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2 Samuel 14:17-27 (New American Standard)

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17 "Then your maidservant said, 'Please let the word of my lord the king be acomforting, for as 1the angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and evil. And may the LORD your God be with you.' " 18 Then the king answered and said to the woman, "Please do not hide anything from me that I am about to ask you." And the woman said, "Let my lord the king please speak." 19 So the king said, "Is the hand of Joab with you in all this?" And the woman replied, "As your soul lives, my lord the king, no one can turn to the right or to the left from anything that my lord the king has spoken. Indeed, it was 2your servant Joab who commanded me, and it was he who put all these words in the mouth of your maidservant; 20 in order to change the appearance of things your servant Joab has done this thing. But my lord is wise, 3like the wisdom of the angel of God, to know all that is in the earth."

Absalom Is Recalled

21 Then the king said to Joab, "Behold now, 4I will surely do this thing; go therefore, bring back the young man Absalom." 22 Joab fell on his face to the ground, prostrated himself and blessed the king; then Joab said, "Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your sight, O my lord, the king, in that the king has performed the brequest of his servant." 23 So Joab arose and went to 5Geshur and brought Absalom to Jerusalem. 24 However the king said, "Let him turn to 6his own house, and let him not see my face." So Absalom turned to his own house and did not see the king's face. 25 Now in all Israel was no one as handsome as Absalom, so highly praised; 7from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no defect in him. 26 When he 8cut the hair of his head (and it was at the end of every year that he cut it, for it was heavy on him so he cut it), he weighed the hair of his head at 200 shekels by the king's weight. 27 9To Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter whose name was 10Tamar; she was a woman of beautiful appearance.
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