2Absalom used to riseearly and 1standbeside the way to the gate ; and when anymanhad a suit to come to the king for judgment, Absalom would call to him and say, "From whatcity are you?" And he would say, "Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel."
Then Absalom would say to him, "See, 2your aclaims are good and right, but no man listens to you on the part of the king."
Moreover, Absalom would say, "3Oh that one would appoint me judge in the land, then everymanwhohas any suit or cause could come to me and I would give him justice."
And when a mancamenear to prostrate himself before him, he would put out his hand and takehold of him and 4kiss him.
In thismannerAbsalomdealt with allIsraelwhocame to the king for judgment ; 5so Absalomstoleaway the hearts of the men of Israel.
Now it came about at the end of bfortyyears that Absalomsaid to the king, "Please let me go and pay my vowwhich I have vowed to the LORD, in 6Hebron.
"For your servant7vowed a vow while I was living at Geshur in Aram, saying, '8If the LORD shall indeedbring me back to Jerusalem, then I will serve the LORD.' "
The kingsaid to him, "Go in peace." So he arose and went to Hebron.
But Absalomsentspies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, "As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then you shall say, '9Absalom is king in Hebron.' "
Then two hundredmenwent with Absalom from Jerusalem, 10who were invited and 11wentcinnocently, and they did not knowanything .
And Absalomsent for 12Ahithophel the Gilonite, David'scounselor, from his city13Giloh, while he was offering the sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong, for 14the peopleincreasedcontinually with Absalom.