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THE HOLY BIBLE, 









CONTAINING 



THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS, 



WITH THE APOCRYPHAL BOOKS, 



IN THE EARLIEST ENGLISH VERSIONS 



MADE FROM THE LATIN VULGATE BY 

JOHN WYCLIFFE AND HIS FOLLOWERS; 

EDITED BY 

THE REV. JOSIAH FORSHALL, F.R.S. ETC. 

LATE FELLOW OF EXETER COLLEGE, 
AND 

SIR FREDERIC MADDEN, K.H. F.R.S, ETC. 

KEEPER OF THE MSS. IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM. 



VOLUME II. 



OXFORD, 
AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS. 

M.DCCC.L. 



LIBRARY J 







I. KINGS. 



[Prologue on the First book of Kings'", ,] 

IN this book of Kingis the first is contened, how Anna, the wijf of Helchana, that 
was longe tyme bareyn, axide of God to haue a sone, and God }af to her axing ; which 
sone Anna 3af in to the seruyse of the Lord, in the tabernacle of boond of pees, vndur 
Heli the hei3este prest. And God chees Samuel, and spak to him alle thingis, and 
forsook Heli and hise sones, for wickidnesse that the sones diden, wherfore thei 
perischiden alle in o dai. And Samuel anoyntide Saul in to king on Israel; and 
whanne Saul fulfillide not the hestis of God, God forsook him ; and Samuel anoyntide 
Dauith in to king, whanne he kepte hise fadris scheep ; wherfor Saul hatide Dauith, 
and pursuwide him, til to the dai of veniaunce of the Lord cam ; and Saul perischide, 
and hise sones, and al his hous. 



Here bigynneth the prolog of the Jbure 
boMs of Kyngis*. 

THE tunge forsothe of Syrus, and of 
Caldeis, witnessith to ben anentis the b 
Ebrewis two and twenti lettris, the 
whiche of a c greet parti d ni3 coostieth 
to Ebrew ; for and thei two and twenti 
elementis han in the same sown, but in 
dyuerse printis. Samarytans also the 
fyue e bokis of Moyses wry ten in as 
feele lettris, oonli in figuris and printis 
dyuersynge ; and it is certeyn Esdras, 
the scribe and the doctour of the lawe, 
after Jerusalem takun, and the restorynge 
of the temple vndur Zorobabel, to han 
foundun other lettris, the whiche we nowe 
vsen ; whanne vnto that tyme weren the 
same printis of Samarytanys and of E- 
brews. Forsothe in the book of Noum- 
bris this same noumbrynge f vnder the 
noumbre of Leuitis and prestis mistili is 



\_Prologue to the four books 
ofKmgs b .~\ 

THE langage of men Sirus, and of Cal- 
deis also, witnessith that there ben two an 
twenty lettris, the which of a greet partie 
is acordynge to Ebrew ; for also thei han 
two and twenti elementis in the same sown, 
and in dyuerse pryntis. Also Samaritans 
writen the fyue bookis of Moyses with 
so many lettris, oonly dyuersynge in the 
figuris and prentis ; and it is certeyn, that 
Esdras, the scribe and a doctour of the 
lawe, foond other lettris, which we vsen 
now, aftir that Jerusalem was taken, and 
aftir restorynge of the temple vndur Zoro- 
babel ; for vnto that tyme weren the same 
lettris and fyguris of Samarytans and of 
Ebrews vsid. Also in book of Numeri 
the same noumbrynge is mistily schewid 
vndir the noumbre of dekenes and prestis ; 
and we han founden the hie name of the 



a The prolog of Kyngis. a. A prolog. i. No initial rubric in CFH. b Om. /. c Om. /. oo n. d part c. 
e Om. /. f noumbre i. 



VOL. II. 



a This prologue is from M. b This prologue is from o. 

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I. KINGS. 



shewid; and the name of the Lord Tetra- 
grarnatou in summe Grece volyms vnto 
this day we han founden with oold let- 
tris expressyd. But arid the Salrays sixe 
and threttis, and the hundrid tenthe, and 
the huridryd enleueth, and the hundrid 
ei3tenth 1 ', and the hundrid foure and 
fourtithe, albeit that thei ben wryten 
with dyuerse metre, neuerthelater thei 
ben weuyd" 1 with k the abece of the same 
noumbre ; and the Lamentaciouns of Je- 
remye, and the Preier of hym, and for- 
sothe the Prouerbis of Salomon, in the 
eend, fro that place in whiche he seith, 
A strong womman who shal fynde, with 
the same abicees or markyngis ben 
noumbrid. Forsothe fyue dowble lettrys 
ben anentis the Ebrewis, Caph, Men, 
Nun, Phe, Sade ; forsothe other wise thei 
writen bi thes the bigynningis and the 
mydils of wordis, other wise the eendis. 
Wherfore and fyue bokis, Samuel, Ma- 
lachym, Dabreiamyn, Esdras, Jeremye 
with Cynoth, that is, his Lamentaciouns, 
ben eymyd of sum men dowble bookis. 
What maner wise therfor two and tweriti 
elymentis ben, bi the whiche we wryten 
Ebrewly al that we speken, and mannus 
voyce with the bigynnyngis of hem is 
takun, so two and twenti volyms ben 
noumbrid, bi the whiche as bi lettris and 
bigynnyngis the tendre and the 3it sowk- 
ynge childhod of the ri3twise man is 
tau3t in the doctrine of God. The first 
book anentis hem is clepid 1 Bresith, 
which we Genesis seyn ; the secounde, 
Ellesmoth/the which'" Exodus is clepid"; 
the thridde is Vagetra, that is Leuytik ; 
the ferth, Vagedaber, v the which we cle- 
peni" Noumbre ; the fifthe Abdabarym, 
'the which is before notid Deutronomy. 
Thes ben the fyue bokis of Moyses, 'the 
whiche thei clepen . proprely Thorath, 
that is, the lawe. The secounde ordre of 
the prophetis thei maken, and bigyn- 
nen fro Jesu r , the sone of Naue, v the 
which 5 anentis hem is seid Josue Bennun. 



Lord Tetragrarnaton in summe bookes of 
Grew expressid with olde lettris vnto this 
day. But also the salines of the Sauter, 
as the xxxvj. salm, and the hundrid and 
x. salm, and the hundrid arid aleuene salm, 
and the hundrid and xviij. salm, and the 
hundrid and xliiij. salm, al be it that thei 
ben writen with dyuerse metre, netheles 
thei ben writen and wouen to gideris with 
the abece of the same noumbre ; and the 
Lamentaciouns of Jeremye, and the Preier 
of him, and also the Prouerbis of Sala- 
mon, in the ende, fro that place in which 
he seith, Who shal fynde a strong wom- 
man, be noumbryd with the same abeces 
of merkyngis. Forsothe the fyue double 
lettris anentis the Ebrews ben thes, Caph, 
Men, Num, Phe, Sade ; for bi these lettris 
thei writen other while the bygynnyngis 
and the myddes of wordes, and in an- 
othir maner the endis. Wherfor these fyue 
bookes, Samuel, Malachim, Dabre Jamyn, 
Esdras, and Jeremye with Cynnoth, that 
is, his Lamentaciouns, ben gissid of sum 
men to be dowble bookes. Therfor as 
there ben xxij. lettris, by which we writen 
in manere of Ebrews alle thingis that we 
speken, and mannes vois taken with the 
bigynnynges of hem, so xxij. volyms ben 
noumbrid, by the whiche as by lettris 
and byginnynges the 3onge tendre and 3it 
soukynge childhod of the ri3twise man is 
enformed in the doctryne of God. The 
first book anentis hem is clepid Bresith, 
whiche we clepen Genesis ; the secounde, 
Elesmoch, which is clepid Exodi ; the 
thridde, Vagetra, that is, the book of 
Leuyticy ; the fourthe, Vagetaber, which 
we clepen Noumbre ; the fyfte, Adda- 
barim, the which is bifore notid Deutro- 
nomye. These ben the fyue bookes of 
Moyses, the whiche thei clepen propurly 
Thorath, what is to seie, the lawe. 
Thanne thei maken the secunde ordre of 
profetis, and bygynnen at Jhesu, the sone 
of Naue, that anentis hem is seid Josue 
Benum. Fro thennus thei ioyneden yn 



S threttithe CHI. h eijtene I. i wouen c. 
P cal i. q callen i. r Josue A. that c. 



k of /. l callid CEJ. 



that c. n cald j. 



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I. KINGS. 



Fro thens thei vndurweuyden 1 Sophym, 
that is, the book of Jugis ; and into u the 
same thei putten v in Ruth, for in the 
days of Jugis don is toold hir storye. 
The thridde folowith Samuel, the which 
we seyn the Firste and the Secounde of 
Rewmys ; the ferthe, Malachim, that is, 
of Kyngis, the which is conteyned in the 
thridde and the ferthe volym of Rewmys ; 
and mych betere it is to seye Malachym, 
that is, of Kyngis, thanne Malathot, that 
is, of Rewmes ; forsothe not of many folk 
he discriueth rewmes, but of oon Yrael 
puple, that is conteyned in twelue ly- 
nagis. The fifthe is Ysay ; the sixt Je- 
remye ; the seuenthe Ezechiel ; the w 
ei^tith the book of the twelue prophetis, 
'the which x anentis hem is clepid- v Thari- 
asra. The thridde ordre weeldith Agio- 
gropha, that ben holi wryten ensaumplis z . 
And the first book bigynneth fro Job ; 
the secounde fro Dauyd, the which men 
holden in fyue dyuysiouns, and in o 
volym of Psalmys ; the thridde is of Sa- 
lomon, hauynge thre bokis, Prouerbis, 
that thei clepen a Parablis, that is, Mas- 
loth; the ferthe Ecclesiasten, that is, 
Coelech ; the fifthe is Soonge of Songis, 
whom thei b before noten bi title Syras- 
syrym ; the sixte is Danyel ; the se- 
uenthe Dabreiarayn, that is, the wordis 
of days, the whiche more nameli we 
mowen clepe d the 8 Cronycle of al Goddis 
story, the which book anentis vs is 
wryten Paralypomynon f the First and the 
Secounde ; the ei3tthe Esdras, the which 
and he lijk maner, anentis Grekis and 
Latyns, in two bokis is dyuydid ; the 
nynthe Ester. And so ben maad togidre 
the bokis of the oold lawe two and 
twenti, that is, of Moyses fyue, of Pro- 
phetis ei3te, of Agiografis, that ben ex- 
presse exsaumplis to holynesse, nyne ; 
al be it that summe writen Ruth and 
Synoth among the Agiographis, and thes 
bookis in her noumbre thei wenen to be 
to h noumbrid, and bi that to ben of the 



Sophim, that is, the book of Juges ; and 
in to the same thei putten in Ruth, for in 
the dayes of Juges her storie is teeld to be 
fulfillid. The thridde book folewith, that 
is clepid Samuel, which we seyn the Firste 
and the Secounde book of Kynges. The 
fourthe is Malachim, that is, of Kyngis, 
which is conteyned in the thridde and the 
iiij. volym of Rewmes ; and myche betere 
it is to seie Malachym, that is, of Kynges, 
than Maletoch, that is, of rewmes ; for he 
discryueth not the rewmes of many folkis, 
but the rewme of o puple of Israel, that 
is conteyned in xij. lynagis. The fifte is 
Isaie ; the sixte Jeromye ; the seuenthe 
Ezechiel ; the ei3te in the book of xij. 
profetis, that anentis hem is clepid Thari- 
asrai. The thridde ordre weldith Agio- 
grafa, that ben liooly writen ensaumplis ; 
and the firste book bygynneth fro Job; 
the secounde fro Dauith, which men holden 
in fyue dyuysiouns, and in o volym of 
Salmes ; the thridde is of Salomon, hau- 
ynge iij. bookes, as Prouerbis or Parablis, 
that is clepid Maloth; the iiij. Ecclesi- 
asten, that is clepid Coelech ; the fyfethe 
is the Song of Songis, whom thei biforen 
seien bi title Sirassirym ; the sixte is Da- 
niel ; the seuenthe Debraiamyn, that is to 
seie, the wordis of daies, the which more 
kouthly may be clepid the Cronycle of 
Goddis stories ; the which book anentis vs 
is writen Paralipomenon the Firste and the 
Secounde ; the ei3tithe book is Esdras, the 
which also in lijk maner, bothe anentis 
Grekis and Latynes, is departid in to twey 
bookis ; the nynthe is the book of Ester. 
And that is to seie, fyue booke of Moyses, 
and ei3te bookes of the profitis, and neyne 
of Agiogrofis, that is to seie, of expresse 
ensaumplis of holynesse ; al be it that sum 
men writun Ruth and Synoth among the 
Agiografis, and thei weenen that thes 
bookes shulden be rekened in her noum- 
bre, and be that to ben xxiiij. bookes of 
olde lawe ; which the Apocalips of Joon 
bryngeth yn, vndur the noumbre of xxiiij. 



* vnderwouen c. u in /. v puttiden /. w and the jr. x that c. Y cald /. * exsaumplis CE. 
callen /. b we f. c seuenthe is i. d calle I. e Om. /. f in Paralypomynon EI. S the i. h Om. c. 

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I. KINGS. 



oold lawe foure and twenti bookis ; the 

whiche vndre noumbre of foure and 

twenti eldris the Apocalips 1 of Joon 

bryngith yn, honourynge the loomb, and 

ofFrynge her crownes, the cheerys born 

doun, hem stondynge before the foure 

beestis eyed before and behynde, that is, 

biholdynge into that that is passid, and 

into that that is to comen, and criynge 

with contynuel voyce, Holy, Holy, Holi, 

Lord God Almy3ti, that was, and that is, 

and that is to comen ! This prologe of k 

Scripturis as an hehnyd bigynnynge to al 

the bokis 'the whiche 1 fro Ebrewe we 

han turned into Latyn,may acoorde, that 

we mowen knowe that what euere thing 

out of thes is, it is to be put among the 

Apographase, that is, among tho thingis 

whos autor is not knowun of al holi 

chirch. Therfore Sapiens, that comounli 

is wryten in of Salomon, and of Jesu, the 

sone of Syrak, and the book of Judith, 

and Toby, and Pastor, ben not in the 

canoun. I foond the Fyrst book of Ma- 

chabeis Ebrewe ; the Secounde is Greke, 

that may be proued of that settynge. 

The whiche thingis whanne thei so han 

hem, thou reder, Y biseche thee, ne eyme 

thou my traueyle the repreuynge of oold 

men. In the tabernacle of God ech man 

offreth that he may ; other men gold, and 

siluer, and precious stones ; other men 

bise, and purpur, and cocko offren, and 

iacynct. With vs is wel doon, if we 

offren skynnys and heeris of she geet ; 

and neuerthelater" the Apostle oure 

more contemptible thingis shewith more 

nedeful. Wherfor and al the? fayrnesse 

of the tabernacle, and the distinccioun of 

the present, and of the chirche to comen, 

bi eche spicis is couered with skynnys, 

and with herys ; tho that ben fowler 

thingis letten the brennynge of the sunne, 

and the harme of wederis. Thanne rede 

thow first Samuel, and myni Malachym, 

myn forsothe, myn r ; what euere thing 

forsothe ofter 8 turnynge and in amend- 



eldris onourynge the lomb, and ofFrynge 
her crownes, with her cheris cast doun, 
and stondynge bifor the foure beestis that 
weren i3ed bifore and bihynde, that is to 
seie, biholdynge in to the tyme that is 
passid, and in to the tyme that is to come, 
and criynge with contynuel vois, without 
feyntise, Hooly, Holi, Holy, Lord God 
Almyjti, that was, and that is, and that 
is to comen ! This prologe of Scripturis 
as an helmed princeple mai acorde to alle 
the bookes which we han turned fro Ebrew 
in to Latyn, that we moun knowun that 
what euere writynge is out of these, is 
to be put amonge the Apocrifas, that is, 
amonge thilke wrytynges whos auctours 
ben vnknowe of alle hooly chirche. Ther- 
fore the book of Sapience, that comynly is 
writen to be the book of Salomon, and the 
book of Jhesu, the sone of Sirak, and the 
book of Judith, and Thobie, and Pastor, 
be not in the canoun. I found the Firste 
book of Makabeus of Ebrews langage ; the 
Secounde book is Grew, that may be preued 
of the sittinge and of the speche. The 
which thingis, siththe thei han in sich 
manere, thou reder, I byseche thee, deeme 
thou not my trauayle to be maad in re- 
preuynge of old men. For ech man ofFrith 
in to the tabernacle of God that he mai, 
aftir his power ; sum men offren gold, 
and siluer, and precious stoonys ; othere 
men offren biys, and purpur, and scarled, 
and iacynt. With vs it is weel, if we offren 
skynnes, and the heeris of geet ; and ne- 
theles the Postle schewith opynly, that 
oure foule thingis and contemptible ben 
more needful than sum faire thingis. 
Wherfore al the fairnesse of the taber- 
nacle, that was distinccioun and figure of 
hooly chirche that is now, and that is 
aftir to comynge, by alle her semelynesses 
is kyuerid with skynnes, and with heeris ; 
and tho thingis that ben foulere letten 
the brennynge of the sunne, and the dis- 
pitousnesse of reynes and stormes. Thanne 
rede thou first Samuel, and my book Ma- 



1 Apocalipsis E. k to r. l that c. m cocce E. cok c. cocke /. n nerthelatere c. moste i. 
P that BCEFHI. q Om. E pr. m. * Om. A. ouer /. 



I. KINGS. 



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ynge more bisili and we ban lernyd, and 
we holden, oure is, oure is. And whanne 
thou vndurstoondist that bifore hoond 
thou knewe not, or eyme thou me a 
remenour, if thou art kynde, or a leeyer 
bisiden, if thow art vnkynde ; al be it 
that Y haue no conscience to myself, me 
to haue chaungid eny thing fro Ebrews 
trewth. Certeyne, if thow erf of hard 
bileue, rede Greke" bokis and Latyns, 
and ley w togidre with thes litil werkis, 
'the whiche x aboue we han out* toold ; 
and where euere thow see bitwix z hem- 
self to a discorde, ask eny of the Ebrews, 
to whom more thou owist to 3eue feith, 
and if oure thingis he stable, I trowe 
that thou shalt not eyme hym a Iyer, 
for in the same place with me lijk maner 
he dyuyne. But and 3ow, wymmen ser- 
uauntis of Crist, Y preye, the whiche 
anoynten the heed of the Lord, doun syt- 
tynge with the b moost precyous myrre 
of bileue, the whiche sechen not the Sa- 
ueour in sepulcre c , for d whom nowe Crist 
hath stied vp to the fader, that a3ens the 
berkynge houndis that a3ens me with 
wood mouth waxen cruel, and goon about 
the cytee, and in that demen hem self 
wyse, if to other they bacbiten, that 36 
a3en putten the targetis of 3oure preyers. 
I, knowynge my lownes, of that sentence 
euere more Y shal recorde, I seyde, I shal 
kepe my weyes, that I trespasse not in 
my tunge ; Y haue put to my mouth 
warde, whanne the synful stood a3ens 
me; Y bicam dowmbe, and" am lowid, 
and heelde f my pees fro good thingis. 

Here endith the prolog of the foure 
bokis of Kyngis, and nowe bygynneth 
the first books. 



lachim, 3he, myn forsothe, myn ; fore what 
euere we han lerned in ofte turnynge of 
bookes, and in more bisily amendynge, if 
we holden it in oure hertis, it is ouris, it 
is ouris. And whanne thou vndurstondist 
that biforn bond thou knewe not, thanne 
or derne thou me to be a trewe drawere 
out of hooly writ, if thou art kynde, or 
ellis a false spekere, if thou art vnkynde ; 
al be it that I haue no conscience to my 
silf, me to haue chaungid ony thing fro 
Ebrews treuthe. Certis, if thou art hard 
of byleeue, rede the bookis of Grew and 
of Latyn, and leie hem to gideris with 
these litil werkes, whiche we han teld 
aboue; and where euer thou seest hem dis- 
corde bitwixe hem silf, axe thou ony mon 
of the Ebrewis, to whom thou shuldist 
3yue more feith to, and if he confermeth 
oure writyngis, I trowe thou shalt not 
deeme him a coniecture of lesyngis, that 
he hath dyuyned in the same place in lijk 
manere with me. But also I preye 3ou, 
Paula and Eustochie, seruauntis of Crist, 
which anoynten the heed of the Lord, 
sittinge doun with the moost preciouse 
myrre of bileeue, the whiche seken not 
oure Sauyour in the sepulcre, to whos 
bileeue Crist hath stied vp to his fadir, 
I preie 3ou, that 30 putte the scheeldis of 
3oure good preieris a3ens the berkynge 
houndis that wexen cruel a3ens me with 
wood mouth, and gon aboute the citee, 
and in that demen hem to be wise, whanne 
thei bacbiten othir men. Therfor I, know- 
ynge my lownesse, shal euermore haue 
mynde of that sentence, [I] seid, I shal kepe 
my weies that I trespasse not [in] my tonge ; 
I haue ordeyned a warde to my mouth, 
whan the synful trespasour stood a3enus 
me ; I bicame doumbe, and was lawid, and 
held my pees fro good thingis. 



* be i. u Grekis ci. w leye hem i. x that c. V oujte H. not i. z betwe c. bytwen BEFH. a Om. i. 
b Om. /. c the sepulcre i. d fro E pr. m. from i. e and If. f heuld i. S Here endilh the prolog 
and bigynnelh the firsle book of Kingis. E. Here endeth the prolog. se now the Jirste book of Kingis. i. 
No final rubric in BCFH. 



I. KINGS. 



I. 1 10. 



Thefirste of Kyngis*. 

CAP. I. 

1 THERE was a man of Ramathayra of 
Sophym, of the hil of Effraym, and the 
name of hym Elchana, the sone of Jero- 
boam, sone b of Elyuth, sone of Thau, 

2 sone of Suph, Eufrate. And he hadde 
two wyues ; name to the toon Anna, and 
name to the secounde Phenenna; and 
there weren of Phenenne sonys ; forsothe 
of Anne there weren noon free children. 

3 And that man stiede fro his cytee vp the 
ordeynd days, for to honour and sacrifie 
to the Lord of oostis in Sylo. Forsothe 
there weren the two sonys of Hely, 
Ophny and Phynees, preestis of the Lord. 

4 The day thanne cam, and Elchana offerde, 
and 3af to Phenenne his wijf, and to alle 

;> his children and dou3tren c parties ; for- 
sothe to Anne he 3af o party drerye, for 
he louede Anne ; forsothe the Lord hadde 

i> closid hir wombe. Forsothe hir enemye 
tourmentide hir, and hugely angwishide, 
in so mych that she putte to reproue, that 

7 the Lord hadde closid hir wombe. And 
so she dyde bi ech 3eer, whanne, turn- 
ynge a3en the tyme, thei styeden vp into 
the hows of the Lord; and she so terryde 
hyr. Forsothe she wepte, and took no 

ameete. Thanne seide to hyr Helchana, 
hir man, Anna, whi wepist thow, and 
whi etist thow nou3t, and for what cause 
is tourmentid thin herte ? Whether am 
Y not betere to thee than ten sones? 

Forsothe Anna roos, after that she hadde 
eetyn in Silo and dronken. And Hely 
the preest sittynge vpon a litil seete, be- 
fore the postis of the hows of the Lord, 

10 whanne Anna was in bitter d inwit, she 



Here biginnith the firste book of 
Kingis*. 

CAP. I. 

'A man was b of 'Ramathym of c So-i 
phym, of the hil of Effraym, and his name 
was Elchana, the sone of Jeroboam, sone 
of Elyud, sone of Thau, sone of Suph, of 
Effraymt. And Helchana hadde twei* t Effraym; for 

, , he dwellide in 

wyues ; the name to oon a was Anna, and the wi of Ef- 



of the sones of 
Chore, as it is 
had in thre 
book of Paral. 
vi. c. Lire 
here. c. 



the e 'name of the f secounde was* Fenenna; 
and sones weren to Feuenna ; forsothe h 
fre children 'weren not to Anna 1 . And 3 
thilke k man styede 1 fro his citee in daies m 
ordeyned, to worschipe and offre n sacrifice 
to the Lord of oostis in Silo. Forsothe 
twei sones of Heli weren there, OphymP 
and Fynees, preestis of the Lord. Ther-4 
fori the dai cam, and Helcana offride, 
and 3af r partis to Fenenna, his wijf, and 
to alle hise sones and doustris; forsothe 8 5 

J he jaftoreu- 

he 3af soreufulyj o part to Anna, for he f ul v; Helcana 
louyde Anna; forsothe 1 the Lord hadde fuiofthejyu. 
closid hir wombe. And hir u enemy tur-e 
mentide 'hir, and angwischide w greetly, in 
so myche that sche vpbreidide x , that the 

dren partis 

Lord hadde closid hir wombe. And so 7 schuiden be 

. \ f . . , \. jouun. In E- 

schey dide bi alle 3eens z , whanne in tyme 
comynge a3en% thei stieden b in to the 
hows of the Lord ; and so sche terride 



and in this he 



breu it is had 
o part ethir 
double, of which 
the resoun 
sueth, for he 

Anna. Forsothe Anna d wepte, and took louyde Anna; 

not e mete||. Therfor Helcana, hir hose- 8 

bonde, seide to hir, Anna, whi wepist 

thou, and whi etist thou f not, and whi 

is thin herte turmentid ? Whether ff Y am 

not betere to thee than ben ten sones? 

'Sotheli Annas roos, aftir that sche hadde 9 

etc and drunke in Silo. 'And the while 

Hely was on his greet seete, bifor h the 

postis of the 'hows of the Lord', whanne k 10 

Anna 1 was in bittere soule m , sche preyede 



hir. Lire 
here. c. 
|| mete, that is, 
took litil of 
mete. Lire 
here. c. 



a From B. Here bygynneth the first bok of Kyngis. p. No initial rubric in ACBH. 
c dojtris CE. d betere A. 



the sone E pr. m. 



a From MP. No initial rubric in the other MSS. b Ther was a man i. c Ramatha in DGiKMNocjxb. 
d of that oon i. to the toon K. e Om. DKM. f name to the plures. Om. i. S hr$te i. h but Anna 
hadde none i. ' Om. i. k that i. ' stiede up i. m the daies that tveren r. n to oflfre i. And i. 
P Ofny i. Ophny Db. 1 Thanne i. r he jaf i. ' and i. * and i. u Fenenna hir I. w and noiede 
hir i. * vpbreidide hir i. y Fenenna i. z eche jeer i. . a the tyme came that i. & stieden up i. 
c And i. d thanne sche i. e no i. * Om. i. ff Wher ceteri passim, g Anna forsothe i. h Hely sittinge 
upon his sete i. ' Lordis hows i. k and whanne I. ' sche i. m serowe of soule i. 



I. II 20. 



I. KINGS. 



11 preiede the Lord, wepynge largeli ; and 
a vowe she vowide, seiynge, Lord God of 
oostis, if biholdynge thow see the tour- 
mentynge of thi seruaunt, and were re- 
cordid of me, ne for3etist e thin hoond- 
maydyn, and 3yuest to thi seruaunt maal 
kynde, I shal 3yue hym to the Lord alle 
the days of his lijf, and rasour shal not 

12 stie vpon his heed. Forsothe it is doon, 
that whanne she multipliede preiers be- 
fore the Lord, that Heli weytide hir 

is mouth. Forsothe Anna spak in hir 
herte, and oonli the lippis of hir weren 
meued, and the vois of hire was not fulli 
herd. Heli therfor eymyde hir dronken, 

14 and seide to hyr, Howe long shalt thou 
be dronken ? Defye a litil wi3t the wyn, 

is bi the which thou art dronken. Anna 
answerynge, Nay, she seith, my lord, for 
a womman wel mych wretcheful Y am ; 
for wyn and al that may make dronken 
Y dranke not, but I haue held out my 

lesoule in the si3t of the Lord ; ne hoold 
thou thin handwomman as oon of the 
dou3tres of Belial, for of the multitude 
of sorwe and of my mournynge Y haue 

nspokun vnto nowe. Thanne Heli seith 
to hir, Go in pees, and God of Yrael 
3eue to thee the askynge that thou hast 

is preied hym. And she seide, Wolde God 
thin handwoman fynde grace in thin 
eyen. And the womman 3ede into hir 
weye, and eete; and the cheeris of f hir 
ben not more ouere into dyuerse thingis 

lachaungid. And thei arysen eerly, and 
anowredens before the Lord; and ben 
turned a3en, and cameii into her hows 
in Ramatha. Forsothe Helchana knewe 
Anne his wijf; and the Lord is re- 

20 cordid of hir. And doon it is after the 
cercle of dais, Anna conceyuede, and beer 
a child, and clepide his name Samuel ; 



the Lord, and wepte largeli ; and made" an 

vow , and seide, Lord God of oostis, if 

thou biholdist, and seest the turment of 

thi seruauntesse, and hast? mynde of me, 

and for3etist not thin handmayde, and 

3yuesf! to r thi seruauntesse 'a male kynde 8 , 

Y schal 3yue hym to the Lord in 1 alle 

daies" of his lijf, and a rasour schal not 

stie v on his heed. Forsothe w it* was doon, 12 

whanne sche multipliede preferis^ bifor 

the Lord, that Ely z aspiede hir mouth. 

Forsothe a Anna spak in hir herte, and is 

oneli hir lippis weren mouyd, and outerly 

hir vois was not herd. Therfor Hely b 

gesside hir drunkun, and he seide to hyr, it 

Hou longe schalt thou be drunkun? Difye 

thou a litil the e wyn, 'bi which d thou art 

moist 6 . Anna answeride, and seide, Nayt, 15 + Ways that 

is, Y am not 

my lord, for Y am a wretchid' womman drunkun. c. 

greetlis ; Y 'drank not h wyn 'and al thing 1 

that may make drunkun, but Y schedde k 

out my soule in the 'si3t of the Lord 1 ; 

gesse thou not thin handmaide as oon of is 

the dou3tris of Belyal, for of the multi- 

tude of my sorewe and morenyng 1 " Y 

spak n 'til in to present tyme. Thanne 17 

Hely seide to hir, Go thou in pees, and 

God of Israel 3yuet to thee the axyng :#Mf,-mE- 

** J c breu it is, schal 

which? thou preiedisti hym. And sche r i8 3 ye. c. 
seide, 'Y wolde 8 that thin hondmayde fynde 
grace in thin i3en. And the womman 3ede t 
in to hir weie, and eet ; and hir cheris 
weren no more chaungid dyuersly. And 10 
'thei ryseden u eerly, and v worschipiden bi- 
fore the Lord ; and thei turneden a3en, 
and camen in to hir hows in Ramatha. 
Forsothe w Helchana knewfleischli* Anna, 
his wijf; and the Lord thou3te on hir. 
And it was doon after the cumpas of daies, 20 
Anna conseyuede, and child ide a sone, and 



clepide his name Samuel!!; for sche il Samuel ; s in. 

111 .11 / i T i T-i ii terpretid axid 

hadde axid hym of the Lord. 1< orsothe 2 21 O f God. Lire 

here. c. 



e forjeten BCEFH. f in E pr. m. S honouredyn EC. 

n sche made I. vow to the Lord I. P if thou hast i. <J jyue c. r a sone to I. 8 Oin. I. * Om. i. 
u the daies i. v come up i. w Andi. x whanne it c. 7 hir preieris i. z Ely the prest i. a Sotheli i. 
b Hely the prest i. c and a lijtil the i. d that i. e maad moist with i. f an vnhappy i. K Om. i. 
h haue not drunken i. ' nether ony thing i. k haue helde i. ! Lordis sty i. m of my morenyng. 
n haue spoken i. vnto this i. P that i. <l hast preied i. r Anna i. 9 Wolde God i. * jede forth i. 
u Helcana and his meyne arisen up i. T and thei i. w And i. * Om. IKO. y Om. s. z And i. 



8 



I. KINGS. 



I. 21 II. 2. 



forth! that she hadde askid hyra of the 

21 Lord. Forsothe hir man Helchana stiede 
vp, and al his hows, for to offre to the 
Lord a solempne oost, and his vowe. 

22 And Anna assendide not ; forsothe she 
seide to hir man, Y shal not goo, to the 
tyme that the child be wened, and I 
brynge hym, and he apere h before the 
si3t of the Lord, and dwelle there con- 

astynuely. And Helchana, hir man, seith 
to hir, Do that is seen to thee good, and 
dwel to the tyme that thow wene hym ; 
and I preye, that the Lord fulfille his 
word. Thanne the woman abood, and 
3af hir sone mylk, to the tyme that he 
shulde meue hym awey fro the mylk. 

24 And she brou3te hym with hir, after that 
she hadde wened hym, with thre calues, 
and thre bushelis of meele, and a vessel 
of wyn ; and she broujte him to the 
hows of the Lord in Sylo. Forsothe the 

25 child 3it was a lytil faunt. And thei 
slewen a calf, and offreden the child to 

2eHely. And Anna seith, I biseche, my 
lord, thi soule lyueth ; Y am that wom- 
man, that stood before thee here, prey- 

27 inge to the Lord ; for this child I 
preyede, and the Lord hath jeueri to me 

28 the askynge that I askyde hym ; therfor 
and I haue lent hym to the Lord alle 
the dais, in the whiche he were lent to 
the Lord. And there thei honourden the 
Lord. And Anna honourde, and seith, 

CAP. II. 

i Gladid out is 1 myn herte in the Lord, 
and areryd k is myn horn in my God ; 
maad large is my mouth vpon myn ene- 
myes, for Y am glade in thin 1 3yuer of 

aheelth. There is noon holy as is the 
Lord; forsothe ne there is other with 
out thee, and there is not strong as our 



hir hosebonde Helcana stiede a , and al his 
hows b , to offre a solempne sacrifice, and his 
avow to the Lord. And Anna stiede not , 22 
for sche hadde seid to hir hosebonde, Y 
schal not go, til the jonge child be wenyd, 
and til Y lede hym d , and he appere bifor 
the X si3t of the Lord 6 , and dwelle there 
contynuelif. And Helcana, hir hosebonde, 23 1 
seide to hir, Do thou that that semeth 
good to thee, and dwelle thou f til thou 
wene& hym ; and Y biseche, that the Lord 
fille h his word. Therfor the womman 
dwellide', and jaf mylk to hir sone, til k 
sche remouyde hym fro 1 mylk. And sche m 24 
brou3te hym with hir, aftir that sche 
hadde wened hym, with thre caluys, and 
thre buyschelis of mele, and amf ore ,* ether 
a pot , of wyn ; and sche brou3te hym to 
the hows of the Lord in Silo. Forsothe? 
the child was 3it ful 3onge. And thei 25 
sacrifieden'i a calf, and thei offriden the 
child to Hely. And Anna seide, My lord, 26 
Y biseche 1 ", that z* s , that this 1 child be tki u 
'disciple and r seruaunt w , thi soule lyueth; 
Y am that x womman, that stood bifor 
thee here, and preiede the Lord ; for this 27 
child Yy preiede, and the Lord 3af to 
me myn axyng which 2 Y axide hym; 
therfor* Y haue 3oue hym to the Lord 'in 28 
alle b daies, in whiche he is jouun to the 
Lord. And thei worschypiden there the 
Lord. 



CAP. II. 



And Anna worschipide, and seide, Myn i 
herte fulli ioiede in the Lord, and myn 
horn is reisid in my God ; my mouth is 
alargid on c myn enemyes, for Y was d glad 
in thin helthe". Noon is hooli as the Lord 2 
is ; 'for noon other is, outakun f thee, and 
noon is strong as& oure God. Nyle 36 3 



n Ebreu it is, 
til in to the 
world, that is, 
til to the nftithe 
jeer. Lire 
here. c. 



h aperide A. i Om. EFCH. k rer jd c . 1 the E pr.m. 

a stiede up i. b nieynee i. c no t U p to that solempnytee i. d hym thidere i. Lordis si3t i. f thou 
stille i. g haue wened i. h fulfille i. abode i. k til the tyme i. l fro the i. m Anna i. n a 
mesure i. an amfore K. Om. i. P And i. q sacrifisiden plures. r biseche thee i. s Om. EGKLMO. 
* thi FGMNpQsb. u Om. c. v Qm. DGMNpQxb. w the whole gloss omitted in i. * the i. y and Y A. 
z that i. a therfor and BCEPGKLMNPQKSuwxb. b alle the i. upon i. d am i. helthe jiuer i. f neither 
certis ther is an other withoute r. S as is i. 



II. 314- 



I. KINGS. 



3 God. Wole 36 not multiplie to speke 
hei3e thingis, gloriynge ; go there awey 
oold thingis fro 3oure mouthe ; for the God 
of sciencis 1 Lord is, and to hym ben be- 

4 fore maad redi thou3tis. The boowe of 
stronge men is ouercomen, and feble m 

5 ben gird with strength. The fillid be- 
fore for looues han leyd hem self, and 
the hungri ben fulfillid ; to the tyme that 
the bareyn here wel many, and she that 

e many sones hadde, is feblid. The Lord 
mortifieth, and quykeneth; bryngith doun 

7 to hellis, and a3en bryngith. The Lord 
makith pore, and richeth ; and" mekith, 

sand vndurrerith. He bryngith vp fro 
powdre the nedye, and fro dryt he heueth 
vp the pore, that he sitte with princis, 
and the seet of glorie he holde ; of the 
Lord forsothe ben the vttermoost parties 
of the erthe, and he hath put vpon hem 

9 the world. The feet of his halowis he 
shal kepe, and vnpyteuous men in derk- 
nessis shulen waxe stille ; for in his owne 
strength shal not be strengthid a man. 

10 The Lord shulen drede the aduersaries 
of hym, and vpon hem in heuenes he 
shal thondre ; the Lord shal deme the 
eendis of erthe , and he shal 3yue em- 
pyre to his kyng, and he shal hie3 the 

11 horn of his Crist. And Helchana wente 
in Ramatha, into his hows ; forsothe the 
child was seruaunt in the si3t of the 
Lord before the face of Hely the preest. 

12 Forsothe the sones of Hely the sones of 
is Belial, not knowynge the Lord, ne the 

office of preestis to the puple ; but who 
so euere hadde offerd the slayn sacrifyce, 
the child of the preest cam, while the 
flesh were sothen, and hadde a flesh hook 
u thre tothid in his hoond ; and he putte 
it into the leede, or into the cawdroun, 
or into the pot, or into the greet panne ; 
and al that the fleshook reryde, the preest 



multiplie to speke hi3e thingis, and haue 
glorie h ; elde thingis go awey fro 3oure 
mouth ; for God is Lord of kunnyngiSj 
and thou3tis ben maad redi to hym. The 4 
bouwe of strong men is ouercomun, and 
sijk 1 men ben gird with strengthe. Men 5 
fillid k bifore settiden hem silf to hire for 
looues, and hungri men ben fillid ; while 1 
the bareyn womman childide ful manye, 
and sche that hadde many sones, was 
sijke 11 . The Lord sleeth, and quikeneth ; e 
he ledith forth to hellis 00 , and bryngith 
a3en. The Lord makith pore, andP makith 7 
riche ; he makith low, andP reisithi. He 
reisith r a nedi man fro poudur, and 'he 
reisith 8 a pore man fro dryt, that he sitte 
with princes, and holde the seete of glorie ; 
for the endis of erthe* ben of the Lord, 
and he hath set the world on u tho. He 9 
schal kepe 'the feet of hise seyntis v , and 
wickid men schulen be stille to gidere in 
derknessis ; for a man schal not be maad 
strong in his owne strengthe. Aduersa-io 
ries of the Lord schulen drede hym, and 
in w heuenes he schal thundre on x hem ; 
the Lord schal deme the endis of erthe, 
and he schal 3yue lordschip to his kyng, 
and he schal enhaunse the horn, ^fliat is, 
powers, of his Crist. And Helcana 3eden 
in to Ramatha, in to his hows ; forsothe 2 
the child was seruant in the 513! of the 
Lord bifor the face of Ely the preest. 
Forsothe the sones of Hely weren sones 8 12 
of Belial, and knewen b not the Lord, ne- is 
ther the office of preestis to the puple ; but 
who euer hadde ofFrid sacrifice, the child 
of the preest cam, while the fleischis weren 
in sething, and he hadde a fleischhook with 
thre teeth in his bond ; and he sente c it 14 
in to the 'grete vessel of stoon d , ethir in to 
the caudrun, etbir in to the pot, ethir 6 in 
to the f panne ; and what euer thing % the 
fleischhook h reiside', the preest took k to 



1 siencis A. m feble men E pr. m. n he EC. the erthe BEFH. 

h glorie theryn i. i feble i. k fulfillid r. 1 til BCDFGLMNOPQRSuwxb. vnto i. to EL. m childe GQR. 
n maad sijk i. and A. hillis A. Pand he i. 1 reisith up i. r upreisith i. s upreisith i. l the erthe i. 
u upon i. v hise seyntis feet i. w fro i. * upon i. y Om. x pr. m. z and i. a the sones i. b thei 
knewen i. c putte c sec. m. M. puttide i. d stonen vessel i. e or i. f Om. cuo. a K. e flesh i. 
*> hook i. ' caujte i. k took that i. 

VOL. II. C 






10 



I. KINGS. 



n. 15 25. 



took to hym self; so thei diden to al 

islrael of men comynge in Silo. Also or? 
that thei brenten the fat, the child of the 
preest cam, and seide to the offrere, 3if 
to me flesh, that I seethe to the preest ; 
I shal not take forsothe sothen flesh, but 

israwe. And the offrere seide to hym, Be 
brent first after the maner to day the 
talw3, and tak to thee as mych as thi 
soule desireth. The which answerynge 
seide to hym, Nay, forsothe nowe thow 
shalt 3yue ; ellis I shal tak bi forse. 

17 Therfor the synne of the children was 
greet wel mych before the Lord ; for thei 
drowen awey men fro the sacrifice of 

is the Lord. Forsothe Samuel seruede be- 
fore the face of the Lord, a child gird 

19 with a surplesse. And a litil coote his 
moder made to hym, the which she 
brou3t the ordeyned days, stiynge vp 
with hir man for to offre a solempne 

2ooost, and hir vowe. And Hely blesside 
to Elchana and to his wijf ; and he seide 
to hym, The Lord 3eelde to thee seed of 
this womman, for the encrees that thou 
hast lent to the Lord. And thei wenten 

21 into her place. Thanne the Lord visitide 
Anne, and she conseyuede, and bare thre 
sones and two dou3treni. And the child 
Samuel is magnyfied anentis the Lord. 

22 Forsothe Hely was wel oold, and he 
herde alle thingis that his sones diden 
in al Yrael, and what maner wise thei 
slepten with wymmen, the whiche weyt- 

23eden at the dore of the tabernacle. And 
he seide to hem, Whi doon 36 siche maner 
thingis, the which I here werst thingis of 

24 al the puple ? Wole 36 not, my sones ; it is 
not good loos that Y here, that 36 maken 

25 to trespas the puple of the Lord. If a 
man synneth in a man, God may be plesid 
to him ; forsothe if in to the Lord a man 



hym silf 1 ; so thei m diden to al Israel of 
men comynge in to Silo. 3 ne bifor that is 
^the sones of Hely n brenten the ynnere 
fatnesse, the 'child of the preest cam, and 
seyde to the offerere, 3yue 'thou fleisch to 
me'', that Y sethei to the preest; for Y 
schal not take of thee sodun fleisch, but 
raw. And 'the offrere r seide to hym, The 8 ie 
ynnere fatnesse be* brent first u to day bi v 
the custom, and take thou to w thee hou 
myche euer thi soule desirith. Whiche x 
answeride, and seide to hym, Nay, for? 
thou schalt 3yue z now ; ellis a Y schal take b 
bi violence. Therfor the synne of the chil- 17 
dren c was ful greuouse bifor the Lord ; for 
thei withdrowen men fro the 'sacrifice of 
the Lord d . 'Forsothe Samuel, a child 6 is 
gird with a lynnuri clooth, mynystride f 
bifor the face of the Lord. Arid his moder 19 
made to hym a litil coote, which& sche b 
brou3te in 1 daies ordeyned k , and stiede 1 
with hir hosebonde, that he schulde" 1 offre 
a solempne offryng, and his auow. And 20 
Heli blesside Helcana and his wijf; and 
Heli n seide 'to hym n , The Lord 3elde to 
thee seed of this womman, for the 3ifte 
which thou hast 3oue to the Lord. And 
thei 3eden in to her place?. Therfor the 21 
Lord visitide Anna, and sche conseyuede, 
and childide thre sones and twei dou3tris. 
And the child Samuel was 'magnyfied ati 
the Lord. Forsothe r Hely was ful eld, 22 
and he herde alle 'thingis whiche 5 hise 
sones diden in al Israel, and hou thei 
slepten with wymmen, that awaitiden* at 
the dore of the tabernacle. And he" seide 23 
to hem v , Whi doen 36 siche thingis, the 
worste thingis whiche w Y here of al the 
puple x ? Nyle 36, my sones?; it is not good z 24 
fame, which* Y here, that 36 make the 
'puple of the Lord b to do trespas. If 325 
man synneth a3ens a man, God may be 



P er SCEFH. 1 dojtris CE. 

1 Om. j. m the prestis i. n thei i. prestis child i. P to me the fleisch i. Q seke it i. r he that 
offride i. s Be first the i. * Om. i. Om. r. * aftir i. w thanne to i. * the whiche i. y but i. 
z jyue it i. a for ellis i. ^ take it i. c sones of Hely prestis i. d Lordis sacrifice i. e Certis the 
child Samuel i. f seruyde i. S the which i. h he i. ' to him in the i. k ordeyned to offre i. 1 sche 
stiede up i. m wolde i. n Om. i. that i. P place uyn i. 1 maad wondirful gret anentis i. r And i. 
s the thingis that i. l waitiden i. u Hely i. v his sones i. w that i. x puple of Israel i. Y sones, 
do so i. L a good i. a that i. b Lordis puple i. 



II. 26 34- 



I. KINGS. 



11 



synneth, who shal preye for hym ? And 
thei herden not the voyce of her fader, 

26 for God wold sleen hem. Forsothe Sa- 
muel the child profitide, and wexe ; and 

27 he pleside both to God and to men. For- 
sothe there cam a man of God to Heli, 
and seith to hym, Thes thingis seith the 
Lord, Whether not apertly Y am shewid 
to the hows of thi fader, whanne thei 
weren in Egipt, in the hows of Pharao ? 

28 And I cheese him of alle the lynagis of 
Yrael to me in to preest, that he shulde 
stie vp to myn auter, and brenne to me 
encense, and beer before me ephot ; and 
I haue jouen to the hows of thi fader 
alle thingis of the sacrifices of the sones 

29 of Yrael. Whi with the heele 36 ban 
throwen awey my slayn sacrifice, and 
my 3iftis, that I haue comaundid to be 
offred in the temple ; and more thou 
hast honourede thi sones than mei, that 
3e my3ten eete the cheefe thingis of al 

30 the sacrifice of Yrael, my puple? Ther- 
for seith the Lord God of Yrael, Spekynge 
I haue spoken, that thin hows and the 
hows of thi fader serue in my si^t into 1 " 
with out ende ; forsothe nowe seith the 
Lord, Awey be that fro me ; but who so 
euere honourith me, Y shal glorifie hym ; 
forsothe who dispisen me, shulen be vn- 

31 noble. Loo ! the dais comen, and I shal 
kut of thin arme, and the arme of the 
hows of thi fadre, that there be not an 

32 oold man in thin hows. And thou shalt 
see thin enemye in the temple, in alle the 
welsum thingis of Yrael ; and there shal 
not be an oold man in thin hous alle dais. 

33 Neuerthelater I shal not doo awey fulli 
fro thee a man fro myn auter, but that 
thin eyen faylen, and thi lijf fayle ; and a 
greet parti of thin hows shal die, whanne 

34 to mannus age it shal come. Forsothe 
this shal be the tokne, that is to come to 



c - 



sum part per- 
teynede to the 
offereris. Lire 
here. c. 



plesid to himt; forsothe 6 if a man syn- 

neth a3ens the Lord, who schal preye for 

hym |? And thei d herden not the vois of 

her fadir, for God wolde sle hem. For-s 

sothe the child Samuel profitide, and en- 

creessyde, and pleside bothe God and men. t ?. hi " bi 8 '5 he 

* M tbingis, nethc- 

Sotheli 6 a man of God cam to Hely, and 27 les it may be 

, _,. _ forjouun. Lire 

seide to hym, 1 he Lord seith these thingis, here. c. 

Whether Y was not schewid apertli to the 

hows of thi fadir, whanne he was in E- 

gipt, in the hows of Farao ? And Y chees 28 

hym of alle lynagis f of Israel 'in to? preest 

to me, that he schulde stie h to myn auter, 

and schulde brenne encense to me, and 

that he schulde here bifor me preestis' 

cloth ; and Y 3af to 'the hows of thi fadir k 

alle thingis || of the 1 sacrifices of the sones \\aiiethmgis 

of Israel. Whi hast thou cast awey with 29 hem, for sum 

the m heele my sacrifice", and my 3iftis, 

whiche Y comaundide to be offrid in the 

temple ; and thou onouridst? more thi 

sones than me, that 36 eeten the principal 

partis of ech sacrifice of 'Israel, my puplei? 

Therfor the Lord God of Israel seith these 30 

thingis, Y spekynge spak, that thin hows 

and 'the hows of thi fadir r schulde rny- 

nystre 8 in my si3t til in to with outen 

ende ; 'now forsothe 1 the Lord seith, Fer 

be this fro me ; but who euere onourith 

me, Y schal glorifie hym ; forsothe u thei 

that dispisen me, schulen be vnnoble. Lo ! si 

daies comen, and Y schal kitte awei thin 

arm v , and the arm of the hows of thi 

fadir, that an eld man w be not in thin 

hows. And thou schalt se thin enemy x in 32 

the temple, in alle prosperitees^ of Israel ; 

and an eld man schal not be in thin hows 

in alle daies. Netheles Y schal not outerliss 

take awei of thee a man fro myn auter, 

but that thin i3en faile, and thi soule z 

faile a ; and greet b part of thin hows schal 

die, whanne it schal come to mannus age. 

Forsothe this schal be signe d , that schal 34 



q men A. r vnto BCEFH. 

c but i. d his sones i. e Certis i. f the lynagis i. S to be a i. h stie up i. 'a preestis i. k thi 
fadris hous I. 1 Om. i. m thin i. n sacrifices i. the whiche i. P hast honourid i. 1 my puple of 
Israel I. r thi fadris hous i. s haue mynystrid i. * certis now i. u certis i. v arm or thi power i. 
w prest or rvijse. x enemyes K. Y the prosperitees I. z lijf i text, or soule marg. a langwishe i. 
b a greet i. c Certis i. d the tokene i. 

C 2 






12 



I. KINGS. 



II. 35 III. 9. 



thi two sonys, Ophny and Phynees, in 

35 o day thei shulen die bothe. And I shal 
rere to me a trewe preest, that after myn 
herte and soule shal doo ; and I shal bilde 
to hym a trewe hows, and he shal goo 

36 before my Crist alle days. Forsothe it 
is to come, that who so euere abidith 8 stil 
in thin hows, he come that it be preyed 
for hym, and he offre a silueren peny, 
and a round kaak of breed, and seye, 
Lete me, Y biseche, to o preeste* paarte, 
that I eete a morsel" of breed. 

CAP. III. 

1 Child forsothe Samuel mynystrede to 
the Lord before Hely, and the sermoun 
of the Lord was precious ; in tho dais 

2 was noon opyn visioun. It was maad 
thann on a day, Heli leye in his place, 
and his eyen daswiden, and he my3te not 
see the lanterne of God, before it were 

3 quenchid. Forsoth Samuel slepte in the 
temple of the Lord, where was the arke 

4 of God. And the Lord clepide Samuel ; 
the which answerynge seith, Loo ! I. 

s And he ranne to Hely, and seide to hym, 
Loo ! Y ; thou hast clepid forsothe me. 
The which seide, I haue not clepid thee ; 
turn a3en and sleep. And he 3ede and 

c slept. And the Lord eft leyde to to v clepe 
Samuel ; and Samuel rysynge 3ede to 
Heli, and seide, Loo ! Y ; for thou hast 
clepid me. The which answeryde, Y 
haue not clepid thee, sone myn ; turn 

7a3en and sleep. Forsothe Samuel 3it not 
knewe the Lord, ne the sermoun of the 

s Lord was openyd to hym. And the 
Lord leide to, and 3it clepide Samuel the 
thridde tyme ; the which rysynge 3ede 

s to Hely, and seith, Loo ! Y ; for thou 
hast clepid me. Thanne Hely vndur- 
stood, that the Lord clepide the child; 
and he seith to Samuel, Go and sleep ; 



come to thi twei sones Ophym e and Fy- 
nees, bothe f schulen die in o dai. And 35 
Y schal reise to me a feithful preest, that 
schal do bi# myn herte and my soule ; and 1 ' 
Y schal bilde to hym a feithful hows, and 
he schal go bifore my Crist in alle daies. 
Forsothe 1 it schal come, that who euersc 
dwellith k in thin hows, he comet that' me 
preie 1 for him, and that he offre a peny of 
siluer, and a cake of breed, and seie, Y 
biseche, suffre thou me to o 'part of the 
preest, that Y ete a mussel" of breed. 

CAP. III. 

Forsothe the child Samuel v mynystride i 
to the Lord bifor Heli, and the word of 
the Lord was preciouse:j: ; in tho daies was 
noon opyn reuelacioun. TherforP it was 2 
doon in a dai, Heli lay in his bed, and 
hise i3en dasewiden, and he my3te not se 
the lanterne of God||, bifor that it was 
quenchid. Forsothei Samuel slepte in the 3 
tern pie of the Lord, where the ark of 
God was. And the Lord clepide Samuel ; 4 
and he answeride and seide, Lo ! Y r . And 5 
he ran to Hely, and seide to hym, Lo ! Y ; 
for thou clepidist me. Which 8 Hely seide, 
Y clepide not thee ; turne thou 1 a3en and 
slepe. And he" 3ede and slepte. And thee 
Lord addide eft to clepe Samuel ; and Sa- 
muel roos, and 3ede to Hely, and seide, 
Lo ! Y v ; for thou clepidist me. And Heli 
answeride, Y clepide not thee, my sone ; 
turne thou a3en and slepe. Forsothe w 7 
Samuel knew not 3it the Lordff, nether 
the 'word of the Lord x was shewid to 
hym. And the Lord addide, and clepideFs 
3it Samuel the thridde tyme; 'which Sa- 
muel 2 roos a and 3ede b to Heli, and seide, 9 
Lo ! Y ; for thou clepidist me. Therfor 
Heli vndirstood, that the Lord clepide d 
the child ; and Heli 6 seide to Samuel, Go f 
and slepe ; and if he clepith thee aftir- 



8 abytt DFH. abit EC. * prestis EC. u mussel CE. v Om. BE. 

c Ofni EIP. f bothe thei i. S aftir i. h Om. K. i Sothly i. k schal dwelle i. 1 men 
preie DGMNOPQRSUX. it be preied r. m prestis part i. n morsel i. seruyde i. P Thanne i. 1 And i. 
r Y am redi i. s And i. * Om. DGIKMNOWSCC.WI. " Samuel i. v Y here i. w Sothly i. x Lordis 
word i. 7 he clepide i. z the which i. a roos up i. b wente i. c Thanne i. d had clepid i. e he i. 
f Go thou i. 



f he come. In 
Ebreu it is, tho 
he come to bow 
for him silf, in 
an halpeny of 
siluer; Ebrews 
expownen tho, 
that preestis 
dwellings of 
the genera- 
cioun of Hely, 
oujten to meke 
hem silf bifor 
the hijeste 
preest, and to 
praye, that 
they myjten 
serue in the 
temple for the 
priys of an 
halpeny of 
siluer, and of 
a cake of breed 
in the day, and 
the lettre that 
sueth, semeth 
acorde, whanne 
it sueth, and 
he seye, and 
so forth. Lire 
here. c. 

J was preciouse. 
In Ebreu it is, 
was forbedun 
ethir maad 
derk. c. 
|| the lanterne 
of God. Comyn 
Latyn biblis 
ban thus, and 
hise i$en dase- 
widen, and he 
my)te not se the 
lanterne of God, 
bifor that it 
was quenchid, 
but certis tin's 
lettre is cor- 
rupt, as the 
Maistre of 
Stories and 
Lire here 
witnessen, and 
the book of 
Ebreu ques- 
tiouns; therfor 
in Ebreu it is 
had thus, and 
hise i)en dose- 
widen, and he 
mir,tc not se ; 
the lanterne of 
the Lord was 
not jt/ quench- 
id. He my3te 
not se the lan- 
terne of God, 
bifor that it 
was quenchid. 
c. 

slepte in the 
temple; that is, 
in a chaumbir 
bisidis the 
temple, where 
dekenes weren 
that kepten the 
temple. Lire 
here. c. 
ft knewe not 
yt the Lord ; 
that is, the 
maner of spek- 
ing of the Lord 
with profetis. 
Lire here. c. 



III. 10 20. 



I. KINGS. 



13 



and if herafter he clepe w thee, thou shalt 
seye, Spek, Lord, for thi seruaunt herith. 
Thanne Samuel wente and slept in his 

10 place. And the Lord cam, and stood, 
and clepide as he clepide the secounde 
tyme, Samuel, Samuel. And Samuel 
seith, Spek, Lord, for thi seruaunt herith. 

uAnd the Lord seide to Samuel, Loo! Y 
doo a word in Yrael, the which who so 
euere herith, bothe his eeris shulen tyn- 

i2clen. In that day I shal arere x a3ens 
Hely alle thingis, the whiche I haue 
spokun vpon the hows of hym ; Y shal 

isbigynne, and fulfille. Forsothe I seide 
before to hym, that I was to deme his 
hows without ende for wickidnes ; for thi 
that he knewe his sonys vnworthili to 

udoon, and vndurnam hem not. Therfore 
Y swore to the hows of Hely, that the 
wickidnes of hys hows shal not be doon 
a seeth before? with slayn sacrifices and 

i53iftis vnto with out ende. Forsothe 
Samuel slept vnto the morwe, and he 
openyde the dorys of the hows of the 
Lord ; and Samuel dredde to shewe the 

isvisyoun to Hely. Thanne Hely clepide 
Samuel, and seide, Samuel, my sorie. The 

17 which answerynge seith, Y am redy. And 
he askide hym, What is the word that 
the Lord hath spoken to thee ? Y preye 
thee, ne hele thou fro me ; thes thingis 
do to thee God, and thes thingis adde, if 
thou hidist fro me a word of alle the 

is wordis that ben seyd to thee. And Sa- 
muel shewide to hym alle the wordis, 
and hidde not fro hym. And he an- 
swerde, A Lord he is ; that good is in his 

igeyen, do he. Forsothe Samuel wexe, and 
the Lord was with hym, and there felle 
not into the erthe of alle the wordis of 

20 hym. And alle Yrael knew3 z fro Dan 
vnto Bersabee, that Samuel was the feith- 



ward, thou schalt seie, Speke thou, Lord, 

for thi seruaunt herith. Therfor Samuel 

3ede and slepte in his place. And theio 

Lord cam, and stood, arid clepide as he 

hadde clepid the secunde tyme, Samuel, 

Samuel. And Samuel seide, Speke thou, 

Lord, for thi seruaunt herith. And then 

Lord seide to Samuel, Lo ! Y make a 

wordf in h Israel, which 1 word who euer + a word; that 

schal here, bothe hise eeris schulen rynge k j. 



" g 



clensid, as to 



In that dai Y schal reise 1 a3ens Heli allei2^ ord ' c- 
thingis, whiche" 1 Y spak n on his hows ; is, he schai be 
Y schal bigynne, and Y schal ende. For is wunX and' 
Y biforseide to hym, that Y schulde deme 
his hows with outen ende for wickid- 
nesse ; for heP knew, that hise sories diden 
vnworthili, and he chastiside not hem. 
Therfor Y swoori to the hows of Heli, 
that the wickidnesse of his hows* schal 
not be clensid|| bi s sacrifices and 3iftis til 

. _ , t .-, 

in to with outen ende. Forsothe* Samuel 
slepte til the morewtid, and he openyde 
the doris of the hows of the Lord ; and to '^ and 

euerlastmge 

Samuel dredde to schewe the reuelacioun peyne, in hem 

that repent- 

to Heli. Therfor Heli clepide Samuel, IG iden verily. 

, . , ,, ii Lire here. c. 

and seide, Samuel, my sone. And he an- 

sweride and seide, Y am redi. And Heli 17 

axide hym, What is the word which" the 

Lord spak v to thee ? Y preye thee, hide 

thou w not fro me ; God do to thee 'these 

thingis x , and encreesse? these thingis, if 

thou hidist fro me a word of alle wordis z 

that ben seid to thee. And Samuel schew-ia 

ide to hym a alle the wordis, and ' hidde 

not b fro hym. And Heli answeride, He is 

the c Lord ; do he that d , that is good in hise 

i3en. Forsothe 6 Samuel encreeside, and the 19 

Lord was with hym, and noon of alle hise f 

wordis feldes in to erthe. And al Israel 20 m to erthe; 

that is, in veyn, 



fro Dan to Bersabee knew, that feithful 
Samuel was a profete of the Lord. And; 
the Lord addide'that he schulde h appere 



w clepeth CE. * reren c. y fore DCEFH. z knee A. kne c pr. m. F. 

S Thanne i. fc to be frnotv'en in i. > the which i. k tyncle i. 1 reise up i. m that i. n haue spoken 
up i. the wickidnesse theroff i. P Hely i. <i haue swore i. r meynee or hows i. s with i. * And 
thanne i. u that i. y hath spoke i. w it i. * alle these yuelis i. y encresse he i. z the 
wordis I. a Hely i. >> he hidde noon i. c Om. i. d Om. c. e Certis i. f the I. 8 felle voide i. 
h to i. 






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I. KINGS. 



III. 21 IV. 7. 



21 ful a prophet of the Lord. And the Lord 
addide that he shulde apere in Sylo, for 
the Lord was shewid to Samuel in Sylo 
after the word of the Lord; and the word 
of Samuel felle 'into b al Yrael. 

CAP. IV. 

1 And it is doon in tho days Philistien 
camen togidre into fijt ; forsothe and 
Yrael wente out into batayl to meet 
Phylistien, and he sette tentis bisyde 
the stoon of help. Forsothe Philistien 

2 camen into Aphet, and maden shiltroun c 
ajens Yrael. Forsothe, the strijf bigun d , 
Yrael turnede backis to the e Philistiens f ; 
and there ben slayn in that strijf pas- 
mele bi feeldis as foure thowsandys of 

3 men ; and the puple is turnede a3en to 
the tentis. And the more thur3 birth of 
Yrael seyden, Whi hath the Lord smyten 
vs to day before Philistien ? Brynge we 
forth to vs fro Sylo the arke of the boond 
of pees of the Lord, and come it in the 
myddil of vs, that it saue vs fro the 

*hoond of oure enemyes. Thanne the 
puple senten into Sylo, and token thens 
the arke of the boond of pees of the 
Lord of oostis, sittynge vpon cherubym. 
And the two sones of Hely, Ophny and 
Phynees, weren with the arke of the 

5 boond of pees of the Lord. And whanne 
the arke of the boond of pees of the 
Lord was comen into the tentis, al Yrael 
cryede out with a greet crye, and the 

Berth thurj sownede. And Philistien 
herden the voys of the crye, and seiden, 
Forsothe what is this vois of greet crye 
in the tentis of Ebrewis? And thei 
knewen, that the arke of the boond of 
pees of the Lord was comen into the 

7 tentis. And Philistien dredden, seiynge, 



in' Silo, for the Lord was schewid to Sa- 
muel in Silo bi the 'word of the Lord k ; 
and the word of Samuel cam to al Israel. 



CAP. IV. 

And it was doon in tho daies Filisteis i 
camen to gidere in to batel ; for 1 Israel 
3ede out a3ens Filisteis m in to batel, and 
settiden" tentis bisidis the stoon of help. 
Forsothe Filisteis camen in to Aphet, 
and maden redi scheltrun a3ens Israel. 2 
SotheliP whanne the batel was bigunmm, 
Israel turned backisi to Filisteis ; and as r 
foure thousynde of s men* weren slayn in 
that batel x euery where" bi feeldis v ; and 
the puple of Israel turnede a3en to 
tentis w . And the grettere men in birthe 
of Israel seiden, Whi hath the Lord smyte 
vs to dai bifore Filisteis x ? Brynge we to 
vs fro Silo the arke of boond y of pees of 
the Lord, and come it in to the myddis 
of vs, that it saue vs fro the hond of oure 
enemyes. Therfor the puple sente in to 4 
Silo, and thei token fro thennus the arke 
of boond 2 of pees of the Lord of oostis, 
'that sat on a cherubyn. And Ophym b and 
Fynees, twei c sones of Heli, weren with 
the arke of boond d of pees of the Lord. 
And whanne the arke of boond of pees of s 
the Lord hadde come in to the castels 6 , al 
Israel criede f with grete cry, and the erthe 
sownede. And Filisteis? herden the vois of 6 
cry h , and seiden 1 , What k is this vois of 
greet cry in the castels 1 of Ebrews ? And 
thei knewen, that the arke of boond of 
pees of the Lord hadde come in to cas- 
tels m . And Filisteis" dredden, and seiden, 7 
God is come in to v the castels ; and thei? 
weiliden, and seiden, Wo to vs ! for so 8 



a trewe E pr. m. b to BCEH. c schetrome E passim. d gon in E pr. m. begunnen sec. m. e Om. CE. 
f Filisteis c passim. 

i eft in i. k Lordis word i. 1 forsothe i. m the Filisteis i. n Israel sette i. And the i. P And i. 
1 the backis i. r as a i. s Om. i. * men of Israel i. u ouer al i. v ' the feeldis i. w her tentis i. 
* the Filisteis i. y the boond i. z the boond i. a sittinge upon i. b Ophny DIX sec. m. PE. c the 
two i. d the boond i. e tentis i. { Jbrjoie criede i. S the Filisteis i. h her cry i. i thei seiden i. 
k And what i. J tentis i. m the castels CDELPQSUWX. the tentis of Israel i. n the Filisteis i. her 
tentis i. P the Philistees i. 



IV. 8 1 8. 



I. KINGS. 



15 



God is comen into the tends ; and in- 
awardly thei weiliden, seiynge, Woo to 
vs ! forsothe there was not so mych 
gladynge 3isterday&, ne before 3istirday; 
woo to vs ! who shal kepe vs fro the 
hoondis h of thes hei3e goddis ? thes ben 
the goddis that smyten Egipt bi al ven- 
aiaunce in deseert. Takith coumfort, and 
'be 36' men of Philistien, ne serue 36 to 
Ebrewis, as thei serueden to vs ; takith 

10 coumfort, and fi3tith. Thanne Philystien 
fou3ten, and Yrael is hewen down, and 
echon flee3 k into his tabernacle; and there 
is doon a wel greet veniaunce, and there 
fellen of Yrael thretti thowsandis of foot 

11 men. And the arke of God is taken, and 
the two sones of Hely ben deed. Ophny 

12 and Phynees. Forsothe rennynge a man 
of Beniamyn fro the sheltroun cam into 
Sylo in that day, rent the clooth, and 

isspreynt 1 with powdre the heed; and 
whan he was comen, Hely sat vpon 
the litil seet a3ens the weye abidynge ; 
forsothe his herte was dredynge for the 
arke of the Lord. Forsothe that man 
after that he is goon yn, toolde to the 

ucytee, and al the cytee 3ellide. And 
Hely herde the sown of the crye, and 
seide, What is this sown of this noyse ? 
And he hiede, and cam, and toold to 

is Hely. Forsothe Hely was of nynty and 
ei3t 3eer, and his eyen dasweden, and he 

iemy3t not se. And he seyde to Hely, Y 
am that am comen fro the batayl, and 
Y that haue flowen fro the shiltroun to 
day. To whom he seith, What, is doon, 

17 sone myn ? Answerynge forsothe he that 
toold, seith, Yrael hath flowen before the 
Philistiens, and a greet fallynge is doo 
in the puple ; also and thi two sones been 
deed, Ophny and Phynees, and the arke 

is of God is takun. And wharine he hadde 



greet full ioiyng was not r 3istirdai, and 
the thridde day passid ; wo to vs ! who 
schal kepe vs fro the hond s of 'these hi3e* 
goddis ? these ben the goddis, that smyt- 
iden" Egipt with al veniauncef in deseert. 
Filisteis v , be 36 coumfortid, and be 30 men, 9 
serue 30 not w Ebrews, as thei serueden x 



f with al ven- 
n if 



; be 36 coumfortid, and fhte 3e z . Ther- 10 h r m w< and 

r,. therfor they 

for a Fihsteis b fou3ten, and Israel was mounnotnow 

i 11 n . j . anoye vs. Lire 

slayn c , and ech man flei d in to his taber- here. c. 
nacle; and a ful greet veniaunce was maad, 
and thretti thousynde of foot men of Israel 
felden doun. And the arke of God wasii 
takun ; and, twei e sones of Heli, Ophym f 
and Fynees, weren deed. Sothelis a man 12 
of Benkrnyn ran fro the scheltrun, and 
cam in to Silo in that dai, with his cloth 
torent and his h heed bispreynt with dust ; 
and whanne he was comen, Heli sat 'on an' 13 
hi3e k seete, 'and bihelde 1 a3ens the weie ; 
for his herte was dredyng for the arke of 
the Lord. Sotheli 11 aftir that thilke man 
entride , he telde to the? citee, and al the 
citee 3ellide. And Heli herde the soun of u 
cryi, and seide r , What is this 8 sown of 
this noise ? And he* hastide, and cam, and 
telde to Heli. Forsothe u Heli was" of foure is 
score 3eer and ei3tene, and hise i3en dasi- 
widen v , and he my3te not se. And he w is 
seide to Heli, Y am x that cam fro batel?, 
and Y am z that flei a to dai fro the schel- 
trun. To whom Ely seide, My sone, what 
is doon b ? Forsothe he that telde an- 17 
sweride, and seide, Israel flei d bifor Fi- 
listeis 6 , and a greet fal f is maad in the 
puples ; ferthermore and thi twey sones, 
Ophym h and Fynees, ben deed, and the 
arke of God is takun. And whanne he is 
hadde 1 nemyd k the arke of God, Hely felde 
fro 'the hi3e* seete bacward bisidis the 
dore, and v was deed; for the nollis J m 
weren brokun". For he was an eld man, 



I for the nollis. 
In Ebreu it is, 
for his necke 
was brokun. c. 



S jistai c. jistay E. h honde BCEFH. beth CE. k fleth E. 1 sprengd CE. 

1 out i. ' not there i. s hondis K. * the L. u smyten i. v and it was seid, Filisteis i. w not 
to the i. * han serued i. y to jou i. z 39 ayns Israel i. a Thanne i. b the Filisteis i. c ouer- 
comen i. d fledde i. e the two i. f Ophny EIPX sec. m. S And i. h with his i. ' on his c. 
upon a i. k Om. i. 1 abidynge i. m Om. QR sec. m. n And i. hadde entrid i. P men of the i. 
1 the cry i. r he seide i. s the i. * the man i. u And i. v derkeden i. w the man i. x am he i. 
y the batel i. z am he i. a fledde i. b ther don i. c And i. d hath fled i. e the Filisteis i. 
f fallyng i. S puple of Israel i. h Ophuy BIPX sec. m. ' Om. i. k nempned CEILMPUW. namid R. 
1 his i. m his skulles i. n broke and he was deed i. 



16 



I. KINGS. 



IV. 19 V. 5. 



nemnyd the arke, he felle fro the litil 
sect backward biside the dore, and the 
scullis brokun, he is deed. Forsothe an 
oold man he was, and of greet age ; and 

19 he demyde Yrael fourti 1 jeer. His douj- 
tre in lawe forsothe, the wijf of Phynees, 
was with child, and nyj to the berynge ; 
and the messager herde that the arke 
of God was takun, and hir fader in lawe 
deed, and hir man, she bowide hir self, 
and bare child ; forsothe there fellen in 

20 hir sodeyn sorwis. Forsothe in that mo- 
ment of her deeth seiden to hir, that 
stoden about hir, Ne drede thow, for a 
sone thow hast born. The which an- 
swerde not to hem, forsothe ne took hede. 

21 And she clepide the child Hicaboth, sei- 
ynge, Translatid is the glorye of the Lord 
fro Irael, for takun is the ark of God ; 
and for hir fader in lawe and for hir 

22 man she seith, Translatid is the glorie 
of God fro Yrael ; forthi that the arke 
of God was takun. 

CAP. V. 

1 Philistien forsothe token the arke of 
God, and beren it fro the stoon of help 

2 into Azoth. And Philistien token the 
arke of God, and brou3ten it into the 
temple of Dagon, and setten it beside 

3 Dagon. And whanne Azothis weren 
rysen eerli the tother day, loo ! Dagon 
lay redi in the eerth before the ark of 
the Lord. And thei token Dagon, and 

4 setten it a3en in his place. And eft, 
eerly the tother day rysynge, thei fonden 
Dagon liynge vpon his face in the erthe 
before the arke of the Lord. Forsothe 
the heed of Dagon, and the two palmys 
of his hoondis weren kut awey vpon the 

5 thresshwold ; forsothe the stok of Dagon 
aloone lafte in his place. For this cause 
the preestis of Dagon, and alle that goon 
into his temple, treden not vpon the 
thresshwold of Dagon in Azoth vnto the 



and of greet age ; and he demyde Israel 

bi fourti jeer. Forsothe? his doujter in is 

lawe/ the wijf of Finees"!, was with childe, 

and riij the child bering ; and whanne v the 

message was herd r that the arke of God 

was takun, and that hir fadir in lawe was 

deed, and hir hosebonde, sche bowide hir 

silf s , and childide ; for sodeyn sorewis 

felden in to hir. Sotheli* in that moment 20 

of hir deeth, wymmen n that stoden aboute 

hir, seiden to hir, Drede thou not, for thou 

hast childid a sone. And sche answeride 

not to hem, for v nether 'sche perseyuede w . 

And sche clepide the child Ichabothf, and 21 1 leaboth; that 

is, without 

seide, 1 he glorie of the Lord is translatid glorie. Lire 
fro Israel, for the arke of God is takun x ; 
and for hir fadir in lawe and for hir hose- 
bonde sche seide, The glorie of God is 22 
translatid? fro Israel, for the arke of God 
is z takun. 



CAP. V. 

Forsothe a Filisteis token the arke ofi 
God, and baren b awey it fro the stoon of 
help in to Azotus. And Filisteis tokun 2 
the arke of God, and broujten it to d the 
temple of Dagon, and settiden it bisidis 
Dagon. And whanne men of Azotus had- 3 
den rise eerli in e the todir dai, lo ! Dagon 
lay low in the erthe bifor the arke of the 
Lord. And thei token Dagon, and re- 
storiden hym in f his place. And eft thei 4 
risidenS eerli in the tothir day, and found- 
en 11 Dagon liggynge on his face on' the 
erthe bifor the arke of the Lord. For- 
sothe 14 the heed of Dagon, and twei 1 
pawmes of his hondis weren kit m of" on 
the threisfold; certis? the stok aloone of 5 
Dagon lefte in his place. For this cause 
the preestis of Dagon, and alle that entren 
in to his temple, treden not oni the threis- 
fold 1 ' of Dagon in Azotus til s in to* this 



1 forurti A. 

Om. i. P And i. 1 Finees wijf i. r sche herde bi the messangere i. s silf doun I. * And i. 
u thei i. v Om. i. w toke heede i. x taken awei i. J taken awei i. z was plures. a And the i. 
b baren it i. c the Filisteis i. d into DEFGIKLMNOPX. e into o. f into i. S risen i. h thei founden i. 
i upon i. k And i. l the two i. m broken i. kutte K. n off i. upon i. P and i. 1 upon i. 
r threshold L. s Om. i. * vnto i. 



V. 6 12. 



I. KINGS. 



17 



e day that is nowe. Forsothe the hoond 
of the Lord is greggid vpon the Azothis, 
and he wastide hem, and he smoot A- 
zothe and his coostis in the more priue 
party of the arsis ; and the towns and 
feeldis booyleden out in the mydil of that m 
regioun, and myis ben born ; and there is 
doon a greet confusioun of deeth in the 

7cytee. Men forsothe of Azoth seynge 
siche a maner veniaunce seiden, Dwel 
not the arke of God of Yrael anentis vs ; 
for hard is his hoond vpon vs, and vpon 

sDagon oure god. And seendynge thei 
gedreden to hem self alle the maystris of 
Philistiens, and seiden, What shulen we 
doo of the arke of God of Yrael ? And 
Gethey answerden, The arke of God of 
Yrael be turned about ; and thei turn- 
eden about the arke of God of Yrael. 

9 Forsothe hem turnynge it about, the 
hoond of the Lord of a greet slau3ter wel 
mych was doon vpon alle the cytees ; 
and he smoot the men of ech cytee fro 
litil vnto more, and the arsroppis of hem 
goynge out stonken ; and Gethey wenten 
into counseil, and maden to hem letheren 
loseetis. Thanne thei senten the arke of 
the Lord into Acharon. And whanne 
the arke of the Lord was comen into 
Acharon, Acharonytis cryeden out, sei- 
ynge, Thei ban brou3t to vs the arke of 
God of Yrael, that he sle vs and oure 

1 1 puple. Thei senten thanne, and gedriden 
togidre alle the maystrys of Philistiens ; 
the which seiden, Leeue 30 the arke of 
God of Yrael, and be it turned a3en into 
his place, and sle it not vs with oure 

12 puple. Forsothe dreed of deth was maad 
in alle the cytees, and moost greuous was 
greetli the hoond of the Lord. Forsothe the 
men, that weren not deed, weren smyten 
in the priuyer party of the arsis, and the 
3ellynge of ech cytee stiede vp into heuene. 



men of Axotus. 

Lire here. c. 



dai. Forsothe the bond of the Lord was 6 
maad greuouse on u men of Azotus, and 
he v distriede hem, and he smoot Azotust 

... , - . , Azotus, that is, 

and the coostis therof in the prmyere w men dwelling 

part of buttokis*; and townes?:): and feeldis fjn^ /<>, ,-ai 

in the z myddis of that cuntrey buyliden *** 

out a , and myis camen forth ; and greet t' lidur > s 

. 

confusioun of deth was maad in the citee. 
Sotheli b men of Azotus sien siche a ven- 7 
iaunce, and seiden c , The arke of God of 
Israel dwelle not at d vs ; for his 6 hond f is 
hard on? vs, and on Dagon oure god. And s 
thei senten, and gaderiden h alle the wise 
men, Aether princes' 1 , of Filisteis 'to hem k , 
and seiden, What schulen we do of the 
arke of God of Israel ? And men 1 of Geth 
answeriden, The arke of God of Israel be 
led aboute ; and thei ledden aboute the 
arke of God of Israel. Forsothe while 9 
thei ledden it aboute, the bond of the 
Lord 'of ful greet sleyng" was maad on 
alle citeesP; and he smoot men of ech 
citee fro a litil mani til r to 'the more 8 , and 
the lowere* entraylis 'of hem u wexiden 
rotun, and camen forth ; and men of Geth 
token counsel, and maden v to hem w seetis 
of skynnes, ethir cuyschuns. Therfor thei 10 
senten the arke of the Lord in to Acco- 
ron. And whanne the arke of the Lord 
hadde come in to Accoron, men of Acco- 
ron crieden, and seiden, Thei ban brought 
to vs the arke of God of Israel, that he sle 
vs and oure puple. Therfor x thei senten, 1 1 
and gaderideny alle the wise men, ' ethir 
princes 1 , of Filisteis; whiche a seiden, De- 
lyuere 30 the arke of God of Israel, and 
turne it a3en in to his place, and sle not b 
vs with oure puple. For dreed of deeth 12 
was maad in alle.citees, and the bond of 
the Lord was 'greuouse greetli . Also d the 
men, that weren not deed, weren smytun 
in the priuy 6 part f of buttokiss, and the 
3elling of ech citee stiede h in to heuene. 



m the A. 

upon i. v the Lord i. w more priuee i. * her tail eendis i. y the townes i. z Om. i. a out 
myis i. b And i. c thei seiden i. d anentis i. e the i. f hond of God i. S upon i. h gaderiden to 
hem i. i Om. CDGIMNOSX pr. m. k Om. i. 1 the men i. m And i. n Om. i. upon i. P the citees 
aboute of ful gret slaujtere i. 1 child i. r Om. i. s a more man i. l her priuey nether i. u Om. I. 
T thei maden i. " hem self i. * Thanne i. Y gaderiden togidere i. z Om. DGIMNOQSX pr. m. a the 
whiche i. b not the Lord i. c ful greuouse i. d And i. e priuyer BCW. f parties i. S her but- 
tokis i. h stiede up i. 

VOL. II. D 



18 



I. KINGS. 



VI. 1 9. 



CAP. VI. 

1 Was thanne the arke of the Lord in 
the regioun of the Philistiens seuen 

2 monethes ; and after thes thingis Phi- 
listiens clepiden the preestis and dyuyn- 
ours, seiynge, What shal we doon with 
the arke of God ? Shewe 36 vs, what 
maner wyse we shulen sende it a3en 'in 

3 to" his place. The whiche seiden, If 36 
senden a3en the arke of God of Yrael, 
wole 36 not leeue it voyde, but that 30 
owen, 3eldeth to hym for the synne ; and 
thanne 36 shulen be heelid, and 36 shulen 
knowe, whi that his hoond goth not a wey 

4 fro 3ow. The whiche seiden, What is 
that for the trespasse we owen to 3eeld to 

5 it ? And thei answerden , After noumbre 
of prouyncis of Philistiens fyue golden 
arsis 36 shulen make, and fyue golden 
myis ; for o plage was to 3ow alle and 
to 3oure maistris. And 36 shulen make 
a licnesse of 3oure arsis, and a licnesse of 
the myis that han wastid the loond ; and 
36 shulen 3yue to the God of Yrael 
glorye, if? perauenture he releue his 
hoond fro 3011, and fro 3oure goddis, and 

r.fro 3oure loond. Whi agreggen 36 3oure 
hertis, as Egipt agreggide, and Pharao 
his hert? Whether not after he is 
smyten, thanne he lafte hem, and thei 

73eden a wey? Nowe thanne takith, and 
makith a newe weyn, and ioyneth two 
kyen that han calued late, in the weyn, 
to whom is not put on 3ok ; and reclosith 

H her calues at home. And 36 shulen take 
the arke of the Lord, and putte in the 
weyn; and the goldun vessels that 36 han 
payed out to it for the trespas, 36 shulen 
put in a litle cofre at the side of it ; and 

9 leeue 36 it, that it goo. And 36 shulen 
biholden, forsothe and if bi the weye of 
her coostis it stie vp a3en Bethsames, it 



CAP. VI. 

Therfor the arke of the Lord was ini 
the cuntrei of Filisteis bi 1 seuene monethis; 
and aftir these thingis Filisteis k clepiden 1 2 
preestis and false dyuynours, and seiden, 
What schulen we do of the arke of God ? 
Shewe 36 to vs, hou we schulen sende it m 
in to his place". Whiche seiden, If 363 
senden a3en the arke of God of Israel, 
nyle 36 delyuere it voide, but 3elde 30 to 
hym that?, that 30 owen for synne; and 
thanne je schulen be heelid, andi 36 schu- 
len wite, whi 'his hond r goith not awei 
fro 3ou. And thei seiden, What 8 is it, that 4 
we owen to 3elde to hym 1 for trespas u ? 
And thei answeriden to hem, Bi the 5 
noumbre of prouynces v of Filisteis 30 
schulen make fyue goldun ersis, and fyue 
goldun myis ; for o veniaunce was to alle 
3ou and to 3oure ' wise men, ether princes. 
And 36 schulen make the licnesse of 3oure 
ersis, and the licnesse of rnyis that dis- 
triede 3oure lond ; and 30 schulen 3yue 
glorie to God of Israel, if in hap he with- 
drawe his bond" fro 3011, and fro 3oure 
goddis, and fro youre lond. Whi maken 
3e heuy 3oure hertis, as Egipt, and Farao 
'made heuy? his z herte ? Whether not after 
that he was smytun, thanne he delyuerede 
hem a , and thei 3eden forth? Now ther-7 
for take 36, and make b o c newe wayn, and 
ioyne 3e d twei kien hauynge caluys, on e 
whiche kyen no 3ok was put ; and close 
36 her calues at hoome. And 36 schulen s 
take the arke of the Lord, and 36 schulen 
sette in the wayn ; and 36 schulen put in 
a panyere f at the side therof s the goldun 
vessels, whiche 3e h payeden 1 to hym k for 
trespas 1 ; and delyuere 30 the arke, that 
it go m . And 36 schulen biholde", and so- 9 
theli if it stieth" a3ens BethsamesP bi the 
weie of 'hise coostis^, 'he dide r to 3011 this 



n to E. answerden to them E pr. v. P lest E pr. m. 



i Om. i. k the Filisteis i. 1 clepiden logidere i. m it ajen i. n place of it i. The whiche i. 
P that thing i. 1 and so i. r the hond of God i. s What thing i. l God i. u oure trespas i. v the 
provynces i. w princes c. wise men DGMNOQX. x wrath i. y greuyde i. z her i. a Goddis peple i. 
o make je A. maketh i. c a IR. d je theryn i. e upon the i. ' litil coffre i. S of the ark i. 
h thei ELPRU. ' han paied DGiKMNOQsxb. k the Lord i. 1 y>ure trespas i. m go forth i. 
it i. goth up i. P Bethasames A. 1 tho i. r the Lord hath thanne do i. 



n biholde 



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19 



hath doo to 3011 this greet yuel ; forsothe 
if not, we shulen wyte that the hoond 
of it hath not towchid vs, but by hap it 
10 hath fallun. Thanne thei diden this wise; 
and takynge two kyen that 3auen calues 
sowke, thei ioyneden to the wayn ; for- 
sothe the calues of hem thei closiden at 

11 home. And thei putten the arke of God 
vpon the wayn, and the litle coofre that 
hadde the golden myis, and the licnes of 

12 arsis. Forsothe the kyen 3eden euen ry3t 
bi the weye that ledith to Bethsames ; 
and in o weye thei wenten goynge and 
loowynge, and thei boweden not asyde 
ne to the ry3t ne to the left ; but and 
the maystris of Philistyens folweden vnto 

is the teermys of Bethsames. Forsothe 
Bethsamytis repiden whete in the valey, 
and rerynge vp the eyen thei seen the 
arke, and thei ioyeden, whanne thei had- 

14 den seen. And the wayn cam into the 
feeld of Josue Bethsamyte, and stood 
there. Forsothe a greet stoon was there ; 
and thei hewedeni the trees of the wayn, 
and the kien thei putten vpon, the brent 

is sacrifice to the Lord. Forsothe Leuytis 
putten down the arke of God, and the 
litil coofre that was biside it, in the 
which weren the golden vessels ; and thei 
putten vpon the greet stoon. Forsothe 
Bethsamytis men offreden brent sacrifice, 
and slewen sacrifices in that day to the 

"Lord. And the fyue maystris of Phi- 
listiens seen, and ben turned a3en into 

i7Acharon in that day. Forsothe thes ben 
the golden arsis, the whiche Philistiens 
for the trespas 3olden to the Lord ; A3ot 
oon, Gaza oon, Ashalon oon, Geth oon, 

18 Acharon oon ; and goldun myis after the 
noumbre of Philistiens cytees, of the fyue 
prouyncis, fro wallid cytee vnto toun that 
was with outen wal, and vnto greet Abel, 



greet yuel ; but if nay 8 , we schulen wite 
'for his* hond" touchide not vs, but x if it 
bifelde v bi hap. Therfor w thei diden inio 
this manere ; and thei token twei kieri 
that 3auen mylk to caluys*, and ioyneden? 
to the wayn ; and thei closiden her caluys 
at hoome. And thei puttiden z the arke of 11 
God on a the wayn, and ''thei puttiden^ the 
panyere c , that hadde the goldun myis, and 
the licnesse of ersis v ow the wayn A . Sotheli 6 12 
the kien 3eden strei3tli bi the weie that 
ledith to Bethsames ; and tho f 3edenB in o 
weie goynge and lowynge, and bowiden h 
not nether to the ri3t side nether 1 to the 
left side ; but also the wise men of Filis- 
teis sueden x til to k the termes 1 of Beth- 
sames. Forsothe" 1 men of Bethsames rep- 13 
iden whete in the" valey, and thei reisiden" 
the? i3en, and sien the arke, and thei weren 
ioyful, whanne thei hadden sien "tJie arkei. 
And the wayn cam in to the feelde ofu 
Josue of Bethsames, and stood 1 " there 8 . 
Forsothe 1 a greet stoon was there ; and 
thei u kittiden v x the trees of w the wayn, 
and puttiden* the^ kien % on tho trees 2 , a 
brent sacrifice to the Lord. Sotheli a de-is 
kenes b token doun the arke of God, and 
the panyere c , that was bisidis it, where 
ynne the goldun vessels weren ; and thei 
settiden d on e the greet stoon. Forsothe f 
the men of Bethsames offriden brent sacri- 
fices, and offridenS slayn sacrifices in that 
dai 'to the Lord' 1 . And fyue' princes k of IB 
Filisteis sien, and turneden 1 a3en in to 
Accoron in that dai. Sotheli" 1 these ben 17 
the goldun n ersis, whiche the Filisteis 
3eldiden to the Lord for trespas ; Azotus 
^eldide oon; Gaza ^eldidev oon; Ascolon 
$eldidev oon ; Geth yeldidev oon ; Acca- 
ron ^eldidef oon; and Filisteis^ ~$eldiden\s 
golden myis bi r the noumbre of 'citees of 
Filisteis 3 of fyue prouynces, fro a wallid 



<1 hewyn CE. 

8 it go not Under i. * that the I. u hond of the Lord I. v if it fel L. it bifelde D. this thing hath 
fallen to us i. w Thanne I. * her caluys i. 7 thei ioyneden hem i. z putten i. a upon i. *> Om. 
c litil coffre i. d Om. i. e And i. f thilke kijn i. e wenten i. h thei bowiden i. ' ne i. k vnto 
1 coostis i. m And i. n a i. lifte up i. P her i. 1 it i. r it stood i. s there slille i. * And 
u men of Bethsames i. v hewiden i. w Om. i. * upon that wode thei puttiden i. J tho i. z Om. 
a And i. b the dekenes i. c litil coffre i. d puttiden tho i. e upon i. f And i. S Om. i. h Om. 
' the fyue i. k satrapis i. l thei turneden i. nl And i. n mennus goldun i. her trespas 
P Om. i. q the Filisteis i. r aftir i. " her citees i. 



20 



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VJ. 19 VII. 6. 



vpon the which he putte the ark of the 
Lord, that was vnto that day in the 

isfeeld of Josue Bethsamyte. Forsothe he 
smoot of the men of Bethsamyte, for that 
thei hadden seen the arke of the Lord, 
and he srnoot of the puple seuenti men, 
and fifti thowsandis of the raskeyl. And 
the puple weyliden, whanne the Lord 
hadde sinyten with a greet veniaunce the 

2ocomoun puple. And the men of Beth- 
samyte seiden, Who shal mowe stoond 
in the si3t of this holy Lord God, and 

21 to whom shal he stye vp fro vs ? And 
thei senten messagerys to the dwellers of 
Caryathyarym, seiynge, Philistiens han 
brevet a3en r the arke of the Lord ; com- 
eth doun, and bryngeth it a3en to 3ow. 



CAP. VII. 

1 Thanne the men of Caryathyarym 
camen, and brou3ten a3en the arke of 
the Lord, and beren it into the hows of 
Amynadab in Gabaa. And thei halweden 
Eleazer his sone, for he shulde kepe the 

2 arke of the Lord. And it is doon, fro 
what day the arke of the Lord dwellide in 
Caryathiarym, multiplied ben the days ; 
forsothe nowe was the twentithe 3eer; 
and al the hows of Yrael restide after 

3 the Lord. Forsothe Samuel seith to al 
the hows of Yrael, seiynge, If in al 3oure 
herte 36 turnen to the Lord, doth awey 
alien goddis fro the mydil of 3ow, Ba- 
alym and Astaroth ; and makith redi 
3oure hertis to the Lord, and serueth to 
hym alone ; and he shal delyuere 3ow 

4 fro the hond s of Philistyens. Thanne the 
sones of Yrael token awey Baalym and 
Astaroth, arid serueden to the Lord alone. 

5 Forsothe Samuel seide, Gederith al Yrael 
in to Masphat, that Ypreye the Lord for 

G 3011. And thei camen togidre in Masphat, 



citee v til to 1 'a town that was with out 

wal u , and 'til to v the greet Abelf w , v on t greet AM, 

which x thei puttiden the arke of the Lord, 

thaty was there 'til in z that dai in the 

feeld of Josue of Bethsames. Forsothe 10 here - c - 

J ana he smoot 

the Lord smoot of the men of Bethsames, ofthepepie 
for thei hadden seyri the arke of the Lord, 
and he smoot of the puple seuenti men}, 
and fifty thousynde of the porail. And 
the puple morenyde, for the Lord hadde 



for foure 



vnresonable 
gladnesse, that 
cam of the 
v listnesse of 

smyte the puple a with greet veniaunce. heed, and not 
And men of Bethsames seiden, Who schal 20 rence Tand for 
now stonde in the si3t of the Lord God ^ ^~ 
of this hooli thing, and to whom schal it ofkyn, for 

t femalis schuld- 

stie b fro vs? And thei senten messan-2ie not beof. 

,, , it f /-( ,i frid in to brent 

gens to the dwellens or Cariathiarym, sacrifice to the 

and seiden, Filisteis c han brou3t a3en the 
arke of the Lord ; come 36 doun, and lede d 
it a3en to 3ou. 



JLord, as it is 
seid in i. c. of 
Ijeuyt. ; and 
for they weren 
stirid bi curi- 
onste to se the 
nakid arke, 
whiche thing 
is forboduii 



gioun. 

undurs 

thus the noum- 



CAP. VII. 

Therfor men of Cariathiarym camen, i 
and ledden a3en the arke of the Lord, and !" foure c - f 

Nurnen ; and 

brou3ten e it in to the hows of Amynadab for they suf- 

/~i i o ..i TC ,1 i i -i T~ii friden the arke 

in uabaa. oothelr thei halewiden JMeazar todweiieout 

his sone, that he schulde kepe the ark of wtth' *" 

the Lord. And it was doon, fro which&2 

dai v the arke of the Lord 1 ' dwellide in 

Caryathiarym, daies 1 weren multiplied || ; 

for k the twentithe 3eer was 1 now'", after 

that Samuel bigan to teche the puple; 

and al Israel restide 11 aftir the Lord. For- 3 smytun, whiche 

weren of so 

sothe Samuel spak to al the hows of Is- greet reputa- 

. _ - . . cioun, that 

rael, and seide, It in al 3oure herte 30 they weren 
turnen a3en to the Lord, do 36 awei alien %%?%? 
goddis, Balym and Astaroth, fro the myddis sillde of th f 

* comyn peple ; 

of 3ou ; and make 36 redi 3oure hertis to 
the Lord, and serue 30 hym aloone ; and 



for therfor the 
principal men 
of the peple 



he schal delyuere 3ou fro the bond of Fi- for'theyounen 



listeis''. Therfor the sones of Israel diden 4 

awey Baalym and Astoroth, and seruedeni f re be war of 

* * the forseid of- 

the r Lord aloone. Forsothe 3 Samuel seide, 5 fensis. Lire 

Gadere 30' al Israel" in to Masphat, that n dales were 
Ypreie the Lord for 3011. And thei camen 6 

excitide the 



r ajens A. Om. B. s hoondis A. 

t vnto i. u an vnwalled town i. v vnto i. w ston that kiyte Abel i. tabel K sec. m. x upon whom i. 
y the which ston i. z vnto i. til into K pr. m. xsec. m. in to E. a it i. b stie up i. c the Filisteis i. 
d ledeth i. e thei broujten i. f And i. S that i. h that the Lordis arke i. ' the daies t. k and i. 
1 Om. D. m thanne i. n restide in pes i. And i. P the Filisteis i. 1 thei serueden i. r to the i. 
8 And i. * je togidere i. u the peple of Israel i. 



puple to good. 
Lire here. c. 



Vll. 7 1 4- 



I. KINGS. 



21 



and thei drewen water, and heelden out 
in the si3t of the Lord ; and thei fastiden 
in that day, and seiden, To thee we han 
synned, Lord. And Samuel demyde the 

?sones of Yrael in Masphat. And Phi- 
listiens herden that the sones of Yrael 
weren gedryd in Masphat ; and the sa- 
trapis of Philistiens stieden vp to Yrael. 
The which thing whanne the sones of 
Yrael hadden herd, thei dredden fro the 

s face of Philistiens. And thei seiden to 
Samuel, Ne ceese thow for vs to crye 
to the Lord cure God, that he saue vs 

9 fro the hond* of Philistyens. Forsothe 
Samuel took o sowkynge loomb, and of- 
frede it into hool brent sacrifice to the 
Lord. And Samuel criede to the Lord 
for Yrael ; and the Lord herde hym. 
10 Forsothe it is doon, whanne Samuel of- 
frede brent sacryfice, Philistiens to-goon 
into batayl a3ens Yrael. Forsothe the 
Lord thundryde with greet crakkynge in 
that day vpon the Philistiens, and he 
feeride hem ; and thei ben slayn fro the 
a face of Yrael. And the sones of Yrael 
goon out fro Masphat, pursueden Phi- 
listiens, and smyten hem vnto the place 

12 that was vndur Bethaar. Forsothe Sa- 
muel took a u stoon, and putte it betwix v 
Masphat and betwix w Sen ; and he clep- 
ide the name of that place The stoon of 
help. And he seide, Hidir to the Lord 

13 hath holpen to vs. And Philistiens ben 
mekid, and no more ouer thei leiden to 
that thei camen into the teermys of 
Yrael. And so is doon the hoond of the 
Lord vpon Philistyens alle the days of 

H Samuel. And the cytees that the Phi- 
listiens token fro Yrael, ben 3olden a3en 
to Yrael, fro Accharon vnto Geth and his 
teermys ; and he delyueride Yrael fro the 
hoond of Philistyens ; and pees was bi- 



togidere in to Masphat, and thei v drowen 
watir, and shedden w out in the 'si3t of the 
Lord" ; and thei fastiden in that day, and 
seiden, Lord, we synnederiy to thee. And 
Samuel demyde the sones z of Israel in 
Masphat. And Filisteis a herden that the? 
sones of Israel weren gaderid b in Mas- 
phat ; and the princes of Filisteis stieden 
to Israel. And whanne the sones of Is- 
rael hadden herd this, thei dredden of the 
face of Filisteis. And 'thei seiden d to Sa-8 
muel, Ceesse thou not to crye for vs to oure 
Lord God, that he saue vs fro the 'hoond 
of Filisteis 6 . Forsothe f Samuel took 09 
soukynge lomb, and offride thats hool in 
to brent sacrifice to the Lord. And Sa- 
muel criede to the Lord for Israel; and 
the Lord herde hym. Forsothe h it was 10 
doon, whanne Samuel offryde brent' sacri- 
fice, that k Filisteis 1 bigunnen batel a3ens 
Israel. Sotheli" 1 the Lord thundride with 
greet thundur 11 in that dai on Filisteis, 
and made? hem aferd ; and thei weren 
slayn of the sones of Israel. And then 
sones of Israel 3edeni out of r Masphat, 
and pursueden Filisteis % and smytiden* 
hem 'til to u the place that was vndur 
Bethachar. Forsothe v Samuel took o stoon, 12 
and puttide w it bitwixe Masphat, and bi- 
twixe x Sen ; and he clepide the name of 
that place The stoon of help. And he 
seide, Hidir to the Lord helpide? vs. And is 
Filisteis 2 weren maad low, and addideri a 
no more to come in to the termes of Is- 
rael. And so the 'hond of the Lord b was 
maad on c Filisteis in alle the daies of Sa- 
muel. And the citees whiche d the Filis- 14 
teis token 6 fro Israel, weren 3oldun f to 
Israel, fro Accarori 'til to& Geth and 'hise 
termes h ; and the Lord delyuerede Israel 
fro the bond of Filisteis ; and pees was 
bitwixe Israel and Ammorreyt. Also' 15 1 <>#, << 

' Ammoreis ser- 



4 hoomlis A. u oon BE. oo a. v bytwene BF. betwen E. betwe c. w bytwene BFH. betwen CE. 

T Om. DK. w helden it i. * Lordis si3t I. y han synned i. z hous I. a the Filisteis i. b gaderid 
to gidere i. c stieden up i. d Israel criede i. e Philistees hoond i. f And i. 8 it i. h And i. ' the 
brent i. k Om. DGKMNoqsxb. l the Filisteis i. m And i. n thundring KX. upon the i. P he 
made i. 1 wenten i. r fro i. s the Filisteis i. * smoten i. u vnto i. v And i. w putte i. x Om. i. 
y hath helpid i. z the Filisteis i. a thei addiden i. b Lordis hond i. c upon the i. d that i. 
c hadden take i. f joldun ajen i. S vnto i. h the coostis of Geth i. ' And i. 



iinoreis ser 
ue<len to Israel 
vndur tribut. 
Lire here. c. 



I. KINGS. 



VII. 15 VIII. 9. 



istwix* Yrael and Ammorre. Forsothe 
Samuel demyde Yrael alle the days of 

ic his lijf; and wente bi eche 3eer enuy- 
rounynge Bethel, and Galgal, and Mas- 
phat, and he demyde Yrael in the forseid 

17 placis ; and turned a3en in to Ramatha, 
forsothe there was his hows ; and there 
he demyde Yrael, and he bildide vp there 
also an auter to the Lord. 

CAP. VIII. 

1 Forsothe it is doon whanne Samuel 
wexe oold, he putte his sones domesmen 

2 of Yrael. And the name of his first 
geten sone was Joel, the name of the 
secounde Abya, domysmen in Bersabe. 

3 And the sones of hym wenten not in his 
weyes, but boweden aside after aueryce, 
and thei token 3iftis, and thei peruert- 

4iden doom. Thann alle the more thur3 
birth of Yrael gedrid, carnen to Samuel 

sin Ramatha. And thei seiden to hym, 
Loo ! thou art waxen oold, and thi sones 
goon not in thi weyes ; ordeyn to vs a 
kyng, that he deme vs, and as alle na- 

ccyouns han. And the word displeside in 
the eyen of Samuel, forthi that thei had- 
den seid, 3if to vs a kyng, that he deme 
vs. And Samuel preide to the Lord. 

7 Forsothe the Lord seide to Samuel, Here 
the voys of the puple in alle thingis that 
thei speken to thee ; forsothe thei han 
not throwun awey thee, but me, lest Y 

sregne vpon hem. Aftir alle her werkis 
that thei han doo, fro the day that Y 
ladde hern out of Egipt vnto this day, as 
thei forsoken me, and seruedeu to alien 

agoddis, so thei doon also to thee. Nowe 
thanne here the voyce of hem ; neuer- 
thelater take hem togidre to witnesse ; 
and sey before to hern the ri3t of a kyng, 



Samuel demyde Israel in k alle the daies 
of his lijft* that is,* til to 1 the ordeynyng 
^and confermyng m of Saul"; and he 3ede| 
bi v alle 3eerisP, and cumpasside Bethel, and 
Galgal, and Masphat, and he demyde Is- 
rael in the forseid places. And he turnede 
a3en in to Ramatha, for his hows was 
there ; and he demyde Israel there, and he 
bildide there also an auter to the Lord. 

CAP. VIII. 

Forsothei it was don, whanne Samuel i 
hadde r wexide 8 eld, he settide 1 hise sones 
iugis u on v Israel. And the name of his 2 
firste gendrid w sone was Johel, and the 
name of the secounde was x Abia, iugis? 
in Bersabee. And hise sones 3eden z not in 3 
'the weies of hym a , but thei bowiden after 
aueryce, and thei token 3iftis, and per- 
uertiden b doom. Therfor alle the grettere4 
men in birthe of Israel weren gaderid c , 
and camen to Samuel in to Ramatha. And 5 
thei seiden to hym d , Lo ! thou hast wexid e 
eld, and thi sones goen not in thi weies ; 
ordeyne thou a kyng to vs, 'that he deme 
vs f , as also alle naciouns? han. And thee 
word displeside in the i3en h of Samuel, for 
thei hadden seid, 3y ue thou to vs a kyng, 
that he deme vs. And Samuel preiede to 
the Lord. Forsothe' the Lord seide to? 
Samuel, Here thou the vois of the puple 
in alle thingis whiche k thei speken to thee ; 
for 1 thei han not caste awey thee m , but 
me, that Y regne not on" hem. Bi alle her8 
werkis whiche? thei dideni, fro the day 
in whiche Y ledde hem out of Egipt 'til 
to r this dai, as thei forsoken 5 me, and 
seruyden 1 alien goddis, so thei doon also 
to thee. Now therfor here thou her vois ; 9 
netheles" witnesse 11 thou to v hem w ; bifor- 
seie x thou to hem? the ri3t of z the kyng, 



f of his liyf; 
that is, til to 

16 the ordeynyng 
and conferm- 
yng of Saul. c. 
J and he tfde, 
etc. bi his owne 

17 trauelandcostis 
to deme the 
peple in couen- 
ahle places, as 
it seid in xii. c. 
Lire here. c. 



bytwene BFH. betwen E. betwe c. 



k Om. i. ' in to E. m Om. N. n gloss omitted in GIQSX pr. m. b. wente i. P ech jeer i. 1 And i. 
r Om. i. s waxen EKL. { sette i. u to be iugis i. v of DEIKLMOX. w goten i. x Om. i. y that 
weren iugis i. z wenten i. a his weies i. b misturneden i. c gaderid togidere i. d Samuel i. 
e wexe i. f Om. K. S othere naciouns i. h sijt i. And i. k that i. 1 forsothe i. m thee fro hem i. 
n upon i. o the i. P that i. . han do i. r vnto i. s han forsake i. l thei han serued i. t4 and 
netheles b. u take i. v Om. i. w hem togidere and witnesse thou to hem i. x and biforseie IL. 
y hem and witnesse thou to hem KX. z on K. 



VIII. 10 22. 



I. KINGS. 



23 



10 the which is to regne vpon hem. And so 
Samuel seide alle the wordis of the Lord 
to the puple, that askiden of him a kyng ; 

1 1 and seith, This shal be the ri3t of a kyng, 
that is to comaunde to 3011 ; joure sonys 
he shal take, and putte in his charys; and 
he shal make to hym ryders, and before 

12 renners of his long cards ; and he shal 
ordeyn to hym rewlers of thowsandis, 
and rewlers of hundridis, and ereres of 
his feeldis, and repers of cornys, and 
smythis of aarmys, and of his charis. 

is Forsothe 3oure dou3tres he shal make to 
him oynement makers, and fier makers, 

u and clothmakers. Forsothe 3oure feeldis 
and vynes and olyues, the best he shal 

15 take, and 3yue to his seruauntis. But 
and 3oure cornys, and the rentis of vynes 
he shal tithe, that he 3yue to geldyngis 

ic and to his seruauntis. Forsothe 3oure 
seruauntis and hoondwymmen, and the 
best 3onge men and assis he shal take 

i;awey, and putte in his werk. Forsothe 
3oure flockis he shal tithe, and 36 shulen 

18 be to him seruauntis. And 36 shulen 
crye in that day fro the face of 30111-6 
kyng, whom 36 han chosun to 3ow ; and 
the Lord shal not here 3ou in that day, 

19 for 36 han askid to 3ou a kyng. Forsothe 
the puple wolden not here the vois of 
Samuel, but seiden, Nay, forsothe a kyng 

20 shal be vpon vs ; and we forsothe shulen 
be as other folk of kynde, and oure kyng 
shal deme vs, and he shal go out before 
vs, and he shal fi3t oure batayl for vs. 

21 And Samuel herde alle the wordis of the 
puple, and spak hem in the eeris of the 

22 Lord. Forsothe the Lord seide to Sa- 
muel, Here thow the voys of hem, and 
set vpon hem a kyng. And Samuel seith 
to the men of Yrael, Goo ech man into 
his cytee. 



that schal regne on a hem. Therfor b Sa-iot Thichaiie 

muel seide alle the wordis of the Lord to 

the puple, that hadde axid of him a king ; 

and he seide, This schal be the 'rht of the n t)en of the "* 

of rewme and 

kyng c j, that schal comaunde to 3ou; he kyng set in 
schal take 3oure sones, and schal d sette 6 good of'the 3 ' 
in hise charis; and he schal make hem 12 %% jj. 
'to hym silf f rideris, and biforeeoeris of g oodi9 fthe 

rewme hen the 

hise cartis ; and he schal ordeyne to hym kingis, netheie 

7 ., thoschulenbe 

tribunes, mat is, souereyns of a thou- set forth and 
syncls, and centuriouns, ^ihat is, soue- 
reyns of an hundrid^, and eereris' of 
hise feeldis, and reperis of cornes k , and 
smythis of hise armeris, and charis 1 . 



spendid for 
commyn profit 
and good. If 
the rijt of the 
king is takun 
in an other 
maner out of 



k y n > M alle 

tho thingis that 

makenthepu- 



Also he schal make 3oure dou3tris makeris is many 

of 'oynementis to hym silf m , and fueris", 

and bakeris . And he schal take Boure 

feeldis and vyneris? and the beste places 

of olyues, and schal i 3yue r to hise ser- 

uauntis. But also he schal take the 

tenthe part of 3oure comes, and rentis 5 

of vyneris*, that he syue" to his chaum- en "<* > m y n 

* good, but more 

berleyns and seruauntis. Sotheli*' he schal ic the wille f a 

. siriguler man 

take awey 3oure seruauntis and w hand- set in the 

T -i i rewme ; and 

maydes x , and beste> 3ong men, and assis z , Samuel bifor 
and schal a sette b in his werk. Also he 17 
schal take the tenthe part of 3oure flockis, to 

r * hem that they 

and 36 schulen be 'seruauntis to hym c . schuidennot 

. * i * / i axe a kyng. for 

And 36 schulen crye m that dai fro the is ; t was not 
face of 3oure kyng, whom 36 han chose 
to 3ou ;' and the Lord schal not here 3ou 
in that dai ; for 36 axiden a kyng to 3ou. 
Sotheli d the puple nolde e here the vois of 19 of power 
Samuel, but thei seiden, NayJ, for f a kyng 
schal be ori&vs; and we also" schulen be 20 
as alle folkis 1 , and oure kyng schal deme 

* _ 

vs, and he schal go out k bifor vs, and he 



for 
K er "f 'f 

turned lijtly 



puple, 

'spak tho m in the eeris of the Lord. 
sothe n the Lord seide to Samuel, Here 

and ordeyne thou 
a kyng onP hem. And Samuel seide to the 
men of Israel, Ech man go in to his citee. 



a upon i. b Thanne I. c kyngis rijt I. d he schal I. e sette hem I. f Om. i. S or souereyns on 
thott.rindis I. Om. x pr. m. n Om. ix pr. m. i tilieris i. k his comes i. 1 of his charis i. m his oyne- 
mentis i. n his fire makers i. his makers of bred i. P joure vyneris i. 1 he schal i. r jyue tho i. 
8 the rentis i. * joure vyneris i. u jyue tho i. v and i. w and goitre i. x handmaydens DEI. y jowre 
beste i. z 3oure assis i. a he schal i. D sette these i. c his seruauntis. d And i. e wolde not i. 
{ certis i. S upon i. h Om. i. ' folkis ben i. k forth i. l batels BCIW. m he spak hem i. " And i. 
her voices i. P upon i. 



uauntis to him, 
that is, if the 
gouernail is 

schal fi3te oure batel 1 for vs. And Samuel 21 tin 
herde alle the wordis of the puple, and 

For- 22 name '' '" parti 
for the greet 
power of the 
king. Therfor 

thou the vois of hem , and ordeyne thou in xvij. e. of 

Deut. a king 
is comanndid 
to kepe him silf 
fro pride, co- 
uetyse and ty- 
rauntrie. Lire 
here. c. 
J Nay; that 
is, the Lord 
schal not for. 
sake to here vs, 
if we han a 
king. Lire 
here. c. 



24 



I. KINGS. 



IX. T 9. 



CAP. IX. 

1 And there was a man of Beniamyn, 
Cys bi name, the sone of Abyel, sone? 
of Seor, sone? of Bethor, sone? of Aphya, 
sone? of the man of Gemyny, stronge bi 

2 strength. And ther was to hym a sone, 
Saul bi name, chosyn and good ; and there 
was not a man of the sones of Israel 
betere than he; fro the shuldre and aboue 

she peeryde aboue al the puple. For- 
sothe the shee assys of Cys, fadre z of 
Saul, weren lost. And Cys seide to Saul 
his sone, Tak with thee oon of the chil- 
dren, and rysynge go, and seche the she 
assis. The which whanne thei hadden 

4 passid bi the mount of Effraym, and bi 
the loond of Saliza, and thei hadden not 
foundun, thei passiden also bi the loond 
of Salym, and there was noon ; bot and 
by the loond of Gemyny, and thei founden 

5 not. Forsothe whanne thei weren comen 
into the loond of Suph, and hadden not 
foundun, Saul seide to his chijld that was 
with hym, Come, and turne we a}en ; lest 
perauenture my fadre leeue the she assis, 

G and be bysie for vs. The which seith to 
hym, Loo ! the man of God is in this 
cytee, a noble man ; al that he spekith, 
with out dout it cometh. Now thanne 
goo we thidre, if perauenture he shewe 
to vs of oure weye, for the which we ben 

7 comen. And Saul seyde to his child, 
Loo ! we shulen go ; what shulen we 
brynge to the man of God ? Breed faylith 
in oure sackis, and a lepe we ban not, that 
we 3yuen to the man of God, ne eny other 

s thing. Eft the child answerde to Saul, 
and seith, Loo ! there is founden in myn 
hoond the feerth part of a side of siluer ; 
and 3yue we to the man of God, that he 

9 shewe to vs oure weye. Sumtyme in 



CAP. IX. 

And ' a man wasi of Beniamyn, ' Cys bi i 
name 1 ", the sone of Abiel, sone s of Seor, 
sone 8 of Bethor, sone s of Aphia, sone 5 of 
the* man Gemyny", strong v in bodili my3t. 
And to hym was a sone, Saul bi name, 2 
chosun and goodf ; and no manj of the 
sones of Israel was betere than he ; fro 
the schuldur and aboue w he apperide ouer 
al x the puple. Sotheliy the femal z assis of 3 
Cys, the fadir of Saul, perischyden a ||. And 
Cys seide to Saul his sone, Take with thee 
oon of the children, and rise thou, and go, 
and b seke the femal c assis. And whanne 
thei hadden go d bi the hil of Effraym, and 4 
bi the lond of Salisa, and hadden e not 
foundun f , thei passiden^ also bi the lond 
of Salym, and tho h weren not there; but 
also* thei passiden' 1 bi the lond of Gemyny, 
and founden k not. Sotheli 1 whanne thei 5 
hadden come in to the lond of Suph, and 
hadden 1 not founde, Saul seide to his 
child that was with hym, Come thou, 
and turne we a)en ; lest perauenture my 
fadir hath" lefte the? femal") assis, and is 
bisy r for vs. Which* child seide to hym, e 
Lo ! the 1 man of God is in this citee, a 
noble man; al thing that he spekith, cometh 
with out doute. Now therfor go we thidir, 
if perauenture he schewe to vs u of oure 
weie, for which we camen. And Saul 7 
seide to his child, Lo! we schulen go ; what 
schulen we here to the man of God? Breede 
failide v in oure scrippis, and we han no 
present^, that we 3yue to the man of God, 
'nether ony othir thing x . Eft the child s 
answeride to Saul, and seide, Lo ! the 
fourthe part of r a stater, that is, a dele, of 
sillier? is foundun in myn bond ; 3yue we z 
to the man of God, that he schewe to vs 
oure weie*. Sumtyme in Israel ech mane 



) chosun and 
good, with out 
notable wem of 
vices ; good, bi 
resoun of good* 
maneris and of 
vertues. c. 
J no man, and so 
forth, not oneli 
he was good, 
but also of ex- 
cellent good- 
nesse. Lire 
here. c. 
II perischideH, 
that is, stray- 
eden, for tho 
perischiden not 
outirly, that 
weren foundun 
aftirward. Lire 
here. c. 



Y the sone E pr. v. z the fadre E pr. v. 

1 ther was a man i. r that hi3te Cys i. 5 the sone i. * a i. Om. N. u of Gemyny ex pr. m. that 
hi}t Gemyny i. v a strong man i. w upward i. * Om. i. y And i. z sche i. B weren lost 
b Om. i. c 'sche i. d gon forth i. <= thei hadden i. f foundun hem i. g passiden forth i. h thei 
' Om. i. k jit thei founden i. l Forsothe plures. And i. m thei hadden i. n haue i. lefte to charge 
P thes E. his K. Om. L. <lOm. i. r bisy in herte or careful i. 8 And the i. * a i. u vs the cause 
v hath failid i. w present monei neither ony other thing i. x Om. i. y a siluern sicle i. z we it 
a niher we schul goferther or no i marg. 



IX. n 



-19. 



I. KINGS. 



25 



Yrael thus spak echon goynge to coun- 
seyle God, Cometh, and goo we to the 
seer ; forsothe he, that to day is seid a 

10 prophet, sumtyme was clepid seer. And 
Saul seide to his child, Altherbest is thi 
word ; com, go a we. And thei wenten 
into the cyte, in the which was the man 

u of God. And whanne thei stieden vp the 
hil of the citee, thei founden children 
wymmen goynge out to drawe watir, and 
thei seiden to hem, Whether here is the 

12 seer? The which answerynge seiden to 
hem, Here he is, loo ! before thee ; hye 
nowe, forsothe to day he cam into the 
cytee ; for to day is sacrifice of the puple 

13 in the hei3e. Goynge into the cyte anoon 
36 shulen fynde hym, or he stie vp into 
the hi3e for to eete ; forsothe ne the pu- 
ple is to eete to the tyme that he come, 
for he shal blesse to the oost, and there 
after shulen eete that ben clepid. Nowe 
thanne stieth vp, for to day 36 shulen 

u fynde hym. Arid thei stieden vp into the 
cytee. And whanne thei wenten in b the 
mydil of the cyte, Samuel aperyde go- 
yuge out metynge to hem, that he stye 

is vp into the hei3- Forsothe the Lord 
hadde toold the litil eer of Samuel before 

16 o day, that Saul cam, seiynge, This same 
our that nowe is to morwe, Y shal seende 
to thee a man of the loond of Beniamyn, 
and thow shalt anoynt hym duyk vpon 
my puple Yrael, and he shal saue my 
puple fro the hoond of Philistyens ; for 
I haue biholden my puple, forsothe the 

17 crye of hem is comen to me. And 
whanne Samuel hadde beholden Saul, the 
Lord seide c to hym, Loo ! the man that 
I seide to thee ; this shal lordship to my d 

18 puple. Forsothe Saul nei3ede to Samuel 
in the mydil of the 3ate, and seith, Shewe 
to me, Y preye, where is the hows of the 

19 seer ? And Samuel answerde to Saul, sei- 



goynge to counsel God b spak thus, Come 
36, and go we to the seere ; for he, that 
is seid 'to dai c a profete, was clepid sum- 
tyme a seere. And Saul seide to his child, 10 
'Thi word is the beste d ; come thou, go 
we e . And thei 3eden in to the citee, 'in 
which f the man of God was. And whanne u 
thei stieden 11 in to the hi3nesse of the citee, 
thei founden damesels goynge out to drawe 
watir, and thei seiden to the dameselis, 
Whether the seere is here? Whiche' dame- 12 
selis answeriden, and seiden to hem, He is 
here ; lo ! he is bifor thee ; 'haste thou k 
now 1 , for to day he cam in to the citee ; 
for to dai is sacrifice of the puple in the 
hi3 place. 3 e schulen entre in to the is 
citee, and anoon 36 schulen fynde hym, 
bifor that he stie" in to the hi3 place to 
ete; for the puple schal not ete til he 
come, for he schal blesse the sacrifice, 
and afterward thei schulen ete that ben 
clepid. Now therfor stie 36?, for to day 
36 schulen fynde hym. And thei stiedeni 1* 
in to the citee. And whanne thei 3eden in r 
the 8 myddis of the citee, Samuel apperide 
goynge out a3ens hem, that he schulde 
stie* in to the hi3 place. Forsothe u the is 
Lord 'hadde maad v reuelacioun in the eere 
of Samuel 'bifor o dai, that Saul cam w , 
and seide, In this same our which x is now i 
to morewe, Y schal sende to thee a man of 
the lond of Beniamyn, and thou schalt 
anoynte hym duyk on^ my puple Israel, 
and he schal saue my puple fro the bond 
of Filisteis ; for Y haue biholde my puplef, t 

, K -i >tolde,etc.;tiiat 

for z the cry of hem a cam" to me. And 17 ; s , with i?e of 

whanne Samuel hadde biholde Saul, the 

Lord seide to Samuel, Lo ! the man, whom 

Y seide to thee ; this man schal be lord of 

my puple. Forsothe Saul nei3ede to Sa- is 

muel in the rnyddis of the 3ate, and seide, 

Y preye d , schewe thou to me, where is 

the hows of the seere? And Samuel an-19 



a and go CE. t> into A. c seith CE. d the E pr. m. 

b with God i. c now i. d Ful good is thi word i. e we to him I. f that I. S was ynne i. h stieden 
up i. i And the i. k and haste c. haste thee D. haste jou E. hie thee i. 1 Om. GQ. forsothe i. m entre 
forth i. n wende up i. til that i. P je up i. <l wenten up i. r in to A pr. m. 8 Om. EIL. * stie 
up i. " And the dai before that Saul came i. v made i. w Om. i. * that i. Y upon i. z forsothe i. 
a her cry. b hath come i. c And i. d preye thee i. 

VOL. II. E 






26 



I. KINGS. 



IX. 2C 



-27. 



ynge, Y am the seer ; sty vp before me 
into the hei3, that thou eete with me to 
day, and Y shal leeue thee the morwe- 
tide, and alle thingis that ben in thin 

20 herte Y shal shewe to thee. And of the 
assis v the which" thre days hens thou 
lostist, ne be thow bysy, for thei ben 
foundun ; and of whom shulen be alle 
the best thingis of Yrael, whether not to 
thee, and to al the hows of thi fader? 

21 Forsothe Saul answerynge seith, Whe- 
ther not the sone of Gemyny Y am, of 
the leest lynage of Yrael, and my kyn- 
rede the last among alle the meynees of 
the lynage of Beniamyn ? Whi thanne 
hast thou spoken to me thes f wordisS? 

22 And so Samuel takynge Saul, and hys 
child, bnnrjte hem into the hows of thre 
benchis, and he jaf to hem a place in 
the cheefe 1 ' of hem that weren boden 1 to 
meet ; forsothe there weren as thretti 

23 men. And Samuel seide to the cook, 3if 
thow the part that I }af to thee, and co- 
maundide, that thow shulde lay aside 

24anentis thee. And the cook reryde the 
shuldre, and putte before Saul. And Sa- 
muel seide, Loo ! that is laft, put before 
thee, and ete ; for of purpos it is kept to 
thee, whanne Y clepide the puple. And 

25 Saul eet with Samuel in that day. And 
thei wenten down fro the hei3 into the 
bur3 town ; and he spak with Saul in the 
solere, and he beddide Saul in the solere, 

26 and he sleptej. And whanne eerly thei 
weren rysen, and uowe the day wexe Ii3t, 
Samuel clepide Saul into the solere, sey- 
ynge, Ryse, that k Y leeue 1 thee. And 
Saul roos, and bothe thei wenten oute, 

27 he, that is, and Samuel. And whanne 
thei weren goo down in the vttermost 
parti of the cytee, Samuel seide to Saul, 
Sey m to the child, that he goo before vs, 






and so schuldei 



sweride to Saul, and seide, Y am the 
seere ; stie thou 6 bifor me in to the hi3 
place, that thou ete with me to dai, and 
Y schal delyuere thee in the morewtid, 
and Y schal schewe to thee alle thingis 
that ben in thin herte. And be thou not 20 
bisy of the femal f assis, whiches thou 
lostist the h thridde dai agoon, for tho* 
ben foundun ; and whose schulen be alle 
the beste thingis of Israel, whether not 
to thee, and to al the hows of thi fader t? 

ofthyfadir; 

Sotheli k Saul answeride, and seide, Whe- 21 for Saul was 

ther Y am not a 1 sone of Gemyny, of the 

leeste lynage of Israel, and my kynrede is 

the laste among alle the meynees of the ki i ? .'" nede > 

* and Abner, 

lynage of Beniamyn ? Whi therfor hast P"nce of the 
thou spoke to me this word ? Therfor 22 othere ' 
Samuel took Saul, and his child, and ledde 11 
hem in to the chaumbur of thre ordrisP, 
and he ?af to hem a place in the bigyn- 

J 

nyng of hem that weren clepidi; for r 

thei weren as thretti 8 men*. And Samuel 23 hadde stonde 

seide to the cook, 3yue thou u the part, 

which v Y 3af to thee, and comaundide, 

that thou schuldist kepe bi it silf anentis 

thee. Sotheli w the cook reiside x 

schuldir, and settide z bifor Saul. And 

Samuel seide, Lo ! that, that lefte 3 , "sette 

thou b bifor thee, and ete ; for of purpos it 

was kept to thee, whanne Y clepide the 

puple c . And Saul eet with Samuel in d 

that dai. And thei camen doun fro the 25 

hi3 place in to the citee ; and Samuel 

spak with Saul in the 6 soler, and Saul 

'araiede a bed in the soler f , and slepte. 

And whanne thei hadden rise eerli, and 26 

x now its bigan to be cleer, Samuel clepide 

Saul in to the' 1 soler, and seide, Rise thou', 

that Y delyuere thee. And Saul roos k , 

and bothe 3eden out, that is, he, and Sa- 

muel. And whanne thei 3eden doun in 27 

the laste part of the citee, Samuel seide 



here - c - 



e that c pr. m. f this CEH. g worde B. woord CE. word FH. h heuyd E. ' byden BCF. bedyn EH. 
J shepte A. k thou E pr. m. l schal leeue E pr. m. exp. s. in. m Seide A. 



thou up i. f Om. i. S whom i. h in the i. ' thei i. k And i. 1 the i. 
de i. a i. P seetis i. Q boden to the mete i. r and i. s a thretti i. * 



m And so i. n he 

ledde i. a i. P seetis i. Q boden to the mete i. r and i. s a thretti i. * men at mete i. u thou 
him i. v that i. w And i. x toke up i. y a i. z he sette it i. a hath left i. b take i. c puple 
hidere i. d Om. i. a i. f beddide him there i. S the day i. h a i. ' thou up i. k roos up i. 



X. i 6. 



I. KINGS. 



27 



and passe forth ; forsothe thow stoond 
stil a litil, while that Y shewe to thee the 
word of the Lord. 



CAP. X. 

i Samuel forsothe took a 'litil brytil n 
vessel of oyle, and heelde out on his heed, 
and he kisside hym, and seith, Loo ! the 
Lord hath anoyntide thee vp on his ery- 
tage into a prince ; and thow shalt de- 
lyuer his puple fro the hoondis of her 
enemyes, 'the which ben in enuyrounP 
of it. And this to thee a tokne, for the 
Lord hath anoyntide thee into a prince ; 

>2 whanne thow gost to dai fro me, thow 
shalt fynde two men byside the sepulcre 
of Rachel, in the coostis of Beniamyn, in 
the myddayi, feermynge r greet dichis ; 
and thei shulen seye to thee, The she 
assis ben foundun, to the whiche to be 
sou3t thou wentist ; and thi fader, the 
meen while the assis laft, is bisy for jow, 
and seith, What shal Y do of my sone ? 

3 And whanne thou gost thens, and fer- 
ther passist, and comest to the ook of 
Thabor, thre men shulen fynde thee 
there, stiynge vp to God into Bethel, 
oon s berynge thre kyddis, and another 
berynge thre 4 kakis of breed, and another 

4 berynge a galoun of wyn. And whanne 
thei saluten thee, thei shulen 3yue to thee 
two looues, and thow shalt take of u the 

5 hoond of hem. After thes thingis thou 
shalt come into the hil of the Lord, 
where is the stacioun of Phylistynes ; 
and whanne thow were goon into the 
cytee, there thow shalt haue metynge a 
floc v of prophetis comynge doun fro the 
hee3, and before hem a sawtrye, and a 
tymbre, and a trompe, and an harp, and 

chem propheciynge. And the Spyrit of 



to Saul, Seie thou to the 1 child, that he 
go bifor vs, and passe 1 " ; forsothe n stonde 
thou a litil, that Y schewe to thee the 
word of the Lord. 

CAP. X. 

Forsothe Samuel took 'a vessel of oyleP, i 
and schedde^ out on the heed of Saul, and 
kisside r hym, and seide, Lo!")" the Lord 
hath anoyntid thee in to prince 8 on hys 
eritage ; and thou schalt delyuere his pu- 
ple fro the hond of his enemyes, that ben 
'in his cumpas 1 . And this u a tokene to thee, 
that the Lord hath anoyntid thee in to 
prince v ; whanne thou schalt go fro me to 2 
day, thou schalt fynde twei men bisidis 
'the sepulcre of Rachel", in 'the endis of 
Beniamyn x , in myddai^, clensynge grete 
dichis| ; and thei schulen seie to thee, The 
femel 2 assis ben foundun, whiche 8 thou 
3edist to seke ; and while b the assis ben c 
lefte, thi fadir is bisy for 3ou, and seith d , 
What schal Y do of my sone? And whanne 3 
thou hast go fro thennus, and hast passid 
ferthere 6 , and hast come to the ook of 
Tabor, thre men, stiynge f to God in to 
Bethel, schulen fynde thee there, o mans 
berynge thre kydis, and another man 
berynge thre kakis of breed, and an other 
man berynge a galoun of wyn. And 4 
whanne thei ban gret thee, thei schulen 
3yue to thee twei loues, and thou schalt 
take h of 'the hond of hem 1 . After theses 
thingis thou schalt come in to the 'hil of 
the LordJ, where is the stondyng k , that is, 
forselet 1 , of Filisteis; and whanne thou 
schalt entre in to the citee, there thou 
schalt haue metynge thee the m flok n of 
prophetis || comynge doun fro the hi3 place, 
and a sautree, and tympane , and pipe?, and 
harpei bifor hem, and hem prophesiynge. 
And the Spirit of the Lord schal skippe r c 



fFro this 
word lo til thi- 
dur in to prince 
is not in Ebreu. 
Lire here. c. 



J This word 
clensyng grete 
dichis, is not 
in Ebreu, ne- 
ther in bokis 
amendid. 
Lire here. c. 



n Om. E pr. m. that c pr. m. P the enuyroun CE. 
* Om. A. fro E pr. m. v folk A. 



1 south E pr. m. T lepynge E pr. m. s oon be A. 



1 thi i. m passe forth i. n and i. thou stille i. P an oile vessel i. 1 he helde it i. r he kisside i. 
" a prince i. * aboute hem i. u be this i. this is K. f a prince i. w Rachels biriel i. x Beniamyns 
coostis i. y the myddai i. z sche i. a whom i. b Om. i. c Om. i. d he seith i. e fertheremore i. 
1 stiynge up i. g man of hem i. h take tho i. take hem K. ' her hond i. J Lordis hil r. k stondyng 
place i. l theforselet wx sec. m. gloss omitted in ix pr. m. m a i. n flok or a cumpanye i. a tym- 
pane i. Pa pipe i. 1 an harpe i. r anoon falle i. 

E 2 



\\profetis; pro- 
fetis ben clepid 
here deuout 
men and reli- 
giouse, whiche 
Samuel gader- 
ide to preise 
God ; and with 
this they had- 
den spirit of 
profesie, 
namely summe 
of hem. Lire 
here. c. 



I. KINGS. 



x. 717- 



the Lord shal leep into thee, and thow 
shalt prophecye with hem, and thow shalt 

7 be chaungid into another man. Whanne 
thanne alle thes toknes comen to thee, do 
what euere thingis fyndith thin hoond, 

s for the Lord is with thee. And thow 
shalt goo doun befoi-e me in Galgala; for- 
sothe Y shal come down to thee, that 
thow offre an offrynge, and offre pesible 
slayn sacrificis ; seuen days thow shalt 
abide, to the tyme that Y come to thee, 

sand shewe to thee what thow doo. And 
so whanne he hadde turned his shuldre, 
that he 3ede fro Samuel, God with ynne 
chaungide to hym another herte, and alle 

10 thes toknes camen in that day. And thei 
camen to the forseyd hil, and loo ! a com- 
panye of prophetis rnetynge to hym ; and 
the Spyryt of the Lord leepe yn vpon 
hyrn, and he propheciede in the mydil of 

11 hem. Forsothe seynge alle, that knewen 
hym 3istyrday w and the thridde day hens, 
that he was with prophetis, and prophe- 
cide, seiden togidre, What nowe thing 
fallith to the sone of Cys ? Whether and 

12 Saul among the prophetis ? And another 
answerde to the tothir, seiynge, And who 
is the fadre of hym ? Therfor it is turnyd 
into a prouerbe, Whether and Saul among 

is the prophetis? Forsothe he ceside to pro- 

uphecie, and cam to the hei3- And the 
brother of the fader of Saul saide to 
hym, and to his child, Whidre 'wenten 
3e x ? The whiche answerde, To seche the 
she assis ; the whiche whanne we hadden 

15 not founde, we camen to Samuel. And 
his fader brother seide to him, Shewe to 

IG me what Samuel seide to thee. And Saul 
seith to his fader ? brothir, He shewide 
to vs, for the she assis weren founden. 
Forsothe of the word of the kyngdam he 
shewide not to hym, the which Samuel 

nspak to hym. And Samuel clepide to- 
gidre the puple to the Lord in Masphat ; 



f that thou 
offre; in E- 
breu it is to 
offre an of- 
/ring, that is, 
with me for 



in to thee, and thou schalt prophecie with 

hem, and thou schalt be chaungid in to 

another man. Therfor whanne alle thesse 7 

signes 8 bifallen to thee, do thou, what euer 

thingis thin bond fyndith, 'that is, dispose 

thee to regne comelili* and my$tily n , for 

the Lord is with thee. And thou schalt 8 

go doun bifor me in to Galgala ; for Y schal 

come doun to thee, that thou offret an 

offryng, and offre v pesible sacrifices; bi 

seuene daies thou schalt abide, til I come 

to thee, and shewe to w thee what thou thynheithe; 

and thus oure 

schal do. Therfor whanne Saul hadde 9 transiadoun is 

.. i i_ i i f o expowned of 

turnede awei his schuldre to go fro Sa- oure doctours, 
muel, God chaungide another herte to ,. 
Saul, and alle these signes x camen in that , fil *> not bi thee 

but by me, as 

dai. And thei? camen to the forseid hil, 10 the pepie of- 

fride bi the 

and lo ! a cumpeny of prophetis metynge z preestis. Lire 

hym ; and the Spirit of the Lord 'scippide 

on hym a , and he propheciede in the myddis 

of hem b . Sotheli c alle men, that knewen 11 

hym d 3isterdai and the thrid dai ago, sien 

that he was with the prophetis, and that 

he prophesiede, and thei seiden togidere, 

What thing bifelde 6 to the sone of Cys ? 

Whether also Saul is among f prophetis? 

And o man answeride to another mans, 12 

and seide, And who is 'his fadir h :j:? Ther- i who is his fa. 

f j i fiTi. dir; in Ebreu 

for it was turned in to a prouerbe, Whe- it iS; who is the 
ther also Saul is among prophetis 1 ? For- is *[ 
sothe k Saul ceside to prophesie, and he 
Cam to an hi3 place. 



profetis ; as if 

. he seide, pro- 

And the brothir of 14 fesie is not w 
'the fadir of Saul 1 seide to hym, and to 

3 e? 



his child, Whidur 3eden m 36? And thei 
answeriden, To seke the" femal assis ; 
and whanne weP founden 'not thooi, we 
camen to Samuel. And the brother of his r 15 
fadir seide to hym, Schewe thou to me 
what Samuel seide to thee. And Saulie 
seide to 'the brother of hys fadir 8 , He* 
schewide to vs, that the femal 11 assis weren 
foundun. Sotheli v Saul w schewide not to 
hym x of the word of rewmey/ which word z 
Samuel spak to hym. And Samuel 



dris, but God 
3yueth profesie 
bi his grace, to 
whom he wole. 
Lire here. c. 



w jistai c. jistay E. x hast thou gon E pr. m. J fadris CE. 

s thingis i. * comeli G. >a gloss omitted in ix pr. m. v sacrifie i. w Om. i. x tokens i. Y Saul and 
his child i. z weren metynge with i. a felle anoon upon Saul i. b the prophetis i. c And i. d Saul i. 
e hath bifalle i. f chosen among the i. S Om. i. h the fadir of Saul I. ' the prophetis i. k And i. 
l Saulis fadir i. m wenten i. n Om. i. sche i. P thei A. 1 hem not IN. r Sauls i. s his uncle i. 
t Samuel i. u sche i. v But i. w he i. x his uncle i. ? the rewme i. z that i. 



X. i8 27. 



I. KINGS. 



29 



is and seith to the sones of Yrael, Thes 
thingis seith the Lord God of Yrael, Y 
haue ladde out Yrael fro Egipt, and Y z 
haue delyuerde jow fro the hoond of 
Egipciens, and fro the hoond of alle 

19 kyngis that tourmentiden 3ow. Forsothe 
36 to day han throwun awey 3oure God, 
the which alone saueth 3ow fro alle 
yuels, and 3oure tribulaciouns ; and 36 
han seiden, Nay, but a kyng ordeyn 
vpon vs. Nowe thanne stondith before 
the Lord bi 3oure lynagis, and by mey- 

2onees. And Samuel appliede alle the ly- 
nagis of Yrael, and the lot felle vpon the 

21 lynage of Beniamyn. And he apliede 
the lynage of Beniamyn, and the kyn- 
redis of hym ; and lot felle vpon the kyn- 
rede of Metry, and cam vnto Saul, the 
sone of Cys. Thanne thei soften hym, 

22 and he is not founden there. And thei 
counseilden after thes thingis the Lord, 
forsothe a whether he were to come thidre. 
And the Lord answerde, Loo ! he is hidde 

23 at home. And so thei runnen, and token 
hym thens ; and he stood in the mydil of 
the puple, and he was hei3er than al the 

24 puple fro the shuldres and aboue. And 
Samuel seith to al the puple, Certis 36 
seen whom the Lord hath chosun ; for 
there is noon lijk to hym in al the puple. 
And al the puple criede, and seith, Lyue 

25 the kyng ! Forsothe Samuel spak to the 
puple the lawe of the rewme, and wroot 
in the book, and leyde vp before the 
Lord. And Samuel laft al the puple, eche 

26 into her hows ; but and Saul wente into 
his hows in Gabaath ; and wente with 
hym a paart of the oost, of whom God 

27 hadde towchid the hertis. Forsothe the 
sones of Belial seiden, Whether this shal 
mowe saue vs ? And thei dispysiden 
hym, and brou3ten not to hym 3iftis ; 
forsothe he feynde, as thou3 he herde 
not. 



t 

archerls schet- 
n< 



pide togidere the puple to the Lord in 

Masphat ; and he seide to the sones of Is- is 

rael, The Lord God of Israel seith these 

thingis, Y ledde Israel out of the lond of 

Egipt, and Y delyuerede 3ou fro the hond 

of Egipcians, and fro the hond of alle 

kyngis a that turmentiden 3ou. Forsothe b 10 

to day 36 han caste awei 3oure Lord God, 

which 6 aloone sauyde 3ou fro alle 3oure 

yuelis and tribulaciouns ; and 30 seiden, 

Nay, but ordeyne thou a kyng on d vs. 

Now therfor stonde 30 bifor the Lord bi 

3oure lynagis, and bi e meynees. And Sa-2o 

muel settide f to gidere alle the lynages ff 

of Israel, and lot felde on& the lynage of 

Beniamyn. And he settide h togidere the 21 

lynage of Beniamyn, and the meynees 

therof ; and lot felde on 1 the meynees k of 

Mathrif, and it cam 'til to 1 Saul, the son 

of Cys. Therfor" 1 thei soften hym", and 

he was not foundun there. And aftir 

these thingis thei counseliden the Lord, 

whether Saul schulde come thidur. And 

the Lord answeride, Lo ! he'' is hid at 

hoom J. Therfor thei runnen, and token 23 1 he is i<i ,,t 

, .. , , , , . , hoome; not in 

hym fro thennus ; and hei stood m the r Gabaa, but in 
myddiP of the puple, and was* hi 3 ere than She was 
al the puple fro the schulder and v aboue u . S. ned- . l . n , 

i.breu it is, lie 

And Samuel seide to al the puple, Certis 24 is hid among 

_. vessels, that is, 

3e seen v whom the Lord hath chose ; for armeris, ether 
noon in al the puple is lijk hym. And al ^there 6 vessels 
the puple cryede, and seide, Lyue the kyng ! h"^"'^^ 
Forsothe w Samuel spak to the puple the25 ke P in g- Lire 

1 r here. c. 

lawe of rewme*, and wroot? in a book, 
and puttide^y vp bifor the Lord. And Sa- 
inuel 2 dilyuerede al the puple, ech man in 
to his hows; but also Saul 3ede in to his a 2G 
hous in to b Gabaath ; and the c part of the 
oost 3ede with hym, whose hertis God 
hadde touchid. Forsothe d the sones ofa? 
Belyal seiden, Whether this man may saue 
vs? And thei dispisiden hym, and brou3ten e 
not ytftisSikat is,preisyngis ! ,to him; for- 
sothe^ he 'dissymelide hym to here 11 . 



* Om. BCEFH. a now E pr. in. 
a the kyngis i. b And i. c the which i. d uponi. e Om.i. f sette i. {! lynage A. Supon i. b setter. 



1 upon i. 
r Om. i. 



meynee 



i. 1 vnto EIL. m Thanne i. n Saul i. 



with the i. P Saul i. q Saul i. 

8 myddis i. * he was i. u upward i. v han seen i. w And i. x the rewme EIKLX. y he 
wroot it i. yy putte it i. z he i. a Om. A. b Om. i. c a i. d And i. e thei broujten i. f that is, 
presentis BNW. Om. cix pr. m. S and i. h lete as thouj he herde not i. 



30 



I. KINGS. 



XI. I 9. 






CAP. XI. 

1 Arid it is doon as after a moneth, Naas 
Amonite stiede vp, and bigan to fi3t 
a3ens Jabes Galaath. And alle the men 
of Jabes seiden to Naas, Haue thow vs 
boundun in pees, and we shulen seme to 

2 thee. And Naas Amonyte answerde to 
hem, In this I shal smyte with 3011 boond 
of pees, that I drawe out the ry3t eyen 
of 3ow alle, and Y put }ou reproue in al 

3 Yrael. And the eldres of Jabes seiden 
to hym, Graunt to vs seuen days, that 
we senden messagers to alle the b teermes 
of Yrael ; and if there weren not the 
which defende vs, we shulen goon out to 

4thee. Thanne messagers camen into Ga- 
baath of Saul, and speken the wordis, 
herynge the puple; and al the puple 

5 reryde her c voys, and wepte. And, loo ! 
Saul cam, folowynge the oxen fro the 
feeld; and seith, What hath the puple, 
that he wepith? And thei toolden to 
hym the wordis of the men of Jabes. 

e And the Spyrit of the Lord leepe into 
Saul, whanne he hadde herd thes wordis, 
and the woodnesse of hym wraththid wel 

;mych. And takynge to either oxe he 
hew3 into gobetis, and sente into alle the 
teermys of Yrael, bi the hoond of the 
messageers, seiynge, Who so euere goth 
not out, and hath not folwid Saul and 
Samuel, thus shal be doo to the oxen of 
hym. Thanne the dreed of the Lord 
cau3te the puple, and thei wenten out as 

HO man. And he noumbrede hem in Be- 
seth d ; and of the sones of Yrael weren 
thre hundrid thowsandis ; of the men for- 

gsothe of Juda thretti thowsandis. And 
thei seiden to the messagers that camen, 
So 36 shulen seie to the men that ben in 
Jabes of Galaath, To morwe shal be to 
3ow helth, whanne the sunne hetith. 
Thanne the messagerys camen, and 



CAP. XL 

And it was don as 1 aftir a monethe, i 
Naas of Amon stiede k , and bigan 1 to fi3te 
a3ens Jabes of Galaad. And alle the men 
of Jabes seiden to Naas, Haue thou vs 
boundun in pees, and we schulen serue 
thee. And Naas of Amon answeride to 2 
hem, In this" Y schal smyte boond of pees 
with 3ou, that Y putte out the ri$t i^en of 
alle 3ou, and that Y sette 3ou schenschipP 
in al Israel. And the eldere men of Jabes 3 
seiden to him, Graunte thou to vs seuene 
daies, that we senden messangeris to alle 
the termesi of Israel ; and if noon be that 
defende vs, we schulen go out to thee. 
Therfor r messangeris camen in to Gabaad4 
of Saul, and spaken these wordis, "while 8 
the puple herde 1 ; and al the puple reiside 
her vois, and wepte. And lo ! Saul cam, 5 
'and suede oxis u fro the feeld v ; and he 
seide, What hath the puple, for it wepith ? 
And thei telden to hym the wordis of 
men w of Jabes. And the Spirit of the 6 
Lordf skippide x in to Saul, whanne he 
hadde herd these wordis, and his wood- 
nesse^ was'wrooth greetli z . And he took? 
euer either oxe, and kittide a in to gobetis, 
and sente b in to alle the termes c of Israel, 
bi the hondis of messangeris ; and seide d , 
Who euer goith not out, and sueth not 
Saul and Samuel, so it schal be don to 
hise oxun. Therfor the drede of the Lord 
asailide e the puple, and thei 3eden out as 
o man. And he f noumbride hem in Be-s 
sech ; and thre hundrid thousynd weren& 
of the sones of Israel ; forsothe h of the 
men of Juda weren thretti thousynde. 
And thei seiden to the messangeris thato 
camen, Thus 36 schulen seie to the men 
that ben in Jabes of Galaad, To morewj 
schal be helthe to 3ou, whanne the sunne 
is hoot. Therfor* the messangeris camen, 
and telden to the k men of Jabes ; whiche 1 



\-lheSfnritofthe 
Lord,etc.; that 
is, the stiring 
of strengthe 
and of slide - 
fastnesse, to 
delyuere the 
peple hisegid. 
Lire here. c. 



J to morewe ; 
that is, in tyme 
to comynge of 
next. Lire 
here. c. 



b Om. E. c his E pr. m. d Reseth A. 

' as it mere i. k stiede up i. ! he bigan i. m the cltee Jabes i. n this thing i. putte i. P to be 
reproff i. 1 coostis i. r Thanne i. s which c. '* heringe the puple i. u Om. i. v feild and he suede 
oxen i. w the men i. x fel anoon i. Y feers wrath i. z greetli stirid i. a he kitte hem i. b he 
sente tho i. c coostis i. d he seide i. e weute into i. f Saul i. e weren there i. h and i. 
' Thanne i. k Om. plures. l the whiche i. whiche men K. 



XI. io XII. 4- 



I. KINGS. 



31 



toolden to the men of Jabes ; the whiche 

loweren glad, and seiden, To morwe we 

shulen goo out to 3ow, and 36 shulen doo 

11 to vs al that shal plese to 3ow. And it 
is doon, whanne the morwe was comen, 
Saul sette the puple in thre parties ; and 
he wente into the mydil tentis in the 
morwetide watche, and he smoot Amon 
'vnto the tyme e that the day hetide; for- 
sothe the tother ben scatrid, so that there 
weren not laft in hem tweyn togidre. 

12 And the puple seith to Samuel, Who is 
he this, that seide, Saul f shal not regne 
vpon vs ? 3if 3 e the men, and we shulen 

isslee hem. And Saul seith, There shal 
not be slayn eny man in this day, for to 
day the Lord hath doon helth in Yrael. 

14 Forsothe Samuel seide to the puple, 
Cometh, and goo we into Galgala, and 

15 renewe we there the rewme. And al the 
puple 3ede to Galgala, and thei maden 
there Saul a kyng before the Lord in 
Galgala ; and thei offreden pesyble slayn 
sacrifice to the Lord. And Saul gladdide 
there, and alle the men of Yrael wel 
mych. 

CAP. XII. 

1 Forsothe Samuel seide to alle Yrael, 
Loo ! I haue herd 3oure voys aftir alle 
thingis that 36 han spokun to me, and I 

2 haue ordeynd vpon 3ou a kyng ; and nowe 
the kyng goth before 3ow. Forsothe Y 
haue eeldid, and waxen hoor ; forsothe 
my sones ben with 3ow ; also conuer- 
saunt before 3ou fro my 3ongth vnto this 

3 day. Loo ! Y am redi ; spek 36 to me 
before the Lord, and before the crist of 
hym ; whether oxe of eny man Y took, 
or asse ; if eny man Y chalengide ; if Y 
oppresside eny man ; if of the hoond of 
eny man Y took 3ift ; and Y shal dispise 

4 it to day, and restore to 3ow. And thei 



morewe. Lire 
here. c. 



weren glad, and seiden" 1 , Eerli we schulen 10 

go out to 3ou, and 30 schulen do to vst al t and v *& 

do to va, etc.; 

that plesith 3ou n . And it was don, whanne 1 1 they seiden this 

the morewe dai cam, Saul ordeynede the 

puple in to thre partis ; and heP entride 

in to the myddil tentisi 'in the wakyng 

of the morewtid 1 ", and he smoot Amon til 

the dai v was hoot 3 ; 'forsothe the residues' 

weren scaterid, so that tweyne u togidere 

weren not left in hem. And the puple 12 

seide to Samuel, Who is this, that seide, 

Saul schal not regne on v vs ? 3yue 36 the w 

men", and we schulen sle hem. And Saul is 

seide, No man schal be slayn in this dai, 

for to dai the Lord made? helthe in Israel. 

Forsothe 2 Samuel seide to the puple, Come 14 

36, and go we in to Galgala, and renule 3 we 

there b the rewme. And al c the puple 3ede is 

in to Galgala, and there thei maden Saul 

kyng bifor the Lord 'in Galgala' 1 ; and 

thei offriden e pesible sacrifices bifor the 

Lord. And Saul was glad there, and alle 

the men of Israel greetli. 



CAP. XII. 

Forsothe Samuel seide to al Israel, Lo ! 1 
Y herde 3oure vois bi alle thingis whiche 
3e spaken to me, and Y ordeynede a kyng 
on f 3ou ; and now the king goith bifor 2 
3011. Sothelis Y wexide b eld and hoor ; 
forsothe 1 my sones ben with 3ou ; therfor k 
Y lyuyde 1 bifor 3ou fro my 3ong wexynge 
age 'til to m this dai. And lo ! Y am redi ;s 
speke 36 to me bifor the Lord, and bifor 
'the crist of hym" ; whether Y took 'the 
oxe of ony manP, ether thei asse ; if Y 
falsly r chalengide ony mon ; yf Y oppress- 
ide 8 ony man; if Y took* 3ifte| of 'the hond 
of ony man u ; and v Y schal 'dispise it w to 
dai, and Y schal restore to 3ou. And thei-i 



e al the while E pr. m. f the puple A. 

m seiden to Amon i. n to jou i. tijd I. P in the morewe tijd wacche Saul i. <J teiitis of Amon i. 
r Om. i. s wexide i. * and thei that weren left alijue i. u two men i. v upon i. w tho i. x men 
hidere i. y hath maad i. z And i. a renel EL. b there therinne L. c Om. c. d Om. i. e offriden 
there i. f upon i. S And i. h haue wexe i. > and i. k also i. 1 haue lyued i. m vnto i. n his 
anoyntid or kyng r. haue take l. P ony mans oxe i. q his i. r haue falsly i. s haue oppressid i. 
* haue take i. u ony mans hond i. T Om. plures. w be despised L. 



t if Y took 
yfte,etc.; of this 
it is opin, that bi 
hise owne costis 
and trauels, he 
fillide the office 
of iuge, as it 
was seid in vii. 
c. Lire here. c. 



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XII. 514- 



seiden, Thow hast not chalengid vs, ne 
oppressid, ne takyn eny thing of the 

5 hoond of eny man. And he seide to 
hem, Witnesse is the Lord a3ens 3ow, 
and witnesse the crist of hym in this 
day ; for 30 han not founden in myn 
hoond eny thing. And thei seiden, Wit- 

enesse. And Samuel seith to the puple, 
The Lord, that made Moysen and Aaron, 
and ladde 3oure fadres fro the loond of 

7 Egipt, is ny3 ; now thanne stondith, that 
in doom I stryue a3ens 3ow before the 
Lord, of alle the mercyes of the Lord, 
that he hath done with 3ow, and with 

83oure fadres. What maner wise Jacob 
wente into Egipt, and 3oure fadres cri- 
eden to the Lord ; and the Lord sente 
Moyses and Aaron, and ladde 3oure fa- 
dres out of Egipt, and sette hem in this 

9 place. The whiche for3eten of the Lord, 
her God ; and he took hem in the hoond 
of Cysar&, mayster h of the kny3thod of 
Asor, and in the hoond of Philistiens, 
and in the hond of the king of Moab ; 

10 and thei ftnrjten a3ens hem. Forsothe 
aftyrward thei cryeden to the Lord, and 
seiden, We han synned, for we han for- 
sakun the Lord, and serueden to Baalym 
and Astaroth ; nowe thanne delyuer vs 
fro the hoond of oure enemyes, and we 

1 1 shulen serue to thee. And the Lord sente 
Jeroboal, and Bedan, and Barach, and 
Jepte, and Samuel ; and he delyuerde 
3ow fro the hoond of 3oure enemyes bi 
enuyroun ; and 36 han dwellid trustily. 

12 Forsothe seynge that Naas, the kyng of 
the sones of Amon, was comen a3ens 3ow, 
3e seiden to me, Nay, but the kyng shal 
comaunde to vs ; whanne the Lord 3our 

13 God shulde regne in 3ow. Nowe thanne 
3oure kyng is redi, whom 36 han chosen 
and askid ; loo ! the Lord hath 3euen to 

14 3ow a kyng. If 36 dreden the Lord, and 



seiden, Thou hast not falsly chalengid vs, 
nether hast x oppressid *y, nether hast z 
take ony thing of 'the hond of ony man a . 
And he h seide to hem, The Lord is wit- 5 
nesse a3ens 3ou, and his crist c is witnesse 
in this day; for 30 han not founde ony 
thing in myn hond. And thei seidenf, 
Witnessed And Samuel seide to thee 
puple, The Lord, that made Moises and 
Aaron, and ledde 6 3oure fadris out of the brews 

en thus, that 

lond of Egipt, is present; now therfor 7 aftir the wit- 

c .1 , -T i- j nessingofthe 

stonde 36', that Y stryue bi doom a3ens 



t and thei 
' 



3ou bifor the Lord, of alle the mercyes of 

the Lord, whiche? he dide h with 3ou, and " luel >. *"L ""I? 

* J herwith Goddis 

with 3oure fadris. Hou 1 Jacob entride in 8 witnessing, and 

, . . seide, the Lord 

to Egipt, and 3oure fadris cneden to the i* wto****, that 
Lord ; and the Lord sente Moises and J. h ' at he'bTwit- 
Aaron, and ledde 3oure fadris out of " esse; and 

* tnriTino ri voys 

Egipt, and settide k hem in this place, cam sent f ro 

the Lord, and 

Whiche' for3aten m her Lord God ; and he 9 seide, i~ 
bitook hem in" the hond of Sisara, mays- 
tir of the chyualrie of Asor, and in the 
hond of Filisteis, and in the hond of the? 
kyng of Moab ; and theii fou3ten a3ens 
hem. Sotheli' afterward 5 thei 1 crieden to 10 
the Lord, and seiden, We synneden", for 
we forsoken the Lord, and seruyden Baa- 
lym and Astroth ; now therfor delyuere 
thou vs fro 'the hond of oure enemyes v , 
and we schulen serue thee. And the Lord n 
sente Gerobaal"', and 'Bedan, that is*, 
Sampson, 'and Barach, and Jepte, and 
Samuel, and delyueredey 3ou fro the hond 
of 3oure enemyes bi cumpass ; arid 3e z 
dwelliden tristili a . Forsothe b 36 sien, that 12 
Naas, kyng c of the sones of Amon, cam 
a3ens 3ou ; and 36 seiden to me, counseil- 
ynge A to axe noon other kyng than God, 
Nay, but a kyng schal comaunde to vs ; 
whanne '3oure Lord God e regnede f in 3ou. 
Now therfor 3oure kyng is redi, whom 36 13 
han chose and axid ; lo ! the Lord 3af? 
to 3ou a kyng. If 36 dreden the Lord, u 



g Syjare E. h the mayster E pr. m. 

x thou hast EIL. y Om. plures. z thou hast EIL. a ony mans hond i. > Samuel i. c crist or 
king i. d He is witnesse i. e that ledde i. f ^e forth i. S that i. h hath do i. i Hou that i. k hath 
sett i. 1 The whiche i. m han forjete i. n in to i. the maystir i. P Om. DFKOxb. q these i. 
r And i. s aftir this i. < joure faders i. u han synned i. v our enemyes hond i. w Gerohaal, that 
is Gedeon B text, c marg. x Qm. c. y he delyuerede i. z thanne je i. a sikirly i. b And i. <-' the 
kyng i. d counseilinge JOM i. e the Lord joure God i. f schulde regne i. S hath joue i. 



xn. 15 25. 



I. KINGS. 



33 



serueth to hym, and herith the voys of 
hym, and whettith not the mouth of the 
Lord ; and 36 shulen ben, and the kyng 
that comaundith to jow, folowynge the 

is Lord 3oure God. Forsothe if 36 heren 
not the voys of the Lord, but whettith' 
out the word of hym, the hoond of the 
Lord shal be vpon 3ow, and vpon 3oure 

ififadres. But nowe stondith, and seeth 
this greet thing that the Lord is to doo 

17 in 3oure si3t. Whether not repynge tyme 
of whete is to day ? Y shal inwardly 
clepe the Lord, and he shal 3yue voicis, 
and reynes ; and 36 shulen wite, and seen, 
for greet yuel 36 ban doo to 3ow in the 
si3t of the Lord, askynge vpon 3ow a 

is kyng. And Samuel criede to the Lord, 
and the Lord 3af voicis and reynes in 

19 that day. And al the puple dredde wel 
mych the Lord and Samuel ; and al the 
puple seide to Samuel, Prey for thi ser- 
uauntis to the Lord thi God, that we 
dyen not ; forsothe we ban addid to alle 
oure synnes yuel, that we asken to vs a 

20 kyng. Forsothe Samuel seide to the pu- 
ple, Wole 36 not drede ; 30 ban doon alle 
this yuel ; neuerthelaterJ wole 36 not goo 
awey fro the bak of the Lord, but 
serueth to the Lord in al 30111-6 herte ; 

21 and wole 36 not bowe aside after veyn 
thingis, that shulen not profyt 3ou, ne 
shulen delyuer 3011 ; for veyn thingis thei 

22 ben. And the Lord shal not forsake his 
puple for his greet name ; for the Lord 
hath sworn to make 3ow to hym a puple. 

23 Forsothe God sheelde the synne fro me 
in the Lord, that I ceese to prey for 3ow ; 
and I shal teche 30 w a ri3t weye and 

24 good. Therfor dredith the Lord, and 
serueth to hym in treuth, and of al 3oure 
herte ; forsothe 36 ban seen the greet 
dedis, v the whiche k he hath doon in 3ow ; 

25 and if 36 ben stedfast in malice, and 36 
and 3oure kyng to gidre shulen perishe. 



on ynt ; that 



and seruen hym, and heren his vois, and 
wraththen not the ' mouth of the Lord h t ; t 

, , , . , trewe speker nf 

36 and 3oure kyng, that comaundith to his word. i. 
3ou, schulen sue 3oure Lord God. For- 15 
sothe 1 if 36 heren not the vois of 'the 
Lord k , but wraththen his word, the bond 
of the Lord schal be on 3ouJ, and on 3oure 
fadris. But also now stonde 36, and se 
this gret thing which 1 the Lord schal 

it was on joure 

make in soure sist. Whether heruest" of 17 fadris in tyme 

. passid. Lire 

whete is not to dai ? I schal mwardli here. c. 

clepe the Lord, and he schal 3yue voices, 

^tliat is, thundrisv, and reynes ; and 36 

schulen wite, and schuleni se, for 1 " 36 

axynge a kyng on s 3ou ban* do greuouse 

yuel to 3ou u in the si3t of the Lord. And is 

Samuel criede to the Lord, and the Lord 

3af voices v and reynes in that dai. And iy 

al the puple dredde greetli the Lord and 

Samuel ; and al the puple seide to Sa- 

muel, Preye thou for thi seruauntis to 

thi Lord God, that we die not ; for w we 

addiden x yuel to alle oure synnes, that 

we axiden a kyng to vs. Forsothe y Sa-20 

muel seide to the puple, v Nyle 36 drede z ; 

3e ban do al this yuel ; netheles v nyle 36 

go a awey fro the bak of the Lord, but 

serue 3e the Lord in al 3oure herte; and 21 

nyle 30 bowe aftir veyn thingis |J, that \\veynthingis; 

schulen not profite to b 3ou, nether schulen c worschipin^e'" 

delyuere 3ou ; for tho ben veyn thingis. ^ t f ? r i tho 

And d the Lord schal not forsake his puple 22 to saue jou. 

Lire here. c. 

for his grete name ; for the Lord swoor 6 
to make 3ou a puple to hym silf. For- 23 
sothe f this synne be fer fro me in& the 
Lord, that Y ceesse to preye for 3ou ; and 
Y schal teche 3ou a ri3tful weie and good h . 
Therfor drede 36 the Lord, and v serue 36*24 
hym in treuthe, and of al 3oure herte ; for 
35 sien tho grete thingis, whiche k he 'dide 
in 1 3ou ; that if 36 contynuen in malice, 25 
bothe 36 and 3oure kyng schulen perische 
togidere. 



> whetten c. J nerthelatere c passim. k that c. 

h Lordis mouth i. ' And i. k joure Lord God i. ' that i. m do i. 
P or thundris is. Om. x pr. m. 1 Om. L. r that NX. s upon i. 

v thundres i. w forsothe i. x han eechid i. Y And i. z Drede je not i. 
c thei schulen i. d ^nd thanne i. e hath swore i. f And i. S ajens i. 
k that i. 1 hath do to I. 

VOL. II. F 



the heruest i. now r. 

je han i. u jou silf i. 

a go je not i. b Om. i. 

h a good i. ' serueth i. 



I. KINGS. 



XIII. i 9. 



CAP. XIII. 

i A sone of o 3eer was Saul whanne he 
began to regne ; forsothe two 3eer he 

2regnede vpon Irael. And Saul chees to 
hym thre thowsandis of Yrael, and there 
weren v in Machynas 1 with Saul two thow- 
sandis 11 , in the hil of Bethel ; forsothe a 
thowsand with Jonatha in Gabaa Benia- 
myn ; forsothe the tother puple he sente 

3 a3en echon into her tabernaclis. And Jo- 
nathas smoot the stacioun of Philistiens, 
that was in Gabaa. The which thing 
whanne Philistyens hadden herd, Saul 
criede with a trorape in al the loond, 

4seiynge, Keren the Ebrewis. And al 
Yrael herde siche a maner loos, Saul 
hath smyten the stacioun of Philistiens ; 
and Yrael areride him a3ens the Philis- 
tiens ; thanne the puple criede after Saul 

sin Galgala. And Philistiens ben gedrid 
to fi3t a3ens Yrael ; thretti thousandis of 
charys, and sexe thousandis of horsmen, 
and the tother comoun, as mych grauel 
that is in brenk of the see ; and thei 
stiynge vp setten tentis 'in Machynas, at 

6 the este of Bethauen. The which thing 
whanne the men of Yrael hadden seen, 
hem seluen in streit set, forsothe the puple 
was tourmentid, and thei hidden 1 " 01 hem 
self in dennys, and in hidils, in stonys 
forsothe, and in dichis, and in cysternes. 

7 Forsothe Hebrewis passiden Jordan 11 , the 
loond of Gad, and of Galaad. And whanne 
3it Saul was in Galgala, al the puple is 

s feerd that"" folwide hym. And he abood 
Samuel seuen days 'after the couenaunt , 
and Samuel cam not in Galgala ; and thei' 

(i puple is slyden fro hym. Thanne seith 
Saul, Bryngith to me brent sacrifice and 



CAR XIII. 

Saul was a child of o 3eerf whanne he i t child of 

. n $eer ; that is, 

bigan to regne ; forsothe 11 he regnede on so innocent ad 
Israel 



twei 3eer|. And Saul chees 
hym thre thousynde? of Israel, and twei 
thousyndei weren with Saul in Machynas, 
in the hil of Bethel ; forsothe r a thou- 
synde weren with Jonathas in Gabaath of 
Beniamyn ; sotheli 5 he 1 sente a3en the 
tother puple ech man in to u 'hise taber- 
naclis v . And Jonathas smoot the stacioun" || 
of Filisteis, that was in Gabaa. And 
whanne Filisteis x hadden herd thisy, Saul 
sownede with a clarioun in al the lond, and 
seide, Ebreys 2 here 3 . And al Israel herde 4 
siche a fame, Saul smoot b the stacioun 
of Filisteis ; and Israel reiside d hym silf 
a3ens Filisteis 6 ; therfor f the puple criede 
after Saul in Galgala. And Filisteis5 
wereii gaderid 11 to fi3te 336113 Israel ; 'o/ 1 
Filisteis weren 1 thretti thousynde^ of cha- 
risJ, and sixe thousynde k of kny3tis', and 
the tother comyn puple, as m grauel n 'which 
is ful myche in the brynke of the see ; 
and thei stieden?, and settiden tentisi in 
Machynas, at the eest r of Bethauen. And c 
whanne men of Israel hadden seyn this 8 , 
that thei weren set in strei3tnesse t , for u 
the puple was turmentid, thei hidden hem 
silf in dennes, and in priuey places, and 
in stonys, and in dychis, arid in cisternes. 
Sotheli v Ebreis w passiden x Jordan in to 7 
the lond of Gad and of Galaad. And 
whanne Saul was 3it in Galgala, al the 
puple was aferd that suede hym. And a 
seuene daies he^ abood Samuel bi coue- 
naunt, and Samuel cam not in to Galgala ; 
and the puple 3ede awei fro Saul. Therfor a 
Saul seide, Brynge 36 to me brent sacri- 



cleene of synne 
to 2 [as] a child of 
o jeer. c. 
regnede on 
Israel by ii. 
}eer; that is, in 
his goodnesse 
and innocence, 
tliou? he regn- 
ede in mo jeris 
while he was 
in malice ; 
ether aftir ii. 
3 seer of Saul, 
Dauyth was 
chosun of God 
in to kyng, and 
anoyntyd of 
Samuel, as it is 
had in xvi. c., 
and fro that 
tyme Saul 
regnede not bi 
rijt, but onely 
hi tyrauntrie, 
and therfor the 
jeris suyng hen 
kit awey here 
fro his rewme. 
Ijire here. c. 
|| stacioun, that 
is, forselet, 
ether strong 
hold. c. 

xxx. thousinde, 
that is, of men 
fijtinge in cha- 
ris. Ure here. 
c. 



1 in to engines E pr. m. U thousende c. m in to engines E pr. rn. mm hadden B. n Sic codd. omnes. 
nn and ABFH. aftyr Samuel plesid E pr. m. P al the E pr.m. 



m sone i. n and i. upon i. P thousynde men K. 1 thousynde of hem i. r and i. 8 and i. 
1 Saul i. Om. D. v his tabernacle K sec. m. EL. w standart i. x the Filisteis i. y that i. z je men 
of Ebrewe i. a here je i. b hath smyten i. c standart i. d reiside up i. e the Filisteis i. f thanne i. 
S the Filisteis i. h gaderid to gidre i. > Om. i. J charis, that is, of men fijtinge in charis B. 

k hundrid thousynde i. ! horsmen i. n was as the i. n grauel of the see i. Om. i. P stieden up i. 
q her tentis i. r eest coost i. s Om. i. t the strei3tnesse c. and that i. v And i. w the men of 
Ebrew i. x passiden ouer i. y Saul i. 



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35 



pesible 1 ! ; and he offrede brent sacrifice. 

10 And whanne offrynge he hadde fulfillid 
the brent sacrifice, loo ! Samuel cam ; 
and Saul wente out to mete hym, for to 

11 salute hym. And Samuel spak to hym, 
What hast thou doon? Saul answerde, 
For I saw3 that the puple shulde 
slyde awey fro me, and thou cam not 
after the couenauntid r dais ; forsothe the 
Philistyens weren gedryd into Machy- 

12 nas s ; Y seide, Nowe Philistiens shulen 
come to me in Galgala, and the face of 
the Lord I haue not plesid ; thur} nede 
constreined Y haue offrid 1 brent sacry- 

13 fice to the Lord. And Samuel seide to 
Saul, Folily thow hast doon, ne thou 
hast kept the heestis of the Lord thi God, 
the whiche he hath comaundid to thee ; 
the which thing if thou haddist not 
doon, ri3t nowe the Lord hadde maad 
redi thi kyngdom vpon Yrael into with- 

H outen ende ; but thi kyngdom shal no 
more ryse togidre. Thanne the Lord 
sou3te a man after his herte ; and the 
Lord hath comaundid to hym, that he 
were a duyk vpon his puple, forthi that 
thou hast not kept the thingis that the 

15 Lord comaundide. Forsothe Samuel roos, 
and stiede vp fro Galgalis in Gabaa of 
Beniamyn ; and the tother puple stieden 
vp after Saul, metynge to the puple that 
ouercamen hem ; comynge fro Galgala in 
Gabaa, in the hil of Beniamyn. And 
Saul noumbrede the puple, that weren 
foundun with hym as sixe hundryd men. 

16 And Saul, and Jonathas his sone, and 
the puple that was foundun with hem, 
was in Gabaa of Beniamyn ; forsothe 
Philistiens seeten togidre v into aspijs", for 

17 to fi3ten. And there wenten out for to 
fi3te fro the tentys of Philistiens thre 
cumpanyes ; o cumpanye wente a3ens the 
weye of Effraym to the loond of Saul ; 



fice, and pesible sacrifices 2 ; and he offride 
brent sacrifice. And whanne he hadde 10 
endid offrynge brent a sacrifice, lo ! Samuel 
cam ; and Saul 3ede out a3ens hym 1 ', to 
greete Samuel . And Samuel spak d ton 
hym e , What hast thou do? Saul an- 
sweride, For f Y si3 that the puple 3ede 
awei fro me, and thou earnest not bi the 
daies of couenaunt ; certis? Filisteis weren 
gaderid 11 in Machynas ; Y seide. Now Fi- 12 
listeis schulen come doun to me in to Gal- 
gala, and Y haue not plesyd the face of 
the Lord ; Y was compellid bi nede, and 
Y offryde brent sacrifice to the Lord. And is 
Samuel seide to Saul, Thou hast do folili, 
and thou 'keptist not 1 the heestis of thi 
Lord God, whiche he comaundide to thee ; 
and if thou haddist not do this thing, ri3t 
now the Lord hadde maad redi thi rewme 
on k Israel with outen endef ; but thi H t with outen 

, - i / ,1 mi T -i ende; that is, 

rewme schal not rise 1 ferthere. The Lord if thou i 
hath sou3t a man to hym silf after his 
herte ; and the Lord comaundide" to hym, 
that he schulde be duyk on his puple, for 
thou keptist not tho thingis whiche the 
Lord comaundide. Forsothe Samuel roos, 15 
and stiedeP fro Galgala in to Gabaa of 
Beniamyn ; and the 'residue puplisi sti- 
eden r after Saul a3ens the puple which 8 
fou3ten a3ens hem ; and thei camen fro 
Galgala in to Gabaa, in the hil of Benia- 
myn. And Saul noumbride the puple, 
that weren foundun with hym as sixe* 
hundrid men. And Saul, and Jonathas icnesse, which is 
his sone, and the puple that was foundun z,^" Aew. c. 
with hem, was in Gabaa of Beniamyn ; 
forsothe 11 Filisteis v saten togidere in Ma- 
chynas. And thre cumpanyes 3eden out 17 
of the 'castels of Filisteis w to take prey; 
o cumpany 3ede a3ens the weie of Effraym^: 
to the lond of Saul ; sothely x an other is 
cumpeny entride bi the weie of Bethoron ; 
forsothe^ the thridde cumpenye turnede it 



not do ajenus 
Goddis heest, 
and haddist 
stonde in the 
goodnesse in 
which thou 
were, whanne 

' 



were disposid, 
that the rewme 
schulde be con- 
fermed to thee 
and to thi 
sones ; netheles 
this conferm- 
yng schal be 
vndurstodun 
vndur a condi- 
cioun, if Saul 
and hise eiris 



: of_Effraym; 
it is, 
^ weve 



Saul - c - 



1 pesible thyngus E pr. m. r desirid E pr. m. s fijtys E pr. m. 
in M achinas sec. m. correxit cadem matins in to aspies. 



Om. A. u into aspies E pr. m. 



z offringis i. a the brent i. b Samuel i. c him i. d seide i. e Saul i. f Lo! for i. Sand the i. 
h gaderid to gidre i. hast not kept i. k upon i. 1 rise to gidre i. m ferthermore with thee, for thou 
hast lost iust tijtle i. n hath comaundid i. And i. P stiede up i. 1 peple that lefte i. r wenten 
up i. s that i. 4 a sixe i. " and i. v the Filisteis i. w Filisteis tentis i. x and i. y and i. 

F 2 



36 



I. KINGS. 



XIII. 18 XIV. 4. 



is forsothe another wente bi the weye of 
Betheron; forsothe the thridde turnede 
hem to the weye of the teerme in v the 
loond of Saba, 'stondynge ny3 to the w 

lovaley of Seboym a3ens the deseert. For- 
sothe there was not an yren smith 
foundun in al the loond of Yrael ; for- 
sothe Philistiens shunneden, lest perauen- 
ture the Hebrews maden swerd or speer. 

20 Thanne al Yrael descendide to Philistiym, 
that echon sharpe his shaar, and diggyng 

21 yren, and axe, and purgyng hook ; for 
eggys of the sharis, and of diggynge x 
yrens, and of forkis, and of the axis 

22 weren blunt, vnto a prik to menden. And 
whanne the day of the batayl was comen, 
there is not founden swerd and speer 
in hoond of the? puple that was with 
Saul and Jonatha, out takun Saul, and 

23 Jonatha hys sone. Forsothe the stacioun 
of Philistym z wente out, for to stye ouer 
into aspijs to frjt. 

CAP. XIV. 

i And it felle on a day, that Jonathas, 
the sone of Saul, seide to the 3ong man 
his squyer, Com, and goo we to the sta- 
cioun of Philistyens, that is bi3onde that 
place ; to his fader forsothe that same 

-2 thing he shewide not. Forsothe Saul 
dwellide in the vttermoost parti of Ga- 
baa, vndur a poomgarnet tree, that was 
in 'the feeld of Gabaa a ; and there was a 
puple with hym as of sexe hundred men. 

:sAnd Achias, the sone of Achitob, the 
brother of Ychabod, the sone of Phynees, 
that was comen of Hely, the preest of the 
Lord in Silo, b'eere the prestis coope ; but 
and the puple knewe not whider Jona- 

4 thas was goon. Forsothe there weren 
bytwixe b the stiyngis vp, bi the whiche 



silf to the weie of the terme in the lond 
of Sabaa ; and that 2 terme nei3eth a to the 
valey of Seboym a3ens the deseert. For- 19 
sothe b 'no smy3th of yrun c was foundun 
in al the lond of Israel ; for Filisteis d 
v weren war, ether e eschewiden, lest per- 
auenture Ebreis f maden as swerd ether a h 
spere. Therfor al Israel 3ede doun to Fi-2o 
listeis 1 , that ech man schulde scharpe his 
schar, and picoise k , and ax 1 , v and sarpe ; 
'and so" alle egis weren bluntid? 'of2i 
scharrisi, and of picoisis r , and of 'forkis 
of thre teeth 8 , and of axis, 'til to* a pricke 
to be amendid. And whanne the dai of 22 
batel cam, no swerd and u spere was 
foundun in the hond of al the puple 
that was with Saul and Jonathas, outakun 
Saul v , and Jonathas his sone. Forsothe w 23 
the stacioun* of Filisteis? 3ede out, that it 
schulde passe in to Machynas. 



CAP. XIV. 

And it bifelde in a day, that Jonathas, i 
the sone of Saul, seide to his squyer, a 
3ong man, Come thou, and passe we z to 
the staciouns 3 of the Filisteis, which b is 
bi3ende that place ; 'sotheli he c schewide 
not this same thing to his fadir. Sotheli d 2 
Saul dwellide in the laste part of Gabaa, 
vndur a pumgarnarde tre, that was in the 
feeld of Gabaa ; and the puple as of sixe e 
hundrid men was with f hym. And Achias, 3 
sones of Achitob, brother of Icaboth, sone& 
of Fynees, that was gendrid of Ely, preest h 
of the Lord in Silo, bar ephod', ^thut is\ 
the* preestis cloth ; but also the puple 
wiste not whidur Jonathas hadde n go. 
Sotheli bitwixe the stiyngisP, bi whiche^ 4 
Jonathas enforside to passe to the sta- 






vofEpr.m. w of the heje E pr. in. x the diggynge CE. Y al the CE. 2 Filisteys c. a Magron E pr. n. 
b bytween BFH. between E. betwe c. pass. 

z the ABC. a neijede i. noiyed L. b And i. c noon yren smith i. d the Filisteis i. e Om. i 

{ the Ebreis i. S Om. DiKoxb. h Om. DEIKLOPSX. > the Filisteis i. k his picoise i. ' his ax i 

m Om. DGKMNOSxb. and his kuttinge hook i. n for i. the egis of her scharris i. P blunt i 

Q Om. i. r her picoises i. s her thre tothid forkis i. * vnto i. u ne CEIO pr. m. v Sauls i 
w And i. x standart i. ? the Filisteis i. z we forth i. a standart i. b that i. c and Jonathas i 

d And i. e a sixe i. f there with i. S the sone i. h the preest i. i the ephod i. k or i. ! Om. M 
m cope i. the whole gloss omitted in x. n was i. And i. P stiyngis up i. Q the whiche i. 



XIV. 5 14- 



I. KINGS. 



37 



Jonathas enforside to goo to the sta- 
cyouns of Philistiens, hei3e stonys on 
either side, and as in maner of teeth litle 
rochis hens and thens before brokun ; 
name to the oon Boosez, and to the 

5 tother the name Sene ; o litil roche ful 
hee3 at the north ajens Machynas to 
fi3ten, and another at the south a3ens 

oGabaa. Jonathas forsothe seide to the 
3ong man his squyer, Corne, and passe 
we to the stacioun of thes vncercumci- 
dide, if perauenture the Lord do for vs ; 
for it is not to the Lord hard to saue, or 

7 in many or in fewe. And his squyer 
seide to hym, Do alle thingis that plesen 
to thin inwit ; go whider thow coueytist, 
I shal be with thee where euere thou 

swolt. And Jonathan seith, Loo ! we goon 
to thes men ; and whanne we aperen to 

9 hem, if this maner thei speken to vs, 
Dwel 36, to the tyme that we comen to 
3011 ; stonde d we e in oure f place, ne stye 

10 we vp to hem. Forsothe if thei seyn, 
Stye 36 vp to vs; stye we vp, for the Lord 
hath takun hem in cure hoondis ; this 

1 1 shal be to vs a tokne. And so either^ 
aperide to the stacioun of Philistiens ; 
and Philistiens seiden, Loo ! the He- 
brewis goon out fro the caues, in the 

i2whiche thei weren hid. And the men 
speken fro the stacioun to Jonathan and 
to his squyer, and seiden, Stieth vp to vs, 
and we shulen shewe 3ou a thing. And 
Jonathas seith to his squier, Stie we, 
folwe me ; forsothe the Lord hath taken 

13 hem into the hoondis of Yrael. Forsothe 
Jonathas styede crepynge with hoondis 
and feet, and his squyer after hyrn ; and 
whanne thei hadden seen the face of 
Jonathan, other fellen before Jonathan, 
other his squyer slow3, folowynge hym. 

14 And the first veniaunce is doon, the 
which smoot Jonathas and the squyer of 



cioun of Filisteis, weren stonys stond- 
ynge forth on euer either side, and scarris 
brokun bifore bi the maner of teeth on 
ech syde ; name to oon r was Boses, and 
name to 'the tother 3 was Sene; o scarren 
was stondynge forth to the north a3ens 
Machynas, and the tother scarre to the 
south a3ens Gabaa. Forsothe 4 Jonathas 
seide to his 3ong squyer, Come thou, passe 
we to the stacioun of these" vncircumcisid 
men, if in hap the Lord do for vs ; for it 
is not hard to the Lord to saue, ethir in 
manye ethir in fewe. And his squyer; 
seide to hym, Do thou alle thingis that 
plesen v thi soule ; go whidur thou co- 
ueitist, Y schal be with thee, where euer 
thou wolt. And Jonathas seide, Lo ! wes 
passen to these men ; and whanne we ap- 
peren to hem, if thei speken thus to vs, u 
Dwelle 3e w , til we comen to 3ou ; stonde 
we in cure place, and stie we not to x 
hem. Sotheliy if thei seien, Stye 3e z to vs ; 10 
stie we a , for the Lord hath bitake hem in b 
oure hondis ; this schal be a signe c to vs. 
'Therfor euer cc either apperide to the sta-n 
cioun d of Filisteis"; and Filisteis 6 seiden, 
Lo ! Ebreis f goen out of caues, in whiche 
thei weren hid. And men of the stacioun? 12 
spaken to Jonathas and to his squyer, and 
seiden, Stie 3e h to vs, and we schulen 
scliewe to 3ou a thing. And Jonathas 
seide to his squyer, 'Stie we 1 , sue thou 
me ; for the Lord hath bitake hem in to 
the hondis of Israel. Forsothe k Jonathas 13 
stiede 1 crepynge on hondis and feet, and 
his squyer after hym ; and whanne thei 1 " 
hadden seyn the face of Jonathas, summe 
felden doun bifor Jonathas, his 11 squier 
killed othere, and suede hym. And the u 
firste woundeP was maad^, which r Jonathas 
and his squyer smoot 8 , as of twenti* men", 
in 'the myddil part of lond which v a peire 
of oxun was wont to ere in the w dai. And 15 



c the aspics E pr. m. d and stonde E pr.m. e ^espr.m. ' joure E pr. m. 8 he E pr. m. 



r that oon i. the toon K. s that other i. * And i. u this c. v plesith A. w j e 

stille i. * up to i. y And i. z j e U p Im a we U p to hem i. b in to K. c token i. cc And so i. 
Therfor K. d standart i. e the Filisteis i. f the Ebreis i. S stacioun of Philistees i. h je up i. 
' Wende we up (o hem i. k And i. l stiede up i. m the Philistees i. n and his i. he suede i. 
P veniaunce i. 1 don i. * the which i. s killide i. * Om. G. u thousynd men v pr. m. IKMNOQXD. 
Om. o. v space of the erthe that i. w o i. 



38 



I. KINGS. 



XIV. r 5 23. 



hym as of twenti thousand 11 men, in the 
half party of an akir that a peyre of 

1 5 oxen in a day is wont to ere. And a 
myracle is doon in the tentis, bi the 
feeldys, but and al the puple of the sta- 
cioun of hem that weren at robbynge, 
wexe astonyed, and the tentis ben dis- 
turblid ; and it felle as a myracle fro 

H> God. And the weyters of Saul, that 
weren in Gabaa of Beniamyn, bihelden, 
and, loo ! a multitude throwun doun, and 

lyhidir and thider down fleynge. And 
Saul seith to the puple that weren with 
hym, Enserchith, and lokith, who }ede 
awey fro vs. And whanne thei hadden 
801131, it is founden not' to be nee} Jona- 

iHthas and his squyer. And Saul seith to 
Achyam, Applye the arke of 'the Lord k ; 
forsothe the arke of God was there in 

HI that day with the sonys of Israel. And 
whanne Saul spak to the preest, greet 
noyse is out sprongen in the tentis of 
Philistyen ; and it wexe litilmele, and 
cleerliker it sownyde. And Saul seith 
to the preest, Withdrawe thin hoond. 

20 Thanne Saul and the puple that was 
with hym criede togidre ; and thei 
cam en to the place of the strijf, and, 
loo ! the swerd of echon was turned to 
his nei3bour, and a greet sla^ter wel 

21 mych. But and the Hebrewis that 
weren with Philistiens 3istirday' and bi- 
fore 3isterdai, and 1 " stieden vp with hem 
in the tentis, ben turned for to ben with 
Yrael, that weren with Saul and Jonatha. 

2-2 Forsothe alle the mm Iraelitis, the whiche 
hadden hid hem silf in the hil of Effraym, 
herynge that Philistiens weren flowen, 
felawshipten hem seluen with hem u in 
the batayl, and weren with Saul as twenti 

as thousandis of men. And the Lord sauyde 
Irael in that day. Forsothe the fVjt camen 



f- Saul swoor, 
Saul synned in 
this ooth in 
double maner ; 



a myracle was don in the castels*, and bi 
the^ feeldis, but also al the puple of the* 
'stacioun of hem a that 3eden out to take 
prey, dredde, and v the castels b weren dis- 
turblid ; and it bifelde as a myracle of 
God. And aspyeris c of Saul bihelden d , 16 
that weren in Gabaa of Beniamyn, and 
lo ! a multitude cast 6 doun, and fleynge 
awei hidur and thidur. And Saul seide 17 
to the puple that weren with hym, Seke 
30, and se 36, who 3ede awei fro vs. And 
whanne thei hadden sou3t, it was foundun, 
that Jonathas and his squyer weren not 

. 101 for he swor 

present. And Saul seide to Achias, 18 y ue ie, and for 
Brynge f the arke of the Lord ; for the w^rse; sotheiy 
arke of God was there in that dais with he " vo : ^ 

with out nede 

the sones of Israel. And whanne Saul 19 and du tircum. 

staunces, and 

spak to the preest, a grete noise roos in 
the castelis h of Filisteis' ; and it encresside 
litil and litil, and sownede k cleerliere 1 . And 
Saul seide to the preest, Withdraw thin 
hond. Therfor Saul criede, and al the 20 ede to a worse 

, , . , , issu, for the pu- 

puple n that was with hym ; and thei pie, maad feynt 
camen 'til to the place of batel, and, lo ! 
the swerd of ech man? was turned to his 
nei3bore, and a ful grete sleyngei was. 



for he outook 
not the caas of 
nede, which is 
outakun in ech 
comaundement 
and lawe. Also 
hise ooth turn- 



enemyes, and 
ooth was ooca- 
sioun of synne 
to al the puple. 



But also Ebreis r that weren with Filisteis 21 Theij. tyme 

.., i.i ii_ i i j i Saul synnede, 

3istirday and the thndde dai ago, and in mimge wick- 
hadde stied s with hem in 1 castels 11 , turn- m^i^T^f 
eden a^en to be with Israel v , that weren m !" m ' f or he 

woJ sle Jona- 

with Saul and Jonathas. Also alle men 22 thas nocent, 

f T 111 1-11 and reherside 

or Israel, that hadden hid hem silf in the an other foiy 
hil of Effraym, herden that Filisteis x had- Jonathas syn- 
den fled ; and thei felouschipiden hern silf 
with her men in batel, and as ten^ thou- 



h Om. B sec. m. 
and in E. 



Om. ABFH. k God B. 



synde of men weren with Saul. 
Lord sauyde Israel in that day. Sotheli 2 
the batel cam til a to Bethauen. And men b 
of Israel weren felouschipid c to hem silf 
in that dai ; forsothe d Saul swoorf to the 
puple, and seide, Cursid be the man, that 
etith breed 'til to e euentid f , tils'Yvenge 

1 jistai CE. m thei A. mm Om. A. n theiris c. 



nede not in 
etinge hony, for 
he herde not 
the comaunde- 

And the 23 ment of his fa- 

dir. and for he 



et >t in nede. 



that he schulde 
declare his in- 
nocence bifor i 
alle men, and 
that, as inno- 
cent, he schulde 
be delyuerid bi 
the puple. Lirt 
here. c. 



* Pkilistees tentis i. y her i. z Om. (Hjb. a Philistees stacioun i. t> her teutis i. c the aspyeris i. 
d bihelden this dayng i. e of Philistees was cast i. f Bryng hidere i. S tyme i. h tentis i. i the 
Filisteis i. k it sownede i. l more clerly i. m Thanne i. n multitude i. vnto i. into EL. 
p mannes i. 1 slau3tere ther i. r the Ebreis i. s stied up i. * in to K. u her tentis i. v the men of 
Israel i. w the men ci. * the Filisteis i. y a ten i. twenti KXOQ. z And i. a in EL. ]) the 
men i. c socied i. d and i. e vnto i. into EL. f the euentid i. euetide E. S til the tyme that i. 



XIV. 2433- 



I. KINGS. 



39 



24 vnto Bethauen. And men of Yrael ben 
felawshipt to hem seluen in that day ; 
forsothe Saul swore to the puple, sey- 
ynge,Cursid bei' the man that etith breed 
vnto euen, to the tyme that I be vengid 

25 of myn enemyes. And al the puple eete 
no breed. And alle the comouns of the 
loond camen into ai wast wody place, 
in the which was hony on the face of 

26 the feeld. And so al the puple wente 
into the place of hei3e trees, and there 
apperide flowyng hony ; and no man 
appliede the hond r to his mouth ; for- 

2?sothe the puple dredde the ooth. For- 
sothe Jonathas herde not, whanne his 
fadre swore to the puple ; and he strait 
out the cop of the 3eerde, that he hadde 
in the hoond, and he wette into the hony 
combe ; and he turnede his hoond to his 
mouth, and the eyen of hym ben Ii3tned. 

28 And answerynge oon of the puple seith, 
Thi fader hath constreynyd the puple 
with ooth, seiynge, Cursid be s the man 
that etith breed to day. Forsothe the 

29 puple faylide. And Jonathas seide, My 
father hath disturblid the loond ; joure 
self han seen, for myn eyen ben Ii3tned, 
fbrthi that Y taastide a litil of this hony ; 

so myche more if the puple hadde eeten of 
the prei3e of her enemyes, that thei 
foonden ; whether not more veniaunce 

31 hadde be doo in Philistees 4 ? Thanne thei 
smyten in that day the Philistees" fro 

32 the place of engynes vnto Hailon. Doun 
weried is the puple wel miche ; and 
turned to the praye, took sheep, and oxen, 
and calues, and slewen in the lond ; and 

33 the puple eete with blood. And thei 
toolden to Saul, seiynge, that the puple 
hadde synned to the Lord, etynge with 
blood. The which seith, 3 e han tres- 
passide ; turneth to me ry3t nowe a greet 



me h of myn enemyes. And al the puple 25 
ete not 1 breed k . And al the comyn puple 
of the lond cam in to a forest, in which 
was hony 1 on the 'face of erthe. And2 
so the puple entride in to the forest, and 
flowynge hony apperide? ; and no man 
puttidei hond r to his mouth 8 , for the pu- 
ple dredde the ooth. Forsothe 1 Jonathas 27 
herde not, whanne his fadir swoor" to the 
puple ; and he v helde forth the ende of a 
litil 3erde, whiche w he hadde* in the^ hond, 
and dippide 2 in to 'a coomb of hony a ; and 
he turnede his hond to his mouth, and 
hise i3en weren Ii3tned. And oon of the 28 
puple answeride, and seide, Thi fader boond 
the puple with an ooth, and seide, Cursid 
be the man that etith breed to dai. For- 
sothe 13 the puple was feynt. And Jonathas 21* 
seide, My fadir hath c disturblid the lond ; 
36 sien, that myn i3en ben Ii3tned, for Y 
tastide a litil of this hony ; hou myche so 
more if the puple hadde ete the d prey of 
hise e enemyes, which f 'prey its foond ; 
whether not gretter veniaunce hadde be 
maad in Filisteis? Therfore thei smyt-3i 
iden h Filisteis in that dai fro Machynas 
'til in to 1 Hailon. Forsothe k the puple was 
maad ful wery ; and the puple turnede 32 
to prey 1 , and took" 1 scheep and oxun, and 
calues ; and thei killiden in" the erthe ; 
and the puple eet with blood. And theiPss 
telden to Saul, and seiden, that the puple 
etynge with blood hadde synned to the 
Lord. Arid Saul seide, 3e han trespassid ; 
walewe 3ei to me 'ri3t now r a greet stoon. 
And Saul seyde/Be 36 spred 8 abrood in to 34 
the comyn puple, and seie 36 to hem, that 
ech man brynge to me his oxe and ram* ; 
and sle 36 on u this stoon, and ete 3e v , and 
36 schulen not do synne to the Lord, 'and 
ete w with blood. Therfor x al the puple 
brou3te ech man an oxe in his hond 'til 



P Om. BCEFH. lOm. ABFU. r hony ABFH. 8 Om. BCEFH. * the Philistees BCEFH. ttPhistees A. 

h Y be vengid I. ' no ELO pr. m. k breed til that tyme I. ' hony aboue i. m Om. i. 

Om. i. P apperide there flowynge i. 1 putte i. r his hond i. s mouth therofi, * And i. uforbede 
this i. v Jonathas i. w that i. x heelde i. y his i. z he dippide it i. a an honycombe i. b And i. 
c bi this heest hath i. d o f the DGiKMNoqswxb. e her i. t that i. S thei i. h smytyn c. smeten LP. 
smitten E. ' vnto i. into L. k And i. ' take prey i. m it took i. n these bestis upon i. eet the 
fieishe i. P men i. q je anoon i. ' Om. i. a Go je forth i. t his wether i. " tho upon i. v 36 
hem i. T etynge hem i. * And so i. 



40 



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XIV. 3443- 






34 stoon. And Saul seide, Beth 36 scatered 
into the comouns, and seye u je to hem, 
that echon bryrige to me his oxe and 
wether ; and sleeth vpon it, and etith, 
and 36 shulen not synne to the Lord, 
etynge with blood. And so al the puple 
brou3te echon an oxe in his hoond vnto 

35ny3t, and thei slowen there. And Saul 
bildide vp an auter to the Lord ; and 
thanne first he bigan to bilde an auter 

3fito the Lord. And Saul seide, Falle we 
vpon the Philistyens bi ny3t, and waste 
we hem vnto the morwetide Ii3t ; ne 
leeue we of hem a man. And the puple 
seide, Al that good is seen to thee in 
thin eyen, do. And the preest seith, 

:<7 Nei3 we hider to God. And Saul coun- 
seylide the Lord, seiynge, Whether shal 
Y pursue Philistiym, if thou taake hem 
into the hoondis of Yrael ? And he an- 

Mswerde not to hyrn in that day. And 
Saul seide, Aplieth hidir alle the corners 
of the puple, and witith, and seeth, bi 

39 whom fallith this synne to day. The 
Lord the saueour of Yrael lyueth ; for 
if bi Jonathan my sone it is doon, with 
out a3en drawynge he shal die. To the 
which no man 33611 seide to hym of al 

40 the puple. And he seide to al Yrael, Be 
36 seuerd into o parti, and Y with Jona- 
than my sone shal be in o parti. And 
the puple answerde to Saul, That good 

41 is seen in thin eyen, do. And Saul seide 
to the Lord God of Irael, Lord God of 
Yrael, 3yue dom, what is, that thou an- 
swerst not to thi seruaunt to day? If 
in me, or in Jonathan my sone, is this 
wickidnes, 3yf shewynge ; and if this 
wickidnes is in thi puple, 3if holynes. 
And Jonathas and Saul ben v taken ; for- 

42 sothe the puple 3ede out. And Saul seith^ 
Leyeth lot betwix w me arid Jonathan my 

43 sone. And Jonathas is taken. Forsothe 



tor ny3t, and thei killiden 2 there. Sotheli a 35 
Saul bildide b an auter to the Lord ; and 
thanne firste he bigan to bilde an auter to 
the Lord. And Saul seide, Falle we on c sc 
the Filisteis in the ny3t, and waste d we 
hem til the morewtid schyne; and leeue 
we not of hem a man. And the puple 
seide, Do thou al thing that semeth good 
to thee in thin i3en. And the preest seide, 
Nei3e we hidur to God. And Saul coun-a; 
selide e the Lord, and seide, Whether Y 
schal pursue Filisteis f ? whether thou schalt 
bitake hern in to the hondis of Israel? 
And the Lord answeride not to him in 
that dai. And Saul seide, Brynge 30 sa 
hidur alle the corneris^ of the puple, and 
wite 36, and se h , bi whom this synne 
bifelde 1 to dai. The Lord sauyour k of Is- so 
rael lyueth ; for if v it is 1 don bi Jonathas 
my sone, he schal die with out a3en draw- 
yng. At which ooth no man of al the 
puple a3enseide hym". And he seide to al4o 
Israel, Be 36 departid in to o part, and Y 
with my sone Jonathas schal be in the 
tothir part. And the puple answeride to 
Saul, Do thou that, that semeth good in 
thin i3en. And Saul seide to the Lord4i 
God of Israel, Lord God of Israel, 3yue 
thou doom, what is , that thou answerist 
not to dai to thi seruauntf ? If this wickid- 
ness is in me, etherP in Jonathas my 
sone, 3yuei thou schewyng r ; ether if this 
wickidnesse is in thi 8 puple, 3yue thou 
hoolynesse. And Jonathas was takun, 
and Saul 1 ; forsothe 11 the puple 3ede out. 
And Saule seide, Sende 36 lot bitwixe me 42 
and Jonathas my sone. And Jonathas 
was takun *bi lot y . Forsothe w Saul seide 43 
to Jonathas, Schewe thou to me, what 
thou didist. And Jonathas schewide to 
hym, and seide, Y tastynge tastide a litil 
of x hony Mil the ende of the 3erde>', that 
was in myn hond ; and lo ! Y diej. And 44 



f Fro this 
word, to thi 
seruaunt, al 
that sueth til 
aftir this word, 
lyue thou hoaly- 
nesse, is not in 
Ebreu, nether 
is of the text. 
Lire here. c. 



J/o Y die; will 
out resonable 
cause. Lire 
here. c. 



u seith BEFH. v is BCEFH. w betwen DEFH. betwe c. 



y vnto the i. into EL. z killiden hem i. a. And i. b bildide there i. c upon i. d destrie i. 
e counselide with i. f the Filisteis i. g corneris, or the vttermeste parlies i. h se je DIKO. ' hath 
fallen i. k the sauyour i. ! this synne be i. m the which i. n Saul i. -is it i. P other EL. 
'i make i. r schewyng therofi. s the A. * Saul bi lott i. u and i. v Om. i. w And i. * Om. i. 
V with my jerdis eende i. 



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I. KINGS. 



41 



Saul seide to Jonathan, Shewe to me 
what thow hast doon. And Jonathas 
shewide to hym, and seith, Taastynge 
Y tastide in the cop of the jeerd that 
was in myn hoond a litil of hony, and 

44 loo ! Y dye. And Saul seith, Thes thingis 
do to me God, and thes thingis adde, for 

45 bi deeth thou shalt dye, Jonathas. And 
the puple seide to Saul, Thanne whether 
Jonathas shulde dye, that hath doo this 
greet helth in Yrael ? that is felony ; the 
Lord lyueth, oon heer of the heed of 
hym shal not fal into the erthe, for with 
God he hath wrou3t to day. Thanne the 
puple delyuerd Jonathan, that he diede 

46 not. And Saul wente a wey, and pur- 
suede not Philistiym ; forsothe Philisteis 

47 wenten a wey into her placis. And, the 
rewme stablid vpon Yrael, Saul fau3t bi 
enuyroun a3ens alle his euemyes, a3ens 
Moab, and the sones of Amon, and Edom, 
and the kyngis of Saba, and the Philis- 
teis ; and whidir euer w he turnede hym silf, 

48 he venkusede. And, the oost gedrid, he 
smoot Amalech, and he x delyuerde Yrael 

49 fro the hoond of his wastours. Ther xx 
weren forsothe the sones of Saul, Jonathas, 
and Jesuy, and Melchisona ; names of his 
two? dou3ters z , name of the first goten 
Merob, and name of the lasse Mycol. 

so And name of the wijf of Saul Achy- 
noem, the doi^ter of Achymaas ; and the 
name of the prince of his chiualrye Ab- 
ner, the sone of Ner, cosyn germeyn of 

si Saul. Forsothe Cys was the fader of 
Saul, and Ner, the fader of Abner, the 

52 sone of Abyel. Forsothe there was strong 
batail a3ens Philisties alle the days of 
Saul ; wherfor whom euere Saul saw3 a 
strong man and able to bateil, he felaw- 
shipide him to him silf. 



Saul seide, God do to me these thingis, 
and adde 'these thingis z , for a thou, Jona- 
thas, schalt b die c bi deeth. And the puple 45 
seide to Saul, 'Therfor whethir d Jonathas 
schal die, that dide this greet helthe in 
Israel? this" is vnleueful f ; the Lord lyueth; 
noon& heer of his heed schal falle h in to 1 
erthe k ; for he wroiyte 1 with God to dai. 
Therfor the puple delyuerede" Jonathas, 
that he diede not. And Saul 3ede a wey, 46 
and pursuede nn not Filisteis ; sotheliP Fi- 
listeysi 3eden in to her places. And Saul, 47 
whanne the r rewme was 'confermyd on" 
Israel, fau3t l bi cum pas a3ens alle hise 
enemyes, a3ens Moab, and the sones of 
Amon, and Edom, and a3ens the kyngis 
of Soba, and a3ens Filisteis 11 ; and whidur 
euer he turnede hym, he ouercamt. And 48 1 he ouenam. 

, In Ebreu it is 

whanne tne Y oost was gadend w , he smoot thus, aide vn- 
Amalech ; and delyuerede* Israel fro the 
hond of hise distrieris. Forsothey the 49^ 
sones of Saul weren Jonathas, and Jesuy, 
and Melchisua ; the names of hise twei 
dou3tris5 v , name 2 of the a firste gendrid 
dou3ter was Merob, and name b 'of the c 
lesse d dou3ter e was Mycol. And name f of 50 
'the wijf of Saul 5 was Achynoem, the 
dou3tir of Achymaas ; and the name of 
the prince of his chyualrye was Abner, 
sone h of Ner, brother' of the fadir of Saul. 
Forsothe k Cys was the fadir of Saul; and 51 
Ner, the sone of Abiel, was fadir 1 of Ab- 
ner. Sotheli 1 " my3ti n batel was a3ens Fi-52 
listeis in alle the daies of Saul ; for whom 
euere Saul 813 a strong man and schapli 
toP batel, Sauli felouschipide to him silf 
that man. 



ith, where he 
faujte ujenus 
Amalech. Lire 
here. c. 



w cue A. * Om. CE. ** that A. y Om. A. z doujtren BFH. 

z this to i. if i. b Om. i. c die not i. d Wher thanne i. e it i. f vnleueful that he dye i. 
S for no i. h perishe i. ' Om. i. k the erthe KM. 1 hath wroujt i. m Thanne i. n deluyede A. 
nn he pursiiede i. the Filisteis i. P and i. <1 the Filisteis i. r his i. s stablid upon i. 4 he fau3t i. 
the Filisteis i. T his i. w gaderid togidere i. * he delyuerede i. y And i. yy dou3tris ben these i. 
z the name i. a his c. b the name i. c to his c. d jounger i. e Om. i. f the name i. S Sauls 
wijf i. h the sone i. ' the brothir i. k And i. l the fadir i. m And i. n strong i. the Filisteis i. 
P in i. q he i. 

VOL. II. G 



I. KINGS. 



XV. i 10. 



CAP. XV. 

1 And Samuel seide to Saul, The Lord 
sente me, that I anoynte thee into kyng 
vpon his puple Yrael ; nowe thanne here 

2 the voys of the Lord. Thes thingis seith 
the Lord of oostis, I haue remembrid alle 
thingis that Amalech dide to Yrael ; what 
maner wyse he withstood to hym in the 
weye, whanne he shulde stye vp fro Egipt. 

3 Nowe thanne go, and smyte Amalech, and 
destruy alle the thingis of hym ; ne spare 
thou to hym, ne coueyt thou eny thing 
of his a thingis ; but sle fro man vnto 
womman, and litil child, and soukynge, 

4 oxe, and sheep, and camel, and asse. And 
so Saul comaundide to the puple, and 
noumbrede hem as loombs two hundrid 
thousandis of foot men, and ten thow- 

5 sandis of the men of Juda. And whanne 
Saul was comen vnto the cyte of Ama- 
lech, he leyde out aspies in the streem. 

And Saul seide to Cynee, Goth hens, 
goth awey, and departith fro Amalech, 
lest perauenture I enwrappe thee with 
hem ; forsothe thou didist mercy with 
alle the sones of Yrael, whanne thei sti- 
eden vp fro Egipt. And Cynee wente 

7 awey fro the mydil of Amalech. And 
Saul smoot Amalech fro Euila, to the 
tyme that he cam to Sur, that is fro the 

sregioun of Egipt. And he took Agage, 
the kyng of Amalech, on lyue ; forsothe 
al the comoun he slew3 in the mouth of 

oswerd. And Saul sparide, and the puple, 
to Agag, and to the best flockis of sheep, 
and of drouys, and to clothis, and to 
wetheris, and to alle thingis that weren 
fayre ; ne thei wolden scatere hem ; for- 
sothe what thing was foul and reprouable 

10 that thei destruyden. Forsothe the word 
of the Lord is doon to Samuel, seiynge, 



CAP. XV. 

And Samuel seide to Saul, The Lord i 
sente me, that Y schulde anoynte thee in 
to 'kyng on r his puple Israel ; now therfor 
here thou the vois 'of the Lord". The 2 
Lord of oostis seith thes thingis, Y haue 
rikenyd' what euer thingis Amalech dide" 
to Israel; hou Amalech a3enstood Israel 
in the weie, whanne he v stiede from E- 
gipt. Now therfor go thou, and sle Ama-s 
lech, and distruye thou alle 'thingis of 
hym x ; spare thou not hym, and- v coueyte 
thou not z ony thing of hise thingis ; but 
sle thou fro man 'til to a womman, and a b 
litil child, and soukynge, an c oxe, and 
scheep, and camel, and asse. Therfor d 4 
Saul comaundide to e the puple f , and he 
noumbride hem as lambren twei hundrid 
thousynde of foot men, and ten thousynde 
of men of Juda. And whanne Saul cam - r > 
to the citee of Amalech, he made redi 
buyschementis in the stronde. And Saule 
seide to Cyney&f, Go 3e h , departe 30', and 
go 36 awei k fro Amalech, lest perauen- 
ture Y wlappe thee in with hem ; for 
thou didist mercy with alle the sones of 
Israel, whanne thei stieden 1 fro Egipt. 
And Cyney departide fro the myddis of 
Amalech. And Saul smoot Amalech fro 7 
Euila, til m thou" come to SurP, which is 
a3ensi Egipt. And he r took Agag quyke s , 
the kyng of Amalech ; sotheli 1 he killide 
bi the u scharpnesse of swerd alle the comyn 
puple. And Saul and the v puple sparide 9 
Agag, and the v beste flockis of scheep, and 
of grete beestis, and clothis, and rammes, 
and alle thingis that weren faire ; and thei 
nolden w destrie tho ; sotheli x what euer 
thing was vijl, and repreuable, thei dis- 
trieden this?. Forsothe 2 the word of the i 
Lord was maad to Samuel, and seide, Itn 



f Saul seide 
to Cyney, that 
is, to hem that 
camen of Jetro, 
and weren with 
the sones of 
Israel. Lire 
here. c. 



a this B. 

r a kyng upon i. s Qni. i. t broujt to mynde i. u hath do i. v Israel i. stiede up i. * his 
thingis i. y ne i. z Om. i. " vnto EL. b Om. F sec. vice. Eirxb. c Om. r*ec. vice. DEipxb. d Andsoi. 
e Om. i. f puple to be gadrid togidre i. S the peple of Cyney i. h }e henns i. ije awey i. k forth i. 
1 stieden up i. m to E. tho L. n he A sec. m. x sec. m. EIPO. came i. cam p. P Assur F sec. in. 
EGKi/Npcmbx sec. TO. q euen ajens i. r Saul i. s aliyue i. t and i. u Oin. i. v his i. w wolden 
not i. * but i. y that thing i. it EL. z Sothly i. 



XV. II 20. 



I. KINGS. 



43 



nit othinkith me, that I haue ordeyned 
Saul a kyng ; for he hath forsokyn me, 
and my wordis he hath not fulfillid in 
dede. And Samuel is sory, and cryede 

12 to the Lord al ny3t. And whanne fro 
ni3t Samuel was rysen that he go to Saul 
eerli, it is toold to Samuel, for Saul was 
comen into Carmeel, and hadde arerid to 
hym an out shynynge tokne of victory in 
maner of a bow, and turned was passid, 
and goon doun into Galgala. Thanue 
Samuel cam to Saul, and Saul offred 
brent sacrifice to the Lord of the cheef 
of the preiys, that he brou3te fro Ama- 

13 lech. And while Samuel was comen to 
Saul, Saul seide to hym, Thou blessid of b 
the Lord, Y haue c fulfillid the word of 

u the Lord. And Samuel seide, And what 
is this voys of flockis that rengith in 
myn eeris, and of droues that I here ? 

is And Saul seith, Fro Amalech men han 
brou3t thes thingis, forsothe the puple 
sparede to the betre sheep and drouys, 
for thei shulden be offrid to the Lord 
thi God ; the tother forsothe we slewen. 

16 And Samuel seide to Saul, Suffre me, and 
I shal shewe to thee what thingis the 
Lord hath spoken to me to ny3t. And 

17 he seid to hym, Spek. And Samuel seith, 
Whether not, whanne thou were a litil 
child in thin owne cc eyen, and thou art 
maad heed in the lynage of Yrael, and 
the Lord anoyntide thee into kyng vpon 

is Yrael; and the Lord sente thee into the 
weye, and seith, Go, and sle the synful 
men of Amalech, and thou shalt fi3t 

I9a3ens hem vnto the slau3ter of hem. Whi 
thanne hast thow not herd the voys of 
the Lord, but turnedist to the preye, and 
didist yuel in the eyen of the Lord? 

20 And Saul seith to Samuel, If I haue 
herd the voys of the Lord, and haue 



inge, whanne 
he distrieth 
that that he 
made ; so it is 
in this poynt, 
for he demyde 
Saul to be cast 
awey, whom 
he reiside bi- 
for; netheles 



repentith mef, that Y made Saul kyng a ; t 

for he forsook b me, and fillide c not my "g, 

wordis in werk. And Samuel was sory, 

and he criede to the Lord in al the d ny?t. not **; in "?' 

' netheles God 

And whanne Samuel hadde rise e bi ny3t 12 >* e"i to - 

_ . pente, for he 

to go eerly to Saul, it was teld to Samuel* hath him at 

that Saul hadde come in to Carmel, and 1 ma^repem- 

hadde reisid f to hym a signe of victorye ; 

and that he hadde turned a3en b , and 

hadde passid 1 , and hadde go doun in to 

Galgala. Therfor k Samuel cam to Saul, 

and Saul offride brent sacrifice to the Lord 

of the cheef thingis of preies, whiche he [hnke chafui' < 

hadde bromt fro Amalech. And the while isabiete, is oneiy 

. in creaturis, 

Samuel cam to Saul, Saul seide to hym, for God w vn- 

Blessid be thou of the Lord, Y haue fillid 1 

the 'word of the Lord m . And Samuel H 

seide, And" what is the vois of flockis, *"* c - 

that sowneth in myn eeris, and of grete 

beestis, whiche Y here ? And Saul seide, 15 

TheiP brou3ten tho fro Amalech, for the 

puple sparide the beterei scheep and grete 

beestis, that tho schulden be offrid to thi r 

Lord God ; sotheli 8 we killiden the tothere 

beestis. Forsothe* Samuel seide to Saul, 16 

Suffre thou me, and Y schal schewe to 

thee what thingis the Lord spak 11 to me 

in the v ny3t. And he w seide to Samuel, 

Speke thou. And Samuel seide, Whether 17 

not, whanne thou were litil in thin x i3en, 

thou were maade heed in the lynages of 

Israel, and the Lord anoyntide thee in to 

kyngy on z Israel; and the Lord sente a is 

thee in to the weie, and seide, Go thou, 

and sle the synneris of Amalech, and thou 

schalt fi3te a3ens hem v til to b sleyng c of 

hem. Whi therfor herdist thou not the 19 

vois of the Lord, but thou were turned to 

prey d , and didist yuel in the V i3en of the 

Lord 6 ? And Saul seide to Samuel, 3his f ,20 

Y herde& the 'vois of the Lord h , and Y 

3ede ; in the weie, bi which the Lord sente k 



b bi E pr. 771. c ha c. cc ownth E. 

a a kyng c pr. m. b hath forsaken i. c hath not fulfillid I. d that I. e rise up I. f reisid up I. 

g Om. c. '' a3en/ro Amalech i. i passid forth i. k Thanne I. 1 fulfillid i. m Lordis word i. 

n Om. DP pr. m. GMNQWX. this BCI. PMeni. <l beste i. r the A pr.m. i. s and i. * And i. "hath 

spoke i. * this i. w Saul i. * thin owne i. y a kyng i. z upon i. a sende i. b vuto i. into EL. 

c the sleyng plures. d the prey i. e Lordis sijt i. f This EIL. e haue herd i. h Lordis vois i. 
' haue go i. k sende i. 

G 2 



44 



I. KINGS. 



XV. 21 30. 



goon in the weye bi the which the Lord 
sente me, and haue brou3t Agag, the 
kyng of Amalech, and Amalech Y slewe. 

21 Forsothe the puple took of the praye, 
sheep and oxen, the cheef of hem that 
ben slayn, that thei offren to the Lord 

2-2 her God in Galgalis. And Samuel seith, 
Whether wole the Lord brent sacrifices 
or slayn offryngis, and not more that it 
be obeishid to the voice of the Lord ? 
Forsothe betre is obeishaunce than slayn 
sacrificis, and to take heed more than to 

23 offre the fatnes of wetheris ; for as synne 
of denyynge bi deuelis is to repugne, and 
as hidows trespas of mawmetrye to wiln 
not assent. Forthi thanne that thow hast 
thro wen a weye the word of the Lord, 
the Lord hath throwen awey thee, that 

24 thow be not kyng. And Saul seide to 
Samuel, Y haue synned, for d I haue 
broken the word of the Lord, and thi 
wordis, dredynge the puple and obeish- 

25 ynge to the voyce of hem ; but nowe, Y 
biseche, here my synne, and turne a3en 

26 with me, that I honoure the Lord. And 
Samuel seith to Saul, Y shal not turne 
a3en with thee, for thow hast throwen 
awey the word of the Lord, and the 
Lord hath throwen awey thee, that thow 

27 be not kyng vpon Irael. And Samuel 
turnede forto goo awey ; forsothe he 
cau3te the cop of the mautil of hym, the 

28 which also is rent. And Samuel seide to 
hym, The Lord hath kyt the kyngdam 
of Yrael fro thee to day, and hath takyn 

29 it to thi nei3bore beter than thow ; for- 
sothe to the ouercomer in Yrael he shal 
not spare, and thur3 athenkynge he shal 
not be bowid ; forsothe ne a man he is 

30 that he do othenkynge. And he seith, 
Y haue synned ; hot nowe honour me e 
before the eldren of my puple, and be- 



me, and Y haue brou3t Agag, the kyng of 
Amalech, and Y killide 1 Amalech. For- 21 
sothe the puple took" of the prey, scheep 
and oxun, the firste fruytis of tho thingis, 
that ben slayn, that thei make sacrifice to 
her Lord God in Galgalis. And Samuel 22 
seide, Whether the Lord wole brent sacri- 
fices, ethir slayn sacrifices, and not moreP 
that me obeie to the vois of the Lord? 
Fori obedience 1 " is betere than sacrifices, and 
to 'herkene Goddis word is more than to 
ofFre the ynnere fatnesse of rammes ; for 23 
it is as the synne of mawmetrie to V fi3te 
a3ens Goddis heest^, and it is as the 
wickidnesse of ydolatrie to nyle 1 v ascente 
to Goddis heest". Therfor for that v , that 
thou castidist w awey the word of the Lord, 
the Lord castide x thee awei, that thou be 
not kyng. And Saul seide to Samuel, Y24 
synnede?, for Y brak z the word of the 
Lord, and thi wordis ; 'and Y dredde 3 the 
puple, 'and obeiede b to 'the vois of hem c ; 
but now, Y biseche' 1 , here thou my synne, 25 
and turne thou a3en with me, that Y wor- 
schipe the Lord. And Samuel seide to 26 
Saul, Y schal not turne a3en with thee, 
for thou castidist e awey the word of the 
Lord, and the Lord castide f awei thee, 
that thou be not king on* Israel. And 27 
Samuel turnede 11 to go awey; sotheli 
Saul took the ende k of the mentil of Sa- 
muel, which 1 also was to-rent. And Sa-28 
muel seide to hym, The Lord hath kit 
the rewme of Israel fro thee to dai, and 
3af n it to thi nei3bore betere than thou ; 
certis the ouercomere in Israel schal not 20 
spare , and? he schal'J not be bowid bi re- 
pentaunce ; for he is not man r , ^that is, 
chaungecible*, that he do repentaunce. 
And Saul seide, Y synnede 1 ; but now so 
onoure thou me bifor the eldere men of 
my puple, and bifor Israel, and turne thou 



fieest, whanne 
a man defend- 
itb his owne 
synne. Lire 
here. c. 



d and a. e Om. A. 

1 haue killid i. m And i. n hath take i. cheef i. p more rather i. 1 forsothe i. r obedience 
to him i. rr take heede to his i. 8 repugne the word of God i. fijte a3ens Goddis heestis K. * nat i. 
u consente to it i. T thi i. w hast throwen i. * hath throwe i. T haue synned i. z haue broke i. 
a dredinge i. Y dredde K. ^ obeiynge i. c her vois i. d biseche thee i. e hast throwen i. f hath 
cast i. S upon i. h turnede him i. ' and i. k hemme i. 1 the which i. m Saul i. n he hath jouen i. 
spare hem that wil not obeie to him i. P for c. Q wil j. r a man i. s Om. i. ' haue synned i. 



XV. 3 i XVI. 5 . 



I. KINGS. 



45 



fore Yrael ; turne 33611 with me, that I 
si honour the Lord thi God. Thanne Sa- 
muel, turned a3en, folwide Saul, and Saul 
sahonourede the Lord. And Samuel seide, 
Bringith to me Agag, the king of Ama- 
lech. And offrid is to him Agag alther- 
fattest tremblynge. And Agag seide, So 

33 whether v not seuereth f bitter deth ? And 
Samuel seith, As thi swerd hath maad 
wymmen withouten free children, so thi 
moder shal be with out free children 
among wymmen. And Samuel hewide? 
hym into gobbetis before the Lord in 

34 Galgalis. Forsothe Samuel 3ede into Ra- 
matha ; forsothe Saul stiede vp into his 

35 hows in Gabaa. And Saul saw3 no more 
Samuel vnto the day of his deth ; neuer- 
thelater Samuel weilide Saul, for it 
othou3t the Lord, that he hadde or- 
deynyd Saul kyng vpon Irael. 

CAP. XVI. 

i And the Lord seide to Samuel, How 
long thow weilist Saul, whanne Y haue 
throwun hym a ferre, that he regne not 
vpon Irael ; fil thin horn with oyle, and 
come, that Y sende thee to Ysaye Beth- 
lamyte ; forsothe Y haue purueyd in the 

asonys of hym a kyng to me. And Sa- 
muel seith, Howe shal Y goo? forsothe 
Saul shal here, and he shal slee me. 
And the Lord seith, A calf of the droue 
thow shalt take in thin hoond, and sey, 

3 To offre to the Lord Y am comen. And 
thou shalt clepe Ysaye to the slayn sacri- 
fice, and I shal shewe to thee what thou 
doo ; and thou shalt anoynt whom euer 

4 Y shal shewe to thee. Thanne Samuel 
dide, as the Lord spak to hym ; and he 
cam into Bethleem, and the eldrys of the 
cytee a3en comynge to hym wondriden, 
and seiden, Whether pesible is thin yn- 

s comynge ? And he seith, Pesible ; to offre 
to the Lord Y am comen ; be 36 halowid, 
and cometh with me, that I offre. Thanne 



with me, that Y worschipe thi Lord 
God. Therfor Samuel turnede a3enf, and3i 
suede Saul, and Saul worschipide the Lord. 
And Samuel seide, Brynge 36 to me Agag, 32 
the kyng of Amalech. And Agag v moost 
fat u tremblynge was brou3t to hym. And 
Agag seide, Whether thus departith v bitter 
deeth ? And Samuel seide, As thi swerd 33 
made"' wymmen with out fre children, so 
thi modir schal be with out fre children 
among wymmen. And Samuel kittide* 
hym? in to gobetis bifor the Loz'd in Gal- 
galis. Forsothe 2 Samuel 3ede in to Ra-34 
matha ; sotheli 3 Saul stiede b in to his hows 
in c Gabaa. And Samuel si3 no more Saul J 35 
'til to d the dai of his deeth ; netheles Sa- 
muel biweilide Saul||, for it repentide the 
Lord, that he hadde ordeyned Saul kyng 
on e Israel. 



CAP. XVI. 

And the Lord seide to Samuel, Hou i 
long biweilist thou Saul, sithen f Y castide? 
hym awey, that he regne not on h Israel ; 
fille thin horn with oile, and come, that 
Y sende thee to Ysay of Bethleem ; for 
among hise sones Y haue purueide a king 
to me. And Samuel seide, Hou schal YS 
go? for 1 Saul schal here k , and he schal 
sle me. And the Lord seide, Thou schalt 
take a calf of the droue in thi bond, and 
thou schalt seye, Y cam to make sacrifice 
to the Lord. And thou schalt clepe Ysay 3 
to the sacrifice, and Y schal schewe to 
thee, what thou schalt do ; and thou schalt 
anoynte, whom euere Y schal schewe to 
thee. Therfor 1 Samuel dide, as the Lord 4 
spak to hym ; and he cam in to Bethleem, 
and the eldere men of the citee wondriden, 
and camen" 1 to hym, and seiden, Whether 
thin entryng" is pesible ? And he seide, 5 
It is pesible ; Y cam to make sacrifice to 
the Lord ; be 36 halewid, and come 36 with 
me, that Y make sacrifice. Therfor P hei 



t Samuel turn- 
ede tfjen ; he 
wolde do wor- 
M-liiji tn Saul, 
as long as hi- 
was sutlViil of 
God in the 
rewme, anil that 
he schnlde tie 
Agag, that wa> 
kept jit qnyk. 
Lire here. c. 



J Samuel ? 
no more Saul, 
in the kingis 
cloth and 
comyn staat. 
Lire here. c. 
|| Samuel l/i- 
weilide Saul, 
not that the 
sentence of the 
Lord schulde 
be chaungid 
a;enus him, lint 
Samuel hadde 
compassioim 
of his soule, 
lest it were 
dampned with- 
outen ende, 
and Samuel 
dredde, lest the 
puple of Israel 
schulde be 
punyschid for 
the synnes of 
Saul. Lire 
here. c. 



ne seuere E pr. m. 6 hewj E. SS othor3t A. 



u the moost fat man i. v departe E. departid L. w hath made i. 
a and i. wente up i. c in to plitrcs. d vnto i. into L. e upon i. ' sith i. 
' certis i. k here therof i. 1 Thanne i. m ther camen i. n entree i. 
a Samuel i. 



* hewide i. y Agag i. z And i. 
g haue cast i. h upon i. 
be i. P Thanne i. 



46 



I. KINGS. 



XVI. 6 16. 



he halowid Ysaye, and hys sones, and 

clepide hem to the sacrifice. And whanne 
thei weren comen yn, he saw3 Elyab, 
and seith, Nowe before the Lord is the 

ycrist of hym. And the Lord seide to 
Samuel, Ne behold thou the cheere of 
hym, ne the hei3te of his stature ; for Y 
haue throwun hym aweye, ne aftir the 
lokynge of men Y deme ; forsothe a man 
seeth tho thingis that ben opyn, forsothe 

8 the Lord lokith the herte. And Ysaye 
clepide Amynadab, and brou3te hym be- 
fore Samuel; the which seide, Ne this 

!> the Lord hath chosun. Forsothe Ysaye 
brou3te forth Sama ; of whom he seith, 
Also this the Lord hath not chosun. 

10 And so Ysaye brou3te forth his seuen 
sones before Samuel ; and Samuel seith 
to Ysaye, The Lord hath not chosen of 

1 1 thes. And Samuel seide to Ysaye, Whe- 
ther nowe fulfillid ben the sones ? The 
which answerde, 3it another there is, a 
litil child, and fedith sheep. And Samuel 
seith to Ysaye, Send, and bryng forth 
hym ; forsothe ne we shulen sitte, before 

12 that he come hidir. Thanne he sente, 
and brou3te hym forth ; forsothe he was 
rodi h , and fayr in 5131, and sembli' in 
face. And the Lord seith, Rise, and 

13 anoynt k hym ; forsothe he it is. Thanne 
Samuel took an horn of oyle, and an- 
oyntide hym in the myddis of the bri- 
theren of hym ; and the Spirit of the 
Lord is ful sent into Dauyd fro that 
day and therafter. And Samuel rysynge 

H wente into Ramatha. And so the Spyrit 
of the Lord wente awey fro Saul, and 
the shrewid spyrit fro the Lord 'shook 

is hym 1 . And the seruauntis of Saul seiden 
to hym, Loo ! the yuel spiryt of the Lord 

iRshakith m thee; comaunde the lord oure 
kyng, and thi seruauntis that before thee 
ben, sechen a man kunnynge to pleye 



J for Y castide 
him awey, that 
he regne not. 
Lire here. c. 



halewide Ysai, and hise sones, and clepide r 

hem to the sacrifice. And whanne theifi 

hadden entrid, he 8 sh Eliab*, and seide u f, -t and seide, in 

his herte. Lire 

Whether bifor the Lord is his crist v ? And? here. c. 

the Lord seide to Samuel, Biholde thou 

not his cheer, nethir hi3nesse w of his sta- 

ture ; for Y castide x hym aweij, and Y 

demyde? not bi 'the si3t of man z ; for a a 

man seeth tho thingis that ben opyn, but 

the Lord biholdith the herte. And Ysai 8 

clepide Amynadab, and broivjte hym bifor 

Samuel ; which b seide, Nether the Lord 

hath chose this. Forsothe I say brou3te d 9 

Samma ; of whom Samuel seide, Also the 

Lord hath not chose this. Therfor e Isai 10 

brou3te f hise seuene sones bifor Samuel ; 

and Samuel seide to Ysai, The Lord hath 

'not chose& of these. And Samuel seide to 11 

Isai, Whether thi sones ben now fillid h ? 

And Isai answeride, 3it' another is, a' litil 

child, and lisewith k scheep. And Samuel 

seide to Isai, Sende thou 1 , and brynge 

hym m ; for we schulen not sitte to mete, 

bifor that he come hidur. Therfor" Ysaii2 tbatDauid 

. armed sede 

sente, and brou3te hym ; sotheli he was stidefastiy and 

.... . , i /- i f wilfuly, to 631* 

rodi, and fair in 8131, and ot semely face. a3 en..s the Fi- 



|| the Spirit of 
the Lord; tha 
is, the spirit o 
strengthe and 
of stidefast- 
nesse, to dely- 
nere the jiuple 
wherfor it is 
seid in xvii. c 



of profesie was 
in Dauyth, am 
fro that tyme 
he began to 
singe salines, 
and this ac- 
cordith to the 



And the Lord seide, Rise thou, and 
anovntehym; for it is he. Therfor Sa- 13 * hat f that 

t * day the spirit 

muel took the horn of oyle, and anoyntid 
hym in the myddis of his britheren ; and 
the Spirit of the Lordf was dressid in to 
Dauid fro that day 'and afterwardP. And 
Samuel roosi, and 3ede r in to Ramatha. 

wnicne seyen 

And so the Spirit of the Lord 3ede s awei u that he made 
fro Saul, and a 1 wickid spirit of the Lord ,*, i/i' un * 
trauelide Saul. And the seruauntis of Saul 
seiden to hym, Lo ! an yuel spirit^ of the 
Lord traueilith thee; oure lord the kyneiG^ 1 "'.- 

. , , fend is seid the 

comaunde, and thi seruauntis that ben spirit of the 
bifore thee, schulen seke a man, that kan gCd ky'nde of 
synge with an harpe, that" whanne the 
yuel spirit of the Lord takith thee, he v 
harpe with his bond, and thou here esi- 



n brown E pr. m. ' semely CEU. k anoyntide A. ' waggide hym out E pr.m. m out waggeth E pr. m. 



hyra is of God 
bi creacioun 
ether making of 
notijt, but he 
was maad yuel 
bi his owne 
pride. Lire 
here. c. 



r he clepide i. s Samuel i. * Eliab a sone of Ysai i. u he seide I. v crist whom / anoynte i. 
w the hi3nesse FGIKLNOPQRSUW. * haue cast i. y deme i. z mans sijt i. a Om. i. b and he i. 
c And i. d brou3te forth i. e And so r. f brou3te forth i. S chose noon i. h fulfillid i. ' ther is 
anothir i. k he pasturith i. 1 je i. m hym hidere i. n Thanne i. forsothe i. P forth i. <i roos 
up i. r wente i. s wente i. t the i. u and c. T the man i. 



XVI. 17 XVII. 4- 



I. KINGS. 



with harpe, that whanne the yuel spyrit 
of the Lord takith" thee, he pleye with 

17 his hoond, and Ii3ter thou here. And 
Saul seith to his seruauntis, Purueieth 
to me sum man wel harpynge, and 

is bryngith hym to me. And answerynge 
oon of the children seith, Loo ! I saw3 
the sone of Ysaye Bethlemyte, kunnynge 
to harpe, and moost my3ti bi strength, 
a man curaiows in batayl, and wysei' in 
wordis, and a fayre man ; and the Lord 

19 is with hym. Thanne Saul sente mes- 
sagers to Ysaye, seiynge, Send to me 
Dauith thi sone, the which is in the 

20 lesewis. And so Ysay took an asse ful 
of loouys, and a galoun of wyn, and o 
kyd of the she geet ; and he sente bi the 

21 hoond of Dauid his sone to Saul. And 
Dauid cam to Saul, and stood before 
hym ; and he louyde hym ful mych, and 

22 is made a squyer of hym. And Saul 
sente to Ysaye, seiynge, Stoond Dauyd 
in my si3t, forsothe he hath foundun 

23 grace in myn eyen. Thanne whanne 
euere the yuel spyrit of the Lord cau3te 
Saul, Dauid took an* harp, and smoot 
with hys hoond, and Saul was refourmyd, 
and Ii3ter he hadde ; forsothe the yuel 
spiryt wente awey fro hym. 

CAP. XVII. 

1 Forsothe Philisteis gedrynge her cum- 
panyes into batayl camen togidre in 
Socoth of Judee, and thei setten tentis 
betwix r Socoth and Azecha, in the coostis 

2 of Domyn. Forsothe Saul and the men 
of Yrael gedrid camen in the valey of 
Therebynt, and dressideri sheltroun to 

3631 a3ens the Phylisteis. And Philisteis 
stoden vpon the hil on this partye, and 
Irael stood vpon an hil, and on the tother 

4 perty a valey that was bitwix 5 hem. And 



liere w . And Saul seide to hise seruauntis, 17 
Puruey 36 to me sum man syngynge wel, 
and brynge 36 hym to me. And oon of is 
the x children answeride and seide, Lo ! Y 
si3 they sone of Ysai of Betbleem, kun- 
nynge to synge, and 'strongeste in my3t z , 
and 'a man able a to batel, and prudent in 
wordis, and a feir man ; and the Lord is 
with hym. Therfor Saul sente messan-19 
geris to Ysay, and seide, Sende thou to 
me Dauid thi sone, 'which is in the le- 
sewis b . Therfor c Isai took an asse 'ful of d 2o 
loouesf, and a galoun of wyn, and a'kyde 

, ,<. 

of geet e ; and sente' bi the hond of Dauid 
his sone to Saul. And Dauid cam to Saul,2i 
and stood bifor hym ; and Saul louyde 
hym greetlis, and he h was maad 'his 
squyer 1 . And Saul sente to Isay, and 22 
seide, Dauid stonde in my si3t, for he 
foond k grace in myn i3en. Therfor 1 23 
whanne euer the wickid" 1 spirit of the 
Lord took" Saul, Dauid took the harpe, 
and smootP with his hond, and Saul was 
coumfortid, and he hadde Ii3terei ; for the 
wickid r spirit 3ede s awey fro hym. 



< /*< 

looues, that is, 

chargid with 



CAP. XVII. 

Forsothe* Filisteis gaderiden" her cum- 1 
penyes in to batel, and camen v togidere 
in w Socoth of Juda, and settiden x tentis 
bitwixe Socoth and Azecha, in the coostis 
of Domyn. Sotheliy Saul and the men 2 
of Israel weren gaderid z , and camen a in to 
the valey of Terebynte, and dressiden b 
scheltrun to fi3te a3ens Filisteis. And Fi- s 
listeis c stoden aboue the hil on this part, 
and Israel stood on the hil on the tother 
part of the valey, that was bitwixe hem. 



n take EFH. lijtliere CE. 
bytwene BEFH. betwe c. 



P a wyse E orig. t bitwene BFH. betwen E. betwe c. in E pr. m. 



w it more esely I. * his i. 7 a i. z moost strong man i. a an able man i. b that is kepinge thi 
bestes i. c And so i. d chargid with i. e geet kyde i. f he sente tho r. g myche i. h Dauid i. 
' squyer of Saul i. k hath founde i. ' Thanne i. m yuel i. n traueilide i. his i. P harpide i. 
1 lijtiliere plures. it more lijtly i. r yuel i. s wente i. * Sotheli the i. u gaderiden to gidere i. 
v thei camen i. w in to i. " thei settiden i. y And i. * gaderid to gidre i. a thei camen i. b thei 
dressiden i. the Filisteis i. 



48 



I. KINGS. 



xvii. 4 13. 



a bastard man wente out fro the tentis 
of Philistiens, Goliath of Geth bi name, 
s in hei3te of sexe cubitis and a span ; and 
a stelyn helm vpon his heed ; and he was 
clothid with a maylid hawberioun ; for- 
sothe the wei3t of his hawberioun was of 

6 fyue thousand siclys of steel ; and stelyn 
legharneis he hadde in the hipis, and 
a stelyn sheeld couerde the shuldris of 

7 hym. The shaft of his speer was as the 
beem of websters ; forsothe that yren of 
his speer hadde sexe hundrid siclis of 
yren ; and his squyer wente before him. 

s And stondinge he criede ajens* the cum- 
panyes of Israel, and he seide to hem, 
Whi ben 30 comyn redi to batail ? Whe- 
ther Y am not a Philistee, and 36 the 
seruauntis of Saul? Chesith of 3ou a 
man, and come he doun to a synguler 

ostrijf; if he may fi3t with me, and 
smytith me, we shulen be to 3ou ser- 
uauntis ; forsothe if Y shal haue the 
maystrye, and sinyte hym, 36 shulen be 

10 seruauntis, and serue to vs. And the 
Philistee seide, I haue 3eue reproof to 
the cumpanyes of Yrael to day; 3yueth 
to me a man, and go he yn with me a 

n synguler strijf. Forsothe Saul herynge 
and alle the Yraelitis the wordis of this 
maner Philistee, thei weren stonyed, and 

i2dradden ful mych. Forsothe Dauyd was 
the sone of an EfFratee man, of the 
which it is aboue seid, of Bethlem Juda, 
to whom the name was Ysaye, the 
which hadde ei3t sonys ; and he was a 
man in the days of Saul olde, and of 

is greet age amonge men. Forsothe the 
thre more sonys of hym wenten after 
Saul into batayl; and the names of the 
thre sonys of hym, that wenten to 
batayl, Heliab, the first goten, and the 
secounde, Amynadab, forsothe the thridde, 



redy to 
a3enus oon o 
the enemyes 
singuler bate 
Lire here, c 



And a man d , 'sone of a widewei, whost t and a man 

sone of a widue. 

fadir was vncerteyn e , 3ede' out of the Ebrews seven, 

'castels of* Filisteis h , Goliath bi name of 

Geth, of sixe cubitis hei 5 and a spanne; 

and a brasun basynet on' his heed; and 5 goith bifor the 

cost, and is 

he was clothid" with an haburioun 
hokid k , ether mailid 1 ; forsothe 1 " the wei3te 
of his haburioun was fyue thousyride si- 
clis " of bras ; and he hadde ' bootis of bras e 
in the hipis , and a 'scheld of bras? hilidei 
hise schuldris. Forsothe r 'the schaft of his; 
spere 8 was as the beem of webbis*; for- 
sothe 11 thilke v yrun of his spere hadde w 
sixe hundrid siclis of yrun ; and his squier 
3ede bifor hym. And he x stood, and cried 8 
a3ens the cumpenyes>" of armed men of 
Israel, and seide 2 to hem, Why camen 36 
redi to batel ? Whether Y am not a Fi- 
listei, and 30 ben the seruauntis of Saul ? 
Cbese 36 a man of 3ou, and come he doun 
to syngulere a batel ; if he may fi3te with '> 
me, and sleeth b me, we schulen be 'ser- 
uauntis to 3ou e ; forsothe' 1 if Y haue the 
maystry, and sle hym, 36 schulen be 
boonde, and '30 schulen 6 serue vs. And 10 
'the Filistei f seide, Y haue 'seyd schen- 
schips to dai to the cumpenyes of Israel ; 
3yue h 36 a man', and bigynne he 'synguler 
batel" with me k . Sotheli Saul and alle" 
men 1 of Israel herden siche wordis of 
'the Filistey", and thei weren astonyed, 
and dredden greetli. Forsothe? Dauid was 12 
'the sone of a man - of Effrata, of whom 
it is 'biforseid r , of Bethleem of Juda, to 
"which man 8 the name was Isay, which 1 
hadde ei3te soues ; and 'the man was eld 
in the daies of Saul", and of greet age 
among men. Sotheli v thre grettere w sones is 
of Ysai 3eden after Saul in to batel ; and 
the names of hise thre sones, that 3eden ww 
to batel, Heliab*, the? firste gendryd z , and 
the secounde", Amynadab, and the thridde, 



d bastard man GiKNob. man bastard MOQSWX. e Gloss omitted in DGiKOQSwxb. f wente i. e Om. i. 
<l > Filisteis tentis i. ' of A. " closid b. k a mailed haburioun i. 1 nailed b. gloss omitted in i. m and i. 
" sichis A. o on his thies brasen bootis i. P brasen scheld i. 1 hilide with c. r And i. s his spere 
schaft i. * websters i. u and i. v the i. w weiede i. x Goliath i. y cumpanye i. z he seide i. 
a a syngulere i. b sle RIL. joure seruauntis i. d and I. e Om. I. f Goliath i. g put repreef i. 
h sende i. i man to me i. i> to fijte i. k me aloone i. l the men i. m herynge i. " Goliath i. 
Oin. i. P And i. q a mannes sone i. ' seid bifore i. s whom i. t and he i. in the daies of Saul 
Ysay was an olde man i. v And the i. Sotheli the K. " eldeste i. w * wenten i. * weren Heliab i. 
y his i. z bigoten i. secounde hijte i. 



XVII. 14 25. 



I. KINGS. 



49 



uSamma. Forsothe Dauyd was the leest. 

Thanne the thre more folwynge Saul, 
is Dauyd wente, and turnede a3en fro Saul, 

for to fede the flok of his fadre in Beth- 
is leem. Forsothe the Philistee cam forth 

eerli, and at euen 'stondynge repreuyde 

17 the children* of Yrael" fourti days. For- 
sothe Ysaye seide to Dauyd his sone, 
Tak to thi bretheren powned corn, of the 
mesnre of ephi, and thes ten loouys, and 
renne into the tentis to thi britheren ; 

18 and ten chesis thes thou shalt here to 
the tribune ; and thi britheren thou shalt 
visite, if thei ry3t doon, and with whom 

is thei ben ordeynyd, lern. Forsothe Saul, 
and thei, and alle the sonys of Yrael in 
the valey of Therebynt foujten a3ens 

20 Philisteis. And so Dauid roos eerli, and 
commendide the flok to the keper, and 
chargyd 3eed, as Ysay comaundide to 
bym ; and cam to the place of Magala, 
and to the oost, that, goon out to fi3t, 

21 criede out in the strijf. Forsothe Irael 
hadde dressid sheltroun ; but and a3ens 

22 hem Philisteis weren redy. Thanne 
Dauid leuynge the vessels, the whiche 
he brou3te, vndre the hoond of a keper 
at the fardels, he ran to the place of the 
strijf, and he askide, if alle thingis ri3t 

23 weren doon anentys his britheren. And 
whanne 3it he spak to hem, aperyde 
thaf bastard man, Goliath bi name, Phi- 
listee of Geth, stiynge fro the tentis of 
Philisteis ; and hym spekynge thes same 

24 wordis, Dauyd herde. Forsothe alle the 
Ysraelitis whanne thei hadden seen the 
man, thei flowen fro his face, dredynge 

25 hym greetli. And echon of Irael seide to 
other, Whether thou hast seen this man 
that styeth vp ? forsothe to 3yue reprofe 
to Yrael he stieth vp; therfor the man 



Samma. Forsothe b Dauid was the leeste". u 
Therfor d while thre e grettere f sueden Saul, 
Dauid 3ede, and turnede a3en fro Saul, that is 
he schulde& kepe the floe of his fadir in 
Bethleem. Forsothe h the Filistey cam'ie 
forth in the morewtid, and euentid ; and 
stood 'bi fourti daies k . Sotheli 1 Ysai seide 17 
to Dauid his sone, Take thou to thi bri- 
theren meete maad of meele, the mesure 
of ephi", and these ten looues, and renne 
thou in to the castels to thi britheren ; 
and thou schalt bere to the tribune these is 
ten 'litilf formes of chese?; and thou t teniute,eto. 
schalt visite thi britheren, whether thei chesis'fOTnred!' 
doon ri3tlii, and lurne r thou, with whiche 8 Ure here> 
men thei ben ordeyned. Forsothe 1 Saul, \s 
and thei, and alle the sones of Israel in 
the valei of Terebynte fou3ten a3ens Fi- 
listeis 11 . Therfor v Dauid roos eerli, and 20 
bitook w the floe to the x kepere, and he 
3edey chargid, as Ysai 'hadde comaundid 
to z hym ; and he cam to the place Ma- 
gala 1 , and to the oost, which b oost 3ede 
out to the batel c , and criede d in 'the batel dd . 
For Israel hadde dressid" scheltrun; 'but 21 
also f FilisteisS weren maad h redi 'euen 
a3ens'. Therfor k Dauid lefte the vessels, 22 
whiche 1 he hadde brou3t, vndur the bond 
of a kepere 'at the m fardels, and he ran to 
the place of batel, and he axyde, if alle 
thingis weren 'doon ri3tli n anentis hise 
britheren. And whanne he spak 3it to 23 
hem, thilke bastard apperide, Goliath bi 
name, a Filistei of Geth, and stiede? fro 
the castels^ of Filisteis r ; and 'while he 
spak s these same wordis, Dauid herde. 
And whanne alle men* of Israel hadden 24 
seyn'the man u , thei fledden fro his face v , 
and dredden hym greetli. And ech man 25 
of Israel seide w , Whether thou hast seyn 
this man that stiede*? for? he stiede z to 



* childre CB. ' u and stood E pr. m. v the ilke K pr. m. the F. 

b Therfor A. And i. e joungist I. d Thanne I. the thre IK. the o. t eldist sones i. 8 wolde i. 
h And bi fourti daies i. ' jede i. * into repreef of Israel i. 1 And i. m at the i. n thre bushels i. 
tentis i. P smale cheeses i. q iustly i. ' knowe i. s what i. * Certis i. tt the Filisteis i. 
v And so i. And therfor K. w he bitook i. * a i. y jede forth i. z comaundide i. a of 

Magala i. & the which i. fijt i. d it criede i. dd fijtyng i. e ordeyned I- f and euen a3ens hem i. 
g the Filisteis i. h Om. Dib. * also i. k Thanne i. 1 that i. m atte EL. n iustly doon i. the i. 
P he wente up i. q tentis i. * the Filisteis i. * him spekynge i. * the men IM. Goliath i. v sijt i. 
w seide to oother i. * hath stied up i. V forsothe i. * jede up i. 

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I. KINGS. 



XVII. 2635. 



that smytith hym, the kyng shal make 
riche with greet ricchessis ; and his dou3- 
ter he shal 3yue to hym, and the hows 
of his fadre he shal make with out tri- 
2obute in Yrael. And Dauid seide w to the 
men that stoden with hyrn, seiynge, 
What shal it be jouun" to the man that 
smytith this Philistee, and bereth awey 
reprofe fro Irael? forsothe who is hey 
this Philistee vncircumcidid, the which 
reproueth the shiltrouns of the God lyu- 

27 ynge ? Forsothe the puple toolde to hym 
the same word, seiynge, Thes thingis 
shulen be 3eue to the man that smitith 

28 hym. The which thing whanne Heliab, 
his more brother, hadde herd, hym spek- 
ynge with other, is wrooth a3ens Dauid, 
and seith, Whi art thou comen, and whi 
hast thow forsaken thes z fewe sheep in 
deseert? I haue knowen thi pride, and 
the shrewiduesse of thin herte ; for that 
thou my3tist se the bateil, thou art comen 

29doun. And Dauid seith a , What haue I 

30 doon ? Whether is it not a word ? And 
he bowide a syde a litil fro hym to an 
other ; and he seide the same word, and 
the puple answerde to hym word as bi- 

31 fore. Forsothe the wordis that Dauid 
spak, ben herd, and toold in the si3t of 

32 Saul. To whom whanne he was broi^t, 
he spak to hym, Ne falle b not doun the 
herte of eny man in hym, and thi ser- 
uaunt shal goo, and 631 a3en the Philistee. 

33 And Saul seith to Dauid, Thou mayst 
not withstoond to this Philistee, ne fi^te 
a3ens hym, for a child thou art; for- 
sothe this man is a filter fro his 3ongth. 

34 And Dauid seide to Saul, Thi seruaunt 
fedde the flok of his fader, and there 
cam a lioun or a beere, and took a wether 

35 fro the mydil of the flok ; I pursuede 
hem, and smoot, and delyuerde fro the 

w seith BCEFH. x jeue BH. jiue c. jiuen E. 
a seide CE. b falle thou B. 



seie schenship a to Israel ; therfor the kyng 
schal make b riche with greet richessis 'the 
man c that sleeth thilke Filistei ; and the 
kyng schal 3yue his dorter to that man, 
and schal d make the hows of his fader 
with out 'tribut in Israel 6 . And Dauyd26 
spak to the men that stoden with hym, 
and seide, What schal be 3ouun to the 
man that sleeth this Filistei, and doith 
awei schenschip fro Israel ? for f who is 
this Filistei vncircumcidid, that dispiside h 
the scheltruns of God lyuynge ? Forsothe' 27 
the puple tolde to hym k the same word, 
and seide, These thingis schulen be 3ouun 
to the man that sleeth hym 1 . And whanne 28 
Heliab, 'his more brother 111 , had herd this, 
while he" spak with othere men, he was 
wrooth a3ens Dauid, and seide, Whi earnest 
thou , and whi 'leftist thou? tho fewe 
scheep in deseert? Y kriowe thi pride, 
and the wewardnesse of thin herte ; for 
thou earnest douri to se the batel. And 29 
Dauid seide, What haue Y doi? Whether 
it is not a r word ? And Dauid bowide 8 a so 
litil fro hym to another man ; and Dauid 
seide the same word, and the puple an- 
sweride to hym al l word as bifore u . For- si 
sothe v these w wordis weren herd, whiche x 
Dauid spak, and weren^ teld 'in the si3t 
of z Saul. And whanne Dauyd was brou3t32 
to Saul, Dauyd spak to hym a , The herte 
of ony man falle not doun b for 'that Fi- 
listei , Y thi seruaunt schal go, and 'Y 
schal d fi3te a3ens the Filistei. And Saulss 
seide to Dauid, Thou maist not a3enstonde 
this Filistei, nether frjte a3ens hym, for 
thou art a child ; forsothe 1 this man is a 
werriour fro his 3ong wexynge age. And 34 
Dauid seide to Saul, Thi seruaunt kepte 
'the floe of his fadir m , and a lioun cam, 
ether" a here, and took aweiP a ram fro 
the myddisi of the floe ; Y pursuede, and 35 

y Om. A. z thos B. thoo CE sec. m. thulke E. pr. m. 



a repreef I. b make that man i. c Om. i. a in Israel he schal I. e paiyng of tribut i. f and i. 
g is he i. h dispisith i. ' And i. k Dauid i. l Goliath i. m the eldre brother of Dauid i. n Dauid i. 

thou hidere i. P hast thou lefte i. q mysdo i. ' but a i. s jede thenns i. * the i. thei diden 
bifore i. v And i. w the i. * that i. Y thei weren i. z bifore i. a hym thus i. b down in him i. 
<= Om. i. d Om. i. 1 but i. "> his fadirs floe r. n also i. other L. o tooken A. sec. m. i. P Om. EL. 

1 myddil i. 



xvii. 3 6. 44. 



I. KINGS. 



51 



mouth of hem ; and thei rysen a3ens me, 
and I cau3te the chaul of hem, and 

se straunglide, and slow3 hem. Forsothe 
and a lioun and a beere slewe Y thi ser- 
uaunt; therfore shal be and this Philistee 
vncircumcidid as oon of thes. Now Y 
shal goo, and take awey the shenship of 
the puple ; for who is this Philistee 
vncircumcidid, that is hardy to myssey 

37 to the oost of the lyuynge God ? And 
Dauid seith, The Lord that hath dely- 
uerd me fro the mouth of the lioun, and 
fro the hoond of the beere, he shal de- 
lyuer me fro the hoond of this Philistee. 
Forsothe Saul seide to Dauid, Go, and 

ss the Lord be with thee. And Saul 
clothide Dauid with his clothis, and 
putte on a stelen helm vpon his heed, 
and clothide hym with an hawberioun. 

39 Thanne Dauid gyrd with his swerd vpon 
his clothinge, began to asaye if armyd 
he my3te goo ; forsothe he hadde not the 
custome. And Dauid seide to Saul, I 
may not thus goo, for and c vse I haue 
not. And he putte doun tho thingis, 

40 and he took his staf, that euermore he 
hadde in hondis. And he cheese to hym 
fyue moost cleer stonus of the streem ; 
and he putte hem into the sheepherdis 
scrip that he hadde with hym ; and he 
took a slynge in hoond, and 3eed forth 

41 a3ens the Philystee. Forsothe the Phi- 
listee 3eed, comynge and nei3ynge a3ens 

42 Dauyd; and his squyer before hym. And 
whanne the Philistee hadde inwardly be- 
holden hym, and seen Dauyd, he de- 
spiside hym ; forsothe he was a 3ong 

43 man, rodi d , and fayre in si3t. And the 
Philistee seide to Dauyd, Whethir I am dd 
a dog, that thou comest to me with a 
staf? And the Philistee curside Dauid in 

44 his goddis ; and seide to Dauyd, Com to 
me, and Y shal 3eue thi flesh to the 



killide 1 " hem, and rauyschide 5 fro 'the 

mouth of hem*; and thei risiden" 336113 

me, and I took the v nether chaule 'of 

hem"", and Y stranglide, and killide hem. 

For x Y thi seruaunt killide bothe a? lioun 36 

and ay here ; therfor and this Filistei vn- 

circumcidid schal be as oon of hem. Now 

Y schal go, and Y schal do awey the 

schenschip z of the puple ; for who is this 

Filistei vncircumcidid, that was hardi to 

curse the oost of God lyuynge? And a 3? 

Dauid seide, The Lord that delyuerede me 

fro the 'mouth of the lioun b , and fro the 

'hond, that is c , power, of the here, he schal 

delyuere me fro the hond of this Filistei. 

Forsothe d Saul seide to Dauid, Go thou, 

and the Lord be with thee|. And Saul 38 1 the Lord u 

clothide Dauid with hise clothis, and put- 

tide e a brasun basynet on his heed, and 

clothide hym with an haburioun. Therfor f 39?i ou ?' * ha ' , 

Dauitb schulue 

Dauid was gird with his" swerd on his 

1 , , , , . v . , 

cloth, and bigan" to asaie if he my3te go 
armed ; for 1 he hadde not custom k . And 
Dauid seide to Saul, Y may not go so 1 , 
for Y haue not vss m . And Dauid puttide" 
awei tho, and he took his staaf, which he 40 
hadde euere in the? hondis. And he chees 
to hym fyue clerestei stonys, that is, harde, 
pleyn, and rounde, of the stronde ; and he 
sente r tho in to the 8 schepherdis scrippe, 
which* he hadde with hym ; and he took 
the u slynge in the v hond, and 3ede w forth 
a3ens the Filistei. Sotheli x the Filistei 41 
3edey, 'goynge and nei3yng a3ens Dauid z ; 
and his squyer 3ede a bifor hym b . And 42 
whanne 'the Filistei c hadde biholde Dauid, 
and hadde d seyn hym, he dispiside Dauid ; 
forsothe 6 Dauid was a 3ong wexynge man, 
rodi, and feir in si3t. And 'the Filistei f ,43 
seide to Dauid, Whether Y am a dogge, 
for thou comest to me with a staf? And 
'the Filisteis curside Dauid in hise goddis ; 
and he seide to Dauid, Come thou to me, 44 



Filistey, for 

Goddis 



3he to ynele 
men, for comyn 
good. Lire 
here. c. 



c in B. d broun E pr. m. dd ham A. 

1 I killide i. s I rauyschide it i. * her mouth i. n risen ELP. reriden hem up i. v her i. Om. EL. 
w Om. i. * Certis i. y the i. z repreef i. a And eft i. b liouns mouth i. c Om. i. d And i. 
e he sette i. f Thanne i. 8 a i. h he bigan i. ' forsothe i. k the custom therojfi. l thus i. m the 
nss of it i. n putte i. that i. P his i. 1 ful clere rounde i. r putte IM. 8 his i. a x. Om. E. 
1 that i. " a i. v his i. w he jede i. x And i. y jede forth i. z Om. i. a Om. i. b hym, comynge 
nij ajens Dauid i. c Goliath i. d Om. i. e and i. f Goliath i. S Goliath i. 

H2 



52 



I. KINGS. 



XVII. 45 52. 



fowlis of heuene, and to the beestis of 
45 the erthe. Forsothe Dauid seide to the 
Philistee,Thou comest tome with swerd, 
speer, and sheeld ; forsothe Y come to 
thee in the name of the Lord God of 
oostis, God of the cumpanyes of Irael, 
to whom thou hast reprouyd to day. 
48 And the Lord shal jeue thee in myn 
hoond, and I shal smyte thee, and take 
awey thin heed fro thee ; and I shal 3yue 
the careyns of the tentis of Philisteis to 
day to the fowlis of heuene, and to the 
beestis of the erthe; that al the erthe 

47 wyte, for the Lord God is in Yrael, and 
al this chirche knewe, for not in swerd 
ne in speer saueth the Lord ; forsothe of 
hym is the batayl, and he shal take 3011 

48 in to oure hoondis. Thanne whanne the 
Philistee was rysen, and cam, and nei3ede 
a3ens Dauid, Dauid hyede, and a3en cam 
to the n*3t forn a3ens of the Philistee. 

49 And he putte his hoond into the scrip, 
and took a stoon, and leyde in the slynge, 
and, berynge it about, he smoot hym in 
the foreheed ; and the stoon is pi3t in the 
forhed of hym, and he felle into his face 

sovpon the erthe. And Dauid hadde the 
maystrie a3ens the Philistee in slynge 
and stoon, and the smyten Philistee he 
slew3. And whanneDauid hadde no swerd 

&i in the hoond, he ran, and stood vpon the 
Philistee, and took his swerd, and drew3 
it out of his sheeth ; and he slew3 hym, 
and girde of his heed. Forsothe seynge 
the Philisteis that the strongest of hem 

52 was deed, thei flowen. And rysynge the 
men of Yrael, and of Juda criden out, and 
pursueden the Philisteis, for to the while 
that thei camen into the valey, and vnto 
the 3ate of Acharon. And there fellen 
woundid of the Philisteis, in the weye of 
Sarym, and vnto Geth, and vnto Acha- 



and Y schal 3yue thi fleischis h to the Vo- 
latilis of heuene 1 , and to the k beestis of 
erthe 1 . Sotheli 1 " Dauid seide to 'the Fi- 
listei", Thou comest to me with swerd , 
and? spere, and scheeldf 5 but Y come to 
thee in thei name of the Lord God r | of 
oostis, of s God of the 1 cumpanyes of Is- 
rael, to whiche u thou seidist v schenschip w 
to dai. And the Lord schal 3yue|| thee in 46 that u, 
myn bond, and Y schal sle thee, and Y 
schal take awey x thin heed fro thee ; and? 
I schal 3yue the deed bodies of the castels z 
of Filisteis 'to day a to the volatils b of he- 
uene, and to the beestis of erthe c ; that al 
the d erthe wite, that the Lord God is in 



"t artd tcheeld ; 
that is, tristinge 
in thyn armeris 
and virtu. Lire 
here. c. 
J of the Lard 
God, etc. ; 

trist- 
inge of Goddis 
virtu. Lire 
here. c. 
|| the Lord 
schal )yue, etc. 
Dauyth seid this 
bi Goddis reue- 
lacioun, for he 
bifor tellith cer- 
tenly thing to 
comynge, vn- 
certeyn to 

Israel, and that al this chirche knowe, 47 mannus know. 
that the Lord saueth not in swerd nether ' c ng 
in spere ; for 6 the batel is his, and he schal 
bitake 3ou in to oure hondis. Therfor f 48 
whanne the Filistei hadde rises, and cam, 
and nei3ede a3ens Dauid, Dauid hastide, 
and ran to batel h a3ens 'the Filistei 1 . And 49 
Dauid putte k his bond 'in to 1 his 111 scrippe, 
and he took" o stoon, and he? castide - 
with 1 " the 3 slynge 1 , 'and ledde aboute 11 , and 
smoot v x the Filistei in the forheed ; and 
the stoon was fastned in his x forheed, and 
hey felde doun in to his face on z the erthe a . 
And Dauid hadde the maistrie a3ens 'these 
Filistei b 'in a slyng and stoon c , and he 
killide'theFilistei d smytun 6 . And whanne 
Dauid hadde no swerd in the f hond, he si 
ran, and stood on& 'the Filistei h , and took 
his swerd ; and Dauid drow out the 1 swerd 
of his k schethe, and 'killide him 1 , and kit- 
tide awei" his heed. Forsothe the Fi- 
listeis sien, that the strongeste? of hem 
was deed, and thei fledden. And the sones 52 
of Israel and of Juda risideni to gidere, 
and crieden r , and pursueden Filisteis 8 , 'til 
the while* thei camen in to the valei, and 
'til to u the 3ate of Accaron. And woundid v 



h fleishe i. * foulis of the eir i. k Om. i. ! the erthe i. m And I. n Goliath I. a swerd E. 
P Om. IK. q Om. EILP. r Om. i. s Om. r. * Om. EL. u whom r. v hast seid r. w repreff i. 
x Om. DiMxb. y and to dai i. z tentis i. a Om. i. b foulis i. c the erthe b. d Om. plures. 
e sothely i. f Thanne i. S risen up i. h fijte i. > Golie r. k puttide Epb. l in D. m the plures. 
n took out EIL. a IL. P Dauid i. q whirlide i. castide it EL. r Om. i. his EL. * slynge aboute i. 
u and keste out therof a stoon i. v he smoot i. w Golie i. * the DL. Om. E. y Golie i. 

z upon i. a erthe, in a slynge and a stoon i. b Golie i. c in a slyng and a stoon KL. Om. i. d Golie i. 
e whanne he hadde smytun him doun i. f his i. S upon i. h Golie i. ' his A. that i. k the i. 
1 he killide therwith Golie i. m kitte i. n off i. And i. P strengeste man i. q resen up I. risen ELP. 
' thei crieden i. s the Filisteis i. * til the tyme i. vuto that EL. vnto i. into EL. v the woundid i. 



XVII. 53 XVIII. 5- 



I. KINGS. 



53 



saron. And the sonis of Yrael turnynge 
a3en, after that thei hadden pursued the 
Philisteis, thei asseilden the tentis of 

54 hem. Forsothe Dauyd takynge the heed 
of the Philistee, brou3te it into Jerusa- 
lem ; forsothe the armys of hym he putte 

55 in his tabernacle. Forsothe that tyme 
that Saul saw3 Dauyd goynge out a3ens 
the Philistee, he seith to Abner, the 
prynce of his chyualrie, Abner, of what 
stok descendide this 3ong man? And 
Abner seide, Lyueth thi soule, kyng, I 

56knew3 not. And the kyng seith, Ask 

57thou, whos sone is e this child. And 

whanne Dauyd was comen a3en, the 

Philistee smyten, Abner took hym, and 

brou3te hym yn before Saul, hauynge in 

58 the hoond the heed of the Philistee. And 

Saul seith to hym, Of what progenye art 

thou, O thou 3ong man? And Dauid 

eeide, The sone of thi seruaunt, Ysaye 

Bethlemyte, Y am. 



CAP. XVIII. 

1 And it is doon, whanne he hadde endid 
to speke to Saul, the soule of Jonathas is 
glewid to gidre to the soul of Dauid, and 
Jonathas louyde hym as his owne lijf. 

2 And Saul took hym in that day, and 
grauntide not to hym, that he turne a3en 

3 into the hows of his fadre. Forsothe 
Jonathas and Dauid wenten into the f 
couenaunt of pees ; forsothe he louyde 

hym as his lijf; forwhi Jonathas spuylide 
hym self the coote, that he was clothid, 
and 3af it to Dauid, and his other clothis, 
vnto his 'bowe and swerd h , and vnto the 

5 kny3tis girdil. Forsothe Dauyd wente 
out to alle thingis, what euere Saul sente 



men of Filisteis w felden x in the weye of 
Sarym, and 'til toy Geth, and 'til to? Acca- 
ron. And the sones of Israel turnedensa 
a3en, aftir that thei hadden pursuede Fi- 
listeis", and thei assailiden 'the tentis of 
hem a . Forsothe b Dauid took the heed of 54 
'the Filistei c , and brou3te it in to Jerusa- 
lem ; sotheli d he e puttide hise f armeriss in 
the 'tabernacle of the Lord h . Forsothe 1 in 55 
that tyme in which Saul si3 Dauid goynge 
out a3ens 'the Filistei k , he seide to Abner, 
prince 1 of his chiualrie 1 ", Abner, of what 
generacioun 'cam forth" this 3ong wax- 
ynge man ? And Abner seide, Kyng, thi 
soule lyueth, I knowe? not. And the kyng 56 
seide, Axe thou, whos sone this child is. 
And whanne Dauid haddei come a3en,57 
whanne 'the Filistei r was slayn, Abner 8 
took Dauid, and bro^te* hym in u , hauynge 
in the v bond the heed of 'the Filistei w , 'bi- 
for Saul x . And Saul seide to hym?, Of 58 
what generacioun art thou, 3ong waxynge 2 
man? And Dauid seide, Y am the sone 
of thi seruaunt, Isai of Bethleem. 

CAP. XVIII. 

And it was doon, whanne Dauid 'hadde i 
endid a to speke to Saul, the soule of Jona- 
thas aa was glued t togidre to the soule of 
Dauid, and Jonathas louyde hym b as his 
owne soule. And Saul took c Dauid in 2 
that dai, and grauntide d not 'to hym e , 
'that he schulde f turnes a3en in to 'the 
hows of his fadir h . Forsothe 1 Jonathas 3 
and Dauid maden boond k of pees, *that is 1 , 
swerynge euerlastynge frenschip^i for 
Jonathas louyde Dauid as his owne soule ; 
for whi Jonathas dispuylideP him silf fro 4 
the coote 'in whichi he was clothid r , and 
3af s it to Dauid, and hise othere clothis, 
'til to 1 his swerd and bouwe u , and 'til to* 



f thi soule 
lyueth ; this it 
a maner of 
swering ; and 
this is the sen- 
tence, as it is 
soth, that Y 
desire thi liyf, 
so it is soth, 
that Y knowe 
not him ; and 
here this word 
if is takun for 
not ether nay. 
Lire here. c. 



f Jonathas 
was glued, etc. ; 
that is, ioyned 
to gidere hi the 
glu of charite, 
that may not 
be brokun. 
Lin here. c. 



e be BCEFH. f Om. DCEFH. 8 into A. h swerd and his bowe E pr. m. 

w the Filisteis i. * fellen doun i. 'fellen ELP. 7 vnto i. into EL. z the Filisteis i. a her tentis i. 
b And i. c Golie i. d and i. e Dauid i. f the i. K armeris of Golie i. h Lordis tabernacle i. 
1 And i. k Golie i. 1 the prince i. m chiualrie, seiynge i. n is i. Om. i. P wot i. 1 was i. 
r Golie i. and Abner i. * he broujte i. u in bifore Saul i. v his i. w Filistei plures. Golie i. 
* Om. i. 7 Dauid i. z Om. i. a en t EL . hadde end p. a Jonathanas A. b Dauid i. took to him i. 
d he grauntide i. leeue to Dauid i. f Om. i. 8 to turne i. h his faders hows i. ' And i. k a 
boond i. 1 in that D. m of euerlaslynge EL. >n The whole gloss omitted in i. lijf i. P vnclothide i. 
1 that i. * clothid ynne i. s he jaf i. * vnto i. into EL. u his bouwe i. 



54 



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XVIII. 6 16. 



him, and wiseli he gouernde 1 hym self k ; the v girdil. Also" Dauid 3ede out" to alle a 

and Saul putte hym vpon men of batayl, 

and he was acceptid in the eyen of al the 

puple, and moost in the 813! of the ser- 
e uauntis of Saul. Forsothe whanne Dauid 

turnede a3en, the Philistee smyten, and 

beer the heed of hym into Jerusalem, the 

wymmen wenten out fro alle the cytees 

of Yrael, syngynge, and dauncis ledynge, 

into ajencomynge of Saul the kyng, in 
7 tymbers of gladnes, and in trumpis. And 

the wymmen songen before, pleiynge, and 

seyynge, Saul hath smyten a thousand, 
sand Dauyd ten thowsandis. And Saul 

is wrooth ful mych, and this word dis- 

pleside in the eyen of hym ; and seide, 

Thei ban 3ouun to Dauid ten thousandis, 

and to me a thousand thei ban 3ouun ; 

what to hym is more ouere but oneli the 
9 rewme ? Thanne not with ri3t eyen Saul 

bihelde Dauid, fro that day and therafter. 

10 Forsothe after the tother day the yuel 
spiryt of God aseilide Saul, and he 
straungeli spak in the myddis of his 
hows. Forsothe Dauid harpide with his 
hoond, as bi eche days ; and Saul heelde 

1 1 a speer, and kest it, wenynge that he 
my3t pitche to gidre Dauid with the wal ; 
and Dauyd bowide a side fro the face 

12 of hym the secounde tyme. And Saul 
dredde Dauid, forthi that the Lord was 
with hym, and fro hym goon awey. 

is Thanne Saul rnoued hym a wey fro hym, 

and made hym a leder vpon a thousand 

men ; and he wente out and cam yn in 
14 the si3t of the puple. Forsothe in alle 

his weyes Dauid wiseli dide, and the 
is Lord was with hym ; and so Saul saw3 

that he was wel mych wiys, and began 
into shunne hym. Forsothe al Yrael and 

Juda louyde Dauyd ; forsothe he 3ede 

' dide E pr. m. 



thingis, to what euer thingis Saul 'hadde 
sent? hym, and he gouernede hym silf 
prudentli ; and Saul settide" hym ouer the 
men of bateP, and 'he was b acceptid , Aether 
plesaunfi, in the i3en e of al f the puple*?, 
and moost in the si3t of 'the seruauntis of 
Saul h . Forsothe' whanne Dauid turnede 6 
a3en, whanne k 'the Filistei 1 was slayn, and 
bar the heed of 'the Filistei" 1 in to Jeru- 
salem, wymmen 3eden out of alle the 
citees of Israel, and sungen n , and ledden 
queris , a3ens the comyng of king Saul, in 
tympans of? gladnesse, and ini trumpis. 
And the wymmen sungen, pleiynge r , and 7 
seiynge, Saul smoot 8 a thousynde, and 
Dauid smoot 1 ten thousynde. Saul u was 
wrooth greetli, and this word displeside 
'in his i3en v ; and he seide, Thei 3auen w 
ten thousynde to Dauid, and 'thei 3auen 
a x thousynde to me ; what leeueth to hym?, 
no but the rewme aloone? Therfor z Sauls 
bihelde Dauid not with 'ri3tful i3en a , 'fro 
that dai and afterward b . Sotheli c aftirio 
the tother dai a d wickid 6 spirit of God 
asailide Saul, and he propheciedet in the t 

not prupirly, 

myddis of his hows'. Forsothes Dauid 1 1 but he spak 

, . ,, i u alien thinins, 

harpide with his bond, as bi alle daies" ; 
and Saul helde a spere, and caste 1 it, and k 
gesside that he my3te prene 1 Dauid with" 1 
the wal, that is, perse with the spere, so 
that it schulde passe n til to the walv; and 
Dauid bowide 'fro his facei the secounde 
tyme. And Saul dredde Dauid, for the 12 
Lord was with hym r , and hadde go awei 
fro him silf 8 . Therfor* 
Dauid fro hym silf, and made hym tri- 
bune u j on v a thousynde men ; and Dauid 
3ede w out and entride x in 'the si3t of? the 
puple. And Dauid dide warli z in alle hise H 
weies, and the Lord was with hym ; and 15 

* this in to the 

good of Danyth 

k sel B sec. m. 



as a man tra- 
uelid of a fend. 
Lire here. c. 



and made Aim 

rpmnniflp t ->trit>une, etc.; 
16 Saul dide this, 
not for the 
onour of Da- 
uyth, but that 
Dauyth schulde 
go out to hiitels, 



as it is opm 
of the lettre 
suynge. Lire 
here. c. 



v his i. w And i. * forth i. y sente i. * sette i. a his batel i. > Om. i. " accept plurcx. 
Om. i. d Om. ci. e sijt i. { Om. E. S puple Dauid was alowid i. h Sauls seruauntis i. > And i. 
k and i. ! Golie i. m Golie i. n wymmen sungen i. daunces A sec. m. squeris L. P and K sec. m. 
1 Om. i. r pleynge A sec. m. fleyng DEGLMNOPQRSuwb. s hath sley i. * Om. i. u And Saul i. 
v bifore him i. w han jouen i. * but o i. y Dauith heroff i. z Thanne fro that dai forth i. * blythe 
chere i. b Om. i. And i. d the i. e yuel i. f meynee i. S And i. h daies bifore i. ' he threwe i. 
castide M. sente DEKLorxb. k for he i i haue perschid i. m thorouj to i. n prene o. in E. P The 
whole gloss omitted in ci. 1 aside fro Saul i. r Dauid i. s Om. Dib. * Thanne i. u chefteyn i. 
v upon i. w wente i. x he came i. y bifore i. z wiselv i. 






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55 



nyn and 3ede out before hem. And Saul 
seide to Dauid, Loo ! my more dorter 
Merob, hir Y shal 3eue to thee a wijf ; 
oneli be a strong man, and fyt the bateils 
of the Lord. Forsothe Saul trowide, sei- 
ynge, Be not myn hoond in hym, but be 

levpon hym the hoond of Philisteis. For- 
sothe Dauyd seide to Saul, Who am Y, 
or what is my lijf, or the kynrede of my 
fadre in Irael, that Y be maad the sone 

19 in lawe of the kyng ? It is doon forsothe 
the tyme whanne Merob, the doujter of 
Saul, shulde be 3euen to Dauid, jeuen is 

2oHadriel Molatite wijf. Forsothe Dauyd 
louyd Mychol, the tother dorter of Saul ; 
and it is toold to Saul, and it pleside to 

21 hym. And Saul seide, Y shal 3yue hir 
to hym, that it be maad to hym into 
sclaundre, and be vpon hym the hoond 
of Philisteis. Thanne seide Saul to 
Dauyd, In two thiugis thow shalt be my 

22 sone in lawe to day. And Saul co- 
maundide to his seruauntis, Spek 36 to 
Dauith 1 pryuely fro me, seiynge, Loo ! 
thou plesist to the kyng, and alle the 
seruauntis of hym louen thee ; now 
thanne be thow the sone in lawe of 

23 the kyng. And the seruauntis of Saul 
speken in the eeris of Dauid alle thes 
wordis. And Dauid seith, Whether litil 
it seme to 3ow to be the sone in lawe 
of the kyng? Forsothe Y am a pore 

24 man, and a thinne. And the seruauntis 
of Saul toolden a3en, seiynge, Sich maner 

25 wordis spak Dauid. Forsothe Saul seide, 
Thus spekith to Dauid, The kyng nedith 
no" sposeilis, but oonli an hundrid tersis 
of Philisteis, that veniaunce be doon of 
the enemyes of the kyng. Forsothe Saul 
thou3te to betray Dauid into the hoondis 

26 of Philisteis. And whanne his seruauntis 
hadden a3en toold to Dauid the wordis 
that Saul hadde seid, the word pleside 



so Saul 813 that Dauid was ful prudent*, 
and he bigan to be war of Dauid. For-ic 
sothe b al Israel and Juda louyden Dauid ; 
for he entride and 3ede d out bifor hem. 
And Saul seide to Dauid, Lo ! x my more* 17 
dou3tir Merob, Y schal 3iue her wijf to 
thee ; oneli be thou a strong man, and 
fi3te thou the 'batels of the Lord f . For- 
sothe s Saul 'arettide, and h seide', Myn 
hond be not in hym k , but the hond of 
Filisteis be on hym. Sotheli 1 Dauid seide is 
to Saul, Who am Y, ether what is my lijf, 
ether the m meynee" of my fadir in Israel, 
that Y be maad the 'sone in lawe of the 
kyng ? Forsothe P the tyme 'was maadiia 
whanne r Merob, the dorter of Saul, *ou3te 
to 8 be 3ouun l to Dauid, sche was 3ouun 
wijf to Hadriel Molatite. Forsothe" Dauid 20 
louide Mychol, the dou3tir of Saul ; and it 
was teld to Saul, and it pleside hym. And 21 
Saul seide, Y schal 3yue hir to hym, that 
it be to hym in to sclaundir, and the hond 
of Filisteis be on v hym. Therfor w Saul 
seide to Dauid, In Hwei dou3tris x t thou t *<*. in 

summe bokis 

schalt be my sone in lawe to dai. And 22 it is 



Saul comaundide to hise seruauntis, Speke baotfoEbrcn, 
3ey to Dauid, while 2 it 'is hid fro me a , and %% 
seie 3e b , Lo ! thou plesist the king, and here - c - 
alle hise seruauntis louen thee ; now ther- 
for be thou hosebonde of the 'doivjtir of 
the kyng c . And the seruauntis of Saul 23 
spaken alle these wordis in the eeris d of Da- 
uid. And Dauid seide, Whether it semeth 6 
litil to 3ou Ho be sone in lawe of the 
kyng f ? ForsotheS Y am a pore man, and 
a feble. And the seruauntis telden to Saul, 24 
and seiden, Dauid spak siche wordis. 80-25 
theli 1 ' Saul seide, Thus speke 30 to Dauid, 
The kyng hath no nede to 3iftis for spow- 
sailst, no' but onely to an hundrid pre- 
pucies k , *that is, mennus $erdis vncircum- 
cidid 1 , v of Filisteis 111 , that veniaunce be 
maad of the kyngis enemyes. Certis Saul 



1 day A. m Om. B. n not E sup. ras. 

* wijs i. b And i. c jede yn i. d Om. i. e myn eldre i. { Lordis batels i. s And i. h Om. i. 
' seide withynne him self i. k Dauid i. 1 And i. m what is the i. n kynrede i. kyngis sone in 
lawe i. P And whanne i. 1 came i. r that i. 9 schulde haue i. * jouun wijf i. u Certis i. v upon i. 
w Thanne i. x two thingis i. y je priuely i. z as if i. a were me vnwitinge i. b je to him i. 
c kingis doujtir i. d heringe i. e seme i. { me to be the kyngis sone in lawe i. 8 Sothli i. And i. 
' Om. i. k Om. i. ' Om. i. m Filisteis prepucies i. 



t spousails; 
that is, pre- 
ciouse ;iftis of 
gold ether of 
siluer, that ben 
wont to be 
jouun to 
kingis, whanne 
thei 3yuen her 
iloujtris to 
hosebondis. 
Lire here. c. 






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XVIII. 27 XIX. $. 






in the eyen of Dauyd, that he were maad 

27 the sone in lawe of the kyng. And after 
a fewe days Dauyd rysynge wente into 
Acharon, with the men that with hym 
weren, and smoot of the Philisteis two 
hundrid men ; and brou3te the 3erdis of 
hem, and noumbride hem to the kyng, 
that he were the sone in lawe of the 
kyng. And so Saul jaf to hym Mychol, 

28 his dou3ter, wijf. And Saul saw}, and 
vndurstood, that the Lord was with 

zaDauid. Forsothe Mychol, the dorter of 
Saul, louid hym, and Saul began more to 
drede Dauyd ; and Saul is maad the ene- 

ao mye of Dauyd alle days. And the princis 
of Philisteis wenten out ; forsothe fro the 
bigynnynge of the goynge out of hem 
Dauyd wiselyer beer hym self than alle 
the men of Saul ; and solempne is maad 
the name of hym ful myche. 



CAP. XIX. 

1 Saul spak to Jonathan, his sone, and 
to alle his seruauntis, that thei shulden 
slee Dauid ; forsothe Jonathas, the sone 

2 of Saul, louid Dauyd mych. Jonathas 
shewide to Dauid, seiynge, Saul, my 
fader, sechith to slee thee, wherfor keep 
the wel ; Y biseche , dwel ; and thou shalt 

sdwel priueli, and be hyd. Forsothe Y 
goynge out shal stoond biside my fadre 
in the feeld, where euer he were ; and I 
shal spek of thee to my fadre, and what 
euere thing Y shal see, Y shal telle to 

* thee. Thanne Jonathas spak good thingis 
of Dauid to Saul, his fader, and seide to 
hym, Ne synne thou, kyng, into thi ser- 
uaunt Dauid, for he hath not synned to 
thee, and the werkis of hym ben goode 

5 to thee mych ; and he hath put his lijf 



thou3te to bitake Dauid in to the hondis 
of Filisteis 11 . And whanne the seruauntis 26 
of Saul hadden teld to Dauid the wordis, 
whiche Saul hadde seid, the word pleside 
'in the i3en of? Dauid, that he schulde be 
maad the kyngis son in lawe. And aftir27 
a fewe daies Dauid roos^, and 3ede in to 
Acharon, with the r men that weren with 
hyrn, and he killide of Filisteis twei hun- 
drid men; and brou3te s 'the prepucies of 
hem 1 , and noumbride" tho to the kyng, 
that he schulde be the kyngis sone in 
lawe. And so Saul 3af Mycol, his dorter, 
wiif to hym v . And Saul si3, and vndir-28 
stood, that the Lord was with Dauid. 
Forsothe w Mychol, 'the dorter of Saul x ,29 
louide Dauid, and Saul bigan more to drede 
Dauid ; and Saul was maad enemye to 
Dauid in alle daies. And the princes ofso 
Filisteis 3eden out*" ; forsothe z fro the bi- 
gynnyng of her goyng out Dauyd bar 
hym silf more warli a than alle the b men 
of Saul; and the name of Dauid was 
maad ful solempne. 

CAP. XIX. 

Forsothe Saul spak to Jonathas, hisi 
sone, and to alle hise seruauntis, that thei 
schulden sle Dauid ; certis Jonathas, the 
sone of Saul, louyde Dauid greetli. And 2 
Jonathas schewide to Dauid, and seide, 
Saul, my fadir, sekith to sle thee, wherfor, 
Y biseche, kepe 'thou thee d eerli e ; and 
thou schalt dwelle priueli f , and thou schalt 
be hid. Sothelis Y schal go out, and 3 
stonde bisidis my fadir in the feeld, where 
euer he schal be ; and Y schal speke of 
thee to my fadir, and what euer thing Y 
shal se h , Y schal telle to 1 thee. Therfor k 4 
Jonathas spak good thingis of Dauid to 
Saul, his fadir, and seide to hym, Kyng, 
do thou not synne a3ens thi seruaunt 
Dauid, for he 'synnede not 1 to thee, and 
hise werkis ben ful good to thee ; and he 5 



biseche thee JE pr. m. 

o the Filisteis I. o that I. P bifore I. Q roos up I. ' Om. r. Dauith broujte i. t her prepucies i. 
11 he noumbride i. * Dauid i. w Certis i. * Sauls doujtir i. y out to fate i. z but i. a wisely i. 
b Om. M. c Sotheli i. d thi self i. e to mororve eerly i. f priueli in the feeld I. S And i. h vndir- 
stonde of him i. > Om. i. k Thanne i. ' hath not synned i. 



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57 



in thin hoond, and smoot the Philistee. 
And the Lord hath doo greet helth? to 
al Yrael ; thou hast seen and gladidist ; 
whi thanne synnest thou in the giltles 
blood, sleynge Dauyd, that is with out 

6 blame ? The which thing whanne Saul 
hadde herd, pleside bi the voys of Jo- 
nathe, swore, The Lord lyueth, for he 

7 shal not be slayn. And so Jonathas cle- 
pide Dauid, and shewide to hym alle thes 
wordis. And Jonathas brou3te yn Dauid 
to Saul, and he was before hym, as he 
was 3istirday and the thridde day before. 

Forsothe eft is moued batayl ; and Dauyd 
goon out fau3t a3ens<i Philisteis r , and he 
smoot hem bi a greet veniaunce, and thei 

9 floAven fro the face of hym. And the yuel 
spirit of the Lord is doon in Saul ; forsothe 
he sat in his hows, and helde a spere; for- 

10 sothe Dauid harpid in his hoond. And Saul 
enforside to fitche to gidre with a spere 
Dauid in s the wal ; and Dauid bowide a 
side fro the face of Saul; forsothe the 
speer, the wound pryued, is born into the 
wal ; and Dauid fle3e, and is saued that 

11 ny3t. Thanne Saul sente his cruel ser- 
uauntis the ny3t into the hows of Dauid, 
that thei my3ten kepe hym, and sleen in 
the morwe. The which thing whanne 
Mychol, his wijf, hadde toold to Dauide, 
seiynge, But if thou saue thee this ny3t, 

12 to morwe thou shalt die; she putte hym 
down bi the wyndowe. Forsothe he 3ede 

is a wey, and flei3e, and is sauid. Forsothe 
Michol took an ymage, and putte it vpon 
the bed, and an heery skyn of the she 
geet she putte vpon the heed of it, and 

ucouerde it with clothis. Forsothe Saul 
sente seruauntis that shulden taak Dauyd, 
and it is answerd, that he was sike. 



) he puttide 
his liyf; that 
is, puttide forth 
his liyf to perel, 
as myche as it 
semyde to 
mannus doom ; 
for he jede 
vnarmed to 



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puttide m his lijff in his" hond, and he 
killide the Filistei. And the Lord made? 
greet heelthei to al Israel ; thou si3 r , and 
were 8 glad ; whi therfor synnest thou in 
giltles blood, and sleest* Dauid, which u is 
with out gilt? And whanne Saul hadde 6 fi 3 tea 3 enu8the 

i i ,1 i 1*1 *.i.i . ,. Filistey. as it 

herd this, he was plesid with the vois v of 
Jonathas, and swoor w , v The Lord lyueth*, 
''that is?, bi the Lord lyuynge 1 , for Dauid 
schal not be slayn. Therfor 8 Jonathas 7 
clepide Dauid, and schewide to hym alle 
these wordis. And Jonathas brou3te in 
Dauid to Saul, and he was bifor hym b as 
^istirdai and the thridde dai ago c . For- 8 
sothe d batel was moued eft ; and Dauyd 
3ede out, and fau3t a3ens Filisteis", and he 
smoot hem with a f greet wounde^, and 
thei fledden fro his face. And the yuel 9 
spirit of the Lord was maad on h Saul ; 
sotheli 1 he sat in his hows, and helde a 
spere ; certis Dauid harpide in k his hond. 
And Saul enforside 1 to prene m with the 10 
spere n Dauid in the wal ; and Dauid 
bowide fro 'the face of SaulP; forsothei 
the spere 'with voide wounde r was borun* 
in to the wal ; and Dauid fledde, and 1 was 
saued in that m3t. Therfor u Saul sen ten 
hise kny3tis v in the w ny3t in to the hows 
of Dauid, that thei schulden kepe hym, 
and that he 'schulde be x slayn in the 
morewtide. And whanne^ Mychol, the 
wijf of Dauid, hadde teld this to Dauid, 
and seide, If thou sauest not thee in this 
ny3t, thou schalt die to morew ; sche z 12 
puttide 1 hym doun bi a wyndow. For- 
sothe b he c 3ede, and fledde d , and was 6 
sauyd. Sotheli f Mychol took an ymage, is 
and puttideS it on the bed h , and puttide' 
^an heeri skyn of geet k at the heed therof, 
and hilide it with clothis. Forsothe 1 Saul u 



P 1131 E pr. m. q ajens the DBF. r Philistee CE. * and A, 

m hath put i. n thin r. And so i. P hath maad i. <l helpe EL. r saujst this i. 9 thou were 
* wilt sle i. u that i. v spekyng i. w he swoor i. x Om. i. y Om. ci. z Om. c. a And so 
b Saul i. c he was wont bifore i. d Certis i. e the Filisteis i. { Om. i. S feersnesse i. h upon 
' and i. k with i. 1 enforside hym i. m prenede u. that if, peerse K marg. n spere to stike togidre 
bowide awey i. P Sauls si3t i. 1 and i. r with oute hurt of Dauid i. s ficchid i. * and so he 
u Thanne i. v cruel seruauntis i. w that i. * were i. X Om. i. z and sche i. a lete i. b And 
c Dauid i. d fledde thenns i. e he was i. f And i. K leide i. h bed of Dauid i. ' sche putte 
k a rou} geet skin i. 1 And i. 

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58 



I. KINGS. 



XIX. 15 24- 



is And eft Saul sente messagers, that thei 
seen Dauid, seiynge, Brynge 88 36 hyra to 

16 me in the bed, that he be slayn. And 
whanne the messagers weren comen, it is 
foundun a simulacre vpon the bed, and 
skynnys of she geet at the heed of it. 

17 And Saul seide to Mychol, Whi hast 
thou thus bigilid me, and hast laft myn 
enemye, that he flee? And Mychol an- 
swerde to Saul, For he spak to me, sei- 
ynge, Let me goon, ellis Y shal slee thee. 

isForsothe Dauid fleynge is sauyd; and 
he cam to Samuel in Ramatha, and he 
toolde to hym alle thingis that Saul dide 
to hym ; and he and Samuel wenten 

19 a wey, and dwelten in Naioth. Forsothe 
it is toold to Saul of seieres, Loo ! Dauyd 

20 in Naioth in Ramatha. Thanne Saul 
sente catchepollis forto take Dauid ; the 
whiche whanne thei hadden seen the 
companye of prophetis propheciynge, and 
Samuel stondynge vpon hem, the Spirit 
of the Lord is doon in hem, and also 

21 thei bigunnen to prophecien. The whiche 
whanne was toold to Saul, he sente and 
other messagers ; also thei propheciden. 
And eft Saul sente the thridde messa- 
geris 1 , the whiche and thei propheciden. 

2-2 A rid Saul, wrooth with wrathfulnes, he 
3ede also into Ramatha ; and he cam vnto 
the greet cistern that is in Sochoth, and 
askide, and seide, In what place ben Sa- 
muel and Dauid ? And it is seyd to hym, 
Loo ! in Naioth thei ben in Ramatha. 

23 And he }ede into Naioth in Ramatha; 
and" is doon also vpon hym the Spirit of 
the Lord ; and goynge yn he wente, and 
propheciede, for to he cam in Naioth in 

24 Ramatha. And also he spuylide hym 
self his clothis, and propheciede with 
other before Samuel, and he propheciede 



sente sergeauntis"Vthat schulden 11 rauysche 
Dauid , and it was answerideP, that hei 
was sijk. And eft Saul sente messangeris, 15 
that thei schulden se r Dauid, and he s seide, 
Brynge 36 hym 1 to me u in the v bed, that 
he be slayn. And whanne the messangeris ie 
hadden come w , 'a symylacre x was foundun 
on they bed, and 'skynnes of geet z at a the 
heed therof. And Saul seide to Mychol, 17 
Whi scornedist b thou me so, and 'dely- 
ueredist myn enemy, that he fledde d ? 
And Mychol answeride to Saul, For he" 
spak to me, and seide, Delyuere thou me, 
ellis Y schal slee thee. Forsothe f Dauid is 
fledde, and was sauyd ; and he cam to 
Samuel in to Ramatha, and teldes to hym 
alle thingis which b Saul hadde do to hym ; 
and he' and Samuel 3eden, and dwelliden 
in Naioth. Forsothe k it was teld to Saul it 
of men, seiynge 1 , Lo ! Dauid is in Naioth 
in Ramatha. Therfor Saul sente m sleeris, 20 
that thei schulden rauysche" Dauid ; and 
whanne thei hadden seyn the cumpeny of 
profetisf profeciynge, and Samuel stond- 
ynge ouer hem, the Spirit of the Lord, 
"t/iat is, the spirit of deuociounv, was 
maad in hem, and thei also bigunnen to 
propheciej. And whanne this was teld 21 
to Saul, he sente also othere messangeris ; 
'sotheli andi thei profesieden. And eft 
Saul sente the thridde messangeris, and 
thei prophecieden. And r Saul was wrooth 
Vith irefulnesse" ; and he also 3ede in to 22 
Ramatha, and he cam 'til to* the u greet 
cisterne, which v is in Socoth, and he axide, 
and seide, In what place ben Samuel and 
Dauid ? And it was seid to hym, Lo ! 
thei ben in Naioth in Ramatha. And he w 23 
3ede in v to Naioth* in*' Ramatha ; and the 
Spirit of the Lord was maad also on him ; 
and he z ^ede, and" entride b , and prophe- 



J-profetis; that 
is, the felou- 
schipe of reli- 
giouse men 
preisinge God. 
Lire here. c. 

to prof f tie ; 
that is, to 
preise God, and 
ceessiden to 
pursue Dauith. 
Lire here. c. 



ss bryngith B. t massageris A. t4 and it A. 



m his seruauntis i. " to i. Dauid thenns i. P answeride to Saul i. <l Dauid i. r slee K. 
9 Saul i. * Om. i. u me Dauid i. v his i. w come to Dauid i. * an ymage lijk to Dauid i. X his i. 
z geet skynnes i. on i. > scornest i. c hast delyuered i. d fle awey i. e Dauid i. f Certis i. 
e he telde i. h that i. i Dauid i. k And i. l seiynge to him i. m sente men i. n rauysche thenns i. 
a i. P Om. i. 1 and certis i. r And with \vrathfulnesse i. s Om. i. t into i. vnto EL. a i. 
y that i. w Saul i. * Om. R. y in to AEP. z Saul i. a goynge yn i. b wente i. 



XX. i 7. 



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59 



nakid al that day and ny3t. Wherof }ede 
out a prouerbe, Whether and Saul among 
the prophetis ? 



CAP. XX. 

i Forsothe Dauid flei3 fro Naioth, that 
is in Ramatha, and comynge spak before 
Jonatha, What haue I doon, what haue 
I doon ? what is my wickidnes, and what 
my synne into thi fader, for he sechith 

2 my lijf ? The which seide to hym, A wey 
be it fro thee, thou shalt not die, forsothe 
ne my fader shal u do eny thing greet or 
litil, but before he shewe to me ; thanne 
this word oonli my fader hath heelid fro 

3 me, forsothe this shal not be. And eft 
he swore to Dauid. And he seith, Sotheli 
thi fadre woot, that I haue foundun grace 
in thin eyen, and he shal seye, Jonathas 
wite not this, lest perauenture he be 
sory; but also the Lord lyueth, and 
lyueth thi soule, for in o degree oonli, 
that I so seye, Y and deeth ben dyuydid. 

4 And Jonathas seith to Dauid, What 
euere thing thi soule seith to me, I shal 

s doo to thee. And Dauid seide to Jona- 
than, Loo ! kalendis ben to morwe, and 
I of maner am wont to sitte biside the 
kyng to eete ; leete me thanne, that I be 
hid in the feeld vnto the euen of the 

e thridde day. And if biholdynge thi fader 
aske me, thou shalt answere to hym, 
Dauid preide me for to goo swiftly into 
Bethlem, his citee, for solempne slayn 
sacrifices ben there to alle the men of his 

7 lynage. And if he seye, Wei, pees shal 
be to thi seruaunt; forsothe if he were 
wrooth, wite thou, that fulfillid is the 



ciede, 'til the while he cam 'in to d Naioth t 

in e Ramatha. And 'he also f dispuylidet 24 Tefte nakid* but 

him silf h of hise clothis, and' propheciede 

with othere men bifor Samuel, and he 

profeciede nakid in k al that dai and ny3t. 

Wherfor 'a prouerbe, that is\ a comyn 

word, 3etie out, Whether and Saul" 

among prophetisj ? 



for he dide 
awey the 
ournementis 
of kyng, that 
he schulde take 
clothis liyk re- 
ligiouse men, 
preisinge God, 
as Dauyth 
dide bifor the 
arke. Lire 
here. c. 
J wher and 
Saul among 
profetitj this 
Naioth, 1 is seide of him, 



maad a munk, 
so and thanne 
it was seid of 
siche men, 
wher and Saul 



sitorie and " 

an our, and is 

not stidefast. 

Lire here. c. 



CAP. XX. 

Forsothe Dauid fledde fro 
which? is in Ramatha, and cami and spak 
bifor Jonathas, What haue Y do ? what 
is my wickidnesse, and what is my svnne w , hanni ; a ma " 

of dissolute 

a3ens thi fadir, for he sekith r my lijf? Hyfschewith 

J ony signe of 

And Jonathas seide to hym 8 , Fer be it fro 2 deuocioun, it 
thee, thou schalt not die, for my fadir 
schal not do ony thing greet ether litil, 
'no but* he schewe firste to me ; therfor 
my fadir 11 kepte v preuy fro me this word 
oneli w , forsothe x it schal not be. And efts 
hey swoor to Dauid. And Dauid seide, 
Treuli z thi fadir woot, that Y haue founde 
grace 'in thin i3en a , and b he schal c seie, 
Jonathas wite not this, lest perauenture 
he be sory ; certis the Lord lyueth, 'and 
thi soule lyueth d , for e , that Y seie so, Y 
and deeth ben departid oneli bi o degree. 
And Jonathas seide to Dauid, What euer4 
thing thi soule schal seie to me, Y schal 
do f to thee. And Dauid seide to Jonathas, o 
Lof ! calendis ben to morewe, and bi cus- 
tom Y am wont to sitte bi the kyng to 
ete ; therfor suffre thou ine, 'that YK be 
hid in the feeld 'til to h euentid of the 
thridde dai. If thi fadir biholdith, and 
axith me k , thou schalt answere to hym, 
Dauid preiede me, that he schulde 1 go 
swiftli" 1 into Bethleem, his citee, for so- 
lempne sacrifices ben n there to alle the 
men of his lynage. If he? seith<, Wei, pees? 
schal be to thi seruaunt ; forsothe r if he 
is wrooth, wite thou, that his malice is 



) Lo! calen- 
dis ; that is, 
the feeste of 
newe moone. 
Lire here. c. 



u schulde E. 



c unto the while E. for to i. d to A. in to ADEF. f Saul also i. K vnclothide i. h Om. i. i and he i. 
kOm. i. lOm. i. m seiyngei. n Saul be i. Certisi. Pthat i. qhecami. r sekith to lese i. 8 Dauid i. 
* but if i. fadir oonli i. v hath kept i. w Om. i. * certis i. y Jonathas i. z Sotheli i. a bifore 
thee i. b and therfor i. c wil i. d Om. i. e forthi i. f do it i. R to i. h vnto i. ' and if i. 
k after me i. ] myjte i. m anoon i. n ben none i. Om. i. P thi fadir i. 1 sey i. r and i. 

I 2 



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XX. 8 17. 



8 malice of hym. Do thanne mercy vnto 
thi seruaunt, for thow hast maad me thi 
seruaunt to goo in couenaunt of pees of 
the Lord with thee ; forsothe if in me is 
eny wickidnes, thou sle me, and ne lede 

9 thou me into thi fader. And Jonathas 
seith, God sheelde this fro me, forsothe 
ne it may be doon, that if certeynli I 
knowe to be fulfillid the malice of my 
fadre a3ens thee, Y telle not to thee. 

10 And Dauid answerde to Jonathas, Who 
shal telle ajen to me, if eny thing per- 
auenture thi fader shal answere to thee 

11 hard of me? And Jonathas seide v to 
Dauid, Come, and goo we out into the 
feelde. And whanne bothe weren goon 

12 into the feelde, Jonathas seith to Dauid, 
Lord God of Yrael, if I serche w the sen- 
tence of my fader to morwe, or other 
morwe, and eny thing of good were vpon 
Dauid, and anoon sende not to thee, and 

13 make knowun to thee, this God doo to 
Jonatha, and thes thingis adde. For- 
sothe if the malice of my fader dwelle 
stedfastly a3ens thee, Y shal telle thin 
eer, and leete thee, that thou go in pees ; 
and the Lord be with thee, as he was 

14 with my fader. And if Y shal lyue, thou 
do to me the mercies of the Lord ; for- 

issothe if I shal dye, thou shalt not do 
awey thi mercy fro myn hows vnto 
with outen eende ; othere if I shal not 
doo, whanne the Lord shal drawe out bi 
the rotis the enemyes of Dauid, echon 
fro the erthe, do he awey Jonathan fro 
his hows, and seche the Lord fro x the 

ichoondof the enemyes * of Dauid>'. Thanne 
Jonathas couenauntide a couenaunt of 
pees with the hows of Dauid, and the 
Lord sou3te z fro the hoond of the ene- 

i7myes 'of Dauid a . And Jonathas addide to 
myche bynde Dauid bi ooth, forthi that 



fillid. Therfor do thou mercy in to this 
seruaunt, for thou madist 3 me thi seruaunt 
to make with thee the 1 booud of pees of 
the Lord; sotheli" if ony wickidnesse is 
in me, sle thou me, and brynge thou not 
in me to thi fadir. And Jonathas seide, 9 
Fer be this fro me, for v it mai not be 
doon, that Y telle not to thee, if Y kuowe 
certeynli, that the malice of my fadir is 
fillid a3ens thee. And Dauid answeride to 10 
Jonathas, Who schal telle to c me, if in 
caas thi fadir answerith d harde ony thing" 
of me? And Jonathas seide to Dauid, u 
Come thou, and go we forth in to the 
feeld. And whanne f bothe hadden go in 
to the feeld, Jonathas seide to Dauid, 12 
Lords God of Israel, if Y enquere the 
sentence of my fadir to morewe, ether in 
the nexte dai aftir, and ony 'thing of good h 
is 1 of Dauid k , and Y sende not anoon to 
thee, and make 1 knowun to thee, God do" 1 is 
these thingis to Jonathas, and v adde these 
thingis". Forsothe if the malice of my 
fadir contynuethP a3ens thee, Y schal 
schewei to thin eere, and Y schal delyuere 
thee, that thou go in pees ; and the Lord 
be with thee, as he was with my fadir. 
And if Y lyue r , do thou the mercies of the u 
Lord to me ; forsothe 8 if Y am' deed, 'thou is 
schalt not take 11 awei thi mercy fro myn 
hows 'til in to v with outen ende; 'and 3if 
Y do it not w , whanne the Lord schal drawe 
out bi the roote the enemyes of Dauid, ech 
man fro the lond x , take he awei Jonathas 
fro his hows, and seke the Lord of the 
bond of the enemyes of Dauid. Therfor 16 
Jonathas made boond of pees with the 
hows of Dauid, and the Lord sou3tey of 
the bond of enemyes 2 of Dauid. And Jo- 17 
nathas addide to swere stedfastli to Dauid, 
for he louyde Dauid a ; for he louyde so 
Dauid, as his owne soule b . And Jonathas is 



y seith CE. w aserche E. enserche c. * Dauyd fro B pr. m. y Om. E pr. m. 2 soujte Dauyd E pr. m. 
a Om. E pr. m. 

s hast maad i. l Om. i. u but i. v certis i. c Om. i. d answere i. e thingis i. f whanne thei i. 
g thou, Lord i. h good thing i. i be seid i. k thee i. l make it i. m do ellis i. n do he mo yuel 
thingis to me i. And i. P contynue i. 1 schewe it i. r schal lyue i. s and i. * be i. u take 
thou not i. v vnto i. into E. w Om. A pr. m. EFrb. either if I schal not do to thee as I have bihiy. i. 
forsothe Dauid seide, if I do not K sup. ras. ether if I do not DOMSW. or if I do not x. * erthe i. 
y soujte out rvreeche i. z the enemyes i, a him i. b lijf i. 



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I. KINGS. 



61 



he louide hym ; forsothe as his lijf, so he 
islouyde hym. And Jonathas seide to hym, 

19 To morwe ben kalendis, and thou shalt 
ben askid after ; forsothe thi syttynge 
schal be askid after vnto after to morwe. 
Thanne thou shalt come doun hastily, 
and come into the place, where thou art 
to be hid in the day, whanne it is leueful 
to worche ; and thou shalt sitte biside 

20 the stoon, to whom name is Ezel. And 
Y shal sende thre arowis biside it, and 
shal throwe as hauntynge me to a prik. 

21 Forsothe and Y shal sende a child, sei- 
ynge to hym, Go, and bryng to me the 

22 arowis. If I seye to the child, Loo ! the 
arowis ben with ynne thee, tak hem ; 
com thou to me, for pees is to thee, and 
no thing is of yuel, lyueth the Lord. 
Forsothe if thus Y shal speke to the 
child, Loo ! the arowis ben be3onde thee ; 
goo in pees, for the Lord hath laft thee b . 

23 Of the word forsothe that we han spokun, 
Y and thou, the Lord be bitwix c me and 

24 thee vnto with outen eende. Thanne 
Dauid is hid in the feelde ; and the ka- 
lendis camen, and the kyng sat to eete 

25 breed. And whanne the kyng hadde sit- 
ten vpon his chayer after the consuetude, 
that was beside the wal, Jonathas roos, 
and sat, and Abner on the side of Saul, 
and voyde aperyde the place of Dauid. 

26 And Saul spak not eny thing in that day ; 
forsothe he thou3te, that perauenture was 
comen to hym, that he was not cleen ne 

27 purified. And whanne the secounde day 
after the kalendis hadde Ii3tid, eft aperide 
void the place of Dauid. And Saul seide 
to Jonathas his sone, Why cometh not 
the sone of Ysaye, ne 3isterday d , ne 'to 

28 day for 6 to eete ? And Jonathas an- 
swerde to Saul, He preide me enteerly, 

29 that he my3te goo into Bethleem ; and 



seide to hym c , 'Calendis ben d to morewe e , 

and thou schalt be sou3t ; for f thi sittyng iu 

schal be sou3t& til after to h morewe. Ther- 

for thou schalt go doun hastili, and thou 

schalt come in to the' 1 place, where thou 

schalt be hid in the day, whanne it is 

leueful to worche ; and thou schalt sitte 

bisidis the stoon, 'to which the name is k 

Ezelf. And Y schal sende 1 thre m arowis 20 -\wExei; that 

bisidis that stoon, and Y schal caste" as 'u e ^ ere . '"f ' 

'excercisynge ether pleiynge me at a 

signe . Y schal sende also and my? child, 21 

and Y schal seie to hym, Go thou, and 

brynge to me the*! arewis. If Y seie r to 22 

the child, Lo ! the arewis ben 'with ynne 8 

thee, take thou tho ; come* thou to me, 

for pees is to thee, and no thing is of yuel, 

the Lord lyueth. Sotheli" if Y speke thus 

to the child, Lo ! the arowis ben bi3ende 

thee ; go thou v in pees, for the Lord de- 

liuerede w thee. Forsothe x of the \vorA\,yilf the word, 

whichy thou and Y han z spoke, the Lord of the boon"' 

be a bitwixe me and thee til b in to with * ?'" 

outen ende. Therfor Dauid was hid in24^ iris - Ure 

the feeld ; and the 'calendis camen c , and 

the kyng sat U> ete breed. And whanne 25 

the kyng hadde seete d on e his chaier bi 

custom, 'which chaier f was& bisidis the 

wal, Jonathas roos, and sat'qftir Abner*, 

and Abner sat at the side of Saul, and the 

place of Dauid apperide voide. And Saul 26 

spak not ony thing in that dai' ; for he k 

thou3te, that 'in hap 1 it bifelde to hym", 

that he was not clene 'nether purified?. 

And whanne the secounde dai aftir the 27 

calendis'i hadde schyned 1 ", eft the place of 

Dauid apperide voide. And Saul seide to 

Jonathas his sone, Whi corneth 8 not the 

sone of Isai, nether 3isterdai, nether 1 to dai 

to ete? And Jonathas answeride to Saul, 28 

He preiede me mekeli, that he schulde go 

in to Bethleem ; and he seide, Suffre thou 29 



b Om. ABU. c bytwene BFH. betwen B. betwe c. d 3istai CE. e for to day AB. to day c. 

c Dauid i. d Om. i. e morewe is the first day of the monthe, that is solempne i. f and i. S axid i. 
h the i. ' a i. k that hijt i. ' schete i. m thee K. n caste tho i. it were vsynge me to throwe at 
a marke I. P Om. i. 1 tho I. r schal seie i. s on this side i. * thanne come i. u But i. v thou 
thanne forth i. w hath delyuered i. x certis i. y that i. z haue i. a be witnesse i. b Om. EL. 
c solempne feest came i. d sett him i. c upon i. f that i. g was stondynge i. h Om. i. * dai of 
Dauid i. k Saul i. ' perauenture i. m hadde bifalle i. n Dauid i. ne i. ether K. P purified as 
her custom was i. 1 firste solempne dai i. T comen i. 8 came i. * ne i. 

' 



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xx. 3038. 



seith, Lete me, for solempne sacrifice is 
yn my citee ; oon of my britheren hath f 
clepid me ; nowe thanne if Y haue 
foundun grace in thin eyen, Y shal goo 
soone, and se my britheren ; for this 
cause he cam not to the bord of the 

30 kyng. Forsothe Saul, wrooth a3ens Jona- 
than, seide to hym, Thou sone of a worn- 
man wilfuli catchinge a man, whether I 
knowe not, that thou louest the sone of 
Ysay into this confusioun, and into the 

si confusyoun of thi shenful moder ? For- 
sothe alle the days in whiche the sone of 
Ysay shal lyue vpon the erthe, shal not 
be stable thou ne thi rewme ; and so 
nowe send, and bryng hym to me, for 

32 the sone of deeth he is. Forsothe Jona- 
thas answerynge to Saul his fader seith, 
Whi shal he dye ? what hath he doon ? 

33 And Saul cau3te a speer forto smyte 
hym, and Jonathas vndurstood, that it 
was fulli termyned of his fader, that 

34 Dauyd shulde be slayn. Thanne Jona- 
thas roos fro the bord in wraththe of 
woodnes, arid eete not breed in the se- 
counde day of kalendis ; forsothe he 
sorowide vpon Dauid, forthi that his 

35 fader hadde shent hym. And whanne 
the morwetide hadde Ii3tid, Jonathas cam 
into the feeld, after the couenaunt h of 

sis Dauid, and a litil child with him. And 
he seith to his child, Go, and bryng to 
me the arowis that I threwe. And 
whanne the child hadde runnen, he 
threwe an other arowe ouer the child. 

37 And so the child cam to the place of the 
dartis 1 that Jonathas sente ; and Jonathas 
criede bihynde the bak of the child, and 
seith, Loo ! there is not the arowe, but 

38bi3onde thee. And Jonathas criede eft 
bihynde the bak of the child, seiynge, 
Hi3e swiftli, ne stoond thou. Thanne 
the child of Jonathas gedride the arowis, 



me, for solempne sacrifice is in my citee ; 
oon of my britheren clepide me ; now 
therfor u if Y foond v grace 'in thin i3en w , 
Y schal go soone x , and 'Y schaV se my 
britheren ; for this cause he z cometh not 
to the "table of the kyng a . Forsothe b Saul 30 
was wrooth a3ens Jonathas, and seide to 
hym, Thou sone of a c womman 'raxiysch- 
ynge at her owne wille d a man, whether 
Y woot not, that thou louest the sone of 
Ysay in to thi confusioun, and in to the 
confusioun of thi schendful modir? For 31 
in alle the daies in whiche the sone of 
Isai lyueth on erthe, thou schalt not be 
stablischid, nether thi rewme ; therfor V ri3t 
now e sende thou, and brynge hym to me, 
for he is the sone of deeth. Sotheli f Jona- 32 
thas answeride to Saul his fadir, and seide, 
Whi schal he# die? what hath he do? 
And Saul took the h spere, that he schulde 33 
smyte hym, and Jonathas vndirstood, that 
it was determynd' of his fadir, that Dauid 
schulde be slayn. Therfor k Jonathas roos 34 
fro the table in v the ire of woodnesse 1 , and 
he ete not breed in the secounde dai of 
calendis ; for he was sori on" Dauid, for 
his fadir hadde schent him. And whanne 3s 
the morewtid 'hadde schyned , Jonathas 
cam in to the feeld, and a litil child with 
hym, bi the couenaunt off Dauid. And 36 
Jonathas seide to his child, Go thou, and 
brynge to me the arowis whichei Y caste 1 ". 
And whanne the child hadde runne 8 , he 
castide 1 another arowe bi3ende the child. 
Therfor u the child cam to the place of the 37 
arowe which" Jonathas hadde sent w ; and 
Jonathas criede bihynde the v bak of the 
child x , and seide, Lo ! the arowe is not 
there, certis it is bi3endey thee. And Jo- 38 
nathas criede eft bihynde the bak of the 
child, 'and seide z , Haste thou swiftli, stonde 
thou not. Therfor* the child gaderide b 
the arowis of Jonathas, and brou3te c to his 



f ban ABFH. e thyn owne E pr. in. h desyr JE pr. m. darte c. 

u therfor he seide i. f haue founde i. w bifore thee i. * soone thidere i. y Om. i. z Dauid i. 
a kyngis table i. b And i. c the i. <l wilfully rauyschynge i. e anoon i. f And i. S Dauid i. h a i. 
1 purposid fulli i. k Thanne i. l ful feers wraththe i. m that solempnytee i. " for i. wexe cler i. 
P maad of i. q that i. r haue schotte i. s runne forth i. l schotte i. And so whanne i. v that i. 
w schott i. * c hildis bak i. y bihynde i. z Om. i. Sothely i. b gaderide up i. c broujte hem i. 



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63 



39 and brou3te to his lord, and what shulde 
be doo vtterly he knewe not ; forsothe 
oonli Jonathas and Dauyd knewen the 

*o thing. Thanne Jonathas 3af his aarmis 
to the child, and seyde to hym, Go, and 

^i here into the cytee. And whanne the 
child was goon, Dauid roos fro the place 
that bowith to the south ; and fallynge 
redi into the erthe, honourde the thridde 
tyme, and kissynge hem seluen either 
othir, thei wepten togidre ; forsothe Dauid 

12 more largeli. Thanne Jonathas seide to 
Dauid, Go in pees ; what euer thing we 
han sworn bothe in the name of the 
Lord, seiynge, The Lord be bitwix k me 
and thee, and bitwix k my seed and thi 

43 seed vnto with outen eende. And Dauid 
roos, and wente a wey, but and Jonathas 
wente into the cytee. 

CAP. XXI. 

i Dauid forsothe cam into Nobe to Achy- 
malech the preest ; and Achymalech was 
astonyed, forthi that Dauid was comen ; 
and he roos a3ens hym 1 , and seide to 
hym, Whi thou alone, and no man is 

2 with thee? And Dauid seith to Achy- 
malech the preest, The kyng comaundide 
to me a word, and seide, No man knowe 
the thing, for the whych thou art sent 
fro me, and what maner heestis I haue 
3ouen m to thee ; for and to the children 
I haue ordeynd also 'into that" and that 

3 place ; nowe thanne if eny thing thou 
hast at hoond, or fyue looues, 3if to me, or 

4 what euer thou fyndist. And answerynge 
the preest to Dauid seith to hym, I haue 
not leeuyd loouys at hoond, but oonli 
hooli breed ; if cleen be the children , 

omoost fro wymmen, eete thei. And 
Dauyd answerde to the preest, and seide 
to hym, Forsothe and if of wymmen it is 



lord, and outerli he d wiste not what was.3! 
doon ; for oonli Jonathas and Dauid 
knewen the thing. Therfor 6 Jonathas 3af 40 
hise armeris f to the child, and seide to 
hym, Go thou, bere* in to the citee. And4i 
whanne the child hadde go h , Dauid roos 1 
fro the place that ^ede to k the south ; and 
he felde low v in to 1 the'" erthe, and wor- 
schipide" the thridde tyme, and thei kiss- 
iden hem silf togidere, and x wepten to 
gidere ; forsothe P Dauid wepte more. 
Therfor 1 Jonathas seide to Dauid, Go 42 
thou in pees ; what euer thingis we bothe 
han swoore in r the 'name of the Lord 8 / and 
seiden 1 , 'The Lord be u bitwixe me and 
thee, and bitwixe my seed and thi seed 
til v in to with outen ende, ^be stidfasf". 
And Dauid roos", and 3edey, but also z 43 
Jonathas entride 8 in to the citee. 

CAP. XXI. 

Forsothe Dauid cam in to Nobe to i 
Achimelech preest b ; and Achymelech won- 
drid, for Dauid v hadde come ; and cc he 
seide to Dauid, Whi art thou aloone, and 
no man is with theef? And Dauid seide 2 
to Achymelech preest d , The kyng co- 
maundide 6 to me a word, and seide, No 
man wite the thing, for which thou art 
sent fro me, and what maner comaunde- 
mentis f Y 3af to thee; for Y seide also 
to children 11 , that thei schulden go in to 
that v and that' place ; now k therfor if thou 3 
hast ony thing 1 at hond, ether fyue looues, 
3yue thou m to me, ether what euer thing 
thou fyndist". And the preest answeridea 
to Dauid, and seide to hym, Y haue v not 
lewid", ^that is, comyn, looues at hoondP, 
but oneli hooli breed ; whether?? the chil- 
dren ben clenej, and moosti of wymmen r ? 
And Dauid answeride to the preest, and 5 
seide to hym, And sotheli if it is doon of 



f- and no man 
is with thee; 
sum men 
weren in his 
cumpeny, as it 
is seid with 
ynne, but few 
in comparisoun 
of hem that 
weren wont to 
go with him. 
Lire here. c. 



J taker the chil- 
dren ten dene ; 
as if he seide, 
tho looues 
moun be 3ouun 
to hem in nede. 
Lire here. c. 



k bytwene BFH. betwe c. betwen EF. 
childer t. 



1 Om. E pr. m. m 3ifyn E. n hym E pr. m. childre BEFH. 



rf the child i. e Thanne i. ' bowe and arowis i. S bere these i. h go thenns i. > roos up i. k was 
towardis i. ' upon i. m Om. plures. n he worschipide him i. euer either wepten r. P but i. 
1 Thanne i. r and seid in i. s Lordis name i. i Om. i. u Be the Lord rvitnesse theroff \. v Om. EL. 
w Om. i. * roos up i. y jede forth i. z and i. a jede i. b the preest i. c came thidere i. cc also 
and M. d the preest i. e hath comaundid \. { heestis i. S haue joue i. h my children i. ' Om. i. 
k and that now i. ! thing to ete i. m thou it i. n fyndist of mete i. not redy lewid brede i. P that 
is, bred for lewid men i marg. PP if i. 1 namely i. r wymmen, ete thei i. 



64 



I. KINGS. 



XXI. 6 13. 



askid, we han conteyned vs fro 3isterdayP wymmen, we absteyneden 8 vs fro 3istirdai 

and before 3isterdayi', whanne we wenten 

out, and the vessels of the children"! 

weren holy ; forsothe 1 " this weye is po- 

lute, but and it to day shal be halowid 
in the vessels. Thanne the preest 3af to 

hym halwid breed, forsothe ne there was 

breed, but oonly loouys of proposicioun, 

the whiche weren born awey fro the 

face 8 of the Lord, that there ben set hoot 
7 loouys. Forsothe there was ther* a maner 

man of the seruauntis of Saul in that day 

with ynne in the tabernacle of the Lord ; 

this fedde the mulis of Saul ; and the 

name of hym Doech Ydume, moost my3ti 
a of the sheepherdis of Saul. Forsothe 

Dauyd seide to Achymalech, If thou hast 

here at hoond speer, or swerd, 3if to me ; 

for my swerd and myn aarmys Y took 

not with me ; forsothe the word of the 
a kyng constreynede me. And the preest 

seyde, Loo ! heere the swerd of Goliath 

Philistee, whom thou smoot u in the valey 

of Therebynt, it is wrappid with a pal 

after the preestis coope ; if this thou wolt 

take, tak ; forsothe rie here is othere with 

outen it. And Dauid seith, There is not 

10 another lijk to this, 3if to me it. And so 
Dauid roos, and flei3 in that day fro the 
face of Saul, and cam to Achis, the kyng 

1 1 of Geth. And the seruauntis of Achis 
seiden to hym, whanne thei seen Dauid, 
Whether not this is Dauid, kyng v of the 
loond? Whether not to this sungen bi 
dauncys seiynge, Saul smoot o thousand, 

12 and Dauid ten thousandis ? Forsothe 
Dauid putte thes wordis in his herte, 
and dredde ful mych fro the face of 

is Achis, the kyng of Geth. And he 
chaungyde hys mouth before Achis, and 
he hurlide hidir and thider bitwix w the 
hoondis of hem, and he a3en x put into 



* this weye it 
defuuiid ; that 
is, we myjten 
drawe vnclen- 
nesse in the 
weye ; but also 
that schal be 
halewid in the 
vessels; that is, 
siche vnclen- 
nesse sehal be 
excusid in vs 
for the con- 
tynence fro 
wymmen. 
Ether thus, this 
weye is ile- 
foulid ; that is. 
this proces is 
nnleueful of 
comyn cours, 
that halewid 
breed be jouun 
to lewid men, 
but it schal be 
excusid for 
oure nede. 
Lire here. c. 



and the thridde dai ago, whanne we 3eden 
out, and 1 the Vessels, that is n , bodies, of 
the children weren cleene v ; forsothe this 
weie is defoulyd*, but also x that/ schal be 
halewid to dai in the vessels. Therfor z c 
the preest 3af to hym a halewid breed, for 
noon other breed was there, no but b oneli 
looues of settyng forth, that weren takun 
awey fro the face of the Lord, that hoote 
looues schulen be set". Forsothe d sum 6 7 
man of the seruauntis of Saul was there f 
with ynne in the tabernaclef of the Lord ; 
and his name was Doech of YdumeeJ, the 
my3tiest& of the scheepherdis 11 , ''that is, 
iugis'\ of Saul k . Forsothe 1 Dauid seide tos 
Achymelech, If thou hast v here at hond m 
spere, ether swerd, 3yue n to me; for Y 
took not with me my swerd and myn 
armeris ; for? the Vord of the kyngi con- 
streynede me r . And the preest seide, Lo ! 9 
here 8 the swerd of Goliath Filistei, whom 
thou killidst in the valey of Terebynte, is 
wlappid 1 in a cloth aftir u ephoth ; if thou 
wolt take this, take thou v ; for here is 
noon other outakun that. And Dauid 
seide, Noon other is lijk this, 3yue thou 

JJ was Doech of 

it to me. Therfor w Dauid roos x , "and 10 Ydume; this 

_ that sueth in 

fledde? in that dai fro the face of Saul, 

and cam z to Achis, the kyng of Geth. 

And the seruauntis of Achis seiden to 

hym, whanne thei hadden seyn Dauid, 

Whether this is not Dauid, kyng of the 

lond a ? Whether thei b sungen not to hym 

bi queeris c , and seiden, Saul smoot a thou- 

synde, and Dauid smoot ten thousynde? 

Sotheli d Dauid puttide" these wordis V ini2 

his f herte, and he dredde greetli of the onrfAeAur/ . 

face of Achis, kyng of Geth. And Dauid 13 /fe aymus the 

. ii- doris ; in Ebreu 

chaungide his mouth bifor Achis, and 
felde doun bitwixe her hondis, and he 
hurtlide a3ens the doris of the 3ate, and 



in the cumpas 
of the taber- 
nacle, where 
lewid men 
weren res- 
seyued for 
offryng ether 
preyer. Lire 
here. c. 
t and his name 



8U mme 



is of the text. 
Lire here. c. 



P 3istai CE. <! childre BEFH. childer c. r if forsothe E pr. m. s place B sec. m. 
v the kyng E pr. m. w bytwene BFH. betwen E. betwe c. x ajeynst u. ajenst B. 



t Om. A. u smyte CE. 



it is, and he 
peyutide on the 
doris, in mak- 
ing there 
siimme figuris, 
as foolis ben 
wont to make. 
Lire here. c. 



8 han absteyned i. * Om. i. u Om. i. v cleene therof i. w certis i. * and i. y it i. z Thanne i. 
a Dauid i. b Om. i. c se t forth i. d And i. e a i. f there that dai i. 8 myjtiest man ib. 
h heerdes i. < Om. i. k Saul, and he kepte the mulis of Saul IL. Saul, he fedde the mules of Saul E. 
1 And i. m redy here i. n jyue it i. neither i. P for why i. 1 kyngis word i. r me to go in 
Jiaaste i. s Om. i. * wrappid K. u next after i. 7 it i. w And so i. x roos up i. y Om. i. z he 
cam i. a lond of Israel i. b wymmen i^ c carouls DBF s ec. m. oiKLMNOPQaswxb. d And i. e toke i. 
f to i. 



XXI. 14 XXII. 7- 



I. KINGS. 



65 



the doris of the 3ate, and his spotils 
ufloweden doun into the beerd. And 
Achis seith to his seruauntis, Han 30 
seen a woode man ? whi han 36 brou3t 
hym to me ? whether faylen to 3011 woode 
men? whi han 36 brou3t hym yn, that 
he wexe woode, me present ? Letith hym 
goon hens, lest he goo into myn hows. 

CAP. XXII. 

i Dauid thanne 3eed thens, and flei3 into 
the spelunk of Odallam ; the which thing 
whanne the britheren of hym hadden 
herd, and al the hows of his fadre, thei 

2camen doun to hym thidir. And camen 
to gidre to hym alle that weren in 
angwish set, and oppressid for other 
mennus monee, and for bitter inwit ; and 
he is maad the prince of hem, and there 
weren with hym as foure hundrid men. 

3 And Dauid wente thens into Masphat, 
that is of Moab ; and seide to the kyng of 
Moab, Dwelle, Y preye, my fader and 
my moder with 3ow, to the tyme that 

4Y wite what God doo to me. And he 
laft hem before the face of the kyng of 
Moab ; and thei dwelten anentis hym alle 
days, in the whiche Dauid was in strong 

ssocour. And Gad, the prophet, seide to 
Dauid, Wole thow not dwelle in the 
place of strong socour ; weend forth, and 
goo into the loond of Juda. And Dauid 
wente, and cam into the wijlde wode of 

oAreth. And Saul herde, that Dauyd ap- 
peryde, and men that with hym weren. 
Forsothe Saul whanne he dwelt in Gabaa, 
and was in the wode that is in Rama, 
a speer in hoond holdynge, and alle his 

7 seruauntis stoden about hym, he seith to 
his seruauntis that stoden ny3 to hym, 
Herith me nowe, the sones of Gemyny ; 
whethir to alle 3ou the sone of Ysay 
shal 3yue feeldis and vynes, and alle 3ou 
shal make lederys of thousandis and 



his drauelis, 'that is, spotelis", flowiden 
doun in to the beerd. And Achis seide u 
to hise seruauntis, Seen 30 the wood man ? 
why brou3ten 36 hym to me? whether 
wood men failen to vs ? whi han 36 brou3t 
in hym, that he schulde be wood, while 
Y am present ? Delyuere 30 hym fro 
hennus, lest he entre in to myn hows. 

CAP. XXII. 

Therfor Dauid 3ede fro thennus, and i 
fledde h in to the denne of Odollam ; and 
whanne hise britheren, and al the hows 
of his fadir hadden herd this, thei camen 
doun thidur to hym. And alle men that 2 
weren set in angwisch, and oppressid 
with' othere mennus k dette 1 , and in bittir 
soule" 1 , camen togidere to hym ; and he 
was maad the prince W hemP, and as 
foure i hundrid men weren with hym. 
And Dauid 3ede forth fro thennus in to a 
Masphat, which 1 " is of s Moab ; and he seide 
to the kyng of Moab, Y preye, dwelle my 
fadir and my modir with 3ou, til Y wite 
what thing God schal do to me. And he^ 
lefte hem* bifor the face of the kyng of 
Moab ; and thei dwelliden at hym in alle 
daies u , v in whiche v Dauid was in v the forselet, 
ether stronghold. And Gad, the profete, 5 
seide to Dauid, Nyle thou dwelle x in v the 
forselety ; go thou forth, and go z in to the 
lond of Juda. And Dauid 3ede forth, and 
cam 3 in to the forest of Areth. And Saulfi 
herde, that Dauid apperide, and the men 
that weren with hym. Forsothe b whanne 
Saul dwellide in Gabaa, and was in the c 
wode which d is in Rama, and e 'helde a 
spere f in the? hond, and alle hise ser- 
uauntis stoden aboute hym, he seide to 7 
hise seruauntis that stoden ny3 hym, The 1 ' 
sones of Gemyny 1 , here k me now ; whether 
the sone of Ysai schal 3yue to alle 3011 
feeldis and vyneris, and schal 1 make alle 
3ou tribunes 01 and centuriouns" ? For alle 8 



S Om. i. h he fledde i. ' with the dett of i. k men i. ' Oin. i. m sorowe of herte i. n Dauid i. 
her i. P Om. i. 1 a foure i. r that i. s in i. * him there i. u the daies i. v that i. w Om. i. 
x dwelle still i. y oo strong hold i. z wende i. a he cam i. b And i. c a i. d that i. e and he i. 
f led a preste E. helid a preste L. 8 his i. h 3e AI. thai is, y that be my britheren i marg. k here 
je i. l he schal i. m chefteyns upon thousyndis i. n upon hundridis of men i. 

VOL. II. K 



66 



I. KINGS. 



XXII. 8 16. 



sleders of hundredis? For 36 alle han 
sworn togidre a3ens me, and there is not 
that a3en telle to me ; moost whanne and 
my sone hath ioyned couenaunt of pees 
with the sone of Ysay ; there is not that 
sorwith my while of 3011, ne that telle to 
me, forthi that my sone hath reride my 
seruaunt a3ensy me, weytynge to me vnto 

9 to* day. Forsothe answerynge Doech 
Ydume, that stood ny3, and was the fyrst 
amonge the seruauntis of Saul, I saw3, 
he seith, the sone of Ysay in Nobe, at 
Achimalech, the sone of Achitob, the 
lopreest; the which counseilede the Lord 
for hym, and 3af meetis to hym, but and 
the swerd of Goliath Philistee he 3af to 

11 hym. Thanne the kyng sente to cleepe 
Achymalech, the sone of Achitob, the 
preest, and al the hows of his fader, of 
the prestys that waren in Nobe ; the 
whiche alle to the kyng ben comen. 

12 And Saul seith to Achymalech, Here, 
thou sone of Achitob. The which an- 

isswerde, I am prest a , lord. And Saul 
seide to hym, Whi han 30 sworn togidre 
a3ens me, thou, and the sone of Ysay, 
and thou hast 3euen to hym loouys and 
a swerd, and thou hast counseild for hym 
the Lord, that he ryse ajens me, dwel- 
ls lynge a spye vnto to day ? And Achyma- 
lech answerynge to the kyng seith, And 
who in alle thi seruauntis trewe as Dauid, 
and the sone in lawe of the kyng, and 
goynge at thin heest, and gloryous in 
i j thin hows ? Whether to day I haue begun 
for hym to counseil the Lord ? A wey be 
that fro me, ne trowe the kyng a3ens his 
seruaunt sich a maner thing in al the 
hows of my fader ; forsothe thi seruaunt 
wiste not eny thing vpon this nede, othere 
iiilitil or greet. And the kyng seide, Bi 
deth shal dye, Achymalech, thou, and al 



36 han swore , ether 00 conspiridv, togidere 
a3ens me, and noon is that tellith to me ; 
moost sithen also my sone hath ioyned 
boond of pees with the sone of Ysai ; noon 
is of 3ou, that sorewith 'for my slide !, 
nether that tellith to rne, for my sone hath 
reisid my seruaunt a3ens me, settynge tre- 
soun to rne 'til to r dai s . Sotheli 1 Doech of" 
Ydumye answeride, that stood ny3, and 
was the firste" among 'the seruauntis of 
Saul v , and seide, Y si3 'the sone of Ysai w 
in Nobe, at Achymelech, preest x , the sone 
of Achitob ; which? counseilide z the Lord 10 
for Dauid, and 3af a meetis 'to hym b , but 
also he 3af to Dauid the swerd of Goliath 1 
Filistei. Therfor' 1 the kyng sente to clepeii 
Achymelech, the preest, 'the sone of Achi- 
tob 6 , and al the hows f of his fadir, of 
preestis that weren in Nobe ; whiche^ alle 
camen to the kyng. And Saul seide to 12 
Achymelech, Here h , thou sone of Achitob. 
Which 1 answeride, Lord, Y am redi. And 1:5 
Saul seide to hym, Whi hast thou con- 
spirid a3ens me, thou, and the sone of 
Ysai, and 3auest k looues and a swerd to 
hym, and councelidist 1 the Lord for hym, 
that he schulde rise a3ens me, and he 
dwellith a tretour 'til to" 1 dai ? And Achy- u 
melech answeride to the kyng, and seide, 
And" who among alle thi seruauntis is as 
Dauid feithfulP, and the** sone in lawe 'of 
the kyng r , and goynge at thi 8 comaunde- 
ment*, and gloriouse in u thin hows ? Whe- is 
ther Y bigan to dai to counsele the Lord 
for hym v ? Fer be this fro me ; suppose 
not the kyng w a3ens his seruaunt 'siche a 
thing x in al 'the hows of my fadir^ ; for 
thi seruaunt knew not ony thing, ether litil 
ethir greet, of this cause. And the kyng i 
seide, Achymelech, thou schalt die bi 
deeth, thou, and al z the hows of thi fadir. 
And the kyng seide to men able to be 17 



y ajeynst BH. ajen c. z Om. AH. preest A. 

Om. i. oo Om. ci. P Om. c. q my while i. r vnto i. a this dai i. * But i. " cheef i. v Sauls 
seruauntis i. w Ysais sone i. x the preest i. Y and Achimelech i. z counseilide with i. ajafhimi. 
'' Om. i. c Golie i. d Thanne i. Achitobs sone i. f meynee i. % the whiche i. h Here me i. 
1 The which i. k hast joue i. ' hast couuseilid with i. m vnto this i. " Om. i. is so feithful i. 
P Om. i. q he is thi i. ' Om. i. s Om. EL. the K. thin i. * heest i. u in al i. v Dauid i. w kyng 
sich thing i. * or ajsns ony other i. y my fadir hous i. z Om. c. 



XXII. i; XXIII. 3. 



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67 



17 the hows of thi fader. And the kyng 
seith to the outgoers in his nedis, that 
stooden about hym, Turneth, and sleeth 
the preestis of the Lord, for the hoond 
of hem is with Dauid ; wytynge that he 
was flowen, and thei sheweden not to 
me. Forsothe the seruauntis of the kyng 
wolden not strecche out her hoond into 

i;t the preestis of the Lord. And the kyng 
seith to Doech, Turn thou, and fal into 
the preestis of the Lord. And Doech 
Ydume turnede, felle into the preestis, 
and hew3 doun fyue and ei3tith aa men in 

mthat day, clothid with surplees. Also he 
smoot Nobee, the citee of preestis, in 
mouth of swerd, men and wymmen, litil 
children and sowkynge, and oxe, and 

20 asse, and sheep, in mouth of swerd. For- 
sothe oon ascapynge, sone of Achyma- 
lech, the sone of Achitob, whos name 

21 was Abiathar, flee} to Dauid, and toolde 
to hym, that Saul hadde slayn the prestis 

22 of the Lord. And Dauid seith to Abia- 
thar, Forsothe I wist in that day, that 
whanne there was Doech Ydume, with 
out dout he wold telle to Saul ; I am 

23 gilti of alle the soulis of thi fader. Dwel 
with me, ne drede thou ; if eny man 
sechith b my lijf, shal seche and thi lijf, 
and with me thou shalt be kept. 

CAP. XXIII. 

i And men toolden to Dauid, seiynge, 
Loo ! Phylisteis fi3ten a3ens Seyla, and 

ostruyen the floris of cornys. Thanne 
Dauid counseilde the Lord, seiynge, Whe- 
ther I shal goo, and smyte thes Philisteis ? 
And the Lord seith to Dauid, Go, and thou 
shalt smyte Philisteis, and bb saue Seylam. 

3 And men seiden, that weren with Dauid, 
to hym, Loo ! we here beynge in Juda 
dreden ; myche more if we goon into 



sent out, that stoden aboute hym, Turne 
30, and sle the preestis of the Lord, for 
the bond of hem is with Dauid ; and thei 
wisten that he fledde, and thei schewiden 
not to me. Sotheli the seruauntis of the 
kyng riolden a holde forth her hondf in to 
the preestis of the Lord. And the kvneMs^w 10 ^' 

TV m holde forth her 

seide to Doech, J urne thou, and hurle aa 
in to the preestis of the Lord. And Doech 
of Ydumee turnede, and hurlide b in to the 
preestis, and stranglide in that dai foure wer * n """f.^ 
score and fyue men, clothid with 'ephothj the rewme, 
of lynnun cloth c . Forsothe d he e smoot f iy s^theVestis 
Nobe, the citee of preestis^, by the scharp- for they Jii'teu 

that it was not 
to obeye to the 
king, in tho 



hand; these 
!ien"out?wereii 



thingis that 



nesse of swerd, men and wymmen, litle 

children and soukynge, and oxe, and asse, 

and sheep, bi h the scharpnesse of swerd. benaWiusGod; 

Forsothe 1 o sone of Achymelech, sone k of 20 "his of "that" ' 

Achitob, ascapide, of which soue the name 



was Abiathar; and he fledde to Dauid, 

alle thingis to 

and telde to 1 hym that Saul hadde slayn 21 Moyses, so we 

/. i T i i TV i schulen obeie 

the preestis or the Lord. And Dauid 22 a &o to thee, 
seide to Abiathar, Sotheli m Y wiste, ''that 
is, Y coniectide, ether dredde", in that 
dai, that whanne Doech of Ydumee was 

acordinge 

there, he wolde telle with out doute to with Goddis 

o i IT- -1.1' . 11 A-U i n j.1.- wille, we schu- 

Saul ; Y am gilti of alle the lyues of thi j e n obeye, and 
fadiri 1 . Dwelle thou with me, drede thou 23 '^V 
not ; if ony man sekith thi lijf, he schal 
seke also my lijf, and thou schalt be kept 
with me. 



CAP. XXIII. 



J clothid with 
ephoth ; for 
they camen to 
the king in 
the clothis in 
whiche they 
mynistriden 
bifor God, that 
thei schulden 

And theii teldenll to Dauid, and seiden, i bowe more his 

U'i'flthtliiH wmli 

Lo ! Filisteis r fi^ten a3ens Seila, and ra- 
uyschen 8 the corn floris. Therfor'- Dauid 2 
councelide u the Lord, and seide, Whether 
Y schal go v , and smyte Filisteis w ? And 
the Lord seide to Dauid, Go thou x , and 
thou schalt smyte Filisteis?, and thou schalt 
saue Seila. And men, that weren withs 
Dauid, seiden to him, Lo ! we ben heere 
in Judee, and dredden z ; hou myche more, 



wraththid soule 
to pitee. Lire 
here. c. 
|| telde n, that 
is, men of Seila 
telden perel 
neijinge to 
hem. Lire 
here. c. 



aa eijtety CE. b .shal seche A. bb Om. ABU. 

8 wolden not i. aa hurtle x. b hurtlid DLX sec. m. c lynnun prestes copis i. d Certis i. 

e Doech i. f destriede i. S the preestis i. h he slewje bi i. i But i. k the sone i. l Om. i. 
m Certis i. n Om. ci. lyues that be sleyn i. P fadir hous i. i men i. r the Filisteis i. s strien i. 
Thanne i. u counselide with i. v go out i. w these Filisteis BC. the Filisteis i. x forth i. y the 
Filisteis i. z han dred i. 

K 2 



68 



I. KINGS. 



XXIII. 4 14. 



Seilam a5ens the companyes of Philisteis. 

4 Eft thanne Dauid counseilde the Lord ; 
the which answeryuge seith to hym, 
Ryse, and go into Seilam ; forsothe I shal 

.-> take the Philisteis in thin hoond. Thanne 
wente Dauid and his men into Seilam, 
and fau3t a3ens the Philisteis ; and 
drone a wey the beestis of hem, and 
smoot hem with a greet veniaunce ; and 
Dauid sauyde the dwellers of Seilam. 

u Forsothe that tyme, the which Abiathar, 
the sone of Achymalech, flee}, he de- 
scendide to Dauid into Seylam, hauynge 

7 with hym the preestis coope. Forsothe 
it is toold to Saul, that Dauid was comen 
into Seylam ; and Saul seith, The Lord 
hath taken hym into myn hoondis, and 
closid is goon into the cytee, in the which 

a ben 3atis and lockis. And Saul comaund- 
ide to al the puple, that to the fi3t thei 
shulden descende to Seilam, and bisege 

<) Dauid and his men. The which thing 
whanne Dauid a$en knewe, for Saul made 
redy to hym priueli yuel, he seide to 
Abiathar, the preest, Clothe thee the bb 

10 preestis coope. And Dauid seith, Lord 
God of Yrael, thi seruaunt hath herd the 
fame, that Saul hath disposid to come to 
Seyla, that he turne vpsedoun for me the 

11 cyte ; if the men of Seyla shulen take me 
into his hoondis, and if Saul shal come 
doun, as thi seruaunt hath herd, Lord 
God of Yrael, shewe to thi seruaunt? And 

i-> the Lord seith, He shal come doun. And 
Dauid eft seyde, If the men of Seila shu- 
len take me, and the men that ben with 
me, into the hoondis of Saul? And the 

'*Lord seide, Thei shulen take. Thanne 
Dauid roos, and his men, as sex hundrid ; 
and, goon out fro Seyla, hidir and thi- 
der weren vagaunt vncerteyn. And it is 
toold to Saul, that Dauid hadde flowen 
fro Seila, and was sauid; for what skyl 

1 J he laft to goon out. Forsothe Dauid 



if we schulen go in to Seila a3ens the 
cumpanyes of Filisteis. Therfor eft Dauid 4 
councelide" the Lord ; which b answeride, 
and seide to Dauid, Rise thou c , and go 'in 
to 11 Seila ; for Y schal bitake Filisteis" in f 
thin bond. Therfor? Dauid 3ede h , and hises 
men, in to Seila, and fau3t a3ens Filisteis' ; 
and he k droof awey her werk beestis, and 
smoot hem with greet wounde ; and Dauid 
sauyde the dwelleris of Seila. Forsothe 1 
in that tyme/wher ynne Abiathar, sone" 
of Achymelech , fledde to Dauid in to 
Seile, he? cam doun% and hadde r with 
hym 'ephoth, that is*, the cloth 1 of the 
hi^este preest* 1 ^. Forsothe u it was teld? 
to Saul, that Dauid hadde come in to 
Seila ; and Saul seide, The Lord hath 
take hym in to myn hondis, and he 'is 
closid, and w entride in to a x citee, in? 
which 2 ben 3atis and lockis. And Saul 8 
comaundide to al the puple, that it schulde 
go doun to batel in to Seila, and bisege" 
Dauid and hise men. And whanne Dauid a 
perceyuede, that Saul made redi yuel 
priueli to hym, he seide to Abiathar, 
preest 1 ', Brynge hidur ephoth c |. And 10 
Dauid seide, Lord God of Israel, thi ser- 
uaunt r herde fame d , that Saul disposith to 
come to Seila, that he distrie the citee for 
me ; if the men of Seila schulen bitake me n 
in to hise hondis, and if Saul schal come 
doun, as thi seruaunt herde e , thou Lord 
God of Israel schewe f to thi seruaunt ? 
And the Lord seide, He schal come doun||. 
And Dauid seide eft, Whether the men of 12 
Seila schulen bitake me, and the men that 
ben with me, in to the hondis of Saul ? 
And the Lord seide, Thei schulen bitake, 
''that is, rf thou dwellist in the citee, and 
Saul come (i thidurs. Therfor Dauid roos, 13 
and hise men, as h sixe hundrid ; and thei 
3eden out of Seila, and wandriden vncer- 
teyn hidur and thidur. And it was telde 
to Saul, that Dauid hadde fledde fro Seila, 



t prest ; wher- 
yune wa-. the 
rational of 
doom, in 
whiche the an- 
swering of tlie 
Ixn'd apperidt*. 
Lire here. c. 



J epltoth; that 
is, clothe thee 
with ephoth, to 
councele the 
Lord. Lire 
here, r. 



|| Jte schaf I'm/tt' 
donn; that is, 
if thou dwellist 
in the citee, he 
schal come 
doun. Lire 
here. c. 



bb with the A pr. m. 

a councelide with i. b the which i. c thou up I. d jn A. e the Filisteis i. f in to EL. 8 Thanne I. 
h wente i. ' the Filisteis i. k Dauid i. 1 And i. m in whiche i. n the sone i. Abimelech ELP. 
P Abiathar i. 1 down thidere i. r he hadde i. s Om. i. l coope i. 4t The whole gloss omitted in x. 
u And i. w Oin. i. x the i. 7 is closid with ynne in i. z the which i. a bisege je i. b the preest i. 
c the prestis coope i. d hath herd sey i. e hath herd i. f schewe it i. ff comilh c. 'I? Om. x. thee to 
Saul, if thou abijdist him there i. h as a i. 



XX11I. 15 24. 



I. KINGS. 



dwellide in deseert, in moost defensable 
placis, and abood e in the hil of wildirnes 
of Ziph, in the derk d hil ; neuerthelater 6 
Saul solute hym alle days, and the Lord 
took hym not into the hoondis of hym. 

15 And Dauid saw}, that Saul was goon out, 
for to seche his lijf. Forsothe Dauid was 

16 in the deseert of Ziph, in a wode. And 
Jonathas, the sone of Saul, roos, and 
wente to Dauid into the wode, and coum- 
fourtide the hoondis of hym in God. 

17 And he seide to hym, Ne drede thou ; 
forsothe ne the hoond of Saul my fader 
shal fynde thee, and thou shalt regne 
vpon Yrael, and I shal be to thee the 
secounde ; but and Saul my fader woot 

is this. Thanne either smoot couenaunt of 
pees before the Lord. And Dauid abood f 
in the wode ; forsothe Jonathas turnede 

i9a3en& into his hows. Forsothe Zipheis 
stieden vp to Saul in Gabaa, seiynge, 
Loo ! whether not Dauid lurkith anentis 
vs in moost siker placys of a wode, in 
the hil of Achille, that is at the ri3t party 

20 of deseert ? Nowe thanne, as thi soule 
hath desyrid for to come doun, com doun ; 
forsothe 'our shal be h , that we taken hym 

21 into the hoondis of the kyng. And Saul 
seide, Blessid be 1 36 of the Lord, for 36 

22 han sorewid my while. Goth thanne, I 
praye, and more bisily makith redy be- 
forn, and slelyer doth, and weitith swiftly 
the place, where be the foot of hym, or 
who saw3 hym there, where 36 han seid ; 
forsothe he a3en thenkith of me, that I 

23felli aspye hym. Biholdith, and seeth 
alle the hidils of hym, in whiche he is 
hid, and turneth to me at certeyn thing, 
that I goo with 3ou; that if also into the 
erthe he hide hym self, I shal thur3 
serche hym in alle the thousandis of 

24juda. And thei rysynge wenten into 
Ziph before Saul. Forsothe Dauid and 



and was saued ; wherfor Saul dissymylide' 
to go out. Forsothe k Dauid dwellide in u 
the 1 deseert, in strongeste 1 places, and he 
dwellide in the hil of wildirnesse of Ziph, 
in a derk hil" ; netheles Saul sou3te hym 
in alle daies, and the Lord bitook not 
hym in to the hondis of Saul. And Dauid i" 
si3, that Saul 3ede out, that he schulde 
seke his lijf. Forsothei' Dauid was in the*! 
deseert of Ziph, in a wode. And Jonathas, i 
the sone of Saul, roos r , and 3ede to Dauid 
in to the wode, and coumfortide" hise hondis 
in God. And he seide to Dauid, Drede 17 
thou not ; for the hond of Saul my fadir 
schal not fynde thee, and thou schalt regne 
on Israel, and Y schal be the secounde to 
thee ; but also Saul my father woot this. 
Therfor euer eithir smoot boond of pees \t\ 
bifor the Lord. And Dauid dwellide in 
the wode ; forsothe 1 Jonathas turnede a3en 
in to his hows. Forsothe u men of Ziph 19 
stieden v to Saul in Gabaa, and seiden, Lo ! 
whether not w Dauid is hid at x vs in the 
sikireste? places of z the wode a , in the hille 
of Achille, which b is at the ri3t syde of 
deseert? Now therfor come thou doun, 20 
as thi soule desiride, that thou schuldist 
come doun ; forsothe it schal be oure c , that 
we bitake hym d in to the hondis of the 
kyng. And Saul seide, Blessid be 36 of 21 
the Lord, for 36 sorewiden 6 'for my stide f . 
Therfor, Y preie^, go 36, and make 1 ' redia2 
more diligentli, and do 36 more curiousli 
ether intentifli, and biholde 30 swiftly, 
where his foot is, ethir who si3 hym there, 
where 36 seiden ; for he thenkith on me, 
that felli Y aspie hym. Biholde 36, and 23 
se' alle his hidyng places, in whiche he is 
hid, and k turne 30 33611 to me at a certeyn 
thing, that Y go with 3ou ; that if he 
closith 1 hym silf 3he in to m erthe, Y schal 
seke hym with" alle the thousyndis of 
Juda. And thei risiden , and 3eden in to 24 



c bode BFH . bod c. boid E. d thicke E pr. m. 
ajsen c. aeen E. h he schal ben cure E pr. m. 



e nertheiater c passim. 
Om. BCEFH. 



f boode BF. bod c. bood EU. 



i feynede i. k But i. l Om. EIKL. "> ful stronge i. n hil of mode i. wolde i. P And i. 
<l Om. KL. r roos up i. 8 he coumfortide i. * and i. u Certis i. v stieden up i. w Om. D. now EL. 
* in u. anentis i. y ful siker i. z in i. a thicke wode i. b that i. c cure doyng i. & Dauid i. 
e han serewid i. f my while i. S preie yu i. h makith i. ' se je i. k and thanne i. ' schal close i. 
m the i. Om. DKJiosb. n in i. resen up i. risen BLP. 



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XXIII. 25 XXIV. 5. 



his men weren in the deseert of Maon, 
in the wijld feeldis, at the ri3t side of 

25 Jesymith. Thanne Saul wente and his 
felawis to seche hym, and it is toold to 
Dauid ; and anoon he wente doun to a 
stoon, and abood in the deseert of Maon ; 
the whiche thinge whanne Saul had 
herde, he pursuede Dauith in the de- 

28 serte of Maon. And Saul wente and his 
men at the side of the hil on the o par- 
tye ; forsothe Dauid and his men weren 
in the side of the hil on the tother party; 
wherfor Dauid dispeyryde hym self to 
mowe askaap fro the face of Saul. And 
so Saul and his men in maner of a coroun 
girdiden Dauid and his men, for to take 

27 hem. And a messager cam to Saul, seiynge, 
Hy3e, and come, for the Philisteis han 

20 held hem seluen vpon the loond. Thanne 
Saul turnede 33611, cesynge to pursue Da- 
uid ; and he wente into the a3en cornynge 
of the Philisteis. For that thei clepen that 
place the Dyuydynge Stoone. 

CAP. XXIV. 

1 Thanne Dauid stiede vp thens, and 
dwelte in moost siker placis of Engaddi. 

2 And whanne Saul was turned a3en, after 
that he hadde pursued the Philisteis, thei 
toolden to hym, seiyuge, Loo ! Dauid is 

3 in the deseert of Engaddi. Thanne Saul, 
takynge to thre thousandis of chosen 
men of al Yrael, wente to aserche Dauid 
and his men, vpon moost hei3 rochis, that 
oneli to wijlde capretis ben thur3 weyes. 

4 And he cam to the fooldys of sheep, the 
which offrede hemself to the weye goer. 
And a spelunk k was there, the which 
Saul wente yn, that he purge the wombe ; 
forsothe Dauid and his men lurkeden in 

5 the innere 1 parti of the denne. And the 
seruauntis ofDauyd seiden to hym, Loo! 



Ziph bifor Saul. Forsothe P Dauid and 
hise men weren in the deseert of Maon, in 
thei feldi places, at the ri3t half of Jesy- 
myth. Therfor Saul 3ede and hise felowis 20 
to seke Dauid, and it was teld to Dauid ; 
and auoon he r 3ede doun to the stoon, and 
lyuyde in the deseert of Maon ; and whanne 
Saul hadde herd this, he pursuede Dauid 
in the deseert of Maon. And Saul 3ede26 
and hise men at the side of the hil 'on o s 
part ; forsothe 1 Dauid and hise men weren u 
in v the side of the hil on the tother part ; 
sotheli w Dauid dispeiridef, that he my3te 
ascape fro the face of Saul. And so Saul 
and hise men cumpassiden bi the maner 
of a coroun x Dauid and hise men, that 

of the filling of 

thei schulden take hem. And a messanger 27 Goddis bihmt, 
cam to Saul, and seide, Haste thou, and ^yog"^ 
come, for Filisteis r han spred hem silf on ^peirki^to 
the lond. Therfor Saul turnede a3en, and 28 ascape with out 

batel with Saul, 

ceesside to pursue Dauid ; and 3ede z a3ens of which batei 

the comyng of Filisteis. For this thing! dousmJl and 

thei clepen a that place the Stoon De- dftfi.* 1 
partynge b . 



-f- Dauytlt dis- 
peiride ; Da- 
uj'th dispeiride 
not to ascape 
in his o\viie 
persoone, for 
he was certevn 



men, and of 
summen that 
weren with 
Saul, and sn- 
eden him more 



ng of 6 
Lire 



CAP. XXIV. 

Therfor Dauid stiede c fro thennus, and i ^ 
dwellide in the sykireste d places of En- f 'r e *?T e - c : 

* J for thu thing; 

eaddi. And whanne 6 Saul turnede aseri, 2 that is, for the 

. ... . oost of Saul 

aftir that he pursuede tihsteis', theis 
telden to hym, and seiden, Lo ! Dauid is 
in the' 1 deseert of Engaddi. Therfor Sauls 
took three thousinde of' chosun men of al 
Israel, and 3ede k to seke Dauid and hise 
men, 3he on 1 moost brokun rochis, that 
ben v able to weie n to wield geet aloone. 
And he cam to the fooldis of scheep, that? 4 
offrideni hem silf to the wei goere. And 
there was a denne r , in to which 8 denne 1 
Saul entride, that he schulde" purge the v 
wombe ; forsothe w Dauid and hise men 
weren hid in the ynnere part of the x 
denne. And the seruauntis of Dauid 5 



k spelunk or denne A pr. m. 1 nyj ABFII. 

P And i. q Oni. IK. r Dauid i. the too K. t and r. " wenten i. v at i. w forsothe BC. 
x coroun round aboute i. y the Filisteis i. z he jede i. a clepiden DEFGiKLMNOPQHSuwxb. b of 
Departyng JEIPX. c stiede up i. d most sikir i. e whanne that i. f the Filisteis i. 8 men i. 
h Oui. EL. i Om. i. k ne jgde j. i U p On the i. m the whiche i. n weies DK sec. m. x sec. m. 
thorouj weies i. able weie MX pr. m. able to weies o. Saul i. P the whiche i. 1 profreden i. 
r caaue i. s the whiche i. * Om. DiKMxb. u wolde i. v his i. w certis i. * that i. 



XXIV. 6 12. 



I. KINGS. 



71 



the day of which the Lord spak to thee, 
I shal take to thee thin enemy, that 
thou doo to hym as it plesith in thin 
eyen. Thanne Dauid roos, and kyttide m 
of the hemme of the mantil of Saul 

e stilly". After thes thingis the herte of 
Dauid smoot hym, forthi that he hadde 
kut a wey the hemme of the mantil of 

7 Saul. And he seide to his men, Merciful 
be to me the Lord, that I doo not this 
thing to my lord, the crist of the Lord, 
that I putte myn hoond into hym, for 
the crist of the Lord he is. The Lord 
lyueth, for but the Lord smyte hym, 
other the day of hym come, that he dye, 
other comynge doun into batayl perish, 
merciful be to me the Lord, that I putte 
not myn hoond into the crist of the 

a Lord. And Dauid brak togidre his men 
with thes wordis, and suffrede hem not, 
that thei rysen into Saul ; forsothe Saul 
rysynge fro the denne,wente in the weye 

9 begun. Forsothe Dauid roos after hym, 
and wente out of the denne, and criede 
after the bak of Saul, seiynge, My lord 
kyng ! And Saul beheelde bihynde hym ; 
and Dauyd bowynge hym self redi into 

10 the erthe honourede. And he seide to 
Saul, Whi herist thou wordis of men 
spekynge, Dauid sechith yuel a^ens thee ? 

11 Loo! to dai thin eyen seen, that the 
Lord took thee in myn hoond in the 
denne, and I thou3t for to slee thee, but 
myn eye sparide to thee ; forsothe I seide, 
I shal not stretche out myn hoond in my 
lord, 'for the crist of the Lord he is. 

12 But more ouere, fader myn, se, and know 
the hemme of thi mantil in myn hoond, 
for whanne I kut the coope? of thi man- 
til, I wold not stretch out myn hoond 
into thee ; inwardly tak hede, and se, for 
there is not in myn hoond euel ne wick- 
idnes, ne I haue synned in thee ; forsothe 



seiden to hym, Lo ! the dai of which the 

Lord spak to the, Y schal bitake to thee 

thin enemy, that thou do to hym as it 

plesith in thin i3en. Therfor Dauid roos^, 

and kittide the hemme of the mentil of 

Saul priuely. Aftir these thingis Dauid c 

smoot his herte z '(", for he hadde kit awei t *moot /us 

the hemme of the mentil of Saul. And? ins ' ' 



t crist <,f the 
Lord ; in 
sunime bokis 



his men li siche 
wordis, and 
suffride not 
hem, that they 
risiden ajenits 
Saul, Ijut this 
lettre is not in 
Ebreu, nether 
in bokis 



Dauid seide to hise men, The Lord be 

merciful to me, lest Y do this thing to 

my lord, the crist a of the Lord, that b Y 

sende c myn hond v in to d hym, for he is 

the crist of the Lord. The Lord lyueth, 

for no e but the Lord smyte hym f , ether his 

dai come, that he die, ether he go doun 

in to batel and perische^, the Lord be 

merciful to me, that Y sende h not' myn 

hond in to the crist k of the Lordf. For- a 

sothe 1 Saul roos out of the denne, and 3ede 

in the weie bigunnun. Sotheli 1 " Dauid roos" u 'o^'tr^ 

aftir hym, and he 3ede out of the denne, 

and criede aftir the bak of Saul, and seide, 

My lord, the kyng ! And Saul bihelde 

bihinde him silf P; and Dauid bowide hym 

silf lowe to the erthe, and worschipide''. 

And he r seide to Saul, Whi herist thou 10 amendid. Lire 

the wordis of men spekynge, Dauid sekith 

yuel a3ens thee? Lo ! to dai thin i3en si3en, n 

that the Lord bitook thee in myn hond 

in the denne, and Y thou3te that Y wolde 

sle s thee, but myn i3e 4 sparide thee ; for Y 

seide, Y schal not holde forth myn hond 

in to my lord, which" isj the crist w , ''that + which is the 

is, anoyntid*, of the Lord. But rathere, my 12 anoynSTc!' 

fadir, se thou, and knowe the hemme of 

thi mentil in myn hond, for whanne Y 

kittide aweie the hemme of thi mentil, 

Y nolde^ holde forth myn hond in 7 - thee ; 

perseyue thou, and see, for nether yuel 

nether wickidnesse is in myn hond, nether 

Y synnede a a3ens thee; but thou aspiest 

my lijf, that thou do it awei. The Lord is 

deme bitwixe me and thee, and the Lord 



m kytt BFH. kitte E. cutte c. n stilleli CE. that is E pr.m. P cop E. 

y roos up i. z herte, or repentide him i. "anoyntid i. crist, that is, anoyntid K. t>and that A pr. m. 
CEOKLMNOpQRSuwxb. or that i. c putte MW. d on i. e Oni. i. f Saul i. 8 perische so i. h putte ai. 
i Om. i. k anoyntid i. l And i. m And i. n roos up i. Om. i. P Om. i. 1 worschipide him i. 
r Dauid i. s haue slawe i. * i3en BC. u for he i. w anoyntid i. " Om. INX. y wolde not i. ^ajens i. 
a haue synned i. 



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XXIV. 13 XXV. I. 



thou aspyist my lijf, that thou doo it 

isavvey. The Lord deme bitwixi me and 
thee, and the Lord wreke me on thee ; 

it forsothe myn hoond be not in thee, as 
in the oold prouerbe it is seid, Fro vn- 
piteuous men goth out vnpiteuousnesse ; 
myn hoond forsothe be not in thee. 

isWhom pursuyst thou, kyng of Yrael? 
whom pursuist thou ? A deed dog thou 

icpursuist, and a quyk fly3e. The Lord 
be domesman, and the Lord deme bitwix 
me and thee, and see, and deme my 
cause, and delyuere me fro thin hoond. 

17 Forsothe whanne Dauid hadde ful eendid 
spekynge siche maner wordis to Saul, 
Saul seide, Whether this is thi voys, sone 
myn Dauyd ? And Saul reryde vp a voys, 

is and wepte. And to Dauid he seide, More 
n3twise thou art than Y ; forsothe thou 
hast 3oldun to me gode thingis ; forsothe 
I haue 3oldun a3en to thee yuel thingis. 

19 And thow hast shewid to me to day, 
what goode thingis thou hast doo to me, 
what maner wise the Lord took me in 

20 thin hoond, and thou slew3 not me. For- 
sothe who, whanne he fyndith his enemy, 
leeueth hym in a good weie ? But the 
Lord 3eelde to thee this while, for that, 

21 that to day thou hast wrou3t in me. And 
'now, for r I knowe, that moost certeynli 
thou art to regne, and to haue in thin 

22 hoond the kyngdom of Yrael, swere to 
me in the Lord, that thou do not a wey 
my seed after me, ne doo a wey my name 

23 fro the hows of my fader. And Dauid 
swore to Saul. Tharme Saul wente into 
his hows, and Dauid and his men stieden 
vp to more sykyr placis. 

CAP. XXV. 

i Samuel forsothe diede ; and al Yrael 
is gaderid, and biweilide 5 hym* ful myche, 
and biryeden hym in his hows in Ra- 
matha. And Dauid risynge wente douri 



venge me of thee ; but myn hond be not 
in b thee, as it is seid also c in eld prouerbe, 14 
Wickidnesse schal go out of wickid men ; 
therfor myn hond be not in d thee. 'Whom \5 
pursuest 6 thou, kyng of Israel, whom pur- 
suest thou ? Thou pursuest a deed hound, 
and a quyk fie. The Lord be iuge, and ie 
the Lord deme bitwixe me and thee, and 
se, and deme my cause, and delyuere f me 
fro thin hond. Sothelis whanneDauid hadde 17 
fillid' 1 spekynge siche' wordis to Saul, Saul 
seide, Whether this is thi vois, my sone 
Dauid ? And Saul reiside k his vois, and 
wepte. And he seide to Dauid, Thou art IK 
more iust than Y ; for thou 3auest goodis 1 
to me ; forsothe 111 Y 3eldide n yuelis to thee. 
And thou schewidist to me to dai, whatiu 
goodis thou hast do to me, how the Lord 
bitook me in thin hond, and thou killidist 
not me. For who, 'whanne he fyndith 20 
his enemyP, schal delyuere hymi in r good 
weie 8 ? But the Lord 3elde to thee this while, 
for that, that 1 thou wrou3tist u to dai in 
me. And now, for Y woot, that thou 21 
schalt regne moost v certeynli, and schalt 
haue in thin hond the rewme of Israel, 
swere thou to me in the Lord, that thou 22 
do not a wei my seed aftir me, nether take 
a wey my name fro the hows of rny fadir. 
And Dauid swoor to Saul. Therfor Saul 2:1 
3ede in to his hows, and Dauid and hise 
men stieden w to sikire" placis. 



CAP. XXV. 

Forsothe Samuel was deed ; and al Israel i 
was gaderid to gidere, and thei biweiliden 
hym greetly, and birieden hym in his 
hows in Ramatha. And Dauid roos^, and 



<1 bytwene BFH passim, betwen Efassim. betwe c passim. 
weiledyn CE. * Om. BCEFH. 



these thyngis E pr. m. s weylden BFH. 



b ajens i. c Om. i. J ajens i. e Om. i. f delyuere he i. g And i. h fillid or endid i. 'siche 

maner i. k reiside up i. l gode thingis i. m but i. n haue jolden i. hast schewid i. P Om. i. 

1 his enmy i. r j n to K. s weie, whanne he fyndith him i. * Om. i. u hast wroujt i. v ful i. 
w stieden up i. * sikerer BCKO. y roos up i. 



XXV. 2 10. 



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73 



2 into the deseert of Pharan. Forsothe 
there was a maner man in the wilder- 
nesse of Maon, and the possessioun of 
hym was u in Carraele, and that man ful 
myche greet, and there wereu to hym 
sheep thre thousandis, and a thousand 
goot ; and it felle that his flok shulde be 

aclippid in Carmele. Forsothe the name 
of that man was Naabal, and the name 
of his wijf Abigail ; and that womman 
was moost wyis and feyr, forsothe hir 
man hard and werst and malicious ; for- 
sothe he was of the kynrede of Caleph. 

4 Whanne thanne Dauid in deseert hadde 

5 herd, that Naabal clippide his flok, he 
sente ten 3onge men, and seide to hem, 
Stieth vp into Carmele, and 36 shulen 
come to Naabal, and 36 shulen salute 

6 hym in my name pesibly ; and thus 36 
shulen seye, Pees be to my britheren 
and to thee, and pees to thin v hows, and 
to alle, what euere thingis thou hast, be 
pees ; of many 3eeris be thou maad saaf, 

7 thou, and thin hows, and alle thin. I 
haue herd that thi sheepherdis clippiden 
thi flockis, that weren with vs in deseert ; 
neuere to hem we weren heuy, ne eny 
tyme faylide to hem eny thing of the 
flok, al the tyme that thei weren with vs 

a in Carmele ; ask thi children w , and thei 
shulen shewe to thee. Nowe thanne 
fynden thi children w grace in thin eyen ; 
in a good day forsothe we ben comen to 
thee ; what euere thing thin hoond fynd- 
ith x , 3if to thi seruauntis, and to thi sone 

Dauid. And whanne the children? of 
Dauid weren comen, thei speken to Naa- 
bal alle thes wordis in the name of 

10 Dauid, and helden her pees. Forsothe 
Naabal, answerynge to the children 2 of 
Dauid, seith, Who is Dauid ? and who is 



f* in Maon ; in 
siirnme bokis i 
in the wildir- 
nesse of Maon, 
but this word 
wildirnesse, is 
not in Ebreu, 
nether is of tin- 
text ; for bi the 
book of Ebreu 
questiouns he 
dwellide in a 
gretter citee, 
but hise beesti* 
weren in Car- 
mele. IAre 
here. c. 



3ede z doun in to deseert* of Faran. For- 2 
sothe b a c 'man was d in Maon e t, and f his 
possessioun was in Carmele, and thilkes 
man was ful greet, and thre h thousynde 
scheep and a thousynde geet' 'weren to 
hym k ; and it bifelde that his flocke was 
clippid 1 in Carmele. Forsothe 1 the name 3 
of that man was Nabal, and the name of 
his wijf was Abigail ; and thilke womman 
was moost prudent and fair ; forsothe 11 hir 
hosebond was hard and ful wickid and 
malicious ; sotheli he was of the kyn of 
Caleph. Therfor whanne Dauid hadde 4 
herde in deseert, that Nabal clippide his 
floe, he sente ten 3onge men, and seide to 5 
hem, Stie 36? in to Carmele, and 30 schulen 
come to Nabal, and 30 schulen grete hym 
of my name pesibli ; and 36 schulen seie c 
thus, Pees be to my britheren and to thee, 
and pees be to thin hows, and pees be to 
alle thingis, 'what euer thingis thou hast^. 
Y r herde 8 that thi scheepherdis, that weren 7 
with vs in deseert, clippiden* thi flockis ; 
we weren neuere diseseful to hem, nether 
ony tyme ony thing of the floe failide to 
hem, in al time" in which thei weren with 
vs in Carmele ; axe thi children, and thei 8 
schulen schewe to thee. Now therfor thi 
children fynde v grace in thin i3en ; for in 
a good dai we camen w to thee ; what euer 
thing thin hond fyndith x , 3yuey to thi ser- 
uauntis, and to thi sone Dauid. And 9 
whanne the children of Dauid hadden 
come 2 , thei spaken to Nabal a alle these 
wordis in the name of Dauid, and helden + sc ^ al y take 

my looues ; as 

pees. Forsoth b Nabal answeride to the 10 if he **ye> v 
children of Dauid, and seide, Who is and my u-aini-, 
Dauith? and who is the sone of Isai? To drynkVfor 
dai seruauntis encreesiden c that fleen d her ftem fP- . 

ture, ech drynk 

lords. Therfor schal Y take my looues^: ujs 
and my watris, and the fleischis e of beestis, 



u Om. BCEFH. v her A. 
z childre E. childer c. 



w childre BEFH. childer c. * fynde BCEFH. y childre E. childer c. 



bi the name of 
water, as bi the 
name of breed 
is understond- 
un ech mete. 
Lire here. c. 



z wente i. a the deseert i. b Andi. c sum BCDEFGKLNOPQRSUXI>. Om. i. d Om. i. e the desert of 
Maon ib marg. f ther was a man, and i. e that i. h ther weren to him thre i. ' of geet i. k Om. i. 
1 schore i. m And i. n but i. and i. P je up i. Q whateuer thou hast DiKOQsxb. thingis whiche thou 
hast G. thingis whateuer thou hast N. r which manic jeres hath maad sauf thi seruauntes and alle thi 

godes, Y. A sec. m. ib sec. m. s haue herd i. t h an schore i. u the time BCEFGiKLMNOpQRSuwxb. 
v we fynde i. w ben comen i. comen plures. x fyndith or plesith to thee i. y 3yue it i. z come to 
Nabal i. a him i. b Certis i. c han encressid i. d han fled i. e fleishe i. 

VOL. II. L 



74 



I. KINGS. 



XXV. il 20. 



the sone of Ysay ? To day ban sprungun 

11 yn seruauntis that fleen her lordis. Shal 
I thanne take my loouys, and my watris, 
and flesh of beestis, that I haue slayn to 
my clippers, and jife to men, whom I 

12 knowe not whennus thei ben ? And so 
the children 8 of Dauid wenten a3en bi her 
weye ; and a3en turned thei camen a3en, 
and toolden to hym alle the wordis that 

13 Naabal hadde seid. Thanne Dauid seith 
to his children, Echon be gyrd with his 
swerd. And echon ben gird with her 
swerdis, and Dauid is gird with his 
swerd ; and there folweden Dauid as 
foure hundrid men, forsothe two hun- 

udryd abiden stil at the fardels. Forsothe 
to Abigail, the wijf of Naabal, oon of 
hir children toold, seyynge, Loo ! Dauid 
sente messagers fro deseert, for thei wol- 
den blesse to oure lord, and he with 

15 stoode hem ; these men weren good 
ynow b 'to vs c , and not heuy, ne eny thing 
that eny tyme perishid al the tyme we d 

iflhan dwellid with hem in deseert; for a 
wal thei weren to vs, as wel in ny3t as 
in day, alle days the whiche we fedden 

uflockis anentis hem. Wherfor behold, 
and bithenk, what thou doo ; for deter- 
myned is the malice a3ens thi man, and 
a3ens thin hows ; and he is the sone of 
Belial, so that no man may speke to him. 

is Thanne Abigail hi3ede, and took two 
hundryd loouys, and two hotels of wyn, 
and fyue wetheris sothen, and fyue bus- 
shellis of brayid corn, and an hundrid 
busshellis of dryed grape, and two hun- 
drid peyse of dryed figis ; and she putte 

i!) vpon the assis, and seide to hir children, 
Gooth before me ; loo ! after the bak Y 
shal folwe 3ou. To Naabal forsothe hir 

20 man she shewide it not. Whanne thanne 
she was goon vpon the asse, and cam 



whiche f Y haue slayn to my schereris, 
and schal Y 3yue to men, whiche& Y knowe 
not of whennus thei ben ? Therfor the 12 
children of Dauid 3eden a3en bi her weie ; 
and thei turneden a3en, and camen, and 
telden to hym h alle wordis' whiche k Nabal 
hadde seid 1 . Thanne Dauid seide to hise is 
children, Ech man be gird with his swerd. 
And alle men weren gird with her swerdis, 
and Dauid also was gird with his swerd ; 
and as foure m hundrid men sueden Dauid, 
forsothe 11 two hundrid leften at the fardels. 
Forsothe oon of hise? children telde to 14 
Abigail, wijf ^ of Nabal, and seide, Lo ! 
Dauid sente r messangeris fro deseert, that 
thei schulden blesse oure lordf 3 , and he 

lord, in gret- 

turnede* hem awey; these men weren is yn ge hym cur- 
good ynow, and not diseseful to vs, and 
no thing" perischide 'in ony tyme v in al 
the tyme in which we lyueden w with hem 
in deseert ; thei weren to vs for a wal, IB 
bothe in ni3t and in x dai, in? alle daies z 
in whiche we lesewiden flockis at a hem. 
Wherfor biholde thou, and thenke, what 17 
thou schalt do ; for malice is fillid b a3ens 
thin hosebonde, and a3ens 'thin hows c ; and 
he d is the sone of Belial, so that no man 
may speke to him. Therfor Abigail hast- ie 
ide, and took two hundrid looues, and two 
vessels of wyn, and fyue whetheris sodun, 
and seuene buyschelis and an half of flour, 
and an hundrid bundles of dried grape 6 , 
and two hundrid gobetis f of dried figus ; 
and puttides on h assis, and seide to hiria 
children, Go 36 bifor me ; lo ! Y schal sue 
3ou 'aftir the' bak. Forsothe k sche schew- 
ide not 1 to hir hosebonde Nabal. Therfor 20 
whanne sche hadde stied m on the" asse, 
and cam doun 'at the roote of the hil, 
and? Dauid and hise men camen doun in 
to thei comyng 'of hir r ; whiche 8 also 1 sche 
mette. And Dauid seide, Verili in veynai 



a childre E. childer c. b a no\v3 CE. ^ Om. A. d that we E sec.m. 

{ the whiche i. g that i. h Dauid i. the wordis I. k that i. 1 seid lo hem i. 

m a foure i. for i. And i. P the i. q the wijf i. r hath sent i. s lord Nabal i. * hath 
turned i. i thing of oure i. T Om. i. * weren i. * Om. plures. YandL. * the daies i. 
b fulfillid i. c thi meynee i. d Nabal i. e grapes ELM. grapis or reisynns i. f peis i. 
h al this upon i. > bihynde joure i. k And i. 1 not this i. " stied up i. n an i. 
P Om. i. q hir i. " Om. i. s the whiche i. * Om. i. 



a anentis i. 
g sche putte i. 
to the foot i. 



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I. KINGS. 



75 



doun at the roote of the hil, Dauid and 
his men camen doun into a3en metynge 
of hyre ; to whom and she a3en cam. 

21 And Dauid seith, Verreili in veyn I haue 
kept alle thingis that of this man weren 
in deseert, and there perishid not eny 
thing of alle thingis that to hym per- 
teyneden 6 , and he hath 3oldun to me 

22yuel for good. Thes thingis do the 
Lord to the enemyes of Dauid, and thes 
thingis adde, if Y shal leeue of alle 
thingis that to hym pertenen vnto the 

23 morwe tide a pisser to the wal. Forsothe 
whanne Abigail hadde seen Dauid, she 
hi3ede, and wente doun of the asse, and 
felle doun before Dauid vpon hir face, 

24 and honourde vpon the erthe. And she 
felle at the feet of hym, and seyde, My 
lord, in me be this wickidnes ; speke, Y 
biseche, thin hoondseruaunt in thin eeris, 

25 and here the wordis of thi seruaunt ; ne 
put, Y preye, my lord kyng, his herte 
vpon this f wickid^ man Naabal, for after 
his name he is a fool, and foil is with 
hym ; forsothe I, thin hoond womman, 
saw3 not thi children' 1 , whom, my lord, 

26 thou sentist. Now thann, my lord, lyueth 
the Lord and lyueth thi soule, that hath 
defendid thee, that thou cam not into 
blood, and hath sauyd thin hoond to 
thee ; and now as Naabal thin enemyes 
ben maud, and that sechen to my lord 

27 yuel. Wherfor tak this blessynge, that 
thin hoond womman hath brou3t to thee, 
my lord, and 3yue to the children that 

28folowen thee, my lord. Do awey the 
wickydnes of thi seruaunt ; forsothe the 
Lord makynge shal make to thee, my 
lord, a trewe hows, for the batayls of 
the Lord, my lord, thou fi3tist ; malice 
thanne be there not founden in thee alle 

29 the days of thi lijf. Forsothe if there 
arise any tyme a man pursuynge thee, 



Y haue kept alle thingis u that weren of 

this Nabal in the v deseert, and no thing 

perischide of alle thingis that perteyneden 

to hym, and he hath 3olde to me yuel for 

good. The Lord do these thingis, and 22 

adde w these thingis to the enemyes of 

Dauid, if Y schal leeue x of alle thingis 

that perteynen to him til the? morewe a 

pisser to the 2 wal. Sotheli a whanne Abi-23 

gail si3 Dauid, sche hastide, and 3ede doun 

of the asse ; and sche fel doun bifor Dauid 

on hir face, and worschipide b on the erthe. 

And sche felde doun to hise feet, and seide, 24 

My lord the c kyng, this wickydnesse be 

in d me ; Y biseche 6 , speke thin handmayden f 

in thin eeris, and here thou the wordis of 

thi seruauntesse ; Y preie, my lord the 25 

kyng, sette h not his herte on' this wickid 

man Nabal, for bi his name he is a fool, 

and foli is with hym ; but, my lord, Y 

thin handmayde si3 not thi children, whiche 

thou sentist k . Now therfor, my lord, the 26 

Lord lyuethf, and thi soule lyueth, which 1 

Lord forbeed m thee, lest n thou schuldist 

come in to blood, and he sauede thi souleP 

to theef ; and now thin enemyes, and thei 

that seken yuel toi my lord, be r maad as 

Nabal. Wherfor resseyue thou this bless- 27 mers y> that ^ 

cam a;enus thee 

ynsr, which 8 thin handmaide bromte* to toiette. lest 

, ., thou schuldist 

thee, my lord, and 3yue u thou v to the chil- come in to 
dren that suen thee, my lord. Do thou 28 ^ sc h 
awey the wickidnesse vv of thi seruauntesse ; 
for the Lord makynge schal make a feith- 
ful hows to thee, my lord, for thou, my 
lord, flutist the batels of the Lord ; therfor 
malice be not foundun in thee in alle dais w 
of thi lijf. For if a man risith ony tyme, 29 
and pursueth thee, and sekith thi lijf, the 
lijf of my lord schal be kept|| as in a 
bundel of lyuynge trees, at thi Lord God ; 
forsothe x the soule of thin enemyes schal 
be hurlid round aboute as in feersnesse, 
and sercle of a slynge. 



t the Lord 
lyueth ; as if 
sche seide, as 
it is soth, that 
the Lord lyu- 
eth, and thou 
lynest, so it is 
doon bi Goddis 



out 
Ltre 



t he sauyde thi 
soule innocent. 
Lire here. c. 



f| schal be 
kepte, etc.; 
that is, schal 
be defendid 
ajenus alle tre- 
souns of yuel 
men. Lire 

Therfor whanne so here. c. 



e pertenen c. 'his AFH. S wicke c. h childre BE FH passim, childer c passim. 

" these thingis K. v Om. EILNPX. w adde he I. x leeue vndestried i. y to i. z a i. a And I. 

> worschipide him i. c Om. i. d at i. e biseche thee i. f handmaide i. S Om. i. h that he sette i. 

1 upon i. k sentist to him i. 1 the which i. m hath forboden i. n that i. the Lord i. P lijf i. 

9 to thee ib sec. m. r be thei i. 8 that i. l hath brou3t i. u jyue it i. v Om. i. vv wickenesse E. 
w the dales i. * but i. 

I. 2 



I. KINGS. 



XXV. 30 38. 



and sechynge thi lijf, the lijf of my lord 
shal be kept, as in a litil knytche of lyu- 
ynge men, anentis the Lord thi God; 
forsothe the lijf of thin enemyes shal be 
turned about as in the birre, and the 

30 cercle of a slynge. Whanne thanne 1 the 
Lord shal do to thee, my lord, alle thes 
gode thingis, that he hath spokyn of 
thee, and settith thee a duyk vpon Yrael, 

31 this shal not be to thee, my lord, into 
3oxynge and into scripil of herte, that 
thou hast shed giltlesse blood, or thi self 
thou hast vengid. And whanne the Lord 
shal wel doo to thee, my lord, thow shalt 
recorde of thin hoond womman, and thou 

32 shalt wel doo to hir. And Dauid seide 
to Abigayl, Blissid be k the Lord God of 
Yrael, that sente thee to day into myn 
a3encomynge, and blessid thi 1 speche; 

33 and blessid thou art 1 ", that hast defendid 
me, that I 3ede not to day to the blood, 

34 and vengide me bi myn hoond ; ellis the 
Lord God of Yrael lyueth, that hath de- 
fendide me, that Y dide not yuel to thee, 
but soone thow haddist comen into a3en- 
comynge to me, there shulde not" han 
laft to Naabal vnto the morwetide Ii3t a 

35pisser to the wal. Thanne Dauid took 
of the hoond of hir alle thingis that she 
brou3te to hym ; and he seide to hir, Go 
in pees into thin hows ; loo ! I haue herd 

so thi voys, and honourde thi face. For- 
sothe Abigail cam to Naabal ; and loo ! 
there was to hym a feest in his hows, as 
a feest of a kyng ; and the herte of Naa- 
bal myri, forsothe he was drunken ful 
myche ; and she shewide not to hym 

37 word litil or greet vnto the morwe. For- 
sothe eerli, whanne Naabal hadde defied 
the wyn, his wijf shewide to him thes 
wordis ; and the herte of hym with yn 
forth is deedP, and he is maad as a stoone. 

38 And whanne ten days weren passid, the 



morenyng of 
soule and in to 
remors of con- 
sience. Lire 
here. c. 



the Lord hath do to thee, my lord, alle 
these goode thingis, whiche he spak? of 
thee, and hath ordeyned thee duyk on z 
Israel, this schal not be in to si3yngt and si t ( 

that is, in to 

in to doute of herte to thee, my lord, that 
thou hast sched out giltles blood, ether 
that thou hast vengid thee a . And whanne 
the Lord hath do wel to thee, my lord, 
thou schalt haue mynde on b thin hand- 
maide, and thou schalt do wel to hir. 
And Dauid seide to Abigail, Blessid be 32 
the c Lord God of Israel, that sente d thee 
to dai in to my comyng, and blessid be 
thi speche ; and blessid be thou, that hast 33 
forbede e me, lest Y 3ede f to blood, and 
vengides me with myn hond ; ellis the 34 
Lord God of Israel lyueth, which' 1 forbeed' 
me, v lest Y dide k yuel to thee, if thou 
haddist not soone come in to 'metyng to 
me 1 , a pissere to the wal schulde not haue 
left to Nabal til to the" 1 morewe Ii3t. 
Therfor Dauid resseyuede of hir hond 35 
alle thingis whiche sche hadde brou3t to 
hym n ; and he seide to hir, Go thou in pees 
in to thin hows ; lo ! Y herde thi vois, 
and Y onouride thi face. Forsothe Abi-36 
gail cam to Nabal ; and, lo ! a feeste was 
to him in his hows, as the feeste of a 
kyng ; and the herte of Nabal was 
iocoundeP, for f i he was 'drunkun greetli r ; 
and sche schewide not to hym a word 
litil ether 8 greet til the morewe. Forsothe 1 37 
in the morewtid, whanne Nabal hadde 
defied the wiyn, his wijf schewide to hym 
alle these wordis; and his herte was almest 
deed with ynne, and he was maad as a 
stoon. And whanne ten daies haddense 
passid, the Lord smoot Nabal, and he was 
deed. Which" thing whanne Dauid hadde 39 
herd, Nabal deed v , he seide, Blessid be the 
Lord God, that vengide w the cause of my 
schenschip of the hond of Nabal, and 
kepte x his seruaunt fro yuel, and the 



' Om. A. k Otn. BCEFH. 1 the ABFH. m Om. BCEFH. n Om. .,IFH. he E orig. P deadyd BF. 
deadid E. dedid H. 



y hath spoke i. z U p on i. a thi silff i. b of i. c Om. c. d hath sent i. e forbode L. f jide 
to day i. g had vengid i. h that i. > hath forboden i. k Y schulde not do i. l my metyng i. m Om. i. 
o Dauid i. o haue herd i. P merye i. 1 certis i. r ful drunkun i. s ne EL. or p. l But i. a The 
which i. v t fa deed i. w hath vengid i. x hath kept i. 



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77 



39 Lord smoot Naabal, and he is deed. The 
which thing whanne Dauid hadde herd, 
Naabal deed, he seith, Blissid is<i the 
Lord, that hath vengid the cause of my 
reproof fro the hoond of Naabal, and his 
seruaunt hath kept fro yuel, and the 
malice of Naabal the Lord hath 3olden 
into his heed. Than Dauid sente, and 
spak to Abigail, that he take hir to hym 

40 into wijf. And the children of Dauid 
camen to Abigail into Carmele, and 
speken to hir, seiynge, Dauid sente vs 
to thee, that he take thee into wijf to 

41 hym. The which arysynge honourde 
redi into the erthe, and seith, Loo ! thi 
seruaunt be in to an hond womman, that 
she wasshe the feet of the seruauntis of 

42 my lord. And Abigail hi3ede, and roos, 
and stiede vpon the asse ; and fyue child- 
wymmen, hir feet folowers, wenten with 
hir, and she folowide the messagers of 

43 Dauid, and is maad to hym a wijf. But 
and Dauid took Achynoem fro Jezrael, 

44 and either was the wijf of hym ; forsothe 
Saul }af Mychol his dorter, the wijf of 
Dauid, to Phalti, the sone of Lays, that 
was of Gallym. 

CAP. XXVI. 

1 And Ziphei camen to Saul in Gabaa, 
seiynge, Loo ! Dauid is hid in the hil of 
Achille, the which is fro a3ens of the 

2 wildernesse. And Saul roos, and cam 
doun into the deseert of Ziph, and with 
hym thre thousandis of men of the chosun 
of Yrael, that he seche Dauid in the de- 

3 seert of Ziph. And Saul sette tentis in 
Gabaa of Achille, that was fro a3ens of 
the wildernesse in the weye. Forsothe 
Dauid dwellide in deseert. Forsothe 
seynge that Saul was comen after hym 

4 into deseert, he sente aspics, and lernyde 
moost certeynli, that thidre he was 

scomyn. And Dauyd roos pryueli, and 



Lord 3eldidey the malice of Nabal in to 
the heed of hym. Therfor Dauid sente, 
and spak to Abigail, that he wolde take 
hir wijf to hym. And the children of4o 
Dauid camen to Abigail in to Carmele, 
and spaken to hir, and seiden, Dauid sente 
vs to thee, that he take thee in to wijf to 
hym. And sche roos z , and worschipide^i 
lowe to erthe a , and seide, Lo ! thi ser- 
uauntesse be b in to an handmayde, that 
sche waische the feet of the seruauntis of 
my lord. And Abigail hastide c , and roos d , 42 
and stiede on an f asse ; and fyue damesels, 
sueris of hir feet, 3eden? with hir, and sche h 
suede the messangeris of Dauid, and was' 
maad wijf to hym. But .also Dauid took 43 
Achynoem of Jezrael, and euer eithir was 
wijf to hym ; forsothe k Saul 3af Mycol his 44 
dou3tir, wijf of Dauid, to Phalti f, the sone 
of Lais, that was of Gallym. 



CAP. XXVI. 

And Zipheis 1 camen to Saul in to Ga- 1 
baa, and seiden, Lo ! Dauid is hidde in the 
hille of Achille, which m is 'euene a3ens n 
the wildirnesse. And Saul roos , and 3ede 2 
doun in to deseert? of Ziph, and with hym 
thre thousynde of men of the chosun of 
Israel, that he schulde seke Dauid in the 
desert of Ziph. And Saul settide tentisis 
in Gabaa of Achille, that was euen a3ens 
the wildirnesse in the weie. Sotheli r 
Dauid dwellide in deseert 8 . Forsothe Da- 
uid si3j that Saul hadde come aftir hym 
in to deseert ; and Dauid 1 sente aspieris, 4 
and lernede" moost certeynli, that Saul 
hadde come thidur. And Dauid roos v s 



f to Phalli ; 
Ebreys seyen, 
that this Phalti 
was a doctour 
of the lawe, 
and therfor 
thouj he took 
Mychol, to 
obeye to Saul, 
and that he 
schulde be 
onourid as the 
hosebonde of 
the kingis 
doujter, nethe- 
les he knew 
not hir fleisly, 
for he wiste 
that sche was 
the veri wiyf 
of Dauyth, for 
he hadde not 
forsake hir, 
and therfor 
Dauyth res- 
seyuede hir 
aftirward, and 
netheles he 
hadde not take 
hir aftirward, 
if sche hadde 
be knowun 
fleisly of Phalti, 
as he entride 
no more to hise 
wyues, whiche 
Absolon knew, 
as it is had in 
ii. book xx. c. 
Lire here. c. 
J Dauyth *ij, 
that is, knew 
bi a messanger. 
Lire here. c. 






1 Om. BCEFI1. 

y hath joulde i. z roos up i. a the erthe I. b be sche i. hastide hir i. d roos up i. e sche 

stiede up i. f the CDEFGKLMNOPQHSuwxb. e jeden forth i. h Abigail i. ' sche was i. k and i. 

1 men of Zephei i. m that i. n anentis i. roos up i. P the deseert i. 1 his tentis i. r And i. 
9 the deseert ci. * he i. u lie lernede i. v roos up i. 



78 



I. KINGS. 



XXVI. 6 14. 



cam to 1 the place where Saul was. And 
whanne he hadde seen the place, in the 
whiche Saul slepte, and Abner, the sone 
of Ner, prince of his chiualrye, and Saul 
slepynge in the tent, and the tother 
ficomouns bi the enuyroun of hym, Dauid 
seith to Achymalech, Ethee, and to Abi- 
say, the sone of Saruye, the brother of 
Joab, seiynge, Who shal come doun with 
me to Saul into the tends ? And Abisai 
7 seide, Y shal goo doun with thee. Thanne 
Dauid and Abisai camen to the puple the 
ny3t, and founden Saul liynge, and slep- 
ynge in the tent, and a speer pi3t at his 
heed in the erthe ; forsothe Abner and 
the puple slepynge in the enuyroun of 
s hym. And Abisai seide to Dauid, God 
hath closid to dai thin enemye into thin 
hoondis ; now thanne I shal stike hym 
with a speer in the erthe oonys, and the 
asecounde shal be no nede. And Dauid 
seide to Abisai, Thou shalt not sle hym, 
forsothe who shal stretch e his hoond into 
the crist of the Lord, and shal be inno- 
jocent? And Dauid seide, The Lord lyuith, 
for but the Lord smyte hym, other the 
day of hym come that he die, other into 
n batail comynge doun he perisshe ; merci- 
ful be to me the Lord, that I stretche 
not out myn hoond into the crist of the 
Lord ; now thanne tak the speer, that is 
at his heed, and the cup of water, and go 
12 wee. Dauid took the speer, and the cup 
of water, that was at the heed of Saul, 
and thei wenten awey, and there was not 
eny man that saw3, and vndurstood, and 
awook, but alle thei slepten ; for the 
is sleep of the Lord felle vpon hem. And 
whanne Dauid was goon fro a3ens, and 
stood in the cop of the hil fro a fer, and 
there was a greet myddil valey bitwix* 
H hem, Dauid criede to the puple, and to 
Abner, the sone of Ner, seiynge, Whe- 
ther, Abner, thou shalt not answere? 



priueli, and cam to the place where Saul 
was. And whanne Dauid hadde seyn the 
place, wher ynne Saul slepte, and Abner, 
the sone of Ner, the prince of his chyual- 
rye, and Saul slepynge in the w tente, and 
the tother comyn puple bi his cumpas, 
Dauid seide to Achymelech, Ethey, and toe 
Abisai, sone x of Saruye, the brother of Joab, 
'and seidey, Who schal go doun with me to 
Saul in to 'the castels 2 ? And Abisai seide, 
Y schal go doun with thee. Therfor Da- 7 
uid and Abisai camen to the puple in the 
ny3t, and thei founden Saul lyggynge and 
slepynge in 'the tente 3 , and a spere sette 
faste in the erthe at his heed ; 'forsothe 
thei founder^ Abner and the puple slep- 
ynge in his cumpas. And Abisay seide 8 
to Dauid, God hath closid to dai thin 
enemy in to thin hondis ; now therfor Y 
schal peerse hym with a c spere onys in 
the erthe, and 'no nede d schal be the 
secounde tyme. And Dauid seide to Aby-9 
sai, Sle thou not hym, for who schal holde 
forth his hond into the crist of the Lord, 
and schal be innocent ? And Dauid seide, 10 
The Lord lyueth, for no e but the Lord 
smyte hym f , ether his dai come that he 
die, ether he go doun in to batel and 
perische ; the Lord be merciful to me, 11 
that Y holde not forth myn hond in to 
the crist of the Lord ; now? therfor take 
thou the spere, which h is at his heed, and 
^tfike thou' 1 the cuppe of watir, and go we 
awei. Dauid k took the spere, and the 12 f the sleep of 
cuppe of watir, that was at the heed of - S) e a grouse"' 
Saul, and thei 3eden forth, and no man o^fj^f 
was that si3, and vndirstood, and wakide, feidmhem, 

that so Dauyth 

but alle men slepten ; for the sleep of the schuide go 
Lord "[" 'hadde feld 1 on hem. And whanne 13^!,^ that 
Dauid hadde passid m euene a3ens n , and ^^ "anduhe 
hadde stonde on the cop of the? hil afer<i, "sei 'of water, 

1 he schuide de- 

and a greet space was bitwixe hem, Dauid u dare his inno- 



. , , . , cence anentis 

cnede to the puple, and to Abner, the sone Saul, and 
of Ner, and seide, Abner, whether thou ^c^fether 

ateynte him of 
wickidnesse. 
Lire here. c. 

r into E pr. m. s bytwene BF. betwen E. betwe c. 



w his i. * the sone i. y seijng K. z his tentis i. a his tentis i. and also I. c the i. d mouyd BC. 
e Om. i. f Saul i. g Om. i. h that i. Om. i. k Thanne Dauid i. 1 was fallen i. hadde fallen L. 
hadde falle BMP. m passid forth i. n ouer ajens hem i. afer upon i. P an i. 1 Om. i. 



XXVI. 15 23. 



I. KINGS. 



79 



And Abner answerynge seith, Who art 
thou that criest, and vnrestist the kyng ? 

15 And Dauid seith to Abner, Whether ert 
thou not a man, and who other lijk 
thee in Yrael ? whi thanne hast thou not 
kept thi lord the kyng ? Forsothe there 
wente yn a man of the folk, for he wolde 

lesleye thi* lord the" kyng ; it is not good, 
this that thou hast doo ; the Lord lyuith, 
for sonys of deeth }e ben, for 36 ban not 
kept 3oure lord, crist of the Lord. Now 
thanne se, where be the speer of the 
kyng, and where be the cup of water, that 

17 weren at the heed of hym. Forsothe 
Saul knewe the voys of Dauid, and seide, 
Whether is this thi vois, my sone Dauid? 
And Dauid seith, My vois, my lord kyng. 

is And he seith, For what cause pursueth 
my lord his seruaunt ? What haue I doo, 

19 or what yuel is in myn hoond? No we 
thanne here, I preye, my lord kyng, 
wordis of thi seruaunt ; if the Lord 
stirith thee a3ens me, sacrifice be smellid ; 
forsothe if the sones of men, cursid be 
thei in the si3t of the Lord, that ban 
throwun me out to day, that I dwelle 
not in the heritage of the Lord, seiynge, 

20 Go, and serue to alien goddis. And now 
be not shed out my blood in the erthe 
before the Lord ; for the kyng of Yrael 
is goon out that he seche a quyk fli3e, 

21 as a partritch is pursued in hillis. And 
Saul seith, Y haue synned ; turne a3en, 
my sone Dauid, namore forsothe I shal 
mysdoo to thee, forthi that my lijf was 
precious in thin eyen to day ; forsothe 
it semeth that folili I haue doo, and 
many thingis to myche I haue vnknowen. 

2-2 And Dauid answerynge seith, Loo ! the 
speer of the kyng, go oon of the chil- 
drtn v of the kyng, and take it ; forsothe 
the Lord shal 3eeld to ech man after his 

23 ri3twisnes and feith ; forsothe the Lord 



schalf not answere ? And Abner an- 

sweride, and seide, Who art thou, that 

criest, and disesist the kyng ? And Dauith is 

seide to Abner, Whether thou art not a 

man, and what other man is lijk thee in 

Israel? whi therfor 'kepist thou not 8 thi 

lord the kyng ? 'For o l man of the cum- 

panye entride, that he schulde sle thi lord 

the kyng ; this that thou hast doon, is not ie 

good ; the Lord lyueth, for 36 ben sones 

of deeth, that kepten not 3oure lord, the 

crist" of the Lord. Now therfor se thou, 

where is the spere of the kyng, and where 

is the cuppe of watir, that weren w at his 

heed. Forsothe Saul knew the vois of 17 t the sacrifice 

Dauid, and seide, Whether this vois is 

thin, my sone Dauid ? And Dauid seide, 

My lord the x kyng, it is my vois. And i8 ce P tidbifor 

T\ i i -wl God, as if Y 

Dauid seide^, For what cause pursueth offrede brent 



thei ben cursid, 
whiche han cast 
me out to day, 
that is, in pre- 
sent tyme. that 
Y dwelle not, 
etc. ; that is, 
that Y dwelle 
not pesibly in 
the lond of 
biheste, where 



* the ABFH. n the ABFH. v childre BEFH passim, childer c passim. 



my lord his seruaunt ? What haue Y do, 

ether what yuel is in myn bond ? Now 

therfor, my lord the 2 kyng, Y preye, herei9 he j^ as oech 

the wordis of thi seruaunt ; if the Lord lowis doen. 

stirith thee a3ens me, the sacrifice be 

smellid | ; forsothe a if sones of men stiren 

thee, thei ben cursid in the si3t of the 

Lord, whiche han cast me out 'to dai b , 

that Y dwelle not in the erytage of the 

Lord, and seien, Go thou, serue thou alien 

goddis. And now my blood be not sched 2 " 

out c in the erthe bifor the Lord ; for the qyk, that Y 

myjte go thi. 

kyng of Israel 3ede d out, that he seke a 
quike fle, as a partrich is pursuede in 
hillis. And Saul seide, Y synnede 6 ; turne f 
a3en, my sone Dauid, for? Y schal no more 
do yuel to thee, for my lijf h was precious 
to day in thin i3en ; for' it semeth k , that 1 
Y dide m folili, and Y vnknew" ful many 
thingis. And Dauid answeride and seide, 
Lo ! the spere of the kyng, oon of the 
'children of the kyng passeP, and take it ; 
forsothe the Lord schal 3elde to ech man 
bii his ri3tfulnesse and feith r ; for 8 the 23th e Vb 

pellid bi vio- 
lence of peyne. 
Lire here. c. 



, and offre 
due sacrifices. 
and seyen, in 



alien goddis, 
for thei that 
ben compellid 
for persecn- 

cioun, to entre 
suget wldoia. 



synne of idoia- 

trie, for lijtly 

the y ten en- 
ofidoiatrours, 



T wolt i. 9 hast thou not kept i. * Certis a i. u anoyntid i. w was i. x Om. i. y seide eft i. 
* Om. i. a and i. b now i. c oujte L. d hath gon i. e haue synned t. f turne thou i. 6 forsothe r. 
h lord o. Om. i. k apperith BCDFGHKLMNOPQRSUWI>. ' forsothe that i. m haue don i. die N. 
do M. n haue unknowe i. kyngis children i. P passe ouer hidere i. 1 aftir i. r his feith i. 
9 certis i. 



80 



I. KINGS. 



XXVI. 24 XXVII. 8. 



hath takun thee to day into myn hoond, 
and I wold not stretche out myn hoond 

24 in the crist of the Lord ; and as thi lijf 
is maad greet to day in myn eyen, so 
my lijf be maad greet in the eyen of the 
Lord, and delyuer he me fro al angwish. 

25 Thanne Saul seith to Dauid, Blessid thou, 
sone myn Dauid ; forsothe and doynge 
thou shalt doo, and my3ti thou shalt 
mowe. Thanne Dauid wente into his 
weye, and Saul turnede a3en into his 

place. 

CAP. XXVII. 

i And Dauid seith in his herte, Sum- 
tyme on a day I shal falle in the hoond 
of Saul ; whether is it not beter, that I 
flee, and be sauid in the lond w of Phi- 
listeis, that Saul dispeire, and ceese to 
seche me in alle the coostis of Yrael ; 

athanne flee we the hoondis of hym. And 
Dauid roos, and wente, he and sexe x hun- 
dryd men with hym, to Achis, the sone 

3 of Maoth, the kyng of Geth. And Dauid 
dwellide with Achis in Geth, he, and his 
men, and his hows ; Dauid, and his two 
wyues, Achynoem Jezralite, and Abigail, 

4 the wijf of Naabal Carmele. And it is 
toold to Saul, that Dauid was flowen into 
Geth ; and he addide no more for to seche 

5 hym. Forsothe Dauid seide to Achis, If 
I haue founden grace in thin eyen, a 
place be 3ouun to me in oon of the citees 
of this regioun, that I dwelle there ; for- 
sothe whi thi seruaunt dwellith in the 

tfcitee of the kyng with thee? And so 
Achis 3af to hym in that day Sichelech, 
for the which cause Sichelech is maad of 

7 the kyngis of Juda vnto this day. For- 
sothe the noumbre of the dais, in the 
whiche Dauid dwellide in the regioun of 

sPhilisteis, was of foure monethis. And 
Dauid stiede vp, and his men, and 
brou3ten prayes of Gethsury, and of 
Gethry, and of Amalachitis ; forsothe 



Lord bitook thee to dai in to myn hond, 
and Y nolde 1 holde forth myn hond in to 
the crist of the Lord; and as thi lijf is 24 
magnified to dai in myn i3en, so my lijf 
be magnyfied in the i3en of the Lord u , 
and delyuere he me fro al angwisch. 
Therfor Saul seide to Dauid, Blessid be 25 
thou, my sone Dauid ; and sotheli thou 
doynge schalt do, and thou my3ti schalt 
be my3ti. Therfor v Dauid 3ede w in to his 
weie, and Saul turnede a3en in to his 
place. 

CAP. XXVII. 

And Dauid seide in his herte, Sumtyme i 
Y schal falle in o dai in the hond of Saul ; 
whether it is not* betere, that Y fie, and 
be sauyd in the lond of Filisteis, that Saul 
dispeiref, and cesse to seke me in alle the 
endis of Israel ; therfor fie we hise hondis. 
And Dauid roos?, and 3ede z , he and sixe2 
hundrid men with hym, to Achis, the sone 
of Maoth, kyng of Geth. And Dauid 3 
dwellide with Achis in Geth, he, and hise 
men, and his hows ; Dauid a , and hise twei 
wyues, Achynoem of Jezrael, and Abigail, 
the wijf of Nabal of Carmele. And it was 4 
teld to Saul, that Dauid fledde in to Geth ; 
and he b addide* no more 'that he schulde* 1 
seke Dauid. Forsothe Dauid seide tos 
Achis, If Y haue founden grace in thin 
i3en, a place be 3ouun to me in oon of the 
citees of this cuntrey, that Y dwelle there ; 
for whi dwellith thi seruaunt in the citee 
of the kyng with thee? Therfor Achis a 
3af to e hym Sichelech in that dai, for 
which f cause Sichelech was maad in to 
fhes possessioun of the kyngis of Juda 'til 
in to h this dai. Forsothe 1 the noumbre of 7 
daies, in whiche Dauid dwellide in the 
cuntrei of Filisteis, was of foure monethisj. 
And Dauid stiede k , and hise men, and 8 
token 1 preies of Gethsuri, and of Gethri, 
and of men of Amalech ; for these townes 
weren enhabitid bi eld tyme in the lond, 



t that Saul 
dispeire; that 
is, of my 
taking. Lire 
here. c. 



J wot/our* 

monethiy ; in 
Kbreu it is, 
ilayes and foure 
monethis, a 
jeer ether 
jeeris muiin In- 
vndurstondun 
by dayes, and 
so it schal be 
takun here, as 
it semeth. 
Lire here. c. 



w hoond AB. x the sexe BCEFH. 



* wolde not i. u Lord God i. v Thanne i. w jede forth i. x Om. c. y roos up i. z jede forth i. 
a that is, Dauid i. b Saul i. c addide to i. d for to i. e Om. i. f the which i. 8 Om. i. h vnto i. 
1 And i. k stiede up i. 1 thei token i. 



XXVII. 9 XXVIII. 4- 



I. KINGS. 



81 



thes hethen dwelliden in the loond bi 
oold tyme citees of Sur, vnto the loond 
a of Egipt. And Dauid smoot al the loond 
of hem, and he lafte not a lyuynge man 
and womman ; and takynge sheep, and 
oxen, and assis, and camelis, and clothis, 

10 he turnede a3en, and cam to Achis. For- 
sothe Achis seide to hym, In whom felle 
thou on to dai ? Dauid answerde, A3ens 
the south of Jude, and a3ens the south 
of Yranyel, and a3ens the south of Ceny. 

11 Man and womman Dauid lafte not on 
lyue, ne brou3te into Geth, seiynge, Lest 
perauenture thei speken a3ens vs. These 
thingis dide Dauid, and this was the 
dom of hym, alle the? dais Hhe whiche z 
he dwellide in the regioun of Philisteis. 

12 Thanne Achis leuyde to Dauid, seiynge, 
Forsothe manye yuels he hath wrou3te 
.156113 his puple Yrael, therfor a seruaunt 
he shal be to me for euere more. 

CAP. XXVIII. 

1 In tho dais forsothe it is doon, Phi- 
listeis gadreden her companyes, that thei 
weren redi before a3ens Yrael at batail. 
And Achis seide to Dauid, Witynge now 
wite thou, for with me thou shalt goon 

2 out in the tentis, thou and thi men. And 
Dauid seide to Achis, Now thou shalt 
knowe what thi seruaunt is to doo. And 
Achis seith to Dauid, And I shal putte 

3 thee keper of myn heed alle dais. For- 
sothe Samuel is deed, and al Yrael bi- 
weilide 3 hym, and biryede hym in Ra- 
matha, his b cytee. And Saul took awey 
the dyuynours and ctepers of deuels fro 
the loond, and slew3 hem that hadden 

4 chaarmers of deuels in the wombe. And 
Philisteis ben gadrid, and camen, and 
setten tentis in Siccymam ; forsothe and 
Saul gadrede al Yrael, and cam into 



to men goynge to Sur, 'til to m the lond of 
Egipt. And Dauid smoot al the lond of 9 
hem, and lefte n not man 'lyuynge and 
womman ; and he took scheep, and oxun, 
and assis, and camels, and clothis, and 
turnedeP a3en, and cam to Achis. Sotheli r i 
Achis seide to hym, In to s whom 'hurliden 
3e* to dai ? Dauid u answeride, A3ens the 
south of Juda, and a3ens the south of 
Hiramel, and a3ens the south of Ceney. 
Dauid left not v quik man and w womman, n 
nether brou3te 'in to x GetbT, and z se ide, 
Lest perauenture thei speken a^ens vs. 
Dauid dide these thingis, and this was his 
doom, in alle daies in whiche he dwellide 
in the cuntrei of Filisteis. Therfor Achis 12 
bileuyde to Dauid, and seide, Forsothe* 
he b wrou3te many yuelis a3ens his puple 
Israel, therfor he schal be euerlastynge d 
seruaunt to me e . 



CAP. XXVIII. 

Forsothe it was doon in tho daies, i 
Filisteis f gaderiden^ her cumpenyes, that 
thei schulden be maad redi a3ens Israel to 
batel. And Achis seide to Dauid, Thou 
witynge Vite now 1 ', for thou schalt go out 
with me in 1 castels k , thou and thi men. 
And Dauid seide to Achis, Now thou 2 
schalt wyte what thingis thi seruaunt 
schal do. And Achis seide to Dauid, And 
Y schal sette thee kepere of myn heed in 
alle dayes. Forsothe 1 Samuel was deed, 3 
and al Israel biweilide hym, and thei 
birieden hym in Ramatha, his citee. And 
Saul dide awey fro the lond witchis and 
fals dyuynoursf, 'and he slou3 hem that 
hadden"' 'charmers of" deuelis 'in her 
wombe P. And Filisteis weren gaderid, 4 
and camen, and settiden tentis in Sunam ; 
sotheli and Saul gaderide al Israel, and 



f Julne dy- 
rynours; this 
that sueth, and 
he killide hem 
that hadden 
fendit sp^'finge 
In the wortibe, 
is not in Ebreu, 
nether is of the 
text. Lire 
here. c. 



y Om. BCBFH. * that c. weylyde BH. weilede E. weylyden F. b in his E pr.m. c chaarmes A. 

m vnto i. n he left'e i. ne womman lyuynge i. 1 turneden A. he turnede i. r And i. ' A3ens i. 

* han je hurlid i. n And Dauid c. v not in these i. w ne i. * in A. y Gethony i. z but he i. 

* Certis i. * we A pr. m. cpr.m. EGKLMNOPQHSU pr.m. wxb. c hath wroujt i. d a i. e me for euer- 
more i. f the Filisteis i. e gaderiden to gidre i. '' schalt knowe i. * in to K. k tentis i. ' Certis i. 
m Om. A pr. m. BCEFLNPRU. n Om. A pr. m. BCDEFGIKLMNOPQRSUWX. charmers and b. Om. A pr. m. 
BCEFLNPRC. fendis spekinge DIKMOSWX. P in the wombe DGKMOQSWX. Om. A pr. m. BCEFLNPRU. 

VOI,. II. M 



82 



I. KINGS. 



xxvin. 5 15. 



sGelboe. And Saul saw3 the tends of 
Philisteis, and dradde, and his herte 

o quauyde d ful myche. And he counseilde 
the Lord ; and he answerde hym not, ne 
bi prestis, ne hi sweuens 6 , ne hi pro- 

7phetis. And Saul seide to his seruauntis, 
Sechith to me a wormnan hauynge a 
charmynge goost ; and I shal goo to hir, 
and aske bi hir. And his seruauntis 
seiden to hym, There is a womman 
hauynge a dyuynynge spirite in Endore. 

sThanne he chaungide his abite, and is 
clothid with othere clothis ; and he 3ede, 
and two men with hym ; and thei camen 
to the womman bi ny3t. And he seith, 
Dyuyne to me in a chaarmynge spyrite, 
and rere to me whom Y shal seye to 

a thee. And the womman seith to hym, 
Loo ! thou hast knowen how greet f 
thingis Saul dide, and what maner wyse 
he hath putte out dyuynours, and clepers 
of deuels fro the loond ; whi thanne 
weytist thou to my lijf, that I be slayn ? 

10 And Saul swore to hyre in the Lord, 
seiynge, The Lord lyuith ; for there shal 
not come to thee eny thing of yuel for 

1 1 this thing. And the womman seide to 
him, Whom shal I rere to thee ? The 

12 which seith, Rere to me Samuel. For- 
sothe whanne the womman hadde seen 
Samuel, she cryede with a greet voys, 
and seide to Saul, Whi hast thou putte 
this to me? forsothe thou ert Saul. 

n And the kyng seide to hyr, Wole thou 
not drede ; what hast thou seen ? And 
the womman seith to Saul, I saw3 goddis 

H stiynge vp fro the erthe. And he seith 
to hir, What maner is the fourm of hym ? 
The which seith, An oold man stiede vp, 
and he is clothid with a mantil. And 
Saul vndurstood that it was Samuel ; 
and he bowide hym self vpon his face in 

ir, the erthe, and honourde. Forsothe Sa- 
muel seide to Saul, Whi hast thou vn- 



cam in to Gelboe. And Saul si3 the cas-5 
tels of Filisteis, and he dredde, and his 
herte dredde greetli. And he counselide o 
the Lord ; and the Lord answeride not to 
hym, nether bi preestis, netheri bi dremes, 
netheri bi profetis. And Saul seide to hise 7 
seruauntis, Seke 36 to me a womman hau- 
ynge a feend spekynge in the r wombe ; 
and Y schal go to hir, and Y schal axe s bi 
hir. And hise seruauntis seiden to hym, 
A womman hauynge a feend spekynge in 
the wombe is in Endor. Therfor Sauls 
chaungide his clothing, and he was clothid 
with othere clothis ; and he 3edeS and twei 
men with hym ; and thei camen to the 
womman in the ny3t. And he u seyde, Dy- 
uyne thou to me in v a fend spekynge in 
the wombe, and reise thou to w me whom 
Y schal seie to thee. And the womman o 
seide to hym, Lo ! thou woost hou grete 
thingis Saul hath do, and hou he dide" 
awei fro the lond witchis, and fals dyuyn- 
ours ; whi therfor settist thou tresoun to 

soule bi Goddis 

mv liif, that Y be slayn ? And Saul swoor 10 ordenaunce, to 

mi telle to Saul 

to hir in the Lord, and seide, I he Lord 

. t * rt iii 

lyueth ; for no thing of yuel schal come to 

thee for this thing. And the womman . 

seide to hym, Whom schal Y reiser to thee? oun seith . d> 

the deuel ap- 

And he z seide, Reise thou Samuel to a me. peride in the 

, , , liciiesse of 

Sotheh whanne the womman hadde seyn 12 Sam uei ; and 



) Saul viulur- 
stood that it 
icas Samuel. 
Seynt Austin 
in his Pistle to 
Simplycian, 
rehersith 
tweyne opyny- 
ouns ; oon 
seith, that 
Samuel ap- 
peride verili in 



his deth and 

the scateryng 

of the pu pi e s of 



Samuel, sche criede with greet vois, and ^ th ' 
seide to Saul, Whi hast thou disseyued thi : . 

as it is teld in 

me? for b thou art Saul. And the kyngi3Decrees,inxxvi. 

cause, v. nues- 

seide to hir, Nyl thou drede ; what hast tioun, c. nee 

thou seyn? And the womman seide to 

Saul, Y si3 goddis stiynge fro erthe d . And i 

Saul seide to hir, What maner forme is of 

hym ? And sche seide, An eld man stieth 6 , 

and he is clothid with a mentil. And 

Saul vndirstood that it was Samuelf ; and 

Saul bowide hym silf on his face to 



aungei of list, 
as Poul seith, 
and bi the 
maner of spek- 
ing of scrip- 
ture, a licuesie 
takith the 
name of a 



thing, who* 

the erthe, and worschipide. Sotheli' Sa-isiicnesseit 
muel seide to Saul, Whi hast thou disesid 



me, that Y schulde be reisid ? And Saul 



quakide n. e swenes c. f myche E pr. m. 



the euydensis 
for the con- 
trarie part 
rooun lijtly be 
asoilid. Lire 
here. c. 



<1 ne EILP. 
reise up i. 
And i. 



r Om. i. s enquere i. * jede forth i. u Saul i. v Om. c. w up to i. * hath do i. 
z Saul i. a up to i. b certis J. c stiynge up i. d the erthe i. e stieth up i. 



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83 



restid me, that I be rerid? And Saul 
seith, I am artid to myche ; forsothe 
Philisteis fijten a3ens me, and God is 
goon awey fro me, and wol not here 
me, ne bi the hoond of prophetis, ne bi 
sweuens ; therfor I haue clepid thee, that 

16 thou shewe to me what I shal doo. And 
Samuel seith, What askist thou me, sith 
God hath goon a wey fro thee, and goon 

17 to thin enemye ? Forsothe the Lord shal 
doo to thee as he spak in myn hoond, 
and he shal kut thi kyngdam fro thin 
hoond, and }yue it to thi nei3bor Dauid ; 

18 for thou hast not obeishid to the vois of 
the Lord, ne thou didist the wraththe 
of his woodnes in Amalech. Therfor that 
that thou suffrist the Lord hath doo to 

19 thee to day ; and the Lord also shal 
jeue Irael with thee in the hoond of 
Philisteis. Forsothe to morwe thou and 
thi sones shal be with me ; but and the 
Lord shal take the tentis of Yrael in the 

20 hoond of Philisteis. And Saul anoon felle 
stra3t into the erthe ; he dradde forsothe 
the wordis of Samuel, and mi3t was not 
in hym, for he hadde not eten breed al 

21 that dai and al ni3t. And so that worn- 
man wente yn to Saul, and saith ; forsothe 
he was disturblid greetli ; and she seide 
to hym, Loo ! thin hoond womman hath 
obeishid to thi vois, and I haue put my 
lijf in myn hoond, and I haue herd thi 

-22 wordis, that thou speek to me. Now 
thanne here thou the vois of thin hoond 
womman, and I shal putte before thee 
a morsels of breed, and etynge thou wexe 

2shool, and mowe goon the weye. The 
which forsoke, and seith, I shal not ete. 
Forsothe his seruauntis and the womman 
constreyneden ; and at the last, the vois 
of hem herd, he roos fro the erthe, and 

24 sat vpon the bedde. Forsothe that wom- 
man hadde a foddred calf in the hows, 
and she hi3ede, and slew3 it ; and takynge 



seide, Y am constreyned greetli ; for Fi- 
listeiss fi3ten a3ens me, and God 3ede h 
awei fro me, and he nolde 1 here me, nether 
bi the hond of profetis k , nether 1 bi dremes ; 
therfor Y clepide thee, that thou schuldist 
schewe to me what Y schal do. And ic 
Samuel seide, What axist thou me, whanne 
God hath go awei fro thee n , and passide"" 
to thin enemy ? For the Lord schal do 17 
to thee as he spakP in myn hond, and he 
schal kitte awey thi rewme fro thin hond, 
and he schal 3yue it to Dauid, thi nei3- 
bore ; for thou obeiedist not toi the vois 13 
of the Lord, nether didisf the v ire of hys 
strong veniaunce 5 in Amalech. Therfor the 
Lord hath do to thee to day that that 
thou suffrist ; and the Lord schal 3yue 19 
also Israel with thee in the hond of Fi- 
listeis. Forsothe to morewe thou and thi 
sones schulen be with me ; but also the 
Lord schal bitake the castels of Israel in 
the hond of Filistiym*. And anoon Saul 20 
felde u stretchid v forth to vv erthe; for he 
dredde the wordis of Samuel, and strengthe 
was not in hym, for he hadde not ete breed 
in al that dai and al w ny3t. Therfor thilke 21 
womman entride to Saul, and seide ; for he 
was disturblid greetli ; and sche seide to 
hym, Lo ! thin handmayde obeiede x to thi 
vois, and Y haue put my lijf in 



hondf, and Y herde thi wordis, whiche t <? 

. -T i i hand; that is, 

thou spakist to me. Now 1 thertor and a 22ydideatthyn 
thou here the vois of thin handmaide, and forteUuV^ndur 
Y schal sette a mussel 1 * of breed bifor thee, * h f, p T e f 

Q6tn . LA Tc 

and that c thou etynge wexe strong, and ** 

maist do the d iourney. And he forsook 6 , 23 

and seide, Y schal not ete. Sothely f hise 

seruauntis and the womman compelliden 

hymt ; and at the laste, whanne the vois * compeiiidm 

Mm ; that is, 

of hem was herd, he roos& fro the erthe, w bisipreyens; 

, , , , ~ . ... , ... and so he was 

and sat on the" bed. ootheli 1 thilke worn- 24 coumfonid in 
man hadde a fat calf in the k hows, and 
v sche hastide 1 , and killide hym ; and sche JJ- 
took mele, and meddlide it", and made 



mussel . 

8 the Filisteis r. h hath gon i. ' wolde not i. k prestys ELP. dyuynours i sed expunxit sec. m. 
1 ne ELP. "> Om. i. the A. nn hath passid i. Sothli i. P hath spoke i. 1 Om. i. r thou didist i. 
feers wraththe of the Lord i. * Philistees i. u felle doun i. v and was stretchid i. vv upon the i. 
w al that i. * hath obeied i. 7 thin OKX sup. ras. z And now i. Om. i. b morsel i. c Om. c. 
d thi i. forsook it i. ! But i. K roos up i. h a i. ' And i. k hir i. ' hee hastide E. hee castid L. 
m it i. "it togidre i. 

M 2 



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XXVIII. 25 XXIX. 7. 



floure she mengide it, and boke h therf 
25 looues ; and putte before Saul and his 
seruauritis, the which whanne thei had- 
den eten, risen, and wenten thur3 out al 
that' ny3t. 

CAP. XXIX. 

1 Thanne alle the companyes of Phi- 
listeis ben gadred in Aphech, but and 
Irael sette tentis vpon the welle that was 

2 in Jezrael. Forsothe and the maistris of 
Philisteis wenten in hundredis and thou- 
sandis ; forsothe Dauid and his men 
weren in the last companye with Achis. 

s And the princis of Philisteis seiden to 
Achis, What to hem self wolen thes 
Ebrews ? And Achis seith to the princys 
of Philisteis, Whether knowe 30 not Da- 
uid, that was seruaunt to Saul, kyng of 
Irael ? and is anentis me manye days or 
3eeris, and I founde not in hym eny 
thing, fro the dai that he ouer flei3 to 

4 me vnto this dai. Forsothe the princis 
of Philisteis ben wrooth a3ens hym, and 
seiden to hym, The man turne a3en, and 
sitt in his place, in the which I haue sett 
hym, and dessende he not with vs into 
batail, lest he be maad to vs aduersarye, 
whanne we bigynnen to fi3te ; forsothe 
what maner wise other wise he shal 
mowe plese his lord, but in oure heedis? 

5 Whether is not this Dauid, to whom 
thei syngen in dauncis, seiynge, Saul 
hath smyten in his thousandis, and Dauid 

Gin his ten thousandis? Thanne Achis 
clepide Dauid, and seide to hym, The 
Lord lyueth ; for ri3t thou ert, and good 
in my si3t, and thi goynge out and thin 
incomynge with me is in the tentis, and 
I haue not founden in thee eny thing of 
yuel, fro the dai that thou cam to me 
vnto this dai; but to the maistris thou 

7 plesist not. Turn thanne a3en, and go in 
pees, and offend thou not the eyen of the 



therf breed ; and settide bifor Saul and 25 
bifor hise seruauntis, and whanne thei 
hadden ete, thei risiden?, and walkiden 
bii al that r 



CAP. XXIX. 

Therfor alle the cumpenyes of Filisteis' i 
weren gaderid in 1 Aphec, but also Israel 
settide tentis aboue the welle that was in 
Jezrael. And sotheli the princis of Fi-2 
listeis u 3eden in cumpenyes of an hundrid, 
and in thousyndis ; forsothe v Dauid and 
hise men weren in the laste cumpenye 
with Achis. And the princes of Filisteis 3 
seiden to Achis, What wolen these Ebreis 
to hem silf? And Achis seide to the 
princes of Filisteis, Whether 36 knowen 
not Dauid, that was the seruaunt of Saul, 
kyng of Israel ? and he was with me in w 
many daies, 'ether 3eeris x , and Y foond not 
in hym ony thingf, fro the dai, in which 
he fledde to me 'til to^ this dai. Sotheli 2 4 
the princes of Filisteis weren wrooth a3ens 
hym a , and seiden b to hym, The man turne 
a3en, and sitte c in his place, in which thou 
hast ordened hym, and come he not down 
with vs in to batel, lest he be maad aduer- 
sarie to vs, whanne we ban bigunne to 
fi3te ; for hou mai he plese his lord in 
other maner, no e but in oure heedis? 
Whether this is not Dauid, to whom thei 5 
sungen in daunsis, and seiden, Saul smoot 
in thousyndis, and Dauid smoot in hise 
ten thousyndis? Therfor Achis clepide 6 
Dauid, and seide to hym, The Lord 
lyueth ; for thou art netful, and good in 
my si3t, and thi goyng out and 'thin 
entryng f is with me in castels^, and Y 
'foond not h in thee ony thing of yuel, fro 
the day 1 in which thou earnest to me 
til to this dai ; but thou plesist not the 
princis k . Therfor turne thou a3en, and? 
go in pees, and offende thou not the J 



f ony thing ; 
of ymagynyng 
to yuel, which 
schulde be per- 
seyued in so 
long tyme, if it 
hadde be verily 
in him. Lire 
here. c. 



11 booc E. boc c. the AC pr. m. 

sche sette forth i. P resin EP. resen up i. q in i. r the i. s the Filisteis i. t j n to i 

Philistee i. v but i. w Om. i. * Om. c. J vnto i. * Certis i. * Achis i. t thei seiden ,' 

c abide he i. e Qm. i. f thi comyng yn i. g tentis i. k haue not founden i. i tyme A. k princis 
or satrapis i. 



XXIX. 8 XXX. 6. 



I. KINGS. 



85 



smaistris of Philisteis. And Dauid seid 
to Achis, Forsothe what haue I doo, and 
what hast thou founden in me thi ser- 
uaunt, fro the dai that I was in thi si3t 
vnto this dai, that I come not, and k fi^t 
a3ens the enemyes of my lord the kyng ? 

9 Forsothe Achis answerynge spak to Da- 
uid, I woot for thou art good, and in myn 
eyen as the aungel of God ; but the princis 
of Philisteis seiden, He shal not stie vp 

10 with vs into batail. Therfor rise eerli, 
thou, and thi seruauntis that camen with 
thee ; and whanne fro ni}t 36 shulen rise, 
and it bigynneth to X li3te day 1 , gooth. 

11 And so Dauid roos fro ni3t, he and his 
men, that he mi3t goo forth eerli to the 
loond of Philisteis, and turne a3en ; for- 
sothe Philisteis stieden vp into Jezrael. 

CAP. XXX. 

1 Whanne Dauid and his men weren 
comen into Sichelech the thridde dai, 
Amalechites maden a bure fro the south 
partie into Sichelech ; and thei smyten 
Sichelech, and thei brenten it with fier. 

2 And caitifis thei ladden wymmen fro it, 
fro the leest vnto the greet ; and thei 
slewen not eny man, but ladden with 

3 hem, and wenten her weye. Thanne 
whanne Dauid was comen, and his men, 
to the citee, and thei founden it brent 
with fier, and her wyues, and her sonys, 

4 and dou3tris ra to be ladde caitifes", Da- 
uid and the puple that was with hym 
rereden vp her voices, and weiliden, to 
the tyme that teeris faileden in hem. 

5 Forsothe and the two wyues of Dauid 
weren ladde caitife, Achynoem Jezraelite, 
and Abigail, the wijf of Naabal of Car- 

6 mele. And Dauid sorowide greetli ; for- 
sothe al the puple wold stoone hym, for 
bitter was the lyif of eche man vpon her 
sones and dou3tres. Forsothe Dauid is 



of princis 1 of Filisteis" 1 . And Dauid seide 8 
to Achis, Forsothe 11 what v dide Y, and 
what hast thou founde in me thi seruaunt, 
fro the dai in which Y was in thi si3t til 
in to this dai, that Y come not, and fi3te 
a3ens the enemyes of my lord the kyng ? 
ForsotheP Achis answeride, and spak to 9 
Dauid, Y woot that thou art good, and as 
the aungel of God in my i3en ; but the 
princes of Filisteis seyden, He<i schal not 
stie r with vs in to batel. Therfor rise thou 8 10 
eerli, thou, and thi seruauntis that camen 
with thee ; and whanne 36 han ryse bi ny3t, 
and it bigynneth to be cleer*, go 36". 
Therfor Dauid roos v bi ny3t, he and hise 1 1 
men, that thei schulden go forth eerli, and 
turne a3en to the lond of Fylisteis; sotheli w 
Filisteis stieden x in to Jezrael. 

CAP. XXX. 

And whanne Dauid and hise men hadden i 
come' in to? Sichelech in the thridde dai, 
men of Amalech hadden rnaad asau3t on z 
the south part in a Sichelech ; and thei b 
smytiden c Sichelech, and brenten d it bi e 
fier. And thei ledden the wymmen pri-2 
soneris fro thennus, fro the leeste v til to f 
the grete ; and thei hadden not slayn ony, 
but thei ledden h with hem, and 3eden i in 
her weie. Therfor whanne Dauid and 3 
hise men hadde come to the citee, and 
hadden founde it brent bi k fier, and that 
her 1 wyues, and her sones, and dou3tris 
weren led m prisoneris, Dauid n and the 4 
puple that was with hym reisiden her 
voices, and weiliden, til teeris failiden in 
hem. ForsotheP also tweii wyues of Dauid a 
weren led r prisoneris, Achynoem of Jez- 
rael, and Abigail, the wijf of Nabal of 
Carmele. And Dauid was ful sori ; for- e 
sothe 8 al the puple wold stone* hym u , for 
the soule of ech man was bittir on her 
sones and dou3tris. Forsothe Dauid was 



k in ABFH. 1 dai lijten CE. o> doujtren BFH. n caytyfe FH. 

1 the princis CF.PL. the satrapis i. m the Filisteis i. n And i. haue i. do i. P And i. 1 Dauid i. 
r stie up i. s thou up i. t cleer day i. u je forth i. v roos up i. w but the i. * stieden up i. 
V in A. z fro i. a of BC. ajens i. o Om. EL. c smoten r. smeten L. smetyn BP. d thei brenten i. 
e with i. t til A. vnto r. to o fee. m. s moost i. h ledden hem forth i. ' thei jeden i. k with i. 
1 menns i. m led awey i. n thanne Dauid i. the teeris i. P And i. 1 the two i. r led awey i. 
* certis i. * haue stoned i. u Dauid i. 



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XXX. 7 16. 



7 coumfortid in the Lord his God. And 
he seith to Abiathar, the preest, the sone 
of Achimalech, Aplie to me the preestis 
coope. And Abiathar apliede to Dauid 

s the preestis coope ; and Dauid counseilde 
the Lord, seiynge, Shal I pursue, or naye, 
these theues, and take hem? And the 
Lord seide to hym, Pursue; forsothe out 
of dout thou shalt take hem, and shake 

9 out the praye. Thanne Dauid wente, he 
and sexe hundred men that weren with 
hym, and camen to the streem of Besor ; 

10 and summe wery stoden stille. Forsothe 
Dauid pursuede, he and foure hundrid 
men ; for there stoden stille two hun- 
dred, that weri my3ten not goon ouere 

11 the streem of Besor. And thei founden 
an Egipcien man in the feeld, and thei 
brou3ten hym to Dauid ; and thei 3euen 
hym breed for to eete, and drynke water ; 

12 but and the relif of a wei3t of dried figis, 
and two bundels of dried grapis. The 
whiche thingis whanne he hadde eten, 
the spiryt of hym is turned a3en, and he 
is refresshid ; forsothe he hadde not eten 
breed, ne drunken water thre dais and 

13 thre ni3tes. And so Dauid seide to hym, 
Whos ert thou, or whens and whidir 
gost thou? The which seith, An Egip- 
cien child I am, and the seruaunt of an 
Amalechite man ; forsothe my lord laft 
me, for I bigan to sikynyn the thridde 

H dai hens. Forsothe we wenten out of 
the south coost of Cerethi, and a3ens 
Judam, and to the south of Caleph, and 

15 Sichilich we han brent vp with fier. And 
Dauid seide to hym, Maist thou lede me 
to this cumpanye ? The which seith, 
Sweer to me bi God, that thou shalt not 
slee me, and not take me into the hoondis 
of my lord ; and I shal lede thee to this 
companye. And Dauid swore to hym. 

16 The which whanne he hadde ladde hym, 



coumfortid in his Lord God. And he 7 
seide to Abiathar, preest v , the sone of 
Achymelech, Bringe thou w ephoth* to me. 
And Abiathar brou3te ephoth/ to Dauid ; 
and Dauid councelide z the Lord, and seide, a 
Schal Y pursue a , ether nay b , 'these 
theues c ? and schal Y take hem ? And 
the Lord seide to hym d , Pursue thou ; for 
with out doute thou schalt take hem, and 
thou schalt take awey the e prey. Therfor 9 
Dauid 3ede f , he and sixe hundrid men that 
weren with hym, and thei camen v til to& 
the stronde of Besor ; and sotheli h the 
wery men' abididen k . Forsothe 1 Dauid pur- I Q 
suede, he and foure hundrid men ; for 
twei hundrid abididen", that weren weeri, 
and my3ten not passe the stronde of Besor. 
And thei founden a man of Egipte in then 
feeld, and thei brou3ten hym to Dauid ; 
and thei 3auen 'breed to hym, that he 
schulde etc, and 'schulde drynke watir? ; 
but also thei yiuen to hym a gobet of ai 12 
bundel of drye r figis, and twei byndyngis 8 
of dried grapis. And whanne he* hadde 
ete tho, his spirit turnede a3en u , and he 
was coumfortid; for he hadde not ete breed, 
nether hadde v drunk watir in thre daies 
and thre ny3tis. Therfor w Dauid seide 13 
to hym, Whos man art thou, ethir fro 
whennus and whidur goist thou ? And 
he seide, Y am a child of Egipt, the 
seruaunt of a man of Amalech ; forsothe* 
my lord forsook me, for Y bigan to be 
sijk the thridde dai ago. Sotheliy we u 
braken out to z the south coost of Cerethi, 
and 336115 Juda, and to a the south of 
Caleb, and we brenten Sichelech bi b fier. 
And Dauid seide to hym, Maist thou lede 15 
me to this cumpeny ? Which seide, Swere 
thou to me bi God, that thou schalt not 
sle me, and schalt d not bitake me in to the 
hondis of my lord ; and Y schal lede thee 
to this cumpeny. And Dauid swoor to 



seeke A. seeken BEF. syken H. 

* the preest I. w thou the prestis coope or i. * ephoth, that is, the cloth of the hiyst prest K. J the 
ephoth s. z councelide with i. a pursue these theues I. b no i. c Qm. i. d Dauid i. e fro 
hem her i. f 3ede forth i. g vnto i. h there i. men of the oost of Dauid i. k abiden CELPU. 
abiden bihynde i. 1 And i. "> pursuede forth i. " abiden EI. hym bred i. P watir to drinke i. 
M Om. phires. ' dried i. clustris i. * the man i. a j en to him i. v he hadde i. w Thanne i. 
* but i. y For i. z at i. a at i. t> with i. c The which i. d that thou schalt i. 



xxx. i; H- 



I. KINGS. 



87 



loo ! thei seeten vpon the face of al the 
erthe, etinge and dririkynge, and as ha- 
lowynge a feest dai, for al the pray and 
spoilis that thei token fro the loond of 
Philisteis, and fro the loond of Juda. 

17 And Dauid sraoot hem fro euen 'unto 
euenP of the tother dai, and there scap- 
ide not of hem eny man, but foure hun- 
drid 3onge men, that stieden vpi camelis, 

is and flowen. Forsothe Dauid delyuerde 
alle thingis that Amalachitis token, and 

19 his two wyues he dilyuerde ; ne there 
failide eny man fro litil vnto miche, as 
wel of sonys as of dou3tris r , and of 
spoilys ; and what eure thingis thei had- 

20 den robbid, alle Dauid brou3te a3en ; and 
took all the flockis and drouys, and droue 
before his face. And thei seiden, This 

21 is the praye of Dauid. Forsothe Dauid 
cam to the two hundrid men, that wery 
stoden stille, and my3ten not folowe 
Dauid ; and he hadde comaundid hem to 
sitte stille biside the streem of Besor ; 
the whiche wenten out to mete Dauid, 
and the puple that was with hym. For- 
sothe Dauyd comynge ny3 to the puple, 

22salutede hem pesibli. And o man an- 
swerynge, werst and wickid of the men 
that weren with Dauid, seide, For thei 
camen not with vs, we shulen not 3yue 
to hem eny thing of the praye, that we 
ban delyuerde, but suffice to echon his 
wijf and sonis ; the whiche whanne thei 

23 han takun, goo thei a weye. Forsothe 
Dauid seide, Not so 36 shulen doo, bri- 
theren myn, of these thingis that the 
Lord hath taken to vs, and hath kepte 
vs, and hath 5 3euen the theuys, that 
breken out a3ens vs, into oure hoondis, 

2 me eny man shal here vs vpon this word. 
Forsothe euen part shal be of the goynge 
down to batail, and of the abidynge stille 
at the fardels ; and lijk maner thei shulen 



hym. And whanne the child hadde ledde IB 
hym e , lo ! thei saten at the mete, on f the 
face of al the erthe, etynge and drynkynge, 
and as halewynge a feeste, for al the prey 
and spuylis whiche thei hadden take of 
the lond of Filisteis, and of the lond of 
Juda. And Dauid smoot hem fro euentid h 17 
v til to 1 euentid of the tothir dai, and not 
ony k of hem escapide, no 1 but foure hun- 
drid 3onge m men, that stieden on" camels, 
and fledden. Forsothe Dauid delyuerede is 
alle thingis whiche the men of Amalech 
token, and he delyuerede hise twei wyues ; 
nether ony of hem failide fro litil? 'til toi 10 
greet 1 ", as wel of sones as of dou3tris, and 
of spuylis; and what euer thingis thei 
hadden rauyschid, Dauid ledde a3en alle 8 
thingis ; and he took alle flockis 1 and grete 20 
beestis, and droof u bifor his face. And thei v 
seiden, This is the prey of Dauid. For- 21 
sothe Dauid cam to twei w hundrid men, 
that weren weeri, and abididen x , and 
my3ten not sue Dauid ; and he hadde? 
comaundid hem to sitte in z the stronde 
of Besor ; whiche a 3eden out a3ens Dauid, 
and the b puple that was with hym. For- 
sothe Dauid nei3ede to the puple, and 
grette d it pesibli. And o man, the werste 6 22 
and vniust f of the men that weren with 
Dauid, answeride, and seide, For thei 
camen not with vs, we schulen not 3yue 
to hem bny thing of the prey, which& we 
rauyschiden 11 , but' his wijf and children k 
'suffice to ech man 1 ; and whanne thei han 
take hem, go thei awei. Forsothe" 1 Dauid 2:1 
seide, My britheren, 36 schulen not do so" 
of these thingis, whiche the Lord 3af to 
vs, and kepte? vs, and 3afi the theues, 
that braken out a3ens vs, in to oure 
hondis ; nether ony man r schal here vs on 8 24 
this word. For euene part schal be of him 
that goith doun to batel, and of hym that 
dwellith at the fardelis ; and in lijk maner 



P Om. A. 1 hi A. " doujtren BFH. Om. CEFH. 

e hym thidere i. ' upon I. g feeste day plures. h the euentid i. > vnto the I. k ony thing L. 
1 Om. i. m of 3onge i. n upon i. ony man i. P the litil i. 'I vnto i. r the greet i. 9 Om. o. 

4 the flockis i. u droof hem i. v men i. w his two i. * abidin EP. abididen bihynde i. y Om. i. 
* at i. the whiche i. b ajens the i. c Certis i. d he grett i. e werste man i. f wickid i. 

5 that i. h han rauischid i. but suffice it to eche man i. k his children i. 1 Om. i. m And i. n so 
as y speken i. hath jouen i. P he hath kept i. 1 hath jouen i. r Om. i. s stryue on i. 



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XXX. 25 XXXI. 6. 



25 departe. And this is maad fro that day, 
and there aftir a statute, and a decree, 
and as a lawe in Yrael vnto this day. 

26 Thanne Dauid cam into Sichelech, and 
sente 3iftis of the praye to the eldris of 
Juda, his nei3bours, seiynge, Takith bless- 
ynge of the praye of the enemyes of the 

27 Lord ; to hem that weren in Bethel, and 
that in Ramoth, at the south, and that in 

aaGether, and that in Aroer, and that in 

29Sephamoth, and that in Eschama, and 

that in Rethala, and that in the citees of 

Hierameli, and that in the citees of Ceny, 

30 and that in Arama, and that in Lautua- 

31 saam, and that in Athech, and that in 
Ebron, and to other, that weren in thes 
places, in the whiche Dauid hadde dwellid 
and his men. 



CAP. XXXI. 

1 Forsothe Philisteis fou3ten ajens Irael, 
and the men of Yrael floweri before the 
face of Philisteis, and thei slayn fellen in 

2 the hyl of Gelboe. And Philisteis fallen 
into Saul, and into' the sonys of hym, 
and thei smyten Jonathan, and Amy- 
nadab, and Melchisue, the sonys of Saul. 

3 And al the charge of the batayl is turned 
into Saul ; and there folweden hym men 
sheters, and he is woundid hydowsly of 

4 the archers. And Saul seide to his 
squyer, Drawe out thi swerd, and smyit 
me, lest perauenture thes vncircumcidid 
men" comen, and sleen me, scornynge to 
me. And his squier wolde not ; forsothe 
he was agaist with to mych gaistnes ; 
and so Saul caujte his swerd, and felle 

ovpon it. The which thing whanne his 
squyer hadde seen, that is, that Saul was 
deed, also he felle on his swerd, and is 

c deed with hym. Thanne Saul is deed, 
and his three sonys, and his squyer, and 



-^ fro that day 

and aftirward ; 

in Ebmi it is. 



but this wa 

ordeyned stide- 






thei schulen departe 1 . And this was maad 25 

a constitucioun and doom" fro that dai 

and afterwardf, and as a lawe in Israel til 

in to this dai. Therfor v Dauid cam in 

Sichelech, and sente w 3iftis of the prey to 

the eldere men of Juda, hise nei3boris, and 

seide, Take 36 blessyng of the prey of 

enemyes of the Lord ; to" hem that weren 27 Hrom on 

in Bethel, and that weren in Ramoth, at i^er k thafit 

the south, and that weren in Jether, and 28 jchuide be 

kept aftirward 

that weren in Aroer, and that weren in outiriy. Lire 

Sephamoth, and that weren in Escama, 

and that weren in Rethala, and that weren 29 

in the citees of Jeramel, and that weren in 

the citees of Ceny, and that werenJ" in so 

Arama, and that weren in Lautuasam, and 

that weren in Athec, and that weren inai 

Ebron, and to othere men, that weren in 

these places, in whiche Dauid dwellide and 

hise men. 

CAP. XXXI. 

Forsothe Filisteis 2 fou3teri a3ens Israel, i 
and the men of Israel fledden bifor the 
face of Filisteis, and felden a slayn in the 
hil of Gelboe. And Filisteis b hurliden on c 2 
Saul, and on d hise sones, and smytiden* 
Jonathas, and Amynadab, and Melchisua, 
sones of Saul. And al the wei3te f of batels 3 
was turned x in to h Saul ; and men archeris 
pursueden hym 1 , and he was woundid 
greetli of the archeris. And Saul seide to 4 
his squyer, Drawe out thi swerd, and sle 
me, lest perauenture these vncircumcidid 
men come, and sle me, and scorne me. 
And his squyer nolde k , for he was aferd bi 
ful grete drede ; therfor Saul took his 
swerd, and felde theronne 1 . And whanne 5 
his squyer hadde seyn this, 'that is m , that 
Saul was deed, also he felde on n his swerd 
and was deed with hym. Therfor nn Saule 
was deed, and hise thre sones, and his 
squyer, and alle his men in that dai to- 
gidere. Forsothe the sones of Israel, that 7 



t Om. E pr. m. u Om. CEFH. 

1 departe the preie i. u a doom i. v Thanne i. w he sente i. * he sente to i. 7 weren to hem i. 
z the Filisteis i. a thei fellen doun i. b the Filisteis i. c feersly into i. d into i. e thei killiden i. 
smyten EFL. smetin p. f charge i. E the batel i. h ajens i. ' Saul i. k wolde not i. l therupon i. 
ra Om. AO pr. m. n upon i. nn And so i. And i. 



XXXI. 7 13- 



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89 



7alle his men in that dai togidir. For- 
sothe seynge the sonys of Yrael, that 
weren bijonde the valey, and bejonde 
Jordan, that the men of Yrael hadden 
flovven, and that Saul was deed, and his 
sones v , thei laften her citees, and flowen ; 
and Philisteis camen, and dwelliden there. 

a Forsothe the tother dai doon, Philisteis 
camen for to spoyl out the slayn men, 
and thei fonden Saul, and his thre sones, 
liggynge w in the hil of Gelboe ; and thei 
girden of the heed of Saul, and thei 
spoileden hym out of the aarmys. And 
thei senten into the loond of Philisteis bi 
enuyroun, that it were toold in the temple 

10 of mawmettis, and in puplis. And thei 
setten his aarmys in the temple of As- 
charoth ; forsothe the bodi of hym thei 

1 1 hengen in the wal of Bethsan. The 
which thing whanne the dwellers of 
Jabes Galaad hadden herd, alle thingis 

12 that Philisteis hadden doo to Saul, alle 
the moost stronge men rysen, and wenten 
al ny3t, and token the careyns of Saul, 
and the careyns of his sonis fro the wal 
of Bethsan ; and the men of Jabes Ga- 
laad camen, and brenten hem with fier. 

is And thei token the boonys of hem, and 
biryeden in the wode of Jabes, and fast- 
iden seuen days. 

Here endith the first book of Kyngis, 
and now bigynneth the secounde*. 



weren bi3endisP the valei, and bi3endis 
Jordan, sien that thei men of Israel hadden 
fled, and that Saul was deed, and hise 
sones, and thei leften her citees and fledden ; 
and Filisteis r camen, and dwelliden there. 
Forsothe 8 in 1 'the tother dai maad u , Filisteis s 
camen, that thei schulden v dispuyle the 
slayn men, and thei founden Saul, and hise 
thre sones, liggynge in the hil of Gelboe; 
and thei kittiden awei the heed of Saul, 9 
and dispuyliden hym of armeris w ; and 
senten x in to the lond of Filisteis bi cum- 
pas, that it schulde be teld in the temple^ 
of idols, and in the puplis. And thei put- 10 
tiden hise armeris in the temple of Asto- 
roth ; sotheli z thei hangiden his bodi in 
the wal of Bethsan. And whanne then 
dwellers of Jabes of a Galaad hadden herd 
this, what b euer thingis c Filisteis d hadden 
do to Saul, alle e the strongeste f men ri-ia 
sidenS, and 3eden h in 1 al that ny3t, and 
token k the deed bodi of Saul, and the deed 
bodies of hise sones fro the wal of Bethsan ; 
and the 1 men of Jabes of Galaad camen, 
and brenten tho deed bodies bi m fier. 
And thei token the boonus of hem, and is 
birieden" in the wode of Jabes, and fast- 
iden bi seuene daies. 

Here endith thefirste book of Kyngis, 
and here bigynneth the secounde^. 



v sone ABCEF. w liynge EFH. liende c. * Here eendith the first boke of Kyngus, and bigynneth the 
secounde. B. Explicit liber primus Regum. Here endith the Jirste book of Kingis, and bigynneth the 
secounde. E. No final rubric in CH. 

P bi3onde i. 9 Om. i. r the Filisteis i. s And i. l Om. i. u aftir the i. v wolden i. w his 
armeris i. * thei senten i. y templis c. z but i. a Om. A. b and what i. c Om. A. thing M. d the 
Filisteis i. c and alle i. { mooste stronge i. S risiden up i. risen EP. h jeden forth i. ' Om. i. 
k thei token i. 1 Om. K sec. m. m with i. n birieden hem i. thei fastiden i. P Here endith the 
firste book of Kyngis, and here byginneth the secounde book. DOQUwb. Here endith the Jirste book, and 
here bygynnetk the secounde book of Kyngis. F. Here endith the Jirste book of Kyngis, and bigynneth 
a prolog on the ij. book. G. Heere endith the Jirste book of Kyngis. i. Here endeth the firste book of 
Kinges ; see now the seconde. K. Here endith thefirste book of Kingis, and here bigynneth a prologe on 
the secounde. M. Heere eendith the Jirste of Kinges and bigynneth the ij e . R. Here eendith the firste book 
of Kyngis, and bigynneth the secounde book of Kyngis. 8X9. No final rubric in ELP. 



VOL. II. 



N 



II. KINGS. 



[Prologue on the Second book of Kings*.} 

THIS secounde book of Kingis makith mencioun of the coronacioun of Dauith, first 
in Ebron bi the men of Juda, and aftirward in Jerusalem of al the peple of Israel ; 
and of his werres ; and how the Lord punischide Dauith with grete angwischis and 
disesis for the deeth of Vrie his seruaunt, and for the rauyschinge of Bersabee, the 
wijf of Vrie, and seide to him bi the profete, that werris scholden not ceese fro him in 
alle hise daies. Neuertheles the Lord louede Dauith, and 3af victorie to him of alle 
hise enemyes. 



The secounde boke of Kynges*. 

CAP. I. 

1 Forsothe it is doon, after that Saul is 
deed, that Dauid is b turned a3en fro the 
slau3ter of Amalech, and dwellide in Si- 

2 chelech two days. Forsothe in the thridde 
day aperide a 3ong man, of the tentis of 
Saul, with to-rent clooth, and sprengid 
the heed with powdre ; and as c he came 
to Dauid, he d felle vpon his face, and 

alowtide. And Dauid seide to hym, Whens 
comyst thou ? The which seith to Dauid, 

4 Fro the tentis of Yrael I flei3- And Da- 
uid seide to hym, What is the word that 
is doon ; shewe to me. The which seith, 
The puple flei'3 fro the batail, and many 
fallynge of the puple ben deed ; but and 
Saul, and Jonathas, his sone, han died. 

5 And Dauid seide to the 3ong man, that 
toolde to hym, Wherbi wost thou, that 

6 Saul is deed, and Jonathas, his sone? And 



Heere bigynnith the secunde book of 
Kyngis b . 

CAP. I. 

Forsothe it was doon, after that Saul i 
was deed, that Dauid turnede 33611 fro the 
sleyng of Amalech, and dwellide d twei 
daies in Sichelech. Forsothe 6 in the thridde 2 
dai a man apperide, comynge fro the 
castels f of Saul with thes cloth to-rent, and 
his heed spreynt with dust; and as he 
cam to Dauid, he felde on^s his face, and 
worschipide 11 . And Dauid seide to hym, 3 
Fro whennus comest thou? Which' seide to 
Dauid, Y fledde fro the castels k of Israel. 
And Dauid seide to hym, What is the 4 
word which 1 is doon m ; schewe thou" to me. 
And he seide, The puple fledde? fro the 
batel, and many of the puple felden*), and 
ben deed ; but also Saul, and Jonathas, his 
sonne, perischyden r . And Dauid seide to 5 
the 3ong man, that telde to hym s , Wherof 
woost thou, that Saul is deed, and Jo- 



a From a. No initial rubric in the other Mss. b was CB. c Om. E pr. m. d and E pr. m. 

a This Prologue is from M. b From IM. The secounde of Kinges. LP. Here bigynneth the secunde 
book. o. No initial rubric in the other Mss. c And i. d he dwellide i. e And i. f tentis i. S a i. 
g? upon i. h worschipide him i. > And he i. k tentis i. 1 that i. m doon there i. n thou it i. 
puple of Israel i. P hath fled i. 1 fledden lou. r han perischid i. s hym this i. 



I. 7 18. 



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91 



the 3ong man seith, that toolde to hym, 
Bi hap I cam into the hil of Gelboe, and 
Saul lenyde vpon his speer ; forsothe 

7 chaaris and horsis nei3eden to e hym ; and 
turned bihynde his rigge, and seynge 
clepide me. To whom whanne I hadde an- 

s swerde, I am 1113 ; he seide to me, For- 
sothe who art thou ? And I seide f to 

9 hym, Amalechite I am. And he spak to 
me, Stoond vpon me, and sle me ; for 
anguyshis holden me, and 3it al my soule 

10 is in me. And stondynge vpon hym I 
slew3 hym ; forsothe I wiste that he 
my3te not lyue after the fallynge ; and I 
took the diademe that was in his heed, 
and the bee3 fro his arm, and IK haue 

1 1 brou3te it h to thee, my lord, hidyr. For- 
sothe Dauid takynge his clothis kitte, 
and alle the men that weren with hym ; 

12 and thei weileden, and wepten, and fast- 
iden vnto the 1 euen, vpon Saul, and Jona- 
than, his sone, and vpon the puple of the 
Lord, and vpon the hows of Irael, forthi 

is that thei weren fain with swerd. And 
Dauid seide to the 3onge man, that toolde 
to hym, Whens ert thou? The which 
answerde, I am the sone of an Amalechit 

14 man comlynge. And Dauid seith to hym, 
Whi draddist thou not to putte thin hoond 

15 for to slee the crist of the Lord? And 
Dauid clepynge oon of his children 15 seith, 
Goynge ny3 fal into hym. The which 

lesmoot hym, and he is deed. And Dauid 
seith to hym, Thi blood vpon thin heed ; 
forsothe thi mouth hath spoken a3ens 
thee, seiynge, I slew3 the crist of the 

17 Lord. Forsothe Dauyd weilide this maner 
a weilynge vpon Saul, and vpon Jonathas, 

IB his sone. And he comaundide, that thei 
techen the sones of Juda weilynge, as it 
is writen in the Book of Ri3twise Men ; 
and seith, Bihold, Irael, for, thes that ben 
deed, vpon thin hei3e thingis woundide ; 



nathas, his sonne? And the 3ong mane 
seide, that telde to hym, Bi hap Y cam in 
to the hil of Gelboe, and Saul lenyde on* 
his spere ; forsothe" charis and kny3tis v 
nei3iden to hym ; and he turnede w bihynde? 
his bak, v and si3 me, and x clepide. To whom 
whanne Y hadde answeride, Y am present ; 
he seide to me, Who art thou? And Ys 
seide to hym, Y am a man of Amalech. 
And he spak to me, Stonde thou on? me, 9 
and sle me; for angwischis holden me, and 
3it al my lijf is in me. And Y stood on? 10 
hym, and Y killide* hym ; for Y wiste that 
he my3te not lyue aftir the fallyng ; and Y 
took the diademe, that was in" his heed, 
and the bye fro his arm, and Y brou3te b 
hidur to thee, my lord. Forsothe Dauid 11 
took and to-rente hise clothis, and f the men 
that weren with hym ; and thei weiliden, 12 
and wepten, arid fastiden'til to? euentid h , on 
Saul, and Jonathas, his sone, and on the 
puple of the Lord, and on the hows of 
Israel, for thei hadden feld 1 bi swerd. 
And Dauid seide to the 3ong man, that 13 
telde to him, Of whennus art thou ? And 
he answeride, Y am the sone of a man 
comelyng, of a man of Amalech. And 14 
Dauid seide to him, Whi dreddist thou not 
to sende k thine hond, that thou schuldist 
sle the crist of the Lord ? And Dauid \n 
clepide oon of hise children, and seide, Go 
thou, and falle on hym. Which 1 smoot that 
3ong man, and he was deed. And Dauid ic 
seide to hym, Thi blood be on thin heed ; 
for thi mouth spak a3ens thee, and seide, 
Y killide the crist m of the Lord. For-i7 
sooth Dauid biweilide sych a weilyng on 
Saul, and on Jonathas, his sone ; and is 
comaundide", that thei schulden teche the 
sones of Juda weilyngf P, as it isi writun 
in the Book of Just Men. And Dauid 
seyde, Israel, biholde thou, for these men r 
that ben deed, woundid 8 on thin 



e vnto E pr.m. 
childer c passim. 



sey BF. seie CE. S Om. BCEFH. *> Ora. BCEFH. ' Om. E. k childre BEFH. passim. 



4 upon i. u and i. T horse men i. w yturned i. * and seynge me i. y upon i. z slowe i. 
a on i. b haue broujt hem i. c Certis i. f and eke i. S vnto i. h the euentid IK. ' falle doun i. 
falle ELM. k putte c sec. m. M. putte forth i. l And he i. m anoyntid i. n he comaundide i. 
men i. P the weilyng i. q was A. r Om. i. s ben woundid i. 

N2 



f- loeiling; in 
Ebreu it is, 
that thei 
schulden techc 
the sones of 
Juda the 
bouwe, that 
is, the craft of 
scheting; thus, 
it is in Ebreu, 
and in bokis 
amendid. J.irc 
here. c. 



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i. 1911. 3. 



19 the noble men of Yrael vpon thin hillis 
ben slayn. What maner wise fellen the 

20 strengthful ? woleth 1 je not telle in Geth, 
ne telle 36 in the gedryngis togidre of the 
many weyes of Aschalon ; lest perauen- 
ture the dou3tres of Philisteis gladen, ne 
ioyen the doujtris of the vncircumcidid. 

21 Hillis of Gelboe, ne dewe ne reyn come 
vpon jow, ne be thei feeldis of first 
fruytis ; for there is throwen a wey 
the sheelde of stronge men, the sheelde 
of Saul, as thou3 he hadde not ben 

22anoyntid with oyle. Fro m the blood of 
the slayn, fro the talw3 of stronge men, 
the arowe of Jonathas neuer turnede a3en 
bacward, and the swerd of Saul is not 

23 turned a3en in ydel. Saul and Jonathas 
loueli, and feyr in her lyif, forsothe in 
deeth thei ben not deuydide ; swifter than 

24 eglis, stronger than liouns. Dou3tris of 
Yrael, vpon Saul wepith, the which cloth- 
ide 3ou with reed in delicis, the which 
3af golden ournementis to 3oure wor- 

2sshipynge. What maner fellen strong 
men in batayl? Jonathas in thin hei3 

26thingis is slayn. I sorwe vpon thee, 
brother myn Jonatha, ful myche feir, 
and loueli ouere the loue of wymmen ; as 
a moder louith hir" oneli sone, so Y 

27louede thee. What maner wise fellen 
stronge men, and pershiden aarmes to 
fi3ten with in batayl ? 

CAP. II. 

1 Therfor after thes thingis Dauid coun- 
seilde the Lord, seiynge, Whether I shal 
goon vp into oon of the cytees of Juda ? 
And the Lord seith to hym, Go vp. And 
Dauid seide to hym, Whedir shal I go 
vp? And he answerde to hym, Into 

2 Ebron. Thanne Dauid 3ede vp,and his two 
wyues, Achynoem Jezraelite, and Abigail, 

3 the wijf of Naabal of Carmele. But and 
the men that weren with hym, Dauid 



placis ; the noble men of Israel ben slayn is 
on* thin hillis. Hou felden" stronge ment ? 20 1 * 

stronge men ; 

nyle 36 telle v in Geth, nether telle 36 in as if he seide, 

,, ., ,,. - A , it semeth not 

the w weilottis ot Ascolon ; lest perauenture mannus victo- 
the dou3tris of Filisteis be glad, lest the "el^m^fm 
doustris of vncircumcidid men v be glad*, the synnes of 

Saul and of his 

Hillis of Gelboe, neither dew nethir reyn 21 feiowis ; and 

,, , , . ,, therfor it it 

come on? you, nether the z feeldis of firste 



fruytis be a ; for the scheelcl of stronge men 
was cast awey there, the scheeld of Saul, 
as 'if he were not anoyntid 1 * with oile|. 



to eschewe 
souereynly fro 
siche synnes. 
nyle 5 telle 
and so forth, 
that is, if this 
myjte be that 

Of the blood of slayn men, of c the fatnesse 22 it were not 
of strong men, the arewe of Jonathas 3ede that w ai the" 
neuer abak, and the swerd of Saul turnede iAnUrt.c. 
not a^en void. Saul and Jonathas wny-sst **?**** 

* * that is, of con- 

able, and fair in her lijf, weren not de- secradoun of 

the king bi 

partid also in deeth d ; thei weren swiftere Samuel. Lire 
than eglis, strongere than liouns. Dou3tris 24 ie 
of Israel, wepe 36 on Saul, that clothide|| n doMde 300, 
3011 with fyn reed colourid 6 in f delicis, that w n , 



3af goldun ournementis to 3oure atyre. 

Hou 'felden doun stronge men& in batel?25 of the P re x f 

enemyes. Lire 

Jonathas was slayn in the u hi3e places. Y 26 here. c. 
make sorewe on' thee, my brother Jonathas, 
ful fair, 'and amyable more than the k loue 
of wymmen; as a modir loueth oon 1 aloone 
sone, so Y louyde thee. Hou therfor 27 
v felden doun stronge men n , and armeris of 
batel perischide ? 



CAP. II. 

Therfor aftir these thingis Dauid coun- 1 
seilide? the Lord, and seide, Whether Y 
*chal stiei in to oon of the citees of Juda? 
And the Lord seide to hym, Stie thou r . 
And Dauid seide to the Lord, Whidur 
schal Y stie s ? And the Lord answeride 
to hym, In to Ebron. Therfor Dauid 2 
stiede, and hise twei wyues, Achynoem of 
Jezrael, and Abigail, the wijf of Nabal of 
Carmele. But also Dauid ledde the men 3 



1 wile CE. m For A. B Om. E pr. m. 

1 upon i. u ban falle i. T telle this i. w Om. c. * ioyen i. y upon i. z be thei the i. a Om. i. 
b if he hadde not ben anoynted i. it were not anoynted x. c and of i. d her deeth EIL. e Om. BC. 
colourid clothing i. f and in A pr. m. CBFLMPRSU. g han stronge men falle doun i. n Om. i. i upon i. 
k ouer the i. J hir i. m only i. n han stronge men falle doun i. han perischid i. P counseilide 
with i. <l stie up i. r thou up i. 3 stie up i. 



II. 4 1 



II. KINGS. 



93 



ladde echon with her hows ; and thei 
dwelliden in the bur3 touns of Ebron. 

And the men of Juda camen, and anoynt- 
iden there Dauid, for he shulde regne 
vpon the hows of Juda. And it is toold 
to Dauid, that the men of Jabes Galaad 

3 hadden biryede Saul. Thanne Dauid 
sente messageris to the men of Jabes 
Galaad, and he seide to hem,Blessid be 30 
of the Lord, the whiche diden this mercy 
with 3oure lord Saul, and biryeden hym. 

c Forsothe and nowe the Lord shal 3eelde 
to 3ou merci and treuth, but and Y shal 
3eelde grace, forthi that 36 diden this 

7 word. Be 3oure hoondis coumfortid, and 
be 36 sones of strength ; forsothe thou3 
3oure lord Saul be deed, neuerthelater the 
hows of Juda hath anoyntid me into a 

s kyng to hem. Abner forsothe, the sone 
of Ner, prince of the oost of Saul, took 
Hisbosech, the sone of Saul, and ladde 

9 hym about bi the tentis, and sette hym 
kyng vpon Galaad, and vpon Jethsuri, 
and vpon Jezrael, and vpon Effraym, and 

10 vpon Beniamyn, and vpon al Yrael. Of 
fourti 3eer was Hisboseth, the sone of 
Saul, whanne he bigan to regne vpon 
Irael ; and two 3eer he regnede. For- 
sothe oneli the hows of Juda folwide 

n Dauid. And the noumbre of dais, the 
which Dauid dwellide comaundynge in 
Ebron vpon the hows of Juda, was of 

i2seuen 3eris and of sexe? monethis. And 
Abner, the sone of Ner, wente out, and the 
children of Hisboseth, thei sone of Saul, 

13 fro the tentis into Gabaon. Forsothe 
Joab, the sone of Saruye, and the chil- 
dren of Dauid wenten out, and a3en 
camen to hem biside the fishpoond in 
Gabaon. And whanne thei weren comen 
'togidir in oon forn a3ens r other, these 
seeten on the too 8 parti of the fishpoond, 

14 and thei on the tother. And Abner seide 
to Joab, Rise children, and pleye thei 



f and aitoynl- 
iden there Dn- 
uyth; Dauyth 
was anoyntid 



Israel, in v. c. ; 

> >gne that 



l! veri **''''.' 



therof, and in 

the hond bi 



that weren with hym, ech man with his 
hows ; and thei dwelliden in the townes of 
Ebron. And the men of Juda camen, and 4 
anoyntidenf there Dauid, that he schulde 
regne on* the hows of Juda. And it was 
teld to Dauid, that men of Jabes of Ga- 

thnes ; first in 

laad hadden biried Saul. Therfor Dauid 5 *e hows, in 

. the finite book 

sente messangens to the men of Jabes of ofKingisxv 
Galaad, and seide to hem, Blessid be 36 of 
the Lord, that diden this mercy with 3our tt 
lord Saul, and birieden hym. And nowc 
sotheli the Lord schal 3elde to 3ou merci 
and treuthe, but also Y schal 3elde thank - 
yng, for 36 diden this word. 3 oure hondis? 
be coumfortid, and be 36 sones" of strengthe; 
for thou3 3oure lord Saul is v deed, netheles 
the hows of Juda anoyntide w me kyng to 
v hym silf x . Forsothey Abner, the sone of a 
Ner, prince of the oost of Saul, took 
Isbosech, the sone of Saul, and ledde z hym 
aboute bi the 3 castels, and made b him c 
kyng on Galaad, and on Gethsury, and on 
Jezrael, and on Effraym, and on Ben- 
iamyn, and on al Israel. Isbosech, the d i 
sone of Saul, was of fourti 3eer, whanne 
he began to regne on e Israel ; and he 
regnede twei 3eer. Sotheli f the hous aloone 
of Juda suede Dauid. And the noumbre 11 
of daies,bi whiche Dauid dwellide regnynge 
in Ebron on the hows of Juda, was of 
seuene 3eer and sixe monethis. And Ab- 12 
ner, the sone of Ner, 3ede out, and the 
children of Isbosech, sone^ of Saul, fro the 
castels in h Gabaon. Forsothe 1 Joab, the 1:5 
sone of Saruye, and the children of Dauid 
3eden out, and camen k to hem bisidis the 
cisterne in 1 Gabaon. And whanne thei 
hadden come togidere in to o place euene 
a3ens m , these saten on o part of the cis- 
terne, and thei on the" tother. And Abner u 
seide to Joab, v The children rise , and 
pleiP befor us:j:. And Joab answeride, Rise 
thei''. Therfor 1 " thei risiden 8 , and passiden 1 
twelue in noumbre of Beniamyn, of the 



J pleye bifur 
m; that is, 
schewe her 



Om. CEFH. P seuene E pr. m. 1 Om. CE sec. m. T in oon fro the regiown pr. m. * o c. ton R. 

1 in A. upon i. "JOUA. "the sones I. v bei. w hath anoyntid i. *hymi. y Certis i. *heleddei. 
a Om. i. he made i. c Om. plures. d Om. KX. e upon i. f And i. % the sone i. h of A. Om. D. 
1 And i. k thei camen i. 1 of i. m ajens either other i. n that i. Rise these children up r. P plei 
thei i. 1 thei up i. r Thanne i. * resen up i. * passiden forth i. 



here pleie is set 
for sle ethir 
tijte. Lire 
here. c. 



II. KINGS. 



ii. 15 24. 



before vs. And Joab answerde, Risen. 

15 Thanne rysen and wen ten twelue bi 
noumbre of Beniamyn, of the parti of 
Hysboseth, the sone of Saul ; and twelue 

is of the children of Dauid. And taken of 
echon the heed of his peere, he pi3te doun 
a swerd in the side of the contrarie ; and 
thei fellen doun to gidre. And the name 
of that place is clepid The Feelde of 

nstronge men in Gabaon. And there is 
sprongen an hard 8 batail ynowj in that 
day ; and Abner is dryuen, and the men 

is of Yrael, of the children of Dauid. For- 
sothe there weren there the thre sones of 
Saruye, Joab, and Abisay, and Asahel ; 
ceertis Asahel was a moost swift renner, 
as oon of the caprettis that dwellen in 

19 wodis. Forsothe Asahel pursuede Abner, 
and bowide not aside, ne fro the ri3t ne 
fro the left, leeuynge to pursue Abner. 

20 And so Abner bihelde bihynde his bak, 
and seith, Whether art thou not Asahel ? 

21 The which answerde, Y am. And Abner 
seide to hym, Go to the ri3t, or to the 
left ; and tak oon of the jonge men, and 
tak to thee the 1 spoilis of hym. Forsothe 
Asahel wolde not leeue, but he con- 

22streynede hym. And eft Abner spak to 
Asahel, Go a wey, and wole thou not 
sue me, lest I be constreyned to stike 
thee into the erthe, and I shal not mowe 

23 rere my face to Joab, thi brother. The 
which dispiside to here, and wolde not 
bowe aside. Thanne Abner, the speer 
turned a wey, smoot hym in the sheer, 
and stikide hym thur3, and he is deed in 
the same place ; and alle that wen ten bi 
the place, in the which Asahel hadde 

24 fallen, and was deed, biden stille. For- 
sothe Joab and Abisay pursuynge Abner 
fleynge, the sunne wente doun ; and thei 
camen to the hil of the water kundit, 



part of Isbosech, sone u of Saul ; and twelue 
of the children v of Dauid. And ech man, ic 
whanne v the heed of his felowe was takun w , 
fastnede x the? swerde in to the side of 'the 
contrarye z ; and thei felden doun togidere. 
And the name of that place was clepid 



The Feeld of stronare ment in Gabaon. And 17 1 */** of 

stronye men; 

m Ebreu it is, 

the feeld of 

rne nsiayn 



Lire 



'batel hard ynow a roos in that dai ; and 
Abner b and the sones of Israel 'weren 
dryuun c of the children 11 of Dauid. For- 
sothe thre sones of Saruye weren there, 
Joab, and Abisai, and Asahel ; forsothe 6 
Asahel was a 'rennere moost swift f , as oon 
of the capretis that dwellen in woodis. 
Forsothe^ Asahel pursuede Abner, and 19 
bowide h not 1 , nether to the ri3t side nether k 
to the left side, ceessynge to pursue Abner. 
Therfor Abner bihelde bihynde his bac,20 
and seide, Whether thou art Asahel? 
Which 1 answeride, Y am. And Abner 21 
seide to hym, Go m to the ri3tside, ether to 
the lefte side; and take oon of the jonge 
men, and take to thee hise spuylis. Sotheli 11 
Asahel nolde ceesse, that ne heP pursuede 
hym^. And eft Abner spak to Asahel, Go 22 
thou awei ; nyle thou pursue me, lest Y be 
compellid to peerse r thee in to erthe 8 , and 
Y schal not mowe reise* my face to Joab, 
thi brother. And Asahel dispiside to here, 23 
and nolde" bowe awey. Therfor v Abner 
smoot him v with the spere turned awei w j 
in the schar, and roof x thorou3, and he 
was deed in the same place ; and alle men 
that passiden bi the? place, in which place 1 
Asahel felde doun, and was deed, stoden a 

. T fyuethe rib, 

stille. Forsothe" while Joab and Abisai 24 vndur which 
pursueden Abner fleynge, the sunne 3ede 
doun ; and thei camen til c to the litil hil of 
the d water cundiyt, which 6 is euene a3ens 
the valey, and the weie of deseert in Ga- 
baon. And the sones of Beniamyn weren 25 
gaderid f to Abner, and thei weren gaderid 



: turned awey , 
that is, turned 
M3enus him. in 
the schar ; in 
Ebreu it is, 
smoot him bi- 
hinde the 
mawe in the 



ben the mem- 
bris of liyf . 
Lire here. c. 



8 herd A. * Om. B. 



u the sone i. v seuauntis i. w he hadde take his felowe bi the heede i. x ficchide i. >' his i. 
z his aduersarie i. a ful harde batel i. b Abner was dryuen awei i. c Om. i. d seuauntis i. e and i. 
f ful swifte rennere i. S Sotheli plures. And i. h he bowide i. ' Om. i. k ne EL. l The which i. 
m Go thou i. n But i. wolde not i. P Om. A. 1 Abner i. r stike i. s the erthe K. * reise 
thanne i. u he wolde not i. v therfor the spere of Azahel yturned awey i. w Om. i. x stikide him i. 
roof him x sec. m. y that i. z Om. i. a abiden i. b And i. c Om. EILX. in M. d a i. e that i. 
f gaderid togidre i. 



II. 25 in. 3. 



II. KINGS. 



95 



that is fro ayens of the valey, and of the 
2jweye of deseert in Gabaon. And the 
sones of Beriiamyn ben gederid to Abner, 
and clustrid togidir in o cumpanye thei 
2f.stoden in the cop of a litil hil. And 
Abner criede to Joab, and seith, Whether 
vnto slau3ter thi swerd shal be cruel ? 
Whether knowist thou not, that perilous 
be despeir? How long thou seist not to 
the puple, that he leeue to pursue his 

27 brithereri ? And Joab seith, The Lord 
lyueth, for if thou haddist spoken eerli, 
the puple pursuynge his britheren hadde 

28 goon awey. Thanne Joab fulsownede 
with the trompe, and al the oost stood ; 
and nomore thei pursueden Yrael, ne 

29 wenten in strijf. Forsothe Abner and 
his men wenten awey bi the wijlde 
feeldis of Moab al that ni3t, and thei 
wenten ouer Jordan ; and, passid alle 

30 Bethoron, thei canien to the tentis. But 
Joab turned a3en, Abner laft, gederide al 
the puple; and there failiden of the chil- 
dren of Dauid ten and nyn men, out 

31 taken Asahel. Forsothe the seruauntis 
of Dauid smyten of Beniamyn, and of the 
men that weren with Abner, thre hundred 

32 and sexti, and the whiche ben deed. And 
thei token Asahel, and biryeden hym in 
the biriels of his fader in Bethleem. And 
Joab, and the men that weren with hym, 
wenten al ni3t, and in that bigynnynge 
of day thei camen into Ebron. 

CAP. III. 

i There is maad thanne a longe stryu- 
ynge togidre bitwixe" the hows of Dauid 
and the hows of Saul; Dauid profityrige 
and v euermore strenger than hym self, 
forsothe the hows of Saul decresynge 

aeche dai. And there ben born sones of 
Dauid in Ebron ; and his first geten was 

aAmon, of Achinoem Jezraelite ; and after 
hym 3 e li aD > of Abigail, the w wijf of 
Naabal Carmeel ; forsothe the thridde*, 



togidere in to o cumpeny, and stoden h in 
the hi3nesse' of oon k heep of erthe. Arid 2* 
Abner criede to Joab, and seide, Whether 
thi swerd schal be feers x til to 1 sleyng? 
Whether thou knowist not, that dispeirt 

etc., of flijt 

is perelouse ? Hou longe seist thou not to without bawl 

for bi sich 

the puple, that it ceesse to pursue hise manerech 



britheren? And Joab seyde, The Lord 27 foVaT 
lyueth, for if thou haddist spoke eerli, ***' c ' 
the puple pursuynge his brother hadde 
go awey. And Joab sownede with a cla-28 
rioun, and al the oost stood" ; and thei 
pursueden no ferthere Israel, nether bi- 
gunnen batel. Forsothe Abner and hise 20 
men 3edenP by the feeldi places of Moab 
in al that ny3t, and passiden 1 Jordan ; 
and whanne al Bethoron was compassid, 
thei camen to the castels. Sotheli r whanne so 
Abner was left, Joab turnede a3en, and 
gaderide togidere al the 8 puple ; and ten 
men and nyne, outakun' Asahel, failiden 
of the children" of Dauid. Forsothe thesi 
seruauntis of Dauid smytiden v of Benia- 
myn, and of the men that weren with 
Abner, thre hundrid men and sixti, whiche w 
also weren deed. And thei token Asahel, 32 
and birieden hym in the sepulcre of his 
fadir in Bethleem. And Joab, and the 
men that weren with hym, 3eden in al 
that ny3t, and in thilke morewtid thei 
camen in to Ebron. 



CAP. III. 

Therfor long" strijf was maad bitwixei 
the hows of Dauid and 'bitwixe? the hows 
of Saul ; and Dauid profitide and euere 
was strongere than hym silf J, forsothe 2 the + than him 
hows of Saul decreesside ech dai. And 2 parisoun'ot" 
sones weren borne to Dauid in Ebron ; 






tyme passid, 
for his power 



and his firste gendrid a sone was Amon, of 

euere. Lire 

Achynoem of Jezrael ; and aftir hym was 3 here. c. 
Celeab, of Abigail, wijf b of Nabal of Car- 
mele ; sotheli c the thrydde was Absolon, 



u bytwene BFII. betwen E. betwe c. v Om. AF. w Om. CE sec. m. * thridde day A. 

h thei stoden i. > hijte I. k an i. l vnto i. m spoke thus i. n stood stille i. And i. P jeden 
thenns i. q thei passiden i. r And i. s his i. * withoute i. u seruauntis i. v smeten EIL. w the 
which i. * a long i. V Om. EJL,. z but i. a bigoten i. b the wyf i. c and i. forsothe K. 



96 



II. KINGS. 



III. 4 14. 



Absolon, the sone of Maacha, the? dorter 

4 of Tholomay, the z kyng Jethsure"; for- 
sothe the feerthe, Adonyas, the sone of 
Agith ; and the fifthe, Saphacias, the sone 

5 of Abital ; forsothe the sexte, Jethraam 
of Egla, the wijf of Dauid. Thes ben 

e born to Dauid in Ebron. Thanne whanne 
there was a aa batail bytwixe the hows of 
Saul and the hows of Dauid, Abner, the 
sone of Ner, gouernde the hows of Saul. 

7 Forsothe there was to Saul a secoundarie 
wijf, Respha bi name, the do3ter of 
Achay ; and Abner wente into hir. And 

s Hisboseth seide to Abner, Whi wentist b 
thou in to the secoundarie wijf of my 
fader? The which, ful miche wrooth for 
the wordis of Hisboseth, seith, Whether 
the heed of a dog Y am a3ens Juda to 
day, the which haue doon merci vpon the 
hows of Saul, thi fad re, and vpon bri- 
theren, and the next kyn of hym, and I 
haue not takyn thee into the hondis of 
Dauid, and thou hast a3en sou3t in me 
that thou vndurnyme for a womman to 

9 day? Thes thingis doo God to Abner, and 
thes thingis adde to hym, but what maner 
wise the Lord hath swore to Dauid, so 

10 shal I doo with hym, that the kyngdom 
be ouerborn fro the hows of Saul, and the 
trone of Dauid be rerid vpon Irael and 

11 vpon Juda, fro Dan vnto Bersabe. And 
he my3te not answere to hym eny thing, 

12 for he dradde hym. Thanne Abner sente 
messageris to Dauid for hym self, seiynge, 
Whos is the loond ? and for thei shulden 
speke, Mak with me frenships, and myn 
hoond shal be with thee, and I shal 

is brynge a3en to thee al c Irael. The which 
seith, Altherbest I shal doo with thee 
frenships, but o thing I aske of thee, 
seiynge, Thou shalt not se my face, before 
that thou brynge Mychol, the dorter of 
Saul, and so thou shalt come, and se me. 

j 4 Thanne Dauid sente messagers to His- 



wa * * 

weddid. L\n 

c. 



the sone of Maacha, doii3tir d of Tholomay, 

kyng of Gessur ; forsothe 6 the fourthe was 4 

Adonyas, the sone of Agith ; and the 

fyuethe was Saphacias, the sone of Abi- 

tail ; and f the sixte was Gethraam of Eglaf, 5 t o/Egia, that 

was the doujter 

the wijf of Dauid. These weren borne to ofsaui, and 

Dauid in Ebron. Therfor whanne batelc speciaiuh C e ep ' d 

was bytwixe the hows of Saul and the 

hows of Dauid, Abner, the sone of Ner, 

gouernyde the hows of Saul. Sothelis a h 7 

concubyn, that is, ' secoundarie wijf, 

Respha bi name, the dovrjtir of Achia/was 

to Saul k ; and Abner entride to hir. And 8 

Isbosech seide to Abner, Whi 'entridist 

thou 1 to the concubyn of my fadir? 

Which m was wrooth greetli for the wordis 

of Isbosech, and seide", Whether Y am 

the heed of a dogge a3ens Juda to dai, 

and Y have do merci on the hous of Saul, 

thi fadir, and on hise britheren, and nei3- 

boris, and Y bitook not thee in to the 

hondis of David, and thou hast sou3t in 

me that, that thou schuldist repreue mef 

for a womman to dai? God do these thingis 9 

to Abner, and adde these thingis to hymj, 

noi but as r the Lord swoor to Dauid 8 , 'so 

Y do with hym*, that the rewme be trans- 1 

latid fro the hous of Saul, and the trone 

of Dauid be reisid on" Israel and on Juda, the word of the 

Lord, that thi 

fro Dan 'til to v Bersabee. And Isbosech 11 rewme be 

, . . . . , translatid to 

my3te not answere ony thing to Abner, Dauyth. Lire 

for he dredde Abner. Therfor Abner sente 12 here ' c ' 

messangeris to Dauid, and thei seiden 'for 

hym w , Whos is the lond ? and that the 

messangeris schulden speke x , Make thou 

frenschipis with me, and myn hond schal 

be with thee, and Y schal brynge al Israel 

to thee. And Dauid seide, Bests' Y schal 13 H therfor DO. 

make frenschipis 2 with thee, but Y axe of 

thee o thing, and seie a , Thou schalt not 

se my face, bifore that thou brynge b Mycol, 

the dou3ter of Saul, and so thou schalt 

come, and schalt se me. Therfor Dauid 

sente || messangeris to Isbosech, the sone 



J and adde 
these thingis to 
him; that is, 



uyth sente, etc. ; 
for Abner 
wroot ajen to 
Dauyth, that 

he myste not 



y Om, CE sec. m. z Om. CE sec. m. a of Jessure c. aa Om. BE. b wentis E. c to al E pr. m. 



ther, and ther- 
for Dauyth 
axicle hir of 
Isbosech. Lire 



d the doujter i. and i. f Om. ELP. g And i. h to Saul was a i. Om. CF. k Om. i. 
1 hast thou entrid i. m And Abner i. n he seide i. am not c. be EL. P Om. plures. <l Om. i. 
r if I do so wth Dauid, as i. s him i. t Qm. i. upon i. v til AO sec. m. to EIL. w to hym A pr. m. 
/or Abner i. * speke thus i. 7 Om. i. z ful gode frenschipis i. a I seie i. b brynge to me i. 



III. 15 25. 



II. KINGS. 



97 



boseth, the sone of Saul, seiynge, 3eeld 
my wijf Mychol, that I weddide to me for 

loan hundrid tersis c of Philisteis. Thanne 
Hisbotseth sente, and took hir 'fro hir d 

16 man, Faltiel, the sone of Lais; and hir 
man folwide hir wepynge vnto Bahurym. 
And Abner seide to hym, Go and turn 

i?a3en; the- which turnede a^en. For- 
sothe Abner brou5te in a word to the 
eldris of Irael, seiynge, Both jisterday 6 
and the thridde dai hens 30 soften 

isDauyd, that he regne vpon 3ou. Nowe 
thanne doth ; for the Lord spak to Dauid, 
seiynge, In the hoond of my seruaunt 
Dauid I shal saue my puple Yrael fro 
the hoond of Philisteis, and of alle his 

isenemyes. Forsothe Abner spak also to 
Beniamyn, and wente, for to speke to 
Dauid, in Ebron, alle thingis that plesiden 

20 to Irael and to al Beniamyn. And he 
cam to Dauid, in Ebron, with twenti men. 
And Dauid made to Abner, and to f his 

21 men that camen with hym, a feest. And 
Abner seide to Dauid, Y shal ryse, that I 
gedre to thee, my lord kyng, al Yrael, 
and I goo in with the boond of pees, and 
thou comaunde to al, as thi soule de- 
sirith. Thanne whanne Dauid hadde 
ladde out Abner, and he was goon in 

22 pees, anone the children of Dauid and of 
Joab camen, the theuis slayn, with ful 
miche greet pray ; forsothe Abner was 
not with Dauid, in Ebron, for nowe he 
hadde laft hym, and he was goon forth 

23 in pees. And Joab, and the oost that 
was with hym, aftirward camen ; and so 
it is toold to Joab of tellers, Abner, the 
sone of Ner, cam to the kyng, and he 
lafte hym, and he wente awey in pees. 

24 And Joab wente yn to the kyng, and 
seith, What hast thou doon ? Loo ! Ab- 
ner cam to thee : whi hast thou laft hym, 

25 and he 3ede, and wente awey? Knowist 
thou not Abner, the sone of Ner, for to 



of Saul, and seide, 3elde thou my wijf 
Mycol c , whom Y spouside to me for an 
hundryd prepucies of Filisteis. Therfor is 
Isbosech sente, and took hir fro hir hose- 
bonde|, Faltiel, son d of Lais ; and hir hose- IG t therfor 

i , -11. % -r* i ieclt ien te> and 

bonde suede nir and wepte 6 ; til ee Bahu- took Ur fro Mr 
rym. And Abner seide to hym, Go thou, 
and turne a3en ; and he f turnede a3en. 



Lordi8^ omman . to 

haue tweyue 



gidere. c. 

$ wepte ,- our 



Also Abner bromte in a word to the needing of the 

peple, for in 

eldere men of Israel, and seide, Bothe muhe, ache 

...... ,. . ,j , . was the wiyf of 

3istirdai and the thridde dai ago 36 Dauyth, and it 

sou3ten Dauid, that he schulde regne one 

3ou. Now therfor do 30; for the 

spak to Dauid, and seide. In the bond of 

my seruaunt Dauid Y schal saue my puple 

Israel fro the hond of Filisteis, and of alle 

his enemyes. Forsothe h Abner spak also 

to Beniamyn, and he ?ede, that he schulde wa bmujt ajen 

' to hir hose- 

speke to k Dauid, in Ebron, alle thingis that bonde, and he 

. , T -i i -r. 11 touchide not 

plesiden Israel and al Beniamm. And he 20 hir fleisiy, but 

cam to Dauid in Ebron with twenti men. 1 %*u>r /" 

And Dauid made a feeste to Abner, and 

to the 1 men that camen with hym. And 21 he wepte for 

Abner seide to Dauid, Y schal rise ra , that 

Y gadere al Israel to thee, my lord the 

kyng, and that Y make boond of pees 

with thee, and that thou regne on alle, as 

thi soule desirith. Therfor whanne Dauid 

hadde ledde forth Abner, and he" hadde 

go in pees, anoon the children of Dauid 22 

and Joab camen with a ful grete prey, j 

whanne theues weren slayn ; sotheliP Ab- 

ner was noti with Dauid, in Ebron, for 

Dauid hadde left hym, and he 3ede forth 

in pees. And Joab, and the oostis that 2:$ 

weren with hym, camen aftirward ; ther- 

for it was teld to Joab of telleris, Abner, 

the sone of Ner, cam to the kyng, and the 

kyng lefte hym, and he 3ede r in pees. And 24 

Joab entride to the kyng, and seide, What 

hast thou do ? Lo ! Abner cam to thee ; 

whi leftist 8 thou hym, and' he 3ede, and 

departide"? Knowist thou v not Abner, 25 

the sone of Ner, for herto he cam to thee, 



excercise of 

greet perfec- 

ciountokepe 

siche a ladi so 

fair and noble, 



c il>e 



c prepucies E sup. ras. d Om. A. e jistai CE. { Om. BCEFH. 

c Mycol to me i. <1 the son i. wente o. ee til to EKLMPX. f Lais i. K upon i. h And also i. 
i Om. i. k w jth EL. l Om. CK. rise up i. n Abner i. the theues i. P and i. 1 not thanne i. 
r jede forth i. 8 leetist i. * that i. u departide fro thee i. T Om. A. 

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that he cam to thee, that he desseyue 
thee, and knowe thin outgoynge and thin 
incomynge, and he shal knowe alle thingis 

2; that thou dost ? Arid so Joab, goon out 
fro Dauid, sente messageris after Abner ; 
and broujte hyrn a3en fro the cistern of 

27 Cyra, vnknowynge Dauid. And whanne 
Abner was turned a3en into Ebron, Joab 
ladde hym aside to the mydil of the jaat, 
that he speke to hym in trecherye ; and 
he smoot hym there in the sheer, and he 
is deed, into wreche of the blood of his 

2B brother Asahel. That whanne Dauid 
hadde herd the thing doon, seith, Clene 
I am and my kyngdam anentis God vnto 
with outen ende fro the blood of Abner, 

2ythe sone of Ner; and come it vpon the 
heed of Joab, and vpon al the hows of 
his fader ; ne fail there fro the hows of 
Joab oon suffrynge flux of seed, and a 
leprous, holdynge a spyndle, and a fall- 
ynge with swerd, and a nedi breed. 

so Therfor Joab, and Abisay, his brother, 
slewen Abner, forthi that he hadde slayn 
Asahel, the brother of hem, in Gabaon, in 

si the batail. And Dauid seide to Joab, and 
to al the puple that was with hym, Kit- 
tith 3oure clothis, and beth gird with 
sackis, and weileth before the exequies of 
Abner. Forsothe Dauid folwide the 

sabeere. And whanne thei hadden biryden 
Abner iu Ebron, kyng Dauyd reride 
his voys, and wepte vpon the toumbe of 
Abner ; forsothe and al the puple wepte. 

33 And the kyng, weilynge and mournynge 
Abner, seith, Not as slow men ben went 

34 to dye, thou diedist, Abner. Thin hoondis 
ben not boundun, and thi feet ben not 
greued with fettris, but as men ben wont 
to fal before the sonys of wickidnes thou 
felle. And doublynge togidre al the pu- 
ss pie wepte vpon hym. And whanne al the 

multitude was comen to taak meet with 
Dauid, 3it cleer day, Dauid swore, sei- 



that he schulde disseyue thee, and that he 

schulde knowe thi going out and thin 

entryng w , and schulde* knowe alle thingis 

whiche^ thou doist? Therfor Joab 

out fro Dauid, and sente messangeris aftir 

Abner ; and 'ledde hym z a3en fro the cis- 

terne of Cyriet, "while Dauid knew not a . t/ ro th f e ; f": 

* terne of Cine ; 

And whanne Abner hadde come a3en in 27 that place was 
to Ebron, Joab ledde hym asidis half to mleT' 
'the myddil b of the 3ate, that he schulde 
speke to hym in gile ; and he e smoot Ab- 
ner there in the schar, and he was deed, 
in to the d veniaunce of the blood of his 



toward Sine, 
as sum men 
seyen ; in 
Ebreu it is, 
fro the sisterne 

brother Asahel. That whanne Dauid hadde 28 a nowbie thorn 



herd the 6 thing doon, he seide, Y am clene 
and my rewme anentis God til f in to with 
outen ende fro& the blood of Abner, sone h 
of Ner ; and come it on the heed of Joab, 29 
and on 1 al the hows of his fadir ; a k man 
suffrynge flux 1 of seed, and a leprouse 
man, holdynge spyndil" 1 , and fallynge" bi 
swerd, and hauynge nede to breed, ''that is, 
suffrynge hungurv, 'faile not of the hows 
of Joabi. Therfor Joab, and Abisay, hisao 
brother, killiden Abner, for he hadde slayn 
Asahel, her brother, in Gabaon, in batel. 
Forsothe r Dauid seide to Joab, and to alsi 
the puple that was with hym, To rende 
36 3our clothis, and be 36 gird with sackis, 
and biweile s 30 bifor the heersis, Aether 
dirige*, of Abner. Forsothe u kyng Dauid 
suede the beere. And whanne thei hadden 32 
biried Abner in Ebron, kyng Dauid reiside 
his vois, and wepte v on the biriel of 
Abner ; 'forsothe and w al the puple wepte. 
And the kyng biweilide, and bymoren-33 
yde Abner, and seide, Abner, thou diedist 
not as dredeful men, *ethir cowardis*, ben 
wont to die. Thin hondis weren not 34 
boundun, and thi feet weren not greuyd 
with stockis, but thou feldist? doun, as 
men ben wont to falle bifor the sones of 
wickidnesse. And al the puple doublide 
togidere, and wepte on z hym a . And whanne 33 



was 
re 



hfre - c - 



w goyng yn I. * that he schulde i. V that i. z Joab broujte Abner i. a vnwitinge Dauid i. 
b myddis i. c Joab i. d Qm. i. e this i. f Om. i. S of i. h the sone i. i upon i. k and faile ther 
not fro the hous of Joab a i. l flowyng i. m a spyndil IK. n a man fallinge i. of EL. P Om. BI. 
1 Om. i. r And i. s weile plures. t Om. i. u Certis i. v he wepte i. w and certis i. x Om. ci. 
y hast falle i. z upon i. a Abner i. 



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ynge, Thes thingis doo to me God, and 
thes thingis adde, if before the sunne 
goynge donn I shal taast breed or eny 

36 other thing. And al the puple herde; 
and alle thingis plesiden to hem that the 
kyng dide in the si3t of al the puple ; 

37 and al the comoun knewe, and al Irael in 
that dai, for it was not doon of the kyng, 
that Abner, the sone of Ner, were slayn. 

SB And the kyng seide to his seruauntis, 
Whether 36 knowen not, for a prince 
and the moost to dai in Irael hath fall- 

39 en ? Forsothe I 3it delicate and anoyntid 
kyng ; greetli thes men, sonis of Saruye, 
ben hard to me ; the Lord 3eeld to the 
doynge yuel after his malice. 



CAP. IV. 

1 Forsothe Hisboseth, the sone of Saul, 
herde that Abner hadde fain in Ebron ; 
and the hondis of hym ben feblid, and al 

2 Irael is disturblid. Forsothe two men, 
princis of theuys, weren to the sone of 
Saul ; name to the toon Baana, and name 
to the tothir Reechab, the sones of Rem- 
mon Berothit, of the sonys of Beniamyn ; 
forsothe and Beroth is told into Benia- 

amyn. And Berothitis flowen into Je- 
thaym ; and thei weren there comelingis 

4 into that tyme. Forsothe there was to 
Jonathe, the sone of Saul, a sone feble in 
feeteK ; forsothe he was fyue 3eer oolde, 
whanne a messager cam fro Saul and 
Jonatha, of Jezrael. And so his nurish 
takynge hym flei3 ; and whanne she hiede 
for to flee, he felle, and is maad halt ; and 

she hadde name Myphibosech. Comynge 
thanne the sones of Remmon Berothit, 
Reechab and Baana, wenten in, the bren- 
nynge dai, the hows of Hisboseth, that 



al the multitude cam to take mete with 

Dauid, while the dai was 3it cleer, Dauid 

swoor, and seide, God do to me these 

thingis, and adde these thingis b , if Y schal 

taast breed ethir ony othir thing bifor the 

going doun of the sune. And al the puple 36 

herde c ; and alle thingis which the kyng 

dide in the si3t of al the puple plesiden 

hem ; and al the comyn puple and al Israels; 

knewe in that day, that it was not doon of 

the kyng, that Abner, the sone of Ner, 

was slayn. Also the kyng seide to hisesH 

seruauntis, Whether 36 witen not, that the 

prince and gretteste d felde 6 doun to dai in 

Israel? Forsothe f Y am 'delicatf, ether 39 1 Y am <fe- 

,. . , . , , i ,.- cat; in Ebreu 

tendirz, -pfr and anoyntid kyng ; sotheli 1 it is tendir. c. 
these sones of Saruye ben hard to me ; the 
Lord 3elde to hym that doith yuel bi k his 
malice. 



CAP. IV. 

Forsothe 1 Isbosech, the sone of Saul, i 
herde that Abner hadde falde doun in 
Ebron ; and 'hise hondis" weren discoum- 
fortid, and al Israel was disturblid . For- 2 
sotheP twei men, princes of theuesf, weren 

, r f c 

toi the sone r of Saul ; name" to oon s was 
Baana, and name to the tother was Rechab, 
the sones of Remmon Berothite, of the 
sones of Beniamyn ; for also Beroth is 
arettid' in u Beniamyn. And men of Be-s 
roth fledden in to Gethaym ; and thei 
weren comelyngis there 'til to v that tyme. 
Forsothe w a sone feble in feet x was to 4 
Jonathas, the sone of Saul ; forsothe^ he 
was fyue jeer eld, whanne the messanger 
cam fro Saul and Jonathas 2 , fro Jezrael 8 . 
Therfor his nurse took hym, and fledde ; 
and whanne sche hastide to fle, sche felde 
doun, and the child was maad lame ; arid 
'he hadde a name b Myphibosech. Therfor ,-> 
Rechab and Baana, sones c of Remmon of 
Beroth, camen, and entriden in the d hoot 



in Ebreu it is 



g fijt A. 



b thingis to i. <= herde this i. d the gretteste i. e hath fallen i. f And i. S Om. i. h jit tendre i. 
' and i. k after i. ' And i. m falle i. n the hondis of Isbosech i. troublid i. P And i. <1 with i. 
r sones i. rr the name i. 8 the toon K. * rikened i. " i n the lynage of i. v vnto i. w And i. * his 

, dede i. b the name of the child 



feet i. y and 

was i. < the sones i. d a i. 



z fro Jonathas i. * Jezrael, lellinge that thei tveren 

o 2 



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IV. 6 V. i. 



slepte vpon his bed the myddai ; and the 
womman that kepte the doris of the 

6 hows purgynge whete, slepte fast. For- 
sothe thei wenten into the hows vnwit- 
yngly, takynge eeris of whete ; and 
Reechab, and Bana, his brother, smyten 

7 hym in the sheer, and flowenss. Forsothe 
whanne thei weren goon into the hows, 
he slepte vpon his bed in the priue 
chaumbre ; and smytynge thei slewen 
hym ; and his heed .taken of, thei wenten 

8 bi the weie of deseert al nyjt. And thei 
brou3ten the heed of Hisboseth to Dauid, 
in Ebron, and thei seiden to the kyng, 
Loo ! the heed of Hisboseth, the sone of 
Saul, thin eriemye, that soiyte thi lijf ; 
and the Lord hath 3yuen to oure lord the 
kyng veniaunce to dai of Saul and of his 

9 seed. Forsothe Dauid answerynge to 
Reechab, and Bana, his brothir, sones of 
Remmon Berothei, seide to hem, The 
Lord lyueth, that hath delyuerd my soule 

10 fro al angwissh ; for hym that toolde to 
me and seide, Deed is Saul, the whych 
wende hym self welsum thingis to telle, 
I heelde, and slew3 hym in Sichelech, to 
whom it hadde behouid me to 3eue mede 

11 for the message; miche more nowe, 
whanne wickid men han slayn a giltles 
man in his hows vpon his bed, now I 
shal seche his blood fro 3oure hoond, and 

ladoo awey 3ou fro the erthe. And so 
Dauid comaundide to his children, and 
thei slewen hem ; and kyttynge of the 
hoondis and the feet of hem, thei hong- 
eden hem ouer the fish poond in Ebron. 
Forsothe the heed of Hisboseth thei 
token, and biryeden it in Ebron, in the 
sepulcre of Abner. 

CAP. V. 

i And alle the lynagis of Irael caraen to 
Dauid, in Ebron, seiynge, Loo ! we ben 



dai in to the hows of Isbosech, that slepte 

on e his bed in f myd dait/and the womman t ">y<M<"j< 

* this that sueth, 

oischers of the hous clensynge h wheete, andthewom- 

... ,-. 1,1.1. i man kepere of 

slepte 1 strongh k . Forsothe 1 thei entndenc the don of a* 
into the hows pryueli, and token" 1 eeris of 
whete ; and Rechab, and Baana, his bro- 
ther, smytiden 11 Isbosech in the schar, and 



slepte, is not 
in Ebreu. For. 
sothe they en.- 
triden ; in E- 

fledden . Sotheh? whanne thei hadden 7 breu it is, and 
entrid in to the hous, hei slepte on r his to'tiufmyad'is 

of the hows, 
and token 
whete. c. 



bedde in a closet ; and thei smytiden 5 and 
killiden hym ; and whanne 'his heed was 
takun 1 , thei 3eden bi the weie of deseert in 
al the u ny3t. And thei brou3ten the heed 8 
of Isbosech to Dauid, in v Ebron, and thei 
seiden to the kyng, Lo ! the heed of Is- 
bosech, sone w of Saul, thin enemy, that 
sou3te thi lijf; and the Lord 3af x to dai 
to oure lord the? kyng veniaunce of Saul 
and of his seed. Forsothe 2 Dauid ari-9 
sweride to Rechab, and Baana, his brother, 
the sones of Remmon of Beroth, and seide a 
to hem, The Lord lyueth, that delyueride b 
my lijf fro al angwisch ; for Y helde hym 10 
that telde to me, and seide, Saul is deed, 
which man gesside hym silf to telle c 
prosperi tees d , and e Y killide hym in Siche- 
lech, to whom it bihofte^: me 3yue f meede 
for message &; hou myche more now, n 
whanne wickid men han slayn a giltles $'* e pu j!j e - 
man in his hows on h his bed, schal I not 
seke his blood of 3oure hond, and schal' 
Y do awey 3011 fro erthe k ? Therfor Dauid 12 
comaundide to his children 1 , and thei kill- 
iden hem ; and thei kittiden 10 awei n the 
hondis and v feet of hemP, and hangiden'i 
hem ouer the r cisterne in Ebron. For- 
sothe 8 thei token the heed of Isbosech, 
and birieden* in the sepulcre of Abner, 
in Ebron. 

CAP. V. 

And u alle the lynagis of Israel cameri i 
to Dauid, in v Ebron, and seiden, Lo ! we 






fog of 



E slowen ABU. 

upon i. f at i. S seruaunt G. that kepte the doris i. h makynge cleene GQ. purgynge i. '" The 
whole passage is omitted in AEFLNPHub pr. TO. k Qm. AEFGLNpQRub;jr. m. faste ibsec.m. lAndi. m thei 
token i. smoten i. smeten ELP. smyten F. thei fledden i. P But i. q Isbosech i. r upon i. 
* smoten i. smeten ELP. smyten F. t thei hadden take his heed i. u that EIKLM. ' in to i. w the 
sone i. "hath^ouei. rOm. i. z And i. he seide i. b hath delyuered i. c haue told i. 
d prosperitees to himselff i. e but i. f to haue ^oue i. g his message i. h upon i. i schal not i. 
k the erthe i. 1 seruauntis i. kitten i. n off i. her i. P her feet i. q thei hangiden i. 
s And i. t thei birieden it i. u Forsothe r. v into i. 



a i. 



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i boon and thi flesh. But and 3istirdai b 
and before 3isterdai b , whanne Saul was 
kyng vpon vs, thou were ledynge out 
and bryngynge ajen Yrael ; forsothe the 
Lord seide to thee, Thou shalt fede my 
puple Irael, and thou shalt be duyk vpon 

3 Irael. Forsothe and the eldris of Irael 
camen to the kyng, in Ebron ; and kyng 
Dauid smoot with hem couenaunt of pees 
in Ebron, before the Lord ; and thei 
anoyntiden Dauid into kyng vpon Irael. 

4 A sone of thretti 3eer was Dauid, whanne 
he bigan to regne, and fourti 3eer he 

5 regnede in Ebron ; he regnyde vpon Juda 
seuen 3eer and sixe monethis ; forsothe 
in Jerusalem he regnede thretti and three 

63eer, vpon al Irael and Juda. And the 
kyng 3eede, and al the men that weren 
with hym, into Jerusalem, to Jebuse, 
dweller of the loond. And it is seid to 
Dauid of hem, Thou shalt not go in 
hidre, but if thou take a wey the blynde 
and the halt, seiynge, Dauid shal not goo 

7 yn hidre. Forsothe Dauid took the tote' 

8 hil Syon ; that is the citee of Dauid. For- 
sothe he purposide in that dai mede to 
hym that smoot Jebuse, and touchide the 
goters of the v hows eues k , and took a wey 
the halt and the blynde, hatynge the lijf 
of Dauid. Therfore it is seid in prouerbe, 
The blynde and the halt shulen not goon 

9 into the temple. Forsothe Dauid dwell- 
ide in the tote 1 hil, and clepide it the 
citee of Dauid ; and he bieldide bi enuy- 

loroun fro Mello, and with in forth. And 
he wente profitynge and vndre grow- 
ynge ; and the Lord God of oost was 

u with hym. Forsothe Yram, the kyng of 
Tiry, sente messagers to Dauid, and ce- 
dre trees, and x crafty men m of trees, and 
crafti men of stonys to the wallys ; and 

12 thei beeldideri the hows of Dauid. And 
Dauid kriewe, for the Lord hadde con- 
fermyd hym kyng vpon Irael, and for 



ben thi boon and thi fleisch. But also 2 
3istirdai and the thridde day ago, whanne 
Saul was kyng on z vs, thou leddist out, 
and leddist a3en Israel ; forsothe* the 
Lord seide to thee, Thou schalt fede my 
puple Israel, and thou schalt be duyk on b 
Israel. Also and the eldere men of Israels 
camen to the kyng, in c Ebron ; and kyng 
Dauid smoot with hem boond of pees in 
Ebron, bifor the Lord ; and thei anoynt- 
iden Dauid in to kyng on d Israel. Dauid 4 
was a sone of thretti jeer, whanne he 
bigan to regne, and he regnyde fourti 
jeer in Ebron; he regnede on e Judas 
seuene 3eer and sixe monethis ; forsothe f 
in Jerusalem he regnede threttis and thre 
3eer, on h al Israel and Juda. And the e 
kyng 3ede, and alle men that weren with 
hym, in to Jerusalem, to Jebusey, dweller 1 
of the lond. And it was seide of hem to 
Dauid, Thou schalt not entre hidur, no k 
but thou do awei blynde men and lame, 
seiynge 1 , Dauid schal not entre hydur. 
Forsothe m Dauid took the tour of Syon ; 7 
this is the citee of Dauid. For Dauid a 
hadde v sette forth meede n in that dai to 
hym, that hadde smyte Jebusei, and 
haddeP touchid the goteris of roouysi, and 
hadde r take awey lame men and blynde, 
hatynge the lijf of Dauid. Therfor it is 
seid in prouerbe 3 , A blynde man and lame* 
schulen not entre in to the temple. For- 9 
sothe" Dauid dwellide in the tour, and 
clepide v it the citee of Dauid ; and he 
bildide bi cumpas fro Mellof , and with t Meii \\--M .. 

... ~ . i swolew that 

ynne. And he entnde profitynge and en- 10 was bifor that 
creessynge ; and the Lord God of oostis JJ ''""" 
was with hym. Also Hyram, kyng w ofn 
Tire, sent messangeris to Dauid, and 
cedre trees, and crafti men of trees, and 
crafti men of stoonus to wallis ; and thei 
bildiden the hows of Dauid. And Dauid 12 
knew, that the Lord hadde confermed 
hym kyng on x Israel, and that he hadde 



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upon i. c into I. d upon I. e upon I. * and i. S thretti jeer I. 
i the dweller i. k Om. i. 1 that seiden i. m Certis I. n purposid i. to haue joue 
mede to i. P that hadde i. 1 the hous roouys i. r that hadde i. s comoun speche i. * a lame IK. 
"And i. v he clepide i. w the kyng i. x upon i. of K. 



z upon i. certis i. 
upon i. 



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v. 13 24. 



he hadde arerid out his kyngdam vpon 
13 his puple Yrael. Thanne Dauid took 3it 
secundarye wyues, and wyues of Jeru- 
salem, after that he was comyn fro 
Ebron ; and there ben born to Dauid 
uand" other sones and dou3tris. And 
thes the names of hem that ben born to 
hym in Jerusalem ; Samua, and Sobab, 
is and Nathan, and Salomon, and Jobaar, 

16 and Elisua, and Repheg, and Japhia, and 
Elizama, and Helida, and Heliphelech. 

17 Thanne Philisteis herden, that thei had- 
den anoyntid Dauid kyng vpon Yrael, 
and thei alle stieden vp for to seche 
Dauid. The which thing whanne Dauid 
hadde herd, wente doun in to a strength. 

18 Forsothe Philisteis comynge ben heeld 
lyout in the valey of Raphaym. And 

Dauid counseilde the Lord, seiynge, If 
I shal stie vp to Philisteis, and if thou 
shalt 3yue hem in myn hoond ? And the 
Lord seide to Dauid, Sty, for takyng I 
shal 3yue Philisteis in thin hoond. 

20 Thanne Dauid cam in Baal Pharasym, 
and smoot hem there, and seide, The 
Lord hath dyuidid myn enemyes before 
me, as watris ben dyuidid. Therfor 
the name of that place is clepid Baal 

21 Pharasym. And thei laften there her 
grauen thingis, the whiche Dauid took, 

2-2 and his men. And 31! the Philisteis 
addiden for to stie vp, and theiP ben held 

23 out in the valey of Raphaym. Forsothe 
Dauid counseilde the Lord, seiynge, If 
I shal stye a3ens the Philisteis, and if 
thou shalt take hem into myn hoondis ? 
The which answerde, Thou shalt not 
stye vp a3ens hem, but goo about bihynde 
the bak of hem, and comynge to hem fro 

24a3ens of the peer trees. And whanne 
thou herist noise of cry goynge in the 
cop of the peer trees, thanne thou shalt 



this word and 

; s set here for 



enhaunsid his rewme on* his puple Israel. 

Therfor Dauid took 3it concubyns, and is 

wyuesf of Jerusalem, after that he cam fro 

Ebron ; and also othere sones and dou3~ 

tris weren borun to Dauid. And these 14 

ben the names of hem that weren borun 

to hym in Jerusalem ; Samua, and Sobab, s e' d he with 

concubyns, for 

and Nathan, and Salomon, and Jobaar, 15 they weren 
and Helisua, and Repheg, and Japhia, 1 6 wyueVand not 
and Helysama, and Holida, and Heliphe- 5 al - Lire 
lech. Therfor 2 Filisteis" herden, that thei 17 
hadden anoyntid Dauid kyng on b Israel, 
and alle Filisteis* stieden d to seke Dauid. 
And whanne Dauid hadde herd this, he 
3ede c doun into a strong hold. Forsothe f is 
Filisteis" camen, and weren h spred abrood 
in the valei of Raphaym. And Dauid i'J 
counseilide' the Lord, and seide, Whether 
Y schal stie k to Filisties, and whether 
thou schalt 3yue hem in myn bond ? And 
the Lord seide to Dauid, Stie thou 1 , for 
Y schal bitake 1 ", and Y schal 3yue Filisteis" 
in thin bond. Therfor Dauid cam in to 20 
Baal Farasym, and smoot hemi' there, and 
seide, The Lord departidei myn enemyes 
bifor me, as watris ben departid. Therfor 
the name of that place was clepid Baal 
FarasymJ. And thei r leften there her 21: Baal Fara- 
sculptils 5 , whiehe Dauid took}, and hise the feeid ether 
men. And Filisteis 4 addiden u 3it, that 22 ^" n ^ l ^ rf 
thei schulden v stie w , and thei weren spred ^o'mn'th took . 
abrood in the valey of Raphaym. Sotheli x 23'n Khmi it d 

. . brente. c. 

Dauid councehde*' the Lord, and seide, 
Whether Y schal stie z agens Filisties 11 , and 
whether thou schalt bitake hem in to myn 
hondis? Which b answeride, Thou schalt 
not stie c a3ens hem, but cumpasse thou d 
bihynde her bak, and thou schalt come to 
hem on the contrarie side of the pere 
trees. And whanne thou schalt here the 24 
sown of cry e goynge in f the cop of 'pere 
treesK||, thanne thou schalt biginne batel ; 



n Om. A. Om. B. P to E pr. m. 



|| pere trees ; 
this was a 
signs of aim- 
gels comynge 
in to the help 
of Dauyth to 
iiitr asenes ad 
uersaries. Lir 
here. c. 



y upon i. z Thannei. a the Philistees i. b uponi. c the Philistees i. d jedenupi. e wente i. f Andi. 
e the Philistees i. h thei weren i. l counseilide with i. k stie up i. l thou up i. m bitake the 
Philistees i. n hem i. o he smoot I. P the Philistees i. 1 hath departid i. r the Philistees i. 
s grauen ymagis i. * the Philistees i. addiden to i. v wolden i. w wende up i. * And i. y coun- 
selide with i. z stie up i. a the Philistees i. b And the Lord i. c stie up i. d thou hem i. e a crier i. 
f into i. e the pere trees i. 



V. 25 VI. 10. 



II. KINGS. 



103 



goo into batail ; for thanne the Lord shal 
goo out before thi face, that he smyte the 
25 tentis of Philisteis. And so Dauid dide 
as the Lord comaundide to hym ; and he 
smoot Philisteis fro Gabaa vnto thou 
come to Jezer. 



for thanne the Lord schal go out befor 
thi face, that he smyte the castels h of 
Filisteis. Therfor Dauid dide as the Lord 25 
comaundide to hym ; and he smoot Fi- 
listeys 1 fro Gabaa til 'the while j thei 
camen to Jezer. 



CAP. VI. 

1 Forsothe Dauid eft gedrede alle the 
chosen men of Irael, thretti thousandis. 

2 And Dauid roos, and wente, and al the 
puple that was with him of the men of 
Juda, for to brynge the arke of God, 
vpon the which is inwardli clepid the 
name of the Lord of oostis, sittynge in 

scherubyn vpon it. And thei puttideni 
the arke of God vpon a newe wayn, and 
thei token it fro the hows of Amynadab, 
that was in Gabaa. Forsothe Oza and 
Hayon, the sones of Amynadab, dryuen 

4 the newe wayn. And whanne thei had- 
den taken it fro the hows of Amynadab, 
that was in Gabaa, Hayon kepynge the 

s arke of God, wente before the arke. For- 
sothe Dauid and al Yrael pleiden before 
the Lord, in alle forgid trees, and harpis, 
and syngynge instrumentis, and tymbris, 

6 and trumpis, and cymbalis. Forsothe 
after that thei camen to the corn flore of 
Nachor, Oza strau3te out the hoond to 
the arke of God, and heelde it, for r the 

7 oxen wynseden, and boweden it. And 
the Lord is wrooth bi indignacioun a3ens 
Ozam, and he smoot hym vpon the fool 
hardynes ; the which is there deed biside 

s the arke of God. Forsothe Dauid sorw- 
ide, forthi that the Lord hadde smyten 
Ozam ; and the name of that place is 
clepid the Smytynge of Oze into this dai. 

9 And Dauid dradde the Lord in that dai, 
seiynge, What maner wise shal goon into 

10 me the arke of the Lord ? And he wolde 
not 8 turne aside to hym the arke of the 



CAP. VI. 

Forsothe Dauid gaderide eft alle thei 
chosun men of Israel, thritti thousynde. 
And Dauid roos k , and 3ede, and al the 2 
puple that was with hym of the men of 
Juda, to brynge the arke of God, on 1 
which 1 " the name of the Lord of oostis, 
sittynge in cherubyn on n that arke, was 
clepidi'. And thei puttiden the arke ofa 
God on a newe wayn, arid thei token it 

* 

fro the hows of Amynadab, that was in 

. , -_ 

Gabaa. .torsothei Oza and Haio, the 
sons of Amynadab, dryueden r the newe 
wayn. And whanne thei hadden take it 4 
fro the hows of Amynadab, that was in 
Gabaa, and 8 kepte the arke of God*, Haio 



tpfefe;not 

In pley of dis- 

soiudoun, hut 

of deuocioun. 

Lire here. c. 



putonvnre- 

sonable beestis 

in the wayn, 

3ede bifor the arke. Forsothe u Dauid and 5 be boron on 
al Israel pleiedenf byfor the Lord, in alle 
'trees maad craftili v , and harpis w , and 
sitols, and tympans, and trumpis, and 

' 



forth the z hond to the arke of God, and 
helde it, for the oxun kikiden 3 , and bow- 



is seid in vii. c. 
of Numeri and 
in many mo 
places ; and 

cymbalis. r 1 orsothe x after that thei cameii? 6 Oza knew this, 
to the corn floor of Nachor, Oza helde know^M*-" 

netheles he 
was smytuu, 
whanne he 
touchide the 

iden it b . And the Lord was wrooth bi 7 arke bowid, for 

thanne it was 
opin, that it 

deed there schuldenotbe 

borun so, but 

Dauid 8 intheschuldrw 
of resonable 

was sori||, for the Lord hadde smyte h 
Oza ; and the name of that 



indignacioun a3ens OzaJ, and smoot c hym 
on a 'the foli e ; and he was 
bisidis the arke of God f . Forsothes 



men. Lire 
here. c. 
II Duuyth tea* 
sort ; not of 
Goddis rijtful- 



place was 

clepid the Smytyng of Oza 'til in to' this 
dai. And Dauid dredde the Lord in that k 9 
dai, and seide 1 , Hou schal the arke of the of Oza, for 

which he dis- 

Lord entre to me? And he nolde turne losemede to be 
the arke of the Lord to hym silf in to the 
citee of Dauid, but he turnede it in to 



1 putten DC. puttyn E. T the whiche E pr. m. s Om. AF. 

h tentis i. i the Philistees i. J Om. i. k roos up i. ' upon i. m the which i. n upon i. the i. 
P inwardly clepid i. i And i. r dreuen i. drywen E. dreuin p. 8 that i. * the Lord i. And i. 
v treen instrumentis of melodie i. w in harpis i. x But i. y hadden come i. z his i. a wynsiden i. 
b the arke aside i. c he smoot i. d upon i. e his fool hardynesse i. f the Lord i. KAndi. k, 
> vnto i. k al that EL. ' he seide i. m wolde not i. 



vnworthi to 
bringe the arke 
to hi- hows. c. 



104 



II. KINGS. 



VI. IT 19. 



Lord in the cite of Dauid, but he turn- 
ede it aside into the hows of Obetliedon 
11 Jethei. And the arke of the Lord dwellid 
in the hows of Obetliedon Jethei thre 
inonethis ; and the Lord blesside Obeth- 
I2edon l , and al his hows. And it is toold 
to the kyng Dauid, that the Lord hadde 
blessid Obethedon, and alle thingis of 
hym, for the arke of God. And Dauid 
seide, I shal goo, and brynge a3en with 
blessynge into myn hows. Thanne Dauid 
wente, and brou3te the arke of God fro 
the hows of Obethedon into" the cytee 
of Dauid with ioy; and there weren 
with Dauid seuen holi companyes, and 
i s the slayn sacrifice of a calf. And whanne 
thei hadden stied ouer, that bareri the 
arke of the Lord, sexe paas v , thei offreden 
an oxe and a wether. And Dauid smoot 
i- in orgayns bounden to the shuldres ; and 
he lepe with al his strength before the 
Lord ; forsothe Dauid is gird with a 
iftsurplees. And Dauid, and al the hows 
of Irael, brou3ten the arke of the testa- 
ment of the Lord in ioy, and in sown of 
"itrompe. And whanne the arke of the 
Lord was coinen into the cite of Dauid, 
Mychol, the dorter of Saul, biholdynge 
bi the wyndow, saw3 the kyng vndur- 
goynge and lepynge before the Lord ; 
17 and she dispyside hym in hir herte. And 
thei brou3ten in the arke of the Lord, 
and thei puttideri w it in his place, in the 
myddis of the tabernacle, that Dauid 
hadde strait out to hym ; and Dauid 
offrede brent sacrifice and pesible before 
i the Lord. And whanne offrynge brent 
sacrifice and pesible he hadde ful endid 
hem, he blesside to the puple in the 
in name of the Lord of oostis. And he 
particle to al the multitude of Yrael, as 
wel to man as to woinman, to echon o 
kaake of breed, and o rostid gobet of oxe 
flesh, and tried floure fried with oyle ; 



the hows of Obethedom of Geth. And 11 
the arke of the Lord dwellide in the hows 
of Obethedomf of Geth thre monethis ; and f 

was of the de- 

the Lord blessid Obethedom, and al his kenes,asiti 

. .. -,j,i T--ji seid in 3 book of 

hows. And it was teld to kyng Dauid, 12 raraiipomenon, 
that the Lord hadde blessid Obethedom, he i8'iid"of 
and alle 'thingis of hym n , for the arke of ^fi'/oeth 
God. And Dauid seide, Y schal go, and with Dwy* 

fleynge Saul. 

brynge the arke with blessyng in to myn Urtltn, <-. 
hows. Therfor Dauid 3ede, and bnnrjte 
the arke of God fro the hows of Obeth- 
edom in to the citee of Dauid with ioye ; 
and ther weren with Dauid seuen cum- 
panyes"", and the slain sacrifice of a 
calfF 00 . And whanne thei, that baren the n 
arke of the Lord, hadden stiedP six paacesi, 
thei oifriden an oxe and a ram. And Dauid 
smoot in organs boundun r to the 8 arm ; 
and daunside' with alle strengthis" biforu 
the Lord ; sotheli v Dauid was clothid with 
a lyiinun surplis. And Dauid, and al the is 
hows of Israel, ledden forth the arke of 
testament w of the Lord in hertli" song, 
and in sown of trumpe. And whanne the ie 
arke of the Lord hadde xx entride in to the 
citee of Dauid, Mychol, the dou3tir of 
Saul, bihelde bi- v a wyndow, and sche si3 
the kyng skippynge z and daunsynge bi- 
for the Lord ; and sche dispiside hym in 
hir herte. And thei brou3ten in the arke 17 
of the Lord, and settiden it in his 8 place b , 
in the c myddis d of tabernacle 6 , which' 
tabernacle Dauid hadde maad 'redy ther- 
to?; and Dauid offride brent sacrifices 
and pesible bifor the Lord. And whanne is 
Dauid hadde endid tho, and hadde offrid 
brent sacrifices and pesible, he blesside the 
puple in the name of the Lord of oostis. 
And he 3af to al the multitude of Israel, 19 
as wel to man as to womman, to ech 'o 
thinne loof h , and o part rostid of bugle 
fleisch, and flour of wheete fried with oile ; 
and al the puple 3ede' 1 , ech man k in to his 
hows. And Dauid turnede a3en to blesse->o 



* to Obethedon E pr. m. in E pr. m. y paththis A. w putten BCE. 

u liis thingis I. nn mesures b scc.m. offrid b. %0 This passage is omitted in AEFGLxrwb. pr. m. 
P stied up i. <l paas i. r fastned i. s his i. * he daunsitle i. u hit strengthis i. v andi. w witnessing i. 
x liortily i. ** Om. A. 7 forth at i. * hoppinge i. a the i. b place theroff i. c Om. i. d myddil i. 
e the tabernacle EIX sec.m. * the which i. g therfore EL. h a kake of bred i. l jede forth i. k Om. i. 



VI. 20 VII. ; 



II. KINGS. 



105 



and al the puple wente echon into his 

20 hows. And Dauid turned a3en, that he 
blesse to his hows, and Mychol, the 
doubter of Saul, goon out into a3en com- 
ynge of Dauid, seith, How glorious was 
the kyng of Irael to dai discouerynge 
hym self before the hoond wymmen of 
his seruauntis, and is maad nakid as if * 

21 were maad nakid oon of the knauys? And 
Dauid seide to Mychol, The Lord lyueth, 
for I shal pleye before the Lord, that 
hath chosen me rather than thi fader, 
and than al the hows of hym, and he 
hath comaundid to me, that Y were a 
ledere vpon the puple of the Lord of 

22 Irael ; and I shal pleye, and fowlere Y 
shal be maad more than I am maad, and 
I shal be meke in myn eyen, and with 
' hoond wymmen y, of the whiche thou 
hast spoken, more glorious Y shal apere. 

zaTherfor to Mychol, the dorter of Saul, 
is not born a sone vnto the day of hir 
deeth. 

CAP. VII. 

1 Forsothe it is doon, whanne the kyng 
hadde seeten in his hows, and the Lord 
hadde 3euen to hym rest on al side fro 

2 alle bis enemyes, he seide to Nathan the 
prophete, Seest thou not, that I dwelle in 
a cedre hows, and the ark of God is put 

3 in the mydil of skynnes? And Nathan 
seide to the kyng, Al that is in thin 
herte goo and do, for the Lord is with 

4thee. Forsothe it is doon in that ny3t, 
and z loo ! the word of the Lord to Na- 

5 than, seiynge, Go, and spek to my ser- 
uaunt Dauid, Thes thingis seith the 
Lord, Whether thou shalt bilde to me 

e an hows to dwelle yn? Forsothe ne in 
an hows I haue dwellid fro the day that 
I ladde out the sones of Yrael fro the 
loond of Egipt vnto this dai ; but I wente 

7 in tabernacle and in tente, thur3 out alle 



his hows, and Mychol, the dou3tir of Saul, 
3ede out in to the comyng of Dauid, and 
seide 1 , Hou glorious was" 1 the kyng of 
Israel to n day vnhilynge hym silf bifor 
the handmaidis of hise seruauntis, and he 
was maad nakid, as if oon of the harlotis? 
be"! maad nakid ? And Dauid seide to My- 21 
chol, The Lord lyueth, for Y schal pley 
bifor the Lord, that chees 1 " me rathere 
than thi fadir, and than 5 al the hows of 
hym, and comaundide* to me, that Y 
schulde be duyk on" the v puple 'of the 
Lord of w Israel; and Y schal pleie, and 22 
Y schal be maad 'vilere more x than Y 
am? maad, and Y schal be meke in myn 
i>en, and Y schal appere gloriousere 7 with 
the a handmaydys b , of whiche thou spak- 
ist c . Therfor a sone was not borun to 23 
Mychol, the dou3tir of Saul, til in to the 
dai of fair deeth. 



CAP. VII. 

Forsothe it was doon, whanne d the e 1 
kyng Dauid hadde sete in his hows, and 
the Lord hadde 3oue reste to hym on ech 
side fro alle hise enemyes, he seyde to 2 
Nathan the prophete, Seest thou not, that 
Y dwelle in an hows of cedre, and the 
arke of God is put in the myddis of 
skynnys f ? And Nathan seide f to the 3 
kyng, Go thou, and do al thing which? 
is in thin herte, for the Lord is with thee. 
Forsothe h it was don in that m'3t, and lo ! 4 
the word of the Lord, seiynge' to Nathan, 
Go thou, and speke to my servaunt Dauid, s 
The Lord seith these thingis, Whether 
thou schalt bilde to me an hows to dwelle 
ynne? For k Y'dwellide not 1 in an hows 6 
fro the dai in which Y ledde the sones of 
Israel out of the lond of Egipt til in to 
this dai ; but Y 3ede m in tabernacle" and 



t Kalhan 
seide ; not hi 
spirit of pro- 
feme, bat bi 
spirit of man, 
as it is opin 
aftirward. Lire 
here. c. 



* it AFH. 1 the hoondwymmen BCE. z Om. E pr. e. 

1 scbe seide i. m hath i. n be to i. handmaidyns i. P knaues i. 1 had be i. r hath chose i. 

rather than i. he hath comaundid i. n upon I. T his I. w Om. i. * more rile i. T am y't i. 

* more glorious i. tho i. b handmaidens i. c hast spoke i. d that whanne i. e Om. IK tec. m. 
t or kyiiered with Irthir i marg. t that i. h And i. > was maad i. k Sothly i. l haue not dwellid i. 
m haue go i. "a tabernacle i. 

VOL. II. P 



106 



II. KINGS. 



VII. 8 16. 



placis, to the whiche I passide with alle 
the sones of Irael ? Whether spekynge 
I haue spokyn to oon of the lynagis of 
Irael, to whom I haue comaundid, that 
he fede my puple Irael, seiynge, Whi 
hast thou not bildid a to me a cedre 

8 hows ? And now thes thingis thow shalt 
seye to my seruaunt Dauid, Thes thingis 
seith the Lord of oostis, I took thee fro 
the lesews folwynge flockis, that thou 

9 were a duyk vpon my puple Irael, and 
I was with thee 'in alle thingis b , whidir 
euere thou wentist, and I slew3 alle thin 
enemyes fro thi face, and I made to thee 
a greet name after the name of greet 

10 men that ben in erthe ; and Y shal putt 
a place to my puple Irael, and I shal 
plaunte hym, and I shal dwelle with 
hym, and he shal namore be disturblid, 
ne the sones of wickidnes shulen adde 

11 that thei tourmenten hym as before, fro 
the day that I ordeynede iugis vpon my 
puple Irael ; and I shal 3yue rest to thee 
fro alle thin enemyes. And the Lord 
before seith to thee, that the Lord shal 

12 make to thee an hows; and whanne thi 
dais weren ful endyd, and thou slepist 
with thi fadris, Y shal rere thi seed after 
thee, that shal go out of thi wombe, and 

is Y shal fastne the kyngdom of hym. And 
he shal beelde an hows to my name, and 
Y shal stable the troon of his rewme vnto 

14 eueremore ; I shal be to hym into a fader, 
and he shal be to me into a sone ; the 
which if eny thing wickidli shal doo, I 
shal vndirnymme hym in the 3eerd of 
men, and in the veniaunces of the sonys 

15 of men. Forsothe my mercy I shal not 
take a weye fro hym, as I took a weye 
fro Saul, whom I meuyde a weye fro my 

16 face. And thin hows shal be feithful, 
and thi kyngdam vnto with outen eende 
before my face, and thi troon shal be 



in tentP, bi alle places, to whiche Yv 

passyde with alle the sones of Israel ? 

Whether Y spekynge spak^ to oon of the 

lynagis of Israel, to whom Y comaundyde, 

that he schulde feede my puple Israel, and 

seide r , Whi 'bildidist thou not 8 an hows 

of cedre to me ? And now thou schalt seie 8 

these thingis to my seruaunt Dauid, The 

Lord of oostis seith these thingis, Y took 1 

thee fro lesewis" suynge flockis, that thou 

schuldist be duyk on v my puple Israel, 

and Y was w with thee in alle thingis, 9 

where euere thou 3edist x , and Y killide? 

alle thin enemyes fro thi face, and Y 

made z to thee a greet name bi the name 

of grete men that ben in erthe ; and Y 10 

schall sette a place to my puple Israel, 

and Y schal plaunte hym, and Y schal 

dwelle with hym, and he schal no more 

be troblid, and the sones of wickidnesse 

schulen not adde a , that thei turmente 

hym as bifor, fro the dai in which Y or- 1 1 

denede iugis on b my puple Israel ; and 

Y schal 3yue reste to thee fro alle thin 

enemyes. And the Lord biforseith to thee, 

that 'the Lord c schal mak an hows to 

thee ; and whanne thi daies be fillid d , and 12 

thou hast slept with thi fadris, Y schal 

reyse 6 thi seed aftir thee, which f schal go 

out of thi wombe, and Y schal make 

'stidfast his rewme . He schal bilde an is 

hows to my name, and Y schal make 

stable the troone of his rewme til in to 

with outen endef ; Y schal be to hym in u t ><* <>'< 

to fadir h , and he schal be to me in to a fn to'iong 

sone ; and if he schal do ony thing wick- 2^ "i in ,^ 

idli, Y schal chastise hym in the 1 3erde of ben seid euer 

* , * lastmge, for 

men, and in the woundis of the soues of '>e rewme of 

Ti i IT 11 Salomon fail- 

men, torsothe Y schal not do awey my is ide, in the 

mercy fro hym, as Y dideJ awei fro Saul, SSjS^taT 
whom Y remouede k fro my face. Andic h o j n F the 
thin hows schal be feithful, and thi rewme roilde > that 

777 . | . . w *8 an alien. 

schal be til 1 in to with outen ende bifor Lire here. c. 



a bilde BC. b Om. E pr. m. Om. A. 

Om. c. Pa tent i. q haue spoke i. r I seide i. s hast t hou not bildid i. * haue take I. the 
lesewis i. v U p On T . w haue be i. * hast go i. y haue killid i. * haue made i. adde to i. 

upon i. c he i. J fulfillid i. e reyse up i. f the which i. S his rewme stable i. h a fadir ix sec. m. 

1 Om. i. j dide it i. k haue remoued i. 1 Om. A. 



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107 



Ustedefast contynuli. After alle thes 
wordis, and after al this visioun, thus 

isspak Nathan to Dauid. Forsothe Dauid 
the kyng wente in, and sat before the 
Lord, and seide, Who am I, Lord God, 
and what myn hows, for thou hast 

iubrou3t me hidir to? But and this litil 
is seen in thi si3t, Lord my God ; 'that 
hast louyd me d , but thou speke also of 
the hows of thi seruaunt into ferre hens. 
Forsothe this is lawe fro Adam, Lord 

20 God ; what thanne }it Dauid shal mowe 
adde, that he speke to thee ? Forsothe 
thow knowist thi seruaunt, Lord God ; 

21 for thi word, and aftir thin herte, thou 
hast doon alle thes greet thingis, so that 
thou shuldist make knowen to thi ser- 

22uaunt. Therfor thou art magnified, 
Lord God, for there is not lijk e of thee, 
ne there is God with out thee, in alle 
thingis 'the whiche ee we han herd with 

23 oure eeris. Forsothe what is there folk 
of kynde as the puple of Irael in the 
loond, for f the which God wente, that he 
bie it to hym into a puple, and sette to 
hym a name, and make to hym greet 
thingis, and orrible vpon the# erthe, fro 
the face of thi puple, whom thou hast 
bou3t to thee fro Egipt folk and the god 

24 of it ? And thow hast fastned to thee thi 
puple Irael into a puple euermore, and 
thou, Lord, art maad to hem into a God. 

25 Nowe thanne, Lord God, the word that 
thou hast spoken vpon thi seruaunt and 
vpon his hows, rere vnto euermore, and 

26 do as thou hast spoken ; and thi name 
be magnyfied vnto euermore, and be it 
seid, Lord of oostis God vpon Irael ; and 
the hows of thi seruaunt Dauid shal be 

27 stablid before the Lord ; for thou, Lord 
of oostis. God of Irael, bast openyd the 
eer of thi seruaunt, seiynge, An hows I 
shal bilde to thee ; therfor thi seruaunt 



my face, and thi trone schal be stidfast 
contynueli. By alle these wordys, and bi 17 
al this reuelacioun, so m Nathan spak to 
Dauid. Forsothe Dauid the kyng entride", is 
and satt bifor the Lord, and seide, Who 
am Y, myP Lord God, and what is myn 
hows, that thou brou3tisti me hidur to? 
But also this is seyn litil in thi si3t, my 19 
Lord God ; no but thou schuldist speke 
also of the hows of thi seruaunt in to 
long tyme. Forsothe 1 " this is the lawe of 
Adam f, Lord God ; what therfor may 20 1 < 
Dauid adde 3 3it, that he speke to thee? 
For* thou, Lord God, knowist thi 
seruaunt; thou hast do alle these grete" 
thingis, for thi word, and bi v thin herte, 21 
so that thou madist w kriowun to thi ser- 
uaunt. Herfor, Lord God, thou art mag- 22 
nyfied x , for noon is lijk thee, ne there is 
no God outakun thee, in alle thingis 
whiche we herden? with oure eeris. Sotheli 23 
what folk in erthe is as the puple of Is- 
rael, for which! the Lord God 3ede, that 
he schulde a3enbie z it to him in to a 
puple, and schulde a sette to hym silf a 
name, and schulde do to it b grete thingis, 
and orible on c erthe, in cc castinge out 
therof d the folk 6 and f 'goddis therofs fro 
the face of thi puple, which h thou ' 
bou3tist i to thee fro Egipt? And 
confermidist k to thee thi puple Israel in 
to a puple euerlastynge, and thou, Lord, 
art maad in to God to hem. Now ther-25 
for, Lord God, reise 1 thou m withouten 
ende the word that thou hast spoke on n 
thi seruaunt and on his hows, and do as 
thou hast spoke ; and thy name be mag- ac 
nyfiedP till in to withouten ende, and be 
it seid, The Lord of oostis is God on r Is- 
rael ; and the hows of thi seruaunt Dauid 
schal be stablischid byfor the Lord; for 27 
thou, Lord of oostis, God of Israel, hast 
maad reuelacioun to the eere of thi ser- 



J for which, 
etc. ; in Ebreu 
it is, for which 
Goddts \eden, 
that is, thre 
persoones in 
the Trinyte, 
that ben o God 
in substaunce, 
therfor it sueth 
in singular 
noumbre, that 



silf. Lire here. 
c. 



d Om. E pr. m. e the lijk A. ee that c pr. m. f fro A. B Om. A. 

m thus i. n entride in to the tabernacle i. he satt i. P Om. i. q hast broujt i. r for i. * a jde to i. 
* Therfor FGIKLNOQRSUW. herfor p. u Om. i. v aftir i. w ma dist tho i. * maad greet i. y han herd i. 
z ajenbijgge K. a that he schulde i. b his puple i. c upon i. cc and b. d Om. A sec. m. therfore EL. 
e folkis E. folk of kynde i. f of B. e her goddis i. h the which i. hast ajen bou3t i. k hast con- 
fermyd i. ' reise up i. m Om. i. n upon i. upon i. P maad greet i. 1 Om. i. r upon i. 

P 2 



108 



II. KINGS. 



VII. 28 VIII. 8. 



hath founden h his herte, that he preye 
28thee bi this preyer. Now thanne, Lord 
God, thou ert verrey God, and thi wordis 
shulen be sooth ; forsothe thou hast spokyn 
29 to thi seruaunt these good thingis; bi- 
gyn therfor, and blesse to the hows of thi 
seruaunt, that it be 1 before thee into 
euermore ; for thou, Lord God, spakist k 
thes thingis, and bi 1 thi blessynge the 
hows of thi seruaunt shal be blessid into 
euermore. 



CAP. VIII. 

1 Forsothe it is doon after thes thingis, 
Dauid smoot Philisteis, and mekide hem ; 
and Dauid took a bridil of tribut of 

2 the hoond of Philisteis. And he smoot 
Moab, and he metide hem with a litil 
coord euenynge to the erthe ; forsothe 
he metid two litil coordis, oon to slee, 
and another to quykne. And Moab is 
maad to Dauid seruynge vndir tribute. 

:And Dauid smoot Adadezer, the sone of 
Roob, the kyng of Soba, whanne he 
wente forth that he take" lordship vpon 

4 the flood of EfFraten. And take to Dauyd 
on his partye a thousand and seuene 
hundrid horsmen, and twenti thousand 
of feet men, kut of bi the knee alle the 
3ockis of charis ; forsothe he lafte of 

5 hem an hundrid charis. Forsothe Ciria 
of Damasc cam to bere socour to Adad- 
ezer, the kyng of Soba ; and Dauid smoot 
of Ciria two and twenti thousand of men. 

e And Dauid putte a strength in Cirya of 
Damask, and Cirya is maad to Dauid 
seruynge vndir tribute. And the Lord 
kepte Dauid in alle thingis, to what euere 

7 thingis he wente forth. And Dauid took 
goldun aarmys and bee3is, that hadden the 
seruauntis of Adadezer, and brou3te hem 

s into Jerusalem. And Dauid the kyng 
took fro Bethe, and fro Beroth, citees 



uaunt, and seidist, Y schal bilde an hows 
to thee ; therfor thi seruaunt foond 8 his 
herte, that he schulde preie thee bi this 
preier. Now therfor, Lord God, thou art 28 
veri God, and thi wordis schulen be trewe ; 
for thou hast spoke these goodis* to thi 
seruaunt ; therfor bigynne thou, and blesse 20 
the hows of thi seruaunt, that it be u with- 
outen ende bifor thee ; for thou, Lord God, 
hast spoke these thingis, and bi v thi bless- 
yng the hows of thi seruaunt schal be 
blessid withouten ende. 

CAP. VIII. 

Forsothe w it was doon aftir these i 
thingis, Dauid smoot Filisteis*, and made 
low hem ; and Dauid took awei the bridil 
of tribute fro the bond of Filisteis|. And 2 
Dauid smoot Moab, and maty hem with 
a coorde", and made a euene to the erthe ; 
forsothe 'he mat b twey c cordis, oon to 
sle, and oon d to quikene. And Moab 
seruyde Dauid vndur tribute. And Dauid 3 
smoot Adadezer, sone e of Roob, kyng of 
Soba, whanne he 3ede forth to be lord 
ouer the flood Eufrates. And whanne a 4 
thousynde and seuene hundrid kni3tis f of 
his part weren takun, and twenti thou- 
synde of foot men, Dauid hoxides alle 
v drawynge beestis h in charis ; but Dauid 
lefte of tho an hundrid charis, that is, the 
horsis of an hundrid charis. Also Sirie 5 
of Damask cam, that it 1 schulde bere help 
to Adadezer, kyng of Soba ; and Dauid 
smoot of Sirie two and twenti thousynde 
of men. And Dauid settide strengthej in 6 
Sirie of Damask, and Sirie was maad 
seruynge Dauid vndur tribute. And the 
Lord kepte Dauid in alle thingis, to what 
euer thingis he 3ede forth. And Dauid? 
took goldun armeris and bies, whiche the 
seruauntis of Adadezer hadden, and he 
brou3te tho in to Jerusalem. And of 8 
Bethe, and of Beroth, citees k of Adadezer, 



f fro the hun/l 
of Filisteis; for 
first Filisteis 
token tribute 
of Kbreis, and 
weren lordis of 
hem, but at'tir- 
ward Filisteys 
serueden Da- 
uyth vndur 
tribute. Lire 
here. c. 



J settide 
strenythe; that 
is, werriours 
in a strong 
hold, that men 
of Sirie schul- 
den lieholdun 
sikirliere vndur 
tribute. Lire 
liere. c. 



h Om. E. ' Om. A. k speeke BCEFH. l be E. m mat BCKFH. n Om. CEFH. 

9 hath founden bi i. * gode thingis i. u be in to i. v thorouj i. w And i. * the Filisteis i. 
y he metide i. z litil coorde i. a he made hem i. b Dauid metide hem bi i. c tivo litil i. d another i. 
e the sone i. f horse men i. s kitte the boxes of i. h the beestis drawynge i. ' he i. k the 
citees i. 



viil. 9 18. 



II. KINGS. 



109 



of Adadezer, ful myche brasse ; of the 
which Salomon made alle the brasen 
vessels in the temple, and the brasen see, 

sand pilers, and auter. Forsothe Thou, 
the kyng of Emath, herde that Dauid 
hadde smyten al the strength of Adad- 

loezer. And Thou sente Joram, his sone, 
to kyng Dauid, that he salute hym, 
thankynge to gidre, and he doo gracis, 
forthi that he hath ouercomen Adadezer, 
and smyten hym ; forsothe Thou was 
enemye to Adadezer ; and in his hoond 
weren silueren vessels, and golden vessels, 

1 1 and brasen vessels. The whiche and thoo 
halwide kyng Dauid to the Lord, with 
the siluer and gold, 'the whiche n he 
hadde halwid of alle the gentils, the 

12 whiche he hadde dreuen out of Cyrie, 
and Moab, and the sones of Amon, and 
of Philisteis, and Amalech, and of the 
spoylis of Adadezer, the sone of Roob, 

iskyngP of Soba. Forsothe Dauid made to 
hym a name, whanne he turnyde a3en, 
Cirye taken, in the valey of wodis slayn 
eijteen thousandis, and in Jebelem, ati 

i4thre and twenti thousand. And he putte 
in Ydume kepers, and sette a strength, 
and al Ydume is maad seruynge to Dauid ; 
and the Lord kept Dauid in alle thingis, 
to what euer thingis he wente forth. 

15 And Dauid regnyd vpon al Yrael, and 
Dauid dide dome, and ri3twysnes to al 

iethe r puple. Forsothe Joab, the sone of 
Saruye, was vpon the oost ; aftirward 
Josaphat, the sone of Achilud, was chaun- 

17 seleer ; and Sadoch, the sone of Achitob, 
and Achimalech, the sone of Abiathar, 

is weren prestis ; and Saraias a scribe. For- 
sothe Banaias, the sone of Joiade, was 
vpon archeris and alblasters, 'that ben 
clepid Cerethi and Pherethi" ; forsothe 
the sones of Dauid weren prestes. 



Dauith the 1 kyng took ful myche metal" 1 ; 
'of the" whiche Salomon made alle the 
brasen vessels in the temple, andP the 
brasen see, and the - pilers, and the auter r . 
Forsothe 8 Thou, kyng 4 of Emath, herde 
that Dauid hadde smyte al the strengthe 
of Adadezer. And Thou sente Joram, his Jo 
sone, to 'kyng Dauid u , that he schulde 
grete hym, and thanke, and do thank- 
yngis, for he hadde ouercome Adadezer, 
and hadde smyte v hym ; for Thou was 
enemy to w Adadeser; and vessels of sil- 
ver, and vessels of gold, and vessels of 
bras weren in his hond. And the samen 
vessels kyng Dauid halewid 'to the Lord, 
with the siluer and gold, whiche he 
hadde x halewid? of alle hethene men, 
whiche ^hethene men 1 he made" suget 
of Sirye, and Moab b , and the c sones 12 
of Amon, and Filisteis d , and Amalech e , 
and of the spuylis of Adadezer, sone f of 
Roob, kyng of Soba. Also Dauid made is 
to hym a name, whanne he turnede a3en, 
whanne Sirie was takun, for ei3tene thou- 
synde 8 weren slayn in the valey, where 
salt is h maad, and in Gebelem, to thre 
and twenti thousynde. And he 1 settide k i< 
keperis in Ydumee, and ordeinede strong 
hold, and al Ydumee was maad seruynge 
to Dauid ; and the Lord kepte Dauid in 
alle thingis, to whateuer thingis he 3ede 
forth. And Dauid regnede on 1 al Israel, is 
and Dauid dide doom, and mtfulriesse" 1 to ^ck 

in Lbreu it is, 

al his puple. Forsothe" Joab, the sone of iSrecordour. c . 

,, ., ,._ T the sones of 

oaruy, was ouer the oost ; sotneaP J osa- Dauyth 



phat, sonei of Achilud, was chauncelert ; 

and Sadoch, sone r of Achitob, and Achy-i7 il Y di * n , ete ' 

ether the firste 

melech, sone r of Abiathar, weren preestis ; 
and Saraye was scryuyn 8 . 



to onours ; for 
_ it may not be 

ForSOthe 4 Ba- 18 se (A that thei 

nanye, sone" of Joiada, was ouer Cerethi p^riy,"*' 

mynystringe 
in the taber- 
nacle, for thei 
wereii not of 
the kyn of 
Aaron. Lire 
here. c. 



and Pherethi, that is, ouer archeris and 
arblasteris v ; sotheli w the sones of Dauid 
weren prestisj. 



n that c pr. m. Om. c. P the kyng E pr. v. 1 and A. r his CE. s E in marg. 

1 Om. i. m bras i. n Om. Qswb?. Om. DMQSwxbc. P Om. KX. <i Om. Qxb. >r The whole 
passage from the word of omitted in AELPRU. s And i. l the kyng i. u Dauid the kyng i. v sleyn i. 
w ofi. *Om. A. y Om. AI. z Om. i. had maad i. b of Moab i. c of the i. d of Filisteis i. 
e of Amalech i. f the sone i. thousynde men i. h was i. ' Dauid i. k sette i. l upon i. m rijt- 
wisnesse i. n And i. oost of Dauid i. P and i. i the sone i. r the sone i. s a scribe i. * But i. 
u the sone i. y arowblasters ELP. w and i. 



110 



II. KINGS. 



IX. i 10. 



CAP. IX. 

1 And Dauid seide, Whether wenist thou 
that there be eny man, that is laft of the 
hows of Saul, that I do with hym mercy 

2 for Jonatha ? Forsothe there was of the 
hows of Saul a seruaunt, Cyba hi name ; 
whom whanne the kyng hadde clepid to 
hym silf, seide to hym, Ert thou not 
Cyba ? And he answerde, Y am thi ser- 

auaunt. And the kyng seith, Whether is 
there on lyue eny man of the hows of 
Saul, that I doo with hym merci* of 
God ? And Ciba seide to the kyng, The 
sone of Jonatha is on lyue, feble the feet. 

4 Where, he seith, is he ? And Ciba seide u 
to the kyng, Loo ! he seith, he is in the 
hows of Machir, the sone of Amyel, in 

5 Lodobar. Thanne kyng Dauid sente, 
and took hym fro the hows of Machir, 

the sone of Amyel, fro Lodobar. For- 
sothe whanne Myphibosech, the sone of 
Jonathan, the sone of Saul, was comen 
to Dauid, he felle into his face, and 
lowtide. And Dauid seide, Myphibosech ! 
The which answerde, I am ny3, thi ser- 

7uaunt. And Dauid seith to hym, Ne 
dreed thow, for doynge I shal do with 
thee merci for Jonathan, thi fader ; and 
I shal restore to thee alle the feeldis of 
Saul, thi fader, and thou shalt eete breed 

s in my bord euermore. The which honour- 
inge him seith, Who am I, thi seruaunt, 
whom thou hast biholdyn vpon a deed 

hownd lijk of me ? And so the king 
clepide Cibam, the child of Saul; and 
seide to hym, Alle thingis, what euere 
weren of Saul and al his hous, I haue 
i 3euen to the sone of thi lord ; wyrk 
thanne the erthe to hym, thou, and thi 
sones, and thi seruauntis, and thou shalt 
brynge yn meetis to the sone of thi lord, 
that he be nurshid ; Myphibosech for- 
sothe, the sone of thi lord, shal eete 
euermore breed vpon my bord. Forsothe 



CAP. IX. 

And Dauid seide, Whether ony man is, i 
that lefte of the hows of Saul, that Y do 
mercy with hym for Jonathas ? Forsothe* 2 
a seruaunt, Siba bi name, was^ of the hous 
of Saul ; whom whanne the kyng hadde 
clepid to hym silf, v the kyng 2 seide to hym, 
Whethir thou art not Siba ? And he an- 
sweride, Y am thi seruaunt. And the 3 
kyng seide, Whether ony man lyueth of 
the hows of Saul, that Y do with hym 
the mercy of God ? And Siba seide to the 
kyng, A sone of Jonathas lyueth, feble a 
in the feet. The b kyng seide, Where is 4 
he ? And Siba seide to the kyng, Lo ! he 
is in the hows of Machir, sone c of Amyel, 
in Lodabar. Therfor v Dauid the kyng d s 
sente, and took hym e fro the hows of 
Machir, sone f of Arnyel, fro Lodobar. 
ForsotheB whanne Myphiboseth, the sonee 
of Jonathas, sone of Saul, hadde come to 
Daiu'd, he felde in to his face, and wor- 
schipidees. AndDauid seide, Myphibosech ! 
Which* 1 answeride, Y am present, thi ser- 
uaunt. And Dauid seide to hym, Drede? 
thou not, for Y doynge schal do mersi to 
thee for Jonathas, thi fadir ; and Y schal 
restore to thee alle the 1 feeldis of Saul, thi 
fadir, and thou schalt etc breed in my 
boord k euere. Which 1 worschipide him, and 
seide, Who am Y, thi seruaunt, for thou 
hast biholde on m a deed dogge n lijk me? 
Therfor the kyng clepide Siba, the child 
of Saul ; and seide to hym, Y haue 3oue 
to the sone of thi lord alle thingis, which 
euer weren of Saul, and al the hows of 
hym ; therfor worche thou the lond to 10 
hym, thou, and thi sones, and thi ser- 
uauntis, and thou schalt brynge in meetis 
to the sonef of thi lord, that he be fed ; t to the sone, 
forsothe Myphibosech, soneP of thi lord, Myca, s' 
schal ete euer breed on 1 " my bord. Sotheli 1 " 
fiftene sones and twenti seruauntis weren 
to Siba. And Siba seyde to the kyng, As 1 1 



1 the merci BCEH. " Om. CEH. 

x And ther was i. y Om. i. z he i. a the whiche is sijk i. b And the i. c the sone i. d kyng 
Dauid i. e Jonathas sone i. f the sone i. S And i. SS worschipe A. h And he i. ' Om. i. k table i. 
1 The which i. m upon i. " hound i. but i. P the sone i. 1 of i. * And i. 



IX. ii X. 6. 



II. KINGS. 



Ill 



there weren of Ciba fifteen sonys and 
n twenti seruauntis. And Ciba seide to 
the kyng, As thou hast comaundid, my 
lord kyng, to thi seruaunt, so thi ser- 
uaunt shal doo ; and Myphibosech shal 
eete vpon thi bord, as oon of the sonys 
12 of the kyng. Forsothe Myphibosech 
hadde a litil sone, Mycha bi name ; for- 
sothe al the kynrede of the hows of Ciba 
isseruede to Myphibosech. But Myphibo- 
sech dwellide in Jerusalem ; for of the 
bord of the kyng contynueli he eete, and 
he was halt either foot. 

CAP. X. 

i Forsothe it is doon after thes thingis, 
that Naas, the kyng of the sonys of 
Amon, diede ; and Anon, his sone, regn- 

aede for hym. And Dauid seide, I shal 
doo mercy with Anon, the sone of Naas, 
as his fader dide inerci with me. Thanne 
sente Dauid comfortynge hym bi his ser- 
uauntis vpon the fader deth. Forsothe 
whanne the seruauntis of Dauid weren 
comen into the loond of the sonis of 

3 Amon, the princis of the sones of Amon 
seiden to Anon, her lord, Wenyst thou 
that for the worship of thi fader Dauid 
hath sente to thee coumfortours ; and 
not therfor that he aspie, and serche the 
citee, and turne it vpsedoun, Dauid hath 

4 sente his seruauntis to thee ? And so 
Anon took the seruauntis of Dauid, and 
shooue the half part of the beerd of 
hem, and he kittide v of the mydil clothis 
of hem vnto the arsis ; and he lafte hem. 

5 The which whanne was toold to Dauid, 
he sente into a3en comynge of hem, for- 
sothe thei weren men ful foul confoundid. 
And Dauid sente to hem, Dwellith in 
Jericho, to the tyme that 3oure beerd 

egrowe, and thanne turneth a3en. For- 
sothe the sones of Amon, seynge that 
thei hadden doo wronge to Dauid, thei 
senten, and hireden bi mede Cyrie of 



thou, my lord kyng, hast comaundid to 
thi seruaunt, so thi seruaunt schal do; 
and Myphibosech, as oon of the sones of 
the kyng, schal ete on s thi boord. For- 12 
sothe 1 Myphibosech hadde a litil sone, 
Mycha bi name ; sotheli u al the meyne of 
the hows of Siba seruyde Myphibosech. 
Forsothe v Myphibosech dwellide in Jeru-ia 
salem ; for he eet contynueli of the kingis 
boord, and was w crokid" on either foot. 



CAP. X. 

Forsothe it was doon aftir these thingis, i 
that Naas, kyng of the sones of Amon, diede; 
and Anoon, his sone, regnede for hym. And 
Dauid seide, Y schal do mercy with Anon, 2 
the sone of Naas, as his fadir dide mercy 
with me. Therfor Dauid sente coumfort- 
ynge hym by hise seruauntis on? the deeth 
of the fadir. Sotheli 2 whanne the ser- 
uauntis of Dauid hadden come in to the 
lond of the sones of Amon, princes* of the 3 
sones of Amon seiden to Anon, her lord, 
Gessist thou that for the onour of thi fadir 
Dauid sente b coumfortouris to thee ; and 
not c herfor David sente hise seruauntis to 
thee, that he schulde aspie, and enserche 
the citee, and distrie it ? Therfor Anoon 4 
took the seruauntis of Dauid, and scha- 
uyde d half the part of 'the beerd of hem e ,and 
he kittide f awey the myddil clothis of hem 
'til tos the buttokis h ; and' lefte hem. And 5 
whanne this was teld to Dauid, he sente 
in to the comyng of hem, for the men 
weren schent ful vilensly. And Dauid co- 
maundide to hem, Dwelle je in Jerico, til 
3oure beerd wexe, and thanne turne 30 a3en. 
Sotheli k the sones of Amon sienf, thatc 
thei hadden do wrong to Dauid, and thei 
senten, and hiriden bi 1 meede Roob m of 
Sirye, and Soba n of Sirie, twenti thou- 
synde of foot men, and of kyng Maacha, a 



v kutt BCEFH. 

s upon i. t And i. tt And i. v And i. w he was i. *halti. y upon i. zAndi. a the princis i. 
b hath sent i. c not rather i. d he schauyde i. e her beerd i. f kitte i. K vnto i. h hipes i. ' and 
so i. k And i. ' with i. m of Roob i. n of Soba i. 



f- the sones of 
Amon sien ; for 
thei knewen 
that not bi 
fraude, but of 
veri frenschip, 
Dauyth sente 
messangeris ; 
and netheles 
thei knoulech- 
iden not gilt, 
nether axiden 
forjyuenesse, 
but thei maden 
hem red! to 
defende her 
foli, in clepinge 
othere men into 
her help a;emu 
Dauyth, and 
this doyng 
agreggide 
notably ether 
gretly her gilt. 
Lire here. c. 






112 



II. KINGS. 



X. 717. 



Roob, and Cirye of Soba, twenty thou- 
sandis of foot men, and of the kyng 
of Maacha a thousand men, and of 

?Istob twelue thousandis of men. The 
which thing whanne Dauid hadde herd, 
he sente Joab and al the oost of filters. 

s Thanne the sonys of Amon wenten out, 
and dressiden sheltrun before hym in the 
entree of the 3ate. Forsothe Cire of 
Soba, and Roob, and Istob, and Maacha 

9weren aside in the feeld. Thanne Joab 
seynge that a batail was maad redi a}ens 
hym, and fro a3ens and bihynde the bac, 
he cheese to hym of alle the chosen of Irael, 

10 and ordeynde sheltrun a3ens Cyre. For- 
sothe the tother partye of the puple he 
fook to Abisai, his brothir, the which 
dresside sheltrun a3ens the sones of 

11 Amon. And Joab seith, If Cyres han 
the ouerhoond a3ens me, thou shalt be to 
me into help ; forsothe if the sones of 
Amon han the ouerhoond a3ens thee, I 

12 shal help to thee ; be thou a strong man, 
and fi3te we for oure puple, and for the 
citee of oure God ; forsothe the Lord shal 

is do that is good in his si3t. And so Joab 
wente yn, and his puple that was with 
hym, strijf a3ens Cyres, the whiche anoon 

14 flowen fro the face of hym. Forsothe 
the sones of Amon, seynge that the Cyres 
weren flowen, and thei flowen fro the 
face of Abisai, and wenten into the citee ; 
and Joab is turned a3en fro the sonis of 

15 Amon, and cam into Jerusalem. For- 
sothe seynge the Cires that thei hadden 
fallen before Irael, ben gadrid togidre w . 

ic And Adidazer sente, and brou3te out the 
Cirys that weren be3onde the flood, and 
brou3te forth the oost of hem ; forsothe 
Sabath, the maistre of chyualrye* of 

17 Adadezer, was the prince of hem. And 
whanne it was toold to Dauid, he drew3 
togidre al Irael, and passide ouere Jor- 
dan, and cam into Helama. And the 



thousynde men, and of Istob twelue thou- 
synde of men. Arid whanne Dauid hadde 7 
herd this, he sent Joab and al the oost 
of fi3teris. Therfor the sones of Amon a 
3eden out, and dressiden scheltrun bifor 
hem in the entryng of the 3ate. For- 
sotheP Soba, and Roob of Sirie, and Istob, 
and Maacha weren asidis half in the feeld. 
Therfor Joab si3, that bateli was maad 9 
redi a3ens hym, bothe euene a3ens r and 
bihynde the 8 bak ; and he chees to hym silf 
of alle the chosun men of Israel, and 
ordeynede 1 scheltrun a3ens Sims. For- 10 
sothe v he w bitook to Abisai, his brothir, 
the tother part of the puple, which" dres- 
side scheltrun a3ens the sones of Amon. 
And Joab seide, If men of Sirie han then 
maistrie 336115 me, thou^ schalt be to me 
in to help ; sotheli z if the sones of Amon 
han the maistrie a3ens thee, Y schal helpe 
thee ; be thou a strong man, and fi3te we 12 
for oure puple, and for the citee of oure 
God ; forsothe a the Lord schal do that, 
that is good in his si3t. Therfor Joab is 
and his b puple that was with hym, bigan 
batel a3ens men of Sirie, whiche c fledden 
anoon fro his face. Forsothe d the sones 14 
of Amon sien, that men of Sirie hadden 
fled ; and thei fledden also fro the face of 
Abisai, and entriden 8 in to the citee ; and 
Joab turnede a3en fro the sones of Amon, 
and cam in to Jerusalem. Forsothe f men& 15 
of Sirye sien that thei hadden feld h bifor 
Israel, and thei weren gaderid togidere. 
And Adadezer sente, andledde out men of is 
Sirie that weren bi3ende the flood, and he 
brou3te } the oost of hem ; sotheli k Sobach, 
mayster of the chyualrie of Adadezer, was 
the prince of hem. And whanne this 17 
was teld to Dauid, he drow togidere al 
Israel, and passide 1 Jordan, and cam in 
to Helama. And men of Sirie dressiden 
scheltrun a3ens Dauid, and fou3ten a3ens 
hym. And Sireis fledden fro the face of is 



w Om. E pr. TO. * the chyualrye CE. 



sente forth i. P and i. 1 the batel i. r ajens hym i. s his i. * he ordeynede i. u Sirie i. v And i. 
w Joab i. * the which i. y thou, Abisay i. z and i. for i. & the i. c the whiche i. d And i. 
e thei entriden i. f And i. S the men GQ. & fled FKOS sup. ras. w. falle EILMP. ' broujte forth i. 
k and i. 1 he passide ouer i. 



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II. KINGS. 



113 



Cires dresseden sheltrun fro a3ens Dauid, 
is and fou3ten a3ens hym. And Cyres 
flowen fro the face of Irael ; and Dauid 
slow3 of Cires seuen hundrid chares, and 
fourti thousandis? of horsmen ; and he 
smoot Sobach, the prynce of chyualrye, 
19 the which anoon is deed. Forsothe 
seynge alle the kyngis, that weren in the 
strength of Adadezer, hem to be ven- 
cusshid of Yrael, maden pees with Irael, 
and serueden to hem ; and Cires dradden 
to 3eue help to the sones of Amon. 

CAP. XL 

1 Forsothe it is doon, turnynge the 3eer 
that tyme the which kyngis ben wont to 
goo forth to batails, Dauid sente z Joab, 
and with hym his seruauntis, and al Irael ; 
and thei wastiden the sones of Amon, and 
bisegeden Raba ; forsothe Dauid abood 

2 stille in Jerusalem. While these thingis 
weren doo, it felle, that Dauid roos on a 
dai fro his bed aftir mydday, and wente 
in the solere of the kyngis hows ; and he 
saw3 a womman wasshynge hir fro a3ens 
vpon hir solere; forsothe she was a ful 

sfeyr womman. Than Dauid sente, and 
aserchede, what was the womman ; and it 
is toold to hym, that she was Bersabee, 
the dou3ter of Elyam, the a wijf of Vrye 

4 Ethei. And so Dauid sente messagers, 
and b took hir ; the which whanne she 
was goon in to hym, he slepte with hir, 
and anoon she is halwid fro hir vn- 

5 clennes. And she turnede a3en to hir hows, 
the fruyt of hir wombe conseyued ; and 
she sendynge toold to Dauid, and seith, 

cl haue conseyued. Forsothe Dauid sente 
to Joab, seiynge, Send to me Vrie Ethee ; 

/and Joab sente Vrye to Dauid. And 
Vrye cam to Dauid ; and Dauid askide, 
how ri3t dide Joab and the puple, and 
what maner wise the batail was serued c . 

s And Dauid seide to Vrye, Go into thin 



Israel ; and Dauid killide of Sireis" 1 seuene 
hundrid charis, and fourti thousynde of 
kny3tis n ; and he smoot Sobach, the prince 
of chyualrie , which? was deed anoon. 
Forsothei alle kyngis 1 ", that weren in the 8 19 
help of Adadezer, si3en that thei weren 
ouercomun of Israel, and thei maden pees 
with Israel, and serueden hem ; and Sireis 1 
dredderi to 3yue help to the sones of 
Amon. 



CAP. XI. 

Forsothe u it was doon, whanne the 3eeri -\-Dauythdweii. 

ide in Jerusa- 
lem ; whanne 
othere men jeden 
forth to bate), 
Dauyth dwell- 
ide as idil in 
Jerusalem, and 
therfor he was 
drawun to do 
auoutrie ; wher- 
for the poete 
seith, If thou 
takist awey 
idilnessis, the 
craftis of couei- 
tise, that is, of 
leccherie, pe- 
rischiden; and 
in xxxiii. c. 
Ecci. ydilnesse 
taujte myche 
malice, c. 



turnede a3en in that tyme wherynne v 
kyngis ben wont to go forth to batels, 
Dauid sente w Joab, and with hym hise 
seruauntis, and al Israel ; and thei dis- 
trieden the sones of Amon, and bisegiden 
Rabath ; forsothe x Dauid dwellide in 
Jerusalemf. While these thingis weren 2 
doon, it befelde, that Dauid roos in a dai 
fro his bed after mydday, and walkide? 
in the soler of the kyngis hows ; and he 
si3 a wommanj waischynge hir silf euen 
a3ens z on a hir soler ; sotheli b the womman 
was ful fair. Therfor the kyng sente, 3 
and enqueride, what womman it was ; and 
it was teld to hym, that sche was Bersabee, 
the dou3tir of Heliam, and was c the wijf 
of Vrye Ethei. Therfor d bi messangeris* 
sent Dauid took hir ; and whanne sche 
entride to hym, he slepte with hir, and 
anoon sche was halewid fro hir vn- 
clenesse e ||. And sche turnede a3en in to 5 
hir hows, with child f conseyued ; and sche 
sente, and telde= to Dauid, and seide, Y 
haue conseyued. Forsothe 11 Dauid sente c 
to Joab, and seide, Sende thou Vrye Ethei 
to me ; and Joab sente Vrye to Dauid. 
And Vrie cam to Dauid ; and Dauid axide, 7 
hou ri3tfuli Joab dide and the puple, and 
hou 1 the batel was mynystrid k . And 8 



a womman ; 
vnchast sijt is 



' ha ' was so 

hooly and good, 



trie, and aftir- 



. and at 

the Jaste to par- 



werk / irf 

here. c. 



blood that 
schulde come til 
to the child 



Y thousand BCEFJI. z sente to E pr.m. a Om. E pr.m. b Om. BCEFH. c seuerd A. 

m the Sireis i. n horsmen i. the chyualrie i. P the which I. 1 And i. r the kyngis i. Om. i. 
4 the Sireis i. " And i. v in whiche i. w sente forth i. * and i. y he walkide i. z aj.^s him i. 
a upon i. b and i. c sche was i. d Thanne i. e bareyn wymmen rveren seid vnclene i. marg. * a cliild I. 
K schevvide i. h And i. ' what maner wise i. k serued i. 

VOL. II. Q 



renn *th 

no more aftir 
conseyuyng of 
child, for thilke 
blood goith in to 
the formyng 
and mete of the 
child. Lire 
here. c. 



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II. KINGS. 



XI. 9 20. 



hows, and wassh thi feet. And Vrye 
wente out of the kyngis hows, and hym 
ofolwide the kyngis meet. Forsothe Vrye 
slepte before the 3ate of the kyngis hows 
with othere seruauntis of his lord, and 

10 he wente not down to his hows. And it 
is toold to Dauid of seieris, Vrye wente 
not to his hows. And Dauid seith to 
Vrye, Whether not fro v a ferre d weye 
thou cam ? whi desendist 6 thou f not into 

11 thin hows? And Vrie seith to Dauid, 
The arke of God, arids Yrael and Juda 
dwellen in tentis, and my lord Joab, and 
the seruauntis of my lord biden vpon 
the face of the erthe, and I shal go h 'in 
to 1 myn hous, that I ete, and drinke, and 
slepe with my wijf ? Bi thin helth, and 
hi the helth of thi soule, I shal not doo 

12 this thing. Thanne Dauid seith to Vrie, 
Bijd here also to dai, and to morwe Y shal 
leeue thee. Vrye bode in Jerusalem that 

is day and the tothere. And Dauyd clepide 
hym, that he eete before hym and drynk, 
and he made hym drunke ; the which goon 
out at euen, slepte in his bedde with the k 
seruauntis of his lord ; and he desendide 

14 not into his hows. And it is doon thanne 
eerli, and Dauid wroot a lettre to Joab, 

is and sente bi the hoond of Vrye, wryt- 
ynge in the lettre, Puttith Vrie fro 
a3ens of the batail, where the batail is 
moost strong, and forsakith hym, that he 

i6smyten die. Thanne whanne Joab bi- 
segide the citee, he putte Vrye in the 
place where he wiste moost stronge men 

17 to ben. And the men gon out fro the 
cite, fou3ten a3en Joab, and thei slewen 
of the puple of 1 the seruauntis of Dauid, 

iand also Vrie Ethee is deed. And so 
Joab sente, and toolde alle thes wordis of 

19 the batail ; and comaundide to the mes- 
sageer, seiynge, Whanne thou hast ful 
endid alle the wordis of the batail to the 

2okyng, if thou seest hym to han indig- 



Dauid seide to Vrye, Go in to thin hows, 
and waische thi feet. Vrye 3ede out 1 fro 
the hows of the kyng, and the kyngis 
mete suede hym. Sotheli 1 " Vrye slepte 
bifor the 3ate of the kyngis hows with 
othere seruauntis' of his lord, and 3ede n not 
doun to his hows. And it was teld to 10 
Dauid of men, seiynge, Vrye^ede not to 
his hows. And Dauid seide to Vrye, 
Whether? thou earnest not fro the weye ? 
whi 3edist thou not doun in to thin hows ? 
And Vrie seide to Dauid, The arke ofn 
God, Israeli and Juda dwellen in tentis, 
and my lord Joab, and the seruauntis of 
my lord dwellen on r the face of erthe% 
and schal Y go in to myn hows, to ete 
and drynke, and slepe with my wijf? Bi 
thin helthe, and bi the helthe of thi soule, 
Y schal not do this thing. Therfor Dauid 12 
seide to Vrye, Dwelle thou here also to 
dai, and to morewe Y schal delyuere thee. 
Vrie dwellide in Jerusalem in that day 
and the tothir. And Dauid clepide hym, is 
that he schulde ete and drynke bifor hym, 
and Dauid made drunkun Vryef ; and he 

' 

3ede out in the euentid, and slepte in his 

bed with the seruauntes of his lord ; and 

3 ede< not doun in to his hows. Therfor" u 

the morewtid was maad, and uu Dauid wroot 

epistle to Joab, and sente v bi the hond of 

Vrye, and wroot w in the pistle", Sette^ 36 1& the cost, and 

Vrye euene a3ens the batel, where the 

batel is strongeste, 'that is, where the 

aduersaries ben stronge z , and forsake 3 5e 

hym, that he be smitun and pensche. 

Therfor whanne Joab bisegide the citee, 

he settide b Vrie in the place where he 

wiste that strongeste men d weren. Andn 

men 3eden out of the citee, and fou3ten 

a3ens Joab, and thei killiden of the puple 

of seruauntis 6 of Dauid, and also Vrye 

Ethei was deed f . Therfors Joab sente, and IB 

telde alle the h wordis of the batel ; and he 19 

comaundyde to the messanger, and seide, 



made drunkun 

fne ; that is, 
""him ' 



a " d bileu y de 

that he schulde 

herby fonete 



sle P e **& his 

wiyf ; and jit 

netheies Vrie 



here ' c ' 



d the E pr.m. e descendedest c. f Om. E. S of E pr.m. * go out .1. ' in AFH. k Om. A. l Om. A. 

1 forth i. m And I. n he jede I. hath not go I. P For EL. 1 of Israel i pr.m. w sup. ras. 
r upon i. s the erthe i. * he jede i. Therfor whanne A sec. m. Thanne i. u Om. A sec. m. v he 
sente it i. w he wroot i. x epistle CE. y Putte i. z Om. BCIX. a leeue i. b sette i. c that i. 



d enmyes i. e the seruauntis 



f deed there i. S And so i. h these i. 



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II. KINGS. 



115 



nacioun, and seye, Whi ne3eden 36 to the 
wal for to fi3te ? whether knewen 30 not, 
that aboue fro the wal ben sent manye 
21 dartis ? who smoot Achymalech, the sone 
of Jeroboal ? whether not a womman 
sente vpon hym a gobet of a myln stoon 
fro the wal, and slew3 hym in Thebes ? 
whi biside the wal 36 wenten to ? thow 
shalt seye, Also thi seruaunt, Vrye Ethee, 

22 is slayn. Thanne the messager wente, 
and cam, and toolde to Dauid alle thingis 

23 that Joab comaundide to hym. And the 
messager seide to Dauid, The men hadden 
the ouer hoond a3ens vs, and thei wenten 
out to vs into the feeld ; forsothe we, the 
bure made, pursueden hem vnto the 3ate 

24 of the citee. And the sheeters dresseden 
dartis to thi seruauntis fro the wal aboue, 
and there ben deed of the seruauntis of 
the kyng ; but also Vrie Ethee, thi seru- 

25 aunt, is deed. And Dauid seide to the 
messager, Thes thingis thou shalt seye 
to Joab, This thing breke thee not ; for- 
sothe dyuerse is the hap of batail, and 
now this, now hym wastith the swerd ; 
coumfort thi filters a3ens the cytee, that 

26 thou distroye it, and enhurte hem. For- 
sothe the wijf of Vrye herde, that Vrie 
her houseboond was deed, and she wei- 

27 lide hym. And the weilynge ouere doon, 
Dauid sente, and brou3te hir into his 
hows ; and she is maad wijf to hym, 
and she bare to hym a sone. And the 
word that Dauid dide displeside before 
the Lord. 



CAP. XII. 

1 Thanne the Lord sente Nathan to 
Dauid ; the which whanne he was 
comen to hym, seide to hym, Answere 
to me doom ; two men weren in o cytee ; 

2 oon ryche, and another pore. The riche 

3 hadde sheep and oxen ful manye ; for- 



Whanne thou hast fillid k alle wordis 1 of 

the batel to the kyng, if thou seest, that 20 oneli w %"- 

, . ,, , ?.. T , ru . . ., yng, and bi- 

he is wrootn, and seith, Whi nei3iden 36 apperfng, for 

to the wal to fi^te ? whether 36 wisten not, M. detMhat 
that many dartis ben sent" 1 'fro aboue fro ^hu'ide'asca e 
the wal a ? who smoot Abymelech, sone 2 i 'tonyi?, and 

be maad the 

of Gerobaal ? whether not a womman wiyf of the 

, u r i k yng> and for 

senteP oni hym a gobet of a rnylnestoon this entent che 
fro the r wal s , and killide 4 hym in Thebes ? Bht, hir 
whi nei3iden 36 bisidis the wal ? thou ho bondi . 

' deth. Lire 

schalt seie", Also thi seruaunt, Vrye Ethei, kere - c - 

1 I The riche 

diede v . Therfor w the messanger 3ede x ,22m<m ; tbiinciw 
and telde to Dauid alle thingis whiche stondunDauyth, 



Joab hadde comaundid to hym. And 

messanger seide to Dauid, 'Men hadden^ 

the maistri a3ens us, and thei 3eden out 

to vs in to the feeld ; sotheli z bi a 'fers- 

nesse maad b we pursueden hem v til to c the 

3ate of the citee. And archeris d senten e 24 

dartis to thi seruauntis fro the wal for he took hir 

a hi.il damesel. 

aboue, and summe of the x kyngis ser- Sche eet of his 
uauntis f ben deed ; forsothe^ also thi comynede with 
seruaunt, Vrye Ethei, is deed. And Dauid 25) 



stondun Vne, 
that hadde onely 
o wiyf, whom 
/" hadde bmifl, 
in jyuynge 
dower for hir, 



pilgrym that 
cam to the rich? 
man, is the 
deuel, which is 
alienyd fro the 
comynyng of 
heuenly cyte- 
seyns, for 
hardnesse in 
synne; towhich 
pilgrym Da- 

excite k thou hem 1 . Forsothe 1 the wijf 26 uyth made a 
of Vrye herde, that Vrye hir hosebond 
was deed, and sche biweilide hymf. And 27 

to dede, for the 
deuel delitith 
in sychesynnes. 
. . . , , , Dauyth seide, 

and sche was maad wijf to hym, and sche 
childide a sone to hym. And this word 
which" Dauid hadde do displeside bifor 
the Lord. 



seide to the messanger, Thou schalt seie 
these thingis to Joab, This thing breke 
not thee ; for the bifallyng 1 ' of batel is 
dyuerse, and swerd wastith 1 now this 
man, now that man ; coumforte thi fi^teris 
a3ens the citee, that thou distrye it, and 



whanne the morenyng was passid, Dauid 
sente, and brou3te hir in to his hows ; 



CAP. XII. 

Therfor the Lord sente Nathan toi 
Dauid ; and whanne he hadde come to 
Dauid, he seide to Dauid , Answere thou 
doomP to me ; twei men weren in oi citee ; 
o r man tvas riche, and the tother was 8 
pore. The riche manj hadde ful many 2 ^ n b ] t 



he schal jelde 
the scheep in to 
the fourthe fold, 
and so it was 
doon to him, for 
hise iiii. sones 
weren deed, 
for the deeth of 
Vrie; thefirste, 
the sone of 
Bersal>ee, the 
ii. Amon, the 
iii. Absolon, the 
iiii. Adonye. 
And Dauyth 
seide, bi herte 
and mouth, Y 
have synned to 
the Lord; he 
defendide not 



knoulechede 



k fulfillid i. 1 the wordis ix sec. m. q. sent out i. n fro the wal aboue i. the sone i. Pletefallei. 
q upon i. r a i. 8 wal an hiy i. * sche killide i. u seie thanne i. v was sleyn i. w Thanne i. * jede 
forth I. 7 Enmyeshan had i. z and i. a with i. b gret fersnesse i. vnto i. d scheters i. e senten 
out i. f seruauntis of the kyng i. S and i. h happe i. > fordoith i. k stire i. l hem therto i. 
m And i. n that i. him I. Pa doom i. 1 a i. r the oo i. the too K. " Om. i. 

Q2 



116 



II. KINGS. 



XII. 4 11. 



sothe the pore hadde no thing vtterly, 
saaf o litil sheep, the which he bou3te m , 
and norshide, and the which wexe 
anentis hym with his sonys, togidre of 
his breed etinge, and of his cup drynk- 
ynge, and in his bosum slepynge ; and 

4 it was to hym as a doi^ter. Forsothe 
whanne a maner pylgrym was comen to 
the riche man, he sparynge to take of 
the sheep and of his oxen, that he 3eue 
a meetshipe to that pilgrym, that cam to 
hym, took the sheep of the pore man, 
and maade redi meetis to the man that 

5 cam to hym. Forsothe Dauid wrooth 
ful myche bi indignacioun a3ens that 
man, seide to Nathan, The Lord lyueth, 
for the sone of deeth is the man, the 

o which dide that ; the sheep he shal 
3eelde into foure foold, forthi that he 
hath doo this word, and hath not sparyd. 

7 Forsothe Nathan seide to Dauid, Thou 
ert thilk man, that didist this thing. 
Thes thingis seith the Lord God of 
Irael, I haue anoyntid thee into kyng 
vpon Irael, and I haue delyuerde thee fro 

Hthe hoond of Saul, and 3eue to thee the 
hows of tin lord, and the wyues of thi 
lord in thi bosum, and 3euen to thee the 
hows of Irael, and of Juda ; and if thes 
thingis ben litil, I shulde adde to thee 

) myche more. Whi thanne hast thou 
dispisid the word of the Lord, that thou 
doo yuel thingis in my si3t ? Vrye Ethei 
thou hast smyten with swerd, and the 
wijf of hym thou hast takyn to thee into 
wijf, and thou hast slayn hym bi the 

10 swerd of the sones of Amon. For what 
thing swerd of thin hows shal not goo 
a wey fro thee vnto with outen ende ; 
forthi that thou hast dispised me, and 
took the wijf of Vrie Ethei, that she 

11 were thi wijf. And so thes thingis seith 
the Lord, Loo ! I shal rere vpon thee 
yuel of thin hows, and I shal taak awey 



scheep, and oxun ; sotbeli 1 the pore man 3 
hadde vttirli no thing, outakun o litil 
scheep, which" he hadde bou3t, and 
nurschid, and which" 'hadde wexid w at x 
hym with hise sones, and eet togidere? of 
his breed, and drank of his cuppe, and 
slepte in his bosum ; and it was as a 
dou3ter to hyrn. Forsothe 2 whanne 34 
pilgrym 'hadde come* to the b riche man, 
he sparide to take of hise c scheep and 
oxun, that he schulde make a feeste to 
that pilgryin, that cam to hym ; and he 
took the scheep of the pore man, and 'made 
redi d metis to the man that cam to hym. 
Forsothe 6 Dauid was ful wrooth with 5 
indignacioun a3ens that man, and seide f 
to Nathan, The Lord lyueth, for the man 
that dide thisS is the sone of deethf ; he G 
schal 3elde the scheep in to foure folde, for 
he dide this word, and sparide not. For- 7 
sothe' 1 Nathan seide to Dauid, Thou art 
thilke" man, that hast do this thing. 
The Lord God of Israel seith these 
thingis, Y anoyntide k thee 'in to 1 kyng 
on m Israel, and Y delyuerede thee fro the 
hond of Saul, and Y 3af to thee the hows s 
of thi lord, and the wyues of thi lord in 
thi bosum, and Y 3af to thee the hows 
of Israel, and of Juda ; and if these 
thingis ben litil, Y schal' 1 adde to thee 
myche grettere thingis. Whi therfor hast 9 
thou dispisid the word of the Lord, that 
thou didist yuels in my si3t ? Thou hast 
smyteP by swerd Vrye Ethei, and thou 
hast take his wijf in to wijf to thee, and 
thou hast slayn hym with the swerd of 
the sones of Amon. Wherfor swerdi 10 
schal not go awey fro thin hows! til in 
to with outen ende ; for thou dispysidisf 
me, and tokist 8 the wijf of Vrye Ethei, 
that sche schulde be thi wijf. Therfor n 
the Lord seith these thingis, Lo ! Y schal 
reise on 1 thee yuel" of thin hows, and Y 
schal take thi wyues in 'thin i3en v , and Y 



foritsueth,a/.v 
the Lord hath 
turned awey M 
fi/ii/n: as to the 
gilt, in for- 
3ynynge it for 
thi penaunce, 
and as to the 
peyne, in tem- 
per! nge it ; for 
thouj thou art 



deth > netheles 
thou schalt not 
die in thi propir 
persoone, but 
in thi sone 
borun. Of 
whiche the 
cause sueth,/0r 
thou hast maad 
the enemyes to 
blasfeme the 
name of the 
Lord ; for yuele 
men and vn- 
kunnynge blas- 
femeden bi this 
the priuy domes 
of God, and 
seiden, that lie 
dide vniustly in 
repreuynge 
Saul, and in 
chesiuge Da- 



more worse 
Ih n Saul 
hadde do. Lire 
here. c. 

( i* the sone of 



for the hidous- 
nesse of the 
dede. Lire 
here, c. 



* fro thin hows, 



Amon, in xiii. 
c"., and Salo- 
mon killide 
Adonye, in iii. 
book ii. c., and 



m broujte A. 



1 and i. the which i. v the which i. w wexide i. * anentis i. 7 bothe i. z But i. a came r. 
b this i. c his owne i. <* greithide i. Certis i. t he seide r. g this thing i. h And i. ' that EJ.. 
k haue anoyntid i. 1 Om. i. m upon i. n schulde i pr. m. thanne do i. P killid i. q a swerd K. 
r hast dispisid i. s }, ast take i. * upon i. " the yuel i. T thi si3t i. 



XII. 12 21. 



II. KINGS. 



117 



thi wyues in thin eyen, and 3yue to thin 
iiei3bour, arid he shal sleepe with thi 

12 wyues in the eyen of this sunne. For- 
sothe thou didist hidyngli ; forsothe I 
shal doo this word in si^t of al Irael, 

13 and in the si3t of this sunne. And Dauid 
seide to Nathan, I haue synned to the 
Lord. And Nathan seide to Dauid, 
Forsothe the Lord hath ouerborn thi 

i* synne ; thou shalt not die. Neuerthelater 
for thou hast maad the enemyes to blas- 
pheme the name of the Lord, for that 
word the sone that is born to thee bi 

15 deeth shal die. And Nathan is turned 
a3en into his hows. And the Lord 
smoot the litil child, whom the wijf of 
Vrye bare to Dauid, and he is dispeyrid. 

16 And Dauid preyde the Lord for the litil 
child ; and Dauid fastide with fastynge, 
and werite in aside, and n laye vpon the 

17 erthe. Forsothe the eldris of his hows 
camen, constreynynge hym that he shulde 
ryse fro the erthe ; the whiche wolde 

18 not, and eete not with hem meete. For- 
sothe it felle the seueuthe dai, that the 
child diede ; and the seruauntis of Dauid 
draddeii to telle to hym, that the child 
was deed ; thei seiden forsothe, Loo ! 
whanne the lityl child lyuede, we 
speken to hym, and he herde not oure 
voys ; how mych more if we seyn the 
child is deed, he shal turment hym 

19 self? Whanne thanne Dauid hadde herd 
his seruauntis musynge, he vndirstood 
that the lytyl faunt was deed ; and he 
seide to his seruauntis, Whether the 
child is deed ? The whiche answerden 

-' vnto nn hym, He is deed. Thanne Dauid 
roos fro the erthe, and he is wasshid , and 
anoynt ; and whanne he hadde chaungid 
clothinge, he wente into the hows of the 
Lord, and honourde, and cam into his 
hows ; and he askyde, that thei shulden 

2isette to hym breed, and he eete. For- 



schal 3yue w to thi nei3bore, and he schal 

slepe with thi wyues in the i3en of this 

sunne, ^that is, opynli bifor alle men, as 

in xv. chapitre*. For thou hast? do priueli ; 12 

forsothe 2 Y schal do this word in the si3t 

of al Israel, and in the si3t of this sunne. 

And Dauid seide to Nathan, Y haue 13 

synned to the Lord. And Nathan seide 

to Dauid, Also* the Lord hath turned 

awei thi synne ; thou schalt not die. 

Netheles for thou madist b enemyes to u 

blasfeme the name of the Lord, for this 

word the child which is borun to thee 

schal die bi deeth. And Nathan turnede is 

a3en in to his hows. And the Lord smoot 

the litil child, whom the wijf of Vrye 

childide to Dauid, and he d dispeiride e f. t /<*</";*<- 

' ride ; Dauyth 

And Dauid preiede' the Lord for the litil icdispeirfde of 
child ; and Dauid fastide bi fastyng, and the child V 



entrides asidis half, and lai h on 1 the erthe. 

Sotheli k the eldere men of his hows i7 and therfor* 

, V7 . , preyede, tor he 

camen, and constreyneden hym bi meke wiste not, wher 

. . ... God spak hi 

preierts 1 , that he schulde rise 1 fro the determyna- 

erthe ; and he nolde", nethir he eet mete *! '" 

with hem. Forsothe it bifelde in the is Lire here - c - 

seuenthe dai, that the Jong child diede ; 

and the seruauntis of Dauid dredde to 

telle to hym, that the litil child was 

deed ; for thei seiden, Lo ! whanne? the 

litil child lyuede 3it, we spaken to hym, 

and he herde not oure vois ; hou myche 

more, if we seieri the child is deed, he 

schal turment himsilf ? Therfore whanne 19 

Dauid hadde herdi his seruauntis 1 " spek- 

ynge s priueli, Aether moterynge f , he un- 

derstood that the 3ong child was deed; 

'and he seyde to his seruauntis, Whether 

the child is deed" ? Whiche v answeriden 

to hym, He is deed. Therfor Dauid 20 

roos w fro the erthe, and was waischid*, 

and anoyntid ; and whanne he hadde 

chaungid clothe, he entride in to the 

hows of the Lord, and worschipide, and 

cam in to his hows ; and he axide, that 



n Om. E. nn to BCEFII. wasshen c. 

w 3yue hem i. * Gloss omitted in I. chapilre bifore K. y haue I. z certis I. a Certis I. b hast 
made'i. c that I. d Dauid i. e dispeiride of the lijfofit I. f preiede to c. B he 3ede I. h he lai i. 
> upon i. k And i. 1 Om. i. m rise up i. n wolde not i. And i. P while i. 1 seen i. r children i, 
8 to spt-ke i. l Om. A. u Om. EPRU. v The whiche i. w roos up i. x weischen i. y his clothis i. 



118 



II. KINGS. 



XIT. 22 31. 



sothe his seruauntys seiden to hym, 
What is the word that thou hast doon ? 
For the litil faunt, whanne he 3it lyuede, 
thou fastidist and weptist ; forsothe the 
child deed, thou roos and eete breed? 

22 The which seith, For the faunt whanne 
he 3it lyuede I fastide and wepte ; for- 
sothe I seide, Who woot, if perauenture 
the Lord 5yue hym to me, and the faunt 

23 lyue ? Forsothe now for he is deed, whi 
fast I ? whether shal I mowe more ouer 
clepe hym a}en? I shal more goo to 
hym, forsothe he shal not turne a3en to 

24 me. And Dauid coumfortide Bersabe, his 
wijf, and wente into hir, and slepte with 
hir. The which gat a sone, and clepide 
the name of hym Salomon; and the 

25 Lord louyde hym. And he sente hym 
in the hoond of Nathan, the prophet ; and 
he clepide the name of hym Loueli to 
the Lord, forthi that the Lord shulde 

2cloue hym. Thanne Joab fau3t ajens 
Rabath, kyng of the sones of Amon, 
and he hath ouercomen the kyngis citee. 

27 And Joab sente messagers to Dauid, 
seiynge, I haue fou3ten a3ens Rabath, 
and the citee of watres is to be taken. 

28 Now thanne gadre the tother parti of 
the puple, and bisege the citee, and tak 
it, lest whanne the citee were wastid of 
me, to my name the victorie be ascriued. 

29 And so Dauid gadride al the puple, and 
wente forth a3ens Rabath; and whanne 

:w he hadde fou3ten, he took it. And he 
took the diademe fro the mawmet, that is 
clepid the kyng of hem, fro his heed, in 
wei3t of gold a talent, hauynge moost 
precious gemmys ; and it is put vpon the 
heed of Dauid ; but and ful myche praye 

31 of the cyte he bare out. And bryngynge 
forth sawede the puple of it, and ladde 
about vpon hem boostful yren carris, and 
he dyuydide with sharys, and he pi3t 
thur3 in the shap of the sidis ; thus he 



thei schulden sette breed to hym, and he 

eet. Sothely z his seruauntis seiden to hym, 21 

What is the word which" thou hast do ? 

Thou fastidist b , and weptist for the 3ong 

child, whanne d he lyuede 3it; sotheli 8 

whanne the child was deed, thou risidist f 

and etist breed ? And Dauid seide, Y fast- 22 

ide and wepte for the 3ong child, whanne 

he lyuyde ?it; for Y seidef, Who woot, if -t for i seide; 

J . T , , that is, Y 

perauenture the Lord 3yue hym to me, thoujte in myn 

and the 3ong child lyue ? 'Now forsothe^ 23 here.'c. " 

for he is deed, whi 'fast Y h ? whether Y 

schal mow a3en clepe hym more ? Y schal 

'go more to 1 hym, but he schal not turne k 

a3en to me. And Dauid coumfortid Ber-24 

sabee, his wijf; and he entride to hir, * Salomon* 

and slepte 1 with hir. And sche gendride '"f rpretid pe- 

sible ; and this 

a sone, and Dauid clepide his name Sa- wasofGoddU 
lomon^: ; and the Lord louyde hym. And 25 for it was 06 ' 
he sente Salomon" 1 in the hond of Nathan, Dauyth,'tiiat 
the prophete; and he clepide his name S e n regne 
Amyable" to the Lord, for the Lord louyde aftir him, and 

that he schulde 

hym. Therfor Joab fau3t a3ens Rabath^, 26 lyue in so greet 

of P the sones of Amon, and he fau3t a3ens 

the 'kyngis citeei. And Joab sente mes- 27 

sansjeris to Dauid, and seide, Y fau?te r 

a3ens Rabath, and the citee of watris 

schal be takun. 

the tother part of the puple, and bisege 

thou the citee, and take thou it, lest amter 

whanne the citee is 5 wastid of me, the for the king 

t and hise wer- 

victone be arettid to my name. Therfor 29 Hours put- 
Dauid gaderide 1 al the puple, and he 3ede tbavme. Ur 
forth a3ens Rabath ; and whanne he hadde \*diafeme / 
fomte", he took it. And he y took the dia-sof**^"^- that 

' is, of the idol 

deme of the kyng|| of hem w fro his heed, 



to Dauyth, m 

- <=" Wfore. 
Now therfor gadere thou 28 Rabath; that 



bi wei3te x a talent of gold, hauynge pre- 
ciousestey peerlis ; and it was put on z the 
heed of Dauid, ''that is\ aftir that it was 
weldid* and purgid bi fier c ; but also 
Dauid bar awey ful myche prey of the d 
citee. Also 6 he ledde forth the puple ther-; 
of^j, and sawide f , and 'dide aboute& hem 
'yrun instrumentis of turment h , and de- 



of hem, which 
is clepid Mel- 
chon, that is 
interpretid the 
king of hem. 
Lire here. c. 
f the puple, 
etc. ; that is, 
not al the pu- 
ple, but onely 



messangens. 
Lire here. c. 



sauede A. 

'i And i. a that r. b hast fastid I. c wept I. d while I. e but i. f hast risen up I. S But now i. 
h schal I fastejbr him i. ' more rathir go to i. k come i. 1 he slepte i. m him i. n Louely i. 
Thanne i. P the kyng of i. 1 citee of the kyng i. r haue finite i. be i. * gaderide to gidre i. 
u foujte ayns that citee i. v Dauid i. w Amon i. * the weijte of i. y preciouse Aob. z upon i. 
a Om. KX. b wellid CDEFGKLMNOpQRSUwxb?. >c Gloss omitted in i. dthat i. e And i. f he sawide it i. 
S cumpasside i. & with iren bounde cartis i. 



XIII. I 8. 



II. KINGS. 



119 



dide to alle the citees of the sonys of 
Amon. And Dauid is turned a3en, and 
alle the oost of hym, into Jerusalem. 



CAP. XIII. 

1 Forsothe it is doon after thes thingis, 
that Amon, the sone of Dauid, louede 
the sister of Absolon, the sone of Da- 

2 uid, moost fayre, Thamar by name ; and 
'peyrede forP hir ful myche, so that for 
the loue of hir he wexe sijk. The which 
for she was a mayde, hard to hym it 
semede, that eny thing vnhonestly he 

3 shulde do with hir. Forsothe there was 
to Amon a freende, Jonadab bi name, the 
sone of Semaa, brother"! of Dauid, a ful 

4slei3 man. The which seide to hym, 
Whi thus ert thou waastid bi leenesse, 
thou sone of the kyng, bi ech dai ? whi 
shewist thou not to me? And Amon 
seide to hym, I loue Thamar, the sister 

5 of my brother Absolon. To whom an- 
swerde Jonadab, Ly vpon thi bedde, 
and feyn sijknes ; and whanne thi fader 
cometh, that he visite thee, sey to hym, 
Come r , I preye, Thamar 8 , my sister 4 , that 
she 3yue to me meet, and make sowil u , 

6 that I eete of hyr hoond. And so Amon 
laye doun, as thou3 he wexe sijk. And 
whanne the kyng was comen to visite 
hym, Amon seith to the kyng, Come, 
I preye, Thamar, my sister, that she 
make in myn eyen two maner of potagis, 
and the v meet maad redi I take of hir 

7 hoond. Thanne Dauid sente to the hous 
of Thamar, seiynge, Go in to the hows 

.of Amon, thi brothir, and mak to hym 

spotage. And Thamar cam into the 

hows of Amon, hir brothir. Forsothe he 

laye ; the which takynge meele mengide 



partide' with knyues, and 'ledde ouer bi 
the licnesse of tijl stoonus k ; so 1 he dide 
to alle the citees of the sones of Amon. 
And Dauid turnede a3en, and al his oost, 
in to Jerusalem. 

CAP. XIII. 

Forsothe m it was doon aftir these i 
thingis, that Amon, the sone of Dauid, 
louyde the faireste" sistir, Thamar bi 
name, of Absolon, sone of Dauid. And 2 
Amon perischideP greetli for hir, so that 
he was sijk for 'the loue of hir?. For 
whanne r she was a virgyn, it semyde hard 
to hym, that he schulde do ony thing 
vnonestli with hir. Forsothe 8 a freendV 
Jonadab bi name, sone u of Semmaa, bro- 
ther v of Dauid, Vas to Amon w ; Jonadab'' 
was a ful prudent man. Which y seide to 4 
Amon, Sone of the kyng, whi art thou 
maad feble so bi leenesse bi alle daies? 
whi schewist thou not to me z ? And 
Amon seide to him, Y loue Thamar, the 
sister of my brother Absolon. And Jona-s 
dab answeride to hym, Li thou on a thi 
bed, and feyne thou sikenesse ; and whanne 
thi fadir cometh, that he visyte thee, seie 
thou to hym, Y preye b , come Thamar, my 
sister, that sche 3yue mete to me, and 
make bb a seew, that Y ete c of hir hond. 
Therfor d Amon lay doun, and v bigan as e 
to be sijk. And whanne the kyng hadde 
come to visite him, Amon seide to the 
kyng, Y biseche, come Thamar, my sistir, 
that sche make twei f soupyngis bifor my 
i3en, and that Y take of hir hond meete^ 
maad redi. Therfor Dauid sente to they 
hows of Thamar, and seide, Come thou 
in to the hows of Amon, thi brother, and 
make thou h seew' to hym. And Thamar 
cam in to the hows of Amon k , hir brother. 
Sotheli 1 he lai ra ; and sche took mele, and 



P spillede in to E pr. m. <l the brothir E pr. m. 
sowfful IT. v Om. A. me B. 



r Om. A. 



* that Thamar A. 



sister come A. 



' he departide hem i. k in the schapp of her sidis he stikide hem thorouj i. 1 thus i. m And i. n ful 
fair i. the sone CDiKMOWX. P peiride i. 1 hir loue i. r sith i. s But ther was i. t freendto Amon i. 
u the sone i. v the brothir i. w Om. i. * and Jonadab i. y The which i. z me thin herte i. a upon i. 
b biseeche i. bb make sche i. c ete it i. d Thanne i. e feynede r. f two maner i. two L. S the 
meete i. h Om. A. ' a seew i. k Om. i. ' And i. m lai doun i. 



120 



II. KINGS. 



XIII. 9 19. 



togidir, and meltynge in his eyen she 

9 sethide w the supettis ; and takynge that 
she hadde sothen, she helte out, and sette 
before hym, and he wolde not eete. And 
Amon seide, Doo 36* a wey alle men? fro 
me. And whanne alle weren doon awey, 

10 Amon seide to Thamar, Beer yn the 
meet in the priue chaumbre, that I eete 
of thin hoond. Thanne Thamar took the 
sewis that she hadde maad, and brou3te 
to Amon, hir brother, in the priue chaum- 

nbre. And whanne she hadde broujte hym 
meet, he cavrjte hir, and seith, Come, ly 

12 with me, my sister. The which answerde 
to hym, Wole thou not, my brother, wole 
thou not oppresse me, ne forsothe it is 
leeueful in Irael ; wole thou not doo this 

isfoli. Forsothe I shal not mowe here my 
reproof, and thou shalt be as oon of the 
vnwise men in Irael ; but rather spek 
to the kyng, and he shal not denye me 

14 to thee. Forsothe he wolde not assent to 
the preyers of hir, but more my3ti bi 
strengthis oppresside hir, and laye with 

15 hir. And ful haatsum Amon hadde hir 
with to myche greet haate, so that the 
haat was more, that he hatide hir, thanne 
the loue that he louede hir before. And 

ic Amon seide to hir, Ryse, and goo. The 
whych answerde to hym, This yuel is 
more that thou now dost a3ens me, cast- 
ynge me out/ than that 2 thou didist be- 

17 fore. And he wolde not here hir ; but 
the child clepide, that seruede to hym, he 
seide, Throw out this fro me, and close 

in the dore after hir. The which was 
clothid with a coote doun to the heele ; 
forsothe sich maner clothis vseden the 
dou3tris of the kyng maydens. And so 
his seruaunt putte hyre out, and closide 

inthe dore after hire. The which spryng- 
ynge asshen 3 to hire heed, the heele coot 



medlide 11 , and made moist bifor hise 

and sethideP soupyngisi ; and sche took a 

that, that sche hadde sode, and helde r out, 

and settide 8 byfor hym, and he nolde* ete. 

And Amon seide, Putte 36 out alle men 

fro me. And whanne thei hadden put out 

alle men, Amon seide to Thamar, Bere the 10 

mete in to the closet, that Y ete of thin 

bond. Therfor Thamar took the soup- 

ingis" whiche v sche hadde maad, and 

brou3te in to Amon, hir brother, in the 

closet. And whanne sche hadde proferidn 

rnete w ' to hym, he took hir, and seide, 

Come thou, my sistir, li x thou with me. 

And sche answeride to hym, My brother, 12 

nyle thou, nyle thou oppresse me, for^ this z 

is not leueful in Israel ; nyle thou do this 

foli. For* Y schal not mow here my schen- 13 

schip, and thou schalt be as oon of the 

vnwise men in Israel ; but rather speke 

thou to the kyng, and he schal not denyef t ** schal not 

J & ' * denye, etc. 

me to thee. Sotheli b he nolde c assente 14 Rai.i Salomon 

, , . seith, that sche 

to hir preiens ; but he was strengere in was not the 
my3tis, and oppresside d hir, and lay with O f y i)auyth"for 
hir. And 'Amon hadde hir hateful bi fuli5 wha ," ne ,P?~ 

uyth took in 

grete haterede 6 , so that the hatrede was hatel hir modir, 

gretter, bi which he hatide hir, than the 

loue bi which he louyde hir bifor. And 

Amou seide to hir, Rise thou, and go f . 

And sche answeride to hym, This yuel is i c hir > bi licence 

* 'of the lawe, 

more whichs thou doist now a3ens me, therfor Thamar 
and puttist me out, than that, that thou did'to AmL. 
didist bifore. And he nolde' 1 here hir; Lirehere - c - 
but whanne the child was clepide, that 1 7 
mynystride' to hym, he seide, Putte thou 
out this woinman fro me, and close thou 
the dore aftir hir. And sche was clothid 18 
with a coote doun to the heele ; for the 
kyngis doi^tris virgyns vsiden siche 
clothis. Therfor k the mynystre 1 of Amon 
puttide 1 " hir out", and closide the dore 
aftir hir. And sche spreynte aische to ' 



sche was with 

chiide hi 



w seth c. * Om. E pr. m. y Om. E pr.m. * than A. and than BFH. * askes BCEFH. 

n medlide to gidre i. sche made it i. P sche sethide i. 1 soupinge metis i. r heelde it i. s se tte 
it i. sette E. * wolde not i. u soupynge mete i. v that i. w the mete i. x and lie A pr. m. i. y certis i. 
z this thing i. a Forsothe i. b But i. c wolde not i. d he oppresside I. e thanne with ful grete 
hatred Amon hatide hir i. t go henns i. g that i. h wolde not i. ' seruide i. k Thanne i. 
1 seruaunt i. n> putte ix. n forth i. o asken EL. aijsshis K. 



XI1T. zc 



-28. 



II. KINGS. 



121 



kyt, and b the hoondis put on hire heed, 

20 she 3ede goynge yn and criynge. For- 
sothe Absolon, hir brother, seide to hyre, 
Whether Araon, thi brother, hath lyen 
with thee? And now, sister, hold thi 
pees ; thi brothir he is, ne turment thin 
herte for this thing. And so c Thamar 
aboode d languysshynge there with ynne 

21 the hows of Absolon, hir brothir. For- 
sothe whanne Dauid hadde herd thes 
wordis, he greetli sorwide, and he wolde 
not make sori the spirite of Amon, his 
sone ; for he louide hym, for he was the 

aanrste goten of e hym. Forsothe Absolon 
spak not to Amon, ne yuel ne good ; but 
Absolon hatide Amon, forthi that he 

23 hadde defoulid Thamar, his sister. For- 
sothe it is doon after the tyme of two 
3eer, that the sheep of Absolon weren 
clippid in Baalassor, that is biside Ef- 
fraym. And Absolon clepide alle the 

24 sonys of the kyng. And he cam to the 
kyng, and seith to hym, Loo ! the sheep 
of thi seruaunt ben clippid ; come, I 
preye, the kyng with his seruauntis to 

25 his seruaunt. And the kyng seide to 
Absolon,Wole thou not, sone myn, preye, 
wole thou not, that we comen alle, and 
greuen thee. Forsothe whanne he con- 
streynede him, and wolde not come, he 

26 blesside to hym. And Absolon seith to 
Dauid, If thou wolt not come, come algate 
with vs, I biseche, Amon, my brother. 
And the kyng seide to hym, It is no 

2?nede, that he goo with thee. And so 
Absolon constreynede hym ; and he lafte 
with hym Amon, and alle the sones of 
the kyng. And Absolon made a feest as 

28 the feest of a kyng. Forsothe Absolon 
hadde comaundid to his children, sei- 
ynge, Weitith wel, whanne Amon were 
dronken with wyn, and I shal seye to 
3ou, Smitith hym, and sleeth. Wole 36 
not drede, forsothe I am that comaunde 



hir heed, whanne the coote to v the heelei' 
was to-rent, and whannei the r hondis 
weren 5 put on hir heed, and 1 sche 3ede 
entrynge and criynge. Forsothe' 1 Absolon, 20 
hir brother, seide to hir, Whether Amon, 
thi brothir, hath leyn with thee? But 
'now, sister, be stille v ; he is thi brother, 
and turmente w not thin herte for this 
thing. Therfor Thamar dwellide moren- 
ynge in the hows of Absolon, hir brothir. 
Forsothe* whanne v kyng Dauid>" hadde 21 
herd these wordis, he was ful sori, and 
he nolde z make sore the spyrit of Amont, 

, . .. , . , . ' 

nis sone; tor ne lotiyde Amon, tor he was 
the* firste gendrid b 'to hym c . Forsothe 11 22 r r 
Absolon spak not to Amon, nether yuel 
nether 6 good; for Absolon hatide Amon, 

t 

for he hadde defoulid Thamar, his sistir. 

Forsothe f it was doon aftir the tyme 

twei 3eer, that the scheep of Absolon 

weren shorun in Baalasor, whichs is bi- y iolence > for 

it was not 

sidis Effraym. And Absolon clepide alle pruned, and 

he compellide 

the sones of the kyng. And he cam to 24 not Amon to 



make sori the 



<iede,buthe 

repreuyde 

Amonaftir- 



t A conttreyn- 
is, meke'iy 



**** c ~ 



the kyng, and seide to hym, Lo ! the 

scheep of thi seruaunt ben schorun ; Y 

preye, come the king with hise seruauntis *"* c - 

to his seruaunt. And the kyng seide to 25 

Absolon, Nyle thou, my sone, nyle thou 

preye, that alle we come, and greeue' 1 thee. 

Forsothe 1 whanne he constreynede:): Dauid, 

and he nolde k go, he blesside Absolon. 

And Absolon seide to Dauid, If thou nylt 1 

come, Y byseche" 1 , come nameli Amon, my 

brother, with vs. And the kyng seide to 

hym, It is no nede, that he go with thee. 

Therfor Absolon coustreynede hym n ; and 27 

he delyuerede with him Amon, and alle 

the sones of the kyng. And Absolon 

hadde maad a feeste as the feeste of a 

kyng. Sotheli Absolon comaundide to 28 

hise children, and seide, Aspie 3e, whanne 

Amon is drunkun of wyn, and YP seie to ram that 

3ou, Smyte 3e, and slei hym. Nyle 36 drede, 

for Y am that comaunde to 3011 ; be 36 



Om. A. c loo BEF. dbod c. boid E. boode BFII. e to BCEFH. 



comaunde; as 
if he seide, Y 
take the dede 
on me, and 
Y schal de- 
fende vm. 
Lire here. c. 



P hir long coote i. 1 Om. i. r hir i. s Om. i. t Om. i. u And i. v thou now stille, sistir i. 
w turmente thou i. * And i. y the kyng Dauid i. z wolde not i. a his i. b bygoten sone i. c Om. i. 
d And i. e ne EILP . f And i. e that i. h charge i. ' And i. k wolde not i. l wilt not i. 
m byseche thee i. n Dauid i. And i. P tvhanne Y i. 1 sleeth i. 

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XIII. 29 39. 



to 3011 ; be }e maad stronge, and beth 

M stronge men. Thanne the children f of 

Absolon diden a3ens Amoii, as Absolon 

hadde comaundid to hem ; and alle the 

sones of the kyng rysynge, eche styede 

so vpon her mulis, and flowen. And whanne 

jit thei wenten in the weye, fame cam 

fulli to Dauyd, seiynge, Absolon hath 

smytyn alle the sones of the kyng, and 

31 there lafte not of hem nameli oone. And 
so the kyng roos, and kytte his clothis, 
and felle vpon the erthe ; and alle his 
seruauntis that stoden ny3 to hym, cut- 

32 ten her clothis. Forsothe Jonadab, the 
sone of Semmaa, brother^ of Dauid, an- 
swerynge seide, Ne eyme, my lord the 
kyng, that alle the children, sones of the 
kyng, ben deed ; Amon alone is deed, for 
in haat Absolon was sett, fro the day that 

33 he oppresside Thamar, his sister. Now 
thanne, my lord kyng, sette not on his 
herte this word, seiynge, Alle the sones 
of the kyng ben slayn ; for Amon aloon 

34 is deed. Forsothe Absolon fleij. And 
the child weyter heuede vp his eyen, and 
bihelde, and loo ! myche puple cam bi 
the out weye fro the side of the hil. 

35 And Jonadab seide to the kyng, Loo ! 
the sones of the kyng ben nyj ; after the 

sc word of thi seruaunt, so it is doon. And 
whanne he hadde ceside to speke, v aper- 
iden and the sones of the kyng h ; and 
comynge yn thei rereden her vois, and 
wepten ; but and the kyng and alle his 
seruauntis wepten with ful myche greet 

37 wepynge. Forsothe Absolom fleynge 
wente to Tholamay, sone of Amyur, 
kyng of Gethsur. Thanne Dauid weyl- 

38 ide Amon, his sone, manye dais. For- 
sothe Absolon, whanne he was flowen, 
and comen into Gethsur, he was there 

39thre 3eer. And kyng Dauid cesede to 
pursue Absolon, forthi that he was 
coumfortid vpon the deeth of Amon. 



strengthid, and be 36 stronge men. Ther-23 
for the children of Absolon diden ajens 
Amon, as Absolon hadde comaundide to 
hem ; and alle the sones of the kyng 
risiden r , and stieden ech on 8 his mule, 
and fledden. And whanne thei 3eden 3itso 
in the weie, fame cam* to the kyng, and 
seide u , Absolon hath kild v alle the sones 
of the king, and v nameli not oon lefte w of 
hem. Therfor the kyng roos x , and to- si 
rente hise clothis, and felde doun on? the 
erthe ; and alle hise seruauntis that stoden 
ny3 to hym, to-renten her clothis. Sotheli z : 
Jonadab, sone 3 of Semmaa, brother of Da- 
uid, answeride and seide, My lord the b 
kyng, gesse c not, that alle the children, and 
sones of the kyng, ben slayn ; Amon aloone 
is deed, for he was set in hatrede to Ab- 
solon, fro the day in which he oppresside 
Thamar, his sistir. Now therfor, my lord 33 
the d kyng, set 6 not this word on f his 
herte, and seie, Alle the sones of the 
kyng ben slayn ; for Amon aloone is deed. 
Forsothe^ Absolon fledde. And a child 34 
aspiere 11 reiside' hise i3en, and bihelde, and 
lo ! myche puple cam bi a weye out of the 
comyn weie bi the side of the k hil. And 35 
Jonadab seide to the kyng, Lo ! the sones 
of the kyng comen ; bi 1 the word of thi 
seruaunt, so it is doon. And whanne he 36 
hadde ceessid to speke, also the sones of 
the kyng apperiden ; and thei entriden, 
and reisiden 1 " her vois, and wepten ; but 
also the kyng and alle his seruauntis 
wepten bi u ful greet wepyng. Forsothe 37 
Absolon fledde, and 3edeP to Tholmai, 
sonei of Amyur, the kyng of Gessur. 
Therfor Dauid biweilide his sone Amon 
in manydaies. Forsothe r Absolon, whanne 38 
he hadde fled, and hadde come in to s Ges- 
sur, was* there thre 3eer. And Dauid 39 
ceesside to pursue Absolon, for he was 
coumfortid on u the deeth of Amon. 



f childer CE. g the brother E pr. m. h the sones of the kyng aperiden A. 

r resen up I. resen E. s upon i. * cam therofi. it was seid I. v sleyn i. w he hath not left 
nameli oon i. * roos up i. y upon i. z But i. a the sone i. b Om. i. c gesse thou i. d Om. i. 
e set he i. { upon i. g Certis i. h spiere A pr. m. DIMPX sec. m. bq. reiside up i. k an i. l aftir i. 
m reisiden up i. n with i. And i. P he jede i. q the sone i. * And i. s Om. i. i he was i. 
u upon i. 



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II. KINGS. 



123 



CAP. XIV. 

1 Forsothe Joab, the sone of Saruy, 
vndurstondynge, that the herte of the 

2 kyng was turned to Absolon, he sente 
to Thekuam, and took thens a wise 
womman, and he seide to hir, Feyne 
thee to weil, and be clothid with the 
weilynge clooth, and be thou not anoynt 
with oyle, that thou be as a womman 
now myche tyme weilynge the deed. 

3 And thou shalt goo in to the kyng, and 
thou shalt speek to hym thes maner 
wordis. Forsothe Joab putte the wordis 

4 in hire mouth. And so whanne the Thek- 
uyd womman was goon out to the kyng, 
she felle before hym vpon the erthe, and 
lowtide, and seide, Keep me, thou king. 

5 And the kyng seide to hire, What hast 
thou of cause ? The which answerde, 
Alas ! a womman widowe I am, forsothe 

e my man is deed ; and of thin hoond 
womman weren two sones, the whiche 
wraththeden a3ens hem self in the feeld, 
and no man was that hem myjte de- 
fende, and the toon 1 smoot the tother, 

7 and slow3 hym. And loo ! al the kyn- 
rede risynge a3ens thin hoond womman 
seith, Tak hym that hath smytyn his 
brothir, that we sleen hym for the lijf 
of his brother whom he slow3, and the 
eyr doo we a wey; and thei sechen to 
quench my spark that is laft, that there 
be not laft name to my man, and relikis 

a vpon erthe. And the kyng seith to the 
womman, Go into thin hows, and I shal 

gordeyn for thee. And the Thekuyt 
womman seide to the kyng, In me, my 
lord kyng, be this wickidnes, and into 
the hows of my fader ; forsothe the kyng 

10 and his trone be innocent. And the 
king seith, Who so k a3en seith 1 thee, 
bryng hym to me, and he shal no more 

uadde that he touche thee. The which 
seith, The kyng recoorde of the Lord 



CAP. XIV. 

Forsothe Joab, the sone of Saruye, i 
vndirstood, that the herte of the kyng 
was turned to Absolon ; and he sente to 2 
Thecua, and took v fro thennus a wise 
womman, and he seide to hir, Feyne thee 
to morene, and be thou clothid with clooth* 
of duyl*, and be thou anoyntid xx with oile, 
that thou be^ as a womman by moren- 
ynge z 'now in 8 ful myche tyme a deed 
man. And thou schalt entre to the kyng, s 
and thou schalt speke to hym siche b 
wordis. Sotheli Joab puttide d the wordis 
in hir mouth. Therfor whanne the worn- 4 
man of Thecua hadde eritrid to the kyng, 
sche felde bifor hym on the erthe, and 
worschipide, and seide, A c ! kyng, kepe f me. 
And the kyng seide to hir, What hast 5 
thou of s cause ? And sche answeride, 
Alas ! Y am a womman widewe, for h myn 
hosebonde is deed ; and tweyne sones e 
weren of' thin handmayde, whiche k de- 
batiden a3ens hem silf in the feeld, and 
v noon was 1 that myjte forbede hem, and 
oon m smoot Hhe tother", and killide hym. 
And lo ! al the kynrede risith a3ens thin 7 
handmayde, and seith, 3y ue thou hym 
that killide his brothir, that we sle hym 
for the lijf of his brother whom he killide, 
and that we do awei the eir ; and thei 
seken to quenche my sparcle whychP is 
lefte, that namei dwelle not to myn hose- 
bonde, and relikis r , ^ethir remenauntis*, be 
not to him on erthe. And the kyng seide 8 
to the womman, Go in to thin hows, and 
Y schal comaunde for thee. And the 9 
womman of Thecua seide to the kyng, 
My lord the kyng, this wickidnesse be on 
mef , and on the hows of my fadir ; for- 
sothe the kyng and his trone be innocent 1 . 
And the kyng seide, Brynge thou hym to 10 
me, that a3enseith thee, and he schal no 
more adde" that he touche thee. Andu 
sche seide, The kyng haue mynde on v his 



) this teickid- 
neise be on me ; 
Ebrews seyen 
thus, and wel 
as it semeth, 
My lord the 
king, for many 
causis and 
harde, thou 
mayst forjet* 
this cause, and 
thanne this 
wickidnesse 
schal be in me 
and in myn 
hows, and my 
sone schal be 
shy n of men 
sekinge his 
blood, and thou 
schalt be inno- 
cent, for this 
schal be doon 
with out thyn 
en tent; as if she 
seide, Plese it 
more to thee to 
conferme this 
with an with, 
and to make 
sikur me and 
my sone, ther- 
for the kyng 
seide at the 
laste, the Lord 
lyueth, that is, 
y swere to thee 
bi the Lord 
lyuynge/or 
noon of the 
heeri, etc. 
Lire here c. 



* tother BCEFH. k Om. BCEFH. ' seith to c. 

T he took i. w a clooth i. * deyl K. deol L. doel M. deel E. not anoyntid c sec. m. y be now i. 
* mournynge i. Om. i. b siche manere i. c And i. d putte i. e O i. f kepe thou i. e Om. i. 
h Certis i. > to i. k the whiche t. l ther was no man i. m the oon i. the toon K. n that other i. 
"hymtotwi. Pthati. 1 the name i. r that remenauntis i. Om. i. l thei gitlees i. u adde to i. T ofi. 

11 2 



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II. KINGS. 



XIV. 12 19. 



his God, and be there not multiplied 
'the kyn ra of the blood to wreche, 
and thei shulen not sle my sone. The 
which seith, The Lord lyueth, for there 
shal not falle of the erys of thi sone 

lavpon the erthe. Thanne the womman 
seyde, Spek thin hoond womman to my 
lord kyng a word. And he seith, Spek. 

is And the womman seide, Whi hast thou 
thou3t siche a rnaner thing a3ens the puple 
of God ? and the kyng hath spoken this 
word, that he synne, and that he brynge 

14 not a3en his casten out? Alle we dyen, 
and as watres we sliden into the erthe, 
that shulen not be turned a3en ; and God 
wole not perishe the lijf, but withdraw- 
ith, thenkynge lest fulli he perishe, that 

15 is cast" awey. Now thann come, that 
I spek to my lord kyng this word, pre- 
sent the puple ; and thin hondwomman 
seide, I shal speke to the kyng, if eny 
maner the kyng doo the word of his 

16 hoond womman. And the kyng herde 
'the word , that he delyuer his hond- 
womman fro the hoond of alle, that 
wolden fro the erytage of the Lord doo 

17 me awey, and my sone togidre. Sey 
thanne thin hondwomman, that the word 
of my lord the kyng be maad as sacri- 
fice ; forsothe as the aungel of the Lord, 
so is my lord kyngP, that nether bi 
blessynge ne bi cursynge he be meuyd. 
Wherfor and the Lord thi God is with 

isthee. And the kyng answerynge seide 
to the womman, Ne hijd thou fro me 
the word that I aske. And the wom- 
man seide to hym, Spek, my lord kyng. 

19 And the kyng seith, Whether the hoond 
of Joab is with thee in alle these ? The 
womman answerde, and seith, Bi the 
helth of thi soule, my lord kyng, ne at 
the left ne at the ri3t he is of alle thes 
thingis, the whiche my lord kyngP hath 
spoken. Forsothe thi seruaunt Joab he 
comaundide to me, and he putte in the 



Lord God, and the nexte men of blood to 

take veniaunce be w not multiplied, and 

'thei schulen not sle^ my sone. And the 

kyng seide, The Lord lyueth, for noon of 

the heeris of thi sone schal falle on z the a 

erthe. Therfor the womman seide, Thin 12 

handmayde speke a word to b my lord 

the c kyng. And the kyng seide, Speke 

thou. And the womman seide, Whi is 

'thoii3tist thou d sich a thing a3ens the 

puple of God ? and the 6 kyng spak f this 

word, that he do synne, and brynge not 

a3en his sone casts out? Alle we dyen, 1 4 

and as watris that schulen not turne a3en, 

we slideu in to erthe h ; and God nyl 1 that 

a soule perische, but he withdrawith, and 

thenkith lest he perische outirly, which k 

is cast awey. Now therfor come thou, is 

that Y speke to my lord the 1 kyng this 

word, while the puple is presentf : and t * tfo pu . 

. ._ pie ii present ; 

thin handmaide seide, Y schal speke to that is, that the 

,i i . /. . sentence jouun 

the kyng, it m ony marier the kyng do for me and for 



, th ' ** 

pupphschid bi- 

for the puple, 

and that it haue 

the same effect, 



the word of his handmayde. And 
kyng herde the wordis, that he schulde 

c 

delyuere his handmayde fro the hondis of 

, ., . 

alle men, that wolden do awei me, and 
my sone togidere, fro the eritage of the 
Lord. Therfor thin hand mayde seie, 17 **" e- 
that the word of my lord the kyng be 
maad as sacrifice, ''that is, that the sen- 
tence jouun of hym be plesaunt to God, 
as sacrifice plesith n God ; for as an 
aungel of the Lord, so is my lord the 
kyng, that he be not mouyd bi blessyng 
nether bi cursyng. Wherfor and thi 
Lord God is with thee. And the kyngiu 
answeride, and seide to the womman, 
Hide thou not fro me the word which Y 
axe thee. And the womman seide to 
hym, Speke thou, my lord the? kyng. 
And the kyng seide, Whether the hond 19 
of Joab is with thee in alle these thingis ? 
The womman answeride, and seide, Bi 
the helthe of thi soule, my lord the kyng, 
nether to the left side nether to the rit 



m nejebores E pr. m. n past A. Om. E pr. m. P the kyng CB. 

w be thei i. y sle thei not i. z upon i. a Om. K-x.pr.rn. & to thee i. c Om. i. d hast thou thoujt i. 
e whi hath the i. f spoke i. e throwen i. h the erthe i. > wil not i. k that i. 1 Om. i. m bothe i. 
n plesith to G<jb. >0 Gloss omitted in i. P Om. i. 



XIV. 2C 



-so- 



KINGS. 



125 



mouth of thin hoond womman alle thes 
2owordis, that I turne the figure of this 
word ; forsothe thi seruaunt Joab co- 
maundide this. Forsothe thou, my lord 
kyng, ert wise, as the aungel of God 
hath wisdom, that thou vndirstonde alle 

21 thingis vpon erthe. And the kyng seith 
to Joab, Loo ! plesid I haue doo thi 
word ; go thanne, and cleep a3en the 

22 child Absolon. And Joab fallynge vpon 
his face into the erthe, honourde, and 
blisside to the kyng ; and Joab seide, To 
dai hath thi seruaunt vndurstonde, for I 
haue foundun grace in thin eyen, my 
lord kyng ; forsothe thou hast doon the 

23 word of thi seruaunt. Thanne Joab 
roos, and wente into Gethsur, and 

24brou3te Absolon into Jerusalem. For- 
sothe the kyng seide, Turne he a3en into 

25 his hows, arid se he not my face. And 
so Absolon is turned a3en into his hows, 
and the face of the kyng he saw3 not. 
Forsothe there was not a man as feyr 
as Absolon in al Irael, and ful miche 
semeli ; fro the stap of the foot vnto the 
top, there was not in hym eny spot ; 

26 and the more that he doddide the heeris, 
so mych more thei wexen ; forsothe 
onys in the 3eer he was doddid, for the 
heere heuyde hym. He weiede the heeris 
of his heed with two hundred siclis bi 

27 the comoun wei3t. Forsothe there been 
born to Absolon thre sones, aud o dou3- 
ter, Thamar bi name, of sembli shap. 

28 And Absolon dwellide in Jerusalem two 
3eer, and saw3 not the face of the kyng. 

29 And so he sente r to Joab, that he shulde 
sende hym to the kyng ; the which 
wolde not come to hym. And whanne 
the secounde he hadde sent, and he wold 

30 not come, he seide to bis seruauntis, 3 e 
knowen the feelde of Joab biside my 
feelde hauynge barli corn ; gooth thanne, 
and brenneth it vp with fier. Thanne 



side is ony thing of alle these thingis, 

whiche my lord the kyng spak*). For thi 

seruaunt Joab hym silf comaundide to me, 

and he puttide 1 " alle these wordis in to the 

mouth of thin handmaide, that Y schulde 20 

turne the figure of this word ; for thi 

seruaunt Joab comaundide this thing". 

Forsothe 1 thou, my lord the u kyng, art 

wijs, as an aungel of God hath v wisdom, 

that thou vnderstonde alle thingis on w 

erthe. And the kyng seide to Joab, Lo .'21 

Y am plesid, and Y haue do thi word ; 

therfor go thou, and a3en clepe thou the 

child Absolon. And Joab felde on x his 22 

face to erthe^, and worschipide z , and 

blesside the kyng ; and Joab seide, Thi 

seruaunt hath vndirstonde to dai, that 

Y foond a grace in thin i3en, my lord the b 

kyng, for thou hast do the word of thi 

seruaunt. Therfor Joab roos c , and 3ede23 

in to Gessur, and brou3te Absolon in to 

Jerusalem. Forsothe d the kyng seide, 24 

Turne he a3en in to his hows, and se not 

he my face. Therfor Absolon turnede25 

a3en in to his hows, and si3 not the face 

of the kyng. Sotheli no man in al Israel 

was so fair as Absolon, and ful comeli ; fro 

the step of the foot 'til to e the top, 'no 

wem was f in hym ; and in as myche as x he 26 

clippides more the 1 ' heeris, bi so myche' 

thei k wexiden more 1 ; forsothe m he was 

clippid onys in the 3eert, for the" heer t ojwm the 

greuede him. And whanne he clippide it is', in tyme" 

the heeris , he wei3ide 'the heeris of his determ y nd - c - 

heed? bii twei hundrid siclis with 1 " comyn 

wei3te. Forsothe 8 thre sones, and a dou3-27 

ter, Thamar bi name, of 'excellent forme* 

weren borun to Absolon. And Absolon 28 

dwellide in Jerusalem twei 3eer, and he 

si3 not the face of the kyng. Therfor he2a 

sente to Joab, that he schulde sende 

hym to the kyng ; which u Joab nolde v 

come to hym. And whanne he"' hadde 

sent the secounde tyme, and Joab nolde* 



, r wente a. 

q hath spoke i. r hath put to I. 9 thing to me i. * Certis i. u Om. i. v that hath i. w upon i. 
* upon i. y the erthe i. z he worschipide i. a haue founden i. b Om. i. c roos up r. d And i. 
e vnto i. f ther was no wem i. S thei clippiden G. h his i. ' myche the more i. k tho BC. ' Om. i. 
m but i. " his i. o heeris of his heed i. P hem i. q with i. r biAXpr.m. 3 And i. tsemely schapi. 
u and i. v wolde not i. w Absolon i. * wolde not i. 



126 



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XIV. 31 XV. 6. 



the seruauntis of Absolon brenten the 
corn with fier. And the seruauntis of 
Joab comynge, her clothis kut, seiden, 
The seruauntis of Absolon han brent vp a 

si partie of the feelde with fier. And Joab 
roos, and cam to Absolon into his hows, 
and seide, Whi han thi seruauntis brente 

3-2 vp my corn with fier? And Absolon 
answerde to Joab, I haue sente to thee, 
preiynge that thou come to me, and I 
sende thee to the kyng, that thou seie 
to hym, Whi cam I fro Gethsur ? Betere 
it was to me to be there; I biseche 
thanne, that I see the face of the kyng, 
that if he haue mynde of my shrewidnes, 

33 he slee me. Joab goon yn to the kyng 
tolde to hym. And Absolon clepid 
wente yn to the kyng, and he lowtide 
upon the face of the erthe before hym, 
and the kyng kisside Absolon. 



CAP. XV. 

1 Thanne after thes thingis Absolon 
made to hym a chaar, and horsmen, 
and fifti men that shulden goo before 

2 hym 8 . And eerli risynge Absolon stood 
biside the entre of the 3ate in the weye ; 
and eche man, that hadde a neede that 
he com to the dom of the kyng, Absolon 
clepide to hym self, and seide, Of what 
citee ert thou? The which answer- 
ynge seide, Of a* lynage of Yrael I am, 

3 thi seruaunt. And Absolon answerde 
to hym, To me thi wordis semen good 
and iust, but there is not v the which" \hee 
heere ordeyned v of the kyng. And Abso- 

4 Ion seide, Who ordeyneth me domesman 
vpon the loond, that to me comen alle 
that han neede, and ri3twisly Y deme ? 

a But whanne a man neijede to hym for to 

salute hym, he strau3te ,out his hoond, 

c and takynge he kisside w hym ; and that 



t and the eru- 
aimtis, etc. ; 
this vcrs til 
thidur and Joab 
rons, is not iu 



come, Absolon seide to hise seruauntis, 3e so 
knowen the feeld of Joab bisidis my feeld 
hauynge ripe barli ; therfor go }e, and 
brenne 36 it with fier. Therfor the ser- 
uauntisf of Absolon brenten the corn with 
fier. And the seruauntis of Joab camen 
with her clothis to-rent, and seiden, The ser- 
uauntis of Absolon han brent they part of si Ebre "- c 
feeld z bi a fier. And Joab roos b , and cam to 
Absolon in to his hows, and seide, Whi 
han thi seruauntis brent my corn bi c fier ? 32 
And Absolon answeride to Joab, Y sente 
to thee, and bisou3te that thou schuldist 
come to me, and that Y schulde sende 
thee to the kyng, that thou schuldist 
seie to hym, Whi cam Y fro Gessur? 
It was betere to me to be d there ; therfor 
Y biseche, that Y se the face of the kyng, 
that if he is myndeful of my wickidnesse, 
sle he me. Joab entride to the kyng, 33 
and telde to hym. And Absolon was 
clepid, and entryde 6 to the kyng, and 
worschipide f on the face of erthe& bifor 
hym, and the kyng kisside Absolon. 

CAP. XV. 

Therfor aftir these thingis Absolon i 
made a chaar to hym, and kny3tis, and 
fifti men, that schulden go bifor hym. 
And Absolon roos eerli, and stood bisidis 2 
the entryng of the 3ate in the weie ; and 
Absolon clepide to hym ech man, that 
hadde a cause that he schulde come to 
the doom of the kyng, and Absolon seide, 
Of what 1 ' citee art thou ? Which answer- 
ide, and seide, Of o' lynage of Israel Y 
am, thi seruaunt. And Absolon answer- a 
ide to hym, Thi wordis semen to me good 
and iust, but noon is ordeyned of the 
kyng to here thee. And Absolon seide, 
Who schal ordeyne me iuge on the lond, 4 
that alle men that han cause come to me, 
and Y deme iustly ? But whanne a man cam 5 
to Absolon to greete hym, he helde forth 
the k bond, and took, and kisside that 
man ; and Absolon dide this to al Israel, e 



Om. B. * oon BEF. o c. one H. u that c pr.m. v ordeyn thee heere A. w kiste E. 



T a i. z the feeld c. thi feeld i. a with i. b roos up i. e with i. d haue be i. he entryde K. 
f he worschipide i. e the erthe i. h which A. > a i. k his i. 



XV. 7 1 



II. KINGS. 



127 



he dide to al Yrael, the which cam to 
doin that he were herd of the king ; and 
he biside the hertis of the men of Yrael. 

7 Forsothe aftir fourti 3eer Absolon seide 
to kyng Dauid, I shal go, and 3eelde my 
vowis, that I vowide to the Lord in 

a Ebron ; forsothe vowynge thi seruaunt 
vowide, whanne he was in Gethsur of 
Syrie, seiynge, If the Lord brynge me 
a}en into Jerusalem, I shal sacrifie x to 

the Lord. And the kyng seide to hym, 
Goo in pees. And he roos, and wente 

10 into Ebron. Forsothe Absolon sente a- 
spies into alle the lynagis of Yrael, 
seiynge, Anoon? that 36 heren the noyse 
of the trumpe, seith, Absolon shal regne 

1 1 in Ebron. Forsothe with Absolon wenten 
two hundred men clepid of Jerusalem^', 
goynge with symple herte, and the cause 

I2fulli vnknowynge. Forsothe Absolon 
clepide Achitophel Gilonyte, the coun- 
selour of Dauid, fro his cite Gilo. And 
whanne he hadde offrid slayn sacrifice, 
there is maad a strong coniurysoun, and 
the puple rennynge togidre encreside 

13 with Absolon. Thanne cam a messager 
to Dauid, seiynge, With al the herte al 

14 Yrael folowith Absolon. And Dauid 
seith to his seruauntis that weren with 
hym in Jerusalem, Risith, and flee we ; 
forsothe ne there shal be to vs fli3t fro 
the face of Absolon ; hieth to goon out, lest 
perauenture he comynge ocupie vs, and 
fulfille vpon vs fallynge, and smyte the 

15 cite in mouth z of swerd a . And the ser- 
uauntis of the kyng seiden to hym, Alle 
thingis, what euere comaundith oure 
lord the kyng, gladli we folowen out, 

16 thi seruauntis. Thanne the kynge wente 
out, and al hys hows, on her feet ; and 
the kyng lafte ten secoundarie wyues to 

17 the hows to be kept. And the kyng 
goon out, and al Yrael, on her feet, stoode 

isafer fro the hows. And alle his ser- 
uauntis wenten biside hym, and the 



that cam to doom to be herd of the kyng ; t drow aud, 
and Absolon drow 1 aweif rn the hertis of fil^s^uhT" 
men of Israel. Forsothe" aftir foure 3eer; l ie jSLS' 
Absolon seide to kyng Dauid, Y schal so. y eri """"y 

* Latyn bokin 

and Y schal 3elde my vowis, whiche Y hanhere,o/ter 

i , T i Tii r tiii. 3/vv, but tt.r 

vowide to the Lord in Ebron $; for this tnuheofEbreu, 
seruaunt vowynge vowide, whanne he amendw, h^n' 
was in Gessur of Sirie, and seidef, If the af '?. xl : * e ' ! . 

and it is seid in 

Lord bryngith a3en me in to Jerusalem, the book of 

f- ., - Ebreu que- 

1 schal make sacrifice to the Lord. And 9 tiouns, that 
the kyng seide to hym, Go thou in pees. 
And Absolon roos^, and 3ede in to Ebron. 
Forsothe r Absolon sente aspieris in to al 10 the P*'" of 

the Lord, and 

the lynage of Israel, and seide, Anoon as these xi. jeer 

, . . ben endid in 

36 neren the sown ot clanoun, seye je, the conspiring 

Absolon schal regne in Ebron. Forsothe 8 n 

twei hundrid men clepid of Jerusalem 

3eden ' with Absolon, and 3ede with sym- * hat '"> to * 

. . . offrid in Ebron. 

pie herte, and outirli thei knewen not the Lire here. c. 
cause. Also Absolon clepide Achitofeli2//we- 
of Gilo, the councelour of Dauid, fro his 
citee Gilo. And whanne he" offride v sacri- hardi in batels > 

_ and was in 

fices w a stronp; sweryne-e toeidere was the strongest 

, , ,, ... place, and hadde 

maad, and the puple rennynge togidere 



" 



was encreessid with Absolon. .iueriori3 werriour8 - he 
a messanger cam to Dauid, and seide, f r e P thea*teefor 
With al herte al Israel sueth Absolon. the drede of 

Absolon princi- 

And Dauid seide to hise seruauntis that 14 paly, but for the 

.., i . T , T) . drede of God, 

weren with hym in Jerusalem, Rise 36*, whomhewiste 
and flee we|| ; for noon ascaping schal be SAIt, 
to us fro the face of Absolon ^1; therfory and for this w 

the sentence of 

haste 36 to go out, lest he come, and God, this yuei 

, ,, /. ,, u -i cam on him; as 

ocupie vs, and fille z on a vs fallynge", and Nathan thepro- 
smyte the citee bi c the d scharpnesse of hlmMforinxii. 
swerd. And the seruauntis of the kyngi5^ h T t ^ s Lord 
seiden to hym, We thi seruauntis schulen thingis, ix>! Y 

J ... schal reise on 

performe gladli alle thingis, what euer theeyueiof 
thingis 6 oure lord the f kyng schal com- therfor topiese 
aunde. TherforS the kyng 3ede out, and ie ^ u ' h ^ G 1 ^' 
al his hous, on 1 ' her feet ; and the king eke J^"? s ij f 

bifor God, that 

lefte ten' wymmen concubyns k , ^that is\ herde the prey- 

. eris of meke 

secunclarze wyues m , to kepe the" hous. men ; andthiike 

And the king jede out, and al Israel, on her 17 J 

feet, and the kyng stood fer fro the? hous. 

And alle hise seruauntis 3eden bisidisi8whanneitis 

seiajte we and 
so forth. Lire 
here. c. 
U/ro the face 



* sacrificen BCFH. y Anoon forsothe E pr. v. yy the Jerusalem A. z the mouth H. a the swerd E. 

1 to him i. m Om. i. n But i. Om. BC. P I seide i. 1 roos up i. r And i. 8 And i. * jeden 
forth i. n Absolon i. v had offrid i. w sacrifice i. * ?e up i. y sothely i. z fulfille i. a Om. A. upon i. 
b his fallynge i. c with i. d Om. i. Om. i. t Om. i. g Thanne i. h upon i. his ten i. * Om. i. 
1 Om. EIPX. m Om. EPX. n his i. upon i. P his i. 



128 



II. KINGS. 



XV. 19 27. 



legiouns Cerethi and Pherethi, and al 
Gethei stronge filters, the sexe hundrid 
men, that hadden folwid hym fro Geth 

19 on foot, wenten before the kyng. For- 
sothe the kyng seide to Ethei Gethee, 
Whi comyst thou with vs ? Turn a3en, 
and dwel with the kyng for a pilgrime 
thou art, and wentist out fro thi place. 

20 3isterday b thou cam, and to day thou ert 
compellid to goo out with vs. Forsothe I 
shal goo, whider I am to goo ; turn ajen, 
and leede a3en with thee thi britheren, 
and the Lord doo with thee merci and 
trewth, for thou hast shewid grace and 

21 feith. And Ethei answerde to the kyng, 
seiynge, The Lord lyueth, and my lord 
the kyng lyueth, for in what euere place 
thou were, my lord kyng, other in deeth 
or in lijf, there shal be thi seruaunt. 

22 And Dauid seith to Ethai, Come, and 
passe forth. And Ethei Gethee passide 
forth, and the kyng, and alle the men 
that with hym weren, and the tother 

23 multitude. And alle thei wepten with 
a greet voys, and al the puple passide 
forth ; the kyng forsothe wente ouer the 
streem of Cedron, and al the puple wente 
a3ens the weye of the olyue, that bihold- 

24ith to deseert. And Sadoch the preest 
cam, and alle the Leuytis with hym, 
berynge the arke of the boond of pees of 
God, and thei setten doun the arke of 
God ; and Abiathar stiede vp, to the tyme 
that alle the puple weren c ful comen that 

25 was goon out fro the citee. And the 
kyng seide to Sadoch, Beer a3en the arke 
of God into the citee ; if I shal fynde 
grace in the eyen of the Lord, he shal 
leede me a3en, and shewe to me it and 

so his tabernacle. Forsothe if he shal seye, 
Thou plesist not to me; prest I am, do 

27 he that is good before hym. And the 
kyng seide to Sadoch the preest, O seere d , 
turne a3en into the cite in pees, and 



him, and the legiouns of Cerethii and of 1 ' of Atsoim ,- not 

-i-i ji j 11 t / f~> .1 \ , for the vertu of 

Ferethi 8 , and alle men 1 of Geth strong him, hut of God, 

inters", sixe hundrid men, that sueden ^w^r^the 

him fro Geth, 3eden on foote bifor the punyschmg of 

' Dauyth. Lire 

kyngf. Forsothe v the kyng seide to 1 9 here. c. 

, TTTI .1 ^ kifwtheking ; 

Ethai Of Geth, Whl COmCSt thou With Dauyth made 



perel, if Abso- 
lon pursuede 
him ; he dide 
this, for he was 
in synne, and 
othere men 
suffriden not, 
no but for him. 
Lire here. c. 



vs ? Turne thou a3en, and dwelle with the 
kyng, for thou art a pilgrym, and thou w 
sedist out fro thi place. Thou earnest 3is- 20 >" the gretter 

' * i. .ii-i.l -if A Vio/\ 

tirdai, and to dai thou art compellid to 
go out with vs. Sotheli* Y schal go, whi- 
dur Y schal go ; turne a3en, and lede a3en 
thi britheren with thee, and the Lord do 
mercy and treuthe with thee, for thou 
schewidisty grace and feith. And Ethai 21 
answeride to the kyng, and seide, The 
Lord lyueth, and my lord the kyng lyueth, 
for in what euer place thou schalt be, my 
lord the z kyng, ether in deeth ethir in lijf, 
there thi seruaunt schal be. And Dauid 22 
seide to Ethay, Come thou, and passe 8 . 
And Ethai of Geth passide 1 ', and the 
kyng, and alle men that weren with hym, 
and the tother multitude. And alle men 23 
wepten with greet vois, and al the puple 
passide c ; and the kyng 3ede ouer the 
strond of Cedron, and al the puple 3ede 
a3ens the weie of the olyue tree, that bi- 
holdith to deseert d . Forsothe 6 and Sadoch 24 
the preest cam f , and alle the dekenes with 
hym, and thei barens the arke of boond 
of pees of God, and thei diden h doun the 
arke of God ; and Abiathar stiede', til al 
the puple was passid k that 3ede out of the 
citee. And the kyng seide to Sadoch, 25 
Bere a3en the arke of God in to the citee ; 
if Y schal fynde grace in the i3en of the 
Lord, he schal lede me a3en, and he schal 
schewe to me that arke and his taber- 
nacle. Sotheli if the Lord seith 1 , Thou 26 
plesist not me 1 " ; Y am redij, do he that, 
that is good bifor hym silf. And the 27 
kyng seide to Sadoch, preest", A ! thou 
seere, ^that is, profete?, turne asen in to 

of God be lillid. 
Lin here. c. 



v am red, -, 



jistai c et E passim. c was A. d sire A. seare c. sere FH. 



1 archers i. r Om. cQxb. s alblasters i. * the stronge fi3tinge men i. " Om. i. v And i. " Om. i. 
* certis r. Y hast schewid to me i. 2 Om. i. a passe forth i. t> passide forth i. c passide forth i. 
d the deseert i. e Certis i. f cam forth i. g baren forth with hem i. h settiden i. > stiede up i. 
k 'passid forth i. 1 schal sey i. m Om. D. " the preest i. O i. t> Om. i. that is, a profete K. 



XV. 28 37- 



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129 



Achymaas, thi sone, and Jonathan, the 
sone of Abiathar, 3oure two sonys, be thei 

28 with 3011. Loo ! I shal be hid in the 
wijlde feeldis of deseert, to the tyme that 
the word come from 3011, shewynge to me. 

29 Thanne Sadoch and Abiathar bereri a3en 
the arke of God into Jerusalem, and 

sodwelliden there. But Dauid stiede vp 
the hil of olyues, stiynge and wepynge, 
the heede couerde, and the feet nakid 
goynge ; but and al the puple that was 
with hym, the heed couerde, stieden vp 

si wepynge. Forsothe it is toold to Dauid, 
that Achitophel was in the coniurynge 
with Absolon ; and Dauid seide, Lord, 
I biseche, inak foli the counseil of Achi- 

satophel. And whanne Dauid stiede vp the 
cop of the hil, in the which he was to 
preye the Lord, loo ! Cusy Arachites a3en 
cam to hym, the clothing kut, and the 

33 heed ful of erthe. And Dauid seide to 
hym, If thou comyst with me, thou shalt 

34 be to me to e chargynge f ; forsothe if thou 
turnest a3en into the citee, and seist to 
Absolon, Thi seruaunt I am, kyng, suf- 
fre me to lyue ; as I was the seruaunt of 
thi fadre, so I shal be thi seruaunt ; thou 
shalt scatyr the counseyl of Achitophel. 

35 Forsothe thou hast with thee Sadoch 
and Abiathar, preestis ; and eche word, 
what euere thou herist in the hows of 
the kyng, thou shalt shewe to the 

seprestis, Sadoch and Abiathar. For- 
sothe there ben with hem her two sonys, 
Achymaas, the sone of Sadoch, and Jo- 
nathan, the sone of Abiathar ; and 36 
shulen seende bi hem to me al the word 

37 that 36 shulen here. Thanne comynge 
Chusa, the freend of Dauid, into the 
citee, forsothe Absolon is comen into 
Jerusalem. 



the citee, with pees ; and Achymaas, thi 
sone, and Jonathas, the sone of Abiathar, 
3oure twei sones, be with 3ou. Lo ! Y as 
schal be hid in thei feeldi places of de- 
seert 1 ", til word come fro 3ou, and schewe 
to me. Therfor Sadoch and Abiathar 29 
baren a3en the arke of God in to Jeru- 
salem, and dwelliden 1 there. Forsothe 30 
Dauid stiede on u the hil of olyue trees, 
stiynge v and wepynge, with the w heed 
hilyd, and 'goynge with nakid feet? ; but 
also z al the puple 3 that was with hym, 
stiede b with the c heed hilid, and wepte. 
Forsothe d it was teld to Dauid, thatsi 
Achitofel was in the sweryng togidere 
with Absolon ; and Dauid seide, Lord, Y 
byseche, make thou fonned the counsel of 
Achitofel. And whanne Dauid stiede 6 in 32 
to the f hi3enesse of the hil, in which he 
schulde worschipe the Lord, lo ! Cusi of 
Arath, with the? cloth to-rent, and with 
the? heed ful of erthe, cam to hym h . And 33 
Dauid seide to hym, If thou comest with 
me, thou schalt be to me to 1 charge ; 
sotheli if thou turnest a3en in k to the citee, 34 
and seist to Absolon, Y am thi seruaunt, 
kyng 1 , suffre thou me to lyue ; as Y was 
the seruaunt of thi fadir, so Y schal be 
thi seruauntf ; thou schalt distrye the 
counsel of Achitofel. Forsothe thou hast 35 
with thee Sadoch and Abiathar, preestis n ; 
and 'thou schalt schewe ech word , what 
euer word thou schalt here in the hows 
of the kyngP, to^ Sadoch and Abiathar, 
preestis r . Sotheli 8 twei sones 'of hem 1 
with hem, Achymaas, sone v of Sadoch, 
and Jonathan, sone w of Abiathar ; and 30 
schulen sende bi hem to me ech word 
which" 36 schulen here. Therfor whanne 37 '" 
Chusi, freend of Dauid, cam in to the 
citee, also Absolon entryde in to Jeru- 
salem. 



. tg Y lchal he 
'*' *?<. 

Aouj '' nedith 

not to excuse 



that 

was there ; for 

te semeth & 

man, that doith 

and 



Absolon, that 

he were lettid 



e Om. c. f charge BEF. 

Om. i. the deseert i. l thei dwelliden i. up upon I. v goynge up I. w his i. 7 with bare 
feet passynge forth i. z and i. a puple also i. b stiede up i. c her i. d And i. e stiede up i. 
1 Om. i. g his i. h Dauid i. ' Om. i. k Om. i. l O kyng i. m And i. n the preestis i. 
Om. i. P kyng, thou schalt schewe it to the prestis i. 1 Om. i. r Om. r. 3 And her i. ' Om. i. 
u beeth L. v the sone i. w the sone i. * that i. 

VOL. II. S 



fadir nolde sle 
him, but more 
kepe to the 
amending of 
him, as it is 
opyu of these 
thingis, that 
ben had in 
xix. c. Lire 
hen, c. 






130 



II. KINGS. 



XVI. i 8. 



CAP. XVI. 

1 And whanne Dauid hadde goon a litil 
the cop of the hil, Ciba, the child of 
Myphibosech, aperide into a3en com- 
ynge of hym, with two assis, that weren 
chargid with two hundrid loouys, and 
an hundred bundels of dried grapis, and 
an hundred peysis of fijgiss pressid, and 

2 with two hotels of wyn. And the kyng 
seide to Cyba, What to hem wolen thes 
thingys? And Ciba answerde, My lord 
kyng, the assis, that the hoomli men of 
the kyng sitten on ; the loouis and the 
fijgis, to thi children for to eete ; forsothe 
the wyn, that he drynke, who so failith in 

a deseert. And the kyng seith, Where is 
the sone of thi lord? And Ciba an- 
swerde to the kyng, He abood h stille in 
Jerusalem, seiynge, To day shal the 'hows 
of Yrael restore to me' the kyngdam of 

i my fader. And the kyng seith to Cyba, 
Alle thingis k that weren of Miphibosech 
ben thin. And Cyba seide, I preye, 
fynde I grace before thee, my lord kyng. 

5 Thanne kyng Dauid cam into Bahurym, 
and loo ! there wente out a man thens of 
the kynrede of the hows of Saul, Semei 
bi name, the sone of Gera ; he wente 

forth goynge out, and cursyde. And he 
sente stonus a3ens Dauid, and a3ens alle 
the seruauntis of king Dauid ; forsothe 
al the puple, and alle the filters fro the 
ri3t and fro the left side of the kyng 

7wenten. Forsothe thus spak Semei, 
whanne he curside to the kyng, Go out, 
go out, thou man of bloodis, and man of 

8 Belial ! The Lord hath 3oldyn to thee al 
the blood of the hows of Saul, for thou 
hast reued the kyngdam fro 1 hym ; and 
the Lord hath 3ouun the kyngdam in 
the hoond of Absolon, thi sone ; and loo ! 
thin euels beren thee doun, for a man 



CAP. XVI. 

And whanne Dauid hadde passid a litil i 
the cop of they hil, Siba, the child of 
Mysphobosech, apperide in to his comyng, 
with tweyne assis, that weren chargid 
with twei hundrid looues, and with 2 an 
hundrid bundels of dried grapis, and with 
an hundrid gobetis a of pressid figus, and 
with twei vessels of wyn. And the kyng 2 
seide to Siba, What wolen these thingis 
to hem silf? And Siba answeride, My 
lord the kyng, the assis ben to the mey- 
neals of the kyng, that thei sitte b ; the c 
looues and 'figis pressid d ben to thi chil- 
dren to etc ; forsothe 6 the wyn is, that if 
ony man faile in deseert, he drynke. And 3 
the kyng seide, Where is the sone of thi 
lord ? And Siba answeride to the kyng, 
He dwellide f in Jerusalem, 'and seide&, To 
dai the Lord of the hows of Israel schal 
restore to me the rewme of my fadir. 
And the kyng seide to Siba, Alle thingisf 4 
that weren of Mysphibosech ben thine. 
And Siba seide, Y preye, fynde Y grace 
bifor thee, my lord the h kyng. Therfor's 
kyng Dauid cam 'til to k Bahurym, and lo ! 
a man of the meynee of the hows of Saul, 
Semey bi name, sone of Gera, 3ede out fro 
thennus ; he 3ede forth goynge out, and 
curside. And he sente stoonys a3ens Da- 6 
uid, and a3ens alle seruauntis 1 of kyng 
Dauid ; forsothe al the puple, and alle 
fi3teris n 3eden at the ri3tside and at the 
left side of the king. Sotheli" Semey spak 7 
SOP, whanne he curside the kyng, Go out, 
go out, thou man of bloodisf, and man of 
Belial ! The Lord hath 3olde to thee al 8 
the blood of the hows of Saul, for thou 
rauyschedisti the rewme froii hym; and 
the Lord 3af r the rewme in to the hond 
of Absolon, thi sone ; and lo ! thin yuels 
oppressen thee, for thou art a man of 



f alle thingis, 
etc. ; this was 
seid yuele, vn- 
auysely and 
vriiustly, for 
this Siba seide 
fals. Lire he 
c. 



% man of 
blootlis; that is 
schedere out < 
myche gilteles 
blood. I.irt 
here. c. 



g dried figgis E pr. m. h bood BEFH. bod. c. Lord restoren to me the housis of Israel and E pr. m. 
k Om. CEFH. 1 for BCEF. 

y an i. z Om. A. a peisis i. b sitte on hem i. c and the i. d the pressid figis i. certis i. 
f dwellide stille i. S seyynge i. h Om. i, Thanne i. k vnto i. to EL. ! the seruauntis i. m and i. 
n the fijtinge men i. And i. P thus i. q hast rauischid i. 11 for DEMPX sec. m. be. hath jouen i. 






XVI. 9 *! 



II. KINGS. 



131 






9 of blodis thou art. Forsothe Abisai, the 
sone of Seruye, seide to the kyng, Whi 
cursith this dog to diynge to my lord 
kyng" ? I shal goo, and girde of his 

10 heed. And the kyng seith, What is to 
me and to 3011, 36 sonys of Saruye? 
Letith hym, that he curse ; forsothe the 
Lord comaundide to hym that he curse 
Dauid ; and who is that dar seie, Whi 

11 thus he doth? And the kyng seith to 
Abisai, and to alle his seruauntis, Loo ! 
my sone, that is goon out fro my wombe, 
sechith my lijf; mych more now this 
sone of Gem iny 'cursith tome ? Letith 
hym, that he curse after the heest of the 

12 Lord ; if perauenture the Lord beholde 
my tourmentynge, and 3eelde to me good 

13 for this cursynge to dai. And so Dauid 
wente, and his felawis, bi the weie with 
hym ; forsothe Semei wente cursynge 
a3ens hym bi the cop? of the hil aside, 
and"! sendynge stoonus a3ens hym, and 

14 the erthe sprengynge. And so kyng 
Dauid cam, and al the puple with hym 

iswery, and there thei ben refreshid. For- 
sothe Absolon, and al the puple of Irael 
wenten into Jerusalem, but and Achi- 

i tophel with hym. Forsothe whann Cusay 
Arachitesi'', the freend of Dauid, was comen 
to Absolon, he spak to hym, Heil, kyng r ! 

17 heil, kyng ! To whom Absolon, This is, 
he seith, thi grace to thi freend ; whi hast 

18 thou not goo with thi freend ? And Cusai 
answerde to Absolon, Nay, for of hym 
I shal be, whom the Lord chesith, and 
al this puple, and al Yrael ; and with 

19 hym Y shal dwelle. 'But and this I shal 
brynge" yn, to whom am I to serue ? whe- 
ther not to the sone of the kyng ? as I 
obeysshide to thi fadir, so and I shal 

20 obeishe to thee. Forsothe Absolon seide 
to Achithophel,Goo 36 into counseyl, what 

21 we owen to doon. And Achithophel seith 
to Absolon, Go into the secundarye wyues 



blodis. Forsothe' Abisay, the sone of 9 + for the Lord 

_ . , .11 I*.- 'ii comaundide to 

oaruye, seide to the kyng, Whi cursith Aim,- semey 

this dogge, that schal die, my lord the 

kyng ? Y schal go, and Y schal girde of J 

his heed. And the kyng seide, 3e sones 10 Dauyth sij that 

. Semey, aloone 

of Saruye, what is to me and to 3ou ? and vnarmed, 

Suffre ye hym, that he curse ; for* the DauytnTtfd*? 

Lord comaundide" to hymf, that he JStltelS 

schulde curse Dauid ; and who is he that P inl y Ilifor 

many wer- 

dare seie, Whi dide he so ? And the kyng 11 nours, most 

., ., . 11 i strongeand 

seide to Abysay, and to alle hise ser- most hardy, 
uauntis, Lo ! my sone, that 3ede out of tom^'thi? 1 
my wombe, sekith my lijf; hou myche 

Suffre 



more now this sone of Gemyny ? 

30 hym, that he curse bi comaundement 



wrong doon to 
the king ; and 
Dauyth per- 
seyuede that 
this was not of 

of the Lord; if in hap the Lord biholdei2oneiy 6 , buTof 

my turmentyng, and 3elde good to me for 

this 'cursyng of this dai v . Therfor Dauid 

3ede w , and hise felowis, bi the weie with 

hym ; forsothe x Semey 3ede>' bi the slade 

of the hil ' bi the side 2 a3ens hym a ; and 

curside b , and sente c stoonus a3ens him, 

and spreynte erthe. And so 'Dauid theU'saut'ourofthe 

power, bi which 

king d cam, and al the puple weery with mesynneth; 
hym, and thei weren refreischid there. 
Forsothe 6 Absolon, and al the puple 

Israel entriden in to Jerusalem, but also of fre wllle m 

to consent to 

Achitofel with hym f . Sothelis whanne is stire powerisof 

execucioun, but 

Chusi of Arath, the frend of Dauid, hadde God is not au- 

COme tO Absolon, he Spak h tO Absolon 1 , myteether de- 

To whom Ab-nf* 11 ' 6 ' 



comaundement 
of God ; nethe- 
less God is not 
autour nether 
cause of synne, 
in as myche as 
it is synne. God 



dede; and this 

defaute of rijt- 



thi 
thi 

. , ith synne. So 

to Abso-iHere thestide- 



m dien c. n the kyng c. Om. E pr. m. 
' That and these thingus I brynge E pr. m. 



Heil, kyng ! heil, kyng ! 

solon seide, This is thi grace to 

freend k ; whi 3edist thou not 1 with 

freend ? And Chusi answeride 

Ion, Nay}:, for Y shal be seruaunt of 

hym, whom the Lord hath chose, and al ? eme V in ^ 

* inge Dauyth, 

this puple, and al Israel ; and Y schal and the sub. 

staunceofthe 

dwelle with him. But that Y seie also 19 doyng, wa^of 

this, to whom schal Y serue? whethir 

not to the sone of the kyng ? as Y obeiede 

to thi fadir, so n Y schal obeie to thee. P***?. 

preued, but the 

Forsothe Absolon seide to Achitofel, Take 20 defaute, that 

. .. is, that he dide 

30 counsel, what we owen to do. And 21 this bi wickid 
Achytofel seide to Absolon, Entre thou rfS^K 

the defaute 
ether errour of 
fre wille. Lire 
here. c. 
J nay ; that is, 
Y oujte not 
go with Da- 
uyth. Lire 
here. c. 



his 



P jok E pr. m. 1 and he E pr. m. 11 Archites A. * Om. u. 



And i. t forsothe i. n hath comaundid I. v dales cursyng i. w jede forth I. * but i. J jede 
aside i. z Om. i. a Dauid i. b curside Dauid i. c threwe i. d kyng Dauid i. e And i. ' Absolon i. 
6 And i. o seyde i. > him i. k freend Dauid i. ' not forth i. m the seruaunt i. n so and i. 
And i. 

82 



132 



II. KINGS. 



XVI. 22 XVII. 9. 



of thi fadre, 'the whiche' he hath laft at 
the hows to he kept ; that whanne al 
Yrael herith, that thou hast defoulid thi 
fader, the hoondis of hem ben strengthid 

2: with thee. Thanne thei straujten out to 
Absolon a tabernacle in the solere, and 
he wente into the secundarye wyues of 

23 his fader before al Irael. Forsothe the 
counseil that Achithophel 3af in thoo dais, 
as if a man counseilde God ; so was al the 
counseil of Achithophel, and whanne he 
was with Dauid, and whanne he was 
with Absolon. 

CAP. XVII. 

i Thanne seide Achitophel to Absolon, 
I shal chese to me twelue thousandis of 
men, and rysynge I shal pursue Dauid 

2 this ni3t. And fallynge forsothe vpon 
hym that is wery, and the hoondis fe- 
blid, I shal smyte hym ; and whanne al 
the puple fleeth that is with hym, I shal 

3 smyte the kyng desolate. And I shal 
brynge ajen al the puple, what maner o 
man is wont to be turned a3en ; forsothe 
o man thou sechist, and al the puple shal 

4 ben in pees. And his word pleside to 
Absolon, and to alle the more thur3 birth 

f > of Yrael. Forsothe Absolon seith, Clepe 
36 and Cusai Arachite, and here we what 

fialso he seith. And whan Cusai was 
comen to Absolon, Absolon seith to hym, 
Siche a maner word spak Achitophel ; 
shul we doo, or nay ? what counseil 3yuest 

7 thou ? And Cusay seide to Absolon, It 
is not good this counseil, that Achithophel 

"hath 3ouun at this tyme. And eft Cusay 
brou3te yn, Thou hast knowen thi fader, 
and the men that with hym ben, to ben 
moost stronge, and in bitter wil, as if a 
she here wexe feers in the wijlde wode, 
rauysshid the whelpis ; but and thi fader 
is a man fi3ter, and he shal not dwelle 

uwith the puple. Perauenture now he 



to the concubynsP of thi fadir, whiche he 
leftei to kepe the r hows ; that whanne al 
Israel herith, that thou hast defoulid thi 
fadir 8 , the hondis of hem be strengthid 
with thee. Therfor thei tildeden 4 Abso-22 
Ion a tabernacle in the soler, and he en- 
tride to the concubyns of his fadir bifor 
al Israel. Sotheli" the counsel of Achjto-23 
fel, which v he 3af in tho daies, was as if 
a man counselide w God ; so* was al the 
counsel of Achitofel, bothe whanne he was 
with Dauid, and whanne he was with 
Absolon. 

CAP. XVII. 

Therfor^ Achitofel seide to Absolon, Y i 
schal chese z twelue thousynde of men v to 
me a , and Y schal rise b , and pursue Dauid 
in this ny3t. And Y schal falle on hym, 2 
for he is wery, and with vnboundun hondis 
Y schal smyte hym. And whanne al the 
puple fleeth which is with hym, Y schal 
smyte the kyng'desolat, ether^ left aloone. 
And Y schal lede a3en al the puple, as os 
man is wont to turne 6 a3en ; for f thou 
sekist o man, and al the puple schal be in 
pees. And the word of hirn plesyde Ab- 4 
solon, and alle the grete 1 ' men in birthe of 
Israel. Forsothe 1 Absolon seide, Clepe 36 s 
also Chusy of Arath, and here we what 
also he seith. And whanne Chusi hadde e 
come to Absolon, Absolon seide to hym, 
Achitofel spak k siche a word ; owen we 
do 1 , ethir nay ? what counsel 3yuest thou ? 
And Chusi seide to Absolon, This is not 7 
good counsel, which Achitofel 3af" in this 
tyme. And eft Chusi seide, Thou knowist, s 
that thi fadir, and the men that ben with 
him, ben moost stronge, and in bitter 
souleP, as if a femali here is fers in the r 
forest, whanne the 8 whelpis ben rauyschid 1 ; 
but also thi fader is a man werriour, and 
he schal not dwelle with the puple. Ing 
hap now he is hid u in the v dichis, ethir in 



* that c pr. m. 



" And i. 



P secundarie wyues i. 1 hath left i. * his i. s fadir bed i. * streijten out i. 

v that i. 'w had counseilid with i. x and so i. y Thanne i. z chese to me i. a Om. i. b rise up i. 
c that i. d Om. i. e be turned i. f for Absolon i. g Achitofel i. h grettere BC. > And i. k h a th 
spoke i. l do theraftir i. m that i. hath joue i. "full. P will i. ischue i. "" a i. Mr i. 
t rauyschid/ro hir i. ether lurketh x sec. m. marg. ' Om. plures. 



XVII. io i 



II. KINGS. 



133 



lurkith in dichis, or in a u place where he 
wole ; and whanne ooti fallith, eche in the 
bigynnynge shal here, who so euere herith, 
and shal seye, There is maad veniaunce 

10 in the puple that pursuede Absolon. And 
eche moost strong, whos is the herte as 
of a lioun, shal be feblid for drede ; 
forsothe al the puple of Yrael woot thi 
fader to be strong, and alle stronge, that 

11 with hym ben. But this semeth to me to 
be ri5t counseil ; be gedrid to thee al the 
puple, fro Dan vnto Bersabe, vnnoum- 
brable as the grauel of the see ; and thou 

12 shalt be in the myddis of hem. And we 
shulen falle vpon him, in what euer place 
he were foundun, and we shulen couer 
hym, as dewe is wont to falle on the 
erthe; and we shuleu not leeue of the 
men that with hym ben, forsothe not 

isoone. And if he were goon in eny citee, 
al Yrael shal wyynde aboute that citee 
coordis, and we shulen drawe it into the 
streem, that there be not foundun for- 

usothe of it not a litil stoon. And 
Absolon seide, and alle the men of Irael, 
Betere is the counseil of Cusai Arachite 
thanne the counseil of Achithophel ; for- 
sothe thur3 w the wil of the Lord is 
scaterid the" profitable counseil of Achi- 
thophel, that the Lord brynge yn yuel 

15 vpon Absolon. And Cusay seith to the 
preestys, Sadoch and Abiathar, This and 
this maner Achithophel 3af counseil to 
Absolou, and to the eldres of Yrael, 

16 and I 3af sich counseil and sich. Now 
thanne sendith soone, and tellith to 
Dauid, seiynge, Ne abide thou this ni3t 
in the wijlde feeldis of deseert, but with 
out tariynge weende ouer ; lest perauen- 
ture the kyng be soopen awey, and al 

17 the puple that is with hym. Forsothe 
Jonathan and Achymas stoden biside the 
welle of Rogel ; an hondwomman 3ede, 



o place, in which he wole w ; and whanne 
ony man fallith in the bigynnyng, who 
euer schal here*, he schal here, and serial? 
seie, Wounde 7 - is maad a in the puple that 
suede Absolon. And ech strongeste b man, 10 
whos herte is as ^the herte* of a lioun, 
schal be discoumfortid for drede; for al the 
puple of Israel knowith, that thi fadir 
is strong, and that alle men d ben stronge, 
that ben with him. But this semeth to men 
to be ri3tful counsel ; al Israel be gaderid 
to thee, fro Dan v til to e Bersabee, vnnoum- 
brable as the f soonds of the see ; and thou 
schalt be in the myddis of hem. And we 12 
schulen falle on 1 ' hym, in what euer place 
he is foundun, and we schulen hile hym, 
as dew is wont to falle on h the' erthe ; and k 
we schulen not leeue of 1 the men that ben 
with hym m , 'sotheli not oon n . 'That if 13 
he entrith in to ony citee, al Israel schal 
cumpasse that citee f with roopis, and we 
schulen drawe it in to the stronde, that? 
no thing be foundun, sothelii not a litil 
stoon therof r . And Absolon seide, and 
alle the men of Israel, The counsel of 
Chusi of Arath is betere than the counsel 
of Achitofel; sotheli 3 the profitable counselj 
of Achitofel was destried bi Goddis wille, 
that the Lord schulde brynge in yuel on 
Absolon. And Chusi seide to Sadoch and 
to Abiathar, preestis*, Achitofel 3af coun- 
sel to Absolon, and to the eldere men of 
Israel in this and this maner, and Y 3af 
sich and sich counsel. Now therfor IB pedefui for the 

I'M KM It Of Ab- 

sende 36 soone, and telle 36 to Dauid, and soion. c. 

seie 36, Dwelle thou not this u ny3t in the v 

feeldi places of deseert w , but passe thou 1 

with out delay? ; lest perauenture the kyng 

be destried ||, and al the puple which 2 

is with hym. Forsothe* Jonathas and 17 and therfor in 

Achymaas stoden bisidis the welle of 

Rogel ; an b handmaide 3ede c , and telde to 

hem, and thei 3eden forth to telle the 



\allsraelichal 
cumpasse that 
citee; Chusi 
spekith bi 
figuratiyf 



we schulen so 
distrie al that 

citee, that noon 

ajen standing 
schal be ; wher- 
for in Ebreu 
it is had thus, 
al Israel schal 
jyue felou- 



men aboute 

that citee, to 



dislried; 'Da- 
uyth be sopun 
vp hi the coun- 
cel of Achitofel, 
parformed of 
Absalon in ab- 
sence of Chusi ; 



Kbreu it is, 
lest it be cottn- 
celidlo the king, 
that is, to Ab- 
solon, that he 
do the councel 
of Achitofel. 
Lire here, c 



u oon DBF. o c. one H. w thour A. x to B. 



w wole hide him i. * here it i. > Om. i. z Veniaunce i. ether vengeaunce x sec.m.marg. * don i. 
b ful strong i. cQm. i. d the men i. e vnto i. til B. f Om. i. SsoontA. "uponi. > Om. KX. 
k and sothely i. l oon of i. m Dauid i. n Om. i. And if he that i. P jhe that i. 1 Om. i. r be 
founden therof i. s and i. * the preestis i. u in this c. v Om. i. w the deseert i. x thou forth i. 
7 tariyng i. z that i. And i. b and an i. c jede forth i. 



134 



II. KINGS. 



XVII. 18 25. 



and toolde to hem, and thei wenten forth, message to kyng Dauid ; for* thei my 3 ten 
that thei tellen to kyngr Dauid the mes- not he seyn, nether entre m to the citee. 
sage ; forsothe thei my 3 ten not be seen, Forsothe' a child si 5 hem, and he schew-ia 

ide f to Absolon ; sothelis thei entnden with 



IB or go 1 into the cytee. Forsothe a maner 
child saw3 hem, and toolde to Absolon ; 
forsothe thei wenten in a swift paase in a 
the hows of a maner man in Bahurym, 
that hadde a pit in his vestiarye, and 

inthei descendiden into b it. Forsothe a 
womman took, and strai^te out a couer- 
ynge vpon the mouth of the pit, as 
driynge pild barli, and so the thing is 

20 hid. And whanne the seruauntis of Ab- 
solon weren comen into the hows, thei 
seiden to the wominan, Where is Achy- 
mas and Jonathan ? And the womman 
answerde to hem, Thei wenten hiyngli, 
a litil wi 3 t water taastid. And thes 
that sou3ten, whanne thei founden not, 

21 thei turneden ajen into Jerusalem. And 
whanne thei weren goon, they stieden 
vp fro the pit ; and goynge toolden to 
kyng Dauid, and seiden, Ryseth, and 
soone goth ouer the flood, for sich maner 

22 counseil3af Achithophel a3ens3ou. Thanne 
Dauid roos, and al the puple that was 
with hym, and thei passiden Jordan, to 
the tyme that the dai Vere Ii3tid c , or 
the word were puplishid ; and not oone 
forsothe was laft, that passide not the 

23 flood. Forsothe Achitophel seynge, that 
his counseil was not doon, made redi his 
asse, and roos, and wente into hys hows, 
and into his citee ; and his hows disposid, 
he diede bi hoongynge, and is biried in 

24 the sepulcre of his fader. Forsothe 
Dauid cam into stronge placis, and Ab- 
solon passide ouer Jordan, he and alle 

25 the men of Yrael with hym. Forsothe 
Absolon sette Amasan for Joab vpon 
the oost ; forsothe Amasan was the sone 
of a man that was clepid Gethra of 



swift goyng in to the hows of v sum man h in 

Bahurym, that hadde a pit 1 in his place, 

and thei 3eden doun in to that pit. For- 19 

sothe k a womman took, and spred abrood 

an hilyng of 1 the mouth of the pit as 

driynge'barli with the pile takun a wey m , 

and so the thing was hid. And whanne 20 

the seruauntis of Absolon hadde come in 

to the hows, thei seideu to the womman, 

Where is Achymaas and Jonathas ? And 

the womman answeride to hem, Thei n 

passiden hastily, whanne Vatirt was 

tastid a litilP. And whanne thei that 

sou3ten hem hadden not foundei, thei 

turneden a3en in to Jerusalem. And 21 

whanue thei "that sou^ten* hadden go 8 , 

thei stieden* fro the pit ; and thei 3eden, 

and telden to kyng Dauid, and seiden, 

Rise "36, passe 3e u soone the flood, for 

Achitofel 3af v sich counsel a3ens 3ou. 

Therfor Dauid roos w , and al the puple 22 

that was with hym, and thei passiden 

Jordan, til it was cleer dai, bifor that the 

word was pupplischid ; and sotheli not 

oon" was left, that v passide not^ the flood. 

Forsothe 2 Achitofel si3, that his counsel 23 

was not doon, and he sadlide his asse, and 

roos a , and 3ede in to his hows, and in to 

his citee ; and whanne his hows was dis- 

posid, he perischide bi hangyng b |, and he 

was biried in the sepulcre of his fadir. 

Sotheli c Dauid cam in to the d castels, and 24 yth schuide 

haue the mais- 



-|- whanne 
icatir, etc., in 
Ebreu it is, 
they passiden 
the ryuer of 

watris ' that '*' 

Jordan, as 
Ebrews seven. 
Lire here. c. 



cioun, that his 
councel was 
not doon, and 
for by the foly 
of Absalon and 
of his puple, he 
perseyuede and 
helde for cer- 
teyn, that Da- 



Absolon passide Jordan, he and alle the e 
men of Israel with hym. 



try, and turne 

.,_. - ajen in to the 

r OrSOthe' Ab- 25 rewme; wher- 

solon ordeynede Amasan for Joab on? 
the h oost ; forsothe' Amasan was the sone 
of a man that was clepid Jethra of 
Je3rael, which k entride to Abigail, dou3- 



Jezreli, that wente into Abigayl, the ter 1 of Naas, the sistir of Saruye, that was 

1 the kyng E pr. m. * to go E pr. m. a Om. CEFH. b in E pr. m. c Jijtede CE. 

d eertis I. e And i. f schewide it i. S and i. t a man IM. ' putt i. k And i. 1 ouer \. n> p ild 

barh i. n And thei K. o passidin forth i. P thei hadden taasted a litil watir i. q founde hem i. 

Om i. 8 go forth i. t stieden up i. je up and passeth i. v hath joue i. w roos up i. * oo man i. 

y ne he passide i. z And i. a roos up ,. b hangyng him selff i. c And i. d Om. i. e Qm. i. f And i. 

g upon i. n his i. ' and i. * the which i. l the doujtir i. 



to he slayn of 
him bi foul deth 
and peyneful, 
and therfor he 
wolde haste his 
deth bi an othe 
weye. Lire 
here. c. 



XV11. 26 XVIII. 4. 



II. KINGS. 



135 



dorter of Naas, sister of Saruye, that 

scwas the moder of Joab. And Irael 
sette d tends with Absolon in the loond 

27 of Galaad. And whanne Dauid was 
comen into the defensable placis, Sobi, 
the sone of Naas of Rabath dd , of the sonys 
of Amon, and Machir, the sone of Amyel, 
of Lodobar, and Berzellay Galadite, of 

28Rogelym, offreden to hym couerynge 
clothis, and tapetis, and erthen vessels, 
whete, and barli, and meele, and powned 
corn, and benen, and potage, and fryed 
'gederynge of corns, that is clepid cycer , 

29 and hony, and bottre, and sheep, and 
fatte cahies. And thei 3yuen to Dauid, 
and to the puple that was with hym, for 
to ete ; forsothe thei ouertroweden the 
puple to be feyntid f in thes deseert bi 
hungre and threst. 

CAP. XVIII. 

1 Dauid thanne, his h puple biholden ', 
ordeynde vpon hem leders of thousandis, 

2 and leders of hundridis. And he 3af the 
thridde parti of the puple vndir the 
hoond of Joab ; and the thridde vndur 
the hoond of Abisai, the sone of Seruye, 
the brothir of Joab ; and the thridde 
vndur the hoond of Ethay, that was of 
Geth. And the kyng seide to the puple, 

3 And I shal goon out with 3ou. And the 
puple answerde, Thou shalt not goo out ; 
forsothe whether we fleen, it shal not 
perteyne to hem in greet forse of vs ; or 
the half partie falle fro vs, thei shulen 
not retcheJ anow, for thou oone for ten 
thousandis ert k countyd ; beter it is 
thanne, that thou be to vs in the cytee to 

4socour. To whom seith the kyng, That 
to 3ou semeth ri3t, that I shal doo. 
Thanne the kyng stoode biside the 3aate, 
and the puple wente out bi her cum- 
panyes, bi 1 hundredis and thousandis. 



the modir of Joab. And Israel settideae 
tentis with Absolon in the lond of Galaad. 
Arid whanne Dauid hadde come in to cas-2? 
tels m , Sobi, the soue of Naas of Rabath, 
of the sones of Amon, and Machir, the 
sone of Amyel, of Lodobar, and Berzellai, 
of Galaad, of Rogelym, brou3ten to hym n 28 
beddyngis , and tapitis, and erthun vessels, 
wheeteP, and barli, and mele, and flour, 
and benys, and lente% and fried chichis r , 
and hony, and botere, and scheep, and 20 
fatte calues. And thei 3auen s to Dauid, and 
to the puple that weren with hym, to ete ; 
for thei supposiden the puple to be maud 
feynt for hungur and thirst in deseert. 



CAP. XVIII. 

Therfor Dauid, whanne the 1 puple 'was i 
biholdun u , ordeynede tribunes 7 and centu- 
riouns w on x hem. And he 3af the thridde 2 
part of the puple vndur the bond of Joab ; 
and the thridde part vndur the hond of 
Abisai, sone^ of Saruye, brother 2 of Joab ; 
and the thridde part vndur the hond of 
Ethai, that was of Geth. And the kyng 
seide to the puple, Also Y schal go outf t 

out, etc., for lie 

with 3ou. And the puple answende,3 woideteofthe 

Thou schalt not go out ; for whether we i^perei. Lire 

fleen, it schal not perteyne to hem bi 

greet werk a of vs ; whether half the part 

fallith b doun of vs, thei schulen not recke 

ynow c , for thou d art rekynyd for ten 

thousynde ; therfor it is betere, that thou 

be to vs in the citee in stronge hold 6 . 'To 4 

whiche f the kyng seides, Y schal do this h , 

that semeth ri3tful to 3011. Therfor the 

kyng stood bisidis the 3ate, and the puple 

3ede out bi her cumpenyes, bi hundridis 

and bi thousyndis. And the king co-s 



*"* c- 



d sente/(. dd Babath Ann. e chichis E pr.m. { weri B pr.m. gOm.cEFH. h the E pr. m. ' byhold- 
ynge a. j recche en. k schalt ben E pr.m. l Om. BCEFH. 

m the castels i. n Dauid i. beddyng i. P and wheete i. q fetchis i. r thing that is clepid cycer i. 
fried chichis, that is, gadering of cornys that is clepid cicer x sec.m. marg. 5 jauen tho i. * his A sec. m. 
he had biholde his i. u Om. i. v chefteyns of thousyndis i. w of hundridus i. x upon i. 7 the sone i. 
z the brothir i. a foors i. b falle i. c myche i. d thou oon i. e socour i. ' And i. 8 seide to hem i. 
h that i. 



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XVIII. S H- 



& And the kyng comaundide to Joab, and 
Abisai, and Ethay, seiynge, Kepith to 
me the child Absolon. And al the puple 
herde the kyng comaundynge to alle the 

eprincis for Absolon. And so the puple 
wente into the feelde a3ens Yrael ; and 
a batail is doon in the wijld wode of 



maundide to Joab, and to Abisai, and 
Ethai' 1 , and seyde, Kepe 36 to me the child 
Absolon. And al the puple herde the kyng 
comaundinge to alle the princes for Ab- 
solon. Therfor the puple 3ede out in toe 
the feeld a3ens Israel ; and the k batel was 
rnaad in the forest of Effraym. And the? 



vEffraym. And the puple of Irael is puple of Israel was slayn there of the oost 
there hevven doun of the oost of Dauid, of Dauid, and a greet sleyng 1 of twenti 
and there is doon a greet slau3ter in that thousynde was maad in that dai. For- 8 



8 day of twenti thousand. Forsothe there 
was the batail sparpoild vpon the face of 
al the loond, and manye mo weren whom 
the wijlde wode waastide of the puple, 
than thei whom the swerd deuowrede 

9 in that day. Forsothe it felle, that Ab- 
solon a3encam to the seruauntis of Dauid, 
sittynge vpon n a muyl ; and whanne the 
muyle wente yn vndur a thik ook, and a 
greet, the heed of hym cleuyde to the 
ook ; and hym hongid bitwix heuene and 
erthe, the muyle, to the which he satte in, 

lopasside forth. Forsothe a maner man 
saw3 that, and toolde to Joab, seiynge, 
I saw3 Absolon hongynge fro an ook. 

11 And Joab seith to the man that toolde 
hym, If thou saw}, whi stikist thou not 
hym with the erthe, and I shulde haue 
3yue to thee ten ciclis of siluer, and a 

I2kny3tis girdil? The which seide to Joab, 
If thou peysedist in myn hoondis a thou- 
sand silueren platis, I shulde not putte 
myn hoond into the sone of the kyng ; 
forsothe herynge vs, the kyng comaund- 
ide to thee, and to Abisai, and to Ethai, 
seiynge, Kepith to me the child Absolon. 

is But and if I hadde doon a3ens my soul 
foolhardili, that my3te not the kyng vn- 
knowe, and thou shuldist stoond forn 

ua3ens. And Joab seith, Not as thou 
wolt, but I shal goo to hym before thee. 
Thanne Joab took three speris in his 
hoond, and pi3te hem in the herte of 



sothe ra the" batel was scaterid nn there on 
the face of al erthe?, and many mo weren 
of the puple whiche the forest wastide, 
than thei whiche the swerd deuourid in 
that dai. Sotheli it bifeld, that Absalons 
sittinge oni a mule, cam a3ens the ser- 
uauntis of Dauid ; and whanne the mule 
hadde entrid vndur a thicke ook, and greet 1 ", 
the heed of Absolon cleuyde to the ook ; 
and whanne he was hangid bitwixe 
heuene and erthe, the mule, on s which* he 
sat, passide u . Sotheli v v sum man w si3 this, 10 
and telde x to Joab, and seide, Y si} Ab- 
solon hange on an ook. And Joab seide 1 1 
to the man that 'hadde telde? to hym, If 
thou si3est z , whi persidist 3 thou not hym b 
to the erthe, and Y schulde haue 3oue v to 
thee c ten siclis of siluer, and a girdil ? 
And he seide to Joab, Thou3 thou paiedist 12 
in myn hondis a thousynde platis of siluer, 
Y nolde d sende myn hond in to the sone 
of the king ; for the 6 while we herden, 
the kyng comaundide to thee, and to 
Abisai, and to Ethai, and seide, Kepe 36 
to me the child Absolon. But and if Y is 
hadde do& a3ens my lijf hardili 1 ', this my3te 
not be 1 hid fro the kyng, and thou woldist 
stonde on the contrarye side. And Joab u 
seide, Not as thou wolt k , ^Absolon schal 
be kept 1 , but Y schal asaile hym bifor 
thee. Therfore Joab took thre speris in his 
hond, and fitchide 1 " tho in the herte of 
Absolon. And whanne he spraulide, it 



Absolon. And whanne 3it he qwappide cleuynge in the ook, ten 3onge squieris of 15 



'to Ethai i. kai. 
' a greet i 

thouji. 



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upon i. t whom ,. u passide forth ,. T And , 



upon I. P the loond i. 
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fool hardily .. * Om. i. i haue be i. k woldest EL. l Om. i. m he fitchide .. 



XVIII. 15 25. 



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137 



iscleuynge in the ook, ten 3onge squyers of 
Joab runneri, and smytynge slowen hym. 

16 Forsothe Joab sownede with the trumpe, 
and with heelde the puple, that he pur- 
suede not Irael fleynge, wylnynge to 

17 spare to the multitude. And thei token 
Absolon, and casteri hym in the wijld 
wode in to a greet diche, and thei beren 
togidir vpon hym a greet heep of stoonus 
ful myche ; forsothe al Irael flee3 into her 

is tabernaclis. Forsothe Absolon hadde 
arerede vp to hym, whanne he 3it lyuede, 
a title, that is in the valey of the kyng ; 
he seide forsothe, I haue not a sone, and 
this shal be in mynde of my name; and 
he clepide the title bi his name, and it is 
clepid the Hoond of Absolon into this 

19 day. Forsothe Achymas, the sone of 
Sadoch, seith, I shal renne and telle to 
the kyng, for the Lord dide doom to 
hym fro the hoond of the enemyes of 

20 hym. To whom Joab seide, Thou shalt 
not be messager in this dai, but thou 
shalt telle in the tother ; to day I wole not 
thee to telle, forsothe the sone of the 

21 kyng is deed. And Joab seith to Cusi, 
Go, and tel to the kyng what thou hast 

22 seen. Cusi lowtide to Joab, and ranne. 
Eft Achymas, the sone of Sadoch, seide 
to Joab, What lettith, if I also renne 
after Cusi? And Joab seide to hym, 
What wolt thou renne, sone myn ? Come 
hidir, thou shalt not be berer of good 

23 message. The which answerde, What 
forsothe if I shal renne ? And he seith 
to hym, Renn. Thanne Achymaas ren- 
nynge bi the weye of the good short weye 

24 ouerpasside Cusai. Dauid forsothe sat 
bitwix two 3atis ; the weyter forsothe, 
that was in the hei3t of the 3ate vpon 
the walle, rerynge vp the eyen, saw3 a 

25 man aloone rennynge ; and cryinge out 
shewide to the kyng. And the kyng 
seide to hym, If he is aloone, gode mes- 



Joab runnen, and smytiden", and killiden 
hym. Sotheli Joab sownedeP with aie 
clarioun, and withheldei the puple, lest it 
pursuede Israel fleynge, and he wolde 
spare the multitude. And thei r token 17 
Absolon, and castiden 8 forth him in to a 
greet dich in the forest, and baren* to- 
gidere a ful greet heep of stoonys on n 
hym ; forsothe v al Israel fledde in to his w 
tabernaclis. Forsothe 1 Absolon, while IB 
he lyuyde 3it, hadde reisid to hym a me- 
morial, which ? is in the valey of the 
kyng ; for he seide, Y haue no sone, and 
this schal be the mynde of my name ; and 
he clepide v the memorial 2 bi his name, and 
it is clepid the Hond, ^that is, werk\ of Ab- 
solon v til to b this dai. Forsothe c Achy-i9 
maas, sone d of Sadoch, seide, Y schal 
renne, and Y schal telle to the kyng, that 
the Lord hath maad doom to hym of the 
hond of hise enemyes. To whom Joab 20 
seide, Thou schalt not be messanger 6 in 
this dai, but thou schalt telle f in another 
dai ; I nyles that thou telle' 1 to dai, for the 
sone of the kyng is deed. And Joab seide 21 
to Chusif, Go thou, and telle to the kyng t Joab seide 

. . , . to CAwi; this 

tno thingis that thou hast seyn. Chusi chusywasa 

worschypide Joab, and ran. Eft' Achy- 22 the pupieTand 

maas, sone k of Sadoch, seide to Joab, chuslrfia^wa, 

What lettith, if also Y renne aftir Chusi ? 

And Joab seide to hym, What wolt thou 

renne, my sone ? Come thou hidur, thou 

schalt not be a berere of good message. 

Which 1 answeride, 'What sotheli if m Y23 

schal renne ? And Joab seide to hym, 

Renn thou. Therfor Achymaas ran bi 

the weie of schortnesse, v and sped", and 

passide Chusi. Forsothe? Dauid sat bi-24 

twixe twei 3atis ; sothelii the spiere r , that 

was in the hi3nesse of the 3ate on the 

wal, reiside 9 the* i3en, and si3 u a man 

aloone rennynge ; and the spiere v criede, 25 

and schewide to the kyng. And the kyng 

seide to hym, If he is aloone, good mes- 



frend and 
councelour of 
Dauyth, of 
whom it is seid 
in xv. and xvii. 
c. Lirehere. c. 



the CE. 

D smoten i. smitcn E. And I. P trumpide I. 1 helde with him I. r men I. 8 threwen i. l thei 
baren i. " upon i. v and i. w her i. x And i. y that i. z that token of mynde i. a Om. i. 
b vnto i. c And i. d the sone i. e a messanger A sec.m. ! telle this i. S wil not i. h telle this i. 
' forth. And eft i. k the sone i. 1 The which i. m But what i. n Om. i. he passide i. P And i. 
1 and i. r waiter i. reiside up. * his i. u he sawje i. v biholder i. 

T 



138 



II. KINGS. 



XVIII. 26 33. 



jtisage is in the mouth of hym. Forsothe 
hym goynge and nei3ynge nerre, the 
wayter saw3 anothir man rennynge; 
and criynge out in the cop seith, There 
seineth to me another man rennynge 
aloone. And the kyng seide to hym, 

27 And this is a good messager. Forsothe 
the weyter seith, I biholde the rennynge 
of the former, as the rennynge of Achy- 
maas, the sone of Sadoch. And the kyng 
seith, A good man he is, and cometh 

28berynge good mesage. Forsothe Achy- 
maas cryinge, seide to the kyng, Hail 
kyng! And lowtynge the kyng before 
hym bovvide into the erthe, seith, Blessid 
bei 1 the Lord thi God, that hath con- 
cludid the men, that rereden her hoondis 

29 a3ens my lord the kyng. And the kyng 
seith, Is there not pees to the child Ab- 
solon? And Achymaas seide, I saw3 a 
greet towmbe, whanne Joab thi sei'uaunt 
sente me, O kyng, thi seruaunt ; other 

30 thing I knowe not. To whom the kyng, 
Passe, he seith, and stoond here. And 

31 whanne he was passid, and stoode, Cusi 
aperide ; and comynge seith, I brynge 
good message, my lord king ; forsothe 
the Lord hath demyde for thee to day 
fro the hoond 'of allei that risen a3ens 

: thee. The kyng forsothe seide to Cusi, 
Is there not pees to the child Absolon ? 
To whom answerynge Cusi, Be thei 
maad, he seith, as the child, the enemyes 
of my lord the r kyng, and alle that risen 

33 a3ens hym into yuel. And so the kyng 
cau3t with sorwe, stiede vp to s the sowp- 
ynge place of the 3aate, and wepte, and 
thus he spak goynge, Sone myu, Abso- 
lon ! Absolon, sone myn ! who to me 
3yueth, that I dye for thee ? Absolon, sone 
myn ! sone myn, Absolon ! 



sage is in his mouth. Sotheli w while he 26 
hastide, and nei3ede neer, the spiere x si3 
another man rennynge^; and the spiere 
criede v in the hi3nesse z , and seide, Another 
man rennynge aloone apperith to me. 
And the kyng seide to hym, And this man 
is a good messanger. Sotheli a the spiere b 27 
seide, Y biholde the rennyng of the for- 
mere, as the rennyng of Achymaas, sone c 
of Sadoch. And the kyng seide, He 



n, an 
a good message. 



f and wepte, 
and spak thus 

is a good man, and he cometh bryngynge ymjng; Dauith 

id o-nnrl mpcenn.*. ForSOthe e AchymaaS 28 glSy deth^f 

criede, and seide to the kyng, Heil kyng ! Absalon ' for 



he diede in 

And he worschipide the kyng lowli bifor ded 'y s y' me ' 

r in pursuynge 

hym to erthe f . and seide, Blessid be this in dede his 

. , fadir; and ther- 

Lord God, that closide" togidere the men, for this word 
that reisyden' her hondis a3ens my lord so ^e,^t 
theJ kyng. And the kyng seide, Whe- 2 9 six / thi8 . here ; 

o * o aiiu in xix. c 

ther pees is to the child Absolon? And forvi. condi- 

. ciouns of the 

Achymaas seide, Y si3 k , mat ts, Y herde, peyneof h e u e; 
a great noise 1 , wbanne Joab, thi seruaunt, hTrmTthaHs, 
thou m kyng, sente" me thi seruaunt ; Y MisTand"^ 
kanP noon othir thine. To whom the so P^" 6 f ieA ~ 

ing is there, 

kyng seide, Passe thoui, and stonde here, gnastingof 
And whanne he hadde passid, and stood, ing, T 
Chusi apperide ; and he cam and seide, 31 juri 
My lord the r kyng, Y brynge good mes- 
sage ; for 8 the Lord hath denied to dai for *>. c - 

"*" Absolon ' 

thee of the bond of alle men that risiden' goostiy: 
a3ens thee. Forsothe" the kyng seide to 32 s t u Da^uytk 
Chusi, Whether pees is to the child Abso- 
lon ? To whom Chusi answeride, and seide, 
The enemyes of my lord the v kyng, and 
alle men that risiden w a3ens hym in to 
yuel, be x maad as the child, 
kyng was sory. and stiede? in to the soler world; he U 

* persid with in. 

of the 3ate, and wepte z , and spak thus spens, in as- 
goyngef , My sone, Absolon ! Absolon, my thre'maner 
sone ! who 3yueth to me, that Y die for 
thee? AbsolonJ, my sone! my sone, Ab- 
solon ! helle~ Lire 

here. c. 



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pressere of sim- 
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to an ook, in 



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risen r ,|, P Z f , ?^!i '' ' "*** '' * ^n E. han risen i. u And i. v Qm. i. 
thei i. y stiede up i. z h e wepte i. 



XIX. I 9. 



II. KINGS. 



139 



CAP. XIX. 

1 Forsothe it is toold to Joab, that the 

2 kyng wept, and weilide his sone ; and the 
victorye is turned in that dai into weil- 
ynge to al the puple ; forsothe the puple 
herde in that day to be seid, The kyng 

ssorwith vpon his sone. And the puple 
bowide aside in that dai to goo in to the 
citee, what maner wise a puple turnede 
and fleynge fro the batail is wont to 
4bowe aside. Forsothe the kyng couerde 
his heed, and criede with a greet vois, 
Sone myn, Absolon ! Absolon, sone myn ! 
5 Thanne goon yn Joab to the kyng into 
the hows, seide, Thou hast confoundid 
to day the cheeris of alle thi seruauntis, 
and that ban maad saaf thi lijf, and the 
lijf of thi sonys and of thi doii3tris, and 
the lijf of thi wyues, and the lijf of thi 
esecoundarye wyues. Thou louest the 
hatynge thee, and thou hast in 1 haate 
the louynge thee ; and thou hast shewid 
to day, for thou reckist not of thi leeders 
and of thi seruauntis ; and verreily I 
haue knowen now, that if Absolon lyu- 
ede, and alle we hadden diede, thanne it 
7 shulde plese to thee. Now than ryse, and 
go forth, and spekynge do u a seethe to 
thi seruauntis ; forsothe I swere to thee 
bi the Lord, that if thow gost not out, 
that oon forsothe be not to abidynge still 
with thee this uy3t ; and werse shal be 
to thee this, than alle the yuels that 
camen vpon thee fro thi 3ongth v vnto 
s the tyme that is now. Thanne the kyng 
roos, and satte in the 3ate ; and to al 
the puple it is toold, that the king satte 
in the 3ate, and al the multitude cam 
a before the king. Forsothe Irael flee3 into 
her tabernaclis. And al the puple stroof 
in w alle the lynagis of Irael, seiynge, The 
kyng hath delyuerd vs fro the hoond of 
oure enemyes, and he hath saued vs fro 



CAP. XIX. 

Forsothe it was teld to Joab, that the i 
kyng wepte, and biweilide his sone; and 2 
the victorie in that dai was turned in to 
morenyng to al the puple ; for the puple 
herde, that it was seid in that dai, The 
kyng makith sorewe on his sone. And 3 
the puple eschewide* to entre in to the 
citee in that dai, as the puple turned and 
fleynge fro batel b is wont to bowe awey. 
Sotheli c the kyng hilide his heed, and 4 
criede with greet vois, My sone, Absolon ! 
Absolon, my sone ! Therfor Joab entride 5 
to the kyng in to the hows, and seide, 
Thou hast schent to dai the cheris d of alle 
thi seruauntis, that ban maad saaf thi lijf, 
and the lijf of thi sones and of thi dou3- 
tris, and the lijf of thi wyues, and the 
lijf of thi e secoundarie wyues. Thou louest o 
hem that haten thee, and thou hatist hem 
that louen thee ; and thou schewidist f to 
dai that thou reckist not of thi duykis 
and of thi seruauntis ; and verily Y haue 
knowe now, that& if Absolon lyuede, and 
alle we hadden be deed, thanne it schulde 
plese thee. Now therfor ryse h thou', and? 
go k forth, and speke thou, and make satis- 
faccioun to this eruauntis ; for Y swere to 
thee bi the Lord, that if thou schalt not 
go out 1 , sotheli 1 " not o man schal dwelle 
with thee in this ny3t ; and this schal be 
worse to thee, than alle yuels" that camen 
on thee fro thi 3ong wexynge age til in to 
present tyme. Therfor the kyng roosP, 
and sat in the 3ate ; and it was teld to al 
the puple, that the kyng sat in the 3ate, 
and al the multitude cam bifor the kyng. 
Forsothe Israel w fledde in to hisei taber- 
naclis. And al the puple stryuede in alo 
the lynagis of Israel, and seide, The kyng 
delyuerede r vs fro the hond of alle oure 
enemyes, and he sauide vs fro the hond of 
Filisteis; and now'he fleeth 3 fro the londf 



t tie flee th fro 
the land; that 
is, fro the 
kingis citee, as 
if they seiden, 
it is vnworthi , 
that the king 
fle for Absolon. 
Lire here. c. 



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a ethchewide i. b the batel A pr. m. c And i. d cheer KX. cheere o. e the ADM. f hast schewid i. 
g for plures. ryse up i. Om. i. k go thou i. 1 forth i. m and i. n the yuels i. this 
present IK. P roos up i. PP al Israel E. 1 her IEL. r hath delyuered i. s hath fled i. 

T 2 



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II. KINGS. 



XIX. 



-19. 



the hoond of Philisteis ; and now he flee3 
10 fro the loond for Absolon. Forsothe Ab- 
solon, whom we anoyntiden kyng vpon 
vs, is deed in batail ; how long be }e 
stille, and 36 brengen not a3en the kyng ? 
And the counseil of al Irael cam to the 
liking. Forsothe kyng Dauid sente to Sa- 
doch and to Abiathar, preestis, seiynge, 
Speke 36 to the more thur3 birth of Juda, 
seiynge, Whi ben 36 comen last to brynge 
a3en the kyng into his hows ? Forsothe 
the word of al Irael is ful comen to the 
kyng, that thei brengen hym a3en into 
his hows. For the kyng seide, Thes 

12 thingis 36 shulen seye to the puple, My 
britheren 36, my boon and my flesh 36 ; 

13 whi last brengen 36 a3en the kyng ? And 
to Amasa seye 3ee, Whether ert thou not 
my boon and my flesh ? Thes thingis God 
do to me, and thes thingis adde, if thou 
were not maister of chiualrye after Joab 

14 before me al tyme. And he bowide the 
herte of alle the men of Juda as of o 
man ; and thei senten to the king, sei- 
ynge, Turn a3en, thou and alle thi ser- 

isuauntis. And the kyng turnede a3en, 
and cam vnto Jordan ; and al Juda cam 
forth into Galgala, that he a3en come to 
the kyng, and thei shulden brynge hym 

16 ouer Jordan. Forsothe Semei, the sone 
of Gera, the sone of Gemyny, of Bahu- 
rym, hi3ede, and cam doun with the men 
of Juda into a3en comynge of kyng Da- 

i;uid, with a thousand men of Beniamyn ; 
and child Ciba of the hows of Saul, and 
his fifteen sonys, and twenti seruantis 
weren with hym ; and brekynge Jordan 

is before the kyng, passeden the forthis, 
that w thei brengen ouer the hows of the 
kyng, and doon after his comaundynge. 
Forsothe Semei, the sone of Gera, fain 
doun before the kyng, whanne now he 

ighadde passid Jordan, seide to hym x , My 



for Absolon. Forsothe 1 Absolon, whom we 10 
anoyntiden on" vs, is deed in batel ; hou 
longe ben 36 stille, 'that is v , fro w Ttnow- 
lechyng of synne, and fro axyng of 
for^yuenesse*, and bryngen not a3en the 
kyng ? And the counsel of al Israel cam 
to the kyng. Forsothe? kyng Dauid sente n 
to Sadoch and to z Abiathar, preestis a , and 
seide, Speke 36 to the grettere men in 
birthe of Juda, and seie 36, Whi camen 36 
the b laste to brynge a3en the kyng in to 
his hows ? Sotheli the word of al Israel 
cam to the kyng, that thei wolden brynge 
hym a3en in to his hows. For the kyng 
seide, 3e schulen seie these thingis to the 
puple, 3e ben my britherent, 3 ben my 
boon and my fleisch ; whi the laste bryngen that thei w ere 

/ of Juda, they 

3e a3ens the kyng ? And seie 36 to Amasa, 13 weren 
Whether thou art not my boon and my his 
fleisch ? God do these thingis to me, and 
adde these thingis d t, if thou schalt not be 
maistir of chyualrye bifore me in al tyme 



t ie ben >ny 
Iritheren ; 
Dauyth sente 
to the men of 
Juda, that 
weren with 
Absolon, that 
they schulden 
he of the tirste 



him more . tha " 

straungens ; 

a "d therfor 

aftir Joab||. And Dauid bowide 8 the herte 1 4 seyuede this, 
of alle men of Juda as of o man ; and thei hem'that they 
seuten to the kn, and seiden, Turne 



thou 



kyng, 
and alle thi 






a3en, an alle thi seruauntis. And 15 7 as red y to 

forjyue. Lire 

the kyng turnede a3en, and cam til to f here. c. 

Jordan ; and al Juda cam til in to Galgala 

to mete the kyng, and lede* hym ouer 

Jordan. Forsothe h Semei, the sone of \e the v? 1 ?"- 

. cioun of Abso- 

Gera, sone 1 of Gemyny, of Bahurym, hast- lon - Lir * * 

ide, and cam doun with the men of Juda n 'aftir Joab ; 

in to the metyng of kyng Dauid, with a 17 hanaftirJoab; 

thousynde men of Beniamyn; and Siba, 

a k child of the hows of Saul, and fiftene 

sones of hym, and twenti seruauntis weren 

with hym ; and thei braken in to Jordan, 

bifor the kyng, and passide 1 the forthis m ,i8 Signefiethfor: 

that thei schulden lede ouer the hows of 

the kyng, and schulden 11 do bi the co- 

rnaundement of the kyng. SotheliP Se- 

mei, the sone of Gera, knelide bifor the 

king, whanne he hadde passid now Jor- 



Joab, for the 
Ebreu word 
here, is set 
sum tyme for 
vndur, and 
sum tyme it 



w that and A. * the kyng A. 



and the same 
sentence is, for 
Dauyth pur. 
poside not to 
remoue Joab 
fro his office, 
but that Amasa 
schulde fille 
his while in 
tyme and 
places where it 
semyde spede- 
ful. Lire here. 
c. 



i Certis i 



P Cert 



upon i. Om DKMBX,. 
\th -ir) 



w in K . Om . K s. * Gloss omitted in I. y And i. * On, c 
01 ' """MetoAHKi. vnto i. * to lede i. -But": 
f rdis IKR " fordes L - " Ora ' DIKMX ?' heest i. 






XIX. 2C 



-28. 



II. KINGS. 



141 



lord, ne wiyt thou to me the wickidnes, 
ne haue thou mynde of the wrongis of 
thi seruaunt in the dai, the which thou 
wentist out, my lord kyng, fro Jerusa- 
lem, ne set thou, kyng, in thin herte ; 

20 forsothe I thi seruaunt knowe my synne ; 
and therfor to dai first I cam of al the 
hows of Joseph, and cam doun into a3en- 

21 comynge of my lord the kyng. Forsothe 
answerynge Abisai, the sone of Saruye, 
seide, Whether for thes wordis Semei 
shal not be slayn, that curside to the 

22crist of the Lord? And Dauid seith, 
What to me and to 3ou, 30 sonys of Sa- 
ruye ? Whi ben 36 maad to me to day 
into Sathan ? Thanne whether to dai 
shal not be slayn a man in Irael ? Whe- 
ther I knowe not me to day maad kyng 

23 vpon Irael ? And the kyng seith to Se- 
mei, Thou shalt not die ; and he swore 

24 to hym. Forsothe Myphibosech, the sone 
of Jonathan, the sone of Saul, cam doun 
into they a3encomynge of the kyng, the 
feet vnwasshen, and the beerd vnshauen. 
And his clothis he hadde not washen, fro 
the day that the kyng wente out vnto 
the day of his turnynge a3en in pees. 

25 And whanne he hadde a$en comen to the 
kyng, the kyng seide to hym, Whi cam 

26 thou not with me, Myphibosech ? And 
answerynge he seith, My lord kyng, my 
seruaunt dispiside me ; and I thi ser- 
uaunt seide to hym, that he shulde make 
to me redi an asse, and stiynge vp I my3te 
goo with the kyng; forsothe I thi ser- 

27 uaunt am halt. Also and he accuside me, 
thi seruaunt, to thee, my lord kyng ; for- 
sothe thou, my lord kyng, ert as the 
aungel of God ; do that is plesynge to 

28 thee. Forsothe ne the hows of mi fader 
was but gilti to the deth to my lord 
kyng ; forsothe thou puttist me thi ser- 
uaunt among thi meetfelawis of thi bord ; 
what thanne haue I of ry3twise playnt, 
or what may I more be spoken of to the 



dan, and seide to the kyng, My lord the<U9 

kyng, arette thou not wickidnesse to me, 

nether haue thou mynde of the wrongis of 

thi seruaunt in the dai, in which thou, my 

lord thei kyng, 3edist out of Jerusalem, 

nether sette thou, kyng, in r thin herte; 

for Y thi seruaunt knoleche my synne ; 20 

and therfor to dai Y cam the firste of al 

the hows of Joseph, and Y cam doun in 

to the meetyng of my lord the 8 kyng. 

Forsothe 1 Abisai, the sone of Saruye, an- 21 

sweride and seide, Whether Semei, that 

curside the crist of the Lord, schal not be 

slayn for these wordis ? And Dauid seide, 22 

What is to me and to 3ou, 30" sones of 

Saruye ? Whi ben 36 maad to me to dai 

in to Sathanf? Therfor whether a man 1-mioSatfum; 

schal be slayn to dai in Israel ? Whether sarie. c. 

Y knowe not me maad kyng to dai on v 

Israel? And the kyng seide to Semey,23 

Thou schalt not diej ; and the kyng swoor j thou 

to hym. Also Myphibosech, sone w of Jo- M 

nathas, sone w of Saul [I, cam doun with suffridSemey 

to be slayn 

vnwaischun feet, and with berd x vnclip- anoon, othere 

men that weren 

pid, in to the comyng of the kyng. And with Absoion 

Mysphibosech hadde not waische hise 

clothis, fro the dai in which the kyng 

3ede out of Jerusalem til to the dai of his * hei that had - 

den not come 

turnyngy a3en in pees. And whanne at 25 3't> woiden 
Jerusalem he hadde come to the kyng, and in hap 
the kyng seide to him, Myphibosech, whi Ta 



earnest thou not 2 with me? And he an- 26 * hanne> wolden 

haue go awey 

sweride and seide, My lord the a kyng, my pnueiy;ando 

* J J thesleyngof 

seruaunt dispiside me ; and Y thi seruaunt Semey myjte 
seide to hym, that he schulde sadle b the c S io"n *f greet 



asse to me, and Y schulde stie d , and Y 

schulde 6 go with the king ; for f Y thi ser- y uel a 3 enus . 

Dauyth. Ltre 

uaunt am crokids. More ouer and he 27 here, c 

\\saneofSaul; 

accuside me, thi seruaunt, to thee, my 
lord the h kyng; forsothe' thou, my lord 
'the kyng k , art as the aungel of God ; do 
thou that, that is plesaunt to thee. For 

. and cure bokis 

the hows of my fadir was not no but amendid, han 

.,,.,,, i i ii i not so. Lire 

gilti of" deeth to my lord the kyng; so- fore. c. 
theli thou hast set me thi seruaunt among 



y Om. BCEFH. 



1 Om. i. r tho wrongis in i. s Om. I. * And i. u the I. v in BC. upon i. w the sone i, * his 
herd i. y comyng i. z not forth i. Om. i. haue sadlid i. c an i. d haue stied up i. haue i. 
{ Om. i. g halt i. h Om. i. ' but i. k Om. i. 1 Certis ne ther i. m Om. i. n to i. and i. 



142 



II. KINGS. 



XIX. 29 40. 



39 kyng ? Forsothe the kyng seith to hym, 
What more shall thou speke? stedefast 
it is that I haue spoken ; thou and Siba, 

sodyuyde 36 possessiouns. And Myphibo- 
sech answerde to the kyng, Also al take 
he, aftir that ray lord the kyng is turned 

3ia3en pesibli z into his hows. Forsothe 
Berzellay Galadite, a a ful olde man, com- 
ynge down fro Rogelym, ladde the kyng 
ouer Jordan, redi also for to folwe hym 

sabijonde the flood. Forsothe Berzellai 
Galadite was ful ooolde, that is, of four- 
score 3eer, and he 3af food to the kyng, 
whanne he dwellid in the defensable 
placis ; forsothe he was a ful mych riche 

33 man. And so the kyng seide to Berzellai, 
Come with me, that thou reste sikir with 

34 me in Jerusalem. And Berzellai seith to 
the kyng, How feele ben the dayes of the 
3eeris of my lijf, that I stye vp with the 

as kyng to Jerusalem ? Of foure scoore 3eer 
I am to dai ; whether my wittis thryuen 
to deme swote or bittir, or meet and 
drynk may delite thi seruaunt, or I may 
here forthermore the vois of men syngers 
and of wymmen syngers ? Whi thi ser- 
uaunt be to charge to my lord kyng? 

36 A litil I shal goo forth thi seruaunt fro 
Jordan with thee, ne I nede this while 

373eeldynge; but I biseche, that I turne 
a3en thi seruaunt, and die in my citee, 
and be biried bisyde the sepulcre of my 
fader and of my moder ; forsothe .there 
is thi seruaunt Chamaan; he go with 
thee, my lord kyng, and do to hym that 

38semeth to thee good. And so the kyng 
seide to hym, Chamaan goo with me; 
and I shal doo to hym what euer thing 
shal pleese to thee, and al that thou 

:iaskist of me, thou shalt geete. And 
whanne al the puple, and the kyng was 
passid ouer Jordan, he resteiede b ; and 
the king kisside Berzellai, and blesside 
to hym ; and he turnede a3en into his 

40 place. Thanne the kyng wente into Gal- 

z pesibleli E. a Qm. E pr, 



the gestis of thi boordP; what therfor t thou and 

_.. Citia, departe 

haue Y of lust pleynt, ether what may Y 
more crye to the kyng? Sothelii the 20 
kyng seide to hym, What spekist thou 
more ? that that Y haue spoke is stide- 

the half of the 

fast; thou and Siba depart possessyouns r j. erftage of M y - 
And Myphibosech answeride to the kyng, sowherfor' the 
3he, take he alle thingis, aftir that my delarti/Stir- 
lord the 8 kyng turnede' a}en pesibli in ward > '" * he 

* tyme of Ro- 

to his hows. Also Berzellai of Galaad,3i boam soneof 

- , , , _ his sone, as it 

a ful eld man, cam doun fro Rogelym, was i 

and ledde the kyng ouer Jordan, redi also 

to sue hym ouer u the flood. Forsothe w 32 Hereit is , to 

* perseyue, hou 

Berzellai of Galaad was ful eld, that is, of m y che flater - 

eris and bac- 

foure score 3eer, and he 3af metis to the biteris ben 
kyng, whanne the kyng dwellyde in cas- princraffor 
tels ; for Berzellai was a ful riche man. d^ iujt> 
Therfor x the kyng seide to Berzellai, 33 w . as takun and 

disseyued hi 

Come thou with me, that thou reste si- the wordis of 

.... . , T . A -i -n Ciba, flaterere 

kirh with me in Jerusalem. And Ber- 34 and hacbitere, 
zellai seide to the kyng, Hou manye ben 
the daiesj of 3eeres of my lijf, that Y 



ethir bittir, ether mete z and drynk may 
delite thi seruaunt, ether may Y here 
more the vois of syngeris ether of syng- 



my lord the a kyng? Y thi seruaunt schahobuThe 

go forth a litil fro Jordan with thee, Y the worste ser " 

uaunt euene 

haue no nede to this 3eldyng ; but Y bi- 37 with his lord > 

, , . . and netheles 

seche b , that Y thi seruaunt turne a3en, he O u 3 te to 

and die in my citee, and be biried bisidis thUke s? ed 
the sepulcre of my fadir and of my modir ; 
forsothe Chamaam is d thi seruaunt, my 
lord the 6 kyng, go he with thee, and do 

thou to hym that that semeth good to S2!T J 
thee. Therfor the kyng seide to hym ee , 33 l^a^'da "es 

Chamaam passe f with me; and Y schal etc - ' as if he ' 

seyde, it is 

do to hym what euer thing plesith thee, tyme that Y 

i , i IT, thenke of deth, 

and thou schalt gete al thing, whichs thou not of onours 
axist of me. And whanne al the puple 39 r th f g 1f a 
and the kyng hadden passid Jordan, the n 3 u t s h a[ de 
kyng abood; and 'the kyng h kisside Ber- preessen forth 

hem silf to the 
Courtis of grete 
men. Lire 
m. o restejede CE. restide E. here. c. 



with the kyng in to Jerusalem ? Y am 35 lord > in 1 

absence of My- 

of foure score 3eer to dai ; whether my phibosech, and 

.... i .1 T , , . while he herde 

wittis ben quike to deme swete thing not ; and that 

is worse, aftir 
that he herde 
Myphibosech, 
verily excus- 
inge him silf, 
i 1ITI- ii_ ^ e withdrew 

sters f Whi is thi seruaunt to charge to not al his 



uaunt, for the 
fals accusing 
of his lord of 
tresoun ajenus 
the kingis 



' 0m.i. Ms turned i. u b i 3 ondei. - And i. x And 
c butl . d0ra ., e 0m . r . ee B a, 



XIX. 4i XX. 3- 



II. KINGS. 



143 



galan, and Chamaan with hym. Forsothe 
al the puple of Juda broii3te ouer the 
kyrig, and of the puple of Irael oonli the 

41 half parti was at. And so alle the men 
of Irael rennynge to the kyng, seiden to 
hym, Whi oure britheren, the men of 
Juda, han stoln thee, and han brou3t ouer 
Jordan the kyng and his hows, and alle 

42 the men of Dauid with hym ? And alle 
the men of Juda answerden to the men 
of Irael, For to me nerre is the kyng; 
whi wraththist thou vpon this thing? 
Whether we han eten eny thing of the 

43 kyng, or 3iftis to vs ben 3euen? And the 
man of Irael answerde to the men of 
Juda, and seith, Bi ten parties more I 
am anentis the kyng, and more to me 
perteneth Dauid than to thee ; whi hast 
thou doo to me wronge, and it is not 
toold to me former, that I brynge a3en 
my kyng? Forsothe harder answerden the 
men of Juda than the men of Irael. 



CAP. XX. 

i It felle forsothe, that there was a man 
of Belial, Syba bi name, the sone of 
Botry, a 'man of Gemyny c ; and he songe 
with a trumpe, and seith, There is not 
to vs paart in Dauid, ne heritage in the 
sone of Isay; turn a3en into thi taber- 

2naclis d , Irael. And al Irael ys seuered 
fro Dauid, and folwide Ciba, the sone of 
Botri ; the men forsothe of Juda cleueden 
to her kyng, fro Jordan vnto Jerusalem. 

3 And whanne the kyng was comen into 
his hows into Jerusalem, he took the 
wymmen, and his ten secoundarie wyues, 
the whiche he hadde laft to the hows to 
be kept, and he took hem into waard, 
3yuynge foodis to hem ; and he wente not 
into hem, but thei weren closid vnto the 
dai of her 6 deth, lyuynge in widewheed. 



zellai, and blesside hym ; and he turnede 
a3en in to his place. Therfor 1 the kyng4o 
passide k in to Galgala, and Chamaam with 
hym. Sotheli 1 al the puple of Juda hadde 
ledde the kyng ouer, and the half part 
oneli of the puple of Israel was present. 
Therfor alle the men of Israel camen to- 41 
gidere to the king, and seiden to hym, 
Whi han oure britheren, the men of Juda, 
stole thee, and han led m the kyng and his 
hows ouer Jordan, and alle the men of 
Dauid with hym? And ech man of Juda 42 
answeride to the men of Israel, For the 
kyng is neer to me ; whi art thou wrooth 
on" this thing ? Whether we han ete ony 
thing of the kyng, ether 3iftis ben 3ouun 
to vs ? And a man of Israel answeride to 43 
the men of Juda, and seide, Y am grettere 
bi ten partis at the kyng, and Dauith 
perteyneth more to me than to thee ; whi 
hast thou do wrong to me, and 'it was? not 
teld^ to 'me the formere', that Y schulde 
brynge a3en my kyng? Forsothe 8 the 
men of Juda answeryden hardere to the 
men of Israel. 

CAP. XX. 

Also it bifelde, that a man of Belial 1 
was there, Siba bi name, the sone of 
Bothri, a man of the generacioun of Ge- 
myny; and he sownede with a clarioun*, 
and seide, No part is to vs in Dauid, 
nether eritage in the sone of Ysai ; thou, 
Israel, turne a3en in to thi tabernaclis. 
And al Israel was departid fro Dauiclf, 2 
and suede Siba, the sone of Bothri ; for- 
sothe 11 the men of Juda cleuyden to her 
kyng, fro Jordan 'til to w Jerusalem. And 3 
whanne the kyng hadde come in to his 
hows in Jerusalem, he took ten wymmen, 
hise secundarie wyues, whiche he hadde 
left to kepe the* hous, and he bitookr hem 
in to keping, and 3af mete to hem ; and he z 
entride not to hem ; but thei weren closid 
'til to a the dai of her deeth, and lyueden 



t and Jsrael 
teas departid 
fro Dauyth ; 
at a tyme that 
Dauyth were 
punyschid so; 
Cor tresoun 
ajenus Urie, 
and that Siba 
schulde be 
slayn for his 
malice. Lire 
here. c. 



c double man E pr. m. <1 tabernacle A. e his E pr. m. 



1 Thanne i. k passide forth i. l And i. m led forth i. 
1 schewid i. r me that I am formere i. 8 And i. * trumpe i. 
z Dauid i. a vnto i. 



n upon i. to i. P whi was it i. 
" and i. w vnto i. * his i. y took A. 



144 



II. KINGS. 



XX. 4 i 



4 Forsothe the kyng seide to Amase, Cleep 
to me alle the men of Juda into the 
thridde dai, and thou be to present. 

Thanne Amasa wente for to clepe Juda ; 
and he dwelte out of the couenaunt f tyme 

e that the kyng ordeynde to hym. For- 
sothe Dauid seith to Abisai, Now more 
Siba, the sone of Botri, is to tourment vs 
than Absolon ; tak therfor the seruauntys 
of thi lord, and pursue hym, lest perauen- 
ture he fynde the citee strengthid, and 

7 flee awey fro vs. Thanne wente out 
with hym the men of Joab, Cerethi for- 
sothe and Pherethi, and alle the stroonge 
men wenten out of Jerusalem to pursue 

8 Siba, the sone of Botri. And whanne 
thei weren biside the greet stoon, that is 
in Gabaon, Amasa comynge a3en cam to 
hem ; forsothe Joab was clothid with a 
strait coote at the mesure of his shap, 
and there aboue gird with a knyif hong- 
ynge vnto the reyn gottys in the sheethe, 
the which forgid with Ii3t meuynge myjt 

9 goon out, and smyte. And so Joab seide 
to Amasan, Heyl, my brother ! And he 
heelde with the ri3t hoond the chyn of 

10 Amase, as kyssynge hym. Forsothe Ama- 
sa weytide not wel the knyif that Joab 
hadde, the which smoot hym in the side, 
and shedde out the gottis of hym into 
the erthe, and is deed ; ne the secounde 
wounde he putte to. Forsothe Joab and 
Abisay, his brother, pursueden Siba, the 

u sone of Botry. There among sum men of 
the children of Dauid, whanne thei had- 
den 'seen and ff stonden biside the careyn 
of Amase, of the felawis of Joab, seiden, 
Loo ! that wolde be for Joab, leder of 

12 Dauid. Forsothe Amasa spreynds with 
blood laye in the myddil weye. That 
saw3 a man, that al the puple stood stille 
to seen hym, and meuede a wey Amasa 
fro the weye into the feelde, and couerde 
hym with a clooth, lest the goers shulden 



in widewehed. Forsothe b Dauid seide to 4 
Amasa, Clepe thou togidere to me alle 
the men of Juda in to the thridde dai, and 
be thou present. Therfor Amasa 3ede c , & 
that he clepe to gidere the puple of Ju- 
da ; and he dwellide oner the couenaunt d , 
which 6 the kyng hadde set to hym. So- 6 
theli f Dauid seide to Abisai, Now Siba, 
the sone of Botri, schal turmente vs more 
than Absolon dide% ; therfor take h the ser- 
uauntis of' thi lord, and pursue hym, lest 
in hap he fynde strengthid citees, and 
ascape vs. Therfor the men of Joab? 
3eden k t out with Abisai, and Cerethi and 
Ferethi 1 , and alle stronge" 1 men 3eden out 
of Jerusalem to pursue Siba, the sone of 
Bochry. And whanne thei weren bisidiss 
the greet stoon, which" is in Gabaon, 
Amasa cam, and ran to hem ; forsothe 
Joab was clothid with a streit coote at 
the mesure of his abit?, and wasi gird 
aboue with a swerd, Aether dagger*, hang- 
ynge doun'til to s the* entrayls in a schethe, 
'which swerd u maad 'craftily my3te go 
out v :j: bi Ii3t touchyng, and smyte w . Ther- 
for x Joab seide to Amasa, Heil, my bro-9 
ther ! And he? helde with the z ri3t hond 
the chyn of Amasa, as kissinge him. For- 10 
sothe a Amasa took not b kepe of c the 
swerd d , 'which swerd 6 Joab hadde, and 
Joab smoot Amasa in the side, and schedde 
out his entrailis in to the erthe, and Ama- 
sa was deed ; and Joab addide not 'the se- 
counde f wounde. Forsothe^ Joab and Abi- 
sai, his brother, pursueden Siba, the sone 
of Bochri. In the meene tyme whanne u 
'sum meri b of the children of Dauid, of the 
felowis of Joab, hadden 1 stonde bisidis the 
deed bodi of Amasa, thei seideu, Lo ! he 
that wolde k be the felowe of Dauid for 
Joab. Forsothe 1 Amasa was bispreyntia 
with blood, and lay in the myddil of the 
weie. Sum man si3 this, that al the pu- 
ple abood to se Amasa, and he remouyde 



) men of Joab 
)eden, etc. ; 
that is, that 
weren wont to 
go out with 
Joab, and 
obeye to him. 
Lire here. c. 



: mtfjte go out ; 
in Ebreu it is, 
and it jede out, 
and feldedoun; 
Raby Salomon 
seith, that Joab 
disposide so of 
purpos, that it 
felde doun to 
the erthe fro 
the schethe, 
that Amasa 
schulde bileue 
so, that Joab 
reisede the 
swerd fro erthe 
to putte ajen 
in the schethe, 
and not to 
smyte him ; 
therfor it sueth, 
forsothe Amasa 
kepte not the 
swerd, that is, 
kepte not him 
silf, for smyt- 
ing of the 
swerd. Lire 
here. c. 



f plesid E pr. m. couenauntid CE sec. m. Om. E pr. m. e sprengd CE. 



b And i 
P schap i. 



c jede forth i. d couenaunt tyme i. e t h a t i. 
wenten i. 1 arblasters and archers i marg. 

q he was i. r Om. IKX. s V nto i. t his i. 



todraweouti. w to smyte i. * And so i. y Joab i. * his i. a And i. 
that i. to an other i. g And i. b. summe L . i hadde k wo ld e haue i. 



f And i. g Om. i. h take thou i. i of 
m t h e stronge c. n that i. o and i. 
" and it was i. which swerd ether dagger K. 



no i. 
1 And i. 



to i. d knyif i. 

A i. 



XX. 13 22. 



II. KINGS. 



145 



is abide stille for hym. Thanne hym ineued 
fro the weie, eche man folowynge Joab 
wente to pursue Siba, the sone of Botri. 

u But he passide thur3 out alle the lynagis 
of Yrael vnto Hebelam, and into Beth- 
macha; and alle the chosen men weren 

logedrid to hym. And so thei caraen, and 
setten a3ens hym in Habela, and in Beth- 
macha. and enuyrounden the citee with 
strengthis ; and the citee is bisegid. For- 
sothe al the puple, that was with Joab, 

leenforside to destrie the wallis. And a 
wyse womman criede out fro the citee, 
Herith ! herith ! seith h to Joab, Nei3 

i/hidir, and I shal speke with thee. The 
whych whanne he hadde neijid to hire, 
she seide to hym, Thou ert Joab ? And 
he answerde, I. To whom thus she 
spake, Here the wordis of thin hoond 
womman. The which answerde, I here. 

is And eft she, A word, she seith, was seide 
in olde prouerbe, Who' aske, asken thei 

19 in Habela ; and so thei profiteden k . Whe- 
ther I am not, the which answere the 
trewthe of Yrael ? and thou sechist to 
turne rpsedoun the citee, and to doon 
awey the moder of citees in Irael ? whi 
berist thou doun the herytage of the 

20 Lord ? And Joab answerynge seith, 
A weie be, a weie be this fro me ; I here 

21 not doun, ne destrie. Not so the thing 
hath hym ; but a man of the hil of Ef- 
fraym, bi name Siba, the sone of Botri, 
reride his hoond a3ens kyng Dauid ; 
takith hym alone, and we shulen goo 
awey fro the citee. And the womman 
seith to Joab, Loo ! his heed shal be sente 

22 to thee bi the walle. Thanne she wente 
into al the puple, and spak to hem wiseli ; 
the which the gird of heed of Siba, the 
sone of Botri, casten forth to Joab. And 
he songe with the trompe, and thei 
wenten awey fro the citee, echon into her 
tabernaclis ; forsothe Joab turnyde 



Amasa fro the weie in to the feeld, and 
he bilide Amasa with a cloth, lest men 
passynge schulden abide for hym. Therfor is 
whanne he was remouyd fro n the weie, 
ech man passide suynge Joab to pursue 
Siba, the sone of Bochri. ForsotheP Siba u 
hadde passide bi alle the lynagisf of Israel t 
til in to Habela, and in to Bethinacha ; and 



alle chosuni men weren gaderid to hym. him *af king. 

Therfor thei r camen, and fou3ten a5ensi5 iir *** f *' c 

hym s in Habela, and in Bethmacha, and 

cumpassiden the citee with strengthingis ; 

and the citee was bisegid. Sotheli* al the 

cumpany, that was with Joab, enforside 

to distrie the wallis. And a wijs wom-ie 

man of the citee criede an hi5, Here 5e ! 

here 36 ! seie 36 to Joab, Nei5e thou hidur, 

and Y schal speke with thee. And whanne 17 

he hadde nei5ed to hir, sche seide to hym, 

Art thou Joab ? And he answeride, Y am. 

To whom sche spak thus, Here thou the 

wordis T of thin handmayde. Which"" Joab 

answeride, Y here. And eft sche seide. is 

A word was seid in eld prouerbe, Thei 

that axen, axe in Habela ; and so thei pro- 

fitiden. Whethir Y amf not, that answere 19 1 * rum; 

treuthe to Israel ? and sekist thou to dis- qjekJtTu^the 

trie a citee, and to distrie 1 a modir citee %* 

in Israel J? whi castidist r thou doun the h ^ Thildtee 

eritage of the Lord ? And Joab answeride, 20 mithe and 

and seide, Fer be 1 , fer be this fro me; Y king; and ther- 

"caste not doun*, nether Y distrye b . The 21 j^ 1 ^^ 

thing hath not so it silf ; but a man of ".*> of pe- 

the hil of Effraym, Siba, sone c of Bochri, 

bi surname, reiside his bond a3ens kyng 

Dauid ; bitake 36 him aloone d , and we 

schulen go awei fro the citee. And the 



that is, oon of 
the noumbre of 
citees pesiMe 
and trewe to 
the kyng. Lire 

hfrt. C. 



woraman seide to Joab, Lo ! his heed schal '*. ** 

ech atee is mo- 

be sent to thee bi the wal. Therfor 6 the 22 ah- of the P u- 
womman entride f to al the puple, and sche 



spak to hem wiseli ; whiche& 'castiden forth h 
to Joab the heed of Siba, sone' of Bochri, 
gird of. And Joab sownede with a trumpe, 
and thei departiden fro the citee, ech man 



h she seith A. i Whoso e pr. m. k wentyn forth E. 

for BC. passide forth i. P Certis i. 1 the chosun i. r the oost of Joab i marg. s Siba i. 
* And i. n on K. a EL. T word CE. " w Om. i. * do awey i. y throwist i. * be this fro me i. 
destrie not the citee i. b waste it i. e the sone i. d aloone to us i. e Thanne i. f wente yn i. 
S and thei i. h threwen i. ' the sone i. 

VOL. U. U 



nunchid there. 
In som bckis 
it is set in, / 
citfffj bat it is 
not of the text ; 
for nether h i 
in Ebrea, ne- 
ther in bokif 
amendid. Utft 
hfre. c. 



146 



II. KINGS. 



XX. 23 XXI. 6. 



23 to Jerusalem to the kyiig. Thanne Joab 
was vpon al the oost of Irael ; forsothe 
Bananyas, the sone of Joiade, vpon Cere- 

24 theis and Pheretheis ; Adhuram forsothe 
vpou the tributis ; but Josaphat, the 

2,-. sone of Achilud, the chaunselere ; Siba 
forsothe a scribe; forsothe Sadoch and 

20 Abiathar prestis ; forsothe Hira Hiracte 
was the preest of Dauid. 



CAP. XXI. 

i Forsothe there is doon hungre in the 
dais of Dauid, thre 3eer contynueli. And 
Dauid counseilde the heuenli answere of 
the Lord ; and the Lord seide, For Saul, 
and the hows of hym, and the blood, for 

2 he slew3 Gabanytes. Thanne theGaban- 
ytis clepid, the kyng seide to hem ; for- 
sothe Gabanytis ben not of the sonys of 
Irael, but the relikis of Ammoreis ; for- 
sothe the sonys of Yrael hadden sworn 
to hem, that thei shulen not slee hem, 
and Saul wolde smyte hem bi enuye, 
as for the sonys of Irael and of Juda ; 

3 thanne Dauid seide to Gabanitis, What 
shal I doo to 3ou, and what shal be 3oure 
amendys, that 36 blissen to the heritage 

4 of the Lord ? And Gabanytis seiden to 
hym, There is no questioun to vs vpon 
gold and siluer, but a3ens Saul, and the 
hows of hym ; and we wolen not, that 
there be slayn a man of Irael. To whom 
the kyng seith, What thanne wolen 30, 

5 that I doo to 3ow? The whiche seiden to 
the kyng, The man that hath defowlid 
vs, and oppressid wickidli, so we owen 
to doon awey, ne oon forsothe be laft of 
the lynage of hym in alle the coostis of 

e Yrael. Be there 3ouun to vs seuen men 
of the sonys of hem, that we crucifien 
hem to the Lord in Gabaa of Saul, sum- 



in to hise tabernaclis ; forsothe k Joab 
turnede a3en to Jerusalem to the kyng. 
Therfor 1 Joab was on al the oost of Is- 23 
rael ; forsothe 11 Benanye, sone of Joiada, 
was on? Cerethii and Ferethi r ; forsothe 8 24 
Adhuram was on 1 tributis u ; forsothe v Jo- 
saphat, sone w of Achilud, was chaunceler ; 
forsothe x Siba was scryueyn; forsothe * 25 
Sadoch and Abiathar weren preestist ; 
forsothe 2 Hira of Hiarith was preest a of 26 
Dauid. 

CAP. XXI. 

Also b hungur was maad in the lond of\ 
Israel in the dales of DauidJ, bi thre 3eer 
contynueli. And Dauid counselide the an- 
swere of the Lord c ; and the Lord seide, 
For d Saul, and his 6 hows, and blood f , for he 
killide men* of Gabaon. Therfor whanne 2 
Gabaonytis h weren clepid, the kyng seide 
to hem ; sotheli Gabaonytis 1 ben not of the 
sones of Israel, but k thei ben the relikys 1 
of Ammorreis m ; and the sones of Israel 
hadden swore to hem, ^that is n , that thei 
schulden not *be slayn, and Saul wolde 
smyte hem for feruent loue, as for the 
sones of Israel and of Juda ; therfor Da- 3 
uid seide to GabaonytisP, What schal Y do 
to 3ou, and what schal be 3oure amendis, 
that 3e blesse the eritage of the Lord? 
Andi Gabaonytis seiden to hym, No ques-4 
tioun is to vs on r gold and siluer, but 
a3ens Saul, and a3ens his hows ; nether 3 we 
wolen, that a man of Israel be slayn. To 
whiche* the kyng seide, What therfor 
wolen 36, that Y do to 3ou ? Whiche" 5 
seiden to the king, We owen v to do awei 
so w the man, that "al to brak x ethir? de- 
foulide* vs a , and oppresside b wickidli, that 
not oon sotheli be residue of his genera- 
cioun in alle the coostis of Israel. Seuene 6 
men of hise sones be 3ouun to vs, that we 
'crucifie hem d to the Lord|| in Gabaa of 



k and i. 1 And so i. 
arblasters i. s an( i lm 
z and i. " the preest i. 
d it is for i. e f or his i. 
k Om. i. 1 leeuyngis I. 
r upon i. s and nethir K. 



) prestis of 
Dattylh; that 
is, a greet man 
among iugis 
and princes 
.mentis Da- 
uyth. Lire 
here. c. 



* in the dates 
ofDauyth; 
for he was 
necligent t<> 
punysche the 
opyn synne of 
Saul, that kill- 
ide Gabaonytis 
for couetise of 
her eritage, 
ajenus the ooth 
of Josue, and 
of the princes 
of Israel. Lire 
here. c. 



that they 
schulden not lie 
slayn; summe 
bokis han here, 
that they 
schulden not 
punysche ether 
not sle hem, 
but this is not 
in Ebreu, ne- 
ther in bokis 
ameadid, ne- 
theles it is 
vndurstondun ; 
wherfor sum 
man settide it 
first bi the 
maner of a 
glos, and aftir- 
ward it was 
set in the text 
bi the ignor- 
aunce of wri- 
teres. Lire 
here. c. 



II to the Lord; 
that is, to the 
declaring of 
Goddis ri3tful- 
nesse. Lire 
here. 



q scheeters i. 
an( j 



up 



m upon i. n and i. the sone i. P upon i. 
U p on L u tne tr iij ut i s r v an( j r . w tne sone . _ _ 

b And c. c that is, axide counsel of the Lord in the answering place K marg. 
f for blood i. g the men i. h men o f Gabony i. * men of Gabony i. 
Ammorey i. n Qm. ci. sle hem i. P the men of Gabonye i. q Om. c. 
t w hom i. u And thei i. v owen so It w Om. i. * Om. i. y Om. ci. 



. . . t 

Om. c. a Om. i. l> oppresside us i. c left i. d do hem on crosse i. 



XXI. 7 '4- 



II. KINGS. 



147 



tyme the chosen of the Lord. Arid the 
7kyng seith, I shal 3eue. And the kyng 
sparide to Myphibosech, the sone of 
Jonathan, the sone of Saul, for the ooth 
of the Lord, that was betwix Dauid and 

8 Jonathan, the sone of Saul. And so the 
kyng took two sonys of Respha, the 
dow3ter of Ahia, whom she bare to Saul, 
Armoony, and Myphibosech ; and x of 
Mychol fyue sones, of the 1 dorter of 
Saul, whom she gat to Adriel, the sone 

9 of Berzellay, that was of Demolati. And 
he 3af hem into the hoondis of Gaban- 
ytis, the which crucifieden hem in the 
hil before the Lord ; and thes seuen 
slayn togidir fellen in the dais of the 
fyrst rijp, begynnynge the repynge of 

lobarli. Forsothe takynge Respha, the 
dou3ter of Ahia, spradde abrood an 
heyre to hire on a stoon, fro the bigyn- 
nynge of the ryp to the tyme that watir 
droppide vpon hem fro heuene ; and she 
suffride not breddis to teren hem bi the 

11 day, ne beestis m bi the ny3t. And these 
tbingis ben toold to Dauid, the whiche 
dide Respha, the dorter of Ahia, the 

i2secoundarye wijf of Saul. And Dauid 
3ede, and took the boonus of Saul, and 
the boonus of Jonathan, his sone, of" the 
men of Jabes Galaad ; 'the which hadden 
stoln hem fro the streete of Bethsan, in 
the which Philisteis hadden hongid hem, 

13 whanne thei slewen Saul in Gelboe. And 
bare a wey thens the boonus of Saul, 
and the boonus of Jonathan, his sone ; 
and thei gederynge togidir the boonus of 
hem that weren pi3ti>, birieden hem with 
the boonus of Saul and Jonathan, his 
sone, in the loond of Beniamyn, in the 
side in the sepulcre of Cys, his fader. 

u And thei diden alle thingis, that the 
kyng comaundide ; and the Lord dide 
mercy a3en to the loond after thes 



Saul, sum tyme the chosun man of the 
Lord. And the kyng seide, Y schal 3yue. 
And the kyng sparide Myphibosech, sone f 7 
of Jonathas, sone f of Saul, for the ooth of 
the Lord, that was bitwixe Dauid and bi- 
twixes Jonathas, sone h of Saul. Therfor'n 
the kyng took twei sones of Respha, dou3- 
terJ of Ahira, whiche sche childide to Saul, 
Armony, and Mysphibosech ; and he took 
fyue sonesf of Mychol, dorter k of Saul, 
whiche sche gendride to Adriel, sone 1 of 
Berzellai, that was of Molaty. And he m o 
3af hem in to the hondis of Gabaonytis", 
whiche crucifiedenP tho sonesi in r the 3 hil 
bifor the Lord ; and these seuene felden 1 
slayn togidere in the daies of the firste 
rep 11 , whanne the repyng of barli bigan. 
Forsothe Respha, dou3tir v of Ahia, took w 10 
an heire, and 'araiede to hir silf a place 
aboue the x stoon, fro the bigynnyng of 
heruest til^ watir droppide 'on hem z fro 
heuene ; and sche suffride not briddis to 
tere hem bi dai, nether beestis bi ny3t. And n 
tho thingis whiche Respha, secoundarie" 
wijf of Saul, dou3tir b of Ahia, hadde do, 
weren teld to Dauid. And Dauid 3ede, and 12 
took the boonys of Saul, and the boonys 
of Jonathas, his sone, of c the men of Jabes 
of Galaad ; that d hadden stole tho boonys 
fro the street of Bethsan, in which street 6 
the f Filisteis hadden hangid hem, whanne 
thei hadden slayns Saul in Gelboe. And 13 
Dauid bar out fro thennus the boonys of 
Saul, and the boonys of Jonathas, his sone ; 
and thei gaderiden 11 the boonys of hem 
that weren crucified, and birieden 1 tho 
with the boonys of Saul and of Jonathas, 
his sone, in the lond of Beniamyn, in the 
side of the sepulcre of Cys, fadir k of Saul. 
And thei diden al thingis, what eueru 
thingis 1 the kyng comaundide 1 " ; and the 
Lord dide mercy to the lond aftir these 
thingis. Forsothe batel of Filisteis n was is 



f fyue sones ; 
these weren the 
kyndly gone* 
of Merob, sister 
of Mychol, 
but Mychol 
nurschide hem, 
and purchasidc 
in to sones ai- 
tirward, foi 
sche hadde no 
kyndly sones ; 
therfor thei ben 
seid hir sones, 
and by this, 
sche is seid i > 
haue gendrid 
to Adriel, not 
for sche was 
his wiyf, but 
for Merob, hir 
sister, was his 
wiyf. Lire 
here. c. 



1 the fiue sones of Michol, the E pr. m. 
to E pr. m. 



m the beestis A. n fro BCEFW. that c pr. m. P pijt 



e jyue hem to jou i- f the sone i. eOm. i. n the sone i. Andsoi. J the dorter ci. k the doujter i. 
1 the sone i. m Dauid i. n the men of Gabonye i. and thei i. P diden i. 1 seuen sones i. r upon 
crosse in i. s an i. t fellen doun i. u ripp i. v the doujtir i. w took to hir i. x leide it vndir hir 
upon a i. y til that i. z Om. i. a the secoundarie i. b the doujtir i. c fro i. d whiche i. Om. i. 
f Om. EI. g slawe i. h gaderiden to gidre i. ' thei birieden i. k the fadir i. ' Om. i. m comaundide 
hem i. n t ne Philistees i. 

U 2 



148 



II. KINGS. 



XXI. 15 XXII. 3. 



i:>thingis. Forsothe there is doon eft 
bateil of the Philisteis ajens Irael ; and 
Dauid cam doun, and his seruauntis 
with hym, and thei fasten a3ens Phi- 

i listeis. Forsothe Dauid failynge, Jesbi- 
denob, that was of the kynrede of 
Arapha, whose yren of the speere peiside 
thre hundrid vnncis, and he was gird 
with a newe swerd, Worsidei to smyte 

17 Dauid. And Abisay, the sone of Saruye, 
was to hym a r socour ; and the Philistee 
smyten he slew}. Thanne the men 
sworen to Dauid, seiynge, Now thow 
shalt not goo out with vs in to bateil, 
lest thou quenche the lanterne of Yrael. 

is The secounde bateil forsothe 3 was in 
Gob a3ens Philisteis 1 ; thanne he smoot 
Sobochai of Huzachizaph, of the lynage 
of Arapha, of the kynrede of geauntis. 

is The thridde bateil forsothe was in Gob 
a3ens the Philisteis ; in the which Adeo- 
datis, the sone of the wijlde wode, leyer 
of dyuerse colours, Bethlamyte, smoot 
Goliath Gethee, whos shaft of the speere 

20 was as a beem of websters. The ferthe 
bateyl was in Geth ; in the which was an 
bee}" man, that hadde sexe fyngris in the 
hoondis and feet, that is, foure and twenti ; 

21 and he was of the kyn of Arapha ; and he 
blasphemyde in v Yrael ; forsothe Jona- 
than, the sone of Samaa, the brother of 

22 Dauid, smoot hym. These foure ben 
born of Arapha in Jeth, and thei fellen 
in the hoond of Dauid, and of his ser- 
uauntis. 

CAP. XXII. 

1 Forsothe Dauid spak to the Lord the 
wordis of this ditee, in the day in the 
which the Lord delyuerde him fro the 
hoond of alle his enemyes, and fro the 

2 hoond of Saul. And seith, The Lord 
my stoon, and my strength, and my 

ssaueour; my God, my strong, and w I 



maad eft a3ens Israel ; and Dauid 3ede 
doun, and hise seruauntis with hym, and 
fou3ten 33611 Filisteis 11 . Sotheli whanneifi 
Dauid failide, Jesbydenobf, that was of 
the kyn of Arapha, that is, of? giauntis^, 
and the yrun of his r spere peiside thre 
hundrid ouncis, and he was gird with a 
newe swerd i, enforside" to smyte Dauid 1 . 



f Jesbedenov ; 
this is al o 
word hi the 
Ebreu. Lire 
here. c. 



to Dauid ; and he smoot and killide the 
Filistei. Than the men of Dauid sworen, 



J a newe swerd; 
. this word 

And Abisai, sone u of Saruye, was in help 17 swerd, is not 

in Ebren, but 
thus it is in 
Ebreu ; and he 
was gird of the 

and seiden, Now v thou schalt not go out newe, that is, 

as Ebreis scy- 

with vs in to batel, lest thou quenche the en, in that day 
lanterne of Israel. Also the secounde batel i 8 
was in Gob a3ens Filisteis ; thanne Sobo- 
thai of Osothai smoot Zephi, of the gene- 
racioun of Arapha, of the kyn of giauntis. 
Also the thridde batel was in Gob a3ens i 
Filisteis ; in which batel a man 3ouun of 
God||, the sone of forest, a x broiderer, a 



Ltre 



man of Bethleem, smoot Golyath of Geth, 
whos 'schaft of spere^ was as a z beem of 
webbis. The fourthe batel was in Geth ; 20 ^ 
where ynne was an hi3 man, that hadde 
sixe fyngris in the a hondis and feet b , that 
is, foure and twenti ; and he was of the 



|| a man jouun 
of God ; that is, 
Dauyth, that 
was chosim of 
God, and 50111111 



pie, as im. 

hook xvi. c". 

the sone offo- 



kyn of Arapha; and he blasfemyde Is- 21 in wodis fle " 



rael ; sotheli c Jonathan, sone d of Samaa, 



yuge t'ro the 
face of Saul. 
a brovirerer ; 

brother 6 of Dauid, killide hym. These 22 for he cam of 
foure f weren borun of Arapha in Geth, BeseieeVthat 
and thei felden doun in the hond of Dauid, ^"weArf 
and of hise seruauntis. jr . oiderie , of J* 6 

tabernacle. The 
firste batel here 
teld, was the 
laste, and the 
iii. batel was 
the firste. Lire 
here. c. 

CAP. XXII. 

Forsothes Dauid spak to the Lord the i 
wordis of this song, in the dai in which 
the Lord delyuerede hyrn fro the' 1 hond 
of alle hise enemyes, and fro the hond 
of Saul. And Dauid seide, The Lord 2 
is my stoon, and my strengthe, and my 
sauyour ; my God, my stronge 1 , I schal 3 



1 he is seen E pr.m. 
'Qrn.Epr.m. 



to BCEFH. 



Om. A. * the Philisteis BCEFH. u heis A. to CE. 



I. Forsothec. POm.c. q the giauntis EL. r whosi. enforside him i. tDauid.whanne 
he feihde i. the sone i. v Now, Dauid i. w a forest i. x and a K. y spere schaft i. z the c. a his i. 
in his feet i. c and i. d the sone i. e the brother i. f foure geauntis i. g Sothely i. h Om. c. 
1 stronge helper i. strengthe ELD. 



XXII. 4 20 - 



II. KINGS. 



149 



shal hoop in hyra ; my sheeld, and the 
horn of myn heelth, my rerer, and my 
refute ; my saueour, fro wickidnes thou 

4 shalt delyuer me. I shal inwardli clepe 
the preysable Lord ; and fro myn ene- 

5 myes I shal be saaf. For there han 
enuyround me the defoulyngis of deeth ; 

6 the stremys of Belial fereden me. The 
coordis of helle enuryrounden me ; there 
wenten before me the gnaris" w of deeth. 

7 In tribulacioun I shal inwardli clepe the 
Lord, and to my God I shal crye ; and he 
herde fro his hooli temple my voiB, and 

s my crye shal come to his eeris. The 
erthe is togidir meued, and tremblide ; 
the fonndementis of hillis ben togidir 
smyten and squat, for he wraththide to 

9 hem. Smook stiede vp fro the neesth- 
rillis of hym, and fier fro his mouth shal 
deuowre ; the colis ben brent vp of it. 

10 And he bowide heuenes, and cam doun ; 

11 and mystynes x vndur his feet. And he 
stiede? vpon cherubyn, and flow3 ; and 
slood z vpon the pennys of 'the wynd a . 

12 He putte derknessis an hidlis in 'his 
enuyroun b , wynnowynge watris of the 

is cloudis of heuenes ; for the Ii3tynge in 
the si3t of hym ben brent vp the coolis 

14 of fier. The Lord shal thundre fro 
heuene ; and the Hei3 shal 3eue his voys. 

is He sente his arowis, and scatrede hem ; 

leleytis, and waastid hem. And there 
apperide the out heeldyngis of the see, 
and ben opened the foundementis of the 
world ; fro the blamynge of the Lord, 
fro the inbrethinge of the spiryt of his 

17 woodnes. He sente fro an hei3, and took 
me ; and drou} out me fro manye watris. 

18 He delyuerde me fro myn enemye moost 
my3ti, and fro hem that hatiden me ; 

is for thei weren stronger than I. Thei 
camen before me in the day of my tour- 
mentynge ; and the Lord is maad my 

20 fastnynge. And he ladde me out into 



, 

whiche wickid- 



hope in to hym ; my scheeld, and the 

horn of myn helthe, 'my reisere k , and my 

refuyt ; my sauyour, thou schalt delyuere 

me fro wickidnessef . Y schal inwardly 4 t thou ichuit 

clepe the Lord worthi to be preisid ; and 

Y schal be saaf fro myn enemyes. For 5 

the sorewis of deeth cumpasside 1 me ; the 

nytli is clepid 

strondis of Belialt maden me aferd. The" here, in the 

. doynge of Ber- 

coordis of helleQ cumpassiden" me ; the satee, fro 

snaris of deeth camen bifor me. In 7 

tribulacioun Y schal clepeP, ''that is, Y 

clepidei thee r , Lord, and Y schal crie to 

my God ; and he herd 5 fro his holi temple 

my vois, and my crye schal come to hise 

eeris. The erthe was mouyd, and trem- s 

Wide ; the foundementis of hillis weren *[ eli ? 1 ; that is > 

the fersnessis ot 

smytun and schakun toeidere, for the pemecucioun 

J . , of Saul, that 

Lord was wrooth to hem. bmoke stiede 1 9 was with out 
fro hise nosethirlis 11 , and fier of his mouth |j ing^ndoTo'od- 
schal deuoure ; colis weren kyndlid of it. ^""f' Lm 
And he bowide heuenes, and cam doun ; iof facorduof 

helle ; in Ebreu 

and myist vndur hise feet. And he stiede 11 it is, the feiou- 
on v cherubyn, and fli3 ; and he slood on 
the w pennys" of wynd^. He 



contricioun and 
knowleching, 
and as to peyne, 
bi Goddis vcn- 
iaunce. /. 



pennys" of wynd?. 

derknessis a hidyng b place in his cumpas, 
and riddlide watris fro the cloudis of mouth f that is, 

, ,, , . . . , . . . ,. . siche punysch- 

neuenes ; tor bri3tnesse in his si3t cons ot 13 ing was maad 
fier weren kyndelid. The Lord schal 14 romaundement. 
thundur fro heuene; and hi3 God schal Lirehere - c - 
3yue his vois. He sente hise arowis, and 15 
scateride hem ; he 6 sente leitis, and wast- 
ide hem. And the schedyngis out of the i 
see apperiden, and the foundementis of the 
world weren schewid ; fro e the blamyng 
of the Lord, fro the brething of the spirit 
of his strong veniaunce. He sente fro 17 
heuene, and took me ; and drow me out of 
manye watris. He delyuerede me fro my is 
my3tiest f enemy, and fro hem that hatid- 
en me ; for thei weren strongere than Y. 
Thei camen bifore me in the dai of my 19 
turmentyng ; and the Lord was maad my 
stidfastnesse. And he ledde me out in to 20 
largenesse, and he delyuerede me ; for Y 



ww grynnys H sec. m. 
b enuyroun of hym c. 



derknesse E pr. m. y styjid vp F. z flo3 A. a wyndis A. wynde //. 



k myn upreiser i. l han cumpassed i. m han maad i. n han enuyround i. han go i. P ynwardiy 
clepe i. q that is, I Itaue clepid B marg. Om. i. r the IK sec. m. b. s hath herd i. * stiede up i. 
u nesethirles c. v upon i. w Om. i, sec.m. " federys EL. y the wynd i. z hath put i. putte DB. 
* derknesse E. D an hidyng i. c he hath wynewid I. d and i. e for c. f ful myjti i. 



150 



II. KINGS. 



XXII. 21 4- 



widnes, and delyuerde me ; for I pleside 

21 to hym. The Lord shal 3eelde to me 
after my ri3twisnes ; and after the 
clennesse of myn hoondis he shal quyit 

22 to me. For I haue kept the weyes of 
the Lord ; and I dide not vnpiteuousli fro 

23 my God. Forsothe alle the domys of 
hym in my sijt ; and his heestis I mouede 

24 not awey fro me. And I shal be parfijt 
with hym ; and I shal kepe me fro my 

25wickidnes. And the Lord shal restore 

to me after my ri3twisnes ; and after the 

clennesse of myn hoondis c in the sijt of 
2his eyen. With the hooli hooli thou 

shalt be, and with the stronge parfite; 
27 and with the chosun chosun thou shalt 

be, and with the peruertid thou shalt be 
2speruertid. And the pore puple thou 

shalt make saaf ; and to thin eyen hei'3 
29 thou shalt make meke. For thou, Lord, 

my lantern, and thou, Lord, shalt Ii3tne 
:> my derkenessis. Into thee forsothe I 

shall renne, gird vp ; and in my God I 
si shal ouerleep the wal. God, the weye 

of hym vndefoulid ; the speche of the 

Lord examynyd bi fier, a shelde is of alle 
32 the hopers in hym. For who is a God, 

saaf the Lord ; and who strong saaf 
33oure Lord? God, that girdide me with 

strength, and planede perfyte' 1 my wey ; 

34 euenynge my feet to hertis, and vpon my 

35 hei3 thingis settynge me ; techynge myn 
hoondis to bateil, and settynge togider as 

sea brasen boow myn armys. Thou 3af 
to me a target of thin helth ; and myn 

37hoomlynes multipliede me. Thou shalt 
enlaarge 6 my goyngis vndur me ; arid 

38 myn heelis f shulen not fayle. I shal 
pursue myn enemyes, and treden ; and I 
shal not? turne a3en, to the tyme that I 

9waast hem. I shal waast hem, and 
breek togidir, that thei togidre risen not ; 

4othei shulen falle vndur my feet. Thou 
girdist me with strengthe to batail ; thow 



pleside hym. The Lord schal 3elde to me 21 

vp my ri3tfulnesse h ; and he schal 3elde 

to me vpS ^ethir qftir k , the clennesse of 

myn hondis. For Y kepte the weies of 22 

the Lord ; and Y dide not wickidli fro my 

God. For alle hise domes weren in my 23 

si3t ; and Y dide not awei fro me hise 

heestis. And Y schal be perfit with hym ; 24 

and Y schal kepe me fro my wickidnesse. 

And the Lord schal restore to me vpe 1 25 *"" grace to 

suffre aduersi- 

my ri3tfulnesse m ; and vp n the clennesse of tes, bothe 

, ,. . ., .,/! iTT-ii paciently and 

myn hondis in the si3t of hise i3en. With 26 ioyfuiy, as mar- 
the hooli thou schalt be hooli, and with 2LS"i 
the stronge, "that is, to suffre aduersitees ^ re -, c - 

I wetieard- 

pacientli", thou schalt be perfitf ; and 27 nesse; ether 

v ,,. 111 thus, with a 

with a chosun man to otisf thou schalt be 



weiward man 
thou schalt be 
maad weiward, 
bi his errour ; 
for whanne 
weyward men 
ben iusily 

wardnesse r \. And thou schalt make saaf 28 punysdud of 
a pore puple ; and with thin i3en thou 8 eyen that God 

that ben 



chosun, and with a weiward man thou 
schalt be maad weiward, ^that is, in $eld- 
ynge iustli peyne to hym vpei his wei- 



hi3e. 



lanterne, and 29 , ly l tne y 

derknesses ; 

that is, 



schalt make lowe hem 

For thou, Lord, art my 

thou, Lord 5 , schalt h'3tne my derknessis 88 ^. 

For Y gird, 'that is, maad redi to batel t ,^ 

schal renne in u ihee,'that is, in thi vertu v ; 

and in my God Y schal'scippe ouer w the that . be " n .i"^- 

f enyd and lijt- 

wal. 'God his weie x is 'with out wem? : 31 "y d bi &"* 

rekyuerid. Lire 

the speche of the Lord is examynyd bi z here. c. 
fier, *that is, is* pure and dene as metal 
preuytl in the furneys c ; he is a scheeld 
of alle men hopynge in hym. For who32 bt " v< ! wa ? 

rj * gr[a]untid to 

is God, outakun the Lord; and who is mynarm;foras 

. n j -> ^ i i Raliy Salomon 

strong, outakun oure God? God, that 33 seith, he beme 
hath gird me with strengthe, and hath bowe*/^"" 
maad pleyn my perfit weie ; and he made d 34 i?^' 
euene my feet with hertis, and settide 6 me myitienesse; in 

, , Ebreu it is, 

on' myn hi3e thingis ; and he tau3te" myn 35 thi i 

hondis to batel, and made? myn armes|| as 

a brasun bouwe. Thou hast 3oue to me so' 

the sheeld of thin heelthe ; and my mylde- "f" 1 ' multi - 

* phyng in chil- 

nesse" multipliede 11 me. Thou schalt alarge 37 dren, in tempo- 

... ral goodis and 

my steppis vndur me ; and myn heelis goostiy, cam to 
schulen not faile. Y schal pursue mynss 6 ' 

e laargen BCEFH. l heelthis A. e no E. 

K vp ether a/lir D. aftir EIL. h r i 3 twisnesse E. i aftir IKN. k or vp K . ether vpe N< O m. IKW. 

ttin. njtwisnesse EL. n aftir T . o Om . t. P Om. i. q in G. r nickednesse E. The whole 

Kloss omitted mi i Om. c. ss derknesse E. t Om . i. u to i. v Om . i. w ouerpasse i. * The weie 

ii. y vndefouhd i. with i. a Om . FG. * purid Bob. 'c Gloss omitted in ci. d hath maad i. 

hath sett i. f upon i. hath taujt i. E he hath maad i. h hath multiplied i. 



XXII. 41 XXIII. 3- 



II. KINGS. 



151 



fulli bowedist the a3enstondynge to me 
4ivndur me. Myn enemyes thou 3af to 

me the bak, hatynge me ; and I shal 
42scatere hem. Thei shulen crye, and there 

shal not be that saue ; to the Lord, and 
43 he shal not here hem. I shal do hem 

awey as powdre of the erthe ; and as 

cleye of streetis I shal breek hem, and 
44to-flappe. Thou shalt saue me fro the 

a3enseiyngis of my puple ; thou shalt 

kepe me into the heed of folkis 1 of 

kynde ; the puple, whom I knowe k not, 
45 shal serue to me. Alyen sones shulen 

with stoonde to me ; in herynge of the 
4ceer thei shulen obeishe to me. Alien 

sones floweden doun ; and thei shulen be 
4 ;drawen togidre in her angwishe. The 

Lord lyueth, and blesside my God ; and 

the strong God of myn heelth shal be 
4senhaunsid. God, that 3euest veniaunces 

to me ; and threwe doun puplis vndur 

49 me. The which ledist out me fro myn 
enemyes, and fro the withstoondynge to 
me arerist 1 me ; fro a wickid m man thou 

50 shalt delyuer me. Therfor I shal know- 
lech to thee in folk of kynde, Lord ; and 

si to thi name I shal synge. Magnifiynge 
heelthis of his kyng ; and doynge mercies 
to his crist Dauid, and into 11 his seed 
euermore . 



CAP. XXIII. 

1 Forsothe thes ben the last wordis, that 
Dauid, the sone of Ysay, seide. A man 
seide, to 'whom there? is ordeynd of the 
Crist of God of Jacob, a solempne salm 

2 maker of Yrael ; The spirite of the Lord 
is spokyn bi me, and his word bi my 

stonge. He seyde, God of Yrael to me 



enemyes, and Y schal al to-breke hem ; and 
Y schal not turne a3en, til Y waste hem. 
Y schal waste hem, and Y schal breke',39 
that thei rise not ; thei schulen falle 
vndur my feet. Thou hast gird me with 40 
strengthe to batel ; thou hast bowid vnder 
me hem that a3enstoden k me. Thou hast4i 
3oue myn enemyes abac to me, men hat- 
yrige me ; and Y schal distrie hem. Thei 42 
schulen crye, "that is, to ydols ether to 
mennus help 1 , and noon schal be that 
schal saue m ; ^thei schtden? crie to the 
Lord, and he schal not here hem. Y schal 43 
do awei hem as the dust of erthe ; Y schal 
'powne hem nn , and Y schal do awei as the 
cleiP of stretis. Thou schalt saue me fro 44 
a3enseiyngis of my puple ; thou schalt kepe 
me in to the heed of folkis ; the puple, 
whom Y knowe not, schal serue me. Alien 45 
sones schulen a3enstonde me ; bi heryng 
of eere thei schulen obeie to me. Alien 40 
sones fletiden awei; and thei schulen be 
drawun togidere in her angwischisf. 
The Lord lyueth, and my God is blessid ; 47 
and the stronge God of myn helthe schal 
be enhaunsid. God, that 3yuest veniauncis48 
to me ; and hast cast doun puplis vndur 
me. Which ledist me out fro myn ene-49 
myes, and reisist me fro men a3enstond- 
inge me ; thou schalt deliuere me fro the 
wickid man. Therfor, Lord, Y schal know- so 
leche to thee in hethene men ; and Y schal 
synge to thi name. Andi he magnyfieth r 5i 
the helthis of his kyng ; and doith mercyes 3 
to his crist Dauid, and to his seed til in to 
withouten ende|. 

CAP. XXIII. 

Forsothe these ben the laste wordis, i 
whiche Dauid, the sone of Ysai, seide. The 
man seide, to whom it is ordeyned of 
Crist, of the 1 God of Jacob, the noble salm 
makere of Israel ; The spiryt of the Lord 2 
spak bi me, and his word bi my tunge. 
Dauid" seide, God of Israel spak to me, 3 



f in her tnt- 
gwischis ; in 
Ebreu it is, in 
her closingis. c. 



J til in to with, 
outen ende ; for 
the sones of 
Dauyth regued- 
en til to the 
caitifteof Baby- 
loyne; andaftir 
the turning 
ajen fro Babi- 
loyne, Zoroba- 
bel, that cam 
doun of Da- 
uyth, hadde the 
duchee, ether 
leding, on the 
puple, and othere 
men suyngly 
of the lynage of 
Dauyth, til to 
Eroude, an ali- 
en, vndur whom 
Crist was borun 
of the seed of 
Dauyth, bi 
fleisch, of which 
Crist the rewme 
dwellith, in to 
worldis of 
worldis. Lire 
here. c. 



vnto euermore c. 



1 folk BCEFH. k knewe A. l rerist c. m wyke BCEFH. n vnto BFH. to CE. 
P thee E pr. m. 

1 breke hem i. k stoden ajens K. 1 Om. i. m saue hem i. n Om. IL. nn do hem togidre i. 
do hem i. P fenne i. 1 That i. r maketh greet i. 8 mercy EI. * Om. i. u Om. i. 



152 



II. KINGS. 



XXIII. 4 13. 



hath spokyn, the strong of Yrael, the 
lordshipper of men, the ri3twise lord- 

4 shipper in the dreed of God. As Ii3t of 
morwtide, springinge the sunne eerli 
with out clowdis, gliterith ; and as bi 
reynes buriouneth the eerbe of the erthe. 

s And not so mych is myn hows anentis 
God, that euerlastynge couenaunt he 
shulde goo yn with me, stable in alle 
thingis and warnysshit ; forsothe al myn 
heelth and al wil, ne there is eny thing 

G of it, that ne buriowneth. Brekers of 
the lawe forsothei as thornys shulen be 
pullid vp alle, the whiche ben not takyn 

7 with r hoondis. And rr if eny man wolde 
touche hem, he shal be aarmyd with 
yren, and speer tree ; and with fier tend 
vp, thei shulen be brent vnto nou3t. 

sThes the names of the stronge men of 
Dauid. Dauid sittynge 3 in the chayer, 
moost wise prynce among three ; he is as 
a moost tendre litil werme of a tree, the 
which ei3t hundrid slew3 with a bure. 

9 Aftir this Eliazar, the sone of his vncle 88 
Abohy ; among the three stronge, that 
weren with Dauid, whanne thei re- 
proueden to Philisteym, and thei ben 
logederid thidir into bateil. And whanne 
the men of Yrael hadden stiede vp, he 
stood, and smoot the Philisteis, to the 
tyme that his hoond failide, and wexe 
heuy with the swerd. And the Lord 
dide greet heelth in that day ; and the 
puple that flei3 is turned a3en to the 
spoilis of the sleyn men to be with- 
n drawen. After this Semma, the sone of 
Age, of 1 Arary. And Philisteis ben gedrid 
in the stacioun ; forsothe there was there" 
a feelde ful of corn ; and whanne the 
puple hadde flowen fro the face of Phi- 

12 listeis, he stood in the mydil of the feeld, 
and rescuwid it ; and he smoot the Phi- 
listeis, and the Lord made a greet heelth. 

13 Also and before wenten doun the three, 



the stronge v of Israel, the v iust Lord vv of 
men, "is Lord" in the drede of God. As 4 
the Ii3t of the morewtid, whanne the 
sunne risith eerli, is bri3t with out cloudis ; 
and as an erbe cometh forth of the erthe 
bi reynes. And myn hows is not so greets 
anentis God, that he schulde make with 
me euerlastynge couenaunt, stidefast and 
maad strong in alle thingis ; for al myn 
helthe liangitM of* him, and al the a wille 
"that is, al my desir, goith in to hym b , and 
no thing is therof, that makith not fruytf. 
Forsothe alle trespassouris schulen bee 
drawun out as thornes, that ben not takun 
with horidis. And if ony man wole touche 7 
tho, he schal be armed with irun, and 
with tre c formed in to spere d ; and the 6 
thornes schulen be kyndlid, and schulen 
be brent 'til to f nou3t. These ben the 8 
names of the stronge men of Dauid. 
Dauid sittith in the chaier, the wiseste 
prince among thre ; he is as a moost tendir 
worm of tree^J, that killide ei3te hundrid 
with o fersnesse. Aftir hym was Eleazar, 9 
the sone of his fadirs 11 brother Abohi ; 
among thre stronge men, that weren with 
Dauid, whanne thei seiden schenschip to 
Filisteis', and weren gaderid thidir in to 
batel. And whanne the men of Israel 
hadden stied k , he 1 stood , and smoot 
Filisties, til" his bond failide, and was 
starke with the swerd. And the Lord 
made greet helthe in that dai ; and the 
puple that fledde turnede a3en to drawe 
awei the spuylis of slayn men. And aftirn 
hym was Semma, the sone of Age, of 
Arari. And Filisteis weren gaderid in the 
stacioun ; forsothe? there was a feeld ful 
of lentei ; and whanne the puple r fledde 
fro the face of Filisteis, he s stood in the 12 
rnyddis of the feeld, and bihelde it|| ; and 
he smoot Filisteis*, and the Lord made 
greet" helthe. Also and thre men 3edeni3 
doun bifore, that v weren princes among 



forth of the 
wille, ether of 
auysement, is 
doon yn to the 
glorie of God. 
Lire here. c. 



+heis<ua 



silf is most 
tendir, nethelea 
he persith the 
harde tre ; so 
Dauyth most 



was most strong 
ajenus enemyes 
rebellinge, ether 
as most tendir 
worm, that is, 
ful swete arid 
amyable anen- 
tis hise men, 
and hard ajenus 



Lire here. c. 

he stood, etc. ; 
in batel, whanne 
hise felowis 
jeden abak. 
Lire here. c. 



\\andbiheide 
fl nd f ? d r e h t h e de ' 



^ or E pr. m. ' and with E pr. m. 
of E pr. m. u Om. A. 



" Om. E pr. m. sitt E pr. m. ss g em E p r% m _ t the sone 



stronge Ae/p i. w lordschipere i. * the rijtwise lordschiper i. XML z on EKL. 

' ' ' '' ' ^ '" g a r h fadir ' ' the 



Semma i. 



my i. b Om. i. 
i. * st i e d up i. 



V ntllthatl - Eleazar i. P and i. q lentes orfetchis i. r pup ie O / 
the Philistees i. u there greet i. v wh i c h e i 



XXIII. 14 23- 



II. KINGS. 



153 



that weren princis amonge thretti, and 
camen in tyme of rijp to Dauid into the 
spelunk of Odollam. Forsothe the tentis 
of Philisteis weren sett in the valey of 

Hgeauntis. And Dauid was in the strength; 
forsothe the stacioun v of Philistees thanne 

is was in Bethlem. Dauid desiride thanne 
the watir of the laak, and seith, If eny 
man wolde 3yue to me drynke of the 
watir of the system, that is in Bethleem, 

icbiside the 3aat. Thanne breken out 
three stronge men the tentis of Philisteis, 
and drewen water of the sistern of 
Bethleem, that was biside the 3aat, and 
brou3ten to Dauid ; and he wolde not 
drynke, but offride it to the Lord, 

lyseiynge, Merciful be to me the Lord, 
lest Y doo this ; whether the blood of 
thes men, that ben goon forth, and the 
perile of lyues I shal drynke ? Thanne 
he wolde not drynke. Thes thingis 

isdiden the three moost stronge. For- 
sothe Abisay, the brother of Joab, the 
sone of Saruye, was prince of the three ; 
he is that reride his spere a3ens thre 
hundrid, whom he slew3, nemned in the 

19 three, and amonge the three the nobler, 
and he was the prince of hem ; but vnto 

20 the three first men he ful cam not. And 
Banayas, the sone of Joiade, man moost 
strong of greet werkes, of Capseel, he 
smoot the two lyouns of Moab ; and he 
cam doun, and smoot a lioun in the 

21 mydil cistern in the dais of snow3- For- 
sothe he slew3 an Egipcian man worthi 
beholdynge, hauynge in the hoond a 
spere ; and so whanne he was comyn 
doun to hym in a 3erd, bi force he pul- 
lide out the spere fro the hoond of the 
Egipcien, and he slew3 hym with his w 

22Speere. Thes thingis dide Banayas, the 

23 sone of Joiade ; and he namyd among 

the three stronge, that weren amonge 



thretti w , and camen* to Dauid in the tyme 
of reepy in to thedenne of Odollam. For- 
sothe 2 the castels 8 of Filisteis weren set 
in the valei of giauntis. And Dauid wasu 
in a strong hold ; sotheli b the stacioun of 
Filisteis was thanne in Bethleem. Ther-is 
for c Dauid desiride water of the lake, and 
seide, If ony man wolde 3yue to me drynkt t /y man 

. A . , wolde vjw. to 

of watir" of the cisterne, which* is in me drynke, etc.; 
Bethleem, bisidis the 3ate. Therfor threi8ttti,mtfi>r 
stronge men braken in to the castels f of ^attrXit'iVr* 
Filisteis, and drowen watir of the cisterne h , c 1<le asiiye 

the barajroMM 

of Bethleem, that was* bisidis the 3ate, of hem; and 

, . therfor it sueth, 

and brou3ten n to Dauid ; arid he nolde 1 and he noi,:e 
drinke, but offride it to the Lord, and w o/ride\t"o a* 
seide, The Lord be merciful to me, that jj^w thiT'S 
Y do not this; whether Y schal drynke he that settuti 

' ' forth him s:lf 

the blood of these men, that 3eden forth, to pereis ajenut 

. , i * i- i.- T rnu c i- vnfeithful men, 

and the perel or souhs K f 1 herror he makith most 

nolde 1 drynke. Thre stroiigeste" men diden SSfoSi. 

thes thingis. Also Abisay, brother" o f i8 //lieA * re ' c- 

Joab, the sone of Saruye, was prince of 

thre ; he it is that reiside his schaftf a3ens 

thre hundrid men, whichei he killide ; *he 

was r nemid 3 among thre*, and was" theia 

noblere among thre v , and he was the 

prince of hem ; but he cam not to the thre 

firste men. And Banaye, the sone of 20 

Joiada, strongeste w man of grete werkis, 

of Capseel, he smoot twei liouns of Moab, 

^that is, twei kny^tis liardi as liouns* ; and 

he 3ede doun, and smoot a lioun in the 

myddil cisterne in the daies of snow. 

Also hey killide a man of Egipt, a man 21 

worthi of spectacle 2 , hauynge a spere in 

the a hond ; therfor b whanne he hadde 

come doun with a 3erde to that man, bi 

mi3t c he wrooth d out the spere fro the 

hond of the man of Egipt, and killide 

hym with his owne spere. Banaye, sone 6 22 

of Joiada, dide these thingis ; and he was 23 

nemyed among thre stronge men, that 

weren among the thretti noblere men ; 



v staciouns A pr.m. w the B. 

w thretti men i. * thei camen i. y ripp i. z And i. a tentis i. b And i. c Thanne i. d the watir i. 
* that i. { tentis i. g is K. h thei brot^ten it i. wolde not i. k her lyues i. ' wolde not i. m ful 
stronge i. n the brother i. the thre men i. P spere i. <1 the whiche i. r Om. i. s nempnyd i. named 
K. nemmed L. * tho thre I. u he was i. v hem thre i. w the strongeste i. x that is, two stronge 
hardi kny^tis i marg. y Banaye i. z biholdyng i. a his i. b and so i. c strengthe KMOX. rijt 



strengthis a. ryjt strong D. m'3t E 
VOI,. II. 



wrong 



e the sone i. 
X 



154 



II. KINGS. 



xxm. 24 xxiv. 4. 



the thretti nobler ; neuerthelater vnto 
the three he ful cam not. And Dauid 
made hym* to hym a secretarie of 

24pryuete. Asahel, the brother of Joab, 
among the thretti ; Elianan, the sone of 

23 his eeiny, of Bethleem ; Seruma, of Arary ; 

26 Elka, of Arodi ; Helias, of Phelu ; Hyra, 

27 the sone of Aches, of Thekua ; Abiazer, 
as of Anathoth ; Nobanay, of Vsathi ; Selmon 
2oAcothes z ; Macharoy Nethopbatites ; fi- 
led, the sone of Baana, and he Netho- 
phatite ; Hitai, the sone of Rabai, of Je- 

sobeeth, of the sonis of Beniamyn ; Banai 

Affrotonyte ; Heddai, of the streem of 

siGaas; Albiabon Arbachite; Asmanech, of 

32 Berromy; Elyala, of Sobony ; the sones of 

33 Jonathan, and Jeson ; Semma, of Horodi ; 
si Hayam, the sone of Saray, Saratite ; Eli- 

pheleth, the sone of Saasbai, the sonys 
of Maachati ; Heliam, the sone of Achi- 
33 tophel, Gilonyte ; Esrai, of Carmeel ; Pha- 
se rai, of Arbi ; Igaal, the sone of Natha, 

37 of a Soba ; Bony, of Gaddi ; Selech, of Am- 
mony ; Naamy Berothite, the squyer of 

38 Joab, the sone of Saruye ; Ira Yatrite ; 

39 Gareb, and he Yatrite ; Vrie Ethee ; alle, 
seuen and thretti. 

CAP. XXIV. 

i And the woodnes of the Lord addide 
to be wrooth ajens Irael, and stiride Da- 
uid in hem, seiynge to Joab, Go, and 

2noumbre Yrael and Juda. And the kyng 
seide to Joab, prince b of his oost, Go thur3 
alle the lynagis of Irael fro Dan vnto 
Bersabe, and noumbreth c the puple, that 

3! knowe the noumbre of it. And Joab 
seide to the kyng, The Lord thi God 
eeche to thi puple, as myche as it is now, 
and eft encrees it to the hundred so 
myche in the si)t of my lord the kyng ; 
but d what to hym wole my lord the kyng 

4 in siche a maner thing? Forsothe the 
word of the kyng hadde the ouer hoond 
ajens the wordis of Joab, and of the 

* Om. A, y gem. E. * of Acothes B. a Qm 
d Om. B. 



t <""* the 

strong ven- 







netheles he cam not til f to the thre^. And 

. . 

Dauid made hym a counselour of priuyte" 
to hym silf. Asahel, the brother of Joab, 24 to l e 
was among thretti 1 men; Eleanan, the 
sone of his fadris brother, of Bethleem ; 

o- punysche the 

Semma, of Arari ; Elcha, of Arodi ; Helas, 26 pupie, he uf- 

i f A i ^ mi fride Dauyth 

of Phelti ; Hira, sone k of Aches, of Thecua ; to be 
Abiezer, of Amatoth ; Mobannoy, of Co- 27 ! 
sathi; Selmon, of Achotes ; Macharai, 
Nethophath ; Heled, the sone of Baana, 20 gi of Gr 

. on this place 

and he was of Netophath ; Hiray, sone 1 or seith thus, The 
Rabai, of Gebeeth, of the sones of Benia- 
myn; Banay, of Effrata; Hedday, of the so 
stronde of Gaas ; Abiabon, of Arbath ; As- si g*is, that of* 

for the yuel of 

maneth, of Berromy; Eliaba, of Sabony ; 32 the floe,' the 

, . T 

sones of Assen, Jonathan, and Jasan ; 
Semma, of Herod i ; Hayam, sone 1 of Sa- 
rai, of Zaroth ; Eliphelech, sone 1 of Saal- 
bai, the sone of Maachati ; Heliam, sone 1 witnesse, and 

. he was blowun 

of Achitofel, of Gilo ; Esrai, of Carmele ; 35 with the boi. 



liyfjheofa 



Pharai, of Arbi ; Ygaal, sone 1 of Nathan, so pridf.'and 1 e 
of Soba ; Bonny, of Gaddi ; Silech, of Am- 37 



mony ; Naarai, of Beroth, the squyer of P"p' e > and the 

. puple resseyu- 

Joab, the sone of Saruye ; Haray, of Jethri ; 38 ede peyne ; for 
Gareb, and he was of Gethri ; Vrye, of E-39g OU ernoiirsben 
thei ; alle" weren seuene and thretti men. 



CAP. XXIV. 



puplis. The 
synne of the 
puple for which 
itwaspunysch- 
id, is not ex- 



And the strong veniaunce of the Lord i 
addide to be wrooth asens Israelt, and he 
stiride in hern Dauid, seiynge to Joab, 

_ . 

Go thou, and noumbre thou Israel and 



this dede was 

pnuy til it was 

aidoon ; the 



questiouns it is 

seid > that this 

was herf or, for 

thepupieajen 

Juda. And the kyng seide to Joab, the 2 U yth a "Tt ou;te, 
prince of his oost, Go thou bi alle lynagisP ' 

of Israel fro Dan v til toi Bersabee, and 
noumbre thou the puple, that Y wite the 
noumbre therof. And Joab seide to the 3 
kyng, Thi Lord God encresse to this r pu- JS." 
pie, 'hou greet 8 it is now, and eft multiplie 1 t f tt i d ;, and Mr 

* ui;it tins synnc 

he' an hundrid fold in the si?t of my lord cam in * the 

, i 1 , knowing of the 

tne kyng ; but what wole my lord the" puple, the P u- 
kyng to hyrn silf in sich a thing? Sotheli-4 
the word of the kyng ouer cam the wordis 
of Joab, and of the princes of the oost : 

* * 



A. b the prince E pr. m. c nowmbre CE pr. m. 



thanne of God, 
as it is opin in 
xii. c. bi the 



f Om. i. gfirste thre i. h prince L i the thretti ^ 
alle these i. o a3ens ,. P the lynagis i. q vnto i. 
u Om. i. v But i. 



k the sone i. l the sone i. m the SO ne 8 i. 
r th i ,. , as mche as t- t e A he h f< 



xxiv. 5 H- 



II. KINGS. 



155 



princis of the oost ; and Joab wente 

out, and the princis of kny3tis, fro the 

face of the kyng ; 'and thei noum- 

sbren e the puple ' of Yrael f . Whanne thei 

hadden passid oner Jordan, thei camen 

into Aroer, at the ri3t half of the citee 

c that is in the valey of Gad ; and bi Jaser 

thei passiden into Galaad, and into the 

nether loond of Odsi, and camen into the 

wodi placis of Dan ; and goynge about 

7 beside Sidon thei passiden ny3 the walles 

of Tyri, and al the loond of Euey, and 

of Chananei ; and thei camen into? the 

ssowth of Juda, into Bersabe. And passid 

al the loond, thei wereri after nyne 

monethis and twenty dais com en into 

9 Jerusalem. Thanne Joab 5af the noum- 

bre of the discryuynge of the puple to 

the kyng. And there ben founden of 

Yrael nyn hundrid thousandis of stronge 

men, 'the whiche h my3ten drawe out 

swerd ; and of Juda fyue hundrid thou- 

icsandis of fijtynge men. Forsothe the 
herte of Dauid smoot hym, aftir that the 
puple is noumbred ; Dauid seide to the 
Lord, I haue synned greetli in this deede ; 
but I preye, Lord, that thou here ouer 
the wickidnes of thi seruaunt, for foleli 

ill haue doo to myche. And so Dauid 
roos eerli, and the word of the Lord is 
maad to Gad, the prophete and seear, 

laseiynge, Go, and spek to Dauid, Thes 
thingis seith the Lord, Of three thingis 
to thee is 3ouun choys ; chees oon, that 
thou wolt of thes, that I doo to thee. 

is And whanne Gad was comen to Dauid, 
he toold to hym, seiynge, Outher seuen 
3eer shal come to thee hungre in thi loond ; 
or three monethis thou shalt flee thin ad- 
uersaries, and thei shulen pursue thee ; 
or certeyn three days pestilence shal be 
in thi loond ; now thanne delyuer, and 
see, what word I shal answere to hym 

H that sente me. Forsothe Dauid seide to 



than, therfor 
it is seid betere, 



and Joab 3ede out, and the princes of the w 
kny3tis, fro the face of the kyng, that thei 
schulden noumbre the puple of Israel. And 5 
whanne thei hadden passid Jordan, thei the rebeite 

therof ajenus 

camen in to Aroer, to the ri3t side of the Dauythm 

citee which" is in the valei of Gad; and 6 soneofBothry, 

thei passiden? bi Jazer in to Galaad, and 

in to the lowere lond of Odsi, and camen z 

in to the wodi places of Dan ; and thei Siba aloone 

f > was punyschid 

cumpassiden a bisidis Sidon, and passiden 7 for this rebeite. 

11- / m. Lire here. c. 

ny3 the wains of Tire, and ny3 al the lond 

of Euei, and of Chananei ; and thei camen 

to b the south of Juda, in Bersabee. Ands 

whanne al the lond was cum passid, thei 

carnen aftir nyne monethis and twenti 

daies in to Jerusalem. Therfor Joab 3af & 

the noumbre of discriuyng of the puple 

to the kyng. And of Israel weren foundun 

nyne hundryd thousyndf of stronge men, 

that drewen out swerd ; and of Juda fyue 

hundrid thousynde of fi^teris. 

the herte of Dauid smoot hym, ''that is, 

his concience repreuyde hym e , aftir that 

the puple was noumbrid ; and Dauid seide 

to the Lord, Y synnede f greetlij in this 

dede ; but, Lord, Y preye that thou turne 

awei the wickidnesse of thi seruaunt, for 

Y dides ful folili. Therfor Dauid roos 1 1 Better. 6 Lire 

eerli, and the word of the Lord was rnaad 

to Gad, the prophete and seere, and seide, 

pride, and in 

Go thou, and speke to Dauid, The Lord i2i>reki ng of 

rni ,-1 Goddis heest, 

seith these thingis, 1 he chesyng" or thre for in xxxi. c'. 
thingis is 3ouun to thee ; chese thou oon, whanne 5 the 
which thou wolt of these, that Y do to werTnno I um el 
thee. And whanne Gad hadde come toi3 brid>echinau 

schulde [otfre] 

Dauid, he telde to Dauid 1 , and seide, Ether to the Lord halt 

1 1-1 xl_ xl 1 J a S ' C ' e > 3nd tn ' S 

nungur schal come to thee in thi lond se- was not doon 
uene 3eer ; ethir thre monethis thou schalt 
fie thin aduersaries, and thei schulen pur- 
sue thee ; ether certis thre daies pestilence 
schal be in thi lond ; now therfor de- 
lyuere thou, Aether auyse thou'}, and se, 
what word Y schal answere to hym that 
sente me. Forsothe 1 ' Dauid seide to Gad, i 



t i.r. hundrid 
thousynde, in 
i. book of Pa- 

Forsothe d io rali P- xxi -. c - 

is a thousinde 
thousinde, and 
an hundrid 
thousinde; here 
is set the lesse 
noumbre, and 
there the gret- 
ter noumbre, 
and of Judu is 
set there the 



y s ,j,' mede 



here. c. 



e and thei nowmbriden E pr. m. that thei noumbren CE sec. m. 
h that c pr. m. 



f Om. E pr. m. S to BCEFH. 



w Om. plures. * that I. 
c And so i. d And i. e Om. i. 
thou B marg. Om. i. k And i. 



1 passiden forth i. z thei camen i. a 3eden aboute i. b in to K. 
1 haue synned i. 8 haue do i. h chois i. ' him i. J ether examyne 



X 2 



156 



II. KINGS. 



XXIV. 15 23. 



Gad, I am constreyned ful myche'on alle 
sides 1 ; but k beter it is that I falle into 
the hoondis of the Lord, forsothe manye 
ben the mercies of hym, than in the 

15 hoondis of men. And the Lord sente yn 
pestilence into Irael fro eerli vnto the set 
tyme ; and there ben deed of the puple 
fro Dan vnto Bersabee seuenti thou- 

icsandis of men. And whanne the aungel 
of the Lord hadde strai^t out his hoond 
vpon Jerusalem, that he scater it, the 
Lord hadde rewth vpon the tourment- 
ynge ; and he seith to the aungel smyt- 
yrige the puple, Yt suffisith now ; with- 
hoold thin hoond. Forsothe the aungel 
of the Lord was beside the corn flore of 

17 Arewna of Jebusei. And Dauid seide 1 
to the Lord, whanne he hadde seen the 
aungel sleynge the puple, I am that haue 
synnede, and I wykidli dide. ; thes that 
ben sheep, what diden thei ? I biseche, 
be thin hoond turned a3ens me, and a3ens 

is the hows of my fader. Forsothe Gad, 
the prophete, cam to Dauid in that day, 
and seide to hym, Stye vp, and ordeyn 
an auter to the Lord in the corn flore of 

lo Arewna of Jebusei. And Dauid stiede 
vp, after the word of Gad, the which the 

20 Lord hadde comaundide to hym. And 
beholdynge Arewne vndurstoode the kyng 
and his seruauntis to comen ouer to hym ; 

21 and, goon out, he honourde the kyng, 
bowid the cheere into the erthe ; and 
seith, What of cause is, that my lord the 
kyng cometh to his seruaunt ? To whom 
Dauid seith, That I bye of thee the corn 
flore, and bilde an auter to the Lord, and 
cees the slau3ter, that is ful plenteuous in 

22 the puple. And Arewna seith to Dauid, 
Tak, and offre my lord kyng, as it plesith 
to him ; hast thou oxen into brent sacri- 
fice, and a wayn, and 3ockis of oxen into 

23 the vse of trees ? Arewna 3af alle thing-is 
to 'the king. And Arewna seide to the 



to the 




pore men 
schnlden haue 
be turmentid 
gretly ; and if 
he hadde chose 
flijt bifor ene- 
myes, he and 
myjty men 
schnlden haue 
be defendid 
and pore men 
slayn, therfor 



lence, comyn 
peyne to alle, 
for he tristide 
in Goddis 
mersi. Lire 
here. c. 
t to the tyme 
ordeyned; that 
is, til to the 



Y am constreyned on ech side greetli ; but 

it is betere that Y falle in to the hondis 

of the Lordf , for his emercies ben manye, 

than in 1 the k hondis of men. And theis 

Lord sente pestilence in to Israel fro the 

morewtid'til to 1 the tyme ordeyned^;; and of vii. jeer, he 

and riche men 

seuenti thousynde of men weren deed ot wolden haue 
the puple fro Dan 'til to m Bersabee. And IG h"m siif O f 
whanne the aungel of the Lord hadde 
holde" forth his hond ouer Jerusalem, that 
he schulde distrie it, the Lord hadde mercy 
on the turmentyng ; and seide to the aun- 
gel smytynge the puple, It sufficith now ; 
withholde thin hond. Forsothe? the aun- 
gel of the Lord was bisidis the corn floor 
of Areuna Jebusey. And Dauid seide to 
the Lord, whanne he hadde seyn the aun- 
gel sleynge the puple, Y ami he v that v haue 
synned 8 , and Y dide 1 wickidli ; what ban 
these do, that ben scheep ? Y biseche, thin 
hond be turned a3ens me, and a3ens the 
hows of my fadir. Forsothe v Gad, the pro- is" 
phete, cam to Dauid in that dai, and seide 
to hym, Stie thou w , and ordeyne an auter 
to the Lord in the corn floor of Areuna 
Jebusei. And Dauid stiede, vpe x the word iy 
of Gad, which the Lord hadde comaundid 
to hym. And Areuna bihelde, and per- 20 
seyuedey, that the kyng and hise seruauntis 
passiden z to hym ; and he 3ede out, and 21 
worschipide the kyng bi a low cheer to the 
erthe ; and seide, What v cause is b , that my 
lord the c kyng cometh to his seruaunt ? 
To whom Dauid seide, That Y bie of thee 
the corn floor, and bilde an auter to the 
- Lord, and the sleynge ceesse, which d is 
cruel in the puple. And Areuna seide to 22 
Dauid, My lord the 6 kyng take, and offre, 
as it plesith hym f ; thou hast oxis? in to 
brent sacrifice, and a wayn and 3ockis of 
oxis h in to vss* of wode. Areuna 3af alle 23 
thingis|| to the king. And Areuna seide 
to the king, Thi Lord God reseyue thi 
vow. To whom the king answeride, and 24 , 

Lire here. c. 



of pestilence, 
weren seid bi 
manassing, and 

weren 



Areuna 



1 Om.. E pr. m. k Om. B. 1 seith B.. 

' into 1Kb. k Om. K. 1 vnto i. m vnto i. n helde i. he seide i. P And i. it am i. 
r Om. plures. synnede i. * haue do i. T Certis i. w thou up i. x up, aftir i. y vndirstode i. 
z passiden ouer i. a w jthi. b is the cause i. c Om. i. d that i. e Om. i, * to hym i. S oxen IG. 
fc oxun Asib. i the vss i. 



XXIV. 24 25. 



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157 



king, The Lord thi God take thi vowe. 

24 To whom answeringe the king seith, 
Not as thou wolt, but I shal bye bi prijs 
of thee, and I shal not offre to the Lord 
my God brent sacrifice freeli 3euen. Than 
Dauid bou^te the corn flore/br sexe hun- 
drid siclis of gold, and the oxen for fifti 

25siclis of siluer. And Dauid bilde there 
an auter to the Lord, and he offride brent 
sacrifices and pesible ; and the Lord is 
plesid a3en to the loond, and the ven- 
iaunce is forfendyd fro Yrael. 

Here endith the secounde book of 
Kingis, and bigynneth the thridde 
book". 



he 

cornjloor; for 
vi. hundrid 



seide, Not as thou wolt, but Y schal bie k 
of thee for prijs, and Y schal not offre to 
'my Lord 1 God brent sacrifices 3ouun freli. 
Therfor Dauid bou3te the corn floorf, and 
V/<? bou^te oxis" for fifti siclis of siluer. 

A i -r- i i 'i i* i i siclis of gold, 

And Dauid bildide there an auter to the 25 ; the firete 
Lord, and offride brent sacrifices and pe- 
sible sacrifices ; and the Lord dide merci 
to the lond, and the veniaunce was re- 
freyned fro Israel. 

Here endith the secounde book of 
Kyngis, and here bigynneth the thridde . 



here. c. 



m of B. n From E. Here endith ike secounde bok of Kyngis, and here bygynneth the thrid boh. T. 
No final rubric in ABCH. 

k bie it i. > the Lord my i. m Om. i. n the oxen i. Here endith the secounde book of Kyngis, 
and bigynneth a prolog on the Hi. book of Kynges. G. Here endith the secounde book of Kyngis, and 
bieynneth the thridde. IQ. Here endith the secounde book of Kingis, se now the thridde. K. Here endith 
the secounde book of Kingis, and here bigynneth a prologe on the thridde. si. Here eendith the secunde book 
of Kyngis, and bygynneth the thridde book of Kyngis. NKSX. Here endith the secounde book of Kingis, and 
here bigynneth the thridde. o. Here endeth the secounde book, and bigynneth the thridde. b. Here endith 
the secunde book of Kyngis. 9. No final rubric in ELP. 



III. KINGS, 



{Prologue on the Third book of Kings*.} 

IN this thridde book of Kingis is contened the ending of Dauith, and the coro- 
riacioun of Salomon, }it lyuynge Dauith ; and how the Lord magnyfied Salomon with 
wisdom, and richessis, and in al prosperite, for the loue of Dauith his fadir, aboue alle 
kingis that weren bifor him and after, and 3af to hym pees on ech side. Also how 
the rewme was departid in the daies of Roboam, sone of Salomon, in to tweie kyng- 
doms, but the Lord reseruede the kyngdom of Juda to the generacioun of Dauith, for 
the merit of Dauith ; and of alle kingis that weren afterward on Juda and on Israel, 
in to the transmygracioun of Babiloyne. 



Here bigynneth the thridde book of 
Kyngls*. 

CAP. I. 

1 AND kyng Dauid hadde eeldid, and he 
hadde of age manye dais ; and whanne he 
was couerd with clothis, he was not maad 

2 hoot. Thanne his seruauntis seiden to 
hym, Seche we to oure lord b kyng c a 
3ong wexen d mayden ; and stonde she 
before the kyng, and fede she hym, and 
sleep in his bosum, and make she hoot 

3 oure lord kyng e . Thanne thei soften 
a fayre }ong womman in alle the coostis 
of Irael ; and thei founden Abisaag 
Sunamytem, and brou3ten hir to the 

4 kyng. Forsothe she was a child wom- 
man fayr ful mych, and she slepte with 
the kyng, and seruede to f hym ; forsothe 

5 the kyng knewe hyre not. Forsothe 
Adonyas, the sone of Agith, was reryd 
vp, seiynge, I shal regne. And he made 
to hym a chaar, and horsmen, and fifti 



Here beginneth the thridde book of 
Kyngis*. 

CAP. I. 

AND kyng Dauid wax c eld", and hadde i 
ful many daies of age ; and d wharine he 
was hilid with clothis, he was not maad 
hootf. Therfor hise seruauntis seiden to 2 
hym, Seke we to oure lord the 6 kyng a 
3ong wexynge virgyn ; and stonde sche 
bifor the kyng, and nursche sche hym, and 
slepe in his bosum, and make hoot f oure 
lord the 5 kyng. Therfor thei soften as 
3ong wexyng virgyn, fair in alle the 
coostis of Israel ; and thei founden Abisag 
of Sunam b , and thei brou3ten hir to the 
kyng. Forsothe' the damysel was ful 4 
fair, and sche slepte with the kyngj, and 
mynystride to hym ; forsothe the king 
knew not hir fleischliJ. Sotheli k Adonye,s 
sone 1 of Agith, was reisid m , and seide, Y 
schal regne. And he made to hym a 
chare, and kny3tis n , and fifti men, that 



t he was not 
made hoot ; for 
he was a wer- 
riour fro his 
jong age, and 
for he was 
hugely agast in 
the sist of the 
aungel. Lire 
here. c. 



J sche slepte 
iHth the king ; 
Abisag was 
weddid to 
Dauyth. Lire 
here. c. 



a From A. The thridde of Kyngis B. No initial rubric in CFH. b Om. a. c the kyng CE pr. m. 
d wexe H. e the kyng CE pr. m. a. s Om. B. 

* This Prologue is from M. b From AM. The thridde of Kynges l,. The in. of Kinges p. No initial 
rubric in the other Mss. c wexide i. waxide EKLb. cc ful old L. d Om. s. e Om.'i. f sche hoot i. 
S Om. i. h Sunamye s. i And i. J Om i. k And i. ' the sone i. m reisid up i. n ordeynede knijtis i. 



I. 6 17. 



III. KINGS. 



159 



men, that before him shulden renne. 

And his fadir vndurnam not hym eny 

tyme, seiynge, Whi thus diddist thou? 

Forsothe and he was ful fayr, the se- 

7 cound born after Absolon ; and the word 

of hym with Joab, the sone of Saruye, 

and with Abiathar, preest, that helpiden 

a the parties of Adonye. Forsothe Sa- 
doch, the preest, and Banayas, the sone 
of Joiade, and Nathan, the prophete, and 
Semei, and Cerethi, and Pherethi, and al 
the strength of the oost of Dauid, was 

9 not with Adonye. Thanne wethers, and 
calues, and alle the fat offrid biside the 
stoon of Zoelech, that was ny3 to the 
welle of Rogel, Adonyas clepede alle his 
britheren, the sones of the kyng, and alle 
the men of Juda, seruauntis of the kyng. 

10 Forsothe Nathan, the prophet, and Ba- 
naye, and alle the stronge men, and Salo- 

nmon, his brother, he clepide not. And 
so Nathan seide to Bersabe, the modir 
of Salomon, Whether hast thou herd, 
that Adonyas, the sone of Agith, v hath 
regnyd", and cure lord Dauid thes 

I2thingis vnknowith ? Now thanne come, 
and tak counseil of me, and saue thi lijf, 

13 and of thi sone Salomon. Go, and weend 
in to kyng Dauid, and sey to him, Whe- 
ther not thou, lord, my kyng, swore to 
me thin hoond womman, seiynge, that 
Salomon thi sone shal regne aftir me, 
and he shal sitte in my see ? Whi thanne 

uregneth Adonyas? And 3it there thee 
spekynge with the kyng, I shal come 

15 after thee, and fulfil thi wordis. And so 
Bersabe is goon yn to the kyng in the 
bedplace' 1 ; forsothe the kyng hadde eeldid 
ful myche, and Abisaag Sunamyte sem- 
is ede to him. Bersabe bowid hir, and 
honourede the king ; to whom the king, 

17 he seith, What wolt thou to thee? The 
which answerynge seith, My lord kyng, 
thou swore bi the Lord thi God to thin 



rurmen bifor hym. Nether his fadir re- 6 

preuyde hym ony tyme, and? seide, Whi 

'didist thoui this ? Forsothe 8 also he was 

ful fair, the secounde child aftir Absolon ; 

and his word was with Joab, sone 4 of? 

Saruye, and with 'Abiathar, preest u , that v 

helpiden the partis of Adonye. Sotheli w s 

Sadoch, the preest, and Banaie, sone x of 

Joiada, and Nathan, the prophete, and 

Semey, and Cerethi, and Ferethi, and al 

the strengthe of the oost of Dauid, weren 

not with Adonye. Therfor whanneu 

rammes weren offrid, and caluys, and alle 

fatte thingis, bisidis the stoon Zoelecht, ^'f oe ^ h; 

that was ny3 the welle of Rogel, Adonye Ebreys seven, 

J J the stoon 

clepide alle hise britheren, sones? of the drawun, for 
kyng, and alle the z men of Juda, ser- fsay'eden'iher 
uauntis of the kyng. Sotheli a 'he clepide 10 ^Ebrey*' " 
not b Nathan, the profete, and Banaie, and seyen, ww;- 

' the welle of a 

alle stronge men, and Salomon, his bro- fuiiere. /.ire 
thir c . Therfor d Nathan seide to Bersa-n 
bee, modir 6 of Salomon, Whether f thou 
herdist ff , that Adonye, sone* of Agith, 
regnede h , and oure lord Dauid knoweth 
not this ? Now therfor come thou, take 12 
thou counsel of me, and saue thi lijf, and 
of Salomon thi sone. Go thou, and entre is 
to kyng Dauid, and seie thou to hym, 
Whether not thou, my lord the kyng, 
hast swore to me, thin handmaide, and 
seidist, that Salomon thi sone schal regne 
aftir me, and he schal sitte in my trone ? 
Whi therfor regneth Adonye ? And 3it H 
while thou schalt speke there with the 
kyng, Y schal come aftir thee, and 'Y 
schal fille 1 thi wordis. Therfor Bersabeeis 
entride to the kyng in the closet k ; for- 
sothe 1 the kyng was ful eeld, and Abisag 
of Sunam 'mynystride to hym. Ber-ie 
sabee" bowide hir silf, and worschipide 
the kyng ; to whom the kyng seide, What 
wolt thou to thee ? And sche answeride, 17 
and seide, My lord the kyng, thou hast 
swore to thin handmaide bi thi Lord 



B schal regnen E pr.m. h bed E pr.m. 

Nethir Dauid i. P ne i. 1 hast thou do i. s But i. * the sone i. u the preest Abiathar i. 
v whiche i. w But i. * the sone i. y the sones i. z Om. i. a But i. b Om. i. c brothir he clepide 
not i. d And so i. e the modir i. f wher ceteri passim. ff hast herd i. S the sone i. h hath regnyd i. 
' fulfille i. bed place i. ' and i. "' seruyde i. n And Bersabee i. Om. i. 



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III. KINGS. 



i. 18 29. 



hound womman, Salomon thi sone shal 
regne after me, and shal sitte in my see ; 

18 and loo ! now Adonye hath regned, thee, 

19 my lord kyng, vnknowynge ; he hath 
slayn oxen, and alle the fatte, and manye 
wethers ; and clepide alle the sones of the 
kyng, and Abiathar, the preest, and 
Joab, the prince of the chyualrie ; for- 
sothe Salomon, thi seruaunt h , he clepide 

20 not. Neuerthelater 1 , my lord kyng, in 
thee the eyen of al Yrael beholden, that 
thou deme to hem, who owith to sit in 

21 thi see, my lord kyng, aftir thee ; and 
it shal be, whanne my lord kyng shal 
sleep with his faders, I and my sone 

22 Salomon shulen be synful. "$it she spek- 
ynge with the kyng, Nathan, the pro- 

23phete, cam. And men toolden to the 
kyng, seiynge, Nathan, the prophete, 
is ny3. And whanne he was comen in the 
si3t of the kyng, and hadde honourde 

24hym redi into the erthe, Nathan seide, 
My lord kyng, hast thow seide, Adonye 
regne after me, and he sitte vpon my 

25 trone ? For he cam doun to day, and 
offride oxen, and fatte thingis, and 
manye wethers ; and clepide alle the 
sonys of the kyng, and the prince of the 
oost, and Abiathar, the preest ; and hem 
etynge, and drynkynge before hym, and 

26 seiynge, Lyue the kyng Adonye, me, thi 
seruaunt, and Sadoch, the preest, and 
Benanye, the sone of Joiade, and Salo- 

27mon, thi sone, he clepide not. Whether 
of my lord the kyng wente out this 
word, and to me, thi seruaunt, thou 
shewedist not, who shulde be to sitte 
vpon the trone of my lord kyng after 

28 hym ? And kyng Dauid answerde, sei- 
ynge, Clepith to me Bersabe. The 
which whanne was goon in before the 
kyng, and hadde stoonden before hym, 

29 the king swore, and seith, The Lord 
lyueth, that hath delyuerd my soule fro 



God, Salomon thyf sone schal regne aftir 

me, and he schal sitte in my trone ; and is 

lo ! Adonye hath regnede now, 'while 

thou, my lord the kyng, knowist nofJ ; he 10 

hath slayn oxis r , and alle fatte thingis, 

and ful many rammes ; and he clepide 8 

alle the 1 sones of the king, also 'Abiathar 

preest 11 , and Joab, the prince of chyualri v ; 

but he clepide not Salomon, thi seruaunt. 

Netheles, my lord the vv kyng, the i3en ofao 

al Israel biholden in to thee, that thou 

schewe to hem, who owith to sitte in thi 

trone, my lord the x kyng, aftir thee ; and 21 

it schal be, whanne my lord the^ kyng 

hath slepte with hise fadris, Y and my 

sone Salomon schulen be synneris f. t r <""/ <n 

sone Salomon 

While sche spak* 3it with the king, Na- 22 sckuien be 
than, the prophete, cam. And thei telden 23 ^Adonye 



to the kyng, and s?iden, Nathan, the pro- 

phete, is present. And whanne he hadde }! ri " e v , s . fro 

liyf. 

entrid in the si3t of the kyng, and hadde here. 
worschipide hym lowli to a erthe b , Nathan 24 
seide, My lord the kyng, seidist thou, 
Adonye regne c aftir me, and sitte he on 
my trone? For he cam d doun to dai, and 25 
offride oxis e , and fatte thingis, and ful 
many wetheris ; and he clepide alle the 
sones of the kyng, also f Abiathar, preest ; 
and whanne thei eten, and drunken bifor 
hym, and seiden, Kyng Adonye lyue ; he 20 
clepide not me, thi seruaunt, and Sadoch, 
preests, and Banaie, sone h of Joiada, and 
Salomon, thi sone. Whether this word 27 
3ede out fro my lord the' kyng, and thou 
schewidist not to me, thi seruaunt, who 
schulde sitte on k the trone of my lord the 1 
king after hym? And kyng Dauid an- 28 
sweride, and seide, Clepe 36 Bersabee to 
me. And whanne sche hadde entrid bifor 
the kyng, and hadde stonde bifor hym, 
the kyng swoor, and seide, The Lord 29 
lyueth, that delyueryde 111 my lijf fro al an- 
gwisch ; for as Y swore to thee bi the so 
Lord God of Israel, and seide, Salomon, 



h sone A. ' Nerthelatere c passim. 

P thy A sec, m. 1 thee my lord kyng, vnvvitynge i. r oxen r. s hath clepid i. * Oni. s. u the 

preest Abiathar i. * the chyualri i. w Om. i. x Om. i. y Om. i. z Bersabee spekynge i. a in to i. 

" the erthe EIKLP. c regne he i. d hath come i. e oxen i. f and also i. S the preest i. h the 

sone i. > Om. i. k upon i. in i. 1 Om. i. m hath delyuered i. 



III.- KINGS. 



161 



30 al angwish ; for as I swore to thee bi the 
Lord God of Irael, seiynge, Salomon, thi 
sone, shal regne after me, and he shal 
sitte vpon my see after me, so I shal do 

31 to day. And Bersabe, the eheere put 
doun into the erthe, honourde the kyng, 
seiynge, Lyue my lord kyng Dauid 

32 with outen eende. And kyng Dauid 
seide, Clepith to me Sadoch, the preest, 
and Nathan, the prophete, and Ba- 
nayam, the sone of Joiade. The whiche 
whanne thei weren comyn yn before 

33 the kyng, the king seide to hem, Takith 
with 3ou the seruauntis of 3oure lord, 
and puttith my sone Salomon vpon my 

34 mule, and ledith hym into Gion. And 
anoynte hym there Sadoch, the preest, 
and Nathan, the prophete, into kyng 
vpon Yrael v and Juda 1 ; and 36 shulen 
synge with trompe, and seye, Lyue the 

35 king Salomon ! And 36 shulen stye vp 
after hym, and come to Jerusalem ; and 
he shal sitte vpon my see, and he shal 
regne for me ; and to hym I shal com- 
aunde, that he be duyk vpon Irael and 

scupon Juda. And Banayas, the sone of 
Joiade, answerde to the kyng, seiynge, 
Amen ; thus speke the Lord God of my 

37 lord the kyng. What maner wise the 
Lord was with my lord the kyng, so be 
he with Salomon, and hei3er make he 
the see of hym fro the see of my lord 

38 kyng Dauid. Thanne Sadoch, -the preest, 
wente doun, and Nathan, the prophete, 
and Banayas, the sone of Joyade, and 
Cerethi, and Pherethi ; and putten Salo- 
mon vpon the mule of Dauid, the kyng, 

39 and brou3ten hym into Gion. And Sa- 
doch, the preest, took an horn of oyle fro 
the tabernacle, and anoyntide Salomon ; 
and thei sungen with the trompe; and 
al the puple seide, Lyue the kyng Salo- 

-ininoii ! And al the multitude steyede vp 
after hym, and the puple of men syng- 



thi sone, schal regne after me, and he schal 

sitte on my trone for me, so Y schal do to 

dai. And Bersabee, with the" cheer cast 31 

doun in to erthe?, worschipide the kyng, 

and seide, My lord thei kyng Dauid lyue 

with outen ende'f . And kyng Dauid 32 1 with ouien 

seide, Clepe 36 Sadoch, the preest, to me, In Misf 

and Nathan, the prophete, and Banaie, jj 

sone r of Joiada. And whanne thei hadden here - c 

entrid bifor the kyng, the kyng seide toss 

hem, Take with 3ou the seruauntis of 

3oure lord, and putte 36 my sone Salomon 

on s my mule, and lede 36 hym in to Gyon. 

And Sadoch, the preest, and Nathan, the 34 

profete, anoynte* hym in to kyng on u 

Israel and Juda ; and 36 schulen synge 

with a clarioun v , and 36 schulen seie, Lyue 

kyng Salomon ! 3 e schulen stie w aftir hym, 35 

and 36 schulen come to Jerusalem ; and he 

schal sitte on x my trone, and he schal regne 

for me ; and Y schal comaunde to hym, 

that he be duyk on? Israel and on z Juda. 

And Banaie, sone a of Joiada, answeridese 

to the kyng, and seide, Amen, *ihat is, so 

be if 3 , ether* verili, ether feithfuli* ; so 

speke the Lord God of my lord the kyng. 

As the Lord was with my lord the 6 kyng, 37 

so be he with Salomon, and make he the 

trone of Salomon hei3ere than the trone 

of my lord the f kyng Dauid. Ther-38 

for Sadoch, the preest, 3ede doun, and 

Nathan, the prophete, and Banaie, sone h 

of Joiada, and Cerethi, and Ferethi ; and 

thei puttiden Salomon on 1 the mule of 

Dauid, the kyng, and thei brou3ten hym 

in to Gion. And Sadoch, the preest, took 3 

an horn of oile of the tabernacle, and 

anoyntide Salomon ; and thei sungen with 

a clarioun ; and al the puple seide, Lyue 

kyng Salomon ! And al the multitude 40 

stiede k after hym, and the puple of men 

syngynge with pipis, and 'of men 1 beynge 

glad with greet ioye, ^stiede aftir hym m ; 

and the erthe sownede of the cry of hem. 



1 Om. E pr.m. 

n hir i. o bowid i. P the erthe i. Q Om. ci. r the sone i. 

v trumpe i. w stie up i. x upon i. y upon i. z Om. i. 

' d The gloss omitted in ci. e Om. i. f Om. i. 8 Thanne i. 
1 Om. i. m Om. i. 

VOL. II. Y 



8 upon I. * anoynte thei i. u upon i. 
the sone i. b il doon B. c Om. os. 
the sone i. * upon i. k stiede up i. 



162 



III. KINGS. 



i. 41 51. 



ynge with trompis, and 'of gladynge 
with" 1 greet ioye ; and the erthe 'with 

41 ynne" sownede of the crye of hem. For- 
sothe Adonyas herde, and alle that weren 
beden 'to mete of hym ; and now the 
feest was eendid. But and Joab, the 
voys herd of the trompe, seith, What to 
hym wole the crye of the citee makynge 

42 noys ? 3it hy m spekynge, Jonathan, the 
sone of Abiathar, the preest, cam ; to 
whom seide Adonyas, Go yn, for a 
strong man thou ert, and good thingis 

43tellynge. And Jonathan answerde to 
Adonye, Nay ; forsothe the lord oure 
kyng Dauid hath ordeyned Salomon 

44 kyng ; and sente with hym Sadoch, the 
preest, and Nathan, the prophete, and 
Banayam, the sone of Joyade, and Cere- 
thi, and Pherethi ; and putten hym vpon 

45 the mule of the kyng. And Sadoch, the 
preest, and Nathan, the prophet, anoynt- 
iden hym kyng in Gion; and gladynge 
thei stieden thens, and the cite with 
ynne sownede ; this is the voys that 30 

4eherden. But and Salomon sitte vpon 

47 the see of the rewme ; and the ser- 

uauntis of the kyng goon yn, blessiden 

to oure lord kyng Dauid, seiynge, God 

more large the name of Salomon vpon 

thi name, and magnifie the trone of 

hym vpon thi trone. And kyng Dauid 

48honourdet> in his bed ; and ferthermore 

thes thingis spaki, Blessid the r Lord God 

of Yrael, that jaf to day a sitter in my 

49 see, seynge myn eyen. Thanne thei ben 
agaist, and alle risen, that weren bodyn 
'to meete 8 of Adonye, and echon jeede 

50 into his weie. Forsothe Adonyas, dred- 
ynge Salomon, roos, and jeed into the 
tabernacle of the Lord, and heelde the 

si horn of the auter. And thei toolden to 
Salomon seyynge,Loo! Adonyas dredynge 
kyng Salomon, holdith* the horn of the 



Forsothe 11 Adonye herde, and alle that 4 1 
weren clepid of hym to feeste ; and 
thanne the feeste was endid. But also 
Joab seide, whanne the vois of trumpe? 
was herd, What wole iti to it silf the cry 
of the citeeW makynge noise? 3it the r 42 
while he spak, Jonathan, sone 8 of Abia- 
thar, the preest, cam ; to whom Adonye 
seide, Entre thou, for thou art a strong 
man, and tellynge goode thingis. And 43 
Jonathan* answeride to Adonye, Nay; 
for oure lord the u kyng Dauid hath or- 
deyned Salomon kyng ; and Dauid sente v 44 
with Salomon Sadoch, the preest, and Na- 
than, the prophete, and Banaie, sone w of 
Joiada, and Cerethi, and Ferethi ; and 
thei puttiden x Salomon on? the mule of 
the kyng. And Sadoch, the preest, and 45 
Nathan, the prophete, anoyntiden z hym 
kyng in Gion ; and thei camen doun fro 
thennus beynge glad, and the citee sown- 
ede ; this is the vois which a 30 herden. 
But also Salomon sittith on b the trone of ^6 
rewme c ; and the seruauntis of the kyng 47 
entriden d , and blessiden f oure lord thes 
kyng Dauid, and seiden, God make large 
the name of Salomon aboue thi name, and 
magnyfye h his trone aboue thi trone. And 
kyng Dauid worschipide in his bed ; and 4a 
ferthermore he spak these thingis, Blessid 
be the Lord God of Israel, that 3af k to 
dai a sittere in my trone, while myn i3en 
seen 1 . Therfor alle, that weren clepid of 49 
Adonye to feeste 1 ", weren aferd, and ris- 
iden n , and ech man 3ede in to his weie. 
Sotheli Adonye dredde Salomon, and so 
roosP, and 3ede in to the tabernacle of the 
Lord, and heldei the horn r of the auter. 
And thei telden to Salomon, and seiden, 51 
Lo ! Adonye dredith the kyng Salomon, 
and holdith 8 the horn* of the auter, and 
seith, Kyng Salomon swere to me to dai, 
that he schal not sle his seruaunt bi 11 swerd. 



m verne glad and maden B recens manus. n Om. B rec. m. Om. E pr. m. 
spak, and the kyng seid B rec. m. r be A. s Om. E pr. n. * halt BCEFH. 



P smellede E pr. m. 



n And i. the feeste IKM. rthetrumpeK. lOm. A sec. m. VI Om. s. r Om. i. s the sone I. tJona- 
thas i. u Om. i. T hath sent i. w the sone i. x han putt i. y upon i. z han anoyntid I. a that i. 
b upon i. c the rewme i. d han entrid i. f han blessid i. S Om. i. h make greet i. k hath joue i. 
1 seynge it i. m the feeste IKLP. n risen B. resen up i. resen p. And i. P roos up i. q he helde i. 
r horn or corner i. s he holdith i. l cornere i. u with i. 



1. 5211. 7. 



III. KINGS. 



163 



auter, seiynge, Swere to me to dai kyng 
Salomon, that he shal not sle his ser- 

52uaunt bi swerd. And Salomon seide, If 
he were a good man, there shal not falle 
forsothe an heere of hym in to the erthe; 
forsothe if yuel were foundun in hym, he 

53 shal die. Thanne kyng Salomon sente, 
and broii3te hym out fro the auter ; and 
goon yn, he honourde king Salomon ; 
and Salomon seide to hym, Go into thin 
hows. 

CAP. II. 

i Forsothe the days of Dauid nei3iden 
that he shulde die ; and he comaundide 

2 to Salomon, his sone, seiynge, Loo! I 
weende into the weye of al erthe ; tak 

acoumfort, and be a strong man u . And v 
keep wel the waardis and the heestis of 
the Lord thi God, that thou goo in the 
weyes of hym, and kepe the cerymonyes 
of hym, and the heestis of hym, and 
domys, and witnessyngis, as it is writyn 
in the lawe of Moyses ; that thou vndur- 
stonde al that thou dost, and whidir euer 

4 thou turne thee. That the Lord conferme 
his wordis, 'the whiche vv the Lord spak 
of me, seiynge, If thi sonys kepen my 
weyes w , and goon before me in treuth, 
and in al her hert, and in al her soule, 
there shal not be doon awey to thee a 

5 man fro the kyngis seete x of Israel. For- 
sothe thou hast knowun what thingis? 
Joab, the sone of Saruye, dide to me ; 
what he dide to the z two princis of the 
oost of Irael, to Abner, the sone of Ner, 
and to Amasi, the sone of Gether, whom 
he slew3, and shadde the blood of the 
batayl in pees ; and putte the blood of the 
batail in his girdyl, that was about his 
leendis, and in his shoo, that was in his 

6 feet. Thanne thou shalt do after thi 
wisdam, and thou shalt not brynge doun 

7 the hoornes of hym pesibli to hellis. But 
and to the sones of Berzellay Galadite 



And Salomon seide, If he is a good mant,52t/A 

sotheli not oon v heer of hym schal falle in 

to erthe w ; but if yuel be foundun in hym, war . d 

J * naciouns, to 

he schal die. Therfor kyng Salomon sente, 53 gefe the rewme. 
and ledde r hym out x fro the auter ; and 
he entride, and worschipide kyng Salo- 
mon ; and Salomon seide to hym, Go in 
to thin hows. 






CAP. II. 

Forsothe the daies of Dauid nei3iden, 1 
that he schulde die ; and he comaundide 
to Salomon, his sone, and seide, Lo ! Y 2 
entre in to the weie of al ertheJ"; be thou 
coumfortid, and be thou a strong man. 
And kepe thou the kepyngis and heestis z 3 
of thi Lord God, that thou go in hise 
weies, and kepe hise cerymonyes, and hise 
heestis, and hise domes, and witnessyngis, 
as it is writun in the lawe of Moises ; 
that thou vndurstonde alle thingis whiche 
thou doist, and whidur euer thou schalt 
turne thee. That the Lord conferme hise * 
wordis, whiche the Lord spak of me, and 
seide, If thi sones kepen my weies, and 
goen bifor me in treuthe, in al her herte, 
and in al her soule, a man schal not be 
takun awei of thee fro the trone of Israel. 
Also thou knowist what thingis Joab, 5 
the sone of Saruye, dide a to mej ; what 
thingis he dide to twey princis of the 
oost of Israel, to Abner, sone b of Ner, and 
to Amasa, sone b of Jether, whiche he 
killide, and schedde the blood of batel^ in 
pees ; and puttide the blood of batel in 
his girdil, that was aboute hise leendis, 
and in d his scho e , that was in hise feet. 
Therfor thou schalt do by thi wisdom, 
and thou schalt not lede forth his hoor- 
nesse pesibli to hellis ||. But also thou? 
schalt 3elde grace to the sones of Bersellai 
of Galaad, and thei schulen be eetynge 



J dide to me ; 
Rabi Salomon 
seith, that Joab 
schewide to 
othere men the 
priuy lettris of 
Dauyth to sle 
Vrie. Lire 
here. c. 
the blood of 
batel ; that is, 
he schedde out 
in the tyme of 
pees ma'nnus 
blood, that owith 
not to be sched 
out no but in 
batel. Lire 
here. c. 
|| to hellis ; 
Ebreys seyen, 
to a dich, ether 
sepulcre, for 
Dauyth pur- 
poside not, that 
Joab schulde go 
doun to the 
helle of damp- 
ned men ; ther- 
for that was o 
cause whi Da- 
uyth wolde, that 
he were pu- 
nyschid here, 
lest he were 
punyschid in 
helle, as Rabi 
Salomon seith ; 
as it was seid 
of Achar in 
vii. c.of Josue. 
Lire here. c. 



Om. F. v Om. ABH., vv that c pr. n. w hestes E pr.m. * citee A. Tf thing A. * Om. A. 

v an i. w the erthe I. * out Adonye i. y erthe, that is, to deth i. z the heestis I. a hath do I. 
b the sone i. c he hath putt i. d Om. i. e schoyng i. 

Y 2 



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III. KINGS. 



II. 8 1 8. 



thou shalt 3eelde grace, and thei shulen 
be etynge in thi bord ; forsothe thei 
camen a3en to me, whanne I flei3 fro the 

8 face of Absolon, thi brother. And thou 
hast anentis thee Semei, the sone of Gera, 
the sone of Gemyny, of Bahurym, that 
curside to me bi the werst cursynge, 
whanne I wente to the defensable placys ; 
but for he cam doun to me into a3en 
comynge, whanne I shulde passe Jordan, 
and I swore to hym bi the Lord, seiynge, 

9 1 shal not sle thee bi swerd, thou wole 
not suffre hym to be harmles ; forsothe 
a wise man thou art, and thou shalt 
knowe what thou shalt doo to hym, and 
thou shalt lede doun his hoor heeris with 

10 blood to helle. Forsothe Dauyd slepte 
with his faders, and is biried in the citee 

11 of Dauid. Forsothe the days, in the 
whiche Dauid regnede vpon Yrael, ben 
fourti 3eer ; in Ebron he regnede seuen 
3eer, and in Jerusalem three and thretti. 

12 Salomon forsothe sat vpon the troone of 
Dauid, his fader, and the rewme of hym 

is is fastned ful mych. And Adonyas, the 
sone of Agith, 3eede into Bersabe, the 
moder of Salomon ; the which seide to 
hym, Whether pesible thin yncomynge ? 

14 The which answerde, Pesible. And he 
addide, A word to me is to thee. To 

is whom she seith, Spek. And he, Thou, 
he seith, knewe a for the rewme was with 
me, and al Irael purposide to make me 
into a kyng to hym ; but the rewme is 
translatid, and is maad of my brother ; 
of the Lord forsothe it is ordeynd to 

16 hym. Now thanne oon askyng Y preye 
of thee ; ne confounde thou my face. The 

17 which seide to hym, Spek. And he seith, 
Y preye that thou seye to Salomon the 
kyng ; forsothe ne to thee he may eny 
thing denye ; that he 3yue to me Abi- 

issaag Sunamyte wijf. And Bersabe seith, 
Wei, Y shal speke for thee to the kyng. 



in thi boord ; for thei metten me, whanne 
Y fledde fro the face of Absolon, thi bro- 
ther. Also thou hast anentis thee Semey, 8 
sone f of Gera, sone f of Gemyny, of Bahu- 
rym, whichs Semei curside me bi the 
worste cursyng, whanne Y 3ede to 'the 
castels 1 ' ; but for 1 he cam doun to me in to 
metyng k , whanne Y passide Jordan, and 
Y swoor to him bi the Lord, and seide, Y 
schal not slee thee bi 1 swerd, nyle thou 9 
suffre hym to be vnpunyschid ; forsothe 
thou art a wise man, and thou schalt wite 
what thou schalt do to hym, and thou 
schalt lede forth hise hoor heeris with 
blood to hellis. Sotheli Dauid slepte 10 
with hise fadris, and was biriede in the 
citee of Dauid. Forsothe 11 the daies, inn 
whiche Dauid regnede on Israel, ben 
fourti 3eer; in Ebron he regned seuene 
3eer, in? Jerusalem*! thre and thretti 3eer. 
Forsothe Salomon sat onii the trone of 12 
Dauid, his fadir, and his rewme was maad 
stidfast greetli. And Adonye, sone r of is 
Agith, entride to Bersabee, modir 8 of 
Salomon ; and sche seide to hym, Whether 
thin entryng is pesible ? And he answer- 
ide, It is pesible. And he addide*, A word u 
of me is to thee. v To whom" sche seide, 
Speke thou. And he seide, Thou knowist 13 
that" the rewme was myn, and al Israel 
purposide to make me in to king to hem ; 
but the rewme is translatid, and is maad 
my brotheris ; for w of the Lord it is or- 
deyned to hym. Now therfor Y preye of is 
the oon axyng ; schende* thou not my 
face. And sche seide to hym, Speke thou. 
And he seide, Y preie, that thou seie to 17 
Salomon the king ; for he may not denye 
ony thing to thee ; that he 3yue to* 1 me 
Abisag of Sunam wijf z . And Bersabee is 
seide, Wei, Y schal speke for thee to the 
kyng. Therfor Bersabee cam to kyng* 19 
Salomon, to speke to hym for Adonye ; 
and the kyng roos a3ens the comyng of 



a knowe A. 



f the sone i. S the which i. h defensable placis I. ' for thi i. k my metyngi. ' with i. m And i. 
n And i. upon i. P and in ci. 1 Israel N. <iq upon i. r the sone i. s the modir i. * addide to i. 
11 And i. v for BC. w for whi i. * confounde i. y Om. i. z to wijf i. a the kyng i. 



II. iQ a8. 



III. KINGS. 



165 



igThanne Bersabe cam to kyng Salomon, 
that she speke to hym for Adonye ; and 
the kyng roos into the b a3encomynge of 
hire, and he c honourde hire, and he satte 
vpon his troone ; and there is sett a 
troone to the moder of the kyng, the 

20 which sat at the ri3t side of hym. And 
sche seide to hym, Oon litil askynge I 
preye of thee; ne confounde thou my 
face. And the kyng seide to hire, Ask, 
moder myn ; forsothe ne leeueful it is 

21 that I turne awey thi face. The which 
seith, Abisaag Sunamyte be jouen to 

22 Adonye, thi brother, a wijf. And kyng 
Salomon answerde, and seide to his mo- 
der, Whi askist thou Abisaag Sunamyte 
to Adonye ? Ask 'to hym d and the kyng- 
dam ; forsothe he is my brother more 
than I, and hath Abiathar, the preest, 

23 and Joab, the sone of Saruye. And so 
kyng Salomon swore bi the Lord, sei- 
ynge, These thingis do to me God, and 
thes thingis adde, for a3ens his lijf Ado- 

24nye hath spoken this word. And now 
lyueth the Lord, that confermyde me, 
and sette me vpon the see of Dauid, my 
fader, and that made to me an hows, as 
he spak, for to day Adonye shal be 

25 slayn. And kyng Salomon sente bi the 
hoond of Banaye, the sone of Joiade ; 

26 the which slew3 hym, and is deed. For- 
sothe the kyng seide to Abiathar, the 
preest, Go into Anathot, to thi feelde ; 
and forsothe a man of deeth thou art ; 
but to day I shal not sle thee, for thou 
here the arke of the Lord God before 
Dauid, my fader, and thou susteynedist 
traueyle in alle thingis, in the whiche 

27traueilde my fader. Thanne Salomon 
made Abiathar, that he was not the 6 
preest of the Lord, that the word of the 
Lord were fulfillid, the which he spak 

2 vpon the hows of Hely, in Silo. Forsothe 
there cam a messager to Salomon, that 



hir b , and worschipide hir, and 'sat on c his 

Siiiium ; sche 

trone ; and a trone was set to themodir of was wijf of Da- 

. . , , . . uyth,andtherbi 

the kyng, and sche sat at his ri3t side. And 20 the queen ; and 
sche seide to hym, Y preie of thee o litil hadde h weye to 
axyng; schende d thou not my face. And rewme'bi'the 
the kyng seide to hir, My modir, axe heI P f Joab a " d 

. of Abiathar,and 

thou ; for 6 it is not leueful that Y turne of othere men 

ji < c A i i i A i fauorinee him. 

awei thi' race. And sche seide, Abisag2i And Salomon, 

of Sunamf be 3ouun wijf to Adonye, thi 

brother. And kynp- Salomon answeride, 22 than his . 

' 3 perseyuede this, 

and seide to his modir, Whi axist thou 



and 

Abisag of Sunam to Adonye? Axe thou also the rewme, 
to hym also the rewme ; fors he is v my 
gretter 1 ' brothir, and he hath Abiathar, 
preest, and Joab, sone' of Saruye. Ther- 23 Adony 

* this word a^enus 

for kyng Salomon swoor bi the Lord, and his u y f, for he 
seide, God do to me these thingis, and 
adde these thinges k , for Adonie spak 1 this 
word a3ens his lijf. And now the Lord 24 !" adir 

lawe, in xvni. 

lyueth, that confermede m me, and hath 
set me on n the trone of my fadir, and 
that hath maad to me an hows, as he 
spak, for Adonye schal be slayn to dai. 



Lire here. c. 



piaoe'ortM e 



And kyng Salomon sente bi the hond of25<; iteesassi gned 

* for her dwelling 

Banaie, sone of Joiada ; which? Banaie in xxxv. c. of 

killidei Adonye, and he was deed. Also 20 

the kyng seide to Abiathar, preesf, Go 

thou in to Anatot, to thi feeld ; and s \ in f '? >' tha ' 

he schulde be 

sotheli thou art a man of deeth, * that is, cast out f ro 

.-, ., t , , 7 ,, presthod, as in 

worthi the* deeth, for conspiryng a^ens i. book ii. c . 

me, and the ordynaunce of God, and of Aaron wts 

my fadir*; but to dai Y schal not sle thee, j^" && 

for thou barist v the arke of the Lord God chesin g, in 

xxvni. c. of 

bifor Dauid, my fadir, and thou suffridist Exodi and in 
trauele in alle thingis, in whiche my fadir Nmeri.And 
trauelide. Therfor Salomon puttide out 27 
Abiathar, that he schulde not be preest w a , nd 

that dwelliden, 

of the Lord, that the word of the Lord whanneii. 
were fillid x , which? he spak on z the hows deed bifor the 
of Heli, in Silo. Forsothe a a messager 28 ^Jodi and 
cam to Salomon, that 1 ' Joab hadde bowid * hann f' bi ^ od - 

dis wille, the 

aftir Adonye, and that he hadde not presthod pass- 

ide to Eleazar 

bowid after Salomon. Therfor Joab fledde and hise sone?, 
in to the tabernacle of the Lord, and took ' 



b Om. E. c Om. CE. d forsothe E pr.m. e Om. A. 

b his modir i. c he sat upon i. d confounde i. e forsothe i. f my i. & certis i. h myn eldir i. 
1 the sone i. k thingis to i, l hath spoke i. m hath confermed i. n upon i. the sone i. P and i. 
1 slewje i. r the preest i. s Om. A. * to EL. >u that is, worthi ofdeth.for conspiring ayns me and 
Dauid myjadir i marg. * hast bore i. w the preest A see. m. i. * fulfillid i. y that r. z upon- 1. 
a And i. b and seide that i. 



166 



III. KINGS. 



n. 29 37. 



Joab was bowid doun after Adonye, and 
after Salomon hadde not bowid. Thanne 
Joab flei} into the tabernacle of the Lord, 

29 and cairjte the horn of the auter. And 
it is toold to kyng Salomon, that Joab 
hadde flowen into the tabernacle of the 
Lord, and was biside the auter ; and Sa- 
lomon sente Banaye, the sone of Joiade, 

soseiynge, Go, and sle hym. And Banaye 
cam to the tabernacle of the Lord, and 
seide to hym, Thes thingis seith the 
kyng, Go out. The which seith, I shal 
not goo out, but here I shal die. Ba- 
nayas toolde a)en to the kyng the word, 
seiynge, Thes thingis spak Joab, and thes 

si thingis answerde he to me. And the 
kyng seide to hym, Do as he spak, and 
sle hym, and birye ; and thou shalt doo 
awey the innocent blood, that is shad of 
Joab, fro me, and fro the hows of my 

32 fader. And the Lord 3eelde vpon his 
heed the blood of hym, for he slew3 two 
ri3twise men betere than hym self, and 
he killide hem bi swerd, Dauid, my fa- 
der, vnknowynge, Abner, the sone of 
Ner, the prince of the chyualrie of Irael, 
and Amasam, the sone of Gether, prince 

33 of the oost of Juda. And the blood of 
hem shal turne a3en into the heed of Joab, 
and into the heed of the seed of him in 
to euermore ; forsothe to Dauid, and to 
his seed, and to the f hows v of hym&, and 
to the troone of hym be pees of the Lord 

34 into withouten eende. And so Banaye, 
the sone of Joiade, steied vp, and h wente 
to, and slew3 hym ; and he is biryed in 

35 his hows in desert. And the kyng or- 
deynede for hym Banaye, the sone of 
Joiade, vpon the oost ; and Sadoch he 

sesette preest for Abiathar. Forsothe the 
kyng sente, and clepide Semei, and seide 
to hym, Bild vp to thee howsis in Jeru- 
salem, and dwel there, and thou shalt 

37 not goo out thens hidir and thider ; for- 



the horn of the auter. And it was teld to 29 w ch ] 
kyng Salomon, that Joab hadde fledde in cam doun. So- 
to the tabernacle of the Lord, and was 
bisidis the auter ; and Salomon sente 
Banaie, sone c of Joiada, and seide, Go , ^ 

puple, he took 

thou, and sle hym. And Banaie cam to the so to him the 
tabernacle of the Lord, and seide to Joab, 



was seid in I . 
book of Kingis 
ii. c". ; and of 
him cam doun 
this Abiathar, 
whom Salomon 
castide out, in 
puttinge Sa- 

sweride these thingis to me. And the kyng 31 S Me. m 
seide to Banaie, Do thou as he spak e f, 
and sle thou hym, and birie him* ; and thou 
schalt remoue the innocent blood, that 



The kyng seith these thingis, Go thou out. 
And he d seide, Yschal not go out, but Yschal 
die here. Banaie telde the word to the kyng, 
and seide, Joab spak thes thingis, and an- 



remoue 

sched out of Joab, fro me, and fro 
the hows of my fadir. And the Lord 
3elde on h his 1 heed his blood, for he killide 
twei iust men, and k betere than hym silf, 
and he killide hem bi 1 swerd, while 111 
Dauid, my fadir, v wiste not", Abner, the 
sone of Ner, the prince of the chyualrie 
of Israel, and Amasa, sone of Jether, the? 
prince of the oost of Juda. And the blood 33 
of hem schal turne a3en in to the heed of 
Joab, and in to the heed of his seed with 
outen ende ; forsothe^ pees be of the Lord 
til in to with outen ende to Dauid, and to 
his seed, and to the hous and trone of 
hym. Therfor Banaie, sone r of Joiada, 34 
stiede 8 , and asailide 1 , and killide Joab u ; 
and Joab was biried in his hows in de- 
see^. 

sone v of Joiada, on w the oost for hym 
and the kyng puttide^ Sadoch preest 2 for 
Abiathar. Also the kyng sente, and cle-se 
pide Semey, and seide to hym, Bilde to 
thee an hows in Jerusalem, and dwelle 
thou there, and thou schalt not go out fro 
thennus a hidur and thidur ; sotheli b 
what euer dai thou goist out, and passist 
the stronde of Cedron, wite thou thee 
worthi to be slayn ; thi blood schal be on 
thin heed. And Semei seide to the kyng, 



s P ak ' yng<s 

Y schal die, 

for he was 

drawun awey 

violently fro 



as it is bedun 
in xxi. c. of 
Exody. Lire 
here. c. 



And the kyng ordeynede Banaie, 35 : Joab wot 

biried in his 

; hows in desert ; 



pore men; 

wherfore 

Ebreys seyen, 



deth was jouun 
to him, in to 
clensing of hise 
synnes. Lire 
here. c. 



f Om. CE. S Om. E pr. m. h Om. ABFH. 



c the sone i. d Joab i. e hath spoke i. f Om. is. S is i. h upon i. i Joabs i. k Om. i. 1 with i. 
m Om. i. n vnwiting it i. the sone i. P Om. i. 1 but i. r the sone i. s stiede up i. 4 asailide 
Joab i. u him i. v the sone i. w upon i. * Joab i. y putte i. z the preest i. a Jerusalem i. 
b for i. 



n. 3 8 in. i. 



III. KINGS. 



167 



sothe whateuere day thou were goon 
out, and passist ouer the stream of Ce- 
dron, wite thou thee to be slayn ; thi 

38 blood shal be vpon thin heed. And Se- 
mei seide to the king, Good is the word 
of the kyng; as my lord kyng hath 
spokyn, so thi seruaunt shal doo. And so 
Semei dwellide in Jerusalem manye dais. 

39 It is doon forsothe after three jeer, that 
the seruauntis of Semei flowen to Achis, 
the sone of Macha, the kyng of Geth; 
and it is toold to Semei, that his ser- 

.jouauntis weren goon in to Geth. And 
Semei roos, and greithide his asse 1 , and 
wente to Achis, into Geth, to his ser- 
uauntis to be soujt ; and he broujte hem 

.najen fro Geth. It is toold forsothe to 
kyng Salomon, that Semei was goon to 
Geth fro Jerusalem, and was turned ajen. 

42 And sendynge he clepide hym, and seide 
to hym, Whether Y witnesside not to 
thee bi the Lord, and before seide to 
thee, What euer dai thou were goon out 
hidir and thidir, wite thou thee to be to 

43 die ; and thou answerdist to me, Good is 
the word that I herde? Whi thanne 
kepist k thou not the ooth of the Lord, 
and the heest that I comaundide to thee ? 

44 And the kyng seide to Semei, Thou hast 
knowun al the yuel, of the which thin 
herte is gilti to thee, the which thou did- 
dist to Dauid, my fader ; the Lord hath 

453olden thi malice into thin heed. And 
kyng Salomon blisside ; and the troone of 
Dauid shal be stable before the Lord 

46vnto euermore. And so the kyng co- 
maundide to Banaye, the sone of Joiade ; 
the which stert to, smoot hym, and he is 
deed. 

CAP. III. 

i Thanne the rewme is confermyd into 
the hoondis of Salomon ; and bi affynyte 
he is joyned to Pharao, the kyng of 
Egipt ; forsothe he took his doujter, and 



The word of the kyng is good ; as my 
lord the c kyng spak, so thi seruaunt schal 
do. Therfor d Semey dwellide in Jeru- 
salem in e many daies. Forsothe f it was 39 
doon after thre jeer, that the seruauntis 
of Semei fledden to Achis, sone of Maa- 
cha, the h kyng of Geth ; and it was teld 
to Semey, that hise seruauntis hadden 1 go 
in to Geth. And Semey roos k , and sadlide40 
his asse, and jede to Achis, in to Geth, to 
seke hise seruauntis; and broujte 1 hem 
ajen fro Geth. Forsothe it was teld to4i 
kyng Salomon, that Semey hadde go n to 
Geth fro Jerusalem, and hadde come ajen. 
And Salomon sente, and clepide hym, and 42 
seide to hym, Whether Y witnessede not 
to thee bi the Lord, and bifor seide to 
thee, In what euer dai thou schalt go out 
hidur and thidur, wite thou that thou 
schalt die; and thou answeridist to me, 
The word is good, which Y herde? ? Whi 43 
therfor keptist thou not the ooth of the 
Lord, and the comaundementi which 1 " Y 
comaundide to thee? And the kyng seide 44 
to Semei, Thou knowist al the yuel, of 
which 3 thin herte is gilti to thee 1 , which 
yuel thou didist u to my fadir ; the Lord 
hath jolde thi malice in to thin heed. And 45 
kyng Salomon schal be blessid ; and the 
trone of Dauid schal be stable bifor the 
Lord til in to with outen ende. Therfor 4C 
the kyng comaundide v to Banaie, sone w of 
Joiada; and he assailide x , and smoot 
Semeyy, and he was deed. 



CAP. III. 

Therfor the rewme was confermyd in 
to the hondis of Salomon ; and bi affynyte, 
Aether aliaunce 2 , he was ioyned to Pharao, 
kyng of Egipt ; for he a took 1 ' the doujter 



i assis A. k keptist CE. 

c Om. i. d And so i. e Om. i. * But i. 8 the sone i. h Om. i. > weren i. k roos up i. 1 he 
brou3te i. m And i. n goon out i. that i. P haue herd of thee i. 1 heest i. r that i. s the 
which i. t thi selff i. hast do i. v comaunde A. w the sone is. * assailede Semey i. y him i. 
z Om. ci. a Salomon i. b took to nijf i. 



168 



III. KINGS. 



III. 2 II. 



broujte into the cite of Dauid, to the 
tyme that he hadde fulfillid beeldynge 
his hows, and the hows of the Lord, 
and the wal of Jerusalem bi enuyroun. 

2 Neuerthelater the puple offride in hei3 
placis ; forsothe the temple was not 
beildid to the name of the Lord vnto 

3 that dai. Forsothe Salomon louede the 
Lord, goynge in the heestis of Dauid, 
his fader, out taak that in hei3 placis he 
offrede, and tende vp the maad encense. 

4 And so Salomon wente into Gabaon, that 
he offre there ; forsothe that was the 
moost hei3 place. Salomon offride a thou- 
sand oostis into brent sacrifice vpon that 

sauter in Gabaon. Forsothe the Lord 
aperide to Salomon bi 1 sleepe the ny3t, 
seiynge, Ask that thou wolt, that I 3yue 

e to thee. And Salomon seith, Thou didist 
with thi seruaunt, my fader Dauid, greet 
mercy, as he wente in thi si3t, in treuth 
and in ri3twisnes, and in ri3t herte with 
thee ; thou hast kept to hym thi greet 
merci, and hast 3euen to hym a sone, 
sittynge vpon his troone, as it is to dai. 

7 And now, Lord God, thou hast maad thi 
seruaunt to regne for Dauid, my fader ; 
forsothe I am a litil child, and vnknow- 
ynge the goynge out and myn yncom- 

s ynge. And thi seruaunt is in the mydil 
of the puple, whom thou hast chosun, of 
a puple with out eende, that may not be 
noumbred and gessid, for multitude. 

9 Thanne thou shalt 3yue to thi seruaunt 
an able herte to lore, that he may deme 
thi puple, and knowe betwix good and 
yuel ; forsothe who may deme this puple, 

10 thi puple thus myche ? Thanne the word 
pleside before the Lord, that Salomon 

11 hadde askid siche a maner thing. And 
the Lord seide to Salomon, For thou 
askedist this word, and askidist not to 
thee manye dais, ne ritchessis, othere" 



of Faraof, and brou3te c in to the citee of 
Dauid, til d he 'fillide bildynge 6 his hows, 
and the hows of the Lord, and the ee wal 
of Jerusalem bi cumpas. Netheles the 2 
puple f offride^ in hi3e places ; for h the 
temple was not bildid to 1 the name of the 
Lord til in to that dai. Forsothe k Salo-3 
mon louyde the Lord, and 3ede in the 
comaundementis 1 of Dauid, his fadir, out 
takun that Salomon offride in hi3e placisj, 
and brente encense "in fireplaces. Ther-4 
for" Salomon 3ede in to Gabaon, to offre 
there; for? thilkei was the moost hi3 
place$. Salomon offride ori r that auter 
in Gabaon a thousynde offryngis in to 
brent sacrifice. Sotheli the Lord apperides 
to Salomon bi sleep in the ny3t, and seide, 
Axe thou 'that, that 8 thou wolt, that Y 
3yue* to thee. And Salomon seide, Thoue 
hast do greet merci with thi seruaunt Da- 
uid, my fadir, as he 3ede in thi si3t, in 
treuthe, and ri3tfulnesse u , and ri3tful v herte 
with thee ; thou hast kepte to hym thi 
greet merci, and hast 3ouun to hym a 
sone, sittynge on w his trone, as it is to 
dai. And now, Lord God, thou hast maad 7 
thi seruaunt to regne for Dauid, my fadir ; 
forsothe Y am a litil child, and not know- 
ynge myn outgoynge and entryng r . And s 
thi seruaunt is in the myddis of the pu- 
ple, which thou hast chose, of puple with 
outen noumbre, that may not be noumbrid 
and rikened, for multitude. Therfor thou 9 
schalt 3yue to thi seruaunt an herte able 
to be tau3t, 'that is, limned of thee s , that 
he may deme the* puple, and iuge u bitwixe 
good and yuel ; for who may deme this 
puple, thi puple, this v miche puple ||? 
Therfor the word pleside bifore the Lord, 
that Salomon w hadde axid sich a thing. 
And the Lord seide to Salomon, For thou 
axidist this word, and axidist not to thee 
many daies, nether richessis, nether the 



t the doubter 
of Farao; Sa- 
lomon synnede 
not in this, for 
this womman 
forsook hethen- 
esse, and was 
conuertid to 
the feith of 
o veri God. 
Lire here. c. 



J offride in hiie 
places; this 
was leueful 
thanne, nethe- 
les it was lesse 
good than to 
offre in the 
place, where 
the arke of God 
was. Bifor the 
bilding of the 



ing, it was 
leueful to offre 
in othere places 
than bifor the 
arke ; but aftir 
the bilding of 
the temple, this 
was not leue- 
ful, no but [bi] 
special stiring 
of God, as Elie 
elide, in II I. book 
of Kingis, xviii. 
c". Lire here. c. 



nesse of erthe, 
but of reue- 
rence and 
onour ; for the 
tabernacle and 



whiche Moyses 
made, weren 
there; in i.book 
of Paral. xxi. 
c". Lire here. c. 



ay, with out 

thi special 
' 



1 in B rec. m. m bi B rec. m. n neither B rec. m. 



c broujte hir i. d til that i. e bildynge hadde fulfillid i. ee Om. s. f puple of the citee K. 
% offride jit K. h forsothe i. ' in i. k Sothely i. l heestis i. m Om. i. " And so i. wente i. 
P certis i. <! that EIL. r upon i. s what that E. that what L. * jyue it i. u rijtwisnesse i. v in 
rijtful i. w upon i. r myn yn comyng i. s Om. i. l thi i. u discryue i. v thus i. w he i. 



III. 12 22. 



III. KINGS. 



169 



the lyues of thin enemyes, but thou 
askedist to thee wisdam to knowe doom, 

12 loo ! I haue doon to thee after thi wordis, 
and 3euen to thee a wise herte and an 
vndurstondynge, in so myche that noon 
before thee were? lijk thee, ne aftir thee 

13 ben to ryse. But andi thes thingis, "the 
whiche r thou askydist not, I haue 3euen 
to thee, that is, ritchessis, and glorie, that 
noon were lijk to thee in kyngis alle 

u dais after. Forsothe if thou gost in my 
weies, and kepist myn heestis, and my 
comaundementis", as wente thi fader, long 

15! shal make thi dais. Thanne Salomon 
wook vp, and vndurstood that it was a 
sweuen. And whanne he was comen to 
Jerusalem, he stood before the arke of 
the boond of pees of the Lord, and offride 
brent sacrifices, and made slayn pesible 
sacrifices, and a greet feste to alle his 

leseruauntis. Thanne camen two wymmen 
strompettis to the kyng, and stoden be- 

17 fore hym ; of the whiche oon seith, I 
biseche, my lord, I and this womman 
dwelliden in oon hows, and I bare child 3 

isanentis hire in the bed. The thridde for- 
sothe day after that I bare, bare' and u 
this ; and we v weren togidir, and noon 
othere in the hows with vs, out takun vs 

19 two. Forsothe the sone of this womman 
is deed to ny^t, for slepynge she ouerlaye 

20 hym ; and risynge with silence of the 
viikouenable ni3t, she took my sone fro 
myn syde, of thin hond womman slep- 
inge, and leide it in hir bosuin ; hir sone 
forsothe, that was deed, she put in to my 

21 bosum. And whan I was risyn eerli, for 
to 3yue milk to my sone, he semyde deed ; 
whom bisier w lokinge bi the cleer Ii3t, I 
perseyuede not be myn, whom Y gat. 

22 The tother womman answerde, It is not 
so as thou seist, but thi sone is deed ; 



f that no man ; 
this is rndur- 
stondun, in 



spa k to God, 
' 



lyues of thin enemyes, but thou axidist to 

thee wisdom to deme doom, lo ! Y haue 12 

do to thee vpe x thi wordis, and Y haue 

3oue to thee a wyse herte and vndirstond- 

ynge^, in so myche that no manf bifor 

thee was lijk thee z , nether schal rise aftir 

thee. But also Y haue 3oue to thee these 

thingis, whiche thou axidist not, that is, 

richessis, and glorie, that no man be liik for bo^eAdam 

' maad in the 

thee in kyngis in alle tymes aftirward. finesse of kun- 

, ning in iii. c. 

Forsothe if thou goist in my weies, and H of Genesis, and 

kepist my biddyngis and comaundementis a , 

as thi fadir 3ede b , Y schal make thi daies 

long. Therfor Salomon wakide, and vn- 

dirstood }; what the sweuen was. And 

whanne he hadde come to Jerusalem, he 

stood bifor the arke of boond of pees of 

the Lord, and he offride brent sacrifices' 1 , 

and made 6 pesible sacrifices, and a greet 

feeste to alle hise meynees. Thanne twei 16 m these thre to 

wymmen hooris f camen to the kyng, and wisdom, * 

stoden bifor hym ; of whiche^ oon seide, 17 

My lord, Y biseche, Y and this womman dre and 

perours of 

dwelliden in oon 1 ' hows, and Y childide at Rome, weren 
hir in a couche. Sotheli' in the thridde 



wisere than 
Salomon, and 
the postlis 
weren more 
lijtned, than 
ony othere in 
the elde testa- 
men t.inkingis; 
this schal be 
vndurstondun 



myjtiere and 



dai aftir that Y childide k , also 1 this worn- 
man childide ; and we weren togidere in 
the hows, and noon other was with vs in netheies 

faihden in wis- 

the m hows, outakun vs tweyne. Forsothe n i9dom, in which 

, / ., . , , . , they weren not 

the sone or this womman was deed in the uyk Salomon. 
ny3t, for sche slepte, and oppresside J*E2i 
hym; and sche roos? in the fourthe part 20 etc - therfor it 

was propirly 

of the ny3t in silence, and tooki my sone 
fro the side of me, thin handmaide slep- 
ynge, and settide 1 " in hir bosum ; forsothe 8 
sche puttide 1 in my bosuin hir sone, that 
was deed. And whanne Y hadde ryse 21 
eerli, to 3yue mylk to my sone, he ap- 
peride deed ; whom Y bihelde diligentlier" 
bi cleer 113!, and Y perseyuede, that he 
was not myn, whom Y hadde gendrid. 
The tother womman answeride, It is not 22 



a reuelacioun 
of God which 
is maad ofte in 
sleep. Lire 
here. c. 



Om. F. P was B rec. m. 1 Om. H. r that c. maundementis E. 8 Om. E pr. in. a child H. 
' bare child B rec. m. u and she A. T Y B rec. m. w bisilyer BCEFH. 



x aftir i. T an vndirstondynge i. z Om. c. a myn heestis i. b jede in hem i. c he vndirstood r. 
d sacrifice i. he made i. f strumpetis i. g the whiche i. h an i. i And i. k had childid i. 1 also 
and i. m that i. n And i. ouerlay i. P roos up i. 1 sche took i. r sche leide it i. sette EL. 
9 and i. t putte L. diligentli A. more diligently i. 

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m. 23 iv. 7. 



forsothe myn lyueth. And a3enward 
she seide, Thou Iie3st ; forsothe my sone 
lyueth, and thi sone is deed. And so in 
this maner thei stryuen before the kyng. 

23 Thanne the kyng seith, This seith, My 
sone lyueth, and thi sone is deed ; and 
she answerde, Nay, but thi sone is deed ; 

24 v myn forsothe x lyueth. Thanne the kyng 
seide, Bryngith to me a swerd. And 
whanne thei hadden brou3t a swerd be- 

25 fore the kyng, Deuydith, he seith, the 
quyk child in two parties, and 3yueth the 
half part to the toon, and the half part? 

26 to the tothir. Forsothe z the womman, 
whos was the quyk child, seith to the 
kyng ; for the bowels of her ben stiryd 
vpon hire sone ; Lord, I biseche, 3ife a to 
hir the quyk child, and wolith not sle 
hym. A3enward she seide, Ne to me, ne 

27 to thee be he, but be he deuydide. The 
kyng answerde, and seith, 3yueth to this 
womman b the quik child, and be he not 

28 slayn ; forsothe this is his modir. And 
so al Yrael herde the dome, that he hadde 
demyde ; and thei dradden the kyng, se- 
ynge the wisdam of God to ben in hym, 
'to do c doom. 



CAP. IV. 

1 Forsothe kyng Salomon was regnynge 

2 vpon al Yrael. And thes ben the princis 
that he hadde ; Azarias, the sone of Sa- 

3 doch, the preest ; Elyoreb, and Ahia, sones 
of Sila, scribe ; Josaphat, the sone of 

4Achilud, chaunselere ; Banayas, the sone 
of Joiade, vpon the oost ; forsothe Sadoch 

5 and Abiathar, preestis ; Azarias, the sone 
of Nathan, vpon hem that stoden ny3 to 
the kyng ; Zabul, the sone of Nathan, a 

6 preest, freend of the kyng ; Ahiazar, pro- 
uost of the hows ; and Adonyram, the 

7 sone of Adda, vpon the tributis. For- 



so as thou seist, but thi sone is deed ; for- 
sothe 7 'my sone w lyueth. A3enward sche 
seide, Thou liest ; for my sone lyueth, and 
thi sone is deed. And bi this maner thei 
stryueden x bifore the kyng. Thanne the 23 
kyng seide, This womman seith, My sone 
lyueth, and thi sone is deed ; and this 
womman answerith, Nay, but thi sone is 
deed ; forsothe^ my sone lyueth. Therfor24 
the kyng seide, Brynge 36 to me a swerd. 
And whanne thei hadden brou3t a swerd 
bifor the kyng, he seide, Departe 36 the 25 
quyk 3ong child in to z twei partis, and 
3yue 36 the half part to oon a , and the b 
half part to the tother. Forsothe the 26 
womman, whos sone was quik, seide to 
the kyng ; for her entrailis weren mouyd 
on hir sone ; Lord, Y biseche, 3yue 30 to 
hir the quik child, and nyle 36 sle hyrn. 
A3enward sche seide, Be he d riethir to me, 
nether* to thee, but be he departid. The 27 
kyng answeride, and seide, 3y ue 3 e to this 
womman the 3ong child quyk, and be he 
not slayn; forsothe f this is v his modir s. 
Therfor al Israel herde the doom, which h 28 
the kyng hadde demyd ; and thei dredden 
the kyng, and sien, that the wisdom of 
Godf was in hym, to make doom. 

CAP. IV. 

'Forsothe kyng Salomon' was regnynge 1 
on k al Israel. And these weren the princes 2 
which he hadde ; Azarie, sone 1 of Sadoch, 
preest m |; ; Helioreb, and Haia, sones" of 3 
Sila, ' weren scryueyns ; Josophat, soneP 
of Achilud, was chaunseler; Banaie, sone'U 
of Joiada, was on 1 ' the oost ; forsothe 8 Sa- 
doch and Abiathar $ weren preestis; Azarie, 5 
sone 1 of Nathan, ivas on u hem that stoden 
ni3 the kyng ; Zabul, the sone of Nathan, 
was preest, *that is, greet and worschip- 
ful v , a freend of the kyng; and Ahiasare 
was stiward of the hows ; and Adonyram, 



f wisdom of 
God; that is, 
3ouun to him 
of God ; was in 
him ; aboue the 
maner of othere 
men, and ther- 
for they dred- 
den him, more 
than bifore. 
Lire here. c. 
J preit ; in 
Kbreu it is, 
teas vndur his 
fadir, that was 
the hijeste 
prest. Lire 
here. c. 
$ and Abia- 
thar ; Salomon 
clepide him 
ajen in to the 
temple, that he 
schulde lyue of 
the auter, ne- 
theles not to 
the hiseste 
presthod. Lire 
here. c. 



1 and myn B rec. m. 
this B rec. m. 



partie E z But B rec. m. jeuyth BCEFH. b Om. BCBFH. c for 



v and i. w myn i. * streuen EIL. streuyn p. 
Om. i. c And i. d the child i. Om. EILP. 



y and i. z Om. i. a the toon i. the oon K. 
f for i. S the modir of him i. h that i. ' Kyng 



Salomon sotlily i. k upon i. ' the sone i. m the preest i. n the sone i. the writer i. P the sone i. 
4 the sone i. r prince upon i. s and i. ' the sone i. u upon i. v Om. i. 



IV. 8 22. 



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171 



sothe Salomon hadde twelue ouerseers 
vpon al Yrael, that 3euen corn to the 
kyng, and to his hows ; forsothe hi the 
raonethis arowe in the 3eer, thei arowe 

smynystreden necessary's. And thes the 
names of hem ; Benhur, in the mount of 

Effraym ; Bendekar, in Mactes, and in 
Salebbym, and in Bethsames, and in He- 

10 Ion, and in Bethanan ; Benesech, and in 
Araboth ; of hym forsothe was Socco, 

1 1 and al the loond of Eefer ; Benabidanab, 
of whom al Neptad ; Dorthafaed, the d 
dou3ter of Salomon, he hadde to e wijf. 

isBena, the sone of Achilud, gouernede 
Thaneth, Amageddo, and al Bethsan, that 
is beside Sarthana, vridur Jezmel, fro 
Bethsan vnto Abelmeula/forn a3ens f Sel- 
ls maan. Bengaber in Ramoth Galaad hadde 
Anothiair, of the sone of Manasse, in Ga- 
laad ; he gouernede in al the regioun of 
Argob, that is in Basan, to sexti greet 
citees aud wallid, that hadden brasen 
ulockis. Achymadab, the sone of Addo, 
isrewlide in Manahym; Achymaas, in Nep- 
talym, but and he hadde Bachsemath, the 
icdou3ter of Salomon, in mariage ; Bena, 
the sone of Husi, in Aser, and in Balod ; 
i7Tosaphat, the sone of Pharue, in? Ysa- 
is char ; Semei, the sone of Hela, in Benia- 
iflmyn; Gaber, the sone of Sury, in the 
loond of Galaad, and in the loond of 
Seon, kyng of Amorrey, and of Og, the 
kyng of Basan, vpon alle thingis h that 
aoweren in that loond. Juda and Yrael 
ben vnnoutnbrable, as the grauel of the 
see in multitude, etynge, and drynkynge, 

21 and gladynge. Forsothe Salomon was in 
his power, hauynge alle the rewmes, as 
fro the flood of the loond of Philisteis 
vnto the eende of Egipt, of men offryng 
to hym 3iftis, and of seruynge to hym 

22 alle the days of his lijf. Forsothe the 
meet of Salomon was bi eche day, thretti 
choris of tried floure, and sexti choris of 



sone w of Adda, was on 1 the tributis. For-? 
sothe Salomon hadde twelue 'prefectis, 
ether y ckeef minystrys 1 , on a al Israel, 
that b 3auen lijflode to the kyng, and to 
his hows; sotheli bi ech monethe bi it 
silf in the 3eer, ech prefect bi hym silf 
mynystride necessaries. And these bens 
the names of hem ; Benhur, in the hil of 
Effraym ; Bendechar, in Macces, and in 9 
Salebbym, and in Bethsames, and in He- 
Ion, and in Bethanan ; Beneseth, in Ara- 10 
both ; forsothe' 1 Socco, and al the lond of 
Epher was his; Benabidanab, whos wasn 
al Neptad, hadde Dortaphaed, 'Solomons 
dou3ter c , to wijf. Beria, sone f of Achilud, 12 
gouernyde Thaneth, and Mageddo, and al 
Bethsan, which? is bisidis Sarthana, vndur 
Jezrael, fro Bethsan v til to h Abelmeula, 
euene a3ens Zelmaan. Bengaber in Ra-is 
moth of Galaad hadde Anothiair, of the 
sone of Manasses, in Galaad ; he was 
souereyn in al the cuntrey of Argob, 
which 1 is in Basan, to sixti greet citees 
and wallid, that k hadden brasun lockis. 
Achymadab, sone 1 of Addo, was souereyn 14 
in Manaym ; Achymaas was in Neptalym, 15 
but also he hadde Bachsemath, deleter" 1 
of Salomon, in wedloc; Banaa, sone n ofie 
Husy, was in Aser, and in Balod ; Jose- 17 
phat, soneP of Pharue, was in Ysachar ; 
Semey, sonei of Hela, was r in Beniamyn ; is 
Gaber, sone 8 of Sury, was* in the lond of iu 
Galaad, and in the lond of Seon, kyng of 
Amorrey, and of Og, kyng of Basan, on u 
alle thingis, that weren in that lond. Juda 20 
and Israel weren vnnoumbrable, as the 
soond of the see in multitude, etynge, 
and drynkynge, and beyrige glad. For- 21 
sothe Solomon was in his lordschip, and 
hadde alle rewmes v , as fro the flood of 
the lond of Filisteis x til to w the laste 
part of Egipt, of men offrynge 3iftisf to 1 3 i/u ,- that 

, . ,, .v is, triliutu. 

hym, and seruynge to hym, in alle the ijr< 4^. c . 
daies of his lijf. Forsothe the mete of22 



d Om. B. e Om. BEFH. f fro the regioun of E pr. m. 8 and in A. ^Om.spr.m. 

the sone i. * upon i. y Om. i. z maistris i. upon I. b the whiche i. c cheef maister i. 
a and i. the doujter of Salomon i. ' the sone i. 6 that i. h vnto i. that i. k the whiche i. 
1 the sone i. m the doujtir i. n the sone i. Om. i. P the sone i. <J the sone i. 
sone ' Om. i. u and upon i. v the rewmes i. w vnto i. 

Z 2 



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iv. 2334- 



23meele, ten fatte oxen, twenti 'lesewed 
oxen', and an hundrid wetheris, 'out 
taak k huntynge of hertis, and of goot, 

24 and of buglis, and of fed foulis. For- 
sothe he helde al the regioun that was 
be3onde the flood, as fro Capsa vnto 
Gasan, and alle the kingis of that re- 
gioun ; and he hadde pees on al side in 

25enuyroun. And Juda dwellide and 1 
Yrael with outen eny drede, echon vndur 
his vyn, and vndur his fiyg tree, fro Dan 
vnto Bersabee, alle the dais of Salomon. 

26 And Salomon hadde fourti thousand 
cratchis of chaare hors, and twelue thou- 
sand of ridynge hors ; and the forseid 
ouerseers of the kyng norisheden hem. 

27 But and the necessarijs of kyng Salo- 
mon" 1 bord thei jauen with greet bisynes 

28 in her n tyme ; forsothe barli, and chaf of 
hors, and of beestis thei brou3ten into 
the place, where the kyng was, aftir the 

29settynge to hem. Forsothe God }af 
wisdam to Salomon, and myche pru- 
dence ful greetli, and laargenesse of herte, 
as grauel that is in the brenk of the see. 

30 And the wisdam of Salomon wente be- 
fore the wisdam of alle the eest men, and 

31 of Egipciens ; and he was wiser than 
alle men ; wiser than Ethan Esrayte, 
and than Eman, and than Cacal, and 
than Dorda, the sones of Maol ; and he 
was nemned in alle the? gentylis bi 

32enuyroun. And Salomon spak thre 
thousand parablis, and the ditees of hym 

33 weren fyue thousand ; and he disputide 
vpon thePP trees, froi the cedar that is 
in Liban, vnto the ysoop that goth out 
of the wal ; and he tretyde of the beestis, 
and foulis, and of crepynge beestis, and 

34 of fisshis. And there camen of alle pu- 
plis to the wysdam of Salomon to be 
herde, and of alle kyngis of erthe r , the 
whiche herden the wisdam of hym. 



Salomon was bi ech day, thritti chorus* of * chorus coun. 

teyneth thretti 

clene flour of whete, and sixti chorus of buscheiis. Lire 
mele, ten fatte oxis x , and twenti oxis* of 23 p i ur ' ea 
and an hundrid wetheris, ou- 



an 

takun huntyng of hertys, of geet, and of 
buglis, and of briddis maad fat. For he 24 
helde al the cuntrei that was bi3ende the 
flood, as fro Caphsa 'til to z Gasa, and alle 
the kyngis of tho a cuntreis ; and he hadde 
pees bi ech part in cumpas. And Juda 25 
and Israel dwelliden withouten ony drede, 
ech man vndur his vyne, and vndur his 
fige tree, fro Dan 'til to b Bersabe, in alle 
the daies of Salomon. And Salomon 26 
hadde fourty thousynd cratchis t of horsis t w 

craccoeistakun 

for charis, and twelue thousynde of roode c here for a place 
horsis; and the forseid prefectis d nur- juSwhimiOf. 
shiden tho horsis. But also with greet 27 Lire *" c - 
bisynesse thei 3auen necessaries to the 
boord of kyng Salomon in her tyme ; also 28 
thei brou3ten barli, and forage of horsis 
and werk e beestis, in to the place where 
the king was, 'bi ordenaunce f to hem. 
Also God 3af to Salomon wisdom, and 29 
prudence ful myche, and largenesse^: of t largenesw of 

,.,.,. . i herte ; to 

herte, as the soond which n is in the spende in greet 

brenke of the see. And the wisdom of 30^' Lire 

Solomon passide the wisdom of alle eest 

men, and Egipcians ; and he was wisere si 

than alle men ; he' was wisere than Ethan 

Esraite, and than Eman, and than Cacal, 

and than Dorda, the sones of Maol ; and 

he k was named 1 among alle folkis bi cum- 

pas. And Salomon spak thre thousynde 32 

parablis, and hise songis weren fyue thou- 

synde|| ; and he disputide of trees fro ass \\fym 

cedre which is in the Lyban, v til toP 

the ysope that goith out of the wal; he 

disputide of werk beestis, and briddis, 

and crepyngei beestis, and fischis 1 ". And 34 

thei 8 camen fro alle puplis to here the 

wisdom of Salomon, and fro alle kyngis* 

of erthe, that herden his wisdom. 



' foddrid scheep A pr.m. BCBFH. k without B rec. m. * in ^FH. m Salomonys CEH. D his E pr. m. 
the Egipciens BCEFH. P Om. H. PP Om. c. 1 of B. r the erthe E pr. v. 

x oxen i. y the lesewe r. z vnto I. a the A pr. m. CEGLMPQRSI^. b vnto i. c rode D. rood P. 
reed R. reede nib. reade Q. rede p pr. m. w. <1 cheef maistris of the kyng i. e of werk i. { aftir that 
it was ordeyned i. h that i. ' and he DKMX. k Salomon i. 1 losid i. n that I. Om. GKLNOsbg. 
P vnto i. q of crepynge i. r of fischis i. s men i. * the kyngis i. 



V. i 



III. KINGS. 



173 



CAP. V. 

1 Forsothe Iram, the kyng of Tiry, 
sente his seruauntis to Salomon ; for- 
sothe he herde that men hadden anoynt- 
id hym kyng for his fader ; for Yram 

2 was freend 3 of Dauid al tyme. Forsothe 
and Salomon sente to Yram, seiynge, 

3 Thou wost the wil of my fader Dauid', 
and for he my3te not bilde vp an hows 
to the name of his God, for the batailis 
oncomynge bi enuyroun, to the tyme 
that the Lord 3af hem vndur the step of 

4 his feet. Forsothe now the Lord my 
God hath 3ouen rest to me bi enuyroun, 
and there is not Sathan, ne yuel a3en- 

scomynge; for what thing I thenke to 
beeld a temple to the name of the Lord 
my God, as God spak to my fader, sei- 
ynge, Thi sone, whom I shal 3yue to thee 
for thee vpon thi seete, he shal beelde to 

6 my name an hows. Thanne comaund, 
that thei hewen to me cedrys of Liban ; 
and my seruauntis ben with thi ser- 
uauntis ; forsothe the mede of thi ser- 
uauntis I shal 3yue to thee, what euer 
thou askist"; forsothe thou wost that 
there is not in my puple a man, that 

?kan hewe trees, as v Sidonys w . Whanne 
thanne Iram hadde herd the wordis of 
Salomon, he gladide greetli, and seith, 
Blessid be x the Lord God to day, that 
3af to Dauid a moost wise sone vpon this 

smychey puple. And Yram sente to Sa- 
lomon, seiynge, I haue herd alle thingis 
that thou sentist to me ; I shal doo al 
thi wil, in cedre trees, and in firris. 

9 My seruauntis shulen doo hem down fro 
the wode to the see, and I shal make 
hem togidre in shippis in the see, vnto 
the place the which thou shalt signyfye 
to me; and I shal leye hem to thee, 
that thou take hem ; and thou shalt 3yue 
necessaryes to me, that meete be 3ouen 

s the freend CE. * Om. E pr. m. u aske BCEFH. 
mychel CEH. 



CAP. V. 

Also Hiram, kyng u of Tire, sente hise i 
seruauntis to Salomon ; for he herde that 
thei v hadden anoyntide hym kyng for his 
fadir ; for Hiram was frend of Dauid in al 
time. Sotheli w also Salomon sente to 2 
Hiram, and seide, Thou knowist the wille 3 
of Dauid, my fadir, and for he mi3te not 
bilde an hows to the name of his God, for 
batels* nei3ynge bi cumpas, til the Lord 
3af hem vndur the step of hise feet. Now' 4 
forsothe z my Lord God 3af a reste to me 
bi cumpas, and noon aduersarie is, nethir 
yuel asailyng ; wherfor Y thenke to 5 
buylde a temple to the name of my Lord 
God, as God spak to Dauid, my fadir, and 
seide, Thi sone, whom Y schal 3yue to 
thee for thee on b thi trone, he schal bilde 
an hows to my name. Therfor comaundes 
thou, that thi seruauntis hewe doun to me 
cedris of the Liban ; and my seruauntis 
be with thi seruauntis ; sotheli c Y schal 
3yue to thee the meede of thi seruauntis, 
what euere meede d thou schalt axe ; for 
thou woost, that in my puple is not a man 
that kan hewe trees, as Sidonyes 6 kunnen f . 
Therfor whanne Hiram hadde herde the; 
wordis of Salomon, he was ful glad, and 
seide, Blessid be the Lord God to dai, 
that 3af to Dauid a h sone moost wijs on' 
this puple ful myche. And Hiram sente 
to Salomon, and seide, Y haue herde what 
euer thingis k thou sentist 1 to me ; Y schal 
do al thi wille, in trees of cedres, and of 
beechis m f. My seruauntis schulen putteg 
doun tho n trees fro the Liban to the see, 
and Y schal araye tho trees in schippis 
in the see, 'til to? the place which"! thou 
schalt signyfie to me ; and Y schal dresse 
tho there, that thou take tho ; and thou 
schalt 3yue necessaries' 1 to me, that mete 
be 3ouun to myn hows. Therfor 5 Hiram jo 
3af to Salomon "trees of cedres 4 , and 'trees 

v of A. w Sidoyns A. * Om. CEFII. J mychil B. 



Ebreys seyn, in 

trees of box, 



hath, 
c. 



u the kyng i. v l srae l i. w And i. * his batels i. y But now i. z Om. i. hath jouen i. 
b upon i. c an d i. d Om. i. " men of Sydonye i. f Om. i. e hath joue i. h the i. ' upon i. 
k thing i. 1 hast sent i. " beeche i. " the i. hil o/'Liban i. P vnto i. 
r necessarie s. a And so i. * cedre trees i. 



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v. 



-VI. 2. 



10 to myn hows. And so Yram 3af to 
Salomon cedre trees and firre trees, after 

n al the wil of hym ; forsothe Salomon 3af 
to Yram twenti thousand choris of whete 
into mete to his hows, and twenti choris 
of moost pure oyle ; thes thingis Salo- 

i2mon jaf to Yram bi ech 3eer. And the 
Lord 3af wisdam to Salomon, as he spak 
to hym ; and there was betwix Iram and 
Salomon pees, and bothe smyten coue- 

isnant of pees. And king Salomon chees 
werkmen of al? Israel ; and z the moustre 

14 was thretti thousandis of men. And he 
sente hem into the wode, ten thousand 3 
bi eche moneth whilmele, so that two 
monethis whilmele thei weren in her 
howsis ; and Adonyram was vpon siche 

153 maner gedrynge of men. And so to 
Salomon weren seuenti thousandis of hem, 
that beren birthens, and ei3ti thousandis 

16 of masouns in the hyl, with outen the 
prouostis, that reuliden b to alle the 
werkis, in noumbre of thre thousand and 
thre hundrid, comaundinge to the puple, 

17 and to hem that dyden werke c . And 
the kyng comaundide, that thei shulden 
take the greet stoonus, and the precious 
stoonus, in to the foundement of the 
temple, and thei shulden square hem ; 

is the whiche the masouns of Salomon, and 
the masouns of Yram, han ouerscorchide d . 
Forsothe the cyteseynys of Biblis maden 
redi the trees and stonus, to the hows to 
be beeldid. 

CAP. VI. 

1 It is doo forsothe the foure hundrid 
and ei3ti e 3eer of the goynge out of the 
sones of Irael fro the loond of Egipt, in 
the ferth jeer, the moneth Zio ; he is the 
secounde moneth of the regne of Salo- 
mon vpon Irael ; he began to beelde an 

2 hows to the Lord. Forsothe the hows 
that kyng Salomon beeldide to the Lord, 



stonys ; Ebreyj 



stonys, for siche 
stonys ben able 
for the founde- 
ment. Lira 
here. c. 
f Moises gouer- 



xi. 3e er h 



Othonyel bi : 
jeer, in iij. c", 
of Judicum, 
Aioth bi xl. 



c V m> Gedeon . bi 

Xl. JGCrj in V11J. 



Abymelech bi 

iy- jeer, mix. 
Thoia w 



bi x f i J-, 3 ^ r ' iu 

x. c . of Judi- 

without 

domesman bi 

xvm., in x. c. 

j ept e bTshre 
c - 



y Om. A. * Om. A. 
BF. eijtetithe E. 



a thousandis E. b reuliden 



of beechis", bi al his wille ; forsothe v ii 

Salomon 3af to Hiram twenti thousynde 

chorus of wheete, in to meete to w his 

hows, and twenti chorus of pureste" oile ; 

Salomon 3af these thingis to Hiram bi 

alle 3eeris. Also the Lord ?af wisdom to 12 nede the P u P le 

' bi xl. jeer, in 

Salomon, as he spak to hym ; and pees xvi. c. of 
was bitwixe Hiram and Salomon, and 
bothe^ smytiden z boond of pees. And i 
kyng Salomon chees werk men of al 

Israel ; and the summe was thretti thou- 

j f A j \o i i 3eer > in "J- c - 

synde of men. And Salomon sente hem 14 of judicum,Dei- 

in to the Liban 8 , ten thousynde b bi ech 
monethe bi whilis, so that in twei monethis 
bi whilis thei weren in her howsis ; and 
Adonyram was on sich a summe. Ther- 
for d seuenti thousynde of hem cc , that baren 
burthuns, weren to Salomon, and foure 
score thousynde of masouns in the hil, 
with out the souereyns, that weren mais- 
tris of alle werkis 6 , bi the noumbre of thre 
thousynde and thre hundrid, comaundynge 
to the puple, and to hem that maden 
werk. And the kyng comaundide, that 
thei schulden take greete stonys, 'and pre- 
ciouse stonys f f, in to the foundement of 
the temple, and that thei schulden 4 ' make 
tho square; whiche stoonys the masouns.., , 

of Judicum, 

of Salomon, and the masouns of Hyram, Sampson bi. xx. 
hewiden. Forsothe* 1 Biblies 1 maden redi ofj'udicumi 
trees and stonus, to the hows to be bildid. "1*5*' 

Kingis iiij. c., 
Samuel and 
Saul bi xl. jeer, 
in xiij. c. of 
Dedis, Dauyth 
bi xl. jeer, in 
in. book of 

CAP. VI. Kingis ii. c'., 

Salomon bi iij. 

Forsothe it was doon in the fourthe k i 
hundrid and fourescore 3eer \ of the goynge 
out of the sones of Israel fro the lond of 
Egipt, in the fourthe 3eer$, in the monethe 
Zio ; thilke 1 is the secounde monethe || of 
the rewme of Salomon on m Israel ; he 

moii. Lite 

bigan to bilde an hows" to the Lord. For- 2 here. c. 
sothe the hows whichP kyng Salomon semund" 

monethe, of the 
iiij. jeer of the 

hem A. c werkis A. d slascht E pr. vice. e eistith rewme of Sa- 
lomon. Lira 

here. c. 



, in xij. c. 



jeer, inxii.c 



this text ; thus 
the noumbre 
teld here, is 
proued bi Scrip- 
ture. Lire 
here. c. 

in the fo'trthe 
)eer, of the 
rewme of Salo- 






u beeche trees i. T and i. w into A pr. m. DEUisb?. * moost pure i. y bothe thei i. z smoten 
togidre i. smiten EL. "into Li ban Salamon sente i. thousynde men i. c upon i. in K. cc hors A rec. m. 
d And so i. e the werkis i. f Om. K. B Om. x. h And i. > men of Biblies i. J Om. s. k foure i. 
1 that i. m upon i. the temple of Salamon K marg. And i. P that i. 



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175 



hadde sexti cubitis in length, and twenti 
in brede, and thretti cubitis in hei3t. 

3 And a 3aat hows was before the temple of 
twenti cubitys in length, aftir the mesure 
of the brede of the temple ; and hadde ten 
cubitis of brede before the face of the 

4 temple. And he made in the temple 
aside wyndows. And he bildide vpon 

the wal of the temple table beeldyngis 
bi enuyroun, in the wallis of the hows, 
bi enuyroun of the temple, and of God- 
dis answerynge place; and he made the 
fisidis in enuyroun. The table beeld- 
ynge, that was aboue, hadde fyue cubitis 
of brede ; and the mydil table beeldynge 
of sexe cubitis of brede ; and the thridde 
table beeldynge hauing seuen cubitis of 
brede. Forsothe beemys he putte in the 
hows bi enuyroun with outforth, that f 
thei shulden not cleue to the wallis of 

7 the temple. Forsothe the hows, whanne' 
it shulde be beeldid vp, is beeldid of 
stonus otter scorchid and parfite ; and 
hamer, and axe, and al yren, ben not 
herd in the hows, whanne it was beeldid. 

8 The door of the mydil side in the wal 
was of the hows of the ri5t side ; and bi 
a vyce thei stieden vp into the mydil 
sowpynge place, and fro the mydil into 

9 the thridde. And he beeldide vp the 
10 hows, and endide it. And he made the 

hows with cedre couplis, and bildide a 

table beeldynge vpon al the hows bi fyue 

cubitis of hei3t, and couerde the hows 

i) with cedre trees. And the word of the 

12 Lord is maad to Salomon, seyynge, This 
hows that thou beeldist ; if thou gost in 
myn hestis, and dost my domys, and 
kepist alle my comaundementis^, goynge 
bi hem, I shal fastne my word to thee, 
that I haue spoken to Dauid, thi fader ; 

13 and I shal dwelle in the mydil of the 
sonys of Yrael, and I shal not forsaak 

14 my puple Yrael. Thanne Salomon 
beeldide vp the hows, and eendide it; 



n 
that 



bildide to the Lord, hadde sexti cubitis in 

lengthe, and twenti cubitis P in breede, 

and thretti cubitis in hei3the. And a: 

porche was bifor the temple of twenti 

cubitis of lengthe, by the mesure of the 

breed of the temple ; and the porche 

hadde ten cubitis of breede, bifor the face 

of the temple. And Salomon made in 4 

the temple 'wyndows streytei without- 

forth, and large with ynne. And he bild-fi 

ide on r the wal of the temple bildyngis of 

tablis bi cumpas, in the wallis of the hows, 

'bi cumpas of the temple, and of* Goddis 

answeryng place ; and he made sidis in 

the cumpas. The bildyng of tablis, that c 

was vndur, hadde fyue cubitis of breede ; 

and the myddil bildyng of tablis was of 

sixe cubits of breede ; and the thridde 

bildyng of tablis was hauynge seuene 

cubitis of breede. Sotheli" he puttide v *?& 

beemys in the hous bi cumpas with out- '*> the d<ng> 

in of the aleris 

forth, that tho cleuiden notf to the wallis Lire here, c. 

of the temple. Forsothe w whanne the? 

hows was bildid, it was bildid x of 'stoonys 

hewid and pernt^; and an z hamer, and 

ax, and al thing maad of yrun, weren not 

herd in the hows, while it was in bildyng. 

The dore of the myddil side was in the 8 

wal of the ri3thalf hows a ; and bi a vijs 

thei b stieden c in to the myddil soler, and 

fro the myddil soler in to the thridde 

soler. And Salomon bildide the hows, 

and endide it. Also d Salomon hilide the 

hows with couplis of cedre e , and bildide f io 

a bildyng of tablis oner al the hows, bi 

fyue cubitis of hei3the, and hilide? the 

hows with 'trees of cedre 11 . And the word " 

of the Lord was maad to Salomon, and 

seide, This is the hows, which' thou' 2 

bildist k ; if thou gost in myn heestis, and 

dost my domes, and kepist alle my com- 

aundementis, and goist bi tho, Y schal 

make stidefast my word to thee, 'which 

word 1 Y spak to Dauid, thi fadir ; and Y "3 

schal dwelle in the myddis of the sones of 



f and A. 8 maundementis BCEFH. 

P Om. i. 1 narowe wyndows i. r upon i. s aboute i. * Om. i. And i. T putte i. w And i. 
* bild I. y perfit hewyn stoonys i. " Om. i. of the hows i. b men i. stieden up i. And 
DKX. cedre trees r. * he bildide i. g he hilide i. h cedre trees i. l that i. k bildidist K. ' that i. 



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vi. 1525. 



15 and beeldide vp the wallis of the hows 
with ynforth with cedre table beeldyngis, 
fro the pawment of the hows vnto the 
hei3est of the wal, and vnto the cowplis ; 
and he couerde with cedre trees with 
inforth ; and he couerde the pawment of 

16 the hows with firre bordis. And he 
beeldide vp cedre table beeldingis of 
twenti cubitis at the hynder more parti 
of the temple, fro the pawment vnto the 
oner parties ; and he made an innermore 
hows of the heuenli answerynge place, 

17 into the holy of halewis 1 '. Forsothe of 
fourti cubitis was that 1 temple before k 
the 3atis of Goddis answerynge place. 

is And with cedre al the hows with yn- 
forth was clothid, hauynge his tumours, 
and his iuncturis 1 forgid, and grauyngis 
ouerbeynge; alle with cedre tablis thei 
weren clothid, ne algatis a stoone my3te 

i9apere in the wal. Goddis answerynge 
place forsothe he made in the mydil of 
the hows, in the inner more partie, that 
he putte there the arke of the boond of 

20 pees of the Lord. Forsothe Goddis 
answerynge place hadde twenti cubitis 
of length, and twenti cubitis of brede, 
and twenti cubitis of hei3t ; and he 
couerde it, and clothide with moost pure 
gold ; but and the auter he clothide with 

21 cedre. Forsothe the hows before Goddis 
answerynge place he couerde with moost 
pure gold, and naylide platis to with 

22 golden nailis. No thing was in the 
temple that was not couerde with gold ; 
but and al the auter of Goddis answer- 

23 ynge place he couerde with gold ; and 
made in Goddis answerynge place two 
cherubyn of the trees of olyues, of ten 

24 cubitis of hei3t ; the too weenge of che- 
rub of fyue cubitis, and the tother 
weenge of cherub of fyue cubitis, that is, 
hauyng ten cubitis, fro the cop of the 
wenge vnto the cop of the tother weenge. 

25 Forsothe of ten cubitis was the secounde 



Israel, and Y schal not forsake rny puple 
Israel. Therfor Salomon bildide thei4 
hows, and endide it ; and he bildide the 15 
wallis of the hows with ynne with tablis 
of cedre, fro the pawment of the hows 'til 
to the hei3nesse of the wal, and 'til to 
the couplis ; and hilide with trees of 
cedre with ynne ; and he hilide the paw- 
ment of the hows with tablis of beeche. 
And he bildide a wal of tablis of cedre of ic 
twenti cubitis at the hyndrere part of the 
temple, fro the pawment 'til to? the hi3ere 
partis ; and he made the ynnere hows of 
Goddis answeryng place, in to the hooli 
of hooli thingis. Sotheli'J thilke r temple 17 
bifor the doris of Goddis answering 
place was of" fourti cubitis. And al the is 
hows with ynne was clothid with cedre, 
and hadde hise smethenessis, and hise 
ioynyngis maad suteli, and grauyngis ap- 
perynge 8 aboue ; alle thingis weren clothid 
with tablis* of cedre, and outirli a stoon 
mi3te not appere in the wal. Forsothe 11 ia 
Salomon made Goddis answeiyng place 
in the myddis of the hows, in the ynnere 
part, that he schulde sette there the arke 
of boond of pees of the Lord. Sotheli v 2o 
Goddis answeryng place hadde twenti 
cubitis of length e, and twenti cubitis of 
breede, and twenti cubitis of hi3te ; and 
he hilide, and clothide it with pureste w 
gold ; but also he clothide the auter with 
cedre. Also he hilide x with pureste2i 
gold the xx hows bifor 'Goddis answeryng 
placet, and fastnyde z platis with goldun 
nailis. No thing was in the temple, 22 
'which thing* was not hilid with gold ; 
but also he hilid with gold al the auter of 
Goddis answeryng place. And he made 23 
in 'Goddis answeryng place b twey cheru- 
byns of the c trees of olyues, of ten cubits 
of hei3te ; o wynge of cherub was of fyue 24 
cubitis, and the tother wynge of cherub 
was of fyue cubitis, that is, hauynge ten 
cubitis, fro the hei3nesse of 'the o d wynge 



k holowis A. i the F. k for E pr. m. ' vynctours A. m Om. A. 

m vnto i. n he hilide hem i. Lyndir EILX9- hindere K. P vnto i. 1 And i. Forsothe EL. r that EL. 
* semynge i. * bordis i. u And i. v And i. w inoost pure i. x hilide it i. xx an D. y or the oracle 
i marg. z he fastnyde the i. a that i. b the oracle i. c Om. c. d that oon i. the too K. the DEMXD. 
Om. 9. 



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177 



cherub in the same inesure ; and o werk 
26 was in the two cherubyn, that is, o che- 
rub hadde hei3t of ten cubitis, and lijk 
27maner the secounde cherub. And he 
putte the cherubyn in the mydil of the 
inner temple ; forsothe the cherubyn 
straujten out her weengis, and the too 
weenge towchide the wal, and the weenge 
of the secounde cherub touchyde the 
tothere wal ; forsothe the tothere weenges 
in the mydyl n part of the temple towch- 
aseden hem self to gidre. And he couerde 
29 cherubyn with gold, and alle the wallis 
of the temple bi enuyroun ; and grauyde 
with dyuerse grauyngis and turnynge ; 
and made in hem cherubyn, and palmes, 
and dyuerse peynturis, as ferre stond- 
aoynge fro the wal in goynge out. But 
and the pawment of the hows he couerde 
with gold, with inforth and with outforth. 
si And in the goynge yn of Goddis answer- 
ynge place he made two litil dorys of the 
trees of olyues ; and fyue postis of the 

32 corners, and the two dorys of the trees 
of olyues ; and he grauede in hem peyn- 
ture of cherubyn, and? the lickenes of 
palmes, and the ouermore grauyngis ful 
fer stoondyngei out ; and couerde hem 
with gold ; and both he couerde cheru- 
byn, and the palmes, and other with gold. 

33 And he made in the entre of the temple 
postis of the trees of olyues foure cor- 

34 nerd ; and the two doris of firre trees, 
either to other ; and either dore was dow- 
ble, and holdynge hem self togidre was 

35 opnyde. And he grauyde cherubyn, and 
the palmys, and grauyngis myche sem- 
ynge out ; and alle he couerde with 
goldyn platis, with squaryd werk at 

36rewle. And he bildide the porch with 
ynforth, with three ordres of polshid 
stonus, and with oon ordre of the trees 

37 of cedre. The firthe jeer the hows of the 
Lord is foundid, in the moneth of Zio ; 



v til to 8 the hi3nesse of the tother wynge. 

And the secunde cherub was of ten cubitis v> 

in euene mesure ; and o werk was in the 

twey cherubyns, that is, o cherub hadde 26 

the hijthe of ten cubitis, and in lijk inaner 

the tother cherub. And he f settide? che-2; 

rubyns h in the myddis of the ynnere tem- 

ple ; forsothe' the cherubyns helden forth 

her wyngis, and o wenge touchide the 

wal k , and the wynge of the secunde che- 

rub touchide the tother wal ; forsothe 1 the 

othere m wyngis in the middil part of the 

temple touchiden hem silf togidere. And 28 

he hilide the cherubyns with gold, and 29 

alle the wallis of the temple 'bi cumpas" ; 

and grauyde with dyuerse grauyngis and 

smethenesse ; and he made in tho wallys 

cherubyns, and palmes, and dyuerse peyn- 

turis, as stondinge forth and goynge out 

of the wal. But also he hilide with gold so 

the pawment of the hows, withynneP and 

with outforthe. And in the entryng ofsi 

'Goddis answering place 1 he made twei 

litil doris of the r trees of olyues ; and he 

made postis of fyue corneris, and twei 32 

doris of the trees of olyues ; and grauyde 5 

in tho the peynture of cherubyns, and the 

licnessis of palmes, and grauyngis aboue 

stondynge forth gretli ; and he hilide tho 

with gold ; and he hilide as wel the che- 

rubyns, as palmes, and othere thingis with 

gold. And in the entring of the temple 33 

he made postis foure cornerid of the* trees 

of olyues; and he made twei doris of the t 34to/v-A,- 

trees of beechf, ech a3ens other; and euer 

either dore was double, and it was openyd 

holdynge it silf togidere. And he grauyde 35 

cherubyns, and palmes, and grauyngis ap- 

perynge greetli ; and he hilide alle thingis 

with goldun platis, bi square werk at reule. 

And he bildide a large street" with ynne, 36 

bi thre ordris of stoonys maad fair, and bi 



oon ordre of trees of cedre. The hows of 37 * t 

jeer; of the 

the Lord was foundid in the fourthe jeerf, rewme of Salo- 

mon. Lire 
here, c 



" Om. E pr. m. semynge E pr.m. P in AH. 1 seemynge E pr. m. 

vnto i. * Salomon i. 8 sette EIL. >> the cherubyns i. i and i. k oon wal i. ' and i. m tothere 
BKL<;. " aboute i. he grauyde hem i. P with ynne forth i. Q the oracle i. ' Om. i. he grauyde i. 
* Om. i. u street, or an alure i. 

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178 



III. KINGS. 



VI. 38 VII. 9. 



38 and in the enleueth 3eer, the moneth of in the monethe Zio; and the hows was 38 



Ebul ; he is the ei3t moneth ; the hows is 
perfourmed in al his werk, and in alle 
his necessaries ; and he hildide it vp in 
seuen 



ni.iad perfit v in al his werk, and in alle* 
vessels, ether ^purtenauncis*-, in the ele- 
uenthe 3eer, in the monethe Zebul ; thilke xx 
is 'the ei3the monethe ; and he bildide that 
hows in seuene 3eer. 



CAP. VII. 

1 Forsothe Salomon beeldide his hows 
in thretene jeer, and vnto parfite brou3te 

2 forth. And he bildide the hows of the 
wijld wode of Liban, of an hundrid cu- 
bitis of length, and of fifti cubitis of 
brede, and of thretti cubitis of hei3t ; and 
foure aluris betwixe the cedre pilers ; for- 
sothe the cedre trees he hew3 into pilers. 

3 And he clothide al the chaumbre with 
cedre table beeldyngis ; the which chaum- 
bre was born vp with fyue and fourti 
pilers. The too ordre forsothe hadde 

4 fifteen pilers, sette togidre a3ens hem 

5 self, and 'for a3en r hem self beholdynge, 
with euen space betwixe the pilerys ; 
and vpon the pilers foure cornerd trees, 

6 in alle thingis euen. And the chaurnbre 
of pilers he made of fifti cubitis of 
length, and of thretti cubitis of brede ; 
and another chaumbre into the face of 
the more chaumbre ; and pilers, and the 

7heedis vpon the pilers he made. For- 
sothe the chaumbre of the see, in the 
which is the chayer of dom, he made ; 
and couerde with cedre trees, fro the 
spawment vnto the cop. And the litil 
hows, in the which he sat to deme, was 
in the mydil chaumbre, lijk maner werk. 
Forsothe he made an hows to the dou3- 
ter of Pharao, whom Salomon weddide, 
ssiche maner werk as this chaumbre. Alle 
thingis with precious stoonus,'the whiche 8 
at a maner rewle and mesure, both with 
ynforth and with outforth, weren loken, 
fro the foundement vnto the cop of the 



CAP. VII. 

Forsothe Salomon bildide his owne hows i 
in thrittene? 3eer, and brou3te it z til to 
perfeccioun 3 . He bildide an hows of the 2 
forest of Liban, of an hundrid cubitis of 
lengthe, and of fifti cubitis of breede, and 
of thretti cubitis of hi3the ; and he bildide 
foure aleis bitwixe the pilers of cedre ; for 
he hadde hewe doun trees of cedres in to 
pilers. And he clothide al the chaumbira 
with wallis b of cedris c ; which d chaumbir 
was susteyned 6 with fyue and fourti pi- 
leris. Sotheli f oon ordre hadde fiftene pi- 
leris, set a3ens hem silf togidere, and bi- 5 
holdynge hem silf % euene a3ens, bi h euene 
space bitwixe the pilers; and on 1 the 
pilers weren k foure square trees, euene in 
alle thingis. And he made a porche ofe 
pilers of fifti cubitis of lengthe, and of 
thritti cubitis of breede ; and *he made* an 
other porche in the face of the gretter 
porche ; and he made pileris, and pomels 
on the pileris. Also he m maad a porche 7 
of the kyngis seete, in which" the seete of 
doom was ; and heP hilidei with trees of 
cedre, fro the pawment x til to r the hi3- 
nesse. And a litil hows, in which he 8 sat 8 
to deme, was in the myddil porche, bi lijk 
werk. Also Salomon made an hows to 
the dou3ter of Farao, whom he hadde 
weddid, bi sich werk, bi what maner werk 
he made and this porche. He made alle 9 
thingis of preciouse stoonys, that weren 
sawid at sum' reule and mesure, bothe 
with ynne and with outforth, fro the 
foundement v til to u the hi3nesse of wallis, 



f fro the regioun E pr. m. forn 33611 E sec. in. s that c pr. m. 

v perfit or eendid i. w alle his i. * purtynaunce w. ** that EL. T the threttenethe K. 

1 Om. DEGLMNpby. a perfeccioun or perfit eend i. b tablis A sec. m. b. c cedre i. d the which i. 
e born up i. f And i. S silf eche i. ' other bi i. * upon i. k Om. i. ' Om. i. m Salomon i. 
whiche porche was i. Om. i. P Om. K. <! hilide it i. r vnto i. s Salomon i. * a i. vnto i. 



VII. 10 20. 



III. KINGS. 



179 



wallis, and with yn forth and vnto the 

10 more halle. The foundementis 1 forsothe 
of precious stoonus, the greet stoonus of 

1 1 ten, or of ei3t cubitis ; and there aboue 
precious stoonus of euen mesure weren 

12 he wen"; and uu lijk maner of cedre. And 
the more halle rownd, of thre ordres of 
hewen stonus, and of oon ordre of planed 
cedre; also and in v the innermore porche 
of the hows of the Lord, and in the 3aat 

is hows of the hows of the Lord. And 
u kyng Salomon sente, and took Yram, the 
sone of the widowe womman, fro Tyro, 
of the lynage of Neptalym, fader of the 
cuntre of Tyre, a crafti man of metal, 
and ful of wisdom, and vndurstondynge, 
and of lore, to doo al werk of metal. 
Which whanne he was comen to kyng 
Salomon, he made al the werk of hym ; 

15 and made two brasen pilers, of ei3teen 
cubitis of hei3t o piler ; and a liyn 
of twelue cubitis wente w about either 

16 piler. And two heed coueryngys he 
made, that shulden be putte vpon the 
heedis of the pilers, 3oten of bras ; of 
fyue cubitis of hei3t oon heed couerynge, 
and of fyue cubitis of hei3t another heed 

17 couerynge ; and as in maner of a nette, 
and of cheynys wouyn togidre to hem 
self, in o werk. And either heed couer- 
ynge of the pilers was 3oten ; seuen litil 
nettis of verse in the toon heed couer- 
ynge, and seuen lytil nettis in the tothir 

is heed couerynge. And he fulfillide the 
pilers, and the two ordris bi enuyroun 
of alle the litil nettis, that thei coueren 
the heed coueryngis, that weren vpon the 
cop of the powmgarnettis ; and the same 
wise he made to the secounde heed couer- 

iiynge. Forsothe the heed coueryngis, that 
weren vpon the heedis of the pilers, as in 
werk of a lilye weren forgid, in the 3aat- 

2" hows, of foure cubitis ; and eft other heed 
coueryngis in the cop of the pilers aboue, 



and with ynne and 'til to u the gretter" 
street, ethir court. Sotheli w the founde- 10 
mentis weren of preciouse stoonys, grete* 
stoonys of ten, ethir of y ei3te cubitis ; and n 
preciouse stoonys hewun of euene mesure 
weren aboue ; in lijk maner and of cedre. 
And the gretter court, ' ethir voide space 2 , 12 
was round, of thre ordris of hewun stonus, 
and of oon ordre of hewun cedre a ; also 
and in the aa ynnere large strete of the 
hows of the Lord, and in the porche of 
the hows of the Lord. Also kyng Salo- is 
mon sente, and brou3te fro Tire Hiram, 
the sone of a womman widewe, of theu 
lynage of Neptalym, of the fadir a b man 
of Tyre, Hiram c , a crafty man of brasse, 
and ful of wisdom, and vndirstondynge d , 
and doctryn e , to make al werk of bras. 
And whanne he hadde come to kyng Sa- 
lomon, he made al hys werk f . And he is 
made twey pilers of bras, o piler of ei3tene 
cubitis of hi3the ; and a lyne of twelue 
cubitis cumpasside euer either piler. Also ie 
he& made twei pomels, 3otun of bras, that h 
weren set on the heedis of the pilers ; o 
pomel of fyue cubitis of hi3the, and the 
tothir pomel of fyue cubitis of hei3the; 
and bi the maner of a net, and of chayries 17 
knyt to gidere to hem', bi wonderful werk. 
Euer either pomel of the pilers was 3otun ; 
seuen werkis lijk nettis of orders weren 
in o pomel, and seuen werkis lijk nettis 
weren k in the tother pomel. And he made i 
perfitli the pilers, and twei ordris v bi cum- 
pas of 1 alle werkis" 1 lijk nettis, that tho 
schulden hile the pomels, that" weren on 
the hi3nesse of pumgarnadis ; in the same 
maner he dide also to the secounde pomel. 
SotheliP the pomels, that weren oni the 19 
heedis of the pilers in the porche, weren 
maad as bi the r werk of lilye, of foure 
cubitis ; and eft othere pomels in the 20 
hi3nesse of pilers aboue, bi the mesure of 
the piler, a3ens s the werkis lijk nettis; 



* foundement A. u dyuydid E pr.m. uu Om. A. v Om. AFH. w and wente A. 

n vnto i. v grett K. w And i. * of grete i. T Om. i. z Om. i. a cedre trees i. aa Om. s. b of a i. 
c Om. i. d of vndirstondynge i. o f techyng i. f 6ra*e werk i. K Hiram i. h whiche i. ' hem self i. 
k Oin. i. l aboute i. m the werkis i. n whiche i. upon i. P And i. < xipon i. 
* tett ayens j. 

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180 



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VII. 21 30. 



aftir the mesure of the piler a3ens the 
litil nettis ; forsothe two hundryd ordres 
of powmgarnettis weren in enuyroun of 

21 the secounde heed couerynge. And he 
sette two pilers in the jaat hows of the 
temple ; and whanne he hadde sette the 
ri}t piler, he clepide it hi name Jachym ; 
lijk maner he reride the secounde piler, 

22 and clepide the name of it Booz. And 
vpon the heedis of the pilers he sette a 
werk in maner of a lilye ; and fulfillid is 

23 the werke of the pilers. He made for- 
sothe the 3oten see, of ten cubitis fro 
lippe vnto lippe, rounde in enuyroun ; 
the hei'3t of hym of fyue cubitis ; and 
the littil nette of thretti cubitis girdide 

24it w by enuyroun. And the grauynge 
vndur the lippe wente about it bi ten 
cubitis, goynge about the see ; two ordris 

25 of storye grauyngis weren 3oten, and 
stoden vpon twelue oxen ; of the whiche 
three beheelden to the north, and three 
to the weste, and x three to the south, and 
thre to the este ; and the see was there 
aboue vpon hem, whos alle the hyndir- 

26 more parties lurkiden with ynforth. The 
greetnes forsothe of the watyr vessel was 
of three ouncis, and the lippe of it? as 
the lippe of a chalice, and as a leef of a 
lilye to be V a3en bowid z ; it a conteynede 
two thousand mesuris of thre quartis, 
thre thousand mesuris nee3 of a potel. 

27 And he made ten brasen feet, eche foot 
of foure cubitis of length, and of foure 
cubitis of brede, and of foure cubitis of 

2shei3t. And that werk of the feet was 
betwix grauyngis playn ; and grauyngis 

29 betwix the ioynturis. And betwix the 
litil crownes and wyndyngis, liouus, and 
oxen, and cherubin ; and in the ioynturis 
lijk maner aboue b ; and vndur the lyouns 
and oxen as bridils of brasse hongynge. 

so And foure whelis bi eche feet, and brasen 



forsothe 1 twey hundrid ordris of pumgar- 
nadis weren in the cumpas of the secounde 
pomel. And he settide" the twey pilers in 21 
the porche of the temple ; and whanne he 
hadde set the ri3thalf pilere, he clepide it 
bi name Jachym v ; in lijk maner he reis- 
ide w the secounde pilere, and he clepide 
the name therof Booz x . And he settide? 22 
on z the heedis of the pilers a a werk bi 
the b maner of a lilie ; and the werk of the 
pilers was maad perfit c . Also he d made 23 
a 3otun see, that is, a waisching vessel 
for preestis, round in cumpas, of ten cu- 
bitis fro brynke til e to the f brinke ; the 
hei3nesse therof was of fyue cubitis ; and 
a corde of thretti cubitis 3ede aboute it bi 
cumpas. And grauyng^ vndir the brynke 24 
cumpasside it, and cumpasside h the see bi 
ten cubitis ; tweyne ordris of grauyngis 
conteynynge summe stories weren 3otun, 
and stoden on' 

oxis k thre bihelden to the north, and thre 
to the west, and thre to the south, and 
three to the eest : and the see was aboue amendid, but 

it was first a 

on 1 tho oxis m , of whiche 11 alle the hyndere nn gios to schewe 

... i i \ -,i o i T what is signe- 

thmgis weren hid with ynne. ootheliP2G n edbibathus, 
the thicknesse of the see was of thre 
ouncesf, and the brynke therof was as the 
brynke of a cuppe, and as the leef of a 
lilie crokid a3en ; the see tooki twei thou- 
synde bathus|, thre r thousynde metretis^f. 
And he made ten brasun foundementes, 27^' 
ech foundement of foure cubites of lengthe, half > and "J- 

sextanes. Bi 

and of foure cubitis of brede, and of thre Isidore the see 

cubitis of lories. And 

foundementis ' was rasid" bitwixe ; and 

grauyngis weren bitwixe v the ioynturis. 

And bitwixe v the litil corouns and serclis w 29 lengthe and 

variyngofme- 

weren nouns, oxis x , and cherubyns ; and 
in the ioynturis in lijk maner aboue ; and 
vndir the lyouns and oxis? weren as 
reynes of bridels of bras hangynge doun. 
And bi ech foundement weren 



two" 
quart* and an. 

twelue oxis k ; of whiche 25 this word 

h not 



of writeris, it 
was set in the 
text. A metre IK 
conteyneth ij. 
quartis and an 
half; and bi 
this the see 

nede xi. 
an 



, ... -. conteynede Ixv 

tllllke 8 Werk Of 28 tunncs and x. 



w Om. E pr. m. * Om. A. y hym E pr. TO. z aparailid E pr. m. a and it ^F. b Om. AH. 



suns in tymes 
and cuntreys, 
we han no cer 
teynte of E- 
brew roesuris. 
I Are here. c. 
IT a netrete 
30 conteyneth twei 
quartis and an 
half. Lire here. 
c. et pluret. 



1 and i. u sette i. v Jachyni, that is, slidefastnesse c marg. K. w reiside up i. x Booz, that is, 
strengths c marg. K. J sette i. z upon i. a the c. b Om. El,. c up fully i. d Hiram i. e Om. ix. 
{ Om. KX9- g the grauyng i. n it came aboute i. ' upon i. k oxen i. 1 upon i. m oxen i. n whiche 
oxen i. nn hyndrere A sec. m. withynne the see i. P And i. 1 conteynede i. r and thre K. s that EL. 
* the foundementis i. u raasid i. v bitwene i. w the serclis i. * oxen i. y the oxen i. 



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181 



axtrees ; and bi foure partyes as litil shul- 
dres vndur the water vessel 3oten, a3ens 

31 hem self beholdynge. And the mouth 
of the watir vessel with ynforth was in 
the cop of the heed, and that, that with 
outforth aperide, was of o cubite, and alle 
round, and togidre hadde o cubite and an 
half ; in c the corners forsothe of the pilers d 
weren dyuers grauyngis, and the inene 
pilers e betwix squaar f , and not round. 

32 Forsothe the foure whelis, that weren bi 
the foure corners of the foot, cleueden to- 
gidre to hem self vndir the foot ; o whele 

33 hadde of hei3t a cubite and an half. For- 
sothe the whelis weren siche, as ben wont 
to be inaad in a chaar ; and the axtres 
of hem, and the spokys, and the felijs h , 

34 and the naue, alle 3oten. For thoo ilke' 
foure k litil shuldres, bi alle the corners 
of o foot, fro that foot weren 3oten, and 

ssioyned. In the cop forsothe of the foot 
was a maner roundnes, of a cubite and a 
half, so forgid, that the watir vessel my3te 
be sette there aboue, hauynge his dy- 
uerse endentyngis, and grauyngis of hym 1 

36 self. Forsothe he grauede in the table 
beeldyngis, that weren of brasse, and in 
the corners, cherubyn, and liouns, and 
palmys, as into the m lickenesse of a man 
stondynge, that thei shulen be seen not 

37grauen, but leid to bi enuyroun. And 
in this maner he made ten feet, bi o 3et- 
ynge and mesure, and with lijk maner 

38 grauynge. Forsothe he made ten brasen 
water vessels ; o water vessel heelde fourti 
mesuris of thre quaartis, and was of foure 
cubitis ; and alle the water vessels he 
putte vpon alle the feet, that is, vpon ten 

3'J feet. And he ordeynde the n ten feet, fyue 
at the ry3t partie of the temple, and fyue 
at the left ; forsothe the see he putte at 
the ri3t parti of the temple, a3ens the este 

40 at the south. And Irani made caw- 
drones, and fier pannys, and wyn violis ; 
and he parformede al the werk of kyng 



wheelis, and brasun extrees ; and bi foure 

partis weren as litle schuldryngis vndir 

the waischyng vessel, 'the schuldryngis 1 } 

3otun, and biholdynge a3ens hemsilf to- 

gidere. And the mouth of the waischyng 31 

vessel with ynne was in the l^nesse of ieL '-*' 

the heedj, and that, that apperide with $/'* *"rf.- 

outforth, was of o cubit, and it was al 

round, and hadde togidere o cubit and an 

half; sotheli 8 dyuerse grauyngis weren in j ;. {<i " 

J ' in Lbreu, and 

the corneris of pilers, and the mydil piler th * ""* <*"- 

. , . . of utat round 

bitwixe" was square, not bD round. Ana 32 about, u a eu- 
the foure wheelis, that c weren bi foure h/jnesi* that ' 



eren 

5<mm top-den- 
dement, and" 



corneris of the foundement, cleuyden to- 

gidere to hem silf vndir the foundement; that was de|.i<i 

the ranuth, 

o wheele hadde o cubit and an half of hauynge hair 

... ,, .. ii* a cubit in 

hrjthe. Sothelr the wheehs weren siche, 33 hoijthe. /,>/ 

whiche maner wheelis ben wont to be 

maad in a chare ; and the extrees, and 

the 'naue stockis 6 , and the spokis, and f 

dowlis& of tho wheelis, alle thingis 

weren 3otun. For also the foure litle 34 

schuldryngis, bi alle the corners of o 

foundement, weren ioyned to gidere, and 

3otunfi of that foundement. Sotheli h in set "**< 

J that is, were 

the hi3nesse of the foundement was sum 1 - 

roundenesse, of o cubite and an half, so 
maad craftili, that the waischyng vessel 
my3te be set aboue, hauynge his purtrei- 
yngis, and dyuerse grauyngis of it silf. 
Also he k grauyde in tho wallis 1 , that SB 
weren of bras, and in the corneris, cheru- 
byns, and liouns, and palmes, as bi the 
licnesse of a man stondynge, that tho 
serneden not grauun, but put to bi cum- 
pas. Bi this maner he made ten founde- :t; 
mentis, bi o 3etyng and mesure" 1 , and lijk 
grauyng. Also he made ten waischyng s 
vessels of bras ; o waischyng vessel took 
fourti bathus, and it was of foure cubitis ; 
and he puttide" ech waischyng vessel bi 
it silf bi ech foundement bi it silf, that is, 
ten. And he made ten foundementis, fyue 39 
at the ri3t half of the temple, and fyue at 
the left half; sotheli he settideP the see 



candin^r. a piler *. w. e piler E sec. m. < quarre BC pr. m. F. e axtrees CE. " felys E sup. rat. 
i Om. CE sec.m. k Om. E pr.m. ' hem A. Om. AFH. n tho A. 

0m.i. and i. > bitwene i. bb andi,ots. e whiche .. -Andi. nauelstockis i. ' and the KOX. 
8 felies t. t And i. i a i. k Hiram i. l tablis c. "> oo mesure i. pulte i. and i. 



182 



III. KINGS. 



vir. 41 51. 



41 Salomon in the temple of the Lord. Two 
pilers, and two lytil cordis of the heed 
coueryngis vpon the heedis of the pilers, 
and two litil nettis, that thei coueren the 
two litil coordis, that wereri vpon the 

42 heedis of the pilers. And foure hundrid 
powmgarnettis in the two litil nettis ; 
two vers of powmgarnettis in n eche litil 
nettis, to the litil coordis to be couerd of 
the heed coueryngis, that weren vpon the 

43 heedis of the pilers. And the ten feet, 
and the ten water vessels vpon the feet ; 

44 and oon see, and twelue oxen vndir the 
45 see; and cawdrones, and fijr pannys, and 

wyn vyolis. Alle the vessels, that Iram 
made to kyng Salomon in the hows of 

46 the Lord, weren of latoun. And in the 
wijld feeldy regioun of Jordan the kyng 
jetide hem, in the cleyye nn erthe, betwix 

47Socoht and Sarcham. And Salomon 
putte alle the vessels in the hows; for the 
mych multitude forsothe there was no 

4wei3t of the brasse. And Salomon made 
alle the vessels in the hows of the Lord ; 
forsothe a golden auter, and a golden 
bord, on theP which shulden be leyd the 

49looues of proposicioun ; and fyue golden 
candelstickis at the ri3t side, and fyue at 
the left, a3ens Goddis answerynge place, 
of moost pure gold ; and as flouris of 
lilie, and golden lanterns there aboue, 

50 and golden snytters ; and stenys, and 
flesh hookis, and vyolis, and morters, 
and censerys, of moost pure gold ; and the 
heengis of doris of the ynnermore hows 
of the holy of halowis, and of the dorys 
of the hows of the temple, weren of gold. 

51 And he parfourmede al the werk, that 
Salomon made in the hows of the Lord ; 
and he brou3te in the thingis that Dauid, 
his fader, hadde halowid ; siluer, and 
gold, and vessels ; and he leide vp in the 
tresours of the hows of the Lord. 



at the ri3t half of the temple, a3ens the 
eest, at the south i. Also Hiram made40 
cawdrouns, and pannes, and wyn vessels ; 
and he made perfitli al the werk of kyng 
Salomon in the temple of the Lord. Heti 

, . . . . - f cordii ; that 

made twey pilers, and twei cordisj ot is, serciis cum- 
pomels r on 5 the pomels of pilers*, and p^ej 



twei werkis lijk nettis, that tho schulden 

hile twey u cordis, that weren on v the 

heedis of pileris w . And 'he made" pum-42 

garnadis foure hundrid in twey werkis 

lijk nettis ; 'he made* tweyne? ordris of 

pumgarnadis in z ech werk a lijk a net, 

to hile the cordis of the pomels, that weren 

on the heedis of pilers. And he made ten 43 

foundementis, and ten waischyng vessels 

on b the foundementis ; and o se, ''that is, 44 

a waischyng vessel for preestis c , and 

twelue oxis d vndur the see ; and 'he made e 45 

cawdruns, and pannys, and wyn vessels. 

Alle vessels', whiche Hiram made to kyng 

Salomon | in the hows of the Lord, weren t Salomon ,- for 

of latoun. And the kyng 3etide tho 

sels in the feeldi cuntrey of Jordan, in 

cleyi lond, bitwixe Sochot and Sarcham. 

And Salomon settides alle the vessels 11 ; 47 craft y men f r 

. . the excellence 

forsothe 1 for greet" multitude no wei3te of craft. Lire 

was of bras 1 , 'that is, it passide al corny n 

wei}te m . And Salomon made alle vessels" 48 

in the hows of the Lord ; sotheli he made 

the golden auter, ''that is, the auter of 

encense, that was with ynne the temple?, 

and the goldun boord, oni whych the 

loouys of settynge forth weren set ; and 49 

he made r goldun candilstikis, fyue at the 

ri3t half, and fyue at the left half, a3ens 

Goddis answerynge place, 'of purest gold 8 ; 

and he made as the flouris of a lilie, and 85 

goldun lanterns aboue, and goldun tongis ; 

and pottis, and hokis, and violis, and so 

morteris, and censeris of pureste gold ; and 

the herris, ether heengis, of the doris of the 

ynnere hows of the hooli of hooli thingis, 

and of the doris of the hows of the temple 



n and AHF. nn cleye AB. vpon BEFCII. P Om. c. 

1 south coost i. r the pomels i. s upon i. * the pilers i. u the two i. v upon i. w the pileris i. 

* Om. i. y and two i. z on c. a a werk B. b upon i. c Om. ci. d oxen i. e Om. i. f the vessels i. 

S sette i. h vessels in a hous i. ' but i. k the greet i. ! the bras i. m Om. i. n the vessels i. 
certis i. P Om. i. 1 upon i. r made of moost pure golde i. s Om. i. 's Om. i. 



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183 






CAP. VIII. 

1 Thanne alle the more thur3 birth of 
Yrael ben gadryd, with the princis of 
lynagis, and the duykis of the meynees of 
the sones of Yrael, to king Salomon, in 
to Jerusalem, that thei bryngen the arke of 
the boond of pees of the Lord fro the cite 

2 of Dauid, that is, fro Syon. And al Irael 
cam togidre to kyng Salomon, in the 
moneth of Bethanym, in a solempne 

3 day; he is the seuenth moneth. And 
alle the eldris of Irael camen ; and 

4preestis token the arke, and beren the 
arke of the Lord, and the tabernacle 
of the couenaunt of pees, and alle the 
vessels of the seyntuarie, that weren in 
the tabernacle ; and preestis and Leuytis 

5 beren hem. Forsothe kyng Salomon, 
and al the multitude of Yrael, that was 
comen to hym, wenten with hym before 
the arke, and offreden sheep and oxen, 

6 with out eymynge and noumbre. And 
the preestis brou3ten yn the arke of the 
boond of pees of the Lord into his place, 
into Goddis answerynge place of the 
temple, into the holi of halowis, vnder 

7 the weengis of cherubyn. Forsothe 
cherubyn spradden out the weengis 
vpon the place of the arke ; and thei 
couerden the ark, and his clothis ther 

saboue. And whanne the berynge stauys 
semeden out, and the heijest of hem 
apereden with out the seyntuarie, before 
Goddis answerynge place, thei apereden 
no more with out forth ; and the whiche 
weren there vnto the day that is now. 

9 Forsothe in the arke was noon othere 



weren of gold. And Salomon performydeei 
al the werk, which 1 he made in the hows 
of the Lord ; and he broii3te ynne the 
thingis, whiche Dauid, his fadir, hadde 
halewid; siluer, and gold, and vessels; 
and he kepte u in the tresours of the hows 
of the Lord. 

CAP. VIII. 

Thanne v alle the gretter men in birthe ' 
in Israel, with the w princes of lynagis 1 , 
and they duykis of meynees 2 of the sones 
of Israel, weren gaderid to kyng Salomon, 
in to Jerusalem, that thei schulden here 
the arke of boond of pees of the Lord fro 
the citee of Dauid, that is, fro Syon. And 2 
al Israel cam to gidere in the moneth 
Bethanym f a , in the solempne dai ; thilke b 
is the seuenthe moneth. And alle the 3 
elde men of Israel camen ; and the preestis 
token the arke, and baren c the arke of the cc 4 
Lord, and the tabernacle of boond of pees, 
and alle vessels' 1 of the seyntuarye, that 
weren in the tabernacle ; and the preestis 
and dekenes baren tho. Sotheli 6 kyng 5 
Salomon, and al the multitude of Israel, 
that camen togidere to hym, 3ede with 
hym bifor the arke ; and thei offriden 
scheep and oxis f , with out gessyngj and 
noumbre. And prestis brou3ten the arkec 
of boond of pees of the Lord in to his 
place, in to Goddis answerynge place of 
the temple, in to the hooli of hooli thingis, 
vndur the wengis of cberubynss. For- 7 
sothe h cherubyns' spredden forth wengis k 
ouer the place of the arke ; and hiliden 1 
the arke, and the barris therof aboue. 
And whanne the barris stoden forth, and a 
the hi3nesse m of tho apperiden with out 
the seyntuarye, bifor v Goddis answerynge 
place", tho apperyden no ferther with out- 
forth ; whicheP barris also weren there 'til 
in toi present 1 " day. Forsothe 8 in the 9 
arke is' noon other thing^, no but twei 
tablis of stoon, whiche tablis" Moyses in 



f that a, Sep. 
temlrre. Lire 
here. c. et 
plum. 

J urith out gett- 
ing ; this it 
seid bi figuratif 
pecbe,dpid 
iperbole, to tig- 
nefie the multi- 
tude of sacri- 
fices. Lire here. 
c. 

in the arke 
it noon other 
thing ; the con- 
trarie of this 
semeth in ix. 
c. to Ebreys* 
where Foul 
seith thus, that 
the jerde of 
Aaron, and a 
gold u n vessel 
liauynge man- 
na, weren there 
with the tablis. 
This is soilid in 
double maner, 
first thus, that 
the tablis a- 
loone weren 
there princi- 
paly, for herfor 
the arke was 
maad. Thejerde 
of Aaron was 
there bi occa- 
sioun, to putte 
awey rebellioun 
of presthod ; 
and tliepoldun 
vessel with 
manna was 
there, to the 
mynde of meete 
31)111111 fro heu- 
ene. In the - 
counde maner 
thus, that the 
;t l nii i of Aaron 
and the goldun 
vessel weren not 
withynne the 
arke, but wiih- 
outforth in a 
cofere maad 
thertu, and 
put in the side 
of the arke. 
Lire here. c. 



t that i. 
meynees i. 



u kepte thoo r. * Whanne A. " Om. I. * the lynagis i. J with i. * the 

a of Bethanym c. b which EL. thei baren i. cc Om. A. J the vessels i. 

And i. f oxen i. 6 the cherubyns i. h And i. ' the cherubyns i. k her wengis i. l thei hiliden i. 
"> hijnesses KX. " the oracle i text, that is, Goddis answerynge place i marg. tho burrut i. P the 
whiche i. 1 vnto i. r this present i. " And i. * was i. u Om. i. 



184 



III. KINGS. 



VIII. 10 21. 



thing but the two stonen tahlis, the 
whiche Moyses hadde sette in it in Oreb, 
whanne the Lord couenauntide coue- 
nauiit of pees with the sones of Irael, 
whanne thei shulden goo out of the 

loloond of Egipt. It is doon forsothe 
whanne the preestis weren goon out of 
the seyntuarie, a litil clowde fulfillide 

lithe hous of the Lord; and the preestis 
my3ten not stoond and mynystre, for the 
litil clowde ; forsothe the glorie of the 
Lord hadde fulfillid the hous of the 

12 Lord. Thanne seith Salomon, The Lord 
seide, that he shulde dwelle in a litil 

is clowde. Beeldynge I haue beeldid an 
hows in to thi 'dwellynge placei, thi 

umoost fast see into euermore. And 
the kyng turnede his face, and blisside 
to al the chirch in Irael ; forsothe al the 

ischirch of Irael stood. And Salomon 
seith, Blessid is r the Lord God of Irael, 
that spak in his mouth to Dauid, my 
fader, and in the hondis" of hym per- 

iGfourmyde, seiynge, Fro the day that I 
ladde out my puple Irael fro Egipt, I 
chees not a citee of alle the lynagis of 
Irael, that an hows shulde be beeldid 
vp, and my name were there ; but Dauid 
I chees, that he were vpon my puple 

17 Irael. And Dauid, my fader, wolde 
beeld vp an hows to the name of the 

is Lord God of Yrael. And the Lord seith 
to Dauid, my fader, That thou thou3tist 
in thin herte to beelde vp an hows to my 
name, thou didist wel, that same thing 

lotretynge in mynde; neuerthelater thou 
shalt not beelde to me an hows, but thi 
sone, that shal goon out of thi reynes, 
he shal beelde an hows to my name. 

20 The Lord hath confermyd his word, that 
he spak ; and I stood for Dauid, my fader, 
and satte upon the trone of Irael, as the 
Lord spak ; and I haue beeld 4 an hows 
to the name of the Lord God of Yrael. 

21 And I haue sette there a place of the 
arke, in the which is the couenaunt of 



so it is in II. 






Oreb hadde put in the ark, whanne the 
Lord made boond of pees with the sones 
of Israel, whanne thei 3eden out of the 
loond of Egipt. Forsothe 11 it was doon 10 
whanne the preestis hadden go out of the 
seyntuarie, a cloude fillide the hows of 
the Lord; and the preestis my3ten notn 
stonde and mynystre, for the cloude ; for 
whi the glorye of the Lord hadde fillid 
the hows of the Lord. Thanne Salomon 12 
seide, The Lord seide, that he wolde 
dwelle in a cloudef . Y bildynge haue 13 J 
bildid an hows in to thi dwelling place, 
in to thi moost stidefast trone with outen 
ende. And the kyng turnede his face, 
and blesside al the chirche in Israel ; for 
al the chirche of Israel stood v . And Sa- i. r > 
lomon seide, Blessid be the Lord God of 
Israel, that spak with his mouth to Dauid, 
my fadir, and performyde in hise hondis, 
and seide, Fro the dai in which Y ledde is 
my puple Israel out of Egipt, Y chees not 
a citee of alle the lynagis of Israel, that 
an hows schulde be bildid, and my name 
schulde be there ; but Y chees Dauid, that 
he schulde be ouer my puple Israel. And 17 
Dauid, my fadir, wolde bilde w an hows 
to the name of the Lord God of Israel. 
And the Lord seide to Dauid, my fadir, is 
That thou thou3tist in thin herte to bilde 
an hows to my name, thou didist wel, 
tretynge this same thing in soule* ; nethe- 19 
les thou schalt not bilde an hows to me, 
but thi sone, that schal go out of thi 
reynes, he schal bilde an hows to my 
name. The Lord hathr confermyd his 20 
word, which 2 he spak ; and Y stood for 
Dauid, my fadir, and Y sat on a the trone 
of Israel, as the Lord spak ; and Y haue 
bildid an hows to the name of the Lord 
God of Israel. And Y haue ordeyned2i 

* J Salomon 

there a place of the arke, in which arke stood before the 
the boond of pees of the Lord is, which sacrifices, foT 



he smoot with oure fadris, whanne thei 

3eden out of the lond of Egipt. Forsothe b 22 auter of r e . n - 

* f cense. Lire 

Salomon stood bifoor the auterf of the 



here. c. 



And i. 
And i. 



1 tabernacle E pr.m. r Om. CEFH. s hows AFH. * beeldide BFH. 
stood there i. w haue bildid i. * thi soule i. y hath notv i. * that i. upon 



VIII. 22 50. 



III. KINGS. 



185 



pees of the Lord, the whiche he smoot 
with oure faders, whanne thei wenten 
2-2 out of the loond of Egipt. Forsothe 
Salomon stood before the auter of the 
Lord, in the si3t of the chyrch of Yrael ; 
and he spradde out his hoondis into 

23 heuene, and seith, Lord God of Yrael, 
there is not lijk of 11 thee, God in heuene 
aboue, and upon erthe beneeth, the which 
kepist couenaunt and mercy to thi ser- 
uauntis, that goon before thee in al her 

24 herte ; the which keptist to Dauid, my 
fader, thi seruaunt, that thou speke to 
hym ; with mouth thou speke, and with 
hoondis thou hast fulfillid, as this dai 

25proueth. Now thanne, Lord God of 
Irael, kepe to thi seruaunt Dauid, my 
fader, that thou speke to hym, seiynge, 
There shal not be doon awey a man 
before me of thee, that sitte vpon the 
trone of Irael, so neuerthelater if thi 
sonis kepen thi weye, that thei goon be- 
fore me, as thou wentist in my si3t. 

20 And now, Lord God of Irael, thi wordis 
ben thei fastned, that thou speke to thi 

27 seruaunt Dauid, my fader. Thanne 
whethir it is to trowe, that vereli God 
dwelle vpon erthe ; forsothe if heuene, 
and heuenes of heuens mowen not take 
thee, myche more this hows, that I haue 

aabeeldid to thee. But behold to the ori- 
soun of thi seruaunt, and to the preiers 
of hym, Lord my God ; here the ympne, 
and the orysoun, that thi seruaunt 

20 preieth before thee to day ; that thin 
eyen ben openyd vpon this hows ni3t 
and day, vpon the hows, of the which 
thou seydyst, My name shal be there ; 
that thou here the orisoun, that thi ser- 

30 uaunt preieth to thee in this place; that 
thou here the preier of thi seruaunt, and 
of thi puple Irael, what euere thing he 
shal preye in this place, and thou here 
in the stede of thi dwellynge place in 
heuene ; and whanne thou herist, thou 



Lord, in the si}t of the chirch of Israel ; 

and he helde forth hise hondis a3ens 

heuene, and seide, Lord God of Israel, no 21 

God in heuene aboue, nether on d erthe 

bynethe, is lijk thee, which kepist coue- 

naunt and mercy to thi seruauntis, that 

goon bifor thee in al her herte ; and thou 24 f M 

kepist to Dauid, my fadir, thi seruaunt, "" N *"y 

tho thingis whiche thou hast spoke to 

him ; bi mouth thou hast spoke, and hi 

hondis thou hast fillid', as this day preu- 



eth. Now therfor, Lord God of Israel, 25 G ? '*" bib* 

vndur condt- 

kepe thou to thi seruaunt Dauid, my doun, that they 

e j. ., i . . , . , Iwre wel hem 

fadir, tho thingis whiche thou spakist to "if i therfor Uii 

hym, and seidist, A man of thee schal not "M 

be taken awei bifor me, which man schal 

sitte on f the trone of Israel, so netheles if thou .' me .' ml 

to othere eini 

thi sones kepen thi weye, that -thei go fi>ayth, 

, ... ... stidefastneme 

Diror me, as thou 3edist in my si^t. And 20 O f souie in good 
now, Lord God of Israel, thi wordist be 
maad stidfast, whiche thou spakist to thi 
seruaunt Dauid, my fadir. Therfor M'he- 27 Lire here - l - 
ther it is to gesse, that God dwellith verily ... lhat Gad 
on? erthet ; for if heuene, and heuene of du "" i * *'* 

on rrllte ; bi 

heuenes moun not take thee, how myche this, he exciud 

.. ,,!,-, ..- ith the errour 

more this hows, which" Y bildid 1 to thee, of hem, that 



i not take thee*. But, my Lord God, 
biholde thou to the preierej of thi ser- 
uaunt, and to the bisechyngis of hym ; L ' re here - c - 

, i 5 bihoUe thou 

here thou the ympne, ether preysing, and to the prner, 
preiere, which" thi seruaunt preieth bifor wu'efth'ii how. 
thee to day ; that thin i3en be openyd on" 29 



this hows bi ni}t and dai, on the hows, dneiie there, a 

a man dwellith 

of P which thou seidist, My name schal > his hows, 

... l't that prey- 

be there ; that thou here the preier, whichi erf* maad there 

, , . , i , i A i i he more able 

thi seruaunt preieth to thee in this place ; w ^ herd than 
that thou here the bisechyng of thi ser- so "^ 
uaunt, and of thi puple Israel, what euer x< * ise rf 

r r f Goddis wor- 

thing he preieth r in this place, and here schiping. un 

thou 8 in the place of thi dwellyng in 

heuene ; and whanne thou hast herd, thou 

schalt be mercyful. If a man synnethsi 

a3ens a man, and hath ony ooth, bi which 

he is holdun boundun, and cometh 1 for the 

ooth in to thin hows, bifor thin auter, 



Om. E pr. in. v kepist BCEFH. 



eneEL. <1 upon i. in EKLX. fulfillid i. f upon i. 8 upon i. * that i. ' haue bildid i. k Om. r. 
l Om. i. the preiere i. " that i. upon i. P Om. c. 'I that i. ' preie KX. 
* he come i. 

VOL. II. B b 



186 



III. KINGS. 



viu. 3140: 



:u shall be merciful. If a man synneth 
into his nei3bour, and haue eny ooth, bi 
the which streyned he be holdyn, and 
come for the ooth before thi w auter, into 

''>-2 thin hows, thou shalt here in heuen, and 
doon, and thou shalt deme thi seruauntis ; 
condempnynge the wickid, and 3eeldynge 
his weye vpon his heed, iustifiynge the 
ri3twise, and jeeldynge to hym after his 

3sri3twisnes, If thi puple Irael shul flee 
his enemyes, for he is to synne to thee, 
and doynge penaunce, and knowlechynge 
to thi greet name, comen, and honouren, 

34 and preyen thee in this hows, here thou 
in heuene, and for3if the synne of thi 
puple Irael ; and thou shalt lede hem 
a3en into the loond, that thou 3af to the 

:?ofadres of hem. If heuene were closid, 
and shal not reyne for the synnes of 
hem, and preiynge in this place, penaunce 
doon to thi name, and fro her x synnes 

r.6weren conuertid for her affliccioun, here 
thou hem in heuene, and for3if the synnes 
of thi seruauntis, and of thi puple Irael, 
and shew to hem a good weye, bi the 
which thei goon, and 3if reyne vpon the 
loond, that thou hast 3ouun to thi puple 

37 in to possessioun. N If that hungre^ were 
growen Vp on z the erthe, or were pesti- 
lence, or corrupt eyr, or fretynge, or 
locust, or rust, and turmentith hym, and 
his enemy besegynge the 3atis, al ven- 

ssiaunce, al infirmyte, al cursynge, and 
wisshynge, that shall falle to eny man of 
thi puple Yrael, if a man knowe the 
wounde of his herte, and stretche out his 

^hoondis in this hows, thou shalt here in 
heuene, in the place of thi dwellynge, and 
thou shalt be a3en plesid, and thou shalt 
doo that thou 3yue to echon after alle 
her weyes, as thou shalt seen the a herte 
of hym ; for thou alone hast knowun the 

^o herte of alle the sonys of men, that thei 
dreden thee alle days in the which thei 



thou schalt here" in heuene, and thou:!-' 
schalt do v , and thou schalt deme thi ser- 
uauntis ; and thou schalt condempne the 
wickid man, and schalt w 3elde his weie 
on x his heed, and thou schalt iustifie the 
iust man, and schalt^ 3elde to hym vp" 
his ri3tfulnesse a . If thi puple Israel fleeth 33 
hise enemyes, for he schal do synne to 
thee t, and thei doen penaunce b , and t <i w- to 

1 . thee ; that is, 

knoulechen to thi greet name, and comen, the synne to 

, . 11-1 .1 comynge, schal 

and worschipen, and bisechen thee in this be cause of 

hows, here thou in heuene, and for3yue: f )';, t t , s ^ K< ' ( . 

thou the synne of thi puple ; and thou 

schalt lede hem a3en in to the lond, which'' 

thou hast 3oue to the fadris of hem. Ifss 

heuene is closid, and reyneth not for the 

synnes of hem d , and thei preyen in this 

place, and doen penaunce to thi name, 

and ben conuertid 6 fro her synnes for her 

turment, here thou hem in heuene, ands/> 

for3yue thou the synnes of thi seruauntis, 

and of thi puple Israel, and schewe thou 

to hem good f weie, bi which thei schulen 

go, and 3yue thou reyn to hem one the 

lond, which 1 ' thou hast 3oue to hem in 

to possessioun. If hungur risith in the 37 

lond, ether pestilence is, ether corrupt eyr 

is, ether rust, ether locuste 1 , ether myldew, 

and his k enemy turmentith hym, and bi- 

segith the 3atis', al m wounde", al sike- 

nesse , al cursyng, and wichyngi' of yuel,3n 

that bifallith to ech man of thi puple 

Israel, ifi ony man knowith the wounde 

of his herte, and holdith forth hise hondis 

in this hows, thou schalt here r in heuene, so 

in the place of thi dwellyng, and thou 

schalt do mercy, and thou schalt do that 

thou 3yue to ech man vpe s alle hise weies, 

as thou seest his herte; for thou aloone 

knowist the herte of alle the sones of men, 

that thei drede thee in alle daies in-io 

whiche thei lyueri on 1 the face of the lond, 

which 11 thou hast 30116 to cure fadrys. 

Ferthermore and whanne an alien, which v 4i 



w the AFH. x Om. E pr.m. y liungir if yt CE. z vp in CE. a in A. 

u here him i. v do iustly i. w thou schalt I. * upon I. y thou schalt i. z aftir i. a rijtwisnesse i. 
b penaunce, or forthinken her synne i. . c that i. d men i. e altogidre turned i. f a good i. e upon i. 
h that i. i a locuste A. k if his i. l jatis of him i. m and al i. n veniaunce i. sikenesse, al deuour. 
ing L. P al wischyng i. q and if i. r here it i. s a fti r i. t U p on r . u that i. v that i. 



VIII. 4i 49- 



III. KINGS. 



187 



lyuen vpon the face of the erthe, that thou 

41 hast 3euen to oure fadris. Forthermore 

and an alyen, that is not of thi puple 

Irael, whanne he cometh fro a ferre loond 

for thi name ; forsothe thi greet name 

shal be herd, and thi strong hoond, and 

1-2 thi strau3t out arme oner al ; whanne 

thanne he shal come, and preye in this 

43 place, thou shalt here in heuene, in the 
firmament of thi dwellynge place, and 
thou shalt doo alle thingis, for the whiche 
the alien hath inwardli clepid thee, that 
alle puplis of erthis lernen to drede thi b 
name, as thi puple Yrael, and prone thei, 
for thi name is inwardly clepid vpon this 

44 hows, that I haue beeldid. If thi puple 
were goon out to batail a^ens his ene- 
myes, bi the weye whidir euere thou 
shalt seende hem, thei shulen preye thee 
a3en the weye of the citee that thou hast 
chosun, and a3ens the hows that I haue 

45 beeldid to thi name, and thou shalt here 
in heuene the orysouns of hem, and the 
preyers of hem, and doon the doom of 

40 hem. That yf thei synnen to thee, there 
is not a man that synneth not, and 
wrooth thou shalt take hem to her ene- 
myes, and caytife were lad into the loond 

47 of enemyes, ferre or ni3, and doon pe- 
naunce in her herte, in the place of cai- 
tifte, and turned han preyed in her cay- 
tifte, seiynge, We han synned, wickidly 
we han doon, vnpitously we han born 

48 vs ; and weren turned to thee in al her 
herte, and in al her soule, in the loond 
of her enemyes, to the which catife thei 
weren lad, and preyen thee a3ens the 
weie of her loond that thou hast 3ouen 
to the faders of hem, and of the citee 
that thou hast chosun, and of the temple 

40 that I haue beeldid to thi name, thou 
shalt here in heuen, in the firmament of 
thi see, and the orysouns of hem, and 
the preiers of hem, and thou shalt c doon 



is not of thi puple Israel, cometh fro a fer 
lond for thi name ; for w thi grete name, 
and thi strong hond, and thin arm 'holdun 4-2 
forth" schal be herd euery where ; ther- 
for wbanne he cometh, and preieth in 
this place, thou schalt here in heuene, in? 43 
the firmament of thi dwellyng place, and 
thou schalt do alle thingis, for whiche" the 
alien clepith thee, that alle puplis of londis 
lerne to drede thi name, as thi puple Is- 
rael doith, and preue a , that thi name is 
clepid b on c this hows, which* 1 Y bildide*. 
If thi puple goith out to batel a3ens hise44 
enemyes, bi the weie whidir euer thou 
sendist hem, thei schulen preye thee a3ens 
the weie of the citee which thou hast 
chose, and a3ens f the hows which? Y bild- 
ide 1 ' to thi name, and thou schalt here in 4.-i 
heuene the preyeris of hem, and the bi- 
sechyngis of hem, and thou schalt make 
the doom of hem. That if thei synnen to 41; 
thee, for no man is that synneth not, and 
thou art wrooth, and' 1 bitakist hem to her 
enemyes, and thei ben led prisoneris in to 
the lond k of enemyes, fer ether ny3, and thei 47 
doon penaunce in her herte in the place of 
prisonyng 1 , and ben conuertid, and bi- 
sechen in her prisonyng, and seien, We 
han n synned, we han" do wickidli, we 
han" do vnfeithfuli ; and"" thei turnen48 
a3en to thee in al her herte and al her 
soule, in the lond of her enemyes, to which' 1 
thei ben led prisoneris, and thei preyen 
thee a3ens 1 the weie of her lond which 1 " 
thou hast 3oue to her fadris, and of s the 
citee which* thou hast chose, and of u the 
temple which v Y bildide to thi name, 
thou schalt here in heuene, in the firma-^ 
ment of thi seete, the preiers of hem, and 
the bisechingis of hem, and thou shalt 
make the doom of hem ; and thou schalt so 
be merciful to thi puple, that synnede x 
to thee, and to alle the wickidnessis, bi 
whiche thei trespassideny a3ens thee ; and 



the B. c shal A. 



w forsothe i. * streijt out i. T and in KX. the whiche i. preue thei i. >> inwardly clepid i. 
c upon i. -1 that i. e haue bildid i. f forn ajens i. 8 that i. h haue bildid i. ' therjore and i. 
k hond A. l her prisonyng .. al to gidre turned i. haue i. 
q forn ajeni i. ' that i. a 3 ens i. t that i. ajens i. 
y han trespassid i. 

B b2 



. and if s. in al i. P the which i. 
* that i. haue bildid i. 



188 



III. KINGS. 



VIII. 50 60. 



50 the doom of hem ; and thou shalt haue 
merci to thi puple, that hath synned to 
thee, and to alle the wickidnesses bi the 
whiche thei ban trespassid in thee ; and 
thou shalt 3yue rnerci before hem, that 
hadden hem caitife, that thei doon merci 

si to hem. Forsothe thi puple he is, and 
thin heritage, whom thou hast brought 
out of the loond of Egipte, fro the mydil 

52 of the yren furneis ; that thin eyen ben 
opened to the preyer of thi seruaunt, and 
of thi puple Yrael ; and thou shalt here 
hem in alle thingis, for the whiche thei 

53 inwardly shulen clepe thee. Forsothe 
thou hast seuerde hem to thee in to 
herytage of alle puplis of the c erthe, as 
thou speke bi d Moysen, thi seruaunt, 
whanne thou laddist out oure fadris fro 

54Egipt, Lord God. It is doon forsothe, 
whanne Salomon hadde ful eendid, prei- 
ynge the Lord al the orysoun, and this 
preier, he aroos e fro the 313! of the auter 
of the Lord ; forsothe either knee he 
hadde pi3t into the erthe, and the 
hoondys he hadde sprad out to heuene. 

ssThanne he stood, and blesside to al the 
chirche 'of Yrael f with a greet voys, sey- 

.-.oynge, Blessid is the Lord God, that 3af 
rest to his puple Irael, after alle thingis 
that he spak ; there felle not of h a word, 
forsothe not oon, of alle the wordis that 

57 he spak bi Moyses, his seruaunt. Be the 
Lord oure God with vs, as he was with 
oure faders, not forsakynge vs, ne throw- 

58 ynge a ferre ; but bowe he oure hertis to 
hym, that we goon in alle the weys of 
hym, and kepe the maundements of hym, 
and cerymonyes, and domes, what euere 

59 he comaundide to oure fadres. And ben 
thes myn wordis, in the whiche I haue 
preied before the Lord, nei3ynge to thee 
Lord oure God day and ny3t, that he do 
doom to his seruaunt, and to his puple 

eo Irael bi eche days ; and witen alle pu- 



thou schalt do merci bifor tho men, that 

hadden hem prisoneris, that tho men do 

mercy to hem. For it is thi puple, and5i 

thin erytage, whiche thou leddist out of 

the lond of Egipt, fro the myddis of yrone z 

furneisf ; that thin y}en be opyn to the 52 1 "'"/'"- 

,. <? .i j c j.1.- nets , that is, 

bisechyng or thi seruaunt, and or thi pu- hani at the 
pie Israel ; and thou schalt here hem in r " e lw"(' n ' 
alle thingis, for whiche a thei clepen b thee. 
For thou hast departid hem to thee in to 5:1 
heritage fro alle the puplis of erthe, as 
thou spakist bi Moyses, thi seruaunt, 
whanne thou, Lord God, leddist oure fa- 
dris out of Egipt. Forsothe it was don, 54 
whanne Salomon, preiynge the Lord, hadde 
fillid al this preier and bisechyng, he roos c 
fro the d si3t of the auter of the Lord ; for e 
he hadde set fast euer either kne to the 
erthe, and hadde f holde forth the hondis 
to heuene. Therfor he stood, and bless- 55 
ide al the chirche of Israel, and seide with 
greet vois, Blessid be the Lord God of Is- 56 
rael, that 3af h reste to his puple Israel, 
bi alle thingis whiche he spak ; a word 
felde not doun, sotheli nether 1 oon k , of alle 
goodis 1 whiche he spak bi Moises, his ser- 
uaunt. Oure Lord God be with vs, as he 57 
was with oure fadris, and forsake not vs, 
nether caste" 1 awey ; but bowe he oure ZR 
hertis, to hym silf, that we go in alle hise 
weies, and kepe hise comaundementis 11 , and 
cerymonyes, and domes, whiche euere he 
comaundide to oure fadris. And these su 
wordis of me, bi whiche Y preiede? bifor 
the Lord, bei nei3ynge to oure Lord God : fe ne^ynge, 
bi dai and m'3t, that he make doom to r worth! to be 
his seruaunt, and to his puple Israel bi ^ ^ ^ 
alle daies ; and alle the puplis of erthe GO 
wite, that the Lord hym silf is God, and 
noon 8 'is ouer* 'with out" hym. Also oure ci 
herte be perfit with oure Lord God, that 
we go in hise domes, and kepe hise co- 
rnaundementis v , as and vv to dai. Therfor 62 
the kyng, and al Israel with hym, offriden 



c Om. AC. A toAFH. e rose BCEFH. f Om. E pr. in. S Om. BCEFH. h Om. AH. 

z the yrone i. a the whiche i. b schulen clepe KX pr. m. c roos up i. d Om. i. e sothely I. 

I he hadde i. g his i. h hath joue i. ' Om. i. k Om. ci. * the gode thingis i. m caste us i. 

II hestis i. hath comaundid i. P haue preied i. 1 be thei i. r to me i. s noon other CF pr. m. GIMQ. 
t Om. COM. u Om. i. v hestis i. w also i. 



VIII. 6i IX. 3. 



III. KINGS. 



189 



plis of the erthe, for the Lord he is' 
God k , and there is noon more with out 

oihym. Forsothe be oure herte parfite 
with the Lord oure God, "that we goon 1 
in the domys of hym, and kepen the 

G-2 heestis of hym, as and to day. Thanne 
the kyng, and al Yrael with hym, of- 
freden slayn sacrifices before the Lord. 

03 And Salomon slew} pesible oostis, that 
he offrede to the Lord ; two and twenti 
thousand" of oxen, and an hundryd and 
twenti thousand" of sheep ; and the kyng 
and the sones of Yrael halweden the 

64 temple of the Lord. In that day the 
kyng halwide the mydil of the porche, 
that was before the hows of the Lord ; 
forsothe he dide brent offryngis there, 
and sacrifice, and the talw} of the pesible 
thingis ; for the brasen auter that was 
before the Lord was to litil, and my3te 
not take the brent offrynge, and the sa- 
crifice, and the talw} of pesible thingis. 

Co Thanne Salomon made in that tyme a 
solempne feest day, and al Irael with 
hym, a greet multitude, fro the entre of 
Emath vnto the ryuer of Egipt, before 
the Lord oure God, seuen days and seuen 

66 dais, that is, fourteen dais. And in the 
ei3t day he lafte the puple, the which 
blessynge to the kyng wente into her 
tabernaclis, gladynge and with myrye 
herte vpon alle the goodis that God 
hadde doon to Dauid, his seruaunt, and 
to Irael, his puple. 

CAP. IX. 

i It is doon forsothe, whanne Salomon 
hadde perfourmed the beeldynge of the 
hows of the Lord, and the beeldynge of 
the kyng, and al that he desyryde, and 

2wolde make, the Lord aperide to hym 
the secounde tyme, as be aperyde to hym 

sin Gabaon. And the Lord seide to hym, 
I haue herd thin orisoun, and thi preyer, 
that thou preiedist before me ; I haue 



sacrifices bifor the Lord. And Salomon c:i 
killide x pesible sacrifices, whiche he of- 
fride to the Lord; of oxis? two z and 
twenti thousynde, and of scheep sixe score 
thousynde ; and the king and the sones of 
Israel halewiden the temple of the Lord. 
In that dai the kyng halewidef the myddil 04 1 
oFthe greet street, that was bifor the hows u, made 'io i 
of the Lord ; for he made there brent sa- 
crifice, and sacrifice 51 , and the innere fat- 
nesse of pesible thingis ; for the brasun 
auter that was bifor the Lord, was to 
litil, and my3te b not take the brent sacri- 
fice, and the sacrifice', and the ynnere 
fatnesse of pesible thingis. Therfor 

f * 

mon made in that tyme a solempne feeste, 

i i T i i i . 

and al Israel with hym, a grete multi- 
tude, fro the entryng of Emath v til to d the 
stronde of Egipt, bifor oure Lord God, in 
seuene daies and seuene daies, that is, 
fourtene daies. And in the ei3the day he e GO 
delyueryde the puplis, whiche f blessiden 
the kyng, and 3eden forth in to her taber- 
naclis, and werens glade and of ioyful 
herte on 1 ' alle the goodis whiche' God 
hadde do to Dauid, his seruaunt, and to 
Israel, his puple. 



halewid, and 
to be maud 
redy, that sa- 
crifice* ihiiUieu 
be brent there, 
that my.ten 
not he brent 
on the auler : 
this halewing 
was maad l.i 
the bischop, 



this jKTteyu- 
ede, and for 
this vat, doon 
at the stiring 
of the king, 
the king i 
seid to haiip 
do this. Lire 
here. c. 



CAP. IX. 

Forsothe k it was doon, whanne Salo-i 
mon had perfourmed the bildyng of the 
hows of the Lord, and the bildyng of the 
kyng, and al thing that he coueitide, and 
wolde make, the Lord apperide to Salo-2 
mon 1 the secunde tyme, as he apperide to 
hym m in Gabaon. And the Lord seide to 3 
hym, Y haue herd thi preier, and thi bi- 
sechyng, which" thou bisou3tist bifor 



'Om. Epr.m. * a God CE. 1 go we E pr. m. kepe we E pr. m. thousendis E. e.^tethe CE. 

* slewj i. Y oxen I. * he offride two I. " offryng i. it ; mt i. 'offryng i. * vnto I. 

e Salomon i. f the whiche i. ff thei weren or. h of i. * that i. k And i. hym A. 
n that i. hast bisotyt i. 



190 



III. KINGS. 



IX. 4- 



halwid this hows, that thou hast beeldP, 
that I putte my name there into euer- 
more ; and myn eyen and myn herte 

4 shulen be there alle days. Forsothe thou, 
if thou gost before me, as thi fader jede, 
in symplenes of herte, and euennesse, and 
dost alle thingis that I haue comaundid 
to thee, and my domys, and my lawful 

3 thingis kepest, I shal sette the trone of 
thi rewme vpon Irael in to euermore, as I 
spak to Dauid, thi fader, seiynge, There 
shal not be doon awey a man of thi kyn- 

(irede fro the see of Irael. Forsothe if bi 
turnynge awey 36 and 3oure sonys weren 
turned aweye, not folwynge me, ne kep- 
ynge myn heestis and cerymonyns, that 
I purposide to 3ow, but 36 goon awey, 
and herein alyen goddis, and honouren 

7 hem, I shal doo awey Irael fro the vtter- 
moost of the erthe that I haue 3euen to 
hem ; arid the temple that I haue halwid 
to my name, I shal throwe awey fro my 
si3t ; and Irael shal be into prouerbe 

sand into fable^, to alle puplis. And this 
hows shal be into exsaumple ; alle that 
passen bi it, shulen wondre, and whistlen, 
and seyn, Whi dide the Lord thus to 

a this 1 " loond, and to this hows? And thei 
shulen answere, For thei forsoken the 
Lord her God, that ladde out the faders 
of hem fro the loond of Egipt ; and thei 
folweden alien goddis, and herieden hem, 
and honourden hem ; therfor the Lord 

iobrou3te yn vpon hem al this yuel. For- 
sothe fulfillid twenti 3eer, after that Salo- 
mon hadde beeldid two howsis, that is, 
the hows of the Lord, and the hows of 

1 1 the kyng, Iram, the kyng of Tire, 3eu- 
ynge to kyng Salomon cedre and firre 
trees, and gold, after al that he hadde 
nede ; thanne Salomon 3af to Iram twenti 

I2bur3 touns in the loond of Galilee. And 
Yram wente out fro Tyro for to se the 
bur3 touns, that Salomon hadde 3euen to 

is hym, and thei plesiden not to hym ; and 
he seith, Whether thes ben the citees that 



me ; Y haue halewid this hows, which? 
thou bildidisti, that Y schulde sette there 
my name with outen ende ; and myn i3en 
and myn herte schulen be there in alle 
daies. Also if thou goist bifore me, as 4 
thi fadir 3ede, in simplenesse of herte, and 
in equite, and doist alle thingis whiche Y 
comaundide r to thee, and kepist my domes, 
and my lawful thingis, Y schal sette the s 
trone of thi rewme on" Israel with outen 
ende, as Y spak to Dauid, thi fadir, and 
seide, A man of thi kyn schal not be takun 
awei fro the trone of Israel. Forsothe if c 
bi turnyng awei 36 and 3oure sones turnen 
awey, and suen not me, and kepen not 
myn hestis and cerymonyes, whiche Y set- 
tide 1 forth to 3ou, but 36 goen, and wor- 
schipen alien goddis, and onouren hem *bi 
outward" reuerence v , Y schal do awei Is- 7 
rael fro the face of the lond which'" Y 3aue 
to hem ; and Y schal caste awei fro my 
si3t the templef, which Y halewid to my 
name ; and Israel schal be in to a pro- 
uerbe and in to a fable, to alle puplis. And s nosor 
this hows schal be in to ensaumple of 
Goddis offence; ech man that schal passe 
bi it, schal wondre, and schal hisse, and 
schal seye, Whi hath the Lord do thus to 
this lond, and to this hows ? And thei* 
schulen answere, For thei forsoken her 
Lord God, that ladde the fadris of hem 
out of Egipt ; and thei sueden alien god- 
dis, and worschipiden hem, and onouriden 
hem ; therfor the Lord bro^te^ in on z 
hem al this yuel. Sotheli whanne twenti 10 
3eer weren fillid 3 , aftir that Salomon hadde 
bildid tweyne housis, that is, the hows of 
the Lord, and the hows of the kyng, 
while Hiram, kyng of Tire, 3af to Salo-n 
mon trees of cedre, and of beech b , and 
gold, bi al thing that he hadde nedeful ; 
thanne Salomon 3af to Hiram twenti citees 
in the lond of Galile. And Hiram 3edei2 
out of Tyre that he schulde se the citees, 
whiche Salomon hadde 3oue to hym, and 
tho plesiden not hym ; and he seide, Whe- is 



in distriynge it, 



here. c. 



P bildide BEFH. 1 fablis A. T thi AFH. 



P that i. 
v Om. i. 



1 hast bildid i. 
that i. x men i. 



r haue comaundid i. 
y hath broujt i. 



upon i. * haue sett i. sette EL. 
z upon i. a fulfillid i. b firr i. 



u vttirtvard K. 



IX. T4 25. 



III. KINGS. 



191 



thou hast 3euen to me, brother ? And he 
clepide hem the loond of Chabul, vnto this 
H day. Forsothe Iram sente to kyng Salo- 
mon an hundrid and twenti talentis of 
15 gold. This is the summe of the expensis, 
that kyng Salomon offrede to beelde the 
hows of the Lord, and his hows of Mello, 
and the wal of Jerusalem, and Ezer, and 
icMagedo, and Gazer. Pharao, the kyng 
of Egipt, stiede vp, and took Gazer, and 
brente it vp with fier ; and Chanane that 
dwellide in the citee he slew3, and 3af it 
into dower to his dov^ter, Salomons wijf. 
17 Thanne Salomon beeldide vp Gazer, and 
is the nethir Bethron,and Balaad, and Pal- 
is myram in the loond of wildirnes, and alle 
the touns that to hym perteyneden, and 
weren withouten wal ; and he made sikir 
the citees of charis 8 , and the cytees of 
horsmen, and what euere thing to hym 
pleside for to beelde in Jerusalem, and in 
Liban, and in al the loond of his power. 

20 Al the puple that abood stylle of Amor- 
reis, Ethees, and Pherezeis, Euees, and 
Jebuseis, that ben not of the sones of 

21 Irael, of thes the sones that abiden stille 
in the loond, that is, whom the sones of 
Irael myjten not throwe out, Salomon 

22 made tributaries into this day. Of the 
sones forsothe of Irael kyng Salomon 
ordeynde not eny man to serue, but thei 
weren men niters, and the seruauntis of 
hym, and princis, and duykis, and pre- 
23 fectis of charis and of hors. Forsothe 

thei weren princis vpon alle the werkis 
of Salomon, prouostis fyue hundrid and 
fifti, that hadden the puple subiect, and 
24 to the ordeynd werkis comauudiden. The 
doujter forsothe of Pharao stiede vp fro 
the citee of Dauid in to hir hows, that 
Salomon hadde beeldid to hire ; thanne 

23 he bieldide Mello. Forsothe Salomon 
offride three sithes bi eche jeer brent sa- 



t /'/ tv/. 



iftllW. 

nes*. Lire 
here. c. 
t Mi it Ike 
aitminc <tj 
coiti,; in K- 
breti it in, thi* 
i> the rentr, 
which Saluniun 



, ferrid M ** 

ifttre goyiige 

e tfre, 
s '"eth aft/rwa 



t / ribul f ri - 

/fire ncrt, t'. 



thir thes ben the citees, whiche thou, bro- 
ther, hast joue to me? And he' 1 clepide 
tho citees the lond of Chabul e f, 'til in to f 
this dai. Also Hiram sente to king Sa- 
lomon sixe score talentis of gold. This is 
the summe of 'costisf, which summe Salo- 
mon the kyng 3af to bilde the hows of 
the Lord, and his h house Mello, and the 
wal of Jerusalem, and Ezer, and Mag- 
geddo, and Gazer. Farao 1 , kyng of Egipt, 
stiede u , and took Gazer, and brente 1 it bi 
fier ; and he killide Chananei, that dwell- 
ide in the citee, and 3af m it" in to dower 
to? his dou3tir, the wijf of Salomon. Ther- 
for Salomon bildide Gazer, and the lower 
Bethoron, and Balaath, and Palmyra in \s 
the lond of wildirnesse ; and he made u> 
strong alle the townes, that'i perteyneden 
to hym, and weren with out wal, arid the 
citees of chaaris, and the citees of kny3tis, 
and what euer thing pleside hym to bilde 
in Jerusalem, and in the r Liban, and in al 
the lond of his power. Salomon made tri-2o 
butaries 'til to s this dai al the puple, that 
lefte of Ammorreis, Etheis, and Fereseis, 
and Eueys, and Jebuseys, that 4 ben not of 
the sones of Israel, the" sones of these 21 
ket/ten men, that w dwelliden in the lond, 
that is, whiche* the sones of Israel myjten 
not distrye. Sotheli kyng Salomon or- 22 
deynede not ony man of the sones of Israel 
to serueS, but thei weren men wen-lours?, 

. . , that is, in vile 

and mynystris 2 ot him, and princes, and werkis, and of 

dukis, and prefectis" of his chares and 

horsis. Sotheli b fyue hundrid and fifti 23 

'souereynes weren princes ouer alle the 

werkis of Salomon, whiche d princes had- 

den the puple suget 6 , and comaundiden to 

werkis ordeyned. Sotheli f the dorter of 24 

Farao stiedes fro the citee of Dauid in to 

hir hows, 'which hows h Salomon hadde 

bildid' to hir; thanne he bildide Mello. 

Also Salomon offride in thre tymes bi25 



3 tourys E pr. m. 

a Hiram I. ' Chabul, that is, disposing K. ( vnto i. S the expends that kyng Salomon offride i. 
h his owne i. ' And Farao i. k stiede up i. 1 to-brente c. m Farao jaf i. 
o the dower A pr. m. DEFiLiuosb?. P of DEFiKLMOxb?. 1 whiche i. r Om. i. vnto i. 11 

t whiche i. and the i. w whiche i. the whiche sones i. * Om. i. J of werre i. s 

uauntis i. maistris i. > And i. princes weren souereyns i. d the whiche i. 
f And i. 8 stiede up i. h that i. ' bildid it s. 



192 



III. KINGS. 



IX. 26 X. 8. 



orifices 'arid pesible slayn* sacrifices", vpon 
the auter that he hadde beeldid to the 
Lord ; and he brente the maad encense v 
before the Lord, and perfite is the temple. 

26 Forsothe kyng Salomon made a nauee in 
Aziongaber, that is besyde Haylam, in 
the brenk of the Reed see, in Ydume 

27loond. And Yram sente in that nauee 
his seruauntis, shipmen, and wise of the 

28 see, with the w seruauntis of Salomon ; the 
whiche whanne thei weren comen in to 
Oofer, thens the taken gold of foure hun- 
drid and twenti talentis thei brou3ten to 
kyng Salomon. 

CAP. X. 

1 But and queen Sabaa, the loos of Salo- 
mon herd in the name of the Lord, she 

2 cam to asaye hym in derk sentensis. And 
she goon out with greet companye to 
Jerusalem, and ritchessis, and chamels 
berynge swote spices", and gold vnnoum- 
brid ful myche, and precious iemmys, 
cam to kyng Salomon, and spak to hym 
alle thingis that she hadde in hire herte. 

3 And Salomon tau3te hire alle the wordis 
that she purposyde?; and there was not 
a word that myjte be vnknowun fro the 
kyng, and that he answerde not to hire. 

* Forsothe queen Sabaa seynge al the wis- 
dam of Salomon, and the hows that he 

s hadde beeldid vp, and the metis of his 
bord, and the dwellynge placis of the 
seruauntis, and the ordris of the seruy- 
tours, and the clothis of hem, and the 
botelers, and the brent sacrificis the 
whiche he offride in the hows of the 

e Lord, she hadde no more spirite. And 
she seide to the kyng, Sooth is the word 

7 that I herde in my loond, vpon thi wordis, 
and vpon thi wisdam ; and I trowide not 
to the tellers to me, to the tyme that I 
my self cam ; and I haue seen with myn 
eyen, and proued that the half partye 

s was not toold to me ; more is thi wis- 
dam and thi werkis, than the loos that 



alle 3eeris brent sacrifices and pesible sa- 
crifices, on' the auter which k he hadde 
bildid to the Lord ; and he brente en- 
censet bifor the Lord, and the temple was t he brenie 

,. i AII* n i i\ cncence ; not lii 

performed. Also king Salomon made o 20 him siir, but 
schip 1 in Asiongaber, which is bisidis 



1 com in the 
name of the 
Lord; sche 
bileuyde in 
God and wor- 
schipide him, 
tlimi; sche 
kepte not 
Moyses lawe, 
for sche was 
not boundim 
therto. Lire 
here. c. 



Haila, in the brenke of the Reed sea, and" '' per 

Lire here. c. 

in the lond of Idumee. And Iram sente 27 
in that schip hise seruauntis, schipmen, 
and kunnynge of the see, with the ser- 
uauntis of Salomon ; and whanne thei 28 
hadden come in to Ophir, thei brou3ten 
fro thennus gold of foure hundrid and 
twenti talentis to kyng Salomon. 

CAP. X. 

But also the queen of Saba, whanne i 
the fame of Salomon was herd, cam in the 
name of the LordJ to tempteP hym in derk 
and douti questiouns. And sche entride2 
with myche felouschipe and richessis in 
to Jerusalem, and with camels berynge 
swete smellynge thingis, and gold greetli 
with out noumbre, and preciouse stoonys ; 
and sche cam to king Salomon, and spak 
to hym alle thingis whiche sche hadde in 
hir herte. And Salomon tau3te hir alle 3 
wordis whiche sche hadde put forth ; no 
word was, that my3te be hid fro the kyng, 
and tvhich he answeryde not to hir. For- 4 
sothei the queen of Saba si3 al the wisdom 
of Salomon, and the hows which r he hadde 
bildid, and the metis of his table, and the .5 
dwellyng places of hise seruauntis, and 
the ordris of mynystris 8 , and the clothis 
of hem, and the boteleris, and the brent 
sacrifices whiche he offride in the hows 
of the Lord ; and sche hadde no more 
spirite. And sche seide to the kyng, The 6 
word is trewe, which 1 Y herde in my lond, 
of thi wordis, and of thi wisdom ; and Y? 
bileuyde not to men tellynge to me, til Y u 
my silf cam, and si3 v with myn i3en, and 
preuede that the half part was not teld 
to me ; thi wisdom is more and thi werkis, 
than the tale w which x Y herde. Thi men a 



' upon i. 
1 And i. r 



fc Om. F, u Om. E pr. m. F. v cense E. w Om. A. x oynementis E pr. m. 


* 

k that i. la nauey ELP sup. ras. m that i. n Om. is. naueye ELP. 
that i. 8 the men seruynge him i. * that i. u Om. M. y Y sij o. w fame i. 



P assaye i. 
x that i. 



X. 917- 



III. KINGS. 



193 



I haue herd. Blessid ben? thi men, and 
blessid ben? thi seruauntis, thes that 
stondenW before thee euermore, and heren 
9 thi wisdam. The Lord thi God be blessid, 
to whom thou hast plesid, and hath putte 
thee vpou the troone of Yrael ; forthi that 
the Lord shal loue Yrael into euermore, 
and he hath sette thee a kyng, that thou 

iodoo doom and ry3twisnes. Thanne she 
3af to the kyng an hundrid and twenti 
talentis of gold, and many swote spicis z 
ful myche, and precious iemrnys ; there 
ben no more brou3t spicis 2 so manye, 
as a thoo 'the whiche b queen Sabaa 3af to 

n kyng Salomon. But and the nauee of 
Yram, 'the which bare gold of Oofer, 
brou3te to d of Oofer manye tyyn e trees 

12 ful myche, and precious iemmys. And 
the kyng made of the tyme e trees beddis, 
and of the hous of the Lord, and of the 
kyngis hows, and harpis, and syngynge 
instruments to syngers ; there ben not 
brou3t syche maner tyme e trees ne seen, 

13 vnto the day that is now. Forsothe 
kyng Salomon 3af to the queen Sabaa 
alle thingis that she wold, and axed f of 
hym, out take thes thingis the whiche 
freeli he 3af to hire in the kyngis 3ift ; 
the which is turned a3en, and wente into 

14 hire loond with hire seruauntis. For- 
sothe the peyse of gold, that was offrid 
to Salomon bi eche 3eer, was of sex hun- 
drid and sexe and sexti talentis of gold, 

15 out take that men offreden, that weren 
vpon tollis, and marchaundis, and alle the 
sellynge sheeldis, and alle kyngis of Ara- 

16 bye, and duykis of the loond. And kyng 
Salomon made two hundrid sheeldis of 
moost pure gold ; sexe hundrid ouncis of 

1 7 gold he 3af in& a plate of o sheeld ; and 
thre hundrid bokelers of moost proued 
gold ; thre hundrid pound of gold clo- 
theden o bokelere. And the kyng putte 
hem in the hows of the wijlde wode of 



ben blessid, and thi seruauntis ben blessid, 
these that stonden bifor thee euere, and 
heren thi wisdom. Blessid be thi Lord 
God, whom thou plesedist, and hath set 
thee on the trone of Israel ; for the Lord 
louyde Israel with outen ende, and hath 
ordeynyd thee kyng, that thou schuldist 
do doom and ri3tfulnesse. Therfor scheio 
3af to the kyng sixe score talentis of gold, 
and ful many swete smellynge thingis, 
and precious stoonus ; so many swete 
smellynge thingis weren no more broujt, 
as tho which the queen of Saba 3af to 
kyng Salomon. But also the schip of Hi-n 
ram, that brou3te gold fro Ophir, brou3te 
fro Ophir ful many trees of tyme, and 
preciouse stoonys. Arid kyng Salomon 12 
made of the trees of tyme vndir set- 
tyngist of the hows of the Lord, and of t tnd 

tingii ; Rabi 

the kyngis hows, and harpis, and sitols Salomon th, 

. . , , that he made 

to syngens ; siche trees of tyme weren 



not brou3t nether seyn, til in to present? 

dai. Sotheli kyng Salomon ?af to the is ! " ? th e """ 

J of the Lord, 

queen of Saba alle thingis whiche sche a . nd in * 

. sidia weren 

wolde 2 , and axide of hym, outakun these siche trees, 
thingis whiche he hadde 3oue to hir bi schuidTniene 
the kyngis 3ifte wilfuli ; and sche turnede 
a3en, and 3ede in to hir lond with hir 
seruauntis. Forsothe 3 the we3te of gold, u 
that was offrid to Salomon bi ech 3eer, was 
of sixe hundrid and sixe and sixti talentis 
of gold, outakun b that which men* that* is 
weren on f the talagis, *that is, rentis for 
thingis borun tiboute in the lond%, and 
marchauntis b , and alle men sillynge 
scheeldys, and alle' the kyngis of Arabic, 
and dukis k of erthe 1 3auen. And kyngie 
Salomon made two hundrid scheeldis of 
pureste gold f ; he 3af sixe hundrid siclis ^^J 
of gold in to the" platis of oo scheeld ; forth, but 

. withynne tho 

and he made thre hundrid of bokelens 17 weren of other 
of preued gold ; thre hundrid talentis of /?%/' 
gold clothideni' o bokeler. And the kyng 
puttidei tho r in the hows of the forest of 



y Om. BCEFH. yy stoden A. z oynementis E pr. m. a than E pr. M. * that c pr. m. * that r. 
d to hem E pr. m. e tyyn AB. f a.xeApr.m. StoAFH. 

y this present i. z wolde haue i. Certis i. withoute i. c that i. d the men plures. e whiche i. 
f uponi. Om. i. h that marchauntis i. that alle i. k the dukis i. 1 the lond i. "' moost pure i. 
n Om. i. Om. DGIKNOX9. P hiliden i. Q putte i. r tho bokelers i. 

VOI,. II. C C 



194 



III. KINGS. 



x. 18 28. 



is Liban. Also kyng Salomon made a greet 
trone of yuer, and he clothide it with ful 

lu myche 3alow3 gold ; the which hadde 
sexe grees ; and the cop of the trone was 
round in the hyndermore' 1 partie'; and 
two hoondis hens and thens, holdynge 
the sittynge place, and two liouns stoden 

20 beside eche hondis; and twelue litil liouns 
stoondynge vpon the sexe grees hens and 
thens ; there is not maad siche a werk 

21 iu alle rewmes. But and alle the vessels, 
of the whiche kyng Salomon drank, weren 
golden, and al the necessarie of the hows 
of the wijlde wode of Liban of moost 
pure gold ; and k there was not siluer, ne 
of eny prijs was holden in the dais of 

22 Salomon. For the nauee of the kyng bi 
the see with the nauee of Yram onys bi 
thre 3eer wente into Tharsis, bryngynge 
thens gold, and siluer, and olefauntis 

33 teeth, and apis, and pokokis. Thanne 
kyng Salomon is magnified vpon alle the 
kyngis of erthe 1 in richesses" 1 and wis- 

24 dam. And al erthe desiride to se the 
cheer of Salomon, that it here the wis- 
dam of hym, that God hadde" 3euen in his 

25 herte. And alle thei brou3ten to him 3iftis, 
golden vessels, and silueren, clothis, and 
batayl aarmys, swote spicis forsothe, and 

2chors, and mulis, bi alle 3eeris. And Salo- 
mon gedride charis, and horsmen ; and 
there ben maad to hym a thousand and 
foure hundrid charis, and twelue thou- 
sand of horsmen ; and he disposide hem 
bi the strengthid citees, and with the 

27 king in Jerusalem. And he made, that 
there was as myche plente of siluer in 
Jerusalem, as of stoonus ; and he 3af the 
multitude of cedres as mulberie trees, 

28 that growen in wijld feeldis. And the 
hors of Salomon weren brou3t out of 
Egipt, and of Choa ; forsothe mar- 
chauntis of the kyng bou3ten of Choa, 



Lyban. Also kyng Salomon made a greet i 
trone of yuer, and clothide 3 it with ful 
fyn gold ; which 1 trone hadde sixe grees ; 19 
and the hi3nesse of the trone was round 
in the hynderere" part ; and tweine hondis 
on v this side and on that side, holdynge 
the seete, and twei lyouns stoden bisidis 
ech hond; and twelue litil liouns stond-ao 
ynge on w sixe x grees on this side and on 
that side ; siche a werk was not maad in 
alle rewmes. But also alle the vessels, 21 
of which kyng Salomon drank, weren of 
gold, and alle the purtenaunce of the hows 
of the forest of Liban was of pureste gold ; 
siluer was not, nether it was arettid of y 
ony prijsf in the daies of Salomon. For 22 f 
the schip of 'the kyng' wente a onys bi b 
thre 5eer with the schip of Hiram in to 

here. c. 

Tharsis, and brou3te fro thennus gold, 
and siluer, and teeth of olifauntis, and 
apis, and pokokis c . Therfor kyng Salo-23 
mon was magnified aboue alle kyngis of 
erthe in richessis and wisdom. And al24 
erthe d desiride to se the cheer of Salomon, 
to e here the wisdom of him, which wis- 
dom God hadde 3oue in f his herte. And 25 
alle men brou3ten 3iftis to hym, vessels of 
gold, and of siluer, clothis, and armeris of 
batel, and swete smellynge thingis, and 
horsis, and mulis, bi ech 3eer. And Salo-26 
mon gaderide togidere charis, and kny3tis; 
and a thousinde and foure hundrid charis 
weren maad to hym, and twelue thou- 
synde 'of kny3tis h ; and he disposide hem 
bi strengthid citees, and with the kyng in 
Jerusalem. And he 1 made, that so greets? 
aboundaunce of siluer was in Jerusalem, 
how greet was also of stoonys ; and he 
3af the multitude of cedris as sicomoris k , 
that 1 growen in feeldy places. And the 28 
horsis of Salomon weren led out of Egipt, 
and of Coa ; for the m marchauntis of the 
kyng bou3ten" of Coa, and brou3ten for 



Ltre 



h innermore AFH. 
mentis E pr. in. 



part c. k ne A. J the erthe E pr. m. m ritchesse ABFII. n hath ABU. oyne- 



s he hilide i. * and the I. u hinder EKLX. hyndir i. v neren on I. w upon i. * the sixe I. 

y to A. z Salomon i. a jede i. b in i. c pecokis i. d men i. e and to i. f intoi. g horsmen i. 

h horsmen i. ' Salomon i. k sicomoris trees i. ' the whiche i. m Om. i. n boujten hem r. hem 
to him for i. 



X. 29 XI. 9- 



III. KINGS. 



195 



-M and the prijs set, broi^ten. Forsothe 
there was bou3t a foure whelid cart of 
Egipt for sexe hundrid ouncis of siluer, 
and an hors an hundrid and fifti ; and 
in this maner alle the kyngis of Ethees 
and of Cyrye soolden hors. 

CAP. XI. 

i Forsothe kyng Salomon to bren- 
nyngly louede many hethen wymmen, 
the doi^ter forsothe of Pharao, and 
Moabitis, and Amouytis, and Ydumees, 

2 and Cidonees, and Ethees ; of the gentils, 
on the whiche the Lord seide to the 
sones of Yrael, 3e shulen not goon into 
hem, ne of hem shulen goon out to 3ou ; 
moost certeynli forsothe thei shulen turne 
aweie 3oure hertis, that 36 folwen the 
goddis of hem. And so to thes is couplid 
kyng Salomon, bi moost brennynge loue. 

3 And there weren to hym wiues as 
queens seuen hundrid, and secoundarie 
wines thre hundrid ; and wymmen turn- 

4 eden awey the herte of hym. And whanne 
now he was oold, the herte of hym is 
beshrewid bi wymmen, that he folwide 
alien goddis ; and the herte of hym was 
not parfit with the Lord his God, as the 

5 herte of Dauid, his fadre. But Salomon 
heryede Astertem, the goddesse of Sydo- 
nyes, and Chamos, the god of Moabitis, 
and Moloch, the mawmet of Amonytees ; 

6 and Salomon dide that was not plesynge 
beforeP the Lord, and he fulfillide not 
that he folwe the Lord, as Dauid, his 

7 fader. Thanne Salomon beeldidei vp the 
temple of Chamos to the mawmet of 
Moab, in the hil that is a3ens Jerusalem, 
and to Moloch, the mawmet of the sones 

of Amon. And in this maner he dide to 
alle his heythen wyues, that brenden en- 

9 cense, and offreden to her goddis. Ther- 
for the Lord wraththid to r Salomon, for- 
thi that his mynde was turned aweie fro 
the Lord God of Irael ; the which aper- 



prijs ordeyned. ForsotheP a charef 3ede20tadUr,, tbi 

out of Egipt for sixe hundrid siclis of sil- 

uer, and an hors for an hundrid and fiftii l^^' 

siclis r ; and bi this maner alle the kyngis 

of Etheis and of Sirye seelden horsis. 



CAP. XI. 

Forsothe kyng Salomon louyde bren-i 
nyngli 8 many alien wymmen, and 1 the 
dou3tir of Pharao, and wymmen of Moab, 
and Amonytis", and Ydumeis", and Sydo- 
neis w , and Etheis*; of the folkis of whiche 2 
the Lord seide to the sones of Israel, 3e 
schulen not entre to tho folkis, nether ony 
of hem schulen entre to 3ou ; for most cer- 
teynli thei schulen turne awei 3oure hertis, 
that 36 sue the goddis of hem. Therfory 
kyng Salomon was couplid to these wym- 
men, bi moost brennyng loue. And wyues 3 
as queenys weren seuene hundrid to hym, 
and thre hundrid secundarie wyues ; and 
the wymmen turneden aweyj his herte. 
And whanne he was thanne eld, his herte 4 
was bischrewid bi wymmen, that he suede 
alien goddis ; and his herte was not perfit 
with his Lord God, as the herte of Dauid, 
his fadir, "was perfit 1 . But Salomon wor-5 
schipide Astartesf, the goddesse of Sido- 
neis, and Chamos, the god of Moabitis, that he w- 
and Moloch, the idol of Amonytis; and 6 thing of God- 
Salomon dide that, that pleside not bifor the idols, but 
the Lord, and he fillide* not that he suede idVf^'he" 
the Lord, as Dauid, his fadir, dide b . npUeoffende_ 

hise wyues. So 

Thanne Salomon bildide a temple to Cha- 7 AdaVeet of 
mos, the idol of Moab, in the c hil|| which" 1 
is a3ens e Jerusalem, and to Moloch, the 
idol of the sones of Amon. And bi this 8 
maner he dide to alle hise alien wyues, 
that f brenten encencis, and offriden to her 
goddis. Therfor the Lord was wrooth too 
Salomon, for his soule was turned awei 
fro the Lord God of Israel ; that apperide 
to Salomons the secounde tyme, and 



Lire 



bedim at the 



P to forn E. 



P For i. <i sixti K. 
v of Ydumee I. w of Sidonye i. 
c an i. d that i. e forn a3ens i. 



Austyn seith. 
For as Poul 
seith in i Pistl? 
to Tymo. ii. c. 
Adam was not 
disseyued, that 
he biletiyde, 
that by eting 
of that tre he 
CO- 10 schulde haue 
kunuyng of 

maundide of this" word, that he schulde good and of 

yuel, as the 
serpent bihi]te. 

Ibildec. rOm.B. % 

that is, of 

of Amon i. Olyuete. Lire 
here. c. 



siclis of siluer KMX pr. m. 8 ful myche i. * also he louyde i. 

*ofEtheyi. y And so i. * Om. i. fulfillide i. * Om. i. 
! the whiche i. S him i. h his i. 

cc 2 



196 



III. KINGS. 



XI. JO 21, 



to hym the secounde, and hadde co- 
maundid of this word, that he shulde not 
folwe alyen goddis ; and he kepte not that, 

11 that the Lord comaundyde to hym. And 
so the Lord seide to Salomon, For thou 
haddist this anentis thee, and keptist not 
my couenant, and myn heestis, the whiche 
I comaundide to thee, brekynge I shal 
kitte thi r rewme, and 3euen it to thi ser- 

i2uant. Neuerthelater in thi days I shal 
not doon, for Dauid, thi fader ; fro the 

ishoond of thi sone I shal kutte it ; and al 
the rewme I shal not doon a wey, but o 
lynage I shal 3yue to thi sone, for Dauid, 
my seruaunt, and Jerusalem, that I haue 

11 chosen. The Lord forsothe reride an ad- 
uersary to Salomon, Adad Ydume, of the 

ir.kyngis seed, that was inEdom. Forsothe 
whanne Dauid was in Ydume, and Joab, 
the prince of chyualrie, hadde styed vp 
to byrye hem that weren slayn, and 

ic hadde slayn al maal in Ydume; forsothe 
sexe monethis there dwellide Joab, and 
al Irael, to the tyme that thei hadden 

17 slayn al maal in Ydume ; he Adad fleei3, 
and Ydume men, of the seruauntis of his 
fadir, with hym, that he goo into Egipt ; 

is forsothe Adad was a litil child. And 
whanne thei hadden rysen fro Madian, 
thei camen into Pharan ; and thei token 
with hem men of Pharan, and weuten 
into Egipt, to Pharao, the kyng of Egipt ; 
the which }af to hym an hows, and or- 
deynde meetis, and a loond asignede. 

19 And Adad foonde grace before Pharao 
ful myche, in so myche that he 3af to 
hym a wijf, the sister germayn of his 

20 wiif Taphnes, the queen. And the sister 
of Taphnes gat to hym Jenebath, a sone ; 
and Taphnes norishide hym in the hows 
of Pharao ; and Jenebath was dwellynge 

21 before Pharao, with his sones. And 
whanne Adad hadde herd in Egipt, Da- 
uid to haue slept with his fadris, and 



not sue alien goddis ; and he kepte not 
tho thingis, whiche the Lord comaundide 
to hym. Therfor the Lord seide to Salo-n 
mon, For thou haddist this thing anentis 
thee, and keptist not my couenaunt, and 
myn heestis, whiche Y comaundide to thee, 
Y schal breke, and Y schal departe thi 
rewme, and Y schal 3yue it to thi ser- 
uaunt. Netheles Y schal not do in k thi 12 
daies, for Dauid, thi fadir ; Y schal kitte 
it fro the hond of thi sone ; nether Y schal is 
do a wey al the rewme, but Y schal 3yue 
o lynage to thi sone, for Dauid, my ser- 
uaunt, and for Jerusalem, which 1 Y chees" 1 . 
Forsothe the Lord reiside to Solomon an u 
aduersarie, Adad Ydumey, of the kyngis 
seed, that was in Edom. For whanne 15 
Dauid was in Ydumee, and Joab, the 
prince of chyualrie 11 , hadde stied to birie 
hem that weren slayn, and he hadde slayn 
ech male kynde in Ydumee ; for Joab, and lu 
al Israel dwelliden there bi sixef monethis, 
til thei killideni ech male kynde in Ydu- 
mee ; Adad hym silf fledde, and men of 17 
Ydumee, of rV the seruauntis of his fadir 8 , 
with hym, that he schulde entre in to 
Egipt; sotheli* Adad was a litil child. 
And whanne thei hadden rise fro Madian, \s 
thei camen in to Faran ; and thei token 
with hem men of Faran, and entriden in 
to Egipt, to Pharao, kyng of Egipt ; 
which" Farao 3af an hows to hym, and 
ordeynede v metis, and assigned e w lond. 
And Adad foond grace bifor Farao greetli, 10 
in so myche that Farao 3af to hym a wijf, 
the sister of his wijf, sister x of the xx queen, 
of Taphnes. And the sistir of Taphnes 20 
gendrid to hym? a sone, Genebath ; and 
Taphnes nurschide hym in the hows of 
Farao ; and Genebath dwellide bifor Farao, 
with hise z sones 3 . And whanne Adad 21 
hadde herd in Egipt, that Dauid sleptef 
with hise fadris, and that Joab, the prince 
of chyualrie b , was deed:]:, he seide to Farao, 



r the A. 



f- stepte; for 
he diede bi 
kindly deth. 
Lire here. c. 
was deed ; 
for be was 
slayn bi swerd. 
Lire here. c. 



k bi EL. 1 whom i. m haue chosen i. n his chyualrie i. stied up I. stie s. P six- 
tene EL. q hadden killid i. r and men of i. s his fadris seruauntis i. * and i. u and i. v ordeynede 
to him i. w assignede to him i. * the sistir KX. x * his x. y Adad i. z the i. a sones of Farao i. 
b Dauid chyualrie i. 



XI. 22 3 



III. KINGS. 



197 



Joab, prynce of chyualrie, to be deed, he 
seide to Pharao, Lete me, that I goo into 

22 my loond. And Pharao seide to hym, 
What thing forsothe anentis me nedist 
thow, that thou seche to goo to thi 
loond ? And he answerde, Noon ; but I 

-23 preye thee, that thou lete me. Forsothe 
God reryde to hym an aduersarie, Rason, 
sone of Eliadan, that flei3 Adadezer, kyng 

24 of Soba, his lord ; and he gadride a3ens 
hym men, and he is maad prince of 
theues, whanne Dauid shulde haue slayn 
hem ; and thei wenten to Damasch, and 
dwelliden there ; and thei ordeyneden 

25 hym a kyng in Damasch. And he was 
an aduersarie to Irael alle the days of 
Salomon ; and this is the yuel of Adad, 
and haat a3en Yrael ; and he regnede in 

26 Cyrye. Forsothe Jeroboam, the sone of 
Nabath, Eufrate of Seredera, seruaunt of 
Salomon, whos moder was a womman 
widwe, Serua bi name ; and he reride 

27 the hoond a3ens the kyng. And this the 
cause of the rebellioun 336113 hym ; for 
Salomon beeldide Mello, and euenede the 
swelw3 of the citee of Dauid, his fader. 

28 Forsothe Jeroboam was a my3ti man, and 
a strong ; and Salomon seynge the 3onge 
waxynge man of good witte, and able to 
be tau3t, he made hym a prefect vpon 
the tributis 3 of al the hows of Joseph. 

29 It is doon thanne in that tyme, that Jero- 
boam shulde goon out fro Jerusalem ; 
and Ahyas Silonyte, prophete, foonde him 
in the weye, couerde with a newe man- 
til ; forsothe thei two weren alone in the 

aofeelde. And Ahyas takynge hys newe 
inantil, with the which he was couerde, 

31 kitte into twelue parties. And he seith 
to Jeroboam, Tak to thee ten kyttyngis ; 
thes thingis forsothe seith the Lord God 
of Yrael, Loo ! I shal kitte the rewme 
fro the hoond of Salomon, and I shal 

323yue to thee ten lynagis; but o lynage 



f urns tultur- 
sarie ; thou; he 
was aduemrie 
lii wille of 



Suffre thou me, that Y go in to my lond. 
And Farao seide to hym, For c of what 22 
thing hast thou nede at d me, that thou 
sekist to go to thi lond ? And he an- 
sweride, Of no thing ; but Y biseche thee, 
that thou 'delyuere me e . Also God reiside28 
an f aduersarie to Salomon, Rason, sones 
of Eliadam, that fledde Adadezer, kyng 
of Soba, his lord ; and gaderide men a3ens24 
hym, and was maad the prince of theuys, 
whanne Dauid killide hem ; and thei 3eden 
to Damask, and dwelliden there ; and thei 
maden hym h kyng in Damask. And he2i 
was aduersarief of Israel in alle the daies 
of Salomon ; and this is the yuel of Adad, 
and the 1 hatrede a3ens Israel; and he 
regnede in Sirie. Also Jeroboam, sone k of 20 <> 
Nabath, of Effraym of Saredera, the ser- to lett* the 
uaunt of Salomon, of which 1 Jeroboam, a jl^ie". \.fre 
womman widewe, Serua bi name, was 
modir, reisyde hond n a3ens the kyng. 
And this was cause of rebelte a3ens the 27 
kyng ; for Salomon bildide Mello, and 
made euene the swolowe of the citee of 
Dauid, his fadir. Forsothe Jeroboam 28 
was a mi3ti man and strong? ; and Salo- 
mon si3 the 3ong wexynge man of good 
kynrede, and witti in thingis to be doon, 
and Salomon made hymi 'prefect, ether 1 
souereyn, on s the tributis of al the hows 
of Joseph. Therfor it was doon in that 20 
tyme, that Jeroboam 3ede out of Jerusa- 
lem ; and Ahias of Sylo, a profete, hilid 
with a newe mentil, foond hym 1 in the 
weie; sotheli" thei tweyne weren oneli r 
in the feeld. And Ahias took his newe so 
mentil, with which he was hilid, and kit- 
tide w in to twelue partis; and seide to si 
Jeroboam, Take to thee ten kyttyngis* ; 
for the Lord God of Israel seith these 
thingis, Lo ! Y schal kytte the rewme fro 
the hond of Salomon, and Y schal 3yue to 
thee ten lynagis; forsothey o lynage schal 32 
dwelle to hym, for Dauid, my seruaunt, 



lynagis pr. m. 



And i. * anentis i. e lete me go i. ' an other i. S the sone i. h Razon i. ' his i. k the sone i. 
5 which i. m he reisyde i. his hond IKMOSX tec. m. o And i. P a strong i. <lJei oami. 

and i. v aloone i. " he kitte it i. * kyttyngis of the 



1 the 
r Om. i. 
mantel i. 



reisyde 

* upon i. in EL. l Jeroboam i. 
y but i. 



198 



III. KINGS. 



XI. 33 42. 



shal leeue to hym, for my seruaunt Da- 
uid, and Jerusalem, the citee that I haue 
33 cho'sen of alle the lynagis of Irael ; forth! 
that he forsook me, and honourde Astar- 
tem, goddesse of Sydonees, and Chamos, 
god of Moab, and Moloch, god of the 
sonys of Amon ; and he wente not in my 
weyes, that he dide ri3twisnesse before 
me, and my heestis, and my domys, as 

34 Dauid, his fader. Ne I shal not doo 
aweye al the rewme fro his hoond, but 
I shal putte hym a duyk alle the days of 
his lijf, for Dauid, my seruaunt, whom I 
chees, the which kepte myn heestis, and 

35 my maundementis. I shal doo aweye 
forsothe the rewme fro the hoond of his 
sone, I shal 3yue to thee the ten lynagys ; 

: to his sone forsothe I shal 3yue o lynage, 
that there abyde stille a lantern to Da- 
uid, my seruaunt, alle dais before me in 
Jerusalem, citee that I chees, that there 

37 were my name. Forsothe thee I shall 
take, and thou shalt regne vpon alle 
thingis that thi soule desyrith, and thou 

ss shalt be kyng vpon Yrael. If thanne 
thou herist alle thingis that I shal co- 
maunde to thee, and gost in my weies, 
and dost that is ri3t before me, kepynge 
my maundementis, and myn heestis, as 
Dauid, my seruaunt, dide, I shal be with 
thee, and beelde to thee a trewe hows, 
what maner wise I beeldide to Dauid an 
hows, and I shal take to thee Yrael ; 

3!> and I shal tourmente the seed of Dauid 
vpon this, neuerthelater not alle dais. 

10 Thanne Salomon wolde slee Jeroboam,the 
whiche roos, and flei3 into Egipt, to Su- 
saach, the kyng of Egipt ; and he was 
in Egipt vnto the deeth of Salomon. 

11 Forsothe the remnaunt of the wordis of 
Salomon, and alle thingis that he dide, 
and the Mdsdom of him, loo ! alle thei 
ben writyn in the boke of the wordis of 

12 the dais of Salomon. Forsothe the dais 
the whyche Salomon regnede in Jerusa- 



and for Jerusalem, the citee which Y chees 
of alle the lynagis of Israel; this kittyng*y$ 
schal be; for Salomon forsook me, and 
worschipide Astartes, goddesse' of Sido- 
neis u , and Chamos, the god of Moab, and 
Moloch, the god of the sones of Amon ; 
and 3ede v not in my weies, that he dide 
ri3twisnesse w bifor me, and* myn heestis, 
and my domes, as Dauid, his fadir, elide?. 
And Y schal not take awey al the rewme 34 
fro 'his hond z , but Y schal putte hym 
duyk in alle the daies of his lijf, for 
Dauid, my seruaunt, whom Y chees, which 
Dauid a kepte myn heestis, and my co- 
maundementis. Sotheli b Y schal take awey 35 
the rewme fro the hond of v his sone , and 
Y schal 3yue ten lynagis to thee d ; for-sc 
sothe 6 Y schal 3yue o lynage to 'his sone f , 
that a lanterne dwelle to Dauid, my ser- 
uaunt, in alle daies bifor me in Jerusalem, 
the citee whichs Y chees, that my name 
schulde be there. Forsothe h Y schal takes? 
thee 1 , and thou schalt regne on k alle thingis 
whiche thi soule desirith, and thou schalt 
be kyng on 1 Israel. Therfor if thou schalt 38 
here alle thingis whiche Y schal comaunde 
to thee, and if thou schalt go in my weies, 
and if thou schalt do that, that is ri3tful 
bifore me, and if thou schalt kepe my 
comaundementis, and myn heestis, as Da- 
uid, my seruaunt, dide, Y schal be with 
thee, and Y schal bilde a feithful hows to 
thee, as Y bildide an hows to Dauid, and 
Y schal 3yue Israel to thee ; and Y schal s; 
turmente the seed of Dauid on this thing, 
netheles not in alle daies. Therfor Salo-4i> 
mon wolde sle m Jeroboam, which" roos, 
and fledde in to Egipt, to Susach, kyng of 
Egipt; and he was in Egipt 'til to the 
deeth of Salomon. Forsothe the residue 41 
of the wordis of Salomon, and alle thingis 
whiche he dide, and his wisdom, lo ! alle 
thingisP ben writun in the book of wordis 
of daies of Salomon. Sothelii the daies bi r 42 
whiche Salomon regnede in Jerusalem on 5 



s kittyng of the rewme i. * the goddesse i. u Sydonye i. 

nesse plures. x in i. y Om. i. z the hond of Salomon i. a Om. i. 
d thee, Jeroboam i. e and i. f the sone of Salomon i. S that i. 



k upon i. 
s upon i. 



v for he jede i. w rijtful- 

But i. c the sone of Salomon i. 
h And i. ' thee, Jeroboam i. 



upon i. m haue sleie i. n the which i. vnto i. P tho thingis i. Q And i. r in i. 



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199 



lera vpon al Yrael, ben fourti 3eer. And 
Salomon slept with his faders, and is 
biried in the citee of Dauid, his fader ; 



al Israel, ben fourti 3eer. And Salomon 43 
slepte with hise fadris, and was biriede 
in the citee of Dauid, his fadir ; and Ro- 



and Roboain, his sone, regnede for him. boam, his sone, regnede for hym. 



CAP. XII. 

1 Roboam forsothe cam into Sichyrn ; 
thider forsothe was gedrid al Irael to 

2 ordeyn hym a kyng. Forsothe but Jero- 
boam, the sone of Nabath, whanne 3it he 
was in Egipt, ferre flowen fro the face 
of Salomon the kyng, the deeth of hym 

sherd, he turnede a3en fro Egipt; and 
thei senten, and clepeden hym. Thanne 
Jeroboam and al the multitude of Irael 
cam, and thei speken to Roboam*, sei- 

4ynge, Thi fader putte to vs moost hard 
3ok, and so thou now mak lasse a lytil 
of the heest of thi fader moost hard, and 
of the u moost greuous 3ok that he hath 
putte on to vs, and we shulen serue to 

3 thee. The which seith to hem, Gooth 
vnto the thridde day, and turneth a3en 

6 to me. And whanne the puple was goon, 
kyng Roboam v wente in counseil with 
the eldris, that stoden ny3 before Salo- 
mon, his fader, whil that he 3it lyuede ; 
and seith, What counseil 3euen 36 to me, 

7 that I answere to the puple ? The whiche 
seiden to hym, If thou obesshe to this 
puple to dai, and seruest to this puple, 
and to the askynge of hem 3euest stede, 
and spekist to hem Ii3t wordis, thei shu- 

a len be to thee seruauntis alle dais. The 
which forsook the counseil of the oold 
men, that thei 3auen to hym, and he 
took to hym the 3onge men, that weren 
norishid with hym, and stoden ny3 to 

9 hym; and he seide to hem, What coun- 
seil 3euen 36 to me, that Y answere to 
this puple, that seiden to me, Mak Ii3ter 
the 3ok that thi fader putte vpon vs? 

10 And the 3onge men seiden to hym, that 
weren norishid with hym, Thus spek to 
this puple, that speken to thee, seiynge, 



CAP. XII. 

Forsothe 1 Roboam cam in to Sichem ; i 
for al Israel was gaderid thidur to make 
hym kyng. 'And sotheli" Jeroboam, sone T 2 
of Nabath, whanne he was 3it in Egipt, 
and fledde fro the face of kyng Salomon, 
turnede a3en fro Egipt, for the deeth of 
Salomon was herd ; and thei w senten, and 
clepiden hym. Therfor Jeroboam cam, and 
al the multitude of Israel, and thei spaken 
to Roboam, and seiden, Thi fadir puttide4 
hardeste x 3ok on^ vs, therfor abate thou a 
litil now of the hardest comaundement of 
thi fadir, and of the greuousiste z 3ok which" 
he puttide b on c vs, and we schulen serue 
to thee. Which d Roboam seide to hem,5 
Go 3eHil to e the thridde dai, and turne 36 
a3en to me. And whanne the puple hadde B 
go, kyng f Roboam took counsel with the 
eldere men, that? stoden bifor Salomon, 
his fadir, while he lyuyde 3it ; and Ro- 
boam seide, What counsel 3yue 30 to me, 
that Y answere to the puple ? Whiche h ? 
seiden to hym, If thou obeiest to dai to 
this puple, and seruest this puple, and 
3yuest stide to her axyng, and spekist to 
hem li^te 1 wordis, thei schulen be ser- 
uauntis to thee in alle daies. Which k Ro-s 
boam forsook the counsel of elde men, 
which 1 thei 3auen to hym, and took" 1 
3ongef men, that weren nurschid with + y>ny ; more 
hym, and stoden ny3 him ; and he seide 9 
to hem, What counsel 3yue 30 to me, that 
Y answere to this puple, that seiden to 
me, Make thou esyere the 3ok which" thi 
fadir puttide on vs ? And the 3onge men, 10 
that weren nurschid with hym, seiden to 
hym, Thus speke thou to this puple, that 
spaken to thee, and seiden, Thi fadir made 
greuouse oure 3ok, releeue thou? vs ; thus 



*"* c - 



t Jeroboam ,. u Om. /.. v Jeroboam A. 

t Sothely i. But and i. v the sone i. * men of Israel i. * the most hard i. > upon i. 

z greuouste DKobc. ful greuous i. " that i. t> hath put i. <= upon i. d And i. ' vnto i. the kyng i. 

8 the whiche i. > The whiche i. i esie i. k And i. I that i. he took i. hath put 
up i. P thus A. 



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XI. II 20. 



Thi fader agregide oure 3ok, thou re- 
leue vs ; thus thou shalt speke to hem ; 
My leest fyngre is gretter than the bak 

11 of my fader ; and now my fader putte 
vpon 3ow a greuous jok, forsothe I shal 
adde vpon 3oure jok ; my fader bette 
3ow with scourgis, forsothe I shal bete 

12 3ou with scorpiouns. Thanne Jeroboam 
cam, and al the puple, to Roboam the 
thridde day, as the kyng spak, seiynge, 
Turneth a3en to me the thridde dai. 

is And the kyng answerde to the puple 
hard, forsakid the counseil of the eldres, 

14 that thei hadden 3euen to hym ; and he 
spak to hem aftir the counseil of the 
3onge men, seiynge, My fader agregide 
3oure 3ok, and I forsothe shal adde to 
3ottre 3ok ; my fader bette 3ou with 
scourgis, Y shal bete 3ou with scor- 

15 piouns. And the kyng assentide not to 
the puple, for the Lord was a3ens hym, 
that he rere his word, that the Lord 
spak in the hoond of Ahye Siloriyte to 

IB Jeroboam, sone w of Nabath. And so the 
puple seynge, that the kyng wolde not 
here hem, answerde " to hym, seiynge, 
What to vs part in Dauid, or what heri- 
tage in the sone of Ysaye ? Turne a3en 
into thi tabernaclis, Irael ; now se thin 
hows, Dauid. And Yrael wente into her 

17 tabernaclis. Vpon the sonys forsothe of 
Irael, whiche euere dwelliden in the citees 

is of Juda, regnede Roboam. Thanne kyng 
Roboam sente to Vram, that was vpon 
the tributis ; and al the puple stoneden 

ID hym, and he is deed. Forsothe kyng 
Roboam hastijf steiede vp in a chare, and 
flei3 into Jerusalem ; and Irael wente 
a wey fro the hows of Dauid, vnto the 

20 day that is now. It is doon forsothe 
whanne al Irael hadde seen? that Jero- 
boam was z turned a3en, thei senten, and 
clepeden hym, the oost gadryd, and thei 
ordeyneden hym kyng vpon al the rewme 



thou schalt speke to hem, My leest fyngur 
is grettere"]" than the bak of my fader ; t 

~ ,. ..., that is, is 

and now my radir puttide on? 3ou a gre-ii m ychemy } - 
uouse 3ok, forsothe Y schal addei on r 3oure ^ c 
3ok ; my fadir beet 8 3ou with scourgis, 
forsothe* Y schal bete 3ou with scor- 
piounst. Therfor Jeroboam, and al the 12 $ scorjnoun 

_ . , i j i i here is seide a 

puple, cam to Roboam, in the thridde dai, kyndeofhard- 
as the kyng spak, seiynge, Turne 36 a3en 
to me in the thridde dai. And the kyng 13 Jr 
answeride harde thineris to the puple, in the ende of 

e l cordis. Lire 

while the counsel of eldere men was for- here, c et 
sakun, which u thei hadden 3oue to hym ; 
and he spak to hem bi the counsel ofu 
3onge men, and seide, My fadir made 
greuouse 3oure 3ok, forsothe v Y schal adde w 
to 3oure 3ok ; my fadir beet 3ou with 
scourgis, forsothe x Y schal bete 3ou with 
scorpiouns. And the kyng assentide not \a 
to the puple>', for the Lord hadde turned 2 
a wey, Aether hadde wlatid* hym*, that 
the Lord schulde reise c his word, which' 1 
he hadde spoke in the bond of Ahias 6 of 
Silo to Jeroboam, sone f of Nabath. Ther- ie 
for& the puple si3, that the kyng nolde 1 ' 
here hem ; and the puple answeride to the 
kyng, and seide, What part is to vs in 
Dauid, ether what eritage in the sone of 
Ysay? Israel, turne thou a3en in to thi 
tabernaclis ; now, Dauid, se thou thin 
hows. And Israel 3ede in to hise taber- 
naclis. Forsothe Roboam regnede on 1 the 17 that th ' lke 

word 01 Ko- 

sones of Israel, whiche k euere kk dwelliden boara was 

T mi n lijtly seid, and 

in the citees of Juda. Therfore kyng Ro- is they 



Roboam 
sente Adhuram; 
that he schulde 
peese the pu- 
ple and seye, 



boam sente Adhuramj}, that was on the 
tributis ; and al the puple of Israel stonyde 
hym, and he was deed. Forsothe kyng 19 Israel sionytk 

Aim , for dispit 

Roboam stiede 1 hastili on m the" chare, and of his lord, 
fledde in to Jerusalem ; and Israel depart- hadd e e wm P " 
ide fro the hows of Dauid, til in to pre- 
sent dai. 



w the sone E pr, m. 



Forsothe it was doon, whaniie 20 unt * [ o{ the 

king in answer- 

al Israel hadde herd that Jeroboam turn- in g so to hem, 

for they that 
ben on tributis. 
ben wonnt to 
councele of 
encreessing of 
tho. Lire 

x he answerde E pr. m. y Om. A. z hadde A. 



ede a3en, thei senten, and clepiden hym, 
whanne the cumpany was gaderid togi- 



P upon i. q ley to more i. r upon i. s betide i. beot K. * but i. u that i. v but i. 

leye to i. * but i. y puplis i. z turned him i. a Om. BI. b Om. i. c reise up i. d that i. e the 



prophete Ahias i. f the sone i. S Thanne i. h wolde not i. 
1 stiede up i. m upon i. n his i. this present i. 



upon i. k the whiche i. kk Om. is. 



XII. 21 3 



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201 



of Ysrael ; ne eny man folwide the hous 
of Dauid, saue the lynage of Juda alone. 

21 Forsothe Roboam cam to Jerusalem, and 
he gadride al the hows of Juda, and the 
lynage of Beniamyn, an hundrid and 
four score thousand of chosen men and a 
filters, that thei fi^ten a3ens the hows of 
Irael, and brynge ajen the rewme to Ro- 

22boam, the sone of Salomon. Forsothe 
the word of the Lord is don to Semeyam, 

23 a man of God, seiynge, Spek to Roboam, 
the sone of Salomon, kyng of Juda, and 
to al the hous of Juda and of Beniamyn, 
and to the tothere of the puple, seiynge, 

24 Thes thingis seith the Lord, 3e shulen 
sot stie up, ne 63! a3ens 3oure bretheren, 
the sones of Irael ; turne a3en a man into 
his hows, of me forsothe is doon this 
word. Thei herden the word of the 
Lord, and thei ben turned a3en fro the 
weye, as the Lord comaundide to hem. 

25 Forsothe Jeroboam beeldide b vp Sichem, 
in the hil ofEffraym, and dwellide there; 
and goon out thens, he beeldide c vp Pha- 

26nuel. And Jeroboam seide in his herte, 
Now the kyngdam shal turne a3en to the 

27 hows of Dauid, if this puple stie vp, that 
he doo sacrifices in the hows of the Lord 
in Jerusalem ; and the herte of this puple 
shal be turned to her lord, Roboam, kyng 
of Juda; and thei shulen slee me, and 

28turnen a3en to hym. And the counseil 
out thou3t, he made two golden calues, 
and seide to hem, Wole 30 no more stye 
vp in to Jerusalem ; loo ! thi goddis, 
Irael, that ladden thee out of the loond 

29 of Egipt. And he putte oon in Bethel, 

so and another in Dan. And doon is this 
word to Irael into synne ; forsothe the 
puple wente to honoure the calf, into Dan. 

si And he maade templis in hei3tis, and 
preestis of the eendis of the puple, that 

32weren not of the sones of Leuy. And 
he ordeyned a solempne dai in the ei3tithe 



dere, and thei maden hym kyng oni al 
Israel ; and no man suede the hows of 
Dauid, outakun the lynage aloone of Juda. 
Forsothe r Roboam cam to Jerusalem, and 21 
gaderide 8 al the hows of Juda, and the 
lynage of Beniamyn, an hundrid and 
fourescore thousynde of chosuri men and 
weriours, that thei schulden fi3te ajens 
the hows of Israel, and schulden brynge 
a3en the rewme to Roboam, sone 1 of Solo- 
mon. Forsothe the word of God was 22 
made to Semeia, the man of God, and 
seide, Speke thou to Roboam, sone" of Sa-2s 
lomon, the v kyng of Juda, and to al the 
hows of Juda and of Beniamyn, and to 
the residue of the puple, and seie thou, 
The Lord seith thes thingis, 3e schulen 24 
not stie w , nether 30 schulen fi3te a3ens 
3oure britheren, the sones of Israel; 'a 
man* turne> a3en in to his hows, for this 
word is doon of me. Thei herden the 
word of the Lord, and thei turneden a3en 
fro the iurney, as the Lord comaundide to 
hem. Forsothe 2 Jeroboam bildide Sichem, 25 
in the hil of Effrayrn, and dwellide there ; 
and he 3ede out fro thennus, and bildide 
Phanuel. And Jeroboam seide in his herte, 20 
Now the rewme schal turne a3en to the 
hows of Dauid, if this puple stieth* to 27 
Jerusalem, that it make sacrifices 6 in the 
hows of the Lord in Jerusalem ; and the c 
herte of this puple schal turne d to her 
lord, Roboam, kyng of Juda ; and thei 
schulen sle me, and schulen turne a3en to 
hym. And by counsel thou3t out, he e 28 
made tweyne goldun caluys, and seide f to 
hems, Nyle 36 stie h more in to Jerusalem ; 
Israel, lo ! thi goddis, that 1 ledden thee 
out of the lond of Egipt. And he k set- 29 
tide 1 oon m in Bethel, and the tother in 
Dan. And this word was maad to Israel so 
in to synne ; for the puple 3ede til" in to 
Dan, to worschipe the calf. And Jero-3i 
boam made templis in hi3e placis, and V/e 



a Om. B. b bilde c passim. c bilde CE. 

1 upon i. ' And I. gaderide togidre i. * the sone i. n the sone I. T Om. i. w stie up i. 
* Om. i. T turne eche man i. z And i. a schal stie up i. b sacrifice i. c thanne the r. d turne 
ajen i. e Jeroboam i. f he seide i. B the peple i. h wende up i. whiche i. k Jeroboam i. 
1 sette EIL. m oocalff'i. n Om. i. 

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XII. 33 XIII. 5. 



moneth, the fiftenthe dai of the moneth, 
into the liknes of the solempnete c that is 
halwid in Juda. And stiynge vp, lijk 
maner he made an auter in Bethel, that 
he offre to the calues, the whiche he 
hadde forgid ; and he sette in Bethel 
preestis of the hei3 thingis, that he hadde 
33 maad. And he stiede vp vpon the auter, 
that he hadde raaad in Bethel, the fif- 
teenthe day of d the eijtithe 6 moneth, the 
which he feynede of his owne herte ; and 
he made a solempnete to the sonys of 
Yrael, and he stiede vp vpon the auter, 
that he brenne encense. 



CAP. XIII. 

i And loo ! a man of God cam fro Juda, 
in the word of the Lord, into Bethel, Je- 
roboam stoondynge vpon the auter, and 

2leiynge encense. And he criede out a3ens 
the auter, in the word of the Lord, and 
seith, Auter ! auter ! thes thingis seith 
the Lord, Loo ! a sone shal be born to 
the hows of Dauid, Jozias bi name ; and 
he shal offre vpon thee the preestis of 
hei3 thingis, 'the whiche f now in thee 
encensis brennen vp, and the boonys of 

3 men vpon thee he shal brenne. And he 
3af in that day a tokne, seiynge, This 
shal be the tokne that the Lord spak, 
Loo ! the auter shal be kyt, and the askis 

4 shulen be shed out, that in hym is. And 
whanne the kyng hadde herde the word 
of the man of God, that criede a3ens the 
auter in Bethel, he strau3te out his hoond 
fro the auter, seiynge, Takith him. And 
his hoond, that he strau3te out a}ens 
hym, wex drye, and he my3te not drawe 

5 it a3en to hym self. The auter forsothe 
is kit, and the askis ben shed out of the 



made preestis of the laste ment of the -foftheiane 

men; that is, 

puple, thati' weren not of the sones of ofechiynage 

, . . , , . with out dif- 

Leuy. And hei ordeynede a solempne dai 32 f erence , f or the 
in the ei3the monethe, in the fiftenthe dai 
of the monethe, bi the r licnesse of so- 
lempnyte 8 which* was halewid in Juda. 
And he u stiede v , and made in lijk maner 
an auter in Bethel, that he schulde offre 
to the calues, whiche he hadde maad ; and 
he ordeynede in Bethel preestis of the w 
hi3e places, whiche he hadde maad. And 33 
he styede on x the auter, which? he hadde 
bildid in Bethel, in the fiftenthe day of 
the ei3the monethe, which he z hadde feyn- 
ed of his herte ; and he made solempnyte 8 
to the sones of Israel, and he stiede on b 
the auter, that he schulde brenne en- 
cencej. 

CAP. XIII. 



J brenne en- 
cence ; so he 
mystook to 
him preesthod. 
Lire here. c. 



And lo ! a man of God cam fro Juda, i 
bi the word of the Lord, in to Bethel, 
while Jeroboam stood on c the auter, *and 
castide d encence. And* the man of God* i 
criede 336118 the auter, bi the word of the 
Lord, and seide, Auler ! auter ! the Lord 
seith these thingis, Lo ! a sone, Josias by 
name, shal be borun to f the hows of Da- 
uid ; and he schal offre on e thee the 
preestis of hi3e thingis, that h brennen , 
now encensis 1 yn thee, and he schal brenne 
the bonys of men on k thee. And he safs mynaciounof 

* * idolatne, and 

a signe 1 in that dai/ and seide m ,This schal this was accept, 

u Vn. n xu XT. T i i T i ether plesaunt, 

be the signe n that the Lord spak, Lo ! w God, as sa- 

the auter schal be kit, and the aische < r ^' c Lire 

which is 'there ynneP, schal be sched out. 

And whanne the kyng hadde herd the 4 

word of the man of God, which wordi he 

hadde cried a3ens the auter in Bethel, the 

kyng helde forth his bond fro the auter, 

and seide, Take 36 hym. And his bond 

driede, which r he hadde holde forth, and 

he my3te not drawe it a3en to hym silf. 

Also the auter was kit, and the aische was 5 



c solempte A. d Om. E pr. m. e eyjte BF. f that c pr. m. 

Om. i. P the whiche i. Q the kyng i. r Om. i. s the solempnyte i. * that i. u the king i. 
v wente up i. w Om. c. x up upon i. Y that i. z the kyng i. a a solempnyte i. b upon i. 



c upon i. d castinge i. e he i. f of K. S upon i. h the whiche i. ' encense i. 
m seiynge i. n a token to Joa i. that i. P in the auter i. 1 Om. i. r that i. 



upon 



1 tok 



en i. 



XIII. 6 1 6. 



III. KINGS. 



'.'03 



auter, after the tokne that the man of 
God hadde seid before, in the word of the 

6 Lord. And the kyng seith to the man 
of God, Besech the face of the Lord thi 
God, and preye for me, that myn hoond 
be restorid to me. And the man of God 
preiede the face of God ; and the hoond 
of the kyng is turned a3en to hym, and 

7 is maad as it was before. Forsothe the 
kyng spak to the man of God, Cumme 
with me hoom, that thou eete, and I 

s shal 3yue to thee 3iftis. And the man 
of God seide to the kyng, If thou shuldist 
3yue to me the half parti of thin hows, 
I shal not come with thee, and I shal 
not eete breed, ne drynke water in this 

a place ; forsothe so it is comaundid to me 
in the word of the Lord, comaundynge, 
Thou shalt not eete breed, ne drynke 
water, ne thou shalt turne a3en bi the 

lowaye that thou cam. Thanne he wente 
bi another weye, and he is not turned 
a3en bi the weie, bi the which he cam in 

nto Bethel. A maner prophete forsothe, 
an oold man, dwellide in Bethel, to whom 
camen his sonys, and toolden to hym alle 
the werkis that the man of God hadde 
doon in that day in Bethel; and the 
wordis that he hadde spoken to the kyng 

i2thei toolden to her fader. And her fader 
seide to hem, Bi what weie wente he? 
His sones sheweden to hym the weye, bi 
the which the man of God hadde goon, 

is that cam fro Juda. And he seith to his 
sones, Makith redi to me an asse. The 
which whanne thei hadden maad redi, he 

ustiede vp, and wente aftir the man of 
God, and he foonde hym sittynge vndir 
a therebynt. And he seith to hym, Whe- 
ther thou art the man 'of God?, that cam 
fro Juda ? He answerde to hym, I am. 

15 And he seide to hym, Come with me 

16 hoom, that thou eete breed. The which 
seith, I may not turne a3en, ne come 
with thee, and I shal not eete breed, ne 



sched out of the auter, bi the signe* which* 
the man of God bifor seide, in the word 
of the Lord. And the kyng seide to the 
man of God, Biseche thou the face of thi u 
Lord God v , and preie thou for me, that 
myn bond be restorid to me. And the 
man of God preiede the face of God w ; 
and the hond of the king turnede a3en to 
hym, and it was maad as it was bifore. 
Sotheli x the kyng spak to the man of God, 7 
Come thou hoom with me, that thou etc, 
and Y schal 3yue 3iftis to thee. And the 8 
man of God seide to the kyng, Thou3 
thou schalt 3yue to me the half part of 
thin hows, Y schal not come with thee, 
nether Y schal ete breed, nether Y schal 
drynke watir in this place ; v for so- v it is z u 
comaundid a to me bi the word of the 
Lord, comaundinge b , Thou schalt not ete 
breed, nether thou schalt drynke waterf, 
nether thou schalt turne a3en bi the weie 
bi which thou earnest. Therfor he 3ede 10 v '' 
bi another weie, and turnede not a3en bi 
the weie, bi which he cam in to Bethel. 
Forsothe sum c elde profete dwellide d inn 
Bethel, to whom hise sones camen, and 
telden to hym alle the werkis whiche the 
man of God hadde do in that dai in Beth- 
el ; and thei telden to her fader the wordis 
whiche he e spak to the kyng. And the 12 
fadir of hem seide to hem, Bi what weie 
3ede he? Hise sones schewiden to hym 
the weie, bi which the man of God 3ede, 
that cam fro Juda. And he seide to hise \:\ 
sones, Sadie 36 an asse to me. And whanne 
thei hadden sadlid f , he stiede, and 3edeu 
after the mant of God, and foond hym sit- 

. . , 

tyng vndur a terebynte. And he seide to 
the man of God, Whether thou art the 
man of God, that earnest fro Juda? He 



with idols- 
trour* in thi< 



man, 

etc.; that he 

scimide di?- 



answeride 11 , Y am'. And he seide to hym, 15 hi p>fe 

vniile. /.''< 

Come thou with me hoom, that thou ete here. c. 
breed. And he seide, Y may not turne i<; 
a3en, nether come with thee, nether Y schal 
ete breed, nether Y schal drynke water in 



g Om. E pr. m. 



* token i. * that I. u the i. thi God I. w the Lord A sec. m. 

sothe i. * was K. a boden i. t> biddynge i. c an i. d dwellide thanne i. 
f sadlid the asse i. K stiede up i. h answeride to hym plures. answeride hym s. ' it am i. 

Dd 2 



* And i. y for- 
the man of God i. 



204 



III. KINGS. 



XIII. 17 26. 



17 drynke water in this place ; for the Lord 
spak to me in the word of the Lord, 
seiynge, Thow shalt not ete breed, and 
thou shalt not drynke watir there", ne 
thou shalt turne a3en bi the weye that 

is thou wentist. The which seith to hym, 
And I am a prophete lijk thee ; and the 
aungel spak to me in the word of the 
Lord, seiynge, Bryng hym a3en with 
thee into thin hous, that he eete breed, 
and drynke water. He b bigyilde hym, 

19 and broirjte a3en with hym. Thanne he 
eete breed in his hous, and drank water. 

20 And whanne he satte at the bord, the 
word of the Lord is doon to the prophete 

21 that brou3te hym a3en ; and he criede 
out to the man of God that cam fro 
Juda, seiynge, Thes thingis seith the 
Lord, For thou were not obeishynge bb to 
the mouth of the Lord, and keptist not 
the maundement that the Lord thi God 

22comaundide to thee, and turnedest a3en, 
and eete breed, and dranke water in the 
place in the which I comaundide to thee, 
that thou shuldist not eete breed, ne 
drynke water, thi careyn shal not be 
born into the sepulcre of thi faders. 

23 And whanne he hadde eeten and drunken, 
the prophete, whom he hadde brou3t a3en, 

24 made redi his asse. The which whanne 
he was goon, a lioun foond hym in the 
weye, and slew3 c . And the careyn of 
hym was throwun forth in the weye ; 
forsothe the asse stood biside hym, and 

25 the lioun stood biside the careyn. And 
loo ! men goynge seen the careyn throwen 
in the weie, and a lioun stoondynge be- 
side the careyn ; and thei camen, and 
openeden into the citee, in the which 

26 that ilke olde prophete dwellide. The 
which thing whanne the cc prophete hadde 
herd, that ladde him a3en fro the weye, 
seith, The man of God he is, that was 
vnobeshynge d to the mouth of God ; 



this place ; for the Lord spak to me in the 17 

word of the Lord, and seide, Thou schalt 

not ete breed, and thou schalt not drynke 

water there, nether thou schalt turne a3en 

bi the weie bi which) thou 3edist k . Which 1 \s 

seide to hym, And Y am a profete lijk 

thee ; and an aungel spak to me bi the 

word of the Lord, and seide, Lede a3en 

hym in to thin hows, that he ete breed, 

and drynke watir. He disseyuede the 

man of God, and brou3te him m a3en withu 

hym. Therfor he ete breed in his hows, 

and drank watir. And whanne he sat at 20 

the table, the word of the Lord was maad 

to the prophetef that brou3te hym a3en ; t to the pro- 

and he criede to the man of God that cam2iciou'nofpro- 

fro Juda, and seide, The Lord seith these 

thingis, For thou obeidist not to the mouth 

of the Lord, and keptist not the comaunde- xxii - c - of Nu - 

men. Lure 

ment which" thi Lord God comaundide here. c. 
to thee, and thou turnedist a3en, and etist 22 
breed, and drankist watir in the place in 
which Y comaundide to thee, that thou 
schuldist not ete breed, nether schuldist? 
drynke watir, thi deed bodi schal not be 
borun in to the sepulcre of thi fadris. And 23 
whanne he hadde ete and drunke, the pro- 
phete, whom he hadde brou3t a3en, sadlide 
his asse. And whanne he hadde goi, 324 
lioun foond hym in the weye, and killide^: 
hym?. And his deed bodi was cast forth 
in the weie ; sotheli the 5 asse stood bisydis 
hym, and the lioun* stood bisidis the deed 
bodi. And lo ! men passynge sien the 25 he pmiyschuh 

the litil synne 

deed bodi cast forth in the weye, and the of an hooiy 

i 1 i i , i man bv deth. 

lyoun stondynge bisidis the deed bodi ; Lire here. c. 

and thei camen, and pupplischiden u in the 

citee, in which thilke v eeld prophete dwell- 

ide. And whanne thilke prophete, that 26 

brou3te hym 33611 fro the weye, hadde herd 

this, he seide, It is the man of God, that 

was vnobedient to the mouth of God ; and 

the Lord bitook w hym to the" lioun, that 

braky hym, and killide hym z , bi the word 



hou myche 

schal God pa- 



a Om. B. b And he A. bb obeyschaunt BCEFH. c slewj hym A. "that CE. d vnobeschaunt BCEFH. 

J the whiche s. k jedist thidre i. l And he i. ra Om. plures. n that i. the B. P thou schuldist i. 
1 go forth i. r Om. plures. s his i. * lioun also i. u pupplischiden it i. v the i. that EL. w hath 
bitake i. * a i. ? hath broken i. z Om. i. 



xiii. 27 xiv. 2. 



III. KINGS. 



205 



and the Lord took hym to a lyoun, that of the Lord which 8 he spak to hym. And b 27 
brusside hym, and slew3 hyrn, after the 
word of the Lord that he d spak to hym. 

27 And he seide to hys sonys, Makith redi 
to me an asse. The which whanne thei 

28 hadden maad redi, and he is goon, he 
foond the careyn of hym throwun forth 
in the weye, and an asse and a lioun 
stondynge beside the careyn ; and the 
lyoun eete not of the careyn, ne hurte 

29 not the asse. Thanne the prophete took 
the careyn of the man of God, and putte 
it vpon the asse ; and turned a3en, he 
brou3te it in to the citee of the oold pro- 

aophete, that he weyle hym. And he putte 
the careyn of hym in his sepulcre, and 
thei weileden hym, Alias ! alias ! my bro- 

31 there ! And whanne thei hadden weilid 
hym, he seide to hys sonys, Whanne I 
shal be deed, birieth me in the sepulcre, 
in the which the man of God is biried ; 
beside the bonys of hym putte 36 my 

32 bonys. For forsothe the word shal come, 
that he before seide in the word of the 
Lord, 336113 the auter that is in Bethel, 
and a3ens alle e the temples f of the hei3 
thingisss, that ben in the citees of Sa- 
marye. Aftir thes wordis Jeroboam ys 
not turned awey fro his werst weye, but 
a3enward he made of the last puplis 
preestis of hei3 thingisss ; who so euer 
wolde, fulfillid 11 his hoond, and was maad 

333 preest of hei3 thingis. And for this 
cause the hows of Jeroboam synnede, 
and is turned vpsedoun, and doon awei 
fro the vttermoost of the erthe. 



he seide to hise sones, Sadie 30 an asse to 
me. And whanne thei hadden sadlid, and 28 
he hadde go, he foond his deed bodi cast 
forth in the weie, and the asse and the c 
lioun stondinge bisidis the deed bodi ; and 
the lioun eet notf the deed bodi, nether t eetnot, tie.-, 
hirtide the asse. Therfor the profete took 2a perith, 'that ! 
the deed bodi of the man of God, and put- 
tide* 1 it on e the asse ; and he turnede a3en, 
and brou?te it in to the cyte of the eeld P ur g><fc * 

* synne of vn- 

prophete, that he schulde biweile hym. obedience by 

And he puttide f his deed bodi in his 8e-30/,t>Ar. c. 

pulcre, and thei biweiliden him, Alasls 

alas ! my brother ! And whanne thei had- 31 ", 

den biweilid hym, he seide to hise sones, 

Whanne Y schal be deed, birie 3e h me in 

the sepulcre, in which the man of God is 

biried ; putte 36 my bonys bisidis hise 

bonys. For sotheli the word schal come, 32 f h 'J malice 

* _ Josephus 

which 1 he bifor seide in the word of the touchith the 

T i i i i T> i i cause therof, 

Lord, 33ens the auter whichj is in Bethel, and seith, that 

3nd a3ens alle the templis of hi3 placis, f ete tautte Jero- 

thst k ben in the citees of Samarie. After ^^^ 

these wordis Jeroboam turnede not a3en 1 t schewiden not 

* T Goddis vertu, 

fro his werste weie, but a3enwsrd of the for he that ?af 

i T i j i- f !_ the signe, was 

Isste puphs n he made preestis or hi3e siaynofa 
places; who euer wolde, fillide his 00 JS^/mta 
hond, and? he was maad preest of hi3 ^ l ^ r t w ^, 
placis. And for this csuse the hows of33 br o kun > fOTthe 

* . . birthun of sa- 

Jerobosm synnede, and it was distried, orifices put 
and doon awey fro the face of erthePP. 



sij the 
forseid signe> 
in the auter 
kit, and in bis 
bond dried, 



CAP. XIV. 

1 In that tyme Abya, the sone of Jero- 

2 boam, wexe sijke. And Jeroboam seide 
to his wijf, Ryse, and chaunge abijt, that 
thou be not knowun, that thow be the 
wijf of Jeroboam ; and go in to Silo, 
where Ahya, the prophet, is, the which 



CAP. XIV. 



In thst tyme Abia, sone of Jeroboam, j 
was sijk. And Jeroboam seide to his wijf 2 
Rise thoui, and chaunge clothing', that 
thou be not knowun, that thou art the 



bond was dry- 
ed, for the 
trauel of of- 
friug; and 
whanne be 
restide fro that 
trauel, his bond 
turnede a? 
to the formere 
staat,bithe 
vertu of k ymle. 



fice, as Aaron 
dide, and bi 
this he was 

wijf of Jeroboam ; and go thou in to Silo, ^herOdT 1 ' 
where Ahia, the prophete, is, which 8 spak 



d Om. AFH. e al 



' temple AFH. K Om. CE sec. m. SS Om. E pr. m. n he fulfillid E pr. m. 



a that i. b And thanne i. c a i. d putte EL. e upon i. f putte i. S and seiden, Alas i. h Om. s. 
' that i. that i. k whiche i. ' awey IKLMOSX. m ful wickid i. n of the puple A sec. m. men DFO 
iKMNoQswbs. o fille AELpb. fille ful D. he fillide i. fulfille KS9. fulfilide M. the kyngis i. p Om. D. 
PP the erthe IK. 1 thou up i. r the clothing DIKMOX sec. m. 9. s that i. 



referrid to Je- 
roboam, that 
seide presthod, 
and therfor he 
that jaf more 
prijs to Jero- 
boam, gat the 
presthod. 
Lire here. C. 



206 



III. KINGS. 



xiv. 3 12. 



spak to me, that I was to regne vpon this 

3 puple. Tak forsothe in thin hoond ten 
looues, and a litil kake, and a vessel of 
hony, and go to hym ; forsothe he shal 
shevre to thee, what ben to come to this 

4 child. The wijf dide as Jeroboam seide, 
and arysynge she wente into Silo, and 
cam into the hows of Ahye ; and he my3te 
not se, for the eyen of hym hadden da- 

5 sewide for eeld. Forsothe the Lord seide 
to Ahyam, Loo ! the wijf of Jeroboam is 
comen in, that she counsele thee vpon 
hire sone, that is sijk ; thes thingys and 
thes thou shalt speke to hire. Thanne 
whanne she was comen yn, and hadde 
vnlikned hire self to be that she was, 

tiAhias herde the soun of the feet of hire 
comynge in bi the dore, and seith, Cum 
in, wijf of Jeroboam ; whi anothir thow 
feynest thee to be? Forsothe I am sent to 

7 thee an hard messagere. Go, and sey to 
Jeroboam, These thingis seith the Lord 
God of Irael, For I haue enhaunsid thee 
fro the myddis of the puple, and 3af thee 

s duyk vpon my puple Irael, and kytte the 
rewme of the hows of Dauid, and 3af it 
to thee, and thow was not as my ser- 
uaunt Dauid, that kepte myn heestis, 
and folwide me in al his herte, doynge 

9 that was plesynge in my si3t ; but thou 
hast wrou3t euil, ouere alle that weren 
before thee, and thou hast maad alien 
goddis to thee, and 3oten, that thou 
terre me to wraththe, forsothe thou hast 

lothrowen me behynde thi bak. Therfor 
loo ! I shal brynge yn yuels vpon the 
hows of Jeroboam, and I shal smyte fro 
Jeroboam vnto a pissere at the wal, and 
closide, and last in Yrael ; and I shal 
dense the relikis of the hows of Jero- 
boam, as is wont to be clensid muk vnto 
1 1 the pure ; forsothe thoo that weren deed 
of Jeroboam in the citee, houndis shulen 
eete hem ; forsothe thoo that weren deed 
in the feeld, briddes of heuene shulen de- 
i2uowre hem; for the Lord spak. Thou 



to me, that Y schulde regne on* this puple. 

Also take thou in the" bond ten looues, 3 

and a cake, and a vessil of hony, and go 

thou to hym ; for he schal schewe to thee, 

what schal bifalle to this child. The wijf 4 

of Jeroboam dide as he seide, and sche 

roos v , and 3ede in to Silo, and cam in to 

the hows of Ahia ; and he w mi3te not se, 

for hise i3en dasewiden for eelde. For-s 

sothe the Lord seide to Ahia, Lo ! the 

wijf of Jeroboam entrith, that sche coun- 

sele thee x on? hir sone, which 2 is sijk ; 

thou schalt speke these and these thingis 

to hir. Therfor whanne sche hadde en- 

trid, and hadde feyned hir silf to be that 

^womman which" sche was not, Ahia herde e 

the soune of the feet of hir entrynge bi 

the dore, and he seide, Entre thou, the 

wijf of Jeroboam ; whi feynest thou thee 

to bee an other womman*? Forsothe Y 

am sent an hard messangerf to thee. Go? 

thou, and seie to Jeroboam, The Lord 

God of Israel seith these thingis, For Y 

enhaunside thee fro the myddis of the 

puple, and Y 3af thee duyk on d my puple 

Israel, and Y kittide 6 the rewme of thes 

hows of Dauid, and Y 3af it to thee, and 

thou were not as my seruaunt Dauid, that 

kepte myn heestis, and suede me in al his 

herte, and dide that that was plesaunt in 

my si3t ; but thou wrou3tist f yuelj, ouero 

alle men that weren bifore thee, and 

madist to thee alien goddis, and wellid* 

to gidere, that thou schuldist excite' 1 me 

to wrathfulnesse, sotheli thou hast cast 

forth me bihyndis thi 1 bak. Therfor loliOcS 

Y schal brynge in yuels on k the hows of JK which 



the dung is, is 
elensid, whanne 
the dung is 
cast out ; and 
bi this it is 
vndurstondun, 
that they of 
the hows of 
Jeroboam 



1 upon i. u thin i. 
c haue enhaunsid i. d 



T roos up i. w Ahia I. 
upon i. e haue kitt i. 



Jeroboam, and Y schal smyte of 1 Jero- 
boam x til to m a pissere^ to the wal, and 
prisoned", and the laste in Israel ; and Y 
schal dense the relikis of the hows of 
Jeroboam, as dung|| is wont to be clensid 
'til toP thei purete, Aether clennesse*; so-n 8Cni V dennot 

be clensid in 

theli doggis schulen etc hem, that schulen hem silf, but 
die of the hows of Jeroboam in citee 8 ; Israel a-huide 
forsothe 1 briddis of the eyr schulen de- t b h e e " g bi 

out and distri- 
yng of hem. 
Lire here. c. 



k upon i. 1 the hous of i. m vnto r. 
1 Om. IK. r Om. i. s the citee ci. 



x with thee i. y of i. * that i. a Om. i. 
* hast wroujt i. S wellid thoo i. h stire i. 



n vnto him that is prisoned i. 
* and i. 



relikis or releffis i. 



Om. i. 
' the CN. 
P vnto i. 



XIV. 13 21. 



III. KINGS. 



207 



therfor ryse, and go into thin hows ; and 
in that goynge in of thi feet in to the 

13 cytee the child shal dye. And al Yrael 
shal beweile hyin, and berye ; forsothe 
he alone shal be broii3t yn of Jeroboam 
in to the sepulcre, for there is founden 
vpon hyra a good word of the Lord God 

14 of Yrael, in the hows of Jeroboam. The 
Lord forsothe shal ordeyne to hym a 
kyng vpon Irael, that smyte the hows of 
Jeroboam, in this day and in this tyme ; 

io and the Lord God of Irael shal smyit, as 
a reede in water is wont to be moued ; 
and he shal pulle vp Irael fro this good 
loond, that he 3af to the faders of hem, 
and he shal wyndowe hem be^onde the 
flood, for thei maden to hem mawmet 

i6wodis ! , that thei terren the Lord. And 
the Lord God shal take Irael v to her ene- 
myes k , for the synnes 1 of Jeroboam, the 
which synnede, and made Irael to synne. 

17 And so the wijf of Jeroboam roos, and 
wente, and cam into Tharsa ; and whanne 
she wente in the threshwold of the hows, 

is the child dyede. And thei birieden hym ; 
and al Irael weylide hym, aftir the word 
of the Lord, the which he spak in the 
hound of his seruaunt, Ahye the prophete. 

19 The remenaunt forsothe of the wordis of 
Jeroboam, how he fau3t, and how he 
regnede, loo ! thei ben writen in the book 
of the wordis of the dais of the kyngis of 

20 Yrael. The dais forsothe, in m v the whiche" 
regnede Jeroboam, ben two and twenti 
3eer; and Jeroboam slepte with his fa- 
dres, and Naadab, his sone, regnede for 

21 hym. Forsothe Roboam, the sone of Sa- 
lomon, regnede in Juda ; of oon and fourti 
3eer was Roboam whanne he began to 
regne, and seuenteen? 3eer he regnede 
vpon Jerusalem, the citee that the Lord 
chees, that he putte his name there, of 
alle the lynagis of Irael. The name 
forsothe of his moder, Naama Amanyte. 



uoure hem, that schulen die in the feeld ; 
for the Lord spak. Therfor rise thou, 12 
and go in to thin hows ; and in thilke en- 
tryng of thi feet in to the citee the child 
schal die. And al Israel schal biweile 13 
him u , and schal birie v ; for this child aloone 
of Jeroboam schal be borun in to sepul- 
cre w , for a good word is foundun on x 
hym of the Lord God of Israel, in the 
hows of Jeroboam. Forsothe the Lordu 
schal ordeyne to hym a kyng on? Israel, 
that schal smyte the hows of Jeroboam, 
in this dai and in this tyme"|~; and the is t <A tyw , 
Lord God of Israel schal smyte, as a reed Lire here. " y ' 
in the water is wont to be mouyd ; and 
he schal drawe out Israel fro this good 
lond, which 2 he 3af to her fadris, and he 
schal wyndewe* hem ouer the flood, for 
thei maden to hem woodis b t, that thei ^ maden to km 

11 teodit ; that it, 

scnulden terre the Lord to ire. And the ic diden idoiatne 
Lord God schal bitake Israel to c hise d t"odi. un" 
enemyes 6 , for the synnes f of Jeroboam, 
that synnede, and made Israel to do 
synne. Therfor the wijf of Jeroboam 17 
roos, and 3ede, and cam in to Thersa ; 
whanne& sche entride in to the thresch- 
fold of the hows, the child was deed. And is 
thei h birieden hym; and al Israel biweilide 
hym, bi the word of the Lord, which' he 
spak in the hoond of his seruaunt, Ahia 
the prophet. Forsothe, lo ! the residue of 19 
wordis k of Jeroboam, how he fau3t, and 
how he regnede, ben writun in the book 
of wordis of the daies of kyngis of Israel. 
- Forsothe the daies, in whiche Jeroboam 20 
regnede, ben two and twenti 3eer ; and 
Jeroboam slepte with hise fadris, and 
Nadab, his sone, regnede for hym. For- 21 
sothe Roboam, the sone of Salomon, regnede 
in Juda ; Roboam was of oon and fourti 
3eer, whanne he bigan to regne, and he 
regnede seuentene 3eer in 1 Jerusalem, the 
citee which 1 " the Lord chees of alle the 
lynagis of Israel, that he schulde sette his 



i templis E pr, m. 
tene E pr. m. 



Om. E pr.m. 1 synne ABFH. m Om. BCEFH. n that c. Om. E. P eijte- 



Om. A. 

winewe i 



birie him A. w a sepulcre i. the sepulcre Kob. * upon i. 
mantmet woodis i. <= Om. BCEP pr. m. d Qm. BCEFOP pr. m. 



f synne Kb.' 8 and whanne IK. h men i. ' that i. k the wordis i. l whanne in e. 



upon i. * that i. 
Om. BCEP pr. m. 
m that i. 



208 



III. KINGS. 



XIV. 22 XV. 2. 



22 And Juda dide yuel before the Lord, 
and thei terreden hym vpon alle thingis, 
that the faders of him diden in her 

23 synnes, that thei synneden. Forsothe and 
thei beeldidenP vp to hem self auterys, 
and ymagis, and mawmet wodisi, vpon 
al hei3 hil, and vndur eche tree ful of 

24braunchis. But men maad wommanlich r 
weren in the loond, and thei diden alle 
the abhomynaciouns of hethen 8 men, the 
whiche the Lord al to-trade before the 

20 face of the sonys of Irael. Forsothe in 
the fifthe 3eer of the regne of Roboam, 
Sesac, the kyng of Egipt, stiede vp into 

26 Jerusalem; and he took the tresours of 
the hous of the Lord, and the kyngis 
tresours, and alle thingis he brak in* two, 
and the golden sheeldis that Salomon 

27 made. For the whiche kyng Roboam 
made brasen sheeldis, and took hem in 
the hoond of the duykis sheeldberers, 
and of hem that watchiden before the 

2sdoore of the hows of the kyng. And 
whanne the kyng wente into the hows 
of the Lord, thei beeren hem, that hadden 
the office of goynge before, and afterward 
thei brou3ten a3en to the armerye place 

29 of the sheeldberers. The remnaunt for- 
sothe of the wordis of Roboam, and alle 
thingis that he dide, loo ! ben writen in 
the book of the wordis of the dais of the 

so kyngis of Juda. And there batayl was 
bitwix Roboam and Jeroboam alle dais. 

31 And Roboam slepte with his faders, and 
is biried with hem u in the citee of Da- 
uid. Forsothe name of his moder, Naama 
Amanyte ; and Abya, his sone, regnede 
for hym. 

CAP. XV. 

1 Thanne in the ei3tetenthe T 3eer of the 
regne of Jeroboam, the sone of Naabath, 

2 regnede Abya vpon Judam. Thre 3eer 
he regnede in Jerusalem ; name of his 



name there. Sotheli m the name of his 

moder was Naama Amanyte. And Juda 22 

dide yuel bifor the Lord, and thei terriden 

hym to ire on alle thingis, whiche her 

fadris diden in her synnes, bi whiche thei 

synneden. For also thei bildiden to hem 23 

silf auters, and ymagisfj and wodis, on t auteru and 

eche hi3 hil, and vndur ech tree ful of f<Srie. L><- 

bowis. But also 'men of wymmens con- 24 ^'^^ etc . 

diciouns n t weren in the lond, and thei that > thicke 

wodis aboute 

diden alle abhominaciouns of hethene the places of 
men, whiche the Lord al to-brak bifor 
the face of the sones of Israel. Forsothe 25 



in the fifthe 3eer of the rewme of Roboam, m cont !'- 

ciouns ; that is, 

Sesach, the kyng of Egipt, styedeP in to men geidid 

T , , f ether maacl 

Jerusalem; and he took the tresouns of26f e i>ie,that 
the hows of the Lord, and the kyngis 
tresouris, and he rauischidei alle thingis ; 
also ^he rauischide* the goldun scheeldis, 8lim ' 

-it seyen. Sothely 

whiche 8 Salomon made, r or whiche 1 kyng 27 the Ebreu 
Roboam made brasun scheeldis, and 3af u 
tho in the hondis of duykis of scheeld 
makeris, and of hem that wakiden v bifor bi men of "T n: 

mens condi- 

the dore of the hows of the Lord. And 2s douns semen 
whanne the kyng entride in to the hows stondun faire 
of the Lord, thei that hadden office to go 
bifore, baren tho, and baren w a3eu to the 
place of armer of scheeld makeris. For-29 dom > a 8 '" " 
sothe, lo ! the residue of wordis x of Ro- chab. inf. c . 
boam, and alle thingis whiche he dide, ^emen'm 
ben writun in the book of wordis of daies vndifr'tne'hi} 
of kyngis of Juda. And batel was bitwixe so f. Lire 

*> here. c. 

Roboam and Jeroboam, in alle daies. Andsi 
Roboam slepte with hise fadris, and was 
biried with hem in the citee of Dauid. 
Forsothe? the name of his modir was 
Naama Amanyte ; and Abia, his sone, 
regnede for hym. 

CAP. XV. 

Therfor in the ei3tenthe 3eer of the i 
rewme of Jeroboam, sone z of Nabath, 
Abia regnede on a Juda. Thre 3eer he 2 
regnede in Jerusalem ; the name of his 



P beelden A. 1 templis E pr. m. r wommannysch BCEFH. s the hethen E pr. m. H. 
u Om. E pr. m. v nynteethe A. nynteenth BFH . 



on CE. 



m And i. n men of wymmen condiciouns A. wommanysche men i. the abhomynaciouns i. P styede 
up i. q rauischide thenns i. r Om. i. s also the whiche i. * the whiche i. u he 3af i. v walkideii Kb. 
makeden L. w thei baren thoo i. * the wordis i. y And i. z the sone i. a upon i. 



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III. KINGS. 



209 



moder Macha, the dorter of Abessalon. modir was Maacha, dou3ter b of Abessalon. 
3 And he wente in alle the synnes of his Andhe3ede in alle the synnes of his fadir, 3 



fader, the whiche he hadde doon before 
hym ; ne the herte of hym was parfite 
with the Lord his God, as the herte of 

4 Dauid, his fader. But for Dauid the 
Lord his God 3af to hym a lanterne in 
Jerusalem, that he rere his sone aftyr 

s hym, and stoonde in" Jerusalem; for thi 
that Dauid hadde doo ri3t in the eyen of 
the Lord, and hadde not bowid awey fro 
alle thingis that he hadde comaundide to 
hym, alle days of his lijf, out taak the 

6 word of Vrie Ethei. Neuerthelater there 
was batail betwix Abyam and Jeroboam, 

7 al tyme of his lijf. The remnaunt for- 
sothe of the wordis of Abye, and alle 
thingis that he dide, whethir not thes 
ben writen in the book of the wordis of 
the days of the kyngis of Juda ? And 
there was batail betwix Abyam and Jero- 

s boam. And Abya slepte with his faders ; 
and thei biryden hym in the cite of Da- 
uid ; and Asa, his sone, regnede for hym. 

9 Forsothe in the twentithe 3eer of Jero- 
boam, kyng of Irael, regnede Asa, kyng 
10 of Juda; and oon and fourti 3eer he 
regnede in Jerusalem. Name of his mo- 
der, Macha, the dorter of Abessalon. 

1 1 And Asa dide ri3t in the si3t of the 

12 Lord, as Dauid, his fader ; and he took 
awey the wommannysh maad men of the 
loond, and he purgide alle the v filthis of 
the mawmettis, "the whiche vv his fadris 

13 maden. Ferthermore and his moder Ma- 
cham he 'putte awey w , that she were not 
prince in the heriyng thingis of the 
mawmet of mannus 3eerde, and in* his 
'mawmet wode^ that she hadde halowide ; 
and he turnede vpsodoun the den of hym, 
and he to-brak the foulest licnes, and 

14 brente in the steem of Cedron ; forsothe 
the hei3 thingis he dide not awey ; neuer- 
thelater the herte of Asa was perfijt with 

15 the Lord his God, alle his dais. And he 



t the word <# 



the puple, and 
in sentence 
jouun ajeniu 
Myphiboietli, 
as it U teld in 
ij. book, but 
these synn 



of the synne in 
the dede of 
Vrie, and ther- 

r 



which he dide bifor hym ; and his herte 
was not perfit with his Lord God, as the 
herte of Dauid, his fadir, 'was perfiF. But 4 
for Dauid his Lord God 3af to hym a lan- 
terne in Jerusalem, that he schulde reise 
his sone after hym, and that he schulde 
stonde in Jerusalem ; for Dauid hadde dos 
ri3tfulnesse d in the i3en of the Lord, and 
hadde not bowid fro alle thingis whiche 6 
the Lord hadde comaundid to him, in alle 
the daies of his lijf, outakun the word of 
Urie Etheif. Netheles batel was bitwixn 
Abia and Jeroboam, in al the tyme of his 
lijf. Sotheli the residue of wordis* of? 
Abia, and alle thinges whiche h he dide, 
whether these ben not writun in the book 
of wordis of daies of the kyngys of Juda ? 
And batel was bitwixe Abia and Jero- 
boam. And Abia slepte with his fadris; 8 
and thei birieden hym in the citee of 
Dauid ; and Asa, his sone, regnede for 
hym. Sotheli' Asa, king of Jude, regnede 9 ITo't arettid7'f<> 
in the twentithe 3eer of Jeroboam, kyng 
of Israel ; and Asa regnede oon and fourti 10 
seer in Jerusalem. The k name of his modir in v- b k "* 

' . Fisikis. Lire 

was Maacha, dorter of Abessalon. AndiiA*. c. 
Asa dide ri3tfulnesse m in the si3t of the 
Lord, as Dauid, his fadir, dide; and he 12 
took awey fro the loond men of wymmens 
condiciouns, and he purgide alle the filthis 
of idols, whiche his fadris maden. Fer- is w'ith outra- 

giouse menibre 

thermore and he remouyde Maacha, his 

modir, that sche schulde not be princesse 

in the solempne thingis of Priapus"J, and 

in his wode which? sche hadde halewid ; 

and he distriede the denne of hym, and 

he brak the foulest symylacre, and brente") 

in the stronde of Cedron ; sotheli he dide 14 

not awei hi3 r thingis|| ; netheles the herte 

of Asa was perfit with hys Lord God, in 

alle hise daies. And he brointe in to the is maden sacrifice 

. ... , . to God, bifor 

hous of the Lord tho thingis, whiche 8 his that the temple 
fadir hadde halewid and auowid, siluer', 

" Om. A. y temple E. 



of man. c et 
plures. 
he distriede 
the den; in 
which the 
wymmen 
hauntiden lec- 
cherie, for the 
worschipe of 
the idol. Lire 
here. c. 



u at E pr. m. y Om. c pr. m. vv that <! pr. m. w amonestede B pr. m. 

b the doujter i. c Om. i. d rijtwisnesse i. e that i. f Om. c. e the wordis DI. h that i. 
Om. c. 1 the deleter i. m ristwisnesse i. n the ydol Priapus i. mawmett wode i. 
brente it i. r the hi3 i. s that i. * and siluer i. 
VOL. II. E e 



tyme it was 
leeueful, not 
aftirward. Lire 
here. c. 



iAndi. 
P that i. 



210 



III. KINGS. 



xv. 16 23. 



brou3te in tho thingis, the whiche his fa- 
der hadde halowid and vowede, into the 
hows of the Lord, siluer, and gold, and 

16 vessels. Forsothe batayl there was be- 
twix Asa and Baasa, kyng of Irael, alle 

17 the dais of hem. Forsothe Baasa, the z 
kyng of Yrael, stiede vp into Juda, and 
he beeldide Rama, that no man my3te 
goon out, or goon yn, fro the parti of 

18 Asa, kyng of Juda. And so Asa takinge 
al the siluer and gold, that lafte in the 
tresours a of the hows of the Lord, and 
in the tresours of the kyngis hows, 3af 
into the hoondis of his seruauntis ; and 
sente to Benadab, the sone of Trabem- 
non, the sone of Osyon. kyng of Cyrye, 

19 that dwellide in Damasch, seiynge, Coue- 
naunt of pees is betwix me and thee, 
and betwix my fader and thi fader, and 
therfor to thee I haue sent 3iftis, gold, 
and siluer ; and I aske, that thou come, 
and make at nou3t the boond of pees, that 
thou hast with Baasa, the kyng of Irael, 

20 and he goo awey fro me. Assentynge 
Benadab to kyng Asa, sente c the princis 
of his oost into the citees of Yrael; and 
thei smiten Ahion, and Dayr, and Abel, 
and the hows of Maacha, and al Sene- 
roth, that is, al the loond of Neptalym. 

21 The which thing, whanne Baasa hadde 
herd, he lafte to beelde vp Rama, and 

22 he turnede a3en into Tharsa. Forsothe 
kyng Asa sente a messager into al Juda, 
seiynge, No man be excusid. And thei 
token the stoonus of Rama, and the trees 
of it, with the whiche Baasa hadde 
beeldid ; and kyng Asa made out of the 
same Gabaa of Beniamyn, and Maspha. 

23 The remriaunt forsothe of alle the wordis 
of Asa, and of al d his 6 strength, and alle 
thingis that he dide, and the citees that 
he made vp, whethir not thes ben writen 
in the book of the wordis of the days of 
the kyngis of Juda? Neuerthelater in 
the tyme of his eelde he akide the feet. 



and gold, and vessel". Forsothe batel was 16 
bitwixe Asa and Baasa, kyng of Israel, 
in alle the daies of hem. And Baasa, 17 
kyng of Israel, stiede v in to Juda, and 
bildide Rama, that w no man of the part 
of Aza, kyng of Juda, my3te go out, ether 
go x yn. Therfor Asa took al the siluer is 
and gold, that lefte in the tresouris of the 
hows of the Lord, and in the tresouris of 
the kyngis hows, and 3af it in to the 
hondis of hise seruauntis; and sente^ to 
Benadab, sone z of Tabrennon, sone of Ozi- 
on, the kyng of Sirie, that dwellide in Da- 
mask, and seide, Boond a of pees is bitwixe 19 
me and thee, and bitwixe my fadir and 
thi fadir, and therfor Y sente to thee 3iftis, 
gold, and siluer ; and Y axe, that thou 
come, and make voide the boond of pees, 
which h thou hast with Baasa, kyng of Is- 
rael, and that he go awey fro me. Bena- 20 
dab assentide to kyng Asa, and sente the 
princes of his oost in to the citees of Is- 
rael ; and thei smytiden c Ahion, and Dan, 
and Abel, the d hows of Maacha, and al 
Cenoroth, that is, al the lond of Neptalym. 
And whanne Baasa hadde herd this thing, 21 
he lefte to bilde Rama, and turnede a3en 
in to Thersa. Forsothe kyng Asa sente 22 
message in to al Juda, and seide, No man 
be excusid. And thei token the stoonys of 
Rama, and the trees therof, bi whiche 
Baasa hadde bildid ; and kyng Asa bildide 
of the same ^stoonys and trees* Gabaa of 
Beniamyn, and Maspha. Sotheli the re- 23 
sidue of alle wordis f of Asa, and of al his 
strengthe, and alle thingis whiche & he 
dide, and the citees whiche he bildide, 
whether these ben not writun in the book 
of wordis of daies of kingis of Juda? acheln fee'; 
Netheles Asa hadde ache in feet h f, in the ^.mdMeAna 
tyme of his eelde. And Asa slepte with 24 n x e th ; P r - 

* ... f ete to be sent 

hise fadris, and he was biried with hem i to stock.s, 

ii .. i> 'I'U 4.J JT that repreuyde 

in the citee or Dauid, his tader ; and J oso- him, for he 
phat, his sone, regnede for him. Forsothe 25 J 
Nadab, the sone of Jeroboam, regnede on 1 



18 



z Om. A. tresories CB. c he sente E pr. m. d Om. A. the AFH. 



of Paralip. 
Jtvi. c. Lire 
here. c. 



u vessels i. v wente up i. w and c. " Om. i. y he sente it I. z the sone i. a A boond i. b that i. 
c smeten EI. smiten L. and the i. e thingis i. f the wordis i. S that i. h his feet i. > upon i. 



XV. 24 34- 



III. KINGS. 



211 



24 And Asa slepte with his faders, and is 
biryed with hem in the citee ofDauid his 
fader ; and Josaphath, his sone, regnede 

25 for hym. Nadab forsothe, the sone of 
Jeroboam, regnede vpon Irael, the se- 
counde 3eer of Asa, the kyng of Juda ; 
and he regnede vpon Yrae] two jeer. 

26 And he dide that is yuel in the sijt of 
the Lord, and wente in the weies of his 
fader, and in the synnes of hym, in the 

2?whiche he made Irael to synne. For- 
sothe Baasa, the sone of Ahia, of the 
hows of Ysachar, weytide to hym, and 
smoot hym in Jebethon, that is the citee 
of Philisteis; forsothe Naadab and al 

28 Yrael besegiden Jebothon. Thanne Baasa 
slewj hym, in the thridde jeer of Asa, 
the kyng of Juda, and regnede for hym. 

an And whanne he hadde regned, he smoot 
al the hows of Jeroboam ; and he laft not 
forsothe not oon lijf of his seed, to the 
tyme that he dide awey hym, after the 
word of the Lord, that he spak in the 
hoond of his seruaunt, Ahye Silonyte, 

aoprophete, for the synnes of Jeroboam, 
the whiche he hadde synned, and with 
whiche he hadde f made Irael to synnen, 
and for the trespas, in the which he 
hadde terred the Lord God of Yrael. 

si The remnaunt forsothe of the wordis of 
Naadab, and alle thingis that he wroujte, 
whether not thes ben wrytyn in the book 
of the wordis of the dais of the kyngis 

32 of Yrael ? And there was batail betwixe 
Asa and Baasa, king of Yrael, alle the 

33 dais of hem. The thridde jeer of Asa, 
kyng of Juda, regnede Baasa, the sone 
of Ahia, vpon al Yrael, in Tharsa, foure 

34 and twenti jeer. And he dide yuel be- 
fore the Lord, and he wente in the 
weyess of Jeroboam, and in the synnes 
of hym, in the whiche he made Irael to 
synne. 



Israel, in k the secunde jeer of Asa, king 1 

of Juda ; and he regnede on Israel two 

jeer. And he dide that, that was yuel in 26 

the sijt of the Lord, and he jede in the 

weies of his fadir, and in the synnes of 

hym, in whiche he made Israel to do 

synne. Forsothe" 1 Baasa, the sone of 27 

Ahia, of the hows of Ysachar, settide tre- 

soun to hym, and smoot" him in Gebe- 

thon t, which is a citee of Filisteis ; t "> Gebtthm ; 

.,_,. , , T it. . , 

sothelyP Nadab and al Israel bisegiden 
Gebethon. Therfor Baasa killide bym9, 
in the thridde jeer of Asa, king' of Juda, 
and regnede for hym. And whanne he 8 29 N ' adab **? 

* rekenere it. 

hadde regnede, he smoot al the hows of M here. c. 
Jeroboam ; he* lefte not u sotheli v not o man 
of his seed, til he dide awei hym, bi the 
word of the Lord, which w he spak in the 
hond of his seruaunt, Ahia of Silo, a pro- 
fete, for the synnes of Jeroboam whiche x 3o 
he synnede, and in whiche he made Israel 
to do? synne, and for the trespas, bi which 
he wraththide the Lord God of Israel. 
Sotheli the residue of wordis z of Nadab, si 
and alle thingis whiche he wroujte, whe- 
ther these ben not writun in the book of 
wordis of daies of the kyngis of Israel ? 
And batel was bitwixe Asa and Baasa, 32 
kyng of Israel, in al the daies of hem. 
In the thridde jeer of Asa, kyng of Juda, 33 
Baasa, sone* of Ahia, regnede on b al Is- 
rael, in Thersa, foure and twenti jeer. 
And he dide yuel bifor the Lord, and he 34 
jede in the weies of Jeroboam, and in hise 
synnes, bi whiche he made Israel to do 
synne. 



f Om. A. S weye A. 

' the king i. m And i. n he smoot i. that I. P and i. 
l and he KMWX9- and o. u Om. DIKMOSX9. v Om. osw?. 



k Om. c. 
Baasa i. 
T Om. i. z the wordis i. a the sone ci. b upon i. 



q Nadab i. r the king t. 
w that i. * the whiche i. 



E e 2 



212 



III. KINGS. 



XVI. i 10. 



CAP. XVI. 

1 Forsothe the word of the Lord is doon 
to Yau, the sone of Anany, a3ens Baasa, 

2 seiynge, Forth! that I haue enhaunsid thee 
fro powdre, and sette thee duyk vpon 
Yrael, my puple ; forsothe thow hast 
goon in the weie of Jeroboam, and hast 
maad my puple Irael to synne, that thow 

3 terre me in the synnes of hem ; and lo ! 
I shal kitte of the hyndirmore of Baasa, 
and the hyndirmores of the hows of hym, 
and I shal make thin hows as the hows 

4 of Jeroboam, the sone of Naabath. Who 
were deed of Baasa in u the citee, houndis 
shulen eete hym, and who were deed of 
hym in the regioun, the foulis of heuen 

5 shulen eete hym. Forsothe the remriaunt 
of the wordis of Baasa, and what euer 
thingis he dide, and the batayls of hym, 
whether not thes ben writyn in the bokis 
of the wordis of the dais of the kyngis of 

G Irael ? Thanne Baasa slepte with his fa- 
ders, and is biryed in Tharsa ; and Hela 

7 his sone, regnede for hym. Forsothe 
whanne in the hond 1 of Yau, the sone of 
Anany, the prophete, the word of the 
Lord was maad a3ens Baasa, and a3ens 
the hows of hym, and a3ens al the yuel 
that he hadde doon before the Lord, to 
terren hym in the werkis of his hondis, 
that he were maad as the hows of Jero- 
boam, for this cause he slew3 hym, that 
is, Yau, the sone of Anany, the prophete. 

8 The sixe and twentithe 3eer of Asa, the 
kyrig of Juda, regnede Hela, the sone of 
Baasa, vpon Yrael, in Tharsa, two 3eer. 

9 And a3ens hym rebellid Zamry, his ser- 
uaunt, duyk of the half partie of the 
horsmen ; forsothe Hela was in Tharsa, 
drynkynge and drunken in the hows of 

10 Arsa, prefect of Tharsa. Thanne Zamry 
fallinge on smoot, and slew3 hym, the 
seuen and twentith 3eer of Asa, kyng of 



CAP. XVI. 

Forsothe the word of the Lord was i 
maad to Hieu, sone of Anany, a3ens Baasa, 
and seide, For that that Y reiside d thee 2 
fro dust, and settide e thee duyk on f Israel, 
my puple ; sotheli thou 3edist in the weie 
of Jeroboam, and madists my puple Israel 
to do synne, that thou schuldist terre me 
to ire, in the synnes of hem ; lo h ! Y schal 3 
kitte awey the hyndrere thingis of Baasa, 
and the hyndrere thingis of v his hows', 
and Y schal make thin hows as the hows 
of Jeroboam, sone k of Nabath. Doggis'4 
schulen etc that man of Baasa, that schal 
be deed in citee, and briddis of the eyr 
schulen ete that man of Baasa, that schal 
die in the feeld. Sotheli the residue of 5 
wordis" of Baasa, and what euer thingis 
he dide, and hise batels, whether these 
ben not writun in the book of wordis of 
daies of the kynges of Israel? Therforo 
Baasa slepte with hise fadris, and he 
was biried in Thersa ; and Hela, his sone, 
regnede for hym. Forsothe whanne the? 
word of the Lord was maad in the hond 
of Hieu, soneP of Anany, 356118 Baasa, 
and a3ens his hows, and a3ens al yueli 
which he dide bifor the Lord, to terre 
hym to ire in the werkis of hise hondis, 
that he schulde be as the hows of Jero- 
boam, for this cause he r killide hym, that 
is, Hieuf, the prophete, the sone of Anany. 
In the sixe and twentithe 3eer of Aza,8 
kyng of Juda, Hela, the sone of Baasa, 
regnyde on 8 Israel, in Thersa, twei 3eer. 
And Zamry, "his seruaunt 1 , duyk of the 9 
half part of kny3tis u , rebellide a3ens hym ; 
sotheli Hela was in Thersa, and drank, 
and was drunkun in the hows of Arsa, 
prefect v of Thersa. Therfor Zamri felde 10 
in, and smoot w , and killide hym, in the 
seuene and twentithe 3eer of Asa, kyng of 
Juda ; and regnede for hym. And whanne n 



f- thut is, Hieu, 
etc. ; this sen- 
tence is not in 
Ebreu ; it is a 
glos. In Ebreu 
it is, and for 
he killide Na- 
<iab, his lord, 
bi tresoun, as 
Rabi Salomon 
sritli. Lire 
here, c. 



into E sec. m. i loond ABFH. 



c the sone i. d haue upreisid i. e sette i. f upon i. S thou hast made i. n lo herfore i. ' the 
hows of him i. k the sone i. ! houndis i. m the citee CKL. a citee i. n the wordis i. And so i. 
P the sone i. i the yuel i. r Baasa i. s upon i. * the seruaunt of Hela i. u his knijtis i. v a cheef 
officer i. w smoot Hela i. 



XVI. II 21. 



III. KINGS. 



213 



nJude; and he regnyde for hym. And 
whanne he hadde regned, and sitten vpon 
his see, he smoot al the hows of Baasa, 
and he lafte not of yt a pisser to the wal, 
and 'the kynne, and the freendis k of hym. 

12 And Zamri dide aweye al the hows of 
Baasa, after the word of the Lord, that 
he hadde spoken to Baasa, in the hoond 

13 of Yau, the prophete, for alle the synnes 
of Baasa, and the synnes of Hela, his 
sone, the whiche synneden, and maden 
Israel to synne, terrynge the Lord God 

14 of Israel in her vanitees. The remenaunt 
forsothe of the wordis of Hela, and alle 
thingis that he dide, whether not thes 
ben writin in the boke of the wordis of 

15 the dais of the kyngis of Israel? The 
seuen and twentithe }eer of Asa, kyng 
of Juda, regnede Zamri seuen dais in 
Tharsa ; forsothe an oost besegide Je- 

icbethon, the citee of Philistees. And 
whanne it hadde herde Zamri to ban 
rebellid, and to 1 ban sleyn the king, al 
Israel made to hem a kyng Amry, that 
was prince of the chyualri vpon Israel, in 

17 that dai, in the tends. Thanrie Amri 
stiede vp, and al Israel with him, fro 

isJebethon, and segiden Tharsa. Forsothe 
Zamri seynge, that the cite was to be 
ouercomen, he wente in to the paleis, 
and brende vp him self with the kingis 

19 hous ; and is deed in his synnes that he 
synnede, doynge yuel before the Lord, 
and goynge in the weye of Jeroboam, 
and in the synnes of hym, by the whiche 

20 he made Yrael to synne. The remnaunt 
forsothe of the wordis of Zamry, and of 
the spies of him, and of the tyraundise, 
whethir thes ben not writyn in the book 
of the wordis of the dais of the kyngys 

21 of Yrael ? Thanne the puple of Irael is 
deuydid" 1 in two parties ; the half partye 
of the puple folwide Thebny, the sone of 



he x hadde regned, and hadde? setun on* his 
trone, he smoot al the hows of Baasa, and 
he* 2 lefte not therof a pissere to the wal, 
and hise kynnesmen, and frendis. And" 12 
Zamri dide awey al the hows of Baasa, 
bi the word of the Lord, which b he spak 
to Baasa, in the bond of Hieu, the pro- 
phete, for alle the synnes of Baasa, and is 
for the synnes of Hela, his sone, whiche c 
synneden, and maden Israel to do d synne, 
and wraththiden the Lord God of Israel 
in her vanytees. Sotheli the residue ofu 
the wordis of Hela, and alle thingis whiche 
he dide, whether these ben not writun in 
the book of wordis of daies of the kyngis 
of Israel? In the seuene and twentithe is 
jeer of Aza, kyng of Juda, Zamri regnede 
seuene daies in Tharsa ; forsothe the oost' 
bisegide Gebethon, the citee of Philisteis. 
And whanne it f hadde herd, that Zamri IG 
hadde rebellid, and hadde slayn the kyng, 
al Israel made Amry kyng to hems, that 
was prince of h the chyualrye, on 1 Israel, 
in that dai, in 'the castels k . Therfor Amry 17 
stiede 1 , and al Israel with hym, fro Gebe- 
thon, and bisegide Thersa. Sothely Zamri i 
si3, that the citee schulde be ouercomun, 
and he entride in to the palis, and brente 
hym silf with the kyngis hows ; and he i; 
was deed in hise synnes whiche he syn- 
nede, doynge yuel bifor the Lord, and 
goynge 11 in the weie of Jeroboam, and in 
hise synnes, bi whiche he made Israel to 
do synne. Sotheli the residue of wordis 20 
of Zamri, and of his tresouns, and tyraun- 
trie, whether these ben not writun in the 
book of wordis of daies of the kyngis of 
Israel? Thanne the puple of Israel was 21 
departid in to twei partis ; the half part 
of the? puple suede Thebny, sonei of Ge- 
neth, to make hym kyng, and the half 
part suede Amry. Sotheli 8 the puple that 22 
was with Amry, hadde maystry* ouer the 



k the neej freendis E pr. m. l Om. A. m deuyd A. 

Zamryi. T Om. i. upon i. Om. c. Also and i. * that i. the whiche i. Om . i. 

e oost of Israel i. ' the Philistees i. K /Ae u* i. " on A. i upon i. her teiitis i. sttedt 

up i. And i. " in goynge i. the wordis i. P Om. i. 1 the sone i. r oo/Aer 
1 the maystry i. 



214 



III. KINGS. 



XVI. 22 32. 



Jeneth, that he ordeyne hym kyng, and 

22 the half parti Amry. Forsothe the pu- 
ple that was with Amry hadde the 
ouerhoond ouer the puple that folwide 
Thebny, the sone of Jeneth ; and Thebny 

23 is deed, and Amry regnede. The oon 
and thretty" 3eer of Asa, kyng of Juda, 
regnede Amry vpon Yrael, twelue 3eer ; 

24 in Tharsa he regnede sixe 3eer. And he 
boujte the hille of Samarye of Somer for 
two talentis of sillier, and he beeldide 
it ; and he clepide the name of the citee, 
that he bieldide vp, by the name of 
Somer, that is, the hil of the Lord, or 

25 the hil of Samarye. Forsothe Amry dide 
yuel in the si3t of the Lord, and he 
wro3te wickidly, ouer alle that weren 

26 before hym. And he wente in al the 
weye of Jeroboam, the sone of Nabath, 
and in the synnes of hym, bi the whiche 
he made Irael to synne, that he terre the 

27 Lord God of Irael in his vanitees. The 
remnaunt forsothe of the wordis of Amry, 
and the batailis of hym, that he dide, 
whether not thes ben wryten in the book 
of the wordis of the dais of the kyngis 

28 of Irael? And Amry slepte with his 
faders, and is biried in Samarye ; and 

29 Achab, his sone, regnede for hym. Achab 
forsothe, the sone of Amry, regnede on 
Irael the ei3t and threttithe 3eer of Asa, 
kyng of Juda ; and Achab, the sone of 
Amry, regnede vpon Irael, in Samarie, 

so two and twenti 3eer. And Achab, the 
sone of Amry, dide yuel in the si3t 
of the Lord, ouer alle that weren before 

si hym ; ne it stiffiside to hym that he 3ede 
in the synnes of Jeroboam, the sone of 
Naaboth, but 'more ouere 00 he weddide 
a wijf, Jezabel, the dorter of Methaal, 
kyng of Sydonyes ; and he wente, and 

32 seruede to Baal, and honourde hym. And 
he sette an auter of Baal in the temple 
of Baal, that he hadde beeldid? vp in Sa- 



puple that suede Thebny, the sone of Ge- 
neth ; and Thebny was deed, and Amri 
regnede. In the oon and thrittithe 3eer23 
of Aza, kyng of Juda, Amri regnede on u 
Israel, twelue 3eer ; in Thersa he regnede 
sixe 3eer. And he bou3te of Soomeer, for 24 
twei talentis of siluer, the hil of Samarie, 
and 'bildide that hil v ; and he clepide the 
name of the citee, which w he hadde bildid, 
bi the name of Soomer, lord of the hil of 
Samarie. Forsothe Amry dide yuel in 25 
the si3t of the Lord, and wrou3te wei- 
wardli", ouer? alle men that weren bifor 
hym. And he 3ede in al the weie of Jero-26 
boam, sone z of Nabath, and in hise synnes, 
bi whiche he made Israel to do synne, 
that he schulde terre to ire, in his vany- 
tees, the Lord God of Israel. Forsothe 27 
the residue of wordis 8 of Amry, and hise 
batels, which he dide, whether these ben 
not writun in the book of wordis of daies 
of the kyngis of Israel ? And Amry slepte 28 
with hise fadris, and was biried in Sama- 
rie ; and Achab, his sone, regnede for hym. 
Forsothe Achab, the sone of Amry, regn- 29 
ede on b Israel, in the X ei3te and thrittithe 
3eer c of Asa, kyng of Juda ; and Achab, 
sone d of Amry, regnede on e Israel, in Sa- 
marie, two and twenti 3eer. And Achab, so 
sone f of Amry, dide yuel in the si3te of 
the Lord, ouer alle men that weren bifor 
hym; and it suffiside not to hym that hesi 
3ede in the synnes of Jeroboam, sone? of 
Nabath, ferthermore and he weddide a 
wijf, Jezabel, the dorter of Methaal, kyng 
of Sydoneis ; and he h 3ede, and seruyde 
Baal, and worschipide hym. And he set- 32 
tide 1 an auter to Baal in the temple of 
Baal, which k he hadde bildid in Samarie, 
and he plauntide a wode 1 ; and Achab add- 33 
ide m in his werk, and terride to ire the 
-Lord God of Israel, more thanne alle 
kyngis of Israel that weren bifor hym. 
Forsothe in hise daies Ahiel of Bethel 34 



n thrittithe BCEFH. bilde c passim. oueremore BEF. P bild c passim. 

u upon i. v he bildide it I. w that I. x wiekidly i. y bifore I. z the sone i. a the wordis BCI. 
b upon i. c eijthe and thretti K. d the sone i. e upon i. f the sone i. S the sone i. h Achab i. 
1 sette up i. k that i. l mawmet wode I. m addide to i. n ouer i. the kyngis i. 



XVI. 33 XVII. ii. 



III. KINGS. 



215 



ssmarye, and he plauntide a maumet 
wode ; and Achab addide in his werke, 
terrynge the Lord God of Yrael, ouer 
alle the kyngis of Irael that weren before 

34 hym. In the dais forsothe of hym Ahiel 
of Bethel beeldide vp Jericho; in Abiram, 
his fyrst goten, he foundide it, and in 
Segub, his last, he sette the 3atis of it, 
after the word of the Lord, that he hadde 
spokyn in the hoond of Josue, the sone 
of Nun. 

CAP. XVII. 

1 And Helias Tesbites, of the dwellers 
of Galaad, seide to Achab, The Lord God 
of Yrael lyueth, in whos si3t Y stondi, 
if there shal be thes 3eeris dewe and 
reyn, but after the wordis of my mouth. 

2 And the word of the Lord is maad to 

3 hym, seynge, Go aweye hens, and go 
a3ens the est, and be hidde in the streem 

4 of Carith, that is a3ens Jordan, and there 
thou shalt drynke of the streem ; and to 
the crowis I haue comaundide, that thei 

sfeden thee there. Thanne he wente, and 
dide after the word of the Lord ; and 
whanne he hadde gon, he sat in the 
streem of Carith, that is a3ens Jordan. 

cAnd the crowis bnnrjten to hym breed 
and flesh erly ; also at euen ; and he 

7dranke of the streem. Forsothe after 
summe days the streem is dryed ; for- 
sothe it hadde not reyned vpon erthe r . 

a Thanne the word of the Lord is do to 

9 hym, seiynge, Ryis, and go' into" Sarept 
of Sidonyes, and thow shalt dwelle there ; 
forsothe I haue comaundid there to a 
womman widowe, that she fede thee. 

10 And he roos, and wente into Serept of 
Sydonyes ; and whanne he was comyn to 
the jate of the citee, a womman widowe 
aperide to hym gederynge stickis; and 
he clepide hire, and seide to s hir, 3if to 
me a litil of water in a vessel, that I 

1 1 drynke. And whanne she wente, that 



bildide Jerico ; in Abiram, hisP firste 
sone-f, he foundide it, ini Segub, his r laste 
sone, he settide 3atis 8 therof, bi the word 
of the Lord, which* he hadde spoke in the 
hond of Josue, sone u of Nun. 



t tnAUram 

hit fir, It tone i 
that If, wbannr 
hcMttfaUth* 
finiudnnenti*, 
Abiram, U 
fintegendrid 

and whanne hr 
;! forth In 
bildinge, hiw 



CAP. XVII. 

And Elie 'of Thesbi v , of the dwelleris i 
of Galaad, seide to Achab, The Lord God 
of Israel lyueth, in whos sijt Y stonde, 
deeu and reyn schal not be in these 3eeris, 
no but bi the wordis of my mouth. And 2 
the word of the Lord was maad to hym w , 
and seide, Go thou awey fro hennusj, and 3 
go a3ens the eest, and be thou hid in the 
stronde of Carith, which x is a3ens Jor- 
dan, and there thou schalt drynke of the 4 
stronde ; and Y comaundide? to crowis, 
that thei feede thee there. Therfor he's 
3ede, and dide bi the word of the Lord ; 
and whanne he hadde go, he sat in the 
stronde of Carith, which 8 is a3ens Jordan. 
And crowis baren to hym breed and fleisch c 
eerli ; in b lijk maner in the euentid ; and 
he drank of the stronde. Forsothe after 7 
summe daies the stronde was dried ; for it 
hadde not reynede on the erthe. Therfor s 
the word of the Lord was maad to hym d , 
and seide, Rise thou, and go in to Sereptao 
of Sydoneis, and thou schalt dwelle there ; 
for Y comaundide 6 to a womman, widewe 
there, that sche feede thee. He f roos, 10 
and 3ede in to Sarepta of Sidoneis ; and 
whanne he hadde come to the 3ate of 
the citee, a womman widewe gaderynge 
stickis apperide to hym ; and he clepide 
hir, and seide to hir, 3yue thou to me a 
litil of water in a vessel, that Y drynke. 
And whanne sche 3ede to bringe *, hen 



echaftir other, 
til to the law* 
tone, that -ai 
deed in the 
filling of the 
werk. Lire 
here. c. 



J go thou uteri 
fro liennei ; fro 
the face of 
Achab and of 
Jezabel; and 
herb! it is leue- 
ful to honli 
men, to fle JKT- 
secucioun of 
her penoone*. 
Lire here. c. 



1 stood A. ' the erthe BEFH. " in E pr. m. a Om. A. 

and A pr. m. DEFGLMNPQRSUWXU?. P to his K sec. m. 1 and CGIK. r to his K sec. m. ' the 
3atis i. t that i. u the sone i. v Thesbithes i. w Hely i. * that i. y haue comaundid i. 
* Hely i. that i. b and in i. c And i. d Hely i. e haue comaundid i. f Hely i. 8 bringe it i. 
bringe him natir K. 



216 



III. KINGS. 



XVII. 12 21. 



she brynge to, he criede bihynde the bak 
of hir, seiynge, Bryng to me, I beseche, 
and a morsel of breed in thin hoond. 

12 The which answerde, The Lord thy God 
lyueth, for I haue not breed, but as myche 
as an handful may take of mele in a 
stene, and a litil of oyle in an oyle ves- 
sel ; loo ! I gedre stikkis, that I goo yn, 
and make it to me, and to my sone, that 

13 we eten and dien. To whom seith He- 
lias, Wole thou not drede, but go, and 
do as thow hast seid ; neuerthelater to 
me first make of that litil mele a litil loof, 
baken vndre the* asshen u , and bryng to 
me ; forsothe to thee and to thi sone 

14 thou shalt make afterward. Thes thingis 
forsothe seith the Lord God of Irael, 
The stene of mele shal no3t fayle, ne the 
vessel of oyle shal not be mynushid, vnto 
the day in the which the Lord is to 3yue 

isreyn vpon the face of the erthe. The 
which wente, and dide after the word of 
Helye ; and he ete, and she, and hir v 

is hows. And fro that dai the steen of mele 
failide not, and the vessel of oile is not 
mynushid, after the word of the Lord, 
that he hadde spokyn in the hoond of 

17 Helye. It is doon forsothe after thes 
wordis, the sone of an huswijf womman 
wexe sijk, and the langour was moost 
strong, so that there lafte not in hym 

isbreeth. Thanne she seide to Helias, 
What to me and to thee, thou man of 
God? Thou wentist into me, that my 
wickidnesses shulden be remembrid, and 

19 thou shuldist slee my sone. And Helias 
seith to hire, 3if to me thi sone. And 
he took him fro hir bosum, and bare 
in to the sowping place, where he dwell- 
ide ; and putte hym vpon his litil bed. 

20 And he criede to the Lord, and seide, 
Lord, my God, also whether the widowe, 
anentis whom Y }it am susteyned, thou 
hast tourmentid, that thow slee the sone 

21 of hire ? And he sprade out hym self, 



criede bihynde hir bac, and seide, Y bi- 
seche, bringe thou to me also a mussel of 
breed in thin hond. And sche answeride, 12 
Thi Lord God lyueth, for Y haue no 
breed, no but as myche of mele in a pot, 
as a fist may take, and a litil of oile in a 
vessel ; lo ! Y gadere twei stickis, that Y 
entre, and make it to me, and to my sone, 
that h we ete and die. And Elie seide to is 
hir, Nyle thou drede, but go, and make 
as thou seidist ; netheles make thou firste 
to me of that litil mele a litil loof, bakun 
vndur the' aischisj, and brynge thou k to 
me ; sotheli thou schalt make afterward 
to thee and to thi sone. Forsothe the u 
Lord God of Israel seith thes thingis, 
The pot of mele schal not faile, and the 
vessel of oile schal not be abatid, til to 
the dai in which the Lord schal 3yue reyn 
on the face of erthe 1 . And sche 3ede, and is 
dide bi the word of Elie ; and he m eet, 
and sche, and hir hows. And fro that dai 16 
the pot of mele failide not, and the vessel 
of oile was riot abatid, bi the word of the 
Lord, which" he hadde spoke in the hond 
of Elie. Forsothe it was doon aftir these 17 
wordis, the sone of a womman hosewijf 
was sijk, and the sijknesse was moost 
strong, so that breethP dwellide not in 
hym. Therfor sche seide to Elie, What 18 
to me and to thee, thou man of God ? 
Entridisti thou to me, that my wickid- 
nessisii schulden be remembrid, and that 
thou schuldist sle my sone ? And Elie 19 
seide to hir, 3yue thi sone to me. And 
he took 'that sone* fro hir bosum, and bar 5 
in to the soler, where he dwellide ; and he 
puttide* hym on his bed. And he criede 20 
to the Lord, and seide, My Lord God, 
whether thou hast turmentid also the wi- 
dewe, at" whom Y am susteyned in al 
maner, that thou killidist hir sone ? He v 21 
sprad abrood hym silf, and mat w on the 
child bi thre tymes ; and he cryede to the 
Lord, and seide, My Lord God, Y biseche, 



1 Om. CEFJI . n askes c. v his A. w lest E pr. m. 

^ and i. i Om. DoiKMNOQwb9. J aisshen G. k thou it i. l the erthe i. 
ful i. P the breeth i. q Hast thou entrid i. 11 wickidnesse CL. r it i. 
u anentis i. v Hely i. w was metid up i. maat L. 



m Hely i. 
8 bar it i. 



n that i. 
t putte i. 



XVII. 22 XVIII. 8. 



III. KINGS. 



217 



and mesurede vpon the child thre sithis, 
and criede to the Lord, and seith, Lord 
my God, the soule of this child, Y be- 
seche, be turned a3en into the bowels of 

22hym. And the Lord herde the voys of 
Helias, and the soule of the child is 
turned a3en with ynne hym, and he a3en 

23quikenyde. And Helias took the child, 
and putte it doun fro the sowpyng place 
in to the nedre hows, and took to his 
moder ; and he seith to hire, Lo ! thi 

24sone lyueth. And the womman seide to 
Helias, Now in this Y haue knowe, for 
the man of God thow ert, and the word 
of God in thi mouth is sothe. 

CAP. XVIII. 

1 Aftir manye dais the word of the Lord 
is doo to Helias, in the thridde 3eer, sei- 
ynge, Go, and shewe thee to Achab, that 
I jeue reyn vpon the face of the erthe. 

2 Thanne Helias wente that he shewe hym 
to Achab ; forsothe there was hidows 

3 hungre in Samarye. And Achab clepide 
Abdiam, the stiward of his hows ; for- 
sothe Abdias dradde the Lord God of 

4 Yrael myche. For whanne Jesabel shulde 
slee the prophetis of the Lord, he took 
an hundrid prophetis, and hidde hem, 
fifti and fifti, in dennys, and he fedde 

ohem with breed and water. Thanne 
Achab seide to Abdias, Go in to the 
loond, to alle the welles of watris, and 
into alle valeis, if peradventure we mowen 
fynde herbe, and saue hors and mulis; 

e and the beestis fulli dien not. And thei 
deuydeden the regiouns to x hem self, 
that thei goon about hem ; Achab wente 
bi o weye, and Abdias bi another, aside. 

7 And whanne Abdias was in the weie, 
Helias a3en cam to hym ; the which 
whanne he hadde knowen hym, he felle 
vpon his face, and seith, Whethir thou 

s art my lord Helias? To whom he an- 
swerde, Y. And he seide, Go, and sey 



the soule of this child turne a3en in to the 
entrailis of hym. The Lord herde the 22 
vois of Elie, and the soule of the child 
turnede a3en with ynne hym, and he 
lyuede a3en. And Elie took the child, 23 
and puttide* hym doun of the soler in to 
the lower hows, and bitook him? to his 
modir ; and he seide to hir, Lo ! thi sone 
lyueth. And the womman seide to Elie, 24 
Now in this Y haue knowe, that thou art 
the z man of God, and the word of God a 
is soth in thi mouth. 



CAP. XVIII. 

Aftir many daies the word of the Lord i 
was maad to Elie, in the thridde 3eerf, 
and seide, Go, and schewe thee to Achab, 
that Y 3yue reyn on b the face of erthe c . 
Therfor Elie 3ede to schewe hym silf d to 2 
Achab; forsothe 6 greet f hungur was in 
Samarie. And Achab clepide Abdie, dis-3 
pendere^, ether 1 * stiward, of his hows ; for- 
sothe Abdie dredde greetli the Lord God 
of Israel. For whanne Jezabel killide the 4 
prophetis of the Lord, he took an hundrid 
prophetis, and hidde hem, bi fifties and 
fifties, in dennes, and fedde hem with 
breed and watir. Therfor 1 Achab seide 5 
to Abdie, Go thou in to the lond, to alle 
wellis k of watris, and in to alle valeis, if 
in hap we moun fynde gras, and saue 
horsis and mulis ; and werk beestis pe- 
rische not outirli. Therfor 1 thei depart- e 
iden the cuntreis to hem silf, that thei 
schulden cumpasse tho; Achab 3ede bi o 
weye, and Abdie 3ede bi another weie, 'bi 
hym silf 1 ". And whanne Abdie was in 7 
the weie, Elie mette hym ; and whanne 
he hadde knowe Elie, he felde on his face, 
and seide, Whethir thou art my lord Elie? 
To whom he answeride, Y am. And Elie 
seide, Go thou, and seie to thi lord, Elie 



tin the Ihriddr 
yeer; this trim- 
is rekenyd fn> 
the goyng out 
of Klie fro the 
lond of Israel ; 
and fro the 
forbeding of 
reyn, til to hi> 
goyng out, 
pauiden vi. 
monethis and 
more ; for he 
was hid longr 
in the stronde 
of Saritb, so 
that of the 
drienease of 
tyme the 
stronde was 
dried, bifor 
that he jede 
awey, as it is 
arid in xvij. < . 
bifore. For 
James seith 
in v. c. that 
Elie preiede, 
and it reyn- 
ede not bi iii. 
jeer and vi. 
monethis. Lire 
here. c. 



31 Of A. 

* putte i. J Om. plures. ".!, 'the Lord A. upon i. c the erthe i. d Om. oiKMNoab?. 
certisi. fa greet K. e the dispendere i. Om. c. hQm.c. ' Thanne i. k the wellis I. And i. 
m aside halff i. 

VOL. II. F f 



218 



III. KINGS. 



XVIII. 9 21. 



9 to thi lord, Helias is nee^. And he, 
What haue I synned, he seith, for thou 
takist me, thi seruaunt, in the hoond of 

loAchab, that he slee me? The Lord thi 
God lyueth, for there is not folk or 
rewme, in the whiche my lord hath not 
sent, sechynge thee ; and alle men answer- 
ynge, He is not here, he hath adiurid alle 
rewmes "and folkis?, for thi that thou art 

11 not foundun ; and now thou seist to me, 
Go, and sey to thi lord, Helie is nei3. 

12 And whanne I shal goo aweye fro thee, 
the Spiryt of the Lord shal here thee 
aweye into a z place that I knowe not; 
and Y goon yn, shal telle to Achab, and 
not fyndynge thee, he shal slee me ; thi 
seruaunt forsothe dredith the Lord fro 

is his 3ongth. Whethir is it zz not shewid 
to thee, my lord, what I haue doon, 
whanne Jesabel shulde slee the prophetis 
of the Lord, that I hidde of the prophetis 
of the Lord an hundrid men, fifti and 
fifti, in dennys, and fedde hem with breed 

uand water? And now thow seist, Go, 
and sey to thi lord, Helye is nei3, that 

is he slee me. And Helyas seide, The 
Lord of oostis lyueth, before whos cheer 
I stonde, for to day Y shal apere to hym. 

icThanne Abdias wente into the* ajen 
comynge of b Achab, and shewide to hym ; 
and Achab cam into the c a3en comynge 

17 to Helye. And whanne he hadde seen 
hym, seith, Whether art thou not he, that 

ladisturblist Irael? And he seith, I haue 
not disturblid Irael, but thow, and the 
hows of thi fader, that hast forsakyu the 
hestis d of the Lord, and 30 ban folowid 

loBaalym. Neuerthelater now send, and 
gadre to me al Yrael, in the hil of Car- 
mele, and the prophetis of Baal foure 
hundrid and fifti, and the prophetis of 
mawrnet wodis foure hundrid, that eten 

20 of the bord of Jezebel. Achab sente to 
alle the sonys of Yrael, and gaderide the 

21 prophetis in the hil of Carmele. For- 



t all retemet ; 
this is vndir- 
stondun of 



Elie were 
foundun in the 
lond, he schulde 
be taknn, and 
sent to him. 
Lire here. c. 



is present. And Abdie seide, What'syn-9 
nede Y", for thou bitakist me in the hond 
of Achab, that he sle me ? Thi Lord God 10 
lyueth, for no folk ethir rewme is, whidur 
my lord, sekynge thee, sente not ; and 
whanne alle men answeriden, He is not 
here, he chargide? greetli alle rewmesf 
and folkis, for thou were not foundun ; 
and now thou seist to me, Go"}, and seie ton 
thi lord, Elie is present'. And whanne 12 
Y schal departe fro thee, the Spirit of the 
Lord schal here thee awey in to a place 
which 3 Y knowe not ; and Y schal entre, 
and V Y schal* telle to Achab, and he schal 
not fynde thee, and he schal sle me ; for- 
sothe u thi seruaunt dredith the Lord fro 
his 3ong childhod. Whether it is not 13 
schewid to thee, my lord, what Y dide, 
whanne Jesabel killide the prophetis of 
the Lord, that Y hidde of the llu prophetis 
of the Lord an hundrid men, bi fifty and 
bi v fifti, in dennes, and Y fedde hem with 
breed and watir ? And now thou seist, u 
Go, and seie to thi lord, Elie is present w , 
that he sle me. And Elie seide, The Lord is 
of oostis lyueth, bifor whos si3t Y stonde, 
for to dai Y schal appere to hym x . Ther- 16 
for Abdie 3ede in to the metyng of Achab, 
and schewide? to hym ; and Achab cam 
in to the meetyng of Elie. And whanne 17 
he hadde seyn Elie, he seide, Whether 
thou art he, that disturblist Israel ? And is 
he z seide, Not Y disturble Israel, but thou, 
and the hows of thi fadir^:, whiche a ban 
forsake the comaundementis of the Lord, 
and sueden b Baa}ym,*disturbliden Israel*. 
Netheles now sende thou, and gadere to 19 for thi 

Lire here. c. 

me al Israel, in d the hil of Carmele, and 

foure 6 hundrid and fifti prophetis of Baal, 

and foure hundrid prophetis of woodis f , 5 profetis of 

that eten of the table of Jezabel. Achab 20 O f idols' in the ' 

sente to alle the sones of Israel, and ga- 

deride prophetis^ in the hil of Carmele. 

Forsothe Elie nei3ede to al the puple of 21 

Israel, and seide, Hou long halten 30 in 



thou and the 
hows of thi fa- 
dir i for the 
Lord sente 
this veniaunce, 



woodis. Lire 
here. c. 



y Om. E pr. m. z the A. zz Om. B. a Om. CB. D to CE. c Om. BCEFH. d best 



n haue I synned i. 
certis i. uu tho 9. 



the kyng i. P hath chargid i. 1 Go thou c. r nyj i. 
v Om. IKORUX. w nyj i. x Achab i. y schewide it i. 



s that i. t Om. i. 
Hely i. a the 



whiche i. b suen i. c Om. i. d into i. e the foure i. f mawmet woodis i. Stogidre the prophetis i. 



XVIII. 22 ig. 



III. KINGS. 



219 



sothe Helie comynge ny3 to al the puple 
of Yrael, seith, How long halt je into 
two parties ? If the Lord is God, folwith 
hym ; forsothe if Baal, folwith hym. 
And the puple answerde not to hym a 

22 word. And eft Elias seith to the puple, 
I am laft a prophet of the Lord alone ; 
the prophetis forsothe of Baal foure hun- 
dryd and fifti, and the prophetis of maw- 

23 mete wodis ben foure hundrid. Be there 
jouen to vs two oxen ; and chese thei oon 
oxe, and hewynge in gobetis thei shulen 
leye vpon trees, forsothe fier vndurputen 
thei not ; and Y shal make anothir oxe, 
and putten vpon trees, and fier I shal 

24 not putte vndur. Inwardly clepe 30 the 
name of 3owre goddis, and I shal inwardly 
clepe the name of my God ; and God that 
herith bi the fier, he be God. Al the 
puple answerynge seith, Best the propo- 

25 sicioun, that Helias spac. Thanne Helias 
seide to the prophetis of Baal, Chesith 
to 3ou an oxe, and doth first, for 36 ben 
moo ; and inwardli clepith the namys of 
3oure goddis, and puttith not vndir fier. 

26 The whiche whanne thei hadden take 
the oxe, that he 3af hem, thei diden, and 
inwardli clepiden the name of Baal, fro 
erly vnto myddai, seiynge, Baal, here vs ! 
And there was not voys that shulde an- 
swere ; and thei skipten ouer the auter, 

27 that thei maden. And whanne now was 
myddai, Helye scornyde to hem, seiynge, 
Crieth with a more voys, forsothe 3oure 
god is e , and perauenture with another he 
spekith, or in a turnynge in place, or in 
the weye, or certis he slepith, that he be 

28 wakid. Thanne thei crieden with a greet 
voys, and thei cuttiden hem self, after 
her rijt, with sheens and litil launcis, to 
the tyme that thei weren alle beshed 

29 with blood. Forsothe aftir that mydday 
was passid, and hem propheciynge, the 



to twey partis ? If the Lord is Godf, sue t </<* Lord 
5 e hym ; forsothe' if Baal it God, sue 3 e 
hym. And the puple arisweride not o 

visible myraclr, 

word to hym. And Elie seide eft to the 22 th ' Ood f i- 
puple, Y dwellide f aloone a prophete of God. and not 



the Lord ; sothelis the prophetis of Baal 
ben foure hundrid and fifti, and the pro- 
phetis of woodis 11 ben foure hundrid men. Lire *" c - 
Tweyne oxis be 3ouun to us ; and chese 23 
thei oon oxe, and thei schulen kitte in to 
gobetis, and schulen' putte k on trees', but I ufier, ouui 
putte thei not fier vndur; and Y schal wLtTthe*'acri 
make the tother oxe in to sacrifice, and Y jj 081 Lire Hen 
schal putte m on the trees , and Y schal $ and ukanne 

thei hadden 

not putte fier vnder. Clepe 3eP the namePP 24 take the <at , 
of 3oure goddis, and Y schal clepe the Lls i ** 



name of my God ; and the God that herith 
bi fier^t, be he God. And al the puple 

compellid of 

answeride, and seide, The resoun is best, th f P"? 1 * to * 
' which resoun* Elie spak 8 . Therfor Elie 25 pmieden the 
seide to the prophetis of Baal, Chese 3e IrfEn", and" for 
oon 1 oxe to 3ou, and make 30 first", for 36 in^e^we" 
ben the mo ; and clepe 30 the names of of . th f feend, 

which may du 

3oure goddis, and putte 36 not fier vnder. iche thingis, 

, , , whanne he is 

And whanne thei v hadden take the oxe, 26 suffrid of God. 
whom w Elie 3af to hem ||, thei maden sacri- 2? * *" 
fice, and clepiden* the name of Baal, fro SSfnStete 
the morewtid 'til to>" myddai z , and seiden, to come doun 

fro heuene, as 

Baal, here vs ! And no vois was, nether it is had in 
ony that answerd"; and thei b skippiden Apo&.andin 
ouer the auter, which c thei hadden maad. depi^^ hem, 
And whanne it was thanne myddai, Elie 27 f he . f< ?. d **** 

liyk thing in 

scornede hem, and seide, Crie 36 with another tyme. 

, , . Lire here. c. 

gretter vois, for d Baal is 3oure god, and \\uhomEiityif 
in hap he spekith with an other, ethir he ^ e oxe' ch<un 



is in a herborgerie, ether in weie e , ether 

certis he slepith, that he be reisid f . Ther-28( .hem, and 

. hiade him vn- 

for thei crieden with greet vois, and thei dur the mentei 

.,,.,, , , of Elie, for the 

kerueden* hem silf with knyues and laun- w i a o D g of 
cetis, bi h her custom, til thei weren bisched %~ff* 
with blood. Sotheli 1 after that mydday 29 *% 
passide, and while thei prophesieden k , the faise nras e of 

idolatne, an 

tyme cam, in which the sacrifice is wont 



e is besye A. 

e and i. ( haue dwellid i. g and i. h the mawmet woodis i. ' Om. IL. k putte it i. ! wode i. 
o wode i. P 36 thanne l. PP names i. 1 fieifallinge doun l. 



of truthe of 
Goddis wur- 
schiping. Lire 

her,, c . 



m putte it i. n upon i. 



spoken i. ' an i. " first \oure sacrifice i. v the prophetis i. " that i. * ynwardly clepiden i. J vnto i. 

rsothe i. e the weie i. 



the mydday i. 
up i. e kitten 



herde A pr. m. BCU. b the prophetis i. that i. d forsothe 
h after i. ' But i. k prophesieden, or preieden i. 

Ff 2 



220 



III. KINGS. 



XVIII. 30 39. 



tyme was f comen, the which is wont 
sacrifice to be offrid, and vois is not herd, 
ne eny man answerde, ne took heed to 

so the praiynge. And Helye seide to al& the 
puple, Cometh to me. And the puple 
neijynge to hym, he curede the auter of 

31 the Lord, that was destruyed. And he 
took twelue stonus, after the noumbre of 
the lynagis of the sonys of Jacob, to 
whom the word of the Lord is maad, 

32seiynge, Yrael shal be thi name. And 
he beeldide vp an auter of stonus, in 
name of the Lord, and he made a water 
cundid, as by two litil forwis in enuy- 

33 roun of the auter. And he putte togidre 
the wode, and he deuydide bi membris 

34 the oxe, and leide vpon the wode, and 
seith, Fillith foure stenys with water, 
and heeldith vpon the brent sacrifice, 
and vpon the wode. And eft he seide, 
Also the secounde doth this. The which 
whanne thei hadden doo the secounde, 
he seith, Also the thridde that same 
thing doth ; and thei diden the thridde. 

35 And the watris runnen aboute the auter, 
and the dijch of the water cundid is 

36fillid. And whanne now was tyme, that 
brent sacrifice shulde be offred 1 ', the pro- 
phete Helias comynge ny3 seith, Lord 
God of Abraham, and of Ysaac, and of 
Yrael, to day shew for thow art God of 
Yrael, and Y thi seruaunt, and after thin 

3?heest haue 1 doon alle thes wordis. Here 
me, Lord ; here me, Lord ; that this pu- 
ple lerne, for thou art Lord God, and 
thou hast conuertid the herte of hem eft- 

38 sonys. Forsothe the k fijr of the Lord 
felle, and deuowride 1 the brent sacrifice, 
and the wode, and the stonus, forsothe 
the powdre, and the water that was in 

so the water cundid lickynge. The which 
thing whanne al the puple hadde seen, 



t twey litle 
tlichis, etc. ; in 



lie 



to be offrid, nether vois was herd 'o/* her 
goddis 1 , nether ony answeride, nether per- 
ceyuede hem preiynge. Elie seide to also 
the puple, Come 36 to me. And whanne 
the puple cam to him, he arrayede the 
auter of the Lord, that was distried. Andsi 
he took twelue stonys, bi the noumbre 
of m lynagis of sones" of Jacob , to which? 
Jacob the word of the Lord was maad, 
and seide, Israel schal be thi name. And 32 
he - bildide an auter of stonys r , in the 
name of the Lord, and he made a ledyng 
to 8 of watir, Aether a dich w , as bi x twei 
litle dichisFf in the cum pas of the auter. 
And he dresside trees z , and he departide 33 Ebreu it 7 S 
the oxe bi membris, and puttide a on b the 
trees c , and seide, Fille 36 foure pottis with 34 
watir, and schede d 3e e on f the brent sacri- 
fice, and on& the trees h . And eft he seide, 
Also the secounde tyme do 36 this. 'And 
thei diden' the secounde tyme. And k he 
seide, Do 36 the same thing 1 the thridde 
tyme ; and thei diden the thridde tyme. 
And the watris runnen aboute the auter, 35 
and the dich m of ledyng to n 'of watir was 
fillid. And whanne the tyme was thanne,36 
that the brent sacrifice schulde be offrid, 
Elye the prophete nei3ede, and seide, Lord 
God of Abraham^, of Isaac, and of Israel, 
schewe thou to dai that thou art God of 
Israel, and that Yam thi seruaunt, and 
haue do alle these wordis bi thi comaunde- 
ment. Lord, here thou me ; Lord, here 37 

I'ujue. x*i f/Jt 

thou me ; that this puple lerne, that thou comattndement f 

T ^ in offringe in 

art the Lord God, and that? thou hast h.> piacis with 

conuertid eft the herte of hem. Sotheliss"! 

fier of the Lord felde doun ., and deuouride 

brent 1 " sacrifice, and 8 trees 4 , and stonus", 

and lickide v vp also the poudre, and the 

water that was in the 'leding of water w . 

And whanne al the puple hadde seyn this, 39 

it x felde in to his face, and seide, The Lord 



so myche seed 
myjte be sowun 
withynne the 
cumpas of the 
forow, as Rabi 
Salomon seith. 
Lire here. c. 



t Lord God of 
Abraham, etc.; 
me bileneth 
that Elie made 
this preyer an 
hij, that the 
puple myjte 
here, to the 
onour of God, 
and to the con- 



is A. e Om. A. h brent A. > Y haue E pr. m. k Om. A. l vowrede CE. 



ing of the 
temple; which 
thing was vn- 
leueful, no but 
of special dis- 
pensacioim of 
God, which 

in this poynt, 
and the Lord 
schewide this, 
bi fier comynge 
doun on the 
brent sacrifice 
of him. Lire 
here. c. 



1 Om. i. 

stonys i. 



m and A. of the i. n the sones CEiKLiib. 

8 Om. AEO pr. m. w Om. i. x Om. i. 

D upon i. c wode i. " heelde i. e 36 it i. { upon i. e upon i. h wode i. 
hadden do i. k Om. i. ! thing also i. m ridde i. n Om. AEL. Om. GiKQb. 
thanne i. r the brent i. s Om. i. * the wode i. u the stonus i. v it lickide i. 
* the peple i marg. 



Israel M. P the which i. q Hely i. r thilke 
y forowis i. dikis s. z wode I. B putte it l. 
S upon i. h wode i. i Whiche whanne thei 
P Om. AELP. 1 doun 
w watir ridde i. 



XVIII. 40 XIX. 4- 



III. KINGS. 



221 



he felle in to his face, and seith, The 
Lord he is God ; the Lord he is God. 

40 And Helias seide to hem, Takith the m 
prophetys of Baal ; ne oon forsothe flee 
aweye of hem. Whom whanne thei had- 
den cau3t, Helie ladde hem to the streem 

4t of Syson, and slow3 hem there. And 
Helie seith to Achab, Sty vp, and eet, 
and drynk, for sown of myche reyn is. 

42 Achab stiede up, that he eete and dryrike; 
Helyas" forsothe stye3ede up into the hil 
of Carmel, and bowede into the erthe, 

43 putte his face betwixe his knees. And 
he seide to hys child, Stye vp, and behold 
a3ens the see. The whiche whanne he 
hadde styed vp, and lokid, seith, Ther 
is no thing. And eft he seith to hym, 

44 Turn a3en seuen sithis. Forsothe in the 
seuenthe sijth, loo ! a litil clowde as the 
step of a man stiede vp fro the see. The 
which seith, Sty vp, and sey to Achab, 
loyn thi chare, and cum down, lest reyn 

45 before ocupye thee. And whanne thei 
hadden turned hem self hidir and thidir, 
loo ! heuenes ben derkid, and clowde, and 
wynde, and there is maad a greet reyn. 
And so Achab stiynge vp wente into 

46 Jezrael ; and the hoond of the Lord was 
vpori Helias, and the reynys gird, he 
ranne before Achab, to the tyme that he 
cam into Jezrael. 

CAP. XIX. 

i Achab forsothe toolde to Jezabel alle 
thingis that Helias hadde doon, and what 
maner wise he hadde slayn alle the pro- 

2phetis of Baal bi swerd. And Jezabel 
sente a messager to Helias, seiynge, Thes 
thingis doon to me goddis, and thes 
adden, but this our to morwe I shal putte 

3 thi lijf as the lijf of oon of hem. Thanne 
Helias dradde, and risynge wente whidir 
euer the wil bare hym ; and he cam into 
Bersabe of Juda, and lafte his child 

4 there ; and wente into desert, the weye 



he is God ; the Lord he is God. And 40 
Elie seide to hem, Take 30 the prophetis 
of Baalf ; not oon sotheli ascape of hem. 
And whanne thei hadden take hem, Elie 
ledde hem to the stronde of Cison, and 
killide hem there. And Elie seide 
Achab, Stie thou?, ete, and drynke, for 
the sown of myche reyn is z . Achab stiede* 42 thwfo 
to ete and drynke ; forsothe b Elie stiede c 
in to the hil of Carmele, and he settide d 



t takevttlit 
profelu of 
Baal, Elieuj 



lowli his face to the erthe, bitwixe hise thepupi*,i 

Jezabel tchuMr 

knees ; and seide to his child, Stie thou e , 43 indme the 

and biholde f a3ens the see. And whanne bond' and u~ 

he hadde stieds, and hadde 11 biholde, he 

seide, No thing is. And eft Elie seide 

tohym,Turne thou a3en bi' seuene tymes. 

Sotheli k in the seuenthe tyine, lo ! a litil 44 

cloude as the step of a man stiede 1 fro the 

see. And Elie seide, Stie thou m , and seie 

to Achab, loyne thi chare, and go doun, 

lest the reyn byfor ocupie thee. And 45 

whanne thei n turneden hemP hidur and 

thidur, lo ! heuenes weren maad derk, and 

cloud% and wynd, and greet reyn was 

maad. Therfor Achab stiede r , and 3ede 

in to Jezrael ; and the bond of the Lord to 

was maad on 8 Elie, and whanne the* 

leendis Weren gird, he ran bifor Achab, 

til he cam in to Jezrael. 



CAP. XIX. 

Forsothe Achab telde to Jezabel allei 
thingis whiche u Elie hadde do, and how 
he hadde slayn by v swerd alle the pro- 
phetis of Baal. And Jezabel sente a mes- 2 
sanger to Elie, and seide, Goddis do these 
thingis to me, and adde these thingis w , no 
but to morewe in this our Y schal putte 
thi lijf as the lijf of oon of hem. Therfors 
Elie dreddej, and roos, and 3ede whidur 
euer wille x bar hym ; and he cam in to 
Bersabe of Juda, and he lefte there his 
child ; and 3ede in to deseert, the weie of 4 



m alle the E pr. m. n and Helyas A sec. m. thes thingis B pr. m. 

y thou up, and i. z is nift i. a 3ede up i. b but i. c jede up i. d sette i. e thou up i. 
thou i. g stied up i. t Om. i. i Om. i. k And i. ' stiede up i. m thou up i. n men i. 
turned i. P hemselff i. 1 a cloud i. " stiede up i. s upon i. * his i. that i. 
to i. * his wille i. 



I Eli drtdde ; 
(icjd suffride 
him for to 
drede, by 
mannus freelte, 
Ictt he were 
reisid oner 
myche, of the 
stidefastnene 
bifor grange. 
Lire here. C. 



upon 



f biholde 
hadden 
w thingis 



222 



III. KINGS. 



xix. 513. 



of o day. And whanne he was comen, 
and satte vndir an yue tree, he askide to 
his soule, that he die ; and seith, Lord, it 
suffisith to me, tak awey my lijf; for- 
sothe ne I am betere than my faders. 
6 And he threwe hyin self doun, and slepte 
in the shadew of the yue tree. And loo ! 
the aungel of the Lord touchide hym, 

6 and seide to hym, Rijs, and eet. He 
biheelde, and loo ! at his heed a loof 
bakyii vndur asshen, and a vessel of 
water. Thanne he ete, and drank, and 

7 eft he slepte. And the aungel of the 
Lord is turned a3en the secounde, and 
touchide hym ; and heP seide to hym, 
Rijs, and eet ; forsothe a greet weye 

sfallith to thee. The which whanne he 
hadde rysen, ete, and drank ; and he 
wente in the strength of that meete 
fourti days and fourti ny3tisi, vnto the 

a hil of God, Oreb. And whanne he was 
comen thidir, he dwellide in the denne ; 
and loo ! the word of the Lord to hym, 
and seide to hym, What dost thow here, 

loHelyas? And he answerde, Bi loue I 
haue loued, for the Lord God of oostis ; 
for the sonys of Yrael han forsaken the 
couenaunt of the Lord ; thin auters thei 
han distruyed, and thi prophetis thei han 
slayn bi swerd ; and I am laft alone, and 
thei sechen my lijf, that thei doon it 

naweye. And he seith to hym, Go out, 
and stoond in the hil, before the Lord. 
And loo ! the Lord passith, and a greet 
wynde, and a r stroong, and turnynge vpse- 
doun hillis, and togidre broosynge stonus 
before the Lord ; not in the wynde the 
Lord. Also after the wynde quauynge ; 

12 not in the quauyng the Lord. And aftir 
the quauynge fijr ; not in the fier the 
Lord. And after the fier whistlynge of 

13 a thinne blast; there the Lord. The 
which thing whanne Helias hadde herd, 
he couerde his cheer with a mantil, and 
goon out, he stode in the dore of the 



o dai. And whanne he cam, and? sat 
vndir o iunypere tre, he axide to his 
soule, that he schulde die ; and he seide, 
Lord, it suffisith to me, take my soule ; 
for z Y am not betere than my fadris. And 5 
he castide forth hym silf, and slepte in the 
schadewe of the iunypere treef . And lo ! 
the aungel of the Lord touchide hym, and 
seide to hym, Rise thou, and ete. Hee 
bihelde, and, lo ! at his heed was a loof 
bakun vndur aischis a , and a vessel of 
watir. Therfor he b ete, and drank, and 
slepte eft. And the aungel of the Lord; 
turnede ajen the secounde tyme, and touch- 
ide hym ; and 'the aungel c seide to hym, 
Rise thou, and ete ; for a greet weie is to 
thee. And whanne he hadde rise, he ete, s 
and drank ; and he d jede in the strengthe 
of that mete bi e fourti dayes and fourti 
ny3tis, v til to f Oreb, the hil of God. And 9 
whanne he hadde come thidur, he dwell- 
ide in a denne ; and lo ! the word of the 
Lord *was maadz to him, and seide to 
hym, Elie, what doist thou here ? And 10 
he answeride, Bi feruent louej Y louede h 
feruentli, for the Lord God of oostis ; for 
the sones of Israel forsoken 1 the couenaunt 
of the Lord ; thei destrieden 1 ^ thin auters, 
and killiden 1 bi m swerd thi prophetis ; and 
Y am left aloone, and thei seken my lijf, 
that thei do it awei. And he n seide to n 
Elie, Go thou out, and stonde in the hil, 
bifor the Lord. And lo ! the Lord passith, 
and a greet wynde, and strong , turnynge 
vpsodoun hillis, and al to brekinge stonys 
bifor P the Lord ; not in the wynde ys 
the Lord. And aftir the wynd is a stir- 
ynge ; not in the stiryng is the Lord. 
AndPP aftir the stiryng is fieri ; not in the 12 
fier is the Lord. And aftir the fier is the r 
issyng of thinne wynd 8 ; there is the Lord. 
And whanne Elie hadde herd this, he is 
hilide his face with a mentil, and he 3ede 
out, and stood in the dore of the denne. 
And a vois spak to hym, and seide, Elie, 



f the iuuypere 
tre, which is 
a tre wcxynge 
in desert, whos 
schadewe ser- 
pentis fleen, as 
Plyneus seitli. 
Lire here. c. 



t feruent loue; 
that is, of al 
the herte. Lire 
here. c. 



P Om. A. 1 nyjt CE. r Om. CEFH. 

>' he i. z certis i. a askys L. b Hely i. c he i. d Hely i. e Om. DoiKMNOQSwb9. f vnto I. 
S Om. pltires. h haue loued i. i han forsake i. k han destried i. 1 killid i. m with i. n the Lord i. 
a strong i. P blowith before i. PP Om. s. q a fier i. r an i. s wynd, or brethinge softly i. 



XIX. 14 21. 



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223 



denne. And a vois seith to hym, seiynge, what doist thou here ? And he answeride, u 

Bi e feruent loue Y louede u feruentli, for 
the Lord God of oostis ; for the sones of 
Israel forsoken v thi couenaunt; thei dis- 
trieden w thin auteris, and thei killiden* 
biy swerd thi prophetis ; and Y am left 
aloone, and thei seken my lijf, that thei 
do it awey. And the Lord seide to hym, 15 
Go, and turne a3en in to thi weie, bi the 
deseert, in to Damask ; and whanne thou 
schalt come thidur, thou schalt anoynte 
Asahel kyng on z Sirie ; and thou schalt ie 
anoynte kyng on* Israel Hieu, the sone of 
Namsi ; sotheli b thou schalt anoynte pro- 
phete for thee, Elise, sone d of Saphat, 
which 6 is of Abelmeula. And it schal 17 
be, who euer schal fle the swerd of Asa- 
hel, Hieu schal sle hym ; and who euer 
schal fle the swerd of Hieu, Elise schal 
sle hym. And Y schal leeue to me in IB 
Israel seuene thousynde of men, of whiche 
the knees ben not bowid bifor Baal, and 
ech mouth that worschipide not hym, and 
kisside hond f f. Therfor Elie 3ede forth 
fro thennus, and foond Elise, sone? of Sa- 
phat, erynge in twelue 3ockis of oxis h ; and 
he was oon in the twelue 3ockis of oxys', 
erynge. And whanne Elie hadde come to 
hym, Elie castide his mentil on k hym. 



u What dost thou here, Helias? And he 
answerde, Bi loue I haue loued, for the 
Lord God of oostis; for the sonys of 
Yrael ban forsakyn thi couenaunt ; thin 
auters thei han distruyed, and thi pro- 
phetis thei han slayn with swerd ; and 
Y am lafte alone, and thei sechen my 

islijf, that thei don it awey. And the 
Lord seith to hym, Go, and turn a3en in 
to thi weye, hi deseert, into Damasch ; 
and whanne thou comest thidre, thow 
shalt anoynte Azael kyng vpon Syrye ; 

1C and Hieu, the sone of Nampsy, thou 
shalt anoynt kyng vpon Yrael ; Helisee 
forsothe, the sone of Saphat, that is of 
Abel Mewla, thow shalt anoynte 8 prophete 

17 for thee. And it shal be, who so euere 
fleeth the swerd of Azael, Hyeu shal 
sle hym ; and who so euere shal flee the 
swerd of Hieu, Helisee shal slee hym. 

is And I shal leeue to me in Yrael seuen 
thousand of men, of whom the knees ben 
not bowid before Baal, and al mouth 
that hath* not honourde hym, kyssynge 

19 the hoond. Thanne Helias goon forth 
thens, foonde Helisee, the sone of Saphath, 
erynge in twelue" 3ockis of oxen ; and he 
in the twelue 3ockis of oxen erynge was 
oon. And whanne Helias was comen to 

20 hym, he putte his mantil vpon him. The 
which anoon, the oxen laft, ranne aftir 
Helias, and seith, Kysse Y, I preye thee, 
my fader and my moder, and so I shal 
folwe thee. And he seide to hym, Go, 
and turn a3en ; forsothe that that was 

21 myn I haue doon to thee. And turned 
a3en forsothe fro hym, he took a peyr 
oxen, and slew3 it ; and in the plow) of 
oxen he sethide flesh, and )af to the 
puple, and thei eten ; and rysynge he 
wente, and folwide Helyas, and seruede 
to hym. 



t ** A**/,- 



rcnce then if, 
ether his ovine 
hond, as Job 
seith, If Y 
kisside myn 
hond, which 
is the moste 
n-ickidneae, 
that is idola- 

Which 1 ran anoon after Elie, whanne the 20 V*' c Lir ' 
oxis m weren left, and seide, Y preie thee, 
kysse Y my fadir and my modir, and so 
Y schal sue thee. And Elie seide to hym, 
Go thou, and turne a3en, for" Y haue do 
to thee that that was myn. 'Sotheli he 21 
turnede a3en fro Elie, and took tweineP 
oxis% and killide hemj; and with the ://* tittre 
plow of oxis r he sethide the fleischis s , and /*& pore men 
to the puple, and thei eeten ; and he" 



roof, and 3 ede, and suede Elie, and 'my- lEwutaSj 

nystride to w hym. %", 

i. 



9 noyntyn E. * han A. the twelue ABFII . 

t With i. u haue loued i. v han forsake i. w han destried i. * han killid i. y with i. * upon i. 
upon i b and i c a prophete i. d the sone ci. e that i. ' not his hond i. S the sone i. oxen r. 
i oxen i.' k upon i. 1 And he i. "> oxen i. " certis i. And Helisee i. P the two i. 
r the oxen i. oxen K. 8 fleish i. * jaf hem i. u Helisee i. v roos up i. w seruyde i 



224 



III. KINGS. 



XX. I 12. 



CAP. XX. 

I Benadab forsothe, kyng of Cyrye, ge- 
deride al his oost, and two and thretti 
kyngis with him, and hors, and charris ; 
and stiynge vp a3ens Samarye fau3t, and 

abesegide it. And sendynge messageris to 
Achab, kyng of Yrael, in to the citee, 

3 seith, Thes thingis seith Benadab, Thi 
siluer and thi gold is myyn, and thi 
wyues, and thi sones altherbest ben 

4 myyn. And the kyng of Irael answerde, 
Aftir thi word, my lord kyng, I am 

s thin, and alle miyn. And the messagers 
turnynge a3en seiden, Thes thingis seith 
Benadab, that sente vs to thee, Thi siluer, 
and thi gold, and thi wyues, and thi 

6 sonys thou shalt 3yue to me. To morwe 
thanne, this same hour, I shal sende my 
seruauntis to thee, and thei shulen 
aserchen thin hows, and the hows of 
thi seruauntis ; and al thing that to 
hem shal plese, thei shulen putte in her 

7hoondis, and taken aweye. The kyng 
of Yrael forsothe clepide alle the eldrys 
of the loond, and seith, Takith hede, and 
seeth, for he aspieth to vs ; forsothe he 
sente to me for my wyues, and sonys, 
and for siluer, and gold, and I forsooke 

s not. And alle the more thur3 birth seid- 
en, and al the puple to hym, Here thou 

not, ne assent thou to hym. And he 
answerde to the messageris of Benadab, 
Seith to my lord the kyng, Alle thingis 
for the whiche thou hast sent to me, thi 
seruaunt, in the bigynnynge I shal do; 

10 forsothe this thing I may not doo. And 
the messagers turned a3en, tolden alle 
thingis to hym. The which sente a3en, 
and v seith, Thes thingis doon to me goddis, 
and thes thingis adden thei, if the pow- 
dre of Samarye suffisith to the handfulles 

II of al the puple that folwith me. And 
answerynge the kyng of Yrael seith, 
Seith to hym, Ne glorye euenly the gird 

12 as the vngird. It is doo forsothe, whanne 
Benadab hadde herd this word, he drank, 



CAP. XX. 

Forsothe x Benadab, kyng of Sirye, ga- 1 
deride? al his oost, and two and thritti 
kyngis with hym, and horsis, and charis ; 
and he stiede z ajens Samarie, and fau3t, 
and bisegide it. And he sente messan-2 
gerisf to Achab, kyng of Israel, in to t 

1 J 5 for Achab sente 

the a citee, and seme, Benadab seith theses first messan- 



Bi 



thingis, Thi siluer and thi gold is myn, 
and thi wyues, and thi beste sones ben 
myn. And the kyng of Israel answeride,4 sueth - Lire 

here. c. 

thi word, my lord the" kyng, Y am 



thin, and alle my thingis *ben thine c . 
And the messangeris turneden a3en, and 5 
seiden, Benadab, that sente vs to thee, 
seith these thingis, Thou schalt 3yue to 
me thi siluer, and thi gold, and thi wyues, 
and thi sones. Therfor to morewe, in thisfi 
same our, Y schal sende my seruauntis to 
thee, and thei schulen seke thin hows, and 
the hows of thi seruauntis; and thei schulen 
putte in her hondis, and take awey al thing 
that schal plese hem. Forsothe the kyng 7 
of Israel clepide alle the eldere men of the d 
lond, and seide, Perseyue 36, and se, that 
he settith tresoun to vs ; for he sente to 
me for my wyues, and sones, and dd for 
siluer, and gold, and Y forsook not. And 8 
alle the gretter men in birthe, and al the 
puple seiden to hym, Here thou not, ne- 
ther assente thou to hym. And he e an-9 
sweride to the messangeris of Benadab, 
Seie 36 to my lord the f kyng, Y schal do 
alle thingis, for whiche thou sentist in the 
bigynnyng to me, thi seruaunt ; forsothe^ 
Y may not do this thing. And the mes- 10 
sangeris turneden a3en, and telden alle 
thingis to hym. Which 11 sente a3en, and 
seide, Goddis do these thingis to me, and 
adde these thingis 1 , if the dust of Samarie 
schal suffice to the fistis of al the puple 
that sueth me. And the kyng of Israel n 
answeride, and seide, Seie 36 to hym, A 
gird man, *that is, he that goith to batel k , 

i T . , . 

haue not glone euenh as a man vngird;. 
Forsothe 1 it was doon, whanne Benadab 12 



that 

is. as he that 

hath the vio- 



Om. A. 



armeris. Lire 
here, c. 



* Certis i. V gaderide togidere i. z stiede up i. a his i. b Om. I. c Qm. i. 
e Achab i. f Om. i. e but i. h The which i. ' thingis to i. k Om. i. l And i. 



that I. dd Om. i. 



XX. I 3 23- 



III. KINGS. 



225 



and the kyngis, in hiletis ; and he seith 
to his seruauntis, Enuyrounith the citee. 
13 And thei enuyrounden it. And loo! a 
prophet comynge ny3 to Achab, kyng of 
Yrael, seith to hym, Thes thingis seith 
the Lord God, Certis thow hast seen al 
this multitude ful myche ; loo ! I shal 
take it into thin hoond to day, that thow 

14 wite for I am a Lord. ' And Achab seith, 
Bi whom ? And he seide to hym, Thes 
thingis seith the Lord, Bi the foot folow- 
ers of the pryncis of prouyncis. And he 
seith, Who shal bigynne to fi3te. Arid 

15 he seide, Thow. Thanne he noumbride 
the children of the princis of v pro- 
uyncis, and he foimde the noumbre of 
two hundryd and two and thretti ; and 
he toolde after hem the puple, alle the 

lesones of Yrael, seuen thousand. And 
thei wenten out at mydday. Benadab 
forsothe drank drunken in his hilet, and 
kyngis two and thretti with hym, x the 
whiche w weren comen to the help of hym. 

17 Forsothe the children of the princis of 
prouyncis ben goon out in the first 
frount. And so Benadab sente, the which 
toolden to hym, seiynge, Men ben goon 

is out fro Samarye. And he seith, Whe- 
ther for pees thei comen, nymmeth hem 
on lyue ; whethir that thei 113 ten, takith 

19 hem on lyue. Thanne the children of 
the pryncis of prouyncis wenten out, and 

20 the tother oost folwide ; and echori x smoot 
the man that a3ens hym cam. And Cyris 
floowen, and Irael pursuede hem ; Bena- 
dab forsothe, kyng of Cyrye, flei3 in hors 

21 with his horsmen. Also the kyng of 
Irael goon out smoot hors and chaarys, 
and smoot Cyrye with a ful mych greet 

22 veniaunce. Forsothe a prophete nei3ynge 
to the kyng of Irael, seide to hym, Go, 
and tak coumfort, and wite, and se, what 
thow dost; forsothe the 3eer folowynge 
the kyng of Cyrye shal stey3e vp a3ens 

23thee. The seruauntis forsothe of the 



hadde herd this word, he drank, and the 
kyngis, in schadewyng places ; and he seide 
to hise seruauntis, Cumpasse 30 the citee. 
And thei cumpassiden it. And lo ! o pro- is 
phete nei3ede to Acab, kyng of Israel, and 
seide to hym, The Lord God seith these 
thingis, Certis thou hast seyn al this mul- 
titude ful greet ; lo ! Y schal bitake it in 
to thin bond to dai, that thou wite that 
Y am the" Lordf. And Achab seide, BiHt/A*L</, 
whom? And he seide to Achab, The ta 
Lord seith these thingis, Bi the squyeris '%"? ""* 
of the princes:): of prouynces. And Achab + <* j?uy. 
seide, Who schal bigynne to fi3te ? And prmee* ; that 
the prophete seide, Thou. Therfor 
noumbryde the children of the princes of 
prouynces, and he foond the noumbre of 

romynly. Kal-i 

twei hundrid and two and thretti ; and Salomon icith, 
aftir hem he 00 noumbride the puple, alle 
the sones of Israel, seuene thousynde. And i 
thei 3eden out in myddai. Forsothe Be- 



that herb! ben 



nadab drank, and was drunkun in his Israel > but 

weren jouim 

schadewyng place, and two and thretti ostachUto 

i -iU i. it, ii_ 1. i Achab; wherfor 

kyngis with hym, that camen to the help ; Ebreu it i. 

of hym. SotheliP the children of princesi 17 ^chiM^ of 

of prouynces 3eden out in the firste frount. P rinces of pro- 

Therfor Benadab sente men, whiche r telden * c. 

to hyrn, and seide, Men 3eden out of Sa- 

marie. And he seide, Whether thei comen is 

for pees, take 36 hem quyke ; whether to 

fi3te, take 36 hem quyke. Therfor the 19 

children of prynces 3 of prouynces 3eden 

out, and the residue oost suede ; and ech 20 

smoot the man that earn a3ens hym. And 

men of Sirie fledden, and Israel 85 pursuede 

hem ; also Benadab, kyng* of Sirie, fledde 

on an hors with his kni3tis. Also the 21 

king of Israel 3ede out, and smoot horsis 

and charis, and he smoot Sirie with a 

ful greet veniaunce. Forsothe a prophete 22 

nei3ede u to the kyng of Israel, and seide, 

Go thou, and be v coumfortid$, and wyte, 

and se, what thou schalt do ; for the kyng 

of Sirie schal stie w a3ens thee in the 3eer batei to com- 



suynge. Sotheli the seruauntis of the 23 



" 



v of the ABFII. w that c pr. m. * eche c. 

" and also i. n Om. DGIKMNOQSWX sec. m. b. squyeris, or the footmen i. Om. s. P And i. 

q the princes i. ' lo wite mho these roeren the whiche i. the prynces i. 

" nei3ede nyj i. T be thou K. w weende up i. 

VOL. II. G g 



226 



III. KINGS. 



XX. 24 31. 



kyng of Cyrye seiden to hym, The 
Goddis of hillis ben the^ Goddis of hem, 
therfor thei ban ouercomen vs ; but be- 
tere it is that we fi3ten a3ens hem in the 
wijlde feeldis, and we shulen weelde hem. 

24 Thow thanne do this word ; remeue alle 
the kyngis fro thin oost, and put princis 

25 for hem ; and restore the noumbre of 
knyjtis, that fellen of thin, and the hors 
aftir the hors before hadde, and the 
chaaris after the chaarys that thou had- 
dist before ; and we shulen fi3te a3ens 
hem in the wilde feeldis, and thou shalt 
seen, that we shulen weelde hem. He 
trowide to the counseil of hem, and dide 

20 so. Thanne after that 3eer was passid, 
Benadab noumbride Cyros, and stie3ede 
vp in to Affeth, that he fi3te a3ens Yrael. 

27 Forsothe the sones of Yrael ben noum- 
brid ; and metis takyn, wenten forth euen 
ajens, and thei setten teritis a3ens hem, 
as two litil flockis of geet. Ciries for- 

assothe fulfilliden the erthe. And nei3ynge 
oo man of God seide to the kyng of 
Yrael, Thes thingis seith the Lord God, 
For Cyries seiden, God of hillis is the 
Lord of hem, and he is not God of 
valeys, I shal 3yue al this greet multi- 
tude in thin hoond, and 36 shulen wite 

29 for I am a Lord. Dresseden seuen days 
forn a3ens thes and thei sheltruns ; for- 
sothe the seuenthe day the batail is doon, 
and the sones of Yrael smyten of Cyryes 
an hundrid thousand of foot men in o day. 

so Forsothe tho that laften flowen in to Af- 
feth into the citee, and the wal felle vpon 
seuen and twenti thousand of men that 
laften. Forsothe Benadab fleynge wente 
in to the citee, into the cowch that was 

:ii beside the bed place ; and his seruauntis 
seiden to hym, Loo ! we han herd that 
the kyngis of the hous of Yrael ben 
mercyable, and so putte we sackis in oure 
reens, and litil coordis in oure heedis, 



kyng of Sirie seiden to hym, The Goddis 
of hillis ben the Goddis of the sones of 
Israel, therfor thei ouercamen vs ; but it 
is betere that we fi3te a3ens hem in feeldi 
placis, and we schulen geet hem x . Ther-24 
for do thou this word? ; remoue thou alle 
kyngis fro thin oost, and sette thou princis 
for hem ; and restore thou the noumbre 25 
of kny3tis, that felden z of thine, and 
horsis 3 bi b the formere c horsis, and restore 
thou A charis, bi the charis whiche 6 thou 
haddist bifore ; and we schulen fi^te a3ens 
hem in feeldy places, and thou schalt se, 
that we schulen gete hem. He f bileuyde 
to the counsel of hem, and dide so. Ther- 20 
for after that the 3eer hadde passid, Be- 
nadab noumbride men of Sirie, and he 
stiedes in to Affech, to fi3te a3ens Israel. 
Forsothe the sones of Israel weren noum- 27 
brid ; and whanne meetis weren takun, 
thei 3eden h forth euene a3ens, and thei, as 
twey litle flockis of geet, settideu tentis 
a3ens men of Sirie. Forsothe men of Si- 
rie filliden the erthe'. And o prophete of 28 
God nei3edef, and seide to the kyng of 
Israel, The Lord God seith these thingis, 
For men of Sirie seiden, God of hillis is 
the Lord of hem, and he is not God of 
valeis, Y schal 3yue al this greet multi- 
tude in thin bond, and 36 schulen wite 
that Y am the k Lord. In 1 seuene daies29 
these and thei dressiden scheltruns euene 
a3ens m ; forsothe" in the seueuthe dai the 
batel was joyned togidere, and the sones 
of Israel smytiden of men? of Syrie an 
hundrid thousynde of i foot men in o dai. 
Forsothe r thei that leften fledden in to the3o adab " a " dl , 

puple, but sle 

citee of Affech, and the wal felde doun on s hem, for they 

. - , blasfemeden 

seuene and twenti thousynde of men that God. Lire 
leften. Forsothe Benadab fledde, and en- 
tride in to the citee, in to a closet that was 
with ynne a closet; and hise seruauntis 31 
seiden to him, We herden 1 that the kyngis 
of the hows of Israel ben merciful, therfor 



"t And o prof etc 
of God nei'jide ; 
thouj this pro- 
fete is not 
nemyd here, 
doctours bothe 
Latyns and 
IJbreys seyen, 
that he was 
Mycheas, simp 
of Romula. 



etc. ; men of 
Sirie weren 
ouercomun, for 
they blasfem. 
eden God, anil 
the profete 
seide that 
Achab schuldr 
not spare Ben- 



here. c. 



y Om. B. 



x hem there i. y word or counseil i. z felden or rveren sleyn i. a the horsis c. ^ aftir i. be s. 
c forme DEGMNQSW. forme of o. d the r. e that i. f Benadab i. S stiede up i. h wenten i. Uondi. 
k Om. GiKMNb9. 1 And i. m ajens ech oother i. n and i. smoten i. smeten EL. P the men i. 
q Om. A. r And i. * upon i. t han herd i. 



XX. 32 39- 



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227 



and goo we out to the kyng of Yrael; 
perauenture he shal saue oure lyues. 
32Thei girdedtn her reenes with sackis, 
and puttiden litil coordis in her heedis, 
and thei camen to the kyng of Yrael, 
and seiden to hym, Thi seruaunt Bena- 
dab seith, I preye thee, lyue my lijf. 
And he seith, If 3it he lyue z , my brother 

33 he is. The which the men token for the 
happi good word, and hastily thei ra- 
uyshiden the word of his mouth, and 
seiden, Thi brothir Benadab lyueth. And 
he seide to hem, Goth, and bryngith hym 
to me. Thanne Benadab wente out to 
hym, and he a reryde hym into his chaare. 

34 The which seide to hym, The citees that 
my fader took fro thi fader I shal 3eeld, 
and streetis make to thee in Damask, as 
my fader made in Samarye ; and I 
boundun to pees shal goo aweye fro thee. 
Thanne he couenauntide a boond of pees, 

35 and lafte hym. Thanne a maner man of 
the sones of prophetis seide to his felawe, 
in the word of the Lord, Smyit me. And 

36 he wolde not smyte. To whom he seith, 
For thow woldist not here the voys of 
the Lord, loo ! thou shalt goon a weye 
fro me, and a lioun shal smyte thee. And 
whanne he was goon aweye a litil fro 
hym, a lioun foond hym, and smoot hym b . 

37 But and another man fyndynge he seide 
to hym, Smyit me. The which smoot 

sa hym, and woundide. Thanne the pro- 
phete wente, and a3en cam to the kyng 
in the weye ; and he chaungide, hi spreng- 
ynge of powdre, the mouth and his eyen. 

39 And whanne the king was passid, he 
criede to the kyng, and seith, Thi ser- 
uaunt wente out K fro ny3 c to fi3te, and 
whanne o man was flowen, a maner man 
broirjte hym to me, and seith, Keep this 
man ; the which if were slyden aweye, 
thi lijf shal be for the lijf of hym, or a 



putte we sackis in oure leendis, and cordis 

in oure heedis, and go we out to the kyng 

of Israel ; in hap he schal saue oure lyues. 

Thei" girdiden v her leendis with sackis, 32 

and puttiden w coordis in her heedis, and 

thei camen to the kyng of Israel, and 

seiden to hym, Thi seruaunt Benadab 

seith, Y preye thee, lete* 'my soule lyuey. 

And he z seide, If Benadab lyueth 3it, he 

is my brothert. Which* thinsr b the c men 33 1 * * * 

,. ,-, . . <*; that U, 

of bine token for a graciouse word, and Y wde make 



rauyschiden d hastily the word of his mouth, 
and seiden, Thi brother Benadab lyueth. 
And Achab seide to hem, Go 36, and 
brynge 36 hym to me. Therfor Benadab 
3ede out to hym, and he reiside 6 Benadab 
in to his chare. 'Which Benadab f seide 34 
to hyms, Y schal 3elde the citees whiche 
my fadir took fro thi fadir, and make 
thou stretis to thee in Damask, as my 
fadir made in Samarie ; and Y schal be 
boundun to pees, and Y schal departe fro 
thee. Therfor he h made boond of pees', 
and delyuerede hym. Thanne sum k man 35 
of the sones of prophetis seide to his fe- 
lowe, in the word of the Lord, Smyte thou 
me. And he nolde 1 smyte. To Vhichese 
felowe he" seide, For thou noldist here 
the vois of the Lord, lo ! thou schalt go 
fro me, and a lioun schal smyte thee. And 
whanne he hadde go a litil fro hymP, a 
lioun foond hym, and slow3 liym^. But 37 
also the prophete foond another man, and 
he seide to that man, Smyte thou me. 
Which 1 " smoot him, and woundide him' 1 . 
Therfor the prophete 3ede t , and mette the" s 
kyng v in the weie ; and he chaungide his 
mouth and J3en w , by sprynging x of dustf. + 



And whanne the kyng hadde passid, he 39 Ebiw it u, he 



criede to the kyng, and seide, Thi ser- 

uaunt ?ede out to fi3te anoon, and whanne hi Clapping of 

a doth. Lire 

o man hadde fledde, sum? man brou3te hen. c. 
hym to me, and seide, Kepe thou this 



z lyueth CEF. 
vice. 



Om. E pr. m. b Om. BCEFH. c in comun E pr. m. afer sec. m. fro neej sec. 



i Thanne thei i. v girden c. w putten L. puttend E. * Om. plures. that EL. T lyue my lijf i. 
* Achab i. a The which i. * seiyng i. Om. EI. d thei rauyschiden i. e reiside up i. * And he i. 
? Achab i. h Achab i. ' pees with him i. * a i. ' wolde not i. m whom i. 
woldist not i. P the prophet i. 1 Om. plures. r And he i. 8 Om. plures. 
v kyng Achab i. w his i^en i. * sprengyng i. y a i. 

Gg2 



4 wente i. u Om. i. 



228 



III. KINGS. 



XX. 40 XXI. 6. 



40 talent of siluer thou shalt 3eelde. For- 
sothe while Y disturblid hidir and thidyr 
turnede me, feerly he aperide not. And 
the kyng of Yrael seith to hym, This is 

41 thi dome that thi self hast demyd. And 
he anoon wipide aweye the powdre fro d 
his face, and the kyng of Irael knewe 

42 him, that he was of the prophetis. The 
whiche seith to hym, Thes thingis seith 
the Lord, For thou hast laft a man wor- 
thi the deeth fro thin hoond, thi lijf shal 
be for the lijf of hym, and thi puple for 

43 his puple. Thanne the kyng of Irael 
turnede ajen 'in to e his hows, dispisynge 
to here, and ful of woodnes cam in to 
Samarie. 



CAP. XXI. 

1 Aftir thes wordis forsothe, in that 
tyme, there was a vyn to f Naboth Jez- 
raelite, that was in Jezrael, biside the 
paleys of Achab, kyng of Samarye. 

2 Thanne spak Achab to Naboth, seiynge, 
3if to me thi vyn 3erd, that I make to me 
a wort jerd, for it is ni3, and biside myn 
hows ; and I shal 3yue to thee for it a 
betere vyn jerd ; or if more profitable 
thow wenyst to thee, of siluer the prijs 

3 as myche as it is worth, I shal 3eue. To 
whom answerde Naboth, Merciful be to 
me the Lord, that I 3yue not the heri- 

4tage of my fadres to thee. Thanne 
Achab cam into his hows, endeynynge, 
and h grutchynge vpon the word that 
Naboth Jezraelite hadde spoken to hym, 
seiynge, I shal not 3yue to thee the heri- 
tage of my faders ; and throwynge hym 
self into his bed turnede aweye his face 

s to the wal, and eete not breed. Forsothe 
Jezabel, his wijf, wente into hym, and 
seide to hym, What is that, wherof thi 
soule is drery? and whi etist thou not 

e breed? The which answerde to hire, I 
spak to Naboth Jezraelite, and seide to 



thi Kyf scha 
" 



Lire hen - c - 



man ; and if he aschapith z , thi lijf schal be 

for his lijf*, ether thou schalt paye a 

talent of siluere. Sotheli while Y was 

blid, and turnede me hidur and thidur, 

sodeynly he apperide not. And the kyng 

of Israel seide to hym, This is thi doom 

which 8 thou hast demed. And anoon he 41 

wipide b aweyf the dust fro his face, and t and anoon he 

the kyng of Israel knew him, that he was 

of the prophetis. Which" seide to the kyng, 42 ij 

The Lord seith these thiiiffis. For thou bindin K fr 

face. Lire 

deliueridist fro thin bond a man worthi ** c. 
the d deeth, thi lijf schal be for his lijf, and 
thi puple ''schal be for his puple. Therfor43 
the kyng of Israel turnede a3en in to his 
hows, and dispiside to here f , and cam 
wod in to SamarieJ. 



CAP. XXI. 

Forsothe after these wordis, in that i 
tyme, the vyner of Naboth of Jezrael, 
'that was in Jezrael h , was bisidis the pa- 
leis of Achab, kyng of Samarye. Therfor 2 
Achab spak to Naboth, and seide, 3yue 
thou to me the 1 vyner k , that Y make to 
me 1 a gardyn of wortis, for it is ny3 m , 
and ny3 myn hows ; and Y schal 3yue to 
thee a betere vyner for it ; ethir if thou 
gessist it more profitable to thee, Y schall 
3yue n the prijs of siluer, as myche as it is 
worth. To whom Naboth answeride, The 3 
Lord be merciful to me, that Y 3yue not 
to thee the eritage of my fadris$. Ther-4 
for Acab cam in to his hows, hauynge 
indignacioun, and gnastyng on the word 
which Naboth of Jezrael hadde spoke to 
him, and seide, Y schal not 3yue to thee 
the eritage of my fadirs. And Achab 
castide doun him silf in to his bed||, and 
turnede awei his face to the wal, and ete 
not breed. ForsotheP Jezabel, his wijf, 5 
entride to hym, and seide to hym, What 
is this thing, wherof thi soule is maad 
sory ? and whi etist thou not breed ? 
Whichi answeride to hir, Y spak to Na-e 



J and cam 
wood in to Sa- 
marie; Jose- 
phus seith, that 
he killide the 
profete. Lire 
here. c. 



{ the eritage 
ofmyfadrii ; 
for priys, ether 
for other eri- 
tage, for tlu- 
lond of Israel 
was propirly 
Goddis himsilf, 
and it myjte 
not be seeld 
for euere, but 
onely til to the 



nether that was 
grauntid in the 
lawe, no but 
in nede, but 
Naboth was 
riche, and ther- 
for he was not 
compellid to 
si He his eritage; 
forsothe the 
king wolde 
haue it, for 
euerlastinge 
tyme. Lire 
here. c. 

|| in to his bed; 
for indigna- 
cioun and vn- 
pacience, and 
bi this it is 
opin, that the 



of A. 



to A. { in ABFH. 8 Om. A. h the A. 



wille, the 
feeldis of hise 
sugetis. Lire 
here. c. 



* ascapith awey i. that i. b vvipte DEKLwsxb^. The which I. d Om. i. O m. i. { here Goddis 
word i. g he cam i. h Om. i. > tin IK. k vynjeerd i. vyne D. 1 me therojf'i. m nyj to me i. n jyue 
thee i. that i. P And i. 1 The which i. 



XXI. 7 



III. KINGS. 



229 



hym, 3if to me thi vyn jerd, the monee 
takyn, or if to thee it plese, I shal jyue 
to thee a betere vyn 3erd for it. Arid he 
seith, I shal not 3yue to thee my vyn 

Tjerd. Thanne Jesabel, his wijf, seide to 
hym, Of greet autoryte thou art, and 
wel thou gouernyst the rewme of Yrael ; 
rijs, and eet breed, and in' euen ynwit be 
thow ; I shal 3yue to thee the vyn 3erd of 

s Naboth Jezraelite. And so she wroot 
lettris of the name of Achab, and signede 
hem with his rynge ; and sente to the 
more thur3 birth, and to the best, that 
weren in his cytee, that dwelliden with 

'J Naboth. Of the lettris forsothe this was 
the sentence ; Preche 30 fastynge, and 
makith Naboth to sitte among the first 

10 of the puple ; and vndirleye 366 two men, 
sonys of Belial, a3ens hym, and fals wit- 
nes seye thei, Naboth hath blessid God 
and the kyng ; and ledith hym out, and 

1 1 stonith, and so dye he. Thanne his cite- 
seens more thur3 birth, and the best that 
dwelliden with hym in the citee, diden 
as Jesabel hadde comaundid to hem, and 
as it was writen in the lettris, that she 

1 2 sente to hem. Thei prechiden fastynge, 
and maden Naboth to sitte among the 

is first of the puple; and two men brou3ten 
forth, sonys of the deuel, thei maden hem 
to sitte a3ens hym, and thei, that is, as 
deuels men, seiden a3ens hym witnes be- 
fore al the multitude, Naboth blesside 
God and the kyng ; for what thing thei 
ledden hym out of the citee, and with 

ustonus slowen k . And thei senten to Je- 
sabel, seiynge, Naboth is stoned, and is 

ndeed. It is doo forsothe, whanne Jesabel 
hadde herd Naboth stoned and deed, she 
spak to Achab, Rijs, weeld the vyn 3erd 
of Naboth Jezraelite, that wold not to 
thee assente, and 3yue it, the monee 
taken ; forsothe Naboth lyueth not, but 

ifihe is deed. The which thing whanne 



both of Jezrael, and Y seide to hym, 3yue 

thi vyner r to me for money takun, ethir 

if it plesith thee, Y schal 3yue to thee a 

betere vyner for it. And he seide, Y schal 

not3yue to thee my vyner 8 . Therfor Je-7 

zabel, his wijf, seide to hym, Thou art of* 

greet auctorite, and thou gouernest wel Is- 

rael ; rise thou, and etc breed, and be 

thou 'patient, ethir coumfortid"; Y schal 

3yue to thee the vyner of Naboth of Jez- 

rael. Therfor sche v wroot lettrisf in the s t * * 

name of Achab, and seelide tho with the thei'iie and' 



ryng of hym ; and sche sente to the gret- 

tere men in birthe, and to the beste men, *"* c- 

that weren in the citee of hym w , and 

dwelliden with Naboth x . Sotheliy this 9 

was the sentence of the lettre ; Preche 36 

fastyng, and make 30 Naboth to sitte 

among the firste men of the puple; andio 

sende 30 priueli twei men, the sones of 

Belial, a3ens hym, and sey thei fals wit- 

nessyng, Naboth blesside 15 God and the 

kvner a t ; and lede se out hym, and b stoon J ffatoth ue 

7 V j V t, " mif r L- * & God and 

36 mm c , and die he so. Therfor hise cite- 11 asking, that 
seyns, the grettere men in birthe, and the ,' 
beste men that dwelliden with hym in the 
citee, diden as Jezabel hadde comaundid, die thou ' for 

the orrour of 

and as it was writun in the lettris, whiche d cursing, Jewi. 

sche hadde sent to hem. Thei prechiden 1 2 bf 

fastyng, and maden Naboth to sitte among 

the firste men of the puple ; and whanne 13 

twey'men, sones of the deuel, weren brou3t, 

thei maden hem to sitte a3ens hym e , and 

thei, that is f , as men of the deuel, seiden 

witnessyng a3ens him bifor al the multi- 

tude, Naboth blesside God and the kyng ; 

for which thing thei ledden hym with out 

the citee, and killiden him* with stoonys. 

And thei senten to Jezabel, and seiden, \ 4 

Naboth is stoonyd, and is deed. Forsothe 15 

it was doon, whanne Jezabel hadde herd 

Naboth stonyd and deed, sche spak to 

Achab, Rise thou, take thou h in posses- 

sioun the vyner of Naboth of Jezrael, 



' Om. E pr. m. k slowen hym A. 

T vynserd i s vynserd i. * a L. u coumfortid ether patient CFMW. pacient or of euen ynmitt i. 
v Jezabel i. w Naboth i. him i. y And i. ^ hath blessid i. kyng, that is, hath cursid i. 
c Om.plures. d that i. e Naboth i. f is to mile i. e Om. plures. h Om. i. 



230 



III. KINGS. 



XXI. 17 26. 



Achab hadde herd, that Naboth 1 is deed, 
he roos, and cam doun into the vyn 3erd 
of Naboth Jezraelite, that he weelde it. 

17 Thanne the word of the Lord is doon to 

18 Helias Thesbites, seiynge, Rijs, and come 
down into a3en comynge to Achab, kyng 
of Irael, that is in Samarye ; loo ! to the 
vyn 3erd of Naboth he dessendide, that he 

19 weelde it. And thou shalt speke to hym, 
seiynge, Thes thingis seith the Lord God, 
Thow hast slayn, and furthermore 1 " thou 
hast weeldid ; and after thes thingis thow 
shalt adde, Thes thingis seith the Lord, 
In this place, in the which houndis lick- 
iden the blood of Naboth, shulen lick and 

aothi blood. And Achab seith to Helyas, 
Whether thow hast foundun me thin 
enemy ? The which seide, I haue found- 
en, forthi that thou be solde that thou 

21 doo yuel in the si3t of the Lord. Ther- 
for thes thingis seith the Lord, Loo ! I 
shal brynge yn yuel vpon thee, and I 
shal hewe of thin hyndirmoris, and slee 
fro Achab a pisser to the wal, and the 

22closid, and the last in Irael; and I shal 
3yue thin hows as the hows of Jeroboam, 
the sone of Nabath, and as the hows of 
Baasa, the sone of Achia ; for thou hast 
doon that thou terre me to wrath, and 

23 thou hast maad Irael to synne. But and 
of Jesabel the Lord hath spokyn, seiynge, 
Houndis shulen eete Jezabel in the fee'lde 

24 of Jezrael ; if Achab were deed in the 
citee, houndis shulen ete hym ; forsothe 
if he were deed in the feelde, foul is of 

2sheuene shulen ete hym. Therfor there 
was non other siche as Achab, that is 
sold that he do yuel in the si3t of the 
Lord ; forsothe Jezabel, his wijf, stiryde 

26 hym ; and abomynable is maad, inso- 
miche that he folwide the mawmettis 
that Amorreis maden, whom the Lord 
destruyde fro the face of the sonis of 



Lirehere - 



which 1 nolde k assente to thee, and 3yue it 

for money takun ; for Naboth lyueth not, 

but is deed. And whanne Achab hadde 16 

herd this, that is, Naboth deed 1 , he roos, 

and 3ede doun in to the vyner of Naboth 

of Jezrael, to haue itf in m possessioun. t' *', 

etc. ; for hisc 

Therfor the word of the Lord was maad 17 goodis weren 

to Elie of Thesbi, and seide, Rise thou, is 01 

go doun in to the comyng of Achab, kyng 

of Israel, which n is in Samarie ; lo ! he 

goith doxm to the vyner of Naboth, that 

he haue it in possessioun. And thouia 

schalt speke to hym, and 'thou schalt seie, 

The Lord GodP seith these thingis, Thou 

hast slaynij, ferthermore and thou hast 

take r in possessioun ; and aftir these 

thingis thou schalt adde s , In this place, 

wherynne doggis lickiden the blood of 

Naboth, thei schulen licke also thi blood. 

And Achab seyde to Elie, Whether thou 20 

hast founde me thin enemy? Which' Elie 

seide, Y haue founde v , for thou art seeld w $ $ for thou an 

that thou schuldist do yuel in the si3t of thin ' 

the Lord. Therfor the Lord seith these 21 

thingis, Lo ! Y schal brynge yn x on>' thee 

yuel, and Y schal kitte awey thin^ hyn- 

drere z thingis, and Y schal sle of Achab 

a pissere to the wal, and prisoned a , and 

the laste in Israel ; and Y schal 3yue thin 22 

hows as b the hows of Jeroboam, sone c of worshiping of 

caluys,as othere 

Naboth, and as the hows of Baasa, sone d kyngisi 



thou hast 
slayn ; for the 
lettris of the 
deth of Naboth 
weren maad 
and sent bi the 
knowing and 
will of Achab. 
Lire here. c. 






and possessioun 
of the biere, so 
Achab semyde 
al suget to idols, 
and seruynge 
to idols, madist 
Israel to do 



of Ahia ; for thou didist 6 to excite rne to 

wrathfulnesse, and madist Israel to do 

synne. But also the Lord spak of f Jeza- 23 **" c - 

bel, and seide, Doggis schulen ete Jezabel 

in the feeld of Jesrael ; if Achab schal -24 

die in the citee, doggis schulen ete hym ; 

sotheli if he schal die in the feeld, briddis 

of the eyr schulen ete hym. Therfor noon 25 

other was sich as Achab II, that was seeld II <* 

Achab; that is, 

to do yuel in the 813! of the Lord ; for in kingis bifor 
Jezabel his wijf excitide hym&; and hese7hTiv 
was maad abhomynable, in so myche that 

ing of Baal, at 
exciting of his 
wiyf. Lire 
here. C. 



1 Naboth Jezraelite E pr. m. m therfor ADFH. 



' that I. k wolde not i. 1 to be deed I. m in to co pr. m. n that i. Om. i. P Oni. CEL. <J slayn 
Naboth i. r take his vynyrd i. s adde to mo yuelis i. * And i. "Om. c. v founde thee so i. w sold 
to the deuel i. x Om. c. V upon i. V7 the D. 2 hyndere 1x9. a the prisoned i. b to be as i. c the 
sone i. d the sone i. e didist yuel i. f to i. g hym therto i. 



XXI. 27 XXII. 8. 



III. KINGS. 



231 



27 Yrael. And so whanne Achab hadde 
herd thes wordis, he kitte his clooth, and 
couerde his flesh with an heire, and he 
fastide, and slepte in a sak, and wente, 

28 the heed leyd doun. And the word of 
the Lord is maad to Helye Thesbite, 
seiynge, Whether hast thou not seen 
Achab mekyd before me? Thanne for 
he is mekid bi chesoim of me, I shal not 
brynge yn the yuel in the days of hym, 
but in the dais of his sone I shal brynge 
yn the yuel to the hows of hym. 



CAP. XXII. 

1 Three jeer thanne passiden ouer with 
outen batail bitwixe Cirye and Irael. 

2 Forsothe in the thridde 3eer Josaphat, 
kyng of Juda, cam doun to the kyng of 

3 Irael. And the kyng of Irael seyde to 
his seruauntis,Vnknowe 36, that Ramoth 
Galaad m is n oure, and we ben negligent 
to take it fro the hoond of the kyng of 

4 Cyrye ? And he seith to Josaphath, Shalt 
thou not come with me to fijt in Ramoth 

a Galaad? And Josaphath seide to the 
kyng of Irael, As Y am, so and thow ; 
my puple and thi puple ben oon, and mi 
horsmen and thi horsmen. And Josa- 
phath seide to the kyng of Irael, Seche, 
I praye thee, the word of the Lord to 

e day. Thanne the kyng of Irael gaderide 
the prophetis about foure hundrid men, 
and seith to hem, Shal I goo into Ramoth 
Galaad to fijte, or reste? The whiche 
answerden, Sty vp, and the Lord shal 

7 3eue it in the hoond of the kyng. Josa- 
phath foi-sothe seide, Is there not here 
eny man a prophete of the Lord, that 

H we asken bi hym ? And the kyng of 
Irael seith to Josaphat, There is laft o 
man, bi the which we mowen aske the 
Lord ; but and I haue hatid hym, for he 



he suede the ydols that Ammorreis 1 ' maden, 
which Ammorreis 1 the Lord wastide fro 
the face of the sones of Israel. Therfor27 
whanne Achab hadde herd these wordis, 
he to-rente his cloth, and hilide his fleisch 
with an hayre, and he fastide, and slepte 
in a sak, and 3ede with the heed cast 
doun. Thej word of the Lord was maad 28 
to Elie of Thesbi, and seide, Whethir thou 
hast not seyn Achab maad low bifor me? 
Therfor for he is maad lowf for the k 
cause of me, Y schal not brynge yn yuel 
in hise daies, but in the daies of his sone 
Y schal bryng yn yuel to his hows. 

CAP. XXII. 

Therfor thre 3eeris ! passiden with out ' 
batel bitwixe Sirie and Israel. Forsothe "2 
in the thridde 3eer Josephat, king of Juda, 
3ede doun to the kyng of Israel. And thes 
kyng of Israel seide to hise seruauntis, 
Witen 36 not, that Ramoth of Galaad is 
oure, and we ben necgligent to take it fro 
the hoond of the kyng of Sirie ? And he" * 
seide to Josaphat , Whether thou schalt 
come with me to fi3te in to Ramoth of 
Galaad? And Josophat seide to the kyngs 
of Israel, As Y am, so and thou ; my puple 
and thi puple ben oon ; and my kny3tis and 
thy kny3tis ^ben oonv. And Josephat seide 
to the kyng of Israel, Y preie thee, axe thou 
to dai the word of the Lord. Therfori the c 
kyng of Israel gaderide 1 " prophetis aboute 
foure hundrid men, and he seide to hem, 
Owe Y to go in to Ramoth of Galaad to 
fi3te, ethir to 8 reste ? Whiche' answeriden, 
Stie thou u , and the Lord schal 3yue it in 
the bond of the kyng v . Forsothe Jose- 7 
phat seide, Is w not here ony profete of 
the Lord, that we axe bi hym ? And the s 
kyng of Israel seide to Josephat, O man, 
Mychee", sone? of Hiemla, is left, bi whom 
we moun axe the Lord ; but Y hate hym, 
for he prophesieth not good z to me, but 



^ he it matui 
low ; this [- 
iiaunce wu for 
drede of deth, 
at it it Kid 
oomynly, and 
therfor it dU- 
eruede not 
grace and 
auoidinj; of 
euerlastinge 
peyne, thoii} it 
dineniede <Ii- 
laiyng of tem- 
peral peyne ; 
othere men 
seven, that this 
was veri pe- 
naunce onely at 
an our, for he 
turnede ajeii 
to yuele panid. 
Lire here. c. 



"> of Galaad A pr. m, n be BCEFH. 

b men of Ammorey I. men i. J And the i. k Om. i. 1 jeer I. jer EL. 
" Johasaphat, king of Juda i. P Om. i. 1 And DKM<;. r gaderide to gidre i. 
whiche i. u thou up i. v kyng of Israel i. w Is ther i. * Mychee bi name i. 
thing i. 



And i. n Achab i. 
s owe I to i. * The 
' the sone i. * good 



232 



III. KINGS. 



XXII. 9 18. 



prophesieth not to me good, but yuel, 
Mycheas, the sone of Hyemla. To whom 
Josaphath seith, Spek thou not so, kyng. 

a Thanne the kyng of Irael clepide a 
maner geldyng, and seide to hym, Hy 
to brynge to Mychie, the sone of Hyemla. 

10 The kyng of Irael forsothe, and Josa- 
phath, kyng of Juda, seeten, echon in her 
see, clothid with kyngis? ournynge, in 
the corn floore biside the dore of the 3aat 
of Samarie; and alle the prophetis pro- 

nphecieden in the si3t of hem. Forsothe 
Sedechias, the sone of Chanaan, maade 
to hym yren horns, and seith, Thes 
thingis seith the Lord God, With thes 
thou shalt wyndowe Cyrye, to the tyme 

1-2 that thou doo it aweye. And alle the 
prophetis lijc maner prophecieden, sei- 
ynge, Sty vp into Ramoth Galaad, and 
goo welsumli ; the Lord shal take in 
the hoond of the kyng thin enemyes. 

13 The messager forsothe, that was goon 
for to clepe Mychie, spak to hym, seiynge, 
Loo ! the wordis of the prophetis with 
oon mouth to the kyng good thinges 
prechen ; thanne be thi word lijc of 1 

u hem, and speke good thingis. To whom 
Mychie seith, The Lord lyueth, for what 
euer thing the Lord seye to me, that I 

is shal speke. And so he cam to the kyng. 
And the kyng seith to hym, Mychie, 
shulen we goo in to Ramoth Galaad to 
fi3te, or ceese ? To whom he answerde, 
Sty, and go welsumli ; and the Lord shal 

intake it in the hoond of the kyng. For- 
sothe the kyng seide to hym, Eft and eft 
I adiure thee, that thou speke not to me, 
but that is soth in name of the Lord, 

17 And he seith, I saw3 al Irael to scaterde 
in hillis, as sheep not hauynge sheep- 
herd ; and the Lord seith, Thes ban not 
a lord, echon turn ajen into his hows in 
is pees. Thanne the kyng of Irael seide to 
Josaphat, Whether I seide no3t to thee, 
for he prophecyede not to me good, but 



yuel. To whome Josephat seide, Kyng, 
spek thou not so. Therfor the kyng of 9 
Israel clepide summe a chaumburleyn b , and 
seide to hym, Haste thou c to brynge My- 
chee, sone d of Hiemla. Forsothe the kyng 10 
of Israel, and Josephat, kyng of Juda, 
saten, ech in his trone, clothid with kyngis 
ournement 6 , in the f large hows bisidis the 
dores of the 3ate of Samarie ; and alle 
prophetis h prophecieden in the si3t of hem. 
Also Sedechie, sone 1 of Chanaan, made ton 
hym silf homes of yrun, and seide, The 
Lord God seith these thingis, With these k 
thou schalt scatere 1 Sirye, til thou do awei 
it. And alle prophetis prophecieden in 12 
lijk maner, and seiden, Stye thou in to 
Ramoth of Galaad, and go thou with 
prosperite ; and the Lord schal bitake thin 
enemyes in the bond of the kyng. So- i:t 
theli the messanger, that 3ede to clepe 
Mychee, spak to hym, and seide, Lo ! the 
wordis of prophetis 111 with o mouth prechen 
goodis to the kyng ; therfor thi word be 
lijk hem, and speke thou goodis. Tou 
whom Mychee seide, The Lord lyueth, 
for what euer thing the Lord schal seie 
to me, Y schal speke this. Therfor he 15 
cam to the kyng. And the kyng seide to 
hym, Mychee, owen we go" in to Ramoth 
of Galaad to 63 te, ether ceesse ? To which 
kyng he answeride, Stie thou, and go in 
prosperitet; and the Lord schal bitake it -ty 

, perile; he seide 

in to the bond of the kyng. lorsothe the IG not this for 



kyng seide to hym, Eft and eft Y coniure 

thee, that thou speke not to me, no but [" r f ^tnd tte" 

that that is soth in the name of the Lord, kyngjw- 

. seyuede this 

And he seide, Y 513 al Israel scatend m 17 by signes, ther- 

,,,.,,. , . i , for he coniour- 

the hillis, as scheep not hauynge a scheep- ja e hym to 
herde ; and the Lord seide, These han no 
lord, ech man turne a3en in to his hows 
in pees. Therfor the kyng of Israel seide is 
to Josaphat, Whethir Y seide not to thee, 
that he prophecieth not good to me, but 
euere yuel ? Sotheli thilke Mychee addide, 19 
and seide, Therefore here thou the word 



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laeuermore euyl? Forsothe he addynge 
seith, Therfor here the word of the Lord ; 
I saw3 the Lord vpoii his see sittynge, 
and al the cost of heuene stondynge nee3 

20 to hym, fro the 1-13 1 and fro the left. And 
the Lord seitb.Who shal desseyue Achab, 
kyng of Yrael, that he stie vp, and falle 
in Raraoth Galaad ? And oon seide siche 
raaner wordis, and another otherwise. 

21 Forsothe a spirit wente out, and stood 
before the Lord, and seith, I shal des- 
seyue hym. To whom the Lord spak, 

22 In what? And he seith, I shal goon 
out, and I shal be a spirit Iee3er in the 
mouth of alle the prophetis of hym. And 
the Lord seide, Thou shalt desseyue, and 
haue the ouerhoond ; go out, and do so. 

23 Now thanne, loo ! the Lord hath 3euen 
a spirit of lesynge in the mouth of alle 
thi prophetis that here ben ; and the Lord 

24 spak a3ens thee yuel. Forsothe Sedechias, 
the sone of Chanaan, cam ny3, and smoot 
Mychie in to the cheeke, and seith, Whe- 
thir thanne the Spirite of the Lord hath 

25 laft me, and spoken to thee ? And My- 
chie seith, Thou art to seen in that day, 
whanne thou shalt goon into the bed 
place with ynne the bedde, that thou be 

2chidde. And the kyng of Irael seith, 
Takith Mychie, and dwel he anentis 
Amon, the prynce of the citee, and 

27 anentis Joas, the sone of Amalech ; and 
seith to hem, Thes thingis seith the 
kyng, Puttith this man into prisoun, and 
susteyneth hym with breed of tribula- 
cioun, and with water of angwishe, to 

_>8 the tyme that r I turne a3en in pees. And 
Mychie seide, If thow turne a3en in pees, 
the Lord hath not spoken in me. And 

2i) he seith, Here 36, alle puplis. And so 
the kyng of Irael stieth vp, and Josa- 
phath, kyng of Juda, into Ramoth Ga- 

solaad. And so the king of Yrael seide to 
Josaphath, Tak aarmys, and goo into 
batail, and be thou clothid 8 with thi 
clothis. But the kyng of Irael chaungide 

:u his habite, and wente into batayl. The 



of the Lord ; Y si3 the Lord sittynge on 

his trone, and Y si$ al the oost of heuene 

stondynge ny3 hym, on the 03! side and 

on the left side. And the Lord seide, 20 

Who schal disseyue Achab, kyng of Is- 

rael, that he stye, and falle in Ramoth of 

Galaad ? And oon seide siche wordis, and 

another in anothir maner. Sotheli a spi-2i 

rit 3ede out, and stood bifor the Lord, and 

seide, Y schal disseyue hym. To whom 

the Lord spak, In what thing? And he 22 

seide, Y schal go out, and Y schal be a 

spirit of leesyng in the mouth of alle hise 

prophetis. And the Lord seide, Thou 

schalt disseyuef , and schalt haue the may- t <* /'" 

, , , __ diiseyue; not 

stry ; go thou out, arid do so. J\ow ther- 23 that faUnes*? 
for, lo ! the Lord 3 af a spirit of leesyng in 3^ l w 
the mouth of alle prophetis that ben here ; of Ws >- 

r r 



and the Lord spak yuel a3ens thee. For- 24 but God uf- 

r J frith bi iust 

sothe Sedechie, sone of Canaan, nei3ede, doom, that 

-i ,-HJTT <i 11 i T yuele men lie 

and smoot Mychee on the cheke, and seide, disseyuede of 



Whether the Spirit of the Lord forsook 

me, and spak to thee? And Mychee seide, 25 to do ony thing 

* no hut as he 

Thou schalt se in that dai, whanne thou suffnth. Lire 

schalt go in to closet" with ynne closet, 

that thou be hid. And the kyng of Israel ac 

seide, Take 36 Mychee, and dwelle he at 

Amon, prince of the citee, and at Joas, 

the? sone of Amalech ; and seie 36 to hem, 27 

The kyng seith these thiugis, Sende 3e 

this man in to prisoun, and susteyne 3e 

hym with breed of tribulacioun, and with 

watir of angwisch, til Y turne a3en in 

pees. And Mychee seide, If thou schalt UK 

turne a3en in pees, the Lord spak not in 

me. And he seide, Here 36, alle puplis. 

Therfor the kyng of Israel stiede, and 20 

Josaphat, kyng of Juda, in to Ramoth of 

Galaad. Therfor the kyng of Israel seide so 

to Josephat, Take thou armeris, and entre 

thou in to batel, and be thou clothid in 

thi clothis, that is, noblei signes of the 

kyng. Certis the kyng of Israel chaung- 

ide hise clothing:]:, and entride in to batel. *JV^J 

Sotheli the kyng of Sirie hadde comaundid si of king. Lire 

to two and thritti princes of charis, and 

seide, 3e schulen not fi3te a3ens ony man 



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xxn. 32 42. 



kyng forsothe of Cirye comaundide to 
the princis of the chaaris, two and 
thretti, seiynge. 3e shulen not fi3te a3ens 
the lasse, and a3ens any* more, but oonli 
32a3ens the kyng of Irael. Whanne thanne 
the pryncis hadden seen the chaar of 
Josaphath, thei ouertroweden u that he 
hadde ben kyng of Irael, and the birre 
maad thei fou3ten a3ens hym. And Jo- 

33 saphath cried out ; and the princis of the 
charis vndirstoden, that it was not the 
kyng of Irael, and thei ceseden fro hym. 

34 A maner man bente a boowe, into vncer- 
teyn dressynge an arowe, and bi hap he 
smoot the kyng of Irael bytwixe the 
lunge and the stomak. And he seide to 
hys charyeter, Turn thin bond, and cast 
out me fro the oost, for greuousli Y am 

sawoundid. Thanne the batail is don in 
that dai, and the kyng of Irael stood in 
his chaar a3ens Cyryes, and is deed at 
euen. Forsothe the blood of the wound 
flowide in to the bosum of the chaar. 

36 And the bedel fulsouned in al the oost, 
before the sunne wente doun, seiynge, 
Echon turne a3en into the citee, and into 

37 his loond. The kyng forsothe is deed, 
and is born into Samarye ; and thei biry- 

3eden the kyng in Samarie. And thei 
wasshen his chaar in the fish poond of 
Samarye, and houndis lickeden his blood, 
and thei lickeden the bridils, after the 
word of the Lord that was spokyn. 

39 The remnaunt forsothe of the wordis of 
Achab, and al that he dide, and the yuer 
hows that he beeldide v , and of al the 
citees that he made vp, whether not thes 
ben wryten in the book of the wordis of 

40 the days of the kyngis of Yrael? Thanne 
Achab slept with his faders, and Ocho- 

41 zias, his sone, regnede for hym. Josa- 
phat forsothe, the sone of Asa, began to 
regne vpon Juda, the ferth 3eer of Achab, 

42 kyng of Yrael. Of fyue and thretti 3eer 
he was, whanne he began to regne, and 
fyue and twenti 3eer he regnede in Jeru- 
salem ; the name of his moder Azuba, 



lesse, ethir more, no? but a3ens the kyng 
of Israel oonli. Therfor whanne the 3-2 
princes of charis hadden seyn Josephat, 
thei suposiden that he was king of Israel, 
and bi feersnesse maad thei fou3ten a3ens 
hym. And Josephat criedef ; and the 33 1 J 

* , criede ; 

princis of charis vndurstoden, that it was Goddis help, 

not the king of Israel, and thei ceessiden 

fro hym. Sotheli sum man bente a bowe, 34 Ltre here ' 

and dresside an arowe in to vncerteyn, 

and bi hap he smoot the kyng of Israel 

bitwixe the lunge and the stomak. And 

the kyng seide to his charietere, Turne 

thin bond, and cast me out of the oostj, 

for Y am woundid greuousli. 



J cast me out of 
the oost ,* not 

Therfor 35 fully, but he 

. was cast out of 

batel was loyned in that dai, and the that scheitnm 
of Israel stood in his chare 



in to another. 
Lire here. c. 



kyng of Israel stood in his chare a3ens 
men of Sirie, and he was deed at euentid. 
Forsothe the blood of the wounde fletide 
doun in to the bothome of the chare. And 36 
a criere sownede in al the oost, before thati 
the sunne 3ede doun, and seide, Ech man 
turne a3en in to his citee, and in to his 
lond. Forsothe the kyng was deed, and 37 
was borun in to Samarie ; and thei birieden 
the kyng in Samarie. And thei waisch-ss 
iden his chare in the cisterne of Samarie, 
and doggis lickiden his blood, and thei 
wayschiden the reynesfi, bi the word of the and the v 

* * J waischiden th 

Lord whiche he hadde spoke. Sotheli 39 raynes , in 
the residue of wordis of Achab, and alle thus, an 



the blood of 
Achab. Bi the 
word of the 
Lord, etc. ; 
that is, bisidis 



thingis whiche he dide, and the hows of 

yuer which he bildide, and of alle citees 

whiche he bildide, whether these ben not 

writun in the book of wordis of daies of 

the kyngis of Israel ? Therfor Achab 40 

slepte with hise fadris, and Ocozie, his 

sone, resrnede for hym. Forsothe Jose-4i theLordseide 

hi Ehe, for 

phat, sone of Asa, bigan to regne on Juda Achab hadde 
in the fourthe 3eer of Achab, kyng of Is- hitumerfai 
rael. Josephat was of fyue and thretti 42 ^^'^ 
3eer, whanne he bigan to regne, and he a eris 

whiche he was 

regnede fyue and twenti 3eer in Jerusa- woundid,weren 

,1 i- i j- , * i broujt thidur, 

lem ; the name of his modir was r Azuba, and 
dou3ter of Salai. And he 3ede in al the 43 
weye of Asa, his fadir, and bowide not fro jj^i^S 
it ; and he dide that, that was i^tful in P lace > where 



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235 



the si3t of the Lord. Netheles he dide not 44 

awey hi3 thingis, for 3it the puple made 

sacrifice, and brente encense in hi3 places. 

And Josephat hadde pees with the king 45 

of Israel. Sotheli the residue of wordis 40 

of Josephat, and the werkis and batels, 

whiche he dide, whethir these ben not 

writun in the book of wordis of daies of 

the kyngis of Juda? But also he took 47 

awey fro the loond the relikis of men 

turned in to wymmens condiciouns, that 

leften in the daies of Aza, his fadir. Ne- 48 

thir a kyng was ordeyned thanne in Edom. 

Forsothe 1 " king Josephat made schippis in 4<> 

the see, that schulden seile in to Ophir 

for gold, and tho my3ten not go, for thei 

weren brokunf in Asiongaber. Thanne so t tho wereu 

Ocozie, sone of Achab, seide to Josephat, 

My seruauntis go with thine in schippis. 

And Josephat noldej. And Josephat slepte si 



43 the dou3ter of Salai. And he wente in 
al the weye of Asa, his fader, and he 
bowide not aside fro it ; and he dide that 

44 is ri3t in the si3t of the Lord. Neuer- 
thelater the hei3e thingis he dyde not 
aweye, 31! forsothe the puple sacrifiede, 

45 and brente encense in fastis. And Josa- 
phath hadde pees with the kyng of Irael. 

4 The remnaunt forsothe of the wordis of 

Josaphath, and his werkis that he dide, 

and batails, whether not thes ben wryten 

in the book of the wordis of the days of 
47 'the kyngis of w Juda? But and the re- 

likis of the wommannysh maad men, that 

laften in days of Asa, his fader, he dide 
48 aweye fro the loond. And there was not 
4 thanne a kyng ordeynyd in Edom. For- 
sothe kyng Josaphath made nauees in the 

see, 'the whiche* saileden in to Oofer for 

gold, and thei my3ten not goon, for thei 
so ben broken in Aziongober. Thanne Ocho- 

zias, the sone of Achab, seith to Josa- 
phath, My seruauntis goon with thi ser- 

uauntis in shippis. And Josaphat wold 
si not. And Josaphath slepte with his fa- 

ders, and is biried with hem in the citee 

of Dauid, his fader ; and Jorarn, hys sone, 

52 regnede for hym. Forsothe Ochozias, the 
sone of Achab, began to regne vponYrael, 
in Samarye, the seuentynthey 3eer of Jo- 
saphath, kyng of Juda ; and he regnede 

53 vpon Yrael two 3eer. And he dide yuel 
in the si3t of the Lord, and he wente in 
the weye of his fader, and of his moder, 
and in the weye of Jeroboam, sone z of 

54 Nabath, that made Irael to synne. For- 
sothe he seruede to Baal, and honourde 
hym, and he terrede the Lord God of Irael, 
aftir alle thingis that his fader dide. 

Here eendith the thridde book of 
Kyngis, and now bigynneth the 
fourthe*. 

w Om. ABFH. x that c pr. m. y seuentythe D. z the sone CE. a Here eendith the thryd.de boke of 
Kyngis, and bigynneth the fourth boke of Kyngis. a. Explicit lertius liber Regum. E. Here endith the thrid 
bok of Kyngis, and here bigynneth the fourth bok. F. No final rubric in CH. 

r Sntheli FGKLNOPQRSUW^. 8 Here endith the thridde book of Kyngis, and bigynneth the fourlhe 
book. BNQ. Here endith the thridde book of Kyngis, and bygynnethe thefourthe book of Kyngis. csx. Here 
endith the thridde book of Kyngis, and bigynnith a prolog on the iv. book. GM. Heere endeth the thridde book 
fffKinges, se now the fourlhe. K. Heere 'eendith the iije. book, and bigynneth the iiije. book of Kynges. R. 
Here eendith the thrydde book of Kyngis. 9. No final rubric in ELP. 

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with hise fadris, and was biried with hem king of Israel, 
in the citee of Dauid, his fadir ; and Jo- Parai. xx. c. 
ram, his sone, regnede for hym. Forsothe 52 * 
Ocozie, sone of Achab, bigan to regne on 
Israel, in Samarie. in the seuenetenthe 3eer WTith him the 

ij. tyme in 

of Josephat, kyng of Juda ; and Ocozie nauey. u 

regnede on Israel twei 3eer. And he dide 53 

yuel in the si3t of the Lord, and 3ede in 

the wey of his fadir, and of his modir, 

and in the weie of Jeroboam, sone of Na- 

bath, that made Israel to do synne. And 54 

he seruyde Baal, and worschipide hym, 

and wraththide the Lord God of Israel, bi 

alle thingis whiche his fadir hadde do. 

Here endith the thridde book of 
Kyngis, and here bigynneth the 
fourthe s . 



IV. KINGS. 



{Prologue on the Fourth book of Kings'".] 

THIS Fourthe book of Kingis makith mencioun of alle the kingis of Israel, and of 
Juda, from Ocozie, sone of Achab, in to Sedechie, king of Juda, that was in the 
secounde transmygracioun of the men of Juda and of Jerusalem, whanne the cite of 
Jerusalem was taken and brent, with the temple of the Lord, and maad desolat, either 
forlete, bi seuenti jeer, after the wordis of Jeremye, profete. 



The fourthe of Kingus*. 



CAP. I. 

1 MOAB forsothe trespasside in Yrael, 

2 aftir that Acab was deed. And Ochosias 
felle thoruj the wyndowes of his soup- 
ynge place, that he hade in Samarye, 
and he wexe seeke ; and he sente mes- 
sangers, seiynge to hem, Gooth, and 
counselith Belzabub, the god of Accha- 
ron, whether I may lyue fro this myn 

sinfirmyte. The aungel forsothe of the 
Lord spak to Helias Thesbytes, seyinge, 
Riys, and go doun in to the ajein com- 
mynge of the messagers of the kynge of 
Samarie; and thou schalt seye to hem, 
Whether God is not in Yrael, that je 
goon to counseyleri Belzabub, the god of 

4 Accharon ? Wherfore these thingis seith 
the Lord, Fro the bed, upon the whiche 
thou steyjidist up, thou schalt not goo 
doun, bot bi deth thou schalt dyen. And 

r> Helias wejit. And the messagers ben 
turned ajeyn to Ochosias. 'The whiche b 
seyde to hem, Why ben }e turned ajeyn ? 

<;And thei answerden to hym, A man 



Here biginneth the ferthe book of 
Kingis^. 

CAP. I. 

FORSOTHE Moab trespasside ajens Is-i 
raelf, after that Achab was deed. And 2 
Ocozie felde thorou the aleris of his soler, 
which he hadde in Samarie, and was sijk ; 
and he sente messangeris, and seide to 
hem, Go je, and councele Belzebub, god 
of Acharon, whether Y may lyue after 
this sijknesse of me. Forsothe the aungel 3 
of the Lord spak to Elye of Thesbi, and 
seide, Rise thou, and go doun into the 
metynge of the messangeris of the kyng 
of Samarie ; and thou schalt seie to hem, 
Whether God is not in Israel, that je go 
to counsel Belzebub, god of Acharon? For 4 
which thing^: the Lord seith these thingis, 
Thou schalt not go doun of the bed, on 
which thou stiedist. And Elie 3ede. And 5 
the messangeris turneden ajen to Ocozie. 
And he seide to hem, Whi turneden 36 
a3en ? And thei answeriden to hym, A 
man mette vs, and seide to vs, Go 36, turne 
36 a3en to the kyng, that sente 3ou ; and 
36 schulen seie to him, The Lord seith 



f Moab Ires, 
passide a^enus 
Israel ; for the 
king of Aloab 
swoor for him 
and his nnvme, 
to seme the 
king of Israel 
rndur tribute, 
and he rebell- 
ide, and brak 
this ooth. Lire 
here. c. 



J/or U'liirh 
thing; that is 
for vnfeithf'ul- 
nesse. Lire 
here. c. 



a Here bigynnelh the fourthe book of Kyngis E. No initial rubric in ACFH. From the commencement of 
IV. Kings to the end of II. Chronicles the text is taken from B. that E pr, m. 



a This prologue is from M. b From 119. The iiij. of Kinges. p. No initial rubric in the other Mss. 



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a3ein came to us, and seyde to us, Gooth, 
and turneth a3ein to the kynge, that 
sente 3ou ; and 36 schuln to hym seyn, 
These thingis seith the Lord, Whether 
for there was not God in Yrael, thou 
sentist, that Belzabub be counseyled, the 
god of Aacharon c ? Therfore fro the bed 
upon the whiche thou stei3edist up, thou 
schalt not goo doun, bot by deth thou 
7schalt dye. The whiche seyde to hem, 
Of what fygure and habyte is that man, 
that a3eyn came to 3ou, and spake to 3ou 

8 these wordis ? And thei seyden, A row3 
man, and with an hery gyrdyl gyrd to 
the reenys. The whiche seith, Helyas 

9 Thesbytes it is. And he sente to hym 
the prince of fyftye, and the fyfty men 
that with hym weren. The whiche stei3- 
iden up to hym, and to hym syttynge in 
the cop of the hill seith, Man of God, the 
kynge comaundid, that thou come doun. 

10 And Helyas answerynge seith to the 
quynquagenarye, 3if the man of God I 
am, come doun fijr fro heuen, and de- 
uoure thee and thi fyfty men. Than 
fijr came doun fro heuen, and deuouride 
hym, and the fyfty that weren with hym. 

11 Eft he sente to hym another prynce of 
fyfty, and fyfty with hym, the whiche 
spac to hym, Man of God, these thinges 

i2seth the kynge, Hy3e, come doun. An- 
swerynge Helyas seith, 3if the man of 
God I am, come doun fijr fro heuen, and 
deuoure thee and thi fyfty. Than the 
fijr of God came doun fro heuen, and de- 
is uouride hym and his fyfty. Eft soonys he 
sente the thridd pryrice of fyfty, and the 
fyfty that weren with hym. The whiche 
whan was commen, bowed the knee3is 
a3eins Hely, and preyede him, and seith, 
Man of God, wylle thou not dispijse my 
lijf, and the lijues of thi seruauntis that 
u ben with me. Loo ! fijre came doun fro 
heuen, and deuourede the two first princis 
of fyfty, and the fyftees that weren with 
hem ; and now, I beseche, that thou haue 
ismercye to my lijf. The aungel forsothe 



these thingis, Whether for God was not 

in Israel, thou sendist, that Belzebub, god 

of Acharon, be counselid? Therfor thou 

schalt not go doun of the bed, on which 

thou stiedist, but thou schalt die bi deeth. 

Which Ocozie seide to hem, Of what? 

figure and abite is that man, that mette 

3ou, and spak to 3ou these wordis? And a 

thei seiden, An heeri man, and gird with 

a girdil of skynf in the reynes. Which t /<%, >n 

* . . Ebreu it is, of 

seide to hem, It is Elie of Thesbi. And 9 lether. c. 

he sente to Elie a prince of fifti, and fifti 

men that weren vndur hym. Which prince 

stiede to hym, and seide to hym, sittynge 

in the cop of the hil, Man of God, the 

kyng comaundith, that thou come doun. I if yam a* 

. man of God; 

And Elie answeride, and seide to thei overfly and not 

,.,,,.,. T/.-IT f "cornefuly. 

prince ot fifti men, If Y am the man of FUr come doun, 

etc. Elie knew 
bi reuelacionri, 
that this prince 
clepide him in 

cam doun fro heuene, and deuouride hym, 



Godj, fier come doun fro heuene, and de- 
uoure thee and thi fifti men. Therfor fier 



and the fifti men that weren with hym. 



scorn the man 
of God, and 
that he con- 
Eft he sente to Elie another prince of fifti, 1 1 king in the 
and fifti men with hym, which spak to . 
Helye, Man of God, the kyng seith these punysching of 

' , Elie, and so 

thingis, Haste thou, come thou doun. Elie I2diden thei that 

., i -j Tj-17 AI_ f weren with the 

answeride, and seide, It Y am the man ot prince; and 
God, fier come doun fro heuene, and de- 
uoure thee and thi fifti men. Therfor the 
fier of God cam doun fro heuene, and de- 
uouride hym and hise fifti men. 



to be punysch- 
id; wherfor 

tift he 13 Elie pronouns- 
A , . , , . f f /-<, j >de Goddis sen- 

sente the thridde pnncej ot ntti men, ana tence, and seide, 
that weren with hym. And 



if Y am the 
man of God, 
etc. ; and so it 
is of the ij. 
prince, and 
hise fifti men. 
Lire here. c. 

In' sente the 

Lo ! fier cam doun froi4 efc> . this 



fifti men that weren with hym. 

whanne this prynce hadde come, he bow- 

ide the knees a3ens Elie, and preiede hym, 

and seide, Man of God, nyle thou dispise 

my lijf, and the lyues of thi seruauntis 

that ben with me. 

heuene, and deuouride tweyne, the firste 

princis of fifti men, and the fifti men that 

weren with hem ; but now,Y biseche, that 

thou haue mercy on my lijf. Forsothe 1 5 Abdle d'redde 

the aungel of the Lord spak to Helie of 

Thesbi, and seide, Go thou doun with 

hym ; drede' 1 thou not. Therfor Elie roos, he mekide him 

* silf bifor God, 

and cam doun with hym to the kyng; and leand Eiiehis 

~i -r , ... .1 seruaunt. Lire 

he spak to the kyng, The Lord seith thes ^ c . 



tours seven 

comynly, and 



c Nacharon BFJI. 
c Forsothe lo A. d and drede x. 



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IV. KINGS. 



I. 16 II. 5. 



of the Lord spak to Helyas Thesbytes, 
seyinge, Comme doun with hym ; ne 
drede thou. Thanne he roose and came 

10 doun with hym to the kynge; and spac 
to hym, These thingis seith the Lord, 
For thou sentist messagers to eounseylen 
Belzabub, god of Accharon, as ther were 
not God in Yrael, of the whiche thou 
mi3tist not asken a worde ; therfore fro 
thi bed, upon the whiche thou stey3idist 
up, thou schalt not goo doun, hot by deth 

17 thou schalt dye. Thanne he is deed aftir 
the word of the Lord, that Helye spac ; 
and Joram, his brothir, regnede for hym, 
the seconde 3eer of Joram, the sone of 
Josaphath, kyng of Jude ; forsothe he 

IB hade not a sone. The remnaunt forsothe 
of the wordis of Ochosie, v the whiche d he 
wrou3t, whethir thei e ben not writen in 
the boke of the wordis of the days of the 
kyngis of Yrael? 

CAP. II. 

i Done it is forsoth, whan the Lord 
wolde reren Helyas by a whyrlwynd in 
to heuen, Helyas and Helyse wenten fro 

aGalgalis. And Helyas to Helyse seide, 
Sytt here, for the Lord hath sent me 
vnto Bethel. To whom seith Helese, the 
Lord liueth and thi soule liueth, for I 
schal not forsake thee. And whanne thei 

sweren goo doun fro Bethel, the sonys of 
prophetis, that weren in Bethel, wenten 
out to Helysee, and seyden to hym, 
Whether thou hast knowe, for the Lord 
to day schal taken thi lord fro thee? 
The whiche answerde, And I haue 

4 knowen ; beeth stylle. Helyas forsothe 
seide to Helise, Sytt heere, for the Lord 
hath sente me into Jericho. And he seith, 
The Lord liueth and thy soule liueth, 
for I schal not forsake thee. And when 

5 thei weren commen to Jericho, the sonys 
of prophetis, that weren in Jericho, ney3- 
iden to Helyse, and seyden to hym, Whe- 
ther thou hast knowen, that the Lord 
schal taken to day thi lord fro thee? 



thingis, For thou sentist messangeris to 

counsele Belzebub, god of Acharon, as if 

no God were in Israel, of whom thow 

my3tist axe a word ; therfor thou schalt 

not go doun of the bed, on which thou 

stiedist, but thou schalt die bi deeth. 

Therfor he was deed bi the word of the 17 

Lord, which word Elie spak ; and Joram, 

hys brothir, regnyde for hym, in the se- 

counde 3eer of Joramt, the e sone of Jose- t the . ?<; of 

, Joram ; in 

phat, kyng of Juda ; for Ocozie hadde which he regn- 
no sone. Sotheli the residue of wordis of if a dir, for he 
Ocozie, whiche he wrou3te, whether these 
ben not writun in the book of wordis of 

that tyme that 

daies of the kyngis of Israel ? Josophath was 

in perel of deth 
in Ramoth of 
Galaad, he or- 
deynede Joram, 
his sone, king, 
lest striyf weren 
among hise 
sones for the 
rewme, aftir 
his deth. Lire 
here. c. 

CAP. II. 

Forsothe it was don, whanne the Lord i 
wolde reise Elie bi a whirlewynd in to 
heuene, Elie and Elisee 3eden fro Galgalis. 
And Elie seide to Elisee, Sitte thou here, 2 
for the Lord sente me til into Bethel. To 
whom Elisee seide, The Lord lyueth and 
thi soule lyueth, for Y schal not forsake 
thee. And whanne thei hadden come doun 
to f Bethel, the sones of prophetis, that 3 
weren in Bethel, 3eden out to Elisee, and 
seiden to hym, Whether tbou knowist, 
that the Lord schal take awey thi lord to 
dai fro thee? Which answeride, And I 
knowes ; be 36 stille. Forsothe Elie seide 4 
to Elisee, Sitte thou here, for the Lord 
sente me into Jerico. And he seide, The 
Lord lyueth and thi soule lyueth, for Y 
schal not forsake thee. And whanne thei 
hadden come to Jerico, the sones of pro- 5 
phetis, that weren in Jerico, nei3iden to 
Elisee, and seiden to hym, Whether thou 
kuowist, that the Lord schal take awei 
thi lord to dai fro thee ? And he seide, 
Y knowe ; be 36 stille. Forsothe Elie seide e 



d that c pr. m. e these CE. 
e Om. x. f in to ex. S knovvede s. 



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239 



And he seith, I haue knowen ; beeth styll. 

G Helyas forsothe seyde to hym, Sytt here, 
for the Lord hath f sente me vnto Jordan. 
The whiche seith, The Lord liueth and 
thi soule lyueth, for I schal not forsake 
thee. Thanne both thei wenten to gydre ; 

7 and fyfty men of the sonys of prophetis 
foloweden, the whiche and stoden forn 
a3eynst aferre ; thei forsothe stoden both 

s upon Jordane. And Helyas tooke his 
mantyll, and inwrappyde it, and smote 
the watirs ; the whiche ben deuydid in 
to eithir partye, and thei wenten both 

9 thor3 the drye. And whanne thei weren 
goon ouer, Helyas seyde to Helise, Aske 
that thou wilt, that I doo to thee, er I 
be taken awey fro thee. And Helise 
seyde, I beseche, that ther be doo thi 

lospirite double in me. The whiche an- 
swerde, An hard thing thou hast askede ; 
neuer the later 3if thou seest me, whanne 
I schal be taken fro thee, it schal be that 
thou hast askyde ; 3if forsothe thou seest 

1 1 not, it schal not be. And whanne thei 
wenten, and goynge speke wordis, loo ! 
the fijren chaare and the fijren hors de- 
uyden euer either ; and Helyas stey3ide 
up by 'the whirl wynde? in to heuen. 

12 Helise forsothe sawe, and criede, Fader 
myn ! fader myn ! the chaar of Yrael, and 
charieter h of it. And he saw3 hym no 
more. And he toke his clothis, and kutt 

is hem in to two partyes. And he rerede 
the mantyll of Helye, that hadde fallen 
to hym ; and, turned 1 a3ein, stode upon 

u the brynke of Jordan. And with the 
mantyll of Helye, that hadde fallen to 
hym, he smote the waters, and thei ben 
not deuydid. And he seide, Where is 
the God of Helye also nowe ? And he 
smote the watirs, and thei ben dyuydid 
hidre and thidre ; and Helisee passede 

15 ouer. Forsothe the sonys of the pro- 
phetis that weren in Jericho, seeinge, 
a3einward seyden, The spirite of Helye 
hath restyde upon Helisee. And thei 



'''' 



wolde 

the merit of 

KUe. Lire 






to Elisee, Sitte thou here, for the Lord t *///? 

sente me v til to f Jordan. Which seide, wMtevma 

The Lord lyueth and thi soule lyueth, for 

Y schal not forsake thee. Therfor bothe 

3eden togidere ; and fifti men of the sones 7 S ""'." r, rt "' 

bi which he 

of prophetis sueden, which also stoden fer 
euen a3ens ; sothely thei bothe stoden ouer 
Jordan. And Elie took his mentil, ands 
wlappide its, and smoot the watris f; 
whiche weren departid v into h euer ethir not the spirit 

in double pro- 
part, and bothe 3eden bi the 1 drie. And a poraoun in 

whanne thei hadden passid, Elie seide to 

Elisee, Axe thou that, that thou wolt that 

Y do to thee, bifor that Y be takun awey 

fro thee. And Elisee seide, Y biseche, that grace that was 

thi double spirit:): be'maadin k me. Which 10 the gra! of 

Elie answeride, Thou axist an hard thing ; 

netheles if thou schalt se me, whanne Y 

schal be takun awei fro thee, that that 

be maad hyk 

thou axidist schal be ; sotheli, if thou the master. 

, . Lire here. c. 

schalt not se, it schal not be. And whanne n to hewme ; 

thei 3eden, and spaken goynge, lo ! a chare 

of fier and horsys of fier departiden euer 

either; and Elie stiede bi a whirlewynd but in to he- 

uene of the 

in to heuene. Forsothe Elise 813, andi2eir;andbithe 
criede, My fadir ! my fadir ! the chare of bomn in to 
Israel ||, and the charietere therof. And 
he si? no more Elie. And he took hise 



erthely para- 
diys, whidur 
Enok was 
translatid bi- 
fore; and 
aboute the ende 



clothis, and to-rente tho in to twei partis. 

And he reiside the mentil of Elie, that 13 of the world 

felde doun to hym; and he turnede a3en, come 6 forth e " 

and stood ouer the ryuer of Jordan. Andn 

with the mentil of Elie, that felde doun 

to hym, he smoot the watris, whiche weren 

not departid^j. And he seide, Where is 

God of Elie also now? And he smoot the 

watris, and tho weren departid hidur and 

thidur; and Elisee passide. Sotheli the is bar up the pu- 

tiNi /if I kfi('| ]I 



U3CUUS the fals- 
nesse of Aunte- 
crist. Lire 
here. c. 
|| the chare of 
Israel ; a chare 
berith up, and 
a charietere 
nilitli. so Elie 



sones of prophetis, that weren in Jerico 
euene a3ens, si3en, and seiden, The spirit 
of Elie restide on Elisee. And thei camen 
in to the meetyng of hym, and worschip- 
iden hym lowli to erthe. And thei seiden icbeingei 

1- C "'"O ^" 

to hym, Lo ! with thi seruauntis ben nrti 
stronge men, that moun go, and seke thi 
lord, lest perauenture the Spirit of the 



pie of Israel, in 
tillinge ether 
amendinge de- 
fautis, as in 
in. book, 
xviii. c ., in the 
geti