2 Samuel 20
By occasion of the quarrel, Sheba maketh a party in Israel.
2 Samuel 20:1 Whan there cam thither a certayne man of Belial (named Seba, the sonne of Bichri, a man of gemini) he blew a trompet & sayde: we haue no parte in Dauid, neither haue we enheritaunce in the sonne of Isai, let the men of Israel departe vnto there tentes. 2 Samuel 20:2 And so euery man of Israel went from Dauid, and folowed Seba the sonne of Bichri. But the men of Iuda claue fast vnto their kynge, from Iordan to Ierusalem.
David's ten concubines are shut up in perpetual prison.
2 Samuel 20:3 And Dauid came to his house to Ierusalem, and toke the ten women his concubines, that he had left behynde him to kepe the house, and put them in warde, and fedd them: but laye no moare wyth them. And so they were enclosed vnto the daye of their deeth, lyuynge in wedowhode.
Amasa, made captain over Judah, is slain by Joab.
2 Samuel 20:4 Then sayde the kynge to Amasa: call me the men of Iuda togeather agaynst the thirde daye, and be thou here also. 2 Samuel 20:5 And so Amasa went to gather the men of Iuda to geather: but taried longer, then the tyme which he had appoynted him. 2 Samuel 20:6 And Dauid sayde to Abisai: nowe shall Seba the sonne of Bichri do vs more harme, then dyd Absalom. Take thou therfore thy Lordes seruauntes, & folowe after him: lest he gett him walled cyties, and escape vs. 2 Samuel 20:7 And there went out after hym Ioabs men, and the Crethites and the Phelethites, and all the myghtiest men. And they departed out of Ierusalem to folowe after Seba the sonne of Bichri. 2 Samuel 20:8 And when they were at the great stone in Gibeon, Amasa went before them. And Ioabs garment (that he had about him) was gyrde vnto him, and he had gyrded theron, a knyfe, which was ioyned fast to hys loynes, in soch a sheth þt (as he went) it fell some tymes out. 2 Samuel 20:9 And Ioab sayde to Amasa: art thou in health my brother? And Ioab toke Amasa by the chynne with the ryght hande, to kysse hym. 2 Samuel 20:10 But Amasa toke no hede to the knyffe that was in Ioabs hande, for therwith he smote hym in the short rybbes, and shed out hys bowelles to the grounde, and thrust at him nomore, and he dyed. So Ioab and Abisai his brother folowed after Seba the sonne of Bichri. 2 Samuel 20:11 And one of Ioabs men stode by him, and sayde: He þt beareth any fauoure to Ioab, or good will to Dauid, let him go after Ioab? 2 Samuel 20:12 And Amasa laye walowed in bloude, in the myddes of the waye. And there was a man, which when he sawe that all the people stode styll, he rowled Amasa out of the waye into the felde, & cast a cloth vpon him, because he sawe that euery one that came, stode styll by hym. 2 Samuel 20:13 And as sone as he was tombeled out of the waye, all the people went after Ioab, to folowe after Seba the sonne of Bichri.
Joab pursueth Sheba unto Abel.
2 Samuel 20:14 And he went thorowe all the trybes of Israel vnto Abel, and to Bethmaacha and all the places of Barim. And they geathered together, and went after him. 2 Samuel 20:15 And they came, & beseged him in Abel & in Bethmaacha And they cast vp a bancke agaynst the cytie that stode in the valleye. All the people that was with Ioab, thrust at the wall to ouerthrowe it.
A wise woman saveth the city by Sheba's head.
2 Samuel 20:16 Then cryed a wyse woman out of the cytie, heare heare, byd Ioab come hither, that I maye speake with hym. 2 Samuel 20:17 When Ioab was come vnto her, the woman sayde: art þu Ioab? He answered: I am he. She sayde vnto him: heare the wordes of thy handmayde? And he answered: I do heare. 2 Samuel 20:18 And she sayde agayne: They spake in the olde tyme, sayinge: men must aske peace first, how moche rather shulde they so do to Abell? For so haue they contynued hytherto: 2 Samuel 20:19 I am one of them that are peaceable and faythfull in Israel. And thou goest about to destroye a citie and a mother in Israel. Why wilt thou deuoure the enheritaunce of the Lorde? 2 Samuel 20:20 And Ioab answered, and sayde: God forbyd, God forbid it me, that I shulde ether deuoure or destroye. 2 Samuel 20:21 The matter is not so: but a man of mount Ephraim (Seba þe sonne of Bichri by name) hath lyfte vp his hande agaynst the kynge, euen against Dauid. Delyuer vs him only, and I will departe from the cytie. And the woman sayde vnto Ioab: Beholde, his heed shalbe throwen to the, ouer the wall. 2 Samuel 20:22 And then the woman went vnto all þe people with her wisdome. And they smote of the heed of Seba þe sonne of Bichri, and cast it out to Ioab. And he blewe a trompet, and they skatered from the cytie, euery man to his tent. And Ioab returned to Ierusalem, vnto the kynge.
2 Samuel 20:23 Ioab was ouer all the hoste of Israel. And Banaia þe sonne of Iehoiada was ouer the Crethites & Phelethites. 2 Samuel 20:24 And Aduram was ouer the tribute. And Iehosaphat the sonne of Ahilud was Recorder. 2 Samuel 20:25 Seua was scribe. And Sadock & Abiathar were the preastes. 2 Samuel 20:26 And Ira the Iairite was Dauids preast.