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David's psalm

2 And when David had made an B. C. 1042. end of offering the burnt-offerings and the peace-offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD. 3 And he dealt to every one of Israel, both man and woman, to 1 instruevery one a loaf of bread, and a ments of good piece of flesh, and a flagon of psalteries and harps.


c 2Sa.22.1.

4 And he appointed certain of
the Levites to minister before the
ark of the LORD, and to record, b
and to thank and praise the LORD d Ps. 105.1-15. are idols: o but the LORD made the


26 For all the gods of the people

God of Israel:

e Mal.3.16.



5 Asaph the chief, and next to him Zechariah, Jeiel, and Shemiramoth, f Ge. 17.2. and Jehiel, and Mattithiah, and Eliab, and Benaiah, and Obed- & Ge.26.3. edom; and Jeiel with 1 psalteries h Ge.28.13. and with harps; but Asaph made a sound with cymbals;


6 Benaiah also and Jahaziel the priests with trumpets continually before the ark of the covenant of God.

7 Then c on that day David delivered first this psalm, to thank the LORD, into the hand of Asaph and his brethren, 8 Give d thanks unto the LORD, 1 Ge.34.30. call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk e ye of all his wondrous works.

10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.

11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.

12 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

13 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen

b Ps. 38.70,

18 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the 2 lot of your inheritance;

19 When ye were but 3 few, even a few, and strangers in it.

20 And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people;

21 He suffered no man to do them wrong yea, he reproved kings m for their sakes,

i Ex.3.17.

Jos.24.1113. k Je. 11.2-7.

2 cord.

3 men of


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m Ge. 12.17.

32 Let the sea roar, and the ful-
ness thereof: let the fields rejoice,
Ex.7.15,&c. and all that is therein.

33 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth.


14 He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.

15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations; 16 Even of the covenant which her Ps. 106.47, made with Abraham, ƒ and of his 48. oath unto Isaac; g

17 And hath confirmed the same to Jacob h for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant.k

q 2Ch.5.13.
Ps. 106.1.


s 1Ki.8.15.

t De.27.15.
1Co. 14.16.
u 2Ch.1.3,13.
in the
and in the

of thanksgiving.

22 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. 23 Sing n unto the LORD, all the earth; show forth from day to day his salvation.

24 Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.

25 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.

v Ex.29.38.

27 Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.

28 Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.

29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offer. ing, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. 30 Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.

31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.

34 Og give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

35 And say ye, Save r us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.

36 Blessed s be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all t the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD.


So he left there before the ark of the covenant of the LORD Asaph and his brethren, to minister before the ark continually, as every day's work required:

38 And Obed-edom with their brethren, threescore and eight; Obededom also the son of Jeduthun, and Hosah to be porters;

39 And Zadok the priest, and his brethren the priests, before the tabernacle of the LORD in the high place that was at Gibeon,u

40 To offer burnt-offerings unto the LORD upon the altar of the burnt-offering continually 4 morning v and evening, and to do according to all that is written in the law

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Nathan's message to David. 1 CHRONICLES, XVII. of the LORD, which he commanded | B. C. 1042. Israel;

41 And with them Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest that were chosen, who were expressed by name, to give thanks to the LORD, because w his mercy endureth for

w ver.34.
Ps. 103.17.
x Ps. 150.5.

for the


42 And with them Heman and Jeduthun with trumpets and cymbals x for those that should make a sound, and with musical instruments of God. And the sons of Jeduthun were 5 porters.y 43 And z all the people departed a 28.7.1,&c. every man to his house: and David returned to bless his house.

(CHAP. 17.)


b 1Co.13.9.
1 been.


1 Nathan promiseth David a bless- c 1Sa. 16.11, ing. 16 David's prayer.



d Ge.28.15.

TOW a it came to pass, as David 2 after. sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD remaineth under curtains.

y Ps.84.10.
z 2Sa.6.19,20.


1Sa. 18. 14.
2 Sa.8.6,14.
Ps. 18. title,

f Ps.92.13.

g Re.3. 12.

h Eze.28.24.


Ju.2. 14-18.
Ps. 18.40,&c
1 Co. 15.25.

2 Then b Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is with thee.

3 And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying,

4 Go and tell David my servant,
Thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt
not build me an house to dwell in:
5 For I have not dwelt in an
house since the day that I brought
up Israel unto this day; but have 1 2Sa.7.14, 15. for thou knowest thy servant.
1 gone from tent to tent, and from.
one tabernacle to another.

18 What can David speak more to thee for the honour of thy servant?

m Ps.89.28.

19 O LORD, forr thy servant's sake, and according to thine own s heart, hast thou done all this greatness in making known all these 3 great things.

6 Wheresoever I have walked with all Israel, spake I a word to n Lu. 1.33. any of the judges of Israel, (whom o Ps.72.17. I commanded to feed my people,) saying, Why have ye not built me an house of cedars?

p Ge.32.10.


r Is.37.35.

7 Now therefore thus shalt thou
say unto my servant David, Thus
saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee
from the c sheep-cote,even from 2 fol-
lowing the sheep, that thou should-
est be ruler over my people Israel:
8 And d I have been with thee
whithersoever thou hast walked,
and have cut off all thine enemies é
from before thee, and have made
thee a name like the name the
great men that are in the earth.
9 Also I will ordain a place for
my people Israel, and will plant fv Ex. 19.5.6.
them, and they shall dwell in their
place, and shall be moved g no
neither h shall the children
of wickedness waste them any w
more, (as at the beginning,

t De.33.26.
u De.4.7,32.

1Sa, 12.22.

11.12,&c. Ps. 119.49.

Je. 11.5.

10 And since the time that I com-x manded judges i to be over my people Israel.) Moreover, I will subdue all thine enemies. Further

8 Mat. 11.26.
3 greatnesses.


God's promise to David

more, I tell thee that the LORD will build thee an house.

11 And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom.

12 He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever.

13 I will be his father, and he shall be my son and m I will not take my mercy away from him; as I took it from him that was before thee:

14 But n I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and o his throne shall be established for evermore.

15 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David. 16 And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and said, Whop am I, O LORD God, and what is mine house, q that thou hast brought me hitherto?

17 And yet this was a small thing in thine eyes, O God; for thou hast also spoken of thy servant's house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O LORD God.

20 O LORD, there t is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

21 And u what one nation in the earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem to be his own people, to make thee a name of greatness and terribleness, by driving out nations from before thy people, whom thou hast redeemed out of Egypt?

22 For thy people Israel didst thou make thine own v people for ever; and thou, LORD, becamest their God.

23 Therefore, now, LORD, let the thing that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and concerning his house be stablished w for ever, and do as thou hast said.

24 Let it even be established, that thy name may be magnified for ever, saying. The LORD of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel: and let the house of David


David's victories.

thy servant be established y before B. C. 1042. thee.

25 For thou, O my God, hast 4 told y Ps.90.17. thy servant that thou wilt build 4 revealed him an house: therefore thy servant hath found in his heart to pray before thee.

26 And now, LORD, (thou art God, and hast promised this goodness unto thy servant :) 27 Now therefore 5 let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may be before thee for ever: for thou blessest, O LORD, and z it shall be blessed for ever. CHAPTER XVIII.


6 Then David put garrisons in Syria-damascus ; and the Syrians became David's servants, and brought gifts. Thus the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went.

7 And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadarezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.

8 Likewise from 4 Tibhath, and from Chun, cities of Hadarezer, brought David very much brass, wherewith b Solomon made the brazen sea, and the pillars, and the vessels of brass.

the ear of thy servant. 5 or, it hath pleased.

z Ro.11.29.

David subdueth the Philistines and the Moabites.

3 Darmesek.


TOW a after this it came to pass, 4 called in the was over the host; and Jehosha

that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them, and took Gath and her towns out of the hand of the Philistines.

book of phat the son of Ahilud, 11 recorder. Samuel, 16 And Zadok the son of Ahitub, Betah, and and 12 Abimelech the son of AbiaBerothai.thar, were the priests; and 13 Shavb1Ki.7.15,&c. sha was scribe;

-2 And he smote Moab; and the Moabites became David's servants, and brought gifts.

5 or, Toi,

3 And David smote 1 Hadarezer king of Zobah unto Hamath, as he went to stablish his dominion by the river Euplirates.

17 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and the sons of David were chief 14 about the king. CHAPTER XIX.

4 And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven thousand horsemen, and twenty thousand footinen: David also houghed all the chariot horses, but reserved of them an hundred chariots.

c Jos.6.19.

5 And when the Syrians of 3 Da- 10 Abshai. mascus came to help Hadarezer king of Zobah, David slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand

9 Now when 5 Tou king of Hamath heard how David had smitten all the host of Hadarezer king of Zobah;

(CHAP. 18.)
a 251.8.1,&c.
or, Hadad-

2 hundred,


or, Joram,
or, salute.

8 bless.

9 was the

man of


His messengers abused.

| cated unto the LORD, with the silver c and the gold that he brought from all these nations; from Edom, and from Moab, and from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines, and from Amalek.

12 Moreover 10 Abishai the son of Zeruiah slew of the Edomites d in the valley of salt eighteen thousand. 13 T And he put garrisons in Edom; and all the Edomites became David's servants. Thus the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went.


14 So David reigned over all Israel, and e executed judgment and justice among all his people.

15 And Joab the son of Zeruiah

d2Sa.8. 13,14.

Ps. LX.
e Ge. 18. 19.
IKI. 10.9.

11 or, remem

12 called
13 called

and Shisha,

14 at the

10 He sent Hadoram his son to king David, to 7 inquire of his wel-1 fare, and to 8 congratulate him, because he had fought against Hadarezer, and sutten him; (for Hada-c rezer 9 had war with Tou;) and with him all manner of vessels of gold and silver and brass.

11 Them also king David dedi

(CHAP. 19.)
a 2Sa. 10.1,&c

1 In thine
eyes doth

2 to sink,

David sendeth messengers to comfort
Hanun the son of Nahash.

TOW a it came to pass after this,

children of Ammon died, and lus son reigned in his stead.

2 And David said, I will show kindness unto Hamun the son of Nahash, because his father showed kindness to me. And David sent messengers to comfort him concerning his father. So the servants of David came into the land of the children of Ammon to Hanun, to comfort him.

3 But the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun, 1 Thinkest thou that David doth honour thy father, that he hath sent conforters unto thee? are not his servants come unto thee for to search, and to overthrow, and to b spy out the land?

4 Wherefore c Hanun took David's servants, and shaved them, and cut off their garments in the midst, hard by their buttocks, and sent them away.

5 Then there went certain, and served. And he sent to meet them: told David how the men were (for the men were greatly ashamed.) And the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown, and then return.

6 And when the children of Ammon saw that they had made themselves 2 odious to David, Hanun and the children of Animon sent a thousand talents of silver to

The Syrians overcome.

1 CHRONICLES, XX, XXI. Rabbah taken and spoiled. hire d them chariots and horsemen B. C. 1037. Hadarezer saw that they were put out of Mesopotamia, and out of Syto the worse before Israel, they ria-maachah, and out of Zobah.e made peace with David, and be7 So they hired thirty and two came his servants: neither would thousand chariots, and the king of the Syrians help the children of Maachah and his people; who Aminon any more. came and pitched before Medeba. And the children of Ammon gathered themselves together from their cities, and came to battle. 8 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty men.


s Abshai.

9 And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array before the gate of the city: and the kings that were come were by themselves in the field.

10 Now when Joab saw that the 3 battle was set against him before and behind, he chose out of all the 4 choice of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians.

11 And the rest of the people he delivered unto the hand of 5 Abi

3 And he brought out the people

shai his brother, and they set them-(CHAP. 20.) that were in it, and cut them with selves in array against the children of Ammon.

a 25a. 11,1,

saws, and with harrows of iron, and with axes. Even so dealt David with all the cities of the children of Ammon. And David and all the people returned to Jerusalem. 4 And c it came to pass after this, that there 3 arose war at 4 Gezer with the Philistines; at which time Sibbechai the Hushathite slew 5 Sippai, that was of the children of the giant: and they were subdued.

13 Bef of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and g let the LORD do that which is good in his sight.

11 So Joab and the people that were with him drew nigh before the Syrians unto the battle; and they fed h before him.

12 And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, then thou shalt help me but if the children of Ammon be too strong for thee, then I will help thee.


15 And when the children of Am

mon saw that the Syrians were fled, they likewise fled before Abishai his brother, and entered into the city. Then Joab came to Jerusalem.

16 And when the Syrians saw that they were put to the worse before Israel, they sent messengers, and drew forth the Syrians that were beyond the 6 river and 7 Shophach the captain of the host of Hadarezer went before them.

17 And it was told David; and he gathered all Israel, and passed over Jordan, and came upon them, and set the battle in array against them. So when David had put the battle in array against the Syrians, they fought with him.

d Ps.46.9.

e ch.18.5,9.
3 face of the


4 or, young


If Ne.4.14.

g Ju. 10.15.
& j. e. Eu-

7 or, Sho-
i Ps. 18.39,44.

1 But the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew of the Syrians seven thousand men which fought 27 chariots, and forty thousand footmen, and killed Shophach the captain of the host.

19 And i when the servants of


at the re-
turn of the



the weight

c 2Sa.21.18,


3 stood, or,
or, Gob.

5 or, Saph,
or, Rapha.


7 called also

d 2Sa.21.20.
8 measure.
s born to the
giant, or,

10 or, re-

11 called


1Sa. 16.9.


a 2Sa.24.1,&c.!
b Job 1.6,&c.


c ch.27.23.

Rabbah is besieged by Joab, and spoiled by David.

ND a it came to pass, that 1

the time that kings go out to battle, Joah led forth the power of the army and wasted the country of the children of Ainmon, and came and besieged Rabbah. (But David tarried at Jerusalem.) And b Joab smote Rabbah, and destroyed it.

2 And David took the crown of their king from off his head, and found it 2 to weigh a talent of gold, and there were precious stones in it; and it was set upon David's head! and he brought also exceeding much spoil out of the city.

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Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.

2 And David said to Joab, and to 2.1,&c. the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beer-sheba even to Dan; and bring c the number of them to me, that I may know il.


David, tempted by Satan, forceth
Joab to number the people.

d Ec.8.4.

David, numbering Israel. 1 CHRONICLES, XXI. 3 And Joab answered, The LORD B. C. 1017. make his people an hundred times So many more as they be but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord's servants? why then doth my lord require this thing? why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel? |1 4 Nevertheless the king's word: prevailed d against Joab. Where-! fore Joah departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to, Jerusalem.

e ch.27.24.

it was evil
in the eyes
of God con-

f 2Sa. 12. 13.

is punished with pestilence.

16 And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel r of the LORD stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.

17 And David said unto God, Is it not I that commanded the people to be numbered! even I it is that have sinned and done evil indeed, but as for these s sheep, what have

5 And Joab gave the sum of the

number of the people unto David. 5 1Sa.26.21. they done? Let thine hand, I pray And all they of Israel were a thouthee, O LORD my God, be on t me, h 1Sa.9.9. sand thousand and an hundred and on my father's house; but not thousand men that drew sword: 2 stretch out. on thy people, that they should be and Judah was four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword.


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i Jno. 12.27.

k He.10.31.

4 or, many.

1 Ps.86.5.15.

13 And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: i let me fall k now into the hand of the LORD: (for very 4 great lure his mercies :) but let me not fall into the hand of

m 2Ch.28.9.

Pr. 12.10.

o Ju.2.18.

p Ps.78.38.

5 or, Arau-

12 Either three years' famine; or three months to be destroyed be-q 2Ch.3.1. fore thy foes, (while that the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee;) or else three days the sword of the LORD, even the pestilence, in the land, and the angel of the LORD destroying throughout all the coasts

of Israel. Now therefore advises Ps.44.11. thyself what word I shall bring • again to him that sent me.


t Jno. 10.11,

u ver. 15.

6 or, When.

or, then he


14 So the LORD sent pestilence n upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.


v Ge.23.13.

15 And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he w De. 16. 17. was destroying, the LORD beheld, and he repented o him of the evil. and said to the angel that destroyed. It is enough, stay p now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD' stood by the threshing-floor of Orman g the Jebusite.

8 Give.





18 Then the angel u of the LORD commanded Gad to say to David,that David should go up, and set up an altar unto the LORD in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite.

19 And David went up at the saying of Gad, which he spake in the name of the LORD.

206 And Ornan turned back, and saw the angel; 7 and his four sons with him hid themselves. Now Ornan was threshing wheat.

21 And as David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw David, and went out of the threshing-floor, and bowed himself to David with his face to the ground.

22 Then David said to Ornan, 8 Grant me the place of this threshing-floor, that I may build an altar therein unto the LORD: thou shalt grant it me for the full price that the plague may be stayed from the people.

23 And Ornan said unto David, Take it to thee, and let my lord the king do that which is good in his eyes: lo, I give thee the oxen also for burnt-offerings, and the threshing instruments for wood, and the wheat for the meat-offering; I give it all.

21 And king David said to Ornan, Nay; but I will verily buy it for the full price; for I will not take that which is thine for the LORD, nor offer burnt-offerings without cost.w

25 So David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of gold by weight.

26 And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burntofferings and peace-offerings, and called upon the LORD; and r he answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt-offering.

27 And the LORD commanded the angel; and he put up his sword agam into the sheath thereof. 28 At that time, when David saw

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