Then even the bravest soldier, whose heart is like the heart of a lion,1 will melt2 with fear, for all Israel knows that your father is a fighter and that those with him are brave.311
"So I advise you: Let all Israel, from Dan to Beersheba4--as numerous as the sand5 on the seashore--be gathered to you, with you yourself leading them into battle.
Then we will attack him wherever he may be found, and we will fall on him as dew settles on the ground. Neither he nor any of his men will be left alive.
If he withdraws into a city, then all Israel will bring ropes to that city, and we will drag it down to the valley6 until not even a piece of it can be found."
Absalom and all the men of Israel said, "The advice7 of Hushai the Arkite is better than that of Ahithophel."8 For the LORD had determined to frustrate9 the good advice of Ahithophel in order to bring disaster10 on Absalom.1115
Hushai told Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, "Ahithophel has advised Absalom and the elders of Israel to do such and such, but I have advised them to do so and so.