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2 Samuel 15:1-12 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 After this, Absalom bought a chariot and horses, and he hired fifty footmen to run ahead of him. 1 In the course of time, Absalom provided himself with a chariot and horses and with fifty men to run ahead of him.
2 He got up early every morning and went out to the gate of the city. When people brought a case to the king for judgment, Absalom would ask where they were from, and they would tell him their tribe. 2 He would get up early and stand by the side of the road leading to the city gate. Whenever anyone came with a complaint to be placed before the king for a decision, Absalom would call out to him, "What town are you from?" He would answer, "Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel."
3 Then Absalom would say, "You've really got a strong case here! It's too bad the king doesn't have anyone to hear it. 3 Then Absalom would say to him, "Look, your claims are valid and proper, but there is no representative of the king to hear you."
4 I wish I were the judge. Then people could bring their problems to me, and I would give them justice!" 4 And Absalom would add, "If only I were appointed judge in the land! Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me and I would see that he gets justice."
5 And when people tried to bow before him, Absalom wouldn't let them. Instead, he took them by the hand and embraced them. 5 Also, whenever anyone approached him to bow down before him, Absalom would reach out his hand, take hold of him and kiss him.
6 So in this way, Absalom stole the hearts of all the people of Israel. 6 Absalom behaved in this way toward all the Israelites who came to the king asking for justice, and so he stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
7 After four years, Absalom said to the king, "Let me go to Hebron to offer a sacrifice to the LORD in fulfillment of a vow I made to him. 7 At the end of four years, Absalom said to the king, "Let me go to Hebron and fulfill a vow I made to the LORD.
8 For while I was at Geshur, I promised to sacrifice to him in Hebron if he would bring me back to Jerusalem." 8 While your servant was living at Geshur in Aram, I made this vow: 'If the LORD takes me back to Jerusalem, I will worship the LORD in Hebron. ' "
9 "All right," the king told him. "Go and fulfill your vow." So Absalom went to Hebron. 9 The king said to him, "Go in peace." So he went to Hebron.
10 But while he was there, he sent secret messengers to every part of Israel to stir up a rebellion against the king. "As soon as you hear the trumpets," his message read, "you will know that Absalom has been crowned king in Hebron." 10 Then Absalom sent secret messengers throughout the tribes of Israel to say, "As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpets, then say, 'Absalom is king in Hebron.' "
11 He took two hundred men from Jerusalem with him as guests, but they knew nothing of his intentions. 11 Two hundred men from Jerusalem had accompanied Absalom. They had been invited as guests and went quite innocently, knowing nothing about the matter.
12 While he was offering the sacrifices, he sent for Ahithophel, one of David's counselors who lived in Giloh. Soon many others also joined Absalom, and the conspiracy gained momentum. 12 While Absalom was offering sacrifices, he also sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counselor, to come from Giloh, his hometown. And so the conspiracy gained strength, and Absalom's following kept on increasing.