1[1-10] After the death of Saul when David had gone back from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had stayed two days in Ziklag; on the third day, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes torn, and earth on his head; and when he came to David, he fell to the earth, and paid him respect. David said to him, “From where do you come?” He said to him, “I’ve escaped out of the camp of Israel.” David said to him, “How did it go? Please tell me.” He answered, “The people ran from the battle, and many of them have fallen and are dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.David said to the young man who told him this, “How do you know that Saul and Jonathan his son are dead?” The young man who told him said, “As I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, Saul was leaning on his spear; and the war vehicles and the riders chased hard after him.When he looked behind him and saw me, he called to me. I answered, ‘Here I am.’He said to me, ‘Who are you?’ I answered, ‘I’m an Amalekite.’ He said, ‘Stand, I ask, beside me, and kill me because I am suffering, yet am still alive.’ So I stood beside him, and killed him, because I was sure that he couldn’t live after he was wounded; and I took the crown that was on his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them here to you.’
[11-16] Then David grabbed his clothes, and tore them; and also all the men who were with him; and they mourned, and cried, and fasted until even, for Saul and Jonathan his son, and for the people of Yahweh, and for the house of Israel; because they had fallen in war.David said to the young man who had told him, “Where are you from?” He answered, “I’m a foreigner, an Amalekite.” David said to him, “How were you not afraid to kill Yahweh’s anointed?” David called one of the soldiers, saying, “Go and kill him. So he killed him.” David said to him, “Your blood be on your head because your mouth has testified against you, saying, I’ve killed Yahweh’s anointed.”
[17-21] David cried with this mourning song over Saul and Jonathan his son (and he told them to teach the people of Judah the song of the bow (It’s written in The Book of Jashar); Your glory, Israel, has fallen on your mountains! How the strong have fallen!Don’t tell it in Gath. Don’t publish it in the streets of Ashkelon, in case the daughters of the Philistines are happy, in case the daughters of the unbelievers triumph. You mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew or rain on you, nor fields of harvests because there the shield of the strong was evilly thrown away, the shield of Saul wasn’t anointed with oil.
[22-27] From the blood of the dead, from the fat of the strong, Jonathan’s bow didn’t turn back. Saul’s sword didn’t go back clean. Saul and Jonathan were loved and enjoyed in their lives. In their death, they weren’t seperated. They were faster than eagles. They were stronger than lions.You daughters of Israel cry over Saul who clothed you in scarlet delicately, who put ornaments of gold on your clothing.How the strong are fallen in the middle of the battle! Jonathan is killed on the mountain. I’m so upset for you, my brother Jonathan. You’ve been very enjoyable to me. Your love was more amazing to me than the love of women. How the strong are fallen, and the weapons of war gone!
2[1-3] After this, David asked of Yahweh, saying, “Should I go into any of the cities of Judah?” Yahweh said to him, “Go up.” David said, “Where should I go?” God said, “To Hebron.”So David went there with his two wives, Ahinoam, the Jezreelitess, and Abigail, the wife of Nabal, the Carmelite.David also broughthis men who were with him, and everyone with his household; and they lived in the cities of Hebron.
[4-7] The people of Judah came there, and they anointed David Ruler over the house of Judah. They told David, “The people of Jabesh Gilead were those who buried Saul.” David sent messengers to the people of Jabesh Gilead, saying to them, “You are blessed of Yahweh, that you’ve shown this kindness to your leader, Saul, and have buried him.Now may Yahweh show loving kindness and truth to you; and I also will repay you this kindness, because you’ve done this.So now, be strong and brave, because Saul, your leader, is dead, and also the house of Judah has anointed me Ruler over them.”
[8-11] Now Abner of Ner, captain of Saul’s troops, had taken Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, and brought him over to Mahanaim; and he made him Ruler over Gilead, Ashur, Jezreel, Ephraim, Benjamin, and over all Israel.Ishbosheth, Saul’s son was 40 years old when he began to rule over Israel, and ruled two years. But the house of Judah followed David.David ruled in Hebron over the house of Judah seven years and six months.
[12-17] Abner of Ner, and the soldiers of Ishbosheth, of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.Joab, of Zeruiah, and the soldiers of David went out and met them by the pool of Gibeon; and they sat down, one on each side of the pool.Abner said to Joab, “Please let the soldiers get up and fight before us. Joab said, “Let them fight.” Then they got up and went over by number; 12 soldiers for Benjamin, and for Ishbosheth of Saul, and 12 of the soldiers of David.They caught eachother by the head, and stabed eachother in the side; so they died together; so that place was called The Field of Sarp Swords (Helkath Hazzurim), which is in Gibeon.The battle was very severe that day; and Abner was beaten, and the people of Israel, before the soldiers of David.
[18-23] Joab, Abishai, and Asahel, the three sons of Zeruiah, were there; and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild gazelle.Asahel chased after Abner; and he didn’t turn right nor left as he went chasing Abner.Then Abner looked behind him, saying, “Is it you, Asahel?” He answered, “It’s me.” Abner said to him, “Turn around, and take hold of one of the soldiers, and take his armor.” But Asahel wouldn’t stop chasing him.Abner said again to Asahel, “Stop chasing me; why should I kill you? How could I hold up my head to Joab, your brother?But he refused to turn around; so Abner with the back end of the spear hit him in the stomach, so that the spear came out behind him; and he fell down and died there; and whoever came to the place where Asahel fell down and died, stood still.
[24-26] Joab and Abishai chased after Abner; and the sun went down when they had come to the hill of Ammah, that is near Giah by the road to the countryside of Gibeon.The people of Benjamin gathered together to follow Abner, and became one troop, and stood on the top of a hill. Then Abner called to Joab, saying, “Will we continue to fight and die? Don’t you know that this fighting won’t end well? How long will it be then, before you tell your people to stop chasing their brothers?”
[27-32] Joab said, “As God lives, if you hadn’t said it, truly then, by morning the people would have gone away, and not continued chasing them. So Joab blew the horn; and all the people stood still, and stoped chasing after Israel, nor fought them anymore. Abner and his men went that night through the Arabah desert and crossed over the Jordan, and went through all Bithron, and came to Mahanaim.Joab stoped chasing Abner; and when he had gathered all the people together, David has lost 19 soldiers and Asahel.But the soldiers of David had killed of Benjamin, and of Abner’s men, 360 soldiers. They took Asahel, and buried him in the grave of his father, which was in Bethlehem. Joab and his men walked all night, and the day broke on them at Hebron.
3[1-5] Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David; and David grew stronger and stronger, but the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker. David had children in Hebron; and his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam, the Jezreelitess; and his second was Chileab, of Abigail, the wife of Nabal, the Carmelite; and the third was Absalom, of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, Ruler of Geshur; and the fourth was Adonijah, of Haggith; and the fifth was Shephatiah, of Abital; and the sixth was Ithream, of Eglah, David’s wife. These were born to David in Hebron.
[6-11] While there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner became strong in the house of Saul. Now Saul had a mistress, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah; and Ishbosheth said to Abner, “Why have you had sex with my father’s mistress?” Then Abner was very angry for the words of Ishbosheth, saying, “Am I a dog’s head that belongs to Judah? Today I show kindness to the house of Saul, your father, to his family and friends, and haven’t handed you over to David; and still you charge me today with a fault about this woman.God do so to Abner, and more also, if, as Yahweh has promised to David, I don’t turn over the rule from the house of Saul to set up the throne of David over Israel and Judah, from Dan all the way to Beersheba.” He couldn’t say another word to Abner, because he feared him.
[12-16] Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, “Whose is the land? Make an agreement with me, and my hand will be with you, to hand all Israel to you.He said, “Good, I’ll make a agreement with you; but one thing I want from you; that is, you won’t see my face, except you first bring Michal, Saul’s daughter, when you come to see me.”David sent messengers to Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, saying, “Give me my wife Michal, whom I pledged to be married to me for 100 foreskins of the Philistines. Ishbosheth sent, and took her from her husband, from Paltiel of Laish.Her husband went with her crying as he went, and followed her to Bahurim. Then Abner said to him, “Go back; and he went back.”
[17-21] Abner had communicated with the elders of Israel, saying, “In the past you wanted David to be Ruler over you; now then do it because Yahweh has said, of David, “By the hand of my follower, David, I’ll save My people Israel out of the hands of the Philistines, and all their enemies.”Abner also said this to Benjamin; and then Abner went also to speak to David in Hebron what seemed good to Israel, and to those of whole house of Benjamin.So Abner came to David to Hebron with 20 soldiers. David made Abner and the men who were with him a celebration.Abner said to David, I’ll get up and go, and gather all Israel to you sir, the Ruler, that they may make an agreement with you, and that you may rule over all that you want. David sent Abner away; and he went in peace.
[22-25] Then the soldiers of David and Joab came in from a attack, and brought in a a lot of stuff with them; but Abner wasn’t with David in Hebron because he had sent him away, and he had left in peace. When Joab and all the troops who were with him had come, they told Joab, saying, Abner of Ner, came to the Ruler, and he has sent him away, and he has left in peace. Then Joab came to the Ruler, saying, “What have you done? Abner came to you; why have you sent him away, and now he’s gone?You know that Abner of Ner came to mislead you, and to know when you go and when you come, and to know whatever you do.”
[26-30] When Joab had come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the well of Sirah; but David didn’t know it. When Abner had gone back to Hebron, Joab took him aside into the middle of the gate to speak with him quietly, and stabbed him there in the stomach, killing him, for the blood of Asahel, his brother. Afterward, when David heard it, he said, I and my rule are guiltless before Yahweh forever of the blood of Abner of Ner; let it be on the head of Joab, and all his father’s house; and let there not fail from the house of Joab one who has a disease, or is a leper, or leans on a walking stick, or falls in war, or lacks bread. So Joab and Abishai his brother killed Abner, because he had killed their brother Asahel, at Gibeon, in the battle.
[31-39] David said to Joab, and to all the people who were with him, “Tear your clothes, and put on mourning clothes, and mourn for Abner. Ruler David followed the casket. They buried Abner in Hebron; and the Ruler lifted up his voice, and cried at the grave of Abner; and all the people cried. The Ruler cried for Abner, saying, “Should Abner die as a ungodly person dies? Your hands weren’t tied, nor your feet put into fetters. You fell as someone falls before a sinner.” All the people cried again over him. All the people tried to get David to eat while it was yet day; but David promised, saying, “God do so to me, and more also, if I taste bread, or anything else, until the sun goes down.” All the people took notice, and it pleased them; as whatever the Ruler did pleased all the people. So all the people and all Israel understood that day that it wasn’t the Ruler who had Abner of Ner killed. The Ruler said to his workers, “Don’t you know that a leader and a great man has fallen today in Israel? I’m today weak, though anointed Ruler; and these men, the descendants of Zeruiah, are too hard for me. May Yahweh reward the evil-doer according to his evil thing.”
4[1-4] When Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands became weak, and all the Israelites were troubled. Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, had two men, who were captains of the troops; one was Baanah, and the other was Rechab, the descendants of Rimmon, the Beerothite, of the people of Benjamin (for Beeroth also is part of Benjamin, as the Beerothites ran to Gittaim, and have lived as foreigners there until today). Now Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son who was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the news came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel; and his nurse took him up, and ran; and as she hurried to run, he fell, and became lame. His name was Mephibosheth.
[5-8] The descendants of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went about midday to the house of Ishbosheth, as he took his rest at noon. They came there into the house, as though they wanted some wheat; and they stabbed him in the stomach; and Rechab and Baanah, his brother, escaped. Now when they came into the house, as he lay on his bed in his bedroom, they stabbed him, and killed him, and beheaded him, and took his head, and went by the road of the Arabah all night. They brought the head of Ishbosheth to David to Hebron, saying to the Ruler, “See, the head of Ishbosheth, of Saul, your enemy, who tried to take your life; and Yahweh has avenged the Ruler today of Saul, and of his descendants.”
[9-12] David answered Rechab and Baanah, his brother, the descendants of Rimmon the Beerothite, saying to them, “As Yahweh lives, who has saved me out of all difficulty, when one told me, “See, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good news, I grabbed of him, and killed him in Ziklag, which was the reward I gave him for his news. How much more, when sinners have killed a good person in his own house on his bed, won’t I now require his blood of your hand, and take you from the earth?” David told his soldiers to kill them, and they cut off their hands and feet, and hanged them up beside the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried it in the grave of Abner in Hebron.
5[1-5Then all the family groups of Israel came to David to Hebron, saying, “We’re your flesh and bone. In the past when Saul was Ruler over us, it was you who led out and brought in Israel; and Yahweh said to you, “You’ll be shepherd of My people Israel, and you’ll be head over Israel.” So all the elders of Israel came to the Ruler to Hebron; and Ruler David made an agreement with them in Hebron before Yahweh; and they anointed David Ruler over Israel. David was 30 years old when he began to rule, and he ruled 40 years. In Hebron he ruled over Judah seven years and six months; and in Jerusalem he ruled 33 years over all Israel and Judah.
[6-9] The Ruler and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the people of the land, who said to David, “Unless you take away the lame and the blind, you won’t come in here;” thinking, “David can’t come in here.” But David took the stronghold of Zion, which is the city of David. David said, on that day, “Whoever fights, let him go up to the watercourse, and fight those lame and blind Jebusites, who I hate.” So they say, “There are the blind and the lame (Jebusites); he can’t come into the house. So David lived in the stronghold, and called it the city of David. David built around from Millo and inward.
[10-16] David grew greater and greater because Yahweh, the God of all Creation, was with him. Hiram, Ruler of Tyre, sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, woodworkers, and stone builders; and they built David a house. David knew that Yahweh had made him Ruler over Israel, and that he had uplifted his rule over the people of God, for the sake of Israel. David took more mistresses and wives out from Jerusalem, after he had come from Hebron; and had more children.These are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem; Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.
[17-20] When the Philistines heard that they had anointed David Ruler over Israel, they all went up to look for David; and David heard it, and went down to the stronghold. Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the valley of Rephaim. David asked of Yahweh, saying, “Should I go up against the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” Yahweh said to David, “Go up; I’ll certainly hand the Philistines over to you.” So David came to Baal Perazim, and fought them there; and he said, “Yahweh has broken my enemies before me, like the division of waters.” So he called that place Baal Perazim.
[21-25They left their false gods there; and David and his men took them away. The Philistines came up still again, and spread out in the valley of Rephaim. When David asked of Yahweh, God said, “You won’t go up; circle behind them, and come up on them next to the mulberry trees. When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you’ll move because then is Yahweh gone out before you to fight the troops of the Philistines. David did so, as Yahweh told him, and fought the Philistines from Geba until you come to Gezer.
6[1-5] David again gathered together 30,000 of the best soldiers of Israel. David got up, and went with all the people who were with him, from Baale Judah, to bring up from there the Chest of God, which is called by the Name of Yahweh, the God of All Creation, who sits above the cherubim (angelic winged creatures). They set the Chest of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the descendants of Abinadab, drove the new cart. They brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was in the hill with the Chest of God; and Ahio went before the Chest. David and all the house of Israel played before Yahweh with all kinds of instruments made of fir wood, with harps, lyres, tambourines, castanets, and cymbals.
[6-10] When they came to the place of harvest of Nacon, Uzzah reached out to catch the Chest of God, and grabbed it because the cows stumbled. Yahweh was angry at Uzzah and killed him there for his error by the Chest of God. David was unhappy, because Yahweh had broken out on Uzzah; and he called that place Perez Uzzah, until today. David was afraid of Yahweh that day; and he said, “How will the Chest of God come to me?” So David wouldn’t bring the Chest of God to him into the city of David; but David carried it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.
[11-15] The Chest of God was left in the house of Obed-Edom, the Gittite, three months; and Yahweh blessed Obed-Edom, and all his house. It was told Ruler David, saying, “Yahweh has blessed the house of Obed-Edom, and everything that belongs to him, because the Chest of God is there.” So David went and brought up the Chest of God from the house of Obed-Edom into the city of David with great happiness. When those who had the Chest of God had gone six paces, he sacrificed a cow and a fattened calf. David danced before Yahweh with all his strength; and David wore a golden linen breastplate. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the Chest of God with shouting, and with the horn sounding.
[16-19] As the Chest of God came into the city of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked out the window, and saw Ruler David leaping and dancing before Yahweh; and she hated him in her heart. They brought in the Chest of God, and set it in its place, in the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before Yahweh. When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the Name of Yahweh, the God of All Creation. He gave out to all the people, among the whole number of Israel, both to men and women, a cake of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins. So all the people left and went home.
[20-23] Then David went back to bless his household. Michal, the daughter of Saul, came out to meet David, saying, “How wonderful was the Ruler of Israel today who uncovered himself in front of the young women of his people, as one of the worthless men shamelessly uncovers himself!”David said to Michal, “It was before Yahweh, Who chose me above your father, and above all his house, to appoint me leader over the people of Yahweh, over Israel; so I’ll play before Yahweh.” I’ll be worse than this, and will be evil in my own sight; but of the servants of whom you’ve spoken, they’ll honor me.So Michal, the daughter of Saul, had no child by David to the day of her death.
7[1-3] When the Ruler lived in his house, and Yahweh had given him rest from all his enemies around, the Ruler said to Nathan the preacher, “See now, I live in a house of cedar, but the Chest of God lives in nothing but curtains.Nathan said to the Ruler, “Go, do what’s in your heart because Yahweh is with you.”
[4-11] That same night, the Word of God came to Nathan, saying, “Go and tell my follower David, Yahweh says, “Will you build me a house to live in?I haven’t lived in a house since the day that I brought up the people of Israel out of Egypt, even until today, but have moved around in a tent and a Chest.In all the places I’ve walked with all the people of Israel, did I say a word to any of the family groups of Israel whom I told to be shepherd of My people Israel, saying, ‘Why haven’t you built me a house of cedar?’So now, tell my follower David, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says, I took you from the sheep pen, from watching the sheep, that you would be Ruler over My people, over all Israel; and I’ve been with you wherever you went, and have taked all your enemies from before you; and I’ll make your name well known, like the names of the great ones who are buried in the earth.I’ll make a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may live in their own place, and never be moved again. Nor will evil people trouble them anymore, as at the first, when I told the judges to be over My people Israel; and I’ll cause you to rest from all your enemies. Besides this, Yahweh tells you, ‘I will make you a house.’
[12-17] When your days are over, and you’re buried with your ancestors, I’ll set up your descendant after you, who will come from your body, and I’ll set up his rule. He’ll build a house for My Name, and I’ll set up the throne of his rule forever.I’ll be like a parent to him, and he’ll be my child; if he sins, I’ll use men and peoples to punish him; but my loving kindness won’t leave from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before you.Your house and your rule will be made sure forever before you; your throne will be set up forever.” So Nathan spoke all these words, and all this vision, to David.
[18-25] Then David the Ruler went in, and sat before Yahweh; and he said, “Who am I, Yahweh God, and what’s my house, that you’ve brought me this far? This was a small thing in your eyes, Yahweh God; but You’ve spoken also of Your follower’s house for a great while to come; and this too after the way of men, Yahweh God! What can David say more to You? You know Your follower, Yahweh God. For Your Word’s sake, and for Your own heart, You’ve done all this greatness, to make Your follower know it. You’re so great, Yahweh God, there’s none like you, nor is there any God besides You, like what we’ve heard with our ears. What nation in the earth is like Your people, even like Israel, whom You saved for Yourself a people, and to make Yourself a name, and to do great things for You, and awesome things for Your land, before Your people, whom you saved for Yourself out of Egypt, from the nations and their gods? You made Your people Israel to be Your people for You forever; and You, Yahweh, became their God.
[25-29] Now, Yahweh God, the word that You’ve said about Your follower, and about my house, settle it forever, and do as You’ve said. Let Your Name be made well known forever; let the people say, ‘Yahweh, the God of All Creation, is God over Israel;’ and the house of Your follower David will be set up before You. For You, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, the God of Israel, have made it known to Your follower, saying, ‘I’ll build you a house;’ so has Your follower found in his heart to pray this prayer to You. Now, O Yahweh God, You are God, and Your Word is truth, and You’ve promised this good thing to Your follower; so now let it please You to bless the house of Your follower, that it may continue forever before You! You, Yahweh God, have said it; and with Your blessing, let the house of Your follower be blessed forever.
8[1-8] After this, David fought the Philistines, and defeated them; and David took control of the mother city (Metheg Ammah) from the Philistines. He fought Moab, and measured them with the line, making them lie down on the ground; and he measured two lines to put to death, and one full line to keep alive. The Moabites became workers to David, and paid taxes to him.David fought also Hadadezer of Rehob, Ruler of Zobah, as he went to recover his rule at the Euphrates River. David took from him 1,000 war vehicles, 700 riders, and 20,000 foot soldiers; and David disabled all the horses, but saved enough of them for 100 war vehicles. When the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer Ruler of Zobah, David killed 22,000 Syrian soldiers.Then David put protected cities in Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became workers to David, and paid taxes. Yahweh gave victory to David wherever he went. David took the shields of gold that were on the soldiers of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem. Ruler David took a great deal of brass from Betah and Berothai, cities of Hadadezer.
[9-18] When Toi, Ruler of Hamath heard that David had killed all the troops of Hadadezer,he sent Joram, his son, to Ruler David to meet him, and bless him, because he had killed Hadadezer because Hadadezer had wars with Toi. Joram brought pots of silver, gold, and brass; so Ruler David dedicated them to Yahweh with the silver and gold that he dedicated of all the nations he defeated; of Syria, Moab, Ammon, the Philistines, and Amalek, and of the stuff of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, Ruler of Zobah. David became famous when he came back from killing 18,000 Syrian soldiers in the Valley of Salt. He put protected cities throughout all Edom, and all the Edomites became David’s workers. Yahweh gave victory to David wherever he went, so David ruled over all Israel; and did justice and goodness to all his people. Joab of Zeruiah was over the troops; Jehoshaphat of Ahilud was recorder; Zadok of Ahitub, and Ahimelech of Abiathar were preachers; Seraiah was secretary; and Benaiah of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David’s sons were head ministers.
9[1-4] David said, “Is there still any who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show them kindness for Jonathan’s sake? There was of the house of Saul a worker whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David; and the Ruler said to him, “Are you Ziba?” He said, “I am he.” The Ruler said, “Is there not still any of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to them? Ziba said to the Ruler, “Jonathan still has a son, who can’t walk.” The Ruler said to him, “Where is he?” Ziba said to the Ruler, “He is in the house of Machir of Ammiel, in Lo Debar.”
[5-8] Then Ruler David sent, and got him out of the house of Machir of Ammiel, from Lo Debar. Mephibosheth, son of Jonathan, of Saul, came to David, and dropped to the floor, and paid respect. David said, “Mephibosheth.” He answered, “I am he!” David said to him, “Don’t be scared! I’ll truly show you kindness for Jonathan, your father’s sake, and will give you back the land of Saul your father; and you’ll eat bread at my table continually.” He paid respect, saying, “Who am I, that you should look on such a dead dog as I am?”
[9-13] Then the Ruler called to Ziba, Saul’s worker, saying to him, “What belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your boss’s son. You’ll till the land for him, you, and your sons, and your workers; and you’ll bring in the fruits, that your boss’s son may have bread to eat; but Mephibosheth your boss’s son will eat bread always at my table.” Now Ziba had 15 sons and 20 workers. Then Ziba said to the Ruler, I’ll do just what you tell me to do. Then the Ruler said, “As for Mephibosheth, he’ll eat at my table, as one of the Ruler’s sons.” Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. Whoever lived in the house of Ziba were workers to Mephibosheth. So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem because he ate continually at the Ruler’s table. He was lame in both his feet.
10[1-5] After this, the Ruler of the people of Ammon died, and Hanun, his son, ruled in his place. David said, I’ll show kindness to Hanun of Nahash, as his father has shown kindness to me. So David sent by his workers to comfort him about his father. David’s workers came into the land of the people of Ammon. But the leaders of the people of Ammon said to Hanun their leader, “Do you think that David honors your father by sending comforters to you? Hasn’t David sent his workers to you to search and spy out the city to overthrow it?” So Hanun took David’s workers, and shaved off half of their beards, and ripped their clothes in half, showing their buttocks, and sent them away. When they told it to David, he sent to meet them because the men were greatly ashamed. The Ruler said, “Wait at Jericho until your beards are grown, and then go back.”
[6-8] When the people of Ammon saw that they were hated by David, they sent and hired the Syrians of Beth Rehob and Zobah, with 20,000 foot soldiers, and the Ruler of Maacah with 1,000 soldiers, and the people of Tob with 12,000 soldiers. When David heard it, he sent Joab, and all the troops of the soldiers. The people of Ammon came out, and put the troops in order at the entrance of the gate; and the Syrians of Zobah and Rehob, and the people of Tob and Maacah were by themselves in the field.
[9-14] Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him in front and back, he chose of all the best soldiers of Israel, and put them in order against the Syrians; the rest of the people he put under control of Abishai his brother; and he put them in order against the people of Ammon. He said, “If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you’ll help me; but if the people of Ammon are too strong for you, then I’ll come and help you. Be brave, and let’s fight for our people, and for the cities of our God; and Yahweh will do what’s right. So Joab and the people who were with him went to battle against the Syrians; and they ran before him. When the people of Ammon saw that the Syrians had run, they also ran before Abishai, and went back into the city. Then Joab went back from the people of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem.
[15-19] When the Syrians saw that they were beaten by Israel, they gathered themselves together. Hadadezer sent, and brought out the Syrians, who were across the river; and they came to Helam with Shobach, the captain of the troops of Hadadezer at their head. It was told David; and he gathered all Israel together, and crossed over the Jordan, and came to Helam. The Syrians set themselves in order against David, and fought with him. The Syrians ran before Israel; and David killed of the Syrians the riders of 700 war vehicles, and 40,000 horse riders, and fought Shobach, the captain of their troops, who died there. When all the Rulers who were workers to Hadadezer saw that they were beaten by Israel, they made peace with Israel, and served them. So the Syrians were afraid to help the people of Ammon anymore.
11[1-5] At the first of the year, when Rulers go out to fight, David sent Joab, and his followers, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon, and surrounded Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem. At evening, David got up from bed, and walked on the roof of his house, where he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful to look at. David sent and asked about the woman. Someone said, “Isn’t this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?”David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in to him, and he had sex with her (for she had bathed after her period); and she went back to her house.The woman got pregnant; and she sent and told David, saying, I’m pregnant.
[6-11] David sent to Joab, saying, “Send me Uriah, the Hittite.” So Joab sent Uriah to David.When Uriah had come to him, David asked him how Joab was doing, and how the people did, and how the war was going.David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house, and wash your feet.” Uriah left out of the Ruler’s house, and the Ruler sent with him a mess of food.But Uriah slept at the door of the Ruler’s house with all the workers of his leader, and didn’t go down to his house.When they had told David, Uriah didn’t go down to his house, David said to Uriah, “Haven’t you come home from a long journey? Why didn’t you go down to your house?” Uriah said to David, “The Chest, and Israel, and Judah, stay in tents; and sir Joab, and your workers, are camped in the open field; should I then go into my house, to eat and drink, and to have sex with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I won’t do it.”
[12-21] David said to Uriah, “Stay here today also, and tomorrow I’ll let you leave.” So Uriah stayed in Jerusalem that day, and the next day.When David had called him, he ate and drank with him; and he got him drunk; and at evening he went out to lie on his bed with the workers of his leader, but didn’t go down to his house. In the morning, David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.He wrote in the letter, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the heat of the battle, and leave him, that he may be killed.When Joab kept watch on the city, he sent Uriah to the place where he knew that soldiers were.The people of the city went out, and fought with Joab; and some of the people died of the workers of David; and Uriah, the Hittite, died also. Then Joab sent and told David all the things about the war; and he told the messenger, saying, “When you’ve finished telling all the things about the war to the Ruler, if the Ruler gets angry, and he asks you, ‘Why did you go so near to the city to fight? Didn’t you know that they would shoot from the wall?Who killed Abimelech of Jerubbesheth? Didn’t a woman throw a big stone on him from the wall, so that he died at Thebez? Why did you go so near the wall?’ then you’ll say, ‘Your soldier, Uriah, the Hittite, is dead also.’”
[22-27] So the messenger went, and came and told David what Joab had sent him for. The messenger said to David, “The soldiers were strong against us, and came out to us into the field, and we were on them all the way to the entrance of the gate.The shooters shot at us from off the wall; and some of the Ruler’s workers are dead, and your soldier, Uriah, the Hittite, is dead also.Then David said to the messenger, “Tell Joab, “Don’t let this displease you, for the sword destroys one as well as another; make your battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it;” and encourage him.When the wife of Uriah heard that her husband was dead, she cried for her husband.When she stopped crying, David sent and took her home to his house, and she became his wife, and had him a son. But the thing that David had done made Yahweh angry.
12[1-6] Yahweh sent Nathan to David. He came to him, saying, “There were two men in one city; one rich, and the other poor. The rich one had very many flocks and herds, but the poor one didn’t have anything except one little ewe lamb which he had bought and raised. It grew up together with him and his children. It ate of his own food, drank of his own cup, and lay in his lap, and was like a daughter to him. A traveler came to the rich man, and he didn’t want to take of his own flock and herd, to make for the traveling man who had come to him, but took the poor man’s lamb, and cooked it for the one who had come to him.” David was very angry at the man, and he said to Nathan, “As Yahweh lives, that man who has done this is worthy to die! He’ll give back the lamb fourfold, because he did this, and because he had no pity!”
[7-14] Then Nathan said to David, “You’re the one who did this. This is what Yahweh, the God of Israel, says; ‘I anointed you Ruler over Israel, and I took you from Saul. I gave you your boss’s house and wives, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that wasn’t enough, I’d have given you much more. Why have you hated the Word of Yahweh, to do what’s evil in My sight? You’ve killed Uriah, the Hittite, in the war, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him in the war with the people of Ammon. So now wounding and death will never leave from your house, because you’ve hated Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ Yahweh says; ‘See, I’ll raise up evil against you out of your own house; and I’ll take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor, and he’ll lie with your wives in broad daylight. You did it secretly, but I’ll do this before all Israel, and in broad daylight.’” David said to Nathan, “I’ve sinned against Yahweh.” Nathan said to David, “Yahweh also has forgiven your sin. You won’t die. But, because by this act of sin, you’ve given a great chance to Yahweh’s enemies to mock God, the child also who is born to you will truly die.”
[15-23] Nathan left and went home. Yahweh made the child that Uriah’s wife had for David very sick. David begged God for the child and fasted, and went in, and lay all night on the earth. The elders of his house got up, and stood beside him, to raise him up from the earth; but he wouldn’t, nor did he eat with them. On the 7th day, the child died. The workers of David feared to tell him that the child was dead because they said, “See, while the child was yet alive, we talked to him, and he didn’t listen to us; so how will he hurt himself, if we tell him that the child is dead!” But when David saw that his workers were whispering together, he understood that the child was dead; and David said to his workers, “Is the child dead?” They said, “He’s dead.” Then David got up from the earth, and bathed in oil, and changed his clothes; and he came into the Place of Worship of Yahweh, and worshiped; then he came back to his own house; and when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate. Then his workers said to him, “What have you done? You wouldn’t eat and cried for the child while it was alive; but when the child died, you got up and ate!”He said, “While the child was still alive, I went without food and cried because I said, who knows whether Yahweh won’t show grace to me, that the child may live?But now he’s dead, so why should I go without food? Can I bring him back again? I’ll go to him, but he won’t come back to me.”
[24-31] David comforted Bathsheba, his wife, and had sex with her; and she had a son, and he named him Solomon. Yahweh loved him and sent word by Nathan the preacher, and named him Jedidiah (loved by Yahweh), for Yahweh’s sake.Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the people of Ammon, and took the royal city. Joab sent messengers to David, saying, I’ve fought against Rabbah and taken the water supply of the city.So gather the rest of the people together, and encamp against the city, and take it; in case I take the city, and it be credited to me. So David gathered all the people together, and went to Rabbah, and fought against it, and took it.He took the crown of their Ruler from off his head; and its weight was 75 lbs of gold, and it had precious stones set in it; and it was set on David’s head. He brought a lot of stuff out of the city. He brought out the people who were in it, and put them to work with saws, and tillers of iron, and axes, and made them go to the brick kiln; and he did this to all the cities of the people of Ammon. David and all the people went back to Jerusalem.
13[1-5] After this, Absalom, son of David, had a beautiful sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon, son of David, loved her. Amnon was so troubled that he fell sick because of his sister Tamar because she was a virgin; and it seemed hard to Amnon to do anything to her. But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, of Shimeah, David’s brother; and Jonadab was a very sneaky man. He said to him, “Why are you, son of the Ruler, becoming thinner by the day? Won’t you tell me?” Amnon said to him, “I love Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.” Jonadab said to him, “Lay down on your bed, and pretend to be sick; and when your father comes to see you, tell him, ‘Please let my sister Tamar come and give me food to eat, and fix the food for me, that I may see it, and eat it from her hand.’”
[6-10] So Amnon lay down, and pretended to be sick; and when the Ruler had come to see him, Amnon said to David, “Please let my sister Tamar come, and make me a couple of cakes, that I may eat them from her hand.” Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, “Go now to your brother Amnon’s house, and fix him some food.” So Tamar went to her brother Amnon’s house; and he was laying down. She took dough, and kneaded it, and made cakes in his sight, and baked them. She took the pan, and poured them out before him; but he refused to eat. Amnon said, “Have everyone leave from me. So everyone left from him.Amnon said to Tamar, “Bring the food into the room, that I may eat from your hand.” Tamar took the cakes which she had made, and brought them into the room to Amnon, her brother.
[11-16] When she had brought them close to him to eat, he grabbed her, saying to her, “Come, have sex with me, my sister.” She answered him, “No, my brother, don’t force me, because nothing like this should ever be done in Israel. Don’t disgrace me this way. Howwill I stand my shame? and as for you, you’ll be as one of the ungodly people in Israel. So please speak to the Ruler because he won’t keep me from you.” But he wouldn’t listen to her; and being stronger than she, he raped her forcefully. Then Amnon hated her very much. The hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her, so Amnon said to her, “Get up, and get out! She said to him, “No, this great wrong in putting me out is worse than the other that you did to me! But he wouldn’t listen to her.
[17-20] Then he called his worker who took care of him, saying, “Put this woman out from me, and bolt the door after her.” She had a clothes of various colors on her because with such robes were the Ruler’s daughters who were virgins dressed. Then his worker brought her out, and bolted the door after her. Tamar put ashes on her head, and tore her colorful clothes that she wore; and she laid her hand on her head, and went home, crying aloud as she went. Absalom her brother said to her, “Has Amnon, your brother, had sex with you? Hold your peace, my sister; he is your brother; don’t take this thing to heart.” So Tamar was left heart broken in her brother Absalom’s house.
[21-27] But when Ruler David heard of all this, he was very angry. Absalom said, nothing to Amnon, either good or bad, because he hated Amnon, who had raped his sister Tamar. After two full years, Absalom had his sheepshearers in Baal Hazor, which is beside Ephraim; and Absalom invited all the Ruler’s sons. Absalom came to the Ruler, saying, “See, I have my sheepshearers here; let the Ruler, I ask, and his workers go with me.” The Ruler said to Absalom, “No, my son, let’s not all go, in case we are too many for you.” He pressed him, but David wouldn’t go, but blessed him. Then Absalom said, “If not, please let my brother, Amnon, go with us.” The Ruler said to him, “Why should he go with you?” But Absalom pressed him, and he let Amnon and all the Ruler’s sons go with him.
[28-31] Absalom told his workers, saying, “Watch for when Amnon is drunk with wine; and when I tell you, hit him, then kill him; don’t be scared; haven’t I told you to do this? Be brave and heroic.” The workers of Absalom did to Amnon as Absalom had told them. Then all the Ruler’s sons got up, and everyone got on their mules, and ran. While they were on the way, the news came to David that Absalom had killed all the Ruler’s sons, and there wasn’t one of them left. Then the Ruler got up, and tore his clothes, and lay on the earth; and all his workers stood by with their clothes torn.
[32-39] Jonadab, of Shimeah, David’s brother, said, “Don’t think that they’ve killed all the the Ruler’s sons because Amnon only is dead. This has been decided by Absolom from the day that Amnon raped his sister Tamar. So don’t take this thing to heart, to think that all the Ruler’s sons are dead because Amnon only is dead. But Absalom ran. The young men who kept watch looked up, and saw many people were coming by the road on the hillside behind him. Jonadab said to the Ruler, “See, the Ruler’s sons have come. It’s just like I said. As soon as he had finished speaking, the Ruler’s sons came, and raised their voices, and cried; and the Ruler also and all his workers cried very much. But Absalom ran, and went to Talmai of Ammihur, Ruler of Geshur. David mourned for his son everyday. So Absalom ran, and went to Geshur, and was there three years. Ruler David really wanted to go to Absalom because he was comforted about Amnon, seeing he was dead.
14[1-11] Now Joab of Zeruiah understood that the Ruler’s heart was toward Absalom. Joab sent to Tekoa for a wise woman, saying to her, please, act like a mourner, and put on mourning clothes, and don’t anoint yourself with oil, but be as a woman mourning for a long time for the dead; and go to the Ruler, and speak this way to him. So Joab told her what to say. When the woman of Tekoa spoke to the Ruler, she fell to the ground, and paid him respect, saying, “Help me, O Ruler.” The Ruler said to her, “What’s troubling you?” She answered, “Truly, I’m a death survivor, and my husband is dead. Your servant had two sons, and they fought together in a field, and no one was there to separate them, but one killed the other. Now the whole family has turned against your servant, and they say, “Give him who fought his brother, that we may kill him for the life of his brother, whom he killed, and so destroy the heir also. So they would put out my flame that is left, and will leave to my husband neither name nor descendant on the face of the earth.” The Ruler said to the woman, “Go home, and I’ll give orders about you.” The woman of Tekoa said to the Ruler, “O Ruler, let the sin be on me, and on my father’s house; and the Ruler and his throne be guiltless.” The Ruler said, “Whoever says anything to you, bring him to me, and he won’t touch you anymore.” Then she said, “Please let the Ruler remember Yahweh your God, that the avenger of blood destroy not anymore, in case they destroy my child.” He said, “As Yahweh lives, there won’t one hair of your son fall to the earth.”
[12-20] Then the woman said, Please let your servant speak one word to you, O Ruler.” He said, “Tell me.” The woman said, “Why then have you planned such a thing against the people of God? In speaking this word the Ruler is as one who is guilty, in that you don’t bring home again your son who has been put out. For we will die, and be like water split on the ground, which can’t be gathered up again; neither does God take away life, but makes a way for those who are separated from God to not be put away forever. So now, seeing that I’ve come to speak this word to you sir, the Ruler,it’s because the people have made me afraid; and your servant said, I’ll now speak to the Ruler; it may be that the Ruler will do what I ask. The Ruler will Listen, and save his worker from those who would destroy me and my child together, and take the inheritance of God. Then your servant said, ‘Please let the word of the Ruler be comforting, because the Ruler knows what’s good and bad like an angel of God; and Yahweh your God be with you.’” Then the Ruler said to the woman, “Please don’t hide anything from me that I ask you.” The woman said, “Let the Ruler speak now.” The Ruler said, “Is the hand of Joab with you in all this?“ The woman answered, “As your soul lives, O Ruler, no one can turn to the right or to the left from anything that the Ruler has said, because your follower Joab, he told me what to say to you; Your follower Joab has done this thing to change the fact of the matter; and you sir are as wise as an angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth.
[21-24] Then the Ruler said to Joab, “See now, I’ll do this thing; so go bring the young man Absalom back home.” Joab fell to the ground on his face, and paid respect to David, and blessed the Ruler; and Joab said, “Today I know that I’ve pleased you sir, O Ruler, in that you’ve done what I’ve asked.So Joab got up and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem. The Ruler said, “Let him go to his own house, but don’t let him come to see me.” So Absalom went to his own house, and didn’t come to see the Ruler.
[25-30] Now in all Israel, there wasn’t anyone praised as much as Absalom for his beauty; from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no fault in him. When he cut the hair of his head (now it was at each year’s end that he cut it; because it was heavy); he weighed the hair of his head at 200 coins (about 5 lbs), after the Ruler’s weight.Absalom had three sons, and one daughter, whose name was Tamar; and she was a beautiful woman. Absalom lived two full years in Jerusalem, and didn’t see the Ruler’s face. Then Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the Ruler; but he wouldn’t come to him; and he sent again a second time, but he wouldn’t come.So he said to his workers, “See, Joab’s field is near mine, and he has barley there; go and set it on fire.” So Absalom’s workers set the field on fire.
[31-33] Then Joab got up, and came to Absalom to his house, saying to him, “Why have your followers set my field on fire?”Absalom answered Joab, “See, I sent to you, saying, ‘Come here, that I may send you to the Ruler, to say, ‘Why am I come from Geshur? It would be better for me to be there still.’ So now, let me see the Ruler; and if there be sin in me, let him kill me.” So Joab came to the Ruler, and told him; and when he had called for Absalom, he came to the Ruler, and bowed face down before the Ruler; and the Ruler kissed Absalom.
15[1-6] After this, Absalom got a war vehicle ready and horses, and 50 soldiers to run before him. Absalom got up early, and stood beside the road of the gate; and when anyone had a suit which should come to the Ruler for judgment, then Absalom called to them, saying, “What city are you from?” They would answer, “Your follower is of one of the family groups of Israel;” and Absalom would say, “See, your matters are good and right; but there’s no one to act on behalf of the Ruler to hear you.” Besides this, Absalom said, “Oh that I were made judge in the land, that everyone who has any suit or cause could come to me, and I’d do right by them!” When anyone came to pay him respect, he reached out, and grabbed them, and kissed them. Absalom did this to all Israel who came to the Ruler for judgment; so Absalom stole the hearts of the people of Israel.
[7-12] After 40 years, Absalom said to the Ruler, “Please let me go to keep a promise which I’ve made to Yahweh, in Hebron. I made a promise while I stayed at Geshur in Syria, saying, ‘If Yahweh will truly bring me home again to Jerusalem, then I’ll serve Yahweh.’” The Ruler said to him, “Go in peace.” So he got up, and went to Hebron. But Absalom sent spies throughout all the family groups of Israel, saying, “As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, then call out, ‘Absalom is Ruler in Hebron.’” There were 200 soldiers who went with Absolom out from Jerusalem, who were invited, and went innocently, not knowing anything. Absalom sent for Ahithophel, the Gilonite, David’s counselor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he was offering the sacrifices. The conspiracy was strong because the people turned to Absalom more and more.
[13-16] A messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the people of Israel are with Absalom. David said to all his workers who were with him at Jerusalem, “Get up, and let’s run or else none of us will escape from Absalom; we must quickly leave, in case he overtake us quickly, and fight the city and make war on us. The Ruler’s workers said to the Ruler, “See, your followers are ready to do whatever you choose.” The Ruler went, and all his household followed him. The Ruler left ten women, who were his mistresses, to keep the house.
[17-22] The Ruler came, and all the people following him; and they stayed in Beth Merhak. All his workers went on beside him; and all the Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, and 600 soldiers who came after him from Gath went on before the Ruler. Then the Ruler said to Ittai, the Gittite, “Why do you go with us, too? Go back, and stay with the Ruler because you’re a foreigner, and also an exile; go back to your own place. Since you came only yesterday, should I today make you go up and down with us, seeing I go wherever I can? Go back, and take back your family; mercy and truth be with you.” But Ittai answered the Ruler, saying, “As Yahweh lives, and as you sir, the Ruler lives, truly wherever you go, whether in death or life, I’ll also go. David said to Ittai, “Go and cross over.” So Ittai, the Gittite, crossed over, with all his people, and all the young children with them.
[23-29] All the country cried loudly, and all the people crossed over; the Ruler also himself crossed over the Kidron River, and all the people crossed over, toward the road of the countryside. Zadok also came, and all the Levites with him, bearing the Chest of Promise of God; and they set down the Chest of God; and Abiathar went up, until all the people had left the city. The Ruler said to Zadok, “Carry back the Chest of God into the city; if I find favor to Yahweh, he’ll bring me there again, and show me both it, and the Place of Worship; but if God says, I’m not happy with you; here I am, let God do to me whatever is right.” The Ruler said also to Zadok, the preacher, “Aren’t you a preacher? Go back into the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz, your son, and Jonathan, son of Abiathar. I’ll stay at the fords of the countryside, until word comes from you to inform me.” So Zadok and Abiathar carried the Chest of God back to Jerusalem; and they stayed there.
[30-37] David went up by the road of the Mount of Olives, and cried as he went up; and he had his head covered, and went barefoot; and all the people who were with him covered their heads, and they went up crying as they went up. Someone told David, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” David said, “Yahweh, please turn the counsel of Ahithophel into stupidity.” When David had come to the top of the road where God was worshiped, Hushai, the Archite, came to meet him with his coat torn, and earth on his head. David said to him, “If you go on with me, then you’ll only trouble me; but if you go back to the city, and tell Absalom, ‘I’ll be your worker, O Ruler; as I’ve been your father’s worker in the past, so I’ll now be your worker;’ then you’ll defeat the counsel of Ahithophel for me. Don’t you have Zadok and Abiathar, the preachers, there with you? So whatever you hear out of the Ruler’s house, you’ll tell it to Zadok and Abiathar, the preachers. They have there with them their two sons, Ahimaaz, Zadok’s son, and Jonathan, Abiathar’s son; and by them you’ll send word to me everything you hear. So Hushai, David’s friend, went into the city; and Absalom came into Jerusalem.
16[1-4] When David was a little past the top of the mountain, Ziba, the worker of Mephibosheth, met him with a couple of donkeys saddled, and on them 200 loaves of bread, and 100 clusters of raisins, and 100 summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.The Ruler said to Ziba, “What does all this mean?” Ziba said, “The donkeys are for the Ruler’s household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the soldiers to eat; and the wine, for those who are faint in the countryside that they may drink. The Ruler said, “Where is your boss’s son?” Ziba said to the Ruler, “He lives at Jerusalem because he said, “Today, the house of Israel will give back to me the rule of my father.” Then the Ruler said to Ziba, “What belongs to Mephibosheth is yours.” Ziba said, “I pay my respect; may I please you sir, O Ruler.
[5-8] When Ruler David came to Bahurim, someone of the family of the house of Saul came out, whose name was Shimei, of Gera. He came out, cursing as he came.He threw stones at David, and at all the workers of Ruler David; and all the people and all the soldiers were on his right and on his left.Shimei said, when he cursed, “Leave, leave, you man of blood, and evil person; Yahweh has left from you for all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you’ve ruled; and Yahweh has given the rule to Absalom, your son; and see, you’re taken in your own misdeeds, because you’re a man of blood.”
[9-14] Then said, Abishai of Zeruiah to the Ruler, “Why should this dead dog curse you sir, the Ruler? Please let me go over and take off his head.” The Ruler said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? He curses because Yahweh has told him to curse David; who then will say, “Why have you done this?”ThenDavid said to Abishai, and to all his workers, “See, my child who came from my own body, wants to take my life; how much more may this Benjamite now do it? Let him alone, and let him curse because Yahweh has told him to do it.It may be that Yahweh will look on the wrong done to me, and that Yahweh will repay me good for his cursing of me today.”So David and his men went on up the road; and Shimei went along on the hillside next to him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones and dirt at him.The Ruler, and all the people who were with him, came up tired; and he refreshed himself there.
[15-19] Absalom, and all the people, the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel was with him.When Hushai, the Archite, David’s friend, had come to Absalom, Hushai said to Absalom, “Long live the Ruler, long live the Ruler.” Absalom said to Hushai, “Is this your kindness to your friend? Why didn’t you go with your friend?” Hushai said to Absalom, “No; but whom Yahweh, and this people, and all the men of Israel have chosen, I’ll be his, and I’ll stay with him. So whom should I serve? Shouldn’t I serve in the presence of his son? As I’ve served your father, so I’ll serve you.
[20-23] Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, “What do you think we should do?”Ahithophel said to Absalom, Go in and have sex with your father’s mistresses, that he has left to keep the house; and all Israel will hear that you’re hated by your father; then all those who are with you will be strong. So they spread Absalom a tent on the top of the house; and Absalom had sex with his father’s mistresses in the sight of all Israel. The counsel of Ahithophel which he gave in those days was as if someone had asked at the inner sanctuary of God; so all the counsel of Ahithophel was with both David and Absalom.
17[1-5] Besides this, Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Let me choose 12,000 soldiers, now, and I’ll go and chase after David tonight; and I’ll come on him while he is tired and exhausted, and will scare him; and all the people who are with him will run; and I’ll fight only the Ruler; and I’ll bring back all the people to you. If all come back except the man you look for; all the people will be at peace. This pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.Then Absalom said, “Call Hushai, the Archite, also now, and let’s hear what he says, too.
[6-13] When Hushai had come to Absalom, Absalom said to him what Ahithophel has said, ; and asked, “Should we do what he says? If not, speak up.Hushai said to Absalom, “What Ahithophel has said isn’t good at this time. You know your father and his men, that they’re soldiers with brutal minds, as a bear robbed of her cubs in the field; and your father is a man of war, and won’t stay with the people.See, he has hid now in some pit, or in some other place; and when some of them are fallen at the first, whoever hears it will say, ‘There is a slaughter among the people who follow Absalom.’Even those who are brave, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, will completely melt, because all Israel knows that your father is a heroic warrior, and those who are with him are strong soldiers.But I say that all Israel should be gathered together to you, from Dan all the way to Beersheba, as many as the sand that is by the sea; and that you go to fight in person. So we’ll find him in some place where he is, and we’ll kill him as the dew falls on the ground; and we won’t leave so much as one of him or all those who are with him. Besides this, if he has gone into a city, then all Israel will bring ropes to that city, and we’ll pull it into the river, until there not be one small stone found there.”
[14-16] Absalom and all the people of Israel said, “What Hushai, the Archite, said, is better than what Ahithophel said.” For Yahweh had planned to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, in order to bring evil on Absalom.Then Hushai said to Zadok and to Abiathar, the preachers, “Ahithophel said, such and such to Absalom and the elders of Israel; and such and such is what I have told them.So now send quickly, and tell David, “Don’t stay tonight at the fords of the countryside, but by all means cross over the river; in case the Ruler and all the people with you be overtaken.”
[17-22] Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz were staying by En Rogel; and a female worker used to go and tell them news; and then they went and told it to Ruler David, so they wouldn’t be seen coming into the city.But a boy saw them, and told Absalom; and they both went away quickly, and came to the house of a man in Bahurim, who had a well in his courtyard; and they went down in it.The woman took and spread the covering over the well’s mouth, and strewed cracked grain on it; and nothing was known.Absalom’s workers came to the woman at the house; and they said, “Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?” The woman said to them, “They’ve gone over the river of water.” When they had searched and couldn’t find them, they went back to Jerusalem.After they had left, they came up out of the well, and went and told Ruler David; and they said to David, “Go, and cross quickly over the water because Ahithophel has counseled this against you.”Then David and all the people who were with him got up and crossed over the Jordan; by the morning light they had all gone over the Jordan.
[23-29] When Ahithophel saw that his plan wasn’t followed, he saddled his donkey and went home to his city, and set his house in order, and hanged himself; and he was buried in the grave of his father.Then David came to Mahanaim and Absalom crossed over the Jordan, he and all the people of Israel with him. Absalom set Amasa over the troops instead of Joab. Now Amasa was the son of Ithra, the Israelite, who went in to Abigail, the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah, Joab’s mother. Israel and Absalom camped in the land of Gilead.When David had come to Mahanaim, Shobi, son of Nahash, of Rabbah, of the people of Ammon, and Machir, son of Ammiel, of Lodebar, and Barzillai, the Gileadite, son of Rogelim, brought beds, bowls, and earthen pots, and wheat, barley, meal, parched grain, beans, lentils, parched pulse, and honey, butter, sheep, and cheese of the herd, for David, and for the people who were with him, to eat because they said, The people are tired, and hungry and thirsty, in the countryside.
18[1-8] David counted the people who were with him, and set captains of thousands and captains of hundreds over them. David sent out the people, a third under Joab, and a third under Abishai of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother, and a third under Ittai, the Gittite. The Ruler said to the people, “I’ll truly go out with you myself, too.” But the people said, “You won’t go out because if we run away, they won’t care for us; neither if half of us die will they care for us; but you’re worth 10,000 of us; so now it’s better that you’re ready to help us in the city.” The Ruler said to them, “Whatever seems best to you, I’ll do.” The Ruler stood beside the gate, and all the people went out by hundreds and by thousands.The Ruler told Joab, Abishai, and Ittai, “Be kind, for my sake, to the young man, Absalom.” All the people heard when the Ruler gave all the captains orders about Absalom.So the people went out into the battlefield against Israel; and the battle was in the forest of Ephraim.The people of Israel were beaten there before the soldiers of David, and there was a great slaughter there that day of 20,000 soldiers.The battle was spread there all over the countryside; and the forest killed more people that day than the war killed.
[9-17] ThenAbsalom happened to meet the soldiers of David. Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great oak, and his hair got caught in the limbs, and he hung in the air; and the mule that was under him went on. A certain man saw it, and told Joab, “I saw Absalom hanging in an oak. Joab said to the one who told him, “You saw it, and didn’t kill him there till he fell to the ground? I’d have given you ten silver coins, and a belt.” They said to Joab, “Though I would have gotten a thousand silver coins in my hand, I still wouldn’t put my hand against the Ruler’s son because I heard when the Ruler told you, Abishai, and Ittai, saying, “Beware that no one touch the young man Absalom.Otherwise if I had taken his life against those words (and there’s no matter hid from the Ruler), then you yourself would have been against me.”Then Joab said, “I can’t wait with you like this.” He took three spears in his hand, and threw them through the heart of Absalom, while he was still alive hanging in the oak.Ten soldiers who had Joab’s armor surrounded him and stabbed Absalom, and killed him.Joab blew the horn, and the people went back from chasing after Israel because Joab held back the people. They took Absalom, and threw him into a great pit in the forest, and raised over him a huge pile of stones; and all Israel ran back to their tents.
[18-23] Now Absalom, in his lifetime, had taken and reared up for himself a monument, which is in the Ruler’s valley because he said, I don’t have a son to keep my name in memory; and he called the monument after his own name; and it’s still called Absalom’s monument, today. Then Ahimaaz of Zadok said, “Let me now run, and tell the Ruler this news, how Yahweh has avenged him of his enemies.”Joab said to him, “You won’t tell this news today, but you’ll tell the news another day; but today you’ll bring no news, because the Ruler’s son is dead.” Then Joab said to the Cushite, “Go, tell the Ruler what you’ve seen.” The Cushite bowed himself to Joab, and ran.Then Ahimaaz of Zadok said, still again to Joab, “But whatever happens, please let me run after the Cushite, too.” Joab said, “Why do you want to run, my son, seeing that you’ll get nothing good for the news?”He said, “But whatever happens, I’ll run.” He said to him, “Run then.” So Ahimaaz ran by the road of the valley, and outran the Cushite.
[24-27] Now David was sitting between the two gates; and the watchman went up to the roof of the gate to the wall, and looked and saw someone running alone. The watchman cried out, and told the Ruler. The Ruler said, “If he’s alone, there’s news. He ran quickly, and came to them.Then the watchman saw another runner; and the watchman called to the gatekeeper, saying, “Another one is running alone.” The Ruler said, “He also brings news.” The watchman said, “I think the the first runner is running like Ahimaaz of Zadok.” The Ruler said, “He’s a good man, and brings good news.
[28-33]Ahimaaz called out, saying to the Ruler, “All is well.” Then he bowed himself before the Ruler with his face to the earth, saying, “Happy is Yahweh, your God, who has handed over the men who lifted up their hand against the Ruler.”The Ruler said, “Is the young man Absalom okay?” Ahimaaz answered, “When Joab sent the Ruler’s worker, even me, your follower, I saw a great uproar, but I don’t know what it was about.” The Ruler said, “Turn around, and stand here.” So he turned around, and stood still.Then the Cushite came and said, I have news for you sir, the Ruler, because Yahweh has avenged you today of all those who went up against you.” Then the Ruler said to the Cushite, “Is the young man Absalom okay?” The Cushite answered, “May the enemies of the Ruler, and all who went up against you to hurt you, be as that young man is.”The Ruler was overcome, and went up to the room over the gate, and cried; and as he went, he said, “My son, Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! I would have died for you, Absalom, my son, my son!
19[1-7] It was told Joab, “The Ruler cries and mourns for Absalom.” The victory that day was turned into mourning to all the people because the people heard that day, “The Ruler grieves for his son.” The people snuck back into the city that day, as people who are ashamed sneak away when they run from a battle. The Ruler covered his face, and cried loudly, “My son, Absalom, Absalom, my son, my son!” Joab came into the house to see the Ruler, saying, “Today, you’ve shamed the faces of all your followers, who have saved your life today, and the lives of your wives and children, and the lives of your mistresses; in that you love those who hate you, and hate those who love you. For you’ve acted today as if leaders and workers aren’t anything to you and I think that if Absalom had lived, and all of us had died today, then you would be very happy.So now, get up, go out, and speak kindly to your followers because I promise by Yahweh, if you don’t go out, no one will stay with you tonight; and that will be worse to you than all the evil that has happened to you from your youth until now.”
[8-10] Then the Ruler got up, and sat in the gate. They told to all the people, saying, “See, the Ruler is sitting in the gate; and all the people came before the Ruler, because all Israel had run to their tents.All the people were troubled throughout all the family groups of Israel, saying, “The Ruler saved us out of the power of our enemies, and he saved us out of the power of the Philistines; and now he has been run out of the land from Absalom.But now,Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. So now, why don’t you say anything about bringing the Ruler back?”
[11-15] Ruler David sent to Zadok and Abiathar, the preachers, saying, “Speak to the elders of Judah, saying, ‘Why are you the last to bring the Ruler back to his house, seeing that all Israel’s words have come to the Ruler, to bring him back to his house? You’re my brothers, my own flesh and bone; so why are you the last to bring back the Ruler?’Say to Amasa, ‘Aren’t you my flesh and bone? God do so to me, and more also, if you aren’t captain of the troops before me continually in the place of Joab.’” He bowed the heart of all the people of Judah, even as the heart of one person; so that they sent to the Ruler, saying, “Go back, with all Your followers.” So the Ruler went back, and came to the Jordan. Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet the Ruler, to bring the Ruler over the Jordan.
[16-23] Shimei, son of Gera, the Benjamite, who was from Bahurim, hurried and came down with the people of Judah to meet Ruler David.There were a thousand people of Benjamin with him, and Ziba, the worker of the house of Saul, and his 15 sons and his 20 workers with him; and they went through the Jordan in the presence of the Ruler. A ferry boat went to bring over the Ruler’s household, and to do whatever he thought good. Shimei, of Gera, fell down before the Ruler when he had come over the Jordan.He said to the Ruler, “Don’t blame me with sin, nor remember what Your follower did wrong the day you went out from Jerusalem, that the Ruler should take it to heart.Your follower knows that I’ve sinned; so, see, I’ve come today, the first of all the house of Joseph, to go down to meet you sir, the Ruler.” But Abishai, of Zeruiah, answered, “Won’t Shimei be killed for this, because he cursed Yahweh’s anointed?” David said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah, that you should today be enemies to me? Will anyone be killed today in Israel? Don’t I know that I’m today Ruler over all Israel?” Then the Ruler said to Shimei, “You won’t die.” The Ruler promised him.
[24-30] Mephibosheth, son of Saul, came down to meet the Ruler; and he had neither put shoes on his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the Ruler left until the day he came home in peace.When he had come to Jerusalem to meet the Ruler, the Ruler said to him, “Why didn’t you go with me, Mephibosheth?” He answered, “Sir, O Ruler, my worker lied to me because Your follower said, I’ll saddle me a donkey, that I may ride on it, and go with the Ruler; because Your follower is lame.He has lied about Your follower to you sir, the Ruler; but sir the you are as an angel of God; so do what’s good in your eyes.For all my father’s house were but dead men before the Ruler; still you set your follower among those who ate at your own table. So what right do I have that I should cry anymore to the Ruler?”The Ruler said to him, “Why do you speak anymore of your matters? I say, You and Ziba divide the land.”Mephibosheth said to the Ruler, “Yes, let him take it all, because my Ruler has come back in peace to your own house.”
[31-37] Barzillai, the Gileadite, came down from Rogelim; and he went over the Jordan with the Ruler, to conduct him over the Jordan.Now Barzillai was a very old man, being 80 years old; and he had given the Ruler supplies while he was at Mahanaim because he was a very wealthy man.The Ruler said to Barzillai, “Come over with me, and I’ll provide for you while you’re with me in Jerusalem.” Barzillai said to the Ruler, “How much longer can I live, that I should go up with the Ruler to Jerusalem? I’m now 80 years old; can I know what’s good and bad? can Your follower taste what I eat or drink? can I hear anymore the voice of singing men and women? So why should Your follower still trouble you sir, O Ruler? Your follower would just go over the Jordan with the Ruler; and why should the Ruler repay me with such a reward?Please let your follower turn back again, that I may die in my own city, by the grave of my father and mother. But see, your follower Chimham; let him go over with you sir, the Ruler; and do to him what will seems good to you.”
[38-43] The Ruler answered, Chimham will go over with me, and I’ll do to him what will seem good to you; and whatever you ask of me, that I’ll do for you.All the people went over the Jordan, and the Ruler went over; and the Ruler kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and he went back to his own place.So the Ruler went over to Gilgal, and Chimham went over with him; and all the people of Judah brought the Ruler over, and also half the people of Israel. See, all the people of Israel came to the Ruler, saying to the Ruler, “Why have our brothers, the people of Judah, stolen you away, and brought the Ruler and his household over the Jordan, and all David’s men with him?”All the people of Judah answered the people of Israel, “Because the Ruler is a close relative to us; so why are you angry for this matter? have we eaten at all at the Ruler’s cost? or has he given us any gift?” Then the people of Israel answered the people of Judah, saying, “We have ten parts in the Ruler, and have more right in David than you do; so why do you hate us, that our advice wasn’t first taken in bringing back our Ruler?” The words of the people of Judah were stronger than those of the people of Israel.
20[1-3] There happened to be there a evil man whose name was Sheba, son of Bichri, a Benjamite; and he blew the horn, saying, “We have no part in David, nor do we have any inheritance in a son of Jesse; everyone go home, Israel.” So all the people of Israel stopped following David, and followed Sheba, of Bichri; but the people of Judah stayed with their Ruler, from the Jordan to Jerusalem.David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the Ruler took his ten mistresses, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in confinement, and provided for their needs, but didn’t have sex with them. So they were shut up to the day of their death, being as death survivors.
[4-10] Then the Ruler said to Amasa, “Call the people of Judah together within three days, and be here present.” So Amasa went to call the people of Judah together; but he stayed longer than the set time, which he had told him.David said to Abishai, Now Sheba of Bichri will hurt us more than Absalom did; take your leader’s workers, and chase after him, in case he goes into a protected city, and escapes out of our sight.Then Joab’s men went out after him, and the Cherethites, the Pelethites, and all the soldiers went out from Jerusalem, to chase after Sheba, of Bichri.When they were at the great stone in Gibeon, Amasa came to meet them. Joab was tied with his armor that he had put on, and on it was a belt with a sword fastened on his waist in its sheath; and as he came it fell out.Joab said to Amasa, “Are you well, my brother?” Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him. But Amasa didn’t see that the sword was in Joab’s hand; so he stabbed him in the stomach with it, and spilled his guts on the ground, and didn’t stab him again; and he died.
[11-15] So Joab and Abishai, his brother, chased on after Sheba, of Bichri. One of Joab’s soldiers stood by him, saying, “Those who favor Joab, and those who are for David, let them follow Joab. Amasa lay writhing in his blood in the middle of the highway. When they saw that all the people stood there, he carried Amasa out of the highway into the field, and threw some clothes over him when he saw that everyone who came by him stood still.When he was moved out of the highway, all the people went on after Joab, to chase after Sheba.He went through all the family groups of Israel to Abel, Beth Maacah, and all the Berites; and they gathered together, and also chased after Sheba.They surrounded him in Abel of Beth Maacah, and built up a mound of rubble against the city wall; and all those with Joab battered the wall to break it down.
[16-22] Then a wise woman called out of the city, “Listen! Listen! Please say to Joab, ‘Come near here, that I may speak with you.’”He came close to her; and the woman said, “Are you Joab?” He answered, “I am.” Then she said to him, “Can you Listen to me.” He answered, “I hear you.”Then she said, “They used to say in the old days, ‘They’ll truly ask counsel at Abel; and so they ended their disagreements.’ I’m one of those who are peaceable and faithful in Israel; do you want to destroy a city and a mother in Israel; why will you destroy the inheritance of Yahweh?”Joab answered, “Far be it, far be it from me, that I should destroy you. It’sn’t so; but a man of the hillsides of Ephraim, Sheba, of Bichri, by name, has came against against David, the Ruler; give him to us, and I’ll leave from the city.” The woman said to Joab, “See, his head will be thrown to you over the wall.Then the woman told all the people what she knew. They’reheaded Sheba of Bichri, and threw his head out to Joab. He blew the horn, and they left from the city, everyone going home. Joab went back to Jerusalem to the Ruler.
[23-26] Now Joab was over all the troops of Israel; and Benaiah of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites;and Adoram was over the pay of their workers; and Jehoshaphat of Ahilud was the recorder; and Sheva was secretary; and Zadok and Abiathar were preachers; and also Ira, the Jairite, was head minister to David.
21[1-6] There was a famine in the days of David for three years in a row; and David asked Yahweh for answers. Yahweh said, “It’s for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he put to death the Gibeonites.”The Ruler called the Gibeonites, saying to them (now the Gibeonites weren’t of the people of Israel, but of what was left of the Amorites; and the people of Israel had promised to them; and Saul killed them in his passion for the people of Israel and Judah); and David said to the Gibeonites, “What can I do for you? And how can I ask forgiveness, that you may bless the inheritance of Yahweh?”The Gibeonites said to him, “It’s not a matter of silver or gold between us and Saul, or his house; neither is it for us to put anyone to death in Israel.” He said, Whatever you say, I’ll do for you.”They said to the Ruler, “The one who destroyed us, and who planned against us, that we would be destroyed from all of the borders of Israel,let seven people of his sons be given to us, and we’ll hang them up to Yahweh in Gibeah of Saul, the chosen of Yahweh.” The Ruler said, “I’ll give them.”
[7-9] But the Ruler spared Mephibosheth, son of Jonathan, of Saul, because of Yahweh’s promise between them, that was between David and Jonathan.But the Ruler took the two sons of Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah, whom she had with Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal, the daughter of Saul, whom she had to Adriel of Barzillai, the Meholathite; He gave them to the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the mountain before Yahweh, and they all seven died together. They were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, at the beginning of the barley harvest.
[10-14] Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah, took mourning clothes, and spread them out on a rock, from the beginning of harvest until it rained on them. She neither let the birds of the sky rest on them by day, nor the animals of the field by night.David was told what Rizpah, the mistress of Saul, had done.David went and took the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son from the people of Jabesh Gilead, who had stolen them from the street of Beth Shan, where the Philistines had hanged them, in the day that the Philistines killed Saul in Gilboa; and he brought them up from there; and they gathered the bones of those who were hanged. They buried the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son in the country of Benjamin in Zela, in the grave of Kish his father; and they did what the Ruler told them. After that God was asked about the land.
[15-22] The Philistines went to war again with Israel; and David went down with his soldiers, and fought against the Philistines. David grew faint; and Ishbibenob, who was of the descendants of the giant, whose spear weighed the same as 300 coins of brass, having a new sword, thought to have killed David.But Abishai of Zeruiah helped him, and fought the Philistine, and killed him. Then the people of David promised him, saying, “You won’t go out with us to fight anymore, so that you don’t outshine David, the lamp of Israel.After this, there was again war with the Philistines at Gob; then Sibbecai, the Hushathite killed Saph, who was of the descendants of the giant.There was again war with the Philistines at Gob; and Elhanan, of Jaareoregim, the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite’s brother, whose spear was as long as a weaver’s beam.There was war at Gath again, where there was a giant who had six fingers on each hand, and six toes on each foot, 24 in all; and he was born to the giant also. When he defied Israel, Jonathan of Shimei, David’s brother, killed him. These four were born to the giant in Gath; and they fell by the hand of David and his soldiers.
22[1-4] David said to Yahweh the words of this song when Yahweh saved him from Saul and all his enemies; he said, Yahweh is my rock, my refuge which surrounds me, and my own Savior; God, my strength, in whom I trust; My shield that protects me, and the horn I blow to save me, my safe haven; my savior, who saves me from violent people. I’ll call on Yahweh, Who is worthy to be praised; So I’ll be saved from my enemies.
[5-7] The sorrows of death overtook me and the rush of ungodly people made me afraid.The sorrows of Hell overtook me. The traps of death caught me. In my trouble I called on Yahweh. Yes, I called to my God, Who heard me in the Place of Worship and listened to my cry.
[8-11] Then the earth quaked. The foundations of the hills were opened and shaken, because You were angry.Then You exhaled smoke and fire, in which the flames burned everything started by them. You opened the heavens also, coming down with dark smoke underneath You, riding on a heavenly thing, and flying on the wind. Yes, You were seen riding on the wings of the wind.
[12-15] You made darkness the hiding place of God; with a cloak of dark waters, and the thick clouds of the skies all around. The brightness that surrounded You, was followed by flashes of lightning.Yahweh thundered in the heavens. The Most High spoke through the flashes of lightning, and You scattered and confused them with Your lightning.
[16-19] Then the outlets of water were opened. The heart of the earth was uncovered by the Word of Yahweh, from the blast of Your exhaust. Yousent from above, taking hold of me, pulling me up out of deep water. You saved me from my strong enemies, from those who hated me and were too strong for me. They came on me in the day of my trouble, but Yahweh helped me.
[20-25] You brought me out into a large place and saved me, because You were happy with me.Yahweh rewarded me according to my goodness. You rewarded me according to the cleanness of my heart. I’ve kept the ways of Yahweh, and haven’t done evil by not worshipping my God.All Your words were with me. As for Your laws, I didn’t break them.I was also good before You and I kept myself from sin. So Yahweh, You have rewarded me for my goodness, according to the cleanness of my heart in Your eyes.
[26-28] With the merciful You show yourself to be merciful. With those who do what’s right, You show Yourself to be perfectly good.With the blameless, You show yourself to be blameless. With those who won’t change their evil ways, You’ll show yourself to be unmercifully just.You’ll save the people who are abused, and bring down those who think they’re better than others.
[29-31] You burn like a candle in my soul! Yahweh, My God, brightens my darkness. By you, I run through many enemies. By my God, I jump over many barriers. The way of God is perfect. The Words of Yahweh have been tested. You are a shield to all those who trust in You.
[32-37] Who is God but Yahweh? Who is a rock but our God?God gives me strength, and makes me go the right way. You make my feet like a deer’s hoofs, and keep me safe on the mountaintops. You teach my hands to fight, so that my arms are strong. You cover me with your saving grace. You help me and have made me great. You’ve enlarged my steps under me, so that my feet haven’t slipped.
[38-43] I’ve chased my enemies and overtaken them. I didn’t turn back until they were all gone.I’ve wounded those that they couldn’t get up. Yes, they’ve fallen under my feet. You’ve given me strength for all my struggles. You’ve put under me those who came against me. You’ve also given me power over my enemies, that I could stop those who hate me. They looked, but there wasn’t anyone to save them; even to Yahweh, but You didn’t answer them. Then I beat them as small as the dust of the earth. I crushed and scattered them as dust in the street.
[44-46] You also have saved me from the fighting of My people. You’ve made me the head of the nations. A people whom I haven’t known serve me. The foreigners do what I say. As soon as they Listen, they obey me. The foreigners will run away, and come shaking out of their hiding places.
[47-51] Yahweh lives! Praise to my rock! Let the God who saved me be praised! Praise the God who takes revenge for me, who puts the people under me, who saves me from my enemies. Yes, you lift me up above those who come against me. You save me from violent people. So I’ll give thanks to You, Yahweh, among the people. I’ll sing praises to Your Name. You give great victory, and show loving kindness to Your chosen Ruler, David and my descendants, forevermore.
23[1-7] Now these are the last words of David. David, son of Jesse, the man who was made a Ruler, the chosen of the God of Jacob, the sweet song writer of Israel says, “The Spirit of Yahweh spoke by me, Whose word was on my tongue. The God of Israel, the Rock of Israel said to me, one who rules over people rightly, who rules with respect to God, will be as the light of the morning sun when it rises, a morning with no clouds when the new grass grows out of the ground, through clear sunshine after the rain. Most certainly my family has failed God in this, still God has made an everlasting promised agreement with me, ordered in all things, and sure, for it’s my saving grace, and all I want, so won’t God make it happen. But all of the ungodly people will be as thorns to be thrown away, because they can’t be uprooted with the hand, but the one who touches them must have strong armor and a long stick. They’ll be completely burned with fire wherever they are.”
[8-12] These are the names of the soldiers whom David had; Josheb Basshebeth, a Tahchemonite, leader of the captains; who was called Adino, the Eznite, because he fought against 800 soldiers killed at one time.After him was Eleazar, son of Dodai, of an Ahohite, one of the three soldiers with David when they challenged the Philistines who were gathered together to fight, and the people of Israel had run away. He got up, and fought the Philistines until his hand was tired, and had stuck to the sword; and Yahweh won a great victory that day; and the people went back after him only to take stuff.After him was Shammah,son of Agee, a Hararite. The Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a plot of ground full of lentils (flat peas); and the people ran from the Philistines. But he stood in the middle of the plot, and defended it, and killed the Philistines; and Yahweh won a great victory.
[13-17] Three of the 30 leaders went down, and came to David in the harvest time to the cave of Adullam; and the troop of the Philistines was camped in the valley of Rephaim. David was then in the stronghold; and the fort of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. David longed, saying, “Oh, I wish that someone would give me a drink of water from the well by the gate from Bethlehem! The three soldiers broke through the troops of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well from Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David; but he wouldn’t drink it, but poured it out to Yahweh. He said, Far be it from me, Yahweh, that I should do this; I’d be drinking the blood of the men who risked their lives? So he wouldn’t drink it. The three soldiers did these things.
[18-23] Abishai, the brother of Joab, of Zeruiah was leader of the three. He fought against 300 and killed them, and had a name among the three. He was the most praiseworthy of the three, so he was made their captain; but he didn’t belong to the first three. Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, son of a brave man of Kabzeel, who had done heroic acts, killed the two sons of Ariel of Moab; he went down also and killed a lion in the middle of a pit when it was snowing!He killed an Egyptian, a famous man; and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a walking stick, and knocked the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear. Benaiah did these things and had a name among the three soldiers.He was more honorable than the 30, but he didn’t belong to the first three. David set him over his guard.
[24-39] Asahel, the brother of Joab, was one of the 30; Elhanan, son of Dodo, from Bethlehem,Shammah, the Harodite, Elika, the Harodite,Helez, the Paltite, Ira, son of Ikkesh, the Tekoite, Abiezer, the Anathothite, Mebunnai, the Hushathite, Zalmon, the Ahohite, Maharai, the Netophathite, Heleb, son of Baanah, the Netophathite, Ittai, son of Ribai, of Gibeah, of the people from Benjamin, Benaiah, a Pirathonite, Hiddai, from the rivers of Gaash.Abialbon, the Arbathite, Azmaveth, the Barhumite, Eliahba, the Shaalbonite, of the descendants of Jashen, Jonathan,Shammah, the Hararite, Ahiam, son of Sharar the Ararite, Eliphelet, son of Ahasbai, of the Maacathite, Eliam, son of Ahithophel, the Gilonite, Hezro, the Carmelite, Paarai, the Arbite, Igal, son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani, the Gadite, Zelek, the Ammonite, Naharai, the Beerothite, armor bearer to Joab, son of Zeruiah, Ira, the Ithrite, Gareb, the Ithrite, and Uriah, the Hittite; 37 in all.
24[1-4] Again Yahweh was angry at Israel, and moved David against them, saying, “Go, count Israel and Judah.” The Ruler said to Joab, the captain of the troops, who was with him, “Go now through all the family groups of Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, and count the people, that I may know how many people there are.” Joab said to the Ruler, “May Yahweh, your God, add to the people a hundred times more; and may your eyes see it; but why does the Ruler want this thing?” But the Ruler’s word overcame Joab’s doubts, and the troop leaderss. Joab and the troop leaderss left the presence of the Ruler, to count the people of Israel.
[5-9] They crossed over the Jordan, and camped in Aroer, on the right side of the city that is in the middle of the valley of Gad, and to Jazer; then they came to Gilead, and to the land of Tahtim Hodshi; and they came to Dan Jaan, and around to Sidon, and came to the stronghold of Tyre, and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of the Canaanites; and they went out to the south of Judah, at Beersheba. So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.Joab gave the sum of the number of the people to the Ruler; and there were in Israel 800,000 brave soldiers; and the people of Judah were 500,000 soldiers.
[10-14] David’s heart troubled him after he had counted the people. David said to Yahweh, “I’ve sinned greatly in what I’ve done; but now, Yahweh, forgive, I beg you, the sin of Your follower. I was so wrong.” When David got up in the morning, the word of Yahweh came to the preacher Gad, David’s preacher, saying, “Go tell David, Yahweh says, ‘I give you three choices; choose one of them, which I’ll do to you.” So Gad came to David, and told him, “Will seven years of no food come to you in your land? or will you run three months before your enemies while they chase you? or will there be three days’ disease in your land? Now tell me, and think about what I’ll say to God, who sent me. David said to Gad, I’m greatly troubled; but we’ll put ourselves into the power of Yahweh, whose mercy is great; and don’t let me fall into the power of human beings.
[15-17] So Yahweh sent a disease on Israel from the morning to the set time; and 70,000 men of the people died from Dan to Beersheba. When the angel pointed toward Jerusalem to destroy it, Yahweh stopped the deadly disease, saying to the angel who destroyed the people, “It’s enough; stop now.” The angel of Yahweh was by the place of harvest of Araunah, the Jebusite.David said to Yahweh, when he saw the angel who destroyed the people, “See, I’ve sinned, and I’ve done wrong; but what have these people done? Please let your hand be against me, and against my family.”
[18-25] Gad came that day to David, saying to him, “Go up, build an altar to Yahweh in the place of harvest of Araunah, the Jebusite. David went to do what Gad had told him, as Yahweh had said.Araunah looked up, and saw the Ruler and his soldiers coming toward him; and Araunah went out, and bowed down before the Ruler to the ground. Araunah said, “Why has the Ruler come to me?” David said, “To buy the place of harvest from you, to build an altar to Yahweh, that the disease will come to an end in the people. Araunah said to David, “Let the Ruler take and offer up whatever seems good to him; see, the cows for the burnt offering, and the plows, and the yokes, of the cows for the wood; all this, Ruler, does Araunah give to you.” Araunah said to the Ruler, “May Yahweh, your God, accept you.” The Ruler said to Araunah, “No; but I’ll most certainly buy it from you for what it’s worth. Nor will I offer anything to Yahweh, my God, which cost me nothing.” So David bought the place of harvest and the cows for 50 silver coins. David built there an altar to Yahweh, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So Yahweh was asked for mercy on the land, and the disease came to an end in Israel.