2 Samuel 1
1 Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David had returned from the
slaughter of the Amalekites, and David remained two days in Ziklag,
2 that on the third day, behold, a man came from Saul's camp with his clothes torn and
earth on his head. So it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the ground and
3 And David said to him, Where have you come from? So he said to him, I have escaped
from the camp of Israel.
4 And David said to him, How did the matter go? Please tell me. And he answered, The
people have fled from the battle, many of the people have fallen and died, and Saul and
Jonathan his son have died.
5 And David said to the young man who told him, How do you know that Saul and
Jonathan his son have died?
6 And the young man who told him said, As I happened by chance to be on Mount
Gilboa, behold, Saul was leaning on his spear; and behold, the chariots and horsemen
closely pursued him.
7 And when he looked behind him, he saw me and called to me. And I answered, Here
8 And he said to me, Who are you? So I answered him, I am an Amalekite.
9 He said to me again, Please stand over me and kill me, for agony has seized me because
my soul still remains in me.
10 So I stood over him and killed him, because I perceived that he could not live after he
had fallen. And I took the crown that was on his head and the bracelet that was on his arm,
and have brought them here to my lord.
11 Then David took hold of his own clothes and tore them, and so did all the men with
12 And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his
son, for the people of Jehovah and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the
13 Then David said to the young man who told him, Where are you from? And he
answered, I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite.
14 And David said to him, How was it you were not afraid to put forth your hand to
destroy the anointed of Jehovah?
15 And David summoned one of the young men and said, Go near, and fall upon him!
And he struck him so that he died.
16 And David said to him, Your blood is on your own head, for your mouth has testified
against you, saying, I have killed the anointed of Jehovah.
17 Then David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son,
18 and he commanded them to teach the sons of Judah the Song of the Bow; behold, it is
written in the Book of Jasher:
19 The beauty of Israel is slain on your high places! How the mighty have fallen!
20 Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon; lest the daughters of the
Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.
21 O mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew nor rain upon you, nor fields of offerings;
for the shield of the mighty has been rejected as loathsome there! The shield of Saul, not
anointed with oil.
22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan has not
turned back, and the sword of Saul did not return empty.
23 Saul and Jonathan were beloved and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they have
not been separated. They have been swifter than eagles, they have been stronger than
24 O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with luxury; who
put ornaments of gold on your apparel.
25 How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan, slain on your high
26 I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan. You have been very pleasant to me; your
love to me was wonderful, surpassing the love of women.
27 How the mighty have fallen, and the weapons of war perished!
2 Samuel 2
1 It happened after this that David inquired of Jehovah, saying, Shall I go up to any of
the cities of Judah? And Jehovah said to him, Go up. David said, Where shall I go up?
And He said, To Hebron.
2 So David went up there, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail
the widowed wife of Nabal the Carmelite.
3 And David brought up the men who were with him, every man with his household. So
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 reported to David, saying, The men of Jabesh Gilead were the ones who
5 So David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh Gilead, and said to them, You are
blessed of Jehovah, for you have shown this kindness to your lord, to Saul, and have
6 And now may Jehovah show kindness and truth to you. I also will deal kindly with you,
because you have done this thing.
7 Now therefore, let your hands be strengthened, and be valiant; for your master Saul is
dead, and also the house of Judah has anointed me as king over them.
8 But Abner the son of Ner, commander of Saul's army, took Ishbosheth the son of Saul
and brought him over to Mahanaim;
9 and he made him king over Gilead, over the Ashurites, over Jezreel, over Ephraim, over
Benjamin, and over all Israel.
10 Ishbosheth, Saul's son, was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and he
reigned two years. Only the house of Judah followed David.
11 And the number of days 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 them by the
pool of Gibeon. So they sat down, one on 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 make sport before us. And
Joab said, Let them arise.
15 So they arose and went over by number, twelve from Benjamin for Ishbosheth the son
of Saul, and twelve from the servants of David.
16 And each one grabbed his opponent by the head and thrust his sword in his opponent's
side; so they fell down together. Therefore that place was called the Field of Swords,
which is in Gibeon.
17 And the battle was fierce that day, and Abner and the men of Israel were smitten
before the servants of David.
18 Now the three sons of Zeruiah were there: Joab and Abishai and Asahel. And Asahel
was as fleet of foot as a gazelle in the field.
19 And Asahel pursued after Abner, and in going he did not turn to the right hand or to
the left from after Abner.
20 Then Abner looked behind him and said, Are you Asahel? He answered, I am.
21 And Abner said to him, Turn aside to your right hand or to your left, and lay hold on
one of the young men and take his spoils for yourself. But Asahel would not turn aside
from after him.
22 And Abner said again to Asahel, Turn aside from after me. Why should I strike you to
the ground? How then shall I lift up my face to your brother Joab?
23 However, he refused to turn aside. Therefore Abner struck him in the stomach with the
back end of the spear, so that the spear came out his back; and he fell down there and died
on the spot. So it was that as many as came to the place where Asahel fell down and died,
24 Joab and Abishai also pursued after Abner. And the sun was going down when they
came to the hill of Ammah, which is before Giah by the way to the wilderness of Gibeon.
25 And the sons of Benjamin gathered together after Abner and became one band, and
took their stand on top of a hill.
26 Then Abner called to Joab and said, Shall the sword devour forever? Do you not know
that it will be bitter in the end? How long will it be then until you tell the people to turn
back from after their brethren?
27 And Joab said, As God lives, unless you had spoken, surely then by morning the
people would have gone up, every one after his brother.
28 So Joab blew a shofar; and all the people stood still and did not pursue after Israel
anymore, nor did they fight anymore.
29 And Abner and his men went on all that night through the plain, crossed over the
Jordan, and went through Bithron, and came to Mahanaim.
30 And Joab returned from pursuing after Abner. And when he had gathered all the
people together, there were missing of David's servants nineteen men and Asahel.
31 But the servants of David had struck down, of Benjamin and Abner's men, three
hundred and sixty men who died.
32 And they took up Asahel and buried him in his father's tomb, which was in Bethlehem.
And Joab and his men went all night, and they came to Hebron at daybreak.
2 Samuel 3
1 Now there was long warfare between the house of Saul and the house of David. But
David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.
2 And sons were born to David in Hebron: His firstborn was Amnon, by Ahinoam the
3 his second, Chileab, by Abigail the widowed wife of Nabal the Carmelite; the third,
Absalom the son of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur;
4 the fourth, Adonijah, the son of Haggith; the fifth, Shephatiah, the son of Abital;
5 and the sixth, Ithream, by David's wife Eglah. These were born to David in Hebron.
6 Now it was so, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David,
that Abner was making himself strong in the house of Saul.
7 And Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah. And
Ishbosheth said to Abner, Why have you gone in to my father's concubine?
8 Then Abner became very angry at the words of Ishbosheth, and said, Am I a dog's head that belongs to Judah? Today I show kindness to the house of Saul your father, to his brothers, and to his friends, and have not delivered you into the hand of David; and you charge me today with a fault concerning this woman?
9 May God do so to Abner, and more also, if I do not do for David as Jehovah has sworn
10 to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the throne of David over
Israel and over Judah, from Dan to Beer-sheba.
11 And he could not answer Abner another word, because he feared him.
12 And Abner sent messengers on his behalf to David, saying, Whose is the land? saying
also, Make your covenant with me, and behold, my hand shall be with you to bring around
all Israel to you.
13 And David said, Good, I will make a covenant with you. But one thing I am asking of
you: you shall not see my face unless you first bring Michal, Saul's daughter, when you
come to see my face.
14 And David sent messengers to Ishbosheth, Saul's son, saying, Give me my wife
Michal, whom I betrothed to myself for a hundred foreskins of the Philistines.
15 And Ishbosheth sent and took her from her husband, from Paltiel the son of Laish.
16 And her husband went along with her to Bahurim, weeping behind her. And Abner
said to him, Go, return. And he returned.
17 And the words of Abner had come to the elders of Israel, saying, In time past you were
desiring David as king over you.
18 Now then, do it! For Jehovah has 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 spoke in the ears of Benjamin. And Abner also went to speak in the
ears of David at Hebron all that was good in the eyes of Israel and in the eyes of the house
20 So Abner and twenty men with him came to David at Hebron. And David made a feast
for Abner and the men who were with him.
21 And Abner said to David, I will arise and go, and gather all Israel to my lord the king,
that they may make a covenant with you, and that you may reign over all that your soul
desires. And David sent Abner away, and he went in peace.
22 And behold the servants of David and Joab came from a raid and brought much
spoils with them. And Abner was not with David in Hebron, for he had sent him away, and
he had gone in peace.
23 And when Joab and all the troops that were with him had come, they told Joab, saying,
Abner the son of Ner has come to the king, and he sent him away, and he has gone in
24 Then Joab came to the king and said, What have you done? Behold, Abner came to
you; why is it that you sent him away, and he has left to go?
25 You realize that Abner the son of Ner has come to deceive you, to know your going
out and your coming in, and to know all that you are doing.
26 And when Joab had left David, he sent messengers after Abner, who brought him back
from the well of Sirah. But David did not know it.
27 And when Abner had returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak
with him privately, and there stabbed him in the stomach, so that he died for the blood of
Asahel his brother.
28 And afterward, when David heard it, he said, My kingdom and I are guiltless before
Jehovah forever of the blood of Abner the son of Ner.
29 May it whirl about on the head of Joab and on all his father's house; and let there
never fail to be in the house of Joab one who has a discharge or is a leper, who leans on a
staff or falls by the sword, or who lacks bread.
30 So Joab and Abishai his brother killed Abner, because he had killed their brother
Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.
31 And David said to Joab and to all the people who were with him, Tear your clothes,
gird yourselves with sackcloth, and mourn for Abner. And King David walked behind the
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: Should Abner die the death of a fool?
34 Your hands were not bound nor your feet put into fetters; as a man falls before wicked
men, so you have fallen. Then all the people wept over him again.
35 And when all the people came to give David food to eat while it was still day, David
swore, saying, God do so to me, and more also, if I taste bread or anything else before the
sun goes down!
36 And all the people took note of it, and it was good in their eyes, even as whatever the
king had done was good in the eyes of all the people.
37 For all the people and all Israel understood that day that it had not been from the king,
to kill Abner the son of Ner.
38 And the king said to his servants, Do you not know that a prince and a great man has
fallen this day in Israel?
39 And I am weak today, though anointed king; and these men, the sons of Zeruiah, are
too severe for me. Jehovah shall repay the evildoer according to his evil.
2 Samuel 4
1 When Saul's son heard that Abner had died in Hebron, his hands fell limp, and all
Israel was dismayed.
2 Now Saul's son had two men who were commanders of troops. The name of one was
Baanah and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, of the sons
of Benjamin. (For Beeroth also was part of Benjamin,
3 because the Beerothites fled to Gittaim and are sojourning there to this day.)
4 And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son who was lame in his feet. He was five years old
when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel; and his nurse took him up and
fled. And it happened, 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, set out and came at the
heat of the day to the house of Ishbosheth, who was lying on his bed at noon.
6 And when they had come there, into the middle of the house, as though carrying
wheat, they stabbed him in the stomach. And Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.
7 Now when they came into the house, he was lying on his bed in his bedroom; then they
struck him and killed him, beheaded him and took his head, and were all night escaping
through the plain.
8 And they brought the head of Ishbosheth to David at Hebron, and said to the king,
Behold, the head of Ishbosheth, the son of Saul your enemy, who had sought your life.
Jehovah has requited vengeance for my lord the king this day upon Saul and his seed.
9 But David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the
Beerothite, and said to them, As Jehovah lives, who has redeemed my soul from all
10 when someone told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good
news, I took him and killed him in Ziklag; the reward I gave him for his news.
11 How much more, when wicked men have killed a righteous man in his own house on
his bed? Therefore, shall I not now require his blood at your hand and remove you from
12 And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, cut off their hands and
feet, and hung them by the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth and
buried it in the tomb of Abner at Hebron.
2 Samuel 5
1 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and spoke, saying, Behold, we
are your bone and your flesh.
2 Also, in time past, when Saul was king over us, you were the one leading Israel out and
bringing them in; and Jehovah said to you, You shall shepherd My people Israel, and be
ruler over Israel.
3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant
with them at Hebron before Jehovah. And they anointed David king over Israel.
4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.
5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he
reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah.
6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem, to the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the
land, who spoke to David, saying, You shall not come in here; but the blind and the lame
will repel you, thinking, David cannot come in here.
7 Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion. It is the City of David.
8 And David said on that day, Whoever climbs up by way of the water conduit let him
strike down the Jebusites, the lame and the blind, who are hated by David's soul.
Therefore they say, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.
9 So David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the City of David. And David built all
around from the fortifications and inward.
10 And David went on and became great, and Jehovah the God of Hosts was with him.
11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and craftsmen and masons. And they built David a house.
12 Thus David recognized that Jehovah had established him as king over Israel, and that
He had exalted His kingdom for His people Israel.
13 And David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he came from
Hebron. Also more sons and daughters were born to David.
14 And these are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua,
Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,
15 Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia,
16 Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.
17 Now when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the
Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went down to the
18 The Philistines also went and spread themselves out in the Valley of Rephaim.
19 And David inquired of Jehovah, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You
deliver them into my hand? And Jehovah said to David, Go up, for I will deliver up to give
the Philistines into your hand.
20 So David went to Baal Perazim, and David struck them there; and he said, Jehovah
has broken through my enemies before me, like water bursting forth. Therefore he called
the name of that place Baal Perazim.
21 And they abandoned their idols there, and David and his men carried them away.
22 Then the Philistines went up again and spread themselves out in the valley of Rephaim.
23 And David inquired of Jehovah, and He said, You shall not go up; circle around
behind them, and come upon them in front of the balsam trees.
24 And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees,
that you shall be decisive. For then Jehovah shall have gone out before you to strike the
camp of the Philistines.
25 And David did so, as Jehovah had commanded him; and he struck the Philistines from
Geba until you come to Gezer.
2 Samuel 6
1 Again David gathered all the choice men of Israel, thirty thousand.
2 And David rose up and went, and all the people who were with him from Baale Judah,
to bring up from there the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of Jehovah of
Hosts, who dwells between the cherubim.
3 And they set the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab,
which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were leading the new
4 They brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill, with the ark of
God; and Ahio was going before the ark.
5 And David and all the house of Israel were making sport before Jehovah with all manner of fir wood; with harps, with lutes, with tambourines, with rattles and buzzing.
6 And when they came to Nachon's threshing floor, Uzzah stretched out his hand to the
ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen had fallen.
7 And the anger of Jehovah burned against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error;
and he died there by the ark of God.
8 And David was furious because Jehovah had used violence and burst forth against
Uzzah; thus the name of the place is called Perez Uzzah to this day.
9 And David was afraid of Jehovah that day; and he said, How shall the ark of Jehovah
come to me?
10 So David was not willing to remove the ark of Jehovah to himself into the City of
David; but David turned it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.
11 And the ark of Jehovah remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months.
And Jehovah blessed Obed-Edom and all his house.
12 And it was reported to King David, saying, Jehovah has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought
up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness.
13 And so it was, when those bearing the ark of Jehovah had gone six paces, that he
sacrificed oxen and fatlings.
14 And David was dancing before Jehovah with all his might; and David was girded with
a linen ephod.
15 So David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of Jehovah with shouting
and with the sound of the shofar.
16 And as the ark of Jehovah was coming into the City of David, Michal, Saul's daughter,
looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before Jehovah; and
she despised him in her heart.
17 And they brought the ark of Jehovah, and set it in its place in the midst of the tent that
David had erected for it. And David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before
18 And when David finished offering the burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed
the people in the name of Jehovah of Hosts.
19 And he distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israel, both the
women and the men, to everyone a cake of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins.
And all the people departed, everyone 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 today, uncovering himself
today in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the worthless fellows uncovers
to reveal himself!
21 And David said to Michal, It was before Jehovah, who chose me instead of your father
and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of Jehovah, over Israel. Therefore I
have danced before Jehovah.
22 And I have been even more lightly esteemed than this, and humble in my own eyes.
But as for the handmaids of whom you have spoken, by them I was honored.
23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.
2 Samuel 7
1 Now it came to pass when the king was dwelling in his house, and Jehovah had given
him rest from all his enemies all around,
2 that the king said to Nathan the prophet, See now, I am dwelling in a house of cedar, but
the ark of God is dwelling inside tent curtains.
3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in your heart, for Jehovah is with you.
4 And it happened that night that the Word of Jehovah came to Nathan, saying,
5 Go and say to My servant David, Thus says Jehovah: Would you build a house for Me
to dwell in?
6 For I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought the children of Israel up
from Egypt, even to this day, but have moved about in a tent and in a tabernacle.
7 Wherever I have moved about with all the children of Israel, have I spoken a word to
anyone from the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people Israel,
saying, Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?
8 Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, Thus says Jehovah of Hosts: I
have taken you from the pastures, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people,
9 And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies
before you, and have made you a great name, like the name of the great men who are on
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, without being disturbed; nor shall the sons of
unrighteousness afflict them anymore, as before,
11 since the day that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel, and have caused
you to rest from all your enemies. And Jehovah has declared to you that He will make you
12 When your days are fulfilled and you have rested with your fathers, I will set up your
seed after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.
13 He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom
14 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him
with the rod of men and with the strokes of the sons of men.
15 But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from
16 And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your
throne shall be established forever.
17 According to all these words and according to all this vision, thus Nathan spoke to
18 Then King David went in and sat before Jehovah; and he said: Who am I, O Lord
Jehovah? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?
19 And yet this was a small thing in Your eyes, O Lord Jehovah; and You have also
spoken of Your servant's house for a great while to come. Is this the manner of man, O
20 Now what more can David say to You? For You, Lord Jehovah, have known Your
21 Because of Your Word, and according to Your own heart, You have done all these
great things, to make Your servant know them.
22 Therefore You have been magnified, O Lord Jehovah. For there is none like You, nor
is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
23 And who is like Your people, like Israel, the one nation on the earth whom God has gone to redeem as a people for Himself, to make a name for Himself; and to do for Yourself great and awesome deeds for Your land, before Your people whom You have redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, the nations, and their gods?
24 For You established Your people Israel unto Yourself as Your own people forever; and
You, Jehovah, have become their God.
25 Now, O Jehovah God, the word which You have spoken concerning Your servant and
concerning his house, establish it forever and do as You have spoken.
26 And let Your name be magnified forever, saying, Jehovah of Hosts is the God over
Israel. And let the house of Your servant David be established before You.
27 For You, O Jehovah of Hosts, God of Israel, have disclosed this in Your servant's ear,
saying, I will build you a house. Therefore Your servant has found it in his heart to pray
this prayer to You.
28 And now, O Lord Jehovah, You are God, and Your Words are true, and You have
promised this goodness to Your servant.
29 Now therefore, let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may
continue forever before You; for You, O Lord Jehovah, have spoken it, and with Your
blessing let the house of Your servant be blessed forever.
2 Samuel 8
1 After this it came to pass that David struck the Philistines and subdued them. And
David took control of the mother city from the hand of the Philistines.
2 And he struck Moab, made them lie down on the ground, and measured them off with a
line. With two lines he measured off those to be put to death, and with one full line those
to be kept alive. Thus the Moabites became David's servants, and brought tribute.
3 David also struck Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to restore his
hand at the River Euphrates.
4 And David captured seventeen hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand foot soldiers.
David also hamstrung all the chariot horses, except that he spared enough of them for one
5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David
killed twenty-two thousand men of Syria.
6 And David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became David's
servants, and brought tribute. And Jehovah gave victory to David wherever he went.
7 And David took the shields of gold that had belonged to the servants of Hadadezer, and
brought them to Jerusalem.
8 Also from Betah and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, King David took a large
amount of bronze.
9 When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had struck down all the army of
10 then Toi sent Joram his son to King David, to ask after his peace and bless him,
because he had fought against Hadadezer and struck him (for Hadadezer had been at war
with Toi); and Joram brought in his hand articles of silver, articles of gold, and articles of
11 King David also consecrated these to Jehovah, along with the silver and gold that he
had consecrated from all the nations which he had subdued;
12 from Syria, from Moab, from the children of Ammon, from the Philistines, from
Amalek, and from the spoils of Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
13 And David made a name for himself when he returned from killing eighteen thousand
Syrians in the Valley of Salt.
14 He also put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom he put garrisons, and all the
Edomites became David's servants. And Jehovah gave victory to David wherever he went.
15 Thus David reigned over all Israel; and David was executing justice and righteousness
to all his people.
16 Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the army; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was
17 Zadok the son of Ahitub and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar were the priests; Seraiah
was the scribe;
18 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and
David's sons were chief ministers.
2 Samuel 9
1 Then David said, Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show
him kindness for Jonathan's sake?
2 And there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba. So when they
summoned him to David, the king said to him, Are you Ziba? And he said, At your
3 And the king said, Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may show
the kindness of God? And Ziba said to the king, There is still a son of Jonathan who is
lame in his feet.
4 And the king said to him, Where is he? And Ziba said to the king, Behold, he is in the
house of Machir the son of Ammiel, in Lo Debar.
5 Then King David sent and brought him out of the house of Machir the son of Ammiel,
from Lo Debar.
6 And when Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, had come to David, he
fell on his face and prostrated himself. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered,
Behold your servant!
7 And David said to him, Do not fear, for I will bring about to deal with you in kindness
because of Jonathan your father, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your father;
and you shall eat bread at my table continually.
8 He bowed again, and said, What is your servant, that you should look upon such a dead
dog as I?
9 And the king summoned Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, I have given to your
master's son all that belonged to Saul and to all his house.
10 You therefore, and your sons and your servants, shall work the land for him, and you
shall bring in the harvest, that your master's son may have food to eat. But Mephibosheth
your master's son shall eat bread at my table continually. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and
11 And Ziba said to the king, According to all that my lord the king commands his
servant, so shall your servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my
table like one of the king's sons.
12 And Mephibosheth had a young son whose name was Micha. And all who dwelt in the
house of Ziba were servants of Mephibosheth.
13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem, for he ate continually at the king's table. And he
was lame in both his feet.
2 Samuel 10
1 It happened after this that the king of the children of Ammon died, and Hanun his son
reigned in his place.
2 And David said, I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father showed
kindness to me. So David sent by the hand of his servants to comfort him concerning his
father. And David's servants came into the land of the children of Ammon.
3 And the chiefs of the children of Ammon said to Hanun their lord, In your eyes, does
David honor your father in sending comforters to you? Has David not sent his servants to
you to search the city, to spy it out, and to overthrow it?
4 Therefore Hanun took David's servants, shaved off half of their beards, cut off their
garments in the middle, at their buttocks, and sent them away.
5 And when they reported it to David, he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly
ashamed. And the king said, Stay at Jericho until your beards have grown, and then return.
6 And when the sons of Ammon saw that they had made themselves odious to David, the sons of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Beth Rehob and the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand foot soldiers; and from the king of Maacah one thousand men, and from Ish-Tob twelve thousand men.
7 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab and all the army of the mighty men.
8 And the sons of Ammon came out and set themselves in battle array at the entrance of the gate. And the Syrians of Zoba, Beth Rehob, Ish-Tob, and Maachah were by themselves in the field.
9 And when Joab saw that the battle line was against him before and behind, he chose
some of Israel's choicest and set them in battle array to meet the Syrians.
10 And the rest of the people he put into the hand of Abishai his brother, that he might
set them in battle array to meet the sons of Ammon.
11 Then he said, If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall deliver me; but if the
sons of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will come to deliver you.
12 Be strong, and let us be courageous for our people and for the cities of our God. And
may Jehovah do what is good in His eyes.
13 So Joab and the people with him drew near for the battle against the Syrians, and they
fled before him.
14 And when the sons of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fleeing, they also fled before
Abishai, and entered the city. So Joab returned from the sons of Ammon and came to
15 And when the Syrians saw that they had been struck down before Israel, they
16 And Hadadezer sent and brought out the Syrians who were beyond the River, and they
came to Helam. And Shobach the commander of Hadadezer's army went before them.
17 And when it was reported to David, he gathered all Israel, crossed over the Jordan, and
came to Helam. And the Syrians set themselves in battle array to meet David and fought
18 And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David killed seven hundred in chariots and forty
thousand horsemen of the Syrians, and struck Shobach the commander of their army, and
he died there.
19 And when all the kings who were servants to Hadadezer saw that they had been
smitten before Israel, they made peace with Israel and served them. So the Syrians feared
to help the sons of Ammon anymore.
2 Samuel 11
1 And it happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out 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 remained at Jerusalem.
2 And it happened at night time, that David arose from his bed and walked around on the
roof of the king's house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was
very pleasant in appearance.
3 And David sent and inquired after the woman. And someone said, Is this not Bathsheba,
the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her.
And when she was sanctified from her uncleanness, she returned to her house.
5 And the woman conceived; and sent and reported to David, and said, I am with child.
6 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to
7 And when Uriah came to him, David asked after Joab's welfare, and the people's
welfare, and the progress of the war.
8 And David said to Uriah, Go down to your house and wash your feet. So Uriah
departed from the king's house, and a portion of food from the king followed him.
9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and did
not go down to his house.
10 So when they reported to David, saying, Uriah did not go down to his house, David
said to Uriah, Did you not come from a journey? Why have you not gone down to your
11 And Uriah said to David, The ark and Israel and Judah are dwelling in booths, and my
lord Joab and the servants of my lord are encamped on the face of the land. Shall I then go
to my house to eat and drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I
will not do this thing.
12 And David said to Uriah, Stay here today also, and tomorrow I will send you away. So
Uriah stayed in Jerusalem that day and the next.
13 And when David summoned him, he ate and drank before him; and he made him
drunk. And at evening he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but he did
not go down to his house.
14 In the morning it happened that David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of
15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set Uriah in the forefront of the strongest battle, and
retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die.
16 So it was, while Joab besieged the city, that he assigned Uriah to a place where he
knew there were valiant men.
17 And the men of the city came out and fought with Joab. And some of the people of the
servants of David fell; and Uriah the Hittite died also.
18 And Joab sent and reported to David all the things concerning the war,
19 and charged the messenger, saying, When you have finished speaking of the matters of
the war to the king,
20 if it happens that the king's wrath arises, and he says to you: Why did you approach so
near to the city to fight? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall?
21 Who struck Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? Did not a woman cast a piece of
millstone on him from the wall, so that he died in Thebez? Why did you go near the wall?
then you shall say, Your servant Uriah the Hittite has died also.
22 So the messenger went, and came and reported to David all that Joab had sent by him.
23 And the messenger said to David, The men prevailed against us and came out to us in
the field; then we were upon them as far as the entrance of the gate.
24 And the archers shot from the wall at your servants; and some of the king's servants
died, and your servant Uriah the Hittite has also died.
25 And David said to the messenger, Thus you shall say to Joab: Do not let this thing
cause your eye to quiver, for the sword devours one as well as another. Strengthen the
battle against the city, and overthrow it. And encourage him.
26 When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband had died, she mourned for her
27 And when her mourning was passed, David sent and brought her to his house, and she
became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done caused the eyes of
Jehovah to quiver.
2 Samuel 12
1 And Jehovah sent Nathan to David. And he came to him, and said to him: There were
two men in one city, one rich and the other poor.
2 The rich man had exceedingly many flocks and herds.
3 But the poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb which he had bought and
nourished; and it grew up together with him and with his children. It ate of his own food
and drank from his own cup and lay in his bosom; and it was like a daughter to him.
4 And a traveler came to the rich man, who spared to take from his own flock and from
his own herd to prepare one for the wayfaring man who had come to him; but he took the
poor man's lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.
5 And David's anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, As Jehovah
lives, the man who has done this is a son of death!
6 And he shall restore fourfold for the lamb, because he has done this thing and because
he had no pity.
7 And Nathan said to David, You are the man! Thus says Jehovah the God of Israel: I
anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul.
8 I gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your bosom, and gave you
the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you
this and that!
9 Why have you despised the Word of Jehovah, to do evil in His eyes? You have killed
Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed
him with the sword of the sons of Ammon.
10 Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have
despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.
11 Thus says Jehovah: Behold, I will raise up evil against you from your own house; and I
will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with
your wives in the eyes of the sun.
12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun.
13 And David said to Nathan, I have sinned against Jehovah. And Nathan said to David,
Jehovah also has put away your sin; you shall not die.
14 However, because of this matter in which you have caused contempt, for Jehovah to
be spurned by His enemies, the child also who is born to you shall die the death.
15 And Nathan departed to his house. And Jehovah struck the child that Uriah's wife
had borne to David, and it became sick.
16 David therefore besought God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all
night on the ground.
17 And the elders of his house arose and went to him, to raise him up from the ground.
But he would not, nor did he eat food with them.
18 And on the seventh day it came to pass that the child died. And the servants of David
were afraid to tell him that the child had died. For they said, Behold, while the child was
alive, we spoke to him, and he would not heed our voice. How can we tell him that the
child has died? He may do some harm!
19 But when David saw that his servants were whispering, David perceived that the child
had died. Therefore David said to his servants, Has the child died? And they said, He has
20 So David rose up from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his
clothes; and he went into the house of Jehovah and prostrated himself. Then he went to his
own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate.
21 Then his servants said to him, What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept
for the child while he was alive, but when the child had died, you arose and ate food.
22 And he said, While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I thought, Who knows
whether Jehovah will be gracious to me, that the child may live?
23 But now he has died; why 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 to her and lay with her. And she
bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. Now Jehovah loved him,
25 and He sent word by the hand of Nathan the prophet: So he called his name Jedidiah,
because of Jehovah.
26 Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the sons of Ammon, and captured the royal city.
27 And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I have fought against Rabbah, and I have
captured the city of waters.
28 Now therefore, gather the rest of the people together and lay siege against the city and
take it, lest I capture the city and it be called after my name.
29 So David gathered all the people together and went to Rabbah, fought against it, and
30 And he took their king's crown from his head. Its weight was a talent of gold, with
precious stones. And it was set on David's head. Also he brought out the spoils of the city
in great abundance.
31 And he brought out the people who were in it, and put them under saws, iron picks
and iron axes, and made them cross over into the brick kiln. Thus he did to all the cities of
the people of Ammon. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 13
1 After this Absalom the son of David had a beautiful sister, whose name was Tamar;
and Amnon the son of David loved her.
2 Amnon was so distressed over his sister Tamar that he became sick; for she was a virgin;
and it was difficult in Amnon's eyes to do anything to her.
3 But Amnon had a friend whose name was Jonadab the son of Shimeah, David's
brother. Now Jonadab was a very shrewd man.
4 And he said to him, Why are you, the king's son, so low morning after morning? Will
you not tell me? Amnon said to him, I love Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister.
5 So Jonadab said to him, Lie down on your bed and make yourself sick. And when your
father comes to see you, say to him, Please let my sister Tamar come and give me food,
and prepare the food before my eyes, that I may see it and eat it from her hand.
6 So Amnon lay down and made himself sick; and when the king came to see him,
Amnon said to the king, Please let Tamar my sister come and make a couple of cakes for
me before my eyes, that I may eat from her hand.
7 And David sent to the house for Tamar, saying, Now go to your brother Amnon's
house, and prepare food for him.
8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house; and he was lying down. Then she took
flour and kneaded it, made cakes before his eyes, and baked the cakes.
9 And she took the pan and poured them out before him, but he refused to eat. And
Amnon said, Have everyone go out from me. And they all went out from him.
10 And Amnon said to Tamar, Bring the food into the inner room, that I may eat from
your hand. And Tamar took the cakes which she had made, and brought them to Amnon
her brother in the inner room.
11 And when she had brought them to him to eat, he took hold of her and said to her,
Come, lie with me, my sister.
12 And she answered him, No, my brother, do not force me, for no such thing should be
done in Israel. Do not do this disgraceful thing!
13 And I, where could I take my shame? And as for you, you would be like one of the
fools in Israel. Now therefore, please speak to the king; for he will not withhold me from
14 However, he would not heed her voice; and being stronger than she, he forced her and
lay with her.
15 Then Amnon hated her exceedingly, so that the hatred with which he hated her was
greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, Arise and go!
16 And she said to him, For what reason? This evil to send me away is worse than the
other that you have done to me. But he would not listen to her.
17 Then he summoned his servant who attended him, and said, Send this woman out
away from me, and bolt the door behind her.
18 And she had on a tunic of many colors, for the king's virgin daughters wore such
robes. And his servant brought her outside and bolted the door behind her.
19 And Tamar put ashes on her head, and tore her tunic of many colors that was on her,
and laid her hand on her head and went away, crying out as she went.
20 And Absalom her brother said to her, Has Amnon your brother been with you? But
now keep silent, my sister. He is your brother; do not take this thing to heart. So Tamar
remained desolate in her brother Absalom's house.
21 But when King David heard of all these things, he was extremely furious.
22 And Absalom spoke to his brother Amnon neither good nor bad. For Absalom hated
Amnon, because he had humbled his sister Tamar.
23 And it came to pass, after two full years, that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baal
Hazor, which is near Ephraim; and Absalom invited all the king's sons.
24 And Absalom came to the king and said, Behold, your servant has sheepshearers;
please, let the king and his servants go with your servant.
25 But the king said to Absalom, No, my son, let us not all go now, lest we be a burden to
you. And he pressed him, but he would not go, but blessed him.
26 Then Absalom said, If not, please let my brother Amnon go with us. And the king said
to him, Why should he go with you?
27 But Absalom pressed him; so he let Amnon and all the king's sons go with him.
28 Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Watch now, when Amnon's heart
is merry with wine, and when I say to you, Strike Amnon! then kill him. Do not be afraid.
Have I not commanded you? Be courageous and valiant.
29 And the servants of Absalom did to Amnon as Absalom had commanded. And all the
king's sons arose, and each one got on his mule and fled.
30 And it came to pass, while they were on the way, that news came to David, saying,
Absalom has killed all the king's sons, and not one of them is left!
31 So the king arose and tore his garments and lay on the ground, and all his servants
stood by with their clothes torn.
32 Then Jonadab the son of Shimeah, David's brother, answered and said, Let not my
lord suppose they have killed all the young men, the king's sons, for only Amnon has died.
For at the mouth of Absalom this has been determined since the day that he humbled his
33 Now therefore, let not my lord the king take this word to heart, to think that all the
king's sons have died; for only Amnon has died.
34 Then Absalom fled. And the young man who was keeping watch lifted up his eyes and
looked, and behold, many people were coming from the way along the hillside behind him.
35 And Jonadab said to the king, Look! The king's sons have come; according to your
servant's word, so it is.
36 So it was, as soon as he had finished speaking, that behold the king's sons came, and
they lifted up their voice and wept. Also the king and all his servants wept with a very great
37 But Absalom had fled and went to Talmai the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur. And
David mourned for his son every day.
38 So Absalom had fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three years.
39 And King David longed to go to Absalom. For he had been comforted concerning
Amnon, because he had died.
2 Samuel 14
1 Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king's heart was toward Absalom.
2 And Joab sent to Tekoa and brought from there a wise woman, and said to her, Please
pretend to be a mourner, and put on mourning apparel; do not anoint yourself with oil, but
act like a woman who has been mourning many days for the dead.
3 Go to the king and speak to him in this manner. So Joab put the words in her mouth.
4 And when the woman of Tekoa spoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground and
prostrated herself, and said, Help, O king!
5 And the king said to her, What is troubling you? And she answered, Truly I am a widow
and my husband is dead.
6 And your handmaid had two sons; and the two fought with each other in the field, and
there was no one to part them, but the one struck the other and killed him.
7 And now the whole family has risen up against your handmaid, and said, Deliver him
who struck his brother, that we may execute him for the soul of his brother whom he
killed; and we will destroy the heir also. Thus they would extinguish my ember that is left,
and leave to my husband neither name nor remnant upon the face of the earth.
8 And the king said to the woman, Go to your house, and I will give command concerning
9 And the woman of Tekoa said to the king, My lord, O king, let the iniquity be on me
and on my father's house, and the king and his throne be guiltless.
10 And the king said, Whoever says anything to you, bring him to me, and he shall not
touch you anymore.
11 And she said, Please let the king remember Jehovah your God, and do not permit the
avenger of blood to destroy anymore, that they not destroy my son. And he said, As
Jehovah lives, not one hair of your son shall fall to the ground.
12 Then the woman said, Please, let your handmaid speak another word to my lord the
king. And he said, Speak.
13 And the woman said: Why then have you devised such a thing against the people of
God? For the king speaks this thing as one who is guilty, in that the king does not bring his
banished one home again.
14 For we die the death and are like water poured on the ground, which cannot be
gathered up again. Yet God does not take away a soul; but has devised plans, so that His
banished ones are not thrust away from Him.
15 Now therefore, I have come to speak of this thing to my lord the king because the
people have made me afraid. And your handmaid thought, I will now speak to the king; it
may be that the king will carry out the word of his handmaid.
16 For the king will hear and deliver his handmaid from the hand of the man who would
destroy me and my son together out of the inheritance of God.
17 And your handmaid thought, The word of my lord the king will now be comforting;
for as the angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and evil. And Jehovah your
God be with you.
18 Then the king answered and said to the woman, Please do not hide from me anything
that I am asking you. And the woman said, Let my lord the king speak.
19 So the king said, Is the hand of Joab with you in all this? And the woman answered
and said, As you live, my lord the king, no one can turn to the right hand or to the left
from anything that my lord the king has spoken. For your servant Joab has commanded
me, and he has put all these words in the mouth of your handmaid.
20 In order to change around the face of this matter your servant Joab has done this thing;
but my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all that is in the
21 And the king said to Joab, Behold, I have done this thing. Go therefore, bring back
the young man Absalom.
22 And Joab fell to the ground on his face and bowed himself, and blessed the king. And
Joab said, Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, O
king, in that the king has done the word of his servant.
23 So Joab rose up and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.
24 And the king said, Let him return to his own house, but he shall not see my face. So
Absalom returned to his own house, but did not see the king's face.
25 Now in all Israel there was no one as handsome as Absalom, and highly praised. From
the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.
26 And when he shaved his head (at the end of a year of days he shaved it because it was
heavy on him; therefore he shaved it), he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred
shekels according to the king's weight stones.
27 And to Absalom were born three sons, and one daughter whose name was Tamar. She
was a woman of beautiful appearance.
28 And Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and did not see the king's face.
29 Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king, but he would not come to
him. And when he sent again the second time, he would not come.
30 So he said to his servants, Behold, Joab's field is near mine, and he has barley there;
go and set it on fire. And Absalom's servants set the field on fire.
31 Then Joab arose and came to Absalom's house, and said to him, Why have your
servants set my field on fire?
32 And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent to you, saying, Come here, so that I may
send you to the king, to say, Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me to
be there still. Now therefore, let me see the king's face; but if there is iniquity in me, let
him put me to death.
33 So Joab went to the king and reported to him. And when he had summoned Absalom,
he came to the king and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king. And the
king kissed Absalom.
2 Samuel 15
1 After this it happened that Absalom provided himself with chariots and horses, and
fifty men to run before him.
2 And Absalom would rise early and stand beside the way to the gate. And so it was,
whenever anyone who had a dispute came to the king for judgment, that Absalom would
call to him and say, What city are you from? And he would say, Your servant is from one
of the tribes of Israel.
3 Then Absalom would say to him, Behold, your case is good and right; but there is no
one from the king to hear you.
4 Moreover Absalom would say, Oh, that I were made judge in the land, and everyone
who has a dispute or case could come to me, and I would give him justice.
5 And so it was, whenever anyone came near to bow down to him, that he put out his
hand and took him and kissed him.
6 In this manner Absalom acted toward all Israel who came to the king for judgment. Thus
Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
7 And it came to pass after forty years that Absalom said to the king, Please, let me go to
Hebron and pay the vow which I have vowed unto Jehovah.
8 For your servant has vowed a vow while I dwelt at Geshur in Syria, saying, If Jehovah
brings me back to Jerusalem, then I shall serve Jehovah.
9 And the king said to him, Go in peace. So he arose and went to Hebron.
10 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as you hear
the sound of the shofar, then you shall say, Absalom is king in Hebron!
11 And with Absalom went two hundred men invited from Jerusalem, and they went
along innocently and did not know anything.
12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counselor, from his city, from
Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong, for the people with
Absalom continually increased.
13 And a messenger came to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel have gone
14 And David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us
flee; or we shall not escape before Absalom. Make haste to depart, lest he overtake us
suddenly and bring evil upon us, and strike the city with the edge of the sword.
15 And the king's servants said to the king, We are your servants, ready to do whatever
my lord the king decides.
16 And the king went out with all his household at his feet. But the king left ten women,
concubines, to keep the house.
17 And the king went out with all the people at his feet, and stopped at the last house of
18 And all his servants passed before him; and all the Cherethites, all the Pelethites, and all
the Gittites, six hundred men who had followed him from Gath, were passing on before the
19 Then the king said to Ittai the Gittite, Why are you also going with us? Return to your
place and remain with the king. For you are a foreigner and also an exile.
20 You came only recently. Should I make you go here and there with us this day, since I
am going wherever I can? Return, and take your brethren back. Mercy and truth be with
21 And Ittai answered the king and said, As Jehovah lives, and as my lord the king lives,
surely in whatever place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also
your servant will be.
22 And David said to Ittai, Go, and cross over. Then Ittai the Gittite and all his men and
all the little ones who were with him crossed over.
23 And all the land was weeping with a loud voice, and all the people were crossing over.
The king himself also crossed over the Brook Kidron, and all the people crossed over
toward the way of the wilderness.
24 And behold Zadok also, and all the Levites were with him, bearing the ark of the
covenant of God. And they set down the ark of God, and Abiathar went up until all the
people had finished crossing over out of the city.
25 And the king said to Zadok, Carry the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in
the eyes of Jehovah, He will bring me back and show me both it and His dwelling place.
26 But if He says thus: I have not delighted in you, then behold, here am I, let Him do to
me as is good in His eyes.
27 The king also said to Zadok the priest, Are you not a seer? Return to the city in peace,
and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz your son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar.
28 See, I will wait in the plains of the wilderness until word comes from you to report to
29 Therefore Zadok and Abiathar carried the ark of God back to Jerusalem. And they
30 And David went up by the ascent of the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went up; and
he had his head covered and was going barefoot. And all the people with him covered their
heads and went up, weeping as they went up.
31 And someone reported to David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with
Absalom. And David said, O Jehovah, I pray, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into
32 And it happened when David had come to the top of the mountain, where he bowed
down before God, that behold Hushai the Archite was coming to meet him with his tunic
torn and earth on his head.
33 And David said to him, If you go on with me, then you will become a burden to me.
34 But if you return to the city, and say to Absalom, I will be your servant, O king; as I
was your father's servant previously, so I will now also be your servant, then you may
frustrate the counsel of Ahithophel for me.
35 And do you not have Zadok and Abiathar the priests with you there? Therefore it will
be that whatever you hear from the king's house, you shall report to Zadok and Abiathar
36 Behold, they have there with them their two sons, Ahimaaz, Zadok's son, and
Jonathan, Abiathar's son; and by their hands you shall send to me everything you hear.
37 So Hushai, David's friend, went into the city. And Absalom came into Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 16
1 And when David was a little past the top of the mountain, behold Ziba the servant of
Mephibosheth met him with a couple of saddled donkeys, and on them two hundred loaves
of bread, one hundred clusters of raisins, one hundred summer fruits, and a skin of wine.
2 And the king said to Ziba, What do you mean by these? And Ziba said, The donkeys are
for the king's household to ride on, the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat,
and the wine for those who are faint in the wilderness to drink.
3 And the king said, And where is your master's son? And Ziba said to the king, Behold,
he is staying in Jerusalem, for he has said, Today the house of Israel will restore the
kingdom of my father to me.
4 Then the king said to Ziba, Behold, all that belongs to Mephibosheth is yours. And Ziba
said, I prostrate before you, that I may find favor in your eyes, my lord, O king!
5 And when King David came to Bahurim, there was a man from the family of the house
of Saul, whose name was Shimei the son of Gera, coming from there. He came out,
cursing continuously as he came.
6 And he pelted David and all the servants of King David with stones. And all the people
and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left.
7 Also Shimei said thus when he cursed: Get out! Get out, you man of blood, you
8 Jehovah has returned upon you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you
have reigned; and Jehovah has delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom your son.
So now you are caught in your own evil, because you are a man of blood!
9 Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, Why should this dead dog curse my
lord the king? Please, let me go over and take off his head!
10 But the king said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? So let him curse,
because Jehovah has said to him, Curse David. Who then shall say, Why have you done
11 And David said to Abishai and all his servants, See how my son who came from my
own body seeks my life; so, why not this Benjamite? Let him alone, and let him curse; for
thus Jehovah has commanded him.
12 It may be that Jehovah will look on my affliction, and that Jehovah will repay me with
good for his cursing this day.
13 And as David and his men went along the way, Shimei went along the hillside across
from him and cursed as he went, pelted him with stones and kicked up dust.
14 And the king and all the people with him became weary; so they refreshed themselves
15 Meanwhile Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, had come to Jerusalem;
and Ahithophel with him.
16 And so it was, when Hushai the Archite, David's friend, came to Absalom, that Hushai
said to Absalom, Long live the king! Long live the king!
17 And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this your loyalty to your friend? Why have you not
gone with your friend?
18 And Hushai said to Absalom, No, but whom Jehovah and this people and all the men
of Israel have chosen, his I shall be, and with him I shall remain.
19 Furthermore, whom should I serve? Should I not serve before his son? As I have
served before your father, so shall I be before your face.
20 And Absalom said to Ahithophel, Give counsel as to what we shall do.
21 And Ahithophel said to Absalom, Go in to your father's concubines, whom he has left
to keep the house; and all Israel will hear that you have become odious to your father.
Then the hands of all who are with you will be strong.
22 So they spread out a tent for Absalom on the housetop, and Absalom went in to his
father's concubines before the eyes of all Israel.
23 Now the counsel of Ahithophel, which he gave in those days, was as if one had
inquired at the Word of God. So was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and
2 Samuel 17
1 Moreover Ahithophel said to Absalom, Now let me choose twelve thousand men, and I
shall arise and pursue David tonight.
2 I will come upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and make him afraid. And all
the people who are with him will flee, and I will strike only the king.
3 Then I shall bring back all the people to you. When all return, except the man whom
you seek, all the people shall be at peace.
4 And the words were agreeable to the eyes of Absalom and all the elders of Israel.
5 And Absalom said, Now call Hushai the Archite also, and we shall hear from his mouth.
6 And when Hushai came to Absalom, Absalom spoke to him, saying, Ahithophel has
spoken according to these words. Shall we do as he says? If not, speak up.
7 And Hushai said to Absalom: The counsel that Ahithophel has given is not good at this
8 For, said Hushai, you know your father and his men, that they are mighty men, and they
are bitter of soul, like a bear robbed of her cubs in the field; and your father is a man of
war, and will not lodge with the people.
9 Behold now, he is hidden in some pit, or in some other place. And it will be, when some
of them fall at first, that whoever hears it will say, There is a slaughter among the people
who follow Absalom.
10 And even he who is valiant, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will faint and melt
away. For all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man, and those who are with him
are valiant men.
11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel be assembled and gathered to you, from Dan to
Beer-sheba, like the sand that is by the sea for multitude, and that you go to battle in
12 Thus we shall come upon him in some place where he may be found, and we shall fall
upon him as the dew falls on the ground. And of him and all the men who are with him
there shall not be left so much as one.
13 Moreover, if he has withdrawn into a city, then all Israel shall bring ropes to that city;
and we shall pull it into the river, until there is not one pebble found there.
14 So Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better
than the counsel of Ahithophel. For Jehovah had purposed to frustrate the good counsel of
Ahithophel, to the intent that Jehovah might bring calamity upon Absalom.
15 And Hushai said to Zadok and Abiathar the priests, Thus and so has Ahithophel
counseled Absalom and the elders of Israel, and thus and so I have counseled.
16 Now therefore, send quickly and report to David, saying, Do not spend the night by the
fords of the plains of the wilderness, but quickly cross over, that the king and all the people
with him not be swallowed up.
17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed at En Rogel, for they dared not be seen coming
into the city; so a slave girl came and reported to them, and they went and reported to King
18 Nevertheless a lad saw them, and reported to Absalom. But both of them went away
quickly and came to a man's house in Bahurim, who had a well in his court; and they went
down into it.
19 And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground
grain on it; and the thing was not discovered.
20 And when Absalom's servants came to the woman at the house, they said, Where are
Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said to them, They have crossed over the water
brook. And when they had searched and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.
21 Now it came to pass, after they had departed, that they came up out of the well and
went and reported to King David, and said to David, Arise and cross over the water
quickly; for thus has Ahithophel counseled against you.
22 So David and all the people with him arose and crossed over the Jordan. By morning
light not one of them was left who had not crossed over the Jordan.
23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not carried out, he saddled a donkey,
and arose and went home to his house, to his city, put his house in order, and hanged
himself, and died; and he was buried in his father's tomb.
24 Then David went to Mahanaim. And Absalom crossed over the Jordan, he and all the
men of Israel with him.
25 And Absalom set Amasa over the army instead of Joab. This Amasa was the son of a
man whose name was Jithra, an Israelite, who had gone in to Abigail the daughter of
Nahash, sister of Zeruiah, Joab's mother.
26 So Israel and Absalom encamped in the land of Gilead.
27 And it happened, when David had come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash
from Rabbah of the children of Ammon, Machir the son of Ammiel from Lo Debar, and
Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim,
28 brought beds and basins, earthen vessels and wheat, barley and flour, roasted grain
and beans, lentils and roasted seeds,
29 honey and curds, sheep and cheese of the herd, for David and the people who were
with him to eat. For they said, The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the
2 Samuel 18
1 And David mustered the people who were with him, and appointed commanders of
thousands and commanders of hundreds over them.
2 And David sent out one third of the people under the hand of Joab, one third under the
hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and one third under the hand of Ittai
the Gittite. And the king said to the people, I shall proceed to go out with you myself also.
3 But the people answered, You shall not go out! For if we flee away, they will not care
about us; nor if half of us die, will they care about us; for you are like ten thousand of us
now. You are now more help to us in the city.
4 And the king said to them, I will do what is good in your eyes. So the king stood beside
the gate, and all the people went out by hundreds and by thousands.
5 And the king commanded Joab, Abishai, and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with
the young man Absalom. And all the people heard when the king charged the commanders
6 So the people went out into the field to meet Israel. And the battle was in the forest of
7 The people of Israel were smitten there before the servants of David, and there was a
great slaughter that day of twenty thousand.
8 And the battle was scattered over the face of all the land, and the forest devoured more
people that day than the sword had devoured.
9 And Absalom was encountered before the servants of David. Absalom was riding on a
mule, the mule went under the thick boughs of a great terebinth tree, and his head caught
in the terebinth; so he was left hanging between the heavens and earth; and the mule which
was under him went on.
10 And a certain man saw it and reported to Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom
hanging in a terebinth tree!
11 And Joab said to the man who reported to him, Behold, you have seen; and why did you not strike him there to the ground? I would have given you ten shekels of silver and a belt.
12 And the man said to Joab, Though I were to receive a thousand shekels of silver in my
hand, I would not put forth my hand against the king's son. For in our ears the king
charged you and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Take heed that no one touches the young man
13 Otherwise I would have dealt falsely against my own soul. For there is nothing hidden
from the king, and you yourself would have set yourself against me.
14 And Joab said, I cannot wait before you. And he took three spears in his hand and
thrust them through Absalom's heart, while he was still alive in the midst of the terebinth
15 And ten young men who bore Joab's armor surrounded Absalom, and struck and killed
16 And Joab blew the shofar, and the people returned from pursuing Israel. For Joab had
held back the people.
17 And they took Absalom and cast him into a large pit in the forest, and laid a very large
heap of stones over him. And all Israel fled, everyone to his tent.
18 Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and set up a pillar for himself, which is in the
King's Valley; for he thought, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance. He called
the pillar after his own name. And to this day it is called Absalom's Monument.
19 Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, Let me run now and bear good news to the
king, how Jehovah has avenged him of his enemies.
20 And Joab said to him, You are not the man for tidings this day, but you shall bear good
news another day. But today you shall not bear good news, because the king's son is dead.
21 Then Joab said to Cushi, Go, tell the king what you have seen. So Cushi bowed
himself to Joab and ran.
22 And Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said again to Joab, But whatever happens, please let
me also run after Cushi. And Joab said, Why will you run, my son, since you have no
23 But whatever the case, he said, Let me run. So he said to him, Run. And Ahimaaz ran
by way of the plain, and outran Cushi.
24 Now David was sitting between the two gates. And the watchman went up to the roof
over the gate, to the wall, lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was running
25 And the watchman cried out and reported to the king. And the king said, If he is alone,
there is news in his mouth. And he proceeded to come and drew near.
26 Then the watchman saw another man running, and the watchman called to the
gatekeeper and said, There is another man running alone! And the king said, He also brings
27 And the watchman said, It looks like the running of the first is like the running of
Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king said, He is a good man, and comes with good
28 And Ahimaaz called out and said to the king, Peace! And he bowed down with his face
to the earth to the king, and said, Blessed is Jehovah your God, who has delivered up the
men who had lifted up their hand against my lord the king!
29 And king said, Is the young man Absalom safe? Ahimaaz answered, When Joab sent
the king's servant and me your servant, I saw a great tumult, but I did not know what it was
30 And the king said, Turn aside and stand here. So he turned aside and remained
31 And then Cushi came, and Cushi said, Good news, my lord the king! For Jehovah has
avenged you this day of all those who were rising up against you.
32 And the king said to Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Cushi answered,
May the enemies of my lord the king, and all who have risen up against you to do harm, be
like that young man!
33 And the king was disquieted, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept.
And as he went, he said thus: O my son Absalom; my son, my son Absalom; O that I had
died in your place! O Absalom my son, my son!
2 Samuel 19
1 And it was reported to Joab, Behold, the king is weeping and mourning for Absalom.
2 So the deliverance that day was turned into mourning for all the people. For the people
heard it said that day, The king is grieved for his son.
3 And the people stole back into the city that day, as people who are ashamed steal away
when they flee in battle.
4 And the king had covered his face, and the king cried out with a loud voice, O my son
Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!
5 And Joab came into the house to the king, and said, Today you have shamed the faces
of all your servants who today have delivered your soul, the souls of your sons and
daughters, the souls of your wives and the souls of your concubines,
6 to love your enemies and hate your friends. For you have declared today that you regard
neither princes nor servants; for today I perceive that if Absalom had lived and all of us
had died today, that it would have pleased you well.
7 Now therefore, arise, go out and speak to the heart of your servants. For I swear by
Jehovah, if you do not go out, not one will stay with you this night. And that will be worse
for you than all the evil that has befallen you from your youth until now.
8 And the king arose and sat in the gate. And they announced to all the people, saying,
Behold, the king is sitting in the gate. So all the people came before the king. For everyone
of Israel had fled to his tent.
9 Now all the people were in a dispute throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, The
king has rescued us out of the hand of our enemies, he has delivered us out of the hand of
the Philistines, and now he has fled from the land because of Absalom.
10 But Absalom, whom we anointed over us, has died in battle. Now therefore, why are
you being silent to bring back the king?
11 So King David sent to Zadok and Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak to the elders of
Judah, saying, Why are you the last to bring the king back to his house, since the words of
all Israel have come to the king, to his house?
12 You are my brethren, you are my bone and my flesh. Why then are you the last to
bring back the king?
13 And say to Amasa, Are you not my bone and my flesh? God do so to me, and more
also, if you are not commander of the army before me all the days, in place of Joab.
14 And he inclined the hearts of all the men of Judah, as one man, so that they sent this
word to the king: Return, you and all your servants!
15 And the king returned and came to the Jordan. And Judah had come to Gilgal, to go to
meet the king, to bring the king across the Jordan.
16 And Shimei the son of Gera, the Benjamite, who was from Bahurim, hastened and
came down with the men of Judah to meet King David.
17 And there were a thousand men of Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant of the
house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants with him; and they had rushed
over the Jordan before the king.
18 And a ferryboat went across to carry over the king's household, and to do good in his
eyes. And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king when he had crossed the
19 And he said to the king, Do not let my lord impute iniquity to me, nor remember how
your servant acted perversely on the day that my lord the king left Jerusalem, that the king
should take it to heart.
20 For I, your servant, know that I have sinned. Therefore, behold, I am the first to come
today of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my lord the king.
21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not Shimei be put to death for
this, because he cursed the anointed of Jehovah?
22 And David said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah, that you should be
adversaries to me today? Shall any man be put to death today in Israel? For do I not know
that today I am king over Israel?
23 Therefore the king said to Shimei, You shall not die. And the king swore to him.
24 And Mephibosheth the son of Saul had come down to meet the king. And he had not
attended to his feet, nor done his mustache, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king
departed until the day he returned in peace.
25 And it came to pass, when he had come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king
said to him, Why did you not go with me, Mephibosheth?
26 And he answered, My lord, O king, my servant deceived me. For your servant said, I
will saddle a donkey for myself, that I may ride on it and go to the king, because your
servant is lame.
27 And he has slandered your servant to my lord the king, but my lord the king is like the
angel of God. Therefore do what is good in your eyes.
28 For all my father's house were but dead men before my lord the king. Yet you set your
servant among those who eat at your own table. Therefore what right have I still to cry out
anymore to the king?
29 And the king said to him, Why do you speak anymore of your matters? I have said,
You and Ziba divide the land.
30 And Mephibosheth said to the king, Even let him take it all, inasmuch as my lord the
king has come back in peace to his own house.
31 And Barzillai the Gileadite had come down from Rogelim and went across the Jordan
with the king, to send him across the Jordan.
32 Now Barzillai was very old, eighty years old. And he had sustained the king while he
stayed at Mahanaim, for he was a very great man.
33 And the king said to Barzillai, Come across with me, and I will provide for you while
you are with me in Jerusalem.
34 But Barzillai said to the king, How many are the days of the years of my life, that I
should go up with the king to Jerusalem?
35 I am today eighty years old. Can I discern between the good and bad? Can your servant
taste what I eat or what I drink? Can I hear any longer the voice of singing men and singing
women? Why then should your servant be a further burden to my lord the king?
36 Your servant will go a little way across the Jordan with the king. And why should the
king repay me with such a reward?
37 Please let your servant turn back again, that I may die in my own city, near the grave
of my father and mother. But here is your servant Chimham; let him cross over with my
lord the king, and do for him what is good in your eyes.
38 And the king answered, Chimham shall cross over with me, and I will do for him what
is good in your eyes. And whatever you choose of me, I will do for you.
39 And all the people went over the Jordan. And when the king had crossed over, the king
kissed Barzillai and blessed him, and he returned to his own place.
40 And the king passed on over to Gilgal, and Chimham passed along with him. And all
the people of Judah brought the king over, and also half the people of Israel.
41 And behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said to the king, Why have our
brethren, the men of Judah, stolen you away and brought the king, his household, and all
David's men with him across the Jordan?
42 So all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the king is next of kin to
us. Why then are you angry over this matter? Have we ever eaten at the king's expense? Or
has he given us any gift?
43 And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have ten parts in the
king; therefore we also have more in David than you. Why then have you despised us;
were we not the first to speak of bringing back our king? Yet the words of the men of
Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.
2 Samuel 20
1 And there met them there a man of worthlessness, whose name was Sheba the son of
Bichri, a Benjamite. And he blew a shofar, and said: We have no part in David, nor do we
have inheritance in the son of Jesse; every man to his tents, O Israel!
2 So every man of Israel withdrew from David, and followed after Sheba the son of
Bichri. But the men of Judah, from the Jordan as far as Jerusalem, stayed close to their
3 And David came to his house at Jerusalem. And the king took the ten women, his
concubines whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in confinement and
sustained them, but did not go in to them. Thus they were shut up to the day of their death,
living in widowhood.
4 And the king said to Amasa, Assemble the men of Judah for me within three days, and
5 So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah. But he delayed beyond the appointed
time which David had designated.
6 And David said to Abishai, Now Sheba the son of Bichri will do us more harm than
Absalom. Take your lord's servants and pursue him, lest he find for himself fortified cities,
and be snatched away before our eyes.
7 So Joab's men, with the Cherethites, the Pelethites, and all the mighty men, went out
after him. And they went out of Jerusalem to pursue Sheba the son of Bichri.
8 When they were at the large stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa came before them. Now
Joab was dressed in battle armor; on it was a belt with a sword fastened in its sheath at his
hips; and as he went forth, it fell out.
9 Then Joab said to Amasa, Are you in health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the
beard with his right hand to kiss him.
10 But Amasa was not aware of the sword that was in Joab's hand. And he struck him
with it in the stomach, and his entrails poured out on the ground; and he did not strike him
again. Thus he died. Then Joab and Abishai his brother pursued Sheba the son of Bichri.
11 And one of Joab's men stood near Amasa, and said, Whoever favors Joab and
whoever is for David; follow after Joab!
12 But Amasa was wallowing in his blood in the middle of the highway. And when the
man saw that all the people stood still, he moved Amasa from the highway to the field and
threw a garment over him, when he saw that everyone who came upon him stopped.
13 When he was removed from the highway, all the people went on after Joab to pursue
Sheba the son of Bichri.
14 And he went through all the tribes of Israel to Abel and Beth Maachah and all the
Berites. So they were gathered together and also went after him.
15 And they came and besieged him in Abel of Beth Maachah; and they cast up a siege
mound against the city, and it stood by the rampart. And all the people who were with Joab
were destroying the wall to throw it down.
16 Then a wise woman cried out from the city, Hear, Hear! Please say to Joab, Come
nearby, that I may speak with you.
17 When he had come near to her, the woman said, Are you Joab? He answered, I am.
Then she said to him, Hear the words of your handmaid. And he answered, I am listening.
18 So she spoke, saying, They used to talk in former times, saying, They shall inquire to
ask at Abel, and thus they would end the matter.
19 I am among the peaceable and faithful in Israel. You are seeking to destroy a city and a
mother in Israel. Why would you swallow up the inheritance of Jehovah?
20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or
21 That is not so. But a man from the mountains of Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by
name, has lifted up his hand against the king, against David. Deliver him only, and I will
depart from the city. So the woman said to Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to you
over the wall.
22 And the woman in her wisdom went to all the people. And they cut off the head of
Sheba the son of Bichri, and threw it out to Joab. Then he blew a shofar, and they
withdrew from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to the king at Jerusalem.
23 And Joab was over all the army of Israel; Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the
Cherethites and the Pelethites;
24 Adoram was over the tribute; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder;
25 Sheva was scribe; Zadok and Abiathar were the priests;
26 and Ira the Jairite was a chief minister to David.
2 Samuel 21
1 Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and
David besought the face of Jehovah. And Jehovah answered, It is because of Saul and his
bloody house, because he had killed the Gibeonites.
2 So the king called the Gibeonites and spoke to them. (Now the Gibeonites were not of
the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites. The children of Israel had
sworn peace to them, but Saul had sought to kill them in his zeal for the children of Israel
3 Therefore David said to the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? And with what shall I
make atonement, that you may bless the inheritance of Jehovah?
4 And the Gibeonites said to him, We will have no silver or gold from Saul or from his
house, nor shall you kill any man in Israel for us. So he said, Whatever you say, I will do
5 And they answered the king, As for the man who destroyed us and plotted against us,
that we should be annihilated from remaining in any of the territories of Israel,
6 let seven men of his sons be delivered to us, and we will hang them before Jehovah in
Gibeah of Saul, whom Jehovah chose. And the king said, I will deliver them.
7 But the king spared Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of the
oath of Jehovah that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul.
8 So the king took Armoni and Mephibosheth, the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of
Aiah, whom she had borne to Saul; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul,
whom she had borne to Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite;
9 and he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them on the hill
before Jehovah. So they fell, all seven together, and were put to death in the days of
harvest, in the first days, at the beginning of barley harvest.
10 Now Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it for herself on the rock,
from the beginning of harvest until the waters poured on them from the heavens. And she
did not allow the birds of the heavens to rest on them by day nor the beasts of the field by
11 And David was told what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had
12 And David went and took the bones of Saul, and the bones of Jonathan his son, from
the men of Jabesh Gilead who had stolen them from the town square of Beth Shan, where
the Philistines had hung them up, after the Philistines had struck down Saul in Gilboa.
13 And he brought up the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from there;
and they gathered the bones of those who were hanged.
14 And they buried the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son in the land of Benjamin in
Zelah, in the tomb of Kish his father. Thus they performed all that the king commanded.
And after that God was entreated for the land.
15 And the Philistines were at war again with Israel. And David and his servants with him
went down and fought against the Philistines; and David grew faint.
16 And Ishbi-Benob, who was of the sons of the giants, the weight of whose spear was
three hundred shekels of bronze, who was bearing a new sword, intended to kill David.
17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah helped him, and struck the Philistine and killed him.
Then the men of David swore to him, saying, You shall go out no more with us to battle,
that you not quench the lamp of Israel.
18 And it happened after this that there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob.
Then Sibbechai the Hushathite killed Saph, who was of the sons of the giants.
19 Again there was war at Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaare-Oregim the Bethlehemite killed one from Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was
like a weaver's beam.
20 Yet again there was war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had six
fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number; and he also was
born to the giants.
21 And when he reproached Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea, David's brother, killed
22 These four were born to the giants in Gath, and fell by the hand of David and by the
hand of his servants.
2 Samuel 22
1 And David spoke to Jehovah the words of this song, on the day when Jehovah had
delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul.
2 And he said: Jehovah is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
3 the God of my rock, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my
stronghold and my refuge; my Savior, You save me from violence.
4 I will call upon Jehovah, who is worthy to be praised; thus shall I be saved from my
5 When the waves of death surrounded me, the floods of ungodliness terrified me;
6 the sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; the snares of death confronted me;
7 in my distress I called upon Jehovah, and cried out to my God; and He heard my voice
from His temple, and my cry entered His ears.
8 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of the heavens quaked and were
shaken, because He was angry.
9 Smoke went up from His nostrils, and devouring fire from His mouth; coals were
kindled by it.
10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down with darkness under His feet.
11 He rode upon a cherub, and flew; and He was seen upon the wings of the wind.
12 He made darkness booths around Him, dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
13 From the brightness before Him coals of fire were kindled.
14 Jehovah thundered from the heavens, and the Most High uttered His voice.
15 He sent out arrows and scattered them; lightning bolts, and He discomfited them.
16 And the channels of the sea were seen, the foundations of the world were uncovered,
at the rebuke of Jehovah, at the blast of the breath of His nostrils.
17 He sent from above, He took me, He drew me out of many waters.
18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me; for they were too
strong for me.
19 They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but Jehovah was my support.
20 He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in
21 Jehovah rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my
hands He has recompensed me.
22 For I have kept the ways of Jehovah, and have not acted wickedly against my God.
23 For all His judgments were before me; and as for His statutes, I did not turn aside from
24 I was also whole before Him, and I kept myself from my iniquity.
25 Therefore Jehovah has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to
my cleanness before His eyes.
26 With the faithful You show Yourself kind; with a mighty man of integrity You show
27 with the pure You show Yourself pure; and with the perverse You show Yourself
28 You save the lowly people; but Your eyes are upon the haughty, whom You bring
29 For You are my lamp, O Jehovah; Jehovah causes my darkness to shine.
30 For by You I run against a troop; by my God I leap over a wall.
31 As for the Mighty God, His way is perfect; the Word of Jehovah is proven; He is a
shield to all who seek refuge in Him.
32 For who is the Mighty God, except Jehovah? And who is a rock, except our God?
33 The Mighty God is my refuge and strength, and He makes my way whole.
34 He makes my feet like the deer, and sets me on my high places.
35 He teaches my hands to do battle, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
36 You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your affliction has made me
37 You enlarged my steps under me, so my feet have not slipped.
38 I have pursued my enemies and destroyed them; and did not turn back until they were
39 And I destroyed and shattered them, so that they could not rise; they fell under my feet.
40 For You girded me with strength for battle; those rising against me You caused to bow
41 You have also given me the necks of my enemies, so that I annihilated those who hated
42 They looked, but there was no one to save; even to Jehovah, but He did not answer
43 And I beat them as fine as the dust of the earth; I pulverized them like the mire of the
streets, and I stamped them out.
44 You also delivered me from the strivings of my people. You kept me as the head of the
nations; a people I have not known serve me.
45 Sons of foreigners cower before me; when they hear with the ear, they obey me.
46 Sons of foreigners fade away, and are afraid in their holes.
47 Jehovah lives! Blessed is my Rock! Exalted is God, the Rock of my salvation!
48 It is the Mighty God who avenges me, and brings down the peoples under me;
49 He delivers me from my enemies. You also lift me up above those rising against me;
You deliver me from the violent man.
50 Therefore I give thanks unto You, O Jehovah, among the nations, and sing unto Your
51 He is the tower of salvation to His king, and shows mercy to His anointed, unto David
and his seed forevermore.
2 Samuel 23
1 Now these are the last words of David. Thus says David the son of Jesse; thus says the
man raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel:
2 The Spirit of Jehovah has spoken by me, and His Word was on my tongue.
3 The God of Israel has said, the Rock of Israel has spoken to me: He who rules over men
must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
4 And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, a morning without
clouds, like the tender grass springing out of the earth, by clear shining after rain.
5 Although my house is not so with the Mighty God, yet He has made with me a perpetual
covenant, ordered in all things and secure. For all my salvation and all my desire, will He
not make it grow?
6 But the sons of worthlessness shall all be as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be
taken with the hand.
7 But the man who touches them must be armed with iron and the shaft of a spear, and
they shall be burned with fire to be burned in their place.
8 These are the names of David's mighty men: Josheb-Basshebeth the Tachmonite, chief
among the commanders. He was called Adino the Eznite, because he killed eight hundred
men at one time.
9 And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men
with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle, and the
men of Israel retreated.
10 He rose up and struck the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clung to
the sword. Jehovah brought about a great deliverance that day; and the people returned
after him only to plunder.
11 And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines had
gathered together into a troop where there was a piece of ground full of lentils, and the
people had fled before the Philistines.
12 But he took his stand in the middle of the plot, delivered it, and struck the Philistines.
And Jehovah brought about a great deliverance.
13 And three of the thirty chief men went down at harvest time and came to David at the
cave of Adullam. And the company of the Philistines encamped in the Valley of Rephaim.
14 David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in
15 And David longed and said, Oh, that someone would give me a drink of the water
from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!
16 So the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, drew water from
the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David.
Nevertheless he would not drink it, but poured it out to Jehovah.
17 And he said, Far be it from me, O Jehovah, that I should do this! Should I drink the
blood of the men who went in jeopardy of their souls? Therefore he would not drink it.
These things were done by the three mighty men.
18 And Abishai the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of another three. He
lifted his spear against three hundred men, killed them, and won a name among these three.
19 Was he not the most honored of three? Therefore he became their commander.
However, he did not attain to the first three.
20 Benaiah was the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man from Kabzeel, who had
done many deeds. He had killed two from Moab that were like lions. He also had gone
down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day.
21 And he killed an Egyptian, a spectacular man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand; so
he went down to him with a staff, wrested the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and killed
him with his own spear.
22 These things Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did, and won a name among three mighty
23 He was more honored than the thirty, but he had not attained to the first three. And
David appointed him over his guard.
24 Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of
25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,
26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,
27 Abiezer the Anathothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,
28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,
29 Heleb the son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai from Gibeah of the
sons of Benjamin,
30 Benaiah a Pirathonite, Hiddai from the brooks of Gaash,
31 Abi-Albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,
32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite (of the sons of Jashen), Jonathan,
33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite,
34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel
35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,
36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,
37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite (armorbearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah),
38 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,
39 and Uriah the Hittite: thirty-seven in all.
2 Samuel 24
1 Again the anger of Jehovah burned against Israel, and He moved David against them to
say, Go, number Israel and Judah.
2 So the king said to Joab the commander of the army who was with him, Now go
throughout all the tribes of Israel, from Dan to Beer-sheba, and number the people, that I
may know the number of the people.
3 And Joab said to the king, Now may Jehovah your God add to the people a hundred
times more than there are, and may the eyes of my lord the king see it. But why does my
lord the king desire this thing?
4 Nevertheless the king's word prevailed against Joab and against the commanders of the
army. Therefore Joab and the commanders of the army went out from before the king to
number the people of Israel.
5 And they crossed over the Jordan and camped in Aroer, on the right side of the town
which is in the midst of the valley of Gad, and toward Jazer.
6 Then they came to Gilead and to the land of Tahtim Hodshi; they came to Dan Jaan and
around to Sidon;
7 and they came to the stronghold of Tyre and to all the cities of the Hivites and the
Canaanites. Then they went out to the south of Judah as far as Beer-sheba.
8 So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine
months and twenty days.
9 And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people to the king. And there were in Israel
eight hundred thousand valiant men who drew the sword, and the men of Judah were five
hundred thousand men.
10 And David's heart was smitten after he had numbered the people. So David said to
Jehovah, I have sinned greatly in what I have done; but now, I pray, O Jehovah, take away
the iniquity of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly.
11 And when David arose in the morning, the Word of Jehovah came to the prophet Gad,
David's seer, saying,
12 Go and say to David, Thus says Jehovah: I am setting before you three things; choose
one of them for yourself, and I will do it to you.
13 So Gad came to David and reported to him; and he said to him, Shall seven years of
famine come to you in your land? Or shall you flee three months before your enemies,
while they pursue you? Or shall there be three days of plague in your land? Now consider
and see what word I shall take back to Him who sent me.
14 And David said to Gad, I am in great distress. Let us fall now into the hand of Jehovah,
for His mercies are great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man.
15 So Jehovah sent a plague upon Israel from the morning till the appointed time. From
Dan to Beer-sheba seventy thousand men of the people died.
16 And when the Angel stretched out His hand over Jerusalem to destroy it, Jehovah was
moved to compassion regarding the evil, and said to the Angel who was destroying the
people, Enough! Now restrain your hand. And the Angel of Jehovah was by the threshing
floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
17 Then David spoke to Jehovah when he saw the Angel who was striking the people, and
said, Surely I have sinned, and I have committed iniquity; but these sheep, what have they
done? Let Your hand, I pray, be against me and against my father's house.
18 And Gad came that day to David and said to him, Go up, build an altar unto Jehovah
on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
19 And David, according to the word of Gad, went up as Jehovah commanded.
20 And Araunah looked and saw the king and his servants crossing over toward him. So
Araunah went out and bowed before the king with his face to the ground.
21 And Araunah said, Why has my lord the king come to his servant? And David said, To
buy the threshing floor from you, to build an altar unto Jehovah, that the plague may be
restrained from the people.
22 And Araunah said to David, Let my lord the king take and offer up whatever is good in
his eyes. Behold, the oxen for the burnt offering, and the threshing implements and the
yokes of the oxen for wood.
23 All these, O king, Araunah has given to the king. And Araunah said to the king, May
Jehovah your God accept you.
24 And the king said to Araunah, No, but I will buy to acquire it from you for a price; nor
will I offer burnt offerings unto Jehovah my God for free. So David bought the threshing
floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
25 And David built there an altar unto Jehovah, and offered burnt offerings and peace
offerings. And Jehovah was entreated for the land, and the plague was restrained from