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The History of the People of Israel


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BY 1sA1AH-BE1~:.AM0z, THE Pnopnzr. (Sec Second Chronicles, Ch. 32, v. 32.) BOOK V. THE MONARCHICAL PERIOD. THE masq: Boox oF xmas. (ac. mr 5.) Qyahih grains nih anu helpless. 1 [QUT King David grew oid and advanced in years, and they

covered him with clothing, but he felt

2 no warmth, so his officers said to him, Let us seek for your Majesty a

young maiden, and let her attend the king, and be -a. nurse and lie at your breast, and warm your Majesty. 3 They therefore sought for the fairest girl in all the bounds of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunarn-ite, and

4 brought her to the king. The girl was very beautiful, and she was nurse to the king and attended to him, but the king never married her. (arc. 1015.) Qbmziab attempts tu be mnhz Ԥiug. 5 Then Adoniah, the son of Khagith, I will) be so he prepared a carriage and horses, and fifty men to run before

6 him, for his father neverrestrained What He was very hand- some, and was born next after

7 Absalom, He also made an agree- ment with ]'oab—ben—Zeruiah, and Abiathar the priest, and they helped

8 Adoniah forward. But Zadok the priest, and Beniah—ben—}hoiadah, and Nathan the Reciter, and Shemai, and Rai., and the Heroes who were with David, were not with Adoniah. Adoniah, however, sacrificed sheep 9 and oxen, and fat calves, at. Aben· Zakhleth, which is near, Ainrogel, and he invited all his brothers, the king’s sons, and all the nobles of judah in the king’s service,. He did not, xo however, invite Nathan the Reciter, and Beniah, and the Heroes, or Solomon his brother. Nathan there- 11 fore spoke to Bathsheba the mother Have you heard that Adoniah, the son of Khagith, reigns, and our master David does not know it? So now go, reflect 12 with yourself and protect your own life, and the life of your son Solomon. Go, and proceed to King David, and 13 say to him ‘ Did not your Majesty promise to your handmaid that Solomon your son shall reign after me, and sit upon my throne? Then why is Adoniah reigning? ’ . Then 14 whilst you are speaking thus with the king, I will come after you, and con- firm your statement. Bathsheba consequently went to 15 the king in his chamber. The king, however,.was very old, and Abishag the Shunamite was attending on the king, when Bathsheba approached 16 and bowed to the king, and the king What is the matter Did not 17 my Prince swear to your handmaid by your EvnR—1,1vmc. Goo, that 242

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