2 Samuel 15:16-37

16 The king set out, with his entire household following him; but he left ten concubines to take care of the palace.
17 So the king set out, with all the people following him, and they halted at the edge of the city.
18 All his men marched past him, along with all the Kerethites and Pelethites; and all the six hundred Gittites who had accompanied him from Gath marched before the king.
19 The king said to Ittai the Gittite, “Why should you come along with us? Go back and stay with King Absalom. You are a foreigner, an exile from your homeland.
20 You came only yesterday. And today shall I make you wander about with us, when I do not know where I am going? Go back, and take your people with you. May the LORD show you kindness and faithfulness.”[a]
21 But Ittai replied to the king, “As surely as the LORD lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be.”
22 David said to Ittai, “Go ahead, march on.” So Ittai the Gittite marched on with all his men and the families that were with him.
23 The whole countryside wept aloud as all the people passed by. The king also crossed the Kidron Valley, and all the people moved on toward the wilderness.
24 Zadok was there, too, and all the Levites who were with him were carrying the ark of the covenant of God. They set down the ark of God, and Abiathar offered sacrifices until all the people had finished leaving the city.
25 Then the king said to Zadok, “Take the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the LORD’s eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling place again.
26 But if he says, ‘I am not pleased with you,’ then I am ready; let him do to me whatever seems good to him.”
27 The king also said to Zadok the priest, “Do you understand? Go back to the city with my blessing. Take your son Ahimaaz with you, and also Abiathar’s son Jonathan. You and Abiathar return with your two sons.
28 I will wait at the fords in the wilderness until word comes from you to inform me.”
29 So Zadok and Abiathar took the ark of God back to Jerusalem and stayed there.
30 But David continued up the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went; his head was covered and he was barefoot. All the people with him covered their heads too and were weeping as they went up.
31 Now David had been told, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” So David prayed, “LORD, turn Ahithophel’s counsel into foolishness.”
32 When David arrived at the summit, where people used to worship God, Hushai the Arkite was there to meet him, his robe torn and dust on his head.
33 David said to him, “If you go with me, you will be a burden to me.
34 But if you return to the city and say to Absalom, ‘Your Majesty, I will be your servant; I was your father’s servant in the past, but now I will be your servant,’ then you can help me by frustrating Ahithophel’s advice.
35 Won’t the priests Zadok and Abiathar be there with you? Tell them anything you hear in the king’s palace.
36 Their two sons, Ahimaaz son of Zadok and Jonathan son of Abiathar, are there with them. Send them to me with anything you hear.”
37 So Hushai, David’s confidant, arrived at Jerusalem as Absalom was entering the city.

2 Samuel 15:16-37 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter relates how that Absalom by various artful methods stole away the hearts of the people of Israel, 2Sa 15:1-6; that pretending a vow he had made, he got leave of the king to go to Hebron to perform it, 2Sa 15:7-9; where he formed a considerable conspiracy, 2Sa 15:10-12; of which David having information, thought it advisable to depart from Jerusalem, both for his own safety, and the good of the city, which he did with his family, and guards, and much people, 2Sa 15:13-18; though he would have persuaded Ittai the Gittite to have returned, but could not prevail upon him, 2Sa 15:19-23; however, he sent back the priests and the Levites with the ark, lest any harm should come to that, 2Sa 15:24-29; and as he and the people went up the mount of Olives weeping, it was told him that Ahithophel was among the conspirators, on which he put up a prayer that his counsel might be infatuated, 2Sa 15:30,31; and Hushai the Archite coming to him at that juncture, he sent him back to Jerusalem to defeat the counsel of Ahithophel, and to send him word by the priests what he should hear there from time to time, 2Sa 15:32-37.

Cross References 32

  • 1. 2 Samuel 16:21-22; 2 Samuel 20:3
  • 2. S 1 Samuel 30:14; 2 Samuel 8:18; 2 Samuel 20:7,23; 1 Kings 1:38,44; 1 Chronicles 18:17
  • 3. 2 Samuel 18:2
  • 4. S Genesis 31:15
  • 5. S 1 Samuel 22:2; 1 Samuel 23:13
  • 6. 2 Samuel 2:6
  • 7. Ruth 1:16-17; Proverbs 17:17
  • 8. 1 Samuel 11:4; Job 2:12
  • 9. 1 Kings 2:37; 2 Kings 23:12; 2 Chronicles 15:16; 2 Chronicles 29:16; 2 Chronicles 30:14; Jeremiah 31:40
  • 10. John 18:1
  • 11. S 2 Samuel 8:17; 2 Samuel 19:11
  • 12. Numbers 4:15; S Numbers 10:33; 1 Kings 2:26
  • 13. S 1 Samuel 22:20
  • 14. Exodus 15:13; S Leviticus 15:31; Psalms 43:3; Psalms 46:4; Psalms 84:1; Psalms 132:7; Jeremiah 25:30
  • 15. S Judges 10:15; 1 Samuel 3:18; 2 Samuel 22:20; 1 Kings 10:9
  • 16. S 1 Samuel 9:9
  • 17. ver 36; 2 Samuel 17:17; 1 Kings 1:42
  • 18. 2 Samuel 17:16
  • 19. S Numbers 25:6; S Psalms 30:5; 2 Samuel 19:4; Psalms 126:6
  • 20. Esther 6:12; Isaiah 20:2-4
  • 21. S ver 12; 2 Samuel 16:23; 2 Samuel 17:14,23
  • 22. ver 37; 2 Samuel 16:16; 2 Samuel 17:5; 1 Kings 4:16
  • 23. Joshua 16:2
  • 24. S Joshua 7:6; 2 Samuel 1:2
  • 25. 2 Samuel 19:35
  • 26. 2 Samuel 16:19
  • 27. 2 Samuel 17:14; Proverbs 11:14
  • 28. 2 Samuel 17:15-16
  • 29. 2 Samuel 18:19
  • 30. S ver 27; 2 Samuel 17:17; 1 Kings 1:42
  • 31. 2 Samuel 16:16-17; 1 Chronicles 27:33
  • 32. 2 Samuel 16:15

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Septuagint; Hebrew "May kindness and faithfulness be with you"
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