|Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the
king's heart was toward Absalom.
|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 apparel, and anoint not thyself with oil, but be
as a woman that had a long time mourned for the dead:
|And come to the king, and speak on this manner unto
him. So Joab put the words in her mouth.
|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
|And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And
she answered, I am indeed a widow woman, and mine husband is dead.
|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.
|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.
|And the king said unto the woman, Go to thine house,
and I will give charge concerning thee.
|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.
|And the king said, Whosoever saith ought unto thee,
bring him to me, and he shall not touch thee any more.
|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.
|Then the woman said, Let thine handmaid, I pray
thee, speak one word unto my lord the king. And he said, Say on.
|And the woman said, Wherefore then hast thou thought
such a thing against the people of God? for the king doth speak this
thing as one which is faulty, in that the king doth not fetch home again
|For we must needs die, and are as water spilled on
the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect
any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled
|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.
|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.
|Then thine handmaid said, The word of my lord the
king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, so is my lord the
king to discern good and bad: therefore the LORD thy God will be with
|Then the king answered and said unto the woman, Hide
not from me, I pray thee, the thing that I shall ask thee. And the woman
said, Let my lord the king now speak.
|And the king said, Is not the hand of Joab with thee
in all this? And the woman answered and said, As thy soul liveth, my
lord the king, none can turn to the right hand or to the left from ought
that my lord the king hath spoken: for thy servant Joab, he bade me, and
he put all these words in the mouth of thine handmaid:
|To fetch about this form of speech 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.
|And the king said unto Joab, Behold now, I have done
this thing: go therefore, bring the young man Absalom again.
|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.
|So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought
Absalom to Jerusalem.
|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.
|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 no blemish in him.
|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.
|And unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one
daughter, whose name was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance.
|So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and
saw not the king's face.
|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.
|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.
|Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house,
and said unto him, Wherefore have thy servants set my field on fire?
|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 Geshur? 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.
|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.
|And it came to pass after this, that Absalom
prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.
|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, Thy servant is of one of the tribes
|And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good
and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.
|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!
|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.
|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
|And it came to pass after forty years, that Absalom
said unto the king, I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have
vowed unto the LORD, in Hebron.
|For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur
in Syria, saying, If the LORD shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem,
then I will serve the LORD.
|And the king said unto him, Go in peace. So he
arose, and went to Hebron.
|But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of
Israel, saying, As soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye
shall say, Absalom reigneth in Hebron.
|And with Absalom went two hundred men out of
Jerusalem, that were called; and they went in their simplicity, and they
knew not any thing.
|And Absalom sent for Ahithophel 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.
|And there came a messenger to David, saying, The
hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom.
|And David said unto all his servants that were with
him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape
from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and
bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.
|And the king's servants said unto the king, Behold,
thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint.
|And the king went forth, and all his household after
him. And the king left ten women, which were concubines, to keep the
|And the king went forth, and all the people after
him, and tarried in a place that was far off.
|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.
|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.
|Whereas thou camest but yesterday, should I this day
make thee go up and down with us? seeing I go whither I may, return
thou, and take back thy brethren: mercy and truth be with thee.
|And Ittai answered the king, and said, As the LORD
liveth, and as my lord the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the
king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will thy
|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
were with him.
|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
|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.
|And 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 show me both it, and his habitation:
|But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee;
behold, here am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him.
|The king said also unto Zadok the priest, Art not
thou a seer? return into the city in peace, and your two sons with you,
Ahimaaz thy son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar.
|See, I will tarry in the plain of the wilderness,
until there come word from you to certify me.
|Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God
again to Jerusalem: and they tarried there.
|And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and
wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and
all the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they
went up, weeping as they went up.
|And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the
conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn the
counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.
|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:
|Unto whom David said, If thou passest on with me,
then thou shalt be a burden unto me:
|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 hitherto, so will I now also be thy servant: then mayest thou
for me defeat the counsel of Ahithophel.
|And hast thou not there with thee Zadok and Abiathar
the priests? therefore it shall be, that what thing soever thou shalt
hear out of the king's house, thou shalt tell it to Zadok and Abiathar
|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 every thing that ye can hear.
|So Hushai David's friend came into the city, and
Absalom came into Jerusalem.
|And 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
|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.
|And the king said, And where is thy master's son?
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
|Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are all
that pertained unto Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee
that I may find grace in thy sight, my lord, O king.
|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.
|And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants
of king David: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his
right hand and on his left.
|And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come
out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial:
|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, because thou art a bloody man.
|Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king,
Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? let me go over, I pray
thee, and take off his head.
|And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye
sons of Zeruiah? so let him curse, because the LORD hath said unto him,
Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so?
|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? let him alone, and let him curse; for
the LORD hath bidden him.
|It may be that the LORD will look on mine
affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this
|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 stones at him, and cast dust.
|And the king, and all the people that were with him,
came weary, and refreshed themselves there.
|And Absalom, and all the people the men of Israel,
came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him.
|And it came to pass, when Hushai the Archite,
David's friend, was come unto Absalom, that Hushai said unto Absalom,
God save the king, God save the king.
|And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this thy kindness to
thy friend? why wentest thou not with thy friend?
|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.
|And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve
in the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father's presence,
so will I be in thy presence.
|Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among
you what we shall do.
|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 the
hands of all that are with thee be strong.
|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
|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.
|Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now
choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David
|And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak
handed, and will make him afraid: and all the people that are with him
shall flee; and I will smite the king only:
|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
|And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the
elders of Israel.
|Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Archite also,
and let us hear likewise what he saith.
|And when Hushai was come to Absalom, Absalom spake
unto him, saying, Ahithophel hath spoken after this manner: shall we do
after his saying? if not; speak thou.
|And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that
Ahithophel hath given is not good at this time.
|For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy father and his
men, that they be mighty men, and they be chafed in their minds, 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.
|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.
|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.
|Therefore I counsel that all Israel be generally
gathered unto thee, from Dan even to Beersheba, as the sand that is by
the sea for multitude; and that thou go to battle in thine own person.
|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.
|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.
|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 good counsel of Ahithophel, to
the intent that the LORD might bring evil upon Absalom.
|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.
|Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying,
Lodge not this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass
over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with
|Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by Enrogel; for they
might not be seen to come into the city: and a wench went and told them;
and they went and told king David.
|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.
|And the woman took and spread a covering over the
well's mouth, and spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not
|And when Absalom's servants came to the woman to the
house, they said, Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said unto
them, They be gone over the brook of water. And when they had sought and
could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.
|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.
|Then David arose, and all the people that were with
him, and they passed over Jordan: by the morning light there lacked not
one of them that was not gone over Jordan.
|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 sepulchre of his father.
|Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over
Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him.
|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 Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah Joab's
|So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land of Gilead.
|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 Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of
|Brought beds, and basins, and earthen vessels, and
wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles,
and parched pulse,
|And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine,
for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said,
The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.
|And David numbered the people that were with him,
and set captains of thousands and captains of hundreds over them.
|And David sent forth a third part of the people
under the hand of Joab, and a third part under the hand of Abishai the
son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and a 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.
|But the people answered, Thou shalt not go forth:
for if we flee away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us
die, will they care for us: but now thou art worth ten thousand of us:
therefore now it is better that thou succour us out of the city.
|And the king said unto them, What seemeth you best I
will do. And the king stood by the gate side, and all the people came
out by hundreds and by thousands.
|And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai,
saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom.
And all the people heard when the king gave all the captains charge
|So the people went out into the field against
Israel: and the battle was in the wood of Ephraim;
|Where the people of Israel were slain before the
servants of David, and there was there a great slaughter that day of
twenty thousand men.
|For the battle was there scattered over the face of
all the country: and the wood devoured more people that day than the
|And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom
rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great
oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between
the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away.
|And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said,
Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak.
|And Joab said unto the man that told him, And,
behold, thou sawest him, and why didst thou not smite him there to the
ground? And I would have given thee ten shekels of silver, and a girdle.
|And the man said unto Joab, Though I should receive
a thousand shekels of silver in mine hand, yet would I not put forth
mine hand against the king's son: for in our hearing the king charged
thee and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Beware that none touch the young man
|Otherwise I should have wrought falsehood against
mine own life: for there is no matter hid from the king, and thou
thyself wouldest have set thyself against me.
|Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And
he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of
Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.
|And ten young men that bare Joab's armour compassed
about and smote Absalom, and slew him.
|And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned
from pursuing after Israel: for Joab held back the people.
|And they took Absalom, and cast him into a great pit
in the wood, and laid a very great heap of stones upon him: and all
Israel fled every one to his tent.
|Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up
for himself a pillar, which is in the king's dale: for he said, I have
no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after
his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom's place.
|Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run,
and bear the king tidings, how that the LORD hath avenged him of his
|And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt not bear tidings
this day, but thou shalt bear tidings another day: but this day thou
shalt bear no tidings, because the king's son is dead.
|Then said Joab to Cushi, Go tell the king what thou
hast seen. And Cushi bowed himself unto Joab, and ran.
|Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet again to Joab,
But howsoever, let me, I pray thee, also run after Cushi. And Joab said,
Wherefore wilt thou run, my son, seeing that thou hast no tidings ready?
|But howsoever, said he, let me run. And he said unto
him, Run. Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and overran Cushi.
|And David sat between the two gates: and the
watchman went up to the roof over the gate unto the wall, and lifted up
his eyes, and looked, and behold a man running alone.
|And the watchman cried, and told the king. And the
king said, If he be alone, there is tidings in his mouth. And he came
apace, and drew near.
|And the watchman saw another man running: and the
watchman called unto the porter, and said, Behold another man running
alone. And the king said, He also bringeth tidings.
|And the watchman said, Me thinketh the running of
the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the
king said, He is a good man, and cometh with good tidings.
|And Ahimaaz called, and said unto the king, All is
well. And he fell down to the earth upon his face before the king, and
said, Blessed be the LORD thy God, which hath delivered up the men that
lifted up their hand against my lord the king.
|And the king said, Is the young man Absalom safe?
And Ahimaaz answered, When Joab sent the king's servant, and me thy
servant, I saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it was.
|And the king said unto him, Turn aside, and stand
here. And he turned aside, and stood still.
|And, behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, Tidings, my
lord the king: for the LORD hath avenged thee this day of all them that
rose up against thee.
|And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young man
Absalom safe? And Cushi answered, The enemies of my lord the king, and
all that rise against thee to do thee hurt, be as that young man is.
|And the king was much moved, and went up to the
chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son
Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O
Absalom, my son, my son!
|And it was told Joab, Behold, the king weepeth and
mourneth for Absalom.
|And the victory that day was turned into mourning unto
all the people: for the people heard say that day how the king was grieved
for his son.
|And the people gat them by stealth that day into the
city, as people being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.
|But the king covered his face, and the king cried with
a loud voice, O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!
|And Joab came into the house to the king, and said,
Thou hast shamed this day the faces of all thy servants, which this day
have saved thy life, and the lives of thy sons and of thy daughters, and
the lives of thy wives, and the lives of thy concubines;
|In that thou lovest thine enemies, and hatest thy
friends. For thou hast declared this day, that thou regardest neither
princes nor servants: for this day I perceive, that if Absalom had lived,
and all we had died this day, then it had pleased thee well.
|Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak comfortably
unto thy servants: for I swear by the LORD, if thou go not forth, there
will not tarry one with thee this night: and that will be worse unto thee
than all the evil that befell thee from thy youth until now.
|Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. And they
told unto all the people, saying, Behold, the king doth sit in the gate.
And all the people came before the king: for Israel had fled every man to
|And all the people were at strife throughout all the
tribes of Israel, saying, The king saved us out of the hand of our
enemies, and he delivered us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now
he is fled out of the land for Absalom.
|And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in
battle. Now therefore why speak ye not a word of bringing the king back?
|And king David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the
priests, saying, Speak unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why are ye the
last to bring the king back to his house? seeing the speech of all Israel
is come to the king, even to his house.
|Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and my flesh:
wherefore then are ye the last to bring back the king?
|And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not of my bone, and of
my flesh? God do so to me, and more also, if thou be not captain of the
host before me continually in the room of Joab.
|And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even
as the heart of one man; so that they sent this word unto the king, Return
thou, and all thy servants.
|So the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah
came to Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over Jordan.
|And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was of
Bahurim, hasted and came down with the men of Judah to meet king David.
|And there were a thousand men of Benjamin with him,
and Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his
twenty servants with him; and they went over Jordan before the king.
|And there went over a ferry boat to carry over the
king's household, and to do what he thought good. And Shimei the son of
Gera fell down before the king, as he was come over Jordan;
|And said unto the king, Let not my lord impute
iniquity unto me, neither do thou remember that which thy servant did
perversely the day that my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the
king should take it to his heart.
|For thy servant doth know that I have sinned:
therefore, behold, I am come the first this day of all the house of Joseph
to go down to meet my lord the king.
|But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said,
Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the LORD'S
|And David said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of
Zeruiah, that ye should this day be adversaries unto me? shall there any
man be put to death this day in Israel? for do not I know that I am this
day king over Israel?
|Therefore the king said unto Shimei, Thou shalt not
die. And the king sware unto him.
|And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the
king, and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed
his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came again in
|And it came to pass, when he was come to Jerusalem to
meet the king, that the king said unto him, Wherefore wentest not thou
with me, Mephibosheth?
|And he answered, My lord, O king, my servant deceived
me: for thy servant said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride
thereon, and go to the king; because thy servant is lame.
|And he hath slandered thy servant unto my lord the
king; but my lord the king is as an angel of God: do therefore what is
good in thine eyes.
|For all of my father's house were but dead men before
my lord the king: yet didst thou set thy servant among them that did eat
at thine own table. What right therefore have I yet to cry any more unto
|And the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any more
of thy matters? I have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land.
|And Mephibosheth said unto the king, Yea, let him take
all, forasmuch as my lord the king is come again in peace unto his own
|And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim,
and went over Jordan with the king, to conduct him over Jordan.
|Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even fourscore
years old: and he had provided the king of sustenance while he lay at
Mahanaim; for he was a very great man.
|And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thou over with
me, and I will feed thee with me in Jerusalem.
|And Barzillai said unto the king, How long have I to
live, that I should go up with the king unto Jerusalem?
|I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern
between good and evil? can thy servant taste what I eat or what I drink?
can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women? wherefore
then should thy servant be yet a burden unto my lord the king?
|Thy servant will go a little way over Jordan with the
king: and why should the king recompense it me with such a reward?
|Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again, that I
may die in mine own city, and be buried by the grave of my father and of
my mother. But behold thy servant Chimham; let him go over with my lord
the king; and do to him what shall seem good unto thee.
|And the king answered, Chimham shall go over with me,
and I will do to him that which shall seem good unto thee: and whatsoever
thou shalt require of me, that will I do for thee.
|And all the people went over Jordan. And when the king
was come over, the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and he returned
unto his own place.
|Then the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimham went on
with him: and all the people of Judah conducted the king, and also half
the people of Israel.
|And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king,
and said unto the king, Why have our brethren the men of Judah stolen thee
away, and have brought the king, and his household, and all David's men
with him, over Jordan?
|And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel,
Because the king is near of kin to us: wherefore then be ye angry for this
matter? have we eaten at all of the king's cost? or hath he given us any
|And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and
said, We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in David
than ye: why then did ye despise us, that our advice should not be first
had in bringing back our king? And the words of the men of Judah were
fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.