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16. And it came to pass, when Hushaij and they be chased in their minds, as a bear the Archite, David's friend, was come unto robbed of her whelps in the field: and thy Absalom, that Hushai said unto Absalom, father is a man of war, and will not lodge God save the king, God save the king. with the people.

17. And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this 9. Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or thy kindness to thy friend? why wentest thou in some other place: and it will come to not with thy friend?

I pass, when some of them be overthrown at 18. And Hushai said unto Absalom, Nay; the first, that whosoever heareth it will say, but whom the LORD, and this people, and There is a slaughter among the people that all the men of Israel, choose, his will I be, follow Absalom. and with him will I abide.

10. And he also that is valiant, whose 19. And again, whom should I serve? | heart is as the heart of a lion, shall utterly should I not serve in the presence of his son?| melt: for all Israel knoweth that thy father · As I have served in thy father's presence, so is a mighty man, and they which be with will I be in thy presence.

him are valiant men. 20. Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, 11. Therefore I counsel, that all Israel Give counsel among you what we shall do. | be generally gathered unto thee, from Dan

21. And Abithophel said unto Absalom, even to Beer-sheba, as the sand that is by Go in unto thy father's concubines, which the sea for multitude, and that thou go to he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel battle in thine own person. shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy 12. So shall we come upon him in some father: then shall the hands of all that are place where he shall be found, and we will with thee be strong.

| light upon him as the duw falleth on the 22. So they spread Absalom a tent upon ground: and of him and of all the men that the top of the house; and Absalom went | are with him there shall not be left so much in unto his father's concubines in the sight as one. of all Israel.

13. Moreover, if he be gotten into a city, 23. And the counsel of Ahithophel, which then shall all Israel bring ropes to that city, he counselled in those days, was as if a man and we will draw it into the river, until had inquired at the oracle of God: so was there be not one small stone found there. all the counsel of Abithophel, both with 14. And Absalom and all the men of Israel David and with Absalom.

said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is CHAP. XVII.

better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For Akithophel's counsel is overthrown by Hushai's. the Lord had appointed to defeat the good 1. V OREOVER, Ahithophel said unto counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that

1 Absalom, Let me now choose out the LORD might bring evil upon Absalom. twelve thousand men, and I will arise and 15. Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to pursue after David this night:

Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus did Abi2. And I will come upon him while he is thophel counsel Absalom and the elders of weary and weak-handed, and will make him Israel ; and thus and thus have I counselled. afraid : and all the people that are with him 16. Now therefore send quickly, and tell shall flee; and I will smite the king only. David, saying, Lodge not this night in the

3. And I will bring back all the people plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass unto thee: the man whom thou seekest is as over; lest the king be swallowed up, and if all returned : so all the people shall be in all the people that are with him. peace.

17. Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by 4. And the saying pleased Absalom well, | En-rogel, (for they might not be seen to come and all the elders of Israel.

into the city :) and a wench went and told 5. Then said Absalom, Call now Hushail them; and they went and told king David. the Archite also, and let us hear likewise 18. Nevertheless a lad saw them, and told what he saith.

| Absalom : but they went both of them away 6. And when Hushai was come to Absa- quickly, and came to a man's house in lom, Absalom spake unto him, saying, Ahi- Bahurim, which had a well in his court, thophel hath spoken after this manner: shall whither they went down. we do after his saying? if not, speak thou. 19. And the woman took and spread a

7. And Hushai said unto Absalom, The covering over the well's mouth, and spread counsel that Ahithophel hath given is not ground corn thereon ; and the thing was not good at this time.

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known. 8. For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy 20. And when Absalom's servants came father and his men, that they be mighty men, ll to the woman to the house, they said,

Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And || not go forth: for if we flee away, they will the woman said unto them, They be gone | not care for us : neither is half of us die will over the brook of water. And when they they care for us: but now thou art worth had sought and could not find them, they ten thousand of us: therefore now it is better returned to Jerusalem.

that thou succour us out of the city. 21. And it came to pass, after they were 4. And the king said unto them, What departed, that they came up out of the well, seemeth you best I will do. And the king and went and told king David, and said stood by the gate side, and all the people unto David, Arise, and pass quickly over came out by hundreds and by thousands. the water: for thus hath Ahithophel counsel- 5. And the king commanded Joab and led against you.

Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for 22. Then David arose, and all the people my sake with the young man, even with Abthat were with him, and they passed over salom. And all the people heard when the Jordan: by the morning light there lacked not king gave all the captains charge concerning one of them that was not gone over Jordan. Absalom.

23. And when Ahithophel saw that his 6. So the people went out into the field counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, against Israel: and the battle was in the and arose, and gat him home to his house, wood of Ephraim; to his city, and put his household in order, | 7. Where the people of Israel were slain and hanged himself, and died, and was before the servants of David; and there was buried in the sepulchre of his father. there a great slaughter that day of twenty · 24. Then David came to Mahanaim. thousand men. And Absalom passed over Jordan, he and 8. For the battle was there scattered over all the men of Israel with him.

|| the face of all the country: and the wood 25. And Absalom made Amasa captain of devoured more people that day than the the host instead of Joab: which Amasa was sword devoured. a man's son whose name was Ithra, an Is- 9. And Absalom met the servants of Daraelite, that went in to Abigail the daughter vid. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah, Joab's mother. the mule went under the thick boughs of a

26. So Israel and Absalom pitched in the great oak, and bis head caught hold of the land of Gilead.

oak, and he was taken up between the hea27. And it came to pass, when David ven and the earth; and the mule that was was come to Mahanain, that Shobi the under him went away. son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children 10. And a certain man saw it, and told of Ammon, and Machir the son of Am- | Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom miel of Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite hanged in an oak. of Rogelim,

11. And Joab said unto the man that told 28. Brought beds, and basins, and earthen him, And, behold, thou sawest him; and vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, why didst thou not smite him there to the and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, ground? and I would have given thee ten and parched pulse,

|| shekels of silver and a girdle. 29. And honey, and butter, and sheep, 12. And the man said unto Joab, Though and cheese of kine, for David, and for the I should receive a thousand shekels of silver people that were with him, to eat: for they in mine hand, yet would I not put forth said, The people is hungry, and weary, and mine hand against the king's son: for in our thirsty, in the wilderness.

hearing the king charged thee and Abishai CHAP. XVIII.

and Ittai, saying, Beware that none touch Absalom, hanging in an oak, is slain by Joah. the young man Absalom. 1. AND David numbered the people that 13. Otherwise I should have wrought false

I were with him, and set captains of hood against mine own life: for there is no thousands and captains of hundreds over matter hid from the king, and thou thyself them.

wouldest have set thyself against me. 2. And David sent forth a third part of the 14. Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus people under the hand of Joab, and a third with thee. And he took three darts in his part under the hand of Abishai the son of hand, and thrust them through the heart of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and a third part Absalom, while he was yet alive in the under the hand of Ittai the Gittite. And the midst of the oak. king said unto the people, I will surely go 15. And ten young men that bare Joab's forth with you myself also.

| armour compassed about, and smote Absa3 But the people answered, Thou shalt II lom, and slew him,

and captains of set captainst hat, 13.000 m

part with, Joab's Ittai the Gi will surely go armour congle

16. And Joab blew the trumpet, and the || Absalom safe? And Ahimaaz answered, people returned from pursuing after Israel: When Joab sent the king's servant, and me for Joab held back the people.

| thy servant, I saw a great tumult, but I 17. And they took Absalom, and cast him knew not what it was. into a great pit in the wood, and laid a very 30. And the king said unto him, Turn great heap of stones upon him: and all Is- aside, and stand here. And he turned asiile, rael fled every one to his tent.

and stood still. 18. Now Absalom in his life-time had | 31. And, behold, Cushi came; and Cushi taken and reared up for himself a pillar, said, Tidings, my lord the king: for the which is in the king's dale : for he said, I || Lord hath avenged thee this day of all them have no son to keep my name in remem- | that rose up against thee. brance : and he called the pillar after his 32. And the king said unto Cushi, Is the own name: and it is called unto this day, young man Absalom safe? And Cushi anAbsalom's Place.

swered, The enemies of my lord the king, 19. Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, and all that rise against thee to do thee hurt, Let me now run and bear the king tidings, be as that young man is. how that the LORD hath avenged him of his 33. And the king was much moved, and enemies.

went up to the chamber over the gate, and 20. And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt wept; and as he went, thus he said, O my not bear tidings this day, but thou shalt bear | son Absalom! my son, my son Absalom! tidings another day; but this day thou shalt || would God I had died for thee, O Absabear no tidings,because the king's son is dead. lom, my son, my son! 21. Then said Joab to Cushi, Go tell the

CHAP. XIX. king what thou hast seen. And Cushil Joab causeth the king to cease his mourning. bowed himself unto Joab, and ran.

|| 1. AND it was told Joab, Behold, the 22. Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, 1 king weepeth and mourneth for Abyet again to Joab, But, howsoever, let me, salom. I pray thee, also run after Cushi. And Joab 2. And the victory that day was turned said, Wherefore wilt thou run, my son, into mourning unto all the people: for the seeing that thou hast no tidings ready? people heard say that day how the king was

23. But, howsoever, said he, let me run. | grieved for his son. And he said unto him, Run. Then Ahi- 3. And the people gat them by stealth that maaz ran by the way of the plain, and day into the city, as people being ashamed overran Cushi.

steal away when they flee in battle. 24. And David sat between the two | 4. But the king covered his face, and the gates: and the watchman went up to the king cried with a loud voice, O my son roof over the gate unto the wall, and lifted | Absalom! 0 Absalom, my son, my son up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, al 5. And Joab came into the house to the man running alone.

king, and said, Thou hast shamed this day 25. And the watchman cried, and told the the faces of all thy servants, which this day king. And the king said, If he be alone, have saved thy life, and the lives of thy there is tidings in his mouth. And he came sons, and of thy daughters, and the lives of apace, and drew near.

thy wives, and the lives of thy concubines; 26. And the watchman saw another man II 6. In that thou lovest thine enemies, and running, and the watchman called unto hatest thy friends: for thou hast declared this the porter, and said, Behold, another man day, that thou regardest neither princes nor running alone. And the king said, He also servants: for this day I perceive, that if Absabringeth tidings.

| lom had lived, and all we had died this day, 27. And the watchman said, Methinketh | then it had pleased thee well. the running of the foremost is like the run II 7. Now therefore, arise, go forth, and speak ning of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And comfortably unto thy servants: for I swear by the king said, He is a good man, and cometh | the LORD, if thou go not forth, there will not with good tidings.

tarry one with thee this night: and that will 28. And Ahimaaz called, and said unto be worse unto thee than all the eyil that befell the king, All is well. And he fell down to thee from thy youth until now. the earth upon his face before the king, and 8. Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. said, Blessed be the LORD thy God, which And they told unto all the people, saying, Behath delivered up the men that lifted up their hold, the king doth sit in the gate. And all hand against my lord the king.

the people came before the king; for Israel 29. And the king said. Is the young man I had fled, every man to his tent.

9. And all the people were at strife || with you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye should throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, this day be adversaries unto me? Shall The king saved us out of the hand of our there any man be put to death this day in enemies, and he delivered us out of the Israel ? For do not I know that I am this hand of the Philistines; and now he is fled day king over Israel ? ' out of the land for Absalom.

| 23. Therefore the king said unto Shimei, 10. And Absalom, whom we anointed Thou shalt not die. And the king sware over us, is dead in battle. Now, therefore, || unto him. why speak ye not a word of bringing the 24. And Mephibosheth the son of Saul king back?

came down to meet the king, and had u. And king David sent to Zadok and neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak unto beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the elders of Judah, saying, Why are ye the the king departed until the day he came last to bring the king back to his house? again in peace. seeing the speech of all Israel is come to 25. And it came to pass, when he was the king, even to his house.

come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that 12. Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones the king said to him, Wherefore wentest and my flesh: wherefore then are ye the last | not thou with me, Mephibosheth? to bring back the king ?

| 26. And he answered, My Lord, O king, 13. And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not of my servant deceived me: for thy servant my bone, and of my flesh? God do so to me, said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride and more also, if thou be not captain of the thereon, and go to the king; because thy serhost before me continually in the room of Joab. || vant is lame.

14. And he bowed the heart of all the 1 27. And he hath slandered thy servant men of Judah, even as the heart of one man; unto my lord the king; but my lord the so that they sent this word unto the king, king is as an angel of God: do, therefore, Return thou, and all thy servants.

what is good in thine eyes. 15. So the king returned, and came to 28. For all of my father's house were but Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to go | dead men before my lord the king: yet didst to meet the king, to conduct the king over thou set thy servant among them that did eat Jordan.

at thine own table. What right, therefore, 16. And Shimei the son of Gera, a Ben- | have I yet to cry any more unto the king ? jamite, which was of Bahurim, hasted, and || 29. And the king said unto him, Why came down with the men of Judah to meet | speakest thou any more of thy matters? I king David.

have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land. 17. And there were a thousand men of 30. And Mephibosheth said unto the king, Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant | Yea, let him take all, forasmuch as my lord of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and the king is come again in peace unto his his twenty servants with him; and they went own house. over Jordan before the king.

31. And Barzillai the Gileadite came 18. And there went over a ferry-boat to down from Rogelim, and went over Jordan carry over the king's. household, and to do with the king, to conduct him over Jordan. what he thought good. And Shimei the 32. Now Barzillai was a very aged man, son of Gera fell down before the king, as he even fourscore years old : and he had prowas come over Jordan;

vided the king of sustenance while he lay 19. And said unto the king, Let not my || at Mahanaim ; for he was a very great man. lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do. 33. And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thou remember that which thy servant did thou over with me, and I will feed thee with perversely the day that my lord the king me in Jerusalem. went out of Jerusalem, that the king should | 34. And Barzillai said unto the king, How take it to his heart.

long have I to live, that I should go up with 20. For thy servant doth know that I || the king unto Jerusalem ? have sinned: therefore, behold, I am come 35. I am this day fourscore years old; and the first this day of all the house of Joseph, || can I discern between good and evil? can to go down to meet my lord the king. thy servant taste what I eat or what I

21. But Abishai the son of Zeruiah an- | drink? can I hear any more the voice of swered and said, Shall not Shimei be put singing-men and singing-women? wherefore to death for this, because he cursed the |then should thy servant be yet a burden LORD's anointed ?

unto my lord the king? 22. And David said, What have I to do | 36. Thy servant will go a little way over

Jordane conheuse it mat i pray neboven city

Jucation but he is

Jordan with the king; and why should the \ 4. Then said the king to Amasa, Assemking recompense it me with such a reward?ble me the men of Judah within three days,

37. Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn and be thou here present.. back again, that I may die in mine own city, 5. So Amasa went to assemble the men of and be buried by the grave of my father and Judah ; but he tarried longer than the set of my mother: but, behold, thy servant time which he had appointed him. Chimham, let him go over with my lord | 6. And David said to Abishai, Now shall the king; and do to him what shall seem | Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm good unto thee.

than did Absalom: take thou thy lord's ser38. And the king answered, Chimhamvants, and pursue after him, lest he get him shall go over with me, and I will do to fenced cities, and escape us. him that which shall seem good unto thee: 7. And there went out after him, Joab's and whatsoever thou shalt require of me, men, and the Cherethites, and the Peletbites, that will I do for thee.

and all the mighty men: and they went out 39. And all the people went over Jordan. of Jerusalem, to pursue after Sheba the son And when the king was come over, the of Bichri. king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and 8. When they were at the great stone he returned unto his own place.

which is in Gibeon, Amasa went before them. 40. Then the king went on to Gilgal, and And Joab's garment that he had put on was Chimham went on with him: and all the girded unto him, and upon it a girdle with a people of Judah conducted the king, and sword fastened upon his loins in the sheath also half the people of Israel.

thereof; and as he went forth it sell out. 41. And, behold, all the men of Israel 9. And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou in. came to the king, and said unto the king, health my brother ? And Joab took Amasa Why have our brethren, the men of Judah, by the beard with the right hand to kiss him. stolen thee away, and have brought the king 10. But Amasa took no heed to the sword and his household, and all David's men that was in Joab's band : so he smote him with him, over Jordan?

therewith in the fifth rib, and shed out his 42. And all the men of Judah answered bowels to the ground, and struck him not the men of Israel, Because the king is near again; and he died. So Joab and Abishai of kin to us: wherefore then be ye angry for his brother pursued after Sheba the son of this matter? have we eaten at all of the Bichri. king's cost? or hath he given us any gift? 11. And one of Joab's men stood by him,

43. And the men of Israel answered the and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he that men of Judah, and said, We have ten parts is for David, let him go after Joab. in the king, and we have also more right in 12. And Amasa wallowed in blood in the David than ye: why then did ye despise us, midst of the highway. And when the man that our advice should not be first had insaw that all the people stood still, he removed bringing back our king? And the words of Amasa out of the highway into the field, and the men of Judah were fiercer than the cast a cloth upon him, when he saw that words of the men of Israel.

|| every one that came by him stood still. CHAP. XX.

13. When he was removed out of the highBy occasion of the quarrel, Sheba maketh a party in Israel. way, all the people went on aster Joab, to 1. AND there happened to be there a man pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.

A of Belial, whose name was Sheba, 14. And he went through all the tribes of the son of Bichri, a Benjamite ; and he blew Israel unto Abel, and to Beth-maachah, a trumpet, and said, We have no part in and all the Berites; and they were gathered David, neither have we inheritance in the together, and went also after him. son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel. 15. And they came and besieged him in

2. So every man of Israel went up from Abel of Beth-maachah, and they cast up after David, and followed Sheba the son of a bank against the city, and it stood in the Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto | trench: and all the people that were with their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem. Joab battered the wall, to throw it down.

3. | And David came to his house at 16. Then cried a wise woman out of the Jerusalem; and the king took the ten wo-city, Hear, hear; say, I pray you, unto Joab, men his concubines, whom he had left to Come near hither, that I may speak with keep the house, and put them in ward, and thee. fed them, but went not in unto them : so 17. And when he was come near unto they were shut up unto the day of their her, the woman said, Art thou Joab ? And death, living in widowhood.

he answered, I am he. Then she said unto

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