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2 Samuel 20

1 And there happened to beWhere the ten tribes contended against Judah.there a man of Belial, whose name [was] Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part inAs they of Judah say.David, neither have we inheritance in the sonHe thought by speaking contemptuously of the king, to stir the people farther to sedition, or else by causing Israel to depart, thought that they of Judah would have esteemed him less.of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.

2 So every man of Israel went up from after David, [and] followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, fromFrom Gilgal which was near Jordan.Jordan even to Jerusalem.

3 When Dauid then came to his house to Ierusalem, the King tooke the ten women his concubines, that hee had left behinde him to keepe the house, and put them in warde, and fed them, but lay no more with them: but they were enclosed vnto the day of their death, liuing in widowhode.

4 Then said the king toWho was his chief captain in Joab's place, (2Sa_19:13).Amasa, Assemble me the men of Judah within three days, and be thou here present.

5 So Amasa went to assemble Iudah, but hee taried longer then the time which he had appoynted him.

6 And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than [did] Absalom: take thou thyEither those who had been under Joab or David's men.lord's servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape us.

7 And there went out after him Ioabs men, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites, and all the mightie men: and they departed out of Ierusalem, to followe after Sheba the sonne of Bichri.

8 When they [were] at the great stone which [is] in Gibeon, Amasa went before them. And Joab'sWhich was his coat, that he used to wear in the wars.garment that he had put on was girded unto him, and upon it a girdle [with] a sword fastened upon his loins in the sheath thereof; and as he went forth it fell out.

9 And Ioab sayde to Amasa, Art thou in health, my brother? & Ioab tooke Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kisse him.

10 But Amasa tooke no heede to the sworde that was in Ioabs hande: for therewith he smote him in the fift rib, and shed out his bowels to the ground, and smote him not the second time: so he dyed. then Ioab and Abishai his brother followed after Sheba the sonne of Bichri.

11 And one of Joab's menHe stood by Amasa at Joab's appointment.stood by him, and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he that [is] for David, [let him go] after Joab.

12 And Amasa wallowed in blood in the mids of the way: and when the man sawe that all the people stood still, he remooued Amasa out of the way into the fielde, and cast a cloth vpon him, because he saw that euery one that came by him, stoode still.

13 When hee was remoued out of the way, euerie man went after Ioab, to followe after Sheba the sonne of Bichri.

14 And he went through all the tribes of Israel unto Abel, and toTo the city Abel, which was near Bethmaachah.Bethmaachah, and all the Berites: and they were gathered together, and went also after him.

15 And they came and besieged him in Abel of Bethmaachah, and they cast up a bank against the city, and it stood in the trench: and all the people that [were] with JoabThat is, he went about to overthrow it.battered the wall, to throw it down.

16 Then cried a wise woman out of the citie, Heare, heare, I pray you, say vnto Ioab, Come thou hither, that I may speake with thee.

17 And when hee came neere vnto her, the woma said, Art thou Ioab? And he answered, Yea; she said to him, Heare the wordes of thine handmaid; he answered, I do heare.

18 Then she spake, saying,She shows that the old custom was not to destroy a city before peace was offered, (Deu_20:10-11).They were wont to speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask [counsel] at Abel: and so they ended [the matter].

19 I [amShe speaks in the name of the city.one of them that are] peaceable [and] faithful in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the LORD?

20 And Ioab answered, & said, God forbid, God forbid it me, that I should deuoure, or destroy it.

21 TheHearing his fault, he gave in to reason, and required only he that was instigator of the treason.matter [is] not so: but a man of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name, hath lifted up his hand against the king, [even] against David: deliver him only, and I will depart from the city. And the woman said unto Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to thee over the wall.

22 Then the woman went vnto all the people with her wisedome, and they cut off the head of Sheba the sonne of Bichri, and cast it to Ioab: the he blewe the trumpet, and they retired from the citie, euery man to his tent: and Ioab returned to Ierusalem vnto the King.

23 Then Ioab was ouer all the hoste of Israel, and Benaiah the sonne of Iehoiada ouer the Cherethites and ouer the Pelethies,

24 And Adoram ouer the tribute, and Ioshaphat the sonne of Ahilud the recorder,

25 And Sheia was Scribe, and Zadok and Abiathar the Priests,

26 And Ira also the Jairite was aEither in dignity or familiarity.chief ruler about David.

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