10. Samuel 2
Old Testament - Samuel 2
17 And David lamented with this song of mourning over Saul and over Jonathan his son
AND it came to pass after this, that David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to one of the cities of Judah? And the LORD said to him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, To Hebron. 2 So David went up there, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail, Nabalís wife, the Carmelite. 3 And David and his men who were with him went up together, every man with his household; and they dwelt in Hebron. 4 And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, It was the men of Jabesh-gilead who buried Saul.
NOW there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David; but David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul became weaker and impoverished.
3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and King David made a covenant with them in Hebron before the LORD; and they anointed David king over Israel. 4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.
13 And David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron; and there were more sons and daughters born to David. 14 And these are the names of the sons who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammuah, Shachab, Nathan, Solomon.
11 From the day that I commanded you to be a judge over my people Israel, I have given you rest from all your enemies. Also the LORD declares to you that he will make you a house. 12 And when your days are fulfilled and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come out of your loins, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14 I will be like a father to him and he shall be like a son to me. If he commit folly, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the stripes of the children of men; 15 But my mercy I will not take from him, as I took it from Saul who was king before you, and whom I put away from before me. 16 And your house and your kingdom shall be established for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever. 17 According to all these words and according to all this vision, so did Nathan the prophet speak to David."
"18 Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O LORD God? And what is my house, that thou hast elevated me to this place? 19 And is this yet a small thing in thy sight, O LORD God, that thou hast spoken also concerning thy servantís descendants for a great while to come? Is this for the guidance of men, O LORD God? 20 And what more can thy servant David say to thee? For thou knowest thy servant, O LORD God. 21 For thy wordís sake and according to thine own heart hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them. 22 Therefore thou art great, O LORD God; for there is none like thee, neither is there any God besides thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
2 And it came to pass in the evening that David arose from his bed and walked upon the roof of the kingís house; and he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. 3 And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Ahinam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite. 4 So David sent a messenger and took her; and she came in to him and he lay with her; and that very day she had cleansed herself after her menstruation; and she returned and went to her house. 5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David and said to him, I am with child."
"6 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David.
14 And in the morning. David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 And he wrote in the letter, Set Uriah in the forefront of the battle, and then retire from him that he may be smitten and die.
26 And when the wife of Uriah the Hittite heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.
AND the LORD sent Nathan the prophet to David. And he came to him and said to him, There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had exceedingly many flocks and herds; 3 But the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb which he had bought; and it lived together with him and with his children; it did eat of his food and drink from his cup and lie in his bosom, and it was to him like a daughter. 4 And there came a guest to the rich man, and he refused to take of his own herds or flocks to make a banquet for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor manís ewe lamb and prepared it for the guest who had come to him. 5 And Davidís anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said, As the LORD lives, the man who has done this thing is worthy of death; 6 And he shall restore the ewe lamb fourfold because he did this thing and because he had no pity. 7 And Nathan said to David, You are the man. Thus says the LORD God of Israel, I anointed you king over my people Israel and I delivered you out of the hands of Saul, 8 And I gave you your masterís daughters and your masterís wives into your bosom, and I also gave you the daughters of Israel and of Judah; and if they were too few you should have told me, and I would have added to you twice that many. 9 Why have you despised the commandment of the LORD and have done that which is evil in the sight of the LORD? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have slain him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now therefore the sword shall not depart from your house for ever; because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife. 11 Thus says the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house, and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with them in the broad daylight. 12 For you did it secretly; but I will do this thing in the sight of all Israel, in the daytime. 13 And David said to Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said to David, The LORD also has put away your transgression; you shall not die. 14 Nevertheless, because by this deed you have made the enemies of the LORD to boast, the son also that is born to you shall surely die."
"15 Then Nathan went to his house. And the LORD struck the child that the wife of Uriah the Hittite bore to David, and it was very sick. 16 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. 17 And the eiders of his household arose and tried to raise him up from the ground, but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. 18 And it came to pass on the seventh day that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead; for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he would not listen to us; how then shall we tell him now that the child is dead? He may react violently. 19 But when David saw that his servants were whispering, David perceived that the child was dead; therefore he said to his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. 20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed and anointed himself, and changed his garments and went into the house of the LORD and worshipped; then he came to his own house and asked for food, and they set it before him and he did eat. 21 Then his servants said to him, What is this that you have done? While the child was still alive, you were fasting and praying, but when he was dead, you did rise up and eat food. 22 David said to them, While the child was still alive, I fasted and prayed; for I said, Who knows whether God will be gracious to me, and let the child live? 23 But now he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he cannot return to me. 24 And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her and lay with her; and she bore a son, and she called his name Solomon; and the LORD loved the child.
AND David spoke to the LORD the words of this song on the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies and out of the hand of Saul;"
"2 And he said: I will love thee, O LORD my strength and my trust; the LORD is my strength and my fortress and my deliverer, 3 The mighty God in whom I trust; he is my succor and the horn of my salvation, my refuge who delivered me from the wicked men, my glorious Saviour. 4 I will call upon the LORD, and I shall be saved from my enemies. 5 For the pangs of death have compassed me, the torrents of ungodly men made me afraid; 6 The pangs of Sheol compassed me about; the snares of death lay ahead of me; 7 In my distress I called upon the LORD and cried to my God; and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears. 8 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of the mountains quaked and burst asunder, because he was angry at them. 9 There went up a smoke because of his anger, and fire kindled out of his face; and coals were kindled by it. 10 He bowed the heavens and came down; and darkness was under his feet. 11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly; he flew mightily upon the wings of the wind. 12 And he made darkness his pavilion round about him, the dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. 13 Out of the brightness of his shelter he made his clouds hail and coals of fire. 14 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice, hail and coals of fire. 15 And he sent out his arrows and scattered them; he increased his lightning and discomfited them. 16 Then the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were uncovered, at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thine anger. 17 He sent from above and took me; he drew me out of many waters; 18 He delivered me from my strong enemies and from them that hated me; for they were too strong for me. 19 They fell upon me in the day of my affliction; but the LORD became my succor. 20 He relieved me from my distress; he delivered me, because he delighted in me. 21 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands has he recompensed me. 22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD and have not rebelled against my God. 23 For all his judgments were before me; and his statutes I have not put away from me. 24 I was blameless before him, and have kept myself from my sin. 25 Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight. 26 With the good man thou wilt show thyself good, with the upright man thou wilt show thyself upright. 27 With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; and with the perverse thou wilt show thyself perverse. 28 For thou wilt save the afflicted people; and the proud ones thou wilt bring down. 29 For thou wilt light my lamp; O LORD my God, lighten my darkness. 30 For by thee I can run against a band of robbers; by the help of my God I have leaped over a wall. 31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried; he succors all who trust in him. 32 For there is no God except the LORD. And there is no one who is mighty but our God. 33 The God who has girded me with strength makes my way perfect. 34 He makes my feet like hartís feet, and makes me stand upon my high places. 35 He teaches my hands to war, and strengthens my arms like a bow of brass. 36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation, and thy right hand has helped me; thy gentleness has made me great. 37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, so that my feet did not slip. 38 I will pursue my enemies and will overtake them, and will not turn back until I have consumed them. 39 I will strike them that they may not arise; yea, they shall fall under my feet. 40 Thou hast girded me with strength for the battle; thou hast made them that rise up against me to be subdued under me. 41 Thou hast also made mine enemies to bend their necks to me, that I might silence those that hate me. 42 They shall cry to the LORD, but there shall be none to save them; they shall seek the LORD, but he shall not answer them. 43 I shall beat them as small as the dust which is carried by the wind; I shall tread upon them as the mire of the streets. 44 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people, thou hast made me the head of the nations; a people whom I have not known shall serve me. 45 Those who give ear shall hearken to me; the sons of strangers shall be obedient to me. 46 Strangers shall halt and be restrained from their ways. 47 The LORD lives; blessed be he who gives me strength; and exalted be God my Saviour. 48 Thou art the God who has given me vengeance and hast brought down the peoples under me 49 And hast delivered me from my enemies; thou also hast exalted me over those who rose up against me; thou hast delivered me from wicked men. 50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the nations, and I will sing praises to thy name. 51 He gives great salvation to his king and shows mercy to his anointed, to David and to his descendants for ever."
NOW these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse, the anointed one whose rule has been established, the one whom the God of Jacob has made the sweet psalmist of Israel said, 2 The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me and his word is upon my tongue. 3 The God of Israel said, the Mighty One of Israel spoke to me: He who governs men must be righteous, ruling over those who revere God. 4 He is like the light of the morning when the sun rises, even a morning without clouds, before dawn, a morning free from rain which makes the grass to spring up. 5 Is not my house so with God? For he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure; for it is he who fulfils all my desire and all my decrees.
25 And David built there an altar to the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was entreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.
10. Samuel 2