2 Samuel 16
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2 Samuel 16
David and Ziba...
And Dawid had passed on a little from the summit, and saw Tsiba the servant of Mephibosheth, who met him with a couple of saddled donkeys, and on them two hundred loaves, and one hundred cakes of raisins, and one hundred summer fruit, and a skin of wine.
And the sovereign said to Tsiba, 'Why do you have these?' And Tsiba said, 'The donkeys are for the sovereign's household to ride on, and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine for the wearied to drink in the wilderness.'
And the sovereign said, 'And where is the son of your master?' And Tsiba said to the sovereign, 'See, he remains in Yerushalayim, for he said, 'Today the house of Yisra'el is going to return the reign of my father to me.''
And the sovereign said to Tsiba, 'See, all that belongs to Mephibosheth is yours.' And Tsiba said, 'I have bowed myself, let me find favour in your eyes, my master, O sovereign!'
Shimei Curses David...
And when Sovereign Dawid came to Bahurim he saw a man from the clan of the house of Sha`ul, whose name was Shim`i son of Gera, coming from there. He came out, cursing as he came.
And he threw Dawid with stones, and all the servants of Sovereign Dawid. And all the people and all the mighty men were on his right and on his left.
And this is what Shim'i said as he cursed, 'Get out! Get out! O man of blood, and man of Beliya'al!
' YHWH has brought upon you all the blood of the house of Sha'ul, in whose place you have reigned. And YHWH has given the reign into the hand of Abshalom your son. And see, you are in your own evil, for you are a man of blood!'
And Abishai son of Tseruyah said to the sovereign, 'Why should this dead dog curse my master the sovereign? Please, let me pass over and take off his head!'
And the sovereign said, 'What have I to do with you, you sons of Tseruyah? For let him curse, even because YHWH has said to him, 'Curse Dawid.' And who should say, 'Why did you do that?''
And Dawid said to Abishai and all his servants, 'See how my son who came from my own body seeks my life, and how much more now this Binyamite? Leave him alone, and let him curse, for YHWH has spoken to him.
'If so be, YHWH does look on my affliction, and YHWH shall return good to me for his cursing today.'
And as Dawid and his men went in the way, Shim'i walked alongside him on the hillside, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him and kicked up dust.
And the sovereign and all the people who were with him became weary, and they refreshed themselves there.
The Advice of Ahithophel and Hushai...
And Abshalom and all the people, the men of Yisra`el, came to Yerushalayim, and Ahithophel was with him.
And it came to be, when Hushai the Arkite, the friend of Dawid, had come to Abshalom, that Hushai said to Abshalom, 'Let the sovereign live! Let the sovereign live!'
And Abshalom said to Hushai, 'Is this your kindness to your friend? Why did you not go with your friend?'
And Hushai said to Abshalom, 'No, I am for the one whom YHWH and this people and all the men of Yisra'el have chosen, and with him I remain.
'And besides, whom should I serve? Should it not be before his son? As I have served before your father, so I am before you.'
And Abshalom said to Ahithophel, 'Give your advice. What should we do?'
And Ahithophel said to Abshalom, 'Go in to your father's concubines, whom he has left to look after the house. And all Yisra'el shall hear that you have made yourself a stench to your father. And the hands of all who are with you shall be strong.'
So they pitched a tent for Abshalom on the top of the house, and Abshalom went in to his father's concubines before the eyes of all Yisra'el.
Now the advice Ahithophel gave in those days was as if one had inquired at the word of Elohim. So was all the advice of Ahithophel both to Dawid and to Abshalom.
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