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were in the way, that tidings came to David, saying, Absalom hath slain all the king's sons, and there is not one of them left. 31 Then the king arose, and tare his garments, and lay on the earth; and all his servants stood by with their clothes rent. 32 And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah I)avid's brother, answered and said, Let not my lord suppose that they have slain all the young men the king's sons; for Amnon only is dead: for by the appointment of Absalom this hath been determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar. 33 Now therefore let not my lord the king take the thing to his heart, to think that all thc o sons are dead: for Amnon only is dead. 34 But Absalom fled. ...And the young man that kept the watch lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold, there came much people by the way of the hill side behind him. 35 And Jonadab said unto the king, Behold, the king's sons come : as thy servant said, so it is. 36 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of speaking, that behold, the king's sons came, and lifted up their voice and wept: and the king also and all his servants wept very sore. $7 's But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai, the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day. 38 So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three years. 39 And the soul of king David longed to go forth unto Absalom : for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he

was dead. CHAP. XIV. 1 Joab, suborning a widow of Tekoah to incline the king's heart to fetch home. Absatom, 21 bring eth him to Jerusalem. No. Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king's heart was toward Absalom. . 2 And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched thence a wise woman, and said unto her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, and put on now mourning ap}. and anoint not thyself with oil, 5ut be as a woman that had a long time mourned for the dead : 3 And come to the king, and speak on this manner unto him. So Joab put the words in her mouth.


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4 's And when the woman of Tekoah spake to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, Help, O king. 5 And the king said unto her, What aileth thee 2 And she answered, I am indeed a widow woman, and mine husband is dead. 6 And thy handmaid had two sons, and they two strove together in the field, and there was none to part them, but the one smote the other, and slew him. 7 And behold, the whole family is risen against thine handmaid, and they said, Deliver him that smote his brother, that we may kill him, for the life of his brother whom he slew ; and we will destroy the heir also: and so they shall quench my coal which is left, and shall not leave to my husband neither name nor remainder upon the earth. 8 And the king said unto the woman, Go to thine house, and I will give charge concerning thee. 9 And the woman of Tekoah said unto the king, My lord, O king, the iniquity be on me, and on my father's house : and the king and his throne be guiltless. 10 And the king said, Whosoever saith aught unto thee, bring him to me, and he shall not touch thee any more. 11 Then said she, I pray thee, let the king remember the Lord thy God, that thou wouldest not suffer the revengers of blood to destroy any more, lest they destroy my son. And he said, As the LoRD liveth, there shall not one hair of thy son fall to the earth. 12 Then the woman said, Let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak one word unto my lord the king. And he sail, Sayon. 13 the woman said, Wherefore then hast thou thought such a thing a* the o of God? for the king doth speak, this, thing as one which is faulty, in that the king doth not fetch home again his banished. 14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any |. : yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him. 15 Now therefore that I am come to speak of this thing unto my lord the king, it is because the people have made me afraid : and thy handmaid said, I will now speak unto the king; it may be that the king will perform the request of his handmaid. 16 For the king will hear, to deliver his handmaid out of the hand of the man that would destroy me and my son together out of the inheritance of God. 17. Then thine handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be

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comfortable: for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern and bad : therefore the LoRD thy God will be with thee. 18 Then the king answered and said unto the woman, Hide not from me, I pray thee, the thing that I shall ask tilee. And the woman said, Let my lord the king now speak. 19 And the king said, Is not the hand of Joab with thce in all this? And the woman answered and said, .ds thy soul liveth, my lord the king, none can turn to the right hand or to the left from aught that my lord the king hath spoken: for thy servant Joab, he bade me, and he put o these words in the mouth of thine handmaid: 20 To fetch about this form of ch hath thy servant Joab done this thing: and my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth. 21 || And the king said unto Joab, Behold now, I have done this thing : go therefore, bring the young man Absalom

again. so And Joab fell to the ground on his face, and bowed himself, and thanked the king: and Joab said, To-day thy servant knoweth that I have found grace in thy sight, my lord, O king, in that the king hath fulfilled the request of his servant. 23 So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and b t Absalom to Jerusalem. 24 And the king said, Let him turn to his own house, and let him not see my face. So Absalom returned to his own house, and saw not the king's face. 25 of But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was noblemish in him. 26 And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year's end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king's weight. 27 And unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter, whose name was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair GGuntenance. 28 s So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and saw not the king's face. 29 Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to have sent him to the king; but he would not come to him: and when he sent again the second time, he would not come. 30 Therefore he said unto his servants, See, Joab's field is near mine, and he hath barley there ; go and set it on fire. And Absalom's servants set the field on fire. 31 Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house, and said unto him,

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His flofularity. 279 Wherefore have thy servants set my field on fire 2 32 And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent unto thee, saying, Come hither, that I may send thee to the king, to say, Wherefore am I come from Geshure It had been good for me to have been there still: now therefore let me see the king's face; and if there be any iniquity in me, let him kill me. 33 So Joab came to the king, and told him : and when he had called for Absalom, he came to the king, and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king : and the king kissed Absalom. CHAP. XV. 1 Absalom stealeth the hearts of Israel: 10 He maketh a confliracy. 13 Dawid fleeth from Jerusalem. A*, it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him. 2 And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom: called unto him, and said, Of what city art thou? And he said, o servant is of one of the tribes of Istael.

3 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man de/luted of the king to hear thee. 4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice: 5 And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him. 6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel. 7 || And it came to pass after forty years, that Absalom said unto the king, I § thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto i. LoR D, in Hebron. 8 For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshurin Syria, saying, If the LoRD shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will serve the Lon D. 9 And the king said unto him, Go in peace. So he arose, and went to Hebron. 10 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, soying, As soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall say, Absalom reigneth in Hebren. 11 And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that store called ; and they went in their simplicity, and they knew not any thing. 12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophei the Gilonite, David's counsellor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom. 13 || And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom. 14 And David said unto all his servants that overe with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to de§. lest he overtake us suddenly, and ring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword. 15 And the king's servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall

280 David fleeth from Jerusalem. II. SAMUEL.

appoint. ió And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And the king left ten women which were concubines to keep the house. 17 And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and tarried in a place that was far off. 18. And all his servants passed on beside him ; and all the Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men which came after him from Gath, passed on before the king. 19 || Then said the king to Ittai the Gittite, Wherefore goest thou also with us? return to thy place, and abide with the king; for thou art a stranger, and also an exile. 20 Whereas thou camest but yesterday, should I this day make thce go up and down with us? seeing I go whither may ; return thou, and take back thy brethren: mercy and truth be with thee. 21 And Ittai answered the king, and said, As the LoRD liveth, and as my lord the king liveth, surely in what place m lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will thy servant be. 22 And David said to Ittai, Go and pass over. And Ittai the Gittite passed over, and all his men, and all the little ones that overe with him. 23 And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people passed over: the king also himself passed over the brook Kidron, and all the people passed over, toward the way of the wilderness. 24 T And lo, Zadok also, and all the Levites were with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of God: and they set down the ark of God ; and Abiathar went up, until , all the people had done passing out of the city. 25 Aud the king said unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city : if I shall find favour in the eyes of the LoRD, he will bring me again, and shew me both it, and his habitation : 25 But if he thus say, I have no de

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light in thee; behold, here am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him. 27 The king said also unto Zadok the priest, Art not thou a seer 2 return into the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz thy son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar. 28 See, I will tarry in the plain of the wilderness, until there come word from you to certify me. 29 Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God again to Jerusalem: and they tarried there. 50 " And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went bare-foot; and all the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went ul Poi T And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with No. And David said, O Lord, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness. 32 || And it came to pass, that when David was come to the top of the mount, where he worshipped God, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet him with his coat rent, and earth upon his head: 33 Unto whom David said, If thou assest on with me, then thou shalt be a urden unto me: 34 But if thou return to the city, and say unto Absalom, I will be thy servant, O'king ; as I have been thy father's serVant ño, so will I now also be thy servant: then mayest thou for me defeat the counsel of Ahithophel. 35 And hast thou not there with thee Zadok and Abiathar the priests 2 therefore it shall be, that what thing soever thou shalt hear out of the 1. house, thou shalt tell it to Zadok and Abiathar the pricsts. 36 Behold, they have there with them their two sons, Ahimaaz Zadok’s son, and Jonathan Abiathar's son ; and by them ye shall send unto me everything that ye can hear. 37 So Hushai David's friend came into the city, and Absalom came into Jerusa

lem. CHAP. XVI. 1 Ziba by filse suggestions obtaineth his master's inheritance. 5 Shimci curseth David. 9 David abstaineth and restraineth others from revenge. 20.1("$3. counsel. ND when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and an hundred bunches of raisins, and an hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.

Shimei carseth David. 2 And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these ? And Ziba said, The asses be for the king's household to ride on ; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink. 3 And the king said, And where is thy master'sson? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he abideth at Jerusalem : for he said, To-day shall the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father. 4 Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are all that fiertained unto Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee that I may find grace in thy sight, my lord, O o 5. And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came 6 And he cast stones at David, and all the servants of king David : and a the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. 7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial : 8 The Lord hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned ; and the LORD hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, be&ause thou art a bloody man. 9 * Then said Abishai the son of Z * * iah unto the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king 2 let me over, I pray thee, and take off his hea 10 And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah 2 so let him curse, because the Lord hath said unto him, Curse 1)avid. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so 2 11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it 2 let him alone, and let him curse ; for the Lord hath bidden him. 12. It may be that the Lor D will look on mine affliction, and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day. 13 And as David and his men went by the way, Shimei went along on the hill's side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stoncs at him, and cast dust. 14 And the king, and all the people that overe with him, came weary, and refreshed themselves there.

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the Archite, David's friend, was come unto Absalom, that Hushai said unto Absalom, God save the king, God save the king. 17 And Absalom said to Hushai, }. this thy kindness to thy friend ? why wentest thou not with thy friend ? 18 And Hushai said unto Absalom, Nay; but whom the LoRD, and this people, and all the men of Israel choose, his will I be, and with him will I abide. 19 And again, whom should I serve 2 should I not serve in the presence of his son 2 as I have served in thy father's presence, so will I be in thy presence. 20 [ Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, give counsel among you what we shall do. 21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father's concubines, which he hath left to keep the house ; and all Israel shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father : then shall time hands of all that are with thee be strong. 22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house ; and Absalom went in unto his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel. 23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, was as if a. man had inquired at the oracle of God : so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom. CHAP. XVII. 1 .4hithof hel’s counsel is overthrown by Hushai's, according to God's affiointment. 15 Secret intelligence is sent to David. 23.4hithof hel hangeth himself. KDREOVER Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night; 2 And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak-handed, and will make him afraid: and all the le that are with him shall fice ; and P. smite the king only : 3 And I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all returned : so all the people shall be in peace. 4 And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel. 5 Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear likewise what he saith. 6 And when Hushai was come to Absalom, Absalom spake unto him, saying, Ahithophol hath spoken after this mannel : . we do after his saying 2 if not, speak, thou. 7 And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel hath given, is not good at this time, 8 For, said Hushai, thou knowest toy as a bear robbed of her whelps in the field: and thy father is a man of war, and will not lodge with the people. 9 Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or in some other place: and it will come to pass, when some of them be overthrown at the first, that whosoever heareth it will say, There is a slaughter among the people that follow Absalom. 10 And he also that is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, shall utterly melt : for all Israel knoweth that thy father is a mighty man, and they which be with him are valiant men. 11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered unto thee, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude ; and that thou go to battle in thine own person. 12 So shall we come upon him in some place where he shall be found, and we will light upon him as the dew falleth on the ground: and of him and of all the men that are with him there shall not be left so much as one. 13 Moreover, if he be gotten into a city, then shall all Israel bring ropes to that city, and we will draw it into the river, until there be not one small stone found there. 14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, the counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the Lord had appointed to defeat the counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lok D might bring evil upon Absalom. 15 T Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel ; and thus and thus have I counselled. 16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this fight in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with him. 17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by En-rogel; for they might not be seen to come into the city: and a wench went and told them; they went and told king David. 18 Nevertheless, a lad saw them, and told Absalom ; but they went both of them away quickly, and came to a man's house in Bahurim, which had a well in his court; whither they went down. 19 And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground corn thereon ; and the thing was not known. 20 And when Absalom's servants came to the woman to the house, they said, Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan 2 And the woman said unto them, they be gone over the brook of water. And when they

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returned to Jerusalem. 21 And it came to pass, after they were departed, that they came up out of the well, and went and told king David, and said unto David, Arise, and pass quickly over the water: for thus hath Ahithophel counselled against you. 22. Then David arose, and all the peo: ple that were with him, and they over Jordan: by the morning light there | lacked not one of them that was not gone over Jordan. 23 T And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulshre of his father. 24. Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him. 25 And Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of Joab : which Amasa was a man's son, whose name was Ithra, an Israelite, that went in to Abigai the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah, Joab's mother. 26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in thc land of Gilead. 27 || And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim, 28 Brought beds, and basons, and earthcn vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched fulse, 29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the peoplc that were with him, to eat : for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness. P.XVIII.

1 David viewing the armies, giveth theors charge of Absalom. 9.4% saloon is slaš. by Joab, 33 David lament&th for him. A* David numbered the people that were with him, and set captains ot louds and captains of hundreds ove:lein. 2 And David sent forth a third part of §. under the hand of Joab, and a hird part under the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and :t third part under the hand of Ittai the Gittite. And the king said unto the people, I will surely go forth with you myself also. 3 But the people answered, Thou shal: not go forth: for if we flee away, theywill not care for us; neither if half ot

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