2 Samuel 17:1-10 NIV

1 Ahithophel said to Absalom, "I woulda choose twelve thousand men and set out tonight in pursuit of David.

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    • a 17:1 - Or "Let me"
      2 I wouldb attack him while he is weary and weak.1 I wouldc strike him with terror, and then all the people with him will flee. I wouldd strike down only the king2

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          3 and bring all the people back to you. The death of the man you seek will mean the return of all; all the people will be unharmed."
          4 This plan seemed good to Absalom and to all the elders of Israel.
          5 But Absalom said, "Summon also Hushai3 the Arkite, so we can hear what he has to say."

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          6 When Hushai came to him, Absalom said, "Ahithophel has given this advice. Should we do what he says? If not, give us your opinion."
          7 Hushai replied to Absalom, "The advice Ahithophel has given is not good this time.
          8 You know your father and his men; they are fighters, and as fierce as a wild bear robbed of her cubs.4 Besides, your father is an experienced fighter;5 he will not spend the night with the troops.

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          9 Even now, he is hidden in a cave or some other place.6 If he should attack your troops first,e whoever hears about it will say, 'There has been a slaughter among the troops who follow Absalom.'

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            • e 17:9 - Or "When some of the men fall at the first attack"
              10 Then even the bravest soldier, whose heart is like the heart of a lion,7 will melt8 with fear, for all Israel knows that your father is a fighter and that those with him are brave.9

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