2 Samuel 14
Joab, suborning a widow of Tekoah, by a parable to incline the king's heart to fetch home Absalom, bringeth him to Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 14:1 Ioab the sonne of Zaruia perceaued, that the kynges hert was towarde Absalom, 2 Samuel 14:2 & he sent to Thekoa, and fett thence a wyse woman, and sayde vnto her: fayne thy selfe to be a mourner, and put on mournynge apparell. And anoynt not thy self with oyle. but be as a woman that had longe tyme mourned for some deed bodye. 2 Samuel 14:3 And come to the kynge, and speake of thys maner vnto hym. And so Ioab taught her what she shuld saye
2 Samuel 14:4 And when the woman of Thekoa had fallen on her face to the grounde, and done obeysaunce, she sayde vnto the kynge: helpe me O kynge. 2 Samuel 14:5 The kynge sayde vnto her: what ayleth the? She answered: I am a wedowe, and myne husbande is deed. 2 Samuel 14:6 And thy handmayde had two sonnes, and they two fought together in the felde, (where was no man to go betwene them) but the one smote the other and slewe hym. 2 Samuel 14:7 And beholde, the whole kynred is rysen agaynst thy handmayde, and they sayd: delyuer vs him that smote hys brother: that we maye kyll hym for þe soule of his brother whome he slue. We will destroye the heyre also. And so they shall quenche my sparkle whych is left, that he shall stere vp (to my husbande) nether name ner issue vpon þe erth. 2 Samuel 14:8 And the kynge sayde vnto the woman: go home to thyne house, I wyll geue a charge for the. 2 Samuel 14:9 And the woman of Thekoa sayde vnto the kynge: My Lorde O kynge, thys trespace be on me and on my fathers house, and the kynge and hys seate be giltlesse. 2 Samuel 14:10 And the kynge sayd: yf any man saye ought vnto the, bryng hym to me, and he shall hurte the no moare. 2 Samuel 14:11 Then sayde she: lett the kynge remember hys Lorde God, that the auenger of the bloude geather not on heapes together to destroye, and that they slaye not my sonne. And he answered: as sure as the Lorde lyueth there shall not one heere of thy sonne fall to the erthe. 2 Samuel 14:12 The woman sayde: let thyne handmayde speake one worde moare vnto my Lorde þe kynge. And he sayde: saye on. 2 Samuel 14:13 The woman sayde: wherfore then hast þu determined such a thyng agaynst þe people of God? For þe kyng doth speake this thynge as one which is fautye, that he shulde not fett agayne hys banesshed. 2 Samuel 14:14 For we must nedes dye, & perysh as water spylt on the grounde, which cannot be geathered vp agayne: Neither doth God spare any soule. Let the kynge therfore fynde þe meanes, þt hys banysshed be not vtterly expelled from hym. 2 Samuel 14:15 Nowe therfore am I come, to speake of this thing vnto the kynge my Lorde: For they þt be of the people, haue feared me. And thy handmayde sayde: Nowe wyll I speake vnto þe kyng, parauenture the kynge will perfourme þe request of his handmayde. 2 Samuel 14:16 And the kinge shall heare his handmayde, to delyuer her out of the hande of the man that wolde haue destroyed me and also my sonne out of þe enheritaunce of God. 2 Samuel 14:17 And thyne handmayde sayde: the worde of my Lorde the kynge shall nowe be confortable? For my Lorde the kynge is as an Angel of God, in hearyng of good and badd: therfore the Lorde thy God be with the. 2 Samuel 14:18 Then the kynge answered, & sayde vnto þe woman: hyde not from me (I praye the) the thynge that I shall aske the: And the woman sayde: let my Lorde the kyng nowe saye on. 2 Samuel 14:19 And the kynge sayde: Is not the hande of Ioab wyth the in all this matter? The woman answered, and sayde: as sure as thy soule lyueth my Lorde kynge, there is els no man (on the ryght hande nor on the leaft) but as my Lorde the kynge hath spoken, thy seruaunt Ioab he bad me, and he put all these wordes in the mouthe of thyne handmayde. 2 Samuel 14:20 For to the intent that I shulde alter my communicacyon, hath thy seruaunt Ioab done this thinge. And my Lord is wise, euen as an Angell of God, to vnderstand all thynges that are in the erthe.
2 Samuel 14:21 And the kynge sayde vnto Ioab beholde, I am content to do this thing. Go, and fett home the chylde Absalom agayne. 2 Samuel 14:22 And Ioab fell to the grounde on his face, and bowed hym selfe, & blessed the kynge And Ioab sayde: nowe thy seruaunt knoweth, that I haue founde grace in thy syght (my Lorde O kynge) in that the kynge hath fulfylled the request of hys seruaunt. 2 Samuel 14:23 And so Ioab arose, and went to Gesur, and brought Absalom to Ierusalem. 2 Samuel 14:24 And the kyng sayd: let him turne to hys awne house, and not se my face. And so Absalom returned to hys awne house, and sawe not the kynges face.
Absalom's beauty, hair, and children.
2 Samuel 14:25 But in all Israel there was not so goodlye a man as Absalom, for he was very bewtifull: in so moche þt from þe sole of his fote to þe toppe of his heed, there was no blemeshe in him. 2 Samuel 14:26 And when he shaued hys heed (for at euery yeares end he shaued it, because þe heer was heute on hym and must nedes shaue it) the heere of his heed wayed two hundred cycles after the kynges weyght. 2 Samuel 14:27 And this Absalom had thre sonnes borne him and one daughter, named Thamar, whyche was afayre, woman to loke vpon.
After two years, Absalom by Joab is brought before the king's presence.
2 Samuel 14:28 So Absalom dwelt two yere in Ierusalem, & sawe not the kynges face. 2 Samuel 14:29 Therfore Absalom sent for Ioab, to haue sent hym to the kinge. But he wolde not come to him. And whan he sent agayne, he wolde not come. 2 Samuel 14:30 Therfore he sayde vnto hys seruauntes: beholde, Ioab hath a parcell of lande fast by my place, and he hath barlye therin. Go, and set it on fire. And Absaloms seruauntes sett it on fyre. 2 Samuel 14:31 Then Ioab arose & came to Absalom vnto his house, & sayde vnto him: wherfore haue thy seruauntes burnt my felde wyth fyre. 2 Samuel 14:32 And Absalom answered Ioab: beholde, I sent for the, desyringe the to come, because I wolde haue sent the to þe kinge, for to saye: wherfore am I come from Gesur. It had bene better for me, to haue bene there styll. Nowe therfore, wolde I se the kynges face. And yf there be any trespace in me, kyll thou me. 2 Samuel 14:33 And so Ioab came to the kynge, & tolde him: whych whan he had sent for Absalom, he came to the kynge, and fell to the grounde on hys face before hym. And the kynge kyssed Absalom.