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18:1 And it came to pass, when he had ended speaking to Saul, that
the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as
his own soul.
18:2 And Saul took him that day, and would not let him return to his
18:3 And Jonathan and David made a covenant,
because he loved him as his own soul.
18:4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe
that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his dress, even to his sword, and
to his bow, and to his girdle.
18:5 And David went forth; whithersoever Saul sent him he prospered; and
Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the
people, and also in the sight of Saul's servants.
18:6 And it came to pass as they came, when David returned from the
slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of
Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tambours, with joy, and
18:7 And the women answered one another
as they played, and said, Saul hath smitten his thousands, And David his ten
18:8 And Saul was very wroth, and that saying was evil in his sight; and
he said, They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed
the thousands; and what is there more for
him but the kingdom?
18:9 And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.
18:10 And it came to pass the next day that an evil spirit from God came
upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house, but David played with
his hand, as on other days; and the spear was in Saul's hand.
18:11 And Saul cast the spear, and thought, I will smite David and the
wall. But David turned away from him twice.
18:12 And Saul was afraid of David, because Jehovah was with him, and had
departed from Saul.
18:13 And Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a
thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.
18:14 And David prospered in all his ways; and Jehovah was with him.
18:15 And Saul saw that he prospered well, and he stood in awe of him.
18:16 But all
18:17 And Saul said to David, Behold my eldest daughter Merab, her will I
give thee to wife; only be thou valiant for me, and fight Jehovah's battles. But
Saul thought, My hand shall not be upon him, but the hand of the Philistines
shall be upon him.
18:18 And David said to Saul, Who am I? and what is my life, or
my father's family in
18:19 And it came to pass at the time when Merab Saul's daughter should
have been given to David, that she was given to Adriel the Meholathite as wife.
18:20 And Michal Saul's daughter loved David; and they told Saul, and the
thing was right in his sight.
18:21 And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him,
and that the hand of the Philistines may be upon him. And Saul said to David,
Thou shalt this day be my son-in-law a second time.
18:22 And Saul commanded his servants, Speak with David secretly, saying,
Behold, the king has delight in thee, and all his servants love thee: now
therefore be the king's son-in-law.
18:23 And Saul's servants spoke those words in the ears of David. And
David said, Is it a light thing in your eyes to be the king's son-in-law, seeing
that I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed?
18:24 And the servants of Saul told him, saying, On this manner did David
18:25 And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David: The king does not desire
any dowry, but a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the
king's enemies. But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the
18:26 And his servants told David these words; and the thing was right in
David's sight to be the king's son-in-law. And the days were not expired,
18:27 when David arose and went, he and his men, and smote of the
Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they
delivered them in full to the king, that he might be the king's son-in-law. And
Saul gave him Michal his daughter as wife.
18:28 And Saul saw and knew that Jehovah was with David; and Michal
Saul's daughter loved him.
18:29 And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul was David's
18:30 And the princes of the Philistines went forth; and it came to pass,
whenever they went forth, that David succeeded better than all the servants of
Saul; and his name was much esteemed.
19:1 And Saul spoke to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that
they should slay David.
19:2 But Jonathan Saul's son delighted much in
David. And Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeks to kill
thee; and now, I pray thee, take heed to thyself in the morning, and abide in a
secret place and hide thyself;
19:3 and I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where thou
art, and will speak of thee with my father: and see what it is, and tell thee.
19:4 And Jonathan spoke good of David to Saul his father, and said to
him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David, because he has not
sinned against thee; for also what he did was very advantageous to thee;
19:5 for he put his life in hand, and smote the Philistine, and Jehovah
wrought a great salvation for all
19:6 And Saul hearkened to the voice of Jonathan, and Saul swore, As
Jehovah liveth, he shall not be put to death!
19:7 Then Jonathan called David, and Jonathan declared to him all those
things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence as
19:8 And there was war again; and David went forth and fought with the
Philistines, and smote them with a great slaughter; and they fled before him.
19:9 And an evil spirit from Jehovah was upon Saul. And he sat in his
house with his spear in his hand; and David played with his hand.
19:10 And Saul sought to smite David and the wall with the spear; but he
slipped away out of Saul's presence, and he smote the spear into the wall. And
David fled, and escaped that night.
19:11 And Saul sent messengers to David's house, to watch him, and to
slay him in the morning; and Michal David's wife told him, saying, If thou save
not thy life to-night, to-morrow thou wilt be put to death.
19:12 And Michal let David down through a window; and he went, and fled
19:13 And Michal took the image, and laid it in the bed, and put the net
of goats' hair at its head, and covered
it with the coverlet.
19:14 And Saul sent messengers to take David, and she said, He is sick.
19:15 And Saul sent the messengers to see David, saying, Bring him up to
me in the bed, that I may put him to death.
19:16 And the messengers came in, and behold, the image was in the bed,
and the net of goats' hair at its head.
19:17 Then Saul said to Michal, Why hast thou deceived me so, and sent
away mine enemy, that he is escaped? And Michal said to Saul, He said to me, Let
me go; why should I slay thee?
19:18 And David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah, and told
him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth.
19:19 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, David is at Naioth by Ramah.
19:20 Then Saul sent messengers to take David; and they saw a company of
prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as president over them; and the Spirit
of God came upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.
19:21 And it was told Saul, and he sent other messengers, and they also
prophesied. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they also
19:22 Then went he also to Ramah, and came to the great well that is in
Sechu; and he asked and said, Where are Samuel and David? And one said, Behold,
at Naioth by Ramah.
19:23 And he went thither to Naioth by Ramah; and the Spirit of God came
upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth by Ramah.
19:24 And he himself also stripped off his clothes, and prophesied,
himself also, before Samuel, and lay down naked all that day and all that night.
Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?
20:1 And David fled from Naioth by Ramah, and came and said before
Jonathan, What have I done? what is mine iniquity, and what is my sin before thy
father, that he seeks my life?
20:2 And he said to him, God forbid; thou shalt not die: behold, my
father will do nothing either great or small, and not apprise me; and why should
my father hide this thing from me? it is not so.
20:3 And David swore again and again, and said,
Thy father certainly knows that I have found favour in thy sight: and he has
thought, Jonathan shall not know this, lest he be grieved; but truly as
Jehovah liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me
20:4 And Jonathan said to David, What thy soul
may say, I will even do it for thee.
20:5 And David said to Jonathan, Behold, to-morrow is new moon, and I
should not fail to sit with the king at meat; but let me go, that I may hide
myself in the field until the third evening.
20:6 If thy father should actually miss me, then say, David earnestly
asked leave of me that he might run to
20:7 If he say thus, It is well, --thy servant shall have peace; but if
he be very wroth, be sure that evil is determined by him.
20:8 Deal kindly then with thy servant; for thou hast brought thy servant
into a covenant of Jehovah with thee; but if there be in me iniquity, slay me
thyself; for why shouldest thou bring me to thy father?
20:9 And Jonathan said, Far be it from thee; for, if I knew with
certainty that evil were determined by my father to come upon thee, would I not
tell it thee?
20:10 Then said David to Jonathan, Who shall tell me? or what if thy
father answer thee roughly?
20:11 And Jonathan said to David, Come and let us go out into the field.
And they went out both of them into the field.
20:12 And Jonathan said to David, Jehovah, God of Israel, when I sound my
father about this time to-morrow, or the
next day, and behold, there be good toward David, and I then send not to thee,
and apprise thee of it,
20:13 Jehovah do so and much more to Jonathan. Should it please my father
to do thee evil, then I will apprise thee
of it, and send thee away, that thou mayest go in peace; and Jehovah be with
thee, as he has been with my father.
20:14 And thou shalt not only while yet I live shew me the kindness of
Jehovah, that I die not,
20:15 but thou shalt not cut off thy kindness from my house for ever, no,
not when Jehovah cuts off the enemies of David, every one from the face of the
20:16 And Jonathan made a covenant with
the house of David, saying, Let Jehovah even require it at the
hand of David's enemies!
20:17 And Jonathan caused David to swear again,
by the love he had for him, for he loved him as he loved his own soul.
20:18 And Jonathan said to him, To-morrow is the new moon; and thou wilt
be missed, for thy seat will be empty;
20:19 but on the third day thou shalt go down quickly, and come to the
place where thou didst hide thyself on the day of the business, and abide by the
20:20 And I will shoot three arrows on the side of it, as though I shot
at a mark.
20:21 And behold, I will send the lad, saying,
Go, find the arrows. If I expressly say to the lad, Behold, the arrows are on
this side of thee, take them; then come, for there is peace for thee, and it is
nothing; as Jehovah liveth.
20:22 But if I say thus to the youth: Behold, the arrows are beyond thee,
--go thy way; for Jehovah sends thee away.
20:23 And as to the matter which thou and I have spoken of, behold,
Jehovah is between me and thee for ever.
20:24 And David hid himself in the field; and it was the new moon, and
the king sat at table to eat.
20:25 And the king sat on his seat, as at other times, on the seat by the
wall; and Jonathan arose, and Abner sat by Saul's side, and David's place was
20:26 And Saul said nothing that day; for he thought, Something has
befallen him , that he is not clean:
surely he is not clean.
20:27 And it came to pass the next day after the new moon, the second day
of the month , as David's place was empty, that Saul said to Jonathan
his son, Why has not the son of Jesse come to table, neither yesterday nor
20:28 And Jonathan answered Saul, David earnestly asked leave of me to
20:29 and said, Let me go, I pray thee; for we have a family sacrifice in
the city; and my brother himself has commanded me to
be there ; and now, if I have found favour in thy sight, let me go
away, I pray thee, and see my brethren. He has therefore not come to the king's
20:30 And Saul's anger was kindled against
Jonathan, and he said to him, Son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I
know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own shame and to the shame
of thy mother's nakedness?
20:31 For as long as the son of Jesse lives upon
earth, thou shalt not be established, nor thy kingdom. And now send and fetch
him to me, for he must die.
20:32 And Jonathan answered Saul his father, and said to him, Why should
he be put to death? what has he done?
20:33 Then Saul cast the spear at him to smite him; and Jonathan knew
that it was determined by his father to put David to death.
20:34 And Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and ate no meat
the second day of the new moon; for he was grieved for David, because his father
had done him shame.
20:35 And it came to pass in the morning that Jonathan went out into the
field, to the place agreed on with David, and a little lad with him.
20:36 And he said to his lad, Run, find now the arrows which I shoot. The
lad ran, and he shot the arrow beyond him.
20:37 And when the lad came to the place of the arrow which Jonathan had
shot, Jonathan cried after the lad and said, Is not the arrow away beyond thee?
20:38 And Jonathan cried after the lad, Make speed, haste, stay not! And
Jonathan's lad gathered up the arrows, and came to his master.
20:39 And the lad knew nothing: only Jonathan and David knew the matter.
20:40 And Jonathan gave his weapons to his lad, and said to him, Go,
carry them to the city.
20:41 The lad went, and David arose from the side
of the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times;
and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded.
20:42 And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace,
forasmuch as we have both of us sworn in the name of Jehovah, saying, Jehovah be
between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever! And he
arose and departed; and Jonathan went into the city.
21:1 And David came to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest; and Ahimelech
trembled at meeting David, and said to him, Why art thou alone, and no man with
21:2 And David said to Ahimelech the priest, The king has commanded me a
business, and has said to me, Let no man know anything of the business whereon I
send thee, and what I have commanded thee; and I have directed the young men to
such and such a place.
21:3 And now what is under thy hand? give me five loaves in my hand, or
what may be found.
21:4 And the priest answered David and said, There is no common bread
under my hand, but there is holy bread; if the young men have kept themselves at
least from women.
21:5 And David answered the priest and said to him, Yes indeed, women
have been kept from us about these three days, since I came out, and the vessels
of the young men are holy, and the bread
is in a manner common, and the more so, because to-day new
is hallowed in the vessels.
21:6 And the priest gave him holy bread
; for there was no bread there but the shew-loaves that were taken from before
Jehovah, to put on hot bread in the day when they were taken away.
21:7 (Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day,
detained before Jehovah; and his name was Doeg, the Edomite, chief of the
shepherds that belonged to Saul.)
21:8 And David said to Ahimelech, And is there not here under thy hand
spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, for
the king's business was urgent.
21:9 And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou
slewest in the valley of terebinths, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth
behind the ephod; if thou wilt take that, take it; for there is no other save
that here. And David said, There is none like that: give it me.
21:10 And David arose, and fled that day from before Saul, and went to
Achish the king of Gath.
21:11 And the servants of Achish said to him, Is not this David the king
of the land? did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying, Saul has
smitten his thousands, and David his ten thousands?
21:12 And David took to heart these words, and was much afraid of Achish
the king of Gath.
21:13 And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad
in their hands, and scratched on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall
down on his beard.
21:14 And Achish said to his servants, Behold, ye see the man is mad: why
did ye bring him to me?
21:15 have I lack of madmen, that ye have brought this one to rave in my
presence? shall this man come into my
22:1 And David departed thence, and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And
his brethren and all his father's house heard it
, and they went down thither to him.
22:2 And every one in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every
one of embittered spirit collected round him; and he became a captain over them;
and there were with him about four hundred men.
22:3 And David went thence to Mizpeh in Moab, and said to the king of
Moab, Let my father and my mother, I pray thee, come forth amongst you, till I
know what God will do for me.
22:4 And he brought them before the king of Moab; and they abode with him
all the while that David was in the stronghold.
22:5 And the prophet Gad said to David, Abide not in the stronghold;
depart, and go into the land of Judah. Then David departed, and came into the
forest of Hareth.
22:6 And Saul heard that David was discovered, and the men that were with
him. Now Saul was sitting in Gibeah under the tamarisk upon the height, having
his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standing by him.
22:7 Then Saul said to his servants that stood by him, Hear now, ye
Benjaminites: will the son of Jesse give every one of you also fields and
vineyards? Will he make you all captains of thousands and captains of hundreds,
22:8 that all of you have conspired against me, and there is none that
informs me when my son has made a covenant
with the son of Jesse; and there is none of you that is sorry for me, or informs
me that my son has stirred up my servant as a lier-in-wait against me, as at
22:9 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, who was set over the servants of
Saul, and said, I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of
22:10 And he inquired of Jehovah for him, and gave him victuals, and gave
him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.
22:11 Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub,
and all his father's house, the priests that were in Nob; and they came all of
them to the king.
22:12 And Saul said, Hear now, son of Ahitub. And he answered, Here I am,
22:13 And Saul said to him, Why have ye conspired against me, thou and
the son of Jesse, in that thou hast given him bread, and a sword, and hast
inquired of God for him, that he should rise against me as a lier-in-wait, as at
22:14 And Ahimelech answered the king and said, And who is so faithful
among all thy servants as David, who is the king's son-in-law, and has access to
thy secret council, and is honourable in thy house?
22:15 Was it to-day that I began to inquire of God for him? be it far
from me: let not the king charge anything to his servant, nor
to all the house of my father; for thy servant knew nothing of all this, less or
22:16 And the king said, Thou shalt certainly die, Ahimelech, thou, and
all thy father's house.
22:17 And the king said to the couriers that stood about him, Turn and
put the priests of Jehovah to death; because their hand also is with David, and
because they knew when he fled, and did not inform me. But the servants of the
king were not willing to put forth their hand to fall on the priests of Jehovah.
22:18 And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall on the priests. And
Doeg the Edomite turned, and fell on the priests, and put to death that day
eighty-five persons who wore the linen ephod.
22:19 And Nob, the city of the priests, he smote with the edge of the
sword, both men and women, infants and sucklings, and oxen, and asses, and
sheep, with the edge of the sword.
22:20 And one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar,
escaped, and fled after David.
22:21 And Abiathar informed David that Saul had slain Jehovah's priests.
22:22 And David said to Abiathar, I knew it that day, when Doeg the
Edomite was there, that he would certainly tell Saul: I am accountable for all
the lives of thy father's house.
22:23 Abide with me, fear not; for he that seeks my life seeks thy life;
for with me thou art in safe keeping.
23:1 And they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against
Keilah, and they rob the threshing-floors.
23:2 And David inquired of Jehovah, saying, Shall I go and smite these
Philistines? And Jehovah said to David, Go and smite the Philistines, and save
23:3 But David's men said to him, Behold, we are afraid here in Judah;
how much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?
23:4 And David inquired of Jehovah yet again. And Jehovah answered him
and said, Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will give the Philistines into thy
23:5 And David and his men went to Keilah, and fought against the
Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great
slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.
23:6 And it came to pass, when Abiathar the son of Ahimelech fled to
David to Keilah, he came down with an ephod in his hand.
23:7 And it was told Saul that David had come to Keilah. Then Saul said,
God has cast him off into my hand; for he is shut in, by entering into a city
that has gates and bars.
23:8 And Saul summoned all the people to war, to go down to Keilah, to
besiege David and his men.
23:9 And when David knew that Saul devised mischief against him, he said
to Abiathar the priest, Bring the ephod.
23:10 Then said David, Jehovah, God of Israel, thy servant hath heard for
certain that Saul seeketh to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake.
23:11 Will the citizens of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? will Saul
come down, as thy servant hath heard? Jehovah, God of Israel, I beseech thee,
tell thy servant. And Jehovah said, He will come down.
23:12 And David said, Will the citizens of Keilah deliver up me and my
men into the hand of Saul? And Jehovah said, They will deliver thee
23:13 Then David and his men, about six hundred, arose and departed out
of Keilah, and went whithersoever they could go. And it was told Saul that David
had escaped from Keilah, and he forbore to go forth.
23:14 And David abode in the wilderness in strongholds, and abode in the
mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did
not give him into his hand.
23:15 And David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life; and David
was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood.
23:16 And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and went to
David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.
23:17 And he said to him, Fear not; for the hand
of Saul my father will not find thee; and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I
shall be next to thee; and that also Saul my father knows.
23:18 And they two made a covenant before
Jehovah; and David abode in the wood, and Jonathan went to his house.
23:19 And the Ziphites came up to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Does not David
hide himself with us in strongholds in the wood, on the hill of Hachilah, which
is on the south of the waste?
23:20 And now, O king, come down according to all the desire of thy soul
to come down; and it will be for us to deliver him up into the king's hand.
23:21 And Saul said, Blessed be ye of Jehovah; for ye have compassion
23:22 Go, I pray you, make yet more sure, and know and see his place
where his track is, who has seen him there; for it is told me that he deals very
23:23 And see, and ascertain all the lurking-places where he hides
himself, and come ye again to me with sure information, that I may go with you;
and it shall come to pass, if he be in the land, that I will search him out
throughout the thousands of Judah.
23:24 And they arose and went to Ziph before Saul; but David and his men
were in the wilderness of Maon, in the plain on the south of the waste.
23:25 And Saul and his men went to seek him
. And they told David; and he came down from the rock, and abode in the
wilderness of Maon. And Saul heard that ,
and he pursued after David in the wilderness of Maon.
23:26 And Saul went on this side of the mountain, and David and his men
on that side of the mountain; and David made haste to get away from Saul; and
Saul and his men sought to surround David and his men to take them.
23:27 But there came a messenger to Saul, saying, Haste thee and come;
for the Philistines have made a raid against the land.
23:28 And Saul returned from pursuing after David, and went against the
Philistines; therefore they called that place Sela-hammahlekoth.
23:29 And David went up from thence, and abode in the strongholds of
24:1 And it came to pass when Saul had returned from following the
Philistines, that it was told him, saying, Behold, David is in the wilderness of
24:2 And Saul took three thousand men, chosen out of all Israel, and went
to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats.
24:3 And he came to the sheepfolds by the way, where was a cave; and Saul
went in to cover his feet; and David and his men were abiding in the recesses of
24:4 And David's men said to him, Behold the day of which Jehovah said to
thee, Behold, I will give thine enemy into thy hand, that thou mayest do to him
as it shall seem good to thee. And David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul's
24:5 And it came to pass afterwards that David's heart smote him, because
he had cut off Saul's skirt.
24:6 And he said to his men, Jehovah forbid that I should do this thing
to my master, Jehovah's anointed, to stretch forth my hand against him, for he
is the anointed of Jehovah.
24:7 And David checked his men with these words, and suffered them not to
rise against Saul. And Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his
24:8 David also arose afterwards, and went out of the cave, and cried
after Saul, saying, My lord the king! And when Saul looked behind him, David
bowed with his face to the earth, and did obeisance.
24:9 And David said to Saul, Why dost thou listen to words of men,
saying, Behold, David seeks thy hurt?
24:10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that Jehovah had given
thee this day into my hand in the cave; and they bade me kill thee; but mine
eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth my hand against my
lord, for he is the anointed of Jehovah.
24:11 And see, my father, yes, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand. For
in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know and see that
there is neither evil nor transgression in my hand, and I have not sinned
against thee; yet thou liest in wait for my life to take it.
24:12 Jehovah judge between me and thee, and Jehovah avenge me of thee;
but my hand shall not be upon thee.
24:13 As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from
the wicked; but my hand shall not be upon thee.
24:14 After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou
pursue? after a dead dog, after a single flea.
24:15 Jehovah therefore shall be judge, and judge between me and thee,
and see, and plead my cause, and do me justice in
delivering me out of thy hand.
24:16 And as soon as David had ended speaking these words to Saul, Saul
said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his voice and wept.
24:17 And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I; for thou hast
rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.
24:18 And thou hast shewed this day how that thou hast dealt well with
me, forasmuch as when Jehovah had delivered me up into thy hand, thou didst not
24:19 For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away?
wherefore Jehovah reward thee good for that thou hast done to me this day.
24:20 And now behold, I know that thou shalt certainly be king, and that
the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thy hand.
24:21 Swear now therefore to me by Jehovah, that thou wilt not cut off my
seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father's house.
24:22 And David swore to Saul. And Saul went home; and David and his men
went up to the stronghold.
25:1 And Samuel died; and all Israel were gathered together, and lamented
him; and they buried him in his house at Ramah. And David arose and went down to
the wilderness of Paran.
25:2 And there was a man at Maon, whose business was at Carmel; and the
man was very great, and he had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats; and he
was shearing his sheep at Carmel.
25:3 And the name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail;
and the woman was of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance; but the
man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was a Calebite.
25:4 And David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep.
25:5 Then David sent out ten young men; and David said to the young men,
Go up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and greet him in my name.
25:6 And thus shall ye say: Long life to thee
! and peace be to thee, and peace be to thy house, and peace be to all that thou
25:7 And now I have heard that thou hast shearers; now thy shepherds who
were with us, we hurt them not, neither was there aught missed by them, all the
while they were in Carmel.
25:8 Ask thy young men, and they will tell thee. Therefore let the young
men find favour in thine eyes; for we come in a good day: give, I pray thee,
what thy hand may find to thy servants, and to thy son David.
25:9 And David's young men came, and spoke to Nabal according to all
those words in the name of David, and ceased.
25:10 And Nabal answered David's servants and said, Who is David? and who
is the son of Jesse? there are many servants now -a-days that break away every
man from his master.
25:11 And shall I take my bread, and my water, and my flesh which I have
killed for my shearers, and give it to
men whom I know not whence they are?
25:12 And David's young men turned their way, and went back, and came and
reported to him according to all those words.
25:13 And David said to his men, Gird ye on every man his sword. And they
girded on every man his sword; and David also girded on his sword; and there
went up after David about four hundred men; and two hundred abode by the
25:14 And one of Nabal's young men
told Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, Behold, David sent messengers out of the
wilderness to bless our master; and he has insulted them.
25:15 And the men were very good to us, and we were not hurt, neither
missed we anything, as long as we companied with them, when we were in the
25:16 They were a wall to us both by night and day, all the while we were
with them feeding the sheep.
25:17 And now know and consider what thou wilt do, for evil is determined
against our master, and against all his household; and he is such a son of
Belial, that one cannot speak to him.
25:18 And Abigail made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two
skin-bottles of wine, and five sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched
corn , and a hundred raisin-cakes, and
two hundred fig-cakes, and laid them on asses.
25:19 And she said to her young men, Go on before me; behold, I come
after you. But she did not tell her husband Nabal.
25:20 And as she was riding on the ass, and coming down by the covert of
the hill, behold, David and his men came down opposite to her; and she met them.
25:21 Now David had said, Surely, in vain have I kept all that this man
had in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that was his; and he
has requited me evil for good.
25:22 So and more also do God to the enemies of David, if I leave of all
that is his by the morning light any male.
25:23 And when Abigail saw David, she hasted and lighted off the ass, and
fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground,
25:24 and fell at his feet, and said, Upon me, my lord, upon
me let the iniquity be; but let thy handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine ears,
and hear the words of thy handmaid.
25:25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, Nabal; for
as his name is, so is he: Nabal is his name, and folly is with him; and I thy
handmaid did not see the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send.
25:26 And now, my lord, as Jehovah
liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing Jehovah has restrained thee from
coming with bloodshed, and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let
thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal.
25:27 And now this blessing which thy bondmaid has brought to my lord,
let it be given to the young men that follow my lord.
25:28 I pray thee, forgive the transgression of thy handmaid: for Jehovah
will certainly make my lord a lasting house; because my lord fights the battles
of Jehovah, and evil has not been found in thee all thy days.
25:29 And if a man is risen up to pursue thee and to seek thy life, the
soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living with Jehovah thy God;
and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling out from the hollow of the
25:30 And it shall come to pass, when Jehovah shall do to my lord
according to all the good that he has spoken concerning thee, and shall appoint
thee ruler over Israel,
25:31 that this shall be no stumbling-block to thee, nor offence of heart
for my lord, either that thou hast shed blood without cause, or that my lord has
avenged himself. And when Jehovah shall deal well with my lord, then remember
25:32 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Israel,
who sent thee this day to meet me.
25:33 And blessed be thy discernment, and blessed be thou, who hast kept
me this day from coming with bloodshed, and from avenging myself with mine own
25:34 But indeed, as Jehovah the God of Israel liveth, who has restrained
me from hurting thee, except thou hadst hasted and come to meet me, there had
not been left to Nabal by the morning light any male.
25:35 So David received of her hand what she had brought him, and said to
her, Go up in peace to thy house; see, I have hearkened to thy voice, and have
accepted thy person.
25:36 And Abigail came to Nabal; and behold, he held a feast in his
house, like the feast of a king; and Nabal's heart was merry within him, for he
was drunken to excess; so she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning
25:37 And it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of
Nabal, that his wife told him these things; and his heart died within him, and
he became as a stone.
25:38 And it came to pass in about ten days that Jehovah smote Nabal, and
25:39 And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be
Jehovah, who has pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and
has kept back his servant from evil; but Jehovah has returned Nabal's evil upon
his own head. And David sent and communed with Abigail, to take her as his wife.
25:40 And the servants of David came to Abigail to Carmel, and spoke to
her, saying, David has sent us to thee, to take thee as his wife.
25:41 And she arose and bowed herself on her face to the earth, and said,
Behold, let thy handmaid be a bondwoman to wash the feet of the servants of my
25:42 And Abigail hasted, and arose, and rode upon an ass, with five
damsels of hers that followed her; and she went after the messengers of David,
and became his wife.
25:43 David had also taken Ahinoam of Jizreel; and they became, even both
of them, his wives.
25:44 But Saul had given Michal his daughter, David's wife, to Phalti the
son of Laish, who was of Gallim.
26:1 And the Ziphites came to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Does not David hide
himself in the hill of Hachilah, facing the waste?
26:2 And Saul arose, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having
three thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seek David in the wilderness of
26:3 And Saul encamped in the hill of Hachilah, which faces the waste, by
the way side. And David abode in the wilderness; and when he saw that Saul had
come after him into the wilderness,
26:4 David sent out spies, and learned that Saul was certainly come.
26:5 And David arose and came to the place where Saul had encamped; and
David beheld the place where Saul lay, and Abner the son of Ner, the captain of
his host; and Saul lay within the wagon-defence, and the people were encamped
round about him.
26:6 And David spake and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai
the son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, saying, Who will go down with me to Saul to
the camp? And Abishai said, I will go down with thee.
26:7 And David and Abishai came to the people by night, and behold, Saul
lay sleeping within the wagon-defence, and his spear stuck in the ground at his
head; and Abner and the people lay round about him.
26:8 And Abishai said to David, God has delivered thine enemy into thy
hand this day; and now let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear, even to
the ground once, and I will not do it the second time.
26:9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not; for who can stretch
forth his hand against Jehovah's anointed, and be guiltless?
26:10 And David said, As Jehovah
liveth, Jehovah will surely smite him; either his day shall come to die, or he
shall descend into battle and perish.
26:11 Jehovah forbid that I should stretch forth my hand against
Jehovah's anointed! But now take, I pray thee, the spear that is at his head,
and the cruse of water, and let us go.
26:12 And David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul's head;
and they went away, and no man saw it ,
and none knew it , and none awaked, for
they were all asleep; for a deep sleep from Jehovah had fallen upon them.
26:13 And David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of a
hill afar off; a great space being
26:14 And David cried to the people, and to Abner the son of Ner, saying,
Answerest thou not, Abner? Then Abner answered and said, Who art thou that
criest to the king?
26:15 And David said to Abner, Art not thou a man? and who is like to
thee in Israel? and why hast thou not guarded thy lord the king? for one of the
people came in to destroy the king thy lord.
26:16 This thing is not good which thou hast done. As Jehovah liveth, ye
are worthy to die, because ye have not guarded your master, Jehovah's anointed.
And now see where the king's spear is, and the cruse of water that was at his
26:17 And Saul knew David's voice, and said, Is this thy voice, my son
David? And David said, It is my voice, my lord, O king.
26:18 And he said, Why does my lord thus pursue after his servant? for
what have I done? or what evil is in my hand?
26:19 And now, I pray thee, let my lord the king hear the words of his
servant. If Jehovah have moved thee against me, let him accept an oblation; but
if the sons of men, cursed be they before Jehovah; for they have driven me out
this day from adhering to the inheritance of Jehovah, saying, Go, serve other
26:20 And now, let not my blood fall to the earth far from the face of
Jehovah; for the king of Israel is come out to seek a single flea, as when they
hunt a partridge on the mountains.
26:21 And Saul said, I have sinned: return, my son David; for I will no
more do thee harm, because my life was precious in thine eyes this day: behold,
I have acted foolishly, and have erred exceedingly.
26:22 And David answered and said, Behold the king's spear, and let one
of the young men come over and fetch it.
26:23 And Jehovah will render to every man his righteousness and his
faithfulness; for Jehovah gave thee into my
hand this day, and I would not stretch forth my hand against Jehovah's anointed.
26:24 And behold, as thy life was highly esteemed this day in mine eyes,
so let my life be highly esteemed in the eyes of Jehovah, that he may deliver me
out of all distress.
26:25 And Saul said to David, Blessed be thou, my son David: thou shalt
certainly do great things , and shalt
certainly prevail. And David went on his way, and Saul returned to his place.
27:1 And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand
of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into
the land of the Philistines; and Saul will despair of me to seek me any more
within all the limits of Israel, and I shall escape out of his hand.
27:2 And David arose and passed over, he and the six hundred men that
were with him, to Achish, the son of Maoch, king of Gath.
27:3 And David abode with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with
his household; David with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jizreelitess, and Abigail
the Carmelitess, Nabal's wife.
27:4 And it was told Saul that David had fled to Gath; and he sought no
more for him.
27:5 And David said to Achish, If now I have found favour in thine eyes,
let them give me a place in some country-town, that I may abide there; for why
should thy servant abide in the royal city with thee?
27:6 And Achish gave him Ziklag that day; therefore Ziklag belongs to the
kings of Judah to this day.
27:7 And the time that David abode in the country of the Philistines was
a year and four months.
27:8 And David and his men went up and made a raid upon the Geshurites,
and the Gerzites, and the Amalekites: for those were of old the inhabitants of
the land, as thou goest to Shur, and as far as the land of Egypt.
27:9 And David smote the land, and left neither man nor woman alive, and
took away the sheep, and the oxen, and the asses, and the camels, and the
apparel, and returned, and came to Achish.
27:10 So Achish said, Have ye not made a raid to-day? And David said,
Against the south of Judah, and against the south of the Jerahmeelites, and
against the south of the Kenites.
27:11 And David left neither man nor woman alive, to bring them
to Gath, for he said, Lest they should tell of us, saying, So did David. And
such was his custom as long as he abode in the country of the Philistines.
27:12 And Achish trusted David, saying, He has made himself utterly
odious among his people Israel; and he shall be my servant for ever.
28:1 And it came to pass in those days that the Philistines gathered
together their armies for warfare to fight against Israel. And Achish said to
David, Know thou assuredly that thou shalt go out with me to the camp, thou and
28:2 And David said to Achish, Thereby thou shalt know what thy servant
can do. And Achish said to David, Therefore will I make thee keeper of my person
28:3 (Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and they had
buried him in Ramah, even in his own city. And Saul had put away the
necromancers and the soothsayers out of the land.)
28:4 And the Philistines gathered themselves together, and came and
encamped in Shunem; and Saul gathered all Israel together, and they encamped in
28:5 And when Saul saw the camp of the Philistines, he was afraid, and
his heart greatly trembled.
28:6 And Saul inquired of Jehovah; but Jehovah did not answer him, either
by dreams, or by Urim, or by prophets.
28:7 Then said Saul to his servants, Seek me a woman that has a spirit of
Python, that I may go to her and inquire of her. And his servants said to him,
Behold, there is a woman who has a spirit of Python at En-dor.
28:8 And Saul disguised himself, and put on other garments, and he went,
and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night; and he said, I pray
thee, divine to me by the spirit of Python, and bring me him
up whom I shall name to thee.
28:9 And the woman said to him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul has done,
how he has cut off the necromancers and the soothsayers out of the land; and why
layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?
28:10 And Saul swore unto her by Jehovah, saying, As
Jehovah liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing.
28:11 Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up to thee? And he said,
Bring me up Samuel.
28:12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice; and
the woman spoke to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? Even thou art Saul.
28:13 And the king said to her, Be not afraid; but what didst thou see?
And the woman said to Saul, I saw a god ascending out of the earth.
28:14 And he said to her, What is his form? And she said, An old man
comes up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul knew that it was Samuel, and
he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.
28:15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me
up? And Saul said, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against
me, and God is departed from me, and answers me no more, neither by prophets nor
by dreams; therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known to me what
I shall do.
28:16 And Samuel said, Why then dost thou inquire of me, seeing Jehovah
is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?
28:17 And Jehovah has done for himself as he spoke by me; and Jehovah has
rent the kingdom out of thy hand, and given it to thy neighbour, to David.
28:18 Because thou didst not hearken to the voice of Jehovah, and didst
not execute his fierce anger upon Amalek, therefore has Jehovah done this thing
to thee this day.
28:19 And Jehovah will also give Israel with thee into the hand of the
Philistines; and to-morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me; the army of
Israel also will Jehovah give into the hand of the Philistines.
28:20 And Saul fell straightway his full length on the earth, and was
sore afraid because of the words of Samuel; and there was no strength in him,
for he had eaten no bread all the day nor all the night.
28:21 And the woman came to Saul, and saw that he was sore troubled, and
said to him, Behold, thy bondmaid has hearkened to thy voice, and I have put my
life in my hand, and have hearkened to thy words which thou spokest to me.
28:22 And now, I pray thee, hearken thou also to the voice of thy
bondmaid, and let me set a morsel of bread before thee; and eat, that thou
mayest have strength when thou goest on thy way.
28:23 But he refused and said, I will not eat. Then his servants, and the
woman also, compelled him, and he hearkened to their voice; and he arose from
the earth and sat on the bed.
28:24 And the woman had a fat calf in the house; and she hasted and
killed it, and took flour, and kneaded it, and baked unleavened bread thereof;
28:25 and she brought it near before Saul, and before his servants, and
they ate. And they rose up and went away that night.
29:1 And the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek; and
Israel encamped by the spring that is in Jizreel.
29:2 And the lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds and by
thousands; and David and his men passed on in the rearward with Achish.
29:3 And the princes of the Philistines said, What are these Hebrews? And
Achish said to the princes of the Philistines, Is not this David, the servant of
Saul the king of Israel, who has been with me these days, or these years, and I
have found nothing in him since the day of his falling away to
me to this day?
29:4 But the princes of the Philistines were wroth with him; and the
princes of the Philistines said to him, Make the man return, that he may go
again to his place where thou hast appointed him, that he go not down with us to
the battle, that in the battle he be not an adversary to us; for wherewith
should this fellow reconcile himself to
his master? should it not be with the heads of these men?
29:5 Is not this David, of whom they sang one to another in dances,
saying, Saul smote his thousands, and David his ten thousands?
29:6 And Achish called David, and said to him, As
Jehovah liveth, thou art upright, and thy going out and thy coming in with me in
the camp is acceptable to me; for I have not found evil in thee since the day of
thy coming to me to this day; but thou art not acceptable to the lords.
29:7 And now return, and go in peace, that thou displease not the lords
of the Philistines.
29:8 And David said to Achish, But what have I done? and what hast thou
found in thy servant so long as I have been with thee to this day, that I should
not go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?
29:9 And Achish answered and said to David, I know that thou art
acceptable to me, as an angel of God; nevertheless the princes of the
Philistines have said, He shall not go up with us to the battle.
29:10 And now rise up early in the morning with thy master's servants
that are come with thee; and rise ye early in the morning, and when ye have
29:11 And David rose up early, he and his men, to depart in the morning,
to return into the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to
30:1 And it came to pass, when David and his men came to Ziklag on the
third day, that the Amalekites had made a raid upon the south, and upon Ziklag,
and smitten Ziklag and burned it with fire;
30:2 and had taken the women captives that were in it; both great and
small: they had put none to death, but had carried them off, and went on their
30:3 And David and his men came to the city, and behold, it was burnt
with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters were taken
30:4 Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice
and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
30:5 And David's two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jizreelitess,
and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.
30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning
him; for the soul of all the people was embittered, every man because of his
sons and because of his daughters; but David strengthened himself in Jehovah his
30:7 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, Bring near
to me, I pray thee, the ephod. And Abiathar brought the ephod near to David.
30:8 And David inquired of Jehovah, saying, Shall I pursue after this
troop? shall I overtake them? And he said to him, Pursue; for thou shalt
assuredly overtake them and shalt
30:9 So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and
they came to the torrent Besor; and those that were left stayed behind.
30:10 And David pursued, he and four hundred men; for two hundred stayed
behind, who were too exhausted to go over the torrent Besor.
30:11 And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David,
and gave him bread, and he ate; and they gave him water to drink,
30:12 and gave him a piece of fig-cake and two raisin-cakes, and he ate,
and his spirit came again to him; for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any
water, for three days and three nights.
30:13 And David said to him, To whom belongest thou? and whence art thou?
And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant of an Amalekite; and my master
left me, because three days ago I fell sick.
30:14 We made a raid against the south of the Cherethites, and against
what belongs to Judah, and against the
south of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire.
30:15 And David said to him, Canst thou bring me down to this troop? And
he said, Swear to me by God, that thou wilt neither put me to death nor deliver
me up into the hand of my master, and I will bring thee down to this troop.
30:16 And he brought him down, and behold, they were spread over the
whole land, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil
that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of
30:17 And David smote them from the twilight even to the evening of the
next day; and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, who
rode upon camels, and fled.
30:18 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken: and David
recovered his two wives.
30:19 And there was nothing missed by them, neither small nor great,
neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil nor anything that they had taken:
David brought all back.
30:20 And David took all the flocks and the herds, which
they drove before the other cattle, and said, This is David's spoil.
30:21 And David came to the two hundred men who had been too exhausted to
follow David, and whom they had left behind at the torrent Besor; and they went
forth to meet David, and to meet the people that were with him; and David drew
near to the people and saluted them.
30:22 And all the wicked men, and men
of Belial, of those that had gone with David, answered and said, Because they
went not with us, we will not give them aught
of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man his wife and his
children, that they may lead them away
30:23 Then said David, Ye shall not do so, my brethren, with that which
Jehovah has given us, who has preserved us, and given the troop that came
against us into our hand.
30:24 And who will hearken to you in this matter? For as his share is
that goes down to the battle, so shall his share be that abides by the baggage:
they shall share alike.
30:25 And it was so from that day
forward; and he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel to this day.
30:26 And David came to Ziklag, and he sent of the spoil to the elders of
Judah, to his friends, saying, Behold a present for you of the spoil of the
enemies of Jehovah:
30:27 to those in Bethel, and to those in south Ramoth, and to those in
30:28 and to those in Aroer, and to those in Siphmoth, and to those in
30:29 and to those in Rachal, and to those in the cities of the
Jerahmeelites, and to those in the cities of the Kenites,
30:30 and to those in Hormah, and to those in Chor-ashan, and to those in
30:31 and to those in Hebron, and to all the places where David himself
and his men went about.
31:1 And the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel
fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain on mount Gilboa.
31:2 And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and
the Philistines smote Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul's sons.
31:3 And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers came up with
him; and he was much terrified by the archers.
31:4 Then said Saul to his armour-bearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me
through with it; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse
me. But his armour-bearer would not; for he was much afraid. So Saul took the
sword and fell on it.
31:5 And when his armour-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise
on his sword, and died with him.
31:6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armour-bearer, and all his
men, that same day together.
31:7 And when the men of Israel that were on this side of the valley, and
they that were on this side of the
Jordan, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead,
they forsook the cities and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.
31:8 And it came to pass the next day, that the Philistines came to strip
the slain, and they found Saul and his three sons fallen on mount Gilboa.
31:9 And they cut off his head, and stripped off his armour, and sent them
into the land of the Philistines round about, to announce the glad tidings in
the houses of their idols, and to the people.
31:10 And they put his armour in the house of Ashtaroth; and they
fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan.
31:11 And when the inhabitants of Jabesh-Gilead heard of what the
Philistines had done to Saul,
31:12 all the valiant men arose and went all night, and took the body of
Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan, and came to Jabesh,
and burned them there.
31:13 And they took their bones, and buried them under the tamarisk at
Jabesh, and fasted seven days.
And it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David had returned from the
slaughter of the Amalekites, that David abode two days in Ziklag.
And it came to pass on the third day, that behold, a man came out of the camp
from Saul with his garments rent, and earth upon his head; and as soon as he
came to David, he fell to the earth and did obeisance.
And David said to him, Whence comest thou? And he said to him, Out of the camp
of Israel am I escaped.
And David said to him, What has taken place? I pray thee, tell me. And he said
that the people had fled from the battle, and many of the people also had fallen
and died, and that Saul and Jonathan his son were dead also.
And David said to the young man that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and
Jonathan his son are dead?
And the young man that told him said, I happened by chance to be upon mount
Gilboa, and behold, Saul leaned on his spear; and behold, the chariots and
horsemen followed hard after him.
And he looked behind him, and saw me, and called to me. And I said, Here am I.
And he said to me, Who art thou? And I said to him, I am an Amalekite.
He said to me again, Stand, I pray thee, over me, and slay me; for anguish has
seized me; for my life is yet whole in me.
1:10 So I stood over him, and put him to death, for I knew that he would
not live after his fall; and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the
bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither to my lord.
1:11 Then David took hold of his garments and rent them; and all the men
that were with him did likewise.
1:12 And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even for Saul, and for
Jonathan his son, and for the people of Jehovah, and for the house of Israel;
because they were fallen by the sword.
1:13 And David said to the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And
he said, I am the son of an Amalekite stranger.
1:14 And David said to him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thy
hand to destroy Jehovah's anointed?
1:15 Then David called one of the young men and said, Draw near, and
fall on him. And he smote him that he died.
1:16 And David said to him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth has
testified against thee, saying, I have slain Jehovah's anointed.
1:17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan
1:18 and he bade them teach the children of Judah the
song of the bow. Behold, it is written in the book of Jasher: --
1:19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the
1:20 Tell it not in Gath, carry
not the tidings in the streets of Ashkelon; Lest the daughters of the
Philistines rejoice, Lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.
1:21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, no rain upon you, nor
fields of heave-offerings! For there the shield of the mighty was vilely cast
away, The shield of Saul, as not anointed
1:22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, The bow of
Jonathan turned not back, And the sword of Saul returned not empty.
1:23 Saul and Jonathan, beloved and pleasant in their lives, Even in
their death were not divided; They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger
1:24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet
with splendour, Who put ornaments of gold upon your apparel.
1:25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan is
slain upon thy high places.
1:26 I am distressed for thee, my brother
Jonathan: very pleasant wast thou unto me; Thy love to me was wonderful, passing
1:27 How are the mighty fallen, and the instruments of war perished!
And it came to pass after this that David inquired of Jehovah, saying, Shall I
go up into one of the cities of Judah? And Jehovah said to him, Go up. And David
said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.
So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jizreelitess, and
Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.
And his men that were with him did David bring up, every man with his household;
and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.
And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of
Judah. And they told David, saying, It is the men of Jabesh-Gilead that have
And David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh-Gilead, and said to them, Blessed
be ye of Jehovah, that ye have shewn this kindness to your lord, to Saul, and
have buried him!
And now Jehovah shew kindness and faithfulness to you; and I also will requite
you this good, because ye have done this thing.
And now let your hands be strong, and be ye valiant; for your master Saul is
dead, and also the house of Judah have anointed me king over them.
And Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ishbosheth the son of
Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim;
and made him king over Gilead, and over the Asshurites, and over Jizreel, and
over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.
2:10 Ishbosheth Saul's son was forty years old when he began to reign
over Israel, and he reigned two years. However, the house of Judah followed
2:11 And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah
was seven years and six months.
2:12 And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ishbosheth the son of
Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.
2:13 And Joab the son of Zeruiah, and the servants of David, went out.
And they met together by the pool of Gibeon; and they sat down, these on the one
side of the pool, and those on the other side of the pool.
2:14 And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise and make sport
before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.
2:15 And they arose and went over by number, twelve for Benjamin, and for
Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David.
2:16 And they caught every one his fellow by the head, and thrust
his sword in his fellow's side, and they fell down together. And that place was
called Helkath-hazzurim, which is by Gibeon.
2:17 And the battle that day was very severe; and Abner and the men of
Israel were routed before the servants of David.
2:18 And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab, and Abishai, and
Asahel. Now Asahel was swift of foot, as one of the gazelles that are in the
2:19 And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the
right hand nor to the left from behind Abner.
2:20 Then Abner looked behind him, and said, Art thou Asahel? And he
said, I am.
2:21 And Abner said to him, Turn thee aside, to thy right hand or to thy
left, and lay hold of one of the young men, and take for thyself his armour. But
Asahel would not turn aside from following him.
2:22 And Abner said again to Asahel, Turn thee aside from following me:
why should I smite thee to the ground? how then should I hold up my face to Joab
2:23 But he refused to turn aside; therefore Abner with the hinder end of
the spear smote him in the belly, 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.
2:24 And Joab and Abishai pursued after Abner; and the sun went down when
they came to the hill of Ammah, which is before Giah on the way to the
wilderness of Gibeon.
2:25 And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together after
Abner, and became one troop, and stood on the top of a hill.
2:26 And Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever?
knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? and how long
shall it be ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren?
2:27 And Joab said, As God liveth,
unless thou hadst spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up
every one from following his brother.
2:28 And Joab blew the trumpet, and all the people stood still, and
pursued after Israel no more, neither did they fight any more.
2:29 And Abner and his men walked all that night through the plain, and
passed over the Jordan, and went through all Bithron, and they came to Mahanaim.
2:30 And Joab returned from following Abner, and gathered all the people
together; and there lacked of David's servants nineteen men, and Asahel.
2:31 And the servants of David had smitten of Benjamin, and of Abner's
men, three hundred and sixty men, who had died.
2:32 And they took up Asahel, and buried him in the sepulchre of his
father, which was in Bethlehem. And Joab and his men went all night, and they
came to Hebron at break of day.
And the war was long between the house of Saul and the house of David; but David
became continually stronger, and the house of Saul became continually weaker.
And to David were sons born in Hebron: his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam the
and his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the
third, Absalom the son of Maachah, daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;
and the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son
and the sixth, Ithream, of Eglah David's wife. These were born to David in
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.
And Saul had a concubine whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah. And Ishbosheth
said to Abner, Why hast thou gone in to my father's concubine?
Then was Abner very wroth for the words of Ishbosheth, and said, Am I a dog's
head, I who against Judah do shew kindness this day to the house of Saul thy
father, to his brethren, and to his friends, and have not delivered thee into
the hand of David, that thou reproachest me this day with the fault of this
So do God to Abner, and more also, if, as Jehovah has sworn to David, I do not
so to him;
3:10 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!
3:11 And he could not answer Abner a word again, because he feared him.
3:12 And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, Whose is
the land? saying also , Make thy covenant
with me, and behold, my hand shall be with thee, to turn all Israel to thee.
3:13 And he said, Well, I will make a covenant with thee; only I require
one thing of thee, that is, Thou shalt not see my face, except thou first bring
Michal Saul's daughter, when thou comest to see my face.
3:14 And David sent messengers to Ishbosheth Saul's son, saying, Deliver
me my wife Michal, whom I espoused to me for a hundred foreskins of the
3:15 And Ishbosheth sent, and took her from her
husband, from Phaltiel the son of Laish.
3:16 And her husband went with her along weeping behind her to Bahurim.
Then said Abner to him, Go, return. And he returned.
3:17 Now Abner had communicated with the elders of Israel, saying, Ye
sought for David aforetime to be king over you;
3:18 and now do it , for Jehovah
has spoken of David, saying, By my servant David will I save my people Israel
out of the hand of the Philistines, and out of the hand of all their enemies.
3:19 And Abner also spoke in the ears of Benjamin; and Abner went also to
speak in the ears of David in Hebron all that seemed good to Israel, and that
seemed good to the whole house of Benjamin.
3:20 So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him. And David
made Abner and the men that were with him a repast.
3:21 And Abner said to David, I will arise and go, and will gather all
Israel to my lord the king, that they may make a covenant with thee, and that
thou mayest reign over all that thy heart desires. And David sent Abner away;
and he went in peace.
3:22 And behold, the servants of David and Joab came from an expedition,
and brought in a great spoil with them; but Abner was no longer with David in
Hebron, for he had sent him away, and he had gone in peace.
3:23 And Joab and all the host that was with him came; and they told Joab,
saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he has sent him away; and he
is gone in peace.
3:24 Then Joab came to the king, and said, What hast thou done? behold,
Abner came to thee; why is it that thou
hast sent him away, and he is gone?
3:25 Thou knowest Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive thee, to
know thy going out and thy coming in, and to know all that thou doest.
3:26 And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after
Abner, who brought him again from the well of Sirah; but David did not know it.
3:27 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the
gate to speak with him secretly, and smote him there in the belly, that he died,
for the blood of Asahel his brother.
3:28 And afterwards David heard it
, and he said, I and my kingdom are guiltless before Jehovah for ever from the
blood of Abner the son of Ner:
3:29 let it fall on the head of Joab, and on all his father's house; and
let there not fail from the house of Joab one that has an issue, or that is a
leper, or that leans on a staff, or that falls by the sword, or that lacks
3:30 So Joab and Abishai his brother killed Abner, because he had slain
their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.
3:31 And David said to Joab, and to all the people that were with him,
Rend your garments, and gird yourselves with sackcloth, and mourn before Abner.
And king David followed the bier.
3:32 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.
3:33 And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Should Abner die as a
3:34 Thy hands were not bound, Nor thy feet put into fetters; As a man
falleth before wicked men, Fellest thou! And all the people wept again over him.
3:35 And all the people came to cause David to eat bread while it was yet
day; but David swore, saying, So do God to me, and more also, if I taste bread
or aught else till the sun be down!
3:36 And all the people remarked it, and it pleased them; as whatever the
king did pleased all the people.
3:37 And all the people and all Israel understood that day that it was
not of the king to put Abner the son of Ner to death.
3:38 And the king said to his servants, Know ye not that there is a
prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?
3:39 And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men, the
sons of Zeruiah, are too hard for me: Jehovah reward the doer of evil according
to his wickedness!
And when Saul's son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands were
enfeebled, and all Israel was troubled.
And Saul's son had two men, captains of bands: the name of the one was Baanah,
and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, of the
children of Benjamin; for Beeroth also was reckoned to Benjamin.
And the Beerothites had fled to Gittaim, and were sojourners there until this
And Jonathan Saul's son had a son that was lame of his
feet. He was five years old when the news came of Saul and Jonathan out of
Jizreel; and his nurse took him up and fled. And it came to pass, as she made
haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.
And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went and came in about
the heat of the day into the house of Ishbosheth, who was taking his noonday
And they came thither into the midst of the house, as
though they would fetch wheat; and they smote him in the belly; and
Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.
They came into the house, as he lay on his bed in his bedchamber, and they smote
him, and slew him, and beheaded him; and they took his head, and went by the way
of the plain all night.
And they brought the head of Ishbosheth to David in Hebron, and said to the
king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of Saul, thine enemy who sought thy
life; and Jehovah has given to my lord the king to be avenged this day of Saul
and of his seed.
Then David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the
Beerothite, and said to them, As Jehovah liveth, who has redeemed my soul out of all
4:10 when one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead! and he was in his
own sight a messenger of good, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag--to
whom forsooth I should give a reward for his good tidings:
4:11 how much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his
own house upon his bed? and should I not now demand his blood of your hand, and
take you away from the earth?
4:12 And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off
their hands and their feet, and hanged them
up over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried it
in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron.
Then came all the tribes of Israel to David to Hebron, and spoke, saying,
Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.
Even aforetime, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and
broughtest in Israel; and Jehovah said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people
Israel, and thou shalt be prince over Israel.
And all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a
covenant with them in Hebron before Jehovah; and they anointed David king over
David was thirty years old when he began to reign; he reigned forty years.
In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months; and in Jerusalem he
reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah.
And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the
inhabitants of the land; and they spoke to David, saying, Thou shalt not come in
hither, but the blind and the lame will drive thee back; as much as to say,
David will not come in hither.
But David took the stronghold of Zion, which is the city of David.
And David said on that day, Whoever smites the Jebusites and gets up to the
watercourse, and the lame and the blind hated of David's soul...! Therefore they
say, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.
So David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the city of David. And David
built round about from the Millo and inward.
5:10 And David became continually greater; and Jehovah the God of hosts
was with him.
5:11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and timber of
cedars, and carpenters, and masons; and they built David a house.
5:12 And David perceived that Jehovah had established him king over
Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom because of his people Israel.
5:13 And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after
he had come from Hebron; and there were yet sons and daughters born to David.
5:14 And these are the names of those that were born to him in Jerusalem:
Shammua, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon,
5:15 and Ibhar, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia,
5:16 and Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphelet.
5:17 And the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over
Israel, and all the Philistines went up to seek David; and David heard of
it , and went down to the stronghold.
5:18 And the Philistines came and spread themselves in the valley of
5:19 And David inquired of Jehovah, saying, Shall I go up against the
Philistines? wilt thou give them into my hand? And Jehovah said to David, Go up;
for I will certainly give the Philistines into thy hand.
5:20 And David came to Baal-perazim, and David smote them there; and he
said, Jehovah has broken in upon mine enemies before me, as the breaking forth
of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baal-perazim.
5:21 And they left their images there, and David and his men took them
5:22 And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the
valley of Rephaim.
5:23 And David inquired of Jehovah; and he said, Thou shalt not go up;
turn round behind them and come upon them opposite the mulberry-trees.
5:24 And it shall be, when thou hearest a sound of marching in the tops
of the mulberry-trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself; for then will
Jehovah have gone forth before thee, to smite the army of the Philistines.
5:25 And David did so, as Jehovah had commanded him; and smote the
Philistines from Geba until thou comest to Gezer.
And David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.
And David arose and went with all the people that were with him from Baale-Judah,
to bring up from thence the ark of God which is called by the name, the name of
Jehovah of hosts who sitteth between the cherubim.
And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of
Abinadab, which was upon the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab,
drove the new cart.
And they brought it with the ark of God out of the house of Abinadab which was
upon the hill; and Ahio went before the ark.
And David and all the house of Israel played before Jehovah on all manner of instruments
made of cypress wood, with harps, and with lutes, and with tambours,
and with sistra, and with cymbals.
And when they came to Nachon's threshing-floor, Uzzah reached after the ark of
God, and took hold of it; for the oxen had stumbled.
And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for
his error; and there he died by the ark of God.
And David was indignant, because Jehovah had made a breach upon Uzzah; and he
called that place Perez-Uzzah to this day.
And David was afraid of Jehovah that day, and said, How shall the ark of Jehovah
come to me?
6:10 So David would not bring the ark of Jehovah home unto himself into
the city of David; but David carried it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the
6:11 And the ark of Jehovah remained in the house of Obed-Edom the
Gittite three months; and Jehovah blessed Obed-Edom and all his household.
6:12 And it was told king David, saying, Jehovah has blessed the house of
Obed-Edom, and all that is his, because of the ark of God. And David went and
brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom into the city of David
6:13 And it was so, that when they that bore the ark of Jehovah had gone
six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatted beast.
6:14 And David danced before Jehovah with all his might; and David was
girded with a linen ephod.
6:15 And David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of Jehovah
with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
6:16 And as the ark of Jehovah came into the city of David, Michal the
daughter of Saul looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing
before Jehovah; and she despised him in her heart.
6:17 And they brought in the ark of Jehovah, and set it in its place, in
the midst of the tent that David had spread for it. And David offered up
burnt-offerings and peace-offerings before Jehovah.
6:18 And when David had ended offering up the burnt-offerings and the
peace-offerings, he blessed the people in the name of Jehovah of hosts.
6:19 And he dealt to all the people, to the whole multitude of Israel,
both men and women, to every one a cake of bread, and a measure of
wine , and a raisin-cake. And all the people departed every one to
6:20 And David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter
of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How honourable did the king of Israel
make himself to-day, who uncovered himself to-day in the eyes of the handmaids
of his servants, as one of the lewd fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!
6:21 And David said to Michal, It was before Jehovah, who chose me rather
than thy father, and than all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of
Jehovah, over Israel; and I played before Jehovah.
6:22 And I will make myself yet more vile than thus, and will be base in
mine own sight; and of the handmaids that thou hast spoken of, of them shall I
be had in honour.
6:23 And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her
And it came to pass when the king dwelt in his house, and Jehovah had given him
rest round about from all his enemies,
that the king said to Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in a house of cedars,
and the ark of God dwells under curtains.
And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thy heart; for Jehovah is
And it came to pass that night that the word of Jehovah came to Nathan, saying,
Go and say to my servant, to David, Thus saith Jehovah: Wilt thou build me a
house for me to dwell in?
For I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought up the children of
Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but I went about in a tent and in a
In all my going about with all the children of Israel, did I speak a word with
any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying,
Why build ye me not a house of cedars?
And now, thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith Jehovah of hosts:
I took thee from the pasture-grounds, from following the sheep, to be prince
over my people, over Israel;
and I have been with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine
enemies from before thee, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of
the great men that are on the earth.
7:10 And I will appoint a place for my people, for Israel, and will plant
them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and be disturbed no more;
neither shall the sons of wickedness afflict them any more, as formerly,
7:11 and since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people
Israel. And I have given thee rest from all thine enemies; and Jehovah telleth
thee that Jehovah will make thee a house.
7:12 When thy days are fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers,
I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I
will establish his kingdom.
7:13 It is he who shall build a house for my name, and I will establish
the throne of his kingdom for ever.
7:14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity,
I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the stripes of the sons of men;
7:15 but my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul,
whom I put away from before thee.
7:16 And thy house and thy kingdom shall be made firm for ever before
thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.
7:17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so
did Nathan speak to David.
7:18 And king David went in and sat before Jehovah, and said, Who am I,
Lord Jehovah, and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?
7:19 And yet this hath been a small thing in thy sight, Lord Jehovah; but
thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come. And is
this the manner of man, Lord Jehovah?
7:20 And what can David say more to thee? for thou, Lord Jehovah, knowest
7:21 For thy word's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou
done all this greatness, to make thy servant know it
7:22 Wherefore thou art great, Jehovah Elohim; for there is none like
thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard
with our ears.
7:23 And who is like thy people, like Israel, the one nation in the earth
that God went to redeem to be a people to himself, and to make himself a name,
and to do for them great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people,
which thou redeemedst to thyself from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?
7:24 And thou hast established to thyself thy people Israel to be a
people unto thee for ever; and thou, Jehovah, art become their God.
7:25 And now, Jehovah Elohim, the word that thou hast spoken concerning
thy servant and concerning his house, fulfil it for ever, and do as thou hast
7:26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, Jehovah of hosts is
God over Israel; and let the house of thy servant David be established before
7:27 For thou, Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, hast revealed to thy
servant, saying, I will build thee a house; therefore hath thy servant found in
his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.
7:28 And now, Lord Jehovah, thou art that God, and thy words are true,
and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant;
7:29 and now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that
it may be before thee for ever; for thou, Lord Jehovah, hast spoken it; and with
thy blessing shall the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.
And after this it came to pass that David smote the Philistines, and subdued
them; and David took the power of the capital out of the hand of the
And he smote the Moabites, and measured them with a line, making them lie down
on the ground; and he measured two lines to put to death, and one full line to
keep alive. And the Moabites became David's servants, and
And David smote Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to
recover his dominion by the river Euphrates.
And David took from him one thousand seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand
footmen; and David houghed all the chariot horses
, but reserved of them for a hundred
And the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, and David
smote of the Syrians twenty-two thousand men.
And David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became servants to
David, and brought gifts. And Jehovah
preserved David whithersoever he went.
And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer, and
brought them to Jerusalem.
And from Betah, and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, king David took
exceeding much bronze.
And Toi king of Hamath heard that David had smitten all the forces of Hadadezer;
8:10 and Toi sent Joram his son to king David, to inquire of his welfare,
and to congratulate him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and smitten
him; for Hadadezer was continually at war with Toi. And he brought with him
vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and vessels of bronze.
8:11 Them also king David dedicated to Jehovah, with the silver and the
gold that he had dedicated of all the nations that he had subdued:
8:12 of the Syrians, and of the Moabites, and of the children of Ammon,
and of the Philistines, and of the Amalekites, and of the spoil of Hadadezer,
the son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
8:13 And David made him a name when he returned, after he had smitten the
Syrians in the valley of salt, eighteen thousand men
8:14 And he put garrisons in Edom: throughout Edom did he put garrisons;
and all they of Edom became servants to David. And Jehovah preserved David
whithersoever he went.
8:15 And David reigned over all Israel; and David
executed judgment and justice to all his people.
8:16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat the
son of Ahilud was chronicler;
8:17 and Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, were
the priests; and Seraiah was scribe;
8:18 and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the
Pelethites; and David's sons were chief rulers.
And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the
house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake?
And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba; and they
called him to David. And the king said to him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy
And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of
Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God to him? And Ziba said to the king,
Jonathan has yet a son, who is lame on his feet.
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 Lodebar.
And king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir the son of
Ammiel, from Lodebar.
And Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul,
came to David, and fell on his face and did obeisance. And David said,
Mephibosheth. And he said, Behold thy servant!
And David said to him, Fear not; for I will certainly
shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee
all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table
And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look
upon such a dead dog as I am?
Then the king called Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, I
have given to thy master's son all that belonged to Saul and to all his house.
9:10 And thou, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for
him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits ,
that thy master's son may have food to eat. And
Mephibosheth thy master's son shall eat bread at my table continually.
Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
9:11 And Ziba said to the king, According to all that my lord the king
has commanded his servant, so will thy servant do. And
Mephibosheth said David shall eat at my table, as one of the king's
9:12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. And all who
dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth.
9:13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem; for he
did eat continually at the king's table. And he was lame on both his