So David took the spear and the jug of water by Saul’s head, and they got out of there. No one saw them or was aware of their presence or woke up. All of them were asleep, for the Lord had caused a deep sleep to fall on them.
But all the evil and worthless men among those who had gone with David said, “Since they didn’t go with us, 1 we won’t give them any of the loot we retrieved! They may take only their wives and children. Let them lead them away and be gone!”
They brought the head of Ish-bosheth to David in Hebron, saying to the king, “Look! The head of Ish-bosheth son of Saul, your enemy who sought your life! The Lord has granted vengeance to my lord the king this day against 1 Saul and his descendants!”
When he would shave his head – at the end of every year he used to shave his head, for it grew too long 1 and he would shave it – he used to weigh the hair of his head at three pounds 2 according to the king’s weight.
Then David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “My own son, my very own flesh and blood, 1 is trying to take my life. So also now this Benjaminite! Leave him alone so that he can curse, for the Lord has spoken to him.
Hushai went on to say, “You know your father and his men – they are soldiers and are as dangerous as a bear out in the wild that has been robbed of her cubs. 1 Your father is an experienced soldier; he will not stay overnight with the army.
(19:1) 1 The king then became very upset. He went up to the upper room over the gate and wept. As he went he said, “My son, Absalom! My son, my son, 2 Absalom! If only I could have died in your place! Absalom, my son, my son!” 3
So Joab visited 1 the king at his home. He said, “Today you have embarrassed all your servants who have saved your life this day, as well as the lives of your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your concubines.
After all, there was no one in the entire house of my grandfather 1 who did not deserve death from my lord the king. But instead you allowed me to eat at your own table! 2 What further claim do I have to ask 3 the king for anything?”
Then David went to his palace 1 in Jerusalem. The king took the ten concubines he had left to care for the palace and placed them under confinement. 2 Though he provided for their needs, he did not have sexual relations with them. 3 They remained in confinement until the day they died, living out the rest of their lives as widows.
That’s not the way things are. There is a man from the hill country of Ephraim named Sheba son of Bicri. He has rebelled 1 against King David. Give me just this one man, and I will leave the city.” The woman said to Joab, “This very minute 2 his head will be thrown over the wall to you!”
But the king said to Araunah, “No, I insist on buying it from you! I will not offer to the Lord my God burnt sacrifices that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty pieces of silver. 1
and the Lord will fulfill his promise to me, 1 ‘If your descendants watch their step 2 and live faithfully in my presence 3 with all their heart and being, 4 then,’ he promised, 5 ‘you will not fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’ 6
The bottom floor of the extension was seven and a half feet 1 wide, the middle floor nine feet 2 wide, and the third floor ten and a half 3 feet wide. He made ledges 4 on the temple’s outer walls so the beams would not have to be inserted into the walls. 5
At that time Solomon and all Israel with him celebrated a festival before the Lord our God for two entire weeks. This great assembly included people from all over the land, from Lebo Hamath in the north to the Brook of Egypt 1 in the south. 2
‘The Lord says this: “Do not attack and make war with your brothers, the Israelites. Each of you go home, for I have caused this to happen.”’” 1 They obeyed the Lord and went home as the Lord had ordered them to do. 2
The king pled with 1 the prophet, 2 “Seek the favor of 3 the Lord your God and pray for me, so that my hand may be restored.” So the prophet sought the Lord’s favor 4 and the king’s hand was restored to its former condition. 5
As certainly as the Lord your God lives, my master has sent to every nation and kingdom in an effort to find you. When they say, ‘He’s not here,’ he makes them 1 swear an oath that they could not find you.
But when I leave you, the Lord’s spirit will carry you away so I can’t find you. 1 If I go tell Ahab I’ve seen you, he won’t be able to find you and he will kill me. 2 That would not be fair, 3 because your servant has been a loyal follower of 4 the Lord from my youth.
Let them bring us two bulls. Let them choose one of the bulls for themselves, cut it up into pieces, and place it on the wood. But they must not set it on fire. I will do the same to the other bull and place it on the wood. But I will not set it on fire.