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April 1 - Straight Thru the Bible
11 They found an Egyptian in a field and brought him to David. They gave him water to drink and food to eat— 12 part of a cake of pressed figs and two cakes of raisins. He ate and was revived,(q) for he had not eaten any food or drunk any water for three days and three nights.
13 David asked him, "Who do you belong to? Where do you come from?"
He said, "I am an Egyptian, the slave of an Amalekite.(r) My master abandoned me when I became ill three days ago. 14 We raided the Negev of the Kerethites,(s) some territory belonging to Judah and the Negev of Caleb.(t) And we burned(u) Ziklag."
15 David asked him, "Can you lead me down to this raiding party?"
He answered, "Swear to me before God that you will not kill me or hand me over to my master,(v) and I will take you down to them."
16 He led David down, and there they were, scattered over the countryside, eating, drinking and reveling(w) because of the great amount of plunder(x) they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from Judah. 17 David fought(y) them from dusk until the evening of the next day, and none of them got away, except four hundred young men who rode off on camels and fled.(z) 18 David recovered(aa) everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives. 19 Nothing was missing: young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else they had taken. David brought everything back. 20 He took all the flocks and herds, and his men drove them ahead of the other livestock, saying, "This is David's plunder."
21 Then David came to the two hundred men who had been too exhausted(ab) to follow him and who were left behind at the Besor Valley. They came out to meet David and the men with him. As David and his men approached, he asked them how they were. 22 But all the evil men and troublemakers among David's followers said, "Because they did not go out with us, we will not share with them the plunder we recovered. However, each man may take his wife and children and go."
23 David replied, "No, my brothers, you must not do that with what the Lord has given us. He has protected us and delivered into our hands the raiding party that came against us. 24 Who will listen to what you say? The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike.(ac)" 25 David made this a statute and ordinance for Israel from that day to this.
26 When David reached Ziklag, he sent some of the plunder to the elders of Judah, who were his friends, saying, "Here is a gift(ad) for you from the plunder of the Lord 's enemies."
27 David sent it to those who were in Bethel,(ae) Ramoth(af) Negev and Jattir;(ag) 28 to those in Aroer,(ah) Siphmoth,(ai) Eshtemoa(aj) 29 and Rakal; to those in the towns of the Jerahmeelites(ak) and the Kenites;(al) 30 to those in Hormah,(am) Bor Ashan,(an) Athak 31 and Hebron;(ao) and to those in all the other places where he and his men had roamed.
Saul Takes His Life(a)
1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel; the Israelites fled before them, and many fell dead on Mount Gilboa.(b) 2 The Philistines were in hot pursuit of Saul and his sons,(c) and they killed his sons Jonathan,(d) Abinadab and Malki-Shua.(e) 3 The fighting grew fierce around Saul, and when the archers overtook him, they wounded(f) him critically.
4 Saul said to his armor-bearer, "Draw your sword and run me through,(g) or these uncircumcised(h) fellows will come and run me through and abuse me."
But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. 5 When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died with him. 6 So Saul and his three sons and his armor-bearer and all his men died(i) together that same day.
7 When the Israelites along the valley and those across the Jordan saw that the Israelite army had fled and that Saul and his sons had died, they abandoned their towns and fled. And the Philistines came and occupied them.
8 The next day, when the Philistines(j) came to strip the dead, they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. 9 They cut off his head and stripped off his armor, and they sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to proclaim the news(k) in the temple of their idols and among their people.(l) 10 They put his armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths(m) and fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan.(n)
11 When the people of Jabesh Gilead(o) heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, 12 all their valiant men(p) marched through the night to Beth Shan. They took down the bodies of Saul and his sons from the wall of Beth Shan and went to Jabesh, where they burned(q) them. 13 Then they took their bones(r) and buried them under a tamarisk(s) tree at Jabesh, and they fasted(t) seven days.(u)
David Hears of Saul's Death(a)
1 After the death(b) of Saul, David returned from striking down(c) the Amalekites(d) and stayed in Ziklag two days. 2 On the third day a man(e) arrived from Saul's camp with his clothes torn and dust on his head.(f) When he came to David, he fell(g) to the ground to pay him honor.(h)
3 "Where have you come from?" David asked him.
He answered, "I have escaped from the Israelite camp."
4 "What happened?" David asked. "Tell me."
"The men fled from the battle," he replied. "Many of them fell and died. And Saul and his son Jonathan are dead."
5 Then David said to the young man who brought him the report, "How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?"
6 "I happened to be on Mount Gilboa,(i)" the young man said, "and there was Saul, leaning on his spear, with the chariots and their drivers in hot pursuit. 7 When he turned around and saw me, he called out to me, and I said, ‘What can I do?'
8 "He asked me, ‘Who are you?'
"‘An Amalekite,(j)' I answered.
9 "Then he said to me, ‘Stand here by me and kill me!(k) I'm in the throes of death, but I'm still alive.'
10 "So I stood beside him and killed him, because I knew that after he had fallen he could not survive. And I took the crown(l) that was on his head and the band on his arm and have brought them here to my lord."
11 Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore(m) them. 12 They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the Lord and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
13 David said to the young man who brought him the report, "Where are you from?"
"I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite,(n)" he answered.
14 David asked him, "Why weren't you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the Lord 's anointed?(o)"
15 Then David called one of his men and said, "Go, strike him down!"(p) So he struck him down, and he died.(q) 16 For David had said to him, "Your blood be on your own head.(r) Your own mouth testified against you when you said, ‘I killed the Lord 's anointed.'"
David's Lament for Saul and Jonathan
17 David took up this lament(s) concerning Saul and his son Jonathan,(t) 18 and he ordered that the people of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar):(u)
19 "A gazelle[a] lies slain on your heights, Israel.
How the mighty(v) have fallen!(w)
20 "Tell it not in Gath,(x)
proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon,(y)
lest the daughters of the Philistines(z) be glad,
lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice.(aa)
21 "Mountains of Gilboa,(ab)
may you have neither dew(ac) nor rain,(ad)
may no showers fall on your terraced fields.[b](ae)
For there the shield of the mighty was despised,
the shield of Saul—no longer rubbed with oil.(af)
22 "From the blood(ag) of the slain,
from the flesh of the mighty,
the bow(ah) of Jonathan did not turn back,
the sword of Saul did not return unsatisfied.
23 Saul and Jonathan—
in life they were loved and admired,
and in death they were not parted.
They were swifter than eagles,(ai)
they were stronger than lions.(aj)
24 "Daughters of Israel,
weep for Saul,
who clothed you in scarlet and finery,
who adorned your garments with ornaments of gold.(ak)
25 "How the mighty have fallen in battle!
Jonathan lies slain on your heights.
26 I grieve(al) for you, Jonathan(am) my brother;(an)
you were very dear to me.
Your love for me was wonderful,(ao)
more wonderful than that of women.
27 "How the mighty have fallen!
The weapons of war have perished!"(ap)
David Anointed King Over Judah
1 In the course of time, David inquired(a) of the Lord . "Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?" he asked.
The Lord said, "Go up."
David asked, "Where shall I go?"
"To Hebron,"(b) the Lord answered.
2 So David went up there with his two wives,(c) Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail,(d) the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 3 David also took the men who were with him,(e) each with his family, and they settled in Hebron(f) and its towns. 4 Then the men of Judah came to Hebron,(g) and there they anointed(h) David king over the tribe of Judah.
When David was told that it was the men from Jabesh Gilead(i) who had buried Saul, 5 he sent messengers to them to say to them, "The Lord bless(j) you for showing this kindness to Saul your master by burying him. 6 May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness,(k) and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this. 7 Now then, be strong(l) and brave, for Saul your master is dead, and the people of Judah have anointed me king over them."
War Between the Houses of David and Saul(m)
8 Meanwhile, Abner(n) son of Ner, the commander of Saul's army, had taken Ish-Bosheth(o) son of Saul and brought him over to Mahanaim.(p) 9 He made him king over Gilead,(q) Ashuri(r) and Jezreel, and also over Ephraim, Benjamin and all Israel.(s)
10 Ish-Bosheth son of Saul was forty years old when he became king over Israel, and he reigned two years. The tribe of Judah, however, remained loyal to David. 11 The length of time David was king in Hebron over Judah was seven years and six months.(t)
12 Abner son of Ner, together with the men of Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, left Mahanaim and went to Gibeon.(u) 13 Joab(v) son of Zeruiah and David's men went out and met them at the pool of Gibeon. One group sat down on one side of the pool and one group on the other side.
14 Then Abner said to Joab, "Let's have some of the young men get up and fight hand to hand in front of us."
"All right, let them do it," Joab said.
15 So they stood up and were counted off—twelve men for Benjamin and Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, and twelve for David. 16 Then each man grabbed his opponent by the head and thrust his dagger(w) into his opponent's side, and they fell down together. So that place in Gibeon was called Helkath Hazzurim.[a]
17 The battle that day was very fierce, and Abner and the Israelites were defeated(x) by David's men.(y)
18 The three sons of Zeruiah(z) were there: Joab,(aa) Abishai(ab) and Asahel.(ac) Now Asahel was as fleet-footed as a wild gazelle.(ad) 19 He chased Abner, turning neither to the right nor to the left as he pursued him. 20 Abner looked behind him and asked, "Is that you, Asahel?"
"It is," he answered.
21 Then Abner said to him, "Turn aside to the right or to the left; take on one of the young men and strip him of his weapons." But Asahel would not stop chasing him.
22 Again Abner warned Asahel, "Stop chasing me! Why should I strike you down? How could I look your brother Joab in the face?"(ae)
23 But Asahel refused to give up the pursuit; so Abner thrust the butt of his spear into Asahel's stomach,(af) and the spear came out through his back. He fell there and died on the spot. And every man stopped when he came to the place where Asahel had fallen and died.(ag)
24 But Joab and Abishai pursued Abner, and as the sun was setting, they came to the hill of Ammah, near Giah on the way to the wasteland of Gibeon. 25 Then the men of Benjamin rallied behind Abner. They formed themselves into a group and took their stand on top of a hill.
26 Abner called out to Joab, "Must the sword devour(ah) forever? Don't you realize that this will end in bitterness? How long before you order your men to stop pursuing their fellow Israelites?"
27 Joab answered, "As surely as God lives, if you had not spoken, the men would have continued pursuing them until morning."
28 So Joab(ai) blew the trumpet,(aj) and all the troops came to a halt; they no longer pursued Israel, nor did they fight anymore.
29 All that night Abner and his men marched through the Arabah.(ak) They crossed the Jordan, continued through the morning hours[b] and came to Mahanaim.(al)
30 Then Joab stopped pursuing Abner and assembled the whole army. Besides Asahel, nineteen of David's men were found missing. 31 But David's men had killed three hundred and sixty Benjamites who were with Abner. 32 They took Asahel and buried him in his father's tomb(am) at Bethlehem. Then Joab and his men marched all night and arrived at Hebron by daybreak.
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