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2 Samuel chapter 18

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And David numbered the people that were with him, and set captains of thousands and captains of hundreds over them.
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And David sent forth a third part of the people under the hand of Joab, and a third part under the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and a third part under the hand of Ittai the Gittite. And the king said unto the people, I will surely go forth with you myself also.
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But the people answered, Thou shalt not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us die, will they care for us: but now thou art worth ten thousand of us: therefore now it is better that thou succour us out of the city.
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And the king said unto them, What seemeth you best I will do. And the king stood by the gate side, and all the people came out by hundreds and by thousands.
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And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom. And all the people heard when the king gave all the captains charge concerning Absalom.
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So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the battle was in the wood of Ephraim;
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Where the people of Israel were slain before the servants of David, and there was there a great slaughter that day of twenty thousand men.
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For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country: and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.
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And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away.
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And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak.
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And Joab said unto the man that told him, And, behold, thou sawest him, and why didst thou not smite him there to the ground? and I would have given thee ten shekels of silver, and a girdle.
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And the man said unto Joab, Though I should receive a thousand shekels of silver in mine hand, yet would I not put forth mine hand against the king's son: for in our hearing the king charged thee and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Beware that none touch the young man Absalom.
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Otherwise I should have wrought falsehood against mine own life: for there is no matter hid from the king, and thou thyself wouldest have set thyself against me.
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Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.
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And ten young men that bare Joab's armour compassed about and smote Absalom, and slew him.
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And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from pursuing after Israel: for Joab held back the people.
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And they took Absalom, and cast him into a great pit in the wood, and laid a very great heap of stones upon him: and all Israel fled every one to his tent.
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Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king's dale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom's place.
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Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that the LORD hath avenged him of his enemies.
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And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt not bear tidings this day, but thou shalt bear tidings another day: but this day thou shalt bear no tidings, because the king's son is dead.
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Then said Joab to Cushi, Go tell the king what thou hast seen. And Cushi bowed himself unto Joab, and ran.
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Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet again to Joab, But howsoever, let me, I pray thee, also run after Cushi. And Joab said, Wherefore wilt thou run, my son, seeing that thou hast no tidings ready?
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But howsoever, said he, let me run. And he said unto him, Run. Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and overran Cushi.
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And David sat between the two gates: and the watchman went up to the roof over the gate unto the wall, and lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold a man running alone.
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And the watchman cried, and told the king. And the king said, If he be alone, there is tidings in his mouth. And he came apace, and drew near.
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And the watchman saw another man running: and the watchman called unto the porter, and said, Behold another man running alone. And the king said, He also bringeth tidings.
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And the watchman said, Me thinketh the running of the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king said, He is a good man, and cometh with good tidings.
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And Ahimaaz called, and said unto the king, All is well. And he fell down to the earth upon his face before the king, and said, Blessed be the LORD thy God, which hath delivered up the men that lifted up their hand against my lord the king.
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And the king said, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Ahimaaz answered, When Joab sent the king's servant, and me thy servant, I saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it was.
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And the king said unto him, Turn aside, and stand here. And he turned aside, and stood still.
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And, behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, Tidings, my lord the king: for the LORD hath avenged thee this day of all them that rose up against thee.
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And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Cushi answered, The enemies of my lord the king, and all that rise against thee to do thee hurt, be as that young man is.
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And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!

Psalm chapter 56

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Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.
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Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.
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What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
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In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
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Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.
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They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.
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Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.
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Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
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When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.
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In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.
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In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
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Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.
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For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

Matthew chapter 27

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When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
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And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
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Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
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Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
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And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
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And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.
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And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.
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Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.
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Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;
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And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me.
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And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.
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And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
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Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?
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And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.
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Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.
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And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.
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Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?
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For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
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When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
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But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
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The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
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Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
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And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
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When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
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Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
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Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
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Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.
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And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
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And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
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And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
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And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
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And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
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And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,
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They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.
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And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
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And sitting down they watched him there;
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And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
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Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
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And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
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And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
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Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
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He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
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He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
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The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.
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Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
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And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
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Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.
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And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
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The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
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Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
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And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
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And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
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And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
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Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
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And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:
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Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children.
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When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple:
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He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
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And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
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And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
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And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.
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Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,
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Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
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Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
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Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.
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So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

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