- 2 Samuel 1-12
- Chapter 1
- 1 Now 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 Ziklag;
2 It came even 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
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, That the people are fled from the battle, and many of
the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are
5 And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest thou that
Saul and Jonathan his son be dead?
6 And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon
mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots
and 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 He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me: for
anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me.
10 So I stood upon 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 the LORD, 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 stranger, an Amalekite.
14 And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth
thine hand to destroy the LORD'S anointed?
15 And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall
upon him. And he smote him 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 the LORD'S anointed.
17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan
18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow:
behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)
19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the
20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest
the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the
21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be
rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the
mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not
been 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,
with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.
25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan,
thou wast slain in thine 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
27 How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!
- Chapter 2
- 1 And it came to pass after this, that David inquired of the LORD,
saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the LORD said
unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said,
2 So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the
Jezreelitess, and Abigail Nabal's wife 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, That the men of Jabeshgilead were they that buried Saul.
5 And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabeshgilead, and said unto
them, Blessed be ye of the LORD, that ye have showed this kindness unto
your lord, even unto Saul, and have buried him.
6 And now the LORD show kindness and truth unto you: and I also will
requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.
7 Therefore now let your hands be strengthened, and be ye valiant: for
your master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah have anointed me
king over them.
8 But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ishbosheth the
son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim;
9 And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over
Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.
10 Ishbosheth Saul's son was forty years old when he began to reign over
Israel, and reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David.
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 Ishbosheth 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 together 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 now arise, and play before
us. And Joab said, Let them arise.
15 Then there arose and went over by number twelve of Benjamin, which
pertained to Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of
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 Helkathhazzurim, which is in Gibeon.
17 And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten, and
the men of Israel, before the servants of David.
18 And there were three sons of Zeruiah 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, Art thou Asahel? And he
answered, I am.
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
armour. But Asahel would not turn aside from following of 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 under the fifth rib, 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 still.
24 Joab also 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 troop, and stood on the top of an 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, unless thou hadst spoken, surely then
in the morning the people had gone up every one from following his
28 So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still, and pursued
after Israel no more, neither fought they any more.
29 And Abner and his men walked all that night through the plain, and
passed over Jordan, and went through all Bithron, and they 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 Asahel.
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 Bethlehem. And Joab and his men went all night, and
they came to Hebron at break of day.
- Chapter 3
- 1 Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of
David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul
waxed weaker and weaker.
2 And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn 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, by 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 for the house of
7 And Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah:
and Ishbosheth said to Abner, Wherefore hast thou gone in unto my
8 Then was Abner very wroth for the words of Ishbosheth, and said, Am I
a dog's head, which against Judah do show kindness this day unto the
house of Saul thy father, to his brethren, and to his friends, and have
not delivered thee into the hand of David,
- that thou chargest me to day
with a fault concerning this woman?
9 So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the LORD hath sworn to
David, even so I do to him;
10 To translate the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the
throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to Beersheba.
11 And he could not answer Abner a word again, 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 Ishbosheth Saul's son, saying, Deliver
me my wife Michal, which I espoused to me for an hundred foreskins of
15 And Ishbosheth sent, and took her from her husband, even from
Phaltiel the son of Laish.
16 And her husband went with her along weeping behind her to Bahurim.
Then said Abner unto him, Go, return. And he returned.
17 And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, Ye
sought for David in times past to be king over you:
18 Now then do it: for the LORD 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
that seemed good 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 league with thee, and
that thou mayest reign over all that thine heart desireth. And David
sent Abner away; and he went in peace.
22 And, behold, the servants of David and Joab came from pursuing a
troop, 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
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
26 And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner,
which brought him again from the well of Sirah: but David knew it not.
27 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the
gate to speak with him quietly, and smote him there under the fifth rib,
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 the LORD for ever from the blood of Abner the son of Ner:
29 Let it rest on the head of Joab, and on 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 on the
sword, or that lacketh bread.
30 So Joab and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he had slain
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 himself 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 over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool
34 Thy hands were not bound, nor thy feet put into fetters: as a man
falleth before wicked men, so fellest thou. And all the people wept
again over him.
35 And when all the people came to cause David to eat meat while it was
yet day, David sware, saying, So do God to me, and more also, if I taste
bread, or ought 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 For 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 be too hard for me: the LORD shall reward the doer of evil
according to his wickedness.
- Chapter 4
- 1 And when Saul's son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands
were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.
2 And 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
a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin: (for Beeroth also was
reckoned to Benjamin.
3 And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and were sojourners there until
4 And 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 Ishbosheth, who lay on a
bed at noon.
6 And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they
would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth rib: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.
7 For when they came into the house, he lay on his bed in his
bedchamber, and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and took
his head, and gat them away through the plain all night.
8 And they brought the head of Ishbosheth unto David to Hebron, and said
to the king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of Saul thine enemy,
which sought thy life; and the LORD 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 the LORD 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, who
thought that I would have given him a reward 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 therefore 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 over the pool in Hebron.
But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried it in the sepulchre of
Abner in Hebron.
- 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 Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that
leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD said to thee, Thou
shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel.
3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David
made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD: and they anointed
David king over Israel.
4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned
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 unto the Jebusites, the
inhabitants of the land: which 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 strong hold of Zion: the same is the city
8 And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and
smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, that are hated of
David's soul, he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore they said, The
blind and the lame shall not come into the house.
9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David
built round about from Millo and inward.
10 And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with
11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and
carpenters, and masons: and they built David an house.
12 And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over
Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel's
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 be the names of those that were born unto him in Jerusalem;
Shammuah, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon,
15 Ibhar also, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia,
16 And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphalet.
17 But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over
Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of
it, and went down to the hold.
18 The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of
19 And David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the
Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said
unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into
20 And David came to Baalperazim, and David smote them there, and said,
The LORD hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of
waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baalperazim.
21 And there they left their images, and David and his men burned them.
22 And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the
valley of Rephaim.
23 And when David inquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up;
but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the
24 And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of
the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall
the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.
25 And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and smote the
Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer.
- Chapter 6
- 1 Again, David 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 of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is
called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims.
3 And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the
house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.
4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah,
accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.
5 And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all
manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on
psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.
6 And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his
hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.
7 And the anger of the LORD 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 the LORD had made a breach upon
Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day.
9 And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall the ark
of the LORD come to me?
10 So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city
of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the
11 And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the
Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his
12 And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house
of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of
God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.
13 And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone
six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.
14 And David danced before the LORD 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 the LORD
with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
16 And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's
daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing
before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.
17 And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in
the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David
offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
18 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and
peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.
19 And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of
Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a
good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. 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
21 And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over
the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the
22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own
sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall
I be had in honour.
23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of
- Chapter 7
- 1 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD
had given him rest round about from all his enemies;
2 That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an
house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.
3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for
the LORD is with thee.
4 And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto
5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me
an house for me to dwell in?
6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time 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 the 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 feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?
8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the
LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep,
to be ruler over my people, over Israel:
9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all
thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like
unto the name of the great men that are in the earth.
10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant
them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more;
neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as
11 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people
Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the
LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house.
12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy
fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of
thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish 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 mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul,
whom I put away before thee.
16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established 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 went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am
I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?
19 And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord GOD; but thou
hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come. And
is this the manner of man, O Lord GOD?
20 And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord GOD, knowest
21 For thy word's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done
all these great things, to make thy servant know them.
22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee,
neither is there any God beside 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 for a people to himself, and to make him
a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land,
before thy people,
- which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the
nations and their gods?
24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people
unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God.
25 And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy
servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou
26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is
the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be
established before thee.
27 For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy
servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant
found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.
28 And now, O Lord GOD, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and
thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:
29 Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant,
that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord GOD, hast
spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed
- Chapter 8
- 1 And after this it came to pass, that David smote the Philistines,
and subdued them: and David took Methegammah out of the hand of the
2 And he smote Moab, and measured them with a line, casting them down to
the ground; even with two lines measured he to put to death, and with
one full line to keep alive. And so the Moabites became David's
servants, and brought gifts.
3 David smote also Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he
went to recover his border at the river Euphrates.
4 And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven hundred
horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: and David hocked all the chariot
horses, but reserved of them for an hundred chariots.
5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came to succour Hadadezer king of
Zobah, David slew 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 gifts. And the LORD preserved 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 When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had smitten all the host of
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 Which also king David did dedicate unto the LORD, with the silver and
gold that he had dedicated of all 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 of the Syrians
in the valley of salt, being eighteen thousand men.
14 And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom put he garrisons,
and all they of Edom became David's servants. And the LORD preserved
David whithersoever he went.
15 And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and
justice 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
the priests; and Seraiah was the scribe;
18 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites and the
Pelethites; and David's sons were chief rulers.
- 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
when they had called him unto David, 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, which is lame on 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 Lodebar.
5 Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the
son of Ammiel, from Lodebar.
6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come
unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. 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
8 And he bowed himself, 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, I
have given unto thy master's son all that pertained to Saul and to all
10 Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land
for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy master's son may
have food 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
hath commanded 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 Micha. 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 was lame on both his feet.
- 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 Then said David, I will show kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as
his father showed kindness unto me. And David sent to comfort him by the
hand of his servants for his father. And David's servants came into the
land of the children of Ammon.
3 And the princes of the children of Ammon said unto Hanun their lord,
Thinkest thou that David doth honour thy father, that he hath sent
comforters unto thee? hath not David rather sent his servants unto thee,
to search the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it?
4 Wherefore 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, because 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 stank before David, the
children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Bethrehob, and the
Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, and of king Maacah a thousand
men, and of Ishtob twelve thousand men.
7 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the
8 And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array at the
entering in of the gate: and the Syrians of Zoba, and of Rehob, and Ishtob, and Maacah, were by themselves in the field.
9 When Joab saw that the front of the battle was 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 delivered into the hand of Abishai his
brother, that he might 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 men for our people, and for
the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth him good.
13 And Joab drew nigh, and the people that were with him, unto the
battle against the Syrians: and they fled before him.
14 And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fled, then
fled they also before Abishai, and entered into the city. So Joab
returned from the children of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem.
15 And when the Syrians saw that they were smitten 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; and Shobach the captain of the host of Hadarezer went before them.
17 And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together, and
passed over 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 the men of seven
hundred chariots of the Syrians, and forty thousand horsemen, and smote Shobach the captain of their host, who died there.
19 And when all the kings that were servants to Hadarezer saw that they
were smitten before Israel, they made peace with Israel, and served
them. So the Syrians feared to help the children of Ammon any more.
- Chapter 11
- 1 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when
kings go forth 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 still at Jerusalem.
2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, 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 washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look
3 And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this
Bathsheba, 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 sent and told David, and said, I am with
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 demanded of him how Joab did,
and how the people did, 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
meat 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, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then
didst thou not go down unto thine house?
11 And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in
tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in
the open fields; shall I then go into mine 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 thing.
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 observed the city, that he assigned
Uriah unto a 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 of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite
18 Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war;
19 And charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end of
telling the matters of the war unto the king,
20 And if so be that the king's wrath arise, and he say unto thee,
Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city when ye did fight? knew ye
not that they would shoot from the wall?
21 Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast a
piece of a millstone upon him from the wall, that he died in Thebez? why
went ye nigh the wall? then say thou, Thy servant Uriah the Hittite is
22 So the messenger went, and came and showed David all that Joab had
sent him for.
23 And the messenger said unto David, Surely the men prevailed against
us, and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto
the entering of the gate.
24 And the shooters shot from off the wall upon thy servants; and some
of the king's servants be dead, and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is
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
mourned for her husband.
27 And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his
house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that
David had done displeased the LORD.
- Chapter 12
- 1 And the LORD 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
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 meat, 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 the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall
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 the LORD 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 moreover have given unto thee such and such
9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil
in his sight? thou hast killed 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 thine house; because
thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to
be thy wife.
11 Thus saith the LORD, 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 neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of
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 the LORD. And
Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt
14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the
enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee
shall surely die.
15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD 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 went to him, to raise him up
from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.
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
would not hearken 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 whispered, David perceived that
the child was dead: therefore 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 came into the house of the LORD, 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 can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child
23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back
again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
24 And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay
with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the
LORD loved him.
25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name
Jedidiah, because of the LORD.
26 And Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and took the
27 And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I have fought against
Rabbah, and 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 their king's crown from off his head, the weight whereof
was a talent of gold with the precious stones: and it was set on David's
head. And he brought forth the spoil of the city in great abundance.
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.
- So David and all the people returned unto Jerusalem.