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the right hand or to the left from || therefore he polled it :) he aught that my lord the king hath weighed the hair of his head at spoken: for thy servant Joab, two hundred shekels, after the he bade me, and he put all these king's weight. words in the mouth of thine 27 And unto Absalom there handmaid:

were born three sons, and one 20 To fetch about this form of daughter, whose name was Taspeech hath thy servant Joab mar: she was a woman of a fair done this thing: and my lord is countenance. ' wise, according to the wisdom 28 So Absalom dwelt two full of an angel of God, to know all years in Jerusalem, and saw not things that are in the earth. the king's face.

21 And the king said unto 29 Therefore Absalom sent Joab, Behold now, I have done for Joab, to have sent him to this thing: go therefore, bring the king; but he would not the young man Absalom again. come to him: and when he sent

22 And Joab fell to the ground again the second time, he would on his face, and bowed himself, not come. and thanked the king: and Joab 30 Therefore he said unto his said, To-day thy servant know- servants, See, Joab's near eth that I have found grace in mine, and he hath barley there; thy sight, my lord, o king, in go and set it on fire. And Abthat the king hath fulfilled the salom's servants set the field on request of his servant.

23 So Joab arose and went to 31 Then Joab arose, and came Geshur, and brought Absalom to Absalom unto his house, and to Jerusalem.

said unto him, Wherefore have 24 And the king said, Let him thy servants set my field on fire? turn to his own house, and let 32 And Absalom answered him not sce my face. So Absa- Joab, Behold, I sent unto thee, lom returned to his own house, saying, Come hither, that I may and saw not the king's face. send thee to the king, to say,

25 But in all Israel there was Wherefore am I come from none to be so much praised as Geshur? it had been good for me Absalom for his beauty: from to have been there still : now the sole of his foot, even to the therefore let me see the king's crown of his head, there was no face; and if there be any iniquity blemish in him.

in me, let him kill me. 26 And when he polled his 33 So Joab came to the king, head, (for it was at every year's and told him; and when he had end that he polled it, because called for Absalom, he came to the hair was heavy on him, the king, and bowed himself on


his face to the ground before me go and pay my vow which I the king: and the king kissed have vowed unto the LORD, in Absalom.


8 For thy servant vowed a vow CHAP. XV.

while I abode at Geshur in SyABSALOM'S POLICY.

ria, saying, If the LORD shall

me again AND it came to pass after salem," then an will serve the this, that Absalom prepared him LORD chariots and horses, and fifty 9 And the king said unto him, men to run before him.

Go in peace. So he arose, and 2 And Absalom rose up early, went to Hebron. and stood beside the way of the 10 But Absalom sent spies gate : and it was so, that when throughout all the tribes of Isany man that had a controversy rael, saying, As soon as ye hear came to the king for judgment, the sound of the trumpet, then then Absalom called unto him, ye shall say, Absalom reigneth and said, Of what city art thou ? in Hebron And he said, Thy servant is of 11 And with Absalom went one of the tribes of Israel.

two hundred men out of Jerusa3 And Absalom said unto him, lem that were called; and they See, thy matters are good and went in their simplicity, and right; but there is no man de- they knew not any thing. puted of the king to hear thee. 12 And Absalom sent for Ahi.

4 Absalom said moreover, Oh thophel the Gilonite, David's that I were made judge in the counsellor, from his city, even land, that every man which hath from Giloh, while he offered saany suit or cause might come crifices. And the conspiracy unto me, and I would do him was strong; for the people injustice!

creased continually with Absa5 And it was so, that when any lom. man came nigh to him to do him 13 And there came a messenobeisance, he put forth his hand, gerto David, saying, The hearts and took him, and kissed him. of the men of Israel are after

6 And on this manner did Ab- Absalom. salom to all Israel that came to 14 And David said unto all his the king for judgment: so Ab- servants that were with him at salom stole the hearts of the men Jerusalem, Arise, and let us of Israel.

flee; for we shall not else escape 7 And it came to pass after from Absalom: make speed to forty years, that Absalom said depart, lest he overtake us sudunto the king, I pray thee, let denly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge Go and pass over. And Ittai the of the sword.

Gittite passed over, and all his 15 And the king's servants men, and all the little ones that said unto the king, Behold, thy were with him. servants are ready to do whatso- 23 And all the country wept ever my lord the king shall ap- with a loud voice, and all the point.

people passed over : the king 16 And the king went forth, also himself passed over the and all his household after him. brook Kidron, and all the peoAnd the king left ten women, ple passed over, toward the way which were concubines, to keep of the wilderness. the house.

24 And lo, Zadok also, and all 17 And the king went forth, the Levites were with him, bearand all the people after him, and ing the ark of the covenant of tarried in a place that was far off. God; and they set down the ark

18 And all his servants passed of God, and Abiathar went up, on beside him; and all the Che- until all the people had done rethites, and all the Pelethites, passing out of the city. and all the Gittites, six hundred 25 And the king said unto men which came after him from Zadok, Carry back the ark of Gath, passed on before the king. God into the city: if I shall find

19 Then said the king to Ittai favour in the eyes of the Lord, the Gittite, Wherefore goest he will bring me again, and shew. thou also with us? return to thy me both it, and his habitation: place, and abide with the king: 26 But if he thus say, I have for thou art a stranger, and also no delight in thee; bere am I, an exile.

let him do to me as seemeth 20 Whereas thou camest but good unto him. yesterday, should I this day 27 The king said also unto make thee go up and down with Zadok the priest) Art not thou a us? seeing I go whither I may, seer? return into the city in return thou, and take back thy peace, and your two sons with brethren: mercy and truth be you, Ahimaaz thy son, and Jowith thee.

nathan the son of Abiathar. 21 And Ittai answered the king, 28 See, I will tarry in the plain and said, As the LORD liveth, of the wilderness, until there and as my lord the king liveth, come word from you to certify surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether in 29 Zadok therefore and Abiadeath or life, even there also ther carried the ark of God again will thy servant be.

to Jerusalem: and they tarried 22 And David said to Ittai, there.


30 And David went up by the athar's son; and by them ye ascent of mount Olivet, and wept shall send unto me every thing as he went up, and had his head that ye can hear. covered, and he went barefoot : 37 So Hushai David's friend and all the people that was with came into the city, and Absalom him covered every man his head, came into Jerusalem. and they went up, weeping as they went up.

CHAP. XVI. 31 And one told David, saying,

SHIMEI CURSETH DAVID. AhithopheV is among the conspirators with Absalom. And AND when David was a little David said, O LORD, I pray | past the top of the hill, behold, thee, turn the counsel of Ahi- Ziba the servant of Mephibothophel into foolishness. sheth met him, with a couple of

32 nd it came to pass, that asses saddled, and upon them wben David was come to the two hundred loaves of bread, and top of the mount, where he wor- an hundred bunches of raisins, shipped God, behold, Hushai and an hundred of summer the Archite came to meet him fruits, and a bottle of wine. with his coat rent, and earth 2 And the king said unto Ziupon his head :

ba, What meanest thou by 33 Unto whom David said, If these? And Ziba said, The asses thou passest on with me, then be for the king's household to thou shalt be a burden unto me: ride on; and the bread and sum

34 But if thou return to the mer fruit for the young men to city, and say unto Absalom, I eat; and the wine, that such as will be thy servant, О king; as

be faint in the wilderness may I bave been thy father's servant drink. hitherto, so will I now also bc 3 And the king said, And thy servant: then mayest thou where is thy master's son? And for me defeat the counsel of Ziba said unto the king, BeAhithophel.

hold, he abideth at Jerusalem : 35 And bast thou not there with for he said, To-day shall the thee Zadok and Abiathar the || house of Israel restore me the priests? therefore it shall be, kingdom of my father. that what thing soever thou shalt 4 Then said the king to Ziba, hear out of the king's house, Behold, thine are all that perthou shalt tell it to Zadok and tained unto Mephibosheth. And Abiathar the priests.

Ziba said, I humbly beseech 36 Behold, they have there with thee that I

be 3


in them their two sons, Ahimaaz | thy sight, my lord, O king. Zadok's son, and Jonathan Abi- 5 And when king David came

may find

to Bahurim, behold, thence | jamite do it ? let him alone, and came out a man of the family of let him curse ; for the LORD the house of Saul, whose name hath bidden him. was Shimei, the son of Gera : 12 It may be that the LORD he came forth, and cursed still will look on mine affliction, and as he came.

that the LORD will requite me 6 And he cast stones at David, good for his cursing this day. and at all the servants of king 13 And as David and his men David: and all the people and went by the way, Shimei went all the mighty men were on his along on the hill's side over right hand and on his left.

against him, and cursed as he 7 And thus said Shimei when went, and threw stones at him, he cursed, Come out, come out, and cast dust. thou bloody man, and thou man 14 And the king, and all the of Belial :

people that were with him, came 8 The LORD hath returned weary, and refreshed themselves upon thee all the blood of the there. house of Saul, in whose stead 15 And Absalom, and all the thou hast reigned; and the people, the men of Israel, came Lord hath delivered the king-to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel dom into the hand of Absalom with him. thy son: and, behold, thou art 16 And it came to pass, when taken in thy mischiof, because Hushai the Archite, David's thou art a bloody man.

friend, was come unto Absa9 Then said Abishai the son of lom, that Hushai said unto AbZeruiah unto the king, Why salom, God save the king, God should this dead dog curse my save the king. lord the king ? let me go over,

17 And Absalom said to Hu. I pray thee, and take off his shai, Is this thy kindness to thy head.

friend? why wentest thou not 10 And the king said, What with thy friend? have I to do with you, ye sons

18 And Hushai said unto Abof Zeruiah ? so let him curse, salom, Nay; but whom the because the Lord hath said un- Lord, and this people, and all to him, Curse David. Who shall the men of Israel, choose, his then say, Wherefore hast thou will I be, and with him will I done so?

abide. 11 And David said to Abishai, 19 And again, whom should I and to all his servants, Behold, serve? should I not serve in the my son, which came forth of my presence of his son ? as I have bowels, seeketh my life : how served in thy father's presence, much more now may this Ben- | so will I be in thy presence.

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