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David, Upon whom have you fallen? David said to Angchus,

Towards the south of Judea, and towards the south of Jesme. 11 ga, and towards the south of Kenezi. But I saved neither man

nor woman to bring them to Geth, saying, They must not carry tidings against us to Geth, and say, Such and such things

doth David. And this was his custom all the time that David 12 dwelt in the country of the Philistines. And David was in

high confidence with Angchus, who said, He is surely in great disgrace with his people in Israel, therefore he must be my

servant forever. XXVIII. Now in those days when the Philistines were as

sembling in their camps to go out to war with Israel, Angchus

said to David, Know assuredly that thou shalt go out with me 2 to battle, both thou and thy men. Whereupon David said to

Angchus, Thus thou shalt now know what thy servant can do.

And Angchus said to David, Thus will I make thee captain of 3 my body guard during thy life. Now Samuel was dead and all Israel had bewailed him, and buried him at Armathaim in his city.

And Saul had driven from the land the belly speakers, and the 4 diviners; and the Philistines assembled, and came and encamp

ed at Sonam; whereupon Saul assembled all Israel, and they 5 encamped at Gelbua. And when Saul saw the camp of the

Philistines he was afraid, and his heart was exceedingly dis6 mayed. And Saul inquired of the Lord; but the Lord did not

answer him; neither by dreams, nor by manifestations, nor by 7 prophets. Then Saul said to his servants, Seek out for me a

woman who is a belly speaker, and I will go to her and .con8 sult her. And his servants said to him, Behold there is a wo. man, a belly speaker, at Endor. Thereupon Saul disguised himself, and put on other clothes, and went, he and two men with him. And they came to the woman by night, and said to

her, Consult for me, I pray thee, the belly speaker, and bring 9 up for me him whom I shall mention to thee. And the woman

said to him, Behold thou knowest what Saul hath done; how he hath rooted out all the belly speakers, and the diviners, out

of the land; why then dost thou lay a trap for my life, to put 10 me to death? And Saul swore to her saying, As the Lord liv. 11 eth, there shall no mischief befal thee on this account. Then . the woman said, Whom shall I bring up for thee? And when he 12 had said, Bring up Samuel for me, the woman saw Samuel, and

cried with a loud voice. And the woman said to Saul, Why 13 hast thou deceived me? Thou indeed art Saul. And the king

said to her, Fear not. Tell me, Whom hast thou seen? And

the woman said to him, I saw gods coming up out of the earth. 14 And he said to her, What didst thou discover? And she said

to him, An erect man coming up out of the earth, and he had a mantle thrown around him. So Saul knew that this was Sa

muel, and he bowed down on his face to the ground, and made 15 obeisance to him. And Samuel said, Why hast thou troublech

me, that I should come up? And Saul said, I am in great affliction. The Philistines are making war on me, and God hath

departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by the 16 agency of prophets, nor by dreams. Now therefore I have called

thee, to let me know what I shall do. And Samuel said, Why

dost thou ask me, seeing the Lord is departed from thee, and 17 is with thy neighbour? The Lord indeed hath done to thee as

the Lord spoke by my agency. And the Lord will rend the

kingdom out of thy hand, and give it to thy neighbour, even 18 to David. Because thou didst not hearken to the voice of the

Lord, and didst not execute the fierceness of his wrath on

Amelek, therefore the Lord hath done this thing to thee this 19 day. And the Lord will deliver Israel with thee into the hands

of the Philistines, and to-morrow thou, and thy sons with thee,

shall fall, and the Lord will deliver the army of Israel into the 20 hand of the Philistines. At this Saul shuddered, and fell at his

full length on the ground, and was struck with horror at the words of Samuel, and there was no more any strength in him,

for he had not eaten bread that whole day, and that whole 21 night. Then the woman came to Saul, and when she saw that

he was in great trepidation, she said to him, Behold I pray thee, thy servant hath hearkened to thy voice. I put my life

in my hand, and heard the words which thou didst speak to 22 me; now therefore, hearken, I pray thee, to the voice of thy

servant, and let me set before thee a morsel of bread, and eat 23 that thou mayst have strength; for thou art to travel. And

when he declined eating, his servants and the woman pressed

him; so he hearkened to their voice, and arose from the ground, 24 and sat on a seat. Now the woman had a fatted calf in the house, so she hasted, and slew it, and she took flour, and mix.

ed it, and baked unleavened cakes, and set them before Saul 25 and his servants. And when they had eaten, they arose and

departed that night. XXIX. The Philistines had now assembled all their armies at

Aphek, and Israel were encamped at Endor which is in Jezrael. 2 Now when the lords of the Philistines were on their march, at

the head of their hundreds and thousands, and David and his ! 3 men were marching in the rear with Angchus, the lords of the

Philistines said, Who are these marching here? And Angchus said to the generals of the Philistines, Who, but David the ser. vant of Saul? He hath been long with us. This is the second

year, and I have found no fault in him from the day he came to 4 me to this day. But the generals of the Philistines were offended at him, and said to him, Send this man away and let him re. turn to his place where thou hast fixed him, and let him not go with us to battle, nor be let into the councils of the army.

How can he reconcile himself to his master? Will it not be 5 with the heads of these men? Is not this the David of whom

they sung the responsive song in choirs, saying, Saul hath slain 6 his thousands, and David his ten thousands? Then Angchus call

ed David, and said to him, As the Lord liveth, Thou art good, and upright in my eyes, and so is thy going out and thy coming in with me in the army. Indeed I have not found any thing

amiss in thee from the day of thy coming to me even to this 7 day. But thou art not in favour with the lords. Now therefore

return, and go in peace, that thou mayst not give offence to 8 the lords of the Philistines. And David said to Angchus,

What have I done to thee, and what hast thou found in thy ser- .

vant from the day I came to thee to this day, that I may not go 9 and fight the enemies of my lord the king? And Angchus re

plied to David, I know that thou art good in my sight, but the

lords of the Philistines say, He shall not go with us to battle; 10 now therefore rise early to-morrow morning, thou and the ser

vants of thy lord who have come with thee, and go to the place where I have fixed thee, and harbour not an evil thought in thy

heart; for thou art good in my sight. Be up betimes for the 11 march, and soon as you have light depart. So David arose

early, he and his men, to go and guard the land of the Philistines, while the Philistines went up to battle at Jezrael.

XXX. But when David and his men arrived at Sekelak, on

the third day, Amelek had invaded the South, and Sekelak, and

had smitten Sekelak. Though they had burned it with fire, 2 yet with regard to the women, and all who were in it, they

had not slain a man, or a woman, small or great, but had taken 3 them captive, and marched off. So when David and his men

came to the city, and saw that it was burned with fire, and

that their wives, and their sons, and their daughters were ta4 ken captive, David and his men raised their voices, and wept 5 till they had no more power to weep. Now both David's wives

were taken captive; both Achinaam the Jezraelitess, and Abi6 gaia, the wife of Nabal, the Carmelite. And David was in great

distress, for the people talked of stoning him; for the soul of all the people was exasperated, every one for his sons, and his

daughters. David, however, was strengthened by the Lord 7 his God. And David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of 8 Abimelech, Bring hither the ephod. And David inquired of

the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue this horde? Shall I over

take them? And he said to him, Pursue, for thou shalt over9 take them and without fail rescue. Then David set out, he

and the six hundred men who were with him; and when they 10 came to the brook Bosor, the reserve halted. He pursued

with four hundred men, and two hundred, who halted on the 11 bank of the brook Bosor, guarded the baggage. And they

found an Egyptian in the field, and took him, and brought

him to David, and they gave him bread, and he ate, and they 12 gave him water to drink. Then they gave him a piece of fig

cake, and when he had eaten, and his spirit was come to him;

for he had not tasted bread, nor drank water for three days and 13 three nights, David said to him, To whom dost thou belong,

and whence art thou? And the Egyptian lad said, I am a ser. 14 vant of a man, an Amelekite. My master left me because I

fell sick three days ago. We made an invasion on the south of

the Chelethites, and on those parts of Judea, and on the south 15 of Chelub, and we burned Sekelak with fire. Then David said

to him, Wilt thou conduct meto this horde? And he said, Swear to me now by God, that thou wilt not put me to death nor deli

ver me into the hands of my master, and I will conduct thee to 16 the horde. So he conducted him thither, and behold they were VOL. I.

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spread abroad on the face of the whole land, eating and drinking, and celebrating a festival, for all the great spoil which they had

taken from the country of the Philistines, and from the land 17 of Judea. And David came upon them, and smote them, from

break of day till late in the evening, and part of the next day,

so that not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young 18 men, who mounted camels and fed. And David recovered 19 all that the Amelekites had taken. He recovered also his two

wives. There was none missing among them, small or great,

nor any of the spoils, nor sons nor daughters, nor any thing 20 of what they had taken. David recovered all. He took also

all their flocks, and herds, and drove them before the spoils. 21 And of this prey it was said, These are David's prey. And

when David came to the two hundred that were left to follow David, and whom he had caused to halt by the brook Bosor,

they came out to meet David, and to meet the people who 22 were with him. But when David introduced them to the peo.

ple, and they had saluted them; all the turbulent and bad men among the warriors, who went with David, answered and said, Because they did not accompany us in the pursuit we will not give them any of the spoils which we have taken, save that

every one may take his wife and children. Let them take these 23 and depart. But David said, You must not do so, since the

Lord hath given them to us and preserved us. The Lord in

deed hath delivered into our hands this wandering horde, 24 which came against us, who then will hearken to your words?

For these are not less entitled to them than we are. For as is

the share of him who goeth down to the battle, so shall be the 25 share of him who guardeth the baggage. They shall all share

alike. So from that day forward this was the rule, and it became

a statute, and an established custom in Israel even to this day. 26 And when David came to Sekelak, he sent some of the spoils 27 to the elders of Juda, and to his friends, saying, Here are some

of the spoils of the enemies of the Lord for those at Baithsur,

and for those at South Rama, and for those at Gethor, and for 28 those at Aroer, and for those at Ammadi, and for those at

Saphi, and for those at Esthie, and for those at Geth, and for 29 those at Kimath, and for those at Saphek, and for those at

Themath, and for those at Carmel, and for those in the cities

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