2 Samuel 19
it was told Joab, Behold, the king weepeth and mourneth for Absalom.
2And the victory that day was turned into mourning unto all the people: for the people heard say that
day how the king was grieved for his son.
the people gat them by stealth that day into the city, as people being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.
4But the king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, O my son
Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!
came into the house to the king, and said, Thou hast shamed this day the faces of all thy servants, which this day have saved
thy life, and the lives of thy sons and of thy daughters, and the lives of thy wives, and the lives of thy concubines;
6In that thou lovest thine enemies, and hatest thy friends. For thou hast declared
this day, that thou regardest neither princes nor servants: for this day I perceive, that if Absalom had lived, and all we
had died this day, then it had pleased thee well.
therefore arise, go forth, and speak comfortably unto thy servants: for I swear by the LORD, if thou go not forth, there will
not tarry one with thee this night: and that will be worse unto thee than all the evil that befell thee from thy youth until
8Then the king arose, and sat in the
gate. And they told unto all the people, saying, Behold, the king doth sit in the gate. And all the people came before the
king: for Israel had fled every man to his tent.
all the people were at strife throughout all the tribes of Israel, 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 is fled out of the land for Absalom.
10And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why speak
ye not a word of bringing the king back?
king David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why are ye the last
to bring the king back to his house? seeing the speech of all Israel is come to the king, even to his house.
12Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and my flesh: wherefore then are ye the last
to bring back the king?
13And say ye to Amasa,
Art thou not of my bone, and of my flesh? God do so to me, and more also, if thou be not captain of the host before me continually
in the room of Joab.
14And he bowed the heart
of all the men of Judah, even as the heart of one man; so that they sent this word unto the king, Return thou, and all thy
15So the king returned, and came
to Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over Jordan.
16And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was of Bahurim, hasted and came
down with the men of Judah to meet king David.
there were a thousand men of Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty
servants with him; and they went over Jordan before the king.
there went over a ferry boat to carry over the king's household, and to do what he thought good. And Shimei the son of Gera
fell down before the king, as he was come over Jordan;
said unto the king, Let not my lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do thou remember that which thy servant did perversely
the day that my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his heart.
20For thy servant doth know that I have sinned: therefore, behold, I am come the
first this day of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my lord the king.
21But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because
he cursed the LORD's anointed?
said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye should this day be adversaries unto me? shall there any man
be put to death this day in Israel? for do not I know that I am this day king over Israel?
23Therefore the king said unto Shimei, Thou shalt not die. And the king sware unto
24And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came
down to meet the king, and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king
departed until the day he came again in peace.
it came to pass, when he was come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said unto him, Wherefore wentest not thou with
26And he answered, My lord,
O king, my servant deceived me: for thy servant said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride thereon, and go to the king;
because thy servant is lame.
27And he hath
slandered thy servant unto my lord the king; but my lord the king is as an angel of God: do therefore what is good in thine
28For all of my father's house were
but dead men before my lord the king: yet didst thou set thy servant among them that did eat at thine own table. What right
therefore have I yet to cry any more unto the king?
the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any more of thy matters? I have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land.
30And Mephibosheth said unto the king, Yea, let him take all, forasmuch as my lord
the king is come again in peace unto his own house.
Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim, and went over Jordan with the king, to conduct him over Jordan.
32Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even fourscore years old: and he had provided
the king of sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim; for he was a very great man.
33And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thou over with me, and I will feed thee with me in Jerusalem.
34And Barzillai said unto the king, How long
have I to live, that I should go up with the king unto Jerusalem?
35I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern between good and evil? can thy servant taste
what I eat or what I drink? can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women? wherefore then should thy servant
be yet a burden unto my lord the king?
servant will go a little way over Jordan with the king: and why should the king recompense it me with such a reward?
37Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again, that I may die in mine own city,
and be buried by the grave of my father and of my mother. But behold thy servant Chimham; let him go over with my lord the
king; and do to him what shall seem good unto thee.
the king answered, Chimham shall go over with me, and I will do to him that which shall seem good unto thee: and whatsoever
thou shalt require of me, that will I do for thee.
all the people went over Jordan. And when the king was come over, the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and he returned
unto his own place.
40Then 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.
41And, behold, all the men of Israel came
to the king, and said unto the king, Why have our brethren the men of Judah stolen thee away, and have brought the king, and
his household, and all David's men with him, over Jordan?
all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the king is near of kin to us: wherefore then be ye angry for this
matter? have we eaten at all of the king's cost? or hath he given us any gift?
43And 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 ye: why then did ye despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back
our king? And the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.