He would get up early and stand by the side of the road leading to the city gate.1 Whenever anyone came with a complaint to be placed before the king for a decision, Absalom would call out to him, "What town are you from?" He would answer, "Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel."
Then Absalom would say to him, "Look, your claims are valid and proper, but there is no representative of the king to hear you."24
And Absalom would add, "If only I were appointed judge in the land!3 Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me and I would see that he gets justice."