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 H7992 a third part H5971 of the people 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 answered, H3318 You shall 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 now you are worth H6235 ten H505 thousand H2896 of us: therefore now it is better H5826 that you help H5892 us out of the city.
4 H4428 And the king H559 said H5869 unto them, What seems H3190 you best H6213 I will do. H4428 And the king H5975 stood H8179 by the gate H3027 side, H5971 and all the people H3318 came 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 wood H669 of Ephraim;
7 H5971 Where the people H3478 of Israel H5062 were slain H6440 before H5650 the servants H1732 of David, H1419 and there was there a great H4046 slaughter H3117 that day H6242 of twenty H505 thousand men.
8 H4421 For the battle H6327 was there scattered H6440 over the face H776 of all the country: H3293 and the wood H398 devoured H7235 more H5971 people H3117 that day H2719 than the sword H398 devoured.
9 H53 And Absalom H7122 met H6440 the servants H1732 of David. H53 And Absalom H7392 rode H6505 upon a 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 the heaven H776 and the earth; H6505 and the mule H5674 that was under him went away.
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 hanged H424 in an oak.
11 H3097 And Joab H559 said H376 unto the man H5046 that told H7200 him, And, behold, you saw H5221 him, and why did you not strike H776 him there to the ground? H5414 and I would have given H6235 you ten H3701 shekels of silver, H259 and a H2290 belt.
12 H376 And the man H559 said H3097 unto Joab, H3863 Though H8254 I should receive H505 a thousand H3701 shekels 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 commanded H52 you and Abishai H863 and Ittai, H559 saying, H8104 Beware H5288 that none touch the young man H53 Absalom.
13 H176 Otherwise H6213 I should have worked H8267 falsehood H5315 against my own life: H1697 for there is no matter H3582 hid H4428 from the king, H3320 and you yourself would have set yourself against me.
14 H559 Then said H3097 Joab, H3176 I may not stay H6440 thus with you. 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 middle of the oak.
15 H6235 And ten H5288 young men H5375 that bore H3097 Joab's H3627 armor H5437 compassed about H5221 and struck H53 Absalom, H4191 and killed 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 a great H6354 pit H3293 in the wood, H5324 and laid H3966 a very H1419 great H1530 heap H68 of stones H3478 upon him: 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 a pillar, H4428 which is in the king's H6010 valley: H559 for he said, H1121 I have no son H8034 to keep my name H2142 in memory: H7121 and he called H4678 the pillar H8034 after his own name: H7121 and it is called H3117 unto this day, H53 Absalom's H3027 place.
19 H559 Then said H290 Ahimaaz H1121 the son H6659 of Zadok, H7323 Let me now run, H1319 and carry H4428 the king H1319 tidings, H3068 how that the Lord H8199 has avenged H3027 him of his enemies.
20 H3097 And Joab H559 said H376 unto him, You H1309 shall not carry tidings H3117 this day, H1319 but you shall carry tidings H312 another H3117 day: H3117 but this day H1319 you shall carry no tidings, H4428 because the king's H1121 son H4191 is dead.
21 H559 Then said H3097 Joab H3569 to Cushi, H3212 Go H5046 tell H4428 the king H7200 what you have seen. H3569 And Cushi 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 whatever happens, H7323 let me, I pray you, also run H310 after H3569 Cushi. H3097 And Joab H559 said, H7323 Why will you run, H1121 my son, H1309 seeing that you have no tidings H4672 ready?
23 H7323 But whatever happens, said he, let me run. H559 And he said H7323 unto him, Run. H290 Then Ahimaaz H7323 ran H1870 by the way H3603 of the plain, H5674 and overran H3569 Cushi.
24 H1732 And David H3427 sat H8147 between the two H8179 gates: H6822 and the watchman H3212 went up H1406 to the roof H8179 over 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 brings 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 comes 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 fell down H776 to the earth H639 upon his face H4428 before the king, H559 and said, H1288 Blessed H3068 be the Lord H430 your God, H5462 which has delivered up H582 the men H5375 that lifted up H3027 their hand H113 against my lord H4428 the king.
29 H4428 And the king H559 said, H5288 Is the young man H53 Absalom H7965 safe? H290 And Ahimaaz H559 answered, H3097 When Joab H7971 sent H4428 the king's H5650 servant, H5650 and me your 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 unto him, Turn aside, H3320 and stand H3541 here. H5437 And he turned aside, H5975 and stood still.
31 H3569 And, behold, Cushi H935 came; H3569 and Cushi H559 said, H1319 Tidings, H113 my lord H4428 the king: H3068 for the Lord H8199 has avenged H3117 you this day H3027 of all them H6965 that rose up against you.
32 H4428 And the king H559 said H3569 unto Cushi, H5288 Is the young man H53 Absalom H7965 safe? H3569 And Cushi H559 answered, H341 The enemies H113 of my lord H4428 the king, H6965 and all that rise H7451 against you to do you 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 God I had died H5414 for you, H53 O Absalom, H1121 my son, H1121 my son!