1 H3097 Now Joab H1121 the son H6870 of Zeruiah H3045 [H8799] perceived H4428 that the king's H3820 heart H53 was toward Absalom.
2 H3097 And Joab H7971 [H8799] sent H8620 to Tekoah, H3947 [H8799] and brought H2450 from there a wise H802 woman, H559 [H8799] and said H56 [H8693] to her, I pray thee, pretend to be a mourner, H3847 [H8798] and put on H60 now mourning H899 apparel, H5480 [H8799] and anoint H8081 not thyself with oil, H802 but be as a woman H7227 that had a long H3117 time H56 [H8690] mourned H4191 [H8801] for the dead:
3 H935 [H8804] And come H4428 to the king, H1696 [H8765] and speak H1697 in this manner H3097 to him. So Joab H7760 [H8799] put H1697 the words H6310 in her mouth.
4 H802 And when the woman H8621 of Tekoah H559 [H8799] spoke H4428 to the king, H5307 [H8799] she fell H639 on her nose H776 to the earth, H7812 [H8691] and bowed down, H559 [H8799] and said, H3467 [H8685] Liberate, H4428 O king.
5 H4428 And the king H559 [H8799] said H559 [H8799] to her, What aileth thee? And she answered, H61 I am indeed H490 a widow H802 woman, H376 and my husband H4191 [H8799] is dead.
6 H8198 And thy handmaid H8147 had two H1121 sons, H8147 and they two H5327 [H8735] strove together H7704 in the field, H5337 [H8688] and there was none to part H259 them, but the one H5221 [H8686] smote H259 the other, H4191 [H8686] and slew him.
7 H4940 And, behold, the whole family H6965 [H8804] hath risen H8198 against thy handmaid, H559 [H8799] and they said, H5414 [H8798] Give H5221 [H8688] him that smote H251 his brother, H4191 [H8686] that we may kill H5315 him, for the life H251 of his brother H2026 [H8804] whom he slew; H8045 [H8686] and we will desolate H3423 [H8802] the heir H3518 [H8765] also: and so they shall quench H1513 my coal H7760 [H8800] which is left, H7604 [H8738] and shall not leave H376 to my husband H8034 neither name H7611 nor remainder H6440 upon H127 the soil.
8 H4428 And the king H559 [H8799] said H802 to the woman, H3212 [H8798] Go H1004 to thy house, H6680 [H8762] and I will issue an order concerning thee.
9 H802 And the woman H8621 of Tekoah H559 [H8799] said H4428 to the king, H113 My lord, H4428 O king, H5771 the perversity H1 be on me, and on my father's H1004 house: H4428 and the king H3678 and his throne H5355 be guiltless.
10 H4428 And the king H559 [H8799] said, H1696 [H8764] Whoever saith H935 [H8689] any thing to thee, bring H5060 [H8800] him to me, and he shall not touch H3254 [H8686] thee any more.
11 H559 [H8799] Then said H4428 she, I pray thee, let the king H2142 [H8799] remember H3068 the LORD H430 thy God, H1350 [H8802] that thou wouldest not permit the avenger H1818 of blood H7843 [H8763] to decay H7235 [H8687] any more, H8045 [H8686] lest they desolate H1121 my son. H559 [H8799] And he said, H3068 As the LORD H2416 liveth, H8185 there shall not one hair H1121 of thy son H5307 [H8799] fall H776 to the earth.
12 H802 Then the woman H559 [H8799] said, H8198 Let thy handmaid, H1696 [H8762] I pray thee, speak H1697 one word H113 to my lord H4428 the king. H559 [H8799] And he said, H1696 [H8761] Say on.
13 H802 And the woman H559 [H8799] said, H2803 [H8804] Why then hast thou thought H5971 such a thing against the people H430 of God? H4428 for the king H1696 [H8693] doth speak H1697 this thing H818 as one who is guilty, H4428 in that the king H7725 [H8687] doth not bring home again H5080 [H8737] his banished.
14 H4191 [H8800] For we must needs H4191 [H8799] die, H4325 and are as water H5064 [H8737] poured H776 on the earth, H622 [H8735] which cannot be gathered up again; H430 neither doth God H5375 [H8799] respect H5315 any person: H2803 [H8804] yet doth he devise H4284 means, H5080 [H8737] that his banished H5080 [H8799] be not driven out from him.
15 H935 [H8804] Now therefore that I have come H1696 [H8763] to speak H1697 of this thing H113 to my lord H4428 the king, H5971 it is because the people H3372 [H8765] have made me afraid: H8198 and thy handmaid H559 [H8799] said, H1696 [H8762] I will now speak H4428 to the king; H4428 it may be that the king H6213 [H8799] will perform H1697 the request H519 of his handmaid.
16 H4428 For the king H8085 [H8799] will hear, H5337 [H8687] to deliver H519 his handmaid H3709 from the palm H376 of the man H8045 [H8687] that would desolate H1121 me and my son H3162 together H5159 out of the inheritance H430 of God.
17 H8198 Then thy handmaid H559 [H8799] said, H1697 The word H113 of my lord H4428 the king H4496 shall now be comforting: H4397 for as a messenger H430 of God, H113 so is my lord H4428 the king H8085 [H8800] to discern H2896 good H7451 and bad: H3068 therefore the LORD H430 thy God will be with thee.
18 H4428 Then the king H6030 [H8799] answered H559 [H8799] and said H802 to the woman, H3582 [H8762] Hide H1697 not from me, I pray thee, the thing H7592 [H8802] that I shall ask H802 thee. And the woman H559 [H8799] said, H113 Let my lord H4428 the king H1696 [H8762] now speak.
19 H4428 And the king H559 [H8799] said, H3027 Is not the hand H3097 of Joab H802 with thee in all this? And the woman H6030 [H8799] answered H559 [H8799] and said, H5315 As thy breath H2416 liveth, H113 my lord H4428 the king, H376 none H786 can H3231 [H8687] turn to the right hand H8041 [H8687] or to the left H113 from any thing that my lord H4428 the king H1696 [H8765] hath spoken: H5650 for thy servant H3097 Joab, H6680 [H8765] he ordered H7760 [H8804] me, and he put H1697 all these words H6310 in the mouth H8198 of thy handmaid:
20 H5668 To H5437 [H8763] bring about H6440 this change H1697 of affairs H5650 hath thy servant H3097 Joab H6213 [H8804] done H1697 this thing: H113 and my lord H2450 is wise, H2451 according to the wisdom H4397 of a messenger H430 of God, H3045 [H8800] to know H776 all things that are on the earth.
21 H4428 And the king H559 [H8799] said H3097 to Joab, H6213 [H8804] Behold now, I have done H1697 this thing: H3212 [H8798] go H7725 0 therefore, bring H5288 the young man H53 Absalom H7725 [H8685] again.
22 H3097 And Joab H5307 [H8799] fell H776 to the earth H6440 on his face, H7812 [H8691] and bowed H1288 [H8762] himself, and thanked H4428 the king: H3097 and Joab H559 [H8799] said, H3117 To day H5650 thy servant H3045 [H8804] knoweth H4672 [H8804] that I have found H2580 grace H5869 in thine eyes, H113 my lord, H4428 O king, H4428 in that the king H6213 [H8804] hath fulfilled H1697 the request H5650 of his servant.
23 H3097 So Joab H6965 [H8799] arose H3212 [H8799] and went H1650 to Geshur, H935 [H8686] and brought H53 Absalom H3389 to Jerusalem.
24 H4428 And the king H559 [H8799] said, H5437 [H8735] Let him turn H1004 to his own house, H7200 [H8799] and let him not see H6440 my face. H53 So Absalom H5437 [H8735] returned H1004 to his own house, H7200 [H8804] and saw H4428 not the king's H6440 face.
25 H3478 But in all Israel H376 there was none H3966 to be so much H1984 [H8763] praised H53 as Absalom H3303 for his beauty: H3709 from the sole H7272 of his foot H6936 even to the crown of his head H3971 there was no blemish in him.
26 H1548 [H8763] And when he cut the hair of H7218 his head, H3117 (for it was at every year's H7093 end H1548 [H8762] that he cut H3513 [H8804] it: because the hair was heavy H1548 [H8765] on him, therefore he cut H8254 [H8804] it:) he weighed H8181 the hair H7218 of his head H3967 at two hundred H8255 shekels H4428 after the king's H68 weight.
27 H53 And to Absalom H3205 [H8735] there were born H7969 three H1121 sons, H259 and one H1323 daughter, H8034 whose name H8559 was Tamar: H802 she was a woman H3303 of a fair H4758 countenance.
28 H53 So Absalom H3427 [H8799] dwelt H3117 two full H8141 years H3389 in Jerusalem, H7200 [H8804] and saw H4428 not the king's H6440 face.
29 H53 Therefore Absalom H7971 [H8799] sent H3097 for Joab, H7971 [H8800] that he might send H4428 him to the king; H14 [H8804] but he would H935 [H8800] not come H7971 [H8799] to him: and when he sent again H8145 the second time, H14 [H8804] he would H935 [H8800] not come.
30 H559 [H8799] Therefore he said H5650 to his servants, H7200 [H8798] See, H3097 Joab's H2513 field H413 is near H3027 mine, H8184 and he hath barley H3212 [H8798] there; go H3341 [H8685] and set H784 it on fire. H53 And Absalom's H5650 servants H3341 [H8686] set H2513 the field H784 on fire.
31 H3097 Then Joab H6965 [H8799] arose, H935 [H8799] and came H53 to Absalom H1004 to his house, H559 [H8799] and said H5650 to him, Why have thy servants H3341 [H8689] set H2513 my field H784 on fire?
32 H53 And Absalom H559 [H8799] answered H3097 Joab, H7971 [H8804] Behold, I sent H559 [H8800] to thee, saying, H935 [H8798] Come H7971 [H8799] here, that I may send H4428 thee to the king, H559 [H8800] to say, H935 [H8804] Why am I come H1650 from Geshur? H2896 it had been good H7200 [H8799] for me had I been there still: now therefore let me see H4428 the king's H6440 face; H3426 and if there is H5771 any perversity H4191 [H8689] in me, let him kill me.
33 H3097 So Joab H935 [H8799] came H4428 to the king, H5046 [H8686] and told H7121 [H8799] him: and when he had called H53 for Absalom, H935 [H8799] he came H4428 to the king, H7812 [H8691] and bowed H639 himself on his nose H776 to the earth H6440 at the face of H4428 the king: H4428 and the king H5401 [H8799] kissed H53 Absalom.