2 Samuel 15

And ait came to pass after this, that Absalom bprepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him. 2 And Absalom crose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel. 3 And Absalom said unto him, dSee, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee. 4 Absalom said moreover, eOh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice! 5 And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and ftook him, and kissed him. 6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: gso Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

7 And it came to pass after forty years, that Absalom said unto the king, I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto the LORD, in hHebron. 8 iFor thy servant jvowed a vow kwhile I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the LORD shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will serve the LORD. 9 And the king said unto him, Go in peace. So he arose, and went to Hebron.

10 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall say, Absalom reigneth in Hebron. 11 And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that were mcalled; and they went lin their simplicity, and they knew not any thing. 12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, nDavid's counsellor, from his city, even from oGiloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people pincreased continually with Absalom.

13 And there came a messenger to David, saying, qThe hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom. 14 And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us rflee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword. 15 And the king's servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint. 16 And sthe king went forth, and all his household after him. And the king left tten women, which were concubines, to keep the house. 17 And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and tarried in a place that was far off. 18 And all his servants passed on beside him; uand all the Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men which came after him from Gath, passed on before the king.

19 Then said the king to vIttai the Gittite, Wherefore goest thou also with us? return to thy place, and abide with the king: for thou art a stranger, and also an exile. 20 Whereas thou camest but yesterday, should I this day make thee go up and down with us? seeing I go wwhither I may, return thou, and take back thy brethren: mercy and truth be with thee. 21 And Ittai answered the king, and said, xAs the LORD liveth, and as my lord the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will thy servant be. 22 And David said to Ittai, Go and pass over. And Ittai the Gittite passed over, and all his men, and all the little ones that were with him. 23 And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people passed over: the king also himself passed over the ybrook Kidron, and all the people passed over, toward the way of the zwilderness.

24 And lo Zadok also, and all the Levites were with him, abearing the ark of the covenant of God: and they set down the ark of God; and Abiathar went up, until all the people had done passing out of the city. 25 And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city: if I shall find favour in the eyes of the LORD, he bwill bring me again, and shew me both it, and his chabitation: 26 But if he thus say, I have no edelight in thee; behold, here am I, dlet him do to me as seemeth good unto him. 27 The king said also unto Zadok the priest, Art not thou a fseer? return into the gcity in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz thy son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar. 28 See, I will tarry in the plain of the wilderness, until there come word from you to certify me. 29 Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God again to Jerusalem: and they tarried there.

30 And David went up by the ascent of mount lOlivet, and wept as he went up, and khad his head covered, and he went jbarefoot: and all the people that was with him icovered every man his head, and they went up, hweeping as they went up. 31 And one told David, saying, mAhithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn nthe counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.

32 And it came to pass, that when David was come to the top of the mount, where he worshipped God, behold, Hushai the oArchite came to meet him pwith his coat rent, and earth upon his head: 33 Unto whom David said, If thou passest on with me, then thou shalt be qa burden unto me: 34 But if thou return to the city, and say unto Absalom, I will be thy servant, O king; as I have been thy father's servant hitherto, so will I now also be thy servant: then mayest thou for me defeat the counsel of Ahithophel. 35 And hast thou not there with thee Zadok and Abiathar the priests? therefore it shall be, that what thing soever thou shalt hear out of the king's house, thou shalt tell it to Zadok and Abiathar the priests. 36 Behold, they have there with them their two sons, Ahimaaz Zadok's son, and Jonathan Abiathar's son; and by them ye shall send unto me every thing that ye can hear. 37 So Hushai rDavid's friend came into the city, sand Absalom came into Jerusalem.

2 Samuel 16

Cross Ref
1 a 2 Sam 12:11
 b 1 Kin 1:5
Pro 11:2
2 c Pro 1:16
3 d Pro 12:2
4 e Jdg 9:29
5 f Psa 12:2
6 g Rom 16:18
7 h 2 Sam 2:1
8 i 1 Sam 16:2
 j Gen 28:20
1 Sam 1:11
Psa 56:12
 k 2 Sam 13:38
11 l Rom 16:18-19
Mat 10:16
Pro 14:15
Gen 20:5
 m 1 Sam 9:13
12 n Psa 41:9
Mic 7:5-6
 o Jos 15:51
 p Psa 3:1
13 q Jdg 9:3
14 r Psa 3:1
2 Sam 19:9
16 s Psa 3:1
 t 2 Sam 12:11
2 Sam 16:21
18 u 2 Sam 8:18
19 v 2 Sam 18:2
20 w 1 Sam 23:13
21 x 2 Kin 2:6
2 Kin 2:4
2 Kin 2:2
1 Sam 20:3
Rth 1:16
23 y 1 Kin 2:37
2 Chr 30:14
 z 2 Sam 16:2
Mat 3:1-3
24 a Num 4:15
25 b Psa 43:3
 c 2 Sam 6:17
26 d 1 Sam 3:18
 e 2 Chr 9:8
1 Kin 10:9
Num 14:8
27 f 2 Sam 24:11
 g 2 Sam 17:17
30 h Rom 12:15
Mat 5:4
Psa 126:6
 i Jer 14:3
 j Isa 20:2
 k Est 6:12
 l Act 1:12
Luk 19:29
Mat 21:1
Zec 14:4
31 m Psa 3:1
Psa 55:12
 n 2 Sam 16:23
32 o Jos 16:2
 p 2 Sam 1:2
33 q 2 Sam 19:35
37 r 2 Sam 16:16
Pro 17:17
 s 2 Sam 16:15