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1:1-17 Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was
returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two
days in Ziklag; It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a
man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent
and earth upon his head. And so it was, when he came to David, that he
fell to the earth and did obeisance.
And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him,
Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped. And David said unto him, How went
the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, That the people are
fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead and
Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also. And David said unto the young
man that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead?
And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount
Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear and lo, the chariots and horsemen
followed hard after him. And when he looked behind him, he saw me and called
unto me. And I answered, Here am I. And he said unto me, Who art thou?
And I answered him, I am an Amalekite. He said unto me again, Stand I pray
thee upon me and slay me, for anguish
is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me. So I stood upon him
and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was
fallen. And I took the crown that was upon his head and the bracelet that
was on his arm and have brought them hither unto my lord. Then David took
hold on his clothes and rent them and likewise all the men that were with
him. And they mourned and wept and fasted until even, for Saul and for
Jonathan his son and for the people of the Lord and for the house of Israel,
because they were fallen by the sword. And David said unto the young man
that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger,
an Amalekite. And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch
forth thine hand to destroy the Lord's anointed? And David called one
of the young men and said, Go near and fall upon him. And he smote him
that he died. And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head, for
thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the Lord's
anointed. And David lamented
with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son.
1:18-27 Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the
bow. Behold, it is written in the book
of Jasher. The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places. How
are the mighty fallen! Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets
of Askelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters
of the uncircumcised triumph. You mountains of Gilboa, let there be no
dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings. For
there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul,
as though he had not been anointed with oil. From the blood of the slain,
from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the
sword of Saul returned not empty. Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant
in their lives, and in their death they were not divided. They were swifter
than eagles, they were stronger than lions. You daughters of Israel, weep
over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on
ornaments of gold upon your apparel. How are the mighty fallen in the midst
of the battle! O Jonathan, you were slain in thine high places. I am distressed
for you, my brother Jonathan. Very pleasant have you been unto me. Your
love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.(David
reflects on the deep concern they had for each other:.Proverbs
18:24). How are the mighty fallen and the weapons of
2:8-10 But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ishbosheth
the son of Saul and brought him over to Mahanaim and made him king over
Gilead and over the Ashurites and over Jezreel and over Ephraim and over
Benjamin and over all Israel. Ishbosheth Saul's son was forty years old
when he began to reign over Israel and reigned two years. But the house
of Judah followed David.
2:17 And there was a very sore battle that day and Abner was beaten
and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.
2:25-28 And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together after
Abner and became one troop and stood on the top of an hill. Then Abner
called to Joab and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest thou
not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall it be
then, ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren? And
Joab said, As God lives, unless you had not spoken, surely then in the
morning the people had gone up every one from following his brother. So
Joab blew a trumpet and all the people stood still and pursued after Israel
no more, neither fought they any more.
3:1 Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house
of David. But David waxed stronger and stronger and the house of Saul waxed
weaker and weaker.
3:2 And unto David were
sons born in Hebron.(an
ancient city in Canaan).and
his firstborn was Amnon of
Ahinoam the Jezreelitess.(she
lived in Jezreel).
3:3 And his second, Chileab of Abigail, the wife of Nabal the Carmelite
and the third, Absalom.(2Chronicles
11:20).the son of Maacah.(Maacah,
also spelt 'Maachah', was a wife of David, by whom was born Absalom).the
daughter of Talmai king of Geshur.
3:4,5 And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith and the fifth, Shephatiah
the son of Abital and the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah David's wife. These
were born to David in Hebron.
3:10 To translate.(to
carry away).the kingdom from
the house of Saul and to set up the throne of David over Israel and over
Judah, from Dan even to Beersheba.
3:20-23 So Abner came to David to Hebron and twenty men with him. And
David made Abner and the men that were with him a feast. And Abner said
unto David, I will arise and go and will gather all Israel unto my lord
the king, that they may make a league with thee and that thou mayest reign
over all that thine heart desireth. And David sent Abner away and he went
in peace. And behold, the servants of David and Joab came from pursuing
a troop and brought in a great spoil with them, but Abner was not with
David in Hebron, for he had sent him away and he was gone in peace. When
Joab and all the host that was with him were come, they told Joab, saying,
Abner the son of Ner came to the king and he hath sent him away and he
is gone in peace.
3:24-26 Then Joab came to the king and said, What hast thou done? behold,
Abner came unto thee; why is it that thou hast sent him away and he is
quite gone? Thou knowest Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive
thee and to know thy going out and thy coming in and to know all that thou
was not only cruel, he was also a manipulative).
And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner,
which brought him again from the well of Sirah, but David knew it not.
3:27 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in
the gate to speak with him quietly and smote him there under the fifth
rib, that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother.
3:28-30 And afterward when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom
are guiltless before the Lord for ever from the blood of Abner the son
of Ner. Let it rest on the head of Joab and on all his father's house and
let there not fail from the house of Joab one that hath an issue or that
is a leper or that leaneth on a staff or that falleth on the sword or that
lacketh bread. So Joab and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he had
slain their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.
3:31-39 And David said to Joab and to all the people that were with
him, Rend your clothes and gird you with sackcloth and mourn before Abner.
And king David himself followed the bier. And they buried Abner in Hebron
and the king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner and all
the people wept. And the king lamented over Abner and said, Died Abner
as a fool dieth? Thy hands were not bound, nor thy feet put into fetters.
As a man falleth before wicked men, so fellest thou. And all the people
wept again over him. And when all the people came to cause David to eat
meat while it was yet day, David sware, saying, So do God to me and more
also, if I taste bread or ought else, till the sun be down. And all the
people took notice of it and it pleased them, as whatsoever the king did
pleased all the people. For all the people and all Israel understood that
day that it was not of the king to slay Abner the son of Ner. And the king
said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince and a great
man fallen this day in Israel? And I am this day weak, though anointed
king and these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me. The Lord shall
reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.
4:10 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have
brought good tidings, I took hold of him and slew him in Ziklag, who thought
that I would have given him a reward for his tidings.
had great respect for Saul,
the true God of all creation had selected Saul to be king:.1Samuel
10:1,9. Even though Saul become irate
with David, David always respected him, because the true God David believed
in had chosen Saul as the first king of the Israelite people. But with
evil nations, it was a different story. Nations and individuals out to
do harm to others and those having no respect for the things of the great
God were to be wiped out:.1Samuel
4:11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in
his own house upon his bed? Shall I not therefore now require his blood
of your hand and take you away from the earth?
5:6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites,
the inhabitants of the land, which spake unto David saying, Except you
take away the blind and the lame, you shall not come in hither, thinking,
David cannot come in hither.
Notes on the original: 'and the Jebusite spoke to David, saying
You shall not come hither, but the blind and the lame shall keep thee off',
so far shall you be from taking the stronghold from us, that the lame and
blind shall suffice to defend the place.
5:7 Nevertheless David
took the strong hold of Zion;
the same is the city of David.
5:13 And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem,
after he was come from Hebron. And
there were yet sons and daughters born to David.
5:14-16 And these be the names of those that were born unto him in
Jerusalem; Shammua and Shobab and Nathan and Solomon, Ibhar also and Elishua
and Nepheg and Japhia and Elishama and Eliada and Eliphalet.
5:20,21 And David came to Baalperazim and David smote them there and
said, The Lord has broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach
of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baalperazim. And
there they left their images and David and his men burned them.
6:1 Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty
6:2 And David arose and went with all the people that were with him
from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence
ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the Lord
of hosts that dwells between the cherubims.(the
cherubims on the ark were symbolic
of the invisible cherubims).
6:3 And they set the
ark of God upon a new cart and brought it out of the house of Abinadab
that was in Gibeah.(Gibeah
was probably some hill or eminence
And Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab,
drave the new cart.
6:4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah,
accompanying the ark of God and Ahio went before the ark.
6:5 And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on
all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps and on psalteries.(string
instruments often used in accompaniment
with the harp).and on timbrels.(tambourine).and
'rattles', somewhat similar to a tambourine; some kind of instrument with
bells or rings, which gave a sound by being shaken).and
6:6,7 And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth
his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen shook it.(as
13:9). And the anger of the Lord was kindled against
Uzzah and God smote him there for his error.(his
error).and there he died
by the ark of God.
David was bringing up the ark "from the house
of Abinadab (see verse 3),
that was in Gibeah".and
had reached Nachon's threshing floor, he became afraid because of what
occurred to Uzzah and carried it aside into the house of Obededom.
6:8-10 And David was displeased, because the Lord had made a breach
upon Uzzah and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day.
And David was afraid of the Lord that day and said, How shall the ark of
the Lord come to me? So David would not remove the ark of the Lord unto
him into the city of David,
but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.
6:11 And the ark of the Lord continued in the house of Obededom the
Gittite three months and the Lord blessed Obededom and all his household.
6:12 And it was told king David, saying, The Lord has blessed
the house of Obededom and all that pertains unto him, because of the ark
of God. So David went and brought up the ark
of God from the house of Obededom.(1Chronicles
26:4).into the city of David
6:14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might and David
was girded with a linen ephod.
6:16 And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal,
Saul's daughter looked through a window and saw king David leaping and
dancing before the Lord and she despised
him in her heart.
6:17 And they brought in the ark of the Lord and set it in his place,
in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it.(2Chronicles
1:4).and David offered burnt
offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.
6:20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal, the daughter
of Saul came out to meet David and said, How glorious was the king of Israel
to day, who uncovered himself today in the eyes of the handmaids of his
servants, as one of the vain fellows.(empty
headed lower class).shamelessly
6:21 And David said unto Michal, It was before the Lord, which chose
me before thy father and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over
the people of the Lord, over Israel, therefore will I play before the Lord.
6:22 And I will yet be more vile
than this and will be base in mine own sight. And of the maidservants which
you have spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.
6:23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul
had no child unto the day of her death..(there's
always a price to pay for resentment)