And it came to pass, after they were departed, that they came up out of the well, and went and told king David, and said unto David, Arise, and pass quickly over the water: for thus hath Ahithophel counselled against you.
And it came to pass after they were departed
The servants of Absalom:
that they came up out of the well;
the sons of the priests, being informed by the woman that they
were gone; Josephus F19 says they were drawn up by the
woman with a rope:
and went and told King David;
who was now in the plain of the wilderness, perhaps near Jericho,
and not a great way from Jordan, to whom they related the whole
of their message:
and said unto David;
as they were directed:
arise, and pass quickly over the water;
the river Jordan:
for thus hath Ahithophel counselled against
to come with twelve thousand men, and fall upon him that very
night; and it was not certain his counsel would be rejected; and
therefore it was advisable for David to prepare against the
F19 Antiqu. l. 7. c. 9. sect. 7. Hudson.
not. in ib.