And David hath passed on a little from the top, and lo,
Ziba, servant of Mephibosheth -- to meet him, and a couple of asses saddled,
and upon them two hundred loaves, and a hundred bunches of raisins, and a
hundred of summer-fruit, and a bottle of wine.
And the king saith unto Ziba, 'What -- these to thee?' and
Ziba saith, 'The asses for the household of the king to ride on, and the bread
and the summer-fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine for the wearied to
drink in the wilderness.'
And the king saith, 'And where is the son of thy
lord?' and Ziba saith unto the king, 'Lo, he is abiding in Jerusalem, for he
said, To-day do the house of Israel give back to me the kingdom of my father.'
And the king saith to Ziba, 'Lo, thine are all that
Mephibosheth hath;' and Ziba saith, 'I have bowed myself -- I find grace in
thine eyes, my lord, O king.'
And king David hath come in unto Bahurim, and lo, thence a
man is coming out, of the family of the house of Saul, and his name is
Shimei, son of Gera, he cometh out, coming out and reviling;
and he stoneth David with stones, and all the servants of
king David, and all the people, and all the mighty men on his right and on his
And thus said Shimei in his reviling, 'Go out, go out, O man
of blood, and man of worthlessness!
Jehovah hath turned back on thee all the blood of the house
of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned, and Jehovah doth give the kingdom in
to the hand of Absalom thy son; and lo, thou art in thine evil, for a
man of blood thou art.'
And Abishai son of Zeruiah saith unto the king, 'Why doth
this dead dog revile my lord the king? let me pass over, I pray thee, and I
turn aside his head.'
And the king saith, 'What -- to me and to you, O sons of
Zeruiah? for -- let him revile; even because Jehovah hath said to him, Revile
David; and who saith, Wherefore hast Thou done so?'
And David saith unto Abishai, and unto all his servants,
'Lo, my son who came out of my bowels is seeking my life, and also surely now
the Benjamite; leave him alone, and let him revile, for Jehovah hath said so
it may be Jehovah doth look on mine affliction, and Jehovah
hath turned back to me good for his reviling this day.'
And David goeth with his men in the way, and Shimei is going
at the side of the hill over-against him, going on, and he revileth, and
stoneth with stones over-against him, and hath dusted with dust.
And the king cometh in, and all the people who are
with him, wearied, and they are refreshed there.
And Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, have come
in to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him,
and it cometh to pass, when Hushai the Archite, David's
friend, hath come unto Absalom, that Hushai saith unto Absalom, 'Let the king
live! let the king live!'
And Absalom saith unto Hushai, 'This thy kindness with thy
friend! why hast thou not gone with thy friend?'
And Hushai saith unto Absalom, 'Nay, for he whom Jehovah
hath chosen, and this people, even all the men of Israel, his I am, and with
him I abide;
and secondly, for whom do I labour? is it not before his
son? as I served before thy father so am I before thee.'
And Absalom saith unto Ahithophel, 'Give for you counsel
what we do.'
And Ahithophel saith unto Absalom, 'Go in unto the
concubines of thy father, whom he left to keep the house, and all Israel hath
heard that thou hast been abhorred by thy father, and the hands of all who are
with thee have been strong.'
And they spread out for Absalom the tent on the roof, and
Absalom goeth in unto the concubines of his father before the eyes of all
And the counsel of Ahithophel which he counselled in those
days is as when one inquireth at the word of God; so is
all the counsel of Ahithophel both to David and to Absalom.