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14 IF And it came to pass in the morning,
that David "wrote a letter to Joab, and sent
it by the hand of Uriah.

1 5 And he wrote in the letter, saying. Set
ye UriaJi in the forefront of the t hottest


about in:is.

h Dout. 22.

e Gen. 34. 2.
.lob. 31. I.
Matt. 5. 28.

II Or,

ICIiron. 3.5.

d ch. 23. S9.

e Pa. 51,

Jam. 1. 14.

II Or, ai\d
when she had
purifinit her-
self, iS-c. sA*
28. & 18. 19.

1 Hcb. of
the peace of,

Gen. 18.
& 1». 2.

t Heb. went
oiit after

h ch. 7. 2, 6.

i ch. 20. 6.

k Gen. 10.
33, 35.
1 ver.U.

m See

1 Kinga 21.


1 Heb.


about 103.'!.

t Hcb. from
aftrr htm,
n ch. 12. ».

o Judff. 9,


p .ludg. 6.


t Heb. .
be evil in
thine eyes
t Heb.
so and such.

q ch. 12. 9.

I Heb. was

evil ill the
eyes of,

about 1034.

a Pa. 51,


b See

ch. 14. 5,


1 Kins> 90.

3S.— 4l.

laai. 5. 3.

Uriah is slain.

battle, and retire ye tfrom him, that he
may "be smitten, and die.

16 And it came to pass, when Joab ob-
served the city, that he assigned Uriah unto
a place where he knew that vahant men

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 died also.

18 IF 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 ap-
proached 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
pJerub-besheth? did not a woman cast a
piece of a mill-stone 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 dead also.

22 IF So the messenger went, and came and
shewed 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 som^ of the
king's servants be dead, and thy servant
Uriah the Hittite is dead also.

25 Then David said unto the messenger.
Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this
thing t displease thee, for the sword devour-
eth t one as well as another : make thy bat-
tle more strong against the city, and over-
throw it : and encourage thou him.

26 IF And when the wife of Uriah heard
that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourn-
ed for her husband.

27 And when the mourning was past,
David sent and fetched her to his house, and
she 1 became his wife, and bare him a son.
But the thing that David had done t dis-
pleased the Lord.

CHAP. xn.

1 Nathan's parable of the ewe-lamb causelh David to
be his own judge. 7 David, reproved ly Nathan,
confesseth his sin, and is pardoned. 15 David mourn-
eth and prayeth for the child, while it lived..
24 Solomon is born, and named Jedidiah. 26 Davtd
taketh Rdbbah, and tortureth the people thereof.

AND the Lord sent Nathan unto David.
And - he came unto him, and "said unto

Nathan^ s parable of the ewe-lamb.

him, There were two men in one city ; the
one rich, and the other poor.

2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks
and herds :

3 But the poor man had nothing save one
httle ewe-lamh, which he had bought and
nourished up : and it grew up together with
him, and with his children ; it did eat of his
own t meat, and drank of his own cup, and
lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a

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
way-faring 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 surely die.

6 And he shall restore the lamb "four-fold,
because he did this thing, and because he had
no pity.

7 IT And Nathan said to David, Thou art
the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Is-
rael, 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 things.

9 *= Wherefore hast thou '"despised the
commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his
sight ? e 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 this

12 For thou didst it secretly : ''but I will
do this thing before all Israel, and. before the

13 'And David said unto Nathan, "•! have
sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said
unto David, The Lord also hath °put away
thy sin ; thou shalt not die.

14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou
hast given great occasion to the enemies of
the Lord Pto blaspheme, the child also that
is born unto thee shall surely die.






about 1034.

about 1034.

t Hob.

fasUd a


(1 ch. 13. 31.

t Heb.

t Heb.
do hurt.

II Or, is

worttitf to

dte, or. IS a

Sim ofdfath.

1 Sam. 20.


c Exod. 22.


Luke 19. 8.

! Ruth 3. 3.

d 1 Sam.
16. 13.

I Job 1. 20.

c See

1 Sam. 15.


/■ Numb.

15. 31.

e ch. 11. 15.

16, 17, 27.

t See

Ism. 38. 1,5.

Jonah 3. 'J.

h Amos 7. 9.

u .lob 7. 8,
9, 10.


i Dout. 28.


ch. IG. 2i

X Malt. 1. 6.
y 1 t^liron.

II That is.
lit'lovtd of
tlie Lord.

k ch. 16. 22.

7. 1 Chron.
20. 1.
a Deut. 3.

1 See 1 Sam.
15. 24.
m ch. 24. 10.
.lob 7. 20.
Ps. 32. 5. t
51. 4.

Prov. 28.13.
o ch. 24. 10.
Ps. :12. 1.
.lob 7. 21.
Mic. 7. 18.
Zoch. 3. 4.
p l.;ai. TyZ. .5.

Rom. 2. 24.

t Hob.
my name be
culled upon

David humbleth himself.

15 IT 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 t fasted, and went in, and
ilay 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 f 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 may live ?

23 But now he is dead, wherefore should
I fast ? can I bring him back again? I shall
go to him, but " he shall not return to

24 IT And David comforted Bath-sheba his
wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her :
and "she bare a son, and ^he called his name
Solomon : and the Lord loved him.

25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the
prophet ; and he called his name 1| Jedidiah.
because of the Lord.

26 IF And ^Joab fought against ^Rabbah
of the children of Ammon, and took the
royal city.

27 And Joab sent messengers to David,
and said, I have fought against Rabbah, 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 f it be
called after my name.

29 And David gathered all the people

Amnon in love with Tamar.

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 t in great abun-

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 brick-
kiln : and thus did he unto all the cities of
the children of Ammon. So David and all
the people returned unto Jerusalem.


1 Amnon loving Tamar, by Jonadab's counsel feigning
himself sick, ramsheth her. 15 He hateth her, and
shamefully turneth her away. 19 Absalom entertaineth
her, and concealeth his purpose. 23 At a sheep-shear-
i7ig, among all the ki7ig's sons, he killeth Amnon.
30 David grieving at the netos is comforted by
Jonadah. 37 Absalom Jieeth to Talmai at Geshur.

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 t Amnon thought it hard for
him to do any thing to her.

3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name
was Jonadab, "the son of Shimeah David's
brother : and Jonadab was a very subtle man.

4 And he said unto him. Why art thou,
being the king's son, flean ffrom 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 If So Amnon lay down, and made him-
self sick : and when the king was come to
sec 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 hand,

7 Then David sent home to Tamar, say-
ing, 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 II flour, and kneaded it, and made cakes
in his sight, and did bake the cakes.

9 And she took a pan, and poured tJiem
out before him ; but he refused to eat. And





about 1032.
e Gun. 45. 1.

b 1 Chron.

t Hob.
very great.

f Gon. 39.


t Hob.
humble me.
Gon. 34. 2.
t Lov. 18. 9,
11. i 20. 17.
f Hob.
It onsht not
Jiuls. 19.23.
&28. 6.

i Soo Lov.
IS. 9, 11.

ahnut 1012.
a ch. 3. 2, 3.

1) 1 Chron.

k Deut. 22.


See ch. 12.


t Hob.

with great



t Ilcb.
it was mar'
velloiLS, or.
hidden in the
eyes of

c Sco

1 Sum. 16. 9.


t Hob.
moniivg by

I Gen. 37.3.
•Tudp. 5. 30.
P». 45. 14.

m Joah. 7. C.
ch. 1.2.
Job 2. 12.

n Jcr. 2. 37.


A Con. le. 6.

t Heb.

set vol thy

t Heb.
and desolate.

o Gen. 24.
50. & 31. 24.
« Lev. 19.
17. 18.


II Or,

g See Gen.
38. 12, 13.
1 Sam. 25. 4,

He ravisheth, and then hateth her.

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 t force me; for efno 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 IT Then Amnon hated her t exceeding-
ly ; 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 minis-
tered 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 IT 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 crying.

20 And Absalom her brother said unto
her. Hath f Amnon thy brother been with
thee ? but hold now thy peace, my sister :
he is thy brother; f regard not this thing.
So Tamar remained t desolate in her brother
Absalom's house.

21 IT 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
p hated Amnon, because he had forced his
sister Tamar.

23 IT And it came to pass after two full
years, that Absalom ihad sheep-shearers in
Baal-hazor, which is beside Ephraim : and
Absalom invited all the king's sons.

24 And Absalom came to the kmg, and


Absalom Icilletk Amnon.

said, Behold now, thy servant hath sheep-
shearers : let the king, I beseech thee, and
his servants go with thy servant.

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 with him.

28 H 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 : II have not I commanded you ? be coura-
geous, and be f valiant.

29 And the servants of Absalom did unto
Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then
all the king's sons arose, and every man tgat
him up upon his mule, and fled.

30 IT And it came to pass, while they were
in the way, that tidings came to David, say-
ing, Absalom hath slain all the king's sons,
and there is not one of them left.

31 Then the king arose, and 'tare his gar-
ments and 'lay on the earth; arid 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 f 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 yBut 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

35 And Jonadab said unto the king, Be-
hold, the king's sons come : t 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 ser-
vants wept t very sore.

37 IT But Absalom fled, and went to '^Tal-
mai, the son of J| 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 o/king David ||longed to








b Gon. 38.



a ch. 13. 39.


b 2 Chron.

11. 0.

c See Ruth


r .ludc. 19.
6. », 22.

Uutli 3. 7.

1 Sam. 25.


Esth. 1. 10.

Ps. 104. 15.

II Or, will

you not.

since J/iavs

d ver. 19.


Eioil. 4. 15.

you 1
Josh. 1. 9.

t Ut'b. sons

of valour.

t Heb. rode.

e 1 Sam. 20.


ch. 1. 2.

t Hob. Save.
f See

2 Kings 6.
20, aj.

ff See ch.

s ch. 1. 11.

t ch. 12. 16.

u vcr. 3.

t Ilcb. no

dclira-cr be-

tween them.

)i Numb.

3.'). 19.

Dcut. in. 12.

T Hcb.


II Or, scUlei.

X ch. 10. 19.

t Heb. upon

the face of

the eurtfi.

r vcr. 38.

i Gen. 27.


1 Sara. 25.


Malt. 27. 25.

k ch.3.28.


1 Kincs 2.

t Ttob. oi:-


cording to

the word of

thy servant.

t Hell, that

the rcvengns

of blood do

not ntvttfpty

to destroy.

\ Heb. with

1 Numb. 35.

a urcat



m 1 Sam.

z cli. 3. 3.

14. 4.5.

Acts 27. 34.


II Or, Jlm-


a ch 14. 23,

32. & 15. 8.

II Or, was


Ps. 84. 2.

JoaVs artifice to

go forth unto Absalom: for he was "^ com-
forted concerning Amnon, seeing he was


1 Joah, suborning a widow of Tehoah,, hy a parable to
incline the Icing's heart to fetch hoTne Absalom, bringeth
hiin to Jerusalem. 25 Absalom's beauty, hair, and
children. 28 After two years Absalom by Joah is
brought into the king's presence.

NOW Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived
that the king's heart was "toward Ab

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 TI And when the woman of Tekoah
spake to the king, she ''fell on her face to the
ground, and did obeisance, and said, t'^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 tnone to part them, but the one smote
the other, and slew him.

7 And behold, ''the whole family is risen
againstthine 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 1 upon the earth,

8 And the king said unto the woman, Go
to thine house, and I Avill give charge con-
cerning thee.

9 And the woman of Tekoah said unto the
king, My lord, O king, 'the iniquity 6e on
me, and on my father's house: '^and the kiiig
and his throne be guiltless.

10 And the king said. Whosoever saitb
aught unto thee, bring him to* me, and he
shall not touch thee any more.

11 Then said she, I pray thee, let the king
remember the Lord thy God, tthat thou
wouldest not suflTer '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, Letthine hand-
maid, I pray thee, speak one word unto my
lord the king. And he said. Say on.

13 And the woman said. Wherefore then

bring Absalom home.

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
dotli not fetch home again ° his banished.

14 For we Pmust needs die, and are as
water spilt on the ground, which cannot be
gathered up again ; || neither doth God respect
any person : yet doth he i 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 be-
cause 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 of God.

17 Then thine handmaid said, The word of
my lord the king shall now be f comfortable :
for 'as an angel of God, so is my lord the king
t 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 aught that my lord
the king hath spoken : for thy servant Joab,
he bade me, and =he put all these words in
the mouth of 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 t thanked the
king : and Joab said. To-day thy servant
kuoweth that I have found grace in thy
eight, my lord, O king, in that the king hath
fulfilled the request of || his servant.

23 So Joab arose " and went to Gcshur,
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 face.

35 IF t But in all Israel there was none to
be so much praised as Absalom for his beau-
ty : y from the sole of his foot even to the





n Judg, SO.
o ch. 13. 37,

p Job 34.


llulir. 9. 37.

11 Or,

because Ood
hath not
taken awav
his life, he
hath also de-

g Numb. 3S.
15, 35. 38.

T Hcb. for


r vcr. 20.

ch. 19.27.

t Heb. to


t VCT. 17.
ch. 19. 27.

t Hcb.

II Or, thi/.
u ch. 13. 37.

X Gen. 43. 3.
ch. 3. 13.

t Heb. .And
as Absalom
there was
not a beau-
tiful man in
all Israel to
y iBOl. l.D.



z BoQ ch. 18.


ft ver. 24.

CHAP. XV. Joab bringeth Absalom into Bavicts presence.

crown of his head there was no 61emish in

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 weight.

27 And ^unto Absalom there were born
three sons, and one daughter, whose name
was Tamar : she was a woman of a fair

28 IT So Absalom dwelt two full years in
Jerusalem, "and saw not the king's face.

29 Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to
have sent him to the king ; but he would not

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