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The Woman of Tekoa

1 Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that athe king’s heart [was inclined] toward Absalom. 2 So Joab sent to aTekoa and Ibrought a wise woman from there and said to her, “Please pretend to be a mourner, and put on mourning garments now, and do not banoint yourself with oil, but be like a woman who has been mourning for the dead many days; 3 then go to the king and speak to him in this manner.” So Joab put athe words in her mouth.

[1] a2S 13:39
[2] ILit took a2S 23:26; 2Ch 11:6; Am 1:1 b2S 12:20
[3] a2S 14:19

4 ¶ Now when the woman of Tekoa Ispoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground and aprostrated herself and said, “bHelp, O king.” 5 The king said to her, “What is your trouble?” And she Ianswered, “Truly I am a widow, for my husband is dead. 6 Your maidservant had two sons, but the two of them struggled together in the field, and there was no Ione to separate them, so one struck the other and killed him. 7 Now behold, athe whole family has risen against your maidservant, and they say, ‘Hand over the one who struck his brother, that we may put him to death for the life of his brother whom he killed, band destroy the heir also.’ Thus they will extinguish my coal which is left, so as to Ileave my husband neither name nor remnant on the face of the earth.”

[4] IMany mss and ancient versions read came a1S 25:23 b2K 6:26-28
[5] ILit said
[6] ILit deliverer between
[7] ILit set aNu 35:19; Dt 19:12, 13 bMt 21:38

8 ¶ Then the king said to the woman, “Go to your house, and I will give orders concerning you.” 9 The woman of Tekoa said to the king, “O my lord, the king, athe iniquity is on me and my father’s house, but bthe king and his throne are guiltless.” 10 So the king said, “Whoever speaks to you, bring him to me, and he will not touch you anymore.” 11 Then she said, “Please let the king remember the LORD your God, a[so that] the avenger of blood will not continue to destroy, otherwise they will destroy my son.” And he said, “bAs the LORD lives, not one hair of your son shall fall to the ground.”

[9] aGn 43:9; 1S 25:24 b1K 2:33
[11] aNu 35:19, 21; Dt 19:4-10 b1S 14:45; 1K 1:52; Mt 10:30

12 ¶ Then the woman said, “Please let your maidservant speak a word to my lord the king.” And he said, “Speak.” 13 The woman said, “aWhy then have you planned such a thing against the people of God? For in speaking this word the king is as one who is guilty, [in that] the king does not bring back bhis banished one. 14 For awe will surely die and are blike water spilled on the ground which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away life, but plans Iways so that cthe banished one will not be cast out from him. 15 Now Ithe reason I have come to speak this word to my lord the king is that the people have made me afraid; so your maidservant said, ‘Let me now speak to the king, perhaps the king will perform the IIrequest of his maidservant. 16 For the king will hear Iand deliver his maidservant from the IIhand of the man who would destroy IIIboth me and my son from athe inheritance of God.’ 17 Then your maidservant said, ‘Please let the word of my lord the king be Icomforting, for as athe angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and evil. And may the LORD your God be with you.’”

[13] a2S 12:7; 1K 20:40-42 b2S 13:37, 38
[14] ILit devices aJb 30:23; 34:15; He 9:27 bPs 58:7 cNu 35:15, 25, 28
[15] ILit that IILit word
[16] ILit to IILit palm IIILit together aDt 32:9; 1S 26:19
[17] ILit for rest a1S 29:9; 2S 14:20; 19:27

18 ¶ Then the king answered and said to the woman, “Please do not hide anything from me that I am about to ask you.” And the woman said, “Let my lord the king please speak.” 19 So the king said, “Is the hand of Joab with you in all this?” And the woman replied, “As your soul lives, my lord the king, no one can turn to the right or to the left from anything that my lord the king has spoken. Indeed, it was ayour servant Joab who commanded me, and it was he who put all these words in the mouth of your maidservant; 20 in order to change the appearance of things your servant Joab has done this thing. But my lord is wise, alike the wisdom of the angel of God, to know all that is in the earth.”

[19] a2S 14:3
[20] a2S 14:17; 19:27

Absalom Is Recalled

21 ¶ Then the king said to Joab, “Behold now, aI will surely do this thing; go therefore, bring back the young man Absalom.” 22 Joab fell on his face to the ground, prostrated himself and blessed the king; then Joab said, “Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your sight, O my lord, the king, in that the king has performed the Irequest of his servant.” 23 So Joab arose and went to aGeshur and brought Absalom to Jerusalem. 24 However the king said, “Let him turn to ahis own house, and let him not see my face.” So Absalom turned to his own house and did not see the king’s face.

[21] a2S 14:11
[22] ILit word
[23] aDt 3:14; 2S 13:37, 38
[24] a2S 13:20

25 ¶ Now in all Israel was no one as handsome as Absalom, so highly praised; afrom the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no defect in him. 26 When he acut the hair of his head (and it was at the end of every year that he cut [it], for it was heavy on him so he cut it), he weighed the hair of his head at 200 shekels by the king’s weight. 27 aTo Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter whose name was bTamar; she was a woman of beautiful appearance.

[25] aDt 28:35; Jb 2:7; Is 1:6
[26] aEzk 44:20
[27] a2S 18:18 b2S 13:1

28 ¶ Now Absalom lived two full years in Jerusalem, aand did not see the king’s face. 29 Then Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king, but he would not come to him. So he sent again a second time, but he would not come. 30 Therefore he said to his servants, “See, aJoab’s Ifield is next to mine, and he has barley there; go and set it on fire.” So Absalom’s servants set the Ifield on fire. 31 Then Joab arose, came to Absalom at his house and said to him, “Why have your servants set my Ifield on fire?” 32 Absalom Ianswered Joab, “Behold, I sent for you, saying, ‘Come here, that I may send you to the king, to say, “Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me still to be there.”’ Now therefore, let me see the king’s face, aand if there is iniquity in me, let him put me to death.” 33 So when Joab came to the king and told him, he called for Absalom. Thus he came to the king and prostrated himself on his face to the ground before the king, and athe king kissed Absalom.

[28] a2S 14:24
[30] ILit portion aJg 15:3-5
[31] ILit portion
[32] ILit said to a1S 20:8; Pv 28:13
[33] aGn 33:4; Lk 15:20


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Joab, suborning a widow of Tekoah, by a parable to incline the king's heart to fetch home Absalom, bringeth him to Jerusalem.

1 ¶ Now 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 apparel, and anoint not thyself with oil, but 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.

[1] 2S 2:18; 13:39; 18:33; 19:2, 4; 1Ch 2:16; Pv 29:26.
[2] Ru 3:3; 2S 11:26; 2Ch 11:6; 20:20; Ne 3:5, 27; Ps 104:15; Ec 9:8; Jr 6:1; Am 1:1; Mt 6:17.
[3] Ex 4:15; Nu 23:5; Dt 18:18; 2S 14:19; Is 51:16; 59:21; Jr 1:9.

4 ¶ 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? 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 [ought] 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 said, Say on. 13 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 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] person: 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 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 thee. 18 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. 19 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: 20 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.

[4] 1S 20:41; 25:23; 2S 1:2; 2K 6:26; Jb 29:12; Lk 18:3.
[5] Jg 9:8; 2S 12:1.
[6] Gn 4:8; Ex 2:13; Dt 22:26.
[7] Gn 4:14; 27:45; Nu 35:19; Dt 19:12; 25:6; 2S 12:17.
[8] 2S 12:5; 16:4; Jb 29:16; Pv 18:13; Is 11:3.
[9] Gn 27:13; Nu 35:33; Dt 21:1; 1S 25:24; 2S 3:28; 1K 2:33; Mt 27:25.
[11] Gn 14:22; 24:2; 31:50; Nu 35:19, 27; Dt 19:4; Jsh 20:3; 1S 14:45; 20:42; 28:10; 1K 1:52; Jr 4:2; Mt 10:30; Ac 27:34.
[12] Gn 18:27, 32; 44:18; 1S 25:24; Jr 12:1; Ac 26:1.
[13] Jg 20:2; 2S 7:8; 12:7; 13:37; 1K 20:40; Lk 7:42.
[14] Ex 21:13; Lv 26:40; Nu 35:15, 25, 28; Dt 10:17; 2S 11:25; Jb 14:7, 14; 30:23; 34:15, 19; Ps 22:14; 79:3; 90:3, 10; Ec 3:19; 9:5; Is 50:1; Mt 22:16; Ac 10:34; Ro 2:11; He 9:27; 1P 1:17.
[17] 1S 29:9; 2S 14:20; 19:27; 1K 3:9, 28; Jb 6:30; Pv 27:21; 29:5; 1Co 2:14; He 5:14.
[18] 1S 3:17; Jr 38:14, 25.
[19] Ex 4:15; Nu 20:17; Dt 5:32; 28:14; Jsh 1:7; 1S 1:26; 17:55; 20:3; 25:26; 2S 3:27, 29, 34; 11:11, 14; 14:3; 1K 2:5; 2K 2:2; Pv 4:27; Lk 21:15.
[20] Gn 3:5; 2S 5:23; 14:17; 19:27; Jb 32:21; 38:16; Pv 26:28; 29:5; 1Co 8:1.

21 ¶ And the king said unto Joab, Behold now, I have done this thing: go therefore, bring the young man Absalom again. 22 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 brought 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.

[21] 1S 14:39; 2S 14:11; Mk 6:26.
[22] Gn 6:8; Ex 33:16; Ru 2:2; 1S 20:3; 2S 19:39; Ne 11:2; Jb 29:11; 31:20; Pv 31:28.
[23] 2S 3:3; 13:37.
[24] Gn 43:3; Ex 10:28; 2S 3:13; 14:28; Rv 22:4.

Absalom's beauty, hair, and children.

25 ¶ 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. 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 countenance.

[25] Dt 28:35; 1S 9:2; 16:7; Jb 2:7; Pv 31:30; Is 1:6; Mt 23:27; Ep 5:27.
[26] Gn 23:16; Lv 19:36; 2S 18:9; Is 3:24; Ezk 45:9; 1Co 11:14.
[27] 2S 13:1; 18:18; Jb 18:16; Is 14:22; Jr 22:30.

After two years, Absalom by Joab is brought before the king's presence.

28 ¶ 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, Wherefore have thy servants set my field on fire? 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 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. 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.

[28] 2S 14:24.
[29] 2S 14:30; Es 1:12; Mt 22:3.
[30] Jg 15:4; 2S 13:28; 1K 21:9; 2K 9:33; 10:6.
[32] Gn 3:12; Ex 14:12; 16:3; 17:3; 1S 15:13; Ps 36:2; Pv 28:13; Jr 2:22; 8:12; Mt 25:44; Ro 3:19.
[33] Gn 27:26; 33:4; 45:15; Lk 15:20.


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