2 Samuel 18
David viewing the armies in their march giveth them charge of Absalom.
2 Samuel 18:1 And Dauid nombred the people that were wyth hym, and sett captaynes of thousandes and of hundredes ouer them. 2 Samuel 18:2 And Dauid sent forth þe thirde parte of the people vnder the hande of Ioab, and another parte vnder the hande of Abisai the sonne of Zeruia Ioabs brother, and the other thyrde parte vnder the hande of Ithai the Gethite. And the kynge sayde vnto the people: I wyll go with you also. 2 Samuel 18:3 And the people answered: Thou shalt not go forth: for yf we fle, oure aduersaries will not care for vs: nether shall they regard vs, though halfe vs were slayne: but þu art worth ten thousande of vs: Wherfore it is better, þt thou succoure vs out of the cytie. 2 Samuel 18:4 And the kynge sayde vnto them: what semeth you best, that wyll I do. And the kynge stode by the gate syde, and all the people came out by hundredes and by thousandes. 2 Samuel 18:5 And þe kynge commaunded Ioab & Abisai, & Ithai sayeng: intreate þe younge man Absalom gently for my sake. And all the people hearde, that the kynge gaue all þe captaynes charge concernynge Absalom.
The Israelites are sore smitten in the wood of Ephraim.
2 Samuel 18:6 And so the people went out into the felde agaynst Israel, and the battel was in the woode of Ephraim: 2 Samuel 18:7 Where the people of Israel were put to the worsse before the seruauntes of Dauid, & there was a great slaughter that daye, euen of twentye thousande men. 2 Samuel 18:8 For þe felde was fought there in dyuerse places, all abroade vpon the erthe. And þe wodd deuoured moo people that daye, than dyd the swerde.
Absalom, hanging in an oak, is slain by Joab, and cast into a pit.
2 Samuel 18:9 And Absalom came before the seruauntes of Dauid rydynge vpon a Mule, whych caryed hym vnder þe thicke bowes of a great Oke. And his heed was caught of the Oke, and he was lifte vp betwene heuen & erthe: & þe Mule that was vnder hym, went his waye. 2 Samuel 18:10 And one þt saw it tolde Ioab, sayeng: beholde, I sawe Absalom hange in an Ocke: 2 Samuel 18:11 and Ioab sayde vnto the man þt tolde him. Yf thou dydest se hym, why dydest not thou there smyte him to the ground, & I wold haue geuen the ten sicles of siluer, & a girdle? 2 Samuel 18:12 The man sayde vnto Ioab: though thou woldest laye a thousande sycles of syluer in my hande, yet wolde I not stretche out myne hande agaynst the kynges sonne. For we hearde with oure eares when the kynge charged the, and Abisai and Ithai, sayenge: Beware, þt none touch the younge man Absalom: 2 Samuel 18:13 Moreouer, yf I had done it, I shulde haue done agaynst myne owne life: for there is no matter hyd from the kinge: yee and thou thy selfe woldest haue bene agaynst me. 2 Samuel 18:14 Then sayde Ioab: I may not stande thus taryeng wyth the. And he toke thre speares in his hande, & thrust them thorowe Absalom, while he was yet a lyue on the bodye of the tree. 2 Samuel 18:15 And ten seruauntes that bare Ioabs wepons, turned, and smote Absalom and slue him. 2 Samuel 18:16 And when Ioab blewe the trompet, the people returned from folowynge Israel: for Ioab spared the people. 2 Samuel 18:17 And they toke Absalom, and cast hym into a great pytt in the wood, & layed a myghtie great heape of stones vpon hym. And all Israel fled to their tentes.
2 Samuel 18:18 And thys Absalom yet in hys lyfe tyme toke counsell & reared vp a piller, whyche is in kynges dale. For he sayd: I haue no sonne. And therfore to kepe my name in remembraunce do I it. And he called the pyller after hys awne name. And it is called vnto thys daye: Absaloms pyller.
Ahimaaz and Cushi bring tidings to David.
2 Samuel 18:19 Then sayde Ahimaaz the sonne of Sadock: let me runne nowe, and beare the kyng tydinges, how þt the Lorde hath iudged hym quyte of the hande of hys enemyes. 2 Samuel 18:20 And Ioab sayd vnto hym: þu art no man to beare good tydynges to daye: þu shalt beare tydynges another tyme: but to daye þu shalt beare none, because the kynges sonne is deed. 2 Samuel 18:21 Then sayde Ioab to Chusi: go and tell the kynge, what thou hast sene: And Chusi bowed him selfe vnto Ioab, and ranne. 2 Samuel 18:22 Then sayd Ahimaaz the sonne of Sadock agayne to Ioab: come what come wyll, let me also runne after Chusi. And Ioab sayd: Wherfore wilt thou runne my sonne? seing that for the tydynges thou shalt haue no rewarde: well (sayde he) come what will, let me runne. 2 Samuel 18:23 He sayd vnto him: runne. Then Ahimaaz ranne by þe playne waye, and came before Chusi. 2 Samuel 18:24 And Dauid sat betwene the two gates. And the watcheman went vp to the rouffe ouer the gate vnto the walle, & lyfte vp hys eyes, and sawe: & beholde, there cam a man runnynge alone. 2 Samuel 18:25 And þe watcheman cryed, & tolde þe kynge. And the kynge sayde: yf he be alone, there is good tydinges in his mouth. And he came, & drewe nye. 2 Samuel 18:26 And þe watcheman sawe another man runnynge, and he called vnto the porter and sayde: beholde, there commeth another man runnynge alone. And the kynge sayde: he is also a tydinges brynger. 2 Samuel 18:27 And the watcheman sayde. me thynketh the runnynge of the formost is lyke þe runnynge of Ahimaaz the sonne of Sadock The kynge sayde: he is a good man, and commeth with good tydinges. 2 Samuel 18:28 And Ahimaaz called, & sayde vnto the kynge: good tydinges, and he fell downe flatt to the erth vpon his face before the kynge, and sayde: blessed be the Lorde thy God, which hath shutt vp the men that lyft vp their handes agaynst my Lorde the kynge. 2 Samuel 18:29 And the kynge sayde: is the younge man Absalom safe? Ahimaaz answered: When Ioab sent (Chusi) the kynges seruaunt, and me thy seruaunt, I sawe much a doo. But I whotte not what it was. 2 Samuel 18:30 And þe kynge sayde vnto him: turne, and stande here. And he turned, and stode styll. 2 Samuel 18:31 And beholde, Chusi came also, and sayde: Good tydinges my Lorde the kynge, For þe Lorde hath quytte the thys daye out of the hande of all them þt rose agaynst the. 2 Samuel 18:32 And the Kynge sayde vnto Chusi. Is the younge man Absalom safe? Chusi answered: The enemyes of my Lord the kynge, and all that ryse agaynst þe, to do the hurt, be as that younge man is.
David mourneth for Absalom.
2 Samuel 18:33 And the kynge was moued, and went vp to a chambre ouer the gate, and wept. And as he went, thus he sayde: O my sonne Absalom, my sonne, my sonne Absalom, wolde God I had dyed for the: O Absalom my sonne, my sonne.