And the king went forth
From Jerusalem; which is repeated, that it might be observed in what a hurry and fright he was:
and all the people after him;
his family, court, and servants, and as many of the people of Jerusalem as chose to go with him:
and tarried at a place that was afar off;
when they had got at some distance from the city, they stopped and stayed a while; it could not be a great way from it, for they had not as yet passed over the brook Kidron, ( 2 Samuel 15:23 ) .