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And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom.

13 | And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom.

14 And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.

15 And the king's servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint.

16 And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And the king left ten women, which were concubines, to keep the house.

17 And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and tarried in a place that was far off.

18 And all his servants passed on beside him; and all the Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men which came after him from Gath, passed on before the king.

19 | Then said the king to Ittai the Gittite, Wherefore goest thou also with us ? return to thy place, and abide with the king: for thou art a stranger and also an exile.

20 Whereas thou camest but yesterday, should I this day make thee go up and down with us? seeing I go whither I may, return thou, and take back thy brethren: mercy and truth be with thee.

21 And Ittai answered the king, and said, As the LORD liveth, and as my lord the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will thy servant be.

22 And David said to Ittai, Go and pass over. And Ittai the Gittite passed over, and all his men, and all the little ones that were with him.

23 And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people passed over: the king also himself passed over the brook Kidron, and all the people passed over, toward the way of the wilderness.

24 And lo Zadok also, and all the Levites were with him, bearing the Ark of the covenant of God: and they set down the ark of God; and Abiathar went up, until all the people had done passing out of the city.

25 And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city: if I shall find favour in the eyes of the LORD, he will bring me again, and shew me both it, and his habitation:

26 But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee; behold, here am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him.

27 The king said also unto Zadok the priest, Art not thou a seer ? return into the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz thy son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar.

28 See, I will tarry in the plain of the wilderness, until there come word from you to certify me.



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29 Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God again to Jerusalem: and they tarried there.

30 | And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and all the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up.

31 4 And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the spirators with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.

32 [ And it came to pass, that when David was come to the top of the mount, where he worshipped God, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet him with his coat rent, and earth upon his head:

33 Unto whom David said, If thou passest on with me, then thou shalt be a burden unto me:

34 But if thou return to the city, and say unto Absalom, I will be thy servant, О king; as I have been thy father's servant hitherto, so will I now also be thy servant: then mayest thou for me defeat the counsel of Ahithophel.

35 And hast thou not there with thee Zadok and Abiathar the priests? therefore it shall be, that what thing soever thou shalt hear out of the king's house, thou shalt tell it to Zadok and Abiathar the priests.

36 Behold, they have there with them their two scns, Ahimaaz, Zadok's son, and Jonathan, Abiathar's son; and by them ye shall send unto me every thing that ye can hear.

37 So Hushai, David's friend, came into the city, and Absalom came into Jerusalem.

Chapter 16 1 Ziba, by presents and false suggestions, obtaineth his master's inheritance.

15 Hushai insinuateth himself into Ab. ND when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold,

Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of

asses saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and an hundred bunches of raisins, and an hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.

2 And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses be for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to cat; and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink.

3 And the king said, And where is thy master's son? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he abideth at Jerusalem: for he said, To-day shall the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father.

4 Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are all that pertained

5 At Bahurim Shimei curseth Darid.

2 David with patience abstaineth, and restraineth others, from revenge. salom's counsel. 20 Ahithophel's counsel.


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Jonathan's Unwitting Sin




"He put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in an honey comb, and put his hand to his mouth."-1. Sam., 14, 27.

S THE Philistines fled from that disastrous vale of Michmash, King Saul, for the first recorded

time, gave way to that wild savagery which made the gloomy latter half of his life so different from its brilliant opening. In his exultation he cried out to his followers “Cursed be the man that eateth any food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies.” Hence the Israelites as they pursued the fleeing foe, dared pause for neither food nor drink. Soon they were all exhausted. Young Jonathan, leading them on, felt even his eager strength overtaxed. Stumbling on some honey in a wood, he ate it and was refreshed. He had heard nothing of his father's command, and when afterward he was warned of it, he answered brusquely that such a command was senseless.

When Saul found that he had been disobeyed, he vowed that though the offender was his own son yet should be die. Indeed the enraged ruler would have slain Jonathan with his own hand. His followers interfered. Declaring that the whole of their great victory was due to Jonathan, they swore that not one hair of his head should be harmed. Perhaps Saul's mad temper had begun to cool; he truly loved his son, and may not have been sorry to be restrained. “So the people rescued Jonathan that he died not."

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