Then it was toldJoab, "Behold, 1the king is weeping and mourns for Absalom."
The avictory that day was turned to mourning for all the people, for the peopleheard it said that day, "The king is grieved for his son."
So the peoplewent by stealth into the city that day, as people who are humiliatedstealaway when they flee in battle.
The king2covered his face and bcried out with a loudvoice, "3O my sonAbsalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!"
Then Joabcame into the house to the king and said, "Today you have covered with shame the faces of all your servants, who today have saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters, the lives of your wives, and the lives of your concubines,
by loving those who hate you, and by hating those who love you. For you have showntoday that cprinces and servants are nothing to you; for I know this day that ifAbsalom were alive and all of us were deadtoday, thendyou would be pleased .
7"Now therefore arise, go out and speakekindly to your servants, for I swear by the LORD, if you do not go out, surely4not a man will pass the night with you, and this will be worse for you thanall the evil that has come upon you from your youthuntilnow."
So the kingarose and sat in the gate. When they toldall the people, saying, "Behold, the king is 5sitting in the gate," then all the peoplecamebefore the king. Now 6Israel had fled, each to his tent.
9All the people were quarreling throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, "7The kingdelivered us from the fhand of our enemies and 8saved us from the ghand of the Philistines, but now9he has fled out of the land from Absalom.
"However, Absalom, whom we anointedover us, has died in battle. Now then, why are you silent about bringing the kingback?"
Then KingDavidsent to 10Zadok and Abiathar the priests, saying, "Speak to the elders of Judah, saying, 'Why are you the last to bring the kingback to his house, since the word of allIsrael has come to the king, even to his house?
'You are my brothers; 11you are my bone and my flesh. Why then should you be the last to bringback the king?'
13"Say to 12Amasa, 'Are you not my bone and my flesh? 13May Goddoso to me, and more also, if you will not be 14commander of the armybefore me continually15in place of Joab.' "
Thus he turned the hearts of all the men of Judah16as oneman, so that they sent word to the king, saying, "Return, you and all your servants."
The king then returned and came as far as the Jordan. And Judahcame to 17Gilgal in order to go to meet the king, to bring the kingacross the Jordan.
Then 18Shimei the son of Gera, the Benjamitewho was from Bahurim, hurried and camedown with the men of Judah to meetKingDavid.
There were a thousandmen of Benjamin with him, with 19Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteensons and his twentyservants with him; and they rushed to the Jordanbefore the king.
Then they kept crossing the ford to bringover the king'shousehold, and to dowhat was good in his sight. And Shimei the son of Gerafelldownbefore the king as he was about to cross the Jordan.
So he said to the king, "20Let not my lordconsider me guilty, norrememberwhat your servantdidwrong on the daywhen my lord the kingcame out from Jerusalem, so that the king would htake it to heart.
"For your servantknows that I have sinned; therefore behold, I have cometoday, 21the first of all the house of Joseph to godown to meet my lord the king."
But Abishai the son of Zeruiahsaid, "22Should not Shimei be put to death for this, 23because he cursed the LORD'Sanointed?"
22David then said, "24What have I to do with you, O sons of Zeruiah, that you should this day be an adversary to me? 25Should anyman be put to death in Israel today? For do I not know that I am kingoverIsrael today?"
The kingsaid to Shimei, "26You shall not die." Thus the kingswore to him.
Then 27Mephibosheth the ison of Saulcamedown to meet the king; and 28he had neitherjcared for his feet, norktrimmed his mustache, nor29washed his clothes, from the day the kingdeparteduntil the day he came home in peace.
It was when he came from Jerusalem to meet the king, that the kingsaid to him, "30Why did you not go with me, Mephibosheth?"
So he answered, "O my lord, the king, my servantdeceived me; for your servantsaid, 'I will saddle a donkey for myself that I may ride on it and go with the king,' 31because your servant is lame.
"Moreover, 32he has slandered your servant to my lord the king; but my lord the king is 33like the angel of God, therefore dowhat is good in your sight.
"For 34all my father'shousehold was nothing but deadmen before my lord the king; 35yet you set your servant among those who ate at your own table. Whatright do I haveyet that I should lcomplainanymore to the king?"
So the kingsaid to him, "Why do you stillspeak of your affairs? I have mdecided, 'You and Ziba shall divide the land.' "
30Mephiboshethsaid to the king, "Let him eventake it all, since my lord the king has comesafely to his own house."
Now 36Barzillai the Gileadite had comedown from Rogelim; and he went on to the Jordan with the king to nescort him over the Jordan.
Now Barzillai was veryold, being eightyyearsold; and he had o37sustained the king while he stayed at Mahanaim, for he was a verygreatman.
The kingsaid to Barzillai, "You crossover with me and I will psustain you in Jerusalem with me."
But Barzillaisaid to the king, "38Howlongqhave I yet to live, that I should go up with the king to Jerusalem?
"I am rnow39eightyyearsold. Can I distinguishbetweengood and bad? Or can your servanttastewhat I eat or what I drink? Or can I hearanymore40the voice of singing men and women? 41Why then should your servant be an addedburden to my lord the king?
"Your servant would merelycrossover the Jordan with the king. Why should the kingcompensate me with thisreward?
37"Please let your servantreturn, that I may die in my own citynear the grave of my father and my mother. However, here is your servant42Chimham, let him crossover with my lord the king, and do for him what is good in your sight."
The kinganswered, "Chimham shall crossover with me, and I will do for him what is good in your sight; and whatever you srequire of me, I will do for you."
39All the peoplecrossedover the Jordan and the kingcrossed too. The king then 43kissedBarzillai and blessed him, and he returned to his place.
Now the kingwent on to Gilgal, and Chimhamwent on with him; and all the people of Judah and also44half the people of Israeltaccompanied the king.
And behold, all the men of Israelcame to the king and said to the king, "45Why had our brothers46the men of Judahstolen you away, and brought the king and his household and allDavid'smen with him over the Jordan?"
Then all the men of Judahanswered the men of Israel, "Because47the king is a closerelative to uus. Why then vare you angryaboutthismatter? Have we eaten at all at the king's expense, or has wanything been taken for us?"
But the men of Israelanswered the men of Judah and said, "x48We have tenparts in the king, therefore ywe also have more claim on Davidthan you. Why then did you treat us with contempt? Was it not zour advicefirst to bringbackaaour king?" Yet the words of the men of Judah were harsherthan the words of the men of Israel.