He shouted the news down to David, and the king replied, "If he is alone, he has news."As the messenger came closer,
the watchman saw another man running toward them. He shouted down, "Here comes another one!"The king replied, "He also will have news."
"The first man runs like Ahimaaz son of Zadok," the watchman said."He is a good man and comes with good news," the king replied.
Then Ahimaaz cried out to the king, "All is well!" He bowed low with his face to the ground and said, "Blessed be the LORD your God, who has handed over the rebels who dared to stand against you."
"What about young Absalom?" the king demanded. "Is he all right?"Ahimaaz replied, "When Joab told me to come, there was a lot of commotion. But I didn't know what was happening."
"Wait here," the king told him. So Ahimaaz stepped aside.
Then the man from Cush arrived and said, "I have good news for my lord the king. Today the LORD has rescued you from all those who rebelled against you."
"What about young Absalom?" the king demanded. "Is he all right?"And the Cushite replied, "May all of your enemies, both now and in the future, be as that young man is!"
The king was overcome with emotion. He went up to his room over the gateway and burst into tears. And as he went, he cried, "O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I could have died instead of you! O Absalom, my son, my son."
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)