Ahithophel

Ahithophel

 
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  • While he was offering the sacrifices, he sent for Ahithophel, one of David's counselors who lived in Giloh. Soon many others also joined Absalom, and the conspiracy gained momentum. - 2 Samuel 15:12


  • When someone told David that his adviser Ahithophel was now backing Absalom, David prayed, "O LORD, let Ahithophel give Absalom foolish advice!" - 2 Samuel 15:31


  • Return to Jerusalem and tell Absalom, `I will now be your adviser, just as I was your father's adviser in the past.' Then you can frustrate and counter Ahithophel's advice. - 2 Samuel 15:34


  • Meanwhile, Absalom and his men arrived at Jerusalem, accompanied by Ahithophel. - 2 Samuel 16:15


  • Then Absalom turned to Ahithophel and asked him, "What should I do next?" - 2 Samuel 16:20


  • Ahithophel told him, "Go and sleep with your father's concubines, for he has left them here to keep the house. Then all Israel will know that you have insulted him beyond hope of reconciliation, and they will give you their support." - 2 Samuel 16:21


  • Absalom followed Ahithophel's advice, just as David had done. For every word Ahithophel spoke seemed as wise as though it had come directly from the mouth of God. - 2 Samuel 16:23


  • Now Ahithophel urged Absalom, "Let me choose twelve thousand men to start out after David tonight. - 2 Samuel 17:1


  • 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


  • "Well," Hushai replied, "this time I think Ahithophel has made a mistake. - 2 Samuel 17:7


  • 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


  • Then Hushai reported to Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, what Ahithophel had said and what he himself had suggested instead. - 2 Samuel 17:15


  • Then the two men crawled out of the well and hurried on to King David. "Quick!" they told him, "cross the Jordan tonight!" And they told him how Ahithophel had advised that he be captured and killed. - 2 Samuel 17:21


  • 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


  • Eliphelet son of Ahasbai from Maacah; Eliam son of Ahithophel from Giloh; - 2 Samuel 23:34
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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