1 H1732 And David H6485 numbered H5971 the people H7760 that were with him, and set H8269 captains H505 of thousands H8269 and captains H3967 of hundreds over them.
2 H1732 And David H7971 sent forth H5971 the people, H7992 a third part H3027 under the hand H3097 of Joab, H7992 and a third part H3027 under the hand H52 of Abishai H1121 the son H6870 of Zeruiah, H3097 Joab's H251 brother, H7992 and a third part H3027 under the hand H863 of Ittai H1663 the Gittite. H4428 And the king H559 said H5971 unto the people, H3318 I will surely H3318 go forth H589 with you myself also.
3 H5971 But the people H559 said, H3318 Thou shalt not go forth: H5127 for if we flee H5127 away, H7760 they will not care H2677 for us; neither if half H4191 of us die, H7760 will they care H3644 for us: but thou art worth H6235 ten H505 thousand H2896 of us; therefore now it is better H5826 that thou be ready to succor H5892 us out of the city.
4 H4428 And the king H559 said H5869 unto them, What seemeth H3190 you best H6213 I will do. H4428 And the king H5975 stood H8179 by the gate-side, H3027 H5971 and all the people H3318 went out H3967 by hundreds H505 and by thousands.
5 H4428 And the king H6680 commanded H3097 Joab H52 and Abishai H863 and Ittai, H559 saying, H328 Deal gently H5288 for my sake with the young man, H53 even with Absalom. H5971 And all the people H8085 heard H4428 when the king H8269 gave all the captains H6680 charge H1697 concerning H53 Absalom.
6 H5971 So the people H3318 went out H7704 into the field H7125 against H3478 Israel: H4421 and the battle H3293 was in the forest H669 of Ephraim.
7 H5971 And the people H3478 of Israel H5062 were smitten H6440 there before H5650 the servants H1732 of David, H1419 and there was a great H4046 slaughter H3117 there that day H6242 of twenty H505 thousand men.
8 H4421 For the battle H6327 was there spread H6440 over the face H776 of all the country; H3293 and the forest H398 devoured H7235 more H5971 people H3117 that day H2719 than the sword H398 devoured.
9 H53 And Absalom H7122 chanced to meet H6440 the servants H1732 of David. H53 And Absalom H7392 was riding H6505 upon his mule, H6505 and the mule H935 went H7730 under the thick boughs H1419 of a great H424 oak, H7218 and his head H2388 caught hold H424 of the oak, H5414 and he was taken up H8064 between heaven H776 and earth; H6505 and the mule H5674 that was under him went on.
10 H259 And a certain H376 man H7200 saw H5046 it, and told H3097 Joab, H559 and said, H7200 Behold, I saw H53 Absalom H8518 hanging H424 in an oak.
11 H3097 And Joab H559 said H376 unto the man H5046 that told H7200 him, And, behold, thou sawest H5221 it, and why didst thou not smite H776 him there to the ground? H5414 and I would have given H6235 thee ten H3701 pieces of silver, H259 and a H2290 girdle.
12 H376 And the man H559 said H3097 unto Joab, H3863 Though H8254 I should receive H505 a thousand H3701 pieces of silver H3709 in my hand, H7971 yet would I not put forth H3027 my hand H4428 against the king's H1121 son; H241 for in our hearing H4428 the king H6680 charged H52 thee and Abishai H863 and Ittai, H559 saying, H8104 Beware H5288 that none touch the young man H53 Absalom.
13 H176 Otherwise H6213 if I had dealt H8267 falsely H5315 against his life H1697 (and there is no matter H3582 hid H4428 from the king), H3320 then thou thyself wouldest have set thyself against me.
14 H559 Then said H3097 Joab, H3176 I may not tarry H6440 thus with thee. H3947 And he took H7969 three H7626 darts H3709 in his hand, H8628 and thrust H3820 them through the heart H53 of Absalom, H2416 while he was yet alive H424 in the midst of the oak.
15 H6235 And ten H5288 young men H5375 that bare H3097 Joab's H3627 armor H5437 compassed about H5221 and smote H53 Absalom, H4191 and slew him.
16 H3097 And Joab H8628 blew H7782 the trumpet, H5971 and the people H7725 returned H7291 from pursuing H310 after H3478 Israel; H3097 for Joab H2820 held back H5971 the people.
17 H3947 And they took H53 Absalom, H7993 and cast H1419 him into the great H6354 pit H3293 in the forest, H5324 and raised H3966 over him a very H1419 great H1530 heap H68 of stones: H3478 and all Israel H5127 fled H376 every one H168 to his tent.
18 H53 Now Absalom H2416 in his lifetime H3947 had taken H5324 and reared up H4678 for himself the pillar, H4428 which is in the king's H6010 dale; H559 for he said, H1121 I have no son H8034 to keep my name H2142 in remembrance: H7121 and he called H4678 the pillar H8034 after his own name; H7121 and it is called H53 Absalom's H3027 monument, H3117 unto this day.
19 H559 Then said H290 Ahimaaz H1121 the son H6659 of Zadok, H7323 Let me now run, H1319 and bear H4428 the king H1319 tidings, H3068 how that Jehovah H8199 hath avenged H3027 him of his enemies.
20 H3097 And Joab H559 said H376 unto him, Thou H1309 shalt not be the bearer of tidings H3117 this day, H1319 but thou shalt bear tidings H312 another H3117 day; H3117 but this day H1319 thou shalt bear no tidings, H4428 because the king's H1121 son H4191 is dead.
21 H559 Then said H3097 Joab H3569 to the Cushite, H3212 Go, H5046 tell H4428 the king H7200 what thou hast seen. H3569 And the Cushite H7812 bowed H3097 himself unto Joab, H7323 and ran.
22 H559 Then said H290 Ahimaaz H1121 the son H6659 of Zadok H3254 yet again H3097 to Joab, H4100 But come what may, H7323 let me, I pray thee, also run H310 after H3569 the Cushite. H3097 And Joab H559 said, H7323 Wherefore wilt thou run, H1121 my son, H4672 seeing that thou wilt have no reward H1309 for the tidings?
23 H559 But come what may, said H7323 he, I will run. H559 And he said H7323 unto him, Run. H290 Then Ahimaaz H7323 ran H1870 by the way H3603 of the Plain, H3569 and outran the Cushite.
24 H1732 Now David H3427 was sitting H8147 between the two H8179 gates: H6822 and the watchman H3212 went up H1406 to the roof H8179 of the gate H2346 unto the wall, H5375 and lifted up H5869 his eyes, H7200 and looked, H376 and, behold, a man H7323 running alone.
25 H6822 And the watchman H7121 cried, H5046 and told H4428 the king. H4428 And the king H559 said, H1309 If he be alone, there is tidings H6310 in his mouth. H3212 And he came H1980 apace, H7131 and drew near.
26 H6822 And the watchman H7200 saw H312 another H376 man H7323 running; H6822 and the watchman H7121 called H7778 unto the porter, H559 and said, H376 Behold, another man H7323 running H4428 alone. And the king H559 said, H1319 He also bringeth tidings.
27 H6822 And the watchman H559 said, H7200 I think H4794 the running H7223 of the foremost H4794 is like the running H290 of Ahimaaz H1121 the son H6659 of Zadok. H4428 And the king H559 said, H2896 He is a good H376 man, H935 and cometh H2896 with good H1309 tidings.
28 H290 And Ahimaaz H7121 called, H559 and said H4428 unto the king, H7965 All is well. H7812 And he bowed H4428 himself before the king H639 with his face H776 to the earth, H559 and said, H1288 Blessed H3068 be Jehovah H430 thy God, H5462 who hath delivered up H582 the men H5462 that lifted up H3027 their hand H113 against my lord H4428 the king.
29 H4428 And the king H559 said, H7965 Is it well H5288 with the young man H53 Absalom? H290 And Ahimaaz H559 answered, H3097 When Joab H7971 sent H4428 the king's H5650 servant, H5650 even me thy servant, H7200 I saw H1419 a great H1995 tumult, H3045 but I knew not what it was.
30 H4428 And the king H559 said, H5437 Turn aside, H3320 and stand H3541 here. H5437 And he turned aside, H5975 and stood still.
31 H3569 And, behold, the Cushite H935 came; H3569 and the Cushite H559 said, H1319 Tidings H113 for my lord H4428 the king; H3068 for Jehovah H8199 hath avenged H3117 thee this day H3027 of all them H6965 that rose up against thee.
32 H4428 And the king H559 said H3569 unto the Cushite, H7965 Is it well H5288 with the young man H53 Absalom? H3569 And the Cushite H559 answered, H341 The enemies H113 of my lord H4428 the king, H6965 and all that rise H7451 up against thee to do thee hurt, H5288 be as that young man is.
33 H4428 And the king H7264 was much moved, H5927 and went up H5944 to the chamber H8179 over the gate, H1058 and wept: H3212 and as he went, H559 thus he said, H1121 O my son H53 Absalom, H1121 my son, H1121 my son H53 Absalom! H4191 would I had died H5414 for thee, H53 O Absalom, H1121 my son, H1121 my son!