Ask your own servants; they can tell you! May my servants find favor in your sight, for we have come 1 at the time of a holiday. Please provide us – your servants 2 and your son David – with whatever you can spare.” 3
My lord should not pay attention to this wicked man Nabal. He simply lives up to his name! His name means ‘fool,’ and he is indeed foolish! 1 But I, your servant, did not see the servants my lord sent. 2
Neither man nor woman would David leave alive so as to bring them back to Gath. He was thinking, “This way they can’t tell on us, saying, ‘This is what David did.’” Such was his practice the entire time 1 that he lived in the country of the Philistines.
The leaders of the Philistines asked, “What about these Hebrews?” Achish said to the leaders of the Philistines, “Isn’t this David, the servant of King Saul of Israel, who has been with me for quite some time? 1 I have found no fault with him from the day of his defection until the present time!” 2
Abner said to David, “Let me leave so that I may go and gather all Israel to my lord the king so that they may make an agreement 1 with you. Then you will rule over all that you desire.” So David sent Abner away, and he left in peace.
David said on that day, “Whoever attacks the Jebusites must approach the ‘lame’ and the ‘blind’ who are David’s enemies 1 by going through the water tunnel.” 2 For this reason it is said, “The blind and the lame cannot enter the palace.” 3
Now be willing to bless your servant’s dynasty 1 so that it may stand permanently before you, for you, O sovereign Lord, have spoken. By your blessing may your servant’s dynasty be blessed on into the future!” 2
When the Ammonites realized that David was disgusted with them, 1 they 2 sent and hired 20,000 foot soldiers from Aram Beth Rehob and Aram Zobah, 3 in addition to 1,000 men from the king of Maacah and 12,000 men from Ish-tob. 4
David then sent out the army – a third under the leadership of Joab, a third under the leadership of Joab’s brother Abishai son of Zeruiah, and a third under the leadership of Ittai the Gittite. The king said to the troops, “I too will indeed march out with you.”
But the soldiers replied, 1 “You should not do this! 2 For if we should have to make a rapid retreat, they won’t be too concerned about us. 3 Even if half of us should die, they won’t be too concerned about us. But you 4 are like ten thousand of us! So it is better if you remain in the city for support.”
Then Absalom happened to come across David’s men. Now as Absalom was riding on his 1 mule, it 2 went under the branches of a large oak tree. His head got caught in the oak and he was suspended in midair, 3 while the mule he had been riding kept going.
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 the woman went to all the people with her wise advice and they cut off Sheba’s head and threw it out to Joab. Joab 1 blew the trumpet, and his men 2 dispersed from the city, each going to his own home. 3 Joab returned to the king in Jerusalem.
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 real mother 1 spoke up to the king, for her motherly instincts were aroused. 2 She said, “My master, give her the living child! Whatever you do, don’t kill him!” 3 But the other woman said, “Neither one of us will have him! Let them cut him in two!”
So now order some cedars of Lebanon to be cut for me. My servants will work with your servants. I will pay your servants whatever you say is appropriate, for you know that we have no one among us who knows how to cut down trees like the Sidonians.”
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
He put the cherubs in the inner sanctuary of the temple. 1 Their wings were spread out. One of the first cherub’s wings touched one wall and one of the other cherub’s wings touched the opposite wall. The first cherub’s other wing touched the second cherub’s other wing in the middle of the room. 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