University of Colorado, Boulder Leaf 09
This leaf measures 17 x 12.5cm and comes from a French (Parisian) Bible of the mid-thirteenth century. The vellum is very white, thin, and soft, with vertical lead lines and horizontal dry-point lines. The script is angular gothic minuscule, in brown (main text) and red and blue (decoration and heading) ink, which is significantly faded in several places. The initials are complete with long flourishes. See Denison University Leaf 09 for more information about this manuscript.
Text: II Kings 8:17-11:2 (recto). A scan of the verso is not currently available.
University of Colorado, Boulder Leaf 09 Recto
sacerdótes: et Saraías, scriba: Banaías autem fílius Jojádæ super Ceréthi et Pheléthi: fílii autem David sacerdótes erant. IX. Et dixit David: Putásne est áliquis qui remánserit de domo Saul, ut fáciam cum eo misericórdiam propter Jónathan? Erat autem de domo Saul servus nómine Siba: quem cum vocásset rex ad se, dixit ei: Tune es Siba? Et ille respóndit: Ego sum servus tuus. Et ait rex: Numquid súperest áliquis de domo Saul, ut fáciam cum eo misericórdiam Dei? Dixítque Siba regi: Súperest fílius Jónathæ, débilis pédibus. Ubi, inquit, est? Et Siba ad regem: Ecce, ait, in domo est Machir fílii Ámmiel, in Lodábar. Misit ergo rex David, et tulit eum de domo Machir fílii Ámmiel, de Lodábar. Cum autem venísset Miphibóseth fílius Jónathæ fílii Saul ad David, córruit in fáciem suam, et adorávit. Dixítque David: Miphibóseth? Qui respóndit: Adsum servus tuus. Et ait ei David: Ne tímeas, quia fáciens fáciam in te misericórdiam propter Jónathan patrem tuum, et restítuam tibi omnes agros Saul patris tui: et tu cómedes panem in mensa mea semper. Qui adórans eum, dixit: Quis ego sum servus tuus, quóniam respexísti super canem mórtuum símilem mei? Vocávit ítaque rex Sibam púerum Saul, et dixit ei: Ómnia quæcúmque fuérunt Saul, et univérsam domum ejus, dedi fílio dómini tui. Operáre ígitur ei terram tu, et fílii tui, et servi tui, et ínferes fílio dómini tui cibos ut alátur: Miphibóseth autem fílius dómini tui cómedet semper panem super mensam meam. Erant autem Sibæ quíndecim fílii, et vigínti servi. Dixítque Siba ad regem: Sicut jussísti, dómine mi rex, servo tuo, sic fáciet servus tuus: et Miphibóseth cómedet super mensam meam, quasi unus de fíliis regis. Habébat autem Miphibóseth fílium párvulum nómine Micha: omnis vero cognátio domus Sibæ serviébat Miphibóseth. Porro Miphibóseth habitábat in Jerúsalem, quia de mensa regis júgiter vescebátur: et erat claudus utróque pede. X. Factum est autem post hæc ut morerétur rex filiórum Ammon, et regnávit Hanon fílius ejus pro eo. Dixítque David: Fáciam misericórdiam cum Hanon fílio Naas, sicut fecit pater ejus mecum misericórdiam. Misit ergo David, cónsolans eum per servos suos super patris intéritu. Cum autem veníssent servi David in terram filiórum Ammon, dixérunt príncipes filiórum Ammon ad Hanon dóminum suum: Putas quod propter honórem patris tui míserit David ad te consolatóres, et non ídeo ut investigáret, et exploráret civitátem, et evérteret eam, misit David servos suos ad te? Tulit ítaque Hanon servos David, rasítque dimídiam partem barbæ eórum et praescidit vestes eórum médias usque ad nates, et dimísit eos. Quod cum nuntiátum esset David,
misit in occúrsum eórum: erant enim viri confúsi túrpiter valde, et mandávit eis David: Manéte in Jéricho donec crescat barba vestra, et tunc revertímini. Vidéntes autem fílii Ammon quod injúriam fecíssent David, misérunt, et conduxérunt mercéde Syrum Rohob, et Syrum Soba, vigínti míllia péditum, et a rege Maácha mille viros, et ab Istob duódecim míllia virórum. Quod cum audísset David, misit Joab et omnem exércitum bellatórum. Egréssi sunt ergo fílii Ammon, et direxérunt áciem ante ipsum intróitum portæ: Syrus autem Soba, et Rohob, et Istob, et Maácha, seórsum erant in campo. Videns ígitur Joab quod præparátum esset advérsum se praelium et ex advérso et post tergum, elégit ex ómnibus eléctis Israël, et instrúxit áciem contra Syrum: réliquam autem partem pópuli trádidit Abísai fratri suo, qui diréxit áciem advérsus fílios Ammon. Et ait Joab: Si prævalúerint advérsum me Syri, eris mihi in adjutórium: si autem fílii Ammon prævalúerint advérsum te, auxiliábor tibi. Esto vir fortis, et pugnémus pro pópulo nostro et civitáte Dei nostri: Dóminus autem fáciet quod bonum est in conspéctu suo. Íniit ítaque Joab, et pópulus qui erat cum eo, certámen contra Syros: qui statim fugérunt a fácie ejus. Fílii autem Ammon vidéntes quia fugíssent Syri, fugérunt et ipsi a fácie Abísai, et ingréssi sunt civitátem: reversúsque est Joab a fíliis Ammon, et venit Jerúsalem. Vidéntes ígitur Syri quóniam corruíssent coram Israël, congregáti sunt páriter. Misítque Adarézer, et edúxit Syros qui erant trans flúvium, et addúxit eórum exércitum: Sobach autem, magíster milítiæ Adarézer, erat princeps eórum. Quod cum nuntiátum esset David, contráxit omnem Israëlem, et transívit Jordánem, venítque in Helam: et direxérunt áciem Syri ex advérso David, et pugnavérunt contra eum. Fugerúntque Syri a fácie Israël, et óccidit David de Syris septingéntos currus, et quadragínta míllia équitum: et Sobach príncipem milítiæ percússit, qui statim mórtuus est. Vidéntes autem univérsi reges qui erant in præsídio Adarézer, se victos esse ab Israël, expavérunt, et fugérunt quinquagínta et octo míllia coram Israël. Et fecérunt pacem cum Israël, et serviérunt eis: timuerúntque Syri auxílium præbére ultra fíliis Ammon. XI. Factum est autem, verténte anno, eo témpore quo solent reges ad bella procédere, misit David Joab, et servos suos cum eo, et univérsum Israël, et vastavérunt fílios Ammon, et obsedérunt Rabba: David autem remánsit in Jerúsalem. Dum hæc ageréntur, áccidit ut súrgeret David de strato suo post merídiem, et deambuláret in solário domus régiæ: vidítque mulíerem se lavántem ex advérso super solárium suum: erat autem múlier pulchra
[II Kings 8:17-11:2]
...were the priests: and Saraias was the scribe: 18 And Banaias the son of Joiada was over the Cerethi and Phelethi: and the sons of David were the princes.
1 And David said: Is there any one, think you, left of the house of Saul, that I may shew kindness to him for Jonathan's sake? 2 Now there was of the house of Saul, a servant named Siba: and when the king had called him to him, he said to him: Art thou Siba? And he answered: I am Siba thy servant. 3 And the king said: Is there any one left of the house of Saul, that I may shew the mercy of God unto him? And Siba said to the king: There is a son of Jonathan left, who is lame of his feet. 4 Where is he? said he. And Siba said to the king: Behold he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel in Lodabar. 5 Then king David sent, and brought him out of the house of Machir the son of Ammiel of Lodabar. 6 And when Miphiboseth the son of Jonathan the son of Saul was come to David, he fell on his face and worshipped. And David said: Miphiboseth? And he answered: Behold thy servant. 7 And David said to him: Fear not, for I will surely shew thee mercy for Jonathan thy father's sake, and I will restore the lands of Saul thy father, and thou shalt eat bread at my table always. 8 He bowed down to him, and said: Who am I thy servant, that thou shouldst look upon such a dead dog as I am? 9 Then the king called Siba the servant of Saul, and said to him: All that belonged to Saul, and all his house, I have given to thy master's son. 10 Thou therefore and thy sons and thy servants shall till the land for him: and thou shalt bring in food for thy master's son, that he may be maintained: and Miphiboseth the son of thy master shall always eat bread at my table. And Siba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11 And Siba said to the king: As thou my lord the king hast commanded thy servant, so will thy servant do: and Miphiboseth shall eat at my table, as one of the sons of the king. 12 And Miphiboseth had a young son whose name was Micha: and all the kindred of the house of Siba served Miphiboseth. 13 But Miphiboseth dwelt in Jerusalem: because he ate always of the king's table: and he was lame of both feet.
1 And it came to pass after this, that the king of the children of Ammon died, and Hanon his son reigned in his stead. 2 And David said: I Will shew kindness to Hanon the son of Daas, as his father shewed kindness to me. So David sent his servants to comfort him for the death of his father. But when the servants of David were come into the land of the children of Ammon, 3 The princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanon their lord: Thinkest thou that for the honour of thy father, David hath sent comforters to thee, and hath not David rather sent his servants to thee to search, and spy into the city, and overthrow it? 4 Wherefore Hanon took the servants of David, and shaved off the one half of their beards, and cut away half of their garments even to the buttocks, and sent them away. 5 When this was told David, he sent to meet them: for the men were sadly put to confusion, and David commanded them, saying: Stay at Jericho, till your beards be grown, and then return. 6 And the children of Ammon seeing that they had done an injury to David, sent and hired the Syrians of Rohob, and the Syrians of Soba, twenty thousand footmen, and of the king of Maacha a thousand men, and of Istob twelve thousand men. 7 And when David heard this, he sent Joab and the whole army of warriors. 8 And the children of Ammon came out, and set their men in array at the entering in of the gate: but the Syrians of Soba, and of Rohob, and of Istob, and of Maacha were by themselves in the field. 9 Then Joab seeing that the battle was prepared against him, both before and behind, chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians: 10 And the rest of the people he delivered to Abisai his brother, who set them in array against the children of Ammon. 11 And Joab said: If the Syrians are too strong for me, then thou shalt help me: but if the children of Ammon are too strong for thee, then I will help thee. 12 Be of good courage, and let us fight for our people, and for the city of our God: and the Lord will do what is good in his sight. 13 And Joab and the people that were with him, began to fight against the Syrians: and they immediately fled before him. 14 And the children of Ammon seeing that the Syrians were fled, they fled also before Abisai, and entered into the city: and Joab returned from the children of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem. 15 Then the Syrians seeing that they had fallen before Israel, gathered themselves together. 16 And Adarezer sent and fetched the Syrians, that were beyond the river, and brought over their army: and Sobach, the captain of the host of Adarezer, was their general. 17 And when this was told David, he gathered all Israel together, and passed over the Jordan, and came to Helam: and the Syrians set themselves in array against David, and fought against him. 18 And the Syrians fled before Israel, and David slew of the Syrians the men of seven hundred chariots, and forty thousand horsemen: and smote Sobach the captain of the army, who presently died. 19 And all the kings that were auxiliaries of Adarezer, seeing themselves overcome by Israel, were afraid and fled away, eight and fifty thousand men before Israel. And they made peace with Israel: and served them, and all the Syrians were afraid to help the children of Ammon any more.
1 And it came to pass at the return of the year, at the time when kings go forth to war, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel, and they spoiled the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabba: but David remained in Jerusalem. 2 In the mean time it happened that David arose from his bed after noon, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and he saw from the roof of his house a woman washing herself, over against him: and the woman was very beautiful.