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THE HOLY BIBLE

CONTAINING THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS

THE
HOLY BIBLE

CONTAINING THE

OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED AN INTRODUCTION

BY

J. W. MACKAIL

VOL. III
I. KINGS TO ESTHER

London
MACMILLAN AND CO., Limited
NEW YORK : THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

GLASGOW: PRINTED AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS

BY ROBERT MACLE HOSE AND CO.

THE
FIRST BOOK OF THE KINGS

COMMONLY CALLED
THE THIRD BOOK OF THE KINGS

N OW king David was old and stricken in

years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat. Wherefore his servants said unto him, “Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat.” So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the king. And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her not.

Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king:” and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, “Why hast thou done so ?” and he also was a very goodly man; and his mother bare him after Absalom. And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him. But

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