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|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 also.
|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.
|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
|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 my lord.
|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
|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
|And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul
and over Jonathan his son:
|(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 fallen!
|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 triumph.
|Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither
let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the
shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though
he had not been anointed with oil.
|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 than lions.
|Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed
you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon
|How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the
battle! O Jonathan, thou wast 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
|And it came to pass after this, that David inquired
of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And
the LORD said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up?
And he said, Unto Hebron.
|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 Jabeshgilead were they that buried Saul.
|And David sent messengers unto the men of
Jabeshgilead, and said unto them, Blessed be ye of the LORD, that ye
have showed this kindness unto your lord, even unto Saul, and have
|And now the LORD show kindness and truth unto you:
and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this
|Therefore now let your hands be strengthened, and be
ye valiant: for your master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah
have anointed me king over them.
|But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host,
took Ishbosheth 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.
|Ishbosheth 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
Ishbosheth 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 Ishbosheth 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 Helkathhazzurim, 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, I am.
|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 stood still.
|Joab also and Abishai pursued after Abner: and the
sun went down when they were come to the hill of Ammah, that lieth
before Giah by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon.
|And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves
together after Abner, and became one troop, and stood on the top of an
|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 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 in Hebron.
|And it came to pass, while there was war between the
house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong for
the house of Saul.
|And Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the
daughter of Aiah: and Ishbosheth said to Abner, Wherefore hast thou gone
in unto my father's concubine?
|Then was Abner very wroth for the words of
Ishbosheth, and said, Am I a dog's head, which against Judah do show
kindness this day unto the house of Saul thy father, to his brethren,
and to his friends, and have not delivered thee into the hand of David,
that thou chargest me to day with a fault 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
|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
|And David sent messengers to Ishbosheth Saul's son,
saying, Deliver me my wife Michal, which I espoused to me for an hundred
foreskins of the Philistines.
|And Ishbosheth 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
|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
|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 gone?
|Thou knowest Abner the son of Ner, that he came to
deceive thee, and to know thy going out and thy coming in, and to know
all that thou doest.
|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 lacketh bread.
|So Joab and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because
he had slain their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.
|And David said to Joab, and to all the people that
were with him, Rend your clothes, and gird you with sackcloth, and mourn
before Abner. And king 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 him.
|And when all the people came to cause David to eat
meat while it was yet day, David sware, saying, So do God to me, and
more also, if I taste bread, or 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 to Benjamin.
|And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and were
sojourners there until this day.)
|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
Ishbosheth, who lay on a bed at noon.
|And they came thither into the midst of the house,
as though they would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the
fifth rib: and Rechab and 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 Ishbosheth unto David
to Hebron, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth 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
|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 Ishbosheth, and buried it
in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron.
|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
|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 years.
|In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six
months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all
Israel and Judah.
|And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the
Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying,
Except thou take away the 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 David.
|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
|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; Shammuah, 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 inquired 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 Baalperazim, 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
|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 of Rephaim.
|And when David inquired of the LORD, he said, Thou
shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them
over against the mulberry trees.
|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
|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
|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
|And David was displeased, because the LORD had made
a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to
|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
Obededom the Gittite.
|And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of
Obededom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and
all his household.
|And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath
blessed the house of Obededom, 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 Obededom 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
|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
|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 his house.
|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 in honour.
|Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child
unto the day of her death.
|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
|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, saying,
|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 of men:
|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 servant.
|For thy word's sake, and according to thine own
heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know
|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 our ears.
|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 before thee.
|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.