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to strip the slain, that they found g 11 ¶ And when the inhabitants Saul and his three sons fallen in of Jabesh-gilead heard of that which mount Gilboa. the Philistines had done to Saul,

9 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 the people. g 10 And they put his armour in the house of Ashtaroth: and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan.

12 All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons from the wali of Beth-shan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there.

13 And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

The Second Book of SAMUEL, otherwise called, The Second Book of the KINGS.

NOW

CHAP. I. TOW it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag;

him, he saw me, and called unto me And I answered, Here am I.

8 And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite.

9 He said unto me again, Stand, 2 It came even to pass on the I pray thee, upon me, and slay me: third day, that behold, a man came for anguish is come upon me, beout of the camp from Saul with his cause my life is yet whole in me. clothes rent, and earth upon his c 10 So I stood upon him, and slew head and so it was, when he came him, because I was sure that he to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance.

could not live after that he was fallen and I took the crown that him, was upon his head, and the bracelet And that was on his arm, and have camp brought them hither unto my lord. f II Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him:

3 And David said unto From whence comest thou? he said unto him, Out of the of Israel am I escaped. f 4 And David said unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, That the people are fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.

5 And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead?

6 And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him.

7 And when he looked behind!

12 And they mourned and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.

f 13 And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite.

14 And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thy hand to destroy the LORD'S anointed?

15 And David called one of the

young men, and said, Go near, and 27 How are the mighty fallen, fall upon him. And he smote him and the weapons of war perished! that he died.

16 And David said unto him, d Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD's anointed.

f17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul, and over Jonathan his son:

18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)

CHAP. II.

AND it came to pass after this,

that David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the LORD said unto him, Go up. 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, and Abigail Nabal's wife the Carmelite.

E 19 The beauty of Israel is slaing 3 And his men that were with upon thy high places: how are the him did David bring up, every man mighty fallen! with his household: and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.

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20 Tell it not in Gath, publish not in the streets of Askelon; lest g 4 And the men of Judah came, the daughters of the Philistines re-and there they anointed David king joice, lest the daughters of the un-over the house of Judah. And they circumcised triumph. told David, saying, That the men of Jabesh-gilead were they that buried Saul.

21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil.

22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty.

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.

E 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 thy 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.

5 ¶ And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabesh-gilead, and said unto them, Blessed be ye of the LORD, that ye have shewed this kindness unto your lord, even unto Saul, and have buried him.

6 And now the LORD shew kindness and truth unto you and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.

7 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.

f 8 But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim;

g 9 And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.

10 Ish-bosheth, Saul's son was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and reigned two years: but the house of Judah followed David.

g 11 And the time that David was

king in Hebron, over the house of hold up my face to Joab thy broJudah, was seven years and six ther? months.

23 Howbeit he refused to turn aside: wherefore Abner with the hinder end of the spear smote him

g 12 ¶ And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, went out from Maha-under the fifth rib, that the spear naim to Gibeon.

f 13 And Joab the son of Zeruiah, and the servants of David went out, and met 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 side of the pool.

14 And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.

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 Asahel fell down and 'died, stood still.

g 24 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.

ƒ 15 Then there arose, and went 25 ¶ And the children of Benjaover by number, twelve of Benjamin gathered themselves together min, which pertained to Ish-bosheth after Abner, and became one troop, the son of Saul, and twelve of the and stood on the top of a hill. servants of David.

26 Then Abner called to Joab, g 16 And they caught every one and said, Shall the sword devour his fellow by the head, and thrust for ever? knowest thou not that it his sword in his fellow's side: so will be bitterness in the latter end? they fell down together: wherefore how long shall it be then ere thou that place was called Helkath-haz-bid the people return from following zurim, which is in Gibeon. their brethren?

f17 And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abuer was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.

f18 And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asahel and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe.

19 And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.

20 Then Abner looked behind him, and said, Art thou Asahel? And he answered, I am.

21 And Abner said to him, Turn thee aside to thy right hand or to thy left, and lay thee hold on one of the young men, and take thee his armour. But Asahel would not turn aside from following him.

f 22 And Abner said again to Asahel, Turn thee aside from following me: wherefore should I smite thee to the ground? how then should I

ƒ 27 And Joab said, As God liveth, unless thou hadst spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up every one from following his brother.

28 So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood stil!, and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any more.

g 29 And Abner and his men walked all that night through the plain, and passed over Jordan, and went through all Bith-ron, and they came to Mahanaim.

f 30 And Joab returned from following Abner; and when he had gathered all the people together, there lacked of David's servants nineteen men, and Asahel. f 31 But the servants of David had smitten of Benjamin, and of Abner's men, so that three hundred and threescore mer died. g 32 T And they took up Asahel, and buried him in the sepulchre of

his father, which was in Beth-lehem.f 11 And he could not answer AbAnd Joab and his men went all ner a word again, because he feared night, and they came to Hebron at him. break of day.

CHAP. III. NO JOW 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 weaker and weaker.

f2 And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his first-born was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess;

g 3 And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur ;

4 And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital;

f 12 And Abner sent messengers
to David on his behalf, saying,
Whose is the land? saying also,
Make thy league with me, and be
hold, my hand shall be with thee, to
bring about all Israel unto thee.
ƒ 13 ¶ And he said, Well; I will
make a league with thee: but one
thing I require of thee, that is, Thou
shalt not see my face, except thou
first bring Michal, Saul's daugh-
ter, when thou comest to see my
face.

14 And David sent messengers to Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, saying, Deliver me my wife Michal, which I espoused to me for a hundred foreskins of the Philistines.

15 And Ish-bosheth sent, and took her from her husband, even from Eg-Phaltiel the son of Laish.

5 And the sixth Ithream, by lah, David's wife. These were born to David in Hebron.

f6¶ And it came to pass, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong for the house of Saul.

7 And Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah and Ish-bosheth said to Abner, Wherefore hast thou gone in unto my father's concubine?

c 8 Then was Abner very wroth for the words of Ish-bosheth, and said, Am I a dog's head, which against Judah do shew 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 concerning this woman?

9 So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the LORD hath sworn to David, even so I do to him; g 10 To translate the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to Beersheba.

g 16 And her husband went with her along weeping behind her to Bahurim. Then said Abner unto him, Go, return. And be returned.

17 ¶ And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, Ye sought for David in times past to be king over you:

18 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 enemies.

19 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, and that seemed good to the whole house of Benjamin.

20 So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him: and David made Abner, and the men that were with him, a feast.

21 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 thy heart desireth. And David

peace.

sent Abner away; and he went in him, Rend your clothes, and gird you with sackcloth, and mourn be22 And behold, the servants fore Abner. And king David himof David and Joab came from pur- self followed the bier. suing a troop, and brought in ag 32 And they buried Abner in great spoil with them: but Abner Hebron: and the king lifted up his was not with David in Hebron; for voice and wept at the grave of Abhe had sent him away, and he was ner; and all the people wept. gone in peace.

23 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 in

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f 26 And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, which brought him again from the well of Sirah: but David knew it not.

27 And when Abner 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.

33 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 wicked men, so fellest thou. And all the people wept again over him.

35 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 king to slay Abner the son of Ner.

38 And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince, and a great man fallen this day in Israel?

39 And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the f28 And afterward when David sons of Zerulah be too hard for me. heard it, he said, I and my kingdom The LORD shall reward the doer are guiltless before the LORD for of evil according to his wickedever from the blood of Abner theness.

son of Ner:

CHAP. IV.

ND when Saul's son beard

to 29 Let it rest on the head of Joab,Ahat Abner was dead in He

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 staff, or that falleth on the sword, or that lacketh bread.

bron, his hands were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.

2 And Saul's son had two men that were captains of bands: the name of the one was Baanah, and 30 So Joab and Abishai his bro-the name of the other Rechab, the ther slew Abner, because he had sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, of slain their brother Asahel at Gibeon the children of Benjamin: (for Beein the battle. roth also was reckoned to Benja

f 31 And David said to Joab, min:

and to all the people that were withg 3 And the Beerothites fled to

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