2 Samuel
Chapter 1

1. And 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 it came 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 obeisance.

3 And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him,

Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped.

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

he answered, 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.

5 And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest thou that

Saul and Jonathan his son are dead?

6 And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon

mount Gilboa, behold, Saul was leaning upon his spear; and, lo, the

chariots and the horsemen followed hard after him.

7 And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I

answered, Here am I.

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


9 And he said unto me, Stand, I pray thee, beside me, and slay me; for

anguish hath taken hold of me, because my life is yet whole in me.

10 So I stood beside 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.

11. Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all

the men that were with him:

12 and they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for

Jonathan his son, and for the people of Jehovah, and for the house of

Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.

13 And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And

he answered, I am the son of a sojourner, an Amalekite.

14 And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to put forth thy

hand to destroy Jehovah's anointed?

15 And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall

upon him. And he smote him, so that he died.

16 And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth

hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain Jehovah's anointed.

17. And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan

his son

18 (and he bade them teach the children of Judah [the song of] the bow:

behold, it is written in the book of Jashar):

19 Thy glory, O Israel, is slain upon thy high places! How are the mighty


20 Tell it not in Gath, Publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon; Lest

the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, Lest the daughters of the

uncircumcised triumph.

21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, Let there be no dew nor rain upon you, neither

fields of offerings: For there the shield of the mighty was vilely cast

away, The shield of Saul, not anointed with oil.

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.

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.

24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, Who clothed you in scarlet

delicately, Who put ornaments of gold upon your apparel.

25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan is

slain upon thy high places.

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 women.

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 Jehovah, saying,

Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And Jehovah said unto him,

Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.

2 So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the

Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.

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.

4 And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the

house of Judah. And they told David, saying, The men of Jabesh-gilead were

they that buried Saul.

5 And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabesh-gilead, and said unto

them, Blessed be ye of Jehovah, that ye have showed this kindness unto your

lord, even unto Saul, and have buried him.

6 And now Jehovah show lovingkindness and truth unto you: and I also will

requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.

7 Now therefore let your hands be strong, and be ye valiant; for Saul

your lord is dead, and also the house of Judah have anointed me king over


8. Now Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, had taken Ish-bosheth

the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim;

9 and he made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over

Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.

10 Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, was forty years old when he began to reign

over Israel, and he reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed


11 And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was

seven years and six months.

12 And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ish-bosheth the son of

Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.

13 And Joab the son of Zeruiah, and the servants of David, went out, and

met them 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.

14 And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men, I pray thee, arise and play

before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.

15 Then they arose and went over by number: twelve for Benjamin, and for

Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David.

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 Helkath-hazzurim, which is in Gibeon.

17 And the battle was very sore that day: and Abner was beaten, and the

men of Israel, before the servants of David.

18. And the three sons of Zeruiah were there, Joab, and Abishai, and

Asahel: and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe.

19 And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the

right hand nor to the left from following Abner.

20 Then Abner looked behind him, and said, Is it thou, Asahel? And he

answered, It is I.

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 armor.

But Asahel would not turn aside from following him.

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?

23 Howbeit he refused to turn aside: wherefore Abner with the hinder end

of the spear smote him in the body, so 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


24 But Joab 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.

25. And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together after Abner,

and became one band, and stood on the top of a hill.

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


27 And Joab said, As God liveth, if thou hadst not spoken, surely then in

the morning the people had gone away, nor followed every one his brother.

28 So Joab blew the trumpet; and all the people stood still, and pursued

after Israel no more, neither fought they any more.

29 And Abner and his men went all that night through the Arabah; and they

passed over the Jordan, and went through all Bithron, and came to Mahanaim.

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


31 But the servants of David had smitten of Benjamin, and of Abner's men,

[so that] three hundred and threescore men died.

32 And they took up Asahel, and buried him in the sepulchre of his

father, which was in Beth-lehem. And Joab and his men went all night, and

the day brake upon them at Hebron.

2 Samuel
Chapter 3

1. Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of

David: and David waxed stronger and stronger, but the house of Saul waxed

weaker and weaker.

2 And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his first-born was Amnon,

of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess;

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


4 and the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah

the son of Abital;

5 and the sixth, Ithream, of Eglah, David's wife. These were born to

David in Hebron.

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 in the house of Saul.

7. Now Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah:

and [Ish-bosheth] said to Abner, Wherefore hast thou gone in unto my

father's concubine?

8 Then was Abner very wroth for the words of Ish-bosheth, and said, Am I

a dog's head that belongeth to Judah? This day do I show kindness unto the

house of Saul thy father, to his brethren, and to his friends, and have not

delivered thee into the hand of David; and yet thou chargest me this day

with a fault concerning this woman.

9 God do so to Abner, and more also, if, as Jehovah hath sworn to David,

I do not even so to him;

10 to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the

throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to Beer-sheba.

11 And he could not answer Abner another word, because he feared him.

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.

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.

14 And David sent messengers to Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, saying, Deliver

me my wife Michal, whom I betrothed to me for a hundred foreskins of the


15 And Ish-bosheth sent, and took her from her husband, even from Paltiel

the son of Laish.

16 And her husband went with her, weeping as he went, and followed her to

Bahurim. Then said Abner unto him, Go, return: and he returned.

17 And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, In

times past ye sought for David to be king over you:

18 now then do it; for Jehovah 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.

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 to

the whole house of Benjamin.

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.

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 covenant with thee, and

that thou mayest reign over all that thy soul desireth. And David sent

Abner away; and he went in peace.

22. And, behold, the servants of David and Joab came from a foray, 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.

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.

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?

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 doest.

26 And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner,

and they brought him back from the well of Sirah: but David knew it not.

27 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside into the

midst of the gate to speak with him quietly, and smote him there in the

body, so that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother.

28 And afterward, when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom are

guiltless before Jehovah for ever of the blood of Abner the son of Ner:

29 let it fall upon the head of Joab, and upon 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 by the sword,

or that lacketh bread.

30 So Joab and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he had killed

their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.

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 followed the bier.

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.

33 And the king lamented for Abner, and said, Should Abner die as a fool


34 Thy hands were not bound, nor thy feet put into fetters: As a man

falleth before the children of iniquity, so didst thou fall. And all the

people wept again over him.

35 And all the people came to cause David to eat bread while it was yet

day; but David sware, saying, God do so to me, and more also, if I taste

bread, or aught else, till the sun be down.

36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them; as

whatsoever the king did pleased all the people.

37 So all the people and all Israel understood that day that it was not

of the king to slay Abner the son of Ner.

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?

39 And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons

of Zeruiah are too hard for me: Jehovah reward the evil-doer according to

his wickedness.

2 Samuel
Chapter 4

1. And when [Ish-bosheth], Saul's son, heard that Abner was dead in

Hebron, his hands became feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.

2 And [Ish-bosheth], 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 the Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin (for Beeroth

also is reckoned to Benjamin:

3 and the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and have been sojourners there

until this day).

4 Now 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.

5 And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and

came about the heat of the day to the house of Ish-bosheth, as he took his

rest at noon.

6 And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they would

have fetched wheat; and they smote him in the body: and Rechab and Baanah

his brother escaped.

7 Now when they came into the house, as he lay on his bed in his

bedchamber, they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and took his

head, and went by the way of the Arabah all night.

8 And they brought the head of Ish-bosheth unto David to Hebron, and said

to the king, Behold, the head of Ish-bosheth, the son of Saul, thine enemy,

who sought thy life; and Jehovah hath avenged my lord the king this day of

Saul, and of his seed.

9. And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon

the Beerothite, and said unto them, As Jehovah liveth, who hath redeemed my

soul out of all adversity,

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, which was

the reward I gave him for his tidings.

11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his

own house upon his bed, shall I not now require his blood of your hand, and

take you away from the earth?

12 And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off

their hands and their feet, and hanged them up beside the pool in Hebron.

But they took the head of Ish-bosheth, and buried it in the grave of Abner

in Hebron.

2 Samuel
Chapter 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 In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was thou that leddest out

and broughtest in Israel: and Jehovah said to thee, Thou shalt be shepherd

of my people Israel, and thou shalt be prince over Israel.

3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David

made a covenant with them in Hebron before Jehovah: and they anointed David

king over Israel.

4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty


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.

6. And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the

inhabitants of the land, who 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.

7 Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion; the same is the city of


8 And David said on that day, Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites, let him

get up to the watercourse, and [smite] the lame and the blind, that are

hated of David's soul. Wherefore they say, There are the blind and the

lame; he cannot come into the house.

9 And David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the city of David. And

David built round about from Millo and inward.

10 And David waxed greater and greater; for Jehovah, the God of hosts,

was with him.

11. And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar-trees, and

carpenters, and masons; and they built David a house.

12 And David perceived that Jehovah had established him king over Israel,

and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel's sake.

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


14 And these are the names of those that were born unto him in Jerusalem:

Shammua, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon,

15 and Ibhar, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia,

16 and Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphelet.

17. And when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over

Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David; and David heard of it,

and went down to the stronghold.

18 Now the Philistines had come and spread themselves in the valley of


19 And David inquired of Jehovah, saying, Shall I go up against the

Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into my hand? And Jehovah said unto

David, Go up; for I will certainly deliver the Philistines into thy hand.

20 And David came to Baal-perazim, and David smote them there; and he

said, Jehovah hath broken mine enemies before me, like the breach of

waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baal-perazim.

21 And they left their images there; and David and his men took them


22 And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the

valley of Rephaim.

23 And when David inquired of Jehovah, he said, Thou shalt not go up:

make a circuit behind them, and come upon them over against the


24 And it shall be, when thou hearest the sound of marching in the tops

of the mulberry-trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself; for then is

Jehovah gone out before thee to smite the host of the Philistines.

25 And David did so, as Jehovah commanded him, and smote the Philistines

from Geba until thou come to Gezer.

2 Samuel
Chapter 6

1. And David again gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty


2 And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him, from

Baale-judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, which is called by the

Name, even the name of Jehovah of hosts that sitteth [above] the cherubim.

3 And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the

house of Abinadab that was in the hill: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of

Abinadab, drove the new cart.

4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was in the

hill, with the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.

5 And David and all the house of Israel played before Jehovah with all

manner of [instruments made of] fir-wood, and with harps, and with

psalteries, and with timbrels, and with castanets, and with cymbals.

6. And when they came to the threshing-floor of Nacon, Uzzah put forth

[his hand] to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen stumbled.

7 And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him

there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.

8 And David was displeased, because Jehovah had broken forth upon Uzzah;

and he called that place Perez-uzzah, unto this day.

9 And David was afraid of Jehovah that day; and he said, How shall the

ark of Jehovah come unto me?

10 So David would not remove the ark of Jehovah unto him into the city of

David; but David carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.

11 And the ark of Jehovah remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite

three months: and Jehovah blessed Obed-edom, and all his house.

12. And it was told king David, saying, Jehovah hath blessed the house of

Obed-edom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. And

David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into

the city of David with joy.

13 And it was so, that, when they that bare the ark of Jehovah had gone

six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling.

14 And David danced before Jehovah with all his might; and David was

girded with a linen ephod.

15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of Jehovah

with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.

16 And it was so, as the ark of Jehovah came into the city of David, that

Michal the daughter of Saul looked out at the window, and saw king David

leaping and dancing before Jehovah; and she despised him in her heart.

17 And they brought in the ark of Jehovah, and set it in its place, in

the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered

burnt-offerings and peace-offerings before Jehovah.

18 And when David had made an end of offering the burnt-offering and the

peace-offerings, he blessed the people in the name of Jehovah of hosts.

19 And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of

Israel, both to men and women, to every one a cake of bread, and a portion

[of flesh], and a cake of raisins. So all the people departed every one to

his house.

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!

21 And David said unto Michal, [It was] before Jehovah, who chose me

above thy father, and above all his house, to appoint me prince over the

people of Jehovah, over Israel: therefore will I play before Jehovah.

22 And I will be yet more vile than this, and will be base in mine own

sight: but of the handmaids of whom thou hast spoken, of them shall I be

had in honor.

23 And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her


2 Samuel
Chapter 7

1. And it came to pass, when the king dwelt in his house, and Jehovah had

given him rest from all his enemies round about,

2 that the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in a house

of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.

3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thy heart; for

Jehovah is with thee.

4. And it came to pass the same night, that the word of Jehovah came unto

Nathan, saying,

5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith Jehovah, Shalt thou build me a

house for me to dwell in?

6 for I have not dwelt in a house since the day 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.

7 In all 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 be

shepherd of my people Israel, saying, Why have ye not built me a house of


8 Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith

Jehovah of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep,

that thou shouldest be prince over my people, over Israel;

9 and I have been with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off

all thine enemies from before thee; and I will make thee a great name, like

unto the name of the great ones that are in the earth.

10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them,

that they may dwell in their own place, and be moved no more; neither shall

the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as at the first,

11 and [as] from the day that I commanded judges to be over my people

Israel; and I will cause thee to rest from all thine enemies. Moreover

Jehovah telleth thee that Jehovah will make thee a house.

12 When thy days are fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I

will set up thy seed after thee, that shall proceed out of thy bowels, and

I will establish his kingdom.

13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of

his kingdom for ever.

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;

15 but my lovingkindness shall not depart from him, as I took it from

Saul, whom I put away before thee.

16 And thy house and thy kingdom shall be made sure for ever before thee:

thy throne shall be established for ever.

17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did

Nathan speak unto David.

18. Then David the king went in, and sat before Jehovah; and he said, Who

am I, O Lord Jehovah, and what is my house, that thou hast brought me thus


19 And this was yet a small thing in thine eyes, O Lord Jehovah; but thou

hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come; and this

[too] after the manner of men, O Lord Jehovah!

20 And what can David say more unto thee? for thou knowest thy servant, O

Lord Jehovah.

21 For thy word's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou

wrought all this greatness, to make thy servant know it.

22 Wherefore thou art great, O Jehovah God: for there is none like thee,

neither is there any God besides thee, according to all that we have heard

with our ears.

23 And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel,

whom God went to redeem unto himself for a people, and to make him a name,

and to do great things for you, and terrible things for thy land, before

thy people, whom thou redeemest to thee out of Egypt, [from] the nations

and their gods?

24 And thou didst establish to thyself thy people Israel to be a people

unto thee for ever; and thou, Jehovah, becamest their God.

25 And now, O Jehovah God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy

servant, and concerning his house, confirm thou it for ever, and do as thou

hast spoken.

26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, Jehovah of hosts is

God over Israel; and the house of thy servant David shall be established

before thee.

27 For thou, O Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, hast revealed to thy

servant, saying, I will build thee a house: therefore hath thy servant

found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.

28 And now, O Lord Jehovah, thou art God, and thy words are truth, and

thou hast promised this good thing unto thy servant:

29 now therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant,

that it may continue for ever before thee; for thou, O Lord Jehovah, hast

spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed

for ever.

2 Samuel
Chapter 8

1. And after this it came to pass, that David smote the Philistines, and

subdued them: and David took the bridle of the mother city out of the hand

of the Philistines.

2 And he smote Moab, and measured them with the line, making them to lie

down on the ground; and he measured two lines to put to death, and one full

line to keep alive. And the Moabites became servants to David, and brought


3 David smote also Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went

to recover his dominion at the River.

4 And David took from him a thousand and seven hundred horsemen, and

twenty thousand footmen: and David hocked all the chariot horses, but

reserved of them for a hundred chariots.

5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came to succor Hadadezer king of

Zobah, David smote of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men.

6 Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became

servants to David, and brought tribute. And Jehovah gave victory to David

whithersoever he went.

7 And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of

Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.

8 And from Betah and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, king David took

exceeding much brass.

9. And when Toi king of Hamath heard that David had smitten all the host

of Hadadezer,

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:

11 These also did king David dedicate unto Jehovah, with the silver and

gold that he dedicated of all the nations which he subdued;

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.

13 And David gat him a name when he returned from smiting the Syrians in

the Valley of Salt, even eighteen thousand men.

14 And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom put he garrisons,

and all the Edomites became servants to David. And Jehovah gave victory to

David whithersoever he went.

15. And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed justice and

righteousness unto all his people.

16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat the son

of Ahilud was recorder;

17 and Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, were

priests; and Seraiah was scribe;

18 and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada [was over] the Cherethites and the

Pelethites; and David's sons were chief ministers.

2 Samuel
Chapter 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 And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba, and

they called him unto David; and the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And

he said, Thy servant is he.

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, who is lame of his feet.

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 Lo-debar.

5 Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir the

son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar.

6 And Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came unto

David, and fell on his face, and did obeisance. And David said,

Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold, thy servant!

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.

8 And he did obeisance, and said, What is thy servant, that thou

shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?

9. Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said unto him, All

that pertained to Saul and to all his house have I given unto thy master's


10 And thou shalt till the land for him, thou, and thy sons, and thy

servants; and thou shalt bring in [the fruits], that thy master's son may

have bread to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master's son shall eat bread alway

at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.

11 Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king

commandeth 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 sons.

12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. And all that

dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth.

13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem; for he did eat continually at the

king's table. And he was lame in both his feet.

2 Samuel
Chapter 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 And David said, I will show kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as

his father showed kindness unto me. So David sent by his servants to

comfort him concerning his father. And David's servants came into the land

of the children of Ammon.

3 But the princes of the children of Ammon said unto Hanun their lord,

Thinkest thou that David doth honor thy father, in that he hath sent

comforters unto thee? hath not David sent his servants unto thee to search

the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it?

4 So 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.

5 When they told it unto David, he sent to meet them; for the men were

greatly ashamed. And the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards be

grown, and then return.

6. And when the children of Ammon saw that they were become odious to

David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Beth-rehob, and

the Syrians of Zobah, twenty thousand footmen, and the king of Maacah with

a thousand men, and the men of Tob twelve thousand men.

7 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the

mighty men.

8 And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array at the

entrance of the gate: and the Syrians of Zobah and of Rehob, and the men of

Tob and Maacah, were by themselves in the field.

9 Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him before and

behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array

against the Syrians:

10 And the rest of the people he committed into the hand of Abishai his

brother; and he put them in array against the children of Ammon.

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.

12 Be of good courage, and let us play the man for our people, and for

the cities of our God: and Jehovah do that which seemeth him good.

13 So Joab and the people that were with him drew nigh unto the battle

against the Syrians: and they fled before him.

14 And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fled, they

likewise fled before Abishai, and entered into the city. Then Joab returned

from the children of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem.

15. And when the Syrians saw that they were put to the worse before

Israel, they gathered themselves together.

16 And Hadarezer sent, and brought out the Syrians that were beyond the

River: and they came to Helam, with Shobach the captain of the host of

Hadarezer at their head.

17 And it was told David; and he gathered all Israel together, and passed

over the Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians set themselves in array

against David, and fought with him.

18 And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew of the Syrians [the

men of] seven hundred chariots, and forty thousand horsemen, and smote

Shobach the captain of their host, so that he died there.

19 And when all the kings that were servants to Hadarezer saw that they

were put to the worse before Israel, they made peace with Israel, and

served them. So the Syrians feared to help the children of Ammon any more.

2 Samuel
Chapter 11

1. And it came to pass, at the return of the year, at the time when kings

go out [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 at Jerusalem.

2 And it came to pass at eventide, 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

bathing; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.

3 And David send and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this

Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?

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.

5 And the woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, I am

with child.

6. And David sent to Joab, [saying], Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab

sent Uriah to David.

7 And when Uriah was come unto him, David asked of him how Joab did, and

how the people fared, and how the war prospered.

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

food] from the king.

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.

10 And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his

house, David said unto Uriah, Art thou not come from a journey? wherefore

didst thou not go down unto thy house?

11 And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in

booths; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the

open field; shall I then go into my 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


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 morrow.

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.

14. And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab,

and sent it by the hand of Uriah.

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


16 And it came to pass, when Joab kept watch upon the city, that he

assigned Uriah unto the place where he knew that valiant men were.

17 And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell

some of the people, even of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite

died also.

18 Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war;

19 and he charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end of

telling all the things concerning the war unto the king,

20 it shall be that, if the king's wrath arise, and he say unto thee,

Wherefore went ye so nigh unto the city to fight? knew ye not that they

would shoot from the wall?

21 who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast an

upper millstone upon him from the wall, so that he died at Thebez? why went

ye so nigh the wall? then shalt thou say, Thy servant Uriah the Hittite is

dead also.

22 So the messenger went, and came and showed David all that Joab had

sent him for.

23 And the messenger said unto David, The men prevailed against us, and

came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the

entrance of the gate.

24 And the shooters shot at thy servants from off the wall; and some of

the king's servants are dead, and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead


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.

26 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she

made lamentation for her husband.

27 And when the mourning was past, David sent and took her home to his

house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that

David had done displeased Jehovah.

2 Samuel
Chapter 12

1. And Jehovah 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 poor.

2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds;

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 morsel, and drank of his own cup, and lay

in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.

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.

5 And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to

Nathan, As Jehovah liveth, the man that hath done this is worthy to die:

6 and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and

because he had no pity.

7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith Jehovah, the God

of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of

the hand of Saul;

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 have added unto thee such and such things.

9 Wherefore hast thou despised the word of Jehovah, to do that which is

evil in his sight? thou hast smitten 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.

10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thy house, because

thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be

thy wife.

11 Thus saith Jehovah, 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 neighbor, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this


12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all

Israel, and before the sun.

13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against Jehovah. And Nathan

said unto David, Jehovah also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the

enemies of Jehovah to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee

shall surely die.

15. And Nathan departed unto his house. And Jehovah struck the child that

Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.

16 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went

in, and lay all night upon the earth.

17 And the elders of his house arose, [and stood] beside him, to raise

him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with


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

hearkened not unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him

that the child is dead!

19 But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David

perceived that the child was dead; and David said unto his servants, Is the

child dead? And they said, He is dead.

20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and

changed his apparel; and he came into the house of Jehovah, and worshipped:

then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before

him, and he did eat.

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.

22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I

said, Who knoweth whether Jehovah will not be gracious to me, that the

child may live?

23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back

again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.

24 And David comforted Bath-sheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay

with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon. And Jehovah

loved him;

25 and he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name

Jedidiah, for Jehovah's sake.

26. Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and took the

royal city.

27 And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I have fought against

Rabbah; yea, I have taken the city of waters.

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.

29 And David gathered all the people together, and went to Rabbah, and

fought against it, and took it.

30 And he took the crown of their king from off his head; and the weight

thereof was a talent of gold, and [in it were] precious stones; and it was

set on David's head. And he brought forth the spoil of the city, exceeding


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. And David and all the people returned unto Jerusalem.

2 Samuel
Chapter 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 And Amnon was so vexed that he fell sick because of his sister Tamar;

for she was a virgin; and it seemed hard to Amnon to do anything unto her.

3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah,

David's brother; and Jonadab was a very subtle man.

4 And he said unto him, Why, O son of the king, art thou thus lean from

day to day? wilt thou not tell me? And Amnon said unto him, I love Tamar,

my brother Absalom's sister.

5 And Jonadab said unto him, Lay thee down on thy bed, and feign thyself

sick: and when thy father cometh to see thee, say unto him, Let my sister

Tamar come, I pray thee, and give me bread to eat, and dress the food in my

sight, that I may see it, and eat it from her hand.

6 So Amnon lay down, and feigned himself sick: and when the king was come

to see him, Amnon said unto the king, Let her sister Tamar come, I pray

thee, and make me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat from her


7 Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, Go now to thy brother Amnon's

house, and dress him food.

8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house; and he was laid down. And

she took dough, and kneaded it, and made cakes in his sight, and did bake

the cakes.

9 And she took the 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.

10 And Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring the food into the chamber, that I may

eat from thy hand. And Tamar took the cakes which she had made, and brought

them into the chamber to Amnon her brother.

11 And when she had brought them near unto him to eat, he took hold of

her, and said unto her, Come, lie with me, my sister.

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.

13 And I, whither shall I carry my shame? and as for thee, thou wilt 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.

14 Howbeit he would not hearken unto her voice; but being stronger than

she, he forced her, and lay with her.

15 Then Amnon hated her with exceeding great hatred; for the hatred

wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved

her. And Amnon said unto her, Arise, be gone.

16 And she said unto him, Not so, because this great wrong in putting me

forth is [worse] than the other that thou didst unto me. But he would not

hearken unto her.

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.

18 And she had a garment of divers colors 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.

19 And Tamar put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of divers colors

that was on her; and she laid her hand on her head, and went her way,

crying aloud as she went.

20 And Absalom her brother said unto her, Hath Amnon thy brother been

with thee? but now hold thy peace, my sister: he is thy brother; take not

this thing to heart. So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom's


21. But when king David heard of all these things, he was very wroth.

22 And Absalom spake unto Amnon neither good nor bad; for Absalom hated

Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar.

23 And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom had

sheep-shearers in Baal-hazor, which is beside Ephraim: and Absalom invited

all the king's sons.

24 And Absalom came to the king, and said, Behold now, thy servant hath

sheep-shearers; let the king, I pray thee, and his servants go with thy


25 And the king said to Absalom, Nay, my son, let us not all go, lest we

be burdensome unto thee. And he pressed him: howbeit he would not go, but

blessed him.

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?

27 But Absalom pressed him, and he let Amnon and all the king's sons go

with him.

28 And Absalom 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 valiant.

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


30. And it came to pass, while they were in the way, that the tidings came

to David, saying, Absalom hath slain all the king's sons, and there is not

one of them left.

31 Then the king arose, and rent his garments, and lay on the earth; and

all his servants stood by with their clothes rent.

32 And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David's brother, answered and said,

Let not my lord suppose that they have killed 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.

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.

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.

35 And Jonadab said unto the king, Behold, the king's sons are come: as

thy servant said, so it is.

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.

37 But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai the son of Ammihur, king of

Geshur. And [David] mourned for his son every day.

38 So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three years.

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
Chapter 14

1. Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king's heart was toward


2 And Joab sent to Tekoa, and fetched thence a wise woman, and said unto

her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, and put on mourning

apparel, I pray thee, and anoint not thyself with oil, but be as a woman

that hath a long time mourned for the dead:

3 and go in to the king, and speak on this manner unto him. So Joab put

the words in her mouth.

4 And when the woman of Tekoa spake to the king, she fell on her face to

the ground, and did obeisance, and said, Help, O king.

5 And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, Of a

truth I am a widow, and my husband is dead.

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

killed him.

7 And, behold, the whole family is risen against thy handmaid, and they

say, Deliver him that smote his brother, that we may kill him for the life

of his brother whom he slew, and so destroy the heir also. Thus will they

quench my coal which is left, and will leave to my husband neither name nor

remainder upon the face of the earth.

8 And the king said unto the woman, Go to thy house, and I will give

charge concerning thee.

9 And the woman of Tekoa 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


10 And the king said, Whosoever saith aught unto thee, bring him to me,

and he shall not touch thee any more.

11 Then said she, I pray thee, let the king remember Jehovah thy God,

that the avenger of blood destroy not any more, lest they destroy my son.

And he said, As Jehovah liveth, there shall not one hair of thy son fall to

the earth.

12 Then the woman said, Let thy handmaid, I pray thee, speak a word unto

my lord the king. And he said, Say on.

13 And the woman said, Wherefore then hast thou devised such a thing

against the people of God? for in speaking this word the king is as one

that is guilty, in that the king doth not fetch home again his banished


14 For we must needs die, and are as water split on the ground, which

cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God take away life, but deviseth

means, that he that is banished be not an outcast from him.

15 Now therefore seeing that I am come to speak this word 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 servant.

16 For the king will hear, to deliver his servant out of the hand of the

man that would destroy me and my son together out of the inheritance of


17 Then thy handmaid said, Let, I pray thee, the word of my lord the king

be comfortable; for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern

good and bad: and Jehovah thy God be with thee.

18 Then the king answered and said unto the woman, Hide not from me, I

pray thee, aught that I shall ask thee. And the woman said, Let my lord the

king now speak.

19 And the king said, Is 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 aught that my lord the king hath

spoken; for thy servant Joab, he bade me, and he put all these words in the

mouth of thy handmaid;

20 to change the face of the matter 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.

21. And the king said unto Joab, Behold now, I have done this thing: go

therefore, bring the young man Absalom back.

22 And Joab fell to the ground on his face, and did obeisance, and

blessed the king: and Joab said, To-day thy servant knoweth that I have

found favor in thy sight, my lord, O king, in that the king hath performed

the request of his servant.

23 So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.

24 And the king said, Let him turn to his own house, but let him not see

my face. So Absalom turned to his own house, and saw not the king's face.

25 Now 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.

26 And when he cut the hair of his head (now it was at every year's end

that he cut it; because it was heavy on him, therefore he cut it); he

weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels, after the king's


27 And unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter, whose

name was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance.

28. And Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem; and he saw not the

king's face.

29 Then Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king; but he would not

come to him: and he sent again a second time, but he would not come.

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.

31 Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house, and said unto

him, Wherefore have thy servants set my field on fire?

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 were better for me to be there still. Now therefore let me see

the king's face; and if there be iniquity in me, let him kill me.

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
Chapter 15

1. And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him a chariot and

horses, and fifty men to run before him.

2 And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it

was so, that, when any man had a suit which should come 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.

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.

4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that

every man who hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him


5 And it was so, that, when any man came nigh to do him obeisance, he put

forth his hand, and took hold of him, and kissed him.

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.

7. And it came to pass at the end of forty years, that Absalom said unto

the king, I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto

Jehovah, in Hebron.

8 For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying,

If Jehovah shall indeed bring me again to Jerusalem, then I will serve


9 And the king said unto him, Go in peace. So he arose, and went to


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 is

king in Hebron.

11 And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that were

invited, and went in their simplicity; and they knew not anything.

12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counsellor, from

his city, even from Giloh, while he was offering the sacrifices. And the

conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom.

13. And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of

Israel are after Absalom.

14 And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem,

Arise, and let us flee; for else none of us shall escape from Absalom: make

speed to depart, lest he overtake us quickly, and bring down evil upon us,

and smite the city with the edge of the sword.

15 And the king's servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants are

ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall choose.

16 And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And the king

left ten women, that were concubines, to keep the house.

17 And the king went forth, and all the people after him; and they

tarried in Beth-merhak.

18 And all his servants passed on beside him; and all the Cherethites,

and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men that came

after him from Gath, passed on before the king.

19 Then said the king to Ittai the Gittite, Wherefore goest thou also

with us? return, and abide with the king: for thou art a foreigner, and

also an exile; [return] to thine own place.

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.

21 And Ittai answered the king, and said, As Jehovah liveth, and as my

lord the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be,

whether for death or for life, even there also will thy servant be.

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 him.

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.

24. And, lo, Zadok also [came], and all the Levites 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.

25 And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city:

if I shall find favor in the eyes of Jehovah, he will bring me again, and

show me both it, and his habitation:

26 but if he say thus, I have no delight in thee; behold, here am I, let

him do to me as seemeth good unto him.

27 The king said also unto Zadok the priest, Art thou [not] a seer?

return into the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz thy son,

and Jonathan the son of Abiathar.

28 See, I will tarry at the fords of the wilderness, until there come

word from you to certify me.

29 Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God again to

Jerusalem: and they abode there.

30 And David went up by the ascent of the [mount of] Olives, and wept as

he went up; and he had his head covered, and went barefoot: and all the

people that were with him covered every man his head, and they went up,

weeping as they went up.

31. And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with

Absalom. And David said, O Jehovah, I pray thee, turn the counsel of

Ahithophel into foolishness.

32 And it came to pass, that, when David was come to the top [of the

ascent], where God was worshipped, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet

him with his coat rent, and earth upon his head.

33 And David said unto him, If thou passest on with me, then thou wilt be

a burden unto me:

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 in time past, so will

I now be thy servant; then wilt thou defeat for me the counsel of


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.

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

everything that ye shall hear.

37 So Hushai, David's friend, came into the city; and Absalom came into


2 Samuel
Chapter 16

1. And when David was a little past the top [of the ascent], behold, Ziba

the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and

upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and a hundred clusters of raisins,

and a hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.

2 And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said,

The asses are 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 are faint in the

wilderness may drink.

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 will the

house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father.

4 Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine is all that pertaineth unto

Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I do obeisance; let me find favor in thy

sight, my lord, O king.

5. And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, there came out thence a

man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of

Gera; he came out, and cursed still as he came.

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


7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Begone, begone, thou man of blood,

and base fellow:

8 Jehovah hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in

whose stead thou hast reigned; and Jehovah hath delivered the kingdom into

the hand of Absalom thy son; and, behold, thou art [taken] in thine own

mischief, because thou art a man of blood.

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.

10 And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah?

Because he curseth, and because Jehovah hath said unto him, Curse David;

who then shall say, Wherefore hast thou done so?

11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son,

who came forth from my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more [may] this

Benjamite now [do it]? let him alone, and let him curse; for Jehovah hath

bidden him.

12 It may be that Jehovah will look on the wrong done unto me, and that

Jehovah will requite me good for [his] cursing of me this day.

13 So David and his men went by the way; and Shimei went along on the

hill-side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him,

and cast dust.

14 And the king, and all the people that were with him, came weary; and

he refreshed himself there.

15. And Absalom, and all the people, the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem,

and Ahithophel with him.

16 And it came to pass, when Hushai the Archite, David's friend, was come

unto Absalom, that Hushai said unto Absalom, [Long] live the king, [Long]

live the king.

17 And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this thy kindness to thy friend? why

wentest thou not with thy friend?

18 And Hushai said unto Absalom, Nay; but whom Jehovah, and this people,

and all the men of Israel have chosen, his will I be, and with him will I


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


20 Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give your counsel what we shall do.

21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father's concubines,

that he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel will hear that thou art

abhorred of thy father: then will the hands of all that are with thee be


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.

23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he gave in those days, was as if

a man inquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel

both with David and with Absalom.

2 Samuel
Chapter 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 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;

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.

4 And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.

5 Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear

likewise what he saith.

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.

7 And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel hath given

this time is not good.

8 Hushai said moreover, Thou knowest thy father and his men, that they

are mighty men, and they are 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.

9 Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or in some [other] place: and it

will come to pass, when some of them are fallen at the first, that

whosoever heareth it will say, There is a slaughter among the people that

follow Absalom.

10 And even he that is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion,

will utterly melt; for all Israel knoweth that thy father is a mighty man,

and they that are with him are valiant men.

11 But I counsel that all Israel be gathered together unto thee, from Dan

even to Beer-sheba, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude; and that

thou go to battle in thine own person.

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 we will not leave so much as one.

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.

14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the

Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For Jehovah had ordained

to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that Jehovah might

bring evil upon Absalom.

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.

16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this

night at the fords of the wilderness, but by all means pass over; lest the

king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with him.

17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz were staying by En-rogel; and a maid-servant

used to go and tell them; and they went and told king David: for they might

not be seen to come into the city.

18 But a lad saw them, and told Absalom: and they went both of them away

quickly, and came to the house of a man in Bahurim, who had a well in his

court; and they went down thither.

19 And the woman took and spread the covering over the well's mouth, and

strewed bruised grain thereon; and nothing was known.

20 And Absalom's servants came to the woman to the house; and they said,

Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said unto them, They are gone

over the brook of water. And when they had sought and could not find them,

they returned to Jerusalem.

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 they said unto David, Arise

ye, and pass quickly over the water; for thus hath Ahithophel counselled

against you.

22. Then David arose, and all the people that were with him, and they

passed over the Jordan: by the morning light there lacked not one of them

that was not gone over the Jordan.

23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled

his ass, and arose, and gat him home, unto his city, and set his house in

order, and hanged himself; and he died, and was buried in the sepulchre of

his father.

24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over the Jordan, he

and all the men of Israel with him.

25 And Absalom set Amasa over the host instead of Joab. Now Amasa was the

son of a man, whose name was Ithra the Israelite, that went in to Abigal

the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah, Joab's mother.

26 And Israel and Absalom encamped in the land of Gilead.

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,

28 brought beds, and basins, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley,

and meal, and parched [grain], and beans, and lentils, and parched [pulse],

29 and honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of the herd, for David,

and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people

are hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

2 Samuel
Chapter 18

1. And David numbered the people that were with him, and set captains of

thousands and captains of hundreds over them.

2 And David sent forth the people, a third part 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.

3 But the people said, 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

thou art worth ten thousand of us; therefore now it is better that thou be

ready to succor us out of the city.

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 went out by hundreds and by


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.

6 So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the battle

was in the forest of Ephraim.

7 And the people of Israel were smitten there before the servants of

David, and there was a great slaughter there that day of twenty thousand


8 For the battle was there spread over the face of all the country; and

the forest devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

9. And Absalom chanced to meet the servants of David. And Absalom was

riding upon his 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

heaven and earth; and the mule that was under him went on.

10 And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw

Absalom hanging in an oak.

11 And Joab said unto the man that told him, And, behold, thou sawest it,

and why didst thou not smite him there to the ground? and I would have

given thee ten [pieces of] silver, and a girdle.

12 And the man said unto Joab, Though I should receive a thousand [pieces

of] silver in my hand, yet would I not put forth my 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.

13 Otherwise if I had dealt falsely against his life (and there is no

matter hid from the king), then thou thyself wouldest have set thyself

against [me].

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.

15 And ten young men that bare Joab's armor compassed about and smote

Absalom, and slew him.

16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from pursuing after

Israel; for Joab held back the people.

17 And they took Absalom, and cast him into the great pit in the forest,

and raised over him a very great heap of stones: and all Israel fled every

one to his tent.

18 Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself the

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 Absalom's monument, unto this day.

19. Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king

tidings, how that Jehovah hath avenged him of his enemies.

20 And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt not be the bearer of 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.

21 Then said Joab to the Cushite, Go, tell the king what thou hast seen.

And the Cushite bowed himself unto Joab, and ran.

22 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet again to Joab, But come what

may, let me, I pray thee, also run after the Cushite. And Joab said,

Wherefore wilt thou run, my son, seeing that thou wilt have no reward for

the tidings?

23 But come what may, [said he], I will run. And he said unto him, Run.

Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the Plain, and outran the Cushite.

24 Now David was sitting between the two gates: and the watchman went up

to the roof of the gate unto the wall, and lifted up his eyes, and looked,

and, behold, a man running alone.

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 near.

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.

27 And the watchman said, I think 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.

28 And Ahimaaz called, and said unto the king, All is well. And he bowed

himself before the king with his face to the earth, and said, Blessed be

Jehovah thy God, who hath delivered up the men that lifted up their hand

against my lord the king.

29 And the king said, Is it well with the young man Absalom? And Ahimaaz

answered, When Joab sent the king's servant, even me thy servant, I saw a

great tumult, but I knew not what it was.

30 And the king said, Turn aside, and stand here. And he turned aside,

and stood still.

31 And, behold, the Cushite came; and the Cushite said, Tidings for my

lord the king; for Jehovah hath avenged thee this day of all them that rose

up against thee.

32 And the king said unto the Cushite, Is it well with the young man

Absalom? And the Cushite answered, The enemies of my lord the king, and all

that rise up 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 said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son

Absalom! would I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!

2 Samuel
Chapter 19

1. And it was told Joab, Behold, the king weepeth and mourneth for


2 And the victory that day was turned into mourning unto all the people;

for the people heard say that day, The king grieveth for his son.

3 And the people gat them by stealth that day into the city, as people

that are ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.

4 And the king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, O

my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!

5 And Joab came into the house to the king, and said, Thou hast shamed

this day the faces of all thy servants, who 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;

6 in that thou lovest them that hate thee, and hatest them that love

thee. For thou hast declared this day, that princes and servants are nought

unto thee: for this day I perceive, that if Absalom had lived, and all we

had died this day, then it had pleased thee well.

7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak comfortably unto thy servants;

for I swear by Jehovah, if thou go not forth, there will not tarry a man

with thee this night: and that will be worse unto thee than all the evil

that hath befallen thee from thy youth until now.

8 Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. And they told unto all the

people, saying, Behold, the king is sitting in the gate: and all the people

came before the king. Now Israel had fled every man to his tent.

9. And all the people were at strife throughout all the tribes of Israel,

saying, The king delivered us out of the hand of our enemies, and he saved

us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now he is fled out of the land

from Absalom.

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?

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, [to bring him] to his house.

12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my bone and my flesh: wherefore then are ye

the last to bring back the king?

13 And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not my bone and 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.

14 And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as [the heart of]

one man; so that they sent unto the king, [saying], Return thou, and all

thy servants.

15 So the king returned, and came to the Jordan. And Judah came to

Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to bring the king over the Jordan.

16. And Shimei the son of Gera, the Benjamite, who was of Bahurim, hasted

and came down with the men of Judah to meet king David.

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 through the Jordan in the presence of the king.

18 And there went over a ferry-boat to bring over the king's household,

and to do what he thought good. And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before

the king, when he was come over the Jordan.

19 And he 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


20 For thy servant doth know that I have sinned: therefore, behold, I am

come this day the first of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my

lord the king.

21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not Shimei be

put to death for this, because he cursed Jehovah's anointed?

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


23 And the king said unto Shimei, Thou shalt not die. And the king sware

unto him.

24. And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king; and he

had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his

clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came home in


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,


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 with

the king; because thy servant is lame.

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 eyes.

28 For all 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 that I should cry any more unto the king?

29 And the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any more of thy matters?

I say, Thou and Ziba divide the land.

30 And Mephibosheth said unto the king, yea, let him take all, forasmuch

as my lord the king is come in peace unto his own house.

31. And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim; and he went over

the Jordan with the king, to conduct him over the Jordan.

32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even fourscore years old: and he

had provided the king with sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim; for he was

a very great man.

33 And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thou over with me, and I will

sustain thee with me in Jerusalem.

34 And Barzillai said unto the king, How many are the days of the years

of my life, that I should go up with the king unto Jerusalem?

35 I am this day fourscore years old: can I discern between good and bad?

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?

36 Thy servant would but just go over the Jordan with the king: and why

should the king recompense it me with such a reward?

37 Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again, that I may die in mine

own city, by the grave of my father and 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.

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.

39 And all the people went over the Jordan, and the king went over: and

the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and he returned unto his own


40. So the king went over to Gilgal, and Chimham went over with him: and

all the people of Judah brought the king over, and also half the people of


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 brought

the king, and his household, over the Jordan, and all David's men with him?

42 And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the king

is near of kin to us: wherefore then are ye angry for this matter? have we

eaten at all at the king's cost? or hath he given us any gift?

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
Chapter 20

1. And there happened to be there a base fellow, whose name was Sheba, the

son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew the trumpet, and said, We have no

portion in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every

man to his tents, O Israel.

2 So all the men of Israel went up from following David, and followed

Sheba the son of Bichri; but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from

the Jordan even to Jerusalem.

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 provided them with sustenance, but went not in unto them. So they

were shut up unto the day of their death, living in widowhood.

4. Then said the king to Amasa, Call me the men of Judah together within

three days, and be thou here present.

5 So Amasa went to call [the men of] Judah together; but he tarried

longer than the set time which he had appointed him.

6 And David said to Abishai, Now will 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 fortified cities, and escape out of our sight.

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.

8 When they were at the great stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa came to

meet them. And Joab was girded with his apparel of war that he had put on,

and thereon was a girdle with a sword fastened upon his loins in the sheath

thereof; and as he went forth it fell out.

9 And Joab said to Amasa, Is it well with thee, my brother? And Joab took

Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him.

10 But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joab's hand: so he

smote him therewith in the body, and shed out his bowels to the ground, and

struck him not again; and he died. And Joab and Abishai his brother pursued

after Sheba the son of Bichri.

11 And there stood by him one of Joab's young men, and said, He that

favoreth Joab, and he that is for David, let him follow Joab.

12 And Amasa lay wallowing in his blood in the midst of the highway. And

when the man saw that all the people stood still, he carried Amasa out of

the highway into the field, and cast a garment over him, when he saw that

every one that came by him stood still.

13 When he was removed out of the highway, all the people went on after

Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.

14. And he went through all the tribes of Israel unto Abel, and to

Beth-maacah, and all the Berites: and they were gathered together, and went

also after him.

15 And they came and besieged him in Abel of Beth-maacah, and they cast

up a mound against the city, and it stood against the rampart; and all the

people that were with Joab battered the wall, to throw it down.

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.

17 And he came near unto her; and the woman said, Art thou Joab? And he

answered, I am. Then she said unto him, Hear the words of thy handmaid. And

he answered, I do hear.

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].

19 I am 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 Jehovah?

20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I

should swallow up or destroy.

21 The matter is not so: but a man of the hill-country of 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


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 threw it out to Joab. And he

blew the trumpet, and they were dispersed from the city, every man to his

tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king.

23. Now Joab was over all the host of Israel; and Benaiah the son of

Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites;

24 and Adoram was over the men subject to taskwork; and Jehoshaphat the

son of Ahilud was the recorder;

25 and Sheva was scribe; and Zadok and Abiathar were priests;

26 and also Ira the Jairite was chief minister unto David.

2 Samuel
Chapter 21

1. And there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after

year; and David sought the face of Jehovah. And Jehovah said, It is for

Saul, and for his bloody house, because he put to death the Gibeonites.

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 for the children of Israel and Judah);

3 and David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and

wherewith shall I make atonement, that ye may bless the inheritance of


4 And the Gibeonites said unto him, It is no matter of silver or gold

between us and Saul, or his house; neither is it for us to put any man to

death in Israel. And he said, What ye shall say, that will I do for you.

5 And they said unto the king, The man that consumed us, and that devised

against us, [that] we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the

borders of Israel,

6 let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them

up unto Jehovah in Gibeah of Saul, the chosen of Jehovah. And the king

said, I will give them.

7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul,

because of Jehovah's oath that was between them, between David and Jonathan

the son of Saul.

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 bare to Adriel the son of Barzillai the


9 And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged

them in the mountain before Jehovah, and they fell [all] seven together.

And they were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, at

the beginning of barley harvest.

10. And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her

upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water was poured upon

them from heaven; and she suffered neither the birds of the heavens to rest

on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night.

11 And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine

of Saul, had done.

12 And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan

his son from the men of Jabesh-gilead, who had stolen them from the street

of Beth-shan, where the Philistines had hanged them, in the day that the

Philistines slew Saul in Gilboa;

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.

14 And they buried the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son in the country

of Benjamin in Zela, in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they

performed all that the king commanded. And after that God was entreated for

the land.

15. And the Philistines had war again with Israel; and David went down,

and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines. And David

waxed faint;

16 and Ishbibenob, who was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose

spear was three hundred [shekels] of brass in weight, he being girded with

a new [sword], thought to have slain David.

17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succored 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 lamp of Israel.

18 And it came to pass after this, that there was again war with the

Philistines at Gob: then Sibbecai the Hushathite slew Saph, who was of the

sons of the giant.

19 And there was again war with the Philistines at Gob; and Elhanan the

son of Jaareoregim the Beth-lehemite slew Goliath the Gittite, the staff of

whose spear was like a weaver's beam.

20 And there was again war at 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.

21 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimei, David's

brother, slew him.

22 These four were born to the giant in Gath; and they fell by the hand

of David, and by the hand of his servants.

2 Samuel
Chapter 22

1. And David spake unto Jehovah the words of this song in the day that

Jehovah delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the

hand of Saul:

2. and he said, Jehovah is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer,

even mine;

3 God, my rock, in him will I take refuge; My shield, and the horn of my

salvation, my high tower, and my refuge; My saviour, thou savest me from


4 I will call upon Jehovah, who is worthy to be praised: So shall I be

saved from mine enemies.

5 For the waves of death compassed me; The floods of ungodliness made me


6 The cords of Sheol were round about me; The snares of death came upon


7 In my distress I called upon Jehovah; Yea, I called unto my God: And he

heard my voice out of his temple, And my cry [came] into his ears.

8 Then the earth shook and trembled, The foundations of heaven quaked And

were shaken, because he was wroth.

9 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, And fire out of his mouth

devoured: Coals were kindled by it.

10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; And thick darkness was under

his feet.

11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly; Yea, he was seen upon the

wings of the wind.

12 And he made darkness pavilions round about him, Gathering of waters,

thick clouds of the skies.

13 At the brightness before him Coals of fire were kindled.

14 Jehovah thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered his voice.

15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; Lightning, and discomfited


16 Then the channels of the sea appeared, The foundations of the world

were laid bare, By the rebuke of Jehovah, At the blast of the breath of his


17 He sent from on high, he took me; He drew me out of many waters;

18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, From them that hated me; for

they were too mighty for me.

19 They came upon me in the day of my calamity; But Jehovah was my stay.

20 He brought me forth also into a large place; He delivered me, because

he delighted in me.

21 Jehovah rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the

cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

22 For I have kept the ways of Jehovah, And have not wickedly departed

from my God.

23 For all his ordinances were before me; And as for his statutes, I did

not depart from them.

24 I was also perfect toward him; And I kept myself from mine iniquity.

25 Therefore hath Jehovah recompensed me according to my righteousness,

According to my cleanness in his eyesight.

26 With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful; With the perfect

man thou wilt show thyself perfect;

27 With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; And with the perverse thou

wilt show thyself froward.

28 And the afflicted people thou wilt save; But thine eyes are upon the

haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.

29 For thou art my lamp, O Jehovah; And Jehovah will lighten my darkness.

30 For by thee I run upon a troop; By my God do I leap over a wall.

31 As for God, his way is perfect: The word of Jehovah is tried; He is a

shield unto all them that take refuge in him.

32 For who is God, save Jehovah? And who is a rock, save our God?

33 God is my strong fortress; And he guideth the perfect in his way.

34 He maketh his feet like hinds' [feet], And setteth me upon my high


35 He teacheth my hands to war, So that mine arms do bend a bow of brass.

36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation; And thy

gentleness hath made me great.

37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; And my feet have not slipped.

38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; Neither did I turn

again till they were consumed.

39 And I have consumed them, and smitten them through, so that they

cannot arise: Yea, they are fallen under my feet.

40 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle; Thou hast

subdued under me those that rose up against me.

41 Thou hast also made mine enemies turn their backs unto me, That I

might cut off them that hate me.

42 They looked, but there was none to save; Even unto Jehovah, but he

answered them not.

43 Then did I beat them small as the dust of the earth, I did crush them

as the mire of the streets, and did spread them abroad.

44 Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people; Thou hast

kept me to be the head of the nations: A people whom I have not known shall

serve me.

45 The foreigners shall submit themselves unto me: As soon as they hear

of me, they shall obey me.

46 The foreigners shall fade away, And shall come trembling out of their

close places.

47 Jehovah liveth; And blessed be my rock; And exalted be God, the rock

of my salvation,

48 Even the God that executeth vengeance for me, And that bringeth down

peoples under me,

49 And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: Yea, thou liftest me up

above them that rise up against me; Thou deliverest me from the violent


50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Jehovah, among the nations,

And will sing praises unto thy name.

51 Great deliverance giveth he to his king, And showeth lovingkindness to

his anointed, To David and to his seed, for evermore.

2 Samuel
Chapter 23

1. Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse saith,

And the man who was raised on high saith, The anointed of the God of Jacob,

And the sweet psalmist of Israel:

2 The Spirit of Jehovah spake by me, And his word was upon my tongue.

3 The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spake to me: One that ruleth

over men righteously, That ruleth in the fear of God,

4 [He shall be] as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, A

morning without clouds, [When] the tender grass [springeth] out of the

earth, Through clear shining after rain.

5 Verily my house is not so with God; Yet he hath made with me an

everlasting covenant, Ordered in all things, and sure: For it is all my

salvation, and all [my] desire, Although he maketh it not to grow.

6 But the ungodly shall be all of them as thorns to be thrust away,

Because they cannot be taken with the hand;

7 But the man that toucheth them Must be armed with iron and the staff of

a spear: And they shall be utterly burned with fire in [their] place.

8. These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-basshebeth

a Tahchemonite, chief of the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite,

against eight hundred slain at one time.

9 And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodai the son of an 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


10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his

hand clave unto the sword; and Jehovah wrought a great victory that day;

and the people returned after him only to take spoil.

11 And after him was Shammah the son of Agee a Hararite. And the

Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a plot of ground

full of lentils; and the people fled from the Philistines.

12 But he stood in the midst of the plot, and defended it, and slew the

Philistines; and Jehovah wrought a great victory.

13 And three of the thirty chief men went down, and came to David in the

harvest time unto the cave of Adullam; and the troop of the Philistines was

encamped in the valley of Rephaim.

14 And David was then in the stronghold; and the garrison of the

Philistines was then in Beth-lehem.

15 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me water to drink

of the well of Beth-lehem, which is by the gate!

16 And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines,

and drew water out of the well of Beth-lehem, that was by the gate, and

took it, and brought it to David: but he would not drink thereof, but

poured it out unto Jehovah.

17 And he said, Be it far from me, O Jehovah, that I should do this:

[shall I drink] the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives?

therefore he would not drink it. These things did the three mighty men.

18 And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the

three. And he lifted up his spear against three hundred and slew them, and

had a name among the three.

19 Was he not most honorable of the three? therefore he was made their

captain: howbeit he attained not unto the [first] three.

20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel,

who had done mighty deeds, he slew the two [sons of] Ariel of Moab: he went

down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow.

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.

22 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had a name among the

three mighty men.

23 He was more honorable than the thirty, but he attained not to the

[first] three. And David set him over his guard.

24 Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of

Dodo of Beth-lehem,

25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,

26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,

27 Abiezer the Anathothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,

28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,

29 Heleb the son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai of

Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,

30 Benaiah a Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash.

31 Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,

32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,

33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Ararite,

34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maacathite, Eliam the son

of Ahithophel the Gilonite,

35 Hezro the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,

36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,

37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armorbearers to Joab the

son of Zeruiah,

38 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,

39 Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.

2 Samuel
Chapter 24

1. And again the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Israel, and he moved

David against them, saying, Go, number Israel and Judah.

2 And the king said to Joab the captain of the host, who was with him, Go

now to and fro through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan even to

Beer-sheba, and number ye the people, that I may know the sum of the


3 And Joab said unto the king, Now Jehovah thy God add unto the people,

how many soever they may be, a hundredfold; and may the eyes of my lord the

king see it: but why doth my lord the king delight in this thing?

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.

5 And they passed over the Jordan, and encamped in Aroer, on the right

side of the city that is in the middle of the valley of Gad, and unto


6 then they came to Gilead, and to the land of Tahtim-hodshi; and they

came to Dan-jaan, and round about to Sidon,

7 and came to the stronghold of Tyre, and to all the cities of the

Hivites, and of the Canaanites; and they went out to the south of Judah, at


8 So when they had gone to and from through all the land, they came to

Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.

9 And Joab gave up the sum of the numbering 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.

10. And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And

David said unto Jehovah, I have sinned greatly in that which I have done:

but now, O Jehovah, put away, I beseech thee, the iniquity of thy servant;

for I have done very foolishly.

11 And when David rose up in the morning, the word of Jehovah came unto

the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying,

12 Go and speak unto David, Thus saith Jehovah, I offer thee three

things: choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.

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 thy foes while they pursue thee? or shall there be three days'

pestilence in thy land? now advise thee, and consider what answer I shall

return to him that sent me.

14 And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into

the hand of Jehovah; for his mercies are great; and let me not fall into

the hand of man.

15 So Jehovah sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the

time appointed; and there died of the people from Dan even to Beer-sheba

seventy thousand men.

16 And when the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy

it, Jehovah repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed

the people, It is enough; now stay thy hand. And the angel of Jehovah was

by the threshing-floor of Araunah the Jebusite.

17 And David spake unto Jehovah when he saw the angel that smote the

people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done perversely; but these

sheep, what have they done? let thy hand, I pray thee, be against me, and

against my father's house.

18. And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go up, rear an

altar unto Jehovah in the threshing-floor of Araunah the Jebusite.

19 And David went up according to the saying of Gad, as Jehovah


20 And Araunah looked forth, and saw the king and his servants coming on

toward him: and Araunah went out, and bowed himself before the king with

his face to the ground.

21 And Araunah said, Wherefore is my lord the king come to his servant?

And David said, To buy the threshing-floor of thee, to build an altar unto

Jehovah, that the plague may be stayed from the people.

22 And Araunah said unto David, Let my lord the king take and offer up

what seemeth good unto him: behold, the oxen for the burnt-offering, and

the threshing instruments and the yokes of the oxen for the wood:

23 all this, O king, doth Araunah give unto the king. And Araunah said

unto the king, Jehovah thy God accept thee.

24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will verily buy it of thee

at a price. Neither will I offer burnt-offerings unto Jehovah my God which

cost me nothing. So David bought the threshing-floor and the oxen for fifty

shekels of silver.

25 And David built there an altar unto Jehovah, and offered

burnt-offerings and peace-offerings. So Jehovah was entreated for the land,

and the plague was stayed from Israel.

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