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2 Samuel 18:1--19:8

And David
<01732>
numbered
<06485> (8799)
the people
<05971>
that [were] with him, and set
<07760> (8799)
captains
<08269>
of thousands
<0505>
and captains
<08269>
of hundreds
<03967>
over them.
And David
<01732>
sent forth
<07971> (8762)
a third part
<07992>
of the people
<05971>
under the hand
<03027>
of Joab
<03097>_,
and a third part
<07992>
under the hand
<03027>
of Abishai
<052>
the son
<01121>
of Zeruiah
<06870>_,
Joab's
<03097>
brother
<0251>_,
and a third part
<07992>
under the hand
<03027>
of Ittai
<0863>
the Gittite
<01663>_.
And the king
<04428>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto the people
<05971>_,
I will surely
<03318> (8800)
go forth
<03318> (8799)
with you myself
<0589>
also.
But the people
<05971>
answered
<0559> (8799)_,
Thou shalt not go forth
<03318> (8799)_:
for if we flee
<05127> (8799)
away
<05127> (8800)_,
they will not care
<07760> (8799) <03820>
for us; neither if half
<02677>
of us die
<04191> (8799)_,
will they care
<07760> (8799) <03820>
for us: but now [thou art] worth
<03644>
ten
<06235>
thousand
<0505>
of us: therefore now [it is] better
<02896>
that thou succour
<05826> (8800) (8675) <05826> (8687)
us out of the city
<05892>_.
{care...: Heb. set their heart on us} {worth...: Heb. as ten thousand of us} {succour: Heb. be to succour or help}
And the king
<04428>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto them, What seemeth
<05869>
you best
<03190> (8799)
I will do
<06213> (8799)_.
And the king
<04428>
stood
<05975> (8799)
by the gate
<08179>
side
<03027>_,
and all the people
<05971>
came out
<03318> (8804)
by hundreds
<03967>
and by thousands
<0505>_.
And the king
<04428>
commanded
<06680> (8762)
Joab
<03097>
and Abishai
<052>
and Ittai
<0863>_,
saying
<0559> (8800)_,
[Deal] gently
<0328>
for my sake with the young man
<05288>_,
[even] with Absalom
<053>_.
And all the people
<05971>
heard
<08085> (8804)
when the king
<04428>
gave all the captains
<08269>
charge
<06680> (8763)
concerning
<01697>
Absalom
<053>_.
So the people
<05971>
went out
<03318> (8799)
into the field
<07704>
against
<07125> (8800)
Israel
<03478>_:
and the battle
<04421>
was in the wood
<03293>
of Ephraim
<0669>_;
Where the people
<05971>
of Israel
<03478>
were slain
<05062> (8735)
before
<06440>
the servants
<05650>
of David
<01732>_,
and there was there a great
<01419>
slaughter
<04046>
that day
<03117>
of twenty
<06242>
thousand
<0505>
[men].
For the battle
<04421>
was there scattered
<06327> (8737)
over the face
<06440>
of all the country
<0776>_:
and the wood
<03293>
devoured
<0398> (8800)
more
<07235> (8686)
people
<05971>
that day
<03117>
than the sword
<02719>
devoured
<0398> (8804)_.
{devoured: Heb. multiplied to devour}
And Absalom
<053>
met
<07122> (8735)
the servants
<06440> <05650>
of David
<01732>_.
And Absalom
<053>
rode
<07392> (8802)
upon a mule
<06505>_,
and the mule
<06505>
went
<0935> (8799)
under the thick boughs
<07730>
of a great
<01419>
oak
<0424>_,
and his head
<07218>
caught hold
<02388> (8799)
of the oak
<0424>_,
and he was taken up
<05414> (8714)
between the heaven
<08064>
and the earth
<0776>_;
and the mule
<06505>
that [was] under him went away
<05674> (8804)_.
And a certain
<0259>
man
<0376>
saw
<07200> (8799)
[it], and told
<05046> (8686)
Joab
<03097>_,
and said
<0559> (8799)_,
Behold, I saw
<07200> (8804)
Absalom
<053>
hanged
<08518> (8803)
in an oak
<0424>_.
And Joab
<03097>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto the man
<0376>
that told
<05046> (8688)
him, And, behold, thou sawest
<07200> (8804)
[him], and why didst thou not smite
<05221> (8689)
him there to the ground
<0776>_?
and I would have given
<05414> (8800)
thee ten
<06235>
[shekels] of silver
<03701>_,
and a
<0259>
girdle
<02290>_.
And the man
<0376>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto Joab
<03097>_,
Though
<03863>
I should receive
<08254> (8802)
a thousand
<0505>
[shekels] of silver
<03701>
in mine hand
<03709>_,
[yet] would I not put forth
<07971> (8799)
mine hand
<03027>
against the king's
<04428>
son
<01121>_:
for in our hearing
<0241>
the king
<04428>
charged
<06680> (8765)
thee and Abishai
<052>
and Ittai
<0863>_,
saying
<0559> (8800)_,
Beware
<08104> (8798)
that none [touch] the young man
<05288>
Absalom
<053>_.
{receive: Heb. weigh upon mine hand} {Beware...: Heb. Beware whosoever ye be of, etc}
Otherwise
<0176>
I should have wrought
<06213> (8804)
falsehood
<08267>
against mine own life
<05315>_:
for there is no matter
<01697>
hid
<03582> (8735)
from the king
<04428>_,
and thou thyself wouldest have set
<03320> (8691)
thyself against [me].
Then said
<0559> (8799)
Joab
<03097>_,
I may not tarry
<03176> (8686)
thus with thee
<06440>_.
And he took
<03947> (8799)
three
<07969>
darts
<07626>
in his hand
<03709>_,
and thrust
<08628> (8799)
them through the heart
<03820>
of Absalom
<053>_,
while he [was] yet alive
<02416>
in the midst of the oak
<0424>_.
{with...: Heb. before thee} {midst: Heb. heart}
And ten
<06235>
young men
<05288>
that bare
<05375> (8802)
Joab's
<03097>
armour
<03627>
compassed about
<05437> (8799)
and smote
<05221> (8686)
Absalom
<053>_,
and slew
<04191> (8686)
him.
And Joab
<03097>
blew
<08628> (8799)
the trumpet
<07782>_,
and the people
<05971>
returned
<07725> (8799)
from pursuing
<07291> (8800)
after
<0310>
Israel
<03478>_:
for Joab
<03097>
held back
<02820> (8804)
the people
<05971>_.
And they took
<03947> (8799)
Absalom
<053>_,
and cast
<07993> (8686)
him into a great
<01419>
pit
<06354>
in the wood
<03293>_,
and laid
<05324> (8686)
a very
<03966>
great
<01419>
heap
<01530>
of stones
<068>
upon him: and all Israel
<03478>
fled
<05127> (8804)
every one
<0376>
to his tent
<0168>_.
Now Absalom
<053>
in his lifetime
<02416>
had taken
<03947> (8804)
and reared up
<05324> (8686)
for himself a pillar
<04678>_,
which [is] in the king's
<04428>
dale
<06010>_:
for he said
<0559> (8804)_,
I have no son
<01121>
to keep my name
<08034>
in remembrance
<02142> (8687)_:
and he called
<07121> (8799)
the pillar
<04678>
after his own name
<08034>_:
and it is called
<07121> (8735)
unto this day
<03117>_,
Absalom's
<053>
place
<03027>_.
Then said
<0559> (8804)
Ahimaaz
<0290>
the son
<01121>
of Zadok
<06659>_,
Let me now run
<07323> (8799)_,
and bear
<01319> (0)
the king
<04428>
tidings
<01319> (8762)_,
how that the LORD
<03068>
hath avenged
<08199> (8804)
him of his enemies
<03027> <0341> (8802)_.
{avenged...: Heb. judged him from the hand, etc}
And Joab
<03097>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto him, Thou
<0376>
shalt not bear tidings
<01309>
this day
<03117>_,
but thou shalt bear tidings
<01319> (8765)
another
<0312>
day
<03117>_:
but this day
<03117>
thou shalt bear no tidings
<01319> (8762)_,
because the king's
<04428>
son
<01121>
is dead
<04191> (8804)_.
{bear tidings this: Heb. be a man of tidings, etc}
Then said
<0559> (8799)
Joab
<03097>
to Cushi
<03569>_,
Go
<03212> (8798)
tell
<05046> (8685)
the king
<04428>
what thou hast seen
<07200> (8804)_.
And Cushi
<03569>
bowed
<07812> (8691)
himself unto Joab
<03097>_,
and ran
<07323> (8799)_.
Then said
<0559> (8799)
Ahimaaz
<0290>
the son
<01121>
of Zadok
<06659>
yet again
<03254> (8686)
to Joab
<03097>_,
But howsoever
<04100>_,
let me, I pray thee, also run
<07323> (8799)
after
<0310>
Cushi
<03569>_.
And Joab
<03097>
said
<0559> (8799)_,
Wherefore wilt thou run
<07323> (8801)_,
my son
<01121>_,
seeing that thou hast no tidings
<01309>
ready
<04672> (8802)_?
{howsoever: Heb. be what may} {ready: or, convenient}
But howsoever, [said he], let me run
<07323> (8799)_.
And he said
<0559> (8799)
unto him, Run
<07323> (8798)_.
Then Ahimaaz
<0290>
ran
<07323> (8799)
by the way
<01870>
of the plain
<03603>_,
and overran
<05674> (8799)
Cushi
<03569>_.
And David
<01732>
sat
<03427> (8802)
between the two
<08147>
gates
<08179>_:
and the watchman
<06822> (8802)
went up
<03212> (8799)
to the roof
<01406>
over the gate
<08179>
unto the wall
<02346>_,
and lifted up
<05375> (8799)
his eyes
<05869>_,
and looked
<07200> (8799)_,
and behold a man
<0376>
running
<07323> (8801)
alone.
And the watchman
<06822> (8802)
cried
<07121> (8799)_,
and told
<05046> (8686)
the king
<04428>_.
And the king
<04428>
said
<0559> (8799)_,
If he [be] alone, [there is] tidings
<01309>
in his mouth
<06310>_.
And he came
<03212> (8799)
apace
<01980> (8800)_,
and drew near
<07131>_.
And the watchman
<06822> (8802)
saw
<07200> (8799)
another
<0312>
man
<0376>
running
<07323> (8801)_:
and the watchman
<06822> (8802)
called
<07121> (8799)
unto the porter
<07778>_,
and said
<0559> (8799)_,
Behold [another] man
<0376>
running
<07323> (8801)
alone. And the king
<04428>
said
<0559> (8799)_,
He also bringeth tidings
<01319> (8764)_.
And the watchman
<06822> (8802)
said
<0559> (8799)_,
Me thinketh
<07200> (8802)
the running
<04794>
of the foremost
<07223>
is like the running
<04794>
of Ahimaaz
<0290>
the son
<01121>
of Zadok
<06659>_.
And the king
<04428>
said
<0559> (8799)_,
He [is] a good
<02896>
man
<0376>_,
and cometh
<0935> (8799)
with good
<02896>
tidings
<01309>_.
{Me...: Heb. I see the running}
And Ahimaaz
<0290>
called
<07121> (8799)_,
and said
<0559> (8799)
unto the king
<04428>_,
All is well
<07965>_.
And he fell down
<07812> (8691)
to the earth
<0776>
upon his face
<0639>
before the king
<04428>_,
and said
<0559> (8799)_,
Blessed
<01288> (8803)
[be] the LORD
<03068>
thy God
<0430>_,
which hath delivered up
<05462> (8765)
the men
<0582>
that lifted up
<05375> (8804)
their hand
<03027>
against my lord
<0113>
the king
<04428>_.
{All...: or, Peace be to thee: Heb. Peace} {delivered...: Heb. shut up}
And the king
<04428>
said
<0559> (8799)_,
Is the young man
<05288>
Absalom
<053>
safe
<07965>_?
And Ahimaaz
<0290>
answered
<0559> (8799)_,
When Joab
<03097>
sent
<07971> (8800)
the king's
<04428>
servant
<05650>_,
and [me] thy servant
<05650>_,
I saw
<07200> (8804)
a great
<01419>
tumult
<01995>_,
but I knew
<03045> (8804)
not what [it was]. {Is...: Heb. Is there peace?}
And the king
<04428>
said
<0559> (8799)
[unto him], Turn aside
<05437> (8798)_,
[and] stand
<03320> (8690)
here
<03541>_.
And he turned aside
<05437> (8735)_,
and stood still
<05975> (8799)_.
And, behold, Cushi
<03569>
came
<0935> (8802)_;
and Cushi
<03569>
said
<0559> (8799)_,
Tidings
<01319> (8691)_,
my lord
<0113>
the king
<04428>_:
for the LORD
<03068>
hath avenged
<08199> (8804)
thee this day
<03117>
of all them
<03027>
that rose up
<06965> (8801)
against thee. {Tidings: Heb. Tidings is brought}
And the king
<04428>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto Cushi
<03569>_,
Is the young man
<05288>
Absalom
<053>
safe
<07965>_?
And Cushi
<03569>
answered
<0559> (8799)_,
The enemies
<0341> (8802)
of my lord
<0113>
the king
<04428>_,
and all that rise
<06965> (8804)
against thee to do [thee] hurt
<07451>_,
be as [that] young man
<05288>
[is].
And the king
<04428>
was much moved
<07264> (8799)_,
and went up
<05927> (8799)
to the chamber
<05944>
over the gate
<08179>_,
and wept
<01058> (8799)_:
and as he went
<03212> (8800)_,
thus he said
<0559> (8804)_,
O my son
<01121>
Absalom
<053>_,
my son
<01121>_,
my son
<01121>
Absalom
<053>_!
would God I had died
<04191> (8800)
for thee
<05414> (8799)_,
O Absalom
<053>_,
my son
<01121>_,
my son
<01121>_!
And it was told
<05046> (8714)
Joab
<03097>_,
Behold, the king
<04428>
weepeth
<01058> (8802)
and mourneth
<056> (8691)
for Absalom
<053>_.
And the victory
<08668>
that day
<03117>
was [turned] into mourning
<060>
unto all the people
<05971>_:
for the people
<05971>
heard
<08085> (8804)
say
<0559> (8800)
that day
<03117>
how the king
<04428>
was grieved
<06087> (8738)
for his son
<01121>_.
{victory: Heb. salvation, or, deliverance}
And the people
<05971>
gat
<0935> (8800)
them by stealth
<01589> (8691)
that day
<03117>
into the city
<05892>_,
as people
<05971>
being ashamed
<03637> (8737)
steal away
<01589> (8691)
when they flee
<05127> (8800)
in battle
<04421>_.
But the king
<04428>
covered
<03813> (8804)
his face
<06440>_,
and the king
<04428>
cried
<02199> (8799)
with a loud
<01419>
voice
<06963>_,
O my son
<01121>
Absalom
<053>_,
O Absalom
<053>_,
my son
<01121>_,
my son
<01121>_!
And Joab
<03097>
came
<0935> (8799)
into the house
<01004>
to the king
<04428>_,
and said
<0559> (8799)_,
Thou hast shamed
<03001> (8689)
this day
<03117>
the faces
<06440>
of all thy servants
<05650>_,
which this day
<03117>
have saved
<04422> (8764)
thy life
<05315>_,
and the lives
<05315>
of thy sons
<01121>
and of thy daughters
<01323>_,
and the lives
<05315>
of thy wives
<0802>_,
and the lives
<05315>
of thy concubines
<06370>_;
In that thou lovest
<0157> (8800)
thine enemies
<08130> (8802)_,
and hatest
<08130> (8800)
thy friends
<0157> (8802)_.
For thou hast declared
<05046> (8689)
this day
<03117>_,
that thou regardest neither princes
<08269>
nor servants
<05650>_:
for this day
<03117>
I perceive
<03045> (8804)_,
that if
<03863>
Absalom
<053>
had lived
<02416>_,
and all we had died
<04191> (8801)
this day
<03117>_,
then it had pleased thee well
<03477> <05869>_.
{in...: Heb. By loving, etc} {that thou regardest...: Heb. that princes or servants are not to thee}
Now therefore arise
<06965> (8798)_,
go forth
<03318> (8798)_,
and speak
<01696> (8761)
comfortably
<03820>
unto thy servants
<05650>_:
for I swear
<07650> (8738)
by the LORD
<03068>_,
if thou go not forth
<03318> (8802)_,
there will not tarry
<03885> (8799)
one
<0376>
with thee this night
<03915>_:
and that will be worse
<07489> (8804)
unto thee than all the evil
<07451>
that befell
<0935> (8804)
thee from thy youth
<05271>
until now. {comfortably...: Heb. to the heart of thy servants}
Then the king
<04428>
arose
<06965> (8799)_,
and sat
<03427> (8799)
in the gate
<08179>_.
And they told
<05046> (8689)
unto all the people
<05971>_,
saying
<0559> (8800)_,
Behold, the king
<04428>
doth sit
<03427> (8802)
in the gate
<08179>_.
And all the people
<05971>
came
<0935> (8799)
before
<06440>
the king
<04428>_:
for Israel
<03478>
had fled
<05127> (8804)
every man
<0376>
to his tent
<0168>_.


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