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2 Samuel 17 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:1 - Ahithophel said to Absalom, “I would[fn] choose twelve thousand men and set out tonight in pursuit of David.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:2 - I would attack him while he is weary and weak. I would strike him with terror, and then all the people with him will flee. I would strike down only the king

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:3 - and bring all the people back to you. The death of the man you seek will mean the return of all; all the people will be unharmed.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:4 - This plan seemed good to Absalom and to all the elders of Israel.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:5 - But Absalom said, “Summon also Hushai the Arkite, so we can hear what he has to say as well.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:6 - When Hushai came to him, Absalom said, “Ahithophel has given this advice. Should we do what he says? If not, give us your opinion.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:7 - Hushai replied to Absalom, “The advice Ahithophel has given is not good this time.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:8 - You know your father and his men; they are fighters, and as fierce as a wild bear robbed of her cubs. Besides, your father is an experienced fighter; he will not spend the night with the troops.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:9 - Even now, he is hidden in a cave or some other place. If he should attack your troops first,[fn] whoever hears about it will say, ‘There has been a slaughter among the troops who follow Absalom.’

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:10 - Then even the bravest soldier, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will melt with fear, for all Israel knows that your father is a fighter and that those with him are brave.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:11 - “So I advise you: Let all Israel, from Dan to Beersheba—as numerous as the sand on the seashore—be gathered to you, with you yourself leading them into battle.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:12 - Then we will attack him wherever he may be found, and we will fall on him as dew settles on the ground. Neither he nor any of his men will be left alive.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:13 - If he withdraws into a city, then all Israel will bring ropes to that city, and we will drag it down to the valley until not so much as a pebble is left.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:14 - Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The advice of Hushai the Arkite is better than that of Ahithophel.” For the LORD had determined to frustrate the good advice of Ahithophel in order to bring disaster on Absalom.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:15 - Hushai told Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, “Ahithophel has advised Absalom and the elders of Israel to do such and such, but I have advised them to do so and so.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:16 - Now send a message at once and tell David, ‘Do not spend the night at the fords in the wilderness; cross over without fail, or the king and all the people with him will be swallowed up.’ ”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:17 - Jonathan and Ahimaaz were staying at En Rogel. A female servant was to go and inform them, and they were to go and tell King David, for they could not risk being seen entering the city.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:18 - But a young man saw them and told Absalom. So the two of them left at once and went to the house of a man in Bahurim. He had a well in his courtyard, and they climbed down into it.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:19 - His wife took a covering and spread it out over the opening of the well and scattered grain over it. No one knew anything about it.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:20 - When Absalom’s men came to the woman at the house, they asked, “Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?” The woman answered them, “They crossed over the brook.”[fn] The men searched but found no one, so they returned to Jerusalem.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:21 - After they had gone, the two climbed out of the well and went to inform King David. They said to him, “Set out and cross the river at once; Ahithophel has advised such and such against you.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:22 - So David and all the people with him set out and crossed the Jordan. By daybreak, no one was left who had not crossed the Jordan.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:23 - When Ahithophel saw that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and set out for his house in his hometown. He put his house in order and then hanged himself. So he died and was buried in his father’s tomb.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:24 - David went to Mahanaim, and Absalom crossed the Jordan with all the men of Israel.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:25 - Absalom had appointed Amasa over the army in place of Joab. Amasa was the son of Jether,[fn] an Ishmaelite[fn] who had married Abigail[fn], the daughter of Nahash and sister of Zeruiah the mother of Joab.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:26 - The Israelites and Absalom camped in the land of Gilead.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:27 - When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi son of Nahash from Rabbah of the Ammonites, and Makir son of Ammiel from Lo Debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:28 - brought bedding and bowls and articles of pottery. They also brought wheat and barley, flour and roasted grain, beans and lentils,[fn]

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:29 - honey and curds, sheep, and cheese from cows’ milk for David and his people to eat. For they said, “The people have become exhausted and hungry and thirsty in the wilderness.”
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Or When some of the men fall at the first attack
Or “They passed by the sheep pen toward the water.”
Hebrew Ithra, a variant of Jether
Some Septuagint manuscripts (see also 1 Chron. 2:17); Hebrew and other Septuagint manuscripts Israelite
Hebrew Abigal, a variant of Abigail
Most Septuagint manuscripts and Syriac; Hebrew lentils, and roasted grain

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