2 Samuel 20
By occasion of the quarrel, Sheba maketh a party in Israel.
2 Samuel 20:1 And there happened to bee there a man of Belial, whose name [was] Sheba the sonne of Bichri, a Beniamite, & hee blew a trumpet, and said, Wee haue no part in Dauid, neither haue we inheritance in the sonne of Iesse: euery man to his tents, O Israel. 2 Samuel 20:2 So euery man of Israel went vp from after Dauid, [and] followed Sheba the sonne of Bichri: but the men of Iudah claue vnto their king, from Iordane euen to Ierusalem.
David's ten concubines are shut up in perpetual prison.
2 Samuel 20:3 And Dauid came to his house at Ierusalem, and the king tooke the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in ward, and fed them, but went not in vnto them: so they were shut vp vnto the day of their death, liuing in widowhood.
Amasa, made captain over Judah, is slain by Joab.
2 Samuel 20:4 Then said the king to Amasa, Assemble me the men of Iudah within three dayes, and be thou here present. 2 Samuel 20:5 So Amasa went to assemble the men of Iudah; but hee taried longer then the set time which he had appointed him. 2 Samuel 20:6 And Dauid said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the sonne of Bichri doe vs more harme then did Absalom: take thou thy lords seruants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape vs. 2 Samuel 20:7 And there went out after him Ioabs men, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and all the mighty men: and they went out of Ierusalem, to pursue after Sheba the sonne of Bichri. 2 Samuel 20:8 When they [were] at the great stone which [is] in Gibeon, Amasa went before them: and Ioabs garment that he had put on, was girded vnto him, and vpon it a girdle [with] a sword fastned vpon his loynes in the sheath thereof, and as hee went forth, it fell out. 2 Samuel 20:9 And Ioab saide to Amasa, Art thou in health, my brother? And Ioab tooke Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kisse him. 2 Samuel 20:10 But Amasa tooke no heed to the sword that [was] in Ioabs hand: so hee smote him therewith in the fifth [rib], and shed out his bowels to the ground, and strake him not againe, and he died: so Ioab and Abishai his brother pursued after Sheba the sonne of Bichri. 2 Samuel 20:11 And one of Ioabs men stood by him, and said, He that fauoureth Ioab, and hee that [is] for Dauid, [let him goe] after Ioab. 2 Samuel 20:12 And Amasa wallowed in blood in the mids of the high way: and when the man saw that all the people stood still, he remoued Amasa out of the high way into the field, and cast a cloth vpon him, when hee saw that euery one that came by him, stood still. 2 Samuel 20:13 When he was remoued out of the high way, all the people went on after Ioab, to pursue after Sheba the sonne of Bichri.
Joab pursueth Sheba unto Abel.
2 Samuel 20:14 And hee went thorow all the tribes of Israel vnto Abel, and to Bethmaachah, and all the Berites: and they were gathered together, and went also after him. 2 Samuel 20:15 And they came and besieged him in Abel of Bethmaachah, and they cast vp a banke against the citie, and it stood in the trench: and all the people that [were] with Ioab, battered the wall, to throw [it] downe.
A wise woman saveth the city by Sheba's head.
2 Samuel 20:16 Then cried a wise woman out of the citie, Heare, heare; say, I pray you, vnto Ioab, Come neere hither, that I may speake with thee. 2 Samuel 20:17 And when he was come neere vnto her, the woman said, [Art] thou Ioab? And he answered, I [am he]: Then shee said vnto him, Heare the words of thine handmaid. And he answered, I doe heare. 2 Samuel 20:18 Then she spake, saying, They were wont to speake in old time, saying, They shall surely aske counsell at Abel: and so they ended [the matter]. 2 Samuel 20:19 I [am] one of them that are peaceable [and] faithfull in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a citie, and a mother in Israel: Why wilt thou swallow vp the inheritance of the LORD? 2 Samuel 20:20 And Ioab answered and saide, Farre be it, farre be it from me, that I should swallow vp or destroy. 2 Samuel 20:21 The matter is not so: but a man of mount Ephraim (Sheba the sonne of Bichri by name) hath lift vp his hand against the king, [euen] against Dauid: deliuer him onely, and I will depart from the city. And the woman said vnto Ioab, Behold, his head shall be throwen to thee ouer the wall. 2 Samuel 20:22 Then the woman went vnto all the people in her wisedome, and they cut off the head of Sheba the sonne of Bichri, and cast [it] out to Ioab: and hee blew a trumpet, and they retired from the citie, euery man to his tent: & Ioab returned to Ierusalem vnto the king.
2 Samuel 20:23 Now Ioab [was] ouer all the hoste of Israel, and Benaiah the sonne of Iehoiada [was] ouer the Cherethites, and ouer the Pelethites. 2 Samuel 20:24 And Adoram [was] ouer the tribute, and Iehoshaphat the sonne of Ahilud [was] Recorder. 2 Samuel 20:25 And Sheua [was] scribe, and Zadok, and Abiathar [were] the Priests. 2 Samuel 20:26 And Ira also the Iairite, was a chiefe ruler about Dauid.