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7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God : and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his cars.

8 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.

9 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet.

11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fy: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.

12 And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.

13 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.

14 The Lord thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.

15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them ; lightning, and discomfited them.

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.

17 He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;

18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.

19 They prevented me in the day of my calamity : but the LORD was my stay.

20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

21 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness : according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

23 For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.

24 I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity.

25 Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight.

26 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.

27 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.

28 And the afflicted people thou wilt save : but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.

29 For thou art my lamp, O Lord: and the Lord will lighten my darkness.

30 For by thee I have run through a troop : by my God have I leaped over a wall.

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.

32 For who is God, save the Lord? and who is a rock, save our God?

33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.

34 He maketh my feet like binds' feet : and setteth me upon my high

places. ! 35 He teacheth my hands to war;

so that a bow of steel is broken by 0 49 And that bringeth me forth mine arms.

from mine enemies : thou also hast 36 Thou hast also given me the lifted me up on high above them shield of thy salvation : and thy that rose up against me: thou hast gentleness hath made me great. delivered me from the violent man.

37 Thou hast enlarged my steps 50 Therefore I will give thanks under me; so that my feet did not unto thee, O LORD, among the heaslip.

then, and I will sing praises unto 38 I have pursued mine enemies, thy name. and destroyed them; and turned not 51 He is the tower of salvation again until I had consumed them. for his king : and sheweth mercy to

39 And I have consumed them, his anointed, unto David, and to his and wounded them, that they could seed for evermore. not arise : yea, they are fallen under my feet.

CHAP. XXIII. 40 For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that rose Now these be the last words of up against me bast thou subdued David. David the son of Jesse said, under me.

and the man who was raised up on 41 Thou hast also given me the high, the anointed of the God of necks of mine enemies, that I might Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Isdestroy them that hate me.

rael, said, 42 They looked, but there was 2 The Spirit of the LORD spake none to save; even unto the LORD, by me, and his word was in my but he answered them not.

tongue. 43 Then did I beat them as 3 The God of Israel said, the small as the dust of the earth, I Rock of Israel spake to me, He did stamp them as the mire of the that ruleth over men must be just, street, and did spread them abroad. ruling in the fear of God.

44 Thou also hast delivered me 4 And he shall be as the light of from the strivings of my people, the morning, when the sun riseth, thou hast kept me to be head of the even a morning without clouds; as heathen : a people which I knew the tender grass springing out of the not shall serve me.

earth by clear shining after rain. 45 Strangers shall submit them 5 Although my house be not so selves unto me: as soon as they with God; yet he hath made with hear, they shall be obedient unto me an everlasting covenant, orderme.

ed in all things, and sure : for this is 46 Strangers shall fade away, and all my salvation, and all my desire, they shall be afraid out of their although he make it not to grow. close places.

6 But the sons of Belial shall be 47 The Lord liveth; and blessed all of them as thorns thrust away, be my rock; and exalted be the because they cannot be taken with God of the rock of my salvation. hands :

48 It is God that avengeth me, 7 But the man that shall touch and that bringeth down the people them must be fenced with iron and uuder me,

the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the listines, and drew water out of the same place.

well of Beth-lehem, that wus by the 8 These be the names of the gate, and took it, and brought it to mighty men whom David had : The David : nevertheless he would not Tachmonite that sat in the seat, drink thereof, but poured it out unchief among the captains; the same to the LORD. was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his · 17 And he said, Be it far from spear against eight hundred, whom me, O Lord, that I should do this: he slew at one time.

is not this the blood of the men that 9 And after him was Eleazar the went in jeopardy of their lives? son of Dodo the Ahobite, one of the therefore he would not drink it. three mighty men with David, when These things did these three mighthey defied the Philistines that were ty men. there gathered together to battle, 18 And Abishai, the brother of and the men of Israel were gone Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief away :

among three. And he lifted up his 10 He arose, and smote the Phi spear against three hundred, and listines until his hand was weary, and slew them, and had the name among his hand clave unto the sword : and three. the LORD wrought a great victory 19 Was he not most honourable that day; and the people returned of three? therefore he was their after him only to spoil.

captain : howbeit he attained not 11 And after him was Shammah unto the first three. the son of Agee the Hararite. And 20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoithe Philistines were gathered toge ada, the son of a valiant man, of ther into a troop, where was a piece Kabzeel, who had done many acts, of ground full of lentiles : and the he slew two lion-like men of Moab : people fed from the Philistines. he went down also and slew a lion

12 But he stood in the midst of in the midst of a pit in time of the ground, and defended it, and snow: slew the Philistines : and the LORD 21 And he slew an Egyptian, a wrought a great victory.

goodly man: and the Egyptian had 13 And three of the thirty chief a spear in his hand; but he went went down, and came to David in down to him with a staff, and pluckthe harvest time unto the cave of ed the spear out of the Egyptian's Adullam: and the troop of the hand, and slew him with his own Philistines pitched in the valley of spear. Rephaim.

22 These things did Benaiah the 14 And David was then in an son of Jehoiada, and had the name hold, and the garrison of the Phi among three mighty men. listines was then in Beth-lehem.

23 He was more honourable than 15 And David longed, and said, the thirty, but he attained not to Oh that one would give me drink the first three. And David set him of the water of the well of Beth over his guard. lehem, which is by the gate!

24 Asahel the brother of Joab - 16 And the three mighty men was one of the thirty ; Elhanan the brake through the host of the Phi son of Dodo of Beth-lehem,

25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika | the Harodite,

26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,

27 Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,

28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,

29 Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai out of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,

30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,

31 Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barbumite,

32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,

33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite,

34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,

35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,

36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,

37 Zelek the Ammonite, Nahari the Beerotbite, armourbearer to Joab the son of Zeruiah,

38 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite,

39 Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.

3 And Joab said unto the king, Now the LORD thy God add unto the people, how many soever they be, an hundredfold, and that the eyes of my lord the king may see it : but why doth my lord the king delight in this thing?

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.

5 And they passed over Jordan, and pitched in Aroer, on the right side of the city that lieth in the midst of the river of Gad, and toward Jazer :

6 Then they came to Gilead, and to the land of Tahtim-hodshi; and they came to Dan-jaan, and about to Zidon,

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 Beer-sheba.

8 So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.

9 And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the people unto 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.

10 And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O LORD, take away the ini. quity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.

CHAP. XXIV.

AND again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.

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 ye the people, that I may know the number of the people.

11 For when David was up in the morning, the word of the LORD came unto the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying,

12 Go and say unto David, Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee three things ; choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.

13 So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shal] seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land ? or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three days' pestilence in thy land ? now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me.

14 And David said unto 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.

15 So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the time appointed : and there died of the people from Dan even to Beer-sheba seventy thousand men.

16 And when the angel stretched out his hand upon 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 thine hand. And the angel of the LORD was by the threshingplace of Araunah the Jebusite. .

17 And David spake unto the LORD when he saw the angel that smote the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly : but these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, be against me, and against my father's house.

18 And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Araunah the Jebusite.

19 And David, according to the saying of Gad, went up as the LORD commanded.

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 upon the ground,

21 And Araunah said, Wherefore is my lord the king come to his servant ? And David said, To buy the threshingfloor of thee, to build an altar unto the LORD, that the plague may be stayed from the people.

22 And Araunah said unto David, Let my lord the king take and offer up what seemeth good unto him: behold, here be oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood.

23 All these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king, The LORD thy God accept thee.

24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

25 And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.

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