Uriah replied to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah reside in temporary shelters, and my lord Joab and my lord’s soldiers are camping in the open field. Should I go to my house to eat and drink and have marital relations 1 with my wife? As surely as you are alive, 2 I will not do this thing!”
“When a traveler arrived at the rich man’s home, 1 he did not want to use one of his own sheep or cattle to feed 2 the traveler who had come to visit him. 3 Instead, he took the poor man’s lamb and cooked 4 it for the man who had come to visit him.”
On the seventh day the child died. But the servants of David were afraid to inform him that the child had died, for they said, “While the child was still alive he would not listen to us 1 when we spoke to him. How can we tell him that the child is dead? He will do himself harm!” 2
The Lord has punished you for 1 all the spilled blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you rule. Now the Lord has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. Disaster has overtaken you, for you are a man of bloodshed!”
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.
Ahimaaz the son of Zadok again spoke to Joab, “Whatever happens, let me go after the Cushite.” But Joab said, “Why is it that you want to go, my son? You have no good news that will bring you a reward.”
So Joab visited 1 the king at his home. He said, “Today you have embarrassed all your servants who have saved your life this day, as well as the lives of your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your concubines.
I am presently eighty years old. Am I able to discern good and bad? Can I 1 taste what I eat and drink? Am I still able to hear the voices of male and female singers? Why should I 2 continue to be a burden to my lord the king?
The Gibeonites said to him, “We 1 have no claim to silver or gold from Saul or from his family, 2 nor would we be justified in putting to death anyone in Israel.” David asked, 3 “What then are you asking me to do for you?”
“Note well, you still have to contend with Shimei son of Gera, the Benjaminite from Bahurim, 1 who tried to call down upon me a horrible judgment when I went to Mahanaim. 2 He came down and met me at the Jordan, and I solemnly promised 3 him by the Lord, ‘I will not strike you down 4 with the sword.’
My servants will bring the timber down from Lebanon to the sea. I will send it by sea in raft-like bundles to the place you designate. 1 There I will separate the logs 2 and you can carry them away. In exchange you will supply the food I need for my royal court.” 3
When they return to you with all their heart and being 1 in the land where they are held prisoner, 2 and direct their prayers to you toward the land you gave to their ancestors, your chosen city, and the temple I built for your honor, 3
That day the king consecrated the middle of the courtyard that is in front of the Lord’s temple. He offered there burnt sacrifices, grain offerings, and the fat from the peace offerings, because the bronze altar that stood before the Lord was too small to hold all these offerings. 1
At noon Elijah mocked them, “Yell louder! After all, he is a god; he may be deep in thought, or perhaps he stepped out for a moment or has taken a trip. Perhaps he is sleeping and needs to be awakened.” 1
He answered, “I have been absolutely loyal 1 to the Lord, the sovereign God, 2 even though the Israelites have abandoned the agreement they made with you, 3 torn down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left and now they want to take my life.” 4
The prophet 1 visited the king of Israel and said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Because the Syrians said, “The Lord is a god of the mountains and not a god of the valleys,” I will hand over to you this entire huge army. 2 Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
His advisers 1 said to him, “Look, we have heard that the kings of the Israelite dynasty are kind. 2 Allow us to put sackcloth around our waists and ropes on our heads 3 and surrender 4 to the king of Israel. Maybe he will spare our lives.”
He answered her, “While I was talking to Naboth the Jezreelite, I said to him, ‘Sell me your vineyard for silver, or if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard in its place.’ But he said, ‘I will not sell you my vineyard.’” 1
Elisha said to the king of Israel, “Why are you here? 1 Go to your father’s prophets or your mother’s prophets!” The king of Israel replied to him, “No, for the Lord is the one who summoned these three kings so that he can hand them over to Moab.”