2 Samuel 16

Ziba, a False Servant

1Now when David had passed a  a little beyond the summit, behold b  Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him c  with a couple of saddled donkeys, and on them were two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred clusters of raisins, a hundred summer fruits, and a jug of wine. 2The king said to Ziba, “Why do you have these?” And Ziba said d  The donkeys are for the king’s household to ride, and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine e  for whoever is faint in the wilderness to drink.” 3Then the king said, “And where is f  your master’s son?” And g  Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he is staying in Jerusalem, for he said, ‘Today the house of Israel will restore the kingdom of my father to me.’” 4So the king said to Ziba, “Behold, all that belongs to Mephibosheth is yours.” And Ziba said, “I prostrate myself; let me find favor in your sight, O my lord, the king!”

David Is Cursed

5When King David came to h  Bahurim, behold, there came out from there a man of the family of the house of Saul i  whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera; he came out j  cursing continually as he came. 6He threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David; and all the people and all the mighty men were at his right hand and at his left. 7Thus Shimei said when he cursed, “Get out, get out, k  you man of bloodshed, and worthless fellow! 8 l  “The  Lord has returned upon you all m  the bloodshed of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned; and the  Lord has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. And behold, you are taken in your own evil, for you are a man of bloodshed!”

9Then n  Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should o  this dead dog p  curse my lord the king? Let me go over now and
Lit take off
cut off his head.”
10But the king said r  What have I to do with you, O sons of Zeruiah? s  If he curses, and if the  Lord has told him, ‘Curse David,’ t  then who shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’” 11Then David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “Behold u  my son who came out from
Lit my body
me seeks my life; how much more now this Benjamite? Let him alone and let him curse w  for the  Lord has told him.
12Perhaps the  Lord will look on my affliction and
Lit the  Lord will return
y  return good to me instead of his cursing this day.”
13So David and his men went on the way; and Shimei went along on the hillside parallel with him and as he went he cursed and cast stones and threw dust at him. 14The king and all the people who were with him arrived weary and he refreshed himself there.

Absalom Enters Jerusalem

15 z  Then Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, entered Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him. 16Now it came about when aa  Hushai the Archite, David’s friend, came to Absalom, that ab  Hushai said to Absalom ac  Long live the king! Long live the king!” 17Absalom said to Hushai, “Is this your
Or kindness
loyalty to your friend? ae  Why did you not go with your friend?”
18Then Hushai said to Absalom, “No! For whom the  Lord, this people, and all the men of Israel have chosen, his I will be, and with him I will remain. 19Besides, af  whom should I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father’s presence, so I will be in your presence.”

20Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give your advice. What shall we do?” 21Ahithophel said to Absalom ag  Go in to your father’s concubines, whom he has left to keep the house; then all Israel will hear that you have made yourself odious to your father. The hands of all who are with you will also be strengthened.” 22So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof ah  and Absalom went in to his father’s concubines ai  in the sight of all Israel. 23 aj  The advice of Ahithophel, which he
Lit advised
gave in those days, was as if one inquired of the word of God; al  so was all the advice of Ahithophel regarded by both David and Absalom.
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