David went to Mahanaim,1 and Absalom crossed the Jordan with all the men of Israel.
Absalom had appointed Amasa2 over the army in place of Joab. Amasa was the son of a man named Jether,a3 an Israeliteb who had married Abigail,c the daughter of Nahash and sister of Zeruiah the mother of Joab.
The Israelites and Absalom camped in the land of Gilead.
When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi son of Nahash4 from Rabbah5 of the Ammonites, and Makir6 son of Ammiel from Lo Debar, and Barzillai7 the Gileadite8 from Rogelim
brought bedding and bowls and articles of pottery. They also brought wheat and barley, flour and roasted grain, beans and lentils,d29
honey and curds, sheep, and cheese from cows' milk for David and his people to eat.9 For they said, "The people have become hungry and tired and thirsty in the desert.10"