2 Samuel 4-6 Young’s Literal Translation

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The Assassination of Ish-bosheth

4 1  And the son of Saul heareth that Abner 'is' dead in Hebron, and his hands are feeble, and all Israel have been troubled. 2  And two men, heads of troops, have been 'to' the son of Saul, the name of the one 'is' Baanah, and the name of the second Rechab, sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, of the sons of Benjamin, for also Beeroth is reckoned to Benjamin, 3  and the Beerothites flee to Gittaim, and are there sojourners unto this day. 4  And to Jonathan son of Saul 'is' a son—lame; he was a son of five years at the coming in of the rumour of 'the death of' Saul and Jonathan, out of Jezreel, and his nurse lifteth him up, and fleeth, and it cometh to pass in her hasting to flee, that he falleth, and becometh lame, and his name 'is' Mephibosheth. 5  And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, go, and come in at the heat of the day unto the house of Ish-Bosheth, and he is lying down—the lying down of noon; 6  and thither they have come, unto the midst of the house, taking wheat, and they smite him unto the fifth 'rib', and Rechab and Baanah his brother have escaped; 7  yea, they come in to the house, and he is lying on his bed, in the inner part of his bed-chamber, and they smite him, and put him to death, and turn aside his head, and they take his head, and go the way of the plain all the night, 8  and bring in the head of Ish-Bosheth unto David in Hebron, and say unto the king, 'Lo, the head of Ish-Bosheth, son of Saul, thine enemy, who sought thy life; and Jehovah doth give to my lord the king vengeance this day, of Saul and of his seed.'

9  And David answereth Rechab and Baanah his brother, sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and saith to them, 'Jehovah liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity, 10  when one is declaring to me, saying, Lo, Saul is dead, and he was as a bearer of tidings in his own eyes, then I take hold on him, and slay him in Ziklag, instead of my giving to him 'for' the tidings. 11  Also—when wicked men have slain the righteous man in his own house, on his bed; and now, do not I require his blood of your hand, and have taken you away from the earth?' 12  And David commandeth the young men, and they slay them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hang 'them' over the pool in Hebron, and the head of Ish-Bosheth they have taken, and bury 'it' in the burying-place of Abner in Hebron.

David Made King over Israel

5 1  And all the tribes of Israel come unto David, to Hebron, and speak, saying, 'Lo, we 'are' thy bone and thy flesh; 2  also heretofore, in Saul's being king over us, thou hast been he who is bringing out and bringing in Israel, and Jehovah saith to thee, Thou dost feed My people Israel, and thou art for leader over Israel.' 3  And all the elders of Israel come unto the king, to Hebron, and king David maketh with them a covenant in Hebron before Jehovah, and they anoint David for king over Israel. 4  A son of thirty years 'is' David in his being king; forty years he hath reigned; 5  in Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years, over all Israel and Judah.

David Captures Zion

6  And the king goeth, and his men, to Jerusalem, unto the Jebusite, the inhabitant of the land, and they speak to David, saying, 'Thou dost not come in hither, except thou turn aside the blind and the lame;' saying, 'David doth not come in hither.' 7  And David captureth the fortress of Zion, it 'is' the city of David. 8  And David saith on that day, 'Any one smiting the Jebusite, (let him go up by the watercourse), and the lame and the blind—the hated of David's soul,'—because the blind and lame say, 'He doth not come into the house.' 9  And David dwelleth in the fortress, and calleth it—City of David, and David buildeth round about, from Millo and inward, 10  and David goeth, going on and becoming great, and Jehovah, God of Hosts, 'is' with him.

Hiram's Recognition of David

11  And Hiram king of Tyre sendeth messengers unto David, and cedar-trees, and artificers of wood, and artificers of stone, for walls, and they build a house for David, 12  and David knoweth that Jehovah hath established him for king over Israel, and that He hath lifted up his kingdom, because of His people Israel.

David's Children Born at Jerusalem

13  And David taketh again concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after his coming from Hebron, and there are born again to David sons and daughters. 14  And these 'are' the names of those born to him in Jerusalem: Shammuah, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon, 15  and Ibhar, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia, 16  and Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphalet.

David Defeats the Philistines

17  And the Philistines hear that they have anointed David for king over Israel, and all the Philistines come up to seek David, and David heareth, and goeth down unto the fortress, 18  and the Philistines have come, and are spread out in the valley of Rephaim. 19  And David asketh of Jehovah, saying, 'Do I go up unto the Philistines? dost Thou give them into my hand?' And Jehovah saith unto David, 'Go up, for I certainly give the Philistines into thy hand.' 20  And David cometh in to Baal-Perazim, and David smiteth them there, and saith, 'Jehovah hath broken forth 'on' mine enemies before me, as the breaking forth of waters;' therefore he hath called the name of that place Baal-Perazim. 21  And they forsake there their idols, and David and his men lift them up. 22  And the Philistines add again to come up, and are spread out in the valley of Rephaim, 23  and David asketh of Jehovah, and He saith, 'Thou dost not go up, turn round unto their rear, and thou hast come to them over-against the mulberries, 24  and it cometh to pass, in thy hearing the sound of a stepping in the tops of the mulberries, then thou dost move sharply, for then hath Jehovah gone out before thee to smite in the camp of the Philistines.' 25  And David doth so, as Jehovah commanded him, and smiteth the Philistines from Geba unto thy coming to Gazer.

David Goes to Bring the Ark

6 1  And David gathered again every chosen one in Israel, thirty thousand, 2  and David riseth and goeth, and all the people who 'are' with him, from Baale-Judah, to bring up thence the ark of God, whose name hath been called—the name of Jehovah of Hosts, inhabiting the cherubs—upon it. 3  And they cause the ark of God to ride on a new cart, and lift it up from the house of Abinadab, which 'is' in the height, and Uzzah and Ahio sons of Abinadab are leading the new cart; 4  and they lift it up from the house of Abinadab, which 'is' in the height, with the ark of God, and Ahio is going before the ark, 5  and David and all the house of Israel are playing before Jehovah, with all kinds of 'instruments' of fir-wood, even with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cornets, and with cymbals.

6  And they come unto the threshing-floor of Nachon, and Uzzah putteth forth 'his hand' unto the ark of God, and layeth hold on it, for they released the oxen; 7  and the anger of Jehovah burneth against Uzzah, and God smiteth him there for the error, and he dieth there by the ark of God. 8  And it is displeasing to David, because that Jehovah hath broken forth a breach upon Uzzah, and 'one' calleth that place Perez-Uzzah, unto this day; 9  and David feareth Jehovah on that day, and saith, 'How doth the ark of Jehovah come in unto me?' 10  And David hath not been willing to turn aside unto himself the ark of Jehovah, to the city of David, and David turneth it aside to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite, 11  and the ark of Jehovah doth inhabit the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months, and Jehovah blesseth Obed-Edom and all his house.

The Ark Brought to Jerusalem

12  And it is declared to king David, saying, 'Jehovah hath blessed the house of Obed-Edom, and all that he hath, because of the ark of God;' and David goeth and bringeth up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the city of David with joy. 13  And it cometh to pass, when those bearing the ark of Jehovah have stepped six steps, that he sacrificeth an ox and a fatling. 14  And David is dancing with all strength before Jehovah, and David is girded with a linen ephod, 15  and David and all the house of Israel are bringing up the ark of Jehovah with shouting, and with the voice of a trumpet, 16  and it hath come to pass, the ark of Jehovah hath come in to the city of David, and Michal daughter of Saul, hath looked through the window, and seeth king David moving and dancing before Jehovah, and despiseth him in her heart. 17  And they bring in the ark of Jehovah, and set it up in its place, in the midst of the tent which David hath spread out for it, and David causeth to ascend burnt-offerings before Jehovah, and peace-offerings. 18  And David finisheth from causing to ascend the burnt-offering, and the peace-offerings, and blesseth the people in the name of Jehovah of Hosts, 19  and he apportioneth to all the people, to all the multitude of Israel, from man even unto woman, to each, one cake of bread, and one eshpar, and one ashisha, and all the people go, each to his house.

20  And David turneth back to bless his house, and Michal daughter of Saul goeth out to meet David, and saith, 'How honourable to-day was the king of Israel, who was uncovered to-day before the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain ones is openly uncovered!' 21  And David saith unto Michal, '—Before Jehovah, who fixed on me above thy father, and above all his house, to appoint me leader over the people of Jehovah, and over Israel,—yea, I played before Jehovah; 22  and I have been more vile than this, and have been low in mine eyes, and with the handmaids whom thou hast spoken of, with them I am honoured.' 23  As to Michal daughter of Saul, she had no child till the day of her death.

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