Book 09 : NEVIIM - II SAMUEL - Chapter 015
And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him a
chariot and horses, and fifty men to run before him
And Absalom used to rise up early, and stand beside the way
of the gate; and it was so, that when any man had a suit which should come 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.
And Absalom said unto him: 'See, thy matters are good and
right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.
Absalom said moreover: 'Oh that I were made judge in the
land, that every man who hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would
do him justice!
And it was so, that when any man came nigh to prostrate
himself before him, he put forth his hand, and took hold of him, and kissed him
And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to
the king for judgment; so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel
And it came to pass at the end of forty years, that Absalom
said unto the king: 'I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed
unto HaShem, in Hebron
For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Aram,
saying: If HaShem shall indeed bring me back to Jerusalem, then I will serve
And the king said unto him: 'Go in peace.' So he arose, and
went to Hebron
But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of
Israel, saying: 'As soon as ye hear the sound of the horn, then ye shall say:
Absalom is king in Hebron.
And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem,
that were invited, and went in their simplicity; and they knew not any thing
And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's
counsellor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered the sacrifices. And
the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom
And there came a messenger to David, saying: 'The hearts
of the men of Israel are after Absalom.
And David said unto all his servants that were with him at
Jerusalem: 'Arise, and let us flee; for else none of us shall escape from
Absalom; make speed to depart, lest he overtake us quickly, and bring down evil
upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.
And the king's servants said unto the king: 'Behold, thy
servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall choose.
And the king went forth, and all his household after him.
And the king left ten women, that were concubines, to keep the house
And the king went forth, and all the people after him; and
they tarried in Beth-merhak
And all his servants passed on beside him; and all the
Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men that
came after him from Gath, passed on before the king
Then said the king to Ittai the Gittite: 'Wherefore goest
thou also with us? return, and abide with the king; for thou art a foreigner,
and also an exile from thine own place
Whereas thou camest but yesterday, should I this day make
thee go up and down with us, seeing I go whither I may? return thou, and take
back thy brethren with thee in kindness and truth.
And Ittai answered the king, and said: 'As HaShem liveth,
and as my lord the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be,
whether for death or for life, even there also will thy servant be.
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
And all the country wept with a loud voice, as all the
people passed over; and as the king passed over the brook Kidron, all the people
passed over, toward the way of the wilderness
And, lo, Zadok also came, and all the Levites with him,
bearing the ark of the covenant of G-d; and they set down the ark of G-d--but
Abiathar went up--until all the people had done passing out of the city
And the king said unto Zadok: 'Carry back the ark of G-d
into the city; if I shall find favour in the eyes of HaShem, He will bring me
back, and show me both it, and His habitation
but if He say thus: I have no delight in thee; behold,
here am I, let Him do to me as seemeth good unto Him.
The king said also unto Zadok the priest: 'Seest thou?
return into the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz thy son, and
Jonathan the son of Abiathar
See, I will tarry in the plains of the wilderness, until
there come word from you to announce unto me.
Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of G-d back
to Jerusalem; and they abode there
And David went up by the ascent of the mount of Olives,
and wept as he went up; and he had his head covered, and went barefoot; and all
the people that were with him covered every man his head, and they went up,
weeping as they went up
And one told David, saying: 'Ahithophel is among the
conspirators with Absalom.' And David said: 'O HaShem, I pray Thee, turn the
counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.
And it came to pass, that when David was come to the top
of the ascent, where G-d was wont to be worshipped, behold, Hushai the Archite
came to meet him with his coat rent, and earth upon his head
And David said unto him: 'If thou passest on with me, then
thou wilt be a burden unto Me
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 in time past,
so will I now be thy servant; then wilt thou defeat for me the counsel of
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
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 shall hear.
So Hushai David's friend came into the city; and Absalom
was at the point of coming into Jerusalem
Book 09 : NEVIIM - II SAMUEL - Chapter 015