David then grabbed his own clothes 1 and tore them, as did all the men who were with him.
Then Abner called out to Joab, “Must the sword devour forever? Don’t you realize that this will turn bitter in the end? When will you tell the people to turn aside from pursuing their brothers?”
You know Abner the son of Ner! Surely he came here to spy on you and to determine when you leave and when you return 1 and to discover everything that you are doing!”
Jonadab replied to him, “Lie down on your bed and pretend to be sick. 1 When your father comes in to see you, say to him, ‘Please let my sister Tamar come in so she can fix some food for me. Let her prepare the food in my sight so I can watch. Then I will eat from her hand.’”
Then Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the long robe she was wearing. She put her hands on her head and went on her way, wailing as she went.
Her brother Absalom said to her, “Was Amnon your brother with you? Now be quiet, my sister. He is your brother. Don’t take it so seriously!” 1 Tamar, devastated, lived in the house of her brother Absalom.
Absalom said to Joab, “Look, I sent a message to you saying, ‘Come here so that I can send you to the king with this message: 1 “Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me if I were still there.”’ Let me now see the face of the king. If I am at fault, let him put me to death!”
Hushai went on to say, “You know your father and his men – they are soldiers and are as dangerous as a bear out in the wild that has been robbed of her cubs. 1 Your father is an experienced soldier; he will not stay overnight with the army.
Then Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The advice of Hushai the Arkite sounds better than the advice of Ahithophel.” Now the Lord had decided 1 to frustrate the sound advice of Ahithophel, so that the Lord could bring disaster on Absalom.
But the soldiers replied, 1 “You should not do this! 2 For if we should have to make a rapid retreat, they won’t be too concerned about us. 3 Even if half of us should die, they won’t be too concerned about us. But you 4 are like ten thousand of us! So it is better if you remain in the city for support.”
So the victory of that day was turned to mourning as far as all the people were concerned. For the people heard on that day, “The king is grieved over his son.”
So Joab’s men 1 came and laid siege against him in Abel of Beth Maacah. They prepared a siege ramp outside the city which stood against its outer rampart. As all of Joab’s soldiers were trying to break through 2 the wall so that it would collapse,
The one who touches them must use an iron instrument or the wooden shaft of a spear. They are completely burned up right where they lie!” 1
The king’s servants have even come to congratulate 1 our master 2 King David, saying, ‘May your God 3 make Solomon more famous than you and make him an even greater king than you!’ 4 Then the king leaned 5 on the bed
“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.’
May the Lord punish him for the blood he shed; 1 behind my father David’s back he struck down and murdered with the sword two men who were more innocent and morally upright than he 2 – Abner son of Ner, commander of Israel’s army, and Amasa son of Jether, commander of Judah’s army.