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25 Absalom's beauty, hair, and children. 28 19 1 And Tamar put ashes on her head, and After two years, Absalom by Joab is brought rent her garment of divers colours that was on into the king's presence. her, and laid her hand on her head, und went on NOW Joab the son of Zerulah perceived that crying.

V the king's heart was toward Absalom. 20 And Absalom her brother said unto her, 2 And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched Hath Amnon thy brother been with thee? but thence a wise woman, and said unto her, I pray hold now thy peace, my sister. he is thy bro. thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, and put on ther; regard not this thing. So Tamar remained now mourning apparel, and anoint not thyself desolate in her brother Absalom's house.

with oil, but be as a woman that had a long 21 1 But when king David heard of all these time mourned for the dead: things, he was very wroth.

3 And come to the king, and speak on this 22 And Absalom spake unto his brother Am manner unto him. So Joab put the words in non neither good nor bad: for Absalom hated her mouth. Amnon, because he had forced his sister Ta. 4.1 And when the woman of Tekoah spake mar.

to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, 23 1 And it came to pass after two full years, and did obeisance, and said, Help, O king. . that Ab:alom had sheep-shearers in Baal-hazor, 5 And the king said unto her, What aileth which is beside Ephraim: and Absalom invited thee? And she answered, I am indeed a widow all the king's sons.

woman, and mine husband is dead. 24 And Absalom came to the king, and said, 6 And thy handmiid had two sons, and they Behold now, thy servant hath sheep.shearers: two strove together in the field, and there was let the king, 1 beseech thee, and his servants go none to part them, but the one smote the other, with thy servant.

and slew him. 25 And the king said to Absalom, Nay, my 7 And behold, the whole family is risen son, let us not all now go, lest we be chargeable against thine handmaid, and they said, Deliver unto thee. And he pressed him: how beit he him that smote his brother, that we may kill would not go, but blessed him,

him, for the life of his brother whom he slew ; 26 Then said Absalom, If not, I pray thee, and we will destroy the heir also: and so they let my brother Amnon go with us. And the shall quench my coal which is left, and shall king said unto him, Why should he go with not leave to my husband neither name nor re. thee?

mainder upon the earth. 27 But Absalom pressed him, that he let Am 8 And the king said unto the woman, Go to non and all the king's sons go with him. . thine house, and I will give charge concerning

28 1 Now Absalom had commanded his ser thee, vants, saying, Mark ye now when Amnon's 9 And the woman of Tekonh said unto the heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto king, My lord, o king, the iniquity be on me, you, Smite Amnon: then kill him, feur not: und on my father's house : and the king and his have not I commanded you? be courageous, throne be guiltless. and be valiant.

10 And the king said, Whosoever saith aught 29 And the servants of Absalom did unto Am. unto thee, bring him to me, and he shall not non as Absalom had commanded. Then all the touch thee any more. king's sons arose, and every man gat him up 11 Then said she, I pray thee, let the king upon his mule, and fled.

remember the LORD thy God, that thou would. 30 1 And it came to pass, while they were in est not sufter the revengers of blood to destroy the way, that tidings came to David, saying, any more, lest they destroy my son. And he Absalom hath slain all the king's sons, and said, As the LORD liveth, there shall not one there is not one of them left.

hair of thy son fall to the earth. 31 Then the king arose, and tare his garments 12 Then the woman suid, Let thine hand. and lay on the earth; and all his servants stood maid, I pray thee, speak one word unto my lord by with their clothes rent.

the king. And he said, Say on. 32 And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David's 13 And the woman said, Wherefore then hast brother, answered and said, Let not my lord thou thought such a thing against the people suppose that they have slain all the young men of God? for the king doth speak this thing as the king's sons ; for Amnon only is dend: for one which is faulty, in that the king doth not by the appointment of Absalom this huth been fetch home again his banished.. determined from the day that he forced his sister 14 For we must needs die, and are as water Tamar.

spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered 33 Now therefore let not my lord the king up again; neither doth God respect any per, take the thing to his heart, to think that all son: yet doth he devise means, that his banished the king's sons are dead : for Amnon only is be not expelled from him. dead.

15 Now therefore that I am come to speak of 34 But Absalom fled. And the young man this thing unto my lord the king, it is because that kept the watch lifted up his eyes, and the people have made me afraid : and thy hand. Jooked, and behold, there come much people by maid said, I will now speak unto the king : it the way of the hill-side behind him.

may be that the king will perform the request 35 And Jonudab said unto the king, Behold, of his handmaid. the king's sons come: as thy servant said, so 16 For the king will hear, to deliver his hand. it is.

maid out of the hand of the man that would 36 And it came to pass, as soon as he had destroy me and my son together out of the inmade an end of speaking, that behold, the heritance of God. king's sons came, and lifted up their voice and 17 Then thine handmaid said, The word of wept : and the king also and all his servants | my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for wept very sore.

as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to 37 11 But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai, | discern good and bad: therefore the LORD thy the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur. And God will be with thee. David mourned for his son every day.

18 Then the king answered and said unto the 38 So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and woman, Hide not from me, I pray thee, the was there three years.

thing that I shall ask thee. And the woman 39 And the soul of king David longed to go said, Let my lord the king now speak.. forth unto Absalom: for he was comforted con. 19 And the king said, Is not the hand of Joab cerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.

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mude judge in the land, that every man which 20 To fetch about this form of speech hath bath any suit or cause might come unto me, and thy servant Joab done this thing: and my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel 5 And it was so, that when any man came of God, to know all things that are in the nigh to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his earth.

hand, and took him, and kissed him. 21 And the king said unto Joab, Behold 6 And on this mauner did Absalom to all now, I have done this thing : go therefore, bring Israel that came to the king for judgment: the young man Absalom again.

so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Is. 22 And Joab fell to the ground on his face, rael. and bowed himself, and thanked the king: and 7. And it came to pass after forty years, that Joab said, To-day thy servant knoweth that I Absalom said unto the king, I pray thee, let me have found grace in thy sight, my lord, o king, go and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto in that the king hath fultilled the request of his ! the LORD, in Hebron. servant,

8 For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode 23 So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the LORD shall brought Absalom to Jerusnlem.

bring me ngain indeed to Jerusalem, then I will 24 And the king said, Let him turn to his own serve the LORD. house, and let him not see my face. So Absa 9 And the king said unto him, Go in peace. lom returned to his own house, und saw not the So he arose, and went to Hebron. king's face.

10 But Absalom sent spies throughout all 25 1 But in all Israel there was none to be so the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as ye hear much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall say, Abthe sole of his foot even to the crown of his salom reigneth in Hebron. head there was no blemish in him.

11 And with Absalom went two hundred men 26 And when he polled his head, (for it out of Jerusalem, that were called ; and they was at every year's end that he polled it: went in their simplicity, and they knew not any because the hair was heavy on him, there. thing. fore he polled it :) he weighed the hair of his 12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gi. head at two hundred shekels after the king's lonite, David's counsellor, from his city, even weight,

from Giluh, while he ottered sacrifices. And the 27 And unto Absalom there were born three conspiracy was strong ; for the people increased sons, and one daughter, whose name was Ta. continually with Absalom. mar: she was a woman of a fair counte. 13 | And there came a messenger to David, pance.

saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after 28 1 So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jeru. Absalom. salem, and saw not the king's face.

14 And David said unto all his servants that 29 Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to have were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us him sent to the king ; but he would not come to flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: him: and when he sent again the second time, make speed to depart, lest he overtake us sudhe would not come.

denly, and bring evil upon us, aud smite the city :30 Therefore he said unto his servants, See, with the edge of the sword. Joab's field is near mine, and he hath barley 15 And the king's servants said unto the king, there ; go and set it on fire. And Absalom's Behold, thy servants are ready to do whatsoever servants set the field on fire.

my lord the king shall appoint. 31 Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom 16 And the king went forth, and all his house. unto his house, and said unto him, Wherefore hold after him. “And the king left ten women have thy servants set my field on fire ?

which were concubines to keep the house. 32 And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I 17 And the king went forth, and all the people sent unto thee, saying, Come hither, that I may after him, and tarried in a place that was far send thee to the king, to say, Wherefore am off. I come from Geshur ? it had been good for me to 18 And all his servants passed on beside him ; have been there still: now therefore let me see and all the Cherethites, and all the l'elethites, the king's face ; and if there be any iniquity in and all the Gittites, six hundred men which me, let him kill me.

came after him from Gath, passed on before the 33 So Joab came to the king, and told him : king. and when he had called for Absalom, he came 19 || Then said the king to Ittai the Gittite, to the king, and bowed himself on his face to Wherefore goest thou also with us? return to the ground before the king: and the king kissed thy place, and abide with the king; for thou art Absalom.

a stranger, and also an exile. CHAPTER XV.

20 Whereas thou camest but yesterday, should

I this day make thee go up and down with us? 1 Absalom, by fair speeches and courtesies,

seeing I go whither I may ; return thou, and stealcth the hearts of Israel. 7 Under pre take back thy brethren: mercy and truth be tence of a vow he obtaineth leave to go to He. with thee. bron. 10 Hc maketh there a great conspiracy. 21 And Ittai answered the king, and said, As 13 David upon the news fleeth from Jerusa the Lord liveth, and as my lord the king liveth, lem. 19 Ittai would not leave him. 24 Zadok surely in what place my lord the king shall be, and Abiathar are sent back with the ark. 30

whether in death or life, even there also will thy David and his company go up mount Olivet servant be. weeping. 31 He curseth Ahithophel's coun 22 And David said to Ittai, Go and pass over. sel. 32 Hushai is sent back with instruc And Ittni the Gittite passed over, and all his tions.

men, and all the little ones that were with AND it came to pass after this, that Absalom him. n prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty 23 And all the country wept with a loud voice, men to run before him.

and all the people passed over : the king also 2 And Absalom rose up early, and stood be. himself passed over the brook Kidron, and all side the way of the gate : and it was so, that the people passed over, toward the way of the when any man that had a controversy came to wilderness the king for judgment, then Absalom called 24 11 And lo, Zadok also, and all the Levites unto him, and said, Of what city art thou? were with him, bearing the ark of the covenant And he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes of God: and they set down the ark of God; of Israel

and Abiathar went up, until all the people had 3 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy mat. done passing out of the city. ters are good and right; but there is no man 25 And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back deputed of the king to hear thee,

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Shimei curseth David favour in the eyes of the LORD, he will bring all the mighty men were on his right hand and me again, and shew me both it, and his habita. on his left. tion:

7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come 26 But if he thus say, I have no delight in out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man thee; behold, here am I, let him do to me as of Relial : seemeth good unto him.

8 The LORD hath returned upon thee all the 27 The king said also unto Zadok the priest, blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou Art not thou a seer? return into the city in hast reigned ; and the LORD hath delivered the peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: thy son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar. and behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, be

28 See, I will tarry in the plain of the wilder cause thou art a bloody man. ness, until there come word from you to certify 91 Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah un. me,

to the king, Why should this dead dog curse my 29 Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the lord the king ? let me go over, I pray thee, and ark of God again to Jerusalem: and they tarried take off his head. there.

10 And the king said, What have I to do with 30 1 And David went up by the ascent of you, ye sons of Zeruiah ? so let him curse, be. mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had cause the LORD hath said unto him, Curse Da. his head covered, and he went barefoot : and all vid. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou the people that was with him covered every done so ? man his head, and they went up, weeping as 11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his they went up.

servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of 31 1 And one told David, saying, Ahithophel my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more is among the conspirators with Absalom. And now may this Benjamite do it ? let him alone, David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn the coun and let him curse ; for the LORD hath bidden sel of Ahithophel into foolishness.

him. 32 1 And it came to pass, that when David 12 It may be that the LORD will look on mine was come to the top of the mount, where he affliction, and that the LORD will requite me worshipped God, behold, Hushai the Archite | good for his cursing this day. came to meet him with his coat rent, and earth 13 And as David and his men went by the upon his head:

way, Shimei went along on the hill's side over 33 Unto whom David said, If thou passest on against him, and cursed as he went, and threw with me, then thou shalt be a burden unto stones at him, and cast dust. me:

14 And the king, and all the people that were 34 But if thou return to the city, and say unto with him, came weary, and refreshed themselves Absalom, I will be thy servant, o king ; as I there. have been thy father's servant hitherto, so will I 15 | And Absalom, and all the people the now also be thy servant: then mayest thou for men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahitho. me defeat the counsel of Ahithophel.

phel with him. 35 And hast thou not there with thee Zadok 16 And it came to pass, when Hushai the and Abiathar the priests? therefore it shall be, Archite, David's friend, was come unto Absa. that what thing soever thou shalt hear out of the lom, that Hushai said unto Absalom, God save king's house, thou shalt tell it to Zadok and the king, God save the king. Abiathar the priests.

17 And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this thy 36 Behold, they have there with them their kindness to thy friend? why wentest thou not two sons, Ahimaaz, Zadok's son, and Jona: with thy friend? than, Abiathar's son; and by them ye shall 18 And Hushai said unto Absalom, Nay; but send unto me every thing that ye can hear. whom the LORD, and this people, and all the

37 So Hushai, David's friend came into the men of Israel choose, his will I be, and with city, and Absalom came into Jerusalem.

him will I abide. CHAPTER XVI.

19 And again, whom should I serve? should I

not serve in the presence of his son ? as I have 1 Ziba, by presents and false suggestions, ob

served in thy father's presence, so will I be in taineth his master's inheritance. 5 At Ba. thy presence... hurim Shimei curseth David. 9 David with 20 Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give patience abstaineth, and restraineth others, counsel among you what we shall do. from revenge. 15 Hushai insinuateth him 21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in self into Absalom's counsel. 20 Ahithophel's unto thy father's concubines, which he hath left counsel.

to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that AND when David was a little past the top of 1 thou art abhorred of thy father : then shall the n the hill, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephib. hands of all that are with thee be strong. osheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, 22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, top of the house ; and Absalom went in unto and an hundred bunches of raisins, and an hun his father's concubines in the sight of all Is. dred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine. rael.

2 And the king said unto Ziba, What mean. 23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he est thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses counselled in those days, was as if a man had be for the king's household to ride on ; and the inquired at the oracle of God: So was all the bread and summer fruit for the young men to counsel of Ahithophel both with David and eat ; and the wine, that such as be faint in the with Absalom. wilderness may drink. 3 And the king said, And where is thy mas.

CHAPTER XVII. ter's son? And Ziba said unto the king, Be.

11 Ahithophel's counsel is overthrown by Hu. hold, he abideth at Jerusalem : for he said, To shai's, according to God's appointment. 15 day shall the house of Israel restore me the king. Secret intelligence is sent unto David. 23 dom of my father.

Ahithophel hangeth_himself. 25 Amasa is 4 Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine made captain. 27 David at Manahaim is are all that pertained unto Mephibosheth. And furnished with provision. Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee that I may MOREOVER, Ahithophel said unto Absafind grace in thy sight, my lord, o king.

VI lom, Let me now choose out twelve thou. 5 1 And when king David came to Bahurim, I sand men, and I will arise and pursue after Da. pehold, thence came out a man of the family of vid this night: the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, 2 And I will come upon him while he is wea. the son of Gera : he came forth, and cursed still ry and weak-handed, and will make him afraid : as he came.

and all the people that are with him shall flee : 6 And he cast stones at David, and at all the and I will smite the king only: mervants of king David ; and all the people and l 3 And I will bring back all the people unto


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Ahithophel's counsel defeated. CHAPTER XVIII. The Israelites are smitten. rthee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all | 23 | And when Ahithophel saw that his counreturned : so all the people shall be in peace. sel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and

4 And the saying pleased Absalom well, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his -all the elders of Israel.

city, and put his household in order, and hang5 Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the ed himself, and died, and was buried in the sepArchite also, and let us bear likewise what he ulchre of his father. saith.

24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Ab. 6 And when Hushai was come to Absalom, salom passed over Jordan, he and all the men Absalom spake unto him, saying, Ahithophel of Israel with him. hath spoken after this manner: shall we do after 25 1 And Absalom made Amasa captain of his saying ? if not, speak thou.

the host instead of Joab: which Amasa was a 7 And Hushai said unto Absalom, The coun. man's son, whose name was Ithra, an Israelite, sel that Ahithopbel hath given is not good at that went in to Abigail the daughter of Nahash, this time.

sister to Zeruiah, Joab's mother. 8 For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy father 26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land and his men, that they be mighty men, and they of Gilead. be chafed in their minds, as a bear robbed of her 27 11 And it came to pass, when David was whelps in the field : and thy father is a man of come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nawar, and will not lodge with the people.

hash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and 9 Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or in Machir the son of Ammiel of Lo-debar, and some other place : and it will come to pass, Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim, when some of them be overthrown at the first, 28 Brought beds, and basins, und earthen ves. that whosoever heareth it will say, There is a sels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and slaughter among the people that follow Absa. parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and lom.

parched pulse, 10 And he also that is valiant, whose heart . 29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and is as the heart of a lion, shall utterly melt: for cheese of kine, for David, and for the people all Israel knoweth that thy father is a mighty that were with him, to eat: for they said, The man, and they which be with him are valiant people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in men.

the wilderness. 11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel be gene. rally gathered unto thee, from Dan even to Beer.

CHAPTER XVIII. sheba, as the sand that is by the sea for multi.

1 David viewing the armies in their march tude ; and that thou go to battle in thine own

giveth them charge of Absalom. 6 The Isperson.

raelites are sore smitten in the wood of 12 So shall we come upon him in some place Ephraim. 9 Absalom, hanging in an oak, where he shall be found, and we will light upon

is slain by Joab, and cast into a pit. 18 Abhim as the dew falleth on the ground : and of

salom's place. 19 Ahimaaz and Cushi bring him and of all the men that are with him there

tidings to David. 33 David mourneth for shall not be left so much as one.

Absalom. 13 Moreover, if he be gotten into a city, then ND David numbered the people that were shall all Isra el bring ropes to that city, and we with him, and set captains of thousands and will draw it into the river, until there be not one captains of hundreds over them. small stone found there.

2 And David sent forth a third part of the 14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel people under the hand of Joab, and a third part said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is bet. under the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, ter than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the Joab's brother, and a third part under the hand LORD had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ittai the Gittite. And the king said unto of Ahithophel, to the intent that the LORD the people, I will surely go forth with you mymight bring evil upon Absalom.

self also. 15 | Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to 3 But the people answered, Thou shalt not go Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus did Ahitho forth: for if we flee away, they will not care for phel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel ; us; neither if half of us die, will they care for and thus and thus have I counselled.

us: but now thou art worth ten thousand of us : 16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell Da. therefore now it is better that thou succour us vid, saying, Lodge not this night in the plains out of the city. of the wilderness, but speedily pass over ; lest 4 And the king said unto them, What seemthe king be swallowed up, and all the people eth you best I will do. And the king stood by that are with him.

the gate side, and all the people came out by 17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by hundreds and by thousands. En-rogel ; (for they might not be seen to come 5 And the king commanded Joab and Abi. into the city): and a wench went and told shai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake them; and they went and told king David. . with the young man, even with Absalom.

18 Nevertheless, a lad saw them, and told Ab And all the people heard when the king gave salom : but they went both of them away quick. all the captains charge concerning Absalom. ly, and came to a man's house in Bahurim, 6.1 So the people went out into the field which had a well in his court ; whither they against Israel: and the battle was in the wood went down.

of Ephraim; 19 And the woman took and spread a cover 7 Where the people of Israel were slain being over the well's mouth, and spread ground fore the servants of David, and there was there corn thereon ; and the thing was not known. a great slaughter that day of twenty thousand

20 And when Absalom's servants came to the men. woman to the house, they said, Where is Ahi. 8 For the battle was there scattered over the maaz and Jonathan ? And the woman said un. face of all the country: and the wood devourto them, They be gone over the brook of water. ed more people that day than the sword deAnd when they had sought and could not find voured, them, they returned to Jerusalem.

9 T And Absalom met the servants of David. 21 And it came to pass, after they were de. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule parted, that they came up out of the well, and went under the thick boughs of a great oak, went and told king David, and said unto Da. and his head caught hold of the oak, and he vid, Arise, and pass quickly over the water : was taken up between the heaven and the for thus hath Ahithophel counselled against earth; and the mule that was under him went you.

away. 22 Then David arose, and all the people that 10 And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, were with him, and they passed over Jordan: and said, Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an by the morning light there lacked not one of oak. them that was not gone over Jordan,

11 And Joab said unto the man that told him,

Joab slayeth Absalom.

IÍ. SAMUEL. David is invited to return. And behold, thou sa west him, and why didst, Tidings, my lord the king: for the LORD hath thou not smite him there to the gronnd? and I avenged thee this day of all them that rose up would have given thee ten shekels of silver, and against thee, a girdle,

32 And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young 12 And the man said unto Joab, Though I ] man Absalom safe? And Cushi answered, The should receive a thousand shekels of silver in enemies of my lord the king, and all that rise mine hand, yet would I not put forth mine against thee to do thee hurt, be as that young hand against the king's son: for in our hearing man is. the king charged thee and Abishai and Ittui, 33 | And the king was much moved, and saying, Beware that none touch the young man went up to the chamber over the gate, and Absalom.

wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son 13 Otherwise I should have wrought false. Absalom! my son, my son Absalom! would hood against mine own life: for there is no | God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, matter hid from the king, and thou thyself my son! wouldest have set thyself against me.

CHAPTER XIX. 14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand,

| 1 Joab causeth the king to cease his mourning. and thrust them through the heart of Absa. 9 The Israelites are earnest to bring the king lom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the

back. 11 David sendeth to the priests to in. oak,

cite them of Judah. 18 Shimei is pardoned. 15 And ten young men that bare Joab's ar 24 Mephibosheth excused. 32 Barzillai dismour compassed about and smote Absalom, and

missed, Chimham his son is taken into the slew him.

king's family. 41 The Israelites expostu. 16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and the peo. late with Judah for bringing home the king ple returned from pursuing after Israel: for Joab

without them. held back the people.

AND it was told Joab, Behold, the king weep. 17 And they took Absalom, and cast him into Aeth and mourneth for Absalom. a great pit in the wood, and laid a very great 2 And the victory that day was turned into heap of stones upon him: and all Israel fled eve mourning unto all the people: for the people ry one to his tent.

heard say that day how the king was grieved 18 1 Now Absalom in his life-time had taken for his son. and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in 3 And the people gat them by stealth that day the king's dale: for he said, I have no son to into the city, as people being ashamed steal keep my name in remembrance: and he called away when they flee in battle. the pillar after his own name: and it is called 4 But the king covered his face, and the king unto this day, Absalom's place.

cried with a loud voice, O my son Absalom! 0 19 1 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Absalom, my son, my son! Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, 5 And Joab came into the house to the king, how that the LORD hath avenged him of his and said, Thou hast shamed this day the faces enemies.

of all thy servants, which this day have saved 20 And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt not thy life, and the lives of thy sons and of thy bear tidings this day, but thou shalt bear ti. daughters, and the lives of thy wives, and the dings another day: but this day thou shalt lives of thy concubines ; bear no tidings, because the king's son is dead. 6 In that thou lovest thine enemies, and hatest

21 Then said Joab to Cushi, Go, tell the king thy friends : for thou hast declnred this day, what thou hast seen. And Cushi bowed him. | that thou regardest neither princes nor servants : self unto Joab, and ran.

for this day I perceive, that if Absalom had 22 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet lived, and all we had died this day, then it had again to Joab, But howsoever, let me, I pray pleased thee well. thee, also run after Cushi. And Joab said, 7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak Wheretore wilt thou run, my son, seeing that comfortably unto thy servants: for I swear by thou hast no tidings ready?

the LORD, if thou go not forth, there will not 23 But howsoever, said he, let me run. And tarry one with thee this night: and that will be he said unto him, Run. Then Ahimaaz ran worse unto thee than all the evil that betell thee by the way of the plain, and overran Cushi.

24 And David sat between the two gates: and 8 Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. the watchman went up to the roof over the gate

And they told unto all the people, saying, Be. unto the wall, and lifted up his eyes, and look hold, the king doth sit in the gate. And all the ed, and behold a man running alone..

people came before the king : for Israel had fled 25 And the watchman cried, and told the every man to his tent. king. And the king said, If he be alone there is 9 And all the people were at strife through. tidings in his mouth. And he came a pace, and out all the tribes of Israel, saying, The king drew neur.

saved us out of the hand of our enemies, and he 26 And the watchman saw another man run. delivered us ont of the hand of the Philistines; ning: and the watchman called unto the porter, and now he is fled out of the land for Absalom. and said, Behold, another man running alone. 10 And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, And the king said, He also bringeth tidings. is dead in battle. Now therefore why speak ye

27 And the watchman said, Methinketh the not a word of bringing the king back ? running of the forernost is like the running of 11 1 And king David sent to Zadok and to Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak unto the said, He is a good man, and cometh with good elders of Judah, saying, Why are ye the last to tidings,

bring the king back to his house? seeing the 28 And Ahimaaz called, and said unto the speech of all Israel is come to the king, even to king, All is well. And he fell down to the earth his house, upon his face before the king, and said, Blessed | 12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and be the Lord thy God, which hath delivered up my flesh: wherefore then are ye the last to bring the men that litted up their hand against my back the king ? lord the king..

13 And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not of my 29 And the king said, Is the young man Ab. bone, and of my flesh? God do so to me, and anlom safe? And Ahima az answered, When more ulso, if thou be not captain of the host Joab sent the king's servant, and me thy ser. before me continually in the room of Joab. vant, I saw a great tumult, but I knew not what 14 And he bowed the heart of all the men of it 2008..

Judah, even as the heart of one man ; so that 30 And the king said unto him, Turn aside they sent this word unto the king, Return thou, and stand here. And he turned aside, and stood and all thy servants. still.

15 So the king, returned, and came to Jor. 31 And behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, I dan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to go to

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