1 Now it came° about after°° this° that aAbsalom° provided° for himself a chariot° and horses° and fifty° men° as runners° before° him. 2 Absalom° used to rise° early° and astand° beside°° the way° to the gate°; and when any° man° had° a suit° to come° to the king° for judgment°, Absalom° would call° to him and say°, “From what°° city° are you?” And he would say°, “Your servant° is from one° of the tribes° of Israel°.” 3 Then Absalom° would say° to him, “See°, ayour Iclaims° are good° and right°, but no° man listens° to you on the part°° of the king°.” 4 Moreover, Absalom° would say°, “aOh° that one would appoint° me judge° in the land°, then every° man° who° has° any suit° or cause° could come° to me and I would give° him justice°.” 5 And when a man° came° near° to prostrate° himself before him, he would put° out his hand° and take° hold° of him and akiss° him. 6 In this° manner° Absalom° dealt° with all° Israel° who° came° to the king° for judgment°; aso Absalom° stole° away° the hearts° of the men° of Israel°.
7 ¶ Now it came° about at the end° of Iforty° years° that Absalom° said° to the king°, “Please° let me go° and pay° my vow° which° I have vowed° to the LORD°, in aHebron°. 8 For your servant° avowed° a vow° while I was living° at Geshur° in Aram°, saying°, ‘bIf° the LORD° shall indeed° bring° me back° to Jerusalem°, then I will serve° the LORD°.’” 9 The king° said° to him, “Go° in peace°.” So he arose° and went° to Hebron°. 10 But Absalom° sent° spies° throughout all° the tribes° of Israel°, saying°, “As soon as you hear° the sound° of the trumpet°, then you shall say°, ‘aAbsalom° is king° in Hebron°.’” 11 Then two hundred° men° went° with Absalom° from Jerusalem°, awho were invited° and bwent° Iinnocently°, and they did not know° anything°°. 12 And Absalom° sent° for aAhithophel° the Gilonite°, David’s° counselor°, from his city° bGiloh°, while he was offering° the sacrifices°. And the conspiracy° was strong°, for cthe people° increased° continually° with Absalom°.
 ISome ancient versions render four a2S 3:2, 3
 a2S 13:37, 38 bGn 28:20, 21
 a1K 1:34; 2K 9:13
 ILit in their integrity a1S 9:13 b1S 22:15
 a2S 15:31 bJsh 15:51 cPs 3:1
David Flees Jerusalem
13 ¶ Then a messenger° came° to David°, saying°, “aThe hearts° of the men° of Israel° are Iwith Absalom°.” 14 David° said° to all° his servants° who° were with him at Jerusalem°, “aArise° and let us flee°, for [otherwise] none° of us will escape° from Absalom°. Go° in haste°, or° he will overtake° us quickly° and bring° down° calamity° on us and strike° the city° with the edge° of the sword°.” 15 Then the king’s° servants° said° to the king°, “Behold°, your servants° [are ready to do] whatever°° my lord° the king° chooses°.” 16 So the king° went° out and all° his household° Iwith him. But athe king° left° ten° concubines° to keep° the house°. 17 The king° went° out and all° the people° Iwith him, and they stopped° at the last° house°. 18 Now all° his servants° passed° on beside°° him, aall° the Cherethites°, all° the Pelethites° and all° the Gittites°, bsix° hundred° men° who° had come° Iwith him from Gath°, passed° on before° the king°.
 ILit after aJg 9:3; 2S 15:6
 a2S 12:11; Ps 3: title
 ILit at his feet a2S 16:21, 22
 ILit at his feet
 ILit at his feet a2S 8:18 b1S 23:13; 25:13; 30:1, 9
19 ¶ Then the king° said° to aIttai° the Gittite°, “Why° will you also° go° with us? Return° and remain° with the king°, for you are a foreigner° and also° an exile°; [return] to your own place°. 20 You came° [only] yesterday°, and shall I today° make you wander° with us, while aI go° where°° I will? Return° and take° back° your brothers°; bmercy° and Itruth° be with you.” 21 But Ittai° answered° the king° and said°, “As the LORD° lives°, and as my lord° the king° lives°, surely°° awherever°°° my lord° the king° may be, whether° for death° or° for life°, there° also° your servant° will be.” 22 Therefore David° said° to Ittai°, “Go° and pass° over°.” So Ittai° the Gittite° passed° over° with all° his men° and all° the little° ones° who° [were] with him. 23 While all° the country° was weeping° with a loud° voice°, all° the people° passed° over°. The king° also passed° over° athe brook° Kidron°, and all° the people° passed° over° toward°° bthe way° of the wilderness°.
 a2S 18:2
 IOr faithfulness a1S 23:13 b2S 2:6
 aRu 1:16, 17; Pv 17:17
 a1K 15:13; 2Ch 29:16 b2S 15:28; 16:2
24 ¶ Now behold°, aZadok° also° [came], and all° the Levites° with him bcarrying° the ark° of the covenant° of God°. And they set° down° the ark° of God°, and cAbiathar° came° up until° all° the people° had finished° passing° from the city°. 25 The king° said° to Zadok°, “Return° the ark° of God° to the city°. If° I find° favor° in the sight° of the LORD°, then aHe will bring° me back° again and show° me both it and bHis habitation°. 26 But if° He should say° thus°, ‘aI have° no° delight° in you,’ behold°, here I am, blet Him do° to me as seems good° Ito Him.” 27 The king° said° also to Zadok° the priest°, “Are you [not] aa seer°? Return° to the city° in peace° and your btwo° sons° with you, your son° Ahimaaz° and Jonathan° the son° of Abiathar°. 28 See°, I am going to wait° aat the fords° of the wilderness° until° word° comes° from you to inform° me.” 29 Therefore Zadok° and Abiathar° returned° the ark° of God° to Jerusalem° and remained° there°.
 a2S 8:17; 20:25 bNu 4:15; 1S 4:4, 5 c1S 22:20
 aPs 43:3 bEx 15:13; Jr 25:30
 ILit in His sight a2S 11:27; 1Ch 21:7 b1S 3:18
 a1S 9:6-9 b2S 17:17
 aJsh 5:10; 2S 17:16
30 ¶ And David° went° up the ascent° of the [Mount of] Olives°, and wept° as he went°, and ahis head° was covered° and he walked° bbarefoot°. Then all° the people° who° were with him each° covered° his head° and went° up weeping° as they went°. 31 Now someone told° David°, saying°, “aAhithophel° is among the conspirators° with Absalom°.” And David° said°, “O LORD°, I pray°, bmake° the counsel° of Ahithophel° foolishness°.”
32 ¶ It happened° as David° was coming° to the summit°, where°° God° was worshiped°, that behold°, Hushai° the aArchite° met° him with his Icoat° torn° and IIdust° on his head°. 33 David° said° to him, “If° you pass° over° with me, then you will be aa burden° to me. 34 But if° you return° to the city°, and asay° to Absalom°, ‘I will be your servant°, O king°; as I have been° your father’s° servant° in time° past°, so I will now° be your servant°,’ then you can thwart° the counsel° of Ahithophel° for me. 35 Are not Zadok° and Abiathar° the priests° with you there°? So it shall be that awhatever°°° you hear° from the king’s° house°, you shall report° to Zadok° and Abiathar° the priests°. 36 Behold° atheir two° sons° are with them there°, Ahimaaz°, Zadok’s° son and Jonathan°, Abiathar’s° son; and bby them you shall send° me everything° that you hear°.” 37 So Hushai°, aDavid’s° friend°, came° into the city°, and bAbsalom° came° into Jerusalem°.
 IOr tunic IILit ground aJsh 16:2
 a2S 19:35
 a2S 16:19
 a2S 17:15, 16
 a2S 15:27 b2S 17:17
 a2S 16:16; 1Ch 27:33 b2S 16:15
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Absalom, by fair speeches and courtesies, stealeth the hearts of Israel.
1 ¶ And it came to pass² after²² this,¹² that Absalomº preparedºª him chariotsº and horses,º and fiftyº menº to runºª beforeº him. 2 And Absalomº rose up early,ºª and stoodºª besideº² the wayº of the gate:º and it was² [so], that when any² manº that² had² a controversyº cameºª to² the kingº for judgment,º then Absalomº calledºª unto² him, and said,ºª Of²² whatº cityº [art] thou?² And he said,ºª Thy servantº [is] of oneº² of the tribesº of Israel.º 3 And Absalomº saidºª unto² him, See,ºª thy mattersº [are] goodº and right;º but [there is] no² man [deputed] of the kingº to hearºª thee. 4 Absalomº saidºª moreover, Oh that² I were madeºª judgeºª in the land,º that every² manº which² hath² any suitº or causeº might comeºª unto² me, and I would do him justice!ºª 5 And it was² [so], that when any manº came nighºª [to him] to do him obeisance,ºª he put forthºª² his hand,º and tookºª him, and kissedºª him. 6 And on this² mannerº didºª Absalomº to all² Israelº that² cameºª to² the kingº for judgment:º so Absalomº stoleºª² the heartsº of the men¹² of Israel.º
 Dt 17:16; 1S 8:11; 2S 12:11; 1K 1:5, 33; 10:26; Ps 20:7; Pv 11:2; 16:18; 17:19; Jr 22:14.
 Ex 18:14, 16, 26; 1K 3:16; Jb 24:14; Pv 4:16; Mt 27:1.
 Ex 20:12; 21:17; Nu 16:3, 13; 2S 8:15; Ps 12:2; Pv 30:11, 17; Ezk 22:7; Dn 11:21; Mt 15:4; Ac 23:5; 1P 2:17; 2P 2:10.
 Jg 9:1, 29; Pv 25:6; 27:2; Lk 14:8; 2P 2:19.
 2S 14:33; Ps 10:9; 55:21; Pv 26:25.
 Pv 11:9; Ro 16:18; 2P 2:3.
Under pretence of a vow he obtaineth leave to go to Hebron.
7 ¶ And it came to pass² afterº² fortyº years,º that Absalomº saidºª unto² the king,º I pray thee,² let me go¹ª² and payºª² my vow,º which² I have vowedºª unto the LORD,º in Hebron.º 8 For² thy servantº vowedºª a vowº while I abodeºª at Geshurº in Syria,º saying,ºª If² the LORDº shall bring me againºªªª indeed to Jerusalem,º then I will serveºª² the LORD.º 9 And the kingº saidºª unto him, Go¹ª² in peace.º So he arose,ºª and went¹ª² to Hebron.º
 1S 16:1, 2, 13; 2S 13:24, 38; Pv 21:27; Is 58:4; Mt 2:8; 23:14.
 Gn 28:20; Jsh 24:15; 1S 1:11; 16:2; 2S 13:37; 14:23, 32; Ps 56:12; Ec 5:4; Is 28:15; Jr 9:3; 42:20.
He maketh there a great conspiracy.
10 ¶ But Absalomº sentºª spiesºª throughout all² the tribesº of Israel,º saying,ºª As soon as ye hearºª² the soundº of the trumpet,º then ye shall say,ºª Absalomº reignethºª in Hebron.º 11 And with² Absalomº wentºª two hundredº menº out of Jerusalem,º² [that were] called;ºª and they wentºª in their simplicity,º and they knewºª not² any² thing.º 12 And Absalomº sentºª for² Ahithophelº the Gilonite,º David'sº counsellor,ºª from his city,º [even] from Giloh,º² while he offeredºª² sacrifices.º And the conspiracyº was² strong;º for the peopleº increasedº continuallyºª with² Absalom.º
 2S 2:1, 11; 3:2; 5:5; 13:28; 14:30; 19:10; 1Ch 11:3; 12:23, 38; Jb 20:5; Ps 73:18.
 Gn 20:5; 1S 9:13; 16:3; 22:15; Pv 14:15; 22:3; Mt 10:16; Ro 16:18.
 Nu 23:1, 14, 30; Jsh 15:51; 2S 15:31; 16:20; 17:14, 23; 1K 21:9, 12; Ps 3:1; 41:9; 43:1; 50:16; 55:12; Pv 21:27; Is 1:10; Mi 7:5; Jn 13:18; Tit 1:16.
David upon the news fleeth from Jerusalem.
13 ¶ And there cameºª a messengerºª to² David,º saying,ºª The heartsº of the menº of Israelº are² afterº Absalom.º 14 And Davidº saidºª unto all² his servantsº that² [were] with² him at Jerusalem,º Arise,ºª and let us flee;¹ª² for² we shall² not² [else] escapeº from¹²² Absalom:º make speedºª to depart,¹ª² lest² he overtakeºª us suddenly,ºª and bringºª² evilº upon² us, and smiteºª the cityº with the edgeº of the sword.º 15 And the king'sº servantsº saidºª unto² the king,º Behold,² thy servantsº [are ready to do] whatsoever²² my lordº the kingº shall appoint.ºª 16 And the kingº went forth,ºª and all² his householdº afterº him. And the kingº leftºª² tenº women,º [which were] concubines,º to keepºª the house.º 17 And the kingº went forth,ºª and all² the peopleº afterº him, and tarriedºª in a placeº that was far off.ºª¹ 18 And all² his servantsº passed onºª besideº² him; and all² the Cherethites,º and all² the Pelethites,º and all² the Gittites,º sixº hundredº menº which² cameºª afterº him from Gath,º² passed onºª beforeº² the king.º
 Jg 9:3; 2S 3:36; 15:6; Ps 62:9; Mt 21:9; 27:22.
 2S 19:9; 23:16; Ps 3:1; 51:18; 55:3; 137:5; Ezk 46:18; Mt 11:12; Lk 10:15.
 Pv 18:24; Lk 22:28; Jn 6:66; 15:14.
 Jg 4:10; 1S 25:27, 42; 2S 12:11; 16:21; 20:3; Ps 3:1; Ro 12:2.
 Ps 3:1, 2; 66:12; Ec 10:7.
 1S 27:3; 30:14; 2S 6:10; 8:18; 15:19; 18:2; 20:7, 23; 1K 1:38; 1Ch 18:17.
Ittai would not leave him.
19 ¶ Then saidºª the kingº to² Ittaiº the Gittite,º Wherefore² goest¹ª² thou² also² with² us? returnºª to thy place,º and abideºª with² the king:º for² thou² [art] a stranger,º and also² an exile.ºª 20 Whereas thou camestºª [but] yesterday,º should I this dayº make thee go¹ª up² and downºªªª with² us? seeing I² goºª whither²² I² may,² returnºª thou, and take backºª² thy brethren:º mercyº and truthº [be] with² thee. 21 And Ittaiº answeredºª² the king,º and said,ºª [As] the LORDº liveth,º and [as] my lordº the kingº liveth,º surely²² in what² placeº my lordº the kingº shall be,² whether² in deathº or² life,º even² there² also will thy servantº be.² 22 And Davidº saidºª to² Ittai,º Go¹ª² and pass over.ºª And Ittaiº the Gittiteº passed over,ºª and all² his men,¹² and all² the little onesº that² [were] with² him. 23 And all² the countryº weptºª with a loudº voice,º and all² the peopleº passed over:ºª the kingº also himself passed overºª the brookº Kidron,º and all² the peopleº passed over,ºª towardº² the wayº of² the wilderness.º
 Ru 1:11; 2S 18:2.
 1S 23:13; 2S 2:6; Ps 25:10; 56:8; 57:3; 59:15; 61:7; 85:10; 89:14; Pv 14:22; Am 8:12; Jn 1:17; 2Ti 1:16; He 11:37.
 Ru 1:16; 1S 20:3; 25:26; 2K 2:2, 4, 6; 4:30; Pv 17:17; 18:24; Mt 8:19; Jn 6:66; Ac 11:23; 21:13; 2Co 7:3.
 2S 15:22.
 2S 16:2; 1K 2:37; Mt 3:1, 3; Lk 1:80; Jn 18:1; Ro 12:15.
Zadok and Abiathar are sent back with the Ark.
24 ¶ And lo² Zadokº also,² and all² the Levitesº [were] with² him, bearingºª² the arkº of the covenantº of God:º and they set downºª² the arkº of God;º and Abiatharº went up,ºª until² all² the peopleº had doneºª passingºª out of² the city.º 25 And the kingº saidºª unto Zadok,º Carry backºª² the arkº of Godº into the city:º if² I shall findºª favourº in the eyesº of the LORD,º he will bring me again,ºª and shewºª me [both] it, and his habitation:º 26 But if² he thus² say,ºª I have no² delightºª in thee; behold,² [here am] I, let him doºª to me as² seemethº goodº unto him. 27 The kingº saidºª also unto² Zadokº the priest,º [Art not] thou² a seer?ºª returnºª into the cityº in peace,º and your twoº sonsº with² you, Ahimaazº thy son,º and Jonathanº the sonº of Abiathar.º 28 See,ºª I² will tarryºª in the plainºª¹ of the wilderness,º until² there comeºª wordº from²² you to certifyºª me. 29 Zadokº therefore and Abiatharº carriedºª² the arkº of Godº again¹ª to Jerusalem:º and they tarriedºª there.²
 Nu 4:15; 7:9; Jsh 3:3, 6, 15; 4:16; 6:4, 6; 1S 4:3, 11; 2S 6:13; 8:17; 15:27, 35; 20:25; 1K 1:8; 2:35; 4:2; 1Ch 6:8; 15:2; Ezk 48:11.
 1S 4:3; 2S 6:17; 7:2; 12:10; Ps 26:8; 27:4; 42:1; 43:3; 63:1; 84:1, 10; 122:1, 9; Is 38:22; Jr 7:4.
 Nu 14:8; Jg 10:15; 1S 3:18; 2S 22:20; 1K 10:9; 2Ch 9:8; Jb 1:20; Ps 39:9; Is 42:1; 62:4; Jr 22:28; 32:41; Mt 1:10.
 1S 9:9; 2S 15:34, 36; 17:17; 24:11; 1Ch 25:5.
 2S 15:23; 16:2; 17:1, 16.
David and his company go up mount Olivet weeping.
30 ¶ And Davidº went upºª by the ascentº of [mount] Olivet,º and weptºª as he went up,ºª and had his headº covered,ºª and he² wentºª barefoot:º and all² the peopleº that² [was] with² him coveredºª every manº his head,º and they went up,ºª weepingºª as they went up.ºª
 2S 19:4; Es 6:12; Ps 42:3; 43:1, 5; 126:5; Is 20:2, 4; Jr 14:3; Ezk 24:17, 23; Zc 14:4; Mt 5:4; Lk 19:29, 37, 41; 21:37; 22:39; Ac 1:12; Ro 12:15; 1Co 12:26.
He curseth Ahithophel's counsel.
 2S 15:12; 16:23; 17:14, 23; Jb 5:12; 12:16; Ps 3:1; 41:9; 55:12, 14, 15; 109:3; Is 19:3, 11; Jr 8:8; Mt 26:14; Jn 13:18; 1Co 1:20; 3:18; Jm 3:15.
Hushai is sent back with instructions.
32 ¶ And it came to pass,² that [when] Davidº was comeºª to² the topº [of the mount], where² he worshippedºª God,º behold,² Hushaiº the Architeº came to meetºª him with his coatº rent,ºª and earthº upon² his head:º 33 Unto whom Davidº said,ºª If² thou passest onºª with² me, then thou shalt be² a burdenº unto² me: 34 But if² thou returnºª to the city,º and sayºª unto Absalom,º I² will be² thy servant,º O king;º [as] I² [have been] thy father'sº servantº hitherto,º² so [will] I² now² also [be] thy servant:º then mayest thou for me defeatºª² the counselº of Ahithophel.º 35 And [hast thou] not² there² with² thee Zadokº and Abiatharº the priests?º therefore it shall be,² [that] what² thingº soever² thou shalt hearºª out of the king's¹ house,º²² thou shalt tellºª [it] to Zadokº and Abiatharº the priests.º 36 Behold,² [they have] there² with² them their twoº sons,º Ahimaazº Zadok'sº [son], and Jonathanº Abiathar'sº [son]; and by² them¹ ye shall sendºª unto² me every² thingº that² ye can hear.ºª 37 So Hushaiº David'sº friendº cameºª into the city,º and Absalomº cameºª into Jerusalem.º
 Jsh 16:2; 2S 1:2; 13:19; 15:30; 16:16; 1K 8:44; 11:7; Jb 1:20; Ps 3:3, 7; 4:1; 50:15; 91:15; Lk 19:29.
 2S 19:35.
 Jsh 8:2; 2S 15:20; 16:16; 17:5; Mt 10:16.
 2S 17:15.
 2S 15:27; 17:17; 18:19.
 2S 16:15, 16; 1Ch 27:33.
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