2 Samuel 15

CHAPTER 15

Absalom Appoints Himself as Judge

And it came to pass after these things, that [2prepared 3for himself 1Absalom] chariots, and horsemen, and fifty men to run along in front of him. And [2rose early 1Absalom], and stood at the way of the gate. And it came to pass every man in which had a case, and came to the king for a judgment, that [2called 3him 1Absalom], and said to him, From out of of what city are you? And he said, [2is from 3one 4of the 5tribes 6of Israel 1your servant]. And [2said 3to 4him 1Absalom], Behold, your words are good and well-tempered; but [3hearing 2no one 1there is] you from the king. And Absalom said, Why shall he not place me for judge in the land, and [4to 5me 3shall come 1every 2man] to whom ever there might be a dispute, and a case, and I will do justice for him. And it came to pass when the [2approached 1man] to do obeisance to him, that he stretched out his hand, and took hold of him, and kissed him. And Absalom did according to this thing to all Israel, to the ones coming for a judgment to the king. And Absalom adopted the heart of the men of Israel. And it came to pass at the end of forty years, that Absalom said to his father, I will go indeed and pay my vows which I vowed to the  lord in Hebron. For [4a vow 3vowed 2servant 1your] in my living in Geshur in Syria, saying, If in returning [3shall return 4me 1the 2  lord] to Jerusalem, then I will serve to the  lord. And [3said 4to him 1the 2king], Proceed in peace! And rising up he went unto Hebron. 10 And Absalom sent spies into all the tribes of Israel, saying, In your hearing the sound of the trumpet, that you shall say, [2reigns 1Absalom] in Hebron. 11 And [4went 5with 6Absalom 1two hundred 3men 7from out of 8Jerusalem 2chosen]; and they went in simplicity, and they did not know not one thing. 12 And Absalom sent and called Ahithophel the Gilonite, counselor to David, from out of his city Giloh, during his sacrificing the sacrifices. And there was [2confederation 1a strong]. And the people went, and it multiplied with Absalom. 13 And one came reporting to David, saying, [5is committed 1The 2heart 3of the men 4of Israel] after Absalom.

David Flees from Absalom

14 And David said to all his servants with him in Jerusalem, Rise up! for we should flee, for there is no deliverance for us from the face of Absalom. Hasten to go! that he should not hasten and overtake us, and thrust [2upon 3us 1evil], and should strike the city by the mouth of the broadsword. 15 And [5said 1the 2servants 3of the 4king] to the king, According to all as much as seems good to our master the king, behold, we are your servants. 16 And [3went forth 1the 2king], and all his house on their feet. And [3left 1the 2king] ten women of his concubines to guard the house. 17 And [3went forth 1the 2king], and all his people by foot. And they set up in a house far away. 18 And all his servants [2by 3his hand 1passed]. And every Cherethite, and every Pelethite, and all the Gittites -- six hundred men having come from out of Gath by foot, were passing in front of the king. 19 And [3said 1the 2king] to Ittai the Gittite, Why should you go even yourself with us? Return and live with the king! For you are an alien yourself, and because you are displaced from out of your place. 20 Since [2yesterday 1you came], then today shall I move you to go with us? And I shall go where ever I shall go. Go, and return your brothers with you! and the  lord shall execute with you an act of kindness and truth. 21 And Ittai answered the king, and said, As the  lord lives, and as [4lives 1my master 2the 3king], that unto the place where ever [4might be 1my master 2the 3king], and if unto death, or if unto life, that there [2will be 1your servant]. 22 And David said to Ittai, Go, and pass over with me! And [4went 1Ittai 2the 3Gittite], and all the men, the ones with him, and all his servants. 23 And all the land wept [2voice 1with a great]. And all the people passed through the rushing stream of the Kidron. And the king passed over the rushing stream Kidron. And all the people came unto the face of the way of the wilderness.

Zadok and Abiathar

24 And behold, also indeed Zadok and all the Levites were with him lifting the ark of the covenant of God. And they stationed the ark of God. And Abiathar ascended until [4ceased 1all 2the 3people] going out of the city. 25 And [3said 1the 2king] to Zadok, Return the ark of God unto the city! If I should find favor in the eyes of the  lord, and he returns me, then he shall show it to me, and its beauty. 26 And if he should say thus, I have no want in you; behold, I, I let him do to me the pleasing thing before him. 27 And [3said 1the 2king] to Zadok the priest, Behold, you return to the city in peace, and Ahimaaz your son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar, the two sons of yours with you! 28 Behold, I wait for you in the wilderness of the desert until the coming of a word by you to report to me. 29 And [4returned 1Zadok 2and 3Abiathar] the ark of God to Jerusalem, and it stayed there. 30 And David ascended upon the ascent of the olive groves, ascending and weeping, and his head being covered over, and he went barefoot. And all the people, the one with him, [3covered 1each 2man] his head. And they ascended -- ascending and weeping. 31 And it was announced to David, saying, And Ahithophel is among the ones confederating with Absalom. And David said, O  lord my God, efface indeed the counsel of Ahithophel! 32 And David was coming unto Ros, where he did obeisance there to God. And behold, [5was come 6for 7meeting 8him 1Hushai 2the 3chief friend 4of David], tearing his inner garment, with earth upon his head. 33 And [2said 3to him 1David], If you should go through with me, then you will be unto me a load. 34 If into the city you should return, then you shall say to Absalom, [2your servant 1I am], O king, allow me to live! [2a servant 3of your father 1for I was] then and just now, and now I am your servant. And by saying this efface to me the counsel of Ahithophel! 35 And behold, there are with you Zadok and Abiathar the priests. And it will be every word which ever you should hear from out of the house of the king, that you shall report it to Zadok and Abiathar the priests. 36 Behold, [6there 4are with 5them 2two 3sons 1their], Ahimaaz son of Zadok, and Jonathan son of Abiathar. And you shall send by their hand to me every word which ever you should hear. 37 And [5entered 2the 3friend 1Hushai 4of David] into the city, and Absalom at present entered into Jerusalem.
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