CLV(i) 1 And it is declared to Joab, `Lo, the king is weeping and mourning for Absalom;. 2 and the salvation on that day becomes mourning to all the people, for the people has heard on that day, saying, `The king has been grieved for his son.. 3 And the people steals away, on that day, to go in to the city, as the people steal away, who are ashamed, in their fleeing in battle;" 4 and the king has covered his face, yea, the king cries--a loud voice--`My son Absalom, Absalom, my son, my son.. 5 And Joab comes in unto the king to the house, and said, `You have put to shame to-day the faces of all your servants, those delivering your life to-day, and the life of your sons, and of your daughters, and the life of your wives, and the life of your concubines, 6 to love your enemies, and to hate those loving you, for you have declared to-day that you have no princes and servants, for I have known to-day that if Absalom [were] alive, and all of us to-day dead, that then it were right in your eyes. 7 `And now, rise, go out and speak unto the heart of your servants, for by Yahweh I have sworn, that--you are not going out--there does not lodge a man with you to-night; and this [is] worse for you than all the evil that has come upon you from your youth till now.. 8 And the king rises, and sits in the gate, and to all the people they have declared, saying, `Lo, the king is sitting in the gate;' and all the people come in before the king, and Israel has fled, each to his tents. 9 And it comes to pass, all the people are contending through all the tribes of Israel, saying, `The king delivered us out of the hand of our enemies, yea, he himself delivered us out of the hand of the Philistines, and now he has fled out of the land because of Absalom, 10 and Absalom whom we anointed over us [is] dead in battle, and now, why are you silent--to bring back the king?. 11 And king David sent unto Zadok and unto Abiathar the priests, saying, `Speak you unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why are you last to bring back the king unto his house? (and the word of all Israel has come unto the king, unto his house;. 12 my brethren you [are], my bone and my flesh you [are], and why are you last to bring back the king? 13 And to Amasa say you, Are not you my bone and my flesh? Thus does Elohim do to me, and thus He does add, if you are not head of the host before me all the days instead of Joab.. 14 And he inclines the heart of all the men of Judah as one man, and they send unto the king, `Turn back, you, and all your servants.. 15 And the king turns back, and comes in unto the Jordan, and Judah has come to Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to bring the king over the Jordan, 16 and Shimei son of Gera, the Benjamite, who [is] from Bahurim, hastes, and comes down with the men of Judah, to meet king David, 17 and a thousand men [are] with him from Benjamin, and Ziba servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants with him, and they have gone prosperously over the Jordan before the king. 18 And passed over has the ferry-boat to carry over the household of the king, and to do that which [is] good in his eyes, and Shimei son of Gera has fallen before the king in his passing over into Jordan, 19 and said unto the king, `Let not my lord impute to me iniquity; neither do you remember that which your servant did perversely in the day that my lord the king went out from Jerusalem, --for the king to set [it] unto his heart;" 20 for your servant has known that I have sinned; and lo, I have come to-day, first of all the house of Joseph, to go down to meet my lord the king.. 21 And Abishai son of Zeruiah answers and said, `For this is not Shimei put to death--because he reviled the anointed of Yahweh?. 22 And David said, `What--to me and to you, O sons of Zeruiah, that you are to me to-day for an adversary? to-day is any man put to death in Israel? for have I not known that to-day I [am] king over Israel?. 23 And the king said unto Shimei, `You do not die;' and the king swears to him. 24 And Mephibosheth son of Saul has come down to meet the king--and he prepared not his feet, nor did he prepare his upper lip, yea, his garments he washed not, even from the day of the going away of the king, till the day that he came in peace-. 25 and it comes to pass, when he has come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said to him, `Why did you not go with me, Mephibosheth?. 26 And he said, `My lord, O king, my servant deceived me, for your servant said, I saddle for me the ass, and ride on it, and go with the king, for your servant [is] lame;" 27 and he utters slander against your servant unto my lord the king, and my lord the king [is] as a messenger of Elohim; and do you that which is good in your eyes, 28 for all the house of my father have been nothing except men of death before my lord the king, and you do set your servant among those eating at your table, and what right have I any more--even to cry any more unto the king?. 29 And the king said to him, `Why do you speak any more of your matters? I have said, You and Ziba--share you the field.. 30 And Mephibosheth said unto the king, `Yea, the whole let him take, after that my lord the king has come in peace unto his house.. 31 And Barzillai the Gileadite has gone down from Rogelim, and passes over the Jordan with the king, to send him away over the Jordan;" 32 and Barzillai [is] very aged, a son of eighty years, and he has sustained the king in his abiding in Mahanaim, for he [is] a very great man;" 33 and the king said unto Barzillai, `Pass you over with me, and I have sustained you with me in Jerusalem.. 34 And Barzillai said unto the king, `How many [are] the days of the years of my life, that I go up with the king to Jerusalem? 35 A son of eighty years I [am] to-day; do I know between good and evil? does your servant taste that which I am eating, and that which I drink? do I hearken any more to the voice of singers and songstresses? and why is your servant any more for a burden unto my lord the king? 36 As a little thing, your servant does pass over the Jordan with the king, and why does the king recompense me this recompense? 37 Let, I pray you, your servant turn back again, and I die in mine own city, near the burying-place of my father and of my mother, --and lo, your servant Chimham, let him pass over with my lord the king, and do you to him that which [is] good in your eyes.. 38 And the king said, `With me does Chimham go over, and I do to him that which [is] good in your eyes, yea, all that you do fix on me I do to you.. 39 And all the people pass over the Jordan, and the king has passed over, and the king gives a kiss to Barzillai, and blesses him, and he turns back to his place. 40 And the king passes over to Gilgal, and Chimham has passed over with him, and all the people of Judah, and they bring over the king, and also the half of the people of Israel. 41 And, lo, all the men of Israel are coming unto the king, and they say unto the king, `Wherefore have they stolen you--our brethren, the men of Judah?' (and they bring the king and his household over the Jordan, and all the men of David with him). 42 And all the men of Judah answer against the men of Israel, `Because the king [is] near unto us, and why [is] this--you are displeased about this matter? have we at all eaten of the king's [substance?] a gift has he lifted up to us?. 43 And the men of Israel answer the men of Judah, and say, `Ten parts we have in the king, and also in David more than you; and wherefore have you lightly esteemed us, that our word has not been first to bring back our king?' And the word of the men of Judah is sharper than the word of the men of Israel.