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11 For when David was up in the 18 And Gad came that day to Damorning, the word of the Lord came vid, and said unto him, Go up, rear unto the prophet Gad, David's seer, an altar unto the Lord in the threshsaying,

ing-floor of Araunah the Jebusite. 12 Go and say unto David, Thus 19 And David, according to the saith the Lord, I offer thee three saying of Gad, went up as the Lord things; choose thee one of them, that commanded. I may do it unto thee.

20 And Araunah looked, and saw 13 So Gad came to David, and told the king and his servants coming on him, and said unto him, Shall seven toward him; and Araunah went out, Fears of famine come unto thee in and bowed himself before the king thy land ? or wilt thou flee three on his face upon the ground, nonths before thine enemies, while 21 And Araunah said, Wherefore they pursue thee? or that there be is my Lord the king come to his three days' pestilence in thy land ? servant? And David said, To buy DOW advise, and see what answer I the threshing-floor of thee, to build shall return to him that sent me. an altar unto the Lord, that the

14 And David said unto Gad, I am plague may be stayed from the peoin a great strait; let us fall now into ple. the hand of the Lord; for his mercies 22 And Araunah said unto David, are great; and let me not fall into Let my lord the king take and offer the hand of man.

up what seemeth good unto him; 15 So the Lord sent a pestilence behold, here be oxen for burnt sacupon Israel from the morning even rifice, and threshing instruments and to the time appointed; and there other instruments of the oxen for died of the people from Dan even to wood. Beer-sheba seventy thousand men. 23 All these things did Araunah,

16 And when the angel stretched as a king, give unto the king. And out his hand upon Jerusalem to de- | Araunah said unto the king, The stroy it, the Lord said unto him, Stay Lord thy God accept thee. Dow thine hand, it is enough; for the 24 And the king said unto Araunah, people repented, and the Lord stayed Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee the hand of the angel, that he de- at a price; neither will I offer burnt stroyed not the people. And the offerings unto the Lord my God of angel of the Lord was by the thresh- that which doth cost me nothing. ing-floor of Araunah, the Jebusite. So David bought the threshing-floor

17 And David spake unto the Lord and the oxen for fifty shekels of when he saw the angel that smote silver. the people, and said, Lo, I have 25 And David built there an altar sinded, for I have done wickedly; unto the Lord, and offered burnt bat these sheep, what have they offerings and peace offerings. So done ? let thine hand, I pray thee, be the Lord was entreated for the land, against me, and against my father's and the plague was stayed from Isbouse.

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THE FIRST BOOK OF THE KINGS.

CHAPTER I.

the king a young virgin ; and let her Adonijah usurpeth the kingdom-The coun

stand before the king, and let her al of Nathan-Solomon anointed kingAdmijah, flying to the horns of the altar, cherish him, and let her lie in thy is dismissed by Salomom.

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stricken in years; and they 3 So they sought for a fair damsel covered him with clothes, but he gat throughout all the coasts of Israel, Lo beat.

and found Abishag a Shunammite, 2 Wherefore his servants said unto and brought her to the king. him, Let there be sought for my lord

4 And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and minister- | thou swarest by the Lord thy God ed to him ; but the king knew her not. unto thine hand-maid, saying, As

5 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith suredly Solomon thy son shall reign exalted himself, saying, I will be after me, and he shall sit upon my king; and he prepared him chariots throne. and horsemen, and fifty men to run

18 And now,

behold, Adonijah before him.

reigneth; and now, my lord the king, 6 And his father had not displeased thou knowest it not; him at any time in saying, Why hast 19 And he hath slain oxen and fat thou done so ? and he also was a very cattle and sheep in abundance, and goodly man; and his mother bare him hath called all the sons of the king, after Absalom.

and Abiathar the priest, and Joab 7 And he conferred with Joab the the captain of the host; but Solomon son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar thy servant hath he not called. the priest; and they following Ado- 20 And thou, my lord, o king, the nijah helped him.

eyes of all Israel are upon thee, that 8 But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah thou shouldest tell them who shall sit the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the on the throne of my lord the king prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and after him. the mighty men which belonged to 21 Otherwise it shall come to pass, David, were not with Adonijah. when my lord the king shall sleep

9 And Adonijah slew sheep and with his fathers, that I and my son oxen and fat cattle by the stone of Solomon shall be counted offenders. Zoheleth, which is by En-rogel, and 22 And, lo, while she yet talked with called all his brethren the king's the king, Nathan the prophet also sons, and all the men of Judah the came in. king's servants;

23 And they told the king, saying, 10 But Nathan the prophet, and Behold Nathan the prophet. And Benaiah, and the mighty men, and when he was come in before the king, Solomon his brother, he called not. he bowed himself before the king 11 Wherefore Nathan spake unto

with his face to the ground. Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon, 24 And Nathan said, My lord, O saying, Hast thou not heard that king, hast thou said, Adonijah shall Adonijah the son of Haggith doth reign after me, and he shall sit upon reign, and David our lord knoweth my throne? it not?

25 For he is gone down this day, 12 Now therefore come, let me, I and hath slain oxen and fat cattle pray thee, give thee counsel, that and sheep in abundance, and hath thou mayest save thine own life, and called all the king's sons, and tbe the life of thy son Solomon.

captains of the host, and Abiathar 13 Go and get thee in unto king the priest; and, behold, they eat and David, and say unto him, Didst not drink before him, and say, God save thou, my lord, 0 king, swear unto king Adonijah. thine hand-inaid, saying, Assuredly 26 But me, even me thy servant. Solomon thy son shall reign after and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah me, and he shall sit upon my throne? the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant why then doth Adonijah reign? Solomon, hath he not called.

14 Behold, while thou yet talkest 27 Is this thing done by my lord there with the king, I also will come the king, and thou hast not showed in after thee, and confirm thy words. it unto thy servant, who should sit

15 And Bath-sheba went in unto on the throne of my lord the king the king into the chamber; and the after him ? king was very old; and Abishag 28 Then king David answered and the Shunammite ministered unto the said, Call me Bath-sheba. And she king:

came into the king's presence, and 16 And Bath-sheba bowed, and did stood before the king. obeisance into the king. And the 29 And the king sware, and said, king said, What wouldest thou? As the Lord liveth, that hatb redeemed 17 And she said unto him, My lord, my soul out of all distress,

30 Even as I sware unto thee by | trumpet, he said, Wherefore is this the Lord God of Israel, saying, noise of the city being in an uproar! Assuredly Solomon thy son shall 42 And while he yet spake, behold, reign after me, and he shall sit upon Jonathan the son of Abiathar the me throne in my stead; even so will priest came; and Adonijah said unto I certainly do this day.

him, Come in ; for thou art a valiant 31 Then Bath-sheba bowed with man, and bringest good tidings. her face to the earth, and did reve- 43 And Jonathan answered and said rence to the king, and said, Let my to Adonijah, Verily our lord king lord king David live for ever. David hath made Solomon king.

32 And king David said, Call me 44 And the king hath sent with Zadok the priest, and Nathan the bim Zadok the priest, and Nathan prophet, and Benaiah the son of the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came before the Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and king.

the Pelethites, and they have caused 33. The king also said unto them, him to ride upon the king's mule : Take with you the servants of your 45 And Zadok the priest and Nathan lord, and cause Solomon my son to the prophet have anointed him king ride upon mine own mule, and bring in Gihon; and they are come up tip down to Gihon ;

from thence rejoicing, so that the 34 And let Zadok the priest and city rang again. This is the noise Nathan the prophet anoint him there that ye have heard. king over Israel; and blow ye with 46 And also Solomon sitteth on the the trumpet, and say, God save king throne of the kingdom. Solomon,

47 And moreover the king's servants 35 Then ye shall come up after him, came to bless our lord king David, that he may come and sit upon my saying, God make the name of throne: for he shall be king in my Solomon better than thy name, and stead: and I have appointed him to make his throne greater than thy be ruler over Israel and over Judah. throne. And the king bowed him

36 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada self upon the bed. answered the king, and said, Amen; 48 And also thus said the king, the Lord God of my lord the king say Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, so too.

which hath given one to sit on my 37 As the Lord bath been with my throne this day, mine eyes even seelord the king, even so be he with ing it. Solomon, and make his throne greater 49 And all the guests that were tban the throne of my lord king with Adonijah were afraid, and rose David.

up, and went every man his way. 38 So Zadok the priest, and Nathan 50 And Adonijah feared because of the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Solomon, and arose, and went, and Jeboiada, and the Cherethites, and caught hold on the horns of the altar. the Pelethites, went down, and caused 51 And it was told Solomon, saying, Solomon to ride upon king David's Behold, Adonijah feareth king Solomule, and brought him to Gihon. mon; for, lo, he hath caught hold on 39 And Zadok the priest took a the horns of the altar, saying, Let born of oil out of the tabernacle, and king Solomon swear unto me to-day apointed Solomon. And they blew that he will not slay his servant with the trumpet; and all the people said, the sword. God save king Solomon.

52 And Solomon said, If he will 40 And all the people came up after show himself a worthy man, there bim, and the people piped with pipes, shall not a hair of him fall to the and rejoiced with great joy, so that earth; but if wickedness shall be the earth rent with the sound of found in him, he shall die. them.

53 So king Solomor sent, and they 41 And Adonijah and all the guests brought him down from the altar. that were with him heard it as they And he came and howed himself to bad made an end of eating. And king Solomon; and Solomon said when Joab heard the sound of the unto him, Go to thine house.

CHAPTER II.

11 And the days that David reign

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2 I go the way of all the earth; be 13 And Adonijah the son of Hag. thou strong therefore, and show thy-gith came to Bath-sheba the mother self a man;

of Solomon. And she said, Comest 3 And keep the charge of the Lord thou peaceably? And he said, Peacethy God, to walk in his ways, to keep ably. his statutes, and his commandments, 14 He said moreover, I have someand his judgments, and his testimo- what to say unto thee. And she said, nies, as it is written in the law of Say on. Moses, that thou mayest prosper in 15 And he said, Thou knowest that all that thou doest, and whitherso- the kingdom was mine, and that all ever thou turnest thyself;

Israel set their faces on me, that I 4 That the Lord may continue his should reign; how beit the kingdom word which he spake concerning me, is turned about, and is become my saying, If thy children take heed to brother's; for it was his from the their way, to walk before me in truth Lord. with all their heart and with all their 16 And now I ask one petition of soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) thee, deny me not. And she said a man on the throne of Israel.

unto him, Say on. 5 Moreover thou knowest also what 17 And he said, Speak, I pray thee, Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, unto Solomon the king, (for he will and what he did to the two captains not say thee nay,) that he give me of the bosts of Israel, unto Abner the Abishag the Shunammite to wife. son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son 18 And Bath-sheba said, Well; I of Jether, whom he slew, and shed will speak for thee unto the king. the blood of war in peace, and put

19 Bath-sheba therefore went unto the blood of war upon his girdle that king Solomon, to speak unto him for was about his loins, and in his shoes Adonijah. And the king rose up to that were on his feet.

meet her, and bowed himself unto 6 Do therefore according to thy her, and sat down on his throne, and wisdom, and let not his hoar head go caused a seat to be set for the king's down to the grave in peace.

mother; and she sat on his right 7 But show kindness unto the sons hand. of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let 20 Then she said, I desire one small thein be of those that eat at thy table; 1 petition of thee; I pray thee, say me for so they came to me when I fled

And the king said unto because of Absalom thy brother. her, Ask on, my mother; for I will

8 And, behold, thou hast with thee not say thee nay. Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite 21 And she said, Let Abishag the of Bahuriin, which cursed me with Shunanumite be given to Adonijah a grievous curse in the day when I thy brother to wife. went to Mahanaim; but he

22 And king Solomon answered and down to meet me at Jordan, and I said unto his mother, And why dost sware to him by the Lord, saying, I will thou ask Abisbag the Shunain mite not put thee to death with the sword. for Adonijab ? ask for him the king.

9 Now therefore hold him not guilt- dom also; for he is mine elder broleys; for thou art a wise man, and ther; even for him, and for Abiatha: knowest what thou oughtest to do the priest, and for Joab the son of unto him; but his hoar head bring Zeruiah. thou down to the grave with blood. 23 Then king Solomon sware by the

10 So David slept with his fathers, | Lord, saying, God do so to me, anl and was buried in the city of David. more also, if Adonijah bare net

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spoken this word against his own 33 Their blood shall therefore relife.

turn upon the head of Joab, and up24 Now therefore, as the Lord liv. on the bead of his seed for ever; but eth, which hath established me, and upon David, and upon his seed, and set me on the throne of David my upon his house, and upon his throne, father, and who hath made me a shall there be peace for ever from the house, as he promised, Adonijah shall Lord. be put to death this day.

34 So Benaiah the son of Jehoiada 25 Aod king Solomon sent by the went up, and fell upon him, and slew band of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; him; and he was buried in his own and he fell upon him that he died. house in the wilderness,

26 And unto Abiathar the prieste 35 And the king put Benaiah the said the king, Get thee to Anathoth, son of Jehoiada in his room over the anto thine own fields; for thou art host; and Zadok the priest did the worthy of death ; but I will not at king put in the room of Abiathar. this time put thee to death, because 36 And the king sent and called for thou barest the ark of the Lord God Shimei, and said unto him, Build before David my father, and because thee a house in Jerusalem, and dwell thou hast been afflicted in all where there, and go not forth thence any in my father was afflicted.

whither. 27 So Solomon thrust out Abiathar 37 For it shall be, that on the day from being priest unto the Lord : that thou goest out, and passest over the he might fulfil the word of the Lord, brook Kidron, thou shalt know for which he spake concerning the house certain that thou shalt surely die; of Eli in Shiloh.

thy blood shall be upon thine own 28 Then tidings came to Joab; for head. Joab had turned after Adonijah, 38 And Shimei said unto the king, though he turned not after Absalom. The saying is good ; as my lord the And Joab fed unto the tabernacle of king hath said, so will thy servant the Lord, and caught hold on the do. And Shimei dwelt in Jerusalem borns of the altar.

many days. 29 And it was told king Solomon 39 And it came to pass at the end that Joab was filed unto the taberna- of three years, that two of the servants cle of the Lord : and, behold, he is of Shimei ran away unto Achish son by the altar. Then Solomon gent of Maachah king of Gath. And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, they told Shimei, saying, Behold, thy Go, fall upon him.

servants be in Gatb. 30 And Benaiah came to the taber- 40 And Shimei arose, and saddled nacle of the Lord, and said unto him, his ass, and went to Gath to Achish Thos saith the king. Come forth. to seek his servants; and Shimei And he said. Nay; but I will die went, and brought his servants from here. And Benaiah brought the king Gath. word again, saving, Thus said Jonh, 41 And it was told Solomon that and thus he answered me.

Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to 31 And the king said unto him. Do Gath, and was come again. as he hath said, and fall upon him, 42 And the king sent and called for and bury him: that thou mayest take Shimei, and said unto him, Did I away the innocent blood, which Joab not make thee to swear by the Lorii, sbed, from me, and from the house and protested unto thee, saying, of my father.

know for a certain, on the day thou 32 And the Lord shall return his goest out, and walkest abroad any blood upon his own head, who fell whither, that thou shalt surely die? napon two men more righteous and and thou saidst unto me, The word better than he, and slew them with that I have heard is good. the sword, my father David not 43 Why then hast thou not kept knowing thereof, to wit, Abner the the oath of the Lord, and the comBon of Ner, captain of the host of mandment that I have charged theo (ambel, and Amasa the son of Jether, with ? captain of the host of Judab.

44 The king said moreover to Shi

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