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2 Samuel 1-2 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had stayed two days in Ziklag—

it came even to pass on the third day that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent and earth upon his head; and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth and did obeisance.

And David said unto him, “From whence comest thou?” And he said unto him, “Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped.”

And David said unto him, “How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me.” And he answered, “The people have fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.”

And David said unto the young man who told him, “How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son are dead?”

And the young man who told him said, “As I happened by chance upon Mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him.

And when he looked behind him, he saw me and called unto me. And I answered, ‘Here am I.’

And he said unto me, ‘Who art thou?’ And I answered him, ‘I am an Amalekite.’

And he said unto me again, ‘Stand, I pray thee, upon me and slay me; for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me.’

10 So I stood upon him and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after he was fallen. And I took the crown that was upon his head and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord.”

11 Then David took hold on his clothes and rent them, and likewise all the men who were with him.

12 And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the Lord and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.

13 And David said unto the young man who told him, “From whence art thou?” And he answered, “I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite.”

14 And David said unto him, “How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the Lord’S anointed?”

15 And David called one of the young men and said, “Go near, and fall upon him.” And he smote him so that he died.

16 And David said unto him, “Thy blood be upon thy head, for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, ‘I have slain the Lord’S anointed.’”

17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son

18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow; behold, it is written in the Book of Jasher):

19 “The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places! How are the mighty fallen!

20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.

21 “Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain upon you, nor fields of offerings. For there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil.

22 “From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty.

23 “Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.

24 “Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.

25 “How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou was slain in thine high places.

26 I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant hast thou been unto me. Thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.

27 “How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!”

And it came to pass after this that David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?” And the Lord said unto him, “Go up.” And David said, “Whither shall I go up?” And He said, “Unto Hebron.”

So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail, Nabal’s wife the Carmelite.

And his men who were with him did David bring up, every man with his household; and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.

And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, “The men of Jabeshgilead were those who buried Saul.”

And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabeshgilead, and said unto them, “Blessed be ye of the Lord, that ye have shown this kindness unto your lord, even unto Saul, and have buried him.

And now the Lord show kindness and truth unto you; and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.

Therefore now, let your hands be strengthened and be ye valiant; for your master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.”

But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul’s host, took Ishbosheth the son of Saul and brought him over to Mahanaim,

and made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.

10 Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David.

11 And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.

12 And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ishbosheth the son of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.

13 And Joab the son of Zeruiah and the servants of David went out and met together by the pool of Gibeon; and they sat down, the one on one side of the pool and the other on the other side of the pool.

14 And Abner said to Joab, “Let the young men now arise and play before us.” And Joab said, “Let them arise.”

15 Then there arose and went over by number, twelve of Benjamin, who pertained to Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David.

16 And they caught every one his fellow by the head and thrust his sword in his fellow’s side, so they fell down together; therefore that place was called Helkathhazzurim [that is, The field of strong men], which is in Gibeon.

17 And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.

18 And there were three sons of Zeruiah there: Joab and Abishai and Asahel. And Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe.

19 And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.

20 Then Abner looked behind him and said, “Art thou Asahel?” And he answered, “I am.”

21 And Abner said to him, “Turn thee aside to thy right hand or to thy left, and lay thee hold on one of the young men and take thee his armor.” But Asahel would not turn aside from following him.

22 And Abner said again to Asahel, “Turn thee aside from following me. Why should I smite thee to the ground? How then should I hold up my face to Joab thy brother?”

23 However, he refused to turn aside. Therefore Abner with the rear end of the spear smote him under the fifth rib, so that the spear came out behind him; and he fell down there and died in the same place. And it came to pass that as many as came to the place where Asahel fell down and died, stood still.

24 Joab also and Abishai pursued after Abner. And the sun went down when they had come to the hill of Ammah, that lieth before Giah by the way of the Wilderness of Gibeon.

25 And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together behind Abner and became one troop, and stood on the top of a hill.

26 Then Abner called to Joab and said, “Shall the sword devour for ever? Knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? How long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people to return from following their brethren?”

27 And Joab said, “As God liveth, unless thou had spoken, surely then in the morning the people would have gone up every one from following his brother.”

28 So Joab blew a trumpet; and all the people stood still and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any more.

29 And Abner and his men walked all that night through the plain, and passed over the Jordan and went through all Bithron; and they came to Mahanaim.

30 And Joab returned from following Abner; and when he had gathered all the people together, there lacked of David’s servants nineteen men and Asahel.

32 And they took up Asahel and buried him in the sepulcher of his father, which was in Bethlehem. And Joab and his men went all night, and they came to Hebron at break of day.

Luke 14:1-24 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

14 And it came to pass, as He went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath day, that they watched Him.

And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had the dropsy.

And Jesus answering, spoke unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day?”

But they held their peace. And He took him and healed him, and let him go.

And He answered them, saying, “Which of you shall have an ox or an ass fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the Sabbath day?”

And again they could not answer Him concerning these things.

And He put forth a parable to those who were bidden, when He marked how they chose out the chief places, saying unto them,

“When thou art bidden by any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest place, lest a more honorable man than thou be bidden by him,

and he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, ‘Give this man thy place,’ and thou begin with shame to take the lowest place.

10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest place, that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then shalt thou have honor in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.

11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”

12 Then said He also to him who bade Him, “When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen nor thy rich neighbors, lest they also bid thee again and a recompense be made to thee.

13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind,

14 and thou shalt be blessed, for they cannot recompense thee. For thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.”

15 And when one of those who sat at meat with Him heard these things, he said unto Him, “Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the Kingdom of God.”

16 Then Jesus said unto him, “A certain man made a great supper and bade many.

17 And he sent his servant at suppertime to say to them that were bidden, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’

18 And they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said unto him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I need to go and see it. I pray thee have me excused.’

19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to test them. I pray thee have me excused.’

20 And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’

21 So that servant came and showed his lord these things. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor and the maimed and the halt and the blind.’

22 And the servant said, ‘Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.’

23 And the lord said unto the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

24 For I say unto you that none of those men who were bidden shall taste of my supper.’”


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