1 Absalom's revolt against David
1 And ch. 12:11it came to pass after this, that Absalom 1 Ki. 1:5prepared 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 [a]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.
4 Absalom said moreover, Judg. 9:29Oh 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: Rom. 16:18so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
7 And it came to pass 1 Sam. 16:1after 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 1 Sam. 16:2For thy servant Gen. 28:20,21vowed a vow ch. 13:38while 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.
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 1 Sam. 9:13;& 16:3,5called; and they went Gen. 20:5in their simplicity, and they knew not any thing.
12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, Ps. 41:9;& 55:12-14David's counseller, from his city, even from Josh. 15:51Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people Ps. 3:1increased continually with Absalom.
13 David and his household flee
13 And there came a messenger to David, saying, ver. 6;Judg. 9:3The 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 ch. 19:9;Ps. 3, titleflee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and [c]bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.
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; ch. 8:18and 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.
19 Then said the king to ch. 18:2Ittai 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 [f]make thee go up and down with us? seeing I go 1 Sam. 23:13whither I may, return thou, and take back thy brethren: mercy and truth be with thee.
21 And Ittai answered the king, and said, Ruth 1:16,17As 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 [g]Kidron, and all the people passed over, toward the way of the ch. 16:2wilderness.
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 Ps. 43:3will bring me again, and shew me both it, and his habitation:
26 But if he thus say, I have no Num. 14:8;ch. 22:20;1 Ki. 10:9;2 Chr. 9:8;Is. 62:4delight in thee; behold, here am I, 1 Sam. 3:18let him do to me as seemeth good unto him.
27 The king said also unto Zadok the priest, Art not thou a 1 Sam. 9:9seer? return into the city in peace, and See ch. 17:17your two sons with you, Ahimaaz thy son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar.
28 See, ch. 17:16I 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.
30 And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, [h]and wept as he went up, and ch. 19:4;Esth. 6:12had his head covered, and he went Is. 20:2,4barefoot: and all the people that was with him Jer. 14:3,4covered every man his head, and they went up, Ps. 126:6weeping as they went up.
31 And one told David, saying, Ps. 3:1,2;& 55:12Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O Lord, I pray thee, ch. 16:23;& 17:14,23turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.
32 And it came to pass, that when David was come to the top of the mount, where he worshipped God, behold, Hushai the Josh. 16:2Archite came to meet him ch. 1:2with his coat rent, and earth upon his head:
33 Unto whom David said, If thou passest on with me, then thou shalt be ch. 19:35a burden unto me:
34 But if thou return to the city, and say unto Absalom, ch. 16:19I 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, ch. 17:15,16thou shalt tell it to Zadok and Abiathar the priests.
36 Behold, they have there ver. 27with 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 ch. 16:16;1 Chr. 27:33David's friend came into the city, ch. 16:15and Absalom came into Jerusalem.
38 Ziba's lie
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