SECOND BOOK OF
Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from
the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag;
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.
And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him,
Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped.
And David said unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And
he answered, That the people are fled from the battle, and many of the
people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead
And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest thou that
Saul and Jonathan his son be dead?
And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount
Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen
followed hard after him.
And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered,
Here am I.
And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite.
And he said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me: for
anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me.
So I stood upon him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not
live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that was upon his head,
and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto
Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the
men that were with him:
And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan
his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel; because
they were fallen by the sword.
And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he
answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite.
And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine
hand to destroy the LORD's anointed?
And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon
him. And he smote him that he died.
And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath
testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD's anointed.
And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his
(Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold,
it is written in the book of Jasher.)
The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty
Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the
daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised
Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain,
upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is
vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed
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.
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
Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with
other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.
How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou
was slain in thine high places.
I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou
been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.
How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!
And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of the LORD, saying,
Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the LORD said unto him,
Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.
So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess,
and Abigail Nabal's wife the Carmelite.
And his men that were with him did David bring up, every man with his household:
and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.
And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the
house of Judah. And they told David, saying, That the men of Jabesh-gilead
were they that buried Saul.
And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabesh-gilead, and said unto
them, Blessed be ye of the LORD, that ye have shewed this kindness unto
your lord, even unto Saul, and have buried him.
And now the LORD shew kindness and truth unto you: and I also will requite
you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.
Therefore now let your hands be strengthened, and be ye valiant: for your
master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah have anointed me king
But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ish-bosheth the
son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim;
And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel,
and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.
Ish-bosheth Saul's son was forty years old when he began to reign over
Israel, and reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David.
And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was
seven years and six months.
And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul,
went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.
And Joab the son of Zeruiah, and the servants of David, went out, and met
together by the pool of Gibeon: and they sat down, the one on the one side
of the pool, and the other on the other side of the pool.
And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play before us.
And Joab said, Let them arise.
Then there arose and went over by number twelve of Benjamin, which pertained
to Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David.
And they caught every one his fellow by the head, and thrust his sword
in his fellow's side; so they fell down together: wherefore that place
was called Helkath-hazzurim, which is in Gibeon.
And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten, and the
men of Israel, before the servants of David.
And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asahel:
and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe.
And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the right
hand nor to the left from following Abner.
Then Abner looked behind him, and said, Art thou Asahel? And he answered,
And Abner said to him, Turn thee aside to thy right hand or to thy left,
and lay thee hold on one of the young men, and take thee his armour. But
Asahel would not turn aside from following of him.
And Abner said again to Asahel, Turn thee aside from following me: wherefore
should I smite thee to the ground? how then should I hold up my face to
Joab thy brother?
Howbeit he refused to turn aside: wherefore Abner with the hinder end of
the spear smote him under the fifth rib, that the spear came out behind
him; and he fell down there, and died in the same place: and it came to
pass, that as many as came to the place where Asahel fell down and died
Joab also and Abishai pursued after Abner: and the sun went down when they
were come to the hill of Ammah, that lieth before Giah by the way of the
wilderness of Gibeon.
And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together after Abner,
and became one troop, and stood on the top of an hill.
Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest
thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall it
be then, ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren?
And Joab said, As God liveth, unless thou hadst spoken, surely then in
the morning the people had gone up every one from following his brother.
So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still, and pursued after
Israel no more, neither fought they any more.
And Abner and his men walked all that night through the plain, and passed
over Jordan, and went through all Bithron, and they came to Mahanaim.
And Joab returned from following Abner: and when he had gathered all the
people together, there lacked of David's servants nineteen men and Asahel.
But the servants of David had smitten of Benjamin, and of Abner's men,
so that three hundred and threescore men died.
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.
Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David:
but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker
And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn was Amnon, of
Ahinoam the Jezreelitess;
And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and
the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;
And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah
the son of Abital;
And the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah David's wife. These were born to David
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 Ish-bosheth said to Abner, Wherefore hast thou gone in unto my father's
Then was Abner very wroth for the words of Ish-bosheth, and said, Am I
a dog's head, which against Judah do shew kindness this day unto the house
of Saul thy father, to his brethren, and to his friends, and have not delivered
thee into the hand of David, that thou chargest me to day with a fault
concerning this woman?
So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the LORD hath sworn to David,
even so I do to him;
To translate the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the throne
of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to Beer-sheba.
And he could not answer Abner a word again, because he feared him.
And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, Whose is the
land? saying also, Make thy league with me, and, behold, my hand shall
be with thee, to bring about all Israel unto thee.
And he said, Well; I will make a league with thee: but one thing I require
of thee, that is, Thou shalt not see my face, except thou first bring Michal
Saul's daughter, when thou comest to see my face.
And David sent messengers to Ish-bosheth Saul's son, saying, Deliver me
my wife Michal, which I espoused to me for an hundred foreskins of the
And Ish-bosheth sent, and took her from her husband, even from Phaltiel
the son of Laish.
And her husband went with her along weeping behind her to Bahurim. Then
said Abner unto him, Go, return. And he returned.
And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, Ye sought
for David in times past to be king over you:
Now then do it: for the LORD hath spoken of David, saying, By the hand
of my servant David I will save my people Israel out of the hand of the
Philistines, and out of the hand of all their enemies.
And Abner also spake in the ears of Benjamin: and Abner went also to speak
in the ears of David in Hebron all that seemed good to Israel, and that
seemed good to the whole house of Benjamin.
So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him. And David made
Abner and the men that were with him a feast.
And Abner said unto David, I will arise and go, and will gather all Israel
unto my lord the king, that they may make a league with thee, and that
thou mayest reign over all that thine heart desireth. And David sent Abner
away; and he went in peace.
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 was gone in peace.
When Joab and all the host that was with him were come, they told Joab,
saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he hath sent him away,
and he is gone in peace.
Then Joab came to the king, and said, What hast thou done? behold, Abner
came unto thee; why is it that thou hast sent him away, and he is quite
Thou knowest Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive thee, and to
know thy going out and thy coming in, and to know all that thou doest.
And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner,
which brought him again from the well of Sirah: but David knew it not.
And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate
to speak with him quietly, and smote him there under the fifth rib, that
he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother.
And afterward when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom are guiltless
before the LORD for ever from the blood of Abner the son of Ner:
Let it rest on the head of Joab, and on all his father's house; and let
there not fail from the house of Joab one that hath an issue, or that is
a leper, or that leaneth on a staff, or that falleth on the sword, or that
So Joab and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he had slain their
brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.
And David said to Joab, and to all the people that were with him, Rend
your clothes, and gird you with sackcloth, and mourn before Abner. And
king David himself followed the bier.
And they buried Abner in Hebron: and the king lifted up his voice, and
wept at the grave of Abner; and all the people wept.
And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth?
Thy hands were not bound, nor thy feet put into fetters: as a man falleth
before wicked men, so fellest thou. And all the people wept again over
And when all the people came to cause David to eat meat while it was yet
day, David sware, saying, So do God to me, and more also, if I taste bread,
or ought else, till the sun be down.
And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as whatsoever
the king did pleased all the people.
For all the people and all Israel understood that day that it was not of
the king to slay Abner the son of Ner.
And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince
and a great man fallen this day in Israel?
And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of
Zeruiah be too hard for me: the LORD shall reward the doer of evil according
to his wickedness.
And when Saul's son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands were
feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.
And Saul's son had two men that were captains of bands: the name of the
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
And the Beerothites 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 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 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
about the heat of the day to the house of Ish-bosheth, who lay on a bed
And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they would
have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth rib: and Rechab
and Baanah his brother escaped.
For when they came into the house, he lay on his bed in his bedchamber,
and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and took his head,
and gat them away through the plain all night.
And they brought the head of Ish-bosheth unto David to Hebron, and said
to the king, Behold the head of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul thine enemy,
which sought thy life; and the LORD hath avenged my lord the king this
day of Saul, and of his seed.
And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the
Beerothite, and said unto them, As the LORD liveth, who hath redeemed my
soul out of all adversity,
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:
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?
And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their
hands and their feet, and hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But they
took the head of Ish-bosheth, and buried it in the sepulchre of Abner in
Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying,
Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.
Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest
out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD said to thee, Thou shalt feed
my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel.
So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David
made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD: and they anointed David
king over Israel.
David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty
In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem
he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.
And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants
of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the
blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot
come in hither.
Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of
And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth
the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, that are hated of David's soul,
he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame
shall not come into the house.
So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David
built round about from Millo and inward.
And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him.
And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters,
and masons: and they built David an house.
And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel,
and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel's sake.
And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he
was come from Hebron: and there were yet sons and daughters born to David.
And these be the names of those that were born unto him in Jerusalem; Shammua,
and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon,
Ibhar also, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia,
And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphalet.
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.
The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.
And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines?
wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go
up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand.
And David came to Baal-perazim, and David smote them there, and said, The
LORD hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters.
Therefore he called the name of that place Baal-perazim.
And there they left their images, and David and his men burned them.
And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley
And when David enquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but
fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry
And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the
mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the
LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.
And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and smote the Philistines
from Geba until thou come to Gazer.
Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.
And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale
of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called
by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims.
And they set the ark of God 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,
drave the new cart.
And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying
the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.
And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner
of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and
on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.
And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand
to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.
And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him
there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.
And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzzah:
and he called the name of the place Perez-uzzah to this day.
And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall the ark
of the LORD come to me?
So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of
David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.
And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite
three months: and the LORD blessed Obed-edom, and all his household.
And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of
Obed-edom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God.
So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom
into the city of David with gladness.
And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six
paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.
And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded
with a linen ephod.
So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with
shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter
looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before
the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.
And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in the
midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered
burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace
offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.
And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel,
as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece
of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to
Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of
Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel
to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his
servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!
And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before
thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people
of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD.
And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight:
and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had
Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her
And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD had given
him rest round about from all his enemies;
That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house
of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.
And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the
LORD is with thee.
And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan,
Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me
an house for me to dwell in?
Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up
the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked
in a tent and in a tabernacle.
In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel
spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed
my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?
Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD
of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to
be ruler over my people, over Israel:
And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine
enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the
name of the great men that are in the earth.
Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them,
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 beforetime,
And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel,
and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth
thee that he will make thee an house.
And when thy days be 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.
He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of
his kingdom for ever.
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 children
But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom
I put away before thee.
And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee:
thy throne shall be established for ever.
According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did
Nathan speak unto David.
Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I,
O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?
And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord GOD; but thou hast
spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come. And is this
the manner of man, O Lord GOD?
And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord GOD, knowest thy
For thy word's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all
these great things, to make thy servant know them.
Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither
is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with
And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel,
whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name,
and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people,
which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?
For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto
thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God.
And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant,
and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said.
And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the
God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established
For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant,
saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in
his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.
And now, O Lord GOD, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou
hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:
Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that
it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord GOD, hast spoken
it: and with thy blessing let 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 Metheg-ammah out of the hand of the Philistines.
And he smote Moab, and measured them with a line, casting them down to
the ground; even with two lines measured he to put to death, and with one
full line to keep alive. And so the Moabites became David's servants, and
David smote also Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went
to recover his border at the river Euphrates.
And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven hundred horsemen,
and twenty thousand footmen: and David houghed all the chariot horses,
but reserved of them for an hundred chariots.
And when the Syrians of Damascus came to succour Hadadezer king of Zobah,
David slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men.
Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus: and the Syrians became servants
to David, and brought gifts. And the LORD preserved David whithersoever
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 brass.
When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had smitten all the host of Hadadezer,
Then Toi sent Joram his son unto 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, and vessels
of gold, and vessels of brass:
Which also king David did dedicate unto the LORD, with the silver and gold
that he had dedicated of all nations which he subdued;
Of Syria, and of Moab, and of the children of Ammon, and of the Philistines,
and of Amalek, and of the spoil of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
And David gat him a name when he returned from smiting of the Syrians in
the valley of salt, being eighteen thousand men.
And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom put he garrisons, and
all they of Edom became David's servants. And the LORD preserved David
whithersoever he went.
And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and justice
unto all his people.
And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat the son
of Ahilud was recorder;
And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, were the
priests; and Seraiah was the scribe;
And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both 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 when
they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba?
And he said, Thy servant is he.
And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may
shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan
hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.
And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold,
he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lo-debar.
Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son
of Ammiel, from Lo-debar.
Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto
David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth.
And he answered, Behold thy servant!
And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely 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 continually.
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 to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said unto him, I have
given unto thy master's son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house.
Thou therefore, 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: but Mephibosheth thy master's son shall eat bread alway at
my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath
commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said
the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king's sons.
And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha. And all that dwelt
in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth.
So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king's
table; and was lame on both his feet.
And it came to pass after this, that the king of the children of Ammon
died, and Hanun his son reigned in his stead.
Then said David, I will shew kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as
his father shewed kindness unto 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.
And the princes of the children of Ammon said unto Hanun their lord, Thinkest
thou that David doth honour thy father, that he hath sent comforters unto
thee? hath not David rather sent his servants unto thee, to search the
city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it?
Wherefore Hanun took David's servants, and shaved off the one half of their
beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks,
and sent them away.
When they told it unto David, he sent to meet them, because the men were
greatly ashamed: and the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards
be grown, and then return.
And when the children of Ammon saw that they stank before David, the children
of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Beth-rehob, and the Syrians of Zoba,
twenty thousand footmen, and of king Maacah a thousand men, and of Ish-tob
twelve thousand men.
And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty
And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array at the
entering in of the gate: and the Syrians of Zoba, and of Rehob, and Ish-tob,
and Maacah, were by themselves in the field.
When Joab saw that the front of the battle was against him before and behind,
he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against
And the rest of the people he delivered into the hand of Abishai his brother,
that he might put them in array against the children of Ammon.
And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, then thou shalt help
me: but if the children of Ammon be too strong for thee, then I will come
and help thee.
Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the
cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth him good.
And Joab drew nigh, and the people that were with him, unto the battle
against the Syrians: and they fled before him.
And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fled, then fled
they also before Abishai, and entered into the city. So Joab returned from
the children of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem.
And when the Syrians saw that they were smitten before Israel, they gathered
And Hadarezer sent, and brought out the Syrians that were beyond the river:
and they came to Helam; and Shobach the captain of the host of Hadarezer
went before them.
And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together, and passed
over Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians set themselves in array
against David, and fought with him.
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.
And when all the kings that 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.
And it came to pass, after the year was 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 besieged Rabbah.
But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
And it came to pass in an eveningtide, 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.
And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this
Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and
he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned
unto her house.
And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.
And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent
Uriah to David.
And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and
how the people did, and how the war prospered.
And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah
departed out of the king's house, and there followed him a mess of meat
from the king.
But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of
his lord, and went not down to his house.
And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house,
David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst
thou not go down unto thine house?
And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents;
and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open
fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie
with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this
And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to day also, and to morrow I will let
thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow.
And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he
made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants
of his lord, but went not down to his house.
And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab,
and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the
hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.
And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah
unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.
And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell
some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died
Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war;
And charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end of telling
the matters of the war unto the king,
And if so be that the king's wrath arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore
approached ye so nigh unto the city when ye did fight? knew ye not that
they would shoot from the wall?
Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast a piece
of a millstone upon him from the wall, that he died in Thebez? why went
ye nigh the wall? then say thou, Thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead
So the messenger went, and came and shewed David all that Joab had sent
And the messenger said unto David, Surely the men prevailed against us,
and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the
entering of the gate.
And the shooters shot from off the wall upon thy servants; and some of
the king's servants be dead, and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead
Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let
not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one as well as another:
make thy battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it: and encourage
And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned
for her husband.
And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house,
and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had
done displeased the LORD.
And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto
him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.
The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:
But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought
and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children;
it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom,
and was unto him as a daughter.
And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of
his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that
was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the
man that was come to him.
And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan,
As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:
And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and
because he had no pity.
And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of
Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the
hand of Saul;
And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom,
and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too
little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.
Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in
his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast
taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the
children of Ammon.
Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou
hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy
Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine
own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto
thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.
For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel,
and before the sun.
And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan
said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies
of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely
And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that
Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.
David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went
in, and lay all night upon the earth.
And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from
the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.
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 spake unto him, and he would not hearken
unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child
But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the
child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead?
And they said, He is dead.
Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and
changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped:
then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before
him, and he did eat.
Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done?
thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the
child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.
And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said,
Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?
But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again?
I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
And David comforted Bath-sheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay
with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD
And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah,
because of the LORD.
And Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and took the royal
And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I have fought against Rabbah,
and have taken the city of waters.
Now therefore gather the rest of the people together, and encamp against
the city, and take it: lest I take the city, and it be called after my
And David gathered all the people together, and went to Rabbah, and fought
against it, and took it.
And he took their king's crown from off his head, the weight whereof 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.
And he brought forth the people that were therein, and put them under saws,
and under harrows of iron, and under axes of iron, and made them pass through
the brickkiln: and thus did he unto all the cities of the children of Ammon.
So David and all the people returned unto Jerusalem.
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.
And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she
was a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for him to do any thing to her.
But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's
brother: and Jonadab was a very subtil man.
And he said unto him, Why art thou, being the king's son, lean from day
to day? wilt thou not tell me? And Amnon said unto him, I love Tamar, my
brother Absalom's sister.
And Jonadab said unto him, Lay thee down on thy bed, and make thyself sick:
and when thy father cometh to see thee, say unto him, I pray thee, let
my sister Tamar come, and give me meat, and dress the meat in my sight,
that I may see it, and eat it at her hand.
So Amnon lay down, and made himself sick: and when the king was come to
see him, Amnon said unto the king, I pray thee, let Tamar my sister come,
and make me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat at her hand.
Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, Go now to thy brother Amnon's house,
and dress him meat.
So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house; and he was laid down. And she
took flour, and kneaded it, and made cakes in his sight, and did bake the
And she took a pan, and poured them out before him; but he refused to eat.
And Amnon said, Have out all men from me. And they went out every man from
And Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring the meat into the chamber, that I may
eat of thine hand. And Tamar took the cakes which she had made, and brought
them into the chamber to Amnon her brother.
And when she had brought them unto him to eat, he took hold of her, and
said unto her, Come lie with me, my sister.
And she answered him, Nay, my brother, do not force me; for no such thing
ought to be done in Israel: do not thou this folly.
And I, whither shall I cause my shame to go? and as for thee, thou shalt
be as one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, I pray thee, speak unto
the king; for he will not withhold me from thee.
Howbeit he would not hearken unto her voice: but, being stronger than she,
forced her, and lay with her.
Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred wherewith he hated
her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her. And Amnon said
unto her, Arise, be gone.
And she said unto him, There is no cause: this evil in sending me away
is greater than the other that thou didst unto me. But he would not hearken
Then he called his servant that ministered unto him, and said, Put now
this woman out from me, and bolt the door after her.
And she had a garment of divers colours upon her: for with such robes were
the king's daughters that were virgins apparelled. Then his servant brought
her out, and bolted the door after her.
And Tamar put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of divers colours
that was on her, and laid her hand on her head, and went on crying.
And Absalom her brother said unto her, Hath Amnon thy brother been with
thee? but hold now thy peace, my sister: he is thy brother; regard not
this thing. So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom's house.
But when king David heard of all these things, he was very wroth.
And Absalom spake unto his brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for Absalom
hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar.
And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom had sheepshearers
in Baal-hazor, which is beside Ephraim: and Absalom invited all the king's
And Absalom came to the king, and said, Behold now, thy servant hath sheepshearers;
let the king, I beseech thee, and his servants go with thy servant.
And the king said to Absalom, Nay, my son, let us not all now go, lest
we be chargeable unto thee. And he pressed him: howbeit he would not go,
but blessed him.
Then said Absalom, If not, I pray thee, let my brother Amnon go with us.
And the king said unto him, Why should he go with thee?
But Absalom pressed him, that he let Amnon and all the king's sons go with
Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark ye now when Amnon's
heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto you, Smite Amnon; then kill
him, fear not: have not I commanded you? be courageous and be valiant.
And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then
all the king's sons arose, and every man gat him up upon his mule, and
And it came to pass, while they were in the way, that tidings came to David,
saying, Absalom hath slain all the king's sons, and there is not one of
Then the king arose, and tare his garments, and lay on the earth; and all
his servants stood by with their clothes rent.
And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother, answered and said, Let
not my lord suppose that they have slain all the young men the king's sons;
for Amnon only is dead: for by the appointment of Absalom this hath been
determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar.
Now therefore let not my lord the king take the thing to his heart, to
think that all the king's sons are dead: for Amnon only is dead.
But Absalom fled. And the young man that kept the watch lifted up his eyes,
and looked, and, behold, there came much people by the way of the hill
side behind him.
And Jonadab said unto the king, Behold, the king's sons come: as thy servant
said, so it is.
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 very sore.
But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai, the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur.
And David mourned for his son every day.
So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three years.
And the soul of king David longed to go forth unto Absalom: for he was
comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.
Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king's heart was toward
And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched thence a wise woman, and said unto
her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, and put on now mourning
apparel, and anoint not thyself with oil, but be as a woman that had a
long time mourned for the dead:
And come to the king, and speak on this manner unto him. So Joab put the
words in her mouth.
And when the woman of Tekoah spake to the king, she fell on her face to
the ground, and did obeisance, and said, Help, O king.
And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, I am indeed
a widow woman, and mine husband is dead.
And thy handmaid had two sons, and they two strove together in the field,
and there was none to part them, but the one smote the other, and slew
And, behold, the whole family is risen against thine handmaid, and they
said, Deliver him that smote his brother, that we may kill him, for the
life of his brother whom he slew; and we will destroy the heir also: and
so they shall quench my coal which is left, and shall not leave to my husband
neither name nor remainder upon the earth.
And the king said unto the woman, Go to thine house, and I will give charge
And the woman of Tekoah said unto the king, My lord, O king, the iniquity
be on me, and on my father's house: and the king and his throne be guiltless.
And the king said, Whosoever saith ought unto thee, bring him to me, and
he shall not touch thee any more.
Then said she, I pray thee, let the king remember the LORD thy God, that
thou wouldest not suffer the revengers of blood to destroy any more, lest
they destroy my son. And he said, As the LORD liveth, there shall not one
hair of thy son fall to the earth.
Then the woman said, Let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak one word unto
my lord the king. And he said, Say on.
And the woman said, Wherefore then hast thou thought such a thing against
the people of God? for the king doth speak this thing as one which is faulty,
in that the king doth not fetch home again his banished.
For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot
be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he
devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.
Now therefore that I am come to speak of this thing unto my lord the king,
it is because the people have made me afraid: and thy handmaid said, I
will now speak unto the king; it may be that the king will perform the
request of his handmaid.
For the king will hear, to deliver his handmaid out of the hand of the
man that would destroy me and my son together out of the inheritance of
Then thine handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable:
for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and bad:
therefore the LORD thy God will be with thee.
Then the king answered and said unto the woman, Hide not from me, I pray
thee, the thing that I shall ask thee. And the woman said, Let my lord
the king now speak.
And the king said, Is not the hand of Joab with thee in all this? And the
woman answered and said, As thy soul liveth, my lord the king, none can
turn to the right hand or to the left from ought that my lord the king
hath spoken: for thy servant Joab, he bade me, and he put all these words
in the mouth of thine handmaid:
To fetch about this form of speech hath thy servant Joab done this thing:
and my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know
all things that are in the earth.
And the king said unto Joab, Behold now, I have done this thing: go therefore,
bring the young man Absalom again.
And Joab fell to the ground on his face, and bowed himself, and thanked
the king: and Joab said, To day thy servant knoweth that I have found grace
in thy sight, my lord, O king, in that the king hath fulfilled the request
of his servant.
So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.
And the king said, Let him turn to his own house, and let him not see my
face. So Absalom returned to his own house, and saw not the king's face.
But in all Israel there was none 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.
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.
And unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter, whose name
was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance.
So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and saw not the king's face.
Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to have sent him to the king; but he would
not come to him: and when he sent again the second time, he would not come.
Therefore he said unto his servants, See, Joab's field is near mine, and
he hath barley there; go and set it on fire. And Absalom's servants set
the field on fire.
Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house, and said unto him,
Wherefore have thy servants set my field on fire?
And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent unto thee, saying, Come hither,
that I may send thee to the king, to say, Wherefore am I come from Geshur?
it had been good for me to have been there still: now therefore let me
see the king's face; and if there be any iniquity in me, let him kill me.
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.
And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and
horses, and fifty men to run before him.
And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it
was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment,
then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what city art thou? And he said,
Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel.
And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there
is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.
Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every
man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him
And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do him obeisance,
he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him.
And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for
judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
And it came to pass after forty years, that Absalom said unto the king,
I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto the LORD,
For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If
the LORD shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will serve the
And the king said unto him, Go in peace. So he arose, and went to Hebron.
But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As
soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall say, Absalom reigneth
And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that were called;
and they went in their simplicity, and they knew not any thing.
And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counseller, from
his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy
was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom.
And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel
are after Absalom.
And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise,
and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed
to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite
the city with the edge of the sword.
And the king's servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants are ready
to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint.
And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And the king
left ten women, which were concubines, to keep the house.
And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and tarried in a
place that was far off.
And all his servants passed on beside him; and all the Cherethites, and
all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men which came after
him from Gath, passed on before the king.
Then said the king to Ittai the Gittite, Wherefore goest thou also with
us? return to thy place, and abide with the king: for thou art a stranger,
and also an exile.
Whereas thou camest but yesterday, should I this day make thee go up and
down with us? seeing I go whither I may, return thou, and take back thy
brethren: mercy and truth be with thee.
And Ittai answered the king, and said, As the LORD liveth, and as my lord
the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether
in death or life, even there also will thy servant be.
And David said to Ittai, Go and pass over. And Ittai the Gittite passed
over, and all his men, and all the little ones that were with him.
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, toward the way of the wilderness.
And lo Zadok also, and all the Levites were with him, bearing the ark of
the covenant of God: and they set down the ark of God; and Abiathar went
up, until all the people had done passing out of the city.
And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city:
if I shall find favour in the eyes of the LORD, he will bring me again,
and shew me both it, and his habitation:
But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee; behold, here am I, let him
do to me as seemeth good unto him.
The king said also unto Zadok the priest, Art not thou a seer? return into
the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz thy son, and Jonathan
the son of Abiathar.
See, I will tarry in the plain of the wilderness, until there come word
from you to certify me.
Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God again to Jerusalem:
and they tarried there.
And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up,
and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and all the people that
was with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they
And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.
And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into
And it came to pass, that when David was come to the top of the mount,
where he worshipped God, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet him with
his coat rent, and earth upon his head:
Unto whom David said, If thou passest on with me, then thou shalt be a
burden unto me:
But if thou return to the city, and say unto Absalom, I will be thy servant,
O king; as I have been thy father's servant hitherto, so will I now also
be thy servant: then mayest thou for me defeat the counsel of Ahithophel.
And hast thou not there with thee Zadok and Abiathar the priests? therefore
it shall be, that what thing soever thou shalt hear out of the king's house,
thou shalt tell it to Zadok and Abiathar the priests.
Behold, they have there with them their two sons, Ahimaaz Zadok's son,
and Jonathan Abiathar's son; and by them ye shall send unto me every thing
that ye can hear.
So Hushai David's friend came into the city, and Absalom came into Jerusalem.
And when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba the
servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and upon
them two hundred loaves of bread, and an hundred bunches of raisins, and
an hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.
And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said,
The asses be for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer
fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as be faint in
the wilderness may drink.
And the king said, And where is thy master's son? And Ziba said unto the
king, Behold, he abideth at Jerusalem: for he said, To day shall the house
of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father.
Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are all that pertained unto Mephibosheth.
And Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee that I may find grace in thy sight,
my lord, O king.
And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the
family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he
came forth, and cursed still as he came.
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
And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man,
and thou man of Belial:
The LORD hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in
whose stead thou hast reigned; and the LORD hath delivered the kingdom
into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief,
because thou art a bloody man.
Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king, Why should this dead
dog curse my lord the king? let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his
And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so let
him curse, because the LORD hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall
then say, Wherefore hast thou done so?
And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which
came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite
do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him.
It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that the LORD
will requite me good for his cursing this day.
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.
And the king, and all the people that were with him, came weary, and refreshed
And Absalom, and all the people the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and
Ahithophel with him.
And it came to pass, when Hushai the Archite, David's friend, was come
unto Absalom, that Hushai said unto Absalom, God save the king, God save
And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this thy kindness to thy friend? why wentest
thou not with thy friend?
And Hushai said unto Absalom, Nay; but whom the LORD, and this people,
and all the men of Israel, choose, his will I be, and with him will I abide.
And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his
son? as I have served in thy father's presence, so will I be in thy presence.
Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do.
And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father's concubines, which
he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that thou art
abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that are with thee
So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went
in unto his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.
And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, was as
if a man had enquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel
both with David and with Absalom.
Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand
men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night:
And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and will make
him afraid: and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will
smite the king only:
And I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest
is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace.
And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.
Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear likewise
what he saith.
And when Hushai was come to Absalom, Absalom spake unto him, saying, Ahithophel
hath spoken after this manner: shall we do after his saying? if not; speak
And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel hath given is
not good at this time.
For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy father and his men, that they be mighty
men, and they be chafed in their minds, as a bear robbed of her whelps
in the field: and thy father is a man of war, and will not lodge with the
Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or in some other place: and it will
come to pass, when some of them be overthrown at the first, that whosoever
heareth it will say, There is a slaughter among the people that follow
And he also that is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, shall
utterly melt: for all Israel knoweth that thy father is a mighty man, and
they which be with him are valiant men.
Therefore I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered unto thee, from
Dan even to Beer-sheba, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude; and
that thou go to battle in thine own person.
So shall we come upon him in some place where he shall be found, and we
will light upon him as the dew falleth on the ground: and of him and of
all the men that are with him there shall not be left so much as one.
Moreover, if he be gotten into a city, then shall all Israel bring ropes
to that city, and we will draw it into the river, until there be not one
small stone found there.
And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite
is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the LORD had appointed to
defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the LORD might
bring evil upon Absalom.
Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus
did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel; and thus and thus
have I counselled.
Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this night
in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king
be swallowed up, and all the people that are with him.
Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by En-rogel; for they might not be seen
to come into the city: and a wench went and told them; and they went and
told king David.
Nevertheless a lad saw them, and told Absalom: but they went both of them
away quickly, and came to a man's house in Bahurim, which had a well in
his court; whither they went down.
And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and spread
ground corn thereon; and the thing was not known.
And when Absalom's servants came to the woman to the house, they said,
Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said unto them, They be gone
over the brook of water. And when they had sought and could not find them,
they returned to Jerusalem.
And it came to pass, after they were departed, that they came up out of
the well, and went and told king David, and said unto David, Arise, and
pass quickly over the water: for thus hath Ahithophel counselled against
Then David arose, and all the people that were with him, and they passed
over Jordan: by the morning light there lacked not one of them that was
not gone over Jordan.
And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his
ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his
household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the
sepulchre of his father.
Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over Jordan, he and all
the men of Israel with him.
And Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of Joab: which Amasa
was a man's son, whose name was Ithra an Israelite, that went in to Abigail
the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah Joab's mother.
So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land of Gilead.
And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son
of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir the son of Ammiel
of Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim,
Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and
flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse,
And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for
the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry,
and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.
And David numbered the people that were with him, and set captains of thousands
and captains of hundreds over them.
And David sent forth a third part of the people under the hand of Joab,
and 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
unto the people, I will surely go forth with you myself also.
But the people answered, Thou shalt 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 thou art worth ten thousand of us: therefore now it is better
that thou succour us out of the city.
And the king said unto them, What seemeth you best I will do. And the king
stood by the gate side, and all the people came out by hundreds and by
And the king commanded Joab and 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.
So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the battle was
in the wood of Ephraim;
Where the people of Israel were slain before the servants of David, and
there was there a great slaughter that day of twenty thousand men.
For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country: and
the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.
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 taken up between the heaven and the earth;
and the mule that was under him went away.
And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom
hanged in an oak.
And Joab said unto the man that told him, And, behold, thou sawest him,
and why didst thou not smite him there to the ground? and I would have
given thee ten shekels of silver, and a girdle.
And the man said unto Joab, Though I should receive a thousand shekels
of silver in mine hand, yet would I not put forth mine hand against the
king's son: for in our hearing the king charged thee and Abishai and Ittai,
saying, Beware that none touch the young man Absalom.
Otherwise I should have wrought falsehood against mine own life: for there
is no matter hid from the king, and thou thyself wouldest have set thyself
Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. 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.
And ten young men that bare Joab's armour compassed about and smote Absalom,
and slew him.
And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from pursuing after
Israel: for Joab held back the people.
And they took Absalom, and cast him into a great pit in the wood, and laid
a very great heap of stones upon him: and all Israel fled every one to
Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar,
which is in the king's dale: 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 unto this day, Absalom's place.
Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings,
how that the LORD hath avenged him of his enemies.
And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt not bear tidings this day, but thou
shalt bear tidings another day: but this day thou shalt bear no tidings,
because the king's son is dead.
Then said Joab to Cushi, Go tell the king what thou hast seen. And Cushi
bowed himself unto Joab, and ran.
Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet again to Joab, But howsoever, let
me, I pray thee, also run after Cushi. And Joab said, Wherefore wilt thou
run, my son, seeing that thou hast no tidings ready?
But howsoever, said he, let me run. And he said unto him, Run. Then Ahimaaz
ran by the way of the plain, and overran Cushi.
And David sat between the two gates: and the watchman went up to the roof
over the gate unto the wall, and lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold
a man running alone.
And the watchman cried, and told the king. And the king said, If he be
alone, there is tidings in his mouth. And he came apace, and drew near.
And the watchman saw another man running: and the watchman called unto
the porter, and said, Behold another man running alone. And the king said,
He also bringeth tidings.
And the watchman said, Me thinketh 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 cometh with good tidings.
And Ahimaaz called, and said unto the king, All is well. And he fell down
to the earth upon his face before the king, and said, Blessed be the LORD
thy God, which hath delivered up the men that lifted up their hand against
my lord the king.
And the king said, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Ahimaaz answered,
When Joab sent the king's servant, and me thy servant, I saw a great tumult,
but I knew not what it was.
And the king said unto him, Turn aside, and stand here. And he turned aside,
and stood still.
And, behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, Tidings, my lord the king: for
the LORD hath avenged thee this day of all them that rose up against thee.
And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Cushi
answered, The enemies of my lord the king, and all that rise against thee
to do thee hurt, be as that young man is.
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! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!
And it was told Joab, Behold, the king weepeth and mourneth for Absalom.
And the victory that day was turned into mourning unto all the people:
for the people heard say that day how the king was grieved for his son.
And the people gat them by stealth that day into the city, as people being
ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.
But the king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, O
my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!
And Joab came into the house to the king, and said, Thou hast shamed this
day the faces of all thy servants, which this day have saved thy life,
and the lives of thy sons and of thy daughters, and the lives of thy wives,
and the lives of thy concubines;
In that thou lovest thine enemies, and hatest thy friends. For thou hast
declared this day, that thou regardest neither princes nor servants: for
this day I perceive, that if Absalom had lived, and all we had died this
day, then it had pleased thee well.
Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak comfortably unto thy servants:
for I swear by the LORD, if thou go not forth, there will not tarry one
with thee this night: and that will be worse unto thee than all the evil
that befell thee from thy youth until now.
Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. And they told unto all the people,
saying, Behold, the king doth sit in the gate. And all the people came
before the king: for Israel had fled every man to his tent.
And all the people were at strife throughout all the tribes of Israel,
saying, The king saved us out of the hand of our enemies, and he delivered
us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now he is fled out of the land
And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore
why speak ye not a word of bringing the king back?
And king David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak
unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why are ye the last to bring the king
back to his house? seeing the speech of all Israel is come to the king,
even to his house.
Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and my flesh: wherefore then are ye
the last to bring back the king?
And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not of my bone, and of my flesh? God do so
to me, and more also, if thou be not captain of the host before me continually
in the room of Joab.
And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as the heart of one
man; so that they sent this word unto the king, Return thou, and all thy
So the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to
go to meet the king, to conduct the king over Jordan.
And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was of Bahurim, hasted and
came down with the men of Judah to meet king David.
And there were a 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 Jordan before the king.
And there went over a ferry boat 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 was come over Jordan;
And said unto the king, Let not my lord impute iniquity unto me, neither
do thou remember that which thy servant did perversely the day that my
lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his
For thy servant doth know that I have sinned: therefore, behold, I am come
the first this day of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my lord
But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not Shimei be put
to death for this, because he cursed the LORD's anointed?
And David said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye
should this day be adversaries unto me? shall there any man be put to death
this day in Israel? for do not I know that I am this day king over Israel?
Therefore the king said unto Shimei, Thou shalt not die. And the king sware
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.
And it came to pass, when he was come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that
the king said unto him, Wherefore wentest not thou with me, Mephibosheth?
And he answered, My lord, O king, my servant deceived me: for thy servant
said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride thereon, and go to the king;
because thy servant is lame.
And he hath slandered thy servant unto my lord the king; but my lord the
king is as an angel of God: do therefore what is good in thine eyes.
For all of my father's house were but dead men before my lord the king:
yet didst thou set thy servant among them that did eat at thine own table.
What right therefore have I yet to cry any more unto the king?
And the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any more of thy matters?
I have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land.
And Mephibosheth said unto the king, Yea, let him take all, forasmuch as
my lord the king is come again in peace unto his own house.
And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim, and went over Jordan
with the king, to conduct him over Jordan.
Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even fourscore years old: and he had
provided the king of sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim; for he was a
very great man.
And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thou over with me, and I will feed
thee with me in Jerusalem.
And Barzillai said unto the king, How long have I to live, that I should
go up with the king unto Jerusalem?
I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern between good and evil?
can thy servant taste what I eat or what I drink? can I hear any more the
voice of singing men and singing women? wherefore then should thy servant
be yet a burden unto my lord the king?
Thy servant will go a little way over Jordan with the king: and why should
the king recompense it me with such a reward?
Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again, that I may die in mine own
city, and be buried by the grave of my father and of my mother. But behold
thy servant Chimham; let him go over with my lord the king; and do to him
what shall seem good unto thee.
And the king answered, Chimham shall go over with me, and I will do to
him that which shall seem good unto thee: and whatsoever thou shalt require
of me, that will I do for thee.
And all the people went over Jordan. And when the king was come over, the
king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and he returned unto his own place.
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.
And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said unto the
king, Why have our brethren the men of Judah stolen thee away, and have
brought the king, and his household, and all David's men with him, over
And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the king is
near of kin to us: wherefore then be ye angry for this matter? have we
eaten at all of the king's cost? or hath he given us any gift?
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 ye: why then
did ye 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.
And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the
son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no
part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man
to his tents, O Israel.
So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the
son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan
even to Jerusalem.
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 ward,
and fed them, but went not in unto them. So they were shut up unto the
day of their death, living in widowhood.
Then said the king to Amasa, Assemble me the men of Judah within three
days, and be thou here present.
So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: but he tarried longer than
the set time which he had appointed him.
And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more
harm than did Absalom: take thou thy lord's servants, and pursue after
him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape us.
And there went out after him Joab's men, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites,
and all the mighty men: and they went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after
Sheba the son of Bichri.
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 unto him, and upon
it a girdle with a sword fastened upon his loins in the sheath thereof;
and as he went forth it fell out.
And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou in health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa
by the beard with the right hand to kiss him.
But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joab's hand: so he smote
him therewith in the fifth rib, and shed out his bowels to the ground,
and struck him not again; and he died. So Joab and Abishai his brother
pursued after Sheba the son of Bichri.
And one of Joab's men stood by him, and said, He that favoureth Joab, and
he that is for David, let him go after Joab.
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 every one that
came by him stood still.
When he was removed out of the highway, all the people went on after Joab,
to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.
And he went through all the tribes of Israel unto Abel, and to Beth-maachah,
and all the Berites: and they were gathered together, and went also after
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
that were with Joab battered the wall, to throw it down.
Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray you, unto
Joab, Come near hither, that I may speak with thee.
And when he was come near unto her, the woman said, Art thou Joab? And
he answered, I am he. Then she said unto him, Hear the words of thine handmaid.
And he answered, I do hear.
Then she spake, saying, They were wont to speak in old time, saying, They
shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter.
I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: thou seekest
to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou swallow up the
inheritance of the LORD?
And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should
swallow up or destroy.
The matter is not so: but a man of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri
by name, hath lifted up his hand against the king, even against David:
deliver him only, and I will depart from the city. And the woman said unto
Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to thee over the wall.
Then the woman went unto 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 unto the king.
Now Joab was over all the host of Israel: and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada
was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites:
And Adoram was over the tribute: and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was
And Sheva was scribe: and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests:
And Ira also the Jairite was a chief ruler about David.
Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year;
and David enquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is for Saul,
and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.
And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto 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 unto them: and Saul sought to slay
them in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah.)
Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and
wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless the inheritance
of the LORD?
And the Gibeonites said unto him, We will have no silver nor gold of Saul,
nor of his house; neither for us shalt thou kill any man in Israel. And
he said, What ye shall say, that will I do for you.
And they answered the king, The man that consumed us, and that devised
against us that we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the coasts
Let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them up
unto the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD did choose. And the king
said, I will give them.
But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul,
because of the LORD's oath that was between them, between David and Jonathan
the son of Saul.
But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she
bare unto 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
And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged
them in the hill before the LORD: 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.
And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon
the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out
of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by
day, nor the beasts of the field by night.
And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of
Saul, had done.
And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his
son from the men of Jabesh-gilead, which had stolen them from the street
of Beth-shan, where the Philistines had hanged them, when the Philistines
had slain Saul in Gilboa:
And he brought up from thence the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan
his son; and they gathered the bones of them that were hanged.
And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the country of
Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they performed
all that the king commanded. And after that God was intreated for the land.
Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went
down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and
David waxed faint.
And Ishbi-benob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose
spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded
with a new sword, thought to have slain David.
But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine,
and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt
go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel.
And it came to pass after this, that there was again a battle with the
Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Saph, which was
of the sons of the giant.
And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan
the son of Jaare-oregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the
Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.
And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that
had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty
in number; and he also was born to the giant.
And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea the brother of David
These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David,
and by the hand of his servants.
And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the
LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the
hand of Saul:
And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn
of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest
me from violence.
I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved
from mine enemies.
When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me
The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;
In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did
hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.
Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and
shook, because he was wroth.
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured:
coals were kindled by it.
He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet.
And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings
of the wind.
And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick
clouds of the skies.
Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.
The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.
And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited
And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were
discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of
He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;
He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for
they were too strong for me.
They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.
He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he
delighted in me.
The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness
of my hands hath he recompensed me.
For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from
For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not
depart from them.
I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity.
Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according
to my cleanness in his eye sight.
With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright
man thou wilt shew thyself upright.
With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt
shew thyself unsavoury.
And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty,
that thou mayest bring them down.
For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.
For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a
buckler to all them that trust in him.
For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?
God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.
He maketh my feet like hinds' feet: and setteth me upon my high places.
He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness
hath made me great.
Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.
I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until
I had consumed them.
And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise:
yea, they are fallen under my feet.
For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up against
me hast thou subdued under me.
Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies, that I might destroy
them that hate me.
They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the LORD, but he answered
Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp them
as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad.
Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou hast
kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve
Strangers shall submit themselves unto me: as soon as they hear, they shall
be obedient unto me.
Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of their close
The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the
rock of my salvation.
It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me,
And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me
up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from
the violent man.
Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and
I will sing praises unto thy name.
He is the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed,
unto David, and to his seed for evermore.
Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and
the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and
the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,
The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.
The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth
over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
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.
Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting
covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation,
and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.
But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because
they cannot be taken with hands:
But the man that 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.
These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that
sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite:
he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.
And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three
mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there
gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away:
He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand
clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and
the people returned after him only to spoil.
And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines
were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of
lentiles: and the people fled from the Philistines.
But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the
Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.
And three of the thirty chief went down, and came to David in the harvest
time unto the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines pitched
in the valley of Rephaim.
And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was
then in Bethlehem.
And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water
of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!
And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and
drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took
it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but
poured it out unto the LORD.
And he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this: is not this
the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he
would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men.
And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief among three.
And he lifted up his spear against three hundred, and slew them, and had
the name among three.
Was he not most honourable of three? therefore he was their captain: howbeit
he attained not unto the first three.
And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel,
who had done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of Moab: he went down
also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow:
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, and plucked the spear out
of the Egyptian's hand, and slew him with his own spear.
These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among three
He was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first
three. And David set him over his guard.
Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo
Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,
Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,
Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,
Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,
Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai out of
Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,
Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,
Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,
Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,
Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite,
Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son
of Ahithophel the Gilonite,
Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,
Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,
Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armourbearer to Joab the son
Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite,
Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.
And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved
David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.
For the king said to Joab the captain of the host, which was with him,
Go now through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, and
number ye the people, that I may know the number of the people.
And Joab said unto the king, Now the LORD thy God add unto the people,
how many soever they be, an hundredfold, and that the eyes of my lord the
king may see it: but why doth my lord the king delight in this thing?
Notwithstanding 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.
And they passed over Jordan, and pitched in Aroer, on the right side of
the city that lieth in the midst of the river of Gad, and toward Jazer:
Then they came to Gilead, and to the land of Tahtim-hodshi; and they came
to Dan-jaan, and about to Zidon,
And came to the strong hold of Tyre, and to all the cities of the Hibites,
and of the Canaanites: and they went out to the south of Judah, even to
So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the
end of nine months and twenty days.
And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the people unto the king: and
there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew the sword;
and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.
And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And
David said unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and
now, I beseech thee, O LORD, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for
I have done very foolishly.
For when David was up in the morning, the word of the LORD came unto the
prophet Gad, David's seer, saying,
Go and say unto David, Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee three things;
choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.
So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven years
of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three months before
thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three days' pestilence
in thy land? now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that
And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the
hand of the LORD; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the
hand of man.
So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the
time appointed: and there died of the people from Dan even to Beer-sheba
seventy thousand men.
And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it,
the LORD repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed
the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD
was by the threshingplace of Araunah the Jebusite.
And David spake unto the LORD when he saw the angel that smote the people,
and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: but these sheep,
what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, be against me, and against
my father's house.
And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar
unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Araunah the Jebusite.
And David, according to the saying of Gad, went up as the LORD commanded.
And Araunah looked, and saw the king and his servants coming on toward
him: and Araunah went out, and bowed himself before the king on his face
upon the ground.
And Araunah said, Wherefore is my lord the king come to his servant? And
David said, To buy the threshingfloor of thee, to build an altar unto the
LORD, that the plague may be stayed from the people.
And Araunah said unto David, Let my lord the king take and offer up what
seemeth good unto him: behold, here be oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing
instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood.
All these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king. And Araunah
said unto the king, The LORD thy God accept thee.
And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at
a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that
which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the
oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings
and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the land, and the plague
was stayed from Israel.