"You came only yesterday, and shall I today make you wander with us, while 1I gowhere I will? Return and takeback your brothers; 2mercy and atruth be with you."
But Ittaianswered the king and said, "As the LORDlives, and as my lord the kinglives, surely3wherever my lord the king may be, whether for deathor for life, therealso your servant will be."
Therefore Davidsaid to Ittai, "Go and passover." So Ittai the Gittitepassedover with all his men and all the littleoneswho were with him.
While all the country was weeping with a loudvoice, all the peoplepassedover. The king also passedover4the brookKidron, and all the peoplepassedovertoward5the way of the wilderness.
Now behold, 6Zadokalso came, and all the Levites with him 7carrying the ark of the covenant of God. And they setdown the ark of God, and 8Abiatharcame up untilall the people had finishedpassing from the city.
The kingsaid to Zadok, "Return the ark of God to the city. If I findfavor in the sight of the LORD, then 9He will bring me back again and show me both it and 10His habitation.
"But if He should saythus, '11I havenodelight in you,' behold, here I am, 12let Him do to me as seems goodbto Him."
The kingsaid also to Zadok the priest, "Are you not 13a seer? Return to the city in peace and your 14twosons with you, your sonAhimaaz and Jonathan the son of Abiathar.
28"See, I am going to wait15at the fords of the wildernessuntilwordcomes from you to inform me."
Therefore Zadok and Abiatharreturned the ark of God to Jerusalem and remainedthere.
And Davidwent up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went, and 16his head was covered and he walked17barefoot. Then all the peoplewho were with him eachcovered his head and went up weeping as they went.