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2 Samuel 17

Ahithophel's counsel is overthrown by Hushsai's, according to God's appointment.

2 Samuel 17:1 Ahithophel sayde vnto Absalom: let me chose out nowe twelue thousande men. And I will vp, & folowe after Dauid thys nyght. 2 Samuel 17:2 And I wyll come vpon hym, whyle he is werye and weake handed, and wyll feare hym: And all the people that are with hym, shall flee. And so will I smyte the kynge onlye, 2 Samuel 17:3 and wyll bryng agayne all the people vnto the, euen as easely as yf I wolde brynge anye other thing. And whan I haue slayne the man whom thou sekest, all the people shall haue rest. 2 Samuel 17:4 And þe saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel. 2 Samuel 17:5 Then sayde Absalom: call also Husai þe Arachite, and let vs heare his councell. 2 Samuel 17:6 When Husai was come to Absalom, Absalom spake vnto hym, sayinge: Ahithophel hath geuen soche councell: Shall we do after his saying, or no? tell thou. 2 Samuel 17:7 Husai answered vnto Absalom: the councell that Ahithophel hath geuen, is not good at this tyme: 2 Samuel 17:8 For (sayd Husai) þu knowest thy father, & his men, howe that they be strong. And they be chafed in their myndes, and are euen as a Beare robbed of her whelpes in the felde. Thy father is a man also practised in warre, & maketh no tarienge with þe people. 2 Samuel 17:9 Beholde he lurketh now in some caue, or in some other stronge place. And though some of his men be ouerthrowen at the fyrst brunt, yet they that heare it will saye: The people that foloweth Absalom, be put to the worsse. 2 Samuel 17:10 And the best men thou hast whose herttes are as the hertes of Lyons, shall shrynke therat. For all Israel knoweth, that thy father is a myghtye man, and they whych be wyth him are all men of warre. 2 Samuel 17:11 Therfore my councell is, that all Israel be geathered vnto the, from Dan to Beerseba, (which are as þe sande of the see in nombre) and that thou go to batayle in thyne awne person. 2 Samuel 17:12 For so shall we come vpon him in one place or other, where we shall fynde hym, & we will fall vpon him euen as thicke as the dewe falleth on the grounde. And of all þe men that are wyth hym, we shall not leaue hym one. 2 Samuel 17:13 Moreouer, yf he be gotten into a towne then shall all the men of Israel bringe ropes to that cytie, and we wyll drawe it into the ryuer, vntyll there be not one stone founde there. 2 Samuel 17:14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel sayde: the councell of Husai the Arachite is better, then the councell of Ahithophell. For it was euen the Lordes determinaycon to destroye the good councell of Ahithophel: that the Lorde myght brynge euell vpon Absalom.

Secret intelligence is sent unto David.

2 Samuel 17:15 Then sayde Husai vnto Sadock and Abiathar the Preastes of this and that maner dyd Ahithophel and the elders of Israel councell Absalom. And thus and thus haue I counceled. 2 Samuel 17:16 Nowe therfore send quicklye, and shewe Dauid saying tarye not all nyght in the feldes of the wyldernesse, but gett the ouer, lest the kynge be deuoured and all the people that are wt hym. 2 Samuel 17:17 Nowe Ionathas and Ahimaaz abode by þe well Rogell: (for they myght not be sene to come into the cytie.) And a wenche went and tolde them. And they went, & shewed kynge Dauid. 2 Samuel 17:18 Neuerthelesse a lad sawe them, and tolde it to Absalom. But they went both of them awaye quycklye, and cam to a mannes house in Bahurim, which had a well in his yarde into the whych they went downe. 2 Samuel 17:19 And a woman toke and sprede a couerlet ouer the welles mouth, and strawed fyrmentie corne theron. And the thynge was not spyed. 2 Samuel 17:20 And when Absaloms seruauntes came to the wyfe to þe house, they sayde. Where is Ahimaaz & Ionathas? The woman answered them they be gone ouer the lytell broke of water. And when they had sought them and coulde not fynde them, they returned to Ierusalem. 2 Samuel 17:21 And as sone as they were departed, þe other came out of the well, and went and tolde kynge Dauid, and sayde vnto hym: vp, and get you quyckly ouer the water for soche councel hath Ahithophel geuen, agaynst you. 2 Samuel 17:22 Then Dauid arose, & all þe people that were wt hym, and they were come ouer Iordan be that it was daye: so þt there lacked not one of them, þt was not come ouer Iordan.

Ahithophel hangeth himself.

2 Samuel 17:23 And when Ahithophel sawe, þt his councell was not folowed, he sadelled his Asse, & arose, & gate hym home to hys awne house, and to hys awne cytie, and put hys housholde in order, and hanged him selfe, and dyed, and was buryed in the sepulchre of hys father. 2 Samuel 17:24 Then Dauid came to Mahenaim. And Absalom passed ouer Iordan, he and all the men of Israel with him.

Amasa is made captain.

2 Samuel 17:25 And Absalom made Amasa captayne of þe hoste in stede of Ioab, whych Amasa was a mannes sonne named Iethra an Israhelite, that went into Abigail the daughter of Nahas syster to Zeruia Ioabs mother. 2 Samuel 17:26 So Israel and Absalom pytched in the lande of Gilead.

David at Mahanaim is furnished with provision.

2 Samuel 17:27 And when Dauid was come to Mahanaim, Sobi the sonne of Nahas out of Rabba the citie of the children of Ammon, & Machir the sonne of Ammiel out of Lodeber, and Berzelai the Gileadite out of Roglim, 2 Samuel 17:28 brought beddes, basens, erthen vesselles, wheat & barly, floure, and parched corne, beanes, rice, ootmell, hony, 2 Samuel 17:29 butter, shepe and chese of kyene, for Dauid and all the people that were with him, to eate. For they sayd: The people is hongrye, weerye, and thyrstye in the wyldernesse.

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