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 2 Samuel 19
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Joab Reproves David's Lament

1 Then it was told Joab, "Behold, the R557 king is weeping and mourns for Absalom." 2 The victory F226 that day was turned to mourning for all the people, for the people heard it said that day, "The king is grieved for his son." 3 So the people went by stealth into the city that day, as people who are humiliated steal away when they flee in battle. 4 The king covered R558 his face and cried F227 out with a loud voice, "O R559 my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!" 5 Then Joab came into the house to the king and said, "Today you have covered with shame the faces of all your servants, who today have saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters, the lives of your wives, and the lives of your concubines, 6 by loving those who hate you, and by hating those who love you. For you have shown today that princes F228 and servants are nothing to you; for I know this day that if Absalom were alive and all of us were dead today, then you F229 would be pleased. 7 "Now therefore arise, go out and speak kindly F230 to your servants, for I swear by the LORD, if you do not go out, surely not R560 a man will pass the night with you, and this will be worse for you than all the evil that has come upon you from your youth until now."

David Restored as King

8 So the king arose and sat in the gate. When they told all the people, saying, "Behold, the king is sitting R561 in the gate," then all the people came before the king.

Now Israel R562 had fled, each to his tent. 9 All the people were quarreling throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, "The R563 king delivered us from the hand F231 of our enemies and saved R564 us from the hand F231 of the Philistines, but now he R565 has fled out of the land from Absalom. 10 "However, Absalom, whom we anointed over us, has died in battle. Now then, why are you silent about bringing the king back?"

11 Then King David sent to Zadok R566 and Abiathar the priests, saying, "Speak to the elders of Judah, saying, `Why are you the last to bring the king back to his house, since the word of all Israel has come to the king, even to his house? 12 `You are my brothers; you R567 are my bone and my flesh. Why then should you be the last to bring back the king?' 13 "Say to Amasa, R568 `Are you not my bone and my flesh? May R569 God do so to me, and more also, if you will not be commander R570 of the army before me continually in R571 place of Joab.' " 14 Thus he turned the hearts of all the men of Judah as R572 one man, so that they sent word to the king, saying, "Return, you and all your servants." 15 The king then returned and came as far as the Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal R573 in order to go to meet the king, to bring the king across the Jordan.

16 Then Shimei R574 the son of Gera, the Benjamite who was from Bahurim, hurried and came down with the men of Judah to meet King David. 17 There were a thousand men of Benjamin with him, with Ziba R575 the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants with him; and they rushed to the Jordan before the king. 18 Then they kept crossing the ford to bring over the king's household, and to do what was good in his sight. And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king as he was about to cross the Jordan. 19 So he said to the king, "Let R576 not my lord consider me guilty, nor remember what your servant did wrong on the day when my lord the king came out from Jerusalem, so that the king would take F232 it to heart. 20 "For your servant knows that I have sinned; therefore behold, I have come today, the R577 first of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my lord the king." 21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah said, "Should R578 not Shimei be put to death for this, because R579 he cursed the LORD'S anointed?" 22 David then said, "What R580 have I to do with you, O sons of Zeruiah, that you should this day be an adversary to me? Should R581 any man be put to death in Israel today? For do I not know that I am king over Israel today?" 23 The king said to Shimei, "You R582 shall not die." Thus the king swore to him.

24 Then Mephibosheth R583 the son F233 of Saul came down to meet the king; and he R584 had neither cared F234 for his feet, nor trimmed F234 his mustache, nor washed R585 his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came home in peace. 25 It was when he came from Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said to him, "Why R586 did you not go with me, Mephibosheth?" 26 So he answered, "O my lord, the king, my servant deceived me; for your servant said, `I will saddle a donkey for myself that I may ride on it and go with the king,' because R587 your servant is lame. 27 "Moreover, he R588 has slandered your servant to my lord the king; but my lord the king is like R589 the angel of God, therefore do what is good in your sight. 28 "For all R590 my father's household was nothing but dead men before my lord the king; yet R591 you set your servant among those who ate at your own table. What right do I have yet that I should complain F235 anymore to the king?" 29 So the king said to him, "Why do you still speak of your affairs? I have decided, F236 `You and Ziba shall divide the land.' " 30 Mephibosheth said to the king, "Let him even take it all, since my lord the king has come safely to his own house."

31 Now Barzillai R592 the Gileadite had come down from Rogelim; and he went on to the Jordan with the king to escort F237 him over the Jordan. 32 Now Barzillai was very old, being eighty years old; and he had sustained R593 F238 the king while he stayed at Mahanaim, for he was a very great man. 33 The king said to Barzillai, "You cross over with me and I will sustain F239 you in Jerusalem with me." 34 But Barzillai said to the king, "How R594 long have F240 I yet to live, that I should go up with the king to Jerusalem? 35 "I am now F241 eighty R595 years old. Can I distinguish between good and bad? Or can your servant taste what I eat or what I drink? Or can I hear anymore the R596 voice of singing men and women? Why R597 then should your servant be an added burden to my lord the king? 36 "Your servant would merely cross over the Jordan with the king. Why should the king compensate me with this reward? 37 "Please let your servant return, that I may die in my own city near the grave of my father and my mother. However, here is your servant Chimham, R598 let him cross over with my lord the king, and do for him what is good in your sight." 38 The king answered, "Chimham shall cross over with me, and I will do for him what is good in your sight; and whatever you require F242 of me, I will do for you." 39 All the people crossed over the Jordan and the king crossed too. The king then kissed R599 Barzillai and blessed him, and he returned to his place.

40 Now the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimham went on with him; and all the people of Judah and also half R600 the people of Israel accompanied F243 the king. 41 And behold, all the men of Israel came to the king and said to the king, "Why R601 had our brothers the R602 men of Judah stolen you away, and brought the king and his household and all David's men with him over the Jordan?" 42 Then all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, "Because the R603 king is a close relative to us. F244 Why then are F245 you angry about this matter? Have we eaten at all at the king's expense, or has anything F246 been taken for us?" 43 But the men of Israel answered the men of Judah and said, "We R604 F247 have ten parts in the king, therefore we F247 also have more claim on David than you. Why then did you treat us with contempt? Was it not our F247 advice first to bring back our F247 king?" Yet the words of the men of Judah were harsher than the words of the men of Israel.

F226: Lit salvation
F227: Lit the king cried
F228: Or commanders
F229: Lit it would be right in your eyes
F230: Lit to the heart
F231: Lit palm
F231: Lit palm
F232: Lit set
F233: I.e. grandson
F234: Lit done
F234: Lit done
F235: Lit cry out
F236: Lit said
F237: Lit send
F238: Or provided food for
F239: Or provide food for
F240: Lit are the days of the years of my life
F241: Lit today
F242: Lit choose
F243: Lit crossed over with
F244: Lit me
F245: Lit is it hot to you
F246: Or a gift
F247: Singular in Heb
F247: Singular in Heb
F247: Singular in Heb
F247: Singular in Heb

R557: 2 Samuel 18:5,14
R558: 2 Samuel 15:30
R559: 2 Samuel 18:33
R560: Proverbs 14:28
R561: 2 Samuel 15:2; 18:24
R562: 2 Samuel 18:17
R563: 2 Samuel 8:1-14
R564: 2 Samuel 5:20; 8:1
R565: 2 Samuel 15:14
R566: 2 Samuel 15:29
R567: 2 Samuel 5:1
R568: 2 Samuel 17:25
R569: 1 Kings 19:2
R570: 2 Samuel 8:16
R571: 2 Samuel 3:27-39; 19:5-7
R572: Judges 20:1
R573: Joshua 5:9; 1 Samuel 11:14,15
R574: 2 Samuel 16:5-13; 1 Kings 2:8
R575: 2 Samuel 16:1-4; 19:26,27
R576: 1 Samuel 22:15; 2 Samuel 16:6-8
R577: 2 Samuel 16:5
R578: 2 Samuel 16:7,8
R579: Exodus 22:28
R580: 2 Samuel 3:39; 16:9,10
R581: 1 Samuel 11:13
R582: 1 Kings 2:8
R583: 2 Samuel 9:6-10
R584: 2 Samuel 12:20
R585: Exodus 19:10
R586: 2 Samuel 16:17
R587: 2 Samuel 9:3
R588: 2 Samuel 16:3,4
R589: 2 Samuel 14:17,20
R590: 2 Samuel 21:6-9
R591: 2 Samuel 9:7,10,13
R592: 2 Samuel 17:27-29; 1 Kings 2:7
R593: 2 Samuel 17:27-29
R594: Genesis 47:8
R595: Psalms 90:10
R596: Ecclesiastes 2:8; Isaiah 5:11,12
R597: 2 Samuel 15:33
R598: 2 Samuel 19:40; 1 Kings 2:7; Jeremiah 41:17
R599: Genesis 31:55; Ruth 1:14; 2 Samuel 14:33
R600: 2 Samuel 19:9,10
R601: Judges 8:1; 12:1
R602: 2 Samuel 19:11,12
R603: 2 Samuel 19:12
R604: 2 Samuel 5:1; 1 Kings 11:30,31


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