Absalom

Absalom

 
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  • But then Absalom said, "Bring in Hushai the Arkite. Let's see what he thinks about this." - 2 Samuel 17:5


  • When Hushai arrived, Absalom told him what Ahithophel had said. Then he asked, "What is your opinion? Should we follow Ahithophel's advice? If not, speak up." - 2 Samuel 17:6


  • Then Absalom and all the leaders of Israel said, "Hushai's advice is better than Ahithophel's." For the LORD had arranged to defeat the counsel of Ahithophel, which really was the better plan, so that he could bring disaster upon Absalom! - 2 Samuel 17:14


  • But a boy saw them leaving En-rogel to go to David, and he told Absalom about it. Meanwhile, they escaped to Bahurim, where a man hid them inside a well in his courtyard. - 2 Samuel 17:18


  • When Absalom's men arrived, they asked her, "Have you seen Ahimaaz and Jonathan?" She replied, "They were here, but they crossed the brook." Absalom's men looked for them without success and returned to Jerusalem. - 2 Samuel 17:20


  • Meanwhile, Ahithophel was publicly disgraced when Absalom refused his advice. So he saddled his donkey, went to his hometown, set his affairs in order, and hanged himself. He died there and was buried beside his father. - 2 Samuel 17:23


  • David soon arrived at Mahanaim. By now, Absalom had mobilized the entire army of Israel and was leading his troops across the Jordan River. - 2 Samuel 17:24


  • Absalom had appointed Amasa as commander of his army, replacing Joab, who had been commander under David. (Amasa was Joab's cousin. His father was Jether,* an Ishmaelite.* His mother, Abigail daughter of Nahash, was the sister of Joab's mother, Zeruiah.)1 - 2 Samuel 17:25


  • Absalom and the Israelite army set up camp in the land of Gilead. - 2 Samuel 17:26


  • But his men objected strongly. "You must not go," they urged. "If we have to turn and run--and even if half of us die--it will make no difference to Absalom's troops; they will be looking only for you. You are worth ten thousand of us, and it is better that you stay here in the city and send us help if we need it." - 2 Samuel 18:3


  • And the king gave this command to Joab, Abishai, and Ittai: "For my sake, deal gently with young Absalom." And all the troops heard the king give this order to his commanders. - 2 Samuel 18:5


  • During the battle, Absalom came unexpectedly upon some of David's men. He tried to escape on his mule, but as he rode beneath the thick branches of a great oak, his head got caught. His mule kept going and left him dangling in the air. - 2 Samuel 18:9


  • One of David's men saw what had happened and told Joab, "I saw Absalom dangling in a tree." - 2 Samuel 18:10


  • "I wouldn't do it for a thousand pieces of silver,*" the man replied. "We all heard the king say to you and Abishai and Ittai, `For my sake, please don't harm young Absalom.'2 - 2 Samuel 18:12


  • "Enough of this nonsense," Joab said. Then he took three daggers and plunged them into Absalom's heart as he dangled from the oak still alive. - 2 Samuel 18:14


  • Ten of Joab's young armor bearers then surrounded Absalom and killed him. - 2 Samuel 18:15


  • They threw Absalom's body into a deep pit in the forest and piled a great heap of stones over it. And the army of Israel fled to their homes. - 2 Samuel 18:17
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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