Book 09 : NEVIIM - II SAMUEL - Chapter 014
Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king's heart
was toward Absalom
And Joab sent to Tekoa, and fetched thence a wise woman,
and said unto her: 'I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, and put on
mourning apparel, I pray thee, and anoint not thyself with oil, but be as a
woman that had a long time mourned for the dead
and go in to the king, and speak on this manner unto him.'
So Joab put the words in her mouth
And when the woman of Tekoa spoke to the king, she fell on
her face to the ground, and prostrated herself, and said: 'Help, O king.
And the king said unto her: 'What aileth thee?' And she
answered: 'Of a truth I am a widow, my husband being dead
And thy handmaid had two sons, and they two strove together
in the field, and there was none to part them, but the one smote the other, and
And, behold, the whole family is risen against thy
handmaid, and they said: Deliver him that smote his brother, that we may kill
him for the life of his brother whom he slew, and so destroy the heir also. Thus
will they quench my coal which is left, and will leave to my husband neither
name nor remainder upon the face of the earth.
And the king said unto the woman: 'Go to thy house, and I
will give charge concerning thee.
And the woman of Tekoa said unto the king: 'My lord, O
king, the iniquity be on me, and on my father's house; and the king and his
throne be guiltless.
And the king said: 'Whosoever saith aught unto thee, bring
him to me, and he shall not touch thee any more.
Then said she: 'I pray thee, let the king remember HaShem
thy G-d, that the avenger of blood destroy not any more, lest they destroy my
son.' And he said: 'As HaShem liveth, there shall not one hair of thy son fall
to the earth.
Then the woman said: 'Let thy handmaid, I pray thee, speak
a word unto my lord the king.' And he said: 'Say on.
And the woman said: 'Wherefore then hast thou devised such
a thing against the people of G-d? for in speaking this word the king is as one
that is guilty, in that the king doth not fetch home again his banished one
For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the
ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth G-d respect any person;
but let him devise means, that he that is banished be not an outcast from him
Now therefore seeing that I am come to speak this word
unto my lord the king, it is because the people have made me afraid; and thy
handmaid said: I will now speak unto the king; it may be that the king will
perform the request of his servant
For the king will hear, to deliver his servant out of the
hand of the man that would destroy me and my son together out of the inheritance
Then thy handmaid said: Let, I pray thee, the word of my
lord the king be for my comfort; for as an angel of G-d, so is my lord the king
to discern good and bad; and HaShem thy G-d be with thee.
Then the king answered and said unto the woman: 'Hide not
from me, I pray thee, aught that I shall ask thee.' And the woman said: 'Let my
lord the king now speak.
And the king said: 'Is the hand of Joab with thee in all
this?' And the woman answered and said: 'As thy soul liveth, my lord the king,
none can turn to the right hand or to the left from aught that my lord the king
hath spoken; for thy servant Joab, he bade me, and he put all these words in the
mouth of thy handmaid
to change the face of the matter hath thy servant Joab
done this thing; and my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of
G-d, to know all things that are in the earth.
And the king said unto Joab: 'Behold now, I have granted
this request; go therefore, bring the young man Absalom back.
And Joab fell to the ground on his face, and prostrated
himself, and blessed the king; and Joab said: 'To-day thy servant knoweth that I
have found favour in thy sight, my lord, O king, in that the king hath performed
the request of thy servant.
So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to
And the king said: 'Let him turn to his own house, but let
him not see my face.' So Absalom turned to his own house, and saw not the king's
Now in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as
Absalom for his beauty; from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head
there was no blemish in him
And when he polled his head--now it was at every year's
end that he polled it; because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled
it--he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels, after the king's
And unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one
daughter, whose name was Tamar; she was a woman of a fair countenance
And Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem; and he saw
not the kings face
Then Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king; but
he would not come to him; and he sent again a second time, but he would not
Therefore he said unto his servants: 'See, Joab's field is
near mine, and he hath barley there; go and set it on fire.' And Absalom's
servants set the field on fire
Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house, and
said unto him: 'Wherefore have thy servants set my field on fire?
And Absalom answered Joab: 'Behold, I sent unto thee,
saying: Come hither, that I may send thee to the king, to say: Wherefore am I
come from Geshur? it were better for me to be there still; now therefore let me
see the king's face; and if there be iniquity in me, let him kill me.
So Joab came to the king, and told him; and when he had
called for Absalom, he came to the king, and bowed himself on his face to the
ground before the king; and the king kissed Absalom
Book 09 : NEVIIM - II SAMUEL - Chapter 014