Furthermore, Ahithophelsaid to Absalom, "Please let me choose12,000men that I may arise and pursueDavidtonight.
"1I will come upon him while he is weary and aexhausted and terrify him, so that all the peoplewho are with him will flee. Then 2I will strikedown the kingalone,
and I will bringbackall the people to you. bThe return of everyone depends on the man you seek ; then all the people will be at 3peace."
So the cplanpleasedAbsalom and all the elders of Israel.
Then Absalomsaid, "Nowcall4Hushai the Architealso, and let us hearwhatdhe has to say."
6WhenHushai had come to Absalom, Absalomsaid to ehim, "Ahithophel has spokenfthus . Shall we gcarry out his plan ? If not, you speak."
So Hushaisaid to Absalom, "5Thistime the advice that Ahithophel has hgiven is not good."
Moreover, Hushaisaid, "You know your father and his men, that they are mightymen and they are ifierce , 6like a bearrobbed of her cubs in the field. And your father is an jexpert in warfare, and will not spend the night with the people.
9"Behold, he has nowhiddenhimself in one of the kcavesor in anotherplace ; and it will be lwhen he falls on them at the first attack, that whoever hears it will say, 'There has been a slaughter among the peoplewhofollowAbsalom.'
"And even the one who is valiant , whoseheart is like the heart of a lion, 7will completelymloseheart ; for allIsraelknows that your father is a mightyman and those who are with him are valiantmen.
"But I counsel that allIsrael be surelygathered to you, 8from Dan even to Beersheba, 9as the sand that is by the sea in abundance, and that nyou personallygo into battle.
"So we shall come to him in one of the placeswhere he can be found, and we will ofall on him 10as the dewfalls on the ground ; and of him and of all the menwho are with him, not evenone will be left.
13"If he withdraws into a city, then allIsrael shall bringropes to that city, and we will 11drag it into the pvalleyuntil not even a smallstone is foundthere."
Then Absalom and all the men of Israelsaid, "The counsel of Hushai the Archite is betterthan the counsel of Ahithophel." For 12the LORD had ordained to thwart the goodcounsel of Ahithophel, so that the LORD might bringcalamity on Absalom.
Then 13Hushaisaid to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, "qThis is whatAhithophelcounseledAbsalom and the elders of Israel, and rthis is what I have counseled.
16"Now therefore, sendquickly and tellDavid, saying, '14Do not spend the night at the fords of the wilderness, but by allmeanscrossover, orelse the king and all the peoplewho are with him will be sdestroyed.' "
1715Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz were staying at 16En-rogel, and a maidservant would go and tell them, and they would go and tellKingDavid, for they could not be seenentering the city.
But a lad did see them and toldAbsalom ; so the two of them departedquickly and came to the house of a man17in Bahurim, who had a well in his courtyard, and they wentdowntinto it.
And 18the womanutook a covering and spread it over the well'smouth and scatteredgrain on it, so that nothing was known.
Then Absalom'sservantscame to the woman at the house and said, "Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan ?" And 19the womansaid to them, "They have crossed the brook of water." And when they searched and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.
It came about after they had departed that they came up out of the well and went and toldKingDavid ; and they said to David, "20Arise and crossover the waterquickly for thusAhithophel has counseledagainst you."
Then David and all the peoplewho were with him arose and crossed the Jordan ; and by vdawn not evenoneremainedwho had not crossed the Jordan.
Now whenAhithophelsaw that his counsel was not wfollowed, he xsaddled his donkey and arose and went to his home, to 21his city, and y22set his house in order, and 23strangled himself; thus he died and was buried in the grave of his father.
Then Davidcame to 24Mahanaim. And Absalomcrossed the Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him.
25Absalomset25Amasaover the army in place of Joab. Now Amasa was the son of a man whose name was zIthra the Israelite, whowent in to Abigail the daughter of 26Nahash, sister of Zeruiah, Joab'smother.
And Israel and Absalomcamped in the land of Gilead.
Now when David had come to Mahanaim, Shobi27the son of Nahash from 28Rabbah of the sons of Ammon, 29Machir the son of Ammiel from Lo-debar, and 30Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim,
28brought31beds, basins, pottery, wheat, barley, flour, parched grain, beans, lentils, parched seeds,
29honey, curds, sheep, and cheese of the herd, for David and for the peoplewho were with him, 32to eat ; for they said, "The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness."