And Absalom rose up early , and stoodbeside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversycamea to the king for judgment, then Absalomcalled unto him, and said , Of whatcity art thou? And he said , Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel.3
And Absalomsaid unto him, See , thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.
4Absalomsaid moreover, Oh that I were madejudge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice !
And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do him obeisance , he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him.
And on this mannerdidAbsalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalomstole the hearts of the men of Israel.7
And it came to pass afterfortyyears, that Absalomsaid unto the king, I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto the LORD, in Hebron.8
For thy servantvowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria,saying , If the LORD shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will serve the LORD.9
And the kingsaid unto him, Go in peace. So he arose , and went to Hebron.10
But Absalomsentspies throughout all the tribes of Israel,saying , As soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall say , Absalomreigneth in Hebron.11
And with Absalomwent two hundredmen out of Jerusalem, that were called ; and they went in their simplicity, and they knew not any thing.12
And Absalomsent for Ahithophel the Gilonite,David'scounsellor , from his city, even from Giloh, while he offeredsacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the peopleincreasedcontinually with Absalom.