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 2 Samuel 16
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   Book of 2 SamuelClick Verse Reference for Study Notes
    16:1-23 - Study Chapter  - Click for Chapter Audio

Ziba, a False Servant

1 Now when David had passed a R459 little beyond the summit, behold, Ziba R460 the servant of Mephibosheth met him with R461 a couple of saddled donkeys, and on them were two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred clusters of raisins, a hundred summer fruits, and a jug of wine. 2 The king said to Ziba, "Why do you have these?" And Ziba said, "The R462 donkeys are for the king's household to ride, and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine, for R463 whoever is faint in the wilderness to drink." 3 Then the king said, "And where is your R464 master's son?" And Ziba R465 said to the king, "Behold, he is staying in Jerusalem, for he said, `Today the house of Israel will restore the kingdom of my father to me.' " 4 So the king said to Ziba, "Behold, all that belongs to Mephibosheth is yours." And Ziba said, "I prostrate myself; let me find favor in your sight, O my lord, the king!"

David Is Cursed

5 When King David came to Bahurim, R466 behold, there came out from there a man of the family of the house of Saul whose R467 name was Shimei, the son of Gera; he came out cursing R468 continually as he came. 6 He threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David; and all the people and all the mighty men were at his right hand and at his left. 7 Thus Shimei said when he cursed, "Get out, get out, you R469 man of bloodshed, and worthless fellow! 8 "The R470 LORD has returned upon you all the R471 bloodshed of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned; and the LORD has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. And behold, you are taken in your own evil, for you are a man of bloodshed!"

9 Then Abishai R472 the son of Zeruiah said to the king, "Why should this R473 dead dog curse R474 my lord the king? Let me go over now and cut F181 off his head." 10 But the king said, "What R475 have I to do with you, O sons of Zeruiah? If R476 he curses, and if the LORD has told him, `Curse David,' then R477 who shall say, `Why have you done so?' " 11 Then David said to Abishai and to all his servants, "Behold, my R478 son who came out from me F182 seeks my life; how much more now this Benjamite? Let him alone and let him curse, for R479 the LORD has told him. 12 "Perhaps the LORD will look on my affliction and return R480 F183 good to me instead of his cursing this day." 13 So David and his men went on the way; and Shimei went along on the hillside parallel with him and as he went he cursed and cast stones and threw dust at him. 14 The king and all the people who were with him arrived weary and he refreshed himself there.

Absalom Enters Jerusalem

15 Then R481 Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, entered Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him. 16 Now it came about when Hushai R482 the Archite, David's friend, came to Absalom, that Hushai R483 said to Absalom, "Long R484 live the king! Long live the king!" 17 Absalom said to Hushai, "Is this your loyalty F184 to your friend? Why R485 did you not go with your friend?" 18 Then Hushai said to Absalom, "No! For whom the LORD, this people, and all the men of Israel have chosen, his I will be, and with him I will remain. 19 "Besides, whom R486 should I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father's presence, so I will be in your presence."

20 Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give your advice. What shall we do?" 21 Ahithophel said to Absalom, "Go R487 in to your father's concubines, whom he has left to keep the house; then all Israel will hear that you have made yourself odious to your father. The hands of all who are with you will also be strengthened." 22 So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and R488 Absalom went in to his father's concubines in R489 the sight of all Israel. 23 The R490 advice of Ahithophel, which he gave F185 in those days, was as if one inquired of the word of God; so R491 was all the advice of Ahithophel regarded by both David and Absalom.

F181: Lit take off
F182: Lit my body
F183: Lit the L\ORD/ will return
F184: Or kindness
F185: Lit advised

R459: 2 Samuel 15:32
R460: 2 Samuel 9:2-13
R461: 1 Samuel 25:18
R462: Judges 10:4
R463: 2 Samuel 17:29
R464: 2 Samuel 9:9,10
R465: 2 Samuel 19:26,27
R466: 2 Samuel 3:16; 17:18
R467: 2 Samuel 19:16-23; 1 Kings 2:8,9,44
R468: Exodus 22:28; 1 Samuel 17:43
R469: 2 Samuel 12:9
R470: 2 Samuel 21:1-9
R471: 2 Samuel 1:16; 3:28,29; 4:11,12
R472: 1 Samuel 26:8; 2 Samuel 19:21; Luke 9:54
R473: 2 Samuel 9:8
R474: Exodus 22:28
R475: 2 Samuel 3:39; 19:22
R476: John 18:11
R477: Romans 9:20
R478: 2 Samuel 12:11
R479: Genesis 45:5; 1 Samuel 26:19
R480: Deuteronomy 23:5; Romans 8:28
R481: 2 Samuel 15:12,37
R482: 2 Samuel 15:37
R483: 2 Samuel 15:34
R484: 1 Samuel 10:24; 2 Kings 11:12
R485: 2 Samuel 19:25
R486: 2 Samuel 15:34
R487: 2 Samuel 15:16; 20:3
R488: 2 Samuel 15:16; 20:3
R489: 2 Samuel 12:11,12
R490: 2 Samuel 17:14,23
R491: 2 Samuel 15:12


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