verses 5-10, 13-18, 20-22 have been omitted from the Mass
 And David said to the young man
that told him:
How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son, are dead?
 And the young man that told him, said:
I came by chance upon mount Gelboe, and Saul leaned upon his spear: and
the chariots and horsemen drew nigh unto him,  And looking behind
him, and seeing me, he called me. And I answered, Here am I.  And he
said to me: Who art thou? And I said to him: I am an Amalecite.  And
he said to me: Stand over me, and kill me: for anguish is come upon me,
and as yet my whole life is in me.  So standing over him, I killed
him: for I knew that he could not live after the fall: and I took the
diadem that was on his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm and
have brought them hither to thee, my lord.
 And David said to the young man that told him:
Whence art thou?
I am the son of a stranger of Amalee.
 David said to him:
Why didst thou not fear to put out thy hand to kill the Lord's anointed?
 And David calling one of his servants, said:
Go near and fall upon him.
And he struck him so that he died.
 And David said to him:
Thy blood be upon thy own head: for thy own mouth hath spoken against
thee, saying: I have slain the Lord's anointed.
 And David made this kind of lamentation over Saul, and over
Jonathan his son.  (Also he commanded that they should teach the
children of Juda the use of the bow, as it is written in the book of
the just.) And he said: Consider, O Israel, for them that are dead,
wounded on thy high places.
 Tell it not in Geth, publish it not in the streets of Ascalon:
lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of
the uncircumcised triumph,
 Ye mountains of Gelboe, let neither dew, nor rain come upon you,
neither be they fields of firstfruits: for there was cast away the
shield of the valiant, the shield of Saul as though he had not been
anointed with oil.
 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the valiant, the
arrow of Jonathan never turned back, and the sword of Saul did not
verses 1-32 have been
omitted from the Mass readings.
 And after these things David
consulted the Lord, saying:
Shall I go up into one of the cities of Juda?
And the Lord said to him:
And David said:
Whither shall I go up?
And he answered him:
 So David went up, and his two wives, Achinoam the Jezrahelitess,
and Abigail the wife of Nabal of Carmel:  And the men also that were
with him, David brought up every man with his household: and they abode
in the towns of Hebron.
 And the men of Juda came, and anointed David there, to be king over
the house of Juda. And it was told David, that the men of Jabes Galaad
had buried Saul.
 David therefore sent messengers to the men of Jabes Galaad, and
said to them:
Blessed be you to the Lord, who have shewn this mercy to your master
Saul, and have buried him.
 And now the Lord surely will render you mercy and truth, and I also
will, requite you for this good turn, because you have done this thing.
 Let your hands be strengthened, and be ye men of valour: for
although your master Saul be dead, yet the house of Juda hath anointed
me to be their king.
 But Abner the son of Ner, general of Saul's army, took Isboseth the
son of Saul, and led him about through the camp?  And made him king
over Galaad, and, over Gessuri, and over Jezrahel, and over Ephraim,
and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.  Isboseth the son of Saul
was forty years old when he began to reign over, Israel, and he reigned
two years: and only the house of Juda followed David.
 And the number of the days that David abode, reigning in Hebron
over the house of Juda, was seven years and six months.
 And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Isboseth the son of
Saul, went out from the camp to Gabaon.
 And Joab the son of Sarvia, and the servants of David went out,
and met them by the pool of Gabaon. And when they were come together,
they sat down over against one another: the one on the one side of the
pool, and the other on the other side.  And Abner said to Joab:
Let the young men rise, and play before us.
And Joab answered:
Let them rise.
 Then there arose and went over twelve in number of Benjamin, of
the part of Isboseth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of
 And every one catching his fellow, by the head, thrust his sword
into the side of his adversary, and they fell down together: and the
name of the place was called: The field of the valiant, in Gabaon. 
And there was a very fierce battle that day: and Abner was put to
flight, with the men of Israel, by the servants of David.  And
there were the three sons of Sarvia there, Joab, and Abisai, and Asael:
now Asael was a most swift runner, like one of the roes that abide in
the woods.  And Asael pursued after Abner, and turned not to the
right hand nor to the left from following Abner.  And Abner looked
behind him, and said:
Art thou Asael?
And he answered:
 And Abner said to him:
Go to the right hand or to the left, and lay hold on one of the young
men and take thee his spoils.
But Asael would not leave off following him close.  And again Abner
said to Asael:
Go off, and do not follow me, lest I be obliged to stab thee to the
ground, and I shall not be able to hold up my face to Joab thy brother.
 But he refused to hearken to him, and would not turn aside:
wherefore Abner struck him with his spear with a back stroke in the
groin, and thrust him through, and he died upon the spot: and all that
came to the place where Asael fell down and died stood still.  Now
while Joab and Abisai pursued after Abner, the sun went down: and they
came as far as the hill of the aqueduct, that lieth over against the
valley by the way of the wilderness in Gabaon.  And the children of
Benjamin gathered themselves together to Abner: and being joined in one
body, they stood on the top of a hill.  And Abner cried out to
Joab, and said:
Shall thy sword rage unto utter destruction? knowest thou not that it
is dangerous to drive people to despair? how long dost thou defer to
bid the people cease from pursuing after their brethren?
 And Joab said:
As the Lord liveth, if thou hadst spoke sooner, even in the morning the
people should have retired from pursuing after their brethren.
 Then Joab sounded the trumpet, and all the army stood still, and
did not pursue after Israel any farther, nor fight any more.  And
Abner and his men walked all that night through the plains: and they
passed the Jordan, and having gone through all Beth-horon, came to the
camp.  And Joab returning, after he had left Abner, assembled all
the people: and there were wanting of David's servants nineteen men,
beside Asael.  But the servants of David had killed of Benjamin,
and of the men that were with Abner, three hundred and sixty, who all
died.  And they took Asael, and buried him in the sepulchre of his
father in Bethlehem, and Joab, and the men that were with him, marched
all the night, and they came to Hebron at break of day.
verses 1-39 have been
omitted from the Mass readings.
 Now there was a long war between
the house of Saul and the house of
David: David prospering and growing always stronger and stronger, but
the house of Saul decaying daily.
 And sons were born to David in Hebron: and his firstborn was Amnon
of Achinoam the Jezrahelitess:  And his second Cheleab of Abigail
the wife of Nabal of Carmel: and the third Absalom the son of Maacha
the daughter of Tholmai king of Gessur:  And the fourth Adonias, the
son of Haggith: and the fifth Saphathia the son of Abital:  And the
sixth Jethraam of Egla the wife of David: these were born to David in
 Now while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of
David, Abner the son of Ner ruled the house of Saul.  And Saul had a
concubine named Respha, the daughter of Aia. And Isboseth said to Abner:
 Why didst thou go in to my father's concubine?
And he was exceedingly angry for the words of Isboseth, and said:
Am I a dog's head against Juda this day, who have shewn mercy to the
house of Saul thy father, and to his brethren and friends, and have not
delivered thee into the hands of David, and hast thou sought this day
against me to charge me with a matter concerning a woman?  So do God
to Abner, and more also, unless as the Lord hath sworn to David, so I
do to him,  That the kingdom be translated from the house of Saul,
and the throne of David be set up over Israel, and over Juda from Dan
 And he could not answer him a word, because he feared him. 
Abner therefore sent messengers to David for himself, saying:
Whose is the land? and that they should say: Make a league with me, and
my hand shall be with thee: and I will bring all Israel to thee.
 And he said:
Very well: I will make a league with thee: but one thing I require of
thee, saying: Thou shalt not see my face before thou bring Michol the
daughter of Saul: and so thou shalt come, and see me.
 And David sent messengers to Isboseth the son of Saul, saying:
Restore my wife Michol, whom I espoused to me for a hundred foreskins
of the Philistines.
 And Isboseth sent, and took her from her husband Phaltiel, the son
of Lais.  And her husband followed her, weeping as far as Bahurim:
and Abner said to him:
Go and return.
And he returned.
 Abner also spoke to the ancients of Israel, saying:
Both yesterday and the day before you sought for David that he might
reign over you.  Now then do it: because the Lord hath spoken to
David, saying: By the hand of my servant David I will save my people
Israel from the hands of the Philistines, and of all their enemies.
 And Abner spoke also to Benjamin. And he went to speak to David in
Hebron all that seemed good to Israel, and to all Benjamin.  And he
came to David in Hebron with twenty men: and David made a feast for
Abner, and his men that came with him.  And Abner said to David:
I will rise, that I may gather all Israel unto thee my lord the king,
and may enter into a league with thee, and that thou mayst reign over
all as thy soul desireth.
Now when David bad brought Abner on his way, and he was gone in peace,
 Immediately David's servants and Joab came, after having slain the
robbers, with an exceeding great booty: and Abner, was not with David
in Hebron, for he had now sent him away, and he was gone in peace. 
And Joab and all the army that was with him, came afterwards: and it
was told Joab, that Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he hath
sent him away, and he is gone in peace.
 And Joab went in to the king, and said:
What hast thou done? Behold Abner came to thee: Why didst thou send him
away, and he is gone and departed?  Knowest thou not Abner the son
of Ner, that to this end he came to thee, that he might deceive thee,
and to know thy going out, and thy coming in, and to know all thou dost?
 Then Joab going out from David, sent messengers after Abner, and
brought him back from the cistern of Sira, David knowing nothing of it.
 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside to the
middle of the gate, to speak to him treacherously: and he stabbed him
there in the groin, and he died, in revenge of the blood of Asael his
brother.  And when David heard of it, after the thing was now done,
I, and my kingdom are innocent before the Lord for ever of the blood of
Abner the son of Ner:  And may it come upon the head of Joab, and
upon all his father's house: and let there not fail from the house of
Joab one that hath an issue of seed, or that is a leper, or that
holdeth the distaff, or that falleth by the sword, or that wanteth
 So Joab and Abisai his brother slew Abner, because he had killed
their brother Asael at Gabaon in the battle.
 And David said to Joab, and to all the people that were with him:
Rend your garments, and gird yourselves with sackcloths, and mourn
before the funeral of Abner.
And king David himself followed the bier.  And when they had buried
Abner in Hebron, king David lifted up his voice, and wept at the grave
of Abner: and all the people also wept.  And the king mourning and
lamenting over Abner, said:
Not as cowards are wont to die, hath Abner died.  Thy hands were
not bound, nor thy feet laden with fetters: but as men fall before the
children of iniquity, so didst thou fall.
And all the people repeating it wept over him.  And when all the
people came to take meat with David, while it was yet broad day, David
So do God to me, and more also, if I taste bread or any thing else
 And all the people heard, and they were pleased, and all that the
king did seemed good in the sight of all the people.  And all the
people, and all Israel understood that day that it was not the king's
doing, that Abner the son of Ner was slain.
 The king also said to his servants:
Do you not know that a prince and great man is slain this day in
Israel?  But I as yet am tender, though anointed king. And these
men the sons of Sarvia are too hard for me: the Lord reward him that
doth evil according to his wickedness.
verses 1-12 have been
omitted from the Mass readings.
 And Isboseth the son of Saul heard
that Abner was slain in Hebron:
and his hands were weakened, and all Israel was troubled.  Now the
son of Saul had two men captains of his bands, the name of the one was
Baana, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Remmon a Berothite
of the children of Benjamin: for Beroth also was reckoned in Benjamin.
 And the Berothites fled into Gethaim, and were sojourners there
until that time.  And Jonathan the son of Saul bad a son that was
lame of his feet: for he was five years old when the tidings came of
Saul and Jonathan from Jezrahel. And his nurse took him up and fled:
and as she made haste to flee, he fell and became lame: and his name
 And the sons of Remmon the Berothite, Rechab and Baana coming, went
into the house of Isboseth in the heat of the day: and he was sleeping
upon his bed at noon. And the doorkeeper of the house, who was
cleansing wheat, was fallen asleep.  And they entered into the house
secretly taking ears of corn, and Rechab and Baana his brother stabbed
him in the groin, and fled away.  For when they came into the house,
be was sleeping upon his bed in a parlour, and they struck him and
killed him: and taking away his head they went off by the way of the
wilderness, walking all night.  And they brought the head of
Isboseth to David to Hebron: and they said to the king:
Behold the head of Isboseth the son of Saul thy enemy who sought thy
life: and the Lord hath revenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and
of his seed.
 But David answered Rechab, and Baana his brother, the sons of
Remmon the Berothite, and said to them:
As the Lord liveth, who hath delivered my soul out of all distress,
 The man that told me, and said: Saul is dead, who thought he
brought good tidings, I apprehended, and slew him in Siceleg, who
should have been rewarded for his news.  How much more now when
wicked men have slain an innocent man in his own house, upon his bed,
shall I not require his blood at your hand, and take you away from the
 And David commanded his servants and they slew them: and cutting
off their hands and feet, hanged them up over the pool in Hebron: but
the head of Isboseth they took and buried in the sepulchre of Abner in
verses 8-9, 11-25
have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 For David had offered that day a
reward to whosoever should strike
the Jebusites and get up to the gutters of the tops of the houses, and
take away the blind and the lame that hated the soul of David:
therefore it is said in the proverb: The blind and the lame shall not
come into the temple.
 And David dwelt in the castle, and called it, The city of David:
and built round about from Mello and inwards.
 And Hiram the king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar
trees, and carpenters, and masons for walls: and they built a house for
David.  And David knew that the Lord bad confirmed him king over
Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom over his people Israel.
 And David took more concubines and wives of Jerusalem, after he
was come from Hebron: and there were born to David other sons also and
daughters:  And these are the names of them, that were born to him
in Jerusalem, Samua, and Sobab, and Nathan, and Solomon,  And
Jebahar, and Elisua, and Nepheg,  And Japhia, and Elisama, and
Elioda, and Eliphaleth.
 And the Philistines heard that they had anointed David to be king
over Israel: and they all came to seek David: and when David heard of
it, he went down to a strong hold.  And the Philistines coming
spread themselves in the valley of Raphaim.  And David consulted
the Lord, saying:
Shall I go up to the Philistines? and wilt thou deliver them into my
And the Lord said to David:
Go up, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into thy hand.
 And David came to Baal Pharisim: and defeated them there, and he
The Lord hath divided my enemies before me, as waters are divided.
Therefore the name of the place was called Baal Pharisim.
 And they left there their idols: which David and his men took
away.  And the Philistines came up again and spread themselves in
the valley of Raphaim.  And David consulted the Lord:
Shall I go up against the Philistines, and wilt thou deliver them into
He answered: Go not up against them, but fetch a compass behind them,
and thou shalt come upon them over against the pear trees.  And
when thou shalt hear the sound of one going in the tops of the pear
trees, then shalt thou join battle: for then will the Lord go out
before thy face to strike the army of the Philistines.
 And David did as the Lord had commanded him, and he smote the
Philistines from Gabaa until thou come to Gezer.
verses 1-12a, 16,
20-23 have been omitted from the Mass
 And David again gathered together
all the chosen men of Israel,
thirty thousand.  And David arose and went, with all the people that
were with him of the men of Juda to fetch the ark of God, upon which
the name of the Lord of hosts is invoked, who sitteth over it upon the
cherubims.  And they laid the ark of God upon a new cart: and took
it out of the house of Abinadab, who was in Gabaa: and Oza, and Ahio,
the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart.  And when they had taken
it out of the house of Abinadab, who was in Gabaa, Ahio having care of
the ark of God went before the ark.  But David and all Israel played
before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of wood, on harps and
lutes and timbrels and cornets and cymbals.  And when they came to
the floor of Nachon, Oza put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took
hold of it: because the oxen kicked and made it lean aside.  And the
indignation of the Lord was enkindled against Oza, and he struck him
for his rashness: and he died there before the ark of God.  And
David was grieved because the Lord had struck Oza, and the name of that
place was called: The striking of Oza, to this day.  And David was
afraid of the Lord that day, saying:
How shall the ark of the Lord come to me?
 And he would not have the ark of the Lord brought in to himself
into the city of David: but he caused it to be carried into the house
of Obededom the Gethite.  And the ark of the Lord abode in the
house of Obededom the Gethite three months: and the Lord blessed
Obededom, and all his household.  And it was told king David, that
the Lord had blessed Obededom, and all that he had, because of the ark
of God. …
 And when the ark of the Lord was come into the city of David,
Michol the daughter of Saul, looking out through a window, saw king
David leaping and dancing before the Lord: and she despised him in her
 And David returned to bless his own house: and Michol the daughter
of Saul coming out to meet David, said:
How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself before
the handmaids of his servants, and was naked, as if one of the buffoons
should be naked.
 And David said to Michol:
Before the Lord, who chose me rather than thy father, and than all his
house, and commanded me to be ruler over the people of the Lord in
Israel,  I will both play and make myself meaner than I have done:
and I will be little in my own eyes: and with the handmaid of whom thou
speakest, I shall appear more glorious.
 Therefore Michol the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of
verses 20-23 have
been omitted from the Mass readings.
 And what can David say more unto
thee? for thou knowest thy
servant, O Lord God:  For thy word's sake, and according to thy own
heart thou hast done all these great things, so that thou wouldst make
it known to thy servant.  Therefore thou art magnified, O Lord God,
because there is none like to thee, neither is there any God besides
thee, in all the things that we have heard with our ears.  And what
nation is there upon earth, as thy people Israel, whom God went to
redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for
them great and terrible things, upon the earth, before the face of thy
people, whom thou redeemedst to thyself out of Egypt, from the nations
and their gods.
verses 1-18 have been
omitted from the Mass readings.
 And it came to pass after this that
David defeated the Philistines,
and brought them down, and David took the bridle of tribute out of the
hand of the Philistines.  And he defeated Moab, and measured them
with a line, casting them down to the earth: and he measured with two
lines, one to put to death, and one to save alive: and Moab was made to
serve David under tribute.  David defeated also Adarezer the son of
Rohob king of Soba, when he went to extend his dominion over the river
Euphrates.  And David took from him a thousand and seven hundred
horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen, and houghed all the chariot
horses: and only reserved of them for one hundred chariots.  And the
Syrians of Damascus came to succour Adarezer the king of Soba: and
David slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men.  And David
put garrisons in Syria of Damascus: and Syria served David under
and the Lord preserved David in all his enterprises, whithersoever he
went.  And David took the arms of gold, which the servants of
Adarezer wore, and brought them to Jerusalem.  And out of Bete, and
out of Beroth, cities of Adarezer, king David took an exceeding great
quantity of brass.
 And Thou the king of Emath heard that David had defeated all the
forces of Adarezer.  And Thou sent Joram his son to king David, to
salute him, and to congratulate with him, and to return him thanks:
because he had fought against Adarezer, and had defeated him. For Thou
was an enemy to Adarezer, and in his hand were vessels of gold, and
vessels of silver, and vessels of brass:  And king David dedicated
them to the Lord, together with the silver and gold that he had
dedicated of all the nations, which he had subdued:  Of Syria, and
of Moab, and of the children of Ammon, and of the Philistines, and of
Amalec, and of the spoils of Adarezer the son of Rohob king of Soba.
 David also made himself a name, when he returned after taking
Syria in the valley of the saltpits, killing eighteen thousand: 
And he put guards in Edom, and placed there a garrison: and all Edom
was made to serve David:
and the Lord preserved David in all enterprises he went about.  And
David reigned over all Israel: and David did judgment and justice to
all his people.  And Joab the son of Sarvia was over the army: and
Josaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder:  And Sadoc the son of
Achitob, and Achimelech the son of Abiathar, were the priests: and
Saraias was the scribe:  And Banaias the son of Joiada was over the
Cerethi and Phelethi: and the sons of David were the princes.
verses 1-13 have been
omitted from the Mass readings.
 And David said:
Is there any one, think you, left of the house of Saul, that I may shew
kindness to him for Jonathan's sake?
 Now there was of the house of Saul, a servant named Siba: and when
the king had called him to him, he said to him:
Art thou Siba?
And he answered:
I am Siba thy servant.
 And the king said:
Is there any one left of the house of Saul, that I may shew the mercy
of God unto him?
And Siba said to the king:
There is a son of Jonathan left, who is lame of his feet.
 Where is he? said he.
And Siba said to the king:
Behold he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel in Lodabar.
 Then king David sent, and brought him out of the house of Machir
the son of Ammiel of Lodabar.  And when Miphiboseth the son of
Jonathan the son of Saul was come to David, he fell on his face and
And David said:
And he answered:
Behold thy servant.
 And David said to him:
Fear not, for I will surely shew thee mercy for Jonathan thy father's
sake, and I will restore the lands of Saul thy father, and thou shalt
eat bread at my table always.
 He bowed down to him, and said:
Who am I thy servant, that thou shouldst look upon such a dead dog as I
 Then the king called Siba the servant of Saul, and said to him:
All that belonged to Saul, and all his house, I have given to thy
master's son.  Thou therefore and thy sons and thy servants shall
till the land for him: and thou shalt bring in food for thy master's
son, that he may be maintained: and Miphiboseth the son of thy master
shall always eat bread at my table.
And Siba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.  And Siba said to
As thou my lord the king hast commanded thy servant, so will thy
servant do: and Miphiboseth shall eat at my table, as one of the sons
of the king.  And Miphiboseth had a young son whose name was Micha:
and all the kindred of the house of Siba served Miphiboseth.  But
Miphiboseth dwelt in Jerusalem: because he ate always of the king's
table: and he was lame of both feet.
verses 1-19 have
been omitted from the Mass readings.
 And it came to pass after this,
that the king of the children of
Ammon died, and Hanon his son reigned in his stead.  And David said:
I Will shew kindness to Hanon the son of Daas, as his father shewed
kindness to me.
So David sent his servants to comfort him for the death of his father.
But when the servants of David were come into the land of the children
of Ammon,  The princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanon their
Thinkest thou that for the honour of thy father, David hath sent
comforters to thee, and hath not David rather sent his servants to thee
to search, and spy into the city, and overthrow it?
 Wherefore Hanon took the servants of David, and shaved off the one
half of their beards, and cut away half of their garments even to the
buttocks, and sent them away.  When this was told David, he sent to
for the men were sadly put to confusion, and David commanded them,
saying: Stay at Jericho, till your beards be grown, and then return.
 And the children of Ammon seeing that they had done an injury to
David, Bent and hired the Syrians of Rohob, and the Syrians of Soba,
twenty thousand footmen, and of the king of Maacha a thousand men, and
of Istob twelve thousand men.  And when David heard this, he sent
Joab and the whole army of warriors.  And the children of Ammon came
out, and set their men in array at the entering in of the gate: but the
Syrians of Soba, and of Rohob, and of Istob, and of Maacha were by
themselves in the field.  Then Joab seeing that the battle was
prepared against him, both before and behind, chose of all the choice
men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians:  And the
rest of the people he delivered to Abisai his brother, who set them in
array against the children of Ammon.  And Joab said:
If the Syrians are too strong for me, then thou shalt help me: but if
the children of Ammon are too strong for thee, then I will help thee.
 Be of good courage, and let us fight for our people, and for the
city of our God: and the Lord will do what is good in his sight.
 And Joab and the people that were with him, began to fight against
the Syrians: and they immediately fled before him.  And the
children of Ammon seeing that the Syrians were fled, they fled also
before Abisai, and entered into the city: and Joab returned from the
children of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem.
 Then the Syrians seeing that they had fallen before Israel,
gathered themselves together.  And Adarezer sent and fetched the
Syrians, that were beyond the river, and brought over their army: and
Sobach, the captain of the host of Adarezer, was their general. 
And when this was told David, he gathered all Israel together, and
passed over the Jordan, and came to Helam: and the Syrians set
themselves in array against David, and fought against him.  And the
Syrians fled before Israel, and David slew of the Syrians the men of
seven hundred chariots, and forty thousand horsemen: and smote Sobach
the captain of the army, who presently died.  And all the kings
that were auxiliaries of Adarezer, seeing themselves overcome by
Israel, were afraid and fled away, eight and fifty thousand men before
Israel. And they made peace with Israel: and served them, and all the
Syrians were afraid to help the children of Ammon any more.
verses 4b, 10b-12,
18-27 have been omitted from the Mass
 … and presently she was purified
from her uncleanness:
 … And David said to Urias: Didst thou not come from thy journey?
why didst thou not go down to thy house?
 And Urias said to David:
The ark of God and Israel and Juda dwell in tents, and my lord Joab and
the servants of my lord abide upon the face of the earth: and shall I
go into my house, to eat and to drink, and to sleep with my wife? By
thy welfare and by the welfare of thy soul I will not do this thing.
 Then David said to Urias:
Tarry here today, and tomorrow I will send thee away.
Urias tarried in Jerusalem that day and the next.
 Then Joab sent, and told David all things concerning the battle.
 And he charged the messenger, saying:
When thou hast told all the words of the battle to the king,  If
thou see him to be angry, and he shall say: Why did you approach so
near to the wall to fight? knew you not that many darts are thrown from
above off the wall?  Who killed Abimelech the son of Jerobaal? did
not a woman cast a piece of a millstone upon him from the wall, and
slew him in Thebes? Why did you go near the wall? Thou shalt say: Thy
servant Urias the Hethite is also slain.
 So the messenger departed, and came and told David all that Joab
had commanded him.  And the messenger said to David:
The men prevailed against us, and they came out to us into the field:
and we vigorously charged and pursued them even to the gate of the
city.  And the archers shot their arrows at thy servants from off
the wall above: and some of the king's servants are slain, and thy
servant Urias the Hethite is also dead.
 And David said to the messenger:
Thus shalt thou say to Joab: Let not this thing discourage thee: for
various is the event of war: and sometimes one, sometimes another is
consumed by the sword: encourage thy warriors against The city, and
exhort them that thou mayest overthrow it.
 And the wife of Urias heard that Urias her husband was dead, and
she mourned for him.  And the mourning being over, David sent and
brought her into his house, and she became his wife, and she bore him a
son: and this thing which David had done, was displeasing to the Lord.
verses 18-31 have
been omitted from the Mass readings.
 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
Behold when the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he would not
hearken to our voice: how much more will he afflict himself if we tell
him that the child is dead?
 But when David saw his servants whispering, he understood that the
child was dead: and he said to his servants:
Is the child dead?
They answered him:
He is dead.
 Then David arose from the ground, and washed and anointed himself:
and when he had changed his apparel, he went into the house of the
Lord: and worshipped, and then he came into his own house, and he
called for bread, and ate.
 And his servants said to him:
What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for
the child, while it was alive, but when the child was dead, thou didst
rise up, and eat bread.
 And he said:
While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept for him: for I said:
Who knoweth whether the Lord may not give him to me, and the child may
live?  But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Shall I be able
to bring him back any more? I shall go to him rather: but he shall not
return to me.
 And David comforted Bethsabee his wife, and went in unto her, and
slept with her: and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon, and
the Lord loved him.  And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet,
and called his name, Amiable to the Lord, because the Lord loved him.
 And Joab fought against Rabbath of the children of Ammon, and laid
close siege to the royal city.  And Joab sent messengers to David,
I have fought against Rabbath, and the city of waters is about to be
taken.  Now therefore gather thou the rest of the people together,
and besiege the city and take it: lest when the city shall be wasted by
me, the victory be ascribed to my name.
 Then David gathered all the people together, and went out against
Rabbath: and after fighting, he took it.  And he took the crown of
their king from his head, the weight of which was a talent of gold, set
with most precious stones, and it was put upon David's head, and the
spoils of the city which were very great he carried away.  And
bringing forth the people thereof he sawed them, and drove over them
chariots armed with iron: and divided them with knives, and made them
pass through brickkilns: so did he to all the cities of the children of
Ammon: and David returned, with all the army to Jerusalem.
verses 1-38 have
been omitted from the Mass readings.
 And it came to pass after this,
that Amnon the son of David loved
the sister of Absalom the son of David, who was very beautiful, and her
name was Thamar.  And he was exceedingly fond of her, so that he
fell sick for the love of her: for as she was a virgin, he thought it
hard to do any thing dishonestly with her.  Now Amnon had a friend,
named Jonadab the son of Semmaa the brother of David, a very wise man:
 And he said to him:
Why dost thou grow so lean from day to day, O son of the king? why dost
thou not tell me the reason of it?
And Amnon said to him:
I am in love with Thamar the sister of my brother Absalom.
 And Jonadab said to him:
Lie down upon thy bed, and feign thyself sick: and when thy father
shall come to visit thee, say to him: Let my sister Thamar, I pray
thee, come to me, to give me to eat, and to make me a mess, that I may
eat it at her hand.
 So Amnon lay down, and made as if he were sick: and when the king
came to visit him, Amnon said to the king:
I pray thee let my sister Thamar come, and make in my sight two little
messes, that I may eat at her hand.
 Then David sent home to Thamar, saying:
Come to the house of thy brother Amnon, and make him a mess.
 And Thamar came to the house of Amnon her brother: but he was laid
down: and she took meal and tempered it: and dissolving it in his sight
she made little messes.  And taking what she had boiled, she poured
it out, and set it before him, but he would not eat: and Amnon said:
Put out all persons from me.
And when they had put all persons out,  Amnon said to Thamar:
Bring the mess into the chamber, that I may eat at thy hand.
And Thamar took the little messes which she had made, and brought them
in to her brother Amnon in the chamber.  And when she had presented
him the meat, he took hold of her, and said:
Come lie with me, my sister.
 She answered him:
Do not so, my brother, do not force me: for no such thing must be done
in Israel. Do not thou this folly.  For I shall not be able to bear
my shame, and thou shalt be as one of the fools in Israel: but rather
speak to the king, and he will not deny me to thee.
 But he would not hearken to her prayers, but being stronger
overpowered her and lay with her.  Then Amnon hated her with an
exceeding great hatred: so that the hatred wherewith he hated her was
greater than the love with which he had loved her before, And Amnon
said to her:
Arise, and get thee gone.
 She answered him:
This evil which now thou dost against me, in driving me away, is
greater than that which thou didst before.
And he would not hearken to her:  But calling the servants that
ministered to him, he said:
Thrust this woman out from me: and shut the door after her.
 And she was clothed with along robe: for the king's daughters that
were virgins, used such kind of garments. Then his servant thrust her
out: and shut the door after her.
 And she put ashes on her head, and rent her long robe and laid her
hands upon her head, and went on crying.
 And Absalom her brother said to her:
Hath thy brother Amnon lain with thee? but now, sister, hold thy peace,
he is thy brother: and afflict not thy heart for this thing.
So Thamar remained pining away in the house of Absalom her brother.
 And when king David heard of these things he was exceedingly
grieved: and he would not afflict the spirit of his son Amnon, for he
loved him, because he was his firstborn.  But Absalom spoke not to
Amnon neither good nor evil: for Absalom hated Amnon because he had
ravished his sister Thamar.
 And it came to pass after two years, that the sheep of Absalom
were shorn in Baalhasor, which is near Ephraim: and Absalom invited all
the king's sons:  And he came to the king, and said to him:
Behold thy servant's sheep are shorn. Let the king, I pray, with his
servants come to his servant.
 And the king said to Absalom:
Nay, my son, do not ask that we should all come, and be chargeable to
thee. And when he pressed him, and he would not go, he blessed him.
 And Absalom said:
If thou wilt not come, at least let my brother Amnon, I beseech thee,
come with us. And the king said to him:
It is not necessary that he should go with thee.
 But Absalom pressed him, so that he let Amnon and all the king's
sons go with him. And Absalom made a feast as it were the feast of a
king.  And Absalom had commanded his servants, saying:
Take notice when Amnon shall be drunk with wine, and when I shall say
to you: Strike him, and kill him, fear not: for it is I that command
you: take courage, and be valiant men.
 And the servants of Absalom did to Amnon as Absalom had commanded
them. And all the king's sons arose and got up every man upon his mule,
and fled.  And while they were yet in the way, a rumour came to
Absalom hath slain all the king's sons, and there is not one of them
 Then the king rose up, and rent his garments: and fell upon the
ground, and all his servants, that stood about him, rent their
garments.  But Jonadab the son of Semmaa David's brother answering,
Let not my lord the king think that all the king's sons are slain:
Amnon only is dead, for he was appointed by the mouth of Absalom from
the day that he ravished his sister Thamar.  Now therefore let not
my lord the king take this thing into his heart, saying: All the king's
sons are slain: for Amnon only is dead.  But Absalom fled away:
and the young man that kept the watch, lifted up his eyes and looked,
and behold there came much people by a by-way on the side of the
mountain.  And Jonadab said to the king:
Behold the king's sons are come: as thy servant said, so it is.
 And when he made an end of speaking, the king's sons also
appeared: and coming in they lifted up their voice, and wept: and the
king also and all his servants wept very much.
 But Absalom fled, and went to Tholomai the son of Ammiud the king
of Gessur. And David mourned for his son every day.  And Absalom
after he was fled, and come into Gessur, was there three years. And
king David ceased to pursue after Absalom, because he was comforted
concerning the death of Amnon.
verses 1-33 have
been omitted from the Mass readings.
 And Joab the son of Sarvia,
understanding that the king's heart was
turned to Absalom,  Sent to Thecua, and fetched from thence a wise
woman: and said to her:
Feign thyself to be a mourner, and put on mourning apparel, and be not
anointed with oil, that thou mayest be as a woman that had a long time
been mourning for one dead.  And thou shalt go in to the king, and
shalt speak to him in this manner. And Joab put the words in her mouth.
 And when the woman of Thecua was come in to the king, she fell
before him upon the ground, and worshipped, and said:
Save me, O king.
 And the king said to her:
What is the matter with thee?
Alas, I am a widow woman: for my husband is dead.  And thy handmaid
had two sons: and they quarrelled with each other in the field, and
there was none to part them: and the one struck the other, and slew
him.  And behold the whole kindred rising against thy handmaid,
saith: Deliver him that hath slain his brother, that we may kill him
for the life of his brother, whom he slew, and that we may destroy the
heir: and they seek to quench my spark which is left, and will leave my
husband no name, nor remainder upon the earth.
 And the king said to the woman: Go to thy house, and I will give
charge concerning thee.
 And the woman of Thecua said to the king: Upon me, my lord, be the
iniquity, and upon the house of my father: but may the king and his
throne be guiltless.
 And the king said: If any one shall say ought against thee, bring
him to me, and be shall not touch thee any more.
 And she said: Let the king remember the Lord his God, that the
next of kin be not multiplied to take revenge, and that they may not
kill my son.
And he said: As the Lord liveth, there shall not one hair of thy son
fall to the earth.
 Then the woman said: Let thy handmaid speak one word to my lord
And he said: Speak.
 And the woman said: Why hast thou thought such a thing against the
people of God, and why hath the king spoken this word, to sin, and not
bring home again his own exile?  We all die, and like waters that
return no more, we fall down into the earth: neither will God have a
soul to perish, but recalleth, meaning that he that is cast off should
not altogether perish.  Now therefore I am come, to speak this word
to my lord the king before the people. And thy handmaid said: I will
speak to the king, it maybe the king will perform the request of his
handmaid.  And the king hath hearkened to me to deliver his
handmaid out of the hand of all that would destroy me and my son
together out of the inheritance of God.  Then let thy handmaid say,
that the word of the Lord the king be made as a sacrifice. For even as
an angel of God, so is my lord the king, that he is neither moved with
blessing nor cursing: wherefore the Lord thy God is also with thee.
 And the king answering, said to the woman: Hide not from me the
thing that I ask thee.
And the woman said to him: Speak, my lord the king.
 And the king said: Is not the hand of Joab with thee in all this?
The woman answered, and said: By the health of thy soul, my lord, O
king, it is neither on the left hand, nor on the right, in all these
things which my lord the king hath spoken: for thy servant Joab, he
commanded me, and he put all these words into the mouth of thy
handmaid.  That I should come about with this form of speech, thy
servant Joab, commanded this: but thou, my lord, O king, art wise,
according to the wisdom of ail angel of God, to understand all things
 And the king said to Joab:
Behold I am appeased and have granted thy request: Go therefore and
fetch back the boy Absalom.
 And Joab falling down to the ground upon his face, adored, and
blessed the king: and Joab said:
This day thy servant hath understood, that I have found grace in thy
sight, my lord, O king: for thou hast fulfilled the request of thy
 Then Joab arose and went to Gessur, and brought Absalom to
 But the king said:
Let him return into his house, and let him not see my face.
So Absalom returned into his house, and saw not the king's face.
 But in all Israel there was not a man so comely, and so
exceedingly beautiful as Absalom: from the sole of the foot to the
crown of his head there was no blemish in him.  And when he
polled his hair (now he was polled once a year, because his hair was
burdensome to him) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred
sicles, according to the common weight.  And there were born to
Absalom three sons: and one daughter, whose, name was Thamar, and she
was very beautiful.
 And Absalom dwelt two years in Jerusalem, and saw not the king's
face.  He sent therefore to Joab, to send him to the king: but he
would not come to him. And when he had sent the second time, and he
would not come to him,  He said to his servants:
You know the field of Joab near my field, that hath a crop of barley:
go now and set it on fire.
So the servants of Absalom set the corn on fire. And Joab's servants
coming with their garments rent, said: The servants of Absalom have set
part of the field on fire.  Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom to
his house, and said:
Why have thy servants set my corn on fire?
 And Absalom answered Joab:
I sent to thee beseeching thee to come to me, that I might send thee to
the king, to say to him: Wherefore am I come from Gessur? it had been
better for me to be there: I beseech thee therefore that I may see the
face of the king: and if he be mindful of my iniquity, let him kill me.
 So Joab going in to the king, told him all: and Absalom was called
for, and he went in to the king: and prostrated himself on the ground
before him: and the king kissed Absalom.
verses 1-12, 15-29,
31-37 have been omitted from the Mass
 Now after these things Absalom made
himself chariots, and horsemen,
and fifty men to run before him.  And Absalom rising up early stood
by the entrance of the gate, and when any man had business to come to
the king's judgment, Absalom called him to him, and said:
Of what city art thou?
He answered, and said:
Thy servant is of such a tribe of Israel.
 And Absalom answered him:
Thy words seem to me good and just. But there is no man appointed by
the king to hear thee.
And Absalom said:
 O that they would make me judge over the land, that all that have
business might come to me, that I might do them justice.
 Moreover when any man came to him to salute him, he put forth his
hand, and took him, and kissed him.  And this he did to all Israel
that came for judgment, to be heard by the king, and he enticed the
hearts of the men of Israel.  And after forty years, Absalom said to
Let me go, and pay my vows which I have vowed to the Lord in Hebron.
 For thy servant made avow, when he was in Gessur of Syria, saying:
If the Lord shall bring me again into Jerusalem I will offer sacrifice
to the Lord.
 And king David said to him:
Go in peace.
And he arose, and went to Hebron.  And Absalom sent spies into all
the tribes of Israel, saying:
As soon as you shall hear the sound of the trumpet, say ye: Absalom
reigneth in Hebron.
 Now there went with Absalom two hundred men out of Jerusalem that
were called, going with simplicity of heart, and knowing nothing of the
design.  Absalom also sent for Achitophel the Gilonite, David's
counsellor, from his city Gilo. And while he was offering sacrifices,
there was a strong conspiracy, and the people running together
increased with Absalom.
 And the king's servants said to him:
Whatsoever our lord the king shall command, we thy servants will
 And the king went forth, and all his household on foot: and the
king left ten women his concubines to keep the house:  And the king
going forth and all Israel on foot, stood afar off from the house: 
And all his servants walked by him, and the bands of the Cerethi, and
the Phelethi, and all the Gethites, valiant warriors, six hundred men
who had followed him from Geth on foot, went before the king.
 And the king said to Ethai the Gethite:
Why comest thou with us? return and dwell with the king, for thou art a
stranger, and art come out of thy own place.  Yesterday thou
camest, and today shalt thou be forced to go forth with us? but I shall
go whither I am going: return thou, and take back thy brethren with
thee, and the Lord will shew thee mercy, and truth, because thou hast
shewn grace and fidelity.
 And Ethai answered the king, saying:
As the Lord liveth, and as my lord the king liveth: in what place
soever thou shalt be, my lord, O king, either in death, or in life,
there will thy servant be.
 And David said to Ethai:
Come, and pass over.
And Ethai the Gethite passed, and all the men that were with him, and
the rest of the people.
 And they all wept with a loud voice, and all the people passed
over: the king also himself went over the brook Cedron, and all the
people marched towards the way that looketh to the desert.  And
Sadoc the priest also came, and all the Levites with him carrying the
ark of the covenant of God, and they set down the ark of God: and
Abiathar went up, till all the people that was come out of the city had
done passing.  And the king said to Sadoc:
Carry back the ark of God into the city: if I shall find grace in the
sight of the Lord, he will bring me again, and he will shew me it, and
 But if he shall say to me: Thou pleasest me not: I am ready, let
him do that which is good before him.
 And the king said to Sadoc the priest:
O seer, return into the city in peace: and let Achimaas thy son, and
Jonathan the son of Abiathar, your two sons, be with you.  Behold I
will lie hid in the plains of the wilderness, till there come word from
you to certify me.
 So Sadoc and Abiathar carried back the ark of God into Jerusalem:
and they tarried there.
 And it was told David that Achitophel also was in the conspiracy
with Absalom, and David said:
Infatuate, O Lord, I beseech thee, the counsel of Achitophel.
 And when David was come to the top of the mountain, where he was
about to adore the Lord, behold Chusai the Arachite, came to meet him
with his garment rent and his head covered with earth.  And David
said to him:
If thou come with me, thou wilt be a burden to me:  But if thou
return into the city, and wilt say to Absalom: I am thy servant, O
king: as I have been thy father's servant, so I will be thy servant:
thou shalt defeat the counsel of Achitophel.  And thou hast with
thee Sadoc, and Abiathar the priests: and what thing soever thou shalt
hear out of the king's house, thou shalt tell it to Sadoc and Abiathar
the priests.  And there are with them their two sons Achimaas the
son of Sadoc, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar: and you shall send by
them to me every thing that you shall hear.
 Then Chusai the friend of David went into the city, and Absalom
came into Jerusalem.
verses 1-4, 13b-23
have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 And when David was a little past
the top of the hill, behold Siba
the servant of Miphiboseth came to meet him with two asses, laden with
two hundred loaves of bread, and a hundred bunches of raisins, a
hundred cakes of figs, and a vessel of wine.  And the king said to
What mean these things?
And Siba answered:
The asses are for the king's household to sit on: and the loaves and
the figs for thy servants to eat, and the wine to drink if any man be
faint in the desert.
 And the king said:
Where is thy master's son?
And Siba answered the king:
He remained in Jerusalem, saying: Today will the house of Israel
restore me the kingdom of my father.
 And the king said to Siba:
I give thee all that belonged to Miphiboseth.
And Siba said:
I beseech thee let me find grace before thee, my lord, O king.
 … And David and his men with him went by the way. And Semei by the
hill's side went over against him, cursing, and casting stones at him,
and scattering earth.
 And the king and all the people with him came weary, and refreshed
themselves there.  But Absalom and all his people came into
Jerusalem, and Achitophel was with him.  And when Chusai the
Arachite, David's friend, was come to Absalom, he said to him:
God save thee, O king, God save thee, O king.
 And Absalom said to him:
Is this thy kindness to thy friend? Why wentest thou not with thy
 And Chusai answered Absalom:
Nay: for I will be his, whom the Lord hath chosen, and all this people,
and all Israel, and with him will I abide.  Besides this, whom
shall I serve? is it not the king's son? as I have served thy father,
so will I serve thee also.
 And Absalom said to Achitophel:
Consult what we are to do.
 And Achitophel said to Absalom:
Go in to the concubines of thy father, whom he hath left to keep the
house: that when all Israel shall hear that thou hast disgraced thy
father, their hands may be strengthened with thee.
 So they spread a tent for Absalom on the top of the house, and he
went in to his father's concubines before all Israel.
 Now the counsel of Achitophel, which he gave in those days, was as
if a man should consult God: so was all the counsel of Achitophel, both
when he was with David, and when he was with Absalom.
verses 1-29 have
been omitted from the Mass readings.
 And Achitophel said to Absalom: I
will choose me twelve thousand
men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night.  And coming
upon him (for he is now weary, and weak handed) I will defeat him: and
when all the people is put to flight that is with him, I will kill the
king who will be left alone.  And I will bring back all the people,
as if they were but one man: for thou seekest but one man: and all the
people shall be in peace.
 And his saying pleased Absalom, and all the ancients of Israel. 
But Absalom said:
Call Chusai the Arachite, and let us hear what he also saith.
 And when Chusai was come to Absalom, Absalom said to him:
Achitophel hath spoken after this manner: shall we do it or not? what
counsel dost thou give?
 And Chusai said to Absalom:
The counsel that Achitophel hath given this time is not good.  And
again Chusai said: Thou knowest thy father, and the men that are with
him, that they are very valiant, and bitter in their mind, as a bear
raging in the wood when her whelps are taken away: and thy father is a
warrior, and will not lodge with the people.  Perhaps he now lieth
hid in pits, or in some other place where he list: and when any one
shall fall at the first, every one that heareth it shall say: There is
a slaughter among the people that followed Absalom.  And the most
valiant man whose heart is as the heart of a lion, shall melt for fear:
for all the people of Israel know thy father to be a valiant man, and
that all who are with him are valiant.  But this seemeth to me to
be good counsel: Let all Israel be gathered to thee, from Dan to
Bersabee, as the sand of the sea which cannot be numbered: and thou
shalt be in the midst of them.  And we shall come upon him in what
place soever he shall be found: and we shall cover him, as the dew
falleth upon the ground, and we shall not leave of the men that are
with him, not so much as one.  And if he shall enter into any city,
all Israel shall cast ropes round about that city, and we will draw it
into the river, so that there shall not be found so much as one small
 And Absalom, and all the men of Israel said:
The counsel of Chusai the Arachite is better than the counsel of
and by the will of the Lord the profitable counsel of Achitophel was
defeated, that the Lord might bring evil upon Absalom.
 And Chusai said to Sadoc and Abiathar the priests:
Thus and thus did Achitophel counsel Absalom, and the ancients of
Israel: and thus and thus did I counsel them.  Now therefore send
quickly, and tell David, saying: Tarry not this night in the plains of
the wilderness, but without delay pass over: lest the king be swallowed
up, and all the people that is with him.
 And Jonathan and Achimaas stayed by the fountain Rogel: and there
went a maid and told them: and they went forward, to carry the message
to king David, for they might not be seen, nor enter into the city.
 But a certain boy saw them, and told Absalom: but they making
haste went into the house of a certain man in Bahurim, who had a well
in his court, and they went down into it.  And a woman took, and
spread a covering over the mouth of the well, as it were to dry sodden
barley: and so the thing was not known.  And when Absalom's
servants were come into the house, they said to the woman:
Where is Achimaas and Jonathan?
and the woman answered them:
They passed on in haste, after they had tasted a little water.
But they that sought them, when they found them not, returned into
 And when they were gone, they came up out of the well, and going
on told king David, and said:
Arise, and pass quickly over the river: for this manner of counsel has
Achitophel given against you.
 So David arose, and all the people that were with him, and they
passed over the Jordan, until it grew light, and not one of them was
left that was not gone over the river.
 But Achitophel seeing that his counsel was not followed, saddled
his ass, and arose and went home to his house and to his city, and
putting his house in order, hanged himself, and was buried in the
sepulchre of his father.
 But David came to the camp, and Absalom passed over the Jordan, be
and all the men of Israel with him.  Now Absalom appointed Amasa in
Joab's stead over the army: and Amasa was the son of a man who was
called Jethra of Jezrael, who went in to Abigail the daughter of Naas,
the sister of Sarvia who was the mother of Joab.  And Israel camped
with Absalom in the land of Galaad.  And when David was come to the
camp, Sobi the son of Naas of Rabbath of the children of Ammon, and
Machir the son of Ammihel of Lodabar, and Berzellai the Galaadite of
Rogelim,  Brought him beds, and tapestry, and earthen vessels, and
wheat, and barley, and meal, and parched corn, and beans, and lentils,
and fried pulse,  And honey, and butter, and sheep, and fat calves,
and they gave to David and the people that were with him, to eat:
for they suspected that the people were faint with hunger and thirst in
verses 1-8, 11-14a,
15-23, 25b-29 have been omitted from the
 And David having reviewed his
people, appointed over them captains
of thousands and of hundreds,  And sent forth a third part of the
people under the hand of Joab, and a third part under the hand of
Abisai the son of Sarvia Joab's brother, and a third part under the
hand of Ethai, who was of Geth: and the king said to the people:
I also will go forth with you.
 And the people answered:
Thou shalt not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not much mind
us: or if half of us should fall, they will not greatly care: for thou
alone art accounted for ten thousand: it is better therefore that thou
shouldst be in the city to succour us.
 And the king said to them:
What seemeth good to you, that will I do
And the king stood by the gate: and all the people went forth by their
troops, by hundreds and by thousands.
 And the king commanded Joab, and Abisai, and Ethai, saying:
Save me the boy Absalom.
And all the people heard the king giving charge to all the princes
 So the people went out into the field against Israel and the battle
was fought in the forest of Ephraim.  And the people of Israel were
defeated there by David's army, and a great slaughter was made that day
of twenty thousand men.  And the battle there was scattered over the
face of all the country, and there were many more of the people whom
the forest consumed, than whom the sword devoured that day.
 And Joab said to the man that told him:
If thou sawest him, why didst thou not stab him to the ground, and I
would have given thee ten sicles of silver, and belt?
 And he said to Joab:
If thou wouldst have paid down in my hands a thousand pieces of silver,
I would not lay my hands upon the king's son: for in our hearing he
king charged thee, and Abisai, and Ethai, saying: Save me the boy
Absalom.  Yea and if I should have acted boldly against my own
life, this could not have been hid from the king, and wouldst thou have
stood by me?
 And Joab said:
Not as thou wilt, but will set upon him in thy sight....
 Ten young men, armourbearers of Joab, ran up, and striking him
 And Joab sounded the trumpet, and kept back the people from
pursuing after Israel in their flight, being willing to spare he
multitude.  And they took Absalom, and cast him into a great pit in
the forest, and they laid an exceeding great heap of stories upon him:
but all Israel fled to their own dwellings.
 Now Absalom had reared up for himself, in his lifetime, a pillar,
which is in the king's valley: for he said: I have no son, and this
shall be the monument of my name. And he called the pillar by is own
name, and it is called the hand of Absalom, to this day.  And
Achimaas the son of Sadoc said: I will run and tell the king, that the
Lord hath done judgment for him from the hand of his enemies.  And
Joab said to him: Thou shalt not be the messenger this day, but shalt
bear tidings another day: this day I will not have thee bear tidings,
because the king's son is dead.
 And Joab said to Chusai:
Go, and tell the king what thou hast seen.
Chusai bowed down to Joab, and ran.
 Then Achimaas the son of Sadoc said to Joab again:
Why might not I also run after Chusai?
And Joab said to him:
Why wilt thou run, my son? thou wilt not be the bearer of good tidings.
 He answered:
But what if I run?
And he said to him:
Then Achimaas running by a nearer way passed Chusai.
 ... And as he was coming apace, and drawing nearer,  The
watchman saw another man running, and crying aloud from above, he said:
I see another man running alone.
And the king said:
He also is a good messenger.
 And the watchman said:
The running of the foremost seemeth to me like the running of Achimaas
the son of Sadoc.
And the king said:
He is a good man: and cometh with good news.
 And Achimaas crying out, said to the king:
God save thee, O king.
And falling down before the king with his face to the ground, he said:
Blessed be the Lord thy God, who hath shut up the men that have lifted
up their hands against the lord my king.
 And the king said:
Is the young man Absalom safe?
And Achimaas said:
I saw a great tumult, O king, when thy servant Joab sent me thy
servant: I know nothing else.
verses 4-43 have
been omitted from the Mass readings.
 And the king covered his head, and
cried with a loud voice: O my
son Absalom, O Absalom my son, O my son.
 Then Joab going into the house to the king, said:
Thou hast shamed this day the faces of all thy servants, that have
saved thy life, and the lives of thy sons, and of thy daughters, and
the lives of thy wives, and the lives of thy concubines.  Thou
lovest them that hate thee, and thou hatest them that love thee: and
thou hast shewn this day that thou carest not for thy nobles, nor for
thy servants: and I now plainly perceive that if Absalom had lived, and
all we had been slain, then it would have pleased thee.  Now
therefore arise, and go out, and speak to the satisfaction of thy
servants: for I swear to thee by the Lord, that if thou wilt not go
forth, there will not tarry with thee so much as one this night: and
that will be worse to thee, than all the evils that have befallen thee
from thy youth until now.  Then the king arose and sat in the gate:
and it was told to all the people that the king sat in the gate: and
all the people came before the king, but Israel fled to their own
 And all the people were at strife in all the tribes of Israel,
The king delivered us out of the hand of our enemies, and he saved us
out of the hand of the Philistines: and now he is fled out of the land
for Absalom.  But Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in the
battle: how long are you silent, and bring not back the king?
 And king David sent to Sadoc, and Abiathar the priests, saying:
Speak to the ancients of Juda, saying: Why are you the last to bring
the king back to his house? (For the talk of all Israel was come to the
king in his house.)  You are my brethren, you are my bone, and my
flesh, why are you the last to bring back the king?  And say ye to
Amasa: Art not thou my bone, and my flesh? So do God to me and add
more, if thou be not the chief captain of the army before me always in
the place of Joab.  And be inclined the heart of all the men of
Juda, as it were of one man: and they sent to the king, saying: Return
thou, and all thy servants.
 And the king returned and came as far as the Jordan, and all Juda
came as far as Galgal to meet the king, and to bring him over the
 And Semei the son of Gera the son of Jemini of Bahurim, made haste
and went down with the men of Juda to meet king David,  With a
thousand men of Benjamin, and Siba the servant of the house of Saul:
and his fifteen sons, and twenty servants were with him: and going over
the Jordan,  They passed the fords before the king, that they might
help over the king's household, and do according to his commandment.
And Semei the son of Gera falling down before the king, when he was
come over the Jordan,  Said to him:
Impute not to me, my lord, the iniquity, nor remember the injuries of
thy servant on the day that thou, my lord, the king, wentest out of
Jerusalem, nor lay it up in thy heart, O king.  For I thy servant
acknowledge my sin: and therefore I am come this day the first of all
the house of Joseph, and am come down to meet my lord the king.
 But Abisai the son of Sarvia answering, said:
Shall Semei for these words not be put to death, because he cursed the
Lord's anointed?  And David said: What have I to do with you, ye
sons of Sarvia? why are you a satan this day to me? shall there any man
be killed this day in Israel? do not I know that this day I am made
king over Israel?
 And the king said to Semei:
Thou shalt not die. And he swore unto him.
 And Miphiboseth the son of Saul came down to meet the king, and he
had neither washed his feet, nor trimmed his beard: nor washed his
garments from the day that the king went out, until the day of his
return in peace.  And when he met the king at Jerusalem, the king
said to him:
Why camest thou not with me, Miphiboseth?
 And he answering, said:
My lord, O king, my servant despised me: for I thy servant spoke to him
to saddle me an ass, that I might get on and go with the king: for I
thy servant am lame.  Moreover he hath also accused me thy servant
to thee, my lord the king: but thou my lord the king art as an angel of
God, do what pleaseth thee.  For all of my father's house were no
better than worthy of death before my lord the king; and thou hast set
me thy servant among the guests of thy table: what just complaint
therefore have I? or what right to cry any more to the king?
 Then the king said to him:
Why speakest thou any more? what I have said is determined: thou and
Siba divide the possessions.
 And Miphiboseth answered the king:
Yea, let him take all, for as much as my lord the king is returned
peaceably into his house.
 Berzellai also the Galaadite coming down from Rogelim, brought the
king over the Jordan, being ready also to wait on him beyond the river.
 Now Berzellai the Galaadite was of a great age, that is to say,
fourscore years old, and he provided the king with sustenance when he
abode in the camp: for he was a man exceeding rich.
 And the king said to Berzellai:
Come with me that thou mayest rest secure with me in Jerusalem.
 And Berzellai said to the king:
How many are the days of the years of my life, that I should go up with
the king to Jerusalem?  I am this day fourscore years old, are my
senses quick to discern sweet and bitter? or can meat or drink delight
thy servant? or can I hear any more the voice of singing men and
singing women? why should thy servant be a burden to my lord, the king?
 I thy servant will go on a little way from the Jordan with thee: I
need not this recompense.  But I beseech thee let thy servant
return, and die in my own city, and be buried by the sepulchre of my
father, and of my mother. But there is thy servant Chamaam, let him go
with thee, my lord, the king, and do to him whatsoever seemeth good to
 Then the king said to him:
Let Chamaam go over with me, and I will do for him whatsoever shall
please thee, and all that thou shalt ask of me, thou shalt obtain.
 And when all the people and the king had passed over the Jordan,
the king kissed Berzellai, and blessed him: and he returned to his own
 So the king went on to Galgal, and Chamaam with him. Now all the
people of Juda had brought the king over, and only half of the people
of Israel were there.  Therefore all the men of Israel running
together to the king, said to him:
Why have our brethren the men of Juda stolen thee away, and have
brought the king and his household over the Jordan, and all the men of
David with him?
 And all the men of Juda answered the men of Israel:
Because the king is nearer to me: why art thou angry for this matter?
have we eaten any thing of the king's, or have any gifts been given us?
 And the men of Israel answered the men of Juda, and said:
I have ten parts in the king more than thou, and David belongeth to me
more than to thee: why hast thou done me a wrong, and why was it not
told me first, that I might bring back my king?
And the men of Juda answered more harshly than the men of Israel.
verses 1-26 have
been omitted from the Mass readings.
 And there happened to be there a
man of Belial, whose name was
Seba, the son of Bochri, a man of Jemini: and he sounded the trumpet,
We have no part in David, nor inheritance in the son of Isai: return to
thy dwellings, O Israel.
 And all Israel departed from David, and followed Seba the son of
Bochri: but the men of Juda stuck to their king from the Jordan unto
 And when the king was come into his house at Jerusalem, he took the
ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put
them in ward, allowing them provisions: and he went not in unto them,
but they were shut up unto the day of their death living in widowhood.
 And the king said to Amasa:
Assemble to me all the men of Juda against the third day, and be thou
 So Amasa went to assemble the men of Juda, but he tarried beyond
the set time which the king had appointed him.  And David said to
Now will Seba the son of Bochri do us more harm than did Absalom: take
thou therefore the servants of thy lord, and pursue after him, lest he
find fenced cities, and escape us.
 So Joab's men went out with him, and the Cerethi and the Phelethi:
and all the valiant men went out of Jerusalem to pursue after Seba the
son of Bochri.  And when they were at the great stone which is in
Gabaon, Amasa coming met them. And Joab had on a close coat of equal
length with his habit, and over it was girded with a sword hanging down
to his flank, in a scabbard, made in such manner as to come out with
the least motion and strike.  And Joab said to Amasa:
God save thee, my brother.
And he took Amasa by the chin with his right hand to kiss him.  But
Amasa did not take notice of the sword, which Joab had, and he struck
him in the side, and shed out his bowels to the ground, and gave him
not a second wound, and he died.
And Joab, and Abisai his brother pursued after Seba the son of Bochri.
 In the mean time some men of Joab's company stopping at the dead
body of Amasa, said:
Behold he that would have been in Joab's stead the companion of David.
 And Amasa imbrued with blood, lay in the midst of the way. A
certain man saw this that all the people stood still to look upon him,
so he removed Amasa out of the highway into the field, and covered him
with a garment, that they who passed might not stop on his account.
 And when he was removed out of the way, all the people went on
following Joab to pursue after Seba the son of Bochri.
 Now he had passed through all the tribes of Israel unto Abela and
Bethmaacha: and all the chosen men were gathered together unto him.
 And they came, and besieged him in Abela, and in Bethmaacha, and
they cast up works round the city, and the city was besieged: and all
the people that were with Joab, laboured to throw down the walls.
 And a wise woman cried out from the city:
Hear, hear, and say to Joab: Come near hither, and I will speak with
 And when he was come near to her, she said to him:
Art thou Joab?
And he answered:
And she spoke thus to him:
Hear the words of thy handmaid.
I do hear.
 And she again said:
A saying was used in the old proverb: They that inquire, let them
inquire in Abela: and so they made an end.  Am not I she that
answer truth in Israel, and thou seekest to destroy the city, and to
overthrow a mother in Israel? Why wilt thou throw down the inheritance
of the Lord?
 And Joab answering said:
God forbid, God forbid that I should, I do not throw down, nor destroy.
 The matter is not so, but a man of mount Ephraim, Seba the son of
Bochri by name, hath lifted up his hand against king David: deliver him
only, and we will depart from the city.
And the woman said to Joab:
Behold his head shall be thrown to thee from the wall.
 So she went to all the people, and spoke to them wisely: and they
cut off the head of Seba the son of Bochri, and cast it out to Joab.
And he sounded the trumpet, and they departed from the city, every one
to their home: and Joab returned to Jerusalem to the king.
 So Joab was over all the army of Israel: and Banaias the son of
Joiada was over the Cerethites and Phelethites,  But Aduram over
the tributes: and Josaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder.  And
Siva was scribe: and Sadoc and Abiathar, priests.
 And Ira the Jairite was the priest of David.
verses 1-22 have
been omitted from the Mass readings.
 And there was a famine in the days
of David for three years
successively: and David consulted the oracle of the Lord. And the Lord
It is for Saul, and his bloody house, because he slew the Gabaonites.
 Then the king, calling for the Gabaonites, said to them: (Now the
Gabaonites were not of the children of Israel, but the remains of the
Amorrhites: I and the children of Israel had sworn to them, and Saul
sought to slay them out of zeal, as it were for the children of Israel
and Juda:)  David therefore said to the Gabaonites:
What shall I do for you? and what shall be the atonement for you, that
you may bless the inheritance of the Lord?
 And the Gabaonites said to him:
We have no contest about silver and gold, but against Saul and against
his house: neither do we desire that any man be slain of Israel.
And the king said to them:
What will you then that I should do for you?
 And they said to the king:
The man that crushed us and oppressed us unjustly, we must destroy in
such manner that there be not so much as one left of his stock in all
the coasts of Israel.  Let seven men of his children be delivered
unto us, that we may crucify them to the Lord in Gabaa of Saul, once
the chosen of the Lord.
And the king said:
I will give them.
 And the king spared Miphiboseth the son of Jonathan the son of
Saul, because of the oath of the Lord, that had been between David and
Jonathan the son of Saul.  So the king took the two sons of Respha
the daughter of Aia, whom she bore to Saul, Armoni, and Miphiboseth:
and the five sons of Michol the daughter of Saul, whom she bore to
Hadriel the son of Berzellai, that was of Molathi:  And gave them
into the hands of the Gabaonites: and they crucified them on a hill
before the Lord: and these seven died together in the first days of the
harvest, when the barley began to be reaped.
 And Respha the daughter of Aia took haircloth, and spread it under
her upon the rock from the beginning of the harvest, till water dropped
upon them out of heaven: and suffered neither the birds to tear them by
day, nor the beasts by night.  And it was told David, what Respha
the daughter of Aia, the concubine of Saul, had done.  And David
went, and took the bones of Saul, and the bones of Jonathan his son
from the men of Jabes Galaad, who had stolen them from the street of
Bethsan, where the Philistines had hanged them when they had slain Saul
in Gelboe.  And he brought from thence the bones of Saul, and the
bones of Jonathan his son, and they gathered up the bones of them that
were crucified,  And they buried them with the bones of Saul, and
of Jonathan his son in the land of Benjamin, in the side, in the
sepulchre of Cis his father: and they did all that the king had
commanded, and God shewed mercy again to the land after these things.
 And the Philistines made war again against Israel, and David went
down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines.
And David growing faint,  Jesbibenob, who was of the race of
Arapha, the iron of whose spear weighed three hundred ounces, being
girded with a new sword, attempted to kill David.  And Abisai the
son of Sarvia rescued him, and striking the Philistine killed him. Then
David's men swore unto him, saying:
Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, lest thou put out the lamp
 There was also a second battle in Gob against the Philistines:
then Sobochai of Husathi slew Saph of the race of Arapha of the family
of the giants.  And there was a third battle in Gob against the
Philistines, in which Adeodatus the son of the Forrest an embroiderer
of Bethlehem slew Goliath the Gethite, the shaft of whose spear was
like a weaver's beam.  A fourth battle was in Geth. where there was
a man of great stature, that had six fingers on each hand, and six toes
on each foot, four and twenty in all, and he was of the race of Arapha.
 And he reproached Israel: and Jonathan the son of Samae the
brother of David slew him.  These four were born of Arapha in Geth,
and they fell by the hand of David, and of his servants.
verses 1-51 have
been omitted from the Mass readings.
 And David spoke to the Lord the
words of this canticle, in the day
that the Lord delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out
of the hand of Saul,
 And he said: The Lord is my rock, and my strength, and my saviour.
 God is my strong one, in him will I trust: my shield, and the horn
of my salvation: he lifteth me up, and is my refuge: my saviour, thou
wilt deliver me from iniquity.
 I will call on the Lord who is worthy to be praised: and I shall be
saved from my enemies.
 For the pangs of death have surrounded me: the floods of Belial
have made me afraid.
 The cords of hell compassed me: the snares of death prevented me.
 In my distress I will call upon the Lord, and I will cry to my God:
and he will hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry shall come to
 The earth shook and trembled, the foundations of the mountains were
moved, and shaken, because he was angry with them.
 A smoke went up from his nostrils, and a devouring fire out of his
mouth: coals were kindled by it.
 He bowed the heavens, and came down: and darkness was under his
 And he rode upon the cherubims, and flew: and slid upon the wings
of the wind.
 He made darkness a covering round about him: dropping waters out
of the clouds of the heavens.
 By the brightness before him, the coals of fire were kindled.
 The Lord shall thunder from heaven: and the most high shall give
forth his voice.
 He shot arrows and scattered them: lightning, and consumed them.
 And the overflowings of the sea appeared, and the foundations of
the world were laid open at the rebuke of the Lord, at the blast of the
spirit of his wrath.
 He sent from on high, and took me, and drew me out of many waters.
 He delivered me from my most mighty enemy, and from them that
hated me: for they were too strong for me.
 He prevented me in the day of my affliction, and the Lord became
 And he brought me forth into a large place, he delivered me,
because I pleased him.
 The Lord will reward me according to my justice: and according to
the cleanness of my hands he will render to me.
 Because I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly
departed from my God.
 For all his judgments are in my sight: and his precepts I have not
removed from me.
 And I shall be perfect with him: and shall keep myself from my
 And the Lord will recompense me according to my justice: and
according to the cleanness of my hands in the sight of his eyes.
 With the holy one thou wilt be holy: and with the valiant perfect.
 With the elect thou wilt be elect: and with the perverse thou wilt
 And the poor people thou wilt save: and with thy eyes thou wilt
humble the haughty.
 For thou art my lamp, O Lord: and thou, O Lord, wilt enlighten my
 For in thee I will run girded: in my God I will leap over the wall.
 God, his way is immaculate, the word of the Lord is tried by fire:
he is the shield of all that trust in him.
 Who is God but the Lord: and who is strong but our God?
 God who hath girded me with strength, and made my way perfect.
 Making my feet like the feet of harts, and setting me upon my high
 He teacheth my bands to war: and maketh my arms like a bow of
 Thou hast given me the shield of my salvation: and thy mildness
hath multiplied me.
 Thou shalt enlarge my steps under me: and my ankles shall not fail.
 I will pursue after my enemies, and crush them: and will not
return again till I consume them.
 I will consume them and break them in pieces, so that they shall
not rise: they shall fall under my feet.
 Thou hast girded me with strength to battle: thou hast made them
that resisted me to bow under me.
 My enemies thou hast made to turn their back to me: them that
hated me, and I shall destroy them.
 They shall cry, and there shall be none to save: to the Lord, and
he shall not hear them.
 I shall beat them as small as the dust of the earth: I shall crush
them and spread them abroad like the mire of the streets.
 Thou wilt save me from the contradictions of my people: thou wilt
keep me to be the head of the Gentiles: the people which I know not,
shall serve me,
 The sons of the stranger will resist me, at the hearing of the ear
they will obey me.
 The strangers are melted away, and shall be straitened in their
 The Lord liveth, and my God is blessed: and the strong God of my
salvation shall be exalted:
 God who giveth me revenge, and bringest down people under me,
 Who bringest me forth from my enemies, and liftest me up from them
that resist me: from the wicked man thou shalt deliver me.
 Therefore will I give thanks to thee. O Lord, among the Gentiles,
and will sing to thy name.
 Giving great salvation to his king, and shewing mercy to David his
anointed, and to his seed for ever.
verses 1-39 have
been omitted from the Mass readings.
 Now these are David's last words.
David the son of Isai said:
The man to whom it was appointed concerning the Christ of the God of
Jacob, the excellent psalmist of Israel said:
 The spirit of the Lord hath spoken by me and his word by my tongue.
 The God of Israel said to me, the strong one of Israel spoke, the
ruler of men, the just ruler in the fear of God.
 As the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, shineth in the
morning without clouds, and as the grass springeth out of the earth by
 Neither is my house so great with God, that he should make with me
an eternal covenant, firm in all things and assured. For he is all my
salvation, and all my will: neither is there ought thereof that
springeth not up.
 But transgressors shall all of them be plucked up as thorns: which
are not taken away with hands.
 And if a man will touch them, he must be armed with iron and with
the staff of a lance: but they shall be set on fire and burnt to
 These are the names of the valiant men of David. Jesbaham sitting
in the chair was the wisest chief among the three, he was like the most
tender little worm of the wood, who killed eight hundred men at one
onset.  After him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of
the three valiant men that were with David when they defied the
Philistines, and they were there gathered together to battle.  And
when the men of Israel were gone away, he stood and smote the
Philistines till his hand was weary, and grew stiff with the sword: and
the Lord wrought a great victory that day: and the people that were
fled away, returned to take spoils of them that were slain.  And
after him was Semma the son of Age of Arari. And the Philistines were
gathered together in a troop: for there was a field full of lentils.
And when the people were fled from the face of the Philistines,  He
stood in the midst of the field, and defended it, and defeated the
Philistines: and the Lord gave a great victory.
 Moreover also before this the three who were princes among the
thirty, went down and came to David in the harvest time into the cave
of Odollam: and the camp of the Philistines was in the valley of the
giants.  And David was then in a hold. and there was a garrison of
the Philistines then in Bethlehem.  And David longed, and said:
O that some man would get me a drink of the water out of the cistern,
that is in Bethlehem, by the gate.
 And the three valiant men broke through the camp of the
Philistines, and drew water out of the cistern of Bethlehem, that was
by the gate, and brought it to David: but he would not drink, but
offered it to the Lord,  Saying:
The Lord be merciful to me, that I may not do this: shall I drink the
blood of these men that went, and the peril of their lives?
therefore he would not drink. These things did these three mighty men.
 Abisai also the brother of Joab, the son of Sarvia, was chief
among three: and he lifted up his spear against three hundred whom he
slew, and he was renowned among the three,  And the noblest of
three, and was their chief, but to the three first he attained not.
 And Banaias the son of Joiada a most valiant man, of great deeds,
of Cabseel: he slew the two lions of Moab, and he went down, and slew a
lion in the midst of a pit, in the time of snow.  He also slew an
Egyptian, a man worthy to be a sight, having a spear in his hand: but
he went down to him with a rod, and forced the spear out of the hand of
the Egyptian, and slew him with his own spear.  These things did
Banaias the son of Joiada.  And he was renowned among the three
valiant men, who were the most honourable among the thirty: but he
attained riot to the first three: and David made him of his privy
council.  Asael the brother of Joab was one of the thirty, Elehanan
the son of Dodo of Bethlehem.  Semma of Harodi, Elica of Harodi,
 Heles of Phalti, Hira the son of Acces of Thecua,  Abiezer of
Anathoth, Mobonnai of Husati,  Selmon the Ahohite, Maharai the
Netophathite,  Heled the son of Baana, also a Netophathite, Ithai
the son of Ribai of Gabaath of the children of Benjamin,  Banaia
the Pharathonite, Heddai of the torrent Gaas,  Abialbon the
Arbathite, Azmaveth of Beromi,  Eliaba of Salaboni. The sons of
Jassen, Jonathan,  Semma of Orori, Aliam the son of Sarar the
Arorite,  Eliphelet the son of Aasbai the son of Machati, Eliam the
son of Achitophel the Gelonite,  Hesrai of Carmel, Pharai of Arbi,
 Igaal the son of Nathan of Soba, Bonni of Gadi,  Selec of
Ammoni, Naharai the Berothite, armourbearer of Joab the son of Sarvia,
 Ira the Jethrite, Gareb also a Jethrite;  Urias the Hethite,
thirty and seven in all.
verses 1, 3-8, 18-25
have been omitted from the Mass
 And the anger of the Lord was again
kindled against Israel, and
stirred up David among them, saying:
Go, number Israel and Juda.
 And Joab said to the king:
The Lord thy God increase thy people, and make them as many more as
they are now, and again multiply them a hundredfold in the sight of my
lord the king: but what meaneth my lord the king by this kind of thing?
 But the king's words prevailed over the words of Joab, and of the
captains of the army: and Joab, and the captains of the soldiers went
out from the presence of the king, to number the people of Israel. 
And when they had passed the Jordan, they came to Aroer to the right
side of the city, which is in the vale of Gad.  And by Jazer they
passed into Galaad, and to the lower land of Hodsi, and they came into
the woodlands of Dan. And going about by Sidon,  They passed near
the walls of Tyre, and all the land of the Hevite, and the Chanaanite,
and they came to the south of Juda into Bersabee:  And having gone
through the whole land, after nine months and twenty days, they came to
 And Gad came to David that day, and said:
Go up, and build an altar to the Lord in the threshingfloor of Areuna
 And David went up according to the word of Gad which the Lord had
commanded him.  And Areuna looked, and saw the king and his
servants coming towards him:  An going out he worshipped the king,
bowing with his face to the earth, and said:
Wherefore is my lord the king come to his servant?
Arid David said to him:
To buy the threshingfloor of thee, and build an altar to the Lord, that
the plague, which rageth among the people, may cease.
 And Areuna said to David:
Let my lord the king take, and offer, as it seemeth good to him: thou
hast here oxen for a holocaust, and the wain, and the yokes of the oxen
for wood.  All these things Areuna as a king gave to the king:
and Areuna said to the king:
The Lord thy God receive thy vow.
 And the king answered him, and said:
Nay, but I will buy it of thee at a price, and I will not offer to the
Lord my God holocausts free cost.
So David bought the floor, and the oxen, for fifty sicles of silver:
 And David built there an altar to the Lord, and offered holocausts
and peace offerings: and the Lord became merciful to the land, and the
plague was stayed from Israel.