American King James Version
The Second Book of Samuel
1:1 Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned
from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had stayed two days in
1:2 It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out
of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth on his head: and
so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance.
1:3 And David said to him, From where come you? And he said to him, Out
of the camp of Israel am I escaped.
1:4 And David said to him, How went the matter? I pray you, tell me.
And he answered, That the people are fled from the battle, and many of
the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are
1:5 And David said to the young man that told him, How know you that Saul
and Jonathan his son be dead?
1:6 And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance on mount
Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned on his spear; and, see, the chariots and horsemen
followed hard after him.
1:7 And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called to me. And I answered,
Here am I.
1:8 And he said to me, Who are you? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite.
1:9 He said to me again, Stand, I pray you, on me, and slay me: for anguish
is come on me, because my life is yet whole in me.
1:10 So I stood on him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could
not live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that was on his
head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them here
to my lord.
1:11 Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all
the men that were with him:
1:12 And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for
Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of
Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.
1:13 And David said to the young man that told him, From where are you?
And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite.
1:14 And David said to him, How were you not afraid to stretch forth your
hand to destroy the LORD's anointed?
1:15 And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall
on him. And he smote him that he died.
1:16 And David said to him, Your blood be on your head; for your mouth
has testified against you, saying, I have slain the LORD's anointed.
1:17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan
1:18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow:
behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)
1:19 The beauty of Israel is slain on your high places: how are the mighty
1:20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest
the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised
1:21 You mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be
rain, on you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty
is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed
1:22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of
Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty.
1:23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in
their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they
were stronger than lions.
1:24 You daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet,
with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold on your apparel.
1:25 How are the mighty fallen in the middle of the battle! O Jonathan,
you were slain in your high places.
1:26 I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant have you
been to me: your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.
1:27 How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!
2:1 And it came to pass after this, that David inquired of the LORD, saying,
Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the LORD said to him,
Go up. And David said, Where shall I go up? And he said, To Hebron.
2:2 So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess,
and Abigail Nabal's wife the Carmelite.
2:3 And his men that were with him did David bring up, every man with his
household: and they dwelled in the cities of Hebron.
2:4 And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over
the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, That the men of Jabeshgilead
were they that buried Saul.
2:5 And David sent messengers to the men of Jabeshgilead, and said to them,
Blessed be you of the LORD, that you have showed this kindness to your
lord, even to Saul, and have buried him.
2:6 And now the LORD show kindness and truth to you: and I also will requite
you this kindness, because you have done this thing.
2:7 Therefore now let your hands be strengthened, and be you valiant: for
your master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah have anointed me
king over them.
2:8 But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ishbosheth the
son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim;
2:9 And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel,
and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.
2:10 Ishbosheth Saul's son was forty years old when he began to reign over
Israel, and reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David.
2:11 And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah
was seven years and six months.
2:12 And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ishbosheth the son of
Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.
2:13 And Joab the son of Zeruiah, and the servants of David, went out,
and met together by the pool of Gibeon: and they sat down, the one on the
one side of the pool, and the other on the other side of the pool.
2:14 And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play before
us. And Joab said, Let them arise.
2:15 Then there arose and went over by number twelve of Benjamin, which
pertained to Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of
2:16 And they caught every one his fellow by the head, and thrust his sword
in his fellow's side; so they fell down together: why that place was called
Helkathhazzurim, which is in Gibeon.
2:17 And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten, and
the men of Israel, before the servants of David.
2:18 And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab, and Abishai, and
Asahel: and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe.
2:19 And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the
right hand nor to the left from following Abner.
2:20 Then Abner looked behind him, and said, Are you Asahel? And he answered,
2:21 And Abner said to him, Turn you aside to your right hand or to your
left, and lay you hold on one of the young men, and take you his armor.
But Asahel would not turn aside from following of him.
2:22 And Abner said again to Asahel, Turn you aside from following me:
why should I smite you to the ground? how then should I hold up my face
to Joab your brother?
2:23 However, he refused to turn aside: why Abner with the hinder end of
the spear smote him under the fifth rib, that the spear came out behind
him; and he fell down there, and died in the same place: and it came to
pass, that as many as came to the place where Asahel fell down and died
2:24 Joab also and Abishai pursued after Abner: and the sun went down when
they were come to the hill of Ammah, that lies before Giah by the way of
the wilderness of Gibeon.
2:25 And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together after Abner,
and became one troop, and stood on the top of an hill.
2:26 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever?
know you not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall
it be then, ere you bid the people return from following their brothers?
2:27 And Joab said, As God lives, unless you had spoken, surely then in
the morning the people had gone up every one from following his brother.
2:28 So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still, and pursued
after Israel no more, neither fought they any more.
2:29 And Abner and his men walked all that night through the plain, and
passed over Jordan, and went through all Bithron, and they came to Mahanaim.
2:30 And Joab returned from following Abner: and when he had gathered all
the people together, there lacked of David's servants nineteen men and
2:31 But the servants of David had smitten of Benjamin, and of Abner's
men, so that three hundred and three score men died.
2:32 And they took up Asahel, and buried him in the sepulcher of his father,
which was in Bethlehem. And Joab and his men went all night, and they came
to Hebron at break of day.
3:1 Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David:
but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker
3:2 And to David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn was Amnon,
of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess;
3:3 And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite;
and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of
3:4 And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah
the son of Abital;
3:5 And the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah David's wife. These were born to David
3:6 And it came to pass, while there was war between the house of Saul
and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong for the house of
3:7 And Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah:
and Ishbosheth said to Abner, Why have you gone in to my father's concubine?
3:8 Then was Abner very wroth for the words of Ishbosheth, and said, Am
I a dog's head, which against Judah do show kindness this day to the house
of Saul your father, to his brothers, and to his friends, and have not
delivered you into the hand of David, that you charge me to day with a
fault concerning this woman?
3:9 So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the LORD has sworn to
David, even so I do to him;
3:10 To translate the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the
throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to Beersheba.
3:11 And he could not answer Abner a word again, because he feared him.
3:12 And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, Whose is
the land? saying also, Make your league with me, and, behold, my hand shall
be with you, to bring about all Israel to you.
3:13 And he said, Well; I will make a league with you: but one thing I
require of you, that is, You shall not see my face, except you first bring
Michal Saul's daughter, when you come to see my face.
3:14 And David sent messengers to Ishbosheth Saul's son, saying, Deliver
me my wife Michal, which I espoused to me for an hundred foreskins of the
3:15 And Ishbosheth sent, and took her from her husband, even from Phaltiel
the son of Laish.
3:16 And her husband went with her along weeping behind her to Bahurim.
Then said Abner to him, Go, return. And he returned.
3:17 And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, You
sought for David in times past to be king over you:
3:18 Now then do it: for the LORD has spoken of David, saying, By the hand
of my servant David I will save my people Israel out of the hand of the
Philistines, and out of the hand of all their enemies.
3:19 And Abner also spoke in the ears of Benjamin: and Abner went also
to speak in the ears of David in Hebron all that seemed good to Israel,
and that seemed good to the whole house of Benjamin.
3:20 So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him. And David
made Abner and the men that were with him a feast.
3:21 And Abner said to David, I will arise and go, and will gather all
Israel to my lord the king, that they may make a league with you, and that
you may reign over all that your heart desires. And David sent Abner away;
and he went in peace.
3:22 And, behold, the servants of David and Joab came from pursuing a troop,
and brought in a great spoil with them: but Abner was not with David in
Hebron; for he had sent him away, and he was gone in peace.
3:23 When Joab and all the host that was with him were come, they told
Joab, saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he has sent him
away, and he is gone in peace.
3:24 Then Joab came to the king, and said, What have you done? behold,
Abner came to you; why is it that you have sent him away, and he is quite
3:25 You know Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive you, and to
know your going out and your coming in, and to know all that you do.
3:26 And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner,
which brought him again from the well of Sirah: but David knew it not.
3:27 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the
gate to speak with him quietly, and smote him there under the fifth rib,
that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother.
3:28 And afterward when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom are guiltless
before the LORD for ever from the blood of Abner the son of Ner:
3:29 Let it rest on the head of Joab, and on all his father's house; and
let there not fail from the house of Joab one that has an issue, or that
is a leper, or that leans on a staff, or that falls on the sword, or that
3:30 So Joab, and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he had slain
their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.
3:31 And David said to Joab, and to all the people that were with him,
Rend your clothes, and gird you with sackcloth, and mourn before Abner.
And king David himself followed the bier.
3:32 And they buried Abner in Hebron: and the king lifted up his voice,
and wept at the grave of Abner; and all the people wept.
3:33 And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dies?
3:34 Your hands were not bound, nor your feet put into fetters: as a man
falls before wicked men, so fell you. And all the people wept again over
3:35 And when all the people came to cause David to eat meat while it was
yet day, David swore, saying, So do God to me, and more also, if I taste
bread, or ought else, till the sun be down.
3:36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as whatever
the king did pleased all the people.
3:37 For all the people and all Israel understood that day that it was
not of the king to slay Abner the son of Ner.
3:38 And the king said to his servants, Know you not that there is a prince
and a great man fallen this day in Israel?
3:39 And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons
of Zeruiah be too hard for me: the LORD shall reward the doer of evil according
to his wickedness.
4:1 And when Saul's son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands
were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.
4:2 And Saul's son had two men that were captains of bands: the name of
the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon
a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin: (for Beeroth also was reckoned
4:3 And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and were sojourners there until
4:4 And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was
five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel,
and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste
to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.
4:5 And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and
came about the heat of the day to the house of Ishbosheth, who lay on a
bed at noon.
4:6 And they came thither into the middle of the house, as though they
would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth rib: and Rechab
and Baanah his brother escaped.
4:7 For when they came into the house, he lay on his bed in his bedchamber,
and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and took his head,
and got them away through the plain all night.
4:8 And they brought the head of Ishbosheth to David to Hebron, and said
to the king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of Saul your enemy,
which sought your life; and the LORD has avenged my lord the king this
day of Saul, and of his seed.
4:9 And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon
the Beerothite, and said to them, As the LORD lives, who has redeemed my
soul out of all adversity,
4:10 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought
good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that
I would have given him a reward for his tidings:
4:11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his
own house on his bed? shall I not therefore now require his blood of your
hand, and take you away from the earth?
4:12 And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off
their hands and their feet, and hanged them up over the pool in Hebron.
But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried it in the sepulcher of
Abner in Hebron.
5:1 Then came all the tribes of Israel to David to Hebron, and spoke, saying,
Behold, we are your bone and your flesh.
5:2 Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, you were he that led
out and brought in Israel: and the LORD said to you, You shall feed my
people Israel, and you shall be a captain over Israel.
5:3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David
made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD: and they anointed David
king over Israel.
5:4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty
5:5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in
Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.
5:6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem to the Jebusites, the inhabitants
of the land: which spoke to David, saying, Except you take away the blind
and the lame, you shall not come in here: thinking, David cannot come in
5:7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city
5:8 And David said on that day, Whoever gets up to the gutter, and smites
the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind that are hated of David's soul,
he shall be chief and captain. Why they said, The blind and the lame shall
not come into the house.
5:9 So David dwelled in the fort, and called it the city of David. And
David built round about from Millo and inward.
5:10 And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with
5:11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees,
and carpenters, and masons: and they built David an house.
5:12 And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel,
and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel's sake.
5:13 And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after
he was come from Hebron: and there were yet sons and daughters born to
5:14 And these be the names of those that were born to him in Jerusalem;
Shammuah, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon,
5:15 Ibhar also, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia,
5:16 And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphalet.
5:17 But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over
Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it,
and went down to the hold.
5:18 The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.
5:19 And David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines?
will you deliver them into my hand? And the LORD said to David, Go up:
for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.
5:20 And David came to Baalperazim, and David smote them there, and said,
The LORD has broken forth on my enemies before me, as the breach of waters.
Therefore he called the name of that place Baalperazim.
5:21 And there they left their images, and David and his men burned them.
5:22 And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the
valley of Rephaim.
5:23 And when David inquired of the LORD, he said, You shall not go up;
but fetch a compass behind them, and come on them over against the mulberry
5:24 And let it be, when you hear the sound of a going in the tops of the
mulberry trees, that then you shall bestir yourself: for then shall the
LORD go out before you, to smite the host of the Philistines.
5:25 And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and smote the Philistines
from Geba until you come to Gazer.
6:1 Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty
6:2 And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from
Baale of Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, whose name is called
by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwells between the cherubim.
6:3 And they set the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the
house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab,
drove the new cart.
6:4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah,
accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.
6:5 And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all
manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries,
and on tambourines, and on cornets, and on cymbals.
6:6 And when they came to Nachon's threshing floor, Uzzah put forth his
hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.
6:7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote
him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.
6:8 And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach on Uzzah:
and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day.
6:9 And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall the
ark of the LORD come to me?
6:10 So David would not remove the ark of the LORD to him into the city
of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.
6:11 And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite
three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household.
6:12 And it was told king David, saying, The LORD has blessed the house
of Obededom, and all that pertains to him, because of the ark of God. So
David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into
the city of David with gladness.
6:13 And it was so, that when they that bore the ark of the LORD had gone
six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatted calves.
6:14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was
girded with a linen ephod.
6:15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD
with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
6:16 And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's
daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing
before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.
6:17 And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place,
in the middle of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David
offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
6:18 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and
peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.
6:19 And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude
of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and
a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed
every one to his house.
6:20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter
of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of
Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids
of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!
6:21 And David said to Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before
your father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people
of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD.
6:22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in my own
sight: and of the maidservants which you have spoken of, of them shall
I be had in honor.
6:23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her
7:1 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD had
given him rest round about from all his enemies;
7:2 That the king said to Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house
of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within curtains.
7:3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in your heart; for
the LORD is with you.
7:4 And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came to Nathan,
7:5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus said the LORD, Shall you build me
an house for me to dwell in?
7:6 Whereas I have not dwelled in any house since the time that I brought
up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked
in a tent and in a tabernacle.
7:7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel
spoke I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed
my people Israel, saying, Why build you not me an house of cedar?
7:8 Now therefore so shall you say to my servant David, Thus said the LORD
of hosts, I took you from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be
ruler over my people, over Israel:
7:9 And I was with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies
out of your sight, and have made you a great name, like to the name of
the great men that are in the earth.
7:10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant
them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither
shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime,
7:11 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people
Israel, and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. Also the LORD
tells you that he will make you an house.
7:12 And when your days be fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers,
I will set up your seed after you, which shall proceed out of your bowels,
and I will establish his kingdom.
7:13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will establish the throne
of his kingdom for ever.
7:14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity,
I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children
7:15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul,
whom I put away before you.
7:16 And your house and your kingdom shall be established for ever before
you: your throne shall be established for ever.
7:17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so
did Nathan speak to David.
7:18 Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who
am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that you have brought me till now?
7:19 And this was yet a small thing in your sight, O Lord GOD; but you
have spoken also of your servant's house for a great while to come. And
is this the manner of man, O Lord GOD?
7:20 And what can David say more to you? for you, Lord GOD, know your servant.
7:21 For your word's sake, and according to your own heart, have you done
all these great things, to make your servant know them.
7:22 Why you are great, O LORD God: for there is none like you, neither
is there any God beside you, according to all that we have heard with our
7:23 And what one nation in the earth is like your people, even like Israel,
whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name,
and to do for you great things and terrible, for your land, before your
people, which you redeemed to you from Egypt, from the nations and their
7:24 For you have confirmed to yourself your people Israel to be a people
to you for ever: and you, LORD, are become their God.
7:25 And now, O LORD God, the word that you have spoken concerning your
servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as you
7:26 And let your name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts
is the God over Israel: and let the house of your servant David be established
7:27 For you, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, have revealed to your servant,
saying, I will build you an house: therefore has your servant found in
his heart to pray this prayer to you.
7:28 And now, O Lord GOD, you are that God, and your words be true, and
you have promised this goodness to your servant:
7:29 Therefore now let it please you to bless the house of your servant,
that it may continue for ever before you: for you, O Lord GOD, have spoken
it: and with your blessing let the house of your servant be blessed for
8:1 And after this it came to pass that David smote the Philistines, and
subdued them: and David took Methegammah out of the hand of the Philistines.
8:2 And he smote Moab, and measured them with a line, casting them down
to the ground; even with two lines measured he to put to death, and with
one full line to keep alive. And so the Moabites became David's servants,
and brought gifts.
8:3 David smote also Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he
went to recover his border at the river Euphrates.
8:4 And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven hundred horsemen,
and twenty thousand footmen: and David hamstrung all the chariot horses,
but reserved of them for an hundred chariots.
8:5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came to succor Hadadezer king of Zobah,
David slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men.
8:6 Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus: and the Syrians became
servants to David, and brought gifts. And the LORD preserved David wherever
8:7 And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer,
and brought them to Jerusalem.
8:8 And from Betah, and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, king David
took exceeding much brass.
8:9 When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had smitten all the host of
8:10 Then Toi sent Joram his son to king David, to salute him, and to bless
him, because he had fought against Hadadezer, and smitten him: for Hadadezer
had wars with Toi. And Joram brought with him vessels of silver, and vessels
of gold, and vessels of brass:
8:11 Which also king David did dedicate to the LORD, with the silver and
gold that he had dedicated of all nations which he subdued;
8:12 Of Syria, and of Moab, and of the children of Ammon, and of the Philistines,
and of Amalek, and of the spoil of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
8:13 And David got him a name when he returned from smiting of the Syrians
in the valley of salt, being eighteen thousand men.
8:14 And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom put he garrisons,
and all they of Edom became David's servants. And the LORD preserved David
wherever he went.
8:15 And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and
justice to all his people.
8:16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat the
son of Ahilud was recorder;
8:17 And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, were
the priests; and Seraiah was the scribe;
8:18 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites and
the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief rulers.
9:1 And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul,
that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?
9:2 And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And
when they had called him to David, the king said to him, Are you Ziba?
And he said, Your servant is he.
9:3 And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that
I may show the kindness of God to him? And Ziba said to the king, Jonathan
has yet a son, which is lame on his feet.
9:4 And the king said to him, Where is he? And Ziba said to the king, Behold,
he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar.
9:5 Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the
son of Ammiel, from Lodebar.
9:6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come
to David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth.
And he answered, Behold your servant!
9:7 And David said to him, Fear not: for I will surely show you kindness
for Jonathan your father's sake, and will restore you all the land of Saul
your father; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.
9:8 And he bowed himself, and said, What is your servant, that you should
look on such a dead dog as I am?
9:9 Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, I have
given to your master's son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house.
9:10 You therefore, and your sons, and your servants, shall till the land
for him, and you shall bring in the fruits, that your master's son may
have food to eat: but Mephibosheth your master's son shall eat bread always
at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
9:11 Then said Ziba to the king, According to all that my lord the king
has commanded his servant, so shall your servant do. As for Mephibosheth,
said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king's sons.
9:12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha. And all that
dwelled in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth.
9:13 So Mephibosheth dwelled in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at
the king's table; and was lame on both his feet.
10:1 And it came to pass after this, that the king of the children of Ammon
died, and Hanun his son reigned in his stead.
10:2 Then said David, I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash,
as his father showed kindness to me. And David sent to comfort him by the
hand of his servants for his father. And David's servants came into the
land of the children of Ammon.
10:3 And the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun their lord,
Think you that David does honor your father, that he has sent comforters
to you? has not David rather sent his servants to you, to search the city,
and to spy it out, and to overthrow it?
10:4 Why Hanun took David's servants, and shaved off the one half of their
beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks,
and sent them away.
10:5 When they told it to David, he sent to meet them, because the men
were greatly ashamed: and the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards
be grown, and then return.
10:6 And when the children of Ammon saw that they stank before David, the
children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Bethrehob and the Syrians
of Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, and of king Maacah a thousand men, and
of Ishtob twelve thousand men.
10:7 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the
10:8 And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array at
the entering in of the gate: and the Syrians of Zoba, and of Rehob, and
Ishtob, and Maacah, were by themselves in the field.
10:9 When Joab saw that the front of the battle was against him before
and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array
against the Syrians:
10:10 And the rest of the people he delivered into the hand of Abishai
his brother, that he might put them in array against the children of Ammon.
10:11 And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, then you shall
help me: but if the children of Ammon be too strong for you, then I will
come and help you.
10:12 Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for
the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seems him good.
10:13 And Joab drew near, and the people that were with him, to the battle
against the Syrians: and they fled before him.
10:14 And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fled, then
fled they also before Abishai, and entered into the city. So Joab returned
from the children of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem.
10:15 And when the Syrians saw that they were smitten before Israel, they
gathered themselves together.
10:16 And Hadarezer sent, and brought out the Syrians that were beyond
the river: and they came to Helam; and Shobach the captain of the host
of Hadarezer went before them.
10:17 And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together, and
passed over Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians set themselves in
array against David, and fought with him.
10:18 And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew the men of seven
hundred chariots of the Syrians, and forty thousand horsemen, and smote
Shobach the captain of their host, who died there.
10:19 And when all the kings that were servants to Hadarezer saw that they
were smitten before Israel, they made peace with Israel, and served them.
So the Syrians feared to help the children of Ammon any more.
11:1 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when
kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him,
and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged
Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
11:2 And it came to pass in an evening, that David arose from off his bed,
and walked on the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a
woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look on.
11:3 And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not
this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
11:4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in to him, and
he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned
to her house.
11:5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with
11:6 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab
sent Uriah to David.
11:7 And when Uriah was come to him, David demanded of him how Joab did,
and how the people did, and how the war prospered.
11:8 And David said to Uriah, Go down to your house, and wash your feet.
And Uriah departed out of the king's house, and there followed him a mess
of meat from the king.
11:9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants
of his lord, and went not down to his house.
11:10 And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down to his
house, David said to Uriah, Came you not from your journey? why then did
you not go down to your house?
11:11 And Uriah said to David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in
tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the
open fields; shall I then go into my house, to eat and to drink, and to
lie with my wife? as you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this
11:12 And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to day also, and to morrow I
will let you depart. So Uriah stayed in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow.
11:13 And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and
he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants
of his lord, but went not down to his house.
11:14 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to
Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
11:15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set you Uriah in the forefront
of the hottest battle, and retire you from him, that he may be smitten,
11:16 And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned
Uriah to a place where he knew that valiant men were.
11:17 And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there
fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite
11:18 Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war;
11:19 And charged the messenger, saying, When you have made an end of telling
the matters of the war to the king,
11:20 And if so be that the king's wrath arise, and he say to you, Why
approached you so near to the city when you did fight? knew you not that
they would shoot from the wall?
11:21 Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast
a piece of a millstone on him from the wall, that he died in Thebez? why
went you near the wall? then say you, Your servant Uriah the Hittite is
11:22 So the messenger went, and came and showed David all that Joab had
sent him for.
11:23 And the messenger said to David, Surely the men prevailed against
us, and came out to us into the field, and we were on them even to the
entering of the gate.
11:24 And the shooters shot from off the wall on your servants; and some
of the king's servants be dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead
11:25 Then David said to the messenger, Thus shall you say to Joab, Let
not this thing displease you, for the sword devours one as well as another:
make your battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it: and encourage
11:26 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead,
she mourned for her husband.
11:27 And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his
house, and she became his wife, and bore him a son. But the thing that
David had done displeased the LORD.
12:1 And the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him, and said to
him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.
12:2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:
12:3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had
bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his
children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay
in his bosom, and was to him as a daughter.
12:4 And there came a travelers to the rich man, and he spared to take
of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that
was come to him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man
that was come to him.
12:5 And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said
to Nathan, As the LORD lives, the man that has done this thing shall surely
12:6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing,
and because he had no pity.
12:7 And Nathan said to David, You are the man. Thus said the LORD God
of Israel, I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of
the hand of Saul;
12:8 And I gave you your master's house, and your master's wives into your
bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been
too little, I would moreover have given to you such and such things.
12:9 Why have you despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his
sight? you have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken
his wife to be your wife, and have slain him with the sword of the children
12:10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house; because
you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be
12:11 Thus said the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against you out
of your own house, and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give
them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of
12:12 For you did it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel,
and before the sun.
12:13 And David said to Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan
said to David, The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.
12:14 However,, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the
enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born to you shall
12:15 And Nathan departed to his house. And the LORD struck the child that
Uriah's wife bore to David, and it was very sick.
12:16 David therefore sought God for the child; and David fasted, and went
in, and lay all night on the earth.
12:17 And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him
up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.
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, while the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he would
not listen to our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that
the child is dead?
12:19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that
the child was dead: therefore David said to his servants, Is the child
dead? And they said, He is dead.
12:20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself,
and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped:
then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before
him, and he did eat.
12:21 Then said his servants to him, What thing is this that you have done?
you did fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child
was dead, you did rise and eat bread.
12:22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for
I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child
12:23 But now he is dead, why should I fast? can I bring him back again?
I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
12:24 And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her, and lay
with her: and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD
12:25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his
name Jedidiah, because of the LORD.
12:26 And Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and took
the royal city.
12:27 And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I have fought against
Rabbah, and have taken the city of waters.
12:28 Now therefore gather the rest of the people together, and encamp
against the city, and take it: lest I take the city, and it be called after
12:29 And David gathered all the people together, and went to Rabbah, and
fought against it, and took it.
12:30 And he took their king's crown from off his head, the weight whereof
was a talent of gold with the precious stones: and it was set on David's
head. And he brought forth the spoil of the city in great abundance.
12:31 And he brought forth the people that were therein, and put them under
saws, and under harrows of iron, and under axes of iron, and made them
pass through the brick-kiln: and thus did he to all the cities of the children
of Ammon. So David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.
13:1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had
a fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her.
13:2 And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for
she was a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for him to do anything to her.
13:3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah
David's brother: and Jonadab was a very subtle man.
13:4 And he said to him, Why are you, being the king's son, lean from day
to day? will you not tell me? And Amnon said to him, I love Tamar, my brother
13:5 And Jonadab said to him, Lay you down on your bed, and make yourself
sick: and when your father comes to see you, say to him, I pray you, 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.
13:6 So Amnon lay down, and made himself sick: and when the king was come
to see him, Amnon said to the king, I pray you, let Tamar my sister come,
and make me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat at her hand.
13:7 Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, Go now to your brother Amnon's
house, and dress him meat.
13:8 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.
13:9 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.
13:10 And Amnon said to Tamar, Bring the meat into the chamber, that I
may eat of your hand. And Tamar took the cakes which she had made, and
brought them into the chamber to Amnon her brother.
13:11 And when she had brought them to him to eat, he took hold of her,
and said to her, Come lie with me, my sister.
13:12 And she answered him, No, my brother, do not force me; for no such
thing ought to be done in Israel: do not you this folly.
13:13 And I, where shall I cause my shame to go? and as for you, you shall
be as one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, I pray you, speak to the
king; for he will not withhold me from you.
13:14 However, he would not listen to her voice: but, being stronger than
she, forced her, and lay with her.
13:15 Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred with which he
hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon
said to her, Arise, be gone.
13:16 And she said to him, There is no cause: this evil in sending me away
is greater than the other that you did to me. But he would not listen to
13:17 Then he called his servant that ministered to him, and said, Put
now this woman out from me, and bolt the door after her.
13:18 And she had a garment of divers colors on her: for with such robes
were the king's daughters that were virgins appareled. Then his servant
brought her out, and bolted the door after her.
13:19 And Tamar put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of divers colors
that was on her, and laid her hand on her head, and went on crying.
13:20 And Absalom her brother said to her, Has Amnon your brother been
with you? but hold now your peace, my sister: he is your brother; regard
not this thing. So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom's house.
13:21 But when king David heard of all these things, he was very wroth.
13:22 And Absalom spoke to his brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for
Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar.
13:23 And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom had sheep
shearers in Baalhazor, which is beside Ephraim: and Absalom invited all
the king's sons.
13:24 And Absalom came to the king, and said, Behold now, your servant
has sheep shearers; let the king, I beseech you, and his servants go with
13:25 And the king said to Absalom, No, my son, let us not all now go,
lest we be chargeable to you. And he pressed him: however, he would not
go, but blessed him.
13:26 Then said Absalom, If not, I pray you, let my brother Amnon go with
us. And the king said to him, Why should he go with you?
13:27 But Absalom pressed him, that he let Amnon and all the king's sons
go with him.
13:28 Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark you now when
Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, Smite Amnon; then
kill him, fear not: have not I commanded you? be courageous, and be valiant.
13:29 And the servants of Absalom did to Amnon as Absalom had commanded.
Then all the king's sons arose, and every man got him up on his mule, and
13:30 And it came to pass, while they were in the way, that tidings came
to David, saying, Absalom has slain all the king's sons, and there is not
one of them left.
13:31 Then the king arose, and tare his garments, and lay on the earth;
and all his servants stood by with their clothes rent.
13:32 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 has
been determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar.
13:33 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.
13:34 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.
13:35 And Jonadab said to the king, Behold, the king's sons come: as your
servant said, so it is.
13:36 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.
13:37 But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai, the son of Ammihud, king of
Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day.
13:38 So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three years.
13:39 And the soul of king David longed to go forth to Absalom: for he
was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.
14:1 Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king's heart was toward
14:2 And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched there a wise woman, and said
to her, I pray you, feign yourself to be a mourner, and put on now mourning
apparel, and anoint not yourself with oil, but be as a woman that had a
long time mourned for the dead:
14:3 And come to the king, and speak on this manner to him. So Joab put
the words in her mouth.
14:4 And when the woman of Tekoah spoke to the king, she fell on her face
to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, Help, O king.
14:5 And the king said to her, What ails you? And she answered, I am indeed
a widow woman, and my husband is dead.
14:6 And your 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
14:7 And, behold, the whole family is risen against your 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 on the earth.
14:8 And the king said to the woman, Go to your house, and I will give
charge concerning you.
14:9 And the woman of Tekoah said to 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.
14:10 And the king said, Whoever said ought to you, bring him to me, and
he shall not touch you any more.
14:11 Then said she, I pray you, let the king remember the LORD your God,
that you would not suffer the revengers of blood to destroy any more, lest
they destroy my son. And he said, As the LORD lives, there shall not one
hair of your son fall to the earth.
14:12 Then the woman said, Let your handmaid, I pray you, speak one word
to my lord the king. And he said, Say on.
14:13 And the woman said, Why then have you thought such a thing against
the people of God? for the king does speak this thing as one which is faulty,
in that the king does not fetch home again his banished.
14:14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which
cannot be gathered up again; neither does God respect any person: yet does
he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.
14:15 Now therefore that I am come to speak of this thing to my lord the
king, it is because the people have made me afraid: and your handmaid said,
I will now speak to the king; it may be that the king will perform the
request of his handmaid.
14:16 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
14:17 Then your 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 your God will be with you.
14:18 Then the king answered and said to the woman, Hide not from me, I
pray you, the thing that I shall ask you. And the woman said, Let my lord
the king now speak.
14:19 And the king said, Is not the hand of Joab with you in all this?
And the woman answered and said, As your soul lives, my lord the king,
none can turn to the right hand or to the left from ought that my lord
the king has spoken: for your servant Joab, he bade me, and he put all
these words in the mouth of your handmaid:
14:20 To fetch about this form of speech has your 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.
14:21 And the king said to Joab, Behold now, I have done this thing: go
therefore, bring the young man Absalom again.
14:22 And Joab fell to the ground on his face, and bowed himself, and thanked
the king: and Joab said, To day your servant knows that I have found grace
in your sight, my lord, O king, in that the king has fulfilled the request
of his servant.
14:23 So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.
14:24 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
14:25 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.
14:26 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
14:27 And to Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter, whose
name was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance.
14:28 So Absalom dwelled two full years in Jerusalem, and saw not the king's
14:29 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
14:30 Therefore he said to his servants, See, Joab's field is near mine,
and he has barley there; go and set it on fire. And Absalom's servants
set the field on fire.
14:31 Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom to his house, and said to him,
Why have your servants set my field on fire?
14:32 And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent to you, saying, Come here,
that I may send you to the king, to say, Why 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.
14:33 So Joab came to the king, and told him: and when he had called for
Absalom, he came to the king, and bowed himself on his face to the ground
before the king: and the king kissed Absalom.
15:1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots
and horses, and fifty men to run before him.
15:2 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 to him, and said, Of what city are you? And
he said, Your servant is of one of the tribes of Israel.
15:3 And Absalom said to him, See, your matters are good and right; but
there is no man deputed of the king to hear you.
15:4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that
every man which has any suit or cause might come to me, and I would do
15:5 And it was so, that when any man came near to him to do him obeisance,
he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him.
15:6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king
for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
15:7 And it came to pass after forty years, that Absalom said to the king,
I pray you, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed to the LORD, in
15:8 For your servant vowed a vow while I stayed at Geshur in Syria, saying,
If the LORD shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will serve
15:9 And the king said to him, Go in peace. So he arose, and went to Hebron.
15:10 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying,
As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then you shall say, Absalom
reigns in Hebron.
15:11 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.
15:12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counselor,
from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy
was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom.
15:13 And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men
of Israel are after Absalom.
15:14 And David said to 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 on us, and
smite the city with the edge of the sword.
15:15 And the king's servants said to the king, Behold, your servants are
ready to do whatever my lord the king shall appoint.
15:16 And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And the
king left ten women, which were concubines, to keep the house.
15:17 And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and tarried
in a place that was far off.
15:18 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.
15:19 Then said the king to Ittai the Gittite, Why go you also with us?
return to your place, and abide with the king: for you are a stranger,
and also an exile.
15:20 Whereas you came but yesterday, should I this day make you go up
and down with us? seeing I go where I may, return you, and take back your
brothers: mercy and truth be with you.
15:21 And Ittai answered the king, and said, As the LORD lives, and as
my lord the king lives, surely in what place my lord the king shall be,
whether in death or life, even there also will your servant be.
15:22 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.
15:23 And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people passed
over: the king also himself passed over the brook Kidron, and all the people
passed over, toward the way of the wilderness.
15:24 And see 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.
15:25 And the king said to Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city:
if I shall find favor in the eyes of the LORD, he will bring me again,
and show me both it, and his habitation:
15:26 But if he thus say, I have no delight in you; behold, here am I,
let him do to me as seems good to him.
15:27 The king said also to Zadok the priest, Are not you a seer? return
into the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz your son, and
Jonathan the son of Abiathar.
15:28 See, I will tarry in the plain of the wilderness, until there come
word from you to certify me.
15:29 Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God again to Jerusalem:
and they tarried there.
15:30 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.
15:31 And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators
with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I pray you, turn the counsel of Ahithophel
15:32 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 on his head:
15:33 To whom David said, If you pass on with me, then you shall be a burden
15:34 But if you return to the city, and say to Absalom, I will be your
servant, O king; as I have been your father's servant till now, so will
I now also be your servant: then may you for me defeat the counsel of Ahithophel.
15:35 And have you not there with you Zadok and Abiathar the priests?
therefore it shall be, that what thing soever you shall hear out of the
king's house, you shall tell it to Zadok and Abiathar the priests.
15:36 Behold, they have there with them their two sons, Ahimaaz Zadok's
son, and Jonathan Abiathar's son; and by them you shall send to me every
thing that you can hear.
15:37 So Hushai David's friend came into the city, and Absalom came into
16:1 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
on them two hundred loaves of bread, and an hundred bunches of raisins,
and an hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.
16:2 And the king said to Ziba, What mean you 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.
16:3 And the king said, And where is your master's son? And Ziba said to
the king, Behold, he stays at Jerusalem: for he said, To day shall the
house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father.
16:4 Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, your are all that pertained to
Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I humbly beseech you that I may find grace
in your sight, my lord, O king.
16:5 And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, there 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.
16:6 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
16:7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, you bloody
man, and you man of Belial:
16:8 The LORD has returned on you all the blood of the house of Saul, in
whose stead you have reigned; and the LORD has delivered the kingdom into
the hand of Absalom your son: and, behold, you are taken in your mischief,
because you are a bloody man.
16:9 Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah to the king, Why should this
dead dog curse my lord the king? let me go over, I pray you, and take off
16:10 And the king said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah?
so let him curse, because the LORD has said to him, Curse David. Who shall
then say, Why have you done so?
16:11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son,
which came forth of my bowels, seeks my life: how much more now may this
Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD has bidden
16:12 It may be that the LORD will look on my affliction, and that the
LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.
16:13 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.
16:14 And the king, and all the people that were with him, came weary,
and refreshed themselves there.
16:15 And Absalom, and all the people the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem,
and Ahithophel with him.
16:16 And it came to pass, when Hushai the Archite, David's friend, was
come to Absalom, that Hushai said to Absalom, God save the king, God save
16:17 And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this your kindness to your friend?
why went you not with your friend?
16:18 And Hushai said to Absalom, No; but whom the LORD, and this people,
and all the men of Israel, choose, his will I be, and with him will I abide.
16:19 And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence
of his son? as I have served in your father's presence, so will I be in
16:20 Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall
16:21 And Ahithophel said to Absalom, Go in to your father's concubines,
which he has left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that you
are abhorred of your father: then shall the hands of all that are with
you be strong.
16:22 So they spread Absalom a tent on the top of the house; and Absalom
went in to his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.
16:23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counceled in those days,
was as if a man had inquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel
of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.
17:1 Moreover Ahithophel said to Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve
thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night:
17:2 And I will come on 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:
17:3 And I will bring back all the people to you: the man whom you seek
is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace.
17:4 And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.
17:5 Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear
likewise what he said.
17:6 And when Hushai was come to Absalom, Absalom spoke to him, saying,
Ahithophel has spoken after this manner: shall we do after his saying?
if not; speak you.
17:7 And Hushai said to Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel has given
is not good at this time.
17:8 For, said Hushai, you know your 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 your father is a man of war, and will not lodge with
17:9 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 whoever
hears it will say, There is a slaughter among the people that follow Absalom.
17:10 And he also that is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion,
shall utterly melt: for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man,
and they which be with him are valiant men.
17:11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered to you,
from Dan even to Beersheba, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude;
and that you go to battle in your own person.
17:12 So shall we come on him in some place where he shall be found, and
we will light on him as the dew falls on the ground: and of him and of
all the men that are with him there shall not be left so much as one.
17:13 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.
17:14 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 on Absalom.
17:15 Then said Hushai to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus
did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel; and thus and thus
have I counceled.
17:16 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.
17:17 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.
17:18 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; where they went down.
17:19 And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and
spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not known.
17:20 And when Absalom's servants came to the woman to the house, they
said, Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said to them, They be
gone over the brook of water. And when they had sought and could not find
them, they returned to Jerusalem.
17:21 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 to David, Arise,
and pass quickly over the water: for thus has Ahithophel counceled against
17:22 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.
17:23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled
his ass, and arose, and got him home to his house, to his city, and put
his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in
the sepulcher of his father.
17:24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over Jordan, he and
all the men of Israel with him.
17:25 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.
17:26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land of Gilead.
17:27 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,
17:28 Brought beds, and basins, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley,
and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentils, and parched vegetables,
17:29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of cows, for David,
and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people
is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.
18:1 And David numbered the people that were with him, and set captains
of thousands, and captains of hundreds over them.
18:2 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 to the people, I will surely go forth with you myself also.
18:3 But the people answered, You shall 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 you are worth ten thousand of us: therefore now it is better
that you succor us out of the city.
18:4 And the king said to them, What seems you best I will do. And the
king stood by the gate side, and all the people came out by hundreds and
18:5 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.
18:6 So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the battle
was in the wood of Ephraim;
18:7 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.
18:8 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.
18:9 And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode on 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.
18:10 And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw
Absalom hanged in an oak.
18:11 And Joab said to the man that told him, And, behold, you saw him,
and why did you not smite him there to the ground? and I would have given
you ten shekels of silver, and a girdle.
18:12 And the man said to Joab, Though I should receive a thousand shekels
of silver in my hand, yet would I not put forth my hand against the king's
son: for in our hearing the king charged you and Abishai and Ittai, saying,
Beware that none touch the young man Absalom.
18:13 Otherwise I should have worked falsehood against my own life: for
there is no matter hid from the king, and you yourself would have set yourself
18:14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with you. And he took three
darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while
he was yet alive in the middle of the oak.
18:15 And ten young men that bore Joab's armor compassed about and smote
Absalom, and slew him.
18:16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from pursuing
after Israel: for Joab held back the people.
18:17 And they took Absalom, and cast him into a great pit in the wood,
and laid a very great heap of stones on him: and all Israel fled every
one to his tent.
18:18 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 to this day, Absalom's place.
18:19 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the
king tidings, how that the LORD has avenged him of his enemies.
18:20 And Joab said to him, You shall not bear tidings this day, but you
shall bear tidings another day: but this day you shall bear no tidings,
because the king's son is dead.
18:21 Then said Joab to Cushi, Go tell the king what you have seen. And
Cushi bowed himself to Joab, and ran.
18:22 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet again to Joab, But howsoever,
let me, I pray you, also run after Cushi. And Joab said, Why will you run,
my son, seeing that you have no tidings ready?
18:23 But howsoever, said he, let me run. And he said to him, Run. Then
Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and overran Cushi.
18:24 And David sat between the two gates: and the watchman went up to
the roof over the gate to the wall, and lifted up his eyes, and looked,
and behold a man running alone.
18:25 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
18:26 And the watchman saw another man running: and the watchman called
to the porter, and said, Behold another man running alone. And the king
said, He also brings tidings.
18:27 And the watchman said, Me thinks 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 comes with good tidings.
18:28 And Ahimaaz called, and said to the king, All is well. And he fell
down to the earth on his face before the king, and said, Blessed be the
LORD your God, which has delivered up the men that lifted up their hand
against my lord the king.
18:29 And the king said, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Ahimaaz answered,
When Joab sent the king's servant, and me your servant, I saw a great tumult,
but I knew not what it was.
18:30 And the king said to him, Turn aside, and stand here. And he turned
aside, and stood still.
18:31 And, behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, Tidings, my lord the king:
for the LORD has avenged you this day of all them that rose up against
18:32 And the king said to Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Cushi
answered, The enemies of my lord the king, and all that rise against you
to do you hurt, be as that young man is.
18:33 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 you, O Absalom, my son, my son!
19:1 And it was told Joab, Behold, the king weeps and mourns for Absalom.
19:2 And the victory that day was turned into mourning to all the people:
for the people heard say that day how the king was grieved for his son.
19:3 And the people got them by stealth that day into the city, as people
being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.
19:4 But the king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice,
O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!
19:5 And Joab came into the house to the king, and said, You have shamed
this day the faces of all your servants, which this day have saved your
life, and the lives of your sons and of your daughters, and the lives of
your wives, and the lives of your concubines;
19:6 In that you love your enemies, and hate your friends. For you have
declared this day, that you regard 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 you well.
19:7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak comfortably to your servants:
for I swear by the LORD, if you go not forth, there will not tarry one
with you this night: and that will be worse to you than all the evil that
befell you from your youth until now.
19:8 Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. And they told to all the
people, saying, Behold, the king does sit in the gate. And all the people
came before the king: for Israel had fled every man to his tent.
19:9 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
19:10 And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore
why speak you not a word of bringing the king back?
19:11 And king David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying,
Speak to the elders of Judah, saying, Why are you 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.
19:12 You are my brothers, you are my bones and my flesh: why then are
you the last to bring back the king?
19:13 And say you to Amasa, Are you not of my bone, and of my flesh? God
do so to me, and more also, if you be not captain of the host before me
continually in the room of Joab.
19:14 And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as the heart
of one man; so that they sent this word to the king, Return you, and all
19:15 So the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal,
to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over Jordan.
19:16 And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was of Bahurim, hurried
and came down with the men of Judah to meet king David.
19:17 And there were a thousand men of Benjamin with him, and Ziba the
servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants
with him; and they went over Jordan before the king.
19:18 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;
19:19 And said to the king, Let not my lord impute iniquity to me, neither
do you remember that which your servant did perversely the day that my
lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his
19:20 For your servant does 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.
19:21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not Shimei
be put to death for this, because he cursed the LORD's anointed?
19:22 And David said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah,
that you should this day be adversaries to me? shall there any man be put
to death this day in Israel? for do not I know that I am this day king
19:23 Therefore the king said to Shimei, You shall not die. And the king
swore to him.
19:24 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.
19:25 And it came to pass, when he was come to Jerusalem to meet the king,
that the king said to him, Why went not you with me, Mephibosheth?
19:26 And he answered, My lord, O king, my servant deceived me: for your
servant said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride thereon, and go
to the king; because your servant is lame.
19:27 And he has slandered your servant to my lord the king; but my lord
the king is as an angel of God: do therefore what is good in your eyes.
19:28 For all of my father's house were but dead men before my lord the
king: yet did you set your servant among them that did eat at your own
table. What right therefore have I yet to cry any more to the king?
19:29 And the king said to him, Why speak you any more of your matters?
I have said, You and Ziba divide the land.
19:30 And Mephibosheth said to the king, Yes, let him take all, for as
much as my lord the king is come again in peace to his own house.
19:31 And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim, and went over
Jordan with the king, to conduct him over Jordan.
19:32 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.
19:33 And the king said to Barzillai, Come you over with me, and I will
feed you with me in Jerusalem.
19:34 And Barzillai said to the king, How long have I to live, that I should
go up with the king to Jerusalem?
19:35 I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern between good
and evil? can your servant taste what I eat or what I drink? can I hear
any more the voice of singing men and singing women? why then should your
servant be yet a burden to my lord the king?
19:36 Your servant will go a little way over Jordan with the king: and
why should the king recompense it me with such a reward?
19:37 Let your servant, I pray you, turn back again, that I may die in
my own city, and be buried by the grave of my father and of my mother.
But behold your servant Chimham; let him go over with my lord the king;
and do to him what shall seem good to you.
19:38 And the king answered, Chimham shall go over with me, and I will
do to him that which shall seem good to you: and whatever you shall require
of me, that will I do for you.
19:39 And all the people went over Jordan. And when the king was come over,
the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and he returned to his own
19:40 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
19:41 And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said to
the king, Why have our brothers the men of Judah stolen you away, and have
brought the king, and his household, and all David's men with him, over
19:42 And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the
king is near of kin to us: why then be you angry for this matter? have
we eaten at all of the king's cost? or has he given us any gift?
19:43 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 you: why
then did you 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.
20:1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba,
the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have
no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every
man to his tents, O Israel.
20:2 So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba
the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah joined to their king, from Jordan
even to Jerusalem.
20:3 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 to them. So they were shut up to
the day of their death, living in widowhood.
20:4 Then said the king to Amasa, Assemble me the men of Judah within three
days, and be you here present.
20:5 So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: but he tarried longer
than the set time which he had appointed him.
20:6 And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us
more harm than did Absalom: take you your lord's servants, and pursue after
him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape us.
20:7 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.
20:8 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 to him, and on it
a girdle with a sword fastened on his loins in the sheath thereof; and
as he went forth it fell out.
20:9 And Joab said to Amasa, Are you in health, my brother? And Joab took
Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him.
20:10 But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joab's hand: so he
smote him therewith in the fifth rib, and shed out his bowels to the ground,
and struck him not again; and he died. So Joab and Abishai his brother
pursued after Sheba the son of Bichri.
20:11 And one of Joab's men stood by him, and said, He that favors Joab,
and he that is for David, let him go after Joab.
20:12 And Amasa wallowed in blood in the middle 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 on him, when he saw that every
one that came by him stood still.
20:13 When he was removed out of the highway, all the people went on after
Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.
20:14 And he went through all the tribes of Israel to Abel, and to Bethmaachah,
and all the Berites: and they were gathered together, and went also after
20:15 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.
20:16 Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray
you, to Joab, Come near here, that I may speak with you.
20:17 And when he was come near to her, the woman said, Are you Joab?
And he answered, I am he. Then she said to him, Hear the words of your
handmaid. And he answered, I do hear.
20:18 Then she spoke, saying, They were wont to speak in old time, saying,
They shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter.
20:19 I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: you seek
to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why will you swallow up the inheritance
of the LORD?
20:20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I
should swallow up or destroy.
20:21 The matter is not so: but a man of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of
Bichri by name, has lifted up his hand against the king, even against David:
deliver him only, and I will depart from the city. And the woman said to
Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to you over the wall.
20:22 Then the woman went to 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 to the king.
20:23 Now Joab was over all the host of Israel: and Benaiah the son of
Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites:
20:24 And Adoram was over the tribute: and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud
20:25 And Sheva was scribe: and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests:
20:26 And Ira also the Jairite was a chief ruler about David.
21:1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after
year; and David inquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is for
Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.
21:2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and said to 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 to them: and Saul sought to slay them
in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah.)
21:3 Why David said to the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and
with which shall I make the atonement, that you may bless the inheritance
of the LORD?
21:4 And the Gibeonites said to him, We will have no silver nor gold of
Saul, nor of his house; neither for us shall you kill any man in Israel.
And he said, What you shall say, that will I do for you.
21:5 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
21:6 Let seven men of his sons be delivered to us, and we will hang them
up to the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD did choose. And the king
said, I will give them.
21:7 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.
21:8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom
she bore to Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal
the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai
21:9 And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged
them in the hill before the LORD: and they fell all seven together, and
were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, in the beginning
of barley harvest.
21:10 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for
her on the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped on 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.
21:11 And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine
of Saul, had done.
21:12 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 Gilboa:
21:13 And he brought up from there the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan
his son; and they gathered the bones of them that were hanged.
21:14 And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the country
of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulcher of Kish his father: and they performed
all that the king commanded. And after that God was entreated for the land.
21:15 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.
21:16 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.
21:17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succored him, and smote the Philistine,
and killed him. Then the men of David swore to him, saying, You shall go
no more out with us to battle, that you quench not the light of Israel.
21:18 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.
21:19 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.
21:20 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.
21:21 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the brother
of David slew him.
21:22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of
David, and by the hand of his servants.
22:1 And David spoke to 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:
22:2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
22:3 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 savior; you save
me from violence.
22:4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be
saved from my enemies.
22:5 When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made
22:6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented
22:7 In my distress I called on 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.
22:8 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved
and shook, because he was wroth.
22:9 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth
devoured: coals were kindled by it.
22:10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under
22:11 And he rode on a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen on the wings
of the wind.
22:12 And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and
thick clouds of the skies.
22:13 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.
22:14 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.
22:15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited
22:16 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.
22:17 He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;
22:18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me:
for they were too strong for me.
22:19 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my
22:20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because
he delighted in me.
22:21 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to
the cleanness of my hands has he recompensed me.
22:22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed
from my God.
22:23 For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I
did not depart from them.
22:24 I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from my iniquity.
22:25 Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness;
according to my cleanness in his eye sight.
22:26 With the merciful you will show yourself merciful, and with the upright
man you will show yourself upright.
22:27 With the pure you will show yourself pure; and with the fraudulent
you will show yourself unsavory.
22:28 And the afflicted people you will save: but your eyes are on the
haughty, that you may bring them down.
22:29 For you are my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.
22:30 For by you I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over
22:31 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.
22:32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?
22:33 God is my strength and power: and he makes my way perfect.
22:34 He makes my feet like hinds' feet: and sets me on my high places.
22:35 He teaches my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by my
22:36 You have also given me the shield of your salvation: and your gentleness
has made me great.
22:37 You have enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.
22:38 I have pursued my enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again
until I had consumed them.
22:39 And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise:
yes, they are fallen under my feet.
22:40 For you have girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up
against me have you subdued under me.
22:41 You have also given me the necks of my enemies, that I might destroy
them that hate me.
22:42 They looked, but there was none to save; even to the LORD, but he
answered them not.
22:43 Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp
them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad.
22:44 You also have delivered me from the strivings of my people, you have
kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve
22:45 Strangers shall submit themselves to me: as soon as they hear, they
shall be obedient to me.
22:46 Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of their
22:47 The LORD lives; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of
the rock of my salvation.
22:48 It is God that avenges me, and that brings down the people under
22:49 And that brings me forth from my enemies: you also have lifted me
up on high above them that rose up against me: you have delivered me from
the violent man.
22:50 Therefore I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the heathen, and
I will sing praises to your name.
22:51 He is the tower of salvation for his king: and shows mercy to his
anointed, to David, and to his seed for ever more.
23:1 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,
23:2 The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, and his word was in my tongue.
23:3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, He that rules
over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
23:4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun rises, even
a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth
by clear shining after rain.
23:5 Although my house be not so with God; yet he has 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.
23:6 But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away,
because they cannot be taken with hands:
23:7 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
23:8 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
23:9 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:
23:10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and
his hand stuck to the sword: and the LORD worked a great victory that day;
and the people returned after him only to spoil.
23:11 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
lentils: and the people fled from the Philistines.
23:12 But he stood in the middle of the ground, and defended it, and slew
the Philistines: and the LORD worked a great victory.
23:13 And three of the thirty chief went down, and came to David in the
harvest time to the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines pitched
in the valley of Rephaim.
23:14 And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines
was then in Bethlehem.
23:15 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!
23:16 And the three mighty men broke 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 to the LORD.
23:17 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.
23:18 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.
23:19 Was he not most honorable of three? therefore he was their captain:
however, he attained not to the first three.
23:20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel,
who had done many acts, he slew two lion like men of Moab: he went down
also and slew a lion in the middle of a pit in time of snow:
23:21 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.
23:22 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among
three mighty men.
23:23 He was more honorable than the thirty, but he attained not to the
first three. And David set him over his guard.
23:24 Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son
of Dodo of Bethlehem,
23:25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,
23:26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,
23:27 Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,
23:28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,
23:29 Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai out
of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,
23:30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,
23:31 Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,
23:32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,
23:33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite,
23:34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the
son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,
23:35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,
23:36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,
23:37 Zelek the Ammonite, Nahari the Beerothite, armor bearer to Joab the
son of Zeruiah,
23:38 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite,
23:39 Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.
24:1 And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he
moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.
24:2 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 you the people, that I may know the number of the people.
24:3 And Joab said to the king, Now the LORD your God add to the people,
how many soever they be, an hundred times, and that the eyes of my lord
the king may see it: but why does my lord the king delight in this thing?
24:4 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.
24:5 And they passed over Jordan, and pitched in Aroer, on the right side
of the city that lies in the middle of the river of Gad, and toward Jazer:
24:6 Then they came to Gilead, and to the land of Tahtimhodshi; and they
came to Danjaan, and about to Zidon,
24:7 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.
24:8 So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem
at the end of nine months and twenty days.
24:9 And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the people to 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.
24:10 And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people.
And David said to the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done:
and now, I beseech you, O LORD, take away the iniquity of your servant;
for I have done very foolishly.
24:11 For when David was up in the morning, the word of the LORD came to
the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying,
24:12 Go and say to David, Thus said the LORD, I offer you three things;
choose you one of them, that I may do it to you.
24:13 So Gad came to David, and told him, and said to him, Shall seven
years of famine come to you in your land? or will you flee three months
before your enemies, while they pursue you? or that there be three days'
pestilence in your land? now advise, and see what answer I shall return
to him that sent me.
24:14 And David said to 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.
24:15 So the LORD sent a pestilence on Israel from the morning even to
the time appointed: and there died of the people from Dan even to Beersheba
seventy thousand men.
24:16 And when the angel stretched out his hand on 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 your hand. And the angel of the LORD
was by the threshing place of Araunah the Jebusite.
24:17 And David spoke to the LORD when he saw the angel that smote the
people, and said, See, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: but these
sheep, what have they done? let your hand, I pray you, be against me, and
against my father's house.
24:18 And Gad came that day to David, and said to him, Go up, raise an
altar to the LORD in the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
24:19 And David, according to the saying of Gad, went up as the LORD commanded.
24:20 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
on the ground.
24:21 And Araunah said, Why is my lord the king come to his servant?
And David said, To buy the threshing floor of you, to build an altar to
the LORD, that the plague may be stayed from the people.
24:22 And Araunah said to David, Let my lord the king take and offer up
what seems good to him: behold, here be oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing
instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood.
24:23 All these things did Araunah, as a king, give to the king. And Araunah
said to the king, The LORD your God accept you.
24:24 And the king said to Araunah, No; but I will surely buy it of you
at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God of
that which does cost me nothing. So David bought the threshing floor and
the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
24:25 And David built there an altar to the LORD, and offered burnt offerings
and peace offerings. So the LORD was entreated for the land, and the plague
was stayed from Israel.