2 Samuel 15
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2 Samuel 15
Absalom`s Conspiracy Against His Father David...
And it came to be after this that Abshalom prepared a chariot and horses for himself, and fifty men to run before him.
And Abshalom used to rise early and stand beside the way to the gate. And it came to be, whenever anyone who had a complaint came to the sovereign for a right-ruling, that Abshalom would call to him and say, 'What city are you from?' And when he said, 'Your servant is from such and such a tribe of Yisra'el,'
Abshalom would say to him, 'Look, your matters are good and right, but you have nobody from the sovereign to hear you.'
And Abshalom would say, 'Oh, that I were made judge in the land, and everyone who has any complaint or case would come to me, and I shall let right be done to him.'
And it came to be, whenever anyone came near him to bow down to him, that he would put out his hand and take him and kiss him.
And Abshalom did this to all Yisra'el who came to the sovereign for right-ruling. And Abshalom stole the hearts of the men of Yisra'el.
And it came to be at the end of four years that Abshalom said to the sovereign, 'Please, let me go to Hebron and pay the vow which I vowed to YHWH.
'For your servant vowed a vow while I dwelt at Geshur in Aram, saying, 'If YHWH indeed brings me back to Yerushalayim, then I shall serve YHWH.''
And the sovereign said to him, 'Go in peace.' And he rose up and went to Hebron.
But Abshalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Yisra'el, saying, 'As soon as you hear the sound of the ram's horn, then you shall say, 'Abshalom is sovereign in Hebron!''
And with Abshalom went two hundred men from Yerushalayim who were invited, and they went along unsuspectingly, and did not know the matter at all.
Abshalom also sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, counsellor of Dawid, from his city, from Giloh, while he was bringing offerings. And it came to be that the conspiracy became strong, for the people with Abshalom kept increasing.
Then a messenger came to Dawid, saying, `The hearts of the men of Yisra`el are with Abshalom.`
And Dawid said to all his servants who were with him at Yerushalayim, 'Rise up, and let us flee, for none of us shall escape from Abshalom. Go in haste, lest he overtake us quickly and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.'
And the sovereign's servants said to the sovereign, 'Look, your servants shall do according to all my master the sovereign chooses.'
And the sovereign went out, and all his household at his feet. But the sovereign left ten women, concubines, to look after the house.
So the sovereign went out, and all the people at his feet, and they stood still at the last house.
And all his servants were passing on at his side. And all the Kerethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men who had followed him from Gath, were passing on before the sovereign.
And the sovereign said to Ittai the Gittite, 'Why do you go, you also, with us? Turn back and remain with the sovereign, for you are a foreigner, and also an exile from your own place.
'You came yesterday, and should I today make you wander up and down with us, when I am going wherever I am going? Return, and take your brothers back. Kindness and truth be with you.'
And Ittai answered the sovereign and said, 'As YHWH lives, and as my master the sovereign lives, in whatever place my master the sovereign is, whether in death or life, let your servant also be there.'
Therefore Dawid said to Ittai, 'Go, and pass over.' And Ittai the Gittite and all his men and all the little ones who were with him passed over.
And all the land was weeping with a loud voice, and all the people were passing over. And the sovereign himself was passing over the wadi Qidron, and all the people were passing over toward the way of the wilderness.
And see, Tsadoq also came, and all the Lewites with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of Elohim. And they set down the ark of Elohim, and Ebyathar went up until all the people completed passing over from the city.
And the sovereign said to Tsadoq, 'Take the ark of Elohim back to the city. If I find favour in the eyes of YHWH, then He shall bring me back and show me both it and His dwelling.
'But if He says thus, 'I have not delighted in you,' here I am, let Him do to me as seems good in His eyes.'
And the sovereign said to Tsadoq the priest, 'Are you not a seer? Return to the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahima'ats your son, and Yehonathan son of Ebyathar.
'See, I am waiting in the desert plains of the wilderness until word comes from you to inform me.'
And Tsadoq and Ebyathar took the ark of Elohim back to Yerushalayim, and they remained there.
And Dawid went up by the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went up. And he had his head covered and went barefoot. And all the people who were with him covered their heads and went up, weeping as they went up.
And Dawid was informed, saying, 'Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Abshalom.' And Dawid said, 'O YHWH, I pray You, make the counsel of Ahithophel foolish!'
And it came to be that Dawid came to the summit, where he bowed himself before Elohim, and saw Hushai the Arkite, coming to meet him with his robe torn and dust on his head.
And Dawid said to him, 'If you pass on with me, then you shall become a burden to me,
but if you return to the city, and say to Abshalom, 'I am your servant, O sovereign - once servant of your father, but now I am your servant,' then you shall nullify the counsel of Ahithophel for me.
'And are not Tsadoq and Ebyathar the priests with you there? And it shall be that every matter you hear from the sovereign's house, you should report to Tsadoq and Ebyathar the priests.
'See, there with them are their two sons, Ahima'ats, Tsadoq's son, and Yehonathan, Ebyathar's son. And by them you shall send me every matter you hear.'
And Hushai, Dawid's friend, went into the city. And Abshalom came into Yerushalayim.
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