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 Psalm 3; 2 Samuel 15:1 - 19:43
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   Book of Psalm
   Chapter 3
3:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom. O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!
 
3:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Many are saying of me, "God will not deliver him." F7
 
3:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift F8 up my head.
 
3:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill.
 
3:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.
 
3:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side.
 
3:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Arise, O LORD! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.
 
3:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.
 
   Book of 2 Samuel
   Chapter 15
15:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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In the course of time, Absalom provided himself with a chariot and horses and with fifty men to run ahead of him.
 
15:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He would get up early and stand by the side of the road leading to the city gate. Whenever anyone came with a complaint to be placed before the king for a decision, Absalom would call out to him, "What town are you from?" He would answer, "Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel."
 
15:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then Absalom would say to him, "Look, your claims are valid and proper, but there is no representative of the king to hear you."
 
15:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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And Absalom would add, "If only I were appointed judge in the land! Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me and I would see that he gets justice."
 
15:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Also, whenever anyone approached him to bow down before him, Absalom would reach out his hand, take hold of him and kiss him.
 
15:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Absalom behaved in this way toward all the Israelites who came to the king asking for justice, and so he stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
 
15:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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At the end of four F43 years, Absalom said to the king, "Let me go to Hebron and fulfill a vow I made to the LORD.
 
15:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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While your servant was living at Geshur in Aram, I made this vow: 'If the LORD takes me back to Jerusalem, I will worship the LORD in Hebron. F44 '"
 
15:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The king said to him, "Go in peace." So he went to Hebron.
 
15:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then Absalom sent secret messengers throughout the tribes of Israel to say, "As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpets, then say, 'Absalom is king in Hebron.'"
 
15:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Two hundred men from Jerusalem had accompanied Absalom. They had been invited as guests and went quite innocently, knowing nothing about the matter.
 
15:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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While Absalom was offering sacrifices, he also sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counselor, to come from Giloh, his hometown. And so the conspiracy gained strength, and Absalom's following kept on increasing.
 
15:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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A messenger came and told David, "The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom."
 
15:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then David said to all his officials who were with him in Jerusalem, "Come! We must flee, or none of us will escape from Absalom. We must leave immediately, or he will move quickly to overtake us and bring ruin upon us and put the city to the sword."
 
15:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The king's officials answered him, "Your servants are ready to do whatever our lord the king chooses."
 
15:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The king set out, with his entire household following him; but he left ten concubines to take care of the palace.
 
15:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So the king set out, with all the people following him, and they halted at a place some distance away.
 
15:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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All his men marched past him, along with all the Kerethites and Pelethites; and all the six hundred Gittites who had accompanied him from Gath marched before the king.
 
15:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The king said to Ittai the Gittite, "Why should you come along with us? Go back and stay with King Absalom. You are a foreigner, an exile from your homeland.
 
15:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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You came only yesterday. And today shall I make you wander about with us, when I do not know where I am going? Go back, and take your countrymen. May kindness and faithfulness be with you."
 
15:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But Ittai replied to the king, "As surely as the LORD lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be."
 
15:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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David said to Ittai, "Go ahead, march on." So Ittai the Gittite marched on with all his men and the families that were with him.
 
15:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The whole countryside wept aloud as all the people passed by. The king also crossed the Kidron Valley, and all the people moved on toward the desert.
 
15:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Zadok was there, too, and all the Levites who were with him were carrying the ark of the covenant of God. They set down the ark of God, and Abiathar offered sacrifices F45 until all the people had finished leaving the city.
 
15:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then the king said to Zadok, "Take the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the LORD's eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling place again.
 
15:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But if he says, 'I am not pleased with you,' then I am ready; let him do to me whatever seems good to him."
 
15:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The king also said to Zadok the priest, "Aren't you a seer? Go back to the city in peace, with your son Ahimaaz and Jonathan son of Abiathar. You and Abiathar take your two sons with you.
 
15:28 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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I will wait at the fords in the desert until word comes from you to inform me."
 
15:29 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So Zadok and Abiathar took the ark of God back to Jerusalem and stayed there.
 
15:30 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But David continued up the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went; his head was covered and he was barefoot. All the people with him covered their heads too and were weeping as they went up.
 
15:31 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Now David had been told, "Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom." So David prayed, "O LORD, turn Ahithophel's counsel into foolishness."
 
15:32 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When David arrived at the summit, where people used to worship God, Hushai the Arkite was there to meet him, his robe torn and dust on his head.
 
15:33 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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David said to him, "If you go with me, you will be a burden to me.
 
15:34 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But if you return to the city and say to Absalom, 'I will be your servant, O king; I was your father's servant in the past, but now I will be your servant,' then you can help me by frustrating Ahithophel's advice.
 
15:35 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Won't the priests Zadok and Abiathar be there with you? Tell them anything you hear in the king's palace.
 
15:36 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Their two sons, Ahimaaz son of Zadok and Jonathan son of Abiathar, are there with them. Send them to me with anything you hear."
 
15:37 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So David's friend Hushai arrived at Jerusalem as Absalom was entering the city.
 
   Chapter 16
16:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
16:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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 desert."
 
16:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The king then asked, "Where is your master's grandson?" Ziba said to him, "He is staying in Jerusalem, because he thinks, 'Today the house of Israel will give me back my grandfather's kingdom.'"
 
16:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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."
 
16:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
16:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
16:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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As he cursed, Shimei said, "Get out, get out, you man of blood, you scoundrel!
 
16:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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 handed the kingdom over to your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a man of blood!"
 
16:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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."
 
16:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But the king said, "What do you and I have in common, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the LORD said to him, 'Curse David,' who can ask, 'Why do you do this?'"
 
16:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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David then said to Abishai and all his officials, "My son, who is of my own flesh, is trying to take my life. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the LORD has told him to.
 
16:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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It may be that the LORD will see my distress and repay me with good for the cursing I am receiving today."
 
16:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
16:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The king and all the people with him arrived at their destination exhausted. And there he refreshed himself.
 
16:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Meanwhile, Absalom and all the men of Israel came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel was with him.
 
16:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then Hushai the Arkite, David's friend, went to Absalom and said to him, "Long live the king! Long live the king!"
 
16:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Absalom asked Hushai, "Is this the love you show your friend? Why didn't you go with your friend?"
 
16:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
16:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Furthermore, whom should I serve? Should I not serve the son? Just as I served your father, so I will serve you."
 
16:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give us your advice. What should we do?"
 
16:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Ahithophel answered, "Lie with your father's concubines whom he left to take care of the palace. Then all Israel will hear that you have made yourself a stench in your father's nostrils, and the hands of everyone with you will be strengthened."
 
16:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and he lay with his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.
 
16:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
   Chapter 17
17:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Ahithophel said to Absalom, "I would F46 choose twelve thousand men and set out tonight in pursuit of David.
 
17:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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I would F47 attack him while he is weary and weak. I would F48 strike him with terror, and then all the people with him will flee. I would F49 strike down only the king
 
17:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
and bring all the people back to you. The death of the man you seek will mean the return of all; all the people will be unharmed."
 
17:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
This plan seemed good to Absalom and to all the elders of Israel.
 
17:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But Absalom said, "Summon also Hushai the Arkite, so we can hear what he has to say."
 
17:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When Hushai came to him, Absalom said, "Ahithophel has given this advice. Should we do what he says? If not, give us your opinion."
 
17:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Hushai replied to Absalom, "The advice Ahithophel has given is not good this time.
 
17:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
You know your father and his men; they are fighters, and as fierce as a wild bear robbed of her cubs. Besides, your father is an experienced fighter; he will not spend the night with the troops.
 
17:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Even now, he is hidden in a cave or some other place. If he should attack your troops first, F50 whoever hears about it will say, 'There has been a slaughter among the troops who follow Absalom.'
 
17:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then even the bravest soldier, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will melt with fear, for all Israel knows that your father is a fighter and that those with him are brave.
 
17:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"So I advise you: Let all Israel, from Dan to Beersheba - as numerous as the sand on the seashore - be gathered to you, with you yourself leading them into battle.
 
17:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then we will attack him wherever he may be found, and we will fall on him as dew settles on the ground. Neither he nor any of his men will be left alive.
 
17:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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If he withdraws into a city, then all Israel will bring ropes to that city, and we will drag it down to the valley until not even a piece of it can be found."
 
17:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Absalom and all the men of Israel said, "The advice of Hushai the Arkite is better than that of Ahithophel." For the LORD had determined to frustrate the good advice of Ahithophel in order to bring disaster on Absalom.
 
17:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Hushai told Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, "Ahithophel has advised Absalom and the elders of Israel to do such and such, but I have advised them to do so and so.
 
17:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Now send a message immediately and tell David, 'Do not spend the night at the fords in the desert; cross over without fail, or the king and all the people with him will be swallowed up.'"
 
17:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Jonathan and Ahimaaz were staying at En Rogel. A servant girl was to go and inform them, and they were to go and tell King David, for they could not risk being seen entering the city.
 
17:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But a young man saw them and told Absalom. So the two of them left quickly and went to the house of a man in Bahurim. He had a well in his courtyard, and they climbed down into it.
 
17:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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His wife took a covering and spread it out over the opening of the well and scattered grain over it. No one knew anything about it.
 
17:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When Absalom's men came to the woman at the house, they asked, "Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?" The woman answered them, "They crossed over the brook." F51 The men searched but found no one, so they returned to Jerusalem.
 
17:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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After the men had gone, the two climbed out of the well and went to inform King David. They said to him, "Set out and cross the river at once; Ahithophel has advised such and such against you."
 
17:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So David and all the people with him set out and crossed the Jordan. By daybreak, no one was left who had not crossed the Jordan.
 
17:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When Ahithophel saw that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and set out for his house in his hometown. He put his house in order and then hanged himself. So he died and was buried in his father's tomb.
 
17:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
David went to Mahanaim, and Absalom crossed the Jordan with all the men of Israel.
 
17:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Absalom had appointed Amasa over the army in place of Joab. Amasa was the son of a man named Jether, F52 an Israelite F53 who had married Abigail, F54 the daughter of Nahash and sister of Zeruiah the mother of Joab.
 
17:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The Israelites and Absalom camped in the land of Gilead.
 
17:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi son of Nahash from Rabbah of the Ammonites, and Makir son of Ammiel from Lo Debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim
 
17:28 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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brought bedding and bowls and articles of pottery. They also brought wheat and barley, flour and roasted grain, beans and lentils, F55
 
17:29 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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honey and curds, sheep, and cheese from cows' milk for David and his people to eat. For they said, "The people have become hungry and tired and thirsty in the desert."
 
   Chapter 18
18:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
David mustered the men who were with him and appointed over them commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds.
 
18:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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David sent the troops out - a third under the command of Joab, a third under Joab's brother Abishai son of Zeruiah, and a third under Ittai the Gittite. The king told the troops, "I myself will surely march out with you."
 
18:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But the men said, "You must not go out; if we are forced to flee, they won't care about us. Even if half of us die, they won't care; but you are worth ten thousand of us. F56 It would be better now for you to give us support from the city."
 
18:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The king answered, "I will do whatever seems best to you." So the king stood beside the gate while all the men marched out in units of hundreds and of thousands.
 
18:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The king commanded Joab, Abishai and Ittai, "Be gentle with the young man Absalom for my sake." And all the troops heard the king giving orders concerning Absalom to each of the commanders.
 
18:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The army marched into the field to fight Israel, and the battle took place in the forest of Ephraim.
 
18:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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There the army of Israel was defeated by David's men, and the casualties that day were great - twenty thousand men.
 
18:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The battle spread out over the whole countryside, and the forest claimed more lives that day than the sword.
 
18:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Now Absalom happened to meet David's men. He was riding his mule, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom's head got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in midair, while the mule he was riding kept on going.
 
18:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When one of the men saw this, he told Joab, "I just saw Absalom hanging in an oak tree."
 
18:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Joab said to the man who had told him this, "What! You saw him? Why didn't you strike him to the ground right there? Then I would have had to give you ten shekels F57 of silver and a warrior's belt."
 
18:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But the man replied, "Even if a thousand shekels F58 were weighed out into my hands, I would not lift my hand against the king's son. In our hearing the king commanded you and Abishai and Ittai, 'Protect the young man Absalom for my sake. F59 '
 
18:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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And if I had put my life in jeopardy F60 - and nothing is hidden from the king - you would have kept your distance from me."
 
18:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Joab said, "I'm not going to wait like this for you." So he took three javelins in his hand and plunged them into Absalom's heart while Absalom was still alive in the oak tree.
 
18:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
And ten of Joab's armor-bearers surrounded Absalom, struck him and killed him.
 
18:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then Joab sounded the trumpet, and the troops stopped pursuing Israel, for Joab halted them.
 
18:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
They took Absalom, threw him into a big pit in the forest and piled up a large heap of rocks over him. Meanwhile, all the Israelites fled to their homes.
 
18:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
During his lifetime Absalom had taken a pillar and erected it in the King's Valley as a monument to himself, for he thought, "I have no son to carry on the memory of my name." He named the pillar after himself, and it is called Absalom's Monument to this day.
 
18:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Now Ahimaaz son of Zadok said, "Let me run and take the news to the king that the LORD has delivered him from the hand of his enemies."
 
18:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"You are not the one to take the news today," Joab told him. "You may take the news another time, but you must not do so today, because the king's son is dead."
 
18:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then Joab said to a Cushite, "Go, tell the king what you have seen." The Cushite bowed down before Joab and ran off.
 
18:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Ahimaaz son of Zadok again said to Joab, "Come what may, please let me run behind the Cushite." But Joab replied, "My son, why do you want to go? You don't have any news that will bring you a reward."
 
18:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
He said, "Come what may, I want to run." So Joab said, "Run!" Then Ahimaaz ran by way of the plain F61 and outran the Cushite.
 
18:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
While David was sitting between the inner and outer gates, the watchman went up to the roof of the gateway by the wall. As he looked out, he saw a man running alone.
 
18:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The watchman called out to the king and reported it. The king said, "If he is alone, he must have good news." And the man came closer and closer.
 
18:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then the watchman saw another man running, and he called down to the gatekeeper, "Look, another man running alone!" The king said, "He must be bringing good news, too."
 
18:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The watchman said, "It seems to me that the first one runs like Ahimaaz son of Zadok." "He's a good man," the king said. "He comes with good news."
 
18:28 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then Ahimaaz called out to the king, "All is well!" He bowed down before the king with his face to the ground and said, "Praise be to the LORD your God! He has delivered up the men who lifted their hands against my lord the king."
 
18:29 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The king asked, "Is the young man Absalom safe?" Ahimaaz answered, "I saw great confusion just as Joab was about to send the king's servant and me, your servant, but I don't know what it was."
 
18:30 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The king said, "Stand aside and wait here." So he stepped aside and stood there.
 
18:31 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then the Cushite arrived and said, "My lord the king, hear the good news! The LORD has delivered you today from all who rose up against you."
 
18:32 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The king asked the Cushite, "Is the young man Absalom safe?" The Cushite replied, "May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise up to harm you be like that young man."
 
18:33 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said: "O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you - O Absalom, my son, my son!"
 
   Chapter 19
19:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Joab was told, "The king is weeping and mourning for Absalom."
 
19:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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."
 
19:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The men stole into the city that day as men steal in who are ashamed when they flee from battle.
 
19:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The king covered his face and cried aloud, "O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!"
 
19:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
19:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
19:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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 upon you from your youth till now."
 
19:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
19:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Throughout the tribes of Israel, the people were all arguing with each other, 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 because of Absalom;
 
19:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
and Absalom, whom we anointed to rule over us, has died in battle. So why do you say nothing about bringing the king back?"
 
19:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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?
 
19:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
You are my brothers, my own flesh and blood. So why should you be the last to bring back the king?'
 
19:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
And say to Amasa, 'Are you not my own flesh and blood? May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if from now on you are not the commander of my army in place of Joab.'"
 
19:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
He won over the hearts of all the men of Judah as though they were one man. They sent word to the king, "Return, you and all your men."
 
19:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
19:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Shimei son of Gera, the Benjamite from Bahurim, hurried down with the men of Judah to meet King David.
 
19:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
19:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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
 
19:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
19:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
For I your servant know that I have sinned, but today I have come here as the first of the whole house of Joseph to come down and meet my lord the king."
 
19:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said, "Shouldn't Shimei be put to death for this? He cursed the LORD's anointed."
 
19:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
David replied, "What do you and I have in common, you sons of Zeruiah? This day you have become my adversaries! Should anyone be put to death in Israel today? Do I not know that today I am king over Israel?"
 
19:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So the king said to Shimei, "You shall not die." And the king promised him on oath.
 
19:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
19:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When he came from Jerusalem to meet the king, the king asked him, "Why didn't you go with me, Mephibosheth?"
 
19:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
19:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
And he has slandered your servant to my lord the king. My lord the king is like an angel of God; so do whatever pleases you.
 
19:28 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
All my grandfather's descendants deserved nothing but death from my lord the king, but you gave your servant a place among those who sat at your table. So what right do I have to make any more appeals to the king?"
 
19:29 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The king said to him, "Why say more? I order you and Ziba to divide the fields."
 
19:30 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Mephibosheth said to the king, "Let him take everything, now that my lord the king has arrived home safely."
 
19:31 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Barzillai the Gileadite also came down from Rogelim to cross the Jordan with the king and to send him on his way from there.
 
19:32 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Now Barzillai was a very old man, eighty years of age. He had provided for the king during his stay in Mahanaim, for he was a very wealthy man.
 
19:33 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The king said to Barzillai, "Cross over with me and stay with me in Jerusalem, and I will provide for you."
 
19:34 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But Barzillai answered the king, "How many more years will I live, that I should go up to Jerusalem with the king?
 
19:35 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
I am now eighty years old. Can I tell the difference between what is good and what is not? Can your servant taste what he eats and drinks? Can I still hear the voices of men and women singers? Why should your servant be an added burden to my lord the king?
 
19:36 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Your servant will cross over the Jordan with the king for a short distance, but why should the king reward me in this way?
 
19:37 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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 pleases you."
 
19:38 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The king said, "Kimham shall cross over with me, and I will do for him whatever pleases you. And anything you desire from me I will do for you."
 
19:39 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So all the people crossed the Jordan, and then the king crossed over. The king kissed Barzillai and gave him his blessing, and Barzillai returned to his home.
 
19:40 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
19:41 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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?"
 
19:42 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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?"
 
19:43 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, "We have ten shares in the king; and besides, we have a greater claim on David than you have. So why do you treat us with contempt? Were we not the first to speak of bringing back our king?" But the men of Judah responded even more harshly than the men of Israel.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F7 A word of uncertain meaning, occurring frequently in the Psalms; possibly a musical term
F8 Or LORD, my Glorious One, who lifts
F43 Some Septuagint manuscripts, Syriac and Josephus; Hebrew forty
F44 Some Septuagint manuscripts; Hebrew does not have in Hebron.
F45 Or Abiathar went up
F46 Or Let me
F47 Or will
F48 Or will
F49 Or will
F50 Or When some of the men fall at the first attack
F51 Or "They passed by the sheep pen toward the water."
F52 Hebrew Ithra, a variant of Jether
F53 Hebrew and some Septuagint manuscripts; other Septuagint manuscripts (see also 1 Chron. 2:17) Ishmaelite or Jezreelite
F54 Hebrew Abigal, a variant of Abigail
F55 Most Septuagint manuscripts and Syriac; Hebrew lentils, and roasted grain
F56 Two Hebrew manuscripts, some Septuagint manuscripts and Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts care; for now there are ten thousand like us
F57 That is, about 4 ounces (about 115 grams)
F58 That is, about 25 pounds (about 11 kilograms)
F59 A few Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts may be translated Absalom, whoever you may be.
F60 Or Otherwise, if I had acted treacherously toward him
F61 That is, the plain of the Jordan

 
 

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