17:15 Then Hushai reported to Zadok and Abiathar the priests, “Here is what Ahithophel has advised Absalom and the leaders 1 of Israel to do, and here is what I have advised. 17:16 Now send word quickly to David and warn him, 2 “Don’t spend the night at the fords of the desert 3 tonight. Instead, be sure you cross over, 4 or else the king and everyone who is with him may be overwhelmed.” 5
17:17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz were staying in En Rogel. A female servant would go and inform them, and they would then go and inform King David. It was not advisable for them to be seen going into the city.
1 tn Heb “elders.”
2 tn Heb “send quickly and tell David saying.”
3 tn Or “wilderness” (so KJV, NASB, NRSV, TEV).
4 tn That is, “cross over the Jordan River.”
5 tn Heb “swallowed up.”