Saul said to him, “Why have you conspired against me, you and this son of Jesse? You gave 1 him bread and a sword and inquired of God on his behalf, so that he opposes 2 me and waits in ambush, as is the case today!”
When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, the people answered the king, “We have no portion in David – no share in the son of Jesse! 1 Return to your homes, O Israel! 2 Now, look after your own dynasty, O David!” 3 So all Israel returned to their homes. 4
Now David was the youngest. While the three oldest sons followed Saul,
But a spirit 1 empowered 2 Amasai, the leader of the thirty warriors, and he said: 3 “We are yours, O David! We support 4 you, O son of Jesse! May you greatly prosper! 5 May those who help you prosper! 6 Indeed 7 your God helps you!” So David accepted them and made them leaders of raiding bands.
So Jesse had him brought in. 1 Now he was ruddy, with attractive eyes and a handsome appearance. The Lord said, “Go and anoint him. This is the one!”
For all of you have conspired against me! No one informs me 1 when my own son makes an agreement with this son of Jesse! Not one of you feels sorry for me or informs me that my own son has commissioned my own servant to hide in ambush against me, as is the case today!”
Absalom had made Amasa general in command of the army in place of Joab. (Now Amasa was the son of an Israelite man named Jether, who had married 1 Abigail the daughter of Nahash and sister of Zeruiah, Joab’s mother.)