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from the house of Saul, and to || saying, By the hand of my serset up the throne of David over vant David I will save my peoIsrael and over Judah, from ple Israel out of the hand of the Dan even to Beer-sheba. Philistines, and out of the hand

11 And he could not answer of all their enemies. Abner a word again, because he 19 And Abner also spake in feared him.

the ears of Benjamin : and Ab· 12 And Abner sent messen- ner went also to speak in the gers to David on his behalf, say- ears of David in Hebron all that ing, Whose is the land ? saying seemed good to Israel, and that also, Make thy league with me; seemed good to the whole house and, behold, my hand shall be of Benjamin. with thee, to bring about all Is- 20 So Abner came to David rael unto thee.

to Hebron, and twenty men 13 And he said, Well; I will with him. And David made make a league with thee: but Abner and the men that were one thing I require of thee, that with him a feast. is, Thou shalt not see my face, 21 And Abner said unto Da. except thou first bring Michal | vid, I will arise and go, and will Saul's daughter, when thou gather all Israel unto my lord comest to see my face.

the king, that they may make a 14 And David sent messen- league with thee, and that thou gers to Ish-bosheth Saul's son, mayest reign over all that thine saying, Deliver me my wife Mi-heart desircih. And David chal, which I espoused to me sent Abner away; and he went for an hundred foreskins of the in peace. Philistines.

22 And, behold, the servants 15 And Ish-bosheth sent, and of David and Joab came from took her from her husband, even pursuing a troop, and brought from Phaltiel the son of Laish. in a great spoil with them : but

16 And her husband went with Abner was not with David in her along weeping behind her Hebron ; for he had sent him to Baharim. Then said Abner away, and he was gone in unto him, Go, return. And he peace. returned.

23 When Joab and all the host 17 And Abner had commu- that was with him were come, nication with the elders of Isra- they told Joab, saying, Abner el, saying, Ye sought for David the son of Ner came to the in times past to be king over king, and he hath sent him you :

away, and he is gone in peace. 18 Now then do it: for the 24 Then Joab came to the Lord hath spoken of Davidl, king, and said, What hast thou

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and gird you with sackcloth, , to thee; why is it that thou hast and mourn before Abner. And sent him away, and he is quite king David himself followed the gone ?

bier. 25 Thou knowest Abner the 32 And they buried Abner in son of Ner, that he came to de- Hebron: and the king lifted ceive thee, and to know thy up his voice, and wept at the going out and thy coming in, grave of Abner; and all the and to know all that thou doest. people wept.

26. And when Joab was come 33 And the king lamented out from David, he sent mes- over Abner, and said, Died Absengers after Abner, which ner as a fool dieth ? brought him again from the well 34 Thy hands were not bound, of Sirah: but David knew it not. nor thy feet put into fetters : as

27 And when Abner was re- a man falleth before wicked men, turned to Hebron, Joab took so fellest thou. And all the peohim aside in the gate to speak ple wept again over him. with him quietly, and smote 35 35 And when all the people him there under the fifth rib, came to cause David to eat that he died, for the blood of meat while it was yet day, DaAsahel his brother.

vid sware, saying, So do God 28 And afterward when Da. to me, and more also, if I taste vid heard it, he said, I and my bread or aught else, till the sun kingdom are guiltless before be down. the LORD for ever from the 36 And all the people took blood of Abner the son of notice of it, and it pleased them: Ner:

as whatsoever the king did 29 Let it rest on the head of pleased all the people.

37 house, and let there not fail Israel understood that day, that from the house of Joab one that it was not of the king to slay hath an issue, or that is a leper, Abner the son of Ner. or that leaneth on a staff, or that 38 And the king said unto his falleth on the sword, or that servants, Know ye not that there lacketh bread.

is a prince and a great man fall30 So Joab and Abishai his en this day in Israel ? brother slew Abner, because he 39 And I am this day weak, had slain their brother Asahel though anointed king, and these at Gibeon in the battle.

men the sons of Zeruiah be too 31 And David said to Joab, hard for me : the LORD shall and to all the people that were reward the doer of evil accordwith him, Rend your clothes, ing to his wickedness.

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smote him, and slew him, and ISH-BOSHETH MURDERED.

beheaded him, and took his head, AND when Saul's son heard and gat them away through the that Abner was dead in Hebron, | plain all night. his hands were feeble, and all 8 And they brought the head the Israelites were troubled. of Ish-bosheth unto David to

2 And Saul's son had two men Hebron, and said to the king, that were captains of bands: Behold, the head of Ish-bosheth the name of the one was Ba- the son of Saul, thine enemy anah, and the name of the other which sought thy life; and the Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a Lord hath avenged my lord the Beerothite, of the children of king this day of Saul and of his Benjamin : (for Beeroth also seed. was reckoned to Benjamin : 9 And David answered Re

3 And the Beerothites fled to chab and Baanah his brother, Gittaim, and were sojourners the sons of Rimmon the Beerothere until this day.)

thite, and said unto them, As 4 And Jonathan, Saul's son, the Lord liveth, who hath rehad a son that was lame of his deemed my soul out of all adfeet. He was five years old versity, when the tidings came of Saul 10 When one told me, saying, and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and | Behold, Saul is dead, (thinking his nurse took him up, and fled: to have brought good tidings,) and it came to pass as she made I took hold of him, and slew haste to flee, that he fell, and him in Ziklag, who thought that became lame. And his name I would have given him a rewas Mephibosheth.

ward for his tidings : 5 And the sons of Rimmon 11 How much more, when the Beercthite, 'Rechab and Ba- wicked men have slain a righteanah, went, and came about the ous person in his own house heat of the day to the house of upon his bed ? shall I not thereIsh-bosheth, who lay on a bed fore now require his blood of at noon.

your hand, and take you away 6 And they came thither into from the earth ? the midst of the house, as though 12 And David commanded they would have fetched wheat; || his young men, and they slew and they smote him under the them, and cut off their hands fifth rib : and Rechab and Ba- and their feet, and hanged them anah his brother escaped.

up over the pool in Hebron. 7 For when they came into | But they took the head of the house, he lay on his bed || Ish-bosheth, and buried it in the sepulchre of Abner in He- | strong hold of Ziony: the same bron.

is the city of David.

8 And David said on that day, CHAP. V.

Whosoever getteth up to the DAVID'S AGE AND REIGN.

gutter, and smiteth the Jebu

sites, and the lame and the blind, THEN came all the tribes of that are hated of David's soul, Israel to David unto Hebron, be shall be chief and captain. and spake, saying, Behold, we Wherefore they said, The blind are thy bone and thy flesh. and the lame shall not come in

2 Also in time past, when to the house. Saul was king over us, thou 9 So David dwelt in the fort, wast he that leddest out, and and called it the city of David. broughtest in Israel: and the | And David built round about LORD said to thee, Thou shalt from Millo and inward. feed my people Israel, and 10 And David went on, and thou shalt be a captain over Is- grew great, and the Lord God rael.

of hosts was with him. 3 So all the elders of Israel -11 And Hiram king of Tyre came to the king to Hebron ; sent messengers to David, and and king David made a league cedar-trees, and carpenters, and with them in Hebron before the masons : and they built David LORD : and they anointed Da- an house vid king over Israel.

12 And David perceived that 4 David was thirty years old the Lord had established him when he began to reign, and he king over Israel, and that he reigned forty years.

had exalted his kingdom for his 5 In Hebron he reigned over people Israel's sake. Judah seven years years and six

13 And David took him more months : and in Jerusalem he concubines and wives out of Jereigned thirty and three years rusalem, after he was come from over all Israel and Judah. Hebron: and there were yet sons

6 And the king and his men and daughters born to David. went to Jerusalem unto the Je- 14 And these be the names of busites the inhabitants of the those that were born unto him land : which spake unto David, in Jerusalem ; Shammuah, and saying, Except thou take away Shobab, and Nathan, and Solothe blind and the lame, thou mon, shalt not come in hither: think- 15 Ibhar also, and Elishua, ing, David cannot come in hi- and Nepheg, and Japhia, ther.

16 And Elishama, and Eliada, 7 Nevertheless David took the and Eliphalet.

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17 But when the Philistines out before thee, to smite the heard that they had anointed host of the Philistines. David king over Israel, all the 25 And David did so, as the Philistines came up to seek Da- Lord had commanded him: vid ; and David heard of it, and smote the Philistines from and went down to the hold. Geba until thou come to Gazer.

18 The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the

CHAP. VI. valley of Rephaim.

UZZAH SMITTEN. 19 And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to AGAIN David gathered tothe Philistines ? wilt thou deli-gether all the chosen men of Isver them into mine hand? And rael, thirty thousand. the LORD said unto David, Go 2 And David arose, and went up: for I will doubtless deli- with all the people that were ver the Philistines into thine with him from Baale of Judah, hand.

to bring up from thence the ark 20 And David came to Baal- of God, whose name is called perazim, and David smote them by the name of the LORD of there, and said, The LORD hath hosts that dwelleth between the broken forth upon mine ene- cherubims. mies before me, as the breach 3 And they set the ark of God of waters. Therefore he called upon a new cart, and brought it the name of that place Baal-pe- out of the house of Abinadab razim.

that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah 21 And there they left their and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, images, and David and his men drave the new cart. burned them.

4 And they brought it out of 22 And the Philistines came the house of Abinadab, which up yet again, and spread them was at Gibeah, accompanying selves in the valley of Rephaim. the ark of God: and Ahio went

23 And when David enquired before the ark. of the LORD, he said, Thou 5 And David and all the house shalt not go up; but fetch a of Israel played before the LORD compass behind them, and come on all manner of instruments upon them over against the made of fir-wood, even on harps, mulberry-trees.

and on psalteries, and on tim24 And let it be, when thou brels, and on cornets, and on hearest the sound of a going in cymbals. the tops of the mulberry-trees, 6 And when they came to Nathat then thou shalt bestir thy- chon's threshing-floor, Uzzah self: for then shall the LORD go put forth his hand to the ark of

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