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2 Samuel 19 - NIV

1 Joab was told, “The king is weeping and mourning for Absalom.”

2 And for the whole army the victory that day was turned into mourning, because on that day the troops heard it said, “The king is grieving for his son.”

3 The men stole into the city that day as men steal in who are ashamed when they flee from battle.

4 The king covered his face and cried aloud, “O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!”

5 Then Joab went into the house to the king and said, “Today you have humiliated all your men, who have just saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters and the lives of your wives and concubines.

6 You love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that the commanders and their men mean nothing to you. I see that you would be pleased if Absalom were alive today and all of us were dead.

7 Now go out and encourage your men. I swear by the Lord that if you don’t go out, not a man will be left with you by nightfall. This will be worse for you than all the calamities that have come on you from your youth till now.”

8 So the king got up and took his seat in the gateway. When the men were told, “The king is sitting in the gateway,” they all came before him.
Meanwhile, the Israelites had fled to their homes.

David Returns to Jerusalem

9 Throughout the tribes of Israel, all the people were arguing among themselves, saying, “The king delivered us from the hand of our enemies; he is the one who rescued us from the hand of the Philistines. But now he has fled the country to escape from Absalom;

10 and Absalom, whom we anointed to rule over us, has died in battle. So why do you say nothing about bringing the king back?”

11 King David sent this message to Zadok and Abiathar, the priests: “Ask the elders of Judah, ‘Why should you be the last to bring the king back to his palace, since what is being said throughout Israel has reached the king at his quarters?

12 You are my relatives, my own flesh and blood. So why should you be the last to bring back the king?’

13 And say to Amasa, ‘Are you not my own flesh and blood? May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if you are not the commander of my army for life in place of Joab.’”

14 He won over the hearts of the men of Judah so that they were all of one mind. They sent word to the king, “Return, you and all your men.”

15 Then the king returned and went as far as the Jordan.
Now the men of Judah had come to Gilgal to go out and meet the king and bring him across the Jordan.

16 Shimei son of Gera, the Benjamite from Bahurim, hurried down with the men of Judah to meet King David.

17 With him were a thousand Benjamites, along with Ziba, the steward of Saul’s household, and his fifteen sons and twenty servants. They rushed to the Jordan, where the king was.

18 They crossed at the ford to take the king’s household over and to do whatever he wished.
When Shimei son of Gera crossed the Jordan, he fell prostrate before the king

19 and said to him, “May my lord not hold me guilty. Do not remember how your servant did wrong on the day my lord the king left Jerusalem. May the king put it out of his mind.

20 For I your servant know that I have sinned, but today I have come here as the first from the tribes of Joseph to come down and meet my lord the king.”

21 Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said, “Shouldn’t Shimei be put to death for this? He cursed the Lord’s anointed.”

22 David replied, “What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? What right do you have to interfere? Should anyone be put to death in Israel today? Don’t I know that today I am king over Israel?”

23 So the king said to Shimei, “You shall not die.” And the king promised him on oath.

24 Mephibosheth, Saul’s grandson, also went down to meet the king. He had not taken care of his feet or trimmed his mustache or washed his clothes from the day the king left until the day he returned safely.

25 When he came from Jerusalem to meet the king, the king asked him, “Why didn’t you go with me, Mephibosheth?”

26 He said, “My lord the king, since I your servant am lame, I said, ‘I will have my donkey saddled and will ride on it, so I can go with the king.’ But Ziba my servant betrayed me.

27 And he has slandered your servant to my lord the king. My lord the king is like an angel of God; so do whatever you wish.

28 All my grandfather’s descendants deserved nothing but death from my lord the king, but you gave your servant a place among those who eat at your table. So what right do I have to make any more appeals to the king?”

29 The king said to him, “Why say more? I order you and Ziba to divide the land.”

30 Mephibosheth said to the king, “Let him take everything, now that my lord the king has returned home safely.”

31 Barzillai the Gileadite also came down from Rogelim to cross the Jordan with the king and to send him on his way from there.

32 Now Barzillai was very old, eighty years of age. He had provided for the king during his stay in Mahanaim, for he was a very wealthy man.

33 The king said to Barzillai, “Cross over with me and stay with me in Jerusalem, and I will provide for you.”

34 But Barzillai answered the king, “How many more years will I live, that I should go up to Jerusalem with the king?

35 I am now eighty years old. Can I tell the difference between what is enjoyable and what is not? Can your servant taste what he eats and drinks? Can I still hear the voices of male and female singers? Why should your servant be an added burden to my lord the king?

36 Your servant will cross over the Jordan with the king for a short distance, but why should the king reward me in this way?

37 Let your servant return, that I may die in my own town near the tomb of my father and mother. But here is your servant Kimham. Let him cross over with my lord the king. Do for him whatever you wish.”

38 The king said, “Kimham shall cross over with me, and I will do for him whatever you wish. And anything you desire from me I will do for you.”

39 So all the people crossed the Jordan, and then the king crossed over. The king kissed Barzillai and bid him farewell, and Barzillai returned to his home.

40 When the king crossed over to Gilgal, Kimham crossed with him. All the troops of Judah and half the troops of Israel had taken the king over.

41 Soon all the men of Israel were coming to the king and saying to him, “Why did our brothers, the men of Judah, steal the king away and bring him and his household across the Jordan, together with all his men?”

42 All the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, “We did this because the king is closely related to us. Why are you angry about it? Have we eaten any of the king’s provisions? Have we taken anything for ourselves?”

43 Then the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, “We have ten shares in the king; so we have a greater claim on David than you have. Why then do you treat us with contempt? Weren’t we the first to speak of bringing back our king?”
But the men of Judah pressed their claims even more forcefully than the men of Israel.

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Shared by: Christian Cheong on Feb, 2017
Summary: When man's desires take precedent, we lose sight of God's will. We need to "sanctify" our desires by seeking God to know His will and surrender our will to His ways.
Scripture: 2 Samuel 18:1-19:8
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Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Denomination: Holiness
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Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: Bringing Back the King
Scripture: 2 Samuel 19:9-20:1
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Shared by: Daniel Habben on Nov, 2015
Summary: Learn how God's chastisement is indeed an agent of his grace and not an agent of God's anger.
Scripture: 2 Samuel 15:1-19:8
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Shared by: David Rigg on Jun, 2015
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Mar, 2015
Summary: To show by SM (secret message) that what we have obtained like eternal life and great favors all came from GOD's Divine effort and no human effort was made to get or obtain it. Why this verse? Because it has a signature of the Aleph-Tav.
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 19:40
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Views: 538
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Shared by: Nelson Emeonu on Jul, 2014
Summary: Our Master, Jesus Christ is coming back to take His people home. He revealed this with the story of a man who went to a far journey and gave authority to his servants. He assigned each with some responsibilities and to occupy till He comes back.
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Shared by: Nelson Emeonu on Jul, 2014
Summary: The story of Jesus had happened before in a picture as portrayed with the return of the King David to establish his reign in Jerusalem.
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 19:10-12
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Views: 293
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Shared by: Dennis Davidson on Mar, 2014
Summary: Barzillai ventured & volunteered to help king David during the most darkest moment of David's life, while David was running away from his own son Absalom.
Series: David
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 19:31-39
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Shared by: bala samson on Jul, 2013
Summary: The word ‘help’ is pretty rare in a society that turns a blind-eye and deaf-ear to the cries and pleas of people in need! This being the scenario, ‘help during times of danger’ is a rare commodity that we seldom hear of.
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Shared by: Rodney Kelley on Sep, 2010
Summary: Are you ready for when Jesus comes? Will you be ashamed or rewarded?
Scripture: 2 Samuel 19:15-40
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 754
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Shared by: Tim Patrick on Jul, 2009
Summary: In this sermon you will see the damage of discouragement and ways of becoming an encourager.
based on 31 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 19:1-7
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Views: 1,883
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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: David Owens on Jun, 2009
Summary: As David’s world begins to crumble around him, his friends begin to show up and lend their support. A true friend is someone who comes in when the whole world has gone out.
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 15:1-19:7
Views: 4,033
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Shared by: Craig Benner on Jul, 2008
Summary: El Rey se ha ausentado de muchos templos, de muchos hogares, y de muchas vidas porque ellos han aceptado a otro rey.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 19:9-15
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 501
Darren Rogers avatar
Shared by: Darren Rogers on May, 2008
Summary: What character of the Bible best describes you? Do you start out well only to finish poorly and offer God every excuse you can think of?
based on 31 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 19:32
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 6,008
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Shared by: David Johnston on Jul, 2007
Summary: We need to bring the King back to HIS house in our 1. Commitment 2. Prayer 3. Praise 4. Worship
based on 14 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 19:9-15
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 8,136
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Shared by: Mel Shepherd on Jul, 2007
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 19:2-24
Views: 1,321
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Shared by: Dean Morgan on Feb, 2005
Summary: We are presented with 5 different people who met the king. Each one meets him with a different attitude and from a different point of view. Needless to say, before we are done, we will see that not everyone was happy to see the king.
based on 65 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 19:15
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 4,252
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Shared by: Dean Rhine on Dec, 2003
Summary: Comparing David’s return to throne with Jesus
based on 25 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 19:9-20:22
Views: 5,966
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Shared by: charles clary on Jul, 2003
Summary: This is a message to Senior Adults using the Old Testament story of Barzillai as a backdrop.
based on 50 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 19:31-37
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,530
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Shared by: Kenneth Squires on Apr, 2003
Summary: As we descend deep into the world of family matters we cross the crevice of “when you blow it as a parent.” I want to help you navigate safely to the base camp of another challenging aspect of the parental climb
based on 48 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,627
Robert Leroe avatar
Shared by: Robert Leroe on Jul, 2002
Summary: We extend compassion as wounded healers. But before we can help others, we have to learn how to weep. The word compassion means “to suffer with others”.
based on 57 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 19:1-10
Denomination: Congregational
Views: 2,195
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Shared by: Robert Leroe on Jul, 2002
Summary: Readiness for the King’s return
based on 41 ratings
Denomination: Congregational
Views: 3,580
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Shared by: Phillip Frady on Apr, 2002
Summary: A desire for the presence and purpose of God must supercede the desire for the things that God can give to us. Miphobesheth valued the person of King David more than the material goods.
based on 47 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 19:24-30
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,050
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Shared by: Bo Dunford on Mar, 2002
Summary: Four ways to meet the King of Kings.
based on 79 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 19:15
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Views: 15,333
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How To Love The King
Shared by: Bo Dunford on Mar, 2002
Summary: How should we love King Jesus?
based on 21 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 19:24-30
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Views: 1,306