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CHAP. Xvit. and slayeth Goliath. 253 21 For Israel and the Philistines had 37 David said moreover, The LORD put the battle in array, army against army. that delivered me out of the paw of the

22 And David left his carriage in the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he hand of the keeper of the carriage, and will deliver me out of the hand of this ran into the army, and came and saluted Philistine. And Saul said unto David, his brethren.

Go, and the LORD be with thee. 23 And as he talked with them, behold, 38 | And Saul armed David with his there came up the champion, the Philistine armour, and he put an helmet of brass of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the ar- upon his head ; also he armed him with mies of the Philistines, and spakeaccorcling a coat of mail

. to the same words: and David heard them. 39 And David girded his sword upon

24 And all the men of Israel, when his armour, and he assayed to go ; for he they saw the man, fled from him, and had not proved it. And David said unto were sore afraid.

Saul, I cannot go with these, for I have 25 And the men of Israel said, Have ye not proved them. And David put them seen this man that is come up ? surely to off him. defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, 40 And he took his staff in his hand, and that the man who killeth liim, the king chose lim five smooth stones out of the will enrich him with great riches, and brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag will give him his daughter, and make his which he had, even in a scrip; and his father's house free in Israel.

sling was in his hand : and he drew near 26 And David spake tothemen that stood to the Philistine. by him, saying, What shall be done to the 41 And the Philistine came on, and man that kileth this Philistine, and taketh drew near unto David; and the man that away the reproach from Israel? for who bare the shield went before him. is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he 42 And when the Philistine looked about, should defy the armies of the living God? and saw David, he disdained him : for he

27 And the people answered him after was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair this manner, saying, So shall it be done to countenance. the man that killeth him.

43 And the Philistine said unto David, 28 F And Eliab his eldest brother heard Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with when he spake unto the men ; and Eliab's staves ? and the Philistine cursed David anger was kindled against David, and he by his gods. said, Why camest thou down hither? and 44 And the Philistine said to David, with whom hast thou left those few sheep Come to me, and I will give thy flesh in the wilderness ? I know thy pride, and unto the fowls of the air, and to the the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art | beasts of the field. come down thatthou mightest seethe battle. 45 Then said David to the Philistine,

29 And David said; What have I now Thou comest to me with a sword, and done? Is there not a cause?

with a spear, and with a shield : but I 30 s And he turned from him toward come to thee in the name of the LORD another, and spake after the same man- of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, ner: and the people answered him again whom thou hast defied. after the former manner.

46 This day will the LORD deliver thee 31 And when the words were heard into mine hand ; and I will smite thee, which David spake, they rchearsed them and take thine head from thee; and I will before Saul: and he sent for him.

give the carcasses of the host of the Phi52. And David said to Saul, Let no listines this day unto the fowls of the air, man's heart fail because of him ; thy ser- and to the wild beasts of the earth; that Fant will go and fight with this Philistine. all the earth may know that there is a God

33 And Saul said to David, Thou art in Israel. not able to go against this Philistine to 47 And all this assembly shall know fight with him : for thou art but a youth, that the LORD saveth not with sword and and he a man of war from his youth. spear: for the battle is the LORD's, and

34 And David said unto Saul, Thy ser- he will give you into our hands. vant kept his father's sheep, and there 48 And it came to pass, when the Phicame a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb | listine arose, and came and drew nigh to out of the flock:

meet David, that David hasted, and ran 35 And I went out after him, and smote toward the army to meet the Philistine. him, and delivered it out of his mouth : 49 And David put his hand in his bag, and when hearose against me, I caught him || and took thence a stone, and slang it, and by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. smote the Philistine in his forehead, that

36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the stone sunk into his forehead; and he the bear: and this uncircumcised Philis- fell upon his face to the earth. tine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath 50 So David prevailedover the Philistine defied the armies of the living God. with a sling aid with a stone, and smote

254 Jonathan loveth David: I. SAMUEL. Saul socketh to kill him. the Philistine, and slew him; but there of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancqvas no sword in the hand of David.

ing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with 51 Therefore David ran and stood up- || joy, and with instruments of musick. on the Philistine, and took his sword, and 7 And the women answered one anothdrew it out of the sheath thereof, and er as they played, and sail, Saul hath slew him, and cut off his head thcrewith. slain his thousands, and David his ten And when the Philistines saw their cham- thousands. pion was dead, they fled.

8 And Saul was very wroth, and the 52 And the men of Israel and of Ju- saying displeased him ; and he said, They dah arose, and shouted, and pursued the have ascribed unto David ten thousands, Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to me they have ascribed but thouand to the gates of Ekron. And the sands: and what can he have more but wounded of the Philistines fell down by the kingdom ? the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and 9 And Saul eyed David from that day unto Ekron.

and forward. 53 And the children of Israel returned 10 s And it came to pass on the morfrom chasing after the Philistines, and row, that the evil spirit from God came they spoiled their tents.

upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst 54 And David took the head of the of the house : and David played with his Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem ; || hand, as at other times: and there was a but he put his armour in his tent.

javelin in Saul's hand. 55 | And when Saul saw David go forth 11 And Saul cast the javelin; for lie against the Philistine, he said unto Abner said, I will smite David even to the wall the captain of the host, Abner, whose son with it. And David avoided out of his is this youth and Abner said, As thy presence twice. soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell.

12 | And Saul was afraid of David, 56 And the king said, Inquire thou | Because the LORD was with him, and was whose son the stripling is.

departed from Szul. 57 And as David returned from the 13 Therefore Saul removed him from slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and made him his captain over a him, and brought him before Saul with thousand ; and he went out and came in the head of the Philistine in his hand. before the people.

58 And Saul said to him, Whose son 14 And David behaved himself wisely art thou, thou young man? And David in all his ways; and the LORD was with answered, I am the son of thy servant

him. Jesse the Beth-lehemite.

15 Wherefore when Saul saw that he CHAP. XVIII.

behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid 1 Jonathan loveth David. 5 Saul envieth of him. his praise, 10 seeketh to kill him in his fu- 16 But all Israel and Judah loved Dary, 12 feareth him for his good success. vid, because he went out and came in be17 He offerelh him his daughters for a fore them.

17 1 And Saul said to David, Behold, ND it came to pass, when he had my elder daughter Merab, her will I give that the soul of Jonathan was knit with and fight the Lord's battles. For Saul the soul of David, and Jonathan loved said, Let not mine hand be upon him, but him as his own soul.

let the hand of the Philistines be upon him. 2 And Saul took him that day, and

18 And David said unto Saul, Who am would let him go no more home to his fa-1? and what is my life, or my father's ther's house.

family in Israel, that I should be son-in3 Then Jonathan and David made a law to the king ? covenant, because he loved him as his own 19 But it came to pass at the time when soul.

Merab Saul's daughter should have been 4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the given to David, that she was given unto robe that was upon him, and gave it to Adriel the Menolathite.to wife. David, and his garments, even to his 20 And Michal Saul's daughter loved sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle. David : and they told Saul, and the thing

5 And David went out withersoever pleased him. Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: 21 And Saul said, I will give him her, and Saul set him over the men of war, and that she may be a snare to him, and that he was accepted in the sight of all the the hand of the Philistines may be against people, and also in the sight of Saul's ser- him. Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou vants.

shalt this day be my son-in-law, in the one 6 And it came to pass as they came, when of the twain. David was returned from the slaughter of 22 || And Saul commanded his servants, the Philistine, that the women came out saying, Commune with David secretly,

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CHAP. XIX

Her stratagem to save him. 255 And say, Behold, the king hath delight || thou sawest it, and didst rejoice : wherein thee, and all his servants love thee: || fore then wilt thou sin against innocent now therefore be the king's son-in-law.. blood, to slay David without a cause?

23 And Saul's servants spake those 6 And Saul hearkened unto the voice words in the ears of David. Ånd David | of Jonathan : and Saul sware, As the said, Seemeth it to you a light thing to be Lord liveth, he shall not be slain. a king's son-in-law, seeing that I am

a poor 7 And Jonathan called David, and Jonman, and lightly esteemed ?

athan shewed him all those things.nd 24 And the servants of Saul told him, Jonathan brought David to Saul, anu he mying, On this manner spake David. was in his presence, as in times past.

25 And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to 8 And there was war again: and DaDavid, The king desireth not any dowry, || vid went out, and fought with the Phibut an hundred foreskins of the Philistines, | listines, and slew them with a great slaughto be avenged of the king's enemies. Butter; and they fled from him. Saul thought to make David fall by the 9 And the evil spirit from the LORD hand of the Philistines.

was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with 26 And when his servants told David

be with his hand. the king's son-in-law: and the days were 10 And Saul sought to smite David even not expired.

to the wall with the javelin ; but he slip27 Wherefore David arose and went, he ped away out of Saul's presence, and he and his men, and slew of the Philistines smote the javelin into the wall : and Datwo hundred men, and David brought vid fled, and escaped that night. their foreskins, and they gave them in full 11 Saul also sent messengers unto Datale to the king, that he might be the vid's house, to watch him, and to slay king's son-in-law. And Saul gave him him in the morning: and Michal David's Michal his daughter to wife.

wife told him, saying, If thou save not 28 And Saul saw and knew that the | thy life to-night, to-morrow thou shalt be LORD was with David, and that Michal slain. Saul's daughter loved him.

12 So Michal let David down through 29 And Saul was yet the more afraid a window : and he went, and fled, and af David; and Saul became David's ene-escaped. my continually.

13 And Michal took an image, and laid SC Then the princes of the Philistines it in the bed, and put a pillow of goats went forth; and it came to pass, after they hair for his bolster, and covered it with a went forth, that David behaved himself cloth. more wisely than all the servants of Saul; 14 And when Saul sent messengers to so that his name was much set by. take David, she said, He is sick. CHAP. XIX.

15 And Saul sent the messengers again 1 Jonathan discloseth his father's purpose to see David, saying, Bring luim up to me in

to kill David. 4 He persuadeth his the bed, that I may slay him. father to reconciliation.8 Saui's mali- 16 And when the messengers were come cious rage breaketh out again. 12 Mi- in, behold, there was an image in the chal's stratagem to save David. bed, with a pillar of goats hair for his AND Saul spake to Jonathan his son, bolster,

and that 17 And Saul said unto Michal, Why hast should kill David.

thou deceived me so, and sent away.mine 2 But Jonathan Saul's son delighted enemy, that he is escaped? And Michal much in David : and Jonathan told David, answered Saul, He said unto me, Let me saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thec: ll go; why should I kill thee? now therefore, I pray thee, Take heed to 18 ! So David fled, and escaped, and thyself until the morning, and abide in a came to Samuel to Ramah, and told him secret place, and hide thyself:

all that Saul had done to him. And he 3 And I will go out and stand beside my and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth. father in the field where thou art, and 19 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, I will commune with my father of thee; David is at Naioth in Ramah. and what I see, that I will tell thee. 20 And Saul sent messengers to take .4 ? And Jonathan spake good of Da- David: and when they saw the company vid unto Saul his father, and said unto of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel him, let not the king sin against his ser- standing as appointed over them, the Spirvant, against David; because he hath not it of God was upon the messengers of sinned against thee, and because his works Saul, and they also prophesied. have been to thee-ward very good :

21 And when it was told Saul, he sent 5 For he did put his life in his hand other messengers, and they prophesied and slew the Philistine, and the LORD likewise. And Saul sent messengers again wrought a great salvation for afl Israel : the third time, md the prophesied also.

256 David and Jonathan consult. I. SAMUEL. Jonathan's kindness to David.

22 Then went he also to Ramah, and I shall tell me? or what if thy father ancamc to a great well that is in Sechu : and swer thee roughly ? he asked and said, Where are Samuel and 11 | And Jonathan said unto David, David? And one said, Behold, they be at Come, and let us go out into the field. Naioth in Ramah.

And they went out be of them into the 23 And he went thither to Naioth in field. Ramal: And the Spirit of God was upon 12 And Jonathan said unto David, O him also, and he went on, and prophesi- Lord God of Israel, when I have soundeil, until he came to Naioth in Ramah. ed my father about to-morrow any time,

24 And he stripped off his clothes also, or the third day, and behold, if there and prophesied before Samuel in like good toward David, and I then send not manner, and lay down naked all that day unto thee, and shew it thee ; and all that night. Wherefore they say, 13 The Lord do so and much more to Is Saul also among the prophets ? Jonathan : but if it please my father to CHAP. XX.

do thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and 1 David consulleth with Jonathan for his send the away, that thou mayest go in

safity. 11 Their covenant renewed by peace: and the Lord be with thee, as oth. 24 Saul missing David, seekeih he hath been with my father. to kill Jonathan,

14 And thou shalt 'not only while yet I

live shew me the kindness of the LORD, AND David fled from Naioth in Ra

mah, and came and said before Jon- | that I die not: atnan, What have I done? what is mine 15 But also thou shalt not cut off thy iniquity and what is my sin before thy kindness from my house for ever : no, father, that he seeketh my life?

not when the LORD hath cut off the en2 And he said unto him, God forbid ; lemies of David every one from the face thou shalt not die : behold, my father of the carth. will do nothing either great or small, 16 So Jonathan made a covenant with but that he will shew it me: and why the house of David, saying, Let ihe LORD should my father hide this thing from even require it at the hand of David's enme? it is not so.

emies. 3 And David sware moreover, and said, 17 And Jonathan caused David to swear Thy father certainly knoweth that I have again, because he loved him : for he lovfound grace in thine eyes ; and he saith, ed him as he loved his own soul. Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be 18 Then Jonathan said to David, Togrieved : But truly as the LORD liveth, morrow is the new-moon; and thou shalt and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step be missed, because thy seat will be empty. between me and death.

19 And when thou hast stayed three 4 Then said Jonathan unto David, || days, then thou shalt go down quickly, Whatsoever thy soul desireth, I will even and come to the place where thou didst do it for thee.

hide thyself when the business was in 5 And David said unto Jonathan, Be- | hand, and shalt remain by the stone Ezel. hold, to-morrow is the new-moon, and I 20 And I will shoot three arrows on the should not fail to sit with the king at side thereof, as though I shot at a mark. meat: but let me go, that I may hide 21 And behold, I will send a lad, saymyself in the field unto the third day ing, Go, find out the arrows. If I ex

pressly say unto the lad, Behold, the ar6 If thy father at all miss me, then say, rows are on this side of thee, take them ; David earnestly asked leave of me, that then come thou: for there is peace to he might run to Beth-lehem his city: for thee, and no hurt; as the LORD 'liveth. there is a yearly sacrifice there for all the 22 But if I say thus unto the young man, family.

Behold, the arrows are beyond thee ; go 7 If he say thus, It is well; thy ser- thy way: for the LORD hath sent thee vant shall have peace : but if he be very away. wroth, then be sure that evil is determin- 23 And as touching the matter which ed by him.

thou and I have spoken of, behold, the 8 Therefore thou shalt deal kindly with Lord be between thee and me for ever. thy servant ; for thou hast brought thy 249 So David lid himself in the field : servant into a covenant of the LORD with and when the new-moon was come, the thee : notwithstanding, if there be in me king sat him down to eat meat. iniquity, slay me thyself; for why should- 25 And the king sat upon his seat, as est thou bring me to thy father?

at other times, even upon a seat by the 9 And Jonathan said, Far be it from wall: and Jonathan arose, and Abner thee: for if I knew certainly that evil sat by Saul's side, and David's place was were determined by my father to come empty. upon thee, then would not I tell it thee? 26 Nevertheless Saul spake not any 10 Then said David to Jonathan, Whio ll thing that day: for he thought, Some.

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to be there : and now if I have found favour The

Saul seeketh to kill Jonathan.

CHAP. XXI. David goeth to Ahimelech. 257 thing hath befallen him, he is not clean ; | kissed one another, and wept one with surely he is not clean.

another, until David exceeded. 27 And it came to pass on the morrow, 42 And Jonathan said to David, Go in which was the second day of the month, peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both that David's place was empty: and Saul of us in the name of the LORD, saying, said unto Jonathan his son, 'Wherefore The LORD be between me and thee, and cometh not the son of Jesse to meat, nei- || between my seed and thy seed for ever. ther yesterday, nor to-day?

And he arose and departed : and Jona28 And Jonathan answered Saul, Da- than went into the city. vid earnestly asked leave of me to go to

CHAP. XXI. Beth-lehem :

i David at Nob obtaincth of Ahimelech 29 And he said, Let me go, I pray thee; hallowed bread. 8 He taketh Goliath's for our family hath a sacrifice in the city; sword, 10 and at Gath feigneth himand my brother he hath commanded me oplf mad.

UIEN came David to Nob to Ahi

melech the priest : and Ahimelech thee, and see my brethren. Therefore was afraid at the meeting of David, and he cometh not unto the king's table. said unto him, Why art thou alone, and

30 Then Saul's anger was kindled a- no man with thee? gainst Jonathan, and he said unto him, 2 And David said unto Ahimelech the Thou son of the perverse rebellious wom- priest, The king hath commanded me a an, do not I know that thou hast chosen business, and hath said unto me, Let no the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, man know anything of the business and unto the confusion of thy mother's whereabout I send thee, and what I have nakedness?

commanded thee: and I have appointed 31 For as long as the son of Jesse liveth my servants to such and such a place. upon the ground, thou shalt not be estab- 3 Now therefore what is under thine lished, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now hand? give me five loaves of bread in mine send and fetch him unto me, for he shall hand, or what there is present. surely die.

4 And the priest answered David, and 32' And Jonathan answered Saul his said, There is no common bread under father, and said unto him, Wherefore mine hand, but there is hallowed bread; shall he be slain ? what hath he done? if the young men have kept themselves

33 And Saul cast a javelin at him to at least from women. smite him : whereby Jonathan knew that 5 And David answered the priest, and it was determined of his father to slay said unto him, Of a truth women have David.

been kept from us about these three days, 34 So Jonathan arose from the table in since I came out, and the vessels of the fierce anger, and did eat no meat the sec- young men are holy, and the bread is in ond day of the month : for he was griev- a manner common, yea, though it were ed for David, because his father had done sanctified this day in the vessel. him shame.

6 So the priest gave him hallowed 35 g And it came to pass in the morning, bread : for there was no bread there but that Jonathan went out into the field at the shew-bread, that was taken from bethe time appointed with David, and a fore the LORD, to put hot bread in the little lad with him.

day when it was taken away. 36 And he said unto his lad, Run, find Ý Now a certain man of the servants of out now the arrows which I shoot. And as Saal was there that day, detained before the lad ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. the LORD ; and his name was Doeg, an

37 And when the lad was come to the Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that place of the arrow which Jonathan had belonged to Saul. shot, Jonathan cried after the lad, and 8 | And David said unto Ahimelech, said, Is not the arrow beyond thee? And is there not here under thine hand

38 And Jonathan cried after the lad, spear or sword? for I have neither brought Make speed, haste, stay not. And Jon- my sword nor my weapons with me, beathan's sad gathered up the arrows, and cause the king's business required haste. came to his master.

9 And the priest said, The sword of 39 But the lad krew not any thing : on- Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewly Jonathan and David knew the matter. est in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here

40 And Jonathan gave his artillery un- wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: to his lad, and said unto him, Go, carry if thou wilt take that, take it : for there is them to the city.

no other save that here. And David said, 41. And as soon as the lad was gone, | There is none like that; give it me, David arose out of a place toward the 10 | And David arose, and fled that south, and fell on his face to the ground, day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish and bowed himself three times : and they " the king of Gath.

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