2 Samuel 15

1And it came to pass after this that Absalom prepared for himself chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him. 2And Absalom rose early, and stood by the side of the way of the gate. And it came to pass that every man who had a cause came to the king for judgment. And Absalom cried to him, and said to him, Of what city are you? And he said, Your servant is of one of the tribes of Israel. 3And Absalom said to him, See, your affairs are right and clear, yet you have no one appointed of the king to hear you. 4And Absalom said, O that one would make me a judge in the land; then every man who had a dispute or a cause would come to me, and I would judge him! 5And it came to pass that when a man came near to bow down to him, that he stretched out his hand, and took hold of him, and kissed him. 6And Absalom did after this manner to all Israel that came to the king for judgment; and Absalom gained the hearts of the men of Israel. 7And it came to pass after forty years, that Absalom said to his father, I will go now, and pay my vows, which I vowed to the Lord in Hebron. 8For your servant vowed a vow when I dwelt at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the Lord should indeed restore me to Jerusalem, then will I serve the Lord. 9And the king said to him, Go in peace. And he arose and went to Hebron. 10And Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, When you hear the sound of the trumpet, then shall you say, Absalom has become king in Hebron. 11And there went with Absalom two hundred chosen men from Jerusalem; and they went in their simplicity, and knew not anything. 12And Absalom sent to Ahithophel the Gilonite, the counselor of David, from his city, from Giloh, where he was sacrificing. And there was a strong conspiracy; and the people with Absalom were increasingly numerous. 13And there came a messenger to David, saying, the heart of the men of Israel has gone after Absalom. 14And David said to all his servants who were with him in Jerusalem, Rise, and let us flee, for we have no refuge from Absalom. Make haste and go, lest he overtake us speedily, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword. 15And the king's servants said to the king, In all things which our lord the king chooses, behold, we are your servants. 16And the king and all his house went out on foot. And the king left ten women from among his concubines to keep the house. 17And the king and all his servants went out on foot; and abode in a distant house. 18And all his servants passed on by his side, and every Cherethite, and every Pelethite, and they stood by the olive tree in the wilderness. And all the people marched near him, and all his court, and all the men of might, and all the men of war, six hundred; and they were present at his side. And every Cherethite, and every Pelethite, and all the six hundred Gittites that came on foot out from Gath, and they went on before the king. 19And the king said to Ittai the Gittite, Why do you also go with us? Return, and dwell with the king, for you are a stranger, and you have come forth as a sojourner out of your place. 20Whereas you came yesterday, shall I today cause you to travel with us, and shall you thus change your place? You came forth yesterday, and today shall I set you in motion to go along with us? I indeed will go wherever I may go: return then, and cause your brethren to return with you, and may the Lord deal mercifully and truly with you. 21And Ittai answered the king and said, As the Lord lives and as my lord the king lives, in the place wheresoever my lord shall be, whether it be for death or life, there shall your servant be. 22And the king said to Ittai, Come and pass over with me. So Ittai the Gittite and the king passed over, and all his servants, and all the multitude with him. 23And all the country wept with a loud voice. And all the people passed by over the Brook of Kidron; and the king crossed the Brook Kidron. And all the people and the king passed on toward the way of the wilderness. 24And behold also Zadok, and all the Levites were with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of the Lord. And they set down the ark of God; and Abiathar went up, until all the people had passed out of the city. 25And the king said to Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city: if I should find favor in the eyes of the Lord, then will He bring me back, and He will show me both it and its beauty. 26But if He should say thus, I have no pleasure in you; behold, here I am, let Him do to me according to that which is good in His sight. 27And the king said to Zadok the priest, Behold, you shall return to the city in peace, and Ahimaaz your son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar, your two sons with you. 28Behold, I continue in arms in Araboth of the desert, until there come tidings from you to report to me. 29So Zadok and Abiathar brought back the ark of the Lord to Jerusalem, and it remained there. 30And David went up by the ascent of the Mount of Olives, ascending and weeping, and had his head covered, and went barefoot. And all the people that were with him, every man, covered his head; and they went up, ascending and weeping. 31And it was reported to David, saying, Ahithophel also is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O Lord my God, disconcert, I pray, the counsel of Ahithophel. 32And David came as far as Ros, where he worshipped God. And behold, Hushai the chief friend of David came out to meet him, having torn his clothes, and dust was upon his head. 33And David said to him, If you should go over with me, then will you be a burden to me; 34but if you shall return to the city, and shall say to Absalom, your brethren have passed over, and the king your father has passed over after me: and now I am your servant, O king, permit me to live. At one time even of late I was the servant of your father, and now I am your humble servant-so shall you defeat for me the counsel of Ahithophel. 35And behold, Zadok and Abiathar the priests are with you; and it shall be that every word that you shall hear of the house of the king, you shall report it to Zadok and Abiathar the priests. 36Behold, their two sons are with them, Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar; and by them you shall report to me every word which you shall hear. 37So Hushai the friend of David went into the city, and Absalom came into Jerusalem.
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