Joab son of Zeruiah knew that the king’s heart longed for Absalom.
References for 2 Samuel 14:1
So Joab sent someone to Tekoa and had a wise woman brought from there. He said to her, “Pretend you are in mourning. Dress in mourning clothes, and don’t use any cosmetic lotions. Act like a woman who has spent many days grieving for the dead.
References for 2 Samuel 14:2
Then go to the king and speak these words to him.” And Joab put the words in her mouth.
References for 2 Samuel 14:3
When the woman from Tekoa went to the king, she fell with her face to the ground to pay him honor, and she said, “Help me, Your Majesty!”
References for 2 Samuel 14:4
The king asked her, “What is troubling you?” She said, “I am a widow; my husband is dead.
I your servant had two sons. They got into a fight with each other in the field, and no one was there to separate them. One struck the other and killed him.