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10 And they put his Armour in the House of Ashtaroth: and they fastned his Body to the Wall of Beth-shan.

11 And when the Inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul:

12 All the valiant Men arose, and went all Night, and took the Body of Saul, and the Bodies of his Sons from the Wall of Beth-Than, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there.

13 And they took their Bones and buried them under a Tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven Days.

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Ver. 1

HOW it came to pass after the Death of

Saul, when David was returned from the Slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two Days in Ziklag:

2 It came even to pass on the third

Day, that behold, a Man came out of the Camp from Saul, with his Cloaths rent, and Earth upon his Head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the Earth, and did Obeisance.

3 And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? and he said unto him, Out of the Camp of Israel am I escaped,

4 And David said unto him, How went the Matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, That the People are fled from the Battle, and many of the People also are fallen and dead, and Saul and Jonathan his Son are dead also.

5 And David said unto the young Man that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his Son be dead?

6 And the young Man that told him, said, As I hapned by Chance upon Mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his Spear; and lo, the Chariots and Horsemen followed hard after him.

7 And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me: and I answered, Here am I.

8 And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite.

9 He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and Nay me : for Anguish is come upon me, because my Life is yet whole in me.

10 So I stood upon him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen : and I · took the Crown that was upon his Head, and the Bracelet

that was on his Arm, and have brought them hither unto my Lord.

11 Then David took hold on his Cloaths, and rent them, . and likewise all the Men that were with him.

12 And they mourned and wept, and fasted until Even, for Saul and for Jonathan his Son, and for the People of the LORD, and for the House of Israel ; because they were fallen by the Sword.

13 And David said unto the young Man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the Son of a Stranger, an Amalekite.

14 And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine Hand, to destroy the Lord's Anointed ?

15 And David called one of the young Men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died.

16 And David said unto him, Thy Blood be upon thy Head : for thy Mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have flain the LORD's Anointed.


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17 And David lamented with this LAMENTATION over Saul, and over Jonathan his Son. .

18 (Also he bade them teach the Children of Judah the Use of the Bow : behold it is written in the Book of JaTher)

19 The BEAUTY of Israel is slain upon thy high Places : how are the Mighty fallen !

20 Tell it not in GATH, publish it not in the Streets of ASKELON : left the Daughters of the Philistines rejoice, left the Daughters of the Uncircumcised triumph.

21 Ye Mountains of Gilboa, let there be no Dew, neither let there be Rain upon you, nor Fields of Offerings : for there the Shieln of the Mighty is vilely cast away, the Shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with Oil.

22 From the Blood of the Slain, from the Fat of the Mighty, the Bow of jonATHAN turned not back, and the Sword of Saul returned not empty.

23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their Lives, and in their Death they were not divided : they were swifter than Eagles, they were stronger than Lions.

24 Ye Daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in Scarlet, with other Delights, who put on Ornaments of Gold upon your Apparel.

25 How are the MIGHTY FALLEN in the midst of the Battle ! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high Places.

26 I am DISTRESSED for thee, my BROTHER Jonathan: very PLEASANT haft thou been unto me : thy LOVE TO ME was WONDERFUL, passing the Love of WOMEN.

27 How are the MIGHTY FALLEN, and the Weapons of War perished !

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С НА Р. ІІ. Į David by God's Direction going up to Hebron, is made King of Judah. 8 Abner maketh Ij-bosheth King of Israel.



During the War David ftill waxeth stronger. 6 Abner difpleaseš with In-hobeth, 12 revolteth to David. 27 Jocb killeth Avner. 28 David curseth Joab, 31 and mournets for toner,


CH A P. IV. The Israelites being troubled at the Death of Abner, 2 Baanah and Rechab play ish-boseth : 9 David caufeth them to be pain, and I b-bosheth's Head to be buried.

CH A P. V. 1 The Tribes come to Hebron to anoint David over Israel.

6 Zion taken from the febusites. 17 The Philistines smitten.

Ver. 1 THEN came all the Tribes of Israel to David un

T to Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy Bone, and thy Flesh.

2 Also in Time past, when Saul was King over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel : and the LORD said to thee, Thou shalt feed my People Ifracl, and . thou shalt be a Captain over Ifracl.

3 So all the Elders of Israel came to the King to Hebron, and King David made a League with them in Hebron before the LORD: and they anointed David King over Israel.

4 David was thirty Years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty Years.

5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven Years and six Months : and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three Years over all Israel and Judah.

6 And the King and his Men went to Jerusalem, unto the Jebusites, the Inhabitants of the Land : which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the Blind and the Lame, thou shalt not come in hither : thinking, David cannot come in hither.

7 Nevertheless, David took the strong Hold of ZION: the same is the City of David.

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, and grew great, and the LORD God of Hosts was WITH HIM.

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 Concubincs and Wives out


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