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Absalom's beauty, hair, and children. CHAP. XV.

He sed bad: therefore the LORD thy God will be 31 Then Joab arose, and came to A with thee.

salom unto his house, and said unto hir

18 Then the king answered and said Wherefore have thy servants set my fiel
unto the woman, Hide not from me, I on fire?
pray thee, the thing that I shall ask thee. 32 And Absalom answered Joab, Be
And the woman said, Let my lord the hold, I sent unto thee, saying, Come
king now speak.

hither, that I may send thee to the king,
19 And the king said, Is not the hand Wherefore am I come from Ge-
of Joab with thee in all this? And the shur? it had been good for me to have been
woman answered and said, As thy soul there still: now therefore let me see the
liveth, my lord the king, none can turn king's face; and if there be any iniquity
to the right hand or to the left from in me, let him kill me.
ought that my lord the king hath spoken: 33 So Joab came to the king, and told
for thy servant Joab, he bade me, and him: and when he had called for Absa-
*he put all these words in the mouth of lom, he came to the king, and bowed
thine handmaid:

himself on his face to the ground before Gen. 33. 4. 20 To fetch about this form of speech the king: and the king kissed Absalom.

hath thy servant Joab done this thing:
'ver. 17. cb. and my lord is wise, according to the 1 Absalom, by fair speeches and courtesies,

wisdom of an angel of God, to know all stealeth the hearts of Israel. 7 Under pre-
things that are in the earth.

tence of a vow he obtaineth leave to go to
21 | And the king said unto Joab, Be Hebron. 10 He maketh there a great con-
hold now, I have done this thing: go

spiracy. 13 David upon the news fleeth therefore, bring the young man Absalom

from Jerusalem, 19 Íttai would not leave

him. 24 Zadok and Abiathar are sent again.

back with the ark. 30 David and his com22 And Joab fell to the ground on his

pany go up mount Olivet weeping: 31 He + Heb. bear face, and bowed himself, and † thanked curseth Ahithophel's counsel. 32 Hushai the king: and Joab said, To day thy serv

is sent back with instructions.
ant knoweth that I have found grace in ND *it came to pass after this, that

thy sight, my lord, O king, in that the
1 Or, they king hath fulfilled the request of || his and horses, and fifty men to run before 5

23 So Joab arose "and went to Ge 2 And Absalom rose up early, and
shur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem. stood beside the way of the gate: and it

24 And the king said, Let him turn to was so, that when any man that had a Gen 33 his own house, and let him *not see my controversy t came to the king for judg to be to

face. So Absalom returned to his own ment, then Absalom called unto him, and
house, and saw not the king's face. said, Of what city art thou? And he said,

255 + But in all Israel there was none Thy servant is of one of the tribes of
a Absalon
there was not to be so much praised as Absalom for his Israel.

att . beauty: 'from the sole of his foot even 3 And Absalom said unto him, See,

to the crown of his head there was no thy matters are good and right; but restly. blemish in him.

|| there is no man deputed of the king to will honome 26 And when he polled his head, (for hear thee. it was at every year's end that he polled 4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I ward. it: because the hair was heavy on him, were made judge in the land, that every

c Judg. 9.29. therefore he polled it:) he weighed the man which hath any suit or cause might hair of his head at two hundred shekels come unto me, and I would do him justice! after the king's weight.

5 And it was so, that when any man See ch... 27 I Andunto Absalom there were came nigh to him to do him obeisance, he

born three sons, and one daughter, whose put forth his hand, and took him, and
name was Tamar: she was a woman of a kissed him.
fair countenance.

6 And on this manner did Absalom to
28 So Absalom dwelt two full years all Israel that came to the king for judg-
in Jerusalem, and saw not the king's face. ment: dso Absalom stole the hearts of a Rom 1

29 Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, the men of Israel.
to have sent him to the king; but he 79 And it came to pass after forty
would not come to him: and when he years, that Absalom said unto the king,
sent again the second time, he would not I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow,

which I have vowed unto the LORD, in 30 Therefore he said unto his serv. Hebron. Hessen ants, See, Joab's field is + near mine, and 8'For thy servants vowed a vow while 1 Sam. 16.

he hath barley there; go and set it on I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the
fire. And Absalom's servants set the Lord shall bring me again indeed to Je• 30.1.
field on fire.

rusalem, then I will serve the LORD.

Ich. 13 37.

+ Heb. And

lead to praise

thee from the king down

1023 ei Sam. 16. 1.

8 Gen. 98.

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a Pe. 3. I.

10.2. 2 Chron. 9.

ci Sam 3.

rer. 6.

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di Sam.99 e See ch.

+ Heb. thrust.

1 Heb.
4 Ps. 3. title.

David fleeth from Jerusalem.


He curseth Ahithophel's counsel 9 And the king said unto him, Go in the brook || Kidron, and all the people Before peace. So he arose, and went to Hebron. passed over, toward the way of the 'wil.

10 | But Absalom sent spies through- derness. out all the tribes of Israel, saying, As 24 ( And lo Zadok also, and all the John 18. ., soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet, Levites were with him, 'bearing the ark ych. 16. 2. then ye shall say, Absalom reigneth in of the covenant of God: and they set 1 Numb. q. Hebron.

down the ark of God; and Abiathar went 11 And with Absalom went two hun-up, until all the people had done passing

dred men out of Jerusalem, that were out of the city. i 1 Sam. %., called; and they went in their simplicity, 25 And the king said unto Zadok, k Gen. 20. 5. and they knew not any thing.

Carry back the ark of God into the city: 12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel | if I shall find favour in the eyes of the 1:42the Gilonite, David's counseller, from LORD, he will bring me again, and shew a Po.$33 m Josh. 15° his city, even from "Giloh, while he of- me both it, and his habitation:

fered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was 26 But if he thus say, I have no bde 5 Numb. 14 strong; for the people "increased con- light in thee; behold, here am I, let him 20. 1 kings tinually with Absalom.

do to me as seemeth good unto him.
13 Ý And there came a messenger to 27 The king said also unto Zadok the 8. Isai. 62 4
David, saying, "The hearts of the men of priest, Art not thou a 4 seer? return into is.
Israel are after Absalom.

the city in peace, and your two sons
14 And David said unto all his sery- with you, Ahimaaz thy son, and Jonathan 1%.

ants that were with him at Jerusalem, the son of Abiathar. B. Arise, and let us Pflee; for we shall not 28 See, 'I will tarry in the plain of sek. 17. 24.

else escape from Absalom: make speed to the wilderness, until there come word
depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and from you to certify me.
+ bring evil upon us, and smite the city 29 Zadok therefore and Abiathar car.
with the edge of the sword.

ried the ark of God again to Jerusalem;
15 And the king's servants said unto and they tarried there.
the king, Behold, thy servants are ready 30 4 And David went up by the ascent
to do whatsoever my lord the king shall of mount Olivet, tand wept as he went to helping

up, and had his head covered, and he werping. 16 And the king went forth, and all went "barefoot: and all the people that Esth. .. leb. at his his houshold + after him. And the king was with him 'covered every man his . Lani za , ch. 16. 91, left'ten women, which were concubines, head, and they went up, *weeping as ijer. 1434to keep the house.

they went up.
17 And the king went forth, and all 31 F And one told David, saying, 'Ahi-
the people after him, and tarried in a thophel is among the conspirators with
place that was far off.

Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I
18 And all his servants passed on be- pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahitho- 163
side him; "and all the Cherethites, and phel into foolishness.
all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six 32 1 And it came to pass, that when
hundred men which came after him from David was come to the top of the mount,
Gath, passed on before the king. where he

worshipped God, behold, Hushai 19 Then said the king to Ittai the the "Archite came to meet him with his Joab.& , Wherefore

coat rent, and : the king: for thou art a stranger, and passest on with me, then thou shalt be a peh. 1936 also an exile.

burden unto me: 20 Whereas thou camest but yesterday, 34 But if thou return to the city, and hele banake should I this day + make thee go up and say unto Absalom, 'I will be thy servant, 9 d. 16 19

down with us? seeing I go whither I | O king; as I have been thy father's serve iz! Sam. 23. may, return thou, and take back thy bre-ant hitherto, so will I now also be thy

thren: mercy and truth be with thee. servant: then mayest thou for me defeat

21 And sttai answered the king, and the counsel of Ahithophel.
* Ruth 1. 16, said, ' As the Lord liveth, and as my lord 35 And hast thou not there with thee
17. & 18. 24" the king liveth, surely in what place my Zadok and Abiathar the priests? there-

lord the king shall be, whether in death fore it shall be, that what thing soever
or life, even there also will thy servant be. thou shalt hear out of the king's house,

22 And David said to Ittai, Go and 'thou shalt tell it to Zadok and Abiathar sd 17.
pass over. And Ittai the Gittite passed the priests.
over, and all his men, and all the little 36 Behold, they have there with them. vas. x.
ones that were with him.

their two sons, Ahimaaz Zadok's son, 23 And all the country wept with a and Jonathan Abiathar's son; and by loud voice, and all the people passed them ye shall send unto me every thing over: the king also himself passed over that ye can hear.

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Shimei curseth David.

Ahithophel's counsel. Before 37 So Hushai David's friend came 11 And David said to Abishai, and to

1023 into the city, and Absalom came into all his servants, Behold, 'my son, which tch. 16. 16 Jerusalem.

came forth of my bowels, seeketh my peh. 12. 1..

life: how much more now may this Ben- î Gen. 15- 4CHAP. XVI. ech. 16.15

jamite do it? let him alone, and let him
1 Ziba, by presents and false suggestions, ob-

curse; for the Lord hath bidden him.
taineth his master's inheritance. 5 Al Ba-
hurim Shimei curseth David. 9 David

12 It may be that the LORD will look
with patience abstaineth, and restraineth

on mine || + affliction, and that the LORD | Or, tcars. others, from revenge. 15 Hushai insimat will "requite me good for his cursing the best eth himself into Absalom's counsel. 20 this day. Ahithophet's coursel.

13 And as David and his men 'went r Rom.8. 28.
ND when David was a little past by the way, Shimei went along on the
servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a he went, and threw stones at him, and
couple of asses saddled, and upon them + cast dust.
two hundred loaves of bread, and an hun 14 And the king, and all the people with dust.
dred bunches of raisins, and an hundred that were with him, came weary, and re-
of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine. freshed themselves there.

. 2 And the king said unto Ziba, What 15 | And Absalom, and all the people sek. 15.37.
mèanest thou by these? And Ziba said, the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem,
The asses be for the king's houshold to and Ahithophel with him.
ride on; and the bread and summer fruit 16 And it came to pass, when Hushai

for the young men to eat; and the wine, the Archite, David's friend, was come.e ch. 15. 37. ch. 15.3. that such as be faint in the wilderness unto Absalom, that Hushai said unto Ab

salom, + God save the king, God save 1 Heb. 3 And the king said, And where is thy the king. deb. 19. 29. master's son? Ănd Ziba said unto the 17 And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this

king, Behold, he abideth at Jerusalem: thy kindness to thy friend? " why wentest Ch. 19:35
for he said, To day shall the house of Is- thou not with thy friend?
rael restore me the kingdom of my


18 And Hushai said unto Absalom, 4 € Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, Nay; but whom the LORD, and this peo

thine are all that pertained unto Mephi- ple, and all the men of Israel, choose, his * Heb. Ide bosheth. And Zíba said, ti humbly be will I be, and with him will I abide.

seech thee that I may find grace in thy 19 And again, *whom should I serve? x ch. 15. 346 sight, my lord, O king.

should I not serve in the presence of his 5's And when king David came to son? as I have served in thy father's preBahurim, behold, thence came out a man sence, so will I be in thy presence.

of the family of the house of Saul, whose 20 | Then said Absalom to Ahithofch. 19. 16. name was 'Shimei, the son of Gera: || he phel, Give counsel among you what we


came forth, and cursed still as he came. shall do.

6 And he cast stones at David, and at 21 And Ahithophel said unto Absaand care. all the servants of king David: and all lom, Go in unto thy father's 'concubines, Ch. 15. 16.

the people and all the mighty men were which he hath left to keep the house; and
on his right hand and on his left. all Israel shall hear that thou 'art abhor- 2 Gen. 34.30,

7 And thus said Shimei when he curs- red of thy father: then shall the hands a ch. 2.7 Hierdie son ed, Come out, come out, thou + bloody of all that are with thee be strong. Deut. 13 man, and thou man of Belial:

22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon 8 The Lord hath "returned upon thee the top of the house; and Absalom went all the blood of the house of Saul, in in unto his father's concubines in the back. 19. 11,

whose stead thou hast reigned; and the sight of all Israel. See sh.1.16 Lord hath delivered the kingdom into 23 And the counsel of Ahithophel,

12 the hand of Absalom thy son: and, t be- which he counselled in those days, was as Auld there is hold, thou art taken in thy mischief, be if a man had enquired at the foracle of 1 Heb.word. cause thou art a bloody man.

God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel 9 Then said Abishai the son of Ze-both with David and with Absalom.

ruiah unto the king, Why should this k.Sam. dead dog curse my lord the king? let

me go over, I pray thee, and take off his 1 Ahithophet's counsel is overthrown by Hun

shai's, according to God's appointment. 15

Secret intelligence is sent unto David. 23 z eh. 19. zz.

10 And the king said, "What have I Ahithophel hangeth himself. 23 Amasa is to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so made captain. 27 David'at Mahanaim is

let him curse, because "the Lord bath furnished with provision. Lam. i said unto him, Curse David. • Who

now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will

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1 Sam. 18. 20.

+ Heb. what is in his month.

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+ Heb. counselled.

+ Heb. bitter of toul.

cllos. 13,8

1. 19. Jash.

+ Hleb. faller.

Ahithophel's counsel is overthrown.


Secret intelligence sent to Davida arise and pursue after David this night: | thus did Ahithophel counsel Absalom Before

2 And I will come upon him while he and the elders of Israel; and thus and a See Deut. is *weary and weak handed, and will thus have I counselled. 25. 18. ch. id make him afraid: and all the people that 16 Now therefore send quickly, and Użech. 13.7. are with him shall fee; and I will smite tell David, saying, Lodge not this night the king only:

in the plains of the wilderness, but i ch. 15. 98. 3 And I will bring back all the people speedily pass over; lest the king be swalunto thee: the man whom thou seekest lowed up, and all the people that are is as if all returned: so all the people shall with him.

17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz kch. 1577, 4 And the saying + pleased Absalom stayed by En-rogel; for they might Josh 9. 4 well, and all the elders of Israel. not be seen to come into the city: and a Josh

. 13. 5 Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai wench went and told them; and they 7. & 18. 16. the Archite also, and let us hear likewise went and told king David. + what he saith.

18 Nevertheless a lad saw them, and 6 And when Hushai was come to Absa- told Absalom: but they went both of lom, Absalom spake unto him, saying, them away quickly, and came to a man's

Ahithophel hath spoken after this man- house "in Bahurim, which had a well in acb. 16. 5. + Ileb. word. ner: shall we do after his † saying? if his court; whither they went down. not; speak thou.

19 And othe woman took and spread 2. Se
7 And Hushai said unto Absalom, The a covering over the well's mouth, and
counsel that Ahithophel hath tgiven is spread ground corn thereon; and the
not good at this time.

thing was not known.
8 For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy 20 And when Absalom's servants came
father and his men, that they be mighty to the woman to the house, they said,

men, and they be † chafed in their minds, Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And
Judg. 19.25, as a bear robbed of her whelps in the 'the woman said unto them, They be so

field: and thy father is a man of war, gone over the brook of water. And 243
and will not lodge with the people. when they had sought and could not find

9 Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or them, they returned to Jerusalem.
in some other place: and it will come to 21 And it came to pass, after they were
pass, when some of them be toverthrown departed, that they came up out of the
at the first, that whosoever heareth it will well

, and went and told king David, and
say, There is a slaughter among the peo- said unto David, Arise, and pass quickly a ver. 15 &
ple that follow Absalom.

over the water: for thus hath Ahithophel 10 And he also that is valiant, whose counselled against you.

heart is as the heart of a lion, shall utter 22 Then David arose, and all the peod Josh. 2. 11. ly "melt: for all Israel knoweth that thy ple that were with him, and they passed

father is a mighty man, and they which over Jordan: by the morning light there
be with him are valiant men.

lacked not one of them that was not "11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel gone over Jordan. e Judz. 20.. be generally gathered unto thee, from 23 | And when Ahithophel saw that 1G2,7 Dan even to Beer-sheba, as the sand his counsel was not + followed, he saddled + Heb. done. thy face, or, that is by the sea for multitude; and 7that his ass, and arose, and gat him home to prosence gothou go to battle in thine own person. his house, to "his city, and t put his : ch.15 12.

12 So shall we come upon him in some houshold in order, and hanged himself, charge for place where he shall be found, and we and died, and was buried in the sepulchre someters his will light upon him as the dew falleth on of his father. the ground: and of him and of all the 24 Then David came to Mahanaim. Natt. men that are with him there shall not be And Absalom passed over Jordan, he and 3* left so much as one.

all the men of Israel with him. 13 Moreover, if he be gotten into a 25 | And Absalom made Amasa capcity, then shall all Israel bring ropes to tain of the host instead of Joab: which that city, and we will draw it into the Amasa was a man's son, whose name was river, until there be not one small stone || Ithra an Israelite, that went in to "+Abi- .01: Jetberg found there.

gail the daughter of || Nahash, sister to ite. 14 And Absalom and all the men of Zeruiah, Joab's mother. Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Ar 26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in Heb. Abi

chite is better than the counsel of Ahi- the land of Gilead. hich. 15. 31, thophel. For the Lord had tappointed 27 1 And it came to pass, when David Seen Chroe. to defeat the good counsel of Åhithophel

, was come to Mahanaim, that "Shobi the Seech a to the intent that the Lord might bring son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children 5.& 12* evil upon Absalom.

of Ammon, and 'Machir the son of Am- ych. 94. 15 q Then said Hushai unto Zadok miel of Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gi- och and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and leadite of Rogelim,

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is slain by Joab, and cast into a pit. 18 ing, + Beware that none touch the young were rehoco. Absalon, hanging in an oak, CHAP. XVIII.

is slain by Joab. 28 Brought beds, and 1l basons, and Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom

earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, hanged in an oak. 10r, cups and flour, and parched corn, and beans,

11 And Joab said unto the man that and lentiles, and parched pulse,

told him, And, behold, thou sawest him, 29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and why didst thou not smite him there and cheese of kine, for David, and for to the ground? and I would have given the people that were with him, to eat: thee ten shekels of silver, and a girdle.

for they said, The people is hungry, and 12 And the man said unto Joab, . ch. 16. 2 weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness. Though I should treceive thousand + Heb. weigh CHAP. XVIII.

shekels of silver in mine hand, yet would hand. I David viewing the armies in their march I not put forth mine hand against the

giveth them charge of Absalom. 6 The king's son: "for in our hearing the king
Israelites are sore smúten in the wood of charged thee and Abishai and Ittai, say-

. 9 , in ,
Absalom's place. 19 Ahimaaz and Cushi

man Absalom. bring tidings to David. 33 David mourn

13 Otherwise I should have wrought eth for Absalom,

falsehood against mine own life: for there

upon mine

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were with him, and set captains of thyself wouldest have set thyself against
thousands and captains of hundreds over

14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry
2 And David sent forth a third part of thus + with thee. And he took three Web. before
the people under the hand of Joab, and darts in his hand, and thrust them through

a third part under the hand of Abishai the heart of Absalom, while he was yet ch. 15 19 the son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and alive in the † midst of the oak.

a third part under the hand of Ittai the 15 And ten young men that bare Joab's
Gittite. And the king said unto the peo- armour compassed about and smote Ab-
ple, I will surely go forth with you my- salom, and slew him.
self also.

16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and bch. 31. 17. 3. But the people answered, Thou shalt the people returned from pursuing after

not go forth: for if we flee away, they Israel: for Joab held back the people.
will not care for us; neither if half of 17 And they took Absalom, and cast

us die, will they care for us: but now him into a great pit in the wood, and laid f Josh.7.26. Heb.est thou art + worth ten thousand of us: ther of

a very great heap of stones upon him: therefore now it is better that thou + suc- and all Israel fled every one to his tent. + to cour us out of the city.

18 | Now Absalom in his lifetime 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 king which is in the king's dale: for he said, Gen. 14.17. stood by the gate side, and all the people I have no son to keep my name in re- see ch. 14. came out by hundreds and by thousands. membrance: and he called the pillar after

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

him of his enemies.
65 So the people went out into the 20 And Joab said unto him, Thou

field against Israel: and the battle was in shalt not + bear tidings this day, but thou Mebibit to # Jan. 17. the wood of Ephraim;

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

the king what thou hast seen. And Cushi 8 For the battle was there scattered bowed himself unto Joab, and ran.

over the face of all the country: and the 22 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Za* Haberler wood + devoured more people that day dok yet again to Joab, But + howsoever, the brides. than the sword devoured.

let me, I pray thee, also run after Cushi.
91 And Absalom met the servants of And Joab said, Wherefore wilt thou run,
David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, my son, seeing that thou hast no tidings
and the mule went under the thick boughs | ready?
of a great oak, and his head caught hold 23 But howsoever, said he, let me run.
of the oak, and he was taken up between And he said unto him, Run. Then Ahi-
the heaven and the earth; and the mule maaz ran by the way of the plain, and
that was under him went away.

overran Cushi.
10 And a certain man saw it, and told 24 And David sat between the two

the hand, &c.

1 Or, conte. nient.

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