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The Holy Bible: King James Version. 2000.

The Second
Book of Samuel
Otherwise Called, The Second Book of the Kings

Book of Samuel 15

Absalom Revolts against David
1  And it came to pass after this, that Ab’salom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.
2  And Ab’salom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Ab’salom called unto him, and said, Of what city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel.
3  And Ab’salom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.
4  Ab’salom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice!
5  And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him.
6  And on this manner did Ab’salom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Ab’salom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
7  ¶ And it came to pass after forty years, that Ab’salom said unto the king, I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto the LORD, in Hebron.
8  For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the LORD shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will serve the LORD.
9  And the king said unto him, Go in peace. So he arose, and went to Hebron.
10  But Ab’salom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall say, Ab’salom reigneth in Hebron.
11  And with Ab’salom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that were called; and they went in their simplicity, and they knew not any thing.
12  And Ab’salom sent for Ahith’ophel the Gi’lonite, David’s counselor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Ab’salom.
13  ¶ And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Ab’salom.
14  And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Ab’salom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.
15  And the king’s servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint.
16  And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And the king left ten women, which were concubines, to keep the house.
17  And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and tarried in a place that was far off.
18  And all his servants passed on beside him; and all the Cher’ethites, and all the Pel’ethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men which came after him from Gath, passed on before the king.
19  ¶ Then said the king to It’tai the Gittite, Wherefore goest thou also with us? return to thy place, and abide with the king: for thou art a stranger, and also an exile.
20  Whereas thou camest but yesterday, should I this day make thee go up and down with us? seeing I go whither I may, return thou, and take back thy brethren: mercy and truth be with thee.
21  And It’tai answered the king, and said, As the LORD liveth, and as my lord the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will thy servant be.
22  And David said to It’tai, Go and pass over. And It’tai the Gittite passed over, and all his men, and all the little ones that were with him.
23  And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people passed over: the king also himself passed over the brook Kidron, and all the people passed over, toward the way of the wilderness.
24  ¶ And lo Zadok also, and all the Levites were with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of God: and they set down the ark of God; and Abi’athar went up, until all the people had done passing out of the city.
25  And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city: if I shall find favor in the eyes of the LORD, he will bring me again, and show me both it, and his habitation:
26  but if he thus say, I have no delight in thee; behold, here am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him.
27  The king said also unto Zadok the priest, Art not thou a seer? return into the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahim’a-az thy son, and Jonathan the son of Abi’athar.
28  See, I will tarry in the plain of the wilderness, Ps. 63.10.1 until there come word from you to certify me.
29  Zadok therefore and Abi’athar carried the ark of God again to Jerusalem: and they tarried there.
30  ¶ And David went up by the ascent of mount Ol’ivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and all the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up.
31  And one told David, saying, Ahith’ophel is among the conspirators with Ab’salom. And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahith’ophel into foolishness.
32  ¶ And it came to pass, that when David was come to the top of the mount, where he worshipped God, behold, Hu’shai the Archite came to meet him with his coat rent, and earth upon his head:
33  unto whom David said, If thou passest on with me, then thou shalt be a burden unto me:
34  but if thou return to the city, and say unto Ab’salom, I will be thy servant, O king; as I have been thy father’s servant hitherto, so will I now also be thy servant: then mayest thou for me defeat the counsel of Ahith’ophel.
35  And hast thou not there with thee Zadok and Abi’athar the priests? therefore it shall be, that what thing soever thou shalt hear out of the king’s house, thou shalt tell it to Zadok and Abi’athar the priests.
36  Behold, they have there with them their two sons, Ahim’a-az Zadok’s son, and Jonathan Abi’athar’s son; and by them ye shall send unto me every thing that ye can hear.
37  So Hu’shai David’s friend came into the city, and Ab’salom came into Jerusalem.

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