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since the day that thou camest to me unto this day: but thou pleasest
not the lords.
29:7. Return therefore, and go in peace, and offend not the eyes of the
princes of the Philistines.
29:8. And David said to Achis: But what have I done, or what hast thou
found in me thy servant, from the day that I have been in thy sight
until this day, that I may not go and fight against the enemies of my
lord the king?
29:9. And Achis answering, said to David: I know that thou art good in
my sight, as an angel of God: But the princes of the Philistines have
said: He shall not go up with us to the battle.
29:10. Therefore arise in the morning, thou, and the servants of thy
lord, who came with thee: and when you are up before day, and it shall
begin to be light, go on your way.
29:11. So David and his men arose in the night, that they might set
forward in the morning, and returned to the land of the Philistines:
and the Philistines went up to Jezrahel.
1 Kings Chapter 30
The Amalecites burn Siceleg, and carry off the prey: David pursueth
after them, and recovereth all out of their hands.
30:1. Now when David and his men were come to Siceleg on the third day,
the Amalecites had made an invasion on the south side upon Siceleg, and
had smitten Siceleg, and burnt it with fire,
30:2. And had taken the women captives that were in it, both little and
great: and they had not killed any person, but had carried them with
them, and went on their way.
30:3. So when David and his men came to the city, and found it burnt
with fire, and that their wives, and their sons, and their daughters,
were taken captives,
30:4. David and the people that were with him, lifted up their voices,
and wept till they had no more tears.
30:5. For the two wives also of David were taken captives, Achinoam,
the Jezrahelitess, and Abigail, the wife of Nabal of Carmel.
30:6. And David was greatly afflicted: for the people had a mind to
stone him, for the soul of every man was bitterly grieved for his sons
and daughters: but David took courage in the Lord his God.
30:7. And he said to Abiathar, the priest, the son of Achimelech: Bring
me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought the ephod to David.
30:8. And David consulted the Lord, saying: Shall I pursue after these
robbers, and shall I overtake them, or not? And the Lord said to him:
Pursue after them: for thou shalt surely overtake them and recover the
30:9. So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and
they came to the torrent Besor: and some, being weary, stayed there.
30:10. But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred
stayed, who, being weary, could not go over the torrent Besor.
30:11. And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to
David: and they gave him bread to eat, and water to drink,
30:12. As also a piece of a cake of figs, and two bunches of raisins.
And when he had eaten them, his spirit returned, and he was refreshed:
for he had not eaten bread, nor drunk water, three days and three
30:13. And David said to him: To whom dost thou belong; or whence dost
thou come? and whither art thou going? He said: I am a young man of
Egypt, the servant of an Amalecite: and my master left me, because I
began to be sick three days ago.
30:14. For we made an invasion on the south side of Cerethi, and upon
Juda, and upon the south of Caleb, and we burnt Siceleg with fire.
30:15. And David said to him: Canst thou bring me to this company? and
he said: Swear to me by God, that thou wilt not kill me, nor deliver me
into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee to this company. And
David swore to him.
30:16. And when he had brought him, behold they were lying spread
abroad upon all the ground, eating and drinking, and as it were keeping
a festival day, for all the prey and the spoils which they had taken
out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Juda.
30:17. And David slew them from the evening unto the evening of the
next day, and there escaped not a man of them, but four hundred young
men, who had gotten upon camels, and fled.
30:18. So David recovered all that the Amalecites had taken, and he
rescued his two wives.
30:19. And there was nothing missing small or great, neither of their
sons or their daughters, nor of the spoils, and whatsoever they had
taken, David recovered all.
30:20. And he took all the flocks and the herds, and made them go
before him: and they said: This is the prey of David.
30:21. And David came to the two hundred men, who, being weary, had
stayed, and were not able to follow David, and he had ordered them to
abide at the torrent Besor: and they came out to meet David, and the
people that were with him. And David coming to the people, saluted them
30:22. Then all the wicked and unjust men, that had gone with David,
answering, said: Because they came not with us, we will not give them
any thing of the prey which we have recovered: but let every man take
his wife, and his children, and be contented with them, and go his way.
30:23. But David said: You shall not do so, my brethren, with these
things, which the Lord hath given us, who hath kept us, and hath
delivered the robbers that invaded us into our hands:
30:24. And no man shall hearken to you in this matter. But equal shall
be the portion of him that went down to battle, and of him that abode
at the baggage, and they shall divide alike.
30:25. And this hath been done from that day forward, and since was
made a statute and an ordinance, and as a law in Israel.
30:26. Then David came to Siceleg, and sent presents of the prey to the
ancients of Juda, his neighbours, saying: Receive a blessing of the
prey of the enemies of the Lord.
30:27. To them that were in Bethel, and that were in Ramoth to the
south, and to them that were in Jether.
30:28. And to them that were in Aroer, and that were in Sephamoth, and
that were in Esthamo,
30:29. And that were in Rachal, and that were in the cities of
Jerameel, and that were in the cities of Ceni,
30:30. And that were in Arama, and that were in the lake Asan, and that
were in Athach,
30:31. And that were in Hebron, and to the rest that were in those
places, in which David had abode with his men.
1 Kings Chapter 31
Israel is defeated by the Philistines: Saul and his sons are slain.
31:1. And the Philistines fought against Israel, and the men of Israel
fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gelboe.
31:2. And the Philistines fell upon Saul, and upon his sons, and they
slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Melchisua, the sons of Saul.
31:3. And the whole weight of the battle was turned upon Saul: and the
archers overtook him, and he was grievously wounded by the archers.
31:4. Then Saul said to his armourbearer: Draw thy sword, and kill me:
lest these uncircumcised come, and slay me, and mock at me. And his
armourbearer would not: for he was struck with exceeding great fear.
Then Saul took his sword, and fell upon it.
31:5. And when his armourbearer saw this, to wit, that Saul was dead,
he also fell upon his sword and died with him.
31:6. So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all
his men that same day together.
31:7. And the men of Israel, that were beyond the valley, and beyond
the Jordan, seeing that the Israelites were fled, and that Saul was
dead, and his sons, forsook their cities, and fled: and the Philistines
came and dwelt there.
31:8. And on the morrow the Philistines came to strip the slain, and
they found Saul and his three sons lying in mount Gelboe.
31:9. And they cut off Saul's head, and stripped him of his armour, and
sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to publish it in the
temples of their idols and among their people.
31:10. And they put his armour in the temple of Astaroth, but his body
they hung on the wall of Bethsan.
31:11. Now when the inhabitants of Jabes Galaad had heard all that the
Philistines had done to Saul,
31:12. All the most valiant men arose, and walked all the night, and
took the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, from the wall of
Bethsan: and they came to Jabes Galaad, and burnt them there.
31:13. And they took their bones, and buried them in the wood of Jabes:
and fasted seven days.
THE SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL, OTHERWISE CALLED THE SECOND BOOK OF KINGS
This Book relates the transactions from the death of Saul until the end
of David's reign, being a history for the space of about forty-six
2 Kings Chapter 1
David mourneth for the death of Saul and Jonathan: he ordereth the man
to be slain who pretended he had killed Saul.
1:1. Now it came to pass, after Saul was dead, that David returned from
the slaughter of the Amalecites, and abode two days in Siceleg.
1:2. And on the third day, there appeared a man who came out of Saul's
camp, with his garments rent, and dust strewed on his head: and when he
came to David, he fell upon his face, and adored.
1:3. And David said to him: From whence comest thou? And he said to
him: I am fled out of the camp of Israel.
1:4. And David said unto him: What is the matter that is come to pass?
tell me: He said: The people are fled from the battle, and many of the
people are fallen and dead: moreover Saul and Jonathan his son are
1:5. And David said to the young man that told him: How knowest thou
that Saul and Jonathan his son, are dead?
1:6. And the young man that told him, said: I came by chance upon mount
Gelboe, and Saul leaned upon his spear: and the chariots and horsemen
drew nigh unto him,
1:7. And looking behind him, and seeing me, he called me. And I
answered, Here am I.
1:8. And he said to me: Who art thou? And I said to him: I am an
1:9. And he said to me: Stand over me, and kill me: for anguish is come
upon me, and as yet my whole life is in me.
1:10. So standing over him, I killed him: for I knew that he could not
live after the fall: and I took the diadem that was on his head, and
the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither to thee,
I killed him. . .This story of the young Amalecite was not true, as may
easily be proved by comparing it with the last chapter of the foregoing
1:11. Then David took hold of his garments and rent them, and likewise
all the men that were with him.
1:12. And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until evening 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.
1:13. And David said to the young man that told him: Whence art thou?
He answered: I am the son of a stranger of Amalec.
1:14. David said to him: Why didst thou not fear to put out thy hand to
kill the Lord's anointed?
1:15. And David calling one of his servants, said: Go near and fall
upon him. And he struck him so that he died.
1:16. And David said to him: Thy blood be upon thy own head: for thy
own mouth hath spoken against thee, saying: I have slain the Lord's
1:17. And David made this kind of lamentation over Saul, and over
Jonathan his son.
1:18. (Also he commanded that they should teach the children of Juda
the use of the bow, as it is written in the book of the just.) And he
said: Consider, O Israel, for them that are dead, wounded on thy high
1:19. The illustrious of Israel are slain upon thy mountains: how are
the valiant fallen?
1:20. Tell it not in Geth, publish it not in the streets of Ascalon:
lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of
the uncircumcised triumph.
1:21. Ye mountains of Gelboe, let neither dew, nor rain come upon you,
neither be they fields of firstfruits: for there was cast away the
shield of the valiant, the shield of Saul as though he had not been
anointed with oil.
1:22. From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the valiant, the
arrow of Jonathan never turned back, and the sword of Saul did not
1:23. Saul and Jonathan, lovely, and comely in their life, even in
death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, stronger
1:24. Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you with
scarlet in delights, who gave ornaments of gold for your attire.
1:25. How are the valiant fallen in battle? Jonathan slain in the high
1:26. I grieve for thee, my brother Jonathan: exceeding beautiful, and
amiable to me above the love of women. As the mother loveth her only
son, so did I love thee.
1:27. How are the valiant fallen, and the weapons of war perished?
2 Kings Chapter 2
David is received and anointed king of Juda. Isboseth the son of Saul
reigneth over the rest of Israel. A battle between Abner and Joab.
2:1. And after these things David consulted the Lord, saying: Shall I
go up into one of the cities of Juda? And the Lord said to him: Go up.
And David said: Whither shall I go up? And he answered him: Into
2:2. So David went up, and his two wives Achinoam the Jezrahelitess,
and Abigail the wife of Nabal of Carmel:
2:3. And the men also that were with him, David brought up every man
with his household: and they abode in the towns of Hebron.
2:4. And the men of Juda came, and anointed David there, to be king
over the house of Juda. And it was told David that the men of Jabes
Galaad had buried Saul.
2:5. David therefore sent messengers to the men of Jabes Galaad, and
said to them: Blessed be you to the Lord, who have shewn this mercy to
your master Saul, and have buried him.
2:6. And now the Lord surely will render you mercy and truth, and I
also will requite you for this good turn, because you have done this
2:7. Let your hands be strengthened, and be ye men of valour: for
although your master Saul be dead, yet the house of Juda hath anointed
me to be their king.
2:8. But Abner the son of Ner, general of Saul's army, took Isboseth
the son of Saul, and led him about through the camp,
2:9. And made him king over Galaad, and over Gessuri, and over
Jezrahel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.
2:10. Isboseth the son of Saul was forty years old when he began to
reign over Israel, and he reigned two years; and only the house of Juda
He reigned two years. . .Viz., before he began visibly to decline: but
in all he reigned seven years and six months; for so long David reigned
2:11. And the number of the days that David abode, reigning in Hebron
over the house of Juda, was seven years and six months.
2:12. And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Isboseth the son of
Saul, went out from the camp to Gabaon.
2:13. And Joab the son of Sarvia, and the servants of David went out,
and met them by the pool of Gabaon. And when they were come together,
they sat down over against one another: the one on the one side of the
pool, and the other on the other side.
2:14. And Abner said to Joab: Let the young men rise, and play before
us. And Joab answered: Let them rise.
2:15. Then there arose and went over twelve in number of Benjamin, of
the part of Isboseth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of
2:16. And every one catching his fellow by the head, thrust his sword
into the side of his adversary, and they fell down together: and the
name of the place was called: The field of the valiant, in Gabaon.
2:17. And there was a very fierce battle that day: and Abner was put to
flight, with the men of Israel, by the servants of David.
2:18. And there were the three sons of Sarvia there, Joab, and Abisai,
and Asael: now Asael was a most swift runner, like one of the roes that
abide in the woods.
2:19. And Asael pursued after Abner, and turned not to the right hand
nor to the left from following Abner.
2:20. And Abner looked behind him, and said: Art thou Asael? And he
answered: I am.
2:21. And Abner said to him: Go to the right hand or to the left, and
lay hold on one of the young men and take thee his spoils. But Asael
would not leave off following him close.
2:22. And again Abner said to Asael: Go off, and do not follow me, lest
I be obliged to stab thee to the ground, and I shall not be able to
hold up my face to Joab thy brother.
2:23. But he refused to hearken to him, and would not turn aside:
wherefore Abner struck him with his spear with a back stroke in the
groin, and thrust him through, and he died upon the spot: and all that
came to the place where Asael fell down and died stood still.
2:24. Now while Joab and Abisai pursued after Abner, the sun went down:
and they came as far as the hill of the aqueduct, that lieth over
against the valley by the way of the wilderness in Gabaon.
2:25. And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together to
Abner: and being joined in one body, they stood on the top of a hill.
2:26. And Abner cried out to Joab, and said: Shall thy sword rage unto
utter destruction? knowest thou not that it is dangerous to drive
people to despair? how long dost thou defer to bid the people cease
from pursuing after their brethren?
2:27. And Joab said: As the Lord liveth, if thou hadst spoke sooner,
even in the morning the people should have retired from pursuing after
2:28. Then Joab sounded the trumpet, and all the army stood still, and
did not pursue after Israel any farther, nor fight any more.
2:29. And Abner and his men walked all that night through the plains:
and they passed the Jordan, and having gone through all Beth-horon,
came to the camp.
2:30. And Joab returning, after he had left Abner, assembled all the
people: and there were wanting of David's servants nineteen men, beside
2:31. But the servants of David had killed of Benjamin, and of the men
that were with Abner, three hundred and sixty, who all died.
2:32. And they took Asael, and buried him in the sepulchre of his
father in Bethlehem and Joab, and the men that were with him, marched
all the night, and they came to Hebron at break of day.
2 Kings Chapter 3
David groweth daily stronger. Abner cometh over to him: he is
treacherously slain by Joab.
3:1. Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house
of David: David prospering and growing always stronger and stronger,
but the house of Saul decaying daily.
There was a long war between the house of Saul, etc. . .Rather a strife
or emulation than a war with arms; it lasted five years and a half.
3:2. And sons were born to David in Hebron: and his firstborn was Ammon
of Achinoam the Jezrahelitess:
3:3. And his second Cheleab of Abigail the wife of Nabal of Carmel: and
the third Absalom the son of Maacha the daughter of Tholmai king of
3:4. And the fourth Adonias, the son of Haggith: and the fifth
Saphathia the son of Abital:
3:5. And the sixth Jethraam of Egla the wife of David: these were born
to David In Hebron.
3:6. Now while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of
David, Abner the son of Ner ruled the house of Saul.
3:7. And Saul had a concubine named Respha, the daughter of Aia. And
Isboseth said to Abner:
3:8. Why didst thou go in to my father's concubine? And he was
exceedingly angry for the words of Isboseth, and said: Am I a dog's
head against Juda this day, who have shewn mercy to the house of Saul
thy father, and to his brethren and friends, and have not delivered
thee into the hands of David, and hast thou sought this day against me
to charge me with a matter concerning a woman?
3:9. So do God to Abner, and more also, unless as the Lord hath sworn
to David, so I do to him,
3:10. That the kingdom be translated from the house of Saul, and the
throne of David be set up over Israel, and over Juda from Dan to
3:11. And he could not answer him a word, because he feared him.
3:12. Abner therefore sent messengers to David for himself, saying:
Whose is the land? and that they should say: Make a league with me, and
my hand shall be with thee: and I will bring all Israel to thee.
3:13. And he said: Very well: I will make a league with thee: but one
thing I require of thee, saying: Thou shalt not see my face before thou
bring Michol the daughter of Saul: and so thou shalt come, and see me.
3:14. And David sent messengers to Isboseth the son of Saul, saying:
Restore my wife Michol, whom I espoused to me for a hundred foreskins
of the Philistines.
3:15. And Isboseth sent, and took her from her husband Phaltiel, the
son of Lais.
3:16. And her husband followed her, weeping as far as Bahurim: and
Abner said to him: Go and return. And he returned.
3:17. Abner also spoke to the ancients of Israel, saying: Both
yesterday and the day before you sought for David that he might reign
3:18. Now then do it: because the Lord hath spoken to David, saying: By
the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel from the
hands of the Philistines, and of all their enemies.
3:19. And Abner spoke also to Benjamin. And he went to speak to David
in Hebron all that seemed good to Israel, and to all Benjamin.
3:20. And he came to David in Hebron with twenty men: and David made a
feast for Abner, and his men that came with him.
3:21. And Abner said to David: I will rise, that I may gather all
Israel unto thee my lord the king, and may enter into a league with
thee, and that thou mayst reign over all as thy soul desireth. Now when
David had brought Abner on his way, and he was gone in peace,
3:22. Immediately, David's servants and Joab came, after having slain
the robbers, with an exceeding great booty. And Abner was not with
David in Hebron, for he had now sent him away, and he was gone in
3:23. And Joab and all the army that was with him, came afterwards: and
it was told Joab, that Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he
hath sent him away, and he is gone in peace.
3:24. And Joab went in to the king, and said: What hast thou done?
Behold Abner came to thee: Why didst thou send him away, and he is gone
3:25. Knowest thou not Abner the son of Ner, that to this end he came
to thee, that he might deceive thee, and to know thy going out, and thy
coming in, and to know all thou dost?
3:26. Then Joab going out from David, sent messengers after Abner, and
brought him back from the cistern of Sira, David knowing nothing of it.
3:27. And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside to the
middle of the gate, to speak to him treacherously: and he stabbed him
there in the groin, and he died, in revenge of the blood of Asael his
3:28. And when David heard of it, after the thing was now done, he
said: I, and my kingdom are innocent before the Lord for ever of the
blood of Abner the son of Ner:
3:29. And may it come upon the head of Joab, and upon all his father's
house: and let there not fail from the house of Joab one that hath an
issue of seed, or that is a leper, or that holdeth the distaff, or that
falleth by the sword, or that wanteth bread.
3:30. So Joab and Abisai his brother slew Abner, because he had killed
their brother Asael at Gabaon in the battle.
3:31. And David said to Joab, and to all the people that were with him:
Rend your garments, and gird yourselves with sackcloths, and mourn
before the funeral of Abner. And king David himself followed the bier.
3:32. And when they had buried Abner in Hebron, king David lifted up
his voice, and wept at the grave of Abner: and all the people also
3:33. And the king mourning and lamenting over Abner, said: Not as
cowards are wont to die, hath Abner died.
3:34. Thy hands were not bound, nor thy feet laden with fetters: but as
men fall before the children of iniquity, so didst thou fall. And all
the people repeating it wept over him.
3:35. And when all the people came to take meat with David, while it
was yet broad day, David swore, saying: So do God to me, and more also,
if I taste bread or any thing else before sunset.
3:36. And all the people heard, and they were pleased, and all that the
king did seemed good in the sight of all the people.
3:37. And all the people, and all Israel understood that day that it
was not the king's doing, that Abner the son of Ner was slain.
3:38. The king also said to his servants: Do you not know that a prince
and a great man is slain this day in Israel?
3:39. But I as yet am tender, though anointed king. And these men the
sons of Sarvia are too hard for me: the Lord reward him that doth evil
according to his wickedness.
2 Kings Chapter 4
Isboseth is murdered by two of his servants. David punisheth the
4:1. And Isboseth the son of Saul heard that Abner was slain in Hebron:
and his hands were weakened, and all Israel was troubled.
4:2. Now the son of Saul had two men captains of his bands, the name of
the one was Baana, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Remmon
a Berothite of the children of Benjamin: for Beroth also was reckoned
4:3. And the Berothites fled into Gethaim, and were sojourners there
until that time.
4:4. And Jonathan the son of Saul had a son that was lame of his feet:
for he was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan
from Jezrahel. And his nurse took him up and fled: and as she made
haste to flee, he fell and became lame: and his name was Miphiboseth.
4:5. And the sons of Remmon the Berothite, Rechab and Baana coming,
went into the house of Isboseth in the heat of the day: and he was
sleeping upon his bed at noon. And the doorkeeper of the house, who was
cleansing wheat, was fallen asleep.
4:6. And they entered into the house secretly taking ears of corn, and
Rechab and Baana his brother stabbed him in the groin, and fled away.
4:7. For when they came into the house, he was sleeping upon his bed in
a parlour, and they struck him and killed him and taking away his head
they went off by the way of the wilderness, walking all night.
4:8. And they brought the head of Isboseth to David to Hebron: and they
said to the king: Behold the head of Isboseth the son of Saul thy enemy
who sought thy life: and the Lord hath revenged my lord the king this
day of Saul, and of his seed.
4:9. But David answered Rechab, and Baana his brother, the sons of
Remmon the Berothite, and said to them: As the Lord liveth, who hath
delivered my soul out of all distress,
4:10. The man that told me, and said: Saul is dead, who thought he
brought good tidings, I apprehended, and slew him in Siceleg, who
should have been rewarded for his news.
4:11. How much more now when wicked men have slain an innocent man in
his own house, upon his bed, shall I not require his blood at your
hand, and take you away from the earth?
4:12. And David commanded his servants and they slew them: and cutting
off their hands and feet, hanged them up over the pool in Hebron: but
the head of Isboseth they took and buried in the sepulchre of Abner in
2 Kings Chapter 5
David is anointed king of all Israel. He taketh Jerusalem, and dwelleth
there. He defeateth the Philistines.
5:1. Then all the tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron, saying:
Behold we are thy bone and thy flesh.
5:2. Moreover yesterday also and the day before, when Saul was king
over us, thou wast he that did lead out and bring in Israel: and the
Lord said to thee: Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be
prince over Israel.
5:3. The ancients also of Israel came to the king of Hebron, and king
David made a league with them in Hebron before the Lord: and they
anointed David to be king over Israel.
5:4. David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned
5:5. In Hebron he reigned over Juda seven years and six months: and in
Jerusalem he reigned three and thirty years over all Israel and Juda.
5:6. And the king and all the men that were with him went to Jerusalem
to the Jebusites the inhabitants of the land: and they said to David:
Thou shalt not come in hither unless thou take away the blind and the
lame that say: David shall not come in hither.
5:7. But David took the castle of Sion, the same is the city of David.
5:8. For David had offered that day a reward to whosoever should strike
the Jebusites and get up to the gutters of the tops of the houses, and
take away the blind and the lame that hated the soul of David:
therefore it is said in the proverb: The blind and the lame shall not
come into the temple.
5:9. And David dwelt in the castle, and called it, The city of David:
and built round about from Mello and inwards.
5:10. And he went on prospering and growing up, and the Lord God of
hosts was with him.
5:11. And Hiram the king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar
trees, and carpenters, and masons for walls: and they built a house for
5:12. And David knew that the Lord had confirmed him king over Israel,
and that he had exalted his kingdom over his people Israel.
5:13. And David took more concubines and wives of Jerusalem, after he
was come from Hebron: and there were born to David other sons also and
David took more concubines and wives of Jerusalem. . .Not harlots, but
wives of an inferior condition; for such, in scripture, are styled
5:14. And these are the names of them, that were born to him in
Jerusalem, Samua, and Sobab, and Nathan, and Solomon,
5:15. And Jebahar, and Elisua, and Nepheg,
5:16. And Japhia, and Elisama, and Elioda, and Eliphaleth.
5:17. And the Philistines heard that they had anointed David to be king
over Israel: and they all came to seek David: and when David heard of
it, he went down to a strong hold.
5:18. And the Philistines coming spread themselves in the valley of
5:19. And David consulted the Lord, Saying: Shall I go up to the
Philistines? and wilt thou deliver them into my hand? And the Lord said
to David: Go up, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into thy
5:20. And David came to Baal Pharisim: and defeated them there, and he
said, The Lord hath divided my enemies before me, as waters are
divided. Therefore the name of the place was called Baal Pharisim.
5:21. And they left there their idols: which David and his men took
5:22. And the Philistines came up again and spread themselves into the
valley of Raphaim.
5:23. And David consulted the Lord: Shall I go up against the
Philistines, and wilt thou deliver them into my hands? He answered: Go
not up against them but fetch a compass behind them, and thou shalt
come upon them over against the pear trees.
5:24. And when thou shalt hear the sound of one going in the tops of
the pear trees, then shalt thou join battle: for then will the Lord go
out before thy face to strike the army of the Philistines.
5:25. And David did as the Lord had commanded him, and he smote the
Philistines from Gabaa until thou come to Gezer.
2 Kings Chapter 6
David fetcheth the ark from Cariathiarim. Oza is struck dead for
touching it. It is deposited in the house of Obededom: and from thence
carried to David's house.
6:1. And David again gathered together all the chosen men of Israel,
6:2. And David arose and went, with all the people that were with him
of the men of Juda to fetch the ark of God, upon which the name of the
Lord of Hosts is invoked, who sitteth over it upon the cherubims.
6:3. And they laid the ark of God upon a new cart: and took it out of
the house of Abinadab, who was in Gabaa, and Oza and Ahio, the sons of
Abinadab, drove the new cart.
Gabaa. . .The hill of Cariathiarim, where the ark had been in the house
of Abinadab, from the time of its being restored back by the
6:4. And when they had taken it out of the house of Abinadab, who was
in Gabaa, Ahio having care of the ark of God went before the ark.
6:5. But David and all Israel played before the Lord on all manner of
instruments made of wood, on harps and lutes and timbrels and cornets
6:6. And when they came to the floor of Nachon, Oza put forth his hand
to the ark of God, and took hold of it: because the oxen kicked and
made it lean aside.
6:7. And the indignation of the Lord was enkindled against Oza, and he
struck him for his rashness: and he died there before the ark of God.
6:8. And David was grieved because the Lord had struck Oza, and the
name of that place was called: The striking of Oza, to this day.
6:9. And David was afraid of the Lord that day, saying: How shall the
ark of the Lord come to me?
6:10. And he would not have the ark of the Lord brought in to himself
into the city of David: but he caused it to be carried into the house
of Obededom the Gethite.
6:11. And the ark of the Lord abode in the house of Obededom the
Gethite three months: and the Lord blessed Obededom, and all his
6:12. And it was told king David, that the Lord had blessed Obededom,
and all that he had, because of the ark of God. So David went, and
brought away the ark of God out of the house of Obededom into the city
of David with joy. And there were with David seven choirs, and calves
Choirs. . .Or companies of musicians.
6:13. And when they that carried the ark of the Lord had gone six
paces, he sacrificed and ox and a ram:
6:14. And David danced with all his might before the Lord: and David
was girded with a linen ephod.
6:15. And David and all the louse of Israel brought the ark of the
covenant of the Lord with joyful shouting, and with sound of trumpet.
6:16. And when the ark of the Lord was come into the city of David,
Michol the daughter of Saul, looking out through a window, saw king
David leaping and dancing before the Lord: and she despised him in her
6:17. And they brought the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place in
the midst of the tabernacle, which David had pitched for it: and David
offered holocausts, and peace offerings before the Lord.
6:18. And when he had made an end of offering holocausts and peace
offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts.
6:19. And he distributed to all the multitude of Israel, both men and
women, to every one, a cake of bread, and a piece of roasted beef, and
fine flour fried with oil: and all the people departed every one to his
6:20. And David returned to bless his own house: and Michol the
daughter of Saul coming out to meet David, said: How glorious was the
king of Israel to day, uncovering himself before the handmaids of his
servants, and was naked, as if one of the buffoons should be naked.
6:21. And David said to Michol: Before the Lord, who chose me rather
than thy father, and than all his house, and commanded me to be ruler
over the people of the Lord in Israel,
6:22. I will both play and make myself meaner than I have done: and I
will be little in my own eyes: and with the handmaids of whom thou
speakest, I shall appear more glorious.
6:23. Therefore Michol the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of
2 Kings Chapter 7
David's purpose to build a temple is rewarded with the promise of great
blessings in his seed: his prayer and thanksgiving.
7:1. And it came to pass when the king sat in his house, and the Lord
had given him rest on every side from all his enemies,
7:2. He said to Nathan the prophet: Dost thou see that I dwell in a
house of cedar, and the ark of God is lodged within skins?
7:3. And Nathan said to the king: Go, do all that is in they heart:
because the Lord is with thee.
7:4. But it came to pass that night, that the word of the Lord came to
7:5. Go, and say to my servant David: Thus saith the Lord: Shalt thou
build me a house to dwell in?
7:6. Whereas I have not dwelt in a house from the day that I brought
the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt even to this day: but
have walked in a tabernacle, and in a tent.
7:7. In all the places that I have gone through with all the children
of Israel, did ever I speak a word to any one of the tribes of Israel,
whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying: Why have you not
built me a house of cedar?
7:8. And now thus shalt thou speak to my servant David: Thus saith the
Lord of hosts: I took thee out of the pastures from following the sheep
to be ruler over my people Israel:
7:9. And I have been with thee wheresoever thou hast walked, and have
slain all thy enemies from before thy face: and I have made thee a
great man, like unto the name of the great ones that are on the earth.
7:10. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and I will plant
them, and they shall dwell therein, and shall be disturbed no more:
neither shall the children of iniquity afflict them any more as they
7:11. From the day that I appointed judges over my people Israel: and I
will give thee rest from all thy enemies. And the Lord foretelleth to
thee, that the Lord will make thee a house.
7:12. And when thy days shall be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with
thy fathers, I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed
out of the bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
I will establish his kingdom. . .This prophecy partly relateth to
Solomon: but much more to Christ, who is called the son of David in
scripture, and who is the builder of the true temple, which is the
church, his everlasting kingdom, which shall never fail.
7:13. He shall build a house to my name, and I will establish the
throne of his kingdom fore ever.
7:14. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son: and if he
commit any iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men, and with
the stripes of the children of men.
7:15. But my mercy I will not take away from him, as I took it from
Saul, whom I removed from before my face.
7:16. And thy house shall be faithful, and thy kingdom for ever before
thy face, and thy throne shall be firm for ever.
7:17. According to all these words and according to all this vision so
did Nathan speak to David.
7:18. And David went in, and sat before the Lord, and said: Who am I, O
Lord God, and what is my house, that thou hast brought me thus far?
7:19. Bur yet this hath seemed little in thy sight, O Lord God, unless
thou didst also speak of the house of thy servant for a long time to
come: for this is the law of Adam, O Lord God:
7:20. And what can David say more unto thee? for thou knowest thy
servant, O Lord God:
7:21. For thy word's sake, and according to thy own heart thou has done
all these great things, so that thou wouldst make it known to thy
7:22. Therefore thou art magnified, O Lord God, because there is none
like to thee, neither is there any God besides thee, in all the things
that we have heard with our ears.
7:23. And what nation is there upon earth, as thy people Israel, whom
God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and
to do for them great and terrible things, upon the earth, before the
face of thy people, whom thou redeemedst to thyself out of Egypt, from
the nations and their gods.
7:24. For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be an
everlasting people: and thou, O Lord God, art become their God.
7:25. And now, O Lord God, raise up for ever the word that thou hast
spoken, concerning thy servant and concerning his house: and do as thou
7:26. That thy name may be magnified for ever, and it may be said: The
Lord of hosts is God over Israel. And the house of thy servant David
shall be established before the Lord.
7:27. Because thou, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to
the ear of thy servant, saying: I will build thee a house: therefore
hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer to thee.
7:28. And now, O Lord God, thou art God, and thy words shall be true:
for thou hast spoken to thy servant these good things.
7:29. And now begin, and bless the house of thy servant, that it may
endure for ever before thee: because thou, O Lord God, hast spoken it,
and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.
2 Kings Chapter 8
David's victories, and his chief officers.
8:1. And it came to pass after this that David defeated the
Philistines, and brought them down, and David took the bridle of
tribute out of the hand of the Philistines,
8:2. And he defeated Moab, and measured them with a line, casting them
down to the earth: and he measured with two lines, one to put to death,
and one to save alive: and Moab was made to serve David under tribute.
8:3. David defeated also Adarezer the son of Rohob king of Soba, when
he went to extend his dominion over the river Euphrates.
8:4. And David took from him a thousand and seven hundred horsemen, and
twenty thousand footmen, and houghed all the chariot horses: and only
reserved of them for one hundred chariots.
8:5. And the Syrians of Damascus came to succour Adarezer the king of
Soba: and David slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men.
8:6. And David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus: and Syria served
David under tribute, and the Lord preserved David in all his
enterprises, whithersoever he went.
8:7. And David took the arms of gold, which the servants of Adarezer
wore and brought them to Jerusalem.
8:8. And out of Bete, and out of Beroth, cities of Adarezer, king David
took and exceeding great quantity of brass.
8:9. And Thou the king of Emath heard that David had defeated all the
forces of Adarezer.
8:10. And Thou sent Joram his son to king David, to salute him, and to
congratulate with him, and to return him thanks: because he had fought
against Adarezer, and had defeated him. For Thou was an enemy to
Adarezer, and in his hand were vessels of gold, and vessels of silver,
and vessels of brass:
8:11. And king David dedicated them to the Lord, together with the
silver and gold that he had dedicated of all the nations, which he had
8:12. Of Syria, and of Moab, and of the children Ammon, and of the
Philistines, and of Amalec, and of the spoils of Adarezer the son of
Rohob king of Soba.
8:13. David also made himself a name, when he returned after taking
Syria in the valley of the saltpits, killing eighteen thousand:
8:14. And he put guards in Edom, and placed there a garrison: and all
Edom was made to serve David: and the Lord preserved David in all
enterprises he went about.
8:15. And David reigned over all Israel: and David did judgment and
justice to all his people.
8:16. And Joab the son Sarvia was over the army: and Josaphat the son
of Ahilud was recorder:
Recorder. . .Or chancellor.
8:17. And Sadoc the son of Achitob, and Achimelech the son of Abiathar,
were the priests: and Saraias was the scribe:
Scribe. . .Or secretary.
8:18. And Banaias the son of Joiada was over the Cerethi and Phelethi:
and the sons of David were the princes.
The Cerethi and Phelethi. . .The king's guards.--Ibid.
Princes. . .Literally priests. (Cohen) So called, by a title of honour,
and not from exercising the priestly functions.
2 Kings Chapter 9
David's kindness to Miphiboseth for the sake of his father Jonathan.
9:1. And David said: Is there any one, think you, left of the house of
Saul, that I may shew kindness to him for Jonathan's sake?
9:2. Now there was of the house of Saul, a servant named Siba: and when
the king had called him to him, he said to him: Art thou Siba? And he
answered: I am Siba thy servant.
9:3. And the king said: Is there any one left of the house of Saul,
that I may shew the mercy of God unto Him? And Siba said to the king:
There is a son of Jonathan left, who is lame of his feet.
9:4. Where is he? said he. And Siba said to the king: Behold he is in
the house of Machir the son of Ammiel in Lodabar.
9:5. Then King David sent, and brought him out of the house of Machir
the son of Ammiel of Lodabar.
9:6. And when Miphiboseth the son of Jonathan the son of Saul was come
to David, he fell on his face and worshipped. And David said:
Miphiboseth? And he answered: Behold thy servant.
9:7. And David said to him: Fear not, for I will surely shew thee mercy
for Jonathan thy father's sake, and I will restore the lands of Saul
the father, and thou shalt eat bread at my table always.
9:8. He bowed down to him, and said: Who am I thy servant, that thou
shouldst look upon such a dead dog as I am?
9:9. Then the King called Siba the servant of Saul, and said to him:
All that belonged to Saul, and all his house, I have given to thy
9:10. Thou therefore and the sons and thy servants shall till the land
for him: and thou shalt bring in food for thy master's son, that he may
be maintained: and Miphiboseth the son of thy master shall always eat
bread at my table. And Siba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
9:11. And Siba said to the king: As thou my lord the hast commanded thy
servant, so will thy servant do: and Miphiboseth shall eat at my table,
as one of the sons of the King.
9:12. And Miphiboseth had a young son whose name was Micha: and all
that kindred of the house of Siba served Miphiboseth.
9:13. But Miphiboseth dwelt in Jerusalem: because he ate always of the
king's table: and he was lame of both feet.
2 Kings Chapter 10
The Ammonites shamefully abuse the ambassadors of David: they hire the
Syrians to the their assistance: but are overthrown with their allies.
10:1. And it came to pass after this, that the king of the children of
Ammon died, and Hanon his son reigned in his stead.
10:2. And David said: I will shew kindness to Hanon the son of Daas, as
his father shewed kindness to me. So David sent his servants to comfort
him for the death of his father. But when the servants of David were
come into the land of the children of Ammon,
10:3. The princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanon their lord:
Thinkest thou that for the honour of thy father, David hath sent
comforters to thee, and hath not David rather sent his servants to thee
to search, and spy into the city, and overthrow it?
10:4. Wherefore Hanon took the servants of David, and shaved off the
one half of their beards, and cut away half of their garments even to
the buttocks, and sent them away.
10:5. When this was told David, he sent to meet them: for the men were
sadly put to confusion, and David commanded them, saying: Stay at
Jericho, till your beards be grown, and then return.
10:6. And the children of Ammon seeing that they had done an injury to
David, sent and hired the Syrians of Rohob, and the Syrians of Soba,
twenty thousand footmen, and of the king of Maacha a thousand men, and
of Istob twelve thousand men.
10:7. And when David heard this, he sent Joab and the whole army of
10:8. And the children of Ammon came out, and set their men in array at
the entering in of the gate: but the Syrians of Soba, and of Rohob, and
of Istob, and of Maacha were by themselves in the field.
10:9. Then Joab seeing that the battle was prepared against him, both
before and behind, chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them
in array against the Syrians:
10:10. And the rest of the people he delivered to Abisai his brother,
who set them in array against the children of Ammon.
10:11. And Joab said: If the Syrians are too strong for me, then thou
shalt help me, but if the children of Ammon are too strong for thee,
then I will help thee.
10:12. Be of good courage, and let us fight for our people, and for the
city of our God: and the Lord will do what is good in his sight.
10:13. And Joab and the people that were with him, began to fight
against the Syrians: and they immediately fled before him.
10:14. And the children of Ammon seeing that the Syrians were fled,
they fled also before Abisai, and entered into the city: and Joab
returned from the children of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem.
10:15. Then the Syrians seeing that they had fallen before Israel,
gathered themselves together.
10:16. And Adarezer sent and fetched the Syrians, that were beyond the
river, and brought over their army: and Sobach, the captain of the host
of Adarezer, was their general.
10:17. And when this was told David, he gathered all Israel together,
and passed over the Jordan, and came to Helam: and the Syrians set
themselves in array against David, and fought against him.
10:18. And the Syrians fled before Israel, and David slew of the
Syrians the men of seven hundred chariots, and forty thousand horsemen:
and smote Sobach the captain of the army, who presently died.
10:19. And all the kings that were auxiliaries of Adarezer, seeing
themselves overcome by Israel, were afraid and fled away, eight and
fifty thousand men before Israel. And they made peace with Israel: and
served them, and all the Syrians were afraid to help the children of
Ammon any more.
2 Kings Chapter 11
David falleth into the crime of adultery with Bethsabee: and not
finding other means to conceal it, causeth her husband Urias to be
slain. Then marrieth her, who beareth him a son.
11:1. And it came to pass at the return of the year, at the time when
kings go forth to war, that David sent Joab and his servants with him,
and all Israel, and they spoiled the children of Ammon, and besieged
Rabba: but David remained in Jerusalem.
11:2. In the mean time it happened that David arose from his bed after
noon, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: And he saw from the
roof of his house a woman washing herself, over against him: and the
woman was very beautiful.
11:3. And the king sent, and inquired who the woman was. And it was
told him, that she was Bethsabee the daughter of Eliam, the wife of
Urias the Hethite.
11:4. And David sent messengers, and took her, and she came in to him,
and he slept with her: and presently she was purified from her
11:5. And she returned to her house having conceived. And she sent and
told David, and said: I have conceived.
11:6. And David sent to Joab, saying: Send me Urias the Hethite. And
Joab sent Urias to David.
11:7. And Urias came to David. And David asked how Joab did, and the
people, and how the war was carried on.
11:8. And David said to Urias: Go into thy house, and wash thy feet.
And Urias went out from the king's house, and there went out after him
a mess of meat from the king.
11:9. But Urias slept before the gate of the king's house, with the
other servants of his lord, and went not down to his own house.
11:10. And it was told David by some that said: Urias went not to his
house. And David said to Urias: Didst thou not come from thy journey?
why didst thou not go down to thy house?
11:11. And Urias said to David: The ark of God and Israel and Juda
dwell in tents, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord abide upon
the face of the earth: and shall I go into my house, to eat and to
drink, and to sleep with my wife? By thy welfare and by the welfare of
thy soul I will not do this thing.
11:12. Then David said to Urias: Tarry here to day, and to morrow I
will send thee away. Urias tarried in Jerusalem that day and the next.
11:13. And David called him to eat and to drink before him, and he made
him drunk: and he went out in the evening, and slept on his couch with
the servants of his lord, and went not down into his house.
11:14. And when the morning was come, David wrote a letter to Joab: and
sent it by the hand of Urias,
11:15. Writing in the letter: Set ye Urias in the front of the battle,
where the fight is strongest: and leave ye him, that he may be wounded
11:16. Wherefore as Joab was besieging the city, he put Urias in the
place where he knew the bravest men were.
11:17. And the men coming out of the city, fought against Joab, and
there fell some of the people of the servants of David, and Urias the
Hethite was killed also.
11:18. Then Joab sent, and told David all things concerning the battle.
11:19. And he charged the messenger, saying: When thou hast told all
the words of the battle to the king,
11:20. If thou see him to be angry, and he shall say: Why did you
approach so near to the wall to fight? knew you not that many darts are
thrown from above off the wall?
11:21. Who killed Abimelech the son of Jerobaal? did not a woman cast a
piece of a millstone upon him from the wall and slew him in Thebes? Why
did you go near the wall? Thou shalt say: Thy servant Urias the Hethite
is also slain.
11:22. So the messenger departed, and came and told David all that Joab
had commanded him.
11:23. And the messenger said to David: The men prevailed against us,
and they came out to us into the field: and we vigorously charged and
pursued them even to the gate of the city.
11:24. And the archers shot their arrows at thy servants from off the
wall above: and some of the king's servants are slain, and thy servant
Urias the Hethite is also dead.
11:25. And David said to the messenger: Thus shalt thou say to Joab:
Let not this thing discourage thee: for various is the event of war:
and sometimes one, sometimes another is consumed by the sword:
encourage thy warriors against the city, and exhort them that thou
mayest overthrow it.
11:26. And the wife of Urias heard that Urias her husband was dead, and
she mourned for him.
11:27. And the mourning being over, David sent and brought her into his
house, and she became his wife, and she bore him a son: and this thing
which David had done, was displeasing to the Lord.
2 Kings Chapter 12
Nathan's parable. David confesseth his sin, and is forgiven: yet so as
to be sentenced to most severe temporal punishments. The death of the
child. The birth of Solomon. The taking of Rabbath.
12:1. And the Lord sent Nathan to David: and when he was come to him,
he said to him: There were two men in one city, the one rich, and the
12:2. The rich man had exceeding many sheep and oxen.
12:3. But the poor man had nothing at all but one little ewe lamb,
which he had bought and nourished up, and which had grown up in his
house together with his children, eating of his bread, and drinking of
his cup, and sleeping in his bosom: and it was unto him as a daughter.
12:4. And when a certain stranger was come to the rich man, he spared
to take of his own sheep and oxen, to make a feast for that stranger,
who was come to him, but took the poor man's ewe, and dressed it for
the man that was come to him.
12:5. And David's anger being exceedingly kindled against that man, he
said to Nathan: As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this is a
child of death.
12:6. He shall restore the ewe fourfold, because he did this thing, and
had no pity.
12:7. And Nathan said to David: Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord
the God of Israel: I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered
thee from the hand of Saul,
12:8. And gave thee thy master's house and thy master's wives into thy
bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and Juda: and if these things
be little, I shall add far greater things unto thee.
12:9. Why therefore hast thou despised the word of the Lord, to do evil
in my sight? Thou hast killed Urias the Hethite with the sword, and
hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword
of the children of Ammon.
12:10. Therefore the sword shall never depart from thy house, because
thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Urias the Hethite to
be thy wife.
12:11. Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I will raise up evil against thee
out of thy own house, and I will take thy wives before thy eyes and
give them to thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the
sight of this sun.
I will raise, etc. . .All these evils, inasmuch as they were
punishments, came upon David by a just judgment of God, for his sin,
and therefore God says, I will raise, etc.; but inasmuch as they were
sins, on the part of Absalom and his associates, God was not the author
of them, but only permitted them.
12:12. For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing in the
sight of all Israel, and in the sight of the sun.
12:13. And David said to Nathan: I have sinned against the Lord. And
Nathan said to David: The Lord also hath taken away thy sin: thou shalt
12:14. Nevertheless, because thou hast given occasion to the enemies of
the Lord to blaspheme, for this thing, the child that is born to thee,
shall surely die.
12:15. And Nathan returned to his house. The Lord also struck the child
which the wife of Urias had borne to David, and his life was despaired
12:16. And David besought the Lord for the child: and David kept a
fast, and going in by himself lay upon the ground.
12:17. And the ancients of his house came, to make him rise from the
ground: but he would not, neither did he eat meat with them.
12:18. And it came to pass on the seventh day that the child died: and
the servants of David feared to tell him, that the child was dead. For
they said: Behold when the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he
would not hearken to our voice: how much more will he afflict himself
if we tell him that the child is dead?
12:19. But when David saw his servants whispering, he understood that
the child was dead: and he said to his servants: Is the child dead?
They answered him He is dead.
12:20. Then David arose from the ground, and washed and anointed
himself: and when he had changed his apparel, he went into the house of
the Lord: and worshipped, and then he came into his own house, and he
called for bread, and ate.
12:21. And his servants said to him: What thing is this that thou hast
done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive, but
when the child was dead, thou didst rise up, and eat bread.
12:22. And he said: While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept
for him: for I said: Who knoweth whether the Lord may not give him to
me, and the child may live?
12:23. But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Shall I be able to
bring him back any more? I shall go to him rather: but he shall not
return to me.
12:24. And David comforted Bethsabee his wife, and went in unto her,
and slept with her: and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon,
and the Lord loved him.
12:25. And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet, and called his
name, Amiable to the Lord, because the Lord loved him.
Amiable to the Lord. . .Or, beloved of the Lord. In Hebrew, Jedidiah.
12:26. And Joab fought against Rabbath of the children of Ammon, and
laid close siege to the royal city.
12:27. And Joab sent messengers to David, saying: I have fought against
Rabbath, and the city of waters is about to be taken.
The city of waters. . .Rabbath the royal city of the Ammonites, was
called the city of waters, from being encompassed with waters.
12:28. Now therefore gather thou the rest of the people together, and
besiege the city and take it: lest when the city shall be wasted by me,
the victory be ascribed to my name.
12:29. Then David gathered all the people together, and went out
against Rabbath: and after fighting, he took it.
12:30. And he took the crown of their king from his head, the weight of
which was a talent of gold, set with most precious stones, and it was
put upon David's head, and the spoils of the city which were very great
he carried away.
12:31. And bringing forth the people thereof he sawed them, and drove
over them chariots armed with iron: and divided them with knives, and
made them pass through brickkilns: so did he to all the cities of the
children of Ammon: and David returned, with all the army to Jerusalem.
2 Kings Chapter 13
Ammon ravisheth Thamar. For which Absalom killeth him, and flieth to
13:1. And it came to pass after this that Ammon the son of David loved
the sister of Absalom the son of David, who was very beautiful, and her
name was Thamar.
13:2. And he was exceedingly fond of her, so that he fell sick for the
love of her: for as she was a virgin, he thought it hard to do any
thing dishonestly with her.
13:3. Now Ammon had a friend, named Jonadab the son of Semmaa the
brother of David, a very wise man:
A very wise man. . .That is, a crafty and subtle man: for the counsel he
gave on this occasion shews that his wisdom was but carnal and worldly.
13:4. And he said to him: Why dost thou grow so lean from day to day, O
son of the king? why dost thou not tell me the reason of it? And Ammon
said to him: I am in love with Thamar the sister of my brother Absalom.
13:5. And Jonadab said to him: Lie down upon thy bed, and feign thyself
sick: and when thy father shall come to visit thee, say to him: Let my
sister Thamar, I pray thee, come to me, to give me to eat, and to make
me a mess, that I may eat it at her hand.
13:6. So Ammon lay down, and made as if he were sick: and when the king
came to visit him, Ammon said to the king: I pray thee let my sister
Thamar come, and make in my sight two little messes, that I may eat at
13:7. Then David sent home to Thamar, saying: Come to the house of thy
brother Ammon, and make him a mess.
13:8. And Thamar came to the house of Ammon her brother: but he was
laid down: and she took meal and tempered it: and dissolving it in his
sight she made little messes.
13:9. And taking what she had boiled, she poured it out, and set it
before him, but he would not eat: and Ammon said: Put out all persons
from me. And when they had put all persons out,
13:10. Ammon said to Thamar: Bring the mess into the chamber, that I
may eat at thy hand. And Thamar took the little messes which she had
made, and brought them in to her brother Ammon in the chamber.
13:11. And when she had presented him the meat, he took hold of her,
and said: Come lie with me, my sister.
13:12. She answered him: Do not so, my brother, do not force me: for no
such thing must be done in Israel. Do not thou this folly.
13:13. For I shall not be able to bear my shame, and thou shalt be as
one of the fools in Israel: but rather speak to the king, and he will
not deny me to thee.
13:14. But he would not hearken to her prayers, but being stronger
overpowered her and lay with her.
13:15. Then Ammon hated her with an exceeding great hatred: so that the
hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love with which he
had loved her before. And Ammon said to her: Arise, and get thee gone.
13:16. She answered him: The evil which now thou dost against me, in
driving me away, is greater than that which thou didst before. And he
would not hearken to her:
13:17. But calling the servants that ministered to him, he said: Thrust
this woman out from me: and shut the door after her.
13:18. And she was clothed with a long robe: for the king's daughters
that were virgins, used such kind of garments. Then his servant thrust
her out: and shut the door after her.
13:19. And she put ashes on her head, and rent her long robe and laid
her hands upon her head, and went on crying.
13:20. And Absalom her brother said to her: Hath thy brother Ammon lain
with thee? but now, sister, hold thy peace, he is thy brother: and
afflict not thy heart for this thing. So Thamar remained pining away in
the house of Absalom her brother.
13:21. And when king David heard of these things he was exceedingly
grieved: and he would not afflict the spirit of his son Ammon, for he
loved him, because he was his firstborn.
13:22. But Absalom spoke not to Ammon neither good nor evil: for
Absalom hated Ammon because he had ravished his sister Thamar.
13:23. And it came to pass after two years, that the sheep of Absalom
were shorn in Baalhasor, which is near Ephraim: and Absalom invited all
the king's sons:
13:24. And he came to the king, and said to him: Behold thy servant's
sheep are shorn. Let the king, I pray, with his servants come to his
13:25. And the king said to Absalom: Nay, my son, do not ask that we
should all come, and be chargeable to thee. And when he pressed him,
and he would not go, he blessed him.
13:26. And Absalom said: If thou wilt not come, at least let my brother
Ammon, I beseech thee, come with us. And the king said to him: It is
not necessary that he should go with thee.
13:27. But Absalom pressed him, so that he let Ammon and all the king's
sons go with him. And Absalom made a feast as it were the feast of a
13:28. And Absalom had commanded his servants, saying: Take notice when
Ammon shall be drunk with wine, and when I shall say to you: Strike
him, and kill him, fear not: for it is I that command you: take
courage, and be valiant men.
13:29. And the servants of Absalom did to Ammon as Absalom had
commanded them. And all the king's sons arose and got up every man upon
his mule, and fled.
13:30. And while they were yet in the way, a rumour came to David,
saying: Absalom hath slain all the king's sons, and there is not one
13:31. Then the king rose up, and rent his garments: and fell upon the
ground, and all his servants, that stood about him, rent their
13:32. But Jonadab the son of Semmaa David's brother answering, said:
Let not my lord the king think that all the king's sons are slain:
Ammon only is dead, for he was appointed by the mouth of Absalom from
the day that he ravished his sister Thamar.
13:33. Now therefore let not my lord the king take this thing into his
heart, saying: All the king's sons are slain: for Ammon only is dead.
13:34. But Absalom fled away: and the young man that kept the watch,
lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold there came much people by a
by-way on the side of the mountain.
13:35. And Jonadab said to the king: Behold the king's sons are come:
as thy servant said, so it is.
13:36. And when he made an end of speaking, the king's sons also
appeared: and coming in they lifted up their voice, and wept: and the
king also and all his servants wept very much.
13:37. But Absalom fled, and went to Tholomai the son of Ammiud the
king of Gessur. And David mourned for his son every day.
13:38. And Absalom after he was fled, and come into Gessur, was there
three years. And king David ceased to pursue after Absalom, because he
was comforted concerning the death of Ammon.
2 Kings Chapter 14
Joab procureth Absalom's return, and his admittance to the king's
14:1. And Joab the son of Sarvia, understanding that the king's heart
was turned to Absalom,
14:2. Sent to Thecua, and fetched from thence a wise woman: and said to
her: Feign thyself to be a mourner, and put on mourning apparel, and be
not anointed with oil, that thou mayest be as a woman that had a long
time been mourning for one dead.
14:3. And thou shalt go in to the king, and shalt speak to him in this
manner. And Joab put the words in her mouth.
14:4. And when the woman of Thecua was come in to the king, she fell
before him upon the ground, and worshipped, and said: Save me, O king.
14:5. And the king said to her: What is the matter with thee? She
answered: Alas, I am a widow woman: for my husband is dead.
14:6. And thy handmaid had two sons: and they quarrelled with each
other in the field, and there was none to part them: and the one struck
the other, and slew him.
14:7. And behold the whole kindred rising against thy handmaid, saith:
Deliver him that hath slain his brother, that we may kill him for the
life of his brother, whom he slew, and that we may destroy the heir:
and they seek to quench my spark which is left, and will leave my
husband no name, nor remainder upon the earth.
14:8. And the king said to the woman: Go to thy house, and I will give
charge concerning thee.
14:9. And the woman of Thecua said to the king: Upon me, my lord be the
iniquity, and upon the house of my father: but may the king and his
throne be guiltless.
14:10. And the king said: If any one shall say ought against thee,
bring him to me, and he shall not touch thee any more.
14:11. And she said: Let the king remember the Lord his God, that the
next of kin be not multiplied to take revenge, and that they may not
kill my son. And he said: As the Lord liveth, there shall not one hair
of thy son fall to the earth.
14:12. The woman said: Let thy hand maid speak one word to my lord the
king. And he said: Speak.
14:13. And the woman said: Why hast thou thought such a thing against
the people of God, and why hath the king spoken this word, to sin, and
not bring home again his own exile?
14:14. We all die, and like waters that return no more, we fall down
into the earth: neither will God have a soul to perish, but recalleth,
meaning that he that is cast off should not altogether perish.
14:15. Now therefore I am come, to speak this word to my lord the king
before the people. And thy handmaid said: I will speak to the king, it
maybe the king will perform the request of his handmaid.
14:16. And the king hath hearkened to me to deliver his handmaid out of
the hand of all that would destroy me and my son together out of the
inheritance of God.
14:17. Then let thy handmaid say, that the word of the Lord the king be
made as a sacrifice. For even as an angel of God, so is my lord the
king, that he is neither moved with blessing nor cursing: wherefore the
Lord thy God is also with thee.
14:18. And the king answering, said to the woman: Hide not from me the
thing that I ask thee. And the woman said to him: Speak, my lord the
14:19. And the king said: Is not the hand of Joab with thee in all
this? The woman answered, and said: By the health of thy soul, my lord,
O king, it is neither on the left hand, nor on the right, in all these
things which my lord the king hath spoken: for thy servant Joab, he
commanded me, and he put all these words into the mouth of thy
14:20. That I should come about with this form of speech, thy servant
Joab commanded this: but thou, my lord, O king, art wise, according to
the wisdom of an angel of God, to understand all things upon earth.
14:21. And the king said to Joab: Behold I am appeased and have granted
thy request: Go therefore and fetch back the boy Absalom.
14:22. And Joab falling down to the ground upon his face, adored, and
blessed the king: and Joab said: This day thy servant hath understood,
that I have found grace in thy sight, my lord, O king: for thou hast
fulfilled the request of thy servant.
Blessed. . .That is, and gave thanks to the king.
14:23. Then Joab arose and went to Gessur, and brought Absalom to
14:24. But the king said: Let him return into his house, and let him
not see my face. So Absalom returned into his house, and saw not the
14:25. But in all Israel there was not a man so comely, and so
exceedingly beautiful as Absalom: from the sole of the foot to the
crown of his head there was no blemish in him.
14:26. And when he polled his hair (now he was polled once a year,
because his hair was burdensome to him) he weighed the hair of his head
at two hundred sicles, according to the common weight.
14:27. And there were born to Absalom three sons: and one daughter,
whose name was Thamar, and she was very beautiful.
14:28. And Absalom dwelt two years in Jerusalem, and saw not the king's
14:29. He sent therefore to Joab, to send him to the king: but he would
not come to him. And when he had sent the second time, and he would not
come to him,
14:30. He said to his servants: You know the field of Joab near my
field, that hath a crop of barley: go now and set it on fire. So the
servants of Absalom set the corn on fire. And Joab's servants coming
with their garments rent, said: The servants of Absalom have set part
of the field on fire.
14:31. Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom to his house, and said: Why
have thy servants set my corn on fire?
14:32. And Absalom answered Joab: I sent to thee beseeching thee to
come to me, that I might send thee to the king, to say to him:
Wherefore am I come from Gessur? it had been better for me to be there:
I beseech thee therefore that I may see the face of the king: and if he
be mindful of my iniquity, let him kill me.
14:33. So Joab going in to the king, told him all: and Absalom was
called for, and, he went in to the king: and prostrated himself on the
ground before him: and the king kissed Absalom.
2 Kings Chapter 15
Absalom's policy and conspiracy. David is obliged to flee.
15:1. Now after these things Absalom made himself chariots, and
horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.
15:2. And Absalom rising up early stood by the entrance of the gate,
and when any man had business to come to the king's judgment, Absalom
called him to him, and said: Of what city art thou? He answered, and
said: Thy servant is of such tribe of Israel.
15:3. And Absalom answered him: Thy words seem to me good and just. But
there is no man appointed by the king to hear thee. And Absalom said:
15:4. O that they would make me judge over the land, that all that have
business might come to me, that I might do them justice.
15:5. Moreover when any man came to him to salute him, he put forth his
hand, and took him, and kissed him.
15:6. And this he did to all Israel that came for judgment, to be heard
by the king, and he enticed the hearts of the men of Israel.
15:7. And after forty years, Absalom said to king David: Let me go, and
pay my vows which I have vowed to the Lord in Hebron.
15:8. For thy servant made a vow, when he was in Gessur of Syria,
saying: If the Lord shall bring me again into Jerusalem, I will offer
sacrifice to the Lord.
15:9. And king David said to him: Go in peace. And he arose, and went
15:10. And Absalom sent spies into all the tribes of Israel, saying: As
soon as you shall hear the sound of the trumpet, say ye: Absalom
reigneth in Hebron.
15:11. Now there went with Absalom two hundred men out of Jerusalem
that were called, going with simplicity of heart, and knowing nothing
of the design.
15:12. Absalom also sent for Achitophel the Gilonite, David's
counsellor, from his city Gilo. And while he was offering sacrifices,
there was a strong conspiracy, and the people running together
increased with Absalom.
15:13. And there came a messenger to David, saying: All Israel with
their whole heart followeth Absalom.
15:14. And David said to his servants, that were with him in Jerusalem:
Arise and let us flee: for we shall not escape else from the face of
Absalom: make haste to go out, lest he come and overtake us, and bring
ruin upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.
15:15. And the king's servants said to him: Whatsoever our lord the
king shall command, we thy servants will willingly execute.
15:16. And the king went forth, and all his household on foot: and the
king left ten women his concubines to keep the house:
Concubines. . .That is, wives of an inferior degree.
15:17. And the king going forth and all Israel on foot, stood afar off
from the house:
15:18. And all his servants walked by him, and the bands of the
Cerethi, and the Phelethi, and all the Gethites, valiant warriors, six
hundred men who had followed him from Geth on foot, went before the
15:19. And the king said to Ethai the Gethite: Why comest thou with us:
return and dwell with the king, for thou art a stranger, and art come
out of thy own place.
15:20. Yesterday thou camest, and to day shalt thou be forced to go
forth with us? but I shall go whither I am going: return thou, and take
back thy brethren with thee, and the Lord will shew thee mercy, and
truth, because thou hast shewn grace and fidelity.
15:21. And Ethai answered the king, saying: As the Lord liveth, and as
my lord the king liveth: in what place soever thou shalt be, my lord, O
king, either in death, or in life, there will thy servant be.
15:22. And David said to Ethai: Come, and pass over. And Ethai the
Gethite passed, and all the men that were with him, and the rest of the
15:23. And they all wept with a loud voice, and all the people passed
over: the king also himself went over the brook Cedron, and all the
people marched towards the way that looketh to the desert.
15:24. And Sadoc the priest also came, and all the Levites with him
carrying the ark of the covenant of God, and they set down the ark of
God: and Abiathar went up, till all the people that was come out of the
city had done passing.
15:25. And the king said to Sadoc: Carry back the ark of God into the
city: if I shall find grace in the sight of the Lord, he will bring me
again, and he will shew me it, and his tabernacle.
15:26. But if he shall say to me: Thou pleasest me not: I am ready, let
him do that which is good before him.
15:27. And the king said to Sadoc the priest: O seer, return into the
city in peace: and let Achimaas thy son, and Jonathan the son of
Abiathar, your two sons, be with you.
15:28. Behold I will lie hid in the plains of the wilderness, till
there come word from you to certify me.
15:29. So Sadoc and Abiathar carried back the ark of God into
Jerusalem: and they tarried there.
15:30. But David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, going up and
weeping, walking barefoot, and with his head covered, and all the
people that were with them, went up with their heads covered weeping.
Weeping, etc. . .David on this occasion wept for his sins, which he knew
were the cause of all his sufferings.
15:31. And it was told David that Achitophel also was in the conspiracy
with Absalom, and David said: Infatuate, O Lord, I beseech thee, the
counsel of Achitophel.
15:32. And when David was come to the top of the mountain, where he was
about to adore the Lord, behold Chusai the Arachite, came to meet him
with his garment rent and his head covered with earth.
15:33. And David said to him: If thou come with me, thou wilt be a
burden to me:
15:34. But if thou return into the city, and wilt say to Absalom: I am
thy servant, O king: as I have been thy father's servant, so I will be
thy servant: thou shalt defeat the counsel of Achitophel.
15:35. And thou hast with thee Sadoc, and soever thou shalt hear out of
the king's house, thou shalt tell it to Sadoc and Abiathar the priests.
15:36. And there are with them their two sons Achimaas; the son of
Sadoc, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar: and you shall send by them to
me every thing that you shall hear.
15:37. Then Chusai the friend of David went into the city, and Absalom
came into Jerusalem.
2 Kings Chapter 16
Siba bringeth provisions to David. Semei curseth him. Absalom defileth
his father's wives.
16:1. And when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold Siba
the servant of Miphiboseth came to meet him with two asses, laden with
two hundred loaves of bread, and a hundred bunches of raisins, a
hundred cakes of figs, and a vessel of wine.
16:2. And the king said to Siba: What mean these things? And Siba
answered: The asses are for the king's household to sit on: and the
loaves and the figs for thy servants to eat, and the wine to drink if
any man be faint in the desert.
16:3. And the king said: Where is thy master's son? And Siba answered
the king: He remained in Jerusalem, saying: To day, will the house of
Israel restore me the kingdom of my father.
16:4. And the king said to Siba: I give thee all that belonged to
Miphiboseth. And Siba said: I beseech thee let me find grace before
thee, my lord, O king.
16:5. And king David came as far as Bahurim: and behold there came out
from thence a man of the kindred of the house of Saul named Semei, the
son of Gera, and coming out he cursed as he went on,
16:6. And he threw stones at David, and at all the servants of king
David: and all the people, and all the warriors walked on the right,
and on the left side of the king.
16:7. And thus said Semei when he cursed the king: Come out, come out,
thou man of blood, and thou man of Belial.
16:8. The Lord hath repaid thee for all the blood of the house of Saul:
because thou hast usurped the kingdom in his stead, and the Lord hath
given the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and behold thy
evils press upon thee, because thou art a man of blood.
16:9. And Abisai the son of Sarvia said to the king: Why should this
dead dog curse my lord the king? I will go, and cut off his head.
16:10. And the king said: What have I to do with you, ye sons of
Sarvia? Let him alone and let him curse: for the Lord hath bid him
curse David: and who is he that shall dare say, why hath he done so?
Hath bid him curse. . .Not that the Lord was the author of Semei's sin,
which proceeded purely from his own malice, and the abuse of his free
will. But that knowing, and suffering his malicious disposition to
break out on this occasion, he made use of him as his instrument to
punish David for his sins.
16:11. And the king said to Abisai, and to all his servants: Behold my
son, who came forth from my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now
a son of Jemini? let him alone that he may curse as the Lord hath
16:12. Perhaps the Lord may look upon my affliction, and the Lord may
render me good for the cursing of this day.
16:13. And David and his men with him went by the way. And Semei by the
hill's side went over against him, cursing, and casting stones at him,
and scattering earth.
16:14. And the king and all the people with him came weary, and
refreshed themselves there.
16:15. But Absalom and all his people came into Jerusalem, and
Achitophel was with him.
16:16. And when Chusai the Arachite, David's friend, was come to
Absalom, he said to him: God save thee, O king, God save thee, O king.
16:17. And Absalom said to him, Is this thy kindness to thy friend? Why
wentest thou not with thy friend?
16:18. And Chusai answered Absalom: Nay: for I will be his, whom the
Lord hath chosen, and all this people, and all Israel, and with him
will I abide.
16:19. Besides this, whom shall I serve? is it not the king's son? as I
have served thy father, so will I serve thee also.
16:20. And Absalom said to Achitophel: Consult what we are to do.
16:21. And Achitophel said to Absalom: Go in to the concubines of thy
father, whom he hath left to keep the house: that when all Israel shall
hear that thou hast disgraced thy father, their hands may be
strengthened with thee.