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This seemed like a good idea to Absalom and to all the leaders 1 of Israel.
When one 1 of the men saw this, he reported it to Joab saying, “I saw Absalom hanging in an oak tree.
(19:2) Joab was told, “The king is weeping and mourning over Absalom.”
When David’s friend Hushai the Arkite came to Absalom, Hushai said to him, 1 “Long live the king! Long live the king!”
Hushai replied to Absalom, “No, I will be loyal to the one whom the Lord, these people, and all the men of Israel have chosen. 1
Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Let me pick out twelve thousand men. Then I will go and pursue David this very night.
He asked Amnon, 1 “Why are you, the king’s son, 2 so depressed every morning? Can’t you tell me?” So Amnon said to him, “I’m in love with Tamar the sister of my brother Absalom.”
Ahithophel replied to Absalom, “Have sex with 1 your father’s concubines whom he left to care for the palace. All Israel will hear that you have made yourself repulsive to your father. Then your followers will be motivated to support you.” 2
At this very moment he is hiding out in one of the caves or in some other similar place. If it should turn out that he attacks our troops first, 1 whoever hears about it will say, ‘Absalom’s army has been slaughtered!’
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.
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.)
Prior to this 1 Absalom had set up a monument 2 and dedicated it to himself in the King’s Valley, reasoning “I have no son who will carry on my name.” He named the monument after himself, and to this day it is known as Absalom’s Memorial.