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6 Now at that time, when Abiathar the son of stain: and David and his men were on the other Achimelech fled to David to Ceila, he came side of the mountain: and David despaired of down having an ephod* with him.

being able to escape from the face of Saul: and 7 And it was told Saul that David was come to Saul and his men encompassed David and his Ceila: and Saul said: The Lord hath delivered men round about to take them. him into my hands; and he is shut up, being come 27 And a messenger came to Saul, saying: into a city, that hath gates and bars.

Make haste to come; for the Philistines have 8 And Saul commanded all the people to go poured in themselves upon the land. down to fight against Ceila, and to besiege David, 28 Wherefore Saul returned, leaving the purand his men.

suit of David, and went to meet the Philistines. 9 Now when David understood, that Saul se- For this cause, they called that place, the Rock cretly prepared evil against him, he said to Abia- of division. thar the priest: Bring hither the ephod. 10 And David said: O Lord God of Israel, thy

CHAP. XXIV. servant hath heard a report, that Saul designeth Saul seeketh David in the wilderness of Engadto come to Ceila, to destroy the city for my sake: di: he goeth into a cave where David hath kim 11 Will the men of Ceila deliver me into his

in his power. hands? and will Saul come down as thy servant NHEN David went up from thence, and hath heard? O Lord God of Israel, tell thy servant. And the Lord said: He will come down. 2 And when Saul was returned from following

12 And David said: Will the men of Ceila de- the Philistines, they told him, saying: Behold, liver me, and my men, into the hands of Saul David is in the desert of Engaddi. And the Lord said: They will deliver thee up. 3 Saul therefore took three thousand chosen

13 Then David and his men, who were aboutmen out of all Israel, and went out to seek after six hundred, arose; and departing from Ceila, David, and his men, even upon the most craggy wandered up and down uncertain where they rocks, which are accessible only to wild goats. should stay: and it was told Saul that David was 4 And he came to the sheep-cotes which were fled from Ceila, and had escaped: Wherefore he in his way. And there was a cave, into which forbore to go out.

Saul went, to ease nature: now David and his 14 But David abode in the desert in strong men lay hid in the inner part of the cave. holds: and he remained in a mountain of the de- 5 And the servants of David said to him: Besert of Ziph, in a woody hill. And Saul sought hold the day, of which the Lord said to thee: I him always, but the Lord delivered him not into will deliver thy enemy unto thee, that thou mayst his hands.

do to him as it shall seem good in thy eyes. Then 15 And David saw that Saul was come out to David arose, and secretly cut off the hem of seek his life. And David was in the desert of Saul's robe. Ziph, in a wood.

6 After which David's heart struck him,t be16 And Jonathan the son of Saul arose, and cause he had cut off the hem of Saul's robe. went to David into the wood, and strengthened 7 And he said to his men: The Lord be mercihis hands in God: and he said to him:

ful unto me, that I may do no such thing to my 17 Fear not: for the hand of my father Saul master the Lord's anointed, as to lay my hand shall not find thee; and thou shalt reign over Is- upon him, because he is the Lord's anointed. rael; and I shall be next to thee: yea, and my 8 And David stopped his men with his words, father knoweth this.

and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But 18 And they two made a covenant before the Saul rising up out of the cave,

went on his way. Lord: and David abode in the wood: but Jona- 9 And David also rose up after him: and going than returned to his house.

out of the cave, cried after Saul, saying: My 19 And the Ziphites went up to Saul in Gabaa, lord the king. And Saul looked behind him: and saying: Lo, doth not David lie hid with us in the David bowing himself down to the ground, worstrong holds of the wood, in mount Hachila, shipped, which is on the right hand of the desert.

10 And said to Saul: Why dost thou hear the 20 Now therefore come down, as thy soul bath words of men that say: David seeketh thy desired to come down: and it shall be our busi- hurt? ness to deliver him into the king's hands.

11 Behold, this day thy eyes have seen, that 21 And Saul said: Blessed be ye of the Lord; the Lord hath delivered thee into my hand, in for you have pitied my case.

the cave; and I had a thought to kill thee I bat 22 Go therefore, I pray you, and use all dili-my eye hath spared thee. For I said: I will not gence, and curiously inquire, and consider the put out my hand against my lord, because he is place where his foot is, and who hath seen him the Lord's anointed. ihere: for he thinketh of me, that I lie craftily in 12 Moreover see and know, O my father, the wait for him.

hem of thy robe in my hand, that when I cut off 23 Consider and see all his lurking holes the hem of thy robe, I would not put out my wherein he is hid, and return to me with the cer- hand against thee. Reflect, and see, that there is tainty of the thing, that I may go with you. And no evil in my hand, nor iniquity: neither have I if he should even

go down into the earth to hide sinned against thee: but thou liest in wait for my himself, I will search him out in all the thousands life, to take it away. of Juda.

13 The Lord judge between me and thee; and 24 And they arose, and went to Ziph before the Lord revenge me of thee:$ but my hand Saul: and David and his men were in the desertshall not be upon thee. of Maon, in the plain at the right hand of Jesi

+ Heart struck him, viz. with remorse, as fear25 Then Saul and his men went to seek him:ing he had done amiss. and it was told David; and forthwith he went A thought to kill thee. That is, a suggestion, down to the rock, and abode in the wilderness to which I did not consent. of Maon; and when Saul had heard of it, he pur- $ Revenge me of thee, or, as it is in the Hebrew, sued after David in the wilderness of Maon. will revenge me. The meaning is, that he refers 26 And Saul went on this side of the moun- his whole cause to God, to judge and punish ac

cording to his justice: yet so as to keep himself * An ephod, or the ephod. That is, the vestment in the mean time, from all personal hatred to of the high priest, with the urim and thummim, by Saul, or desire of gratifying his own passion, by which the Lord gave his oracles.

seeking revenge. So far from it, that when Saul

mon.

14 As also it is said in the old proverb: From || Isai? servants are multiplied now-a-days who the wicked shall wickedness come forth: there-flee from their masters. fore my hand shall not be upon thee. After Il Shall I then take my bread, and my water, whom dost thou come out, О king of Israel? and the flesh of my cattle, which I have killed

15 After whom dost thou pursue? after a dead for my shearers, and give to men whom I know dog, after a flea.

not whence they are 16 Be the Lord judge, and judge between me 12 So the servants of David went back their and thee, and see, and judge my cause, and de-way; and returning, came and told him all the liver me out of thy hand.

words that he said. 17 And when David had made an end of 13 Then David said to his young men: Let speaking these words to Saul, Saul said: Is this every man gird on his sword. And they girded thy voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his on every man his sword. And David also girded voice, and wept:

on his sword: and there followed David about 18 And he said to David: Thou art more just four hundred men: and two hundred remained than 1: for thou hast done good to me; and 1 with the baggage. have rewarded thee with evil.

14 But one of the servants told Abigail the 19 And thou hast shown this day, what good wife of Nabal, saying: Behold, David sent mesthings thou hast done to me; how the Lord de-sengers out of the wilderness, to salute our maslivered me into thy hand, and thou hast not kill-ter; and he rejected them. ed me.

15 These men were very good to us, and gave 20 For who, when he hath found his enemy, us no trouble: neither did we ever lose any thing will let him go well away? But the Lord reward all the time that we conversed with them in the thee for this good turn, for what thou hast done desert. to me this day.

16 They were a wall unto us both by night and 21 And now as I know that thou shalt surely day, all the while we were with them keeping the be king, and have the kingdom of Israel in thy sheep. hand:

17' Wherefore consider, and think what thou 22 Swear to me by the Lord, that thou wilt hast to do; for evil is determined against thy Aot destroy my seed after me, nor take away husband, and against thy house; and he is a son my name from the house of my father.

of Belial, so that no man can speak to him. 33 And David swore to Saul. So Saul went 18. Then Abigail made haste, and took two home: and David and his men went up into safer hundred loaves, and two vessels of wine, and five places.

sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parchCHAP. XXV.

ed corn, and a hundred clusters of raisins, and The death of Samuel. David, provoked by Na- upon asses:

two hundred cakes of dry figs, and laid them bal, threateneth to destroy him; but is appeas- 19 And she said to her servants: Go before ed by Abigail.

me: behold, I will follow after you: but she told ed together, and they mourned for him, and 20 And when she had gotten upon an ass, and buried him in his house in Ramatha. And David was coming down to the foot of the mountain, rose, and went down into the wilderness of Pha- David and his men came down over-against her, ran.

and she met them. 2 Now there was a certain man in the wilder- 21 And David said: Truly in vain have I kept ness of Maon, and his possessions were in Car-all that belonged to this man in the wilderness, mel: and the man was very great; and he had and nothing was lost of all that pertained unto three thousand sheep, and a thousand goats; and him: and he hath returned me evil for good. it happened that he was shearing his sheep in 22 May God do so and so, and add more to Carmel.

the foes of David, if I leave* of all that belong 3 New the name of the man was Nabal; and to him tiļl the morning any that pisseth against the name of his wife was Abigail. And she was the

wall. a prudent and very comely woman; but her hus- 23 And when Abigail saw David, she made band was churlish, and very bad, and ill natured: haste, and lighted off the ass, and fell before Daand he was of the house of Caleb.

vid, on her face, and adored upon the ground. 4 And when David heard in the wilderness, 24 And she fell at his feet, and said: Upon me that Nabal was shearing his sheep,

let this iniquity be, my lord: let thy handmajd 5 He sent ten young men, and said to them: speak, I beseech, in thy ears; and hear the words Go up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and salute of thy servant. bin in my came with peace.

25 Let not my lord the king, I pray, regard 6 And you shall say: Peace be to my brethren this naughty man Nabal; for according to his and to thee, and peace to thy house, and peace to name,t he is a fool, and folly is with him: but I all that thou hast.

thy handmaid did not see thy servants, my lord, 7 I heard that thy shepherds that were with us whom thou sentest. in the desert were shearing; we never molested 26 Now therefore, my lord, the Lord liveth, them, neither was there aught missing to them of and thy soul liveth, who hath withholden thee the flock at any time, all the while they were from coming to blood, and hath saved thy hand with us in Carmel.

to thee: and now let thy enemies be as Nabal, 8 Ask thy servants, and they will tell thee. and all they that seek evil to my lord. Now therefore let thy servants find favour in thy 27 Wherefore receive this blessing, which thy eyes: for we are come in a good day; whatsó- handmaid hath brought to thee, my lord; and ever thy hand shall find, give to thy servants, and give it to the young men that follow thee, my to thy son David.

lord. 9 And when David's servants came, they 28 Forgive the iniquity of thy handmaid: for spoke to Nabal all these words in David's name; the Lord will surely make for my lord a faithful and then held their peace.

10 But Nabal answering the servants of Da- * If I leave, &c. David certainly sinned in bis vid, said: Who is David? and what is the son of designs against Nabal and his family, as he him

self was afterwards sensible, when he blessed was afterwards slain, we find that instead of re- God for hindering him from executing the rejoicin, at his death, he mourned most bitterly venge he had proposed. for hin.

His name. Nabal in Hebrew signifies a fool.

not her husband the bad

house; because thou, my lord, fightest the battles ND the men of Ziph came to Saul in Gabaa, of the Lord: let not evil therefore be found in saying: Behold, David is hid in the hill of thee all the days of thy life.

Hachila, which is over-against the wilderness. 29 For if a man at any time shall rise, and

per

2 And Saul arose, and went down to the wil secute thee, and seck thy life, the soul of my lord derness of Ziph, having with him three thousand shall be kept, as in the bundle of the living, with chosen men of Israel, to seek David in the wilthe Lord thy God: but the souls of thy enemies derness of Ziph. shall be whirled, as with the violence and whirl- 3 And Saul camped in Gabaa Hachila, which ing of a sling.

was over-against the wilderness in the way; and 30 And when the Lord shall have done to thee, David abode in the wilderness. And seeing that my lord, all the good that he hath spoken con- Saul was come after him into the wilderness, cerning thee, and shall have made thee prince 4 He sent spies, and learned that he was most over Israel,

certainly come thither. 31 This shall not be an occasion of grief to 5 And David arose secretly, and came to the thee, and a scruple of heart to my lord, that thou place where Saul was: and when he had beheld hast shed innocent blood, or hast revenged thy, the place wherein Saul slept, and Abner the son self: and when the Lord shall have done well by of Ner, the captain of his army, and Saul sleeping my lord, thou shalt remember thy handmaid. in a tent, and the rest of the multitude round

32 And David said to Abigail Blessed be the about him, Lord the God of Israel, who sent thee this day to 6 David spoke to Achimelech the Hethite, and meet me; and blessed be thy speech:

Abisai the son of Sarvia the brother of Joab, say33 And blessed be thou, who hast kept me to-ing: Who will go down with me to Saul into the day, from coming to blood, and revenging mecamp? And Abisai said: I will go with thee. with my own hand.

7 So David and Abisai came to the people by 34 Otherwise as the Lord liveth, the God of night, and found Saul lying and sleeping in the Israel, who hath withholden me, from doing thee tent, and his spear fixed in the ground at his head; any evil; if thou hadst not quickly come to meet and Abner and the people sleeping round about me, there had not been left to Nabal by the morn-i him. ing light any that pisseth against the wall.

8 And Abisai said to David: God hath shut up 35 And David received at her hand all that she thy enemy this day into thy hands: now then I had brought him; and said to her: Go in peace will run him through with my spear even to the into thy house; behold, I have heard thy voice, earth at once; and there shall be no need of a and have honoured thy face.

second time. 36 And Abigail came to Nabal: and behold, 9 And David said to Abisai: Kill him not; for he had a feast in his house, like the feast of a who shall put forth his hand against the Lord's king; and Nabal's heart was merry: for he was anointed, and shall be guiltless ? very drunk: and she told him nothing less or 10 And David said: As the Lord liveth, unmore until morning.

less the Lord shall strike him, or his day shall 37 But early in the morning when Nabal had come to die, or he shall go down to battle, and digested his wine, his wife told him these words: perish: and his heart died within him, and he became as 11 The Lord be merciful unto me, that I exa stone.

tend not my hand upon the Lord's anointed. But 38 And after ten days had passed, the Lord now take the spear, which is at his head, and the struck Nabal, and he died.

cup of water; and let us go. 39 And when David had heard that Nabal was 12 So David took the spear, and the cup of dead, he said: Blessed be* the Lord, who hath water, which was at Saul's head; and they went judged the cause of my reproach at the hand of away: and no man saw it, or knew it, or awaked: Nabal, and hath kept his servant from evil: and but they were all asleep, for a deep sleep from the Lord hath returned the wickedness of Nabal the Lord was fallen upon them. upon his head. Then David sent and treated 13 And when David was gone over to the with Abigail, that he might take her to himself other side, and stood on the top of the hill afar for a wife.

off, and a good space was between them, 40 And David's servants came to Abigail to 14 David cried to the people, and to Abner the Carmel, and spoke to her, saying: David hath son of Ner, saying: Wilt thou not answer, Absent us to thee, to take thee to himself for a wife. ner? And Åbner answering, said: Who art thou,

41 And she arose, and bowed herself down that criest, and disturbest the king? with her face to the earth; and said: Behold, let 15 And David said to Abner: Art not thou a thy servant be a handmaid, to wash the feet of man? and who is like thee in Israel? why then the servants of my lord.

hast thou not kept thy lord the king? for there 12 And Abigail arose, and made haste, and got came one of the people in to kill the king thy upon an ass; and five damsels went with her, her lord. waiting maids; and she followed the messengers 16 This thing is not good, that thou hast done: of David, and became his wife.

as the Lord liveth you are the sons of death, who 43 Moreover David took also Achinoam of have not kept your master, the Lord's anointed. Jezrahel: and they were both of them bis wives. And now where is the king's spear, and the cup

44 But Saul gave Michol his daughter, David's of water, which was at his head? wife, to Phalti, the son of Lais, who was of Gallim. 17 And Saul knew David's voice, and said: Is CHAP. XXVI.

this thy voice, my son David? And David said:

It is my voice, my lord the king. Suul goeth out again after David; who cometh 18 Ånd he said: Wherefore doth my lord per

by night where Saul and his men are asleep.secute his servant? What have I done? or what but suffcreth him not to be touched. Saul again evil is there in my hand? confesseth his fuult, and promiseth peace. 19 Now therefore hear, I pray thee, my lord

the king, the words of thy servant: If the Lord * Blessed be, fic. David praiseth God, on this stir thee up against me, let him accept of sacrioccasion, not out of joy for the death of Nabal fice: but if the sons of men, they are cursed in the (which would have argued a rancour of heart,) sight of the Lord, who have cast me out this day but because he saw that God had so visibly taken that I should not dwell in the inheritance of the his cause in hand, in punishing the injury done to Lord, saying: Go, serve strange gods. him; whilst by a merciful providence he kept 20 And now let not my blood be shed upon the him froin revenging bimself.

earth before the Lord: for the king of Israel is

come out to seek a flea, as the partridge is hunted | vid, and such was his proceeding all the days in the mountains

that he dwelt in the country of the Philistines. 21 And Saul said: I have sinned; return, my 12 And Achis believed David, saying: He son David; for I will no more do thee harm, be- hath done much harm to his people Israel: therecause my life hath been precious in thy eyes this fore he shall be my servant for ever. day: for it appeareth that I have done foolishly, and have been ignorant in very many things.

CHAP. XXVIII. 22 And David answering, said: Behold the The Philistines go out to war against Israel. king's spear; let one of the king's servants come Saul being forsaken by God, hath recourse to a over and fetch it.

witch. Samuel appeareth to him. cording to his justice, and his faithfulness: For the A Pilis came to pass in those days, that the Lord hath delivered thee this day into my hand; be prepared for war against Israel: and Achis and I would not put forth my hand against the said to David: Knowing now know thou, that Lord's anointed.

hthou shalt go out with me to the war, thou, and. 24 And as thy life hath been much set by this thy men. day in my eyes, so let my life be much set by in l. 2 And David said to Achis: Now thou shalt the eyes of the Lord, and let him deliver me from know what thy servant will do. And Achis said all distress.

to David: And I will appoint thee to guard my 25 Then Saul said to David: Blessed art thou, life for ever. my son David: and truly doing thou shalt do, and 3 Now Samuel was dead: and all Israel mournprevailing thou shalt prevail. And David wented for him, and buried him in Ramatha his city. on his way; and Saul returned to his place. And Saul had put away all the magicians and CHAP. XXVII.

soothsayers out of the land.

4 And the Philistines were gathered together, Darid goeth again to Achis king of Geth, and and came and camped in Sunam: and Saul also obtaineth of him the city of Siceleg.

gathered together all Israel, and came to Gelboe. ND David said in his heart: I shall one day 5 And Saul saw the army of the Philistines, and

or other fall into the hands of Saul: is it not was afraid; and his heart was very much disbetter for me to flee, and to be saved in the land mayed. of the Philistines, that Saul may despair of me, 6 And he consulted the Lord: and he answerand cease to seek me in all the coasts of Israel? I ed him not, neither by dreams, nor by priests, nor will flee then out of his hands.

by prophets. 2 And David arose, and went away, both he7 And Saul said to his servants: Seek me a and the six hundred men that were with him, to woman that hath a divining spirit; and I will go Acbis the son of Maoch, king of Geth.

to her, and inquire by her. And his servants said 3 And David dwelt with Achis at Geth, heto him: There is a woman that hath a divining. and his men; every man with his household, and spirit at Endor. Darid with his two wives, Achinoam the Jezra- 8 Then he disguised himself, and put on other helitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal of Carmel. clothes: and he went, and two men with him;

4 And it was told Saul that David was fled to and they came to the woman by night; and he Geth: and he sought no more after him. said to her: Divine to me by thy divining spirit,

5 And David said to Achis: If I have found and bring me up him whom I shall tell thee. favour in thy sight, let a place be given me in 9 And the woman said to him: Behold, thou one of the cities of this country, that I may dwell knowest all that Saul hath done, and how he hath there: for wby should thy servant dwell in the rooted out the magicians and soothsayers from the royal city with thee?

land: why then dost thou lay a snare for my life, 6. Theo Acbis gave him Siceleg that day: for to cause me to be put to death? which reason Siceleg belongeth to the kings of 10 And Saul swore unto her by the Lord, say. Juda unto this day,

ing: As the Lord liveth, there shall no evil hap7 And the time that David dwelt in the coun- pen to thee for this thing. try of the Philistines, was four months.

11 And the woman said to him: Whom shall I s And David and his men went up, and pil- bring up to thee? And he said; Bring me up bageri Gessori,* and Gerzi, and the Amalecites: Samuel." for these were of old the inhabitants of the coun- 12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she tries, as men go to Sur, even to the land of cried out with a loud voice, and said to Saul: Egypt.

Why hast thou deceived me for thou art Saul. 9 And David wasted all the land, and left nei- 13 And the king said to her: Fear not: what ther man nor woman alive; and took away thehast thou seen? And the woman said to Saul: I sheep, and the oxen, and the asses, and the cam-saw gods ascending out of the earth. els, and the apparel; and returned, and came to 14 And he said to her: What form is he of? Achis.

And she said: An old man cometh up, and he is 10 And Achis said to bim: Whom hast thou covered with a mantle. And Saul understood gone against to-day? David answered: Against that it was Samuel:t and he bowed himself with the south of Juda, and against the south of Jera- his face to the ground, and adored. ineel, and against the south of Ceni.

15 And Samuel said to Saul: Why hast thou 11 And David saved neither man nor woman, disturbed my rest, that I should be brought up? neither brought he any of them to Geth, saying: And Saul said, I am in great distress: for the PhiLest they should speak against us. So did Da- listines fight against me; and God is departed from

me, and would not hear me, neither by the hand Pillaged Gessuri, &c. These probably were of prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have callenemies of the people of God; and some, if not all of them, were of the number of those whom | Understood that it was Samuel. It is the God had ordered to be destroyed; which justifies more common opinion of the holy fathers, and inDavid's proceedings in their regard. Though it terpreters, that the soul of Samuel appeared inis to be observed

here, that we are not under an deed: and not, as some have imagined, an evil spiabligation of justifying every thing that he did: rit in his shape. Not that the power of her magic for the scripture in relating what was done, doth could bring him thither, but that God was pleased, not say that it was well done. And even such as for the punishment of Saul, that Samuel himself are true servants of God, are not to be imitated should denounce unto him the evils that were a all they do.

Ufalling upon him. See Ecclesiasticus xlvi. 23. 2 B

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ed thee, that thou mayst show me what I shall done, and what hast thou found in me thy servant, do.

from the day that I have been in thy sight untii 16 And Samuel said: Why askest thou me, this day, that I may not go and fight against the seeing the Lord has departed from thee, and is enemies of my lord the king? gone over to thy rival:

9 And Achis answering said to David: I know 17 For the Lord will do to thee as he spoke by that thou art good in my sight, as an Angel of me: and he will rend thy kingdom

out of thy God:

but the princes of the Philistines have said: hand, and will give it to thy neighbour David: He shall not go up with us to the battle.

18 Because thou didst not obey the voice of the 10 Therefore arise in the morning, thou, and Lord, neither didst thou execute the wrath of his the servants of thy lord, who came with thee: and indignation upon Amalec. Therefore bath the when you are up before day, and it shall begin to Lord done to thee what thou sufferest this day, be light, go on your way.

19 And the Lord also will deliver Israel with 11 So David and his men arose in the night, thce into the hands of the Philistines: and to-mor- that they might set forward in the morning, and row thou and thy sons shall be with me:* and the returned to the land of the Philistines: and the Lord will also deliver the army of Israel into the Philistinés went up to Jezrahel. hands of the Philistines.

CHAP. XXX 20 And forthwith Saul fell all along on the ground: for

he was frightened with the words of The Amalecites burn Siceleg, and carry off the Samuel; and there was no strength in him; for he prey: David pursueth after them, and recover. had eaten no bread all that day.

eth all out of their hands. very much troubled) and said to him: Behold, Siceleg on the third day, the Amalecites had thy handmaid hath obeyed thy voice; and I have made an invasion on the south side upon Siceleg, put my life in my hand: and I hearkened unto the and had smitten Siceleg, and burnt it with fire: words which thou spokest to me.

2 And had taken the women captives that were 22 Now therefore hear thou also the voice of in it, both little and great: and they had not killed thy handmaid; and let me set before thee a mor- any person, but had carried them with them, and sel of bread, that thou mayst eat and recover went on their way; strength, and be able to go on thy journey. 3 So when David and his men came to the city,

23 But he refused and said: I will not eat. But and found it burnt with fire, and that their wives, bis servants and the woman forced him: and at and their sons, and their daughters, were taken length hearkening to their voice, he arose from captives, the ground, and sat upon the bed.

4 David and the people that were with him, 24 Now the woman had a fatted calf in the lifted up their voices, and wept till they had no house; and she made haste, and killed it: and tak. more tears. ing meal kneaded it, and baked some unleavened 5 For the two wives also of David were taken bread,

captives, Achinoam the Jezrahelitess, and Abi25 And set it before Saul, and before his ser-gail the wife of Nabal of Carmel. vants. And when they had eaten they rose up, 6 And David was greatly afflicted for the and walked all that night.

people had a mind to stone him, for the soul of CHAP. XXIX.

every man was bitterly grieved for his sons and

daughters; but David took courage in the Lord David going with the Philistines is sent back by his God. their princes

7. And he said to Abiathar the priest the son of NO Vow all the troops of the Philistines were Achimelech: Bring me hither the ephod. And

gathered together to Aphec: and Israel also Abiathar brought the ephod to David. camped by the fountain which is in Jezrahel. 8 And David consulted the Lord, saying:

2 And the lords of the Philistines marched Shall I pursue after these robbers, and shall RI with their hundreds and their

thousands: but Da- overtake them, or no? And the Lord said to him: vid and his men were in the rear with Achis. Pursue after them: for thou shalt surely overtake

3 And the princes of the Philistines said to them, and recover the prey: Achis: What mean these Hebrews? And Achis 9 Śo David went, he and the six hundred men said to the princes of the Philistines: Do you not that were with him; and they came to the torrent know David, who was the servant of Saul the Besor: and some being weary stayed there. king of Israel, and hath been with me many days, 10 But David pursued, he and four hundred or years, and I have found no fault in him, sincemen: for two hundred stayed, who being weary the day that he fled over to me until this day? could not go over the torrent Besor.

4 But the princes of the Philistines were an- 11 And they found an Egyptian in the field, gry with him; and they said to him: Let this man and brought him to David: and they gave him return, and abide in his place, which thou hast ap- bread to eat, and water to drink, pointed him: and let him not go down with us to 12 As also a piece of a cake of figs, and two battle, lest he be an adversary to us, when we bunches of raisins. And when he had eaten shall begin to fight: for how can he otherwise them, his spirit returned, and he was refreshed: appease his master, but with our heads? for he had not eaten bread, nor drunk water, three

5 Is not this David, to whom they sung in their days and three nights. dances, saying: Saul slew his thousands, and Da- 13 And David said to him: To whom dost thou vid his ten thousands?

belong? or whence dost thon come? and whither 6 Then Achis called David, and said to him: art thou going? He said: I am a young man of As the Lord liveth, thou art upright and good in Egypt, the servant of an Amalecite: and my my sight: and so is thy going out, and thy coming master left me, because I began to be sick three in with me in the army: and I have not found any days ago. evil in thee, since the day that thou camest to me 14 For we made an invasion on the south side unto this day; but thou pleasest not the lords. of Cerethi, and upon Juda, and upon the south of

7 Return therefore, and go in peace; and offend Caleb: and we burnt Siceleg with fire. not the eyes of the princes of the Philistines. 15 And David said to him: Canst thou bring me 8 And David said to Achis: But what have I to this company? And he said: Swear to me by

God, that thou wilt not kill me, nor deliver me * With me. That is, in the state of the dead, into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee and in another world, though not in the same to this company. And David swore to him. place.

l 16 And when he had brought him, behold,

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