2 Samuel 17

CHAPTER 17

Absalom Prepares for War against David

And Ahithophel said to Absalom, I shall choose indeed for myself twelve thousand men, and I shall rise up and pursue after David at night. And I shall come upon him, and he will be tiring and loosening his hand, and I shall startle him, and [6shall flee 1all 2the 3people 4with 5him], and I shall strike the king alone. And I shall return all the people to you, in which manner [2returns 1a bride] to her husband. Besides [3the life 5man 4of one 1you 2seek], and all the people will be at peace. And [3was pleasing 1the 2word] in the eyes of Absalom, and in the eyes of all the elders of Israel. And Absalom said, Call indeed Hushai the Archite, and I shall hear what is in his mouth, and indeed of him. And Hushai entered to Absalom. And Absalom said to him, saying, According to this thing Ahithophel spoke. Shall we do according to his word? But if not you speak! And Hushai said to Absalom, It is not good, this counsel which Ahithophel counseled this one time. And Hushai said, You know your father, and his men, that [3mighty 1they are 2exceedingly], and [2is very bitter 1their soul] as a bear being made childless in the plain. And your father is [2man 1a warrior], and in no way shall he rest the people. For behold he now hides in one of the canyons, or in one of the places. And it will be when they fall upon them at the beginning, that one shall hear the hearing, and should say, There was a devastation among the people, to the one following after Absalom. 10 And indeed any son of power whose heart is as the heart of a lion, in melting away he shall melt away, for [3knows 1all 2Israel] that [2is mighty 1your father] and the sons of power, all the ones with him. 11 Thus advising, I advised. And [3in gathering together 4shall gather together 5unto 6you 1all 2Israel], from Dan and unto Beer-sheba, as the sand upon the sea in multitude. And your presence shall be going in the midst of them. 12 And we shall come upon him in one of the places, which ever we should find him there. And we shall camp upon him as falls the dew upon the ground. And we shall not leave behind among to him, and of his men with him, even indeed one. 13 And if [2into 3the 4city 1he should gather], then [3shall take 1all 2Israel] [2against 3that city 1lines], and drag it apart unto the rushing stream, unto not leaving behind there neither a stone. 14 And Absalom said, and every man of Israel, [6is good 1The 2counsel 3of Hushai 4the 5Archite] over the counsel of Ahithophel. And the  lord gave charge to efface the [2counsel 3of Ahithophel 1good], so that the  lord should bring the bad things upon Absalom. 15 And Hushai said to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, So and so advised Ahithophel to Absalom, and to the elders of Israel, and so and so I advised.

David Is Warned of Absalom's Plans

16 And now send quickly and report to David! saying, You should not lodge the night according to the descent of the wilderness, but by passing over, pass over! so that [3should not 4be swallowed down 1the 2king], and all the people, the one with him. 17 And Jonathan and Ahimaaz stopped at the spring of Rogel. And came forth the maidservant, and she reported to them. And they went and reported to king David, for they were not able to appear to enter into the city. 18 And [2beheld 3them 1a young man], and he reported to Absalom. And [3went 1the 2two] quickly, and they entered into a house of a man in Bahurim, and unto his cistern in the courtyard, and they went down there. 19 And [2took 1a woman] and opened and spread out a covering over the mouth of the cistern. And she cooled [2upon 3it 1dried clusters], and they did not know the thing. 20 And [4came 1the 2servants 3of Absalom] to the woman, into the house, and they said, Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And [3said 4to them 1the 2woman], They went for a little water. And they sought and did not find them, and they returned unto Jerusalem. 21 And it came to pass, after their going forth, they ascended from out of the cistern, and went, and reported to king David. And they say to him, Rise up and pass over [3quickly 1the 2water]! for thus [2has counseled 3against 4you 1Ahithophel]. 22 And David rose up, and all the people with him, and they passed over the Jordan until the light of the morning, until one was not unaware of who did not pass over the Jordan. 23 And Ahithophel knew that he had not taken his counsel, and he saddled his donkey, and rose up, and went forth to his house in his city. And he gave charge to his household, and he hung himself, and died. And they entombed him in the burying-place of his father. 24 And David went through unto Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over the Jordan, he and every man of Israel with him.

Amasa Is Placed over the Force of Abasalom

25 And [3Amasa 2placed 1Absalom] instead of Joab over the force. And Amasa was a son of a man, and the name to him was Ithra the Israelite. This one entered to Abigail, daughter of Nahash, sister of Zeruiah, mother of Joab. 26 And Absalom camped and all Israel in the land of Gilead. 27 And it came to pass when David entered into Mahanaim, that Shobi son of Nahash, from Rabbah of the sons of Ammon, and Machir son of Ammiel from Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim, 28 brought beds, and spreads, and kettles, and [2utensils 1ceramic], and wheat, and barley, and flour, and beans, and lentils and toasted grain, 29 and honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese from oxen. And they brought near to David, and to the people with him to eat; for they said, The people are hungering, and fainting, and thirsting, in the wilderness.
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