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Absalon's return.

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His popularity. 279 comfortable: for as an angel of God, so Wherefore have thy servants set iny field is my lord the king to discern good and || on fire ? bad: therefore the LORD thy God will 32 And Absalom answered Joab, Bebe with thee.

hold, I sent unto thee, saying, Come hith18 Then the king answered and said | er, that I may send thee to the king, to unto the woman, Hide not from me, I say, Wherefore am I come from Geshur! pray thee, the thing that I shall ask thee. It had been good for me to have been And the woman said, Let my lord the there still : now therefore let me see the king now speak.

king's face; and if there be any iniquity 19 And the king said, Is not the hand in me, let him kill me. of Joab with thce in all this? And the 33 So Joab came to the king, and told woman answered and said, As thy soul him; and when he had called for Absaliveth, my lord the king, none can turn to lom, he came to the king, and bowed the right hand or to the left from aught himself on his face to the ground before that my lord the king hath spoken: for the king : and the king kissed Absalom. thy servant Joab, he bade me, and he put

CHAP. XV. all these words in the mouth of thine 1 Absalom stealeth the hearts of Isruci: handmaid:

10 He maketh a conspiracy. 13 Da20 To fetch about this form of speech vid fleeth from Jerusalem. hath thy servant Joab done this thing : AND it came to pass after this, that and my lord is wise, according to the wis (1 Absalom prepared him chariots and dom of an angel of God, to know all things horses, and fifty men to run before him. that are in the earth.

2 And Absalom rose up early, and 21 And the king said unto Joab, Be stood beside the way of the gate: and it hold now, I have done this thing : go was so, that when any man that had a therefore, bring the young man Absalom controversy came to the king for juderagain.

ment, then Absalon; called unto him, and 22 And Joab fell to the ground on his said, Of what city art thou? And he said, face, and bowed himself, and thanked the Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Isking: and Joab said, To-day thy servant || rael. knoweth that I have found grace in thy 3 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy sight, my lord, O king, in that the king matters are good and right; but there is hath fulfilled the request of his servant. no man deputed of the king to hear thee.

23 So Joab arose and went to Geshur, 4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I and brought Absalom to Jerusalem. were made judge in the land, that every

24 And the king said, Let him turn to man which hath any suit or cause might his own house, and let him not see my come unto me, and I would do him justice! face. So Absalom returned to his own 5 And it was so, that when any man house, and saw not the king's face. came nigh to him to do him obeisance,

25 ( But in all Israel there was none to he put forth his hand, and took him, and be so much praised as Absalom for his kissed him beauty: from the sole of his foot even to 6 And on this manner did Absalom to the crown of his head there was no blem all Israel that came to the king for judgish in him.

ment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the 26 And when he polled his head, (for men of Israel. it was at every year's end that he polled 7 And it came to pass after forty it: because the hair was heavy on him, Il years, that Absalom said unto the king, therefore he polled it :) he weighed the I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, hair of his head at two hundred shekels which I have vowed unto the LORD, in after the king's weight.

Hebron 27 And unto Absalom there were born 8 For thy servant vowed a vow while three sons, and one daughter, whose name I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the mas Tamar: she was a woman of a fair LORD shall bring me again indeed to JeGountenance.

rusalem, then I will serve the LORD. 28 So Absalom dwelt two full years in 9 And the king said unto him, Go ir Jerusalem, and saw not the king's face. peace. So he arose, and went to Hebron.

29 Therefore Absalor sent for Joab, to 10 But Absalom sent spies throughout have sent him to the king ; but he would all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as not come to him: and when he sent again ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye the second time, he would not come. shall say, Absalom reigneth in Hebrón.

30 Therefore he said unto his servants, 11 And with Absalom went two hunSee, Joab's field is near mine, and he hath dred men out of Jerusalem, that were barley there ; go and set it on fire. And called ; and they went in their simpliciAbsalom's servants set the field on fire. ll ty, and they knew not any thing.

31 Then Joab arose, and came to Ab 12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophei salom unto his house, and said unto him, I the Gilonite, David's counsellor, from his

280 David fleeth from Jerusalem. II. SAMUEL.

Absalom's treason. city, even from Giloh, while he offered | light in thee; behold, here am I, let him sacrifices. And the conspiracy was | do to me as seemeth good unto him. strong; for the people increased contin- 27 The king said also unto Zadok the ually with Absalom.

priest, Art not thou a seer? return into 13 [ And there came a messenger to the city in peace, and your two sons with David, saying, The hearts of the men | you, Ahimaaz thy son, and Jonathan the of Israel are after Absalom.

|| son of Abiathar. 14 And David said unto all his servants 28 See, I will tarry in the plain of the that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, wilderness, until there come word from and let us fee; for we shall not else es you to certify me. cape from Absalom : make speed to de 29 Zadok therefore and Abiathar carpart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and ried the ark of God again to Jerusalem: bring evil upon us, and smite the city and they tariied there. with the edge of the sword.

30 And David went up by the ascent 15 And the king's servants said unto of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, the king, Behold, thy servants are ready and had his head covered, and he went to do whatsoever my lord the king shall | bare-foot ; and all the people that was appoint.

with him covered every man his head, 16 And the king went forth, and all and they went up, weeping as they went his household after him. And the king || up. left ten women which were concubines '31 s And one told David, saying, Ato keep the house.

hithophel is among the conspirators with 17 And the king went forth, and all | Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I the people after him, and tarried in all pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel place that was far off.

into foolishness. 18 And all his servants passed on be 32 F And it came to pass, that when side him; and all the Cherethites, and David was come to the top of the mount, all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six where he worshipped Göd, behold, Huhundred men which came after him from shai the Archite came to meet him with Gath, passed on before the king.

| his coat rent, and earth upon his head : 19 | Then said the king to Ittai the 33 Unto whom David said, If thou Gittite, Wherefore goest thou also with passest on with me, then thou shalt be a us ? return to thy place, and abide with burden unto me: the king; for thou art a stranger, and al 54 But if thou return to the city, and so an exilc.

say unto Absalom, I will be thy servant, 20 Whereas thou camest but yester O'king ; as I have been thy father's serday, should I this day make thce go up | vant hitherto, so will I now also be thy and down with us ? seeing I go whither I servant: then mayest thou for me defeat may ; return thou, and take back thy | the counsel of Ahíthophel. brethren: mercy and truth be with thee. 35 And hast thou not there with thee

21 And Ittai answered the king, and Zadok and Abiathar the priests ? theresaid, As the Lord liveth, and as my lord | fore it shall be, that what thing soever the king liveth, surely in what place my l thou shalt hear out of the king's house, lord the king shall be, whether in death thou shalt tell it to Zadok and Abiathar or life, even there also will thy servant be. | the priests.

22 And David said to Iitai, Go and 36 Behold, they have there with them pass over. And Ittai the Gittite passed their two sons, Ahimaaz Zadok's son, and over, and all his men, and all the little Jonathan Abiathar's son ; and by them ones that were with him.

ye shall send unto me every thing that ye 23 And all the country wept with a can hear. loud voice, and all the people passed o 37 So Hushai David's friend came into ver: the king also himself passed over the the city, and Absalom came into Jerusabrook Kidron, and all the people passed | lem. over, toward the way of the wilderness.

CHAP. XVI. 24 And lo, Zadok also, and all the | 1 Ziba by false suggestions obtaineth his Levites were with him, bearing the ark master's inheritance. 5 Shimci curseth of the covenant of God: and they set | David. 9 David abstaineth and redown the ark of God; and Abiathar straineth others from revenge. 20 Awent up, until all the people had done | hithophct's counsel. passing out of the city.

AND when David was a little past the 25 And the king said unto Zadok, Car A top of the hill, behold, Ziba the serry back the ark of God into the city : if vant of Mephibosheth met him, with a I shall find favour in the eyes of the couple of asses saddled, and upon them Lord, he will bring me again, and shew two hundred loaves of bread, and an hunme both it, and his habitation :

dred bunches of raisins, and an hundred But if he thus say, I have no de- of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.

Srimei curseth David. CHAP. xvit. Ahithophel's coumsel. 281

2 And the king said unto Žiba, What the Archite, David's friend, was come unmeanest thou by these ? And Ziba said, to Absalom, that Hushai said unto AbsaThe asses be for the king's household to lom, God save the king, God save the king. ride on; and the bread and summer 17 And Absalom said to Hushai, Is fruit for the young men to eat ; and the this thy kindness to thy friend? why wine, that such as be faint in the wilder | wentest thou not with thy friend? ness may drink.

18 And Hushai said unto Absalom, 3 And the king said, And where is thy Nay; but whom the LORD, and this peomaster's son. And Ziba said unto the king, ple, and all the men of Israel choose, his Behold, he abideth at Jerusalem : for he will I be, and with him will I abide. said, To-day shall the house of Israel re- || 19 And again, whom should I serve ? store me the kingdom of my father. should I not serve in the presence of his · 4 Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, son? as I have served in thy father's presthine are all that pertained unto Mephib- li ence, so will I be in thy presence. osheth. And Ziba said, I humbly be 20 1 Then said Absalom to Ahithoseech thee that I may find grace in thy phel, give counsel among you what we sight, my lord, O king.

shall do. 5 And when king David came to Ba- 11 21 And Anithophiel said unto Absalom, hurim, behold, thence came out a man of Go in unto thy father's concubines, which the family of the house of Saul, whose || he hath left to keep the house ; and all name was Shimei, the son of Gera : ho il Isracl shall hear that thou art abhorred came forth, and cursed still as he came of thy father : then shall tne hands of all

6 And he cast stones at David, and that are with thee be strong. all the servants of king David : and a 22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the people and all the mighty men were the top of the house ; and Absalom went on his right hand and on his left.

in unto his father's concubines in the 7 And thus said Shimei when he curse 1 sight of all Israel. ed, Come out, come out, thou bloody 23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which man, and thou man of Belial:

he counselled in those days, was as if a 8 The LORD hath returned upon thee | man had inquired at the oracle of God : all the blood of the house of Saul, in so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both whose stead thou hast reigned ; and the with David and with Absalom. LORD hath delivered the kingdom into

CHAP. XVII. the hand of Absalom thy son : and be 1 Ahithophel's counsel is overthrown by hold, thou art taken in thy mischief, be- Hushai's, according to God's appointcause thou art a bloody man.

- ment. 15 Secret intelligence is sent to 9 f Then said Abishai the son of 2 David. 23 Alithophel hangeth himself: iah unto the king, Why should this dead M OREOVER Ahithophcl said unto dog curse my lord the king ? let me go II Absalom, Let me now choose out over, I pray thee, and take off his head. ltweive thousand men, and I will arise

10 And 'the king said, What have I and pursue after David this night; to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah ? so 2 And I will come upon him while he let him curse, because the LORD hath is weary and weak-handed, and will said unto him, Curse David. Who shall make him afraid: and all the people that then say, Wherefore hast thou done so? | are with him shall fice; and I will smite

11 And David said to Abishai, and to the king only : all his servants, Behold, my son, which 3 And I will bring back all the peor came forth of my bowels, seeketh my ple unto thee: the man whom thou life : how much more now may this Ben- seekest is as if all returned : so all the jamite do il ? let him alone, and let him | people shall be in peace. curse; for the LORD hath bidden him. 4 And the saying pleased Absalom

12. It may be that the LORD will look well, and all the elders of Israel. on mine affliction, and that the LORD will 1 5 Then said Absalom, Call now Hurequite me good for his cursing this day. il shai the Archite also, and let us hear

13. And as David and his men went likewise what he saith. by the way, Shimei went along on the l 6 And when Hushai was come to Abhrill's side over against him, and cursed salom, Absalom spake unto him, saying, as he went, and threw stones at him, anl | Ahitophel hath spoken after this mancast dust.

ner: shall we do after his saying ? if 14 And the king, and all the people not, speak thou. wat were with him, came wéary, and 7 And Huchai said unto Absalom, The irfresher themselves there.

counsel that Ahithophel hath given, is 15 | And Absalom, and all the people lot good at this time. the men of Israel, came to Jerusalemn, i 3 For, said Hushai, thou knowest try and Ahithophel with him

father and luis men, that they be mighty 16 And it came to pass, when Hului meu, and 1st hr Chiefed in their minds

282 Hushai's counsel accepted. II. SAMUEL. Ahithophel hangeth himself. as a bear robbed of her whelps in the , had sought and could not find them, they field: and thy father is a man of war, returned to Jerusalem. and will not lodge with the people.

21 And it came to pass, after they were 9 Behold, he is hid now in some pit, departed, that they came up out of the or in some other place: and it will come well, and went and told king David, and to pass, when some of them be over- said unto David, Arise, and pass quickly thrown at the first, that whosoever hear- over the water : for thus hath Ahithophel eth it will say, There is a slaughter a-l counselled against you. mong the people that follow Absalom. 22 Then David arose, and all the peo

10 And he also that is valiant, whose ple that were with him, and they passed heart is as the heart of a lion, shall utterly over Jordan : by the morning light there melt : for all Israel knoweth that thy fa- | lacked not one of them that was not gone ther is a mighty man, and they which over Jordan. be with him are valiant men.

23 | And when Ahithophel saw that 11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel | his counsel was not followed, he saddled be generally gathered unto thee, from his ass, and arose, and gat him home to Dan even tó Beer-sheba, as the sand that his house, to his city, and put his houseis by the sea for multitude ; and that | hold in order, and hanged himself, and thou go to battle in thine own person. died, and was buried in the sepulohre of

12 So shall we come upon him in some || his father. place where he shall be found, and we 24 Then David came to Mahanaim. will light upon him as the dew falleth on And Absalom passed over Jordan, he and the ground : and of him and of all the all the men of Israel with him. men that are with him there shall not be 25 | And Absalom made Amasa capleft so much as one.

tain of the host instead of Joab : which 13 Moreover, if he be gotten into a || Amasa was a man's son, whose name was city, then shall all Israel bring ropes to | Ithra, an Israelite, that went in to Abigail that city, and we will draw it into the the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah, river, until there be not ane small stone Joab's mother. found there.

26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in 14 And Absalom and all the men of the land of Gilead. Israel said, the counsel of Hushai the 27 | And it came to pass, when David Archite is better than the counsel of was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the Ahithophel. For the Lord had appointed || son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, ll of Ammon, and Machir the son of Amto the intent that the Lord miglit bring | miel of Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gilevil upon Absalom.

eadite of Rogelim, 15 | Then said Hushai unto Zadok || 28 Brought beds, and basons, and earthand to Abiathar the priests, Thus and l en vessels, and wheat, and barley, and thus did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and four, and parched corn, and beans, and the elders of Israel ; and thus and thus || lentiles, and parched frulse, have I counselled.

29 And honey, and butter, and shecp, 16 Now therefore send quickly, and and cheese of kine, for David, and for the tell David, saying, Lodge not this night in | people that were with him, to eat : for the plains of the wilderness, but speedily they said, The people is hungry, and pass over ; lest the king be swallowed up, weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness. and all the people that are with him.

CHAP. XVIII. 17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed i David viewing the armies, giveth thens by En-rogel ; for they might not be seen charge of Absalom. 9 Absalom is slain to coine into the city: and a wench went | by Joab. 33 David lamentath for him. and told them; and they went and told A’ND David numbered the people that king David.

A were with him, and set captains of 18 Nevertheless, a lad saw them, and thousands and captains of hundreds over told Absalom : but they went both of them. them away quickly, and came to a man's | 2 And David sent forth a third part of house in Bahurim, which bad a well in || the people under the hand of Joab, and a his court ; whither they went down. || third part under the hand of Abishai the

19 And the woman took and spread a son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and a covering over the well's mouth, and third part under the hand of Ittai the spread ground corn thereon ; and the Gittite. And the king said unto the peothing was not known.

ple, I will surely go forth with you my20 And when Absalom's servants came self also. to the woman to the house, they said, 3 But the people answered, Thou shalt Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And not go forth: for if we flee away, they the woman said unto them, they be gone will not care for us ; neither if hialf of over the brook of water. And when they ll us die, will they care for us : but noir

Absalom slain by Joab. CHAP. XVIII. Tidings of Absalom's death. 28 Thou art worth ten thousand of us : there- || a very great heap of stones upon him : fore now it is better that thou succour us and all Israel fled every one to his tent. out of the city.

18 | Now Absalom in his life-time had 4 And the king said unto them, What taken and reared up for himself a pillar, seemeth you best I will do. And the which is in the king's dale : for he said, king stood by the gate side, and all the I have no son to keep my name in repeople came out by hundreds and by membrance : and he called the pillar thousands.

after his own name : and it is called 5 And the king commanded Joab and unto this day, Absalom's place. Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for || 19 Then said Ahimaaz the son of my sake with the young man, even with Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the Absalom. And all the people heard king tidings, how that the Lord hath when the king gave all the captains avenged him of his enemies. charge concerning Absalom.

20° And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt 6 So the people went out into the not bear tidings this day, but thou shalt field against Israel: and the battle was bear tidings another day : but this day in the wood of Ephraim;

thou shalt bear no tidings, because the 7 Where the people of Israel were king's son is dead. slain before the servants of David, and 21 Then said Joab to Cushi, Go, tell there was there a great slaughter that || the king what thou hast seen. And day of twenty thousand men,

Cushi bowed himself unto Joab, and ran. & For the battle was there scattered 22 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zaover the face of all the country: and the wood devoured more people that day let me, I pray thee, also run after Cushi. than the sword devoured.

And Joab said, Wherefore wilt thou run, 99 And Absalom met the servants of my son, seeing that thou hast no tidings David. And Absalom rode upon a, mule, ready? and the mule went under the thick ! 23 But howsoever, said he, let me run. boughs of a great oak, and his head | And he said unto him, run. Then Ahicaught hold of the oak, and he was taken maaz ran by the way of the plain, and up between the heaven and the earth ; I overran Cushi. and the mule that was under him went | 24 And David sat between the two away.

gates : and the watchman went up to 10 And a certain man saw it, and told the roof over the gate unto the wall, and Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold hanged in an oak.

a man running alone. 11 And Joab said unto the man that 25 And the watchman cried, and told told him, And behold, thou sawest him, the king. And the king said, If he be and why didst thou not smite him there | alone there is tidings in his mouth. to the ground and I would have given And he came apace, and drew near.

26 And the watchman saw another 12 And the man said upto Joab, Though man running : and the watchman called I should receive a thousand shekels of sil- unto the porter, and said, Behold another ver in mine hand, yet would I not put man running alone. And the king said, forth mine hand against the king's son : He also bringeth tidings. for in our hearing the king charged thee 27 And the watchman said, Methinkand Abishai and Ittai, saying, Beware || eth the running of the foremost is like the that none touch the young man Absalom. | running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok..

13 Otherwise I should have wrought || And the king said, He is a good man, falsehood against mine own life: for there and cometh with good tidings. is no matter hid from the king, and thou 28 And Ahimaaz calied, and said unto thyself wouldest have set thyself against i the king, All is well. And he fell down me.

to the earth upon his face before the king, 14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry and said, Blessed be the LORD thy Gol, thus with thce. And he took three darts which hath delivered up the men that in his hand, and thrust them through the lifted up their hand against my lord the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive || king. in the midst of the oak.

29 And the king said, Is the young 15 And ten young men that bare Jnab's man Absalom safe? And Ahimaaz anarmour compassed about and smote Ab- || swered, When Joab sent the king's sersalom, and slew him.

vant, and me thy servant, I saw a great '16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and tumult, but I knew not what it was the people returned from pursuing after 30 And the king said unto him, Turn Israel : for Joab held back the people. aside, and stand here. And he turned

17 And they took Absalom, and cast aside, and stood still. kim into a great pit in the wood, and laid 31 Aud behoid, Cushi came; and Cush

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