2 Samuel 16
Ziba, by presents and false suggestions, obtaineth his master's inheritance.
2 Samuel 16:1 Now, David, had passed on but a little from the summit, when lo! Ziba, servant of Mephibosheth, met him,with a couple of asses saddled, and, upon them, two hundred cakes of bread, and one hundred cakes of raisins, and one hundred summer fruits, and a skin of wine. 2 Samuel 16:2 And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou, by these? And Ziba saidThe asses, are for the king's household, to ride on, and, the bread and the summer fruits, are for the young men to eat, and, the wine, is for drink to such as are faint in the wilderness. 2 Samuel 16:3 Then said the king, And where is thy lord's son? And Ziba said unto the kingLo! abiding in Jerusalem, for he said, Today, will the house of Israel, restore unto me, the kingdom of my father. 2 Samuel 16:4 Then said the king unto Ziba, Lo! thine, is all that pertained to Mephibosheth. And Ziba saidI have done homage, that I might find favour in thine eyes, my lord O king.
At Bahurim Shimei curseth David.
2 Samuel 16:5 And, when King David had come as far as Bahurim, lo! from thence a man coming out, of the family of the house of Saul, whose name, was Shimei son of Gera, coming out and cursing as he came. 2 Samuel 16:6 And he pelted, with stones, David and all the servants of King David,all the people, and all the mighty men, being on his right hand and on his left. 2 Samuel 16:7 And, thus, said Shimei, when he cursed,Out! Out! thou man of bloodshed, and man of the Abandoned One! 2 Samuel 16:8 Yahweh, hath brought back upon thee, all the shed-blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned, and Yahweh hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absolom thy son,and, here thou art, in thy ruin, for that, a man of bloodshed, thou art.
David with patience abstaineth, and restraineth others, from revenge.
2 Samuel 16:9 Then said Abishai, son of Zeruiah, unto the kingWherefore should this dead dog curse my lord the king? I pray thee, let me cross over and take off his head. 2 Samuel 16:10 But the king said, What have I in common with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? thus, he curseth, because, Yahweh, hath said unto himCurse David. Who then can say, Why hast thou done thus? 2 Samuel 16:11 Then said David unto Abishai, and unto all his servants, Lo! my own son who sprang from my body, is seeking my life,then how much more, now, a Benjamite? Let him alone, and let him curse, for, Yahweh, hath permitted him. 2 Samuel 16:12 It may be, that Yahweh will behold with his eye,and that Yahweh will return me good, for his cursing this day. 2 Samuel 16:13 And, when David and his men went along in the way, Shimei, was going along on the side of the hill over against him, cursing as he went, pelting him with stones, and throwing dust. 2 Samuel 16:14 And the king and all the people that were with him arrived, weary,and they refreshed themselves there.
Hushai insinuateth himself into Absalom's counsel.
2 Samuel 16:15 And, Absolom and all the men of Israel, entered Jerusalem,and Ahithophel with him. 2 Samuel 16:16 And it came to pass, when Hushai the Archite, the friend of David, came in unto Absolom, that Hushai said unto Absolom: Long live the king! Long live the king! 2 Samuel 16:17 Then said Absolom unto Hushai, Is, this, thy lovingkindness unto thy friend? Wherefore wentest thou not with thy friend? 2 Samuel 16:18 And Hushai said unto Absolom, Nay! but, whom Yahweh, and all this people, and the men of Israel have chosen, his, will I be, and, with him, will I dwell. 2 Samuel 16:19 And, again, whom, should, I serve? Should it not be in presence of his son? as I served in presence of thy father, so, will I continue thy presence.
2 Samuel 16:20 Then said Absolom unto Ahithophel,Give ye your counsel, what we shall do. 2 Samuel 16:21 And Ahithophel said unto Absolom, Go in unto thy father's concubines, whom he hath left to keep the house,so shall all Israel hear that thou hast made thyself odious unto thy father, and the hands of all that are with thee, shall be strengthened. 2 Samuel 16:22 And they stretched out for Absolom a tent, upon the house-top,and Absolom went in unto his father's concubines, in the sight of all Israel. 2 Samuel 16:23 Now, the counsel of Ahithophel which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had enquired at the oracle of God,so, was all the counsel of Ahithophel, both to David, and also to Absolom.