II Samuel 18

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II Samuel 18

1. And David numbered the people who were with him, and set captains of thousands and captains of hundreds over them.

2. And David sent forth a third of the people under the hand of Joab, and a third under the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother, and a third under the hand of Ittai the Gittite. And the king said to the people, “I will also surely go forth with you myself.”

3. But the people answered, “You shall not go forth, for if we run away, they will not set their heart on us, even if half of us die; for now you are worth ten thousand of us. And now it is better that you remain to help us from the city.”

4. And the king said to them, “I will do what is good in your eyes.” And the king stood by the side of the gate, and all the people came out by hundreds and by thousands.

5. And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, “For my sake be gentle with the young man, with Absalom.” And all the people heard when the king gave all the commanders charge concerning Absalom.

6. And the people went out into the field against Israel. And the battle was in the forest of Ephraim.

7. And the people of Israel were killed there before the servants of David. And there was a great slaughter that day of twenty thousand,

8. For the battle was scattered there over the face of all the country. And the forest devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

9. And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak. And his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up hanging between the heaven and the earth. And the mule under him went away.

10. And a certain man saw and told Joab, and said, “Behold, I saw Absalom hanging in an oak.”

11. And Joab said to the man who told him, “Now, behold, you saw him, and why did you not strike him there to the ground? And I would have given you ten shekels of silver and a girdle.”

12. Then the man said to Joab, “Though I should receive a thousand silverlings in my hand, yet I would not put forth my hand against the king’s son, for in our ears the king charged you and Abishai and Ittai, saying, ‘Beware you who go against the young man, against Absalom.’

13. Or I would have dealt falsely with my own life, for there is no matter hidden from the king, and you yourself would have set yourself against me.”

14. And Joab said, “I cannot remain here with you.” Then he took three spears in his hand and thrust them through the heart of Absalom while he was still alive in the midst of the oak.

15. And ten young men who bore Joab’s armor surrounded and struck Absalom, and killed him.

16. Then Joab blew the ram’s horn, and the people returned from pursuing Israel, for Joab held back the people.

17. And they took Absalom and threw him into a great pit in the forest. And they laid a very great heap of stones upon him. And all Israel fled, each one to his tent.

18. Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the King’s Valley, for he said, “I have no son to keep my name in remembrance.” And he called the pillar after his own name. And it is called Absalom’s monument until this day.

19. Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, “And let me run and bear the news to the king, how the LORD has avenged him of his enemies.”

20. And Joab said to him, “You shall not bear news today, but you shall bear good news some other day. But today you shall bear no tidings because the king’s son is dead.”

21. And Joab said to Cushi, “Go tell the king what you have seen.” And Cushi bowed himself to Joab and ran.

22. And Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said yet again to Joab, “Yet whatever happens, please let me also run after the Cushite.” And Joab said, “Why will you run, my son, since you have no good news ready?”

23. But he said, “Yet whatever happens, let me run!” And he said to him, “Run.” And Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and ran past the Cushite.

24. And David sat between the two gates. And the watchman went up to the roof over the gate to the wall, and lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was running alone.

25. And the watchman cried and told the king. And the king said, “If he is alone, there is news in his mouth.” And he came quickly and drew near.

26. Then the watchman saw another man running. And the watchman called to the porter and said, “Behold, another man is running alone.” And the king said, “He also brings news.”

27. And the watchman said, “I see the running of the first is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok.” And the king said, “He is a good man, and comes with good news.”

28. And Ahimaaz called and said to the king, “Peace!” And he fell down upon his face before the king, and said, “Blessed be the LORD your God, Who has delivered up the men who lifted up their hand against my lord the king.”

29. And the king said, “Is the young man Absalom safe?” And Ahimaaz answered, “When Joab sent the king’s servant, and your servant, I saw a great uproar, but I did not know what it was.”

30. And the king said, “Turn aside, stand here.” And he turned aside and stood still.

31. And, behold, Cushi came. And Cushi said, “Good news, my lord the king, for the LORD has avenged you this day of all those who rose up against you.”

32. And the king said to Cushi, “Is the young man Absalom safe?” And Cushi answered, “May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise against you to do you hurt, be as the young man.”

33. And the king was much moved, and went up to the room over the gate and wept. And as he went, he said this, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would God I had died for you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”

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numberedH6485
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the peopleH5971
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whoH834
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were with him,H854
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and setH7760
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captainsH8269
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of hundredsH3967
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over them.H5921
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under the handH3027
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of IttaiH863
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saidH559
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the people,H5971
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saidH559
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to them,H413
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whatH834
HTr
is goodH3190
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in your eyes."H5869
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HTdHNcmsa
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HCHVqw3ms
byH413
HR
the sideH3027
HNcbsc
of the gate,H8179
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and allH3605
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the peopleH5971
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came outH3381
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by hundredsH3967
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and by thousands.H505
HCHRHAcbpa

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HTdHNcmsa
commandedH6680
HCHVpw3ms
H853
HTo
JoabH3097
HNp
andH853
HCHTo
AbishaiH52
HNp
andH853
HCHTo
Ittai,H863
HNp
saying,H559
HRHVqc
"For my sakeHl
HRHSp1cs
be gentleH328
HRHD
with the young man,H5288
HRdHNcmsa
with Absalom."H53
HRHNp
And allH3605
HCHNcmsc
the peopleH5971
HTdHNcmsa
heardH8085
HVqp3cp
when the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
H853
HTo
gave allH3605
HNcmsc
the commandersH8269
HTdHNcmpa
chargeH6680
HRHVpc
concerningH5921
HR
H1697
HNcmsc
Absalom.H53
HNp

And the peopleH5971
HTdHNcmsa
went outH3318
HCHVqw3ms
into the fieldH7704
HTdHNcmsa
againstH7125
HRHVqc
Israel.H3478
HNp
And the battleH4421
HTdHNcfsa
wasH1961
HCHVqw3fs
in the forestH3293
HRHNcmsc
of Ephraim.H669
HNp

And the peopleH5971
HNcmsc
of IsraelH3478
HNp
were killedH5062
HCHVNw3mp
thereH8033
HD
beforeH6440
HRHNcbpc
the servantsH5650
HNcmpc
of David.H1732
HNp
And thereH8033
HD
wasH1961
HCHVqw3fs
a greatH1419
HAafsa
slaughterH4046
HTdHNcfsa
thatH1931
HTdHPp3ms
dayH3117
HRdHNcmsa
of twentyH6242
HAcbpa
thousand,H505
HAcbsa

And AbsalomH53
HNp
metH7122
HCHVNw3ms
the servantsH6440
HRHNcbpc
H5650
HNcmpc
of David.H1732
HNp
And AbsalomH53
HCHNp
rodeH7392
HVqrmsa
uponH5921
HR
a mule,H6505
HTdHNcmsa
and the muleH6505
HTdHNcmsa
wentH935
HCHVqw3ms
underH8478
HR
the thick boughsH7730
HNcmsc
of a greatH1419
HTdHAafsa
oak.H424
HTdHNcfsa
And his headH7218
HNcmscHSp3ms
caught holdH2388
HCHVqw3ms
of the oak,H424
HRdHNcfsa
and he was taken upH5414
HCHVHw3ms
hangingbetweenH996
HR
the heavenH8064
HTdHNcmpa
andH996
HCHR
the earth.H776
HTdHNcbsa
And the muleH6505
HCHTdHNcmsa
H834
HTr
under himH8478
HRHSp3ms
went away.H5674
HVqp3ms

And JoabH3097
HNp
saidH559
HCHVqw3ms
to the manH376
HRdHNcmsa
who toldH5046
HTdHVhrmsa
him,Hl
HRHSp3ms
"Now, behold,H2009
HCHTm
you sawH7200
HVqp2ms
him, and whyH4069
HCHTi
did you notH3808
HTn
strike himH5221
HVhp2msHSp3ms
thereH8033
HD
to the ground?H776
HNcbsaHSd
And IH5921
HCHRHSp1cs
would have givenH5414
HRHVqc
youHl
HRHSp2ms
tenH6235
HAcmsa
shekels of silverH3701
HNcmsa
and aH259
HAcfsa
girdle."H2290
HCHNcfsa

Then the manH376
HTdHNcmsa
saidH559
HCHVqw3ms
toH413
HR
Joab,H3097
HNp
"ThoughH3863
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IH595
HPp1cs
should receiveH8254
HVqrmsa
a thousandH505
HAcbsa
silverlingsH3701
HNcmsa
inH5921
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my hand,H3709
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yet I would notH3808
HTn
put forthH7971
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my handH3027
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againstH413
HR
the king'sH4428
HTdHNcmsa
son,H1121
HNcmsc
forH3588
HC
in our earsH241
HRHNcfdcHSp1cp
the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
chargedH6680
HVpp3ms
youH853
HToHSp2ms
andH853
HCHTo
AbishaiH52
HNp
andH853
HCHTo
Ittai,H863
HNp
saying,H559
HRHVqc
'Beware youH8104
HVqv2mp
who<H4310
HTi
go
against the young man,H5288
HRdHNcmsa
against Absalom.'H53
HRHNp

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HC
I would have dealtH6213
HVqp1cs
falselyH8267
HNcmsa
H3605
HCHNcmsc
with my own life,H5315
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for there is noH3808
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matterH1697
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hiddenH3582
HVNi3ms
fromH4480
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the king,H4428
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yourself againstH5048
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me.">

And JoabH3097
HNp
said,H559
HCHVqw3ms
"I cannotH3808
HTn
remainH3176
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hereH3651
HD
with you."H6440
HRHNcbpcHSp2ms
Then he tookH3947
HCHVqw3ms
threeH7969
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spearsH7626
HNcmpa
in his handH3709
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and thrust themH8628
HCHVqw3msHSp3mp
through the heartH3820
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of AbsalomH53
HNp
while he was stillH5750
HDHSp3ms
aliveH2416
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in the midstH3820
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of the oak.H424
HTdHNcfsa

And tenH6235
HAcmsa
young menH5288
HNcmpa
who boreH5375
HVqrmpc
Joab'sH3097
HNp
armorH3627
HNcmpc
surroundedH5437
HCHVqw3mp
and struckH5221
HCHVhw3mp
H853
HTo
Absalom,H53
HNp
and killed him.H4191
HCHVhw3mpHSp3ms

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HNp
blewH8628
HCHVqw3ms
the ram's horn,H7782
HRdHNcmsa
and the peopleH5971
HTdHNcmsa
returnedH7725
HCHVqw3ms
from pursuingH7291
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H310
HR
Israel,H3478
HNp
forH3588
HC
JoabH3097
HNp
held backH2820
HVqp3ms
H853
HTo
the people.H5971
HTdHNcmsa

Now AbsalomH53
HCHNp
in his lifetimeH2416
HRHNcmpcHSp3ms
had takenH3947
HVqp3ms
and reared upH5324
HCHVhw3ms
for himselfHl
HRHSp3ms
H853
HTo
a pillar,H4678
HNcfsa
whichH834
HTr
isin the King'sH4428
HTdHNcmsa
Valley,H6010
HRHNcmsc
forH3588
HC
he said,H559
HVqp3ms
"IHl
HRHSp1cs
have noH369
HTn
sonH1121
HNcmsa
to keepH5668
HRHNcmsc
my nameH8034
HNcmscHSp1cs
in remembrance."H2142
HVhc
And he calledH7121
HCHVNw3ms
the pillarH4678
HRdHNcfsa
afterH5921
HR
his own name.H8034
HNcmscHSp3ms
And itHl
HRHSp3fs
is calledH7121
HCHVqw3ms
Absalom'sH53
HNp
monumentH3027
HNcbsc
untilH5704
HR
thisH2088
HTdHPdxms
day.H3117
HTdHNcmsa

Then AhimaazH290
HCHNp
the sonH1121
HNcmsc
of ZadokH6659
HNp
said,H559
HVqp3ms
H4994
HTj
"And let me runH7323
HVqh1cs
and bear the newsH1319
HCHVph1cs
H853
HTo
to the king,H4428
HTdHNcmsa
howH3588
HC
the LORDH3068
HNp
has avenged himH8199
HVqp3msHSp3ms
of his enemies."H3027
HRHNcbsc
H341
HVqrmpcHSp3ms

But he said,H1961
HCHVqj3ms
"Yet whateverH4100
HTi
happens, let me run!"H7323
HVqi1cs
And he saidH559
HCHVqw3ms
to him,Hl
HRHSp3ms
"Run."H7323
HVqv2ms
And AhimaazH290
HNp
ran by the wayH1870
HNcbsc
of the plain,H3603
HTdHNcbsa
and ranH7323
HCHVqw3ms
pastH5674
HCHVqw3ms
H853
HTo
the Cushite.H3569
HTdHNgmsa

And the watchmanH6822
HTdHVqrmsa
criedH7121
HCHVqw3ms
and toldH5046
HCHVhw3ms
the king.H4428
HRdHNcmsa
And the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
said,H559
HCHVqw3ms
"IfH518
HC
he is alone,H905
HRHNcmscHSp3ms
there is newsH1309
HNcfsa
in his mouth."H6310
HRHNcmscHSp3ms
And he cameH3212
HCHVqw3ms
quicklyH1980
HVqa
and drew near.H7131
HCHAamsa

And the watchmanH6822
HTdHVqrmsa
said,H559
HCHVqw3ms
"IH589
HPp1cs
seeH7200
HVqrmsa
H853
HTo
the runningH4794
HNcfsc
of the firstH7223
HTdHAomsa
is like the runningH4794
HRHNcfsc
of AhimaazH290
HNp
the sonH1121
HNcmsc
of Zadok."H6659
HNp
And the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
said,H559
HCHVqw3ms
"HeH2088
HPdxms
isa goodH2896
HAamsa
man,H376
HNcmsa
and comesH935
HVqi3ms
withH413
HCHR
goodH2896
HAafsa
news."H1309
HNcfsa

And AhimaazH290
HNp
calledH7121
HCHVqw3ms
and saidH559
HCHVqw3ms
toH413
HR
the king,H4428
HTdHNcmsa
"Peace!"H7965
HNcmsa
And he fell downH7812
HCHVtw3ms
H776
HNcbsaHSd
upon his faceH639
HRHNcmdcHSp3ms
before the king,H4428
HRdHNcmsa
and said,H559
HCHVqw3ms
"BlessedH1288
HVqsmsa
bethe LORDH3068
HNp
your God,H430
HNcmpcHSp2ms
WhoH834
HTr
has delivered upH5462
HVpp3ms
H853
HTo
the menH376
HTdHNcmpa
whoH834
HTr
lifted upH5375
HVqp3cp
H853
HTo
their handH3027
HNcbscHSp3mp
against my lordH113
HRHNcmscHSp1cs
the king."H4428
HTdHNcmsa

And the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
said,H559
HCHVqw3ms
"Is the young manH5288
HRdHNcmsa
AbsalomH53
HRHNp
safe?"H7965
HNcmsa
And AhimaazH290
HNp
answered,H559
HCHVqw3ms
"When JoabH3097
HNp
sentH7971
HRHVqc
H853
HTo
the king'sH4428
HTdHNcmsa
servant,H5650
HNcmsc
andH853
HCHTo
your servant,H5650
HNcmscHSp2ms
I sawH7200
HVqp1cs
a greatH1419
HTdHAamsa
uproar,H1995
HTdHNcmsa
but I did notH3808
HCHTn
knowH3045
HVqp1cs
what it was."H4100
HTi

And the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
said,H559
HCHVqw3ms
"Turn aside,H5437
HVqv2ms
standH3320
HVtv2ms
here."H3541
HD
And he turned asideH5437
HCHVqw3ms
and stood still.H5975
HCHVqw3ms

And the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
saidH559
HCHVqw3ms
toH413
HR
Cushi,H3569
HTdHNgmsa
"Is the young manH5288
HRdHNcmsa
AbsalomH53
HRHNp
safe?"H7965
HTiHNcmsa
And CushiH3569
HTdHNgmsa
answered,H559
HCHVqw3ms
"May the enemiesH341
HVqrmpc
of my lordH113
HNcmscHSp1cs
the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
and allH3605
HCHNcmsa
whoH834
HTr
riseH6965
HVqp3cp
against youH5921
HRHSp2ms
to do you hurt,H7451
HRHNcfsa
beH1961
HVqj3mp
as the young man."H5288
HRdHNcmsa

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