- 2 Samuel 13-24
- 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 for his sister Tamar; for
she was a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for him to do any thing to
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 art thou, being the king's son, 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 make thyself
sick: and when thy father cometh to see thee, say unto him, I pray thee,
let my sister Tamar come, and give me meat, and dress the meat in my
sight, that I may see it, and eat it at her hand.
6 So Amnon lay down, and made himself sick: and when the king was come
to see him, Amnon said unto the king, I pray thee, let Tamar my sister
come, and make me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat at her
7 Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, Go now to thy brother Amnon's
house, and dress him meat.
8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house; and he was laid down. And
she took flour, and kneaded it, and made cakes in his sight, and did
bake the cakes.
9 And she took a 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 meat into the chamber, that I
may eat of thine 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 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 cause my shame to go? and as for thee, thou
shalt 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, forced her, and lay with her.
15 Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that 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, There is no cause: this evil in sending me
away is greater 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 colours 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
colours that was on her, and laid her hand on her head, and went on
20 And Absalom her brother said unto her, Hath Amnon thy brother been
with thee? but hold now thy peace, my sister: he is thy brother; regard
not this thing. 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 his brother 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
sheepshearers in Baalhazor, 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
sheepshearers; let the king, I beseech thee, and his servants go with
25 And the king said to Absalom, Nay, my son, let us not all now go,
lest we be chargeable 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, that he let Amnon and all the king's sons go
28 Now Absalom had 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
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,
30 And it came to pass, while they were in the way, that 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 tare 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 slain 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 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 Ammihud, 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.
- Chapter 14
- 1 Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king's heart was
2 And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched thence a wise woman, and said
unto her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, and put on now
mourning apparel, and anoint not thyself with oil, but be as a woman
that had a long time mourned for the dead:
3 And come to the king, and speak on this manner unto him. So Joab put
the words in her mouth.
4 And when the woman of Tekoah 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, I am
indeed a widow woman, and mine 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
7 And, behold, the whole family is risen against thine handmaid, and
they said, Deliver him that smote his brother, that we may kill him, for
the life of his brother whom he slew; and we will destroy the heir also:
and so they shall quench my coal which is left,
- and shall not leave to
my husband neither name nor remainder upon the earth.
8 And the king said unto the woman, Go to thine house, and I will give
charge concerning thee.
9 And the woman of Tekoah 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
10 And the king said, Whosoever saith ought 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 the LORD thy God,
that thou wouldest not suffer the revengers of blood to destroy any
more, lest they destroy my son. And he said, As the LORD liveth, there
shall not one hair of thy son fall to the earth.
12 Then the woman said, Let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak one word
unto my lord the king. And he said, Say on.
13 And the woman said, Wherefore then hast thou thought such a thing
against the people of God? for the king doth speak this thing as one
which is faulty, in that the king doth not fetch home again his
14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilled on the ground, which
cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet
doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.
15 Now therefore that I am come to speak of this thing 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 handmaid.
16 For the king will hear, to deliver his handmaid out of the hand of
the man that would destroy me and my son together out of the inheritance
17 Then thine handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be
comfortable: for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern
good and bad: therefore the LORD thy God will be with thee.
18 Then the king answered and said unto the woman, Hide not from me, I
pray thee, the thing that I shall ask thee. And the woman said, Let my
lord the king now speak.
19 And the king said, Is not 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 ought that my lord the
king hath spoken: for thy servant Joab,
- he bade me, and he put all these
words in the mouth of thine handmaid:
20 To fetch about this form of speech 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 again.
22 And Joab fell to the ground on his face, and bowed himself, and
thanked the king: and Joab said, To day thy servant knoweth that I have
found grace in thy sight, my lord, O king, in that the king hath
fulfilled 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, and let him not see
my face. So Absalom returned to his own house, and saw not the king's
25 But 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 polled his head, (for it was at every year's end that he
polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled 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 So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and saw not the king's
29 Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to have sent him to the king; but he
would not come to him: and when he sent again the second time, he would
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 had been good for me to have been there still: now
therefore let me see the king's face; \
- and if there be any 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.
- Chapter 15
- 1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots
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 that had a controversy came 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 which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would
do him justice!
5 And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do him obeisance,
he put forth his hand, and took 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 after forty years, that Absalom said unto the
king, I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto the
LORD, in Hebron.
8 For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying,
If the LORD shall bring me again indeed 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
reigneth in Hebron.
11 And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that were
called; and they went in their simplicity, and they knew not any thing.
12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counsellor,
from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the
conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with
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 we shall not else escape from Absalom: make
speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring 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 appoint.
16 And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And the
king left ten women, which were concubines, to keep the house.
17 And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and tarried in
a place that was far off.
18 And all his servants passed on beside him; and all the Cherethites,
and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men which 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 to thy place, and abide with the king: for thou art a
stranger, and also an exile.
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 the LORD liveth, and as my
lord the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be,
whether in death or 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
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, and all the Levites were 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 favour in the eyes of the LORD, he will bring me
again, and show me both it, and his habitation:
26 But if he thus say, 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 not thou 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 in the plain 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 tarried there.
30 And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went
up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and all the people
that was 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 LORD, 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
mount, where he worshipped God, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet
him with his coat rent, and earth upon his head:
33 Unto whom David said, If thou passest on with me, then thou shalt 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 hitherto, so will I
now also be thy servant: then mayest thou for me defeat the counsel of Ahithophel.
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
every thing that ye can hear.
37 So Hushai David's friend came into the city, and Absalom came into
- Chapter 16
- 1 And when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba
the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and
upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and an hundred bunches of
raisins, and an 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 be 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 be
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 shall the
house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father.
4 Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are all that pertained unto
Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee that I may find grace
in thy sight, my lord, O king.
5 And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of
the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera:
he came forth, 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
7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody
man, and thou man of Belial:
8 The LORD hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul,
in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the LORD hath delivered the
kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in
thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man.
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? so
let him curse, because the LORD hath said unto him, Curse David. Who
shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so?
11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son,
which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may
this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD
hath bidden him.
12 It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that the
LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.
13 And as David and his men went by the way, Shimei went along on the
hill's 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
refreshed themselves 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, God save the king, God
save 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 the LORD, and this
people, and all the men of Israel, choose, his will I be, and with him
will I abide.
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 counsel among you what we shall
21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father's concubines,
which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that
thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that are
with thee be strong.
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 counselled in those days, was
as if a man had inquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.
- 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
is not good at this time.
8 For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy father and his men, that they be
mighty men, and they be 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 be overthrown at the first, that
whosoever heareth it will say, There is a slaughter among the people
that follow Absalom.
10 And he also that is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion,
shall utterly melt: for all Israel knoweth that thy father is a mighty
man, and they which be with him are valiant men.
11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered unto thee,
from Dan even to Beersheba, 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 there shall not be left 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 the LORD had
appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that
the LORD 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 in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the
king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with him.
17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by Enrogel; for they might not be
seen to come into the city: and a wench went and told them; and they
went and told king David.
18 Nevertheless a lad saw them, and told Absalom: but they went both of
them away quickly, and came to a man's house in Bahurim, which had a
well in his court; whither they went down.
19 And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and
spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not known.
- 20 And when Absalom's servants came to the woman to the house, they
said, Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said unto them, They
be 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 said unto David, Arise,
and pass quickly over the water: for thus hath Ahithophel counselled
22 Then David arose, and all the people that were with him, and they
passed over Jordan: by the morning light there lacked not one of them
that was not gone over Jordan.
23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled
his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put
his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in
the sepulchre of his father.
24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over Jordan, he and
all the men of Israel with him.
25 And Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of Joab: which
Amasa was a man's son, whose name was Ithra an Israelite, that went in
to Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah Joab's mother.
26 So Israel and Absalom pitched 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 flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse,
29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and
for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is
hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.
- 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 a third part of the people 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
3 But the people answered, 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 now thou art worth ten thousand of us: therefore now it is
better that thou succour 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 came out by hundreds and
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 wood of Ephraim;
7 Where the people of Israel were slain before the servants of David,
and there was there a great slaughter that day of twenty thousand men.
8 For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country:
and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.
9 And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a 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 the heaven and the
- and the mule that was under him went away.
10 And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw
Absalom hanged in an oak.
11 And Joab said unto the man that told him, And, behold, thou sawest
him, and why didst thou not smite him there to the ground? And I would
have given thee ten shekels of silver, and a girdle.
12 And the man said unto Joab, Though I should receive a thousand
shekels of silver in mine hand, yet would I not put forth mine 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 I should have wrought falsehood against mine own life: for
there is no matter hid from the king, and 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 armour 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 a great pit in the wood, and
laid a very great heap of stones upon him: and all Israel fled every one
to his tent.
18 Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a
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 unto this day, Absalom's place.
19 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king
tidings, how that the LORD hath avenged him of his enemies.
20 And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt not bear 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 Cushi, Go tell the king what thou hast seen. And
Cushi bowed himself unto Joab, and ran.
22 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet again to Joab, But howsoever,
let me, I pray thee, also run after Cushi. And Joab said, Wherefore wilt
thou run, my son, seeing that thou hast no tidings ready?
23 But howsoever, said he, let me run. And he said unto him, Run. Then
Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and overran Cushi.
24 And David sat between the two gates: and the watchman went up to the
roof over 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
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, Me thinketh 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 fell
down to the earth upon his face before the king, and said, Blessed be
the LORD thy God, which hath delivered up the men that lifted up their
hand against my lord the king.
29 And the king said, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Ahimaaz
answered, When Joab sent the king's servant, and me thy servant, I saw a
great tumult, but I knew not what it was.
30 And the king said unto him, Turn aside, and stand here. And he turned
aside, and stood still.
31 And, behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, Tidings, my lord the king:
for the LORD hath avenged thee this day of all them that rose up against
32 And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe? And
Cushi answered, The enemies of my lord the king, and all that rise
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 God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my
- 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 how the king was grieved for his son.
3 And the people gat them by stealth that day into the city, as people
being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.
4 But 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, which 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 thine enemies, and hatest thy friends. For thou
hast declared this day, that thou regardest neither princes nor servants: 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 the LORD, if thou go not forth, there will not
tarry one with thee this night: and that will be worse unto thee than
all the evil that befell 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 doth sit in the gate. And all the
people came before the king: for 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 saved us out of the hand of our enemies, and he delivered us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now he is fled out
of the land for 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, even to his house.
12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and my flesh: wherefore then are
ye the last to bring back the king?
13 And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not of my bone, and of 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 this word unto the king, Return thou, and all
15 So the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal,
to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over Jordan.
16 And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which 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 over Jordan before the king.
18 And there went over a ferry boat to carry over the king's household,
and to do what he thought good. And Shimei the son of Gera fell down
before the king, as he was come over Jordan;
19 And 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 heart.
20 For thy servant doth know that I have sinned: therefore, behold, I am
come the first this day 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 the LORD'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 Therefore 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 had
neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes,
from the day the king departed until the day he came again in peace.
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, Mephibosheth?
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
to 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 of 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 to cry any more unto the
29 And the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any more of thy
matters? I have said, 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 again in peace unto his own house.
31 And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim, and went over
Jordan with the king, to conduct him over Jordan.
32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even fourscore years old: and he
had provided the king of 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
feed thee with me in Jerusalem.
34 And Barzillai said unto the king, How long have I to live, that I
should go up with the king unto Jerusalem?
35 I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern between good and
evil? 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 will go a little way over 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, and be buried by the grave of my father and of 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 Jordan. And when the king was come over,
the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and he returned unto his own
40 Then the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimham went on with him: and
all the people of Judah conducted the king, 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
have brought the king, and his household, 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 be ye angry for this matter? have
we eaten at all of 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.
- Chapter 20
- 1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was
Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said,
We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of
Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.
2 So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba
the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from
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 fed them, 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, Assemble me the men of Judah within three
days, and be thou here present.
5 So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: but he tarried longer than
the set time which he had appointed him.
6 And David said to Abishai, Now shall 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 fenced cities, and escape us.
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 went
before them. And Joab's garment that he had put on was girded unto him,
and upon it 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, Art thou in health, my brother? And Joab took
Amasa by the beard with the 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 fifth rib, and shed out his bowels to the
ground, and struck him not again; and he died. So Joab and Abishai his
brother pursued after Sheba the son of Bichri.
11 And one of Joab's men stood by him, and said, He that favoureth Joab,
and he that is for David, let him go after Joab.
12 And Amasa wallowed in blood in the midst of the highway. And when the
man saw that all the people stood still, he removed Amasa out of the
highway into the field, and cast a cloth upon 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
Bethmaachah, and all the Berites: and they were gathered together, and
went also after him.
15 And they came and besieged him in Abel of Bethmaachah, and they cast
up a bank against the city, and it stood in the trench: 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 when he was come near unto her, the woman said, Art thou Joab?
And he answered, I am he. Then she said unto him, Hear the words of
thine 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 one 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 the LORD?
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 mount 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 wall.
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 cast it out to Joab. And he
blew a trumpet, and they retired 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 tribute: and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud
25 And Sheva was scribe: and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests:
26 And Ira also the Jairite was a chief ruler about David.
- Chapter 21
- 1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year
after year; and David inquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is
for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew 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 to the children
- of Israel and Judah.)
3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and
wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless the inheritance
of the LORD?
4 And the Gibeonites said unto him, We will have no silver nor gold of
Saul, nor of his house; neither for us shalt thou kill any man in
Israel. And he said, What ye shall say, that will I do for you.
5 And they answered the king, The man that consumed us, and that devised
against us that we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the
coasts of Israel,
6 Let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them
up unto the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD did choose. And the
king said, I will give them.
7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul,
because of the LORD'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 brought up for Adriel the son of
Barzillai the Meholathite:
9 And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they
hanged them in the hill before the LORD: and they fell all seven
together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first
days, in 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 dropped upon
them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air 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 Jabeshgilead, which had stolen them from the
street of Bethshan, where the Philistines had hanged them, when the
Philistines had slain 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 the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the country
of Benjamin in Zelah, 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 Moreover the Philistines had yet 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, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of
whose spear weighed 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 succoured 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 light of Israel.
18 And it came to pass after this, that there was again a battle with
the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Saph, which
was of the sons of the giant.
19 And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where
Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.
20 And there was yet a battle in 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 Shimeah the brother of
David slew him.
22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of
David, and by the hand of his servants.
- Chapter 22
- 1 And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day
that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and
out of the hand of Saul:
2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn
of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest
me from violence.
4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be
saved from mine enemies.
5 When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made
6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented
7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did
hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.
8 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and
shook, 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 darkness was under his
11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the
wings of the wind.
12 And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and
thick clouds of the skies.
13 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.
14 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.
15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and
16 And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world
were discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath
of his nostrils.
17 He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;
18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me:
for they were too strong for me.
19 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my
20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because
he delighted in me.
21 The LORD 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 the LORD, and have not wickedly departed
from my God.
23 For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did
not depart from them.
24 I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine
25 Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness;
according to my cleanness in his eye sight.
26 With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful, and with the
upright man thou wilt show thyself upright.
27 With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; and with the froward thou
wilt show thyself unsavoury.
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 LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.
30 For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over
31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is
a buckler to all them that trust in him.
32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?
33 God is my strength and power: And he maketh my way perfect.
34 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet: and setteth me upon my high
35 He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine
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; so that my feet did not slip.
38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again
until I had consumed them.
39 And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not
arise: yea, they are fallen under my feet.
40 For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up
against me hast thou subdued under me.
41 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies, that I might
destroy them that hate me.
42 They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the LORD, but he
answered them not.
43 Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp
them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad.
44 Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou
hast kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall
45 Strangers shall submit themselves unto me: as soon as they hear, they
shall be obedient unto me.
46 Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of their
47 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of
the rock of my salvation.
48 It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under
49 And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted
me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me
from the violent man.
50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen,
and I will sing praises unto thy name.
51 He is the tower of salvation for his king: and showeth mercy to his
anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.
- Chapter 23
- 1 Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said,
and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob,
and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,
2 The spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.
3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth
over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even
a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth
by clear shining after rain.
5 Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an
everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all
my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.
6 But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away,
because they cannot be taken with hands:
7 But the man that shall touch them must be fenced with iron and the
staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the same
8 These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite
that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the
Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one
9 And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the 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 away:
10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his
hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that
day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.
11 And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the
Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece of
ground full of lentiles: and the people fled from the Philistines.
12 But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew
the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.
13 And three of the thirty chief went down, and came to David in the
harvest time unto the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines
pitched in the valley of Rephaim.
14 And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines
was then in Bethlehem.
15 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the
water of the well of Bethlehem, 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 Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and
took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink
thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD.
17 And he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this: is not
this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives?
therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty
18 And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief among
three. And he lifted up his spear against three hundred, and slew them,
and had the name among three.
19 Was he not most honourable of three? therefore he was 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 many acts, he slew two lionlike men 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 the name among
three mighty men.
23 He was more honourable 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 Bethlehem,
25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,
26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,
27 Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,
28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,
29 Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai out
of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,
30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,
31 Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,
32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,
33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite,
34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the
son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,
35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,
36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,
37 Zelek the Ammonite, Nahari the Beerothite, armourbearer to Joab the
son of Zeruiah,
38 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite,
39 Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.
- Chapter 24
- 1 And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he
moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.
2 For the king said to Joab the captain of the host, which was with him,
Go now through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan even to Beersheba, and
number ye the people, that I may know the number of the people.
3 And Joab said unto the king, Now the LORD thy God add unto the people,
how many soever they be, an hundredfold, and that the eyes of my lord
the king may see it: but why doth my lord the king delight in this
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 Jordan, and pitched in Aroer, on the right side
of the city that lieth in the midst of the river of Gad, and toward Jazer:
6 Then they came to Gilead, and to the land of Tahtimhodshi; and they
came to Danjaan, and about to Zidon,
7 And came to the strong hold of Tyre, and to all the cities of the
Hivites, and of the Canaanites: and they went out to the south of Judah,
even to Beersheba.
8 So when they had gone 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 number 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 the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done:
and now, I beseech thee, O LORD, take away the iniquity of thy servant;
for I have done very foolishly.
11 For when David was up in the morning, the word of the LORD came unto
the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying,
12 Go and say unto David, Thus saith the LORD, 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 thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be
three days' pestilence in thy land?
- now advise, and see 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 the LORD; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall
into the hand of man.
15 So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to
the time appointed: and there died of the people from Dan even to
Beersheba seventy thousand men.
16 And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy
it, the LORD repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that
destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel
of the LORD was by the
- threshingplace of Araunah the Jebusite.
17 And David spake unto the LORD when he saw the angel that smote the
people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: but these
sheep, what have they done? let thine 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 the LORD in the threshingfloor of Araunah the Jebusite.
19 And David, according to the saying of Gad, went up as the LORD
20 And Araunah looked, and saw the king and his servants coming on
toward him: and Araunah went out, and bowed himself before the king on
his face upon the ground.
21 And Araunah said, Wherefore is my lord the king come to his servant?
And David said, To buy the threshingfloor of thee, to build an altar
unto the LORD, 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, here be oxen for burnt sacrifice,
and threshing instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood.
23 All these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king. And
Araunah said unto the king, The LORD thy God accept thee.
24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee
at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of
that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and
the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
25 And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt
offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was entreated for the land,
and the plague was stayed from Israel.