1 H7122 And there happened [H8738] H376 to be there a man H1100 of Belial H8034 , whose name H7652 was Sheba H1121 , the son H1075 of Bichri H1145 , a Benjamite H8628 : and he blew [H8799] H7782 a trumpet H559 , and said [H8799] H2506 , We have no part H1732 in David H5159 , neither 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 man H3478 of Israel H5927 went up [H8799] H310 from after H1732 David H310 , and followed H7652 Sheba H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri H376 : but the men H3063 of Judah H1692 clave [H8804] H4428 unto their king H3383 , from Jordan H3389 even to Jerusalem.
3 H1732 And David H935 came [H8799] H1004 to his house H3389 at Jerusalem H4428 ; and the king H3947 took [H8799] H6235 the ten H802 women H6370 his concubines H3240 , whom he had left [H8689] H8104 to keep [H8800] H1004 the house H5414 , and put [H8799] H4931 them in ward H3557 , and fed [H8770] H935 them, but went not in [H8804] H6887 unto them. So they were shut up [H8803] H3117 unto the day H4191 of their death [H8800] H2424 , living H491 in widowhood.
4 H559 Then said [H8799] H4428 the king H6021 to Amasa H2199 , Assemble [H8685] H376 me the men H3063 of Judah H7969 within three H3117 days H5975 , and be thou here present [H8798] .
5 H6021 So Amasa H3212 went [H8799] H2199 to assemble [H8687] H3063 the men of Judah H309 : but he tarried longer [H8799] [H8675] H3186 [H8799] H4150 than the set time H3259 which he had appointed [H8804] him.
6 H1732 And David H559 said [H8799] H52 to Abishai H7652 , Now shall Sheba H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri H3415 do us more harm [H8799] H53 than did Absalom H3947 : take [H8798] H113 thou thy lord's H5650 servants H7291 , and pursue [H8798] H310 after H4672 him, lest he get [H8804] H1219 him fenced [H8803] H5892 cities H5337 , and escape [H8689] H5869 us.
7 H3318 And there went out [H8799] H310 after H3097 him Joab's H582 men H3774 , and the Cherethites H6432 , and the Pelethites H1368 , and all the mighty men H3318 : and they went out [H8799] H3389 of Jerusalem H7291 , to pursue [H8800] H310 after H7652 Sheba H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri.
8 H1419 When they were at the great H68 stone H1391 which is in Gibeon H6021 , Amasa H935 went [H8804] H6440 before H3097 them. And Joab's H4055 garment H3830 that he had put on H2296 was girded [H8803] H2289 unto him, and upon it a girdle H2719 with a sword H6775 fastened [H8794] H4975 upon his loins H8593 in the sheath H3318 thereof; and as he went forth [H8804] H5307 it fell out [H8799] .
9 H3097 And Joab H559 said [H8799] H6021 to Amasa H7965 , Art thou in health H251 , my brother H3097 ? And Joab H270 took [H8799] H6021 Amasa H2206 by the beard H3225 with the right H3027 hand H5401 to kiss [H8800] him.
10 H6021 But Amasa H8104 took no heed [H8738] H2719 to the sword H3097 that was in Joab's H3027 hand H5221 : so he smote [H8686] H2570 him therewith in the fifth H8210 rib, and shed out [H8799] H4578 his bowels H776 to the ground H8138 , and struck him not again [H8804] H4191 ; and he died [H8799] H3097 . So Joab H52 and Abishai H251 his brother H7291 pursued [H8804] H310 after H7652 Sheba H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri.
11 H376 And one H3097 of Joab's H5288 men H5975 stood [H8804] H559 by him, and said [H8799] H4310 , He H2654 that favoureth [H8804] H3097 Joab H1732 , and he that is for David H310 , let him go after H3097 Joab.
12 H6021 And Amasa H1556 wallowed [H8706] H1818 in blood H8432 in the midst H4546 of the highway H376 . And when the man H7200 saw [H8799] H5971 that all the people H5975 stood still [H8804] H5437 , he removed [H8686] H6021 Amasa H4546 out of the highway H7704 into the field H7993 , and cast [H8686] H899 a cloth H7200 upon him, when he saw [H8804] H935 that every one that came [H8802] H5975 by him stood still [H8804] .
13 H3014 When he was removed [H8689] H4546 out of the highway H376 , all the people H5674 went on [H8804] H310 after H3097 Joab H7291 , to pursue [H8800] H310 after H7652 Sheba H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri.
14 H5674 And he went [H8799] H7626 through all the tribes H3478 of Israel H59 unto Abel H1038 , and to Bethmaachah H1276 , and all the Berites H6950 : and they were gathered together [H8735] [H8675] H7035 [H8735] H935 , and went [H8799] H310 also after him.
15 H935 And they came [H8799] H6696 and besieged [H8799] H59 him in Abel H1038 of Bethmaachah H8210 , and they cast up [H8799] H5550 a bank H5892 against the city H5975 , and it stood [H8799] H2426 in the trench H5971 : and all the people H3097 that were with Joab H7843 battered [H8688] H2346 the wall H5307 , to throw it down [H8687] .
16 H7121 Then cried [H8799] H2450 a wise H802 woman H5892 out of the city H8085 , Hear [H8798] H8085 , hear [H8798] H559 ; say [H8798] H3097 , I pray you, unto Joab H7126 , Come near [H8798] H1696 hither, that I may speak [H8762] with thee.
17 H7126 And when he was come near [H8799] H802 unto her, the woman H559 said [H8799] H3097 , Art thou Joab H559 ? And he answered [H8799] H559 , I am he . Then she said [H8799] H8085 unto him, Hear [H8798] H1697 the words H519 of thine handmaid H559 . And he answered [H8799] H8085 , I do hear [H8802] .
18 H559 Then she spake [H8799] H559 , saying [H8800] H1696 , They were wont [H8763] H1696 to speak [H8762] H7223 in old time H559 , saying [H8800] H7592 , They shall surely [H8800] H7592 ask [H8762] H59 counsel at Abel H8552 : and so they ended [H8689] the matter .
19 H7999 I am one of them that are peaceable [H8803] H539 and faithful [H8803] H3478 in Israel H1245 : thou seekest [H8764] H4191 to destroy [H8687] H5892 a city H517 and a mother H3478 in Israel H1104 : why wilt thou swallow up [H8762] H5159 the inheritance H3068 of the LORD?
20 H3097 And Joab H6030 answered [H8799] H559 and said [H8799] H2486 , Far be it H2486 , far be it H1104 from me, that I should swallow up [H8762] H7843 or destroy [H8686] .
21 H1697 The matter H376 is not so: but a man H2022 of mount H669 Ephraim H7652 , Sheba H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri H8034 by name H5375 , hath lifted up [H8804] H3027 his hand H4428 against the king H1732 , even against David H5414 : deliver [H8798] H3212 him only, and I will depart [H8799] H5892 from the city H802 . And the woman H559 said [H8799] H3097 unto Joab H7218 , Behold, his head H7993 shall be thrown [H8716] H1157 to thee over H2346 the wall.
22 H802 Then the woman H935 went [H8799] H5971 unto all the people H2451 in her wisdom H3772 . And they cut off [H8799] H7218 the head H7652 of Sheba H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri H7993 , and cast [H8686] H3097 it out to Joab H8628 . And he blew [H8799] H7782 a trumpet H6327 , and they retired [H8799] H5892 from the city H376 , every man H168 to his tent H3097 . And Joab H7725 returned [H8804] H3389 to Jerusalem H4428 unto the king.
23 H3097 Now Joab H6635 was over all the host H3478 of Israel H1141 : and Benaiah H1121 the son H3077 of Jehoiada H3774 was over the Cherethites [H8675] H3746 H6432 and over the Pelethites:
24 H151 And Adoram H4522 was over the tribute H3092 : and Jehoshaphat H1121 the son H286 of Ahilud H2142 was recorder [H8688] :
25 H7864 And Sheva [H8675] H7724 H5608 was scribe [H8802] H6659 : and Zadok H54 and Abiathar H3548 were the priests: