2 Samuel 20
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2 Samuel 20
Sheba Rebels Against David...
And there came to be a man of Beliya`al, whose name was Sheba son of Bikri, a Binyamite. And he blew a ram`s horn, and said, `We have no part in Dawid, nor do we have inheritance in the son of Yishai - each one to his tents, O Yisra`el!`
Then all the men of Yisra'el deserted Dawid, to follow Sheba the son of Bikri. But the men of Yehudah, from the Yarden as far as Yerushalayim, clung to their sovereign.
And Dawid came to his house at Yerushalayim. And the sovereign took the ten women, his concubines whom he had left to look after the house, and put them in a protected house and supported them, but did not go in to them. So they were shut up to the day of their death, living in widowhood.
And the sovereign said to Amasa, 'Call the men of Yehudah for me within three days, and be present here yourself.'
And Amasa went to call the men of Yehudah. But he delayed longer than the appointed time which Dawid had appointed him.
And Dawid said to Abishai, 'Now Sheba son of Bikri is going to do us more evil than Abshalom. Take the servants of your master, and pursue him, lest he find for himself walled cities, and escape us.'
Then the men of Yo'ab went out after him, with the Kerethites and the Pelethites, and all the mighty men. And they went out of Yerushalayim to pursue Sheba son of Bikri.
When they were near the large stone which is in Gib'on, Amasa came before them. And Yo'ab was dressed in battle armour, and on it was a girdle with a sword fastened in its sheath at his hips. And as he went forward, it fell out.
And Yo'ab said to Amasa, 'Peace, my brother?' And Yo'ab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him.
But Amasa was not on guard against the sword in Yo'ab's hand. And he struck him with it in the stomach, and his inward parts poured out on the ground, and he did not strike him again, and he died. Then Yo'ab and Abishai his brother pursued Sheba son of Bikri.
And a man, one of Yo'ab's men, stood beside him, and said, 'Whoever is well pleased with Yo'ab and whoever is for Dawid, let him follow Yo'ab!'
And Amasa was rolling in his blood in the middle of the highway. And the man saw that all the people stood still, so he moved Amasa from the highway to the field and threw a garment over him, when he saw that everyone who came upon him halted.
When he was removed from the highway, all the men passed on after Yo'ab to pursue Sheba son of Bikri.
And he passed over through all the tribes of Yisra'el to Abel, and to Beyth Ma'akah, and to all the Berites. And they were assembled and went after him too.
And they went and besieged him in Abel of Beyth Ma'akah, and they cast up a siege mound against the city. And it stood in a rampart, and all the people who were with Yo'ab battered the wall to throw it down.
Then a wise woman called out from the city, 'Listen, listen! Please say to Yo'ab, 'Come nearby, so that I speak to you.''
And he came near to her, and the woman said, 'Are you Yo'ab?' And he answered, 'I am.' Then she said to him, 'Listen to the words of your female servant.' And he answered, 'I am listening.'
Then she spoke, saying, 'In former times they often spoke, saying, 'Let them inquire of Abel,' and so they ended the matter.
'I am of the peaceable and trustworthy ones in Yisra'el. You seek to destroy a city and a mother in Yisra'el. Why do you swallow up the inheritance of YHWH?'
And Yo'ab answered and said, 'Far be it, far be it from me to swallow up or to destroy!
'That is not the case. But a man from the mountains of Ephrayim, Sheba son of Bikri by name, has raised his hand against the sovereign, against Dawid. Hand him over, him alone, and I withdraw from the city.' And the woman said to Yo'ab, 'Look, his head is going to be thrown to you over the wall.'
So the woman in her wisdom went to all the people. And they cut off the head of Sheba son of Bikri, and threw it out to Yo'ab. Then he blew a ram's horn, and they dispersed from the city, each one to his tent. And Yo'ab returned to the sovereign at Yerushalayim.
Now Yo'ab was over all the army of Yisra'el, and Benayah son of Yehoyada was over the Kerethites and the Pelethites,
and Adoram was over the compulsory labour, and Yehoshaphat son of Ahilud was recorder,
and Shewa was scribe, and Tsadoq and Ebyathar were the priests,
and Ira the Ya'irite was priest to Dawid.
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