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Absalom’s Conspiracy

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.

[1] a1K 1:5
[2] aRu 4:1; 2S 19:8
[3] ILit words aPv 12:2
[4] aJg 9:29
[5] a2S 14:33; 20:9
[6] aRo 16:18

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.

[7] ISome ancient versions render four a2S 3:2, 3
[8] a2S 13:37, 38 bGn 28:20, 21
[10] a1K 1:34; 2K 9:13
[11] ILit in their integrity a1S 9:13 b1S 22:15
[12] 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.

[13] ILit after aJg 9:3; 2S 15:6
[14] a2S 12:11; Ps 3: title
[16] ILit at his feet a2S 16:21, 22
[17] ILit at his feet
[18] 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.

[19] a2S 18:2
[20] IOr faithfulness a1S 23:13 b2S 2:6
[21] aRu 1:16, 17; Pv 17:17
[23] 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.

[24] a2S 8:17; 20:25 bNu 4:15; 1S 4:4, 5 c1S 22:20
[25] aPs 43:3 bEx 15:13; Jr 25:30
[26] ILit in His sight a2S 11:27; 1Ch 21:7 b1S 3:18
[27] a1S 9:6-9 b2S 17:17
[28] 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.”

[30] aEs 6:12; Ezk 24:17, 23 bIs 20:2-4
[31] a2S 15:12 b2S 16:23; 17:14, 23

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.

[32] IOr tunic IILit ground aJsh 16:2
[33] a2S 19:35
[34] a2S 16:19
[35] a2S 17:15, 16
[36] a2S 15:27 b2S 17:17
[37] 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 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 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 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 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 him. 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 Israel.

[1] 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.
[2] Ex 18:14, 16, 26; 1K 3:16; Jb 24:14; Pv 4:16; Mt 27:1.
[3] 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.
[4] Jg 9:1, 29; Pv 25:6; 27:2; Lk 14:8; 2P 2:19.
[5] 2S 14:33; Ps 10:9; 55:21; Pv 26:25.
[6] 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 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 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. 9 And the king said unto him, Go in peace. So he arose, and went to Hebron.

[7] 1S 16:1, 2, 13; 2S 13:24, 38; Pv 21:27; Is 58:4; Mt 2:8; 23:14.
[8] 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 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 offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom.

[10] 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.
[11] Gn 20:5; 1S 9:13; 16:3; 22:15; Pv 14:15; 22:3; Mt 10:16; Ro 16:18.
[12] 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 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 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. 15 And the king's servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants [are ready to do] whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint. 16 And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And the king left ten women, [which were] concubines, to keep the house. 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.

[13] Jg 9:3; 2S 3:36; 15:6; Ps 62:9; Mt 21:9; 27:22.
[14] 2S 19:9; 23:16; Ps 3:1; 51:18; 55:3; 137:5; Ezk 46:18; Mt 11:12; Lk 10:15.
[15] Pv 18:24; Lk 22:28; Jn 6:66; 15:14.
[16] Jg 4:10; 1S 25:27, 42; 2S 12:11; 16:21; 20:3; Ps 3:1; Ro 12:2.
[17] Ps 3:1, 2; 66:12; Ec 10:7.
[18] 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 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. 20 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. 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 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 wilderness.

[19] Ru 1:11; 2S 18:2.
[20] 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.
[21] 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.
[22] 2S 15:22.
[23] 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 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. 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 Abiathar. 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.

[24] 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.
[25] 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.
[26] 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.
[27] 1S 9:9; 2S 15:34, 36; 17:17; 24:11; 1Ch 25:5.
[28] 2S 15:23; 16:2; 17:1, 16.

David and his company go up mount Olivet weeping.

30 ¶ 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.

[30] 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.

31 ¶ 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.

[31] 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, 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: 33 Unto whom David said, If thou passest on with me, then thou shalt be a burden unto me: 34 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. 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 [it] 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 hear. 37 So Hushai David's friend came into the city, and Absalom came into Jerusalem.

[32] 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.
[33] 2S 19:35.
[34] Jsh 8:2; 2S 15:20; 16:16; 17:5; Mt 10:16.
[35] 2S 17:15.
[36] 2S 15:27; 17:17; 18:19.
[37] 2S 16:15, 16; 1Ch 27:33.

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