Now when David had passed1a littlebeyond the summit, behold, 2Ziba the servant of Mephiboshethmet him 3with a couple of saddleddonkeys, and on them were twohundred loaves of bread, a hundredclusters of raisins, a hundredsummerfruits, and a jug of wine.
The kingsaid to Ziba, "Why do you have these?" And Zibasaid, "4The donkeys are for the king'shousehold to ride, and the bread and summerfruit for the youngmen to eat, and the wine, 5for whoever is faint in the wilderness to drink."
Then the kingsaid, "And where is 6your master'sson?" And 7Zibasaid to the king, "Behold, he is staying in Jerusalem, for he said, 'Today the house of Israel will restore the kingdom of my father to me.' "
So the kingsaid to Ziba, "Behold, all that belongs to Mephibosheth is yours." And Zibasaid, "I prostrate myself; let me findfavor in your sight, O my lord, the king!"
When KingDavidcame to 8Bahurim, behold, there came out from there a man of the family of the house of Saul9whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera; he came out 10cursing continually as he came.
He threwstones at David and at all the servants of KingDavid; and all the people and all the mightymen were at his righthand and at his left.
7ThusShimeisaid when he cursed, "Get out, get out, 11you man of bloodshed, and worthlessfellow!
"12The LORD has returned upon you all13the bloodshed of the house of Saul, in whoseplace you have reigned; and the LORD has given the kingdom into the hand of your sonAbsalom. And behold, you are taken in your own evil, for you are a man of bloodshed!"
Then 14Abishai the son of Zeruiahsaid to the king, "Why should 15thisdeaddog16curse my lord the king? Let me goovernow and acutoff his head."
But the kingsaid, "17What have I to do with you, O sons of Zeruiah? 18If he curses, and if the LORD has told him, 'CurseDavid,' 19then who shall say, 'Why have you doneso?' "
Then Davidsaid to Abishai and to all his servants, "Behold, 20my sonwhocame out from bme seeks my life; howmuchmorenow this Benjamite? Let him alone and let him curse, 21for the LORD has told him.
12"Perhaps the LORD will look on my affliction and c22returngood to me instead of his cursingthisday."
So David and his menwent on the way; and Shimeiwent along on the hillsideparallel with him and as he went he cursed and caststones and threwdust at him.
The king and all the peoplewho were with him arrivedweary and he refreshed himself there.
1523Then Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, enteredJerusalem, and Ahithophel with him.
Now it came about when24Hushai the Archite, David'sfriend, came to Absalom, that 25Hushaisaid to Absalom, "26Long live the king! Long live the king!"
17Absalomsaid to Hushai, "Is this your dloyalty to your friend? 27Why did you not go with your friend?"
Then Hushaisaid to Absalom, "No! For whom the LORD, thispeople, and all the men of Israel have chosen, his I will be, and with him I will remain.
19"Besides, 28whom should I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father'spresence, so I will be in your presence."
Then Absalomsaid to Ahithophel, "Give your advice. What shall we do?"
21Ahithophelsaid to Absalom, "29Go in to your father'sconcubines, whom he has left to keep the house; then allIsrael will hear that you have made yourself odious to your father. The hands of allwho are with you will also be strengthened."
So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, 30and Absalomwent in to his father'sconcubines31in the sight of allIsrael.
2332The advice of Ahithophel, which he egave in thosedays, was as if one inquired of the word of God; 33so was all the advice of Ahithophel regarded by bothDavid and Absalom.