2 Samuel 16

1And David passed on a little way from Ros; and behold, Ziba the servant of Memphibosheth came to meet him; and he had a couple of donkeys saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves, and a hundred cakes of raisins, and a hundred cakes of dates, and a bottle of wine. 2And the king said to Ziba, What do you mean to do with these? And Ziba said, The donkeys are for the household of the king to sit on, and the loaves and the dates are for the young men to eat, and the wine is for them that are faint in the wilderness to drink. 3And the king said, And where is the son of your master? And Ziba said to the king, Behold, he remains in Jerusalem; for he said, Today shall the house of Israel restore to me the kingdom of my father. 4And the king said to Ziba, Behold, all Memphibosheth's property is yours. And Ziba bowed down and said, My lord, O king, let me find grace in your eyes. 5And King David came to Bahurim; and behold, there came out from there a man of the family of the house of Saul, and his name was Shimei, the son of Gera. He came forth and cursed as he went, 6and cast stones at David, and at all the servants of King David. And all the people and all the mighty men were on the right and left hand of the king. 7And thus Shimei said when he cursed him, Go out, go out, you bloody man, and man of sin. 8The Lord has returned upon you all the blood of the house of Saul, because you have reigned in his place; and the Lord has given the kingdom into the hand of Absalom your son: and behold, you are taken in your mischief, because you are a bloody man. 9Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, Why does this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over now and take off his head! 10And the king said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? Let him alone, and so let him curse, for the Lord has told him to curse David: and who shall say, Why have you done thus? 11And David said to Abishai and to all his servants, Behold, my son who came forth out of my bowels seeks my life; still more now may the son of Benjamin: let him curse, because the Lord has told him. 12If by any means the Lord may look upon my affliction, thus shall He return me good for his cursing this day. 13And David and all the men with him went along the road: and Shimei went by the side of the hill next to him, cursing as he went, and casting stones at him, and sprinkling him with dirt. 14And the king, and all the people with him, came away and refreshed themselves there. 15And Absalom and all the men of Israel went into Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him. 16And it came to pass when Hushai the chief friend of David came to Absalom, that Hushai said to Absalom, Long live the king! 17And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this your kindness to your friend? Why did you not go forth with your friend? 18And Hushai said to Absalom, No, but following whom the Lord, and this people, and all Israel have chosen-his will I be, and with him I will dwell. 19And again, whom shall I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of his son? As I served in the sight of your father, so will I be in your presence. 20And Absalom said to Ahithophel, Deliberate among yourselves concerning what we should do. 21And Ahithophel said to Absalom, Go in to your father's concubines, whom he left to keep his house; and all Israel shall hear that you have dishonored your father; and the hands of all that are with you shall be strengthened. 22And they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and Absalom went in to his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel. 23And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counseled in former days, was as if one should inquire of the word of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both to David and also to Absalom.
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