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2 Samuel 16 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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David and Ziba

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:1 - When David had passed a little beyond the summit, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of donkeys saddled, bearing two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred bunches of raisins, a hundred of summer fruits, and a skin of wine.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:2 - And the king said to Ziba, “Why have you brought these?” Ziba answered, “The donkeys are for the king’s household to ride on, the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine for those who faint in the wilderness to drink.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:3 - And the king said, “And where is your master’s son?” Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he remains in Jerusalem, for he said, ‘Today the house of Israel will give me back the kingdom of my father.’”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:4 - Then the king said to Ziba, “Behold, all that belonged to Mephibosheth is now yours.” And Ziba said, “I pay homage; let me ever find favor in your sight, my lord the king.”

Shimei Curses David

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:5 - When King David came to Bahurim, there came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera, and as he came he cursed continually.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:6 - And he threw 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.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:7 - And Shimei said as he cursed, “Get out, get out, you man of blood, you worthless man!

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:8 - The LORD has avenged on you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned, and the LORD has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. See, your evil is on you, for you are a man of blood.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:9 - Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and take off his head.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:10 - But the king said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the LORD has said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:11 - And David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “Behold, my own son seeks my life; how much more now may this Benjaminite! Leave him alone, and let him curse, for the LORD has told him to.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:12 - It may be that the LORD will look on the wrong done to me,[fn] and that the LORD will repay me with good for his cursing today.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:13 - So David and his men went on the road, while Shimei went along on the hillside opposite him and cursed as he went and threw stones at him and flung dust.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:14 - And the king, and all the people who were with him, arrived weary at the Jordan.[fn] And there he refreshed himself.

Absalom Enters Jerusalem

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:15 - Now Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:16 - And when Hushai the Archite, David’s friend, came to Absalom, Hushai said to Absalom, “Long live the king! Long live the king!”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:17 - And Absalom said to Hushai, “Is this your loyalty to your friend? Why did you not go with your friend?”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:18 - And Hushai said to Absalom, “No, for whom the LORD and this people and all the men of Israel have chosen, his I will be, and with him I will remain.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:19 - And again, whom should I serve? Should it not be his son? As I have served your father, so I will serve you.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:20 - Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give your counsel. What shall we do?”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:21 - Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Go in to your father’s concubines, whom he has left to keep the house, and all Israel will hear that you have made yourself a stench to your father, and the hands of all who are with you will be strengthened.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:22 - So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof. And Absalom went in to his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:23 - Now in those days the counsel that Ahithophel gave was as if one consulted the word of God; so was all the counsel of Ahithophel esteemed, both by David and by Absalom.
ESV Footnotes
Septuagint, Vulgate will look upon my affliction
Septuagint; Hebrew lacks at the Jordan
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