2 Samuel 15
Absalom, by fair speeches and courtesies, stealeth the hearts of Israel.
2 Samuel 15:1 After this it fortuned, that Absalom gatt hym charettes and horsses, and fyftie men to runne before him. 2 Samuel 15:2 And he roase vp erlye in the morninges, and stode in the place of the entring in of the gate. And euery man that had anye matter and came to the kynge for iudgement, him dyd Absalom call vnto hym, and sayde: of what cytie art thou? He answered: thy seruaunt is of one of the trybes of Israel. 2 Samuel 15:3 And Absalom sayde vnto hym: se, thy matter is good and ryghteous, but there is no man deputed of the kynge to heare the. 2 Samuel 15:4 Absalom sayde moreouer: Oh, that I were made iudge in the lande, that euery man which hath anye pleye and matter in the lawe, myght come to me, and that I myght do him iustice? 2 Samuel 15:5 And whan any man came nye to hym, and dyd him obeysaunce, he put forth his hande and toke hym to hym, and kyssed hym. 2 Samuel 15:6 And on this maner dyd Absalom to all Israel that came to the kynge for Iudgement, and he stale the hertes of the men of Israel.
Under pretence of a vow he obtaineth leave to go to Hebron.
2 Samuel 15:7 And after fourtye yeres it fortuned that Absalom sayde vnto the kynge: let me go nowe to Hebron, and paye 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 the lande of Siria) sayeng: yf the Lord shall bringe me agayne to Ierusalem, I will serue þe Lord. 2 Samuel 15:9 And the kynge sayde vnto hym: go in peace. And so he arose, and went to Hebron.
He maketh there a great conspiracy.
2 Samuel 15:10 But Absalom sent spyes thorowe out all þe tribes of Israel sayenge: as sone as ye heare the voyce of the trompet blowe, ye shall saye: Absalom raigneth kynge in Hebron. 2 Samuel 15:11 And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Ierusalem, that were called. And they went wt pure hertes, not knowinge of any thynge. 2 Samuel 15:12 And Absalom sent also for Ahithophel the Gilonite Dauids counseller, that he shulde come out of hys cytie Gilo, whyle he offered sacrifyces. And there was wrought stronge treason. For the people went and increased wt Absalom in multitude.
David upon the news fleeth from Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 15:13 And there cam a messenger to Dauid & sayd: the hertes of the men of Israel are turned after Absalom. 2 Samuel 15:14 And Dauid sayde vnto all his seruauntes þt were wt him at Ierusalem: vp, þt we maye be gone, for we shall not else escape from Absalom. Make spede, to departe: leste he come sodenlie, and catche vs, & bringe some myscheffe vpon vs, and smyte the cytie with the edge of the swerde. 2 Samuel 15:15 And þe kynges seruauntes sayde vnto him: beholde, thy seruauntes are redye, to do whatsoeuer my Lord þe kyng shall apoynte. 2 Samuel 15:16 And the kynge & all his housholde departed a fote. And he left behinde hym ten concubines, to kepe the house. 2 Samuel 15:17 And so þe kynge & all the people went out a fote, & taryed in a place that was farre of. 2 Samuel 15:18 And all his seruauntes went about him. And all the Cerethites and all the Phelethites and all þe Gethites (euen .vj. hundred men whych were come a fote from Geth) went before the kynge.
Ittai would not leave him.
2 Samuel 15:19 Then sayde þe kynge to Ithai the Gethite, wherfore commest thou wyth vs? Returne and abide with the kynge, for thou art a straunger, and art remoued from thyne awne place. 2 Samuel 15:20 Thou camest but yesterdaye, and shulde I vnquyet the to daye to go wt vs? I wyll go whether I can. Therfore returne thou, & carye agayne thy brethren. Mercye and truthe. 2 Samuel 15:21 And Ithai answered the kynge and sayd: as trulye as God lyueth & as my Lord the kinge lyueth, in what place my Lord the kynge shalbe, whether in deeth or lyfe, euen there also wyll thy seruaunt be. 2 Samuel 15:22 And Dauid þe kynge sayde to Ithai: come then and go forwarde. And Ithai the Gethite went forth, & all hys men, & all the chyldren that were wt hym. 2 Samuel 15:23 And all the countreye wepte wyth a loude voyce, & so dyd all the people that went forth. The kynge also hym selfe passed ouer the broke Kydron. And all the people went towarde the waye þt leadeth to the wyldernesse.
Zadok and Abiathar are sent back with the Ark.
2 Samuel 15:24 And Sadock and all þe Leuites were wyth him, and bare the arcke of the apoyntment of God. And there they set downe the Arcke of God. And Abiathar went vp, vntill the people were all come ouer, out of the cytie. 2 Samuel 15:25 And þe kynge sayde vnto Sadock. Carye the Arcke of God agayne into the cytie. If I shall fynde fauoure in the eyes of þe Lorde, he will bringe me agayne, and shewe me both it, & the tabernacle therof. 2 Samuel 15:26 But and yf the Lorde thus saye: I haue no lust vnto the, beholde, here am I, let him do wyth me, what semeth good in his eyes. 2 Samuel 15:27 The kynge sayde also vnto Sadock the preaste: Art not þu a Sear? Returne into the citie in peace. And take your two sonnes wyth you: Ahimaaz thy sonne, and Ionathas the sonne of Abiathar. 2 Samuel 15:28 Beholde, I will tarye in the feldes of the wyldernesse, vntyll there come some worde from you to be tolde me. 2 Samuel 15:29 Sadock therfore and Abiathar caryed the Arcke of God agayne to Ierusalem, and they taryed there.
David and his company go up mount Olivet weeping.
2 Samuel 15:30 And Dauid went vpon mount olyuet, and wepte as he went, and had his heed couered, & went barefote. And all the people that was wyth hym, had euery man hys heed couered, and as they went vp, they wepte also.
He curseth Ahithophel's counsel.
2 Samuel 15:31 And one tolde Dauid sayenge: Ahithophel is one of them that haue conspired wyth Absalom. And Dauid sayde. O Lorde, turne the councell of Ahithophel into folyshenes.
Hushai is sent back with instructions.
2 Samuel 15:32 When Dauid was come to the toppe of the mount he worshypped God: and beholde, Husai þe Arachite came agaynst hym with hys coote torne, and hauynge erth vpon his heed. 2 Samuel 15:33 Unto whome Dauid sayde: yf thou go wyth me, thou shalt be a burthen vnto me. 2 Samuel 15:34 But yf thou returne to the cytie, & saye vnto Absalom: I wyll be thy seruaunt O kynge: (as I haue thus longe bene thy fathers seruaunt, so am I nowe thy seruaunt) thou mayst for my sake destroye the councell of Ahithophel. 2 Samuel 15:35 And thou hast there with þe Sadock and Abiathar the Preastes, vnto whom thou shalt shewe all that thou canst heare out of the kynges house. 2 Samuel 15:36 And beholde, they haue there wyth them theyr two sonnes: Ahimaaz Sadockes sonne, and Ionathas Abiathars sonne: by them also shall ye sende me all that ye can heare. 2 Samuel 15:37 And so Husai Dauids frende gat hym to the cytie. And Absalom also entred into Ierusalem.