Then the king said to Zadok, "Take the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the LORD's eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling place1 again.
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But if he says, 'I am not pleased with you,' then I am ready; let him do to me whatever seems good to him.2"
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The king also said to Zadok the priest, "Aren't you a seer?3 Go back to the city in peace, with your son Ahimaaz and Jonathan4 son of Abiathar. You and Abiathar take your two sons with you.
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I will wait at the fords5 in the desert until word comes from you to inform me."
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So Zadok and Abiathar took the ark of God back to Jerusalem and stayed there.
But David continued up the Mount of Olives, weeping6 as he went; his head7 was covered and he was barefoot. All the people with him covered their heads too and were weeping as they went up.
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Now David had been told, "Ahithophel8 is among the conspirators with Absalom." So David prayed, "O LORD, turn Ahithophel's counsel into foolishness."
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When David arrived at the summit, where people used to worship God, Hushai9 the Arkite10 was there to meet him, his robe torn and dust11 on his head.
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David said to him, "If you go with me, you will be a burden12 to me.
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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,'13 then you can help me by frustrating14 Ahithophel's advice.
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Won't the priests Zadok and Abiathar be there with you? Tell them anything you hear in the king's palace.15
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