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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 fnear 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. Where-
fore have thy servants set my field on fire ?

32 And Absalom answered Joab," Behold,
I sent unto thee, saying. Come hitherj that
I may send thee to the king, to say, Where-
fore 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

t Heb. near
my place.


b Gen. 33.4.
Il 43. 13.
Luke 15. 20.

1024. .
a ch. 12. 11.

b 1 Kings

t Heb.
to come.

II Or, ntme
will hear
thee fj-om
the king


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.


1 Absalom, hy fair speeches and courtesies, stealeth the
hearts of Israel. 7 Under pretence of a vow, he ob-
taineth leave to go to Hebron. 10 He maketh there a
great conspiracy. 13 David upon the newsjleeth from
Jerusalem. 19 Ittai would not leave him. 24 Zadok
and Abiathar are sent back with the ark. 30 David
and his company go up mount Olivet weeping. 31 He
curseth AhithopheVs counsel. 32 Hushai is sent back
with iiutructions.

AND "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
tcame to the king for judgment, then Absa-
lom called unto him, and said. Of what city
art thou ? And he said, Thy servant is of
one of the tribes of Israel.

3 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy
matters are good and right ; but || there is no
man deputed of the king to hear thee.

4 Absalom said moreover, "Oh that I were


Absalom's conspiracy.

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

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

7 H 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.

8 Tor thy servant e vowed a vow Awhile
I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying. If the
Lord shall bring me again indeed to Jeru-
salem, then I will serve the Lord.

9 And the king said unto him, Go in
peace. So he arose, and went to Hebron.

10 IT 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.

11 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.

12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the
Gilonite, 'David's counsellor, from his city,
even from "■ Giloh, while he oftered sacrifices.
And the conspiracy was strong; for the
people "increased continually with Absalom.

13 IT 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 were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and
let us pflee; for we shall not else escape
from Absalom : make speed to depart, lest
he overtake us suddenly, and t bring 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 t appoint-

16 And "ithe king went forth, and all his
household t after him. And the king left "^ ten
women which were concubines to keep the

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 H Then said the king to 'Ittai the Git-




d Horn. 10.

e 1 Sain. IC.

f 1 Sam. 16.


e Gen. 28.

20, 21.

Ii ch. 13. 38.

i 1 Sam. 9.

13. &. 16. 3,


k Gen. 20. 5.

I Pa. 41. 0.

& .'55. 12, 13,


m Josh. 15.


n Ps. 3. 1.

o ver. 6.
JuJg. 9. 3.

ch. m. 9.

's. 3, title.

T Hob.



Q Ps. 3. title.

T Hch.,

at /its fp£t.
r oil. 10. 21,

> ch. 8. 18.





t TIeb. make
tkcc wander
in going.
u 1 Sam. 23.

X Ruth 1.
in. 17.
Prov. 17. 17.
& 18. 24.

II Called,
John 18. 1,
1 ch. le. 2.

7. Numb. 4.
IS. .

a Ps 43 3.

b Numb. 14.


2 Sam. 22.


1 Khigs 10.

2 Chron. 9.

Isai. 02. 4.

c 1 Sam. 3.


il 1 Sam. 9.


G Sec ch.

17. 17.

t Heb.
gains up
and weep-

g ch. in. 4.
Estli. 0. 12.
Il bai. 20. 2,

i Jer. 14. 3,
k Pa. 126. 8.

1 Ps.3. 1, 2.

m ch.16.23.
& 17. 14, 23.

n Josh. 16. 2.

David fleeth from Jerusalem.

tite, Whereforot goest tnou also with us ? re-
turn to thy place, and abide with the king ;
for thou art a stranger, and also an exile.

20 Whereas thou camest hut yesterday,
should I this day f make thee go up and down
with us ? seeing I go "whither I may; return
thou, and take back thy brethren : mercy
and truth he 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 my 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 were
with him.

23 And all the country Avept 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 y wilderness.

24 H And lo, Zadok also, and all the Le-
vites 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 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 shew me both it, and his
habitation :

26 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.

27 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

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.

30 IT And David went up by the ascent of
mount Olivet, f and wept as he went up, and
s 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, I' weeping as they went up.

31 II And one told David, saying, 'Ahi-
thophel is among the conspirators witii Ab-
salom. And David said, O Lord, I pray
thee, "turn the counsel of Ahithophel into

32 II And it came to pass, that when David
was come to the top of the mount, where he
worshipped God, behold, Hushai the ° Archite


Ziba's falsehood.

came to meet him " with his coat rent, and
earth upon his liead :

33 Unto whom David said, If thou passest
on with me, then thou shalt be p a burden
unto me :

34 But if thou return to the city, and say
unto Absalom, "il will be thy servant, O
king; as I have been thy fatheir's servant
hitherto, so will I now also he 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 ? therefore it
shall be, that what thing soever thou shalt
hear out of the king's house, ' thou shalt tell
1/ to Zadok and Abiathar the priests.

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 every thing that ye can

37 So Hushai, 'David's friend came into
the city, "and Absalom came into Jerusalem.


1 Ziba, by presents and false suggestions, obtaineth his
master's inheritance. 5 At Bahurim Shimei curseth
David. 9 David with patience abstaineth, and
restraineth others, from revenge. 15 Hushai insinu-
atetk himself into Absalom's counsel. 20 AhithopheVs

AND ^when David was a little past the
io^ of the hill, behold, ''Ziba the servant
of iVIephibosheth met him, with a couple of
asses saddled, and upon them two hundred
/oaves of bread, and an hundred bunches of
raisins, and an hundred of summer fruits,
and a bottle of wine.

2 And the king said unto Ziba, What
meanest thou by these ? And Ziba said,
The asses he 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'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 father.

4 « Then said the king to Ziba, Behold,
thine are all that pertained unto Mephibo-
sheth. And Ziba said, f I humbly beseech
thee that I may find grace in thy sight, my
lord, O king.

5 IT And when king David came to Bahu-
rim, 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 at all
the servants of king David : and all the




o ch. 1. 2.
p ch. ID. 35.

<] ch. IS. 19.

r ch. 17.

t ch. 16. 16.

1 Chron. 27.


u ch. 16. 15.

a ch. IS. 30,


b ch. 9. S. .

c ch, K. 23.

d ch. 19. 27.

e Prov. 18.

tHeb. .
/ do obei-

f ch. 19. 16.

! Kings 2. U,


II Or,

Ab still came

forth ami






thfwi of


e Deut 13.


h Jiidg. 9.

24, 511, .'J7.

I Kniisii 2.

32. 3if.

i Soo ch. 1.

16. & 3. %,

29. & 4. 11,


bekold thee
tn thy eoU.

k 1 Sam. 24.


cli. 9. a



m ch. 19. 22.
1 Pet 2. 23.

2 Kings la


Lam. 3. 3a


pch. 12. II.
q Gen. 15.4.

II Or,
t lleb. eye.
Gen, 29. 32.
I Sam. 1,11.
Ps. 25, la
r Rom, a 28

t Heb.
dvsted him
witlt dusU

I ch, 15, 37.

t Heb.
JjCt tlie king

u ch. 19. 21,
Prov. 17. 17.

y ch. 1.5. 16.
1^20. 3.

Shimei curseth David.

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 f bloody man, and
thou eman 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 Absa-
lom thy son : and f behold, thou art taken
in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody

9 IT 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.

10 And the king said, "What have 1 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 ?

1 1 And David said to Abishai, and to all
his servants. Behold, Pmy son, which "icame
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.

12 It may be that the Lord will look on
mine || t 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 stones at him, and f cast dust.

14 And the king, and all the people that
were with him, came weary, and refreshed
themselves there.

15 IT And 'Absalom, and all the people
the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and
Ahithophel with him.

16 And it came to pass, when Hushai the
Archite, 'David's friend, was come unto
Absalom, that Hushai said unto Absalom,
t God save the king, God save the king.

17 And Absalom said to Hushai, 7s this
thy kindness to thy friend ? " why wentest
thou not with thy friend 1

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?
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.

20 1" 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 y concubines, which
he hath left to keep the house ; and all Israel


Ahitho^heVs counsel overthrown hy Hushai's. II. SAMUEL. Secret intelligence is sent unto David.

shall hear that thou ^art abhorred of thy
father : then shall *the 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 t oracle of God : so was
all the counsel of Ahithophel "both with
David and with Absalom.


1 Ahithophel's counsel is overthrown by Hushai's, ac-
cording to God's appointment. 15 Secret intelligence
is sent unto David. 23 Ahithophel hangeth himself.
25 Amasa is made captain. 27 David at Mahanaim
is furnished with provision.

MOREOVER, 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 people that are with
him shall flee; and I will •* 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 t pleased Absalom well,
and all the elders of Israel.

5 Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai
the Archite also, and let us hear likewise
t what he saith.

6 And when Hushai was come to Absa-
lom, Absalom spake unto him, saying, Ahi-
thophel hath spoken after this manner : shall
we diO after his fsaying? if not, speak thou.

7 And Hushai said unto Absalom, The
counsel that Ahithophel hath t given is not
good at this time.

8 For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy
father and his men, that they he mighty
men, and they he t 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.

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 t overthrown
at the first, that whosoev-er 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 ''m3lt :
for all Israel knoweth that thy father is a
mighty man, and they which be with him
are valiant men.




z Gen. 34.


1 Sam. 13. 4.

a cli. 2. 7.

Zech. 8. 13.

b ch. 12. 11,



c ch. 15. 12.

a See

Deut 25. 18.
ch. 16. 14.

b Zech. 13.


I£a3 riffht
in the eye*

1 Sam. 18.

t Heb.
what is in
his mouth.

t Heb.

t Heb.

J Heb.
bitter of

Judg. 18. 25.
c Ho«. 13. 8.

t Hob.

d Josh. 2. 11.



e Judg. 20.1.
r Gen. 22.

t Heb.
that thy
face, or, pre-
sence eo,&rc.

t ch. 15. 31,

t Feb.

h ch. 15. 35.

k ch. 15. 27.


I Josh. 2. 4,


m Josh. 15.

7. i. 18. 10.

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 f 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 Is-
rael said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite
i^ better than the counsel of Ahithophel.
For s the Lord had t appointed to defeat
the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the in-
tent that the Lord might bring evil upon

15 IT '•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 coun-

16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell
David, saying, Lodge not this night ' in the
plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass

o See
Josh. 2. 6.

ExoJ. 1. 10.
Josh. 2. 4, 5.

q ver. 15, 16.

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 ; and they went and told king

18 Nevertheless, a lad saw them, and told
Absalom : but they Avent 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

20 And when Absalom's servants came to
the woman to the house, they said, Whei-e
is Ahimaaz and Jonathan ? And p the wo-
man said unto them, They be gone over the
brook of water. And when they had sought
and could not find them, they returned to

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 people


Ahithophel hangeth himself.

Ihat were with him, and they passed over
Jordan : by the morning Hght there lacked
not one of them that was not gone over Jor-

23 IF And when Ahithophel saw that his
counsel was not t followed, he saddled his
ass, and arose, and gat him home to his
house, to "^his city, and tput his household in
order, and " hanged himself, and died, and
was buried in the sepulchre of his father.

24 Then David came to *Mahanaim. And
Absalom passed over Jordan, he and all the
men of Israel with him.

25 H 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 "f Abigail the
daughter of || Nahash, sister to Zeruiah,
Joab's mother.

26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in the
land of Gilead.

27 IT 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 yMachir the son of Ammiel of
Lo-debar, and ^Barzillai the Gileadite of

28 Brought beds, and || basins, and earthen
vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and
parched com, and beans, and lentiles, and
parched pulse,

29 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.


1 David viewing the armies mi their march giveth them
charge of Absalom. 6 The Israelites are sore smitten
in the wood of Ephraim. 9 Absalom, hanging in an
oak, is slain by Joab, and cast into a pit. 18 Absa-
lom^s place. 19 Ahimaaz and Cushi bring tidings to
David. 33 David mournethfor Absalom.

AND D'avid numbered the people that
were with him, and set captains of
thousands and captains of hundreds over

2 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.

.3 '•But the people answered. Thou shalt
not go forth : for if we flee away, they will
not t care for us ; neither if half of us die,
will they care for us : but now thou art
t worth ten thousand of us : therefore now it is
better that thou t succour us out of the city.



C H U 1 S T


t Hob.

r ch. 15. 13.
t HcIj.
gave charge
liis kotise.
'i Kings W.

■ Matt. 27.


t Gen. 32. 2.

Josh. 13. 2(i.

cli. 2. 8.

II Or.
Jetker an
u 1 Chron.
2. JR. 17.
t HA.

II of,


Sue 1 Chron.

2. 13, 16.

I See ch. 10.
1. & 12. 30.

T ch. 9. 4.

X ch. 19. 31.


1 Kings S. 7

II Or,




a ch. 16. 2.


b <h. 21. 17.

set their
heart, on us.
t Heb.
as ten thou-
sand of us.
t Heb. ie
to succour.

c ver. 12.

it Josh. 17.
15, la

: Heb.

to deoour.

weigh upon

e ver. 5.

t Heb.

soever yo bo
of, Sfc.

1 Heb.
before thee.

t Heb.


f Josh. 7. 26.

Absalom is slain hy Joab.

4 And the king said unto them. What
seemeth you best 1 will do. And the king
stood by the gate side, and all the people
came out by hundreds and by thousands.

5 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 con-
cerning Absalom.

6 H So the people went out into the field
against Israel : and the battle was in the
•I wood of Ephraim ;

7 Where the people of Israel were slain
before the servants of David, and there was
there a gv.eat slaughter that day of twenty
thousand men.

8 For the battle was there scattered over
the face of all the country : and the wood
t devoured more people that day than the
sword devoured.

9 IT 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.

10 And a certain man saw it, and told
Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom
hanged in an oak.

11 And Joab said unto the man that told
him, And behold, thou sawest Mm, and
why didst thou not smite him there to the
ground ? and I would have given thee ten
shekels of silver, and a girdle.

12 And the man said unto Joab, Though'
I should t 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 Abi-
shai and Ittai, saying, f Beware that none
touch the young man Absalom.

13 Otherwise I should have wrought false-
hood against mine own life : for there is no
matter hid from the king, and thou thyself
wouldest have set thyself against me.

14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus
twith thee. And he took three darts in his
hand, and thrust them through the heart of
Absalom, while he was yet alive in the
t midst of the oak.

15 And ten young men that bare Joab's
armour compassed about and smote Absalom,
and slew him.

16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and the
people returned from pursuing after Israel :
for Joab held back the people.

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