Meanwhile, Absalom and his men arrived at Jerusalem, accompanied by Ahithophel.
When David's friend Hushai the Arkite arrived, he went immediately to see Absalom. "Long live the king!" he exclaimed. "Long live the king!"
"Is this the way you treat your friend David?" Absalom asked him. "Why aren't you with him?"
"I'm here because I work for the man who is chosen by the LORD and by Israel," Hushai replied.
"And anyway, why shouldn't I serve you? I helped your father, and now I will help you!"
Then Absalom turned to Ahithophel and asked him, "What should I do next?"
Ahithophel told him, "Go and sleep with your father's concubines, for he has left them here to keep the house. Then all Israel will know that you have insulted him beyond hope of reconciliation, and they will give you their support."
So they set up a tent on the palace roof where everyone could see it, and Absalom went into the tent to sleep with his father's concubines.
Absalom followed Ahithophel's advice, just as David had done. For every word Ahithophel spoke seemed as wise as though it had come directly from the mouth of God.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)