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David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither; and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride and the naughtiness of thine heart ; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.

And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause ?

And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner. And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him.

And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him : thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.

And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him : for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.

And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock. And I went out after him, and smote him and delivered it out of his mouth; and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.

Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.

David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of the Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.

And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head : also he armed him with a coat of mail. And David girded his sword upon

his armour, and he assayed to go: for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these ; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.

And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag, which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand ; and he drew near to the Philistine.

And the Philistine came on, and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him. And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he dis


dained him, for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.

And the Philistine said to David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves ? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh to the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield; but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand, and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth : that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear : for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands.

And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.

And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead ; and he fell upon his face to the earth.

So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine and slew him ; but there was no sword in the hand of David.

Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.

And the men of Israel and of Judah arose and shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to the gates of Ekron : and the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto Ekron.

And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled their tents.

And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem : but he put his armour in his tent. And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said unto Abner, the captain of the host, Whose son is this youth ? And Abner said, As thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell. And the king said, Inquire thou whose son the stripling is.

And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul, with the head of the Philistine in his hand. And Saul said to him, Whose son art thou, young man? And David answered, I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Beth-lehemite.

LESSON LXXXIX. 1 SAMUEL, CHAP. XVIII. XXII. XXIV. xxv. And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David : and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.

And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war: and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul's servants.

And it came to pass, as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of music.

And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him: and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom ?

And Saul eyed David from that day and forward. And David went out against the Philistines and smote them.

And Saul was yet the more afraid of David ; and Saul became David's enemy continually. And Saul spake unto Jonathan his son; and to all his servants, that they should kill David.

And David fled from the face of Saul, and Sau. pursued him from place to place; but the Lord would not deliver David into his hands. And when David escaped to the cave of Adullam, his brethren and many others resorted unto him, mighty men of valour; and he became their captain.

And when David might have killed Saul, he would not, but restrained his men, saying, The Lord forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the Lord's anointed.

And Samuel died ; and all the Israelites were gathered together and lamented him, and buried him at Ramah, where his house was.

LESSON XC. 1 SAMUEL, CHAP. XXXI. And it came to pass, that when Saul had reigned over Israel many years, that the Philistines fought against Israel. And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul, and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan and Abinadab, and Melchi-shua, Saul's sons.

And the battle went sore against Saai, and the archers hit him ; and he was sore wounded of the archers.

Then said Saul unto his armour-bearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith, lest these Philistines come and thrust me through and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not ; for he was sore afraid : therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon

it. And when his armour-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him. So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armour-bearer, and all his men, that same day together.

And when the men of Ísrael that were on the other side of the valley, and they that were on the other side Jordan, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities and fled: and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.

And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines caine to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen in Mount Gilboa.

And they cut off his head and stripped off his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about to

publish it in the house of their idols, and among


people. And they put his armour in the house of Ashtaroth ; and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan.

And when the inhabitants of Jabesh-Gilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul, all the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, from the wall of Beth-shan, and came to Jabesh and burnt them there. And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

LESSON XCI. 2 SAMUEL, CHAP. VI. VII. And after the death of Saul, David was made king of Judah ; and Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, was made king of Israel ; but when Ish-bosheth had reigned two years, he was slain by two of his servants, and David was made king of Israel also; so he reigned over all the house of Israel.

And David went with all the priests and Levites, and all the house of Israel, to fetch up the ark of the Lord from Kirjath-Jearim. And David danced before the Lord with all his might, and David was girded with a linen ephod.

And they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt-offerings and peaceofferings before the Lord.

And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt-offerings and peace-offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts. And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine : So all the people departed every one to his house.

And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the Lord had given him rest round about from all his enemies, that the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.

And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart : for the Lord is with thee.

And it came to pass that night, that the word of the Lord came unto Nathan, saying, Go and tell my servant David,

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