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28 Now therefore gather the rest of the people together, and encamp against the city, and take it: left I take the city, and it be called after my name.

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

30 And he took their king's crown from off his head (the weight whereof was a talent of gold, with the precious ftones) and it was fet on David's head: and he brought forth the fpoil of the city in great abundance.

31 And he brought forth the people that were therein, and put them under faws, and under harrows of iron, and under axes of iron, and made them pafs through the brick-kiln: and thus did he unto all the cities of the children of Ammon, So David and all the people returned unto Jerufalem.



ND David numbered the people that were with him, and fet captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds over them.

2 And David fent forth a third part of the people under

the hand of Joab, and a third feryants of David, and there part under the hand of Abi-was there a great flaughter thai the fon of Zeruiah, that day of twenty thousand Joab's brother, and a third men. part under the hand of It8 For the battle was there tai the Gittite and the king fcattered over the face of all faid unto the people, I will the country: and the wood furely go forth with you my-devoured more people that felf alfo. day, than the fword de3 But the people anfwer-voured.

ed, Thou shalt not go forth: 9 And Abfalom met for if we flee away, they the fervants of David; and will not care for us; neither Abfalom rode upon a mule, if half of us die, will they and the mule went under the care for us: but now thou thick boughs of a great oak, art worth ten thoufand of and his head caught hold of us therefore now it is bet-the oak, and he was taken ter that thou fuccour us out up between the heaven and of the city. the earth, and the mule that was under him went away.

4 And the king faid unto them, What feemeth you beft, I will do. And the king ftood by the gate-fide, and all the people came out by hundreds, and by thoufands.

10 And a certain man faw it, and told Joab, and faid, Behold, I faw Abfalom hanged in an oak.

ed Joab, and Abifhai, and Ittai, faying, Deal gently for my fake with the young man, even with Abfalom. And all the people heard when the king gave all the captains charge concerning Abfalom.

II And Joab faid unto the man that told him, And 5 And the king command-behold, thou faweft him, and why didft thou not fmite him there to the ground, and I would have given thee ten hekels of filver, and a girdle ?

12 And the man faid unto Joab, Though I fhould receive a thousand shekels of out into the field against If-filver in mine hand, yet

6 So the people went

would I not put forth mine hand against the king's fon: for in our hearing the king charged thee, and Abifhai, and

rael and the battle was in the wood of Ephraim;

7 Where the people of Ifrael were flain before the

and Ittai, faying, Beware and it is called unto this day, that none touch the young Abfalom's place. man Abfalom.

13 Otherwife I fhould have wrought falfhood against mine own life: for there is no matter hid from the king, and thou thy felf wouldeft have fet thyself against me.

14 Then faid Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thruft them through the heart of Abfalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.

15 And ten young men that bare Joab's armour, compaffed about, and fmote Abfalom, and flew him.

16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from pursuing after Ifrael for Joab held back the people.

17 And they took Abfalom, and caft him into a great pit in the wood, and laid a very great heap of ftones upon him: and all Ifrael fed every one to his


18 Now Abfalom in his life-time had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king's dale: for he faid, I have no fon to keep my name in remembrance and he called the pillar after his own name,

19 Then faid Ahmaazi the foǹ of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that the Lord hath avenged him of his enemies.

20 And Joab faid unto him, Thou fhalt not bear tidings this day, but thou fhalt bear tidings another day: but this day thou fhalt bear no tidings, because the king's fon is dead.

21 Then faid Joab to Cufhi, Go tell the king what thou haft feen. And Cushi bowed himself unto Joab, and ran.

22 Then faid Ahimaaz the fon of Zadok yet again to Joab, But howfoever let me, I pray thee, alfo run after Cufhi. And Joab faid, Wherefore wilt thou run, my son, seeing that thou hast no tidings ready?

23 But howsoever (faid he) let me run. And he faid unto him, Run. Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and over-ran Cufhi.

24 And David fat between the two gates: and the watchman went up to the roof over the gate unto the wall, and lift up his eyes and looked, and behold,

hald, a man running alone. 25 And the watchman cried, and told the king. And the king faid, If he be alone, there is tidings in his mouth. And he came apace, and drew near!

26 And the watchman faw another man running, and the watchman called unto the porter, and faid, Behold, another man running alone. And the king faid, He alfo bringeth.tidings.

27 And the watchman faic, Methinketh the running of the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the fon of Zadok. And the king faid, He is a good man, and cometh with good tidings.

28 And Ahimaaz called, and faid unto the king, All is well. And he fell down to the earth upon his face before the king, and faid, Bleffed be the Lord thy God, which hath delivered up the men that lift up their hand against my lord the king.

29 And the king faid, Is the young man Abfalom

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fafe? and Ahimaaz answered, When Joab fent the king's fervant, and me thy fervant, I faw a great tumult, but Í knew not what it was.

300 And the king faid unto him, Turn afide, and stand here. And he turned afide, and stood still.



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wives of the fons, of the prophets unto Elifha, faying, Thy fervant my husband is

31 And behold, Cufhi came, and Cufhi faid, Tidings, my lord the king for the Lord hath avenged thee this day of all them that rose up against thee.

32 And the king faid unto Cufhi, Is the young man Abfalom fafe? and Cufhi anfwered, The enemies of my lord the king, and all that rife against thee to do thee hurt, be as that young man is. 33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he faid, O my fon Abfalom, my son, my fon Abfalom: would God I had died for thee, O Abfalom, my fon, my fon.

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thee? tell me, what haft thou 9 And the faid unto her hufband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which paffeth by us continually.

in the houfe? And the faid, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, fave a pot of oil. SAL


3 Then he faid, Go, borrow thee veffels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty veffels; borrow hot a few.

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10 Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall, and let us fet for him there a bed, and a table, and a ftool, and a candlestick : and it fhall be when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.

II And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there.

12 And he faid to Gehazi his fervant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, fhe ftood before him.

13 And he faid unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou haft been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be fpoken for to the king, or to the captain of the hoft? And the answered, I dwell among mine own people.

14 And he faid, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi anfwered, Verily, the hath no child, and her hufband is old.

15 And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, fhe ftood in the door.

16 And he faid, About

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