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in Jerusalem; and 'hel saw not the 29 king's face. "Then Absalom sent

for Joab, to 'send' him to the king; but he would not come to him: and

he sent again la second time, 'but he 30 would not come. "Therefore he said

unto his servants, See, Joab's field is near mine, and he hath barley there;

go and set it on fire. And Absalom's 31 servants set the field on fire. "Then

Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house, and said unto him, Where

fore have thy servants set my field on (32 fire ? And Absalom answered Joab,

Behold, I sent unto thee, saying, Come hither, that I may send thee to the king, to say, Wherefore am I come from Geshur? it Iwere better for me to Ibel there still: now therefore let me see the king's face; and if there

be iniquity in me, let him kill me. 33 °So Joab came to the king, and told

him: and when he had called for Absalom, he came to the king, and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king: and the king

kissed Absalom. 151 And it came to pass after this, that

Absalom prepared him 'a chariot, and

horses, and fifty men to run before 2 him. °And Absalom rose up early,

and stood beside the way of the gate : and it was so, that when any man had a 'suit which should come to the king for judgement, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what city art

thou? And he said, Thy servant is 3 of one of the tribes of Israel. 'And

Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is

no man deputed of the king to hear Athee. Absalom 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 * (5 would do him justice! And it was

so, that when any man came nigh to do him obeisance, he put forth his

hand, and took 'hold of him, and 6 kissed him. °And on this manner

did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgement: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of

Israel. 7

And it came to pass at the end oft forty years, that Absalom said unto the king, I pray thee, let me go and

pay my vow, which I have vowed unto 8) the LORD, in Hebron. °For thy serv

ant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the LORD shall indeed bring me again to Jeru

salem, then I will &serve the Lord. 9 °And the king said unto him, Go in

peace. So he arose, and went to 10 Hebron. °But Absalom sent spies

throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as ye hear the sound

of the trumpet, then ye shall say, Ab(11 salom lis king' in Hebron. 'And with

Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that were linvited', and

went in their simplicity; and they 12 knew not any thing. And Absalom

*sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counsellor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered the! sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased con

tinually with Absalom. 13 And there came a messenger to

David, saying, The hearts of the men 14) of Israel are after Absalom. And

David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for else inone of usi shall

escape from Absalom : make speed to depart, lest he overtake us quickly!, and bring down evil upon

us, and smite the city with the edge 15 of the sword. 'And the king's serv

ants said unto the king, Behold, thy

servants are ready to do whatsoever 16 my lord the king shall choosel. °And

the king went forth, and all his household after him. And the king left ten

women, which were concubines, to 17 keep the house. And the king went

forth, and all the people after him;

and 'they' tarried sin Beth-merhakl. 18 °And all his servants passed on be

side him; and all the Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men which came after

him from Gath, passed on before the 19) king. "Then said the king to Ittai

the Gittite, Wherefore goest thou also with us? return, and abide with the king : for thou art a stranger, and

also an exile ; return to Ithine own! 20 place.

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 21 truth be with thee. °And Ittai an

swered the king, and said, As the Lord liveth, and as my lord the king

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* Or, sent Ahithophel * Or, lat thel Far Illousel

VERSION OF 1611.-29 Therefore . . have sent . . when .. the; 32 had been good. , have been .. (any). -XV. 1 chariots; 2 that .. controversy came; 5 (to him); 7 after; 10 reigneth ; 11 called .. (they); 14 we.. not..suddenly; 15 appoint; 17 a place that was far off ; 19 thy. = [32]

liveth, surely in what place my lord been thy father's servant lin time the king shall be, whether 'fori death pasti, so will I now be thy servant:

or 'for life, even there also will thy then 'shalt thou defeat for me the 22 servant be. °And David said to Ittai, 35 counsel of Ahithophel. And hast Go and pass over.

And Ittai the Git- thou not there with thee Zadok and tite passed over, and all his men, and Abiathar the priests? therefore it

all the little ones that were with him. shall be, that what thing soever thou 23 °And all the country wept with a loud shalt hear out of the king's house,

voice, and all the people passed over: thou shalt tell it to Zadok and Abithe king also himself passed over the 36 athar the priests. °Behold, they have brook Kidron, and all the people there with them their two sons, Ahima

passed over, toward the way of the az Zadok's son, and Jonathan Abi24 wilderness. °And, lo, Zadok also

athar's son; and by them ye shall Icamel, and all the Levites with him, send unto me every thing that ye bearing the ark of the covenant of 37 Ishalli hear. So Hushai David's God; and they set down the ark of friend came into the city; and AbsaGod, and Abiathar went up, until all. lom came into Jerusalem.

the people had done passing out of |/16 1 And when David was a little past 25 the city. And the king said unto the top of the lascenti, behold, Ziba

Zadok, Carry back the ark of God the servant of Mephibosheth met him, into the city: if I shall find favour in with a couple of asses saddled, and the eyes of the LORD, he will bring upon them two hundred loaves of

me again, and shew me both it, and bread, and an hundred Iclusters of * 26) his habitation: °but if he say thus, raisins, and an hundred of summer

I have no delight in thee; behold, 2 fruits, and a bottle of wine. And

here am I, let him do to me as seem- the king said unto Ziba, What mean27) eth good unto him. "The king said est thou by these? And Ziba said,

also unto Zadok the priest, 1Art thou The asses be for the king's household not a seer? return into the city in to ride on; and the bread and summer peace, and your two sons with you, fruit for the young men to eat; and

Ahimaaz thy son, and Jonathan the the wine, that such as be faint in the 28 son of Abiathar. "See, I will tarry 3 wilderness may drink. °And the king

21 at the 'fordsl of the wilderness, said, And where is thy master's son?

until there come word from you to And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, 29 certify me. "Zadok therefore and he abideth at Jerusalem : for he said,

Abiathar carried the ark of God again To-day shall the house of Israel re

to Jerusalem : and they 'abodel there. store me the kingdom of my father. 30) And David went up by the ascent 4 °Then said the king to Ziba, Behold,

of 'thel mount 'of Olives', and wept thine list all that pertaineth unto as he went up; and he had his head Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I do covered, and went barefoot: and all obeisance ; let mel find 'favourl in thy the people that 'werel with him covered sight, my lord, O king.

every man his head, and they went 5) And when king David came to 31 up, weeping as they went up. °And Bahurim, behold, there! came out

one told David, saying, Ahithophel is thence a man of the family of the among the conspirators with Absalom. house of Saul, whose name And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, Shimei, the son of Gera : he came

turn the counsel of Ahithophel into Tout, and cursed still as he came. 32) foolishness. "And it came to pass, 6 °And he cast stones at David, and

that when David was come to the at all the servants of king David : top of the lascenti, 3where God 'was! and all the people and all the mighty worshipped, behold, Hushai the Ar- men were on his right hand and on

te came to meet him with his coat (7 his left. °And thus said Shimei when 33 rent, and earth upon his head : land! he cursed, "Begone, begonel, thou

David said unto him!, If thou passest man tof blood', and man of 5Belial :

on with me, then thou shalt be a bur- 8 °the Lord hath returned upon thee (34) den unto me: 'but if thou return to all the blood of the house of Saul, in

the city, and say unto Absalom, I will whose stead thou hast reigned; and be thy servant, o king; as I have the Lord hath delivered the kingdom


1 Or, I Seesti thou ?
• Another reading is, in the plains.

3 Or, where he was Iwont to worshipi


* Or, Iskini
6 That is, worthlessness.

VERSION OF 1611.- 21 in; 24 were ; 28 in . . plain ; 29 tarried ; 30 Olivet. . was; 32 mount. . he; 33 whom; 34 hitherto.. (also). . mayest; 36 can. XVI. 1 hill.. bunches; 4 are .. pertained.. humbly beseech thee that I may..grace; 5 forth; 7 Come out, come out.. bloody .. (thou). = [32]


into the hand of Absalom thy son: hands of all that are with thee be and, behold, thou art taken lin thine 22 strong. °So they spread Absalom a

own mischief, because thou art a tent upon the top of the house; and 9 man lof bloodı. "Then said Abishai Absalom went in unto his father's

the son of Zeruiah unto the king, concubines in the sight of all Israel. Why should this dead dog curse my (23 °And the counsel of Ahithophel, which lord the king ? let me go over,


he counselled in those days, was as if 10) thee, and take off his head. And a man inquired at the boracle of God:

the king said, What have I to do with so was all the counsel of Ahithophel you, ye sons of Zeruiah? 11 Because both with David and with Absalom. he curseth, and because the Lord | 17 1 Moreover Ahithophel said unto hath said unto him, Curse David; Absalom, Let me now choose out

who then shall say, Wherefore hast twelve thousand men, and I will arise 11) thou done so ? °And David said to and pursue after David this night:

Abishai, and to all his servants, Be- 2 °and I will come upon him while he hold, my son, which came forth of my is weary and weak handed, and will bowels, seeketh my life: how much make him afraid : and all people more may this Benjamite now do it? that are with him shall fee; and I

let him alone, and let him curse; for 3 will smite the king only : 'and I will 12 the Lord hath bidden him. °It may bring back all the people unto thee :

be that the LORD will look on 21the the man whom thou seekest is as if wrong done unto me!, and that the all returned: so all the people shall

LORD will requite me good for his 4 be in peace. °And the saying pleased 13) cursing of me this day. Sol David Absalom well, and all the elders of and his men went by the way: and

Israel. Shimei went along on the thilli side 5 Then said Absalom, Call now Huover against him, and cursed as he shai the Archite also, and let us hear

went, and threw 'stones Bat him, and 6 likewise what he saith. And when 14 cast dust. °And the king, and all Hushai was come to Absalom, Absa

the people that were with him, came lom spake unto him, saying, Ahithtweary; and 'hel refreshed himselfi ophel hath spoken after this manner : there.

shall we do after his saying? if not, 15 And Absalom, and all the people (7) speak thou. °And Hushai said unto

the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel 16 and Ahithophel with him. 'And it hath given this time is not good.

came to pass, when Hushai the Ar- 8)°Hushai said 'moreover!, Thou knowchite, David's friend, was come unto est thy father and his men, that they Absalom, that Hushai said unto Ab- be mighty men, and they be "chafed

salom, "God save the king, God save in their minds, as a bear robbed of her 17 the king. And Absalom said to whelps in the field : and thy father is

Hushai, Is this thy kindness to thy a man of war, and will not lodge with

friend ? why wentest thou not with 9 the people. "Behold, he is hid now in 18 thy friend ? °And Hushai said unto some pit, or in some other place : and

Absalom, Nay; but whom the LORD, it will come to pass, 8when some of and this people, and all the men of them be 'fallen' at the first, that who

Israel 'have chosen', his will I be, and soever heareth it will say, There is a 19 with him will I abide. °And again, slaughter among the people that fol

whom should I serve ? should I not 10 low Absalom. And leven! he that is serve in the presence of his son? as I valiant, whose heart is as the heart

have served in thy father's presence, of a lion, shall utterly melt: for all 20 so will I be in thy presence. "Then Israel knoweth that thy father is a

said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give mighty man, and they which be with

'your counsel what we shall do. 11 him are valiant men. But! I counsel 21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, that all Israel be gathered 'together!

Go in unto thy father's concubines, unto thee, from Dan even to Beerwhich he hath left to keep the house ; sheba, as the sand that is by the sea and all Israel shall hear that thou art for multitude ; and 'that thou go to abhorred of thy father. then shall the 12 battle in thine own person. °So shall

? Heb. bitter of soul. &c. Another reading is, So let • Or, Ito A yephimi

1 Or, IWhenl he curseth, and Iwhen! 3 Heb. over against.

* Or, when the falleth uponl them him curse, because.

5 Heb. Let the king live. Or, that lthy presencel (Heb. face) . Some ancient versions read, my

6 Heb. word.

go to Ithel battle affliction. VERSION OF 1611.- 8 to thy .. bloody; 10 so let him curse; 12 mine affliction ; 13 as .. hill's; 14 themselves; 18 choose; 20 among you; 23 (had). -XVII. 7 (at); 8 For; 9 overthrown; 10 also; 11 Therefore. . generally. = [22]

we come upon him in some place all the people that were with him, where he shall be found, and we will and they passed over Jordan : by the light upon him as the dew falleth on morning light there lacked not one of the ground: and of him and of all the them that was not gone over Jordan.

men that are with him we willl not 23 °And when Ahithophel saw that his 13 'leavel so much as one. Moreover, counsel was not followed, he saddled

if he be gotten into a city, then shall his ass, and arose, and gat him home, all Israel bring ropes to that city, and Tunto his city, and iseti his house we will draw it into the river, until in order, and hanged himself; and 'hel

there be not one small stone found died, and was buried in the sepulchre 14 there. °And Absalom and all the of his father.

men of Israel said, The counsel of 24 Then David came to Mahanaim. Hushai the Archite is better than the And Absalom passed over Jordan, he counsel of Ahithophel. For the LORD and all the men of Israel with him. had Tordained to defeat the good 25) °And Absalom Iseti Amasa lover! the counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent host instead of Joab. Now! Amasa that the Lord might bring evil upon was the son iofi a 'man', whose name Absalom.

was 'Ithra 'thel Israelite, that went 15 Then said Hushai unto Zadok and in to 5Abigal the daughter of Nahash,

to Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus sister to Zeruiah Joab's mother. did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and 26 °i Andi Israel and Absalom pitched in

the elders of Israel; and thus and thus the land of Gilead. 16 have I counselled. °Now therefore 27 And it came to pass, when David

send quickly, and tell David, saying, was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi Lodge not this night 2 at the 'fordsi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of of the wilderness, but in any wisel the children of Ammon, and Machir pass over; lest the king be swallowed the son of Ammiel of Lo-debar, and

up, and all the people that are with Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim, 17) him. Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz 28 °brought beds, and basons, and

stayed by En-rogel; and a 'maidserv- earthen vessels, and wheat, and barant used to gol and 'telli them; and ley, and 'meal', and parched corn, and they went and told king David : for beans, and lentils, and parched pulse,

they might not be seen to come into 29 °and honey, and butter, and sheep, and 18) the city. Buti a lad saw them, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the

told Absalom : 'and' they went both people that were with him, to eat : for of them away quickly, and came to they said, The people is hungry, and Ithel house of a Imani in Bahurim, weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

Iwhol had a well in his court; land! | 181 And David numbered the people 19 they went down 'thither!. And the that were with him, and set captains

woman took and spread the covering of thousands and captains of hundreds over the well's mouth, and istrewed (2) over them. °And David sent forth the

bruised' corn thereon; and nothing people, a third part under the hand of 20 was known. And Absalom's serv- Joab, and a third part under the hand ants came to the woman

to the

of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab's house; and they said, Where 'arel brother, and a third part under the Ahimaaz and Jonathan ? And the hand of Ittai the Gittite. And the woman said unto them, They be gone king said unto the people, I will over the brook of water. And when surely go forth with you myself also. they had sought and could not find (3 °But the people 'saidi, Thou shalt not

them, they returned to Jerusalem. go forth : for if we Aee away, they 21 °And it came to pass, after they were will not care for us; neither if half of

departed, that they came up out of the us die, will they care for us : 6but well, and went and told king David; thou art worth ten thousand of us: and they' said unto David, Arise therefore now it is better that thou 'be yel, and pass quickly over the water : ready to succour us out of the city.

for thus hath Ahithophel counselled 1 °And the king said unto them, What 22 against you. Then David arose, and seemeth you best I will do. And

1 Or, Iswithdraw himself!
2 Another reading is, in the plains.
3 Or, Now Jonathan and Ahimaas

Istayl by En-rogel ; Iso let thel
maidservant go and tell them,

and let them gol and tell king
David; for they mayl not be

seen to come into the city
* In 1 Chr. ii. 17, Jether the Ish.


5 In 1 Chr. ii. 16, 17, Abigail.
6 So some ancient authorities. The

Hebrew text has, for now are
there ten thousand such as we.

Version of 1611.- 12 there shall .. be left; 14 appointed; 16 in .. plains .. speedily ; 17 wench went.. told; 18 Nevertheless .. but.. man's.. which.. whither ; 19 a..spread ground .. the thing.. not; 20 when .. is; 23 to his house, to .. put .. household ; 25 made . . captain of .. which .. man's .. an; 26 So; 28 flour. — XVIII. 2 (of); 3 answered. . (now). = [41]

the king stood by the gate side, and

all the people 'went out by hundreds 5 and by thousands. °And the king com

manded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom. And all the people heard when the

king gave all the captains charge con6 cerning Absalom.

°So the people went out into the field against Israel:

and the battle was in the forest of 7) Ephraim. And the people of Israel

were smitten there before the servants of David, and there was a great

slaughter there that day of twenty 8 thousand men. °For the battle was

there ispread over the face of all the country: and the foresti devoured

more people that day than the sword 9 devoured." And Absalom Ichanced to

meet the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon 'his! mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great loak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth ;

and the mule that was under him went 10 Ton!. 'And a certain man saw it, and

told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Ab11 salom 'hanging' in an oak. °And Joab

said unto the man that told him, And, behold, thou sawest litl, and why didst thou not smite him there to the ground ? and I would have given thee

ten 'pieces of silver, and a girdle. 12 And the man said unto Joab, Though

I should receive a thousand piecest of silver in mine hand, yet would I not put forth mine hand against the king's son: for in our hearing the king charged thee and Abishai and Ittai,

saying, 2Beware that none touch the 13 young man Absalom. Otherwise lift

Í had dealt falsely against this life, ('and' there is no matter hid from the

king,) 'then' thou thyself wouldest 14 have Istood aloofl. 'Then said Joab,

I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three 5darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Ab

salom, while he was yet alive in the 15 midst of the oak. "And ten young

men that bare Joab's armour com

passed about and smote Absalom, and 16 slew him. And Joab blew the trump

et, and the people returned from pursuing after Israel: for Joab @held back

17) the people. And they took Absalom,

and cast him into the great pit in the Iforest', and 'raised over him a very

great heap of stones: and all Israel 18) fed every one to his tent. Now Ab

salom in his life time had taken and reared up for himself 'thel pillar, which is in the king's dale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name : and it is called Absalom's 'monument', unto

this day. 19

Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the

king tidings, how that the Lord hath 20 ?avenged him of his enemies. 'And

Joab said unto him, Thou shalt not be the bearer oft tidings this day, but thou shalt bear tidings another day: but this day thou shalt bear no ti

dings, because the king's son is dead. 21 °Then said Joab to "the Cushitel, Go

tell the king what thou hast seen.

And the Cushitel bowed himself unto 22 Joab, and ran. "Then said Ahimaaz

the son of Zadok yet again to Joab, But 'come what may', let me, I pray thee, also run after the Cushitel. And Joab said, Wherefore wilt thou run,

my son, seeing that thou 8' wilt havel 23 no 'reward for thel tidings ? °But

Icome what may', said he, 'I will' run.
And he said unto him, Run. Then
Ahimaaz ran by the way of the Plain,

and overran 'the Cushitel. 24 INowi David sat between the two

gates : and the watchman went up to the roof tofi the gate unto the wall, and lifted' up his eyes, and looked,

and, behold, a man running alone. 25 °And the watchman cried, and told the

king. And the king said, If he be alone, there is tidings in his mouth.

And he came apace, and drew near. 26 °And the watchman saw another man

running: and the watchman called unto the porter, and said, Behold, another man running alone. And the

king said, He also bringeth tidings. 27 °And the watchman said, Me thinketh

the running of the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok.

And the king said, He is a good man, 28) and cometh with good tidings. And

Ahimaaz called, and said unto the king, ”All is well. And he bowed

1 Or, Iterebinthi ? Heb. Have a care, whosoever ye

be, of &c. 3 Another reading is, my.

4 Or, wouldest have set thyself against

5 Heb. staves.
6 Or, Isparedi

? Heb. judged him from the hand

&c. & Or, hast no Isufficientl tidings . Heb. Peace.

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VERSION OF 1611.–4 came; 6 wood; 7 where .. slain; 8 scattered wood; 9 met .. a .. away; 10 hanged; 11 him. shekels; 12 shekels; 13 should have wrought falsehood.. mine own..for.. and.. set thyself against me; 17 a .. wood.. laid.. upon; 18 a.. place; 20 bear; 21 Cushi..Cushi; 22 howsoever.. Cushi . . hast.. ready ; 23 howsoever . . let me..

..Cushi; 24 And..over . . lift; 28 fell down. = [47]

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