Ziba, a False Servant
1 Now when David° had passed° aa little° beyond° the summit°, behold°, bZiba° the servant° of Mephibosheth° met° him cwith a couple° of saddled° donkeys°, and on them [were] two° hundred° loaves of bread°, a hundred° clusters° of raisins°, a hundred° summer° fruits°, and a jug° of wine°. 2 The king° said° to Ziba°, “Why° do you have these°?” And Ziba° said°, “aThe donkeys° are for the king’s° household° to ride°, and the bread° and summer° fruit° for the young° men° to eat°, and the wine°, bfor whoever° is faint° in the wilderness° to drink°.” 3 Then the king° said°, “And where° is ayour master’s° son°?” And bZiba° said° to the king°, “Behold°, he is staying° in Jerusalem°, for he said°, ‘Today° the house° of Israel° will restore° the kingdom° of my father° to me.’” 4 So the king° said° to Ziba°, “Behold°, all° that belongs to Mephibosheth° is yours.” And Ziba° said°, “I prostrate° myself; let me find° favor° in your sight°, O my lord°, the king°!”
David Is Cursed
5 ¶ When King° David° came° to aBahurim°, behold°, there came° out from there° a man° of the family° of the house° of Saul° bwhose name° was Shimei°, the son° of Gera°; he came° out ccursing° continually as he came°. 6 He threw° stones° at David° and at all° the servants° of King° David°; and all° the people° and all° the mighty° men° were at his right° hand° and at his left°. 7 Thus° Shimei° said° when he cursed°, “Get° out, get° out, ayou man° of bloodshed°, and worthless° fellow°! 8 aThe LORD° has returned° upon you all° bthe bloodshed° of the house° of Saul°, in whose° place° you have reigned°; and the LORD° has given° the kingdom° into the hand° of your son° Absalom°. And behold°, you are [taken] in your own evil°, for you are a man° of bloodshed°!”
 a2S 3:16; 17:18 b2S 19:16-23; 1K 2:8, 9, 44 cEx 22:28; 1S 17:43
 a2S 12:9
 a2S 21:1-9 b2S 1:16; 3:28, 29; 4:11, 12
9 ¶ Then aAbishai° the son° of Zeruiah° said° to the king°, “Why° should bthis° dead° dog° ccurse° my lord° the king°? Let me go° over° now° and Icut° off° his head°.” 10 But the king° said°, “aWhat° have I to do with you, O sons° of Zeruiah°? bIf° he curses°, and if° the LORD° has told° him, ‘Curse° David°,’ cthen who° shall say°, ‘Why° have you done° so°?’” 11 Then David° said° to Abishai° and to all° his servants°, “Behold°, amy son° who° came° out from Ime seeks° my life°; how° much°° more°° now° this Benjamite°? Let° him alone° and let him curse°, bfor the LORD° has told° him. 12 Perhaps° the LORD° will look° on my affliction° and Iareturn° good° to me instead° of his cursing° this° day°.” 13 So David° and his men° went° on the way°; and Shimei° went° along on the hillside°° parallel° with him and as he went° he cursed° and cast° stones° and threw° dust° at him. 14 The king° and all° the people° who° were with him arrived° weary° and he refreshed° himself there°.
 ILit take off a1S 26:8; 2S 19:21; Lk 9:54 b2S 9:8 cEx 22:28
 a2S 3:39; 19:22 bJn 18:11 cRo 9:20
 ILit my body a2S 12:11 bGn 45:5; 1S 26:19
 ILit the LORD will return aDt 23:5; Ro 8:28
Absalom Enters Jerusalem
15 ¶ aThen Absalom° and all° the people°, the men° of Israel°, entered° Jerusalem°, and Ahithophel° with him. 16 Now it came° about when° aHushai° the Archite°, David’s° friend°, came° to Absalom°, that bHushai° said° to Absalom°, “c[Long] live° the king°! [Long] live° the king°!” 17 Absalom° said° to Hushai°, “Is this° your Iloyalty° to your friend°? aWhy° did you not go° with your friend°?” 18 Then Hushai° said° to Absalom°, “No°! For whom° the LORD°, this° people°, and all° the men° of Israel° have chosen°, his I will be, and with him I will remain°. 19 Besides°, awhom° should I serve°? [Should I] not [serve] in the presence° of his son°? As I have served° in your father’s° presence°, so° I will be in your presence°.”
 a2S 15:12, 37
 a2S 15:37 b2S 15:34 c1S 10:24; 2K 11:12
 IOr kindness a2S 19:25
 a2S 15:34
20 ¶ Then Absalom° said° to Ahithophel°, “Give° your advice°. What° shall we do°?” 21 Ahithophel° said° to Absalom°, “aGo° in to your father’s° concubines°, whom° he has left° to keep° the house°; then all° Israel° will hear° that you have made° yourself odious° to your father°. The hands° of all° who° are with you will also be strengthened°.” 22 So they pitched° a tent° for Absalom° on the roof°, aand Absalom° went° in to his father’s° concubines° bin the sight° of all° Israel°. 23 aThe advice° of Ahithophel°, which° he Igave° in those° days°, [was] as if° one inquired° of the word° of God°; bso° was all° the advice° of Ahithophel° [regarded] by both° David° and Absalom°.
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Ziba, by presents and false suggestions, obtaineth his master's inheritance.
1 ¶ And when Davidº was a littleº pastºª the topº² [of the hill], behold,² Zibaº the servantº of Mephiboshethº metºª him, with a coupleº of assesº saddled,ºª and upon² them two hundredº [loaves] of bread,º and an hundredº bunches of raisins,º and an hundredº of summer fruits,º and a bottleº of wine.º 2 And the kingº saidºª unto² Ziba,º What² meanest thou by these?² And Zibaº said,ºª The assesº [be] for the king'sº householdº to ride on;ºª and the breadº and summer fruitº for the young menº to eat;ºª and the wine,º that such as be faintº in the wildernessº may drink.ºª 3 And the kingº said,ºª And where² [is] thy master'sº son?º And Zibaº saidºª unto² the king,º Behold,² he abidethºª at Jerusalem:º for² he said,ºª To dayº shall the houseº of Israelº restoreºª me² the kingdomº of my father.º 4 Then saidºª the kingº to Ziba,º Behold,² thine [are] all² that² [pertained] unto Mephibosheth.º And Zibaº said,ºª I humbly¹ª beseech² thee [that] I may findºª graceº in thy sight,º my lord,º O king.º
 1S 10:3; 16:20; 17:17; 25:18; 2S 9:2, 9; 15:30, 32; 17:27; 19:32; 1Ch 12:40; Pv 18:16; 29:4; Jr 40:10, 12; Am 8:1; Mi 7:1.
 Gn 21:29; 33:8; Jg 5:10; 8:4; 10:4; 1S 14:28; 25:27; 2S 15:1, 23; 17:29; 19:26; Pv 31:6; Ezk 37:18.
 Ex 20:16; Dt 19:18; 2S 9:9; 19:24; Ps 15:3; 88:18; 101:5; Pv 1:19; 21:28; Mi 7:5; 1Ti 6:9; Jde 1:11.
 Ex 23:8; Dt 19:15; 2S 14:4, 10, 22; Pv 18:13, 17; 19:2.
At Bahurim Shimei curseth David.
5 ¶ And when kingº Davidº cameºª to² Bahurim,º behold,² thence²² came outºª a manº of the familyº² of the houseº of Saul,º whose nameº [was] Shimei,º the sonº of Gera:º he came forth,ºª and cursedºª still as he came.ºª 6 And he castºª stonesº at² David,º and at all² the servantsº of kingº David:º and all² the peopleº and all² the mighty menº [were] on his right handº² and on his left.º² 7 And thus² saidºª Shimeiº when he cursed,ºª Come out,ºª come out,ºª thou bloodyº man,º and thou manº of Belial:º 8 The LORDº hath returnedºª upon² thee all² the bloodº of the houseº of Saul,º in whose² stead² thou hast reigned;ºª and the LORDº hath deliveredºª² the kingdomº into the handº of Absalomº thy son:º and, behold,² thou [art taken] in thy mischief,º because² thou² [art] a bloodyº man.º
 Ex 22:28; Jsh 21:18; 1S 17:43; 2S 3:16; 16:14; 17:18; 19:16; 1K 2:8, 36, 45; 1Ch 6:60; Ps 69:26; 109:16, 28; Pv 26:2; Ec 10:20; Is 8:21; Mt 5:11.
 Dt 13:13; 1S 2:12; 25:17; 2S 3:37; 11:15; 12:9; 1K 21:10, 13; Ps 5:6; 51:14.
 Jg 9:24, 56; 2S 1:16; 3:28; 4:8; 1K 2:32; Ps 3:2; 4:2; Ac 28:4; Rv 16:6.
David with patience abstaineth, and restraineth others, from revenge.
9 ¶ Then saidºª Abishaiº the sonº of Zeruiahº unto² the king,º Why² should this² deadºª dogº curseºª² my lordº the king?º let me go over,ºª I pray thee,² and take offºª² his head.º 10 And the kingº said,ºª What² have I to do with you, ye sonsº of Zeruiah?º so² let him curse,ºª because² the LORDº hath saidºª unto him, Curseºª² David.º Who² shall then say,ºª Wherefore² hast thou done² so?¹ª² 11 And Davidº saidºª to² Abishai,º and to² all² his servants,º Behold,² my son,º which² came forthºª of my bowels,º² seekethºª² my life:º how much more²² now² [may this] Benjamiteº [do it]? let him alone,¹ª² and let him curse;ºª for² the LORDº hath biddenºª him. 12 It may be² that the LORDº will lookºª on mine affliction,º¹ª and that the LORDº will requiteºª me goodº for² his cursingº this² day.º 13 And as Davidº and his men¹² went¹ª² by the way,º Shimeiº went alongºª on the hill'sº sideº over againstº him, and cursedºª as he went,ºª and threwºª stonesº atº him, and castºª dust.º 14 And the king,º and all² the peopleº that² [were] with² him, cameºª weary,º and refreshed¹ª themselves² there.²
 Ex 22:28; 1S 24:14; 26:6; 2S 3:8, 30; 9:8; Jb 31:30; Jr 40:13; Ac 23:5; 1P 2:17.
 Gn 50:20; 2S 3:39; 19:22; 1K 2:5; 22:21; 2K 18:25; Jb 9:12; Ec 8:4; Lm 3:38; Dn 4:35; Mt 16:23; Lk 9:54; Jn 18:11; Ro 9:20; 1P 2:23.
 Gn 15:4; 2S 7:2; 12:11; 17:1; 2K 19:37; 2Ch 32:21; Is 10:5; Ezk 14:9; 20:25; Mt 10:21.
 Gn 29:32; Ex 2:24; 3:7; Dt 23:5; 1S 1:11; Ps 25:18; Is 27:7; Mt 5:11; Ro 8:28; 2Co 4:17; 2Th 1:7; He 12:10; 1P 4:12.
 2S 16:5; Ac 23:23.
 2S 16:5.
Hushai insinuateth himself into Absalom's counsel.
15 ¶ And Absalom,º and all² the peopleº the menº of Israel,º cameºª to Jerusalem,º and Ahithophelº with² him. 16 And it came to pass,² when² Hushaiº the Archite,º David'sº friend,º was comeºª unto² Absalom,º that Hushaiº saidºª unto² Absalom,º God saveºª the king,º God saveºª the king.º 17 And Absalomº saidºª to² Hushai,º [Is] this² thy kindnessº to² thy friend?º why² wentestºª thou not² with² thy friend?º 18 And Hushaiº saidºª unto² Absalom,º Nay;² but² whom² the LORD,º and this² people,º and all² the menº of Israel,º choose,ºª his will I be,² and with² him will I abide.ºª 19 And again,º whom² should I² serve?ºª [should I] not² [serve] in the presenceº of his son?º as² I have servedºª in thy father'sº presence,º so² will I be² in thy presence.º
 2S 15:37.
 1S 10:24; 1K 1:25, 34; 2K 11:12; Dn 2:4; 5:10; 6:6, 21; Mt 21:9.
 Dt 32:6; 2S 15:32; 19:25; Pv 17:17; 18:24.
 1S 16:13; 2S 5:1.
 1S 28:2; 29:8; 2S 15:34; Ps 55:21; Ga 2:13.
20 ¶ Then saidºª Absalomº to² Ahithophel,º Giveºª counselº among you what² we shall do.ºª 21 And Ahithophelº saidºª unto² Absalom,º Go² in¹ª unto² thy father'sº concubines,º which² he hath left¹ª² to keepºª the house;º and all² Israelº shall hearºª that² thou art abhorredºª of² thy father:º then shall the handsº of all² that² [are] with² thee be strong.ºª 22 So they spreadºª Absalomº a tentº upon² the top² of the house;¹ and Absalomº went² in¹ª unto² his father'sº concubinesº in the sightº of all² Israel.º 23 And the counselº of Ahithophel,º which² he counselledºª in those² days,º [was] as² if a manº had enquiredºª at the oracleº of God:º so² [was] all² the counselº of Ahithophelº both² with Davidº and² with Absalom.º
 Ex 1:10; Ps 2:2; 37:12; Pv 21:30; Is 8:10; 29:15; Mt 27:1; Ac 4:23.
 Gn 6:4; 34:30; 35:22; 38:16; 49:3; Lv 18:8; 20:11; 1S 13:4; 27:12; 2S 2:7; 12:11; 15:16; 20:3; 1K 2:17, 22; Zc 8:13; 1Co 5:1.
 Nu 25:6; 2S 11:2; 12:11; 15:16; 20:3; Is 3:9; Jr 3:3; 8:12; Ezk 24:7; Php 3:19.
 Nu 27:21; 1S 30:8; 2S 15:12; 17:14, 23; Jb 5:12; 28:28; Ps 19:7; 28:2; Ec 10:1; Jr 4:22; 8:9; Mt 11:25; Lk 16:8; Ro 1:22; 1Co 3:19; Jm 3:13; 1P 4:11.
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