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2 Samuel 16 - NIV

David and Ziba

1 When David had gone a short distance beyond the summit, there was Ziba, the steward of Mephibosheth, waiting to meet him. He had a string of donkeys saddled and loaded with two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred cakes of raisins, a hundred cakes of figs and a skin of wine.

2 The king asked Ziba, “Why have you brought these?”
Ziba answered, “The donkeys are for the king’s household to ride on, the bread and fruit are for the men to eat, and the wine is to refresh those who become exhausted in the wilderness.”

3 The king then asked, “Where is your master’s grandson?”
Ziba said to him, “He is staying in Jerusalem, because he thinks, ‘Today the Israelites will restore to me my grandfather’s kingdom.’”

4 Then the king said to Ziba, “All that belonged to Mephibosheth is now yours.”
“I humbly bow,” Ziba said. “May I find favor in your eyes, my lord the king.”

Shimei Curses David

5 As King David approached Bahurim, a man from the same clan as Saul’s family came out from there. His name was Shimei son of Gera, and he cursed as he came out.

6 He pelted David and all the king’s officials with stones, though all the troops and the special guard were on David’s right and left.

7 As he cursed, Shimei said, “Get out, get out, you murderer, you scoundrel!

8 The Lord has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The Lord has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a murderer!”

9 Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head.”

10 But the king said, “What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the Lord said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who can ask, ‘Why do you do this?’”

11 David then said to Abishai and all his officials, “My son, my own flesh and blood, is trying to kill me. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the Lord has told him to.

12 It may be that the Lord will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.”

13 So David and his men continued along the road while Shimei was going along the hillside opposite him, cursing as he went and throwing stones at him and showering him with dirt.

14 The king and all the people with him arrived at their destination exhausted. And there he refreshed himself.

The Advice of Ahithophel and Hushai

15 Meanwhile, Absalom and all the men of Israel came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel was with him.

16 Then Hushai the Arkite, David’s confidant, went to Absalom and said to him, “Long live the king! Long live the king!”

17 Absalom said to Hushai, “So this is the love you show your friend? If he’s your friend, why didn’t you go with him?”

18 Hushai said to Absalom, “No, the one chosen by the Lord, by these people, and by all the men of Israel—his I will be, and I will remain with him.

19 Furthermore, whom should I serve? Should I not serve the son? Just as I served your father, so I will serve you.”

20 Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give us your advice. What should we do?”

21 Ahithophel answered, “Sleep with your father’s concubines whom he left to take care of the palace. Then all Israel will hear that you have made yourself obnoxious to your father, and the hands of everyone with you will be more resolute.”

22 So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and he slept with his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.

23 Now in those days the advice Ahithophel gave was like that of one who inquires of God. That was how both David and Absalom regarded all of Ahithophel’s advice.

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Scripture: 2 Samuel 16:1-14
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 16:5-14
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Summary: What should you do when you are criticized. This sermon answers that question.
Scripture: 2 Samuel 16:1-14
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Shared by: bala samson on Jan, 2015
Summary: As a child of God, we got to learn to accept mockery and criticism in good spirit and depend on God to handle the issues
Scripture: 2 Samuel 16:1-12
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Shared by: David Tack on Jun, 2014
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Shared by: Rick Boyne on Nov, 2012
Summary: here is always a hint of truth in most criticism; we must respond in a way that honors God.
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 16:5-14
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Views: 562
Revd. Martin Dale avatar
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Shared by: Revd. Martin Dale on Jun, 2012
Summary: What made David a man after God's own heart - despite the "Bathsheba affair"
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Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on Jan, 2012
Summary: Our respect for the Word of God must always be subject to our understanding that the Bible is the Church's Book.
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Views: 281
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Shared by: Babatunde Olugboji on Apr, 2010
Summary: What was it that destroyed Ahithophel? As we saw in the first part of this message, grudge and bitterness led to his annihilation, in other words, his inability to forgive, even when King David did not even know he had that deep a grudge against him.
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Shared by: Babatunde Olugboji on Apr, 2010
Summary: This is about how God's intervention rendered useless the wicked counsel of Ahithophel
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 16:21-17:4
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Ronald C. Abayon avatar
Shared by: Ronald C. Abayon on Feb, 2010
Summary: Knowing the secret of it
Scripture: 2 Samuel 5:11-16:15
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 537
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Shared by: Ovidiu Radulescu on Sep, 2009
Summary: Bathsheba was taken and her husband killed by David. Ahithophel’s son, Elaim had a daughter, named Bathsheba. So this grudge: Bathsheba had been stolen by David and her husband killed by David. Now, Bathsheba forgave David but Ahithophel never.
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Views: 7,700
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Shared by: David Owens on Jun, 2009
Summary: As David comes back into power, and returns to Jerusalem, Shimei seeks David’s forgiveness for the way he had offended David earlier. David graciously forgave him.
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Shared by: Tim White on May, 2009
Summary: After receiving the grace of David, did Mephibosheth betray his benefactor? Some great lessons on grace and the believer.
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 16:1-4
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Kellie Rupard-Schorr avatar
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Shared by: Kellie Rupard-Schorr on Nov, 2007
Summary: The story of David and Shimei shows that to be after God’s heart means to allow God to speak as God chooses.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 16:5-14
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Views: 1,046
John Wright avatar
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Shared by: John Wright on Jul, 2007
Summary: David’s depression distorted his view of life, as it does those who fall into depression today.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 16:1-14
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 605
Jonathan Russell avatar
The Man Who Would Not Forgive
Shared by: Jonathan Russell on Jun, 2007
Summary: Examining the life of Ahithophel and what happened when he refused to forgive David
based on 29 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 16:20-17:4
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,536
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Shared by: Juan Lane on Jun, 2006
Summary: We sometimes have to let the opposition talk
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 16:5-10
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,746
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Shared by: Jeff Strite on Apr, 2005
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 16:5-14
Views: 9,385
Mike Turner avatar
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Shared by: Mike Turner on Apr, 2005
Summary: A message on a little known character named Shimei who threw rocks at the King.
based on 78 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 16:1-13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 5,936
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Shared by: Troy Borst on Feb, 2004
Summary: A look at criticims and defending against it God’s way. A recrafted sermon from Jeff Strite Sermon Central.com contributor ID= 4028
based on 26 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 16:5-14
Views: 1,452
Kevin Higgins avatar
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Shared by: Kevin Higgins on Dec, 2003
Summary: David’s faith was the product of what He knew to be true of God.
based on 30 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,018
Julio Gonzalez avatar
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Shared by: Julio Gonzalez on Aug, 2002
Summary: What to do when we feel there is no hope.
based on 94 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,778
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Shared by: Jeff Strite on Jul, 2002
Summary: Shimea suffered from a spiritual illness that plagues many Christians. How did it reveal itself and how can we be healed?s
based on 66 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 16:5-14
Views: 4,647
Doug Johnston avatar
Big Enough to Forgive
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Jan, 2002
Summary: David discovered that sometimes personal offenses are best forgiven, not paid back by holding grudges, getting angry, or giving paybacks.
based on 37 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 16:1-19:43
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 829
Johnny Carver avatar
Divine Speed Bumps
Shared by: Johnny Carver on Oct, 2001
Summary: A sermon to explain how God attempts to slow us down when He wants to get our attention.
based on 35 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 16:1-11
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 7,277
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Shared by: Joseph Smith on Oct, 2001
Summary: In uncertain times, it remains true that giving away what we cannot possess anyway is the path to fulfillment; it must, however, be a gift that refreshes the fainting.
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 16:1-4
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