Joab Reproves David’s Lament
1 Then it was told° Joab°, “Behold°, athe king° is weeping° and mourns° for Absalom°.” 2 The Ivictory° that day° was turned° to mourning° for all° the people°, for the people° heard° [it] said° that day°, “The king° is grieved° for his son°.” 3 So the people° went° by stealth° into the city° that day°, as people° who are humiliated° steal° away° when they flee° in battle°. 4 The king° acovered° his face° and Icried° out with a loud° voice°, “bO my son° Absalom°, O Absalom°, my son°, my son°!” 5 Then Joab° came° into the house° to the king° and said°, “Today° you have covered° with shame° the faces° of all° your servants°, who today° have saved° your life° and the lives° of your sons° and daughters°, the lives° of your wives°, and the lives° of your concubines°, 6 by loving° those who hate° you, and by hating° those who love° you. For you have shown° today° that Iprinces° and servants° are nothing° to you; for I know° this day° that if° Absalom° were alive° and all° of us were dead° today°, then° IIyou would be pleased°°. 7 Now° therefore arise°, go° out and speak° Ikindly° to your servants°, for I swear° by the LORD°, if° you do not go° out, surely° anot a man° will pass° the night° with you, and this° will be worse° for you than° all° the evil° that has come° upon you from your youth° until° now°.”
 a2S 18:5, 14
 ILit salvation
 ILit the king cried a2S 15:30 b2S 18:33
 IOr commanders IILit it would be right in your eyes
 ILit to the heart aPv 14:28
David Restored as King
¶ Now bIsrael° had fled°, each° to his tent°. 9 All° the people° were quarreling° throughout all° the tribes° of Israel°, saying°, “aThe king° delivered° us from the Ihand° of our enemies° and bsaved° us from the Ihand° of the Philistines°, but now° che has fled° out of the land° from Absalom°. 10 However, Absalom°, whom° we anointed° over° us, has died° in battle°. Now° then, why° are you silent° about bringing° the king° back°?”
11 ¶ Then King° David° sent° to aZadok° and Abiathar° the priests°, saying°, “Speak° to the elders° of Judah°, saying°, ‘Why° are you the last° to bring° the king° back° to his house°, since the word° of all° Israel° has come° to the king°, [even] to his house°? 12 You are my brothers°; ayou are my bone° and my flesh°. Why° then should you be the last° to bring° back° the king°?’ 13 Say° to aAmasa°, ‘Are you not my bone° and my flesh°? bMay God° do° so° to me, and more° also°, if° you will not be ccommander° of the army° before° me continually°° din place° of Joab°.’” 14 Thus he turned° the hearts° of all° the men° of Judah° aas one° man°, so that they sent° [word] to the king°, [saying], “Return°, you and all° your servants°.” 15 The king° then returned° and came° as far° as the Jordan°. And Judah° came° to aGilgal° in order to go° to meet° the king°, to bring° the king° across° the Jordan°.
 a2S 15:29
 a2S 5:1
 a2S 17:25 b1K 19:2 c2S 8:16 d2S 3:27-39; 19:5-7
 aJg 20:1
 aJsh 5:9; 1S 11:14, 15
16 ¶ Then aShimei° the son° of Gera°, the Benjamite° who° was from Bahurim°, hurried° and came° down° with the men° of Judah° to meet° King° David°. 17 There were a thousand° men° of Benjamin° with him, with aZiba° the servant° of the house° of Saul°, and his fifteen°° sons° and his twenty° servants° with him; and they rushed° to the Jordan° before° the king°. 18 Then they kept crossing° the ford° to bring° over° the king’s° household°, and to do° what° was good° in his sight°. And Shimei° the son° of Gera° fell° down° before° the king° as he was about to cross° the Jordan°. 19 So he said° to the king°, “aLet not my lord° consider° me guilty°, nor° remember° what° your servant° did° wrong° on the day° when° my lord° the king° came° out from Jerusalem°, so that the king° would Itake° [it] to heart°. 20 For your servant° knows° that I have sinned°; therefore behold°, I have come° today°, athe first° of all° the house° of Joseph° to go° down° to meet° my lord° the king°.” 21 But Abishai° the son° of Zeruiah° said°, “aShould not Shimei° be put° to death° for this°, bbecause° he cursed° the LORD’S° anointed°?” 22 David° then said°, “aWhat° have I to do with you, O sons° of Zeruiah°, that you should this day° be an adversary° to me? bShould any° man° be put° to death° in Israel° today°? For do I not know° that I am king° over° Israel° today°?” 23 The king° said° to Shimei°, “aYou shall not die°.” Thus the king° swore° to him.
 a2S 16:5-13; 1K 2:8
 a2S 16:1-4; 19:26, 27
 ILit set a1S 22:15; 2S 16:6-8
 a2S 16:5
 a2S 16:7, 8 bEx 22:28
 a2S 3:39; 16:9, 10 b1S 11:13
 a1K 2:8
24 ¶ Then aMephibosheth° the Ison° of Saul° came° down° to meet° the king°; and bhe had neither° IIcared° for his feet°, nor° IItrimmed° his mustache°, nor° cwashed° his clothes°, from the day° the king° departed° until° the day° he came° [home] in peace°. 25 It was when° he came° from Jerusalem° to meet° the king°, that the king° said° to him, “aWhy° did you not go° with me, Mephibosheth°?” 26 So he answered°, “O my lord°, the king°, my servant° deceived° me; for your servant° said°, ‘I will saddle° a donkey° for myself that I may ride° on it and go° with the king°,’ abecause° your servant° is lame°. 27 Moreover, ahe has slandered° your servant° to my lord° the king°; but my lord° the king° is blike the angel° of God°, therefore do° what° is good° in your sight°. 28 For aall° my father’s° household° was nothing° but dead° men° before my lord° the king°; byet you set° your servant° among those who ate° at your own table°. What° right° do I have° yet° that I should Icomplain° anymore° to the king°?” 29 So the king° said° to him, “Why° do you still° speak° of your affairs°? I have Idecided°, ‘You and Ziba° shall divide° the land°.’” 30 Mephibosheth° said° to the king°, “Let him even° take° it all°, since°° my lord° the king° has come° safely° to his own house°.”
 II.e. grandson IILit done a2S 9:6-10 b2S 12:20 cEx 19:10
 a2S 16:17
 a2S 9:3
 a2S 16:3, 4 b2S 14:17, 20
 ILit cry out a2S 21:6-9 b2S 9:7, 10, 13
 ILit said
31 ¶ Now aBarzillai° the Gileadite° had come° down° from Rogelim°; and he went° on to the Jordan° with the king° to Iescort° him over the Jordan°. 32 Now Barzillai° was very° old°, being eighty° years° old°; and he had Iasustained° the king° while he stayed° at Mahanaim°, for he was a very° great° man°. 33 The king° said° to Barzillai°, “You cross° over° with me and I will Isustain° you in Jerusalem° with me.” 34 But Barzillai° said° to the king°, “aHow° long° Ihave I yet to live°, that I should go° up with the king° to Jerusalem°? 35 I am Inow° aeighty° years° old°. Can I distinguish° between° good° and bad°? Or° can your servant° taste° what° I eat° or what° I drink°? Or° can I hear° anymore° bthe voice° of singing° men and women? cWhy° then should your servant° be an added° burden° to my lord° the king°? 36 Your servant° would merely° cross° over° the Jordan° with the king°. Why° should the king° compensate° me [with] this° reward°? 37 Please° let your servant° return°, that I may die° in my own city° near° the grave° of my father° and my mother°. However, here° is your servant° aChimham°, let him cross° over° with my lord° the king°, and do° for him what° is good° in your sight°.” 38 The king° answered°, “Chimham° shall cross° over° with me, and I will do° for him what° is good° in your sight°; and whatever°° you Irequire° of me, I will do° for you.” 39 All° the people° crossed° over° the Jordan° and the king° crossed° too. The king° then akissed° Barzillai° and blessed° him, and he returned° to his place°.
 ILit send a2S 17:27-29; 1K 2:7
 IOr provided food for a2S 17:27-29
 IOr provide food for
 ILit are the days of the years of my life aGn 47:8
 ILit today aPs 90:10 bEc 2:8; Is 5:11, 12 c2S 15:33
 a2S 19:40; 1K 2:7; Jr 41:17
 ILit choose
 aGn 31:55; Ru 1:14; 2S 14:33
40 ¶ Now the king° went° on to Gilgal°, and Chimham° went° on with him; and all° the people° of Judah° and also° ahalf° the people° of Israel° Iaccompanied° the king°. 41 And behold°, all° the men° of Israel° came° to the king° and said° to the king°, “aWhy° had our brothers° bthe men° of Judah° stolen° you away°, and brought° the king° and his household° and all° David’s° men° with him over° the Jordan°?” 42 Then all° the men° of Judah° answered° the men° of Israel°, “Because° athe king° is a close° relative° to Ius. Why° then IIare you angry° about° this° matter°? Have we eaten° at all° at the king’s° [expense], or° has IIIanything° been taken° for us?” 43 But the men° of Israel° answered° the men° of Judah° and said°, “IaWe have ten° parts° in the king°, therefore Iwe also° have more° [claim] on David° than° you. Why° then did you treat° us with contempt°? Was it not Iour advice° first° to bring° back° Iour king°?” Yet the words° of the men° of Judah° were harsher° than° the words° of the men° of Israel°.
 ILit crossed over with a2S 19:9, 10
 aJg 8:1; 12:1 b2S 19:11, 12
 ILit me IILit is it hot to you IIIOr a gift a2S 19:12
 ISingular in Heb a2S 5:1; 1K 11:30, 31
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Joab causeth the king to cease mourning.
1 ¶ And it was toldºª Joab,º Behold,² the kingº weepethºª and mournethºª for² Absalom.º 2 And the victoryº that² dayº was [turned] into mourningº unto all² the people:º for² the peopleº heardºª sayºª that² dayº how the kingº was grievedºª for² his son.º 3 And the peopleº gatºª them by stealthºª that² dayº into the city,º as² peopleº being ashamedºª steal awayºª when they fleeºª in battle.º 4 But the kingº coveredºª² his face,º and the kingº criedºª with a loudº voice,º O my sonº Absalom,º O Absalom,º my son,º my son!º 5 And Joabº cameºª into the houseº to² the king,º and said,ºª Thou hast shamedºª this dayº² the facesº of all² thy servants,º which this dayº have savedºª² thy life,º and the livesº of thy sonsº and of thy daughters,º and the livesº of thy wives,º and the livesº of thy concubines;º 6 In that thou lovestºª² thine enemies,ºª and hatestºª² thy friends.ºª For² thou hast declaredºª this day,º that² thou regardest neither² princesº nor servants:º for² this dayº I perceive,ºª that² ifº Absalomº had lived,º and all² we had diedºª this day,º then² it had pleased thee well.ºº 7 Now² therefore arise,ºª go forth,ºª and speakºª comfortablyº² unto thy servants:º for² I swearºª by the LORD,º if² thou go not forth,ºª² there will not² tarryºª oneº with² thee this night:º and that² will be worseºª unto thee than all²² the evilº that² befellºª² thee from thy youthº² until² now.² 8 Then the kingº arose,ºª and satºª in the gate.º And they toldºª unto all² the people,º saying,ºª Behold,² the kingº doth sitºª in the gate.º And all² the peopleº cameºª beforeº the king:º for Israelº had fledºª every manº to his tent.º
 2S 18:5, 12, 14, 20, 33; Pv 17:25.
 Pv 16:15; 19:12.
 Gn 31:27; 2S 17:24; 19:32.
 2S 15:30; 18:33.
 Ne 9:27; Ps 3:8; 18:47.
 2S 3:24; Jb 34:18; Pv 19:9; Ac 23:5.
 Gn 34:3; Ps 71:4, 9, 18; 129:1; Pv 14:28; 19:15; Is 40:1; Ho 2:14.
 2S 18:4, 6, 24; 19:3; 1K 22:36; 2K 14:12.
The Israelites are earnest to bring the king back.
9 ¶ And all² the peopleº were² at strifeºª throughout all² the tribesº of Israel,º saying,ºª The kingº savedºª us out of the handº² of our enemies,ºª and he² deliveredºª us out of the handº² of the Philistines;º and now² he is fledºª out of² the landº for²² Absalom.º 10 And Absalom,º whom² we anointedºª over² us, is deadºª in battle.º Now² therefore why² speakºª ye² not a word of bringingºª² the kingº back?¹ª
 Gn 3:12; Ex 32:24; 1S 17:50; 18:5, 25; 19:5; 2S 8:10; 15:14; Jm 3:14.
 Jg 18:9; 2S 15:12; 18:14; Ho 8:4.
David sendeth to the priests to incite them of Judah.
11 ¶ And kingº Davidº sentºª to² Zadokº and to² Abiatharº the priests,º saying,ºª Speakºª unto² the eldersº of Judah,º saying,ºª Why² are² ye the lastº to bringºª² the kingº back¹ª to² his house?º seeing the speechº of all² Israelº is comeºª to² the king,º [even] to² his house.º 12 Ye² [are] my brethren,º ye² [are] my bonesº and my flesh:º wherefore² then are² ye the lastº to bring backºª² the king?º 13 And sayºª ye to Amasa,º [Art] thou² not² of my bone,º and of my flesh?º Godº doºª so² to me, and moreºª also,² if² thou be² not² captainº of the hostº beforeº me continuallyº² in the roomº of Joab.º 14 And he bowedºª² the heartº of all² the menº of Judah,º even as [the heart of] oneº man;º so that they sentºª [this word] unto² the king,º Returnºª thou,² and all² thy servants.º 15 So the kingº returned,ºª and cameºª to² Jordan.º And Judahº cameºª to Gilgal,º to go¹ª² to meetºª the king,º to conduct¹ª the king¹ overººª² Jordan.º
 2S 15:29, 35; 1K 2:25, 35; Mt 5:16; 2Co 5:20; 2Th 3:9.
 Gn 2:23; Jg 9:2; 2S 5:1; Ep 5:30.
 Ru 1:17; 2S 3:29; 8:16; 17:25; 18:11; 19:5; 1K 19:2; 1Ch 2:16; 12:18.
 Jg 20:1; Ps 110:2; Ac 4:32.
 Jsh 5:9; 1S 11:14.
16 ¶ And Shimeiº the sonº of Gera,º a Benjamite,º which² [was] of Bahurim,º² hastedºª and came downºª with² the menº of Judahº to meetºª kingº David.º 17 And [there were] a thousandº menº of Benjamin¹²² with² him, and Zibaº the servantº of the houseº of Saul,º and his fifteenºº sonsº and his twentyº servantsº with² him; and they went overºª Jordanº beforeº the king.º
Shimei is pardoned.
18 And there went overºª a ferry boatº to carry overºª² the king'sº household,º and to doºª what he thoughtº good.º And Shimeiº the sonº of Geraº fell downºª beforeº the king,º as he was come overºª Jordan;º 19 And saidºª unto² the king,º Let not² my lordº imputeºª iniquityº unto me, neither² do thou rememberºª² that which² thy servantº did perverselyºª the dayº that² my lordº the kingº went outºª of Jerusalem,º² that the kingº should takeºª it to² his heart.º 20 For² thy servantº doth knowºª that² I² have sinned:ºª therefore, behold,² I am comeºª the firstº this dayº of all² the houseº of Josephº to go downºª to meetºª my lordº the king.º 21 But Abishaiº the sonº of Zeruiahº answeredºª and said,ºª Shall not² Shimeiº be put to deathºª for² this,² because² he cursedºª² the LORD'Sº anointed?º 22 And Davidº said,ºª What² have I to do with you, ye sonsº of Zeruiah,º that² ye should this dayº be² adversariesº unto me? shall there any manº be put to deathºª this dayº in Israel?º for² do not² I knowºª that² I² [am] this dayº kingº over² Israel?º 23 Therefore the kingº saidºª unto² Shimei,º Thou shalt not² die.ºª And the kingº swareºª unto him.
 Ps 66:3; 81:15; Rv 3:9.
 Ex 10:16; 1S 22:15; 25:25; 26:21; 2S 13:20, 33; 16:5, 10; Ps 32:2; 79:8; Ec 10:4; Is 43:25; Jr 31:34; Mt 27:4; Ro 4:6; 2Co 5:19.
 Gn 48:14, 20; 2S 16:5; 19:9; 1K 12:20, 25; Ps 78:34; Jr 22:23; Ho 4:15; 5:3, 15.
 Ex 22:28; 1S 24:6; 26:9; 2S 16:5, 7, 13; 1K 21:10.
 1S 11:13; 26:8; 2S 3:39; 16:10; Is 16:5; Mt 8:29; Lk 9:54.
 1S 28:10; 30:15; 1K 2:8, 37, 46; He 6:16.
24 ¶ And Mephiboshethº the sonº of Saulº came downºª to meetºª the king,º and had neitherº dressedºª his feet,º nor² trimmedºª his beard,º nor² washedºª his clothes,º from² the dayº the kingº departed¹ª² until² the dayº he cameºª [again] in peace.º 25 And it came to pass,² when² he was comeºª to Jerusalemº to meetºª the king,º that the kingº saidºª unto him, Wherefore² wentestºª not² thou with² me, Mephibosheth?º 26 And he answered,ºª My lord,º O king,º my servantº deceivedºª me: for² thy servantº said,ºª I will saddleºª me an ass,º that I may rideºª thereon,² and go¹ª² to² the king;º because² thy servantº [is] lame.º 27 And he hath slanderedºª thy servantº unto² my lordº the king;º but my lordº the kingº [is] as an angelº of God:º doºª therefore [what is] goodº in thine eyes.º 28 For² all² [of] my father'sº houseº were² but¹²² deadº men¹² before² my lordº the king:º yet didst thou setºª² thy servantº among them that did eatºª at thine own table.º What² rightº therefore haveº I yet² to cryºª any more² unto² the king?º 29 And the kingº saidºª unto him, Why² speakestºª thou any more² of thy matters?º I have said,ºª Thou² and Zibaº divideºª² the land.º 30 And Mephiboshethº saidºª unto² the king,º Yea,² let him takeºª² all,² forasmuchº² as¹ my lordº the kingº is come againºª in peaceº unto² his own house.º
 Dt 21:12; 2S 9:6; 15:30; 16:3; Is 15:2; Jr 41:5; Mt 6:16; Ro 12:15; He 13:3.
 2S 16:17.
 2S 4:4; 16:2.
 Ex 20:16; 1S 29:9; 2S 14:17, 20; 16:3; Ps 15:3; 101:5; Jr 9:4.
 Gn 32:10; 1S 26:16; 2S 9:7, 10, 13; 2K 8:3.
 Dt 19:17; Jb 19:16; Ps 82:2; 101:5; Pv 18:13; Ac 18:15.
 2S 1:26; Ac 20:24; Php 1:20.
Barzillai dismissed, Chimham his son is taken into the king's family.
32 Now Barzillaiº was a veryº agedºª man, [even] fourscoreº yearsº old:º and he² had provided² the kingº of sustenanceºª while he layº at Mahanaim;º for² he² [was] a veryº greatº man.º 33 And the kingº saidºª unto² Barzillai,º Come² thou² over¹ª with² me, and I will feedºª thee with² me in Jerusalem.º 34 And Barzillaiº saidºª unto² the king,º How² longº² have I to live,º¹ that² I should go upºª with² the kingº unto Jerusalem?º 35 I² [am] this dayº fourscoreº yearsº old:º [and] can I discernºª between² goodº and evil?º can² thy servantº tasteºª² whatº I eatºª or whatº I drink?ºª can² I hearºª any more² the voiceº of singing menºª and singing women?ºª wherefore² then should thy servantº be² yet² a burdenº unto² my lordº the king?º 36 Thy servantº will go¹ª a little way¹ overºª²² Jordanº with² the king:º and why² should the kingº recompenseºª it me with such² a reward?º 37 Let thy servant,º I pray thee,² turn back again,ºª that I may dieºª in mine own city,º [and be buried] by² the graveº of my fatherº and of my mother.º But behold² thy servantº Chimham;º let him go overºª with² my lordº the king;º and doºª to him² what² shall seem² goodº¹ unto thee. 38 And the kingº answered,