The king also said to Zadok the priest, "Aren't you a seer?1 Go back to the city in peace, with your son Ahimaaz and Jonathan2 son of Abiathar. You and Abiathar take your two sons with you.
I will wait at the fords3 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, weeping4 as he went; his head5 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, "Ahithophel6 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, Hushai7 the Arkite8 was there to meet him, his robe torn and dust9 on his head.
David said to him, "If you go with me, you will be a burden10 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,'11 then you can help me by frustrating12 Ahithophel's advice.
Won't the priests Zadok and Abiathar be there with you? Tell them anything you hear in the king's palace.1336
Their two sons, Ahimaaz14 son of Zadok and Jonathan15 son of Abiathar, are there with them. Send them to me with anything you hear."
So David's friend Hushai16 arrived at Jerusalem as Absalom17 was entering the city.