2 Samuel 4-7 Bible in Basic English

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The Assassination of Ish-bosheth

4 1  And when Saul's son Ish-bosheth had news that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands became feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled. 2  And Saul's son had two men, captains of bands, one named Baanah and the other Rechab, sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, of the tribe of Benjamin; (for Beeroth was at one time taken to be part of Benjamin: 3  But the people of Beeroth had gone in flight to Gittaim, where they have been living to this day.) 4  Now Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son whose feet were damaged. He was five years old when news of the death of Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel, and the woman who took care of him took him up and went in flight: and while she was getting him away as quickly as she was able, he had a fall and his feet were damaged. His name was Mephibosheth. 5  And Rechab and Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, went out and came to the house of Ish-bosheth in the heat of the day, when he was resting in the middle of the day. Now the woman who kept the door was cleaning grain, and sleep overcame her. 6  And Rechab and his brother Baanah got in without being seen. 7  And when they came into the house, Ish-bosheth was stretched on his bed in his bedroom; and they made an attack on him and put him to death, and, cutting off his head, they took it with them and went by the road through the Arabah all night. 8  And they took the head of Ish-bosheth to David in Hebron, and said to the king, Here is the head of Ish-bosheth, the son of Saul your hater, who would have taken your life; the Lord has taken payment for the wrongs of my lord the king from Saul and his seed today.

9  And David made answer to Rechab and his brother Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said to them, By the living Lord, who has kept me safe from all my trouble, 10  When one came to me with the news of Saul's death, in the belief that it would be good news, I took him and put him to death in Ziklag, which was the reward I gave him for his news: 11  How much more, when evil men have put an upright person to death, in his house, sleeping on his bed, will I take payment from you for his blood, and have you cut off from the earth? 12  And David gave orders to his young men and they put them to death, cutting off their hands and their feet and hanging them up by the side of the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-bosheth and put it in its last resting-place with Abner's body in Hebron.

David Made King over Israel

5 1  Then all the tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron and said, Truly, we are your bone and your flesh. 2  In the past when Saul was king over us, it was you who went at the head of Israel when they went out or came in: and the Lord said to you, You are to be the keeper of my people Israel and their ruler. 3  So all the responsible men of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and King David made an agreement with them in Hebron before the Lord: and they put the holy oil on David and made him king over Israel. 4  David was thirty years old when he became king, and he was king for forty years, 5  Ruling over Judah in Hebron for seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem, over all Israel and Judah, for thirty-three years.

David Captures Zion

6  And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the people of the land: and they said to David, You will not come in here, but the blind and the feeble-footed will keep you out; for they said, David will not be able to come in here. 7  But David took the strong place of Zion, which is the town of David. 8  And that day David said, Whoever makes an attack on the Jebusites, let him go up by the water-pipe, and put to death all the blind and feeble-footed who are hated by David. And this is why they say, The blind and feeble-footed may not come into the house. 9  So David took the strong tower for his living-place, naming it the town of David. And David took in hand the building of the town all round, starting from the Millo. 10  And David became greater and greater; for the Lord, the God of armies, was with him.

Hiram's Recognition of David

11  And Hiram, king of Tyre, sent men to David, with cedar-trees and woodworkers and stoneworkers: and they made David a house. 12  And David saw that the Lord had made his position safe as king over Israel, and that he had made his kingdom great because of his people Israel.

David's Children Born at Jerusalem

13  And David took more women and wives in Jerusalem, after he had come from Hebron: and he had more sons and daughters. 14  These are the names of those whose birth took place in Jerusalem: Shammua and Shobab and Nathan and Solomon 15  And Ibhar and Elishua and Nepheg and Japhia 16  And Elishama and Eliada and Eliphelet.

David Defeats the Philistines

17  And when the Philistines had news that David had been made king over Israel, they all went up in search of David; and David, hearing of it, went down to the strong place. 18  And when the Philistines came, they went in every direction in the valley of Rephaim. 19  And David, desiring directions from the Lord, said, Am I to go up against the Philistines? will you give them up into my hands? And the Lord said, Go up, for I will certainly give up the Philistines into your hands. 20  And David went to Baal-perazim, and overcame them there; and he said, The Lord has let the forces fighting against me be broken before me as a wall is broken by rushing waters. So that place was named Baal-perazim. 21  And the Philistines, when they went in flight, did not take their images with them, and David and his men took them away. 22  And the Philistines came up again, and went in every direction in the valley of Rephaim. 23  And when David went for directions to the Lord, he said, You are not to go up against them in front; but make a circle round them from the back and come on them opposite the spice-trees. 24  Then at the sound of footsteps in the tops of the trees, go forward quickly, for the Lord has gone out before you to overcome the army of the Philistines. 25  And David did as the Lord had said; and he overcame the Philistines, attacking them from Gibeon to near Gezer.

David Goes to Bring the Ark

6 1  And David got together all the fighting-men of Israel to the number of thirty thousand; 2  And David, and all the people who were with him, went to Baal of Judah to get the ark of God, over which the holy name is named, the name of the Lord of armies, whose place is between the winged ones. 3  And they put the ark of God on a new cart and took it out of the house of Abinadab which was on the hill: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were the drivers of the cart. 4  And Uzzah went by the side of the ark, while Ahio went before it. 5  And David and all the men of Israel made melody before the Lord with all their power, with songs and with corded instruments and instruments of brass.

6  And when they came to Nacon's grain-floor, Uzzah put his hand on the ark of God to keep it safe in its place, for the oxen were out of control. 7  And the wrath of the Lord, burning against Uzzah, sent destruction on him because he had put his hand on the ark, and death came to him there by the ark of God. 8  And David was angry because of the Lord's outburst of wrath against Uzzah: and he gave that place the name Perez-uzzah, which is its name to this day. 9  And such was David's fear of the Lord that day, that he said, How may I let the ark of God come to me? 10  So David did not let the ark of the Lord come back to him to the town of David: but had it turned away and put into the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 11  And the ark of the Lord was in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite for three months: and the Lord sent a blessing on Obed-edom and all his family.

The Ark Brought to Jerusalem

12  And they said to King David, The blessing of the Lord is on the family of Obed-edom and on all he has, because of the ark of God. And David went and took the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the town of David with joy. 13  And when those who were lifting the ark of the Lord had gone six steps, he made an offering of an ox and a fat young beast. 14  And David, clothed in a linen ephod, was dancing before the Lord with all his strength. 15  So David and all the men of Israel took up the ark of the Lord with cries of joy and sounding of horns. 16  And when the ark of the Lord came into the town of David, Michal, Saul's daughter, looking out of the window, saw King David dancing and jumping before the Lord; and to her mind he seemed foolish. 17  And they took in the ark of the Lord, and put it in its place inside the tent which David had put up for it: and David made burned offerings and peace-offerings to the Lord. 18  And after David had made the burned offerings and the peace-offerings, he gave the people a blessing in the name of the Lord of armies. 19  And he gave to every man and woman among all the people, among all the masses of Israel, a cake of bread and a measure of wine and a cake of dry grapes. Then all the people went away, every man to his house.

20  Then David came back to give a blessing to his family. And Michal, Saul's daughter, came out to him and said, How full of glory was the king of Israel today, who let himself be seen uncovered by his servant-girls like a foolish person uncovering himself without shame! 21  And David said to Michal, I was dancing before the Lord, who put me over your father and all his sons, to make me a ruler over the people of the Lord, over his people Israel: and I will go on playing before the Lord; 22  And I will do even worse than this, and make myself even lower in your eyes: but the servant-girls of whom you were talking will give me honour. 23  And Michal, Saul's daughter, had no child till the day of her death.

God's Covenant with David

7 1  Now when the king was living in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from war on every side; 2  The king said to Nathan the prophet, See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God is housed inside the curtains of a tent. 3  And Nathan said to the king, Go and do whatever is in your heart; for the Lord is with you.

4  Now that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying, 5  Go and say to my servant David, The Lord says, Are you to be the builder of a house, a living-place for me? 6  For from the day when I took the children of Israel up out of Egypt till this day, I have had no house, but have gone from place to place in a tent. 7  In all the places where I went with all the children of Israel, did I ever say to any of the judges of Israel, to whom I gave the care of my people Israel, Why have you not made me a house of cedar? 8  Then say these words to my servant David, The Lord of armies says, I took you from the fields, from keeping the sheep, so that you might be a ruler over my people, over my people Israel: 9  And I have been with you wherever you went, cutting off before you all those who were against you; and I will make your name great, like the name of the greatest ones of the earth. 10  And I will make a resting-place for my people Israel, planting them there, so that they may be living in the place which is theirs, and never again be moved; and never again will they be troubled by evil men as they were at the first, 11  From the time when I put judges over my people Israel; and I will give you peace from all who are against you. And the Lord says to you that he will make you the head of a line of kings. 12  And when the time comes for you to go to rest with your fathers, I will put in your place your seed after you, the offspring of your body, and I will make his kingdom strong. 13  He will be the builder of a house for my name, and I will make the seat of his authority certain for ever. 14  I will be to him a father and he will be to me a son: if he does wrong, I will give him punishment with the rod of men and with the blows of the children of men; 15  But my mercy will not be taken away from him, as I took it from him who was before you. 16  And your family and your kingdom will keep their place before me for ever: the seat of your authority will never be overturned. 17  So Nathan gave David an account of all these words and this vision.

18  Then David the king went in and took his seat before the Lord, and said, Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you have been my guide till now? 19  And this was only a small thing to you, O Lord God; but your words have even been about the far-off future of your servant's family, O Lord God! 20  What more may David say to you? for you have knowledge of your servant, O Lord God. 21  Because of your word and from your heart, you have done all this great work, and let your servant see it. 22  Truly you are great, O Lord God: there is no one like you and no other God but you, as is clear from everything which has come to our ears. 23  And what other nation in the earth, like your people Israel, did a god go out to take for himself, to be his people, and to make a name for himself, and to do great and strange things for them, driving out a nation and its gods from before his people? 24  But you took and made strong for yourself your people Israel, to be your people for ever; and you, Lord, became their God. 25  And now, O Lord God, may the word which you have said about your servant and about his family, be made certain for ever, and may you do as you have said! 26  And let your name be made great for ever, and let men say, The Lord of armies is God over Israel: and let the family of David your servant be made strong before you! 27  For you, O Lord of armies, the God of Israel, have clearly said to your servant, I will make you the head of a family of kings: and so it has come into your servant's heart to make this prayer to you. 28  And now, O Lord God, you are God and your words are true and you have said you will give your servant this good thing; 29  So may it be your pleasure to give your blessing to the family of your servant, so that it may go on for ever before you: (for you, O Lord God, have said it,) and may your blessing be on your servant's family line for ever!

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