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38 And Obed-edom, with their breren, threescore and e;ghc: Obcd-edom lsothe son of Jedurhun, and Hosah to •e porters: 3 9 And Zadok the priest and his breren the priests, before the tabernacle f the Lord, in the high (place that you {at Gibeon,

j 40 To offer burnt- offerings unto the Lord, upon the altar of the burnt-offering continually morning and evening, and to do according to all that is written (in the law of the Lord, which he commanded Israel:

I 41 And with them Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest that vert chosen, who were expressed by name, to give thanks" to (he Lord, because his mercy endittet'o for ever:

41 And with them Heman and Jedurhun with trumpets and cymbals, for those that should make a sound, and with musical instruments of God: and die sons of Jedurhun vert porters.

4; And all rhe people departed every man to his house : and David returned to bless his house.

CHAP. xvn.

1 David forbidden to build Cod an house, 11 is promised tlejjine,s in his feed. 16 His prayer and thanksgiving. "V ]Ow it came to pass, as David fat in J_\l h'» house, that David said to Najrtian the prophet, Lo, t dwell in an house of cedars, but die ark of the covenant of the Lord remaineth under curtains, j a Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart, for God// with thee.

3 f And it came to pass the fame {night, that die word df God came to Nathan, saying,

4 Go and tell David my servant, Thus faith the Lord, Thou shalt not build mean house to dwell in.

5 For I have not dwelt in an house since the day that I brought up Israel, unto this day, bur have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another.

6 Wheresoever 1 have walked with all Ifi ael, spake I a nor J to any of the judges of Israel, ( whom I commanded to feed my people) laying, Why have ye not built me an house of cedars i

7 Now therefore thus (halt thou fay -0 rpy fervajjt David, Thus faith die

sheep, that thou fhouldst be ruler oTCr my people Israel:

8 And I have been with thee whithersoever thou halt walked, and have cut off all thine enemies from before itliec, and have made dice a name like the name of the great men that are in the earth.

o Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste mem any more: ( as at the beginning,

10 And since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel ) moreover, I will subdue all chine enemies. Furthermore, I tel) thee, that the Lord will build thee an house.

11 % And it shall come to pass, when diy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise! up thy seed after thee, which (hall be of thy sons, and I will establish his king-; dom.

11 He shall build me an bouse, and I will stablish his throne far ever.

13 I will be his father, and he shall be my son, and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took i: from lam that was befotc thee.

14 But I will settle him in mint house, and in my kingdom for ever, and his throne shall be established for evermore.

15 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.

16 % And David the king came, and sat before the Lord, and said, Wiic ami, O Lord God, and what is mint house, that thou bast brought me hitherto?

17 And yet this was a small thing in thine eyesi O God, for thou hast a!f, spoken of thy servants house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O Lord God.

18 What can David speak, more tc thee for the honour of thy servant? fa tho u kaowest thy servant.

19 O Lord, for thy servants fake and according to thine own heart has thou done all this greatness, in makin; known all these fjrear things.

20 O Lord, there is none like thee neither is there ant God besides thee, ac cording to all th« we illYC heard wit! out «n, 21 Aud

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2 i Arus what one nation in the earth i' like thy people Israel, whom God went t0 redeem to be his own people, to make thee a name of greatness and terrible-j nets by driving 6ut nations from be- i fore thy people whom thou hast: redeemed out of Egypt?

22 For thy people Israel didst thou make thine own people for ever, and thou, Lord, becamest their God.

2? Therefore now, Lord, let the thing that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, be established for ever, and do as thou hast said.

14 Let it even be established, that tKy name may be magnified for ever, faying, The Loud of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel: and let the house of David thy servant be established before thee.

»5 For thou, O my God, lust told thy servant, that thou wilt build him an house: therefore thy servant hath found in bit heart to pray before thee.

26 And now, Lord, ( thou art God, and hast promised this goodness unto thy servant)

27 Now therefore let ft please thee

vTdTlervants, and broughr gifts. Thus] the Lord preserved David whithersoever he went.

7 And David took the sh'elds of gold that were on the servants of Hedarezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.

8 Likewise from Tibhath, and from Chun, cities of Hadarezer, brought David very much brass, wherewith Solomon made the brazen sea, and the pillars, and the vessels of brass.

9 % Now when Tou king of Hamath heard how David had fmirten all the host of Hadarezer king of Zobah:

is He sentHadotam his son to king David, to enquire of his welfare, and to! congratulate him, because he had fought! against Hadarezer,and smitten him, (foej Hadarezer had warred with Tou) and with him all manner of vessels of gold, and silver, and brass.

11 *T Them also king David dedicated unto the Lord, with the silver! and the gold that he brought from all these nations; from Edom, and from Moab, and from the children of Ammon. and from the Pnilistines, and from Amalfk.

12 Moreover, Abifhai the son of Ze

ro bless the house of thy servant, tbat it ruiah flew of the Edomites in the valley may be before thee for ever: for thou of salt, eighteen thousand

blessest, O Lord, and it fiall be blessed for ever.

CHAP. XVIII. J David Jubditelh theVhiiiHinet and the Meabites. J He smiteth Hadareser and * the Syrians,

NOw aster this, it came to pass, that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them, and took Gath and her towns out of the hand of the Philistines.

a Anrl he smote Moab; and the Moabites beca ne Davids setvants, and brought gift'.

a »T And David- smote Hadarezer kingosZnbah unto Hamath, as he went to stablilli his dominion by the river Euphrates.

4. And David took from him a thou* and chariots, and seven thousand horle-nen, and twenty thousand footmen: David also houghed all the charioticrfes, but reserved of them an hundred ;hariots.

5 And when the Syrians of Damascus :ame to help Hadarezer king of Zcbah, Oavid flew of the Syrians two and wenty thousand men.

*» Then David put garisons in Syria

Umaseus, .and the Syrians became Da- Mm concerning his father : so the'

13 ^ And he put garisons in Edom; and all the Edomites became Davids servants. Thus the Lord preserved David whithersoever he went.

14 *J So David reigned over all Israel, and executed judgment and justice among all his people.

1J And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host, and Jeholhaphat the Ion of Ahilud, recorder.

16 And Zadok the son of Alii tub, and Abimelech the son of Abiathar, n/ere the priests and Shavfha was scribe.

17 And Benaiahthc son of Jehoiada fas over the Cherethites, and the Pclethites : and the sons of David Here chiefabout the king.

Davids messengers sent to comfort Ha-
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Ammonites are overcome.

NOwircame to pass after this, that Nahalh the king of the children of Ammon died, and his son reigned in his stead.

2 And David said, 1 will shew kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahalh, because his father (hewed kindness to me. And David sent ni flengers to comforc

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kants of David came into the land of pe children of Ammon, to Hanun, to comfort him.

? But the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun, Thinkcst diou that David doth honour thy father, that he hath sent comforters unto thee? are not his servants come unto thee for to search, and to overthrow, and to spy out the land?

4 Wherefore Hanun took Davids servants, and shaved them, and cut off their garments in the midst hard by their buttocks, and sent them away.

e Then there went certain, and told David how the men were served; and he sent to meet them (for the men were greatly ashamed ) and the king said, Tar ry at Jericho until your beards be grown, and then return.

6 q And when the children of Am mon saw that they had made themselves odious to David, Hanun and the children of Ammon sent a thousand talents |of silver to hire them chariots and horned men out of Mesopotamia, and out of) Syria-maachah, and out of Zobah.

7 So they hired thirty and two .thousand chariots, and the king of Maachah and his people, who came and pitched before Medeba. And the children of Ammon gathered themselves together from their cities, and came to battle.

8 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty men.

9 And the children of Ammon came our, and put the battle in aray before the gate of the city: and the kings that were come, were by themselves in the field.

to Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him, before and behind, he chose out of all the choice of Israel, and put them in aray against the Syrians.

11 And the rest of the people he do livered unto thehandof Abishai his bro-| ther, and they set themselves in array a gainst the children of Ammon.

la And be 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 help thee.

rj Be of good courage, and let us behave our selves valiantly for our people and for the cities of our God: and led the Lobo do that which u good in hi: fight.

14 So Joab and the people that were] with him,dcew nigh before the Syrians]

unto the battle ; and they fled befott him.

1 J And when the children of Ammml saw that the Syrians were fled, they| likewise fled before Abishai his brother,' and entredinto the city. Then Joab came to Jerusalem.

16 s And when the Syrians {aw trot they were put to the worse before Israel, they sent messengers,and drew forth At\ Syrians that were beyond the river: ami] Shophach the captain of the host of Hr darezet, went before them.

17 And it was told David, andheuthered all Israel, and passed over Jordan, and came upon them, and set the batilt, in array against them:- so when David had put the battle in aray against the Syrians, they fought with him."

18 But the Syrians fled before Israel, and David slew of the Syrians seven thousand men, which fought in chariots, and forty thousand footmen, and killed Shophach the captain of the host.

19 And when the servants of HacUreaer saw that they were put to the worse before Israel, they made peace with Divid, and became his servants : neither would the Syrians help the children of Ammon any more.

CHAP. XX. I Kabbah is besieged by Joab, Jpotlcd fj David, and the people tortured. 4 Ihm overthrows of the Philijlines.'

ASi it came to pass that asier the year was expired, at the time that kings go out to battle, Joab led forth the power of the army, and wasted the coun~ try of the children of Ammon, and came and besieged Rabbah ( but David tarried at Jerusalem ) and Joab smote, Rabbah, and destroyed" it.

2 And David took the crown of their king from offhis head, and sound it to weigh a talent of gold, and there were precious stones in it, and ic was set upon Davids head ; and he brought also exceeding much spoil out of the city.

3 And he brought out the people that were in it, and cut them with saws, and with harrows of iron, and with axes: even so dealt David with all the cities of the children of Ammon. And David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.

4 % And it came to pass after this, that there arose war at Gezer with the, Philistines, at which time Sibbcchai the Hulhachitc, flew Sippai that was of the children of the giant, and they were subdued.

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e And there was war again with the hilistines, and Elhamn die son of Jair, ew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Httite, whose spear-staff itat like a weacrs beam.

6 And yet again there was war at /ath, where was a man of great stairc, whose, fingers and toes n/ere four nd twenty, six on each hand, and six on ach foot: and he also was the son of the iant.

7 But when he defied Israel, Jonathan he son of Shimea, Davids brother, flew iim.

^ 8 These were born unto the giant in 3ath; and they fell by the hand of Darid, and by the hand of his servants.

CHAP. XXI. I T)avid numbreth the people. J Herepenteth, pandchoosetbthepejlilence. A Nd Satan stood up against Israel, f~\ and provoked David to number Israel.

i And David said to Joab, and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beer-fheba even to Dan; and bring the number of diem to me, that I may know it.

5 And Joab answered, The Lordmake his people an hundred times so many mo as they be: but my lord the king, are they not all my lords servants? why then doth my lord require this thing? why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel?

4 Nevertheless, the kings word prevailed against Joab: wherefore Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem.

j H And Joab gave the sum of the number os the people unto David. And all they of Israel were a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew swotd: and Judah «« four hundred thr: escort and ten thousand men that drew sword.

6 But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them: for the kings word was abominable to Joab.

7 And God was displeased with this thing, therefore he (mote Israel.

8 And David said unto God, I have finned greatly, because I have done this thing: but now, I beseech dice, do away the iniquity of thy servant, for I have done very foolishly. >

9 f And the Lord spake unto Gad, Davids seer, saying,

io. Go and tell David, saying, Thus faith the Lord, I oster thee three things, choose thee one of them that 1 may do it unco thee.

11 So Gad came to David, and said unto him, Thus faith the Lord, Choose thee

12 Sither three years famine, or three months to be destroyed before thy foes, ( while that the sword of thine enemies overtake* thee ) or else three days die sword of the Lord, even the pestilence in the land, and the angel of the Lord destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel: now therefore advise thy self what word I shall bring again to him that sent me.

13 And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let me fall now into the hand of the Lord, (sot vety grear are his mercies) but let me not fall into the hand.of man.

14 1 So the Lord sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.

15 And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and ashe was destroying, the Lord beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough* stay now thine hand. And the angel of the Lord stood by the threshing-floor of Oman the Jebusite.

\6 And David lift up hiseyes, and saw the angel of the Lord stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem: then David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon cheir faces.

17 And David (aid unto God,Xi it not I that commanded the people to be numbred? even I it is that have sinned and done evil indeed; buc M for these flieep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, O Lord my GoJ, be on me, and on my fathers house, but not on thy people, that they should be plagued.

18 f Then the angel ot the Lord commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up and set up an altar unto the Lord, in the threshing-stoer of Oman the jebusite.

j 9 And David went up at the saying os Gad, which he spake in the name of die Lord.

Jo And Oman turned back, and saw the angeland his four sons wth him hid themselves. Now Oman was threshing wheat.

21 And as David came to Oman, Oman looked and saw David, and went out of the threshing-floor, and bowed himself to David with hit face to the ground.

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11 Then David said to Oman, Grant n-e the place of thu threshing- floor, that I may build an altar therein unto die Lord: thou (halt grant it me s>r the full price, that the plague may be stayed from the people.

23 And Ornan said unto David, Take it to thee, and let my lord the king do that which u good in his eyes : lo. I give thm the oxen alfa for burnt-ofscrinps, and the thrcstiing-inltraments for ivood, and die wheat for the meat-offering, I give it all.

24 And king David said to Oman, Nay, but I will verily buy it for the fi ll price: for I will not take that which it thine for the Lord, nor otter burnt-offerings wichout cost.

15 So David gave to Ornan for the place, six hundred shekels of gold by weight.

And David bulk there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings, and called upon the Lord, and he answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burntoffering.

27 And the Lord commanded the an; el, and he pat up his sword again into Hie (heath thereof.

28 ^ At that time when David saw 'that the Lord had answered him in the [threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he sacrificed there.

29 For the tabernacle of the Lor* which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of the burnt-offering were at that season in the high place at Gibeon.

30 But David could not go before it

c And David said, Solomon my son i young and tendcrrand the house that is re be builded for die LoRD,i»c(iJ bt exctt«Sing magnifical, of fame and of glor-j throughout all countries: I will tbref**-t now make preparation for it. So Dari d prepared abundantly before his death. 6 4 Then he called for Solomon hit son, and charged him to build an bouse for the Lor D God of Israel.

7 And David said to Solomon, Vy son, as for me, it was in my mind to bui'd an hoafe unto the name of the Lord tr» God:

8 Rut the word of the Lord camera me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars : thou (halt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast (hed much blood upon the earth in my sight.

g Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who (hall be a man of rest, .and I will! give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name (hall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.

10 He (hall build an house for my name, and he IliaII bemyson,and I iviUii his father, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever.

11 Now my son, the Lord be with thee, and prosper thou, and build the house of the Lord thy God, as he hath said os thee.

12 Only the Lord give thee wi&om and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that rhou mayst keep the law of the Lord thy God.

13 Then (halt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and

to enquire of God > for he was afraid, judgments which the Lord charged Mo

bccaule of the sword of the angel of the Lord.

CHAP. XXII. Vjvid prepareth for The building of the temple. 6 He injtniEleth Solomon.

THen David said, This is the house of the Lord God, and this is the altar of the burnt-offering for Israel.

i And David commanded to gather together the strangets that were in the land of Israel, and he set mason', to hew wrought stones to build the house of God.

3 And David prepared iron !n abundance for die nails for the dburs of the gates, and lor the joynings; and brass in abundance without weight;

4 Also ceJat-trees in abundance: for the Zidonians, and they of Tyte, brought much cedac-wood to David.

fes with concetning Israel: be ftrong.and of good courage, dread not, nor be dismayed.

14 Now behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the Lord an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brassj and iron without weight ( for it is in abundance: ) timber also, and stone have I prepared, and tliou mayst add thereto.

15 Moreover, there art workmen with thee in abundance, hewers, and workers of stone and timber, and all manner of cunning men for every manner of work.

i<s Of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the iron, thereii no number. Arise therefore, and be doing, and the Lord be with dice.

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