my son, Absalom! If only I could have died in your place! Absalom, my
son, my son!
2 Samuel 19-24New English Translation (NET Bible)
Joab was told, The king is weeping and mourning over
Absalom. 2 So the victory of that day was turned to mournin
Now Amnon had a friend named Jonadab, the son of Davids brother
Shimeah. Jonadab was a very crafty man. 4 He asked Amnon, Why are
you, the kings son, so depressed every morning? Cant you tell me? So
Amnon said to him, Im in love with Tamar the sister of
ground, bathed, put on oil, and changed his clothes. He went to the house
of the LORD and worshiped. Then, when he entered his palace, he
requested that food be brought to him, and he ate.
His servants said to him, What is this that you have done? Whil
he committed this cold-hearted crime, he must pay for the lamb four
Nathan said to David, You are that man! This is what the LORD God of
Israel says: I chose you to be king over Israel and I rescued you from the
hand of Saul. 8 I gave you yo
if the king becomes angry and asks you, Why did you go so close
to the city to fight? Didnt you realize they would shoot from the
Who struck down Abimelech the son of Jerub-Besheth? Didnt a
woman throw an upper millstone down on him from
entrance of the city gate, while the men from Aram Zobah, Rehob, Ishtob, and Maacah were by themselves in the field.
When Joab saw that the battle would be fought on two fronts, he chose
some of Israels best men and deployed them against the Arameans.
about the woman. The messenger said, Isnt this Bathsheba, the
daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
David sent some messengers to get her. She came to him and he had
sexual relations with her. (Now at that time she was in the process of
your sons and your servants. You will bring its produce and it will be food
for your masters grandson to eat. But Mephibosheth, your masters
grandson, will be a regular guest at my table. (Now Ziba had fifteen sons
and twenty servants.)
Ziba said to th
hosts is God over Israel! The dynasty of your servant David will be
established before you,
for you, O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have
told your servant, I will build you a dynastic house. That is why your
servant has had the courage to pray thi
David became famous when he returned from defeating the Arameans in
the Valley of Salt, he defeated 18,000 in all.
He placed garrisons
throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became Davids subjects.
TheLORD protected David wherever he campaigned.
the sound of marching in the tops of the trees, act decisively. For at that
moment the LORD is going before you to strike down the army of the
David did just as the LORD commanded him, and he struck
down the Philistines from Gibeon all the
long robe, for this is what the kings virgin daughters used to wear.) So
Amnons attendant removed her and bolted the door behind her.
Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the long robe she was wearing.
She put her hands on her head and went on her
only Amnon is dead. This is what Absalom has talked about from the day
that Amnon humiliated his sister Tamar.
Now dont let my lord the king
be concerned about the report that has come saying, All the kings sons
are dead. It is only Amnon who is dead.
Then the king told the woman, Go to your home. I will give instructions
concerning your situation. 9 The Tekoan woman said to the king, My lord
the king, let any blame fall on me and on the house of my father. But let
the king and his throne be innocent
Then Joab said to the Cushite, Go and tell the king what you have seen.
After bowing to Joab, the Cushite ran off.
Ahimaaz the son of Zadok
again spoke to Joab, Whatever happens, let me go after the Cushite.
But Joab said, Why is it that you want to
soldiers were killed. 8 The battle there was spread out over the whole area,
and the forest consumed more soldiers than the sword devoured that day.
Then Absalom happened to come across Davids men. Now as Absalom
was riding on his mule, it went under th
Meanwhile David had gone to Mahanaim, while Absalom and all the men
of Israel had crossed the Jordan River.
Absalom had made Amasa
general in command of the army in place of Joab. (Now Amasa was the
son of an Israelite man named Jether, who had marr
one of them!
If he regroups in a city, all Israel will take up ropes to that
city and drag it down to the valley, so that not a single pebble will be left
Then Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The advice of Hushai the
Arkite sounds bet
you have made yourself repulsive to your father. Then your followers will
be motivated to support you.
So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the
roof, and Absalom had sex with his fathers concubines in the sight of all
In those days Ahithoph
Then King David reached Bahurim. There a man from Sauls extended
family named Shimei son of Gera came out, yelling curses as he
approached. 6 He threw stones at David and all of King Davids servants,
as well as all the people and the soldiers who were o
with him also had their heads covered and were weeping as they went up.
Now David had been told, Ahithophel has sided with the conspirators
who are with Absalom. So David prayed, Make the advice of Ahithophel
foolish, O LORD!
When David reached the
anyone came by who had a complaint to bring to the king for arbitration,
Absalom would call out to him, What city are you from? The person
would answer, I, your servant, am from one of the tribes of
Israel. 3 Absalom would then say to him, Look, your clai
So the king and all the members of his royal court set out on foot,
though the king left behind ten concubines to attend to the palace.
king and all the people set out on foot, pausing at a spot some distance
All his servants were leavi
toward the ground and thanked the king. Joab said, Today your servant
knows that I have found favor in your sight, my lord the king, because
the king has granted the request of your servant!
So Joab got up and went to Geshur and brought Absalom back to
make you leader of my people Israel. 9 I was with you wherever you went,
and I defeated all your enemies before you. Now I will make you as
famous as the great men of the earth.
I will establish a place for my
people Israel and settle them there; they
As the ark of the LORD entered the City of David, Sauls daughter Michal
looked out the window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing
before the LORD, she despised him.
They brought the ark of theLORD and
put it in its place in the middle of th
What about his appearance? She said, An old man is coming up! He is
wrapped in a robe!
Then Saul realized it was Samuel, and he bowed his face toward the
ground and kneeled down.
Samuel said to Saul, Why have you
disturbed me by bringing me up? Saul re
cant tell on us, saying, This is what David did. Such was his practice
the entire time that he lived in the country of the Philistines.
trusted David, thinking to himself, He is really hated among his own
people in Israel! From now on he will
and have made a very terrible mistake!
David replied, Here is the
kings spear! Let one of your servants cross over and get
The LORD rewards each man for his integrity and loyalty. Even though
today the LORD delivered you into my hand, I was not
Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Now let me drive
the spear right through him into the ground with one swift jab! A second
jab wont be necessary!
But David said to Abishai, Dont kill him! Who can extend his hand
against the LORDs chos