I will wait at the fords1 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, weeping2 as he went; his head3 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, "Ahithophel4 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, Hushai5 the Arkite6 was there to meet him, his robe torn and dust7 on his head.
David said to him, "If you go with me, you will be a burden8 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,'9 then you can help me by frustrating10 Ahithophel's advice.
Won't the priests Zadok and Abiathar be there with you? Tell them anything you hear in the king's palace.1136
Their two sons, Ahimaaz12 son of Zadok and Jonathan13 son of Abiathar, are there with them. Send them to me with anything you hear."
So David's friend Hushai14 arrived at Jerusalem as Absalom15 was entering the city.