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came, they spake to Nabal according to all those words in the name of David, and ceased.

10 And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, Who is David ? and who is the son of Jesse ? there be many servants now a days that break away every man from his master:

11 Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, and give it unto men, whom I know not whence they be?

12 So David's young men turned their way, and went again, and came and told him all those sayings.

13 And David said unto his men, Gird ye on every man his sword. And they girded on every man his sword; and David also girded on his sword : and there went up after David about four hundred men; and two hundred abode by the stuff.

14 But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to salute our master; and he railed on them.

15 But the men were very good unto us, and we were not hurt, neither missed we any thing, as long as we were conversant with them, when we were in the fields :

16 They were a wall unto us both by night and day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.

17 Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his houshold : for he is such a son of Belial, that a mun cannot speak to him.

18 Then Abigail made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five sheep ready

dressed, and five measures of parched corn, and an hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on asses.

19 And she said unto her servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But she told not ber husband Nabal.

20 And it was so, as she rode on the ass, that she came down by the covert of the hill, and, behold, David and bis men came down against her; and she met them.

21 Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow bath in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him: and he hath requited me evil for good.

22 So and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave of all that pertain to him by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.

23 And when Abigail saw David, she hasted, and lighted off the ass, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground,

24 And fell at his feet, and said, Upon me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be: and let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine audience, and hear the words of thine handmaid.

25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him : but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send.

26 Now therefore, my lord, as the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the Lord hath withholden thee from coming to shed blood, and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies,

and they that seek evil to my lord, I come to meet me, surely there had be as Nabal.

not been left unto Nabal by the 27 And now this blessing which morning light any that pisseth athine handmaid hath brought unto gainst the wall. my lord, let it even be given unto 35 So David received of her hand the young men that follow my lord. that which she had brought him,

28 I pray thee, forgive the tres and said unto her, Go up in peace pass of thine handmaid: for the to thine house; see, I have hearkLORD will certainly make my lord ened to thy voice, and have accepta sure house; because my lord ed thy person. fighteth the battles of the LORD, 36 And Abigail came to Nabal ; and evil hath not been found in and, behold, he held a feast in his thee all thy days.

house, like the feast of a king; and 29 Yet a man is risen to pursue Nabal's heart was merry within him, thee, and to seek thy soul : but the for he was very drunken: wherefore soul of my lord shall be bound in she told him nothing, less or more, the bundle of life with the LORD until the morning light. thy God; and the souls of thine 37 But it came to pass in the enemies, them shall he sling out, morning, when the wine was gone as out of the middle of a sling. out of Nabal, and his wife had told

30 And it shall come to pass, him these things, that his heart died when the LORD shall have done to within him, and he became as a my lord according to all the good stone. that he hath spoken concerning 38 And it came to pass about ten thee, and shall have appointed thee days after, that the LORD smote ruler over Israel ;

Nabal, that he died. 31 That this shall be no grief 39 And when David heard that unto thee, nor offence of heart unto Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be my lord, either that thou hast shed the Lord, that hath pleaded the blood causeless, or that my lord cause of my reproach from the hath avenged himself: but when hand of Nabal, and hath kept his

servant from evil : for the LORD my lord, then remember thine hand hath returned the wickedness of maid.

Nabal upon his own head. And 32 And David said to Abigail, David sent and communed with Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, Abigail, to take her to him to wife. which sent thee this day to meet 40 And when the servants of Dame :

vid were come to Abigail to Carmel, 33 And blessed be thy advice, they spake unto her, saying, David and blessed be thou, which hast sent us unto thee, to take thee to kept me this day from coming to him to wife. shed blood, and from avenging my 41 And she arose, and bowed

herself on her face to the earth, 34 For in very deed, as the and said, Behold, let thine bandLORD God of Israel liveth, which maid be a servant to wash the feet hath kept me back from hurting of the servants of my lord. thee, except thou hadst hasted and 42 And Abigail hasted, and arose,

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and rode upon an ass, with five damsels of hers that went after her; and she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife.

43 David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; and they were also both of them his wives.

44 But Saul had given Michal his daughter, David's wife, to Phalti the son of Laish, which was of Gallim.

CHAP. XXVI.

AND the Ziphites came unto Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon ?

2 Then Saul arose, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph.

3 And Saul pitched in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon, by the way. But David abode in the wilderness, and he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness.

4 David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul was come in very deed.

5 And David arose, and came to the place where Saul had pitched : and David beheld the place where Saul lay, and Abner the son of Ner, the captain of his host : and Saul lay in the trench, and the people pitched round about him.

6 Then answered David and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab, saying, Who will go down with me to Saul to the camp ? And Abishai said, I will go down with thee.

7 So David and Abishai came

to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster : but Abner and the people lay round about him.

8 Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day : now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time.

9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his band against the LORD's anointed, and be guiltless ?

10 David said furthermore, As the Lord liveth, the LORD shall smite him ; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.

11 The Lord forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the Lord's anointed : but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go.

12 So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul's bolster; and they gat them away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked : for they were all asleep; because a deep sleep from the LORD was fallen upon them.

13 Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of an bill afar off; a great space being between them :

14 And David cried to the people, and to Abner the son of Ner, saying, Answerest thou not, Abner? Then Abner answered and said, Who art thou that criest to the king ?

15 And David said to Abner, Art not thou a valiant man? and

23 The LORD render to every inan his righteousness and his faithfulness : for the LORD delivered thee into my hand to day, but I would not stretch forth inine hand against the Lord's anointed.

24 And, behold, as thy life was much set by this day in mine eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of the Lord, and let him deliver me out of all tribulation.

25 Then Saul said to David, Blessed be thou, my son David : thou shalt both do great things, and also shalt still prevail. So David went on his way, and Saul returned to his place.

CHAP. XXVII.

who is like to thee in Israel ? wherefore then hast thou not kept thy lord the king? for there came one of the people in to destroy the king thy lord.

16 This thing is not good that thou hast done. As the Lord liveth, ye are worthy to die, because ye have not kept your master, the Lord's anointed. And now see where the king's spear is, and the cruse of water that was at his bolster.

17 And Saul knew David's voice, and said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And David said, It is my voice, my lord, O king.

18 And he said, Wherefore doth my lord thus pursue after his servant? for what have I done? or what evil is in mine hand ?

19 Now therefore, I pray thee, let my lord the king hear the words of his servant. If the Lord have stirred thee up against me, let him accept an offering : but if they be the children of men, cursed be they before the Lord; for they have driven me out this day from abiding in the inheritance of the LORD, saying, Go, serve other gods.

20 Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the LORD: for the king of Israel is come out to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains.

21 Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David : for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.

22 And David answered and said, Behold the king's spear! and let one of the young men come over and fetch it.

AND David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand.

2 And David arose, and he passed over with the six hundred men that were with him unto Achish, the son of Maoch, king of Gath.

3 And David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with his houshold, even David with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal's wife.

4 And it was told Saul that David was fled to Gath : and he sought no more again for him.

5 And David said unto Achish, If I have now found grace in thine eyes, let them give me a place in some town in the country, that I may dwell there : for why should

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that thou shalt go out with me to 6 Then Achish gave him Ziklag battle, thou and thy men. that day : wherefore Ziklag pertain 2 And David said to Achish, eth unto the kings of Judah unto Surely thou shalt know what thy this day.

servant can do. And Achish said 7 And the time that David dwelt to David, Therefore will I make in the country of the Philistines thee keeper of mine head for was a full year and four months.

ever. 8 And David and his men went 3 Now Samuel was dead, and all up, and invaded the Geshurites, and Israel had lamented him, and burithe Gezrites, and the Amalekites : ed him in Ramah, even in his own for those nations were of old the in city. And Saul had put away those habitants of the land, as thou goest that had familiar spirits, and the to Shur, even unto the land of E wizards, out of the land.

4 And the Philistines gathered 9 And David smote the land, themselves together, and came and and left neither man nor woman pitched in Shunem: and Saul gaalive, and took away the sheep, and thered all Israel together, and they the oxen, and the asses, and the pitched in Gilboa. camels, and the apparel, and returned, and came to Achish.

of the Philistines, he was afraid, 10 And Achish said, Whither have and his heart greatly trembled. ye made a road to day? And David 6 And when Saul enquired of the said, Against the south of Judah, LORD, the LORD answered him not, and against the south of the Jerah neither by dreams, nor by Urim, meelites, and against the south of nor by prophets. the Kenites.

7 Then said Saul unto his ser11 And David saved neither man vants, Seek me a woman that hath nor woman alive, to bring tidings to a familiar spirit, that I may go to Gath, saying, Lest they should tell her, and enquire of her. And his on us, saying, So did David, and so servants said to him, Behold, there will be his manner all the while he is a woman that hath a familiar spidwelleth in the country of the Phi rit at En-dor. listines.

8 And Saul disguised himself,

and put on other raiment, and he saying, He hath made his people went, and two men with him, and Israel utterly to abhor him ; there they came to the woman by night: fore he shall be my servant for and he said, I pray thee, divine un

to me by the familiar spirit, and

bring me him up, whom I shall name CHA P. XXVIII.

unto thee.

9 And the woman said unto him, AND it came to pass in those Behold, thou knowest what Saul days, that the Philistines gathered hath done, how he hath cut off their armies together for warfare, to those that have familiar spirits, and fight with Israel. And Achish said the wizards, out of the land : where

ever.

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