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head, and ftripped off his armour, and sent into the land of the Philiftines round about, to publifh it in the houfe of their idols, and among the people.

10 And they put his armour in the houfe of Afhtaroth and they faftened his body to the wall of Bethfhan.

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CHAP. I. OW it came to pafs after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the flaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag;

2 It came even to pafs 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 fo it was when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeifance.

3 And David faid unto him, From whence comeft thou? And he faid unto him, Out of the camp of Ifrael am I escaped.

4 And David faid unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me.


heard of that which the Philiftines had done to Saul;

12 All the valiant men arofe, and went all night, and took the body of Saul, and the bodies of his fons, from the wall of Beth-fhan, and came to Jabefh, and burnt them there.

From the Second Book of SAMUEL.

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13 And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabeh, and fafted feven days.

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he anfwered, That the people are fled from the battle,`` and many of the people alfo are fallen and dead, and Saul and Jonathan his fon are dead alfo.

5 And David faid unto the young man that told him, How knoweft thou that Saul and Jonathan his fon be dead?


6 And the young man that told him, faid, As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his fpear: and lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him.

7. And when he looked behind him, he faw me, and called unto me: and I anfwered here am I.

8 And he faid unto me, Who art thou? and I anAfwered


fwered him, I am an Ama- died.


9 He faid unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and flay me for anguifh is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me.

10 So I ftood upon him, and flew him, becaufe I was fure 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.

16 And David faid unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head: for thy mouth hath teftified against thee, faying, I have flain the Lord's anointed.

15 And David called one of the young men, and fatd, Go near, and fall upon him. And he fimote him, that he

17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul, and over Jonathan his fon,

18 (Alfo he bade them teach the children of Judah the ufe of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jafher.)

19 The beauty of Ifrael is flain, upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!

20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Afkelon: left the daughters of the Philiftines rejoice, left the daughters of the uncircumcifed triumph.

11 Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them, and likewife all the men that were with him.

12 And they mourned and wept, and fafted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his fon, and for the people of the Lord, and for the house of Ifrael; because they were fallen by the fword.

to the young man that told him, Whence art thou? and he answered, I am the fon of a ftranger, an Amalekite.

21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, nei13 ¶ And David faid un-ther let there be rain upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the fhield of the mighty is vilely caft away, the fhield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil.

14 And David faid unto him, How waft thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the Lord's anointed?

22 From the blood of the flain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the fword of Saul returned not empty.

23 Saul and Jonathan were

lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were fwifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.

eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bofom, and was unto him as a daughter.

24 Ye daughters of Ifrael, weep over Saul, who clothed you in fcarlet with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.


4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he fpared to take of his own flock, and of his own herd to dress for the faring man that was come unto him, but took the poor fallen in the midft of the bat-man's lamb, and dreffed it for the man that was come to him.

25 How are the mighty

tle! O Jonathan, thou waft flain in thine high places.

26 I am diftreffed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant haft thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, paffing the love

of women.


27 How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perifhed!

5 And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he faid to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall furely die.

lamb four-fold, because he 6 And he fhall refore the lamb four-fold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.

3 But the poor man had nothing fave one little ewelamb, which he had bought and nourished up and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did

7 And Nathan faid to David, Thou art the man. Thus faith the Lord God of Ifrael, I anointed thee king over Ifrael, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul:


ND the Lord fent Nathan unto David: and he came unto him, and faid unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.

8 And I gave thee thy

2 The rich man had ex-master's house, and thy mafceeding many flocks and ter's wives into thy bosom, herds: and gave thee the house of Ifrael, and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee fuch and fuch things.


Wherefore haft thou



defpifed the commandment parted unto his houfe ; and of the Lord, to do evil in the Lord ftruck the child his fight thou haft killed that Uriah's wife bare unto Uriah the Hittite with the David, and it was very fick. fword, and haft taken his 16 David therefore bewife to be thy wife, and haft fought God for the child; flain him with the fword of and David faited, and went the children of, and lay all night upon 10 'Now therefore the the earth. fword fhall never depart from thine house; because thou haft despised me, and haft taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

II Thus faith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own houfe, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neigh bour, and he fhall lie with thy wives in the fight of this fun. ba

12 For thou did it fecretly but I will do this thing before all Ifrael, and before the fun.

13 And David faid unto Nathan, I have finned against the Lord. And Nathan faid unto David, The Lord alfo hath put away thy fin; thou fhalt not die.

14 Howbeit, becaufe by this deed thou haft given great occafion to the enemies of the Lord to blafpheme, the child alfo that is born unto thee fhall furely die.


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17 And the elders of his houfe arofe, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth; but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.


18 And it came to pass on the feventh day, that the child died: and the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they faid, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we fpake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?

19 But when David faw that his fervants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David faid unto his fervants, Is the child dead? And they faid, He is dead.

20 Then David arofe from the earth, and washed, and anointed himfelf, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord, and worfhipped then he came

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