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2 Samuel 17

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 1 Moreover Ahithophel said to Absalom, "Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night.

 2 I will come upon him while he is weary and weak, and I will make him panic; and all the people who are with him shall flee. Then I will kill the king only.

 3 I will then bring back all the people to you. The man' death of whom you seek will result in all coming back, and so all the people shall be in peace."

 4 This plan was very pleasing to Absalom as well as all the elders of Israel.1

 5 Then Absalom said, "Now call Hushai the Archite [David's secret supporter] also, and let us hear likewise what he has to say."

 6 And when Hushai had come to Absalom, Absalom spoke to him, saying, "Ahithophel has spoken after this manner; shall we follow after his plan? If not, tell us."

 7 And Hushai said to Absalom, "The counsel that Ahithophel has given is not good at this time."

 8 "For," said Hushai, "you know your father and his men, that they are mighty men, and they are angry in their minds, as a bear robbed of her whelps in the field. Plus your father is a man of war, and so he will not sleep with the people.

 9 Behold, he is hidden now in some pit, or in some other place. What will occur is that when some of your troops are overthrown at the first, that whoever hears it will say, 'There is a slaughter among the people that follow Absalom.'

 10 And even he who is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, he shall utterly melt because all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man, and those who are with him are valiant men.

 11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered to you, from Dan even to Beersheba, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude; and that you go to battle with yourself in command.

 12 The we will come upon him in some place where he shall be found, and we will light upon him as the dew falls on the ground; and of him and of all the men who are with him, there shall not be so much as one left .

 13 In addition, if he has entered in a city, then all should Israel bring ropes to that city, and we will drag it into the river, until there is not one small stone found there."

 14 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 ordained the good counsel of Ahithophel to be ignored, to the intent that the LORD might bring evil upon Absalom.

 15 Then Hushai reported to the priests, Zadok and Abiathar [David's secret allies], the details that Ahithophel had counseled Absalom and the elders of Israel, as well as his own contrary counseling.

 16 Hushai said, "Now therefore send [your sons as messengers] quickly, and have them tell David, saying, 'Do not camp tonight in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over the Jordan; to prevent the king from being swallowed up [by Absalom], along with all the people who are with him.

 17 Now their sons, Jonathan and Ahimaaz, were standing by at Enrogel so they would not be seen coming in the city; and a maidservant went there and told them; and then they were to go and tell king David from there.

 18 Nevertheless a lad saw them, and told Absalom. But they both quickly left, and came to a man's house in Bahurim that had a well in his court, in which they went down to hide.

 19 And the woman of the house took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and then spread ground grain on the covering; and so the well was not visible.

 20 When Absalom's servants arrived at the house, they came to the woman and said, "Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?" And the woman said to them, "They have gone over the brook of water." And when the servants had looked for the sons and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.

 21 After Absalom's men had departed, the two sons of the priests came up out of the well and went and told king David to arise and pass quickly over the Jordan because of the plan that Ahithophel had counseled against him.

 22 So David arose with all the people who were with him, and they passed over the Jordan; by the morning light there was not left a single person of them who had not gone over the Jordan.

 23 When Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, arose, went home to his house, to his city, put his household in order, hung himself, died, and was buried in the sepulcher of his father.

 24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over the Jordan; he and all the men of Israel with him.

 25 And Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of Joab; Amasa was a man's son, whose name was Ithra an Israelite, who had married Abigail, [Joab's cousin] the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah, Joab's mother.

 26 So Israel and Absalom encamped in the land of Gilead.

 27 When David had arrived at Mahanaim, Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim,

 28 Brought beds, basins, earthen vessels, wheat, barley, flour, parched grain, beans, lentils, parched pulse [seeds peas or beans],

 29 Honey, butter, sheep, and dairy cheese for David and the people who were with him to eat; for they said, "The people are hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness."2


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1 This plan was very pleasing to Absalom as well as all the elders of Israel. Ahithophel had been a very respected counselor to David; he was wise. Ahithophel's plan would have probably succeeded, unless God had intervened in the battle. David was vastly outnumbered, weary, and depressed. David had prayed, "O LORD, I pray you, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness." 2 Sam 15:31. And so God answered his prayer, using David's own plan to have Hushai deflect Ahithophel's counsel, which is exactly what occurred. For the LORD had ordained the good counsel of Ahithophel to be ignored, to the intent that the LORD might bring evil upon Absalom, verse 14.

2 For the second time in as many days, out of nowhere, someone shows up in David's path with all kinds of food, even beds this time. Coincidence? There is no such thing as coincidences when you are seeking to follow God with you whole heart. God moves the universe around his loved ones: And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose. Rom 8:28.

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