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Second Samuel ... is the BOOK that records Davids reign in Jerusalem - Israel!

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The Second Book Of Samuel
Otherwise Called, The Second Book Of The Kings

John Bunyan at the Cross2 Samuel 1:1 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

2 Samuel 1:2 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

2 Samuel 1:3 And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said
unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped.

2 Samuel 1:4 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.

2 Samuel 1:5 And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest
thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead?

2 Samuel 1:6 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.

2 Samuel 1:7 And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me.
And I answered, Here am I.

2 Samuel 1:8 And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an

2 Samuel 1:9 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 me.

2 Samuel 1:10 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.

2 Samuel 1:11 Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and
likewise all the men that were with him:

2 Samuel 1:12 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.

2 Samuel 1:13 And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art
thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite.

2 Samuel 1:14 And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch
forth thine hand to destroy the LORD'S anointed?

2 Samuel 1:15 And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and
fall upon him. And he smote him that he died.

2 Samuel 1:16 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 anointed.

2 Samuel 1:17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over
Jonathan his son:

2 Samuel 1:18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the
bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)

2 Samuel 1:19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are
the mighty fallen!

2 Samuel 1:20 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.

2 Samuel 1:21 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.

2 Samuel 1:22 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.

2 Samuel 1:23 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.

2 Samuel 1:24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in
scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.

2 Samuel 1:25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O
Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places.

2 Samuel 1:26 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

2 Samuel 1:27 How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!

2 Samuel 2:1 And it came to pass after this, that David inquired 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

2 Samuel 2:2 So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the
Jezreelitess, and Abigail Nabal's wife the Carmelite.

2 Samuel 2:3 And his men that were with him did David bring up, every man
with his household: and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.

2 Samuel 2:4 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.

2 Samuel 2:5 And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabeshgilead, and
said unto them, Blessed be ye of the LORD, that ye have showed this kindness
unto your lord, even unto Saul, and have buried him.

2 Samuel 2:6 And now the LORD show kindness and truth unto you: and I also
will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.

2 Samuel 2:7 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.

2 Samuel 2:8 But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took
Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim;

2 Samuel 2:9 And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over
Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.

2 Samuel 2:10 Ishbosheth Saul's son was forty years old when he began to
reign over Israel, and reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed

2 Samuel 2:11 And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of
Judah was seven years and six months.

2 Samuel 2:12 And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ishbosheth the
son of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.

2 Samuel 2:13 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 pool.

2 Samuel 2:14 And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play
before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.

2 Samuel 2:15 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

2 Samuel 2:16 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 Gibeon.

2 Samuel 2:17 And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was
beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.

2 Samuel 2:18 And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab, and Abishai,
and Asahel: and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe.

2 Samuel 2:19 And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to
the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.

2 Samuel 2:20 Then Abner looked behind him, and said, Art thou Asahel? And
he answered, I am.

2 Samuel 2:21 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 him.

2 Samuel 2:22 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?

2 Samuel 2:23 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

2 Samuel 2:24 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.

2 Samuel 2:25 And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together
after Abner, and became one troop, and stood on the top of an hill.

2 Samuel 2:26 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

2 Samuel 2:27 And Joab said, As God liveth, unless thou hadst spoken, surely
then in the morning the people had gone up every one from following his

2 Samuel 2:28 So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still, and
pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any more.

2 Samuel 2:29 And Abner and his men walked all that night through the plain,
and passed over Jordan, and went through all Bithron, and they came to

2 Samuel 2:30 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.

2 Samuel 2:31 But the servants of David had smitten of Benjamin, and of
Abner's men, so that three hundred and threescore men died.

2 Samuel 2:32 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.

2 Samuel 3:1 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 Samuel 3:2 And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn was
Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess;

2 Samuel 3:3 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;

2 Samuel 3:4 And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth,
Shephatiah the son of Abital;

2 Samuel 3:5 And the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah David's wife. These were born
to David in Hebron.

2 Samuel 3:6 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

2 Samuel 3:7 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?

2 Samuel 3:8 Then was Abner very wroth for the words of Ishbosheth, and
said, Am I a dog's head, which against Judah do show 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?

2 Samuel 3:9 So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the LORD hath
sworn to David, even so I do to him;

2 Samuel 3:10 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 Beersheba.

2 Samuel 3:11 And he could not answer Abner a word again, because he feared

2 Samuel 3:12 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 thee.

2 Samuel 3:13 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 face.

2 Samuel 3:14 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.

2 Samuel 3:15 And Ishbosheth sent, and took her from her husband, even from
Phaltiel the son of Laish.

2 Samuel 3:16 And her husband went with her along weeping behind her to
Bahurim. Then said Abner unto him, Go, return. And he returned.

2 Samuel 3:17 And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying,
Ye sought for David in times past to be king over you:

2 Samuel 3:18 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 enemies.

2 Samuel 3:19 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.

2 Samuel 3:20 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.

2 Samuel 3:21 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.

2 Samuel 3:22 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 peace.

2 Samuel 3:23 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.

2 Samuel 3:24 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?

2 Samuel 3:25 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

2 Samuel 3:26 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

2 Samuel 3:27 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.

2 Samuel 3:28 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:

2 Samuel 3:29 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.

2 Samuel 3:30 So Joab and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he had
slain their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.

2 Samuel 3:31 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.

2 Samuel 3:32 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.

2 Samuel 3:33 And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a
fool dieth?

2 Samuel 3:34 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.

2 Samuel 3:35 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.

2 Samuel 3:36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as
whatsoever the king did pleased all the people.

2 Samuel 3:37 For all the people and all Israel understood that day that it
was not of the king to slay Abner the son of Ner.

2 Samuel 3:38 And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is
a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?

2 Samuel 3:39 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.

2 Samuel 4:1 And when Saul's son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his
hands were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.

2 Samuel 4:2 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.

2 Samuel 4:3 And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and were sojourners there
until this day.)

2 Samuel 4:4 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 Mephibosheth.

2 Samuel 4:5 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.

2 Samuel 4:6 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.

2 Samuel 4:7 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.

2 Samuel 4:8 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.

2 Samuel 4:9 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,

2 Samuel 4:10 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 tidings:

2 Samuel 4:11 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?

2 Samuel 4:12 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.

2 Samuel 5:1 Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and
spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.

2 Samuel 5:2 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 Israel.

2 Samuel 5:3 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.

2 Samuel 5:4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned forty years.

2 Samuel 5:5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and
in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.

2 Samuel 5:6 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.

2 Samuel 5:7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is
the city of David.

2 Samuel 5:8 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.

2 Samuel 5:9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David.
And David built round about from Millo and inward.

2 Samuel 5:10 And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts
was with him.

2 Samuel 5:11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar
trees, and carpenters, and masons: and they built David an house.

2 Samuel 5:12 And David perceived that the LORD had established him king
over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel's sake.

2 Samuel 5:13 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

2 Samuel 5:14 And these be the names of those that were born unto him in
Jerusalem; Shammuah, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon,

2 Samuel 5:15 Ibhar also, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia,

2 Samuel 5:16 And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphalet.

2 Samuel 5:17 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.

2 Samuel 5:18 The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley
of Rephaim.

2 Samuel 5:19 And David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the
Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto
David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand.

2 Samuel 5:20 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 Baalperazim.

2 Samuel 5:21 And there they left their images, and David and his men burned

2 Samuel 5:22 And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves
in the valley of Rephaim.

2 Samuel 5:23 And when David inquired 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.

2 Samuel 5:24 And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the
tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then
shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.

2 Samuel 5:25 And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and smote the
Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer.

2 Samuel 6:1 Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel,
thirty thousand.

2 Samuel 6:2 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.

2 Samuel 6:3 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.

2 Samuel 6:4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at
Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.

2 Samuel 6:5 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.

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

2 Samuel 6:7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God
smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.

2 Samuel 6:8 And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach
upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day.

2 Samuel 6:9 And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall
the ark of the LORD come to me?

2 Samuel 6:10 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

2 Samuel 6:11 And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the
Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household.

2 Samuel 6:12 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.

2 Samuel 6:13 And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD
had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.

2 Samuel 6:14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David
was girded with a linen ephod.

2 Samuel 6:15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the
LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.

2 Samuel 6:16 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.

2 Samuel 6:17 And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his
place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David
offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.

2 Samuel 6:18 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.

2 Samuel 6:19 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.

2 Samuel 6:20 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 uncovereth himself!

2 Samuel 6:21 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.

2 Samuel 6:22 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.

2 Samuel 6:23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the
day of her death.

2 Samuel 7:1 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 Samuel 7:2 That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in
an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.

2 Samuel 7:3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart;
for the LORD is with thee.

2 Samuel 7:4 And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came
unto Nathan, saying,

2 Samuel 7:5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou
build me an house for me to dwell in?

2 Samuel 7:6 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.

2 Samuel 7:7 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 of cedar?

2 Samuel 7:8 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:

2 Samuel 7:9 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.

2 Samuel 7:10 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, as beforetime,

2 Samuel 7:11 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 house.

2 Samuel 7:12 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.

2 Samuel 7:13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the
throne of his kingdom for ever.

2 Samuel 7:14 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:

2 Samuel 7:15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from
Saul, whom I put away before thee.

2 Samuel 7:16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever
before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

2 Samuel 7:17 According to all these words, and according to all this
vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.

2 Samuel 7:18 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

2 Samuel 7:19 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?

2 Samuel 7:20 And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord GOD,
knowest thy servant.

2 Samuel 7:21 For thy word's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast
thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them.

2 Samuel 7:22 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.

2 Samuel 7:23 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

2 Samuel 7:24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a
people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God.

2 Samuel 7:25 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.

2 Samuel 7:26 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.

2 Samuel 7:27 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.

2 Samuel 7:28 And now, O Lord GOD, thou art that God, and thy words be true,
and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:

2 Samuel 7:29 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

2 Samuel 8:1 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 Samuel 8:2 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.

2 Samuel 8:3 David smote also Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as
he went to recover his border at the river Euphrates.

2 Samuel 8:4 And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven hundred
horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: and David hocked all the chariot horses
, but reserved of them for an hundred chariots.

2 Samuel 8:5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came to succour Hadadezer king
of Zobah, David slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men.

2 Samuel 8:6 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.

2 Samuel 8:7 And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of
Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.

2 Samuel 8:8 And from Betah, and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, king
David took exceeding much brass.

2 Samuel 8:9 When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had smitten all the
host of Hadadezer,

2 Samuel 8:10 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:

2 Samuel 8:11 Which also king David did dedicate unto the LORD, with the
silver and gold that he had dedicated of all nations which he subdued;

2 Samuel 8:12 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.

2 Samuel 8:13 And David gat him a name when he returned from smiting of the
Syrians in the valley of salt, being eighteen thousand men.

2 Samuel 8:14 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.

2 Samuel 8:15 And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment
and justice unto all his people.

2 Samuel 8:16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat
the son of Ahilud was recorder;

2 Samuel 8:17 And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahimelech the son of
Abiathar, were the priests; and Seraiah was the scribe;

2 Samuel 8:18 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites
and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief rulers.

2 Samuel 9:1 And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of
Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?

2 Samuel 9:2 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.

2 Samuel 9:3 And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul,
that I may show the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king,
Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.

2 Samuel 9:4 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 Lodebar.

2 Samuel 9:5 Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of
Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar.

2 Samuel 9:6 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!

2 Samuel 9:7 And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely show 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 continually.

2 Samuel 9:8 And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou
shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?

2 Samuel 9:9 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.

2 Samuel 9:10 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 servants.

2 Samuel 9:11 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 king's

2 Samuel 9:12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha. And
all that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth.

2 Samuel 9:13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually
at the king's table; and was lame on both his feet.

2 Samuel 10:1 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 Samuel 10:2 Then said David, I will show kindness unto Hanun the son of
Nahash, as his father showed 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.

2 Samuel 10:3 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?

2 Samuel 10:4 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.

2 Samuel 10:5 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.

2 Samuel 10:6 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.

2 Samuel 10:7 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of
the mighty men.

2 Samuel 10:8 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.

2 Samuel 10:9 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:

2 Samuel 10:10 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

2 Samuel 10:11 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.

2 Samuel 10:12 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 him good.

2 Samuel 10:13 And Joab drew nigh, and the people that were with him, unto
the battle against the Syrians: and they fled before him.

2 Samuel 10:14 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.

2 Samuel 10:15 And when the Syrians saw that they were smitten before
Israel, they gathered themselves together.

2 Samuel 10:16 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.

2 Samuel 10:17 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.

2 Samuel 10:18 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.

2 Samuel 10:19 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 more.

2 Samuel 11:1 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 Samuel 11:2 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.

2 Samuel 11:3 And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is
not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?

2 Samuel 11:4 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.

2 Samuel 11:5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I
am with child.

2 Samuel 11:6 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And
Joab sent Uriah to David.

2 Samuel 11:7 And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how
Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered.

2 Samuel 11:8 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.

2 Samuel 11:9 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.

2 Samuel 11:10 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?

2 Samuel 11:11 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

2 Samuel 11:12 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 the

2 Samuel 11:13 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.

2 Samuel 11:14 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter
to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.

2 Samuel 11:15 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.

2 Samuel 11:16 And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he
assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.

2 Samuel 11:17 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.

2 Samuel 11:18 Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the

2 Samuel 11:19 And charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end
of telling the matters of the war unto the king,

2 Samuel 11:20 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?

2 Samuel 11:21 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.

2 Samuel 11:22 So the messenger went, and came and showed David all that
Joab had sent him for.

2 Samuel 11:23 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.

2 Samuel 11:24 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.

2 Samuel 11:25 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.

2 Samuel 11:26 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was
dead, she mourned for her husband.

2 Samuel 11:27 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.

2 Samuel 12:1 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

2 Samuel 12:2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:

2 Samuel 12:3 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.

2 Samuel 12:4 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.

2 Samuel 12:5 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:

2 Samuel 12:6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this
thing, and because he had no pity.

2 Samuel 12:7 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;

2 Samuel 12:8 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

2 Samuel 12:9 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.

2 Samuel 12:10 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.

2 Samuel 12:11 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.

2 Samuel 12:12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before
all Israel, and before the sun.

2 Samuel 12:13 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.

2 Samuel 12:14 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.

2 Samuel 12:15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the
child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.

2 Samuel 12:16 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted,
and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.

2 Samuel 12:17 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 with them.

2 Samuel 12:18 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?

2 Samuel 12:19 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.

2 Samuel 12:20 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.

2 Samuel 12:21 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.

2 Samuel 12:22 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?

2 Samuel 12:23 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 me.

2 Samuel 12:24 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.

2 Samuel 12:25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called
his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD.

2 Samuel 12:26 And Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and
took the royal city.

2 Samuel 12:27 And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I have fought
against Rabbah, and have taken the city of waters.

2 Samuel 12:28 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.

2 Samuel 12:29 And David gathered all the people together, and went to
Rabbah, and fought against it, and took it.

2 Samuel 12:30 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 abundance.

2 Samuel 12:31 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 brickkiln: and thus did he unto all the cities of the
children of Ammon. So David and all the people returned unto Jerusalem.

2 Samuel 13:1 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 loved her.

2 Samuel 13:2 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 any thing
to her.

2 Samuel 13:3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of
Shimeah David's brother: and Jonadab was a very subtle man.

2 Samuel 13:4 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.

2 Samuel 13:5 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.

2 Samuel 13:6 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

2 Samuel 13:7 Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, Go now to thy brother
Amnon's house, and dress him meat.

2 Samuel 13:8 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.

2 Samuel 13:9 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.

2 Samuel 13:10 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.

2 Samuel 13:11 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.

2 Samuel 13:12 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 folly.

2 Samuel 13:13 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.

2 Samuel 13:14 Howbeit he would not hearken unto her voice: but, being
stronger than she, forced her, and lay with her.

2 Samuel 13:15 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.

2 Samuel 13:16 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.

2 Samuel 13:17 Then he called his servant that ministered unto him, and
said, Put now this woman out from me, and bolt the door after her.

2 Samuel 13:18 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.

2 Samuel 13:19 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 on

2 Samuel 13:20 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 Absalom's house.

2 Samuel 13:21 But when king David heard of all these things, he was very

2 Samuel 13:22 And Absalom spake unto his brother Amnon neither good nor
bad: for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar.

2 Samuel 13:23 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.

2 Samuel 13:24 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.

2 Samuel 13:25 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.

2 Samuel 13:26 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 thee?

2 Samuel 13:27 But Absalom pressed him, that he let Amnon and all the king's
sons go with him.

2 Samuel 13:28 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

2 Samuel 13:29 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.

2 Samuel 13:30 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.

2 Samuel 13:31 Then the king arose, and tare his garments, and lay on the
earth; and all his servants stood by with their clothes rent.

2 Samuel 13:32 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 sister Tamar.

2 Samuel 13:33 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 is dead.

2 Samuel 13:34 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.

2 Samuel 13:35 And Jonadab said unto the king, Behold, the king's sons come:
as thy servant said, so it is.

2 Samuel 13:36 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.

2 Samuel 13:37 But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai, the son of Ammihud,
king of Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day.

2 Samuel 13:38 So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three

2 Samuel 13:39 And the soul of king David longed to go forth unto Absalom:
for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.

2 Samuel 14:1 Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king's heart was
toward Absalom.

2 Samuel 14:2 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:

2 Samuel 14:3 And come to the king, and speak on this manner unto him. So
Joab put the words in her mouth.

2 Samuel 14:4 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 king.

2 Samuel 14:5 And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she
answered, I am indeed a widow woman, and mine husband is dead.

2 Samuel 14:6 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.

2 Samuel 14:7 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.

2 Samuel 14:8 And the king said unto the woman, Go to thine house, and I
will give charge concerning thee.

2 Samuel 14:9 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

2 Samuel 14:10 And the king said, Whosoever saith ought unto thee, bring him
to me, and he shall not touch thee any more.

2 Samuel 14:11 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.

2 Samuel 14:12 Then the woman said, Let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak
one word unto my lord the king. And he said, Say on.

2 Samuel 14:13 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 banished.

2 Samuel 14:14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilled 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 him.

2 Samuel 14:15 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.

2 Samuel 14:16 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.

2 Samuel 14:17 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 thee.

2 Samuel 14:18 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.

2 Samuel 14:19 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:

2 Samuel 14:20 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.

2 Samuel 14:21 And the king said unto Joab, Behold now, I have done this
thing: go therefore, bring the young man Absalom again.

2 Samuel 14:22 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.

2 Samuel 14:23 So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to

2 Samuel 14:24 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

2 Samuel 14:25 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.

2 Samuel 14:26 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

2 Samuel 14:27 And unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one
daughter, whose name was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance.

2 Samuel 14:28 So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and saw not the
king's face.

2 Samuel 14:29 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.

2 Samuel 14:30 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.

2 Samuel 14:31 Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house, and said
unto him, Wherefore have thy servants set my field on fire?

2 Samuel 14:32 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

2 Samuel 14:33 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.

2 Samuel 15:1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him
chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

2 Samuel 15:2 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 Israel.

2 Samuel 15:3 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and
right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.

2 Samuel 15:4 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!

2 Samuel 15:5 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.

2 Samuel 15:6 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 Israel.

2 Samuel 15:7 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.

2 Samuel 15:8 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.

2 Samuel 15:9 And the king said unto him, Go in peace. So he arose, and went
to Hebron.

2 Samuel 15:10 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.

2 Samuel 15:11 And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that
were called; and they went in their simplicity, and they knew not any thing.

2 Samuel 15:12 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 Absalom.

2 Samuel 15:13 And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of
the men of Israel are after Absalom.

2 Samuel 15:14 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.

2 Samuel 15:15 And the king's servants said unto the king, Behold, thy
servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint.

2 Samuel 15:16 And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And
the king left ten women, which were concubines, to keep the house.

2 Samuel 15:17 And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and
tarried in a place that was far off.

2 Samuel 15:18 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.

2 Samuel 15:19 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.

2 Samuel 15:20 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.

2 Samuel 15:21 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 be.

2 Samuel 15:22 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

2 Samuel 15:23 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.

2 Samuel 15:24 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 city.

2 Samuel 15:25 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 show me both it, and his habitation:

2 Samuel 15:26 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.

2 Samuel 15:27 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.

2 Samuel 15:28 See, I will tarry in the plain of the wilderness, until there
come word from you to certify me.

2 Samuel 15:29 Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God again to
Jerusalem: and they tarried there.

2 Samuel 15:30 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.

2 Samuel 15:31 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.

2 Samuel 15:32 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:

2 Samuel 15:33 Unto whom David said, If thou passest on with me, then thou
shalt be a burden unto me:

2 Samuel 15:34 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

2 Samuel 15:35 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 priests.

2 Samuel 15:36 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.

2 Samuel 15:37 So Hushai David's friend came into the city, and Absalom came
into Jerusalem.

2 Samuel 16:1 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 Samuel 16:2 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.

2 Samuel 16:3 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.

2 Samuel 16:4 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.

2 Samuel 16:5 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.

2 Samuel 16:6 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.

2 Samuel 16:7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou
bloody man, and thou man of Belial:

2 Samuel 16:8 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.

2 Samuel 16:9 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.

2 Samuel 16:10 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?

2 Samuel 16:11 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.

2 Samuel 16:12 It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and
that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.

2 Samuel 16:13 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.

2 Samuel 16:14 And the king, and all the people that were with him, came
weary, and refreshed themselves there.

2 Samuel 16:15 And Absalom, and all the people the men of Israel, came to
Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him.

2 Samuel 16:16 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.

2 Samuel 16:17 And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this thy kindness to thy
friend? why wentest thou not with thy friend?

2 Samuel 16:18 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.

2 Samuel 16:19 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.

2 Samuel 16:20 Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what
we shall do.

2 Samuel 16:21 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.

2 Samuel 16:22 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 all Israel.

2 Samuel 16:23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those
days, was as if a man had inquired at the oracle of God: so was all the
counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.

2 Samuel 17:1 Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out
twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night:

2 Samuel 17:2 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:

2 Samuel 17:3 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 peace.

2 Samuel 17:4 And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of

2 Samuel 17:5 Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Archite also, and let
us hear likewise what he saith.

2 Samuel 17:6 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.

2 Samuel 17:7 And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel hath
given is not good at this time.

2 Samuel 17:8 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.

2 Samuel 17:9 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.

2 Samuel 17:10 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.

2 Samuel 17:11 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.

2 Samuel 17:12 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.

2 Samuel 17:13 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.

2 Samuel 17:14 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.

2 Samuel 17:15 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.

2 Samuel 17:16 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 him.

2 Samuel 17:17 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.

2 Samuel 17:18 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.

2 Samuel 17:19 And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's
mouth, and spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not known.

2 Samuel 17:20 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.

2 Samuel 17:21 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

2 Samuel 17:22 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.

2 Samuel 17:23 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.

2 Samuel 17:24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over Jordan,
he and all the men of Israel with him.

2 Samuel 17:25 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 mother.

2 Samuel 17:26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land of Gilead.

2 Samuel 17:27 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 Rogelim,

2 Samuel 17:28 Brought beds, and basins, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and
barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse

2 Samuel 17:29 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 wilderness.

2 Samuel 18:1 And David numbered the people that were with him, and set
captains of thousands and captains of hundreds over them.

2 Samuel 18:2 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.

2 Samuel 18:3 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.

2 Samuel 18:4 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.

2 Samuel 18:5 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 Absalom.

2 Samuel 18:6 So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the
battle was in the wood of Ephraim;

2 Samuel 18:7 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.

2 Samuel 18:8 For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the
country: and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

2 Samuel 18:9 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.

2 Samuel 18:10 And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I
saw Absalom hanged in an oak.

2 Samuel 18:11 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.

2 Samuel 18:12 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 Absalom.

2 Samuel 18:13 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.

2 Samuel 18:14 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.

2 Samuel 18:15 And ten young men that bare Joab's armour compassed about and
smote Absalom, and slew him.

2 Samuel 18:16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from
pursuing after Israel: for Joab held back the people.

2 Samuel 18:17 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.

2 Samuel 18:18 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.

2 Samuel 18:19 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 enemies.

2 Samuel 18:20 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.

2 Samuel 18:21 Then said Joab to Cushi, Go tell the king what thou hast
seen. And Cushi bowed himself unto Joab, and ran.

2 Samuel 18:22 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 ready?

2 Samuel 18:23 But howsoever, said he, let me run. And he said unto him,
Run. Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and overran Cushi.

2 Samuel 18:24 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.

2 Samuel 18:25 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

2 Samuel 18:26 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.

2 Samuel 18:27 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.

2 Samuel 18:28 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.

2 Samuel 18:29 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.

2 Samuel 18:30 And the king said unto him, Turn aside, and stand here. And
he turned aside, and stood still.

2 Samuel 18:31 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

2 Samuel 18:32 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.

2 Samuel 18:33 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, my son!

2 Samuel 19:1 And it was told Joab, Behold, the king weepeth and mourneth
for Absalom.

2 Samuel 19:2 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

2 Samuel 19:3 And the people gat them by stealth that day into the city, as
people being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.

2 Samuel 19:4 But the king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud
voice, O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!

2 Samuel 19:5 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;

2 Samuel 19:6 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.

2 Samuel 19:7 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.

2 Samuel 19:8 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 tent.

2 Samuel 19:9 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.

2 Samuel 19:10 And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now
therefore why speak ye not a word of bringing the king back?

2 Samuel 19:11 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.

2 Samuel 19:12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and my flesh: wherefore
then are ye the last to bring back the king?

2 Samuel 19:13 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.

2 Samuel 19:14 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.

2 Samuel 19:15 So the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah came to
Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over Jordan.

2 Samuel 19:16 And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was of
Bahurim, hasted and came down with the men of Judah to meet king David.

2 Samuel 19:17 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.

2 Samuel 19:18 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;

2 Samuel 19:19 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.

2 Samuel 19:20 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.

2 Samuel 19:21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not
Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the LORD'S anointed?

2 Samuel 19:22 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?

2 Samuel 19:23 Therefore the king said unto Shimei, Thou shalt not die. And
the king sware unto him.

2 Samuel 19:24 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 peace.

2 Samuel 19:25 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,

2 Samuel 19:26 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.

2 Samuel 19:27 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

2 Samuel 19:28 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 the king?

2 Samuel 19:29 And the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any more of thy
matters? I have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land.

2 Samuel 19:30 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 house.

2 Samuel 19:31 And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim, and went
over Jordan with the king, to conduct him over Jordan.

2 Samuel 19:32 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.

2 Samuel 19:33 And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thou over with me, and
I will feed thee with me in Jerusalem.

2 Samuel 19:34 And Barzillai said unto the king, How long have I to live,
that I should go up with the king unto Jerusalem?

2 Samuel 19:35 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?

2 Samuel 19:36 Thy servant will go a little way over Jordan with the king:
and why should the king recompense it me with such a reward?

2 Samuel 19:37 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.

2 Samuel 19:38 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.

2 Samuel 19:39 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.

2 Samuel 19:40 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.

2 Samuel 19:41 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

2 Samuel 19:42 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 gift?

2 Samuel 19:43 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.

2 Samuel 20:1 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 Samuel 20:2 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.

2 Samuel 20:3 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.

2 Samuel 20:4 Then said the king to Amasa, Assemble me the men of Judah
within three days, and be thou here present.

2 Samuel 20:5 So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: but he tarried
longer than the set time which he had appointed him.

2 Samuel 20:6 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.

2 Samuel 20:7 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.

2 Samuel 20:8 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.

2 Samuel 20:9 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.

2 Samuel 20:10 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.

2 Samuel 20:11 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.

2 Samuel 20:12 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.

2 Samuel 20:13 When he was removed out of the highway, all the people went
on after Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.

2 Samuel 20:14 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.

2 Samuel 20:15 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 down.

2 Samuel 20:16 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 thee.

2 Samuel 20:17 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.

2 Samuel 20:18 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 matter.

2 Samuel 20:19 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?

2 Samuel 20:20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me,
that I should swallow up or destroy.

2 Samuel 20:21 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 wall.

2 Samuel 20:22 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.

2 Samuel 20:23 Now Joab was over all the host of Israel: and Benaiah the son
of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites:

2 Samuel 20:24 And Adoram was over the tribute: and Jehoshaphat the son of
Ahilud was recorder:

2 Samuel 20:25 And Sheva was scribe: and Zadok and Abiathar were the

2 Samuel 20:26 And Ira also the Jairite was a chief ruler about David.

2 Samuel 21:1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year
after year; and David inquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is for
Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.

2 Samuel 21:2 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 Judah.)

2 Samuel 21:3 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?

2 Samuel 21:4 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.

2 Samuel 21:5 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,

2 Samuel 21:6 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.

2 Samuel 21:7 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.

2 Samuel 21:8 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

2 Samuel 21:9 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.

2 Samuel 21:10 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.

2 Samuel 21:11 And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the
concubine of Saul, had done.

2 Samuel 21:12 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:

2 Samuel 21:13 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 hanged.

2 Samuel 21:14 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 entreated for
the land.

2 Samuel 21:15 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.

2 Samuel 21:16 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.

2 Samuel 21:17 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

2 Samuel 21:18 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.

2 Samuel 21:19 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 weaver's beam.

2 Samuel 21:20 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.

2 Samuel 21:21 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the
brother of David slew him.

2 Samuel 21:22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the
hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.

2 Samuel 22:1 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 Samuel 22:2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my

2 Samuel 22:3 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.

2 Samuel 22:4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall
I be saved from mine enemies.

2 Samuel 22:5 When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly
men made me afraid;

2 Samuel 22:6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death
prevented me;

2 Samuel 22:7 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 his

2 Samuel 22:8 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven
moved and shook, because he was wroth.

2 Samuel 22:9 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his
mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

2 Samuel 22:10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was
under his feet.

2 Samuel 22:11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon
the wings of the wind.

2 Samuel 22:12 And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters,
and thick clouds of the skies.

2 Samuel 22:13 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.

2 Samuel 22:14 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his

2 Samuel 22:15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and
discomfited them.

2 Samuel 22:16 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.

2 Samuel 22:17 He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many

2 Samuel 22:18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that
hated me: for they were too strong for me.

2 Samuel 22:19 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was
my stay.

2 Samuel 22:20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me,
because he delighted in me.

2 Samuel 22:21 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according
to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

2 Samuel 22:22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly
departed from my God.

2 Samuel 22:23 For all his judgments were before me: and as for his
statutes, I did not depart from them.

2 Samuel 22:24 I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine

2 Samuel 22:25 Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my
righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight.

2 Samuel 22:26 With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful, and with
the upright man thou wilt show thyself upright.

2 Samuel 22:27 With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; and with the
froward thou wilt show thyself unsavoury.

2 Samuel 22:28 And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are
upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.

2 Samuel 22:29 For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my

2 Samuel 22:30 For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I
leaped over a wall.

2 Samuel 22:31 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.

2 Samuel 22:32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our

2 Samuel 22:33 God is my strength and power: And he maketh my way perfect.

2 Samuel 22:34 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet: and setteth me upon my
high places.

2 Samuel 22:35 He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken
by mine arms.

2 Samuel 22:36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy
gentleness hath made me great.

2 Samuel 22:37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not

2 Samuel 22:38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned
not again until I had consumed them.

2 Samuel 22:39 And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could
not arise: yea, they are fallen under my feet.

2 Samuel 22:40 For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that
rose up against me hast thou subdued under me.

2 Samuel 22:41 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies, that I
might destroy them that hate me.

2 Samuel 22:42 They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the LORD,
but he answered them not.

2 Samuel 22:43 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 abroad.

2 Samuel 22:44 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.

2 Samuel 22:45 Strangers shall submit themselves unto me: as soon as they
hear, they shall be obedient unto me.

2 Samuel 22:46 Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of
their close places.

2 Samuel 22:47 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the
God of the rock of my salvation.

2 Samuel 22:48 It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people
under me,

2 Samuel 22:49 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.

2 Samuel 22:50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the
heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.

2 Samuel 22:51 He is the tower of salvation for his king: and showeth mercy
to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.

2 Samuel 23:1 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 Samuel 23:2 The spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my

2 Samuel 23:3 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.

2 Samuel 23:4 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.

2 Samuel 23:5 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 grow.

2 Samuel 23:6 But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust
away, because they cannot be taken with hands:

2 Samuel 23:7 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

2 Samuel 23:8 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

2 Samuel 23:9 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 gone away:

2 Samuel 23:10 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.

2 Samuel 23:11 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 Philistines.

2 Samuel 23:12 But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and
slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.

2 Samuel 23:13 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.

2 Samuel 23:14 And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the
Philistines was then in Bethlehem.

2 Samuel 23:15 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!

2 Samuel 23:16 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.

2 Samuel 23:17 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 mighty men.

2 Samuel 23:18 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.

2 Samuel 23:19 Was he not most honourable of three? therefore he was their
captain: howbeit he attained not unto the first three.

2 Samuel 23:20 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 snow:

2 Samuel 23:21 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 spear.

2 Samuel 23:22 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the
name among three mighty men.

2 Samuel 23:23 He was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not
to the first three. And David set him over his guard.

2 Samuel 23:24 Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the
son of Dodo of Bethlehem,

2 Samuel 23:25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,

2 Samuel 23:26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,

2 Samuel 23:27 Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,

2 Samuel 23:28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,

2 Samuel 23:29 Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of
Ribai out of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,

2 Samuel 23:30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,

2 Samuel 23:31 Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,

2 Samuel 23:32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,

2 Samuel 23:33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite,

2 Samuel 23:34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite,
Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,

2 Samuel 23:35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,

2 Samuel 23:36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,

2 Samuel 23:37 Zelek the Ammonite, Nahari the Beerothite, armourbearer to
Joab the son of Zeruiah,

2 Samuel 23:38 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite,

2 Samuel 23:39 Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.

2 Samuel 24:1 And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel,
and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.

2 Samuel 24:2 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 people.

2 Samuel 24:3 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?

2 Samuel 24:4 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 Israel.

2 Samuel 24:5 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

2 Samuel 24:6 Then they came to Gilead, and to the land of Tahtimhodshi; and
they came to Danjaan, and about to Zidon,

2 Samuel 24:7 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.

2 Samuel 24:8 So when they had gone through all the land, they came to
Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.

2 Samuel 24:9 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 men.

2 Samuel 24:10 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.

2 Samuel 24:11 For when David was up in the morning, the word of the LORD
came unto the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying,

2 Samuel 24:12 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 thee.

2 Samuel 24:13 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.

2 Samuel 24:14 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.

2 Samuel 24:15 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.

2 Samuel 24:16 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 Jebusite.

2 Samuel 24:17 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.

2 Samuel 24:18 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 Jebusite.

2 Samuel 24:19 And David, according to the saying of Gad, went up as the
LORD commanded.

2 Samuel 24:20 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.

2 Samuel 24:21 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 people.

2 Samuel 24:22 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 wood.

2 Samuel 24:23 All these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king.
And Araunah said unto the king, The LORD thy God accept thee.

2 Samuel 24:24 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.

2 Samuel 24:25 And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered
burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was entreated for the land,
and the plague was stayed from Israel.

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 [Deuteronomy 29:29]


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Are you ready?

1) Do you have a "prepared heart" to seek God?

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3) Is your heart "fixed"? John 3:5 "born of water and of the Spirit"

4) Do you inquire of the LORD?

 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" [2 Timothy 3:15]

5) Do you show forth your light by your good works?   "Let your light so shine..." [Matthew 5:16]

6) Are you openly, before all men, publishing your relationship to Jesus?   Do you possess "a good profession before many witnesses" ?  [1 Timothy 6:11-12]

 7) Are you following after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness?

8) Do you have a heart in communion with the Spirit of God in a celebration of a worship of praise?