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2 Samuel 16 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:1 - When David was a little past the top of the mountain, there was Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth, who met him with a couple of saddled donkeys, and on them two hundred loaves of bread, one hundred clusters of raisins, one hundred summer fruits, and a skin of wine.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:2 - And the king said to Ziba, “What do you mean to do with these?” So Ziba said, “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 are faint in the wilderness to drink.”

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

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:4 - So the king said to Ziba, “Here, all that belongs to Mephibosheth is yours.” And Ziba said, “I humbly bow before you, that I may find favor in your sight, my lord, O king!”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:5 - Now when King David came to Bahurim, there was a man from the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei the son of Gera, coming from there. He came out, cursing continuously as he came.

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 - Also Shimei said thus when he cursed: “Come out! Come out! You bloodthirsty man, you rogue!

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:8 - “The LORD has brought upon you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned; and the LORD has delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom your son. So now you are caught in your own evil, because you are a bloodthirsty man!”

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? Please, 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? So let him curse, 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 all his servants, “See how my son who came from my own body seeks my life. How much more now may this Benjamite? Let him alone, and let him curse; for so the LORD has ordered him.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:12 - “It may be that the LORD will look on my affliction,[fn] and that the LORD will repay me with good for his cursing this day.”

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

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:14 - Now the king and all the people who were with him became weary; so they refreshed themselves there.

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

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

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:17 - So 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, but whom the LORD and this people and all the men of Israel choose, his I will be, and with him I will remain.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:19 - “Furthermore, whom should I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father’s presence, so will I be in your presence.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:20 - Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give advice as to what we should do.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:21 - And 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 are abhorred by your father. Then the hands of all who are with you will be strong.”

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

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:23 - Now the advice of Ahithophel, which he gave in those days, was as if one had inquired at the oracle of God. So was all the advice of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.
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Following Kethib, Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate; Qere reads my eyes; Targum reads tears of my eyes.

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