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The Holy Bible: King James Version. 2000.

The Second
Book of Samuel
Otherwise Called, The Second Book of the Kings

Book of Samuel 16

1  And when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephib’osheth met him, 2 Sam. 9.9, 10 with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and a hundred bunches of raisins, and a hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.
2  And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses be for the king’s household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink.
3  And the king said, And where is thy master’s son? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he abideth at Jerusalem: for he said, Today shall the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father.
4  Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are all that pertained unto Mephib’osheth. And Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee that I may find grace in thy sight, my lord, O king.
5  ¶ And when king David came to Bahu’rim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shim’e-i, the son of Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came.
6  And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king David: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left.
7  And thus said Shim’e-i when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Be’li-al.
8  The LORD hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the LORD hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Ab’salom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man.
9  ¶ Then said Ab’ishai the son of Zeru-i’ah unto the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head.
10  And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeru-i’ah? so let him curse, because the LORD hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so?
11  And David said to Ab’ishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him.
12  It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.
13  And as David and his men went by the way, Shim’e-i went along on the hillside over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him, and cast dust.
14  And the king, and all the people that were with him, came weary, and refreshed themselves there.
15  ¶ And Ab’salom, and all the people the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahith’ophel with him.
16  And it came to pass, when Hu’shai the Archite, David’s friend, was come unto Ab’salom, that Hu’shai said unto Ab’salom, God save the king, God save the king.
17  And Ab’salom said to Hu’shai, Is this thy kindness to thy friend? why wentest thou not with thy friend?
18  And Hu’shai said unto Ab’salom, Nay; but whom the LORD, and this people, and all the men of Israel, choose, his will I be, and with him will I abide.
19  And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father’s presence, so will I be in thy presence.
20  ¶ Then said Ab’salom to Ahith’ophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do.
21  And Ahith’ophel said unto Ab’salom, Go in unto thy father’s concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that are with thee be strong.
22  So they spread Ab’salom a tent upon the top of the house; and Ab’salom went in unto his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel. 2 Sam. 12.11, 12
23  And the counsel of Ahith’ophel, which he counseled in those days, was as if a man had inquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahith’ophel both with David and with Ab’salom.

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