2 Samuel 17
Ahithophel's counsel is overthrown by Hushsai's, according to God's appointment.
2 Samuel 17:1 Moreouer Ahithophel said vnto Absalom, Let mee nowe chuse out twelue thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after Dauid this night. 2 Samuel 17:2 And I wil come vpon him while hee is wearie and weake handed, and wil make him afraid: and all the people that are with him shall flee, and I will smite the king onely. 2 Samuel 17:3 And I wil bring backe all the people vnto thee: the man whom thou seekest [is] as if all returned: [so] all the people shall be in peace. 2 Samuel 17:4 And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the Elders of Israel. 2 Samuel 17:5 Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Archite also, and let vs heare likewise what he saith. 2 Samuel 17:6 And when Hushai was come to Absalom, Absalom spake vnto him, saying, Ahithophel hath spoken after this maner: shall we doe after his saying? if not, speake thou. 2 Samuel 17:7 And Hushai said vnto Absalom, The counsell that Ahithophel hath giuen, [is] not good at this time. 2 Samuel 17:8 For, (said Hushai,) thou knowest thy father and his men, that they [bee] mightie men, and they [be] chafed in their minds, as a beare robbed of her whelps in the field: and thy father [is] a man of warre, and will not lodge with the people. 2 Samuel 17:9 Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or in some [other] place: and it wil come to passe when some of them bee ouerthrowen at the first, that whosoeuer heareth it, wil say, There is a slaughter among the people that followe Absalom. 2 Samuel 17:10 And he also [that is] valiant, whose heart [is] as the heart of a Lyon, shall vtterly melt: for all Israel knoweth that thy father is a mightie man, and they which be with him [are] valiant men. 2 Samuel 17:11 Therefore I counsell, that all Israel be generally gathered vnto thee, from Dan euen to Beer-sheba, as the sand that [is] by the sea for multitude, and that thou goe to battell in thine owne person. 2 Samuel 17:12 So shall wee come vpon him in some place where he shall be found, and we will light vpon him as the dew falleth on the ground: and of him and of all the men that [are] with him, there shall not be left so much as one. 2 Samuel 17:13 Moreouer, if hee be gotten into a citie, then shall all Israel bring ropes to that city, and we will draw it into the riuer, vntill there be not one small stone found there. 2 Samuel 17:14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsell of Hushai the Archite, [is] better then the counsell of Ahithophel: For the LORD had appointed to defeate the good counsell of Ahithophel, to the intent that the LORD might bring euill vpon Absalom.
Secret intelligence is sent unto David.
2 Samuel 17:15 Then said Hushai vnto Zadok and to Abiathar the Priestes, Thus and thus did Ahithophel counsell Absalom and the Elders of Israel, and thus and thus haue I counselled. 2 Samuel 17:16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell Dauid, saying, Lodge not this night in the plaines of the wildernes, but speedily passe ouer, lest the King be swallowed vp, and all the people that are with him. 2 Samuel 17:17 Now Ionathan and Ahimaaz stayed by En-rogel: (for they might not be seene to come into the citie) and a wench went and tolde them: and they went, and tolde king Dauid. 2 Samuel 17:18 Neuerthelesse, a ladde saw them, and tolde Absalom: but they went both of them away quickely, and came to a mans house in Bahurim, which had a Well in his court, whither they went downe. 2 Samuel 17:19 And the woman tooke and spread a couering ouer the welles mouth, and spread ground corne thereon; and the thing was not knowen. 2 Samuel 17:20 And when Absaloms seruants came to the woman to the house, they said, Where [is] Ahimaaz and Ionathan? And the woman said vnto them, They be gone ouer the brooke of water. And when they had sought, and could not finde [them], they returned to Ierusalem. 2 Samuel 17:21 And it came to passe after they were departed, that they came vp out of the Well, and went and tolde king Dauid, and said vnto Dauid, Arise, and passe quickely ouer the water: for thus hath Ahithophel counselled against you. 2 Samuel 17:22 Then Dauid arose, and all the people that were with him, and they passed ouer Iordane: by the morning light there lacked not one of them that was not gone ouer Iordane.
Ahithophel hangeth himself.
2 Samuel 17:23 And when Ahithophel sawe that his counsell was not followed, he sadled [his] asse, and arose, and gate him home to his house, to his citie, and put his houshold in order, and hanged himselfe, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father. 2 Samuel 17:24 Then Dauid came to Mahanaim: and Absalom passed ouer Iordane, he and all the men of Israel with him.
Amasa is made captain.
2 Samuel 17:25 And Absalom made Amasa captaine of the hoste in stead of Ioab: which Amasa [was] a mans sonne whose name [was] Ithra an Israelite, that went in to Abigal the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah Ioabs mother. 2 Samuel 17:26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land of Gilead.
David at Mahanaim is furnished with provision.
2 Samuel 17:27 And it came to passe when Dauid was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the sonne of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir the sonne of Ammiel of Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gileadite, of Rogelim, 2 Samuel 17:28 Brought beds, and basins, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and floure, and parched [corne], & beanes, and lentiles, and parched [pulse], 2 Samuel 17:29 And honie, and butter, and sheepe, and cheese of kine for Dauid, and for the people that were with him, to eate: for they said, The people [is] hungrie, and wearie, and thirstie in the wildernesse.