Now David had been told, "Ahithophel1 is among the conspirators with Absalom." So David prayed, "O LORD, turn Ahithophel's counsel into foolishness."
When David arrived at the summit, where people used to worship God, Hushai2 the Arkite3 was there to meet him, his robe torn and dust4 on his head.
David said to him, "If you go with me, you will be a burden5 to me.
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,'6 then you can help me by frustrating7 Ahithophel's advice.
Won't the priests Zadok and Abiathar be there with you? Tell them anything you hear in the king's palace.836
Their two sons, Ahimaaz9 son of Zadok and Jonathan10 son of Abiathar, are there with them. Send them to me with anything you hear."
So David's friend Hushai11 arrived at Jerusalem as Absalom12 was entering the city.