And Ab'salom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Ab'salom called unto him, and said, Of what city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel.
And Ab'salom sent for Ahith'ophel the Gi'lonite, David's counselor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Ab'salom.
And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Ab'salom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.
And It'tai answered the king, and said, As the LORD liveth, and as my lord the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will thy servant be.
¶ And lo Zadok also, and all the Levites were with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of God: and they set down the ark of God; and Abi'athar went up, until all the people had done passing out of the city.
¶ And David went up by the ascent of mount Ol'ivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and all the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up.
but if thou return to the city, and say unto Ab'salom, I will be thy servant, O king; as I have been thy father's servant hitherto, so will I now also be thy servant: then mayest thou for me defeat the counsel of Ahith'ophel.
And hast thou not there with thee Zadok and Abi'athar the priests? therefore it shall be, that what thing soever thou shalt hear out of the king's house, thou shalt tell it to Zadok and Abi'athar the priests.