2 Samuel 15:2-6 NIV

2 He would get up early and stand by the side of the road leading to the city gate.1 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."

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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."2

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4 And Absalom would add, "If only I were appointed judge in the land!3 Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me and I would see that he gets justice."

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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 Absalom behaved in this way toward all the Israelites who came to the king asking for justice, and so he stole the hearts4 of the men of Israel.

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