2 Samuel 14
Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king's heart was toward Absalom.
2And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched thence a wise woman, and said unto her, I pray thee, feign thyself
to be a mourner, and put on now mourning apparel, and anoint not thyself with oil, but be as a woman that had a long time
mourned for the dead:
3And come to the king,
and speak on this manner unto him. So Joab put the words in her mouth.
4And when the woman of Tekoah spake to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance,
and said, Help, O king.
5And the king said
unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, I am indeed a widow woman, and mine husband is dead.
6And thy handmaid had two sons, and they two strove together in the field, and
there was none to part them, but the one smote the other, and slew him.
7And, behold, the whole family is risen against thine 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: and so they
shall quench my coal which is left, and shall not leave to my husband neither name nor remainder upon the earth.
8And the king said unto the woman, Go to thine house, and I will give charge concerning
9And 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.
10And the king said, Whoever saith ought unto thee, bring him to me, and he shall
not touch thee any more.
11Then said she,
I pray thee, let the king remember the LORD thy God, that thou wouldest not suffer the revengers of blood to destroy any more,
lest they destroy my son. And he said, As the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of thy son fall to the earth.
12Then the woman said, Let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak one word unto my
lord the king. And he said, Say on.
the woman said, Wherefore then hast thou thought such a thing against the people of God? for the king doth speak this thing
as one which is faulty, in that the king doth not fetch home again his banished.
14For 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, that his banished be not expelled from him.
15Now 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 be that the king
will perform the request of his handmaid.
the king will hear, to deliver his handmaid out of the hand of the man that would destroy me and my son together out of the
inheritance of God.
17Then thine handmaid
said, The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good
and bad: therefore the LORD thy God will be with thee.
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 now speak.
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 ought that my lord the king hath spoken: for thy servant Joab, he
bade me, and he put all these words in the mouth of thine handmaid:
20To 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.
21And the king said unto Joab, Behold now, I have done this thing: go therefore, bring the young man
22And 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 the king hath fulfilled the request of his servant.
23So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.
24And the king said, Let him turn to his own house, and let him not see my face.
So Absalom returned to his own house, and saw not the king's face.
25But 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 blemish in him.
26And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year's end 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 after the king's weight.
27And unto Absalom there were born three sons,
and one daughter, whose name was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance.
28So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and saw not the king's face.
29Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to have sent him to the king; but he would not
come to him: and when he sent again the second time, he would not come.
30Therefore 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.
31Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house, and said unto him, Wherefore have thy servants
set my field on fire?
32And 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
me, let him kill me.
33So 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.