2nd Samuel


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Chapter 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

Chapter 1

X 1 Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag;

X 2 It came even to pass on the third day, that behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth upon his head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance.

X 3 And David said to him, From where did you come? And he said to him, Out of the camp of Israel I have escaped.

X 4 And David said to him, How did the matter go? I pray you, tell me. And he answered, The people have fled from the battle, and many of the people have also fallen, and are dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.

X 5 And David said to the young man who told him, How do you know that Saul and Jonathan his son are dead?

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

X 7 And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called to me. And I answered, Here I am.

X 8 And he said to me, Who are you? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite.

X 9 He said to me again, Stand, I pray you, upon me, and slay me: for anguish has come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me.

X 10 So I stood upon him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after he had fallen: and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them here to my master.

X 11 Then David took hold of his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men who were with him:

X 12 And they mourned and wept, and fasted until evening, for Saul and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of YHWH, and for the house of Israel; because they had fallen by the sword.

X 13 And David said to the young man who told him, Where are you from? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite.

X 14 And David said to him, How was you not afraid to stretch forth your hand to destroy YHWH'S anointed?

X 15 And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him so that he died.

X 16 And David said to him, Your blood is upon your head; for your mouth has testified against you, saying, I have slain YHWH'S anointed.

X 17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul, and over Jonathan his son:

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

X 19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon your high places: how the mighty have fallen!

X 20 Do not tell it in Gath, do not publish it in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.

X 21 You* mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither 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.

X 22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan did not turn back, and the sword of Saul did not return empty.

X 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.

X 24 You* daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you* in scarlet, with other delights, who put ornaments of gold upon your* apparel.

X 25 How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan you was slain in your high places.

X 26 I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant you have been to me: your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.

X 27 How have the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!

Chapter 2

X 1 And it came to pass after this, that David inquired of YHWH, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And YHWH said to him, Go up. And David said, Where shall I go up? And he said, To Hebron.

X 2 So David went up there, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail, Nabal's wife the Carmelite.

X 3 And his men who were with him David brought up, every man with his household: and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.

X 4 And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, The men of Jabesh-gilead were those who buried Saul.

X 5 And David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh-gilead, and said to them, Blessed are you* of YHWH, that you* have shown this kindness to your* master, even to Saul, and have buried him.

X 6 And now, may YHWH show kindness and truth to you*: and I also will requite you* this kindness, because you* have done this thing.

X 7 Therefore now let your* hands be strengthened, and be valiant: for your* master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.

X 8 But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim;

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

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

X 11 And the time that David was king in Hebron, over the house of Judah, was seven years and six months.

X 12 And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.

X 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, one on one side of the pool, and the other on the other side of the pool.

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

X 15 Then there arose, and went over by number, twelve of Benjamin, who pertained to Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David.

X 16 And they each caught his fellow by the head, and thrust his sword in his fellow's side: so they fell down together: therefore that place was called Helkath-hazzurim, which is in Gibeon.

X 17 And there was a very severe battle that day; and Abner was defeated, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.

X 18 And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab, Abishai, and Asahel: and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe.

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

X 20 Then Abner looked behind him, and said, Are you Asahel? And he answered, I am.

X 21 And Abner said to him, Turn aside to your right hand or to your left, and lay hold upon one of the young men, and take for yourself his armor. But Asahel would not turn aside from following him.

X 22 And Abner said again to Asahel, Turn aside from following me: Why should I smite you to the ground? how then should I hold up my face to Joab your brother?

X 23 But he refused to turn aside: therefore Abner with the hinder end of the spear smote him under the fifth rib, so 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 Asahel fell down and died, stood still.

X 24 Also Joab, and Abishai pursued Abner: and the sun went down when they had come to the hill of Ammah, that lies before Giah by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon.

X 25 And the children of Benjamin assembled themselves after Abner, became one troop, and stood on the top of a hill.

X 26 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour forever? do you not know that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall it be then, before you will bid the people return from following their brothers?

X 27 And Joab said, As Elohim lives, unless you had spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up, each from following his brother.

X 28 So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still, and pursued Israel no more, neither did they fight any more.

X 29 And Abner and his men walked all that night through the plain; and they passed over the Jordan, and went through all Bithron, and they came to Mahanaim.

X 30 And Joab returned from following Abner: and when he had assembled all the people, there lacked of David's servants nineteen men, and Asahel.

X 31 But the servants of David had smitten of Benjamin, and of Abner's men, so that three hundred and sixty men died.

X 32 And they took up Asahel, and buried him in the sepulcher 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.

Chapter 3

X 1 Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul became weaker and weaker.

X 2 And sons were born to David in Hebron: his first-born was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess;

X 3 His second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; the third, Absalom the son of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;

X 4 The fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital;

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

X 6 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.

X 7 And Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah: and Ish-bosheth said to Abner, Why have you gone in to my father's concubine?

X 8 Then Abner was very angry for the words of Ish-bosheth, and said, Am I a dog's head, of Judah? I show kindness this day to the house of Saul your father, to his brothers, and to his friends, and have not delivered you into the hand of David, that you chargest me today with a fault concerning this woman.

X 9 May Elohim do so to Abner, and more also, unless, as YHWH has sworn to David, even so I do to him;

X 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 Beer-sheba.

X 11 And he could not answer Abner a word again, because he feared him.

X 12 And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, Whose is the land? saying also, Make your league with me, and behold, my hand shall be with you, to bring about all Israel to you.

X 13 And he said, Good; I will make a league with you: but one thing I require of you, that is, You shall not see my face, unless you shall first bring Michal, Saul's daughter, when you come to see my face.

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

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

X 16 And her husband went with her, weeping behind her to Bahurim. Then Abner said to him, Go, return. And he returned.

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

X 18 Now then do it: for YHWH has spoken of David, saying, By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel from the hand of the Philistines, and from the hand of all their enemies.

X 19 And Abner also spoke in the ears of Benjamin: and Abner also went 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.

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

X 21 And Abner said to David, I will arise and go, and will gather all Israel to my master the king, so that they may make a league with you, and that you may reign over all that your heart desires. And David sent Abner away; and he went in peace.

X 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 Hebron; for he had sent him away, and he had gone in peace.

X 23 When Joab and all the host that was with him had come, they told Joab, saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he has sent him away, and he has gone in peace.

X 24 Then Joab came to the king, and said, What have you done? behold, Abner came to you; why is it that you have sent him away, and he is quite gone?

X 25 You know Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive you, and to know your going-out and your coming-in, and to know all that you do.

X 26 And when Joab had come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, who brought him again from the well of Sirah: but David did not know it.

X 27 And when Abner had returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly, and smote him there under the fifth rib so that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother.

X 28 And afterward when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom are guiltless before YHWH forever from the blood of Abner the son of Ner:

X 29 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 who has an issue, who is a leper, who leaneth on a staff, who falleth on the sword, or who lacks bread.

X 30 So Joab and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he had slain their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.

X 31 And David said to Joab, and to all the people who were with him, Rend your* clothes, gird yourselves* with sackcloth, and mourn before Abner. And king David himself followed the bier.

X 32 And they buried Abner in Hebron: and the king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner; and all the people wept.

X 33 And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Should Abner die as a fool dies?

X 34 Your hands were not bound, nor your feet put into fetters: as a man falleth before wicked men, so you fellest. And all the people wept again over him.

X 35 And when all the people came to cause David to eat food while it was yet day, David swore, saying, May Elohim do so to me, and more also, If I taste bread or anything else, till the sun is down.

X 36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as whatever the king did pleased all the people.

X 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.

X 38 And the king said to his servants, Do you* not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel?

X 39 And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men, the sons of Zeruiah, are too hard for me. YHWH shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.

Chapter 4

X 1 And when Saul's son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.

X 2 And Saul's son had two men who were captains of bands: the name of one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin: (For Beeroth also was reckoned to Benjamin:

X 3 And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and have been sojourners there until this day.)

X 4 And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son who 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 fled: and it came to pass, as she made hurry to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.

X 5 And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came at about the heat of the day to the house of Ish-bosheth, who lay on a bed at noon.

X 6 And they came there into the midst of the house, as though they would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth rib: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.

X 7 For when they came into the house, he lay on his bed in his bed-chamber, and they smote him, slew him, beheaded him, and took his head, and went away through the plain all night.

X 8 And they brought the head of Ish-bosheth to David to Hebron, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul your enemy, who sought your life; and YHWH has avenged my master the king this day of Saul and of his seed.

X 9 And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said to them, As YHWH lives, who has redeemed my soul out of all adversity,

X 10 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, (thinking to have brought good tidings), I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings:

X 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, and take you* away from the earth?

X 12 And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-bosheth, and buried it in the sepulcher of Abner in Hebron.

Chapter 5

X 1 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David to Hebron, and spoke, saying, Behold, we are your bone and your flesh.

X 2 Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, you was the one who leddest out and brought in Israel: and YHWH said to you, You shall feed my people Israel, and you shall be a captain over Israel.

X 3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before YHWH: and they anointed David king over Israel.

X 4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.

X 5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah.

X 6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem to the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: who spoke to David, saying, Unless you shall take away the blind and the lame, you shall not come in here: thinking, David cannot come in here.

X 7 Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion: the same is the city of David.

X 8 And David said on that day, Whoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, who are hated by David's soul, he shall be chief and captain: Therefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.

X 9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built around from Millo and inward.

X 10 And David went on, and grew great, and YHWH Elohim of hosts was with him.

X 11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar-trees, carpenters, and masons: and they built David a house.

X 12 And David perceived that YHWH had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel's sake.

X 13 And David took for himself more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he had come from Hebron: and there were yet sons and daughters born to David.

X 14 And these are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammuah, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,

X 15 Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia,

X 16 Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphalet.

X 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 went down to the hold.

X 18 The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.

X 19 And David inquired of YHWH, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? will you deliver them into my hand? And YHWH said to David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.

X 20 And David came to Baal-perazim, and David smote them there, and said, YHWH has broken forth upon my enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baal-perazim.

X 21 And there they left their images, and David and his men burned them.

X 22 And the Philistines came yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.

X 23 And when David inquired of YHWH, he said, You shall not go up: but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry-trees.

X 24 And let it be, when you hear the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry-trees, that then you shall bestir yourself: for then YHWH shall go out before you, to smite the host of the Philistines.

X 25 And David did so as YHWH had commanded him; and smote the Philistines from Geba as far as Gazer.

Chapter 6

X 1 Again, David assembled all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand,

X 2 And David arose, and went with all the people who were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from there the ark of Elohim, whose name is called by the name of YHWH of hosts who dwells between the cherubim.

X 3 And they set the ark of Elohim upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio the sons of Abinadab drove the new cart.

X 4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of Elohim: and Ahio went before the ark.

X 5 And David and all the house of Israel played before YHWH on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, on tambourines, on cornets, and on cymbals.

X 6 And when they came to Nachon's threshing-floor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of Elohim, and took hold of it: for the oxen shook it.

X 7 And the anger of YHWH was kindled against Uzzah, and Elohim smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of Elohim.

X 8 And David was displeased, because YHWH had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perez-uzzah to this day.

X 9 And David was afraid of YHWH that day, and said, How shall the ark of YHWH come to me?

X 10 So David would not remove the ark of YHWH with him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.

X 11 And the ark of YHWH continued in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months: and YHWH blessed Obed-edom and all his household.

X 12 And it was told to king David, saying, YHWH has blessed the house of Obed-edom, and all that pertaineth to him, because of the ark of Elohim. So David went and brought up the ark of Elohim from the house of Obed-edom into the city of David with gladness.

X 13 And it was so, that when those who bore the ark of YHWH had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.

X 14 And David danced before YHWH with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.

X 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of YHWH with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.

X 16 And as the ark of YHWH came into the city of David, Michal, Saul's daughter, looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before YHWH; and she despised him in her heart.

X 17 And they brought in the ark of YHWH, and set it in its place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings before YHWH.

X 18 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt-offerings and peace-offerings, he blessed the people in the name of YHWH of hosts.

X 19 And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, to the women as well as the men, to everyone a cake of bread, a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed each to his house.

X 20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious the king of Israel was today, who uncovered himself today in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!

X 21 And David said to Michal, It was before YHWH, who chose me before your father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of YHWH, over Israel: therefore I will play before YHWH.

X 22 And I shall yet be more vile than thus, and shall be base in my own sight: and by the maid-servants which you have spoken of, by them I shall be had in honor.

X 23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child until the day of her death.

Chapter 7

X 1 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and YHWH had given him rest around from all his enemies;

X 2 That the king said to Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of Elohim dwells within curtains.

X 3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in your heart: for YHWH is with you.

X 4 And it came to pass that night, that the word of YHWH came to Nathan, saying,

X 5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus says YHWH, Will you build a house for me to dwell in?

X 6 As where I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent, and in a tabernacle.

X 7 In all the places in which I have walked with all the children of Israel, have I spoken a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why do you* not build me a house of cedar?

X 8 Now therefore so you shall say to my servant David, Thus says YHWH of hosts, I took you from the sheep-fold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:

X 9 And I was with you wherever you wentest, and have cut off all your enemies out of your sight, and have made you a great name, like the name of the great men who are in the earth.

X 10 Moreover, I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, so that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as formerly,

X 11 Even since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. Also YHWH telleth you that he will make you a house.

X 12 And when your days shall be fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, which shall proceed from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.

X 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

X 14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he shall commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:

X 15 But my mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before you.

X 16 And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you: your throne shall be established forever.

X 17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.

X 18 Then king David went in, and sat before YHWH, and he said, Who am I, O Sovereign Elohim? and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far;

X 19 And this was yet a small thing in your sight, O Sovereign Elohim; but you have spoken also of your servant's house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Sovereign Elohim?

X 20 And what can David say more to you? for you, Sovereign Elohim, know your servant.

X 21 For your word's sake, and according to your own heart, you have done all these great things, to make your servant know them.

X 22 Therefore you are great, O YHWH Elohim: for there is no one like you, neither is there any Elohim besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

X 23 And what one nation in the earth is like your people, even like Israel, whom Elohim went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you* great and awesome things, for your land, before your people which you redeemedst for yourself from Egypt, from the nations and their elohims?

X 24 For you have confirmed to yourself your people Israel to be a people to you forever: and you, YHWH, have become their Elohim.

X 25 And now, O YHWH Elohim, the word that you have spoken concerning your servant, and concerning his house, establish it forever, and do as you have said.

X 26 And let your name be magnified forever, saying, YHWH of hosts is the Elohim over Israel: and let the house of your servant David be established before you.

X 27 For you, O YHWH of hosts, Elohim of Israel, have revealed to your servant, saying, I will build you a house: therefore your servant has found in his heart to pray this prayer to you.

X 28 And now, O Sovereign Elohim, you are that Elohim, and your words are true, and you have promised this goodness to your servant:

X 29 Therefore now let it please you to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you: for you, O Sovereign Elohim, have spoken it: and with your blessing let the house of your servant be blessed forever.

Chapter 8

X 1 And after this it came to pass, that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them: and David took Metheg-ammah out of the hand of the Philistines.

X 2 And he smote Moab, and measured them with a line, casting them down to the ground; even with two lines he measured to put to death, and with one full line to keep alive. And so the Moabites became David's servants, and brought gifts.

X 3 David also smote Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his border at the river Euphrates.

X 4 And David took from him one thousand chariots, seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: and David hamstrung all the chariot-horses, but reserved some of them for one hundred chariots.

X 5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came to succor Hadadezer king of Zobah, David slew of the Syrians twenty-two thousand men.

X 6 Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus: and the Syrians became servants to David, and brought gifts. And YHWH preserved David wherever he went.

X 7 And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.

X 8 And from Betah, and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, king David took an exceeding amount brass.

X 9 When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had smitten all the host of Hadadezer,

X 10 Toi sent Joram his son to king David, to salute him, and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer, and smitten him: (for Hadadezer had wars with Toi) and Joram brought with him vessels of silver, vessels of gold, and vessels of brass:

X 11 Which also king David dedicated to YHWH, with the silver and gold that he had dedicated of all nations which he subdued:

X 12 Of Syria, of Moab, of the children of Ammon, of the Philistines, of Amalek, and of the spoil of Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

X 13 And David made himself a name when he returned from smiting of the Syrians in the valley of Salt, being eighteen thousand men.

X 14 And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom he put garrisons, and all the people of Edom became David's servants. And YHWH preserved David wherever he went.

X 15 And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and justice to all his people.

X 16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder;

X 17 Zadok the son of Ahitub and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, were the priests: Seraiah was the scribe;

X 18 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief rulers.

Chapter 9

X 1 And David said, Is there yet anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?

X 2 And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him to David, the king said to him, Are you Ziba? And he said, Your servant is he.

X 3 And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of Elohim to him? and Ziba said to the king, Jonathan has yet a son, who is lame in his feet.

X 4 And the king said to him, Where is he? And Ziba said to the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Behold-debar.

X 5 Then king David sent, and brought him from the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Behold-debar.

X 6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, had come to David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold your servant!

X 7 And David said to him, Do not fear: for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of Jonathan your father, and will restore you all the land of Saul your father; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.

X 8 And he bowed himself, and said, What is your servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I am?

X 9 Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, I have given to your master's son all that pertained to Saul, and to all his house.

X 10 Therefore you, your sons, and your servants, shall till the land for him, and you shall bring in the fruits, so that your master's son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth your master's son shall always eat bread at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.

X 11 Then Ziba said to the king, According to all that my master the king has commanded his servant, so your servant shall do. As for Mephibosheth, the king said, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king's sons.

X 12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micah. And all who dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth.

X 13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he ate continually at the king's table; and was lame in both his feet.

Chapter 10

X 1 And it came to pass after this, that the king of the children of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his stead.

X 2 Then David said, I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father showed kindness to me. And David sent to comfort him by the hand of his servants for his father. And David's servants came into the land of the children of Ammon.

X 3 And the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun their master, Do you think that David honors your father, that he has sent comforters to you? has David not rather sent his servants to you, to search the city, to spy it out, and to overthrow it?

X 4 Therefore Hanun took David's servants, and shaved off the one half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, even past the small of the back, and sent them away.

X 5 When they told it to David, he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, Stay at Jericho until your* beards are grown, and then return.

X 6 And when the children of Ammon saw that they had made themselves odious before David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Beth-rehob and the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, of king Maacah one thousand men, and of Ish-tob twelve thousand men.

X 7 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty men.

X 8 And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array at the entrance of the gate: and the Syrians of Zoba and of Rehob, Ish-tob, and Maacah, were by themselves in the field.

X 9 When Joab saw that the front of the battle was against him before and behind, he selected of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians:

X 10 And the rest of the people he delivered into the hand of Abishai his brother, so that he might put them in array against the children of Ammon.

X 11 And he said, If the Syrians shall be too strong for me, then you shall help me: but if the children of Ammon shall be too strong for you, then I will come and help you.

X 12 Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our Elohim: and may YHWH do that which seems good to him.

X 13 And Joab and the people who were with him drew near to the battle against the Syrians: and they fled before him.

X 14 And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians had fled, they also fled before Abishai, and entered into the city. So Joab returned from the children of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem.

X 15 And when the Syrians saw that they were smitten before Israel, they assembled themselves.

X 16 And Hadarezer sent, and brought out the Syrians who were beyond the river: and they came to Helam; and Shobach the captain of the host of Hadarezer went before them.

X 17 And when it was told to David, he assembled all Israel, passed over the Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians set themselves in array against David, and fought with him.

X 18 And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew the men of seven hundred chariots of the Syrians, and forty thousand horsemen, and smote Shobach the captain of their host, who died there.

X 19 And when all the kings who were servants to Hadarezer saw that they were smitten before Israel, they made peace with Israel, and served them. So the Syrians feared to help the children of Ammon any more.

Chapter 11

X 1 And it came to pass, after the year had expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and destroyed Rabbah. But David stayed still at Jerusalem.

X 2 And it came to pass in an evening, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.

X 3 And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is this not Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?

X 4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in to him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned to her house.

X 5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.

X 6 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David.

X 7 And when Uriah had come to him, David inquired of him how Joab did, how the people did, and how the war prospered.

X 8 And David said to Uriah, Go down to your house, and wash your feet. And Uriah departed out of the king's house, and a gift from the king followed him.

X 9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of his master, and did not go down to his house.

X 10 And when they had told David, saying, Uriah did not go down to his house, David said to Uriah, Didst you not come from your journey? why then did you not go down to your house?

X 11 And Uriah said to David, The ark, Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my master Joab, and the servants of my master are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.

X 12 And David said to Uriah, Stay here today also, and tomorrow I will let you depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day and the next day.

X 13 And when David had called him, he ate and drank before him; and he made him drunk: and at evening he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his master, but did not go down to his house.

X 14 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.

X 15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set Uriah in the front of the hottest battle, and retire from him, so that he may be smitten, and die.

X 16 And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah to a place where he knew that valiant men were.

X 17 And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and some of the people of the servants of David fell there; and Uriah the Hittite died also.

X 18 Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war;

X 19 And charged the messenger, saying, When you have made an end of telling the matters of the war to the king,

X 20 And if the king's wrath shall rise, and he shall say to you, Why did you* approach so near to the city for the fight? did you* not know that they would shoot from the wall?

X 21 Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did a woman not cast a piece of a millstone upon him from the wall, so that he died in Thebez? why did you* go near the wall? Then you shall say, Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.

X 22 So the messenger went, and came and showed David all that Joab had sent him for.

X 23 And the messenger said to David, Surely the men prevailed against us, and came out to us into the field, and we were upon them even to the entrance of the gate.

X 24 And the shooters shot from off the wall upon your servants: and some of the king's servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.

X 25 Then David said to the messenger, Thus you shall say to Joab, Do not let this thing displease you, for the sword devoureth one as well as another: make your battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it: and encourage him.

X 26 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.

X 27 And when the mourning was past, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife, and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased YHWH.

Chapter 12

X 1 And YHWH sent Nathan to David. And he came to him, and said to him, There were two men in one city; one rich, and the other poor.

X 2 The rich man had very numerous flocks and herds:

X 3 But the poor man had nothing save one little ewe-lamb, which he had bought and nourished: and it grew up together with him, and with his children: it fed of his own meat, drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was to him as a daughter.

X 4 And there came a traveler to the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the way-faring man who had come to him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man who had come to him.

X 5 And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As YHWH lives, the man who has done this thing shall surely die:

X 6 And he shall restore the lamb four-fold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.

X 7 And Nathan said to David, You are the man. Thus says YHWH Elohim of Israel, I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul;

X 8 And I gave you your master's house, and your master's wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given to you such and such things.

X 9 Why have you despised the commandment of YHWH, to do evil in his sight? you have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

X 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house; because you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.

X 11 Thus says YHWH, Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house, and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun.

X 12 For you did it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.

X 13 And David said to Nathan, I have sinned against YHWH. And Nathan said to David, YHWH also has put away your sin; you shall not die.

X 14 But, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of YHWH to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die.

X 15 And Nathan departed to his house. And YHWH struck the child whom Uriah's wife bore to David, and he was very sick.

X 16 David therefore besought Elohim for the child; and David fasted, went in, and lay all night upon the earth.

X 17 And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.

X 18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold while the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he would not listen to our voice: how will he then be grieved, if we tell him that the child is dead?

X 19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said to his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.

X 20 Then David arose from the earth, washed, anointed himself, changed his apparel, and came into the house of YHWH, and worshiped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he ate.

X 21 Then his servants said to him, What thing is this that you have done? you fastedst and weepedst for the child, while he was alive; but after the child was dead, you rosest and atest bread.

X 22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted, and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether YHWH will be gracious to me, that the child may live?

X 23 But now he is dead, Why should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.

X 24 And David comforted Bath-sheba his wife, and went in to her, and lay with her: and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon: and YHWH loved him.

X 25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, because of YHWH.

X 26 And Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and took the royal city.

X 27 And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I have fought against Rabbah, and have taken the city of waters.

X 28 Now therefore collect the rest of the people, encamp against the city, and take it: lest I take the city, and it be called after my name.

X 29 And David collected all the people, went to Rabbah, fought against it, and took it.

X 30 And he took their king's crown from off his head, the weight of which was a talent of gold with the precious stones: and it was set on David's head. And he brought forth the spoil of the city in great abundance.

X 31 And he brought forth the people who were in it, and put them under saws, under harrows of iron, and under axes of iron, and made them pass through the brick-kiln: and thus he did to all the cities of the children of Ammon. So David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.

Chapter 13

X 1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her.

X 2 And Amnon was so afflicted, that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for him to do anything to her.

X 3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother: and Jonadab was a very subtle man.

X 4 And he said to him, Why are you, being the king's son, pining from day to day? will you not tell me? And Amnon said to him, I love Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister.

X 5 And Jonadab said to him, Lay yourself down on your bed, and make yourself sick: and when your father comes to see you, say to him, I pray you, let my sister Tamar come, and give me food, and dress the food in my sight, so that I may see it, and eat it at her hand.

X 6 So Amnon lay down and made himself sick: and when the king came to see him, Amnon said to the king, I pray you, let Tamar my sister come, and make for me a couple of cakes in my sight, so that I may eat at her hand.

X 7 Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, Go now to your brother Amnon's house, and prepare food for him.

X 8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house; and he was laid down. And she took flour, kneaded it, and made cakes in his sight, and baked the cakes.

X 9 And she took a pan, and poured them out before him; but he refused to eat. And Amnon said, Have all men go out from me. And every man went out from him.

X 10 And Amnon said to Tamar, Bring the food into the chamber, so that I may eat from your hand. And Tamar took the cakes which she had made, and brought them into the chamber to Amnon her brother.

X 11 And when she had brought them to him to eat, he took hold of her, and said to her, Come, lie with me, my sister.

X 12 And she answered him, No, my brother, do not force me; for no such thing ought to be done in Israel: do not do this folly.

X 13 And I, where shall I cause my shame to go? and as for you, you will be as one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, I pray you, speak to the king; for he will not withhold me from you.

X 14 Although, he would not listen to her voice: but being stronger than she, forced her, and lay with her.

X 15 Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, Arise, be gone.

X 16 And she said to him, There is no cause: this evil in sending me away is greater than the other that you did to me. But he would not listen to her.

X 17 Then he called his servant who ministered to him, and said, Now put this woman out from me, and bolt the door after her.

X 18 And she had a garment of diverse colors upon her: for with such robes the king's daughters who were virgins were appareled. Then his servant brought her out, and bolted the door after her.

X 19 And Tamar put ashes on her head, rent her garment of diverse colors that was on her, laid her hand on her head, and went on crying.

X 20 And Absalom her brother said to her, Has Amnon your brother been with you? but hold now your peace, my sister: he is your brother; do not regard this thing. So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom's house.

X 21 But when king David heard of all these things, he was very angry.

X 22 And Absalom spoke to his brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar.

X 23 And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom had sheep-shearers in Baal-hazor, which is beside Ephraim: and Absalom invited all the king's sons.

X 24 And Absalom came to the king, and said, Behold now, your servant has sheep-shearers; let the king, I beseech you, and his servants go with your servant.

X 25 And the king said to Absalom, No, my son, let us not all go, lest we be chargeable to you. And he pressed him: yet he would not go, but blessed him.

X 26 Then Absalom said, If not, I pray you, let my brother Amnon go with us. And the king said to him, Why should he go with you?

X 27 But Absalom pressed him that he should let Amnon and all the king's sons go with him.

X 28 Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Now mark when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you*, Smite Amnon; then kill him, do not fear: have I not commanded you*? be courageous, and be valiant.

X 29 And the servants of Absalom did to Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose, and every man rode upon his mule, and fled.

X 30 And it came to pass, while they were in the way, that information came to David, saying, Absalom has slain all the king's sons, and there is not one of them left.

X 31 Then the king arose, and tore his garments, and lay on the earth; and all his servants stood by with their clothes rent.

X 32 And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother, answered and said, Do not let my master suppose that they have slain all the young men the king's sons; for only Amnon is dead: for by the appointment of Absalom this has been determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar.

X 33 Now therefore do not let my master the king take the thing to his heart, to think that all the king's sons are dead: for only Amnon is dead.

X 34 But Absalom fled. And the young man who kept the watch lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, there came many people by the way of the hillside behind him.

X 35 And Jonadab said to the king, Behold, the king's sons come; as your servant said, so it is.

X 36 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of speaking, that behold, the king's sons came, and lifted up their voice and wept: and the king also and all his servants wept exceedingly.

X 37 But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai, the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day.

X 38 So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three years.

X 39 And the soul of king David longed to go forth to Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.

Chapter 14

X 1 Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king's heart was towards Absalom.

X 2 And Joab sent to Tekoah, and brought from there a wise woman, and said to her, I pray you, feign yourself to be a mourner, and put on mourning apparel, and do not anoint yourself with oil, but be as a woman who had a long time mourned for the dead:

X 3 And come to the king, and speak in this manner to him. So Joab put the words in her mouth.

X 4 And when the woman of Tekoah spoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, Help, O king.

X 5 And the king said to her, What ails you? And she answered, I am indeed a widow woman, and my husband is dead.

X 6 And your handmaid had two sons, and the two of them strove together in the field, and there was no one to part them, but one smote the other and slew him.

X 7 And behold, the whole family has risen against your handmaid, and they said, Deliver him who smote his brother, so that we may kill him, for the life of his brother whom he slew; and we will destroy the heir also: and so they will quench my coal which is left, and will not leave to my husband neither name nor remainder upon the earth.

X 8 And the king said to the woman, Go to your house, and I will give charge concerning you.

X 9 And the woman of Tekoah said to the king, My master, O king, the iniquity is on me, and on my father's house: and the king and his throne are guiltless.

X 10 And the king said, Whoever says anything to you, bring him to me, and he shall not touch you any more.

X 11 Then she said, I pray you, let the king remember YHWH your Elohim, that you would not allow the revengers of blood to destroy any more, lest they destroy my son. And he said, As YHWH lives, there shall not one hair of your son fall to the earth.

X 12 Then the woman said, Let your handmaid, I pray you, speak one word to my master the king. And he said, Say on.

X 13 And the woman said, Why then have you thought such a thing against the people of Elohim? for the king speaks this thing as one who is faulty, in that the king does not bring home again his banished.

X 14 For we must die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither does Elohim respect any person: yet he deviseth means, that his banished is not expelled from him.

X 15 Now therefore that I have come to speak of this thing to my master the king, it is because the people have made me afraid: and your handmaid said, I will now speak to the king; it may be that the king will perform the request of his handmaid.

X 16 For the king will hear, to deliver his handmaid from the hand of the man who would destroy me and my son together out of the inheritance of Elohim.

X 17 Then your handmaid said, The word of my master the king, will now be comfortable: for as an angel of Elohim, so is my master the king to discern good and bad: therefore YHWH your Elohim will be with you.

X 18 Then the king answered and said to the woman, Do not hide from me, I pray you, the thing that I shall ask you. And the woman said, Let my master the king now speak.

X 19 And the king said, Is the hand of Joab not with you in all this? And the woman answered and said, As your soul lives, my master the king, no one can turn to the right hand or to the left from anything that my master the king has spoken: for your servant Joab, he bade me, and he put all these words in the mouth of your handmaid:

X 20 To bring about this form of speech, your servant Joab has done this thing: and my master is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of Elohim, to know all things that are on the earth.

X 21 And the king said to Joab, Behold now, I have done this thing: go therefore, bring the young man Absalom again.

X 22 And Joab fell to the ground on his face, bowed himself, and thanked the king: and Joab said, Today your servant knows that I have found grace in your sight, my master, O king, in that the king has fulfilled the request of his servant.

X 23 So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.

X 24 And the king said, Let him turn to his own house, and do not let him see my face. So Absalom returned to his own house, and did not see the king's face.

X 25 But in all Israel there was no one to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.

X 26 And when he polled his head (for it was at every year's end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it), he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king's weight.

X 27 And to Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter, whose name was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance.

X 28 So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and did not see the king's face.

X 29 Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, so that he might send him to the king; but he would not come to him: and when he sent again the second time, he would not come.

X 30 Therefore he said to his servants, See, Joab's field is near mine, and he has barley there; go and set it on fire. And Absalom's servants set the field on fire.

X 31 Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom, to his house, and said to him, Why have your servants set my field on fire?

X 32 And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent to you, saying, Come here, so that I may send you to the king, to say, Why have I come from Geshur? it would be better for me to be there still: now therefore let me see the king's face; and if there is any iniquity in me, let him kill me.

X 33 So Joab came to the king, and told him: and when he had called for Absalom, he came to the king, and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king: and the king kissed Absalom.

Chapter 15

X 1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared himself chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

X 2 And Absalom rose early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man who had a controversy came to the king for judgment, Absalom called to him, and said, Of what city are you? And he said, Your servant is one of the tribes of Israel.

X 3 And Absalom said to him, See, your matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed by the king to hear you.

X 4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I was made judge in the land, so that every man who has any suit or cause might come to me, and I would do him justice!

X 5 And it was so, that when any man came near to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, took him, and kissed him.

X 6 And in this manner Absalom did to all Israel who came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

X 7 And it came to pass after forty years, that Absalom said to the king, I pray you, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed to YHWH, in Hebron.

X 8 For your servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If YHWH shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will serve YHWH.

X 9 And the king said to him, Go in peace, So he arose, and went to Hebron.

X 10 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as you* hear the sound of the trumpet, then you* shall say, Absalom reigneth in Hebron.

X 11 And two hundred men went with Absalom from Jerusalem, who were called; and they went in their simplicity, and they did not know anything.

X 12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counselor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom.

X 13 And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom.

X 14 And David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; or else we shall not escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he should overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.

X 15 And the king's servants said to the king, Behold, your servants are ready to do whatever my master the king shall appoint.

X 16 And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And the king left ten women who were concubines to keep the house.

X 17 And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and stayed in a place that was far off.

X 18 And all his servants passed on by his side; and all the Cherethites, all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men who came after him from Gath, passed on before the king.

X 19 Then the king said to Ittai the Gittite, Why do you also go with us? return to your place, and abide with the king; for you are a stranger, and also an exile.

X 20 As where you came but yesterday, should I this day make you go up and down with us? seeing I go where I may; return, and take back your brothers: may mercy and truth be with you.

X 21 And Ittai answered the king, and said, As YHWH lives, and as my master the king lives, surely in whatever place my master the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also your servant will be.

X 22 And David said to Ittai, Go and pass over. And Ittai the Gittite passed over, and all his men, and all the little ones who were with him.

X 23 And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people passed over: the king also himself passed over the brook Kidron, and all the people passed over, towards the way of the wilderness.

X 24 And behold, Zadok also, and all the Levites were with him bearing the ark of the covenant of Elohim: and they set down the ark of Elohim; and Abiathar went up, until all the people had done passing out of the city.

X 25 And the king said to Zadok, Carry the ark of Elohim back into the city: if I shall find favor in the eyes of YHWH, he will bring me again, and show me both it, and his habitation:

X 26 But if he shall thus say, I have no delight in you; behold, here I am, let him do to me as seems good to him.

X 27 The king said also to Zadok the priest, Are you not a seer? return into the city in peace, and your* two sons with you*, Ahimaaz your son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar.

X 28 See, I will stay in the plain of the wilderness, until word shall come from you* to certify me.

X 29 Therefore Zadok and Abiathar carried the ark of Elohim again to Jerusalem: and they stayed there.

X 30 And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and all the people who were with him each covered his head, and they went up, weeping as they went.

X 31 And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O YHWH, I pray you, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.

X 32 And it came to pass, that when David had come to the top of the mount, where he worshiped Elohim, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet him with his coat rent, and earth upon his head;

X 33 To whom David said, If you shall pass on with me, then you will be a burden to me:

X 34 But if you shall return to the city, and say to Absalom, I will be your servant, O king; as I have been your father's servant until now, so I will now also be your servant: then you may defeat the counsel of Ahithophel for me.

X 35 And do you not have there with you Zadok and Abiathar the priests? therefore it shall be, that whatever thing you shall hear out of the king's house, you shall tell it to Zadok and Abiathar the priests.

X 36 Behold, they have there with them their two sons, Ahimaaz Zadok's son, and Jonathan Abiathar's son; and by them you* shall send to me everything that you* can hear.

X 37 So Hushai David's friend came into the city, and Absalom came into Jerusalem.

Chapter 16

X 1 And when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of donkeys saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, one hundred bunches of raisins, one hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.

X 2 And the king said to Ziba, What do you mean by these? And Ziba said, The donkeys are for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that those who are faint in the wilderness may drink.

X 3 And the king said, And where is your master's son? And Ziba said to the king, Behold, he abideth at Jerusalem: for he said, Today the house of Israel shall restore to me the kingdom of my father.

X 4 Then the king said to Ziba, Behold, all that pertained to Mephibosheth is your. And Ziba said, I humbly beseech you that I may find grace in your sight, my master, O king.

X 5 And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, a man came out from there of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he came forth, and cursing as he came.

X 6 And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king David: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left.

X 7 And thus Shimei said when he cursed, Come out, come out, you bloody man, and you man of Belial:

X 8 YHWH has returned upon you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead you have reigned; and YHWH has delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom your son: and behold, you are taken in your mischief, because you are a bloody man.

X 9 Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, Why should this dead dog curse my master the king? let me go over, I pray you, and take off his head.

X 10 And the king said, What have I to do with you*, you* sons of Zeruiah? so let him curse, because YHWH has said to him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Why have you done so?

X 11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, who came forth from my body, seeks my life: how much more now may this Benjaminite do it? leave him alone, and let him curse; for YHWH has bidden him.

X 12 It may be that YHWH will look on my affliction, and that YHWH will requite me good for his cursing this day.

X 13 And as David and his men went by the way, Shimei went along on the hill's side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him, and cast dust.

X 14 And the king, and all the people who were with him, came weary, and refreshed themselves there.

X 15 And Absalom, and all the people the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him.

X 16 And it came to pass, when Hushai the Archite, David's friend, had come to Absalom, that Hushai said to Absalom, Elohim save the king, Elohim save the king.

X 17 And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this your kindness to your friend? why did you not go with your friend?

X 18 And Hushai said to Absalom, No; but whom YHWH, this people, and all the men of Israel choose, I will be his, and with him I will abide.

X 19 And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in your father's presence, so I will be in your presence.

X 20 Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, Give your counsel on what we shall do.

X 21 And Ahithophel said to Absalom, Go in to your father's concubines, which he has left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that you are abhorred by your father: then the hands of all who are with you shall be strong.

X 22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in to his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

X 23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counseled in those days, was as if a man had inquired at the oracle of Elohim: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.

Chapter 17

X 1 Moreover Ahithophel said to Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night;

X 2 And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak-handed, and will make him afraid: and all the people who are with him shall flee; and I will smite the king only:

X 3 And I will bring back all the people to you: the man whom you seekest is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace.

X 4 And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.

X 5 Then Absalom said, Now call Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear likewise what he says.

X 6 And when Hushai had come to Absalom, Absalom spoke to him, saying, Ahithophel has spoken after this manner: shall we do after his saying? if not, you* speak.

X 7 And Hushai said to Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel has given, is not good at this time.

X 8 For, Hushai said, you know your father and his men, that they are mighty men, and they are chafed in their minds, as a bear robbed of her whelps in the field: and your father is a man of war, and will not lodge with the people.

X 9 Behold, he is now hid in some pit, or in some other place: and it will come to pass, when some of them are overthrown at the first, that whoever hears it will say, There is a slaughter among the people who follow Absalom.

X 10 And he also who is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, will utterly melt: for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man, and those who are with him are valiant men.

X 11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel should be generally gathered to you, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude; and that you should go to battle in your own person.

X 12 So we shall come upon him in some place where he shall be found, and we will fall upon him as the dew falleth on the ground: and of him and of all the men who are with him there shall not be left so much as one.

X 13 Moreover, if he has entered into a city, then all Israel shall bring ropes to that city, and we will draw it into the river, until there is not one small stone found there.

X 14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For YHWH had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that YHWH might bring evil upon Absalom.

X 15 Then Hushai said to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and so did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel; and thus and so I have counseled.

X 16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Do not lodge this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people who are with him.

X 17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by En-rogel; for they might not be seen to come into the city: and a maid servant went and told them; and they went and told king David.

X 18 Nevertheless, a lad saw them, and told Absalom: but the both of them went away quickly, and came to the house of a man in Bahurim, who had a well in his court; into which they descended.

X 19 And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground grain upon it; and the thing was not known.

X 20 And when Absalom's servants came to the woman to the house, they said, Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said to them, they have gone over the brook of water. And when they had sought and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.

X 21 And it came to pass, after they had departed, that they came out of the well, and went and told king David, and said to David, Arise, and pass quickly over the water: for thus has Ahithophel counseled against you*.

X 22 Then David arose, and all the people who were with him, and they passed over the Jordan: by the morning light there lacked not one of them who had not gone over the Jordan.

X 23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey, arose, and went home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, hanged himself, and died. and was buried in the sepulcher of his father.

X 24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over the Jordan--he and all the men of Israel with him.

X 25 And Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of Joab: which Amasa was a man's son, whose name was Ithra, an Israelite, who went in to Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah, Joab's mother.

X 26 So Israel and Absalom encamped in the land of Gilead.

X 27 And it came to pass, when David had come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, Machir the son of Ammiel of Behold-debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim,

X 28 Brought beds, basins, earthen vessels, wheat, barley, flour, parched grain, beans, lentils, parched pulse,

X 29 Honey, butter, sheep, and cheese of cows, for David, and for the people who were with him, to eat: for they said, The people are hungry, weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

Chapter 18

X 1 And David numbered the people who were with him, and set over them captains of thousands and captains of hundreds.

X 2 And David sent forth a third part of the people under the hand of Joab, a third part under the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and a third part under the hand of Ittai the Gittite. And the king said to the people, I myself will surely go forth with you* also.

X 3 But the people answered, You shall not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us die, will they care for us: but now you are worth ten thousand of us: therefore now it is better that you should succor us out of the city.

X 4 And the king said to them, What seems to you* best I will do. And the king stood by the gate side, and all the people came out by hundreds and by thousands.

X 5 And the king commanded Joab, Abishai, and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom. And all the people heard when the king gave all the captains charge concerning Absalom.

X 6 So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the battle was in the wood of Ephraim;

X 7 Where the people of Israel were slain before the servants of David, and there was a great slaughter there that day of twenty thousand men.

X 8 For the battle there was scattered over the face of all the country: and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

X 9 And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was suspended between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away.

X 10 And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom hanging in an oak.

X 11 And Joab said to the man who told him, And behold, you saw him, and why did you not smite him there to the ground? and I would have given you ten shekels of silver, and a girdle.

X 12 And the man said to Joab, Though I should receive one thousand shekels of silver in my hand, yet I would not put forth my hand against the king's son: for in our hearing the king charged you, Abishai, and Ittai, saying, Beware that no one touch the young man Absalom.

X 13 Otherwise I should have worked falsehood against my own life: for there is no matter hid from the king, and you yourself would have set yourself against me.

X 14 Then Joab said, I may not stay thus with you. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.

X 15 And ten young men who bore Joab's armor compassed about and smote Absalom, and slew him.

X 16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from pursuing Israel: for Joab restrained the people.

X 17 And they took Absalom, cast him into a great pit in the wood, and laid a very great heap of stones upon him: and all Israel fled each to his tent.

X 18 Now Absalom in his life-time had taken and raised for himself a pillar, which is in the king's valley: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called to this day, Absalom's place.

X 19 Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, Let me now run, and inform the king, how YHWH has avenged himself of his enemies.

X 20 And Joab said to him, You shall not bear tidings this day, but you shall bear tidings another day: but this day you shall bear no tidings, because the king's son is dead.

X 21 Then Joab said to Cushi, Go, tell the king what you have seen. And Cushi bowed himself to Joab, and ran.

X 22 Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet again said to Joab, But however, let me also, I pray you, run after Cushi. And Joab said, Why will you run, my son, seeing that you have no tidings ready?

X 23 But however, he said, let me run. And he said to him, Run. Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and outran Cushi.

X 24 And David sat between the two gates: and the watchman went up to the roof over the gate to the wall, and lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold a man running alone.

X 25 And the watchman called, and told the king. And the king said, If he is alone there are tidings in his mouth. And he came apace, and drew near.

X 26 And the watchman saw another man running: and the watchman called to the gatekeeper, and said, Behold another man running alone. And the king said, He also brings tidings.

X 27 And the watchman said, I think the running of the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king said, He is a good man, and comes with good news.

X 28 And Ahimaaz called, and said to the king, All is well. And he fell down to the earth upon his face before the king, and said, Blessed is YHWH your Elohim, who has delivered up the men who raised their hand against my master the king.

X 29 And the king said, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Ahimaaz answered, When Joab sent the king's servant, and me, your servant, I saw a great tumult, but I did not know what it was.

X 30 And the king said to him, Turn aside, and stand here. And he turned aside, and stood still.

X 31 And behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, Tidings, my master the king: for YHWH has avenged you this day of all those who rose up against you.

X 32 And the king said to Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Cushi answered, May the enemies of my master the king, and all who rise against you to do you hurt, be as that young man is.

X 33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! O that I had died for you, O Absalom, my son, my son!

Chapter 19

X 1 And it was told to Joab, Behold, the king weeps and mourns for Absalom.

X 2 And the victory that day was turned into mourning for all the people: for the people heard it said that day how the king was grieved for his son.

X 3 And the people withdrew by stealth that day into the city, as people being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.

X 4 But the king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!

X 5 And Joab came into the house to the king, and said, You have shamed this day the faces of all your servants, who this day have saved your life, the lives of your sons and of your daughters, the lives of your wives, and the lives of your concubines;

X 6 In that you love your enemies, and hate your friends. For you have declared this day, that you regardest neither princes nor servants: for this day I perceive, that if Absalom had lived, and all of us had died this day, then it would have pleased you.

X 7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak comfortably to your servants: for I swear by YHWH, if you shall not go forth, no one will stay with you this night: and that will be worse to you than all the evil that has befallen you from your youth until now.

X 8 Then the king rose, and sat in the gate. And they told all the people, saying, Behold, the king sits in the gate. And all the people came before the king: for Israel had fled each to his tent.

X 9 And all the people were at strife throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, The king saved us from the hand of our enemies, and he delivered us from the hand of the Philistines; and now he has fled out of the land for Absalom.

X 10 And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why do you* not speak a word of bringing the king back?

X 11 And king David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak to the elders of Judah, saying, Why are you* the last to bring the king back to his house? seeing the speech of all Israel has come to the king, even to his house.

X 12 You* are my brothers, you* are my bones and my flesh: why then are you* the last to bring back the king?

X 13 And you* say to Amasa, Are you not of my bone, and of my flesh? May Elohim do so to me, and more also, if you are not captain of the host before me continually in the room of Joab.

X 14 And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as the heart of one man; so that they sent this word to the king, Return, you and all your servants.

X 15 So the king returned, and came to the Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over the Jordan.

X 16 And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjaminite, who was of Bahurim, hurried and came down with the men of Judah to meet king David.

X 17 And there were one thousand men of Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants with him; and they went over the Jordan before the king.

X 18 And a ferry-boat went to carry over the king's household, and to do what he thought good. And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king, as he came over the Jordan;

X 19 And said to the king, Do not let my master impute iniquity to me, neither remember that which your servant did perversely the day that my master the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his heart.

X 20 For your servant knows that I have sinned: therefore behold, I have come this day, the first of all the house of Joseph, to go down to meet my master the king.

X 21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall Shimei not be put to death for this, because he cursed YHWH'S anointed?

X 22 And David said, What have I to do with you*, you* sons of Zeruiah, that you* should this day be adversaries to me? shall any man be put to death this day in Israel? for do I not know that I am this day king over Israel?

X 23 Therefore the king said to Shimei, You shall not die. And the king swore to him.

X 24 And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king, and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came again in peace.

X 25 And it came to pass, when he had come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said to him, Why did you not go with me, Mephibosheth?

X 26 And he answered, My master, O king, my servant deceived me: for your servant said, I will saddle myself a donkey, so that I may ride on it, and go to the king; because your servant is lame.

X 27 And he has slandered your servant to my master the king; but my master the king is as an angel of Elohim: do therefore what is good in your eyes.

X 28 For all of my father's house were but dead men before my master the king: yet you set your servant among those who ate at your own table. What right therefore do I have yet to cry any more to the king?

X 29 And the king said to him, Why do you speak any more of your matters? I have said, You and Ziba divide the land.

X 30 And Mephibosheth said to the king, Yes, let him take all, because my master the king has come again in peace to his own house.

X 31 And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim, and went over the Jordan with the king, to conduct him over the Jordan.

X 32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even eighty years old: and he had provided the king with sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim: for he was a very great man.

X 33 And the king said to Barzillai, Come over with me, and I will feed you with me in Jerusalem.

X 34 And Barzillai said to the king, How long do I have to live, that I should go up with the king to Jerusalem?

X 35 I am this day eighty years old: and can I discern between good and evil? can your servant taste what I eat or what I drink? can I hear any more the voice of singing-men and singing-women? why then should your servant be yet a burden to my master the king?

X 36 Your servant will go a little way over the Jordan with the king: and why should the king recompense me with such a reward?

X 37 Let your servant, I pray you, return again, so that I may die in my own city, and be buried by the grave of my father and of my mother. But behold your servant Chimham; let him go over with my master the king; and do to him what shall seem good to you.

X 38 And the king answered, Chimham shall go over with me, and I will do to him that which shall seem good to you: and whatever you shall require of me, that will I do for you.

X 39 And all the people went over the Jordan. And when the king had come over, the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and he returned to his own place.

X 40 Then the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimham went on with him: and all the people of Judah conducted the king, and also half the people of Israel.

X 41 And behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said to him, Why have our brothers the men of Judah stolen you away, and have brought the king, his household, and all David's men with him, over the Jordan?

X 42 And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the king is near of kin to us: why then are you* angry for this matter? have we eaten at all at the king's cost? or has he given us any gift?

X 43 And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in David than you*: why then did you* despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king? And the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.

Chapter 20

X 1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjaminite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither do we have inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.

X 2 So every man of Israel, withdrawing from David, followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah adhered to their king, from the Jordan even to Jerusalem.

X 3 And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in custody, and fed them, but did not go in to them. So they were shut up to the day of their death, living in widowhood.

X 4 Then the king said to Amasa, Assemble to me the men of Judah within three days, and be present here yourself.

X 5 So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: but he stayed longer than the set time which he had appointed him.

X 6 And David said to Abishai, Now Sheba the son of Bichri shall do us more harm than Absalom did: take your master's servants, and pursue him, lest he get for himself fortified cities, and escape us.

X 7 And there went out after him Joab's men, the Cherethites, the Pelethites, and all the mighty men: and they went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.

X 8 When they were at the great stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa went before them. And Joab's garment that he had put on was girded to him, and upon it a girdle with a sword fastened upon his loins in its sheath; and as he went forth it fell out.

X 9 And Joab said to Amasa, Are you in health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him.

X 10 But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joab's hand: so he smote him in the fifth rib, and shed out his bowels to the ground, and did not strike him again; and he died. So Joab and Abishai his brother pursued after Sheba the son of Bichri.

X 11 And one of Joab's men stood by him, and said, He who favoreth Joab, and he who is for David, let him go after Joab.

X 12 And Amasa wallowed in blood in the midst of the highway. And when the man saw that all the people stood still, he removed Amasa out of the highway into the field, and cast a cloth upon him, when he saw that everyone who came by him stood still.

X 13 When he was removed out of the highway, all the people went on after Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.

X 14 And he went through all the tribes of Israel to Abel, and to Beth-maachah, and all the Berites: and they were assembled, and went also after him.

X 15 And they came and besieged him in Abel of Beth-maachah, and they cast up a bank against the city, and it stood in the trench: and all the people who were with Joab battered the wall, to throw it down.

X 16 Then a wise woman cried out from the city, Hear, hear; I pray you*, say to Joab, Come near here, so that I may speak with you.

X 17 And when he had come near to her, the woman said, Are you Joab? And he answered, I am he. Then she said to him, Hear the words of your handmaid. And he answered, I do hear.

X 18 Then she spoke, saying, They were accustomed to speak in old time, saying, They will surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter.

X 19 I am one of those who are peaceable and faithful in Israel: you seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why will you swallow up the inheritance of YHWH?

X 20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

X 21 The matter is not so: but a man of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name, has lifted up his hand against the king, even against David: deliver him only, and I will depart from the city. And the woman said to Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to you over the wall.

X 22 Then the woman went to all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumpet, and they retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem to the king.

X 23 Now Joab was over all the host of Israel, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites,

X 24 Adoram was over the tribute, Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder,

X 25 Sheva was scribe, Zadok and Abiathar were the priests,

X 26 And Ira also the Jairite was a chief ruler about David.

Chapter 21

X 1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David inquired of YHWH. And YHWH answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.

X 2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and said to them (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn to them: and Saul sought to slay them, in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah).

X 3 Therefore David said to the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you*? and with what shall I make the atonement, so that you* may bless the inheritance of YHWH?

X 4 And the Gibeonites said to him, We will have no silver nor gold of Saul, nor of his house; neither for us shall you kill any man in Israel. And he said, What you* shall say, that I will do for you*.

X 5 And they answered the king, The man who consumed us, and who devised against us that we should be destroyed from remaining within the borders of Israel,

X 6 Let seven men of his sons be delivered to us, and we will hang them up to YHWH in Gibeah of Saul, whom YHWH chose. And the king said, I will give them.

X 7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of YHWH'S oath that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul.

X 8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bore to Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite:

X 9 And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them on the hill before YHWH: and they fell all seven together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, in the beginning of barley harvest.

X 10 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for herself upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and allowed neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night.

X 11 And it was told to David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah the concubine of Saul had done.

X 12 And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabesh-gilead, who had stolen them from the street of Beth-shan, where the Philistines had hanged them, when the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa:

X 13 And he brought up from there the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son; and they gathered the bones of those who were hanged.

X 14 And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son they buried in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulcher of Kish his father: and they performed all that the king commanded. And after that Elohim was entreated for the land.

X 15 Moreover, the Philistines had yet warred again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David became faint.

X 16 And Ishbi-benob, who was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear was three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David.

X 17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succored him, smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David swore to him, saying, You shall go out no more with us to battle, so that you may not extinguish the light of Israel.

X 18 And it came to pass after this, that there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Saph, who was of the sons of the giant.

X 19 And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Beth-lehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.

X 20 And there was yet a battle in Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, twenty-four in number; and he also was born to the giant.

X 21 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the brother of David slew him.

X 22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.

Chapter 22

X 1 And David spoke to YHWH the words of this song in the day that YHWH had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul:

X 2 And he said, YHWH is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer;

X 3 The Elohim of my rock; in him I will trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my preserver; you savest me from violence.

X 4 I will call on YHWH, who is worthy to be praised: so I shall be saved from my enemies.

X 5 When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of un-elohimly-men made me afraid;

X 6 The sorrows of hell encompassed me; the snares of death seized me;

X 7 In my distress I called upon YHWH, and cried to my Elohim: and he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry entered into his ears.

X 8 Then the earth shook and trembled: the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was angry.

X 9 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

X 10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet.

X 11 And he rode upon a cherub, and flew: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.

X 12 And he made darkness pavilions around him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.

X 13 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.

X 14 YHWH thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.

X 15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and completely defeated them.

X 16 And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were laid open, at the rebuking of YHWH, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.

X 17 He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;

X 18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me: for they were too strong for me.

X 19 They fell upon me in the day of my calamity: but YHWH was my support.

X 20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

X 21 YHWH rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands he has recompensed me.

X 22 For I have kept the ways of YHWH, and have not wickedly departed from my Elohim.

X 23 For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.

X 24 I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from my iniquity.

X 25 Therefore YHWH has recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye-sight.

X 26 With the merciful you will show yourself merciful, and with the upright man you will show yourself upright.

X 27 With the pure you will show yourself pure; and with the froward you will contend.

X 28 And the afflicted people you will save: but your eyes are upon the haughty, so that you may bring them down.

X 29 For you are my lamp, O YHWH: and YHWH will lighten my darkness.

X 30 For by you I have run through a troop: by my Elohim I have leaped over a wall.

X 31 As for Elohim, his way is perfect; the word of YHWH is tried: he is a buckler to all those who trust in him.

X 32 For who is Elohim, save YHWH? and who is a rock, save our Elohim?

X 33 Elohim is my strength and power: and he makes my way perfect.

X 34 He makes my feet like hinds' feet: and sets me upon my high places.

X 35 He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by my arms.

X 36 You have also given me the shield of your salvation: and your gentleness has made me great.

X 37 You have enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet have not slipped.

X 38 I have pursued my enemies, and destroyed them; and did not turn again until I had consumed them.

X 39 And I have consumed them, and wounded them, so that they could not arise: yes, they have fallen under my feet.

X 40 For you have girded me with strength to battle: those who rose up against me you have subdued under me.

X 41 You have also given me the necks of my enemies, so that I might destroy those who hate me.

X 42 They looked, but there was none to save; even to YHWH, but he did not answer them.

X 43 Then I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I stamped them as the mire of the street, and spread them abroad.

X 44 You also have delivered me from the strivings of my people, you have kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I did not know shall serve me.

X 45 Strangers shall submit themselves to me: as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient to me.

X 46 Strangers shall fade away, and they shall tremble from their close places.

X 47 YHWH lives; and blessed is my rock; and exalted is the Elohim of the rock of my salvation.

X 48 It is Elohim who avengeth me, and who brings down the people under me,

X 49 And who brings me forth from my enemies: you also have lifted me up on high above those who rose up against me: you have delivered me from the violent man.

X 50 Therefore I will give thanks to you, O YHWH, among the heathen, and I will sing praises to your name.

X 51 He is the tower of salvation for his king: and he shows mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed forevermore.

Chapter 23

X 1 Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised on high, the anointed of the Elohim of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,

X 2 The Spirit of YHWH spoke by me, and his word was on my tongue.

X 3 The Elohim of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of Elohim.

X 4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.

X 5 Although my house is not so with Elohim; yet he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he does not make it to grow.

X 6 But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:

X 7 But the man who shall touch them must be fenced with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the same place.

X 8 These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite who sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lifted up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.

X 9 And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines who were assembled there to battle, and the men of Israel had gone away:

X 10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand adhered to the sword: and YHWH worked a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to plunder.

X 11 And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were collected into a troop, where there was a piece of ground full of lentils: and the people fled from the Philistines.

X 12 But he stood in the midst of the ground, defended it, and slew the Philistines: and YHWH worked a great victory.

X 13 And three of the thirty chiefs went down, and came to David in the harvest time to the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines encamped in the valley of Rephaim.

X 14 And David was then in a hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Beth-lehem.

X 15 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Beth-lehem, which is by the gate!

X 16 And the three mighty men broke through the host of the Philistines, drew water out of the well of Beth-lehem that was by the gate, took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink of it, but poured it out to YHWH.

X 17 And he said, Be it far from me, O YHWH, that I should do this: is this not the blood of the men who went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it. These three mighty men did these things.

X 18 And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief among three. And he lifted up his spear against three hundred, slew them, and had the name among three.

X 19 Was he not most honorable of three? therefore he was their captain: yet he did not attain to the first three.

X 20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lion-like men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow:

X 21 And he slew an Egyptian, a goodly man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, plucked the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and slew him with his own spear.

X 22 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did these things, and had a name among three mighty men.

X 23 He was more honorable than the thirty, but he did not attain to the first three. And David set him over his guard.

X 24 Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Beth-lehem,

X 25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,

X 26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,

X 27 Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,

X 28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,

X 29 Heleb the son of Baanah--a Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai out of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,

X 30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,

X 31 Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,

X 32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, (of the sons of Jashen) Jonathan,

X 33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite,

X 34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,

X 35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,

X 36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,

X 37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite--armor-bearer to Joab the son of Zeruiah,

X 38 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite,

X 39 Uriah the Hittite: thirty-seven in all.

Chapter 24

X 1 And again the anger of YHWH was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go number Israel and Judah.

X 2 For the king said to Joab the captain of the host, who was with him, Go now through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, and number the people, so that I may know the number of the people.

X 3 And Joab said to the king, Now may YHWH your Elohim add to the people, however many they may be, one hundred-fold, and that the eyes of my master the king may see it: but why does my master the king delight in this thing?

X 4 Although the king's word prevailed against Joab, and against the captains of the host. And Joab and the captains of the host went out from the presence of the king, to number the people of Israel.

X 5 And they passed over the Jordan, and pitched in Aroer, on the right side of the city that lies in the midst of the river of Gad, and towards Jazer:

X 6 Then they came to Gilead, and to the land of Tahtim-hodshi; and they came to Dan-jaan, and about to Zidon,

X 7 And came to the stronghold of Tyre, and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of the Canaanites: and they went out to the south of Judah, even to Beer-sheba.

X 8 So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.

X 9 And Joab presented the sum of the number of the people to the king: and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men who drew the sword; and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.

X 10 And David's heart smote him after he had numbered the people. And David said to YHWH, I have sinned greatly in what I have done: and now, I beseech you, O YHWH, take away the iniquity of your servant; for I have done very foolishly.

X 11 For when David had risen in the morning, the word of YHWH came to the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying,

X 12 Go and say to David, Thus says YHWH, I offer you three things; choose one of them, so that I may do it to you.

X 13 So Gad came to David, and told him, and said to him, Shall seven years of famine come upon you in your land? or will you flee three months before your enemies, while they pursue you? or shall there be three days' pestilence in your land? Now consider, and see what answer I shall return to him who sent me.

X 14 And David said to Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of YHWH; for his mercies are great: and do not let me fall into the hand of man.

X 15 So YHWH sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the time appointed: and seventy thousand men of the people from Dan even to Beer-sheba died.

X 16 And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, YHWH repented of the evil, and said to the angel who destroyed the people, It is enough: now stay your hand. And the angel of YHWH was by the threshing-place of Araunah the Jebusite.

X 17 And David spoke to YHWH when he saw the angel who smote the people, and said, Behold, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: but these sheep, what have they done? let your hand, I pray you, be against me, and against my father's house.

X 18 And Gad came that day to David, and said to him, Go up, rear an altar to YHWH in the threshing-floor of Araunah the Jebusite.

X 19 And David, according to the saying of Gad, went up as YHWH commanded.

X 20 And Araunah looked, and saw the king and his servants coming towards him: And Araunah went out, and bowed himself before the king on his face upon the ground.

X 21 And Araunah said, Why has my master the king come to his servant? And David said, To buy the threshing-floor from you, to build an altar to YHWH, so that the plague may be stayed from the people.

X 22 And Araunah said to David, Let my master the king take and offer up what seems good to him: behold, here are oxen for burnt-sacrifice, and threshing-instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood.

X 23 All these things Araunah gave to the king, as a king. And Araunah said to the king, May YHWH your Elohim accept you.

X 24 And the king said to Araunah, No; but I will surely buy it from you at a price: neither will I offer burnt-offerings to YHWH my Elohim of that which costs me nothing. So David bought the threshing-floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

X 25 And David built an altar to YHWH there, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings. So YHWH was entreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.