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And Jebosthe the son of Saul heard that Abenner the son of Ner had died in Chebron ; and his hands were paralysed, and all the men of Israel grew faint. 2And Jebosthe the son of Saul; had two men that were captains of bands: the name-of the one was Baana, and the name of the other Rechab, sons of Remmon the Berothite of the children of Benjamin; for Beroth was reckoned to the children of Benjamin/ 3And the Berothites ran away to Gethaim, and were sojourners there until this day,

4And Jonathan Saul's son had a son lame of his feet, five years old, and he was in the way when the news of Saul and Jonathan his son came from Jearael, and his nurse took him up, and fled; and it came to pass as he hasted and retreated, that he fell, and

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was lamed. And his name was Memphibosthe.

5And Rechab and Baana the sons of Remmon the Berothite went, and they came in the heat of the day into the house of Jebosthe; and he was sleeping on a bed at noon. 6And, behold, the porter of the house winnowed wheat, and he slumbered and slept: and the brothers Rechab and Baana went privily into the house 7and Jebosthe was sleeping on his bed in his chamber: and they smite him, and slay him and take off his head: and they took his head, and went all the night by the western road.

8And they brought the head of Jebosthe to David to Chebron, and they said to the king, Behold the head of Jebosthe the son of Saul thy enemy, who sought thy life; and the Lord has 1 executed for my lord the king vengeance on his enemies, as it is this day: even on Saul thy enemy, and on his seed.

9And David answered Rechab and Baana his brother, the sons of Remmon the Berothite and said to them, As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my soul out of all affliction; 10he that reported to me that Saul was dead, even he was as one bringing glad tidings before me: but I seized him and slew him in Sekelac, to whom I ought, as he thought, to have given a reward for his tidings. 11And now evil men have slain a righteous man in his house on his bed: now then I will require his blood of your hand, and I will destroy you from off the earth. 12And David commanded his young men, and they slay them, and cut off their hands and their feet; and they hung them up at the fountain in Chebron: and they buried the head of Jebosthe in the tomb of Abenner the son of Ner.

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And all the tribes of Israel come to David to Chebron and they said to him, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. 2And 2 heretofore Saul being king over us, thou wast he that didst lead out and bring in Israel: and the Lord said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be for a leader to my people Israel. 3And all the elders of Israel come to the king to Chebron; and king David made a covenant with them in Chebron before the Lord; and they anoint David king over all Israel. 4 David was 3 thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5Seven years and six months he reigned in Chebron over Juda, and thirty-three years he reigned over all Israel and Juda in Jerusalem.

6And David and his men departed to Jerusalem, to the Jebusite that inhabited the land: and it was said to David, Thou shalt not come in hither: for the blind and the lame withstood him, saying, David shall not come in hither. 7And David took first the hold of Sion: this is the city of David. 8And David said on, that day, Every one that smites the Jebusite, let him attack with the dagger both the lame and the blind, and those that hate the soul of David. There-

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fore they say, The lame and the blind shall not enter into the house of the Lord. 9 And David dwelt in the hold, and it was called the city of David, and he built the city itself round about from the citadel, and he built his own house. 10And David advanced and became great, and the Lord Almighty was with him.

11And Chiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar wood, and carpenters, and stone-masons: and they built a house for David. 12And David knew that the Lord had prepared him to be king over Israel, and that his kingdom was exalted for the sake of his people Israel.

13And David took again wives and concubines out of Jerusalem, after he came from Chebron: and David had still more sons and daughters born to him: 14And these are the names of those that were born to him in Jerusalem; Sammus, and Sobab, and Nathan, and Solomon. 15And Ebear, and Elisue, and Naphec, and Jephies. 16And Elisama, and Elidae, and Eliphalath, 4 Samae, Jessibath, Nathan, Galamaan Jebaar, TheŽsus, Eliphalat, Naged, Naphee, Janathan, Leasamys, Baalimath, Eliphaath.

17And .the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over Israel; and all the Philistines went up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the strong hold. 18And the Philistines came, and assembled in the valley of the 5 giants.

19And David enquired of the Lord, saying Shall I go up against the Philistines? and wilt thou deliver them into my hands? and the Lord said to, David, Go up, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into thine hands. 20 And David came from 6 Upper Breaches, and smote the Philistines there: and David said, The Lord has destroyed the hostile Philistines before me, as water is dispersed; therefore the name of that place was called 7 Over Breaches. 21And they leave there their gods, and David and his men with him took them.

22And the Philistines came up yet again, and assembled in the valley of Giants. 23And David enquired of the Lord: and the Lord said, Thou shalt not go up to meet them: turn from them, and thou shalt meet them near the place of 8 weeping. 24And it shall come to pass when thou hearest the sound of a clashing together from the grove of weeping, then thou shalt go down to them, for then the Lord shall go forth before thee to make havoc in the battle with the Philistines. 25And David did as the Lord commanded him, and smote the Philistines from Gabaon as far as the land of Gazera.


1 Gr. given

2 Gr. yesterday and the third day.

3 Gr. a son of thirty years.

4 Heb. and Alex. omit the remaining names in this verse.

5 Lit. Titans. Heb. Rephaim. See Appendix.

6 Heb. Baal-perazh

7 Thus in English or other languages, Underskiddaw, Unterseen, etc.

8 Heb. £y'kb lit. mulberries.

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