1 H302 Moreover Ahithophel H559 said H53 unto Absalom, H977 Let me now choose out H8147 twelve H505 thousand H376 men, H6965 and I will arise H7291 and pursue H310 after H1732 David H3915 this night:
2 H935 and I will come H3023 upon him while he is weary H7504 and weak-handed, H3027 H2729 and will make him afraid; H5971 and all the people H5127 that are with him shall flee; H5221 and I will smite H4428 the king only;
3 H7725 and I will bring back H5971 all the people H376 unto thee: the man H1245 whom thou seekest H7725 is as if all returned: H5971 so all the people H7965 shall be in peace.
4 H1697 And the saying H3474 pleased H53 Absalom H5869 well, H2205 and all the elders H3478 of Israel.
5 H559 Then said H53 Absalom, H7121 Call H2365 now Hushai H757 the Archite H8085 also, and let us hear H6310 likewise what he saith.
6 H2365 And when Hushai H935 was come H53 to Absalom, H53 Absalom H559 spake H559 unto him, saying, H302 Ahithophel H1696 hath spoken H1697 after this manner: H6213 shall we do H1697 after his saying? H1696 if not, speak thou.
7 H2365 And Hushai H559 said H53 unto Absalom, H6098 The counsel H302 that Ahithophel H3289 hath given H6471 this time H2896 is not good.
8 H2365 Hushai H559 said H3045 moreover, Thou knowest H1 thy father H582 and his men, H1368 that they are mighty men, H4751 and they are chafed H5315 in their minds, H1677 as a bear H7909 robbed H7704 of her whelps in the field; H1 and thy father H376 is a man H4421 of war, H3885 and will not lodge H5971 with the people.
9 H2244 Behold, he is hid H259 now in some H6354 pit, H259 or in some H4725 other place: H5307 and it will come to pass, when some of them are fallen H8462 at the first, H8085 that whosoever H8085 heareth H559 it will say, H4046 There is a slaughter H5971 among the people H310 that follow H53 Absalom.
10 H1121 And even he that is valiant, H3820 whose heart H3820 is as the heart H738 of a lion, H4549 will utterly H4549 melt; H3478 for all Israel H3045 knoweth H1 that thy father H1368 is a mighty man, H2428 and they that are with him are valiant H1121 men.
11 H3289 But I counsel H3478 that all Israel H622 be gathered H622 together H1835 unto thee, from Dan H884 even to Beer-sheba, H2344 as the sand H3220 that is by the sea H7230 for multitude; H1980 and that thou go H7128 to battle H6440 in thine own person.
12 H935 So shall we come H259 upon him in some H4725 place H4672 where he shall be found, H5168 and we will light H2919 upon him as the dew H5307 falleth H127 on the ground; H582 and of him and of all the men H3498 that are with him we will not leave H1571 so much as H259 one.
13 H518 Moreover, if H622 he be gotten H5892 into a city, H3478 then shall all Israel H5375 bring H2256 ropes H5892 to that city, H5498 and we will draw H5158 it into the river, H1571 until there be not one H6872 small stone H4672 found there.
14 H53 And Absalom H376 and all the men H3478 of Israel H559 said, H6098 The counsel H2365 of Hushai H757 the Archite H2896 is better H6098 than the counsel H302 of Ahithophel. H3068 For Jehovah H6680 had ordained H6565 to defeat H2896 the good H6098 counsel H302 of Ahithophel, H5668 to the intent H3068 that Jehovah H935 might bring H7451 evil H53 upon Absalom.
15 H559 Then said H2365 Hushai H6659 unto Zadok H54 and to Abiathar H3548 the priests, H302 Thus and thus did Ahithophel H3289 counsel H53 Absalom H2205 and the elders H3478 of Israel; H3289 and thus and thus have I counselled.
16 H7971 Now therefore send H4120 quickly, H5046 and tell H1732 David, H559 saying, H3885 Lodge H3915 not this night H6160 at the fords H4057 of the wilderness, H5674 but by all means H5674 pass over; H4428 lest the king H1104 be swallowed up, H5971 and all the people that are with him.
17 H3083 Now Jonathan H290 and Ahimaaz H5975 were staying H5883 by En-rogel; H8198 and a maid-servant H1980 used to go H5046 and tell H1980 them; and they went H5046 and told H4428 king H1732 David: H3201 for they might H7200 not be seen H935 to come H5892 into the city.
18 H5288 But a lad H7200 saw H5046 them, and told H53 Absalom: H3212 and they went H8147 both H4120 of them away quickly, H935 and came H1004 to the house H376 of a man H980 in Bahurim, H875 who had a well H2691 in his court; H3381 and they went down H8033 thither.
19 H802 And the woman H3947 took H6566 and spread H4539 the covering H875 over the well's H6440 mouth, H7849 and strewed H7383 bruised grain H1697 thereon; and nothing H3045 was known.
20 H53 And Absalom's H5650 servants H935 came H802 to the woman H1004 to the house; H559 and they said, H290 Where are Ahimaaz H3083 and Jonathan? H802 And the woman H559 said H5674 unto them, They are gone over H4323 the brook H4325 of water. H1245 And when they had sought H4672 and could not find H7725 them, they returned H3389 to Jerusalem.
21 H310 And it came to pass, after H3212 they were departed, H5927 that they came up H875 out of the well, H3212 and went H5046 and told H4428 king H1732 David; H559 and they said H1732 unto David, H6965 Arise H4120 ye, and pass quickly H5674 over H4325 the water; H302 for thus hath Ahithophel H3289 counselled against you.
22 H1732 Then David H6965 arose, H5971 and all the people H5674 that were with him, and they passed over H3383 the Jordan: H1242 by the morning H216 light H5737 there lacked H259 not one H5674 of them that was not gone over H3383 the Jordan.
23 H302 And when Ahithophel H7200 saw H6098 that his counsel H6213 was not followed, H2280 he saddled H2543 his ass, H6965 and arose, H3212 and gat him home, H1004 unto his H5892 city, H1004 and set his house H6680 in order, H2614 and hanged H4191 himself; and he died, H6912 and was buried H6913 in the sepulchre H1 of his father.
24 H1732 Then David H935 came H4266 to Mahanaim. H53 And Absalom H5674 passed over H3383 the Jordan, H376 he and all the men H3478 of Israel with him.
25 H53 And Absalom H7760 set H6021 Amasa H6635 over the host H3097 instead of Joab. H6021 Now Amasa H1121 was the son H376 of a man, H8034 whose name H3501 was Ithra H3481 the Israelite, H935 that went in H26 to Abigal H1323 the daughter H5176 of Nahash, H269 sister H6870 to Zeruiah, H3097 Joab's H517 mother.
27 H1732 And it came to pass, when David H935 was come H4266 to Mahanaim, H7629 that Shobi H1121 the son H5176 of Nahash H7237 of Rabbah H1121 of the children H5983 of Ammon, H4353 and Machir H1121 the son H5988 of Ammiel H3810 of Lodebar, H1271 and Barzillai H1569 the Gileadite H7274 of Rogelim,
28 H5066 brought H4904 beds, H5592 and basins, H3335 and earthen H3627 vessels, H2406 and wheat, H8184 and barley, H7058 and meal, H7039 and parched H6321 grain, and beans, H5742 and lentils, H7039 and parched pulse,