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Ru.. 7:1 San 25 36; Est. 1. 10; Ps 104. 15.

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A ch. 19. 19.

Absalom her brother said unto her, Hath y Amnon thy brother been with thee! | Heb. Aminon. but hold now thy peace, my sister : he is thy brother; regard not this thing.

So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom's house. I 21, 22 But when king David heard of all these things, he was very wroth. And

Absalom spake unto his brother Amnon : neither good nor bad :: for Absalom " Ge. 21. 50: 31. 21 23 hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar. And it came to pass Le. 19. 17, 18

after two full years, that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baal-hazor, which is to de... 12, 13; 24 beside Ephraim: and Absalom invited all the king's sons. And Absalom came

to the king, and said, Behold now, thy servant hath sheepshearers; let the king, 25 I beseech thee, and his servants go with thy servant. And the king said to

Absalom, Nay, my son, let us not all now go, lest we be chargeable unto thee. 26 And he pressed him: howbeit he would not go, but blessed him. Then said

Absalom, If not, I pray thee, let my brother Amnon go with us. And the king 27 said unto him, Why should he go with thee? But Absalom pressed him, that he

let Amnon and all the king's sons go with him. 28 Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark ye now when Amnon's

heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto you, Smite Amnon; then killeder

him, fear not: have not I'commanded you (or, will you not, since I have com29 manded you"]? be courageous, and be valiant. And the servants of Absalom a Jos. 1. %.

did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose, and every man gat him up upon his mule, and fled.

And it came to pass, while they were in the way, that tidings came to David, saying, Absalom hath slain all the king's sons, and there is not one of them left. 31 Then the king arose, and · tare his garments, and lay on the earth; and all his 32 servants stood by with their clothes rent. And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah eh. 12 18.

David's brother, answered and said, Let not my lord suppose that they have slain all the young men the king's sons; for Amnon only is dead : for by the appoint

ment of Absalom this hath been determined from the day that he forced his sister 33 Tamar. Now therefore " let not my lord the king take the thing to his heart, to think that all the king's sons are dead: for Amnon only is dead.

• But i ver. Ma Absalom fled.

And the young man that kept the watch lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, 35 behold, there came much people by the way of the hill side behind him. And

Jonadab said unto the king, Behold, the king's sons come: as thy servant said, 36 so it is. And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of speaking, that,

behold, the king's sons came, and lifted up their voice and wept: and the king

also and all his servants wept very sore. 37 But Absalom fled," and went to Talmai, the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur. Ach an And David mourned for his son every day.

Absalom, having fled to Geshur, is recalled to Jerusalem. 38, 39 SO Absalom fled, and went to m Geshur, and was there three years. And the "ch

. 11. 23, 2; 18 & soul of king David '" longed to go forth unto Absalom : for he was comforted: 12.03Ge. 24.67.

concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead. 14 Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king's heart was P toward p eh. 1a 22

. 2 Absalom. And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched thence a wise woman, and 3 Chr. 11. &

said unto her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, ' and put on now mourn

ing apparel, and anoint not thyself with oil, but be as a woman that had a long 3 time mourned for the dead : and come to the king, and speak on this manner unto him. So Joab put the words in her mouth.

And when the woman of Tekoah spake to the king, she fell on her face to the ch. 1. 2; 1 8am. 20. 5 ground, and did obeisance, and said, - Help, o king. And the king said unto ***KI. 6. 26, 22

her, What aileth thee? And she answered,5 I am indeed a widow woman, and "se ch 12 I. 6 mine husband is dead. And thine handmaid had two sons, and they two strove

together in the field, and there was none to part them, but the one smote the 7 other, and slew him. And, behold, the whole family is risen against thine Name 26. 19; Deu

handmaid, and they said, Deliver him that smote his brother, that we may kill him, for the life of his brother whom he slew; and we will destroy the heir also:

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1 Absalom was Tamar's full-brother, their mother being 3 A silence indicating deep-seated revenge. Maacah, daughter of the king of Geshur. In the East 4 Absalom, having committed wilful murder, could not the ties of brotherhood are little felt, except by the chil-avail himself of one of the cities of refuge. dren of the same mother; and a woman would look more 5 This parable was framed, like Nathan's, to fit the to her full-brother than even to her father, as her natural king's own case ; which, however, it did not fairly reprotector and avenger. See Gen. xxxiv. 25.

present. It was ingeniously contrived to satisfy David's 2 The Septuagint adds, ‘But he would not grieve the awakened conscience, to excite his feelings, and to afford soul of Amnon his son, because he was his first-born.' a public reason for recalling Absalom.

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Ge 27. 13; 1 Sam.

23. 24; Mt. 27.5 e cites 22, 23; I KL.

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1. 58: Ml. 10.30; Ac. 27, 34

A Job 2 ; 34. 13:

Eer. 2. 19, 9); Heb. 9. 27. 1 Joh 14. 10, 14; PL

Ex. 21. 13, Num. 15, 25, 28.

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and so they shall • quench my coal which is left, and shall not leave to my hus8 band neither name nor remainder upon the earth. And the king said unto the

woman, Go to thine house, and I will give charge concerning thee. 9 And the woman of Tekoah said unto the king, My lord, O king, the iniquity

be on me, and on my father's house : " and the king and his throne be guiltless. 10 And the king said, Whosoever saith aught unto thee, bring him to me, and he. 11 shall not touch thee any more. Then said she, I pray thee, let the king remember

the Lord thy God, that thou wouldst not suffer the revengers of blood to destroy any more, lest they destroy my son. And he said, 'As the Lord liveth, there Sm 14.4531 1

shåll not one hair of thy son fail to the earth. 12 Then the woman said, Let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak one word unto my 13 lord the king. And he said, Say on. And the woman said, Wherefore then hast thou

thought such a thing against the people of God?' for the king doth speak this s Judg. 20 %

thing as one which is faulty, in that the king doth not fetch home again s his cb. 12 3,5 14 banished. For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which

cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person : yet doth he

* devise means (or, because God hath not taken away his life, he hath also devised 15 means) that his banished be not expelled from him. Now therefore that I am

come to speak of this thing unto my lord the king, it is because the people + have

made me afraid : and thy handmaid said, I will now speak unto the king; it may 16 be that the king will perform the request of his handmaid. For the king will

hear, to deliver his handmaid out of the hand of the man that would destroy me 17 and my son together out of the inheritance of God. Then thine handmaid said,

The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable : for 'as an angel of God, ver. 20 : 9. 19. %; so is my lord the king to m discern good and bad : therefore the Lord thy God

will be with thee. 18 Then the king answered and said unto the woman, Hide not from me, I pray

thee, the thing that I shall ask thee. And the woman said, Let my lord the king 19 now speak. And the king said, Is not the hand of Joab with thee in all this?

And the woman answered and said, As thy soul liveth, my lord the king, none can turn to the right hand or to the left from aught that my lord the king hath

spoken: for thy servant Joab, he bade me, and " he put all these words in the 20 mouth of thine handmaid: to fetch about this form of speech hath thy servant

Joab done this thing: and my lord is wise, ' according to the wisdom of an angel

of God, to know all things that are in the earth. 21 And the king said unto Joab, Behold I have done this thing :5 go

there22 fore, bring the young man Absalom again. And Joab fell to the ground on his

face, and bowed himself, and thanked the king: and Joab said, To-day thy

servant knoweth that I have found grace in thy sight, my lord, O king, in that 23 the king hath fulfilled the request of his servant. So Joab arose P and went to 24 Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem. And the king said, Let him turn

to his own house, and let him not see my face. So Absalom returned to his ch. 3 13; G. Q: own house, and saw not the king's face.

But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: 'from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no 26 blemish in him. And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year's end 6

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Peh. 13. 37.

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that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it :) he

weighed the hair? of his head at two hundred shekels 8 after the king's weight. 27 And 'unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter, whose name

was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance. 28 So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and saw not the king's face. 29 Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to bave sent him to the king; but he would

not come to him: and when he sent again the second time, he would not come. 30 Therefore he said unto his servants, See, Joab's field is near mine, and he hath

barley there ; go and set it on fire. And Absalom's servants set the field on fire.

Den. 29.45; Job 2 7; Is. 1. &

• see ch. 18. 18

ver. 24

1 The whole nation being interested in the king's conduct towards his son.

2 It is faulty to judge one way, and act another.

3 Literally, nor doth God lift up the soul,' an idiom expressing strong desire (see Psa. xxiv. 4; xxv. 1; Jer. xxi. 27; xliv. 14). Perhaps it means, 'And doth not God strongly desire and devise means,' etc.; referring to the cities of refuge, or to God's mercy towards David.

4 The woman's words might be applied either to those of her own family who threatened her son's life, or to the people at large, among whom she professes to apprehend insurrection, if Absalom were not recalled.

5 David's inclination towards his son made him will. ing to think that his oath to the woman obliged him to recall Absalom.

6 Or, .at stated times.'

7. It was the custom, in David's time, for men to wear the hair long. See Josephus, Antiq. viii, 7.

8 The weight of the shekel at different periods is not exactly known. The common calculation makes 200 shekels weigh 9 lbs. 4 oz. troy; but some writers, reducing the king's shekel, make them only 4 lbs. 2 oz. troy.

9 The courtiers of David, as well as himself, were avoiding the presence of Absalom...

Ge. 32 4; 4 15;

Lk. 15. 20

6 Judg. 9. 29.

e Pro, 27.2

d Ro. 16. 18.

A ch. 13. 37, 38

* Ge. 20. 5; 1 Sam.

22. 15. I Ps. 11. 9; 56. 12-14

m Jos. 15. 51.

31 Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house, and said unto him, Where-
32 fore have thy servants set my field on fire ? And Absalom answered Joab, Behold,

I sent unto thee, saying, Come hither, that I may send thee to the king, to say,
Wherefore am I come from Geshur! it had been good for me to have been there

still: now therefore let me see the king's face; and if there be any iniquity in 33 me, let him kill me. So Joab came to the king, and told him: and when he had

called for Absalom, he came to the king, and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king: and the king « kissed Absalom.

Absalom's rebellion; David's flight. 15 AND - it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and 13.!!! 2 horses, and fifty men 'to run before him. And Absalom rose up early, and stood | 1 Sam 8. 11.

beside the way of the gate : and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said,

Of what city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel. 3 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is " Ps. 12. 2. 4 no man deputed of the king to hear thee. Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were

made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come 5 unto me, and I would do him justice! And it was so, that when any man came

nigh to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed 6 him. And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for

judgment: 480 Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel. 7 And it came to pass after forty years, that Absalom said unto the king, I pray 1 Sam. 16. 1.

thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto the Lord, in Hebron. 8 For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If Sam: , ;

the Lord shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will serve the LORD. 9 And the king said unto him, Go in peace. So he arose, and went to Hebron. 10 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as

ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall say, Absalom reigneth in Hebron. 11 And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that were i called ; : Sam. 9. 13; 16. 3, 5. 12 and they went in their simplicity, and they knew not any thing. And Absalom

sent for Ahithophel,4 the Gilonite, 'David's counseller, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. 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 14 are after Absalom. And David said unto all his servants that were with him at

Jerusalem, Arise, and let us é flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom : P ch. 19.9; Ps. 3,litle.

make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and 15 smite the city with the edge of the sword. 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 17 left'ten women, which were concubines, to keep the house. And the king went 18 forth, and all the people after him, and tarried in a place that was far off. 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 19 Gath, passed on before the king. Then said the king to 'Ittai the Gittite,

Wherefore goest thou also with us? return to thy place, and abide with the king: 20 for thou art a stranger, and also an exile. Whereas thou camest but yesterday,

should I this day make thee go up and down with us? seeing I go w whither I |"? Sam. 23 13

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 17; 18 ! Pro

king liveth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or 22 life, even there also will thy servant be. And David said to Ittai, Go and pass

over. And Ittai the Gittite passed over, and all his men, and all the little ones 23 that were with him. And all the country wept with a loud voice; and all the

1 Eastern kings and their officers rise early; and, after father was also called Eliam: so that Ahithophel may their devotions, proceed at once to public business. have been her grandfather, and as such displeased with

2 When ambition prompts, the proudest will appear David's conduct towards her. On the other hand, David's affable, and pay abject court to the meanest.

choice of Gilead as a place of refuge, and the attentions 3 It is supposed that the word 'forty' is a transcriber's of Machir the son of Ammiel (one form of the name of error; and that, with Josephus, and the Syriac and Arabic Bathsheba's father in i Chron. iii. 5), seem to indicate versions, we should read four years; i. e. from the time of such a connection with that family as might result from Absalom's return to Jerusalemi.

Bathsheba's present position, as the mother of the in4 Absalom seems to have presumed that Ahithophel tended successor to the throne. See ch. xvii. 24, 27. would be well affected to his cause. In ch. xxiii. 34, we 5 These Gittites were Philistines of Gath ; who had find that Ahithophel had a son named Eliam, who was a become attached to David's service, and perhaps procomrade of Uriah; and, in ch. xi. 3, that Uriah's wife's selytes to the true religion.

* Ps. 3.1.

ver. 6; Judg. 9.3

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ch. 16. 21, 22.

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people passed over: the king also himself passed over the brook » Kidron, and all called, John 18 2,

the people passed over, toward the way of the ? wilderness. 24

And to, 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, 25 until all the people had done passing out of the city. 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 show me both it, and his habita-P. 2 26 tion: but if he thus say, I have no delight in thee; behold, here am I," let 27 him do to me as seemeth good unto him. The king said also unto Zadok the

priest, Art not thou a 'seer?! return into the city in peace, and your two sons 28 with you, Ahimaaz thy son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar. See, 5 I will tarry se st"17. 17.

in the plain of the wilderness, until there come word from you to certify me. 29 Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God again to Jerusalem: and they tarried there.

And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, Lk. 19 . and i 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 are 31 went up. And one told David, saying, " Ahithophel is among the conspirators P.21,2; 55 12,ete.

with Absalom. And David said, 0 LORD, I pray thee, P turn the counsel of operation :

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 33 coat rent, and earth upon his head : unto whom David said, If thou passest on 34 with me, then thou shalt be a burden unto me: but if thou return to the city, ch. 19. *

and say unto Absalom, 'I will be thy servant, 0 king; as I have been thy father's . ch. 16 16–19

servant hitherto, so will I now also be thy servant : "then mayest thou for me "eh. 17. 5–16 35 defeat the counsel of Ahithophel. 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. - eh. 17. 15, 16 36 Behold, they have there with them their two sons, Ahimaaz Zadok's son, and ver. 27.

Jonathan Ahiathar's son ; and by them ye shall send unto me every thing that ye 37 can hear. So Hushai · David's friend came into the city. •And Absalom came

into Jerusalem. 16 And 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 2 summer fruits, and a bottle of wine. 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 thể bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that " eh 15 ; 17.9. 3 such as be faint in the wilderness may drink. And the king said. And where ch.9.9.10

is thy master's son? _And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he abideth at Jeru- | 18:01 BL

salem: for he said, To-day shall the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of 4 my father. Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are all that pertained Pro 18. 13

unto Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee that I may find

grace in thy sight, my lord, O king. 5 And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of

the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: hech 19. 16; 1 EL : 6 came forth, and cursed still as he came. And he cast stones at David, and at all

the servants of king David: and all the people and all the mighty men were 7 on his right hand and on his left. And thus said Shimei when he cursed, 8 Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou i man of Belial: the LORD Deu. Ja ja hath returned

upon

thee all'the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead Jodies: thou hast reigned; and the LORD hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of 'sech 1. 19: 2 % Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man.

Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king, Why should this a dead 146: 8.8; 1 Sam. dog," curse my lord the king ? let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head. 10 And the king said, "What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so let him

curse, because p the LORD hath said unto him, Curse David : 9 who shall then 11 say, Wherefore hast thou done so? And David said to Abishai, and to all his

servants, Behold, 'my son, which came forth of my bowels, 'seeketh my life: lech. 17.

I ch.16 16: ! Chr.

27. 33
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eh. 19. 2; 1 Pet. 2

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Lam, 3 3 9 Joh 9. 19: Rea eh. 12. 11. .

1 David probably meant that he was a man of wisdom grief; a custom prevalent among ancient nations. and piety, on whom he could rely for watching and re. 3 While David humbles himself before God, and seeks porting the state of things at Jerusalem; while the sacred- his aid by prayer, he at the same time, with great saness of his office would exempt him from personal danger. gacity and self-possession, adopts measures for bafiling

2 By wrapping it in a cloth or robe, as a sign of intense the designs of his enemies.

Ge, 29. 32; Ex. 3. 7.
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25. 18.
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ch. 19. 25; Pro. 17. 17.

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how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; 12 for the LORD hath bidden him. It may be that the LORD will * look on mine

affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day. 13 And as David and his men went by the way, Shimei went along on the hill's side

over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him, and cast dust. vori. 6. & 14 And the king, and all the people that were with him, came weary, and refreshed themselves there.

Ahithophel's counsel is overthroron by Hushai. AND · Absalom, and all the people the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and ch. 15 37. 16 Ahithophel with them. And it came to pass, when Hushai the Archite, - David's

friend, was come unto Absalom, that Hushai said unto Absalom, God save the 17 king, God save the king. And 'Absalom said to Hushai, Is this thy kindness to 18 thy friend ? 'why wentest thou not with thy friend ?' And Hushai said unto

Absalom, Nay; but whom the LORD, and this people, and all the men of Israel, 19 choose, his will I be, and with him will I abide. And again, whom should I

serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father's presence, so will I be in thy presence.

Then said Absalom to Akithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do. 21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father's d concubines, which a ch. 15. 16: 20. 2

he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall 'hear that thou art abhorrede 31. 30: 1 Sam. 22 of thy father: then shall Sthe hands of all that are with thee be strong. So they ch. 2. 7; Zee. 8. 12

spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his 23 father's concubines 8 in the sight of all Israel. And the counsel of Ahithophel, ch. 12. 11, 12

which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had inquired at the oracle of

God : 80 was all the counsel of Áhithophel - both with David and with Absalom. * ch. 15 12 17 Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve 2 thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night: and I will

come upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and will make him afraid: stk. 16. 14; Deu.

and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will "smite the king only: 3 and I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest is 4 as if all returned : so all the people shall be in peace. And the saying pleased 5 Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel. Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear likewise what he saith.

And when Hushai was come to Absalom, Absalom spake unto him, saying, Ahithophel hath spoken after this manner : shall we do after his saying? if not; 7 speak thou. And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that Abithophel hath 8 given is not good at this time. For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy father and

his men, that they be mighty men, and they be chafed in their minds, as 'a bear Ho. 13. &

robbed of her whelps in the field : and thy father is a man of war, and will not 9 lodge with the people. Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or in some other place:

and it will come to pass, when some of them be overthrown at the first, that

whosoever heareth it will say, There is a slaughter among the people that follow 10 Absalom. And he also that is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, shall

utterly » melt: for all Israel knoweth that thy father is a mighty man, and they 11 which be with him are valiant men. Therefore I counsel that all Israel be

generally gathered unto thee, ” from Dan even to Beer-sheba, o as the sand that is 12 by the sea for multitude; and that thou go to battle p in thine own person. So

shall we come upon him in some place where he shall be found, and we will light

upon him as the dew falleth on the ground : and of him, and of all the men that 13 are with him there shall not be left so much as one. Moreover, if he be gotten

into a city, then shall all Israel bring ropes to that city, and we will draw it into the river, until there be not one small stone found there.

And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the Lord had appointed to ch. 15. 31, 34 defeat the good * counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the LORD might bring evil npon Absalom.

* Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus did

Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel; and thus and thus have I 16 counselled. Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this

1 Shimei's accusation was false : but David was deeply | pared to go all lengths in his unnatural contest. Thus, conscious of other sins; and, knowing that God had sen- however, Nathan's prediction (ch. xii. 11) was literally tenced him to bear exemplary discipline on account of fulfilled. Psa. lv. is supposed to refer to these events. them, he meekly bowed his head, and took the cursing 3 Hushai's advice was likely to take with a vain man, of Shimei as a chastisement from heaven.

just elated with his first success; and, if adopted, would ? The adoption of this wicked advice would tend to give David time to collect his adherents. decide the waverers, by showing that Absalom was pre- 4 That is, well adapted to his object.

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Jos, 2 11.

Judg. 20. 1. • Ge. ?.. 17. Pch. 12

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