2 Samuel 19

1And they brought Joab word, saying, Behold, the king weeps and mourns for Absalom. 2And the victory was turned that day into mourning to all the people, for the people heard it said that day, The king grieves after his son. 3And the people stole away that day to go into the city, as people steal away when they are ashamed as they flee in the battle. 4And the king hid his face. And the king cried with a loud voice, My son Absalom! Absalom my son! 5And Joab went in to the king, into the house, and said, You have this day shamed the faces of all your servants that have delivered you this day, and have saved the lives of your sons and of your daughters, and the lives of your wives, and of your concubines, 6forasmuch as you love them that hate you, and hate them that love you; and you have this day declared, that your princes and your servants are nothing in your sight; for I know this day, that if Absalom were alive, and all of us were dead today, then it would have been right in your sight. 7And now arise and go forth, and speak comfortably to your servants; for I have sworn by the Lord, that unless you will go forth this day, there shall not a man remain with you this night. And know for yourself, this thing will indeed be evil to you beyond all the evil that has come upon you from your youth until now. 8Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. And all the people reported, saying, Behold, the king sits in the gate. And all the people went in before the king to the gate (for Israel had fled every man to his tent). 9And all the people disputed among all the tribes of Israel, saying, King David delivered us from all our enemies, and he rescued us from the hand of the Philistines; and now he has fled from the land, and from his kingdom, and from Absalom. 10And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. And now, why are you silent about bringing back the king? And the word of all Israel came to the king. 11And King David sent to Zadok and Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak to the elders of Israel, saying, Why are you the last to bring back the king to his house, since the word of all Israel have come to the king, to this very house? 12Ye are my brethren, you are my bones and my flesh: why are you the last to bring back the king to his house? 13And you shall say to Amasa, Are you not my bone and my flesh? And now God do so to me and more also, if you shall not be commander of the army before me continually in the place of Joab. 14And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah as that of one man; and they sent to the king, saying, Return, you and all your servants. 15And the king returned, and came as far as the Jordan. And the men of Judah came to Gilgal on their way to meet the king, to cause the king to pass over the Jordan. 16And Shimei the son of Gera, the Benjamite, of Bahurim, made haste and went down with the men of Judah to meet King David. 17And a thousand men of Benjamin were with him, and Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons with him, and his twenty servants with him. And they went directly down to the Jordan before the king, 18and they performed the service of bringing the king over; and a ferryboat went across to move the household of the king, and to do that which was right in his eyes. And Shimei the son of Gera fell on his face before the king, as he went over the Jordan, 19and said to the king, Let not my lord now impute iniquity, and remember not all the iniquity of your servant in the day in which my lord went out from Jerusalem, so that the king should mind it. 20For your servant knows that I have sinned; and behold, I have come this day before all Israel and the house of Joseph, to go down and meet my lord the king. 21But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the Lord's anointed? 22And David said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah, that you lie in wait against me this day? Today no man in Israel shall be put to death, for I know not this day if I reign over Israel. 23And the king said to Shimei, You shall not die; and the king swore to him. 24And Memphibosheth the son of Saul's son went down to meet the king, and had not dressed his feet, nor trimmed his nails, nor shaved himself, neither had he washed his garments, from the day that the king departed, until the day that he arrived in peace. 25And it came to pass when he went into Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said to him, Why did you not go with me, Memphibosheth? 26And Memphibosheth said to him, My lord, O king, my servant deceived me; for your servant said to him, Saddle me the donkey, and I will ride upon it, and go with the king; for your servant is lame. 27And he has dealt deceitfully with your servant to my lord the king. But my lord the king is like an angel of God; do that which is good in your eyes. 28For all of my father's house were as dead men before my lord the king; yet you have set your servant among them that eat at your table; and what right have I any longer even to cry to the king? 29And the king said to him, Why speak any longer of these matters? I have said, You and Ziba shall divide the land. 30And Memphibosheth said to the king, Rather, let him take it all, since my lord the king has come in peace to his house. 31And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim, and crossed over the Jordan with the king, that he might escort the king over the Jordan. 32And Barzillai was a very old man, eighty years old; and he had provided for the king when he dwelt in Mahanaim; for he was a very great man. 33And the king said to Barzillai, You shall go over with me, and I will nourish your old age with me in Jerusalem. 34And Barzillai said to the king, How many are the days of the years of my life, that I should go up with the king to Jerusalem? 35I am this day eighty years old: can I then distinguish between good and evil? Can your servant taste any longer what I eat or drink? Can I any longer hear the voice of singing men or singing women? And why shall your servant any longer be a burden to my lord the king? 36Your servant will go a little way over the Jordan with the king. And why does the king return me this recompense? 37Let your servant remain, I pray, and I will die in my city, by the tomb of my father and of my mother. And behold, your servant Chimham shall go over with my lord the king; and do to him as it seems good in your eyes. 38And the king said, Let Chimham go over with me, and I will do to him what is good in my sight; and whatsoever you shall choose at my hand, I will do for you. 39And all the people went over the Jordan, and the king went over. And the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and he returned to his place. 40And the king went over to Gilgal and Chimham went over with him. And all the men of Judah went over with the king, and also half the people of Israel. 41And behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said to the king, Why have our brethren the men of Judah stolen you away, and caused the king and all his house to pass over the Jordan, and all the men of David with him? 42And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel and said, Because the king is near of kin to us: and why were you thus angry concerning this matter? Have we indeed eaten of the king's food? Or has he given us a gift, or has he sent us a portion? 43And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have ten parts in the king, and we are older than you, we have also an interest in David above you: and why have you thus insulted us, and why was not our advice taken before that of Judah, to bring back our king? And the speech of the men of Judah was sharper than the speech of the men of Israel.
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