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10:013:003 But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of
Shimeah David's brother: and Jonadab was a very subtil man.

10:013:004 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.

10:013:005 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.

10:013:006 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.

10:013:007 Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, Go now to thy brother
Amnon's house, and dress him meat.

10:013:008 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 cakes.

10:013:009 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 him.

10:013:010 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

10:013:011 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.

10:013:012 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.

10:013:013 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.

10:013:014 Howbeit he would not hearken unto her voice: but, being
stronger than she, forced her, and lay with her.

10:013:015 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.

10:013:016 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 unto her.

10:013:017 Then he called his servant that ministered unto him, and said,
Put now this woman out from me, and bolt the door after her.

10:013:018 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.

10:013:019 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.

10:013:020 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.

10:013:021 But when king David heard of all these things, he was very

10:013:022 And Absalom spake unto his brother Amnon neither good nor bad:
for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister

10:013:023 And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom had
sheepshearers in Baalhazor, which is beside Ephraim: and
Absalom invited all the king's sons.

10:013:024 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.

10:013:025 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.

10:013:026 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

10:013:027 But Absalom pressed him, that he let Amnon and all the king's
sons go with him.

10:013:028 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.

10:013:029 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 fled.

10:013:030 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 them left.

10:013:031 Then the king arose, and tare his garments, and lay on the
earth; and all his servants stood by with their clothes rent.

10:013:032 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.

10:013:033 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.

10:013:034 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.

10:013:035 And Jonadab said unto the king, Behold, the king's sons come:
as thy servant said, so it is.

10:013:036 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.

10:013:037 But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai, the son of Ammihud, king
of Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day.

10:013:038 So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three

10:013:039 And the soul of king David longed to go forth unto Absalom:
for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.

10:014:001 Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king's heart
was toward Absalom.

10:014:002 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:

10:014:003 And come to the king, and speak on this manner unto him. So
Joab put the words in her mouth.

10:014:004 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

10:014:005 And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she
answered, I am indeed a widow woman, and mine husband is dead.

10:014:006 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 him.

10:014:007 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.

10:014:008 And the king said unto the woman, Go to thine house, and I
will give charge concerning thee.

10:014:009 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.

10:014:010 And the king said, Whoever saith ought unto thee, bring him to
me, and he shall not touch thee any more.

10:014:011 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.

10:014:012 Then the woman said, Let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak
one word unto my lord the king. And he said, Say on.

10:014:013 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.

10:014:014 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.

10:014:015 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.

10:014:016 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 God.

10:014:017 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.

10:014:018 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.

10:014:019 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:

10:014:020 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.

10:014:021 And the king said unto Joab, Behold now, I have done this
thing: go therefore, bring the young man Absalom again.

10:014:022 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.

10:014:023 So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to

10:014:024 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.

10:014:025 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.

10:014:026 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.

10:014:027 And unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter,
whose name was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance.

10:014:028 So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and saw not the
king's face.

10:014:029 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.

10:014:030 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.

10:014:031 Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house, and said
unto him, Wherefore have thy servants set my field on fire?

10:014:032 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.

10:014:033 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

10:015:001 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him
chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

10:015:002 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.

10:015:003 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and
right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.

10:015:004 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 justice!

10:015:005 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

10:015:006 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

10:015:007 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, in Hebron.

10:015:008 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 LORD.

10:015:009 And the king said unto him, Go in peace. So he arose, and went
to Hebron.

10:015:010 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 in Hebron.

10:015:011 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.

10:015:012 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's
counsellor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered
sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people
increased continually with Absalom.

10:015:013 And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the
men of Israel are after Absalom.

10:015:014 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.

10:015:015 And the king's servants said unto the king, Behold, thy
servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall

10:015:016 And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And
the king left ten women, which were concubines, to keep the

10:015:017 And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and
tarried in a place that was far off.

10:015:018 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.

10:015:019 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.

10:015:020 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

10:015:021 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.

10:015:022 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.

10:015:023 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

10:015:024 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.

10:015:025 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:

10:015:026 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.

10:015:027 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.

10:015:028 See, I will tarry in the plain of the wilderness, until there
come word from you to certify me.

10:015:029 Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God again to
Jerusalem: and they tarried there.

10:015:030 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 went up.

10:015:031 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 foolishness.

10:015:032 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:

10:015:033 Unto whom David said, If thou passest on with me, then thou
shalt be a burden unto me:

10:015:034 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.

10:015:035 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.

10:015:036 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.

10:015:037 So Hushai David's friend came into the city, and Absalom came
into Jerusalem.

10:016:001 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.

10:016:002 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.

10:016:003 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.

10:016:004 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.

10:016:005 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.

10:016:006 And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king
David: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his
right hand and on his left.

10:016:007 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou
bloody man, and thou man of Belial:

10:016:008 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.

10:016:009 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 head.

10:016:010 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

10:016:011 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.

10:016:012 It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that
the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.

10:016:013 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.

10:016:014 And the king, and all the people that were with him, came
weary, and refreshed themselves there.

10:016:015 And Absalom, and all the people the men of Israel, came to
Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him.

10:016:016 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 the king.

10:016:017 And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this thy kindness to thy
friend? why wentest thou not with thy friend?

10:016:018 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.

10:016:019 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.

10:016:020 Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what
we shall do.

10:016:021 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 be strong.

10:016:022 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.

10:016:023 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

10:017:001 Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out
twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David
this night:

10:017:002 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:

10:017:003 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.

10:017:004 And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of

10:017:005 Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Archite also, and let
us hear likewise what he saith.

10:017:006 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 thou.

10:017:007 And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel hath
given is not good at this time.

10:017:008 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 people.

10:017:009 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 Absalom.

10:017:010 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

10:017:011 Therefore I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered unto
thee, from Dan even to Beersheba, as the sand that is by the
sea for multitude; and that thou go to battle in thine own

10:017:012 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.

10:017:013 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.

10:017:014 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

10:017:015 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.

10:017:016 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.

10:017:017 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by Enrogel; 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.

10:017:018 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

10:017:019 And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's
mouth, and spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not

10:017:020 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

10:017:021 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 you.

10:017:022 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.

10:017:023 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.

10:017:024 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over Jordan,
he and all the men of Israel with him.

10:017:025 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.

10:017:026 So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land of Gilead.

10:017:027 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 Lodebar, and Barzillai the
Gileadite of Rogelim,

10:017:028 Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and
barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles,
and parched pulse,

10:017:029 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

10:018:001 And David numbered the people that were with him, and set
captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds over them.

10:018:002 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.

10:018:003 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.

10:018:004 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 thousands.

10:018:005 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.

10:018:006 So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the
battle was in the wood of Ephraim;

10:018:007 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.

10:018:008 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.

10:018:009 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.

10:018:010 And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I
saw Absalom hanged in an oak.

10:018:011 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.

10:018:012 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.

10:018:013 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 against me.

10:018:014 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.

10:018:015 And ten young men that bare Joab's armour compassed about and
smote Absalom, and slew him.

10:018:016 And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from
pursuing after Israel: for Joab held back the people.

10:018:017 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 his tent.

10:018:018 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.

10:018:019 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

10:018:020 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.

10:018:021 Then said Joab to Cushi, Go tell the king what thou hast seen.
And Cushi bowed himself unto Joab, and ran.

10:018:022 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?

10:018:023 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.

10:018:024 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.

10:018:025 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.

10:018:026 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.

10:018:027 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.

10:018:028 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.

10:018:029 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.

10:018:030 And the king said unto him, Turn aside, and stand here. And he
turned aside, and stood still.

10:018:031 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.

10:018:032 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

10:018:033 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!

10:019:001 And it was told Joab, Behold, the king weepeth and mourneth
for Absalom.

10:019:002 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.

10:019:003 And the people gat them by stealth that day into the city, as
people being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.

10:019:004 But the king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud
voice, O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!

10:019:005 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

10:019:006 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.

10:019:007 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.

10:019:008 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.

10:019:009 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 for Absalom.

10:019:010 And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now
therefore why speak ye not a word of bringing the king back?

10:019:011 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.

10:019:012 Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and my flesh: wherefore
then are ye the last to bring back the king?

10:019:013 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.

10:019:014 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 servants.

10:019:015 So the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah came to
Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over

10:019:016 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.

10:019:017 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

10:019:018 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;

10:019:019 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 heart.

10:019:020 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 the king.

10:019:021 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not
Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the LORD's

10:019:022 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?

10:019:023 Therefore the king said unto Shimei, Thou shalt not die. And
the king sware unto him.

10:019:024 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.

10:019:025 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?

10:019:026 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.

10:019:027 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.

10:019:028 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?

10:019:029 And the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any more of thy
matters? I have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land.

10:019:030 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.

10:019:031 And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim, and went
over Jordan with the king, to conduct him over Jordan.

10:019:032 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.

10:019:033 And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thou over with me, and
I will feed thee with me in Jerusalem.

10:019:034 And Barzillai said unto the king, How long have I to live,
that I should go up with the king unto Jerusalem?

10:019:035 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?

10:019:036 Thy servant will go a little way over Jordan with the king:
and why should the king recompense it me with such a reward?

10:019:037 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

10:019:038 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.

10:019:039 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.

10:019:040 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.

10:019:041 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 Jordan?

10:019:042 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?

10:019:043 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.

10:020:001 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

10:020:002 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.

10:020:003 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.

10:020:004 Then said the king to Amasa, Assemble me the men of Judah
within three days, and be thou here present.

10:020:005 So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: but he tarried
longer than the set time which he had appointed him.

10:020:006 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.

10:020:007 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.

10:020:008 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.

10:020:009 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.

10:020:010 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

10:020:011 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

10:020:012 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.

10:020:013 When he was removed out of the highway, all the people went on
after Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.

10:020:014 And he went through all the tribes of Israel unto Abel, and to
Bethmaachah, and all the Berites: and they were gathered
together, and went also after him.

10:020:015 And they came and besieged him in Abel of Bethmaachah, 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.

10:020:016 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

10:020:017 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.

10:020:018 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.

10:020:019 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?

10:020:020 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that
I should swallow up or destroy.

10:020:021 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.

10:020:022 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.

10:020:023 Now Joab was over all the host of Israel: and Benaiah the son
of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites:

10:020:024 And Adoram was over the tribute: and Jehoshaphat the son of
Ahilud was recorder:

10:020:025 And Sheva was scribe: and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests:

10:020:026 And Ira also the Jairite was a chief ruler about David.

10:021:001 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.

10:021:002 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.)

10:021:003 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?

10:021:004 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.

10:021:005 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 of Israel,

10:021:006 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.

10:021:007 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.

10:021:008 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 Meholathite:

10:021:009 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

10:021:010 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.

10:021:011 And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the
concubine of Saul, had done.

10:021:012 And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of
Jonathan his son from the men of Jabeshgilead, which had
stolen them from the street of Bethshan, where the Philistines
had hanged them, when the Philistines had slain Saul in

10:021:013 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.

10:021:014 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.

10:021:015 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.

10:021:016 And Ishbibenob, 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.

10:021:017 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.

10:021:018 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.

10:021:019 And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines,
where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the
brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was
like a weaver's beam.

10:021:020 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.

10:021:021 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the
brother of David slew him.

10:021:022 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the
hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.

10:022:001 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:

10:022:002 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my

10:022:003 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.

10:022:004 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall
I be saved from mine enemies.

10:022:005 When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly
men made me afraid;

10:022:006 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death
prevented me;

10:022:007 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.

10:022:008 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven
moved and shook, because he was wroth.

10:022:009 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his
mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

10:022:010 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was
under his feet.

10:022:011 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon
the wings of the wind.

10:022:012 And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters,
and thick clouds of the skies.

10:022:013 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.

10:022:014 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his

10:022:015 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and
discomfited them.

10:022:016 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 his nostrils.

10:022:017 He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;

10:022:018 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated
me: for they were too strong for me.

10:022:019 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was
my stay.

10:022:020 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me,
because he delighted in me.

10:022:021 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according
to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

10:022:022 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly
departed from my God.

10:022:023 For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes,
I did not depart from them.

10:022:024 I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine

10:022:025 Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my
righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight.

10:022:026 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with
the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.

10:022:027 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the
froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.

10:022:028 And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are
upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.

10:022:029 For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my

10:022:030 For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I
leaped over a wall.

10:022:031 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.

10:022:032 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our

10:022:033 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.

10:022:034 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet: and setteth me upon my
high places.

10:022:035 He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken
by mine arms.

10:022:036 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy
gentleness hath made me great.

10:022:037 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not

10:022:038 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned
not again until I had consumed them.

10:022:039 And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could
not arise: yea, they are fallen under my feet.

10:022:040 For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that
rose up against me hast thou subdued under me.

10:022:041 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies, that I
might destroy them that hate me.

10:022:042 They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the LORD,
but he answered them not.

10:022:043 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

10:022:044 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 me.

10:022:045 Strangers shall submit themselves unto me: as soon as they
hear, they shall be obedient unto me.

10:022:046 Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of
their close places.

10:022:047 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the
God of the rock of my salvation.

10:022:048 It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people
under me.

10:022:049 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.

10:022:050 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the
heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.

10:022:051 He is the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy
to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.

10:023:001 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,

10:023:002 The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my

10:023:003 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.

10:023:004 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.

10:023:005 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.

10:023:006 But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust
away, because they cannot be taken with hands:

10:023:007 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.

10:023:008 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.

10:023:009 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:

10:023:010 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.

10:023:011 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.

10:023:012 But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and
slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.

10:023:013 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.

10:023:014 And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the
Philistines was then in Bethlehem.

10:023:015 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!

10:023:016 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.

10:023:017 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.

10:023:018 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.

10:023:019 Was he not most honourable of three? therefore he was their
captain: howbeit he attained not unto the first three.

10:023:020 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:

10:023:021 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.

10:023:022 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name
among three mighty men.

10:023:023 He was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to
the first three. And David set him over his guard.

10:023:024 Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the
son of Dodo of Bethlehem,

10:023:025 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,

10:023:026 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,

10:023:027 Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,

10:023:028 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,

10:023:029 Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of
Ribai out of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,

10:023:030 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,

10:023:031 Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,

10:023:032 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,

10:023:033 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite,

10:023:034 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite,
Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,

10:023:035 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,

10:023:036 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,

10:023:037 Zelek the Ammonite, Nahari the Beerothite, armourbearer to
Joab the son of Zeruiah,

10:023:038 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite,

10:023:039 Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.

10:024:001 And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel,
and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and

10:024:002 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 Beersheba, and number ye the people, that I may know
the number of the people.

10:024:003 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?

10:024:004 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.

10:024:005 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:

10:024:006 Then they came to Gilead, and to the land of Tahtimhodshi; and
they came to Danjaan, and about to Zidon,

10:024:007 And came to the strong hold of Tyre, and to all the cities of
the Hivites, and of the Canaanites: and they went out to the
south of Judah, even to Beersheba.

10:024:008 So when they had gone through all the land, they came to
Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.

10:024:009 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.

10:024:010 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.

10:024:011 For when David was up in the morning, the word of the LORD
came unto the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying,

10:024:012 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.

10:024:013 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 sent

10:024:014 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.

10:024:015 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 Beersheba seventy thousand men.

10:024:016 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.

10:024:017 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

10:024:018 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

10:024:019 And David, according to the saying of Gad, went up as the LORD

10:024:020 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.

10:024:021 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.

10:024:022 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.

10:024:023 All these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king.
And Araunah said unto the king, The LORD thy God accept thee.

10:024:024 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

10:024:025 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.

Book 11 1 Kings

11:001:001 Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered
him with clothes, but he gat no heat.

11:001:002 Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for
my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the
king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom,
that my lord the king may get heat.

11:001:003 So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of
Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the

11:001:004 And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and
ministered to him: but the king knew her not.

11:001:005 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I
will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and
fifty men to run before him.

11:001:006 And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying,
Why hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; and
his mother bare him after Absalom.

11:001:007 And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with
Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him.

11:001:008 But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and
Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men
which belonged to David, were not with Adonijah.

11:001:009 And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the stone
of Zoheleth, which is by Enrogel, and called all his brethren
the king's sons, and all the men of Judah the king's servants:

11:001:010 But Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and
Solomon his brother, he called not.

11:001:011 Wherefore Nathan spake unto Bathsheba the mother of Solomon,
saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith
doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it not?

11:001:012 Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel,
that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son

11:001:013 Go and get thee in unto king David, and say unto him, Didst
not thou, my lord, O king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying,
Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall
sit upon my throne? why then doth Adonijah reign?

11:001:014 Behold, while thou yet talkest there with the king, I also
will come in after thee, and confirm thy words.

11:001:015 And Bathsheba went in unto the king into the chamber: and the
king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto
the king.

11:001:016 And Bathsheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the
king said, What wouldest thou?

11:001:017 And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by the LORD thy
God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son
shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne.

11:001:018 And now, behold, Adonijah reigneth; and now, my lord the king,
thou knowest it not:

11:001:019 And he hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance,
and hath called all the sons of the king, and Abiathar the
priest, and Joab the captain of the host: but Solomon thy
servant hath he not called.

11:001:020 And thou, my lord, O king, the eyes of all Israel are upon
thee, that thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on the
throne of my lord the king after him.

11:001:021 Otherwise it shall come to pass, when my lord the king shall
sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be
counted offenders.

11:001:022 And, lo, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the
prophet also came in.

11:001:023 And they told the king, saying, Behold Nathan the prophet. And
when he was come in before the king, he bowed himself before
the king with his face to the ground.

11:001:024 And Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Adonijah
shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne?

11:001:025 For he is gone down this day, and hath slain oxen and fat
cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king's
sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest;
and, behold, they eat and drink before him, and say, God save
king Adonijah.

11:001:026 But me, even me thy servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah
the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath he not

11:001:027 Is this thing done by my lord the king, and thou hast not
shewed it unto thy servant, who should sit on the throne of my
lord the king after him?

11:001:028 Then king David answered and said, Call me Bathsheba. And she
came into the king's presence, and stood before the king.

11:001:029 And the king sware, and said, As the LORD liveth, that hath
redeemed my soul out of all distress,

11:001:030 Even as I sware unto thee by the LORD God of Israel, saying,
Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall
sit upon my throne in my stead; even so will I certainly do
this day.

11:001:031 Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth, and did
reverence to the king, and said, Let my lord king David live
for ever.

11:001:032 And king David said, Call me Zadok the priest, and Nathan the
prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came before
the king.

11:001:033 The king also said unto them, Take with you the servants of
your lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride upon mine own
mule, and bring him down to Gihon:

11:001:034 And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him
there king over Israel: and blow ye with the trumpet, and say,
God save king Solomon.

11:001:035 Then ye shall come up after him, that he may come and sit upon
my throne; for he shall be king in my stead: and I have
appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah.

11:001:036 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king, and said,
Amen: the LORD God of my lord the king say so too.

11:001:037 As the LORD hath been with my lord the king, even so be he
with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of
my lord king David.

11:001:038 So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the
son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, went
down, and caused Solomon to ride upon king David's mule, and
brought him to Gihon.

11:001:039 And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the
tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet;
and all the people said, God save king Solomon.

11:001:040 And all the people came up after him, and the people piped
with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth
rent with the sound of them.

11:001:041 And Adonijah and all the guests that were with him heard it as
they had made an end of eating. And when Joab heard the sound
of the trumpet, he said, Wherefore is this noise of the city
being in an uproar?

11:001:042 And while he yet spake, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar
the priest came; and Adonijah said unto him, Come in; for thou
art a valiant man, and bringest good tidings.

11:001:043 And Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, Verily our lord
king David hath made Solomon king.

11:001:044 And the king hath sent with him Zadok the priest, and Nathan
the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the
Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and they have caused him to
ride upon the king's mule:

11:001:045 And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him
king in Gihon: and they are come up from thence rejoicing, so
that the city rang again. This is the noise that ye have

11:001:046 And also Solomon sitteth on the throne of the kingdom.

11:001:047 And moreover the king's servants came to bless our lord king
David, saying, God make the name of Solomon better than thy
name, and make his throne greater than thy throne. And the
king bowed himself upon the bed.

11:001:048 And also thus said the king, Blessed be the LORD God of
Israel, which hath given one to sit on my throne this day,
mine eyes even seeing it.

11:001:049 And all the guests that were with Adonijah were afraid, and
rose up, and went every man his way.

11:001:050 And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went,
and caught hold on the horns of the altar.

11:001:051 And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold, Adonijah feareth king
Solomon: for, lo, he hath caught hold on the horns of the
altar, saying, Let king Solomon swear unto me today that he
will not slay his servant with the sword.

11:001:052 And Solomon said, If he will shew himself a worthy man, there
shall not an hair of him fall to the earth: but if wickedness
shall be found in him, he shall die.

11:001:053 So king Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the
altar. And he came and bowed himself to king Solomon: and
Solomon said unto him, Go to thine house.

11:002:001 Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he
charged Solomon his son, saying,

11:002:002 I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and
shew thyself a man;

11:002:003 And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways,
to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments,
and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses,
that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and
whithersoever thou turnest thyself:

11:002:004 That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning
me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk
before me in truth with all their heart and with all their
soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne
of Israel.

11:002:005 Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to
me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of
Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of
Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and
put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins,
and in his shoes that were on his feet.

11:002:006 Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar
head go down to the grave in peace.

11:002:007 But shew kindness unto the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite,
and let them be of those that eat at thy table: for so they
came to me when I fled because of Absalom thy brother.

11:002:008 And, behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a
Benjamite of Bahurim, which cursed me with a grievous curse in
the day when I went to Mahanaim: but he came down to meet me
at Jordan, and I sware to him by the LORD, saying, I will not
put thee to death with the sword.

11:002:009 Now therefore hold him not guiltless: for thou art a wise man,
and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar
head bring thou down to the grave with blood.

11:002:010 So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of

11:002:011 And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years:
seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years
reigned he in Jerusalem.

11:002:012 Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father; and his
kingdom was established greatly.

11:002:013 And Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother
of Solomon. And she said, Comest thou peaceably? And he said,

11:002:014 He said moreover, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And she
said, Say on.

11:002:015 And he said, Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and that
all Israel set their faces on me, that I should reign: howbeit
the kingdom is turned about, and is become my brother's: for
it was his from the LORD.

11:002:016 And now I ask one petition of thee, deny me not. And she said
unto him, Say on.

11:002:017 And he said, Speak, I pray thee, unto Solomon the king, (for
he will not say thee nay,) that he give me Abishag the
Shunammite to wife.

11:002:018 And Bathsheba said, Well; I will speak for thee unto the king.

11:002:019 Bathsheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him
for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed
himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a
seat to be set for the king's mother; and she sat on his right

11:002:020 Then she said, I desire one small petition of thee; I pray
thee, say me not nay. And the king said unto her, Ask on, my
mother: for I will not say thee nay.

11:002:021 And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah
thy brother to wife.

11:002:022 And king Solomon answered and said unto his mother, And why
dost thou ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? ask for him
the kingdom also; for he is mine elder brother; even for him,
and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah.

11:002:023 Then king Solomon sware by the LORD, saying, God do so to me,
and more also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against
his own life.

11:002:024 Now therefore, as the LORD liveth, which hath established me,
and set me on the throne of David my father, and who hath made
me an house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be put to death
this day.

11:002:025 And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of
Jehoiada; and he fell upon him that he died.

11:002:026 And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get thee to
Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death:
but I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou
barest the ark of the LORD God before David my father, and
because thou hast been afflicted in all wherein my father was

11:002:027 So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto the
LORD; that he might fulfil the word of the LORD, which he
spake concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.

11:002:028 Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after Adonijah,
though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled unto the
tabernacle of the LORD, and caught hold on the horns of the

11:002:029 And it was told king Solomon that Joab was fled unto the
tabernacle of the LORD; and, behold, he is by the altar. Then
Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall
upon him.

11:002:030 And Benaiah came to the tabernacle of the LORD, and said unto
him, Thus saith the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay; but I
will die here. And Benaiah brought the king word again,
saying, Thus said Joab, and thus he answered me.

11:002:031 And the king said unto him, Do as he hath said, and fall upon
him, and bury him; that thou mayest take away the innocent
blood, which Joab shed, from me, and from the house of my

11:002:032 And the LORD shall return his blood upon his own head, who
fell upon two men more righteous and better than he, and slew
them with the sword, my father David not knowing thereof, to
wit, Abner the son of Ner, captain of the host of Israel, and
Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the host of Judah.

11:002:033 Their blood shall therefore return upon the head of Joab, and
upon the head of his seed for ever: but upon David, and upon
his seed, and upon his house, and upon his throne, shall there
be peace for ever from the LORD.

11:002:034 So Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up, and fell upon him, and
slew him: and he was buried in his own house in the

11:002:035 And the king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his room over
the host: and Zadok the priest did the king put in the room of

11:002:036 And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him,
Build thee an house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and go not
forth thence any whither.

11:002:037 For it shall be, that on the day thou goest out, and passest
over the brook Kidron, thou shalt know for certain that thou
shalt surely die: thy blood shall be upon thine own head.

11:002:038 And Shimei said unto the king, The saying is good: as my lord
the king hath said, so will thy servant do. And Shimei dwelt
in Jerusalem many days.

11:002:039 And it came to pass at the end of three years, that two of the
servants of Shimei ran away unto Achish son of Maachah king of
Gath. And they told Shimei, saying, Behold, thy servants be in

11:002:040 And Shimei arose, and saddled his ass, and went to Gath to
Achish to seek his servants: and Shimei went, and brought his
servants from Gath.

11:002:041 And it was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to
Gath, and was come again.

11:002:042 And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him,
Did I not make thee to swear by the LORD, and protested unto
thee, saying, Know for a certain, on the day thou goest out,
and walkest abroad any whither, that thou shalt surely die?
and thou saidst unto me, The word that I have heard is good.

11:002:043 Why then hast thou not kept the oath of the LORD, and the
commandment that I have charged thee with?

11:002:044 The king said moreover to Shimei, Thou knowest all the
wickedness which thine heart is privy to, that thou didst to
David my father: therefore the LORD shall return thy
wickedness upon thine own head;

11:002:045 And king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David
shall be established before the LORD for ever.

11:002:046 So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; which went
out, and fell upon him, that he died. And the kingdom was
established in the hand of Solomon.

11:003:001 And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took
Pharaoh's daughter, and brought her into the city of David,
until he had made an end of building his own house, and the
house of the LORD, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.

11:003:002 Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was
no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those days.

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