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chief and captain. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.

9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward. 10 And David went on,


grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him.

11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters, and masons: and they built David an house.

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.

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 David.

14 And these be the names of those that were born unto him in Jerusalem ; Shammuah, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon,

15 Ibhar also, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia,

16 And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphalet.

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.

18 The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.

19 And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand.

20 And David came to Baal

perazim, and David smote them there, and said, The LORD hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baal-perazim.

21 And there they left their images, and David and his men burned them.

22 And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.

23 And when David enquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.

24 And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself : for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.

25 And David did the LORD had commanded him ; and smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer.

So, as

C H A P. VI.

AGAIN, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand,

2 And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims.

3 And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Abio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.

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.

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 timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.

6 And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.

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.

8 And David was displeased, because the Lord had made a breach upon Uzzah : and he called the name of the place Perez-uzzah to this day.

9 And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall the ark of the LORD come to me?

10 So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David : but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.

11 And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months : and the Lord blessed Obed-edom, and all his houshold.

12 And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obed-edom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the city of David with gladness.

13 And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the Lord had gone


he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.

14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.

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.

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.

17 And they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.

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.

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.

20 Then David returned to bless his houshold. 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 uncovereth himself!

21 And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all

his house, to appoint me ruler over say unto my servant David; Thus the people of the LORD, over Isra- saith the Lord of hosts, I took thee el : therefore will I play before the from the sheepcote, from following LORD.

the sheep, to be ruler over my peo22 And I will yet be more vile

ple, over Israel : than thus, and will be base in mine 9 And I was with thee whitherown sight: and of the maidseryants soever thou wentest, and have cut which thou hast spoken of, of them

off all thine enemies out of thy shall I be had in honour.

sight, and have made thee a great 23 Therefore Michal the daugh- name, like unto the name of the ter of Saul had no child unto the great men that are in the earth. day of her death.

10 Moreover I will appoint a

place for my people Israel, and will CHAP. VII.

plant them, that they may dwell in

a place of their own, and move no And it came to pass, when the more ;

neither shall the children of king sat in his house, and the LORD wickedness afflict them any more, had given him rest round about as beforetime, from all his enemies;

11 And as since the time that I 2 That the king said unto Nathan commanded judges to be over my the prophet, See now, I dwell in an people Israel, and have caused thee house of cedar, but the ark of God to rest from all thine enemies. Also dwelleth within curtains.

the LORD telleth thee that he will 3 And Nathan said to the king, make thee an house. Go, do all that is in thine heart; for 12 And when thy days be fulfilthe LORD is with thee.

led, and thou shalt sleep with thy 4 And it came to pass that night, fathers, I will set up thy seed after that the word of the LORD came thee, which shall proceed out of thy unto Nathan, saying,

bowels, and I will establish his king5 Go and tell my servant David,

dom. Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou 13 He shall build an house for build me an house for me to dwell my name, and I will stablish the in ?

throne of his kingdom for ever. 6 Whereas I have not dwelt in 14 I will be his father, and he any house since the time that I

shall be my son.

If he commit brought up the children of Israel iniquity, I will chasten him with the out of Egypt, even to this day, but rod of men, and with the stripes of have walked in a tent and in a ta

the children of men : bernacle.

15 But my mercy shall not de7 In all the places wherein I have part away from him, as I took it walked with all the children of Is- from Saul, whom I put away before rael spake I a word with any of the

thee. tribes of Israel, whom I command- 16 And thine house and thy kinged to feed my people Israel, saying, dom shall be established for ever Why build ye not me an house of before thee: thy throne shall be cedar?

established for ever. 8 Now therefore so shalt thou 17 According to all these words,

let the house of thy servant David be established before thee.

27 For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.

28 And now, O LORD God, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:

29 Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord God, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.


and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.

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 thou hast brought me hitherto?

19 And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O LORD God; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O LORD God?

20 And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, LORD God, knowest thy servant.

21 For thy word's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them.

22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

23 And what one nation in the earth is like thy 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 thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?

24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God.

25 And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said.

26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God over Israel : and

AND after this it came to pass, that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them: and David took Metheg-ammah out of the hand of the Philistines.

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.

3 David smote also Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his border at the river Euphrates.

4 And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: and David houghed all the chariot horses, but reserved of them for an hundred chariots.

5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came to succour Hadadezer king of Zobah, David slew of the

Syrians two and twenty thousand Israel ; and David executed judgmen.

ment and justice unto all his people. 6 Then David put garrisons in 16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah Syria of Damascus : and the Sy- was over the host; and Jehoshaphat rians became servants to David, the son of Ahilud was recorder; and brought gifts. And the LORD 17 And Zadok the son of Ahitub, preserved David whithersoever he and Abimelech the son of Abiathar, went.

were the priests; and Seraiah was 7 And David took the shields of the scribe; gold that were on the servants of 18 And Benaiah the son of JeHadadezer, and brought them to

hoiada was over both the Cherethites Jerusalem.

and the Pelethites; and David's sons 8 Avd from Betah, and from Be- were chief rulers. rothai, cities of Hadadezer, king David took exceeding much brass.

CHAP. IX. 9 When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had smitten all

AND David said, Is there yet any the host of Hadadezer,

that is left of the house of Saul, 10 Then Toi sent Joram his son that I may shew him kindness for unto king David, to salute him, and Jonathan's sake? to bless him, because he had fought 2 And there was of the house of against Hadadezer, and smitten him: Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. for Hadadezer had wars with Toi. And when they had called him unto And Joram brought with him ves- David, the king said unto him, Art sels of silver, and vessels of gold, thou Ziba? And he said, Thy serand vessels of brass :

vant is he. 11 Which also king David did 3 And the king said, Is there not dedicate unto the Lord, with the yet any of the house of Saul, that silver and gold that he had dedi- I may shew the kindness of God cated of all nations which he sub- unto him ? And Ziba said unto the dued;

king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which 12 Of Syria, and of Moab, and is lame on his feet. of the children of Ammon, and of 4 And the king said unto him, the Philistines, and of Amalek, and Where is he? And Ziba said unto of the spoil of Hadadezer, son of the king, Behold, he is in the house Rehob, king of Zobah.

of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in 13 And David gat him a name Lo-debar. when he returned from smiting of 5 Then king David sent, and the Syrians in the valley of salt, fetched him out of the house of being eighteen thousand men.

Machir, the son of Ammiel, from 14 And he put garrisons in E- Lo-debar. dom; throughout all Edom put he 6 Now when Mephibosheth, the garrisons, and all they of Edom son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, became David's servants. And the was come unto David, he fell on LORD preserved David whitherso- his face, and did reverence.

And ever he went.

David said, Mephibosheth. And he 15 And David reigned over all answered, Behold thy servant !

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