1 H7122 And there happened H8033 to be there H376 a man H1100 of Belial, H8034 whose name H7652 was Sheba, H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri, H1145 a Benjamite: H8628 and he blew H7782 a trumpet, H559 and said, H369 We have no H2506 part H1732 in David, H3808 neither H5159 have we inheritance H1121 in the son H3448 of Jesse: H376 every H376 man H168 to his tents, H3478 O Israel.
2 H376 So every H376 man H3478 of Israel H5927 went H310 up from after H1732 David, H310 and followed H7652 Sheba H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri: H376 but the men H3063 of Judah H1692 joined H4428 to their king, H3383 from Jordan H3389 even to Jerusalem.
3 H1732 And David H935 came H1004 to his house H3389 at Jerusalem; H4428 and the king H3947 took H6235 the ten H802 women H6370 his concubines, H834 whom H5117 he had left H8104 to keep H1004 the house, H5414 and put H4931 them in ward, H3557 and fed H935 them, but went H6887 not in to them. So they were shut H3117 up to the day H4191 of their death, H2424 living H491 in widowhood.
4 H559 Then said H4428 the king H6021 to Amasa, H2199 Assemble H376 me the men H3063 of Judah H7969 within three H3117 days, H6311 and be you here H5975 present.
5 H6021 So Amasa H3212 went H2199 to assemble H3063 the men of Judah: H3186 but he tarried H4480 longer than H4150 the set H834 time which H3259 he had appointed him.
6 H1732 And David H559 said H52 to Abishai, H6258 Now H7652 shall Sheba H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri H3415 do us more harm H4480 than H53 did Absalom: H3947 take H113 you your lord’s H5650 servants, H7291 and pursue H310 after H6435 him, lest H4672 he get H1219 him fenced H5892 cities, H5337 and escape us.
7 H3318 And there went H310 out after H3097 him Joab’s H582 men, H3774 and the Cherethites, H6432 and the Pelethites, H3605 and all H1368 the mighty H3318 men: and they went H3389 out of Jerusalem, H7291 to pursue H310 after H7652 Sheba H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri.
8 H5973 When they were at H1419 the great H68 stone H834 which H1391 is in Gibeon, H6021 Amasa H935 went H6440 before H3097 them. And Joab’s H4055 garment H3830 that he had put H2296 on was girded H2290 to him, and on it a girdle H2719 with a sword H6775 fastened H4975 on his loins H8593 in the sheath H3318 thereof; and as he went H3318 forth H5307 it fell out.
9 H3097 And Joab H559 said H6021 to Amasa, H7965 Are you in health, H251 my brother? H3097 And Joab H270 took H6021 Amasa H2206 by the beard H3225 with the right H3027 hand H5401 to kiss him.
10 H6021 But Amasa H3808 took no H8104 heed H2719 to the sword H3097 that was in Joab’s H3027 hand: H5221 so he smote H2570 him therewith in the fifth H8210 rib, and shed H4578 out his bowels H776 to the ground, H8138 and struck H8138 him not again; H4191 and he died. H3097 So Joab H52 and Abishai H251 his brother H7291 pursued H310 after H7652 Sheba H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri.
11 H376 And one H3097 of Joab’s H376 men H5975 stood H559 by him, and said, H2654 He that favors H3097 Joab, H1732 and he that is for David, H310 let him go after H3097 Joab.
12 H6021 And Amasa H1556 wallowed H1818 in blood H8432 in the middle H4546 of the highway. H376 And when the man H7200 saw H3605 that all H5971 the people H5975 stood H5437 still, he removed H6021 Amasa H4546 out of the highway H7704 into the field, H7993 and cast H899 a cloth H7200 on him, when he saw H3605 that every H935 one that came H5975 by him stood still.
13 H3014 When he was removed H4546 out of the highway, H3605 all H376 the people H5674 went H310 on after H3097 Joab, H7291 to pursue H310 after H7652 Sheba H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri.
14 H5674 And he went H3605 through all H7626 the tribes H3478 of Israel H62 to Abel, H1038 and to Bethmaachah, H3605 and all H1276 the Berites: H7035 and they were gathered H935 together, and went H637 also H310 after him.
15 H935 And they came H6696 and besieged H62 him in Abel H1038 of Bethmaachah, H8210 and they cast H5550 up a bank H413 against H5892 the city, H5975 and it stood H2426 in the trench: H3605 and all H5971 the people H3097 that were with Joab H7843 battered H2346 the wall, H5307 to throw H5307 it down.
16 H7121 Then cried H2450 a wise H802 woman H5892 out of the city, H8085 Hear, H8085 hear; H559 say, H4994 I pray H3097 you, to Joab, H7126 Come H7126 near H1696 here, that I may speak with you.
17 H7126 And when he was come H7126 near H802 to her, the woman H559 said, H3097 Are you Joab? H559 And he answered, H559 I am he. Then she said H8085 to him, Hear H1697 the words H519 of your handmaid. H559 And he answered, H8085 I do hear.
18 H559 Then she spoke, H559 saying, H1696 They were wont H1696 to speak H7223 in old H559 time, saying, H7592 They shall surely ask H59 counsel at Abel: H3651 and so H8552 they ended the matter.
19 H7999 I am one of them that are peaceable H539 and faithful H3478 in Israel: H1245 you seek H4191 to destroy H5892 a city H517 and a mother H3478 in Israel: H4100 why H1104 will you swallow H5159 up the inheritance H3068 of the LORD?
20 H3097 And Joab H6030 answered H559 and said, H2486 Far H2486 be it, far H1104 be it from me, that I should swallow H7843 up or destroy.
21 H1697 The matter H3651 is not so: H376 but a man H2022 of mount H669 Ephraim, H7652 Sheba H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri H8034 by name, H5375 has lifted H3027 up his hand H4428 against the king, H1732 even against David: H5414 deliver H905 him only, H3212 and I will depart H5892 from the city. H802 And the woman H559 said H3097 to Joab, H2009 Behold, H7218 his head H7993 shall be thrown H1157 to you over H2346 the wall.
22 H802 Then the woman H935 went H3605 to all H5971 the people H2451 in her wisdom. H3772 And they cut H7218 off the head H7652 of Sheba H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri, H7993 and cast H3097 it out to Joab. H8628 And he blew H7782 a trumpet, H6327 and they retired H5892 from the city, H376 every man H168 to his tent. H3097 And Joab H7725 returned H3389 to Jerusalem H4428 to the king.
23 H3097 Now Joab H413 was over H3605 all H6635 the host H3478 of Israel: H1141 and Benaiah H1121 the son H3111 of Jehoiada H5921 was over H3774 the Cherethites H5921 and over H6432 the Pelethites:
24 H151 And Adoram H5921 was over H4522 the tribute: H3092 and Jehoshaphat H1121 the son H286 of Ahilud H2142 was recorder: