The Book of 2 Samuel
Now 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 clothes 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 happened 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
slay me: for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in
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 clothes, 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
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 slain the LORD's
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 Jasher.)
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; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest 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 shield
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
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 hast 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
1 And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of
the LORD, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the
LORD said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he
said, Unto Hebron.
2 So David went up thither, and his two wives also,
Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail Nabal's wife the Carmelite.
3 And his men that were with him did David bring up, every
man with his household: and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.
4 And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David
king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, That the men of
Jabeshgilead were they that buried Saul.
5 And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabeshgilead,
and said unto them, Blessed be ye of the LORD, that ye have shewed this
kindness unto your lord, even unto Saul, and have buried him.
6 And now the LORD shew kindness and truth unto you: and I
also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this
7 Therefore now let your hands be strengthened, and be ye
valiant: for your master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah have
anointed me king over them.
8 But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took
Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim;
9 And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites,
and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all
10 Ishbosheth Saul's son was forty years old when he began
to reign over Israel, and reigned two years. But the house of Judah
11 And the time that David was king in Hebron over the
house of Judah was seven years and six months.
12 And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of
Ishbosheth the son of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.
13 And Joab the son of Zeruiah, and the servants of David,
went out, and met together by the pool of Gibeon: and they sat down, the
one on the one side of the pool, and the other on the other side of the
14 And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise,
and play before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.
15 Then there arose and went over by number twelve of
Benjamin, which pertained to Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the
servants of David.
16 And they caught every one his fellow by the head, and
thrust his sword in his fellow's side; so they fell down together:
wherefore that place was called Helkathhazzurim, which is in
17 And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner
was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.
18 And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab, and
Abishai, and Asahel: and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe.
19 And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned
not to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.
20 Then Abner looked behind him, and said, Art thou
Asahel? And he answered, I am.
21 And Abner said to him, Turn thee aside to thy right
hand or to thy left, and lay thee hold on one of the young men, and take
thee his armour. But Asahel would not turn aside from following of
22 And Abner said again to Asahel, Turn thee aside from
following me: wherefore should I smite thee to the ground? how then should
I hold up my face to Joab thy brother?
23 Howbeit he refused to turn aside: wherefore Abner with
the hinder end of the spear smote him under the fifth rib, that the spear
came out behind him; and he fell down there, and died in the same place:
and it came to pass, that as many as came to the place where Asahel fell
down and died stood still.
24 Joab also and Abishai pursued after Abner: and the sun
went down when they were come to the hill of Ammah, that lieth before Giah
by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon.
25 And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves
together after Abner, and became one troop, and stood on the top of an
26 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword
devour for ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter
end? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people return from
following their brethren?
27 And Joab said, As God liveth, unless thou hadst spoken,
surely then in the morning the people had gone up every one from following
28 So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still,
and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any more.
29 And Abner and his men walked all that night through the
plain, and passed over Jordan, and went through all Bithron, and they came
30 And Joab returned from following Abner: and when he had
gathered all the people together, there lacked of David's servants
nineteen men and Asahel.
31 But the servants of David had smitten of Benjamin, and
of Abner's men, so that three hundred and threescore men died.
32 And they took up Asahel, and buried him in the
sepulchre of his father, which was in Bethlehem. And Joab and his men went
all night, and they came to Hebron at break of day.
1 Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the
house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of
Saul waxed weaker and weaker.
2 And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his
firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess;
3 And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal
the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of
Talmai king of Geshur;
4 And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the
fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital;
5 And the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah David's wife. These
were born to David in Hebron.
6 And it came to pass, while there was war between the
house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong for
the house of Saul.
7 And Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the
daughter of Aiah: and Ishbosheth said to Abner, Wherefore hast thou gone
in unto my father's concubine?
8 Then was Abner very wroth for the words of Ishbosheth,
and said, Am I a dog's head, which against Judah do shew kindness this day
unto the house of Saul thy father, to his brethren, and to his friends,
and have not delivered thee into the hand of David, that thou chargest me
to day with a fault concerning this woman?
9 So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the LORD
hath sworn to David, even so I do to him;
10 To translate the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to
set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to
11 And he could not answer Abner a word again, because he
12 And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf,
saying, Whose is the land? saying also, Make thy league with me, and,
behold, my hand shall be with thee, to bring about all Israel unto
13 And he said, Well; I will make a league with thee: but
one thing I require of thee, that is, Thou shalt not see my face, except
thou first bring Michal Saul's daughter, when thou comest to see my
14 And David sent messengers to Ishbosheth Saul's son,
saying, Deliver me my wife Michal, which I espoused to me for an hundred
foreskins of the Philistines.
15 And Ishbosheth sent, and took her from her husband,
even from Phaltiel the son of Laish.
16 And her husband went with her along weeping behind her
to Bahurim. Then said Abner unto him, Go, return. And he returned.
17 And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel,
saying, Ye sought for David in times past to be king over you:
18 Now then do it: for the LORD hath spoken of David,
saying, By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel out
of the hand of the Philistines, and out of the hand of all their
19 And Abner also spake in the ears of Benjamin: and Abner
went also to speak in the ears of David in Hebron all that seemed good to
Israel, and that seemed good to the whole house of Benjamin.
20 So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with
him. And David made Abner and the men that were with him a feast.
21 And Abner said unto David, I will arise and go, and
will gather all Israel unto my lord the king, that they may make a league
with thee, and that thou mayest reign over all that thine heart desireth.
And David sent Abner away; and he went in peace.
22 And, behold, the servants of David and Joab came from
pursuing a troop, and brought in a great spoil with them: but Abner was
not with David in Hebron; for he had sent him away, and he was gone in
23 When Joab and all the host that was with him were come,
they told Joab, saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he hath
sent him away, and he is gone in peace.
24 Then Joab came to the king, and said, What hast thou
done? behold, Abner came unto thee; why is it that thou hast sent him
away, and he is quite gone?
25 Thou knowest Abner the son of Ner, that he came to
deceive thee, and to know thy going out and thy coming in, and to know all
that thou doest.
26 And when Joab was come out from David, he sent
messengers after Abner, which brought him again from the well of Sirah:
but David knew it not.
27 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him
aside in the gate to speak with him quietly, and smote him there under the
fifth rib, that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother.
28 And afterward when David heard it, he said, I and my
kingdom are guiltless before the LORD for ever from the blood of Abner the
son of Ner:
29 Let it rest on the head of Joab, and on all his
father's house; and let there not fail from the house of Joab one that
hath an issue, or that is a leper, or that leaneth on a staff, or that
falleth on the sword, or that lacketh bread.
30 So Joab, and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he
had slain their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.
31 And David said to Joab, and to all the people that were
with him, Rend your clothes, and gird you with sackcloth, and mourn before
Abner. And king David himself followed the bier.
32 And they buried Abner in Hebron: and the king lifted up
his voice, and wept at the grave of Abner; and all the people wept.
33 And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner
as a fool dieth?
34 Thy hands were not bound, nor thy feet put into
fetters: as a man falleth before wicked men, so fellest thou. And all the
people wept again over him.
35 And when all the people came to cause David to eat meat
while it was yet day, David sware, saying, So do God to me, and more also,
if I taste bread, or ought else, till the sun be down.
36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased
them: as whatsoever the king did pleased all the people.
37 For all the people and all Israel understood that day
that it was not of the king to slay Abner the son of Ner.
38 And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that
there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?
39 And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these
men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me: the LORD shall reward the doer
of evil according to his wickedness.
1 And when Saul's son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron,
his hands were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.
2 And Saul's son had two men that were captains of bands:
the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons
of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin: (for Beeroth also was
reckoned to Benjamin.
3 And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and were sojourners
there until this day.)
4 And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was lame of his
feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out
of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as
she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was
5 And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and
Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of
Ishbosheth, who lay on a bed at noon.
6 And they came thither into the midst of the house, as
though they would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth
rib: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.
7 For when they came into the house, he lay on his bed in
his bedchamber, and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and
took his head, and gat them away through the plain all night.
8 And they brought the head of Ishbosheth unto David to
Hebron, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of
Saul thine enemy, which sought thy life; and the LORD hath avenged my lord
the king this day of Saul, and of his seed.
9 And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the
sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said unto them, As the LORD liveth, who
hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity,
10 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead,
thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in
Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his
11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous
person in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now require
his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?
12 And David commanded his young men, and they slew them,
and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up over the pool
in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried it in the
sepulchre of Abner in Hebron.
1 Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto 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 Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over
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
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.
8 And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the
gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind that are
hated of David's soul, he shall be 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, and 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
12 And David perceived that the LORD had established him
king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people
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
20 And David came to Baalperazim, 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
21 And there they left their images, and David and his men
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
25 And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and
smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer.
1 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 Ahio,
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
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
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
8 And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a
breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this
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
Obededom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all
12 And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath
blessed the house of Obededom, 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 Obededom into the city of David with gladness.
13 And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the
LORD had gone six paces, 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
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 household. 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
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 the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play
before the LORD.
22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base
in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of
them shall I be had in honour.
23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto
the day of her death.
1 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and
the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies;
2 That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I
dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within
3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine
heart; for the LORD is with thee.
4 And it came to pass that night, that the word of the
LORD came unto Nathan, saying,
5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt
thou build me an house for me to dwell in?
6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time
that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day,
but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.
7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the
children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I
commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house
8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David,
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from
following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:
9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have
cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great
name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth.
10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel,
and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move
no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more,
11 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be
over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine
enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an
12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep
with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed
out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will
stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.
14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he
commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the
stripes of the children of men:
15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took
it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.
16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established
for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.
17 According to all these words, 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
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
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 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.
1 And after this it came to pass that David smote the
Philistines, and subdued them: and David took Methegammah 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
6 Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus: and the
Syrians became servants to David, and brought gifts. And the LORD
preserved David whithersoever he went.
7 And David took the shields of gold that were on the
servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.
8 And from Betah, and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer,
king David took exceeding much brass.
9 When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had smitten all
the host of Hadadezer,
10 Then Toi sent Joram his son unto king David, to salute
him, and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer, and
smitten him: for Hadadezer had wars with Toi. And Joram brought with him
vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and vessels of brass:
11 Which also king David did dedicate unto the LORD, with
the silver and gold that he had dedicated of all nations which he
12 Of Syria, and of Moab, and of the children of Ammon,
and of the Philistines, and of Amalek, and of the spoil of Hadadezer, son
of Rehob, king of Zobah.
13 And David gat him a name when he returned from smiting
of the Syrians in the valley of salt, being eighteen thousand men.
14 And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom put
he garrisons, and all they of Edom became David's servants. And the LORD
preserved David whithersoever he went.
15 And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed
judgment and justice unto all his people.
16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and
Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder;
17 And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahimelech the son of
Abiathar, were the priests; and Seraiah was the scribe;
18 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the
Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief
1 And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the
house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake?
2 And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name
was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him,
Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he.
3 And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of
Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the
king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.
4 And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said
unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in
5 Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house
of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar.
6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of
Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And
David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant!
7 And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely
shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee
all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table
8 And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant,
that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?
9 Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said
unto him, I have given unto thy master's son all that pertained to Saul
and to all his house.
10 Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall
till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy
master's son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master's son shall
eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty
11 Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my
lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for
Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the
12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha.
And all that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto
13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat
continually at the king's table; and was lame on both his feet.
1 And it came to pass after this, that the king of the
children of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his stead.
2 Then said David, I will shew kindness unto Hanun the son
of Nahash, as his father shewed kindness unto me. And David sent to
comfort him by the hand of his servants for his father. And David's
servants came into the land of the children of Ammon.
3 And the princes of the children of Ammon said unto Hanun
their lord, Thinkest thou that David doth honour thy father, that he hath
sent comforters unto thee? hath not David rather sent his servants unto
thee, to search the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it?
4 Wherefore Hanun took David's servants, and shaved off
the one half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle,
even to their buttocks, and sent them away.
5 When they told it unto David, he sent to meet them,
because the men were greatly ashamed: and the king said, Tarry at Jericho
until your beards be grown, and then return.
6 And when the children of Ammon saw that they stank
before David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of
Bethrehob and the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, and of king
Maacah a thousand men, and of Ishtob twelve thousand men.
7 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the
host of the mighty men.
8 And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battle
in array at the entering in of the gate: and the Syrians of Zoba, and of
Rehob, and Ishtob, and Maacah, were by themselves in the field.
9 When Joab saw that the front of the battle was against
him before and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put
them in array against the Syrians:
10 And the rest of the people he delivered into the hand
of Abishai his brother, that he might put them in array against the
children of Ammon.
11 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 come and help thee.
12 Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our
people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth
13 And Joab drew nigh, and the people that were with him,
unto the battle against the Syrians: and they fled before him.
14 And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians
were fled, then fled they also before Abishai, and entered into the city.
So Joab returned from the children of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem.
15 And when the Syrians saw that they were smitten before
Israel, they gathered themselves together.
16 And Hadarezer sent, and brought out the Syrians that
were beyond the river: and they came to Helam; and Shobach the captain of
the host of Hadarezer went before them.
17 And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel
together, and passed over Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians set
themselves in array against David, and fought with him.
18 And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew the
men of seven hundred chariots of the Syrians, and forty thousand horsemen,
and smote Shobach the captain of their host, who died there.
19 And when all the kings that were servants to Hadarezer
saw that they were smitten before Israel, they made peace with Israel, and
served them. So the Syrians feared to help the children of Ammon any
1 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the
time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants
with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and
besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose
from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from
the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful
to look upon.
3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one
said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the
4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in
unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness:
and she returned unto her house.
5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and
said, I am with child.
6 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the
Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David.
7 And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him
how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered.
8 And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash
thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king's house, and there followed
him a mess of meat from the king.
9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all
the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house.
10 And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not
down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy
journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house?
11 And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and
Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are
encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and
to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth,
I will not do this thing.
12 And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to day also, and to
morrow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and
13 And when David had called him, he did eat and drink
before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his
bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house.
14 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a
letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the
forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be
smitten, and die.
16 And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that
he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.
17 And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab:
and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the
Hittite died also.
18 Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning
19 And charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast made
an end of telling the matters of the war unto the king,
20 And if so be that the king's wrath arise, and he say
unto thee, Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city when ye did
fight? knew ye not that they would shoot from the wall?
21 Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a
woman cast a piece of a millstone upon him from the wall, that he died in
Thebez? why went ye nigh the wall? then say thou, Thy servant Uriah the
Hittite is dead also.
22 So the messenger went, and came and shewed David all
that Joab had sent him for.
23 And the messenger said unto David, Surely the men
prevailed against us, and came out unto us into the field, and we were
upon them even unto the entering of the gate.
24 And the shooters shot from off the wall upon thy
servants; and some of the king's servants be dead, and thy servant Uriah
the Hittite is dead also.
25 Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say
unto Joab, Let not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one
as well as another: make thy battle more strong against the city, and
overthrow it: and encourage thou him.
26 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband
was dead, she mourned for her husband.
27 And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched
her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the
thing that David had done displeased the LORD.
1 And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto
him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and
the other poor.
2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:
3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb,
which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him,
and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own
cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he
spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the
wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and
dressed it for the man that was come to him.
5 And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man;
and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this
thing shall surely die:
6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did
this thing, and because he had no pity.
7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith
the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered
thee out of the hand of Saul;
8 And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's
wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and
if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such
and such things.
9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the
LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the
sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the
sword of the children of Ammon.
10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine
house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the
Hittite to be thy wife.
11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil
against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before
thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy
wives in the sight of this sun.
12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing
before all Israel, and before the sun.
13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the
LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin;
thou shalt not die.
14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great
occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is
born unto thee shall surely die.
15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck
the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.
16 David therefore besought God for the child; and David
fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.
17 And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to
raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread
18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child
died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was
dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto
him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex
himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?
19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David
perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants,
Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.
20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and
anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the
LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required,
they set bread before him, and he did eat.
21 Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this
that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was
alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.
22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted
and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me,
that the child may live?
23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I
bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to
24 And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in
unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name
Solomon: and the LORD loved him.
25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he
called his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD.
26 And Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of
Ammon, and took the royal city.
27 And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I have
fought against Rabbah, and have taken the city of waters.
28 Now therefore gather the rest of the people together,
and encamp against the city, and take it: lest I take the city, and it be
called after my name.
29 And David gathered all the people together, and went to
Rabbah, and fought against it, and took it.
30 And he took their king's crown from off his head, the
weight whereof was a talent of gold with the precious stones: and it was
set on David's head. And he brought forth the spoil of the city in great
31 And he brought forth the people that were therein, and
put them under saws, and under harrows of iron, and under axes of iron,
and made them pass through the brick-kiln: and thus did he unto all the
cities of the children of Ammon. So David and all the people returned unto
1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of
David had a fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David
2 And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick for his sister
Tamar; for she was a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for him to do
anything to her.
3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son
of Shimeah David's brother: and Jonadab was a very subtil man.
4 And he said unto him, Why art thou, being the king's
son, lean from day to day? wilt thou not tell me? And Amnon said unto him,
I love Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister.
5 And Jonadab said unto him, Lay thee down on thy bed, and
make thyself sick: and when thy father cometh to see thee, say unto him, I
pray thee, let my sister Tamar come, and give me meat, and dress the meat
in my sight, that I may see it, and eat it at her hand.
6 So Amnon lay down, and made himself sick: and when the
king was come to see him, Amnon said unto the king, I pray thee, let Tamar
my sister come, and make me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat
at her hand.
7 Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, Go now to thy
brother Amnon's house, and dress him meat.
8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house; and he was
laid down. And she took flour, and kneaded it, and made cakes in his
sight, and did bake the cakes.
9 And she took a pan, and poured them out before him; but
he refused to eat. And Amnon said, Have out all men from me. And they went
out every man from him.
10 And Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring the meat into the
chamber, that I may eat of thine hand. And Tamar took the cakes which she
had made, and brought them into the chamber to Amnon her brother.
11 And when she had brought them unto him to eat, he took
hold of her, and said unto her, Come lie with me, my sister.
12 And she answered him, Nay, my brother, do not force me;
for no such thing ought to be done in Israel: do not thou this
13 And I, whither shall I cause my shame to go? and as for
thee, thou shalt be as one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, I pray
thee, speak unto the king; for he will not withhold me from thee.
14 Howbeit he would not hearken unto her voice: but, being
stronger than she, forced her, and lay with her.
15 Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred
wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved
her. And Amnon said unto her, Arise, be gone.
16 And she said unto him, There is no cause: this evil in
sending me away is greater than the other that thou didst unto me. But he
would not hearken unto her.
17 Then he called his servant that ministered unto him,
and said, Put now this woman out from me, and bolt the door after
18 And she had a garment of divers colours upon her: for
with such robes were the king's daughters that were virgins apparelled.
Then his servant brought her out, and bolted the door after her.
19 And Tamar put ashes on her head, and rent her garment
of divers colours that was on her, and laid her hand on her head, and went
20 And Absalom her brother said unto her, Hath Amnon thy
brother been with thee? but hold now thy peace, my sister: he is thy
brother; regard not this thing. So Tamar remained desolate in her brother
21 But when king David heard of all these things, he was
22 And Absalom spake unto his brother Amnon neither good
nor bad: for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister
23 And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom
had sheepshearers in Baalhazor, which is beside Ephraim: and Absalom
invited all the king's sons.
24 And Absalom came to the king, and said, Behold now, thy
servant hath sheepshearers; let the king, I beseech thee, and his servants
go with thy servant.
25 And the king said to Absalom, Nay, my son, let us not
all now go, lest we be chargeable unto thee. And he pressed him: howbeit
he would not go, but blessed him.
26 Then said Absalom, If not, I pray thee, let my brother
Amnon go with us. And the king said unto him, Why should he go with
27 But Absalom pressed him, that he let Amnon and all the
king's sons go with him.
28 Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark ye
now when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto you, Smite
Amnon; then kill him, fear not: have not I commanded you? be courageous,
and be valiant.
29 And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom
had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose, and every man gat him up
upon his mule, and fled.
30 And it came to pass, while they were in the way, that
tidings came to David, saying, Absalom hath slain all the king's sons, and
there is not one of them left.
31 Then the king arose, and tare his garments, and lay on
the earth; and all his servants stood by with their clothes rent.
32 And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother,
answered and said, Let not my lord suppose that they have slain all the
young men the king's sons; for Amnon only is dead: for by the appointment
of Absalom this hath been determined from the day that he forced his
33 Now therefore let not my lord the king take the thing
to his heart, to think that all the king's sons are dead: for Amnon only
34 But Absalom fled. And the young man that kept the watch
lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came much people by the
way of the hill side behind him.
35 And Jonadab said unto the king, Behold, the king's sons
come: as thy servant said, so it is.
36 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of
speaking, that, behold, the king's sons came, and lifted up their voice
and wept: and the king also and all his servants wept very sore.
37 But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai, the son of
Ammihud, king of Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day.
38 So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there
39 And the soul of king David longed to go forth unto
Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was
1 Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king's
heart was toward Absalom.
2 And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched thence a wise
woman, and said unto her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, and
put on now mourning apparel, and anoint not thyself with oil, but be as a
woman that had a long time mourned for the dead:
3 And come to the king, and speak on this manner unto him.
So Joab put the words in her mouth.
4 And when the woman of Tekoah spake to the king, she fell
on her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, Help, O
5 And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she
answered, I am indeed a widow woman, and mine husband is dead.
6 And thy handmaid had two sons, and they two strove
together in the field, and there was none to part them, but the one smote
the other, and slew him.
7 And, behold, the whole family is risen against thine
handmaid, and they said, Deliver him that smote his brother, that we may
kill him, for the life of his brother whom he slew; and we will destroy
the heir also: and so they shall quench my coal which is left, and shall
not leave to my husband neither name nor remainder upon the earth.
8 And the king said unto the woman, Go to thine house, and
I will give charge concerning thee.
9 And the woman of Tekoah said unto the king, My lord, O
king, the iniquity be on me, and on my father's house: and the king and
his throne be guiltless.
10 And the king said, Whoever saith ought unto thee, bring
him to me, and he shall not touch thee any more.
11 Then said she, I pray thee, let the king remember the
LORD thy God, that thou wouldest not suffer the revengers of blood to
destroy any more, lest they destroy my son. And he said, As the LORD
liveth, there shall not one hair of thy son fall to the earth.
12 Then the woman said, Let thine handmaid, I pray thee,
speak one word unto my lord the king. And he said, Say on.
13 And the woman said, Wherefore then hast thou thought
such a thing against the people of God? for the king doth speak this thing
as one which is faulty, in that the king doth not fetch home again his
14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the
ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any
person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from
15 Now therefore that I am come to speak of this thing
unto my lord the king, it is because the people have made me afraid: and
thy handmaid said, I will now speak unto the king; it may be that the king
will perform the request of his handmaid.
16 For the king will hear, to deliver his handmaid out of
the hand of the man that would destroy me and my son together out of the
inheritance of God.
17 Then thine handmaid said, The word of my lord the king
shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king
to discern good and bad: therefore the LORD thy God will be with
18 Then the king answered and said unto the woman, Hide
not from me, I pray thee, the thing that I shall ask thee. And the woman
said, Let my lord the king now speak.
19 And the king said, Is not the hand of Joab with thee in
all this? And the woman answered and said, As thy soul liveth, my lord the
king, none can turn to the right hand or to the left from ought that my
lord the king hath spoken: for thy servant Joab, he bade me, and he put
all these words in the mouth of thine handmaid:
20 To fetch about this form of speech hath thy servant
Joab done this thing: and my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an
angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth.
21 And the king said unto Joab, Behold now, I have done
this thing: go therefore, bring the young man Absalom again.
22 And Joab fell to the ground on his face, and bowed
himself, and thanked the king: and Joab said, To day thy servant knoweth
that I have found grace in thy sight, my lord, O king, in that the king
hath fulfilled the request of his servant.
23 So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom
24 And the king said, Let him turn to his own house, and
let him not see my face. So Absalom returned to his own house, and saw not
the king's face.
25 But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised
as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of
his head there was no blemish in him.
26 And when he polled his head, (for it was at every
year's end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore
he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels
after the king's weight.
27 And unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one
daughter, whose name was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair
28 So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and saw
not the king's face.
29 Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to have sent him to
the king; but he would not come to him: and when he sent again the second
time, he would not come.
30 Therefore he said unto his servants, See, Joab's field
is near mine, and he hath barley there; go and set it on fire. And
Absalom's servants set the field on fire.
31 Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house,
and said unto him, Wherefore have thy servants set my field on
32 And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent unto thee,
saying, Come hither, that I may send thee to the king, to say, Wherefore
am I come from Geshur? it had been good for me to have been there still:
now therefore let me see the king's face; and if there be any iniquity in
me, let him kill me.
33 So Joab came to the king, and told him: and when he had
called for Absalom, he came to the king, and bowed himself on his face to
the ground before the king: and the king kissed Absalom.
1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared
him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.
2 And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of
the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to
the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what
city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes of
3 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and
right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.
4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the
land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and
I would do him justice!
5 And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do
him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him.
6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came
to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of
7 And it came to pass after forty years, that Absalom said
unto the king, I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed
unto the LORD, in Hebron.
8 For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in
Syria, saying, If the LORD shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then
I will serve the LORD.
9 And the king said unto him, Go in peace. So he arose,
and went to Hebron.
10 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of
Israel, saying, As soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall
say, Absalom reigneth in Hebron.
11 And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem,
that were called; and they went in their simplicity, and they knew not any
12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's
counsellor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices.
And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with
13 And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts
of the men of Israel are after Absalom.
14 And David said unto all his servants that were with him
at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from
Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring
evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.
15 And the king's servants said unto the king, Behold, thy
servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint.
16 And the king went forth, and all his household after
him. And the king left ten women, which were concubines, to keep the
17 And the king went forth, and all the people after him,
and tarried in a place that was far off.
18 And all his servants passed on beside him; and all the
Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men
which came after him from Gath, passed on before the king.
19 Then said the king to Ittai the Gittite, Wherefore
goest thou also with us? return to thy place, and abide with the king: for
thou art a stranger, and also an exile.
20 Whereas thou camest but yesterday, should I this day
make thee go up and down with us? seeing I go whither I may, return thou,
and take back thy brethren: mercy and truth be with thee.
21 And Ittai answered the king, and said, As the LORD
liveth, and as my lord the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the
king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will thy servant
22 And David said to Ittai, Go and pass over. And Ittai
the Gittite passed over, and all his men, and all the little ones that
were with him.
23 And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the
people passed over: the king also himself passed over the brook Kidron,
and all the people passed over, toward the way of the wilderness.
24 And lo Zadok also, and all the Levites were with him,
bearing the ark of the covenant of God: and they set down the ark of God;
and Abiathar went up, until all the people had done passing out of the
25 And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God
into the city: if I shall find favour in the eyes of the LORD, he will
bring me again, and shew me both it, and his habitation:
26 But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee; behold,
here am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him.
27 The king said also unto Zadok the priest, Art not thou
a seer? return into the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz
thy son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar.
28 See, I will tarry in the plain of the wilderness, until
there come word from you to certify me.
29 Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God
again to Jerusalem: and they tarried there.
30 And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and
wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and
all the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they went
up, weeping as they went up.
31 And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the
conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn the
counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.
32 And it came to pass, that when David was come to the
top of the mount, where he worshipped God, behold, Hushai the Archite came
to meet him with his coat rent, and earth upon his head:
33 Unto whom David said, If thou passest on with me, then
thou shalt be a burden unto me:
34 But if thou return to the city, and say unto Absalom, I
will be thy servant, O king; as I have been thy father's servant hitherto,
so will I now also be thy servant: then mayest thou for me defeat the
counsel of Ahithophel.
35 And hast thou not there with thee Zadok and Abiathar
the priests? therefore it shall be, that what thing soever thou shalt hear
out of the king's house, thou shalt tell it to Zadok and Abiathar the
36 Behold, they have there with them their two sons,
Ahimaaz Zadok's son, and Jonathan Abiathar's son; and by them ye shall
send unto me every thing that ye can hear.
37 So Hushai David's friend came into the city, and
Absalom came into Jerusalem.
1 And when David was a little past the top of the hill,
behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses
saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and an hundred bunches
of raisins, and an hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.
2 And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these?
And Ziba said, The asses be for the king's household to ride on; and the
bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such
as be faint in the wilderness may drink.
3 And the king said, And where is thy master's son? And
Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he abideth at Jerusalem: for he said, To
day shall the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father.
4 Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are all that
pertained unto Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee that I
may find grace in thy sight, my lord, O king.
5 And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came
out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the
son of Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came.
6 And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of
king David: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right
hand and on his left.
7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out,
thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial:
8 The LORD hath returned upon thee all the blood of the
house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the LORD hath
delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou
art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man.
9 Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king, Why
should this dead dog curse my lord the king? let me go over, I pray thee,
and take off his head.
10 And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons
of Zeruiah? so let him curse, because the LORD hath said unto him, Curse
David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so?
11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants,
Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much
more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for
the LORD hath bidden him.
12 It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction,
and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.
13 And as David and his men went by the way, Shimei went
along on the hill's side over against him, and cursed as he went, and
threw stones at him, and cast dust.
14 And the king, and all the people that were with him,
came weary, and refreshed themselves there.
15 And Absalom, and all the people the men of Israel, came
to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him.
16 And it came to pass, when Hushai the Archite, David's
friend, was come unto Absalom, that Hushai said unto Absalom, God save the
king, God save the king.
17 And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this thy kindness to thy
friend? why wentest thou not with thy friend?
18 And Hushai said unto Absalom, Nay; but whom the LORD,
and this people, and all the men of Israel, choose, his will I be, and
with him will I abide.
19 And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in
the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father's presence, so
will I be in thy presence.
20 Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you
what we shall do.
21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy
father's concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel
shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of
all that are with thee be strong.
22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the
house; and Absalom went in unto his father's concubines in the sight of
23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in
those days, was as if a man had enquired at the oracle of God: so was all
the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.
1 Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose
out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this
2 And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak
handed, and will make him afraid: and all the people that are with him
shall flee; and I will smite the king only:
3 And I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man
whom thou seekest is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in
4 And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders
5 Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Archite also, and
let us hear likewise what he saith.
6 And when Hushai was come to Absalom, Absalom spake unto
him, saying, Ahithophel hath spoken after this manner: shall we do after
his saying? if not; speak thou.
7 And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that
Ahithophel hath given is not good at this time.
8 For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy father and his men,
that they be mighty men, and they be chafed in their minds, as a bear
robbed of her whelps in the field: and thy father is a man of war, and
will not lodge with the people.
9 Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or in some other
place: and it will come to pass, when some of them be overthrown at the
first, that whosoever heareth it will say, There is a slaughter among the
people that follow Absalom.
10 And he also that is valiant, whose heart is as the
heart of a lion, shall utterly melt: for all Israel knoweth that thy
father is a mighty man, and they which be with him are valiant men.
11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel be generally
gathered unto thee, from Dan even to Beersheba, as the sand that is by the
sea for multitude; and that thou go to battle in thine own person.
12 So shall we come upon him in some place where he shall
be found, and we will light upon him as the dew falleth on the ground: and
of him and of all the men that are with him there shall not be left so
much as one.
13 Moreover, if he be gotten into a city, then shall all
Israel bring ropes to that city, and we will draw it into the river, until
there be not one small stone found there.
14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel
of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the
LORD had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent
that the LORD might bring evil upon Absalom.
15 Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to Abiathar the
priests, Thus and thus did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of
Israel; and thus and thus have I counselled.
16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying,
Lodge not this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass
over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with
17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by Enrogel; for they
might not be seen to come into the city: and a wench went and told them;
and they went and told king David.
18 Nevertheless a lad saw them, and told Absalom: but they
went both of them away quickly, and came to a man's house in Bahurim,
which had a well in his court; whither they went down.
19 And the woman took and spread a covering over the
well's mouth, and spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not
20 And when Absalom's servants came to the woman to the
house, they said, Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said unto
them, They be gone over the brook of water. And when they had sought and
could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.
21 And it came to pass, after they were departed, that
they came up out of the well, and went and told king David, and said unto
David, Arise, and pass quickly over the water: for thus hath Ahithophel
counselled against you.
22 Then David arose, and all the people that were with
him, and they passed over Jordan: by the morning light there lacked not
one of them that was not gone over Jordan.
23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not
followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to
his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died,
and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.
24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over
Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him.
25 And Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of
Joab: which Amasa was a man's son, whose name was Ithra an Israelite, that
went in to Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah Joab's
26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land of
27 And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim,
that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and
Machir the son of Ammiel of Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of
28 Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and
wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles,
and parched pulse,
29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine,
for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said,
The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the
1 And David numbered the people that were with him, and
set captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds over them.
2 And David sent forth a third part of the people under
the hand of Joab, and a third part under the hand of Abishai the son of
Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and a third part under the hand of Ittai the
Gittite. And the king said unto the people, I will surely go forth with
you myself also.
3 But the people answered, Thou shalt not go forth: for if
we flee away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us die, will
they care for us: but now thou art worth ten thousand of us: therefore now
it is better that thou succour us out of the city.
4 And the king said unto them, What seemeth you best I
will do. And the king stood by the gate side, and all the people came out
by hundreds and by thousands.
5 And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai,
saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom. And
all the people heard when the king gave all the captains charge concerning
6 So the people went out into the field against Israel:
and the battle was in the wood of Ephraim;
7 Where the people of Israel were slain before the
servants of David, and there was there a great slaughter that day of
twenty thousand men.
8 For the battle was there scattered over the face of all
the country: and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword
9 And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode
upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and
his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven
and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away.
10 And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said,
Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak.
11 And Joab said unto the man that told him, And, behold,
thou sawest him, and why didst thou not smite him there to the ground? and
I would have given thee ten shekels of silver, and a girdle.
12 And the man said unto Joab, Though I should receive a
thousand shekels of silver in mine hand, yet would I not put forth mine
hand against the king's son: for in our hearing the king charged thee and
Abishai and Ittai, saying, Beware that none touch the young man
13 Otherwise I should have wrought falsehood against mine
own life: for there is no matter hid from the king, and thou thyself
wouldest have set thyself against me.
14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he
took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of
Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.
15 And ten young men that bare Joab's armour compassed
about and smote Absalom, and slew him.
16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from
pursuing after Israel: for Joab held back the people.
17 And they took Absalom, and cast him into a great pit in
the wood, and laid a very great heap of stones upon him: and all Israel
fled every one to his tent.
18 Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for
himself a pillar, which is in the king's dale: for he said, I have no son
to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own
name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom's place.
19 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and
bear the king tidings, how that the LORD hath avenged him of his
20 And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt not bear tidings
this day, but thou shalt bear tidings another day: but this day thou shalt
bear no tidings, because the king's son is dead.
21 Then said Joab to Cushi, Go tell the king what thou
hast seen. And Cushi bowed himself unto Joab, and ran.
22 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet again to Joab,
But howsoever, let me, I pray thee, also run after Cushi. And Joab said,
Wherefore wilt thou run, my son, seeing that thou hast no tidings
23 But howsoever, said he, let me run. And he said unto
him, Run. Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and overran
24 And David sat between the two gates: and the watchman
went up to the roof over the gate unto the wall, and lifted up his eyes,
and looked, and behold a man running alone.
25 And the watchman cried, and told the king. And the king
said, If he be alone, there is tidings in his mouth. And he came apace,
and drew near.
26 And the watchman saw another man running: and the
watchman called unto the porter, and said, Behold another man running
alone. And the king said, He also bringeth tidings.
27 And the watchman said, Me thinketh the running of the
foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king
said, He is a good man, and cometh with good tidings.
28 And Ahimaaz called, and said unto the king, All is
well. And he fell down to the earth upon his face before the king, and
said, Blessed be the LORD thy God, which hath delivered up the men that
lifted up their hand against my lord the king.
29 And the king said, Is the young man Absalom safe? And
Ahimaaz answered, When Joab sent the king's servant, and me thy servant, I
saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it was.
30 And the king said unto him, Turn aside, and stand here.
And he turned aside, and stood still.
31 And, behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, Tidings, my
lord the king: for the LORD hath avenged thee this day of all them that
rose up against thee.
32 And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young man Absalom
safe? And Cushi answered, The enemies of my lord the king, and all that
rise against thee to do thee hurt, be as that young man is.
33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber
over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom,
my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son,
1 And it was told Joab, Behold, the king weepeth and
mourneth for Absalom.
2 And the victory that day was turned into mourning unto
all the people: for the people heard say that day how the king was grieved
for his son.
3 And the people gat them by stealth that day into the
city, as people being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.
4 But the king covered his face, and the king cried with a
loud voice, O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!
5 And Joab came into the house to the king, and said, Thou
hast shamed this day the faces of all thy servants, which this day have
saved thy life, and the lives of thy sons and of thy daughters, and the
lives of thy wives, and the lives of thy concubines;
6 In that thou lovest thine enemies, and hatest thy
friends. For thou hast declared this day, that thou regardest neither
princes nor servants: for this day I perceive, that if Absalom had lived,
and all we had died this day, then it had pleased thee well.
7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak comfortably
unto thy servants: for I swear by the LORD, if thou go not forth, there
will not tarry one with thee this night: and that will be worse unto thee
than all the evil that befell thee from thy youth until now.
8 Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. And they told
unto all the people, saying, Behold, the king doth sit in the gate. And
all the people came before the king: for Israel had fled every man to his
9 And all the people were at strife throughout all the
tribes of Israel, saying, The king saved us out of the hand of our
enemies, and he delivered us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now
he is fled out of the land for Absalom.
10 And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in
battle. Now therefore why speak ye not a word of bringing the king
11 And king David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the
priests, saying, Speak unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why are ye the
last to bring the king back to his house? seeing the speech of all Israel
is come to the king, even to his house.
12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and my flesh:
wherefore then are ye the last to bring back the king?
13 And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not of my bone, and of my
flesh? God do so to me, and more also, if thou be not captain of the host
before me continually in the room of Joab.
14 And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as
the heart of one man; so that they sent this word unto the king, Return
thou, and all thy servants.
15 So the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah
came to Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over
16 And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was of
Bahurim, hasted and came down with the men of Judah to meet king
17 And there were a thousand men of Benjamin with him, and
Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty
servants with him; and they went over Jordan before the king.
18 And there went over a ferry boat to carry over the
king's household, and to do what he thought good. And Shimei the son of
Gera fell down before the king, as he was come over Jordan;
19 And said unto the king, Let not my lord impute iniquity
unto me, neither do thou remember that which thy servant did perversely
the day that my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king should
take it to his heart.
20 For thy servant doth know that I have sinned:
therefore, behold, I am come the first this day of all the house of Joseph
to go down to meet my lord the king.
21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall
not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the LORD's
22 And David said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of
Zeruiah, that ye should this day be adversaries unto me? shall there any
man be put to death this day in Israel? for do not I know that I am this
day king over Israel?
23 Therefore the king said unto Shimei, Thou shalt not
die. And the king sware unto him.
24 And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the
king, and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed
his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came again in
25 And it came to pass, when he was come to Jerusalem to
meet the king, that the king said unto him, Wherefore wentest not thou
with me, Mephibosheth?
26 And he answered, My lord, O king, my servant deceived
me: for thy servant said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride
thereon, and go to the king; because thy servant is lame.
27 And he hath slandered thy servant unto my lord the
king; but my lord the king is as an angel of God: do therefore what is
good in thine eyes.
28 For all of my father's house were but dead men before
my lord the king: yet didst thou set thy servant among them that did eat
at thine own table. What right therefore have I yet to cry any more unto
29 And the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any more
of thy matters? I have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land.
30 And Mephibosheth said unto the king, Yea, let him take
all, forasmuch as my lord the king is come again in peace unto his own
31 And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim, and
went over Jordan with the king, to conduct him over Jordan.
32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even fourscore years
old: and he had provided the king of sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim;
for he was a very great man.
33 And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thou over with
me, and I will feed thee with me in Jerusalem.
34 And Barzillai said unto the king, How long have I to
live, that I should go up with the king unto Jerusalem?
35 I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern
between good and evil? can thy servant taste what I eat or what I drink?
can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women? wherefore
then should thy servant be yet a burden unto my lord the king?
36 Thy servant will go a little way over Jordan with the
king: and why should the king recompense it me with such a reward?
37 Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again, that I
may die in mine own city, and be buried by the grave of my father and of
my mother. But behold thy servant Chimham; let him go over with my lord
the king; and do to him what shall seem good unto thee.
38 And the king answered, Chimham shall go over with me,
and I will do to him that which shall seem good unto thee: and whatsoever
thou shalt require of me, that will I do for thee.
39 And all the people went over Jordan. And when the king
was come over, the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and he returned
unto his own place.
40 Then the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimham went on
with him: and all the people of Judah conducted the king, and also half
the people of Israel.
41 And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king,
and said unto the king, Why have our brethren the men of Judah stolen thee
away, and have brought the king, and his household, and all David's men
with him, over Jordan?
42 And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel,
Because the king is near of kin to us: wherefore then be ye angry for this
matter? have we eaten at all of the king's cost? or hath he given us any
43 And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and
said, We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in David
than ye: why then did ye despise us, that our advice should not be first
had in bringing back our king? And the words of the men of Judah were
fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.
1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose
name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and
said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of
Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.
2 So every man of Israel went up from after David, and
followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their
king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.
3 And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king
took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and
put them in ward, and fed them, but went not in unto them. So they were
shut up unto the day of their death, living in widowhood.
4 Then said the king to Amasa, Assemble me the men of
Judah within three days, and be thou here present.
5 So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: but he
tarried longer than the set time which he had appointed him.
6 And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of
Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom: take thou thy lord's servants,
and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape us.
7 And there went out after him Joab's men, and the
Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and all the mighty men: and they went out
of Jerusalem, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.
8 When they were at the great stone which is in Gibeon,
Amasa went before them. And Joab's garment that he had put on was girded
unto him, and upon it a girdle with a sword fastened upon his loins in the
sheath thereof; and as he went forth it fell out.
9 And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou in health, my brother?
And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him.
10 But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joab's
hand: so he smote him therewith in the fifth rib, and shed out his bowels
to the ground, and struck him not again; and he died. So Joab and Abishai
his brother pursued after Sheba the son of Bichri.
11 And one of Joab's men stood by him, and said, He that
favoureth Joab, and he that is for David, let him go after Joab.
12 And Amasa wallowed in blood in the midst of the
highway. And when the man saw that all the people stood still, he removed
Amasa out of the highway into the field, and cast a cloth upon him, when
he saw that every one that came by him stood still.
13 When he was removed out of the highway, all the people
went on after Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.
14 And he went through all the tribes of Israel unto Abel,
and to Bethmaachah, and all the Berites: and they were gathered together,
and went also after him.
15 And they came and besieged him in Abel of Bethmaachah,
and they cast up a bank against the city, and it stood in the trench: and
all the people that were with Joab battered the wall, to throw it
16 Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear;
say, I pray you, unto Joab, Come near hither, that I may speak with
17 And when he was come near unto her, the woman said, Art
thou Joab? And he answered, I am he. Then she said unto him, Hear the
words of thine handmaid. And he answered, I do hear.
18 Then she spake, saying, They were wont to speak in old
time, saying, They shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the
19 I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in
Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why wilt
thou swallow up the inheritance of the LORD?
20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from
me, that I should swallow up or destroy.
21 The matter is not so: but a man of mount Ephraim, Sheba
the son of Bichri by name, hath lifted up his hand against the king, even
against David: deliver him only, and I will depart from the city. And the
woman said unto Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to thee over the
22 Then the woman went unto all the people in her wisdom.
And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast it out to
Joab. And he blew a trumpet, and they retired from the city, every man to
his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king.
23 Now Joab was over all the host of Israel: and Benaiah
the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and over the
24 And Adoram was over the tribute: and Jehoshaphat the
son of Ahilud was recorder:
25 And Sheva was scribe: and Zadok and Abiathar were the
26 And Ira also the Jairite was a chief ruler about
1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three
years, year after year; and David enquired of the LORD. And the LORD
answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the
2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them;
(now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant
of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them: and Saul
sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of Israel and
3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I
do for you? and wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless
the inheritance of the LORD?
4 And the Gibeonites said unto him, We will have no silver
nor gold of Saul, nor of his house; neither for us shalt thou kill any man
in Israel. And he said, What ye shall say, that will I do for you.
5 And they answered the king, The man that consumed us,
and that devised against us that we should be destroyed from remaining in
any of the coasts of Israel,
6 Let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we
will hang them up unto the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD did
choose. And the king said, I will give them.
7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan
the son of Saul, because of the LORD's oath that was between them, between
David and Jonathan the son of Saul.
8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of
Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons
of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of
Barzillai the Meholathite:
9 And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites,
and they hanged them in the hill before the LORD: and they fell all seven
together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days,
in the beginning of barley harvest.
10 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and
spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water
dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air
to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night.
11 And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah,
the concubine of Saul, had done.
12 And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones
of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabeshgilead, which had stolen them
from the street of Bethshan, where the Philistines had hanged them, when
the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa:
13 And he brought up from thence the bones of Saul and the
bones of Jonathan his son; and they gathered the bones of them that were
14 And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they
in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father:
and they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God was
intreated for the land.
15 Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel;
and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the
Philistines: and David waxed faint.
16 And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant, the
weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he
being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David.
17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote
the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him,
saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not
the light of Israel.
18 And it came to pass after this, that there was again a
battle with the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew
Saph, which was of the sons of the giant.
19 And there was again a battle in Gob with the
Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew
the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a
20 And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of
great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six
toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant.
21 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah
the brother of David slew him.
22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by
the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.
1 And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in
the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his
enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:
2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and
3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my
shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my
saviour; thou savest me from violence.
4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so
shall I be saved from mine enemies.
5 When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of
ungodly men made me afraid;
6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of
death prevented me;
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
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 fly: 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
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
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
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
33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way
34 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet: and setteth me upon
my high places.
35 He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is
broken by mine arms.
36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation:
and thy gentleness hath made me great.
37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet
did not slip.
38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and
turned not again until I had consumed them.
39 And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they
could not arise: yea, they are fallen under my feet.
40 For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them
that rose up against me hast thou subdued under me.
41 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies, that
I might destroy them that hate me.
42 They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the
LORD, but he answered them not.
43 Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth,
I did stamp them as the mire of the street, and did spread them
44 Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my
people, thou hast kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew
not shall serve me.
45 Strangers shall submit themselves unto me: as soon as
they hear, they shall be obedient unto me.
46 Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out
of their close places.
47 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be
the God of the rock of my salvation.
48 It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the
people under me.
49 And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also
hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast
delivered me from the violent man.
50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among
the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.
51 He is the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth
mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for
1 Now these be the last words of David. David the son of
Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God
of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,
2 The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in
3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me,
He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the
sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing
out of the earth by clear shining after rain.
5 Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made
with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this
is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to
6 But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns
thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:
7 But the man that shall touch them must be fenced with
iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire
in the same place.
8 These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The
Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was
Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew
at one time.
9 And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite,
one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines
that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were
10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was
weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great
victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.
11 And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite.
And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece
of ground full of lentiles: and the people fled from the
12 But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended
it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.
13 And three of the thirty chief went down, and came to
David in the harvest time unto the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the
Philistines pitched in the valley of Rephaim.
14 And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the
Philistines was then in Bethlehem.
15 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me
drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!
16 And the three mighty men brake through the host of the
Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the
gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not
drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD.
17 And he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should
do this: is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their
lives? therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three
18 And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah,
was chief among three. And he lifted up his spear against three hundred,
and slew them, and had the name among three.
19 Was he not most honourable of three? therefore he was
their captain: howbeit he attained not unto the first three.
20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant
man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of Moab:
he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of
21 And he slew an Egyptian, a goodly man: and the Egyptian
had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and plucked
the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and slew him with his own
22 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had
the name among three mighty men.
23 He was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained
not to the first three. And David set him over his guard.
24 Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty;
Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,
25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,
26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the
27 Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the
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
31 Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,
32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen,
33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the
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
37 Zelek the Ammonite, Nahari the Beerothite, armourbearer
to Joab the son of Zeruiah,
38 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite,
39 Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.
1 And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against
Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and
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
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
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
Tahtimhodshi; and they came to Danjaan, 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 Beersheba.
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
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 iniquity of thy
servant; for I have done very foolishly.
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
13 So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him,
Shall 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 Beersheba 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
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
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
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
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.