2 Samuel 20
By occasion of the quarrel, Sheba maketh a party in Israel.
2 Samuel 20:1 And there happened to be an vnthryftye felow named Seba the sonne of Bochri a man of Gemini whyche blewe a trompet and sayde: we haue no parte in Dauid, nor inheritaunce in the sonne of Isai, o Israel, let vs depart therfore euery man to hys tent. 2 Samuel 20:2 And al Israel went from Dauid and folowed Seba the sonne of Bochri. But the men of Iuda claue fast vnto the kyng, from Iordan to Ierusalem.
David's ten concubines are shut up in perpetual prison.
2 Samuel 20:3 And when Dauid was come to his house to Ierusalem, he toke the ten wyues hys concubynes that he had left behinde him to kepe the house, & put them inward and ministred all thynges vnto them: but laye no more with them. And so they were enclosed vnto the day of the death of them, and lyueth a wydowes lyfe.
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 together with in thre dayes and present thy selfe here. 2 Samuel 20:5 And Amasa went together, the men of Iuda together: but taried longer then the tyme whiche was apoynted him. 2 Samuel 20:6 Wherfore the kinge saide to Abisai: now shal Seba the sonne of Bochri be worsse to vs then Absalom. Take thou therfore thy Lordes seruauntes and folowe after him: lest he get him walled cyties and escaped vs. 2 Samuel 20:7 And there went out after him Ioabs men and the Cerethites and the Phelethites and the men of myght. And they departed out of Ierusalem to folow after Semei the sonne of Bochri. 2 Samuel 20:8 And when they were come to the great stone in Gabaon, Amasa met them. And Ioab had his garment that he had about him, gyrde vnto him, and had gyrde theron a knyfe ioyned fast to his loynes, in soche a shethe that as he went it fell some tymes out. 2 Samuel 20:9 And Ioab sayde to Amasa: are all thynges in rest and peace my brother? And Ioab toke Amasa by the chynne wyth the ryghthande, as thoughe he woulde haue kyssed hym. 2 Samuel 20:10 And Amasa toke no hede to the knyfe that was in Ioabs hand, with which Ioab smote hym in the shorte rybbes & shed out hys bowelles to the ground and smote him but one strocke, and he dyed. And then Ioab and Abisai his brother folowed after Seba the sonne of Bochri. 2 Samuel 20:11 And one of Ioabs men that stode by hym sayde: what is he that he woulde be as Ioab, & what is he that he woulde be vnto Dauid in stede of Ioab? 2 Samuel 20:12 And Amasa lay walowing in bloud in the middes of the waye. And there was a man, that sawe al the people stande styl. And when he saw that al that came by hym, stode styl, he rouled Amasa out of the waye into þe felde, and cast a cloth vpon 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 Bochri.
Joab pursueth Sheba unto Abel.
2 Samuel 20:14 And he went thorow all the trybes of Israel vnto Abel, Bethmaacah and al Barim. And the people gathered vnto him and went also after him. 2 Samuel 20:15 And they came & beseged him in Abel Bethmaacah. And they cast vp a banck agaynst the cytye. And it was beseged. Al the people that was with Ioab, labored busely to ouerthorow the wal.
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 I praye you Ioab that he come hyther, that I maye speake with him. 2 Samuel 20:17 When Ioab was come, the woman said: art thou Ioab? And Ioab answered: the am I. And she said to him: heare the wordes of thy handmaid: And he sayd: I am ready to heare. 2 Samuel 20:18 And she sayde: it hath bene a comen sayinge in the olde tyme, men muste aske of Abel, and then go to and fynyshe the worcke. 2 Samuel 20:19 Abel is one of the quyetest and faithfullest cities that are in Israel. And thou goest aboute to destroye a cytie that is as a mother in Israel. Why deuourest thou the enheritaunce of the Lorde. 2 Samuel 20:20 And Ioab answered and sayde: God forbid, God forbid it me, that I should eyther deuoure or destroye it. 2 Samuel 20:21 The matter is not so: But there is a man of mount Ephraim, Seba the sonne of Bochri by name, whiche hath lyfte vp his hand against king Dauid. Delyuer vs him only, and I will depart from the cytye. And the woman sayde vnto Ioab: Beholde, his head shalbe throwen thorow the walle to the. 2 Samuel 20:22 And then the woman went vnto all the people in her wysedome. And they smote of the heade of Seba the sonne of Bochri, & cast it to Ioab. And he blewe a trompet, and they skatered from the cytye, euery man to his tent. And Ioab returned to Ierusalem vnto the kynge.
2 Samuel 20:23 And Ioab was ouer al the hoste of Israel. And Baianah the sonne of Iehoiada was ouer the Cerethites and the Phelethites. 2 Samuel 20:24 And Aduram was ouer the trybute. And Iehosaphat the sonne of Ahilud was Recorder. 2 Samuel 20:25 Seua was scribe. And Sadock & Abiathar were the pryestes. 2 Samuel 20:26 And Ira the Iairite was lykewyse Dauids prieste.