2 Samuel 17
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2 Samuel 17
And Ahithophel said to Abshalom, 'Please let me choose twelve thousand men, and let me arise and pursue Dawid tonight,
and come upon him while he is weary and weak. And I shall make him afraid and all the people who are with him shall flee. And I shall smite the sovereign alone,
and bring back all the people to you. When all return except the man whom you seek, all the people should be at peace.'
And the saying pleased Abshalom and all the elders of Yisra'el.
But Abshalom said, 'Now call Hushai the Arkite also, and let us hear what he says too.'
And Hushai came to Abshalom, and Abshalom spoke to him, saying, 'Ahithophel has spoken according to this word. Should we do as he says? If not, speak up.'
And Hushai said to Abshalom, 'The advice that Ahithophel has given is not good at this time.'
And Hushai said, 'You know your father and his men, that they are mighty men, and they are as bitter in being as a bear robbed of her cubs in the field. And your father is a man of battle, and would not spend the night with the people.
'See, by now he is hidden in some pit, or in some place. And it shall be, when some of them fall at the first, that whoever hears it shall say, 'There has been a slaughter among the people who are following Abshalom.'
'And even he who is brave, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, would utterly melt. For all Yisra'el knows that your father is a mighty man, and those who are with him are brave men.
'But I advise: Let all Yisra'el without fail be gathered to you, from Dan to Be'ersheba, as numerous as the sand by the sea, and that you yourself go to battle.
'And we shall come upon him in some place where he is found, and fall on him as the dew falls on the ground. And there shall be left of him and of all the men with him not even one.
'And if he withdraws into a city, then all Yisra'el shall bring ropes to that city. And we shall pull it into the wadi, until there is not one small stone found there.'
Abshalom and all the men of Yisra'el then said, 'The advice of Hushai the Arkite is better than the advice of Ahithophel.' For YHWH had ordained to nullify the good advice of Ahithophel, for the sake of YHWH bringing evil upon Abshalom.
Hushai then said to Tsadoq and to Ebyathar the priests, 'Ahithophel has advised Abshalom and the elders of Yisra'el such and such, but I have advised so and so.
'And now, send hastily and inform Dawid, saying, 'Do not spend this night in the desert plains of the wilderness, but pass over without fail, lest the sovereign and all the people with him be swallowed up.''
And Yehonathan and Ahima'ats were stationed at En Rogel, and a female servant would come and inform them, and they would go and inform Sovereign Dawid, for they could not be seen entering the city.
But a youth saw them, and informed Abshalom. So the two of them went away at once and came to a man's house in Bahurim, who had a well in his courtyard, and they went down into it.
And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground grain on it, so the matter was not known.
And the servants of Abshalom came to the woman at the house and said, 'Where are Ahima'ats and Yehonathan?' And the woman said to them, 'They have passed over the stream of water.' And they looked and did not find them, and returned to Yerushalayim.
And it came to be, after they had left, that they came up out of the well and went and informed Sovereign Dawid, and said to Dawid, 'Arise and pass over the water quickly. For thus Ahithophel has advised against you.'
And Dawid and all the people who were with him rose up and passed over the Yarden. And by morning light not even one remained who had not gone over the Yarden.
And Ahithophel saw that his advice was not followed, so he saddled his donkey, and rose up and went home to his house, to his city. Then he gave charge to his house, and hanged himself, and died. And he was buried in his father's tomb.
And Dawid came to Mahanayim. And Abshalom passed over the Yarden, he and all the men of Yisra'el with him.
And Abshalom appointed Amasa over the army instead of Yo'ab. Now Amasa was the son of a man whose name was Yithra, an Yisra'elite, who had gone in to Abigayil the daughter of Nahash, sister of Tseruyah, Yo'ab's mother.
And Yisra'el and Abshalom encamped in the land of Gil'ad.
And it came to be, when Dawid had come to Mahanayim, that Shobi son of Nahash from Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Makir son of Ammi'el from Lo Debar, and Barzillai the Gil'adite from Rogelim,
brought beds and basins, and earthen vessels and wheat, and barley and flour, and roasted grain and beans, and lentils, and parched vegetables,
and honey and curds, and sheep and cheese of the herd, for Dawid and the people who were with him to eat. For they said, 'The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness.'
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