And Absalom rose up early , and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said , Of what city art thou? And he said , Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel.
And the king was much moved , and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept : and as he went , thus he said , O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee , O Absalom, my son, my son!
Then the king arose , and sat in the gate. And they told unto all the people, saying , Behold, the king doth sit in the gate. And all the people came before the king: for Israel had fled every man to his tent.
And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD.