And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared4 him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run5 before him.
And Absalom rose up early,52 and stood1 beside the way of the gate: and it was [so], that when any man that had a controversy came2 to the king for judgment, then Absalom called4 unto him, and said,4 Of what city [art] thou? And he said,4 Thy servant [is] of one of the tribes of Israel.
And Absalom said4 unto him, See,3 thy matters [are] good and right; but [there is] no man [deputed] of the king to hear6 thee.
Absalom said4 moreover, Oh that I were made4 judge6 in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come4 unto me, and I would do him justice!52
And it was [so], that when any man came nigh2 [to him] to do him obeisance,99 he put forth1 his hand, and took52 him, and kissed1 him.
And on this manner did4 Absalom to all Israel that came4 to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole17 the hearts of the men of Israel.
And it came to pass after forty years, that Absalom said4 unto the king, I pray thee, let me go4 and pay17 my vow, which I have vowed1 unto the LORD, in Hebron.
For thy servant vowed1 a vow while I abode2 at Geshur in Syria, saying,2 If the LORD shall bring me again4 7725 55 indeed to Jerusalem, then I will serve1 the LORD.
And the king said4 unto him, Go3 in peace. So he arose,4 and went4 to Hebron.
But Absalom sent4 spies18 throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying,2 As soon as ye hear2 the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall say,1 Absalom reigneth1 in Hebron.
And with Absalom went1 two hundred men out of Jerusalem, [that were] called;7 and they went6 in their simplicity, and they knew1 not any thing.
And Absalom sent4 for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counsellor,6 from his city, [even] from Giloh, while he offered2 sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually6 with Absalom.
And there came4 a messenger56 to David, saying,2 The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom.
And David said4 unto all his servants that [were] with him at Jerusalem, Arise,3 and let us flee;4 for we shall not [else] escape from Absalom: make speed16 to depart,2 lest he overtake52 us suddenly,17 and bring52 evil upon us, and smite52 the city with the edge of the sword.
And the king's servants said4 unto the king, Behold, thy servants [are ready to do] whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint.4
And the king went forth,4 and all his household after him. And the king left4 ten women, [which were] concubines, to keep2 the house.
And the king went forth,4 and all the people after him, and tarried4 in a place that was far off. 4801 1023
And all his servants passed on6 beside him; and all the Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men which came1 after him from Gath, passed on6 before the king.
Then said4 the king to Ittai the Gittite, Wherefore goest4 thou also with us? return3 to thy place, and abide3 with the king: for thou [art] a stranger, and also an exile.6
Whereas thou camest2 [but] yesterday, should I this day make thee go2 up and down55 5128 4 with us? seeing I go6 whither I may, return3 thou, and take back54 thy brethren: mercy and truth [be] with thee.
And Ittai answered4 the king, and said,4 [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.
And David said4 to Ittai, Go3 and pass over.3 And Ittai the Gittite passed over,4 and all his men, and all the little ones that [were] with him.
And all the country wept6 with a loud voice, and all the people passed over:6 the king also himself passed over6 the brook Kidron, and all the people passed over,6 toward the way of the wilderness.
And lo Zadok also, and all the Levites [were] with him, bearing6 the ark of the covenant of God: and they set down55 the ark of God; and Abiathar went up,4 until all the people had done2 passing2 out of the city.
And the king said4 unto Zadok, Carry back54 the ark of God into the city: if I shall find4 favour in the eyes of the LORD, he will bring me again,52 and shew52 me [both] it, and his habitation:
But if he thus say,4 I have no delight1 in thee; behold, [here am] I, let him do4 to me as seemeth good unto him.
The king said4 also unto Zadok the priest, [Art not] thou a seer?6 return3 into the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz thy son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar.
See,3 I will tarry119 in the plain 5679 of the wilderness, until there come2 word from you to certify53 me.
Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God again55 to Jerusalem: and they tarried4 there.
And David went up6 by the ascent of [mount] Olivet, and wept6 as he went up,6 and had his head covered,6 and he went6 barefoot: and all the people that [was] with him covered1 every man his head, and they went up,1 weeping2 as they went up.2
And [one] told52 David, saying,2 Ahithophel [is] among the conspirators6 with Absalom. And David said,4 O LORD, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.16
And it came to pass, that [when] David was come1 to the top [of the mount], where he worshipped101 God, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet2 him with his coat rent,7 and earth upon his head:
Unto whom David said,4 If thou passest on1 with me, then thou shalt be a burden unto me:
But if thou return4 to the city, and say1 unto Absalom, I will be thy servant, O king; [as] I [have been] thy father's servant hitherto, so [will] I now also [be] thy servant: then mayest thou for me defeat52 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 hear4 out of the king's house, thou shalt tell55 [it] to Zadok and Abiathar the priests.
Behold, [they have] there with them their two sons, Ahimaaz Zadok's [son], and Jonathan Abiathar's [son]; and by them ye shall send1 unto me every thing that ye can hear.4
So Hushai David's friend came4 into the city, and Absalom came4 into Jerusalem.