II Samuel 14

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II Samuel 14

1. Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king’s heart was toward Absalom.

2. And Joab sent to Tekoah and brought a wise woman from there. And he said to her, “Please pretend yourself to be a mourner and put on mourning clothes now, but do not anoint yourself with oil. And be like a woman who has mourned for the dead a long time.

3. Then come to the king and speak in this way to him.” And Joab put the words in her mouth.

4. And when the woman of Tekoah spoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, “Help, O king!”

5. And the king said to her, “What ails you?” And she answered, “I am indeed a widow and my husband died.

6. And your handmaid had two sons, and the two of them fought together in the field. And there was no deliverer between them, but the one struck the other and killed him.

7. And behold, the whole family has risen against your handmaid. And they said, ‘Deliver him who struck his brother so that we may kill him for the life of his brother whom he killed. And we will destroy the heir also.’ And so they shall quench my only remaining ember, and shall leave to my husband neither name nor remnant upon the face of the earth.”

8. And the king said to the woman, “Go to your house, and I will give command concerning you.”

9. And the woman of Tekoah said to the king. “My lord, O king, may the iniquity be on me and on my father’s house. And may the king and his throne be without guilt.”

10. And the king said, “Whoever speaks to you, you also bring him to me and he shall not touch you any more.”

11. Then she said, “Please let the king remember the LORD your God, that you would not allow the avengers of blood to destroy any more, lest they should destroy my son.” And he said, “As the LORD lives, there shall not one hair of your son fall to the earth.”

12. Then the woman said, “Please let your handmaid speak one more word to my lord the king.” And he said, “Say on!”

13. And the woman said, “Why then have you thought such a thing against the people of God? For the king speaks this thing as one who is at fault in that the king does not bring his banished one home again,

14. For we must all die, and we are as water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. And God does not take a life, but has devised plans so that the outcast is not cast out from Him.

15. And now I have come to speak of this thing to my lord the king because the people have made me afraid. And your handmaid said, ‘I will now speak to the king. It may be that the king will do what his handmaid has asked,

16. For the king will hear, to deliver his handmaid out of the hand of the man who would destroy me and my son together out of the inheritance of God.’

17. And your handmaid said, ‘The word of my lord the king shall now be comforting, for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king, to see what is good and evil. And the LORD your God will be with you.’ ”

18. And the king answered and said to the woman, “Please do not hide from me the thing that I shall ask you.” And the woman said, “Let my lord the king now speak.”

19. And the king said, “Is the hand of Joab with you in all this?” And the woman answered and said, “As your soul lives, my lord the king, none shall turn to the right hand or to the left from anything which my lord the king has spoken, for your servant Joab commanded me. And he put all these words in the mouth of your handmaid.

20. Your servant Joab has done this thing to change the face of the matter. And my lord is wise according to the wisdom of an angel of God to know all that is in the land.”

21. And the king said to Joab, “Behold now, I have done this thing. Go therefore and bring the young man Absalom again.”

22. And Joab fell to the ground on his face and bowed himself, and thanked the king. And Joab said, “Today your servant knows that I have found grace in your sight, my lord, O, king, in that the king has done what your servant has asked.”

23. And Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.

24. And the king said, “Let him return to his own house, but let him not see my face.” And Absalom returned to his own house and did not see the king’s face.

25. But in all Israel there was not a man handsome like Absalom. From the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head, there was no blemish in him.

26. And when he sheared his head—for it was at every year’s end that he sheared it because it was heavy on him—and when he sheared it, then he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels, according to the king’s weight.

27. And there were born three sons to Absalom, and one daughter, whose name was Tamar. She was a woman with a beautiful face.

28. And Absalom lived two full years in Jerusalem and did not see the king’s face.

29. And Absalom sent to Joab to send him to the king. But he would not come to him. And when he sent again a second time, he would not come.

30. And he said to his servants, “See, Joab’s field is near mine and he has barley there. Go and set it on fire!” And Absalom’s servants set the field on fire.

31. Then Joab arose and came to Absalom’s house, and said to him, “Why have your servants set my field on fire?”

32. And Absalom answered Joab, “Behold, I sent to you, saying, ‘Come here so that I may send you to the king, to say, “Why have I come from Geshur? It was good for me to be there still.” ‘ And now let me see the king’s face, and if there is iniquity in me, let him kill me.”

33. And Joab came to the king and told him. And when he had called for Absalom, he came to the king and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king. And the king kissed Absalom.

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Now JoabH3097
HNp
the sonH1121
HNcmsc
of ZeruiahH6870
HNp
perceivedH3045
HCHVqw3ms
thatH3588
HC
the king'sH4428
HTdHNcmsa
heartH3820
HNcmsc
wastowardH5921
HR
Absalom.H53
HNp

And JoabH3097
HNp
sentH7971
HCHVqw3ms
to TekoahH8620
HNpHSd
and broughtH3947
HCHVqw3ms
a wiseH2450
HAafsa
womanH802
HNcfsa
from there.H8033
HRHD
And he saidH559
HCHVqw3ms
to her,H413
HRHSp3fs
"PleaseH4994
HTe
pretend yourself to be a mournerH56
HVtv2fs
and put onH3847
HCHVqv2fs
mourningH60
HNcmsa
clothesH899
HNcmpc
now,H4994
HTe
but do notH408
HCHTn
anoint yourselfH5480
HVqj2fs
with oil.H8081
HNcmsa
And beH1961
HCHVqq2fs
like a womanH802
HRHNcfsa
whoH2088
HPdxms
has mournedH56
HVtrfsa
forH5921
HR
the deadH4191
HVqrmsa
a longH7227
HAampa
time.H3117
HNcmpa

And when the womanH802
HTdHNcfsa
of TekoahH8621
HTdHNgfsa
spokeH559
HCHVqw3fs
toH413
HR
the king,H4428
HTdHNcmsa
she fellH5307
HCHVqw3fs
onH5921
HR
her faceH639
HNcmdcHSp3fs
to the ground,H776
HNcbsaHSd
and did obeisance,H7812
HCHVvw3fs
and said,H559
HCHVqw3fs
"Help,H3467
HVhv2msHSh
O king!"H4428
HTdHNcmsa

And the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
saidH559
HCHVqw3ms
to her.Hl
HRHSp3fs
"WhatH4100
HTi
ails you?"Hl
HRHSp2fs
And she answered,H559
HCHVqw3fs
"IH589
HPp1cs
amindeedH61
HD
a widowH490
HNcfsa
H802
HNcfsa
and my husbandH376
HNcmscHSp1cs
died.H4191
HCHVqw3ms

And your handmaidH8198
HCHRHNcfscHSp2ms
had twoH8147
HAcmdc
sons,H1121
HNcmpa
and the two of themH8147
HAcmdcHSp3mp
fought togetherH5327
HCHVNw3mp
in the field.H7704
HRdHNcmsa
And there was noH369
HCHTn
delivererH5337
HVhrmsa
between them,H996
HRHSp3mp
but the oneH259
HTdHAcmsa
struckH5221
HCHVhw3msHSp3ms
H853
HTo
the otherH259
HTdHAcmsa
and killedH4191
HCHVhw3ms
him.H853
HToHSp3ms

And behold,H2009
HCHTm
the wholeH3605
HNcmsc
familyH4940
HTdHNcfsa
has risenH6965
HVqp3fs
againstH5921
HR
your handmaid.H8198
HNcfscHSp2ms
And they said,H559
HCHVqw3mp
'DeliverH5414
HVqv2fs
H853
HTo
him who struckH5221
HVhrmsc
his brotherH251
HNcmscHSp3ms
so that we may kill himH4191
HCHVhi1cpHSp3ms
for the lifeH5315
HRHNcbsc
of his brotherH251
HNcmscHSp3ms
whomH834
HTr
he killed.H2026
HVqp3ms
And we will destroyH8045
HCHVhh1cp
H853
HTo
the heirH3423
HTdHVqrmsa
also.'H1571
HTa
And so they shall quenchH3518
HCHVpq3cp
H853
HTo
H834
HTr
my only remainingH7604
HVNp3fs
ember,H1513
HNcbscHSp1cs
andH1115
HRHC
shall leaveH7760
HVqc
to my husbandH376
HRHNcmscHSp1cs
neithernameH8034
HNcmsa
nor remnantH7611
HCHNcfsa
uponH5921
HR
the faceH6440
HNcbpc
of the earth."H127
HTdHNcfsa

And the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
saidH559
HCHVqw3ms
toH413
HR
the woman,H802
HTdHNcfsa
"GoH3212
HVqv2fs
to your house,H1004
HRHNcmscHSp2fs
and IH589
HCHPp1cs
will give commandH6680
HVpi1cs
concerning you."H5921
HRHSp2fs

And the womanH802
HTdHNcfsa
of TekoahH8621
HTdHNgfsa
saidH559
HCHVqw3fs
toH413
HR
the king.H4428
HTdHNcmsa
"My lord,H113
HNcmscHSp1cs
O king,H4428
HTdHNcmsa
may the iniquityH5771
HTdHNcbsa
beon meH5921
HRHSp1cs
and onH5921
HCHR
my father'sH1
HNcmscHSp1cs
house.H1004
HNcmsc
And may the kingH4428
HCHTdHNcmsa
and his throneH3678
HCHNcmscHSp3ms
bewithout guilt."H5355
HAamsa

And the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
said,H559
HCHVqw3ms
"Whoever speaksH1696
HTdHVprmsa
to you,H413
HRHSp2fs
you also bring himH935
HCHVhp2fsHSp3ms
to meH413
HRHSp1cs
and he shall notH3808
HCHTn
touchH5060
HRHVqc
youHb
HRHSp2fs
anyH5750
HD
more."H3254
HVhi3ms

Then she said,H559
HCHVqw3fs
"PleaseH4994
HTe
let the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
rememberH2142
HVqj3ms
H853
HTo
the LORDH3068
HNp
your God,H430
HNcmpcHSp2ms
that you would notH3808
HCHTn
allow the avengersH1350
HVqrmsc
of bloodH1818
HTdHNcmsa
to destroyH7843
HRHVpc
any more,H7235
HRHVhc
lest they should destroyH8045
HVhi3mp
H853
HTo
my son."H1121
HNcmscHSp1cs
And he said,H559
HCHVqw3ms
"As the LORDH3068
HNp
lives,H2416
HAamsa
there shall notH518
HC
one hairH8185
HRHNcfsc
of your sonH1121
HNcmscHSp2fs
fallH5307
HVqi3ms
to the earth."H776
HNcbsaHSd

Then the womanH802
HTdHNcfsa
said,H559
HCHVqw3fs
"PleaseH4994
HTe
let your handmaidH8198
HNcfscHSp2ms
speakH1696
HVpj3fs
onemore wordH1697
HNcmsa
toH413
HR
my lordH113
HNcmscHSp1cs
the king."H4428
HTdHNcmsa
And he said,H559
HCHVqw3ms
"Say on!"H1696
HVpv2fs

And the womanH802
HTdHNcfsa
said,H559
HCHVqw3fs
"WhyH4100
HCHRHTi
then have you thoughtH2803
HVqp2ms
suchH2063
HRHPdxfs
a thing againstH5921
HR
the peopleH5971
HNcmsc
of God?H430
HNcmpa
For the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
speaksH1696
HCHRHVpc
thisH2088
HTdHPdxms
thingH1697
HTdHNcmsa
as one who is at faultH818
HRHAamsa
in that the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
does notH1115
HRHC
H853
HTo
bring his banishedH5080
HVNrmscHSp3ms
one home again,H7725
HVhc

ForH3588
HC
we mustH4191
HVqa
all die,H4191
HVqi1cp
and we are as waterH4325
HCHRdHNcmpa
spilledH5064
HTdHVNrmpa
on the ground,H776
HNcbsaHSd
whichH834
HTr
cannotH3808
HTn
be gathered up again.H622
HVNi3mp
And GodH430
HNcmpa
does notH3808
HCHTn
takeH5375
HVqi3ms
a life,H5315
HNcbsa
but has devisedH2803
HCHVqq3ms
plansH4284
HNcfpa
so that the outcastH5080
HVNi3ms
is notH1115
HRHC
cast outH5080
HVNrmsa
from Him.H4480
HRHSp1cp

And nowH6258
HCHD
H834
HTr
I have comeH935
HVqp1cs
to speakH1696
HRHVpc
H853
HTo
of thisH2088
HTdHPdxms
thingH1697
HTdHNcmsa
toH413
HR
my lordH113
HNcmscHSp1cs
the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
becauseH3588
HC
the peopleH5971
HTdHNcmsa
have made me afraid.H3372
HVpi3mpHSp1cs
And your handmaidH8198
HNcfscHSp2ms
said,H559
HCHVqw3fs
'IH4994
HTj
will now speakH1696
HVph1cs
toH413
HR
the king.H4428
HTdHNcmsa
It may beH194
HD
that the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
will doH6213
HVqi3ms
H853
HTo
what his handmaidH519
HNcfscHSp3ms
has asked,H1697
HNcmsc

ForH3588
HC
the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
will hear,H8085
HVqi3ms
to deliverH5337
HRHVhc
H853
HTo
his handmaidH519
HNcfscHSp3ms
out of the handH3709
HRHNcfsc
of the manH376
HTdHNcmsa
who woulddestroyH8045
HRHVhc
meH853
HToHSp1cs
andH853
HCHTo
my sonH1121
HNcmscHSp1cs
togetherH3162
HD
out of the inheritanceH5159
HRHNcfsc
of God.'H430
HNcmpa

And your handmaidH8198
HNcfscHSp2ms
said,H559
HCHVqw3fs
'The wordH1697
HNcmsc
of my lordH113
HNcmscHSp1cs
the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
shall nowH4994
HTj
beH1961
HVqj3ms
comforting,H4496
HRHNcbsa
forH3588
HC
as an angelH4397
HRHNcmsc
of God,H430
HTdHNcmpa
so is my lordH113
HNcmscHSp1cs
the king,H4428
HTdHNcmsa
to seeH8085
HRHVqc
what is goodH2896
HTdHAamsa
and evil.H7451
HCHTdHAamsa
And the LORDH3068
HCHNp
your GodH430
HNcmpcHSp2ms
H3651
HTm
will beH1961
HVqj3ms
with you.'”H5973
HRHSp2fs

And JoabH3097
HNp
aroseH6965
HCHVqw3ms
and wentH3212
HCHVqw3ms
to Geshur,H1650
HNpHSd
and broughtH935
HCHVhw3ms
H853
HTo
AbsalomH53
HNp
to Jerusalem.H3389
HNp

And the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
said,H559
HCHVqw3ms
"Let him returnH5437
HVqi3ms
toH413
HR
his own house,H1004
HNcmscHSp3ms
but let him notH3808
HTn
seeH7200
HVqi3ms
my face."H6440
HCHNcbpcHSp1cs
And AbsalomH53
HNp
returnedH5437
HCHVqw3ms
toH413
HR
his own houseH1004
HNcmscHSp3ms
and did notH3808
HTn
seeH7200
HVqp3ms
the king'sH4428
HTdHNcmsa
face.H6440
HCHNcbpc

But in allH3605
HRHNcmsc
IsraelH3478
HNp
there wasH1961
HVqp3ms
notH3808
HTn
a manH376
HNcmsa
handsomeH3303
HAamsa
H3966
HD
H1984
HRHVpc
like Absalom.H53
HCHRHNp
From the soleH3709
HRHNcfsc
of his footH7272
HNcfscHSp3ms
even toH5704
HCHR
the crown of his head,H6936
HNcmscHSp3ms
there wasH1961
HVqp3ms
noH3808
HTn
blemishH3971
HNcmsa
in him.Hb
HRHSp3ms

And when he shearedH1548
HCHRHVpcHSp3ms
H853
HTo
his head—H7218
HNcmscHSp3ms
for it wasH1961
HCHVqq3ms
at everyH3117
HNcmpa
year'sH3117
HRdHNcmpa
endH7093
HRHNcmsc
thatH834
HTr
he shearedH1548
HVpi3ms
it becauseH3588
HC
it was heavyH3513
HAamsa
on him—H5921
HRHSp3ms
and when he sheared it,H1548
HCHVpq3msHSp3ms
then he weighedH8254
HCHVqq3ms
H853
HTo
the hairH8181
HNcmsc
of his headH7218
HNcmscHSp3ms
at two hundredH3967
HAcbda
shekels,H8255
HNcmpa
according to the king'sH4428
HTdHNcmsa
weight.H68
HRHNcfsc

And there were bornH3205
HCHVNw3mp
threeH7969
HAcmsa
sonsH1121
HNcmpa
to Absalom,H53
HRHNp
and oneH259
HAcfsa
daughter,H1323
HCHNcfsa
whose nameH8034
HCHNcmscHSp3fs
wasTamar.H8559
HNp
SheH1931
HPp3fs
wasH1961
HVqp3fs
a womanH802
HNcfsa
with a beautifulH3303
HAafsc
face.H4758
HNcmsa

And AbsalomH53
HNp
livedH3427
HCHVqw3ms
two fullH3117
HNcmpa
yearsH8141
HNcfda
in JerusalemH3389
HRHNp
and did notH3808
HTn
seeH7200
HVqp3ms
the king'sH4428
HTdHNcmsa
face.H6440
HCHNcbpc

And AbsalomH53
HNp
answeredH559
HCHVqw3ms
H413
HR
Joab,H3097
HNp
"Behold,H2009
HTm
I sentH7971
HVqp1cs
to you,H413
HRHSp2ms
saying,H559
HRHVqc
'ComeH935
HVqv2ms
hereH2008
HD
so that I may sendH7971
HCHVqh1cs
youH853
HToHSp2ms
toH413
HR
the king,H4428
HTdHNcmsa
to say,H559
HRHVqc
"WhyH4100
HRHTi
haveI comeH935
HVqp1cs
from Geshur?H1650
HRHNp
It was goodH2896
HAamsa
for meHl
HRHSp1cs
H589
HPp1cs
to be thereH8033
HD
still."H5750
HD
' And nowH6258
HCHD
let me seeH7200
HVqh1cs
the king'sH4428
HTdHNcmsa
face,H6440
HNcbpc
and ifH518
HCHC
there isH3426
HTm
iniquityH5771
HNcbsa
in me,Hb
HRHSp1cs
let him kill me."H4191
HCHVhq3msHSp1cs

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