Now Jo'ab the son of Zeru'iah perceived that the king's heart went out to Ab'salom.
And Jo'ab sent to Teko'a, and fetched from there a wise woman, and said to her, "Pretend to be a mourner, and put on mourning garments; do not anoint yourself with oil, but behave like a woman who has been mourning many days for the dead;
and go to the king, and speak thus to him." So Jo'ab put the words in her mouth.
When the woman of Teko'a came to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, "Help, O king."
And the king said to her, "What is your trouble?" She answered, "Alas, I am a widow; my husband is dead.
And your handmaid had two sons, and they quarreled with one another in the field; there was no one to part them, and one struck the other and killed him.
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