2 Samuel 15:1-12

Absalom's Conspiracy

1 Now it came about after * this that 1Absalom provided for himself a chariot and horses and fifty men as runners before him.
2 Absalom used to rise early and 2stand beside * the way to the gate; and when any man had a suit to come to the king for judgment, Absalom would call to him and say, "From what * city are you?" And he would say, "Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel."
3 Then Absalom would say to him, "See, 3your claims are good and right, but no man listens to you on the part * of the king."
4 Moreover, Absalom would say, "4Oh that one would appoint me judge in the land, then every man who has any suit or cause could come to me and I would give him justice."
5 And when a man came near to prostrate himself before him, he would put out his hand and take hold of him and 5kiss him.
6 In this manner Absalom dealt with all Israel who came to the king for judgment; 6so Absalom stole away the hearts of the men of Israel.
7 Now it came about at the end of forty years that Absalom said to the king, "Please let me go and pay my vow which I have vowed to the LORD, in 7Hebron.
8 "For your servant 8vowed a vow while I was living at Geshur in Aram, saying, '9If the LORD shall indeed bring me back to Jerusalem, then I will serve the LORD.' "
9 The king said to him, "Go in peace." So he arose and went to Hebron.
10 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, "As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then you shall say, '10Absalom is king in Hebron.' "
11 Then two hundred men went with Absalom from Jerusalem, 11who were invited and 12went innocently, and they did not know anything *.
12 And Absalom sent for 13Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counselor, from his city 14Giloh, while he was offering the sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong, for 15the people increased continually with Absalom.
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