1 Now aa worthless░ fellow░ happened░ to be there░ whose name░ was Sheba░, the son░ of bBichri░, a Benjamite░░; and he blew░ the trumpet░ and said░,
 a2S 16:7 bGn 46:21 c2S 19:43; 1K 12:16 d1S 22:7-9 e1S 13:2; 2S 18:17; 2Ch 10:16
 ILit went up IILit clung to
3 ¶ Then David░ came░ to his house░ at Jerusalem░, and athe king░ took░ the ten░ women░, the concubines░ whom░ he had left░ to keep░ the house░, and placed░ them under guard░░ and provided░ them with sustenance░, but did not go░ in to them. So they were shut░ up until░ the day░ of their death░, living░ as widows░.
4 ¶ Then the king░ said░ to aAmasa░, “Call░ out the men░ of Judah░ for me within three░ days░, and be present░ here░ yourself░.” 5 So Amasa░ went░ to call░ out [the men of] Judah░, but he adelayed░ longer than░ the set░ time░ which░ he had appointed░ him. 6 And David░ said░ to aAbishai░, “Now░ Sheba░ the son░ of Bichri░ will do░ us more░ harm░ than░ Absalom░; btake░ your lord’s░ servants░ and pursue░ him, so░ that he does not find░ for himself fortified░ cities░ and escape░ from our sight░.” 7 So Joab’s░ men░ went░ out after░ him, aalong with the Cherethites░ and the Pelethites░ and all░ the mighty░ men░; and they went░ out from Jerusalem░ to pursue░ Sheba░ the son░ of Bichri░. 8 When they were at the large░ stone░ which░ is in aGibeon░, Amasa░ came░ Ito meet░ them. Now Joab░ was IIdressed░░ in his military attire░░, and over░ it was a belt░ with a sword░ in its sheath░ fastened░ at his waist░; and as he went░ forward░, it fell░ out. 9 Joab░ said░ to Amasa░, “Is it well░ with you, my brother░?” And aJoab░ took░ Amasa░ by the beard░ with his right░ hand░ to kiss░ him.
 a2S 17:25; 19:13
 a1S 13:8
 a2S 21:17 b2S 11:11; 1K 1:33
 a2S 8:18; 1K 1:38
 ILit before IILit girded with military garment as clothing a2S 2:13; 3:30
 aMt 26:49
10 But Amasa░ was not on guard░ against the sword░ which░ was in Joab’s░ hand░ so ahe struck░ him in the belly░ with it and poured░ out his inward░ parts░ on the ground░, and did not [strike] him again░, and he died░. Then Joab░ and Abishai░ his brother░ pursued░ Sheba░ the son░ of Bichri░. 11 Now there stood░ by him one░ of Joab’s░ young░ men░, and said░, “Whoever░░ favors░ Joab░ and whoever░░ is for David░, a[let him] follow░ Joab░.” 12 But Amasa░ lay░ wallowing░ in [his] blood░ in the middle░ of the highway░. And when the man░ saw░ that all░ the people░ stood░ still░, he Iremoved░ Amasa░ from the highway░ into the field░ and threw░ a garment░ over░ him when░ he saw░ that everyone░ who came░ by him stood░ still░.
Revolt Put Down
14 ¶ Now he went░ through░ all░ the tribes░ of Israel░ to Abel░, even Beth-maacah░, and all░ the Berites░; and they were gathered░ together and also░ went░ after░ him. 15 They came░ and besieged░░ him in aAbel░ Beth-maacah░, and bthey Icast░ up a siege░ ramp░ against░ the city░, and it stood░ by the rampart░; and all░ the people░ who░ were with Joab░ were wreaking░ destruction░ in order to topple░ the wall░. 16 Then aa wise░ woman░ called░ from the city░, “Hear░, hear░! Please░ tell░ Joab░, ‘Come░ here░░ that I may speak░ with you.’” 17 So he approached░ her, and the woman░ said░, “Are you Joab░?” And he answered░, “I am.” Then she said░ to him, “Listen░ to the words░ of your maidservant░.” And he answered░, “I am listening░.” 18 Then she spoke░, saying░, “Formerly░ they used to say░, ‘They will surely░ ask░ [advice] at Abel░,’ and thus░ they ended░ [the dispute]. 19 I am of those who are peaceable░ [and] faithful░ in Israel░. aYou are seeking░ to destroy░ a city░, even a mother░ in Israel░. Why░ would you swallow░ up bthe inheritance░ of the LORD░?” 20 Joab░ replied░, “Far░ be it, far░ be it from me that I should swallow░ up or destroy░! 21 Such░ is not the case░. But a man░ from athe hill░ country░ of Ephraim░, bSheba░ the son░ of Bichri░ by name░, has lifted░ up his hand░ against King░ David░. Only░ hand░ him over░, and I will depart░ from the city░.” And the woman░ said░ to Joab░, “Behold░, his head░ will be thrown░ to you over░ the wall░.” 22 Then the woman░ awisely░ came░ to all░ the people░. And they cut░ off░ the head░ of Sheba░ the son░ of Bichri░ and threw░ it to Joab░. So bhe blew░ the trumpet░, and they were dispersed░ from the city░, each░ to his tent░. Joab░ also returned░ to the king░ at Jerusalem░.
 ILit poured out a1K 15:20; 2K 15:29 b2K 19:32; Ezk 4:2
 a2S 14:2
 aDt 20:10 b1S 26:19; 2S 14:16; 21:3
 aJsh 24:33 b2S 20:2
 a2S 20:16; Ec 9:13-16 b2S 20:1
23 ¶ aNow Joab░ was over░ the whole░ army░ of Israel░, and Benaiah░ the son░ of Jehoiada░ was over░ the Cherethites░ and the Pelethites░; 24 and Adoram░ was over░ the forced░ labor░, and aJehoshaphat░ the son░ of Ahilud░ was the recorder░; 25 and Sheva░ was scribe░, and Zadok░ and aAbiathar░ were priests░; 26 and Ira░ the Jairite░ was also░ a priest░ to David░.
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By occasion of the quarrel, Sheba maketh a party in Israel.
1 ¶ And there▓ happened║¬ to be there a man║ of Belial,║ whose name║ [was] Sheba,║ the son║ of Bichri,║ a Benjamite:║ and he blew║¬ a trumpet,║ and said,║¬ We have no▓ part║ in David,║ neither▓ have we inheritance║ in the son║ of Jesse:║ every╣ man║ to his tents,║ O Israel.║ 2 So every▓ man║ of Israel║ went up║¬ from after║▓ David,║ [and] followed║ Sheba║ the son║ of Bichri:║ but the men║ of Judah║ clave║¬ unto their king,║ from▓ Jordan║ even to▓ Jerusalem.║
 Dt 13:13; Jg 3:27; 19:22; 1S 2:12; 30:22; 2S 15:10; 19:41, 43; 23:6; 1K 12:16; 2Ch 10:6; Ps 17:13; 34:19; Pv 24:21; 25:8; 26:21; Hab 1:12; Lk 19:14, 27.
 2S 19:15, 40, 41; 2Ch 10:17; Ps 62:9; 118:8; Pv 17:14; Jn 6:66; Ac 11:23.
David's ten concubines are shut up in perpetual prison.
3 ¶ And David║ came║¬ to▓ his house║ at Jerusalem;║ and the king║ took║¬▓ the ten║ women║ [his] concubines,║ whom▓ he had left╣¬▓ to keep║¬ the house,║ and put║¬ them in ward,║▓ and fed║¬ them, but went▓ not▓ in╣¬ unto▓ them. So they were▓ shut up║¬ unto▓ the day║ of their death,║¬ living║ in widowhood.║
Amasa, made captain over Judah, is slain by Joab.
4 ¶ Then said║¬ the king║ to▓ Amasa,║ Assemble║¬ me▓ the men║ of Judah║ within three║ days,║ and be thou▓ here▓ present.║¬ 5 So Amasa║ went╣¬▓ to assemble║¬ [the men of]▓ Judah:║ but he tarried longer║¬╣¬ than▓ the set time║ which▓ he had appointed║¬ him. 6 And David║ said║¬ to▓ Abishai,║ Now▓ shall Sheba║ the son║ of Bichri║ do us more harm║¬ than▓ [did] Absalom:║ take║¬ thou▓▓ thy lord's║ servants,║ and pursue║¬ after║ him, lest▓ he get║¬ him fenced║¬ cities,║ and escape║¬▓ us.╣ 7 And there went out║¬ after║ him Joab's║ men,╣▓ and the Cherethites,║ and the Pelethites,║ and all▓ the mighty men:║ and they went out║¬ of Jerusalem,║▓ to pursue║¬ after║ Sheba║ the son║ of Bichri.║ 8 When they▓ [were] at▓ the great║ stone║ which▓ [is] in Gibeon,║ Amasa║ went║¬ before║ them. And Joab's║ garment║ that he had put on║ was girded║¬ unto▓ him, and upon▓ it a girdle║ [with] a sword║ fastened║¬ upon▓ his loins║ in the sheath║ thereof; and as he▓ went forth║¬ it fell out.║¬ 9 And Joab║ said║¬ to Amasa,║ [Art] thou▓ in health,║ my brother?║ And Joab║ took║¬ Amasa║ by the beard║ with the right║ hand║ to kiss║¬ him. 10 But Amasa║ took no▓ heed║¬ to the sword║ that▓ [was] in Joab's║ hand:║ so he smote║¬ him therewith in▓ the fifth║ [rib], and shed out║¬ his bowels║ to the ground,║ and struck▓ him not▓ again;╣¬ and he died.║¬ So Joab║ and Abishai║ his brother║ pursued║¬ after║ Sheba║ the son║ of Bichri.║ 11 And one║ of Joab's╣ men║▓▓ stood║¬ by▓ him, and said,║¬ He║ that▓ favoureth║¬ Joab,║ and he▓ that▓ [is] for David,║ [let him go] after║ Joab.║ 12 And Amasa║ wallowed║¬ in blood║ in the midst║ of the highway.║ And when the man║ saw║¬ that▓ all▓ the people║ stood still,║¬ he removed║¬▓ Amasa║ out of▓ the highway║ into the field,║ and cast║¬ a cloth║ upon▓ him, when▓ he saw║¬ that every▓ one that came║¬ by▓ him stood still.║¬ 13 When▓ he was removed║¬ out of▓ the highway,║ all▓ the people║ went on║¬ after║ Joab,║ to pursue║¬ after║ Sheba║ the son║ of Bichri.║
 2S 17:25; 19:13; 1Ch 2:17.
 1S 13:8; 2S 19:13.
 1S 26:6; 2S 2:18; 3:30, 39; 10:9, 14; 11:11; 18:2, 12; 19:7; 21:17; 23:18; 1K 1:33; 1Ch 11:20; 18:12.
 2S 8:16, 18; 15:18; 20:23; 23:22; 1K 1:38, 44.
 2S 2:13; 3:30; 20:4.
 Ps 55:21; Pv 26:24; Mi 7:2; Mt 26:48; Lk 22:47.
 Gn 4:8; Jg 3:21; 1S 26:8; 2S 2:23; 3:27; 20:9; 1K 2:5, 31; 1Ch 12:2; Ac 1:18.
 2S 20:4, 6, 13, 21; 2K 9:32.
 2S 17:25; Ps 9:16; 55:23; Pv 24:21.
 Nu 20:19; Jg 21:19; 1S 6:12; 2S 20:12; 2K 18:17; Pv 16:17; Is 7:3; 36:2; 62:10; Jr 31:21; Mk 10:46.
Joab pursueth Sheba unto Abel.
14 ¶ And he went╣¬ through▓ all▓ the tribes║ of Israel║ unto Abel,║ and to Bethmaachah,║ and all▓ the Berites:║ and they were gathered together,║¬╣¬ and went║¬ also▓ after║ him. 15 And they came║¬ and besieged║¬▓ him in Abel╣ of Bethmaachah,╣▓ and they cast up║¬ a bank║ against▓ the city,║ and it stood║¬ in the trench:║ and all▓ the people║ that▓ [were] with▓ Joab║ battered║¬ the wall,║ to throw it down.║¬
A wise woman saveth the city by Sheba's head.
16 ¶ Then cried║¬ a wise║ woman║ out of▓ the city,║ Hear,║¬ hear;║¬ say,║¬ I pray you,▓ unto▓ Joab,║ Come near║¬ hither,▓▓ that I may speak║¬ with▓ thee. 17 And when he was come near║¬ unto▓ her, the woman║ said,║¬ [Art] thou▓ Joab?║ And he answered,║¬ I▓ [am he]. Then she said║¬ unto him, Hear║¬ the words║ of thine handmaid.║ And he answered,║¬ I▓ do hear.║¬ 18 Then she spake,║¬ saying,║¬ They were wont║¬ to speak║¬ in old time,║ saying,║¬ They shall surely╣¬ ask║¬ [counsel] at Abel:║ and so▓ they ended║¬ [the matter]. 19 I▓ [am one of them that are] peaceable║¬ [and] faithful║¬ in Israel:║ thou▓ seekest║¬ to destroy║¬ a city║ and a mother║ in Israel:║ why▓ wilt thou swallow up║¬ the inheritance║ of the LORD?║ 20 And Joab║ answered║¬ and said,║¬ Far be it,║ far be it║ from me, that▓ I should swallow up║¬ or▓ destroy.║¬ 21 The matter║ [is] not▓ so:▓ but▓ a man║ of mount║▓ Ephraim,║ Sheba║ the son║ of Bichri║ by name,║ hath lifted up║¬ his hand║ against the king,║ [even] against David:║ deliver║¬ him only,▓ and I will depart╣¬▓ from▓▓ the city.║ And the woman║ said║¬ unto▓ Joab,║ Behold,▓ his head║ shall be thrown║¬ to▓ thee over║ the wall.║ 22 Then the woman║ went║¬ unto▓ all▓ the people║ in her wisdom.║ And they cut off║¬▓ the head║ of Sheba║ the son║ of Bichri,║ and cast╣¬ [it] out▓ to▓ Joab.║ And he blew║¬ a trumpet,║ and they retired║¬ from▓▓ the city,║ every man║ to his tent.║ And Joab║ returned║¬ to Jerusalem║ unto▓ the king.║
 1S 25:3, 32; 2S 14:2; Ec 9:14.
 1S 25:24; 2S 14:12.
 Dt 20:10.
 Gn 18:23; Ex 19:5; Nu 16:32; 26:10; Dt 32:9; Jg 5:7; 1S 26:19; 2S 17:16; 21:3; Ps 124:3; Jr 51:34, 44; Lm 2:2, 5, 16; Ezk 16:45; Ro 13:3; 1Co 15:54; 2Co 5:4; 1Ti 2:2.
 2S 20:10; 23:17; Jb 21:16; 22:18; Pv 28:13; Jr 17:9; Lk 10:29.
 Jg 2:9; 7:24; 18:4; 1S 24:6; 26:9; 2S 17:2; 20:1; 23:18; 2K 5:22; 10:7; Jr 4:15; 50:19.
 2S 2:28; 3:28; 11:6; 18:16; 20:1; Ec 7:19; 8:11; 9:14.
23 ¶ Now Joab║ [was] over▓ all▓ the host║ of Israel:║ and Benaiah║ the son║ of Jehoiada║ [was] over▓ the Cherethites║¬╣ and over▓ the Pelethites:║ 24 And Adoram║ [was] over▓ the tribute:║ and Jehoshaphat║ the son║ of Ahilud║ [was] recorder:║¬ 25 And Sheva║╣¬ [was] scribe:║¬ and Zadok║ and Abiathar║ [were] the priests:║ 26 And Ira║ also▓ the Jairite║ was▓ a chief ruler║ about David.║
 2S 8:16; 20:7; 1Ch 18:15.
 1K 4:3, 6; 12:18.
 2S 8:17; 1K 4:4; 1Ch 18:16.
 Gn 41:43, 45; Ex 2:14, 16; Jg 10:4; 2S 8:18; 23:38; 24:11; 1Ch 11:40; 2Ch 35:15.
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