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Baana son of Hushai was in charge of Asher and Aloth.
When David’s friend Hushai the Arkite came to Absalom, Hushai said to him, 1 “Long live the king! Long live the king!”
So David’s friend Hushai arrived in the city, just as Absalom was entering Jerusalem.
Ahithophel was the king’s adviser; Hushai the Arkite was the king’s confidant. 1
But Absalom said, “Call for 1 Hushai the Arkite, and let’s hear what he has to say.” 2
Hushai replied to Absalom, “Ahithophel’s advice is not sound this time.” 1
When David reached the summit, where he used to worship God, Hushai the Arkite met him with his clothes torn and dirt on his head.
Absalom said to Hushai, “Do you call this loyalty to your friend? Why didn’t you go with your friend?”
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
So Hushai came to Absalom. Absalom said to him, “Here is what Ahithophel has advised. Should we follow his advice? If not, what would you recommend?”
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.
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.