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  • Joab realized how much the king longed to see Absalom. - 2 Samuel 14:1

  • So the king sent for Joab and told him, "All right, go and bring back the young man Absalom." - 2 Samuel 14:21

  • Then Joab went to Geshur and brought Absalom back to Jerusalem. - 2 Samuel 14:23

  • But the king gave this order: "Absalom may go to his own house, but he must never come into my presence." So Absalom did not see the king. - 2 Samuel 14:24

  • Now no one in Israel was as handsome as Absalom. From head to foot, he was the perfect specimen of a man. - 2 Samuel 14:25

  • Absalom lived in Jerusalem for two years without getting to see the king. - 2 Samuel 14:28

  • Then Absalom sent for Joab to ask him to intercede for him, but Joab refused to come. Absalom sent for him a second time, but again Joab refused to come. - 2 Samuel 14:29

  • So Absalom said to his servants, "Go and set fire to Joab's barley field, the field next to mine." So they set his field on fire, as Absalom had commanded. - 2 Samuel 14:30

  • Then Joab came to Absalom and demanded, "Why did your servants set my field on fire?" - 2 Samuel 14:31

  • And Absalom replied, "Because I wanted you to ask the king why he brought me back from Geshur if he didn't intend to see me. I might as well have stayed there. Let me see the king; if he finds me guilty of anything, then let him execute me." - 2 Samuel 14:32

  • So Joab told the king what Absalom had said. Then at last David summoned his estranged son, and Absalom came and bowed low before the king, and David kissed him. - 2 Samuel 14:33

  • After this, Absalom bought a chariot and horses, and he hired fifty footmen to run ahead of him. - 2 Samuel 15:1

  • He got up early every morning and went out to the gate of the city. When people brought a case to the king for judgment, Absalom would ask where they were from, and they would tell him their tribe. - 2 Samuel 15:2

  • Then Absalom would say, "You've really got a strong case here! It's too bad the king doesn't have anyone to hear it. - 2 Samuel 15:3

  • And when people tried to bow before him, Absalom wouldn't let them. Instead, he took them by the hand and embraced them. - 2 Samuel 15:5

  • So in this way, Absalom stole the hearts of all the people of Israel. - 2 Samuel 15:6

  • After four years,* Absalom said to the king, "Let me go to Hebron to offer a sacrifice to the LORD in fulfillment of a vow I made to him.1 - 2 Samuel 15:7
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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