When Absalom's men came to the woman1 at the house, they asked, "Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?" The woman answered them, "They crossed over the brook."a The men searched but found no one, so they returned to Jerusalem.
After the men had gone, the two climbed out of the well and went to inform King David. They said to him, "Set out and cross the river at once; Ahithophel has advised such and such against you."
So David and all the people with him set out and crossed the Jordan. By daybreak, no one was left who had not crossed the Jordan.
When Ahithophel saw that his advice2 had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and set out for his house in his hometown. He put his house in order3 and then hanged himself. So he died and was buried in his father's tomb.
David went to Mahanaim,4 and Absalom crossed the Jordan with all the men of Israel.
Absalom had appointed Amasa5 over the army in place of Joab. Amasa was the son of a man named Jether,b6 an Israelitec who had married Abigail,d the daughter of Nahash and sister of Zeruiah the mother of Joab.
The Israelites and Absalom camped in the land of Gilead.
When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi son of Nahash7 from Rabbah8 of the Ammonites, and Makir9 son of Ammiel from Lo Debar, and Barzillai10 the Gileadite11 from Rogelim
brought bedding and bowls and articles of pottery. They also brought wheat and barley, flour and roasted grain, beans and lentils,e29
honey and curds, sheep, and cheese from cows' milk for David and his people to eat.12 For they said, "The people have become hungry and tired and thirsty in the desert.13"