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gold that were on the servants of | hoiada was over the Cherethites and Hadarezer, and brought them to the Pelethites; and the sons of DaJerusalem.

vid were chief about the king. 8 Likewise from Tibhath, and from Chun, cities of Hadarezer,

CHAP. XIX. brought David very much brass, wherewith Solomon made the brasen

Now it came to pass after this, sea, and the pillars, and the vessels that Nahash the king of the chilof brass.

dren of Ammon died, and his son 9 Now when Tou king of Ha reigned in his stead. math heard how David had smitten 2 And David said, I will shew all the host of Hadarezer king of kindness unto Hanun the son of Zobah;

Nahash, because his father shewed 10 He sent Hadoram his son to kindness to me. And David sent king David, to enquire of his wel messengers to comfort him concernfare, and to congratulate him, be ing his father. So the servants of cause he had fought against Hada David came into the land of the rezer, and smitten him; (for Hada children of Ammon to Hanun, to rezer had war with Tou ;) and with comfort him. him all manner of vessels of gold 3 But the princes of the children and silver and brass.

of Ammon said to Hanun, Thinkest 11 Them also king David dedi thou that David doth honour thy cated unto the Lord, with the silver father, that he hath sent comforters and the gold that he brought from unto thee? are not his servants come all these nations ; from Edom, and unto thee for to search, and to overfrom Moab, and from the children throw, and to spy out the land ? of Ammon, and from the Philistines, 4 Wherefore Hanun took David's and from Amalek.

servants, and shaved them, and cut 12 Moreover Abishai the son of off their garments in the midst hard Zeruiah slew of the Edomites in by their buttocks, and sent them the valley of salt eighteen thou away. sand.

5 Then there went certain, and 13 And he put garrisons in Edom; told David how the men were serv

ed. And he sent to meet them : for servants. Thus the LORD preserved the men were greatly ashamed. And David whithersoever he went.

the king said, Tarry at Jericho until 14 So David reigned over all Is your beards be grown, and then rerael, and executed judgment and turn. justice among all his people.

6 And when the children of Am15 And Joab the son of Zeruiah mon saw that they had made themwus over the host; and Jehoshaphat selves odious to David, Hanun and the son of Ahilud, recorder.

the children of Ammon sent a thou16 And Zadok the son of Ahitub, sand talents of silver to hire them and Abimelech the son of Abiathar, chariots and horsemen out of Mewere the priests; and Sbavsha was sopotamia, and out of Syria-maascribe;

chah, and out of Zobah. 17 And Benaiah the son of Je-l 7 So they hired thirty and two

thousand chariots, and the king of Maachah and his people; who came and pitched before Medeba. And the children of Ammon gathered themselves together from their cities, and came to battle.

8 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty men.

9 And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array before the gate of the city : and the kings that were come were by themselves in the field.

10 Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him before and behind, he chose out of all the choice of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians.

11 And the rest of the people he delivered unto the hand of Abishai his brother, and they set themselves in array against the children of Ammon.

12 And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, then thou shalt help me : but if the children of Ammon be too strong for thee, then I will help thee.

13 Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in his sight.

14 So Joab and the people that were with him drew nigh before the Syrians unto the battle; and they fled before him.

15 And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fled, they likewise fled before Abishai his brother, and entered into the city. Then Joab came to Jerusalem.

16 And when the Syrians saw that they were put to the worse before Israel, they sent messengers,

and drew forth the Syrians that were beyond the river: and Shophach the captain of the host of Hadarezer went before them.

17 And it was told David ; and he gathered all Israel, and passed over Jordan, and came upon them, and set the battle in array against them. So when David had put the battle in array against the Syrians, they fought with him.

18 But the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew of the Syrians seven thousand men which fought in chariots, and forty thousand footmen, and killed Shophach the captain of the host.

19 And when the servants of Hadarezer saw that they were put to the worse before Israel, they made peace with David, and became his servants : neither would the Syrians help the children of Ammon any more.

CHAP. XX. AND it came to pass, that after the year was expired, at the time that kings go out to battle, Joab led forth the power of the army, and wasted the country of the children of Ammon, and came and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried at Jerusalem. And Joab smote Rabbah, and destroyed it.

2 And David took the crown of their king from off his head, and found it to weigh a talent of gold, and there were precious stones in it; and it was set upon David's head : and he brought also exceeding much spoil out of the city.

3 And he brought out the people that were in it, and cut them with saws, and with harrows of iron, and with axes. Even so dealt David

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with all the cities of the children of || Joab departed, and went throughAmmon. And David and all the out all Israel, and came to Jerupeople returned to Jerusalem.

salem. 4 And it came to pass after this, 5 And Joab gave the sum of the that there arose war at Gezer with number of the people unto David. the Philistines; at which time Sib And all they of Israel were a thoubechai the Hushathite slew Sippai, sand thousand and an hundred thouthut was of the children of the giant: sand men that drew sword : and and they were subdued.

Judah was four hundred threescore 5 And there was war again with and ten thousand men that drew the Philistines; and Elhanan the sword. son of Jair slew Lahmi the brother 6 But Levi and Benjamin counted of Goliath the Giltite, whose spear he not among them: for the king's staff was like a weaver's beam. word was abominable to Joab.

6 And yet again there was war at 7 And God was displeased with Gath, where was a man of great this thing; therefore he smote Isstature, whose fingers and toes were four and twenty, six on each hand, 8 And David said unto God, I and six on each foot : and he also have sinned greatly, because I have was the son of the giant.

done this thing : but now, I be7 But when he defied Israel, Jo seech thee, do away the iniquity of nathan the son of Shimea David's thy servant; for I have done very brother slew him.

foolishly. 8 These were born unto the giant 9 And the LORD spake unto Gad, in Gath; and they fell by the hand David's seer, saying, of David, and by the hand of his 10 Go and tell David, saying, servants.

Thus saith the Lord, I offer thee

three things: choose thee one of CHAP. XXI.

them, that I may do it unto thee.

11 So Gad came to David, and AND Satan stood up against Is said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, rael, and provoked David to num Choose thee ber Israel

12 Either three years famine ; or 2 And David said to Joab and to three months to be destroyed before the rulers of the people, Go, num thy foes, while that the sword of ber Israel from Beer-sheba even to thine enemies overtaketh thee; or Dan; and bring the number of else three days the sword of the them to me, that I may know it.. LORD, even the pestilence, in the

3 And Joab answered, The Lord land, and the angel of the Lord make his people an hundred times destroying throughout all the coasts so many more as they be : but, my of Israel. Now therefore advise thylord the king, are they not all my self what word I shall bring again lord's servants ? why then doth my to him that sent me. lord require this thing? why will be 13 And David said unto Gad, I be a cause of trespass to Israel ? am in a great strait: let me fall

4 Nevertheless the king's word now into the hand of the Lord; prevailed against Joab. Wherefore for very great are his mercies : but let me not fall into the hand of 11 went out of the threshingfloor, and man.

bowed himself to David with his 14 So the LORD sent pestilence face to the ground. upon Israel : and there fell of Israel 22 Then David said to Ornan, seventy thousand men.

Grant me the place of this thresh15 And God sent an angel unto ingfloor, that I may build an altar Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he therein unto the LORD: thou shalt was destroying, the Lord beheld, grant it me for the full price: that and he repented him of the evil, the plague may be stayed from the and said to the angel that destroyed, people. It is enough, stay now thine hand. 23 And Ornan said unto David, And the angel of the LORD stood Take it to thee, and let my lord the by the threshingfloor of Ornan the king do that which is good in his Jebusite.

eyes : lo, I give thee the oxen also 16 And David lifted up his eyes, for burnt offerings, and the threshand saw the angel of the Lord ing instruments for wood, and the stand between the earth and the wheat for the meat offering ; I give heaven, having a drawn sword in it all. his hand stretched out over Jeru 24 And king David said to Orsalem. Then David and the elders nan, Nay; but I will verily buy it of Israel, who were clothed in sack for the full price : for I will not take cloth, fell upon their faces.

that which is thine for the LORD, 17 And David said unto God, Is nor offer burnt offerings without it not I that commanded the people

cost. to be numbered ? even I it is that 25 So David gave to Ornan for have sinned and done evil indeed; the place six hundred shekels of but as for these sheep, what have gold by weight. they done ? let thine hand, I pray 26 And David built there an altar thee, O LORD my God, be on me, unto the LORD, and offered burnt and on my father's house ; but not offerings and peace offerings, and on thy people, that they should be called upon the LORD; and he anplagued.

swered him from heaven by fire 18 Then the angel of the Lord upon the altar of burnt offering. commanded Gad to say to David, 27 And the Lord commanded that David should go up, and set the angel; and he put up his sword up an altar unto the Lord in the again into the sheath thereof. threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebu 28 At that time when David saw site.

that the Lord had answered him in 19 And David went up at the the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jesaying of Gad, which he spake in busite, then he sacrificed there. the name of the LORD.

29 For the tabernacle of the 20 And Ornan turned back, and LORD, which Moses made in the saw the angel; and his four sons wilderness, and the altar of the with bim hid themselves. Now burnt offering, were at that season Ornan was threshing wheat.

in the high place at Gibeon. 21 And as David came to Ornan, 30 But David could not go before Ornan looked and saw David, and it to enquire of God : for he was afraid because of the sword of the enemies round about : for his name angel of the LORD.

shall be Solomon, and I will give

peace and quietness unto Israel in CH-AP. XXII.

his days.

10 He shall build an house for THEN David said, This is the my name; and he shall be my son, house of the Lord God, and this and I will be his father; and I will is the altar of the burnt offering for establish the throne of his kingdom Israel.

over Israel for ever. 2 And David commanded to ga 11 Now, my son, the LORD be ther together the strangers that were with thee; and prosper thou, and in the land of Israel; and he set build the house of the LORD thy masons to hew wrought stones to God, as he hath said of thee. build the house of God.

12 Only the Lord give thee wis3 And David prepared iron in dom and understanding, and give abundance for the nails for the thee charge concerning Israel, that doors of the gates, and for the join thou mayest keep the law of the ings; and brass in abundance with LORD thy God. out weight;

13 Then shalt thou prosper, if 4 Also cedar trees in abundance: thou takest heed to fulfil the stafor the Zidonians and they of Tyre tutes and judgments which the brought much cedar wood to David. LORD charged Moses with con

5 And David said, Solomon my cerning Israel : be strong, and of son is young and tender, and the good courage; dread not, nor be house that is to be builded for the dismayed. Lord must be exceeding magnifical, 14 Now, behold, in my trouble I of fame and of glory throughout all have prepared for the house of the countries : I will therefore now make Lord an hundred thousand talents preparation for it. So David pre of gold, and a thousand thousand pared abundantly before his death. talents of silver; and of brass and

6 Then he called for Solomon his iron without weight; for it is in son, and charged him to build an abundance : timber also and stone house for the Lord God of Israel. have I prepared ; and thou mayest

7 And David said to Solomon, add thereto. My son, as for me, it was in my 15 Moreover there are workmen mind to build an house unto the with thee in abundance, hewers and name of the LORD my God :

workers of stone and timber, and 8 But the word of the LORD all manner of cunning men for came to me, saying, Thou hast shed every manner of work. blood abundantly, and hast made 16 Of the gold, the silver, and great wars : thou shalt not build an the brass, and the iron, there is no house unto my name, because thou number. Arise therefore, and be dohast shed much blood upon the ing, and the LORD be with thee. earth in my sight.

17 David also commanded all the 9 Behold, a son shall be born to princes of Israel to help Solomon thee, who shall be a man of rest; his son, saying, and I will give him rest from all his 18 18 Is not the LORD your God

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