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fore then layest thou a snare for my ecutedst his fierce wrath upon life, to cause me to die?
Amalek, therefore hath the Lord 10 And Saul sware to her by the done this thing unto thee this LORD, saying, As the Lord liveth,
day. there shall no punishment happen 19 Moreover the Lord will also to thee for this thing.
deliver Israel with thee into the 11 Then said the woman, Whom hand of the Philistines : and to shall I bring up unto thee? And he morrow shalt thou and thy sons be said, Bring me up Samuel.
with me : the LORD also shall de12 And when the woman saw Sa liver the host of Israel into the muel, she cried with a loud voice: hand of the Philistines. and the woman spake to Saul, say 20 Then Saul fell straightway all ing, Why hast thou deceived me? along on the earth, and was sore for thou art Saul.
afraid, because of the words of Sa13 And the king said unto her, muel: and there was no strength in Be not afraid : for what sawest him ; for he had eaten no bread all thou? And the woman said unto the day, nor all the night. Saul, I saw gods ascending out of 21 And the woman came unto the earth.
Saul, and saw that he was sore 14 And he said unto her, What troubled, and said unto him, Beform is he of? And she said, An old hold, thine bandmaid hath obeyed man cometh up; and he is covered thy voice, and I have put my life with a mantle. And Saul perceived in my hand, and have hearkened that it was Samuel, and he stooped unto thy words which thou spakest with his face to the ground, and unto me. bowed himself.
22 Now therefore, I pray thee, 15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hearken thou also unto the voice hast thou disquieted me, to bring of thine handmaid, and let me set me up? And Saul answered, I am a morsel of bread before thee ; sore distressed; for the Philistines and eat, that thou mayest have make war against me, and God is strength, when thou goest on thy departed from me, and answereth way. me no more, neither by prophets, 23 But he refused, and said, I nor by dreams : therefore I have will not eat. But his servants, tocalled thee, that thou mayest make gether with the woman, compelled known unto me what I shall do. him; and he hearkened unto their
16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore voice. So he arose from the earth, then dost thou ask of me, seeing and sat upon the bed. the Lord is departed from thee, 24 And the woman had a fat calf and is become thine enemy?
in the house; and she hasted, and 17 And the Lord hath done to killed it, and took flour, and kneaded him, as he spake by me : for the Lord hath rent the kingdom out thereof : of thine hand, and given it to thy 25 And she brought it before neighbour, even to David :
Saul, and before his servants; and 18 Because thou obeyedst not they did eat. Then they rose up, the voice of the LORD, nor ex- || and went away that night.
in peace, that thou displease not the CHAP. XXIX.
lords of the Philistines.
8 And David said unto Achish, · NOW the Philistines gathered But what have I done ? and what
together all their armies to Aphek : hast thou found in thy servant so · and the Israelites pitched by a foun long as I have been with thee unto tain which is in Jezreel.
this day, that I may not go fight 2 And the lords of the Philis against the enemies of my lord the tines passed on by hundreds, and king? by thousands : but David and his 9 And Achish answered and said men passed on in the rereward with to David, I know that thou art good Achish.
in my sight, as an angel of God : 3 Then said the princes of the notwithstanding the princes of the Philistines, What do these Hebrews Philistines have said, He shall not here? And Achish said unto the go up with us to the battle. princes of the Philistines, Is not 10 Wherefore now rise up early this David, the servant of Saul the in the inorning with thy master's king of Israel, which hath been servants that are come with thee : with me these days, or these years, and as soon as ye be up early in the. and I have found no fault in him morning, and have light, depart. since he fell unto me unto this day? 11 So David and his men rose up
4 And the princes of the Philis early to depart in the morning, to tines were wroth with him; and the return into the land of the Philisprinces of the Philistines said unto tines. And the Philistines went up him, Make this fellow return, that to Jezreel. he may go again to his place which thou hast appointed him, and let
CHAP. XXX. him not go down with us to battle, AND it came to pass, when David lest in the battle he be an adversary and his men were come to Ziklag to us: for wherewith should he re on the third day, that the Amalekites concile himself unto his master ? had invaded the south, and Ziklag, should it not be with the heads of and smitten Ziklag, and burned it these men ?
with fire; 5 Is not this David, of whom they 2 And had taken the women capsang one to another in dances, say tives, that were therein : they slew ing, Saul slew bis thousands, and not any, either great or small, but David his ten thousands ?
carried them away, and went on their 6 Then Achish called David, and way. said unto him, Surely, as the LORD 3 So David and his men came liveth, thou hast been upright, and to the city, and, behold, it was thy going out and thy coming in burned with fire; and their wives, with me in the host is good in my and their sons, and their daughters, sight: for I have not found evil in were taken captives. thee since the day of thy coming 4 Then David and the people unto me unto this day: nevertheless that were with him lifted up their the lords favour thee not.
voice and wept, until they had no 7 Wherefore now return, and go ! more power to weep.
me, because three days agone I fell sick.
14 We made an invasion upon the south of the Cherethites, and upon the coast which belongeth to Judah, and upon the south of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with
5 And David's two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.
6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters : but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.
7 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David.
8 And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them ? And he answered him, Pursue : for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.
9 So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those that were left behind stayed.
10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men : for two hundred abode bebind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor.
11 And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water;
12 And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins : and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights.
13 And David said unto him, To whom belongest thou ? and whence art thou ? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite ; and my master left
15 And David said to him, Canst thou bring me down to this company? And he said, Swear unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee down to this company.
16 And when he bad brought him down, behold, they were spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah.
17 And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and fed.
18 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives.
19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them : David recovered all.
20 And David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drave before those other cattle, and said, This is David's spoil.
21 And David came to the two hundred men, which were so faint that they could not follow David, whom they had made also to abide at the brook Besor: and they went forth to meet David, and to meet the people that were with him : and