And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said , We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse:everyman to his tents, O Israel.2
So every man of Israel went up from afterDavid, and followedSheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judahclave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.3
And Davidcame to his house at Jerusalem; and the kingtook the tenwomen his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in ward,a and fed them, but went not in unto them. So they were shut up unto the day of their death , living in widowhood.4
Then said the king to Amasa,Assembleb me the men of Judah within threedays, and be thou here present .
So Amasawent to assemble the men of Judah: but he tarried longer than the set time which he had appointed him.
And Davidsaid to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom:take thou thy lord'sservants, and pursueafter him, lest he get him fencedcities, and escapecus.7
And there went outafter him Joab'smen, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and all the mighty men: and they went out of Jerusalem, to pursueafterSheba the son of Bichri.8
When they were at the greatstone which is in Gibeon,Amasawentbefore them. And Joab'sgarment that he had put on was girded unto him, and upon it a girdle with a swordfastened upon his loins in the sheath thereof; and as he went forth it fell out .
And Joabsaid to Amasa, Art thou in health, my brother? And JoabtookAmasa by the beard with the righthand to kiss him.