15:12 While he was offering sacrifices, Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s adviser, 1 to come from his city, Giloh. 2 The conspiracy was gaining momentum, and the people were starting to side with Absalom.
15:13 Then a messenger came to David and reported, “The men of Israel are loyal to Absalom!” 3 15:14 So David said to all his servants who were with him in Jerusalem, 4 “Come on! 5 Let’s escape! 6 Otherwise no one will be delivered from Absalom! Go immediately, or else he will quickly overtake us and bring 7 disaster on us and kill the city’s residents with the sword.” 8
1 tn Traditionally, “counselor,” but this term is more often associated with psychological counseling today, so “adviser” was used in the translation instead.
2 tn Heb “Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, the adviser of David, from his city, from Giloh, while he was sacrificing.” It is not entirely clear who (Absalom or Ahithophel) was offering the sacrifices.
3 tn Heb “the heart of the men of Israel is with Absalom.”
5 tn Heb “Arise!”
6 tn Heb “let’s flee.”
7 tn Heb “thrust.”
8 tn Heb “and strike the city with the edge of the sword.”