2 Samuel 20

CHAPTER 20

Judah's Loyalty to David

And [3there 2was encountered 1a man], [2son 1a mischievous], and his name was Sheba son of Bichri, a man of Benjamin. And he trumped the trumpet, and said, There is not to us a portion among David, nor an inheritance in the son of Jesse. Each man to his tents, O Israel. And ascended every man of Israel from behind David to follow after Sheba son of Bichri. But the men of Judah cleaved to their king from the Jordan and unto Jerusalem. And David entered unto his house in Jerusalem, and [3took 1the 2king] the ten women of his concubines, whom he left behind to guard the house; and he gave them for house guard, and he nourished them, but [3to 4them 1he did not 2enter]. And they were held until the days of their death [2as widows 1living]. And [3said 1the 2king] to Amasa, Call to me men of Judah in three days, but you [2here 1stand]! And Amasa went to summon Judah, and he passed time beyond the time which [2ordered 3him 1David]. And David said to Abishai, Now [4shall do us evil 1Sheba 2son 3of Bichri] above Absalom. And now take with yourself the servants of your master, and pursue after him! so that he should not find for himself [2cities 1fortified], and he should shadow our eyes. And [4went forth 5after 6him 1the 2men 3of Joab], and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and all the mighty ones. And they went forth from Jerusalem, to pursue after Sheba son of Bichri. And they were by the [2stone 1great] in Gibeon. And Amasa entered in front of them. And Joab being girded [2uniform 3garment 1with his], and upon him [2being tied around 1was a sword] being teamed up on his loin in its sheath. And the sword came forth and fell.

Joab kills Amasa

And Joab said to Amasa, Are you in health, my brother? And [5constrained 1the 3hand 2right 4of Joab] the beard of Amasa to kiss him. 10 And Amasa did not guard from the sword, of the one in the hand of Joab. And [2hit 3him 4with 5it 1Joab] in his flank, and [3poured out 2belly 1his] upon the ground, and it was not repeated a second time to him, and he died. And Joab and Abishai his brother pursued after Sheba son of Bichri. 11 And a man stood by him, one of the servants of Joab. And he said, Who is the one wanting Joab, and who is the one wanting David? Be behind Joab. 12 And Amasa having died, and being befouled in the blood, was in the middle of the road. And [2beheld 1a man] that [4stood 1all 2the 3people]. And he returned Amasa from the road to the field, and cast upon him a cloak, for he beheld that every one coming stopped by him. 13 And it came to pass when he removed him from out of the road, [5went by 1all 2the 3people 4of Israel] after Joab, to pursue after Sheba son of Bichri. 14 And he went through among all the tribes of Israel, to Abel and Beth-maacah. And they were assembled, and they came after him. 15 And they came and assaulted against him in Abel and Beth-maacah. And they cast a seige mound against the city, and it stood in the area around the wall. And all the people with Joab purposed to throw down the wall. 16 And [3yelled out 2woman 1a wise] from the city, and said, Hearken indeed! hearken! Say indeed to Joab, Approach unto here! and I will speak to him. 17 And he drew near to her. And [3said 1the 2woman], Are you Joab? And he said, I am. And she said to him, Hear the words of your maidservant! And he said, [3listening 1I 2am]. 18 And she said, saying, [2a word 1They spoke] at first, saying, By asking they shall ask in Abel; and thus they ceased. 19 I am peaceable of ones supporting Israel. But you seek to kill a city, even a mother-city in Israel. Why do you swallow down the inheritance of the  lord? 20 And Joab answered and said, May it not be to me to swallow it, and shall I utterly destroy it?

Sheba's Head Delivered Up

21 [3is not 4so 1The 2word]. For a man from mount Ephraim, Sheba son of Bichri is his name, lifted up his hand against king David. Give him to me only, and I shall go forth from the city. And [3said 1the 2woman] to Joab, Behold, [2his head 1I will toss] to you over the wall. 22 And [3went in 1the 2woman] to all the people, and she spoke to all the city in her wisdom. And they removed the head of Sheba son of Bichri, and they tossed it to Joab. And he trumped with the horn, and they scattered from the city, each man to his tents. And Joab returned to Jerusalem to the king. 23 And Joab was over all the force of Israel. And Benaiah son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites. 24 And Adoram was over the tribute. And Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was recording. 25 And Sheva was scribe, And Zadok and Abiathar were priests. 26 And indeed Ira the Jarite was priest to David.
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