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9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his Hand against the Lord's Anointed, and be guiltless ?

10 David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him, or his Day shall come to die, or he shall descend into Battle and perish.

i The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth mine Hand against the Lord's Anointed: but I pray thee, take thou now the Spear that is at his Bolster, and the Cruse of Water, and let us go.

12 So David took the Spear and the Cruse of Water from Saul's Bolster, and they gat them away, and no Man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked : for they were all asleep, because a deep Sleep from the LORD was fallen upon them.

13 Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of an Hill afar off, (a great Space being between them.)

14 And David cried to the People, and to Abner the Son of Ner, saying, Answerest thou not, Abner? Then Abner answered and said, Who art thou that criest to the King?

15 And David said to Abner, Art not thou a valiant Man? and who is like to thee in Israel ? wherefore then hast thou not kept thy Lord the King? for there came one of the People in to destroy the King thy LORD.

16 This Thing is not good that thou hast done : as the LORD liveth, ye are worthy to die, because ye have not kept your Master the Lord's Anointed : and now see where the King's Spear is, and the Cruse of Water that was at his Bolster.

17 And Saul knew David's Voice, and said, Is this thy Voice, my Son David? And David said, Įt is my Voice, my Lord, O King.

18 And he said, Wherefore doth my Lord thus pursue after his Servant? for what have I done? or what Evil is in mine Hand ?

19 Now therefore, I pray thee, let my Lord the King hear the Words of his Servant : If the Lord have stirred thee up against me, let him accept an Offering : but if they be the Children of Men, cursed be they before the LORD; for they have driven me out this Day from abiding in the Inheritance of the LORD, saying, Go serve other Gods.

20 Now therefore let not my Blood fall to the Earth before the Face of the Lord: for the King of Israel is come

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out to seek a Flea, as when one doth hunt a Partridge in the Mountains.

21 Then said Saul, I have sinned : return, my Son David, for I will no more do thee harm, because my Soul was precious in thine Fyes this Day : behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.

22 And David answered and said, Behold, the King's Spear, and let one of the young Men come over and fetch it.

23 The LORD render to every Man his Righteousness, and his Faithfulness : for the LORD delivered thee into my Hand To-day, but I would not stretch forth mine Hand against the Lord's Anointed.

24 And behold, as thy Life was much set by this Day in mine Eyes ; so let my Life be much set by in the Eyes of the LORD, and let him deliver me out of all Tribulation.

25 Then Saul said to David, Blessed be thou, my Son David : thou shalt both do great Things, and also shalt still prevail. So David went on his way, and Saul returned to his Place.

CHA P. XXVII. į Saul hearing David to be in Gath, seeketh no more for him,

5 David beggeth Ziklag of Achish.

CH A P. XXVIII.

3 Saul having destroyed the Witches, 7 afterwards seeketh

for one ; who being encouraged by him, raiseth up Samuel. 15 Saul's Ruine forejpewn.

Ver. 1 AND it came to pass in those Days, that the Phili

stines gathered their Armies together for Warfare, to fight with Israel: and Achish said unto David, Know thou assuredly, that thou shalt go out with me to Battle, thou and thy Men.

2 And David said to Achish, Surely thou shalt know what thy Servant can do. And Achish said to David, Therefore will I make thee Keeper of mine Head for ever.

3 Now Samuel was dead, and all Ifrael had lamented him, and buried him in Ramah, even in his own City : and Saul had put away those that had familiar Spirits, and the Wizards out of the Land.

4. And the Philistines gathered themselves together, and came and pitched in Shunem : and Saul gathered all Israel together, and they pitched in Gilboa.

5 And when Saul saw the Host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his Heart greatly trembled.

6 And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD an{wered him not, neither by Dreams, nor by Urim, nor by Prophets.

Then said Saul unto his Servants, Seek me a Woman that hath a familiar Spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his Servants said to him, Behold, there is a Woman that hath a familiar Spirit at En-dor.

8 And Saul disguised himself, and put on other Raiment, and he went, and two Men with him, and they came to the Woman by Night; and he said, I pray thee divine unto me by the familiar Spirit, and bring me him up whom I shall name unto thee.

9 And the Woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that hare familiar Spirits, and the Wizards out of the Land : wherefore then layeft thou a Snare for my Life, to cause me to die?

1o And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, As the LORD liveth, there shall no Punishment happen to thee for this Thing.

in Then said the Woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? and he said, Bring me up SAMUEL. : 12 And when the Woman law Samuel, she cried with a loud Voice : and the Woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul.

13 And the King said unto her, Be not afraid : for what saweft thou? And the Woman said unto Saul, I saw Gods ascending out of the Earth.

14 And he said unto her, What FORM is he of? And she said, An OLD MAN COMETH UP; and he is covered with a Mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his Face to the Ground, and bowed

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15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make War against me, and God is departed from me, and ANSWERETH me NO MORE, neither by Prophets, nor by Dreams ; therefore I have cal

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led thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I Thall do.

16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is DEPARTED from thee, and is become thine Enemy?

17 And the LORD hath done to him as he spake by me: for the LORD hath rent the Kingdom out of thine Hand, and given it to thy NEIGHBOUR, even to David :

18 Because thou OBEYEDST NOT the Voice of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce Wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the LORD done this Thing unto thee this Day.

19 Moreover, the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee, into the Hand of the Philistines : and To-morrow shalt thou and thy Sons be with me : the LORD also shall deliver the Host of Israel into the Hand of the Philistines.

20 Then Saul fell straightway all along on the Earth, and was sore afraid, because of the Words of Samuel, and there was no Strength in him : for he had eaten no Bread all the Day, nor all the Night.

21 And the Woman came unto Saul, and saw that he was fore troubled, and said unto him, Behold, thine Handmaid hath obeyed thy Voice, and I have put my Life in my Hand, and have hearkned unto thy Words which thou spakeft unto me.

22 Now therefore, I pray thee, hearken thou also unto the Voice of thine Handmaid, and let me set a Morsel of Bread before thee; and eat, that thou mayest have Strength, when thou goest on thy way.

23 But he refused, and said, I will not eat : but his Servants together with the Woman, compelled him, and he hearkned unto their Voice : so he arose from the Earth, and fat upon the Bed.

.24 And the Woman had a fat Calf in the House, and she hasted, and killed it, and took Flour, and kneaded it, and did bake unleavened Bread thereof. .25 And she brought it before Saul, and before his Servants, and they did eat : then they rose up, and went away that Night.

CHA P. XXIX. i David marching with the Philistines, 3 is disallowed by their Princes : 6 Achis dismiseth him,

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CH A P. XXX. i The Amalekites spoil Ziklag. 7 David encouraged by God

pursueth them, II and overtaketh them, and recovereth the Spoil : 26 Sendeth Presents.

CH A P. XXXI. I Saul having lost his Army, and bis Sons being pain, he and

his Armour-bearer kill themselves. 8 The Philistines triumph over the dead Carcases.

Ver. I N o w the Philistines fought against Ifrael : and

IV the Men of Israel Aed from before the Philistines, and fell down sain in Mount Gilboa.

2 And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul, and upon his Sons; and the Philistines flew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul's Sons. .

3 And the Battle went sore against Saul, and the Archers hit him, and he was fore wounded of the Archers.

4 Then said Saul unto his Armour-bearer, Draw thy Sword, and thrust me through therewith ; left these Uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his Armour-bearer would not; for he was fore afraid : therefore Saul took a Sword and fell upon it.

5 And when his Armour-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his Sword, and died with him.

6 So Saul died, and his three Sons, and his Armour-beater, and all his Men that same Day together.

7 And when the Men of Israel that were on the other side of the Valley, and they that were on the other side of Jordan, saw that the Men of Israel fled, and that Saul and his Sons were dead, they forsook the Cities and filed; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.

8 And it came to pass on the Morrow, when the Phili stines came to strip the Slain, that they found Saul and his three Sons fallen in Mount Gilboa.

9 And they cut off his Head, and stripped off his Armour, and sent into the Land of the Philistines round about, to publish it in the House of their Idols, and among the People.

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