2 Samuel 15:1-9

Absalom’s Conspiracy

1After this Absalom a  got himself a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run before him. 2And Absalom used to rise early and stand beside b  the way of the gate. And when any man had a dispute to come before the king for judgment, Absalom would call to him and say, “From what city are you?” And when he said, “Your servant is of such and such a tribe in Israel,” 3Absalom would say to him, “See, your claims are good and right, but there is no man designated by the king to hear you.” 4Then Absalom would say, c  Oh that I were judge in the land! Then every man with a dispute or cause might come to me, and I would give him justice.” 5And whenever a man came near to pay homage to him, he would put out his hand and take hold of him and kiss him. 6Thus Absalom did to all of Israel who came to the king for judgment. So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

7And at the end of four
Septuagint, Syriac; Hebrew forty
years Absalom said to the king, “Please let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed to the  Lord, in Hebron.
8For your servant e  vowed a vow f  while I lived at Geshur in Aram, saying, ‘If the  Lord will indeed bring me back to Jerusalem, then I will offer worship to
Or  will serve
the  Lord.’”
9The king said to him, h  Go in peace.” So he arose and went to Hebron.
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