Bishops' Bible

2 Samuel 15

Absalom, by fair speeches and courtesies, stealeth the hearts of Israel.

2 Samuel 15:1 After this, Absalo prepared him charettes & horses, and fiftie men to runne before him. 2 Samuel 15:2 And Absalom rose vp early, and stoode in the place of the entring in of the gate: And euery man that had any matter and came to the king for iudgement, him did Absalom cal vnto him, and sayde: Of what citie art thou? He aunswered: Thy seruaunt is of one of the tribes of Israel. 2 Samuel 15:3 And Absalom said vnto him: See, thy matters are good and righteous, but there is no man [deputed] of the king to heare thee. 2 Samuel 15:4 Absalom sayde moreouer: Oh, that I were made iudge in the land, that euery man which hath any plea and matter in the lawe, might come to me, and that I might do him iustice. 2 Samuel 15:5 And when any man came nye to him, and dyd him obeysaunce, he put foorth his hande, and toke him to him, and kissed him. 2 Samuel 15:6 And on this maner dyd Absalom to al Israel that came to the king for iudgement: so Absalom stale the heartes of the men of Israel.

Under pretence of a vow he obtaineth leave to go to Hebron.

2 Samuel 15:7 And after fourtie yeres, Absalom said vnto the king: I pray thee let me go to Hebron, & pay my vowe which I haue vowed vnto the Lorde: 2 Samuel 15:8 For thy seruaunt vowed a vowe (when I was in Gesur in Siria) saying: If the Lorde shall bring me againe in deede to Hierusalem, I wil serue the Lorde. 2 Samuel 15:9 And the king said vnto him: Go in peace. And so he arose, and went to Hebron.

He maketh there a great conspiracy.

2 Samuel 15:10 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying: Assoone as ye heare the voyce of the trumpet blow, ye shall say, Absalom raigneth in Hebro. 2 Samuel 15:11 And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Hierusalem, that were called: And they went with pure heartes, not knowing of any thing. 2 Samuel 15:12 And Absalom sent for Ahithopel the Gilonite Dauids counseller, fro his citie Gilo, while he offered sacrifices, and there was wrought strong treason: For the people went and increased with Absalom.

David upon the news fleeth from Jerusalem.

2 Samuel 15:13 And ther came a messenger to Dauid, and sayde: The heartes of the men of Israel are turned after Absalom. 2 Samuel 15:14 And Dauid said vnto all his seruautes that were with him at Hierusalem: Up, that we may flee, for we shall not els escape from Absalom: Make speede to departe, lest he come sodenly & catche vs, and bring euyll vpon vs, and smyte the citie with the edge of the sworde. 2 Samuel 15:15 And the kinges seruauntes sayd vnto him: Beholde, thy seruauntes are redy to do whatsoeuer my lord the king shall appoynt. 2 Samuel 15:16 And the king departed, and al his housholde at his feete: And the king left ten concubines to kepe the house. 2 Samuel 15:17 And the king went foorth and all the people at his feete, and taried in a place that was farre of. 2 Samuel 15:18 And al his seruauntes went about him: and all the Cerethites, and all the Phelethites, and all the Gethites, euen sixe hundred men whiche were come after him from Geth, went before the king.

Ittai would not leave him.

2 Samuel 15:19 Then sayde the king to Ithai the Gethite: Wherfore commest thou with vs? Returne, and abyde with the king, for thou art a straunger, depart therfore to thy place. 2 Samuel 15:20 Thou camest yesterday, and should I vnquiet thee to day to go with vs? I will go whyther I can: Therfore returne thou, & cary againe thy brethren: Mercy and trueth be with thee. 2 Samuel 15:21 And Ithai aunswered the king, & said: As the Lord lyueth, and as my lord the king lyueth, in what place my lorde the king shalbe, whether in death or lyfe, euen there also will thy seruaunt be. 2 Samuel 15:22 And Dauid said to Ithai: Come then, and go forward. And Ithai the Gethite went foorth, and all his men, and all the children that were with him. 2 Samuel 15:23 And all the countrey wepte with a loude voyce, & all the people went ouer: The king also him selfe passed ouer the brooke Cedron, and all the people went ouer towarde the waye that leadeth to the wildernesse.

Zadok and Abiathar are sent back with the Ark.

2 Samuel 15:24 And lo Sadoc also and all the Leuites were with him, & bare the arke of the appoyntment of God, and they set downe the arke of God, and Abiathar went vp, vntill the people were all come ouer, out of the citie. 2 Samuel 15:25 And the king sayde vnto Sadoc, Cary the arke of God againe into the citie: If I shall finde fauour in the eyes of the Lorde, he will bring me againe, & shewe me both it, and the tabernacle therof. 2 Samuel 15:26 But if he thus say, I haue no lust vnto thee: beholde here am I, let hym do with me what semeth good in his eyes. 2 Samuel 15:27 The king sayde also vnto Sadoc the priest: Art not thou a Sear? Returne into the citie in peace, and take your two sonnes with you, Ahimaaz thy sonne, and Ionathan the sonne of Abiathar. 2 Samuel 15:28 Behold, I wil tary in the fieldes of the wildernesse, vntil there come some word from you to be tolde me. 2 Samuel 15:29 Sadoc therfore and Abiathar caried the arke of God againe to Hierusalem, and they taried there.

David and his company go up mount Olivet weeping.

2 Samuel 15:30 And Dauid went vpon mount Oliuet, and wept as he went vp, and had his head couered, & went barefoote: And all the people that was with him, had euery man his head couered: & as they went vp, they wept.

He curseth Ahithophel's counsel.

2 Samuel 15:31 And one tolde Dauid, saying: Ahithophel is one of them that haue conspired with Absalom. And Dauid sayde: O Lorde I pray thee, turne the counsell of Ahithophel into foolishnes.

Hushai is sent back with instructions.

2 Samuel 15:32 When Dauid was come to the toppe of the mount, he worshipped God: and beholde, Husai the Arachite came against him, with his coate torne, and hauing earth vpon his head. 2 Samuel 15:33 Unto whom Dauid sayde: If thou go with me, thou shalt be a burthen vnto me. 2 Samuel 15:34 But if thou returne to the citie, and say vnto Absalom, I will be thy seruaunt O king: as I haue thus long ben thy fathers seruaunt, so am I nowe thy seruaunt, thou mayest for my sake destroy the counsel of Ahithophel. 2 Samuel 15:35 And hast thou not there with thee Sadoc and Abiathar the priestes? therfore whatsoeuer thou shalt here out of the kings house, thou shalt shewe to Sadoc and Abiathar the priestes. 2 Samuel 15:36 And behold, they haue there with them their two sonnes, Ahimaaz Sadocs sonne, and Ionathan Abiathars sonne: by them also shal ye sende me all that ye can heare. 2 Samuel 15:37 And so Husai Dauids freende went to the citie, and Absalom entred into Hierusalem.

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