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2 Samuel 19

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 1 And it was told Joab, "Behold, the king weeps and mourns for Absalom."

 2 Because the people had heard how the king was grieving for his son, the victory that day was turned into mourning for all the people.

 3 The people snuck back into the city, like people being ashamed who sneek away when they flee from battle.

 4 But the king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, "O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!"

 5 And Joab came into the house to the king, and said, "Today you have shamed the faces of all your servants who saved your life, and saved and the lives of your sons, and of your daughters, and the lives of your wives, and the lives of your concubines;

 6 It appears that you love your enemies, and hate your friends. For you have declared this day, that you regard neither princes nor servants. For this day I perceive, that if Absalom had lived, and all of us had died, then it would have pleased you more.

 7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak pleasantly to your servants for I swear by the LORD, if you do not go out to them, no one will stay with you this night; and that will be worse for you than all the evil that befell you from your youth until now."

 8 Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. And all of David's people were told, "Behold, the king sits in the gate." And they all came to see the king. But Israel [the army of Absalom] had fled, every man back to his home.

 9 And all the people were arguing throughout all the tribes of Israel, were saying, "The king saved us out of the hand of our enemies, and he delivered us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now he has fled out of the land because of Absalom.

 10 And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why are we not speaking even a word about bringing the king back?"

 11 King David sent a message to the priests, Zadok and Abiathar, saying, "speak to the elders of Judah, saying, 'Why are you the last to bring the king back to his house, seeing the voice of all Israel has come to the king, even to his house?

 12 You are my brothers, you are my bones and my flesh; why then are you the last to bring back the king?'

 13 And say to Amasa, 'Are you not of my bone, and of my flesh? God do so to me, and more also, if you are not captain of the host before me continually in the succession to Joab.'"

 14 [By these humble words,] David won the hearts of all the men of Judah, even as the heart of one man; so that they sent this word to the king, "Return with all your servants."

 15 So the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal to go to meet the king in order to conduct the king over the Jordan.

 16 And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was of Bahurim, hastened to come down with the men of Judah to meet king David.

 17 There were a thousand men of Benjamin were with him, along with Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, his fifteen sons, and his twenty servants who were with him. They all went over Jordan to meet the king.

 18 A ferry boat went arrived to carry over the king's household, and to be used according to his direction. And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king, as he was coming over the Jordan;

 19 And he said to the king, "Do not let my lord impute iniquity to me, neither remember what your servant perversely did the day that my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his heart.

 20 For your servant knows that I have sinned. Therefore this day I have come as the first of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my lord the king."

 21 But Abishai, the son of Zeruiah, answered and said, "Shall not Shimei be put to death for this because he cursed the LORD's anointed?"

 22 And David said, "What am I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah, that you should this day be adversaries to me? Shall there any man be put to death on this day in Israel? For do not I know that I am this day king over all Israel?"

 23 Therefore the king said to Shimei, "You shall not die." And the king swore to him.

 24 And Mephibosheth, the son of Saul, came down to meet the king; and he had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes from the day the king had departed until the day he came again in peace.

 25 And it came to pass, when he had come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said to him, "Why did you not go with me, Mephibosheth?"

 26 He answered, "My lord, O king, my servant [Ziba] deceived me for I said, 'I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride on it, and go to the king because I am lame [but Ziba took the ass and left].'

 27 And he has slandered me to my lord the king; but my lord the king is as an angel of God. Therefore do whatever is good in your eyes.

 28 Since before my lord the king all of my father's house [were accounted as nothing] but dead men, yet you set me among those who ate at your own table. What right therefore have do I still have to cry any more to the king?"

 29 The king said to him, "Why do you speak any more of these matters? I have said, 'You and Ziba divide the land.'"

 30  Mephibosheth said to the king, "Oh, let him take all, nothing is important except that my lord the king has come again in peace to his own house."

 31 And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim, and he went to the Jordan with the king to conduct him over the Jordan.

 32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even eighty years old; and he had provided the king his sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim; for he was a very great man.

 33 The king said to Barzillai, "Come over with me, and we will eat together in Jerusalem."

 34 Barzillai said to the king, "How long do I have to live, that I should go up with the king to Jerusalem?

 35 This day I am eighty years old, and can I discern between good and evil? Can your servant taste what I eat or what I drink? Can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women? Why then should your servant be yet a burden to my lord the king?

 36 Your servant will go a little way over Jordan with the king; but why should the king repay anything to me with such a reward?

 37 Let your servant, I beg of you, turn back again, that I may die in my own city, and be buried by the grave of my father and of my mother. But behold your servant Chimham; let him go over with my lord the king; and do for him what shall seem good to you."

 38 The king answered, "Chimham shall go over with me, and I will do for him what shall seem good to you; and whatever you shall ask of me, that will I do for you."

 39 All the people went over Jordan. And when the king had come over, the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and Barzillai returned to his own place.

 40 Then the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimham went on with him; and all the people of Judah conducted the king, and also half the people of Israel.

 41 And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said to the king, "Why have our brothers the men of Judah stolen you away, and have brought the king, and his household, and all David's men with him, over the Jordan?"

 42 All the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, "Because the king is close kin to us; why then are you angry about this? Have we eaten at all of the king's cost? Or has he given us any gift?"

 43 The men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, "We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in David than you; why then did you despise us, that our advice should not be had first in bringing back our king?" But the words of the men of Judah were more true than the words of the men of Israel.


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