When David arrived at the summit, where people used to worship God, Hushai1 the Arkite2 was there to meet him, his robe torn and dust3 on his head.
David said to him, "If you go with me, you will be a burden4 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,'5 then you can help me by frustrating6 Ahithophel's advice.
Won't the priests Zadok and Abiathar be there with you? Tell them anything you hear in the king's palace.736
Their two sons, Ahimaaz8 son of Zadok and Jonathan9 son of Abiathar, are there with them. Send them to me with anything you hear."
So David's friend Hushai10 arrived at Jerusalem as Absalom11 was entering the city.