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A catalogue of . CHAP. xxiv. David's mighty men. 289 a spear; and they shall be utterly burned || and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in with fire in the same place.

time of snow : 8 These be the names of the mighty 21 And he slew an Egyptian, a goodly men whom David had: The Tachmoniteman: and the Egyptian had a spear in his that sat in the seat, chief among the cap- hand ; but he went down to him with a tains; the same was Adino the Eznite : staff, and plucked the spear out of the he lified up his spear against eight hun- || Egyptian's hand, and slew him with his dred, whom he slew at one time.

own spear. 9 And after him was Eleazar the son 22 These things did Benaiah the son of of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three Jehoiada, and had the name among three mighty men with David, when they demighty men. fied the Philistines that were there gather- 23 He was more honourable than the ed together to battle, and the men of Is- thirty, but he attained not to the first rael were gone away:

| three. And David set him over his guard. 10 He arose, and smote the Philistines | 24 Asahel the brother of Joab was one until his hand was weary, and his hand of the thirty ; Elhanan the son of Dodo clave unto the sword : and the LORD |

word : and the LORD of Beth-lehem, wrought a great victory that day ; and 25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika tlie the people returned after him only to spoil. Harodite,

11 And after him was Shammah 'the || 26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikson of Agee the Hararite. And the Phi kesh the Tekoite, listines were gathered together into a 27 Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai troop, where was a piece of ground full | the Hushathite, of lentiles: and the people fled from the 28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Philistines.

Netophathite, 12 But he stood in the midst of the 29 Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophaground, and defended it, and slew the thite, Ittai the son of Rivai out of Gibeahı Philistines : and the LORD wrought a of the children of Benjamin, great victory.

30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of 13 And three of the thirty chief went | the brooks of Gaash, down, and came to David in the harvest || 31 Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth time unto the cave of Adullam: and the the Barhumite, troop of the Philistines pitched in the il 32 Elialıba the Shaalbonite, of the sons valley of Rephaim.

of Jashen, Jonathan, 14 And David was then in an hold, | 33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the and the garrison of the Philistines was son of Sharar the Hararite, then in Beth-lehem.

34 Elipheiet the son of Ahasbai, the 15 And David longed, and said, Oh son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son that one would give me drink of the of Ahithophel the Gilonite, water of the well of Beth-lehem, which is 35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the. by the gate!

Arbite, 16 And the three mighty men brake 36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, through the host of the Philistines, and Bani, the Gadite, drew water out of the well of Beth-le- | 37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the hem, that was by the gate, and took it, || Beerothite, armour-bearer to Joab the son and brought it to David: nevertheless he || of Zeruiah, would not drink thereof, but poured it 38 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite, out unto the LORD.

39 Uriah the Ilittite : thirty and seven 17 And he said, Be it far from me, o ll in all. LORD, that I should do this: is not this

CHAP. XXIV. the blood of the men that went in jeop 1 David forceth Joab to number the peoardy of their lives? therefore he would not ple. 5 The captains after nine months drink it. These things did these three and twenty days deliver in the number mighty men.

to the king. 10 David repenteth, and, 18 And Abishai, the brother of Joab, being obliged to choose one plague out the son of Zeruiah, was chief among of three named to him, fixeth on three three. And he lifted up his spear against days pestilence. 15 Afier the death of three hundred, and slew them, and had seventy thousand in Israel, at David's the name among three.

humble suit, the angel is stayed from 19 Was he not most honourable of three? destroying Jerusalem. 18 By Gad's therefore he was their captain : howbeit direction David purchaseth Araunah's he attained not unto the first three.

threshing-floor, and sacrificeth. 20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, AND again the anger of the LORD the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who was kindled against Israel, and he had done inany acts, he slew two lion- | moved David against them to say, Go bike men of Moab : he went down also number Israel and Judah.

290 David numbereth the people. II. SAMUEL. llis intercession to God.

2 For the king said to Joab the captain ll hand of the LORD ; for his mercies are of the host, which was with him, Go great : and let me not fall into the hand now through all the tribes of Israel, from Il f man. Dan even to Beer-sheba, and number ye 15 So the LORD sent a pestilence upon the people, that I may know the number || Israel from the morning even to the time of the people.

ppointed : and there died of the people 3 And Joab said unto the king, Now Tom Dan even to Beer-sheba seventy the Lord thy God add unto the people, housand men. how many soever they be, an hundred | 16 And when the angel stretched out fold, and that the eyes of my lord the king his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, may see it : but why doth my lord the H The Lord repented him of the evil, and king delight in this thing?

said to the angel that destroyed the peo4 Notwithstanding the king's word ple, It is enough : stay now thine hand. prevailed against Joab, and against the || And the angel of the LORD was by the captains of the host. And Joab and the threshing-place of Araunah the Jebusite. captains of the host went out from the 17 And David spake unto the LORD presence of the king, to number the people when he saw the angel that smote the of Israel.

people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and 5. And they passed over Jordan, and I have done wickedly : but these sheep, pitched in Aroer, on the right side of the what have they done? let thine hand, I city that lieth in the midst of the river of pray thee, be against me, and against my Gad, and toward Jazer:

father's house. 6 Then they came to Gilead, and to the 18 | And Gad came that day to David, land of Tahtim-hodshi; and they came and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar to Dan-jaan, and about to Zidon,

unto the LORD in the threshing-floor of 7 And came to the strong hold of Tyre, Araunah the Jebusite. and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of 19 And David, according to the saying the Canaanites; and they went out to the f Gad, went up as the LORD comsouth of Judah, even to Beer-sheba. manded.

8 So when they had gone through all 20 And Araunah looked, and saw the the land, they came to Jerusalem at the king and his servants coming on toward end of nine months and twenty days. him : And Araunah went out, and bow. 9 And Joab gave up the sum of the led himself before the king on his face upnumber of the people unto the king: and on the ground. there were in Israel eight hundred thou 1 21 And Araunah said, Wherefore is sand valiant men that drew the sword ; | my lord the king come to his servant ? and the men of Judah were five hundred And David said, To buy the threshingthousand men.

floor of thee, to build an altar unto the 10 1 And David's heart smote him after | Lord, that the plague may be stayed that he had numbered the people. And from the people. David said unto the LORD, I have sinnet. | 22 And Araunah said unto David, Let greatly in that I have done : and now, I my lord the king take and offer up what beseech thee, O LORD, take away the seemeth good unto him : behold, here be iniquity of thy servant; for I have done luxen for burnt-sacrifice, and threshingvery foolishly.

instruments and other instruments of the 11 For when David was up in the morn- oxen for wood. ing, the word of the Lord came unto the 23 All these things did Araunah, as a prophet Gac, David's seer, saying, king, give unto the king. And Araunah

12 Go and say unto David, Thus saith said unto the king, The LORD thy God the LORD, I offer thee three things ; accept thee. choose thee one of them, that I may do it 24. And the king said unto Araunah, unto thee.

Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a 13 So Gad came to David, and told price: neither will I offer burnt-offerings him, and said unto him, Shall seven years unto the LORD my God of that which of famine come unto thee in thy land ? or doth cost me nothing. So David bought wilt thou flee three months before thine | the threshing-floor and the oxen for fifty enemies, while they pursue thee? or that il shekels of silver. there be three days pestilence in thy land? 25 And David built there an altar unto Now advise, and see what answer I shall the Lord, and offered burnt-offerings return to him that sent me.

and peace-offerings. So the LORD was 14 And David said unto Gad, I am in l entreated for the land, and the plague was a great strait ; let us fall now into the stayed from Israel.


Il my lord, O king, swear unto thine harid. 1 Abishag cherishcth David in his ex- || maid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son

treme old age. 5 Adonijah, David's | shall reign after me, and he shall sit updarling, usurpeth the kingdom. 32 Sol on my throne ? why then doth Adonijali omon by Davidsappointment, is anoint-| reign ? ed king by Zadok and Nathan. 50 Adon 14 Behold, while thou yet talkest there ijah, fleeing to the horns of the altar, is ll with the king, I will also come in after dismissed by Solomon.

thee, and confirm thy words. NOW king David was old and stricken 15 | And Bath-sheba went in unto the IV in years; and they covered him with king into the chamber: and the king was clothes, but he gat no heat.

very old ; and Abishag the Shunamite 2 Wherefore his servants said unto him, ministered unto the king. Let there be sought for my lord the king | 16 And Bath-sheba bowed, and did a young virgin : and let her stand before obeisance unto the king. And the king the king, and let her cherish him, and said, What wouldest thou ? let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the 17 And she said unto him, My lord, king may get heat.

thou swarest by the Lord thy God unto So they sought for a fair damsel thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solothroughout all the coasts of Israel, and mon thy son shail reign after me, and he found Abishag a Shunamite, and brought shall sit upon my throne. her to the king. .

18 And now, behold, Adonijah reign4 And the damsel was very fair, and eth ; and now, my lord the king, thou cherished the king, and ministered to knowest it not : him : but the king knew her not.

19 And he hath slain oxen, and fat cat59 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith tle, and sheep in abundance, and hatla exalted himself, saying, I will be king: | called all the sons of the king, and Abiaand he prepared him chariots and horse thar the priest, and Joab the captain of men, and fifty men to run before him. the host : but Solomon thy servant hath

6 And his father had not displeased he not called. . him at any time in saying, Why hast 20 And thou, my lord, O king, the thou done so ? And he also was a very eyes of all Israel are upon thee, that goodly man ; and his mother bare him thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on after Absalom.

the throne of my lord the king after him. 7 And he conferred with Joab the son 21 Otherwise it shall come to pass, of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the when my lord the king shall sleep with priest : and they, following Adonijah, his fathers, that I and my son Solomon helped him.

shall be counted offenders. 8 But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah 22 | And lo, while she yet talked with the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the pro- the king, Nathan the prophet also came phe!, and Shimei, and Rei, and the migh in. ty men which belonged to David, were | 23 And they told the king, saying, Benot with Adonijah.

hold, Nathan the prophet. And when 9 And Adonijah slew sheep, and oxen, he was come in before the king, he bowand fat cattle, by the stone of Zoheleth, led himself before the king with his face which is by En-rogel, and called all his to the ground. brethren the king's sons, and all the men 24 And Nathan said, My lord, O king, of Judah the king's servants :

hast thou said, Adonijah shall reign after 10 But Nathan the prophet, and Be. me, and he shall sit upon my throne? naiah, and the mighty men, and Solomon 25 For he is gone down this day, and his brother, he called not

hath slain oxen, and fat cattle, and sheep 11.1 Wherefore Nathan spake unto in abundance, and hath called all the Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon, say king's sons, and the captains of the host, ing, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah and Abiathar the priest ; and behold, the son of Haggith doth reign, and David they eat and drink before him, and say, our lord knoweth it not?

God save king Adonijah. 12 Now therefore come, let me, I pray | 26 But me, even me thy servant, and thee, give thee counsel, that thou mayest Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of save thine own life, and the life of thy son Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath

he not called. 13 Go, and get thee in unto king Da 27 Is this thing done by my lord the vid, and say unto him, Didst not thou, king, and thou hast not shewed it unto


292 Solomon anointed king. , I. KINGS.

Adonijah feareth him. thy servant, who should sit on the throne came : And Adonijah said unto bim, of my lord the king after him?

Come in ; for thou art a valiant man, 28 1 Then king David answered and and bringest good tidings. said, Call me Bath-sheba. And she came 43 And Jonathan answered and said to into the king's presence, and stood before Adonijah, Verily our lord king David hath the king.

made Solomon king. 29 And the king sware, and said, As 44 And the king hath sent with him the LORD liveth, that hath redeemed my Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophsoul out of all distress,

et, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and 30 Even as I sware unto thee by the the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and LORD God of Israel, saying, Assuredly, they have caused him to ride upon the Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and king's mule : he shall sit upon my throne in my stead ; H 45 And Zadok the priest and Nathan even so will I certainly do this day. the prophet have anointed him king in Gi

31 Then Bath-sheba bowed with her hon; and they are come up from thence face to the earth, and did reverence to rejoicing, so that the city rang again. the king, and said, Let my lord king Da This is the noise that ye have heard. vid live for ever.

46 And also Solomon sitteth on the 32 |And king David said, Call me Za throne of the kingdom. dok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, || 47 And moreover the king's servants and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. “And came to bless our lord king David, saythey came before the king.

ing, God make the name of Soloinon bet33 The king also said unto them, Take ter than thy name, and make his throne with you the servants of your lord, and greater than thy throne. And the king cause Solomon my son to ride upon | bowed himself upon the bed. mine own mule, and bring him down to 48 And also thus said the king, Blessed Gihon:

be the Lord God of Israel, which hath 34 And let Zadok the priest and Na- given one to sit on my throne this day, than the prophet anoint him there king mine eyes even seeing it. over Israel : and blow ye with the trum- 1149 And all the guests that were with pet, and say, God save king Solomon. Adonijah were afraid, and rose up, and

35 Then ye shall come up after him, 11 went every man his way. that he may come and sit upon my 50 q And Adonijah feared because of throne ; for he shall be king in my stead: Solomon, and arose, and went, and caught and I have appointed him to be ruler hold on the horns of the altar. over Israel and over Judah.

51 And it was told Solomon, saying, 36 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada || Behold, Adonijah feareth king Solomon : answered the king, and said, Amen : the for lo, he hath caught hold on the horns LORD God of my lord the king say so too. of the altar, saying, Let king Solomon

37 As the LORD hath been with my || swear unto me to-day that he will not lord the king, even so be he with Solomon, slay his servant with the sword. and make his throne greater than the || 52 And Solomon said, If he will shew throne of my lord king David.

himself a worthy man, there shall not an 38 So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the hair of him fall to the earth : but if wickprophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, edness shall be found in him, he shall die. and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, 53 So king Solomon sent, and they went down, and caused Solomon to ride brought him down from the altar. And upon king David's mule, and brought he came and bowed himself to king Solo him to Gihon.

mon : and Solomon said unto him, Go 39 And Zadok the priest took an horn to thine house. of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointeci

CHAP. II. Solomon. And they blew the trumpet ; 1 David, having given a charge to Soloand all the people said, God save king mon, 10 dieth. 12 Solomon succeedeth. Solomon.

13 Adonijah is put to death. 28 Joab 40 And all the people came up after is slain. 36 Shimei's death. him, and the people piped with pipes, and N OW the days of David drew nigh rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth that he should die; and he charged rent with the sound of them.

Solomon his son, saying, 41 ls And Adonijah and all the guests 2 I go the way of all the carth : be that were with him heard it as they had thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a made an end of eating. And when Joab man; heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, 3 And keep the charge of the LORD Wherefore is this noise of the city being thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his in an uproar ?

statutes, and his commandments, and his 42 And while he yet spake, behold, I judgments, and his testimonies, as it is Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest "written in the law of Moses, that thou

David's charge to Solomon. CHAP. II. Adonijah put to death. 293 mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and 11 18 And Bath-sheba said, Well ; I will whithersoever thou tuinest thyself. || speak for thee unto the king

4. That the LORD may continue his . 19 Bath-sheba therefore went unto word which he spake concerning me, king Solomon, to speak unto him for Adsaying, If thy children take heed to their onijah. And the king rose up to meet way, to walk before me in truth with all her, and bowed himself unto her, and their heart, and with all their soul, there | sat down on his throne, and caused a seat shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the || to be set for the king's mother ; and she throne of Israel.

sat on his right hand. 5 Moreover, thou knowest also what 20 Then she said, I desire one small Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and petition of thee; I pray thee, say me not what he did to the two captains of the nay. And the king said unto her, Ask on, hosts of Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, my mother : for I will not say thee nay. and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom 21 And she said, Let Abishag the Shuhe slew, and shed the blood of war in ! namite be given to Adonijah thy brother peace, and put the blood of war upon his to wife. girdle that was about his loins, and in his 22 And king Solomon answered and shoes that were on his feet.

| said unto his mother, And why dost thou 6 Do therefore according to thy wis- | ask Abishag the Shunamite for Adonidom, and let not his hoar head go down | jah ? ask for him the kingdom also ; for to the grave in peace.

he is mine elder brother; even for him, 7 But shew kindness unto the sons of and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be the son of Zeruiah. of those that eat at thy table : for so they 23 Then king Solomon sware by the came to me when I fled because of Absa- Lord, saying, God do so to me, and lom thy brother. .

more also, if Adonijah have not spoken 8 And behold, thou hast with thee this word against his own life. Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of 24 Now therefore, as the Lord liveth, Bahurim, which cursed me with a griev- || which hath established me, and set me on ous curse in the day when I went to Ma the throne of David my father, and who hanaim : but he came down to meet me || hath made me an house, as he promised, at Jordan, and I sware to him by the || Adonijah shall be put to death this day. LORD, saying, I will not put thee to cleath il 25 And king Solomon sent by the hand with the sword.

of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada ; and he 9 Now therefore hold him not guilt fell upon him that he died. Icss: for thou art a wise man, and know 26 And unto Abiathar the priest said est what thou oughtest to do unto him ; || the king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto but his hoar head bring thou down to the thine own fields; for thou art worthy of grave with blood.

death : but I will not at this time put 10 So David slept with his fathers, and thee to death, because thou barest the was buried in the city of David.

ark of the LORD God before David my 11 And the days that David reigned | father, and because thou hast been afflictover Israel were forty years : seven years ed in all wherein my father was afflicted reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and | 27 So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from three years reigned he in Jerusalem. | being priest unto the Lord; that he might

12 | Then sat Solomon upon the throne fulfil the word of the Lord, which he of David his father; and his kingdom was spake concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh. established greatly.

28 f Then tidings came to Joab : for 13 | And Adonijah the son of Haggith Joab had turned after Adonijah, though came to Bath-sheba the mother of Solo | he turned not after Absalom. And Joab mon. And she said, Comest thou peace fled unto the tabernacle of the Lord, and ably? And he said, Peaceably.

caught hold on the horns of the altar. 14 He said moreover, I have somewhat 29 And it was told king Solomon that to say unto thee. And she said, Say on. Joab was fled unto the tabernacle of the

15 And he said, Thou knowest that the LORD ; and behold, he is by the altar. kingdom was mine, and that all Israel set Then Solomon sent Benaiah the son of their faces on me, that I should reign : Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall upon him. howbeit the kingdom is turned about, and it 30 And Benaiah came to the tabernacle is become my brother's : for it was his of the LORD, and said unto him, Thus from the LORD.

saith the king, Come forth. And he said, 16 And now I ask one petition of thee, | Nay; but I will die here. And Benaiah deny me not. And she said unto him, Sayon. brought the king word again, saying, Thus

17 And he said, Speak, I pray thee, I said Joab, and thus he answered me. unto Solomon the king, (for he will not 31 And the king said unto him, Do as say thee nay,) that he give me Abislag | he hath said, and fall upon him, and bury the Shunamite to wife.

him ; that thou mayest take away the

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