Second Book of Kings (Author Compiled by Isaias from records of Samuel, David, Nathan, and Gad.)

22:1¤ 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,

22:2And he said: The Lord is my rock, and my strength, and my saviour.

22:3God 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.

22:4I will call on the Lord who is worthy to be praised: and I shall be saved from my enemies.

22:5For the pangs of death have surrounded me: the floods of Belial have made me afraid.

22:6The cords of hell compassed me: the snares of death prevented me.

22:7In 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 his ears.

22:8The earth shook and trembled, the foundations of the mountains were moved, and shaken, because he was angry with them.

22:9A smoke went up from his nostrils, and a devouring fire out of his mouth: coals were kindled by it.

22:10He bowed the heavens, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

22:11And he rode upon the cherubims, and flew: and slid upon the wings of the wind.

22:12He made darkness a covering round about him: dropping waters out of the clouds of the heavens.

22:13By the brightness before him, the coals of fire were kindled.

22:14The Lord shall thunder from heaven: and the most high shall give forth his voice.

22:15He shot arrows and scattered them: lightning, and consumed them.

22:16And 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.

22:17He sent from on high, and took me, and drew me out of many waters.

22:18He delivered me from my most mighty enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.

22:19He prevented me in the day of my affliction, and the Lord became my stay.

22:20And he brought me forth into a large place, he delivered me, because I pleased him.

22:21The Lord will reward me according to my justice: and according to the cleanness of my hands he will render to me.

22:22Because I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

22:23For all his judgments are in my sight: and his precepts I have not removed from me.

22:24And I shall be perfect with him: and shall keep myself from my iniquity.

22:25And the Lord will recompense me according to my justice: and according to the cleanness of my hands in the sight of his eyes.

22:26With the holy one thou wilt be holy: and with the valiant perfect.

22:27With the elect thou wilt be elect: and with the perverse thou wilt be perverted.

22:28And the poor people thou wilt save: and with thy eyes thou shalt humble the haughty.

22:29For thou art my lamp O Lord: and thou, O Lord, wilt enlighten my darkness.

22:30For in thee I will run girded: in my God I will leap over the wall.

22:31God, his way is immaculate, the word of the Lord is tried by fire: he is the shield of all that trust in him.

22:32Who is God but the Lord: and who is strong but our God?

22:33God who hath girded me with strength, and made my way perfect.

22:34Making my feet like the feet of harts, and setting me upon my high places.

22:35He teacheth my hands to war: and maketh my arms like a bow of brass.

22:36Thou hast given me the shield of my salvation: and thy mildness hath multiplied me.

22:37Thou shalt enlarge my steps under me: and my ankles shall not fail.

22:38I will pursue after my enemies, and crush them: and will not return again till I consume them.

22:39I will consume them and break them in pieces, so that they shall not rise: they shall fall under my feet.

22:40Thou hast girded me with strength to battle: thou hast made them that resisted me to bow under me.

22:41My enemies thou hast made to turn their back to me: them that hated me, and I shall destroy them.

22:42They shall cry, and there shall be none to save: to the Lord, and he shall not hear them.

22:43I 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.

22:44Thou 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,

22:45The sons of the stranger will resist me, at the hearing of the ear they will obey me.

22:46The strangers are melted away, and shall be straitened in their distresses.

22:47The Lord liveth, and my God is blessed: and the strong God of my salvation shall be exalted:

22:48God who giveth me revenge, and bringest down people under me,

22:49Who bringest me forth from my enemies, and liftest me up from them that resist me: from the wicked man thou shalt deliver me.

22:50Therefore will I give thanks to thee, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and will sing to thy name.

22:51Giving great salvation to his king, and shewing mercy to David his anointed, and to his seed for ever.

23:1¤ 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:

23:2The spirit of the Lord hath spoken by me and his word by my tongue.

23:3The God of Israel said to me, the strong one of Israel spoke, the ruler of men, the just ruler in the fear of God.

23:4As 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 rain.

23:5Neither 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.

23:6But transgressors shall all of them be plucked up as thorns: which are not taken away with hands.

23:7And 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 nothing.

23:8These 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.

23:9After 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.

23:10And 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.

23:11And 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,

23:12He stood in the midst of the field, and defended it, and defeated the Philistines: and the Lord gave a great victory.

23:13Moreover 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.

23:14And David was then in a hold: and there was a garrison of the Philistines then in Bethlehem.

23:15And 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.

23:16And 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,

23:17Saying: 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.

23:18Abisai 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,

23:19And the noblest of three, and was their chief, but to the three first he attained not.

23:20And 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.

23:21He 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.

23:22These things did Banaias the son of Joiada.

23:23And he was renowned among the three valiant men, who were the most honourable among the thirty: but he attained not to the first three: and David made him of his privy council.

23:24Asael the brother of Joab was one of the thirty, Elehanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem.

23:25Semma of Harodi, Elica of Harodi,

23:26Heles of Phalti, Hira the son of Acces of Thecua,

23:27Abiezer of Anathoth, Mobonnai of Husati,

23:28Selmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,

23:29Heled the son of Baana, also a Netophathite, Ithai the son of Ribai of Gabaath of the children of Benjamin,

23:30Banaia the Pharathonite, Heddai of the torrent Gaas,

23:31Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth of Beromi,

23:32Eliaba of Salaboni. The sons of Jassen, Jonathan,

23:33Semma of Orori, Aliam the son of Sarar the Arorite,

23:34Eliphelet the son of Aasbai the son of Machati, Eliam the son of Achitophel the Gelonite,

23:35Hesrai of Carmel, Pharai of Arbi,

23:36Igaal the son of Nathan of Soba, Bonni of Gadi,

23:37Selec of Ammoni, Naharai the Berothite, armourbearer of Joab the son of Sarvia,

23:38Ira the Jethrite, Gareb also a Jethrite;

23:39Urias the Hethite, thirty and seven in all.

24:1¤ And the anger of the Lord was again kindled against Israel, and stirred up David among them, saying: Go, number Israel and Juda.

24:2And the king said to Joab the general of his army: Go through all the tribes of Israel from Dan to Bersabee, and number ye the people that I may know the number of them.

24:3And 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?

24:4But 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.

24:5And when they had passed the Jordan, they came to Aroer to the right side of the city, which is in the vale of Gad.

24:6And 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,

24:7They 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:

24:8And having gone through the whole land, after nine months and twenty days, they came to Jerusalem.

24:9And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the people to the king, and there were found of Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew the sword: and of Juda five hundred thousand fighting men.

24:10But David's heart struck him, after the people were numbered: and David said to the Lord: I have sinned very much in what I have done: but I pray thee, O Lord, to take away the iniquity of thy servant, because I have done exceeding foolishly.

24:11And David arose in the morning, and the word of the Lord came to Gad the prophet and the seer of David, saying:

24:12Go, and say to David: Thus saith the Lord: I give thee thy choice of three things, choose one of them which thou wilt, that I may do it to thee.

24:13And when Gad was come to David, he told him, saying: Either seven years of famine shall come to thee in thy land: or thou shalt flee three months before thy adversaries, and they shall pursue thee: or for three days there shall be a pestilence in thy land. Now therefore deliberate, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me.

24:14And David said to Gad: I am in a great strait: but it is better that I should fall into the hands of the Lord (for his mercies are many) than into the hands of men.

24:15And the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel, from the morning unto the time appointed, and there died of the people from Dan to Bersabee seventy thousand men.

24:16And when the angel of the Lord had stretched out his hand over Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord had pity on the affliction, and said to the angel that slew the people: It is enough: now hold thy hand. And the angel of the Lord was by the thrashingfloor of Areuna the Jebusite.

24:17And David said to the Lord, when he saw the angel striking the people: It is I; I am he that have sinned, I have done wickedly: these that are the sheep, what have they done? let thy hand, I beseech thee, be turned against me, and against my father's house.

24:18And Gad came to David that day, and said: Go up, and build an altar to the Lord in the thrashingfloor of Areuna the Jebusite.

24:19And David went up according to the word of Gad which the Lord had commanded him.

24:20And Areuna looked, and saw the king and his servants coming towards him:

24:21And 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? And David said to him: To buy the thrashingfloor of thee, and build an altar to the Lord, that the plague, which rageth among the people, may cease.

24:22And 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.

24:23All these things Areuna as a king gave to the king: and Areuna said to the king: The Lord thy God receive thy vow.

24:24And 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:

24:25And 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.

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