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23 Saul and Jonathan

Were lovely and pleasant in their lives,
And in their death they were not divided :
They were swifter than eagles,

They were stronger than lions.
24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,

Who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights,

Who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel. 25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle!

O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places. 26 I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan :

Very pleasant hast thou been unto me:
Thy love to me was wonderful,

Passing the love of women. 27 How are the mighty fallen,

And the weapons of war perished ! 2 it to Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the Lord said unto him,

And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron. 2 So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, 3 and Abigail Nabal's wife the Carmelite. And his men that were with him

did David bring up, every man with his household : and they dwelt in the cities 4 of Hebron, And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah,

And they told David, saying, That the men of Jabesh-gilead were they that 5 buried Saul. And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabesh-gilead, and

said unto them, Blessed be ye of the LORD, that ye have showed this kindness 6 unto your lord, even unto Saul, and have buried him. And now the Lord show

kindness and truth unto you: and I also will requite you this kindness, because 7 ye have done this thing. Therefore now let your hands be strengthened, and

be ye valiant : for your master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah have anointed me king over them.

But Abner the son of Ner, captain of 9 Saul's host, took Ish-bosheth the 9 son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim; and made him king over

Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over 10 Benjamin, and over all Israel. Ish-bosheth Saul's son was forty years old

when he began to reign over Israel, and reigned two years. But the house of 11 Judah followed David. And the 5time that David was king in Hebron over

the house of Judah was seven years and six months. 12 And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, 13 went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon. And Joab the son of Zeruiah, and the

servants of David, went out, and met 6 together by the pool of Gibeon : and

they sat down, the one on the one side of the pool, and the other on the other 14 side of the pool. And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and 15 play before us. And Joab said, Let them arise. Then there arose and went

over by number twelve of Benjamin, which pertained to Ish-bosheth the son of 16 Saul, and twelve of the servants of David. And they caught every one his

fellow by the head, and thrust his sword in his fellow's side; so they fell down

together: wherefore that place was called 7 Helkath-hazzurim, which is in 17 Gibeon. And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten,

and the men of Israel, before the servants of David. 18 And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asahel: 19 and Asahel was as light sof foot as a wild roe. And A sahel pursued after

Abner; and in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left 10 from 20 following Abner. Then Abner looked behind him, and said, Art thou A sahel? 21 And he answered, I am.. And Abner said to him, Turn thee aside to thy right

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hand or to thy left, and lay thee hold on one of the young men, and take thee 22 bis 11 armour. But Asahel would not turn aside from following of him. And 1 Or, sweet.

4 Or, Esh-baal, 1 Chron. viii. 33, &c. 8 Heb. Of his fect. 2 Heb. be ye the sons of 5 Heb. number of days.

9 Heb. as one of the roes that 6 Heb. them together

is in the field. 3 Heb. the host which was 7 That is, the field of strong 10 Heb. from after Abner. Saul's.

11 Or, spoil.

valour,

mon.

more.

Abner said again to Asahel, Turn thee aside from following me: wherefore

should I smite thee to the ground? how then should I hold up my face to Joab 23 thy brother? Howbeit he refused to turn aside : wherefore Abner with the

hinder end of the spear smote him under the fifth rib, that the spear came out behind him; and he fell down there, and died in the same place : and it came

to pass, that as many as came to the place where A sahel fell down and died 24 stood still. Joab also and Abishai pursued after Abner: and the sun went

down when they were come to the hill of Ammah, that lieth before Giah by the

way of the wilderness of Gibeon. 25 And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together after Abner, 26 and became one troop, and stood on the top of an hill. Then Abner called to

Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest thou not that it will

be bitterness in the latter end ? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the 27 people return from following their brethren? And Joab said, As God liveth,

unless thou hadst spoken, surely then ' in the morning the people had ? gone up 28 every one from following his brother. So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the

people stood still, and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any 29 And Abner and his men walked all that night through the plain, and passed 30 over Jordan, and went through all Bithron, and they came to Mahanaim. And

Joab returned from following Abner: and when he had gathered all the people 91 together, there lacked of David's servants nineteen men and Asahel. But the

servants of David had smitten of Benjamin, and of Abner's men, so that three 32 hundred and threescore men died. And they took up Asahel, and buried him

in the sepulchre of his father, which was in Beth-lehem. And Joab and his

men went all night, and they came to Hebron at break of day. 3 NOW there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of

David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed 2 weaker and weaker. And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his 3 first-born was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; and his second, 3 Chileab, of

Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of 4 Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; and the fourth, Adonijah 5 the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital; and the sixth,

Ithream, by Eglah David's wife. These were born to David in Hebron. 6. And it came to pass, while there was war between the house of Saul and the 7 house of David, that Abner made himself strong for the house of Saul. And

Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah : and

Ish-bosheth said to Abner, Wherefore bast thou gone in unto my father's con8 cubine? Then was Abner very wroth for the words of Ish-bosheth, and said, Am

I a dog's head, which against Judah do show kindness this day unto the house of Saul thy father, to his brethren, and to his friends, and have not delivered

thee into the hand of David, that thou chargest me to-day with a fault concern9 ing this woman? So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the Lord hath 10 sworn to David, even so I do to him ; to translate the kingdom from the house

of Saul, and to set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from 11 Dan even to Beer-sheba. And he could not answer Abner a word again,

because he feared him. 12 And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, Whose is the

land? saying also, Make thy league with me, and, behold, my hand shall be 13 with thee, to bring about all Israel unto thee. And he said, Well; I will make

a league with thee: but one thing I require of thee, 4 that is, Thou shalt not see

my face, except thou first bring Michal Saul's daughter, when thou comest to 14 see my face. “And David sent messengers to Ish-bosheth Saul's son, saying,

Deliver me my wife Michal, which I espoused to me for an hundred foreskins 15 of the Philistines. And Ish-bosheth sent, and took her from her husband, even 16 from 5 Phaltiel the son of Laish, And her husband went with her 6 along

weeping behind her to Bahurim. Then said Abner unto him, Go, return.

And he returned. 17 And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, Ye sought

1 Heb. from the morning. 2 Or, gone away.

3 Or, Daniel, 1 Chron. ill. l.
4 Heb. saying

5 1 Sam. xxv. 44, Phalti.
6 Heb. going and weeping.

18 for David 'in times past to be king over you : now then do it: for the LORD

hath spoken of David, saying, By the hand of my servant David I will save my

people Israel out of the hand of the Philistines, and out of the hand of all their 19 enemies. And Abner also spake in the ears of Benjamin: and Abner went

also to speak in the ears of David in Hebron all that seemed good to Israel, 20 and that seemed good to the whole house of Benjamin. So Åbner came to

David to Hebron, and twenty men with him. And David made Abner and the 21 men that were with him a feast. And Abner said unto David, I will arise and

go, and will gather all Israel unto my lord the king, that they may make a league with thee, and that thou mayest reign over all that thine heart desireth.

And David sent Abner away; and he went in peace. 22 And, behold, the servants of David and Joab came from pursuing a troop, and brought in a great spoil with them : but Abner was not with David

in 23 Hebron; for he had sent him away, and he was gone in peace. When Joab

and all the host that was with him were come, they told Joab, saying, Abner

the son of Ner came to the king, and he hath sent him away, and he is gone 24 in peace. Then Joab came to the king, and said, What hast thou done ? behold,

Abner came unto thee; why is it that thou hast sent him away, and he is 25 quite gone? Thou knowest Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive

thee, and to know thy going out and thy coming in, and to know all that thou

doest. 26 And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abnet,

which brought him again from the well of Sirah : but David knew it not. 27 And when Åbner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to

speak with him ? quietly, and smote him there under the fifth rib, that he died,

for the blood of Asahel his brother. 28 And afterward when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom are guiltless 29 before the Lord for ever from the 3 blood of Abner the son of Ner: let it rest

on the head of Joab, and on all his father's house ; and let there not fail from

the house of Joab one that hath an issue, or that is a leper, or that leaneth on a 30 staff, or that falleth on the sword, or that lacketh bread. So Joab and Abishai

his brother slew Abner, because he had slain their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.

And David said to Joab, and to all the people that were with him, Rend your clothes, and gird you with sackcloth, and mourn before Abner. And king 32 David himself followed the 5 bier. And they buried Abner in Hebron: and the

king lifted up his voice, and wept at the grave of Abner; and all the people 33 wept. And the king lamented over Abner, and said,

Died Abner as a fool dieth ? 34 Thy hands were not bound,

Nor thy feet put into fetters :

As a man falleth before 6 wicked men, so fellest thou. 35 And all the people wept again over him. And when all the people came to

cause David to eat meat while it was yet day, David sware, saying, So do God

to me, and more also, if I taste bread, or aught else, till the sun be down. 36 And all the people took notice of it, and it ? pleased them : as whatsoever the

king did pleased all the people. 37 For all the people and all Israel understood that day that it was not of the 38 king to slay Abner the son of Ner. And the king said unto his servants, Know 39 ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel? And I

am this day 8 weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me : the LORD shall reward the doer of evil according to his

wickedness, 4. AND when Saul's son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands were

feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled. 2 were captains of bands : the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the

9 other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin :

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| Heb. both yesterday and

the third day. 2 Or, peaceably. 3 Heb. bloods.

4 Heb. be cut off
5 Heb. bed.
6 Heb. children of ini.

quity.

7 Heb. was good in their

eyes.
8 Heb. tender.
9 Heb. sccond.

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3 (for Beeroth also was reckoned to Benjamin: and the Beerothites fled to

Gittaim, and were sojourners there until this day.) 4 And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five

years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fied: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that

he fell, and became lame. And his name was ' Mephibosheth. 5 And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and

came about the heat of the day to the house of Ish-bosheth, who lay on a bed at 6 noon. And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they would

have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth rib: and Rechab and 7 Baanah his brother escaped. For when they came into the bouse, he lay on his

bed in his bedchamber, and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, 8 and took his head, and gat them away through the plain all night. And they brought the head of Ish-bosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul thine enemy, which sought thy life; and the Lord hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his

seed. 9 And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon

the Beerothite, and said unto them, As the LORD liveth, who hath redeemed my 10 soul out of all adversity, when one told me, saying, "Behold, Saul is dead,

2 thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in

Ziklag, s who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings : 11 how much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own

house upon his bed ? shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, 12 and take you away from the earth? And David commanded his young men,

and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-bosheth, and buried it

in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron. 5 to

Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. Also in time past, when Saul was king 2 over us, thou wast' he that leddest out and broughtest in Ísrael: and the LORD

said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over 3 Israel. So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David

made a league with them in Hebron before the Lord: and they anointed David 4 king over Israel. David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he 5 reigned forty years. In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six

months : and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.

And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the

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blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither : 4 thinking, David cannot 7 come in hither. Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is 8 the city of David. And David said on that day, Whosoerer getteth up to the

gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, that are hated of

David's soul, he shall be chief and captain. 5 Wherefore they said, The blind and 9 the lame shall not come into the house. So David dwelt in the fort, and called

it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward. 10 And David 6 went on, and grew great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him. 11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and 12 carpenters, and 7 masons: and they built David an house. And David per

ceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had

exalted his kingdom for his people Israel's sake. 13 And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he

was come from Hebron ; and there were yet sons and daughters born to David. 14 And these be the names of those that were born unto him in Jerusalem ; 15 8 Shammuah,and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon, Ibhar also, and 9 Elishua, 16 and Nepheg, and Japhia, and Elishama, and 10 Eliada, and Eliphalet.

1 Or, Merib-baal, 1 Chron. A Or, saying, David shall viii. 34, &c.

not, &c. 2 Heb. he was in his oron 5 Or, Because they had said, eyes as a bringer, &c.

even the blind and the lame, 3 Or, which was the reicard He shall not come into the

I gave him for his tidings. house.

6 Heb. went going and growing, 7 Heb. hewers of the stone of

the wall. 8 Or, Shimea, I Chron. lii. 5. 9 Or, Elishama, I Chron. iii. 6. 10 Or, Beeliada, i Cluon. xiv.7.

17 BUT when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over

Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and 18 went down to the hold. The Philistines also came and spread themselves in 19 the valley of Rephaim.. And David inquired of the Lorn, saying, Shall I go

up to the Philistines ? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand ? And the LORD

said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine 20 hand.

And David came to Baal-perazim, and David smote them there, and said, The Lord hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach 21 of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place 1 Baal-perazim. And 22 there they left their images, and David and his men burned them. And the

Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. 23 And when David inquired of the Lord, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch

a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. 24 And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry

trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before 25 thee, to smite the host of the Philistines. And David did so, as the Lord had

commanded him; and sinote the Philistines from s Geba until thou come to

Gazer. 6. AGAIN, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty

thousand. And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him 2 from 4 Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, 5 whose name

is called by the name of the Lord of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubim. 3 And they 6 set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the

house of Abinadab that was in 7 Gibeah : and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of 4 Abinadab, drave the new cart. And they brought it out of the house of Abi

nadab which was at Gibeah, 8 accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went 5 before the ark. And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord

on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, 6 and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. And when they came to

9 Nachon's threshing floor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and 7 took hold of it; for the oxen 10 shook it. And the anger of the LORD was

kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his 11 error; and there he 8 died by the ark of God. And David was displeased, because the Lord had

12 made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place 13 Perez-uzzah 9 to this day. And David was afraid of the Lord that day, and said, How shall 10 the ark of the Lord come to me? So David would not remove the ark of the

Lord unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house 11 of Obed-edom the Gittite. And the ark of the Lord continued in the house

of Obed-edom the Gittite three months : and the Lord blessed Obed-edom,

and all his household. 12 And it was told king David, saying, The Lord hath blessed the house of

Obed-edom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So

David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into 13 the city of David with gladness. And it was so, that when they that bare the 14 ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings. And

David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with 15 a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the

LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. 16 And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul's

daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing

before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart. 17

And they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had 14 pitched for it: and David offered burnt 18 offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. And as soon as David had

made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the 19 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

1 That is, The plain of

5 Or, at which the name, even 9 i Chron. xii. 9, Chidon. breaches.

the name of the LORD OF 10 Or, stumbled. 2 Or, took them away.

hosts, was called upon. 11 Or, rashness. 3 I Chron. xiv. 16, Gibeon. 6 Heb. made to ride.

12 Heb. broken. 4 Or, Baalah, that is Kirjath. 7 Or, the hill.

13 That is, The breach of Uzzah. jearim, Josh. xv. 9, 60. 8 Heb. rith..

14 Heb. stretched.

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