1 H310 And it came to pass after this, H53 that Absalom H6213 [H8799] prepared H4818 him chariots H5483 and horses, H2572 and fifty H376 men H7323 [H8801] to run H6440 at the face of him.
2 H53 And Absalom H7925 [H8689] rose early, H5975 [H8804] and stood H3027 beside H1870 the way H8179 of the gate: H376 and it was so, that when any man H7379 that had a controversy H935 [H8800] came H4428 to the king H4941 for judgment, H53 then Absalom H7121 [H8799] called H559 [H8799] to him, and said, H335 Of what H5892 city H559 [H8799] art thou? And he said, H5650 Thy servant H259 is one H7626 of the tribes H3478 of Israel.
3 H53 And Absalom H559 [H8799] said H7200 [H8798] to him, See, H1697 thy matters H2896 are good H5228 and right; H4428 but there is no man deputed by the king H8085 [H8802] to hear thee.
4 H53 Absalom H559 [H8799] said H7760 [H8799] moreover, O that I were made H8199 [H8802] judge H776 in the land, H376 that every man H7379 who hath any suit H4941 or cause H935 [H8799] might come H6663 [H8689] to me, and I would do him justice!
5 H376 And it was so, that when any man H7126 [H8800] came near H7812 [H8692] to him to bow down, H7971 [H8804] he put forth H3027 his hand, H2388 [H8689] and took H5401 [H8804] him, and kissed him.
6 H1697 And in this manner H6213 [H8799] did H53 Absalom H3478 to all Israel H935 [H8799] that came H4428 to the king H4941 for judgment: H53 so Absalom H1589 [H8762] stole H3820 the hearts H582 of the men H3478 of Israel.
7 H7093 And it came to pass after H705 forty H8141 years, H53 that Absalom H559 [H8799] said H4428 to the king, H3212 [H8799] I pray thee, let me go H7999 [H8762] and pay H5088 my vow, H5087 [H8804] which I have vowed H3068 to the LORD, H2275 in Hebron.
8 H5650 For thy servant H5087 [H8804] vowed H5088 a vow H3427 [H8800] while I abode H1650 at Geshur H758 in Syria, H559 [H8800] saying, H3068 If the LORD H7725 H7725 [H8799] shall bring me again H3389 indeed to Jerusalem, H5647 [H8804] then I will serve H3068 the LORD.
9 H4428 And the king H559 [H8799] said H3212 [H8798] to him, Go H7965 in peace. H6965 [H8799] So he arose, H3212 [H8799] and went H2275 to Hebron.
10 H53 But Absalom H7971 [H8799] sent H7270 [H8764] spies H7626 throughout all the tribes H3478 of Israel, H559 [H8800] saying, H8085 [H8800] As soon as ye hear H6963 the sound H7782 of the shofar, H559 [H8804] then ye shall say, H53 Absalom H4427 [H8804] reigneth H2275 in Hebron.
11 H53 And with Absalom H1980 [H8804] went H3967 two hundred H376 men H3389 from Jerusalem, H7121 [H8803] that were invited; H1980 [H8802] and they went H8537 in their simplicity, H3045 [H8804] and they knew H1697 not any thing.
12 H53 And Absalom H7971 [H8799] sent H302 for Ahithophel H1526 the Gilonite, H1732 David's H3289 [H8802] counsellor, H5892 from his city, H1542 even from Giloh, H2076 [H8800] while he offered H2077 sacrifices. H7195 And the conspiracy H533 was strong; H5971 for the people H7227 increased H1980 [H8802] continually H53 with Absalom.
13 H935 [H8799] And there came H5046 [H8688] a messenger H1732 to David, H559 [H8800] saying, H3820 The hearts H376 of the men H3478 of Israel H310 are after H53 Absalom.
14 H1732 And David H559 [H8799] said H5650 to all his servants H3389 that were with him at Jerusalem, H6965 [H8798] Arise, H1272 [H8799] and let us flee; H6413 for we shall not else escape H6440 from H53 Absalom: H4116 [H8761] make speed H3212 [H8800] to depart, H5381 [H8689] lest he should overtake H4116 [H8762] us suddenly, H5080 [H8689] and bring H7451 evil H5221 [H8689] upon us, and smite H5892 the city H6310 with the edge H2719 of the sword.
15 H4428 And the king's H5650 servants H559 [H8799] said H4428 to the king, H5650 Behold, thy servants H113 are ready to do whatever my lord H4428 the king H977 [H8799] shall appoint.
16 H4428 And the king H3318 [H8799] went forth, H1004 and all his household H7272 after H4428 him. And the king H5800 [H8799] left H6235 ten H802 women, H6370 who were concubines, H8104 [H8800] to keep H1004 the house.
17 H4428 And the king H3318 [H8799] went forth, H5971 and all the people H7272 after H5975 [H8799] him, and tarried H1004 in a place H4801 H1023 [H8677] that was far off.
18 H5650 And all his servants H5674 [H8802] passed on H3027 by H3774 his side; and all the Cherethites, H6432 and all the Pelethites, H1663 and all the Gittites, H8337 six H3967 hundred H376 men H935 [H8804] who came H7272 after H1661 him from Gath, H5674 [H8802] passed on H6440 at the face of H4428 the king.
19 H559 [H8799] Then said H4428 the king H863 to Ittai H1663 the Gittite, H3212 [H8799] Why goest H7725 [H8798] thou also with us? return H4725 to thy place, H3427 [H8798] and abide H4428 with the king: H5237 for thou art a foreigner, H1540 [H8802] and also an exile.
20 H935 [H8800] Though thou camest H8543 but yesterday, H3117 should I this day H3212 [H8800] make thee go H5128 H5128 [H8686] up and down H1980 [H8802] with us? seeing I go H7725 [H8798] wherever I may, return H7725 [H8685] thou, and take back H251 thy brethren: H2617 mercy H571 and truth be with thee.
21 H863 And Ittai H6030 [H8799] answered H4428 the king, H559 [H8799] and said, H3068 As the LORD H2416 liveth, H113 and as my lord H4428 the king H2416 liveth, H4725 surely in what place H113 my lord H4428 the king H4194 shall be, whether in death H2416 or life, H5650 even there also will thy servant be.
22 H1732 And David H559 [H8799] said H863 to Ittai, H3212 [H8798] Go H5674 [H8798] and pass over. H863 And Ittai H1663 the Gittite H5674 [H8799] passed over, H582 and all his men, H2945 and all the little ones that were with him.
23 H776 And all the land H1058 [H8802] wept H1419 with a loud H6963 voice, H5971 and all the people H5674 [H8802] passed over: H4428 the king H5674 [H8802] also himself passed over H5158 the brook H6939 Kidron, H5971 and all the people H5674 [H8802] passed over, H6440 toward H1870 the way H4057 of the wilderness.
24 H6659 And lo Zadok H3881 also, and all the Levites H5375 [H8802] were with him, bearing H727 the ark H1285 of the covenant H430 of God: H3332 [H8686] and they set down H727 the ark H430 of God; H54 and Abiathar H5927 [H8799] went up, H5971 until all the people H8552 H5674 [H8800] had passed H5892 out of the city.
25 H4428 And the king H559 [H8799] said H6659 to Zadok, H7725 [H8685] Carry back H727 the ark H430 of God H5892 into the city: H4672 [H8799] if I shall find H2580 favour H5869 in the eyes H3068 of the LORD, H7725 [H8689] he will bring me again, H7200 [H8689] and show H5116 me both it, and his habitation:
26 H559 [H8799] But if he shall thus say, H2654 [H8804] I have no delight H6213 [H8799] in thee; behold, here am I, let him do H5869 to me as seemeth H2896 good to him.
27 H4428 The king H559 [H8799] said H6659 also to Zadok H3548 the priest, H7200 [H8802] Art not thou a seer? H7725 [H8798] return H5892 into the city H7965 in peace, H8147 and your two H1121 sons H290 with you, Ahimaaz H1121 thy son, H3083 and Jonathan H1121 the son H54 of Abiathar.
28 H7200 [H8798] See, H4102 [H8700] I will tarry H6160 H5679 [H8675] in the plain H4057 of the wilderness, H1697 until word H935 [H8800] shall come H5046 [H8687] from you to inform me.
29 H6659 Zadok H54 therefore and Abiathar H7725 0 carried H727 the ark H430 of God H7725 [H8686] again H3389 to Jerusalem: H3427 [H8799] and they tarried there.
30 H1732 And David H5927 [H8802] went up H4608 by the ascent H2132 of mount Olivet, H1058 [H8802] and wept H5927 [H8802] as he went, H7218 and had his head H2645 [H8802] covered, H1980 [H8802] and he went H3182 barefoot: H5971 and all the people H2645 [H8804] that were with him covered H376 every man H7218 his head, H5927 [H8804] and they went up, H1058 [H8800] weeping H5927 [H8800] as they went.
31 H5046 [H8689] And one told H1732 David, H559 [H8800] saying, H302 Ahithophel H7194 [H8802] is among the conspirators H53 with Absalom. H1732 And David H559 [H8799] said, H3068 O LORD, H6098 I pray thee, turn the counsel H302 of Ahithophel H5528 [H8761] into foolishness.
32 H1732 And it came to pass, that when David H935 [H8804] had come H7218 to the top H7812 [H8691] of the mount, where he worshipped H430 God, H2365 behold, Hushai H757 the Archite H7125 [H8800] came to meet H3801 him with his coat H7167 [H8803] torn, H127 and soil H7218 upon his head:
33 H1732 To whom David H559 [H8799] said, H5674 [H8804] If thou shalt pass on H4853 with me, then thou shalt be a burden to me:
34 H7725 [H8799] But if thou shalt return H5892 to the city, H559 [H8804] and say H53 to Absalom, H5650 I will be thy servant, H4428 O king; H1 as I have been thy father's H5650 servant H227 to this time, H5650 so will I now also be thy servant: H6565 [H8689] then mayest thou for me defeat H6098 the counsel H302 of Ahithophel.
35 H6659 And hast thou not there with thee Zadok H54 and Abiathar H3548 the priests? H1697 therefore it shall be, that whatever thing H8085 [H8799] thou shalt hear H4428 out of the king's H1004 house, H5046 [H8686] thou shalt tell H6659 it to Zadok H54 and Abiathar H3548 the priests.
36 H8147 Behold, they have there with them their two H1121 sons, H290 Ahimaaz H6659 Zadok's H3083 son, and Jonathan H54 Abiathar's H3027 son; and by them H7971 [H8804] ye shall send H1697 to me every thing H8085 [H8799] that ye can hear.