2 Samuel 16
Ziba, by presents and false suggestions, obtaineth his master's inheritance.
2 Samuel 16:1 And when Dauid was a little past the top [of the hill], Beholde, Ziba the seruant of Mephibosheth met him with a couple of asses sadled, and vpon them two hundred [loaues] of bread, and an hundred bunches of raisins, and an hundred of summer fruits, and a bottell of wine. 2 Samuel 16:2 And the King saide vnto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba saide, The asses bee for the kings houshold to ride on, and the bread and summer fruit for the yong men to eate, and the wine, that such as be faint in the wildernesse, may drinke. 2 Samuel 16:3 And the king said, And where is thy masters sonne? and Ziba said vnto the king, Behold, he abideth at Ierusalem: for hee said, To day shall the house of Israel restore mee the kingdome of my father. 2 Samuel 16:4 Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are all that pertained vnto Mephibosheth. And Ziba saide, I humbly beseech thee [that] I may finde grace in thy sight, my lord, O king.
At Bahurim Shimei curseth David.
2 Samuel 16:5 And when king Dauid came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei the sonne of Gera: hee came foorth, and cursed still as he came. 2 Samuel 16:6 And he cast stones at Dauid, and at all the seruants of king Dauid: and all the people, and all the mighty men were on his right hand, and on his left. 2 Samuel 16:7 And thus said Shimei when hee cursed, Come out, come out thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial: 2 Samuel 16:8 The LORD hath returned vpon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast raigned, and the LORD hath deliuered the kingdome into the hand of Absalom thy sonne: and behold, thou [art taken] to thy mischiefe, because thou [art] a bloody man.
David with patience abstaineth, and restraineth others, from revenge.
2 Samuel 16:9 Then said Abishai the sonne of Zeruiah vnto the king, Why should this dead dogge curse my lord the king? let mee goe ouer, I pray thee, and take off his head. 2 Samuel 16:10 And the king said, What haue I to doe with you, ye sonnes of Zeruiah? So let him curse, because the LORD hath said vnto him, Curse Dauid. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so? 2 Samuel 16:11 And Dauid said to Abishai, and to all his seruants, Beholde, my sonne which came foorth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now [may] this Beniamite [doe it]? let him alone, and let him curse: for the LORD hath bidden him. 2 Samuel 16:12 It may bee that the LORD will looke on mine affliction, and that the LORD will requite good for his cursing this day. 2 Samuel 16:13 And as Dauid and his men went by the way, Shimei went along on the hilles side ouer against him, and cursed as hee went, and threw stones at him, and cast dust. 2 Samuel 16:14 And the king, and all the people that were with him, came weary, and refreshed themselues there.
Hushai insinuateth himself into Absalom's counsel.
2 Samuel 16:15 And Absalom and al the people the men of Israel, came to Ierusalem, and Ahithophel with him. 2 Samuel 16:16 And it came to passe when Hushai the Archite, Dauids friend, was come vnto Absalom, that Hushai said vnto Absalom, God saue the king, God saue the king. 2 Samuel 16:17 And Absalom said to Hushai, [Is] this thy kindnesse to thy friend? Why wentest thou not with thy friend? 2 Samuel 16:18 And Hushai said vnto Absalom, Nay, but whom the LORD and this people, and all the men of Israel chuse, his will I bee, and with him will I abide. 2 Samuel 16:19 And againe, whom should I serue? should I not [serue] in the presence of his sonne? as I haue serued in thy fathers presence, so will I be in thy presence.
2 Samuel 16:20 Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Giue counsell among you what we shall doe. 2 Samuel 16:21 And Ahithophel said vnto Absalom, Goe in vnto thy fathers concubines, which he hath left to keepe the house, and all Israel shall heare that thou art abhorred of thy father, then shall the hands of all that are with thee be strong. 2 Samuel 16:22 So they spread Absalom a tent vpon the top of the house, and Absalom went in vnto his fathers concubines, in the sight of all Israel. 2 Samuel 16:23 And the counsell of Ahithophel which he counselled in those dayes, was as if a man had enquired at the Oracle of God: so [was] all the counsell of Ahithophel, both with Dauid and with Absalom.