to his fellow by the head, and pass, that as many as came to thrust his sword in his fellow's the place where Asahel fell down side: so they fell down toge- and died, stood still. ther: wherefore that place was

24. Joab also and Abishai purcalled Helkath-hazzurim, which sued after Abner: and the sun is in Gibeon.

went down when they were come 17 And there was a very sore to the hill of Ammah, that lieth battle that day; and Abner was before Giah, by the way of the beaten, and the men of Israel, wilderness of Gibeon. before the servants of David. 25 And the children of Benja

18 And there were three sons min gathered themselves togeof Zeruiah there, Joab, and ther after Abner, and became Abishai, and Asabel : and Asa-one troop, and stood on the top hel was as light of foot as a wild of an hill.

26 Then Abner called to Joab, 19 And Asahel pursued after and said, Shall the sword deAbner; and in going he turned vour for ever? knowest thou not not to the right hand nor to the that it will be bitterness in the left from following Abner. latter end? how long shall it be

20 Then Abner looked behind then, ere thou bid the people rehim, and said, Art thou Asahel? turn from following their bre. And he answered, I am.

thren? 21 And Abner said to him, 27 And Joab said, As God liv




eth, unless thou hadst spoken, | born in Hebron: and his firstsurely then in the morning the born was Amnon, of 'Ahinoam people had gone up every one

the Jezreelitess; from following his brother. 3 And his second, Chileab, of

28 So Joab blew a trumpet, Abigail the wife of Nabal the and all the people stood still, Carmelite; and the third Absaand pursued after Israel no lom the son of Maacah, the more, neither fought they any daughter of Talmai king of Ge.

shur; 29 And Abner and his men 4 And the fourth, Adonijah the walked all that night through son of Haggith; and the fifth, the plain, and passed over Jor- Shephatiah the son of Abital; dan, and went through all Bi- 5 And the sixth, Ithream, by thron, and they came to Maha- Eglah David's wife. These were naim.

born to David in Hebron. 30 And Joab returned from 6 And it came to pass, while following Abner: and when he there war between the had gathered all the people to- house of Saul and the house of gether, there lacked of David's David, that Abner made himservants nineteen men and Asa- self strong for the house of Saul. hel.

7 And Saul had a concubine, 31 But the servants of David whose name was Rizpah, the had smitten of Benjamin, and of daughter of Aiah: and Ish-boAbner's men, so that three hun- sheth said to Abner, Wherefore dred and threescore men died. hast thou gone in unto my fa

32 And they took up Asahel, ther's concubine? and buried him in the sepulchre 8 Then was Abner very wroth of his father, which was in Beth- for the words of Ish-bosheth, lehem. And Joab and his men and said, Am I a dog's head, went all night, and they came to which against Judah do shew Hebron at break of day. kindness this day unto the house

of Saul thy father, to his breCHAP. III.

thren, and to his friends, and

have not delivered thee into the JOAB KILLETH ABNER.

hand of David, that thou charNOW there was long war gest me to-day with a fault conbetween the house of Saul and cerning this woman? the house of David: but David 9 So do God to Abner, and waxed stronger and stronger, more also, except as the LORD and the house of Saul waxed hath sworn to David, even so I weaker and weaker.

do to him; 2 And unto David were sons 10 To translate the kingdom

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