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was with theo whithersoever thou Jerusalem. And it came to pass in wentest, and have cut off all thine an evening-tide, that David arose enemies out of thy sight, and have from off his bed, and walked upon the made thee a great name, like unto the roof of the king's house ; and from name of the great men that are in the the roof he saw & woman washing earth. Moreover I will appoint a herself: and the woman
was very place for my people Israel, and will beautiful to look apon. And David plant them, that they may dwell in a sent and enquired after the woman. place of their own, and move no more; And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, neither shall the children of wicked- the daughter of Eliam, the wife of ness afflict them any more, as before- Uriah the Hittite? And David sent time, and as since the time that I messengers, and took her. commanded judges to be over my Ry. I have sinned. p. xxviii. people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the
Lesson II. LORD telleth thee that he will make AND she returned unto her house, thee an house.
And the woman conceived, and Ry. Ye mountains. p. xxvii.
sent and told David, and said, I am
with child. And David sent to Joab, Lesson III.
saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. A
ND when thy days be fulfilled, and And Joab sent Uriah to David. And
thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, / when Uriah was come unto him, I will set up thy seed after thee, which David demanded of him how Joab shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I did, and how the people did, and how will establish his kingdom. He shall the war prospered. And David said build an house for my name, and I to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and will stablish the throne of his kingdom wash thy feet. And Uriah departed for ever. I will be his father, and he out of the king's house, and there shall be my son. If he commit followed him a mess of meat from the iniquity, I will chasten him with the king. But Uriah slept at the door of rod of men, and with the stripes of the the king's house with all the servants children of men : but tercy shall of his lord, and went not down to his not depart away from him, as I took house. And when they had told it from Saul, whom I put away before David, saying, Uriah went not down thee : and thine house and thy unto his house, David said unto kingdom shall be established for ever Uriah, Camest thou not from thy before thee: thy throne shall be journey? why then didst thou not go established for ever. According to all down unto thine house? And Uriah these words, and according to all this said unto David, The ark, and Israel, vision, so did Nathan speak anto and Judah, abide in tents; and my David.
lord Joab, and the servants of my Ry. I took thee. p. xxvii.
lord, are encamped in the open fields; SATURDAY.
shall I then go into mine house, to Of the 2nd Book of Samuel.
eat and to drink, and to lie with my
wife ? as thou livest, and as thy soul Lesson I. Chap. xi.
liveth, I will not do this thing. AND it came to pass, after the
year Ry. Thou hast heard. p. xxviii.
So Uriah morrow. And when David had called he said to Nathan, As the LORD him, he did eat and drink before him; liveth, the man that hath done this and he made him drunk: and at even thing shall surely die: and he shall he went out to lie on his bed with the restore the lamb fourfold, because he servants of his lord, but went not did this thing, and because he had no down to his house. And it came to pity. And Nathan said to David, pass in the morning, that David wrote Thou art the man. Thus saith the a letter to Joab, and sent it by the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the king over Israel, and I delivered thee letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the out of the hand of Saul; and I gave forefront of the hottest battle, and thee thy master's house, and thy retire ye from him, that he may be master's wives into thy bosom, and smitten, and die. And it came to gave thee the house of Israel and of pass, when Joab observed the city, Judah ; and if that had been too that he assigned Uriah unto a place little, I would moreover have given where he knew that valiant men were. unto thee such and such things. And the men of the city went out, and Wherefore hast thou despised the fought with Joab: and there fell some commandment of the LORD, to do of the people of the servants of David; evil in his sight? thou hast killed and Uriah the Hittite died also. Uriah the Hittite with the sword, Ry. Hearken, O LORD. p. xxix.
and hast taken his wife to be thy
wife, and hast slain him with the FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY. sword of the children of Ammon. FIRST NOCTURN.
Ry. God is the hearer. p. xxvi.
Now therefore the sword shall AN
ND the LORD sent Nathan anto never depart from thine house :
David. And he came unto him, because thou hast despised me, and said unto him, There were two and hast taken the wife of Uriah men in one city; the one rich, and the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus the other poor. The rich man had saith the LORD, Behold, I will exceeding many flocks and herds: raise up evil against thee out of but the poor man had nothing, save thine own house, and I will take one little ewe lamb, which he had thy wives before thine eyes, and give bought and nourished up: and it them unto thy neighbour, and he grew up together with him, and with shall lie with thy wives in the sight his children; it did eat of his own of this sun : for thou didst it meat, and drank of his own cup, and secretly: but I will do this thing lay in his bosom, and was unto him before all Israel, and before the sun.
a daughter. And there came a And David said unto Nathan, I have traveller unto the rich man, and he sipned against the LORD. And Nathan spared to take of his own flock and said unto David, The LORD also hath put of his own herd, to dress for the way- away thy sin; thou shalt not die. Howfaring man that was come unto him; beit, because by this deed thou hast but took the poor man's lamb, and given great occasion to the enemies dressed it for the man that was come of the LORD to blaspheme, the child to him.
also that is born unto thee shall Ry. Prepare. p. xxvi.
And Nathan departed
unto his house. And the LORD struck Lesson II.
the child that Uriah's wife bare unto AND. David's anger was greatly David, and it was very sick. David
kindled against the man; and therefore besought God for the child ;
and David fasted, and went in, and goad of shame; so that their fall not lay all night upon the earth.
only seems to have been no impediRy. The LORD that. p. xxvii.
ment, but even to have added in
centives to their speed.
Ry. Ye mountains. p. xxvii.
DAVID sinned, as are wont
to do: but he repented, he wept, IN how many things does each of us
offend every hour of the day. And he bemoaned himself; _which kings yet it is not everyone of the commons
are not wont to do. He confessed who thinks that his sin needs to be his faults, he implored mercy, he lay confessed. But he that was so mighty upon the ground, he fasted, he prayed, and illustrious a king would not even be handed down the testimony of his for one moment allow his conscience confession to all ages by publishing
his sorrow. to remain under a load of guilt, but
That which private men with hurried confession, and with are ashamed to do, a king is not great sorrow of heart, acknowledged
ashamed to confess. In that he his sin to the LORD. What honoured sinned, it was his nature ; in that he and wealthy person could you readily supplicated, it was his amendment. find for me, who, if he were rebuked The fall was a common thing, the as guilty of a fault, would not take it confession was special. To have fallen amiss ? But he, dignified with royal washed away the sin belongs to Grace.
in such wise belongs to nature; to have power, approved by so many divine messages, when he was rebuked by a Ry. I took thee. p. xxvii. private man for that he had grievously R%. vii. I have sinned. p. xxviii. offended, gave way to no burst of Ry. viii. Two Seraphim. p. xxviii. passion, but confessed, and sighed
MONDAY. with sorrow for his fault.
Of the 2nd Book of Samuel. Ry. Saul bath slain. p. xxvii.
Lesson I. Chap. xii. Lesson V. THE sorrow of inward feeling 80 AND Absalom spake unto his brother prevailed with the LORD, that for Absalom hated Amnon, because
Amnon neither good nor bad: Nathan said : Because thou hast he had forced his sister Tamar. And repented, the LORD also hath put it came to pass after two full years, away thy sin.
The speed of the that Absalom had sheepshearers in pardon shewed how deep was the Baal-hazor, which is beside Ephraim: penitence of the king, in that he and Absalom invited all the king's removed the offence of so heinous a
And Absalom came to the king, sin. Others, when they were rebuked and said, Behold now, thy servant by priests, increase their sin, either by hath sheepshearers; let the king, I desiring to deny it, or to defend it: beseech thee, and his servants go and therefore their fall is the more with thy servant. And the king said grievous just where amendment is to Absalom, Nay, my son, let us not hoped for.
But the saints of the all now go, lest we be chargeable LORD who desire to accomplish their unto thee. And he pressed him : howholy fight, and to run the race of beit he would not go, but blessed him. salvation, if by any chance they have fallen as men do, rather by the frailty
Ry. Remember. p. xxviii. of nature than by the lust of sinning,
Lesson II. they rise more vigorous to the race
. THEN said Absalom, If not, I pray
And the king said unto him, the field, and there was none to part Why should he go with thee? But them, but the one smote the other, Absalom pressed him, that he let and slew him. And, behold, the Amnon and all the king's sons go whole family is risen against thine with him. Now Absalom had com- handmaid, and they said, Deliver him manded his servants, saying, Mark ye that smote his brother, that we may now when Amnon's heart is merry kill him for the life of his brother with wine, and when I say unto you, whom he slew; and we will destroy Smite Amnon; then kill him, fear the heir also: and so they shall quench not: have not I commanded you? be my coal which is left, and shall not courageous, and be valiant. And leave to my husband neither name the servants of Absalom did unto nor remainder upon the earth. Amnon as Absalom had commanded.
Ry. LORD, if Thy people. p. xxxiv. Then all the king's sons arose, and every man gat him up upon his mule,
Lesson II. and fled.
ND the king said, Whosoever saith Ry. Thou hast heard. p. xxviü.
ought unto thee, bring him to me,
and he shall not touch thee any more. Lesson III.
Then said she, I pray thee, let the AND it came to pass, while they king remember the LORD thy God,
were in the way, that tidings came that thou wouldest not suffer the to David, saying, Absalom hath slain all the king's sons, and there is not revengers of blood to destroy any
more, lest they destroy my son. one of them left. Then the king And he said, As the LORD liveth, there arose,
and tare his garments, and lay shall not one hair of thy son fall to on the earth; and all his servants the earth. Then the woman said, Let stood by with their clothes rent. And thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak ona Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David's word unto my lord the king. And he said brother, answered and said, Let not Sayon. And the woman said, Wherefore my lord suppose that they have slain then hast thou thought such a thing all the young men the king's sons ; for Amnon only is dead:
for by the against the people of God? for the
king doth speak this thing as one which appointment of Absalom this hath is faulty, in that the king doth not been determined from the day that he fetch home again his banished. For forced his sister Tamar. Now there
we must needs die, and are as water fore let not my lord the king take the epilt on the ground, which cannot be thing to his heart, to think that all gathered up again; neither doth God the king's sons are dead: for Amnon respect any person :. yet doth he only is dead. But Absalom fled.
devise means, that his banished be Rz. Hearken, O LORD. p. xxix.
not expelled from him. TUESDAY.
Ry. And it came to pass. p. XXXV.
A ND the king said, Is not the hand AND when the woman of Tekoah of Joab with thee in all this?
spake to the king, she fell on her And the woman answered and said, face to the ground, and did obeisance, As thy soul liveth, my lord the king, and said, Help, O king. And the king none can turn to the right hand or to said unto her, What aileth thee? the left from ought that my lord the And she answered, I am indeed a king hath spoken : for thy servant widow woman, and mine husband is Joab, he bade me, and he put all these dead. And thy handmaid had two words into the mouth of thine handsons, and they two strove together in maid: to fetch about this form of
speech bath thy servant Joab done then I will serve the LORD. And the
Ry. Hearken. p. xxix.
Of the 2nd Book of Samuel.
Lesson I. Chap. XV.
çame ne messenger to
Ry. Prepare. p. xxvi.
I were made judge in the land, his household after him. And that every man which hath any suit the king left ten women, which were or cause might come unto me, and I concubines, to keep the house. And would do him justice! And it was so, the king went forth, and all the people that when any man came nigh to him after him, and tarried in a place that to do him obeisance, he put forth his was far off. And all his servants hand, and took him, and kissed him. passed on beside him; and all the And on this manner did Absalom to Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, all Israel that came to the king for and all the Gittites, six hundred men judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts which came after him from Gath, of the men of Israel.
passed on before the king. Ry. Thou hast heard. p. xxviii. Rz. God is the hearer. p. xxvi. Lesson III.
Lesson III. AND it came to pass after forty THEN said the king to Ittai the king, I pray thee, let me go and pay with us? return to thy place, and my vow, which I have vowed unto the abide with the king : for thou art & LORD, in Hebron: for thy servant stranger, and also an exile. vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur thou camest but yesterday, should I in Syria, saying, If the LORD shall this day make thee go up and down bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, with us? seeing I go whither I may,