1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to
2 And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was [so], that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what city [art] thou? And he said, Thy servant [is] of one of the
3 Then Absalom said vnto him, See, thy matters are good and righteous, but there is no man deputed of the King to heare thee.
4 Absalom said moreover,
5 And when any man came neere to him, and did him obeisance, he put forth his hand, & tooke him, and kissed him.
6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom
7 And it came to pass after
8 For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the LORD shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will
9 And the King sayd vnto him, Go in peace. So he arose, and went to Hebron.
10 Then Absalom sent spyes throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, When yee heare the sound of the trumpet, Ye shal say, Absalom reigneth in Hebron.
11 And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, [that were]
12 Also Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite Dauids counseller, from his citie Giloh, while he offred sacrifices: & the treason was great: for the people encreased still with Absalom.
13 Then came a messenger to Dauid, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are turned after Absalom.
14 And David said unto all his servants that [were] with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not [else] escape from
15 And the Kings seruants sayd vnto him, Behold, thy seruants are ready to do according to all that my lord the King shal appoynt.
16 So the King departed and all his houshold after him, and the King left ten concubines to keepe the house.
17 And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and tarried in a place that was
18 And all his servants passed on beside him; and all the
19 Then said the king to
20 Whereas thou camest [but] yesterday, should I this day make thee go up and down with us? seeing I go whither I may, return thou, and take back thy
21 And Ittai answered the King, and sayde, As the Lorde liueth, and as my lord the King liueth, in what place my lord the King shalbe, whether in death or life, euen there surely will thy seruant bee.
22 Then Dauid sayd to Ittai, Come, & go forward; Ittai the Gittite went, and all his men, and all the children that were with him.
23 And all the country wept with a loud voice, and
24 And lo Zadok also, and all the Levites [were] with him,
25 Then the King said vnto Zadok, Carie the Arke of God againe into the citie: if I shall finde fauour in the eyes of the Lorde, he will bring me againe, and shewe me both it, and the Tabernacle thereof.
26 But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee; behold,
27 The King sayde againe vnto Zadok the Priest, Art not thou a Seer? returne into the citie in peace, and your two sonnes with you: to wit, Ahimaaz thy sonne, and Ionathan the sonne of Abiathar.
28 Behold, I wil tarie in the fieldes of the wildernesse, vntill there come some worde from you to be tolde me.
29 Zadok therefore and Abiathar caried the Arke of God againe to Ierusalem, and they taried there.
30 And David went up by the ascent of [mount] Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head
31 And [one] told David, saying, Ahithophel [is] among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn the
32 Then Dauid came to the toppe of the mount where he worshipped God: and beholde, Hushai the Archite came against him with his coate torne, and hauing earth vpon his head.
33 Vnto whom Dauid sayd, If thou goe with me, thou shalt be a burthen vnto me.
34 But if thou return to the city, and say unto Absalom, I will be thy
35 And hast thou not there with thee Zadok and Abiathar the Priests? therefore what so euer thou shalt heare out of the Kings house, thou shalt shew to Zadok and Abiathar the Priests.
36 Beholde, there are with them their two sonnes: Ahimaaz Zadoks sonne, and Ionathan Abiathars sonne: by them also shall ye send me euery thing that ye can heare.
37 So Hushai Dauids friend went into the citie: and Absalom came into Ierusalem.