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2 Samuel 16

Ziba, by presents and false suggestions, obtaineth his master's inheritance.

2 Samuel 16:1 And when Dauid was a litle past the toppe [of the hill] beholde, Ziba the seruaunt of Miphiboseth mette him with a coople of asses sadled, & vpon them two hundred loues of bread, & one hundred bunches of resinges, and an hundred of dried figges, & a bottel of wyne. 2 Samuel 16:2 And the king sayde vnto Ziba: What meanest thou with these? And Ziba sayde: They be Asses for the kinges houshold to ryde on, and bread and fruit for the young men to eate, and wine, that such as be faynt in the wildernesse may drinke. 2 Samuel 16:3 And the king sayde: Where is thy maisters sonne? Ziba aunswered vnto the king, Behold he tarieth still at Hierusalem: For he sayde, This day shall the house of Israel restore me the kingdome of my father. 2 Samuel 16:4 Then sayd the king to Ziba: Behold, thyne are all that pertayned vnto Miphiboseth. And Ziba sayde: I humbly beseche thee that I may finde grace in thy sight, my lorde O king.

At Bahurim Shimei curseth David.

2 Samuel 16:5 And when king Dauid came to Bahurim, beholde, thence came out a man of the kinred of the house of Saul, named Semei the sonne of Gera, and he came out cursing. 2 Samuel 16:6 And he cast stones at Dauid, and at all the seruauntes of Dauid: And all the people and al the men of warre were on his right hande, and on his left. 2 Samuel 16:7 And thus sayd Semei when he cursed: Come foorth, come foorth thou bloodsheder, and thou man of Belial. 2 Samuel 16:8 The Lord hath brought vpon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose steade thou hast raigned, and the Lorde hath deliuered the kingdome into the hande of Absalom thy sonne: And beholde, thou art come to thy mischiefe, because thou art a bloodsheder.

David with patience abstaineth, and restraineth others, from revenge.

2 Samuel 16:9 Then sayde Abisai the sonne of Zaruia vnto the king: Why doth this dead dogge curse my lord the king? let me go nowe, and take of the head of him. 2 Samuel 16:10 And the king sayde: What haue I to do with you ye sonnes of Zaruia? for he curseth euen because the Lord hath bidden him curse Dauid: Who dare then say, Wherfore hast thou done so? 2 Samuel 16:11 And Dauid sayde to Abisai, and to all his seruautes, Behold, my sonne which came of myne owne bowels, seketh my lyfe: How much more then may this sonne of Iemini do it? Suffre him to curse, for the Lorde hath bidden him. 2 Samuel 16:12 It may be that the Lorde will loke on myne affliction, and do me good for his cursing this day. 2 Samuel 16:13 And as Dauid and his men went by the way, Semei went along on the hilles syde ouer against him, & cursed as he went, and threwe stones at him, and cast duste. 2 Samuel 16:14 And the king and all that were with him came weery, and refreshed them selues there.

Hushai insinuateth himself into Absalom's counsel.

2 Samuel 16:15 And Absalom & al the people the men of Israel came to Hierusalem, and Ahithophel was with him. 2 Samuel 16:16 And assoone as Husai the Arachite Dauids frend, was come vnto Absalo, Husai sayde vnto Absalom: God saue the king, God saue the king. 2 Samuel 16:17 And Absalom sayde to Husai: Is this the kindnesse to thy frende? Why wentest thou not with him? 2 Samuel 16:18 Husai aunswered vnto Absalom, Nay not so: But whom the Lorde and this people and all the men of Israel choose, his will I be, & with him wil I dwell. 2 Samuel 16:19 And moreouer, vnto whom shal I do seruice? not to his sonne? And as I was seruaunt before thy father, so will I before thee.

2 Samuel 16:20 Then spake Absalom to Ahithophel: Geue counsel what we shall do. 2 Samuel 16:21 And Ahithophel said vnto Absalom: Get thee in vnto thy fathers cocubines whiche he hath left to kepe the house, and all Israel shal heare, that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hades of al that are with thee, be strong. 2 Samuel 16:22 And so they spread Absalom a tent vpon the toppe of the house, and Absalom went in vnto his fathers concubines in the sight of all Israel. 2 Samuel 16:23 And the counsel of Ahithophel whiche he counseled in those dayes, was as a man had asked counsel at the oracle of God: euen so was all the counsel of Ahithophel, both with Dauid and with Absalom.

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