NASB — 2 Samuel 16 — KJV

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!”

[1] a2S 15:32 b2S 9:2-13 c1S 25:18
[2] aJg 10:4 b2S 17:29
[3] a2S 9:9, 10 b2S 19:26, 27

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!”

[5] a2S 3:16; 17:18 b2S 19:16-23; 1K 2:8, 9, 44 cEx 22:28; 1S 17:43
[7] a2S 12:9
[8] 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.

[9] ILit take off a1S 26:8; 2S 19:21; Lk 9:54 b2S 9:8 cEx 22:28
[10] a2S 3:39; 19:22 bJn 18:11 cRo 9:20
[11] ILit my body a2S 12:11 bGn 45:5; 1S 26:19
[12] ILit the LORD will return aDt 23:5; Ro 8:28

Absalom Enters Jerusalem

15aThen 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.”

[15] a2S 15:12, 37
[16] a2S 15:37 b2S 15:34 c1S 10:24; 2K 11:12
[17] IOr kindness a2S 19:25
[19] 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.

[21] a2S 15:16; 20:3
[22] a2S 15:16; 20:3 b2S 12:11, 12
[23] ILit advised a2S 17:14, 23 b2S 15:12


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Ziba, by presents and false suggestions, obtaineth his master's inheritance.

1 ¶ And when David was a little past the top [of the hill], behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred [loaves] 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 [be] 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 Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee [that] I may find grace in thy sight, my lord, O king.

[1] 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.
[2] 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.
[3] 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.
[4] 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 king David came to Bahurim, 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 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 bloody man, and thou man 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 Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou [art taken] in thy mischief, because thou [art] a bloody man.

[5] 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.
[7] Dt 13:13; 1S 2:12; 25:17; 2S 3:37; 11:15; 12:9; 1K 21:10, 13; Ps 5:6; 51:14.
[8] 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 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 I 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? 11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came 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 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 cast dust. 14 And the king, and all the people that [were] with him, came weary, and refreshed themselves there.

[9] 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.
[10] 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.
[11] 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.
[12] 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.
[13] 2S 16:5; Ac 23:23.
[14] 2S 16:5.

Hushai insinuateth himself into Absalom's counsel.

15 ¶ 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, God save the king, God save the king. 17 And Absalom said to Hushai, [Is] this thy kindness to thy friend? why wentest thou not with thy friend? 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.

[15] 2S 15:37.
[16] 1S 10:24; 1K 1:25, 34; 2K 11:12; Dn 2:4; 5:10; 6:6, 21; Mt 21:9.
[17] Dt 32:6; 2S 15:32; 19:25; Pv 17:17; 18:24.
[18] 1S 16:13; 2S 5:1.
[19] 1S 28:2; 29:8; 2S 15:34; Ps 55:21; Ga 2:13.

20 ¶ 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 concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel 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 enquired at the oracle of God: so [was] all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.

[20] Ex 1:10; Ps 2:2; 37:12; Pv 21:30; Is 8:10; 29:15; Mt 27:1; Ac 4:23.
[21] 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.
[22] 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.
[23] 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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