Then the king said to Zadok, "Take the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the LORD's eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling place1 again.
But if he says, 'I am not pleased with you,' then I am ready; let him do to me whatever seems good to him.2"
The king also said to Zadok the priest, "Aren't you a seer?3 Go back to the city in peace, with your son Ahimaaz and Jonathan4 son of Abiathar. You and Abiathar take your two sons with you.
I will wait at the fords5 in the desert until word comes from you to inform me."
So Zadok and Abiathar took the ark of God back to Jerusalem and stayed there.
But David continued up the Mount of Olives, weeping6 as he went; his head7 was covered and he was barefoot. All the people with him covered their heads too and were weeping as they went up.
Now David had been told, "Ahithophel8 is among the conspirators with Absalom." So David prayed, "O LORD, turn Ahithophel's counsel into foolishness."
When David arrived at the summit, where people used to worship God, Hushai9 the Arkite10 was there to meet him, his robe torn and dust11 on his head.
David said to him, "If you go with me, you will be a burden12 to me.
But if you return to the city and say to Absalom, 'I will be your servant, O king; I was your father's servant in the past, but now I will be your servant,'13 then you can help me by frustrating14 Ahithophel's advice.
Won't the priests Zadok and Abiathar be there with you? Tell them anything you hear in the king's palace.15