As King David approached Bahurim,1 a man from the same clan as Saul's family came out from there. His name was Shimei2 son of Gera, and he cursed3 as he came out.
He pelted David and all the king's officials with stones, though all the troops and the special guard were on David's right and left.
As he cursed, Shimei said, "Get out, get out, you man of blood, you scoundrel!
The LORD has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned.4 The LORD has handed the kingdom over to your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a man of blood!"59
Then Abishai6 son of Zeruiah said to the king, "Why should this dead dog7 curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head."810
But the king said, "What do you and I have in common, you sons of Zeruiah?9 If he is cursing because the LORD said to him, 'Curse David,' who can ask, 'Why do you do this?' "1011
David then said to Abishai and all his officials, "My son,11 who is of my own flesh, is trying to take my life. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the LORD has told him to.1212
It may be that the LORD will see my distress13 and repay me with good14 for the cursing I am receiving today.15"
So David and his men continued along the road while Shimei was going along the hillside opposite him, cursing as he went and throwing stones at him and showering him with dirt.
The king and all the people with him arrived at their destination exhausted.16 And there he refreshed himself.