2 Samuel 16


Ziba Misleads David

And David went through a little way from Ros. And behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth arrived for meeting him, and a pair of donkeys being saddled, and upon them two hundred bread loaves, and an ephah of dried grape clusters, and a hundred dried fruit clusters, and a skin flask of wine. And [3said 1the 2king] to Ziba, What are these to you? And Ziba said, The donkeys for the household of the king to mount, and the bread loaves, and the dried fruit clusters, and dried grapes for food to the servants, and the wine to drink to the one faint in the wilderness. And [3said 1the 2king], Where is the son of your master? And Ziba said to the king, Behold, he sits in Jerusalem, for he said, Today [4shall return 5to me 1the 2house 3of Israel] the kingdom of my father. And [3said 1the 2king] to Ziba, Behold, I give to you all as much as is Mephibosheth's. And Ziba said, I do obeisance, may I find favor in your eyes, O my master, O king.

Shimei Curses David

And [3came 1king 2David] until Bahurim. And behold, from there a man came forth from the family of the house of Saul, and the name to him was Shimei, son of Gera. He came forth coming and cursing, and throwing stones at David, and at all the servants of king David. And all the people, and all the mighty ones of the right and of the left of the king. And thus Shimei said in his cursing, Go forth! go forth! O man of the blood sheddings, and O man the lawbreaker. [2returned 3upon 4you 1The  lord] all the blood of the house of Saul, because you reigned instead of him. And the  lord gave the kingdom into the hand of Absalom your son. And behold, you are taken in your own evil, for [2are a man 3of blood 1you]. And [4said 1Abishai 2son 3of Zeruiah] to the king, Why [4curse 3dog 2dying 1does this] my master the king? Let me pass indeed! and I shall remove his head. 10 And [3said 1the 2king] to Abishai, What is it to me and to you, sons of Zeruiah? Even leave him, and thus let him curse! For the  lord said to him to curse David. And who shall say to him, Why did you do thus? 11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, the one coming forth from out of my belly, seeks my life. And moreover, now the son of the Benjamite. Leave him to curse! for [2told 3him 1the  lord]. 12 If by any means the  lord may behold in my humiliation, and shall return good to me for his curse this day -- so be it! 13 And David went, and all his men in the way; and Shimei went according to the side of the mountain, being next to him -- he went, and cursed, and cast stones on him, and [2dust 1strewing]. 14 And [3went 1the 2king], and all the people with him being faint; and they refreshed there. 15 And Absalom, and every man of Israel entered into Jerusalem, and Ahithophel was with him. 16 And it came to pass when [5came 1Hushai 2the 3chief friend 4of David] to Absalom, that Hushai said to Absalom, As lives the king! As lives the king! 17 And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this your act of kindness with your companion? Why did you not go with your companion? 18 And Hushai said to Absalom, No, but following after whoever the  lord chooses, and this people, and every man of Israel. [2serving to him I will be] and [2with 3him 1I shall sit down]. 19 And secondly, to whom shall I serve? Should I not serve before his son? Just as I served before your father, so I will be before you.

Absalom Disgraces David

20 And Absalom said to Ahithophel, Give [2for yourselves 1counsel] what we should do. 21 And Ahithophel said to Absalom, Enter to the concubines of your father! which he left behind to guard his house. And [3shall hear 1all 2Israel] that you disgraced your father, and [7shall grow in strength 1the 2hands 3of all 4the ones 5with 6you]. 22 And they pitched the tent of Absalom upon the roof, and Absalom entered to the concubines of his father, in the eyes of all Israel. 23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he consulted in the [2days 1first], was in which manner as if he should ask anything by the word of God; thus was all the counsel of Ahithophel, both to David and to Absalom.
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